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  • Acceptable Targets:
    • Subverted. While Baymax is round and soft, the jokes about him being fat are not at his expense. They are all focused on the fact that Hiro is trying to force Baymax into a role (and armor) he was never designed to fill; he's a medical robot, not a fighting robot. In fact, Baymax being round and soft is treated as a good thing in the actual movie.
    • Alistair Krei, the unscrupulous big-business mogul who turns out to be not the bad guy.
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  • Adaptation Displacement: A particularly severe example. Similar to Guardians of the Galaxy, the comic book remained relatively unknown until it was announced that Disney was doing an adaptation of it. However, Marvel has completely abandoned the original source saying there will be no reprints nor any future stories of the original series. The adaptation is now the definitive interpretation of Big Hero 6.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Callaghan's expression at the end when he's arrested is up as a matter of debate, mainly over whether he feels guilt over his actions as Yokai or disappointment at being sent to prison and separated from the daughter he tried to avenge or possibly both.
    • With the amount of information given to the audience about the Silent Sparrow project (fairly little) it's impossible to tell if Callaghan was right about Krei cutting corners, or if Abigail was simply the victim of a horrible accident resulting from testing a hazardous new technology, and Callaghan wanted someone to blame.
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    • Callaghan dismisses Tadashi's bravery and willingness to run into the burning building to save him, calling it a "mistake." Was he being a heartless monster so wrapped up in his own pain that he didn't care about anyone else? Or was he reflecting on the fact that his daughter willingly participated in the portal experiment knowing the risks and her bravery resulted in her death — a "mistake" he wishes she didn't make and was mad at Tadashi for doing the same?
    • Did Callaghan start the fire in the science fair, or did he just take advantage of it to steal the nanobots? They seem to imply he started it, but it's never officially said.
    • Two aspects from Alistair Krei regarding his villainy:
      • He tried to walk off with a single micro-bot. Wanting a head start on trying to copy the tech is industrial espionage, but it isn't evil. On the other hand, he had just had an intense but veiled verbal confrontation with Callaghan and it's possible he was rattled by the exchange and legitimately forgot he still had the microbot. Then when it was pointed out to him by Tadashi, his ego prevented him from admitting the mistake in front of Callaghan with a sincere apology.
      • There are statements relating to the transporter failure. "We've picked up a slight irregularity." "It's well within the parameters." "You knew it wasn't ready." Given that Callaghan obviously thought the machine was ready when he hugged his daughter just before she entered the capsule the balance of evidence indicates that Callaghan was being unreliable here, and that Krei was simply doing his job; which in this case is to proceed given the machine appeared to be within its safety limits. Thus the accident was regrettable but part of the risks associated with testing new, cutting-edge technology.
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    • Is Fred's father really a superhero, or just a zany old man full of hero worship (not unlike his son)? There's no mention of other heroes in the setting, and the man is clearly an — interesting piece of work, as his underpants scene demonstrates. However, it's revealed in the series that he was an actual superhero.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Unlike Hiro, Aunt Cass takes Tadashi's death surprisingly well, even though she raised him singlehandedly since his childhood.
  • Ass Pull: Baymax's "death" is particularly frustrating because rewatching the scene in the portal dimension reveals that there was absolutely no window of opportunity for Baymax to have removed his health care chip and slipped it into his rocket glove without Hiro's knowledge..
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Honey Lemon. While she has plenty of fans for her energetic, adorable personality and cool superhero outfit, others are turned off by her strong resemblance to Rapunzel, which many perceive as Disney getting lazy with character designs, or because she has "too light" skin (even though that leads into the debate about Hispanic people being widely varied in appearance).
    • Professor Callaghan has his share of fans but there are others who think that he's not a good villain. Not only his reveal as Yokai was so obvious to the point that many people easily saw Krei as the designated Red Herring (to the point that Disney used him as the antagonist in their advertisement), but telling Hiro than Tadashi's death was "his mistake" has most of the audience seeing him less as a tragic villain and more as a one-dimentional villain whose only redeeming trait was his sympathetic backstory.
  • Broken Base: Some critical fans see the return of Abigail and Baymax as a detriment to the film’s message of loss. Others, however, have made the point that Abigail being alive perfectly matches the point about how death and loss affects people. This is a notable distinction since her survival doesn't change how the Big Bad chose to handle their grief on the belief that they're dead. The message of loss isn't really lost because of this. Baymax's return is a bit more contentious to some even then, especially in light of how it's handled, though others feel that it also fits just fine as is.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Krei is such an obvious choice for Yokai's true identity that the movie wouldn't even try to make it a twist if it was true. Subverted in that although many of them suspected it was Tadashi rather than Callaghan, Tadashi stayed dead.
  • Cargo Ship: Many shipped Baymax with soccer balls as soon as the first trailer was released.
  • Cliché Storm: General consensus is that it's a good story backed by some nice visuals, but pretty by the books when it comes to superhero films with many tropes done beforehand.
  • Crossover Ship:
  • Crack Pairing: Baymax/Dulce Osuna thanks to this interview.
  • Ear Worm:
    Cause we could be immortals, immortals
    Just not for long, for long
    And if we meet forever now, pull the blackout curtains down
    Just not for long, for long
    We could be immortals, immortals, immortals, immortals
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Mochi, the pet cat and "hairy baby" of the Hamada household.
    • Tadashi has become popular, even though he is only in the first act, due to being a very likable Nice Guy whose death is a huge loss on both the main character and the audience.
    • Aunt Cass was popular just on looks before the movie came out, after its release her adult Genki Girl personality and loving relationship with Hiro and Tadashi cemented her dark horse status.
    • Krei's secretary. Yes, really, likely due to her looks.
    • Technicians 1 and 2 due to them being voiced by two well-known YouTube users in the UK version of the film.
    • The Punk Bot Fighter girl at the beginning has also some fans.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • There have been many alternate fanfics written about Tadashi revealing to have survived the fire and losing his memory in some way.
    • A popular fanfic topic has Hiro meeting a girl his age and (sometimes) falling in love with her.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Despite the large amount of controversy and No Yay reactions surrounding it, Hiro/Tadashi remains the pairing with the overall most fanfiction dedicated to it.
    • The most popular, non-incestuous ship would be Hiro/Go Go Tomago.
    • Those who aren't into either incestuous or age difference pairings are likely to ship Hiro with Marys Iosama, his love interest from the comics.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Frozen. Fans of the movie feel like it was a victim to Tough Act to Follow and that Frozen overshadowed it.
  • Fanon:
    • Since Honey and GoGo are only known by their nicknames, fans have speculated that their respective real names are Aiko Miyazaki and Leiko Tanaka, much like their comic counterparts. This is highly unlikely due to their Race Lift to Latina and Korean, and in GoGo's case, it was Jossed when Jamie Chung stated on Twitter that her first name was Ethel.
    • Much of the fanfiction and fanart out there depicts Tadashi as being alive with severe burn scars, but not much more, likely due to his Ensemble Dark Horse status. It's become a joke within the members of the fandom that the movie's canon must have been false. Tadashi's obviously just in some hospital healing, and will definitely be back in the sequel, if there is one. Alternatively or additionally, he'll return as Sunfire.
    • Honey Lemon being a Disney princess, or even being descended from Rapunzel (which would make her a Disney princess by lineage anyways).
    • In addition to the green (healthcare) and red (attack mode) chips, there's a blue and a yellow one on Hiro's table. Makes you wonder what they would be used for (and the same scene shows Baymax has enough slots for all four!)
    • Hiro is frequently portrayed as claustrophobic, often having this revealed by jerks at the university shoving him in a locker and being discovered by one of the team. If any explanation is given for the phobia, it's usually because Hiro was stuffed in lockers during his high school days or, rarely, because he was in the car when his parents died and got trapped in his car seat.
    • Due to the manga adaptation and Hamadas' nationality it's fairly common to find stories where the two speak to each other almost entirely in Japanese or use Japanese words intermingled with English, despite the fact that neither of them did so at all in the movie.
    • Fred's full name is Frederick Lee - because his dad is Stan Lee.
    • Many fans like to think that, like her nephews, Aunt Cass' last name is Hamada note .
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With the Marvel Cinematic Universe fans. They have come up with possible crossovers that involve Hiro joining S.H.I.E.L.D. or Baymax greeting the Avengers.
    • Despite living under its shadow, the Big Hero 6 fandom gets along with the Frozen fandom surprisingly well.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • When Hiro and Baymax are in the half-portal realm trying to save Abigail, you may see a beautiful landscape in the background constantly changing. This is a Mandelbulb set, a three-dimensional analogue to the Mandelbrot set.
    • Yokai's kabuki mask has red streaks on it. In kabuki theater, red symbolizes passion, alongside anger and cruelty. This makes much more sense after Yokai is revealed to be Callaghan, whose crimes are driven by passion for revenge, in anger over his daughter's death. White, the main color of his mask, is almost exclusively reserved for evil characters and villians due to its association with death in Japanese culture.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: China loves Baymax.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Callaghan's goal of taking down Krei's business takes a whole new meaning thanks to James Cromwell's far-left views and association with a certain Animal Wrongs Group that has gotten him in trouble with the law.
  • He's Just Hiding!: It's become a fandom Running Gag to pretend that Tadashi survived the fire somehow. Not surprising, considering the other victim of the fire turned out to be just fine. And the real villian.
  • He Really Can Act:
    • Ryan Potter just does an outstanding job in displaying his emotions as Hiro, especially when Baymax talks him out on his revenge against Callaghan and when Baymax is forced to pull a Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Who knew that James Cromwell can do remarkably voicing the Big Bad? The fact that his character eventually turns out to be a Tragic Villain also proves that Cromwell did spectacularly in displaying the character's emotions.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Tadashi/Baymax is known as Roasted Marshmallow.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: Much like Frozen before it, Hiro/Tadashi has become an incredibly popular ship.
  • Informed Wrongness: Alistair Krei's status as a Corrupt Corporate Executive all comes from Professor Callaghan's point of view, himself an Unreliable Expositor due to his daughter presumably dying in one of Krei's experiments.
  • It Was His Sled: Tadashi dies. This is pretty much promoted in the movie's marketing and can't even be considered a twist.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Callaghan. He may have attacked his students, stolen government property, and destroyed Krei headquarters, but everything he did was driven by the grief of losing his daughter.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Few people thought Baymax's sacrifice would stick. Doesn't make the scene any less a Tear Jerker, though.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Comparisons have already been made between GoGo and Ryuko about their similar designs. And they pull of each other's outfits surprisingly well.
    • Baymax calling Mochi, the Hamada family's pet cat, a Hairy Baby...
    • Hiro suddenly saying "Gummy bears!" while testing out Baymax's fighting program.
    • Hiro having an obsession with Pop Tarts.
    • Callaghan being known as 'The Cat Diddler' by some on Tumblr
    • Some have taken to calling the movie "Big Hero 6teen".
    • Alternately, comparing the Big Hero 6 to the Teen Titans.
    • Tadashi Lives, Callaghan Lies.
    • "Bala-lala-la!"
    • Baymax? More like Baemax!
    • I can't go see Big Hero 6! I haven't even watched the first five yet!
    • Making puns about Tadashi's death (likely in an attempt to ease the pain).
    • On Tumblr, changing the text on Tadashi's numbering boards during the Baymax testing scene as a variation of the "pet shaming" meme has been christened "Tadashi Shaming" (some NSFW).
    • Those who are happy about Big Hero 6 winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature thank the Stonecutters (because they rig every Oscar night).
    • "That was his mistake!" Thank Schaffrillas Productions for that one.
  • Memetic Psychopath: Hiro during his fit of anger (aka: Anti-Hiro).
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: The film takes many aspects of its setting from Japanese culture. The Japanese responded by pinning it to the top box office spot for 7 weeks
  • Moe:
    • Honey, with her cheery and bright disposition that can put a smile on anyone's face.
    • Hiro, the adorkable child genius.
    • Aunt Cass manages to be a adorable Genki Girl, despite being an adult.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • There are actually people who think that it was the right thing for Hiro to try to kill Callaghan.
    • On the flip side, some people are giving Callaghan too much sympathy. They seem to be forgetting the fact that Callaghan was callous towards Tadashi's death and attempted to murder his students.
  • Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize: Let's be honest: did you REALLY think Disney was going to hire James Cromwell to voice a character for less than a dozen lines of dialogue, then kill him off in the prologue?
  • One-Scene Wonder: Stan Lee as Fred's father — and he's a superhero to boot!
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • Honey Lemon/Fred aka Fredzilla = HoneyZilla
    • Honey Lemon/GoGo = HoneyGoGo
    • Hiro/GoGo = Hirogo
    • Hiro/Baymax = Hiromax
    • Hiro/Tadashi = Hidashi
    • Tadashi/Honey Lemon = TadaHoney
    • Hiro/Honey Lemon = HiroLemon
    • Tadashi/GoGo = Tomadashi
    • GoGo/Fred aka Fredzilla = GoGoZilla
    • Honey Lemon/Wasabi = Honeybi
    • GoGo/Wasabi = Gogosabi
    • Tadashi/Fred = Fredashi
    • Wasabi/Fred = Fredsabi
    • Tadashi/Wasabi = Tadasabi
  • Ron the Death Eater: A strange variation with Tadashi. While he's rarely an outright villain in fanfic, his protectiveness of Hiro is often twisted into a disturbing and sometimes even violent Yandere-like obsession, especially in darker Hidashi fics.
  • Shipping: Running rampant due to no canon couples. Hiro and Honey are particularly popular in this field.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Getting between the HiroLemon and Hirogo shippers will be the last thing you do. On the bright side, since they usually also ship Tomadashi or Tadahoney respectively, there is generally very little hate towards the characters. And Hidashi is, of course...controversial.
  • Squick:
    • Wearing your underwear forwards and backwards and inside out just moves the sweaty, yucky bits around.
    • Where does GoGo get so much gum? She doesn't. The junior novelization implies that she keeps chewing the same gum for days to weeks on end, and that being on the dashboard of a car and having floated up from the San Fransokyo bay will not stop her from putting it back into her mouth.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • In the original Marvel comics the movie is inspired by, the team was based in Tokyo and everyone was Japanese. Disney's decision to change most of the characters' races is the biggest point of controversy (only their superhero names are still the same), and there's also the setting being moved from Tokyo to the entirely fictional hybrid city San Fransokyo.
    • While most characters being changed from superpowered to just relying on technology seems to have been overall accepted, most fans of the comic didn't particularly like Fred being changed from actually turning into a Kaiju to just wearing a monster suit.
  • Tough Act to Follow: While the movie itself was far from a failure, it does tend to get overlooked because it was released in between the cultural juggernaut Frozen and the enormously popular Zootopia, both of which made over a billion dollars at the box office. It also leads into the problem of optics: Frozen and Zootopia were sleeper hits that weren't expected to make anywhere near as much money as they did, while Big Hero 6 was a superhero movie made during a golden age of superhero movie profitability, so while its $657 million gross does make it one of the biggest movies ever for Disney Animation, it also made it the lowest-grossing major superhero film of 2014.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Hiro and Baymax's teammates didn't really get much development and had rather one-note personalities, but the film would probably go in a very different direction without their inclusion, especially since they were able to stop Baymax from killing Yokai.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Hiro was holding the kabuki mask when he got angry at Callaghan. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened if he put it on.
    • The illegal bot fighting rings taking place in San Fransokyo. Only one scene is dedicated to it, and that was the beginning of the movie, and was never mentioned again. It ended up getting revisited in Big Hero 6: The Series, though.
  • Too Cool to Live: Tadashi was a good older brother, a noble worker, and intelligent student. Which in Disney terms, means he's a goner.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tadashi raced back into a blazing building to rescue Callaghan. It's good to have the mindset that somebody should do something but... it's really tough to balance out bravery and stupidity. You should never re-enter a burning building and Tadashi should have known that.
  • Tough Act to Follow: This is the film that had to follow up on Frozen. If you look at the raw numbers and critical response — it did admirably; even outperforming it in some circles. Thing is, the sheer runaway success of Frozen meant that at the end of the day, it was still getting a huge push even during Big Hero 6's run; look at any Disney Store today and it's easy to notice that while Frozen still has a coveted spot on the racks (even as other characters and films rotate out) — Big Hero 6 has all but disappeared.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Hiro trying to kill Yokai/Callaghan in Revenge for Tadashi's death is treated as a near-Moral Event Horizon In-Universe. However, some fans actually support Hiro on this, given (1) Yokai/Callaghan's rather unfortunate implications and (2) Hiro — unlike Yokai/Callaghan — attacked only a deserving target instead of innocent bystanders as well.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Yokai/Professor Callaghan can come across as this to some viewers because even though he was wracked with grief over his daughter's death, he still attacked students in ways that could have caused their deaths, stole government property, gave a No Sympathy response to Tadashi's sacrifice and destroyed KreiTech headquarters with the intention of destroying Krei himself with absolutely zero concern for the Innocent Bystanders that would be around.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Mochi, the Hamada cat has a calico fur pattern, but is confirmed to be male, even though his gender is never outright mentioned once in the film. Calico cats are nearly always female due the calico gene being found on the X chromosome. However, it is possible for male cats to be born calico, though they are exceptionally rare. About 1 out of every 3000 cats is a male calico.
  • What an Idiot!: Tadashi charging into the burning building can easily invoke this reaction, since he's charging into a fire to save a man that he has no idea where he is, and on top of that has no training or equipment to help him. He's a first-responder's nightmare because he's at best 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.
  • The Woobie: Hiro, especially in any scenes relating to Tadashi's death, as well as when he loses Baymax.


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