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27th Apr '16 5:05:03 AM Snicka
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* RottenRockAndRoll: The Once-ler's FaceHeelTurn is accompanied by the rock song "How Bad Can I Be?"
25th Apr '16 5:45:26 AM Willbyr
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: [[spoiler:O'Hare gets this near the end of the movie when Ted reveals the corrupt nature of both his business and character. Even his goons turn on him.]]

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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: [[spoiler:O'Hare [[spoiler:O'Hare]] gets this near the end of the movie when Ted [[spoiler:Ted reveals the corrupt nature of both his business and character. Even his goons turn on him.]]



* AbusiveParents: The Once-ler's mother. First, she derails his dreams, which hurt him for a long time. Then she pressured him into breaking his promise for The Lorax. Finally, when his business ultimately fails, she throws him away like garbage.

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* AbusiveParents: The Once-ler's mother. First, she derails his dreams, which hurt him for a long time. Then she pressured him into breaking his promise for The the Lorax. Finally, when his business ultimately fails, she throws him away like garbage.



* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Once-ler is made far more sympathetic. In the animated special, he's not outright bad, but he is ignorant, careless, and greedy. In the film, he's really only cutting down trees by pressure from his family who aren't sympathetic in the least, until the "How Bad Can I Be" number, where he becomes [[TookALevelInJerkass much less likable.]] The film's other main antagonist, however, is on-par with a ''[[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers Captain Planet]]'' villain. Thus we have Once-ler (Gray) and O'Hare (Black).

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Once-ler is made far more sympathetic. In the animated special, he's not outright bad, but he is ignorant, careless, and greedy. In the film, he's really only cutting down trees by pressure from his family who aren't sympathetic in the least, until the "How Bad Can I Be" number, where he becomes [[TookALevelInJerkass much less likable.]] likable]]. The film's other main antagonist, however, is on-par with a ''[[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers Captain Planet]]'' villain. Thus we have Once-ler (Gray) and O'Hare (Black).


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19th Apr '16 11:02:33 PM Adept
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Young Once-ler, given that we never see his face in the book.

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Young Once-ler, given that we The Once-Ler's face was never see his face revealed in the book.books, but he's most likely not human (given his spindly green arms, and the fact that most of Dr. Seuss's characters are weird creatures). In the movie, he's an adorable young man with lots of fangirls.
19th Apr '16 7:08:55 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* PetTheDog: Exploited. "How ba-a-a-ad can I be? Just look at me pettin' this puppy." Made worse by the fact that he had a ''legitimate'' PetTheDog moment earlier with the very same animal.

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* PetTheDog: Exploited. "How Exploited.
-->'''Once-Ler:''' How
ba-a-a-ad can I be? Just look at me pettin' this puppy." puppy.
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Made worse by the fact that he had a ''legitimate'' PetTheDog moment earlier with the very same animal.
18th Apr '16 7:10:50 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* InevitableWaterfall: Played with: Once-ler and Pipsqueak only face relatively passable rapids at first, and once they clear those... They see the huge roaring waterfall the trope normally deals with. It makes the practical joke that the Lorax plays on the Once-ler a lot more serious, and brings the two together for a short time.

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* InevitableWaterfall: Played with: Once-ler and Pipsqueak only face relatively passable rapids at first, and once they clear those... They see the huge roaring waterfall the trope normally deals with. InevitableWaterfall:
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It makes the practical joke that the Lorax plays on the Once-ler a lot more serious, and brings the two together for a short time.time.
** Played with: Once-ler and Pipsqueak only face relatively passable rapids at first, and once they clear those... they see the huge roaring waterfall the trope normally deals with.
18th Apr '16 5:22:06 AM StFan
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* FailedAttemptAtDrama: The Lorax is in the Once-ler's room to deliver a dramatic warning. He does this and attempts to open the door and walk out... only to be unable to reach the door handle. The Once-ler helps him, and the Lorax tries warning him again.
17th Apr '16 8:36:41 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Apparently, "Once-ler" is his actual name. His mom calls him "Once-y." His brothers, on the other hand, are named [[ThemeTwinNaming Brett and Chet]], which proves that there ARE normal names... It seems his real name is Wuncler. The only time we actually see his name written is during [[VillainSong "How Bad Can I Be?"]], and Once-ler seems like a nickname that stuck.

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* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Apparently, Subverted. At first glance, "Once-ler" is appears to be his actual name. His mom calls him "Once-y." His brothers, on the other hand, are named [[ThemeTwinNaming Brett and Chet]], which proves that there ARE normal names... It seems but then, it would seem his real name is Wuncler. The only time we actually see his name written is during [[VillainSong "How Bad Can I Be?"]], and Once-ler seems like a nickname that stuck.
17th Apr '16 8:04:56 PM ryanasaurus0077
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** A visual example with those two characters is the ring of stones that they placed around trees.

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** A visual example example, also with those two characters the Lorax and Ted, is the ring of stones that they placed around trees.



** Ted, [[MythologyGag the actual name of Dr. Seuss. Also Audrey, named after his second wife]].

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** Ted, [[MythologyGag Ted, the actual name of Dr. Seuss. Also Seuss, and Audrey, named after his second wife]].wife.]]



** O'Hare's company seems to follow this trope as well, with the only employees being O'Hare himself, his two goons, and the one delivery man. This is especially noticeable in the climax, where O'Hare feels the need to join the chase himself.

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** O'Hare's company seems to follow this trope as well, with the only employees being employs O'Hare himself, his two goons, and the one delivery man. This is especially noticeable in the climax, where O'Hare feels the need to join the chase himself.
17th Apr '16 7:55:44 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* CrapsaccharineWorld: The town of Thneedville seems like a really nice place. That is, until you see what lies [[CrapsackWorld outside the town...]] In the climax [[spoiler: Ted gets the townspeople on his side by [[TheUnmasquedWorld exposing it.]]]] The entire idea of Thneedville is a big TakeThat at modernization and industrialization. Thneedville is literally perfect, serene, and is entirely self-sufficient. Although [[spoiler:the air is almost completely polluted, leading to the BigBad gaining his fortune by selling ''air.'' The world outside is dead and decaying, there are the huge, rusted logging machines that Once-ler used to destroy the forests, and the only sign of any life outside of Thneedville is the Once-ler himself, in the tower that he seems to have stayed in since his business failed.]] Crapsaccharine indeed.

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* CrapsaccharineWorld: The town of Thneedville seems like a really nice place. That is, until you see what lies [[CrapsackWorld outside the town...]] In the climax [[spoiler: Ted gets the townspeople on his side by [[TheUnmasquedWorld exposing it.]]]] The ]]]][[note]]The entire idea of Thneedville is a big TakeThat at modernization and industrialization. Thneedville is literally perfect, serene, and is entirely self-sufficient. Although [[spoiler:the air is almost completely polluted, leading to the BigBad gaining his fortune by selling ''air.'' The world outside is dead and decaying, there are the huge, rusted logging machines that Once-ler used to destroy the forests, and the only sign of any life outside of Thneedville is the Once-ler himself, in the tower that he seems to have stayed in since his business failed.]] Crapsaccharine indeed.[[/note]]



* DescentIntoDarknessSong: [[spoiler:The Once-ler]]'s VillainSong seems fine and dandy for most of the song. That is until he starts talking about [[spoiler:not caring if the trees are dying]], while you see him [[spoiler:destroying said trees with the soundwaves from his guitar and carelessly hacking down every tree left and right while the forest creatures run for their lives.]] Not only does the song get so much darker, his voice gets a distinct malevolent echo at the end. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpgUQYARIsw "Biggering"]] extends the whole descent into darkness. At the end, it sounds like the Once-Ler descended also into madness.

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* DescentIntoDarknessSong: [[spoiler:The Once-ler]]'s VillainSong seems fine and dandy for most of the song. That is until he starts talking about [[spoiler:not caring if the trees are dying]], while you see him [[spoiler:destroying said trees with the soundwaves from his guitar and carelessly hacking down every tree left and right while the forest creatures run for their lives.]] Not only does the song get so much darker, his voice gets a distinct malevolent echo at the end. And then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpgUQYARIsw "Biggering"]] extends the whole descent into darkness. At darkness, to the point where at the end, it sounds like the Once-Ler descended also into madness.



** It's also never made clear if the man with the Once-Ler is his Father or Uncle. However, since the Once-Ler is supposed to be like Ted (in a sense), it might be his Uncle, so both Ted and the Once-Ler would have missing Fathers.

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** It's also never made clear if the man with the Once-Ler is his Father or Uncle. However, since the Once-Ler is supposed to be like Ted (in a sense), it might be his Uncle, so both Ted and the Once-Ler would have missing Fathers.
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