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7th Jun '17 6:45:18 PM Doc_Loki
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* HollywoodTactics: for what is explicitly an army bent on conquest, the Chitauri make very little effort to do anything except fly around and blow stuff up. They don't seek out enemy emplacements or forces, they don't attempt to capture any beach-heads, and some of them take hostages for no apparent reason. They act more like super-powered rioters than an army that intends to capture and hold territory.
** Loki choosing to site the main battle in New York City is also an example of this. Cities are much harder to capture or hold than open territory, and New York, with its many skyscrapers, limited sight lines and maze of underground tunnels, is harder than most.
** Averted hard by Captain America - he orders Iron Man to set a perimeter, Hawkeye to act as spotter, Thor to close the gate to prevent more enemy coming through, and while his command to Hulk isn't the greatest, it's probably the best tactical use one can make of an enormous green rage monster.
10th May '17 10:13:44 PM plumsiren
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* IfJesusThenAliens: Captain America. While he refuses to believe Thor and Loki are gods ("There's only one God, m'am, and I'm pretty sure he doesn't dress like that."), he accepts that they're magic-using aliens without question. Of course, he has seen the very-unscientific powers of the Tesseract first-hand, so it's not that much of a stretch for him. Steve is technically correct, as well, given that in the movie universe, the Asgardians are supposed to be {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s.

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* IfJesusThenAliens: Captain America. While he refuses to believe Thor and Loki are gods ("There's only one God, m'am, ma'am, and I'm pretty sure he He doesn't dress like that."), he accepts that they're magic-using aliens without question. Of course, he has seen the very-unscientific powers of the Tesseract first-hand, so it's not that much of a stretch for him. Steve is technically correct, as well, given that in the movie universe, the Asgardians are supposed to be {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s.
5th May '17 5:16:44 AM Hjortron18
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* KidnappedScientist: Astrophysicist Dr. Erik Selvig is kidnapped and brainwashed by Loki to help build a portal device powered by the Tesseract.


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* KungFuSonicBoom: This is what we get when [[UnstoppableForceMeetsImmovableObject Thor's god-hammer Mjölnir hits Captain America's vibranium shield]]. It levels a good acre of forest.


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* LaserGuidedKarma: Loki spends much of the movie belittling Bruce Banner/Hulk, basically describing him as a mindless uncontrollable subhuman to anyone within earshot, even to his very face. Loki even manages to use Banner's more vicious side to steam-roller S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers. [[spoiler:No prizes for guessing who gets to ram a thick, humbling slice of marble and concrete flavoured pie down his slimy gullet in the denouement!]]


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* LastVillainStand: becomes clear that Loki's entire plan is this to some extent; he already lost Asgard, the kingdom he actually wanted, in ''Thor'', and so he tries to take the Earth instead, mainly to spite his brother. Before and during the final battle, Tony Stark explains at some length that "there is no version of this where you come out on top", Thor incredulously asks "You think this madness will end with your rule!?" and Loki doesn't actually refute what they say. On the contrary, there are several points throughout the film where it's made very clear that he sees no other option but to keep going, and the audience knows that he is being threatened with a Fate Worse Than Death if he fails to deliver the Tesseract to [[spoiler: his mysterious benefactor, Thanos.]] Essentially, he knows that he'll almost certainly fail, but his pride won't let him surrender without trying every trick he can think of and it takes [[spoiler:a hilariously one-sided confrontation with The Incredible Hulk]] to convince him that he really can't win.


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* LaughablyEvil: Loki; there's something very amusing in the way he [[XanatosSpeedChess dances circles around the heroes]], while gleefully mocking them at the same time


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** And, later:
-->'''Tony Stark:''' Take a look at the panel and tell me what you see.\\
'''Cap:''' It appears to run on...some form of electricity.\\
'''Tony:''' Well, you're not wrong.
* LeadTheTarget: Strongly implied by Hawkeye. One shot has him rather spectacularly looking at a target while apparently pointing his bow the wrong way. Careful analysis shows that he's aiming quite in advance of his (fast-moving) target to hit it dead on.


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* LifesavingMisfortune: Tony Stark implies to Bruce that his FreakLabAccident might have been this.


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* LivingShip: The Chitauri have the Leviathans, armored dragons that also act as transportation for ground troops. As with the Chitauri themselves, they seemed to be mechanical to some extent as they die when the mothership is destroyed.


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* LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality: Bruce "the Hulk" Banner only starts to come out of his shell when Tony "Iron Man" Stark starts teasing him - mostly because Bruce's...[[PersonOfMassDestruction impressive]] anger management issues mean that people tend to walk on eggshells around him a lot, and Tony is treating him like a person, not an unexploded nuke that happens to be able to talk.
4th May '17 11:48:19 AM Hjortron18
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* IveComeTooFar: Loki says this almost word for word to Fury when Fury tries to convince him not to [[AlienInvasion declare war on Earth]].
-->'''Fury:''' This doesn't have to get any messier.\\
'''Loki:''' Of course it does. I've come too far for anything else.


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* IfItSwimsItFlies: The Helicarrier can serve as both an AirborneAircraftCarrier and a regular aircraft carrier, the former presumably meant for covert operations since it comes with an InvisibilityCloak.
* IfJesusThenAliens: Captain America. While he refuses to believe Thor and Loki are gods ("There's only one God, m'am, and I'm pretty sure he doesn't dress like that."), he accepts that they're magic-using aliens without question. Of course, he has seen the very-unscientific powers of the Tesseract first-hand, so it's not that much of a stretch for him. Steve is technically correct, as well, given that in the movie universe, the Asgardians are supposed to be {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s.
* IgnoredEpiphany: When the Chitauri are attacking New York, Thor tries for a last time to [[LastSecondChance approach his brother]], trying to make him aware of the destruction and the hypocrisy of [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill his plan]]. For a short moment, Loki seems genuinely shocked, telling Thor that "it's too late to stop it". But just when Thor responds that [[HopeSpot they can do it together]], Loki [[RedemptionRejection stabs him and flees]].


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* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: This is the Chitauri's [[spoiler:and Thanos']] attitude towards Earth, until the Avengers prove them wrong.


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* InTheBack: Loki stabs [[spoiler:Coulson]] from behind with his [[BladeOnAStick scepter]].
4th May '17 10:39:32 AM Hjortron18
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* HairFlip: Two of them in rapid succession, first by Black Widow and then by Loki.
* HandSignals: A Chitauri squadron leader uses the "hold fire" sign then a slashing motion to allow his troops to combine their barrage on The Hulk. Unfortunately for him, that just makes The Hulk angrier.


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* HeroesGoneFishing: In TheStinger (the second one) at the end [[spoiler:the exhausted Avengers actually go to the shawarma joint that Tony mentioned and sit around a table eating in silence.]]


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* HiddenHeartOfGold: Tony Stark is pretty adamant that none of title characters other than Bruce ever find out he actually gives a damn. A prime example: when he's alone with Coulson, Tony's seen assuring him that all Coulson has to do is say the word and pick a weekend, and Tony will personally fly Coulson to Portland to make up with his cellist ex-girlfriend and "keep love alive!" Much later in the film, after [[spoiler:Coulson]] is killed, Steve cautiously asks Tony if he had a wife, to which Tony replies [[OrSoIHeard "There was a cellist -- I think"]] and then proceeds to snort derisively and fumblingly [[spoiler:call Coulson an idiot for trying to take on Loki]] while turning away so Steve can't see the tears in his eyes.
* HighCollarOfDoom: Loki sports one which, while relatively subdued, is larger than in ''Thor''.
* HobbesWasRight: Loki seems to hold this belief.
-->'''Loki:''' (''to Thor'') The humans slaughter each other in droves while you idly fret. I mean to ''rule'' them and why should I not?


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* HoistHeroOverHead: Inverted; Thor does this to Loki.


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* HomeFieldAdvantage: The film's finale takes place in New York City. Captain America, being a native New Yorker, (even if [[FishOutOfTemporalWater 70 years]] out of his native ''time''), is able to quickly formulate battle plans and issue orders as the battle develops.


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* HumansAreInsects: Discussed:
-->'''Nick Fury:''' We have no quarrel with your people.\\
'''Loki:''' An ant has no quarrel with a boot.


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* HydePlaysJekyll: Bruce Banner briefly pretends to be on the edge of UnstoppableRage to [[{{Troll}} mess with]] Black Widow.
4th May '17 9:47:57 AM Hjortron18
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* GlassyPrison: The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier contains one as a TailorMadePrison for the Hulk but they are using it to hold Loki that can be dropped 30,000-odd feet out of the bottom of the ship at the push of a button. [[spoiler:He escapes (surprise, surprise) and traps Thor in it, who escapes by smashing his hammer through the glass.]]



--->'''Thor:''' You people are so petty. And ''tiny''.



* GrandStaircaseEntrance: Loki in shows up at a museum gala in Stuttgart, Germany, strolling down a huge marble suitcase in an [[BadassInANiceSuit impeccable suit]] to the soothing strains of a string quartet. Then, in time to the quartet, he whacks a guy with his staff and stabs another in the eye.
* GratuitousRussian: Black Widow speaks decent Russian (although not like a native she's supposed to be), while working undercover and being interrogated by a Russian general (who also has an accent, as he's played by a Polish actor). At the end of that scene, she exclaims "Bozhe moi!" ("My God!") after finding out that Coulson wants her to bring in Bruce Banner (the only person that terrifies her). Apparently, ScarlettJohansson had a voice coach train her to say Russian words.
* GreaterScopeVillain: In TheStinger #1, the greatest villain of this story is revealed to be [[spoiler:Thanos, but he's otherwise uninvolved with the plot.]]



* GreaterScopeVillain: In TheStinger #1, the greatest villain of this story is revealed to be [[spoiler:Thanos, but he's otherwise uninvolved with the plot.]]

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* GreaterScopeVillain: In TheStinger #1, GrenadeHotPotato: A group of alien Chitauri soldiers during the greatest villain invasion of this story is revealed Manhattan have cornered a large number of civilians in a bank. From the second floor, one of them prepares to be [[spoiler:Thanos, but he's otherwise uninvolved throw a powerful energy grenade below to kill dozens of people. They get interrupted by Captain America, however, who knocks the grenade out of the Chitauri's hand and starts brawling with them. As the plot.]]counter on the bomb audibly winds down, one of the Chitauri frantically picks up the grenade and starts turning around to throw it at Cap - who jumps into the air and holds his shield between them. The Chitauri tries to throw the bomb after him - as much to hurt Cap as to just get the grenade away from himself - but he can't even manage to get it out of his hand before it blows up, enveloping the entire second floor of the bank in the explosion and blasting Cap out a window and onto a car below.
4th May '17 9:28:10 AM Hjortron18
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* EpicFail: Loki attempts to [[spoiler:subdue Hulk in Stark Tower by yelling at him. It gets him slammed into the ground repeatedly mid-speech]]. Granted, Loki ''is'' having a Villainous Breakdown, but it still isn't one of his better ideas.

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* EpicFail: Loki attempts to [[spoiler:subdue Hulk in Stark Tower by yelling at him. It gets him slammed into the ground repeatedly mid-speech]]. Granted, Loki ''is'' having a Villainous Breakdown, VillainousBreakdown, but it still isn't one of his better ideas.
4th May '17 9:06:10 AM Hjortron18
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* FearOfThunder: Justified, when Loki becomes uneasy when a storm starts, prompting this exchange:
-->'''Captain America:''' What's the matter? Scared of a little lightning?\\
'''Loki:''' I'm not overly fond of [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor what follows]].



* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The five male members of The Avengers and even their most distinctive colors fit a Combo Ensemble: Tony Stark/Iron Man (choleric gold + sanguine red), Thor (choleric red and yellow + melancholic black), Bruce Banner (melancholic/phlegmatic green when he turns Hulk -- which is ironically the only time he appears '''not''' to fit his respective temperament), Steve Rogers/Captain America (phlegmatic blue + sanguine red), and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (leukine, neutral grey/black).
** It could be simpler put as: Captain America (phlegmatic), Iron Man (sanguine), Thor (choleric), Bruce Banner (melancholic), Black Widow and Hawkeye (eclectic).


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** This is Loki's favorite tactic, but it is used against him in the climax. Tony realizes that he and Loki are NotSoDifferent, and this helped him figure out that Loki would sacrifice pragmatism for showmanship, which would end up biting Loki hard.
** Black Widow manipulates Loki's love for TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to get important information from him. The Chitauri use his thirst for revenge and "worthiness" to have him fetch the Tesseract.
* ForbiddenChekhovsGun: The whole team (minus Tony) spends a lot of time trying to keep Bruce Banner calm. Then the alien invasion arrives.
-->[''Alien leviathan starts heading towards the group.'']\\
'''Captain America:''' Dr. Banner! Now might be a good time to get angry.\\
'''Banner:''' That's my secret Captain. I'm always angry.\\
[''Banner Hulks Out and punches the leviathan.'']
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The five male members of The Avengers and even their most distinctive colors fit a Combo Ensemble: Tony Stark/Iron Man (choleric gold + sanguine red), Thor (choleric red and yellow + melancholic black), Bruce Banner (melancholic/phlegmatic green when he turns Hulk -- which is ironically the only time he appears '''not''' to fit his respective temperament), Steve Rogers/Captain America (phlegmatic blue + sanguine red), and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (leukine, neutral grey/black).
** It could be simpler put as: Captain America (phlegmatic), Iron Man (sanguine), Thor (choleric), Bruce Banner (melancholic), Black Widow and Hawkeye (eclectic).
* FlawExploitation:
4th May '17 8:20:52 AM Hjortron18
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* EatTheBomb: Bruce Banner sarcastically asks if Fury wants him to do this with the Tesseract.
* EleventhHourRanger: [[spoiler:Hawkeye]] spends most of the film BrainwashedAndCrazy and isn't freed until before the end battle with Loki and the Chitauri.
* EnergyAbsorption: Iron Man's suit absorbs Thor's lightning bolt.
-->'''Jarvis:''' Power to four-hundred percent capacity.
-->'''Tony Stark:''' How about that? [''fires a supercharged repulsion blast back at Thor'']


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* EstablishingTeamShot:
** The rotating team shot of Hawkeye, Thor, the Black Widow, Captain America, Iron Man and Hulk.
** Another one later when [[spoiler:Loki opens his eyes and sees the entire team glaring at him.]]


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* EverybodyOwnsAFord: The movie features numerous Acuras.


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* EvilGloating: Loki ''loves'' to gloat, though he has a tendency to [[ShutUpHannibal underestimate his audience]].


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* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Loki starts off with tidy hair that doesn't reach his shoulders during ''Thor''. When he returns as a would-be world conqueror, his hair is quite a bit longer and noticeably un-cared for. This serves as an indicator that he's considerably less stable than before, now more of a [[BigBad straight-up villain]] rather than a sympathetic AntiVillain.
* EyeColourChange: Loki's staff changes people's eyes blue when he mind-controls them. On the DVD commentary, director JossWhedon explains that this was actually something they added in post-production to make the difference between brainwashed characters and people acting under their own will clear, and so that there was a clear visual sign in [[spoiler:Hawkeye]] when he finally broke out of it, which makes his teammates taking him back more understandable.
3rd May '17 10:20:28 AM nighttrainfm
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* HardHead: Thor. At one point, he headbutts a fully-suited Iron Man, and the latter ends up in far more pain (this is assuming Thor felt any pain at all, which he may not have). Then, when Captain America breaks up the fight, he throws his shield to get their attention. It bounces off of Thor's bare forehead, and the way he reacts (or, really, ''doesn't'' react) makes it look like Cap's shield is made of Styrofoam.

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* HardHead: HardHead:
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Thor. At one point, he headbutts a fully-suited Iron Man, and the latter ends up in far more pain (this is assuming Thor felt any pain at all, which he may not have). Then, when Captain America breaks up the fight, he throws his shield to get their attention. It bounces off of Thor's bare forehead, and the way he reacts (or, really, ''doesn't'' react) makes it look like Cap's shield is made of Styrofoam.



* HatePlague: Not that the Avengers weren't getting on each other's nerves before, but it's implied that Loki's scepter somehow has the ability to supernaturally raise tensions between the team while he was on the Helicarrier. When Banner starts getting angry, he picks up the scepter without realizing it. [[{{Revision}} Revised]] by Kevin Feige: Loki's scepter is made from [[spoiler:the Mind Stone, one of the Infinity Gems.]]

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* HatePlague: Not that the Avengers [[MoreThanMindControl weren't getting on each other's nerves before, before]], but it's implied that just being in the room as Loki's mind-controlling scepter somehow has the ability to supernaturally raise raises the tensions between the team while he was on the Helicarrier.to near-violence. When Banner starts getting angry, he picks up the scepter without realizing it. [[{{Revision}} Revised]] by Kevin Feige: Loki's scepter is made from [[spoiler:the Mind Stone, one of the Infinity Gems.Stones.]]
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