YMMV / Wanted

The Movie:

  • Crazy Awesome: Attacking a guild of assassins with a trash truck full of peanut-butter-smeared bomb-rats? Shooting a bullet so that it flies along a CIRCULAR WALL and kills everybody standing along it, including the shooter? Sloan's "X marks the spot" death from LITERALLY miles away during Wesley's "this is (not) me" lecture"?
  • Ear Worm: Danny Elfman does the soundtrack, and even sings rock music for the first time since his days in Oingo Boingo!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Six years later, in another movie, James McAvoy gets to play character who accuses someone else for committing assassination because the bullet curved.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Maybe a little bit too sympathetic for a label, but both Wesley and Fox could qualify. Their sympathetic portrayal in the movie is the closest to humanizing them.
    • Cross, specifically because he, as it turns out, was Wesley's father. All he wants to do was to prevent his son from being influenced by the Fraternity.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Shoot THIS motherfucker!"
    • The broken keyboard scene has spread too, leading to such gems as this.
  • Nightmare Fuel: A garbage truck chock-freaking-full of the aforementioned exploding rats.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Chris Pratt, pre-dating even his Parks and Recreation role here.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Wesley's boss may be verbally abusive, incredibly obnoxious, and a poor manager, but she does have a point in that Wesley should perhaps be doing his job rather than surfing the internet.
  • Wangst: Everything until Angelina Jolie first appears. Fortunately, it's Played for Laughs.

The Comic Book:

  • Anticlimax Boss: Mr. Rictus (and his gang of supervillain cronies, if you take them all together as one boss). The entire fight at the end, basically, was a huge letdown.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    Wesley: "Can you believe I raped an A-list celebrity and it didn't even make the news? That's how deep The Fraternity goes, my friend."
    Mr. Rictus: I don't rape goats, Mr. Gibson. I make love to them.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: In a fight between a group of nihilistic, mass-murdering, serial-raping assholes who want to continue ruling the world in secret and a group of nihilistic, mass-murdering, serial-raping assholes who want to rule the world openly, why should the reader really care who wins? Heck, you might as well root for the series' antagonist, Mr. Rictus. At least he's good for some Black Comedy (if you're amused by the slaughter of children). The You Bastard ending seems to indicate that the author himself hates both the story, and anyone who read it through to the end. One of the possible interpretations is that he's condemning anyone who could accept a universe so devoid of hope.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The Fox, who despite being a heartless murderer, would probably give you the night of your life. Before, you know, killing you.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Fox is intentionally made out to be similar to Catwoman and her appearance was modeled after Halle Berry. Guess who ended up playing Catwoman (In-Name-Only) in the film released the following year?
  • Holy Shit Quotient: High.
  • Narm: The book's final scene, a Take That, Audience! which calls out the reader for supporting a monstrous Villain Protagonist like Wesley, falls pretty flat for those readers who never do side with him in the first place and keeep reading only out of the vague hope that he receives some kind of comeuppance or Downer Ending.
  • Strawman Has a Point: A lot of the main characters' problems would have been solved if Seltzer (who runs two continents to everyone's one) just let Rictus run South America.
  • Squick: Human bodies exploding from Wesley's shots, cannibalism...