Nathan is a possessive father who deprives his daughter of any contact with the outside world out of a selfish fear of losing her, thus giving her no experience outside of his interactions with her. He also poisons his own offspring, which could prove to be the very reason he loses her in the first place. He is an evil captor who has a sympathetic motive.
Also, does anyone else find it creepy he's so obsessed with Shilo being like his wife? He also buys her some really short clothing.
It was mentioned somewhere that Nathan's trying to keep Shilo as a little girl, which is why he buys her clothes that are too small - he's afraid of what her growing up might mean.
Ascended Fanon: The creative team has been very accepting of fan theories (such as the idea that Single Mom's name is actually "Mary Sue").
Awesome Music: Many. "Chase the morning" and "Zydrate Anatomy" are two examples.
Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: "Seventeen" - the cinematography noticeably changes, and Shilo's goth dress replaced by a punk getup, for a rockstar fantasy where her bedroom becomes a stage, with a crowd barging in, dancing stuffed animals and skeletons, and Joan Jett on guitar. This is the only time in the film a musical number is accompanied by something other than either literal action or a flashback.
Critical Dissonance: Most critics were tough on this film. They warned people away, rated it as low as possible, expressed horror at the casting choices, scoffed at the low budget, and generally just sat there being sick into their hats. But to no avail — a large percentage of the people who actually watched the film loved it, and Repo! has gathered together a very strong underground following.
Crosses the Line Twice: Just about anything to do with the Largo siblings. And Nathan under the influence of his psychotic Repo Man personality playing ventriloquist with a corpse definitely deserves mention too. The last part with the puppet is probably the freakiest moment in the entire film, and it's subtle and small as Hell: he and the puppet are singing at the same time.
Die for Our Ship: Amber for the Shilo/Grave-Robber fans, even though Shilo has no romantic feelings for Grave-Robber and Amber is just one of many women Grave-Robber apparently has a relationship with.
Draco in Leather Pants: Pretty much all of the male characters, many of them doubling as in-universe examples (save for Luigi, whom no-one in-universe likes.)
Of the main cast, Blind Mag and Graverobber are actually relatively minor characters, but they have the biggest fan followings. For the former, her status as Broken Bird, Only Sane Man, and heart-wrenching tale are what make her so beloved. For the latter, his Lovable Rogue and Handsome Lech persona are a big reason why he's so popular, along with his Deadpan Snarker personality.
Don't forget DJ Granny. Does she even get 10 seconds of screen time?
Given the fans' opinions on Luigi and Pavi, plus the attention they both get throughout the film...
And let's take a moment to recall that these are, respectively, the psychotic manchild who will stab anyone at a moment's notice and the guy who rapes and murders women then steals their faces to wear.
Nathan, for some, as well as Amber.
Executive Meddling: An attempt at it, anyway. In the DVD commentary, Darren Bousman mentions several instances of having to go to war with one or more of the producers in order to get a certain scene into the final cut. As Bousman refused to name names, however, it is anyone's guess as to whether these fights were with various producers, or all with the same producer who just happened to be a pain in the arse.
People go along with plans against them or manipulations they had songs about figuring out or present when they were first explained, do nothing to avoid falling for them, and then act surprised at the reveal.
Fans of Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paul Sorvino, Alexa Vega, Paris Hilton, Bill Mosely, and/or Nivek Ogre went to see Repo! based solely on their favourite actor/singer's appearance therein. Many of them are now devoted fans of the movie.
Take a look at the musician list, and see members of Bauhaus, Korn, Rasputina, and Guns N' Roses being credited, then look at the who the music producer is- X Japan's bandleader. And then watch "Seventeen" — see that Joan Jett cameo? That's right- people WILL have found this film because of rock bands.
There's also Anne Danielewski who people might remember from the 90's as Poe.
A lot of steampunk/cyberpunk and related communities got very excited prior to the film's release, and while the film does deliver on dystopian sci-fi, pretty much all the steampunk is relegated to the square and a few background repo men over at GeneCo.
Les Yay: Marni and Blind Mag. Also Amber Sweet and the Genterns in "Zydrate Anatomy".
Persons claim that this movie is a rip-off of the novel Reposession Mambo... despite the fact that the novel was first published in 2009 whereas the film came out in 2008 (The novel was in development as early as 1996, but that doesn't count). This itself ignores that the opera itself was first performed as a stage-show in 2001 and portions of the music were first performed as operettas in the 1990s.
One film critic made this claim, until they were called on it.
To an extent, Paris Hilton. Many Repo! fans went in to see the film unhappy about her having a role, but after seeing her performance, came out with at least a grudging respect for her. A fair number have actually grown quite fond of her, defending her where they would once have joined in with the mocking.
Heck, she sings on the same stage with the likes of Anthony Stewart Head, Paul Sorvino, Ogre, and Sarah Brightman without looking a complete fool. Not many could keep up with that kind of vocal talent.
The Scrappy: Single Mom, for all that she barely appears in one scene, is seen as incredibly obnoxious. Though Single Mom's been somewhat Rescued from the Scrappy Heap since the shadowcast performances started, due to the brave shadow actresses who flash the audience live.
Arguably, "Seventeen" counts as a scrappy song. It's easily the least liked among the fanbase.
Pretty much every time Shilo is on screen with an adult character, Amber Sweet's surgery montage, Mark It Up, Grave-Robber getting up close and personal with his corpses, Blame Not My Cheeks, Blind Mag's final song. Also, you might be squicked if you think too much about the meaning behind Rotti putting his arm around Mag and saying "technically you belong to GeneCo."
How about the fact that the large intestine is apparently the consistency of bread dough?
Neither Nathan nor Shiloh ever find out that Rotti was the one who had Marni killed. Nathan's Roaring Rampage of Revenge would have been epic.
It's implied that Nathan realises that Rotti poisoned Marni when Rotti tells Shilo "Your dad deserved whatever happened to him, he needed me and so do you!" and Nathan says in a very menacing tone "I remember". At this point however, his love for Shilo and desire to protect her from Rotti surpasses his urge for vengeance. At the time he's been left crippled in a wheelchair by the Genterns so he's not in any fit state to fight anyway.
Not only is Rotti Largo terminally ill, he's had to deal with Luigi, Amber, and Pavi. They could make anyone turn into a bastard. On the other hand, having to deal with Rotti himself could work the same way.
Luigi, Amber, and Pavi also qualify though. Luigi has a sad moment after Rotti's death, during the press conference. After his spontaneous temper tantrum, he starts crying, and the last thing we hear him say is, *Sob.* "Dad!" in a pathetic voice. Also, when Rotti disowns his children onstage and calls them useless, Pavi lets out such a pathetic little wail that some viewers expressed the desire to reach into the screen and hug him. As for Amber, the face humiliation is bad enough, but the sad look she has when her father disowns her publicly also gets her some sympathy points.
What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: A lot of people take their young children to see this movie, because hey, it has the girl from Spy Kids in it! And it's a musical! Never mind that it was directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, or that the other stars include two horror film veterans and a violent gangster film veteran, or that the tamest of the trailers still contains a shot of someone being disemboweled...