The movie certainly points in that direction, but I’m choosing to ignore it, because it undermines everything I’m going to say next. Also, Scott rescuing Ramona from the damage of her previous bad choices is a fucked up message on a number of levels. It basically says Ramona can’t choose a romantic partner on her own; she needs Scott to SHOW her who she should be with. It also tells us it is Scott’s role to save Ramona from her problems, which--as anybody who has tried to rescue someone else from their own demons can tell you--is not a dynamic that ends well for anyone involved.
The only dragons we can slay are our own.
So for our purposes, let’s accept this admittedly arguable point: The Evil Exes do not represent Ramona’s past romantic choices per se. They represent Scott’s ISSUES with Ramona’s past romantic choices. The World that Scott Pilgrim is versus-ing is not the external world, but Scott‘s inner world, and more specifically, his inner romantic insecurities.
If this is the case, Scott Pilgrim isn‘t alone. Many of us have evil exes to conquer. Just for funzies, let‘s take a look at mine:
The Danaged Alpha Male
2. Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling) - Crazy Stupid Love (2011)
That final obstacle is Ramona, the woman of our dreams.