YMMV / The Warriors

The film:

  • Adaptation Displacement: The movie is loosely based on a little known book by Sol Yurick. In fact, it's more faithful to Xenophon's Anabasis than Yurick's modernized (and deconstructed) version.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Luther, both in the film and in the game.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Last Of An Ancient Breed" by Desmond Child is a powerful song complete with an appropriate Title Drop.
    • "In The City" by Joe Walsh, while it sounds relaxing, sums up Swan's attitude at the end of the movie perfectly.
    • Arnold McCuller's version of "Nowhere To Run" is timed nicely as a threat to the Warriors.
  • Base-Breaking Character: With no pun intended, the Baseball Furies. Some viewers think they're awesome; others wonder what the filmmakers were thinking.
  • Critical Dissonance: When it came out, the movie was roasted by critics, who lambasted it as a mindless, plotless, absurdly unrealistic violent schlockfest. However, it attracted considerable popularity, largely for being a mindless, plotless, absurdly unrealistic violent shlockfest.
  • Cult Classic: The film was popular in its day, especially due to the controversy it created, but has found a second wind as a campy, violent cult classic.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Baseball Furies are easily the most recognizable and popular gang from the movie.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Even for the 70's, the Boppers' shiny purple vests and hats stick out like a sore thumb.
  • Ham and Cheese: The entirety of David Patrick Kelly's performance as Luther.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The main fight is Warriors vs. Rogues. What, the Warlocks and Clerics couldn't show?
  • Ho Yay: A street gang with a ratio of nine physically fit men to one rather homely woman? Almost all of whom bare their chests? And insist on fighting hand-to-hand? And are Bash Brothers? And the movie's loosely based on an ancient Greek legend? It's almost inevitable - and, in particular, hard to resist the temptation to "slash" Ajax and Cowboy.
    Cowboy: He saved my ass back there. We have to go back for him.
    • As mentioned in the main page, Rembrandt is uncomfortable and disinterested in the Lizzies' seduction, suggesting he is gay.
  • I Am Not Shazam: In the original Sol Yurick novel, the main gang was actually called the Dominators. The film avoided this trope by renaming them "the Warriors."
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Cyrus's rallying cry of "Can you dig it?" and Luther's taunt, "Warriors, come out to play!" pop up all over the place.
    • The poster on the main page.
    • "Shit the chicks are packed!!! THE CHICKS ARE PACKED!!!"
    • "You see what you get when you mess with the Orphans!?"
  • Narm:
    • Cleon's death. Getting mauled to death by a gang? Horrific. Being surrounded and attacked with synchronized elbows? Pretty hilarious.
    • The action sequences in general seem more suited to a performance of West Side Story than anything.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Baseball Furies. You're running for your life in the middle of the night in New York City and you come across a gang of creepy, facepainted mutes wielding baseball bats coming towards you....
  • One-Scene Wonder: Cyrus holding his speech to rally all the gangs.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • The undercover cop who nabs Ajax would later go on to be the mother of boy who accidentally wished to become an adult.
    • Speaking of Ajax, he's played by a young James Remar, in one of his first ever film roles.
    • Near the end of the movie, on the subway ride back to Coney Island, two couples board the subway. One of the passengers is played by a young Debra Winger in one of her earliest roles.
    • The radio announcer lady would eventually become the game show host for "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego". Seriously.
    • One of the Hero Antagonist police officers is Sonny Landham, who would later be well-known six years later for his role as Badass Native Billy Sole in Predator.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • The opening introduced the Hi-Hats, a gang that dress like mimes, but we never got to see the Warriors beat up any mimes.
    • Same goes for The Boppers, a gang that dress like stereotypical pimps
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Cyrus' plan of uniting the gangs and taking over the city sounds like it would have made a great movie, but it's a red herring that is quickly scrapped and forgotten.
  • Vindicated by History: The film did not perform too hot at the box office, and was negatively received by critics. Not helping was its trouble run at the box office with advertisements being culled to a minimum, and outbreaks of gang-related violence surrounding the film. Now it's considered a cult classic.

The game:

  • Moral Event Horizon: After Virgil has new Warrior initiate Ash murdered, Cleon decides to finally deal with the Destroyers, once and for all.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Chatterbox (and his art gallery) are creepy as fuck.
    • The entire Baseball Furies mission. Being chased by ruthless gang members with baseball bats and face paint would freak anyone out.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: Among fans of the film, and even gamers in general, this is a much beloved adaptation of the film.
  • Unwinnable by Mistake: Taking too long on the final battle with Luther will result in your AI controlled team mates throwing all the available debris, meaning you can't use it yourself.
    • The boss fight against Birdie as well, as he can knock out your allies by shooting at them. if he knocks them all out, there is nobody to chuck bricks at him to get him to move into your line of sight for attacking him, making it impossible to defeat him.