History Film / CliffHanger

26th Nov '17 6:38:02 PM marcoasalazarm
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* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece

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* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: Gabe loses some of his climbing equipment when he manages to run away from the thieves (and his jacket was taken away by them when they forced him to fatch the first money case), so he's forced to take replacements from the exhibit display inside of a rest cabin. At one point he even quips about how unsafe it must be to pull off a stunt with the sixty-year-old rope that he snagged from the cabin.



* CrooksAreBetterArmed: Although taking on a bunch of Treasury security men is probably no walk in the park even with TheMole getting the drop on them, Qualen's crew go above and beyond the call of duty by bringing an absurd amount of explosives, multiple automatic weapons and even a grenade launcher (that they lose early on), all of which end up pitted against a lone man armed with climbing equipment.



* {{Decoy|Protagonist}} {{Deuteragonist}}: [[spoiler: Kind-hearted CoolOldGuy Frank, who spends a good bulk of the movie trying to find Walker, Tucker and Jessie. When finally facing the villains and finding Tucker, instead of simply being taken hostage, he gets mowed down by Delmar and is quickly forgotten, while Qualen steals his helicopter.]]

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* {{Decoy|Protagonist}} {{Deuteragonist}}: [[spoiler: Kind-hearted [[spoiler:Kind-hearted CoolOldGuy Frank, who spends a good bulk of the movie trying to find Walker, Tucker and Jessie. When finally facing the villains and finding Tucker, instead of simply being taken hostage, he gets mowed down by Delmar and is quickly forgotten, while Qualen steals his helicopter.]]



* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped Bullets on Him]]: [[spoiler: Frank.]]

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* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped Bullets on Him]]: [[spoiler: Frank.[[spoiler:Frank.]]
12th Nov '17 8:29:06 AM Tagiugy
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-->'''Travers''': Lost it. Have I lost it? Fuckin' A, I've lost it, Qualen! Pure, fuckin' section eight!



** And from Quelen: "DAMN YOU WALKER!!"

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** And from Quelen: Qualen: "DAMN YOU WALKER!!"
23rd Oct '17 3:36:38 AM Tagiugy
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18 months later, Gabe came back to pick up his things from Jessie, just in time to be the only climber qualified enough to reach a band of plane crash survivors trapped in the mountains by a snowstorm. Partnering himself with Tucker, who still hated him, the duo reached the plane...

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18 8 months later, Gabe came back to pick up his things from Jessie, just in time to be the only climber qualified enough to reach a band of plane crash survivors trapped in the mountains by a snowstorm. Partnering himself with Tucker, who still hated him, the duo reached the plane...



* ProductPlacement: An example that backfired epically: the carabiner that fails on the opening sequence was one designed by [[http://blackdiamondequipment.com/ Black Diamond Equipment]], and the camera lingers a long time on the brand as the failure occurs and Sarah dangles helplessly over a cliff. The company was so irate about the potential public fear to purchase from the brand in light of such an epic (staged) FailsafeFailure that they sued Carolco ''and won'', and a disclaimer was added to the movie's credits which says that the equipment on that sequence was especially modified so it would fail.

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* ProductPlacement: An example that backfired epically: the carabiner harness buckle that fails on the opening sequence was one designed by [[http://blackdiamondequipment.com/ Black Diamond Equipment]], and the camera lingers a long time on the brand as the failure occurs and Sarah dangles helplessly over a cliff. The company was so irate about the potential public fear to purchase from the brand in light of such an epic (staged) FailsafeFailure that they sued Carolco ''and won'', and a disclaimer was added to the movie's credits which says that the equipment on that sequence was especially modified so it would fail.
6th Oct '17 11:09:04 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* HateSink: The terrorists' UpToEleven-wise unlikable [[MoralEventHorizon actions]] and [[{{Jerkass}} attitudes]] tends fall into this to a point of overplaying this trope (it could even be said that they ''overkilled'' this Trope--most of the ReCut footage was done to make them less ''vomit-inducingly monstrous''). They are obviously designated to be more loathsome then Tucker, who, despite blaming Walker for getting his girlfriend killed, is more of a JerkassWoobie due to his anger towards Walker being mostly out of grief of losing his girlfriend and the fact he is been made into a ButtMonkey for the terrorists to bully also makes Tucker sympathetic. Also, outside of their villainy, they are also all completely obnoxious in general. When they first take Tucker and Walker hostage, Kynette forbids Tucker and Walker to talk to each other ("Anytime you wanted to say something, don't."), refuses to let Walkerhave his climbing equipment to get to their first case, and takes Walker's jacket away--leaving him vulnerable to the cold--before Qualen finally orders his death.

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* HateSink: The terrorists' UpToEleven-wise unlikable [[MoralEventHorizon actions]] and [[{{Jerkass}} attitudes]] tends fall into this to a point of overplaying this trope (it could even be said that they ''overkilled'' this Trope--most of the ReCut footage was done to make them less ''vomit-inducingly monstrous''). They are obviously designated to be more loathsome then Tucker, who, despite blaming Walker for getting his girlfriend killed, is more of a JerkassWoobie due to his anger towards Walker being mostly out of grief of losing his girlfriend and the fact he is been made into a ButtMonkey for the terrorists to bully also makes Tucker sympathetic. Also, outside of their villainy, they are also all completely obnoxious in general. When they first take Tucker and Walker hostage, Kynette forbids Tucker and Walker to talk to each other ("Anytime you wanted to say something, don't."), refuses to let Walkerhave Walker have his climbing equipment to get to their first case, and takes Walker's jacket away--leaving him vulnerable to the cold--before Qualen finally orders his death.



* {{Jerkass}}: The terrorists themselves, with Qualen, Travers, Kynette and Delmar being the [[UpToEleven biggest]] {{Jerkass}}es out of the group, while Kristel, Ryan and Heldon, despite having little screen time and characterization, also show some shades of this. They aren't AffablyEvil or FauxAffablyEvil in the least, and routinely threaten and scream at eachother.

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* {{Jerkass}}: The terrorists themselves, with Qualen, Travers, Kynette and Delmar being the [[UpToEleven biggest]] {{Jerkass}}es out of the group, while Kristel, Ryan and Heldon, despite having little screen time and characterization, also show some shades of this. They aren't AffablyEvil or FauxAffablyEvil in the least, and routinely threaten and scream at eachother.each other.



** [[BigBad Qualen]] may be an example, but it's unclear. He has a British accent, but the character is supposed to be a former U.S. intelligence officer and he's played by Creator/John Lithgow, an American actor.

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** [[BigBad Qualen]] may be an example, but it's unclear. He has a British accent, but the character is supposed to be a former U.S. intelligence officer and he's played by Creator/John Lithgow, Creator/JohnLithgow, an American actor.
2nd Oct '17 4:19:13 PM SolidTrig
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* {{Decoy|Protagonist}} {{Deuteragonist}}: [[spoiler: Kind-hearted CoolOldGuy Frank, who spends a good bulk of the movie trying to find Walker, Tucker and Jessie, only when finally facing the villains and finding Tucker, instead of simply being taken hostage, he gets mowed down (by the guy who later be ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Ghost]]''!) and is quickly forgotten in the picture, while Qualen steals his helicopter.]]

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* {{Decoy|Protagonist}} {{Deuteragonist}}: [[spoiler: Kind-hearted CoolOldGuy Frank, who spends a good bulk of the movie trying to find Walker, Tucker and Jessie, only when Jessie. When finally facing the villains and finding Tucker, instead of simply being taken hostage, he gets mowed down (by the guy who later be ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Ghost]]''!) down by Delmar and is quickly forgotten in the picture, forgotten, while Qualen steals his helicopter.]]
2nd Oct '17 4:17:58 PM SolidTrig
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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Kynette, especially during his NoHoldsBarredBeatdown inflicted on Gabe, when he drags out his fight just for his own gratification.

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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Kynette, especially during his NoHoldsBarredBeatdown inflicted on of Gabe, when he drags out his fight just for his own gratification.



* BadBoss: One of the mooks is injured during the mid-air robbery.

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* BadBoss: One Qualen. When one of the his mooks is injured during the mid-air robbery.robbery, he kills him.



* BitchInSheepsClothing: Travers at the beginning of the film initially appears to be an honest ReasonableAuthorityFigure, however, when Travers reveals his true colors as TheMole, not only is he a mole, he's anything but reasonable and a mentally unstable and disgruntled {{Jerkass}}.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Like most action movies from the 1980s and 1990s, there is very little moral ambiguity in this film. Eric Quelen and his gang are a bunch of unrepentant murdering psychopaths. While the good guys, on the other hand, are Rocky Mountain Search and Rescue volunteers.

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Travers at the beginning of the film initially appears to be an honest ReasonableAuthorityFigure, however, when Travers reveals his true colors as TheMole, not only is he a mole, he's anything but reasonable and a mentally unstable and disgruntled {{Jerkass}}.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Like most action movies from the 1980s and 1990s, there is very little moral ambiguity in this film. Eric Quelen Qualen and his gang are a bunch of unrepentant murdering psychopaths. While the good guys, on the other hand, are Rocky Mountain Search and Rescue volunteers.



* BloodKnight: Kynette seems to be this, but at least he mantains some discipline. Delmar on the other hand is totally sadist and murderous and he seems to take part in Qualen's operations just for the fun of hurting and / or killing people than for the money.

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* BloodKnight: Kynette seems to be this, but at least he mantains some discipline. Delmar on the other hand is totally sadist sadistic and murderous and he seems to take part in Qualen's operations just for the fun of hurting and / or killing people rather than for the money.



* CardCarryingVillain: As stated by Quelen:

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* CardCarryingVillain: As stated by Quelen:Qualen:



** Travers becomes this when being called out for [[YoureInsane losing his mind]] by [[HypocriticalHumor Quelen]] upon undergoing his VillainousBreakdown, Travers admits to going nuts.

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** Travers becomes this when being called out for [[YoureInsane losing his mind]] by [[HypocriticalHumor Quelen]] Qualen]] upon undergoing his VillainousBreakdown, Travers admits to going nuts.



* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: For all his tactical expertise, Qualen sure is a lousy judge of character to form a band of henchmen that are so [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] and [[{{Jerkass}} mean-spiritedly]] [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]] for each themselves that they do not even ''like'' each other, much less trust and cooperate with each other.

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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: For all his tactical expertise, Qualen sure is a lousy judge of character to form character. He forms a band of henchmen that are so [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] and [[{{Jerkass}} mean-spiritedly]] [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]] for each themselves that they do not even ''like'' each other, much less can barely trust and cooperate with each other.



* DefensiveFeintTrap: When Kynette heads further into the cave to hunt Gabe down, he shouts a taunt to let the mercenary know where he's at. Once Kynette catches up with Gabe (who is pretending to be more injured than he already is), Jessie kicks Kynette in the face from her previously concealed position further up the rock wall. Unfortunately, this only knocks Kynette down for a second...

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* DefensiveFeintTrap: When Kynette heads further into the cave to hunt Gabe down, he the latter shouts a taunt to let the mercenary know where he's at. Once Kynette catches up with Gabe (who is pretending to be more injured than he already is), Jessie kicks Kynette in the face from her previously concealed position further up the rock wall. Unfortunately, this only knocks Kynette down for a second...



* HateSink: The terrorists' UpToEleven-wise unlikable [[MoralEventHorizon actions]] and [[{{Jerkass}} attitudes]] tends fall into this to a point of overplaying this trope (it could even be said that they ''overkilled'' this Trope--most of the ReCut footage was done to make them less ''vomit-inducingly monstrous''). They are obviously designated to be more loathsome then Tucker, who, despite blaming Walker for getting his girlfriend killed, is more of a JerkassWoobie due to his anger towards Walker being mostly out of grief of losing his girlfriend and the fact he is been made into a ButtMonkey for the terrorists to bully also makes Tucker sympathetic. Also, outside of their villainy, they are also all jerks in general as shown after they first took Tucker and Walker hostage with Kynette even forbidding Tucker and Walker simply just want to talk to each other ("Anytime you wanted to say something, don't."), refusing Walker to have his climbing equipment to get to their first case and further respond to Walker asking for his bolt gun by taking his jacket away that leaves him vulnerable to the cold before Qualen finally ordering his death.

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* HateSink: The terrorists' UpToEleven-wise unlikable [[MoralEventHorizon actions]] and [[{{Jerkass}} attitudes]] tends fall into this to a point of overplaying this trope (it could even be said that they ''overkilled'' this Trope--most of the ReCut footage was done to make them less ''vomit-inducingly monstrous''). They are obviously designated to be more loathsome then Tucker, who, despite blaming Walker for getting his girlfriend killed, is more of a JerkassWoobie due to his anger towards Walker being mostly out of grief of losing his girlfriend and the fact he is been made into a ButtMonkey for the terrorists to bully also makes Tucker sympathetic. Also, outside of their villainy, they are also all jerks completely obnoxious in general as shown after general. When they first took take Tucker and Walker hostage with hostage, Kynette even forbidding forbids Tucker and Walker simply just want to talk to each other ("Anytime you wanted to say something, don't."), refusing Walker refuses to have let Walkerhave his climbing equipment to get to their first case case, and further respond to Walker asking for his bolt gun by taking his takes Walker's jacket away that leaves away--leaving him vulnerable to the cold before cold--before Qualen finally ordering orders his death.



* {{Jerkass}}: The terrorists themselves, with Qualen, Travers, Kynette and Delmar being the [[UpToEleven biggest]] {{Jerkass}}es out of the group, while Kristel, Ryan and Heldon, despite having little screen time and characterization, also show some shades of this. Plus, what also make them all count is that throughout the film, they fight amongst themselves and hurl insults at one another, which is also why Qualen counts as a BadBoss.

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* {{Jerkass}}: The terrorists themselves, with Qualen, Travers, Kynette and Delmar being the [[UpToEleven biggest]] {{Jerkass}}es out of the group, while Kristel, Ryan and Heldon, despite having little screen time and characterization, also show some shades of this. Plus, what also make them all count is that throughout They aren't AffablyEvil or FauxAffablyEvil in the film, they fight amongst themselves least, and hurl insults routinely threaten and scream at one another, which is also why Qualen counts as a BadBoss.eachother.



* KnightOfCerebus: Things get dark when Qualen and his posse show up. Compared to villains in a lot of other DieHardOnAnX, who often try to at least be FauxAffablyEvil to TheHero, these guys make no secret that they're a bunch of sadistic psychopathic {{Jerkass}}es who all happily swim around the HateSink. The movie was originally rated NC-17 thanks to their antics, before ExecutiveMeddling forced some of the more out-there moments to be toned down a bit.

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* KnightOfCerebus: Things get dark when Qualen and his posse show up. Compared to the villains in a lot of other DieHardOnAnX, [[DieHardOnAnX Die Hard ripoffs]], who often try to at least be FauxAffablyEvil to TheHero, these guys make no secret that they're a bunch of sadistic psychopathic {{Jerkass}}es who all happily swim around the HateSink. The movie was originally rated NC-17 thanks to their antics, before ExecutiveMeddling forced some of the more out-there moments to be toned down a bit.



** Matheson, as well. The man becomes entirely responsible for Qualen's predicament by killing two of Qualen's men and crippling Qualen's plane with a machine gun, [[NotQuiteDead all while at death's door from being shot in the chest]].

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** Matheson, as well. The man becomes entirely responsible for Qualen's predicament by killing two of Qualen's men and crippling Qualen's plane with a machine gun, [[NotQuiteDead all while at death's door from being shot four times in the chest]].



* TheMeanBrit: Delmar.

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* TheMeanBrit: Delmar.Delmar and, to a lesser extent, Kristel.
** [[BigBad Qualen]] may be an example, but it's unclear. He has a British accent, but the character is supposed to be a former U.S. intelligence officer and he's played by Creator/John Lithgow, an American actor.



* NeverMyFault: Tucker brought his girlfriend- who has absolutely zero experience climbing- on a climbing trip to one of the most insanely difficult and tough-to-reach locations in the canyon. He also has a recurring knee injury which strands them both on one of the most dangerous cliffs possible. He also gives her defective equipment that fails halfway through their rescue. She's left dangling exactly halfway between cliffs, where nobody except Gabe has any hope of reaching her. She completely freaks out and is blatantly unable to climb back up to save herself, so Gabe climbs out to try and save her. Gabe nearly succeeds- grabbing her and holding on for as long as humanly possible before she slips out of her glove and falls. Likely out of judgement-clouding grief, Hal naturally blames Gabe entirely for her death.

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* NeverMyFault: Tucker brought his girlfriend- who girlfriend--who has absolutely zero experience climbing- on climbing--on a climbing trip to one of the most insanely difficult and tough-to-reach locations in the canyon. He also has a recurring knee injury which strands them both on one of the most dangerous cliffs possible. He also gives her defective equipment that fails halfway through their rescue. She's left dangling exactly halfway between cliffs, where nobody except Gabe has any hope of reaching her. She completely freaks out and is blatantly unable to climb back up to save herself, so Gabe climbs out to try and save her. Gabe nearly succeeds- grabbing succeeds--grabbing her and holding on for as long as humanly possible before she slips out of her glove and falls. Likely out of judgement-clouding grief, Hal naturally blames Gabe entirely for her death.



** Another agent is shot in the head, blood and brain matter splats on the wall behind him but in the R rated version you only briefly see the aftermath of him falling back.

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** Another agent is shot in the head, blood and brain matter splats splatters on the wall behind him but in the R rated version you only briefly see the aftermath of him falling back.



* TheSociopath: The terrorists, especially Qualen, Travers, Delmar and Kynette, which the latter three are AxCrazy {{Jerkass}} textbook examples. Kristel, Heldon, Ryan and the rest of their posse members who died before landing could possibly qualify due to their LackOfEmpathy towards their surroundings outside of their robbery goals despite having less screen time then Qualen, Travers, Delmar and Kynette.

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* TheSociopath: The terrorists, especially Qualen, Travers, Delmar and Kynette, which of whom the latter three are AxCrazy {{Jerkass}} textbook examples. Kristel, Heldon, Ryan and the rest of their posse members who died before landing could possibly qualify due to their LackOfEmpathy towards their surroundings outside of their robbery goals despite having the gang probably also qualify, but they have less screen time then Qualen, Travers, Delmar and Kynette.screentime to show it.



* TooDumbToLive: Kynette and Delmar might have lived to steal and terrorize another day if they had just done away with Gabe and Hal quickly and quietly instead of [[SmugSnake dragging out their fights just for their own gratification]]. [[spoiler:Instead Kynette receives a very karmic attack on his privates before being impaled and Delmar gets a knife in the leg before Hal shoots him.]]

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* TooDumbToLive: Kynette and Delmar might have lived to steal and terrorize another day if they had just done away with Gabe and Hal quickly and quietly instead of [[SmugSnake dragging out their fights just for their own gratification]].thrills]]. [[spoiler:Instead Kynette receives a very karmic attack on his privates before being impaled and Delmar gets a knife in the leg before Hal shoots him.]]



** [[spoiler: Played straight when Qualen shoots dead loyal pilot Kristel after serving him well just for Qualen to show who's boss towards Travers when the latter attempts to become TheStarscream.]]

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** [[spoiler: Played straight when Qualen shoots dead his loyal pilot Kristel after serving him well just for Qualen to show Travers who's boss towards Travers when the latter attempts to become TheStarscream.]]
18th Sep '17 7:31:13 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* HateSink: The terrorists' UpToEleven-wise unlikable [[MoralEventHorizon actions]] and [[{{Jerkass}} attitudes]] tends fall into this to a point of overplaying this trope (it could even be said that they ''overkilled'' this Trope--most of the ReCut footage was done to make them less ''vomit-inducingly monstrous''). They are obviously designated to be more loathsome then Tucker, who, despite blaming Walker for getting his girlfriend killed, is more of a JerkassWoobie due to his anger towards Walker being mostly out of grief of losing his girlfriend and the fact he is been made into a ButtMonkey for the terrorists to bully also makes Tucker sympathetic.

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* HateSink: The terrorists' UpToEleven-wise unlikable [[MoralEventHorizon actions]] and [[{{Jerkass}} attitudes]] tends fall into this to a point of overplaying this trope (it could even be said that they ''overkilled'' this Trope--most of the ReCut footage was done to make them less ''vomit-inducingly monstrous''). They are obviously designated to be more loathsome then Tucker, who, despite blaming Walker for getting his girlfriend killed, is more of a JerkassWoobie due to his anger towards Walker being mostly out of grief of losing his girlfriend and the fact he is been made into a ButtMonkey for the terrorists to bully also makes Tucker sympathetic. Also, outside of their villainy, they are also all jerks in general as shown after they first took Tucker and Walker hostage with Kynette even forbidding Tucker and Walker simply just want to talk to each other ("Anytime you wanted to say something, don't."), refusing Walker to have his climbing equipment to get to their first case and further respond to Walker asking for his bolt gun by taking his jacket away that leaves him vulnerable to the cold before Qualen finally ordering his death.
14th Sep '17 1:37:52 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* EvilIsHammy: Qualen, Kynette, Delmar and Travers, especially as UpToEleven {{Jerkass}}es, see also LargeHam below.

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* EvilIsHammy: Qualen, [[ColdHam Qualen]], Kynette, Delmar and Travers, especially as UpToEleven {{Jerkass}}es, see also LargeHam below.
7th Sep '17 1:28:19 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* TheBully: The terrorists, especially {{Jerkass}} CoDragons Kynette and Delmar and to a lesser extent Qualen and Travers.

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* TheBully: The terrorists, especially {{Jerkass}} CoDragons [[BarbaricBully Kynette and Delmar Delmar]] and to a lesser extent Qualen and Travers.
25th Jul '17 10:31:18 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* NeverMyFault: Tucker brought his girlfriend- who has absolutely zero experience climbing- on a climbing trip to one of the most insanely difficult and tough-to-reach locations in the canyon. He also has a recurring knee injury which strands them both on one of the most dangerous cliffs possible. He also gives her defective equipment that fails halfway through their rescue. She's left dangling exactly halfway between cliffs, where nobody except Gabe has any hope of reaching her. She completely freaks out and is blatantly unable to climb back up to save herself, so Gabe climbs out to try and save her. Gabe nearly succeeds- grabbing her and holding on for as long as humanly possible before she slips out of her glove and falls. Hal naturally blames Gabe entirely for her death.

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* NeverMyFault: Tucker brought his girlfriend- who has absolutely zero experience climbing- on a climbing trip to one of the most insanely difficult and tough-to-reach locations in the canyon. He also has a recurring knee injury which strands them both on one of the most dangerous cliffs possible. He also gives her defective equipment that fails halfway through their rescue. She's left dangling exactly halfway between cliffs, where nobody except Gabe has any hope of reaching her. She completely freaks out and is blatantly unable to climb back up to save herself, so Gabe climbs out to try and save her. Gabe nearly succeeds- grabbing her and holding on for as long as humanly possible before she slips out of her glove and falls. Likely out of judgement-clouding grief, Hal naturally blames Gabe entirely for her death.
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