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''Stuart Little'' is a 1945 children's novel by Elwyn Brooks "E. B." White (1899-1985). It concerns the story of a mouse born to human parents in New York City. The early chapters concerns his everyday life in the City and encounter with a friend who saves his life, Margalo the bird.

When Margalo flies away, Stuart leaves the city in a quest to find her. He acquires a gasoline-powered model car and travels the country. He finds employment as a substitute teacher from time to time. The most notable event includes finding a love interest in his own size, Harriet Ames. They go to a single date before he leaves to continue his quest. The novel has no resolution.

''Stuart Little'' was adapted to a namesake film in 1999, which combined live-action and computer animation. The voice for the main character was provided by MichaelJFox. It was a box office hit, so naturally it received sequels: ''Stuart Little 2'' (2002) and ''Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild'' (2006). The second film was more of the same and did reasonably well at the box office. The third film was fully computer-animated, also directly released to video. An [[AnimatedAdaptation animated series]] was created in 2003 but only lasted a single season, 13 episodes.
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!!Some tropes seen in either the books or the films include:
* AdaptationalVillainy: Inverted with Snowbell. In the book, he [[CatsAreMean is very nasty toward Stuart]], without a hint of remorse. In the movies, while villainous at first, Snowbell eventually [[HeelFaceTurn becomes one of Stuart's allies]].
* AnimalAthleteLoophole: In the first film, most of the boats in the race are being operated by remote control. Guess there AintNoRule that says a mouse can't be sailing one.
* AuthorExistenceFailure: Fear of this led E.B. White to abruptly stop work on ''Stuart Little'' so that the book ends with zero resolution to its main storyline. White lived forty more years and wrote two further children's novels, but ''Stuart Little'' still ''feels'' like he died before finishing it.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: The film got a PG rating by having the villains occasionally say "damn" or "hell."
* BigBad: Smokey, the mob boss-like leader of a pack of cats, in the first film. The Falcon, a vicious tyrant who forces Margalo to do his bidding, is this in the second film. The Beast, a deadly Mountain Lion who forces Reeko to do his bidding, serves as the primary villain of the third film.
* BondVillainStupidity: When he actually ''has'' Stuart in his talons, [[JustEatHim instead of eating him]], Falcon drops Stuart - who, fortunately, lands on a soft garbage bag.
* BringMyBrownPants: In ''Stuart Little 2'', Stuart and Snowbell head out to a seedier part of town to find the whereabouts of the villainous Falcon, Stuart as intrepid as usual, and Snowbell in the need of a litter box. They meet up with Monte, who explains to the two how sinister the Falcon is. Snowbell is left terrified:
-->'''Stuart:''' Snowbell, are you all right?
-->'''Snowbell:''' Yeah. In fact, good news. I no longer need a litter box.
-->'''Monte:''' Mop up on aisle three!
* CarnivoreConfusion: Averted through the movies, particularly with Falcon in the second - he didn't eat Margalo because he needed an ArtfulDodger, and repeatedly tells her that if HE gets his talons into Stuart, he'll eat him. Of course, when he finally ''does'' get Stuart in his talons, BondVillainStupidity takes over.
* CatsAreMean: Played with in the films. Snowbell starts out very antagonistic toward Stuart, even trying to eat him and kill him, but later is shown as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold and, when his street cat friends from the alley want him to eat Stuart to be InWithTheInCrowd, he ultimately sides with Stuart. Played straight in the novel, however.
* DamselInDistress: Margalo feigns this to get Stuart to trust her. In the end, inverted: ''she'' saves Stuart from falling to his death after he [[CarFu Plane Fus]] Falcon.
* DeadpanSnarker: Though Snowbell is (as expected) the biggest [[CatsAreSnarkers culprit]], (movie) Margalo lets a little of this sneak through from time to time, when her Ditz armor starts to crack around Stuart.
* DescriptionCut: In ''Stuart Little 2:''
-->'''Stuart:''' Don't worry about Snowbell, he wouldn't hurt a fly.
-->''Cut to Snowbell catching and eating a fly.''
-->'''Snowbell:''' [burp] Oh, those flies really repeat on ya.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Subverted, Smokey and Falcon both fall from a great height but both survive. [[spoiler: However, Smokey is chased by dogs and never seen again. Falcon lands in a garbage can in front of Monte; though his fate isn't revealed, it looks like Monte's got quite a feast.]]
* {{Dissimile}}: In ''Stuart Little 2:''
-->'''Snowbell:''' (after Stuart's car overheats) I'm telling you, Stuart, it's a sign. This is just like the Burning Bush -- except it's a carburetor, and... I'm not Moses.
* TheDitz: Margalo puts on an understated version of this, mostly to throw Stuart off the fact that she's an ArtfulDodger.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: Margalo apparently does this to Falcon after landing in Stuart's car. It's all fake, to ingratiate her to Stuart.
* FakeAmerican: Hugh Laurie, as Stuart's father.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Falcon talks casually, but when something gets in the way of his shinies, the talons immediately come out.
* FeatheredFiend: A rare "noble" example: the (Peregrine) Falcon of the second movie, who fancies himself a feathered Fagin to Margalo's Artful Dodger.
-->'''Falcon:''' Don't make friends I can ''eat.''
* FluffyDryCat: Snowbell in the animated series.
* FurryConfusion: In the film, Stuart is an anthropomorphic mouse adopted as a son by humans; as a result he has a pet cat. Snowbell also speaks, however. It's implied that all cats and mice have intelligence in this world, but are generally treated as we treat animals anyway. Stuart being given "special treatment" creates a bit of a social scandal in both the human and animal worlds.
* HannibalLecture: Falcon explaining to Stuart that Margalo is simply an ArtfulDodger, and her friendship was a lie to get the Littles' wedding ring. Stuart stops it by shooting an arrow at him, which simply [[NoSell pisses him off.]]
* HappilyAdopted: Stuart, in the films. Somewhat averted in that there is initially a little sibling tension within his new family.
* HappilyMarried: The Little parents, to the point where they each finished the other's sentences. The moment they couldn't tell what the other was thinking led to slight panic, but all got resolved.
* HeyItsThatVoice: MichaelJFox played Stuart in the movie.
** [[Disney/TheLionKing Timon]] / [[Film/TheBirdcage Albert]] was Snowbell in the movie
** The mean cats in the first movie are : [[{{Film/Jumanji}} Carl Bentley]], [[Film/TheMask Detective Doyle]] and [[{{Sahara}} Al Giordino]] (who returns in the sequel) and their boss is [[ABronxTale Sonny LoSpecchio]].
** And in the TV series, Stuart was DannyPhantom.
** James Woods ([[Disney/{{Hercules}} Hades]], [[WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut Phillium Benedict]]) plays the falcon in Stuart Little 2.
** Speaking of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', Principal Prickly, Miss Grotke, and the yo-yo instructor were all supporting characters in the first movie.
** In Brazil, Rodrigo Santoro (best known internationally as [[ThreeHundred Xerxes]]) was Stuart.
* HeroicBSOD: Stuart suffers one in the second movie after he ends up in a landfill. Then he finds the wreckage of his plane...
* InNameOnly: The books were set in the late 1940s, Stuart was born from a human mother rather than adopted, and only the boat race in the first movie bears any resemblance to the events of the book.
* InterspeciesAdoption: As mentioned above, the book claims that Stuart was born from a human mother, but the movie explains this as the reason why Stuart has human parents to begin with.
* InvisibilityCloak: In the original books, Stuart's car has an invisibility button.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Snowbell.
* {{Lilliputians}}: Stuart meets one in the book.
* MagicRealism
* MouseWorld
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Margalo says this almost word-for-word after Falcon apparently drops Stuart to his death.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Falcon has quite the reputation, even among the street cats.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The first film is a criminal offender. Several commercials show Stuart flying a plane or fighting the cat and other cool things, but none of that happens in the film. But they do happen in the ending credits in a montage that depicts what happens ''after'' the story is over.
* NoEnding: The book ends with zero resolution; Stuart simply affirms his determination to find his friend, roll proverbial credits. Apparently E.B. White was concerned about his health, and decided to end the book at the best place he could find rather than keep going with it and risk leaving it unfinished at an even less satisfying point.
* NoSell: The second film has something sort of like this. After being told that Margalo isn't going anywhere, Stuart replies, "Yes she is!" and fires an arrow at Falcon - which simply bounces off his beak. He grabs Stuart in his talons and drops him off the building.
-->'''Falcon:''' Is that your best shot? Now let me show you ''mine.''
* RaisedByHumans: Stuart in the films (as opposed to the books, where he's a mouse mysteriously born to human parents).
* SurprisinglyFunctionalToys: Stuart drives an off-the-shelf RC car around, as opposed to the book version, where it was custom made.
* SmellySkunk: Reeko from the third film. [[spoiler: Ultimately is used on the Beast in the end.]]
* TrailerSpoof: The trailer for ''Stuart Little 2'' imitated moments from the first ''Spider-Man'' movie.
* UncleTomfoolery: In ''Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild,'' the character of Reeko the skunk, voiced by Wayne Brady.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: In the second film, Stuart befriends Margalo, a little bird who is menaced by a peregrine falcon. This would just be another case of CarnivoresAreMean, but note that Margalo is an ArtfulDodger disguised as an adorable female canary and the falcon is depicted as a vicious, mad-eyed, scheming Fagin {{Expy}} voiced by James Woods.
* WhosOnFirst: In ''Stuart Little 2,'' when the falcon has trapped Margalo under a can:
-->'''Margalo:''' Snowbell? Is that you? Is that really you?
-->'''Snowbell:''' Margalo? Where are you?
-->'''Margalo:''' In the can.
-->'''Snowbell:''' Oh, okay. I'll wait.
-->'''Margalo:''' No! In the paint can!
* YouGotSpunk: In ''Stuart Little 2'':
-->'''Snowbell:''' ''[to Stuart]'' You've got guts, kid! Guts, and... and spunk! Not to mention moxie! You got guts, spunk and moxie!
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''Stuart Little'' is a 1945 children's novel by Elwyn Brooks "E. B." White (1899-1985). It concerns the story of a mouse born to human parents in New York City. The early chapters concerns his everyday life in the City and encounter with a friend who saves his life, Margalo the bird.

When Margalo flies away, Stuart leaves the city in a quest to find her. He acquires a gasoline-powered model car and travels the country. He finds employment as a substitute teacher from time to time. The most notable event includes finding a love interest in his own size, Harriet Ames. They go to a single date before he leaves to continue his quest. The novel has no resolution.

''Stuart Little'' was adapted to a namesake film in 1999, which combined live-action and computer animation. The voice for the main character was provided by MichaelJFox. It was a box office hit, so naturally it received sequels: ''Stuart Little 2'' (2002) and ''Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild'' (2006). The second film was more of the same and did reasonably well at the box office. The third film was fully computer-animated, also directly released to video. An [[AnimatedAdaptation animated series]] was created in 2003 but only lasted a single season, 13 episodes.
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!!Some tropes seen in either the books or the films include:
* AdaptationalVillainy: Inverted with Snowbell. In the book, he [[CatsAreMean is very nasty toward Stuart]], without a hint of remorse. In the movies, while villainous at first, Snowbell eventually [[HeelFaceTurn becomes one of Stuart's allies]].
* AnimalAthleteLoophole: In the first film, most of the boats in the race are being operated by remote control. Guess there AintNoRule that says a mouse can't be sailing one.
* AuthorExistenceFailure: Fear of this led E.B. White to abruptly stop work on ''Stuart Little'' so that the book ends with zero resolution to its main storyline. White lived forty more years and wrote two further children's novels, but ''Stuart Little'' still ''feels'' like he died before finishing it.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: The film got a PG rating by having the villains occasionally say "damn" or "hell."
* BigBad: Smokey, the mob boss-like leader of a pack of cats, in the first film. The Falcon, a vicious tyrant who forces Margalo to do his bidding, is this in the second film. The Beast, a deadly Mountain Lion who forces Reeko to do his bidding, serves as the primary villain of the third film.
* BondVillainStupidity: When he actually ''has'' Stuart in his talons, [[JustEatHim instead of eating him]], Falcon drops Stuart - who, fortunately, lands on a soft garbage bag.
* BringMyBrownPants: In ''Stuart Little 2'', Stuart and Snowbell head out to a seedier part of town to find the whereabouts of the villainous Falcon, Stuart as intrepid as usual, and Snowbell in the need of a litter box. They meet up with Monte, who explains to the two how sinister the Falcon is. Snowbell is left terrified:
-->'''Stuart:''' Snowbell, are you all right?
-->'''Snowbell:''' Yeah. In fact, good news. I no longer need a litter box.
-->'''Monte:''' Mop up on aisle three!
* CarnivoreConfusion: Averted through the movies, particularly with Falcon in the second - he didn't eat Margalo because he needed an ArtfulDodger, and repeatedly tells her that if HE gets his talons into Stuart, he'll eat him. Of course, when he finally ''does'' get Stuart in his talons, BondVillainStupidity takes over.
* CatsAreMean: Played with in the films. Snowbell starts out very antagonistic toward Stuart, even trying to eat him and kill him, but later is shown as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold and, when his street cat friends from the alley want him to eat Stuart to be InWithTheInCrowd, he ultimately sides with Stuart. Played straight in the novel, however.
* DamselInDistress: Margalo feigns this to get Stuart to trust her. In the end, inverted: ''she'' saves Stuart from falling to his death after he [[CarFu Plane Fus]] Falcon.
* DeadpanSnarker: Though Snowbell is (as expected) the biggest [[CatsAreSnarkers culprit]], (movie) Margalo lets a little of this sneak through from time to time, when her Ditz armor starts to crack around Stuart.
* DescriptionCut: In ''Stuart Little 2:''
-->'''Stuart:''' Don't worry about Snowbell, he wouldn't hurt a fly.
-->''Cut to Snowbell catching and eating a fly.''
-->'''Snowbell:''' [burp] Oh, those flies really repeat on ya.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Subverted, Smokey and Falcon both fall from a great height but both survive. [[spoiler: However, Smokey is chased by dogs and never seen again. Falcon lands in a garbage can in front of Monte; though his fate isn't revealed, it looks like Monte's got quite a feast.]]
* {{Dissimile}}: In ''Stuart Little 2:''
-->'''Snowbell:''' (after Stuart's car overheats) I'm telling you, Stuart, it's a sign. This is just like the Burning Bush -- except it's a carburetor, and... I'm not Moses.
* TheDitz: Margalo puts on an understated version of this, mostly to throw Stuart off the fact that she's an ArtfulDodger.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: Margalo apparently does this to Falcon after landing in Stuart's car. It's all fake, to ingratiate her to Stuart.
* FakeAmerican: Hugh Laurie, as Stuart's father.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Falcon talks casually, but when something gets in the way of his shinies, the talons immediately come out.
* FeatheredFiend: A rare "noble" example: the (Peregrine) Falcon of the second movie, who fancies himself a feathered Fagin to Margalo's Artful Dodger.
-->'''Falcon:''' Don't make friends I can ''eat.''
* FluffyDryCat: Snowbell in the animated series.
* FurryConfusion: In the film, Stuart is an anthropomorphic mouse adopted as a son by humans; as a result he has a pet cat. Snowbell also speaks, however. It's implied that all cats and mice have intelligence in this world, but are generally treated as we treat animals anyway. Stuart being given "special treatment" creates a bit of a social scandal in both the human and animal worlds.
* HannibalLecture: Falcon explaining to Stuart that Margalo is simply an ArtfulDodger, and her friendship was a lie to get the Littles' wedding ring. Stuart stops it by shooting an arrow at him, which simply [[NoSell pisses him off.]]
* HappilyAdopted: Stuart, in the films. Somewhat averted in that there is initially a little sibling tension within his new family.
* HappilyMarried: The Little parents, to the point where they each finished the other's sentences. The moment they couldn't tell what the other was thinking led to slight panic, but all got resolved.
* HeyItsThatVoice: MichaelJFox played Stuart in the movie.
** [[Disney/TheLionKing Timon]] / [[Film/TheBirdcage Albert]] was Snowbell in the movie
** The mean cats in the first movie are : [[{{Film/Jumanji}} Carl Bentley]], [[Film/TheMask Detective Doyle]] and [[{{Sahara}} Al Giordino]] (who returns in the sequel) and their boss is [[ABronxTale Sonny LoSpecchio]].
** And in the TV series, Stuart was DannyPhantom.
** James Woods ([[Disney/{{Hercules}} Hades]], [[WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut Phillium Benedict]]) plays the falcon in Stuart Little 2.
** Speaking of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', Principal Prickly, Miss Grotke, and the yo-yo instructor were all supporting characters in the first movie.
** In Brazil, Rodrigo Santoro (best known internationally as [[ThreeHundred Xerxes]]) was Stuart.
* HeroicBSOD: Stuart suffers one in the second movie after he ends up in a landfill. Then he finds the wreckage of his plane...
* InNameOnly: The books were set in the late 1940s, Stuart was born from a human mother rather than adopted, and only the boat race in the first movie bears any resemblance to the events of the book.
* InterspeciesAdoption: As mentioned above, the book claims that Stuart was born from a human mother, but the movie explains this as the reason why Stuart has human parents to begin with.
* InvisibilityCloak: In the original books, Stuart's car has an invisibility button.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Snowbell.
* {{Lilliputians}}: Stuart meets one in the book.
* MagicRealism
* MouseWorld
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Margalo says this almost word-for-word after Falcon apparently drops Stuart to his death.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Falcon has quite the reputation, even among the street cats.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The first film is a criminal offender. Several commercials show Stuart flying a plane or fighting the cat and other cool things, but none of that happens in the film. But they do happen in the ending credits in a montage that depicts what happens ''after'' the story is over.
* NoEnding: The book ends with zero resolution; Stuart simply affirms his determination to find his friend, roll proverbial credits. Apparently E.B. White was concerned about his health, and decided to end the book at the best place he could find rather than keep going with it and risk leaving it unfinished at an even less satisfying point.
* NoSell: The second film has something sort of like this. After being told that Margalo isn't going anywhere, Stuart replies, "Yes she is!" and fires an arrow at Falcon - which simply bounces off his beak. He grabs Stuart in his talons and drops him off the building.
-->'''Falcon:''' Is that your best shot? Now let me show you ''mine.''
* RaisedByHumans: Stuart in the films (as opposed to the books, where he's a mouse mysteriously born to human parents).
* SurprisinglyFunctionalToys: Stuart drives an off-the-shelf RC car around, as opposed to the book version, where it was custom made.
* SmellySkunk: Reeko from the third film. [[spoiler: Ultimately is used on the Beast in the end.]]
* TrailerSpoof: The trailer for ''Stuart Little 2'' imitated moments from the first ''Spider-Man'' movie.
* UncleTomfoolery: In ''Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild,'' the character of Reeko the skunk, voiced by Wayne Brady.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: In the second film, Stuart befriends Margalo, a little bird who is menaced by a peregrine falcon. This would just be another case of CarnivoresAreMean, but note that Margalo is an ArtfulDodger disguised as an adorable female canary and the falcon is depicted as a vicious, mad-eyed, scheming Fagin {{Expy}} voiced by James Woods.
* WhosOnFirst: In ''Stuart Little 2,'' when the falcon has trapped Margalo under a can:
-->'''Margalo:''' Snowbell? Is that you? Is that really you?
-->'''Snowbell:''' Margalo? Where are you?
-->'''Margalo:''' In the can.
-->'''Snowbell:''' Oh, okay. I'll wait.
-->'''Margalo:''' No! In the paint can!
* YouGotSpunk: In ''Stuart Little 2'':
-->'''Snowbell:''' ''[to Stuart]'' You've got guts, kid! Guts, and... and spunk! Not to mention moxie! You got guts, spunk and moxie!
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2nd Feb '13 8:23:30 PM ArchTeryx
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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Falcon has quite the reputation, even among the street cats.
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* DisneyVillainDeath: Subverted, Smokey and Falcon both fall from a great height but both survive. [[spoiler: However, Smokey is chased by dogs and never seen again. Falcon lands in a garbage can and is apparently killed and eaten by Monte.]]

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* DisneyVillainDeath: Subverted, Smokey and Falcon both fall from a great height but both survive. [[spoiler: However, Smokey is chased by dogs and never seen again. Falcon lands in a garbage can and is apparently killed and eaten by Monte.in front of Monte; though his fate isn't revealed, it looks like Monte's got quite a feast.]]
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* NoSell: The second film has something sort of like this. After being told that Margalo isn't going anywhere, Stuart replies, "Yes she is!" and fires an arrow at Falcon - which simply bounces off his beak. He counterattacks, and almost manages to kill Stuart.

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* NoSell: The second film has something sort of like this. After being told that Margalo isn't going anywhere, Stuart replies, "Yes she is!" and fires an arrow at Falcon - which simply bounces off his beak. He counterattacks, grabs Stuart in his talons and almost manages to kill Stuart.drops him off the building.
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* BondVillainStupidity: When he actually ''has'' Stuart in his talons, [[WhyDontYouJustEatHim instead of eating him]], Falcon drops Stuart - who, fortunately, lands on a soft garbage bag.

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* BondVillainStupidity: When he actually ''has'' Stuart in his talons, [[WhyDontYouJustEatHim [[JustEatHim instead of eating him]], Falcon drops Stuart - who, fortunately, lands on a soft garbage bag.
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* BondVillainStupidity: When he actually ''has'' Stuart in his talons, [[WhyDon'tYouJustEatHim instead of eating him]], Falcon drops Stuart - who, fortunately, lands on a soft garbage bag.

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* BondVillainStupidity: When he actually ''has'' Stuart in his talons, [[WhyDon'tYouJustEatHim [[WhyDontYouJustEatHim instead of eating him]], Falcon drops Stuart - who, fortunately, lands on a soft garbage bag.
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* BondVillainStupidity: When he actually ''has'' Stuart in his talons, instead of eating him, Falcon drops Stuart - who, fortunately, lands on a soft garbage bag.

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* BondVillainStupidity: When he actually ''has'' Stuart in his talons, [[WhyDon'tYouJustEatHim instead of eating him, him]], Falcon drops Stuart - who, fortunately, lands on a soft garbage bag.
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-->''Falcon:'': Is that your best shot? Now let me show you ''mine.''

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-->''Falcon:'': -->'''Falcon:''' Is that your best shot? Now let me show you ''mine.''
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* DamselInDistress: Margalo feigns this to get Stuart to trust her. In the end, inverted: ''she'' saves Stuart from falling to his death after he [[CarFu Plane Fus]] Falcon.



* DamselInDistress: Margalo feigns this to get Stuart to trust her. In the end, inverted: ''she'' saves Stuart from falling to his death after he [[CarFu Plane Fus]] Falcon.
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