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  • Awesome Music: Pretty much every song. "We're Doing A Sequel" and "I'm Number One" are probably the best.
    • Special note to "Interrogation Song" for making exposition entertaining. And catchy.
    • And "I'll Get You What You Want", a cheery disco number featuring Constantine.
  • Base-Breaking Character: The Muppets themselves (except for Kermit and Animal) are rather divisive in this movie, due to their taking levels in both stupidity and selfishness. Depending on the viewer, their behavior ranges from Innocently Insensitive at best to It's All About Me at worst.
    • Fozzie in particular is rather polarizing due to his in particular being Flanderized from a simply naive bear to a complete imbecile who doesn't notice that his best friend has had his identity stolen by an obvious fake until evidence of it is staring him in the face, and when Kermit calls him out on it he doesn't take full responsibility. It doesn't help that one of the film's writers, Nicholas Stoller, dubbed Fozzie "really stupid" in an interview.
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  • Broken Base: The film itself. The response on Muppet fan sites has been fairly positive, opinions all over the place where it is on the Muppet movie hierarchy. Outside the internet, you'll find people who have opinions ranging from it being very good to it being the Spider-Man 3 of Muppet movies.
  • Contested Sequel: This movie has been well-received overall, but not quite as much as The Muppets. However, as noted below, some fans prefer Most Wanted due to Kermit and Piggy unambiguously being the main characters (with Walter in a major supporting role)note  and, consequently, the much higher proportion of Muppet songs to human songs. Outside Muppet fan sites however, Most Wanted has been nearly panned and ignored completely.
    • Hilariously, the opening song even lampshaded that it WOULD be considered 'not quite as good' as the previous film, even using that exact turn of phrase!
  • Critical Dissonance: Many critics are deriding this film because the human characters are being overshadowed by their Muppet counterparts. In a Muppet movie. Muppet fans, meanwhile, adore it for exactly that reason, with some considering it an Even Better Sequel.
    • The movie was well received by critics, with a 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Unfortunately, it arrived to middling box office success, expected to get around $20 million but eventually getting crushed by the Sleeper Hit $55 million opening of the widely derided Divergent (a record for a young adult book outside of the Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games series). Most Wanted did eventually make over $55 million, but by then it failed so much at gaining traction that the only real hope for the movie was home-video sales. This wasn't enough to take down the franchise as a whole, but it seems to have been enough to stop Disney from making any more theatrical Muppet movies for a while.
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  • Ear Worm: This is a Muppet movie after all. There's We're Doing A Sequel, I'm Number One, the Interrogation Song, I'll Get You What You Want... just take your pick.
  • Evil Is Cool: Constantine, the first truly evil muppet, is just as much of a delight to watch as the rest of them.
  • Genius Bonus: During Gonzo's indoor running of the bulls act, ''Toreador en Garde'' is playing.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In 2016, Steve Whitmire was unexpectedly and unceremoniously fired by Disney and it was announced that Matt Vogel would be taking over as Kermit. Then you remember that the entire plot of this film revolves around Constantine (played by Vogel) getting rid of Kermit (Whitmire) and taking over as head of the Muppets.
    • The characters repeatedly acknowledge that the Muppets don't have the strength to pull in large audiences (at least without Dominic resorting to bribery). The film's dismal box-office performance demonstrates how right they are.
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  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: "We're Doing a Sequel" mentions that "the studio considers [The Muppets] a viable franchise". Even following this film's middling box office returns and the axing of the subsequent TV series after one season, Disney is still working hard at keeping the Muppets that way, starting with a 2016 live appearance at the Outside Lands Festival (albeit with just the Electric Mayhem) and a VERY well-received concert at the Hollywood Bowl a year later, it looks like the American public may never see the last of the Muppets anytime soon!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This Very Wiki has featured an image of an evil Kermit as the page image for Evil Twin for quite a long time. Now this film actually does feature an evil Kermit look-alike.
    • This sketch from Robot Chicken had the Muppet Babies playing The Little Mermaid and Miss Piggy wanted to be the titular character. The song "We're Doing A Sequel", in one of that song's many swipes at popular Hollywood movies, shows Miss Piggy dressed as Ariel.
    • "We're Doing a Sequel" also contains this line: "We're doing a sequel, the studio wants more / While they wait for Tom Hanks to make Toy Story 4!" Months after the film's release, the real Toy Story 4 was announced... and then later delayed until 2019.
    • One of the movie's major plotlines is that Constantine tricks the Muppets into believing that he's the real Kermit. Three and a half years after the movie was released, Matt Vogel, who played Constantine, would take over the role of Kermit after Steve Whitmire's termination.
  • Ho Yay: Parodied big time with Sam and Jean, who both break down blubbering, and have a big hug when they realize they have to part ways.
  • Memetic Mutation: Not really related to the film, but stemming from a tie-in ad for Lipton released shortly before the film was: Kermit drinking tea.
    • The image of a cloaked Constantine staring at Kermit right before slapping the fake mole on him has been a source for what amounts to "good side, bad side" posts such as this. The umbrella name for such posts is "Evil Kermit".
    • The scene with Constantine practicing Kermit's voice and way of speaking, is generally considered now as Matt Vogel's audition before taking over Kermit.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Constantine crosses this when he steals Kermit's identity and sends him to the gulag. He takes it further when he proposes to Miss Piggy under his Kermit guise, only to have her killed off with a time bomb disguised as a wedding ring after the ceremony. He totally deserved Kermit slapping him in the face during the climax.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Laughably Evil he may be, Constantine can be quite frightening at times. These cases really stand out.
    • When Walter and Fozzie discover that Kermit had been replaced by Constantine, he catches them, saying threateningly "You have waka-ed your last waka, Bear." and advances toward them, suddenly barring metal teeth, providing the images seen here.
    • Later, after proposing to Miss Piggy and arranging a wedding at the Tower of London, so he could get close to the Crown Jewels, Constantine plans to murder Miss Piggy with a time bomb disguised as a wedding ring to cover his tracks. Once his ruse is exposed, he hears the signal from Dominic to escape and proceeds to set off his bomb to blow up everybody at the church with a Pre-Mortem One-Liner in the form of his last Kermit impression, which at that point stops being funny and becomes unsettling.
    Constantine: That is right, Muppets! I am Constantine! The world's most dangerous frog and #1 criminal and a thousand times more frog than this Kermit person! And now, I have only one thing to say to you fools! [pulls out a detonator and imitates Kermit] Goodnight Folks! [detonates bomb] YAAAAAAAAAAAYYY!
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: Inverted, the film opens moving too fast, but as it goes on it reaches normal pacing.
  • Special Effects Failure: While it could be mistaken as CGI at first, Constantine's parkouring is actually really bad bluescreening. Which, considering how the first movie did such techniques quite successfully, is pretty bad. Averted for the rest of the movie, in which almost everything is done with the puppets and not computer animationnote .
  • Tough Act to Follow: The Muppets got stellar reviews, so naturally it would be difficult for MMW to live up to its predecessor, as the Muppets themselves acknowledge during the opening number.
  • Uncanny Valley: The incredibly geometric fireworks of the Muppets' heads during the credits.
  • Unexpected Character: Many people were surprised by the reappearance of the yellow creature from the "Hugga Wugga" sketch during the "Cockatoo in Malibu" number.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Again the Muppets (except for Kermit, Walter, and Animal), who spend much of the film behaving like selfish jerks, and also take a massive level in dumbass - Constantine manages to fool them into believing that he is Kermit, despite the fact that he doesn't act nor sound anything like Kermit. While Kermit DOES call out Walter and Fozzie for not noticing that he'd had his identity stolen, in the end he forgives them all rather quickly. It doesn't help that Walter is the only one who apologizes to Kermit - Fozzie's telling Nadya that she'll have to take HIM to the gulag with Kermit is more out of loyalty than remorse, and while Piggy, Rowlf, Gonzo, and Scooter admit that they were wrong, they still end up coming across as The Unapologetic.
  • The Un-Twist: The ending reveals that Dominic was The Lemur the whole time! Which would be more shocking if he hadn't had it as his e-mail on his fake business cards, been referred to as #2 by Constantine all movie as an explicit dig on him being the #2 most wanted man, and openly left his Lemur calling card at the first crime scene. Naturally, this is lampshaded, and the bigger twist of the scene is actually Dominic's ridiculous costume, which had not been foreshadowed as much.
  • What an Idiot!: Seriously, NOBODY EXCEPT FOR ANIMAL NOTICES that Kermit's identity has been stolen by Constantine?! Sure, Constantine may LOOK like Kermit, but he doesn't SOUND OR ACT like him at all!
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: Many people had this reaction to learning Ricky Gervais was to be the human lead of the movie - more specifically, Moral Guardians in particular felt the openly atheistic Gervais had no place alongside the kid-friendly Muppets.
  • Woolseyism: Dominic Badguy is named Dominic Fieslinger in the German Blue Ray version (Dominic Bösewicht in the German DVD version) in order to retain the joke.

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