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24th Apr '16 4:56:46 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: The movie opens with [[HeyItsThatGuy a mustachioed]] [[{{Film/Avatar}} Colonel Quaritch]] getting up from a desk and deliberately running head-first into a wall. Cut to a title card stating "More of this story is true than you would believe." The juxtaposition is funny.

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* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: The movie opens with [[HeyItsThatGuy a mustachioed]] [a mustachioed [[{{Film/Avatar}} Colonel Quaritch]] getting up from a desk and deliberately running head-first into a wall. Cut to a title card stating "More of this story is true than you would believe." The juxtaposition is funny.
15th Apr '16 9:12:26 PM Fireblood
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** In the case of the CIA and military's experiments with LSD, this version of the story is quite a bit tamer and less horrific than what actually happened (for instance, a CIA employee was given LSD without his knowledge, experienced a hallucination which caused him to jump out a window).

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** In the case of the CIA and military's experiments with LSD, this version of the story is quite a bit tamer and less horrific than what actually happened (for instance, a CIA employee was given LSD without his knowledge, knowledge and experienced a hallucination which caused him to jump out a window).window to his death).
15th Apr '16 9:11:44 PM Fireblood
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* CuteKitten: Part of the reason the American army started investigating psychic powers was due to Russian experiments started because they thought Americans were already investigating this. Part of the experimentation did include scaring kittens. Obviously, those DirtyCommunists went too far in doing so. [[NotSoDifferent America learned its lesson when they their soldiers failed to shoot dogs, and instead abused goats.]]
* TheDarkSide. While the film openly makes it a ''Franchise/StarWars'' reference, it's more likely a pointed reference to Dick Cheney's line right after 9/11, which precipitated in torture of suspects - the film ''Taxi to the Dark Side'' focused on the US military's unbridled violations of the Geneva Convention, which ultimately let to the Abu Ghraib controversy.

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* CuteKitten: Part of the reason the American army started investigating psychic powers was due to Russian experiments started because they thought Americans were already investigating this. Part of the experimentation did include scaring kittens. Obviously, those DirtyCommunists went too far in doing so. [[NotSoDifferent America learned its lesson when they their soldiers failed to shoot dogs, and instead abused goats.]]
* TheDarkSide. TheDarkSide: While the film openly makes it a ''Franchise/StarWars'' reference, it's more likely a pointed reference to Dick Cheney's line right after 9/11, which precipitated in torture of suspects - the film ''Taxi to the Dark Side'' focused on the US military's unbridled violations of the Geneva Convention, which ultimately let to the Abu Ghraib controversy.



* DontTryThisAtHome: The NoCelebritiesWereHarmed CreditsGag near the very end lists that you should not try killing goats with your mind, trying to run through walls, or cloudbursting while driving. "Invisiblity is fine."
* DrillSergeantNasty: Invoked by Bill, saying he's just kidding. Instead, they dance to Billy Idol's "Dancing With Myself".

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* DontTryThisAtHome: The NoCelebritiesWereHarmed CreditsGag near the very end lists that you should not try killing goats with your mind, trying to run through walls, or cloudbursting while driving. "Invisiblity "Invisibility is fine."
* DrillSergeantNasty: Invoked {{Invoked}} by Bill, saying he's just kidding. Instead, they dance to Billy Idol's "Dancing With Myself".



* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Locking people in small rooms wherein you flash blinding strobe lights at them while continually playing the "I Love You, You Love Me" song from ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' as loud as you can without making them permanently deaf, until they break from sleep deprivation and sensory overload.]] Variants of this are actually TruthInTelevision.

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* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Locking people in small rooms wherein you flash blinding strobe lights at them while continually playing the "I Love You, You Love Me" song from ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' as loud as you can without making them permanently deaf, until they break from sleep deprivation and sensory overload.]] Variants Variations of this are actually TruthInTelevision.



* HistoricalInJoke: The movie claims that the U.S. Army's recruitment CatchPhrase "Be all that you can be," was adopted two weeks after the New Earth Army was formed. This is TruthInTelevision: Lt. Col. Jim Channon, upon whom the character of Bill Django was based, really did write this slogan.

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* HistoricalInJoke: The movie claims that the U.S. Army's recruitment CatchPhrase "Be all that you can be," be" was adopted two weeks after the New Earth Army was formed. This is TruthInTelevision: Lt. Col. Jim Channon, upon whom the character of Bill Django was based, really did write this slogan.



* KarmicDeath: Avoided. Larry nearly kills himself in the same LSD haze that one of his "guinea pigs" did.

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* KarmicDeath: Avoided.{{Averted}}. Larry nearly kills himself in the same LSD haze that one of his "guinea pigs" did.



* KnifeNut: Ben Echmeyer.. some of his more practical teachings (contrast with Sharing the Male Pain entry below)
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In theory, the whole movie is ambiguous about whether the psychic powers are real, delusions, or deliberate misdirection. The question is generally played for laughs. [[spoiler:In the final shot, Bob is shown performing the running through walls trick Hopgood attempted at the beginning of the movie successfully. However, a second after he's shown doing so, a picture frame falls off the wall, implying that he ''could'' have actually slammed into it but imagined himself going through. Like every other "paranormal" incident in the movie, it's up to the viewer to decide.]]

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* KnifeNut: Ben Echmeyer.. some Echmeyer. Some of his more practical teachings (contrast with Sharing the Male Pain ShareTheMalePain entry below)
below).
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In theory, the whole movie is ambiguous about whether the psychic powers are real, delusions, or deliberate misdirection. The question is generally played {{played for laughs.laughs}}. [[spoiler:In the final shot, Bob is shown performing the running through walls trick Hopgood attempted at the beginning of the movie successfully. However, a second after he's shown doing so, a picture frame falls off the wall, implying that he ''could'' have actually slammed into it but imagined himself going through. Like every other "paranormal" incident in the movie, it's up to the viewer to decide.]]



* MilitaryAlphabet: Oscar Mike

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* MilitaryAlphabet: Oscar MikeMike.



** The soldiers were referred to as "[[Franchise/StarWars Jedi knights]]" (as were the [=real life counterpart=] First Earth Batallion soldiers).

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** The soldiers were referred to as "[[Franchise/StarWars Jedi knights]]" (as were the [=real life counterpart=] First Earth Batallion Battalion soldiers).



** The bizarre conversion between Brown and Hopgood fretting that "We can't afford to have the Russians leading the field in the paranormal" is strongly reminiscent of Turgidson complaining of a "mine shaft gap" with the Russians in ''Film/DrStrangelove''.

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** The bizarre conversion conversation between Brown and Hopgood fretting that "We can't afford to have the Russians leading the field in the paranormal" is strongly reminiscent of Turgidson complaining of a "mine shaft gap" with the Russians in ''Film/DrStrangelove''.''Film/DrStrangelove'' (this "psychic powers gap" was in fact a [[TruthInTelevision real fear for the US Army at the time).



** The film also references ''Film/BeingThere'', especially the ending, echoing the Sellers film's tagline, "Life is just a state of mind."

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** The film also references ''Film/BeingThere'', especially the ending, echoing the Sellers film's tagline, tagline "Life is just a state of mind."



* SoundtrackDissonance: During the opening credits: Upbeat music played to clips of Bob packing and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: During the opening credits: Upbeat upbeat music played to clips of Bob packing and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.



* ThereWasADoor: With an [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier M113 armored transport]]: "You're gonna hit the gate! You're gonna hit the gate! '''crash''' It's cool! You missed it!" as the transport flattens the fence.

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* ThereWasADoor: With an [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier M113 armored transport]]: "You're gonna hit the gate! You're gonna hit the gate! gate!" '''crash''' It's "It's cool! You missed it!" as the transport flattens the fence.



** If nothing else what is true is that some very strange things can, do and have been funded and experimented with by armies and intelligence agencies when they manage to find the right patron and ithere's even a vague suspicion that the opposing force may be experimenting with something similar.
** In the case of the CIA and military's experiments with LSD, this version of the story is quite a bit tamer and less horrific than what actually happened.

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** If nothing else what is true is that some very strange things can, do and have been funded and experimented with by armies and intelligence agencies when they manage to find the right patron patron, and ithere's there's even a vague suspicion that the opposing force Soviet Union may be experimenting with something similar.
** In the case of the CIA and military's experiments with LSD, this version of the story is quite a bit tamer and less horrific than what actually happened.happened (for instance, a CIA employee was given LSD without his knowledge, experienced a hallucination which caused him to jump out a window).
18th Feb '16 5:35:18 PM Runn3r7891
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** To Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead: When Lyn drives the car into a rock in the middle of the desert, he and Bob pass the time by flipping a coin that continually lands with the head side facing up, as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern do to begin the play.
12th Oct '15 10:16:06 AM eroock
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->''[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer More of this is true than you would believe.]]''

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->''[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer ->''"[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer More of this is true than you would believe.]]''
]]"''
21st Aug '15 7:11:30 PM jormis29
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* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: [[spoiler: Bob and Bill decide to sabotage PSIC by putting LSD in the powdered egg, sending the whole camp on a trip. Bill also decides to put LSD in the water supply as well without telling Bob.]]

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* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: [[spoiler: Bob and Bill decide to sabotage PSIC by putting LSD in the powdered egg, eggs, sending the whole camp on a trip. Bill also decides to put LSD in the water supply as well without telling Bob.]]
21st Aug '15 7:10:44 PM jormis29
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* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: [[spoiler: Bob and Bill decide to sabotage PSIC by putting LSD in the powdered egg, sending the whole camp on a trip. Bill also decides to put LSD in the water supply as well without telling Bob.]]
21st Aug '15 5:51:22 PM jormis29
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* BlindDriving: Part of the training of the New Earth Army involves driving a jeep around some barrels while wearing a blindfold.
5th Jul '15 9:48:54 PM MechWarrior
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** The soldiers were referred to as "[[Franchise/StarWars Jedi knights]]" (as were the RealLifeCounterpart First Earth Batallion soldiers).

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** The soldiers were referred to as "[[Franchise/StarWars Jedi knights]]" (as were the RealLifeCounterpart [=real life counterpart=] First Earth Batallion soldiers).
5th Jul '15 9:47:58 PM MechWarrior
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** The bizarre conversion between Brown and Hopgood fretting that "We can't afford to have the Russians leading the field in the paranormal" is strongly reminiscent of Turgidson complaining of a "mine shaft gap" with the Russians in ''DrStrangelove''.
** [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs "The silence of the goats."]]
** The film also references ''BeingThere'', especially the ending, echoing the Sellers film's tagline, "Life is just a state of mind."

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** The bizarre conversion between Brown and Hopgood fretting that "We can't afford to have the Russians leading the field in the paranormal" is strongly reminiscent of Turgidson complaining of a "mine shaft gap" with the Russians in ''DrStrangelove''.''Film/DrStrangelove''.
** [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs "The silence of the goats."]]
** The film also references ''BeingThere'', ''Film/BeingThere'', especially the ending, echoing the Sellers film's tagline, "Life is just a state of mind."
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