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NOTE: The video game has its own trivia page.

The series in general:

  • Name's the Same:
    • Julie Powers shares a very similar name with Marvel's Power Pack character, Julie Power (Lightspeed). This is confirmed to be deliberate in the color edition of Vol. 1.
    • Stephen Stills shares the same name with a real-life guitarist. The fact that his roommate is known as "Young Neil" suggests that this may be on purpose.
  • Old Shame:
  • Reality Subtext: O'Malley was first inspired to make the comic when he learned that his girlfriend (now wife) had three ex-boyfriends who were all named Matthew, and he wondered if they could form some kind of league. He was also going to name the second ex Matthew Lee, but thought that was too far to go for such an inside joke.
  • Self-Adaptation: Bryan Lee O'Malley was heavily involved in both the film adaptation and video game adaptation of his Scott Pilgrim comic books.
  • Teasing Creator: O'Malley has said on multiple occasions, that, although the Scott Pilgrim series is done, he's not done with these characters, and has implied several times he may make more books in the same universe, though not necessarily with Scott as the protagonist.
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  • The Wiki Rule: The Scott Pilgrim Wiki.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The series is firmly set in the early late 2000s and early 2010s due to the fact most of the cast use flip phones then smart phones and a few real life Canadian business, like Honest Ed's, were still standing at that point when they would be gone in the later part of the decade.
  • Word of God: O'Malley revealed on his blog that the Evil Exes didn't actually die when Scott defeated them, they were simply zapped back to their homes in the U.S. They also decided to give up their vendettas against Scott due to deeming traveling all the way to Canada for something they've already failed at not worth it.
  • Write Who You Know:
    • By O'Malley's own admission, Scott's life is based on the lives of himself, his wife, and his peers when he was a young twentysomething. He was in a garage band, obsessed with video games, and fell in love with (and eventually married) an American woman (they have since divorced) who had several ex-boyfriends, including two with the same name, whom he jokingly thought were all in some kind of League together. The concept ballooned from there.
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    • Comeau is based on and named after a friend of O'Malley's.

The Comic:

  • Fan Nickname: The G-Man, for Gideon. Something of an Ascended Meme in the movie, although considering the video game connection...
  • Image Source: He's Back
  • What Could Have Been: There are many, but most of them are really insignificant.
    • When Lynette punched the highlights out of Knives' hair, she was so badly (and socially) injured that a doctor said she will never be cool again.
    • Another is when Wallace and Kim dance in the beach at book four. Kim was smiling.
    • The third volume's cover art was going to be the main characters standing in the middle of Toronto, the fourth volume's cover art was going to feature Lisa Miller winking in a blue fluffy background, and the fifth volume's cover art was going to be Ramona in a pink sweater looking down at the ground on an empty white background.
    • The amp vs amp battle with the Katayanagi Twins in the movie was supposedly based on an earlier draft of volume 5.
    • A significantly different version of Scott's brother would have been in league with the twins in Volume 5 in O'Malley's original version of the book.
    • Young Neil in Volume 5 was planned to have a bizarre new girlfriend with an incredibly humorous scene, but her scenes ended up being scrapped before they were drawn.
    • Young Neil was originally going to be 9 years old.
    • Almost certainly a coincidence, Scott is the exact same age as Paramore's former guitarist, Josh Farro. The two have the same birth year (taking into account the implied setting of 2011 for the comic Scott would be born in 1987) and Scott's birthday (9/27) is two days before Farro's (9/29).

The Movie:

  • Dawson Casting:
    • Anna Kendrick, who played Stacey Pilgrim, and Ellen Wong, who played Knives (age 17). Both characters are teenagers, but both actresses were in their mid-20's at the time.
    • Actually inverted with Michael Cera, who was 22 when playing 24-year-old Scott Pilgrim, younger than Kendrick and Wong, which makes other characters' complaints about Scott being a cradle-robber really ironic.
  • Fake Nationality: American actors Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza play Canadians.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Reshoots in early 2010 were held partially to film the theatrical ending. Originally, Scott and Knives ended up together. The ending screened to test audiences and will appear on the DVD.
    • An idea for the same reshoots, which was never filmed due to time constraints, involved the film turning out to be All Just a Dream — and that Scott is actually a serial killer who murdered seven people. It is implied this ending would only appear on the DVD as an extra. Fans of this concept also whipped together a little tribute to it.
    • The DVD contains storyboards and concept art for a very different conclusion to the final battle. Two words: Mecha Gideon.
    • Ramona was originally supposed to fight Gideon during the final battle, but the choreographer determined that having four people fighting in a small arena suspended high in the air was too dangerous, so Ramona spends most of the fight on the sidelines.
  • Word of Saint Paul: In the commentary, Aubrey Plaza, who plays Julie, asserted that her character had (and possibly has) an unrequited crush on Scott, which is why she's so hostile to him. While Bryan Lee O'Malley, the creator of the original Scott Pilgrim comics, responded that Plaza was "making shit up", Edgar Wright, the director of the film adaptation, supported this view.
  • An odd fact mentioned in the making-of documentary. The studio originally wanted the film to be shot in New York, Edgar Wright had to insist on using Toronto. One of the producers mentioned that normally, anything that identifies Toronto as Toronto has to be avoided when shooting a movie in Toronto, but here they could go nuts in shooting these locales. And they did.
  • This movie has caused Michael Cera to turn himself into a real-life example of Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass. He underwent martial arts training for the film's fight scenes and enjoyed it so much he started training for real. He still looks like a complete wimp, but nowadays he's a complete wimp with a black belt.


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