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19th Jul '16 8:26:40 AM Katsuhagi
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* GenerationXerox: Played darkly, since Eleanor's father had an incestuous sexual relationship with her when she was a child, and Eleanor herself eventually has sex with Raymond.
28th Jun '16 1:20:18 PM MasoTey
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* FireForgedFriends: Neither Marco nor Shaw liked one and other at first. It's one of the few things that tips Marco off that something isn't right when he mentions the phrase "Raymond Shaw is the most kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I have ever known in my life." However eventually they do become good friends as aside from Jocie, Marco is the only person that he's ever expressed a side opposite of his usual {{Jerkass}} persona. However judging by the brainwashing scene, it was implied that from the start, Raymond did respect Marco and said he hated him the least.

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* FireForgedFriends: Neither Marco nor Shaw liked one and other another at first. It's one of the few things that tips Marco off that something isn't right when he mentions the phrase "Raymond Shaw is the most kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I have ever known in my life." However eventually they do become good friends as aside from Jocie, Marco is the only person that he's ever expressed a side opposite of his usual {{Jerkass}} persona. However judging by the brainwashing scene, it was implied that from the start, Raymond did respect Marco and said he hated him the least.



* ItMakesSenseInContext: but you probably couldn't get away with a heated fight scene in a modern thriller wherein the hero continually screams ''"HOW DID THE OLD LADIES TURN INTO RUSSIANS?"''
* JerkassFacade: Raymond is a top tier douchebag. He's rude, haughty,and [[LackOfEmpathy he doesn't care about you]]. He developed this personality to cope with his vicious mother and loutish stepdad. The only people who have seen his vulnerable side are [[HeterosexualLifePartners Major Marco]] and Jocie.

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* ItMakesSenseInContext: but you You probably couldn't get away with a heated fight scene in a modern thriller wherein the hero continually screams ''"HOW DID THE OLD LADIES TURN INTO RUSSIANS?"''
* JerkassFacade: Raymond is a top tier douchebag. He's rude, haughty,and haughty, and [[LackOfEmpathy he doesn't care about you]]. He developed this personality to cope with his vicious mother and loutish stepdad. The only people who have seen his vulnerable side are [[HeterosexualLifePartners Major Marco]] and Jocie.



* SatelliteCharacter / SatelliteLoveInterest: In the novel and 1962 film Rosie pops up out of nowhere, helps calm Marco down at a point where the nightmares are really getting to Marco, and then does absolutely nothing else except [[MsFanservice fill out some dresses nicely]] in the movie. [[note]]All of which lends itself to AlternativeCharacterInterpretation; see the YMMV page for details[[/note]]

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* SatelliteCharacter / SatelliteLoveInterest: In the novel and 1962 film Rosie pops up out of nowhere, helps calm Marco down at a point where the nightmares are really getting to Marco, and then does absolutely nothing else except [[MsFanservice fill out some dresses nicely]] in the movie. [[note]]All of which lends itself to AlternativeCharacterInterpretation; see the YMMV page for details[[/note]]
23rd Jun '16 6:35:10 PM Katsuhagi
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* AmbiguousSituation: The very end of the novel has three possible situations for what happens when Marco [[spoiler:goes into the booth where Raymond has just shot his mother and stepfather: Raymond either shot himself of his own free will after Marco freed him from the brainwashing completely after Marco told him he killed Jocie himself, Marco shot him, or Marco ordered him to shoot himself using the card deck and decided to LetThemDieHappy by never letting him realize the truth of what he did to Jocie.]] It's never clarified exactly which occurred.

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* AmbiguousSituation: The very end of the novel has three two possible situations for what happens when Marco [[spoiler:goes into the booth where Raymond has just shot his mother and stepfather: Raymond either shot himself of his own free will after Marco freed him from the brainwashing completely after Marco told him he killed Jocie himself, Marco shot him, or Marco ordered him to shoot himself using the card deck and decided to LetThemDieHappy by never letting him realize the truth of what he did to Jocie.]] It's never clarified exactly which occurred.



* MercyKill: [[spoiler: In the book, Marco orders a brainwashed Raymond to shoot his mother and stepfather, then shoot himself. He remarks, "No electric chair for a Medal of Honor man.]]

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* MercyKill: [[spoiler: In the book, Marco orders a brainwashed Raymond to shoot his mother and stepfather, then shoot himself. He remarks, "No electric chair for a Medal of Honor man.]]"]]
23rd Jun '16 6:32:33 PM Katsuhagi
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* AmbiguousSituation: The very end of the novel has two possible situations for what happens when Marco [[spoiler:goes into the booth where Raymond has just shot his mother and stepfather: Raymond either shot himself of his own free will after Marco freed him from the brainwashing completely after Marco told him he killed Jocie himself, or Marco ordered him to shoot himself using the card deck and decided to LetThemDieHappy by never letting him realize the truth of what he did to Jocie.]] It's never clarified exactly which of the two occurred.

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* AmbiguousSituation: The very end of the novel has two three possible situations for what happens when Marco [[spoiler:goes into the booth where Raymond has just shot his mother and stepfather: Raymond either shot himself of his own free will after Marco freed him from the brainwashing completely after Marco told him he killed Jocie himself, Marco shot him, or Marco ordered him to shoot himself using the card deck and decided to LetThemDieHappy by never letting him realize the truth of what he did to Jocie.]] It's never clarified exactly which of the two occurred.
23rd May '16 3:05:00 PM burninmylight
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* TheCasanova: Marco is said to have at least two women every night, and Raymond's pretty good at with women as well. Raymond was originally shy around women, but Dr. Yen Lo [[ThrowTheDogABone "removed" Raymond's sexual timidity during his brainwashing.]]

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* TheCasanova: Marco is said to have at least two women every night, and Raymond's pretty good at with women as well. Raymond was originally shy around women, but Dr. Yen Lo [[ThrowTheDogABone "removed" Raymond's sexual timidity during his brainwashing.]]
19th May '16 3:52:09 AM Caswin
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* WhatWeNowKnowToBeTrue: Apparently, it's an "old wives' tale" that hypnotized people can't be forced to do things that are against their natures.

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* WhatWeNowKnowToBeTrue: Apparently, it's an "old wives' tale" that hypnotized people can't be forced to do things that are against their natures. [[spoiler:While it doesn't initially ''stop'' him, the act of killing Jocelyn visibly does a number on Raymond and contributes to his overcoming his conditioning later on.]]
19th May '16 2:12:47 AM Caswin
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* LaughablyEvil: Yen Lo is disarmingly quippy.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It makes ''sense,'' since his role in the conspiracy is over with, but it still feels odd when the mastermind behind the programming, Dr. Yen Lo, completely disappears from the movie midway through.
28th Feb '16 8:15:55 AM henry42
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* UpToEleven: Mrs. Iselin's obsession with getting her husband into the White House and overthrowing the government, even if it means [[spoiler:using her own son as a brainwashed killing machine to help speed things up. The one thing she ''didn't'' do was specifically choose to have him be the assassin, that part she believes was done to attempt to control her.]]
29th Dec '15 4:02:55 PM AllenbysEyes
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** Only in the 1962 film is the Republican Party specifically named. (Raymond's mother's party is also not named in the book.) Reinforced by all of the Lincoln imagery the Iselins surround themselves with.

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** Only in the 1962 film is the Republican Party specifically named. (Raymond's mother's party is also not named in the book.) Reinforced by all of the Lincoln imagery the Iselins surround themselves with. At one point, Mrs. Iselin also mocks Adlai Stevenson, the Democrat's 1956 Presidential candidate.
29th Dec '15 3:54:24 PM AllenbysEyes
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* BlackComedy: The 1962 film plays up the novel's absurd elements, adding a lot of dialogue and imagery that skews it towards comedy.
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