History Film / TheTransporter

5th Aug '16 12:26:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Would be easier to list the characters who aren't.



* MuggingTheMonster: ''Transporter 2'' opens with a violent gang of carjackers attempting to steal {{badass}} courier Frank Martin's car. When they try to beat him into giving them the code to start the car, Frank opens a can of whoopass that leaves the four men on the ground and their female accomplice fleeing in terror.

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* MuggingTheMonster: ''Transporter 2'' opens with a violent gang of carjackers attempting to steal {{badass}} badass courier Frank Martin's car. When they try to beat him into giving them the code to start the car, Frank opens a can of whoopass that leaves the four men on the ground and their female accomplice fleeing in terror.
30th Jul '16 3:30:38 AM Aerodynamic41
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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: On several occasions! Most notably how Frank removes the bomb under his car by doing a barrel roll and scraping the bottom of his car with a crane hook.
19th Jun '16 7:44:22 AM AmbarSonofDeshar
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* VillainousValor: Both Wall Street and Lai's father display absolutely no fear when staring down the barrel of Frank and Lai's guns.
19th Jun '16 7:38:43 AM AmbarSonofDeshar
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* HiddenBadass: No one seems to expect a simple Transporter to be a BadAss former Special Forces operative. And remember the slimy gangster, [[CardCarryingVillain Wall Street]], who tried to have Frank's car blown up at the start of the first movie? The one who's always surrounded by henchmen, and comes off as a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive sleazy businessman]] and DirtyCoward? Turns out he's the [[TheDragon only guy]] in the movie capable of giving Frank a half-decent fight. And something of a BloodKnight, what with telling Frank to "keep alive" so they can finish their earlier, aborted fight.

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* HiddenBadass: No one seems to expect a simple Transporter to be a BadAss former Special Forces operative. And remember the slimy gangster, [[CardCarryingVillain Wall Street]], who tried to have Frank's car blown up at the start of the first movie? The one who's always surrounded by henchmen, and comes off as a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive sleazy businessman]] and DirtyCoward? Turns out he's the [[TheDragon only guy]] in the movie capable of giving Frank a half-decent fight. And something of a BloodKnight, what with telling Frank to "keep alive" so they can finish their earlier, aborted fight.



* HiddenBadass: Nobody, including Frank, realized Wall Street was the muscle in the enemy gang.



* WaifFu: The stick-thin Lola tries this on Frank. [[spoiler:It's promptly subverted; she gets knocked off her feet. Then she changes tactics.]]

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* WaifFu: UnderestimatingBadassery: The stick-thin Lola tries this on bad guys do it to Frank. [[spoiler:It's promptly subverted; she gets knocked off her feet. Then she changes tactics.]]He does it to Wall Street.


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* WaifFu: The stick-thin Lola tries this on Frank. [[spoiler:It's promptly subverted; she gets knocked off her feet. Then she changes tactics.]]
6th Jun '16 10:08:30 PM Tallens
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* RevealingReflection: Frank discovers a bomb has been planted on his Audi when he sees it reflected in a puddle.
26th May '16 11:45:01 PM Morgenthaler
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** Lola: A {{Stripperiffic}} [[BlondesAreEvil blonde]] with smeared mascara, who totes a couple of [=SMG=]s, looks perpetually high on drugs, and wears hooker boots and a [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]]. Yeah, she can't be good news.

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** Lola: A {{Stripperiffic}} [[BlondesAreEvil blonde]] blonde with smeared mascara, who totes a couple of [=SMG=]s, looks perpetually high on drugs, and wears hooker boots and a [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]]. Yeah, she can't be good news.



* BlondesAreEvil: [[http://content9.flixster.com/photo/13/75/93/13759331_ori.jpg Lola]]
3rd May '16 5:36:46 AM CharlesPhipps
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* KnockOutGas: The thieves disable an entire nightclub with this, despite the fact it would probably kill most of the occupants. Also, a case of OneDoseFitsAll.


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* MookChivalry: Averted with Frank getting in a tight area in order to make sure three goons don't beat the crap out of him. When driven out, he's almost overwhelmed.
3rd May '16 12:32:11 AM CharlesPhipps
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* UnderestimatingBadassery: A lot of the villains do this to Frank, with predictably (and awesomely) unfortunate results.
* WorldOfHam: Villains AND Heroes too!!



* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The first movie managed to take this UpToEleven. What do you do to assassinate someone like Frank Martin? You have his house shot with [[MoreDakka several thousand rounds of machine gun ammo]] and [[MacrossMissileMassacre multiple friggin' missiles]].
* WaifFu: The stick-thin Lola tries this on Frank. [[spoiler:It's promptly subverted; she gets knocked off her feet. Then she changes tactics.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: An EliteMook from the first movie had a distinctive tattoo around his eye, carried a whip and took down Frank in ''one move''. Frank wakes up much later, but what happened to the cool mook?
** A better example is the second truck. Watch the convoy at the end closely: [[spoiler:There are two semi trucks full of prisoners, but only one gets "rescued". Where did the other one go?]]
*** Stopped off-screen.



* TrustMeImAnX: In ''2'', the mook that replaces the doctor says this to Frank. He couldn't sound less convincing if he tried.
* UnderwaterKiss: The Transporter steals the last breath of the Mook who fell into the water with him in this manner.
* UnholyMatrimony: Lola and Chillini.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Chillini does this ''on three separate occasions'' despite knowing from the first that Frank is a HiddenBadass.
** Wall Street does this in the first movie. He has Frank beaten, has back-up right around the corner, and then leaves to let his mooks finish the job. Didn't the trail of bodies this person left convince you to maybe just finish the job yourself? After all, you were the ''only'' one who even gave him a challenge!
* YouTasteDelicious: In the first sequel, Lola, who is by far the most depraved villain in the movie, [[FoeYay licks Frank]] when he is captured.
* YourMakeupIsRunning: Lola suffers a rather bad case of it.



* YourMakeupIsRunning: Valentina suffers a bad case of this.



* TheMafiya: The villains this time around are a bunch of sex trafficker members of this.



* TheOtherDarrin: Ed Skrein becomes this for Jason Statham.



* ToughActToFollow: Ed Skrein is the OtherDarren for Jason Statham in a series which made the latter famous and is iconically associated with him. Ed does a reasonably good job even if no one was particularly sold on him as a replacement.

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* ToughActToFollow: Ed Skrein is the OtherDarren YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The FemmeFatale in ''Refueled'' [[spoiler:intends to kill Frank to leave no witnesses, but has fallen for Jason Statham in a series which made the latter famous and is iconically associated with him. Ed does a reasonably good job even if no one was particularly sold on him as a replacement.so can't do it.]]



* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The first movie managed to take this UpToEleven. What do you do to assassinate someone like Frank Martin? You have his house shot with [[MoreDakka several thousand rounds of machine gun ammo]] and [[MacrossMissileMassacre multiple friggin' missiles]].
* TrustMeImAnX: In ''2'', the mook that replaces the doctor says this to Frank. He couldn't sound less convincing if he tried.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: A lot of the villains do this to Frank, with predictably (and awesomely) unfortunate results.
* UnderwaterKiss: The Transporter steals the last breath of the Mook who fell into the water with him in this manner.
* UnholyMatrimony: Lola and Chillini.
* WaifFu: The stick-thin Lola tries this on Frank. [[spoiler:It's promptly subverted; she gets knocked off her feet. Then she changes tactics.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: An EliteMook from the first movie had a distinctive tattoo around his eye, carried a whip and took down Frank in ''one move''. Frank wakes up much later, but what happened to the cool mook?
** A better example is the second truck. Watch the convoy at the end closely: [[spoiler:There are two semi trucks full of prisoners, but only one gets "rescued". Where did the other one go?]]
*** Stopped off-screen.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Chillini does this ''on three separate occasions'' despite knowing from the first that Frank is a HiddenBadass.
** Wall Street does this in the first movie. He has Frank beaten, has back-up right around the corner, and then leaves to let his mooks finish the job. Didn't the trail of bodies this person left convince you to maybe just finish the job yourself? After all, you were the ''only'' one who even gave him a challenge!
* WorldOfHam: Villains AND Heroes too!!
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The FemmeFatale in ''Refueled'' [[spoiler:intends to kill Frank to leave no witnesses, but has fallen for him so can't do it.]]
* YourMakeupIsRunning: Lola in ''2'' and Valentina in ''3''.
* YouTasteDelicious: In the first sequel, Lola, who is by far the most depraved villain in the movie, [[FoeYay licks Frank]] when he is captured.
3rd May '16 12:25:57 AM CharlesPhipps
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* SwitchToEnglish: The Chinese father tells his daughter to converse in English with him (even though she speaks perfect Chinese), because language school was expensive.
* TastesLikeFriendship / ThroughHisStomach: Frank only opens the 'package' to give a BoundAndGagged Lai something to drink. Later after he reluctantly rescues her, Frank unties her bonds and leaves Lai a microwave meal of noodles, then goes to sleep, making it clear she's free to leave. He's surprised when she's still there to cook breakfast for him the next day. Later Frank calls Lai on trying to manipulate him via this trope.



* TastesLikeFriendship: Inspector Tarconi befriends an entire police precinct by showing off his cooking skill in the second film.
* TemptingFate: In the second movie, after Frank, Jack, and Lola have avoided pursuit from cops by jumping their car from the top of a parking garage to another under construction. The car skids to a stop near the edge, Lola's side facing out.
-->'''Lola''': (looking back) I think we lost 'em.
-->'''Frank''': (looking past her as a helicopter rises into view) Think again.
-->(Cut to shot from the rear of the helicopter. Automatic-gunfire is heard. The helicopter explodes.)
-->'''Lola''': (pulls arm with smoking pistol back into car) [[DefiedTrope Thought completed]]. Let's go.
** Played straight when Frank is chasing the Russian (who's hanging onto a bus) by driving up the canal in a jetski. The Russian mocks "The Driver" by shouting that he's no good on water -- cue an OhCrap moment as Frank launches the jetski out of the water onto the road behind the bus.



* TheOtherDarrin: Ed Skrein becomes this for Jason Statham.



* ToughActToFollow: Ed Skrein is the OtherDarren for Jason Statham in a series which made the latter famous and is iconically associated with him. Ed does a reasonably good job even if no one was particularly sold on him as a replacement.



* SwitchToEnglish: The Chinese father tells his daughter to converse in English with him (even though she speaks perfect Chinese), because language school was expensive.
* TastesLikeFriendship / ThroughHisStomach: Frank only opens the 'package' to give a BoundAndGagged Lai something to drink. Later after he reluctantly rescues her, Frank unties her bonds and leaves Lai a microwave meal of noodles, then goes to sleep, making it clear she's free to leave. He's surprised when she's still there to cook breakfast for him the next day. Later Frank calls Lai on trying to manipulate him via this trope.
** Inspector Tarconi befriends an entire police precinct by showing off his cooking skill in the second film.
* TemptingFate: In the second movie, after Frank, Jack, and Lola have avoided pursuit from cops by jumping their car from the top of a parking garage to another under construction. The car skids to a stop near the edge, Lola's side facing out.
-->'''Lola''': (looking back) I think we lost 'em.
-->'''Frank''': (looking past her as a helicopter rises into view) Think again.
-->(Cut to shot from the rear of the helicopter. Automatic-gunfire is heard. The helicopter explodes.)
-->'''Lola''': (pulls arm with smoking pistol back into car) [[DefiedTrope Thought completed]]. Let's go.
** Played straight when Frank is chasing the Russian (who's hanging onto a bus) by driving up the canal in a jetski. The Russian mocks "The Driver" by shouting that he's no good on water -- cue an OhCrap moment as Frank launches the jetski out of the water onto the road behind the bus.
3rd May '16 12:20:01 AM CharlesPhipps
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* ProductPlacement:
** In ''The Transporter'', we are treated to many loving shots of Frank's BMW -- up to two of the characters (Frank and Tarconi) telling us ''exactly'' what model it is.
** In ''Transporter 2'' and ''Transporter 3'', it's an Audi.
** All the Oranginas Frank drank in the first film.
* RuleOfCool: All of the movies survive on this but the sequels especially.
* SharpDressedMan: Frank. Lampshaded in scenes where he beats up a bunch of mooks, then gets a fresh suit out of his car.
* TheStoic [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold with a Heart of Gold]]: Inspector Tarconi suggests Frank is turning into this in the third film.



* PunkInTheTrunk: Lai, then two cops (both killed when the bomb went off) and for RuleOfThree Tarconi after Frank 'escaped' from the police station.
* RealityEnsues: Frank steals a car to continue his pursuit of the villains. The car is rendered undrivable inside an hour, and all Frank did was drive as fast as possible. The car simply wasn't made to withstand the kind of stress he puts on his BMW.
* ShoutOut: In the first movie, Frank pulls a series of kicks in all directions against multiple {{Mooks}} on all sides, resembling a famous BruceLee maneuver from ''Film/FistOfFury.''
* SissyVillain: Wall Street, with his exaggerated gestures, and feeling up of Frank.
* SmugSnake: Wall Street



* PapaWolf: ''Transporter 2'' is one of the few times you'll ''ever'' get to see Jason Statham showing a soft (well, as soft as an unsentimental hardass like Statham can be) and sensitive side; specifically, his kindness towards children.
* PsychoForHire: Lola is a straight example and Chillini is a variant, being an EvilutionaryBiologist [[HiredGuns For Hire]].
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Lola's "outfit" such as it is.



* PreClimaxClimax: Valentina figures they're both going to get killed, so why not one last bang? [[GladToBeAliveSex Despite having survived a dangerous]] CarChase Frank is definitely not in the mood.
* ShirtlessScene: In ''3'' Valentina keeps a sullen silence towards Frank [[EatingTheEyeCandy until he takes off his shirt]] to fight a gang of hoods. Later she threatens to throw his car keys off the cliff unless he strips for her again. He does.



* AMatchMadeInStockholm: Maissa has fallen in love with the BigBad and become his ally against the other girls.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Only Anna survives of the thieves but she donates the money to the girl's families and gives our heroes a hefty retirement fund.]]
* CoolBoat: The climax of the movie is on the villain's.



* EnemyCivilWar: [[spoiler: What the plan of the girls is to spark.]]
* EvilFormerFriend: Maissa to the other girls.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: All of the girls appear to be this. [[spoiler: They're not, having been hardened to what they have to do to survive. They soften with Frank and his dad's influence.]]
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Frank treats the four thieves as murderous criminals rather than SympatheticMurderer types like his father. [[spoiler: The revelation they were going to kill him and cruel lie about poisoning his father show him to have been right all along.]]
* IHaveYourWife: The thieves [[spoiler: kidnap Frank's father in order to force him to work with them, using an imaginary poison to add incentive.]]
* MsFanservice: All four of the thieves as well as the BigBad's girlfriend.
* PaidHarem: Maissa takes her place as the BigBad's personal mistress which affords her less horrible working conditions than the other girl's. It's implied she's come to like it.
* PapaWolf: Frank Martin Sr. is a very dangerous man when his son's safety is concerned.
* RetiredBadass: Frank Martin Sr. is newly one of these at the start of the movie. He's not happy about it.
* SexSlave: All four of the thieves are this at the start of the movie. Them getting out from under their owners (and getting compensated for their suffering by stealing their fortunes) is the focus of the film.



* PapaWolf: ''Transporter 2'' is one of the few times you'll ''ever'' get to see Jason Statham showing a soft (well, as soft as an unsentimental hardass like Statham can be) and sensitive side; specifically, his kindness towards children.
* PreClimaxClimax: Valentina figures they're both going to get killed, so why not one last bang? [[GladToBeAliveSex Despite having survived a dangerous]] CarChase Frank is definitely not in the mood.
* ProductPlacement:
** In ''The Transporter'', we are treated to many loving shots of Frank's BMW -- up to two of the characters (Frank and Tarconi) telling us ''exactly'' what model it is.
** In ''Transporter 2'' and ''Transporter 3'', it's an Audi.
** All the Oranginas Frank drank in the first film.
* PsychoForHire: Lola is a straight example and Chillini is a variant, being an EvilutionaryBiologist [[HiredGuns For Hire]].
* PunkInTheTrunk: Lai, then two cops (both killed when the bomb went off) and for RuleOfThree Tarconi after Frank 'escaped' from the police station.
* RealityEnsues: In the first film, Frank steals a car to continue his pursuit of the villains. The car is rendered undrivable inside an hour, and all Frank did was drive as fast as possible. The car simply wasn't made to withstand the kind of stress he puts on his BMW.
* RuleOfCool: The second and third movies subsist almost entirely on this.
* SharpDressedMan: Frank. Lampshaded in scenes where he beats up a bunch of mooks, then gets a fresh suit out of his car.
* ShirtlessScene: In ''3'' Valentina keeps a sullen silence towards Frank [[EatingTheEyeCandy until he takes off his shirt]] to fight a gang of hoods. Later she threatens to throw his car keys off the cliff unless he strips for her again. He does.
* ShoutOut: In the first movie, Frank pulls a series of kicks in all directions against multiple {{Mooks}} on all sides, resembling a famous BruceLee maneuver from ''Film/FistOfFury.''
* SissyVillain: Wall Street, with his exaggerated gestures, and feeling up of Frank.
* SmugSnake: Wall Street
* TheStoic [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold with a Heart of Gold]]: Inspector Tarconi suggests Frank is turning into this in the third film.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Lola's "outfit" such as it is.



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