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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: No.2, Marrese Crump's character from the sequel. Critics were unanimous in that, badly used as he could be, he was one of the best parts (if not the best part) of the film.
  • Franchise Original Sin: The first Tom Yum Goong was exciting and innovative enough in its choreography to make the viewers forget about its rather shallow plot and its overall goofiness. However, the sequel ran with these shortcomings again in an attempt to get the same reaction, which didn't happen a second time because the audience was already accustomed to the style of action scenes that saved the first film.
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  • Ham and Cheese: Let's say that RZA has a good time in the sequel playing LC.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: A common complain towards Tom Yum Goong 2 was that its premise was again "Where is my elephant?" just like the first film.
  • Memetic Mutation: The famous Oner got a minor one with Kajetokun's "Terry Yum Goong," which replaced all the audio with fighting game voice clips and sound effects (Tony Jaa being voiced by Terry Bogard, no less) as well as the background music with tracks from Fist of the North Star. This led to a brief period of various offshoots with audio taken from other video game series.
  • Narm:
    • The bad guys attacking Kham while riding motorcycles. They actually try to ram him jousting-style, happily ignoring the fact that they would probably take themselves out as well upon colliding.
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    • Kham's opponents in the temple (the capoerista, the wushu fighter and TK) pop out one at a time against him, making it look like (even more) like a video game level.
    • TK and the other giant bruisers tossing the baby elephant off the window.
    • Kham landing on Por Yai's tusks and somehow getting cushioned by their hard ivory as if they were pillows.
  • Narm Charm: The silliness of the fights and premise is part of its charm. Many fans love the movie because of the ridiculousness, rather than in spite of it.
  • One-Scene Wonder. The capoeirista played by Lateef Crowder. Even though his fight scene was cut short due to an on-set injury, it is still one of the highlights of the movie, and the sheer craziness of the character stands out in a film already full of crazy people.
  • Sequelitis: While the first film was liked despite (or because) its goofiness, Tom Yum Goong 2 received universally harsh critics by fans and pundits alike. They cited its confusing plot, increased amounts of Narm, wasting of supporting talents, poor choreographies in comparison with Jaa's earlier films, and the fact that Jaa abandoned his wireless stunts in favour of less innovative action.
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  • Special Effect Failure: It's painfully obvious that some stunts in the sequel are done in CGI and green screens.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Kham's breakdown upon seeing Por Yai's skeleton along with the flashbacks of the two of them living together is pretty heartbreaking.
    • Ping-ping from the sequel when she realizes her sister is dead.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Ping-ping in the sequel. She practically has no weight as a character aside from helping Kham occasionally and/or getting beaten down by any antagonist they are facing, and never really lives up to the deuteragonist role she seems meant to be.
    • No.2, also in the sequel. His only characteristics are that he is ridiculously hard to put down for good and that his fighting style looks very exotic, but he doesn't get further depth, something that less important characters like LC's lover get.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The reveal that Kham only fell to No.2 because he was incapacitated by Ping-ping's needle has no effect in the plot: it just undermines No.2's aura as an antagonist in exchange for protecting Kham's Boring Invincible Hero status. Instead, No.2 being portrayed as genuinely tougher than Kham and Kham having to resort to his smarts to beat him (just like he did in the previous film against the wrestlers) would have been a stronger story.


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