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YMMV: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The comics:

  • Crack Pairing: Since the series deals with the relationships between various fictional characters, this happens quite a bit. Most visibly with Quartermain and Murray, but it happens with minor characters as well. Frankenstein's monster and his wife Olympia from Tales of Hoffman come to mind.
  • Creator's Pet: Orlando is regarded as some as this in the Century trilogy. Worth noting though the character is a Base Breaker who divides opinion.
  • Genius Bonus: Pretty much every damn page.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks: It is felt one part of the hatred towards Century: 2009 is due to Moore's opinion on Harry Potter.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In Century: 2009, Judi Dench's M from the James Bond films, who in this universe is Emma Peel, is made immortal. A few months later, she was killed off in Skyfall.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight
    • Moore's Grand Finale for Century: 2009 involves an epic face-off between Harry Potter and Mary Poppins. Just a few months after he wrote that scene (and almost exactly a month after the comic hit the stands) a battle between Voldemort and a swarm of Mary Poppinses turned out to be part of the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.
    • Among many other tidbits, Century: 2009 manages to tie James Bond and The Avengers together into one universe with the revelation that Judi Dench's M in the later Bond films is actually an aging Emma Peel. Though we never get to find out M's true identity in the films, Skyfall actually did turn out to include a brief moment where Kincade, Bond's old groundskeeper, addresses her as "Emma" (presumably because he misheard "M" as "Em").
    • Century: 2009 includes a brief cameo from "seasoned fixer Malcolm Tucker" on a television screen, in the same issue that includes several background cameos from The Doctor. Fast-forward to 2013: Malcolm Tucker is now the Twelfth Doctor.
    • A 2005 episode of Extras featuring Daniel Radcliffe mercilessly hitting on Dame Diana Rigg suddenly became Hilarious in Hindsight when Century: 2009 featured Emma Peel leading the fight to take down a deranged Harry Potter. Maybe she wanted revenge on him for flinging that condom at her head?
    • The final scene of the comic is of Quatermain's grave in Africa, just like the movie despite its Adaptation Decay.
    • About thirteen years after Alan Moore made Sherlock Holmes' older brother "M" in the first volume of League, the original M's grandson became Sherlock Holmes in Elementary.
  • Les Yay: Mina has no use for Orlando when he's a male.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: We never get to see the full exploits of the Second League of the Extraordinary Gentlemen, and their very much indeed awesome sounding encounter with Les Hommes Mysterieux is only described in text on the Black Dossier. Also sideway referenced in text are the missions of Prospero's Men, The Third League of the Extraordinary Gentlemen, Der Zwielicht-helden and Les Hommes Mysterieux themselves.
    • We also see far too little of the League of the 1780s, featuring Lemuel Gulliver, the Scarlet Pimpernel and wife, the Scarecrow, Fanny Hill, and Natty Bumpo. Most of what we do see when they appear is when they've largely retired from adventuring and are touring the world indulging their more hedonistic tendencies.
  • Tear Jerker: Now has a page in need of Wiki Magic
  • Take That, Scrappy!: People who disliked Harry Potter or who liked it but felt it was overrated in esteem and especially found the title character less interesting than the supporting cast enjoyed Moore's takedown of it in Century Vol 3.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The announcement of the Century trilogy initially had fans buzzing because they thought they'd finally get to see the original graphic novel's premise applied to 20th century fiction. And they did...except, instead of creating a new team of champions for a new era of fiction, Moore just made the two remaining members of the original Five-Man Band immortal, and added one consistent new member (Orlando) who quickly devolved into a Creator's Pet. By 2009, Mina and Allan have mentally aged so much that they barely even resemble their literary counterparts (which kind of kills what made the series fascinating in the first place) leaving behind little more than ultra-obscure background references.
    • Once Century: 2009 finally revealed the Moonchild's identity, many fans of Harry Potter objected to the entire storyline not necessarily because of Moore's treatment of the character, but because it wasn't nearly as interesting as it could have been. If Moore had managed to rein in his hatred of today's pop culture, and had actually familiarized himself with the character enough to make his portrayal feel authentic, it could have been a genuinely fascinating look at youthful rebellion, the paranoia of the post-9/11 world, and the conflict between destiny and free will. Instead, Harry is just portrayed as a one-note foul-mouthed teen with an attitude problem. Regardless of how you might feel about the source material, that's hardly the basis for an interesting villain.
    • Calling truth back to fiction, the idea of a large literature cross over is going to play out very differently depending on who is doing the writing, Alan Moore himself should have no excuse but to expect a lot of people are going to totally respect his due diligence for research but find his story choices, to be a complete utter disaster. But in truth there's no real way plausible to please a majority here.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Usually parodied, but Black Dossier's Sexfiend Golliwog definitely qualifies. Though knowing Alan Moore he fully knows about these and is chortling to himself as people get in a huff about them. As the Values Dissonance shows he does like playing around with Un-PC notions.
  • Values Dissonance: The comic deliberately fakes this trope to create aesops such as "ORIENTALS, while BRILLIANT, are EVIL". Which we would like to stress is a verbatim quote.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The Beatnik novella from the Black Dossier reads like this, which, given the source material, isn't surprising. If one takes the time to actually decipher the text, the plot seems to involve Fu Manchu and Professor Moriarty's descendants (Dean Moriarty and Doctor Sax, respectively) continuing a family feud by unleashing an ancient Aztec linguistic virus made from centipedes. Oh and the virus actually turns out to be Lovecraftian Eldritch Abominations.

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