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''Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole'' is an animated film adaptation of ''[[Literature/GuardiansOfGaHoole Guardians of Ga'Hoole]]'', a series of children's fantasy novels, directed by ZackSnyder.

The story follows an owl named Soren. He and his brother, Kludd, are kidnapped by evil owls and taken to a sinister realm called St. Aggie's, where Kludd is recruited into a LegionOfDoom and Soren is put to work in a massive owl sweatshop putting together pieces of a superweapon. At St. Aggie's, a villain named Metalbeak is building up his forces, an army called the Pure Ones, with the intent of conquering the world of owls.

Soren and a friendly elf owl he meets escape and go on a quest to find the Tree of Ga'Hoole, the legendary home of a race of warriors: the Guardians, who are sworn to fight evil.
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!!This movie contains the following tropes:
* ThreeDMovie
* AllStarCast: Creator/HelenMirren, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving ([[ActingForTwo in two roles]]), Sam Neill, Richard Roxburgh, Joel Edgerton, Anthony [=LaPaglia=], Miriam Margolyes.
* AloofOlderBrother
* {{Angrish}}: Nyra does a couple of these.
* AnythingButThat:
-->'''Digger:''' Oh no! Not the lute!
* AristocratsAreEvil: [[spoiler: Of all the Guardians in the film, only Allomere is referred to as "Lord" [name of Guardian here].]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Nyra, who flies into the final battle without a helmet or steel talons and downs more birds than any other Pure One.The Pure Ones value strength above anything else. So it stands to reason that the Queen of the Pure Ones would be strong. It might be that AsskickingEqualsAuthority.
* AvengingTheVillain: Soren’s reaction to [[spoiler: Kludd’s]] death is to find Metalbeak and make sure he can’t destroy any other young owls' lives. [[spoiler:The fact it’s his [[CainAndAbel own brother]] that’s been brainwashed into trying to kill him and “died” in the process [[BerserkButton might have something to do with it.]]]]
* BadassBookworm: Ezylryb is apparently known more as a scholar than a fighter, if his interactions with Allomere and the others at the tree is anything to go by. Lyze of Kiel, however, is a famous warrior…
* BadassGrandpa:
** Ezylryb.
** Also, [[spoiler: Grimble]], if he's as old as he seems. Right up until [[spoiler: Kludd's betrayal]] he was more than holding his own against two Pure Ones and ''Nyra'', who can down several Guardians completely ''unequipped'', as stated above.
* BatOutOfHell / TheSwarm: With blades on their wings!
* BattleCouple: Nyra and Metalbeak are an evil example.
* BerserkButton:
** Mess with Ezylryb, and you'll be messing with Soren.
** By the time the fight in the forest fire happens, you can tell Kludd's had his pushed ''way'' too many times.
* BilingualBonus: Digger, who speaks with an Australian accent like most of the Band, becomes accepted as a Guardian and therefore a soldier with the rest of the Band at the end of the film. So in Aussie slang that would make him Digger the Digger. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Who digs. ]]
* BoisterousBruiser: Twilight.
* BookEnds: The movie begins with Soren listening one story from his father, and it ends with [[spoiler: Soren narrating his adventures to a group of young owls, one who has a helmet made of leaves, just like the one that Soren had at the beginning of the film.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Arguably [[spoiler: Kludd]], who was subjected to the full force of Nyra's propaganda and bought it hook line and sinker. Soren certainly blames the Pure Ones for what happened to him and refuses to believe [[spoiler: Kludd]] really feels like that [[WhatYouAreInTheDark deep-down inside.]] [[spoiler: Turns out he probably does believe it, though whether it would have ever surfaced without Nyra’s help is ambiguous.]]
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Eglantine.]]
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:Ezylryb is [[PrecursorHeroes Lyze of Kiel]], and he is the first to tell Soren that the stories he heard in his nest weren't as heroic as he believed...]]
* BulletTime: The movie is directed by ZackSnyder, after all. Has the advantage of making the aerial battles easier to follow.
* ChekhovsSkill: The Echidna gives each member of the Band titles which seem to be [[InformedAbility Informed Abilities]] - "you are the tracker, you are the navigator" and so on - but each member of the Band [[ChekhovsGun actually shows]] these skills, some of them [[{{Foreshadowing}} before they are given the title]]: [[TheNavigator Gylfie recognizes constellations and thinks she could find her way by them when they are being moonblinked,]] Digger is the first of the Band to [[ScarilyCompetentTracker notice the tell-tale signs of combat]] when they arrive at the Pure Ones' base, Soren is a better natural flyer than his brother during branching and [[TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne flys by gizzard alone during his escape from St. Aggies]], [[TheHeart Mrs P. goes searching for Kludd and Soren]], and Twilight is [[TheBigGuy freaking Huge.]]
* ChildSoldier: St. Aggie's starts recruiting [[BrainwashedAndCrazy (read: brainwashing)]] the captured Tytos before they can even fly properly. As a result, they end up [[PuttingOnTheReich fanatically dedicated to the Pure Ones' cause.]]
* CloudCuckooLander: Digger. [[WorldwidePunomenon In spades.]] Twilight to a lesser extent due to his belief he’s an [[GiftedlyBad epic poet.]]
* CompositeCharacter: Bizarrely enough, this movie actually ''inverts'' it. The books make it clear that, although [[spoiler: Kludd]] is not the first leader of the Pure Ones, [[spoiler: he]] is the first and only Metalbeak, due to certain injuries sustained in battle. In the movie, it seems as though Metalbeak is a title passed down to the Pure Ones' leader.
* CreativeClosingCredits: The events of the movie are shown like a shadow puppet theater.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to other recent talking animal films.
** LighterAndSofter: Compared to the original books, and the other ZackSnyder movies.
* DarkIsEvil:Metal Beak
* DecompositeCharacter: In the original books, Metal Beak [[spoiler: is Kludd, who killed the original Metal Beak off-page]].
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: Grimble]].
--> '''Nyra''': Would you wound your queen, [[spoiler: Grimble]]?\\
'''[[spoiler: Grimble]]''': You're ''not'' my queen!
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: The 'shadow theater' style credits at the end.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Implied to be Kludd's fate after he falls into a forest fire. [[spoiler: He gets better]], but that doesn't stop his screaming while [[spoiler: seemingly]] falling to his death from being any less creepy.
* TheDogShotFirst: The outcome of Soren and Kludd's fight.
* TheDragon: Nyra.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: When asked why he chooses to me known as Ezylryb rather than as [[spoiler: Lyze,]] Ezylryb relies that “Every owl in the tree knows who I am, so what does it matter what I call myself?” In which case, isn’t Otulissa being quite insulting to [[spoiler: a famous war hero]] when she refers to him as a “Gross old owl” and “[missing] a good bath”?
* EvilLaugh: Metalbeak has a wonderfully disturbing chuckle in the back of his throat that is made of pure creepy.
* EvilCounterpart:
** Kludd to Soren as the antagonist and protagonist, as well as the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical and the idealistic]] and CainAndAbel.
** Metalbeak to Ezylryb, their respective [[GoodScarsEvilScars badly scarred]] mentors: A [[VillainWithGoodPublicity charismatic]] BigBad FlyingBrick KnightTemplar vs a [[EccentricMentor scruffy, oddball, publicity-shy]] WarIsHell PintsizedPowerhouse.
** Nyra to Gylfie: TheDragon, TheVamp and LadyOfWar (who manipulates Kludd) compared with TheLancer, TheCutie, [[RomanceGenreHeroines The Waif]] (who cares for Soren).
** [[spoiler: Allomere]] to [[spoiler:Grimble]]: TheQuisling whose KnockoutAmbush results in RewardedAsATraitorDeserves and The ReverseMole, whose YouShallNotPass results in a HeroicSacrifice.
** Jatt and Jutt to Digger and Twilight: ThoseTwoBadGuys vs ThoseTwoGuys.
* FacelessMooks: The Pure One soldiers. Not only do they wear face-concealing helmets, but while the Pure One initiates are being addressed by Metalbeak, one guard has a helmet that covers his face completely, no eyes at all.
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence:
** Owls clawing and slashing each other apart, characters dying, bats tearing apart owls, some of said bats appearing to die via NeckSnap, impalements...[[BloodlessCarnage No blood or wounds are visible though]].
** They actually toned down the violence ''significantly'' from the original book, which was not afraid to describe many of the {{Gory Discretion Shot}}s in detail.
** There is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6Pq_HdVDBA deleted scene]] that has owls being enslaved, bats implied to cut a owl's wing (or at least its flight feathers, which is nearly as creepy) off, and a violent battle wherein a owl gets a talon sliced off in clear view of the camera.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: A ''buttload.'' Less than the books, and off-screen, but still. [[spoiler:Allomere]]’s is particularly unpleasant [[spoiler: not that it’s undeserved…]]
* FantasticRacism: And ''how!''
* FastballSpecial: At one point, a group of crows has snatched Twilight's lute... which happens to have Mrs. Plithiver in it. They're unable to keep up, and Twilight offers to do a mid-air throw to get Soren closer.
-->'''Twilight:''' I'll get you closer! We're going to lock talons!\\
'''Soren:''' What?\\
'''Twilight:''' Trust me! I know what I'm doing!\\
'''Soren:''' Yeah, but have you done this before?\\
'''Twilight:''' No, but I've always wanted to try it!
* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad - Metalbeak
** TheDragon[=/=]TheDarkChick - Nyra
** TheEvilGenius - Kludd
** [[TheBrute The Brutes]] - Jatt and Jutt
* FiveManBand:
** [[TheLeader The Leader]]: Soren
** [[TheLancer The Navigator]]: Gylfie
** [[TheBigGuy The Warrior]]: Twilight
** [[TheSmartGuy The Tracker]]: Digger
** TheHeart: Mrs. P
*** {{Lampshaded}} in the movie by the Echidna, who refers to the group as "The Band" at one point and gives them the above labels.
* TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne: Soren and his gizzard.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** When Soren figures out that [[spoiler: Ezylryb]] is [[spoiler: Lyze of Kiel]], the latter tells him:
--> '''[[spoiler:Ezylryb]]:''' What did you expect? Some Tyto Alba with gleaming armor and battle claws with the moon rising behind him?
*** Then when we get to the climax, we get [[http://media.vcstar.com/media/img/photos/2010/09/22/20100922-163621-pic-28369632_t607.jpg this dramatic shot.]]
** When Soren and Gylfie are learning to fly, Gylfie has trouble because of her small wings. Their teacher tells them that Lyze of Kiel had small wings. He is the smallest of the Guardians that we are introduced to.
** Ezylryb telling Soren about the importance of fire, and that there is nothing more dangerous.
* FromBadToWorse: Well, after falling from the nest, Soren and Kludd are attacked by a Tasmanian devil. Two owls come to their rescue. However...
* GiftedlyBad: Twilight's poetry. His lute playing is actually quite good though.
** Digger's jokes.
* GoodAnimalsEvilAnimals:
** Both sides are made up of owls, but only the bad guys use trained attack bats (or perhaps the bats are evil and have an alliance with the villains, we're never told). And probably as an artifact of their need for pureness, most of the antagonists are barn owls.
** Indeed the Pure Ones consist entirely of owls from the Tyto genus (aka barn owls). Lampshaded by many characters but notably Kludd in the line "Because we are Tytos!" in answer to Metalbeak's query of why the Pure Ones are superior. 'Lower species' are reserved for the grunt work alone but do 'stain' their feathers as a sort of uniform or show of loyalty.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Metalbeak and Ezylryb. Note, Metalbeak hides his scars but boasts about his badass, whilst Ezylryb shows how mangled he is but [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass hides the fact]] [[spoiler: that he's Lyze of Kiel]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: Several major character deaths are done in this way.
* IdiotHair: Digger's [[IdiotHair Idiot Feather]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: Metalbeak]]. [[KillItWithFire With a burning stick]] [[IncendiaryExponent for extra]] [[RuleOfCool awesome.]]
* IncendiaryExponent: Flying by instinct alone though a storm: [[RuleOfCool Cool.]] Flying by instinct alone though a ''Fire'' storm while dragging a burning pot of oil: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Cooler.]]
* IncrediblyLamePun:
** Soren's name sounds an awful lot like Soarin'
** "I FORETOLD YOU SO!"
** Digger's dialogue is full of these.
-->'''Digger:''' Knock Knock!
-->'''Gylfie:''' Who's there?
-->'''Digger:''' Owls.
-->'''Gylfie:''' Owls who?
-->'''Digger:''' That's right! Owls hoo!
** And again later:
-->'''Digger''' What does an owl say when he is attacked by crows?
-->'''Gylfie''' (hit by a crow) Ow!
-->'''Digger''' That's right! Owl!
** Let's not forget the first exchange that set off the warning bells:
-->'''Twilight:''' If I have to hear any more of his owl jokes...
-->'''Digger:''' They're a hoot!
** Since the German dub couldn't save those, natch, they replaced it with an even worse one with "Uhu" (a large owl species, and a glue brand name)
* KillerRabbit: The owls. Oh so much.
* LightIsGood: Played straight with Boron and Barran, the two leaders of the Guardians, which use golden helmets and have a white plumage. Also, with Soren, which has white and golden feathers.
** LightIsNotGood: Nyra and many of the Pure Ones, which, being barn owls, have golden/orange and white feathers.
* LogoJoke: Noctus flies by the Warner and Legendary Pictures logo.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: the metal flecks; it is implied that they are magnetic (the lines of blue light emanating from then move from pole to pole like the lines of force around an magnet) and many birds are sensitive to magnetic fields, so the flecks could be functioning as a EMP, but this is never explained in-movie.
** Likewise, whether trusting your gizzard is just trusting instinct or [[TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne something more mystical]] is never elaborated on.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:Grimble. Averted with Lyze - Metalbeak was going to kill in front of Soren, but he escaped.]]
* MisplacedWildlife: The mammalian life is quite obviously Australian, but the owls are from all over the world.
* MurderBallad: Twilight's "inspiring" battle song. It’s about all the horrible way the protagonist is going to die in battle. [[CloudCuckoolander He thinks it will inspire Digger. ]]
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg
--> '''Grimble:''' "I told myself that if any came along who were smart and brave enough I’d help them escape." ''[beat]'' "You'll have to do."
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The Pure Ones, ''and how''. The villains are pretty much owl Nazis, complete with their own Hitler Youth. Nyra is a SdrawkcabName that really hammers the point home.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Kludd. [[OhCrap Because he's still alive.]] And may become the new Metalbeak, if they decide to do a sequel.]]
* NightmareFace: Why Metalbeak wears his trademark helmet.
* TheObiWan: Grimble.
* OminousOwl: Metalbeak and Nyra play the creepy owl factor for all it's worth.
* OrphanageOfFear: Grimble informs the kidnapped owlets that they have [[BlatantLies not, in fact, been kidnapped]] but abandoned by their parents and that St. Aggie's is an orphanage put there to care for them form now on. Even he makes no effort to hide how [[PaperThinDisguise blatantly false this is.]]
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Moonblinked owls are zombified, in the ''true'' sense of the word.
* TheOwlKnowingOne: Similar to the above, only one owl out of the cast is ''wise'', but we do spend the latter half of the movie hearing him wise at Soren.
* PetTheDog: Right before his MoralEventHorizon crossing, Kludd releases a small bird that he and the other Pure One initiates were trying to catch.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: During the TrainingMontage, there is a brief scene of Twilight getting clobbered by an unnamed elf owl.
** Lyze is by far the smallest of the Guardians on the council.
* PlayingAgainstType: The director, ZackSnyder, whose resume also includes [[SarcasmMode such family films]] as ''[[ThreeHundred 300]]'', ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'', and ''SuckerPunch''.
* PlayingPossum: Metalbeak does this once.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Although there are enormous differences between the books and the movie, most fans agree that the changes are true to the books' general spirit, and make it a very enjoyable film to watch whether you're a fan of the original or not.
* PuttingOnTheReich: [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver Big red vertical hanging banners with white logos in the centre]] flanking [[SdrawkcabName Nyra]] whilst she makes a speech on why Tytos are the master race: this film manages to put on the Reich ''despite no-one wearing clothes!''
* TheQuisling: [[spoiler:Allomere]], who sets up his own squad to be injured by the metal flecks. He is later ratted out by Eglantine.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Boron and Barran, and in fact all the council other than Allomere, are quite happy to take Soren at his word that a legendary evil has turned up, and they promptly send someone to check it out. [[spoiler: Pity that someone was a traitor.]]
* RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude: Basically the purpose of St. Aggie's. Young owlets put up less physical and mental resistance to [[OrphanageOfFear the horrors they will be subjected to]] and can be brainwashed into [[ChildSoldier fanatical soldiers for their cause.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning:
** The Pure One {{Mooks}} get these.
** Nyra's eyes are initially normal, befitting her projected appearance of a beautiful, reasonable and trustworthy authority figure, but the more furious she becomes, the redder her eyes get. At one point during battle, her eyes are as red as any other among the Pure Ones.
** The bats.
** [[spoiler:When Kludd is revealed to be alive at the end, his eyes glow a sinister red as he looks upon the fallen Metalbeak's mask.]]
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: [[spoiler:Allomere.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Boron and Barran, the rulers of the tree.
* SaveTheVillain: Sort of. [[spoiler:Kludd becomes a full member of the Pure Ones and turns completely against Soren in the end, [[CainAndAbel attacking and attempting to kill his own brother without remorse]], which would classify him as a villain. After the fight that leaves Kludd with a broken wing, he begs Soren to save him. Soren tries to, but just barely manages to until Kludd tries to attack him again, which results in Kludd accidentally sending himself plummeting into the fire.]]
* SceneryPorn / SceneryGorn: The Guardians' Tree? Breathtaking. The Pure Ones' base? Terrifying.
** The entire movie is [[DesignStudentsOrgasm supremely gorgeous.]] Pick a shot, any shot, in this film; you could frame it.
* SdrawkcabName: Nyra, as mentioned above, and [[spoiler: Ezylryb/Lyze]], which is probably more obvious in the books where you see it written.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: The Echidna and the Tasmanian Devil. Also, the movie gives screen time to some lesser-known owl species.
* SequelHook
* ShipTease:
** Soren and Otulissa [[spoiler:who isn't even Soren's mate, according to the book canon]].
** Gylfie seems to have a soft spot for Soren and doesn't take too kindly to Otulissa.
*** [[CreditsGag In the shadow-puppets end credits you see Soren and Otulissa perched on the tree next to each other, looking a little awkward, whilst Gylfie glares at them.]]
** [[HotForTeacher Kludd and Nyra]]. Since, in the books, [[spoiler:they become mates and produce two eggs,]] this makes sense.
* ShoutOut: The Pure Ones' helmeted, glowing red-eyed warriors look a lot like [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Cylon Centurions]], especially in profile. The bats seem a lot like the [[UsagiYojimbo Komori Ninja]] (bladed wings, proficient in science), but that's probably a coincidence.
* ShownTheirWork:
** Yes, [[VomitIndiscretionShot owls do regurgitate mice in that manner.]]
** Correct bird calls are used to represent the proper species of owls seen in the movie.
** Barn owls always lay eggs to stagger the hatching of their young, resulting in owlets of different ages sharing the nest at the same time, just like Kludd, Soren and Eg'. Why? Because that way if there is a food shortage, it's far, far easier for the oldest sibling to [[CainandAbel resolve]] [[ImAHumanitarian the issue]], guaranteeing [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne at least one will survive.]] Yeah Soren… [[spoiler: you should have seen your brother’s behavior coming.]]
** There is even some TruthInTelevision to the flecks; many birds have a natural magnetic compass in their brains to help them orient and to supplement their inner ears; a ''really'' powerful magnetic field nearby can thoroughly disrupt their ability to orient and can induce vertigo in small birds. The rest is RuleOfDrama.
* SiblingRivalry
* SleepCute: Gylfie and Digger fall asleep against Soren on a tree branch.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the book, [[spoiler: Soren's parents]] are most likely dead by the time the Band reaches the great tree (though it's never specified quite when they die, the fact is we never see them ''alive'' again after [[spoiler: Soren is kidnapped]]). The movie has them alive and well, actually making it to the tree themselves.
** Due to changes between the books and the films, Digger's brother never appears in the film. Given what happens [[ImAHumanitarian to him in the books]], he's probably quite grateful for this.
* {{Squick}}: Gylfie's reaction to having to sift through pellets in the Pelletorium is an InUniverse example.
* StealthPun: A song by ''OwlCity'' playing in the background as they explore the tree, anyone?
** There's a very subtle one in the bird-chase scene early on. The bird they're chasing is an ''Indigo Bunting''. That means that the would-be Pure Ones were...bunting baiting.
* SuperweaponSurprise: The Pure Ones pull this on the Guardians, [[ScoobyDoo and they would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling owlets!]]
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Jatt and Jutt. They even have a discussion on the best use of (rather silly) intimidating looks.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Digger and Twilight when we meet them.
* TooDumbToLive:
** During their fight,[[spoiler:Kludd]] breaks his wing and begs Soren to pull him up. He may have been trying for a MutualKill, but it was still a really stupid decision when there's a ''forest fire'' going on beneath them.
** Arguably, Soren himself. He ''absolutely refused'' to believe [[spoiler:Kludd]] could side with the Pure Ones, and as a result nearly gets killed by him.
* TrailersAlwaysLie:
** The trailers billed the movie as an epic quest wherein Soren becomes his ideal (a Guardian) through many trials while trying to reach them. At least, to those that never read the novels.
** The trailers also used a lot of lines and footage not in the actual movie, like Grimble explaining what the Pure Ones are doing, and parts of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8RKCmkOyB4 this trailer.]]
* TrainingMontage
* WarIsHell: Hammered home by Ezylryb.
* WarriorPoet: Twilight likes to think of himself as one, though he's arguably better at the "warrior" part.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:Kludd's supposed death isn't addressed when Soren reunites with his parents.]]
* WhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Allomere looks remorseful when he sees the effect that the fleck trap has on the Guardians.]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: [[spoiler:Allomere]] is a little squeamish about Metalbeak’s plans for the incapacitated Guardians, and asked if it really has to be the bats that kills them. Nyra replies that as the bats are immune to the effects of the superweapon, yes. [[DeathByIrony This gets really ironic really quickly.]]
* WhosLaughingNow: [[spoiler: Kludd]]'s "reason" for joining the Pure Ones.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Possibly employed by Kludd in the burning forest, just before he falls into the flames.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Metalbeak to the traitorous [[spoiler:Allomere.]] May double as a YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness moment. As Metalbeak put it, "[[ICanRuleAlone There can be only one king.]]"
* YouKilledMyFather: Soren's reaction in a nutshell at [[spoiler:Kludd's "death."]]
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler: Grimble. He manages to hold off both Nyra and two other Pure Ones, and even when Kludd made his FaceHeelTurn, he still had enough fight in him to ensure that Soren and Gylfie managed to escape]].
* YoungestChildWins: Subverted. Soren is the middle child, but he fares far better than Kludd and Eglantine.
* WeaponizedAnimal: The guardians and most of the Pure Ones wear Battle talons, and the bats have blades on their wings.

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''Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole'' is an animated film adaptation of ''[[Literature/GuardiansOfGaHoole Guardians of Ga'Hoole]]'', a series of children's fantasy novels, directed by ZackSnyder.

The story follows an owl named Soren. He and his brother, Kludd, are kidnapped by evil owls and taken to a sinister realm called St. Aggie's, where Kludd is recruited into a LegionOfDoom and Soren is put to work in a massive owl sweatshop putting together pieces of a superweapon. At St. Aggie's, a villain named Metalbeak is building up his forces, an army called the Pure Ones, with the intent of conquering the world of owls.

Soren and a friendly elf owl he meets escape and go on a quest to find the Tree of Ga'Hoole, the legendary home of a race of warriors: the Guardians, who are sworn to fight evil.
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!!This movie contains the following tropes:
* ThreeDMovie
* AllStarCast: Creator/HelenMirren, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving ([[ActingForTwo in two roles]]), Sam Neill, Richard Roxburgh, Joel Edgerton, Anthony [=LaPaglia=], Miriam Margolyes.
* AloofOlderBrother
* {{Angrish}}: Nyra does a couple of these.
* AnythingButThat:
-->'''Digger:''' Oh no! Not the lute!
* AristocratsAreEvil: [[spoiler: Of all the Guardians in the film, only Allomere is referred to as "Lord" [name of Guardian here].]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Nyra, who flies into the final battle without a helmet or steel talons and downs more birds than any other Pure One.The Pure Ones value strength above anything else. So it stands to reason that the Queen of the Pure Ones would be strong. It might be that AsskickingEqualsAuthority.
* AvengingTheVillain: Soren’s reaction to [[spoiler: Kludd’s]] death is to find Metalbeak and make sure he can’t destroy any other young owls' lives. [[spoiler:The fact it’s his [[CainAndAbel own brother]] that’s been brainwashed into trying to kill him and “died” in the process [[BerserkButton might have something to do with it.]]]]
* BadassBookworm: Ezylryb is apparently known more as a scholar than a fighter, if his interactions with Allomere and the others at the tree is anything to go by. Lyze of Kiel, however, is a famous warrior…
* BadassGrandpa:
** Ezylryb.
** Also, [[spoiler: Grimble]], if he's as old as he seems. Right up until [[spoiler: Kludd's betrayal]] he was more than holding his own against two Pure Ones and ''Nyra'', who can down several Guardians completely ''unequipped'', as stated above.
* BatOutOfHell / TheSwarm: With blades on their wings!
* BattleCouple: Nyra and Metalbeak are an evil example.
* BerserkButton:
** Mess with Ezylryb, and you'll be messing with Soren.
** By the time the fight in the forest fire happens, you can tell Kludd's had his pushed ''way'' too many times.
* BilingualBonus: Digger, who speaks with an Australian accent like most of the Band, becomes accepted as a Guardian and therefore a soldier with the rest of the Band at the end of the film. So in Aussie slang that would make him Digger the Digger. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Who digs. ]]
* BoisterousBruiser: Twilight.
* BookEnds: The movie begins with Soren listening one story from his father, and it ends with [[spoiler: Soren narrating his adventures to a group of young owls, one who has a helmet made of leaves, just like the one that Soren had at the beginning of the film.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Arguably [[spoiler: Kludd]], who was subjected to the full force of Nyra's propaganda and bought it hook line and sinker. Soren certainly blames the Pure Ones for what happened to him and refuses to believe [[spoiler: Kludd]] really feels like that [[WhatYouAreInTheDark deep-down inside.]] [[spoiler: Turns out he probably does believe it, though whether it would have ever surfaced without Nyra’s help is ambiguous.]]
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Eglantine.]]
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:Ezylryb is [[PrecursorHeroes Lyze of Kiel]], and he is the first to tell Soren that the stories he heard in his nest weren't as heroic as he believed...]]
* BulletTime: The movie is directed by ZackSnyder, after all. Has the advantage of making the aerial battles easier to follow.
* ChekhovsSkill: The Echidna gives each member of the Band titles which seem to be [[InformedAbility Informed Abilities]] - "you are the tracker, you are the navigator" and so on - but each member of the Band [[ChekhovsGun actually shows]] these skills, some of them [[{{Foreshadowing}} before they are given the title]]: [[TheNavigator Gylfie recognizes constellations and thinks she could find her way by them when they are being moonblinked,]] Digger is the first of the Band to [[ScarilyCompetentTracker notice the tell-tale signs of combat]] when they arrive at the Pure Ones' base, Soren is a better natural flyer than his brother during branching and [[TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne flys by gizzard alone during his escape from St. Aggies]], [[TheHeart Mrs P. goes searching for Kludd and Soren]], and Twilight is [[TheBigGuy freaking Huge.]]
* ChildSoldier: St. Aggie's starts recruiting [[BrainwashedAndCrazy (read: brainwashing)]] the captured Tytos before they can even fly properly. As a result, they end up [[PuttingOnTheReich fanatically dedicated to the Pure Ones' cause.]]
* CloudCuckooLander: Digger. [[WorldwidePunomenon In spades.]] Twilight to a lesser extent due to his belief he’s an [[GiftedlyBad epic poet.]]
* CompositeCharacter: Bizarrely enough, this movie actually ''inverts'' it. The books make it clear that, although [[spoiler: Kludd]] is not the first leader of the Pure Ones, [[spoiler: he]] is the first and only Metalbeak, due to certain injuries sustained in battle. In the movie, it seems as though Metalbeak is a title passed down to the Pure Ones' leader.
* CreativeClosingCredits: The events of the movie are shown like a shadow puppet theater.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to other recent talking animal films.
** LighterAndSofter: Compared to the original books, and the other ZackSnyder movies.
* DarkIsEvil:Metal Beak
* DecompositeCharacter: In the original books, Metal Beak [[spoiler: is Kludd, who killed the original Metal Beak off-page]].
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: Grimble]].
--> '''Nyra''': Would you wound your queen, [[spoiler: Grimble]]?\\
'''[[spoiler: Grimble]]''': You're ''not'' my queen!
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: The 'shadow theater' style credits at the end.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Implied to be Kludd's fate after he falls into a forest fire. [[spoiler: He gets better]], but that doesn't stop his screaming while [[spoiler: seemingly]] falling to his death from being any less creepy.
* TheDogShotFirst: The outcome of Soren and Kludd's fight.
* TheDragon: Nyra.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: When asked why he chooses to me known as Ezylryb rather than as [[spoiler: Lyze,]] Ezylryb relies that “Every owl in the tree knows who I am, so what does it matter what I call myself?” In which case, isn’t Otulissa being quite insulting to [[spoiler: a famous war hero]] when she refers to him as a “Gross old owl” and “[missing] a good bath”?
* EvilLaugh: Metalbeak has a wonderfully disturbing chuckle in the back of his throat that is made of pure creepy.
* EvilCounterpart:
** Kludd to Soren as the antagonist and protagonist, as well as the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical and the idealistic]] and CainAndAbel.
** Metalbeak to Ezylryb, their respective [[GoodScarsEvilScars badly scarred]] mentors: A [[VillainWithGoodPublicity charismatic]] BigBad FlyingBrick KnightTemplar vs a [[EccentricMentor scruffy, oddball, publicity-shy]] WarIsHell PintsizedPowerhouse.
** Nyra to Gylfie: TheDragon, TheVamp and LadyOfWar (who manipulates Kludd) compared with TheLancer, TheCutie, [[RomanceGenreHeroines The Waif]] (who cares for Soren).
** [[spoiler: Allomere]] to [[spoiler:Grimble]]: TheQuisling whose KnockoutAmbush results in RewardedAsATraitorDeserves and The ReverseMole, whose YouShallNotPass results in a HeroicSacrifice.
** Jatt and Jutt to Digger and Twilight: ThoseTwoBadGuys vs ThoseTwoGuys.
* FacelessMooks: The Pure One soldiers. Not only do they wear face-concealing helmets, but while the Pure One initiates are being addressed by Metalbeak, one guard has a helmet that covers his face completely, no eyes at all.
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence:
** Owls clawing and slashing each other apart, characters dying, bats tearing apart owls, some of said bats appearing to die via NeckSnap, impalements...[[BloodlessCarnage No blood or wounds are visible though]].
** They actually toned down the violence ''significantly'' from the original book, which was not afraid to describe many of the {{Gory Discretion Shot}}s in detail.
** There is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6Pq_HdVDBA deleted scene]] that has owls being enslaved, bats implied to cut a owl's wing (or at least its flight feathers, which is nearly as creepy) off, and a violent battle wherein a owl gets a talon sliced off in clear view of the camera.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: A ''buttload.'' Less than the books, and off-screen, but still. [[spoiler:Allomere]]’s is particularly unpleasant [[spoiler: not that it’s undeserved…]]
* FantasticRacism: And ''how!''
* FastballSpecial: At one point, a group of crows has snatched Twilight's lute... which happens to have Mrs. Plithiver in it. They're unable to keep up, and Twilight offers to do a mid-air throw to get Soren closer.
-->'''Twilight:''' I'll get you closer! We're going to lock talons!\\
'''Soren:''' What?\\
'''Twilight:''' Trust me! I know what I'm doing!\\
'''Soren:''' Yeah, but have you done this before?\\
'''Twilight:''' No, but I've always wanted to try it!
* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad - Metalbeak
** TheDragon[=/=]TheDarkChick - Nyra
** TheEvilGenius - Kludd
** [[TheBrute The Brutes]] - Jatt and Jutt
* FiveManBand:
** [[TheLeader The Leader]]: Soren
** [[TheLancer The Navigator]]: Gylfie
** [[TheBigGuy The Warrior]]: Twilight
** [[TheSmartGuy The Tracker]]: Digger
** TheHeart: Mrs. P
*** {{Lampshaded}} in the movie by the Echidna, who refers to the group as "The Band" at one point and gives them the above labels.
* TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne: Soren and his gizzard.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** When Soren figures out that [[spoiler: Ezylryb]] is [[spoiler: Lyze of Kiel]], the latter tells him:
--> '''[[spoiler:Ezylryb]]:''' What did you expect? Some Tyto Alba with gleaming armor and battle claws with the moon rising behind him?
*** Then when we get to the climax, we get [[http://media.vcstar.com/media/img/photos/2010/09/22/20100922-163621-pic-28369632_t607.jpg this dramatic shot.]]
** When Soren and Gylfie are learning to fly, Gylfie has trouble because of her small wings. Their teacher tells them that Lyze of Kiel had small wings. He is the smallest of the Guardians that we are introduced to.
** Ezylryb telling Soren about the importance of fire, and that there is nothing more dangerous.
* FromBadToWorse: Well, after falling from the nest, Soren and Kludd are attacked by a Tasmanian devil. Two owls come to their rescue. However...
* GiftedlyBad: Twilight's poetry. His lute playing is actually quite good though.
** Digger's jokes.
* GoodAnimalsEvilAnimals:
** Both sides are made up of owls, but only the bad guys use trained attack bats (or perhaps the bats are evil and have an alliance with the villains, we're never told). And probably as an artifact of their need for pureness, most of the antagonists are barn owls.
** Indeed the Pure Ones consist entirely of owls from the Tyto genus (aka barn owls). Lampshaded by many characters but notably Kludd in the line "Because we are Tytos!" in answer to Metalbeak's query of why the Pure Ones are superior. 'Lower species' are reserved for the grunt work alone but do 'stain' their feathers as a sort of uniform or show of loyalty.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Metalbeak and Ezylryb. Note, Metalbeak hides his scars but boasts about his badass, whilst Ezylryb shows how mangled he is but [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass hides the fact]] [[spoiler: that he's Lyze of Kiel]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: Several major character deaths are done in this way.
* IdiotHair: Digger's [[IdiotHair Idiot Feather]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: Metalbeak]]. [[KillItWithFire With a burning stick]] [[IncendiaryExponent for extra]] [[RuleOfCool awesome.]]
* IncendiaryExponent: Flying by instinct alone though a storm: [[RuleOfCool Cool.]] Flying by instinct alone though a ''Fire'' storm while dragging a burning pot of oil: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Cooler.]]
* IncrediblyLamePun:
** Soren's name sounds an awful lot like Soarin'
** "I FORETOLD YOU SO!"
** Digger's dialogue is full of these.
-->'''Digger:''' Knock Knock!
-->'''Gylfie:''' Who's there?
-->'''Digger:''' Owls.
-->'''Gylfie:''' Owls who?
-->'''Digger:''' That's right! Owls hoo!
** And again later:
-->'''Digger''' What does an owl say when he is attacked by crows?
-->'''Gylfie''' (hit by a crow) Ow!
-->'''Digger''' That's right! Owl!
** Let's not forget the first exchange that set off the warning bells:
-->'''Twilight:''' If I have to hear any more of his owl jokes...
-->'''Digger:''' They're a hoot!
** Since the German dub couldn't save those, natch, they replaced it with an even worse one with "Uhu" (a large owl species, and a glue brand name)
* KillerRabbit: The owls. Oh so much.
* LightIsGood: Played straight with Boron and Barran, the two leaders of the Guardians, which use golden helmets and have a white plumage. Also, with Soren, which has white and golden feathers.
** LightIsNotGood: Nyra and many of the Pure Ones, which, being barn owls, have golden/orange and white feathers.
* LogoJoke: Noctus flies by the Warner and Legendary Pictures logo.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: the metal flecks; it is implied that they are magnetic (the lines of blue light emanating from then move from pole to pole like the lines of force around an magnet) and many birds are sensitive to magnetic fields, so the flecks could be functioning as a EMP, but this is never explained in-movie.
** Likewise, whether trusting your gizzard is just trusting instinct or [[TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne something more mystical]] is never elaborated on.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:Grimble. Averted with Lyze - Metalbeak was going to kill in front of Soren, but he escaped.]]
* MisplacedWildlife: The mammalian life is quite obviously Australian, but the owls are from all over the world.
* MurderBallad: Twilight's "inspiring" battle song. It’s about all the horrible way the protagonist is going to die in battle. [[CloudCuckoolander He thinks it will inspire Digger. ]]
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg
--> '''Grimble:''' "I told myself that if any came along who were smart and brave enough I’d help them escape." ''[beat]'' "You'll have to do."
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The Pure Ones, ''and how''. The villains are pretty much owl Nazis, complete with their own Hitler Youth. Nyra is a SdrawkcabName that really hammers the point home.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Kludd. [[OhCrap Because he's still alive.]] And may become the new Metalbeak, if they decide to do a sequel.]]
* NightmareFace: Why Metalbeak wears his trademark helmet.
* TheObiWan: Grimble.
* OminousOwl: Metalbeak and Nyra play the creepy owl factor for all it's worth.
* OrphanageOfFear: Grimble informs the kidnapped owlets that they have [[BlatantLies not, in fact, been kidnapped]] but abandoned by their parents and that St. Aggie's is an orphanage put there to care for them form now on. Even he makes no effort to hide how [[PaperThinDisguise blatantly false this is.]]
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Moonblinked owls are zombified, in the ''true'' sense of the word.
* TheOwlKnowingOne: Similar to the above, only one owl out of the cast is ''wise'', but we do spend the latter half of the movie hearing him wise at Soren.
* PetTheDog: Right before his MoralEventHorizon crossing, Kludd releases a small bird that he and the other Pure One initiates were trying to catch.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: During the TrainingMontage, there is a brief scene of Twilight getting clobbered by an unnamed elf owl.
** Lyze is by far the smallest of the Guardians on the council.
* PlayingAgainstType: The director, ZackSnyder, whose resume also includes [[SarcasmMode such family films]] as ''[[ThreeHundred 300]]'', ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'', and ''SuckerPunch''.
* PlayingPossum: Metalbeak does this once.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Although there are enormous differences between the books and the movie, most fans agree that the changes are true to the books' general spirit, and make it a very enjoyable film to watch whether you're a fan of the original or not.
* PuttingOnTheReich: [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver Big red vertical hanging banners with white logos in the centre]] flanking [[SdrawkcabName Nyra]] whilst she makes a speech on why Tytos are the master race: this film manages to put on the Reich ''despite no-one wearing clothes!''
* TheQuisling: [[spoiler:Allomere]], who sets up his own squad to be injured by the metal flecks. He is later ratted out by Eglantine.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Boron and Barran, and in fact all the council other than Allomere, are quite happy to take Soren at his word that a legendary evil has turned up, and they promptly send someone to check it out. [[spoiler: Pity that someone was a traitor.]]
* RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude: Basically the purpose of St. Aggie's. Young owlets put up less physical and mental resistance to [[OrphanageOfFear the horrors they will be subjected to]] and can be brainwashed into [[ChildSoldier fanatical soldiers for their cause.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning:
** The Pure One {{Mooks}} get these.
** Nyra's eyes are initially normal, befitting her projected appearance of a beautiful, reasonable and trustworthy authority figure, but the more furious she becomes, the redder her eyes get. At one point during battle, her eyes are as red as any other among the Pure Ones.
** The bats.
** [[spoiler:When Kludd is revealed to be alive at the end, his eyes glow a sinister red as he looks upon the fallen Metalbeak's mask.]]
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: [[spoiler:Allomere.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Boron and Barran, the rulers of the tree.
* SaveTheVillain: Sort of. [[spoiler:Kludd becomes a full member of the Pure Ones and turns completely against Soren in the end, [[CainAndAbel attacking and attempting to kill his own brother without remorse]], which would classify him as a villain. After the fight that leaves Kludd with a broken wing, he begs Soren to save him. Soren tries to, but just barely manages to until Kludd tries to attack him again, which results in Kludd accidentally sending himself plummeting into the fire.]]
* SceneryPorn / SceneryGorn: The Guardians' Tree? Breathtaking. The Pure Ones' base? Terrifying.
** The entire movie is [[DesignStudentsOrgasm supremely gorgeous.]] Pick a shot, any shot, in this film; you could frame it.
* SdrawkcabName: Nyra, as mentioned above, and [[spoiler: Ezylryb/Lyze]], which is probably more obvious in the books where you see it written.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: The Echidna and the Tasmanian Devil. Also, the movie gives screen time to some lesser-known owl species.
* SequelHook
* ShipTease:
** Soren and Otulissa [[spoiler:who isn't even Soren's mate, according to the book canon]].
** Gylfie seems to have a soft spot for Soren and doesn't take too kindly to Otulissa.
*** [[CreditsGag In the shadow-puppets end credits you see Soren and Otulissa perched on the tree next to each other, looking a little awkward, whilst Gylfie glares at them.]]
** [[HotForTeacher Kludd and Nyra]]. Since, in the books, [[spoiler:they become mates and produce two eggs,]] this makes sense.
* ShoutOut: The Pure Ones' helmeted, glowing red-eyed warriors look a lot like [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Cylon Centurions]], especially in profile. The bats seem a lot like the [[UsagiYojimbo Komori Ninja]] (bladed wings, proficient in science), but that's probably a coincidence.
* ShownTheirWork:
** Yes, [[VomitIndiscretionShot owls do regurgitate mice in that manner.]]
** Correct bird calls are used to represent the proper species of owls seen in the movie.
** Barn owls always lay eggs to stagger the hatching of their young, resulting in owlets of different ages sharing the nest at the same time, just like Kludd, Soren and Eg'. Why? Because that way if there is a food shortage, it's far, far easier for the oldest sibling to [[CainandAbel resolve]] [[ImAHumanitarian the issue]], guaranteeing [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne at least one will survive.]] Yeah Soren… [[spoiler: you should have seen your brother’s behavior coming.]]
** There is even some TruthInTelevision to the flecks; many birds have a natural magnetic compass in their brains to help them orient and to supplement their inner ears; a ''really'' powerful magnetic field nearby can thoroughly disrupt their ability to orient and can induce vertigo in small birds. The rest is RuleOfDrama.
* SiblingRivalry
* SleepCute: Gylfie and Digger fall asleep against Soren on a tree branch.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the book, [[spoiler: Soren's parents]] are most likely dead by the time the Band reaches the great tree (though it's never specified quite when they die, the fact is we never see them ''alive'' again after [[spoiler: Soren is kidnapped]]). The movie has them alive and well, actually making it to the tree themselves.
** Due to changes between the books and the films, Digger's brother never appears in the film. Given what happens [[ImAHumanitarian to him in the books]], he's probably quite grateful for this.
* {{Squick}}: Gylfie's reaction to having to sift through pellets in the Pelletorium is an InUniverse example.
* StealthPun: A song by ''OwlCity'' playing in the background as they explore the tree, anyone?
** There's a very subtle one in the bird-chase scene early on. The bird they're chasing is an ''Indigo Bunting''. That means that the would-be Pure Ones were...bunting baiting.
* SuperweaponSurprise: The Pure Ones pull this on the Guardians, [[ScoobyDoo and they would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling owlets!]]
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Jatt and Jutt. They even have a discussion on the best use of (rather silly) intimidating looks.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Digger and Twilight when we meet them.
* TooDumbToLive:
** During their fight,[[spoiler:Kludd]] breaks his wing and begs Soren to pull him up. He may have been trying for a MutualKill, but it was still a really stupid decision when there's a ''forest fire'' going on beneath them.
** Arguably, Soren himself. He ''absolutely refused'' to believe [[spoiler:Kludd]] could side with the Pure Ones, and as a result nearly gets killed by him.
* TrailersAlwaysLie:
** The trailers billed the movie as an epic quest wherein Soren becomes his ideal (a Guardian) through many trials while trying to reach them. At least, to those that never read the novels.
** The trailers also used a lot of lines and footage not in the actual movie, like Grimble explaining what the Pure Ones are doing, and parts of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8RKCmkOyB4 this trailer.]]
* TrainingMontage
* WarIsHell: Hammered home by Ezylryb.
* WarriorPoet: Twilight likes to think of himself as one, though he's arguably better at the "warrior" part.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:Kludd's supposed death isn't addressed when Soren reunites with his parents.]]
* WhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Allomere looks remorseful when he sees the effect that the fleck trap has on the Guardians.]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: [[spoiler:Allomere]] is a little squeamish about Metalbeak’s plans for the incapacitated Guardians, and asked if it really has to be the bats that kills them. Nyra replies that as the bats are immune to the effects of the superweapon, yes. [[DeathByIrony This gets really ironic really quickly.]]
* WhosLaughingNow: [[spoiler: Kludd]]'s "reason" for joining the Pure Ones.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Possibly employed by Kludd in the burning forest, just before he falls into the flames.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Metalbeak to the traitorous [[spoiler:Allomere.]] May double as a YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness moment. As Metalbeak put it, "[[ICanRuleAlone There can be only one king.]]"
* YouKilledMyFather: Soren's reaction in a nutshell at [[spoiler:Kludd's "death."]]
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler: Grimble. He manages to hold off both Nyra and two other Pure Ones, and even when Kludd made his FaceHeelTurn, he still had enough fight in him to ensure that Soren and Gylfie managed to escape]].
* YoungestChildWins: Subverted. Soren is the middle child, but he fares far better than Kludd and Eglantine.
* WeaponizedAnimal: The guardians and most of the Pure Ones wear Battle talons, and the bats have blades on their wings.

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5th Oct '13 8:10:26 AM shokoshu
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** Since the German dub couldn't save those, natch, they replaced it with an even worse one with "Uhu" (a large owl species, and a glue brand name)


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* SdrawkcabName: Nyra, as mentioned above, and [[spoiler: Ezylryb/Lyze]], which is probably more obvious in the books where you see it written.
21st Sep '13 12:54:39 PM DaibhidC
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* DecompositeCharacter: In the original books, Metal Beak [[spoiler: is Kludd, who killed the original Metal Beak off-page]].
14th Sep '13 2:57:01 AM SeptimusHeap
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* OminousOwl: Metalbeak and Nyra play the creepy owl factor for all it's worth.



* OwlBeDamned: Subverted in that owls are on all sides, but Metalbeak and Nyra play the creepy owl factor for all it's worth.
9th Sep '13 10:33:00 PM Tallens
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* ChekhovsSkill: The Echidna gives each member of the Band titles which seem to be [[InformedAbility Informed Abilities]] - "you are the tracker, you are the navigator" and so on - but each member of the Band [[ChekhovsGun actually shows]] these skills, some of them [[{{Foreshadowing}} before they are given the title]]: [[TheSmartGuy Gylfie recognizes constellations and thinks she could find her way by them when they are being moonblinked,]] Digger is the first of the Band to [[ScarilyCompetentTracker notice the tell-tale signs of combat]] when they arrive at the Pure Ones' base, Soren is a better natural flyer than his brother during branching and [[TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne flys by gizzard alone during his escape from St. Aggies]], [[TheHeart Mrs P. goes searching for Kludd and Soren]], and Twilight is [[TheBigGuy freaking Huge.]]

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* ChekhovsSkill: The Echidna gives each member of the Band titles which seem to be [[InformedAbility Informed Abilities]] - "you are the tracker, you are the navigator" and so on - but each member of the Band [[ChekhovsGun actually shows]] these skills, some of them [[{{Foreshadowing}} before they are given the title]]: [[TheSmartGuy [[TheNavigator Gylfie recognizes constellations and thinks she could find her way by them when they are being moonblinked,]] Digger is the first of the Band to [[ScarilyCompetentTracker notice the tell-tale signs of combat]] when they arrive at the Pure Ones' base, Soren is a better natural flyer than his brother during branching and [[TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne flys by gizzard alone during his escape from St. Aggies]], [[TheHeart Mrs P. goes searching for Kludd and Soren]], and Twilight is [[TheBigGuy freaking Huge.]]
29th May '13 3:45:10 PM thepunkmaster
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* MyGod,WhatHaveIDone?: [[spoiler: Allomere]] seems remorseful when he sees the effect the [[spoiler: fleck traps have on the Guardians.]]



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:Kludd's supposed death isn't addressed when Soren reunites with his parents.]]

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:Kludd's supposed death isn't addressed when Soren reunites with his parents.]]
* WhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Allomere looks remorseful when he sees the effect that the fleck trap has on the Guardians.
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29th May '13 3:39:37 PM thepunkmaster
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* MyGod,WhatHaveIDone?: [[spoiler: Allomere]] seems remorseful when he sees the effect the [[spoiler: fleck traps have on the Guardians.]]
18th May '13 6:24:36 PM ArchTeryx
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** Barn owls always lay eggs to stager the hatching of their young, resulting in owlets of different ages sharing the nest at the same time, just like Kludd, Soren and Eg'. Why? Because that way if there is a food shortage, it's far, far easier for the oldest sibling to [[CainandAbel resolve]] [[ImAHumanitarian the issue]], guaranteeing [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne at least one will survive.]] Yeah Soren… [[spoiler: you should have seen your brother’s behavior coming.]]

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** Barn owls always lay eggs to stager stagger the hatching of their young, resulting in owlets of different ages sharing the nest at the same time, just like Kludd, Soren and Eg'. Why? Because that way if there is a food shortage, it's far, far easier for the oldest sibling to [[CainandAbel resolve]] [[ImAHumanitarian the issue]], guaranteeing [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne at least one will survive.]] Yeah Soren… [[spoiler: you should have seen your brother’s behavior coming.]]]]
** There is even some TruthInTelevision to the flecks; many birds have a natural magnetic compass in their brains to help them orient and to supplement their inner ears; a ''really'' powerful magnetic field nearby can thoroughly disrupt their ability to orient and can induce vertigo in small birds. The rest is RuleOfDrama.
20th Mar '13 12:36:49 AM Magestad
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''Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole'' is an animated film adaptation of ''[[Literature/GuardiansOfGaHoole Guardians of Ga'Hoole]]'', a series of children's fantasy novels.

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''Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole'' is an animated film adaptation of ''[[Literature/GuardiansOfGaHoole Guardians of Ga'Hoole]]'', a series of children's fantasy novels.
novels, directed by ZackSnyder.
18th Mar '13 12:52:05 PM igordebraga
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* KillerRabbit: The owls. Oh so much.



* KillerRabbit: The owls. Oh so much.

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* KillerRabbit: The owls. Oh so much.LogoJoke: Noctus flies by the Warner and Legendary Pictures logo.
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