History Film / TheFifthElement

23rd Jun '17 2:43:46 PM Saveelich
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* ActivationSequence: Once the elements are collected, it's necessary to trigger the keystones with their respective Four-Element Ensemble, Leeloo and Dallas as ElementNumberFive, to activate the BFG that will neutralize the EldritchAbomination that threatens the Earth.

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* ActivationSequence: Once the elements are collected, it's necessary to trigger the keystones with their respective Four-Element Ensemble, Leeloo and Dallas as ElementNumberFive, to activate the BFG PillarOfLight that will neutralize the EldritchAbomination that threatens the Earth.
23rd Jun '17 2:42:19 PM Saveelich
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''The Fifth Element'' is a [[TheNineties 1997]] English-language French ScienceFiction {{Film}}. The brainchild of producer, director and screenwriter Creator/LucBesson, it stars Creator/BruceWillis, Creator/GaryOldman, Creator/MillaJovovich, Chris Tucker and Creator/IanHolm. The soundtrack has been composed by Besson's longtime collaborator, Éric Serra.

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''The Fifth Element'' is a [[TheNineties 1997]] English-language French ScienceFiction {{Film}}. The brainchild of producer, director and screenwriter Creator/LucBesson, it stars Creator/BruceWillis, Creator/GaryOldman, Creator/MillaJovovich, Chris Tucker and Creator/IanHolm. The soundtrack has been was composed by Besson's longtime collaborator, Éric Serra.
28th May '17 10:17:13 PM darksoul4242
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* ClothingDamage: While retrieves the stones from the diva, Korben is wearing an immaculate tuxedo minus the jacket. Cut to the next scene and his shirt is torn to shreds with no explanation. Ruby Rhod's flamboyant outfit is all torn up with no explanation as well.

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* ClothingDamage: While As he retrieves the stones from the diva, Korben is wearing an immaculate tuxedo minus the jacket. Cut to the next scene and his shirt is torn to shreds with no explanation. Ruby Rhod's flamboyant outfit is all torn up with no explanation as well.
20th May '17 9:34:55 PM Dimensio
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* EvilCripple: A mild example: Zorg has a slight limp and Cornelius makes mention of it. Every other footstep from him also seems to have something of a metallic sound to it, suggesting that one of his legs may be prosthetic.
9th May '17 7:44:45 PM Rebu
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:When Corben meets Leeloo in the spaceport, he says that they met, sparks flew, and they fell in love. At the climax of the movie, he lights a match and admits he's in love with Leeloo.]]
8th May '17 4:42:47 PM LovePsychothefirst
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[[DistantPrologue The movie opens in 1914]], in an Egyptian temple, where an archaeologist, assisted by a reporter, discovers hieroglyphs that report about a Great Evil that is unleashed and tries to destroy all life [[ViciousCycle every five millennia]], and the weapons to defeat it: [[CosmicKeystone four stones]] representing [[ElementalRockPaperScissors water, fire, air and earth]] and a "perfect being" representing a fifth element sealed in a sarcophagus. A priest on site seems incredibly disturbed that the discovery is being made, going so far as to (unsuccessfully) poison the archaeologist to prevent the discovery. Just as the discovery is made, the {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s who made the temple in the first place (and whom the priest, [[AncientTradition and all those who have come before him]], have secretly served) arrive in a giant spaceship and take away the stones and the sarcophagus, explaining that they are unsafe because of the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne imminent war on Earth]]. The aliens also order the priest to continue to take care of the temple and to pass on his knowledge, as it was passed on to him, to prepare for the Great Evil's incoming. The priest points out that they're leaving Earth defenseless, and the aliens reply that when the Great Evil returns, so shall they. Cut to...

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[[DistantPrologue The movie opens in 1914]], in an Egyptian temple, where an archaeologist, assisted by a reporter, discovers hieroglyphs that report about a Great Evil that is unleashed and tries to destroy all life [[ViciousCycle every five millennia]], and the weapons to defeat it: [[CosmicKeystone four stones]] representing [[ElementalRockPaperScissors water, fire, air and earth]] and a "perfect being" representing a fifth element sealed in a sarcophagus. A priest on site seems incredibly disturbed that the discovery is being made, going so far as to (unsuccessfully) poison the archaeologist to prevent the discovery. discovery.

Just as the discovery is made, the {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s who made the temple in the first place (and whom the priest, [[AncientTradition and all those who have come before him]], have secretly served) arrive in a giant spaceship and take away the stones and the sarcophagus, explaining that they are unsafe because of the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne imminent war on Earth]]. The aliens also order the priest to continue to take care of the temple and to pass on his knowledge, as it was passed on to him, to prepare for the Great Evil's incoming. The priest points out that they're leaving Earth defenseless, and the aliens reply that when the Great Evil returns, so shall they. Cut to...
6th May '17 1:09:01 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* XenoNucleicAcid: Leeloo's DNA is briefly shown containing numerous helices compacted together. A scientist also comments that she has 200,000 "memo groups" compared with the 40 of humans,[[note]] Or in the French version, 200 billions to the humans' four[[/note]] which is pure {{technobabble}}. These are supposed to be signs of Leeloo being a genetically engineered perfect being.
21st Apr '17 10:09:56 AM StFan
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->''"You no trouble. Me ... fifth element ... supreme being ... me, protect you."''

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->''"You no trouble. Me ... Me... fifth element ... element... supreme being ...being... me, protect you."''



[[DistantPrologue The movie opens in 1914]], in an Egyptian temple, where an archaeologist, assisted by a reporter, discovers hieroglyphs that report about a Great Evil that is unleashed and tries to destroy all life [[ViciousCycle every five millennia]], and the weapons to defeat it: [[CosmicKeystone four stones]] representing [[ElementalRockPaperScissors water, fire, air and earth]] and a "perfect being" representing a fifth element sealed in a sarcophagus. A priest on site seems incredibly disturbed that the discovery is being made, going so far as to (unsuccessfully) poison the archaeologist to prevent the discovery. Just as the discovery is made, the {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s who made the temple in the first place (and whom the priest, [[AncientTradition and all those who have come before him]], have secretly served) arrive in a giant spaceship and take away the stones and the sarcophagus, explaining that they are unsafe because of the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne imminent war on Earth]]. The aliens also order the priest to continue to take care of the temple and to pass on his knowledge, as it was passed on to him, to prepare for the Great Evil's incoming. The priest points out that they're leaving Earth defenseless, and the aliens reply that when the Great Evil returns, so shall they. Cut to ...

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[[DistantPrologue The movie opens in 1914]], in an Egyptian temple, where an archaeologist, assisted by a reporter, discovers hieroglyphs that report about a Great Evil that is unleashed and tries to destroy all life [[ViciousCycle every five millennia]], and the weapons to defeat it: [[CosmicKeystone four stones]] representing [[ElementalRockPaperScissors water, fire, air and earth]] and a "perfect being" representing a fifth element sealed in a sarcophagus. A priest on site seems incredibly disturbed that the discovery is being made, going so far as to (unsuccessfully) poison the archaeologist to prevent the discovery. Just as the discovery is made, the {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s who made the temple in the first place (and whom the priest, [[AncientTradition and all those who have come before him]], have secretly served) arrive in a giant spaceship and take away the stones and the sarcophagus, explaining that they are unsafe because of the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne imminent war on Earth]]. The aliens also order the priest to continue to take care of the temple and to pass on his knowledge, as it was passed on to him, to prepare for the Great Evil's incoming. The priest points out that they're leaving Earth defenseless, and the aliens reply that when the Great Evil returns, so shall they. Cut to ...
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!!Tropes:

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!!Tropes:
!!''The Fifth Element'' provides examples of:



* AerithAndBob: In the same character's name, no less. Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel ... ''Zorg?''

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* AerithAndBob: In the same character's name, no less. Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel ...Emmanuel... ''Zorg?''



--->'''Korben's mother:''' I might as well throw myself into traffic[[note]](Happens to Leeloo during her lab escape.)[[/note]] or Saran Wrap myself to the bed[[note]](Happens to Cornelius in Korben's apartment.)[[/note]] and pretend my child is suffocating me ...

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--->'''Korben's mother:''' I might as well throw myself into traffic[[note]](Happens to Leeloo during her lab escape.)[[/note]] or Saran Wrap myself to the bed[[note]](Happens to Cornelius in Korben's apartment.)[[/note]] and pretend my child is suffocating me ...me...



* TheComicallySerious: Korben ... at least in comparison to [[FunPersonified Ruby Rhod]].

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* TheComicallySerious: Korben ...Korben... at least in comparison to [[FunPersonified Ruby Rhod]].



-->'''Zorg:''' Life, which you so nobly serve, comes from destruction, disorder and chaos. Now take this empty glass. Here it is: peaceful, serene, boring. But if it is destroyed ... ''[pushes the glass off the table; it shatters on the floor, and several small machines come out to clean it up]'' ... Look at all these little things! So busy now! Notice how each one is useful. A lovely ballet ensues, so full of form and color. Now, think about all those people that created them. Technicians, engineers, hundreds of people, who will be able to feed their children tonight, so those children can grow up big and strong and have little teeny children of their own, and so on and so forth. Thus, adding to the great chain of life. You see, father, by causing a little destruction, I am in fact encouraging life. In reality, you and I are in the same business.

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-->'''Zorg:''' Life, which you so nobly serve, comes from destruction, disorder and chaos. Now take this empty glass. Here it is: peaceful, serene, boring. But if it is destroyed ...destroyed... ''[pushes the glass off the table; it shatters on the floor, and several small machines come out to clean it up]'' ... Look at all these little things! So busy now! Notice how each one is useful. A lovely ballet ensues, so full of form and color. Now, think about all those people that created them. Technicians, engineers, hundreds of people, who will be able to feed their children tonight, so those children can grow up big and strong and have little teeny children of their own, and so on and so forth. Thus, adding to the great chain of life. You see, father, by causing a little destruction, I am in fact encouraging life. In reality, you and I are in the same business.



* IronicEcho: As Right-Arm calls Zorg to tell he couldn't prevent Korben from embarking, he replies [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "I am ... a little ... disappointed.]]" (the conversation ends with Zorg ''[[YouHaveFailedMe triggering Right-Arm's public phone to explode]]''). Later, after Zorg finds out the box with the rocks is empty, he returns screaming "I. AM. ''VERY. DISAPPOINTED!!''"

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* IronicEcho: As Right-Arm calls Zorg to tell he couldn't prevent Korben from embarking, he replies [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "I am ... am... a little ...little... disappointed.]]" (the conversation ends with Zorg ''[[YouHaveFailedMe triggering Right-Arm's public phone to explode]]''). Later, after Zorg finds out the box with the rocks is empty, he returns screaming "I. AM. ''VERY. DISAPPOINTED!!''"



'''Cornelius:''' The most terrible intelligence imaginable, Mr President.
* JewishMother: Korben Dallas's mother seems to be this.

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'''Cornelius:''' The most terrible intelligence imaginable, Mr Mr. President.
* JewishMother: Korben Dallas's mother seems to be this.one.



* MoodWhiplash: All in the space of a single opera song, we go from aching melancholy, to a fightscene overlaid with much happier (and rockier) music ... and then suddenly Leeloo is in mortal danger, the Diva gets shot and all Hell breaks loose.

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* MoodWhiplash: All in the space of a single opera song, we go from aching melancholy, to a fightscene overlaid with much happier (and rockier) music ...music... and then suddenly Leeloo is in mortal danger, the Diva gets shot and all Hell breaks loose.



* NeckLift: Korben does one to Ruby Rhod.

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* NeckLift: Korben does one to lifts Ruby Rhod.Rhod by the neck and press him against a wall to make him shut up.



--->'''Staedert:''' ''[worried]'' ...What do we have that's bigger than 240?\\

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--->'''Staedert:''' ''[worried]'' ... What do we have that's bigger than 240?\\



* OneRiotOneRanger: Korben Dallas is sent to retrieve [[MacGuffin the elemental stones]], rather than, say, intercepting the Diva with the Navy and avoiding the whole public-place hand-off thing. The movie {{Handwave}}s this with the President saying he wants the operation to be as discreet as possible. Not that it [[HilarityEnsues works out that way ...]]

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* OneRiotOneRanger: Korben Dallas is sent to retrieve [[MacGuffin the elemental stones]], rather than, say, intercepting the Diva with the Navy and avoiding the whole public-place hand-off thing. The movie {{Handwave}}s this with the President saying he wants the operation to be as discreet as possible. Not that it [[HilarityEnsues works out that way ...way...]]



-->'''Leeloo:''' What's the use of saving life when you see what you do with it? ... I don't know love. I was built to protect, not to love, so there's no other use for me.

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-->'''Leeloo:''' What's the use of saving life when you see what you do with it? ...it?... I don't know love. I was built to protect, not to love, so there's no other use for me.



-->'''ComputerVoice:''' ''You have ... ONE ... point ... left on your license.''\\

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-->'''ComputerVoice:''' ''You have ... ONE ... point ...have... ONE... point... left on your license.''\\''\\\



** Or almost does, anyway. When Leeloo escapes, the police seem to arbitrarily take over and no one informs them of who or what Leeloo is. They even lose sight of this halfway through and just start ''shooting at the car she's in'' because they've deemed the occupant a car thief. "We made this chick in a lab, she's kinda important, retrieve her alive and unharmed" would have been a simple enough order to give.

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** Or almost does, anyway. When Leeloo escapes, the police seem to arbitrarily take over and no one no-one informs them of who or what Leeloo is. They even lose sight of this halfway through and just start ''shooting at the car she's in'' because they've deemed the occupant a car thief. "We made this chick in a lab, she's kinda important, retrieve her alive and unharmed" would have been a simple enough order to give.



* ThePowerOfLove: What with the discussion between Leeloo and Korben near the end, people thought this was what the title referred to. {{Word of God}} from director Luc Besson has clarified in an interview that the Fifth Element is actually sex.
* ProductPlacement: UsefulNotes/McDonalds. Could that sign ''be'' any bigger? Maybe if the camera crashed into ... oh nevermind.

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* ThePowerOfLove: What with the discussion between Leeloo and Korben near the end, people thought this was what the title referred to. {{Word of God}} WordOfGod from director Luc Besson has clarified in an interview that the Fifth Element is actually sex.
* ProductPlacement: UsefulNotes/McDonalds. Could that sign ''be'' any bigger? Maybe if the camera crashed into ... oh into... oh, nevermind.



* PsychicNosebleed: Happens twice -- first to the commander of a battleship before Mr. Shadow destroys it, and then to Zorg when Mr. Shadow calls him on the phone. Oddly, the bleeding always starts somewhere at or above the hairline, raising the question as to just ''where'' exactly they are bleeding from.
** Rather than blood it appears to be some kind of black ichor; Zorg wipes his forehead after the phonecall, and the fluid is thick and oily in appearance.

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* PsychicNosebleed: Happens twice -- first to the commander of a battleship before Mr. Shadow destroys it, and then to Zorg when Mr. Shadow calls him on the phone. Oddly, the bleeding always starts somewhere at or above the hairline, raising the question as to just ''where'' exactly they are bleeding from.
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from. Rather than blood it appears to be some kind of black ichor; Zorg wipes his forehead after the phonecall, and the fluid is thick and oily in appearance.



** "I am ... a little ... disappointed. And if there's one thing ... I do not like ... it is to be ... disappointed."

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** "I am ... am... a little ...little... disappointed. And if there's one thing ... thing... I do not like ... like... it is to be ...be... disappointed."



** "Jean-Baptiste ... Emmanuel ... Zorg."

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** "Jean-Baptiste ... Emmanuel ..."Jean-Baptiste... Emmanuel... Zorg."



* SamusIsAGirl: The professor in the prologue refers to "this man, this perfect being ..." Professor [=MacTilburgh=] assumes likewise before reconstructing Leeloo, only to be find out that she's ... [[MsFanservice "I told you, perfect."]] Vito Cornelius is also surprised to find out the supreme being is female:
-->'''Cornelius:''' He... [pause for stare] He's a she.

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* SamusIsAGirl: The professor in the prologue refers to "this man, this perfect being ...being..." Professor [=MacTilburgh=] assumes likewise before reconstructing Leeloo, only to be find out that she's ...she's... [[MsFanservice "I told you, perfect."]] Vito Cornelius is also surprised to find out the supreme being is female:
-->'''Cornelius:''' He... [pause ''[pause for stare] stare]'' He's a she.



** [[DescriptionCut Cue the button test]], and Zorg [[UnflinchingWalk blows cigarette smoke nonchalantly]] with StuffBlowingUp behind him.

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** ::: [[DescriptionCut Cue the button test]], and Zorg [[UnflinchingWalk blows cigarette smoke nonchalantly]] with StuffBlowingUp behind him.



* ShutUpHannibal: Priest Vito Cornelius delivers an absolutely brilliant one to the choking Zorg after his villainous speech (see GoodNeedsEvil), by pointing out that his grand empire will come tumbling down all because of one ... little ... ''cherry''. Vito [[HonorBeforeReason smacks him on the back]], of course. The look on Vito's face as he [[SaveTheVillain Saves The Villain]] says it quite plainly: BeingGoodSucks.
* SightedGunsAreLowTech: {{Justified|Trope}} with the ZF-1.

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* ShutUpHannibal: Priest Vito Cornelius delivers an absolutely brilliant one to the choking Zorg after his villainous speech (see GoodNeedsEvil), by pointing out that his grand empire will come tumbling down all because of one ... little ...one... little... ''cherry''. Vito [[HonorBeforeReason smacks him on the back]], of course. The look on Vito's face as he [[SaveTheVillain Saves The Villain]] says it quite plainly: BeingGoodSucks.
* SightedGunsAreLowTech: {{Justified|Trope}} with the ZF-1.ZF-1, which has homing bullets.



''[Cue massive fanfare, followed by Ruby Rhod sliding into the scene wearing a mic/headset]''\\

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''[Cue ''[cue massive fanfare, followed by Ruby Rhod sliding into the scene wearing a mic/headset]''\\



** Later, when Cornelius and Ruby Rhod find the bomb left by Zorg ...
--->'''Cornelius:''' It's a -- it's a -- it's a -- it's a -- it's a -- it's a ...\\

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** Later, when Cornelius and Ruby Rhod find the bomb left by Zorg ...
Zorg...
--->'''Cornelius:''' It's a -- it's a -- it's a -- it's a -- it's a -- it's a ...a...\\



''[The alarms go off]''

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''[The ''[the alarms go off]''



* YouWereTryingTooHard: After trying numerous ways to activate the four elemental stones, they all give up. David laments "We're not going to make it ..." and sighs, inadvertently activating the wind stone. Turns out the stones need their classical element to activate (wind for wind, earth for earth, water for water, fire for fire).

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* YouWereTryingTooHard: After trying numerous ways to activate the four elemental stones, they all give up. David laments "We're not going to make it ...it..." and sighs, inadvertently activating the wind stone. Turns out the stones need their classical element to activate (wind for wind, earth for earth, water for water, fire for fire).
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16th Apr '17 12:13:37 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* TwoDSpace: The border of the Federated Territories is a massive line of buoys (presumably scanners) which detect incoming ships and turn green to indicate that they may pass. There's not even multiple lines.



* TwoDSpace: The border of the Federated Territories is a massive line of buoys (presumably scanners) which detect incoming ships and turn green to indicate that they may pass. There's not even multiple lines.
* ActorAllusion: When Cornelius apologizes to Korben for mugging him, he calls him "Mr. Willis".
30th Mar '17 6:36:39 AM Toadofsteel
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** Much of the futuristic New York and the character of Korben Dallas pay homage to the "Harry Canyon" story from ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal''.

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** Much of the futuristic New York and the character of Korben Dallas pay homage to the "Harry Canyon" story from ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal''. Korben's character also heavily evokes other Creator/BruceWillis action films (see DieHardOnAnX above).
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