History Film / Chronicle

19th Jan '16 2:20:15 AM Shadowgazer
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* KickTheSonOfABitch: When Andrew [[spoiler: beats up his abusive father, when he tears Wayne the bully's teeth out, takes his revenge on the hoodlums, and when he tries to kill his father by dropping him from high in the air.]]

* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler: Andrew]]'s ''modus operandi'' before JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope.
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* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler: Andrew]]'s ''modus operandi'' before JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope. Specifically: when Andrew [[spoiler: beats up his abusive father, when he tears Wayne the bully's teeth out, takes his revenge on the hoodlums, and when he tries to kill his father by dropping him from high in the air.]]
6th Nov '15 6:32:54 PM RBluefish
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General cleanup, including Example Indentation, links inside spoilers, Zero Context Examples, and Justifying Edits.
* ActionSurvivor: [[spoiler:Matt.]] * AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Andrew.]] * AlwaysABiggerFish: The point behind [[spoiler: Andrew's]] "Apex Predator" speech. * AmbiguousSituation: It's unclear whether [[spoiler:Steve's death was due to a freak by natural lightning bolt, or if Andrew was somehow responsible--and even if he was, it's not clear if it was killing him in a rage or losing control of his power.]] ** [[spoiler:Max Landis has clarified that Steve's death was an accident, and that Andrew didn't have lightning powers.]]
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%% * ActionSurvivor: [[spoiler:Matt.]] %% * AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Andrew.]] %% * AlwaysABiggerFish: The point behind [[spoiler: Andrew's]] "Apex Predator" speech. * AmbiguousSituation: It's Working from the information in the film, it's unclear whether [[spoiler:Steve's death was due to a freak by natural lightning bolt, or if Andrew was somehow responsible--and even if he was, it's not clear if it was killing him in a rage or losing control of his power.]] ** [[spoiler:Max Landis power. Max Landis, however, has clarified that Steve's death was an accident, and that Andrew didn't have lightning powers.]]

* ArcWords: "You're stronger than this." First said by Andrew's mother to reassure him. Given an IronicEcho at the end, after Andrew [[spoiler:[[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope goes off the deep end]].]]
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* ArcWords: "You're stronger than this." First said by Andrew's mother to reassure him. Given an IronicEcho at the end, after Andrew [[spoiler:[[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope goes [[spoiler:goes off the deep end]].end.]]

* BondBreaker: Ultimately, [[spoiler:Andrew, for choosing to take his father's BreakingSpeech on "they're not your friends" to heart]].
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* BondBreaker: Ultimately, [[spoiler:Andrew, for choosing to take his father's BreakingSpeech Breaking Speech on "they're not your friends" to heart]].

* ComesGreatResponsibility: DoubleSubverted and {{Deconstructed}}. At first, the kids never think of using their powers for the common good, as opposed to shits and giggles. Then, after the incident with the trucker, Matt lays down the rules for the ethical use of superpowers (see MindOverManners below); the kids still don't use their powers to help people, but at least stop dicking around with them. Then, [[spoiler:after Andrew loses his shit, Matt inadvertently becomes a true hero but his motivation is entirely personal; he saves Seattle from destruction at the hands of his cousin]]. ** Matt's turn towards heroism is also implied to be somewhat influenced by him hanging around Casey and watching her blog--she's implied to be something of a GranolaGirl interested in fixing the ills of the world, and he wants to look good in her eyes * ComingOfAgeStory: With superpowers!
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* ComesGreatResponsibility: ComesGreatResponsibility: ** DoubleSubverted and {{Deconstructed}}. At first, the kids never think of using their powers for the common good, as opposed to shits and giggles. Then, after the incident with the trucker, Matt lays down the rules for the ethical use of superpowers (see MindOverManners below); the kids still don't use their powers to help people, but at least stop dicking around with them. Then, [[spoiler:after Andrew loses his shit, Matt inadvertently becomes a true hero but his motivation is entirely personal; he saves Seattle from destruction at the hands of his cousin]]. ** Matt's turn towards heroism is also implied to be somewhat influenced by him hanging around Casey and watching her blog--she's implied to be something of a GranolaGirl interested in fixing the ills of the world, and he wants to look good in her eyes %% * ComingOfAgeStory: With superpowers!

** [[spoiler:Andrew styles himself an "apex predator". He is ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice with a spear from a statue representing a tribal hunter.]] Really, he brought it onto himself.
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** [[spoiler:Andrew styles himself an "apex predator". He is ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled with a spear from a statue representing a tribal hunter.]] Really, he brought it onto himself.

* DecoyProtagonist: Soon after [[spoiler:Andrew snaps]], we switch the point of view to [[spoiler:Matt.]] [[spoiler: Possibly foreshadowed during Matt's "apology" scene with Casey as recorded by ''her'' camera, while Andrew is nowhere around. From then on, we repeatedly see things from Matt's perspective, setting him up as the kid with a conscience. This narratively puts him on a collision course with Andrew.]] * DespairEventHorizon: So, Andrew is now [[spoiler:the king of the school, after the "illusions" and "magic tricks" he and Steve did at the talent show. Finally getting some real popularity, he attends a giant party at Steve's house, and ends up going with a girl for "private time." Sadly, between (most likely) nerves and too much alcohol, he loses his lunch. His school image is actually WORSE than it used to be, with fresh fodder for teasing. After some [[TheToothHurts telekinetic dentistry]] on school bullies, he gets yelled at by his cousin over the abuse of power. He ''then'' gets yelled at by his father, who had discovered his camera, who says that the other boys "aren't his friends", and that they were having fun at his expense instead of with him. Despite finally standing up to his father during the fight, that one part sinks in, and is the part that pushes Andrew into full misanthropy.]] ** And just in case that wasn't enough, [[spoiler:after Murphy's Law seems to have been fulfilled and Andrew is lying in a hospital bed, having likely caused his best friend's and possibly even his mother's deaths... his dad decides to KickTheDog. Which turns out to be BullyingADragon. Cue the climax.]]
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* DecoyProtagonist: Soon after [[spoiler:Andrew snaps]], we switch the point of view to [[spoiler:Matt.]] [[spoiler: Possibly foreshadowed during Matt's "apology" scene with Casey as recorded by ''her'' camera, while Andrew is nowhere around. From then on, we repeatedly see things from Matt's perspective, setting him up as the kid with a conscience. This narratively puts him on a collision course with Andrew.]] * DespairEventHorizon: So, Andrew is now [[spoiler:the king of the school, after the "illusions" and "magic tricks" he and Steve did at the talent show. Finally getting some real popularity, he attends a giant party at Steve's house, and ends up going with a girl for "private time." Sadly, between (most likely) nerves and too much alcohol, he loses his lunch. His school image is actually WORSE than it used to be, with fresh fodder for teasing. After some [[TheToothHurts telekinetic dentistry]] dentistry on school bullies, he gets yelled at by his cousin over the abuse of power. He ''then'' gets yelled at by his father, who had discovered his camera, who says that the other boys "aren't his friends", and that they were having fun at his expense instead of with him. Despite finally standing up to his father during the fight, that one part sinks in, and is the part that pushes Andrew into full misanthropy.]] ** And just in case that wasn't enough, [[spoiler:after after Murphy's Law seems to have been fulfilled and Andrew is lying in a hospital bed, having likely caused his best friend's and possibly even his mother's deaths... his dad decides takes this opportunity to KickTheDog. berate him. Which turns out to be BullyingADragon.an unspeakably bad idea. Cue the climax.]]

* IllGirl: Mrs. Detmer.
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%% * IllGirl: Mrs. Detmer.

* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: [[spoiler:Andrew is a troubled, misunderstood kid who doesn't do well on his first date and then proceeds to [[SocialDarwinist kill everyone he considers weaker than him.]]]] ** To be fair, the kid had much more crappy stuff going on in his life than just a bad date. The psychological damage is pretty much set up from the beginning. * JustHitHim: Andrew would have succeeded in [[spoiler: killing his abusive father]] had he just did a telekinetic dismemberment or such rather than drop him from height, [[spoiler: which allowed Matt to save the man.]] ** Possibly an example of [[spoiler: CruelAndUnusualDeath - rather than an instant kill, Andrew drops his Dad some 20 stories, which almost certainly should have had him just as dead, but he would have had the time to ''know'' he was going to die on the way down]]. Note that against the street thugs,[[spoiler: he does a similar thing of scaring them first before killing them]].
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* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: [[spoiler:Andrew is a troubled, misunderstood kid who doesn't do well on his first date with a terminally ill mother and then proceeds to [[SocialDarwinist kill everyone he considers weaker than him.]]]] ** To be fair, an abusive drunk for a father. Over the kid had much more crappy stuff going on in course of the movie, his life than just a bad date. The psychological damage is pretty much set up from steadily gets even worse, and he begins lashing out with his powers. It all culminates with the beginning. * JustHitHim: Andrew would have succeeded in [[spoiler: killing death of his abusive father]] had he just did a telekinetic dismemberment or such rather than drop mother, and his father blaming him from height, [[spoiler: for it, at which allowed Matt to save the man.point he completely snaps and goes on a rampage.]] ** Possibly an example of * JustHitHim: Andrew would have succeeded in [[spoiler: CruelAndUnusualDeath - killing his abusive father]] had he just did a telekinetic dismemberment or such rather than an instant kill, Andrew drops his Dad some 20 stories, drop him from a great height, [[spoiler: which almost certainly should have had him just as dead, but he would have had allowed Matt to save the time to ''know'' he was going to die on the way down]]. Note that against the street thugs,[[spoiler: he does a similar thing of scaring them first before killing them]].man.]]

* KickTheMoralityPet: [[spoiler:Andrew realizes this when he kills Steve.]]
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%% * KickTheMoralityPet: [[spoiler:Andrew realizes this when he kills Steve.]]

* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: [[spoiler: Andrew,]] and not in the funny ComedicSociopathy kind of way.
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%% * MaddenIntoMisanthropy: [[spoiler: Andrew,]] and not in the funny ComedicSociopathy kind of way.

* MuggingTheMonster: Picking on a kid with telekinetic powers ends as well as expected. [[spoiler:The fact that Andrew begins to retaliate in this manner is the first sign of his FaceHeelTurn.]] * MundaneUtility: All over the place, including Steve floating food to his mouth, Andrew doing magic tricks, Andrew operating his camera telekinetically (even as Matt and Steve keep on using their hands for this,) and Andrew moving puddles out of his path. ** There's even a deleted scene [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEZxS6yL4_M here]] that shows Matt telekinetically stirring his milkshake.
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* MuggingTheMonster: Picking on a kid with telekinetic powers ends as well as expected. [[spoiler:The fact that Andrew begins to retaliate in this manner is the first sign of his FaceHeelTurn.growing instability.]] * MundaneUtility: All over the place, including Steve floating food to his mouth, Andrew doing magic tricks, Andrew operating his camera telekinetically (even as Matt and Steve keep on using their hands for this,) and Andrew moving puddles out of his path. ** path. There's even a deleted scene [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEZxS6yL4_M here]] that shows Matt telekinetically stirring his milkshake.

* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: [[spoiler:Andrew himself throughout the film.]]
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%% * ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: [[spoiler:Andrew himself throughout the film.]]

* PsychopathicManChild: [[spoiler: What Andrew becomes by the end.]] * RealityEnsues: The whole film is this to ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'' and other teen superheroes. [[spoiler: In that story, the angsty teenage outcast who gets superpowers winds up learning about his [[ComesGreatResponsibility great responsibility]] and heroically fighting all manner of dastardly evil. Andrew, however, acts exactly like one would expect an angsty teenage outcast to act when given superpowers.]] [[spoiler: It doesn't help that instead of an Uncle Ben, Andrew is stuck with an abusive, raging alchoholic for a parental figure.]] ** As the only one who [[spoiler:both survives and learns his lesson]], Matt is a [[DeconReconSwitch reconstruction.]] Also, [[spoiler: considering that he actually cares about his cousin and was trying to steer him in the right direction, [[FridgeBrilliance he might be the real Uncle Ben of the story.]]]]
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%% * PsychopathicManChild: [[spoiler: What Andrew becomes by the end.]] * RealityEnsues: RealityEnsues: ** The whole film is this to ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'' and other teen superheroes. [[spoiler: In that story, the angsty teenage outcast who gets superpowers winds up learning about his [[ComesGreatResponsibility great responsibility]] responsibility and heroically fighting all manner of dastardly evil. Andrew, however, acts exactly like one would expect an angsty teenage outcast to act when given superpowers.]] [[spoiler: It doesn't help that instead of an Uncle Ben, Andrew is stuck with an abusive, raging alchoholic for a parental figure.]] ** As the only one who [[spoiler:both survives and learns his lesson]], Matt is a [[DeconReconSwitch reconstruction.[[reconstruction.]] Also, [[spoiler: considering that he actually cares about his cousin and was trying to steer him in the right direction, [[FridgeBrilliance he might be the real Uncle Ben of the story.]]]]]]

* SacrificialLion: Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Steve.]]
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%% * SacrificialLion: Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Steve.]]

* SequelHook: [[spoiler:There are subtle hints that the government is not unaware of the source of the boys' powers, and Matt promises to "find out what happened." Also ''somebody'' had to collect all that footage and splice it together. Who else do you think would have gone to all the trouble to dig up Andrew's first camera, that got buried with the meteorite/artifact?]]. A sequel has been confirmed as being in the works. ** Unfortunately, both Josh Trank and Max Landis won't be involved with the sequel, as Fox wasn't happy with Max's script he had made for it. * SexAsRiteOfPassage: It's discussed by the boys [[spoiler: and ultimately subverted.]]
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* SequelHook: [[spoiler:There are subtle hints that the government is not unaware of the source of the boys' powers, and Matt promises to "find out what happened." Also ''somebody'' had to collect all that footage and splice it together. Who else do you think would have gone to all the trouble to dig up Andrew's first camera, that got buried with the meteorite/artifact?]]. A sequel has been confirmed as being in the works. ** works. Unfortunately, both neither Josh Trank and nor Max Landis won't will be involved with the sequel, as Fox wasn't happy with Max's script he had made for it. %% * SexAsRiteOfPassage: It's discussed by the boys [[spoiler: and ultimately subverted.]]

* TheSocialDarwinist: [[spoiler:Andrew and his "Apex Predator" speech.]] * SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Of the three boys, Matt.]]
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%% * TheSocialDarwinist: [[spoiler:Andrew and his "Apex Predator" speech.]] %% * SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Of the three boys, Matt.]]

** That's a prescient assumption because Kimberly Peirce explicitly stated that her 2013 version of ''{{Carrie}}'' is designed as a superhero origin story.

* VillainProtagonist: Sure, [[spoiler:Andrew becomes an OmnicidalManiac with a God complex]], but that doesn't stop the focus on him.
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* VillainProtagonist: Sure, [[spoiler:Andrew becomes an OmnicidalManiac homicidal maniac with a God complex]], but that doesn't stop the focus on him.

* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Andrew [[KickTheSonOfABitch murders and robs four bullies]] and holds up a store so he can get enough money to pay for his mom's medicine.]]
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* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Andrew [[KickTheSonOfABitch murders and robs four bullies]] bullies and holds up a store so he can get enough money to pay for his mom's medicine.]]

* WithGreatPowerComesGreatPerks: Could possibly be TheMovie of the trope. After three high-school guys are given telekinetic powers by a mysterious artifact hidden at the bottom of a crater, they mainly use their newfound abilities to waste time in increasingly spectacular ways, from playing pranks on customers at a department store, to playing football several thousand feet off the ground. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, a very nasty combination of AbusiveParents and bullying at school eventually turns one of them into a supervillain]].
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* WithGreatPowerComesGreatPerks: Could possibly be TheMovie of the trope. After three high-school guys are given telekinetic powers by a mysterious artifact hidden at the bottom of a crater, they mainly use their newfound abilities to waste time in increasingly spectacular ways, from playing pranks on customers at a department store, to playing football several thousand feet off the ground. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, a very nasty combination of AbusiveParents an abusive parent and bullying at school eventually turns one of them into a supervillain]].

* YouAreNotAlone: Both Steve and Matt try to invoke this with Andrew (with the latter even using it word for word);[[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope unfortunately]], Andrew is too far past the DespairEventHorizon for it to work.]]
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* YouAreNotAlone: Both Steve and Matt try to invoke this with Andrew (with the latter even using it word for word);[[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope unfortunately]], unfortunately, Andrew is too far past the DespairEventHorizon Despair Event Horizon for it to work.]]
4th Nov '15 3:18:59 AM SetsunasaNiWa
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cleaning Captain Obvious trope sinkhole use, project thread here
** During the toy store scene, [[spoiler: Andrew]] holds a red lightsaber like the one used by [[Franchise/StarWars Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader]]. Also, [[CaptainObvious evidently]], a ShoutOut.
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** During the toy store scene, [[spoiler: Andrew]] holds a red lightsaber like the one used by [[Franchise/StarWars Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader]]. Also, [[CaptainObvious evidently]], evidently, a ShoutOut.
10th Oct '15 7:33:37 AM LentilSandEater
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* ImplacableMan: At the end, Andrew is burned, thrown into the sidewalk at high velocity multiple times, collides with a streetlamp, falls onto a car, and ''keeps on going''. Possibly justified, as the hospital would have almost certainly given him painkillers after the burns, but before all the other stuff. So, Andrew's pain threshold was almost certainly out of whack.
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* ImplacableMan: At the end, Andrew is burned, thrown into the sidewalk at high velocity multiple times, collides with a streetlamp, falls onto a car, and ''keeps on going''. Possibly justified, as the hospital would have almost certainly given him painkillers after the burns, but before all the other stuff. So, Andrew's pain threshold was almost certainly out of whack.
25th Aug '15 12:45:55 PM protomenfan200X
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To show the screenwriter's original intent.
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**[[spoiler:Max Landis has clarified that Steve's death was an accident, and that Andrew didn't have lightning powers.]]
15th Jul '15 1:27:12 PM VenomLancerHae
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* EvilSoundsDeep / EvilIsHammy: [[spoiler: When Andrew goes amok in the climax, he starts yelling a lot and his voice gets deeper]].
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* EvilSoundsDeep / EvilIsHammy: EvilSoundsDeep: [[spoiler: When Andrew goes amok in the climax, he starts yelling a lot and his voice gets deeper]].

* RealityEnsues[=/=]{{Deconstruction}}: The whole film is this to ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'' and other teen superheroes. [[spoiler: In that story, the angsty teenage outcast who gets superpowers winds up learning about his [[ComesGreatResponsibility great responsibility]] and heroically fighting all manner of dastardly evil. Andrew, however, acts exactly like one would expect an angsty teenage outcast to act when given superpowers.]] [[spoiler: It doesn't help that instead of an Uncle Ben, Andrew is stuck with an abusive, raging alchoholic for a parental figure.]]
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* RealityEnsues[=/=]{{Deconstruction}}: RealityEnsues: The whole film is this to ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'' and other teen superheroes. [[spoiler: In that story, the angsty teenage outcast who gets superpowers winds up learning about his [[ComesGreatResponsibility great responsibility]] and heroically fighting all manner of dastardly evil. Andrew, however, acts exactly like one would expect an angsty teenage outcast to act when given superpowers.]] [[spoiler: It doesn't help that instead of an Uncle Ben, Andrew is stuck with an abusive, raging alchoholic for a parental figure.]]

* SequelHook: [[spoiler:There are subtle hints that the government is not unaware of the source of the boys' powers, and Matt promises to "find out what happened." Also ''somebody'' had to collect all that footage and splice it together. Who else do you think would have gone to all the trouble to dig up Andrew's first camera, that got buried with the meteorite/artifact?]]. By the way, a sequel is confirmed as being in the works.
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* SequelHook: [[spoiler:There are subtle hints that the government is not unaware of the source of the boys' powers, and Matt promises to "find out what happened." Also ''somebody'' had to collect all that footage and splice it together. Who else do you think would have gone to all the trouble to dig up Andrew's first camera, that got buried with the meteorite/artifact?]]. By the way, a A sequel is has been confirmed as being in the works.
17th Jun '15 2:28:55 PM Shaorai217
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15th Apr '15 6:43:55 PM AgentSkyblueM7
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The fact that Matt is also a relative and tries to set up rules to use their powers responsibly seems to help this theory make sense.
** As the only one who [[spoiler:both survives and learns his lesson]], Matt is a [[DeconReconSwitch reconstruction.]]
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** As the only one who [[spoiler:both survives and learns his lesson]], Matt is a [[DeconReconSwitch reconstruction.]]]] Also, [[spoiler: considering that he actually cares about his cousin and was trying to steer him in the right direction, [[FridgeBrilliance he might be the real Uncle Ben of the story.]]]]
7th Apr '15 7:50:15 PM Eagal
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Zero Context Example. Please expand.
* UnstoppableRage: See ImplacableMan, above.
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%% * UnstoppableRage: See ImplacableMan, above.UnstoppableRage
7th Apr '15 7:48:39 PM Eagal
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** When Steve rescues the trucker in the first truly heroic act in the movie, his wet blue sweatshirt makes him look an awful lot like Superman (or [[HilariousInHindsight Human Torch]]).
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** When Steve rescues the trucker in the first truly heroic act in the movie, his wet blue sweatshirt makes him look an awful lot like Superman (or [[HilariousInHindsight Human Torch]]).Torch).
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