History Film / TheLastStarfighter

23rd Aug '16 6:02:16 PM ritzoreo
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* BiggerBad: Xur has nothing much going for him; his Ko-Dan armada is actually on loan from the Ko-Dan emperor.

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* BiggerBad: Xur has nothing much going for him; his Ko-Dan armada is actually on loan from the Ko-Dan emperor.emperor who never appears and is mentioned only a couple of times.
22nd Aug '16 3:17:30 PM ritzoreo
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* BigBadWannabee: Xur ''thinks'' he's in charge of the Ko-Dan armada, who are actually only tolerating his guts until they get the information they need from him. Then they get rid of him.

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* BigBadWannabee: BigBadWannabe: Xur ''thinks'' he's in charge of the Ko-Dan armada, who are actually only tolerating his guts until they get the information they need from him. Then they get rid of him.
22nd Aug '16 3:17:10 PM ritzoreo
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* BiggerBad: Xur has nothing much going for him; his Ko-Dan armada is actually on loan from the Ko-Dan emperor.
22nd Aug '16 2:32:53 PM ritzoreo
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* BigBadWannabee: Xur ''thinks'' he's in charge of the Ko-Dan armada, who are actually only tolerating his guts until they get the information they need from him. Then they get rid of him.
14th Aug '16 4:18:55 PM ErikModi
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* SeriousBusiness: Getting a high score in a video game is so important that it gets the entire trailer park's attention. Given Alex' complaints about how boring his hometown is, it may well be the most exciting thing around.

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* SeriousBusiness: Getting a high score in a video game is so important that it gets the entire trailer park's attention. Given Alex' complaints about how boring his hometown is, it may well be the most exciting thing around. Also, Alex seems to be well-known and well-liked (at least among the older residents), so it may have been less about breaking the record, and more about ''Alex'' breaking the record.



* VoluntaryShapeshifting: The Zando-Zan assassins are shapeshifters.

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* VoluntaryShapeshifting: The Zando-Zan assassins are shapeshifters. Also Centauri, to some extent.
11th Aug '16 9:36:46 AM hullflyer
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* TwoDSpace: The at-the-time brand new CGI effects allowed for a rare aversion of this trope; the battles are fought in a very noticeable 3D environment. The Gunstar chair that Alex sits in allows for full 360 degree movement, including flipping him upside down at one point.

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* TwoDSpace: The at-the-time brand new CGI effects allowed for a rare aversion of this trope; the battles are fought in a very noticeable 3D environment. The Gunstar chair that Alex sits in allows for full 360 degree movement, including flipping him upside down at one point.point, which makes even more sense, as the Gunstar is sort of an outer-space gunship, made to attack opponents in any direction regardless of the one the ship is aimed at (as opposed to the Ko-Dan, who are in traditional "fighters"), and Alex is the gunner, not the pilot.
4th Aug '16 10:58:48 PM Ghostkaiba297
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* SequelHook: Xur escapes.

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* SequelHook: Xur escapes. (Too bad there never was a sequel)
24th Jul '16 6:29:54 AM PaulA
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* CastingGag: In either this or a very weird case of timing, Catherine Mary Stewart played a video game-obsessed girl in ''Film/NightOfTheComet'', which was made and released around the same time.



* FollowTheLeader: ''Franchise/StarWars'', which director Nick Castle admits in the DVDCommentary, and that there was some work to try to distance the movie from both those movies and movies by Creator/StevenSpielberg.



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Beta]]. Centauri, [[spoiler:who gets better]].

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Beta]]. Centauri, [[spoiler:who HeroicSacrifice:
** Centauri [[spoiler:sacrifices himself to save Alex from an assassin. He
gets better]].better]].
** [[spoiler:Beta prevents a Zando-Zan spy reporting that Alex is still at large by ramming the spy's ship with a truck, causing an explosion that takes out the spy, the ship, and himself]].



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Alex is convinced to return to Rylos and be a Starfighter only because Xur and the Ko-Dan send an assassin to Earth to kill him and prevent him from returning to Rylos and being a Starfighter.

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: NiceJobFixingItVillain:
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Alex is convinced to return to Rylos and be a Starfighter only because Xur and the Ko-Dan send an assassin to Earth to kill him and prevent him from returning to Rylos and being a Starfighter.
21st Jul '16 2:32:59 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* PoorCommunicationKills: A key difference between Xur and the DangerouslyGenreSavvy Ko-Dan is their reaction to a partial transmission.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: A key difference between Xur and the DangerouslyGenreSavvy Ko-Dan is their reaction to a partial transmission.
10th Jul '16 5:08:00 PM evknucklehead
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* RuleNumberOne: "Always trust Centauri!"[[note]]According to Centauri[[/note]]

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* RuleNumberOne: "Always trust Centauri!"[[note]]According to Centauri[[/note]]Centauri. Though, technically, this piece of advice is actually #3. The first was "You're on Rylos, my boy. Stop thinking Human." Followed by "You've got a good thing going here. Keep smiling. Don't blow it."[[/note]]
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