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[[caption-width-right:283:[[MoodDissonance Have A Nice]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Apocalypse]]]]

->''"[[{{ArcWords}} This is the way the world ends. Not with a whimper... but with a bang]]."''
-->--'''Paraphrased from a poem by T.S. Elliot'''

''Southland Tales'' is a 2007 ScienceFiction[=/=]BlackComedy film from director Richard Kelly, the follow-up to his 2001 cult hit ''DonnieDarko''. While planned as a mainstream breakthrough, things didn't really pan out that way. The combination of a large budget and Sony's decision to shelve the film after lackluster showings in a handful of cities means that it's not likely to show profit for years to come. Nonetheless, ST did make some critics' year's best lists and has found a modest [[CultClassic cult]] on DVD.

The plot is difficult to summarize, and considered intensely nonsensical by many, but here's a thumbnail version. After a nuclear attack in Texas, the government has taken a more authoritarian role. There are several interlaced conspiracies for and against it, with the constantly infighting Neo-Marxists being the most notable opposition group. A dandyish scientist (Wallace Shawn) who has developed a way of deriving energy from ocean current seems to have a hand in everything. And oh yeah, all of time and space seem to be on the edge of self-destruction. It really, really helps if you are at least passingly familiar with the Literature/BookOfRevelation.

Imagine if you will MulhollandDrive mixed with {{Armageddon}}. Or an American Manga/{{Akira}} that manages to match the imagination and multiply the incomprehensibilty.

The cast is led by Sarah Michelle Gellar, Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott and narrator JustinTimberlake. Many of the secondary roles are filled by comedians, and specifically ''SaturdayNightLive'' veterans.
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!!SouthlandTales contains examples of:
* AllTheMyriadWays: WordOfGod places the story in an alternate universe.
* AllThereInTheManual: Kelly wrote three graphic novels to set up the premise and characters. Unfortunately, they were poorly distributed and pretty much off the market by the time the movie came out. Having important information outside the movie and in the graphic novel is likely a major reason the movie did poorly. They're included as extras on the Blu-Ray.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Fluid Karma is perpetual motion energy generated by the tides, can be beamed to whatever uses it, and also can be made into an attempted SuperSerum and a narcotic drug.
* AuteurLicense: This movie revoked Kelly's.
* {{Callback}}: "I'm/He's a pimp. And pimps don't commit suicide."
* CreepyMonotone: ''"Do you wanna fuck... or watch a movie?"''
* CrucifiedHeroShot: ''Used for many deaths in the film'', [[spoiler: until the majority of the cast dies at once in the Mega Zeppelin. And Boxer still gets to do it]].
* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler: ''And in the final minutes of the film no less!'' Thought Boxer was the hero? Wrong! It was really not-twins Taverner all along!]]
* DiegeticSwitch: In reverse. With Bai Ling dancing. In a megazepplin.
* FakeVideoCameraView: Subverted. The filmmakers gave a camera to an actual family to record their 4th of July celebration. That's true shock in the lady's face when she hits the camera with a squirt gun.
* FantasticDrug: Fluid Karma. [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience "Green, you dream. Blue, in an hour you feel new. And you can forget all about mellow yellow and agent orange, 'cause, hey, I'm giving you blood red.]] Do you bleed?"
* FluffyFashionFeathers: Krysta wears a pink marabou jacket in an early scene.
* ForScience: The reason The Baron and his executive staff toyed around with the space-time rift.
* FriendOrFoe: Abilene is scarred from a friendly fire grenade. [[spoiler: Taverner was the one who did it. This is surprisingly extremely significant to the plot, as Taverner can't forgive himself for it]].
* GambitPileup: Many. A couple lead to a IKnowYouKnowIKnow situation.
* GainaxEnding: If you're still somehow following the plot by the end, you won't be able to any longer. A passable knowledge of the Book of Revelations is needed to make sense of the majority of the plot and characters. Likewise, the graphic novels help to make the plot significantly more understandable.
* HeelRealization: Boxer on the airship. He seems more amused than anything else by it, however.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: What happens when Roland/Ronald remembers. It's not pretty.]]
* HighCollarOfDoom: Villainess Nana Mae Frost wears a black jacket with the collar turned up.
* HummerDinger: The Treer Saltair.
* JerkassFacade and HappyPlace: Boxer has a mix in ''Jericho Cane'', a loose cannon cop who plays by his own rules. He slips into being Jericho Cane when he has schizophrenic breaks [[spoiler:because he is a deteriorating duplicate of the actual Boxer Santaros]], characterized by talking in rapid gibberish and tapping his fingers.
* [[spoiler:KillEmAll: By the film's end, there are maybe three major characters still alive, and it's implied that the world ends because two of them won't stop holding hands... or it will be saved because of that.]]
* LastMinuteHookup: Vaughn Smallhouse and Cindy Pinzicki [[spoiler: right before the Megazepplin explodes.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The movie goes out of it's way to introduce dozens of characters exceedingly often. Unfortunately, it can't quite seem to decide which ones are supposed to be important...
* '''MindScrew'''
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Ronald Taverner, stemming from his tour in [[{{MyGreatestFailure}} Fallujah.]]
-->'''Pilot Abilene''': He could not forgive himself for what he had done to me.
* NameOfCain: Boxer Santaros's screenplay centers around a character named Jericho Cane (who he hopes to be able to play himself).
* [[spoiler: NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: This is the way the world ends.]]
* NoodleIncident: The film never explains what happened between Tavener and Pilot in Fallujah. [[spoiler: It's revealed in the comic and passingly hinted at in the film that while under the influence of Fluid Karma, Roland accidentally scarred Pilot's face with a grenade. He was listening to "All of These Things That I've Done," at the time, which is why Pilot psychically projects his musical number into Roland's head while he's unconscious.]]
* OhCrap: Dream and Dion [[spoiler:just before being shot by Bart Bookman on Zora's orders.]]
* TheOner: A magnificent example. Starts with Boxer and Madeline getting on the Mega-Zeppelin, follows Cyndi, then Serpentine, then Brad, then drifts past Smallhouse and Frost, then Madame Westphalen before stopping at Serpentine and the Baron dancing on the stage. Technically two shots, as there is a disguised cut while the camera follows Serpentine.
* PlayingAgainstType: Pretty much the entire. See WhatTheHellCastingAgency below for more information.
* PlayingWithSyringes: The secret tests done on U.S. soldiers using Fluid Karma. Covered mostly in the graphic novels, but the movie shows what happens when these syringes get out into the general populace.
* PsychicLink: One of the many effects of (certain colors of) Fluid Karma.
* ReadTheFinePrint: Baron von Westphalen says this to the Prime Minister of Japan after [[spoiler:cutting off his left hand.]]
* RuleOfSymbolism: Boxer's tattoos are symbolic representations of all the major world religions, and WordOfGod says that the tattoo that bleeds is the religion that "wins." [[spoiler:The tattoo of Jesus bleeds just before the Megazeppelin explodes.]]
* ShowWithinAShow: Krysta Now's script, "The Power," which she convinces Boxer that they wrote together.
* ShoutOut:
** [[PhilipKDick "Flow my tears, the policeman said."]]
** Almost all the chapters are allusions: ''Two Roads Diverge'' is an allusion to Creator/RobertFrost, ''Fingerprints'' likely to Leonard Cohen, ''Temptation Waits'' to {{Garbage}} and ''Memory Gospel'' to {{Moby}}. The final chapter is called [[{{Pixies}} Wave of Mutilation]]. ''The Mechanicals'' is named after an improv group that Kelly took a liking too and who bit parts in the film.
** The corrupt senator and his running mate are named [[Creator/RobertFrost Frost]] and [[Creator/TSEliot Eliot]].
-->[[Creator/TSEliot "This is the way the world ends."]]
** Possible parody of ''LeftBehind'': The character of Fortunio Balducci, the Baron's [[TheMole Mole]]. WordOfGod confirms that, following the Book of Revelation, Fortunio is the False Prophet. His counterpart's name in ''Left Behind''? Leon Fortunato.
* ShyFingerTwiddling: Boxer Santaros does this a lot [[spoiler:because he is having constant schizophrenic breaks into the character of Jericho Cane.]]
* TagAlongActor: Boxer with Taverner. [[spoiler:It doesn't end well.]]
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: "The fourth dimension will collapse upon itself... you stupid bitch."
* WeAREStrugglingTogether: The Neo-Marxists.
* WTHCastingAgency: The entire cast. Creator/SarahMichelleGellar cast as a porn star, DwayneJohnson cast as an amnesiac, and very dweebish actor, engaged to MandyMoore, playing a foulmouthed heiress, Sean William Scott playing two traumatized soldiers with identity issues, AmyPoehler and Wood Harris as extremely stupid terrorists, JustinTimberlake as the disturbed and disfigured narrator, KevinSmith as an Iraq War veteran, WallaceShawn as a glam-rock criminal mastermind, Bai Ling as his laconic girlfriend, that kid from ''Thumbsucker'' playing a street punk, Christopher Lambert playing a small-time arms dealer, and Jon Lovitz as a terrifyingly dead-eyed neo-nazi cop. It may not be spot-on, but damn it it's surreal to see these actors [[PlayingAgainstType in roles so different to how you'd assume them to play]]. \\
\\
This was actually done quite intentionally, although (like a lot of the film) the intended effect is not really that clear. In other words, the setup is there but the punchline isn't. Excerpted from an Internet-based article: "The biggest disappointment of Southland Tales resides in its most promising conceit, a cast populated by B-to-D-list celebrities ranging from Wallace Shawn to Zelda Rubenstein to Christopher Lambert. There's a wealth of satirical material to be found in [this] generation's curious veneration of kitsch, and I'd hoped Kelly's cast list indicated a deeper explanation of the connection between pop culture and regression touched upon in Donnie Darko..." (Full article [[http://cinevistaramascope.blogspot.com/2008/04/pimps-dont-commit-suicide.html here.]])
** Also done in-universe, as the Neo-Marxists inform Boxer he was cast as a cop for a "movie" (in truth, an attempt to convince him their plans are AllPartOfTheShow).
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: "Pimp" is constantly used in a way that suggests it means something like "badass" with no explanation.

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->'''Pilot Abiliene''': ''[[{{OpeningNarration}} They say the path down the road not taken concludes with a stairway to heaven. The gates would not open for another three days, and Boxer Santaros was searching for the key.]]''

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[[caption-width-right:283:[[MoodDissonance Have A Nice]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Apocalypse]]]]

->''"[[{{ArcWords}} This is the way the world ends. Not with a whimper... but with a bang]]."''
-->--'''Paraphrased from a poem by T.S. Elliot'''

''Southland Tales'' is a 2007 ScienceFiction[=/=]BlackComedy film from director Richard Kelly, the follow-up to his 2001 cult hit ''DonnieDarko''. While planned as a mainstream breakthrough, things didn't really pan out that way. The combination of a large budget and Sony's decision to shelve the film after lackluster showings in a handful of cities means that it's not likely to show profit for years to come. Nonetheless, ST did make some critics' year's best lists and has found a modest [[CultClassic cult]] on DVD.

The plot is difficult to summarize, and considered intensely nonsensical by many, but here's a thumbnail version. After a nuclear attack in Texas, the government has taken a more authoritarian role. There are several interlaced conspiracies for and against it, with the constantly infighting Neo-Marxists being the most notable opposition group. A dandyish scientist (Wallace Shawn) who has developed a way of deriving energy from ocean current seems to have a hand in everything. And oh yeah, all of time and space seem to be on the edge of self-destruction. It really, really helps if you are at least passingly familiar with the Literature/BookOfRevelation.

Imagine if you will MulhollandDrive mixed with {{Armageddon}}. Or an American Manga/{{Akira}} that manages to match the imagination and multiply the incomprehensibilty.

The cast is led by Sarah Michelle Gellar, Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott and narrator JustinTimberlake. Many of the secondary roles are filled by comedians, and specifically ''SaturdayNightLive'' veterans.
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!!SouthlandTales contains examples of:
* AllTheMyriadWays: WordOfGod places the story in an alternate universe.
* AllThereInTheManual: Kelly wrote three graphic novels to set up the premise and characters. Unfortunately, they were poorly distributed and pretty much off the market by the time the movie came out. Having important information outside the movie and in the graphic novel is likely a major reason the movie did poorly. They're included as extras on the Blu-Ray.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Fluid Karma is perpetual motion energy generated by the tides, can be beamed to whatever uses it, and also can be made into an attempted SuperSerum and a narcotic drug.
* AuteurLicense: This movie revoked Kelly's.
* {{Callback}}: "I'm/He's a pimp. And pimps don't commit suicide."
* CreepyMonotone: ''"Do you wanna fuck... or watch a movie?"''
* CrucifiedHeroShot: ''Used for many deaths in the film'', [[spoiler: until the majority of the cast dies at once in the Mega Zeppelin. And Boxer still gets to do it]].
* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler: ''And in the final minutes of the film no less!'' Thought Boxer was the hero? Wrong! It was really not-twins Taverner all along!]]
* DiegeticSwitch: In reverse. With Bai Ling dancing. In a megazepplin.
* FakeVideoCameraView: Subverted. The filmmakers gave a camera to an actual family to record their 4th of July celebration. That's true shock in the lady's face when she hits the camera with a squirt gun.
* FantasticDrug: Fluid Karma. [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience "Green, you dream. Blue, in an hour you feel new. And you can forget all about mellow yellow and agent orange, 'cause, hey, I'm giving you blood red.]] Do you bleed?"
* FluffyFashionFeathers: Krysta wears a pink marabou jacket in an early scene.
* ForScience: The reason The Baron and his executive staff toyed around with the space-time rift.
* FriendOrFoe: Abilene is scarred from a friendly fire grenade. [[spoiler: Taverner was the one who did it. This is surprisingly extremely significant to the plot, as Taverner can't forgive himself for it]].
* GambitPileup: Many. A couple lead to a IKnowYouKnowIKnow situation.
* GainaxEnding: If you're still somehow following the plot by the end, you won't be able to any longer. A passable knowledge of the Book of Revelations is needed to make sense of the majority of the plot and characters. Likewise, the graphic novels help to make the plot significantly more understandable.
* HeelRealization: Boxer on the airship. He seems more amused than anything else by it, however.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: What happens when Roland/Ronald remembers. It's not pretty.]]
* HighCollarOfDoom: Villainess Nana Mae Frost wears a black jacket with the collar turned up.
* HummerDinger: The Treer Saltair.
* JerkassFacade and HappyPlace: Boxer has a mix in ''Jericho Cane'', a loose cannon cop who plays by his own rules. He slips into being Jericho Cane when he has schizophrenic breaks [[spoiler:because he is a deteriorating duplicate of the actual Boxer Santaros]], characterized by talking in rapid gibberish and tapping his fingers.
* [[spoiler:KillEmAll: By the film's end, there are maybe three major characters still alive, and it's implied that the world ends because two of them won't stop holding hands... or it will be saved because of that.]]
* LastMinuteHookup: Vaughn Smallhouse and Cindy Pinzicki [[spoiler: right before the Megazepplin explodes.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The movie goes out of it's way to introduce dozens of characters exceedingly often. Unfortunately, it can't quite seem to decide which ones are supposed to be important...
* '''MindScrew'''
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Ronald Taverner, stemming from his tour in [[{{MyGreatestFailure}} Fallujah.]]
-->'''Pilot Abilene''': He could not forgive himself for what he had done to me.
* NameOfCain: Boxer Santaros's screenplay centers around a character named Jericho Cane (who he hopes to be able to play himself).
* [[spoiler: NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: This is the way the world ends.]]
* NoodleIncident: The film never explains what happened between Tavener and Pilot in Fallujah. [[spoiler: It's revealed in the comic and passingly hinted at in the film that while under the influence of Fluid Karma, Roland accidentally scarred Pilot's face with a grenade. He was listening to "All of These Things That I've Done," at the time, which is why Pilot psychically projects his musical number into Roland's head while he's unconscious.]]
* OhCrap: Dream and Dion [[spoiler:just before being shot by Bart Bookman on Zora's orders.]]
* TheOner: A magnificent example. Starts with Boxer and Madeline getting on the Mega-Zeppelin, follows Cyndi, then Serpentine, then Brad, then drifts past Smallhouse and Frost, then Madame Westphalen before stopping at Serpentine and the Baron dancing on the stage. Technically two shots, as there is a disguised cut while the camera follows Serpentine.
* PlayingAgainstType: Pretty much the entire. See WhatTheHellCastingAgency below for more information.
* PlayingWithSyringes: The secret tests done on U.S. soldiers using Fluid Karma. Covered mostly in the graphic novels, but the movie shows what happens when these syringes get out into the general populace.
* PsychicLink: One of the many effects of (certain colors of) Fluid Karma.
* ReadTheFinePrint: Baron von Westphalen says this to the Prime Minister of Japan after [[spoiler:cutting off his left hand.]]
* RuleOfSymbolism: Boxer's tattoos are symbolic representations of all the major world religions, and WordOfGod says that the tattoo that bleeds is the religion that "wins." [[spoiler:The tattoo of Jesus bleeds just before the Megazeppelin explodes.]]
* ShowWithinAShow: Krysta Now's script, "The Power," which she convinces Boxer that they wrote together.
* ShoutOut:
** [[PhilipKDick "Flow my tears, the policeman said."]]
** Almost all the chapters are allusions: ''Two Roads Diverge'' is an allusion to Creator/RobertFrost, ''Fingerprints'' likely to Leonard Cohen, ''Temptation Waits'' to {{Garbage}} and ''Memory Gospel'' to {{Moby}}. The final chapter is called [[{{Pixies}} Wave of Mutilation]]. ''The Mechanicals'' is named after an improv group that Kelly took a liking too and who bit parts in the film.
** The corrupt senator and his running mate are named [[Creator/RobertFrost Frost]] and [[Creator/TSEliot Eliot]].
-->[[Creator/TSEliot "This is the way the world ends."]]
** Possible parody of ''LeftBehind'': The character of Fortunio Balducci, the Baron's [[TheMole Mole]]. WordOfGod confirms that, following the Book of Revelation, Fortunio is the False Prophet. His counterpart's name in ''Left Behind''? Leon Fortunato.
* ShyFingerTwiddling: Boxer Santaros does this a lot [[spoiler:because he is having constant schizophrenic breaks into the character of Jericho Cane.]]
* TagAlongActor: Boxer with Taverner. [[spoiler:It doesn't end well.]]
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: "The fourth dimension will collapse upon itself... you stupid bitch."
* WeAREStrugglingTogether: The Neo-Marxists.
* WTHCastingAgency: The entire cast. Creator/SarahMichelleGellar cast as a porn star, DwayneJohnson cast as an amnesiac, and very dweebish actor, engaged to MandyMoore, playing a foulmouthed heiress, Sean William Scott playing two traumatized soldiers with identity issues, AmyPoehler and Wood Harris as extremely stupid terrorists, JustinTimberlake as the disturbed and disfigured narrator, KevinSmith as an Iraq War veteran, WallaceShawn as a glam-rock criminal mastermind, Bai Ling as his laconic girlfriend, that kid from ''Thumbsucker'' playing a street punk, Christopher Lambert playing a small-time arms dealer, and Jon Lovitz as a terrifyingly dead-eyed neo-nazi cop. It may not be spot-on, but damn it it's surreal to see these actors [[PlayingAgainstType in roles so different to how you'd assume them to play]]. \\
\\
This was actually done quite intentionally, although (like a lot of the film) the intended effect is not really that clear. In other words, the setup is there but the punchline isn't. Excerpted from an Internet-based article: "The biggest disappointment of Southland Tales resides in its most promising conceit, a cast populated by B-to-D-list celebrities ranging from Wallace Shawn to Zelda Rubenstein to Christopher Lambert. There's a wealth of satirical material to be found in [this] generation's curious veneration of kitsch, and I'd hoped Kelly's cast list indicated a deeper explanation of the connection between pop culture and regression touched upon in Donnie Darko..." (Full article [[http://cinevistaramascope.blogspot.com/2008/04/pimps-dont-commit-suicide.html here.]])
** Also done in-universe, as the Neo-Marxists inform Boxer he was cast as a cop for a "movie" (in truth, an attempt to convince him their plans are AllPartOfTheShow).
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: "Pimp" is constantly used in a way that suggests it means something like "badass" with no explanation.

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->'''Pilot Abiliene''': ''[[{{OpeningNarration}} They say the path down the road not taken concludes with a stairway to heaven. The gates would not open for another three days, and Boxer Santaros was searching for the key.]]''
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6th Jun '13 1:07:38 PM DragonQuestZ
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* HighCollarOfDoom: Villainess Nana Mae Frost wears a black jacket with the collar turned up.
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* FluffyFashionFeathers: Krysta wears a pink marabou jacket in an early scene.



* [[spoiler:KillEmAll: By the film's end, there are maybe three major characters still alive, and it's implied that the world ends because two of them won't stop holding hands.]]

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* [[spoiler:KillEmAll: By the film's end, there are maybe three major characters still alive, and it's implied that the world ends because two of them won't stop holding hands.hands... or it will be saved because of that.]]



* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: As it is a Richard Kelly film, everything IS symbolic.
22nd May '13 9:33:52 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: "Pimp" is constantly used in a way that suggests it means something like "badass" with no explanation ({{Truth in Television}}, the meaning of "pimp" has drifted to "badass" ever since {{Gangsta Rap}} made it big in the nineties).

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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: "Pimp" is constantly used in a way that suggests it means something like "badass" with no explanation ({{Truth in Television}}, the meaning of "pimp" has drifted to "badass" ever since {{Gangsta Rap}} made it big in the nineties).
explanation.
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* TheOner: A magnificent example. Starts with Boxer and Madeline getting on the Mega-Zeppelin, follows Cyndi, then Serpentine, then Brad, then drifts past Smallhouse and Frost, then Madame Westphalen before stopping at Serpentine and the Baron dancing on the stage. Technically two shots, as there is a disguised cut while the camera follows Serpentine.
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* Ohcrap: Dream and Dion [[spoiler:just before being shot by Bart Bookman on Zora's orders.]]

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* Ohcrap: OhCrap: Dream and Dion [[spoiler:just before being shot by Bart Bookman on Zora's orders.]]
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* Ohcrap: Dream and Dion [[spoiler:just before being shot by Bart Bookman on Zora's orders.]]
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* CrucifiedHeroShot: ''Used for every death in the film'', [[spoiler: until the majority of the cast dies at once in the Mega Zeppelin. And Boxer still gets to do it]].
* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler: ''And in the final minutes of the film no less!'' Thought Boxer was the hero? Wrong! It was really not-twins Taverner H. Christ all along!]]

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* CrucifiedHeroShot: ''Used for every death many deaths in the film'', [[spoiler: until the majority of the cast dies at once in the Mega Zeppelin. And Boxer still gets to do it]].
* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler: ''And in the final minutes of the film no less!'' Thought Boxer was the hero? Wrong! It was really not-twins Taverner H. Christ all along!]]



* GainaxEnding: If you're still somehow following the plot by the end, you won't be able to any longer. A passable knowledge of the Book of Revelations is needed to make sense of the majority of the plot and characters.

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* GainaxEnding: If you're still somehow following the plot by the end, you won't be able to any longer. A passable knowledge of the Book of Revelations is needed to make sense of the majority of the plot and characters. Likewise, the graphic novels help to make the plot significantly more understandable.



* [[spoiler:KillEmAll: By the film's end, there are maybe three major characters still alive, and it's implied that the world ends as soon as two of them let go of each other's hands.]]

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* [[spoiler:KillEmAll: By the film's end, there are maybe three major characters still alive, and it's implied that the world ends as soon as because two of them let go of each other's won't stop holding hands.]]



* NameOfCain: Boxer Santaros's screenplay centers around a character named Jericho Cain (who he hopes to be able to play himself).

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* NameOfCain: Boxer Santaros's screenplay centers around a character named Jericho Cain Cane (who he hopes to be able to play himself).



* NoodleIncident: The film never explains what happened between Tavener and Pilot in Fallujah. [[spoiler: It's revealed in the comic and passingly hinted at in the film that while under the influence of Fluid Karma, Roland accidentally scarred Pilot's face with a grenade.]]
* PlayingAgainstType: The cast. See WhatTheHellCastingAgency below for more information.

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* NoodleIncident: The film never explains what happened between Tavener and Pilot in Fallujah. [[spoiler: It's revealed in the comic and passingly hinted at in the film that while under the influence of Fluid Karma, Roland accidentally scarred Pilot's face with a grenade. He was listening to "All of These Things That I've Done," at the time, which is why Pilot psychically projects his musical number into Roland's head while he's unconscious.]]
* PlayingAgainstType: The cast.Pretty much the entire. See WhatTheHellCastingAgency below for more information.



* PsychicLink: One of the many effects of Fluid Karma.

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* PsychicLink: One of the many effects of (certain colors of) Fluid Karma.



* ShowWithinAShow: Krysta Now's script, "The Power".

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* ShowWithinAShow: Krysta Now's script, "The Power".Power," which she convinces Boxer that they wrote together.



* ShyFingerTwiddling: Boxer Santaros does this a lot.
* TagAlongActor: Boxer with Taverner.

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* ShyFingerTwiddling: Boxer Santaros does this a lot.
lot [[spoiler:because he is having constant schizophrenic breaks into the character of Jericho Cane.]]
* TagAlongActor: Boxer with Taverner. [[spoiler:It doesn't end well.]]



** Also done in-universe, as the Neo-Marxists inform Boxer he was cast as a racist cop for a "movie" (in truth, an attempt to convince him their plans are AllPartOfTheShow).

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** Also done in-universe, as the Neo-Marxists inform Boxer he was cast as a racist cop for a "movie" (in truth, an attempt to convince him their plans are AllPartOfTheShow).
5th Mar '13 5:29:21 PM ethansloan
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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: "Pimp" is constantly used in a way that suggests it means something like "badass" with no explanation.

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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: "Pimp" is constantly used in a way that suggests it means something like "badass" with no explanation.
explanation ({{Truth in Television}}, the meaning of "pimp" has drifted to "badass" ever since {{Gangsta Rap}} made it big in the nineties).
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