History Film / Hellboy

15th Apr '16 12:21:53 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: Critics have pointed out that most of the second half of the film could have been solved easily if Nuala had just ''asked'' the B.P.R.D. to help her destroy the last crown piece - without that, Nuada wouldn't be able to wake the army in any case. [[spoiler: It's particularly frustrating when Liz is easily able to melt the full crown at the end, begging the question of why they didn't simply try that earlier.]]
** To be generous, it could be argued that since the Golden Army is indestructible, Nuala thought that the crown was indestructible as well since it appears to be made out of the same metal as the golden army, and didn't bring up the option of destroying it. It's also possible she wasn't thinking clearly due to the frightening and unusual situation she was in.
8th Apr '16 3:37:35 PM hoodiecrow
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* NurtureOverNature: The core of Hellboy's character, as he was created to herald the return of various EldritchAbominations but was raised by a good man.

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* NurtureOverNature: The core of Hellboy's character, as he was created to herald the return of various EldritchAbominations {{Eldritch Abomination}}s but was raised by a good man.
17th Mar '16 2:24:40 AM morenohijazo
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* StoppedReadingTooSoon: A variation; Abe Sapien reads off the description for the {{Hellhound}} from a book to Hellboy. Hellboy supposedly kills the hellhound before Abe finishes, after which he mentions the last few sentences about resurrection.
4th Mar '16 3:12:49 PM eroock
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4th Mar '16 3:10:41 PM eroock
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* InstantlyProvenWrong: FBI Director Tom Manning is trying to perform a GasLeakCoverup of the events in the auction house when, the next floor up, Hellboy's [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinetic]] girlfriend/partner Liz sets off an explosion that blows Hellboy out a window and into plain view of the reporters.
22nd Feb '16 6:14:01 PM PaulA
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* AtTheCrossroads: "I am his Death, and I will meet him at every crossroads."
20th Dec '15 3:56:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* LikeABadassOutOfHell: Rasputin. Hellboy himself, especially at the end, when he saves Liz.
-->'''Hellboy''': I said "Hey, you on the other side; let her go. 'Cause for--[chokes back a sob]--for her I'll cross over...and then you'll be sorry."


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* ToHellAndBack: Hellboy threatened it when he saves Liz.
-->'''Hellboy''': I said "Hey, you on the other side; let her go. 'Cause for--[chokes back a sob]--for her I'll cross over...and then you'll be sorry."
20th Dec '15 3:55:21 AM Morgenthaler
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->''"As you entered the lobby, there was an inscription: 'In the absence of light, darkness prevails.' There are things that go bump in the night, Agent Myers. Make no mistake about that. [[BadassCreed And we are the ones who bump back]]."''

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->''"As you entered the lobby, there was an inscription: 'In the absence of light, darkness prevails.' There are things that go bump in the night, Agent Myers. Make no mistake about that. [[BadassCreed And we are the ones who bump back]].back."''
13th Oct '15 1:16:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* ReassignedToAntarctica: ''Literally''. Poor, poor John Myers. The cynical way to look at this is that Hellboy removed any impediment to his and Liz's relationship; a more idealistic one is that he was trying to keep Myers safe. Of course, given the Lovecraftian overtones of this franchise, being sent to Antarctica might ''[[AtTheMountainsOfMadness not]]'' [[AtTheMountainsOfMadness help]]...

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* ReassignedToAntarctica: ''Literally''. Poor, poor John Myers. The cynical way to look at this is that Hellboy removed any impediment to his and Liz's relationship; a more idealistic one is that he was trying to keep Myers safe. Of course, given the Lovecraftian overtones of this franchise, being sent to Antarctica might ''[[AtTheMountainsOfMadness ''[[Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness not]]'' [[AtTheMountainsOfMadness [[Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness help]]...
18th Sep '15 1:27:23 PM JamesAustin
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[[folder:Both Films]]
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted. Abraham Sapien went from [[https://d2lzb5v10mb0lj.cloudfront.net/darkhorse/downloads/desktops/abesosw/abesosw_lg.jpg reasonably handsome]] (if fishy) in the comics and animated movies to a much more [[http://www.filmmakingreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/abe-sapien2.jpg inhuman, fish-like appearance]] in the films.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Liz has black hair in the films instead of auburn like the comics and animated movies.
* AllMythsAreTrue: The premise of the series.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: "Hey, Hellboy! You ugly!"
* AlternateContinuity: Mignola said in one of his interviews that he felt that the way he did Hellboy was just one interpretation, and he didn't want the movie to be a rehash of that, so he let del Toro interpret the franchise his own way for the movies.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Averted in the first film (Hellboy saves the world instead of Liz, [[TakeAThirdOption then saves Liz anyway through sheer badassery]]); justified with Liz in the second (given how well Hellboy's been able to ScrewDestiny so far, Liz's decision to save him--even though he's prophesied to end the world--makes sense) but [[spoiler:Abe does it in standard fashion. Hellboy immediately calls him on it, and Abe promptly retorts that he would do the same for Liz. They seem on pretty good terms when they're done]].
* TheAntichrist: Hellboy, though he's not too keen on the idea and becomes an AntiAntiChrist.
* AuthorAppeal: The first film has a strong influence from Mike Mignola, with Nazis, eldritch abominations and a very dark, Gothic tone. The second film is more fantastical, owing to director Creator/GuillermoDelToro's input, especially in terms of the Troll Market's inhabitants.
* {{Badass}}: Hellboy, Liz and Nuada, to name a few.
* BadassBoast: HB delivers an ''epic'' one [[spoiler: to bring Liz back to life, basically telling ''Hell itself'' "Don't make me come over there." All the more potent ''because he's '''that''' bad ass it's no idle threat'']].
--> [[spoiler: '''Hellboy''': I said, "Hey, you, on the other side - let her go. Because for her I will cross over, and then you'll be sorry!" ]]
* BadassBookworm: Abe
* BadassLongcoat: Hellboy in the standard-issue B.P.R.D. trenchcoats. Kroenen in his [[HellBentForLeather black leather]] Nazi trenchcoat. Also Rasputin in his intricately embroidered coat.
* BerserkButton: Lets just say that Hellboy catching you trying to eat a cat is not going to end well.
* {{BFG}}: The Big Baby in ''The Golden Army''. The Samaritan in the first movie. Its bullets are large enough that they hardly even qualify as 'bullets' anymore, being more akin to small artillery shells.
* BloodlessCarnage: During the fight scenes, Creator/GuillermoDelToro uses everything ''but'' blood: sweat, Sammael spittle, slime, gumballs, and coins from a pay-phone are just a few examples. The only bloodshed that occurs in either of the two movies is symbolic.
* BondOneLiner: Hellboy is fond of these. "I'm fireproof... you're not."
* BrainsAndBrawn: Abe and Hellboy, especially in the first movie.
* BurningWithAnger: Liz, when she's angry at Hellboy. Or about to go whup some ass. Either or.
* ChekhovsGunman: In the first two movies, Roger the Homunculus is visible in a display case in the B.P.R.D. hallways. Rumor has it, he'll be an important character in ''Hellboy III''.
* ClockPunk: So, so much.
* ClockworkCreature: Kroenen is a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot clockwork Nazi]]. Also, the Golden Army is {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le because they are made of giant [[WindUpKey wind-up gears]] and can piece themselves together.
* CovertGroupWithMundaneFront: B.P.R.D.'s headquarters are disguised as a waste disposal facility; the transports for HB and Abe are disguised as garbage trucks.
* [[CrazyCatLady Crazy Cat Demon-man]]: Hellboy has ''dozens'' of cats, it's one of the things he and Liz fight about in the second movie.
* CrossoverCosmology: Much like the original comics. Devils, Lovecraftian horrors, fairy-tale creatures, and {{God}} is implied to exist as well.
* CuteKitten: Hellboy loves kittens. There's even a scene in the first movie where he goes out of his way to save a box of kittens from falling to their deaths during a fight with Sammael. Reprised in the second movie where he's supposed to be spying on a troll, but disobeys orders and breaks cover to prevent her from eating a kitten.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Hellboy himself, though the villains try to convince him that he ''should'' be evil. A few other things like the Angel of Death also count.
* DemonSlaying
* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: Specially-made bullets with holy water, garlic, white oak, silver shavings..."the works."
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Hellboy's standard M.O. Also, given Hellboy's true name and nature, this probably applies whenever someone punches ''him'' out.
* DowntimeDowngrade
* TheDragon: Kroenen and Ilsa to Rasputin. Mr. Wink to Nuada. [[spoiler:He dies rather quickly for a Dragon, though.]]
* EmergingFromTheShadows
* ExtranormalInstitute: The B.P.R.D.'s offices. Taken to a ludicrous level in the first act of ''The Golden Army''.
* FantasyKitchenSink
* FeedItABomb: [[spoiler:The death of the Behemoth.]]
* FishPeople: Abe
* FourFingeredHands: Hellboy's stone hand has only four fingers.
* {{Geek}}: Abe. "Ooh, goggles! Yay! I ''must'' try them on."
* GentleGiant: Hellboy loves cats.
* GilliganCut: In the beginning, when Tom Manning is interviewed on TV.
-->'''Manning:''' -- I want to tell you and I want to tell the American public one thing. This Bureau for... umm...
-->'''TV Anchor:''' -- ...Paranormal Research and Defence.
-->'''Manning:''' -- (looks towards camera) There is... [[PunctuatedForEmphasis No. Such. Thing.]]
-->''[cut to properly subtitled facility of B.P.R.D]''
* GogglesDoNothing: Subverted, as Abe's goggles protect his aquatic eyes while also, as expected, [[RuleOfCool looking really cool]]
* HappilyAdopted: Hellboy's fond memories of his surrogate father and his supportive childhood is a fundamental reason of why he keeps trying his best to the right thing, hard as it is.
* HandCannon: Hellboy's not a very good shot, but The Samaritan uses really big bullets. The Big Baby is a giant pepperbox pistol with six barrels. Or maybe a pepperbox grenade launcher, firing what look like 40mm rifle grenades in oversized shotgun shells.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Hellboy and Liz.
* ICallItVera: Hellboy's HandCannon is named the Samaritan, and his {{BFG}} is named Big Baby.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Kroenen is capable of deflecting bullets at his attackers and {{Diagonal Cut}}ting stone statues. Prince Nuada is shown bisecting water droplets in midair.
* InterspeciesRomance: Hellboy (demon) and Liz (human). And in the second film, Abe (ichthyosapien) and Nuala (elf) as well.
* KillItWithFire: Liz uses this a lot, obviously. Sometimes she becomes a WomanOnFire [[IncendiaryExponent for that extra boost of awesome]].
* KindheartedCatLover: At least in the movies. This can be a more supernatural version of a character keeping a dog, since cats are more mysterious and occult. Hellboy also goes well out of his way to save some kittens during his fight Sammael.
** The lady who ''owned'' the kittens in need of rescue, also. She's only on screen for a second or two, but it's apparently taking six or seven other bystanders to restrain her from rushing into danger to retrieve them.
* LightningBruiser: By human standards Hellboy is definitely this, but since his actual fights tend to be against various supernatural creatures, he can be anything from a FragileSpeedster (compared to the Behemoth,) or a MightyGlacier (compared to Nuada).
%%* LivingLabyrinth: Two, one at the end of each film.
* MobileFishbowl: Abe sometimes wears water goggles and water tanks when he is out of his tank. Based on the comics this is more to keep him from drying out than to help him breathe; he has both lungs and gills.
* MrFanservice: Perlman mentions that all the female [=TAs=] were "smitten" with Hellboy, and suspects that many were crestfallen upon seeing him out of makeup and costume for the first time.
* {{Muggles}}: Every supernatural entity's opinion of ordinary humans, including B.P.R.D. agents.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Karl Ruprecht Kroenen, the Ogdru Jahad, Anung Un Rama (the last a subversion...although it being a subversion depends entirely on whose side you're on).
* NiceGuy: Myers.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Hellboy, on several occasions.
* NighInvulnerability
* OhCrap: HB's had so many of these moments that this is literally a CatchPhrase. However, his best one [[spoiler:is an unspoken one]], at the end of ''The Golden Army'' where [[spoiler:Liz reveals she's carrying twins, his face is PRICELESS]].
* PowerTrio: Hellboy, Liz and Abe.
* PretentiousLatinMotto: The motto of the BRPD is "In absentia luci, tenebrae vicunt." Or, "[[DarkIsEvil In the absence of light, darkness prevails.]]"
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Liz Sherman; she's more like a little sister to Hellboy in the comics. Played with in the first movie, when Liz tells Myers that she's known Hellboy all her life.
* PsychicPowers: Abe is telepathic and able to read the past of objects and places, probably to allow them to do an InfoDump for the audience without it seeming too awkward.
* RedRightHand: Left hand, too.
* RedShirt: Just about any non-main character who has the gall to tag along with the main characters on their missions isn't coming back.
* RockThemeNaming: The various B.P.R.D. redshirts are all named for minerals.
* TheRightHandOfDoom: Of course.
* RuleOfCool: Many of the supernatural and magical elements are poorly explained, if an explanation is offered at all, and actually analyzing the plots reveals holes. However, both films are still ''very'' cool to watch.
* SceneryPorn: The Troll Market in the second film.
* ShoutOut:
** The scene of Bruttenholm befriending "baby Hellboy" is very reminiscent of the Baby Ruth scene from ''Film/TheGoonies'' -- including the yummy-sounds.
** There are shoutouts to Mike Mignola scattered about - in Liz's flashback sequence, one of the buildings is called "Mignola Plaza", and one of the headstones in the Russian cemetery is inscribed with Mike Mignola's name in Russian.
** The "I'm not a baby, I'm a tumour" scene in the second film is possibly a shout out to ''Film/TotalRecall1990''.
** Quite a few nods to ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.
** Some [[CthulhuMythos Elder Things]] show up in the Troll Market.
** Hellboy lives on the [[Area51 51th floor]] of the BPRD HQ.
* ShownTheirWork: With Mignola and Del Toro co-producing, it wasn't hard to squeeze in all kinds of obscure mythological references. Of course, it's a FantasyKitchenSink, so...
* SmokingIsCool: Hellboy is constantly smoking cigars; the second film even included a disclaimer that the smoking was for artistic effect and not an endorsement of smoking. It may double as a real-life ActorAllusion as Ron Perlman is an avid cigar afficionado.
* SnowyScreenOfDeath: When Liz has her pyrokinesis fit in the psychiatric institution, the CCTV cameras go full of static as the fire wave destroys them. And again in the auction hall in ''TGA'', along with the lights blacking out.
* TheSouthpaw: Hellboy is left-handed, most likely due to his big, cumbersome [[TheRightHandOfDoom Right Hand of Doom]]. Quite convenient, really, since Ron Perlman is left-handed, and functionally ambidextrous.
* SpinToDeflectStuff: Kroenen uses his blade-tonfas to [[ImplausibleFencingPowers block bullets]] and ''[[ImprobableAimingSkills shoot them back at people]]''.
* SpyCatsuit: Abe's wetsuit is effectively this.
* TheStinger: Halfway through the credits of the first film, there's the punchline of a BrickJoke.
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: Rasputin gives a vision of Hellboy causing the end of the world.
* StylisticSuck[=/=]InTheStyleOf: Hellboy reads a JackKirby-styled ''Hellboy'' comic book at one point in the first movie. He considers it a GuiltyPleasure.
* TheTeamNormal: John Myers, in the films. And then he gets [[spoiler:[[PutOnABus transferred to Antarctica in the second movie!]]]]
%% * TechnologyPorn
%% * ThisIsGonnaSuck
* TouchTelepathy: Abe Sapien can learn about objects or people by touching them. For example, he can touch a weapon left behind at a crime scene and see exactly how the crime happened—or he can touch a superior's hand and realize the man is dying of cancer. On a more positive note, when he touched Liz[[spoiler:' belly]], he detected, that she [[spoiler:is pregnant with her S.O. Hellboy's child]].
* UrbanLegend: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D., until he goes public.
* VerbThis: "Name this."
* WhatMeasureIsANonSuper: While there are significant BadassNormal characters in the first movie, by the sequel the entire non-superpowered roster of Hellboy's unit consist of one commander whom everyone treats like dirt and a RedshirtArmy who die fast, often, and completely unmourned by any of the superpowered members. Hellboy was more shocked over the death of the rampaging tree-monster than over any of his human allies.
* WifeHusbandry: Hellboy & Liz.
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* TheCastShowoff: Creator/RonPerlman and Doug Jones both actually have decent singing voices, which makes their hilarious, slightly off-key duet fall squarely under StylisticSuck.

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* TheCastShowoff: [[invoked]] Creator/RonPerlman and Doug Jones both actually have decent singing voices, which makes their hilarious, slightly off-key duet fall squarely under StylisticSuck.



* YouTube: A constant pain in Manning's ass, since, before the [[YouTube reveal]], people first take money from him to suppress the video, then post it on YouTube anyway.

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* YouTube: Website/YouTube: A constant pain in Manning's ass, since, before the [[YouTube reveal]], reveal, people first take money from him to suppress the video, then post it on YouTube [=YouTube=] anyway.




[[folder:Both Films]]
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted. Abraham Sapien went from [[https://d2lzb5v10mb0lj.cloudfront.net/darkhorse/downloads/desktops/abesosw/abesosw_lg.jpg reasonably handsome]] (if fishy) in the comics and animated movies to a much more [[http://www.filmmakingreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/abe-sapien2.jpg inhuman, fish-like appearance]] in the films.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Liz has black hair in the films instead of auburn like the comics and animated movies.
* AllMythsAreTrue: The premise of the series.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: "Hey, Hellboy! You ugly!"
* AlternateContinuity: Mignola said in one of his interviews that he felt that the way he did Hellboy was just one interpretation, and he didn't want the movie to be a rehash of that, so he let del Toro interpret the franchise his own way for the movies.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Averted in the first film (Hellboy saves the world instead of Liz, [[TakeAThirdOption then saves Liz anyway through sheer badassery]]); justified with Liz in the second (given how well Hellboy's been able to ScrewDestiny so far, Liz's decision to save him--even though he's prophesied to end the world--makes sense) but [[spoiler:Abe does it in standard fashion. Hellboy immediately calls him on it, and Abe promptly retorts that he would do the same for Liz. They seem on pretty good terms when they're done]].
* TheAntichrist: Hellboy, though he's not too keen on the idea and becomes an AntiAntiChrist.
* AuthorAppeal: The first film has a strong influence from Mike Mignola, with Nazis, eldritch abominations and a very dark, Gothic tone. The second film is more fantastical, owing to director Creator/GuillermoDelToro's input, especially in terms of the Troll Market's inhabitants.
* {{Badass}}: Hellboy, Liz and Nuada, to name a few.
* BadassBoast: HB delivers an ''epic'' one [[spoiler: to bring Liz back to life, basically telling ''Hell itself'' "Don't make me come over there." All the more potent ''because he's '''that''' bad ass it's no idle threat'']].
--> [[spoiler: '''Hellboy''': I said, "Hey, you, on the other side - let her go. Because for her I will cross over, and then you'll be sorry!" ]]
* BadassBookworm: Abe
* BadassLongcoat: Hellboy in the standard-issue B.P.R.D. trenchcoats. Kroenen in his [[HellBentForLeather black leather]] Nazi trenchcoat. Also Rasputin in his intricately embroidered coat.
* BerserkButton: Lets just say that Hellboy catching you trying to eat a cat is not going to end well.
* {{BFG}}: The Big Baby in ''The Golden Army''. The Samaritan in the first movie. Its bullets are large enough that they hardly even qualify as 'bullets' anymore, being more akin to small artillery shells.
* BloodlessCarnage: During the fight scenes, Creator/GuillermoDelToro uses everything ''but'' blood: sweat, Sammael spittle, slime, gumballs, and coins from a pay-phone are just a few examples. The only bloodshed that occurs in either of the two movies is symbolic.
* BondOneLiner: Hellboy is fond of these. "I'm fireproof... you're not."
* BrainsAndBrawn: Abe and Hellboy, especially in the first movie.
* BurningWithAnger: Liz, when she's angry at Hellboy. Or about to go whup some ass. Either or.
* ChekhovsGunman: In the first two movies, Roger the Homunculus is visible in a display case in the B.P.R.D. hallways. Rumor has it, he'll be an important character in ''Hellboy III''.
* ClockPunk: So, so much.
* ClockworkCreature: Kroenen is a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot clockwork Nazi]]. Also, the Golden Army is {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le because they are made of giant [[WindUpKey wind-up gears]] and can piece themselves together.
* CovertGroupWithMundaneFront: B.P.R.D.'s headquarters are disguised as a waste disposal facility; the transports for HB and Abe are disguised as garbage trucks.
* [[CrazyCatLady Crazy Cat Demon-man]]: Hellboy has ''dozens'' of cats, it's one of the things he and Liz fight about in the second movie.
* CrossoverCosmology: Much like the original comics. Devils, Lovecraftian horrors, fairy-tale creatures, and {{God}} is implied to exist as well.
* CuteKitten: Hellboy loves kittens. There's even a scene in the first movie where he goes out of his way to save a box of kittens from falling to their deaths during a fight with Sammael. Reprised in the second movie where he's supposed to be spying on a troll, but disobeys orders and breaks cover to prevent her from eating a kitten.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Hellboy himself, though the villains try to convince him that he ''should'' be evil. A few other things like the Angel of Death also count.
* DemonSlaying
* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: Specially-made bullets with holy water, garlic, white oak, silver shavings..."the works."
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Hellboy's standard M.O. Also, given Hellboy's true name and nature, this probably applies whenever someone punches ''him'' out.
* DowntimeDowngrade
* TheDragon: Kroenen and Ilsa to Rasputin. Mr. Wink to Nuada. [[spoiler:He dies rather quickly for a Dragon, though.]]
* EmergingFromTheShadows
* ExtranormalInstitute: The B.P.R.D.'s offices. Taken to a ludicrous level in the first act of ''The Golden Army''.
* FantasyKitchenSink
* FeedItABomb: [[spoiler:The death of the Behemoth.]]
* FishPeople: Abe
* FourFingeredHands: Hellboy's stone hand has only four fingers.
* {{Geek}}: Abe. "Ooh, goggles! Yay! I ''must'' try them on."
* GentleGiant: Hellboy loves cats.
* GilliganCut: In the beginning, when Tom Manning is interviewed on TV.
-->'''Manning:''' -- I want to tell you and I want to tell the American public one thing. This Bureau for... umm...
-->'''TV Anchor:''' -- ...Paranormal Research and Defence.
-->'''Manning:''' -- (looks towards camera) There is... [[PunctuatedForEmphasis No. Such. Thing.]]
-->''[cut to properly subtitled facility of B.P.R.D]''
* GogglesDoNothing: Subverted, as Abe's goggles protect his aquatic eyes while also, as expected, [[RuleOfCool looking really cool]]
* HappilyAdopted: Hellboy's fond memories of his surrogate father and his supportive childhood is a fundamental reason of why he keeps trying his best to the right thing, hard as it is.
* HandCannon: Hellboy's not a very good shot, but The Samaritan uses really big bullets. The Big Baby is a giant pepperbox pistol with six barrels. Or maybe a pepperbox grenade launcher, firing what look like 40mm rifle grenades in oversized shotgun shells.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Hellboy and Liz.
* ICallItVera: Hellboy's HandCannon is named the Samaritan, and his {{BFG}} is named Big Baby.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Kroenen is capable of deflecting bullets at his attackers and {{Diagonal Cut}}ting stone statues. Prince Nuada is shown bisecting water droplets in midair.
* InterspeciesRomance: Hellboy (demon) and Liz (human). And in the second film, Abe (ichthyosapien) and Nuala (elf) as well.
* KillItWithFire: Liz uses this a lot, obviously. Sometimes she becomes a WomanOnFire [[IncendiaryExponent for that extra boost of awesome]].
* KindheartedCatLover: At least in the movies. This can be a more supernatural version of a character keeping a dog, since cats are more mysterious and occult. Hellboy also goes well out of his way to save some kittens during his fight Sammael.
** The lady who ''owned'' the kittens in need of rescue, also. She's only on screen for a second or two, but it's apparently taking six or seven other bystanders to restrain her from rushing into danger to retrieve them.
* LightningBruiser: By human standards Hellboy is definitely this, but since his actual fights tend to be against various supernatural creatures, he can be anything from a FragileSpeedster (compared to the Behemoth,) or a MightyGlacier (compared to Nuada).
%%* LivingLabyrinth: Two, one at the end of each film.
* MobileFishbowl: Abe sometimes wears water goggles and water tanks when he is out of his tank. Based on the comics this is more to keep him from drying out than to help him breathe; he has both lungs and gills.
* MrFanservice: Perlman mentions that all the female [=TAs=] were "smitten" with Hellboy, and suspects that many were crestfallen upon seeing him out of makeup and costume for the first time.
* {{Muggles}}: Every supernatural entity's opinion of ordinary humans, including B.P.R.D. agents.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Karl Ruprecht Kroenen, the Ogdru Jahad, Anung Un Rama (the last a subversion...although it being a subversion depends entirely on whose side you're on).
* NiceGuy: Myers.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Hellboy, on several occasions.
* NighInvulnerability
* OhCrap: HB's had so many of these moments that this is literally a CatchPhrase. However, his best one [[spoiler:is an unspoken one]], at the end of ''The Golden Army'' where [[spoiler:Liz reveals she's carrying twins, his face is PRICELESS]].
* PowerTrio: Hellboy, Liz and Abe.
* PretentiousLatinMotto: The motto of the BRPD is "In absentia luci, tenebrae vicunt." Or, "[[DarkIsEvil In the absence of light, darkness prevails.]]"
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Liz Sherman; she's more like a little sister to Hellboy in the comics. Played with in the first movie, when Liz tells Myers that she's known Hellboy all her life.
* PsychicPowers: Abe is telepathic and able to read the past of objects and places, probably to allow them to do an InfoDump for the audience without it seeming too awkward.
* RedRightHand: Left hand, too.
* RedShirt: Just about any non-main character who has the gall to tag along with the main characters on their missions isn't coming back.
* RockThemeNaming: The various B.P.R.D. redshirts are all named for minerals.
* TheRightHandOfDoom: Of course.
* RuleOfCool: Many of the supernatural and magical elements are poorly explained, if an explanation is offered at all, and actually analyzing the plots reveals holes. However, both films are still ''very'' cool to watch.
* SceneryPorn: The Troll Market in the second film.
* ShoutOut:
** The scene of Bruttenholm befriending "baby Hellboy" is very reminiscent of the Baby Ruth scene from ''Film/TheGoonies'' -- including the yummy-sounds.
** There are shoutouts to Mike Mignola scattered about - in Liz's flashback sequence, one of the buildings is called "Mignola Plaza", and one of the headstones in the Russian cemetery is inscribed with Mike Mignola's name in Russian.
** The "I'm not a baby, I'm a tumour" scene in the second film is possibly a shout out to ''Film/TotalRecall1990''.
** Quite a few nods to ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.
** Some [[CthulhuMythos Elder Things]] show up in the Troll Market.
** Hellboy lives on the [[Area51 51th floor]] of the BPRD HQ.
* ShownTheirWork: With Mignola and Del Toro co-producing, it wasn't hard to squeeze in all kinds of obscure mythological references. Of course, it's a FantasyKitchenSink, so...
* SmokingIsCool: Hellboy is constantly smoking cigars; the second film even included a disclaimer that the smoking was for artistic effect and not an endorsement of smoking. It may double as a real-life ActorAllusion as Ron Perlman is an avid cigar afficionado.
* SnowyScreenOfDeath: When Liz has her pyrokinesis fit in the psychiatric institution, the CCTV cameras go full of static as the fire wave destroys them. And again in the auction hall in ''TGA'', along with the lights blacking out.
* TheSouthpaw: Hellboy is left-handed, most likely due to his big, cumbersome [[TheRightHandOfDoom Right Hand of Doom]]. Quite convenient, really, since Ron Perlman is left-handed, and functionally ambidextrous.
* SpinToDeflectStuff: Kroenen uses his blade-tonfas to [[ImplausibleFencingPowers block bullets]] and ''[[ImprobableAimingSkills shoot them back at people]]''.
* SpyCatsuit: Abe's wetsuit is effectively this.
* TheStinger: Halfway through the credits of the first film, there's the punchline of a BrickJoke.
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: Rasputin gives a vision of Hellboy causing the end of the world.
* StylisticSuck[=/=]InTheStyleOf: Hellboy reads a JackKirby-styled ''Hellboy'' comic book at one point in the first movie. He considers it a GuiltyPleasure.
* TheTeamNormal: John Myers, in the films. And then he gets [[spoiler:[[PutOnABus transferred to Antarctica in the second movie!]]]]
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* TouchTelepathy: Abe Sapien can learn about objects or people by touching them. For example, he can touch a weapon left behind at a crime scene and see exactly how the crime happened—or he can touch a superior's hand and realize the man is dying of cancer. On a more positive note, when he touched Liz[[spoiler:' belly]], he detected, that she [[spoiler:is pregnant with her S.O. Hellboy's child]].
* UrbanLegend: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D., until he goes public.
* VerbThis: "Name this."
* WhatMeasureIsANonSuper: While there are significant BadassNormal characters in the first movie, by the sequel the entire non-superpowered roster of Hellboy's unit consist of one commander whom everyone treats like dirt and a RedshirtArmy who die fast, often, and completely unmourned by any of the superpowered members. Hellboy was more shocked over the death of the rampaging tree-monster than over any of his human allies.
* WifeHusbandry: Hellboy & Liz.
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