History Film / TheLastStarfighter

3rd Apr '16 6:51:14 AM Movienut376
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*CurbStompBattle: Alex is convinced that he and Grig are heading into this - one Gunstar against the Armada - and for a moment, it looks like they're in for it; the Gunstar's power is draining and the Armada is closing in. Then [[spoiler: Alex triggers Death Blossom...]]
3rd Apr '16 6:40:21 AM Movienut376
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*MundaneMadeAwesome: Granted, beating a difficult video game is worthy of a high five or two, but when Alex goes for, and beats the Starfighter record, the trailer park acts as if The Beatles just came to town.
14th Mar '16 9:30:20 PM Kooshmeister
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* FacePalm: A rather unusual one by Beta when he sees a Xandoxan landing on Earth, since his ''head'' is on the desk. It's sort of a third-person face palm.

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* FacePalm: A rather unusual one by Beta when he sees a Xandoxan Zando-Zan landing on Earth, since his ''head'' is on the desk. It's sort of a third-person face palm.



* KillAndReplace: Xandoxan assassins do this to a local cop and a hitchhiker.

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* KillAndReplace: Xandoxan Zando-Zan assassins do this to a local cop and a hitchhiker.



* TakingTheBullet: Centauri does it to save Alex from a Xandoxan energy bolt.

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* TakingTheBullet: Centauri does it to save Alex from a Xandoxan Zando-Zan energy bolt.



* VoluntaryShapeshifting: The Xandoxan assassins are shapeshifters.

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* VoluntaryShapeshifting: The Xandoxan Zando-Zan assassins are shapeshifters.
27th Feb '16 8:33:40 AM rjung
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* LizardFolk: Grig is a heroic example.
27th Feb '16 8:29:48 AM rjung
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* DittoAliens: Although the member species of the Star League are visually diverse, members within most species are distinguishable only by their clothing. [[RuleOfFunny Played for laughs]] when Grig rapidly flashes through photos of his 600-member family; the images are a blur of various LizardFolk of different height and dress, all sharing the ''same'' face.
15th Feb '16 7:11:47 AM MacronNotes
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* LikeADuckTakesToWater:
** Alex manages to be an exceptional Starfighter, despite having grown up in a trailer park on Earth.
** This is justified as Alex has been playing the game at-home repeatedly (to the point of making the high score), and since the gunner controls are actually near-identical to the game's, so long as Alex is good at one, he'll theoretically be good at the other too.
** The game was also used to recruit on Earth for this exact purpose. While the skill and reflexes needed are just as rare on Earth as everywhere else, more advanced worlds have very few people with the stomach for even simulated fighting.



* TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer: Alex manages to be an exceptional Starfighter, despite having grown up in a trailer park on Earth.
** This is justified as Alex has been playing the game at-home repeatedly (to the point of making the high score), and since the gunner controls are actually near-identical to the game's, so long as Alex is good at one, he'll theoretically be good at the other too.
** The game was also used to recruit on Earth for this exact purpose. While the skill and reflexes needed are just as rare on Earth as everywhere else, more advanced worlds have very few people with the stomach for even simulated fighting.
17th Jan '16 12:22:53 AM pratchettgaiman
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* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Centauri does (due to having spent a significant amount of time on Earth), but the Rylosians don't--Alex has to wait a bit until they give him a translator
17th Jan '16 12:17:14 AM pratchettgaiman
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** It's not made clear how old Centauri is, but he's definitely SeenItAll and has copious advice for Alex.

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** It's not made clear how old Centauri is, is(a reference to a "Excalibur gambit" implies he was around at the time of King Arthur), but he's definitely SeenItAll and has copious advice for Alex.
30th Dec '15 3:10:51 PM AnotherGuy
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* ParentalObliviousness: There is no sign that Alex's mother notices anything wrong with Beta, who's pretending to be him.

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* ParentalObliviousness: There is no sign that Alex's mother notices anything wrong with Beta, who's pretending to be him. Justified in that she's almost always at work, and Alex seems to be just a moody teen who just learned he was turned down for a university when she ''is'' home.
30th Dec '15 3:07:41 PM AnotherGuy
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* BloodKnight / ProudWarriorRace: Bogati, though they're never seen in action.
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