YMMV / The Chronicles of Riddick

Works in this franchise with their own YMMV pages:

The Franchise as a whole:

  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Whenever Riddick kicks ass. The Furyan Purifier on Crematoria also gets one.
  • Cult Classic: Both the films and games.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Richard B. Riddick. Central character, yes. Hero, no. Even as he's deepened and made more sympathetic, humanised even, as it becomes clear he admires honesty, bravery and honor, he's bent on his own survival. And none of that takes away from the fact that he is a murderer with serious mental issues, and he's only given more. His third film involves revenge. Seriously girls, he's not your type.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Riddick and sexy are synonymous with each other, but the evil part depends on the viewer.
  • First Installment Wins/Sequelitis: The Chronicles of Riddick was not very well received by critics or many fans of Pitch Black. The Genre Shift might have something to do with that, and the Disney-fication compared to the original. Which was more for the PG-13 rating instead of the shift.
  • Memetic Badass: Riddick is almost all the archetypes of characters like this rolled into one.
  • Spiritual Licensee: To Warhammer 40,000. Vin Diesel, an avid tabletop gamer, even said as much in an interview for the third film.

The movie:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The Purifier's Secret Test of Character conversation with Vaako is obviously a Loyalty test. It's not clear if he's acting on the Lord Marshall's behalf to ensure that Vaako isn't plotting against him, or, given the Purifier's later actions, if he is feeling him out to see if he'd make a potential ally.
  • Complete Monster: In the extended version, Zhylaw is the Holy Half-Dead Lord Marshal of the Necromongers, a spacefaring death cult on a crusade to either convert or wipe out all in their path. When as a young warrior he was given a prophecy by the air elemental Aereon that a male child born on the planet Furya would one day cause his downfall, he commited genocide against the Furyans in his own private war, even strangling newborn infants to death with their umbilical cords. Since becoming Lord Marshal he has wiped out entire star systems inhabited by millions of colonists before settling on the Helion system, overrunning the capital world with his forces sustaining heavy casualties and killing many civilians in the process. When one of the captured leaders of the planet objects to his demands for total conversion given that on their world they accept all cultures, Zhylaw responds by ripping the man's soul out of his body. Discovering that Richard B. Riddick is the one prophesied to kill him, the Lord Marshal initially tries to have Riddick killed before later offering him to part ways solely out of fear. He also has Aereon captured to provide him with further revelation, promising to spare her world "for last" while indicating that her own end will come as soon as he has no more use for her. In the climax he prepares to scour Helion Prime clean of life when Riddick challenges him to one-on-one combat. Zhylaw attempts to rip Riddick's soul out before fatally wounding his friend Kyra when she intervenes. Fully beholden to the omnicidal creed of the Necromongers, Zhylaw was nevertheless willing to throw his warrior ideals out the window as soon as he felt threatened, prompting his second-in-command Lord Vaako to believe that he was no longer fit to be Lord Marshal.
  • Memetic Mutation: The "EVERY MORNING I WAKE UP AND OPEN PALM SLAM A VHS INTO THE SLOT" copypasta. note 
  • Narm:
    • Count how many times Riddick takes his goggles off in dramatic moments in Chronicles. It's nearly impossible not to start giggling after a while. The odd part is, in Pitch Black, it's revealed that his night vision makes his eyes sensitive to light so he needs the goggles. In the sequel, this weakness is apparently gone since he whips them off every other scene, including one in which he gazes at explosions.
    • Kyra's "Shit! I hate not being the bad guys!" Yes, we get it. You're edgy.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Riddick being at last captured and sent to a triple max prison on a hellhole planet where he reunites with a now jaded and cynical Jack would have made a fine enough plot on its own, without the frankly out of left field necros.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Dame Judi Dench? Really? More details rescued from that page: Chronicles made some fans wonder "What the hell is Judi Dench doing in this film?" Vin Diesel wanted her so much, he sent a humongous number of flowers and bouquets along with the scripts to convince her. She complied after they met and bonded over Dungeons & Dragons (they both play).
    • Justified as the role was designed specifically for her by Vin Diesel and David Twohy. Word of God on either the DVD commentary or the "extras" subtitle track.