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YMMV / Kill Bill

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  • Accidental Innuendo: Taken out of context, Gogo Yubari's line before fighting Black Mamba sounds like something straight of an S&M porno.
    Gogo: You call that begging? You can beg better than that!
  • Angst? What Angst?: While it's probably because she's too shocked to react to her mother being killed right in front of her, Vernita's daughter doesn't look too upset about it.
  • Award Snub: Both films were completely ignored come Oscar season.
  • Better on DVD: There are so many small details that can only be caught after several viewings.
    • And thanks to the advent of blu-ray, there's a cheapie release that allows you to watch both volumes back to back, without even having to change discs. What it lacks in special features, it makes up for with said gimmick.
  • Complete Monster: Boss Matsumoto was a sadistic, pedophilic Yakuza boss, and the one responsible for O-Ren Ishii's life as an assassin. Invading O-Ren's home when she was nine, Matsumoto has his men fight and kill her father, laughing as he dies. Taking O-Ren's mom, he tosses her on her bed and fatally stabs her with his katana, almost killing O-Ren herself, who was hiding under the bed. With business settled, Matsumoto and his gang set the house on fire. Frequently using young girls as prostitutes, O-Ren is able to assassinate him by posing as one, appealing to Matsumoto's perverse lust.
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  • Creepy Awesome: A few examples from both films. There's O-Ren, Go-Go Yubari, and the Yakuza man who kills O-Ren's father, as well as Elle Driver and Budd to a degree.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The Crazy 88 fight. A guy gets his foot sliced off; seconds later he's seen pressing it back to the bloody stump, as if it's going to magically reattach. Another guy gets his eye snatched out (in a bit of foreshadowing concerning where she learned this from); when The Bride is overlooking the carnage, he's still stumbling around blindly (and rumoured to be a cameo by Tarantino). The uncensored fight shows the Bride taking said eye and throwing it down another man's throat.
  • Ear Worm: "Twisted Nerve", "Battle Without Honor Or Humanity," and The Green Hornet theme.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • O-Ren Ishii is probably the most popular villain in the series, even more popular than Bill. The fact that she gets a well-developed backstory and has a lengthy fight sequence probably has something to do with it.
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    • Gogo Yubari, despite being portrayed as an Axe-Crazy Psychopathic Manchild with no sympathetic traits. Some even felt sorry for the Psycho for Hire when she was killed.
    • Despite only appearing in a handful of flashbacks in part two, Pai Mei is, without question, one of the most popular characters in the film. He’s actually a stock character from Chinese martial arts films, but is largely unknown in America apart from this film.
    • Budd. Despite looking like nothing more than a dumb redneck hick who you'd expect the Bride to slash through in seconds, he's one of the more memorable characters in the films, thanks to his competence, moral complexity, and Michael Madsen's grittily noble performance.
  • First Installment Wins: Everyone knows there are two films, however the original is the more iconic one.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Bill's line about shooting the Bride being him at his most masochistic, considering how David Carradine died.
    • Although she didn't get as much development as the other Vipers, Vernita is actually Not So Different than the Bride. She left the Deadly Vipers for the same exact reasons as Beatrix; perhaps the only reason she was allowed to leave unharmed was because her child wasn't Bill's. When you consider that her own daughter is around the same age as B.B., Vernita may have also been pregnant when she played her role in the Church Massacre. That may explain why the Bride got pissed when Vernita attempted to use being a mother as a reason not to be killed and cold-bloodedly shut her down.
    • The Bride's monologue in the convertible at the beginning of Vol. 2 takes a whole new meaning after Uma Thurman revealed that she believed the crash she suffered while filming it was not an accident and was connected to her abuse by Harvey Weinstein.
    • The Bride's storyline of being raped and has her body being taken advantage of is painful enough after stories about the abuse Weinstein and Tarantino inflicted on Uma Thurman were made public, but in 2018 a woman in Arizona gave birth despite having been in a coma for the majority of her life, which made the plot point regarding the Bride giving birth to a live baby in her coma all the more gut-wrenching.
    • The Massacre at Two Pines chapel in the movie where Bill and his assassins kill everyone inside the church with firearms certainly hits harder after the Sutherland Springs church shooting in November of 2017.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • It Was His Sled: Just about everything except The Bride's real name.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Beatrix Kiddo fights many devious opponents, but the following stand out with charm matching their skill:
    • Bill himself, AKA "Snakecharmer", is the retired leader of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. After his lover Beatrix leaves him and becomes engaged to another man while pregnant, Bill massacres the wedding party and leaves Beatrix in a coma. Deciding to leave her alive in the hospital, he took their child she gave birth to while unconscious and raised her as a loving father. Finally confronted by Beatrix, the three share a family night together of a life that could have been, while Bill also leads Beatrix into a false sense of security, shooting her with truth serum to have her admit to him and herself why she left him. Accepting defeat with grace, Bill reassures Beatrix that she's his favourite person, never stopping loving her and regretting what he did, telling her "I... overreacted."
    • O-Ren Ishii, AKA "Cottonmouth" of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, is the most ambitious of Bill's former underlings. Starting her career at age eleven by avenging her parents' death, O-Ren went on to be one of the world's most dangerous women. After leaving Bill's employ following the wedding massacre, O-Ren travelled to Japan, conquering the criminal underworld and rising to the top of the Yakuza, feared and respected by the bosses of the families. Confronted by Beatrix, O-Ren sent her underlings to fight her before engaging Beatrix in single combat, admitting respect for her opponent as the fight closed. The most successful of Bill's former associates, O-Ren was one of Beatrix's toughest fights.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The Ironside theme became iconic enough to be often used as a surprise Sting in various web series.
    • "X is as useful as an asshole on the elbow."
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Pai Mei reacts to the slightest offense, real or imaginary, by plucking out the offender's eye. He also slaughtered an entire monastery because they begged forgiveness for one of their own after he (the monk) didn't acknowledge a nod that Pai Mei gave him, and because the monks didn't want to behead him in "apology" to Pai Mei. What a Jerkass.
    • The orderly Buck has raping comatose patients as his lifestyle, and in a more enterprising example, pimps their bodies to various lowlifes as well.
    • Elle Driver loses every amount of our sympathy when it's revealed that she poisoned Pai Mei to death in retaliation for taking her eye. Even as much of a rotten bastard as Pai Mei was to both Beatrix and Elle, he did not deserve to go out like that.
    • The Massacre at Two Pines, the horrific event perpetrated by the Deadly Vipers Assassination Squad that kicked off the events of the film. Bill and his crew slaughtered an entire wedding chapel of innocent people, except the Bride and her unborn child.
  • Narm Charm: Really just the whole movie: notable scenes include O-ren's decapitation of a Yakuza boss, which is promptly followed by High-Pressure Blood, and O-ren's death, where the Bride chops off the top of her skull, leaving her brain exposed and unharmed. Some of the dialogue is just so cheesy, over-the-top anime, but this is Quentin we're talking about, so it still comes off as badass either way.
  • Older Than They Think:
  • One-Scene Wonder: Samuel L. Jackson as Rufus, the pianist. He quite literally only appears in one scene before he is killed off screen along with everyone else in attendance for the wedding rehearsal.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: In 2018 Uma Thurman revealed that Tarantino forced her to do a car stunt she begged him to give to a stunt driver, which went wrong and led to permanent neck and knee pain, which is the reason she never worked with him again. This was also after Tarantino declined to do anything about his friend Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulting Thurman. It's also been alleged that the film's stunt coordinator Keith Adams was told he wouldn't be needed on set that day to prevent him from overruling the director. Shortly after revealing the story, Thurman said that she forgave Tarantino, but not Weinstein or the other producers involved in covering it up.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Comatose patients being raped.
  • Squick:
    • Elle's eye smashed under The Bride's foot.
    • The Pussy Wagon (how did Buck pay for it?). People paying for a little "alone time" with comatose patients, of course.
    • The first two murders after The Bride wakes up are also pretty Squick-worthy. First, she chews the bottom lip off her assailant, then slashes Buck's Achilles tendon in painful closeup.
    • Boss Matsumoto's teeth popping out from gritting them too hard when O-Ren stabs him in the flashback.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Vernita Green has the least screen-time, lacks characterization compared to the other DVAS, and is killed off early into the film (despite actually being the second DVAS to go down).
    • Sofie Fatale disappeared after Part I despite being very much alive and has justified reason to team up against the Bride.
      • Although if they do make that third movie featuring Vernita Green's daughter...


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