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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, Creator/RutgerHauer, Creator/SeanYoung, Creator/EdwardJamesOlmos 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 flavour of the CyberPunk movement and the film style of [[TheFutureIsNoir Tech Noir]]. It is a highly intelligent film, visually stunning, meticulously detailed and features a seriously great script and a then-groundbreaking soundtrack by Music/{{Vangelis}}.

There have been [[{{Recut}} varying cuts]] of the film released since its first theatrical release. A definitive version with director [[Creator/RidleyScott Ridley Scott]]'s full involvement called [[DirectorsCut The Final Cut]] was released in December 2007. The film was fully restored, received a 4K [[UsefulNotes/BluRay high-def]] digital transfer, and used CGI to correct [[SpecialEffectsFailure a few sloppy special effects]] and fix continuity errors.

The film also inspired a 1985 VideoGame for home computers, as well as a much-praised [[VideoGame/BladeRunner 1997 point-and-click adventure game]] developed by Creator/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.

A sequel, titled ''Film/BladeRunner2049'', came out in 2017. ''Series/TotalRecall2070'', despite the name, is also loosely based on this film.

'''Character tropes go on to the [[Characters/BladeRunner Characters Sheet]].'''
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!!This film provides examples of:

* FiveFiveFive: Blade Runner uses 7-digit phone numbers starting with 555 for their video phones - as shown when Deckard calls Rachael.
* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: The book spends some time laying the foundation for a seemingly-human police officer actually being a secret android in 21st-century California [[spoiler: when Deckard comes across another bounty hunter he suspects of being an android operating out of a secret police station, which turns out to be a waypoint on an underground railroad for escaped androids set up by the Rosen (renamed "Tyrell" for the film) Corporation. However, despite Ridley Scott insisting he intended his Deckard to be a replicant, all references to this subplot explaining how and why an illegal artificial human would be on the LAPD payroll were removed for the film.]]
* AdvertOverloadedFuture: One of the film's most iconic images is the cityscape clogged with animated billboards and blimp advertisements. The giant geisha head in particular pops up multiple times. Also L.A. of the future appears to be infested with [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld zeppelins]] advertising travel to the Off-World Colonies.
* AlasPoorVillain:
** [[spoiler:Roy Batty]] at the end. One of the most memorable in movie history.
** [[spoiler:Zhora's]] is this as well, being particularly drawn-out and brutal.
* AlternativeTuringTest: Robots (and one female robot in particular) have their sentience questioned by Deckard. Ultimately, the movie's central struggle and reveal confirms the sentience of the robots once thought only partly human.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The film ends just as Deckard and Rachel flee for their lives.
* 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. She also wears a translucent raincoat that hints at a snake shedding its skin.
** Pris: Raccoons. She sprays 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.
** Sebastian: Mice. He's small and timid and lives in a metaphorical hole.
** Rachael: Spiders. One of her implanted memories is of a spider building a nest and her children eating her.
** Deckard: Chicken, but [[spoiler:actually unicorn]].
*** [[spoiler:One could also make the argument that Rachael is a unicorn, too. Check out [[WMG/BladeRunner WMG]]]]
* ApologeticAttacker: [[spoiler:In the Workprint and later the Final Cut, Roy whispers to J.F. "Sorry, Sebastian..." before killing him. He also grimaces in the elevator after killing Tyrell.]]
* ArcWords: There are two sets that perfectly sum up the replicant condition:
** "Time to die." Leon's version, "Wake up! Time to die!" especially so.
** "To live in fear." Both Leon and Roy say some variant of this line when they have Deckard at their mercy as a sort of WhosLaughingNow, with Roy especially making it clear how much fear defines their lives with the line, "Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave."
* ArtificialHuman: The Tyrell Corporation's Human Replicants. Roy, Leon, Zhora, Pris, Rachael, [[spoiler:and perhaps Deckard. Also Tyrell himself in a scrapped version of the script]].
* 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.
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: Applies to all Asian characters with a speaking part.
* AsYouKnow: Bryant's briefing of Deckard at the start of the film is rife with this, as Bryant explains to the ''seasoned Replicant hunter'' the ins-and-outs of Replicant psychology and longevity.
* AuditThreat: Attempted by Deckard when trying to get information from strip club owner Taffey Lewis.
-->'''Deckard:''' You ever buy snakes from the Egyptian, Taffey?
-->'''Taffey:''' All the time, pal.
-->'''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.
* BarrierBustingBlow: Batty punches through a rotting wall during their final encounter.
* BattleInTheRain / RedemptionInTheRain: Between Roy Batty and Rick Deckard near the film's end.
* BeepingComputers: The instrument Deckard uses to analyse the photographs he found is incapable of doing anything without some sort of sound effect; beeps, blips, quops, and mechanical-sounding chattering that may or may not have something to do with physically adjusting the optics or the photograph's position.
* BilingualBonus:
** Gaff's multilingual Cityspeak, which is a mishmash of various languages including Spanish, Japanese, German and Hungarian. "Lófasz! Nehogy már!" is one of the first things he says to Deckard and it 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 a 'baka' (or 'idiot' in Japanese).
** The scrambled Chinese graffiti at the [=EyeWorks=] very cryptically says how American people suck and Chinese nationals should stick together.
** The neon Japanese sign behind Deckard where we first meet him reading a newspaper translates to "origin".
* BilingualDialogue: Deckard understands Gaff's dialect perfectly well, but he prefers English.
* BittersweetEnding:
** The Director's and Final Cut end with Deckard realizing that the four years expiration date ''does'' apply to Rachael, and [[spoiler:he--possibly being a replicant himself--may end with the same fate as well]].
** Another interpretation of the ending, when Deckard [[spoiler:finds the origami unicorn, likely left by Gaff]] is that they may be [[spoiler:constantly on the run from other Blade Runners who will be sent to retire Rachael]], and that Gaff [[spoiler:is giving Deckard and Rachael a head-start out of respect]].
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Holden in the scene at the beginning of the film in which he interrogates Leon.
* BodyMotifs: Eyes are all over the place in this film. No doubt it has something to do with the eyes being the window to the soul.
** The film opens with a close shot of an eye viewing the wasteland of future Los Angeles.
** The Voight-Kampff machine reads the iris for contractions while the test is given to determine if someone is a Replicant. It features a big screen showing an extreme closeup of the subject's eye while it does it.
** Tyrell has an artificial owl in his room, and there are several close-ups featuring its eyes glowing.
** The various Replicant characters' eyes glow in the dark sometimes - much like the artificial owl.
** Chew ''makes'' eyes, and has a giant neon eyeball for his shop's sign. Leon toys with several of his manufactured frozen eyes to not-so-subtly intimidate him.
** Roy plays with what look like some glass paperweights with eyes in them in Sebastian's apartment.
** Leon at one point seems about to gouge Deckard's eyes.
** Tyrell wears large glasses whose lenses distort his eyes considerably. [[spoiler:Roy gouges them as he kills Tyrell by crushing his head.]]
** Roy's final monologue is about all the things he's seen and tears.
* BondVillainStupidity: Pris has Deckard at her mercy, but instead of finishing him off then and there, she lets go of him and moves across the room to take a run-up for an acrobatic finishing move which gives Deckard the time to snatch his gun and shoot Pris in mid-air.
* BoomHeadshot: How [[spoiler:Leon]] meets his fate.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The little figurines Gaff creates and leaves lying around result in a realization at the end of the film.
** The photograph Deckard finds at Leon's place comes in handy later.
* 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, but ambient 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. ApatheticCitizens shuffle though [[TheCityNarrows a maze of]] [[EvilTowerOfOminousness overbearing black skyscrapers]] and {{Sinister Subway}}s, there's [[DeliberatelyMonochrome a very limited color palette]], a palpable air of [[WrongSideOfTheTracks decay and depression]], an [[ViceCity unbelievable crime rate]], and [[WretchedHive giant slums]].
* ClimbingClimax: Deckard climbs onto the top of the building in hopes of evasion and almost falls to his death. Roy follows him with ease and saved Deckard.
* CombatParkour: The android Pris ambushes Deckard and does a rapid series of somersaults to move in close to him in the fight.
* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: When Deckard has lost his HandCannon, Leon picks him up and says, "Time to die..." -- only to get [[BoomHeadshot shot in the head]] by Rachael from behind, who has picked up the gun.
* 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 [[AsianSpeekeeEngrish 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 ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' when he personally saw the film himself and noted the strong similarity, which greatly shocked him. He was afraid he'd be accused of ripping the film off.
* CyberpunkIsTechno: Played with. 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 cyber punk settings with constantly rainy weather in popular imagination.
* 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.
* DelayedReaction: Sutble. The last scene has Deckard stand there for two seconds until it registers with him that he just saw a piece of origami lying on the floor.
* 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.
** Also for the Final Cut, Benjamin Ford (Harrison's son) was used (specifically, his lower jaw) to digitally fix some obvious dialog flaws in the scene when Deckard interrogates the man who sold Zhora her artificial snake, with Benjamin re-reading Harrison's lines and even having his father's trademark scar applied to his chin. [[note]] in 2007, when the new filming was done, Benjamin was the same age as his father when he filmed Blade Runner.[[/note]]
* DisturbedDoves: On the roof of the Bradbury Building, where the final confrontation between Deckard and Roy takes place.
* DoAndroidsDream: Ironically more than in the book.
* DoorClosesEnding: The 'Director's Cut' and 'Final Cut' versions end 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 the narration got used anyway. Ford denies that he did it deliberately, saying he did his best with what he was given.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Roy's]] last words easily grant him access to cinema immortality.
* 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. Humans on Earth are encouraged to emigrate to Off-world colonies.
* EnhanceButton: One of the most-often referenced examples, including following a reflection around a corner. Possibly the TropeMaker, almost certainly the TropeCodifier. Though ironically there is no actual button, as the machine is voice activated.
** In defense of the creators -- those photographs might be super-detailed 2019 prints! It's speculated that they are in fact holographic images of a three-dimensional space just shown through a flat screen.
* EnhancedOnDVD: One of the few live-action productions to receive this treatment via the 2007 "Final Cut" edition. Which fixed the ending and several other effects shots and continuity errors.
* ExcessiveSteamSyndrome: Besides the seemingly [[SteamPunk steam-driven]] spinners, there is unexplainable large amounts of steam drifting through the building when Deckard tries to escape Roy.
* 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 until he his stopped by Rachael's ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:What Roy finally does in the end.]]
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption [[spoiler:The replicants' quest for more life]] is doomed from the beginning, as [[spoiler:they're made with a finite lifespan]].
* 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's]] final words are now iconic. And featuring some incredible ad-libbing by Rutger Hauer.
--> [[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 Tannhäuser Gate. All those… moments… will be lost in time, like [small cough] 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."
* FinalSpeech: Delivered famously by Roy.
* {{Fingore}}: Roy Batty breaks two fingers on Deckard's hand to punish him for killing Zhora and Pris. A few moments later he shoves a nail though his own hand to restore feeling to it as he nears the last moments of his lifespan.
* 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 be 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 police force's 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.
* ForebodingArchitecture: 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.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: During Rachael's reply about the nude photo on the bedroom wall, the phrase "... bush outside your window? Orange body, green legs?" from later in the movie can be faintly heard[[note]]and is even officially present in the subtitles[[/note]]. This foreshadows Rachael [[spoiler:failing the test]], Tyrell giving the information about the spider to Deckard a few minutes thereafter off-screen, and Deckard actually using the phrase later in the movie. Besides, this [[spoiler:"implants a memory" into the audience]].
-->'''Deckard:''' Just answer the questions, please. You show it to your husband. He likes it so much he hangs it on your bedroom wall. ''... bush outside your window?''
-->'''Rachael:''' I wouldn't let him.
-->'''Deckard:''' ''Orange body, green legs?'' Why not?
* TheFutureIsNoir: ''Blade Runner'' practically invented a genre by mixing FilmNoir aesthetics and CyberPunk themes.
* FutureSlang: 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".
** And apparently drove Ridley Scott, the director, up a wall as he developed his language.
* FuturisticPyramid: The Tyrell Corporation Headquarters, though design-wise it looks more of a ziggurat than a pyramid.
* 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.
* GoryDiscretionShot: When Roy kills Tyroll, the scene is focused on Roy's face plus it cuts away to show the owl.[[note]]Possibly as a ShoutOut to a similar scene in ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'' where the monster drowns a man while we get a shot of an owl watching.[[/note]]
* 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.
* HangingByTheFingers: Deckard is hanging from a rain-slick girder thingy, hundreds of feet above street level, with only his fingers.
* 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.
* {{Irony}}: Humans are leaving the Earth in droves, animal life is going extinct, but Replicants all are desperately trying to get to Earth, where they might have a chance at a longer life.
** On a meta level, it's somewhat ironic that the film known as the GenreCodifier for CyberPunk barely features computers in it at all, though the plot is about androids.
* ItIsDehumanizing: Deckard performs the replicant-detector Voight-Kampf test on Rachael, 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, as has the VideoPhone.
* 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.
-->'''Roy:''' I've done... questionable things.
-->'''[[spoiler:Tyrell]]:''' Also extraordinary things! Revel in your time.
-->'''Roy:''' Nothing the god of Biomechanics wouldn't let you into heaven for.
* TheLastDance: Roy's stalking of Rick becomes one. "Four, five! How to stay alive!"... "Unless you're alive, you can't play, and if you can't play..." "I can ''see'' you!" "THAT'S THE SPIRIT!"
* LastNameBasis: Generally, human characters are all referred to by their surnames, while the Replicants are all referred to by their given names.
* 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 hair in Deckard's apartment, showing that she's a DefrostingIceQueen.
* LinkedListClueMethodology: Roy threatens Hannibal Chew which leads him to J.F. Sebastian. Squeezing Sebastian for information leads him to Tyrell. Meanwhile, people at the market send Deckard to Abdul Ben Hassan, who in turn points to Taffey Lewis' club, where Deckard finds [[spoiler:Zhora]].
* 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." The theme of the film is [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman whether machines can be sentient beings]].
** Roy Batty: "Roi" is French for "King." And he seems to be teetering on the edge of madness most of the time.
** Rachael means "ewe" in Hebrew (that's right, a female sheep). It also means "pure": Rachael is much more innocent than Deckard (being the cynical, heavy-drinking ex-cop that he is), she doesn't drink like him, she seems to have no experience with men and she's even unaware she's a replicant. If neither of these meanings were intentional, they still work with her character quite well.
* MeatSackRobot: The Replicants are this being that they are synthetically created human bodies controlled by an AI (though in the original novel (''Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep'' by Philip Dick) from which this 1982 film was adapted from, Roy and his comrades were androids called "Andies" for short.
* MegaCorp: The Tyrell Corporation, whose massive pyramidal headquarters dominates the skyline of Los Angeles (not unlike the Ministry of Truth in ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''). They are responsible for the creation of the replicants as well as [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman the resulting social hierarchy between them and humans]].
* 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 (and again[[note]]In the Final Cut Deckard misses her with his second shot but hits her again with his third bullet.[[/note]]) shows that he'd rather she just die quickly than in prolonged pain.
* MobstacleCourse: Deckard bumps into several pedestrians while pursuing Zhora.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Pretty much Deckard's natural reaction to every replicant he kills.
* NicknamingTheEnemy: The term [[FantasticSlur "skinjobs"]] is used to refer to Replicants.
--> '''Deckard's narration:''' 'Skinjobs', that's what Bryant calls Replicants. In history books, he's the kind of cop used to call black men 'niggers'.
* NoEnding: The Director's Cut and Final Cut have no closure on the fate of Deckard and Rachael.
* 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 title in his film for no other reason than that it [[RuleOfCool sounds cool]].
* NoodleIncident: In the Director's Cut and The Final Cut, Deckard's reason for originally leaving the police is never stated.
** In the voiceover, he explains he left because he was tired of killing.
* NoseShove: The Final Cut features a previously omitted scene during the melee between Pris and Deckard where she picks him up by the nostrils.
* NothingIsScarier: The final confrontation between Deckard and Roy.
* NotSoDifferent: Sebastian and the Replicants aren't so different, since he has a rare disease that gives him a limited lifespan. They even lampshade this:
--> '''Roy:''' I hear we have something in common, Sebastian.
--> '''Pris:''' Accelerated decrepitude.
* OminouslyOpenDoor: Towards the end, Deckard returns to his apartment only to find the front door slightly ajar. He proceeds with caution only to find that it was Rachael who [[TrespassingToTalk trespassed to sleep]].
* OneLastJob: Retiring the escaped group of replicants, for Deckard.
* OpeningScroll: The film started with definitions of "Replicants", "Nexus/Nexus 6" and "Blade Runner".
-->Early in the 21st Century, THE TYRELL CORPORATION advanced robot evolution into the NEXUS phase - a being virtually identical to a human - known as a Replicant.
-->The NEXUS 6 Replicants were superior in strength and agility, and at least equal in intelligence, to the genetic engineers who created them.
-->Replicants were used off-world as slave labor, in the hazardous exploration and colonization of other planets.
-->After a bloody mutiny by a NEXUS 6 combat team in an Off-world colony, Replicants were declared illegal on Earth - under penalty of death.
-->Special police squads - BLADE RUNNER UNITS - had orders to shoot to kill, upon detection, any trespassing Replicant.
* 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.
* 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.
* PrivateEyeMonologue: The narration was an attempt at this, although it was removed in the later cuts.
* 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).
* ThePromisedLand: The Earth (or at least Los Angeles) has become a sprawling, overpopulated megalopolis suffering from pollution, urban decay, and corporate hegemony. As the [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld zeppelins floating in the sky]] announce:
-->"''A new life awaits you in the Off-world colonies! A chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure!''"
* PunchClockHero: Ultimately subverted. Deckard may seem to be motivated by self-interest in the beginning, but he shows signs of empathy and remorse as the story progresses.
* QuestionableConsent: Deckard kisses Rachael and she gets up and says she has to go, visibly distressed. Then Deckard forcibly stops her from leaving, pins her to the wall and encourages her to say she wants him. She says she does, and she admitted to an attraction to him prior to that moment, but she's still a little traumatized by shooting a man and finding out she's a replicant, and doesn't trust her emotions. Additionally, considering Deckard's job, it's hard to say consent was freely given when he could have legally killed her if she turned him down.
* 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.
** While Deckard is sitting in his car, a group of street thieves speak in untranslated German as they approach and steal equipment from the car.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Roy Batty]] rescues and spares Deckard's life just before his death.
* RedemptionInTheRain: [[spoiler: Roy Batty]]'s iconic final moments. "And all those moments will be lost in time...like tears...in rain."
* {{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.
* {{Robosexual}}: Kind of, sort of, maybe. Especially depends on if you take Creator/RidleyScott at his word. [[spoiler:Is it robosexual if two ridulously humanlike "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.
* {{Sexophone}}: The love theme played during Deckard and Rachael's scene together in his apartment, featuring Dick Morissey on sax.
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: Zhora, possibly because she's also an Empathy-less Fanservice Android. Joanna Cassidy's costume consisted basically of a few sequins.
* 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''.
* SickeningCrunch:
** The sound heard when Roy is gouging [[spoiler:Tyrell's]] eyes and crushing his skull.
** Also the sound when Roy breaks [[{{Fingore}} two of Deckard's fingers]].
* 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 Rachael was hiding). This showed that Gaff had been there and didn't capture or kill Rachael 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. Sebastian has only beaten him once. Then Roy, who has never seen a chess board before coming to Earth, checkmates Tyrell the ''same day'' he learns how to play the game. A-level intelligence, indeed.
* 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 1985}}, 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.
** The aerial shot of the Tyrell Building is used a total of four times in the film. The first stands out for taking place in total darkness; the other three all happen in daytime.
* StockSoundEffects: The background sound in Deckard's apartment is the same as in the dark corridor of Bespin in which Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker have a lightsaber duel in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Subverted with Rachael who Deckard finds lying motionless under a sheet in his bed. He checks on her and is relieved to learn that she was just sleeping.
* SurpriseCheckmate: Earlier in the movie J.F. Sebastian calls Dr. Eldon Tyrell a genius and says he's only beaten him once. Under Roy Batty's guidance, Sebastian checkmates Tyrell in two moves, and Tyrell is surprised by it.
* TagLine: "Man has made his match... now it's his problem."
* TakeThatKiss: Roy Batty kisses Tyrell on the mouth [[spoiler:before gouging his eyes and crushing his skull]].
* TannhauserGate: [[spoiler:Roy Batty]]'s famous death speech. TropeNamer.
* ThreesomeSubtext: Seductively invoked by Roy and Pris to manipulate J.F. Sebastian into taking them to see Tyrell. However, Sebastian is obviously only interested in Pris and feels more jealous and intimidated than seduced by Roy's hypermasculine presence.
* 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]].
* TraitorShot: In one scene we see Pris dropping her fake smile after Sebastian is out of sight.
* TransferableMemory: Rachael is given a copy of the memories of Tyrell's niece.
* 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.
** A scene storyboarded but not filmed has Batty [[spoiler:killing Tyrell and realizing he too is a replicant]], then discovering [[spoiler:a anteroom with a coffin containing Tyrell's body, the real Tyrell having been dead for four years.]]
* UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain: The final showdown. Compare the grimy, grizzled, blood-smeared form of Deckard to the nearly naked, nearly flawless body of Roy Batty.
* UsedFuture: The future is noir, and very grimy and polluted as well, with trash blowing in the streets.
* VideoPhone: Deckard has a vidphone in his car, which he uses to call Sebastian's residence, only for his call to be answered by Pris. He also uses a public vidphone at Taffey Lewis' bar to place a call to Rachael, which is hilarious because a) [[TechnologyMarchesOn public telephones barely exist anymore]], let alone vidphones and b) [[RidiculousFutureInflation it costs $1.25]] for a call that barely lasts one minute.
* 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.
* WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture: The OpeningScroll reveals that in 2019 technology has advanced to a level where scientists are able to build RidiculouslyHumanRobots which are then used for slave work in off-world colonies.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After Roy interrogates Hannibal Chew (Creator/JamesHong's character) we never see Hannibal again.
** He is shown to have survived his encounter with Roy and Leon in the 1997 video game of the same name.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: A major theme in the film, in contrast to Dick's original book.
* WindowPain: Zhora's retirement; she's repeatedly shot by Deckard and crashes through several store windows while trying to flee from him.
* WorthyOpponent: Deckard and Roy have earned a certain amount of respect for one another at the end of the film: [[spoiler:Roy saves Deckard's life instead of letting him fall to his death, and Deckard listens as Roy recounts some experiences from his short life and feels pity when he dies]].
* 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.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: Despite being set in 2019, the Los Angeles of the future appears to be infested with zeppelins, most of which wind their way through the labyrinthine skyscrapers [[AdvertOverloadedFuture advertising]] travel to the Off-World Colonies and various Chinese/Japanese products.
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->''"It's too bad she won't live! But then again who does?"''
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