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Tropes For The Movie

  • Awesome Music: The orchestral cover of The B-52s' "Planet Claire'' that plays as the President prepares to make first contact.
  • Cargo Ship: B.O.B./Green Jello. A match made in mixers.
  • Crazy Awesome: General W.R. Monger, who ran a secret monster prison for 50 years just in case aliens invaded, loves parachuting into random places whenever he feels like it, wedgies uncooperative staff, flew a warplane into the path of a spaceship laser and almost dodged it and came prepared for a giant woman by equipping his army with a giant sedative syringe, a catapult to launch it and a trampoline.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • And there's the president, where every moment involving him is one of the most hilarious things you'll ever see.
    • Katie and Cuthbert, the One-Scene Wonder role reversal teens who encounter the alien probe early in the movie.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In one scene one of the President's advisors says: "In these situations I think to myself, what would Oprah Winfrey do?" Years later, Oprah would be briefly considered by 5e populous to run for the 2020 Democratic party presidential nomination (and didn't end up running).
    • The news anchor sarcastically comments that the U.S. is the only place UFO's ever seem to land in. Ironically, 2009 also had a movie where aliens land in South Africa.
    • The alien probe looks a lot like a minion from Despicable Me.
  • Moe: With her big eyes and (pre-Character Development) timid nature, Susan's someone you just want to give a big hug.
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  • Shallow Parody: Aside from using famous monster stand-ins for the main cast and numerous brief shout-outs, the film doesn't actually do much to parody old B-Movies, ending up much closer to a typical action-adventure flick.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: A small subsect of fans like to pair Link up with Katie, the role-reversed teen who encounters the alien robot early in the movie.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: The fandom is a bit split when it comes to who Susan gets paired with. Given the lack of Token Romance within the film, many tend to gravitate towards Dr. Cockroach/Susan since he takes an active role in trying to reduce her size and they seem to converse the most (also, they're the only two monsters who used to be human). But Link/Susan has its share of fans as well, considering that Link's whole deal is that he chases beautiful babes anyway. A small segment of fans pair Susan off with her Disposable Fiancée Derek instead, though this pairing is much rarer by comparison and usually involves the latter being given either the Draco in Leather Pants treatment or some degree of redemption first. Of course, being an animated comedy superhero film, the majority of viewers and fans never considered shipping anyone in it.
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  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Missing Link. The film sets him up as being past his prime, and he proves totally useless in the San Francisco mission, which he's seen taking poorly. One might assume this is setting up a character arc where he proves he's still got it, but the best he gets is beating up a lot of Gallaxhar clones during the climax.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The film claims to be a B-Movie parody, but doesn't take the idea very far. If one replaced the smaller monsters with super powered humans, the film would mostly be unchanged.
  • Ugly Cute: Pretty much all of the other monsters aside from Susan herself.
  • Uncanny Valley: The human characters all have realistically rendered skin which clashes with their stylized designs, making them come off as more creepy looking than the actual monsters.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Insectosaurus. The movie calls the monster a "he", but a behind-the-scenes book lists the monster as a female. This has lead to a Broken Base amongst the fans of the movie as to which is truly canon regarding the monster's gender.
  • What an Idiot!: Derek dumps Susan for the sake of his career without considering the worldwide fame their continued relationship would bring him, not to mention the millions of dollars in book deals and movie rights. It's a very stupid decision from someone who's already been characterized as a selfish asshole. He does put things together, sort of, when he forgives her and offers to take her back at the end. Of course, mentioning that he was offered a network slot if he got an exclusive interview in the next sentence made Susan doubt his sincerity. Letting that detail slip only reinforced his stupidity.
    Susan: Are the cameras running, sweetie?
    Derek: Why, of course they are!
  • The Woobie:
    • Susan. After Derek dumps her, she looks so much like a kicked puppy.
    • The monsters, after they scare off the party.
    • Link. The poor guy gets his butt kicked several times during the battle against the robot probe, and even gets knocked out after it's already been defeated.

Tropes For The Game

  • Annoying Video-Game Helper: Dr Cockroach will constantly stop the game to explain the mechanics, even repeating himself a few times for moves that both Link and B.O.B. can do. He'll also politely belittle you if you don't get a score that meets his standards at the end of the level.
  • Narm:
    • For some reason the characters always refer to Link as The Missing Link, no matter how awkward it sounds in context.
    • The dialogue abounds with Buffy Speak. While funny at first, it never lets up, and it becomes obvious when the writers just couldn't think of anything for the characters to say.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: A surprisingly decent action platformer that does its best to take advantage of the film's material, with some good variety between the main playable monsters. Though the story does follow a repetitive formula, leading to a lot of the samey environments, and has a lot of the gameplay ideas are interesting but undeveloped, the writing and graphics are very faithful to the film. Definitely an A for effort, if a C for execution.
  • Padding: Most of the levels taking place inside giant robots. While the Colossus Climb makes for some exciting set pieces, the repetitive environments gradually outstay their welcome.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Although she is the protagonist, Ginormica's skating stages are the least involved and the least frequent of all the playstyles, giving her the least to do.
    • Dr. Cockroach is only playable as a second player, where he's represented by a crosshair to take out enemies.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Although the San Francisco mission is the film's Signature Scene (to the point of inspiring Ginormica's entire gameplay style), there's only one level actually taking place in it, while the rest is set inside the Robot Probe itself. Further, destroying the robot is meant to be a turning point in her character development, but in the game Ginormica doesn’t even fight it herself.

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