History Film / ThreeNinjas

30th Jan '18 9:56:19 AM MartialArtsMaster
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** In ''Mega Mountain'', there are two Aesops: first, that if a ninja's head swells up with pride, they lose focus and cannot see despite having eyes, so humility is an important virtue (as well as the ability to sense your environment using your ears rather than your eyes). Second, growing up may mean seeing your idols in a more negative light (Rocky and Colt think they've "outgrown" their grandpa's ninja training, and Tum Tum sees that Dave Dragon isn't as perfect a fighter as he is on TV), but they may still have admirable qualities for you to learn from.
30th Jan '18 8:09:50 AM MartialArtsMaster
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* BirthdayEpisode: ''Mega Mountain'' takes place during Tum Tum's birthday, and he even gets to blow out candles on a birthday cake at the very end of the film.
30th Jan '18 7:49:21 AM MartialArtsMaster
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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Medusa from ''Mega Mountain''. Medusa doesn't seem too threatening an antagonist at first, as her plan only involves taking over the Mega Mountain amusement park to extort ransom money from its owner, Harry Jacobson, but then Medusa reveals that if Jacobson doesn't cough up the money by 3:00, Medusa will sabotage the rides and ''kill people!'' And so many would die that Medusa jokes the park would be renamed Murder Mountain. Then near the end, Medusa first threatens to make Amanda work as her slave, and then attempts to ''kill Amanda with a bomb.'' Given that ''Mega Mountain'' is the campiest film in the franchise, Medusa turns out to be a much nastier villain than she first seems to be.

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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Medusa from ''Mega Mountain''. Medusa doesn't seem too threatening an antagonist at first, as her plan only involves taking over the Mega Mountain amusement park to extort ransom money from its owner, Harry Jacobson, but then Medusa reveals that if Jacobson doesn't cough up the money by 3:00, Medusa will sabotage the rides and ''kill people!'' And so many would die that Medusa jokes the park would be renamed Murder Mountain. Then Later, she attempts to run over Rocky and Jennifer by remote-controlling a roller coaster, and near the end, Medusa first threatens to make Amanda work as her slave, and then attempts to ''kill Amanda with a bomb.'' Given that ''Mega Mountain'' is the campiest film in the franchise, Medusa turns out to be a much nastier villain than she first seems to be.
30th Jan '18 7:30:39 AM MartialArtsMaster
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* WouldRatherSuffer: In ''Mega Mountain'', shortly after capturing Dave Dragon, Medusa offers to have mercy on him and make him her "boy toy". Dave Dragon replies that he would rather be eaten alive by wolves.
30th Jan '18 7:02:46 AM MartialArtsMaster
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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Medusa from ''Mega Mountain''. Her plan only involves taking over Mega Mountain park to extort ransom money from its owner, Harry Jacobson, but then Medusa reveals that if Jacobson doesn't cough up the money by 3:00, Medusa will sabotage the rides and ''kill people!'' And so many would die that Medusa jokes the park would be renamed Murder Mountain.

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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Medusa from ''Mega Mountain''. Her Medusa doesn't seem too threatening an antagonist at first, as her plan only involves taking over the Mega Mountain amusement park to extort ransom money from its owner, Harry Jacobson, but then Medusa reveals that if Jacobson doesn't cough up the money by 3:00, Medusa will sabotage the rides and ''kill people!'' And so many would die that Medusa jokes the park would be renamed Murder Mountain.Mountain. Then near the end, Medusa first threatens to make Amanda work as her slave, and then attempts to ''kill Amanda with a bomb.'' Given that ''Mega Mountain'' is the campiest film in the franchise, Medusa turns out to be a much nastier villain than she first seems to be.
30th Jan '18 6:58:38 AM MartialArtsMaster
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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Medusa from ''Mega Mountain''. Her plan only involves taking over Mega Mountain park to extort ransom money from its owner, Harry Jacobson, but then Medusa reveals that if Jacobson doesn't cough up the money by 3:00, Medusa will sabotage the rides and ''kill people!'' And so many would die that Medusa jokes the park would be renamed Murder Mountain.
30th Jan '18 6:37:05 AM MartialArtsMaster
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* CallBack: In ''Kick Back'', when a heavyset martial artist and a sumo wrestler confront the three ninjas on a rooftop, the three ninjas are able to prevail by "lighting up the eyes" (that is, hitting them in their weak points), which recalls how they defeated Rushmore in the first movie.



* OutOfCharacterAlert: In ''Mega Mountain'', the three ninjas' mother fixes Tum Tum a huge sandwich with lots of ingredients--and Tum Tum actually refuses food for once, saying he's not hungry. This signals to the audience that the cancellation of Dave Dragon's show and his brothers' growing ambivalence to ninja training is ''really'' weighing on Tum Tum's mind.



* TotallyRadical: "Cake" which could be "Piece of Cake."

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* TotallyRadical: "Cake" which could be "Piece of Cake."" In fact, in ''Knuckle Up'', the DVD subtitles actually write it as "Piece of cake" at one point.
30th Jan '18 4:21:58 AM MartialArtsMaster
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* SpotTheImposter: In ''Kick Back'', when Koga disguises himself as the grandmaster so the three ninjas will hand him the dagger he wants, the ninjas are able to figure out he's a fake because he's suddenly speaking English, he's wearing shoes when the real grandmaster goes barefoot, he's suddenly asking for the dagger even though Mori (who is traditionally supposed to give the dagger) hasn't arrived yet, and he's taller than the grandmaster.
29th Jan '18 6:42:06 AM MartialArtsMaster
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* InsultToRocks: In ''Kick Back'', Tum Tum calls Koga's henchman an "ape", but then tells him to forget it, it's not fair to the other apes.



* TrainingMontage: Miyo in ''Kick Back'' is an even better ninja than the three ninjas are, but she is comically inept at baseball. So she and the three ninjas strike up an agreement: the three ninjas will train her to get better at baseball, and in exchange she'll teach them how to improve their ninja skills. What follows is an alternating montage of Miyo and the three ninjas training each other.



* UnwantedGlassesPlot: A minor example occurs in ''Kick Back''; Rocky is reluctant to reveal in front of others that he needs glasses to read, but this actually allows him to bond further with Miyo when she reveals she also needs glasses to read.



* YouHaveFailedMe: When Koga's nephew and his two friends bring back a tape of a conversation but not the dagger Koga is looking for, Koga tells his nephew and friends that they have failed him, and motions for a henchman to punish them. But then the usual implications of this trope are subverted; instead of being killed for their failure, Koga's nephew and his two friends are just tossed into a pool to get wet.

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* YouHaveFailedMe: When In ''Kick Back'', when Koga's nephew and his two friends bring back a tape of a conversation but not the dagger Koga is looking for, Koga tells his nephew and friends that they have failed him, and motions for a henchman to punish them. But then the usual implications of this trope are subverted; instead of being killed for their failure, Koga's nephew and his two friends are just tossed into a pool to get wet.
28th Jan '18 8:51:18 PM MartialArtsMaster
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* YouHaveFailedMe: When Koga's nephew and his two friends bring back a tape of a conversation but not the dagger Koga is looking for, Koga tells his nephew and friends that they have failed him, and motions for a henchman to punish them. But then the usual implications of this trope are subverted; instead of being killed for their failure, Koga's nephew and his two friends are just tossed into a pool to get wet.
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