History Film / Underworld

30th Jan '16 7:22:06 PM bt8257
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%%* {{Badass}}: Most of the cast, especially Selene.

%%* ColdBloodedTorture: On Lucian, in ''Rise of the Lycans''.

%%* CuteLittleFangs: Selene. %%* DarkActionGirl: Selene. %%* DelayedCausality: [[spoiler:Selene's duel with Viktor.]]

%%* DiagonalCut: [[spoiler:Selene's duel with Viktor.]]

%%* DirtyCoward: Kraven. All the more fitting because the word "craven" is an old-timey word for a coward.

%%* FurAgainstFang: The premise.

%%* HelicopterBlender: Used at the end of ''Evolution''. %%* HellBentForLeather: Selene. Just look at the poster.

%%* HissBeforeFleeing: Vampires in general.

%%* ImplacableMan: Marcus.

%%* MamaBear: [[spoiler:Selene in ''Awakening''.]]

%%* MoreDakka: Everyone with a gun.

%%* ScaryBlackMan: Raze.

%%* SissyVillain: Kraven.

%%* SpyCatsuit: Selene's outfit.

%%* StarCrossedLovers: Lucian and Sonja in the backstory, later ([[spoiler:and with far happier results]]) Selene and Michael. %%* StockSubtitle: The sequels.

%%* ThoseTwoGuys: Pierce and Taylor in the first movie, and Xristos and Sabas in Rise of the Lycans.

* WerewolfThemenaming: 'Lucian' is a real name with an unrelated etymology, but sounds similar to Lycan, which again sounds like a shortening of 'lycanthrope' ('wolf-man' or werewolf).
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* WerewolfThemenaming: WerewolfThemeNaming: 'Lucian' is a real name with an unrelated etymology, but sounds similar to Lycan, which again sounds like is a shortening of 'lycanthrope' ('wolf-man' or werewolf).

* WouldHitAGirl: ** Kraven gives Selene a vicious slap to the face.
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* WouldHitAGirl: ** WouldHitAGirl: Kraven gives Selene a vicious slap to the face.
14th Jan '16 12:18:39 PM Anicomicgeek
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* BadassBaritone: There are no special effects involved in Kevin Grevioux's voice.
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* BadassBaritone: There are no special effects involved in Kevin Grevioux's Creator/KevinGrevioux's voice.

* CreatorCameo: Raze is played by Kevin Grevioux, who was one of the co-creators of the story.
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* CreatorCameo: Raze is played by Kevin Grevioux, Creator/KevinGrevioux, who was one of the co-creators of the story.
6th Jan '16 10:47:52 AM Boggs
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* ObviouslyEvil: Comes up a lot, really. Even more morally grey characters like Selene and [[spoiler: Lucian]] have nothing on the likes of Kraven and [[spoiler: Victor.]]
6th Jan '16 10:42:09 AM Boggs
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* NiceGuy: Lucian seems to be one, one of the first hints [[spoilers: he's not actually the bad guy.]]
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* NiceGuy: Lucian seems to be one, one of the first hints [[spoilers: [[spoiler: he's not actually the bad guy.]]
6th Jan '16 10:39:41 AM Boggs
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* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler: Lucian, [[WellIntentionedExtremist more or less.]]]]

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* NiceGuy: Lucian seems to be one, one of the first hints [[spoilers: he's not actually the bad guy.]]
12th Nov '15 8:19:36 PM Angeldeb82
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Not to be confused with ''[[Film/{{Underworld1927}} Underworld (1927)]]'', TheUnderworld, [[{{Hell}} that underworld]], ''VideoGame/UltimaUnderworld'', the band Music/{{Underworld}}, [[CoronationStreet this one]] or a MetroSpecificUnderworld, which it may loosely reference.
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Not to be confused with ''[[Film/{{Underworld1927}} Underworld (1927)]]'', ''Film/{{Underworld 1927}}'', TheUnderworld, [[{{Hell}} that underworld]], ''VideoGame/UltimaUnderworld'', the band Music/{{Underworld}}, [[CoronationStreet [[Series/CoronationStreet this one]] or a MetroSpecificUnderworld, which it may loosely reference.

* BlackAndGrayMorality: The whole Vampire/Werewolf conflict is more [[GreyAndGrayMorality grey and gray]] or black and black. ''Rise of The Lycans'' and ''Evolution'' are the only films where the protagonists can be argued to be the more heroic participants in the conflict, rather than the guys with the current viewpoint.
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* BlackAndGrayMorality: The whole Vampire/Werewolf conflict is more [[GreyAndGrayMorality grey {{grey and gray]] gray|Morality}} or black and black. ''Rise of The Lycans'' and ''Evolution'' are the only films where the protagonists can be argued to be the more heroic participants in the conflict, rather than the guys with the current viewpoint.

** When Selene is escaping in ''Awakening'' a guard shoots her in the head. [[NoSell It just pisses her off]].
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** When Selene is escaping in ''Awakening'' a guard shoots her in the head. [[NoSell It just pisses her off]].off.]]

* EvilBrit: Seemingly played straight with Lucian in the first film. But then subverted when it turns out [[spoiler:he isn't the villain, or at all evil.]] Viktor on the other hand... and then continued with Marcus in the second film, a Scot with an English accent.
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* EvilBrit: Seemingly played straight with Lucian in the first film. But then subverted when it turns out [[spoiler:he isn't the villain, or at all evil.]] evil]]. Viktor on the other hand... and then continued with Marcus in the second film, a Scot with an English accent.

** The super lycan in the same film is [[spoiler:doomed by his own HealingFactor. See LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe.]]
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** The super lycan Lycan in the same film is [[spoiler:doomed by his own HealingFactor. See LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe.]]LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe]].

* HumansAreBastards: In ''Awakening''. [[spoiler:Subverted when at least part of the anti-monster purge and subsequent genetic research turns out to be a lycan plot.]] Detective Sebastian in the same movie is also an exception, who's shown to be sympathetic to non-humans. It's later revealed that while his wife had been turned into a vampire, it didn't stop the fact that they still loved each other [[spoiler:until the Feds came around and she elected to step into the sunlight...]] Contrast overall trope with...
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* HumansAreBastards: In ''Awakening''. [[spoiler:Subverted when at least part of the anti-monster purge and subsequent genetic research turns out to be a lycan plot.]] Detective Sebastian in the same movie is also an exception, who's shown to be sympathetic to non-humans. It's later revealed that while his wife had been turned into a vampire, it didn't stop the fact that they still loved each other [[spoiler:until the Feds came around and she elected to step into the sunlight...]] sunlight..]]. Contrast overall trope with...

* InvincibleHero: Whether you agree that Selene is the 'hero' in the early parts of the series once you find out she's been doing everything based on disinformation Viktor gave her, she fits the 'invincible character' trope very well, as she rarely takes damage of any kind compared to other characters in the franchise, including ''Michael'', who became superfluous as a character seemingly the very minute after Selene kills Viktor. To the point that he doesn't even appear in the fourth film except in flashback being apparently killed, and then found to be frozen in ice. Selene is pretty much unstoppable to begin with, but then she got [[UpToEleven upgraded]] to the point that the concern over a Hybrid might as well have been equivalent to being scared of the boogeyman being in your closet when there's an actual armed serial killer loose in your neighborhood.
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* InvincibleHero: Whether you agree that Selene is the 'hero' in the early parts of the series once you find out she's been doing everything based on disinformation Viktor gave her, she fits the 'invincible character' trope very well, as she rarely takes damage of any kind compared to other characters in the franchise, including ''Michael'', who became superfluous as a character seemingly the very minute after Selene kills Viktor. To the point that he doesn't even appear in the fourth film except in flashback being apparently killed, and then found to be frozen in ice. Selene is pretty much unstoppable to begin with, but then she got [[UpToEleven upgraded]] {{up|ToEleven}}graded to the point that the concern over a Hybrid might as well have been equivalent to being scared of the boogeyman being in your closet when there's an actual armed serial killer loose in your neighborhood.

* LargeHam: Lots of them, but Viktor takes the cake. Or at least shares it with Kraven. He has his moments in the first, for example coming out of nowhere nasally saying, "What's... this... ruckus?". But in the third, he definitely goes for it. "I whanted to believe your liessss. I KNEW it couldn't be truenotmyowndaughter, ''how could youuu?''"
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* LargeHam: Lots of them, but Viktor takes the cake. Or at least shares it with Kraven. He has his moments in the first, for example coming out of nowhere nasally saying, "What's... this... ruckus?". ruckus?" But in the third, he definitely goes for it. "I whanted to believe your liessss. I KNEW it couldn't be truenotmyowndaughter, ''how could youuu?''"

* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Lucian and Kraven were planning to broker a peace treaty between the vampires and lycans before Selene interfered. Markus also wouldn't have become a hybrid, and humanity wouldn't have found out about the existence of immortals]].
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Lucian and Kraven were planning to broker a peace treaty between the vampires and lycans before Selene interfered. Markus also wouldn't have become a hybrid, and humanity wouldn't have found out about the existence of immortals]].immortals.]]

* NotSoDifferent: Alexander Corvinus gives both this and a ReasonYouSuckSpeech to Selene when she asks him for help killing Markus. For her response, see CallingTheOldManOut.
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* NotSoDifferent: Alexander Corvinus gives both this and a ReasonYouSuckSpeech TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Selene when she asks him for help killing Markus. For her response, see CallingTheOldManOut.

** The Super Lycan in ''Awakening'' after [[spoiler: Selene shoves a silver grenade into his stomach.]] Made worse by his pre-mortem BadAssBoast.
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** The Super Lycan in ''Awakening'' after [[spoiler: Selene shoves a silver grenade into his stomach.]] stomach]]. Made worse by his pre-mortem BadAssBoast.BadassBoast.

* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The vampires are stereotypically pale, blood-drinking, almost completely immortal, highly athletic, and their assassins/soldiers use plenty of GunFu, but the entire condition is supposedly just the result of a mutant [[TheVirus virus]]. They're also not undead, and do not require special things to kill them. For example, sunlight will cause them to burst into flame. However, a stake through the heart is unnecessary; sufficient bullet wounds and similar gore will kill them. They do breathe, but it looks like they've got a substantially increased lung capacity, since Selene was able to hold her breath underwater during their infiltration of William's prison. She was also resuscitated by Michael, during the first movie, and she was shown out of breath. Vampires are also able to reproduce. Similar to ''{{Blade}}'', those born of vampire parents are called "purebloods".
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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The vampires are stereotypically pale, blood-drinking, almost completely immortal, highly athletic, and their assassins/soldiers use plenty of GunFu, but the entire condition is supposedly just the result of a mutant [[TheVirus virus]]. They're also not undead, and do not require special things to kill them. For example, sunlight will cause them to burst into flame. However, a stake through the heart is unnecessary; sufficient bullet wounds and similar gore will kill them. They do breathe, but it looks like they've got a substantially increased lung capacity, since Selene was able to hold her breath underwater during their infiltration of William's prison. She was also resuscitated by Michael, during the first movie, and she was shown out of breath. Vampires are also able to reproduce. Similar to ''{{Blade}}'', ''Film/{{Blade}}'', those born of vampire parents are called "purebloods".

* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Selene does this in ''Awakening'' [[spoiler:first to search for Michael and later to rescue Eve.]]
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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Selene does this in ''Awakening'' [[spoiler:first to search for Michael and later to rescue Eve.]]Eve]].

* SchrodingersGun - Remember that amulet around Lucian's neck in the first film? It wasn't until ''Evolution'' when we realized [[spoiler:it was [[MacGuffin the key to William's prison]]]].
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* SchrodingersGun - SchrodingersGun: Remember that amulet around Lucian's neck in the first film? It wasn't until ''Evolution'' when we realized [[spoiler:it was [[MacGuffin the key to William's prison]]]].

* SecretWar: The Vampires and Lycans have been waging one against each other for centuries, unbeknownst to mankind at large save for the occassional rumor or legend. This is thanks to the Cleaners, human spec-ops hand-picked by Alexander Corvinus to make sure that said war is never exposed to the public. [[spoiler:The Cleaners are wiped out in ''Evolution,'' soon making it nigh impossible to keep the SecretWar hidden.]]
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* SecretWar: The Vampires and Lycans have been waging one against each other for centuries, unbeknownst to mankind at large save for the occassional occasional rumor or legend. This is thanks to the Cleaners, human spec-ops hand-picked by Alexander Corvinus to make sure that said war is never exposed to the public. [[spoiler:The Cleaners are wiped out in ''Evolution,'' soon making it nigh impossible to keep the SecretWar hidden.]]

* SingleLineOfDescent: {{Subverted}}, at least partly. Alexander Corvinus, the originator of the virus, had one human son, who did (in fact) produce plenty of modern-day progeny, if the wall of Xed-out photos is any indication. But the only one of those people still carries his special genes, and happens to also share his last name. LineageComesFromTheFather does seem to ring true, however, as the surnames shown are all variants of "Corvinus", suggesting the Lycans didn't bother tracking the bloodline through any of Alexander's female descendents.
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* SingleLineOfDescent: {{Subverted}}, at least partly. Alexander Corvinus, the originator of the virus, had one human son, who did (in fact) produce plenty of modern-day progeny, if the wall of Xed-out photos is any indication. But the only one of those people still carries his special genes, and happens to also share his last name. LineageComesFromTheFather does seem to ring true, however, as the surnames shown are all variants of "Corvinus", suggesting the Lycans didn't bother tracking the bloodline through any of Alexander's female descendents.descendants.

%%** [[spoiler:Kraven]] in ''Evolution''. ** And apparently [[spoiler:Michael]] in ''Awakening''. [[spoiler:Although it turns out to be a DisneyDeath.]]
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%%** [[spoiler:Kraven]] in ''Evolution''. ** And apparently Apparently [[spoiler:Michael]] in ''Awakening''. [[spoiler:Although it turns out to be a DisneyDeath.]]

* TakeAThirdOption: It's revealed in ''Awakening'' that instead of hiding from or dying in the hands of humanity at large in the wake of the BrokenMasquerade [[spoiler:the Lycans opted to embed themselves into human society and use non-human prejudice to their advantage against the Vampires.]]
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* TakeAThirdOption: It's revealed in ''Awakening'' that instead of hiding from or dying in the hands of humanity at large in the wake of the BrokenMasquerade [[spoiler:the Lycans opted to embed themselves into human society and use non-human prejudice to their advantage against the Vampires.]]Vampires]].

* WrittenByTheWinners: Viktor rewrote vampire history to appear as if he was the original vampire, when, in fact, it was another Elder, Marcus. While he is quite willing to acknowledge the legend that vampires and werewolves came from the brother Corvinus ("One bit by a bat, the other bit by a wolf"), but he makes fun of it, probably to diminish the connection between Lycans and Vampires. On the other hand, he's quite willing to rewrite [[spoiler:his murder of Selene's entire family.]] Selene [[GenreSavvy shows signs of being aware of this]]. She recognizes that Kraven is not enough of a warrior to have actually killed Lucian, but as the only survivor could claim that he did. She also initially comments that the Lycans started the war, but then admits that that is what is said anyway. By the second film, she's (accurately) assumed virtually everything Viktor has said is a lie. * YouSexyBeast: Vampires are sleek and seductive, dressing in stylish gothic fashions. Werewolves are brawny, rough-and-tumble men in leather. [[TheyFightCrime They have sex]].
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* WrittenByTheWinners: Viktor rewrote vampire history to appear as if he was the original vampire, when, in fact, it was another Elder, Marcus. While he is quite willing to acknowledge the legend that vampires and werewolves came from the brother Corvinus ("One bit by a bat, the other bit by a wolf"), but he makes fun of it, probably to diminish the connection between Lycans and Vampires. On the other hand, he's quite willing to rewrite [[spoiler:his murder of Selene's entire family.]] family]]. Selene [[GenreSavvy shows signs of being aware of this]]. She recognizes that Kraven is not enough of a warrior to have actually killed Lucian, but as the only survivor could claim that he did. She also initially comments that the Lycans started the war, but then admits that that is what is said anyway. By the second film, she's (accurately) assumed virtually everything Viktor has said is a lie. * YouSexyBeast: Vampires are sleek and seductive, dressing in stylish gothic fashions. Werewolves are brawny, rough-and-tumble men in leather. [[TheyFightCrime They have sex]].sex.]]

** Selene a splodes a lycan's head above the jaw after [[WrestlerInAllOfUs wrestling one to the ground]] and [[NoKillLikeOverkill emptying her gun into his face]].
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** Selene a splodes a lycan's Lycan's head above the jaw after [[WrestlerInAllOfUs wrestling one to the ground]] and [[NoKillLikeOverkill [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill emptying her gun into his face]].
19th Sep '15 3:51:48 PM akih08
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-->'''Selene'''(holding up a grenade pin):I'm counting on it.
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-->'''Selene'''(holding up a grenade pin):I'm pin): I'm counting on it.
19th Sep '15 3:50:33 PM akih08
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* OhCrap: Pierce and Taylor, when the vampires drop a silver grenade into the access tunnel they are climbing up. Quoth Pierce: "Oh shit,". ** Selene and Michael in the ''Evolution'' when they realize that dawn is on the horizon. ** The Super Lycan in ''Awakening'' after [[spoiler: Selene shoves a silver grenade into his stomach.]] Made worse by his pre-mortem BadAssBoast. -->'''Super Lycan''': I heal instantly. -->'''Selene'''(holding up a grenade pin):I'm counting on it.
19th Sep '15 3:26:50 PM akih08
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** Slightly subverted with Michael, who's a human-turned-vampire/Lycan hybrid.
19th Sep '15 3:07:41 PM akih08
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The novelizations [[spoiler: make mention that even though bullets don't do much harm to Vampires and Lycans under normal circumstances, a lot of bullets will harm and kill them. William would of more then likely died from continuous fire delivered from the machinegun mounted on the Cleaners' helicopter, even with his regenerative abilities and size. As tough as they are and even with their regenerative abilities, they're not impervious to sustained gunfire from either small arms or larger.]]
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The novelizations [[spoiler: make mention that even though bullets don't do much harm to Vampires and Lycans under normal circumstances, a lot of bullets will harm and kill them. William would of more then likely died from continuous fire delivered from the machinegun mounted on the Cleaners' helicopter, even with his regenerative abilities and size. As tough as they are and even with their regenerative abilities, they're not impervious to sustained gunfire from either small arms or larger.]]]] With this information in mind, it's no wonder humanity was able to nearly drive them to extinction in ''Awakening''.
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