YMMV: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The comics:

  • Base Breaker: Orlando is this. To some readers, he/she is a Blood Knight who is Living Forever Is Awesome personified. To other's he/she's a Creator's Pet and a one-note Camp Gay.
  • Broken Base:
    • The Century trilogy is very divisive amongst readers, with some hailing it for its more experimental qualities, the characters that appear and the many Awesome Moments that occur. Others slam due it due to Moore's attitude towards everything after 1969 and his treatment of certain characters.
    • Generally fans take issue with the judgment by defenders, that Moore's trying to be Truer To The Text in his usage of certain characters and don't especially appreciate the defenses given for making Hyde a rapist of the Invisible Man, James Bond an incompetent misogynist traitor and Harry Potter a school shooter strung out on anti-depressants. The same ones also take issue with Mina Murray being a divorced woman when she was Happily Married to Jonathan Harker in the original book.
  • Complete Monster: Hawley Griffin, aka the Invisible Man, is a psychopath recruited by England so his powers could be utilized for special missions. Introduced hiding in an all-girls boarding school, Griffin's been taking advantage of his powers to rape the teenagers there. He's already impregnated three girls and is apprehended in the process of raping a fourth. When he joins the league, it's not out of any sense of altruism but because he's been promised a cure for his condition, a pardon for his crimes, and a large sum of money. During his tenure on the team, Griffin displays streaks of cruelty and cowardice in equal measure. At one point he beats an innocent constable to death simply because he wanted the man's clothes, and at the climax of the team's first adventure, Griffin attempts to abandon the league to their deaths when things get too dangerous. With the arrival of the invading Martians, Griffin eagerly approaches them and sells out his entire planet to the invaders just so he can rule alongside them. Griffin gives the Martians information on where the human artillery positions are so they can slaughter their opposition, tries to get his teammates killed by selling out their hideout's location, brutalizes Mina Murray while stealing valuable military information, and advises the Martians to use their Red Weed to destroy the Thames and incapacitate the Nautilus. In a series where even monsters can be heroes, Griffin was never anything but a selfish, megalomaniacal snake who was willing to let his race be butchered and enslaved just so he could rule over what was left.
  • 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 Provincialism: A frequent criticism of the later volumes. For a series that's ostensibly a tribute to the history of fiction, it can strike some readers as a bit strange that most of the coded references in 2009 are to British pop culture, in spite of the growing influence of American and Japanese pop culture in the 21st century.
  • 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.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Ayesha, Queen of Kor and the main antagonist of the Nemo spinoff.
  • 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.
    • Similarly, though the movie's "Fantom" (a villain loosely based on Erik from The Phantom of the Opera and Fantomas) the comics did finally incorporate Phantom of the Opera into the plot of The Black Dossier. According to one of the supplementary stories, the League had their final face-off with France's "Les Hommes Mystérieux" at the Paris Opera, where they tried to stop their plot to plant explosives in the Phantom's old lair. The other half Fantomas being one of the French team members.
    • 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.
  • No Export for You: In Canada, at least, you can't buy the black dossier in stores. You need to get it online.
  • 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.
  • Schedule Slip: A regular enough occurrence that there's actually a backup strip in the v2 trade about it.
  • 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. The same applies for people who enjoyed the trolling of James Bond, even by the character's fans who felt the character was so overexposed they found this revisionist version entertaining.
  • 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.
      • Others felt that the universe of the book continuing to be doggedly Anglocentric in its depicted references—in spite of the growing influence of American and Japanese pop culture—was also far too provincial in scope.
  • 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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In an odd example it's the counter argument to Century's New Media Are Evil. What happened to alot the literature characters since like the 1950s? Maybe if the League world had stayed with "printed page" or "fiction" in general the world might not have been so bad, but that's assuming Moore reads much by other modern authors to be able to reference them.

The film:

  • Base Breaker: Over ten years old and IMDB still gets a debate several times a year on whether the film tanked for not being like the comic or if that was one of the best decisions it made.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The movie's Evil Plan involves a mysterious bad guy (who's eventually revealed to be Professor Moriarty) trying to start World War I a few decades early. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which came out almost a decade later, was about the same thing. In this film, Moriarty even references the Reichenbach falls as where "that man died." Perhaps he got some plastic surgery, and tried to start his Evil Plan all over again, but went more ambitious by using the League?
    • Richard Roxburgh would also go on to play Dracula in Van Helsing a year later, which also featured a Mr. Hyde.
    • When reviewing the 1994 live-action film The Jungle Book, Roger Ebert talked about the In Name Only premise and wondered "What's next? Tom Sawyer with a car chase and a shoot-out?"
  • Retroactive Recognition: Shane West (Sawyer) currently plays Michael in Nikita.
    • Somewhat funny, because Peta Wilson (Mina) got her start as the lead on La Femme Nikita, of which Nikita is a remake