YMMV for the film Red
- Acceptable Targets: In both films, the protagonists usually refrain from killing law enforcement officers and other mooks simply doing their jobs. However, in the sequel, they freely gun down numerous Iranian embassy guards, who are described as hardcore Revolutionary Guard extremists.
- Accidental Innuendo: The first film has the tagline, "There's no substitute for experience." They were referring to fighting, but it did costar Helen Mirren...
- Adaptation Displacement: Loosely based on the the comic miniseries of the same name. The movie is less serious and gory.
- Cargo Ship: Han really likes his plane.
- Crazy Awesome: Boggs, he keeps a grenade launcher in a stuffed pig he carries everywhere; and even uses the grenade launcher as a baseball bat to hit a grenade back at an attacker - and that's before he shoots an RPG round dead-on. Also, his Properly Paranoid streak helps the group anticipate and deal with or escape several encounters.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: "Back in the Saddle" during Moses and Cooper's fight scene.
- Foe Yay: Frank and Cooper. Slightly disturbingly, though arguably less foe-ish, Cooper and the elderly archivist.
Frank: Six one, cute hair?Archivist: Hair was cute!
- They could quite easily just be mocking the younger agent, who clearly spends a bit of time in front of the mirror every morning styling his hair.
- Fridge Horror: Cooper asked his supervisor why Frank and the others were marked for death. His supervisor stated angrily that she was not read into it. Which means that they could have been killing all these people because someone high up didn't like them for all they knew, and they didn't have a problem with that.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: While the specific example of an unbreakable door with an unbreakable lock being set in a very breakable wall may not be a literal example, it's representative of a larger problem government organizations have of doing something extremely competently up to a certain point and then screwing it up with a glaring lack of foresight. One real-life example is a computer that the armed forces designed that was able to withstand absolutely any possible damage, up to and including the location it was in surviving a direct thermonuclear strike... but you couldn't take a drink into the room with it or you might ruin the keyboard.
- Rule of Drama: Obviously, Frank could have disarmed Bailey at any point in the hallway, but the plot needed him to be held at gunpoint.
- Rule of Sean Connery: Warren Ellis said any changes from the comic were justified by the presence of Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle.
Ellis: I mean, if you donít want to see a film with Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle, Iím not sure I want to know you.
- Author Appeal: While there isn't an excess of it, theres a fair bit of bondage in the movie, with emphisis on wide, tape gags. It can't be a coincidence that two scenes of two different people with them on are so close together, that there is an onscreen gagging of the main heroine, numerous cuts to her struggling while Bound and Gagged, and when she breaks free, unlike in almost every other potrayal of a gagged captive escaping their bonds, she does not immediantly remove her gag, despite having both hands free.
- Marvin Boggs is a retired survivalist CIA operative in hiding whose decades of agency-enforced drug abuse have given him an almost clairvoyant level of paranoia that he expresses in the most absurd terms possible. Despite being an Adaptation Character not from the comic, he might be the most Warren Ellis'y thing about the film.
- Too Cool to Live: Joe. Twice.
YMMV for the comic book Red
- Anvilicious: Expected of Warren Ellis' work. This one has one for each major character:
- Paul Moses screams how fanaticism is as self-destructive as it is generally destructive.
- Michael Beesley screams how Democracy Is Especially Bad when intelligence is vital to a job.
- Adrian Kane screams how refusing to acknowledge the past condemns people to repeat it.
- Sally screams how painful being Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance always turns out to be.
- Informed Attractiveness: Sally
- Tear Jerker: Too many to list. Most notably Sasuke being caught with Sakura in her family's basement and being dragged away to the concentration camp, Itachi being betrayed by the doctor he thought he could trust and escaping back to his hideout only to find his sick lover has been murdered and Yahiko's death.
- Itachi's death in chapter 21 takes the cake.
- Just when you think it's safe, just when you think the story will head in a different path from The Book Thief, just when things are starting to look up again, the bombs drop.