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Anna Kendrick, as the character Stacey Pilgrim, wears the actual name badge of the real-life Stacey, on whom the comic creator, Bryan Lee O'Malley, based the character. (In one of the DVD commentaries, Kendrick specifically asks that someone add this trivia to IMDb.)
Edgar Wright obtained permission to use the famous theme song from the SNES game, Zeruda no densetsu: Kamigami no toraifôsu (1991), by writing a letter to Nintendo, saying that it is considered to be "the nursery rhyme of this generation". He was also allowed to use the Seinfeld (1989) theme song for a sitcom-style sequence.
The four cast members that made up the band "Sex Bob-Omb" spent several weeks learning how to play together as a band. Mark Webber, Alison Pill and Johnny Simmons all had to learn their instruments from scratch, while Michael Cera had to "dumb down" his bass playing in order to not outshine his band mates.
When Scott opens the door to receive his package, Michael Cera actually did throw the package over his shoulder into the bin after 30-odd takes (most of which are seen on the "outtakes" of the DVD). However, the signature shown on-screen was a visual effect superimposed onto the paper.
Edgar Wright has stated the movie was done in the style of a Musical, but instead of the characters breaking into song and dance, they break into a fight. The battle between Scott Pilgrim and Matthew Patel is done in the style of a Bollywood fight scene.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead actually memorized ALL of the kinds of tea that her character rambles. Some crew members kept offering for her to just read it from a piece of paper, but she insisted on learning it all.
When Ramona asks Scott how old Knives is, the roulette wheel in his mind has the following choices: "She's Nobody", "She's Forty!", "Idiot!", "No Speaka English", "When's Dinner", "Uhh...", "Tell Pac Man Story", "No, You Are", "Pass Out", "It Was Nothing", "Who Her?" and "I Gotta Pee".
Edgar Wright told his casting director not to hire any English actors as this was his first North American film. Satya Bhabha, who played Matthew Patel, successfully passed the audition with a non-English accent. Bhabha later revealed he was from London, England.
At one point during the battle between Scott and Lucas Lee, a fake New York City backdrop is ripped open to reveal the Toronto skyline. This is referencing the fact that many film productions use Toronto as a location and 'disguise' it to look like New York or some other American city.
Whenever the moon is shown, it is full and there is a hole in it. Ramona's third boyfriend, Todd Ingram, is mentioned in flashback to have punched the hole there for her when they dated. In the graphic novel, Todd punches a second hole in the moon for Envy Adams.
The original concept for "Scott Pilgrim" is based around 2 premises. The first was the idea of "What if, after a life of playing fighting games, someone confronted you and you actually had the ability to fight like a "Street Fighter" character?" The second concept came about when Bryan Lee O'Malley was dating his future wife, Hope Larson. When he learned that she had dated three different guys named Matthew, O'Malley came up with the idea of a League of Matthews. This idea developed into the League of Evil Exes. Matthew Patel is the only Evil Ex to keep the name Matthew.
When Scott first approaches Ramona at the party, a light switch is visible on a wall, seven feet above the ground near the ceiling. The party scene was filmed at a frat house in Canada, and the light switch puzzled the director as well as the crew.
At the party where he talks to Ramona for the first time, Scott holds up a very badly drawn picture of Ramona and asks if anyone has seen her. Director Edgar Wright said Scott was originally supposed to hold up a picture of Ramona from the comic book series, but felt the silly drawing Scott holds up was more comedic.
The star on Ramona's bag changes in accordance with her hair color.
The Canadian band Broken Social Scene wrote the two 4 second songs ("we hate you, please die" and "I'm so sad, so very, very, sad") for Crash and the Boys. Metric, another Canadian band wrote the song "Black Sheep" which is performed by Scott's rival band The Clash at Demonhead.
The film is heavily inspired by and features numerous references to Nintendo, such as the use of names, imagery, sound effects and music from classic Nintendo games, and scenes featuring various Nintendo video game consoles. Ironically, the video game adaptation of the film, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game (2010), was only released for Playstation 3 and XBOX 360.
To avoid an R-Rating, the word "Fuck", said by Envy to Julie, had to be bleeped out because Scott Pilgrim calls Todd Ingram a "cocky-cock" earlier in the film.
At the first Battle of the Bands and when fighting the first evil ex Scott is seen wearing a "Plumtree" t-shirt. Plumtree is an all-girl indie rock band that released the song "Scott Pilgrim" on their 1998 album, 'Predicts the Future'. The song became the inspiration for Bryan Lee O'Malley to create the graphic novel's title character.
In the record store, when Knives picks up The Clash at Demonhead, Scott throws the CD onto another rack, and the Beck album 'Odelay' is visible. Beck wrote "Ramona" and composed the music for Sex Bob-Omb.
One of the evil exes is portrayed by Mae Whitman who previously performed as the girlfriend of Michael Cera's character in Arrested Development (2003).
The 8-bit Universal logo at the beginning of the film was Edgar Wright's idea; it was then designed by his brother Oscar Wright, the concept designer and storyboard artist on the film. The logo seen in the final film was actually only a first-draft. It was not yet considered finished when test screenings began, but audiences reacted so positively to it that it was decided that no further work need be done.
Originally, the film only had a title card at the beginning. It was Quentin Tarantino who suggested to Edgar Wright, late in the stage of post-production, that there should be a pre-title credit sequence. Otherwise the remaining ensemble of characters, yet to be introduced, would have been introduced in a much more rapid succession. The audience might have been overwhelmed with the introduction of characters and plot. With a pre-title sequence the audience is given a chance to relax and have a firmer grasp on the beginning of the film. Wright considered this and agreed, liking the idea that the first scene would now be a prologue.
The stunt doubles of Lucas Lee are the actual stunt doubles for actor Chris Evans. Only a quarter of the doubles resemble Evans.
The amount that Scott wins after defeating Matthew Patel, plus the extra change Ramona lends him, adds up to the cost of a ride on the Toronto transit system at the time the film was made.
Envy Adams' band, "The Clash at Demonhead", is named after a lesser known Nintendo Entertainment System game, "Clash at Demonhead", which was released in the US in 1990. The name is also a play on the influential punk band, The Clash.
Keita Saitou and Shôta Saitô, who play Evil Exes number 5 & 6, spoke little to no English, and the director said directing them during their fight scene was a challenge. Edgar Wright had to use hand gestures and other crude means to communicate with the actors.
Like the graphic novel, Scott Pilgrim is seen wearing a t-shirt with the letters "SP" in a heart. While these are Scott's initials, the design is the logo for the band Smashing Pumpkins, an influence of creator Bryan Lee O'Malley. Scott is also seen wearing a "Zero" t-shirt, an iconic shirt often worn by Smashing Pumpkins lead singer Billy Corgan
When Scott and his friends are walking to Julie's party, there is a building in the background with a lit-up "Flight Center" sign - the L, however, is flickering, so it actually reads "Fight Center".
In the film Scott Pilgrim is 22 years old and his sister, Stacey Pilgrim, is 18. In real life actor Michael Cera is nearly 3 years younger than actress Anna Kendrick. Likewise, Ellen Wong, who plays 17 year old Knives Chau, is actually 3 years older than Cera.
Kim Pine becomes visibly upset when she finds out that the rival band "Crash and the Boys" has a girl drummer. All drummers in the movie are girls.
During the editing process, Edgar Wright showed filmmakers Quentin Tarantino, Jason Reitman, and Kevin Smith a rough cut of the film, to which they responded positively.
When Julie is listing the girls whose hearts Scott has broken, she mentions two named Lisa and Hollie. Lisa and Hollie were two secondary characters in the graphic novels that weren't featured in the movie (Lisa went to school with Scott and Kim; Hollie was Kim's co-worker and roommate).
As a clue to the fights with Evil Exes that Scott will have to endure, there are many "X"s present in the film. Tracks in the snow, shadows on the swing sets all forming the letter "X", as does, ultimately, the X-Men patch on Scott's coat and surrounding "pedestrian crossing" signs.
Each time Ramona's hair and clothes change color so does Scott's color scheme. When he first meets her at Julie's party her hair is pink and her shirt is pink with blue accent, he's standing next to her wearing pink tee showing beneath a blue outer shirt. The night she shows up at the apartment with blue hair and blue shirt under her coat, shortly after when they go meet Wallace at Lucas Lee's shoot Scott is standing next to her again wearing a blue inner jacket and later when they are walking down the street together with coffee her outer coat is blue and so is his. Then one final time when she's been taken by Gideon her hair and shirt are green, when Scott suits up to rescue her he's wearing a green shirt with green and white wristbands.
Michael Cera admitted that whilst filming in the record store he ended up buying a lot of albums.
The name of Scott Pilgrim's band, Sex Bob-Omb, is a reference to the Nintendo video game Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988). The game features an enemy character named Bob-omb that looks like a small, round bomb with a lit fuse, legs, and eyes. An image resembling this character is depicted on the band's kick drum. "Sex Bomb" is the name of a song by the punk rock band Flipper, as well as a hit record by singer Tom Jones.
Scotts "extra life" icon and the sprite animation in the ending titles were designed for the movie by Paul Robertson, who also designed the character artwork of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game (2010) for Ubisoft.
Ramona's hair colours correspond with the colours of the three goddesses from the Legend of Zelda series: pink = Din, blue = Nayru, green = Farore.
The band battle between Sex Bob-Omb, a Canadian rock band, and the Katayanagi Twins, a Japanese electronic group, was performed by Beck, an American rock musician, and Cornelius Keigo Oyamada, an electronic musician from Japan.
Sex Bob-Omb has two members - Stephen Stills and Young Neil - whose character names recall members of Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Neil Young and Stephen Stills.
There are several subtle digs at aspects of hipster culture and the perceived pretentiousness of the music industry throughout the film (when an individual makes transparent efforts to appear smarter or ahead of everyone else):
  • After just witnessing Clash at Demonhead play on stage, Young Neil casually states that: "...you should see them live. They're much better live."

  • Upon Scott's first entrance into the Chaos Theater, Comeau can be overheard saying: "Their first album, is much better than... their first album."

During Scott's second entrance into the Chaos Theater, Comeau is saying to the same group of people: "...It's just that, the comic book is better than the movie."
During the first fight scene, Young Neil is wearing a Sloan t-shirt. Chris Murphy, vocalist and bassist for the band Sloan, served as the music performance supervisor by making sure the actors knew how to play their own instruments for the camera.
When Scott tells Ramona that "everything is peaches and gravy," he is referencing two of Beck's songs: "Peaches and Cream" and "Nicotine and Gravy," both from the 'Midnite Vultures' album.
Early in the film, when Sex Bob-Omb are practicing in the house, their amps have logos that read "Lame Brand". Near the end, when they are performing at the Chaos Theater (presumably with some big-label money behind them), their nicer outfits are accompanied by amps with logos that read "Sweet Brand".
In the background of the scene at Pizza Pizza (following Scott and Todd's fight), you can see Honest Ed's across the street. Honest Ed's was a popular Toronto department store that Scott and Todd battled in within the books. The actual store closed in December 2016.
Whenever a picture of The Clash at Demonhead is shown in the record store, you can hear the store alarm going off in the background.
The film's title, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, comes from the second volume of the graphic novel series. The movie is, however, an adaptation of all six volumes and not that one particular volume. The first book was titled 'Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life' and was the working title of the movie.
Ramona's weapon, a giant sledgehammer, may be a nod to the term 'hammer-space'. When a character stores an item too big to fit into a bag, the item is said to be located in the hammer-space within that bag. This is very commonly done in video games. Ramona actually wields a giant hammer from hammer-space in the film.
The first draft of the script for the film was completed after only 2 of Bryan Lee O'Malley's 6 "Scott Pilgrim" books were drawn.
Ramona's idea for fighting Roxanne, the fourth evil ex, was originally Scott's idea in the graphic novels to fight Envy Adams.
The band Crash and the Boys is named after an NES/Gameboy game called "Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge"
Every bassist in the movie plays with a pick rather than their fingers.
The logo for Lucas Lee's skateboard company, that is tattooed on his chest, resembles an upside down Toronto city flag. It also can be seen as two letter "L"s (one of them backwards,) over a board.
Kim Pine only blinks once during the entire movie. Apart from that, she only breaks her gaze three times - she lowers her eyes twice and has her eyes closed when announcing Sex Bob-Omb for the last time.
Ellen Wong made two homemade Sex-Bob-Omb T-shirts for her character to wear. The one selected by Edgar Wright appears in the movie, the other on the DVD extras.
When Scott Pilgrim is talking with 17-year-old Knives Chau during the Katayanagi fight sequence, a Broken Social Scene song called "Anthems for a 17 Year Old Girl" plays in the background.
During the writing of Hot Fuzz (2007), Edgar Wright thought of casting Michael Cera as the titular character after watching Arrested Development (2003).
Not all of the comic panel flash back sequences were taken from the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels. Bryan Lee O'Malley states in a commentary track that another artist was brought in to illustrate certain segments, and remarks that this person emulated his style quite well.
Casa Loma, the setting for the scene where Lucas Lee is filming his movie, is a popular filming location in Toronto.
In the record store scenes, you can see a Radiohead poster in the background. The film's composer, Nigel Godrich, has worked extensively with Radiohead.
In 2009 Edgar Wright started a year long photo blog where he would take at least one picture every day and post it on his website. Much of the cast and crew appeared in this daily photo blog while they were shooting, most of the time with no direct credit given and their faces partially obscured in some way.
After defeating Roxy, Scott asks Ramona to give him a list of her evil exes and she sarcastically says that she might have it laminated. A few minutes later, when she actually gives him the list, it is in fact laminated.
Ramona's cat "Gideon" from the comic book series is not in the film, but an image of the same cat is seen on the mug Scott is drinking out of in the beginning of the movie.
Crash and the Boys are said to hail from Brampton. Brampton, Ontario is a city located outside Toronto, and the home town of Michael Cera.
Scott's bass guitar is a Rickenbacker 4003 in the movie, and a Rickenbacker 4001C64 in the comic series.
According to Knives' cell phone, Young Neil's last name is Nordegraf. This fact is also explained in the graphic novel.
On the close-up of the magazine cover featuring The Clash at Demonhead, their singles are listed as "You Suck" and "Stop Calling Me".
The character Lucas Lee's name consists of the middle names of the comic's creator Bryan Lee O'Malley and the comic's editor James Lucas Jones. He also shares characteristics with skater-turned-actor Jason Lee.
The film appears to take place over a matter of weeks. Ramona changes her hair colour three times in the film and says in the beginning she changes it every one and a half weeks. In the graphic novel, however, the plot spreads out over an entire year.
A third song by Crash and the Boys was cut from the film. The song was a shorter version of "We Hate You, Please Die"- the version that plays in the film was originally titled "Last Song Kills Audience" (the original version can be seen in the Deleted Scenes).
At one point in the movie Scott (Michael Cera) proclaims "Double negative" (while he's with Wallace and his lover in bed). Double Negative was the lead visual effects house on this movie.
The scene where Ramona helps Scott fight Roxy Richter by controlling his arms, because he refuses to hit a girl, resembles a scene in the Free Comic Book Day issue of Scott Pilgrim. In that issue Scott refuses to fight a group of clones of pop singer Winifred Hailey.
In the scene where Scott finally breaks up with Knives in the record store, an instrumental version of "Anthems for a 17 Year Old Girl" (by Broken Social Scene) is playing in the background.
Posters of various bands in the movie, such as the Katayanagi Twins and The Clash at Demonhead, can be seen in the record store.
The attire of Sex Bob-omb during their performance at the Chaos Theatre matches what they wear near the end of 'Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness'. Young Neil dons the suit and tie that is originally worn by Scott in the book.
Before going to the after party, text on the screen uses the word "e-x-p-l-o-d-e". This is a reference to the trailer of Akira (1988).
The first time Scott arrives at the Chaos Theatre and Gideon tells Kim to start up the band, she secretly flips him off. When she is announcing the band name, she scratches her nose with her middle finger.
The name "chaos theatre" is a reference to a location in the Super Nintendo game Earthbound. In the game a band called the Runaway Five perform there nightly, though this is due to them being held under a massive debt by the theater owner. In the movie, the comparison is taken even further; Scott's old band Sex Bob-omb , tight for cash, is seen playing there as part of a contract with Gideon. One of the members Kim outright states that they are there to "sell out and make money and stuff".
Matthew Patel (Evil Ex Number#1) sings the song "Slick" to taunt Scott. This differs from the comic book, in which the song is actually a "duel", some parts sung by Scott and Sex Bob-Omb in reply to Patel.
Film debut of Ellen Wong.
The colors of Ramona's hair throughout the film correspond to director Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy. Her redish pink hair at the beginning is a reference to the horror theme of Shaun of the Dead (2004). Her blue hair in the middle is a reference to the police theme of Hot Fuzz (2007). Her green hair at the end is a reference to the science-fiction theme of The World's End (2013).
The beginning Universal logo for the movie was a custom logo, with an 8-bit version of the original Universal fanfare.
The scene where Scott faces Nega Scott is a reference to a common trope in video games where the main character fights an alter ego or an evil version of himself.
The Katayanagi twins reference their X number coincidentally when they select their respective keys on the keyboard. The first twin hits the white key that is both the 6th key from the top and from the bottom of the screen - while the 2nd twin hits the black key that is 5th from the bottom and the 5th black key from the top since you can see the shadow of the top black key, and finally they hit the keys that are inverse to their hair/clothing color.
During the battle with the Katayanagi twins, a split second before Gideon kisses Ramona's right hand, the green ring on her index finger glows, the sound effect is from "Flash Gordon" 1980. Specifically when Ming the Merciless's ring casts a spell upon Dale Arden, and at the very end's cliff hanger.
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In the bass battle scene, the graphics in the beginning say Scott is playing the note "D". In actuality, he is playing a "B".
In the scene at Lee's Palace, Wallace Wells and Kim Pine can be seen drinking Molson Canadian beer.
The film cast includes one Oscar winner, Brie Larson, and one Oscar nominee, Anna Kendrick.
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This is not the first time Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been involved in a super-hero type movie: She was cast as the evil 'Royal Pain' in the 2005 Disney movie 'Sky High,' about superheroes to go to a high school to learn about their powers.
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Immediately following The Clash At Demonheads performance at Lees Palace you can see writer Bryan Lee O' Malley and his wife Hope Larson talking at the bar.
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Both Chris Evans and Brandon Routh have both played patriotic superheroes. Chris Evans playing Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Brandon Routh in Superman Returns (2006).
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In addition to playing Captain America, Chris Evans has portrayed: Johnny Storm/Human Torch in Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), Casey Jones in TMNT (2007), Jake Jensen in The Losers (2010), and Curtis Everett in Snowpiercer (2013).
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The Scene where Scott is signing the box and throwing it out took 39 takes before it was done perfectly. (Source: Bloopers)
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Michael Bacall: The co-writer of the film can be seen at Julie's party and he's also the guy who asks, "Is he a pirate?" during the Matthew Patel fight.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Mathew Patel is the only Evil Ex that Scott defeats on his own. Lucas Lee kills himself, the Vegan Police helps to defeat Todd, Ramona helps to defeat Roxie, Stephen Stills and Kim help to defeat the Katayanagi Twins, and Knives helps to defeat Gideon.
Throughout the film when Scott faces an evil ex, a number corresponding to them appears:
  • Evil Ex 1 = 1 chevron on his left shoulder

  • Evil Ex 2 = 2 on the trailer. 2 on the car. A small tattoo of 2 on his neck. His belt has two X's, XX.

  • Evil Ex 3 = 3 on his shirt. 3 on the posters on the wall. Also 3 on the trash cans in the alley.

  • Evil Ex 4 = Number 4 on the night club door.

  • Evil Ex 5 & 6 = Amp system goes up to 11 (5+6).

  • Evil Ex 7 = When Scott goes to see Gideon it mentions it is level 7.

When Gideon makes his sword appear, all of the stats read "x7". He also makes a reference to the gum he swallows to being in his digestive tract for 7 years. The final score after Scott defeats Gideon is 7,000,000,000 Scott himself is seen wearing (and drinking) "Zero" a number of times.
Real Canadian coinage was used in all of the sequences where the evil-exes are destroyed. Mark Webber claimed that he pocketed $24.00 from the final scene at the Chaos Theater.
After Scott dies in the first fight against Gideon, an arrow appears and points to Scott with the word "dead" written above it. Bryan Lee O'Malley saw this shot and was inspired to put it in the (then) unwritten final book of the Scott Pilgrim series, "Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour".
Watch Roxie Richter. When the camera is on her face, she never blinks. She only blinks in the fight scenes as she starts losing, and when she is defeated.
After Scott defeats Roxy, the fourth evil ex, he can be briefly be seen wearing a shirt with the Fantastic Four logo on it in the next scene at band practice. It is the only time in the movie he wears a number other than "zero." The shirt also has a very small '1/2' written into the logo, making him 4.5, which director Edgar Wright stated on the DVD commentary was a reference to Scott reaching the brink of becoming yet another Evil Ex.
When Scott enters the Gideon's Club the second time, you can hear a voice say "The comic books better than the movie", referencing the comic that the movie is based on.
With the exception of Gideon, throughout the entire course of the movie there is no blood, broken bones or any kind of injury imposed onto Scott or any Evil Ex.
The scene where Ramona knees Gideon in the groin saying "Let's both be girls," originally appeared in the graphic novel as Envy kneeing Todd in the groin, after Todd is revealed to have cheated on her with their drummer.
The moment in the second duel where Scott and Gideon take passing swings at each other and Scott asks "How's it going back there?" is the method by which Scott defeats Roxanne in the comic book. In the book Scott cuts Roxanne in two, while in the film he only injures Gideon.
During the amp vs amp battle when the the Katayanagi Twins turn up their speakers the volume control goes to 11, a reference to This Is Spinal Tap (1984).
The "KO" sound effect played when Scott defeats Matthew Patel and Gideon Graves is from SEGA's VirtuaFighter series of fighting games.
The reason Ramona corrects Scott from saying "ex-boyfriends" to "exes" is because one of the exes is a girl.
Body count: 46.
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In the scene where Scott and Knives are about to break up, in the record store before they break up you can faintley hear the song Black Sheep by Metric, also song by Clash at Demonhead before Scott and Todd's fight.
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