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The Comic Books

  • Accidental Innuendo: Many people have noticed Scott Pilgrim's testicles. Made funnier because, as the Major Spoilers review of Volume 6 pointed out, "Scott Pilgrim Grows a Pair" would be a pretty fitting alternate title... It's actually possible that this innuendo was not accidental at all.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The League of Ramona's Evil-Exes could be just a group therapy comprising emotionally destroyed people who loved Ramona Flowers. She broke all their hearts in the worst ways possible, and she didn't care how messed up they became. Gideon could be half evil and half broken; the rest just want to keep Ramona from doing it all over again and are messed up in thinking that beating her new potential love interests (Scott, for example) will break the cycle.
    • On the other hand, it's difficult to actually push this for Gideon; He's depicted as a clingy psycho-stalker who keeps the women he can't have sedated and in stasis. Todd is also a cheater several times over, and is completely unapologetic about the damage this does to Envy. Patel also didn't even have that much of a relationship with her, as pointed out by Ramona. Really, the only one we get to see being left by Ramona is Gideon, and his reaction is utterly pathetic and his intentions are entirely controlling; He isn't half-anything, as his declaration to Scott that they can 'rule Ramona's love-life' lays bare.
    • Done on purpose for the film adaptation, where if it was about Stephan and his band trying to make it big but Scott accidentally screws up by being strung on Ramona and they only get successful without him, just like his own ex-girlfriend (though ironically, Scott has to bitch-slapsense into Stephen when his nerves get to him, even saying that if he can put his problems aside for the music, so can Stephen.)
    • Scott may be the psychological and or emotional clutch for many if not all his friends. Kim Pine has self-esteem issues masked behind her mildly misanthropic nature while Stephen has alot of neurotic moments and has a knack for entering unhealthy relationships with abrasive individuals. This isn't counting for lesser-known characters like Neil, who we know little about. We see glimpses of them when they're not around Scott and they're usually not happy. In fact, many of the happy moments tend to be when they are together with Scott. Even those like Wallace Wells could be considered as Wallace seems to drink alot and occasionally seen as a hedonist. Knives has her friend, but was focused mainly on her studies and didn't know much of the outside world until meeting Scott. Even (or rather, especially) Ramona herself, as Scott proves to be the one for her and the one who ultimately gives her the confidence in moving forward. This could explain why they deal with Scott and his problems, because they really don't have any other friends (or even may not be capable of making friends with others, the exception being Wallace, who has done pretty well for himself). Scott is what holds the gang together since it was formed from everyone meeting him. Without him, the group would fall apart and would result in them being miserable lonely people.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Lucas Lee. Scott asks Lucas to show off his skateboarding skills. Lucas wipes out and hits the curb. Scott wins by default. Scott even comments afterwards, "That was the worst fight ever!" - though it's mainly because he couldn't pick up the Mithril Skateboard Lucas leaves behind.
  • Asspull: Some find the reveal that some of the inconsistencies in the story being due to all (or most) of this from Scott's perspective and being an Unreliable Narrator to be this. Namely with how sudden the shift is in regards to story-telling and how it seems to contradict earlier material (making a point that Scott needs tor ecognize his mistakes... despite having acknowledged and apologized for them in the earlier books). While some stuff could be viewed as foreshadowing, others view it as unnecessary drama or O'Malley changing what sort of story he wanted to tell around the halfway point. Overall, more than a few view it as lazy writing or a cheap trick to make up for the more lackluster writing.
  • Anvilicious: Never sell out or you'll end up being in the clutches of pretentious hipsters.
  • Art Evolution: Over the course of the series, O'Malley's style became streamlined, much more rounded and even more cartoony. Compare the cover for Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life to the new art O'Malley did for the hardcover re-release of the book.
  • Awesome Music: Not that we can hear the music, but come on, the fight with the first ex culminating in a song battle is pretty damn awesome.
    • Dare we mention "Invaders Must Die" by The Prodigy in the movie's trailer?
    • In Volume 6, the song Envy sings, and the lousy cover of "I'm a Believer" by Shatterband are very awesome moments.
  • Base Breaker / Die for Our Ship: Ramona has ended up becoming this in retrospect, due to sects of the fans preferring Scott to end up with Knives or Kim. This can mostly be tied to the movie where Knives is shown to be a much more compatible girlfriend for Scott and even ended up with him in the original ending.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The Gilded Palace of Flying Burritos. Subverted in that Ramona asks about Scott's previous job in the first volume, and he says it's a long story so she responds with "we'll save it for another volume".
    • Comeau showing off his cool new ring.
      Comeau: Hey, Scotty. Check out my ring!
      Comeau's Ring: Ssssscotttt...
  • Critical Research Failure: Possibly. Alot of the comments made toward Scott's relationship with Knives regarding age fall flat when one sees the age of consent in Canada (where the author is from and where the story takes place) is sixteen. Furthermore, this was a recent development, (was initially fourteen until 2006) and even then, there is special sub-clause regarding a five-year different at most when it comes to dating (i.e. a fourteen year old dating a nineteen year old.). As such, Scott's relationwhip with Knives isn't illegal and may not be that unusual. It's not known whether O'Malley merely assumed the age of consent is 18 like in the USA or if such a thing would still be seen as weird is not known, though O'Malley doesn't have a problem of showing his characters breaking rules, with Knives being underage with drinking (the legal age being 18 in Ablerta, Manitoba and Quebec and 19 in the other provinces) so he might've dropped the ball here.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Quite a few....
    • Wallace has quite the fan following and even a couple of Facebook clubs.
    • If the IMDB message board is any indication, Joseph is one too. O'Malley really knows hows to write gay characters apparently.
    • Kim Pine is also pretty popular, even having her own one-shot comic strip, The Wonderful World of Kim Pine.
    • Scott's sister, likely due to her expanded role in the movie and the actress who played her.
    • Quite a few people prefer Knives over Ramona (doesn't help that she becomes more of an Iron Woobie in the movie).
    • Lucas Lee seems to be this amongst the evil exes, likely to due being Affably Evil and not a bad guy.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Scott/Kim and Scott/Knives.
    • Neil/Stacey is getting a lot of love too.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In the fourth volume, Lisa mentions living off of credit cards and derides herself for doing so. Not long after the volume was released, the real-life credit crunch of '08 hit.
    • A rather meta example: You know that cool shirt Edgar Wright is wearing in the fourth trailer? After the release of Volume 6, turns out that's an official Chaos Theater shirt.
    • After reading Volume 6 and finding out at the end that Stephen Stills is gay, going back and reading Volume 5 has a moment like this when Young Neil refers to Stephen Stills as "Captain Homo", and it hits you that there was a whole other layer to Neil's face-punchingly dickish comment.
  • Hollywood Pudgy:
    • Roxie.
    • Though never emphasized by anyone (besides a very biased Knives), Ramona is noticeably "fuller" than the rest of the women Scott has dated throughout the series, especially apparent when she's in her underwear.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Courtesy of Wallace Wells.
    • Some female examples:
      • Kim and Knives in Volume 4. Granted, they're drunk.
      • There's also Knives' fangirlism bordering-on-a-crush of Envy Adams.
      • Ramona constantly thinks about Kim in the comic, often responding with, "I like Kim". When they were both drunk in Volume 5, and while having issues with Scott, Ramona actually asked Kim to come sleep in their bed.
      • And, of course, there's Ramona and Roxy. Even AFTER they break up in the comics.
  • Hype Backlash: While it was running, it got a lot of praise and had people describing it as genius and very original. Other people thought that while it was decent, it was basically a web comic in print form, and wasn't as special as critics made it out to be.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Ramona, and all of her Evil Exes except for Gideon.
    • Also, Envy Adams, especially in Volume 6 after she reveals that her and Scott's break-up was a mutual occurrence and Scott simply white-washed his role in it out of the flashbacks seen by the reader in Volume 3. However, she is still pretty unsympathic.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The classic description "TWILIGHT FOR BOYS".
    • You'd be hard pressed to not find fanart of Knives with a scarf, highlights, and sai.
    • Also replacing the word "love" with "lesbian" in reference to Scott whenever he's asked about "the L-word". This whole thing started after he discovered Kim and Knives were making out drunk.
      Wallace: Have you said the L-word yet?
      Scott: The L-word?
      Scott: You mean... lesbian?
      Wallace: "Uh... No. The other L-word.
      Scott: Lesbians?
    • Scott Pilgrim, Sketchy-ass 24-year old.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Roxannne's Diagonal Cut in Volume 4 is very offsetting to look at.
    • Early into Volume 6, Scott was having another one of his bizarre dreams; this time he's all alone in the desert. He looks looks up to the sky to see an angelic Ramona Flowers, who swoops down and impales Scott with The Power of Love sword, pinning him to the ground. She flies away. Then the sky suddenly becomes dark and three monstrous figures appear out of nowhere and proceed to eat his limbs, with Scott being completely helpless to watch in horror as he suffers being eaten alive. After the monsters ate his arms and legs, he got a good glimpse of the monsters: it turns out the monsters were Envy, Knives, and Kim, each with razor-sharp teeth and a psychotic grin (Knives might stick out to some with her smile.jpg-esque grin).
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Matthew Patel and Micheal Comeau only appear in one scene each in Volume 1.
    • Lucas Lee actually has even less pages dedicated to his "fight" (and sole appearance in person) than Patel. His only appearance prior to his fight is a single panel while Scott is watching one of his movies.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Subspace. People can get in your head and see your dreams. That's enough of a privacy nightmare when your girlfriend is doing it, and worse still your nemesis can spy on you and mess with your memories. Or, from Ramona's perspective (which is never really explicitly addressed), a Living Doll Collector ex who is stalking and trying to kill your boyfriend so he can have you all to himself. And is implied to have done the exact same thing to others. Creepy.
  • Squick:
    • Todd and Lynette's kiss in Volume 3.
    • Scott and Knives' kiss in Volume 6 is an In-Universe example.
  • The Woobie: Knives, before and after her Yandere phase (hell, probably even during it).

The Video Game

  • 8.8: The game was given a 6.5 by Gamespot and a 50% by GamesMaster magazine, whereas other reviews of the game have given it 7s and 8s.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Don't like the Mood Whiplash or mixed messages of the comic? Don't like the uneven feel of the movie? Here, have a Beat 'em Up without any of the baggage of either!
  • Anti-Climax Boss: The Katanayagi Twins have a distressing tendency to run straight into your attacks. Together. And if you brought a weapon with you, the fight will end even faster.
  • Awesome Music: As mentioned before. Anamanaguchi did the music. See how awesome it is yourself. And if that wowed you, you can always buy the original soundtrack!
  • Breather Boss: Aside of his special attack with missiles, Super Robot Fighter is really weak.
  • Ending Fatigue: Level 7. You ride an elevator down into the Chaos Theater and fight Gideon, then endure a very short but extremely annoying subspace stage, then fight Gideon again in his huge One-Winged Angel form, then run through a robot-themed stage, then fight Gideon again, then it turns out that Gideon was a robot and you have to punch the real one once to beat him, and then you're finished.
  • Game-Breaker: Several to potentially nerf the game's Nintendo Hard difficulty. You can start breaking the game over your knee within the first stage, if you know where to look.
    • Wallace's Mystery Shop; buying the Bionic Arm (which really, should just take 2-3 runs through the first stage) drastically reduces the difficulty of the game, let alone the other items sold there. The strength book available at the bookstore actually provides slightly better value, and each book is about 1/5 the price of the Bionic Arm, so you can increase your strength more gradually.
    • If you pay off the late fee at the video store in the first level, you can buy extra lives for only $4.95.
      • Along with raising all your stats by 10 for only $4.95 a pop. You cap at 100.
      • After maxing-out your stats, why not blow $4.95 for 1,500 XP to sky-rocket your characters to Lv. 16?
    • There's also the code that lets you use the Power of Love sword outside of the final stage, which helps because of the range it gives.
    • The "suicide for 25 $2 coins" code can be exploited with any snack (Chewing Gum in the first level is very cheap) to gain instant cash. It's even funnier considering the suicide code is a shout out to the Konami Code.
    • A more strenuous alternative involving the use of an external memory storage device, a "dummy" Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 profile, and Save Scumming can allow those to double their cash.
  • Goddamned Bats:
    • Particularly in the Twins' stages. Also the swooping birds in Level 6. On a less literal level, there's the paparazzi enemies in Lucas' stage, who don't do much damage but can and will repeatedly stun you with their camera flashes, and the domino-masked "thief" foes in Roxy's stage, who like to bodycheck you and steal your coins. And they're fast, so can do it multiple times.
    • And the Medusa Heads in "Subspace Highway?" (right before Gigadeon).
  • Good Bad Bugs: It is possible to get infinite money in the very first level. Once you get to the Shopping District, buy a snack, any snack. Put in the "Commit Suicide for $50" code. You will not lose a life, because the snack will revive you. Buy another snack, repeat as much as you want.
  • Ho Yay:
    • We see Wallace making out with Jimmy in the background of the first boss battle.
    • Kim Pine and Knives. Heck, with Kim's Assist, she summons Knives and gives her a kiss to gain health. Complete with Foot Popping and tongue! She also chooses Knives over Scott in her specific ending and they walk off into the sunset. In the ending montage everyone gets, they're also kissing.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: The Wallace DLC pack. Besides the online multi-player fans of the game were begging for, Wallace is nothing more than a re-skinned Stephen with rainbow effects. It's disappointing considering Ubisoft could've made Wallace a unique fighter, but they cheaped out in the end. It doesn't help that the DLC is also $5 considering what you're paying for.
  • Narm: Go fight some paparazzi in the second stage with the blood code activated. You'll see...
  • Obvious Beta: When the Wallace Wells DLC was finally released, people soon noticed said Ensemble Darkhorse is just Stephen Stills save for a different head and two new special moves. Granted, a great deal of focus was on releasing online play, but Wallace doesn't even get his own ending — winning as him earns you a picture of Wallace sitting in a chair. The winning picture is even the exact picture they used in the DLC trailers.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Averted, save for no online play or drop in and out co-op (unless you have $7 extra dollars to buy the DLCs). The game's very good, and it also helps that it's only $10.
  • Spiritual Licensee: There are some that call this game another name, River City Ransom 2.
  • That One Boss:
    • While a lot of them have the potential to be that one boss, Nega-Scott is generally regarded to be the most difficult of them all. Unless you really know what you're doing, tackling him alone is begging for an ass whooping.
    • Knives's father can be spotted walking the world map for an optional boss fight. He is very powerful.
    • Gideon's One-Winged Angel form. It requires that you use the provided weapon to have a chance to beat this boss and if you lose it (which you have a good chance to with their lousy pick-up response) you have to fight with your fists. The boss a sucker punch that launches you off the stage when it hits you and will keep doing it every time you respawn, right into the path of the punch. What makes this worse is this is part of Level 7, the longest level of the game!
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Actually, the game is great family fun, although the game warrents a Teen / 12+ rating for a reason or so.
    • The way (almost) every girls' chest wobbles with every movement they make (including zombie-girl Lucy) may raise some eyebrows.
    • There's also Todd Ingram giving Scott (and the other characters) the finger, some people may object to Kim and Knives kissing, and Todd's Tetsuo-esque attack and Gigadeon may scare some younger players.
    • Zombies are all around the later half of Level 6 and the unlockable Survival Horror mode.