Scott Pilgrim Series

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Slacker turns hero for his gal in quirky graphic novels.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 22 reviews

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Educational Value
Positive Messages

Regular guys like Scott can be heroes, even if they are normally lazy and unmotivated -- loving someone can be very motivating.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Scott seems to be very apathetic and lazy at first, but he shows that he does care about people and can make things right when he tries. He's willing to go the distance -- defeating foes for his girlfriend. He shows the same compassion and caring attitude towards his friends, too. 


Although Scott is spending most of his time fighting off Ramona's evil ex-boyfriends, the violence is extremely cartoony, very exaggerated, and not graphic.


Plenty of bra and underwear shots, but no nudity. Sex is referenced frequently after Scott meets Ramona Flowers and starts a relationship with her. When Scott is dating high-schooler Knives Chau, he goes out of his way to say he is not sleeping with her. Wallace, Scott's gay roommate, and Scott sleep in the same bed at their apartment, but in a platonic fashion. Various couple-friends of Scott's show affection for each other.


Words like "damn" and "bitch" are used occasionally, but not gratuitously.


Ramona works for (Canada's, so there are a few references to buying things from them.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Almost all the over-21 characters drink alcohol and/or smoke cigarettes. At one point, Knives, who is in high school, drinks alcohol and gets drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this graphic novel series, the basis for a 2010 movie starring Michael Cera, is a fun romp through the life of 23-year-old Scott Pilgrim. There are some sexual situations (only bra and underwear visible) and drinking and smoking, but Scott is a good guy who cares about his friends and loves his girlfriend, Ramona.  He is fighting all her evil exes to be with her, and by meeting her, his life turns into something like a video game where he is the hero.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byFilmManiac August 4, 2011

Possibly one of the best graphic novel series

I think that the "Scott Pilgrim" series is possibly one of the best graphic novel series ever written. I even dressed as Ramona Flowers for Halloween!... Continue reading
Parent of a 8 and 9-year-old Written byscott pilgrim November 28, 2010


My kids love it. It is a fav in my house.
Teen, 16 years old Written byLkReview January 29, 2021

One of the best graphic Novels

This book is a classic and so is every other book in the series. There are curse words and some sex scenes but it is mostly censored out and the cursing isn... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bylughaidh the radical December 31, 2016

this is my favourite book series

This is my favourite book series of all time. The characters are amazing, the humour is hilarious, the action is thrilling and the serious moments are impactful... Continue reading

What's the story?

Scott Pilgrim is just your average 23-year-old living in Canada. He hangs out with his high-school girlfriend, Knives, and plays in the band Sex Bob-Omb with his friends. Everything's perfect for Scott ... until the day he sees Ramona Flowers delivering packages for Scott dumps Knives to be with Ramona, but then learns about Ramona's exes -- evil exes, that is. Ramona's seven evil exes must be defeated by Scott so he can stay with Ramona. Soon, Scott is fighting twins, vegan power, and ninjas; eventually, even Knives Chau and her dad put themselves into the ring with Scott. Will Scott defeat all the exes or will he lose Ramona forever? Who is the Gideon that Ramona keeps referring to? And will Scott's band ever get to play a real show?

Is it any good?

The SCOTT PILGRIM SERIES is very funny, insightful, and whimsical. The story will draw readers in and as the series progresses, Scott gets easier to root for and Ramona gets more mysterious.

The illustrations, done in black and white to show off the action to greatest effect, are more derivative of Manga than traditional comic book-style drawings. They show characters' expressions beautifully even with very minimal lines. And when Scott starts fighting the evil exes, the drawings portray the magnitude of the situations, which often play out like action sequences in video games -- so of course this series also gets the video game treatment.


Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about relationships and how they change people. Have you ever liked anyone so much that you'd be willing to change who you were for them? Is it always change for the better?

  • Ramona uses subspace portals to travel long distances in order to deliver goods for her job at Where would you travel if you could use subspace portals? How would you use them on a daily basis?

  • For fans of Michael Cera as well as this book series, do you think he's the right guy to play Scott? Who would you imagine? What about Ramona?

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