History Film / Lincoln

3rd Sep '17 12:47:37 PM Malady
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** Bill Raymond, who was in his 70s, plays House Speaker Schuyler Colfax, who was only 41 when the 13th Amendment was passed.
26th Jun '17 8:10:33 PM TristanJeremiah
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* ArmorPiercingAnswer: Secretary Seward initially urges Lincoln to hold off on calling for a vote on the 13th Amendment until the seating of 1864, upon which the House of Representatives will have a Republican majority. Lincoln, however, insists it must be done before then because the war will be over soon and many Republicans will see no reason to vote for the 13th if the South is already defeated. To test this Seward asks a visiting couple who claim to support the amendment if they would still vote for it if the war were already won, to which they admit they wouldn't, they only care about winning the war sooner.

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* ArmorPiercingAnswer: ArmorPiercingResponse: Secretary Seward initially urges Lincoln to hold off on calling for a vote on the 13th Amendment until the seating of 1864, upon which the House of Representatives will have a Republican majority. Lincoln, however, insists it must be done before then because the war will be over soon and many Republicans will see no reason to vote for the 13th if the South is already defeated. To test this Seward asks a visiting couple who claim to support the amendment if they would still vote for it if the war were already won, to which they admit they wouldn't, they only care about winning the war sooner.
26th Jun '17 8:09:27 PM TristanJeremiah
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Inverted. Secretary Seward initially urges Lincoln to hold off on calling for a vote on the 13th Amendment until the seating of 1864, upon which the House of Representatives will have a Republican majority. Lincoln, however, insists it must be done before then because the war will be over soon and many Republicans will see no reason to vote for the 13th if the South is already defeated. To test this Seward asks a visiting couple who claim to support the amendment if they would still vote for it if the war were already won, to which they admit they wouldn't, they only care about winning the war sooner.

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Inverted. ArmorPiercingAnswer: Secretary Seward initially urges Lincoln to hold off on calling for a vote on the 13th Amendment until the seating of 1864, upon which the House of Representatives will have a Republican majority. Lincoln, however, insists it must be done before then because the war will be over soon and many Republicans will see no reason to vote for the 13th if the South is already defeated. To test this Seward asks a visiting couple who claim to support the amendment if they would still vote for it if the war were already won, to which they admit they wouldn't, they only care about winning the war sooner.


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** George H. Pendleton was played by Peter [=McRobbie=], who was in his late 60s. The real Pendleton was just shy of 40 at the time the film took place.
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->''"Do we choose to be born? Or are we fitted to the times weíre born into?"''
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln'''

''Lincoln'' is a historical retelling of the [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln 16th President of the United States]]'s attempts to get the Thirteenth Amendment passed, directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg and written by [[Theatre/AngelsInAmerica Tony Kushner]], based on the acclaimed biography ''Team of Rivals'' by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It stars Creator/DanielDayLewis as Lincoln, Creator/SallyField as Mary Todd Lincoln, Creator/JosephGordonLevitt as their son Robert and has a supporting cast that includes Creator/TommyLeeJones, David Strathairn, Jared Harris and Creator/JackieEarleHaley.

Set during the last four months of President Abraham Lincoln's life, the film's main focus is on his guiding of the political forces in America to end the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]] and pass the 13th Amendment, thereby abolishing slavery. This is much harder than it sounds, due to the many political divisions not just in the North (to say nothing of the country) at the time, but also in Lincoln's own party. The Radical Republicans led by Representative Thaddeus Stevens demand a strong bill to be passed at all costs, while the more conservative party members led by the Blair family want to hold off until they can try one more chance at negotiating peace with the rebellious South. Throwing complete support behind either side risks the Amendment not getting passed at all, and even with the support of his own party, Lincoln still needs some Democratic support to pass the amendment as well. This sets the stage for a series of behind the scenes maneuvers to sway certain Congressmen to break from their party and vote for the Amendment.

Meanwhile, Lincoln also has to deal with his family issues, particularly his son Robert's demands to enlist over his wife Mary's vehement objections.

The film was given a limited release on November 9, 2012 before opening wide on the 16th and becoming a robust box office hit for a historical political drama. The trailer can be viewed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiSAbAuLhqs here]].

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->''"Awaken an era."''
[[caption-width-right:200:Can you dig it?]]

A {{Mons}} series from Creator/{{Nintendo}} and Creator/RedEntertainment, ''Fossil Fighters'' (''Kaseki Horider'', or "Fossil Hunters", in Japan) is a collection Mon RPG/paleontology sim series for the DS and 3DS.

On the tropical Vivosaur island, the Richmond archaeological foundation has built a fantastic resort. Using the brilliance of Dr. Diggins, they have developed a process to revive dead animals from fossil fragments. ([[Film/JurassicPark Sound familiar?]]) As a side-effect of
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->''"Do we choose to be born? Or
process, the dead animals are we fitted to the times weíre born into?"''
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln'''

''Lincoln'' is a historical retelling
not complete copies of the [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln 16th President creatures they originally were in life--they gain unusual appearances and best of all--superpowers. Vivosaur Island has become a playground for the United States]]'s attempts to get the Thirteenth Amendment passed, directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg and written by [[Theatre/AngelsInAmerica Tony Kushner]], based on the acclaimed biography ''Team of Rivals'' by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It stars Creator/DanielDayLewis as Lincoln, Creator/SallyField as Mary Todd Lincoln, Creator/JosephGordonLevitt as their son Robert and has a supporting cast that includes Creator/TommyLeeJones, David Strathairn, Jared Harris and Creator/JackieEarleHaley.

Set during the last four months of President Abraham Lincoln's life, the film's main focus is on his guiding of the political forces in America to end the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]] and pass the 13th Amendment, thereby abolishing slavery. This is much harder than it sounds, due to the many political divisions not just
rich where wealthy young dinosaur fanatics can revive extinct animals in the North (to say nothing form of the country) at the time, but also in Lincoln's own party. The Radical Republicans led by Representative Thaddeus Stevens demand a strong bill to be passed at all costs, while the more conservative party members led by the Blair family want to hold off until they can try superpowered monsters and fight them against each other for glory and fame.

Like most games, this
one more chance at negotiating peace stars a [[KidHero young boy]] (or girl, starting with the rebellious South. Throwing complete support behind either side risks second game) who aspires ToBeAMaster. You hunt fossils, battle other fans, and raise in the Amendment not getting passed at all, and even ranks, with the support help of his own party, Lincoln still needs some Democratic support to pass friends. But the amendment as well. island is lousy with groups of fossil thieves and general schemers who, naturally, want to TakeOverTheWorld.

Games in the series:
* ''Fossil Fighters'' (''Bokura wa Kaseki Horider'', or "We Are Fossil Hunters", in Japan), 2008 JP/2009 US Nintendo DS
* ''Fossil Fighters: Champions'' (''Super Kaseki Horider'', or "Super Fossil Hunters" in Japan), 2010 JP/2011 US Nintendo DS:
This sets game features improved, [[CelShaded cel-shaded graphics]] (with FMV cutscenes), a female player character, a revamped movement system, new islands, new villains, and the stage for a series of behind the scenes maneuvers ability to sway Super Revive certain Congressmen Vivosaurs into evolved forms.
* ''Fossil Fighters: Frontier'' (''Kaseki Horider Mugengear'', or "Fossil Hunters Infinite Gear" in Japan), 2014 JP/2015 US Nintendo 3DS: The new feature for this title is the ability
to break from their party fight wild Vivosaurs and vote for the Amendment.

Meanwhile, Lincoln
to drive around in customizable vehicles. The combat system has also has to deal with his family issues, particularly his son Robert's demands to enlist over his wife Mary's vehement objections.

The film was given a limited release on November 9, 2012 before opening wide on the 16th and becoming a robust box office hit for a historical political drama. The trailer can be viewed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiSAbAuLhqs here]].
been entirely overhauled.



!!This work provides examples of:

* ActionPrologue: The film opens violently with the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry.
* {{Adorkable}}: Representative Ashley gives off this vibe in some scenes. The round face and curly hair help.
* AgeLift: Sally Field is 9 years older than Day-Lewis, the reverse of Lincoln's difference to Mary. Thankfully the make-up makes him look older than her.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Inverted. Secretary Seward initially urges Lincoln to hold off on calling for a vote on the 13th Amendment until the seating of 1864, upon which the House of Representatives will have a Republican majority. Lincoln, however, insists it must be done before then because the war will be over soon and many Republicans will see no reason to vote for the 13th if the South is already defeated. To test this Seward asks a visiting couple who claim to support the amendment if they would still vote for it if the war were already won, to which they admit they wouldn't, they only care about winning the war sooner.
* AnswerCut: Lincoln goes to negotiate with the rebel commissioners after some persuasion by General Grant. At the end he asks the commissioners directly, "Shall we stop this bleeding?" The scene fades out and is replaced by one of the Fall of Richmond.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: As Spielberg put it on the 149th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address: "Itís not the job, and in fact itís a betrayal of the job, of a historian to promise perfect and complete recall of the past, to promise memory that abolishes loss. One of the jobs of art is to go to the impossible places that other disciplines, like history, must avoid.Ē [[MST3KMantra With that in mind]]...
** Lincoln was not clothed upon his death (so the doctors could check for other wounds) and was laid diagonally, since the bed he was put in was too small for him.
** The possibility that any Union soldier, black or white, would have committed the Gettysburg Address to memory in 1863 is remote, since the speech did not enter the national vocabulary until the early 20th century. Two of the soldiers at least have the excuse that they were at Gettysburg when he made the speech.
** UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison's portrait was never hung in Lincoln's office.
** First Lady Mary Lincoln did not attend the final tally on the amendment and it would have been scorned then for a woman to sit in the House Gallery.
** The flag raised near the beginning of the film is raised with a crank instead of a system of ropes.
** Votes then were taken in order of representatives' last names in alphabetical order, not by state, and all of the Connecticut House members voted for the amendment, not just one. Screenwriter Tony Kushner later released [[http://carpetbagger.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/mr-spielberg-connecticut-objects/?_r=0 a statement clarifying this was intentional]]; they wanted to make the progression of the vote more obvious (hence the vote by state) and for it to have early opposition to represent the obstacles it faced. Connecticut so happened to be right at the start of the list with the Northern states listed alphabetically.
** Bilbo jokes that Seward went so far as to forbid the Gang of Three from using the coins that bear Lincoln's visage to avoid any connection between them and the president. While there was money with Lincoln's image at the time, it was on the ten dollar bill, not on coins.
** Alexander Gardner would not have sent fragile one-of-a-kind plates to Tad Lincoln, especially since the boy had once ruined several images by locking their developer in a closet.
** Tad Lincoln is shown as a normal eleven year-old boy in the film. In real life Tad Lincoln had a very serious speech impediment, to the point that only his closest family and teachers could understand him. (He later had speech therapy to overcome this.) Based on photographic evidence, he most likely had a cleft lip or cleft palate.
** Rep. Josiah "Beanpole" Burton and Dem. Clay Hawkins are entirely fictional Congressman.
* AssholeVictim: One of Lincoln's stories from his lawyer days. An abusive husband was killed by his wife in the middle of a fight and his reputation was so bad that no one was eager to convict her. Lincoln was assigned as her lawyer, he subtly hinted she flee, and she did. Most everyone's response after that was just to drop the case.
* AsYouKnow: Lots of exposition early in the film regarding the political situation and the mechanics of getting an amendment passed, including Seward explicating things like the 2/3 majority requirement that Lincoln would obviously already know.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: At the very end, during the carriage ride. [[TearJerker It breaks your heart]].
* BadassBoast: "I am the President of the United States of America, clothed in immense power!" Yes, that is an actual Lincoln quote.
* {{Bathos}}: In one hilarious scene one of the lobbyists tries to bribe a vote out of a Democrat only for the man to whip out a gun and try ''to shoot him''. The lobbyist manages to grab his hand and make the first shot miss, then scrambles to collect his papers while the Congressman hurries to reload. The lobbyist kicks dirt into his face to delay him, then runs like heck to escape the Congressman.
* BedmateReveal: An inversion. [[spoiler:We're shown that Lydia Smith, who viewers would assume to be Thaddeus Stevens' maid, is actually his live-in mistress when he gets into bed and the camera pans across to reveal Lydia in bed next to him.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[ForegoneConclusion As dictated by history]], the Amendment passes and the Civil War comes to an end in short order. And Lincoln is assassinated not long afterward.
* BigYes: When it is [[spoiler:George Yeaman]]'s turn to vote on the 13th Amendment, he initially responds by mumbling something inaudible. When asked to speak up, he stands and shouts as loud and long as his lungs will let him.
-->'''[[spoiler:Yeaman]]:'''"I said aye, Mr. [=McPherson=]! AAAAAAAAAAYE!"
* BrickJoke:
** "Beanpole" Burton is referred to in one of the first scenes when a few of his constituents petition Lincoln. He reappears in the voting scene.
** Stevens mentions a wig in one of his early scenes. In his final appearance, we see his magnificent BaldOfAwesome.
* BrokenBird: Mary, who has suffered the loss of two children, worries about her husband's safety, and fears (sadly, quite correctly) that history will remember her as a crazy woman who ruined Lincoln's happiness.
* CallForward: Abe and Mary have a heated argument in which they speak of her possibly being thrown into the madhouse because of her grieving processes. She even specifically states that if her son Robert were killed in the war, Lincoln should go ahead and put her in the madhouse. Ten years later, she ''was'' put in the madhouse, by Robert himself (though quickly released).
* CaptainObvious: Lincoln's flag-raising speech. It's no Gettysburg Address.
-->'''Lincoln''': The part assigned to me is to raise the flag, which, if there be no fault in the machinery, I will do, and when up, it will be for the people to keep it up. [''Pause''] That's my speech.
* ChekhovsGun:
** During the first vote-canvassing montage, one Congressman slams his door in the lobbyist's face and a picture of a soldier falls off of a mourning wreath. [[spoiler:The picture was of the Congressman's brother, and the Congressman now opposes the 13th Amendment because he blames black people for his brother's death in the war.]]
** Lincoln's telegraph to Ulysses S. Grant. He initially pushes for the decision to discuss the terms for peace with the South in Washington, only to change his mind and have them sent to another city. [[spoiler:On the day of the vote, word reaches Congress of the South attempting to make peace overtures, causing both parties to attempt to delay the vote...until Lincoln uses ExactWords to deny knowledge of any Southern delegates in Washington.]]
* CigaretteOfAnxiety: After seeing the amputated limbs at the military hospital, Robert goes for a smoke to calm his nerves. He can't even manage to roll one up before tossing it away in frustration.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Robert sees one of Lincoln's young secretaries in uniform for the shindig, he complains that he'll be the only man over fifteen and under sixty-five not in uniform. His uniformed little brother corrects him:
--> '''Tad:''' I'm under fifteen.
* TheComicallySerious:
** Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, who fusses over the burnt edge of a military map and positively storms out of the room when Lincoln starts to tell another of his stories.
** UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, or rather a painting of him-cut to his morose expression during the perfect Lincoln anecdote about him.
* ComicallySmallBribe: Democrat Clay Hawkins is bribed by Bilbo to vote yes for the amendment in exchange for... becoming the postmaster of Millersburg, Ohio. He initially asks to be the taxman of the Western Reserve, but Bilbo negotiates him down to postmaster. When his fellows Democrats find out, though, they're both amused and disgusted, and Hawkins chickens out of the bribe. [[spoiler:In the end, though, he chooses to vote yes on the amendment anyway regardless of the bribe or his fellows Dems.]]
* CorpseLand: Lincoln passes through the killing grounds of the Battle of Petersburg and goes by countless dead bodies of Union and Confederate soldiers alike. He takes his hat off in respect and the last thing seen is a dead rebel soldier staring lifelessly into the sky.
* CrowdSong: When the 13th Amendment is passed, the Representatives break into a rousing rendition of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v582kPp43Mg The Battle-Cry of Freedom]]".
-->''The Union forever! Hurrah, boys, hurrah!''\\
''Down with the traitors, up with the stars;''\\
''While we rally round the flag, boys, rally once again,''\\
''Shouting the battle cry of freedom!''
* DeadpanSnarker: Thaddeus Stevens, big time. Lincoln himself also indulges in this from time to time.
* DeathGlare:
** The Confederate envoys are brought to the North by an entire regiment of black Union soldiers, all of whom are giving them scarily angry glares.
** Democrats who vote for the amendment get some of these from their fellow Democrats, if not worse.
* DecidedByOneVote: The amendment just barely averts this. It passes with just two votes over the required 2/3rds majority, though one of them [[spoiler:is by the Speaker of the House, who is not required by law to vote.]]
* DeliberateValuesDissonance:
** Many of the characters display the usual racial prejudices of the time, and Thaddeus Stevens' belief in racial equality is frighteningly radical to his peers. It's especially hammered when Representative George Yeaman says he cannot endorse the 13th Amendment [[SlipperySlopeFallacy because it might lead to further reform.]] Even the Republicans balk alongside their Democratic counterparts as Yeaman floats the idea of woman's suffrage.
-->'''Yeaman''': What shall follow upon that? Universal enfranchisement? Votes for ''women''?
** Also, the shameless use of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoils_system Spoils System]] in order to secure the necessary votes. Short of actual bribery, the promising of patronage positions was legal, if not necessarily well-regarded, which is why Lincoln did not want to be identified with it. These tactics are now illegal and would be seen as blatant corruption in the modern day. Arguably, it was the assassination of [[UsefulNotes/JamesGarfield another President]] by a disgruntled office-seeker that was largely responsible for the change, a change implemented in large part (appropriately enough) by George Pendleton, ''Lincoln'''s BigBad.
** An anecdote is mentioned of a woman due to be convicted for murder even though the jury was reluctant to convict her, knowing she acted in self-defense. Since the law didn't make that allowance for women then, she's allowed to flee while everyone's back is turned and no one bothers to search for her.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Stevens and his wish to turn the South into a land "with free men and free women and free children and freedom!"
* {{Determinator}}: Lincoln ''will'' get the 13th Amendment passed, come hell or high water.
* DodgyToupee: Stevens didn't really care about his appearance that much; he had more important things to worry about.
* EmpathicEnvironment: The Lincolns have a raging fight during a big thunderstorm. Another invocation of reality: They are partly fighting about Mary's reaction to Willie's death. The real Willie's funeral took place during a violent thunderstorm, and people writing at the time cited it as an EmpathicEnvironment.
* EnemyMine: The amendment requires anywhere from 16 to 20 Democrats voting yes to pass. This is harder than it sounds because a major amount of Lincoln's support comes from Radical Republicans, who are heavily opposed to working with Democrats. Lincoln eventually convinces Rep. Stevens to cooperate for the greater good, and in a memorable scene Stevens verbally intimidates the feeble Democrat Coffroth into ''not'' switching parties because they need to show other Dems that the 13th has bipartisan support.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** Fernando Wood's first scene is him [[LargeHam loudly giving a fiery speech]] about [[SmugSnake the superiority of white men]] and Lincoln's supposed tyranny, even calling him "King Abrahamus Africanus The First" (which is a HistoricalInJoke referring to a pamphlet released by Pro-Confederate "Copperheads" like Wood, which accused Lincoln of becoming a dictator.)
** Ulysses S. Grant's first scene shows well why his nickname was "Unconditional Surrender Grant", as he bluntly tells the Confederate delegates that their terms of truce are unreasonable and that neither he nor Lincoln consider the South a sovereign nation, just armed rebels.
* ExactWords: Lincoln pulls this when the Republicans and Democrats [[spoiler: jointly delay voting on the amendment after they hear the rumors about the South's peace overtures. When they ask him if there are Confederate delegates in Washington, Lincoln writes back to them that there are not (since he had ordered them to meet in ''another'' city). The Democrats immediately recognize this "lawyer's dodge" but the vote resumes regardless]].
* AFatherToHisMen: While Congress may have a cold attitude towards him, it's clear Lincoln loves and is loved by his soldiers.
* {{Foreshadowing}} and ForegoneConclusion:
** Lincoln's love of theater is shown midway through the film. [[spoiler: The second and final theater scene throws a twist by showing a ''different'' show than Lincoln's final one, which is canceled to announce the President's assassination]].
** Also, the 13th Amendment passed.
** In an early congressional debate as to whether or not slavery is "natural law", George Pendleton taunts the pro-abolition and pro-equality Thaddeus Stevens by asking if slavery ''isn't'' natural law, what is? Stevens is finally provoked to respond when Pendleton disparagingly mentions [[spoiler: interracial marriage]].
* ForgetsToEat: Both Robert and Abe, according to Mary.
* TheGoodChancellor: Secretary of State William Seward frequently and vocally disagrees with how Lincoln does things, but throws himself into fulfilling the president's wishes by any means necessary.
* GoodIsNotNice: Thaddeus Stevens is a stubborn obstinate jerk who doesn't give a damn bout what "the people" want. He is also a merciless fighter for freedom and justice for all people.
* GoodParents: Lincoln is very involved with Tad. At the most crucial point in the film, Lincoln is absorbed in reading with him and watching him make a fort out of books for his toy soldiers. He loves Robert too, contrary to what Mary thinks, and begs him not to join the army.
* GovernmentProcedural: Really more of this than a {{Biopic}}, as the film covers January-April 1865 and the passage of the 13th Amendment.
* GuileHero: Abe, of course.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: As was apparently true to life, Confederate Vice-President Alexander Stephens is respectful to the black Union soldiers he meets, in contrast to his fellow Confederate escort. In real life, Stephens was a white supremacist and avid supporter of slavery, but he campaigned for better treatment of slaves and apparently treated his slaves well enough that many stayed with him as paid servants after the war, and one even served as a pallbearer. Lincoln and Stephens were also friends before the war, as hinted at when Lincoln addresses him as "Alex."
* HistoricalInJoke: General Daniel Sickles' leg, which he donated to a museum after it was amputated at the Battle of Gettysburg, appears on display in the foreground of one of the early vote-purchasing scenes.
* HonorBeforeReason: Discussed in a private meeting between Lincoln and Thaddeus Stevens. Stevens has revolutionary ideas about making all African-Americans equal and overturning Southern society to make it a haven for citizens of all colors. Lincoln agrees with him in principle, but he cautions Stevens to not make his goals so clear, for fear of scaring off his more reluctant supporters, and start with the small step of abolition first.
-->'''Lincoln''': A compass, I learned when I was surveying, it'll point you True North from where you're standing, but it's got no advice about the swamps and deserts and chasms that you'll encounter along the way. If in pursuit of your destination, you plunge ahead, heedless of obstacles, and achieve nothing more than to sink in a swamp... What's the use of knowing True North?
* HopeSpot:
** When Representative Hutton is called to cast his vote for the amendment he is silently praying. The natural assumption that doing so would have moved him to vote to free the slaves turns out to be incorrect and he votes against the Thirteenth Amendment. [[spoiler:This makes Yeaman's "Yes" vote right after all the sweeter.]]
** [[spoiler:When you see a theater performance near the end of the film, you will momentarily relax seeing that it is obviously not ''Our American Cousin'', the play that Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated, but then the manager comes out to announce the assassination to the audience, which includes Tad Lincoln.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo:
** Stevens goes against his principles to claim that he only wants equality before the law, not total racial equality, in order to get the 13th Amendment passed. When brought to task for his statement, an unrepentant Stevens asserts that he'd do just about anything to end slavery.
** Many Republicans, especially Preston Blair's faction, are voting for the amendment only because they hope it will end the war sooner, even if they personally find the idea of black equality objectionable.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Lincoln believes that he has to get the 13th Amendment passed before ending the war, because he freely admits (to his cabinet, at least,) that the entire justification for the Emancipation Proclamation is legally incoherent, and it would never stand up to judicial review once he could no longer back it up with the excuse of "war powers".
** The Confederate delegation is concerned about how their 'rights' will be infringed upon if they surrender, but the irony that more or less their entire government framework is built with defending literal ''slavery'' in mind is entirely lost on them.
* InsultBackfire: The Ethan Allen anecdote during the Revolutionary War about an American invited to a British home, the latter hanging a portrait of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington in his restroom. The American considers it a compliment because, [[BringMyBrownPants well]]...
-->[The portrait] will do good service. The whole world knows nothing will make an Englishman shit quicker than the sight of George Washington.
* {{Irony}}: Near the film's end, Grant tells Lincoln "We've won the war. Now you have to lead us out of it." [[ForegoneConclusion Unfortunately, Lincoln is never able to do so.]]
* IShallTauntYou: Representative Wood (D) ''excels'' at this. At a crucial moment in the Amendment debate, he tries to goad Stevens into stating, on the Floor, his [[DeliberateValuesDissonance radical opinion]] that black people are not inherently inferior to whites. [[spoiler:He fails, as Stevens truthfully avows that he cannot claim all men are equal [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech when he's confronting men as slimy and inferior as]] ''[[FloweryInsult the Democrats he's opposing]]''.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Thaddeus Stevens. Half of what he says is devoted to insulting whoever he is addressing. This has a lot to do with the fact that he is decades ahead of his time (even among many of his fellow abolitionists) in thinking that black people deserve complete equality with whites and [[spoiler:considers himself married by common law to his "housekeeper," even though common law itself would not]]. His insults are directed towards opponents of abolition and people who he does not think are committed enough to abolition.
* LargeAndInCharge: The 6'4" Lincoln towers over everyone else. Day-Lewis' height (6'1") is exaggerated somewhat by the camera angles.
* LargeHam: Wood, Stanton, "Beanpole" Burton. Bilbo has his moments too.
* LargeHamTitle: Sort of. Lincoln tells Secretary Stanton to start talking with "Thunder forth, god of war!" Truth in Television, as Lincoln did refer to Stanton as his "Mars."
* {{Leitmotif}}: A lively bluegrass theme appears whenever Bilbo and his cohorts are onscreen.
* LetMeTellYouAStory: A signature behavior of Lincoln, present in many of the conversations he has throughout the film. They don't always have a relevant moral, though. The first time, with the parrot story, it's completely unrelated. The second time with the Ethan Allen story, it's just to get everyone to lighten up a bit. {{Lampshaded}} hilariously by Stanton who at one point interrupts Lincoln, shouting "I am ''not'' going to sit through another one of your stories!"
* LightningFireJuxtaposition: There is a scene where Lincoln is arguing with his wife on the morality of going to war. There is lighting flashing through the dark window on Lincoln's side, while there is fire burning in a fire place next to the wife. Lincoln is arguing going to war to stop slavery and stop an insurrection. Meanwhile, his wife is arguing that the lives of young soldiers and consequently their families are at stake. It seems that the use of lightning and fire shows that both are serious arguments-but both have different connotations. Lincoln's lightning might represent both the "divine" justice needed to be done and Lincoln's strong ideological stance. His wife's stance is depicted as a fire-place, usually a symbol of home, and fire as a symbol of truth, indicating there would be a high cost to pay for the war. Also, male vs. female. Ideals vs. truths?
* MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext: Lincoln's story about the doomsayer parrot. Once it's finished, everyone who heard it is staring confusedly wondering what on earth that was all about.
* MalignedMixedMarriage: [[spoiler: Thaddeus Stevens's mistress (or common-law wife in his eyes-played by [[Series/LawAndOrder S. Epatha Merkerson]])]] is black and pretends to be his housekeeper to prevent rumors.
* ManlyTears: Many of the Republican Congressman after [[spoiler:securing the passage of the 13th Amendment.]]
** When the black people enter the gallery to hear the vote on the amendment, Rep. Litton's voice goes rough and cracks as he greets them.
--> '''Litton.''' We welcome you, ladies and gentlemen, first in the history of this people's chamber... ''to your House!''
** Rep. James Ashley has an InelegantBlubbering moment after [[spoiler: the amendment passes]].
* MatchCut: An audio Match Cut from one of Seward's operatives whacking a crab with a mallet to a gavel banging the House of Representatives into session.
* MeaninglessMeaningfulWords: After discovering Lincoln sent Preston Blair as a peace feeler to the rebels, Seward rages about how it could jeopardize all their work to pass the 13th Amendment. Lincoln says some reassuring words which the spent Seward reluctantly agrees with. Then he takes a moment to think and realizes Lincoln probably just said some nonsensical platitude.
-->'''Lincoln''': Time is a great thickener of things, William.
-->'''Seward''': Yes, I suppose it is...
--> -{{Beat}}-
-->'''Seward''': [[LampshadeHanging Actually, I have no idea what you mean by that.]]
* MononymousBiopicTitle
* MoodWhiplash: Often occurs thanks to ongoing war. For example, Lincoln once tells a hilarious anecdote to lighten the mood of telegraphers, then listens urgently with them as they report the outcome of the Battle of Fort Fisher... and the casualties.
* NiceHat: Abe and his stovepipe hat, in which he sometimes stores speeches.
* NobleDemon: Vice-President of the Confederacy Alexander Stephens is a reprehensible white supremacist, [[NiceToTheWaiter but he doesn't view this as good reason to treat blacks poorly.]]
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Tommy Lee Jones plays Thaddeus Stevens with his normal Texas accent, though Stevens was from Pennsylvania, and it would have been very ironic to have such a fiery abolitionist from the deep South.
* NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: The original book was called ''Team of Rivals'' for a reason. Lincoln's powerhouse cabinet spends much of their time together yelling at each other instead of getting policies carried out. At least until Lincoln brings down the thunder. And they're just a few men; Congress is even worse. The Congressional scenes come off like a cross between C*Span's coverage of today's Congress and Prime Minister's Question Time. Several reviews point out, positively, that the entire picture is "two and a half hours of historical C*Span".
* PeaceConference: As promised to his conservative allies, [[spoiler:and after delaying long enough to get the 13th Amendment passed]], Lincoln meets with Confederate peace feelers at Hampton Roads. The talks go nowhere despite Lincoln's plea to "Stop this bleeding."
* PercussivePickpocket: Inverted. Lincoln's lobbyists deliberately crash into a Democrat they hope to bribe a vote from, apologize, and help him recollect his papers. It takes a second or two for the Congressman to realize that ''they're piling money into his folder''.
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: Washington, D.C. in general and the White House in particular, according to Mrs. Lincoln.
* PlausibleDeniability: Lincoln's handling of the Confederate peace delegation. He uses Francis Blair as envoy, allowing him to claim that Blair is acting as a private citizen without binding Lincoln to any actions or promises. Then he retains them at Hampton Roads rather than allowing them to Washington. It nearly unravels when Seward and then several Congressmen discover their presence, but Lincoln saves the day with [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial a carefully-worded denial]].
* PrecisionFStrike:
** When Bilbo realizes that his guest is none other than President Lincoln, he blurts out, "Well I'll be fucked!" as he stumbles to get to his feet. Lincoln replies, deadpan, "I wouldn't bet against it."
** When a Democratic Congressman attempts to shoot Bilbo with a single-shot pistol for offering him a bribe, struggles to collect his dropped folder, kicks dirt on the Congressman to delay him as he reloads, and yells, "Fuck you, you son of a bitch!"
** The punchline of the Ethan Allan story could also count, as it uses many euphemisms for using the toilet until the exact perfect moment.
* ProtagonistTitle
* RamblingOldManMonologue: Lincoln has a habit of breaking into anecdotes that sometimes don't have any relevance to the topic at hand. Other times they're quite calculated to produce an effect.
* RealityIsUnrealistic:
** Lincoln impressions almost invariably use a deep, sonorous tone (this started with molasses-voiced Raymond Massey in his [[Theatre/AbeLincolnInIllinois 1940 performance]]), when in reality Lincoln had a high and nasal voice. Many viewers were confused to first hear Lewis's performance, which has been praised by Lincoln scholars for being very realistic. It didn't help that Day-Lewis's voice was at its highest and most nasal when he was shouting or speaking loudly in excitement, and the movie trailers contain a disproportionate (to the movie) number of those moments.\\
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But even so, ''despite'' said voice, Lincoln was known as an immensely charismatic man who held gravitas in his stance, which Day-Lewis captures ''perfectly.'' His voice actually gave him a political advantage at the time. This predated microphones and in order to be heard in a crowd one would have to speak in a loud booming voice, like the members of congress. Lincoln's voice was soft, but was very clear and projected well (as demonstrated by the speech at the end). This meant he came across as very affable to the people.
** Some viewers may find it strange that Representative Fernando Wood sounds British even though he's an American, perhaps thinking the film is invoking the EvilBrit trope. In actuality, Wood, as depicted by Creator/LeePace, sounds that way because he is using [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elocution elocution]], the art of formal speech. Wood may have learned this "classical" sound in school, or picked it up by listening to actors (perhaps the extremely popular Booths) and others trained in public speaking. Bill Raymond as Schuyler Colfax, saying "The House recognizes Fernando Wood," is also using it. Elocution kind of evolved into the "Mid-Atlantic" sound, used by many American film actors[[note]]Creator/KatharineHepburn, Mia Farrow, Creator/VincentPrice[[/note]] which is why they seemed to sound British, up until the 1970s, when this style was largely dropped in favor of "naturalistic" speech.
* {{Realpolitik}}: Lincoln proves to be a master of this. He's perfectly willing to make deals, offer favors, and straight-up bribe people in order to get the 13th Amendment passed.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Thaddeus Stevens gets off a good one at the expense of pro-slavery Congressman George Pendleton. Which oddly enough, is worded to say, "You suck, but you deserve equality!"
--> '''Stevens:''' How can I hold that all men are created equal, when here before me stands, ''stinking'' ... the moral carcass of the gentleman from Ohio? ''Proof'' that some men ''are'' inferior! Endowed by their maker with dim wits! Impermeable to reason! With cold, pallid ''slime'' in their veins instead of ''hot red blood!'' ''You'' are more ''reptile'' than man, George! So low and flat, that the foot of man is ''incapable'' of crushing you!
--> '''Pendleton:''' How ... dare ... you ... !
--> '''Stevens:''' Yet even you, Pendleton, who should have been gibbeted for treason long before today, even worthless unworthy you ought to be treated equally before the law!
** Stevens himself receives one at the hands of Mary Todd Lincoln, reminding Stevens that he lacks the love of the people, something her husband has and they both need to keep support for the amendment alive.
* RedHerring: One of the final scenes is at a theater... [[spoiler:but the Grover's, where Tad is watching ''Literature/{{Aladdin}}''. Then the manager enters to announce that Lincoln had been shot at Ford's.]]
* TheReliableOne:
** Lincoln's secretaries, John Hay and John Nicolay are in the background of many scenes, quietly taking notes or working away.
** Seward, who also works quietly to acquire votes while Lincoln and Congress argue very publicly.
** Secretary of the Navy [[FatherNeptune Gideon Welles]], who keeps things going when Stanton has a temper tantrum.
* RedOniBlueOni:
** Thaddeus Stevens and Francis Preston Blair and their affiliated factions respectively. Stevens and the Radical Republicans want the amendment to pass in order to abolish slavery and help bring about more racial equality, while Blair and the conservative Republicans are only interested in passing it as a pragmatic means to end the war.
** The two black soldiers who talk to Lincoln at the beginning of the movie. Corporal Clark takes the opportunity to criticize the government's poor treatment of black soldiers, while Private Green is more conciliatory towards the president and just wants to hear some news.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent
-->'''Thaddeus Stevens''': You are more ''reptile'' than man, George!
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Stevens wants to treat the South as a conquered nation. In contrast Lincoln wants to welcome them back into the Union with open arms and be forgiving as possible. Of course, given what happened in Reconstruction, history is very much on Stevens' side on this issue.
* RomanAClef: The names of the Representatives who voted against the 13th Amendment were changed for the film. Creator/StevenSpielberg said this was done out of respect for the families (however, this was not done for opposition ringleaders George Pendleton and Fernando Wood, since they play such major roles in the film).
* RunningGag: Lincoln keeps trying to get rid of his dress gloves, complaining they never fit right. His butler is always there to make him put or keep them on.
* SadisticChoice:
** Lincoln is faced with the decision to either do what he can to end the war as soon as possible, or to continue trying to pass the amendment at the risk of prolonging it just a little longer.
** When the Democrats force Stevens to declare his beliefs on racial equality, he either has to express more moderate views, which would be anathema to the Radical Republicans and those who support abolition, or be completely honest about them and seriously jeopardize the passing of the 13th amendment. He manages to TakeAThirdOption, sort of.
* SelfDeprecation:
** Lincoln makes a joke about his unruly hair rather than respond directly to a black soldier's complaint about unequal treatment.
** Thaddeus Stevens states that his haggard appearance is the result of his tireless efforts for racial equality, capping it off by saying that he looks even worse without his wig.
* ShoutOutToShakespeare:
** Lincoln, who in RealLife was in fact a big Creator/WilliamShakespeare fan, quotes from ''Theatre/HenryIVPart2'':
--> '''Lincoln''': We have heard the chimes at midnight.
** Early in the movie, while recounting his dream to Mary, Lincoln quotes {{Hamlet}}'s speech about being "a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams."
* ShownTheirWork:
** Those unfamiliar with Lincoln family history may do a double take to see that Robert Todd Lincoln (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is present at the surrender at Appomattox Court House. Robert was in fact actually there and not a ThrowItIn by the filmmakers.
** Rather than go for depicting a famous battle like Gettysburg in the opening scene, ''Lincoln'' opens with the lesser known Battle of Jenkins' Ferry.
** During the assassination of Lincoln, [[spoiler:it is not shown from Lincoln's point-of-view but rather Tad's, who was watching a different play, ''Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp'' at the Grover Theater, before it is stopped to inform everyone that his father has been shot]].
** Spielberg's sound design team went to the White House to record the sounds of the clocks and doors inside. They even got ''the sound of Lincoln's watch'' recorded from where it is held in the Kentucky Historical Society. It was the first time the watch had been wound up in a century and a half, and the filmmakers were amazed that it still worked.
** Daniel Day-Lewis performing Lincoln's actual voice, as well as many of his recorded quotes. He also portrayed Lincoln as a storyteller and sometimes jokester, which Lincoln was indeed recorded as being.
** James Spader's appearance as William Bilbo had to be guessed from various sources because there are no photos of the real Bilbo. One habit of his that Spader found was that the real Bilbo was into wood carving, which he incorporated by showing him frequently carving a wooden duck.
** The voting scene records two unusual occurrences during the House's decision on the amendment: 1. several black families sat in the House Gallery to watch, with Rep Litton welcoming them, and 2. [[spoiler:the Speaker of the House, Schuyler Colfax, asked to vote even though the Speaker is a ceremonial role and thus technically not required to. He voted yes.]]
** During a carriage ride in April Lincoln talks about visiting the Holy Land, telling Mary: "There is no place I so much desire to see as Jerusalem." This is a direct quote of what he actually said to her in the carriage that day, hours before he was shot.
* SleazyPolitician: Seward is not sleazy in character, but he still maintains his contacts with political operatives who ''are'', whom he sets to rounding up lame-duck Democrats that can be persuaded to vote aye.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: This film is about Honest Abe, but he is the one who orders his Secretary of State to get professional lobbyists to wheel and deal with patronage appointments as much as they can to secure the votes necessary to get the 13th Amendment passed. In Stevens's words concerning himself: "The greatest measure of the nineteenth century was passed by corruption, aided and abetted by the purest man in America."
* SimpleCountryLawyer: Despite being the President, Lincoln still projects this vibe, and often tells stories from his lawyer days.
-->'''Roger Ebert''': I've rarely been more aware than during Steven Spielberg's ''Lincoln'' that Abraham Lincoln was a plain-spoken, practical, down-to-earth man from the farmlands of Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.
** Tony Kushner noted that this was inspired by Creator/JohnFord's ''Film/YoungMrLincoln'' which showed Lincoln's early days as a lawyer.
%%* SmugSnake: Representative Fernando Wood, the Democrats' chief orator, fills this role.
* SoHappyTogether: After the 13th Amendment is passed, Abraham and Mrs. Lincoln reconcile and are shown happy together, musing on going on vacation and seeing Jerusalem. It doesn't happen.
* SoreLoser: The Confederate Peace Commission. They ''know'' they're about lose the war, but stubbornly refuse to give up their slaves, somehow thinking they can keep the old South intact.
* TheStoryteller: Lincoln, much to the exasperation of his Cabinet and his staff. [[TruthInTelevision The real-life Lincoln]] was known for telling stories at every occasion... [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome sometimes with a subtle message]], ofttimes [[CrowningMomentOfFunny to tell a joke]] during a tense moment and break the mood.
* SuddenPrincipledStand: [[spoiler:Clay Hawkins]], despite being threatened with violence from his own constituency, votes for the amendment, vigorously defying his own party to "shoot me dead!" This act of courage prompts a moral tug-of-war in the next Democrat who can't decide whether to stand by party or principles.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
** "So far as I know there is no Confederate delegation in Washington." [[spoiler:They're in a steamboat docked on the Potomac]].
** When Seward first tells Lincoln that congressmen came to him asking if there was a peace delegation, he told them there wasn't because if there were Lincoln would have discussed it with him first. As he's saying this, though, he's giving Lincoln a DeathGlare that screams: "I know it's true and why didn't you tell me?"
* TakeAThirdOption: Southern congressmen who support the amendment on moral grounds but will not defy their party completely can choose to abstain rather than vote either way. This didn't necessarily help their political careers any more than just voting for the amendment, however.
--> [[spoiler:Edwin F. [=LeClerk=]]]: No! Oh, to hell with it, shoot me dead too. Yes! I mean, abstention! Abstention.
** Thaddeus Stevens gets one, kind of, when pressed by his Democrat enemies to either admit that he believes blacks should be completely equal to whites in all things, or to take a more moderate, watered down approach -- either would jeopardize support for the amendment from some quarters. [[spoiler: He gets around it by admitting that he doesn't believe all men are equal... [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech because the men he's currently arguing with are loathsome, slimy idiots closer to reptiles than men]].]]
* TearsOfJoy: The passing of the amendment and the final abolition of slavery results in many Republicans, Ashley and Litton among them, to break down sobbing after seeing their greatest dream made a reality.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Despite being an anti-slavery party, the House Republicans are not totally behind the amendment. The conservative faction has to be persuaded by the Blair family to support it.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Stanton and Welles describe the amphibious attack on Fort Fisher as beginning with a "steady barrage" from the largest fleet the navy had ever assembled. When another cabinet member wants clarification Stanton elaborates that it means 100 shells every minute until the rebels surrender. For context, in the last war America fought 180 shells an ''hour'' was the rate of fire during the siege of an entire city.
-->'''William Fessden (stunned)''': Dear God!
* TitleIn: A frequent sight throughout the film, e.g., [[AC:JANUARY, 1865 / TWO MONTHS HAVE PASSED SINCE ABRAHAM LINCOLNíS RE-ELECTION / THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR IS NOW IN ITS FOURTH YEAR]].
* ToiletHumor: Lincoln's story of Ethan Allen, concluding with the claim that [[spoiler:"nothing makes an Englishman shit faster than the sight of George Washington!"]]
* TokenEnemyMinority: Bilbo, one of Seward's lobbyists, is a southern Unionist who was driven out of Tennessee after siding with the Republicans.
* {{Troll}}: There are hints that Lincoln tells his stories to exasperate his advisers as much as to make them think.
* TheUnfavorite: Mrs. Lincoln thinks Abe sees Robert as this, while Abe suggests that Mrs. Lincoln sees Tad as this (the film depicts their true feelings towards their sons as much more complex).
* VillainousBSOD: The last we see of George Pendleton, oldest opponent of abolition, is him silently walking through the celebrating House chamber with an expression of despair that the 13th Amendment passed.
* WarIsHell:
** The opening scene is very violent, brutal, and nasty, with soldiers fighting in hand-to-hand combat and stamping their enemies' heads into the waterlogged battlefield to drown them. It then cuts to an African-American soldier who says that, given that Confederate soldiers didn't take black prisoners at a previous battle, the black Union soldiers at Jenkin's Ferry decided they weren't going to take prisoners either.
** Abraham Lincoln takes his oldest son to a veteran's hospital to try to talk him out of enlisting. The young man nearly cracks when he sees some orderlies pushing a wheelbarrow dripping blood to a hole where they're dumping amputated human limbs by the dozens. Everyone in the hospital itself is missing one or both their legs.
** After the Confederate negotiations go nowhere, there's a poignant scene of Lincoln and his men riding their horses through a field of bodies, all piled high from the siege of Petersburg.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Thaddeus Stevens gets one from one of his colleagues in the film, after making a statement to Congress that he is only interested in blacks being equal before the law, not equal in all things, which clashes with Stevens' positions on racial equality. Stevens responds that [[IDidWhatIHadToDo he will say anything, if it means that slavery will be eliminated.]]
** Lincoln himself gets one from Seward after the latter finds out that a Confederate peace envoy had been invited to Washington without his approving it.
* WhenHeSmiles: Stevens wears a perpetual frown through ninety-nine percent of the whole damn movie. Except at the end, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and for a very good reason]].
* WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou: Lincoln slaps Robert after Robert accuses him of barring him from service for fear of Mary more than Robert's death. The blow is not physically hard and Lincoln tries to embrace his son right afterwards, but it has a very bad effect on both men.
* WindbagPolitician: On the day of the vote, the speaker tells the audience they will now ''briefly'' recap the proposed amendment. Everyone bursts out laughing on "briefly".
* WorthyOpponent: Ulysses S. Grant, Robert Lincoln and the other Union soldiers solemnly doff their hats to Robert E. Lee after he surrenders at Appomattox (this actually happened, of course).
** Also displayed between Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens. They knew each other from their time in Congress. During their brief parley for peace at the movie's end they are amicable where Stephens' fellow Confederates are rude and dismissive.

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* ActionPrologue: The film opens violently with the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry.
* {{Adorkable}}: Representative Ashley gives off this vibe in some scenes. The round face and curly hair help.
* AgeLift: Sally Field is 9 years older than Day-Lewis, the reverse of Lincoln's difference to Mary. Thankfully the make-up makes him look older than her.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Inverted. Secretary Seward initially urges Lincoln to hold off on calling for a vote on the 13th Amendment until the seating of 1864, upon which the House of Representatives will have a Republican majority. Lincoln, however, insists it must be done before then because the war will be over soon and many Republicans will see no reason to vote for the 13th if the South is already defeated. To test this Seward asks a visiting couple who claim to support the amendment if they would still vote for it if the war were already won, to which they admit they wouldn't, they only care about winning the war sooner.
* AnswerCut: Lincoln goes to negotiate with the rebel commissioners after some persuasion by General Grant. At the end he asks the commissioners directly, "Shall we stop this bleeding?" The scene fades out and is replaced by one of the Fall of Richmond.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: As Spielberg put it on the 149th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address: "Itís not the job, and in fact itís a betrayal of the job, of a historian to promise perfect and complete recall of the past, to promise memory that abolishes loss. One of the jobs of art is to go to the impossible places that other disciplines, like history, must avoid.Ē [[MST3KMantra With that in mind]]...
** Lincoln was not clothed upon his death (so the doctors could check for other wounds) and was laid diagonally, since the bed he was put in was too small for him.
** The possibility that any Union soldier, black or white, would have committed the Gettysburg Address to memory in 1863 is remote, since the speech did not enter the national vocabulary until the early 20th century. Two of the soldiers at least have the excuse that they were at Gettysburg when he made the speech.
** UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison's portrait was never hung in Lincoln's office.
** First Lady Mary Lincoln did not attend the final tally on the amendment and it would have been scorned then for a woman to sit
AbsentMindedProfessor: Dr. Diggins in the House Gallery.
**
first game, Professor Scatterly in ''Champions''.
* AbsurdlyLowLevelCap: In the first game, it's set surprisingly low at just twelve, and you can get as high as rank eight by fossil cleaning alone (''ten'' if you get a full set of rare red fossils).
The flag raised near second game ups the beginning of the film is raised cap to 20, though viviosaurs gain stats more slowly to go with a crank instead of a system of ropes.
** Votes then were taken in order of representatives' last names in alphabetical order, not by state, and all of the Connecticut House members voted for the amendment, not just one. Screenwriter Tony Kushner later released [[http://carpetbagger.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/mr-spielberg-connecticut-objects/?_r=0 a statement clarifying this was intentional]]; they wanted to make the progression of the vote more obvious (hence the vote by state) and for it to have early opposition to represent the obstacles it faced. Connecticut so happened to be right at the start of the list with the Northern states listed alphabetically.
** Bilbo jokes that Seward went so far as to forbid the Gang of Three from using the coins that bear Lincoln's visage to avoid any connection between them and the president. While there was money with Lincoln's image at the time, it was on the ten dollar bill, not on coins.
** Alexander Gardner would not have sent fragile one-of-a-kind plates to Tad Lincoln, especially since the boy had once ruined several images by locking their developer in a closet.
** Tad Lincoln is shown as a normal eleven year-old boy in the film. In real life Tad Lincoln had a very serious speech impediment, to the point that only his closest family and teachers could understand him. (He later had speech therapy to overcome this.) Based on photographic evidence, he most likely had a cleft lip or cleft palate.
** Rep. Josiah "Beanpole" Burton and Dem. Clay Hawkins are entirely fictional Congressman.
it.
* AssholeVictim: One AcceptableHobbyTargets: InUniverse. The three commanders of Lincoln's stories from his lawyer days. An abusive husband was killed by his wife in the middle of Barebones Brigade? They're a fight hipster, a hippie, and his reputation a metalhead. The game especially has fun taking potshots at Cole, the hipster, and Todd remarks that it's no wonder everyone was so bad terrified of him.
** [[spoiler: It's later {{deconstructed}}. The fact
that they were such acceptable targets meant [[FriendlessBackground no one was eager wanted to convict her. Lincoln was assigned as her lawyer, he subtly hinted she flee, and she did. Most everyone's response after that was just have anything to drop the case.
* AsYouKnow: Lots of exposition early in the film regarding the political situation and the mechanics of getting an amendment passed, including Seward explicating things like the 2/3 majority requirement that Lincoln would obviously already know.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: At the very end, during the carriage ride. [[TearJerker It breaks your heart]].
* BadassBoast: "I am the President of the United States of America, clothed in immense power!" Yes, that is an actual Lincoln quote.
* {{Bathos}}: In one hilarious scene one of the lobbyists tries
do with them]], meaning they desperately attached themselves to bribe a vote out of a Democrat only for the man to whip out a gun and try ''to shoot him''. The lobbyist manages to grab his hand and make the first shot miss, then scrambles charismatic figure who appeared to collect his papers while them and had no trouble [[WhosLaughingNow turning on those who mocked them]]. But it's also why, despite the Congressman hurries fact that they were used, they can't stay mad at said figure--they know he tried to reload. The lobbyist kicks dirt into his face to delay him, then runs like heck to escape the Congressman.
* BedmateReveal: An inversion. [[spoiler:We're
do what he thought was right, and they were ecstatic that they'd been shown that Lydia Smith, ''any'' [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe kindness at all]].]]
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Nevada Montecarlo,
who viewers would assume to be Thaddeus Stevens' maid, is actually his live-in mistress when he gets into bed and a DarkSkinnedRedhead version of [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] (with Franchise/IndianaJones' whip).
** ''Champions'' has an even more direct CaptainErsatz of Franchise/IndianaJones called Joe Wildwest.
* AllNaturalGemPolish: Everything you find in
the camera pans across to reveal Lydia in bed next to him.Jewel Rocks.
* AncientAstronauts: [[spoiler:The dinaurians.
]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[ForegoneConclusion As dictated by history]], the Amendment passes and the Civil War comes to an end in short order. And Lincoln is assassinated not long afterward.
* BigYes: When it is [[spoiler:George Yeaman]]'s turn to vote on the 13th Amendment, he initially responds by mumbling something inaudible. When asked to speak up, he stands and shouts as loud and long as his lungs will let him.
-->'''[[spoiler:Yeaman]]:'''"I said aye, Mr. [=McPherson=]! AAAAAAAAAAYE!"
* BrickJoke:
** "Beanpole" Burton is referred to in one of the
AndYourRewardIsClothes: The first scenes when two games include a few series of his constituents petition Lincoln. masks that your character can collect and wear.
* AgentPeacock: Ryne from the ''Champions'' DLC.
He reappears wears the only pink Brigade suit in the voting scene.
** Stevens mentions a wig in one of his early scenes. In his final appearance, we see his magnificent BaldOfAwesome.
* BrokenBird: Mary, who has suffered the loss of two children, worries about her husband's safety,
game and fears (sadly, quite correctly) that history will remember her as a crazy woman who ruined Lincoln's happiness.
* CallForward: Abe and Mary have a heated argument in which they speak of her possibly being thrown into the madhouse
draws attention to himself because of her grieving processes. She even specifically states that if her son Robert were killed it. But he is also the first character in the war, Lincoln should go ahead franchise to actually make his own Vivosaur, discounting [[spoiler: Zongazonga and put her his [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack purple evil]] zombiesaurs. [[WordSchmord Magic shmagic.]] [[MemeticMutation Booo!]]]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Cole
in the madhouse. Ten years later, she ''was'' put in the madhouse, by Robert himself (though quickly released).
* CaptainObvious: Lincoln's flag-raising speech.
''Champions''. It's no Gettysburg Address.hard to tell which parts of his campness just come from his obsession with fashion, and which parts come from... somewhere else.
-->'''Lincoln''': The part assigned to me is to raise the flag, which, if there be no fault in the machinery, I will do, and when up, it will be for the people to keep it up. [''Pause''] That's my speech.
* ChekhovsGun:
** During
AnnouncerChatter: In the first vote-canvassing montage, one Congressman slams his door two games, the two announcers like to prattle on with each other about nonsensical things only tangentially related to the battles taking place.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: ''Frontier'' cleans up some of the issues with finding fossils
in the lobbyist's face field; identifying fossils on sight and a picture of a soldier falls off of a mourning wreath. [[spoiler:The picture was of allowing immediate excavations, rather than requiring the Congressman's brother, player to haul an entire inventory back to base before they even know what they have. Vivosaurs can also be revived from any fossils, not just the heads.
* ArtEvolution: ''Champions'' featured a much more detailed,
and more {{Animesque}}, art style than the Congressman now opposes the 13th Amendment because he blames black people for his brother's death original's more cartoony look.
** ArtShift: [[spoiler: Rosie's icon in ''Champions'' is
in the war.same style as the first game, making her stand out next to the anime-style characters from the second game.]]
** Lincoln's telegraph ''Fossil Fighters: Frontier'' seems to Ulysses S. Grant. He initially pushes for the decision to discuss the terms for peace with the South in Washington, only to have significant change his mind in the design of... just about everything, really.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Fully justified by the fact that vivosaurs are explicitly stated to be dinosaur-''like'' creatures
and not actual dinosaurs. Beyond that, it's generally averted since the creators have ShownTheirWork and keep their data as accurate as possible.
* AuthorAvatar: The first game's announcers are the game's two creators, and the idea of putting
them sent to another city. [[spoiler:On in the day game started out as a joke.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Many high-level vivosaurs with really high Attack or LP are devastating from the Attack Zone... but if they end up in the Support Zone somehow, they'll turn your attacker into a quivering pile of useless mush. T-Rex is a perfect example--he has the highest attack in the game and can attack all of your enemies at once, but, if he ends up in the support zone, he reduces all your attacker's stats by ''30%!''
** Zino and Centro. Every hit from them will be a critical-but their accuracy is so terrible that the rest
of the vote, word reaches Congress team needs to be focused around buffing accuracy/evasion stats to get them to even land a hit. In other words: CriticalHitClass meets ATeamFiring.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Joe Wildwest in ''Champions'' and Captain Stryker in ''Frontier''.
* [[BadJobWorseUniform Bad Sidequest, Worse Costume]]: So... how 'bout that Hare Club? Y'know, the one where you have to wear a bunny mask, then clean 100 fossils to 80 points or higher?
* BagOfHolding: We really have ''no'' idea how a twelve-year-old can lug around up to ''64'' fossils as long as his entire body and not get sore, esecially when some of those rocks contain an ''entire skeleton''. Justified and averted in ''Frontier'', where A) you travel by car, which can much more easily accommodate the size and weight, and B) fossils are processed automatically, so you're not even carrying them around in the first place.
* BigOlEyebrows: The samurai, with a BigOlUnibrow chaser.
* BittersweetEnding: Subverted in the first game. [[spoiler:Guhnash]] is defeated, but your partner didn't quite make it out of [[spoiler:stone sleep]]. You've saved the world, at a cost, and that's how it has to be... [[spoiler:and then the Digadig chieftain shows up and tells you to use the hip-shaker dance!!]]
* BlackAndNerdy: Dr. Diggins in the first game is a professional-grade [[Series/{{Scrubs}} blerd]]. Who's dorky enough to wear shorts and a Hawaiian shirt beneath his lab coat, no less.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: It's no wonder Nick Nack mangles foreign languages so bad--he barely gets ''English!'' "I can have my snacks and feet them too!"
* BodySurf: This is how [[spoiler:Zongazonga's immortality spell]] works in ''Champions''. His latest victim is actually [[spoiler:the owner
of the South attempting to make peace overtures, causing both parties to attempt to delay the vote...until Lincoln uses ExactWords to deny knowledge of any Southern delegates in Washington.Fossil Park, Joe Wildwest.]]
* CigaretteOfAnxiety: BonusBoss: After seeing you beat the amputated limbs at final boss of the military hospital, Robert goes for a smoke to calm his nerves. He can't even manage to roll one up first game, almost ''every character you've fought before tossing it away in frustration.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Robert sees
becomes a BonusBoss.'' Almost all of them have maxed-out teams, some of them you have to fight one of Lincoln's young secretaries in uniform right after the other, and the prizes for beating them range from "BraggingRightsReward" to "OlympusMons." You can even take on the shindig, he complains that he'll be FinalBoss again as often as you like! The most difficult BonusBoss fight, however, is probably against [[spoiler: Dynal, Duna, and Raptin]] ''all at once.''
** There's also an {{Early Bird|Boss}} BonusBoss named Petey, who requires you fight him with three very specific vivosaurs. If you take
the only man over fifteen time to max out said three and under sixty-five wait until you're near the end of the game, he's not so tough... But try him ''without'' copius LevelGrinding, and he proves to be quite the KillerRabbit.
* ABoyAndHisX: Thanks to the player getting a sidekick, ''Frontier'' is a "Boy/Girl and his/her dinosaur" story.
* ButtBiter: A RunningGag
in uniform. His uniformed ''Frontier'' involves your little brother corrects him:
--> '''Tad:''' I'm under fifteen.
* TheComicallySerious:
** Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, who fusses over
vivosaur sidekick chomping down on Nate's butt. In the burnt edge of a military map little guy's defense, Nate is usually literally asking for it by sticking his butt out and positively storms out taunting him.
* ButtMonkey: Rosie.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: The names have been changed to emphasize that Vivosaurs aren't really dinosaurs, and to trim down the {{Overly Long Name}}s that real dinos often have. There's a mode that gives detailed information on the animals that inspired each dinosaur.
* CanonName: The main character
of the room when Lincoln starts to tell another of first doesn't really have one, but Nintendo's guide suggests "Buckland", after an early paleontologist. The official mini-manga gives his stories.
** UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, or rather a painting of him-cut to his morose expression during the perfect Lincoln anecdote about him.
* ComicallySmallBribe: Democrat Clay Hawkins is bribed by Bilbo to vote yes for the amendment in exchange for... becoming the postmaster of Millersburg, Ohio. He initially asks to be the taxman of the Western Reserve, but Bilbo negotiates him down to postmaster. When his fellows Democrats find out,
name as "Hunter." The second game's protagonists, though, they're both amused are [[AnimalThemeNaming Dino and disgusted, Dina]].
** ''Frontier'' has nameable protagonists "Jura"
and Hawkins chickens out of "Tria". The puns just don't stop. The canonical name for their little dino sidekick is "Nibbles".
* CardboardPrison: Only in
the bribe. [[spoiler:In the end, though, he chooses to vote yes on the amendment anyway regardless of the bribe or his fellows Dems.first game, but it's exaggerated. [[PoliceAreUseless What happens in that police station is anybody's guess.]]
* CorpseLand: Lincoln passes through the killing grounds of the Battle of Petersburg and goes by countless dead bodies of Union and Confederate soldiers alike. He takes his hat off CelShading: ''Champions'' uses cel-shaded graphics, as well as more detailed graphics in respect and the last thing seen is a dead rebel soldier staring lifelessly into the sky.
general.
* CrowdSong: When the 13th Amendment is passed, the Representatives break into a rousing rendition of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v582kPp43Mg The Battle-Cry of Freedom]]".
-->''The Union forever! Hurrah, boys, hurrah!''\\
''Down with the traitors, up with the stars;''\\
''While we rally round the flag, boys, rally once again,''\\
''Shouting the battle cry of freedom!''
* DeadpanSnarker: Thaddeus Stevens, big time. Lincoln himself also indulges in this
ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler:The hip-shaking dance, used to revive Rosie/Duna from time to time.
* DeathGlare:
** The Confederate envoys are brought to the North by an entire regiment of black Union soldiers, all of whom are giving them scarily angry glares.
** Democrats who vote for the amendment get some of these from their fellow Democrats, if not worse.
* DecidedByOneVote: The amendment just barely averts this. It passes with just two votes over the required 2/3rds majority, though one of them [[spoiler:is by the Speaker of the House, who is not required by law to vote.
tainted stone sleep.]]
* DeliberateValuesDissonance:
** Many
[[TheChiefsDaughter The Chief's Granddaughter]]: [[spoiler:Pauleen.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Trip Cera in the second game. His first name [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs seems appropriate]].
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The vast majority of Vivosaurs are absent in ''Frontier'', in particular nearly all
of the characters display the usual racial prejudices of the time, and Thaddeus Stevens' belief in racial equality is frighteningly radical to his peers. It's especially hammered when Representative George Yeaman says he cannot endorse the 13th Amendment [[SlipperySlopeFallacy because it might lead to further reform.]] Even the Republicans balk alongside their Democratic counterparts as Yeaman floats the idea of woman's suffrage.
-->'''Yeaman''': What shall follow upon that? Universal enfranchisement? Votes for ''women''?
** Also, the shameless use of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoils_system Spoils System]] in order to secure the necessary votes. Short of actual bribery, the promising of patronage positions was legal, if not necessarily well-regarded, which is why Lincoln did not want to be identified
non-dinosaur Vivosaurs are gone, with it. These tactics are now illegal the exception of a few pterosaurs.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Since you can't use them to revive vivosaurs, nobody wants dropping fossils. Except Nick Nack...
** John Guano replaces him in the sequel. John's even ''weirder,'' if that's possible. He's standing not three feet away from a lady who offers dropping fossils in exchange for fossil cleaning. The only catch is, he'd have to wear the Hare Mask to join the club to do so. EveryoneHasStandards?
* CombatCommentator: In ''Fossil Fighters'', they're {{Author Avatar}}s. In ''Champions'' we have a two talking Vivosaurs. ''Frontier'' doesn't have any announcers.
* ContinuityNod:
** In ''Champions'', Pauleen is a throwback to the first game's Digadig tribe. [[spoiler:You also get to fight Rosie in the post-game.]] [[spoiler:Duna, Raptin,
and would Dynal]] also make appearances in some bonus content.
** In ''Frontier'', the Vivosaur Island and Caliosteo Fossil Parks from the first two games get mentioned occasionally. Characters from ''Champions'' (or at least people with the same names) can show up in the in-game tournaments; one such team is Joanie, Pooch, and Tonzilla and another is Todd, Rupert, and Pauline.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Mt. Lavaflow in the first game, and Mt. Krakanak in the second.
* CowardlyLion: Todd in ''Champions''.
* CrooksAreBetterArmed: Wanted vivosaur thief Blambeau carries around a shotgun. The [[PoliceAreUseless unarmed and largely ineffective police force]] send [[KidHero Hunter]] after him. Thrice.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Nevada Montecarlo, who also likes to WhipItGood.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Rosie can
be seen as blatant corruption in the modern day. Arguably, it was the assassination a deconstruction of [[UsefulNotes/JamesGarfield another President]] by a disgruntled office-seeker that was largely responsible TheLoad[=/=]DamselInDistress. She is those things, but realizes it, and is sorry for the change, a change implemented in large part (appropriately enough) by George Pendleton, ''Lincoln'''s BigBad.
** An anecdote is mentioned of a woman due
times when you have to be convicted for murder save her. After one instance she even though the jury was reluctant to convict her, knowing she acted in self-defense. Since the law didn't make that allowance for women then, she's allowed to flee while everyone's back is turned and no one bothers to search for asks if you hate her.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Stevens DefiedTrope: The final boss of ''Fossil Fighters Champions'':
-->''"Yes, well, [[BondVillainStupidity let's not waste any more time with empty threats]] or [[JustBetweenYouAndMe the revealing of plans]], mmm?"''
* DemBones: The [=BareBones=] Brigade's boneysaurs in ''Champions''.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Averted. When the bad guy pulls out an {{Olympus Mon|s}}, you need to get your own before you can properly challenge him. (Unfortunately, you can't keep it - see NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup below)
** However, it's later played straight with [[spoiler:Guhnash--apparently, all you have to do is destroy his brains. Easy-peasy.]]
** In ''Champions'' [[spoiler:The FinalBoss, Zongazonga, is pretty much exactly this. A body-snatching skull that turns into a literally on fire zombie T-Rex with giant, bloody skeleton arms coming out of it? Just send some kid with his pet dinosaurs to beat it up.]]
* DinosaursAreDragons: The Fire-type Vivosaurs breathe fire, but remember - they're no longer Dinosaurs, they're ''[[CallARabbitASmeerp Vivosaurs]]''.
** In ''Champions'', the Super Revive function in the sequel plays this to the hilt, essentially morphing your Vivosaurs from dinosaur-like creatures into more draconic monsters. Also, [[spoiler:the BigBad Zongazonga literally refers to the dinosaurs as dragons in his magic chant in the penultimate battle.]]
* [[AnimalMotif Dinosaur Motif]]: In ''Champions,'' the male PC has a T-Rex motif, while the female PC has a triceratops motif.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Frigisaur, and the leader of the BB Bandits with him.
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: Boy, isn't Mt. Lavaflow climactic! The lava! The HeelFaceTurn! The impending epic battle between the opposing forces of Frigisaur and Ignosaur! ...Wait, whaddiya ''mean'' half the plot threads still haven't been followed up on?
* DiscOneNuke: The Spinax you're given at the beginning of the first game is strong enough to last you until endgame.
** In ''Champions'' the starters are powerful enough to last you the entire game, particularly Dimetro.
** The 'Donation Point' dinosaurs also count, particularly Compso in the first game. There's nothing to stop you from grinding all the way to him the moment you get access to your first dig-site,
and his wish to turn support-effects will make you basically unstoppable for the South into rest of the game. To a land "with free men lesser degree, Stego - being the cheapest of the DP-dinosaurs, you can, again, fairly easily get all 4 parts of him, in [[RareRandomDrop 'red' quality]], for an instantly high-level 'Tank' who can solo practically anything up to late-mid-game if needs be.
** Giga Raja in Champions, which is created by evolving Raja (available in the first area) with a gold fossil (can be found early with some dedication). Giga Raja's already powerful attacks can be bolstered by his ability to Charge-Up for a turn, causing him to hit like a meteor
and free women deal damage exceeding the highest possible Life Points for anything in the game!
* DoWellButNotPerfect: In ''Champions,'' there's a man who wants your help making hard-boiled eggs in the hot springs. They need to be in there for 10 seconds ''exactly,''
and free children and freedom!"
* {{Determinator}}: Lincoln ''will''
hardly a millisecond longer. However, boiling the eggs for ''9.9 seconds exactly'' is the only way to get the 13th Amendment passed, come hell or high water.
* DodgyToupee: Stevens didn't really care about his appearance that much; he had more important things
[[spoiler: elemental chick]] fossils. Better bring a stopwatch. Or learn how to worry about.
count to 7-1.
* EmpathicEnvironment: DownloadableContent:
**
The Lincolns have a raging fight during a big thunderstorm. Another invocation original game briefly featured four of reality: They are partly fighting about Mary's reaction to Willie's death. The real Willie's funeral took place during a violent thunderstorm, and people writing at the time cited it as an EmpathicEnvironment.
* EnemyMine: The amendment requires anywhere from 16 to 20 Democrats voting yes to pass. This is harder than it sounds because a major amount of Lincoln's support comes from Radical Republicans, who are heavily opposed to working with Democrats. Lincoln eventually convinces Rep. Stevens to cooperate
five Mysterious Egg fossils available for download on the greater good, and in a memorable scene Stevens verbally intimidates the feeble Democrat Coffroth into ''not'' switching parties because Nintendo Channel, but they need to show other Dems that the 13th has bipartisan support.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** Fernando Wood's first scene is him [[LargeHam loudly giving a fiery speech]] about [[SmugSnake the superiority of white men]] and Lincoln's supposed tyranny, even calling him "King Abrahamus Africanus The First" (which is a HistoricalInJoke referring to a pamphlet released by Pro-Confederate "Copperheads" like Wood, which accused Lincoln of becoming a dictator.
were taken down eventually. (They're still available in-game, though; it just takes longer.)
** Ulysses S. Grant's ''Champions'' features [[OlympusMons Frigisaur and Ignosaur]] from the first scene shows well why his nickname was "Unconditional Surrender Grant", as he bluntly tells the Confederate delegates that their terms of truce are unreasonable game, along with sidequests from a... ''strange'' character named Ryne, and that neither he nor Lincoln consider the South a sovereign nation, just armed rebels.
* ExactWords: Lincoln pulls this when the Republicans and Democrats
downloadable fights with [[spoiler: jointly delay voting Duna, Raptin, and Dynal.]]
** ''Frontier'' distributed its bonus content through AR cards rather than actual downloads; including some Bone Buggys, versions of Yutie in all four elements, the villains' dark vivosaurs, and some ''actual'' dinosaurs.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Averted. The [=NPC=]s' dialogue changes to praise you as you progress through the story and ranks.
* {{Eagleland}}: The Fossil Park America in ''Frontier''. The whole place is lit up like Las Vegas, the Warden in charge is TotallyRadical and [[AmericansAreCowboys dresses like a cowboy]], and the first dig site is in a southwest canyon. To its' credit, the Starry Falls dig site is a South American jungle instead of being a US stereotype. Fossil Parks Asia and Europe aren't all that much better when it comes to cultural stereotypes.
* ElementalPowers: It turns out that the cloning process gives these to animals as a [[CursedWithAwesome side-effect]].
** BlowYouAway
** DishingOutDirt
** MakingASplash
** PlayingWithFire
** NonElemental
** InfinityPlusOneElement: "Legendary" in the first two games, though in practice these vivosaurs are treated as Neutral; they just have better stats. The first game has [[spoiler:Frigisaur, Ignosaur, and all the parts of Guhnash]] and ''Champions'' has [[spoiler:Zombie Tricera, Zombie Ptera, Zombie Rex, Zombie Plesio, and Zongazonga; plust the return of Frigi and Igno]]. ''Frontier'' drops the designation.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Fire beats Air, which beats Earth, which beats Water, which beats Fire. Neutral has no advantages or disadvantages.
* ElvisImpersonator: Rockin' Billy from ''Champions.'' Did you catch the PunnyName?
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Duh!
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Everything's Better With Princessaurs]]: Maia (Maiasaurus) is a pink dinosaur with a feminine face and a princess-crown. She's also a support-skill powerhouse, the only one in the game to have both healing and anti-status-ailment skills.
* EvolutionaryLevels: [[spoiler:The Dinaurians have a devolution beam. It turns humans into "triconodonta", a ratlike mammal ancestor.]]
** The three "Transformation-Class" Vivosaurs also transform into later descendants of theirs: Guan turns into T-Rex, and Proto turns into Tricera. Aoptryx is somewhat more confusing--it can turn into ''any'' neutral-type Vivosaur. Even those that technically came before it. And even those it ''could not possibly be related to'' (Apato isn't even a ''theropod!'').
** In ''Champions'', some vivosaurs can "Super Evolve" into stronger forms.
* {{Expy}}: Pauleen in ''Champions'' has a lot in common with Rosie from the first game. In addition to being your designated female hanger-on and being surprisingly powerful for such a young age, both have bright pink TwinTails... and the same (accidental, in Rosie's case) VerbalTic.
* FeatheredFiend: Aopteryx. It can semi-reliably steal FP with Thieving Talons, recover LP with Life Drain and as mentioned above, transform into any Neutral vivosaur. [[JokeCharacter Unfortunately, it needs significant support to dish out and/or take damage...]]
* FetchQuest: AND HOW. The first game is loaded with these. Thankfully, most of them go by quickly enough to keep the story rolling.
* FireWaterJuxtaposition: Frigisaur and Ignosaur in the first game represent the Fire/Ice version.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: And [[WaterIsAir inverted]] when fighting in [[UnderTheSea Bottomsup Bay]].
* FossilRevival: ...It's the backbone of the series.
* GeniusSweetTooth: Dr. Diggins has a weakness for Dino Cakes.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Professor Scatterly in the second game manages to slip a [[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch "Sod it"]] past the radar. Similarly, the game goes to absolutely ''zero'' lengths to disguise the fact that Pauleen has a [[HoYay girl crush]]
on the amendment after they hear female protagonist. She grabs the rumors about the South's peace overtures. When they ask him if there are Confederate delegates in Washington, Lincoln writes back to them that there are not (since he had ordered them to meet in ''another'' city). The Democrats immediately recognize this "lawyer's dodge" but the vote resumes regardless]].female PC's hands, stares deeply into her eyes, and then admits she has no idea why she's blushing.
* AFatherToHisMen: While Congress may GlobalCurrencyException: Redundant fossils are donated to the museum, which gives you donation points based on how good they are. These points are the only currency the cleaning station store accepts. Averted in ''Frontier'', where you just get cash for extra fossils.
* {{Gonk}}: Baron von Blackraven, especially compared to his two PrettyBoy associates.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:Don Boneyard and the [=BareBones=] Brigade, trying to stop the Caliosteo Cup in order to stop Zongazonga's scheme. Well, the Brigade didn't know Don Boneyard was a good guy, but they don't
have a cold attitude towards him, it's clear Lincoln loves and is loved by his soldiers.
* {{Foreshadowing}} and ForegoneConclusion:
** Lincoln's love of theater is shown midway through the film. [[spoiler: The second and final theater scene throws a twist by showing a ''different'' show than Lincoln's final one, which is canceled to announce the President's assassination]].
** Also, the 13th Amendment passed.
** In an early congressional debate as to whether or not slavery is "natural law", George Pendleton taunts the pro-abolition and pro-equality Thaddeus Stevens by asking if slavery ''isn't'' natural law, what is? Stevens is finally provoked to respond
problem with it when Pendleton disparagingly mentions [[spoiler: interracial marriage]].
they find out.]]
* ForgetsToEat: Both Robert GottaCatchEmAll
* GreenHillZone: Greenhorn Plains in the first game, Treasure Lake in ''Champions'',
and Abe, according to Mary.
* TheGoodChancellor: Secretary of State William Seward frequently and vocally disagrees with how Lincoln does things, but throws himself into fulfilling the president's wishes by any means necessary.
Paradise Beach in ''Frontier''.
* GoodIsNotNice: Thaddeus Stevens is a stubborn obstinate jerk who doesn't give a damn bout what "the people" want. He is also a merciless fighter for freedom HarmlessFreezing: Frigisaur freezes you and justice for all people.
* GoodParents: Lincoln is very involved with Tad. At the most crucial point in the film, Lincoln is absorbed in reading with him and watching him make a fort out of books for his toy soldiers. He loves Robert too, contrary to what Mary thinks, and begs him not to join the army.
* GovernmentProcedural: Really more of this than a {{Biopic}}, as the film covers January-April 1865 and the passage of the 13th Amendment.
* GuileHero: Abe, of course.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: As was apparently true to life, Confederate Vice-President Alexander Stephens is respectful to the black Union soldiers he meets, in contrast to his fellow Confederate escort. In real life, Stephens was a white supremacist and avid supporter of slavery, but he campaigned for better treatment of slaves and apparently treated his slaves well enough that many stayed with him as paid servants
Rosie completely after your first fight with it. But you're still OK.
* HarmlessVillain: The Barebones Brigade aren't exactly what you'd call menacing at first. Their eeeeevil plans involve such plots as "Pampering girls so they forget to participate in a tournament," and "Fill
the war, hot springs up with powdered gelatin so people get stuck and one even served as a pallbearer. Lincoln and Stephens were also friends before the war, as hinted at when Lincoln addresses him as "Alex.can't participate."
** NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler: Their fourth plan, the one Don comes up with, is to destroy the ''entire Caliosteo island system''. Egads.]]
** [[spoiler: It's later {{justified|Trope}} when you learn that Don Boneyard is, in fact, the real Joe Wildwest in disguise. He didn't want to hurt anybody. When he [=OKed=] the third plan, things were getting ''extremely'' desperate, and it went slowly enough to give the people plenty of time to evacuate.]]
* HistoricalInJoke: General Daniel Sickles' leg, HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: The BB Bandits - well, the TerribleTrio team, anyway; the {{Mooks}} don't seem to turn.]]
** [[spoiler: The entire [=BareBones=] Brigade.]]
* HelloInsertNameHere: All games actually allow you to change your main character's name at any time! The first game doesn't allow you to name your {{Mon}}s, strangely, though this was changed in the second.
* HopelessBossFight: [[spoiler: Round one against Frigisaurus.]]
* HotSpringsEpisode: In the second game, there's a hot spring-themed dig site called Hot Spring Heights. Not surprisingly, most of the plot in that area revolves around the hot springs.
* HumansAreSpecial [[spoiler: Not only do they have the sci-fi standard "pluck," but the dinaurians are impressed by their capacity for both compassion and forgiveness.]]
* HypnotizeThePrincess: Comes into play late in Champions. [[spoiler: It's Todd.]]
* InconsistentDub: ''Frontier'' changes a couple names from previous games. The coin-like items vivosaurs are stored in were "Dino Medals" but are now "Dino Gears", and Becklespinax's vivosaur name goes from "Spinax" to "Beckles" - of course, the first two games identified it as an Altispinax, and its Japanese name was "Altis",
which he donated to a museum after it was amputated at would explain the Battle change.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: T-Rex in the first game, natch. Also, [[KillerRabbit Compso, who debuffs the enemy's attack power by 90%]]. Even moreso are [[spoiler:Duna, Dynal, and Raptin]], with their ridiculous support effects, and crazy abilities.
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler:Before the final battle with Guhnash, you can choose to bring either Rosie or Duna with you. Choosing Duna leads to this. And considering that little mishap with the devolution ray, Rosie technically counts for this too.]]
* ItemGet: Every last fossil is one
of Gettysburg, these in the first two games. The hero bends over, picks up the rock, faces the camera and thrusts it above his/her head triumphantly. The fanfare plays, and a blurb appears on display in stating the foreground nature of the rock found. It's a thing of beauty.
* JokeCharacter: In the first game, Anato. Its expression can only be described as "derpy," and even the ''game'' goes out of its way to point out how stupid it looks. It's a vivosaur who tries to sell itself based ''solely on'' the fact that it looks ridiculous. From a gameplay perspective, it also tries to lay claim to having a 100% effective [[StandardStatusEffects Confusion skill]], but said skill also does no damage and costs ''240 FP.'' Similar skills on other vivosaurs not only do damage, they also cost ''over 100 FP less.''
** LethalJokeCharacter in ''Champions '' It gets an [[TookALevelInBadass upgrade]] to gold confusion which means that the vivosaur inflicted has a chance of attacking itself or any of its allies. In addition its super evolver form Papygon, is widely accepted as
one of the early vote-purchasing scenes.
* HonorBeforeReason: Discussed
best in a private meeting between Lincoln and Thaddeus Stevens. Stevens has revolutionary ideas about making all African-Americans equal and overturning Southern society to make it a haven for citizens of all colors. Lincoln agrees with him in principle, but he cautions Stevens to not make his goals so clear, for fear of scaring off his the game.[[note]]However, it's worth nothing that Papygon's PaletteSwap brother Teffla is much more reluctant supporters, the fan favorite of the two, and start with can deal heavier direct damage.[[/note]]
* JustifiedTrope: The game goes out of their way to emphasize that Dinosaurs didn't really have superpowers, and a great deal of
the small step of abolition first.
-->'''Lincoln''': A compass, I learned when I was surveying, it'll point you True North
Vivosaurs aren't even really revived from Dinosaurs, per se, but are rather other forms of prehistoric life.
** Driven home in ''Frontier'',
where [[spoiler:you travel back in time and encounter ''real'' dinosaurs. Unlike vivosaurs, dinosaurs are all Neutral-type, [[RealIsBrown have brown skin]], and are identified by their full names (like "Triceratops" instead of "Tricera")]].
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Mihu, a ceratopsian found in Japan, has ''katanas for horns.''
* KidHero: The main characters.
* KingIncognito: During ''Champions'',
you're standing, but it's got no advice about tasked with finding the swamps Princess of Nomadistan, who has quietly entered the tournament; and deserts are shown a picture of a girl and chasms her dog that you'll encounter along the way. If in pursuit of your destination, you plunge ahead, heedless of obstacles, and achieve nothing more than to sink in a swamp... What's the use of knowing True North?
* HopeSpot:
** When Representative Hutton is called to cast his vote for the amendment he is silently praying. The natural assumption that doing so would have moved him to vote to free the slaves
ran into earlier. [[spoiler:The Princess turns out to be incorrect ''the dog''; the girl's her retainer. Both the fact that this would have been good to know earlier and he votes against the Thirteenth Amendment. [[spoiler:This makes Yeaman's "Yes" vote right absurdity of [[CaligulasHorse appointing dogs as royalty]] is lampshaded.]]
* LampshadeHanging: The {{Combat Commentator}}s sometimes do this.
-->'''P.A. Leon''': I was wondering, why do we talk through every fight?
-->'''Slate Johnson''': I'm wondering how we can ''see'' every fight happening!
-->'''P.A. Leon''': Excellent point, Slate.
* LargeHamAnnouncer: All the announcers, but special mention must be given to Trip Cera. A couple choice quotes:
-->Not as excited as me! BOOYAH, GRANDMA!

-->'''Trip:''' Just like my wife with a credit card! Zing!\\
'''Ty:''' You're not married, Trip.\\
'''Trip:''' I'M SO LONELY!

-->There is a literal river of sweat running over my laptop! Seriously, I may electrocute myself before the day is over!
* LastLousyPoint: The five elemental [[spoiler:baby birds]] in the first game, who can only be obtained by getting every other vivosaur in the game and then ''maxing their levels.'' Yikes! They used to be downloadable from the Nintendo Channel on the Wii, but have since disappeared, as the aforementioned channel is no longer supported.
** More generally, you may find yourself gritting your teeth over the last lousy point of every single fossil you can clean. Properly-cleaned fossils are worth a ton of experience points, way more than you can reasonably give any specific vivosaur through combat. It's not ''mandatory'' to get everything perfect, but for perfectionists...
* LeakedExperience: Three vivosaurs participate in each fight, but all five that you're carrying (including defeated ones) get the experience. Averted in ''Frontier'', where all vivosaurs are available to use at all times but only the one used in battle gets experience.
* LizardFolk: In the second half of the game [[spoiler:a race of dromaeosauridae that evolved into hyper intelligent humanoids become the main antagonists
after all the sweeter.BB Bandits are defeated. They want to KillAllHumans, naturally.]]
* [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Gratuitous Foreign]] {{Malaproper}}: Nick Nack does this. Airy cat oh! Donkey shine!
* MaskedLuchador: There seems to be a thriving masked-battler community, since each game involves some:
** Saurhead in the first game, who wears [[RefugeInAudacity no less than]] ''[[RefugeInAudacity thirty]]'' full-head dinosaur masks at any given time. [[TheUnreveal Can't risk]] [[DramaticUnmask being unmasked]], after all.
** Pauleen from ''Champions'' also wears a mask. [[spoiler: She wears it because it's shy, and it helps her feel more confident--but the mask is enchanted to bestow confidence, and ''evil,'' so it takes over the wearer's body in a rather literal case of BecomingTheMask.
]]
** [[spoiler:When you In ''Frontier'', it's Dino Gigante. You have to find his old rival, the Flying Smile Kid, and draw him out of retirement to try and win his belt in order to get the piece of MacGuffin on it.
* MetalDetectorPuzzle: This is your entire means of finding {{Mons}}--you have sonar and need to search the ground for stuff.
* MisterMuffykins: Joannie and Madame Pooch in ''Champions''. [[spoiler:Joannie's pampering is justified as Madame Pooch is legitimately royalty as "Princess Pooch";
see a theater performance near the end of the film, you will momentarily relax seeing that it is obviously not ''Our American Cousin'', the play that Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated, but then the manager comes out to announce the assassination to the audience, which includes Tad Lincoln.KingIncognito above.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo:
** Stevens goes against his principles to claim that he only wants equality before
{{Mon}}: It's a dinosaur-collecting and battling game.
* MythologyGag: Many visual details of
the law, not total racial equality, in order to get the 13th Amendment passed. When brought to task for his statement, an unrepentant Stevens asserts that he'd do just Vivosaurs are based on facts about anything to end slavery.
** Many Republicans, especially Preston Blair's faction, are voting for the amendment only because they hope it will end the war sooner, even if they personally find the idea of black equality objectionable.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Lincoln believes that he has to get the 13th Amendment passed before ending the war, because he freely admits (to his cabinet, at least,) that the entire justification for the Emancipation Proclamation is legally incoherent, and it would never stand up to judicial review once he could no longer back it up with the excuse of "war powers".
** The Confederate delegation is concerned about how
their 'rights' will be infringed upon if they surrender, but dinos:
** Some are [[PunnyName name puns]] (Krona is covered in clock-like Roman numerals, and Coatlus was made to look like its namesake, Quetzalcoatl.)
** Others are based on
the irony that more or less location of their entire government framework is built with defending literal ''slavery'' in mind is entirely lost on them.
* InsultBackfire: The Ethan Allen anecdote during the Revolutionary War about an
discovery (U-Raptor (''Utahraptor'') has feathers that look like a Native American invited headdress, Carchar has Egyptian details, Chinese Shanshan is designed to look like a ChineseGirl crossed with an Asian dragon.)
*** The fact that Breme (''Bradycneme draculae'') is vampiric is both a name and location reference, as it was discovered in Transylvania and and consequently named after {{Dracula}}.
** And more have their own fun facts (M-Raptor was exceptionally bird-like and so resembles a parrot; Megalo was one of the first discoveries ever, so according to the graphic designer "[[http://www.fossilfighters.com/html/making-of/5/ I deliberately used the design of a dinosaur as it was conceived by people long ago.]]")
* {{Nerf}}: Support effects were nerfed quite heavily in ''Champions.'' In the first game, vivosaurs had their full support effects regardless of their level, making things like [[GameBreaker Compso]] incredibly dangerous. In the sequel, support effects grow when your levels do... meaning the game gives you a Compso in the ''very beginning of the game,'' and feels no remorse.
** But there's also an inversion, as some game mechanics got stronger in the transition from the original game to ''Champions''. In the original game, only the vivosaur in the Attack Zone could have a negative status effect put on them, and switching zones got rid of status effects. This made attacks whose only purpose was to cause a status effect somewhat weak, but this hurt poison attacks especially--you would need to use a chain of either knockback or [[StandardStatusEffect excite]] skills to get a poison attack to work, and the extra damage frequently wasn't that spectacular. In the sequel, however, all zones can have status effects and rotating doesn't get rid of them, meaning the extra damage from poison is more likely to stick around.
** A similar inversion applies to counterattacks. In the first game, counterattacks only had a 40% chance of working, making them a rather weak and luck-based strategy. In the sequel, counterattacks were upped
to a British home, 70% success rate, making them far more dangerous.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The Dinomatons are robot dinosaurs, and the aforementioned Breme is a vampire dinosaur.
** And the sequel brings us skeleton [[spoiler:and zombie]] dinosaurs.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: A rare living example in [[OlympusMons Frigi(saur) and Igno(saur)]]. As soon as you defeat the former,
the latter hanging a portrait of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington in his restroom. The American considers vanishes as well due to them cancelling each other's powers out. Still, it removes a compliment because, [[BringMyBrownPants well]]...
-->[The portrait] will do good service. The whole world knows nothing will make an Englishman shit quicker than the sight of George Washington.
* {{Irony}}: Near the film's end, Grant tells Lincoln "We've won the war. Now
god-like power from your party to prevent a Game Breaker. [[spoiler:Until you have to lead us out of it." [[ForegoneConclusion Unfortunately, Lincoln is never able to do so.can win them from post-game {{Bonus Boss}}es, anyway.]]
* IShallTauntYou: Representative Wood (D) ''excels'' at this. At a crucial moment NothingIsScarier: When [[spoiler: the BB Bandits take over Vivosaur Island]], no music plays even in friendly areas.
* NotQuiteBackToNormal: Poor Rosie. The other girl's ending shows she hasn't fully thrown off the effects of the Digadig charm ''or'' the [[spoiler: deevolution ray]].
* OddNameOut: Three of Holt's V-Raptors
in the Amendment debate, he tries to goad Stevens mini-manga are Odin, Thor, and Steve.
* OlympusMons: Frigisaur and Ignosaur.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:The main villains of both ''Champions'' and ''Frontier'' turn themselves
into stating, on monstrous dino-beasts for the Floor, his [[DeliberateValuesDissonance radical opinion]] that black people are not inherently inferior to whites. [[spoiler:He fails, as Stevens truthfully avows that he cannot claim all men are equal [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech when he's confronting men as slimy and inferior as]] ''[[FloweryInsult the Democrats he's opposing]]''.final battle.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Thaddeus Stevens. Half of what he says is devoted to insulting whoever he is addressing. This has OverlyLongName: Avoided. Many dinos have these, but their Vivosaur counterparts have them cut short.
* PaletteSwap: In ''Frontier,'' certain dinos have variants (based off famous specimens) that are colored differently. They sometimes differ in elements and skills, too--Hypsi comes in Air, Water, and Fire versions.
* {{Panspermia}}: Subverted. [[spoiler: The Dinaurians seeded the planet with life, but it was Earth's own species that survived instead.]]
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: There's
a lot to do bonus boss post-game that most people have trouble with. However, with the fact that he is decades ahead of his right team (ex. Seismo, Hoplo, and Compso) you can consistently defeat said bonus boss over and over again in about 6 turns each time (even among many by abusing a team skill and how long-range attacks work, making leveling up all your vivosaurs to rank 12 easy.
** In the second game, there's the three Barebones Brigade officials. They use teams made up entirely
of his fellow abolitionists) in thinking that black people deserve complete equality Boneysaurs; although Boneys have powerful support effects, they're also extreme {{Glass Cannon}}s, meaning vivosaurs several levels lower of them can take them out with whites and [[spoiler:considers himself married by common law some decent planning. They grant a full 30 points (in a game where level-ups come every 50 points) on defeat, making them great for grinding.
** Also in the second game, after you beat the game, you can talk
to his "housekeeper," even though common law itself would not]]. His insults are directed towards opponents Prof. Scatterly to "reenact" the final battle with Zongazonga. By thee end of abolition and people who he does not think are committed the game your vivosaurs will probably be strong enough to abolition.
take him out no problem, and he gives you 50 points, so any dinosaurs can be leveled up just by being put in the support group.
* LargeAndInCharge: The 6'4" Lincoln towers over PlanetEater: [[spoiler:Guhnash.]]
* PlayableEpilogue: A whole crop of stuff opens up after you beat the game. UnusableEnemyEquipment becomes [[InfinityPlusOneSword usable]], new areas open up,
everyone else. Day-Lewis' height (6'1") is exaggerated somewhat becomes a BonusBoss, you get ''both'' the OlympusMons...
* PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs: [[spoiler:Inverted; Dinosaurs were introduced on Earth
by the camera angles.
Dinaurians.]]
* LargeHam: Wood, Stanton, "Beanpole" Burton. Bilbo PopQuiz: The second go through the Secret Tunnels has his moments too.
* LargeHamTitle: Sort of. Lincoln tells Secretary Stanton
you correctly answering dinosaur trivia to start advance in the maze.
** In ''Champions'' there's a roaming quiz show sidequest run by Tess Score.
* PowerTrio: Hunter, Rosie, and Holt become one of these in the mini-manga. In ''Champions'', it's the player, Todd, and Pauleen; with Rupert as SixthRanger.
* PowerupLetdown: Getting the upgrade for Dark Fossils lets you find red fossils, which you could already find anyway, jewels, which you could find anyway, and dino droppings, which you ''couldn't''. Also, dark fossils have an outer shell that can only be broken with a hammer. If there's a speck of outer shell covering that perfect red fossil, expect to lose some points smashing it.
** Yes, but you don't get challenged for finding Dark Fossils in the original. Meaning you don't have to fight tooth-and-nail for every [[VendorTrash Emerald and Diamond]] that you dig up. In addition, the best jewels are available in Dark Fossils, meaning you can now get those all-important case, sonar, and cleaning tool upgrades without running around swinging a pickaxe like a maniac for hours on end. BoringButPractical.
* PunnyName / MeaningfulName: Where to start? We've got name changer Ty Tull, advice giver Tipper, Sam Inaro who teaches seminars... And these are just from the ''first'' game.
** Gets lampshaded:
--->'''Rosie:''' Oh, I can't believe I didn't make the connection before... Knickknacks... ''Nick Nack''. Ugh. Waa ha ha! To think we're out looking for knickknacks for a guy named Nick Nack... It's like some awful joke!
** NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Even the [=NPC=]s warn you that "We've heard all the jokes" about Bea Ginner (who teaches novices).
* PurelyAestheticGender: Your gender has no effect on the plot in ''Champions'' or ''Frontier''.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: In ''Champions,'' both Professor Scatterly and Rupert show signs of it. Rupert is more of a nascent one, though he certainly shows signs of Britishness.
* RandomlyDrops: Some fossils are ''much'' rarer than others, and you'll have to go back and forth between the main town and the area where they're found if you want to complete your fossil collection. Averted in ''Frontier'', where fossils for a specific vivosaur can be counted on to show up near each other and always in the same areas; plus they're identified on sight and you no longer need to go back to town to excavate them.
* TheReptilians: [[spoiler:The dinaurians in the original game.]]
* RibcageRidge: Treasure Lake in the second game has a gigantic skull of some variety, smack dab in the middle of the lake.
** Could also be a parody DesertSkull. Food for thought.
* RichBitch: Bling sisters Ruby and Sapphire, aka "the Posh Pair", in ''Frontier'''s postgame; who consider the player a commoner and recruit him/her in a few schemes to get rare jewels. Averted with [[spoiler:Penny]], who is only revealed to come from a rich family in the postgame and is SpoiledSweet.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: A great deal of the Fossil Fighters are implied to be this.
* RoadApples: Yes, you can dig up fossilized dino dung. Nick Nack and John Guano are the only ones who want it for whatever reason (the shop will ''accept'' it, but will pay next to nothing).
* RobotBuddy: [=KL-33N=], the cleaning robot. Rupert has a prototype digging robot called [=Di66-R=]. In ''Frontier'', the Bone Buggies have an onboard AI called [=VR-00M=] (whose picture looks like the robots from the prior games).
* RoseHairedSweetie: Nate from ''Frontier'' is a RareMaleExample, in {{Adorkable}} flavor.
* RuleOfCool: Dinosaurs battling it out is cool enough, but the sequels give them even more powerful, awesome-looking forms.
* RunningGag: In ''Champions'', every time [[spoiler: someone's skull jumps into your pocket]], it is always described as "lumpy."
* SamusIsAGirl: In ''Frontier,'' it's revealed that the MascotMook T-Rex--the big red, yellow, and black one that appears on the box art of every game--is specifically a female version (named [[GeniusBonus Sue]]). The male version is a [[RealMenWearPink purple]] variant named [[FluffyTheTerrible Stan.]]
* SaveScumming: If you save before you talk to the cleaning robot, you can reload the save until he gives satisfactory results. No longer the case in ''Frontier'', where you do all the cleaning out in the field where you ''can't'' save.
* SchmuckBait: The Secret Tunnels of the Mole Brothers contain several treasure chests, but a nearby plaque warns you that "greed is its own setback." Opening them keeps you from advancing in the maze. It's later confirmed that opening these chests is why Lemo and O'Mel got separated in the first place.
* SetBonus: Putting three vivosaurs with something in common on the field can unlock a special attack for each.
* ShoutOut:
** One poor nameless NPC is tasked with standing guard over a warehouse, and nothing else. Keep
talking to him, and he'll eventually reveal the "deep, philosophical" thoughts he's been having: "'''What is a man''''s life worth? Nothing but guarding '''a miserable pile of secrets?'''"
** The cleaning robots resemble Japanese emoticons.
** A cinematic from the sequel shows [[Film/JurassicPark a helicopter transporting new people to the island.]]
** In ''Champions'', one park staffer is trying to come up
with "Thunder forth, god new ideas:
-->Fast cars are exciting, right? Maybe we could [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds have people battle while driving around a racetrack]]! [[TakeThat No, you're right. That's a dumb idea.]]
** Stella, Staff leader
of war!" Truth in Television, as Lincoln did refer Ribular Island informs the Hero(ine) that "[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Your dig site is on another island!]]" once they progress past Round 2 of the Cup. She then wonders why that sounds familiar.
** ''Champions'' also features a fisherman who became lost at sea. His name is [[Literature/RobinsonCrusoe Robinson,]] and he also talks
to Stanton as [[Film/CastAway a ball, whom he calls his "Mars.best friend]].
** When its programming goes haywire, Rupert's robot says things such as "[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda I AM ERROR.]]" and "[[Videogame/ProWrestling A WINNER IS YOU.]]"
** In ''Frontier'', if you talk to a shopkeeper about cleaning a daily random fossil, they'll say [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda "It's a secret to everybody."]] During a tournament during one of the postgame quests, one character will also reference [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem "playing with power"]].
* ShownTheirWork: The information on the extinct animals, also see MythologyGag above.
* SignificantAnagram: The Mole Brothers' names are Lemo and O'Mel. Hm. I wonder what ''those'' [[SarcasmMode are anagrams of]]?
* SinisterSchnoz: Snivels, no question.
* SkullForAHead: Don Boneyard [[spoiler:and anyone else who became a victim of Zongazonga]].
* SlasherSmile: [[spoiler: Guhweep]] has one, but it's not immediately obvious until it [[spoiler: uses Tears of Dark Light... and turns upside down]].
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: The Glacier dig site from the first game, though it doesn't open up until the endgame.
** All of the Ilium Island digsites in ''Champions'' apply. Ilium isn't called "The island where warmth goes to die" for nothing!
* TheSlowPath:
** In the first game, [[spoiler:Dr. Diggins after he's sent back to the Jurassic. Thank goodness he manages to find the Stone Sleep device!]]
** Also seen in ''Frontier''. [[spoiler:While time-traveling, your vivosaur partner gets left behind in the late Cretaceous in order to make sure you get home safely. Eventually, you realize that a fossilized Dino Gear-like artifact you'd found earlier in the game really ''is'' your partner's Dino Gear.]]
* StanceSystem: Used in ''Frontier''. While previous games had tactical systems based on a vivosaur's placement on the field, ''Frontier'' instead focuses on how your vivosaur is standing: straight ahead, rearing up, ducking down, or turned around and baring its tail. Each vivosaur has a different set of strong and weak stances, and different attacks can change your or your opponents' stances (though a vivosaur's stance is always reset when it takes its turn).
* StarterMon: Each game in the series does it differently:
** ''Fossil Fighters:'' You start the game with a Spinax who, while common, is decently powerful. However, at the game start, you also get a free bonus fossil of a dinosaur based on how you answer some questions about what you like in your dinos.
** ''Champions:'' Joe Wildwest lets you pick between dinos of the four basic elements, which are hard to get until late game. All can [[MagikarpPower Super Evolve.]] Plus, boys get a T-rex and girls get a Tricera.
** ''Frontier:'' You befriend Chomp, the most traditionally mons-like dino in the series. He's no recognizable dinosaur species, he's quite powerful, and he evolves at certain points in the game. Plus, he's your TeamPet and your close friend.
* StatGrinding: A mild case in the first game; most stat gains are at levelups but vivosaurs also gain HP gradually between levels. ''Champions'' removes this.
* StockDinosaurs: But also includes any new prehistoric mammals and dinosaurs discovered during the creation of the game.
** The sequel appears to be continuing this, including many other prehistoric creatures from before and after the age of dinosaurs.
* StopHavingFunGuys: [[{{In-Universe}} Rupert]] in ''Champions''. After witnessing Todd take his loss to you in stride, he's baffled as to why Todd's not upset about losing. Though it turns out it's less arrogance that his way is the right one and more ignorance that there are other ways in the first place.
** Turns out it comes from his dad, who tried to drive the "have fun" mentality out of him and wanted him to bail out when facing even a 50% chance of failure. [[spoiler:This game being high on the idealistic end of the scale, this was just dad trying to protect Rupert from the pain of losing. [[ManipulativeBastard Or so he says...]]]]
* StrangelyEffectiveDisguise: [[spoiler: Somehow, the majority of the Dinaurians are fooled by yours and Dr. Diggins' masks.]]
** See also ''Champions'', where the hero(ine) receives a Ty Ranno mask for disguise purposes. No other mask keeps [=NPC=]s from immediately knowing who he/she is; how is this mask different?
* SummonBiggerFish: Calling up Ignosaur to fight Frigisaur.
* TakeThat: After completing the main quest and all the sidequests of ''Frontier'', you'll take a group photo with the main cast; to which Dahlia comments "And it's a PICTURE, got it? Not a selfie. That word is so overused these days.
"
* {{Leitmotif}}: A lively bluegrass theme appears whenever Bilbo and his cohorts are onscreen.
* LetMeTellYouAStory: A signature behavior of Lincoln, present in many of the conversations he has throughout the film. They don't always
TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:The [[LizardFolk dinaurians]] have a relevant moral, though. technology that can do this. The technology that un-stones them is also responsible for how you can revive dinosaurs in the first time, with the parrot story, it's completely unrelated. The second time with the Ethan Allen story, it's just to get everyone to lighten up a bit. {{Lampshaded}} hilariously by Stanton who at one point interrupts Lincoln, shouting "I am ''not'' going to sit through another one of your stories!"
* LightningFireJuxtaposition: There is a scene where Lincoln is arguing with his wife on the morality of going to war. There is lighting flashing through the dark window on Lincoln's side, while there is fire burning in a fire place next to the wife. Lincoln is arguing going to war to stop slavery and stop an insurrection. Meanwhile, his wife is arguing that the lives of young soldiers and consequently their families are at stake. It seems that the use of lightning and fire shows that both are serious arguments-but both have different connotations. Lincoln's lightning might represent both the "divine" justice needed to be done and Lincoln's strong ideological stance. His wife's stance is depicted as a fire-place, usually a symbol of home, and fire as a symbol of truth, indicating there would be a high cost to pay for the war. Also, male vs. female. Ideals vs. truths?
* MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext: Lincoln's story about the doomsayer parrot. Once it's finished, everyone who heard it is staring confusedly wondering what on earth that was all about.
* MalignedMixedMarriage: [[spoiler: Thaddeus Stevens's mistress (or common-law wife in his eyes-played by [[Series/LawAndOrder S. Epatha Merkerson]])]] is black and pretends to be his housekeeper to prevent rumors.
* ManlyTears: Many of the Republican Congressman after [[spoiler:securing the passage of the 13th Amendment.
place.]]
** When * ATasteOfPower: Do you go straight to the black people enter the gallery to hear the vote on the amendment, Rep. Litton's voice goes rough and cracks as he greets them.
--> '''Litton.''' We welcome you, ladies and gentlemen, first in the history of this people's chamber... ''to your House!''
** Rep. James Ashley has an InelegantBlubbering moment after
confrontation with [[spoiler: the amendment passes]].
* MatchCut: An audio Match Cut from one of Seward's operatives whacking a crab
Ignosaur]] in your party... or do you have some fun with a mallet to a gavel banging the House of Representatives into session.
[[OlympusMons godlike beast]] beforehand?
* MeaninglessMeaningfulWords: After discovering Lincoln sent Preston Blair TerribleTrio: The BB Gang. Also counts as a peace feeler to the rebels, Seward rages GoldfishPoopGang for the first half of the game. In the sequel, it's the Barebones Brigade. ''Frontier'' has Baron von Blackraven and his gang.
* TheTetrisEffect: Expect to see fossils in various states of cleaning every time you close your eyes.
* TyrannosaurusRex: The game's mascot, and somewhat of the InfinityPlusOneSword. One NPC ensures the player near the end of the game that "all the hype you've ever heard
about how it could jeopardize all their work to pass is true!"
* TheUnintelligible: Rex of
the 13th Amendment. Lincoln says some reassuring words which the spent Seward reluctantly agrees with. Then he takes a moment to think and realizes Lincoln probably just said some nonsensical platitude.
-->'''Lincoln''': Time is a great thickener of things, William.
-->'''Seward''': Yes, I suppose it is...
--> -{{Beat}}-
-->'''Seward''': [[LampshadeHanging Actually, I have no idea what you mean by that.
BB Bandits.
** EloquentInMyNativeTongue: [[spoiler:His true speech patterns tend toward SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. Those kooky English bulldogs...
]]
* MononymousBiopicTitle
* MoodWhiplash: Often occurs thanks to ongoing war. For example, Lincoln once tells a hilarious anecdote to lighten
UnknownItemIdentification: In the mood of telegraphers, then listens urgently with first two games, fossils had to be brought back to base and excavated before they could be identified. In ''Frontier'', fossils are "unknown" the first time they're excavated but the sonar will be able to ID them as afterward.
* UnusableEnemyEquipment: Boy, the Dinatomatons sure are cool, aren't they? Who wouldn't want a [[VideoGame/RobotDinosaursThatShootBeamsWhenTheyRoar Robot Dinosaur That Shoots Beams When It Roars?]] Well, sorry, but ''you don't get none.'' And you'll have to keep your paws off [[spoiler:Duna, Dynal, and Raptin]] too... [[spoiler:until
they report all become available in the outcome of the Battle of Fort Fisher... and the casualties.
* NiceHat: Abe and his stovepipe hat, in which he sometimes stores speeches.
* NobleDemon: Vice-President of the Confederacy Alexander Stephens is a reprehensible white supremacist, [[NiceToTheWaiter but he doesn't view this as good reason to treat blacks poorly.
postgame, that is.]]
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Tommy Lee Jones plays Thaddeus Stevens with his normal Texas accent, though Stevens was from Pennsylvania, VendorTrash: Digging up and cleaning gemstones is the only way to make money. The better the gem, the more money.
* VerbalTic: The Digadigs, including Pauleen in ''Champions''. Rosie [[GotMeDoingIt picks
it would have been up]] when she is mystically made part of the tribe, and she is very ironic ''diga-''displeased.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Roise asks "you probably hate me now, don't you?". You actually are ABLE
to have such a fiery abolitionist from the deep South.say "yes".
* NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: The original book was called ''Team of Rivals'' ** In ''Frontier,'' when you [[spoiler: travel back in time]], you can encounter dino nests. You can cheerfully drive your Bone Buggy over them and shatter them to pieces, for a reason. Lincoln's powerhouse cabinet spends much of their time together yelling at each no other instead of getting policies carried out. At least until Lincoln brings down the thunder. And reason than they're just a few men; Congress is even worse. The Congressional scenes come off like a cross between C*Span's coverage of today's Congress and Prime Minister's Question Time. Several reviews point out, positively, that the entire picture is "two and a half hours of historical C*Span".
there. (Though they magically reform themselves if you wait.)
* PeaceConference: As promised to his conservative allies, [[spoiler:and after delaying long enough to get the 13th Amendment passed]], Lincoln XMeetsY: ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' meets with Confederate peace feelers at Hampton Roads. The talks go nowhere despite Lincoln's plea to "Stop this bleeding."
{{Mon}}s. (''Magazine/NintendoPower'' said "meets ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''", but "meets ''VideoGame/{{Spectrobes}}''" is much more apt.)
* PercussivePickpocket: Inverted. Lincoln's lobbyists deliberately crash into a Democrat they hope to bribe a vote from, apologize, and help him recollect his papers. It takes a second or two for WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: In the Congressman to realize that ''they're piling money into his folder''.
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: Washington, D.C. in general and
first game's Master-rank Level-Up Battles, losing even one vivosaur makes you lose the White House in particular, according to Mrs. Lincoln.whole fight.
* PlausibleDeniability: Lincoln's handling of the Confederate peace delegation. He uses Francis Blair as envoy, allowing him WellDoneSonGuy: Rupert's father is... difficult to claim that Blair is acting as a private citizen without binding Lincoln to any actions or promises. Then he retains them at Hampton Roads rather than allowing them to Washington. It nearly unravels when Seward and then several Congressmen discover their presence, but Lincoln saves the day with [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial a carefully-worded denial]].
* PrecisionFStrike:
** When Bilbo realizes that his guest is none other than President Lincoln, he blurts out, "Well I'll be fucked!" as he stumbles to get to his feet. Lincoln replies, deadpan, "I wouldn't bet against it."
** When a Democratic Congressman attempts to shoot Bilbo with a single-shot pistol for offering him a bribe, struggles to collect his dropped folder, kicks dirt on the Congressman to delay him as he reloads, and yells, "Fuck you, you son of a bitch!"
** The punchline of the Ethan Allan story could also count, as it uses many euphemisms for using the toilet until the exact perfect moment.
* ProtagonistTitle
* RamblingOldManMonologue: Lincoln has a habit of breaking into anecdotes that sometimes don't have any relevance to the topic at hand. Other times they're quite calculated to produce an effect.
* RealityIsUnrealistic:
** Lincoln impressions almost invariably use a deep, sonorous tone (this started with molasses-voiced Raymond Massey in his [[Theatre/AbeLincolnInIllinois 1940 performance]]), when in reality Lincoln had a high and nasal voice. Many viewers were confused to first hear Lewis's performance, which has been praised by Lincoln scholars for being very realistic. It didn't help that Day-Lewis's voice was at its highest and most nasal when he was shouting or speaking loudly in excitement, and the movie trailers contain a disproportionate (to the movie) number of those moments.\\
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But even so, ''despite'' said voice, Lincoln was known as an immensely charismatic man who held gravitas in his stance, which Day-Lewis captures ''perfectly.'' His voice actually gave him a political advantage at the time. This predated microphones and in order to be heard in a crowd one would have to speak in a loud booming voice, like the members of congress. Lincoln's voice was soft, but was very clear and projected well (as demonstrated by the speech at the end). This meant he came across as very affable to the people.
** Some viewers may find it strange that Representative Fernando Wood sounds British even though he's an American, perhaps thinking the film is invoking the EvilBrit trope. In actuality, Wood, as depicted by Creator/LeePace, sounds that way because he is using [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elocution elocution]], the art of formal speech. Wood may have learned this "classical" sound in school, or picked it up by listening to actors (perhaps the extremely popular Booths) and others trained in public speaking. Bill Raymond as Schuyler Colfax, saying "The House recognizes Fernando Wood," is also using it. Elocution kind of evolved into the "Mid-Atlantic" sound, used by many American film actors[[note]]Creator/KatharineHepburn, Mia Farrow, Creator/VincentPrice[[/note]] which is why they seemed to sound British, up until the 1970s, when this style was largely dropped in favor of "naturalistic" speech.
* {{Realpolitik}}: Lincoln proves to be a master of this. He's perfectly willing to make deals, offer favors, and straight-up bribe people in order to get the 13th Amendment passed.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Thaddeus Stevens gets off a good one at the expense of pro-slavery Congressman George Pendleton. Which oddly enough, is worded to say, "You suck, but you deserve equality!"
--> '''Stevens:''' How can I hold that all men are created equal, when here before me stands, ''stinking'' ... the moral carcass of the gentleman from Ohio? ''Proof'' that some men ''are'' inferior! Endowed by their maker with dim wits! Impermeable to reason! With cold, pallid ''slime'' in their veins instead of ''hot red blood!'' ''You'' are more ''reptile'' than man, George! So low and flat, that the foot of man is ''incapable'' of crushing you!
--> '''Pendleton:''' How ... dare ... you ... !
--> '''Stevens:''' Yet even you, Pendleton, who should have been gibbeted for treason long before today, even worthless unworthy you ought to be treated equally before the law!
** Stevens himself receives one at the hands of Mary Todd Lincoln, reminding Stevens that he lacks the love of the people, something her husband has and they both need to keep support for the amendment alive.
* RedHerring: One of the final scenes is at a theater... [[spoiler:but the Grover's, where Tad is watching ''Literature/{{Aladdin}}''. Then the manager enters to announce that Lincoln had been shot at Ford's.]]
* TheReliableOne:
** Lincoln's secretaries, John Hay and John Nicolay are in the background of many scenes, quietly taking notes or working away.
** Seward, who also works quietly to acquire votes while Lincoln and Congress argue very publicly.
** Secretary of the Navy [[FatherNeptune Gideon Welles]], who keeps things going when Stanton has a temper tantrum.
* RedOniBlueOni:
** Thaddeus Stevens and Francis Preston Blair and their affiliated factions respectively. Stevens and the Radical Republicans want the amendment to pass in order to abolish slavery and help bring about more racial equality, while Blair and the conservative Republicans are only interested in passing it as a pragmatic means to end the war.
** The two black soldiers who talk to Lincoln at the beginning of the movie. Corporal Clark takes the opportunity to criticize the government's poor treatment of black soldiers, while Private Green is more conciliatory towards the president and just wants to hear some news.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent
-->'''Thaddeus Stevens''': You are more ''reptile'' than man, George!
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Stevens wants to treat the South as a conquered nation. In contrast Lincoln wants to welcome them back into the Union with open arms and be forgiving as possible. Of course, given what happened in Reconstruction, history is very much on Stevens' side on this issue.
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* RomanAClef: The names of the Representatives who voted against the 13th Amendment were changed for the film. Creator/StevenSpielberg said this was done out of respect for the families (however, this was not done for opposition ringleaders George Pendleton and Fernando Wood, since they play such major roles in the film).
* RunningGag: Lincoln keeps trying to get rid of his dress gloves, complaining they never fit right. His butler is always there to make him put or keep them on.
* SadisticChoice:
** Lincoln is faced
{{Whateversaurus}}: Along with the decision to either do what he can to end term "vivosaur" itself, this is used liberally for the war as soon as possible, or to continue trying to pass the amendment at the risk of prolonging it just a little longer.
** When the Democrats force Stevens to declare his beliefs on racial equality, he either has to express more moderate views, which would be anathema to the Radical Republicans and those who support abolition, or be completely honest about them and seriously jeopardize the passing of the 13th amendment. He manages to TakeAThirdOption, sort of.
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* SelfDeprecation:
** Lincoln makes a joke about his unruly hair rather than respond directly to a black soldier's complaint about unequal treatment.
** Thaddeus Stevens states that his haggard appearance is the result of his tireless efforts for racial equality, capping it off by saying that he looks even worse without his wig.
* ShoutOutToShakespeare:
** Lincoln, who in RealLife was in fact a big Creator/WilliamShakespeare fan, quotes
WindIsGreen: Air-type Viviosaurs are revived from ''Theatre/HenryIVPart2'':
--> '''Lincoln''': We have heard
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* WombLevel: The Bonehemoth in ''Champions.''
* WordSaladTitle: In ''Champions,'' all
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** Early
songs in the movie, while recounting his dream to Mary, Lincoln quotes {{Hamlet}}'s speech about being "a king of infinite space, were it not that I sound test have bad dreams."
silly and non-indicative names, like "Sleepy Robin," "Chocolate Soiree," or "Raspberry Bell."
* ShownTheirWork:
YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Rosie's pink hair could be passed off as an [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis artistic rendtion]] of a strawberry blonde, but there's ''really'' no explaining why Dr. Diggins' hair is ''green.''
** Those unfamiliar with Lincoln family history may do a double take to see that Robert Todd Lincoln (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is present at the surrender at Appomattox Court House. Robert was in fact Siamo actually there and not a ThrowItIn by the filmmakers.
** Rather than go for depicting a famous battle like Gettysburg in the opening scene, ''Lincoln'' opens with the lesser known Battle of Jenkins' Ferry.
** During the assassination of Lincoln, [[spoiler:it is not shown from Lincoln's point-of-view but rather Tad's, who was watching a different play, ''Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp'' at the Grover Theater, before it is stopped to inform everyone that his father
has been shot]].
** Spielberg's sound design team went to the White House to record the sounds of the clocks and doors inside. They even got ''the sound of Lincoln's watch'' recorded from where it is held in the Kentucky Historical Society. It was the first time the watch had been wound up in a century and a half, and the filmmakers were amazed that it still worked.
** Daniel Day-Lewis performing Lincoln's actual voice, as well as many of his recorded quotes. He also portrayed Lincoln as a storyteller and sometimes jokester, which Lincoln was indeed recorded as being.
** James Spader's appearance as William Bilbo had to be guessed from various sources because there are no photos of the real Bilbo. One habit of his that Spader found was that the real Bilbo was into wood carving, which he incorporated by showing him frequently carving a wooden duck.
** The voting scene records two unusual occurrences during the House's decision on the amendment: 1. several black families sat in the House Gallery to watch, with Rep Litton welcoming them, and 2. [[spoiler:the Speaker of the House, Schuyler Colfax, asked to vote even though the Speaker is a ceremonial role and thus technically not required to. He voted yes.]]
** During a carriage ride in April Lincoln talks about visiting the Holy Land, telling Mary: "There is no place I so much desire to see as Jerusalem." This is a direct quote of what he actually said to her in the carriage that day, hours before he was shot.
* SleazyPolitician: Seward is not sleazy in character, but he still maintains his contacts with political operatives who ''are'', whom he sets to rounding up lame-duck Democrats that can be persuaded to vote aye.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: This film is about Honest Abe, but he is the one who orders his Secretary of State to get professional lobbyists to wheel and deal with patronage appointments as much as they can to secure the votes necessary to get the 13th Amendment passed. In Stevens's words concerning himself: "The greatest measure of the nineteenth century was passed by corruption, aided and abetted by the purest man in America."
* SimpleCountryLawyer: Despite being the President, Lincoln still projects this vibe, and often tells stories from his lawyer days.
-->'''Roger Ebert''': I've rarely been more aware than during Steven Spielberg's ''Lincoln'' that Abraham Lincoln was a plain-spoken, practical, down-to-earth man from the farmlands of Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.
** Tony Kushner noted that this was inspired by Creator/JohnFord's ''Film/YoungMrLincoln'' which showed Lincoln's early days as a lawyer.
%%* SmugSnake: Representative Fernando Wood, the Democrats' chief orator, fills this role.
* SoHappyTogether: After the 13th Amendment is passed, Abraham and Mrs. Lincoln reconcile and are shown happy together, musing on going on vacation and seeing Jerusalem. It doesn't happen.
* SoreLoser: The Confederate Peace Commission. They ''know'' they're about lose the war, but stubbornly refuse to give up their slaves, somehow thinking they can keep the old South intact.
* TheStoryteller: Lincoln, much to the exasperation of his Cabinet and his staff. [[TruthInTelevision The real-life Lincoln]] was known for telling stories at every occasion... [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome sometimes with a subtle message]], ofttimes [[CrowningMomentOfFunny to tell a joke]] during a tense moment and break the mood.
* SuddenPrincipledStand: [[spoiler:Clay Hawkins]],
blue hair, despite being threatened with violence from his own constituency, votes for the amendment, vigorously defying his own party to "shoot me dead!" This act of courage prompts a moral tug-of-war in the next Democrat who can't decide whether to stand by party or principles.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
** "So far as I know there is no Confederate delegation in Washington." [[spoiler:They're in a steamboat docked on the Potomac]].
** When Seward first tells Lincoln that congressmen came to him asking if there was a peace delegation, he told them there wasn't because if there were Lincoln would have discussed it with him first. As he's saying this, though, he's giving Lincoln a DeathGlare that screams: "I know it's true and why didn't you tell me?"
* TakeAThirdOption: Southern congressmen who support the amendment on moral grounds but will not defy their party completely can choose to abstain rather than vote either way. This didn't necessarily help their political careers any more than just voting for the amendment, however.
--> [[spoiler:Edwin F. [=LeClerk=]]]: No! Oh, to hell with it, shoot me dead too. Yes! I mean, abstention! Abstention.
** Thaddeus Stevens gets one, kind of, when pressed by his Democrat enemies to either admit that he believes blacks should be completely equal to whites in all things, or to take a more moderate, watered down approach -- either would jeopardize support for the amendment from some quarters. [[spoiler: He gets around it by admitting that he doesn't believe all men are equal... [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech because the men he's currently arguing with are loathsome, slimy idiots closer to reptiles than men]].]]
* TearsOfJoy: The passing of the amendment and the final abolition of slavery results in many Republicans, Ashley and Litton among them, to break down sobbing after seeing their greatest dream made a reality.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Despite being an anti-slavery party, the House Republicans are not totally behind the amendment. The conservative faction has to be persuaded by the Blair family to support it.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Stanton and Welles describe the amphibious attack on Fort Fisher as beginning with a "steady barrage" from the largest fleet the navy had ever assembled. When another cabinet member wants clarification Stanton elaborates that it means 100 shells every minute until the rebels surrender. For context, in the last war America fought 180 shells an ''hour'' was the rate of fire during the siege of an entire city.
-->'''William Fessden (stunned)''': Dear God!
* TitleIn: A frequent sight throughout the film, e.g., [[AC:JANUARY, 1865 / TWO MONTHS HAVE PASSED SINCE ABRAHAM LINCOLNíS RE-ELECTION / THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR IS NOW IN ITS FOURTH YEAR]].
* ToiletHumor: Lincoln's story of Ethan Allen, concluding with the claim that [[spoiler:"nothing makes an Englishman shit faster than the sight of George Washington!"]]
* TokenEnemyMinority: Bilbo, one of Seward's lobbyists, is a southern Unionist who was driven out of Tennessee after siding with the Republicans.
* {{Troll}}: There are hints that Lincoln tells his stories to exasperate his advisers as much as to make them think.
* TheUnfavorite: Mrs. Lincoln thinks Abe sees Robert as this, while Abe suggests that Mrs. Lincoln sees Tad as this (the film depicts their true feelings towards their sons as much more complex).
* VillainousBSOD: The last we see of George Pendleton, oldest opponent of abolition, is him silently walking through the celebrating House chamber with an expression of despair that the 13th Amendment passed.
* WarIsHell:
** The opening scene is very violent, brutal, and nasty, with soldiers fighting in hand-to-hand combat and stamping their enemies' heads into the waterlogged battlefield to drown them. It then cuts to an African-American soldier who says that, given that Confederate soldiers didn't take black prisoners at a previous battle, the black Union soldiers at Jenkin's Ferry decided they weren't going to take prisoners either.
** Abraham Lincoln takes his oldest son to a veteran's hospital to try to talk him out of enlisting. The young man nearly cracks when he sees some orderlies pushing a wheelbarrow dripping blood to a hole where they're dumping amputated human limbs by the dozens. Everyone in the hospital itself is missing one or both their legs.
** After the Confederate negotiations go nowhere, there's a poignant scene of Lincoln and his men riding their horses through a field of bodies, all piled high from the siege of Petersburg.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Thaddeus Stevens gets one from one of his colleagues in the film, after making a statement to Congress that he is only interested in blacks being equal before the law, not equal in all things, which clashes with Stevens' positions on racial equality. Stevens responds that [[IDidWhatIHadToDo he will say anything, if it means that slavery will be eliminated.]]
** Lincoln himself gets one from Seward after the latter finds out that a Confederate peace envoy had been invited to Washington without his approving it.
* WhenHeSmiles: Stevens wears a perpetual frown through ninety-nine percent of the whole damn movie. Except at the end, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and for a very good reason]].
* WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou: Lincoln slaps Robert after Robert accuses him of barring him from service for fear of Mary more than Robert's death. The blow is not physically hard and Lincoln tries to embrace his son right afterwards, but it has a very bad effect on both men.
* WindbagPolitician: On the day of the vote, the speaker tells the audience they will now ''briefly'' recap the proposed amendment. Everyone bursts out laughing on "briefly".
* WorthyOpponent: Ulysses S. Grant, Robert Lincoln and the other Union soldiers solemnly doff their hats to Robert E. Lee after he surrenders at Appomattox (this actually happened, of course).
** Also displayed between Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens. They knew each other from their time in Congress. During their brief parley for peace at the movie's end they are amicable where Stephens' fellow Confederates are rude and dismissive.
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** The Confederate delegation is concerned about how their 'rights' will be infringed upon if they surrender, but the irony that more or less their entire government framework is built with defending literal ''slavery'' in mind is entirely lost on them.
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* NobleDemon: Vice-President of the Confederacy Alexander Stephens is a reprehensible white supremacist, [[NiceToTheWaiter but he doesn't view this as good reason to treat blacks poorly.]]
6th May '17 1:00:33 AM CaptEquinox
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** Rep. James Ashley has an InelegantBlubbering moment after [[spoiler: the amendment passes]].
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