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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Was Chris' mother really oblivious to how her husband died in the last movie, or did she know all along and was trying to avoid seeing Chris fall down a dark path?
    • Did Katie really cheat on Dave, or was she just lying to get to him after suspecting him of infidelity?
  • Broken Base: The film's adaptation of the controversial rape scene. While some appreciate the effort made to tone down the disturbing scene, similarly to an earlier scene where Chris refuses to kill the dog, the vast majority see the scene's use of humor as insensitive for trying to make a joke out of what should be a serious moment. A third opinion states that if the creators wanted to tone down the comic's more shocking elements, this scene should not have been included at all in the film adaptation.
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  • Critical Dissonance: The film was poorly received by critics with a 41 on Metacritic and 28% on Rotten Tomatoes. The User Score on both sites though? 78 and 69% respectively.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The attempted rape scene. The Tumor holds down Night Bitch and Mother Fucker prepares to rape her...only to be embarrassed when he gets erectile dysfunction and starts playing himself to try and get "ready," all the while Night Bitch and even The Tumor are laughing at him.
    • The Motherfucker's choice for some of the names of his team of villains. Genghis Carnage and Black Death, anyone?
      Javier: Chris, Jesus, maybe you could pick something less horrifically racist?
    • The S-I-C Stick
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: It's both Darker and Edgier and Bloodier and Gorier, and inflicts more suffering into the protagonists. Thus reviewers and many filmgoers complained, with the word "unpleasant" being raised often. Although given how the previous film also featured a lot of Mood Whiplash and protagonist suffering, it's not like the instances in the sequel are unprecedented. Plus, unlike the first movie, it reconstructs the idea that superheroes can be genuinely heroic, not just violent thugs or losers with a power fetish.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Despite being little more than an Advertised Extra, Jim Carrey managed to turn in a memorable Playing Against Type performance as Colonel Stars-and-Stripes in that time.
    • John Leguizamo's Javier is also liked for being a genuinely Nice Guy with Undying Loyalty to Chris despite the latter treating him like shit most of the time. Like the Colonel, he also meets his end long before the final act.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain:
    • The Motherfucker's new costume is pieced together from bondage equipment, and thus is black leather covered in zippers and chains. He's even treated as this In-Universe.
    • Todd's Ass-Kicker costume is identical in design to Dave's, though its color scheme is reversed and it's made of spandex instead of being a scuba-diving suit. Because the character wears no clothes under it, he has "frog-eye".note 
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Dave's "there is no sequel" line makes a harsh possibility given that a third Kick-Ass film might not be in the cards.
    • The reveal that Colonel Stars-and-Stripes carries a gun, but one that's isn't loaded, citing gun safety ("Don't tell the bad guys") becomes this when in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, Jim Carrey disowned his role and refused to promote the film due to the level of violence in it.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Chris crosses the line when he has Dave's father murdered. Arguably even earlier, when he orders Mother Russia to decapitate Colonel Stars-and-Stripes.
    • Even though he isn't successful, the fact that he attempts to rape Night Bitch also counts.
    • Ralph D'Amico crosses it when he murders Javier, who was Chris's Morality Pet and Parental Substitute, causing him to Jump Off The Slippery Slope
  • Narm: Most of what comes out of The Motherfucker's mouth. A lot of these are intentional, of course.
  • Narm Charm: Colonel Stars-and-Stripes showing that his gun isn't loaded and saying "don't tell the bad guys."
  • Nausea Fuel: Mindy has a "sick stick" that her father had that makes people vomit and have explosive diarrhea. She uses it on Brooke and her friends. We see the results.
  • No Yay: Dave and Mindy kissing, to fans of the comic book where Mindy is still 12 years old while in the film she's 15. Invoked in-universe, when Katie and her friend think Mindy is breaking up with Dave, they both call him a pedophile.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Iain Glen as Uncle Ralph.
  • Retroactive Recognition: So that's what Wong did before Kamar-Taj: human trafficking!
  • Sequelitis: Not as well received as the original, but audiences have reacted better than critics.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • The blood streams (and damn if there's a lot of blood leaked in this film) look very fake. It's very distracting during the fight scenes.
    • The scene where Mindy uses the sick stick on the queen bee shows other examples of this trope.
    • And the fight around the van, where a body gets tossed under the wheels of the car behind.
    • The film's use of greenscreen in general can be fairly distracting, especially during the afforementioned van fight.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Colonel Stars-and-Stripes, an all-American-themed superhero getting killed by Mother Russia, an all-Soviet-Era Russian-themed supervillain.


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