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27th May '13 5:10:18 AM Frank75
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-> ''"She had the smell of a brand new car, and that's just about the finest smell in the world, except maybe for pussy."''
--> -- Roland D. [=LeBay=] to Arnie Cunningham regarding the worst auto purchase in history. For both of them.

'''''Christine''''' is a 1983 novel by Creator/StephenKing that was also adapted into a feature film in the same year by JohnCarpenter. The basic premise is that the [[UnluckyEverydude most unpopular guy]] in a Usefulnotes/{{Pittsburgh}} area high school buys his first car, much like any other teenager the world over. The problem is that his car is extremely and psychotically {{Yandere}} for him. The novel details his transition from normal, if nerdy and unhappy, teenager into a somewhat popular greaser loner, and eventually into a lonely psychotic as the car and the ghost of the previous owner begin to exact an ever increasing amount of control over him.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy And His Evil Car]]: Arnie and Christine.
* AdaptedOut: In the climax of the novel: Dennis and Leigh fight Christine with a pink tanker truck named Petunia which is personified similar to Christine. In the movie: she's replaced with a bulldozer.
* AnimateInanimateObject: The eponymous Christine.
* AssholeVictim: The bullies who vandalize Christine.
* BadassDriver: Christine herself.
** Also Arnie, as it is later revealed that he was driving, at least part of the time after the car reveals its true power.
* BadToTheBone: Christine's theme song, sort of.
* BigBad: Christine.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: In the movie, at least.
* TheBroCode: Dennis' violation does not go unpunished.
* CarFu
* CarMeetsHouse: Christine disposes of one victim this way.
* CoolCar: Why, Christine of course. Yes, she's evil through and through. So what? The 1958 Plymouth Fury, Autumn red.
* {{Delinquents}}: Buddy Repperton and his gang.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Arnie and his parents are dead, along with eight other people. Dennis has broken up with Leigh. Christine is STILL OUT THERE]].
* DidNotGetTheGirl: It's revealed in the epilogue that [[spoiler: Dennis and Leigh]] didn't end up together.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Taken to new extremes by Christine.
* [[spoiler: DyingAsYourself: Arnie.]]
* FeudEpisode: First there was Christine. Leigh came later.
* FingerTwitchingRevival: Or, in this case, a chrome-twitching revival.
* {{Flashback}}: Dennis Guilder is writing the story down four years later.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Arnie.
* HairTriggerTemper: Roland [=LeBay=]. When every description of you includes the words "unending fury," you are made for this trope.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:Moochie Welch is cut in half between Christine's front bumper and a building]] in the movie.
* HealingFactor: Christine has it. Up to the point of returning from a burned-out wreck to mint condition within minutes. It seems to work while Christine is in motion with her milometer going in reverse as it happens. After Repperton and his gang trash her, Arnie only has to push her until she's repaired herself enough to start, then just drive around until Christine repairs completely.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Arnie and Dennis. [[OddCouple A nerd and a jock]].
* HomicideMachines
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: In the film, the final showdown occurs on New Year's Eve/Day.
* IDieFree: [[spoiler: Arnie died keeping Roland from possessing him]].
* InfernalRetaliation: [[spoiler:In the movie, Christine chases Buddy Reperton and one of his cronies to a gas station where they wanted to meet a third. She crashes into Buddy's Camaro, shoves it into the gas station, and [[StuffBlowingUp causes it to explode]] [[ImpressivePyrotechnics in a spectacular fireball]]. Buddy manages to rescue himself and believes that Christine is destroyed in the flames. But she backs OutOfTheInferno, burning all over, chases him down the road, and eventually runs over him, leaving his burning corpse lying on the asphalt]].
* TheLadysFavor: Before the final fight with Christine, Leigh gives a scarf to Dennis to wear around his arm.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Arnie and, yes, Christine. When Arnie first sees the car, Dennis describes him like this: "he had been like a man who meets a showgirl, indulges in a whirlwind courtship, and ends up with a hangover and a new wife on Monday morning. It had been... well... like love at first sight."
* MeaningfulName: Christine is a Plymouth ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Fury]]''.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Buddy Reperton and Richie Trelawney look a lot like [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards]] respectively which becomes particularly obvious in a scene where they are driving in a car, and "Beast of Burden" is playing on the radio.
** I always thought that Buddy looked more like John Travolta.
** The book describes Buddy [[TextualCelebrityResemblance as resembling]] ClintEastwood.
* NotQuiteDead: Christine. [[spoiler:Ever]].
** [[ArcWords Her unending fury]] [[IncrediblyLamePun drives her on]].
* PostModernMagik: The haunted car is kind of an example.
* ScienceMarchesOn: A crucial plot point is Leigh almost dying when she chokes on a hamburger in Christine because Arnie forgot about the Heimlich maneuver's existence and only gave her ineffective back blows, echoing an incident described earlier that involved Rita [=LeBay=] choking on a hamburger in Christine and dying when Roland [=LeBay=] gave her back blows because the Heimlich maneuver had not been invented yet. She is saved by the hitchhiker they picked up earlier, who gives her the Heimlich maneuver. Modern-day readers who are CPR certified will know that the care prescribed for a conscious choking victim involves a combination of back blows ''and'' abdominal thrusts.
* [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evil In A Car]]
* [[SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl Seemingly Wholesome Fifties Car]]
* SplitPersonalityTakeover
* SweaterGirl: Leigh.
* SwitchingPOV: The first part is narrated by Dennis, the second part is told by an omniscient third-person narrator and mostly focuses on Arnie, and the third part is narrated by Dennis again.
* TheSeventies / TheFifties: The novel is set in 1978-79, but Christine often turns time back to 1958 (the Nostalgic Fifties version), complete with SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl and a radio that plays NothingButHits.
** To be more exact the radio in the 70s plays nothing but hits from the 50s.
* TookALevelInBadass: Arnie.
* VehicleTitle
* VehicularAssault
* WomanScorned: ... '''''Yes.'''''
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Anyone who was ever bullied can sympathize with Arnie. That is, until he veers away from WhosLaughingNow to running down and battering innocent police detectives.
* {{Yandere}}: Christine.
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-> ''"She had the smell of a brand new car, and that's just about the finest smell in the world, except maybe for pussy."''
--> -- Roland D. [=LeBay=] to Arnie Cunningham regarding the worst auto purchase in history. For both of them.

'''''Christine''''' is a 1983 novel by Creator/StephenKing that was also adapted into a feature film in the same year by JohnCarpenter. The basic premise is that the [[UnluckyEverydude most unpopular guy]] in a Usefulnotes/{{Pittsburgh}} area high school buys his first car, much like any other teenager the world over. The problem is that his car is extremely and psychotically {{Yandere}} for him. The novel details his transition from normal, if nerdy and unhappy, teenager into a somewhat popular greaser loner, and eventually into a lonely psychotic as the car and the ghost of the previous owner begin to exact an ever increasing amount of control over him.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy And His Evil Car]]: Arnie and Christine.
* AdaptedOut: In the climax of the novel: Dennis and Leigh fight Christine with a pink tanker truck named Petunia which is personified similar to Christine. In the movie: she's replaced with a bulldozer.
* AnimateInanimateObject: The eponymous Christine.
* AssholeVictim: The bullies who vandalize Christine.
* BadassDriver: Christine herself.
** Also Arnie, as it is later revealed that he was driving, at least part of the time after the car reveals its true power.
* BadToTheBone: Christine's theme song, sort of.
* BigBad: Christine.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: In the movie, at least.
* TheBroCode: Dennis' violation does not go unpunished.
* CarFu
* CarMeetsHouse: Christine disposes of one victim this way.
* CoolCar: Why, Christine of course. Yes, she's evil through and through. So what? The 1958 Plymouth Fury, Autumn red.
* {{Delinquents}}: Buddy Repperton and his gang.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Arnie and his parents are dead, along with eight other people. Dennis has broken up with Leigh. Christine is STILL OUT THERE]].
* DidNotGetTheGirl: It's revealed in the epilogue that [[spoiler: Dennis and Leigh]] didn't end up together.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Taken to new extremes by Christine.
* [[spoiler: DyingAsYourself: Arnie.]]
* FeudEpisode: First there was Christine. Leigh came later.
* FingerTwitchingRevival: Or, in this case, a chrome-twitching revival.
* {{Flashback}}: Dennis Guilder is writing the story down four years later.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Arnie.
* HairTriggerTemper: Roland [=LeBay=]. When every description of you includes the words "unending fury," you are made for this trope.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:Moochie Welch is cut in half between Christine's front bumper and a building]] in the movie.
* HealingFactor: Christine has it. Up to the point of returning from a burned-out wreck to mint condition within minutes. It seems to work while Christine is in motion with her milometer going in reverse as it happens. After Repperton and his gang trash her, Arnie only has to push her until she's repaired herself enough to start, then just drive around until Christine repairs completely.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Arnie and Dennis. [[OddCouple A nerd and a jock]].
* HomicideMachines
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: In the film, the final showdown occurs on New Year's Eve/Day.
* IDieFree: [[spoiler: Arnie died keeping Roland from possessing him]].
* InfernalRetaliation: [[spoiler:In the movie, Christine chases Buddy Reperton and one of his cronies to a gas station where they wanted to meet a third. She crashes into Buddy's Camaro, shoves it into the gas station, and [[StuffBlowingUp causes it to explode]] [[ImpressivePyrotechnics in a spectacular fireball]]. Buddy manages to rescue himself and believes that Christine is destroyed in the flames. But she backs OutOfTheInferno, burning all over, chases him down the road, and eventually runs over him, leaving his burning corpse lying on the asphalt]].
* TheLadysFavor: Before the final fight with Christine, Leigh gives a scarf to Dennis to wear around his arm.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Arnie and, yes, Christine. When Arnie first sees the car, Dennis describes him like this: "he had been like a man who meets a showgirl, indulges in a whirlwind courtship, and ends up with a hangover and a new wife on Monday morning. It had been... well... like love at first sight."
* MeaningfulName: Christine is a Plymouth ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Fury]]''.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Buddy Reperton and Richie Trelawney look a lot like [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards]] respectively which becomes particularly obvious in a scene where they are driving in a car, and "Beast of Burden" is playing on the radio.
** I always thought that Buddy looked more like John Travolta.
** The book describes Buddy [[TextualCelebrityResemblance as resembling]] ClintEastwood.
* NotQuiteDead: Christine. [[spoiler:Ever]].
** [[ArcWords Her unending fury]] [[IncrediblyLamePun drives her on]].
* PostModernMagik: The haunted car is kind of an example.
* ScienceMarchesOn: A crucial plot point is Leigh almost dying when she chokes on a hamburger in Christine because Arnie forgot about the Heimlich maneuver's existence and only gave her ineffective back blows, echoing an incident described earlier that involved Rita [=LeBay=] choking on a hamburger in Christine and dying when Roland [=LeBay=] gave her back blows because the Heimlich maneuver had not been invented yet. She is saved by the hitchhiker they picked up earlier, who gives her the Heimlich maneuver. Modern-day readers who are CPR certified will know that the care prescribed for a conscious choking victim involves a combination of back blows ''and'' abdominal thrusts.
* [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evil In A Car]]
* [[SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl Seemingly Wholesome Fifties Car]]
* SplitPersonalityTakeover
* SweaterGirl: Leigh.
* SwitchingPOV: The first part is narrated by Dennis, the second part is told by an omniscient third-person narrator and mostly focuses on Arnie, and the third part is narrated by Dennis again.
* TheSeventies / TheFifties: The novel is set in 1978-79, but Christine often turns time back to 1958 (the Nostalgic Fifties version), complete with SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl and a radio that plays NothingButHits.
** To be more exact the radio in the 70s plays nothing but hits from the 50s.
* TookALevelInBadass: Arnie.
* VehicleTitle
* VehicularAssault
* WomanScorned: ... '''''Yes.'''''
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Anyone who was ever bullied can sympathize with Arnie. That is, until he veers away from WhosLaughingNow to running down and battering innocent police detectives.
* {{Yandere}}: Christine.
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22nd May '13 11:27:20 PM landmark356
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* AdaptedOut: In the climax of the novel: Dennis and Leigh fight Christine with a pink tanker truck named Petunia which is personified similar to Christine. In the movie: she's replaced with a bulldozer.
21st May '13 4:47:42 PM SenseiLeRoof
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** Also Arnie, as it is later revealed that he was driving, at least part of the time after the car revel's its true power.

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** Also Arnie, as it is later revealed that he was driving, at least part of the time after the car revel's reveals its true power.



* TheBroCode: Dennis's violation does not go unpunished.

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* TheBroCode: Dennis's Dennis' violation does not go unpunished.
11th May '13 5:29:58 PM TVRulezAgain
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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Anyone who was ever bullied can sympathize with Arnie. That is, until he veers away from WhosLaughingNow to running down and battering innocent police detectives.
15th Apr '13 10:40:43 AM summonerx
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** Also Arnie, as it is later revealed that he was driving, at least part of the time.

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** Also Arnie, as it is later revealed that he was driving, at least part of the time.time after the car revel's its true power.
15th Apr '13 10:40:00 AM summonerx
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'''''Christine''''' is a 1983 novel by Creator/StephenKing that was also adapted into a feature film in the same year by JohnCarpenter. The basic premise is that the [[UnluckyEverydude most unpopular guy]] in a Usefulnotes/{{Pittsburgh}} area high school buys his first car, much like any other teenager the world over. The problem is that his car is extremely and psychotically {{Yandere}} for him. The novel details his transition from normal, if nerdy and unhappy, teenager into a somewhat popular greaser loner, and eventually into a lonely psychotic as the the car and the ghost of the previous owner begin to exact an ever increasing amount of control over him.

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'''''Christine''''' is a 1983 novel by Creator/StephenKing that was also adapted into a feature film in the same year by JohnCarpenter. The basic premise is that the [[UnluckyEverydude most unpopular guy]] in a Usefulnotes/{{Pittsburgh}} area high school buys his first car, much like any other teenager the world over. The problem is that his car is extremely and psychotically {{Yandere}} for him. The novel details his transition from normal, if nerdy and unhappy, teenager into a somewhat popular greaser loner, and eventually into a lonely psychotic as the the car and the ghost of the previous owner begin to exact an ever increasing amount of control over him.
14th Apr '13 9:37:40 AM Roy
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* FromNobodyToNightmare: Arnie.
4th Mar '13 3:38:42 PM Gess
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* SealedEvilInACan

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* SealedEvilInACan[[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evil In A Car]]
2nd Mar '13 3:44:19 AM Morgenthaler
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A 1983 novel by Creator/StephenKing that was also adapted into a feature film in the same year by JohnCarpenter. The basic premise is that the [[UnluckyEverydude most unpopular guy]] in a Usefulnotes/{{Pittsburgh}} area high school buys his first car, much like any other teenager the world over. The problem is that his car is extremely and psychotically {{Yandere}} for him. The novel details his transition from normal, if nerdy and unhappy, teenager into a somewhat popular greaser loner, and eventually into a lonely psychotic as the the car and the ghost of the previous owner begin to exact an ever increasing amount of control over him.

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A '''''Christine''''' is a 1983 novel by Creator/StephenKing that was also adapted into a feature film in the same year by JohnCarpenter. The basic premise is that the [[UnluckyEverydude most unpopular guy]] in a Usefulnotes/{{Pittsburgh}} area high school buys his first car, much like any other teenager the world over. The problem is that his car is extremely and psychotically {{Yandere}} for him. The novel details his transition from normal, if nerdy and unhappy, teenager into a somewhat popular greaser loner, and eventually into a lonely psychotic as the the car and the ghost of the previous owner begin to exact an ever increasing amount of control over him.
17th Jan '13 8:29:19 AM CynicalBastardo
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** The book describes Buddy [[TextualCelebrityResemblance as resembling]] ClintEastwood.
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