History Film / Defendor

20th Sep '15 8:18:33 PM FuzzyBoots
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* HairofGoldHeartOfGold: Arthur. Also Paul's wife and son.

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* HairofGoldHeartOfGold: HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Arthur. Also Paul's wife and son.



* MoodWhiplash - And how.

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* MoodWhiplash - MoodWhiplash: And how.
20th Sep '15 8:14:58 PM FuzzyBoots
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* TheDanza: Subverted. Kat Dennings plays Kat Debrofkowitz, but Kat Dennings is Katherine Litwack, while the character's name is Katerina.
11th Sep '15 8:13:16 AM Hanz
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* BatterUp: Defendor's WeaponOfChoice.
* BeeBeeGun - Wasp Wasp Jar.

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* AssholeVictim: Dooney usually ends up being caught on the wrong side of Defendor's wrath. Later on, [[spoiler:Defendor beats up Kat's father after learning that he beat her, which leads to the FramingDevice of the film]].
* BatterUp: Defendor's WeaponOfChoice.
WeaponOfChoice is a trench club given to him by his war veteran grandfather.
* BeeBeeGun - Wasp Wasp Jar.BeeBeeGun: Defendor's other WeaponOfChoice are jars filled with wasps.
* BigBad: "Captain Industry", AKA Serbian crimelord Radovan Kristic.



* BlackDudeDiesFirst - The one well-dressed henchman [[spoiler: who was actually an undercover cop.]]
* CheapCostume - Complete with a D-insignia made out of [[DuctTapeForEverything Duct Tape]].

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* BlackDudeDiesFirst - BlackDudeDiesFirst: The one well-dressed henchman [[spoiler: who was actually an undercover cop.]]
* CheapCostume - CheapCostume: Complete with a D-insignia made out of [[DuctTapeForEverything Duct Tape]].



* CorruptCorporateExecutive - The elusive "Captain Industry".



* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Defendor dies in kat's arms.]]

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* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Defendor dies in kat's Kat's arms.]]



* DoesNotLikeGuns: Because TheHero believes that guns are for cowards.

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* DoesNotLikeGuns: Because TheHero Defendor believes that guns are for cowards.



* GroinAttack - Dooney, with a gun.

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* GroinAttack - GroinAttack: Dooney, with a gun.



* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies]]

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* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies]]TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Defendor is ultimately shot dead by the BigBad]].



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold - Arthur believes this of Kat, however much she tries to prove him wrong.
* HowWeGotHere - Most of the story is presented this way, with Arthur retelling his efforts to a psychiatrist.
* ImmuneToBullets - Subverted and then sadly, averted.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold - Arthur believes this of Kat, however much she tries to prove him wrong.
wrong. Arthur's own mother was also this, being forced to become a prostitute to raise her son before succumbing to drugs.
* HowWeGotHere - HowWeGotHere: Most of the story is presented this way, with Arthur retelling his efforts to a psychiatrist.
* ImmuneToBullets - ImmuneToBullets: Defendor is shot point-blank with an SMG and ends up surviving due to [[spoiler:the gun being filled with paint bullets]]. Subverted later on with [[spoiler:Radovan, who shoots Defendor with real bullets and then sadly, averted.ends up putting him down.]]



* NiceGuy: Paul and his family.

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* NiceGuy: Paul Paul, who is Arthur's boss and functionally his family.caretaker due to the fact that [[spoiler:Arthur saved his son from being hit by a car]].



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure - Captain Fairbanks, Dr. Park.
* ScaryBlackMan
* SuperZeroes
* TheDulcineaEffect - Essentially justified, given the way Arthur's mind works.
* TheMafiya
* ToBeLawfulOrGood - Or both.
* TrailersAlwaysLie - The trailers make it seem as if the movie is a super-hero comedy, when it's actually a drama.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure - ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Captain Fairbanks, Fairbanks and Dr. Park.
Park, who are generally understanding and patient with Arthur. The former even takes his tip seriously at the end, [[spoiler:which leads to him catching Radovan]].
* ScaryBlackMan
ScaryBlackMan: One of Radovan's henchman is a black guy who quickly defeats Defendor. [[spoiler:However, he's actually TheMole for the cops, who accidentally outs himself when he spares Defendor and is killed by Radovan as a result]].
* SuperZeroes
SuperZeroes: Defendor is not a particularly effective crimefighter and tends not to fare well in fights. He can certainly catch his enemies off-guard with marbles and wasps, but he usually ends up losing any straightforward fight he gets into due to his enemies outnumbering him or simply being better armed/skilled.
* TheDulcineaEffect - TheDulcineaEffect: Essentially justified, given the way Arthur's mind works.
* TheMafiya
TheMafiya: The main villain is a Serbian crimelord involved with drugs and prostitution.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood - Or both.
NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Arthur's attack on the mob ends up ruining the cops' sting operation when their mole shoots him with non-lethal bullets, thus exposing himself to the boss.]]
* TrailersAlwaysLie - TrailersAlwaysLie: The trailers make it seem as if the movie is a super-hero comedy, when it's actually a drama.
31st Dec '14 9:49:56 PM nombretomado
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* AndStarring: With Sandra Oh and KatDennings. Also has Special Appearance by Lisa Ray.

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* AndStarring: With Sandra Oh and KatDennings.Creator/KatDennings. Also has Special Appearance by Lisa Ray.
24th Nov '14 9:31:09 PM Gaon
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* WindmillCrusader: Played with, and ''maybe'' [[NoMereWindmill averted]].

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* WindmillCrusader: Played with, and ''maybe'' [[NoMereWindmill averted]].averted]].
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Mother]]: Part of Defendor's motivation, though it's probably just a delusion. [[spoiler: When he mentions his mother's name to the main antagonist, he actually ''does'' backtrack and gives it some thought, though he's quickly defeated before he can answer, so it's possible he did actually kill her]].
1st May '14 3:28:58 PM makarovak47
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* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler: Kat's father used to beat her up.]]
* AndStarring: With Sandra Oh and KatDennings. Also has Special Appearance by Lisa Ray.



* BeeBeeGun - Wasp Wasp Jar

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* ArchEnemy: "Captain Industry" for Defendor.
* BatterUp: Defendor's WeaponOfChoice.
* BeeBeeGun - Wasp Wasp JarJar.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: [[TheHeroDies Defendor dies]], but the cartel he was pursuing is captured and brought to justice. Also, Kat finally starts getting her life on track.]]


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* CivvieSpandex: Defendor's costume is entirely made of black sweatshirts and pants, while the highlights, including the ''D'' ChestInsignia, are made from masking tapes.


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* DarkIsNotEvil: As Defendor, Arthur is clad primarily in black but is unquestionably TheHero of the story.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Defendor dies in kat's arms.]]
* DirtyCop: Dooney.
* DoesNotLikeGuns: Because TheHero believes that guns are for cowards.


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* HairofGoldHeartOfGold: Arthur. Also Paul's wife and son.
* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies]]
* HeroicBastard: It's implied that Arthur is this.


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* IntergenerationalFriendship: Arthur and Paul's son, Jack.


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* NiceGuy: Paul and his family.


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* NonHumanSidekick: Defendor's bees to some extent.
* ParentalAbandonment: Arthur's MissingMom died from overdose while it isn't mentioned what exactly happened to his DisappearedDad.
23rd Apr '14 1:08:45 PM Prfnoff
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A 2009 film starring WoodyHarrelson and KatDennings. Harrelson plays a well-meaning but mentally challenged man who creates the identity of Defendor, a [[NonPoweredCostumedHero costumed superhero]], to fight back against street crime and eventually hunt down "Captain Industry". Advertised as a comedy, but [[NeverTrustATrailer was largely a drama]].

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A 2009 film starring WoodyHarrelson Creator/WoodyHarrelson and KatDennings.Creator/KatDennings. Harrelson plays a well-meaning but mentally challenged man who creates the identity of Defendor, a [[NonPoweredCostumedHero costumed superhero]], to fight back against street crime and eventually hunt down "Captain Industry". Advertised as a comedy, but [[NeverTrustATrailer was largely a drama]].
4th Sep '13 2:43:00 PM gallium
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* HeyItsThatGuy: OMG IT'S [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles CASEY JONES!!!]]
** For you younger viewers, it's probably more like "Hey, it's that guy who [[spoiler: shot]] Dr. Series/{{House}}."
22nd Jun '13 1:23:37 PM SeptimusHeap
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A 2009 film starring WoodyHarrelson and KatDennings. Harrelson plays a well-meaning but mentally challenged man who creates the identity of Defendor, a [[CostumedNonsuperHero costumed superhero]], to fight back against street crime and eventually hunt down "Captain Industry". Advertised as a comedy, but [[NeverTrustATrailer was largely a drama]].

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A 2009 film starring WoodyHarrelson and KatDennings. Harrelson plays a well-meaning but mentally challenged man who creates the identity of Defendor, a [[CostumedNonsuperHero [[NonPoweredCostumedHero costumed superhero]], to fight back against street crime and eventually hunt down "Captain Industry". Advertised as a comedy, but [[NeverTrustATrailer was largely a drama]].



* CostumedNonsuperHero
22nd Jun '13 2:23:21 AM erforce
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Defendor-eng-laurel-poster-final-hi_7341.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:300:Don't pronounce it without the "o". [[BerserkButton He'll get pissed.]]]]

A 2009 film starring WoodyHarrelson and KatDennings. Harrelson plays a well-meaning but mentally challenged man who creates the identity of Defendor, a [[CostumedNonsuperHero costumed superhero]], to fight back against street crime and eventually hunt down "Captain Industry". Advertised as a comedy, but [[NeverTrustATrailer was largely a drama]].

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!! This film contains examples of:
* ApatheticCitizens - Everybody except Arthur. Apathy is a theme in the film, and even during crazy and dangerous situations, the characters, including cops and criminals, seem relatively unfazed.
* BeeBeeGun - Wasp Wasp Jar
* BlackDudeDiesFirst - The one well-dressed henchman [[spoiler: who was actually an undercover cop.]]
* CheapCostume - Complete with a D-insignia made out of [[DuctTapeForEverything Duct Tape]].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive - The elusive "Captain Industry".
* CostumedNonsuperHero
* TheDanza: Subverted. Kat Dennings plays Kat Debrofkowitz, but Kat Dennings is Katherine Litwack, while the character's name is Katerina.
* DuctTapeForEverything - Defendor's costume involves [[http://gointothemovies.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/defendor_woodyharrelson2-500x267.jpg quite a bit of it.]]
* HeyItsThatGuy: OMG IT'S [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles CASEY JONES!!!]]
** For you younger viewers, it's probably more like "Hey, it's that guy who [[spoiler: shot]] Dr. Series/{{House}}."
* GroinAttack - Dooney, with a gun.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold - Arthur believes this of Kat, however much she tries to prove him wrong.
* HowWeGotHere - Most of the story is presented this way, with Arthur retelling his efforts to a psychiatrist.
* ImmuneToBullets - Subverted and then sadly, averted.
* MoodWhiplash - And how.
* NoMereWindmill: The protagonist appears to be a lunatic going up against an imaginary supervillain called "Captain Industry". Defendor may or may not actually believe this, but in either case the "Captains of Industry" is actually a metaphor for the very real threat of druglords - the very villains that Defendor has been fighting all along.
* ProtagonistTitle
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure - Captain Fairbanks, Dr. Park.
* ScaryBlackMan
* SuperZeroes
* TheDulcineaEffect - Essentially justified, given the way Arthur's mind works.
* TheMafiya
* ToBeLawfulOrGood - Or both.
* TrailersAlwaysLie - The trailers make it seem as if the movie is a super-hero comedy, when it's actually a drama.
* VigilanteMan: Averted. Defendor may try to beat up the bad guys and throw jars of wasps at them, he never actually tries to kill anyone.
* WindmillCrusader: Played with, and ''maybe'' [[NoMereWindmill averted]].
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