History Literature / TheRunningMan

9th Oct '17 10:19:03 PM EBsessed
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* WeCanRuleTogether: At the end, CEO Killian offers Richards a job at the network to replace the head Hunter of ''The Running Man''. Richards responds to his offer in the most spectacular way possible, by [[spoiler:first accepting to put Killian off-guard, then flying the passenger plane he hijacked right into Killian's ivory tower office while flipping the bird at him through both the cockpit's windshield and the huge glass wall of Killian's office while Killian stares right back at him in disbelief.]]

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* WeCanRuleTogether: At the end, CEO Killian offers Richards a job at the network to replace the head Hunter of ''The Running Man''. Richards responds to his offer in the most spectacular way possible, by [[spoiler:first accepting in order to put Killian off-guard, then flying the passenger plane he hijacked right into Killian's ivory tower office while flipping the bird at him through both the cockpit's windshield and the huge glass wall of Killian's office while Killian stares right back at him in disbelief.]]
9th Oct '17 10:18:46 PM EBsessed
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* WeCanRuleTogether: At the end CEO Killian offers Richards a job at the network to replace the head Hunter of ''The Running Man''. Richards responds to his offer in the most spectacular way possible, by [[spoiler:hijacking a passenger plane and ramming it into Killian's ivory tower office while flipping the bird at him.]]

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* WeCanRuleTogether: At the end end, CEO Killian offers Richards a job at the network to replace the head Hunter of ''The Running Man''. Richards responds to his offer in the most spectacular way possible, by [[spoiler:hijacking a [[spoiler:first accepting to put Killian off-guard, then flying the passenger plane and ramming it he hijacked right into Killian's ivory tower office while flipping the bird at him.him through both the cockpit's windshield and the huge glass wall of Killian's office while Killian stares right back at him in disbelief.]]
8th Oct '17 5:31:04 PM EBsessed
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: When Ben Richards with his last ounce of strength flips the aeroplane into autopilot and crashes it into the Games Network skyscraper. Also, the few allies Richards makes in his journey are heavily implied to die, his warnings about the mega corps poisoning the air being the cause of all the cancer spreading among the low class citizens are censored, and his wife and daughter are revealed to be dead since before he even appeared on the show.]]
* BreadAndCircuses: Everyone has access to "free-vees" which are free televisions airing stupid shows that keep citizens occupied and distracted. Ricards notes that it's still legal to turn them off.

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: When Ben Richards with his last ounce of strength flips the aeroplane into jetliner out of autopilot and crashes it into the Games Network skyscraper. Also, the few allies Richards makes in his journey are either heavily implied to die, die or are outright said to, his warnings about the mega corps poisoning the air being the cause of all the cancer and emphysema spreading among the low lower class citizens are censored, and his wife and daughter are revealed to be have been dead since before he even appeared on the show.]]
* BreadAndCircuses: Everyone has access to "free-vees" "Free-Vees" which are free televisions airing stupid shows that keep citizens occupied and distracted. Ricards notes that it's still legal to turn them off.off, implying that may not last much longer at the rate things are going.



* CrapsackWorld: Oh so much. A future {{Dystopia}} that is slowly dying of both pollution and its own corruption. The government and the Games Network provide the sadistic games shown on the "Free-Vee" in order to keep the rabble content and docile. Anyone who dares stand up is blackballed from any work if they're lucky. If they're unlucky they're forced to take part in the aforementioned [[DeadlyGame Deadly Games]] or simply hunted down outright.

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* CrapsackWorld: Oh so much. A future {{Dystopia}} that is slowly dying of both pollution and its own corruption. The government and the Games Network provide the sadistic games shown on the "Free-Vee" in order to keep the rabble content and docile. Anyone who dares stand up is blackballed from any work work, if they're lucky. If they're unlucky they're forced to take part in the aforementioned [[DeadlyGame Deadly Games]] or simply hunted down outright.



* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: Ben crashes his plane into the network tower, killing those responsible for the show. While gutshot and barely conscious. And FlippingTheBird straight to Killian.]]

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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: Ben crashes his plane into the network tower, killing those responsible for the show. While gutshot and barely conscious. And FlippingTheBird straight to Killian.Killian's face through the jetliner's cockpit windshield and Killian's huge office window-wall.]]
8th Oct '17 5:13:16 PM EBsessed
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* AllForNothing: Richards joins the Running Man contest, being pursued by groups of 'Hunters' and receiving money for every hour he stays alive, in order [[HealthcareMotivation to provide for his wife and his sick daughter]]. He makes it further than any previous contestant in the history of the show, eluding the Hunters for almost two weeks and managing to escape on a plane after he publicly threatens to blow up the airfield (which is a bluff). [[spoiler:[[CorruptCorporateExecutive Killian]] then offers him a job, but reveals that Richards' family had been killed in a home invasion only two days after the start of the contest. With nothing left to live for, he hijacks the plane and flies it right into the Games Tower.]]

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* AllForNothing: Richards joins the Running Man contest, being pursued by groups of 'Hunters' and receiving money for every hour he stays alive, in order [[HealthcareMotivation to provide for his wife and his sick daughter]]. He makes it further than any previous contestant in the history of the show, eluding the Hunters for almost two weeks and managing to escape on a plane after he publicly threatens to blow up the airfield (which is a bluff). [[spoiler:[[CorruptCorporateExecutive Killian]] then offers him a job, but reveals that Richards' family had been killed (not by the Network or anyone affiliated with it) in a home invasion only two days after the start of the contest. With nothing left to live for, he hijacks the plane and flies it right into the Games Tower.Tower, killing both Killian and himself, not to mention who knows how many Network executives. He couldn't save his family, but it wasn't truly all for nothing after all.]]
29th Jul '17 6:19:39 PM maxwellsilver
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* CopKiller: Richards kills five Boston police officers in a gas explosion during his underground escape from the hotel. He already had a target on his head, but now every cop in the city wants his blood.

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* CopKiller: CopKillerManhunt: Richards kills five Boston police officers in a gas explosion during his underground escape from the hotel. He already had a target on his head, but now every cop in the city wants his blood.
28th Jul '17 11:22:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* WeCanRuleTogether: At the end CEO Killian offers Richards a job at the network to replace the head Hunter of ''The Running Man''.

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* WeCanRuleTogether: At the end CEO Killian offers Richards a job at the network to replace the head Hunter of ''The Running Man''. Richards responds to his offer in the most spectacular way possible, by [[spoiler:hijacking a passenger plane and ramming it into Killian's ivory tower office while flipping the bird at him.]]
28th Jul '17 11:19:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* WeCanRuleTogether: At the end CEO Killian offers Richards a job at the network to replace the head Hunter of ''The Running Man''.
28th Jul '17 6:53:06 AM SkidTroper
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* MortalWoundReveal: [[spoiler: Ben Richards gets shot in the stomach when he hijacks the plane. He learned how severe his wound was when he took a step and feels a sharp agonizing pull around his midsection. He looked down and saw that '''he had trod on his own intestines, which had unraveled from the large wound in his stomach and were hanging to the floor!''']]



* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Richards is this at first in the book. He uses the words "Negro" and "nigger," the latter being the first thing that pops into his head when the word "doctor" comes up in a word-association test. However, he changes his opinion when a black family in the Boston ghetto gives him shelter and helps him get out of town.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Richards is this racist against black people at first in the book. He uses the words "Negro" and "nigger," the latter being the first thing that pops into his head when the word "doctor" comes up in a word-association test. However, he changes his opinion when a black family in the Boston ghetto gives him shelter and helps him get out of town.
25th Jul '17 2:19:24 PM Morgenthaler
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* PragmaticVillainy: The CorruptCorporateExecutive insists to Ben Richards that he didn't [[spoiler:have his wife killed]] as part of a plan to recruit him as a Hunter. He makes no attempt to convince Richards that he's above such a thing, merely that it would have been a lousy plan and Richards would have seen through it, as evidenced by the fact that his suspicions immediately landed on the network when he heard about the misdeed.
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