YMMV tropes for the movie:
- Awesome Music: Four words: "Music by Jerry Goldsmith."
- Complete Monster: The titular Warlock serves Satan and seeks to re-assemble the Grand Grimoire, a book which can be used to unmake all of creation and for which the Devil will reward him with unimaginable power. In the 17th century, the Warlock escapes from the custody of Giles Redferne into the 20th century to complete his task unimpeded. After being taken in by Kassandra and Chas upon his arrival, the Warlock chops off Chas's fingers and bites out his tongue to kill him, and casts a Rapid Aging curse on Kassandra to extend her suffering by forcing her to see her own life go by in a matter of days. The Warlock also possesses an unwitting medium to channel his master and then carves out her eyes to use as a compass; skins a child and boils it down for the fat so he can use it in a flying spell; and threatens to kill a priest's unborn children to compel him to provide the location of the last pages of the Grimoire.
- Evil Is Sexy: The Warlock's good looks tend to be commented upon, and he uses that to his advantage.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Post-9/11, Redferne being able to get past airport security and onto a plane carrying a four-foot-long, sharp-tipped, wrought iron weather vane becomes less funny.
YMMV tropes for the comic:
- Base-Breaking Character: Pip the Troll. People either like him as a Lovable Rogue and loyal companion of Adam that gives the story some needed levity or hate him for being an annoying jackass that only manages to steal page space from Adam and Thanos.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: After years spent away from Earth, Warlock returns there to confront the Star-Thief, only to discover that he is now gigantic next to the Solar System and can't even enter his homeworld. The villain explains to him that, because of "universal expansion", and "some sectors of the universe expanding faster than others", Adam has inadvertently expanded far beyond his original human size, and Star-Thief gloats that there's no way for Adam to kill him without destroying Earth in the process. Thing is, Warlock's stature before and after this story is always consistent with all other aliens species he has run into, with no differences in size other than the ones accounted by Bizarre Alien Biology, and the very next appearance of Warlock (in the pages of Marvel Team-Up #55) had him shrunken back down to regular size anyhow. Although this episode convinces Warlock to abandon Earth for good since "he can't go home again", he was already fine roaming the spaceways of his own volition and wouldn't even have returned to Earth if not for the Star-Thief, so this bizarre and quickly-dismissed twist added nothing to his character, history, or development.
- Fashion-Victim Villain: The Magus, the powerful and conniving ruler of an empire of religious fanatics, has a rather goofy Afro hairdo.
- Faux Symbolism:
- It's amazing that Marvel got away with publishing a science fiction faux-Crucifixion in the early 70s.
- The Church of Universal Truth, an evil religious alien organization that Adam battled, is also heavily influenced by the Church - it was largely Author Appeal at the time. Jim Starlin is an atheist/Recovering Catholic and was a very strong opponent of organized religion. Starlin would later concede he was a little anvilicious about it.
- The 1000 Clowns chapter features Adam meeting thinly veiled versions of 1970's Marvel editors disguised as clowns, who are trying to brainwash him into a loyal and conformist follower of the Church. It's basically Starlin's making fun of Marvel editorial and getting back at them for removing him from the Captain Marvel book due to his more trippy and experimental approach he put in his run.
- Magnificent Bastard: Thanos as usual. Check the character's ymmv page for explanation.
- My Real Daddy: While Jim Starlin did not create Adam Warlock, he is certainly a favourite character of the author who took him from an obscure Fantastic Four side character to one of the foremost tacticians of Marvel Comics in the 90's. Indeed, outside of mentioning his genesis as a Lee/Kirby character, in the beginning, non-Starlin Warlock stories are basically never brought up.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Marvel apparently decided they couldn't have two Warlocks (who were completely separate, dissimilar and had never met), so they threw the New Mutants' Warlock under a bus when they brought back Adam. The two would finally meet and team up to fight Ultron in "Annihilation Conquest".
- Tear Jerker: Adam Warlock meeting his future corrupted self shortly before he becomes Magus and giving him a Mercy Kill with the Soul Gem.Future Adam: Short time?! You fool. It's been an eternity! During that time, everything i've ever cared for or accomplished has fallen into ruin! Everyone i've ever loved now lies dead! My life has been a failure! I welcome its end.
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Those still unfamiliar with Starlin's work on Adam Warlock may have noticed by reading a few pages that his Warlock stories tend to have surreal, psychedelic imagery. That's because it's no secret that Starlin used to be involved in the New Age movement in the 60's, and was inspired by Steve Ditko's surreal artwork in Doctor Strange's comics.