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->''I've seen things you people wouldn't believe...''
-->--'''Roy Batty'''

'''''Blade Runner''''' is a [[GenreBusting genre-bending]] 1982 ScienceFiction film starring Creator/HarrisonFord, RutgerHauer, SeanYoung, Edward James Olmos and Creator/DarylHannah, that borrows stylistic elements from FilmNoir and HardboiledDetective fiction. Set in a [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture near-future]] CityNoir version of Los Angeles, it established much of the tone and flavor of the CyberPunk movement and the film style of [[TheFutureIsNoir Tech Noir]]. It is a highly intelligent film, visually stunning and features a seriously great script. The definitive high-def/BluRay DirectorsCut came out in 2007.

The film also inspired a 1985 VideoGame, as well as a much-praised [[VideoGame/BladeRunner 1997 adventure game]] developed by WestwoodStudios.

Deckard is a Blade Runner. His job is to [[DeadlyEuphemism "retire"]] renegade [[ArtificialHuman Replicants]] -- rogue androids that are not supposed to be on Earth. Some of the most advanced replicants yet have escaped, and Deckard is [[OneLastJob assigned to retire them]]. But they are so like normal humans that Deckard can't help but empathize with them, and he even falls for one.

''Blade Runner'' was loosely based on the Creator/PhilipKDick novel ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'', with Dick's approval. The title itself comes from the novel ''The Bladerunner'' by Alan E. Nourse[[note]]though in a roundabout fashion; the writer Hampton Fancher, took it from the Creator/WilliamSBurroughs book ''Blade Runner: A Movie'', an unfilmed script which was originally meant to be a treatment of Nourse's novel but became its own novella[[/note]]. Other than the title, the movie has nothing to do with ''The Bladerunner''. It just [[RuleOfCool sounded cool]].

Not to disappoint anyone, but no one [[BladeRun runs on blades]] in this movie.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AdvertOverloadedFuture: One of the film's most iconic images is the cityscape clogged with animated billboards and blimp advertisements.
* AlasPoorVillain:
** [[spoiler: Roy Batty]] at the end. One of the most memorable in movie history.
** [[spoiler: Zhora's]] is this in spades as well.
* TheAlcoholic: It's much faster to count the scenes in which Deckard ''isn't'' drinking. And if you can still drink with a split lip, then you are an überholic. This goes right toward Deckard as a FilmNoir detective.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: The Replicants. [[spoiler:And Deckard himself as well.]]
* AndThisIsFor: Followed by [[spoiler: Roy Batty]] breaking [[spoiler: Deckard's fingers.]]
* AnimalMotifs: Major characters are associated with a type of animal.
** Roy: Wolves. He howls as he hunts Deckard in the climax.
** Leon: Turtles. In his first scene, he's confused by what tortoises are. He's also as tough and stupid as you might expect a tortoise to be.
** Zhora: Snakes. She dances with a python, has a tattoo of a cobra, and wears body makeup that vaguely suggests scales.
** Pris: Raccoons. She spays a black mask across her eyes in the third act.
** Tyrell: Owls. There's an owl in his office, and he wears thick glasses making him look like an owl.
** Rachael: Spiders. One of her implanted memories is of a spider building a nest and her children eating her.
** Sebastian: Mice. He's small and timid and lives in a metaphorical hole.
** Deckard: Chicken, but [[spoiler:actually Unicorn]]
* ApologeticAttacker: [[spoiler: In the Final Cut, Roy whispers to J.F. "I'm sorry, J.F." before killing him. He's also weeping after killing Tyrell.]]
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Edward James Olmos' character Gaff speaks in a mixture of Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Hungarian, and Japanese. Olmos created a small dictionary of words for the so-called "City Speak".
* AntiHero: Deckard isn't the most likeable of guys, and his job of executing the AmbiguouslyHuman replicants is ambiguously moral.
* AntiVillain: Roy Batty. He's a violent murderer, but in some regards he's an escaped slave who just wants to live his life in peace. In the original ending, Deckard speculates that [[spoiler: Roy spared his life for no other reason than Roy's love for life. Though the canonicity of the voice-over is heavily debatable as it's been removed in subsequent versions of the film, most notably the Directors Cut. Another suggestion is that Batty's real motivation for the rescue is the desire for his life to be remembered.]]
* ApologeticAttacker: Roy Batty mouths "I'm sorry" to [[spoiler: Sebastian]] before murdering him.
* ArcWords: "Time to die." Leon's version, "Wake up! Time to die!" sums up the Replicant condition in five words.
* ArtificialHuman: The Tyrell Corporation's Human Replicants. Roy, Leon, Zhora, Pris, Rachael, [[spoiler:and perhaps Deckard]].
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: The film's climax ostensibly takes place in and atop the Bradbury Building, but during the sequence where Deckard climbs up to the roof, he is obviously climbing up the side of one of the Rosslyn Hotel buildings several blocks away, as evidenced by the blue orbs on the roofline, as well as the increased height of the building itself (the Bradbury having only five floors in real life). Possibly justified in that most of the old buildings in Future L.A. seem to have been given major vertical extensions, and the fact that it is a very cool-looking roof line.
* AuditThreat: Attempted by Deckard when trying to get information from strip club owner Taffey Lewis.
-->'''Deckard:''' Did you ever see this girl?
-->'''Taffey:''' Never seen her. Buzz off.
-->'''Deckard:''' Your licenses in order, pal?
-->'''Taffey:''' [unimpressed] Hey, Louie. The man is dry. Give him one on the house, okay? See ya.
* BadassLongcoat: Deckard and Batty.
* BarrierBustingBlow: Batty punches through a rotting wall during their final encounter.
* BattleInTheRain / RedemptionInTheRain
* BigBad: Roy Batty
* BiggerBad: The [[MegaCorp Tyrell Corporation]] is responsible for the creation of the replicants as well as [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman the resulting social hierarchy between them and humans]]. However, it doesn't play as direct a role in the film as BigBad Roy Batty, and its distance from the plot is even emphasized in a scrapped scene, when [[spoiler: "Tyrell" is revealed to be a replicant of the real founder of the corporation, who entered cryogenic stasis many years before]].
* BilingualBonus: Gaff's multilingual Cityspeak, which is a mishmash of various languages including Spanish, Japanese, German and Hungarian. Lófasz! Nehogy már! The first thing he says to Deckard translates to "Horse Dick! No way! You are the Blade... [[TitleDrop Blade Runner!]]" Becomes a Trilingual Bonus when you realize the name Philip is derived from the Latin for "lover of horses (philo = love, hippo = horse)". Thus, "Horse Dick" = a bizarre insult/term of endearment as well as a reference to Philip K. Dick. The author himself even inserted an AuthorAvatar named Horselover Fat into some of his works. The deleted scenes feature further bonuses as Gaff's refers to Bryant as 'baka' (or 'idiot' in Japanese).
* BilingualDialogue
* BittersweetEnding: The director's and final cut end with Deckard realizing that the four years expiration date ''does'' apply to Rachael, and he [[spoiler:- possibly being a replicant himself - may end with the same fate as well]]. However, the film closes on a note of acceptance, as the quote on the bottom of this page suggests.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Holden in the scene at the beginning of the film in which he interrogates Leon.
* BodyMotifs: Eyes.
* BoomHeadshot: How [[spoiler: Leon]] meets his fate.
* BowtiesAreCool: Gaff
* ChekhovsGun: The little figurines Gaff creates and leaves lying around result in a realization at the end of the film.
* ChessMotifs: The game of correspondence chess played by Sebastian and Tyrell (which Batty wins with his genius intellect). Notably, it's based on the famous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immortal_game "Immortal Game"]] of 1851, which ties into the film's themes of mortality and a quest for life. This was actually [[DeathOfTheAuthor unintended]].
* {{Chiaroscuro}}: The film's dark, gritty feel set it apart from most science fiction films up to that point, and set a template for many to follow.
* CityNoir: A crowning example.
* ClimbingClimax: Inverted. It is the protagonist that climbs onto the top of the building for the ultimate showdown, and the antagonist that follows him.
* CombatParkour: The android [[DarylHannah Pris]] ambushes Deckard and does a rapid series of somersaults to move in close to him in the fight.
* CoolArchitecture: Sebastian's apartment complex interior is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradbury_Building Bradbury Building]], a famous Los Angeles landmark used as the backdrop of many a ''noir'' production.
* CrapsackWorld: One of the most influential dystopias in cinema.
* CripplingTheCompetition: Roy Batty breaks two of Deckard's fingers to hamper his ability to use his gun and as revenge for [[spoiler: killing Zhora and Pris]]. Interestingly, he does not break his trigger finger. Deckard still has to start using his other hand instead.
* CultureChopSuey: The film can't decide if [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld China]] or JapanTakesOverTheWorld. The future has a [[FarEast mishmash of East Asian cultural stereotypes]]: Geishas in advertising, Chinese noodle stalls, Japanese and Chinese writing scattered about, broken {{Engrish}}, squadrons of bicycles ridden through squalid streets by [[AllAsiansWearConicalStrawHats people in big hats]], etc.. Of course, both Japan and China having taken over the West Coast is entirely possible in the culturally-integrated world seen in the movie.
* CyberPunk: Mostly an UnbuiltTrope, the film is essentially a FilmNoir set in a future dystopia, which is very common in CyberPunk stories. It has been a major influence on CyberPunk and science-fiction settings in general for decades. Ironically, Creator/WilliamGibson was in the process of writing his seminal CyberPunk novel ''{{Neuromancer}}'' when he saw the film and noted the strong similarity. He was afraid he'd be accused of ripping the film off.
* CyberpunkIsTechno: Vangelis' soundtrack makes heavy use of synthesizers and other electronic elements. The most notable exception is the "love theme" between Deckard and Rachael, which is played on the [[{{Sexophone}} saxophone]] and has a much heavier FilmNoir feel.
* CyberpunkWithAChanceOfRain: ''Blade Runner'' is [[TropeCodifier probably responsible]] for associating CyberPunk settings with constantly rainy weather in popular imagination.
* DaChief: An inversion. Deckard does not appear to like or respect the police chief very much.
* DarkenedBuildingShootout: The final encounter between Deckard and Batty involves gunplay in a darkened building (the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradbury_building Bradbury Building]] in LA).
* DeadlyEuphemism: "Retire" for kill.
* DefectiveDetective: Deckard. Not only is he plagued with self-loathing and doubt, he becomes increasingly unsure that his role as Blade Runner is ethical, and eventually [[spoiler: becomes a fugitive with Rachael]].
* DesignatedHero: [[invoked]] Invoked by Roy, questioning Rick's heroics during their cat-and-mouse game.
-->'''Roy:''' ''(sarcastically)'' You are the "''good''" man, aren't you?
* DigitalHeadSwap: The original version had a shot during [[spoiler:Zhora]]'s death where it was obvious that a stunt double was standing in for the actress. For the 2007 [[ReCut Final Cut]], actress Joanna Cassidy's face was digitally superimposed over that of the stunt double.
* DisturbedDoves: In the Bradbury Building, where the final confrontation takes place.
* DoAndroidsDream: Ironically more than in the book.
* DoorClosesEnding: It ends like this, immediately after the main character has found out [[spoiler: he may be a replicant too]].
* DramaticThunder: During [[spoiler:Roy Batty's death]] speech, echoing his earlier line about thunder: ''"Fiery the angels fell; deep thunder rolled around their shores, burning with the fires of Orc."'' (This is a deliberate misquote of William Blake's poem ''America: A Prophecy'': "Fiery the angels rose, and as they rose deep thunder roll'd / Around their shores, indignant burning with the fires of Orc.")
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: J.F. Sebastian is killed offscreen. Mentioned in passing.
* DullSurprise: The narration in the theatrical cut seems to be trying for "PrivateEyeMonologue" and falling into "Bored Out of My Mind" instead. There was a long-standing urban legend that Harrison Ford disliked the idea of the narration and tried to sabotage it by deliberately botching his line delivery, but [[SpringtimeForHitler the narration got used anyway.]] Ford denies that he did it deliberately, saying he did his best with what he was given.
* DumbMuscle: Leon is built for manual labor. During the briefing sequence, he's even given stats: Physical A, Mental C, making him the dumbest of the replicants. He displays SuperStrength on a few occasions. The script also called for him to do a CeilingCling, but it was left out.
* EarnYourHappyEnding : In the theatrical cut, Deckard's voiceover informs that [[spoiler: the four-year expiration date did not apply to Rachael, and the final shot is just the opposite of the dark and oppressive mood of the whole movie; a bucolic and sunny place crossed by a road that implies they reach a HappilyEverAfter.]]
* EarthThatUsedToBeBetter: Overcrowded, polluted and rainy.
* EnhanceButton: One of the most-often referenced examples. Possibly the TropeMaker, almost certainly the TropeCodifier. Though ironically there is no actual button, as the machine is voice activated.
* EvilRoy: Roy Batty
* EyeOpen: The opening centers on the Blade Runner Dave Holden's eye viewing the neon skyline of 2019 Los Angeles.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Tyrell's death]]. Leon also appears to be about to shove his fingers into Deckard's eyes at one point.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:What Roy finally does in the end.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Roy Batty''': "All those moments will be lost in time... like tears... in rain. Time to die."]]
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption [[spoiler: The replicants' quest for more life]] is doomed from the beginning.
* FamousLastWords:
** [[spoiler: Leon and Roy]] both say, "Time to die" as their last words. Each of their complete lines had elements of ad-libbing.
** [[spoiler: Roy Batty's]] final words are now iconic. And featuring some incredible ad-libbing by [[spoiler: RutgerHauer]].
--> [[spoiler: "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams... glitter in the dark near the TannhauserGate. All these moments will be lost in time ... like tears ... in rain. Time to die."]]
** Leon's "Wake up! Time to die!" was ad-libbed by Brion James.
* FantasticAesop: The movie seems to be trying to use the replicants to make a point about human understanding and identity which relies heavily on the replicants having a short 'hard-coded' lifespan.
* FantasticNoir: The film is basically a FilmNoir in a science fiction setting.
* FantasticRacism: The sexually-charged racial-slur "skin-job" says a ''lot'' about how a person who uses it thinks of replicants, as [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the narration of the theatrical version: "'Skin job.' That's what he calls them. Historically he's the kind of cop who calls black men niggers."
* FauxlosophicNarration: The narration in the theatrical cut is kind of dreadful, and veers straight into this at the end of the film.
* FeatherBoaConstrictor: Zhora wears a replicant snake as a fashion accessory.
* FinalSpeech: Delivered famously by Roy.
* FiveStagesOfGrief:
** Roy appears to go through them all.
*** Denial: Escaping in the hopes of getting more life.
*** Anger: "Fiery the angels fell; deep thunder rolled around their shores; burning with the fires of Orc!"
*** Bargaining: His attempt to extract a longer life span from his own creator.
*** Depression: When he realises it's already too late for his comrades and howls with grief over Pris's body.
*** Acceptance: His famous dying speech expresses only regret that the things he knows will become lost forever.
** Rachael goes through a similar process, only we also get to see her early Denial stage, which we can assume happened to Roy and the others off-screen before the start of the story.
* FlippingHelpless: In the Voight-Kampff test that Holden gives to Leon, one of the questions involves a flipped tortoise.
-->'''Holden:''' "You're in a desert walking along in the sand when all of a sudden you look down and you see a tortoise. It's crawling towards you. You reach down and you flip the tortoise over on its back. The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun beating its legs, trying to turn itself over, but it can't. Not without your help. But you're not helping. Why is that?"
* FlyingCar: The spinners.
* FocusGroupEnding: [[spoiler:The original theatrical release featured Deckard and Rachael driving a car to happiness and freedom through lush green hills. This ending is a jarring non sequitur: implausible and theme-negating in a dystopian future-noir film. It's the direct product of a test audience screening.]] Oddly, the sequence is unused footage from the start of ''Film/TheShining''.
* ForcefulKiss: Deckard to Rachael. Has overtones of [[DateRape Loving Force]].
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Tyrell wears thick glasses and is responsible for exploiting the life he creates with forced servitude and short lifespans.
* TheFutureIsNoir: ''Blade Runner'' practically invented a genre by mixing FilmNoir aesthetics and CyberPunk themes.
* GaiasLament: Earth is an ecological disaster, with an irradiated atmosphere, and very little natural life left.
* GainaxEnding: In the DirectorsCut. Although there's a general (and movie-changing) implication, the details are unclear, at best. What was up with that [[spoiler:unicorn]]? %% Don't try to explain it here, people -- take it to the Wild Mass Guessing page instead. It's open to interpretation.
* GlamourFailure: Can be forced by using the Voight-Kampff test to detect them, which monitors answers and subtle physical response to emotional questions. Otherwise replicants are identical to humans. On occasion their pupils can be seen to reflect light slightly, but according to WordOfGod, this is for the audience, and characters can't see it).
* {{Gorn}}: [[spoiler: Tyrell's]] death, in the International and Final cuts.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: The story is rife with this. Deckard is kind of a stoic dick, while the replicants are violent but also much more emotional. Roy Batty [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] Deckard's proclivity for shooting unarmed people in the back.
--> '''Roy''': Not very sporting to fire on an unarmed opponent. I thought you were supposed to be good. [[WhatTheHellHero Aren't you the... "good" man]]?
* HandCannon: [[http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Blade_Runner#LAPD_2019_blaster Deckard's handgun]] seems to fire explosive shells. It certainly makes pretty big holes in walls during his fight with Roy in the hotel. Its components include a bolt-action .222 rifle and a Charter Arms Bulldog revolver. So it's basically a single shot rifle in the shape of a pistol.
* HauntedHouse: The Bradbury Building is an extremely uninviting place at the best of times. When Roy Batty is somewhere inside howling like a wolf is very very far from the best of times.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Pris, who is a "basic pleasure model" and uses her skills to win over JF. [[spoiler:However, it's a ruse to gain access to Tyrell.]]
* ImpaledPalm: [[spoiler:Batty]] uses a nail driven into his own hand to stave off death for a few minutes. It's extremely visible as he [[spoiler: saves Deckard's life]].
* ImpostorExposingTest: The Voight-Kampff test, which is used to distinguish Replicants from humans.
* IndustrialGhetto: The city as a whole.
* InsistentTerminology: From the opening text crawl: ''"It Was Not Called Execution. It Was Called [[DeadlyEuphemism Retirement]]."''
* ItIsDehumanizing: Deckard performs the replicant-detector Voight-Kampf test on Rachel, who it confirms is one of them, which she doesn't know. After she leaves the room, Deckard turns to Tyrell, her boss and creator.
-->'''Deckard:''' I don't get it, Tyrell. How can it not know what it is?
* IWantMyJetpack: Flying cars and lifelike robot slaves in 2019. The giant animated billboards, however, have become a reality.
* IWillShowYouX: Before Leon shoots Holden, the interrogator who asks him about his mother.
* JapanTakesOverTheWorld: Remembered as one of the classic examples, even though the "Asian" culture in the movie wasn't strictly just Japanese. The building-size geisha advertisement, however, is a classic example of the trope and was more or less the image of how people in TheEighties expected things to go down.
* JobTitle: A reversal; Creator/RidleyScott co-opted the term 'Blade Runner' from another source for its coolness and got the copyright to use it as the movie's title -- the guy was just called a bounty hunter in the novel.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: J.F. Sebastian]] is killed offscreen by Roy after [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outliving his usefulness]].
* KissOfDeath: A symbolic example when Roy Batty kisses [[spoiler:Eldon Tyrell]] just before killing him.
* LackOfEmpathy: The distguishing feature of Replicants. The Voight-Kampf test involves asking the subject pointed questions and gauging their emotional response. Ultimately, however, it's revealed that Replicants really do learn to empathize. Tyrell suggests that the reason for their limited lifespan is because if they lived too long they'd be indistinguishable from human beings. This is one of the biggest diversions from the original book, in which Replicants have no empathy whatsoever and are compared to humanity's own growing lack of empathy.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: Some shots go on for a very long time. [[TropesAreNotBad Whilst there isn't much action, the film is dripping in atmosphere, and the pacing is very deliberate.]]
* LettingHerHairDown: [[http://www.hotflick.net/flicks/1982_Blade_Runner/982BLR_Sean_Young_013.jpg Rachael]] lets down her PowerHair that she wears [[http://www.alicia-logic.com/capsimages/br_004SeanYoung.jpg for most of the film]] in Deckard's apartment, showing that she's a DefrostingIceQueen.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: ''Blade Runner'' has been re-released many times. There's a Director's Cut, a Special Edition, a "Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition" (that comes in the same kind of metal briefcase as the Voight-Kampff machines), and a 3-Disc 30th Anniversary Edition.[[note]]The Ultimate Collector's Edition has the most discs because the DVD divided the bonus features among three [=DVDs=], and the Blu-Ray spread the extra content over two [=DVDs=] and one Blu-Ray Disc. The 30th Anniversary Edition puts the extras on one Blu-Ray Disc.[[/note]] The 5 versions included in the two newest releases include: The 1982 workprint, US Theatrical Cut, International theatrical cut, the 1992 directors cut and the 2007 directors cut. According to TheOtherWiki there are ''two other versions'' that exist but aren't included in the current set.
* ManChild: While the Replicants are adults both physically and mentally, they're still very childlike in their emotions, be it Pris's very whimsical behavior or Roy basically having a temper tantrum [[spoiler:when meeting Tyrell and becoming a SelfMadeOrphan]].
* MandatoryUnretirement: At the beginning of the movie, Deckard is no longer a Blade Runner, but is reluctantly recruited back. [[RiddleForTheAges Or is he?]]
* MeaningfulName:
** Deckard sounds like Descartes, famous for "I think therefore I am."
** Roy Batty: He seems to be teetering on the edge of madness most of the time.
* MegaCorp: The Tyrell Corporation, whose massive pyramidal headquarters dominates the skyline of Los Angeles (not unlike the Ministry of Truth in ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'').
* MenCantKeepHouse: Deckard's apartment has stuff littering every surface. When Rachael visits, he has to clear stuff out of a chair so that he can sit down. She remains standing. Deckard offers Rachael a drink, and has to clean a glass from the sink because there are no clean glasses available.
* MercyKill: Deckard means to kill [[spoiler: Pris]] anyway, but after shooting her the first time, she is sent into painful and violent spasms. The look on Deckard's face and his haste in firing at her again shows that he'd rather she just die quickly than in prolonged pain.
* MultipleEndings: Various versions of the film end in different ways.
* MurderousThighs: Pris tries to use them on Deckard, but he ultimately survives and kills her.
* NicknamingTheEnemy: The term [[FantasticSlur "skinjobs"]] is used to refer to Replicants.
* NominalHero: The replicants are escaped slaves. The Blade Runners are bounty hunters who get money for gunning them down. A Blade Runner protagonist makes for an uneasy moral setting at best.
* NonindicativeName: There is nary a blade to be found in this movie. The term "blade runner" comes from ''The Blade Runner'', a completely unrelated dystopian novel in which the term refers to someone who sells black-market medical supplies, including scalpels or 'blades'. Creator/RidleyScott bought the rights to the novel so that he could use the term in his film for no other reason than that it [[RuleOfCool sounds cool]].
* NothingIsScarier: The final confrontation between Deckard and Roy.
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: Comes up in discussions about the questionable nature of Deckard and Rachael's "love scene." Some argue that it is supposed to be for her own good because she needed to learn how to feel.
* OneLastJob: Retiring the escaped group of replicants, for Deckard
* OrwellianRetcon: Originally, Scott, Ford, and the writers agreed that Deckard was human. When Scott made the DirectorsCut in 1992, he had [[ShrugOfGod changed his mind]], and he inserted a [[DreamSequence two-second-long clip of a unicorn]] to change Deckard's nature in the movie.
* PipePain: Deckard does this to Batty at one point during their final confrontation.
* PopCulturalOsmosis: ''Blade Runner'' was highly influential on CyberPunk and PostCyberPunk fiction. It is such a poster child for popcultural osmosis that the imagery in the film is sometimes familiar to people who've never even seen it. Creator/WilliamGibson noted his delight in the fact a science fiction film was influencing the look of the very future it predicted.
* PowerHair: [[http://www.alicia-logic.com/capsimages/br_004SeanYoung.jpg Rachael]], at least [[http://www.hotflick.net/flicks/1982_Blade_Runner/982BLR_Sean_Young_013.jpg until she]] [[LettingHerHairDown lets down her hair...]]
* PrecisionFStrike: "I want more life... fucker!" There are cuts, including the Final Cut, where Roy says "father" instead. It is extremely interesting to see how a single word can completely change the mood of the scene.
* PrettyInMink: Rachael wears a few, indicative of her pampered status.
* PrivateEyeMonologue: The infamous narration was an attempt at this, although it was removed in the Director's Cut.
* ProductPlacement: Heavily present throughout the film. Interestingly, many of the companies with prominent logos would suffer disastrous losses in the next decade (see the HarsherInHindsight entry in YMMV).
* PunchClockHero: Deckard.
* RealityHasNoSubtitles: When Roy Batty and Leon intrude into Chew's laboratory, Chew yells at them in Chinese several times, and speaks a phrase of Chinese to them later. None of this is translated.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Roy Batty]], rescuing and sparing Deckard's life just before his death. And [[spoiler:Deckard]] himself: if he is a replicant, he will die very soon "paying" for the [[spoiler:replicants he killed in the name of the state]].
* {{Remaster}}: Sourced from a 4K restoration of the original negative, the Final Cut DVD and Blu-Ray formed a benchmark for how great movies of TheEighties, or maybe even any decade, can look on home video.
* RidiculousFutureInflation: Deckard has to pay a fairly infuriating price for a 30-second [[VideoPhone vidphone]] call. In the Final Cut version, however, it's only $1.25.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The Replicants are almost perfect in resemblance to regular humans, to the point where only a psychological test can detect them. Rachael takes this trope even further: she's a Replicant who thinks she is human. When Deckard tests the machine on Rachael, it takes over one hundred questions for him to determine she is a Replicant (it takes only twenty or thirty, normally). And that's not even getting into the idea that [[spoiler: Deckard]] may be a Replicant.
* {{Robosexual}}: Kind of, sort of, maybe. Especially depends on if you take Creator/RidleyScott at his word. [[spoiler:Is it robosexual if two "[[RidiculouslyHumanRobots robots]]" do it?]]
* RuleOfCool: There's no meaning behind the term "blade runner," used to refer to bounty hunters. The filmmakers just thought it sounded cool. ([[ItMakesSenseInContext It makes more sense in the original context]] of Alan E. Nourse's novel ''The Bladerunner'', where they were renegade doctors smuggling surgical equipment.)
* SaveTheVillain: A reversal of this trope. Or not, depending on how you view Deckard and Batty.
* SceneryPorn: Throughout the film, especially during the extended aerial shots without dialog.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Roy kills his creator after he's not granted an extended life span. Some versions had the word "fucker" replaced by "father" in the the phrase "I want more life, fucker".
* {{Sexophone}}: The love theme, featuring Dick Morissey on sax.
* SheFu: Zhora and Pris.
* ShoutOut: When Deckard goes to visit Zhora, he puts on a nasal, almost CampGay accent as a disguise, similar to what Literature/PhilipMarlowe does in both the book and movie versions of ''Film/TheBigSleep''.
* ShownTheirWork: A serendipitous example: When Batty and Tyrell are arguing about how to prolong a Replicant's lifespan, Batty mentions something called "EMS". Tyrell says they already tried "Ethyl methanesulfonate" unsuccessfully. Ethyl methanesulfonate ''is'' an actual organic compound with mutagenic qualities, used in genetics.
* SignatureItemClue: Officer Gaff likes to create little origami figurines and leave them behind. At the end of the movie, Deckard finds a unicorn left by Gaff outside his apartment (in which Rachel was hiding). This showed that Gaff had been there and didn't capture or kill Rachel or notify the other police of her presence the way he should have. [[spoiler:This, combined with Deckard's dream of a unicorn inserted into the extended cut, is intended to indicate that Gaff knows Deckard is a replicant with implanted memories. For more interpretations of the origami unicorn, see [[WMG/BladeRunner the WMG page]].]]
* SlapSlapKiss: Rachael and Deckard don't actually hit each other, but Deckard is very rough and dominating with her before they fall into each others' arms.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Tyrell and Sebastian regularly play chess. The replicant Roy Batty tricks his way into Tyrell's presence by demonstrating his chess skills.
* SmugSnake: Gaff. So very much. Possibly Holden, too.
* SnakesAreSexy: "Ladies and gentlemen... Taffey Lewis presents... Miss Salome and the snake. Watch her take the pleasures from the serpent... that once corrupted man."
* SpiritualSuccessor: To the 1920s silent film ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', in the minds of most critics.
* StockFootage:
** Not quite "stock", but reused. At one point, a computer displays a clip from ''Film/{{Alien}}'', and more noticeably, the original theatrical ending was [[spoiler:actually one of the alternate opening credits sequences for ''The Shining''.]]
** The shot of Roy's face when he first appears in the phonebooth is taken from later on in the film, when Roy sits on Tyrell's bed next to Tyrell. In every version but the Final Cut you can still see Tyrell's thumb on Roy's shoulder in the earlier scene. The shot of Roy's hand as it seizes up is also recycled.
** Averted in one case. Many people think that the Unicorn scene is actually taken from {{Film/Legend}}, because that was Creator/RidleyScott's next film, it featured Unicorns as a key part of its plot and the Unicorn scene wasn't seen by general audiences until the Director's Cut in 1992. However the Unicorn actually isn't recycled footage. It was shot for Blade Runner and was in fact one of, if not the, last things to be shot for the film.
* SuperStrength: Nexus-6 Replicants are built to be far more durable and stronger than human beings, at the cost of a reduced lifespan. In the climax, Roy Batty lifts up Deckard's entire body weight using only one hand [[spoiler:to save Deckard's life]].
* SurpriseCheckmate: J.F. Sebastian calls Dr. Eldon Tyrell a genius and says he's only beaten him once, but Tyrell is totally surprised by Roy Batty's checkmate move.
* TakeThatKiss: Roy Batty kisses Tyrell on the mouth [[spoiler: before gouging his eyes and crushing his skull.]]
* [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath Talking The Monster Down]]: Attempted by Tyrell. [[spoiler: He fails.]]
* TanksForTheMemories: Rachael is given a copy of the memories of Tyrell's niece.
* TannhauserGate: [[spoiler:Roy Batty]]'s famous death speech. TropeNamer.
* ThighHighBoots: Zhora wears them during her chase/fight with Deckard.
* TooDumbToLive: Tyrell. When your angry, vengeful creation is confronting you and demanding you perform a medical procedure on him, the correct answer is not to explain why that procedure would be fatal, it's to ''perform it anyway''. His idolization of Roy as his ultimate creation may have been stronger than his self-preservation. A deleted/unused scene had [[spoiler:Batty discover that "Tyrell" was actually a replicant clone of the original Tyrell]].
* TragicVillain: The Replicants.
* TrashcanBonfire: Sometimes visible in the mean streets where Deckard works.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: The replicants, angry over their servitude and intentionally limited lifespan. A lifespan that was limited in order to curb the development of rebellious anger, even.
* {{Ubermensch}}: Roy Batty was intentionally created to be one, with a genius-level intellect. Philip K. Dick himself said Rutger Hauer was "the perfect Batty - cold, Aryan, flawless." Batty naturally becomes the leader of the escaped replicants.
* UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain: The final showdown. Compare the grimy, grizzled, blood-smeared form of Deckard to the nearly naked, nearly flawless body of Roy Batty.
* UsedFuture
* VideoPhone: Deckard makes two calls on a vidphone, one in his car and a public one in Taffey Lewis' bar.
* VillainsDyingGrace: Roy has Deckard in a literal cliffhanger but is dying himself. At the last moment, Roy saves Deckard's life, and is rewarded with an ObiWanMoment.
* VillainProtagonist: Played with. The story is split right down the middle, switching between Deckard (the ImplacableMan) and his quarry, who are merely trying to stay alive.
* WeAreAsMayflies: Inverted with the Replicants, who only live four years before they shut off.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After Roy interrogates Hannibal Chew (James Hong's character) we never see Hannibal again.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: A major theme in the film, in contrast to Dick's original book.
* WhatTheHellHero In a GreyAndGrayMorality of the film, Leon beating the ever loving crap out of Deckard right after [[spoiler: Deckard kills Zhora.]]
* WindowPain: Zhora's retirement.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Sebastian has an aging disease, making him look over fifty when he's in fact in his twenties. Replicants never live past four, by design.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: After Deckard kills Zhora, Bryant tells Gaff that he could learn a thing or two from Deckard and refers to him as a "[[OneManArmy God-damned one-man slaughterhouse]]" with a huge grin on his face. Deckard's expression at this point is one of utter disgust, though it's not quite clear if it's disgust at Bryant for his praise, disgust at Bryant for being Bryant (Deckard has shown contempt for the man in the theatrical cut), or disgust at himself because he knows Bryant is right.
* {{Zeerust}}: Can be partially overlooked as UsedFuture, but every FlyingCar looks an awful lot like cars from TheEighties with jet-like parts added. People use car phones rather than cellphones. The rather boxy and overly clicky photo analyzer is similarly dated -- but on the other hand, the ''absolutely insane'' resolution of the photo itself is still something that modern photographers would kill for.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Pris.
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