YMMV / The Incredibles

  • Acceptable Professional Targets: Mr. Huph, Bob's manager at Insuricare, is a callous jerk. On the commentary, Brad Bird reveals that the animator for the scene where Bob finally snaps on him begged for the job, and was probably working out some major issues.
  • Accidental Innuendo: Averted. During the Jack-Jack Attack short, Kari asks absently why her 'replacement babysitter' has a big 'S' on his chest. Syndrome says he was going to have the initials for Baby-Sitter put on there, but...
    "The Sitter": ...then I'd be going around with a big 'B S' on my chest. You can see why I didn't go with that.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Helen is the true hero of the story. The film is about Helen's realization that the shallow domesticity she has accepted is suffocating her as well as the rest of the family, and at the end of the movie she achieves happiness by accepting her true calling as more than merely a homemaker. This is supported by the interpretation of Violet as the second lead. Violet grows as a person much more than her brother Dash. Violet frees her family from Syndrome both in his confines as well as the explosion which kills him.
    • Also, think about what really saves the relationship between Bob and Helen. Is it Bob realizing how important his family is to him? Or is it due to Bob getting back in shape, getting (apparently) a better job, and getting the chance to shine again as a superhero?
    • Ironically, there's a deleted scene where Helen and Bob are at a barbecue and a career woman there is dismissive towards her choice to be a homemaker and Helen absolutely flips out at her. This was inspired by the director's wife being mistreated by people when she chose to quit her job and stay at home to raise her kids.
    • Mirage: a genuine case of Even Evil Has Standards who turns good due to horror at her bosses actions... or a smug Hypocrite who happily assisted Syndrome's murders before getting squeamish when she saw the results up close and then started to worry about her own neck rather than anything else?
    • Syndrome: Was his ultimate goal of a world where "everyone's super" because he wants equality, or because of the chaos people would cause with super powers? Or just another way to spit on the real hero's graves, like his former hero Mr. Incredible? Syndrome's "when everyone's super... no one will be" suggests the latter.
      • Some fans like to interpret Syndrome as a If I Can't Have You Yandere towards Mr. Incredible, because it makes the movie even funnier to watch.
    • One popular one for Edna is that her "NO CAPES!" speech may be out of guilt: after all, who designed those outfits with capes?
    • During the famous "WHERE IS MY SUPER SUIT?!" scene, Frozone's wife refusing to disclose the location of the aforementioned suit while a giant robot is rampaging through town may or may not be Skewed Priorities. It depends on whether she knew of the robot or assumed he was going to intervene on something more minor, like a bank robbery.
    • Dash: Precocious child acting out because he can't use his gifts, or entitled jerk using his situation as an excuse to cause trouble for others?
  • Animation Age Ghetto: One of Pixar's most defiant efforts against it. Like the best animated films, children enjoy it for the superheroes and action, while adults enjoy it for the sophisticated story and high-stakes drama. Brad Bird did get in a little trouble with some parents who claimed the film was too scary for children of five or younger. He responded by asking why they were taking their five year olds to see it in the first place.
  • Award Snub:
    • Averted in some regards because it won for Best Animated Feature and Best Sound Editing for the Oscars, but it wasn't nominated for Best Score, Best Director or Best Picture in a year where most critics felt it deserved even those nominations. It was nominated for Best Original Screenplay but lost to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
    • Voice acting, again, was snubbed across the board especially for Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, and for Brad Bird whose performance as Edna was pitch-perfect.
  • Awesome Ego: Syndrome. As Buddy, his fanboy ego grew to almost going toe-to-toe with a real super-villain. As Syndrome, that ego swelled to gaining his own island, henchman, and ways of disposal.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The "no school like the old school" scene is this for anyone not aware of that they are Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston of the Nine Old Men. Even after that, the cameo's still pretty out of nowhere.
  • Crack Pairing:
    • Violet/Syndrome is a quite a popular ship.
    • Elastigirl/Mirage also has a strong following.
    • But that's nothing compared to the popularity of Elastigirl/Syndrome.
    • Violet/Mirage also has a following, despite never appearing onscreen together.
  • Crossover Ship: Violet and Wilbur from Meet the Robinsons is another popular ship.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The montage of all the Supers who died thanks to their capes, and later Syndrome because of his cape.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Syndrome. There are quite a few fans who think that he was justified in taking out the supers, and will point to his claim to eventually sell his inventions to let everyone have powers. But this ignores the fact that he isn't the villain because of that; he's the villain because he's a Psychopathic Manchild who already killed dozens before the start of the film, and is happy to manufacture a threat to the public in order to play out his own fantasy without actually caring about saving lives, and furthermore has no problem with killing even children who get in his way.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Edna Mode. ("And guest.") Also Kari. Syndrome became one to the Pixar staff; he was originally only supposed to be a one-shot villain for the introduction, but they ended up loving his characterization so much that he was upgraded to Big Bad status.
    • The kid on the tricycle has his own fanpage.
    • Someone set up a poll for the best Pixar character. Frozone came in third, only under WALL•E and Woody. Edna grabbed spot number ten. For contrast, Mr. Incredible got #13, with the second highest ranked Incredible family member (Elastigirl) being ranked #26.
    • Frozone's wife, likely due to her part in one of the best scenes in the film. Not bad for a character we never saw on screen.
    • Stratogal gets discussed a lot and even has fanworks despite being on-screen for less than ten seconds in the "No Capes" speech. Her being a Kid Hero who died young combined with the violent nature of her death makes her a frequent source of Tearjerkers.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The film teaches against Tall Poppy Syndrome and false accomplishments - pretending that everyone is equally special is wrong, because some people really are better at certain things than others, and trying to bring them down to the level of everyone else will ultimately only make everyone worse off. While "be who you are, not who others want you to be" sounds like a fairly family friendly aesop, the rather cynical implication is that people in general will always tend to envy you for being better than they are unless your superiority is immediately beneficial to them. It also gets a bit muddy when the same Arc Words ("When everyone is special, no one is") are used by both the protagonists to complain about artificial praise devaluing praise for the genuinely extraordinary, and the antagonist to describe his plan to democratize superpowers through technology, implicitly equating to the two (and framing the latter as villainous).
  • Foe Yay: Syndrome is beyond way obsessed with Mr. Incredible, to the point of not letting anyone destroy him but Syndrome.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Lucius complaining to Bob about how he wanted to go bowling. It was him that Mirage was following until his and Bob's vigilante antics made her realize that Bob was the former Mr. Incredible and switch targets. If they had gone bowling, as Lucius suggested, he might have been the Omnidroid's next victim.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Think people suing others for saving their lives is something that can only happen in the land of make-believe? Think again.
  • He's Just Hiding: Many a fan is convinced that Syndrome somehow survived being sucked into a jet turbine (largely so they can bring him back for shipping purposes).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Idiot Plot: At least as far as the prelude goes, where the man Mr. Incredible saved from committing suicide actually sues him for saving his life, a lawsuit that he is implied to have won. Further compounded by the ungrateful masses of Metroville and elsewhere following suit in suing all superheroes for injuries and damages in incidents where they otherwise would've been killed, and it is these lawsuits that force the supers to retire and go into hiding.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Mirage in the second half of the movie. Buddy Pine started out as this in the beginning and then....
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • You know the plot twist at the end of the movie? When Syndrome kidnaps Jack-Jack? Yeah, it overlaps with the "Jack-Jack Attack" short, and it seems everyone is perfectly willing to discuss it openly.
    • Several people called the Kari phone calls and subsequent Jack-Jack and Syndrome scene a bonus materials deleted scene for the DVD on first viewing of the film. Lo and behold ...
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Syndrome. More than half of the shipping fanart/fanfics you'll find will involve Syndrome.
    • Violet and Elastigirl are also subject to this, having been shipped with everyone. Everyone.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Syndrome.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • NO CAPES [sic].
    • "WHERE'S MY SUPER SUIT?"
    • "Coincidence? I THINK NOT!"
    • And when everyone/everything is X... nothing/no one will be!
    • "Edna Mode. And guest."
    • There has been an image from the scene when Syndrome talks to Kari, which shows him with the caption, "You dense motherfucker."
      • Which is actually a more well-known variation of another meme.
    • "My God! PULL! YOURSELF! TOGETHER!"
    • "WE'RE DEAD! WE'RE DEAD! WE SURVIVED BUT WE'RE DEAD!"
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Syndrome doesn't know at first that Bob's family is on the jet he launches missiles at. But when it's revealed that there are people Bob cares about - and that there are children on board - he still refuses to call off the missiles, mocking Bob and laughing at his anguish. He's also responsible for the deaths of several super heroes for his experimental robot, some of which were at Bob's wedding.
    • Mr. Huph smiling and saying "Well, let's hope we don't cover him!" when seeing a man getting beaten and mugged outside his window, then threatening to fire Bob if he ran out to help. His getting thrown through a wall and several cubicles was extremely satisfying.
    • Despite his brief appearance, Bomb Voyage crosses it when he tosses an explosive onto Buddy, showing that he has zero qualms about killing a child. The emotionless look on his face when he does it makes it all the more worse.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The game based on the film is pretty fun.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Frozone's wife, Honey, remains Behind the Black in her only scene and yet provides one of the movie's funniest moments.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Tony Rydinger, Mr. Huph, Dash's teacher 'Bernie', and Honey.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Synlet for Syndrome/Violet.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Helen gets some flak from some fans because of her being so against the Parrs using their superpowers and living like a normal family, ignoring the fact that superheroes are no longer allowed to be super, so them showing off their powers would result in them having to change their identities and move again—and it's implied that Bob's moonlighting has already resulted in this, which puts a lot of strain on their kids.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: The most popular couples, Syndrome/Violet and Mirage/Violet, are very nonsensical, the former for interacting with each other under villainous circumstances and the latter for them never appearing on-screen together.
  • Spiritual Licensee:
    • Team Fortress 2 is often compared to this film, as they share a similar art style, a saxophone-dominant score, and are both set in the late 60s-early 70s.
    • Because The Incredibles features a family of superheroes facing off against an evil genius with a grudge, it is often considered a vastly superior movie adaption of the Fantastic Four to any of the officially licensed movies. Cracked even referred to it as "more faithful to the comics than the actual Fantastic Four movie." It helps that most of the Four's powers are replicated.
    • It also was considered by some to be a Lighter and Softer adaptation of Watchmen, because of the superheroes having to register with the government and go underground. Consider also the major plot point near the end of both: The Big Bad attacks New York with a giant, octopoid monster. Also, it gives the same reasoning for not wearing capes.
    • And it had the best James Bond score in years.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: After Mr. Huph refuses to let Mr. Incredible go save a mugging victim, the latter throws the former through a wall. It's hard not to enjoy that scene.
  • Uncanny Valley: Downplayed by the animators intentionally giving the characters cartoonish proportions. Also, the animation designs were a shout out to the Rankin-Bass "puppet-toons" of the 60s. Syndrome in particular looks more than a little like Heat Miser.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Cracked.com had an article arguing that the true messages of this movie are "the strong are strong, the weak are weak, and evil happens when you try to make the weak strong." They compared Syndrome's desire to give everyone super powers to technology being used to help the disabled. This is forgetting/ignoring both that Syndrome's evil plan was made out of spite for Mr. Incredible spurring him from being a sidekick, rather than the goodness of his heart, and that he would only distribute his technology when he was old and had spent years lording his own superiority.
  • What an Idiot:
    • The populace, as a whole, for making the Superheros go into hiding in the first place can be called out for this as it just makes you wonder who will be there to fight against the Supervillains.
    • Even with all the strange happenings with Jack-Jack, Kari hands him over to a complete stranger? She did get called out on it, though.
    "That baby was EXPLODING! Have you ever sat an exploding baby before, mister Dicker?"
    • Bob yelling out, "Syndrome's remote!" Cue Oh Crap! face as the robot looks his way.
    • Syndrome's cape, the ultimate version of this trope. Obviously Syndrome did not listen to the NO CAPES rule.
      • Speaking of Syndrome, he frequently falls into Bond Villain Stupidity and Why Don't You Just Shoot Him? territory by inexplicably not using his zero-point energy gauntlets more often, the best example being when Mr. Incredible threw a car at him. Hours earlier, he used his zero-point energy beam to catch a flying tank truck, so why didn't he use them to keep the car from flying toward him? Even if he was apparently taken by surprise?
    • Mr. Huph's plan to keep Insuricare "in the black" actually damages him in the long run. By constantly creating loopholes to ensure his clients never get their claims approved, he's either going to get sued or a drop in clients, and through them, stockholders. The entire reason he still has clients at all is because of Bob's actions.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: A villain bent on taking out an entire family, a shot of the plane said family is on exploding, and a man about to attempt suicide without being saved? Yeah, definitely not kid-friendly. Brad Bird even called parents out that brought children of age five and younger to the movie.
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