History Film / CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger

25th Aug '16 8:16:59 AM KingZeal
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* StupidSacrifice: As tragic as Cap's sacrifice at the end is, you start to realize the numerous ways he could have gotten out of that situation, such as possibly using a parachute or using one of the bomber planes to escape. It's implied that he has to stay to make sure the plane goes down rather than reverting to flying on autopilot, but surely he could have worked around that? We probably have to chalk this one up to not thinking clearly because [[DeadBestFriend his best friend just died]].

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* StupidSacrifice: As tragic as Cap's sacrifice at the end is, you start to realize the numerous ways he could have gotten out of that situation, such as possibly using a parachute or using one of the bomber planes to escape. It's implied that he has to stay to make sure the plane goes down rather than reverting to flying on autopilot, but surely he could have worked around that? We probably have to chalk this one up to not thinking clearly because [[DeadBestFriend his best friend just died]].
25th Aug '16 7:22:11 AM NeonFox
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* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The reason Steve Rogers moves out for his first real mission and succeeds. Also, why he lies on his enlistment papers four times. (One presumes the first time he got rejected, he told the truth.) And just to emphasize his strength of character, he immediately submits himself to Colonel Phillips for disciplinary action. This is actually how a soldier is ''supposed'' to conduct themselves if they disobey orders that compromise their personal morals.

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* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The reason Steve Rogers moves out for his first real mission and succeeds. Also, why he lies on his enlistment papers four times. (One presumes the first time he got rejected, he told the truth.) And just to emphasize his strength of character, he immediately submits himself to Colonel Phillips for disciplinary action. This is actually how a soldier is soldiers are ''supposed'' to conduct themselves if they disobey orders that compromise their personal morals.



** There are some other things that remain self-contained, though: Bucky being strapped to the table then subsequently [[spoiler:falling to his "death"]] and Schmidt [[spoiler:having an uncertain endgame when he touches the Cosmic Cube.]] All good jumping-off points to work with in future Marvel Cinematic Universe entries.

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** There are some other things that remain self-contained, though: Bucky being strapped [[StrappedToAnOperatingTable discovered tied to the a table in Zola's lab]] then subsequently [[spoiler:falling to his "death"]] and Schmidt [[spoiler:having an uncertain endgame when he touches the Cosmic Cube.]] All good jumping-off points to work with in future Marvel Cinematic Universe entries.



** Steve's dress uniform includes a badge: A parachute surrounded by laurels. That's a parachutist's jump badge, earned either upon completion of Army jump training or following an actual successful combat jump, first awarded in America during WWII.

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** Steve's dress uniform includes a badge: A parachute surrounded by laurels. That's a parachutist's jump badge, earned either upon completion of Army jump training or following an actual successful combat jump, first awarded in America during WWII. Apparently, jumping out of Howard's plane counts! (It's also the only time we see Steve ''use'' a parachute...)



** The baseball game which is playing on the radio describes Pete Reiser hitting an inside the park grand slam home run (which is probably why Steve recognizes it so easily, it's a very rare play). He tells the nurse that the game is from "May, 1941." On 05/25/1941 Pete Reiser of the Brooklyn Dodgers hit an inside-the-park-grand-slam against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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** The baseball game which is playing on the radio describes Pete Reiser hitting an inside the park grand slam home run (which is probably why Steve recognizes it so easily, it's a very rare play).play--in fact that game's the only time a Brooklyn Dodger ever did it). He tells the nurse that the game is from "May, 1941." On 05/25/1941 Pete Reiser of the Brooklyn Dodgers hit an inside-the-park-grand-slam against the Philadelphia Phillies.



* SingleUseShield: Rogers starts off using a triangular shield he picks up during his stage show (a MythologyGag to the character's roots). The shield is used precisely once as a guard against the Red Skull's fist. The Red Skull caves it in, and it is quickly discarded.

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* SingleUseShield: Rogers starts off using a triangular roughly-triangular "heater" shield he picks up during his stage show (a MythologyGag to the character's roots). The shield is used precisely once as a guard against the Red Skull's fist. The Red Skull caves it in, and it is quickly discarded.



* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Outside of the secretary that hits on Steve and out of all the support crew for Captain America, Peggy Carter is the only significant female member of the SSR's personnel. She, however, is arguably one of the main characters of the movie, though.

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Outside of the secretary that hits on Steve and out of all the support crew for Captain America, Peggy Carter is the only significant female member of the SSR's personnel. She, however, is arguably one of the main characters of the movie, though.movie.



* StupidSacrifice: As tragic as Cap's sacrifice at the end is, you start to realize the numerous ways he could have gotten out of that situation, such as possibly using a parachute or using one of the bomber planes to escape. His decision to stay behind has less to do with him not having a way off, and more to do with him needing to stay behind to guide the plane down.

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* StupidSacrifice: As tragic as Cap's sacrifice at the end is, you start to realize the numerous ways he could have gotten out of that situation, such as possibly using a parachute or using one of the bomber planes to escape. His decision It's implied that he has to stay behind has less to do with him not having a way off, and more to do with him needing to stay behind to guide make sure the plane down.goes down rather than reverting to flying on autopilot, but surely he could have worked around that? We probably have to chalk this one up to not thinking clearly because [[DeadBestFriend his best friend just died]].



* TechnicolorDeath: [[spoiler:Red Skull attempts to use the Tesseract/Cosmic Cube in his plane after Captain America smashes the device. Predictably, his attempt to use it results in him being disintegrated into a blinding flash of light.]] Or [[NeverFoundTheBody was he?]]

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* TechnicolorDeath: [[spoiler:Red Skull attempts to use the Tesseract/Cosmic Cube in his plane after Captain America smashes the device. Predictably, his attempt to use it results in him being disintegrated into a blinding flash of light.]] Or [[NeverFoundTheBody was he?]]he?]]
** Given that Hugo Weaving has no desire to repeat his experience with the Red Skull's elaborate makeup, he probably was. Alas.
20th Aug '16 8:53:36 AM StFan
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* BreakingTheFourthWall: In-universe, Steve Rogers/Captain America (or at least someone in his "troop") in the USO's propaganda films ended up looking directly at the camera, forcing the director to issue a retake.
-->'''Director:''' CUT! Cut! Don't look at the camera!



** [[spoiler:Comes around ''again'' in ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier Winter Soldier]]'', when the Soldier (a BrainwashedAndCrazy Bucky, being controlled by HYDRA) attacks Cap with a knife during the causeway fight.]]



* TheCape: One of the very few earnest and well-executed examples in 2000s superhero movies: Steve is an honest and heroic NiceGuy who can't stand bullies be they thugs or megalomaniacs.
* CaptainPatriotic: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], as the whole gimmick of Captain America was created by the government as a wartime propaganda device, and Steve has a more complex motivation than patriotism alone.
* CarFu: Used twice. First, Kruger attempts to use his stolen cab to run over Peggy Carter, but Steve tackles her out of the way in time. Later, Steve himself rides a motorcycle up to HYDRA's main base and "knocks on the front door" with it, leaping off to blow up the main entrance.

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* TheCape: One of the very few earnest and well-executed examples in 2000s superhero movies: Steve is an honest and heroic NiceGuy who can't stand bullies bullies, be they thugs or megalomaniacs.
* CaptainPatriotic: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], {{Subverted|Trope}}, as the whole gimmick of Captain America was is created by the government as a wartime propaganda device, and Steve has a more complex motivation than patriotism alone.
* CarFu: Used twice. CarFu:
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First, Kruger attempts to use his stolen cab to run over Peggy Carter, but Steve tackles her out of the way in time. time.
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Later, Steve himself rides a motorcycle up to HYDRA's main base and "knocks on the front door" with it, leaping off to blow up the main entrance.



** The final conversation over the radio between Steve and Peggy was them making plans to go dancing, even when they both know that Steve won't make it.

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** The final conversation over the radio between Steve and Peggy was is them making plans to go dancing, even when they both know that Steve won't make it.



* CoolBoat: The HYDRA assassin's mini-sub was pretty cool. Too bad Steve had to wreck it to get to him.

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* CoolBoat: The HYDRA assassin's mini-sub was is pretty cool. Too bad Steve had has to wreck it to get to him.



** After Phillips praises Gilmore Hodge as a big, tough, ''[[JustFollowingOrders obedient]]'' soldier, Erskine condemns him as a [[JerkJock bully]]. Phillips then says NiceGuysFinishLast, and [[SecretTestOfCharacter throws a dud grenade to make his point]]. Steve Rogers not only [[JumpingOnAGrenade dives right onto it]] but '''cradles it''' as the rest scatter. Hodge is also the first to scatter.
** Steve gets one on his first appearance, sitting next to another Army volunteer who is reading a newspaper.
--->'''Recruit:''' Boy, a lot of guys getting killed over there. Kinda makes you think twice about enlisting, huh?\\

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** After Phillips praises Gilmore Hodge as a big, tough, ''[[JustFollowingOrders obedient]]'' soldier, Erskine condemns him as a [[JerkJock bully]]. Phillips then says NiceGuysFinishLast, and [[SecretTestOfCharacter throws a dud grenade to make his point]]. Steve Rogers not only [[JumpingOnAGrenade dives right onto it]] but '''cradles it''' as the rest scatter. Hodge is also the first to scatter.
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Steve gets one on his first appearance, sitting next to another Army volunteer who is reading a newspaper.
--->'''Recruit:''' ---->'''Recruit:''' Boy, a lot of guys getting killed over there. Kinda makes you think twice about enlisting, huh?\\



** Steve gets one that completely sums up Captain America when Erskine asks him if he wants to kill Nazis.
--->'''Steve Rogers:''' I don't want to kill ''anyone''. I don't like bullies, I don't care ''where'' they're from.
** One of these moments occurred during his transformation into a SuperSoldier. Further into the procedure, it becomes a lot more intense and he starts screaming in agony. [[MassOhCrap This causes everybody to panic]], Peggy orders Erskine and Stark to shut down the machine (which they attempt to do so in haste) -- but suddenly they are stopped by no other than Steve:
--->'''Steve Rogers:''' ''[still obviously in a great deal of pain]'' NO! DON'T! [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome I CAN DO THIS!]]

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** *** Steve repeatedly mentions getting beat up, and if those other times were for the same reason as in the theater, it sets up that Steve happily goes into situations that're way over his head because it's the right thing to do. He later saves several hundred soldiers by doing just that, [[SerialEscalation except with a HYDRA base]].
*** After Phillips praises Gilmore Hodge as a big, tough, ''[[JustFollowingOrders obedient]]'' soldier, Erskine condemns him as a [[JerkJock bully]]. Phillips then says NiceGuysFinishLast, and [[SecretTestOfCharacter throws a dud grenade to make his point]]. Steve Rogers not only [[JumpingOnAGrenade dives right onto it]] but '''cradles it''' as the rest scatter. Hodge is also the first to scatter.
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Steve gets one that completely sums up Captain America when Erskine asks him if he wants to kill Nazis.
--->'''Steve ---->'''Steve Rogers:''' I don't want to kill ''anyone''. I don't like bullies, I don't care ''where'' they're from.
** *** One of these moments occurred during his transformation into a SuperSoldier. Further into the procedure, it becomes a lot more intense and he starts screaming in agony. [[MassOhCrap This causes everybody to panic]], Peggy orders Erskine and Stark to shut down the machine (which they attempt to do so in haste) -- but suddenly they are stopped by no other than Steve:
--->'''Steve ---->'''Steve Rogers:''' ''[still obviously in a great deal of pain]'' NO! DON'T! [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome I CAN DO THIS!]]



** Steve repeatedly mentions getting beat up, and if those other times were for the same reason as in the theatre, it sets up that Steve happily goes into situations that're way over his head because it's the right thing to do. He later saves several hundred soldiers by doing just that, [[SerialEscalation except with a Hydra base]].



** The film establishes very early on that it's not going to be 100% family friendly though. The first death shown is quite graphic.

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** The film establishes very early on that it's not going to be 100% family friendly family-friendly, though. The first death shown is quite graphic.



* FourStarBadass: Even prior to becoming a super-soldier, [[AdaptationDistillation the film version of]] Schmidt was a General in the SS.



* FourStarBadass: Even prior to becoming a super-soldier, [[AdaptationDistillation the film version of]] Schmidt is a General in the SS.



* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Due to his multiple health issues, Steve would never have been able to sprint several miles, run down a car on foot, fight a guy, then out-swim a submarine and capture him. This is the first thing he does after getting the SuperSerum. He still had to pass through [[TrainingFromHell military training too harsh for his scrawny body]] before taking the serum.

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* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Due to his multiple health issues, Steve would never have been able to sprint several miles, run down a car on foot, fight a guy, then out-swim a submarine and capture him. This is the first thing he does after getting the SuperSerum. He still had has to pass through [[TrainingFromHell military training too harsh for his scrawny body]] before taking the serum.



* SpikingTheCamera: In-universe, Steve Rogers/Captain America (or at least someone in his "troop") in the USO's propaganda films ends up looking directly at the camera, forcing the director to issue a retake.
-->'''Director:''' CUT! Cut! Don't look at the camera!



* StupidJetpackHitler:
** HYDRA. And in an interesting case of ShownTheirWork, HYDRA gets to play with some of the crazier weapons that ''were'' being developed by the Nazis during the war, such as Schmidt's getaway [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke-Wulf_Triebfl%C3%BCgel jetcopter]], the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landkreuzer_P._1000_Ratte ginormous tank]] that Cap blows up during his heroic montage, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horten_H.XVIII the enormous Flying Wing]] Red Skull pilots in the climax.
** Averted in the sense that Hitler doesn't actually get to play with any of HYDRA's new toys. The moment the Tesseract technology is perfected, HYDRA splits off and starts its own agenda.
* StupidSacrifice: As tragic as Cap's sacrifice at the end is, you start to realize the numerous ways he could have gotten out of that situation, such as possibly using a parachute or using one of the bomber planes to escape. His decision to stay behind had less to do with him not having a way off, and more to do with him needing to stay behind to guide the plane down.

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* StupidJetpackHitler:
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StupidJetpackHitler: HYDRA. And in an interesting case of ShownTheirWork, HYDRA gets to play with some of the crazier weapons that ''were'' being developed by the Nazis during the war, such as Schmidt's getaway [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke-Wulf_Triebfl%C3%BCgel jetcopter]], the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landkreuzer_P._1000_Ratte ginormous tank]] that Cap blows up during his heroic montage, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horten_H.XVIII the enormous Flying Wing]] Red Skull pilots in the climax.
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climax. Averted in the sense that Hitler doesn't actually get to play with any of HYDRA's new toys. The moment the Tesseract technology is perfected, HYDRA splits off and starts its own agenda.
* StupidSacrifice: As tragic as Cap's sacrifice at the end is, you start to realize the numerous ways he could have gotten out of that situation, such as possibly using a parachute or using one of the bomber planes to escape. His decision to stay behind had has less to do with him not having a way off, and more to do with him needing to stay behind to guide the plane down.



** Enough to pick up an armored HYDRA soldier and throw him 20+ feet through the air. Presumably, the war bonds performance where Steve holds a motorcycle with three show girls sitting on it over his head was not accomplished by 1940s stage effects, either.
** Right in the beginning of the film, Johann Schmidt/the Red Skull manages to effortlessly remove the lid from a coffin that even four of his own men could not move an inch. A simple punch from the Red Skull ''dents Steve's metal prop shield'' like it was cardboard. He doesn't even flinch while doing it.

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** Enough to pick up an armored HYDRA soldier and throw him 20+ feet through the air. Presumably, the war bonds performance where Steve holds a motorcycle with three show girls showgirls sitting on it over his head was is not accomplished by 1940s stage effects, either.
** Right in the beginning of the film, Johann Schmidt/the Red Skull manages to effortlessly remove the lid from a coffin that even four of his own men could not move an inch. A simple punch from the Red Skull ''dents Steve's metal prop shield'' like it was is cardboard. He doesn't even flinch while doing it.
20th Aug '16 6:56:48 AM anza_sb
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** Bucky is also one back in New York. He laments the loss this status around Post-Serum Steve.

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** Bucky is also one back in New York. He laments the loss of this status around Post-Serum Steve.



* CuttingTheKnot: The drill sergeant entices the Super Soldier prospectives with a ride back to base in the Jeep with Carter if they can take a flag down from the top of a flagpole (which ''no one'' has ''ever'' accomplished in 17 years). All the recruit clamber up and slip down the pole. As the sarge tells them to get back to jogging, Steve simply pulls the pins out of the flagpole's base mount, and topples the flagpole, and wins the free ride.

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* CuttingTheKnot: The drill sergeant entices the Super Soldier prospectives with a ride back to base in the Jeep with Carter if they can take a flag down from the top of a flagpole (which ''no one'' has ''ever'' accomplished in 17 years). All the recruit recruits clamber up and slip down the pole. As the sarge tells them to get back to jogging, Steve simply pulls the pins out of the flagpole's base mount, and topples the flagpole, and wins the free ride.
16th Aug '16 11:41:09 AM darrenr
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** Two-tone emergency vehicle sirens can be heard in the scene where Steve sits in the bombed-out London pub. However, British police cars, fire engines and ambulances were equipped with ''bells'' at this point in history. The once-familiar 'nee-naw' klaxon wasn't introduced until the late '60's.

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** Two-tone emergency vehicle sirens can be heard in the scene where Steve sits in the bombed-out London pub. However, British police cars, fire engines and ambulances were equipped fitted with ''bells'' at this point in history. The once-familiar 'nee-naw' klaxon wasn't introduced until the late '60's.
16th Aug '16 11:38:30 AM darrenr
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** Two-tone emergency vehicle sirens can be heard in the scene where Steve sits in the bombed-out London pub. However, British police cars, fire engines and ambulances were equipped with warning bells at this point in history. The once-familiar 'nee-naw' klaxon wasn't introduced until the late '60's.

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** Two-tone emergency vehicle sirens can be heard in the scene where Steve sits in the bombed-out London pub. However, British police cars, fire engines and ambulances were equipped with warning bells ''bells'' at this point in history. The once-familiar 'nee-naw' klaxon wasn't introduced until the late '60's.
16th Aug '16 11:37:07 AM darrenr
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** Two-tone emergency vehicle sirens can be heard in the scene where Steve sits in the bombed-out London pub. However, British police cars, fire engines and ambulances were equipped with warning bells at this point in history. The once-familiar 'nee-naw' klaxon wasn't introduced until the late '60's.
10th Aug '16 4:03:01 AM StFan
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** A brief example when Red Skull is escaping to the Valkyrie - he arms himself with one of Hydra's disintegrator rifles and starts taking down soldiers with pinpoint aim. But then, like Cap, he is enhanced.

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** A brief example when Red Skull is escaping to the Valkyrie - -- he arms himself with one of Hydra's disintegrator rifles and starts taking down soldiers with pinpoint aim. But then, like Cap, he is enhanced.
9th Aug '16 10:08:39 PM LBHills
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** A brief example when Red Skull is escaping to the Valkyrie - he arms himself with one of Hydra's disintegrator rifles and starts taking down soldiers with pinpoint aim. But then, like Cap, he is enhanced.
9th Aug '16 9:48:40 PM LBHills
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* FightingIrish: Dum Dum Dugan. Somewhat averted with Steve, who although Irish-American (in the comics and presumably here, too), isn't that big on fighting (which isn't to say he'll ever back down from one or have one if necessary).

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* FightingIrish: Dum Dum Dugan. Somewhat averted with Steve, who although Irish-American (in the comics and presumably here, too), isn't that big on fighting (which isn't to say he'll ever back down from one or have one if necessary).a necessary one).



* ForegoneConclusion: If you didn't know that [[ItWasHisSled Cap gets frozen for decades before waking up in the present day]], you probably will after the first five minutes. Of course, the story isn't necessarily ''how'', but rather ''why''.

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* ForegoneConclusion: If you didn't know that [[ItWasHisSled Cap gets frozen for decades before waking up in the present day]], you probably will after the first five minutes. Of course, the story isn't necessarily ''how'', about ''what'' happened, but rather ''why''.''how''.
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