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YMMV: The Expendables
  • Author's Saving Throw: Sylvester Stallone has said in interviews that he deliberately tries to cast guys who are either up-and-coming (Like "Stone Cold" Steve Austin) and give them a nudge, or he tried to cast guys who got derailed (like Dolph Lundgren) and hopes it gives them a second chance. He has said this is why he wanted Jean-Claude Van Damme and Wesley Snipes in the movie (he got them in the second and third, respectively), for example. He's also been trying to get roles for Michael Pare and Steven Seagal for upcoming installments.
  • Base Breaker: There is a split on opinions on Billy the Kid. One half of the fanbase are willing to say that he was well-acted and functioned well within the team and for the most part is respected for not being as obnoxious and cliche as he could have been and for facing death like a hero. The other half... well... just see What The Hell Casting Agency below.
  • Broken Base: The fact that the third movie will be rated PG-13 in contrast to the R ratings of the first two movies. Also, when a PG-13 rating was announced for the second movie, many fans were upset. Let's not forget that the third movie was also leaked online before it could be released in theaters, with many fans fearing that the movie might not do well at the box office because of this leak.
  • Cliché Storm: The reason it exists.
  • Complete Monster: Rogue CIA agent James Munroe is the Big Bad of the first film. A drug smuggler and mercenary, Munroe is responsible for his partner, General Garza, transforming the island of Vilena into a Police State, using the people as labor in their drug operation. During his first scene, Munroe kills one prisoner, then derides Garza for his lack of spine, forcing the General to murder a second prisoner in order to save face. When the Expendables raid Vilena, Munroe captures Garza's daughter, Sandra, who opposes her father's government, and has her waterboarded over Garza's objections. He contracts former Expendable, Gunnar, to kill the rest of the team, and when Garza turns on him following the Expendables' assault on Vilena, he shoots the General Inthe Back, kills the rest of his security detail, and tries to make good his escape, though not before instructing Paine and The Brit to torture Barney Ross, and taking Sandra hostage to use as a Human Shield. Caring only for his profits, Munroe is willing to wreck an entire country in order to increase them.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Well, it uses The Good, the Bad and the Ugly's theme whenever Booker appears.
  • Even Better Sequel: Just for the sake of adding more names, more action and LOTS more in jokes, 2 was almost uniformly better received than the first one.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Steve Austin plays a man who, as a plot point, Would Hit a Girl. Steve Austin has faced charges for domestic abuse in the past.
  • Foe Yay: Mr. Church Lampshades this as he watches Ross and Trench trash-talk each other.
    Church: You two aren't gonna start sucking each other's dicks or anything?
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The sequel outgrossed both The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man in China.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: WWE has adopted Diamond Eyes as one of their themes. From a film that featured a classically-trained wrestler kicking a professional wrestler into a fire.
  • Ho Yay: Quite a lot.
  • HSQ: Off the charts for the final fight, in both movies.
  • I Am Not Leonard Nimoy: The titular Expendables, not that we're complaining; it's pretty much why we watched it.
  • Just Here For GodzillaTHE WHOLE DAMN CAST
  • Memetic Badass: The Movie.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Track 'em, find 'em and kill 'em!"
    • Also the close-up of Ross stabbing one of the mooks who were going to rape Sandra. Doubles as Special Effects Failure as the blood looks rather off in the shot and his knife kinda wobbles around unnaturally.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The console game. The Tower Defense webgame, not so much.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Trench and Church, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. The sequel gives them more screentime and action sequences. Also, Mickey Rourke, who has about 5 minutes of screen time yet gives arguably the best performance of the first film.
  • Reality Subtext: Possible case in that Barney's speech following Billy's death could also apply to the death of Stallone's son in Real Life:
    Barney Ross: Why is it the ones who deserve to live, that want to live the most, die - and the ones that don't deserve to live, keep on going?
  • So Cool It's Awesome: The entire series. Considering the fact that they are the revival of the action movie genre, this is to be expected.
  • Special Effect Failure: The guard that Ross decapitated somehow managed to grow his head back between shots.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • There was some grumbling at the news that The Expendables 2 would cut most hard profanity from the script to accommodate Chuck Norris at his request. Once the movie came out, though, pretty much everyone agreed that swapping out a few F-Bombs for an appearance from the Memetic Badass himself was a good trade.
    • Early reviews have bemoaned that III is both PG-13 and devotes an unnecessary amount of screentime to the younger Expendables.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Many critics who didn't like the movie were nevertheless impressed by Mickey Rourke's performance and wondered what such a dedicated performance was doing in a "brain-dead action flick". Oddly enough, a lot of critics, in an odd version of this trope, were expecting slam-bang action all the way through, but complained about the overuse of CGI (which was not a staple in 80s movies), the too-modern Shaky Cam, and, most unexpectedly, it having too much plot.
  • What The Hell Casting Agency: While the fandom seems to be rather accepting of a female presence on the team, the more vocal reaction to Liam Hemsworth being cast is vehement to say the least. Reasons vary; from him being too young, to not having an action movie to his credit, note  to his relationship with Miley Cyrus. Don't ask.
    • Though people stopped complaining once that found out that his character dies not even 20 minutes into the film
    • Kelsey Grammer in. III.

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