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->''"I used to be like you, a long time ago. All brand new and perfect; no mistakes, no regrets. People look at you and think of how wonderful your future will be. They want you to be something special, like a doctor or a lawyer. I hate to tell you this, but if you grow up here, you're more likely to wind up selling your bodies on the streets or shooting dope from dirty needles in a bus stop. And if you're successful, you'll make money selling junk to crackheads, and won't think twice about killing someone's wife, because you won't even know it's wrong in the first place. Maybe… you'll end up like me. A [[TitleDrop hobo with a shotgun]]. I hope you can do better. You are the future."''
-->-- '''The Hobo''', to a group of newborn babies

The 2011 film '''''Hobo With A Shotgun''''' started out as a [[RealTrailerFakeMovie fake movie trailer]] in ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'', but thanks to independent filmmakers from [[UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} Dartmouth, Nova Scotia]], it became the second ''[=Grindhouse=]'' trailer (after ''Film/{{Machete}}'') to get converted into a full film.

An elderly, nameless hobo (Creator/RutgerHauer) arrives in the city of Hope Town, a run-down dystopian sprawl. The Hobo only wants to eke out a humble life in the city, but thanks to The Drake (the depraved crime boss who [[IOwnThisTown controls the city]]), urban decay runs rampant and violence has become a way of life. Tension builds as The Hobo tries to co-exist with the city-wide corruption, but when circumstances push him over the edge, he picks up a twelve-gauge and delivers bloody justice to the city's criminals.

The film's is a broad [[{{Gorn}} and grotesque]] pastiche of the VigilanteJustice sub-genre of exploitation cinema (represented by films such as ''Film/DeathWish''), with some surprisingly subtle flourishes mixed into the outlandish mayhem.

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!! ''Hobo with a Shotgun'' contains examples of the following tropes:

* AbnormalAmmo: One of the members of the Plague, Grinder, carries a spear gun that fires a short spear up into the ceiling, pulling along a short rope tied around any of their unfortunate victims' necks that quickly strangles them to death, essentially being a "gallows gun".
* AbusiveParents: Drake to Ivan.
* ActingForTwo: Nick Bateman plays both Ivan and Rip.
* ActorAllusion:
** The original actor who played the hobo in the ''[=Grindhouse=]'' trailer wields a shotgun in the final confrontation (he's a crooked cop now).
** Canadian TV personality George Stroumbouloupolis is cast as the KentBrockmanNews anchorman.
* AerithAndBob: Drake's sons, Ivan and Slick.
* AffectionateParody: Of exploitation films, especially those focusing on revenge stories.
* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: Slick, who gleefully maims a kid who owes him money, but then ''shoves the poor kid's face into a pile of cocaine''. That Slick would casually wander around with such a big pile of cocaine is, of course, yet another of the over-the-top touches that make this film what it is.
* AlasPoorVillain: Slick gets a surprisingly emotional send-off when he [[spoiler:calls his father begging for help, and they end up comforting each other before he dies]].
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: What kind of a pawn shop keeps a loaded shotgun where anyone can grab it? [[MST3KMantra Then again, considering the type of movie this is.]]
* AwesomeButImpractical: Grinder uses a harpoon gun as a weapon, which, given the outstanding amount of guns available in the market, would be quite an impractical choice in itself. As an added bonus, he doesn't actually stick the harpoon into people, and prefers to use it to hang them.
* {{Badass}}: The Hobo. Abbey becomes one of these too, by the end.
* BadassBiker: The Plague drive motorcycles.
* BadassBystander: [[spoiler: Subverted by a random doctor, who flips out and opens fire on the Plague when they first burst into his hospital. He gets gutted for his troubles.]]
** Played straight with the hobo. He rescues Abbey from Slick and helps the owner of the pawn shop when the place is being robbed.
* BadassGrandpa: The hobo, of course.
* BadSanta: The pedophile in the Santa suit, who the hobo kills early on.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: [[spoiler:Abby gets a nasty neck wound after she's almost decapitated, and later she loses a hand.]] Her face doesn't suffer one bit.
* BerserkButton: The hobo doesn't like people calling Abby a prostitute, having deluded himself into believing,''"SHE'S A TEACHER!"''
* BigBad: Drake.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Hobo gives his life to kill Drake and ensure that the citizens who have come to his aid fire the first shots on the corrupt police force. Abby is alive but has lost a hand and spends the end of the film hysterically screaming, and the remaining Plague member claims she'll be a member of them soon. The town may live or die in the ensuing violence, but either way the tyranny of Drake's crime family has ended.]]
* BlasphemousBoast: Drake claims to know more about suffering than God, because when God's son died, He came back after a few days. The Hobo's response:
-->You're a shitty father.
* BloodBath: One of Drake's groupies showers in the spray of blood from a decapitated neck, while writhing ecstatically.
* BloodFromTheMouth: The Hobo, after chewing glass
* BloodSpatteredInnocents: Oh, Abby.
* BottomlessMagazines: We never see the Hobo buy any shells, yet he never seems to run out. We do see him reload... once.
* BusFullOfInnocents: Slick [[spoiler:torches a bus full of elementary school children with a flame thrower]] as a way of declaring war on the Hobo. [[spoiler:Then brings the charred skeleton of one of them onto the evening news to make the declaration directly.]] MoralEventHorizon, guys.
* TheBrute: Ivan.
* TheCaligula: Drake
* CanadaDoesNotExist: We never learn where Hope Town is, the currency is nondescript, the police symbols aren't quite clear...we could go on.
* CaneFu: The Hobo does quite well with his walking stick before buying his shotgun.
* ChekhovsGun: The Lawnmower, of all things.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: When Slick asks the school bus full of children if they like things like school and hobos, the kids cheer enthusiastically.
* ClusterFBomb: Everyone swears to the point of absurdity. Even emergency room nurses are screaming, "Live, you fucking whore!"
* ColorCodedCharacters: Drake and his sons wear only black and white.
* CombatPragmatist: As a person who is forced to make do with whatever he can find every day, Hobo has a talent for this. He wields his own walking stick as an effective bludgeon, [[spoiler:weaponizes his savings in a sock and incapacitates Ivan by electrocuting him with a toaster]].
* CoolCar: Drake's sons drive around in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bricklin_SV-1 Bricklin SV-1]].
* CrapsackWorld: And how!
* DeadLineNews: Drake and his sons invade a news broadcast, murder the newscaster, and wave a charred corpse at the camera before demanding that all the town's homeless be killed.
* DirtyCop: There is exactly one non-corrupt cop in the movie (played by Scott Vrooman of ''{{Picnicface}}'' fame). [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in lines that made it in from the fake trailer:
--> '''Rookie Cop''': At least he's only killing the dirty cops.
--> '''Dirty Cop''': We're all dirty cops!
* DraggedOffToHell: [[spoiler:Slick, in the school bus he set on fire]].
* TheDragon: Though at first they seem like CoDragons, Slick quickly proves more pivotal to the plot, wanting to become a DragonAscendant.
* DragonTheirFeet: Rip is still alive when Drake gets his come-uppance. In fact, he's never seen again after walking off during the climax.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Drake to Slick. Not so much for [[TheUnfavourite Ivan]], though.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The eponymous hobo is never named; He even shows up in the credits as "hobo."
* EvilDuo: Slick and Ivan. Then later, the hitmen Rip and Grinder, a.k.a. The Plague.
* EvilIsHammy: Drake and sons, as best exemplified in the first seven minutes wherein they execute Drake's brother in broad daylight with a passionate speech. Afterward?
--> '''Ivan:''' Go the fuck home everyone! And don't forget to wash your dicks!
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Hope Town police, [[DirtyCop who are mostly corrupt]], were angered when Drake destroys Abby’s hand.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: He's a hobo... with a shotgun.
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: [[spoiler:We're taking a car ride to hell, ''and you're riding shotgun!'']]
* TheFaceless: Rip and Grinder, aka the Plague, whose faces are never seen beneath their metal armor.
* {{Fingore}}: Severely to [[spoiler: Abby]] near the end of the film. It's more like the [[spoiler:entire hand...]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** The hobo's [[IceCreamKoan borderline-nonsensical]] parable to Abby about bears clawing the faces off people who get too close. [[spoiler:It wasn't actually torn off, but...]]
** When Slick hassles the kid for the money he owes him, he's playing an arcade game called ''The Plague''. Footage of gameplay has the player controlling Grinder.
* ForgingScene: Also involving the lawnmower.
* GenreThrowback: To old 1970s and 1980s ExploitationFilm.
* GroinAttack: Repeatedly. Perhaps most notably when the hobo does this to Slick: [[spoiler:he kills him by shooting his prick off]].
* {{Gorn}}: Everywhere. ''Everywhere''.
* HarpoonGun: Rip's choice of weapon, used to great effect when they storm the hospital.
* HiddenDepths: When [[spoiler:Slick]] is bleeding to death, he calls [[spoiler: the Drake, (who normally treats him like a favorite employee rather than a son)]] and the two say heartfelt goodbyes in a shockingly human moment for both of them.
* {{Hobo}}: With a shotgun.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Abby, who apparently took to prostitution due to lack of opportunities in her crapsack town.
* HopeSpot: About halfway through the film Abby and the Hobo make plans to leave town and start a lawnmower business. Yeah, [[FromBadToWorse that doesn't work out]].
* HumanoidAbomination: The Plague are strongly implied to be [[spoiler:demons]], and even when one of them is being [[spoiler:vivisected by a lawnmower]], we still never see anything besides his armor. They don't even have red blood.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Ivan uses ice skates as both a thrown weapon and attached to his feet for kicking. Yes, it's a Canadian film all right.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Abby uses [[spoiler:her ''arm bone'' against Drake, after her hand is shredded off]].
* InfantImmortality: Zigzagged through the film: the Hobo manages to save the crying baby in the Pawn Shop holdup, but [[spoiler:the children in the film usually get set on fire, as the anti-homeless rioters set a homeless mom and her baby on fire, and Slick torching a bus of children after they declare their support for the hobo.]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: By the end, Rip has walked away without paying for any of the gruesome murders he's perpetrated. It's even worse in the Alternate Ending, where Abby is turned into the promised replacement.]]
* KillThePoor: {{Invoked}} by the villains as a means to kill the vigilante hobo. They incite the [[TorchesAndPitchforks public to do the dirty work]], under the promise that not doing so will result in the villains [[WouldHurtAChild killing a lot of children]].
* LargeHam: Drake's loud, insane, theatrical style of speech qualifies him as this.
* LegacyCharacter: In the end, it's revealed that [[spoiler:you have to replace a member of the Plague if you kill him. This explains how the Plague seems responsible for taking out historical personalities like Lincoln and Jesus]].
* LyricalDissonance: The end credits are from a Canadian children's ''[[TheRaccoons cartoon]]''.
* MadeOfIron:
** Ivan survives getting electrocuted so badly that his chin becomes charred.
** The Hobo is able to chew glass without much reaction and barely seems to notice getting a word carved deeply into his chest. He gives a rambling explanation that he can just tell the pain to go away.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: Drake does this a lot.
* MoralEventHorizon: It's a lot harder to see Slick as the DracoInLeatherPants after he [[spoiler: incinerates a bus full of children]]. [[invoked]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Rip and Grinder.
* {{Narm}}: Like all good [=grindhouse=] tributes, this is invoked. The hobo often goes on nonsensical {{ice cream koan}}s, dramatic scenes have bizarre, overwrought, terrible dialogue, and... interesting faces are made during ridiculously implausible situations. [[invoked]]
* NoNameGiven: The hobo.
* NoWomansLand: to a ''serious'' degree.
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:Drake shoots Ivan when Abby tries to take him hostage.]]
* OneHandedShotgunPump: In the original trailer.
* [[PedoHunt Pædo Hunt]]: One of the rogues gallery of scum Hobo puts down is a ludicrously disgusting man dressed in a SantaClaus costume who openly preys upon and kidnaps small children in broad daylight.
* ParentalFavoritism: By this point rather obviously, Drake favors Slick over Ivan.
* PetTheDog: Rip lights a match for the Hobo to have a smoke during his confinement by The Plague.
* PlayingAgainstType: Gregory Smith, who's best known for playing rebellious but good-intentioned teenagers (in ''Film/SmallSoldiers'' and ''Everwood''), as Slick.
* {{Pun}}: One newspaper headline reads "Hobo stops begging - demands change."
* PreAsskickingOneLiner:
** "I'm making a Citizen's Arrest."
** ''"I'm gonna sleep in your bloody carcasses TONIGHT!"'''
* PreMortemOneLiner: Actually not very common in the movie, but used to great effect in the finale.
* PsychoForHire: The Plague, a pair of contract killers who encase themselves in metal armor, live in a castle and have some sort of giant tentacle monster as a pet. They also apparently killed Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Charles Darwin, and ''Jesus''.
* PsychoSupporter: Drake has a gang of groupies who run around in bikinis and enjoy violence just as much as he does. One girl dances in the RainOfBlood caused by Drake's execution of his brother, and later, they cheerfully beat on a human pinata Drake was holding prisoner.
* RainOfBlood: A woman [[{{Squick}} strips and dances in it.]] And it's in the first seven minutes!
* RecycledSoundtrack: The opening credits music, "Liebesthema", was used forty years earlier as the theme to the movie ''Mark of the Devil'', and the end credits music, "Run With Us", was first used as the theme to the cartoon ''TheRaccoons''.
* RefugeInAudacity: Hoo boy.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler: After the Hobo tells Rip that Abby ain't going nowhere... Rip just leaves.]]
* SignatureSoundEffect: Grinder's robotic hum, sounding a bit like, "Oing!"
* ShamingTheMob: Done by Abby when facing down a mob that had been torching hobos and killing them earlier. [[spoiler:They come back to destroy the police force in the ending.]]
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: As the hobo's hell-raising antics demonstrate.
* ShootTheHostage: Drake does this to [[spoiler: his own son Ivan]].
* ShoutOut: The Plague dragging a coffin behind their bikes is similar to [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} Undertaker's schtick.]]
* SinisterShades: Slick and Ivan wear Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses at almost all times to match their general retro look.
* SkeletonGovernment: One can wonder why the National Guard hasn't arrived to evacuate everyone and burn the city to the ground.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: The Drake does this.
* StylisticSuck: ''The Plague'' videogame is a retro BeatEmUp
* TitleDrop: ''"Maybe you'll end up like me, a hobo with a shotgun. Maybe you'll do better."''
* TookALevelInBadass: Abby, who [[spoiler: singlehandedly kills Grinder ''and '' nearly puts the BigBad down for the count, and saves the hobo just before he's decapitated... with her goddamn forearm bone.]]
* TragicHero: The Hobo lives an incredibly harsh life and is cruelly abused by society, despite being a genuinely kind and responsible man. His bouts of vigilante justice may come across as being deranged at times [[spoiler: but he makes the ultimate sacrifice in the name of justice and protecting those he cares for.]]
* TheUnfavorite: Ivan just doesn't measure up to Slick [[spoiler: even when he's the only one left, and he gets executed by his father for it, unwittingly getting the Hobo a short reprieve]].
* VaderBreath: Grinder, of The Plague.
* VigilanteMan: The Hobo is so disgusted by the violence around him that he sacrifices his dream of starting a lawn mowing company to purchase a shotgun and go on a thug-murdering rampage.
* WellDoneSonGuy:
** Slick wants his father's approval and to be a fitting heir to his legacy. Drake fully encourages this.
** Ivan, TheUnfavorite, who is constantly demeaned, wants to be a fitting replacement for Slick in his father's eyes.
* WhatTheHellHero: The pawn shop robber protests that he hasn't actually hurt anyone just before the Hobo blows his head off.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Well, shotgun in this case.
--> '''Abby''': You can't solve all the world's problems with a shotgun!
--> '''Hobo''': It's all I know.
* WhenLifeGivesYouLemons: Drake spins the phrase in his own hideous idiom to encourage his son.
--> '''Drake''': When life gives you razor blades... you make a baseball bat. Covered in razor blades!
* WorldGoneMad: Or at least, the ''entire fucking city.''
* WouldHurtAChild: One of the pawnshop robbers is ready to shoot a baby and one of the hobo-killing townsfolk throws a molotov into a dumpster where a homeless child is living. But Slick takes the cake when he[[spoiler:burns a busload.]] He then threatens to wipe out every child in the city if the Hobo isn't killed.
* WretchedHive: Hopetown is an impossibly violent and depraved place.
* YourHeadASplode: Happens to everyone who the Hobo shoots in the head.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: [[spoiler:After Abby kills Grinder, Rip says she has to take his place. The Hobo tells him he won't be doing that, and he walks off without a word. However, in the alternate ending, she's converted into Grinder's replacement]].

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