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-> ''"Fuck you, Chelios!"''

A hitman named Chev Chelios (Creator/JasonStatham) has been injected with a slow-acting poison that will eventually cause his body to shut down. His doctor is far away and his flight was delayed. If he runs out of adrenaline, he will die.

''Crank'' is a 2006 action film where Jason Statham kicks everyone's ass. Followed by a sequel, ''Crank: High Voltage'', in 2009. After the events of the first movie, Chev pursues his heart, which has been literally stolen by Chinese gangsters. He must electrocute himself to charge his artificial heart and prevent himself from dying. HilarityEnsues.

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!!''Crank'' has examples of:

* ActionGirl: Eve has a moment of this in the sequel.
* AndShowItToYou: A rare survivor's example, when Chelios revives in time to see his original heart being removed.
* AssShove: [[spoiler:Crosses into JackBauerInterrogationTechnique]] at the beginning of ''Crank 2: High Voltage.''
* AutoErotica
* BackFromTheDead: Chelios in the second movie. Several people openly comment on this.
* BackupTwin: Venus in ''High Voltage''.
* BadAss: Chev. Not surprising, since he's Creator/JasonStatham.
* BaldOfAwesome: Chev. Not surprising, since he's ... ah, you know.
* BigDamnHeroes: At the end of the second movie, [[spoiler: an army of transsexuals called in by Venus and strippers by the Asian hooker save his ass.]]
* BlackComedy: Occasionally crosses over into BlackComedy. A PERFECT example would be in the second movie, where an innocent bystander from the first movie gets therapy; [[spoiler: cue ricocheting bullet hitting him in the head and [[VomitIndiscretionShot his therapist puking her guts out into a garbage can.]]]]
** The second movie is entirely made out of this and intentionally offensive stereotypes.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: A scene in the first movie has Chev reading the on-screen subtitles. In the second movie, he whistles along with the soundtrack early on and [[spoiler:gives a middle finger to the audience during the ending.]]
* BulletproofHumanShield: In ''Crank'', Chev Chelios uses his friend's dead body as a shield.
* TheCameo:
** [[Music/LinkinPark Chester Bennington]] shows up a few times. The first of which is in the original movie, where he suggests the acquisition of epinephrine in order for Chev to stave off the poison.
** Ron Jeremy and a whole group of porn stars in the second movie. Made even funnier when you hear in an [[http://www.earwolf.com/episode/directors-edition-crank/ interview]] with Brian Taylor that they never intended for Ron Jeremy to be in the movie, he just found out about it and showed up.
** [[Creator/{{Troma}} Lloyd Kaufman]]
** [[Music/{{Tool}} Maynard James Keenan]]. He's walking the dog in the second movie.
** [[Music/SpiceGirls Geri Halliwell]] (formerly known as Ginger Spice).
** [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration John de Lancie]]
* ClusterFBomb: '''FUCK YOU, CHELIOS!''' Even turns into a ''montage'' in the middle of the sequel.
* CombatPragmatist: Chev prefers to simply beat everyone to death if he isn't in direct possession of a gun.
** He also takes pretty much every gun off of everyone he kills. Any time he kills someone with a better or just plain ''different'' gun, he picks it up and uses it to kill the next guy.
* ContinuityNod: The first time Chev points his finger like a gun at someone's head and a bullethole appears, it had been planned out beforehand. When it happens again in the sequel, he stares at his hand with an expression that clearly says 'What the hell? It's happening on its own now?'
* CountryMatters: In the sequel, Chelios screams at a man: "MASSIVE HOMO CUNT!"
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Venus. "[[YouKilledMyFather You killed my brother]], motherfucker. {{Prepare|ToDie}} [[ShoutOut to]] [[Film/ThePrincessBride die]]."
* {{Determinator}}: Chelios is the living embodiment of determination. He not only displays new levels of {{badass}}ery with absolutely every move he does, he does it while poison is slowly killing his body or when his heart has been taken out.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Played with in the first film. [[spoiler:Both Chelios and Verona fall out of a helicopter. Subverted for Verona, since Chelios snaps his neck in mid-fall. Also subverted with Chelios himself, since [[UnexplainedRecovery he gets better]] in the second film.]]
* DirtyOldMan: Poon Dong.
* DisposableSexWorker: Played with in ''High Voltage'': Chev (unintentionally) saves Ria from becoming one.
** Played a bit more straight in the final battle: [[spoiler:an army of prostitutes called by Ria and Venus gun down the various mooks, including a few hapless naked women and some of the prostitutes themselves.]]
** A few strippers also die in the second action scene.
* DoomedProtagonist: [[spoiler:Subverted to hell and back.]]
* DeusSexMachina: In both movies, his problems can be solved momentarily by screwing or rubbing on little old ladies.
* EnfantTerrible: It's revealed in the second movie that Chelios himself had been beating up a kid with a trash can when he was young.
* EurekaMoment: Early in the first movie, Chev remembers how his heart felt better when he smashed the tv and sped in his car (raising his adrenaline).
-->''I'm gonna have to kick some black ass.''
** Eve has one in the second movie, complete with [[IdeaBulb a graphic of a lightbulb]] appearing next to her head.
* EvilVersusEvil: Chelios himself is not a saintly protagonist himself, but the people he's up against are much worse.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Don Kim is spared by Chev in the first movie and comes to his aid in the climax, but by the second movie he tries to cash in on a bounty on Chev.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: The movie basically pushes the R rating as absolutely far as it will go, in terms of nudity and sex as well as profanity and violence.
* FightingWithChucks: Venus in the sequel.
* FunWithSubtitles
* {{Gorn}}
* GroinAttack: Several.
* HandCannon: The number of Desert Eagles used in ''High Voltage'' is close to insane.
* HeyItsThatGuy: InUniverse example, one of the characters in the first movie notes that Chelios looks like "that guy in the Transporter movies."
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* HilariousOuttakes: At the end of the second movie.
--> '''Statham''': "I take it you're the faggot who's been hunting me all day?... (reads line) I'm sorry, the ''Ferret''..."
* HilarityEnsues: While the first movie is (somewhat) sane, the second one is so ridiculously over the top that it qualifies as comedy gold.
* HollywoodTourettes: Subverted in ''High Voltage''. Venus, who claims to have "full-body Tourette's" gets periodic full-body convulsions (in line with a very severe motor tic), but swears significantly less than the healthy but foul-mouthed Chelios.
* {{Homage}}: The whole series is basically one long video game.
* HumiliationConga: While Chev is already a ButtMonkey for most of what he goes through, each movie tends to contain at least one segment where he has to stop being badass for awhile and just do some flat-out ''embarrassing'' things to stay alive.
* IronicEcho: "Experiencing a little twenty-twenty hindsight right about now, ain't ya?"
* ItsPersonal: Parodied with the transsexual's brother in the second movie.
* {{Jerkass}}: Chev Chelios, in both movies - although occasional, fairly feeble attempts are made at portraying him as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, he seems by turns either genuinely uncaring or vaguely amused by much of the havoc he causes.
** To make up for it, pretty much everyone he's up against also embodies this trope.
** It's also thoroughly lampshaded in the second movie with a huge segment of "Fuck you, Chelios!" flashbacks going all the way back to his childhood, in which he's on a Maury-like show getting yelled at for being a little shit.
* JumpingOnAGrenade: One of the [[BigBad bad guys]] in the first movie uses his bodyguard to save himself from the blast. The bodyguard sees this as an honor, maybe because he didn't notice the grenade and probably thought his boss pushed him down to keep him from becoming a bullet sponge.
* KavorkaMan: Chev's doctor is an old man with a hot girlfriend.
* KnightInShiningArmor: ''High Voltage'': Ria mistakes Chev as hers, says as much, and ''immediately'' develops a full-blown BodyguardCrush on him.
--> "You need me like Whitney Houston!"
* TheLastDance
* LivingOnBorrowedTime
* LosingYourHead/[[spoiler:BrainInAJar]]: [[spoiler:Ricky Verona.]]
* LostInTranslation: The {{Mook}} with [[AssShove the shotgun stuck up his ass]] is supremely confused when Chev asks what happened to his "Strawberry tart".
* LyricalDissonance: REO Speedwagon's "Keep On Loving You" is played in ''High Voltage'' as Chelios literally burns to a crisp.
* {{MacGuffin}}: Johnny Vang's red cooler in High Voltage [[spoiler: until we find out it [[MockGuffin doesn't actually hold Chelios' heart]] and instead has something so disturbing that Chev looks at Johnny and says sincerely, "I am shocked to my core. You've got some deep problems, motherfucker."]]
* MadeOfIron: Chev Chelios, in both movies.
** In the second movie, it is explicitly stated that his nigh-indestructibility is the reason why various people are interested in [[spoiler: his organs. More specifically, one very special one...]]
** Lampshaded by the second film's promotional tagline: "Anyone else would be ''so'' dead by now..."
** And the Chinese prostitute, who [[spoiler: gets hit by a car and survives]].
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: In both movies, Cheelios and his girlfriend have sex in public to keep him alive.
* ManOnFire: [[spoiler:Chev, at the end of the second movie.]]
* MediumAwareness (/ BreakingTheFourthWall): Following his gunfight escape at the beginning of ''High Voltage'', Chev casually walks up to the last mook standing... ''whistling his own theme song''.
* MemeticBadass: Chev appears to be one of these in-universe, to judge from the other characters' reactions to him. On the down side, that's exactly the reason why the Triads stole his heart in the first place.
* MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow: Throughout ''High Voltage'' Bai Ling's character (Ria) is determined to fulfill this trope after Chev ''accidentally'' saves her from a bad guy. Chev's lack of interest in her doesn't seem to matter.
--> "He my Kevin Costner!"
* MST3KMantra: '''Invoked''' in-universe in the beginning of the second film. A news reporter (de Lancie) comments on the implausibility of someone ([[spoiler:Verona]]) falling from the sky randomly being "bullshit". His words.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Arguably [[spoiler:the endings of both movies. The fact that Ricky Verona survived... [[BrainInAJar um, sort of]]]] would probably also count.
* NoodleIncident: Much of the dialogue in the first movie implies that it's not the first time Chev went into an adrenaline fueled rampage. Special mention goes to his coke dealer Orlando implying that it's not the first time Chev fought with his gang on a coke rage.
--> '''Chev:''' I know what I'm have to do.
--> '''Orlando:''' I'm going to have to kick some black ass.
--> *Fight ensues.*
--> '''Orlando:''' [[OhNoNotAgain Not again.]]
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: His girlfriend wasn't exactly willing with the public sex at first... and promptly developed a fetish for it in the second movie.
* NowItsMyTurn: In the sequel - Chev's electric heart starts running out when a bunch of cops hogpile on him... then [[ContrivedCoincidence one of them brings out a stun gun.]]
* OneManArmy: About 5 seconds after entering a whore house full of gangsters, every last one is tossed out a window or through a wall where a window isn't available.
* PetTheDog: Chev's behavior toward Eve, his girlfriend and arguably the doctor.
* PhraseCatcher: "Fuck you, Chelios!"
* ProductPlacement: Of all things, ''the heart''. Chev's artificial heart is an ''actual thing'', and they used the real name and company. They changed it up a bit for the movie, obviously (the real one doesn't have external batteries, but does have recharger ports), but the fact that it survives all the crap Chev puts it through and comes out whole at the end could be considered the ultimate (albeit ''heavily'' fictionalized) endorsement.
** Google Maps is used during transitions on occasion.
* ProfessionalKiller: Chelios' job.
* RasputinianDeath: Chelios... twice.
* RatedMForManly: As a review on {{Website/Cracked}} puts it: "If you piled all the guns in the world on one side of a room and Crank on the other, Crank would still be the manliest thing in the room."
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Johhny Vang's cooler in "High Voltage"]]
* RefugeInAudacity: Mostly the second film.
* RuleOfCool: Very, very little in either film makes any sense, or has any kind of genuine believability. Fortunately, it doesn't need any, either.
* SequelHook: In the first movie, where [[spoiler:Chelios [[EyeAwaken opens his eyes]] after seemingly have died for the eleventieth time]], and in the second movie, where [[spoiler: he does it again]].
* ShoutOut: There's a random [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} giant rubber monster movie]] segment at one point in ''High Voltage''.
** The Chinese hooker in Crank 2 calls Chev [[TheBodyguard "her Kevin Costner" and says she'll be "like Whitney Houston."]]
* ThrowAwayGuns: Chelios acts like an FPS protagonist, dropping guns and swapping them for whatever dead mooks are carrying when his current weapon runs dry.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Chelios, in the second movie. One of the taglines is actually "He was dead... but he got better"
* UnreliableNarrator: The creators mention in the commentary for the first film that everything that happens after Chev drinks the "plant shit" drug may not have actually happened, at least not the way the viewer sees it.
* TheUnreveal: "What kind of sick freak carries something like ''that'' around in a box?"
* VillainProtagonist: Played with, Chelios is a hitman, but his villainy is donwplayed in the context of the movie.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: In the second film, we get the lovely scene of a woman puking directly onto the camera.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What the hell was in Johnny Vang's cooler? It's probably for the best that no one found out...
* WhyWontYouDie
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: And you're going to ''need it'' for both movies.
* [[WouldntHitAGirl Wouldn't Shoot a Girl]]: Chev has little problem beating the shit out of and possibly killing cops, but merely threatens the lone female cop to make her keep her distance while he's recharging/escaping. The only time he actually does injury to a female is completely by accident, [[spoiler: when he sets the Asian hooker on fire by hugging her while hallucinating... um, and on fire]].
* YellowFace: David Carradine as [[PunnyName Poon Dong]].
* YourMimeMakesItReal: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] during the final confrontation. Chevy "fires" a FingerGun to one of his enemies lackeys, only for the guy to get a BoomHeadshot. Turns out TheCavalry has arrived (one of them shot the guy) and are helping him because of an EnemyMine situation.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: "This is not my fucking pumper!"

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