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YMMV: Rise of the Guardians
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Everyone from far in Rise of Guardians, except for Jack Frost. The reason is that some people includes their backstories from the book in the movie, while others prefer to keep them divided. Even the writer and some artists working in Dreamworks have their own way of viewing the series. That's mainly due to the fact that the book series isn't finished yet to decide if the books and movie are from a same universe.
    • Pitch is one of most disputable characters in Rise of Guardians. Was he a Complete Monster who only manipulated the characters of the story (mostly Jack) during all the story, and wanted only to create a world filled with fear for his own selfish pleasure, or was he only a very lonely man who only wanted to be believed in, and truly wanted Jack as his friend? The scene in Antarctica seems to show a more complex side of him.
    • According to the DVD's audio commentary as well as the script of the movie, Pitch was definitely genuine in his opening up to Jack, and truly hated to be alone. However, if he wanted to only use Jack for achieving his own goals or if he wanted really to get Jack as a friend is still disputable.
    • Bunnymund too. Some people like thinking he is the same as in the book, while others tend to keep them divided, despite how different the two are.
  • Angst? What Angst?: When Jack discovers his memories of his previous life, he chooses to focus on the fact that he saved his younger sister, instead of the fact that he died in the process.
  • Award Snub: Edged out of the Oscars' Best Animated Feature nominations by the surprise choice of The Pirates! Band of Misfits.
  • Awesome Music: Alexandre Desplat's score.
  • Critical Dissonance: The film received mostly positive reviews from critics, but cost $145 million to produce and only made $103.2 million at the North American box office, becoming Dreamworks Animation's lowest grossing film domestically since Flushed Away. According to Wikipedia, the total worldwide take was $303 million, but Dreamworks saw little of that money once budget costs and the distribution fee owed to Paramount Pictures were tallied up — they ultimately lost $83 million on it.
  • Crossover Ship: Jack/Rapunzel is a popular couple in Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons. Also, now that Frozen, an adaptation of The Snow Queen, has been released, Jack/Elsa has become immensely popular.
  • Dawson Casting: Voice casting anyway, maybe. Jack Frost looks like a teenager and his voice is a lot more mature than you'd expect from a teenage boy, though not to the point of being unbelievable.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: It's for this reason Pitch has as many fangirls as Jack. Some have even said, without a single trace of sarcasm, that he's just a complete woobie who should be forgiven for all his misdeeds (which, y'know, includes his attempts to rule all the children with fear). More fangirls have gone on to compare him to Ralph from Wreck-It Ralph in that they're villains who want to be accepted, even though they have almost nothing in common and that unlike Pitch, the most villainous thing Ralph ever did was smash a cake.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Cupcake and Baby Tooth are this.
    • And Phil the Yeti, to an extent.
    • Despite only a few seconds of screentime, the little mouse is beloved in Latin-America. The Latin-American dub has the Tooth Fairy say that the mouse is one of them, only from the "latina division", because in Latin-America, it's not the Tooth Fairy who bring money to children in place of their teeth, it's actually a little mouse named Perez.
  • Estrogen Brigade: Jack Frost has earned himself quite the following, mowing in tons of fanart and shipping. Lampshaded rather nicely in a comic drawn by one of the film's story artists.
  • Fan Dumb: The sheer amount of vitriol spewed in the fandom debate about Toothiana being part-Sister of Flight (which she is in the original books) or part-bird (since her movie design is based off of a hummingbird) is astounding to behold. One Tooth Fairy roleplayer even got hate messages purely for being on the "part-Sister of Flight" side.
  • Fan Nickname: Heavy Weapons Santa for North, especially among the Team Fortress 2 fandom, due to his resemblance in size, mannerism, and nationality to a certain, well, Heavy Weapons Guy.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: The 3 most popular ships in ROTG universe are Jack/Toothiana, Jack/Bunnymund and Jack/Pitch. Jack/Jamie, Bunnymund/Tooth and Pitch/Sandy also have a following, but not as popular.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Ships that involve Pitch with any of the Guardians, particularly Black Ice (Jack/Pitch) BlackSand (Pitch/Sandy) and Cavity (Tooth/Pitch).
  • Genius Bonus: North has a Russian accent. St. Nicholas is the patron saint of Moscow and is widely venerated in Russia.
    • In a number of shots when Jack is positioned with his staff in front of him and the hood of his sweatshirt pulled up he resembles the Hermit. Aside from being a literal hermit (though not by choice) in his isolation and Invisibility to Normals, he is the only one of the guardians to spend a great deal of time philosophizing and reflecting on the reason for his existence, even going so far as to question why he was made what he was, and is the first to realize and understand that the other guardians have strayed from their purpose by cutting themselves off from the very children they're protecting. Not only does he share his insight with the other Guardians, he becomes comfortable in his role as one by the end, "returning from isolation to share his knowledge with others", urges in his final narration to believe and trust in the moon, and bestows a boon in telling Jamie he is a guardian too and will be defending the Guardians, just as they defend the children.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Wait, Santa is going up against someone named Pitch?
  • Ho Yay: has now its page.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Has popped up in the fandom, with such things as Sweet Tooth for Bunny/Tooth, Rainbow Snow Cone or Frostbite for Jack/Tooth, and Snow Bunny or Jack Rabbit for Jack/Bunny and Black Ice for Jack/Pitch. Others include:
    • Black Sand for Sandman/Pitch.
    • Braces: Sandman and Tooth!
    • Dust Bunny for Sandman/Bunnymund.
    • Black Belief for Pitch/Jamie.
    • Dark Chocolate or Rotten Eggs for Pitch/Bunnymund.
    • Black Christmas and White Christmas for Pitch/North and Jack/North, respectively.
    • Eggnog for Bunnymund/North.
    • Cavity for Pitch/Tooth
    • The Black Ice ship has now been expanded to include Golden Frost for Kozmotis/Jack.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Quite the amount of people went to see the movie just because of Jack Frost.
    • Alternately, those who wanted to see it not because of the plot or characters, but because of the incredible animation.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Jack Frost. He's been paired with each of the other Guardians, Pitch, and Jamie. There's also a new crossover ship with him in it made every minute, the most popular being with Rapunzel, Merida, and Hiccup. And there's already quite the amount of Mary Sue OCs being shipped with him as well. And the original, people!
    • Very predictably, the Jack/Elsa crossover ship has quickly grown to rival the popularity of the other three, and some fans pair him with Elsa's sister Anna instead. There's also a small, but vocal minority who speculate that Elsa and Anna are somehow Jack and Rapunzel's daughters.
  • Memetic Sex God: Not surprisingly Jack Frost counts. Fangirls think he is fine. Even the Tooth Fairy sprites swoon over him!
    • Bunny and Pitch as well. Being voiced by Hugh Jackman and Jude Law respectively may have something to do with it.
  • Moe: Little Easter Bunny.
    • Also Sophie.
  • Moral Event Horizon: When Pitch kills Sandman, we know he is willing to do anything to escape from the loneliness of non-remembrance, no matter how horrible.
    • If he didn't cross it then, he certainly did in the climax when he was ready to either kill Jamie or Mind Rape him in order to turn him into a fearling. For all his war with the Guardians, that was the first time it was made clear he Would Hurt a Child.
  • Ugly Cute: The elves.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Bunnies in Australia are often used as a symbol of the evils of Imperialism, so the Easter Bunny being based off white Australians like Crocodile Dundee has caused controversy.
    • Not only that, but there have been movements to remove bunnies from Easter in Australia, replacing them with the native Bilby, as rabbits are known as pests and have a negative impact on the Australian ecosystem.
      • The poor Easter Bunny is full of these. It's pretty understandable for Christianity not to be mentioned too explicitly in a mainstream kids' movie...note  but why does he live in a Buddhist garden?
      • The eastern bunny is the one thing about easter that is undesputably pagannote . Ten thousand new cans of worms and Unfortunate Implications are opened because of said paragraph above.
    • Tooth's base is in Asia, as is her past according to background information, so why is she white? This was also a source of Internet Backdraft before the film came out.
    • All the world's children are protected by guardians either based on western folklore or a Christian framework of belief and culture. I guess if you live in Asia or Africa, you don't get a guardian you believe in.
  • Unfortunate Name: It's hard not to hear a different word when the characters yell "Pitch!"?
  • The Woobie: Jack Frost. He never sees his little sister again after saving her, then spends 300 years all alone with nobody knowing he exists.
    • Bunny becomes this after Pitch's nightmares destroy his eggs and then cause the children to lose their belief in him.

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