YMMV: Shaolin Soccer

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment - When Sing first meets Mui at the bun stand, he sings a song to compliment her use of cooking and Tai Chi. When she accuses him of mocking her, a nearby patron backs up his sincerity with his own song, which inspires everyone nearby to join in a synchronized dance number. Naturally, this scene was deleted from the American release.
    • In the midst of the "friendly" soccer match with Team Rebellion, when Sing goes into an Imagine Spot, the field turns into a literal war zone. Sing even picks up an assault rifle, throws a grenade and uses a radio to call for an evacuation.
  • Bishōnen - Team Evil's goalie is incredibly pretty.
  • Colbert Bump - Expect a surge of interest in this movie anytime the World Cup rolls around.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The opening credits
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: "Empty Hand", Team Shaolin's goalie, who is also a Bruce Lee Clone. In fact, this earned Danny Chan a role in a legitimate Bruce Lee 2008 television biopic after this.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Unsurprisingly, dubs exist for "soccer giant" countries like France and Brazil.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight - The ominous Buddhist droning-chanting we hear as Team Shaolin recovers their abilities may have a different effect on viewers now that the 2010 South Africa World Cup has popularized the vuvuzela.
    • Speaking of which, Empty Hand has been compared to Guillermo Ochoa, and curb-stomp matches shown in this movie aren't that far from reality after what Germany did to Brazil in the 2014 World Cup.
    • Fans of supposed Spiritual Successor Inazuma Eleven have already drew connections between it and this movie.
  • Hollywood Homely - Chinese actress Zhao Wei is exceptionally beautiful in Real Life. While her character Mui should be the opposite (particularly because of the acne), she still appears as what Zhao Wei naturally looks like.
  • Memetic Mutation - Iron Head's shocked face is a popular reaction image macro.
    • "Go back to Mars! Earth is very dangerous!"note 
  • Special Effects Failure - Several uses of The Oner to depict Team Shaolin's rampage across the field, practical wirework and all, make the CGI soccer ball even more obvious.
    • When the team dramatically reassembles on the rooftop, the white scraft worn by "Light Weight" is clearly being pulled by a wire.
  • Values Dissonance - Presumably why the underwear no-hospital scene was Played for Laughs.