YMMV / Starman

The movie

  • Awesome Music:
  • Cliché Storm: After the interesting science fiction setup, the road trip romance plot is rather by the numbers.
  • Fridge Brilliance: When you realize that Starman is in fact an Energy Being, it makes sense that Jenny could not come with him. His race could probably live anywhere - airless rocks, gas giants, the photosphere of stars, even the vacuum of space itself - and would have no need for life support on their ship.
  • Retroactive Recognition: M.C. Gainey (years before finding fame on Lost) is one of the cops who tail Jenny and Starman at the hotel.

The comic

  • Complete Monster: The first Ragdoll, Peter Merkel, was once just a two-bit thief whose gimmick was being triple jointed. Tired of being a joke, he decided to reinvent himself as a mass-murdering cult leader. Gathering together the lost, the homeless, the addicts together to fuel his growing ego, Merkel decided to revenge himself upon the world and directed multiple murders, making the streets of Opal City run red with blood, with Merkel indiscriminately targeting the innocent, intending to target the innocent families of his enemies. Merkel took advantage of his hold over his cult to take sexual advantage of the women, and hideously abused the resulting children. His son, Peter Merkel Jr, was hideously scarred by his attempts to surgically alter his body to be like his father, and he went so far as to have himself castrated since they "got in the way", only to be rejected by his father anyway. His daughter Alex suffered worse. Having desired a little girl, Merkel subjected her to horrible sexual, mental and physical abuse. Merkel became despised until his death by the rest of the supervillain community for his treachery and depravity and stands as a unique icon of a former Harmless Villain becoming a genuine terror.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: This exchange between Alan Scott and Ted Knight about a former teammate of theirs.
    Alan Scott: Did you hear Hercules has Alzheimer's?
    Ted Knight: Hercules? Was he in the All Star Squadron, I don't recall?
    Alan Scott: Well, you know what...
    Both: Neither does he!
    • They both acknowledge that they're terrible people for laughing at it though, it comes through as a 'black humour' moment.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Shade and Mikaal Tomas.
  • My Real Daddy: James Robinson was obviously this for Jack, but more impressively, most people regard him as the true father of all the Starmen, even the ones he didn't create, because he did such an impressive job giving them Character Development and Arc Welding their divergent mythos together.
  • Older Than They Think: If you're a fan of Harry Potter, you could be forgiven for assuming that the O'Dares are based on the Weasleys. Like the Weasleys, they're a benevolent family of redheads who serve as the Hero's allies, and their members include the love interests of two of the main characters, as well as a Black Sheep who falls in with the bad guys before having a Heel–Face Turn. Alas, Starman came out around three years before Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone did. Both families seem to have been based on the popular stereotype about red-headed Irish Catholics having tons of children.