YMMV / The Fall

The Band:

  • Archive Panic: They have released 29 studio albums since 1978. Don't rely on compilations for help either, most of them are rather poorly compiled or only focus on a certain point in the band's career.
    • One possible good compilation is 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong.
    • What many fans and critics claim is the band's definitive release, the 2005 Complete Peel Sessions 1978-2004 box set of radio sessions, weighs in at 6 CDs and seven hours.
  • Face of the Band: Mark E. Smith.
    • There's a handful of long-running members that are easily recognized by the band's fanbase. Among these are drummer Karl Burns (1977-1979, 1981-1985, 1993-1998), bassist Steve Hanley (1979-1998), guitarist Craig Scanlon (1979-1995) and Smith's ex-wife guitarist Brix Smith (1983-1989, 1994-1996). Together or apart, these members appeared on most of the band's most popular albums. However, even hardcore fans can't keep up with - or can't be bothered to remember - the other members. The only current member of the band that most casual fans can name aside from Smith is his current wife, keyboardist Elena Poulou.
      • Fans of the American psychedelic rock band Darker My Love can pick out vocalist/guitarist Tim Presley (DML's own Face of the Band) and bassist Robert Barbato as members of the band during the Reformation Post TLC era of the band.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Athlete Cured" is heavily based around a riff taken from "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight": Supposedly the guitarist at the time had been playing the riff as a warm-up, and Mark E. Smith, having never heard the song before, quickly wrote down his own lyrics to go with it.
    • According to one bio of the band, when Brix came up with the bass-line that became the foundation of "Elves", everyone in the band but her immediately recognized it as "I Wanna Be Your Dog" by The Stooges.
    • "Greenway" is based around the same music as "Gameboy" by Greek comedy metal group Anorimoi, with a completely different vocal melody and new, English lyrics: This time it was blatant enough that they credited a member of Anorimoi as a co-writer, so it can also be viewed as a Cover Version / Song Parody.

The Film:

  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: See "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner below.
    • Kaboom.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Meta example: one of the chief reasons this film was created was that the multi-billionare behind it wanted to film at the UNESCO World Heritage sites, giving them both the money from letting him film there, and a broad cut of publicity, showing the world how awesome these places he loved were
    • The ending, though bittersweet. Roy's most likely permanently crippled, and the stunt that cost him his career didn't even up in the final cut. But his legacy can never end, at least in Alexandria's mind, since she sees Roy in every stuntman in every movie. "And he's going 'mwah, mwah, mwah! Thank you, thank you, thank you very much...!'"
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Odious and the sword cane. A Black Comedy example.
    • This exchange between Alexandria and Roy:
    Black Bandit: I WILL DESTROY HIM! And every Spanish thing.
    Alexandria: I thought he was Spanish?
    Roy: [oh, shit tone] Nooooo... He was French!
    • "It says all that on that little locket?"
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Beethoven's 7th symphony (second movement).
  • Fridge Brilliance: The more you look at the fantasy part of the story, the more you realise exactly how perfectly it fits a child's imagination of the story she's being told.
    • When Alexandria appears in the story as the Red Bandit's daughter, he quickly adds that she was "from a previous marriage." The existence of extra-marital sex (or even sex at all) wouldn't exist in the mind of a young child. This could be Alexandria trying to interpret this in a way that corresponds with what she knows about the world so far, or if the mentioning was added by Roy, could be a way to portray Alexandria's character as a non-bastard child or his character in a better way.
    • The scene with Alexandria stealing and eating the communion wafers seems a bit like a Big Lipped Alligator Moment, but it puts a great emphasis on Roy asking Alexandria if she's "...trying to save [his] soul." She has absolutely no idea what the wafers signify and has no idea what he's talking about. But when you think about the fact that both characters are probably Christian and that the flavor of Christianity practiced during this time would most likely believe that people who kill themselves go to Hell. Alexandria eventually helps Roy want to live again, even if she doesn't exactly understand what's going on. According to their time's standards, she does in fact save his soul.
    • When Roy narrates the Indian's backstory, the visuals depict an Indian as in the subcontinent, despite Roy's use of the words "wigwam" and "squaw" clearly referring to Indian as in Native American. However, this makes more sense when one remembers that we are seeing the story as Alexandria imagines in. Having grown up in Europe, she would of course hear the word "Indian" and think of the subcontinent, not the Native American.
  • Fridge Horror: A meta and in-universe example. Alexandria will never see Roy again, but will likely remember him. Imagine when she's older and eventually realizes she accidentally aided someone with a suicide attempt.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Roy.
  • Mood Dissonance: When Roy "overdoses on pills" and goes unconscious, Alexandria assumes that he is merely sleeping and starts making silly faces at him. This simply highlights the fact that Alexandria has no idea what's going on and makes it even more heartbreaking.
  • Mood Whiplash: A lot of the more depressing scenes have elements of this. While the Red Bandit is being beaten to death and starts drowning, Odious mentions that the pool is actually only "a few feet deep" reveals it doesn't reach higher than their waists.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Stop-motion is the creepiest way to depict a fever dream.
  • Reality Subtext: An in-universe example. Roy's treatment of the Red Bandit eventually becomes heavily influenced by Roy's self loathing and his suicidal tendencies.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Very, very, very subverted.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?:The reviewers like to compare this film with The Princess Bride, without mentioning the amounts of violence and adult themes that this film had. Not to mention that the narrator of "the delightful fairy tale" wants the little girl to assist him in killing himself.
    • That said...it probably could have been rated PG-13 rather than R, as it's mostly just "dark themes" (depression/suicide, revenge, death) while the violence level isn't excessive, being mainly fantasy violence and more tragic than gorey, and there's little to no sexuality. It even has a happy ending.

The Video Game:

  • Fridge Brilliance: ARID shows signs of glitching early in the game. It makes her deposition onto a facility designed for repurposing (or depurposing) make a lot more sense. Interestingly enough, her inability to notice that she's 'empty' is not a glitch or error in and of itself.

The Series:

  • Foe Yay: The sexual tension between Gibson and Spector during the interrogation in the series 2 finale can be cut with a knife. Spector takes an interest in Gibson, especially when he breaks into her room and reads her diary. Notably, when Spector and DCI Anderson are shot by the unstable violent small-time gangster, she rushes towards Spector rather than her one-time lover. Made more explicit when Anderson asks if she is as fascinated with Spector as he was, and if she had chosen himself as a lover due to his resemblance to Spector; Gibson quashes both notions.
  • Les Yay: DSU Gibson and Professor Reed Smith, oh so very much.
  • Refuge in Audacity:
    • When Paul Spector is being reprimanded by his boss for not following protocol, the former starts mirroring the latter's gestures and words for a good two minutes.
    • In the first episode of the second series, when Spector is returning to Belfast, he sees himself on the front of a woman's newspaper as a police facial composite (as he appeared 9 years ago), and then flat out asks the woman if she thinks he looks like the man in the composite sketch. When she answers with a "maybe," he takes out a pencil and starts filling in a beard over the composite, and asks again if it looks like him. She answers with "a little bit, yeah."
  • The Untwist: After Spector wrestles a lock of hair from Katie that she had nicked, the latter asks whose hair it is. You'd think that it was Sarah Kay's, as Spector had clipped hair from each of his victims. Spector claims that it is a lock of his mother's hair, which he washes regularly to keep fresh. By the end of the second series, it turns out... it is his mother's hair.