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[[caption-width-right:300:You know your lead is lame when the ''two'' women he scores with get more poster space than he does.]]
'''''Agent for H.A.R.M.''''' is a 1965 American Spy Movie.

The plot concerns the development and distribution of a biological warfare compound referred to as "spore." Said spore turns humans into "living fungus," rather quickly and is apparently painless. Comrade Basil Malko is developing the spore to destroy the population of the United States by dusting the crops. The only man that can stop him is Dr. Jan Stefanik, a biologist from behind the IronCurtain.

After Stefanik defects from behind the IronCurtain to the United States, his assistant is killed at his makeshift lab outside San Diego. The eponymous H.A.R.M. sends one of its agents, Adam Chance, to help protect the scientist. Unfortunately, there's various and sundry baddies led by the evil Malko, who would love nothing more than to turn Stefanik into guacamole.

The film was intended for television as a pilot, but was inexplicably given a theatrical release. Even the director was surprised.

For the ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E15AgentForHARM episode recap page]].
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!!''Agent for H.A.R.M.'' contains these tropes:

* AbnormalAmmo: The spore guns in the movie. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin They shoot spores.]]
* AccidentalMisnaming: A meta-example. The poster for the film -- which you can see at the top of this page -- misspells lead actor Peter Mark Richman's name as "Mark Richmond."
* BittersweetEnding: Adam manages to prevent the villain from dusting American crops with the poisonous spores, thereby saving millions of lives, but that's about all that goes right. He fails to find an antidote to the spore and fails to protect Stefanik, the only scientist in the world who is even close to developing an antidote. He also fails to notice that Ava is TheMole, despite her being [[FailedASpotCheck really bad at it]]. He doesn't even manage to take the villain down properly; the critically wounded Stefanik is the one who kills the villain, getting himself dusted with spores in the process.
* BodyHorror: The spore infects living flesh in a disturbing, pulsating way.
* CaliforniaDoubling: A drainpipe somewhere in the LA hills is supposed to be Eastern Europe.
* CameFromTheSky: A bit of exposition near the beginning of the film explains that the spore was collected from a meteor that fell somewhere in the Soviet Union.
* DangerTakesABackSeat: Adam kills one of Malko's cronies by strangling him with a wire hanger from the back of the van he's driving - but not before forcing him to take him somewhere. Uh ''huh''.
** Chance attacks the {{Mook|s}} just as he's leaving the BigBad's hideout. If the guy didn't keep driving the other {{Mooks}} would know something was wrong.
* DirtyOldMan: Adam is ''easily'' old enough to be the extremely youthful Ava's father. This doesn't go unnoticed by the riffers, of course.
* DownerEnding: The Doctor is killed by the spore despite claiming he gave himself the antidote, and Adam makes out with Ava while arresting her of a capital crime. It's hard to feel anything happy at the end, not even a BittersweetEnding.
* FailedASpotCheck: Since Ava was stupid enough to register for the Vienna Archery Competition using her ''real'' name, Adam easily caught her...after it was too late to actually do much. By that point she'd pretty done everything she set out to do short of killing Adam and/or escaping. So both of these morons get a round of applause for their ineptitude at their jobs.
* FunWithAcronyms: Of the Desperately Shoehorned variety. H.A.R.M. stands for Human Aetiological Relations Machine. For the record, aetiology is the study of causation or origins. So, yeah, they couldn't have reached further if they'd used a cherrypicking machine.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Adam Chance gets to cop a feel.
* GoodIsNotNice:
-->'''Chance:''' You think you can't get hurt because this is America? [[{{Eagleland}} "Apple Pie",]] [[SpeakingLikeTotallyTeen and all that jazz?]] Well, ''my'' job is to make sure that pie stays on the table - and nobody asks how I do it!
* GretzkyHasTheBall: The "judo range".
* HotScientist: Ava.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: In sharp contrast to Eva, Chance gets off some truly implausible shots using a pistol small enough to have a key ring attached.
* InformedAbility: Subverted in that Ava's [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy terrible archery skills]] are lampshaded by Adam.
* LookBehindYou: Spaz Chop!
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Adam's extended "apple pie" metaphor is a little... opaque. And not nearly as cool-sounding as he thinks.
-->'''Mike:''' Okay, I'm just going to need an hour to figure out your metaphor...
* TheMole: Ava
* ThePilot: Averted at the last moment.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Malko's minions include a guy that bears an ''uncanny'' resemblance to Prince and an odd Englishman.
* SacrificialLamb [[HeroOfAnotherStory of Another Story]]: Adam's first meeting with DaChief is suddenly interrupted by a distress call from another agent, who is swiftly killed. Adam's ready to go, but his boss already has him assigned to the spore case; he tells his secretary to assign another agent to clean up after the dead one.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Adam fails at most of his mission. He does prevent Malko's mass-poisoning plan from coming to fruition, but he never finds an antidote for the poisonous spores, nor does he manage to save the life of the only person on Earth who was close to finding the antidote.
* SmugSnake: Our hero, unfortunately.
--> '''Mike:''' Here's the wind-up... [Chance smirks] and there's the smarm!
--> '''Tom:''' Level 5 smug alert!
* SociopathicHero: While the modest cast list prevents him from racking up a significant bodycount, Adam is still pretty nonchalant when it comes to killing.
* TapOnTheHead: One of the characters is knocked out with a chop to the neck. This was later featured as the stinger in the ''MST'' treatment of the movie.
* TheTeaser: The film opens on Stefanik's escape from Southern California--err, behind the Iron Curtain.
* ThanksForTheMammary: Adam "accidentally" cops a feel of Ava.
* UselessProtagonist: Adam doesn't do much of anything aside from killing a couple henchmen and getting tricked. He doesn't even save the day.
* YouJustToldMe: Ava's real name. Even given that Chance called the Vienna Archery Competition to verify it, it's played as a damning self-incrimination when he addresses her with her real name and she responds. Despite the fact that ''they are completely alone in the room''.
** She's arrested for assaulting Adam after he did so, so it was more of a BatmanGambit by Adam.
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