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->''Evil is so totally busted.''

''D.E.B.S.'' is a 2004 film based on a 2003 short that made the rounds at the film festival circuit. The 2003 short was a silly story about a team of college girl spies and the romantic relationship of one of the spies with the archvillain. The 2004 production expands it into a feature film with a fair dose of camp.

The D.E.B.S. are a large group of young women superspies. They are first screened by a [[GovernmentConspiracy secret portion of the [=SATs=]]] that test whether someone has the aptitude to lie, cheat, fight, and kill. Those who pass screening are recruited into the D.E.B.S. [[SpySchool spy academy.]]

The plot begins with one of the squads being tasked with staking out villainess Lucy Diamond. One member of the squad, Amy has always been fascinated by Lucy Diamond and is even writing a thesis on her. The stake out goes wrong and it ends up turning into a gun fight. Just afterwards, while chasing Lucy, Amy and Lucy end up meeting face to face. Despite holding each other at gunpoint, Lucy and Amy start talking to each other. After a distraction helps Lucy escape, it's revealed that Lucy is starting to really fall for Amy...

Despite taking place in a ''Series/CharliesAngels''-style spy universe, ''D.E.B.S'' is actually more of a {{Yuri|Genre}} RomanticComedy than anything else.

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* AffablyEvil: Lucy
* AffectionateParody: Of ''Series/CharliesAngels'' and the TeenSuperspy genre.
* AirVentPassageway: Lucy Diamond uses the air vents to infiltrate the building in which Endgame is occurring.
* AllThereInTheScript: Lucy [[spoiler:has an Australian ex]].
* AlmostKiss: While Lucy Diamond and Amy are in a BadGuyBar, they get to know each other and become intimate.
* AmazonBrigade: The D.E.B.S. as a whole.
* TheArtOfBraRemoval: ''D.E.B.S.'' provides a rare example of a female character having difficulty unhooking her partner's bra.
* AutomaticCrossbow
* BadGuyBar: Lucy Diamond kidnaps Amy and takes her to a bar that's a hangout for criminals like her.
* BetaCouple: Scud and Janet.
* BillingDisplacement: Dominique is barely in the film yet she gets equal credit with all the other D.E.B.S.
* BiTheWay: Seems to be the case for Dominique; Amy having a same-sex experience doesn't faze her at all, and she goes out of her way to point out [[EuropeansAreKinky "it's not a big deal in Europe!"]] (And then, left alone: "Ce n'est pas grande chose en Europe...")
* BrakeAngrily: While Lucy Diamond and Scud are driving away from the restaurant after the gunfight, Lucy tells Scud that she "met somebody" and he brakes the car to a halt in surprise.
* CallBack: A joke near the end is very similar to one near the beginning: "And what did I say to you the very first day at the Academy?" and "What did I say to you the first time we met?"
* CampStraight: Scud: catty, gives Lucy relationship advice, wears a lot of pink, and... gets into a relationship with one of the D.E.B.S. girls.
* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: The D.E.B.S.' uniform plays to this.
* ClassyCatBurglar: Lucy at her best, when she infiltrates the D.E.B.S. house (twice) and Endgame.
* CrashIntoHello: Amy and Lucy.
* CrowdPanic: The Endgame crowd when a guy sees Lucy Diamond, yells that she's there and tells them to run for their lives.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: All the girls, but especially Dominique.
* DatingCatwoman
* DawsonCasting: Subverted. The actresses are playing the roles of almost college graduates but the uniforms make them look younger.
** Though Jill Ritchie was around 30, while the rest were 20-21.
* DescendingCeiling: In the bank vault.
* DesignatedVictim: In the short film the D.E.B.S. are annoyed that Amy keeps getting kidnapped by villainess Lucy In The Sky, unaware that it's all just to cover for their DatingCatwoman relationship.
* DispenseWithThePleasantries: When Ms. Petrie (the team's boss) arrives for a visit.
-->'''Max:''' I just want to say what a pleasure it is to meet you.
-->'''Ms. Petrie:''' No time for pleasantries.
* TheDitz: Janet ("Have you seen my gun?")
* [[DoggedNiceGuy Dogged Nice Girl]]: Lucy, even though she's a villain.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The D.E.B.S. uniform includes a [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule plaid skirt]]. The forcefield surrounding their house uses the same plaid pattern and colors. After Lucy breaks in twice, she points out it doesn't offer much defence. Hmmm.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Lucy tries to utilize this trope after Amy leaves:
-->'''Lucy''': Australia is toast!
-->'''Scud''': What did the Australians do to you?
-->'''Lucy''': I don't like their attitude.
* EnterStageWindow
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Dominique embodies this trope, with a healthy dose of PoirotSpeak.
--> '''Janet''': "You need to speak English or French. Frenglish is not a language."
* FakeNationality: Devon Aoki's terrible French accent is something that must be heard to be believed.
* FiveTokenBand: Roger Ebert in his review basically said there is little to tell the main characters apart except for their race.
* FourGirlEnsemble: The starring D.E.B.S. squad is pretty much a textbook case with promiscuous Dominique, naive Janet, obsessive Max and self searching Amy.
* FunWithAcronyms: D.E.B.S. stands for '''D'''iscipline, '''E'''nergy, '''B'''eauty, and '''S'''trength, but is obviously short for 'debutantes'. Strangely enough, everyone refers to individual agents as "a D.E.B.", despite the S standing for something. (Evidently, their strength is in numbers.)
* GenreSavvy
-->'''Max''': "Creepy shadows, no bad guys, enclosed space. Trap."
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Janet's bedroom includes a teddybear which holds her pistol for her.
* GirlsWithGuns
* {{Hammerspace}}: Where Lucy Diamond carries bulky items (her gun, extra ammo clips, a grenade and the suction cups she used to climb up the wall of the D.E.B.S. house) when she's wearing skin-tight clothing.
* HeWentThatWay
* HeelFaceTurn: Sort of. Amy gets Lucy to try and show she's not that bad having her return money she stole with a note saying sorry among other things.
* HiddenPurposeTest: The hidden test in the SATs, and the foundation of the plot.
* HookedUpAfterwards: [[spoiler: BetaCouple Scud and Janet.]]
--> So, I was wondering if maybe you wanted -
--> Yes.
--> I didn't ask you anything yet.
--> Whatever it is, yes.
--> ''Awesome.''
* HypocriticalHumor: Max states that Amy (who's in a position she doesn't want or like, and is panicky as hell) doesn't know Formation Alpha Gamma. She might not, but the formation she gave was Alpha ''Kappa'' Gamma.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Max to Lucy, about Amy.
* InnocentInnuendo: Inverted in the short film -- the other D.E.B.S. think Amy is being tortured and desperately try to break down a door to free her, but her screams are actually caused by Lucy [[TheImmodestOrgasm bringing her to climax]].
* InsecuritySystem: Lucy subverts it easily. Presumably, Dominique does too.
* InterruptedIntimacy: The other members of D.E.B.S. burst in on [[spoiler:Amy and Lucy]] in bed together, [[RelationshipReveal exposing their relationship]].
* JerkJock: Amy's boyfriend Bobby, with a side dish of DisposableFiance.
* LarynxDissonance: Justified but a little disturbing when Lucy starts lipsyncing to {{Erasure}}'s ''A Little Respect.'' It gets funnier once Scud joins in.
* LipstickLesbian: Amy, Lucy, and Ninotchka.
* LovableAlphaBitch: Max, through and through.
* LoveRedeems
* MexicanStandoff: Between Amy and Lucy when they first meet.
* ModestyBedsheet: This exists before before Lucy and Amy
* MomentKiller
-->'''Janet:''' Oh my god! She {{almost kiss}}ed you! You almost let her!
* {{Montages}}
** FallingInLoveMontage
** LostLoveMontage which doubles as a HardWorkMontage with {{Spinning Paper}}s and has to be seen to be believed.
* MurderTheHypotenuse
* MustHaveCaffeine: Dominique survives on a black coffee and cigarettes diet.
* TheOtherDarrin: All of the roles from the short were recast except for Jill Ritchie as Janet who reprised her role.
* PunchClockVillain: Scud
* PsychoLesbian: Lucy, and Ninotchka. The latter more so, given that they only had one particularly ordinary date.
* ReallyGetsAround: Dominique.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Ms. Petrie threatens to do this to Amy after she finds out that Amy is in love with Lucy Diamond.
* RockBottom: Janet's words in the bank vault.
* RuleOfFunny
* SassyBlackWoman: the team's leader Max.
-->'''Max''': Who's your best friend?
-->'''Amy''': ''You'' are my best friend.
-->'''Max''': And what did I say to you the very first day at the Academy?
-->'''Amy''': [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch That's my bunk, bitch]].
* SchoolgirlLesbians
* SheFu: Amy's fight with Lucy in Amy's room in the D.E.B.S. house.
* ShesGotLegs: Every member of D.E.B.S.
* ShootOutTheLock: While the protagonists are secretly meeting with Lucy Diamond at Endgame, Bobby shoots a padlock that's securing a door leading to their location.
* ShoutOut: Lucy Diamond's name is obviously one to Music/TheBeatles[=/=]EltonJohn song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
* SideBet: After Lucy and Amy AlmostKiss, Janet owes Scud fifty bucks.
* SpikesOfDoom: In the DescendingCeiling in the bank vault.
* SpySchool
* StalkingIsLove: Lucy's seduction plan borders on this.
* StealthHiBye: Lucy Diamond does it twice.
* SweetheartSipping: During the FallingInLoveMontage.
* TechnicalPacifist: Despite her reputation Lucy claims she's never actually killed anyone; all the agents chasing her died of environmental causes. Her willingness to place Amy's friends under a DescendingCeiling with SpikesOfDoom shows she might not be entirely truthful about this. Well, the ceiling is part of that environment... [[FridgeBrilliance And there are plenty of ways]] to give someone food poisoning or get them to die of frostbite by, say, leaving them stranded on an ice field...
* TeenSuperspy
* TemptingFate: Twice in the bank vault.
** Amy says "See? That wasn't so hard." Then a TrapDoor opens under her, sending her down a secret underground slide.
** Later on, Janet says things can't get any worse. Cue the DescendingCeiling and SpikesOfDoom.
* ThrowingOutTheScript: Amy is given a speech to read at Endgame which tells a false story of how Lucy Diamond kidnapped her and held her hostage. She starts reading it to the crowd, but halfway through she stops reading it and tells the truth: that the time she spent with Lucy were the happiest days of her life and that she's leaving to be with Lucy.
* TrapDoor: In the bank vault.
* VillainsOutShopping
* WomanScorned: Ninotchka tells the D.E.B.S. how to find Lucy, jealous after seeing her happy with someone else.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Lucy keeps backing out on dates claiming food poisoning and taking her frustrations out in Dr Evil type [[EvilPlan schemes]]. Scud even says so to her face.
* YuriGenre
* ZettaiRyouiki
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