History Film / EndersGame

26th May '16 1:19:18 PM Edgehopper
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* GenderFlip: Card planned for Graff to be gender-flipped when he was trying to adapt ''Ender's Game'' himself; when Hood took over, he cast Harrison Ford instead.

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* GenderFlip: Card planned for Graff to be gender-flipped when he was trying to adapt ''Ender's Game'' himself; when Hood took over, he cast Harrison Ford instead. Major Anderson was gender-flipped, played by Viola Davis.
19th Feb '16 4:45:09 PM slvstrChung
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** Ender's decision [[spoiler: to leave Earth to look for a new Formic homeworld]] isn't explained nearly as thoroughly as it was in the book, leaving us with the impression that his only plan is to [[WalkingTheEarth wander the universe aimlessly]] [[TheAtoner out of guilt]]. [[spoiler: In the book, it was explained that [[YouCantGoHomeAgain the post-xenocide political situation made it impossible for him to return to Earth]], because he knew that he would be targeted for assassination or pulled into the war with the Second Warsaw Pact. Also, it was explained that the Formics' demise opened up their former colony worlds to human colonization, and that Ender accepted an offer to join the colonization program as a governor.]]

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** Ender's decision [[spoiler: to leave Earth to look for a new Formic homeworld]] isn't explained nearly as thoroughly as it was in the book, leaving us with the impression that his only plan is to [[WalkingTheEarth wander the universe aimlessly]] [[TheAtoner out of guilt]]. [[spoiler: In the book, it was explained that that's one of only several reasons he decides to go: [[spoiler: [[YouCantGoHomeAgain the post-xenocide political situation made it impossible for him to return to Earth]], because he knew that he would be targeted for assassination or pulled into the war with the Second Warsaw Pact. Also, it was explained that Additionally, the Formics' demise opened up their former colony worlds territory to human colonization, and that Ender accepted an offer decides to join become the colonization program as governor of the first colony, which is where he becomes the custodian of the sole remaining Formic queen. The business of wandering aimlessly only really kicks in during the last couple of pages, when he realizes he needs to find a governor.place where it's safe to revive her.]]



** {{Downplayed|Trope}} with Peter Wiggin. His status as an AntiVillain is never shown in the film, but only because the subplot featuring him is not included in the theatrical cut of the film. This also owes itself to the fact that Peter gets very little screen time. However, while they do leave in the "Buggers and aliens" game, they cut out the part where Peter tells Ender in detail how easily he could murder him and get away with it if he felt like it, downgrading him to a BigBrotherBully instead of an outright sociopath.

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** {{Downplayed|Trope}} with Peter Wiggin. His status as an AntiVillain is never shown in the film, but only because the subplot featuring him is not included in the theatrical cut of the film. This also owes itself film, reducing his screentime to the fact that Peter gets very little screen time.about one scene. However, while they do leave in the "Buggers and aliens" game, they cut out the part where Peter tells Ender in detail how easily he could murder him and get away with it if he felt like it, downgrading him to a BigBrotherBully instead of an outright sociopath.



* AgeLift: See PragmaticAdaptation. The characters were aged up to preteens rather than small children, likely because it would be exceedingly hard to find 6 year old actors that can carry an entire movie.

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* AgeLift: See PragmaticAdaptation. The characters were aged up to preteens rather than small children, likely because it would be exceedingly hard to find 6 year old 6-year-old actors that can carry an entire movie.


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** [[spoiler:Sorry, Ender, but you really did just wipe out an ''entire sentient species''.]]
14th Dec '15 3:47:39 PM FordPrefect
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** This is a favored tactic of Ender's in the battle sphere, on account of the fact that the weapons don't actually cause any harm, instead merely triggering the suit to paralyze the wearer. It thus doesn't matter how many times someone gets shot, as long as the one they're protecting is fine.

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** This is a favored tactic of Ender's in the battle sphere, on account of the fact that the weapons don't actually cause any harm, instead merely triggering the suit to paralyze the wearer. It thus Thus, it doesn't matter how many times someone gets shot, as long as the one they're protecting is fine.



* InsectoidAliens: The Formics. The name by which they are referred to is derived from the Latin word for ant.

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* InsectoidAliens: The Formics. The Their name by which they are referred to is derived from the Latin word for ant."ant".



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Ender has this reaction at the end of the film, [[spoiler:after he realizes the simulations he and his teammates played, were actual battles between Earth's forces and the Formic.]]

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Ender has this reaction at the end of the film, [[spoiler:after he realizes the simulations "simulations" he and his teammates played, played were actual battles between Earth's forces and the Formic.Formics.]]



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment Mazer Rackham shoots down a Formic, only to have a piece of debris from the vanquished foe slice through his wingman's fighter.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment moment, Mazer Rackham shoots down a Formic, only to have a piece of debris from the vanquished foe slice through his wingman's fighter.



* NonSpecificallyForeign: Ender's father is established as an immigrant, and speaks with an nonspecific accent, but his origin is left unexplained in the film. The book explains that he's Polish.

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* NonSpecificallyForeign: Ender's father is established as an immigrant, and speaks with an a nonspecific accent, but his origin is left unexplained in the film. The book explains that he's Polish.



** Mazer and Graff's motives are better explained in the novel as well as why they feel the Formics are such a danger, having some basic understanding of their hive society. To paraphrase, [[spoiler:"Don't apologize for them Ender, in the last war they killed millions of thinking, feelings individuals, while we only killed ''one'' of them."]]

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** Mazer and Graff's motives are better explained in the novel novel, as well as why they feel the Formics are such a danger, having some basic understanding of their hive society. To paraphrase, [[spoiler:"Don't apologize for them Ender, them, Ender; in the last war war, they killed millions of thinking, feelings feeling individuals, while we only killed ''one'' of them."]]



** One of the TV spots, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrhpdiRbbm4 Truth]]" shows [[spoiler:Ender discovering the Hive Queen's cocoon.]]

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** One of the TV spots, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrhpdiRbbm4 Truth]]" Truth]]", shows [[spoiler:Ender discovering the Hive Queen's cocoon.]]



* VillainBall: Whether out of pride or spite, Bonzo's attempts to exclude Ender are more a detriment to himself than anyone else. By insisting that Ender not participate as part of Team Salamander, Bonzo nearly blows his perfect win record, then gets shown up by Ender saving the day. His attempt to dictate Ender's activities during free time could have gotten iced; he's just lucky that Ender instead saw it as an opportunity to get some leverage.

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* VillainBall: Whether out of pride or spite, Bonzo's attempts to exclude Ender are more a detriment to himself than anyone else. By insisting that Ender not participate as part of Team Salamander, Bonzo nearly blows his perfect win record, then gets shown up by Ender saving the day. His attempt to dictate Ender's activities during free time could have gotten him iced; he's just lucky that Ender instead saw it as an opportunity to get some leverage.
14th Dec '15 3:36:37 PM FordPrefect
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: During class, Benard transmits a message to the other students' consoles mocking Alai's vomit incident. Ender then covertly sends a message mocking Benard's intelligence. When Benard blurts this out, the teacher quips that he shouldn't insult people if he can't take it in turn.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: During class, Benard Bernard transmits a message to the other students' consoles mocking Alai's vomit incident. Ender then covertly sends a message mocking Benard's Bernard's intelligence. When Benard Bernard blurts this out, the teacher quips that he shouldn't insult people if he can't take it in turn.



* {{Jerkass}}: Ender's brother Peter, Bernard (though [[spoiler:he later becomes friendly to Ender]]) and Bonzo.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Ender's brother Peter, Bernard (though [[spoiler:he later becomes friendly to Ender]]) Ender]]), and Bonzo.
14th Dec '15 3:35:58 PM FordPrefect
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* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: [[spoiler:[[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]]], both the film and the book may have significant similarities with Starship Troopers, [[AdaptationalIntelligence but with better technology and smarter people fighting against an even more intelligent race of insects]] and the military is looking for young cadets to prepare for the [[{{Pun}} endgame]] of the war. The Formics attack the humans merely out of search of resources and [[spoiler:not knowing the humans are intelligent lifeforms]]. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:for the Formics, they realized that the humans are capable of fighting back much like the condition they are handling at Ender's time, [[IronicHell succumbing themselves in defense]] against the [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans]].]]

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* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: [[spoiler:[[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]]], both the film and the book may have significant similarities with Starship Troopers, ''Starship Troopers'', [[AdaptationalIntelligence but with better technology and smarter people fighting against an even more intelligent race of insects]] insects]], and the military is looking for young cadets to prepare for the [[{{Pun}} endgame]] of the war. The Formics attack the humans merely out of search of searching for resources and [[spoiler:not knowing the humans are intelligent lifeforms]]. Unfortunately, Unfortunately [[spoiler:for the Formics, they realized that the humans are capable of fighting back much like the condition situation they are handling at Ender's time, [[IronicHell succumbing themselves in defense]] against the [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans]].]]
14th Dec '15 3:34:29 PM FordPrefect
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Ender's first scene has him playing a starfighter dogfight video game against Stilson, which he wins by tricking Stilson's ship into crashing into an asteroid. Not only does this foreshadow Ender's tactic of using the environment to his advantage, but it also point to his fistfight against Stilson later when he accuses Ender of cheating because he didn't actually destroy Stilson's fighter personally. And, most obviously, Ender will end up commanding real starships soon.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Ender's first scene has him playing a starfighter dogfight video game against Stilson, which he wins by tricking Stilson's ship into crashing into an asteroid. Not only does this foreshadow Ender's tactic of using the environment to his advantage, but it also point points to his fistfight against Stilson later when he accuses Ender of cheating because he didn't actually destroy Stilson's fighter personally. And, most obviously, Ender will end up commanding real starships soon.
14th Dec '15 3:32:47 PM FordPrefect
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* CombatPragmatist: In the beginning, Ender gets into a fight with a classmate. After goading him into a one-on-one fight, he grabs the nearest blunt object to knock the bully down then kicks him until he stays there. Against Bonzo, who does this while Ender's in the shower, he turns the water up to full heat then sprays it in Bonzo's face, and also rubs on some fresh soap so that Bonzo can't get a hold of him. And during his match against both Salamander and Leopard, he utilizes some effective techniques against the other team despite being outnumbered 2 to 1 in that match, such as launching one of his teammates out on a rope so said teammate could gather intel on where the enemy team was hiding behind the blocks and be roped back in to let Ender know.

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* CombatPragmatist: In the beginning, Ender gets into a fight with a classmate. After goading him into a one-on-one fight, he grabs the nearest blunt object to knock the bully down down, then kicks him until he stays there. Against Bonzo, who does this while Ender's in the shower, he turns the water up to full heat heat, then sprays it in Bonzo's face, and also rubs on some fresh soap so that Bonzo can't get a hold of him. And during his match against both Salamander and Leopard, he utilizes some effective techniques against the other team despite being outnumbered 2 to 1 in that match, such as launching one of his teammates out on a rope so said teammate could gather intel on where the enemy team was hiding behind the blocks and be roped back in to let Ender know.
14th Dec '15 3:29:40 PM FordPrefect
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* AdaptationDistillation: Many of the minor battles in Battle School are not shown to save for time, but are still implied to have happened.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Many of the minor battles in Battle School are not shown to save for time, but are still implied to have happened.
12th Oct '15 8:01:46 AM Xzenu
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* AbsentAliens: A variant - aside from the starships, none of the Formics are seen up close. The only glimpse of what they look like is a brief scene of Ender reading an anatomy chart of them. [[spoiler:Except at the end of the movie, when Ender meets the queen face-to-face.]]
11th Sep '15 11:12:09 PM Protonus
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* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: [[spoiler:[[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]]], both the film and the book may have significant similarities with Starship Troopers, [[AdaptationalIntelligence but with better technology and smarter people fighting against an even more intelligent race of insects]] and the military is looking for young cadets to prepare for the [[{{Pun}} endgame]] of the war. The Formics attack the humans merely out of search of resources and [[spoiler:not knowing the humans are intelligent lifeforms]]. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:for the Formics, they realized that the humans are capable of fighting back much like the condition they are handling at Ender's time, [[IronicHell succumbing themselves in defense]] against the [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans]].]]
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