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9th Feb '16 8:20:02 AM Sharlee
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* DisasterDominos: The bombs in Venice set off the domino-style collapse of one building after another.
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* DisasterDominos: DisasterDominoes: The bombs in Venice set off the domino-style collapse of one building after another.
9th Feb '16 8:19:05 AM Sharlee
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* DisasterDominos: The bombs in Venice set off the domino-style collapse of one building after another.
29th Sep '15 9:54:06 PM LadyNorbert
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* CompositeCharacter: The Fantom. With his name spelled with a "F" and his penchant for global terrorism, he appears as the pulp villain Fantomas. Yet he wears a mask resembling the Phantom of the Opera, which Quatermain lampshades. Likely this is because the Phantom is much more widely known by today's audiences than Fantomas.
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* CompositeCharacter: The Fantom. With his name spelled with a "F" and his penchant for global terrorism, he appears as the pulp villain Fantomas. Yet he wears a mask resembling the Phantom of the Opera, which Quatermain Quatermain lampshades. Likely this is because the Phantom is much more widely known by today's audiences than Fantomas.

** And in the fandom this is even worse. The character is Dorian Gray; his first name is not Darien or Dorain and his last name is not Grey. That's just for starters -- the worst one was probably a fic that misspelled Tom Sawyer's first name as ''Tow.''
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** And in the fandom this is even worse. The character is Dorian Gray; his first name is not Darien or Dorain and his last name is not Grey. That's just for starters -- starters; the worst one was probably a fic that repeatedly misspelled Tom Sawyer's first name as ''Tow.''
29th Sep '15 9:48:10 PM LadyNorbert
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** Quatermain is a BadassGrandpa who's every bit the GreatWhiteHunter that he was when he was younger, but the comics was introduced as a burned-out opium addict. ** Mina's retained vampiric abilities from her past encounter with Dracula, while in the comics she was a BadassNormal whose defining feature was her mysterious DarkAndTroubledPast. ** Dorian Gray, compared to his portrayal in [[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray the original Oscar Wilde novel]]. In ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'', there was never any indication that his condition did anything other than prevent him from looking older. In the film, he's not only explicitly immortal but also has a HealingFactor that makes him unbeatable in battle, healing any injuries instantly.
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** Quatermain is a BadassGrandpa who's every bit the GreatWhiteHunter that he was when he was younger, but in the comics was introduced as a burned-out opium addict. ** Mina's retained Here, Mina retains vampiric abilities from her past encounter with Dracula, while Dracula; in the comics she was a BadassNormal whose defining feature was her mysterious DarkAndTroubledPast. ** Dorian Gray, as compared to his portrayal in [[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray the original Oscar Wilde novel]]. In ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'', there was never any indication that his condition did anything other than prevent him from looking older. In the film, he's not only explicitly immortal but also has a HealingFactor that makes him unbeatable in battle, healing any injuries instantly.

* AdaptationDistillation: The whole FuManchu story arc had to be dropped because the studio couldn't get the rights to the character. The major characters backstories are seemingly moved around (or not shown at all). And to that new major characters were added such as Dorian Gray and Tom Sawyer who were probably (if ever shown) only were as supporting or cameo parts in the graphic novels.
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* AdaptationDistillation: The whole FuManchu story arc had to be dropped because the studio couldn't get the rights to the character. The major characters characters' backstories are seemingly moved around (or not shown at all). And to that new major characters were added such as Dorian Gray and Tom Sawyer join the cast who were probably (if ever shown) only were as supporting were, at most, background characters or cameo parts cameos in the graphic novels.original comics.

* AdaptedOut: Campion Bond, Mycroft Holmes and Fu Manchu ("The Doctor" in the comics).
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* AdaptedOut: Campion Bond, Mycroft Holmes Holmes, and Fu Manchu ("The Doctor" in the comics).

* AdaptedOut: Campion Bond, Mycroft Holmes and Fu Manchu ("The Doctor" in the comics).-->You could stay - share my dream.

* AmericaSavesTheDay: The main reason for Tom Sawyer's inclusion -- the [[ExecutiveMeddling studio requested]] that an American be added to the cast. (Which, as YoungGun shows, creates a huge anachronism.) But in terms of the movie, Sawyer wasn't the only one who saved the world from having a world war. * AnachronismStew: All over the place. In the first scenes alone for instance, the British soldiers being attacked are straight out of WorldWarI rather than 1899. And that isn't counting Nemo's automobile, which wouldn't look too much out of place in the 1920s-30s.
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* [[AllMythsAreTrue All Victorian Literature Is True]] * AmericaSavesTheDay: The main reason for Tom Sawyer's inclusion -- inclusion; the [[ExecutiveMeddling studio requested]] that an American be added to the cast. (Which, cast (which, as YoungGun shows, creates a huge anachronism.) anachronism). But in terms of the movie, Sawyer wasn't the only one who saved the world from having a world war. * AnachronismStew: All over the place. In the first scenes alone alone, for instance, the British soldiers being attacked are straight out of WorldWarI rather than 1899. And that isn't counting Nemo's automobile, which wouldn't look too much out of place in the 1920s-30s.

* ArmorPiercingQuestion: During the Venice bombing, they needed Hyde's help but Jekyll declared that he never wants to turn back into Hyde ever again. Dorian asked "Then what good are you?", leaving Jekyll to contemplate his purpose now. * ArtisticLicenseGeography: At one point the League are trying to prevent too much of Venice blowing up, so they drive around it in Nemo's automobile. Which is ''impossible,'' since Venice isn't so much a city as a group of islands joined by numerous bridges, with admittedly plenty of walkways but no proper roads. It would be hard enough to get around it on a horse and cart, let alone the enormous car they have in the film. The film also expects us to believe that Venice has canals deep enough to hold the massive Nautilus.
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: During the Venice bombing, they needed Hyde's help but Jekyll declared that he never wants to turn back into Hyde ever again. Dorian asked asks, "Then what good are you?", you?" - leaving Jekyll to contemplate his purpose now. without Hyde. * ArtisticLicenseGeography: At one point point, the League are trying to prevent too much of Venice blowing up, so they drive around it in Nemo's automobile. Which This is ''impossible,'' since Venice isn't so much a city as a group of islands joined by numerous bridges, with admittedly plenty of walkways but no proper roads. It would be hard enough to get around it on a horse and cart, let alone the enormous car they have in the film. The film also expects us to believe that Venice has canals deep enough to hold the massive Nautilus.''Nautilus''.

* AvoidingTheGreatWar: The plot involves the mysterious Phantom supplying weapons for a world war, which he was orchestrating. The term "world war" is even mentioned for audience members who weren't paying attention.
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* AvoidingTheGreatWar: The plot involves the mysterious Phantom Fantom supplying weapons for a world war, which he was orchestrating. The term "world war" is even mentioned for audience members who weren't paying attention.

* {{BFG}}: Quatermain's elephant gun, Mathilda.
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* {{BFG}}: Quatermain's elephant gun, Mathilda.Matilda.

* {{Blackmail}}: The reason [[spoiler: Dorian]] agrees to be TheMole is because the BigBad has stolen [[spoiler: his portrait]] and will give it back if he cooperates. Interestingly for a villain, he actually keeps this promise. * BodyDouble: Quatermain has a double, at least if anyone's looking for him, so as to determine the nature of their visit.
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* {{Blackmail}}: The reason [[spoiler: Dorian]] agrees to be TheMole is because the BigBad has stolen [[spoiler: his portrait]] and will give it back if he cooperates. Interestingly for a villain, he actually keeps this promise. promise. Even TheMole seems a little surprised by that. * BodyDouble: Of a sort. In Kenya, Quatermain's friend Nigel tells visitors that ''he'' is Quatermain; it allows him to have some fun while enabling the real Quatermain has a double, at least if anyone's looking for him, so as to determine the nature of their visit.avoid autograph hounds and those who just want to badger him about his adventures.

** There's also the fact that in the books, Mina is both divorced from Jonathan Harker and TheLeader of the team whereas here, Allan Quartermain plays a very conventional male leader with Mina as a FemmeFatale vampire who was widowed rather than divorced. Also, in the books they engaged in a MayDecemberRomance which was probably too much ValuesDissonance for mainstream audiences. *** Interestingly enough though, Mina being widowed would make more sense than in the books since she was HappilyMarried to Jonathan and as a full vampire, there was a reasonable chance she would outlive him. ** Captain Nemo is also considerably more jovial and more of a team player which is complete reversal from [[TeethClenchedTeamwork both the comic]] and Creator/JulesVerne's book in terms of [[{{Ubermensch}} personality]]. Then the film foregrounds Jekyll with Hyde as a more benign SuperpoweredAlterEgo who the doctor is able to control in the end. ** Furthermore, the film has a more benign portrayal of British Intelligence with TheReveal of [[spoiler:Moriarty as M]] being a kind of surprise when in the comics the latter was always a British Agent whose criminal activities were knowingly enabled by the government. * BritainIsOnlyLondon: The only part of the country shown in the film. Also, Skinner -- despite being played by Scotsman Creator/TonyCurran -- has a Cockney accent.
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** There's also the fact that in the books, Mina is both divorced from Jonathan Harker and TheLeader of the team team, whereas here, Allan Quartermain plays a very conventional male leader with Mina as a FemmeFatale vampire who was is widowed rather than divorced. Also, in the books comics, they engaged in a MayDecemberRomance which was probably too much ValuesDissonance for mainstream audiences. *** Interestingly enough though, However, Mina being widowed would make presented as a widow rather than a divorced woman actually makes more sense than in with regards to her source material. In the books since novel ''Dracula,'' she was and Jonathan Harker were HappilyMarried to Jonathan - and as being a full vampire, there was a reasonable chance it's only logical that she would outlive him.her mortal husband. ** Captain Nemo is also considerably more jovial and more of a team player, which is complete reversal from [[TeethClenchedTeamwork both the comic]] and Creator/JulesVerne's book in terms of [[{{Ubermensch}} personality]]. The film also foregrounds Jekyll, making Hyde out to be a (somewhat) more benign SuperpoweredAlterEgo who the doctor is able to control in the end. ** Captain Nemo is also considerably more jovial and more of a team player which is complete reversal from [[TeethClenchedTeamwork both the comic]] and Creator/JulesVerne's book in terms of [[{{Ubermensch}} personality]]. Then the film foregrounds Jekyll with Hyde as a more benign SuperpoweredAlterEgo who the doctor is able to control in the end. ** Furthermore, the film has a more benign portrayal of British Intelligence Intelligence, with TheReveal of [[spoiler:Moriarty as M]] being a kind of surprise when surprise; in the comics comics, the latter was always a British Agent whose criminal activities were knowingly enabled by the government. * BritainIsOnlyLondon: The only part of the country shown in the film. Also, Skinner -- - despite being played by Scotsman Creator/TonyCurran -- - has a Cockney accent.

** When the League members first enter Dorian Gray's house, Allan Quatermain notices that one of the paintings on the wall is missing (leaving an obvious painting-shaped splotch). Anyone who knows the story of ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'' knows how important it is to Mr. Gray, but what isn't revealed until late in the movie is that the DiabolicalMastermind the Fantom [[spoiler:stole the painting to extort Dorian Gray into working for him as TheMole]]. ** Anyone who watched the movie carefully enough saw all of the actions of TheMole [[spoiler:Dorian Gray]] that were later revealed to be his tricks to obtain [[spoiler: the League's super powers and Nemo's technology]].
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** When the League members first enter Dorian Gray's house, Allan Quatermain notices that one of the paintings on the wall is missing (leaving an obvious painting-shaped splotch). Anyone who knows the story of ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'' knows how important it the painting is to Mr. Gray, but what isn't revealed until late in the movie is that the DiabolicalMastermind the Fantom [[spoiler:stole the painting to extort Dorian Gray into working for him as TheMole]]. ** Anyone who watched the movie carefully enough saw all of the actions of TheMole [[spoiler:Dorian Gray]] that which were later revealed to be his tricks to obtain [[spoiler: the League's super powers and Nemo's technology]].technology]]. But in case you missed them, there's a brief montage of them during TheReveal.

* CluelessMystery: Quatermain works out the true identity of the BigBad, but there's never any indication given of ''how'', since the only clues come in the form of his secretary calling him "Professor" and by TheDragon calling him by his real first name (which is a very common one).
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* CluelessMystery: Quatermain works out the true identity of the BigBad, but there's never any indication given of ''how'', since the ''how''. The only clues come in the form of his secretary calling him "Professor" "Professor," and by TheDragon calling him by his real first name (which is a very common one).

* CompositeCharacter: The Fantom. With his name spelled with a "F" and highly world terrorism ideals he appears as the pulp villain Fantomas. Yet he wears a mask resembling the Phantom of the Opera, which Quatermain will lampshade ** Probably mostly due to the Phantom being more known today than Fantomas, even though if you didn't live around a place where Erik the Phantom lived/worked you probably wouldn't worry about his terrorist antics, Fantomas on the other hand much more dangerous no matter where you lived. * CoolCar: Nemo's "Automobile" which was mostly a souped up 50s style convertible.
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* CompositeCharacter: The Fantom. With his name spelled with a "F" and highly world terrorism ideals his penchant for global terrorism, he appears as the pulp villain Fantomas. Yet he wears a mask resembling the Phantom of the Opera, which Quatermain will lampshade ** Probably mostly due to Quatermain lampshades. Likely this is because the Phantom being more known today than Fantomas, even though if you didn't live around a place where Erik the Phantom lived/worked you probably wouldn't worry about his terrorist antics, Fantomas on the other hand is much more dangerous no matter where you lived. widely known by today's audiences than Fantomas. * CoolCar: Nemo's "Automobile" which was mostly a souped up 50s 1950s style convertible.

* DarkAndTroubledPast: Mostly with Quatermain due to the many deaths of the people he knew. * DeadpanSnarker: Dorian. Although Quatermain gets his fair share too. The BigBad too.
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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Mostly with Quatermain due to the many deaths of the people he knew. knew, particularly his son. * DeadpanSnarker: Dorian. Although Quatermain gets his fair share too. The Dorian; Quatermain; the BigBad gets in a bit of this too.

** We'll be at this all day.
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** *** We'll be at this all day.

* DiabolicalMastermind: The main villain is the Fantom, a wealthy arms manufacturer with highly advanced technology (that he forced a group of kidnapped scientists to make for him) and a desire to start a world war to drum up business. In fact the Fantom is [[spoiler:James Moriarty, the brilliant criminal mastermind from the ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' stories, who wants to analyze the League's super abilities and reproduce them in a form that can be given to others]].
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* DiabolicalMastermind: The main villain is the Fantom, a wealthy arms manufacturer with highly advanced technology (that (which he forced a group of kidnapped scientists to make for him) and a desire to start a world war to drum up business. In fact reality, the Fantom is [[spoiler:James Moriarty, the brilliant criminal mastermind from the ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' stories, who wants to analyze the League's super abilities and reproduce them in a form that can be given to others]].

* MrFanservice: Dorian Gray, being played by Stuart Townsend, after all. * FalseFlagOperation: British and German troops covertly raid each other to seize their scientists. [[spoiler:But they're all false flags to falsely accuse the British and German governments thanks to Fantom.]]
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* MrFanservice: Dorian Gray, being played by Stuart Townsend, after all. * FalseFlagOperation: British and German troops have been covertly raid raiding each other to seize their one another's scientists. [[spoiler:But they're [[spoiler:It was all false flags actually the Fantom, engineered to falsely accuse the British and German governments thanks to Fantom.and set them at odds with each other.]]

* FireForgedFriends: The League (minus Dorian) before infiltrating M's Mongolian compound.
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* FireForgedFriends: The League (minus Dorian) [[spoiler:(minus Dorian)]] before infiltrating M's Mongolian compound.

* FlatWhat: Quatermain after M [[spoiler:aka Moriarty]] informs him that he would be in the league. --> '''M''': "I must say, the delight is mine, meeting so notable a recruit to this newest generation of the [[TitleDrop League of Extraordinary Gentlemen]]."\\ '''Quatermain''': "League of What?"
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* FlatWhat: Quatermain after M [[spoiler:aka Moriarty]] informs him that he would be in the league. League. --> '''M''': "I I must say, the delight is mine, meeting so notable a recruit to this newest generation of the [[TitleDrop League of Extraordinary Gentlemen]]."\\ \\ '''Quatermain''': "League League of What?"what?

** Minor one, but when Quartermain mentions he met Dorian at a university, Mina assumes that Dorian was a child when he met Allan. Allan corrects her stating that he was the child. Subtly foreshadowing Dorian's immortality to those that never read or watched his story.
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** Minor one, but when Quartermain mentions he met Dorian at a university, Mina assumes that Dorian was a child when he met Allan. Allan corrects her her, stating that he was the child. Subtly child - subtly foreshadowing Dorian's immortality to those that never read or watched his story.

* GoodGunsBadGuns: You know [[spoiler:Gray]] is a rotter when he shoots Ishmael...using a Luger! Also, the villains' automatic rifles resemble SteamPunk [=AK47s=], while those carried by Nemo's men look like Sten guns.
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* GoodGunsBadGuns: You know [[spoiler:Gray]] is a rotter when he shoots Ishmael... using a Luger! Also, the villains' automatic rifles resemble SteamPunk [=AK47s=], while those carried by Nemo's men look like Sten guns.

* GroinAttack: Quatermain to one of the Fantom's {{mooks}} in Africa and Mina to TheMole [[spoiler:Dorian Gray]] during their fight, the latter with a ''knife''. -->[[spoiler: '''Dorian''':]] "If that had been permanent, I would have be very upset." * GrowingMusclesSequence: Jekyll changing to Hyde, [[spoiler: Dante when he takes an overdose of Jekyll's serum]]. Though mid-transformation, Jekyll more closely resembles the [[BodyHorror Elephant Man]].
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* GroinAttack: Quatermain to one of the Fantom's {{mooks}} in Africa and Africa; later, Mina to TheMole [[spoiler:Dorian Gray]] during their fight, the latter with a ''knife''. -->[[spoiler: '''Dorian''':]] "If If that had been permanent, I would I'd have be very upset." been ''very'' upset. * GrowingMusclesSequence: Jekyll changing to Hyde, [[spoiler: then Dante when he takes an overdose of Jekyll's serum]]. Though mid-transformation, Jekyll more closely resembles the [[BodyHorror Elephant Man]].

* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Moriarty forming the League in the first place, which Sawyer pointed out in a deleted scene.]]
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Moriarty forming the League in the first place, which Sawyer pointed points out in a deleted scene.]]

* IJustWantToBeNormal: Quatermain when he refused Reed's offer to join the league back in England due to [[spoiler:hardships he experienced during his many years in Africa, including the fact that he had to be the witness of many people killed. Most of them are people he knew back in his adventurer days, including his only son.]]
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* IJustWantToBeNormal: Quatermain implies this when he refused initially refuses Reed's offer invitation to join the league League back in England due to [[spoiler:hardships England, citing hardships he experienced during his many years in Africa, including the fact that he had to be the witness of many people killed. deaths he witnessed. Most of them are were people he knew back in his adventurer days, including his [[spoiler:his only son.]]

* [[ItsPersonal It's Personal]]: Sawyer's reason for joining the League. The detailed explanation was cut from the film but is shown in deleted scenes on the DVD. [[spoiler: The Fantom killed Sawyer's partner, a childhood friend. This agent is unnamed but he's obviously [[TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn Huck Finn.]] The novelization states this outright.]]
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* [[ItsPersonal It's Personal]]: ItsPersonal: Sawyer's reason for joining the League. The detailed explanation was cut from the film but is shown in deleted scenes on the DVD. [[spoiler: The Fantom killed Sawyer's partner, a childhood friend. This agent is unnamed in the film, but he's obviously [[TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn Huck Finn.]] The novelization states this outright.]]

-->'''BigBad:''' "Now some of you will pause to ask; why I'm letting you know all this? What fool reveals his strategem before the game is over? [[spoiler:It is over -- for you. Because my voice isn't the only sound being made. While I've rambled on, a secondary layer of inaudible sound higher than humans can heard -- audible only to dogs, lower animals -- is being heard by crystal sensors dotted around your vessel."]]\\ [[spoiler:'''Gray:''' "Sensors attached to bombs. Bomb voyage!"]]
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-->'''BigBad:''' "Now Now some of you will pause to ask; why I'm letting you know all this? What fool reveals his strategem before the game is over? [[spoiler:It is over -- - for you. Because my voice isn't the only sound being made. While I've rambled on, a secondary layer of inaudible sound higher than humans can heard -- audible only to dogs, lower animals -- - is being heard by crystal sensors dotted around your vessel."]]\\ ]]\\ [[spoiler:'''Gray:''' "Sensors Sensors attached to bombs. Bomb voyage!"]]voyage!]]

-->'''BigBad:''' "Now some of you will pause to ask; why I'm letting you know all this? What fool reveals his strategem before the game is over? [[spoiler:It is over -- for you. Because my voice isn't the only sound * MrFanservice: Dorian Gray, being made. While I've rambled on, a secondary layer of inaudible sound higher than humans can heard -- audible only to dogs, lower animals -- is being heard played by crystal sensors dotted around your vessel."]]\\ [[spoiler:'''Gray:''' "Sensors attached to bombs. Bomb voyage!"]]Stuart Townsend. Tom Sawyer may also count.

** If you look close enough at Nemo's automobile, you can just barely make out two tiny metal statues of Ganesh attached to the hood of the car as ornaments. This may be a subtle nod to the graphic novel, where the ''Nautilus''' steering wheel was a metal statue of Shiva, with his arms as the spokes of the wheel. * NeckSnap: During the fight in Dorian Gray's mansion Captain Nemo does this to one of the Fantom's mooks.
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** If you look close enough at Nemo's automobile, you can just barely make out two tiny metal statues of Ganesh attached to the hood of the car as ornaments. This may be a subtle nod to the graphic novel, where the ''Nautilus''' steering wheel of the ''Nautilus'' was a metal statue of Shiva, with his arms as the spokes of the wheel. * NeckSnap: During the fight in Dorian Gray's mansion mansion, Captain Nemo does this to one of the Fantom's mooks.

* OneToMillionToOne: Mina can split up into a swarm of bats at will, travel some distance and reform into a human again. * OneWingedAngel: Dr Jekyll and Dante [[spoiler: who turns into a huge, towering behemoth[[note]] with one big arm, one little arm and a comparatively tiny head[[/note]] after drinking too much potion.]]
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-->'''Hyde:''' ''(sounding almost sad)'' Not the whole thing... * OneToMillionToOne: Mina can split up into a swarm of bats at will, travel some distance distance, and reform into a human again. * OneWingedAngel: Dr Jekyll and Dante [[spoiler: who turns into a huge, towering behemoth[[note]] with one big arm, one little arm and a comparatively tiny head[[/note]] after drinking too much potion.]]

* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler: Quatermain's]] last words to Sawyer are "May this new century be yours, son, as this one was mine". In a possible double meaning, this also foreshadows [[spoiler: America taking over from Britain as the dominant world power in the Twentieth Century]].
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* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler: Quatermain's]] last words to Sawyer are Sawyer. "May this new century be yours, son, as this the old one was mine". mine." In a possible double meaning, this also foreshadows [[spoiler: America taking over from Britain as the dominant world power in the Twentieth Century]].

* PlayingPossum: One of the Fantom terrorists before he tried to take Mina hostage. Let's say that he met a gruesome fate.
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* PlayingPossum: One of the Fantom terrorists before he tried tries to take Mina hostage. Let's Suffice it to say that he met meets with a gruesome fate.

* RedemptionQuest: Jekyll after Quatermain informs him that the British Prime Minister can grant him amnesty for his crimes as Hyde. He joins the league because of this.
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* RedemptionQuest: Jekyll after Quatermain informs him that the British Prime Minister can grant him amnesty for his crimes as Hyde. He joins the league League because of this.this. M indicates that Nemo signed on for a similar pardon.

* RedHerring: In one scene, Mina and Quatermain caught Nemo praying to a statue of Kali, the Goddess of Destruction, which worries Mina. Though Quatermain said he's not the one he's worried about.
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* RedHerring: In one scene, Mina and Quatermain caught spot Nemo praying to a statue of Kali, the Goddess of Destruction, which worries Mina. Though Quatermain said he's not reassures her, saying that Nemo isn't the one he's worried about.who should worry them.

* ReverseMole: They thought [[spoiler:Skinner]] was the mole. They thought wrong. He was spying on the real one. In the novelization , it turns out that he's actually [[spoiler:a planted member of Her Majesty's Secret Service]]!
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* ReverseMole: They thought [[spoiler:Skinner]] was the mole. They thought wrong. He was spying on the real one. one. ** In the novelization , it turns out that he's actually [[spoiler:a planted member of Her Majesty's Secret Service]]!

** Overlapping with SpellMyNameWithAnS, Quatermain isn't helped by the fact that his son's gravestone spells it "Quartermain".
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** Overlapping with SpellMyNameWithAnS, Quatermain isn't helped by the fact that his son's gravestone spells it "Quartermain". This one is actually excusable, given that H. Rider Haggard - the author of the Quatermain novels - had a tendency to alternate between the two spellings. However, Quatermain's first name is always ''Allan'', with two [=Ls=], something people tend to get wrong even on this website.

* SamusIsAGirl: In the first act, when we're told that one of the recruited members of the League is a brilliant chemist named "Harker", Quatermain (along with the audience) immediately assumes that it's Jonathan Harker, the hero of ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''. It's actually his widow, Mina Harker.
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* SamusIsAGirl: In the first act, when we're he's told that one of the recruited members of the League is a brilliant chemist named "Harker", Quatermain (along with the audience) immediately assumes that it's Jonathan Harker, the hero of ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''. It's actually his widow, Mina Harker.Mina.

'''Mina''': "Sick" would be a mild understatement. My husband's been dead for over a year.
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'''Mina''': "Sick" would be a mild understatement. My husband's been dead for over a year.years.

*** To some people though this should be better explained. Talking just pure budget money, the film very much was successful in recouping that cost. However all reports clearly show that the studio wanted more. This in metaphor is like in school you wanting an "A" and getting a "C". Sure you still passed, but you are still highly disappointed. And that kind of reaction surely doesn't help anyone want to fund another big budget action sequel.
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*** To some people though people, though, this should be better explained. Talking just pure budget money, the film very much was successful succeeded in recouping that cost. However However, all reports clearly show that the studio wanted more. This in metaphor is like in school you wanting an "A" in school and getting a "C". Sure Sure, you still passed, but you are still highly disappointed. And that kind of reaction surely doesn't help anyone want to fund another big budget action sequel.

** This appears to be a reference to a throwaway line told by Quatermain that he was blessed by a witch doctor after saving his village. As the witch doctor said, "Africa would not let [him] die." [[spoiler:Quatermain died in Mongolia but was brought back to Africa to be buried, possibly allowing the blessing to work]]. Also, the DVD reveals that the witch doctor is chanting "Arise". * SidewaysSmile: Partially in England when M watches Quatermain confused after hearing Skinner's voice, not knowing he's totally invisible.
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** This The final scene appears to be a reference to a throwaway line told by Quatermain that he was blessed by a witch doctor after saving his village. As [[spoiler:As the witch doctor said, "Africa would not let allow [him] to die." [[spoiler:Quatermain Quatermain died in Mongolia but was brought back to Africa to be buried, possibly allowing the blessing to work]]. work. Also, the DVD reveals that the witch doctor is chanting "Arise". "Arise."]] * SidewaysSmile: Partially in England when M watches Quatermain Quatermain, who is confused after hearing Skinner's disembodied voice, not knowing he's totally invisible.

* ShoutOut: When [[spoiler:Dorian]] shoots Ishmael (who was himself a ShoutOut to ''Literature/MobyDick''), he uses a golden gun -- as in the ''Literature/JamesBond'' story ''The Man With the Golden Gun.'' ** Sean Connery's line "All the time in the world" from ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService''. May not be intentional, as he wasn't actually in OHMSS.
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* ShoutOut: When [[spoiler:Dorian]] shoots Ishmael (who was himself a ShoutOut to ''Literature/MobyDick''), he uses a golden gun -- - as in the ''Literature/JamesBond'' story ''The Man With the Golden Gun.'' ** Sean Connery's line "All the time in the world" is from ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService''. May This one may not be intentional, as he wasn't actually in OHMSS.

* TakeTheWheel: While the protagonists are driving in Nemo's car in Venice, Sawyer does this to Quatermain -- who promptly tells Sawyer he has no idea how to drive the bloody car.
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* TakeTheWheel: While the protagonists are driving in Nemo's car in Venice, Sawyer does this to Quatermain -- - who promptly tells Sawyer he has no idea how to drive the bloody car.

** Another reason he refused is because [[spoiler:he's seen empires come and go in his long life]], so he isn't interested. Though the Big Bad is not happy with his decision, accusing him of suggesting he's better than the Big Bad.
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** Another reason he refused refuses is because [[spoiler:he's seen empires come and go in his long life]], so he isn't interested. Though the Big Bad The BigBad is not happy with his decision, accusing him of suggesting thinking he's better than the Big Bad.BigBad.

* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: When he's first getting recruited by Sanderson Reed, who says that the British Empire is in peril, Quatermain cynically answers "You're probably too young to know, but the empire is ''always'' in some kind of peril."
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* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: When he's first getting recruited by Sanderson Reed, who says that the British Empire is in peril, Quatermain cynically answers replies, "You're probably too young to know, but the empire is ''always'' in some kind of peril."

* YoungGun: Tom Sawyer. At first glance, this makes no sense; Tom Sawyer was a twelve-year old in the pre-Civil War era, who, if anything, should be ''older'' than Quatermain. The producer used ComicBookTime to justify this by saying Tom was only 17 years old in ''Tom Sawyer, Detective'', which was published just a few years prior to the time period of the film's setting. ** Notable problem though with the theory of fiction being all real. There's many books that don't ever give specific dates, and in some series time doesn't always flow to match the real world to the inside world. Mark Twain certainly did not take this as seriously as Alan Moore does. And when you get down to it, because of issues such as this, no matter who is writing a story o this type, at some point they are just going to have to HandWave off certain things.
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* YoungGun: Tom Sawyer. At first glance, this makes no sense; Tom Sawyer was a twelve-year old in the pre-Civil War era, who, so if anything, he should be ''older'' than Quatermain. The producer used uses ComicBookTime to justify this by saying pointing out that Tom was only 17 years old in ''Tom Sawyer, Detective'', which was published just a few years prior to the time period of the film's setting. ** Notable problem though It does bring up a notable problem, though, with the theory of all fiction being all real. There's many books that don't ever give specific dates, and in some series time doesn't always flow to match the real world to the inside world. Mark Twain certainly did not take this as seriously as Alan Moore does. And when you get down to it, because of issues such as this, no matter who is writing a story o of this type, at some point they are just going to have to HandWave off certain things.
29th Sep '15 8:51:33 PM LadyNorbert
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Quatermain's first name is Allan, not Alan.
[[Literature/KingSolomonsMines Alan Quatermain]] is recruited out of retirement in Africa, where he relocated after the death of his son, to lead the current generation of the League; [[{{Literature/Dracula}} Mina Harker]], [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Dr. Henry Jekyll]], [[Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]], Skinner and Gray are likewise recruited, while Sawyer joins voluntarily. The League believes themselves to be in a race against time to stop terrorists from destroying a peace conference, but the reality is a little different.
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[[Literature/KingSolomonsMines Alan Allan Quatermain]] is recruited out of retirement in Africa, where he relocated after the death of his son, to lead the current generation of the League; [[{{Literature/Dracula}} Mina Harker]], [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Dr. Henry Jekyll]], [[Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]], Skinner and Gray are likewise recruited, while Sawyer joins voluntarily. The League believes themselves to be in a race against time to stop terrorists from destroying a peace conference, but the reality is a little different.

** Minor one, but when Quartermain mentions he met Dorian at a university, Mina assumes that Dorian was a child when he met Alan. Alan corrects her stating that he was the child. Subtly foreshadowing Dorian's immortality to those that never read or watched his story.
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** Minor one, but when Quartermain mentions he met Dorian at a university, Mina assumes that Dorian was a child when he met Alan. Alan Allan. Allan corrects her stating that he was the child. Subtly foreshadowing Dorian's immortality to those that never read or watched his story.

--> '''Fantom terrorist''': "What are you?"\\ '''Dorian''': "I'm complicated."
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--> '''Fantom terrorist''': "What are you?"\\ What ''are'' you?\\ '''Dorian''': "I'm I'm complicated."
21st Sep '15 11:51:29 AM Eagal
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* CanonForeigner: Skinner is the only member of the League who is not directly imported from a Victorian-era novel. This is because Griffin isn't in the public domain, at least as far as movie rights goes, unlike the rest of the League's members. Similarly, there's M's [[TheDragon Dragon]] Sanderson Reed (who also isn't from any preexisting source), a loose Campion Bond analogue who was presumably added because 20th Century Fox didn't want to anger MGM by including Franchise/JamesBond's ancestor. ** Subverted with Gray and Sawyer. Neither character ever physically appeared in the comic, and they certainly weren't members of the League, but considering [[CrisisCrossover the]] [[AllMythsAreTrue premise]] of the comic, they both definitely ''exist'' in the comic's universe. [[note]] Dorian Gray's portrait appears on the cover of Volume 1 as a FreezeFrameBonus, as does a painting of the ''Nautilus'' done by Basil Hallward, the artist who painted the portrait in the book. And a darkly humorous "Paint By Numbers" version of Gray's portrait is also included in the bonus materials for Volume 1.[[/note]] *** Actually Bond was supposed to appear at the end as part of a SequelHook, played by RogerMoore. ** Furthermore, Griffin is mentioned as the source behind the invisibility potion, but not by name.
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* CanonForeigner: Skinner is the only member of the League who is not directly imported from a Victorian-era novel. This is because Griffin isn't in the public domain, at least as far as movie rights goes, unlike the rest of the League's members. Similarly, there's M's [[TheDragon Dragon]] Sanderson Reed (who also isn't from any preexisting source), a loose Campion Bond analogue who was presumably added because 20th Century Fox didn't want to anger MGM by including Franchise/JamesBond's ancestor. analogue. ** Subverted with Gray Gray, Griffin and Sawyer. Neither character None of them ever physically appeared in the comic, and they certainly weren't members of the League, but considering [[CrisisCrossover the]] [[AllMythsAreTrue premise]] of the comic, they both definitely ''exist'' in the comic's universe. [[note]] Dorian Gray's portrait appears on the cover of Volume 1 as a FreezeFrameBonus, as does a painting of the ''Nautilus'' done by Basil Hallward, the artist who painted the portrait in the book. And a darkly humorous "Paint By Numbers" version of Gray's portrait is also included in the bonus materials for Volume 1.[[/note]] *** Actually Bond was supposed to appear at the end as part of a SequelHook, played by RogerMoore. ** [[/note]] Furthermore, Griffin is mentioned as the source behind the invisibility potion, but not by name.
21st Sep '15 11:47:22 AM Eagal
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* AdaptationDistillation: so, ''SO'' much. First the whole FuManchu story arc had to be dropped because the studio couldn't get the rights to the character. The major characters backstories are seemingly moved around (or not shown at all). And to that new major characters were added such as Dorian Gray and Tom Sawyer who were probably (if ever shown) only were as supporting or cameo parts in the graphic novels.
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* AdaptationDistillation: so, ''SO'' much. First the The whole FuManchu story arc had to be dropped because the studio couldn't get the rights to the character. The major characters backstories are seemingly moved around (or not shown at all). And to that new major characters were added such as Dorian Gray and Tom Sawyer who were probably (if ever shown) only were as supporting or cameo parts in the graphic novels.
21st Sep '15 11:46:22 AM Eagal
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Critical reception is not to be listed on works pages
A notorious box office flop in the crowded summer of 2003 - that had been plagued by a troubled production that included losing some of their sets to flooding in Prague - ''LXG'' is also notable for being the final film of SeanConnery, who retired shortly thereafter due to the negative experience and his growing dissatisfaction with how modern Hollywood operates. The fans the film did garner point out the production values and the intriguing {{Steampunk}}/neo-Victorian aesthetic, but generally it's considered a go-to argument in terms of whether it ruined or improved the source. Enter certain websites message boards if you dare. It would take a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to solve some of those debates even today.
11th Sep '15 6:21:19 AM Arivne
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*** To some people though this should be better explained. Talking just pure budget money, the film very much was successful in recooping that cost. However all reports clearly show that the studio wanted more. This in metaphor is like in school you wanting an "A" and getting a "C". Sure you still passed, but you are still highly disappointed. And that kind of reaction surely doesn't help anyone want to fund another big budget action sequel.
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*** To some people though this should be better explained. Talking just pure budget money, the film very much was successful in recooping recouping that cost. However all reports clearly show that the studio wanted more. This in metaphor is like in school you wanting an "A" and getting a "C". Sure you still passed, but you are still highly disappointed. And that kind of reaction surely doesn't help anyone want to fund another big budget action sequel.
11th Sep '15 6:16:22 AM Arivne
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* PinnedToTheWall: Dorian Gray is [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice run through with a sword]] so firmly he ends up pinned to the wall and unable to pull the sword out. Do to his near CompleteImmortality, this doesn't do anything more than annoy him. [[spoiler: Until Mina shows him his painting, that is.]]
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* PinnedToTheWall: Dorian Gray is [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice run through with a sword]] so firmly he ends up pinned to the wall and unable to pull the sword out. Do Due to his near CompleteImmortality, this doesn't do anything more than annoy him. [[spoiler: Until Mina shows him his painting, that is.]]
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