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25th Apr '18 2:17:37 PM zygomian
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* ContinuitySnarl: Abbott explains the infected astronaut's half-human children had defective immune systems due to being hybrids, and they are also implied to be sterile (the female one certainly seemed to be). This means the premise of the original movie, that Sil's offspring would end up replacing humanity, was never possible in the first place. Although, then again, the way the scientists in the lab produced their embryos and the natural conception by Ross may be the devil in the details here.

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* ContinuitySnarl: Abbott explains the infected astronaut's half-human children had defective immune systems due to being hybrids, and they are also implied to be sterile (the female one certainly seemed to be). This means the premise of the original movie, that Sil's offspring would end up replacing humanity, was never possible in the first place. Although, then again, the way the scientists in the lab produced their embryos and the natural conception by Ross may be the devil in the details here. It may also be relevant that Sil provided the egg in her breeding, whereas the halfbreeds in Species II & III all came from alien sperm. In crossbreeding species, eggs tend to have a greater influence over which traits the offspring will inherit, meaning Sil's halfbreed children would've been naturally more inclined to possess the aliens' strength then Patrick's halfbreeds.
25th Apr '18 1:37:05 PM Cieloazul
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* AmbiguouslyEvil: It's left unclear if Sil's killing ways are a consequence of being brought up in a laboratory without knowledge of moral or a built-in trait of her genome. The alien civilization that enabled her creation in Earth also counts as ambiguous in their intentions (see Neglectful Precursors below).

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* AmbiguouslyEvil: It's left unclear if Sil's killing ways are a consequence of being brought up in a laboratory without knowledge of moral morals or a built-in trait of her genome. The alien civilization that enabled her creation in Earth also counts as ambiguous in their intentions (see Neglectful Precursors below).



* CardboardPrison: The containment facility which holds Sil has a security level which barely beats a pinfold, as it seems that everything she has to do in order to escape is running her way through a fragile glass pod, a guardless building, some unwary soldiers and a fence.

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* CardboardPrison: The containment facility which holds holding Sil has a security level which that barely beats a pinfold, as it seems that everything she has to do in order to escape is running her way through a fragile glass pod, a guardless building, some unwary soldiers and a fence.



* HumanoidAbomination: Sil's son. Despite being theoretically only 1/4 alien, his alien form is significantly more monstruous than Sil's, featuring hinged legs, a crown-like head, an exposed abdomen, an asymmetric pair of rms and a noticeably malformed mouth.

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* HumanoidAbomination: Sil's son. Despite being theoretically only 1/4 alien, his alien form is significantly more monstruous than Sil's, featuring hinged legs, a crown-like head, an exposed abdomen, an asymmetric pair of rms arms and a noticeably malformed mouth.



* ContinuitySnarl: The doctor from the university said that the infected astronaut's half-human children had defective immune systems due to being hybrids. They were also implied to be sterile (the female one certainly seemed to be). This means the premise of the original movie ''was never possible in the first place''. Although then again the way the scientists in the lab produced their embryos and the natural conception by Ross may be the devil in the details here.

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* ContinuitySnarl: The doctor from the university said that Abbott explains the infected astronaut's half-human children had defective immune systems due to being hybrids. They were hybrids, and they are also implied to be sterile (the female one certainly seemed to be). This means the premise of the original movie ''was movie, that Sil's offspring would end up replacing humanity, was never possible in the first place''. Although place. Although, then again again, the way the scientists in the lab produced their embryos and the natural conception by Ross may be the devil in the details here.



* InnocentFanserivceGirl: Sara is initially ignorant about the human considerations towards nudity, which leads her to show herself naked in front of Dr. Turner, which in turns leads to the old bastard's death.

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* InnocentFanserivceGirl: InnocentFanserviceGirl: Sara is initially ignorant about the human considerations towards nudity, which leads her to show herself naked in front of Dr. Turner, which in turns leads to the old bastard's death.



* PsychicPowers: Both Sara and Amelia, something that had only been hinted at previous installment.

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* ParentalSubstitute: Abbot is fond of Sara as a surrogate daughter, or so he tells her in her child stage, although he also has the interest to use her cells to win a Nobel Prize.
* PsychicPowers: Both Sara and Amelia, something that had only been hinted at previous installment.installments.
* {{Psychometry}}: Sara learns all the contents of a chess manual by merely touching it.


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* TheStoic: Sara barely emotes through the film, causing some humor when an older, female UFO expert believes she's a college student with a nasty recent breakup.
25th Apr '18 1:16:11 PM Cieloazul
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The world is finally free from the hybrid menace and Sara has a partner to live with in the wild. As he's sterile, they will be the last of their species. However, Dean states they will eventually find out, implying they might return to kill him in revenge.]]
** Not to mention that, in keeping with the species' habit of exceeding their creators' expectations, it not unlikely that Sara will somehow be able to naturally heal her own sterility.

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* AllMenArePerverts: Abbott believes the trope is in full effect with Dean towards Sara, but he's shown to care for her in a non-sexual manner.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The world is finally free from the hybrid menace and Sara has a partner to live with in the wild. As he's sterile, they will be the last of their species. However, Dean states they will eventually find out, implying they might return to kill him in revenge.]] Not to mention that, [[spoiler:in keeping with the species' habit of exceeding their creators' expectations, it is not unlikely that Sara will somehow be able to naturally heal her own sterility.]]
** Not to mention that, in keeping with the species' habit of exceeding their creators' expectations, it not unlikely that * ClotheslineStealing: How Sara will somehow be able to naturally heal finds her own sterility.first outfit. It doesn't explain how she gets her shoes, though.



* PsychicPowers: Both Sara and Amelia.

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* CrazyPrepared: Abbott as a lab equipped with hydrochloric gas, just in case he has to trap and kill a dangerous alien.
* CreepyChild: Little Sara rejects coldly Abbott's attempts to educate her in human customs, though we get a look of her softer side when she goes to bed and asks him uncertainly if she's really an unique being.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Sara through the film, though very subtly, and ultimately by [[spoiler:saving Dean from Amelia.]]
* DirtyOldMan: Abbott's superior Dr. Turner is initially polite enough not to stare at a naked Sara, but after becoming delighted by her reproductive advances on him, he tries to rape her when she changes her mind at sensing he hasn't the right DNA.
* FullFrontalAssault: Sara ends up fighting Amelia with no more covering than her alien form scales.
* InnocentFanserivceGirl: Sara is initially ignorant about the human considerations towards nudity, which leads her to show herself naked in front of Dr. Turner, which in turns leads to the old bastard's death.
* MeaningfulName: The previously unnamed military project that created Sil is now named Project Athena. Just like Athena, Sara is adept at both learning and fighting.
* PsychicPowers: Both Sara and Amelia.Amelia, something that had only been hinted at previous installment.
* TheQuietOne: Both as a child and as a young woman, Sara talks little and only when needed.
12th Apr '18 1:35:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* ChestBurster: Why some people ONLY watch ''[[NauseaFuel Species 2]]'' ONCE. It made [[Film/{{Alien}} what happened to]] Creator/JohnHurt look pretty tame.



* TragicMonster: The leading alien hybrids in the films tend to have sympathetic traits.
** Sil. For the most part she doesn't seem to be acting out of deliberate malice, rather self-preservation and natural instinct. That said, her natural instincts lead her to brutally murder a "rival" female.
** ''Species II'' has the infected astronaut Patrick Ross. It's unclear where his human and alien self truly begin and end but he does show genuine distress over the things he's doing, eventually opting to kill himself. However despite blowing most of his head clean off, it regenerates and it's strongly implied from that point on the alien side is firmly in control. One could even argue that the alien side influenced Patrick to shoot himself in the head, killing his human side; [[AllAccordingToPlan from when the head grew back onwards the alien side would call the shots]].


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* TragicMonster: Sil. For the most part she doesn't seem to be acting out of deliberate malice, rather self-preservation and natural instinct. That said, her natural instincts lead her to brutally murder a "rival" female.
7th Apr '18 11:58:09 AM zygomian
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** Not to mention that, in keeping with the species' habit of exceeding their creators' expectations, it not unlikely that Sara will somehow be able to naturally heal her own sterility.
7th Apr '18 9:51:52 AM Cieloazul
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* FollowTheLeader: While not a full-on ''Alien'' rip-off, Creator/HRGiger complained that there were too many similarities, starting with his involvement in designing the creature (he even suggested changing the ending, which he felt was similar to both ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' and ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'').


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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The world is finally free from the hybrid menace and Sara has a partner to live with in the wild. As he's sterile, they will be the last of their species. However, Dean states they will eventually find out, implying they might return to kill him in revenge.]]


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* PsychicPowers: Both Sara and Amelia.
4th Apr '18 1:08:04 PM Morgenthaler
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It was followed by three sequels: ''Species II'' (1998), the only one theatrically released, bringing back Henstridge, Madsen and Helgenberger; ''Species III'' (2004), released direct-to-DVD and featuring a cameo by Henstridge; and ''Species - The Awakening'' (2007), which actually debuted on the [[Creator/SyFy Sci-Fi Channel]] one more before its home video release.

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It was followed by three sequels: ''Species II'' ''Film/SpeciesII'' (1998), the only one theatrically released, bringing back Henstridge, Madsen and Helgenberger; ''Species III'' (2004), released direct-to-DVD and featuring a cameo by Henstridge; and ''Species - The Awakening'' (2007), which actually debuted on the [[Creator/SyFy Sci-Fi Channel]] one more before its home video release.



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* AteHisGun: After [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone killing his fiancée]], Patrick realizes he is a monster and blows his own head off to put an end to his actions. However his head grows back and it's clear from that point on his human half is dead.
* AttemptedRape: When Patrick becomes controlled by the alien, he goes around impregnating various women with his alien sperm. Most of these encounters are either consensual or sex-for-pay, but he also drags one of his victims out of a convenience store in the middle of the day to rape her in his parked van. He only stops and lets her go when he realizes that there's a female hybrid out there as well after she links to his mind.
* CameBackWrong: Patrick Ross is distressed by the weird urges he's been having and the horrific things he's done, the final straw being the murder of his fiancee. So he decides to commits suicide by eating a blast from a shotgun and blowing off most of his head. [[CannotSelfTerminate Which then grows back]]. Afterwards, he's noticeable less distressed about the things he's done and more actively seeking out women. The implication being he only succeeded in killing off his humanity.
* CardboardPrison: Eve's prison is ridiculously escapable. The glass isn't strong enough to stop her, just like the last film. The doors can't stop her, just like the last film. The walls can't stop her, [[RuleOfThree just like the last film]]. The guards can't stop her, [[OverlyLongGag just like the last film]]. Objectively, they've learned nothing. This is especially bad because they've been extensively testing her and should know how to stop her. The only improvement, a poison capsule in her neck, can only be activated from a single console right outside her prison [[FailsafeFailure which she disables on the way out]].
* CloningBlues: Eve, a clone of Sil, is raised in a lab with no male contact at all and she's used as a guinea pig as to avoid a repeat of the first movie's incident.
* DeadlyHug: Patrick kills [[spoiler:his Senator father]] by hugging him, during which his body inadvertently sprouts alien tentacles that pierce the other person's flesh.
* DeathByChildbirth: A rather literal and gruesome example, as the alien hybrid's offspring gestate in a matter of minutes before tearing their way free of the human mother's abdomen.
* DisabilityImmunity: Dennis's genes carry the potential for sickle-cell anemia to manifest in his children, which is the reason the alien organism did not infect him but just knocked him out. Later in the movie after he is wounded he covers a blade in his own blood, which seems to act like a poison on the alien hybrid.
* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: The mating of the two hybrids at the end appears to be equal parts French Kiss and forced mouth rape by his mouth tentacle.
* GangstaStyle: For some reason Preston holds his gun sideways when he arrests Patrick, despite being both a [[InformedAttribute supposed]] counter-terrorism expert with firearms training and aware that his target is a highly dangerous alien masquarading as a human.
* HordeOfAlienLocusts: A disgraced former scientist speculates that the aliens operate like this, having wiped out all native life and [[OnceGreenMars destroyed the ecosystem on Mars]] billions of years ago and are now trying to do the same to Earth.
* IKnowMortalKombat: An alien hybrid clone being experimented on escapes from a government research laboratory, stealing a military humvee in the process. When asked how she learned how to drive, one of the scientists working on her explains that they allowed her access to television, and her favorite show is ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard.''
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: After Eve and Patrick transform into their full alien forms to mate, Dr. Laura Baker appeals to Eve's human side. It seems to work, as Eve turns against him [[spoiler:but is killed in the process.]]
* IronicEcho: Not seen in the cinema release. The ''little sister'' of the bad guy's first babymomma says an unbelievably ironic, unbelievably cheesy line as she climbs into bed with him.
--> '''Debutante's Sister:''' Forget safe sex. You're dangerous!
* JiveTurkey: Dennis has shades of this.
* LadyLand: Eve is raised in a female-only environment, so that mating urges won't make her uncontrollable. It doesn't work. Nor should they have expected it to, considering they let her watch television and ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' is one of her favorite shows.
* MotherlyScientist: Dr. Laura Baker collects DNA samples after Sil's death in the first movie and clones another human-alien hybrid from her that she names Eve. She starts to care for Eve as a mother, always quick to remind everyone that Eve is part human when the military guys suggest using her as a weapon.
* OhCrap: The second lady to get pumped with alien juice in the threesome scene, as she realizes the guy boinking her has a bunch of weird tentacles growing out of his back.
* OnceGreenMars: A disgraced scientist claims that Mars was once a thriving planet a billion years ago before the antagonistic aliens wrecked the entire ecosystem and are now trying to do the same thing to earth. He was locked up to keep him quiet.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Preston Lennox, having retired from freelance hunting to making a counter-terrorism security firm. He basically doesn't want to do anything if the [[TooDumbToLive government became idiots by making another Sil]] (though the writers didn't think he'd be affected by [[spoiler: Fitch and Arden dying by Sil's hands and being nearly killed himself with Dan and Laura]]), and only gets talked into dealing with the new threat by being offered [[OnlyInItForTheMoney a million dollars]].
* SequelHook / WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At the end of ''Species II'' one of the infected astronaut's sons is shown to have survived and Eve is pregnant with the infected astronaut's baby, with the implication that the baby will be female and they will mate. Eve's baby plays a prominent role in ''Species III'', but the implied scenario doesn't happen because she deems the astronaut's offspring unfit for reproduction.
* SexByProxy: The two alien-human hybrids are mind-linked, and also desperately want to hook up with each other to create purer offspring than they could with human mates. There are several times when Patrick is having sex somewhere else, and Eve goes into heat and apparently orgasms at the same time.
* ASharedSuffering: In ''Species II'', the male and female hybrids (one each) sense each other and try to hook up. Eve (a clone of Sil) even goes into psychic heat when she senses him, despite the fact that she was raised in [[LadyLand a female-only environment]].
* SuperMode: When mating was interrupted, [[spoiler:Patrick transformed to quatrupedal combat form.]] But his alien form for mating is male version of Sil's or Eve's
* ThisIsReality: When Colonel Carter dismisses Preston's suggestion on how to track the alien.
-->"This isn't ''Series/TheXFiles'', goddammit! We're not gonna follow the word of a lunatic."
* TooDumbToLive: Eve is kept in a CardboardPrison because the plot calls for her to escape and the writers apparently either couldn't think of any better way to do it or didn't want to bother. The villain uses a house that his family owns as a hide-out, reasoning that the fact that it's owned in his mother's maiden name will surely stump the FBI, CIA, and whatever other agencies might have an interest in capturing a superstrong near-immortal evil alien that's going around impregnating women with lethal chestbuster rip-offs. He drags a random woman out of a supermarket to rape her in his van right in the parking lot in broad daylight (Though that leads to his capture. Doesn't explain why he ignored several other women he walked past in the shop). When the heroes find him instead of sending a team of trained professionals armed with [[KillItWithFire weapons that worked fine in the first movie]] they send a scientist and an astronaut (granted, along with ''one'' trained professional) and take no weaponry that would be effective against the creatures besides something that requires you to all but shove it into the target's face.
* WindowLove: A rather literal example when human-alien hybrids Eve and Patrick meet face to face for the first time in the lab, putting their hands against the glass wall of her containment unit while visualizing themselves having intercourse in their alien forms.
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25th Feb '18 9:27:18 AM kimmokun
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* SuperMode: When mating was interrupted, [[spoiler:Patrick transformed to quatrupedal combat form.]] But his alien form for mating is male version of Sil's or Eve's
23rd Feb '18 7:56:11 AM ErikModi
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* RightThroughHisPants: Defied. When the group discovers Sil's first male victim as an adult, Fitch has an OhCrap moment as he believes she's successfully mated. Preston is quick to point out "Doesn't look like a successful mating to me. He's still got his pants on."
20th Feb '18 6:22:44 AM ErikModi
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* AmbiguslyEvil: It's left unclear if Sil's killing ways are a consequence of being brought up in a laboratory without knowledge of moral or a built-in trait of her genome. The alien civilization that enabled her creation in Earth also counts as ambiguous in their intentions (see Neglectful Precursors below).

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* AmbiguslyEvil: *AmbiguouslyEvil: It's left unclear if Sil's killing ways are a consequence of being brought up in a laboratory without knowledge of moral or a built-in trait of her genome. The alien civilization that enabled her creation in Earth also counts as ambiguous in their intentions (see Neglectful Precursors below).
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