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->''"Less singing. More explosions."''
-->-- The team motto for this film, according to DVDCommentary.

Entry #41 in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, this movie begins with [[DistantPrologue a great cataclysm that occurred in the distant past]].

Flash forward to the early 20th century. Milo Thatch, a young, poor, orphaned linguist, has uncovered evidence of the existence of a great civilization in the past, {{Atlantis}}, which was previously thought to be just a myth. Despite his breakthroughs in deciphering clues hidden in the writings and legends of many disparate cultures, his ideas and his proposed expedition--to find "the Shepherd's Journal" and follow its instructions to the lost city itself--is rejected outright by his peers. However, a mysterious woman steps in and offers him a chance to prove his theory, backed by the mysterious billionaire Mr. Whitmore, who knew Milo's grandfather and had agreed years earlier to help finance Milo's expedition.

Once Milo meets Whitmore and convinces him of his own personal determination and commitment, he is invited to join an expedition that is setting out to make the unprecedented trip to Atlantis itself. The rag-tag team is led by Commander Rourke, a straight, no-nonsense military man, who also knew Milo's grandfather and worked with him on the previous expedition where they ''found'' the Shepherd's Journal. Once they arrive at the destination from which they might never return, they discover an underdeveloped, dying society that has abandoned and forgotten their written language -- and Milo becomes a translator between the two cultures. However, it is revealed that there is an ulterior purpose to the expedition that Milo is unaware of, and his compatriots are not all that they seem.

While Atlantis is technically in the [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney canon]], it does not appear much in modern promotionals, probably because the movie did not do too well in the theater, adding to the growing fear that 2D animated movies were dead (though Disney's ''other'' [[WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut 2D animated movie did better]] for the year). It was otherwise notable for being accused of ripping off set pieces similar to those in ''NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' (an unrelated anime series also about Atlantean mythology) and ''Series/{{Stargate|SG1}}''. (''Series/StargateAtlantis'', however, is unrelated.) See also ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'', a [[Creator/LucasArts cinematic game]] which was mooted as the basis for an ''[[Franchise/IndianaJones Indy 4]]'' that [[WhatCouldHaveBeen never was]]. The movie itself was based on ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' by Creator/JulesVerne, as was ''Nadia'', [[OlderThanTheyThink which goes some way in explaining similar themes]]. Though the obvious similarities between Milo and Jean (the protagonist of ''Nadia'') are harder to explain away. For what it is worth, one of the credited writers is JossWhedon, and [[ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} Mike Mignola]] was the production designer.

''Atlantis'' is also the second DisneyAnimatedCanon film to be rated PG, with the first being ''The Black Cauldron'', which was released all the way back in 1985!

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!!This film provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: It would be easier to just say "all of them," but it's a lot more fun to name them specifically;
** Audrey is a teenage mechanic who's surprisingly proactive, given her age. Apparently she also has a sister [[spoiler: who is poised to become a boxing champion]].
** Helga's not just a FemmeFatale - she can kick some ''serious'' ass too.
** Even Ms. Packard gets in on this during the climax.
* {{Adorkable}}: Milo, who personifies this to such a degree that he provides the page image for that trope. Intelligent, sweet, clumsy, scrawny, still brave... Top it off with the voice of MichaelJFox, and you have got fangirl carnage on your hands.
** Kida makes mention of this... in her own, unique way.
--> '''Kida''': You are a scholar are you not? Judging by your diminished physique and large forehead, you are suited for nothing else.
* AdvancedAncientAcropolis: Although by the time Milo and the crew gets there, [[LostTechnology the natives have forgotten how everything works.]]
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: At the end of the movie, Milo is saying goodbye to all his friends. When he comes to [[ThePigPen Mole, who offers a big hug]], he hesitates before patting his head instead.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The film has a different theme song for the Japanese version, called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAJg4Pp2dWE "Crystal Vine"]], written by DREAMS COME TRUE.
** Also an alternative song in the Latin American version, to the point where the North American DVD has an entire hidden ''section'' you cannot access if you select to see the movie in anything but Spanish when you have the chance at the loading screen.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Gas had not been deployed as a weapon yet, but the concept of a gas mask dates back to the 9th century. A gas mask was patented in America in 1849 by Lewis Haslett, for filtering dust, and Garrett A. Morgan invented a gas mask in 1912 that proved useful for gas/smoke-filled environments. Military use of gas masks did not occur until at least 1915, but Rourke runs a private army with unconventional equipment, to say the least.
* AnachronismStew: The movie makes an effort to avoid this minus Atlantis and some of the Steampunk / Dieselpunk tech used by the expedition.
** Though Mole does use a Soviet [=PPSh=]-41 submachine gun and steel helmets and gas masks would not be commonplace until 1915-16.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "We've done a lot of things we're not proud of: robbing graves, eh, plundering tombs, double-parking..." It is even funnier in the Latin American dub, where he ends the list with [[KickTheDog "kicked a dog"]].
* ArtisticLicenseLinguistics: Averted (See ConvenientlyPreciseTranslation below) and also played straight. In most languages, the translation in the beginning would not work, but the Norse words for Ireland and Iceland really are one rune (letter) apart, so it makes perfect sense for the two words to be accidentally switched. However, later on the Atlanteans can magically speak not just English but every language descended from their own, even though that is '''''not''''' how languages evolve. Additionally, many of the languages spoken are from completely different language families (meaning that they are ''not'' descended from the same language, Atlantean or otherwise).
** Related, the film implies that every linguist before Milo was a complete idiot, as the rune for C looks exactly like a C, and the rune for R looks exactly like an R. Mixing them up would be like mixing up...an R and a C, really.
** Milo can speak Atlantean through slowly translating their written language. Unless a Romanization or Anglicization of the alphabet exists (which is doubtful), this is impossible, as you can't tell what a letter is supposed to sound like solely through what it looks like. On the other hand, his pronunciation is nowhere near perfect; Kida comments that his accent is "boorish, provincial, and you speak it through your nose."
* {{Atlantis}}: [[CaptainObvious Do you REALLY need an explanation for this?]]
* AwardBaitSong: Oh, it may not be a musical, but it is ''still'' a Disney animated film. Thus, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZad3r63wAI "Where the Dream Takes You"]]. Sadly, it is not in [[{{Fictionary}} Atlantean]].
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:Rourke]], who attacks Milo with an ax as the hot air balloon transport is crashing. He himself admits that Milo has done what few people have, which is royally ''piss him off''.
* {{Badass}}: Pretty much everyone who embarked on the expedition gets an EstablishingCharacterMoment during the Leviathan's attack. Even the great many that didn't make it.
* BadassAdorable: Kida.
* BadassBookworm: Milo during the climax.
* BlatantLies: Used for humor and as the official story in the end. [[spoiler: Pretty much the crew that made it back home are talking about how it was all a dead end and how everyone died... while they're wearing their crystals and new, expensive clothes, with Whitmore looking at the photographs of Alantis.]]
* BareYourMidriff: Kida and a few other Atlantean women.
* BerserkButton: You...have disturbed...the '''DIRT!'''
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Commander Lyle T. Rourke.]]
* BizarreTasteInFood: Mole. When Cookie is serving up dinner, he slops baked beans onto everyone's trays, but refers to it as Caesar salad (for Sweet), escargot (for Audrey) and oriental spring rolls (for Mole). Mole looks at his tray, disappointed, and protests to Audrey that he wanted the escargot, and Audrey shoves her tray at him. Mole abandons the 'spring rolls' and digs into the 'escargot,' even though it's the same greasy food.
* TheBet: Whitmore reveals that, years ago, he and Milo's grandfather had made a bet: If Thaddeus Thatch ever actually found the Shepherd's Journal then Whitmore would not only personally fund the mission to find the city, he would kiss Thatch right on the mouth.
-->'''Whitmore:''' Imagine my embarrassment when he ''found'' the darn thing!
* BookEnds: The queens. The film begins with the end of one queen's reign, and ends with the beginning of another's.
* BowtiesAreCool: Milo wears one in the beginning of the film. Of course, they are fairly appropriate for the time period.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: You try turning into crystal and tell me (or [[BigBad Rourke]]) it didn't hurt.]]
* BodyToJewel: Kida merges with the [[spoiler:Heart of Atlantis]]. Later on [[spoiler:Rourke is turned into a crystal monster after making contact with a crystallized shard of glass]].
* BridgeLogic: Vinny, providing the page's quote:
-->'''Milo:''' Will you look at the size of this? It's gotta be half a mile high, at least. It must have taken hundred -- no, thousands of years to carve this thing.\\
''[Vinny blows it up so it falls down over a chasm]''\\
'''Vinny:''' Hey, look, I made a bridge. It only took me, like, what? 10 seconds? 11, tops.
** This is made even more hilarious when taking into account that that particular scene is 10-11 seconds, depending on how you cut it.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Most of Rourke's team are highly competent in their respective fields but are very odd individuals otherwise.
* ButNotTooBlack: Sweet is only half African, with a Native American mother. Which sort of makes him a literal African-American.
* CapitalismIsBad: The BigBad, [[spoiler:Rourke]], is a sadistic mercenary who actually describes himself as an "adventure capitalist". Granted, all he is motivated by is money, which is why he leads to the expedition. Then, just to get even more money, he steals the only thing that allows the Atlanteans to survive (a giant blue crystal) and tries to bring it to the surface to sell it. Some people see the film as being anti-capitalist because of him.
* CaptainObvious:
-->'''Milo''' (exasperated): Well, do ''you'' have any advice?!
--> '''Vinny:''' Yeah - Don't get shot.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Dr. Sweet's saw. Later used to cut down the trapped Kida. Or at least tries:
-->'''Audrey:''' ''(trying and failing to cut the chain)'' "I thought you said this thing could cut through a femur in 28 seconds!"\\
'''Sweet:''' Less talk, more saw!
** Helga carries Chekhov's FlareGun tucked into her trousers.
** Milo plays with a small part of the submarine model, which turns out to be the large inflatable balloon that [[spoiler:Rourke and Helga try to take to the top of the volcanic chimney to escape]].
-->'''Sweet:''' Hold on. Back Up. Are you saying this volcano can blow at anytime?\\
'''Mole:''' No, no, no, no. That would take an explosive force of great magnitude.[[note]]Like the burning wreckage of a giant balloon crashing down on it, say.[[/note]]
** The Guardians of Atlantis - the shield {{golem}}s, activated by the Heart of Atlantis, which protect the center of the city from the tsunami at the beginning [[spoiler:and from the exploding volcano at the end.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Milo's ability to manage certain touchy boilers.
* TheChiefsDaughter: Kida. Played with since she's evolved into this as her society went from thriving kingdom to dying and primitive.
* ClippedWingAngel [[spoiler:When Rourke is stabbed with the crystalizing glassing from Kida's cage, he mutates into a crystal humanoid and keeps attacking Milo. However, the propeller of their balloon makes short work of him.]]
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: See NiceJobBreakingItHero below. Sweet's response to Milo's rant is to remind him "you did set the camp on fire and drop us down that big hole".
* CommunicationsOfficer: Mrs. Packard, although she spends most of the time chatting up her friend over the phone (which, unless she's also in the submarine, would be quite a feat using 1914 technology).
* ConLang: The Atlantean language [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantean_language is an actual functional language]].
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Milo runs around on a rapidly melting volcano floor in thin shoes with no problem.
* ConvenientlyPreciseTranslation: The runes between the Norse words "Ísland" and "Írland" [[JustifiedTrope really are fairly similar]], just like the English words "Ireland" and "Iceland". The only difference being a horizontal mirroring and a vertical line.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Sweet threatens the [[ThePigPen dirt-loving geologist]] Mole with soap if he doesn't leave Milo alone.
* CoolShip: The huge submarine Ulysses is awesome, built like something straight out of Jules Verne's stories. Unfortunately, even it is no match for the Leviathan's WaveMotionGun.
* CosmopolitanCouncil
* CrazyPrepared: Rourke. Audrey's main advice to Milo when [[spoiler:they are going against him]] is that he is "never surprised." Case in point - he brings anti-aircraft guns and an army of biplanes with him on an ''underground/underwater mission'', despite having no reason to think he was going to be attacked by flying machines.
** What makes it even crazier is the fact they lost 90% of their equipment prior to that point.
** At least some of the credit should go to [[EccentricMillionaire Mr. Whitmore]], who had the expedition supplied with said equipment in the first place.
* CreatorThumbprint: [[ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} Mike Mignola]] was the production designer for the film and boy, does it show. Especially one scene during a travel montage where a shot combines both what Milo sees in the Shepherd's Journal with the route the crew follows, complete with Mike's signature use of black.
* CunningLinguist: Milo.
* DamselInDistress: Kida but in proof that TropesAreNotBad. [[spoiler: Once she is saved from distress, she proceeds to save everyone else from certain death]].
* DarkActionGirl: [[spoiler:Helga.]]
* DarkSkinnedBlond: The Atlanteans mostly have ''white hair'' but otherwise fit the archetype closely.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Ms. Packard.
-->(while heavily smoking) "We're all gonna die."
** Vinny has been known to snark as well; see the entry for BridgeLogic, above.
* DeathGlare: The explorers give this to Milo after Milo almost led them down the jaws of a creature by accident due to holding the Shepherd's Journal upside down.
* DisneyDeath: Averted with [[spoiler:Kida's father]].
* DisneyVillainDeath: Subverted. [[spoiler: Helga survives the fall, but it's not likely she survived having a flaming zeppelin crashing down on her.]] Also averted with [[spoiler: Rourke]] who dies by getting caught in the Zeppelin's blades.
** Regarding the fall, [[spoiler: Helga is confirmed to have been crushed by the zeppelin once the rest of the crew returns to the surface]].
* DistantPrologue: The film opens with the destruction of Atlantis several thousand years ago as it is submerged beneath the ocean. Originally there was a different DistantPrologue intended for the opening, focusing on [[HornyVikings a viking ship]] that was trying to find the city, but the producers decided for a more action-packed opening.
* TheDogBitesBack: It is [[spoiler:Helga's LastBreathBullet after Rourke betrays her]] that really foils the EvilPlan.
* DwindlingParty: The encounter with the Leviathan kills most of the crew of the Ulysses; each step of their journey to Atlantis further thins their party until few more than the [[PlotArmor main characters]] are left.
* DyingRace: The Atlanteans, [[spoiler:though they start to redevelop their society at the end of the first movie]].
* EasterEgg: In the shot of the Ulysses descending into the ocean, a crewman can be seen grinning and waving at the camera almost immediately after Milo goes off frame (You'll need to use freeze-frame to see him).
* EldritchAbomination: The sequel gives us [[KrakenAndLeviathan the Kraken]], a giant squid-like beastie with a fish-like face and the ability to offer immortality to anyone who [[DealWithTheDevil makes a deal with it]] and hypnotize people as well.
* EmbarrassingSlide: Milo intends to start his lecture by showing a slide of the Leviathan, "a creature so terrifying that sailors were said [[GoMadFromTheRevelation to be driven mad by the mere sight of it]]." Cut to a slide of him popping up, wearing a onesie bathing suit, duckie inner tube, and arm floaties.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: In the sequel, Erik Hellstrom, under the belief that he is Odin's reincarnation, steals Gungnir from Whitmore's mansion and attempts to use it to bring about Ragnarok.
** To be honest, Hellstrom's view of Ragnarok is a bit warped, since it mainly involves Surtr setting the sky ablaze and Þrymr freezing the surface of the earth as they both hold Gungnir.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Robbing graves? Fine. Plundering tombs? Fine. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Double-parking?]] Fine. [[spoiler: Stealing the only thing keeping the last remnants of Atlantean civilization alive? Prompts a group HeelFaceTurn.]]
* EverythingMakesAMushroom: ''Cookie's cooking'' does this when disposed of in a fire.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Kida. [[spoiler: She becomes queen at the end of the film, something very few Disney Princesses get to do, and is the first Disney Princess to do so. She was also the only one until [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Elsa]] came along.]]
* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler:Rourke. According to Sweet, "He's been after that crystal since Iceland."]]
* EvilIsPetty: They find Atlantis, that turn out to be still living civilization. It's hands down the greatest archaeological discovery in history which our heroes will be greatly rewarded for, but that's not enough for the [[FauxAffablyEvil otherwise friendly]] [[spoiler: Rourke. He wants to take the Heart of Atlantis, which would kill the Atlanteans, so that he'll be even more rich.]]
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler: Rourke makes the journey to steal the crystal and kill anyone in his way.]] The final stage of this plan is what Milo fights against.
* FacelessMooks: The gas-mask wearing soldiers in the end.
* FamilyBusiness: Both Audrey and Vinny are part of one.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Averted. Period accurate weapons are used frequently.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler: Rourke is turned to crystal and [[LiterallyShatteredLives shattered to pieces]] by propeller blades. Although some might overlook this compared to how graphic it would have been if he ''hadn't'' been turned to crystal.]]
* FanDisservice: In-universe. Mrs. Packard says she sleeps in the nude and Sweet says that she sleepwalks after throwing Milo a sleep mask.
* FanServicePack: It's quite convenient that the fireflies would attack the camp while everyone's asleep, meaning they spend the rest of the film wearing less clothing. Rourke, Milo, Vinnie and Sweet lose their modest tops to be replaced by flattering vests. Audrey also loses her baggy sleeves and Helga loses the coat in favour of a tank top.
* {{Fauxshadowing}}: [[spoiler: After Mole comments on how the dormant volcano will only erupt in reaction to an explosion of great magnitude, everyone stares at Vinny, who is tinkering with a time bomb. When the volcano ''does'' erupt, however, Vinny has nothing to do with it; in fact, he lampshades this.]]
* FemmeFatale: [[spoiler:Helga.]]
* FlyAtTheCameraEnding: Ends with an Atlantean flying machine obscuring the camera.
* TheFogOfAges: The Atlanteans have forgotten much of their culture over the centuries, to the point that none of them can read their own writing.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** When Whitmore shows off the scale models of the vehicles to be used in the expedition, Milo is seen fiddling with the Hot Air Balloon Model. [[spoiler:Milo later has his climactic battle with Rourke on the real thing.]]
** As mentioned in the DVD commentary, when Whitmore shows the files of the crew, [[spoiler:Rourke's photo is partially covered-up. All the good guys' photos are fully uncovered.]]
*** Again with Rourke: at the beginning when they're getting on the boat, Rourke says the trip "will enrich us all". Later, he is shown to [[spoiler: ''definitely'' care more about money than ethics]].
* FreezeFrameBonus: During the scene in which the leviathan attacks, Mrs. Packard can be seen opening a crime novel and trying to read even as she relays communications for the rest of the panicked crew.
* FreudianSlip: "I know how to swim pretty girl -- ''good''! Pretty good, I swim pretty good."
* FrothyMugsOfWater: Averted, as Cookie includes whiskey in his personal list of the four basic food groups.
* GasMaskMooks: The soldiers that come along on the expedition. A prudent measure, given it is an underground expedition with a real risk of gas pockets and the climax takes place in an erupting volcano, [[HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic though none of the named main characters were one]].
* GenreShift: For the sequel, which is a CompilationFilm (of a series that never aired) with a ParanormalInvestigation theme (and Atlantis itself only appearing at the beginning and the end, though its legacy is apparent throughout the film).
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Mole whispers something in Kida's ear that makes her angrily punch him.
* GilliganCut: Milo is so excited he can't hold it in. Cue VomitDiscretionShot.
* GoingNative: [[spoiler:Milo at the end of the film.]]
* {{Golem}}: The Guardians of Atlantis; unlike the Leviathan, they serve a ''defensive'' purpose, generating a deflector shield to protect the center of Atlantis, both from the cataclysm at the beginning and the [[spoiler:exploding volcano at the end]].
* TheGreatDepression: It's revealed in passing during the DirectToVideo "sequel" that its events take place shortly after the Stock Market Crash, well over 15 years after the movie...with no one changing or aging at all in the intervening time, [[FridgeBrilliance thanks to the longevity crystals they brought back from Atlantis]].
* TheGreatestHistoryNeverTold: Sweet was a medic during the Spanish-American War.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler:Helga shows some remorse when she discovers that they will be stealing from living people and not a long-dead civilization, but she goes along with Rourke's plan...at least until he turns on her. It's not clear if this would have been enough to make her side with Milo, though, since she doesn't survive the final battle.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Vinny, Audrey. Mole, Cookie, and Mrs. Packard may have been OnlyInItForTheMoney, but unlike Rourke they're not willing to resort to murder.]]
* TheHighQueen: Kida's mother. [[spoiler: And Kida herself at the end.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Rourke's betrayal of Helga swiftly comes back to bite him in the ass.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: Milo's decision to [[spoiler: stop the older and very-experienced-in-warfare Rourke from taking Kida and the source of Atlantis's power.]] He even says so himself.
--> "I didn't say it was the smart thing, but it is the right thing."
* [[IAteWhat I Drank What?]]: Done with a canteen of what Vinny claims to be nitroglycerin as a joke.
* IKnowWhatWeCanDoCut
* InstantRunes: Any and every Atlantean machine lights up with a pale blue glow when it's activated.
* IronicEcho: When the crew sets up camp for the night and talking about their lives, all of them except Milo say that they're here pretty much because they're getting paid. [[spoiler:Later, when they're loading the Crystal-possessed Kida up for the trip back to the volcano, Milo reminds them of their plans and how easy they'll be now, but they have wiped out the Atlanteans in the process, ending with-]]
-->'''Milo:''' [[spoiler:But that's what it's all about, right? Money.]]
* {{Irony}}: Disney was expecting this film to be their big 2D hit for 2001, but the film performed under expectations, causing Disney's smaller 2D movie of the year, ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'', to be a bigger success[[note]]''Atlantis'' made more money, but because ''Recess: School's Out'' was made on a lower budget, the box office returns were more successful[[/note]]. In Finland, the VHS and DVD of ''Atlantis'' contained the ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' premiere episode ("The Break In/The New Kid") as a bonus.
* JerkassGods: Kida states that the Atlanteans were banished underwater because their gods grew jealous of Atlantis's wealth and power. The ''real'' reason the city sank, however, is because [[spoiler: Kida's father attempted to use the Heart of Atlantis as a weapon against enemy nations. The Heart, being sentient, did NOT take it well.]]
* {{Kaiju}}: The Leviathan, the [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods Kraken]], Ymir and Surt all count.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: All of the specialists who took part in Rourke's get-rich plan that ends up with the king of Atlantis dead, all so they can steal Atlants's treasure, are EasilyForgiven (and very richly rewarded) for having a last minute twinge of conscience.]]
** To be fair, though, [[spoiler: they initially thought they were just going to be doing some elaborate grave-robbing from a long-dead civilization. Murder wasn't on their to-do list.]]
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:When Rourke has gotten the crystal, removed Atlantean opposition and is ready to leave the city he turns and knocks Milo down just for the hell of it. And THEN he crushes Milo's picture of Thaddeus under his heel.]]
* KindheartedCatLover: Milo has a white cat named Fluffy.
* KirbyDots: Discussed by the director on the commentary track.
* LadEtte: Audrey and implied with her sister, because their father wanted boys.
* LastBreathBullet: [[spoiler:Helga. Well, {{flare|Gun}} anyway.]]
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers:
-->'''Milo:''' What else have you got in there?\\
'''Vinny:''' Oh, you know: gunpowder, nitroglycerin, notepads, fuses, wicks, glue, paper clips (big ones). You know, just office supplies.
* LaymansTerms:
-->'''Milo:''' I don't know how to explain it! It's their deity, their power source!\\
'''Rourke:''' Speak English, professor!
** Also:
-->'''Mole:''' The fissure! It is about to eject its pyroclastic fury!\\
'''Sweet:''' Milo! Mole says the volcano's about to blow!
* LethalChef: Cookie, who puts sickening amounts of lard in his food.
-->'''Cookie''' (holding a head of lettuce): What is ''this?''
-->'''Helga''': That would be lettuce.
-->'''Cookie''': Lettuce!? LETTUCE!?
-->'''Helga''': It's a vegetable. The men need their four basic food groups.
-->'''Cookie''' (holding up three fingers): I ''got'' yer four basic food groups: beans, bacon, whiskey, an' lard!
** When the team dump his food into the campfire, it creates a miniature ''mushroom cloud''.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: [[spoiler:What happens to Rourke at the end.]]
* TheLoad: Milo is ''seen'' this way by many of the expedition members - and he certainly causes enough problems to justify the view. Once his skill set comes into play, the trope is defied.
* LostWorld: Duh.
* MacGuffinGirl: In a variation, the girl [[spoiler:merges with a preexisting MacGuffin, rather than turning out to have been it all along]].
* {{Mayincatec}}: The Atlantean ruins (and runes) have more than a whiff of this, especially when their TronLines become visible. This is a deliberate invocation of the trope, since Atlantis is supposed to have been the inspiration for those later cultures.
* MayDecemberRomance: It's hard to tell, considering everyone in Atlantis has white hair, but the King looks substantially older than his wife in the prologue.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Milo and ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Kida. Although, if [[spoiler:the Atlantean's crystal power source is what makes them live so long]], you never know...
* MechanicalMonster: The Leviathan.
* MightyWhitey: Milo can be seen as this but most several of the problems he fixes were caused by him in the first place.
* MineralMacGuffin
* AMinorKidroduction: The film opens during the destruction of Atlantis, which took place when Kida was still a child.
* MissingMom: Follow the Disney rule of having the princess raised by only one parent: the film begins with Kida's mom being taken from her and her father.
* MoleMen: Mole.
* MotorMouth: Sweet talks faster than the other characters. In fact, his actor's rapid-fire delivery of lines made animating him somewhat difficult.
** Milo speaks so fast he's almost unintelligible in one or two scenes.
* [[MultinationalTeam Multiethnic Team]]: In 1914, no less.
** Audrey's inclusion makes this the only film in Disney's canon to have a [[LeastCommonSkinTone Hispanic human character]] voiced by a Hispanic actor (or in this case, actress).
* NeverSayDie: Pretty cleverly worked around in the scene where [[spoiler: Rourke]] is interrogating the King of Atlantis. At one point, he punches the King in the gut for not cooperating, and an enraged Kida (who is being held captive by [[spoiler:Rourke's]] men) starts threatening him in Atlantean. The official comic book adaption translates her words to 'I will kill you for that.'
* NiceHat:
** Packard wears a Brodie Helmet as part of her uniform.
** Of course, there is Moliere's leather cap.
** Audrey also wears one as well.
** Kida's tiara at the end of the film.
** Cookie's bowler hat.
** There's also the helmet Milo inherited from his grandfather. He never grew into it and it covers his eyes, but he apparently likes to put it on anyway. He even keeps it in a nice little case.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Milo realizes towards the end of the film that a lot of the problems, maybe even ''all'' the problems, are at least tangentially his fault.
-->'''Milo:''' Oh, ''my'' decision? Well, I think we've seen how effective ''my'' decisions have been. Let's recap: I led a band of plundering vandals to the greatest archeological find in recorded history, thus enabling the kidnap and/or murder of the ''royal family''! Not to mention personally delivering the most powerful force known to man to the hands of a '''mercenary nutcase''', who's '''probably going to sell it to the Kaiser!''' ''*pause*'' '''Have I left anything out?!'''\\
'''Sweet:''' Well, you did set the camp on fire and drop us down that big hole.
* NobodyPoops: Averted. Milo accidentally awakens some [[PlayingWithFire fire]][[StealthPun flies]] while heading out to relieve himself.
* NonHumanSidekick: Averted, but Mole is called an animal and a pet which Milo replies as, "Close enough."
* NonLethalWarfare: Averted. The Leviathan kills well over a hundred people during its attack (visibly crushing their mini-subs in its claws) and the final battle features plenty of {{Mooks}} being blown up.
* NonsenseClassification: Cookie has his own take on the four basic food groups: beans, bacon, whiskey and lard. A deleted scene has him name the only three spices he uses: salt, salt, and [[ExpospeakGag sodium chloride]].
* NoodleIncident: Mole's background. Sweet is sorry he ever heard it from Audrey, and forbids her to tell Milo.
** According to some of the promotional material released before the film, it involves literally ''living in the Paris catacombs/sewers.''
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Kida had some trouble grasping the notion that not all doctors are medics.
* NothingPersonal: Used twice as a PreMortemOneLiner, [[spoiler:after Rourke kicks Helga off his zeppelin]] and then [[IronicEcho repeated]] when [[spoiler:Helga fires the FlareGun at the zeppelin. In her case, it's probably BlatantLies]].
* NubileSavage: Kida.
* NuclearCandle: Averted. Rourke lights a match in a dark chasm and it's only bright enough to light his face. Nothing else can be seen until everyone turns their vehicles' headlights on.
* [[OminousLatinChanting Ominous Atlantean Chanting]]: The crystal room.
* {{Omniglot}}: The Atlanteans are implied to be fluent in every single language spoken in the world in addition to their own language. When the expedition first enters Atlantis, Milo and Kida converse in several different languages (including the Atlantean, Latin, Hebrew and French) before settling on English for the rest of the film.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Milo aside, everyone on the expedition is this[[spoiler:, especially Rourke]].
* ParentService: Helga's introduction.
* ParentalBonus: Many of the voice actors (especially Don Novello) and references to people like Jefferson Davis and P.T. Barnum.
* PetsHomageName: Milo was originally going to have a pet rat named Plato.
* PhosphorEssence: Kida glows blue when she takes on an energy form.
* PlotBasedPhotographObfuscation: When Whitmore is showing Milo the files of each of the crew members, [[spoiler:Rourke has his face partially obscured]] while everyone else's is not, hinting that he turns out to be the BigBad.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: An ethnically diverse crew of explorers... in 1914! Justified in that the core were mercenaries - which put petty little things like ethnicity aside in the Search for More Money - and the crew was assembled by Whitmore, who was a CrazyAwesome certifiable nutcase.
* PowerCrystal
* PunchCatch: [[spoiler:At the climax, Milo tries to punch Rourke, [[RealityEnsues only for Rourke to catch it]] and slam Milo's own hand back into his face.]]
** [[spoiler: Rourke also uses this technique to throw Helga off the balloon, only this time it's more of a ''Kick'' Catch.]]
* PunkPunk: SteamPunk explorers vs. SandalPunk Atlanteans.
* PunnyName: ''Mol''-iere is the TunnelKing (see above).
** A Mol(e) is also a unit of measurement in Chemistry, and Mole is seen speaking in scientific terms for chemistry on several occasions (about dirt, obviously).
** The communications officer is Ms. Packard. Packard Bell was a radio manufacturer back around the time the movie took place.
** And of course, the cook is named ''Cookie.''
** LT. L(yle) T. Rourke
* ReadingIsCoolAesop: Kida struggles to explain to Milo why their culture is rotting from within. Then it becomes apparent. ''Their own writing'' has become lost knowledge.
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Averted with Milo, who frequently stutters, repeats himself, or stumbles over words[[note]]This is probably due to being voiced by MichaelJFox, who, even before his diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease (which would be enough to push one's speech into that territory on its own) naturally delivered his lines like this. Just watch ''Film/BackToTheFuture'')[[/note]]. Played straight with most other characters.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The Atlanteans are positively ancient due to the restorative powers of the Heart of Atlantis. Kida herself is over 8,800 years old and still appears in her early 20's.
* RedShirtArmy: The submarine crews just keeps dying and dying. Between drowning, blowing up, rampant wildfires, falling down a crevice, getting shot and getting buried in molten lava only the main cast ''of seven'' survives the voyage. In total, 193 of the original 200 crew members died on the mission, which is quite a whopping number for a Disney movie.
--> '''Rourke:''' (talking to only a few dozen people) Seven hours ago we started this expedition with two hundred of the finest men and women I have ever known. We are all that's left.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Rourke is the villain. At first, ''everyone'' except Milo has no problem following his orders, which is kind of shocking for a Disney movie.]]
* RockOfLimitlessWater: Apparently one of the things the Crystal does is refresh Atlantis' water supply.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Kida arguably, who has Milo help her find a way to preserve Atlantean society.
* SadlyMythtaken: The idea that Atlantis was a culturally-rich society and had advanced technology is a relatively recent addition to the myth. Plato simply described it as an unbeatable naval power.
* SceneryPorn: Atlantis is ''gorgeous''.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: When Mr. Whitmore first gives Milo the Shepherd's Journal, he makes several doubtful comments as to its authenticity and reliability, as well as to the futility of any mission to find Atlantis. When Milo explains that he would ''know'' if it was a fake and that he would rent a rowboat himself if that was what it took to get an expedition going, Whitmore explains that that was exactly what he wanted to hear, and then offers Milo a place on the multi-million dollar expedition he had already been planning.
* SeeWater: Milo can read Atlantean glyphs underwater, while wearing glasses.
* SerratedBladeOfPain: The team's medic is quite fond of a large medical saw of his. Later said saw is used in the climax.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Coelacanths.
* {{Sexophone}}: When we first meet Helga in Milo's apartment.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Inverted. Milo first meets Helga dolled up in a sexy dress. Later on he does the gasp and double take when he sees her on the expedition dressed casually (though not [[MaleGaze for the same reasons]]).
* SherlockScan: Moliere discerns pretty much everything about Milo simply by examining a piece of dirt under his fingernails.
* ShootTheDog: Blink and you'll miss it, when the Sub is filling up with water, Audrey prevents the leakage from getting out of hand and drowning more people by sealing off the damaged section, with at least one engineer still inside.
* SlasherSmile: The usually very-in-control [[spoiler:Rourke]] while he is hunting Milo with the fire axe - [[VillainousBreakdown it is pretty obvious he has lost it in light of his impending defeat.]]
* StealthPun: Before the expedition sets off, Rourke says, "This should be enriching for all of us."
* {{Steampunk}} / {{Dieselpunk}} : Thanks to Mike Mignola's involvement.
* StuffBlowingUp: Vinny loves explosives... but not to the point of being a BombThrowingAnarchist.
* StupidEvil: [[spoiler:Rourke didn't ''need'' to steal the Atlanteans' source to become rich; [[CutLexLuthorACheck discovering a Lost Civilization alone would have made him rich anyway]]. In fact, the story ends with most of the cast coming back home and becoming rich thanks to the Atlantean "modest" reward; So Rourke was clearly an asshole just for the sake of it in the end.]]
** And all but declared InUniverse with this line:
-->[[spoiler:'''Rourke:''']] What's to know? It's big, it's shiny, it's gonna make us all rich.
* TeamPet:
** Mole, sort of. Even lampshaded by Kida as she tries to make sense of the roles of the explorers:
-->...and the little digging animal called Mole; he's your pet?
** Obby in the sequel.
* TeamMom: Joshua Sweet takes up this role a lot of the time - he's the wisest and most compassionate member of the expedition by far([[spoiler: he is the first of the team to perform a HeelFaceTurn when Rourke harms the King]]), and can be often found taking care of the rest. His name is [[MeaningfulName very well chose.]].
* ToiletHumor: "To whoever took the 'L' from the 'MOTOR POOL' sign, [[DeadpanSnarker ha ha, we are very amused]]."
* TomboyPrincess: Kida.
* TookALevelInBadass: Milo
* TranslationConvention: The Atlanteans, despite having their own ConstructedLanguage, speak English amongst themselves for much of the film.
* TribalFacePaint: The Atlanteans have varied designs on their faces.
* TronLines: Atlantean... technology (for lack of a better word) has a tribal-ish variation of this.
* TrueCompanions: Milo bonds with most of the expedition members, to the point when [[spoiler: they switch sides against Rourke's EvilPlan and save Atlantis]].
* TunnelKing: Moliere.
* TwoferTokenMinority: Dr. Sweet, African-American and Native American.
* TwoFistedTales
* [[UglyGuyHotWife Nerdy Guy, Hot Girlfriend]]: Milo and Kida. Well, [[GeekyTurnOn plenty of people think Milo is cute]], but compared to him, Kida is ''wow''.
* UndergroundCity: Atlantis isn't just underwater, it's under the ocean floor.
* TheUnpronounceable: Kida's real name, Kidagakash. Which is a bit odd, since it's not that exotic, it's Milo (a trained linguist) who finds it unpronounceable.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:As Milo ruins his attempt to carry the crystal containing Kida to the surface, Rourke starts attacking him with an axe]]:
-->"I consider myself an even-tempered man; it takes a heck of a lot to get under my skin. But congratulations - you just won the solid gold kewpie doll!"
* WalkOnWater: Kida as the Heart of Atlantis beckons to her.
* WaveMotionGun: The Leviathan is armed with one, as the crew of the Ulysses quickly (and tragically) find out. [[spoiler:The Atlantean personal flyers have a miniature version of it, which prove quite useful in the final battle with Rourke.]]
* WeatherDissonance: During the journey to Atlantis, there is a point where it is snowing and everything is covered in ice... ''underground.''
* WhatTheHellHero: Milo gives a sarcastic praise version of this towards [[spoiler: Audrey, Sweet, Mole, Vinny, Cookie and Ms. Packard before the group had a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* WhosOnFirst: Kida gets a bit confused by some of the team having names that are also English words.
-->'''Kida:''' Tell me more about your companions. Your physician, he is called Cookie?\\
'''Milo:''' No, that's Sweet.\\
'''Kida:''' What is?\\
'''Milo:''' The doctor. He's Sweet.\\
'''Kida:''' Oh, he is kindly.\\
'''Milo:''' No, no, no, that- that's his name.\\
'''Kida:''' His name is Kindly?\\
'''Milo:''' No, Sweet. Well, I mean, he's kindly, too.\\
'''Kida:''' So all of your doctors are sweet and kindly?\\
'''Milo:''' No. Well, I-I'm sure some are. Ours is, but that's not a requirement. You're missing the point.\\
'''Kida:''' You are confusing me.\\
''(Later...)''\\
'''Kida:''' Cookies are sweet but yours is not, Sweet is kindly but that is not his name, Audrey is sweet but she is not your doctor... and the little digging animal called Mole...he is your pet?\\
'''Milo:''' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Close enough.]]
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: The film takes place in 1914, right on the cusp of the first World War, and Milo fears that [[spoiler:Rourke]] will probably try to sell the Heart of Atlantis to the Kaiser.
* WrenchWench: Audrey.
* XMeetsY: ''Liteature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' meets ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'', which are, funny enough, both Creator/JulesVerne novels.
* YouCanSayThatAgain: Kida sees something amazing and says the Atlantean equivalent of "wow!" Milo is also amazed, and savvy enough with the language to say "You can say that again!"
* YouDoNotWantToKnow: Sweet says this about Moliere's backstory, providing the quote for that page.
-->"Trust me on this: You don't want to know. Audrey, don't you tell him. You shouldn't have told ''me'', but you ''did'', so now I'm telling [Milo], you don't wanna know."
** According to Audrey in the sequel, it turns out that he was [[spoiler:raised by naked mole rats]]. The truth of this is at best unclear.
*** The ''Magazine/DisneyAdventures'' article on the film says he [[spoiler: spent his childhood roaming through the sewers of Paris and that some of the dirt on him is from that time]].
* YouGoGirl: Discussed about Audrey and her sister.
--> '''Audrey:''' My father always wanted sons, right? One to run his machine shop and the other to be middleweight boxing champion. But he got my sister and me instead.
--> '''Milo:''' So what happened to your sister?
--> '''Audrey:''' She's 24 and 0 with a shot at the title next month.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Almost all of the Atlanteans have naturally white hair regardless of age.
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