History Film / FallingDown

8th Jan '18 8:21:44 AM MenInGreyToBlak
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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Foster himself. It's hard not to feel bad for the guy after sparing Prendergast when he could have easily killed him instead.]] The music perfectly fits it as well.

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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Foster himself. It's hard not to feel bad for the guy after sparing Prendergast when he could have easily killed him instead. After everything he had gone through, it would've made sense if his sanity made him kill Prendergast.]] The music perfectly fits it as well.well [[spoiler: as he slowly falls into the water at the beautiful bay]].
8th Jan '18 8:19:42 AM MenInGreyToBlak
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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Foster himself at the end.]]

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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Foster himself at himself. It's hard not to feel bad for the end.]]guy after sparing Prendergast when he could have easily killed him instead.]] The music perfectly fits it as well.
25th Dec '17 6:43:25 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* WorldOfJerkass: Prendergast, Sandra, Beth, and Adele aside, most of the characters in this film are deeply unpleasant people. Bill Foster was an abusive husband to Beth who scared her so much that she slapped a restraining order on her. The people he encounters on his journey across the city range include GangBangers, a Neo Nazi, a PhonyVeteran looking to mooch off him and a golfer who intentionally attempts to hit him with a golf ball. Even some of Prendergast's colleagues at the LAPD are pricks, especially his [[DaChief captain]] and Sandra's partner.

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* WorldOfJerkass: Prendergast, Sandra, Beth, and Adele aside, most of the characters in this film are deeply unpleasant people. Bill Foster was an abusive husband to Beth who scared her so much that she slapped a restraining order on her.him. The people he encounters on his journey across the city range include GangBangers, a Neo Nazi, a PhonyVeteran looking to mooch off him and a golfer who intentionally attempts to hit him with a golf ball. Even some of Prendergast's colleagues at the LAPD are pricks, especially his [[DaChief captain]] and Sandra's partner.
17th Dec '17 5:00:19 PM Shaorai217
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* BlackAndGrayMorality: Foster wasn't truly a bad guy throughout most of the movie, but his unwillingness to deal with his serious anger issues and leave his wife in peace made him close to one. The other bad guys in the movie are clearly utter scum, from murderous gangsters to murderous neo-nazis. Only Prendergast represents a higher moral standard and dealing maturely with his issues that could almost fit the movie into WhiteAndGreyMorality... ''if not'' for the fact that he's been so beaten-down by the world (and his wife...) that he's forgotten that.

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: Foster wasn't truly a bad guy throughout most of the movie, but his unwillingness to deal with his serious anger issues and leave his wife in peace made him close to one. The other bad guys in the movie are clearly utter scum, from murderous gangsters to murderous neo-nazis. Only Prendergast represents a higher moral standard and dealing maturely with his issues that could almost fit the movie into WhiteAndGreyMorality... ''if not'' for the fact that standard, but he's been so beaten-down by the world (and his wife...) that he's forgotten that.


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* WhiteAndGrayMorality: Prendergast is a genuinely good cop, aligned against a troubled man who can't deal with his problems maturely. While there are other truly bad people in the film, the primary conflict between Prendergast and Foster falls squarely under this.
14th Dec '17 2:55:33 PM CynicalBastardo
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* PlatonicLifePartners: Prendergast and Torres are quite close, often meeting for lunch. Prendergast's wife goes mental when she answers his phone.
14th Dec '17 2:33:22 PM CynicalBastardo
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--> '''Foster:''' Get some shooting lessons, asshole.
14th Dec '17 1:21:00 PM CynicalBastardo
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* WorldOfJerkass: Prendergast, Sandra, Beth, and Adele aside, most of the characters in this film are deeply unpleasant people. Bill Foster was an abusive husband to Beth who scared her so much that she slapped a restraining order on her. The people he encounters on his journey across the city range include GangBangers, a Neo Nazi, a PhonyVeteran looking to mooch off him and a golfer who intentionally attempts to hit him with a golf ball. Even some of Prendergast's colleagues at the LAPD are pricks, especially his [[DaChief captain]] and Sandra's partner.
8th Dec '17 6:25:10 PM igordebraga
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* BlackAndGrayMorality: Foster wasn't truly a bad guy throughout most of the movie, but his unwillingness to deal with his serious anger issues and leave his wife in peace made him close to one. [[spoiler: The other bad guys in the movie are clearly utter scum, from murderous gangsters to murderous neo-nazis]]... Only Prendergast represents a higher moral standard, but at the beginning of the movie he's been so beaten-down by the world (and his wife...) that he's forgotten that.

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: Foster wasn't truly a bad guy throughout most of the movie, but his unwillingness to deal with his serious anger issues and leave his wife in peace made him close to one. [[spoiler: The other bad guys in the movie are clearly utter scum, from murderous gangsters to murderous neo-nazis]]... neo-nazis. Only Prendergast represents a higher moral standard, but at the beginning of standard and dealing maturely with his issues that could almost fit the movie into WhiteAndGreyMorality... ''if not'' for the fact that he's been so beaten-down by the world (and his wife...) that he's forgotten that.



* CoversAlwaysLie: The film's now famous poster (see above) shows Foster in a white shirt and tie with a shotgun in one hand and a briefcase in the other. He is never actually seen with that combination in the movie: by the time he first draws the shotgun, he has long gotten rid of the briefcase and changed into army fatigues.

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* CoversAlwaysLie: The film's now famous poster (see above) shows Foster in a white shirt and tie with a shotgun in one hand and a briefcase in the other. He is never actually seen with that combination in the movie: by the time he first draws the shotgun, he has long gotten rid of the briefcase and changed into army fatigues.fatigues (the only firearm he uses wearing the shirt is the submachine gun).



* FirstNameBasis: Forster takes a moment to muse about him being on a first name basis with the Whammyburger staff when he doesn't even know them. Sheila (the cashier) tells him he can call her Miss Folsom if he'd like. [[BrickJoke Later in the scene when he decides to have lunch he refers to her as such.]]

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* FirstNameBasis: Forster Foster takes a moment to muse about him being on a first name basis with the Whammyburger staff when he doesn't even know them. Sheila (the cashier) tells him he can call her Miss Folsom if he'd like. [[BrickJoke Later in the scene when he decides to have lunch he refers to her as such.]]



* FromNobodyToNightmare: The somehwat unassuming citizen Bill Forster reaches his RageBreakingPoint and becomes feared vigilante known by the mockier "D-Fens" at the span of a day.

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: The somehwat unassuming citizen Bill Forster Foster reaches his RageBreakingPoint and becomes feared vigilante known by the mockier moniker "D-Fens" at the span of a day.



* IronicName: Forster's mockier of "D-Fens", who aside from his encounters with the Mexican hoodlums and the Neo-Nazi store owner, is the full blown aggressor throughout the film.

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* IronicName: Forster's mockier of Foster's moniker "D-Fens", who as aside from his encounters with the Mexican hoodlums and the Neo-Nazi store owner, is the he's a full blown aggressor throughout the film.



* NotSoSimilar: Many characters in the movie can be seen as twisted foils to Foster. Compare Forster's own patriotism and ignorance (has the view that America is a Godsend to the entire world, insisting his country gave Korea a ton of money, for some unexplained reason) and how his acts of violence, up until meeting the Nazi, have only been directly harmful to a gang-banger who tried to kill him, to the Neo-Nazi, who of course, is an outright bigot [[DisproportionateRetribution who was prepared to shoot two innocent people dead for getting pissed off at his slurs]], and the gangsters themselves [[DisproportionateRetribution who tried to mug him at knife-point for being in their territory when he was already on his way out, and then tried to kill him anyway]].

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* NotSoSimilar: Many characters in the movie can be seen as twisted foils to Foster. Compare Forster's Foster's own patriotism and ignorance (has the view that America is a Godsend to the entire world, insisting his country gave Korea a ton of money, for some unexplained reason) and how his acts of violence, up until meeting the Nazi, have only been directly harmful to a gang-banger who tried to kill him, to the Neo-Nazi, who of course, is an outright bigot [[DisproportionateRetribution who was prepared to shoot two innocent people dead for getting pissed off at his slurs]], and the gangsters themselves [[DisproportionateRetribution who tried to mug him at knife-point for being in their territory when he was already on his way out, and then tried to kill him anyway]].



* PayEvilUntoEvil: What Foster believes he's doing. Though the only ones who actually fit "evil" are the hoodlum and the neo-Nazi.



* WhiteAndGreyMorality: The movie has an increasingly violent man angry at the world, vs. a cop with his own issues and who can deal with them maturely. There are [[BlackAndGreyMorality some real villains]] in the latino hoodlums and the Neo-Nazi store owner, but they're secondary characters and aren't part of the film's main conflict between Foster and Prendergast.
5th Dec '17 10:10:10 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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'''Foster:''' Oh, that's too bad. Because you know what?
'''Man at Phone Booth:''' What?
'''Foster:''' ''(promptly pulls out his gun and destroys the phone booth by shooting it a lot)'' [[BondOneLiner I think it's out of order]].

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'''Foster:''' Oh, that's too bad. Because you know what?
what?\\
'''Man at Phone Booth:''' What?
'''Foster:''' ''(promptly
What?\\
''(Foster promptly
pulls out his gun and destroys the phone booth by shooting it a lot)'' lot)''\\
'''Foster:'''
[[BondOneLiner I think it's out of order]].
5th Dec '17 9:51:20 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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-->'''Prendergast''': Something about my wife. Maybe I never mentioned it.
-->'''Sandra''': What's that?
-->'''Prendergast''': I love her.

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-->'''Prendergast''': -->'''Prendergast:''' Something about my wife. Maybe I never mentioned it.
-->'''Sandra''':
it.\\
'''Sandra:'''
What's that?
-->'''Prendergast''':
that?\\
'''Prendergast:'''
I love her.



-->'''Bill:''' I'm the bad guy?
-->'''Prendergast:''' Yeah.

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-->'''Bill:''' -->'''Forster:''' I'm the bad guy?
-->'''Prendergast:'''
guy?\\
'''Prendergast:'''
Yeah.



-->'''Sergeant Prendergast:''' "It's hard to lose your beauty when that's all you've got."

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-->'''Sergeant Prendergast:''' "It's -->'''Prendergast:''' It's hard to lose your beauty when that's all you've got."



-->'''Man at Phone Booth:''' Excuse me! I don't know if you noticed or not, but there are other people who want to use the phone here!
-->'''Foster''': There are?
-->'''Man at Phone Booth:''' That's right, you selfish asshole!
-->'''Foster''': Oh, that's too bad. Because you know what?
-->'''Man at Phone Booth:''' What?
-->'''Foster''': (promptly pulls out his gun and destroys the phone booth by shooting it a lot) [[BondOneLiner I think it's out of order]].
* DeconReconSwitch: A rare inversion of the usual mechanic; the first two acts basically build up D-Fens into a badass vigilante for the audience to root for and the final third deconstructs this premise entirely and show that Prendergast is the real hero.

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-->'''Man at Phone Booth:''' Excuse me! I don't know if you noticed or not, but there are other people who want to use the phone here!
-->'''Foster''':
here!\\
'''Foster:'''
There are?
-->'''Man
are?\\
'''Man
at Phone Booth:''' That's right, you selfish asshole!
-->'''Foster''':
asshole!\\
'''Foster:'''
Oh, that's too bad. Because you know what?
-->'''Man '''Man at Phone Booth:''' What?
-->'''Foster''': (promptly '''Foster:''' ''(promptly pulls out his gun and destroys the phone booth by shooting it a lot) lot)'' [[BondOneLiner I think it's out of order]].
* DeconReconSwitch: A rare inversion of the usual mechanic; the first two acts basically build up D-Fens Forster into a badass vigilante vigilante, even giving him the nickname of D-Fens, for the audience to root for and the final third deconstructs this premise entirely and show that Prendergast is the real hero.



* DisproportionateRetribution: Foster's MO (though a milder case). And the things with the neo-nazi and the Mexican hoodlums [[AssholeVictim don't quite fit the "Disproportionate" part]], too. The hoodlums themselves tried to kill Foster because he dared stand up to them.
* DomesticAbuser: [[spoiler: Bill towards his wife, to the point that she had a restraining order placed against him. Although when she explains to a police officer that the abuse was merely of an emotional nature (which is still just as serious as physical abuse) and that Bill never got physically violent, the cop is dismissive of her complaint, as if she's making a big deal out of nothing. In home movie footage, we see that Bill's anger issues sometimes manifested in scary outbursts directed toward his wife and child]].

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Foster's MO (though a milder case). And the things with the neo-nazi Neo-Nazi and the Mexican hoodlums [[AssholeVictim don't quite fit the "Disproportionate" part]], too. The hoodlums themselves tried to kill Foster because he dared stand up to them.
* DomesticAbuser: [[spoiler: Bill [[spoiler:Foster towards his wife, to the point that she had a restraining order placed against him. Although when she explains to a police officer that the abuse was merely of an emotional nature (which is still just as serious as physical abuse) and that Bill never got physically violent, the cop is dismissive of her complaint, as if she's making a big deal out of nothing. In home movie footage, we see that Bill's anger issues sometimes manifested in scary outbursts directed toward his wife and child]].



* EveryoneHasStandards: D-Fens has clearly gone off the deep end, but he is very disturbed by the Neo-Nazi and enraged when he claims to find him a kindred spirit. He is also offended when he realizes that the groundskeeper assumed D-Fens would hurt his family.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Nick the Neo-Nazi doesn't get that Foster isn't a vicious racist, but a man with a dangerous temper.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: D-Fens Forster has clearly gone off the deep end, but he is very disturbed by the Neo-Nazi and enraged when he claims to find him a kindred spirit. He is also offended when he realizes that the groundskeeper assumed D-Fens Forster would hurt his family.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Nick the Neo-Nazi doesn't get that Foster isn't a vicious racist, but just a man with a dangerous temper.



* FirstNameBasis: D-FENS takes a moment to muse about him being on a first name basis with the Whammyburger staff when he doesn't even know them. Sheila (the cashier) tells him he can call her Miss Folsom if he'd like. [[BrickJoke Later in the scene when he decides to have lunch he refers to her as such.]]

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* FirstNameBasis: D-FENS Forster takes a moment to muse about him being on a first name basis with the Whammyburger staff when he doesn't even know them. Sheila (the cashier) tells him he can call her Miss Folsom if he'd like. [[BrickJoke Later in the scene when he decides to have lunch he refers to her as such.]]



-->'''Foster''': [[spoiler: Do you know that I build missiles? I helped to protect America. You should be rewarded for that. But instead they give it to the plastic surgeons, you know they lied to me]].

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-->'''Foster''': -->'''Foster:''' [[spoiler: Do you know that I build missiles? I helped to protect America. You should be rewarded for that. But instead they give it to the plastic surgeons, you know they lied to me]].



* FromNobodyToNightmare: Oh yes.

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: Oh yes.The somehwat unassuming citizen Bill Forster reaches his RageBreakingPoint and becomes feared vigilante known by the mockier "D-Fens" at the span of a day.



* GanglandDriveBy: D-Fens gets into a scuffle with Hispanic gangsters when they try to rob him. They come back for revenge by performing a drive-by shooting on him. Unfortunately for them, [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy they're such poor shots]] that they injure several other people but miss him completely before crashing the car.
* GoingPostal: Foster / D-fens. He doesn't actually do it while on the job [[spoiler: (in fact, it's later revealed that he was fired months before and that he was pretending to go to work each day since then)]], and his lashing out at society involves more threats at gunpoint than murder, but it otherwise serves the purposes of this trope. However, it is subverted by Det. Prendergast who faces much the same frustrations Bill Foster does, but handles them with reasonably civilized maturity and empathy. Furthermore, when the two characters meet at the climax at the film, Prendergast cuts down Foster's whining about being deceived by noting that everyone endures that problem, but [[DeconstructedTrope that is no excuse for the several violent crimes Foster has committed that day]].
* GoodIsNotSoft: Prendergast is a patient soft-spoken man. To his {{Jerkass}} colleagues, this makes him a wimp and a joke. But watch as he cracks the case, treat witnesses with respect rather that frustrate them with inane questions, stands up to his frustrating wife, punches out a cop who insulted her, [[spoiler: offers mercy to D-Fens, and shoots him when he refuses]]. It's clear who is the strongest man at the end of the day.

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* GanglandDriveBy: D-Fens Forster gets into a scuffle with Hispanic gangsters when they try to rob him. They come back for revenge by performing a drive-by shooting on him. Unfortunately for them, [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy they're such poor shots]] that they injure several other people but miss him completely before crashing the car.
* GoingPostal: Foster / D-fens.Foster/D-Fens. He doesn't actually do it while on the job [[spoiler: (in fact, it's later revealed that he was fired months before and that he was pretending to go to work each day since then)]], and his lashing out at society involves more threats at gunpoint than murder, but it otherwise serves the purposes of this trope. However, it is subverted by Det. Prendergast who faces much the same frustrations Bill Foster does, but handles them with reasonably civilized maturity and empathy. Furthermore, when the two characters meet at the climax at the film, Prendergast cuts down Foster's whining about being deceived by noting that everyone endures that problem, but [[DeconstructedTrope that is no excuse for the several violent crimes Foster has committed that day]].
* GoodIsNotSoft: Prendergast is a patient soft-spoken man. To his {{Jerkass}} colleagues, this makes him a wimp and a joke. But watch as he cracks the case, treat witnesses with respect rather that frustrate them with inane questions, stands up to his frustrating wife, punches out a cop who insulted her, [[spoiler: offers [[spoiler:offers mercy to D-Fens, Forster, and shoots him when he refuses]]. It's clear who is the strongest man at the end of the day.



* HeelRealization: Foster by the end: "I'm the bad guy? [{{beat}}] How did that happen?" Earlier than that, Bill is sitting in his wife's home watching an old home movie. [[spoiler: He appears visibly upset and perhaps even a tad remorseful when he sees himself blowing up on his family over something trivial]].

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* HeelRealization: Foster by the end: "I'm the bad guy? [{{beat}}] How did that happen?" Earlier than that, Bill Forster is sitting in his wife's home watching an old home movie. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He appears visibly upset and perhaps even a tad remorseful when he sees himself blowing up on his family over something trivial]].



-->'''Foster:''' Take some shooting lessons, asshole.

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-->'''Foster:''' --->'''Foster:''' Take some shooting lessons, asshole.



* IronicName: D-FENS, who aside from his encounters with the Mexican hoodlums and the Neo-Nazi store owner, is the full blown aggressor throughout the film.

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* IronicName: D-FENS, Forster's mockier of "D-Fens", who aside from his encounters with the Mexican hoodlums and the Neo-Nazi store owner, is the full blown aggressor throughout the film.



* KickTheSonOfABitch: Every {{Jerkass}} that D-fens meets.

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: Every {{Jerkass}} that D-fens Forster meets.



* KitschCollection: Foster's mom's glass figurines. Also the neo-Nazi's... stuff.

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* KitschCollection: Foster's mom's glass figurines. Also the neo-Nazi's...Neo-Nazi's... stuff.



* LastSecondChance: [[spoiler: The ending has Det. Martin Prendergast asking William "D-Fens" Foster to surrender so that he can still watch his little girl grow up. Foster refuses, insisting instead on a final shoot-out with Prendergast. It turns out to be SuicideByCop, since Foster only has a water pistol.]]

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* LastSecondChance: [[spoiler: The ending has Det. Martin Prendergast asking William "D-Fens" Foster to surrender so that he can still watch his little girl grow up. Foster refuses, insisting instead on a final shoot-out with Prendergast. It turns out to be SuicideByCop, since Foster only has a water pistol.]]



* MistakenForRacist: The neo-Nazi incorrectly assumes Foster shares his abhorrent views on race. When Foster sets him straight, he's not happy.
* MistakenNationality: Korean-American is not the same as Japanese-American.

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* MistakenForRacist: The neo-Nazi Neo-Nazi incorrectly assumes Foster shares his abhorrent views on race. When Foster sets him straight, he's not happy.
* MistakenNationality: Forster at first believes the Korean-American shopkeeper is not from China. Later, Prendergast has to be told that by his Japanese-American colleague that he can't translate what the same shopkeeper is saying, as Japanese-American.he isn't Korean.



-->'''Prendergast''': So he stole your baseball bat, but he paid for your soda? Oh this guys discriminating.

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-->'''Prendergast''': -->'''Prendergast:''' So he stole ''stole'' your baseball bat, but he paid ''paid'' for your soda? Oh Oh, this guys guy's discriminating.



-->'''Prendergast:''' How many guns were in the gym bag?
-->'''Angie:''' I don't know. Lots of guns. They got all the guns in the fucking world.

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-->'''Prendergast:''' How many guns were in the gym bag?
-->'''Angie:'''
bag?\\
'''Angie:'''
I don't know. Lots of guns. They got all the guns in the fucking world.



* NotSoDifferent: Averted: Prendergast is subjected to some of the same pressures and depersonalization and signs of social decay as Foster, but handles it with more grace and patience. However, the neo-Nazi [[InvokedTrope invokes this]] to D-FENS ("We're the same, you and me"), predictably pissing him off.
* NotSoSimilar: Many characters in the movie can be seen as twisted foils to D-fens. Compare Bill's patriotism and ignorance (has the view that America is a Godsend to the entire world, insisting his country gave Korea a ton of money, for some unexplained reason) and how his acts of violence, up until meeting the nazi, have only been directly harmful to a gang-banger who tried to kill him, to the Neo-Nazi, who of course, is an outright bigot [[DisproportionateRetribution who was prepared to shoot two innocent people dead for getting pissed off at his slurs]], and the gangsters themselves [[DisproportionateRetribution who tried to mug him at knife-point for being in their territory when he was already on his way out, and then tried to kill him anyway]].

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* NotSoDifferent: Averted: Averted. Prendergast is subjected to some of the same pressures and depersonalization and signs of social decay as Foster, but handles it with more grace and patience. However, the neo-Nazi [[InvokedTrope invokes this]] to D-FENS Forster ("We're the same, you and me"), predictably pissing him off.
* NotSoSimilar: Many characters in the movie can be seen as twisted foils to D-fens. Foster. Compare Bill's Forster's own patriotism and ignorance (has the view that America is a Godsend to the entire world, insisting his country gave Korea a ton of money, for some unexplained reason) and how his acts of violence, up until meeting the nazi, Nazi, have only been directly harmful to a gang-banger who tried to kill him, to the Neo-Nazi, who of course, is an outright bigot [[DisproportionateRetribution who was prepared to shoot two innocent people dead for getting pissed off at his slurs]], and the gangsters themselves [[DisproportionateRetribution who tried to mug him at knife-point for being in their territory when he was already on his way out, and then tried to kill him anyway]].



* OminousWalk: D-FENS hangs up the phone, turns around, and oh so slowly walks over to the crashed car of a group of gangbangers who [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy attempted to kill him in a drive-by, but failed]].
--> "You missed."
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: William Foster is most frequently referred to (and credited as) D-FENS, his license plate number.

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* OminousWalk: D-FENS Foster hangs up the phone, turns around, and oh so slowly walks over to the crashed car of a group of gangbangers who [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy attempted to kill him in a drive-by, but failed]].
--> "You -->"You missed."
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: William Foster is most frequently referred to (and (even credited as) D-FENS, D-Fens, his license plate number.



** He also has a literal PetTheDog at [[spoiler: his daughter's home in Venice: After Beth and Adele make a run for it, Foster watches the home movie from when he bought the puppy]]. In the present day, he pats the dog lovingly.

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** He also has a literal PetTheDog at [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his daughter's home in Venice: After Beth and Adele make a run for it, Foster watches the home movie from when he bought the puppy]]. In the present day, he pats the dog lovingly.



-->'''[[MeanBoss Captain Yardley]]''' (To Sgt. Prendergast, the protagonist): I never liked you. You know why? You don't curse. I don't trust a man who doesn't curse. Not a "fuck" or a "shit" in all these years. Real men curse.
-->''Much later at the ending, when Yardley tries to get Prendergast to say a few words and help him look good on camera;''
-->'''[[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Sgt. Prendergast]]''': Fuck you, Captain Yardley. Fuck you very much!

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-->'''[[MeanBoss Captain Yardley]]''' (To Sgt. Prendergast, the protagonist): Yardley]]:''' ''(to Prendergast)'' I never liked you. You know why? You don't curse. I don't trust a man who doesn't curse. Not a "fuck" or a "shit" in all these years. Real men curse.
-->''Much
curse.\\
''(much
later at the ending, when Yardley tries to get Prendergast to say a few words and help him look good on camera;''
-->'''[[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Sgt. Prendergast]]''':
camera)''\\
'''[[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Prendergast]]:'''
Fuck you, Captain Yardley. Fuck you very much!



* PreemptiveDeclaration: William "D-Fens" Foster:
-->'''InnocentBystander''': If you haven't noticed, others are waiting to use the phone.\\
'''Foster''': Others want the phone?\\
'''IB''': That's right, you selfish asshole!\\
'''Foster''': Jeez, that's too bad, because you know what?\\

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* PreemptiveDeclaration: William "D-Fens" Foster:
-->'''InnocentBystander''':
When Foster uses the phonebooth:
-->'''InnocentBystander:'''
If you haven't noticed, others are waiting to use the phone.\\
'''Foster''': '''Foster:''' Others want the phone?\\
'''IB''': '''IB:''' That's right, you selfish asshole!\\
'''Foster''': '''Foster:''' Jeez, that's too bad, because you know what?\\



'''Foster''': I think it's out of order.

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'''Foster''': '''Foster:''' I think it's out of order.



--> '''Foster''': Good! Good, freedom of religion. Now you get the swing of it. Feels good to exercise your rights, doesn't it? (opens fire).

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--> '''Foster''': -->'''Foster:''' Good! Good, freedom of religion. Now you get the swing of it. Feels good to exercise your rights, doesn't it? (opens fire).



-->'''Sergeant Prendergast:''' Is that what this is about? You're angry because you got lied to? Is that why my chicken dinner is drying out in the oven? Listen, pal, they lie to everyone. They lie to the fish. But that doesn't give you any special right to do what you did today.

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-->'''Sergeant Prendergast:''' -->'''Prendergast:''' Is that what this is about? You're angry because you got lied to? Is that why my chicken dinner is drying out in the oven? Listen, pal, they lie to everyone. They lie to the fish. But that doesn't give you any special right to do what you did today.



* SanitySlippage: D-Fens gets crazier every hour. Should be noted that once D-Fens realises [[spoiler: he's just killed the neo-Nazi, his threats against his wife become increasingly violent and morbid, whilst his actions (such as at the golf course) become more and more crazy. Probably justified, as D-Fens knows that he will eventually be apprehended for his actions, almost certainly getting life, and decides to throw caution to the wind and at least see his daughter one more time]].
* SeriousBusiness: D-Fens gets violent over very slight things, such as the fact that his hamburger looks less appetizing than advertised.
* TheSlowWalk: D-Fens. Also the OminousWalk, with background music, after the drive-by.

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* SanitySlippage: D-Fens Foster gets crazier every hour. Should be noted that once D-Fens he realises [[spoiler: he's [[spoiler:he's just killed the neo-Nazi, Neo-Nazi, his threats against his wife become increasingly violent and morbid, whilst his actions (such as at the golf course) become more and more crazy. Probably justified, as D-Fens Foster knows that he will eventually be apprehended for his actions, almost certainly getting life, and decides to throw caution to the wind and at least see his daughter one more time]].
* SeriousBusiness: D-Fens Foster gets violent violently angry over very slight things, such as the fact that his hamburger looks less appetizing than advertised.
* TheSlowWalk: D-Fens.Foster. Also the OminousWalk, with background music, after the drive-by.



* ShootHimHeHasAWallet: In D-Fens' SuicideByCop, he pulls a watergun, [[InvokedTrope invoking]] this trope.
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: Invoked and lampshaded by D-Fens, who wants to go out in a blaze of glory.
--->'''[[spoiler: D-Fens]]''': [[spoiler: Wanna draw]]?\\
'''[[spoiler: Predergast]]''': [[spoiler: Let's not. C'mon, let's call it a day]].\\
'''[[spoiler: D-Fens]]''': [[spoiler: Oh, come on. It's perfect. A showdown between [[TheSheriff the sheriff]] and [[{{Outlaw}} the bad guy?]] [[AGoodWayToDie It's beautiful.]] On three...]]

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* ShootHimHeHasAWallet: In D-Fens' Foster SuicideByCop, he pulls a watergun, [[InvokedTrope invoking]] this trope.
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: Invoked and lampshaded by D-Fens, Foster, who wants to go out in a blaze of glory.
--->'''[[spoiler: D-Fens]]''': -->'''[[spoiler:Foster]]:''' [[spoiler: Wanna draw]]?\\
'''[[spoiler: Predergast]]''': '''[[spoiler:Predergast]]:''' [[spoiler: Let's not. C'mon, let's call it a day]].\\
'''[[spoiler: D-Fens]]''': '''[[spoiler:Foster]]:''' [[spoiler: Oh, come on. It's perfect. A showdown between [[TheSheriff the sheriff]] and [[{{Outlaw}} the bad guy?]] guy]]? [[AGoodWayToDie It's beautiful.]] beautiful]]. On three...]]



* SuicideByCop: After his HeelRealization, D-Fens [[spoiler:draws a water pistol on Prendergast so that the cop will shoot him]].

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* SuicideByCop: After his HeelRealization, D-Fens Foster [[spoiler:draws a water pistol on Prendergast so that the cop will shoot him]].



-->'''Bill''': I think we have a critic. I don't think she likes the special sauce, Rick.

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-->'''Bill''': -->'''Foster:''' I think we have a critic. I don't think she likes the special sauce, Rick.



* WorthyOpponent: Prendergast vs. D-fens.

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* WorthyOpponent: Prendergast vs. D-fens.Foster.



* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: D-Fens is very seriously pissed off when the neo-Nazi praises him for shooting people and even says "[[NotSoDifferent We're the same, you and me]]".

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* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: D-Fens Foster is very seriously pissed off when the neo-Nazi praises him for shooting people and even says "[[NotSoDifferent We're the same, you and me]]".
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