History Film / Cliffhanger

21st May '16 3:05:17 AM erforce
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* DieHardOnAnX: ''Film/DieHard'' on a mountain. Unsurprisingly, the director Renny Harlin directed ''[[Film/DieHard Die Hard 2]]'' as well.

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* DieHardOnAnX: ''Film/DieHard'' on a mountain. Unsurprisingly, the director Renny Harlin Creator/RennyHarlin directed ''[[Film/DieHard Die Hard 2]]'' ''Film/DieHard2'' as well.



* FlagDrop: When the surviving thrill-seeker parachutes off the cliff to escape Qualen's mooks, his 'chute resembles the flag of UsefulNotes/{{Finland}}. Director Renny Harlin is Finnish, you see.

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* FlagDrop: When the surviving thrill-seeker parachutes off the cliff to escape Qualen's mooks, his 'chute resembles the flag of UsefulNotes/{{Finland}}. Director Renny Harlin Creator/RennyHarlin is Finnish, you see.
14th Mar '16 6:49:00 PM neander7hal
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Gabe Walker (Creator/SylvesterStallone) was just your friendly everyday mountain rescue worker, happily flying to the rescue in the Rockies with his helicopter-pilot girlfriend Jessie Deighan (Janine Turner, from ''Series/NorthernExposure''), until his best friend Hal Tucker (Creator/MichaelRooker) [[WhatAnIdiot took his completely untrained girlfriend]] to climb to the summit of a cliff. Of course, this lead to her horrifying death hundreds of feet below when the rescue equipment failed to function properly.[[note]] The end credits are careful to point out that the design of her harness was specifically altered for the film.[[/note]] In spite of Gabe's valiant efforts, Tucker [[JerkassWoobie blamed him for the tragedy]]. Gabe, being the good-hearted musclehead that he is, [[ItsAllMyFault took the blame to heart]] and left the mountains in guilt and grief.

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Gabe Walker (Creator/SylvesterStallone) was just your friendly everyday mountain rescue worker, happily flying to the rescue in the Rockies with his helicopter-pilot girlfriend Jessie Deighan (Janine Turner, from ''Series/NorthernExposure''), until his best friend Hal Tucker (Creator/MichaelRooker) [[WhatAnIdiot took his completely untrained girlfriend]] to climb to the summit of a cliff. Of course, this lead led to her horrifying death hundreds of feet below when the rescue equipment failed to function properly.[[note]] The end credits are careful to point out that the design of her harness was specifically altered for the film.[[/note]] In spite of Gabe's valiant efforts, Tucker [[JerkassWoobie blamed him for the tragedy]]. Gabe, being the good-hearted musclehead that he is, [[ItsAllMyFault took the blame to heart]] and left the mountains in guilt and grief.
2nd Feb '16 1:18:42 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* HateSink: The terrorists' somewhat unlikable [[MoralEventHorizon actions]] and [[{{Jerkass}} attitudes]] tends fall into this.

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* HateSink: The terrorists' somewhat UpToEleven-wise unlikable [[MoralEventHorizon actions]] and [[{{Jerkass}} attitudes]] tends fall into this.
2nd Feb '16 1:17:23 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* BigBadWannabe: Travers.

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* BigBadWannabe: Travers.Travers, especially when he attempts to pull TheStarscream after being the NoRespectGuy in the eyes of his accomplices.



* EvilIsHammy: Qualen, Kynette, Delmar and Travers, see also LargeHam below.

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* EvilIsHammy: Qualen, Kynette, Delmar and Travers, especially as UpToEleven {{Jerkass}}es, see also LargeHam below.
31st Jan '16 8:46:29 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* {{Jerkass}}: The terrorists themselves, with Qualen, Travers, Kynette and Delmar being the 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 biggest [[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.
16th Jan '16 1:24:20 AM jeffreyloonychen
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Tucker, as he blames Walker for Sarah's death, [[JerkassWoobie but it is likely out of grief as Tucker loved Sarah]].

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Tucker, as he blames Walker for Sarah's death, [[JerkassWoobie but it is likely out of grief as Tucker loved Sarah]]. Also, even when he is held hostage along with Walker by Qualen and his team, Tucker encourages Walker to escape their wrath and continue to make sure Walker makes through the ordeal alive.
16th Jan '16 1:21:05 AM jeffreyloonychen
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* {{Jerkass}}: Tucker, who's more of a JerkassWoobie and a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
** The terrorists themselves also, with Qualen, Travers, Kynette and Delmar being the 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. In short, they're much worse then Tucker.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Tucker, who's more of a JerkassWoobie and a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
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The terrorists themselves also, themselves, with Qualen, Travers, Kynette and Delmar being the 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. In short, they're much worse then Tucker.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Tucker, as he blames Walker for Sarah's death, [[JerkassWoobie but it is likely out of grief as Tucker loved Sarah]].



* SmugSnake: The terrorists.



* 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 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.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.]]
28th Dec '15 10:44:08 AM jeffreyloonychen
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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: For all his tactical expertise, Qualen sure is a lousy judge of character to form a band of henchmen that 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 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.
27th Dec '15 6:28:01 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* AxCrazy: Qualen, Kynette and Delmar.

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* AxCrazy: Qualen, Kynette Kynette, Delmar and Delmar.eventually Travers when he undergoes his VillainousBreakdown.



* MeanCharacterNiceActor: You may also know Eric Qualen as Creator/JohnLithgow, an adorable sweetheart of an old gentleman who reads stories to children with terminal illnesses and starred as the childish yet kind Dick Solomon in ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: MeanCharacterNiceActor:
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You may also know Eric Qualen as Creator/JohnLithgow, an adorable sweetheart of an old gentleman who reads stories to children with terminal illnesses and starred as the childish yet kind Dick Solomon in ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''.



** Same thing can be said for the rest of the actors playing the villains.



** Ironically, Qualen himself is crazy too. One of the FBI agents in-universe even calls him psychotic, while Travers calls him crazy when referring to Qualen's killing of Kristel.

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** Ironically, Qualen himself is crazy too.too despite being the employer. One of the FBI agents in-universe even calls him psychotic, while Travers calls him crazy when referring to Qualen's killing of Kristel.



* TheSociopath: The terrorists, especially Qualen, Travers, Delmar and Kynette, which the latter three are {{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 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.
27th Dec '15 2:16:47 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* TheStarscream: Travers attempts to be this until Qualen took the upper hand and regains command.

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* TheStarscream: TheSociopath: The terrorists, especially Qualen, Travers, Delmar and Kynette, which the latter three are {{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.
* TheStarscream:
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Travers attempts to be this until Qualen took the upper hand and regains command.command.
** While not a BigBadWannabe, Delmar wishes Kynette to be bumped off either by his hand or not so he could take his place of TheDragon for Qualen.
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