History Film / DarkCity

16th Apr '18 10:25:44 AM fearlessnikki
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* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Emma's first dress we see her performing in is a sparkly green number.
* EvilBrit: The Strangers all speak with English RP accents. Non-American actors Rufus Sewell (British) and Melissa George (Australian) use American accents as their more sympathetic characters.



* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: Emma wears a purple dress when performing "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes", and also has a purple coat she wears in the latter half of the movie.
* GreenAndMean: Invoked. Most of the clothes John has arranged for him are green [[spoiler: and the Strangers were planning to imprint him with the personality of a serial killer]].



* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: The prostitute May is blonde, upbeat and friendly (Light). John's wife Emma is brunette, troubled and distant (Dark).



%%* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds

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%%* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: John becomes one by the end, although he probably won't destroy the world.]]
14th Apr '18 2:23:57 PM LiamA
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** Murdoch taking the fish from it's shattered bowl and placing it in a bathtub.
24th Mar '18 4:34:15 AM eroock
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!!We need to list the tropes, Mr. TV Tropes, yes :

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!!We need to list the tropes, Mr. TV Tropes, yes :
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24th Mar '18 4:33:53 AM eroock
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'''Character tropes go on to the [[Characters/DarkCity Characters Sheet]].'''
24th Mar '18 4:05:06 AM eroock
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* KubrickStare: The Strangers are pretty good at these, as is John.
24th Mar '18 4:03:09 AM eroock
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24th Mar '18 4:02:55 AM eroock
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* AlienBlood: [[spoiler:The Strangers]] melt into goo or turn red and dissolve into flakes when they die; the [[spoiler:dead human bodies they use as vessels]] have black blood.

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* AlienBlood: [[spoiler:The Strangers]] melt into goo or turn red and dissolve into flakes when they die; the [[spoiler:dead human bodies they use as vessels]] have black blood.



* BadBoss: It's strongly implied that the Strangers beat Dr. Schreber within an inch of his life before forcing him to erase his own memories, leading to things like his bad heart, lazy eye, and limp. They also do things like dangle him off of very high balconies when he gets snarky with them.
* BaldOfEvil: All of The Strangers.



* BigBad: Mr. Book.



* TheChanteuse: Emma.



* TheChosenOne: John is TheEveryman, even compared to the other, quirkier city inhabitants. Most of what makes him important relates to [[spoiler: his powers]].



* CreepyGood: [[spoiler: Dr. Schreber is a paranoid, unsettling [[HerrDoktor German scientist]] with a [[RedRightHand deformed eye and a limp]], but he's actually working to ''stop'' the Strangers, while he himself is essentially their prisoner.]]
* CrosscastRole: ''Mr'' Sleep is a child with the male honorific "Mr.", however he is played in closeups by a girl, and in the long shots by her fraternal twin brother. Of course, the ''character'' doesn't have to be male - the strangers may not have paid any attention to gender.



%%* DawnOfAnEra



* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: [[spoiler: Anna (formerly Emma)]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Walenski finally found a way out.]]
* DyingRace: The Strangers are studying humans because their HiveMind society is dying out and they need the secret to individuality.
* EldritchAbomination: The Strangers are [[spoiler:squid-like beings that use corpses as hosts]].



* EvilAlbino: The Strangers, on account of the fact that their bodies [[spoiler:are technically dead]].



* FemmeFatale: Subverted quickly with Emma. She's got the look, but she's a NiceGirl who wants to help John regain his memory.



* GeniusCripple: Dr. Schreber may suffer from a bad heart, a lazy eye and a limp but he's very good at what he does for The Strangers.



* AGodAmI: The Strangers have this kind of mentality in regards of what they can do. [[spoiler:They ain't bluffing.]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Inspector Walenski. Hey, you'd go crazy too if you found out [[spoiler:that your entire life is a lie manufactured by a dying alien race that messes with your head on an hourly basis]].



* HerrDoktor: Dr. Schreber. [[spoiler: Subverted in that rather than being just a stereotypical mad scientist, he's actually trying to ''help'' John.]]
* HiveMind: The Strangers. [[spoiler:They're all a bunch of alien worms living in human shells and all share the same thoughts of what to do.]]



* InspectorJavert: Inspector Frank Bumstead. A rather mild example; as devoted as he is to the law and his pursuit of the protagonist, he's far more reasonable. [[spoiler:When he's shown proof the main character is innocent, he switches sides.]]



* KillItWithWater: [[spoiler: A key weakness of the Strangers.]]



* LampreyMouth: [[spoiler: The aliens' real bodies have one amidst a ring of tentacles.]]



* LooksLikeOrlok: The Strangers, intentionally so since the movie is a visual homage to GermanExpressionism and FilmNoir, with lots of SchizoTech.
* MeaningfulName: John Murdoch is supposedly a ''john'' who ''murders'' prostitutes. A prostitute even notes that his first name is appropriate.



%%* MergedReality



* MisterStrangeNoun: All the Strangers use the naming convention "Mr. [noun]".
* MrExposition: Dr. Schreber, starting with the OpeningNarration (which spoils the ''entire'' movie).
-->'''Schreber''': [[spoiler: First there was darkness. Then came the Strangers. They were a race as old as time itself. They had mastered the ultimate technology: the ability to alter physical reality by will alone. They called this ability "Tuning". [[DyingRace But they were dying]]. Their civilization was in decline, and so they abandoned their world seeking a cure for their own mortality. Their endless journey brought them to [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet a small, blue world in the farthest corner of the galaxy]]. Our world. Here they thought they had finally found what they had been searching for.]]



* NervousWreck: Dr. Schreber. Given what The Strangers do to him on a daily basis, it's more than justified with him.



* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler: John is given this history in his fake memories.]]
* PersonOfMassDestruction: [[spoiler:John, once he gains his "tuning" powers and uses them to defeat The Strangers.]]



* PsychicPowers: "Tuning", represented as a wave effect from the user's forehead which either works as a directed burst of force or warps the City to their whim.



* TheQuisling: Dr. Schreber has pretended to fill this role for the Strangers by helping them run their experiments, but he's actually LaResistance, working toward their destruction.
* RealityWarper: The Strangers and John, in the context of being able to change aspects of the City as they please.
* RedRightHand: Subverted. Schreber has a drooping eyelid and speaks as if his lungs are damaged. He initially seems like a villain, given that he's TheQuisling, but turns out to be LaResistance.



* {{The Stoic}}: The Strangers are a race of stoics, right off the assembly line with [[CreepyMonotone creepy monotones.]] [[spoiler: Mr. Hand is arguably the only Stranger in the film who subverts this trope, and as a result comes off as creepier and scarier than his fellow abominations.]]



* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Bumstead spends most of the film trying to track down Murdoch for murder.



* TookALevelInBadass: John. He starts off as confused, almost naive man trying to figure out his identity but by the end, [[spoiler:he becomes '''God''']].



* UndeadChild: Mr. Sleep, technically. [[spoiler:Once again, the parasites inhabiting the corpses of those who once lived]].
* VerbalTic:
** The Strangers' odd predilection for making clicking noises and ending sentences with the word "yes".
** Dr. Schreber's whispery voice and... penchant, for strange... pauses. He seems to be, constantly short of breath. (It is mentioned he has a bad heart. Congestive heart failure would lead to an extreme shortness of breath.)



* YouWakeUpInARoom: John wakes up in a bathtub, unable to remember who he is.

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* YouWakeUpInARoom: John wakes up in a bathtub, [[IdentityAmnesia unable to remember who he is.is]].
6th Mar '18 12:56:01 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Dr. Schreber, although he had long grown tired of the Strangers by the time of the events in the movie. It's only the appearance of John which allows him to act on it.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Dr. Schreber, although he had long grown tired of the Strangers by the time of the events in the movie. It's only the appearance of John which allows him to act Schreber reveals that he's actually on it.]]humanity's side after all]].



* ProductionThrowback: The movie theater advertises ''Book of Dreams'', a previous film by Alex Proyas.



* TheQuisling: Dr. Schreber. He's grown tired of it by the time the film comes around, however, and acts like a traitor to the Strangers.

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* TheQuisling: Dr. Schreber. He's grown tired of it by Schreber has pretended to fill this role for the time the film comes around, however, and acts like a traitor to the Strangers.Strangers by helping them run their experiments, but he's actually LaResistance, working toward their destruction.



* RedRightHand: Subverted. Schreber has a drooping eyelid and speaks as if his lungs are damaged. He initially seems like a villain, given that he's TheQuisling, but turns out to be LaResistance.
* LaResistance: Schreber works as TheQuisling for the Strangers, but has been secretly waiting for the moment to undermine them.



%%* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Bumstead.

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%%* * SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Bumstead.Bumstead spends most of the film trying to track down Murdoch for murder.



%%* TransferableMemory: Core to the plot.

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%%* * TransferableMemory: Core The Strangers are trying to isolate the plot.human soul by tracking the effects of swapping memories around various people.
7th Feb '18 1:40:45 PM NoxSky12599
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* SceneryCensor: Subtle example: the bathtub water is cloudy enough to conceal John's nudity in the opening scene. Seconds later, it's perfectly clear and soap-free enough that the goldfish survives being released into it.

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* SceneryCensor: Subtle example: the bathtub water is cloudy enough to conceal John's nudity in the opening scene. Seconds later, it's perfectly clear and soap-free enough that the goldfish survives being released into it.
30th Jan '18 12:05:42 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* MrExposition: Dr. Schreber, starting with the OpeningNarration.
-->'''Schreber''': First there was darkness. Then came the Strangers. They were a race as old as time itself. They had mastered the ultimate technology: the ability to alter physical reality by will alone. They called this ability "Tuning". [[DyingRace But they were dying]]. Their civilization was in decline, and so they abandoned their world seeking a cure for their own mortality. Their endless journey brought them to [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet a small, blue world in the farthest corner of the galaxy]]. Our world. Here they thought they had finally found what they had been searching for.

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* MrExposition: Dr. Schreber, starting with the OpeningNarration.
OpeningNarration (which spoils the ''entire'' movie).
-->'''Schreber''': [[spoiler: First there was darkness. Then came the Strangers. They were a race as old as time itself. They had mastered the ultimate technology: the ability to alter physical reality by will alone. They called this ability "Tuning". [[DyingRace But they were dying]]. Their civilization was in decline, and so they abandoned their world seeking a cure for their own mortality. Their endless journey brought them to [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet a small, blue world in the farthest corner of the galaxy]]. Our world. Here they thought they had finally found what they had been searching for.]]
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