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"Our origin story begins. We're gonna be SUPERHEROES!"

Big Hero 6 is the 54th Disney Animated Canon film, inspired by the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name created by Man of Action, making it the first Disney animated film featuring Marvel characters following the company buying the comics publisher in 2009.note  Yes, after years of dabbling in fantasy, mythology, and even video games, a superhero film has finally entered the animated canon.

In fictional San Fransokyo (a portmanteau of San Francisco and Tokyo in form as well as name), robotics prodigy brothers Hiro and Tadashi Hamada live with their aunt over her cafe/bakery. Tadashi attends the prestigious university San Fransokyo Tech, and wants his brother, who spends his time hustling illegal bot-fighting, to do the same. Tadashi invents a huggable learning robot named Baymax for assisting in healthcare, and hopes it can be used in hospitals in the future, but a sad fate stops him from realizing that dream. When a threat to the city arises caused by the mysterious criminal Yokai, Hiro upgrades Baymax into a flying fighting machine, and recruits Tadashi's four best friends to form the ultimate superhero team to stop him.

Big Hero 6 was released in theaters on November 7th, 2014, preceded by the animated short Feast. It received an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

A television series taking place immediately after the film premiered in November 2017. The show is headed by Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley, who are best known as the creators of Kim Possible. A three-issue comic book series from IDW Publishing based on the animated series was released in 2019 after several delays. A post-film version of San Fransokyo was featured as a world in Kingdom Hearts III.

On June 29, 2022, a short-form animated series by Walt Disney Feature Animation, Baymax!, premiered on Disney+, focusing on Baymax searching for new patients.

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  • 20 Minutes into the Future: A banner marking the 95th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge on one of the streetcars puts the film as being set around 2032. While there are Metropolis/Blade Runner-style skyscrapers, giant turbines floating in the sky, and robots are common enough that nobody looks twice at the sight of Baymax, the neighborhoods look like old brownstones and the cars are mostly boxy subcompacts from the late '80s to early '90s, including the one that Wasabi drives.
  • Accidental Murder: Professor Callaghan stays in a burning building to fake his death; Tadashi Hamada runs in and tries to save him, so his death in the fire becomes Callaghan's indirect responsibility. At first, he callously dismisses this as Tadashi's own mistake, but in the end, Callaghan comes to regret it.
  • Acid-Trip Dimension: The world between the portals is a nebulous space filled with beautiful, technicolor cloud-like structures based on fractal geometry.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • T.J. Miller, playing the monster-suit-wearing kaiju fanboy Fred, has been "inside" of a monster before. The school mascot suit he wears in his introduction also resembles the head of a Hideous Zippleback.
    • Honey Lemon is introduced listening to "Boca, Dulce Boca", a song by Jose Luis Rodriguez (father of Honey's VA, Genesis Rodriguez).
  • Adaptational Diversity: In the original comic, all of Big Hero 6 was Japanese. The Disney adaptation changes the setting to the more multiethnic San Francisco, California (or "San Fransokyo" as it's called due to the series' Alternate History). Only Hiro retains his Japanese ancestry, and even then he's half-white. Wasabi is African-American, Gogo is Korean, Honey Lemon is an Ambiguously Brown Latina, and Fred is Caucasian. The body types are also diversified more.
  • Adaptational Nationality: The characters go from Japanese to American, albeit living in an alternate universe version of America with heavy Japanese influence.
  • Adapted Out: Silver Samurai and Sunfire do not appear in this movie, as they are both X-Men allies and the film rights to the X-Men franchise were owned by 20th Century Fox, and Disney had not yet bought the former company at the time. Not that they would fit in anyway, since the film's world is now a more tech-based sci-fi world, and mutants with superpowers would seem very out of place.
  • Aerith and Bob: Subverted. There are names like Cass, Abigail, Fred, Hiro, and Tadashi alongside GoGo, Honey Lemon, and Wasabi — but the latter three are nicknames. Wasabi makes it clear he doesn't particularly like his.
  • An Aesop:
    • When you're suffering, don't try to bottle it up. Your friends are there to support you and you should let them. Even Baymax says as much.
    • You should not let revenge turn you into a monster.
    • Don't judge people by their appearances — everybody has Hidden Depths.
    • You can use your intelligence and imagination to find a new angle and think your way out of trouble.
    • When developing a potential scientific innovation, your priority should be the intention to help people, not hurt them.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: In a couple of moments, Wasabi tousles Hiro's hair in a brotherly fashion.
  • Affectionate Parody: The movie is partially one to token anime hero archetypes, such as The Kid with the Remote Control, Master Swordsman, Magical Girl Warrior, Ace Pilot, and a Kaiju.
  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: An offscreen example. According to Aunt Cass in an attempt to get Hiro out of his depression funk alone in his room, downstairs in the cafe the 80-year-old Mrs. Matsuda is wearing something super inappropriate for her age.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Played with, but ultimately inverted, with Baymax disobeying an order from Hiro to prevent harm to others.
  • All There in the Manual: A good chunk of the characters' backstories, as well as the Alternate History of San Francisco, are only mentioned in pre-release materials. Also, the antagonist Yokai is never named in the film. They mention his real name, but not the "Yokai" codename. It only shows up in the subtitles the first time he talks.
  • Alternate History: While not stated in the film, Word of God is that the movie is set in an alternate timeline where, after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake (which, according to The Series, happened two weeks earlier than in our timeline, and was the result of a botched experiment, not a natural event), the city was rebuilt by Japanese immigrants using techniques that allow movement and flexibility in a seismic event. Afterwards, it was renamed San Fransokyo due to the mix of Japanese and American architecture.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song:
    • The Japanese version of the movie uses Ai's "Story" as the ending theme. Strangely enough, even though the artist originally sang it in Japanese, the movie instead uses the English version of the song.
    • The Italian dub features "Supereroi in San Fransokyo" by Moreno in the ending credits.
  • Always with You: Baymax tells this to Hiro just before he sacrifices himself to allow Hiro and the transport pod to return to normal space. It turns out to be literally true, as it's revealed that Baymax hid his primary healthcare chip in the rocket fist he uses to push Hiro to safety, allowing him to rebuild and restore Baymax later on.
  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: A rare inversion. The American trailer focuses more on action and comedy, while the Japanese trailer delves more into the drama of the story. This has the resulting effect of Japanese filmgoers being unprepared for the amount of action found within the movie.
  • Americasia: San Fransokyo. The creators have confirmed it is San Francisco during an alternate future where the city was rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake by Japanese immigrants.
  • And Starring: "And Stan Lee As Fred's Dad."
  • And the Adventure Continues: The film ends on this note, with the Big Hero 6 now established and going on their next crime-fighting patrol together.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Tadashi, when he rescues Hiro from some thugs at the bot fight. Shortly after, Aunt Cass when she has to bail Hiro and Tadashi out of jail. They even use similar phrasing.
  • Animation Bump: The film was the very first to utilize the studio's in-house Hyperion render engine, which was capable of producing more realistic looking images than Pixar's RenderMan. As a result, the visuals take a giant leap in quality compared to Frozen, released just the year before.
  • Animesque:
    • Downplayed in the film itself, which keeps the traditional Disney style for the most part, though there are still hints that it's influenced by anime (Hiro's hair comes to mind). However, as far as marketing is concerned, several toys and plushiesnote  are made in this style, and it even has its own official Manga adaptation through Yen Press.
    • The Creative Closing Credits definitely apply here, as the characters are drawn in typical anime and manga format with Marvel comics pastels and printing.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Not exactly recounting the apocalypse, but the tie-in book Hiro's Journal shows us the events of the movie from the perspective of diary entries.
  • Arc Words:
    • "Will X improve your emotional state?" — When Baymax takes Hiro's mental health into consideration.
    • "Are you satisfied with your care?" — Baymax again, first used in a lighthearted scene and coming back throughout the movie.
    • In the manga, "Just as I predicted", with varying levels of seriousness depending on the situation.
    • "Look for a new angle!" — To a character who desperately needs to find a solution.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: After Hiro upgrades Baymax to do karate, he guides him through a series of attacks.
    Hiro: Hammer fist. Side kick. Knife hand! Back kick! Gummy bears!
  • Artificial Gill: Downplayed. One exhibit briefly shown at the SFTT Showcase is a man underwater breathing through such a device.
  • Artistic License – Physics: When Wasabi uses his plasma blades to cut a circle through the metal door to gain access to the secret base, there's no physical reason why the door section should slide forward and fall into the hallway. The entrance is on level ground, and Baymax, the only one with the physical strength to realistically push it in, is shown at the back of the team when the door falls away.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • Delivered by Baymax in the wake of Hiro's attempted murder of Yokai/Callaghan.
      Baymax: Will terminating Callaghan improve your emotional state?
    • As well as:
      Baymax: Is this what Tadashi would have wanted?
  • As You Know:
    • Tadashi talking about Hiro: "You graduated high school when you were 13, and this is what you're doing?"
    • Near the beginning of the movie, Hiro reminds his own brother (who he's been living with for years) when their parents died.
      Tadashi: What would Mom and Dad say?
      Hiro: I don't know. They died when I was three, remember?
  • A-Team Montage: Showing each of the team members testing out their skills on Heathcliff.
  • Bait-and-Switch Compassion: After getting Hiro out of a sticky situation at the bot-fighting ring, Tadashi asks Hiro if he's alright and if he's hurt at all. When Hiro confirms he's unharmed, Tadashi starts hitting him, asking, "What were you thinking, knucklehead?" This is repeated by Aunt Cass after she bails them out of jail.
  • Beat Without a "But": After Aunt Cass bails her nephews out of jail, she rants, "For ten years, I have done my best to raise you. Have I been perfect? No! Do I know anything about children? No! Should I have picked up a book on parenting? Probably! ...Where was I going with this? I had a point..."
  • Beeping Computer: The holoscreen in Hiro's garage produces sounds when interacted with.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Honey Lemon discovering Baymax's discarded healthcare chip and replacing it as he goes on his rampage against Callaghan, returning him to his original harmless persona.
  • Big Fancy House: Fred's parents own one.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The villain's name, Yokai, means "spirit" or "phantom" in Japanese.
  • Bittersweet Ending: While Hiro does manage to stop Callaghan's plans in the end, saves Abigail and builds a new Baymax, he does not get his microbots back, he is forced to keep his double-life as a superhero a secret from his aunt, and the details of Tadashi's death leaves something to be desired. Not to mention, we never find out what caused the fire, what the team's real names are and Wasabi does not get his car back until the series.
  • Blaming the Victim: Callaghan claims that Tadashi's accidental death in a fire was his own fault; it's made worse by the fact that Tadashi only put himself at risk in the first place trying to rescue Callaghan. Upon hearing this, Hiro snaps and nearly kills him.
  • Black Site: The entire island where the teleportation experiment was carried out gets quarantined after the accident. It is not clear whether Abigail's death was classified and thus not public knowledge.
  • Bloodsport: A family-friendly version with the bot fights Hiro partakes in.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Baymax's sole motivation is the survival and physical health of his patients, making him hard to work with at first. He becomes much more co-operative when he adds mental health to the list and is convinced that helping Hiro will improve his mental health. He also considers just about everyone he encounters a potential patient, even scanning the Big Bad and determining (among other things) his blood type during their first encounter.
  • Bookcase Passage: The secret room Fred discovers in The Stinger.
  • A Boy and His X: Hiro and Baymax. Through their relationship, Hiro teaches Baymax about humans' minds and how to express genuine compassion and empathy, and in turn Baymax helps Hiro heal from the trauma of Tadashi's death and become a real hero.
  • Brain Bleach: The others' reaction to seeing some of the items in Fred's rec room, notably a Boris Vallejo-esque painting of a hugely muscled Fred riding a dragon-winged sabretooth.
    Wasabi: If I wasn't just attacked by a guy in a kabuki mask, I think this would be the weirdest thing I've seen today. [...] My brain hates my eyes for seeing this.
  • Brain/Computer Interface: The microbots are controlled by a headband neural interface, which Yokai incorporates into his kabuki mask.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Hiro after Tadashi's death.
    • Baymax after being forced to attack Callaghan.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The picture of Fred's parents, especially his dad, may look familiar to Marvel fans. It shows up again in The Stinger, and his dad really is a Stan Lee cameo.
    • Baymax takes a Scotch tape dispenser from a cop's desk while patching himself up. During the credits, Hiro gives the cop a ribbon-wrapped new one.
  • Bring It: Played for Laughs during the training montage when Heathcliff does this to Honey.
  • Broken Pedestal: When Hiro meets Professor Callaghan, he clearly idolizes him...which makes the realization that Callaghan was responsible for Tadashi's death even harder to take. The others feel the same way, given their shocked expressions.
  • But Not Too Foreign: A rare non-character example with the city of San Fransokyo, a mash-up of California and Japan.
  • Call-Back:
    • When Hiro first meets Baymax, he suggests to Tadashi that Baymax would charge faster if he used supercapacitors instead of a lithium-ion battery. Later in the movie, Baymax recharges in mere seconds — apparently Tadashi took his brother's advice!
    • At the end of the movie, Hiro hurls himself into the portal because "someone needs help" despite the possibility of it exploding, just like Tadashi did when he ran into the fire.
    • Baymax tells Hiro about his I Cannot Self-Terminate instructions when they first meet. Those words come back in the climax.
    • "Tadashi is here," said by Baymax. He has a video of Tadashi in his memory, which he uses to snap Hiro out of his Heroic BSoD.
    • "Megabot, Destroy" is the command Hiro gives to his bot-fighting robot at the beginning, and become downright chilling when he later says "Do it, Baymax. Destroy him!" as he unleashes Baymax on Callaghan.
    • "Last hug."
    • "Try looking at things from a different angle," said whenever Hiro is trying to find a solution to his problems.
    • "Flying makes me a better healthcare companion." First posed as a question by Baymax, and later as an affirmation of knowing what Hiro needs him to do.
    • "I'm not giving up on you." Spoken by Tadashi to Hiro when Hiro is trying to come up with a presentation for the tech-show, and again by Tadashi to Baymax when he was trying to iron out the bugs in Baymax's programming.
  • Calling Your Attacks:
    • Fred always seems to enjoy doing this, and by the climax, Wasabi even joins in with his "Green Blades of Fury".
    • Hiro does this whenever Baymax attacks, though it's justified because Baymax doesn't know when to attack, so Hiro is giving him instructions on what to do. Until the climax, when Baymax masters the timing and begins calling his own attacks.
  • The Cameo:
    • Stan Lee appears in The Stinger, rounding out the Brick Joke.
    • In the UK release of the movie, the two technicians who detect that something has gone awry with Project Silent Sparrow are voiced by Dan and Phil.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Thanks to Disney's new Hyperion rendering engine, not only does every named character have a unique face, but so does every unnamed character.
  • Casting Gag: Alan Tudyk's Alistair Krei is once again the character the film paints as the villain before the real antagonist is revealed, like in Frozen. This works because the latter is a further casting gag to Wreck-It Ralph, where he voiced the real villain.
  • Chase Scene: The team's first encounter with Yokai, before they've built their super-suits, ends with them fleeing in a car with Yokai pursuing. It starts out very comedic, with Fred geeking out and Wasabi insisting on obeying red lights and road rules while being actively pursued by a supervillain, but gets more serious and dramatic as it progresses.
  • Chase Stops at Water: Justified when the car chase ends when the heroes' car falls into the bay, because Yokai assumes they must have died. It's only because of Baymax's flotation function that they are all able to get out safely.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Tadashi's advice to "look at things from a different angle" initially helps Hiro figure out what to make to get into a science college. In the final battle, it helps the heroes escape Yokai's clutches when he has each of them cornered.
    • Baymax's medical scanner gets upgraded with a much higher range so they can use it to locate the Big Bad. It's what allows him to realize that Abigail Callaghan is still alive inside the Krei portal.
    • Hiro's Megabot at the beginning of the movie, which inspires him to create the microbots.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: There are only 14 named characters in the entire film. 15 if you include Stan Lee in the stinger. Now subtract the titular six big heroes, and the mystery villain himself. Now remove the four who are obviously supporting characters or extras. That leaves exactly three characters who could be the villain. The first guy is Tadashi, would require some extremely out-of-character justification to make him the villain, and he very definitely dies heroically early on. The second guy is Alistair Krei, who is blatantly implied to be a bad guy through the whole movie. The third guy is Professor Callaghan, who exists only to be idolized by the hero and warn him that, no, really, that second guy is really bad, and then he dies as well. Except his body isn't seen. As a result, he is the ultimate villain.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Hiro's friends' areas of scientific expertise are all shown in their introductory scene — GoGo's maglev bike, Wasabi's plasma laser cutter, and Honey's chemical know-how — and all of these end up as the focuses of their respective suits. Fred, on the other hand, has no scientific knowledge, but he sure knows how to spin a sign, which becomes useful in the climax.
  • City of Adventure: San Fransokyo, obviously.
  • Clark Kenting: A downplayed example. At the end of the movie, a news story reports, "the whole city of San Fransokyo is asking, who are these heroes"? While it is true that, except for Fred, none of the other team members completely hide their face, it is Justified in that the team is still so new that they don't stand out from the millions of other people in the city, and their various headgear does partially obscure their faces.
  • Close on Title: The movie's title is the last thing to appear before the credits, following a shot of the team jumping towards the screen and Hiro narrating, "Who are we?"
  • Comfort Food: Cass stress-eats a doughnut after getting back to the cafe from picking up Tadashi and Hiro from the police station.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: The movie got a manga adaptation. This also counts as a Recursive Adaptation, since the film itself is based on a comic book series.
  • Connected All Along: Abigail turns out to be Yokai/Robert Callaghan's daughter.
  • Conveniently Empty Roads: During the scene where Yokai chases the team through the streets of San Fransokyo, there are no other cars driving around in the urban setting.
  • Conversation Cut: After Tadashi shows his lab to Hiro, they stand in front of the building, and Hiro asks, "How do I get in?" Cut to the next scene at home, where Tadashi tells Hiro about the student showcase, as if they couldn't have talked about it on their way there.
  • Cool, but Inefficient: Played with. There appears to be no functional difference between Yokai's kabuki mask and the headband Hiro designed for the first batch of microbots. Because of its larger surface area and predominantly white color, the mask serves as a bigger target for Yokai's opponents to exploit, and seems to be knocked off relatively easily during his first encounter with Big Hero 6. However, it also shields the villain's identity while providing him a sinister kabuki face, and during Yokai's later encounter at Krei Industries it's shown sliding up Iron Man-style, suggesting it's been upgraded and not as easily knocked off.
  • Cool-Down Hug: Hiro, still clearly upset with himself for wanting revenge against Callaghan, apologizes to the others for going off the deep end. GoGo surprises everyone by shutting Hiro up with a hug, showing that she forgives him.
  • Create Your Own Hero: It was Callaghan burning down the building the exhibition was held inside to cover his tracks and steal Hiro's microbots that led to Tadashi's death, this being the primary motivation for Hiro to form the Super Team that would eventually stop him.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The closing credits include a Where Are They Now epilogue drawn in an Animesque style mixed in with Marvel comics textures.
  • Creator Cameo: Paul Briggs, Yama's voice actor, was also the film's head story writer. Similarly, the desk sergeant is voiced by one of the film's screenplay writers, Dan Gerson (the officer's name tag even states his last name as Gerson).
  • Cultural Translation: GoGo's name in Chinese is a reference to a Chinese Super-Speed folk hero.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check:
    • At the beginning of the movie, Hiro is using his superior robotics expertise to trounce other back-alley bot fighters and grab up the winnings. Tadashi convinces him to put his smarts to use on something productive.
    • At first, we are led to believe that the Big Bad Yokai is Krei, which leads to the question of why he would go through the trouble of stealing Hiro's microbots and start using them for supervillain schemes instead of patenting them and selling them. However, this is subverted later on when the true identity of Yokai is revealed as Callaghan, who is motivated by revenge, not profit.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Krei is responsible for the death of Callaghan's daughter (or at least, so Callaghan thinks). To avenge her, Callaghan fakes his death and steals Hiro's invention during the fire, so Tadashi's death in said fire becomes Callaghan's indirect responsibility. When Callaghan is unmasked, Hiro flies off the handle, removes Baymax's Personality Chip, and orders him to "destroy" Callaghan. The rest of the team, however, is able to stop it and eventually talk Hiro out of it, so the cycle is finally broken.

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  • Dare to Be Badass:
    • Tadashi invokes this in a subtle manner when, instead of taking Hiro to another bot-fight, he takes him to his lab at San Fransokyo Tech and introduces him to Professor Callaghan and the other students in his "nerd lab", and then shows him Baymax. He hopes to inspire Hiro to do more with his life than compete in illegal bot-fights, and by the time they leave the lab, Hiro has made it his goal to attend San Fransokyo Tech.
    • During the visit, Callaghan does the same thing, noting that winning bot-fights with Hiro's bot is easy, while his course is hard, but his students will go on to change the world.
  • Dead Hat Shot: A closeup of Tadashi's baseball cap on the ground after the burning building he has run into explodes.
  • Death by Irony: Yokai, who is seeking vengeance on Krei for being involved with the accidental death of his daughter, narrowly avoids this happening to him when he provokes Hiro into seeking vengeance on him, Callaghan having been involved in the accidental death of Tadashi.
  • Death by Origin Story: At its core, the film is a Disney Deconstruction of both the hero and villain variants of this trope. Hiro is deeply affected by Tadashi's death, not even eating or going to the prestigious university he just got accepted to, despite that being what both he and Tadashi wanted for his future. When he finds out that the person (Callaghan) Tadashi died trying to save not only survived but coldly dismisses Tadashi's heroic effort, Hiro loses it and tries to kill Callaghan immediately afterwards. For Callaghan, even though Abigail turns out to still be alive, her perceived death is enough to turn him into a revenge-driven supervillain who has no regard for the people he hurts on his path of revenge. The only difference is that Hiro has the support of his friends and family to keep him from going through with revenge, while Callaghan has no-one and thus is not as easily convinced to give it up.
  • Death Glare:
    • Tadashi gives Hiro one at the beginning of the movie when they're both arrested.
    • Hiro does one too when Callaghan says that Tadashi's death was his own fault.
  • Death Is Such an Odd Thing: Baymax is momentarily perplexed by how a young man in good physical health like Tadashi could suddenly die.
  • Depth Deception: The film opens with what looks like two giant robots fighting. After a bit of combat, the camera angle changes to show that they're actually foot-high bots being controlled by humans.
  • Detachment Combat: Hiro's battle robot in the beginning appears to be easily bisected in the first round. In the second, it pulls itself together, then pulls itself apart to wrap around the opposing robot and unscrew its arms.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: When Hiro and Baymax are helping Abigail out of the portal dimension, one last chunk of debris that they didn't see coming crashes into them, disabling Baymax's rocket boosters and forcing him to perform a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Hiro, being an impetuous youth, seems to run on this trope; in his Establishing Character Moment, he enters a dangerous bot-fighting tournament and nearly gets the tar beaten out of him for hustling and winning against the bot-fighting champion, who is at least three times his size.
    • Callaghan, given that he gets himself into an Indy Ploy the moment Hiro reveals his microbots. He doesn't consider that Hiro might be able to track him down, or that the teenager would try to kill him once learning the truth about the fire that his brother died in. Also, he destroys Krei Tech Industries in broad daylight, and unmasks himself to Krei. All of this leads to him getting summarily arrested after the final fight is over.
    • The team going to Akuma Island after only practicing individually on Heathcliff. When they fight Yokai, they keep getting in each other's way while attempting to unmask him, because they failed to do any training as a team.
  • Died in Ignorance: Tadashi performs a Heroic Sacrifice when he decides to race back into the burning exhibition building to save Dr. Callaghan; the fire explodes just as he does. The Reveal that Dr. Callaghan had Hiro's micro-bots which sealed him from the fire (and is also the Big Bad) turns Tadashi's sacrifice into a senseless one, which absolutely shatters Hiro. This results in Hiro removing Baymax's medical personality, turning him into a killing machine.
  • Disastrous Demonstration: Of the teleportation device, which seemingly kills Abigail Callaghan and results in the entire research facility being shut down and quarantined.
  • Disney Death: At the climax, Baymax sacrifices himself to save Hiro and the person they're rescuing. He's lost forever in the void — except he secretly gave Hiro the chip containing his programming, memory, and consciousness, so Hiro can build him a new body and bring him back.
  • Disorganized Outline Speech: Cass gets lost in her scolding after picking up Hiro and Tadashi from the police station.
    Aunt Cass: Have I been perfect? No. Do I know anything about children? No. Should I have picked up a book on parenting? Probably! Where was I going with this? I had a point.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: When Tadashi scolds Hiro for participating in illegal bot fighting, Hiro insists that bot fighting isn't illegal... just betting on it, which he was doing.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Baymax on low battery power comes off a lot like he's drunk.
  • Don't Eat and Swim: The primary reason Baymax gives for keeping Hiro from blindly walking off a pier and falling in the water is that one should "always wait one hour after eating before swimming".
  • Dramatic Space Drifting: Baymax during his Heroic Sacrifice as he drifts away from the pod deeper into the portal dimension.
  • Dramatic Unmask: When Yokai loses his mask and his true identity is finally revealed.
  • Drunk on Milk: When Baymax is losing energy, his body starts deflating, and he moves, walks, and talks as if he's incredibly drunk.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Hiro has this reaction when Tadashi tells him that his fly was down for his entire presentation.
  • Easily Forgiven: After Baymax helps Hiro get over his need for revenge, he sees the error of his ways and goes to apologize to the rest of the team. He's barely even begun when GoGo hugs him and assures him that they're all going to help him take Callaghan down the right way.
  • Easter Egg: One of Fred's comics is published by "DPIX (Disney Pictures) Comics".
  • Edible Theme Naming: Wasabi, GoGo Tomago (a corruption of the Japanese tamago, meaning "egg"), and Honey Lemon. The cat's name is Mochi. The odd nature of them is lampshaded by Hiro; Tadashi mentions the names being given by Fred. Wasabi's in particular came from a Once Done, Never Forgotten incident, while the origins of the ladies' respective nicknames go unsaid.
  • Emerging from the Shadows: Fred's dad in The Stinger.
  • Enemy Exchange Program: While Hiro only becomes Yokai's enemy later, the latter still steals the former's microbots and transmitter to control them. Throughout the movie, he tinkers with them to make them look more menacing and be controlled in way greater numbers. He also hides the transmitter behind a Kabuki mask.
  • Enhance Button: Security footage gets drastically magnified to reveal plot-sensitive information. It's more reasonable than most cases of this trope, as the footage comes from a state-of-the-art research facility with expensive cameras.
  • Entertainingly Wrong:
    • Fred's speculation that Alistair Krei is Yokai is made via a mix of Genre Savvy smarts and circumstantial evidence. Krei is not the Big Bad himself, but Fred is partially correct, in that Krei is connected to the events that produced Yokai from Callaghan.
    • Fred as he invites the team into his home.
      Fred: Welcome to Mi Casa. That's French for "front door".
      Honey: It's really... not.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Hiro starts the movie by entering a "cute" robot into a bot fight, putting on a Deliberately Cute Child act of Obfuscating Stupidity, and then crushing his opponent after two rounds.
    • Tadashi taking Hiro to the "nerd lab" serves as this for most of the main cast, showing off both their personalities and their scientific specialties and interests; Aloof Dark-Haired Girl Gogo applying zero-mag suspension to a bicycle, The Perfectionist Wasabi and his laser-induced plasma, Genki Girl Honey Lemon using chemistry to reduce 400 pounds of tungsten carbide to dust, and Cloudcuckoolander Fred in his monster suit.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: The team is shocked at the reveal that the Big Bad turns out to be Professor Callaghan, their highly respected teacher at the Institute of Technology.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: While trying to come up with a project to demonstrate at the student expo, Hiro notices his battle-bot, which is composed of three independent units that are magnetically bound together. He comes up with the idea of constructing millions of miniature versions of his battle-bot units, which he calls "microbots".
  • Everything Is 3D-Printed in the Future: Hiro uses a 3D printer in his family's garage to construct his nanobots. And Callaghan has a whole automated assembly line system using printers to make the component bots of a Microbot Swarm.
  • Everything Is An I Pod In The Future: Played with; while the rest of San Fransokyo looks like early 21st century America, Baymax invokes this trope with his all-white body, minimalist design, and rounded surfaces. (He's more cuddly than your average Apple product, though.) The San Fransokyo Tech labs also have a similar look, albeit a little more colorful.
  • Evil Makeover: The microbots themselves. When Hiro demonstrates their use, the batch has a gray color scheme, and they reform themselves into various hard architectural shapes, emphasizing their use as beneficial machines. Yokai's collection, however, is all-encompassing black, stretches and spreads, and generally comes off more alien and menacing.
  • Facepalm: Hiro adopts this pose at the end of the first trailer after his attempt to suit up Baymax ends in failure.
  • Failure Montage: Hiro watches video footage of Tadashi's multiple attempts at perfecting Baymax, failing each time until he finally succeeds.
  • Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: Played for Laughs.
    • Tadashi tosses an oversized helmet on Hiro during the initial escape from the disgruntled bot-fighters.
    • Later, the ever-helpful Baymax gently advises that Hiro put on his seat belt while they're in the midst of a car Chase Scene, and buckles it for him.
  • Feedback Rule: When Hiro insecurely begins his microbot demonstration, he gets harsh feedback from the microphone.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: When Hiro is botfighting at the start of the film, he first puts a handful of crumpled bills into the betting pool. The next time he does it, the bills are all neatly rolled together — a quick clue-in that he's only acting the part of a naive child.
  • Flashback Cut: When Callaghan explains how he escaped the explosion using the microbots, there is a quick flashback to his perspective of the scene.
  • Fly-at-the-Camera Ending: The entire Big Hero 6 team does this at the end of the movie just before the title card, and a 2D animated version of Hiro and Baymax do this right before The Stinger.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In the scene where Krei tries to buy Hiro's microbot technology, Callaghan comments that he wouldn't trust Krei with such an important technological advancement. Or with anything else. This foreshadows Callaghan's motivation — he did trust Krei with something important, once. His daughter.
    • It's funny when Hiro changes the face on his fighting robot from smiley to angry. When he does the same to Baymax, it's not nearly as funny.
    • The way Baymax catches Hiro when they're tumbling out of a warehouse window. It physically demonstrates Baymax's heroic spirit (and by extension, Tadashi's), showing he considers the life of his patient important enough to risk his own personal well-being. The same general sequence of shots plays out when Baymax protects Hiro from the debris in the portal dimension, leading up to Baymax's Heroic Sacrifice.
    • When Hiro figures out that the fire wasn't an accident, the background music becomes darker, indicating a possible Start of Darkness.
    • When Baymax first asks "On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your pain?", Hiro quips "Physical? Or emotional?" Later, Hiro says how much Tadashi's death is hurting him, and has to tell Baymax — who senses no physical injuries — that "It's a different kind of hurt." Baymax then downloads data on how to treat patients who are suffering with emotional trauma.
    • It's established right away that Hiro has a specific gift at taking existing technology and miniaturizing it. His first battle bot relies on miniaturized versions of Callaghan's magnetic-bearing servos, and much of what he invents in the film is an example of this expertise.
    • In his first scene, Callaghan talks with Hiro about bot-fighting, and how his daughter used to love it. The relaxed tone of the past-tense conversation leads you to assume that he's implying that this was just a phase she grew out of...
    • The first scene in Tadashi's lab area shows Baymax's storage case. It mimics the design of Baymax's 2.0 armor, not only including the color scheme, but it stands on two little legs, has a big midsection, and even includes a "helmet" that you can see Baymax's face in.
    • Hiro draws a skull and crossbones on Baymax's combat chip card. Later, we see what happens when that is the only card governing Baymax's actions once Tadashi's healthcare card gets removed...
    • In the science expo scene, some of the characters are wearing clothes that foreshadow their future. GoGo wears a yellow/black ensemble and Wasabi wears a green/bluish-grey ensemble, matching their respective supersuits. Fred's shirt has an image of a kaiju, the basis for his supersuit, and Tadashi is the only one who's wearing a black shirt foreshadowing his death.
    • When the team finds the footage of the failed portal experiment, and come to the conclusion that Krei is the man in the mask, Hiro says such out loud, only for Baymax to immediately "Oh, no." He's referring to the incoming attack, but it works as a double meaning - Hiro is indeed incorrect, and Krei isn't the villain.
  • Frazetta Man: Fred has a painting of himself in this style in his room.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • Guess who's wanted by the SFPD? Prince Hans! In the same scene, when the shot cuts to Hiro and Baymax fleeing the station, pictures of Bolt and Ester (who ran the pound in the same film) can be seen on the officer's desk. On the left side of that background, there is a wanted poster for Flynn Rider as well.
    • There are many in Hiro and Tadashi's room, with all the action figures and posters. A prominent one is the large wall clock using either Gigantor or a Mazinger, though the arms seem to always be showing the same time throughout.
    • Prince Hans appears again in the training scene as the statue that Baymax destroys with his rocket fist.
    • One of Fred's throw pillows features the face of Stitch, as does one of the framed photos in Hiro's house. The other pillow features Splodyhead, Stitch's "cousin".
    • When the gang is talking in Fred's den, there are models of the Marvel villains Black Talon and Orka in the background.
    • It's easy to miss, but a statue of Olaf can be seen in the city during the flying scene.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Hiro trying to sneak Baymax past Cass while she's not looking.
    • At the very end of the scene where Hiro describes his first encounter with Yokai to the police officer, the officer's computer monitor can be seen. He's playing a game of Solitaire on it.

    Trope G to L 
  • Genre Savvy: Fred identifies and invokes the appropriate comic book tropes involved with masked men trying to kill civilians, though he incorrectly focuses on the Corrupt Corporate Executive being the villain and overlooks the possibility of a Mad Scientist bent on revenge.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: The girl losing the opening bot fight wears goggles for no apparent reason.
  • Gone Horribly Right:
    • In one story of the Comic-Book Adaptation, Fred asks Hiro to make an invisible suit. Hiro does such a good job that neither he nor Fred can find it afterwards.
    • Almost, when Hiro removes Baymax's healthcare chip to get him to "terminate" Yokai.
  • G-Rated Stoner: Fred is an example of the chill archetype. When Baymax tries to make the group share their feelings, Fred volunteers and says:
    Fred: My name is Fred, and it's been 30 days since my last—
    Fred: [seconds later, and purely because it's Fred saying it] Am I the only one seeing this?
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: Both the protagonists and antagonists have flaws and legitimate reasons for their actions.
  • Hacker Cave: Hiro has two of them: a small one in the corner of his bedroom, and a larger, more elaborate setup in his aunt's garage.
  • Handshake Substitute:
    • With Tadashi — a fistbump followed by both of them making exploding noises.
    • With Baymax — Hiro teaches his robot Baymax the fist-bump. Since Baymax can't properly make an explosion noise, he goes "Ba-la-la-la-la-la-la".
  • Happily Adopted: Hiro and Tadashi are both on good terms with their aunt. Hiro even mentions that he never knew his parents, since they died when he was three, but it's obvious he considers Cass his mom.
  • Hard-Work Montage: Subverted when Hiro sets out to design something impressive for the expo. "Eye of the Tiger" plays, he sets up his drafting space — and then it comes to an abrupt halt when he can't think of anything to design. Then it's played straight when he comes up with his project, and the scene cuts to a fast-forward montage of Hiro filling up several recycling bins with his microbots.
  • He Knows Too Much: Fred postulates this is why Yokai tries to kill them at the docks, because they saw the microbots and Hiro was tracking them.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Tadashi dies trying to save Professor Callaghan from a fire. Since Callaghan was never in danger to begin with (although Tadashi didn't know that), it doubles as a Senseless Sacrifice.
    • Baymax performs this in the end, launching Hiro and Abigail out of the portal at the cost of stranding himself in the portal dimension.
  • Heroic Second Wind: In the Final Battle, all of our heroes have been incapacitated by the villain. But then Hiro remembers his brother's advice to look for a new angle, which marks a turning point in the battle.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: This is what could have happened if Hiro had succeeded in killing Yokai/Callaghan. However, Baymax helps him defy this trope by reminding him of Tadashi and brings him back to his senses.
  • Head Desk: Hiro does this when he fails to come up with any ideas for the student expo.
    Hiro: Nothing! No ideas! Useless, empty brain!
  • Hollywood Magnetism: GoGo's discs are shown to boomerang back to her when thrown. It's implied that her arm-cuffs are capable of generating a magnetic field that pulls the disc back to her. However, the movie shows the disc being pulled back regardless of how far away she throws it (although it might just be a really strong magnet), and the attraction only affects the disc instead of all other metal objects in the area.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • Tadashi's desire to help ultimately leads to his death. It's certainly courageous that he goes into a building engulfed in flames to save Callaghan, but his decision is especially lacking in reason. There is only a single account that Callaghan is still inside, and Tadashi has no rescue skills or equipment, nor does he even know where to start looking. Also, Tadashi doesn't consider that his impulsive younger brother will follow him in, which Hiro attempts to do after a moment's hesitation.
    • Krei. When Callaghan slanders him about "cutting corners with science" in front of Hiro, whom Krei wants to hire, the businessman only says that he and Callaghan will have to agree to disagree. There's no mention of the fact that their grievance is over a genuine — if somewhat forewarned — lab accident that was overseen by many experts. It's implied that Krei feels some measure of guilt about Abigail being a casualty and decided not to defend himself, but nevertheless does his best to sway Hiro into his employ.
  • Hurt Foot Hop: A piece of Hiro's fighting robot falls off and lands squarely on his foot, with the usual result.
  • Hustling the Mark: Hiro does this in the introduction sequence, pretending he's a helpless kid to bait his opponent into raising the stakes before he shows off just how powerful his battle-bot really is.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: One of the reasons Baymax needs Hiro to give the command to let him go in the portal dimension. Otherwise, Baymax's desire to stay with Hiro and Abigail would have been stronger than his capability to fire his fist.
  • Idiot Ball: Tadashi charging into the burning building can easily invoke this reaction, since he's charging into a fire to save a man whose location he has no idea of, and on top of that has no training or equipment to help him. He's a first responder's nightmare, because at best he's creating another person to try to save. And, if there hadn't almost immediately been an explosion, Hiro very likely would have followed him in as well. He's smart, but damn was that dumb.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: The lab where the portal testing was done (and where the team has their first big fight) is on an island called Akuma Island. "Akuma" is Japanese for "demon".
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him!: After almost having Baymax destroy Callaghan, Hiro realizes that he would be no different from Callaghan if he killed him out of vengeance for Tadashi like Callaghan is trying to kill Krei out of vengeance for his daughter, so Hiro chooses to spare Callaghan instead of delivering the final blow at the end of their final battle.
  • "I Know What We Can Do" Cut: After the team sinks their car and gets all wet, Fred announces "I know a place." Cut to them arriving at Fred's parents' Big Fancy House.
  • Ink-Suit Actor:
    • Fred's father is a direct animated version of Stan Lee.
    • Alistair Krei definitely seems to have been at least somewhat modeled after Alan Tudyk.
  • In Name Only: Aside from the names, the film has very little in common with the comics it's inspired by. It's a case of Tropes Are Not Bad, as the source material is rather looked down upon due to being a Shallow Parody of Japanese media tropes.
  • Inspired by…: In as much as Frozen could be considered "adapted" from Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale, Big Hero 6 takes massive strides with its characters and source material. Marvel has even gone on record saying they wanted Disney to make it an original film of their own and have no plans to re-release the comics, which might interfere with the film.
    "The characters and stories that have appeared in our comics are very different from what they are in the film. We wanted the Disney folks to be able to create their own unique style and story, unencumbered by those older stories."
  • Instantly Proven Wrong:
    • When Baymax makes a noise upstairs as Hiro is sneaking him back into the house, Cass wonders who it is, but Hiro blames it on Mochi. Cue Mochi snuggling up against his legs.
    • At the pier, Hiro assures his team that Baymax can handle Yokai. Cue Baymax coming flying through the air and landing on the car roof.
    • During the car chase, Honey says they don't know that Yokai is trying to kill them. Cue Yokai throwing a car at them.
  • It Always Rains at Funerals: It rains as Hiro's family attends Tadashi's funeral.
  • It's a Small World, After All: The group drives off a pier into the water within convenient won't-get-hypothermia-yet-walking distance from Fred's house.
  • It's Personal: Hiro switches into revenge mode after learning that Callaghan views Tadashi's sacrifice as his own foolish mistake, and himself as not being responsible in any way.
  • Jokers Love Junk Food: Promotional materials state that Fred, who is the team's Plucky Comic Relief, loves Tacos al pastor and Honey Lemon's brownies.
  • The Joy of First Flight: Hiro takes Baymax out for a test drive after outfitting him with jets, and after an exhilarating flight through the city, Hiro is overcome with awe.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope:
    • Callaghan. Stealing Hiro's microbots to survive a fire? Bad, but not terrible. Attempting to murder the microbots' maker, who is fourteen, twice, as well as his former students? Way too far.
    • Narrowly Averted when Hiro attempts to use Baymax to kill Yokai/Robert Callaghan, but both the rest of the team and Baymax bring him back to his senses before he can kill him.
  • Just Between You and Me: Yokai unmasks himself before Krei while rebuilding the portal, monologuing about how he's going to deliver poetic justice unto the latter.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: The Big Bad has snuck up on the heroes for a surprise attack. Wasabi wants to know what their plan for subduing him is. However, Fred simply launches himself at the villain. It goes as well as you'd expect.
    Fred: It's Fred time! ... Super Jump! ... Gravity Crush! ... [Fred gets slammed aside by a microbot column] ... Falling haaaaaard...
  • Lonely Piano Piece: One plays after Tadashi's funeral while Hiro sits alone at the top of the stairs at home.

    Tropes M to R 
  • Mascot: Fred describes himself as "school mascot by day, but by night... I'm also the school mascot."
  • Meaningful Echo:
    • Early on in the film, when Hiro is struggling for ideas for the showcase, Tadashi tells him to "look for a new angle." During the film's climax, when it appears that the team is about to be defeated by Yokai's microbots, Hiro tells them to "look for a new angle."
    • Tadashi's last words to his brother are, "Someone has to help!" before he enters the burning building. When Hiro decides to risk himself and Baymax to rescue the person trapped beyond the portal, he repeats this line to his team.
    • The tearjerker line from Baymax: "I cannot deactivate until you say you are satisfied with your care."
    • In a heartwarming and hilarious scene in The Stinger, Fred's father repeats Fred's line about wearing underpants inside out, front and back.
    • In the animated series, when Globby is reverted to human and Big Hero 6 is being overwhelmed by an evil rage-filled mindless Globby clone, Dibs realises he has to change back into his monster form to help them, and uses the line "Someone has to help." before voluntarily forcing the transformation for a second time.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Yokai is a creepily quiet villain, but given to sweeping gestures that indicate the commands he is giving to the microbots.
  • Mobstacle Course: Hiro constantly bumps into people when trying to follow Baymax through the streets of the city.
  • Mook Horror Show: Yokai, a.k.a. Professor Callaghan, isn't a mook but the villain, but he's scared for his life when Hiro removes the healthcare memory card and makes Baymax operate solely on the combat card.
  • Morality Chain Beyond the Grave: Baymax asks Hiro if terminating Professor Callaghan will improve his emotional state, and follows up by asking if this is what Tadashi would have wanted.
  • Mourning a Dead Robot: During the climax, Baymax realizes he and Hiro don't have enough time to get Abigail out of the portal dimension before the entrance closes up, so Baymax says he'll have to launch Hiro and Abigail out of there with his rocket fist, which will leave him stranded and effectively kill him. Hiro is very reluctant to leave him behind, but Baymax says he'll always be with him, and he sends them both to safety. However, Hiro finds Baymax's chip hidden inside the rocket fist and rebuilds him.
  • Moving Beyond Bereavement: Both Hiro Hamada and Yokai/Professor Callaghan are consumed with grief at the loss of their respective loved ones, which drives much of their actions throughout the movie: Hiro makes himself a superhero to capture Yokai for his possible connection to the building fire that killed Tadashi, while Yokai was setting things up for his revenge against the man he deems responsible for his daughter's death. After learning Yokai's true identity and hearing him dismissing Tadashi's sacrifice as his own mistake, Hiro became determined to kill Yokai in vengeance. Fortunately, thanks to Baymax, Hiro snaps out of his grief-fueled rage and learns to accept Tadashi's loss. Yokai, on the other hand, refuses to let go of his loved one to the very end.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • A subtle one at the end when Callaghan is being led into a police car. He wears a defeated, disturbed expression when he realizes that his daughter was alive and he threw away everything else that mattered in his life for nothing.
    • Baymax apologizes to the team after Honey Lemon gives him back his healthcare chip, saying "I regret any distress I may have caused."
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Fred once asked Honey Lemon to devise a formula for him that would allow him to turn into a giant lizard monster at will. This is pretty close to his superpower in the Big Hero 6 comics. This also serves as Foreshadowing.
    • Honey (platonically) kissing Hiro is a nod to the fact she and Hiro were love interests in the original comic book, before he met someone closer to his own age.
    • The costumes of several obscure Marvel characters can be seen in Fred's room. These include Sleepwalker, Black Talon, Orka, and Manphibian.
    • There is a statue in Fred's house that looks almost identical to his Kaiju form in the comics, just with an extra pair of arms.
    • Prince Hans from Frozen has two Easter egg appearances: first on a "wanted" poster at the San Fransokyo police station behind the police officer's desk, and later on, as a statue in the garden of Fred's mansion that gets smashed by Baymax's rocket fist.
  • Nanomachines: The microbots act like them, though individual units are quite visible with the naked eye.
  • Nephewism: Hiro and Tadashi are being reared by their Aunt Cass.
  • Never Found the Body: After the fire at the expo center, we see a memorial service being held on the school steps with pictures of the victims on display, followed by a funeral service at a single grave site. Because we learn that Callaghan faked his death, his remains would never be recovered, and the grave is thus for Tadashi.
  • Never Say "Die": A downplayed example occurs after Hiro learns that Yokai is Callaghan, who dismisses Tadashi's sacrifice as being a mistake. In his grief and rage over what he now knows is his brother's Senseless Sacrifice, he orders Baymax to "destroy" him, and in a later conversation they use the term "terminate". Even though the intention of causing Callaghan's death is very clear, it is dealing with the case of the hero being willing to commit murder that shifts the dialog into slightly more vague terminology. However, this is primarily done to allow the story to deal with Hiro's grief even as his actions have skirted close to a moral event horizon. However, every other time death is brought up, dead characters are explictly referred to as "dead".
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Tadashi was so well-liked, any criticism of him doesn't go over well with his friends or Hiro. Hiro nearly kills Callaghan when the latter says Tadashi's death was his own fault, and the other students are suitably horrified.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: They had already cornered and depowered Yokai, but Hiro removes Baymax's healthcare chip and orders him to kill Callaghan when the latter insults Tadashi's memory. In order for them to safely restore the chip, the rest of the team has to let Callaghan get away, which enables him to enact his ultimate plan and endanger everyone at Krei Tech.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: An odd variant — while Hiro's wrath does allow Callaghan to get away, it does allow his ultimate plan, using the portal that sucked in Callaghan's daughter to destroy Krei, to succeed... and if it hadn't, Baymax would have never detected Callaghan's daughter on the other side of the portal, leaving her forever lost in the void.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: Well, lots of hugging and a couple of cheek kisses, but as far as romance goes, there is none.
  • Not-So-Abandoned Building: The run-down warehouse in a back alley of San Fransokyo where Yokai is producing his microbots.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: When Hiro confronts Yokai as he's destroying Krei headquarters, Hiro tries to talk Callaghan down, asking if Abigail would have wanted him to do what he's doing. Hiro then acknowledges their joint hurt at having lost a loved one by saying "This won't change anything. Trust me, I know".
  • Not What I Signed on For: Wasabi invokes this trope almost verbatim when confronting Hiro after he attempts to have Baymax kill Callaghan.
  • Oh, Crap!:
  • On a Scale from One to Ten: Baymax's frequent refrain of "How would you rate your pain?"
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Wasabi's nickname comes from having spilled the condiment on his shirt just the once.
    Wasabi: time, people. ONE! TIME!
  • Open-Fly Gag: After Hiro's presentation, his brother Tadashi informs him that his fly was down the whole time. Cue Hiro zipping it up in embarrassment.
  • Our Wormholes Are Different: The teleporter is an opening into an alternate dimension that connects the two portals.
  • Outliving One's Offspring:
    • Aunt Cass outlives her nephew Tadashi, whom she had been raising alongside his brother Hiro since their parents' deaths some years earlier.
    • The Big Bad Professor Callaghan believes his daughter to be dead, which causes his villainy, only to later find out that she is in fact alive.
  • Overly Long Gag: Several from Baymax.
    • The first two times he activates, he takes forever to cross the room to Hiro, and we get to see every glorious second of it: he looks down, considers, sidles left, looks down, considers, turns, looks down, considers, sidles left again...
    • When stuck in a window, he slooooowly deflates.
    • While at the police station, he has some holes in his left arm, which begin deflating... loudly. He then methodically borrows some tape from a policeman's desk and plugs the holes one by one. Once he finishes, his right arm starts leaking...
  • Painful Adhesive Removal: To demonstrate his robot Baymax, Tadashi puts a bit of duct tape on his brother Hiro's arm then rips it off, causing Hiro to yelp in pain - which in turn activates/alerts Baymax, a robotic nurse, and leads to Baymax treating the injury.
  • Parental Abandonment: Hiro and Tadashi's parents were both killed in an unspecified accident when Hiro was three.
  • Parental Obliviousness: In one scene, it's painfully obvious that Hiro is trying to hide something, yet Aunt Cass doesn't notice at all. As CinemaSins pointed out: "Aunt Cass apparently has never seen anyone act suspicious before."
  • Personal Arcade: Fred has several arcade video game cabinets among the action figures and comic books in his mansion.
  • Personality Chip: Baymax has a base personality/medical one installed by Tadashi, with more slots in his port for more skills. This comes in handy when Baymax gives it to Hiro before his Heroic Sacrifice at the end, allowing Hiro to restore his personality when his original body is lost.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Honey Lemon wears a lot of pink as part of her superhero persona. Plus, when Tadashi introduces her to Hiro, she demonstrates her metal embrittlement compound, which turns a four-hundred-pound ball of tungsten carbide pink before converting it to dust.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Hiro's Megabot, which (intentionally) looks small and pathetic in comparison to the large, intimidating battle bots of the San Fransokyo gambling rings, but dismantles Mr. Yama's larger bot with ease.
  • Playing Games at Work: When Hiro leaves a police office after trying to file a report about a supervillain, a game of Solitaire can be seen on the policeman's computer screen.
  • Please, I Will Do Anything!: Alistair Krei offers this to get Yokai to spare him at the climax, but it backfires due to the nature of Yokai's motivation (he believes that Krei needlessly risked his daughter's life for profit, so he sees Krei's implicit offer of money as further evidence that Krei regarded her life as nothing more than a commodity).
    Krei: Listen to the kid, Callaghan. Please, let me go. I'll give you anything you want.
    Yokai: I want my daughter back!
    [Yokai attacks]
  • Police Are Useless:
    • Downplayed when Hiro goes to the police station to report his encounter with Yokai. The desk officer is skeptical of his claim that a man in a kabuki mask attacked him with an army of mind-controlled microbots. However, the officer does not dismiss Hiro outright, displays remarkable patience going through his account, and is even shown filing a report. It's only when Hiro is unable to produce any evidence for his statements and Baymax begins to lose power and behave like he's "drunk" that the officer turns his focus toward contacting Hiro's parents.
    • Averted after the final battle. Once Hiro gets Abigail out of the portal, the police arrive to stabilize the situation at Krei Tech HQ, and take Callaghan into custody. They also call the paramedics, who immediately help Abigail.
  • Popping Buttons: The first trailer has Hiro learning what happens when you try to stuff a large, squishy robot like Baymax into armor that he can barely fit into.
  • Post-Treatment Lollipop: During Baymax' introduction scene, after he treats Hiro, he offers the boy a lollipop.
  • The Power of Friendship: Yokai is defeated by the power of teamwork. Only when each and every member of Big Hero 6 works in sync for the first time can they finally take him down.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • GoGo at the start of the car chase: "Hiro. Explanation. Now!"
    • "There are no! Red! Lights! IN A CAR CHASE!"
    • "I spilled wasabi on my shirt one time, people! One! TIME!"
  • Red Herring: Krei is not the Big Bad. And he's voiced by Alan Tudyk, who hardcore Disney fans will remember was the voice of villains in two preceding Disney animated films.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Tadashi averts this; he hopes to help millions of people with Baymax, and he leaves enough documentation of his work behind for Hiro to rebuild the Baymax he knew. Hiro was going to avert this with his microbots as well, before the fire destroyed his prototype and he lost his motivation with Tadashi dead. Maybe once he applies himself, though...
  • Relative Button:
    • The villain's already depowered, but Hiro turns Baymax into a killing machine when Yokai/Callaghan says Tadashi's death was his own fault.
    • Yokai/Callaghan doesn't take it well when Krei calls the loss of his daughter a setback.
  • Revenge: A driving theme of the movie is that vengeance, while an understandable desire, is a corrupting emotion and generally leads to compromising your own moral principles. Professor Callaghan became Yokai to avenge his daughter's apparent death, becoming He Who Fights Monsters in the process, and this almost happens to Hiro as well in his desire to avenge Tadashi on first Krei, and later Callaghan.
  • Rewind, Replay, Repeat: When Hiro and company find the footage from Project Silent Sparrow, they rewind several parts and replay them as they try to piece together who Yokai is and what his motive could be.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: Baymax replying to Wasabi's question.
    Wasabi: "Quarantine"? Uh, do you people know what "quarantine" means?
    Baymax: Quarantine: enforced isolation to prevent contamination that could lead to disease, or, in some cases, death.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Played straight for Yokai. Deliberately deconstructed in Baymax's gentle questioning after Hiro is tempted to follow this trope.
  • Robot Athlete: Among other uses for the technology, the movie opens with Hiro using robots for the technological equivalent of Beastly Bloodsports.
  • Running Gag:
    • Baymax fist-bumping and saying "Bada-lada-la". (An enforced one, as well: Scott Adsit made the sound and the directors included it every chance they got.)
    • The tradition of Stan Lee having cameos in Marvel movies, comics, and cartoons is continued here.

    Tropes S to Z 
  • Sad Battle Music: During the battle with Yokai after the masks are off, the music is in minor key, sad rather than triumphant, reflecting Hiro's internal suffering.
  • Safely Secluded Science Center: A secluded island laboratory on San Fransokyo's outskirts belonging to Dr. Krei was used for highly volatile teleportation research with Abigail Callaghan, a leading robotics professor's daughter, as a test subject. Upon entering the abandoned lab, Wasabi notices a sign reading "QUARANTINE" and asks what it means.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Baymax during the first part of the film. This ends up playing into Hiro discovering the Big Bad and his Evil Plan, as Hiro sarcastically suggests that Baymax figure out where his last microbot is trying to go in order to improve his mental health.
  • Scenery Porn:
    • San Fransokyo is gorgeous. The rendering to get the level of detail that was achieved was so intensive (with special computational engines designed to create both the background characters and all the trees as well as the texture modelling and lighting) that Disney had to create their own supercomputer cluster just to get what they were after. Robert Richardson, one of Hollywood's top cinematographers (known for his work with Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino) consulted on the lighting and visuals.
    • The world beyond the portal, a vast fractal cloud of brilliant colors, with the rubble from Krei Industries making for some nice Scenery Gorn to go with it.
  • Science Is Good:
    • The film stars a team of otherwise-normal teen scientists and engineers who use their STEM backgrounds to develop equipment and techniques for fighting villains.
    • Much emphasis is placed on Baymax, the medicare robot created and developed by Tadashi, and how he has the potential to help many people.
  • Screw the Money, This Is Personal!: Yokai, a.k.a. Prof. Callaghan, is on a quest to exact vengeance on Alistair Krei, whose carelessness had indirectly caused the death of Callaghan's daughter. At the climax, Hiro tries to reason with Yokai, only for the latter to go on a rampage when the oblivious Krei attempts to offer him money.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Tadashi goes into the burning science hall to save Professor Callaghan at the cost of his own life. It's later revealed that the microbots protected Callaghan from the fire. Hiro is barely able to keep it together as he learns his brother died for nothing, but Callaghan saying that Tadashi made a mistake for even trying sends Hiro right off the deep end.
  • Ship Tease: Honey gives Hiro cheek kisses and he looks stunned. And if one looks closely, you can see him blushing.
  • Shout-Out: Plenty. So we gave them their own page.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • In creating the film's version of Baymax, Disney's Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter had the Big Hero 6 team do a lot of research into robotics, with the help of places like Caltech. Baymax being made from inflatable vinyl is an actual thing being developed by engineers at Carnegie Mellon, and even more so for his field of work — "soft robotics" with vinyl won't injure patients when they're picked up or touched.
    • San Fransokyo is a mashup of San Francisco and Tokyo, and it incorporates a lot of accurate native cultural details from both cities. For example, Aunt Cass' "Lucky Cat Cafe" not only features a Maneki Neko, but it also includes a sign on the door that says "Sorry, we're closed/Come in, we're open" in both English and Japanese.
    • A McMaster-Carr catalog is shown on the lab table at the end of the film, found in science and engineering labs around the world.
    • Honey Lemon mentions actual chemical names. Not only that, but tungsten carbide is actually capable of being made into powder quite easily. Her four-hundred-pound ball of it, however, would really weigh about four thousand pounds (unless it's hollow). Tungsten carbide is very, very dense.
    • Honey occasionally pronounces Hiro's name in a manner closer to how it would be pronounced in Japanese, although her voice actress states it to actually be the usage of a Latin American accent instead. The American rhotic "r" sound is rare outside of English, so it makes sense that her pronunciation ends up similar to the Japanese one.
    • The 3D printer Hiro uses to make Baymax's first suit of armor is completely realistic apart from being incredibly fast. It prints columns of support material to hold up the parts as they're being printed, and the parts' surface finish is exactly what you'd expect from fused deposition modelling. We also see a futuristic (but plausible) 3D printer building up metal parts layer by layer.
  • Shrine to the Fallen:
    • In the immediate aftermath of the building fire, there's a Sad-Times Montage, and one scene shows a candlelit memorial established on the steps of the ruined building that includes photos of the two victims.
    • A Downplayed and more personal one has Hiro keeping Tadashi's part of the room just the way he left it, with his baseball cap placed on top of his bed.
  • Slow-Motion Fall: When Baymax and Hiro fall from the window at the secret microbot factory, the scene goes into slow motion as Baymax puts his arms around Hiro to serve as cushioning.
  • The Song Remains the Same: The song "Immortals" was left untranslated in the Icelandic dub.
  • Solar Punk: San Fransokyo is in transition towards this style of city, with its particular 20 Minutes into the Future theme. Internal combustion engine vehicles are still around, but the city also has baloons tethered in the sky to generate wind power for the city, and San Fransokyo Institute of Technology is home to futuristic technology.
  • Spectacular Spinning: The finale not only has GoGo spinning in her microbot bubble to cut her way out, but Fred using his sign-spinning skills to free himself from being torn apart.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: To The Incredibles, which features a predominantly white, nuclear Badass Family (and a Token Minority) with innate superpowers facing a tech-based villain, his gun-wielding mooks, and his robot. Their setting is retro fifties-flavored suburbia, and while they don't deliberately kill the villains, if they die while attacking the heroes no-one's upset. This movie, on the other hand, features a racially diverse line-up of friends united by an orphan, as heroes, with their powers derived from technology and individual expertise — and with a robot among their ranks — while the villain is definitely a solo act and motivated by the loss of his daughter. Their setting is neon, skyscrapers, and advanced cybernetics, Thou Shalt Not Kill is in play, and high technology is central to all elements of the plot.
  • Spoonerism: At one point, when Baymax's batteries are low, he says, "I am health care, your personal Baymax companion."
  • Squick: In-universe. After Fred regales the group with how he manages to get four days out of his underwear, Wasabi visibly and audibly heaves.
  • Staircase Tumble: After Hiro lunges at Yokai and successfully knocks his mask off, they both fall down the stairs.
  • The Stinger: A quiet moment with Fred, with a cameo from Stan Lee, who is both Fred's dad and a superhero!
  • String Theory: When Hiro investigates the warehouse where Yokai is manufacturing his microbots, he briefly glances over to a wall map of San Fransokyo covered with articles, blueprints, and the "silent sparrow" symbol, all connected by red string.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Honey Lemon really likes explosions.
  • Superhero Origin: The story of how a young robotics genius, three advanced technology students, a school mascot, and a lovable balloon robot come together to do battle against Yokai and his army of microbots.
    Fred: Ha-ha! Can you feel it?! You guys, do you feel this?! Our origin story begins! WE'RE GONNA BE SUPERHEROES!
  • Superhero Paradox: Inverted. The Big Hero 6 is founded with the intention of stopping Yokai.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • In the teaser, the moment when Hiro tries to shove the squishy, pear-shaped Baymax into a suit of armor. After a few seconds of looking heroic in it, all the armor promptly pops off.invoked
    • Hiro's hustle at the beginning of the movie initially goes exactly as planned, and he looks poised to take home a big pile of cash, up until it becomes clear that people who regularly take part in illegal competitions aren't good sports about losing, especially to a 14-year-old.
    • The video clip of Tadashi shows that it took dozens of attempts just to get Baymax to start up right, with him having to repeatedly work out the various kinks that popped up each time. Almost any engineer/engineering student can attest to this being Truth in Television.
  • Synchronized Swarming: Hiro's microbots essentially work like this. It's justified, since the microbots are technology controlled by a single person using a neural transmitter to form the elaborate shapes they do.
  • Take a Third Option: In the climax, Hiro has to encourage the other four to do this to get away from the microbots attacking them, since their normal attacks don't seem to work. Wasabi, pinned between slabs on concrete on either side, cuts into the concrete at his feet to escape. GoGo, trapped in an orb of microbots, starts circling inside them to build up enough heat to burn her way out. Honey, trapped in her own dome of chemicals to protect herself while it is failing, attaches her chemicals to the attacking microbots instead to pull herself out. And Fred, with the limbs of his suit seized, realizes that it's not his actual body that they're holding, and pulls his arms out of the suit's arms to grab debris to free himself with.
  • Take My Hand!: Hiro and Baymax reach out for each other's hands when drifting in the portal dimension.
  • Taught by Experience: Baymax locks Hiro out of accessing his healthcare chip after Hiro removes it to make him murder Callaghan.
  • Team Shot: Used when they get inspired to create a superhero team while looking at some of Fred's superhero art, and again with the Fly-at-the-Camera Ending followed by the title card.
  • Team Title: Like their comic counterpart, the six heroes will eventually adopt the superhero team title "Big Hero 6".
  • Technicolor Science: Honey Lemon's chemical compounds come in various bright colors.
  • Teleporter Accident: There's one involving Professor Callaghan's daughter, who was working as a tester for Krei's brand-new portal tech, and this accident is what motivates him to seek revenge.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Hiro is too sure of himself after winning the bot fight in the prologue.
      Hiro: I'm on a roll, big brother! And there is no stopping me!
      [cue the police cars blocking their way]
    • After a stretch of skillful, evasive flying in the portal dimension, Hiro exclaims his relief a little too soon.
      Hiro: Woo-hoo! Nice flying! ... Almost there!
      [cue a large piece of wreckage smashing into them]
  • That Poor Cat:
    • During the sequence where Baymax is following the microbot and Hiro is running after him, he occasionally trips over or runs into things, one of which is an off-screen cat in one of the alleyways.
    • When Aunt Cass hears a sound from upstairs and wonders what it is, Hiro makes up the excuse that it was Mochi, until he looks down and sees the cat rubbing up against his legs. While Cass' back is turned, Hiro then tosses Mochi upstairs.
  • There Are No Therapists: Zig-zagged. There's no mention of Hiro receiving therapy or counselling after Tadashi's death, even though he's showing obvious signs of severe depression for several weeks. However, after he tells Baymax that his pain is emotional rather than physical, Baymax downloads information on grief counselling and makes it his objective to improve Hiro's emotional state.
  • Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo: San Fransokyo is based on the reputation of Tokyo and Silicon Valley as "hubs of technology." Traditional Japanese cultural elements are also implemented into this version of San Francisco, such as the Golden Gate Bridge being based on the torii gates of Shinto.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Baymax has this built in as a primary protocol. It can be removed, as Hiro later demonstrates, though upon it being reinstalled Baymax locks the access port to prevent it from happening again. The rest of the team is also less than thrilled when Hiro takes the healthcare chip out, and are adamant about catching Yokai, not killing him, especially when he's defenseless.
  • Three-Point Landing: Practically a given in a superhero movie.
    • Hiro's fighter bot does one after it effortlessly takes down "Little Yama".
    • Baymax does this after rescuing Hiro during the final battle.
  • The Thunderdome: The movie begins with Hiro taking part in a back-alley bot fight. The emcee even announces, "Two bots enter... one bot leaves!"
  • Thwarted Coup de Grâce: Happens twice during the battle at the island.
    • First, Hiro interrupts Yokai when the latter is about to smash his team-mates with a giant column of microbots.
    • Later, Honey Lemon stops Baymax from launching his rocket fist at Yokai as he flees the scene.
  • Toilet Humor:
    • While Hiro is in the middle of his cover-up ploy, in the foreground Cass is muttering about the celebratory spicy chicken wings she's made for him:
      Cass: We are going to feel these things tomorrow... Y'know what I'm saying?
    • When Hiro and Baymax infiltrate the abandoned warehouse, Baymax gets stuck in one of the windows and needs to activate his auto-deflate system in order to get in. This results in a clearly recognizable flatulence sound.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tadashi. He doesn't just run into a burning building — he runs into a multi-story building that's engulfed in flame from end to end, pouring out noxious black smoke and visibly on the cusp of exploding, intending to save Professor Callaghan even though he doesn't know where he is. It ends as tragically as you'd expect.
  • Too Much Information: When Baymax does a medical scan of Hiro's symptoms and diagnoses him with the symptoms of puberty:
    Baymax: You should expect an increase in body hair, especially on your face, chest, armpits, and—
    Hiro: [interrupting Baymax] Thank you, that's enough—!
    Baymax: You may also experience strange and powerful new urges.
  • Trailers Always Spoil:
    • The trailers never really try to hide the fact that Tadashi dies, although it happens early in the film.
    • The advertising in the UK shows Hiro wanting to kill Yokai.
  • Train Escape: During the car chase, the team manages to put a moving train between them and Yokai. It doesn't throw him off for long, though.
  • Tragic Robot: After a whole film of Hiro and Baymax bonding, Baymax decides to sacrifice himself in order to get Hiro and Abigail out of the portal in time. Hiro gets upset at the thought of losing someone else, especially so soon after Tadashi's death, but eventually agrees. Hiro deactivates Baymax just after Baymax launches his rocket fist, and watches him float away as he escapes with Abigail's pod.
  • Translation Style Choices: There are a lot of interesting differences between the mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan translations. None of them try to phonetically translate Baymax: mainland uses "Big White", Taiwan (somehow) got "Cup Noodle", and Hong Kong is the only version to incorporate his original purpose: "Medical God", which is incidentally the same name as the translated name of House. Another case is Honey Lemon: Taiwan translates it fully phonetically, resulting in a name that has no apparent meaning but definitely looks pretty, Hong Kong literally made her share her name with the honey lemonade drink, and mainland is stuck in between the two with "Honey" translated phonetically and "Lemon" by its meaning, leaving her with a rather awkward name.
  • Trapped in a Sinking Car: Downplayed. The team drives off a pier, and their car promptly sinks to the bottom of the bay. However, except for showing Hiro struggling with his seat belt for a few seconds, the team evacuates the car without a problem, since it is missing one of its doors at this point. Baymax, who is shown removing his armor, acts as an emergency flotation device that gets them quickly to the surface.
  • Trying Not to Cry: Hiro spends a lot of the movie trying not to deal with his grief over losing his brother. Then, when he's fighting Baymax over the chip slot, which Baymax has now sealed off to prevent Hiro from using Baymax to harm others again, Hiro is finally forced to accept how much he is heartbroken.
  • Two Girls to a Team: GoGo and Honey are the only two girls in Big Hero 6.
  • The Unreveal: There is never a definitive answer given as to what caused the fire. However, it seems very likely that Callaghan was the one who started it.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The citizens of San Fransokyo brake for an inflatable robot jaywalker, but there's no indication that they regard this as an unusual problem.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Though Tadashi had good intentions and was being a supportive big brother when he inspired Hiro to create the microbots, it results in tragic consequences. Callaghan decides to steal the microbots to use in his plan to destroy Krei and his company. Then, when Callaghan uses the expo fire to cover the theft and fake his own death, it also results in the death of Tadashi when he enters the burning building to try and save Callaghan.
  • Van in Black: Subverted. While Hiro and Baymax explore the warehouse at night where Yokai kept the microbots, they are being tailed by a slow-moving car, with no clue who's driving. It turns out the driver of the car was Wasabi, with GoGo, Honey, and Fred riding along, all wanting to help Hiro.
  • Verbal Backspace: Honey Lemon during the car chase.
    Honey Lemon: We don't know that he's really trying to kill us.
    Fred: Car!
    [car smashes into the ground nearby]
    Honey Lemon: HE'S TRYING TO KILL US!!
  • The 'Verse: This universe is designated Earth-14123 in the overall Marvel Multiverse.
  • The Von Trope Family: GoGo mentions a dubious comic book character named "Baron von Destruct".
  • Wall of Weapons: Amusingly, Fred's Nerf guns.
  • Watching the Sunset: Hiro and Baymax sit on top of a wind turbine and watch the sunset after just having experienced The Joy of First Flight.
  • Wham Line: When the teleportation device is collapsing in the climax.
    Baymax: My sensors are indicating human life.
  • Wham Shot: When Yokai is revealed to be Callaghan, who was alive all this time.
    Hiro: It's over, Krei. [without his mask, Yokai stands up and turns around to Hiro, revealing him to be Robert Callaghan; Hiro and the gang are visibly shocked] P-Professor Callaghan? The explosion... you died.
    Callaghan: No. I had your microbots. [a flashback shows Callaghan using Hiro's microbots to protect himself from the fire]
    Hiro: But... Tadashi... You just let him die...
    Callaghan: [coldly] Give me the mask, Hiro.
    Hiro: He went in there to SAVE you!
    Callaghan: That was HIS mistake! [Hiro gasps in shock. His expression slowly darkens as Baymax lands behind him.]
    Hiro: [pointing to Callaghan, darkly] Baymax... destroy! [Callaghan looks at Baymax and Hiro, horrified]
    Baymax: My programming prevents me from injuring a human being.
    Hiro: Not anymore. [opens Baymax's access port, removing Tadashi's health care chip and leaving only the fighting chip]
    Baymax: Hiro, this is not what... [Hiro slams the access port closed, Baymax's eyes turn red]
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Hiro gets called out big time by the others for reprogramming Baymax to try to kill Callaghan. Baymax is the first one to get through to him, by asking if this is what Tadashi wanted and if killing Callaghan would improve Hiro's mental state.
  • What Would X Do?: Tadashi at one point: "Oh, what would Mom and Dad say?" Baymax also uses this to snap Hiro out of his rage, asking if Tadashi would have wanted him to kill Callaghan.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Hiro presumably funds his Cool Garage with his winnings from bot-fighting. However, his build quality noticeably improves when Fred chips in to fund Big Hero 6 and the rest of the team helps out.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises:
    • When Callaghan and his microbots descend on Krei's press conference during the climax, Krei's eyes go wide with terror, and his irises visibly narrow.
    • This happens with Honey Lemon after she replaces Baymax's personality chip during his rampage; we see a shot of her from Baymax's point of view once his personality is restored, breathing hard and staring up at him in terror and uncertainty.
  • Within Parameters: While conducting the portal test, one of the technicians notes that some readings are off, but his boss responds with this trope to ensure it continues, likely because the military is observing the demonstration.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Fred theorizes that Krei became Yokai to steal Hiro's microbots, citing examples of Corrupt Corporate Executive characters from his favorite comic books who took on super villain identities. After Callaghan is revealed to be Yokai, and the team finds the video footage revealing that Callaghan's daughter seemingly died during Krei's portal test, Fred realizes the truth: "This is a revenge story!"
  • Wunza Plot: He's a boy genius reeling from the loss of his big brother! He's an inflatable medical robot! Together, they and their friends fight a supervillain!
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Tadashi wants Hiro to go to college and apply himself instead of wasting his talents on scamming bot-fighters for cash.
    Tadashi: When are you gonna start using that big brain of yours?
  • You Are Not Alone: Honey, Fred, GoGo, and Wasabi tell this to Hiro as they console him after Tadashi's death.
  • You Can See That, Right?: Fred says this when he first notices Yokai.

"I am satisfied with my care."


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Fred's Dad

The Post Credits scene of Big Hero 6 has Fred discover that his millionaire father, played by the Legendary Stan Lee, was actually a superhero and embracing him upon discovery.

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