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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Was Reverend Shooter yelling "Jesus Christ!" as a blasphemous statement, or was he actually desperately calling out to Jesus to save him? And for that matter, does Reverend Shooter genuinely believe in his religion, or is he just using his religion to ease his conscience? On one hand, he's loyal enough to his religion to be a man of the cloth. On the other hand, he's a member of what is effectively a cult that has its own religious system separate from Shooter's religion.
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    • How much of Lurch's crimes were out of his own malice, as opposed to blindly doing what Skinner told him? When Nicholas asks him if killing people is really what he wants, Lurch responds with "Yarp" (Lurch's way of saying yes). Heck, we don't even know if he meant it when he said yes or if he's only saying yes to avoid Skinner's scorn. The fact that he cries when taken into custody, seemingly because he does not understand what's happening, muddies these interpretations of Lurch further.
    • How much of Nicholas' workaholism was due to his own personality, as opposed to PTSD due to his job?
    • Did Mrs. Butterman really kill herself because Sandford lost the "Village of the Year" contest, or is that just how Frank rationalizes it?
    • As for Joyce Cooper angrily calling Nicholas Angel a "fascist", was she simply being a hypocrite, meaning it as a Meaningful Echo, or was she trying to ease her conscience?
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  • Catharsis Factor: After seeing Simon Skinner brutally killing several innocent people in cold blood, all while showing no remorse with smug glee, seeing him slip over and having his jaw impaled with the pointy tip of a model of a church and then being arrested is an incredibly satisfying and well deserved fate for such a murderous scumbag.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Simon Skinner getting his chin impaled on the spire of a model church: gross and disturbing. Simon then whining in pain and asking for ice cream: hilarious.
    • Angel finding the corpses of the NWA's victims is pretty frightening and worthy of a slasher movie. However, finding the corpse of the Living Statue over-acting his own death is just too intentionally ridiculous to keep the horror going.
      Butterman: [voiceover] A GREAT BIG BUSHY BEARD!
    • Taking out James Reaper's old mother with a jump kick to the face also qualifies.
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    • Tim's death is this mixed with Nausea Fuel and Nightmare Fuel. It's Nicholas' reaction that mixes the three.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: As awesome and action-packed as the climax of the film is, it's completely impractical/illegal in real life. Even the part where Danny shoots his rounds up into the sky instead of shooting his father who tried to shoot him is dangerous.
  • Ending Fatigue: While the big shootout at the end is a tribute to cop movies, it can seem like an Overly Long Gag to some. Then, after the shootout, we are treated to the station exploding, a graveside scene, and back in action. While the fatigue might not have been intentional, the producers note in the commentary that the effect was; they were partly influenced by Bad Boys II, and particularly the moment where it all seems to be ending, but then Martin Lawrence declares "This shit just got real," and the movie keeps on going. It is, of course, down to the individual viewer whether this was a wise thing to be inspired by.
  • Evil Is Cool: While he's not the leader of the NWA per se, Skinner really makes being a murderer so debonair. Being played by a very-against-type Timothy Dalton certainly helps.
  • Fountain of Memes: The movie is immensely quotable. Repeat even one line from the movie anywhere on the internet and you'll be sure to get another reference in response.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Sandford is the name of the fictional town traditionally used in UK police training exercises.
    • The Andys' surnames, Wainwright and Cartwright, are funnier if you know that "wain" is an obsolete synonym for "cart".
    • The twins at the front desk are always reading Iain Banks and Iain M. Banks respectively. This is actually the same author, who used his middle initial to distinguish his science fiction from his other work.
    • The NWA's motto, "bonum commune communitatis", means "the common good of the community", in keeping with their "values".
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Angel's mistaken belief that Skinner was behind all the murders out of fear for the local Somerfield is a bit sadder now that Somerfield no longer exists - it ceased operations and was absorbed into the Co-op in 2011.
    • The fact that the villains are Neighborhood Watch members who murder townspeople for minor imperfections that reflect badly on the town eerily anticipates the death of black teenager Trayvon Martin at the hands of Neighborhood Watch captain George Zimmerman in Florida in 2013, under circumstances that remain murky. The killing, and especially Zimmerman's acquittal the following year due to entering a successful self-defence plea, became one of the inaugural incidents of a period of enormous political turbulence that would dominate American culture during the latter half of the '10s. For bonus points, among the people marked for death by the cult are a group of teenagers who loiter around in hoodies - the exact article of clothing Martin was wearing at the time of his death and which became a symbol of those who felt Zimmerman's acquittal was unjust.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay:
    • Insinuated by the Andys, and the protagonists. According to the trivia track, this is largely because the script once included a love interest named Victoria for Angel. After the character was cut, much of her dialogue was instead given to Danny, often without edits. For example, after getting drunk at the pub, Danny and Angel have a really Ho Yay conversation about Angel's inability to "disconnect" with work (Danny is using lines meant for Victoria). As the conversation gets more and more homoerotic-sounding, Danny suggest he knows a way for Angel to disconnect, doing said suggestion in an extremely Ho Yay tone... only to reveal his DVD collection of action films.
    • "Well, this is me. Fancy a coffee?"
    • There was some (possibly tongue-in-cheek) Word of Gay—the writers and actors went and wrote a whole series of slash drabbles. On Twitter. (In response to discovering the fans who were doing so.) Wright comments there that he and Simon "once wrote some Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman slash fiction. It was called HOT FUZZ." Wright also described the aforementioned scene with Danny inviting Nicholas up to his place for a coffee on the writers' commentary as a "first date", comparing it to Bridget Jones' Diary.
    • The outtakes on the DVD end with the two actors pretending to move in for a kiss during the Ho Yay bits. And some dry humping. In some of the outtakes, they don't bluff and actually kiss.
    • "Take out all the little people, you get to waltz off with the cuddly monkey", says the fairground barker. Would that be the stuffed toy or Sgt. Butterman?
  • Jerkass Woobie: Michael. Yes, he was part of the NWA, but it seems like he didn't really understand what he was doing. His mugshot at the end shows him crying.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Pictures or animated GIFs of Angel saying "Get Out!!" are used as a reaction to terrible puns on sites such as Imgur.
    • Yarp!, a reference to the only thing Lurch can say. And by extension, "Narp!" from when Nicholas attempted to impersonate him.
    • Repeating "The greater good" any time you hear the phrase, in reference to the Catchphrase of the NWA (which has been murdering people "for the greater good"). Whenever it's spoken in the film, someone always echoes it.
    • "Shut it!" A frequent response to the above, even on This Very Wiki.
    • Gifs of Danny reloading his shotgun in the Somerfields while saying "Shame!" has started to catch on for jokes about needing to turn to violence once diplomacy (and/or stealth) a) have failed; or b) were only given a token attempt because people wanted to get violent quickly. Usually in reference to video games or D&D.
    • The line "We will make Sanford great again" is unexpectedly popular these days, for obvious reasons.
    • No luck catching them X's then?
      • It's just the one X, actually.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Frank and the members of the NWA are revealed to have crossed it several years before when they started killing people they saw as the most minor of threats to Sandford's image and could deprive them of its "Village of the Year" title. This even includes killing children if they have to.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • Tim Messenger’s death. Just... ew.
    • Mr. Skinner impaling his chin on a toy church spire is also pretty gruesome.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The victims' deaths, especially Tim Messenger's.
    • The scene where Angel discovers the dead bodies in the crypt. Crosses into dark comedy territory following the reveal of the Living Statue's corpse, who's still posing with a silly expression.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Did you know that Peter Jackson is in the movie, uncredited? He's in for all of 2 seconds, stabbing Nicholas in the hand dressed as Father Christmas.
    • Cate Blanchett is also uncredited, appearing as Angel’s ex-girlfriend Janine. She’s only in one scene, and since she works in forensics, you can only see her eyes and hear her voice.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Rewatch Bonus: The entire film. Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg spent eighteen months working on the script, and it shows.
  • Special Effect Failure: A minor case — during the car chase towards the end, some of the interior shots of Nick and Danny in the police cruiser don't have the actual background inserted, you can see the green screen. Since the shots go by rather quickly and the surrounding of the scene was filled with green trees already, it's barely noticeable.
  • Values Dissonance: A small detail that's lost on non-British viewers is that in the UK, it is illegal to kill swans. Watching the culprits trying to avoid hitting the swan was funny enough, knowing this makes it funnier.
    • Frank's usage of the word "gypsy" during the NWA meeting is a racial slur to Romani people that the UK public have for decades believed to be a term to describe rough, uncouth, poor families who travel in caravans.

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