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30th Apr '16 3:49:37 AM Ly_mario
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** Played for laughs at the end, when Simon and Kaylee are taking the "unresolved" out of their UnresolvedSexualTension. They begin removing their clothes, then start kissing, then they fall down out of sight... and the camera pans up to show [[CovertPervert River watching from an air duct overhead]].

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** Played for laughs at the end, when Simon [[spoiler:Simon and Kaylee are taking the "unresolved" out of their UnresolvedSexualTension. They begin removing their clothes, then start kissing, kissing,]] then they fall down out of sight... and the camera pans up to show [[CovertPervert River watching from an air duct overhead]].
14th Mar '16 12:23:42 PM HiddenWindshield
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* PerfectPacifistPeople: The Alliance tried to create a world like this artificially, [[spoiler:and ended up creating the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Reavers]]... and a big pile of people who died of apathy.]]

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* PerfectPacifistPeople: The Alliance tried to create a world like this artificially, [[spoiler:and ended artificially. They wound up creating the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Reavers]]... and [[spoiler:creating a big pile of people who died of apathy.apathy. Oh, and [[AlwaysChaoticEvil the Reavers]].]]
28th Feb '16 8:25:36 PM updownbanana
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** Many of the Operative's words to the Alliance scientist at the beginning of the movie are the same as his words to [[spoiler:Mal]] in the final fight.
11th Feb '16 8:36:26 AM HeraldAlberich
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** Inara lighs a flashbomb disguised as an incense stick--unbeknownst to Mal ''or'' The Operative.

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** Inara lighs lights a flashbomb disguised as an incense stick--unbeknownst to Mal ''or'' The Operative.



* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: River gets one. River admits to Simon as he lies dying from a gunshot to the stomach that she understands that she's always relied on him and the rest of the crew to [[TheCaretaker take care of her]] through her helpless madness. Then, she adds that now, it is [[NowLetMeCarryYou her turn]] to [[LetsGetDangerous take care of them.]] [[YouShallNotPass Cue awesome.]]

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* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: River gets one. River admits to Simon as he lies dying from a gunshot to the stomach that she understands that she's always relied on him and the rest of the crew to [[TheCaretaker take care of her]] through her helpless madness. Then, she adds that now, it is [[NowLetMeCarryYou her turn]] to [[LetsGetDangerous take care of them.]] [[YouShallNotPass Cue awesome.]]
11th Feb '16 8:14:18 AM HeraldAlberich
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[[caption-width-right:236:Half of writing history is hiding the truth.]]

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[[caption-width-right:236:Half [[caption-width-right:236:"Half of writing history is hiding the truth.]]
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Shortly after the end of the series, the crew of the Firefly-class ship ''Serenity'' is still getting into trouble. The presence of IllGirl and government experiment River Tam has brought the fist of [[TheEmpire The Alliance]] down on her, [[TheGoodCaptain Captain Malcolm Reynolds]], River's brother [[KnightTemplarBigBrother Simon]], [[WrenchWench Kaylee]] , [[ActionGirl Zoe]], [[NonActionGuy Wash]], [[TokenEvilTeammate Jayne]], [[BadassPreacher Shepherd Book]], and [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Inara]].

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Shortly after the end of the series, the crew of the Firefly-class ''Firefly''-class ship ''Serenity'' is still getting into trouble. The presence of IllGirl and government experiment River Tam has brought the fist of [[TheEmpire The Alliance]] down on her, [[TheGoodCaptain Captain Malcolm Reynolds]], River's brother [[KnightTemplarBigBrother Simon]], [[WrenchWench Kaylee]] , [[ActionGirl Zoe]], [[NonActionGuy Wash]], [[TokenEvilTeammate Jayne]], [[BadassPreacher Shepherd Book]], and [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold [[HighClassCallGirl Inara]].







* AbandonShip: Two separate cases in the film's climax. [[spoiler:The Operative uses a escape pod to flee his flagship while Mal and the others leave Serenity after it lands on Mr. Universe's base and the Reavers begin to harpoon it.]]
* AbsentAliens: Self-explanatory - as per standard ''Firefly'' canon, no alien life whatsoever exists in the star system inhabited by humans. All conflict is strictly human versus human.

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* AbandonShip: Two separate cases in the film's climax. [[spoiler:The Operative uses a escape pod to flee his flagship flagship, while Mal and the others leave Serenity ''Serenity'' after it lands on Mr. Universe's base and the Reavers begin to harpoon it.]]
* AbsentAliens: Self-explanatory - as per Per standard ''Firefly'' canon, no alien life whatsoever exists in the star system inhabited by humans. All conflict is strictly human versus human.



* {{Aesoptinum}}: [[spoiler:The Pax, an experimental chemical agent that the Alliance used to attempt to control possible violence in one of its colonies. It ends up failing spectacularly when most of the test subjects become so passive that they simply lie down and die of starvation, with a very small portion of the population instead becoming monstrous Reavers.]]
* AffablyEvil: The Operative. While he does extremely despicable things, he also [[WorthyOpponent praises his enemies]], [[ApologeticAttacker apologizes]] for his [[NecessarilyEvil evil deeds]], is perfectly willing to negotiate, and [[spoiler:spares and helps the crew once he believes killing them would not serve any useful purpose.]]
-->''"This is a good death. There is no shame in this."''
* AirVentPassageway
** Minor subversion when the Captain must get a wrench and properly remove the duct cover before executing the trope to get past a locked door.

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* {{Aesoptinum}}: [[spoiler:The Pax, an experimental chemical agent that the Alliance used to attempt to control possible violence in one of its colonies. It ends ended up failing spectacularly when most of the test subjects become became so passive that they simply lie lay down and die died of starvation, with a very small portion of the population instead becoming monstrous Reavers.]]
* AffablyEvil: The Operative. While he does extremely despicable things, he also [[WorthyOpponent praises his enemies]], [[ApologeticAttacker apologizes]] for his [[NecessarilyEvil evil deeds]], is perfectly willing to negotiate, and [[spoiler:spares and helps the crew once he believes killing them would not serve any useful purpose.]]
-->''"This
purpose]].
-->'''The Operative:''' This
is a good death. There is no shame in this."''
this.
* AirVentPassageway
AirVentPassageway:
** Minor subversion when the Captain ''Serenity'''s ducts are large enough, but Mal still must get a wrench and properly remove the duct cover before executing the trope entering them to get past a locked door.



** Played for laughs at the end, when Simon and Kaylee are taking the "unresolved" out of their [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]]. They begin removing their clothes, then start kissing, then they fall down out of sight... and the camera pans up to show [[CovertPervert River]] watching from an air duct overhead.

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** Played for laughs at the end, when Simon and Kaylee are taking the "unresolved" out of their [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]].UnresolvedSexualTension. They begin removing their clothes, then start kissing, then they fall down out of sight... and the camera pans up to show [[CovertPervert River]] River watching from an air duct overhead.overhead]].



* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Since cost and lives are no object to recovering River Tam, the Operative begins by killing every contact and destroying every criminal hideout that ''Serenity'' can use to stay hidden.

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* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Since cost and lives are no object to recovering River Tam, the Operative begins by killing every contact and destroying every criminal hideout that ''Serenity'' can could use to stay hidden.



* AndIMustScream: The Operative is able to paralyze people by striking a nerve in their lower back, which he uses to drop them onto his sword. [[spoiler:[[NoSell It doesn't work on Mal, whose war injuries led to a surgery that removed the nerve]].]]



* AnyoneCanDie: Two major characters who the audience know and love die in the movie. [[spoiler:Book and Wash.]] According to the commentary, this is precisely ''why'' those two died, to heighten tension and make that final fight scene, in which [[spoiler:nearly everyone else is hurt]] all the more scary.
* ApocalypticLog: Given by Dr. Caron, the female scientist on [[spoiler:Miranda]], explaining what has happened to the people and [[spoiler:how it created Reavers, the greatest threat of the 'verse.]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: Two major characters who whom the audience know and love die in the movie. [[spoiler:Book and Wash.]] According to the commentary, this is precisely ''why'' those two died, to heighten tension and make that final fight scene, in which [[spoiler:nearly everyone else is hurt]] hurt]], all the more scary.
* ApocalypticLog: Given by Dr. Caron, the female scientist on [[spoiler:Miranda]], explaining what has happened to the people and [[spoiler:how it created Reavers, the greatest threat of the 'verse.]]]] Once the crew finds it, they resolve to BringNewsBack to the rest of the 'verse, revealing the Alliance's scheme.



* ArcWords: River is haunted by the words "Lie down" in her dreams. [[spoiler:The Alliance poisoned the planet Miranda and its people laid down and died]].

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* ArcWords: River is haunted by the words "Lie down" in her dreams. [[spoiler:The Alliance poisoned the planet Miranda and its people laid lay down and died]].



-->'''Kaylee:''' If you had a care for anybody's heart-\\

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-->'''Kaylee:''' If you had a care for anybody's heart-\\heart--\\



'''Kaylee:''' ''[[DeathGlare (glares, unconvinced)]]'' Tell that to Inara.

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'''Kaylee:''' ''[[DeathGlare (glares, unconvinced)]]'' ''[[[DeathGlare glares]], unconvinced]'' Tell that to Inara.



* BadDreams[=/=]DaydreamSurprise: The schoolhouse.
* BandOfBrothels: The Guild of Companions. Inara has now a higher and is a teacher to licensed companions in training.
* BarBrawl: Started by River, ended by her. [[CurbStompBattle Very, very quickly]]. She destroyed the pub, and took down many, many innocent[[note]]For certain values of "innocent," in the kind of bar Mal and his associates frequent[[/note]] people. Mal considers it likely that some of them died.

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* BadDreams[=/=]DaydreamSurprise: The schoolhouse.
* BandOfBrothels: The Guild of Companions. After leaving the ship, Inara has now a higher and is become a teacher to licensed companions Companions in training.
* BarBrawl: Started by River, ended by her. [[CurbStompBattle Very, very quickly]]. quickly.]] She destroyed destroys the pub, and took takes down many, many innocent[[note]]For certain values of "innocent," in the kind of bar Mal and his associates frequent[[/note]] people. Mal considers it likely that some of them died.



* BelligerentSexualTension: Mal and Inara. To the point where Mal [[GenreSavvy knows something is wrong]] when he and Inara [[OutOfCharacterAlert did not end up getting into a fight during a conversation.]]

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* BelligerentSexualTension: Mal and Inara. To Inara, to the point where Mal [[GenreSavvy knows something is wrong]] when he and Inara [[OutOfCharacterAlert did not end up getting into a fight during a conversation.]]



* BiologicalWeaponsSolveEverything: Failed ''spectacularly''. The Alliance attempted to use an engineered gas to make the populace peaceful and non-aggressive. [[spoiler:The gas worked too well: most of the population became so apathetic that they just laid down and died. The others became hyper-violent berserkers, known as the Reavers]].
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:For the film and the series as a whole. The crew exposes the Alliance's crimes and turns the Verse against them, the Operative spares them once he sees that killing them will accomplish nothing, most of the remaining Reavers have been destroyed, Kaylee and Simon get their RelationshipUpgrade, and the crew gets to fly off into the sunset. But Book, Wash, Mr. Universe, and whole communities of other good people had to die to make it all happen... and while it's suffered a crippling blow to its good publicity, the Alliance is still active and will probably try to hunt down the crew for vengeance eventually.]]

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* BiologicalWeaponsSolveEverything: Failed ''spectacularly''. The Alliance attempted to use an engineered gas to make the populace of a colony world peaceful and non-aggressive. [[spoiler:The gas worked too well: most of the population became so apathetic that they just laid lay down and died. The others became hyper-violent berserkers, known as the Reavers]].
Reavers.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:For For the film and the series as a whole. The [[spoiler:The crew exposes the Alliance's crimes and turns the Verse against them, the Operative spares them once he sees that killing them will accomplish nothing, most of the remaining Reavers have been destroyed, Kaylee and Simon get their RelationshipUpgrade, and the crew gets to fly off into the sunset. But Book, Wash, Mr. Universe, and whole communities of other good people had to die to make it all happen... and while it's suffered a crippling blow to its good publicity, the Alliance is still active and will probably try to hunt down the crew for vengeance eventually.]]



* BlackScreenOfDeath: During the fight between River Tam and the Reavers.

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* BlackScreenOfDeath: During When River makes her last stand against the Reavers, the screen cuts to black, and we don't find out how the fight between River Tam and the Reavers.is going for several minutes.



* BoisterousBruiser: Jayne Cobb.
* {{Bookends}}: *crunch* "What was that?"

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* BoisterousBruiser: Jayne Cobb.
* {{Bookends}}: *crunch* "What At the beginning, as ''Serenity'' enters a planet's atmosphere, a piece of the ship falls off. In the very last scene, [[spoiler:after ''Serenity'' is rebuilt]], the same thing happens as the ship takes off.
-->''[clunk]''\\
'''Mal:''' What
was that?"that?



* BrainBleach:
-->'''Kaylee''': It's been going on a year now [[ADateWithRosiePalms I ain't had nothin' 'twixt my nethers that weren't run on batteries!]]\\
'''Mal''': Oh ''god''! '''[[LikeBrotherAndSister I can't know that!]]'''
* BreakTheBadass: The fact that Jayne Cobb is the most comfortable with gore and violence made it all the more significant when he was the one to demand the transmission of the Reavers messily killing the scientist be turned off. Jayne's fear of the Reavers in general seems to evoke this trope.
** Also, when the Reaver fleet appears out of the cloud in front of the Alliance fleet, it is the Operative - stoic, nerveless mass-murderer and KnightTemplar - who reacts with terror and desperation. (Although at least he acts: everybody else is too stunned to do anything.)
---> "Target the Reavers! Target the Reavers! Target ''everyone!'' '''SOMEBODY FIRE!'''"
* BreakTheCutie: In this case, comes conveniently pre-broken. There are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T2mz4JJzEo&feature=related the R. Tam Sessions]], and enough flashbacks to see her being broken.

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* BrainBleach:
-->'''Kaylee''':
BrainBleach: He doesn't witness it, but Mal is nonetheless horrified by Kaylee's description of her, um, dry spell.
-->'''Kaylee:'''
It's been going on a year now [[ADateWithRosiePalms I ain't had nothin' 'twixt my nethers that weren't run on batteries!]]\\
'''Mal''': '''Mal:''' Oh ''god''! '''[[LikeBrotherAndSister I can't know that!]]'''
* BreakTheBadass: BreakTheBadass:
**
The fact that Jayne Cobb is the most comfortable with gore and violence made makes it all the more significant when he was is the one to demand the transmission of the Reavers messily killing the scientist be turned off. Jayne's fear of the Reavers in general seems to evoke this trope.
** Also, when When the Reaver fleet appears out of the cloud {{Space Cloud|s}} in front of the Alliance fleet, it is the Operative - stoic, Operative--stoic, nerveless mass-murderer and KnightTemplar - who KnightTemplar--who reacts with terror and desperation. (Although at least he acts: everybody else is too stunned to do anything.)
---> "Target --->'''The Operative:''' Target the Reavers! Target the Reavers! Target ''everyone!'' '''SOMEBODY FIRE!'''"
FIRE!'''
* BreakTheCutie: In this case, River comes conveniently pre-broken. There are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T2mz4JJzEo&feature=related the R. Tam Sessions]], and enough flashbacks to see her being broken.



** Also the piece falling off ''Serenity'' mentioned under BookEnds.
* BringNewsBack: After learning the [[GoneHorriblyWrong horrible truth]] about what happened on Miranda, Mal and the crew of the title ship set out to reach the only means of sending/spreading [[ApocalypticLog the report on what happened]]. It's something of a variant on this in that the only "authority figures" around, the Alliance, had the report buried, since they were responsible for the whole thing, but Mal is determined to get the message out in order to speak for the people who died there, and to strike a serious blow against the Alliance.

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** Also the piece falling off ''Serenity'' mentioned under BookEnds.
{{Bookends}}.
* BringNewsBack: After learning the [[GoneHorriblyWrong horrible truth]] about what happened on Miranda, Mal and the crew of the title ship ''Serenity'' set out to reach the only means of sending/spreading [[ApocalypticLog the report on what happened]]. It's something of a variant on this in that the only "authority figures" around, the Alliance, had the report buried, since they were responsible for the whole thing, but Mal is determined to get the message out in order to speak for the people who died there, and to strike a serious blow against the Alliance.



* CantStopTheSignal: The TropeNamer. [[spoiler:Mal uses Mr. Universe's equipment to broadcast the Miranda file and everyone in the universe finds out the truth about the Alliance and the Reavers]].

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* CantStopTheSignal: The TropeNamer. [[spoiler:Mal uses Mr. Universe's equipment to broadcast the Miranda file and everyone in the universe 'Verse finds out the truth about the Alliance and the Reavers]].Reavers.]]



--> "Guy killed me, Mal. Killed me with a sword. How weird is that?"

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--> "Guy -->'''Mr. Universe:''' Guy killed me, Mal. Killed me with a sword. How weird is that?"that?



** The Operative: "Do you know what your sin is?"

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** The Operative: Operative:
***
"Do you know what your sin is?"



** Wash: "I'm a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."
** Mr. Universe: "Can't stop the signal."
--->'''Mr. Universe''': "From here to the eyes and the ears of the 'Verse, that's my motto. Or, it would be, if I started having a motto."
* CeilingCling: River Tam while in the Alliance laboratory. And just about everywhere else.

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** Wash: "I'm "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."
** Mr. Universe: "Can't "You can't stop the signal."
--->'''Mr. Universe''': "From Universe:''' From here to the eyes and the ears of the 'Verse, that's my motto. Or, it would be, if I started having a motto."
motto.
* CeilingCling: River Tam while in the avoids an Alliance laboratory. And just about everywhere else.patrol while escaping from the laboratory by planting each foot on either wall of the corridor and grabbing a ceiling protrusion with one hand. Creator/SummerGlau pulls it off with no trickery.



* TheChampion: Simon to River. Indirectly everyone else to River.

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* TheChampion: Simon Simon, having given up his entire life to River. Indirectly everyone else to River.find and rescue River, will not rest until she is truly safe--though [[CharacterDevelopment he does realize]] that he need not neglect his feelings for Kaylee in the process.



(Later) '''Jayne:''' Boy, sure would be nice if we had some '''grenades''', don'tchya think?\\
(Final Stand) '''Mal:''' [[BrickJoke Tell me you brought 'em this time.]]
* ChemicalMessiah: The Alliance wants its populations to be docile and peaceful, so it develops the drug Pax (G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate) and [[spoiler:tests it on the planet Miranda.]] It doesn't go well, so officially, [[OrwellianRetcon there never was a colony on Miranda.]]
* ChewingTheScenery: NathanFillion (Mal) does quite a bit of this in the DVD outtakes.
-->'''Mal:''' Did you see us fight?\\

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(Later) ''[later]''\\
'''Jayne:''' Boy, sure would be nice if we had some '''grenades''', don'tchya think?\\
(Final Stand) ''[final stand]''\\
'''Mal:''' [[BrickJoke Tell me you brought 'em this time.]]
* ChemicalMessiah: The Alliance wants its populations to be docile and peaceful, so it develops the drug Pax (G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate) and [[spoiler:tests it on the planet Miranda.]] Miranda]]. It doesn't go well, so officially, [[OrwellianRetcon [[spoiler:[[OrwellianRetcon there never was a colony on Miranda.]]
Miranda]]]].
* ChewingTheScenery: NathanFillion ChewingTheScenery:
** Creator/NathanFillion
(Mal) does quite a bit of this in the DVD outtakes.
-->'''Mal:''' --->'''Mal:''' Did you see us fight?\\



-->'''Simon:''' What will Miranda show us?\\

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-->'''Simon:''' --->'''Simon:''' What will Miranda show us?\\



* CloseKnitCommunity: Haven.
* ColdOpen: The movie opens with a narration... that turns out to be a school lesson... that turns out to be a memory... which turns into a nightmare; then River is rescued, which turns out to be security footage being played back; ''then'' we fade into the title sequence and ''Serenity''.

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* CloseKnitCommunity: Haven.
Between the series and the film, Shepard Book left ''Serenity'' and settled in a small town called Haven, where everyone seems to be friendly to both the crew and each other. The town is well named when ''Serenity'' needs shelter after a job.
* ColdOpen: The movie opens with [[LogoJoke the Universal Logo becoming]] EarthThatWas, accompanied by a narration... that turns out to be a school lesson... that turns out to be a memory... which turns into a nightmare; then River is rescued, which turns out to be security footage being played back; ''then'' we fade into the title sequence and ''Serenity''.



---> '''Jayne:''' Hell, I'll kill a man in a fair fight -- or if I think he's going to start a fair fight....

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---> '''Jayne:''' Hell, I'll kill a man in a fair fight -- or fight--or if I think he's going to start a fair fight....fight. ...



* ContinuityNod: During Mal's ShirtlessScene, you can see the scar where he got stabbed in "The Train Job," and another from Niska's torture device in "War Stories." Speaking of which, the "Mule II" hovercar is the official replacement for the "Mule" ATV that was destroyed in that episode.
** A subtle nod to "Objects in Space":

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* ContinuityNod: ContinuityNod:
**
During Mal's ShirtlessScene, you can see the scar where he got stabbed in "The "[[Recap/FireflyE02TheTrainJob The Train Job," Job]]," and another from Niska's torture device in "War Stories."[[Recap/FireflyE10WarStories War Stories]]." Speaking of which, the "Mule II" hovercar is the official replacement for the "Mule" ATV that was destroyed in that episode.
** A subtle nod to "Objects "[[Recap/FireflyE14ObjectsInSpace Objects in Space":Space]]":



** Further, the barrels ejected from Serenity as they escape the Training House look and function just like the pilot's "Crybaby".

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** Further, the The barrels ejected from Serenity ''Serenity'' as they escape the Training House look and function just like [[Recap/FireflyE01Serenity the pilot's pilot's]] "Crybaby".



** The gigantic flying wrecks of the Reaver ships are too - in their hideous way.

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** The gigantic flying wrecks of the Reaver ships are too - in are, too--in their hideous way.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Blue Sun is hinted at being behind the Academy.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The Blue Sun corporation is hinted at being to be behind the Academy.



** The Operative informs Mal that his ship has locked onto ''Serenity's'' pulse beacon and will fire with a single command. Mal responds by handing him that pulse beacon. He also preps six decoys for nav sat tracking, (Serenity being signal #7).
** Inara lighting a flashbomb disguised as an incense stick unbeknownst to Mal or The Operative probably counts.

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** The Operative informs Mal that his ship has locked onto ''Serenity's'' pulse beacon and will fire with a single command. Mal responds by handing him that pulse beacon. He also preps six decoys for nav sat tracking, (Serenity ''Serenity'' being signal #7).
#7.
** Inara lighting lighs a flashbomb disguised as an incense stick unbeknownst stick--unbeknownst to Mal or ''or'' The Operative probably counts.Operative.



* CulturedBadass: The Operative. Also, as it turns out, Mal.

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* CulturedBadass: The Operative. Also, as it turns out, Mal.Mal, who's able to trade references to ''Literature/TheRimeOfTheAncientMariner'' with him.



'''Mal:''' Way I remember it, an albatross was a ship's good luck, till some idiot killed it. (''Inara narrows her eyes'') Yes, I read a poem. Try not to faint.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:River, completely, totally, utterly ''obliterating'' the Reavers by herself]].
** Not to mention the BarBrawl earlier, where she kicks the asses of every single person in the bar.
--> '''Wash:''' Get to the part where Jayne gets beat up by a ninety-pound girl. 'Cause I don't think that's ''ever'' going to get old.

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'''Mal:''' Way I remember it, an albatross was a ship's good luck, till 'til some idiot killed it. (''Inara ''[Inara narrows her eyes'') eyes]'' Yes, I I've read a poem. Try not to faint.
* CurbStompBattle: CurbStompBattle:
**
[[spoiler:River, completely, totally, utterly ''obliterating'' the Reavers by herself]].
** Not to mention In the BarBrawl earlier, where she BarBrawl, River kicks the asses of every single person in the bar.
--> '''Wash:'''
pub.
--->'''Wash:'''
Get to the part where Jayne gets beat up by a ninety-pound girl. 'Cause I don't think that's ''ever'' going to get old.



* CuteAndPsycho: River



** CuteAndPsycho: River



* ADateWithRosiePalms: See BrainBleach.
* DeadManWriting:
-->'''[[spoiler:Mr Universe:]]''' "Guy killed me, Mal. He killed me with a sword. How weird is that?"

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* ADateWithRosiePalms: See BrainBleach.
Kaylee is getting rather tired of her exclusive relationship with Rosie, which is just one of the reasons she's unhappy Simon is leaving the ship.
-->'''Kaylee:''' It's been going on a year now I ain't had nothin' 'twixt my nethers that weren't run on batteries!
* DeadManWriting:
DaydreamSurprise: The outdoor classroom at the beginning is not just a {{Flashback}}, but a hallucination of River's while she's StrappedToAnOperatingTable.
* DeadManWriting: [[spoiler:Mr. Universe]] survives his stabbing long enough to record a message using [[spoiler:his lovebot]].
-->'''[[spoiler:Mr Universe:]]''' "Guy Guy killed me, Mal. He killed me with a sword. How weird is that?"that?



* DeceptionNoncompliance: Inara's conversation with Mal may have looked quite natural to the person forcing her to have it, but Mal correctly concludes that since there wasn't any fighting, it was actually intended to lure him into a trap.

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* DeceptionNoncompliance: Inara's conversation with Mal may have looked quite natural to the person forcing her to have it, but Mal correctly concludes that since there wasn't any fighting, they didn't [[BelligerentSexualTension argue at all]], it was actually intended to lure him into a trap.



* DisabilityImmunity: [[spoiler:The Operative hits Mal with the same pressure point attack that's paralysed all its victims thus far. He gives his customary salute, prepares to run Mal through - and gets his throat punched. "Piece of shrapnel tore up that nerve cluster'n my first tour. Had it moved."]]
* DoomedHometown: Haven.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: ''Serenity'' is (obviously) the name of the spaceship, but the title also alludes to [[spoiler:the Alliance's plan to control the people of the Verse by using drugs to make them naturally peaceful and docile]]. Historically, the title refers to the Battle of Serenity Valley and more broadly the struggle between "civilisation" (The Alliance) and independence (The, erm, Independents) that forms the undercurrent of the film. Thematically, The Operative, Mal, and River are all looking for peace of mind.
* DramaticIrony: The audience and Mal know what the Reavers are, but The Operative does not, and boy is he in for a ''surprise''...

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* DisabilityImmunity: [[spoiler:The Operative hits Mal with the same pressure point attack that's paralysed all its victims thus far. his victim in the opening sequence. He gives his customary salute, prepares to run Mal through - and through--and gets his throat punched. "Piece of shrapnel tore up that nerve cluster'n my first tour. Had it moved."]]
* DoomedHometown: Haven.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: ''Serenity'' is (obviously) the name of the spaceship, but the title also alludes to [[spoiler:the Alliance's plan to control the people of the Verse 'Verse by using drugs to make them naturally peaceful and docile]]. Historically, the title refers to the Battle of Serenity Valley and more broadly the struggle between "civilisation" (The Alliance) and independence (The, erm, Independents) that forms the undercurrent of the film. Thematically, The the Operative, Mal, and River are all looking for peace of mind.
* DramaticIrony: The audience and Mal know what the Reavers are, but The the Operative does not, and boy is he in for a ''surprise''...



* TheDreaded: The Reavers. [[HorrifyingTheHorror They even scare The Operative]].
* DreamIntro: The opening classroom scene is really a dream/memory that River experienced while being "treated" in the Academy.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Mal tries to disguise their ship as Reavers. They painted their spaceships with blood and tied whole corpses to the front. He used his murdered friends as those corpses.
* DrivingIntoATruck: The Mule escapes the Reavers by driving up the ramp into ''Serenity''.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Poor Wash.]]
* DualWielding: River [[spoiler:uses a sword and axe taken off the Reavers during the big showdown]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: A lot of people die in order to reveal the horrible truth about Miranda to the whole universe.
* EarthThatWas: TropeNamer - well, the original series was, but the movie made the term more prevalent.
** Earth That Was even appears at the very beginning, showing the colonists leaving it. "Was" is very appropriate, most of the planet is a sickly shade of brown, and there are several large explosions going off, possibly nuclear.
* EmergencyCargoDump: DiscussedTrope. Zoe wonders why Mal refused to let a civilian tag along with them to escape a Reaver attack (Mal subsequently Mercy Killed him), and he says their hovercraft won't carry five. Zoe says they could've dumped the cargo, but Mal says they couldn't afford to fail this job.

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* TheDreaded: The Reavers. [[HorrifyingTheHorror They even scare The the Operative]].
* DreamIntro: The opening classroom scene is really a dream/memory that River experienced experiences while being "treated" in the Academy.
Academy.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Mal tries to disguise their The crew successfully disguises ''Serenity'' as a Reaver ship as Reavers. They painted their spaceships by splashing it with blood blood-red paint and tied tying whole corpses to the front. He used his front--using their murdered friends as those corpses.
* DrivingIntoATruck: The Mule escapes the Reavers by driving up the ramp flying straight into ''Serenity''.
''Serenity'''s hold--while the ship is ''also'' flying.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Poor Wash.]]
Wash]] is abruptly impaled by a Reaver harpoon in the moment of his greatest triumph--[[spoiler:successfully flying through a massive space battle and crash-landing ''Serenity'' on Mr. Universe's compound]].
* DualWielding: River [[spoiler:uses [[spoiler:River]] uses a sword and axe taken off the Reavers during the big showdown]].
showdown.
* DutchAngle: Used when River "scans" the occupants of the trader outpost.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: A lot of people die in order to reveal the horrible truth about Miranda to the whole universe.
'Verse.
* EarthThatWas: TropeNamer - well, the original series was, but the movie made the term more prevalent.
**
Humanity has migrated to a large multi-star solar system and {{Terraform}}ed dozens of planets and moons. Earth That Was even appears at the very beginning, showing the colonists leaving it. "Was" is very appropriate, appropriate; most of the planet is a sickly shade of brown, and there are several large explosions going off, possibly nuclear.
nuclear. The [[Series/{{Firefly}} series]] is the TropeNamer.
* EmergencyCargoDump: DiscussedTrope. Zoe wonders why Mal refused to let a civilian tag along with them to escape a Reaver attack (Mal subsequently Mercy Killed {{Mercy Kill}}ed him), and he says their hovercraft won't carry five. Zoe says they could've dumped the cargo, but Mal says they couldn't afford to fail this the job.



---> '''The Operative''': In certain older civilized cultures, when men failed as entirely as you have, they would throw themselves on their swords.\\
'''Director''': [''sarcastically''] Well, unfortunately I forgot to bring a swor--\\
[''The Operative pulls out a sword'']
** The first scene aboard ''Serenity'' is a continuous take which highlights each member of the crew, as Mal walks through the ship and talks to each one of them.
* EverybodysDeadDave: When the crew figures out that [[spoiler:"Miranda" is a planet]], the crew makes a perilous journey through reaver territory, to try to find out why [[spoiler:Miranda]] is so important. When they finally land planet-side, they discover the long dead corpses of an entire planet's population. Of course there were once survivors, but [[spoiler:they all turned into reavers]].
** Earlier, after [[EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep The Operative]] has been outwitted by the crew of ''Serenity'' one more time, he proceeds to [[spoiler:have everyone who has ever provided shelter to the crew killed, en masse, including any [[LeaveNoWitnesses inconvenient bystanders]] and [[AnyoneCanDie Shepard Book]].]] This is what pushes Mal into going to [[spoiler:Miranda to find out just what the Alliance is trying to hide.]]
* EvilVersusEvil: The Alliance vs. the Reavers is a pretty clear case of LawfulEvil vs ChaoticEvil.
* FacialDialogue: During the opening robbery, River and Zoe have a short conversation using nothing but facial expressions that goes something like, "That guy has a gun and he's about to pull it." "You sure? he looks like a hick." "Yes, I am sure, now stop him before he moves!"
** When Inara first sets eyes on The Operative, her previously cheerful expression disappears completely.
** Later when River's big brother Simon mistakenly thinks that River might have multiple personalities, and asks if he is speaking to [[ArcWords Miranda]] now. River's reply is a WhatAnIdiot glance at her brother.
* FakeInTheHole: Seen in the deleted scenes, when Mal and Inara escape from the Operative. Mal throws a real, but not armed, grenade, making the Feds near his shuttle dive off for cover... then Mal picks the grenade back up and goes on his way.
** Could also count as a EstablishingCharacterMoment for Mal - cunning, pragmatic, frugal, and ultimately preferring the non-violent path.
* FanOfThePast: In a sci-fi western with gunslingers galore, The Operative uses a sword to great effect. {{Lampshaded}} by one of his victims [[DeadManWriting post-mortem.]]

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---> '''The Operative''': Operative:''' In certain older civilized cultures, when men failed as entirely as you have, they would throw themselves on their swords.\\
'''Director''': [''sarcastically''] '''Director:''' ''[sarcastically]'' Well, unfortunately I forgot to bring a swor--\\
[''The ''[The Operative pulls out a sword'']
sword]''
** The first scene aboard ''Serenity'' is a [[TheOner continuous take take]] which highlights each member of the crew, as Mal walks through the ship and talks to each one of them.
* EverybodysDeadDave: EverybodysDeadDave:
**
When the crew figures out that [[spoiler:"Miranda" is a planet]], the crew ''Serenity'' makes a perilous journey through reaver Reaver territory, to try to find out why [[spoiler:Miranda]] is so important. When they finally land planet-side, they discover the long dead corpses of an entire planet's population. Of course there were once survivors, but [[spoiler:they all turned into reavers]].
Reavers]].
** Earlier, after [[EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep The the Operative]] has been outwitted by the crew of ''Serenity'' one more time, he proceeds to [[spoiler:have everyone who has ever provided shelter to the crew killed, en masse, including any [[LeaveNoWitnesses inconvenient bystanders]] and [[AnyoneCanDie Shepard Book]].]] Book]]]]. This is what pushes Mal into going to [[spoiler:Miranda to find out just what the Alliance is trying to hide.]]
hide]].
* EvilVersusEvil: The Alliance vs. the Reavers is a pretty clear case of LawfulEvil vs ChaoticEvil.
ChaoticEvil.
* FacialDialogue: FacialDialogue:
**
During the opening robbery, River and Zoe have a short conversation using nothing but facial expressions that goes something like, "That guy has a gun and he's about to pull it." "You sure? he He looks like a hick." "Yes, I am sure, now stop him before he moves!"
** When Inara first sets eyes on The the Operative, her previously cheerful expression disappears completely.
** Later when When River's big brother Simon mistakenly thinks that River might have multiple personalities, and he asks if he is speaking to [[ArcWords Miranda]] now. River's reply is a WhatAnIdiot glance at her brother.
* FakeInTheHole: Seen in the deleted scenes, when Mal and Inara escape from the Operative. Mal throws a real, but not armed, grenade, making the Feds near his shuttle dive off for cover... then Mal picks the grenade back up and goes on his way.
** Could also count as a
way. Had it been left in, it'd be an EstablishingCharacterMoment for Mal - cunning, Mal--cunning, pragmatic, frugal, and ultimately preferring the non-violent path.
* FanOfThePast: In a sci-fi western with gunslingers galore, The the Operative uses a sword to great effect. {{Lampshaded}} by one of his victims [[DeadManWriting post-mortem.]]



'''Kaylee:''' You mean to say... Sex?\\

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'''Kaylee:''' You mean to say... Sex?\\sex?\\



'''Kaylee:''' [[LetsGetDangerous Hell with this.]] (''cocks her gun'') I'm gonna live!
* FlyAtTheCameraEnding: A chunk of Serenity breaks off and flies at the camera.

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'''Kaylee:''' [[LetsGetDangerous Hell with this.]] (''cocks ''[[[DramaticGunCock cocks her gun'') gun]]]'' I'm gonna live!
* FlyAtTheCameraEnding: A chunk of Serenity ''Serenity'' breaks off and flies at the camera.



* ForcedToWatch: The Operative was [[DespairEventHorizon devastated]] by the recording of the PAX log.

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* ForcedToWatch: The Mal beats down the Operative was [[DespairEventHorizon devastated]] by and ties him to a railing while he broadcasts the recording of the PAX log.log. The Operative is [[DespairEventHorizon devastated]].



** '''River:''' He didn't lie down. They never lie down!

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** %%** '''River:''' He didn't lie down. They never lie down!



* FutureSlang: Follows the tradition of ''Series/{{Firefly}}:'' a lot of the slang is (loosely) Chinese or a slurred version of current language.

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* FutureSlang: Follows Following the tradition of ''Series/{{Firefly}}:'' ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', a lot of the slang is (loosely) Chinese or a slurred version of current language.language.
[[/folder]]
[[folder:G–M]]



* GetOut: Zoe, to Jayne when she's good and pissed: "You wanna leave this room."
** "Damn right I do."
* GhostPlanet: [[spoiler:Miranda]]
* GiveChaseWithAngryNatives: The crew intentionally provoke a fleet of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Reaver]] spaceships into following them, so that they can use them in a surprise attack on the Operative's fleet.
* GoneHorriblyRight[=/=]GoneHorriblyWrong: What happened on [[spoiler:Miranda]]. On the one hand, the drug did work as advertised: [[spoiler:people were rendered calm by it, so much so that they neglected their own well-being out of apathy]]. On the other hand, as with any drug, a small segment of the population proved to have an adverse reaction, [[spoiler:creating the hyper-violent Reavers]]. Either way you want to look at it, the whole situation has just Gone Horribly. They also wanted to create an unstoppable psychic spy/assassin in the form of River, and in the process, they got exactly what they wanted - only said psychic spy/assassin turned against them and blew the whole [[spoiler:Miranda]] scandal wide open.

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* GetOut: Zoe, to Jayne when she's good and pissed: "You pissed:
-->'''Zoe:''' You
wanna leave this room."
** "Damn
\\
'''Jayne:''' Damn
right I do."
do.
* GhostPlanet: [[spoiler:Miranda]]
[[spoiler:Miranda.]] Everyone there is dead of no apparent cause, [[spoiler:victims of the PAX drug that caused them all to lie down and die]].
* GiveChaseWithAngryNatives: The crew intentionally provoke a fleet of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Reaver]] spaceships into following them, so that they can use them in a surprise attack on the Operative's fleet.
fleet.
* GoneHorriblyRight[=/=]GoneHorriblyWrong: What happened on [[spoiler:Miranda]]. On the one hand, the drug did work as advertised: [[spoiler:people were rendered calm by it, so much so that they neglected their own well-being out of apathy]]. On the other hand, as with any drug, a small segment of the population proved to have an adverse reaction, [[spoiler:creating the hyper-violent Reavers]]. Either way you want to look at it, the whole situation has just Gone Horribly. They also wanted to create an unstoppable psychic spy/assassin in the form of River, and in the process, they got exactly what they wanted - only wanted--only said psychic spy/assassin turned against them and blew the whole [[spoiler:Miranda]] scandal wide open.



* TheGovernment: The evacuation of Earth, naturally, required an Alliance between all the governments of Earth. The Alliance was still necessary afterward to arrange terraforming and prevent clashes over viable worlds. By the time of the film, the Alliance is no longer necessary but still in charge: and those at the top are determined to stay in charge. Provides a faceless BiggerBad responsible for sending the Operative.

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* TheGovernment: The evacuation of Earth, naturally, required an Alliance between all the governments of Earth. Earth (chiefly America and China, whose languages are still commonly spoken). The Alliance was still necessary afterward to arrange terraforming {{terraform}}ing and prevent clashes over viable worlds. By the time of the film, the Alliance is no longer necessary but still in charge: charge, and those at the top are determined to stay in charge. Provides charge, providing a faceless BiggerBad GreaterScopeVillain responsible for sending the Operative.



* GracefulLoser: The Operative - but ''not'' the Alliance.

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* GracefulLoser: The Operative - but Operative--but ''not'' the Alliance.Alliance; the Operative himself warns Mal that the Alliance will probably be coming after ''Serenity'' before too long.



* GratuitousForeignLanguage: The Mandarin-ish and Cantonese-oid phrases scattered through the dialogue, often as [[UnusualEuphemism family-friendly swearwords]]. Doubles as a BilingualBonus. As the DVD set shows, they used actual Mandarin phrases, although as mentioned above, the pronunciation is so atrocious that even native speakers will have trouble deciphering them, and some of them are absolutely hilarious in English.

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* GratuitousForeignLanguage: GratuitousForeignLanguage:
**
The Mandarin-ish and Cantonese-oid phrases scattered through the dialogue, often as [[UnusualEuphemism family-friendly swearwords]]. Doubles as a BilingualBonus. As the DVD set shows, they used use actual Mandarin phrases, although as mentioned above, the pronunciation is so atrocious that even native speakers will have trouble deciphering them, and some of them are absolutely hilarious in English.



* GroinAttack: When River's violent programming is triggered in the bar on Beaumonde, in the middle of trashing the place and beating the crap out of everyone within reach, she grabs Jayne's package and squeezes. Hard. Jayne is icing it down in the next scene. This could be a subtle BrickJoke to an episode of the series when River insulted Jayne by stating that his is a girl's name, to which he angrily replied, "I'll show her good and all I got man parts."
* HandSignals: While the crew is exploring the planet [[spoiler:Miranda]] Zoe takes the point position and uses gestures to guide the movements of the rest of the team.
* HardWorkMontage: At the very end.

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* GroinAttack: When River's violent programming is triggered in the bar on Beaumonde, in the middle of trashing the place and beating the crap out of everyone within reach, she grabs Jayne's package and squeezes. Hard. Jayne is icing it down in the next scene. This could be a subtle BrickJoke to an the episode of the series "[[Recap/FireflyE11Trash Trash]]", when River insulted Jayne by stating that his is a girl's name, to which he angrily replied, "I'll show her good and all I got man parts."
* HandSignals: While the crew is exploring the planet [[spoiler:Miranda]] [[spoiler:Miranda]], Zoe takes the point position and uses gestures to guide the movements of the rest of the team.
* HardWorkMontage: At the very end.end, the remaining crew put ''Serenity'' back together after her crash landing.



'''Zoe:''' She's tore up plenty. But she'll fly true.[[note]]Per WordOfGod, Zoe is talking about herself, not Serenity.[[/note]]

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'''Zoe:''' She's tore up plenty. But she'll fly true.[[note]]Per WordOfGod, Zoe is talking about herself, not Serenity.''Serenity''.[[/note]]



--> "This is a good death. There is no shame in this."
* HealItWithBooze: After being shot through the leg by a Reaver harpoon, Jayne busies himself by pouring his flask over his leg wound... and then taking a swig.

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--> "This -->'''The Operative:''' This is a good death. There is no shame in this."
this.
* HealItWithBooze: After being shot through the leg by a Reaver harpoon, Jayne busies himself by pouring his flask over his leg wound... and then [[QuickNip taking a swig.swig]].



* HeroicSacrifice: Subverted by [[spoiler:River]]; see the main page for details. Played straight with Simon in what amounts to a lingering HeroicSacrifice through the entire series and movie when he gives up status and fortune and lives with outlaws, so he can rescue and comfort his sister.
* HeroicSafeMode: Zoe.

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* HeroicSacrifice: HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: In a deleted scene, Inara's reaction to the suggestion that she had a torrid affair with a pirate. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Also, he's not a pirate, he's a smuggler, and VERY annoying.]]
* HeroicSacrifice:
**
Subverted by [[spoiler:River]]; see she declares YouShallNotPass to the main page for details. Reavers and locks herself in a room filled with them to save her friends and family. Five minutes later, after everyone believes that she's been raped, killed, eaten, and possibly worn like clothing by the horde (in that order, if she's lucky), the doors slide back open--[[spoiler:to reveal her standing completely uninjured and knee deep in enemy corpses]]
** Subverted earlier. Mal is going to take the shuttle to meet with Inara and spring The Operative's trap. He explicitly tells Zoe that if they do not hear back from him in an hour, "You come and you rescue me."
--->'''Zoe:''' What? And risk my ship?\\
'''Mal:''' What? It's cold out there. I don't wanna get left.
**
Played straight with Simon in what amounts to a lingering HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifice through the entire series and movie when movie; he gives up status and fortune and lives with outlaws, so he can rescue and comfort his sister.
* HeroicSafeMode: Zoe.[[spoiler:Zoe's response to Wash's death. She is in no way paralyzed with fear. Her response when everyone else asks where he is reeks of "must focus on the matter at hand, my emotional state is not important right now." It seems that she is determined almost to the [[DeathSeeker point of suicide]] during the climactic fight, since she [[TheSlowWalk casually walks away from cover]] straight toward the waves of oncoming Reavers while firing her shotgun. The DVDCommentary says Creator/JossWhedon and Creator/GinaTorres, Zoe's actress, argued about it. She felt Zoe would be more angry, and Joss explained that Zoe was [[TranquilFury suppressing it right up until the aforementioned point]].]]



* HiddenArmyReveal: One ship emerges from the cloud... [[spoiler:followed by ''all'' of the Reavers]]
* HiddenDepths: You wouldn't count on Mal knowing 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', or River being a death machine. The Alliance didn't expect Simon to instantly adapt his natural brilliance into [[TheNatural stealing test subjects right out of top secret labs.]] And Book... Book knows all about the Alliance, and operatives, and such.
** Book's strange expertise is explained in the third of the three comic books, "A Shepherd's Tale."
* HighClassCallGirl: Inara.
* HilariousOuttakes: Included on the DVD, and they are indeed hilarious.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In order: the Academy directors saw fit to put their heads of state in a room with a crazy psychic; The Operative's broadwave attempts to trigger River prevent Mal from turning the Tams off ''Serenity''; The Operative's assault on Haven and the other safeholds just makes Mal more determined to figure out what Miranda holds.
* HoldTheLine: The defense in Mr. Universe's complex against the Reavers.

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* HiddenArmyReveal: One ship emerges from the cloud... {{Space Cloud|s}}... [[spoiler:followed by ''all'' of the Reavers]]
Reavers]].
* HiddenDepths: You wouldn't count on Mal knowing 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', ''Literature/TheRimeOfTheAncientMariner'', or River being a death machine. The Alliance didn't expect Simon to instantly adapt his natural brilliance into [[TheNatural stealing test subjects right out of top secret labs.]] And Book... Book knows all about the Alliance, and operatives, and such.
** Book's
such. His strange expertise is explained in the third of the three comic books, "A Shepherd's Tale."
* HighClassCallGirl: Inara.
Inara, although since she left ''Serenity'' she has retired from active duty and is training younger girls in the art of Companioning.
* HilariousOuttakes: Included on the DVD, and they are indeed hilarious.
hilarious. For example, Creator/NathanFillion plays this scene completely straight, even as he's sending it entirely off the rails:
-->'''Mal:''' Get these bodies together.\\
'''Zoe:''' We got time for grave diggin'?\\
'''Mal:''' Zoe, you and Simon are going to rope them together. Five or six of them, laid out on the nose of our ship.\\
'''Simon:''' Are you insane?\\
'''Mal:''' [[RefugeInAudacity Put Book front and center. He's our friend, we should honor him.]] Kaylee, find that kid who's taking a dirt nap with baby Jesus. [[CrossesTheLineTwice We need a hood ornament.]] Jayne! Try not to steal too much of their shit!
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In order: the Academy directors saw fit to put their heads of state in a room with a crazy psychic; The the Operative's broadwave attempts to trigger River prevent Mal from turning the Tams off ''Serenity''; The and the Operative's assault on Haven and the other safeholds just makes Mal more determined to figure out what Miranda holds.
* HoldTheLine: The defense in Mr. Universe's complex against the Reavers. While Mal heads into the complex to broadcast the message, the rest of the crew finds a bottleneck to defend for as long as they can, with a blast door they can close to buy more time once they are in danger of being overwhelmed.



%%* HonorAmongThieves: The crew of Serenity. Notably Mal of course.

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%%* * HonorAmongThieves: The crew of Serenity. Notably Mal of course.''Serenity'' are honorable people in a shady profession, especially their captain Mal, though he would protest the label.



--> "Shepherd Book always said, 'If you can't do somethin' smart, do somethin' right.'"

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--> "Shepherd -->'''Jayne:''' Shepherd Book always said, 'If "If you can't do somethin' smart, do somethin' right.'""



* HumansAreFlawed: Joss states in the commentary that the point he wanted to make with this film is that while the SevenDeadlySins are bad, they're also inseparable from human nature. This is demonstrated with [[spoiler:Miranda]], a world where everyone from whom sin was 'removed' is dead - and those who clung to it are no longer human.

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* HumansAreFlawed: Joss states in the commentary that the point he wanted to make with this film is that while the SevenDeadlySins are bad, they're also inseparable from human nature. This is demonstrated with [[spoiler:Miranda]], a world where everyone from whom sin was 'removed' is dead - and dead--and those who clung to it are no longer human.



* ICannotSelfTerminate: "Put a bullet to me. Bullet in the brain pan. Squish."

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* ICannotSelfTerminate: "Put River begs Simon to kill her when Mal has her chained to ''Serenity'''s floor.
-->'''River:''' Put
a bullet to me. Bullet in the brain pan. Squish."



* IllGirl: River, of course.

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* IllGirl: River, of course. The experiments performed on her at the Academy, specifically [[spoiler:the knowledge of what the Alliance did on Miranda gleaned through her {{telepathy}}]], have driven her quite insane.



* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Wash.]]

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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Wash.]][[spoiler:Wash]] is killed by an enormous Reaver harpoon, straight through ''Serenity'''s windshield.



* InfantImmortality: Averted. The Operative is not above to killing children, as he flat out informs Mal. As proof of this, when the characters arrive at Haven, Kaylee (the crew's most soft-hearted member) comes across a dead little boy about 10 years old (one whom she was briefly seen interacting with affectionately, earlier in the film). [[spoiler:The Operative is aware that this is his MoralEventHorizon, but argues these deeds as being NecessaryEvil.]]

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* InfantImmortality: Averted. The Operative is not above to killing children, as he flat out informs Mal. As proof of this, when the characters arrive at Haven, Kaylee (the crew's most soft-hearted member) comes across a dead little boy about 10 years old (one whom she was briefly seen interacting with affectionately, earlier in the film). [[spoiler:The Operative is aware that this is his MoralEventHorizon, but argues that these deeds as being NecessaryEvil.are NecessarilyEvil.]]



* IntroDump: For viewers who haven't seen ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', the intro has explain that Earth has been abandoned and humanity now occupies another star system, the {{backstory}} elements of the Alliance/Independents war, River's treatment at the Academy and Simon's rescue, and introduce us to ''Serenity'' and seven of the nine major characters who already know each other. All done in ten minutes with admirable deftness.

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* IntroDump: For viewers who haven't seen ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', the intro has explain explains that [[EarthThatWas Earth has been abandoned abandoned]] and humanity now occupies another star system, the {{backstory}} elements of the Alliance/Independents war, River's treatment at the Academy and Simon's rescue, and introduce introduces us to ''Serenity'' and seven of the nine major characters who already know each other. All done in ten minutes with admirable deftness.



-->'''Mal:''' I'm not gonna kill you. Hell, I'm gonna grant your greatest wish. I'm gonna show you a world without sin.



* KarmicThief: Mal Reynolds and crew take a job which involves stealing a [[LawEnforcementInc private security payroll]]. It's a job hurting [[TheEmpire The Alliance]], so they're {{Jerkass Victim}}s, but Mal has no intentions of handing out his crew's cut to the poor.

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* KarmicThief: Mal Reynolds and crew take a job which involves stealing a [[LawEnforcementInc private security payroll]]. It's a job hurting [[TheEmpire The the Alliance]], so they're {{Jerkass Victim}}s, but Mal has no intentions of handing out his crew's cut to the poor.



* KickTheSonOfABitch: It's safe to say that there was no sympathy for Dr. Mathias when the Operative killed him at the beginning. Likewise, the pilot of the Alliance vessel Mal rather ruthlessly murders had just slaughtered a ton of innocent people.
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Book and Wash.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Shepherd and Wash.]]
* TheKirk: Mal.
* KnightErrant: Mal.
* KnightInSourArmor: Also Mal.
* KnightTemplar: The Operative.

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: It's safe to say that there was there's no sympathy for Dr. Mathias when the Operative killed kills him at the beginning. Likewise, the pilot of the Alliance vessel Mal rather ruthlessly murders had has just slaughtered a ton of innocent people.
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Book and Wash.]]
* KilledOffForReal:
[[spoiler:Shepherd and Wash.]]
* TheKirk: Mal.
* KnightErrant: Mal.
* KnightInSourArmor: Also Mal.
Book]] is cut off in the middle of his inspiring speech; [[spoiler:Wash]] in the middle of his SurvivalMantra.
* KnightTemplar: The Operative.Operative, as summed up ably by Inara.



* LodgedBladeRecycling:
-->'''Operative:''' ''(stabs Mal)'' Do you know what your sin is, Mal?\\
'''Mal:''' Aw hell, I'm a fan of [[SevenDeadlySins all seven]]. ''(pulls sword back out)'' But right now, I'm gonna have to go with Wrath.

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* LodgedBladeRecycling:
LodgedBladeRecycling: The Operative really shouldn't have let go of his sword after he stabs Mal with it. Mal uses it to pin him to the railing so that he's ForcedToWatch the Pax broadcast.
-->'''Operative:''' ''(stabs Mal)'' ''[stabs Mal]'' Do you know what your sin is, Mal?\\
'''Mal:''' Aw hell, I'm a fan of [[SevenDeadlySins all seven]]. ''(pulls ''[pulls sword back out)'' out]'' But right now, I'm gonna have to go with Wrath.



* ManchurianAgent: River.

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-->'''Mal:''' The leg is good. It'll bleed plenty and we avoid any unnecessary organs.\\
'''Guard:''' I was thinking more of a graze.
* ManchurianAgent: River.River isn't stable enough to become TheMole when triggered, but the Operative still uses her brainwashing to find her by making her cause a very conspicuous BarBrawl.



* MeaningfulName: Combined with a BilingualBonus, The Pax. Pax is Latin for [[{{Irony}} Peace]].
** Ditto for Miranda, which works either as an ironic reference to Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TheTempest'' ('O brave new world that has such people in't') or a more direct one to ''Film/PicnicAtHangingRock'' (in which Miranda is the name of girl who disappears).
* MercyKill: For anyone taken by the Reavers:
-->'''Jayne:''' I won't get eaten! You shoot me if they take me!\\
'''Mal:''' ''[aims pistol at Jayne]''\\

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
**
Combined with a BilingualBonus, The Pax. Pax is Latin for [[{{Irony}} Peace]].
** Ditto for Miranda, which works either as an ironic reference to Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TheTempest'' ('O brave new world that has such people in't') or a more direct one to ''Film/PicnicAtHangingRock'' (in which Miranda is the name of a girl who disappears).
* MercyKill: For anyone taken MercyKill:
** Mal shoots a bystander when he gets grabbed
by Reavers, and Jayne asks Mal to do the Reavers:
-->'''Jayne:'''
same when he gets his leg speared by a harpoon.
--->'''Jayne:'''
I won't get eaten! You shoot me if they take me!\\
'''Mal:''' ''[aims ''[Mal aims his pistol at Jayne]''\\



* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: Simply being put in a room with [[spoiler:[[TheGovernment Key Members Of Parliament]]]] was enough to drive River completely monkey-shit. It is expanded on in the {{Novelization}} - she was writing coherent secret messages to Simon right up until that point, upon which they immediately degraded to hash.

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* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: Simply being put in a room with [[spoiler:[[TheGovernment Key Members Of of Parliament]]]] was enough to drive River completely monkey-shit. It is expanded on in the {{Novelization}} - she {{Novelization}}--she was writing coherent secret messages to Simon right up until that point, upon which they immediately degraded to hash.



* MrViceGuy: Mal.
* MutantEnemy: "Grr. Arg."
* MyFistForgivesYou: Simon slugs Mal for (what else?) putting River in danger. Interestingly he is the only one of the crew that ever dared do that--it's a CallBack to the series, where Mal punched Simon (twice!) in the "real" pilot for putting his ship in danger.
* MysteriousPast: Book, and to a lesser extent River.
* MysteriousWaif: River.

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* MrViceGuy: Mal.
* MutantEnemy: "Grr. Arg."
* MyFistForgivesYou: Simon slugs Mal for (what else?) putting River in danger. Interestingly he is the only one of the crew that ever dared do that--it's a CallBack to the series, where Mal punched Simon (twice!) in [[Recap/FireflyE01Serenity the "real" pilot pilot]] for putting his ship in danger.
* MysteriousPast: Book, and to a lesser extent River.
* MysteriousWaif: River.
River. Book once again refuses to tell Mal how he knows so much about Alliance business and the criminal underworld.
[[/folder]]
[[folder:N–S]]



-->'''Book''': When I talk about belief, why do you always assume I'm talking about God?\\

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-->'''Book''': When I talk about belief, why do you always assume I'm talking about God?\\God?\\\



* NerdsAreSexy: Both Simon and Kaylee.

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* NerdsAreSexy: Both Simon (TheMedic) and Kaylee.Kaylee (a WrenchWench).



* NoseArt: The ship's name is painted in a stylized seal on the bow of the ship, in [[BilingualBonus both English and Chinese.]]

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* NoseArt: NoseArt:
**
The ship's name is painted in a stylized seal on the bow of the ship, in [[BilingualBonus both English and Chinese.]]



'''River:''' No, you won't! You take care of me, Simon. You've always taken care of me. (''stands up and faces the unclosed blast doors'') [[PreAsskickingOneLiner My turn.]]
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Mal killed a surrendering Alliance soldier who participated in the attack on Haven.

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'''River:''' No, you won't! You take care of me, Simon. You've always taken care of me. (''stands ''[stands up and faces the unclosed blast doors'') doors]'' [[PreAsskickingOneLiner My turn.]]
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Mal killed kills a surrendering wounded Alliance soldier who participated in the attack on Haven.



* OhCrap: The Operative's [[MoodWhiplash smugness turning to complete terror]] as he realises [[spoiler:''who'' Mal has [[SummonBiggerFish brought with him]] to get past the blockade.]]
--> '''Operative''': Target [[spoiler:the Reavers!]] Target [[spoiler:the ''Reavers'']]! Target ''everything!'' ''SOMEBODY '''FIRE!'''''
** When Inara meets the Operative. She's very good at reading and controlling body language, so the way her smile fades before he even said anything speaks volumes.

to:

* OhCrap: OhCrap:
**
The Operative's [[MoodWhiplash smugness turning turns to complete terror]] as he realises [[spoiler:''who'' Mal has [[SummonBiggerFish brought with him]] to get past the blockade.]]
--> '''Operative''':
blockade]].
--->'''The Operative:'''
Target [[spoiler:the Reavers!]] Target [[spoiler:the ''Reavers'']]! Target ''everything!'' ''SOMEBODY '''FIRE!'''''
** When Inara meets the Operative. She's is very good at reading and controlling body language, so when she meets the Operative, the way her smile fades before he even said says anything speaks volumes.



* [[OneManArmy One Waif Army]]: River
* OnlyAFleshWound: When Mal gets stabbed during his fight with the Operative, though having Alliance medical care available soon after may make it somewhat less applicable.

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* [[OneManArmy One Waif Army]]: River
OneWomanArmy: River's WaifFu lets her take on [[spoiler:a whole roomful of Reavers]] and win. She's quite prepared to throw down with the Alliance soldiers, too.
* OnlyAFleshWound: OnlyAFleshWound:
**
When Mal gets stabbed during his fight with the Operative, though having Alliance medical care available soon after may make it somewhat less applicable.



** Mal's big plan to slip past the Reavers is to disguise Serenity as a Reaver ship - it's just rundown enough to pass for one too.

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** Mal's big plan to slip past the Reavers is to disguise Serenity as a Reaver ship - it's ship--it's just rundown enough to pass for one too.



* PhoneTraceRace: After the Operative has several of the Serenity crew's havens destroyed he talks to Captain Mal on the Wave (FTL radio). During the conversation Mal tells the Operative they won't be talking long enough for a Wave trace (which would allow the Operative to locate them) and turns off the communications device.

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* PhoneTraceRace: After the Operative has several of the Serenity crew's havens destroyed destroyed, he talks to Captain Mal on the Wave (FTL radio).(SubspaceAnsible). During the conversation Mal tells the Operative they won't be talking long enough for a Wave trace (which would allow the Operative to locate them) and turns off the communications device.



* ThePowerOfLove: The core of Simon and River's relationship. [[BigBrotherInstinct Simon's]] [[DeclarationOfProtection love]] for [[TheWoobie River]] is practically the only thing holding her [[MindRape fractured psyche]] together. [[spoiler:As a result, this is [[ThePowerOfLove the force]] that allows her to [[MamaBear pull herself together]] at the end of the film and [[WaifFu save]] [[YouShallNotPass everyone]].]]

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* ThePowerOfLove: ThePowerOfLove:
**
The core of Simon and River's relationship. [[BigBrotherInstinct Simon's]] [[DeclarationOfProtection love]] for [[TheWoobie River]] is practically the only thing holding her [[MindRape fractured psyche]] together. [[spoiler:As a result, this is [[ThePowerOfLove the force]] force that allows her to [[MamaBear pull herself together]] at the end of the film and [[WaifFu save]] [[YouShallNotPass everyone]].]]



* PowZapWhamCam: Used when River "scans" the occupants of the trader outpost.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner:

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* PowZapWhamCam: Used when River "scans" the occupants of the trader outpost.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner:
PreAsskickingOneLiner:



* PrecisionFStrike: "Eight months. ''Eight months'' you had her on my boat knowing full well she could go '''monkeyshit''' at the wrong word and you never said a thing." It's easy to miss it, but this is a cuss word they couldn't drop on Fox, but could in a BigDamnMovie.

to:

* PrecisionFStrike: PrecisionFStrike:
**
"Eight months. ''Eight months'' you had her on my boat knowing full well she could go '''monkeyshit''' at the wrong word and you never said a thing." It's easy to miss it, but this is a cuss word they couldn't drop on Fox, but could in a BigDamnMovie.



* PressurePoint: Used by the Operative.
** [[spoiler:And subverted by Mal in his final fight with The Operative when he pretends to fall victim to this technique. In truth that particular pressure point was rendered invalid by the surgery used to fix a war wound, and he just played along so he could catch The Operative off-guard.]]
* PsychicPowers: River.
* PsychoSerum: G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate ("the Pax") has this effect on about 0.1% of people, [[spoiler:turning them into Reavers.]]

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* PressurePoint: Used by the Operative.
** [[spoiler:And
Operative as a [[TheParalyzer paralyzing technique]], and subverted by Mal [[spoiler:Mal in his final fight with The the Operative when he pretends to fall victim to this technique. In truth that particular pressure point was rendered invalid by the surgery used to fix a war wound, and he just played plays along so he could can catch The Operative off-guard.off guard.]]
* PsychicPowers: River.
River Tam demonstrates uncontrolled telepathy and empathy. It's [[{{Fanon}} theorized by some]] that her combat prowess may be partly attributable to low-level precognition—seeing seconds into the future to determine an enemy's next move. She also has other abilities, such as an ability to discern health problems and locate dead bodies, find her way through strange environments with no guidance, and locate electronic devices or discern problems with machinery. Interestingly, "The R. Tam Sessions" imply that River already had some form of latent psychic ability before the Academy started working on her.
* PsychoSerum: G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate ("the Pax") has this effect on about 0.1% of people, [[spoiler:turning them into Reavers.]]Reavers]].



* QuickNip: Jayne.

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* QuickNip: Jayne.Jayne takes a swig from a flask after pouring most of it out [[HealItWithBooze on his leg wound]].



* {{Retraux}}: Joss specifically asked for old camera lenses to use to add the "[[TheSeventies 70's]] {{Western}}" feel.
* RevealingCoverup: The Alliance spent a whole lot of time and effort hunting down River Tam, including murdering just about everybody who may have been in contact with her in order to cover up what she learned through her telepathy and being in the same room as several high ranking Alliance members. River, being insane, probably didn't understand what she knew and, in any case, wasn't in any position to tell anybody even if she did. But the Alliance's campaign of persecution gave Serenity's crew a big motive to find out and make the information public knowledge.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: After [[spoiler:Mr. Universe]] sells out Mal, The Operative instead [[spoiler:kills him with a sword. How weird is that?]] Bonus points for getting it right in the middle of asking for his thirty pieces of silver.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder:

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* {{Retraux}}: Joss specifically asked for old camera lenses to use to add the "[[TheSeventies 70's]] 70s]] {{Western}}" feel.
* RevealingCoverup: The Alliance spent spends a whole lot of time and effort hunting down River Tam, including murdering just about everybody who may have been in contact with her her, in order to cover up what she learned through her telepathy and being {{telepathy}} when she was in the same room as several high ranking high-ranking Alliance members. River, being insane, probably didn't doesn't understand what she knew knows and, in any case, wasn't isn't in any position to tell anybody even if she did. does. But the Alliance's campaign of persecution gave Serenity's gives ''Serenity'''s crew a big motive to find out and make the information public knowledge.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: After [[spoiler:Mr. Universe]] sells out Mal, The the Operative instead [[spoiler:kills him with a sword. How weird is that?]] Bonus points for getting it right in the middle of asking for his thirty pieces of silver.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder:RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: When Mal and Jayne are arguing what to do about River after the BarBrawl.



* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: Averted. Simon's time on the ship has stripped this element from him, replacing it with [[DarkerAndEdgier a tired bitterness behind much of his actions.]]
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Book and Wash]].
* SchizoTech: The just-settled Outer Planets have no infrastructures or industries built yet, and the Alliance considers anything past terraforming a low priority.
** This looks to be how the Alliance controlled the outer planets. "Join us and we'll upgrade your tech. Don't and have fun adapting yourself."
* SchoolForScheming: The Academy

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* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: Averted. Simon's time on the ship has stripped this element from him, replacing it with [[DarkerAndEdgier a tired bitterness behind much most of his actions.]]
actions]].
* SacrificialLion: Two main characters from the series, [[spoiler:Book and Wash]].
Wash]], are killed to highlight the danger of [[spoiler:the Operative and the Reavers]], respectively.
* SchizoTech: The just-settled Outer Planets have no infrastructures or industries built yet, and the Alliance considers anything past terraforming a low priority.
** This
priority, which looks to be how the Alliance controlled controls the outer planets. "Join us and we'll upgrade your tech. Don't and have fun adapting yourself."
* SchoolForScheming: The AcademyRiver went to the Alliance-sponsored Academy to learn things. Instead she was tortured and experimented upon.



* SendInTheSearchTeam: Miranda.

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* SendInTheSearchTeam: Miranda.On [[spoiler:Miranda]], the crew finds an ApocalypticLog which is all that is left of the search team sent in to find out [[spoiler:what went wrong with the Pax drug]].



* SevenDeadlySins: What the Operative seems to be obsessed with. Given that they think they can "make mankind better", the Alliance's chief sin seems to be {{Pride}}.

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* SevenDeadlySins: What the SevenDeadlySins:
** The
Operative seems to be obsessed with.with them, asking his victims if they know for which sin he is about to kill them. Given that they think they can "make mankind better", the Alliance's chief sin seems to be {{Pride}}.



* [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend He Is Not My Boyfriend]]: Inara's reaction to the suggestion that she had a torrid affair with a pirate. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Also, he's not a pirate, he's a smuggler, and VERY annoying.]]
* ShirtlessScene: Both Mal and Simon get this. Joss Whedon actually apologizes in the commentary for shooting shirtless!Mal at such a close angle and not allowing a full look at his physique.
* ShootTheDog: The Operative describes this as his ''raison d'etre'' - his purpose in life, he says, is to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans create a world]] where [[KnightTemplar monsters like himself]] will not be allowed to exist.
** Mal's choice to disguise Serenity as a Reaver vessel is also treated as a Shoot the Dog - he is [[DueToTheDead desecrating the corpses]] of their deceased friends and turning their home into an abomination in order to defeat [[GovernmentConspiracy the Alliance]].
* ShootTheRope: Mal needs several shots to sever the mini-harpoon from Jayne's leg. While he's hanging from the back of Mule II ''at full tilt.''
* ShoutOut: Numerous.
** Special mention goes to the Reavers, who share the name of the Scottish/English Border-Reivers of the late Middle Ages, and exist in similar political circumstances, with similar behavior.
* ShroudedInMyth: Reavers, at least until their origin is revealed.

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* [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend He Is Not My Boyfriend]]: Inara's reaction to the suggestion that she had a torrid affair with a pirate. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Also, he's not a pirate, he's a smuggler, and VERY annoying.]]
* ShirtlessScene: Both Mal and Simon each get this.one. Joss Whedon actually apologizes in the commentary for shooting shirtless!Mal at such a close angle and not allowing a full look at his physique.
* ShootTheDog: ShootTheDog:
**
The Operative describes this as his ''raison d'etre'' - his d'etre''--his purpose in life, he says, is to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans create a world]] where [[KnightTemplar monsters like himself]] will not be allowed to exist.
** Mal's choice to disguise Serenity ''Serenity'' as a Reaver vessel is also treated as a Shoot the Dog - he Dog--he is [[DueToTheDead desecrating the corpses]] of their deceased friends and turning their home into an abomination in order to defeat [[GovernmentConspiracy the Alliance]].
* ShootTheRope: Mal needs several shots to sever the mini-harpoon from Jayne's leg. While he's hanging from the back of the Mule II ''at full tilt.''
* ShoutOut: Numerous.
**
Numerous. Special mention goes to the Reavers, who share the name of the Scottish/English Border-Reivers of the late Middle Ages, and exist in similar political circumstances, with similar behavior.
* ShroudedInMyth: ShroudedInMyth:
**
Reavers, at least until their origin is revealed.



* ASimplePlan: Mal has these a lot. And they go wrong with [[FinaglesLaw alarming regularity]]

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* ASimplePlan: Mal has these comes up with a lot. lot of these. And they go wrong with [[FinaglesLaw alarming regularity]]regularity]].



* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: At the end of ''Serenity: Float Out'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:Zoe is pregnant with Wash's daughter.]]
* SonicStunner: Simon apparently found one that only works ''at head level'', then uses it to rescue River by setting it off and ducking (she's conveniently seated at the time).

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* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: At the end of ''Serenity: Float Out'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:Zoe is pregnant with Wash's daughter.]]
daughter]].
* SonicStunner: SonicStunner:
**
Simon apparently found one that only works ''at head level'', then uses it to rescue River by setting it off and ducking (she's conveniently seated at the time).



* SpaceClouds: The ion cloud around Mr. Universe's planet. Creator/JossWhedon admitted that he knew exactly how unscientific this was, but he needed it there for RuleOfCool in the battle scene.

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* SpaceClouds: The ion cloud around Mr. Universe's planet. Creator/JossWhedon admitted that he knew exactly how unscientific this was, is, but he needed it there for RuleOfCool in the battle scene.



* SpacePirates: Reavers.
%%* SpaceWestern
* StealthHiBye: River. Simon once or twice.
* StealthPun: In the soundtrack, not the movie. The name of the song that plays during the introductory sequence (the classroom explanation of EarthThatWas, specifically), is "Into The River". [[DontExplainTheJoke It all took place in River's head.]]

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* SpacePirates: Reavers.
%%* SpaceWestern
The Reavers, though they don't care about the usual pirate goals; RapePillageAndBurn is an end in itself for them.
* SpaceWestern: Though the BigDamnMovie has fewer obviously Western elements than its [[Series/{{Firefly}} predecessor series]], the slang is still intact, and the ''Serenity'' crew do commit a bank robbery in a frontier town.
* StealthHiBye: River. River, notably in the opening sequence, where she goes from unconscious and StrappedToAnOperatingTable to fully awake and directly behind Simon once or twice.
in the time it takes him to peer out the door. Simon himself pops up behind Mal when he's preparing to argue against taking River along on the job.
* StealthPun: In the soundtrack, not the movie. The name of the song that plays during the introductory sequence (the classroom explanation of EarthThatWas, specifically), is "Into The the River". [[DontExplainTheJoke It all took takes place in River's head.]]



* SurvivalMantra: "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar." Savagely subverted when [[spoiler:Wash [[KilledMidSentence dies in the middle of saying it.]]]]
** Yes, but he's [[spoiler:not flying any more. Flying is his super power. His milieu.]]
* SwallowedAFly: After a horrific encounter with the Reavers, the crew barely makes it back, and crashes the runabout back onto Serenity. Simon (who stayed behind) is frantic over River, who is oddly calm:
-->'''River''': I swallowed a bug.

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* SurvivalMantra: "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar." Savagely subverted when [[spoiler:Wash [[KilledMidSentence dies in the middle of saying it.]]]]
** Yes, but
]]]] Then again, he's [[spoiler:not flying any more. Flying is his super power. His milieu.]]
* SwallowedAFly: After a horrific encounter with the Reavers, the crew barely makes it back, and crashes the runabout back onto Serenity.''Serenity''. Simon (who stayed behind) is frantic over River, who is oddly calm:
-->'''River''': -->'''River:''' I swallowed a bug.



* TakeAMomentToCatchYourDeath: [[spoiler:Wash]], as per the above.

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[[/folder]]
[[folder:T–Z]]
* TakeAMomentToCatchYourDeath: [[spoiler:Wash]], as per ''Serenity'' dives down through the above.[[spoiler:Reaver–Alliance]] battle, barrels toward Mr. Universe's complex, [[ComingInHot crash-lands with a minimum of grace]], and everyone appears to be okay--[[spoiler:cue the Reaver harpoon through the cockpit. Poor Wash...]]



--> '''Mal''': You get everyone upstairs in there and you seal it. Long as you got air you don't open up, you understand?\\
'''Guard''': I-Buh-I...\\
'''Mal''': Get them! ''Inside!'' '''The Vault!'''
* {{Thememobile}}: The good ship ''Serenity''.
* ThemeMusicWithholding: The "Ballad of Serenity" only appears in the end credits.

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--> '''Mal''': '''Mal:''' You get everyone upstairs in there and you seal it. Long as you got air you don't open up, you understand?\\
'''Guard''': I-Buh-I...'''Guard:''' I--Buh--I...\\
'''Mal''': '''Mal:''' Get them! ''Inside!'' '''The Vault!'''
* %%* {{Thememobile}}: The good ship ''Serenity''.
* ThemeMusicWithholding: The "Ballad of Serenity" only appears in a simple guitar cover at the very end of the credits.



* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The Operative calls in the entire fleet to deal with a single, unarmed, cargo transport. Might double as CrazyPrepared, [[spoiler:because it turned out to be really helpful]].
* ThickerThanWater: Behold, the Power of Brotherhood.
* ThisIsReality: The Operative.
-->"Nothing here is what it seems. He is not the plucky hero. The Alliance is not an evil empire. This is not the grand arena."
* ThrowTheDogABone: River, in particular, is the one getting the bone.
* TiredOfRunning: "I aim to misbehave."

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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The Operative calls in the entire fleet to deal with a single, unarmed, cargo transport. Might double as CrazyPrepared, [[spoiler:because it turned turns out to be really helpful]].
* ThickerThanWater: Behold, the Power Simon has given up his entire life for River, and protecting her is still his singular goal.
-->'''The Operative:''' Madness? Have you looked at this scan carefully, Doctor? At his face? It's love, in point
of Brotherhood.
fact. Something a good deal more dangerous.
* ThisIsReality: The Operative.
-->"Nothing
Operative tries to convince Mal to give up with this argument.
-->'''The Operative:''' Nothing
here is what it seems. He is You are not the plucky hero. The hero, the Alliance is not an evil empire. This empire, and this is not the grand arena."
arena.
* ThrowTheDogABone: River, in particular, is Once the one getting truth of [[spoiler:Miranda]] is known to the bone.
crew and River {{Stress Vomit}}s, she suddenly finds that the intense pressure of the secret on her psyche has been lifted, leaving her much less insane than before.
-->'''River:''' I'm alright. ... ''I'm alright.''
* TiredOfRunning: "I Having spent years trying to make a living and simply avoid the Alliance after their victory in the war, Malcolm Reynolds finally finds a reason to fight back: the secret of Miranda.
-->'''Mal:''' A year from now, ten? They'll swing back to the belief that they can make people... better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin'. I
aim to misbehave."



* TookALevelInBadass: River. Boy did she ever.
** Not just River; it's shown that Kaylee is able to hold her own in a fight as well, especially when she's [[DyingDeclarationOfLove properly motivated.]]
* TranquilFury: Zoe and River both get this when their respective loved ones are hurt [[spoiler:(or in Zoe's case, killed).]]

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* TookALevelInBadass: River. Boy did does she ever.
** Not just River; it's
ever. It's shown that Kaylee is able to hold her own in a fight as well, especially when she's [[DyingDeclarationOfLove properly motivated.]]
* TranquilFury: Zoe and River both get this when their respective loved ones are hurt [[spoiler:(or in Zoe's case, killed).]]killed)]].



* TraumaSwing: An eery variation with River, who in one scene is standing behind a swing set that's engulfed in flames. It's shot so that River is framed by the burning swing.
* TriggerHappy: Jayne. Mal against the Operative.

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* TraumaSwing: An eery eerie variation with River, who in one scene is standing behind a swing set that's engulfed in flames. It's shot so that River is framed by the burning swing.
* TriggerHappy: Jayne. Jayne in general; Mal against the Operative.



* TrojanHorse: [[spoiler:How Serenity runs the gauntlet through the Reaver ships to and from Miranda]].

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* TrojanHorse: [[spoiler:How Serenity ''Serenity'' runs the gauntlet through the Reaver ships to and from Miranda]].Miranda--by disguising itself as one of them, corpses and all.]]



* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Not that you need to try very hard.
* TykeBomb: River.

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* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Not that you need to try very hard.
hard. Mal's {{Combat Pragmatis|t}}m contrasts nicely with the Operative's martial arts.
* TykeBomb: River.River was taken at fourteen and turned into a psychic SuperSoldier at the Academy.



* {{Unperson}}:
** There is not a colony on Miranda and there never has been. And Miranda was never terraformed and never can be. And you're under arrest for asking.
** Note that Miranda had a population of ''several million'', and the government managed to supress all knowledge of it entirely, save for a blank entry on the Cortex (the setting's equivalent to the net) and some vague recollections.
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Mal and Inara.

to:

* {{Unperson}}:
**
{{Unperson}}: There is not a colony on Miranda and there never has been. And Miranda was never terraformed and never can be. And you're under arrest for asking.
**
asking.\\\
Note that Miranda had a population of ''several million'', and the government managed to supress all knowledge of it entirely, save for a blank entry on the Cortex (the setting's equivalent to the net) and some vague recollections.
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Mal and Inara.
recollections.



* UnstoppableRage: River falls into a [[TranquilFury very calm]] rage when [[spoiler:Simon gets shot.]]
* UnusualEuphemism: Between the Mildly Mandarin swearing, the use of archaic words like "quim", and various other slang such as "gorram" and "shiny", It's hard to find examples of ''usual'' euphemisms on this show.
* UsedFuture: Justified.

to:

* UnstoppableRage: River falls into a [[TranquilFury very calm]] rage when [[spoiler:Simon gets shot.]]
shot]].
* UnusualEuphemism: Between the Mildly Mandarin swearing, the use of archaic words like "quim", and various other slang such as "gorram" and "shiny", It's hard to find examples of ''usual'' euphemisms on in this show.
film.
* UsedFuture: Justified. There is a deliberate contrast between the ShinyLookingSpaceships of the Alliance and the used, battered craft on the border regions.



* VillainousBreakdown: Happens to the Operative when he sees the Reaver ships following ''Serenity''.

to:

* VillainousBreakdown: VillainousBreakdown:
**
Happens to the Operative when he sees the Reaver ships following ''Serenity''.



* VomitDiscretionShot: Averted with River, [[spoiler:when she learns of Miranda's secret, it works to clear her sub-conscious of the problem she was having assimilating the information.]]

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* VomitDiscretionShot: Averted with River, River [[spoiler:when she learns of Miranda's secret, secret; it works to clear her sub-conscious of the problem she was having assimilating the information.]]information]].



* WaifProphet: River.
* WatchingTroyBurn: [[spoiler:Haven]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Operative.
-->Key. Members. of Parliament. ...and you put them... in a room... with a ''psychic''.
* WhatTheHellHero: Zoe points out that Mal could have saved a man's life simply by dumping the loot from a heist.

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* WaifProphet: River.
* WatchingTroyBurn: [[spoiler:Haven]].
''Serenity'' runs to [[spoiler:Haven]] only to find it in flames.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Operative.
-->Key. Members. of Parliament. ...
Operative truly believes that he is NecessarilyEvil and you put them... in is [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans building a room... with a ''psychic''.
better world]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Zoe points out that Mal could have saved a man's life simply by dumping the loot from a heist. Mal replies that the loot is the only thing between them and abject poverty, but it's still not a choice they would have made during the war.



* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: River gets one.

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* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: River gets one. River admits to Simon as he lies dying from a gunshot to the stomach that she understands that she's always relied on him and the rest of the crew to [[TheCaretaker take care of her]] through her helpless madness. Then, she adds that now, it is [[NowLetMeCarryYou her turn]] to [[LetsGetDangerous take care of them.]] [[YouShallNotPass Cue awesome.]]



-->'''Simon:''' In all that time on the ship... I've always regretted... not being with you. \\
'''Kaylee:''' With me? You mean to say... as in sex?\\
'''Simon:''' I mean to say.\\
'''Kaylee:''' To Hell with this. '''I'm gonna live!'''



* WrenchWench: Kaylee.



* YouAreAlreadyDead: A variant, the Operative uses a nerve strike, that while not deadly in and of itself, does leave them paralyzed so he can stab them with his sword.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Mal, Simon, and River.

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* YouAreAlreadyDead: A variant, the Operative uses a nerve strike, that while not deadly in and of itself, does leave them his victims paralyzed so he can stab them with his sword.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Mal, Simon, Neither River nor Simon Tam can return to their home on Osiris, because doing so would get Simon arrested and River.River sent back to the Academy. On a more blunt note, Malcolm Reynolds can't go back to his home on Shadow because the Alliance virtually destroyed the planet during the Unification War, rendering it uninhabitable.



--> '''Operative''': Key. Members. Of Parliament. "Key." The minds behind every military, diplomatic, and covert operation in the galaxy, and you put them in a room with a psychic. [...] You know, in certain older civilized cultures, when men failed as entirely as you have, they would throw themselves on their swords.

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--> '''Operative''': -->'''The Operative''': Key. Members. Of Parliament. "Key." The minds behind every military, diplomatic, and covert operation in the galaxy, and you put them in a room with a psychic. [...] You know, in certain older civilized cultures, when men failed as entirely as you have, they would throw themselves on their swords.



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And notably [[AvertedTrope avoided]]:

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And !!And notably [[AvertedTrope avoided]]:{{Averted|Trope}}:



-->''(Klunk)''\\
''What was that?''

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-->''(Klunk)''\\
''What
-->''[clunk]''\\
''"What
was that?''that?"''
24th Jan '16 4:18:19 PM nombretomado
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* RadialAssKicking: [[SummerGlau River]] fights off Reavers coming at her from all sides.

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* RadialAssKicking: [[SummerGlau [[Creator/SummerGlau River]] fights off Reavers coming at her from all sides.
23rd Jan '16 8:27:10 PM HeraldAlberich
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:For the film and the series as a whole. The crew exposes the Alliance's crimes and turns the Verse against them, the Operative spares them once he sees that killing them will accomplish nothing, most of the remaining Reavers have been destroyed, and the crew gets to fly off into the sunset. But Book, Wash, Mr. Universe, and whole communities of other good people had to die to make it all happen... and while it's suffered a crippling blow to its good publicity, the Alliance is still active and will probably try to hunt down the crew for vengeance eventually.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:For the film and the series as a whole. The crew exposes the Alliance's crimes and turns the Verse against them, the Operative spares them once he sees that killing them will accomplish nothing, most of the remaining Reavers have been destroyed, Kaylee and Simon get their RelationshipUpgrade, and the crew gets to fly off into the sunset. But Book, Wash, Mr. Universe, and whole communities of other good people had to die to make it all happen... and while it's suffered a crippling blow to its good publicity, the Alliance is still active and will probably try to hunt down the crew for vengeance eventually.]]



* BringNewsBack: After learning the [[GoneHorriblyWrong horrible truth]] about what happened on Miranda, Mal and the crew of the title ship set out to reach the only means of sending/spreading [[ApocalypticLog the report on what happened]]. It's something of a variant on this in that the only "authority figures" around, the Alliance, had the report buried, since they were responsible for the whole thing, but Mal is determined to get the message out in order to speak for the people who died there, and to strike a serious blow against the Alliance.



* CallBack: In the [[Recap/FireflyE01Serenity series pilot]], Mal says that the Reavers are obligated to chase you if you try to run from them. Not only does the entire Reaver fleet chase them from Miranda to Mr. Universe's planet, but one of the ships chases them when they try to flee the battle to land.



* {{Determinator}}: Mal, who does not let little things like [[spoiler:swords in his stomach]] get in the way.%%* DeusExMachina: A well-done type four.

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* {{Determinator}}: Mal, who does not let little things like [[spoiler:swords in his stomach]] get in the way. The Operative himself stops for nothing in his crusade for a better world.
%%* DeusExMachina: A well-done type four.


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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In order: the Academy directors saw fit to put their heads of state in a room with a crazy psychic; The Operative's broadwave attempts to trigger River prevent Mal from turning the Tams off ''Serenity''; The Operative's assault on Haven and the other safeholds just makes Mal more determined to figure out what Miranda holds.
* HoldTheLine: The defense in Mr. Universe's complex against the Reavers.


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* TheHorde: The Pax has rendered the Reavers into a slavering horde through no fault of their own.


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* MyFistForgivesYou: Simon slugs Mal for (what else?) putting River in danger. Interestingly he is the only one of the crew that ever dared do that--it's a CallBack to the series, where Mal punched Simon (twice!) in the "real" pilot for putting his ship in danger.


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* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: River's HeroicSacrifice. Except... she does.


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* OffscreenVillainDarkMatter: Not a villain, but ''where'' did Mr. Universe find the money for that complex?


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* SexBot: Mr. Universe has one. Turns out to be useful for other things, too, like messages.


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* VoiceOfTheResistance: The broadwave of the Miranda recording.
11th Jan '16 5:53:37 AM Silverblade2
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* CommandRoster:
** TheCaptain: Mal
** NumberTwo: Zoe
** TheBigGuy: Jayne
** WrenchWench: Kaylee
** AcePilot & Communications Officer: Wash
** TheMedic: Simon
** AcePilot: River at the end of the movie.
*** It's stated in the show that she's a 'natural' at virtually every skill she ever attempted, so she probably can fit every one of these.
** TheHeart: Book
29th Dec '15 6:28:01 PM Zaptech
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* {{Aesoptinum}}: [[spoiler:The Pax, an experimental chemical agent that the Alliance used to attempt to control possible violence in one of its colonies. It ends up failing spectacularly when most of the test subjects become so passive that they simply lie down and die of starvation, with a very small portion of the population instead becoming monstrous Reavers.]] [[TheWarOnTerror Does this remind you of anything?]]

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* {{Aesoptinum}}: [[spoiler:The Pax, an experimental chemical agent that the Alliance used to attempt to control possible violence in one of its colonies. It ends up failing spectacularly when most of the test subjects become so passive that they simply lie down and die of starvation, with a very small portion of the population instead becoming monstrous Reavers.]] [[TheWarOnTerror Does this remind you of anything?]]]]
28th Dec '15 2:29:12 AM dissembly14b
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* {{Aesoptinum}}: [[spoiler:The Pax, an experimental chemical agent that the Alliance used to attempt to control possible violence in one of its colonies. It ends up failing spectacularly when most of the test subjects become so passive that they simply lie down and die of starvation, with a very small portion of the population instead becoming monstrous Reavers.]]

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* {{Aesoptinum}}: [[spoiler:The Pax, an experimental chemical agent that the Alliance used to attempt to control possible violence in one of its colonies. It ends up failing spectacularly when most of the test subjects become so passive that they simply lie down and die of starvation, with a very small portion of the population instead becoming monstrous Reavers.]]]] [[TheWarOnTerror Does this remind you of anything?]]
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