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The Comic Books

  • Accidental Innuendo: Many people have noticed Scott Pilgrim's testicles. Made funnier because, as the Major Spoilers review of Volume 6 pointed out, "Scott Pilgrim Grows a Pair" would be a pretty fitting alternate title... It's actually possible that this innuendo was not accidental at all.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The League of Ramona's Evil-Exes could be just a group therapy comprising emotionally destroyed people who loved Ramona Flowers. She broke all their hearts in the worst ways possible, and she didn't care how messed up they became. Gideon could be half evil and half broken; the rest just want to keep Ramona from doing it all over again and are messed up in thinking that beating her new potential love interests (Scott, for example) will break the cycle.
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    • On the other hand, it's difficult to actually push this for Gideon; He's depicted as a clingy psycho-stalker who keeps the women he can't have sedated and in stasis. Todd is also a cheater several times over, and is completely unapologetic about the damage this does to Envy. Patel also didn't even have that much of a relationship with her, as pointed out by Ramona. Really, the only one we get to see being left by Ramona is Gideon, and his reaction is utterly pathetic and his intentions are entirely controlling; He isn't half-anything, as his declaration to Scott that they can 'rule Ramona's love-life' lays bare.
    • Done on purpose for the film adaptation, where if it was about Stephan and his band trying to make it big but Scott accidentally screws up by being strung on Ramona and they only get successful without him, just like his own ex-girlfriend (though ironically, Scott has to bitch-slap sense into Stephen when his nerves get to him, even saying that if he can put his problems aside for the music, so can Stephen.)
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    • Scott may be the psychological and or emotional clutch for many if not all his friends. Kim Pine has self-esteem issues masked behind her mildly misanthropic nature while Stephen has alot of neurotic moments and has a knack for entering unhealthy relationships with abrasive individuals. This isn't counting for lesser-known characters like Neil, who we know little about. We see glimpses of them when they're not around Scott and they're usually not happy. In fact, many of the happy moments tend to be when they are together with Scott. Even those like Wallace Wells could be considered as Wallace seems to drink alot and occasionally seen as a hedonist. Knives has her friend, but was focused mainly on her studies and didn't know much of the outside world until meeting Scott. Even (or rather, especially) Ramona herself, as Scott proves to be the one for her and the one who ultimately gives her the confidence in moving forward. This could explain why they deal with Scott and his problems, because they really don't have any other friends (or even may not be capable of making friends with others, the exception being Wallace, who has done pretty well for himself). Scott is what holds the gang together since it was formed from everyone meeting him. Without him, the group would fall apart and would result in them being miserable lonely people.
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  • Anti-Climax Boss: Lucas Lee. Scott asks Lucas to show off his skateboarding skills. Lucas wipes out and hits the curb. Scott wins by default. Scott even comments afterwards, "That was the worst fight ever!" - though it's mainly because he couldn't pick up the Mithril Skateboard Lucas leaves behind.
  • Ass Pull: Some find the reveal that some of the inconsistencies in the story being due to all (or most) of this from Scott's perspective and being an Unreliable Narrator to be this. Namely with how sudden the shift is in regards to story-telling and how it seems to contradict earlier material (making a point that Scott needs to recognize his mistakes... despite having acknowledged and apologized for them in the earlier books). While some stuff could be viewed as foreshadowing, others view it as unnecessary drama or O'Malley changing what sort of story he wanted to tell around the halfway point. Overall, more than a few view it as lazy writing or a cheap trick to make up for the more lackluster writing.
  • Anvilicious: Never sell out or you'll end up being in the clutches of pretentious hipsters.
  • Art Evolution: Over the course of the series, O'Malley's style became streamlined, much more rounded and even more cartoony. Compare the cover for Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life to the new art O'Malley did for the hardcover re-release of the book.
  • Awesome Music: Not that we can hear the music, but come on, the fight with the first ex culminating in a song battle is pretty damn awesome.
    • Dare we mention "Invaders Must Die" by The Prodigy in the movie's trailer?
    • In Volume 6, the song Envy sings, and the lousy cover of "I'm a Believer" by Shatterband are very awesome moments.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The Gilded Palace of Flying Burritos. Subverted in that Ramona asks about Scott's previous job in the first volume, and he says it's a long story so she responds with "we'll save it for another volume".
    • Comeau showing off his cool new ring.
      Comeau: Hey, Scotty. Check out my ring!
      Comeau's Ring: Ssssscotttt...
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • Gideon Graves is a Hate Sink and a demonstration of what the other evil exes could be if they upped their game. Which, for many, is why he's so cool. You can hate him without having to care, but his abusive tendencies and Hero Killer skills give him an odd aura of nightmares the rest of the series doesn't have.
    • Nega Scott, of course, being Scott's Enemy Within.
  • Die for Our Ship: Ramona has ended up becoming this in retrospect, due to sects of the fans preferring Scott to end up with Knives or Kim. This can mostly be tied to the movie, where Knives is shown to be a much more compatible girlfriend for Scott than she is in the comics and even ended up with him in the scrapped original ending.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Wallace has quite the fan following and even a couple of Facebook clubs.
    • If the IMDB message board is any indication, Joseph is one too. O'Malley really knows hows to write gay characters apparently.
    • Kim Pine is also pretty popular, even having her own one-shot comic strip, The Wonderful World of Kim Pine.
    • Scott's sister, likely due to her expanded role in the movie and the actress who played her.
    • Quite a few people prefer Knives over Ramona (doesn't help that she becomes more of an Iron Woobie in the movie).
    • Lucas Lee seems to be this amongst the evil exes, likely to due being Affably Evil and not a bad guy.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Scott/Kim and Scott/Knives.
    • Neil/Stacey is getting a lot of love too.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In the fourth volume, Lisa mentions living off of credit cards and derides herself for doing so. Not long after the volume was released, the real-life credit crunch of '08 hit.
    • A rather meta example: You know that cool shirt Edgar Wright is wearing in the fourth trailer? After the release of Volume 6, turns out that's an official Chaos Theater shirt.
    • After reading Volume 6 and finding out at the end that Stephen Stills is gay, going back and reading Volume 5 has a moment like this when Young Neil refers to Stephen Stills as "Captain Homo", and it hits you that there was a whole other layer to Neil's face-punchingly dickish comment.
  • Hollywood Pudgy:
    • Roxie is made fun of being overweight, despite looking only very slightly chubbier than the rest of the already generally fairly curvaceous female cast.
    • Though never emphasized by anyone (besides a very biased Knives), Ramona is noticeably "fuller" than the rest of the women Scott has dated throughout the series, especially apparent when she's in her underwear.
  • Ho Yay: Courtesy of Wallace Wells.
  • Hype Backlash: While it was running, it got a lot of praise and had people describing it as genius and very original. Other people thought that while it was decent, it was basically a web comic in print form, and wasn't as special as critics made it out to be.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Ramona, and all of her Evil Exes except for Gideon.
    • Also, Envy Adams, especially in Volume 6 after she reveals that her and Scott's break-up was a mutual occurrence and Scott simply white-washed his role in it out of the flashbacks seen by the reader in Volume 3. However, she is still pretty unsympathic.
  • Les Yay:
    • Kim and Knives in Volume 4. Granted, they're drunk.
    • There's also Knives' fangirlism bordering-on-a-crush of Envy Adams.
    • Ramona constantly thinks about Kim in the comic, often responding with, "I like Kim". When they were both drunk in Volume 5, and while having issues with Scott, Ramona actually asked Kim to come sleep in their bed.
    • And, of course, there's Ramona and Roxy. Even AFTER they break up in the comics.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The classic description "TWILIGHT FOR BOYS".
    • You'd be hard pressed to not find fanart of Knives with a scarf, highlights, and sai.
    • Also replacing the word "love" with "lesbian" in reference to Scott whenever he's asked about "the L-word". This whole thing started after he discovered Kim and Knives were making out drunk.
      Wallace: Have you said the L-word yet?
      Scott: The L-word?
      Scott: You mean... lesbian?
      Wallace: "Uh... No. The other L-word.
      Scott: Lesbians?
    • Scott Pilgrim, Sketchy-ass 24-year old.
  • Memetic Molester: Enforced and played for laughs. During Scott Pilgrims mini-mental breakdown following Ramona dumping him, he goes up to Knives and hits on her in what can only be described as the funniest AND the creepiest way. The book even refers to him as "Sketchy-ass 24-year old". He even has this to say;
    Scott Pilgrim: Do you want to have sex? I think we should have sex. CASUAL SEX.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Matthew Patel and Micheal Comeau only appear in one scene each in Volume 1.
    • Lucas Lee actually has even less pages dedicated to his "fight" (and sole appearance in person) than Patel. His only appearance prior to his fight is a single panel while Scott is watching one of his movies.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Subspace. People can get in your head and see your dreams. That's enough of a privacy nightmare when your girlfriend is doing it, and worse still your nemesis can spy on you and mess with your memories. Or, from Ramona's perspective (which is never really explicitly addressed), a Living Doll Collector ex who is stalking and trying to kill your boyfriend so he can have you all to himself. And is implied to have done the exact same thing to others. Creepy.
  • Squick:
    • Todd and Lynette's kiss in Volume 3.
    • Scott and Knives' kiss in Volume 6 is an In-Universe example.
  • The Woobie: Knives, before and after her Yandere phase (hell, probably even during it).

The Video Game


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