History Literature / TheRing

6th Feb '17 8:09:12 AM Gosicrystal
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* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Samara

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* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: SamaraSamara.



* EnfanteTerrible: In the US remake, Samara. Most people would think that Sadako in the original Japanese versions is this, but she's actually an adult ([[NoExceptYes though she did kill a person when she was a girl]])

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* EnfanteTerrible: EnfanteTerrible:
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In the US remake, Samara. Most people would think that Sadako in the original Japanese versions is this, but she's actually an adult ([[NoExceptYes ([[ByNoIMeanYes though she did kill a person when she was a girl]])girl]]).



** Nagi...[[spoiler: isn't.]]

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** Nagi...[[spoiler: isn't.[[spoiler:isn't.]]
5th Feb '17 7:14:25 AM pikachukid
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* GenderFlip: All adaptations of ''Ring'' are remembered for featuring female protagonists with a son to care about. The original protagonist in the novel is actually a man: Kazuyuki Asakawa, and he has a daughter to care about.

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* GenderFlip: All adaptations of ''Ring'' are remembered for featuring female protagonists with a son to care about. The original protagonist in the novel is actually a man: Kazuyuki Asakawa, and he has a [[AdaptedOut wife]] and daughter to care about.about. (The wife and daughter both watch the video.
** The subsequent TV adaptation, ''Ring: The Final Chapter'', kept Asakawa as a man, but removed his wife and gave him a son.
3rd Feb '17 8:31:36 PM Gregzilla
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* BigBad: Sadako Yamamura, a StringyHauredGhostGirl who kills anybody who watches her video tape.

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* BigBad: Sadako Yamamura, a StringyHauredGhostGirl StringyHairedGhostGirl who kills anybody who watches her video tape.



* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler: Kazuyuki Asakawa]] in ''Spiral''.
** Also, [[spoiler:Reiko]] in ''Ring 2''.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler: ''Ring 0'' reveals that Sadako had one, until it became a LiteralSplitPersonality and was kept locked away from the world... until both of her "good" and "evil" halves re-merge at the end.]]

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* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler: Kazuyuki SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome:
** [[spoiler:Kazuyuki
Asakawa]] in ''Spiral''.
** Also, [[spoiler:Reiko]] in ''Ring 2''.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler: ''Ring [[spoiler:''Ring 0'' reveals that Sadako had one, until it became a LiteralSplitPersonality and was kept locked away from the world... until both of her "good" and "evil" halves re-merge at the end.]]



%%* ThrownDownAWell

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%%* ThrownDownAWell* ThrownDownAWell: Sadako/Samara's fate. The ring itself is the small amount of light coming out from a rock at the top of the well.
3rd Feb '17 5:05:39 PM NightShade96
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* ''Rings'' (2017) - A sequel to ''The Ring Two''.

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* ''Rings'' ''Film/{{Rings}}'' (2017) - A sequel to ''The Ring Two''.
30th Jan '17 6:41:07 PM Eagal
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* [[spoiler: TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]]: The outcome of the second novel.

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* [[spoiler: TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]]: TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The outcome of the second novel.



* [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan Get A Hold Of Yourself Woman]]: Towards the end of the first film, Ryuji slaps Reiko in the face to snap her out of her sudden FreakOut.

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* [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan Get A Hold Of Yourself Woman]]: GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Towards the end of the first film, Ryuji slaps Reiko in the face to snap her out of her sudden FreakOut.



* UsefulNotes/JapaneseDialects: A plot point in ''Ring''. When slowed down, the Towel Man can be heard speaking a Japanese sentence that sounds unintelligible to the protagonists at first, since it's from a dialect of Izu Oshima, the island that the Yamamura family hailed from and is part of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izu_Islands Izu Islands]], whose form of Japanese are famous for preserving many features of Old Japanese (and thus more archaic) the more south you go, which is why the English translation translate the sentence using YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: "frolic in brine, goblins be thine" ([[spoiler: It's foreshadowing the fact that Shizuko conceived Sadako with, erm, an entity from the sea).]]



''[[OhCrap Seven days...]]''

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''[[OhCrap Seven ''Seven days...]]''''
30th Jan '17 1:25:28 AM azul120
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** In the first U.S. film, a [[Music/{{BadReligion}} Bad Religion]] sticker is shown in Noah's locker. One of their music videos is directed by the same person who directed this movie: Gore Verbinski.

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** In the first U.S. film, a [[Music/{{BadReligion}} Bad Religion]] Music/BadReligion sticker is shown in Noah's locker. One A few of their music videos is were directed by the same person who directed this movie: Gore Verbinski.
12th Jan '17 1:52:30 AM Phobia0
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* ''Ring: The Final Chapter'' - An adaptation of the first novel, but takes a lot of liberties with the story.
* ''Rasen'' - The sequel series, adapting the second novel but again taking liberties and introducing a subplot involving a cyberterrorist called the [[DarkMessiah King of Terror]], who plans to use Sadako's videotape to destroy the world.

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* ''Ring: The Final Chapter'' (1999) - An adaptation of the first novel, but takes a lot of liberties with the story.
* ''Rasen'' (1999) - The sequel series, adapting the second novel but again taking liberties and introducing a subplot involving a cyberterrorist called the [[DarkMessiah King of Terror]], who plans to use Sadako's videotape to destroy the world.
11th Jan '17 7:52:53 PM erforce
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* ''The Ring Two'' (2005) - Directed by the Japanese films' creator Hideo Nakata.

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* ''The Ring Two'' ''Film/TheRingTwo'' (2005) - Directed by the Japanese films' creator Hideo Nakata.



* AbusiveParents: In the American remake, where [[spoiler:Samara's uncontrollable power ostracized her to her own parents (who eventually killed her because of them.)]]

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* AbusiveParents: AbusiveParents:
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In the American remake, where [[spoiler:Samara's uncontrollable power ostracized her to her own parents (who eventually killed her because of them.)]]



* AdaptationNameChange: All characters underwent this. Between the US and Japanese versions, Rachel and Samara are probably the closest to the original (Reiko and Sadako).

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* AdaptationNameChange: AdaptationNameChange:
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All characters underwent this. Between the US and Japanese versions, Rachel and Samara are probably the closest to the original (Reiko and Sadako).



* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Sadako was sealed inside the well when she was a young adult, however ''Ring 2'' reveals that she was in her 40's when she died. There are many theories as to why she took that long to die (including the use of a HealingFactor, ThePowerOfHate, etc.), but the fact remains that she ''was trapped down there, in the dark, for 30 years''. Ouch.]]

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* AndIMustScream: AndIMustScream:
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[[spoiler:Sadako was sealed inside the well when she was a young adult, however ''Ring 2'' reveals that she was in her 40's when she died. There are many theories as to why she took that long to die (including the use of a HealingFactor, ThePowerOfHate, etc.), but the fact remains that she ''was trapped down there, in the dark, for 30 years''. Ouch.]]



* AscendedExtra: Mai Takano.
* AssholeVictim: Dr. Emma Temple in ''The Ring Two''. True what happens might be a bit harsh, but she is easily the least sympathetic victim in the American films.

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* %%* AscendedExtra: Mai Takano.
* AssholeVictim: Dr. Emma Temple in ''The Ring Two''. True what happens might be a bit harsh, but she is easily the least sympathetic victim in the American films.



* BlessedWithSuck: Sadako's miraculous psychic abilities brought her, and everyone around her, more grief than they were worth.

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* BlessedWithSuck: BlessedWithSuck:
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Sadako's miraculous psychic abilities brought her, and everyone around her, more grief than they were worth.



* TheFilmOfTheBook

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* %%* TheFilmOfTheBook



** In ''The Ring Two'', [[spoiler: Samara's father is revealed to be an ocean entity (and her mother a human)]].



* {{Horror}}

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* %%* {{Horror}}



* IronicEcho: One of the most striking images on the American version of The Tape is Anna, Samara's adoptive mother, throwing herself off a cliff. In ''The Ring Two'', [[spoiler:Rachel escapes Samara's dreamworld by doing the same thing, in the same pose, from the same cliff]].



* JediMindTrick: Samara uses one on a WeakWilled doctor in ''The Ring Two''.
* JumpScare: Many and varied.

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* JediMindTrick: Samara uses one on a WeakWilled doctor in ''The Ring Two''.
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%%* JumpScare: Many and varied.



* NothingIsScarier

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* %%* NothingIsScarier



* OffscreenTeleportation

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* %%* OffscreenTeleportation



* OldMediaAreEvil

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* %%* OldMediaAreEvil



* TheOphelia
* OutOfCharacterAlert: In ''The Ring Two'', [[spoiler:Aiden calling Rachel "mommy" instead of [[CallingParentsByTheirName her name]] is a sign that he's still possessed by Samara.]]

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* TheOphelia
* OutOfCharacterAlert: In ''The Ring Two'', [[spoiler:Aiden calling Rachel "mommy" instead of [[CallingParentsByTheirName her name]] is a sign that he's still possessed by Samara.]]
%%* TheOphelia



* PsychologicalHorror

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* %%* PsychologicalHorror



* {{Retcon}}:
** A flashback in the first film appears to show Sadako curiously peering into the well, before Dr. Ikuma sneaks up on her to push her down the well. She's also wearing shoes. ''Ring 0'', however, shows that Sadako was drugged and chased to the well instead, whilst barefoot.
** In the American remake, Samara's birth certificate is briefly shown and the Morgans are named as her parents. In addition, there is a glimpse of another document which reveals a little information about her parents where especially the description of mother matches that of Anna quite well. This means that despite what the parents said, Samara wasn't actually adopted but instead conceived by unorthodox means. In The Ring Two, however, the information in these papers was disregarded, and another characters were introduced as Samara's biological parents, making her the adoptive child of the Morgans.
* {{Revenge}} / RoaringRampageOfRevenge: This is [[spoiler:Akiko]]'s primary reason for investigating Sadako in ''Ring 0'' - the man she killed at Shizuko's demonstration all those years ago was, in fact, [[spoiler:Akiko's fiancé]].
** Also, near the end of ''Ring 0'', [[spoiler:after merging with her [[SuperpoweredEvilSide evil half]], Sadako kills all of the members of the theatre troupe, due to their actions mentioned in MoralEventHorizon on the YMMV page]].
* RuleOfSeven: Seven days.

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* {{Retcon}}:
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{{Retcon}}: A flashback in the first film appears to show Sadako curiously peering into the well, before Dr. Ikuma sneaks up on her to push her down the well. She's also wearing shoes. ''Ring 0'', however, shows that Sadako was drugged and chased to the well instead, whilst barefoot.
** In the American remake, Samara's birth certificate is briefly shown and the Morgans are named as her parents. In addition, there is a glimpse of another document which reveals a little information about her parents where especially the description of mother matches that of Anna quite well. This means that despite what the parents said, Samara wasn't actually adopted but instead conceived by unorthodox means. In The Ring Two, however, the information in these papers was disregarded, and another characters were introduced as Samara's biological parents, making her the adoptive child of the Morgans.
* {{Revenge}} / RoaringRampageOfRevenge: {{Revenge}}: This is [[spoiler:Akiko]]'s primary reason for investigating Sadako in ''Ring 0'' - the man she killed at Shizuko's demonstration all those years ago was, in fact, [[spoiler:Akiko's fiancé]].
** Also, near * RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Near the end of ''Ring 0'', [[spoiler:after merging with her [[SuperpoweredEvilSide evil half]], Sadako kills all of the members of the theatre troupe, due to their actions mentioned in MoralEventHorizon on the YMMV page]].
* RuleOfSeven: Seven days.days is all the viewer of the Tape has left to live.



** The cursed video itself is a shout out to Buñuel's ''Film/UnChienAndalou''.

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** The cursed video itself is a shout out to Buñuel's ''Film/UnChienAndalou''.



* SmugSnake: Dr. Emma Temple in ''The Ring Two'', a cold and smugly superior psychiatrist played by Elizabeth Perkins, who brings an energy to the character that makes it truly easy to hate her. [[spoiler:Her death definitely confirms her SmugSnake status. She succumbs instantly to a JediMindTrick to commit suicide implying she is so WeakWilled Samara can just control her directly rather than rely on MindRape like all her other victims]].



* ThrownDownAWell

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* %%* ThrownDownAWell



* UrbanLegends: In the Japanese series the tape itself has earned this status, which explains why some of the kids' descriptions of the tape are so different from what is actually shown on the tape - they heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend, and so on. As a result of the tape's status, Reiko and Okazaki discuss various other famous Japanese urban legends, including a reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuchisake-Onna Kuchisake-Onna]].
** It's also acquired this status in the American franchise even before the second movie. The first victim in ''The Ring Two'' was a guy who joined one of several groups that [[spoiler:dare people to watch the video then get someone else to watch it within seven days]]. Conveniently enough, these groups are called "[[IncrediblyLamePun Rings]]".

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* UrbanLegends: UrbanLegends:
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In the Japanese series the tape itself has earned this status, which explains why some of the kids' descriptions of the tape are so different from what is actually shown on the tape - they heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend, and so on. As a result of the tape's status, Reiko and Okazaki discuss various other famous Japanese urban legends, including a reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuchisake-Onna Kuchisake-Onna]].
** It's also acquired this status in the American franchise even before the second movie. The first victim in ''The Ring Two'' was a guy who joined one of several groups that [[spoiler:dare people to watch the video then get someone else to watch it within seven days]]. Conveniently enough, these groups are called "[[IncrediblyLamePun Rings]]".



* YankTheDogsChain:
** Sadako is pushed down the well by Dr. Ikuma but awakens to find herself in bed with Toyama watching over her. [[spoiler: Just as she goes to reach him, it is revealed that it was a dream and she can only scream as she is sealed in the well.]]
** Samara suffers this in ''The Ring Two''. She [[spoiler: possesses Aidan]] to get a mother, only to be [[spoiler: drugged by Rachel, exorcised from Aidan's body, and then re-sealed in the well.]]

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* YankTheDogsChain:
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YankTheDogsChain: Sadako is pushed down the well by Dr. Ikuma but awakens to find herself in bed with Toyama watching over her. [[spoiler: Just as she goes to reach him, it is revealed that it was a dream and she can only scream as she is sealed in the well.]]
** Samara suffers this in ''The Ring Two''. She [[spoiler: possesses Aidan]] to get a mother, only to be [[spoiler: drugged by Rachel, exorcised from Aidan's body, and then re-sealed in the well.]]
11th Jan '17 7:13:06 PM SublightMonster
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* ''Ring: Kanzenban'' (1995) - A MadeForTV movie and the first adaptation of the ''Ring'' novel.

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* ''Ring: Kanzenban'' (1995) - A MadeForTV movie and the first adaptation of the ''Ring'' novel.novel (Notable for keeping Asakawa male, as well as for casting a softcore porn actress as Sadako and having her frequently get naked.).



* ''Ringu: Jiko ka! Henshi ka! Yottsu no Inochi wo Ubau Shoujo no Onnen'' (A TV adaptation made by Fuji Network 3 years before the more well-known film. Notable for keeping Asakawa male, and for casting a softcore porn actress as Sadako and having her frequently get naked.)

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* ''Ringu: Jiko ka! Henshi ka! Yottsu no Inochi wo Ubau Shoujo no Onnen'' (A TV adaptation made by Fuji Network 3 years before the more well-known film. Notable for keeping Asakawa male, and for casting a softcore porn actress as Sadako and having her frequently get naked.)
7th Jan '17 4:35:53 AM MatthewGuy6131994
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* ''Rings'' (2016) - A sequel to ''The Ring Two''.

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* ''Rings'' (2016) (2017) - A sequel to ''The Ring Two''.
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