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[[caption-width-right:300:"...When you're in a Jaeger, suddenly, you can fight the hurricane. You can win."]]

->''"Today... today. At the edge of our hope, at the end of our time -- we have chosen not only to believe in ourselves, but in each other. Today, there's not a man nor woman in here that shall stand alone. Not today. Today, we face the monsters that are at our door -- and bring the fight to them! Today, we are cancellin' the apocalypse!"''
-->-- '''Marshal Stacker Pentecost'''

''Pacific Rim'' is a 2013 {{Kaiju}}/HumongousMecha film directed by Creator/GuillermoDelToro.

TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, giant alien monsters known as "{{Kaiju}}" arise from a dimensional rift in the Pacific Ocean and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Humanity eventually holds its own against the gargantuan threats by creating HumongousMecha known as [[GratuitousGerman Jaegers]], but over the years, the Kaiju grow stronger and turn the tide of battle back to their side.

When the growing losses of the Jaegers cause the world's governments to cut the program's funding, Marshal Stacker Pentecost designs one final counterattack against the Kaiju threat: a Jaeger assault on the dimensional rift itself in the hopes that they can close the rift for good. To put his plan into motion, he recruits Raleigh Becket, a washed-up veteran Jaeger pilot who ended up traumatized by the death of his brother (who was also his co-pilot) during a Kaiju battle five years prior. Alongside Mako Mori, a talented rookie with a dangerous grudge against the Kaiju, Raleigh suits up to pilot a Jaeger once more in order to take the fight to the Kaiju before they overrun the world.

The film stars Creator/CharlieHunnam, Creator/RinkoKikuchi, Creator/IdrisElba, Creator/CharlieDay, Creator/RonPerlman, Creator/BurnGorman, Creator/EllenMcLain ([[ActorAllusion as the voice of the Jaeger AI]]), and Clifton Collins Jr.

After some DevelopmentHell, Guillermo del Toro has confirmed that a sequel titled ''Film/PacificRimUprising'' is in production. It has been announced to premiere on February 23, 2018 and has added both Creator/JohnBoyega and Creator/ScottEastwood to the cast. Del Toro will not be directing (though he will stay on as a producer), and the film will instead be directed by Steven S. [=DeKnight=] (who was previously showrunner on ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' and ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'').

'''Characterization tropes for Humans, Jaegers and Kaijus go on the [[Characters/PacificRim Characters Sheet]].'''

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!!''Pacific Rim'' provides examples of:

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* AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade: In a scaled up (and serious) version: the Wall, the "viable alternative" the Jaeger program was scrapped in favor of. It breaks in less than an hour under the assault of a single Kaiju, and later on, we're introduced to a Kaiju [[spoiler:that can ''fly'' and spit acid. At the end, Class-5 Kaijus which are twice as tall as the Class-4s start coming through, making the wall literally waist-high]].
* ActionPrologue: The movie begins with an OpeningMonologue about the invading Kaiju and a battle of Gipsy Danger against Knifehead.
* ActivationSequence: The first time we see a Jaeger in action, it's shown activating the control area in the head, which is then attached to the main body, culminating in the neural drift that connects the two pilots and allows them to control the enormous robot. A variant is seen later as Raleigh and Mako are attempting to establish a drift.
* AdmiringTheAbomination: Newt has a somewhat disturbing interest in Kaiju and their body parts. Gottlieb even calls him a "Kaiju groupie".
* AdultFear:
** Raleigh witnessed his brother's death from inside his brother's head and was utterly helpless to stop it.
** Watching Mako's memory of a Kaiju attack is terrifying, mostly due to watching the little girl run and cry from the Kaiju.
** Herc's reaction as he says goodbye to Chuck, because he should have been there fighting right next to his son but due to circumstances, he wasn't.
* AdvertisedExtra: The Japanese Jaeger, Coyote Tango, only appears on Mako's flashback.
* AliceAllusion: Don't go chasing the [[FunWithAcronyms RABIT]] right?
* AlienBlood: The Kaiju have toxic blue acidic blood. The art book ''Man, Machines and Monsters'' implies that the color was a deliberate choice to make the film more kid-friendly.
* AliensAreBastards: Played absolutely straight with the creators of the Kaiju.
* AlienSky: The planet of the Precursors appears to have ''a black hole'' for a sun.
* AllThereInTheManual: The Graphic Novel ''Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero'' is a series of {{flashback}}s about some of the characters from the movie and how they came to be part of the Jaeger program. The official artbook also includes descriptions of several unseen Jaegers and several other bits of in-universe information, fleshing things out further. And the official novelization also shows dossier information for the Shatterdome crew, giving details the movie left out.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: Unfortunately used against the heroes. Each Kaiju that emerges is tougher, smarter and with better abilities than the last. The sheer expense of the Jaeger program made them incapable of keeping up.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: The Wei Brothers, pilots of Crimson Typhoon, are played by real-life identical ''triplets'' the Luu Brothers. As well, the American pilots of Romeo Blue, Bruce and Trevin Gage, were identical twins.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: Downplayed but still there. Just about every technologically advanced nation built Jaegers during the Kaiju War. Of the four that're left by the time the movie takes place, [[spoiler:the Chinese and the Russian ones get curbstomped without inflicting any damage worth noting, and the Australian Jaeger pulls a HeroicSacrifice, leaving the outdated US-American Jaeger's primary pilot (who also happens to be American) as the one to successfully finish the mission and end the war]]. This happens after Gipsy already [[spoiler:saved Hong Kong because the other three were already down by that point]]. Can leave a particularly bad taste in the mouth due to how utterly useless Cherno Alpha and Crimson Typhoon of all things prove to be when they're needed most.
* AndMissionControlRejoiced: Much celebration occurs in the Shatterdome after the battle of Hong Kong and after the [[spoiler:closing of the Breach]], although it's marred in both cases by the deaths of half of the Jaeger pilots deployed, including the [[spoiler:new Marshal's son]].
* {{Animesque}}: The film takes a great deal of cues from SuperRobotGenre anime, as well as Toho Kaiju films. This was probably the idea behind the over-the-top characterization, including a hot-blooded rival.
* AnotherDimension: The Anteverse where the Kaiju come from, via the [[PortalDoor Breach.]] [[spoiler:At the behest of their Masters.]]
* AnswerCut: When Chuck Hansen asks who was supposed to be his copilot after his father got injured, the camera pans over to Pentecost approaching from the hangar gate.
* ArmoredCoffins: Very prominent with the Mark I Jaegers. The ways that Mark I Jaegers stop working are basically "pilots dead", "lost reactor containment, which also killed the pilots", and "something important blew up, which also killed the pilots". Newer models of Jaegers have an escape mechanism, while Mark I Jaeger have none.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: There is simply no way a Kaiju-sized creature can survive Earth's gravity; the largest dinosaur to walk on land was about [[http://time.com/103722/biggest-dinosaur-argentina/ 85 tons]], while the smallest Kaiju is [[http://pacificrim.wikia.com/wiki/Onibaba 2,040]] tons and the largest one, only seen underwater, is estimated at a whopping [[http://pacificrim.wikia.com/wiki/Slattern_(Kaiju) 6750 tons]]. Of course, [[spoiler:being artificial creatures created by a species literally millions of years old who can travel between dimensions, [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien there are some liberties.]]]]
* ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics: Gipsy Danger's nuclear reactor is re-purposed as a nuclear bomb to destroy the portal, complete with huge explosion. Usually, that can't happen. It's all but stated, however, that the reactor was deliberately tuned to be used for a nuclear self-destruct, since setting it off can be done fairly easily from the cockpit. Gipsy Danger's "heart" (as Mako calls it) is [[AllThereInTheScript referred to]] as a "Nuclear Vortex Turbine", which has the functionality of a fission rocket hooked up to a turbine and generator. A rocket is just a slowed-down and directed explosion, so it's not too much of a stretch for it to be suddenly less controlled. This would also explain numerous other functions of the chest piece, such as a deceleration rocket or a short-range wave-motion gun.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics:
** Radio waves don't travel well underwater. This would have made communication problematic during the final battle.
** Creator/GuillermoDelToro and the effects artists admit that huge beings, robots or monsters alike, [[SquareCubeLaw would move slowly]] (or simply collapse under their own weight altogether), but the Kaiju and Jaegers move quickly to make for fun scenes. Although they are quite slow compared to the giant robots featured in most other anime and movies.
** Gipsy Danger using a civilian oil tanker as an ImprovisedWeapon is flatly impossible; it would have [[SquareCubeLaw buckled under its own weight]] the minute they dragged it out of the water, let alone started swinging it around like a bat.
** As it turns out eight CH-47s [[http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/07/how-would-you-carry-a-Jaeger-from-pacific-rim/ can't quite lift a Jaeger]]. You would need around 600, high temperature or wind conditions would render them useless, the failure of any one would bring down the whole net, and coordinating the flight would be a little tricky, especially in [[CyberpunkWithAChanceOfRain dark rainy conditions]].
** The idea of a winged creature of that size flying by flapping its wings pushes the limits a little. Flying up to 50,000 feet where there [[SpaceIsAir isn't as much air to flap on]] pushes that even further.
** Least of all: when Gipsy Danger's fist is crashing through the building and lightly tapped a Newton's Cradle resting on someone's desk, a single ball starts swinging when in reality all of them would have swayed. A Newton's Cradle is started by picking up one ball on the end and dropping it, not by pushing the entire object.
** Tendo touts the construction of Gipsy Danger by stating that the hull is made out of solid iron, no alloys. There's a good reason why tanks, rifles, skyscrapers, etcetera use steel, not iron. Just a few scenes earlier, Pentecost does basically the same by proudly announcing that Crimson Typhoon's armor consists of pure titanium instead of alloys. Large-scale construction projects almost never incorporate pure metals precisely because alloys tend to be one hell of a lot stronger than any of their individual components.
* AsskickingPose:
** The first time we see Gipsy Danger in action, the Jaeger does the "punching the palm," ready-for-action pose.
** During the battle against Otachi, Crimson Typhoon strikes a pose to highlight its deadly [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/aa1bb26270a9d250cb3c757ff59da60d/tumblr_mpi9tb43IQ1qc3ju8o2_r1_250.gif three arms]].
** Cherno Alpha's unspeakably badass fist punch.
* AstronomicZoom: It looks like the start of one at the very beginning of the film... and then it's subverted because the "stars" are actually underwater particules around the opening Rift at the floor of the Pacific Ocean.
* AttackItsWeakPoint:
** Horrifyingly, the ''Kaiju'' start to do this. Starting with the first one we see in the ActionPrologue, [[spoiler:they specifically start targeting the ''pilots'' and ''power sources'' of the Jaegers.]]
** We get to see Gipsy blast a Kaiju in [[spoiler:the armpit]] and then rip off the [[spoiler:whole arm]] and fire several attacks through the wound. Later on we see [[spoiler:Striker]] use the same technique.
** The first thing Gipsy does against both Leatherback and Otachi is to neutralize their new weapons by physically yanking off the organs containing them, Leatherback's EMP device and Otachi's acid-spitting sacs.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: More like 500-Foot-Whatever -- giant aliens suddenly appear from beneath the Pacific to destroy humanity.
* AudibleGleam:
** Hannibal Chau's shoes when we're [[FeetFirstIntroduction first introduced to him]] as well as [[spoiler:after Chau gets eaten by Otachi Jr., leaving behind one shoe. When Newton picks it up, it goes ''ting!'']]. {{Justified|Trope}} in that the metal jingles like spurs because overlapping metal plates make noise when moved.
** Whenever Gipsy Danger deploys her sword. Justified in that the segments start disjointed and attach together, making a sound.
* AudibleSharpness: Related to the above, every deployment of a blade weapon by any Jaeger is accompanied by a very satisfying sound. Funnily, this even extends to Otachi's prehensile claw tail; especially noticeable when it grapples with Gipsy in downtown Hong Kong.
* AwesomeAussie: The Australian Striker Eureka is the most advanced and powerful Jaeger made and has the most confirmed Kaiju kills (11). The Striker Eureka pilots encompass this better than their Jaeger. They have the broadest (terrible) Australian accent imaginable, and when their Jaeger is disabled [[spoiler:they climb outside and [[BullyingADragon take potshots at a Kaiju with flare guns]] to keep it distracted and away from civilians]]. Basically, it's surprising they don't challenge Kaiju to games of knifey spooney.
-->'''Herc:''' ''[grabbing the flare guns]'' Now, we have a choice here: either we sit and wait, or we take these flare guns and do something ''really'' stupid.
* AwesomeMcCoolname:
** ''All'' the Jaegers:
*** Brawler Yukon (USA)
*** Cherno Alpha (Russia)
*** Chrome Brutus (Canada)
*** Coyote Tango (Japan)
*** Crimson Typhoon (China)
*** Diablo Intercept (Chile)
*** Echo Saber (Japan)
*** Eden Assassin (Russia)
*** Gipsy Danger (USA)
*** Horizon Brave (China)
*** Hydra Corinthian (USA)
*** Lucky Seven (Australia)
*** Mammoth Apostle (USA)
*** Matador Fury (Mexico)
*** Nova Hyperion (Russia)
*** Puma Real (Panama)
*** Romeo Blue (USA)
*** Shaolin Rogue (China)
*** Solar Prophet (Peru)
*** Striker Eureka (Australia)
*** Tacit Ronin (Japan)
*** Vulcan Specter (Australia)
** [[RunningGag All the Humans]]: Idris Elba plays Marshal Stacker Pentecost. Charlie Day is Newton Geizler. Charlie Hunnam is Raleigh Becket. The older Australian pilot is Hercules Hansen. Creator/RonPerlman is Hannibal Chau (justified in story that he picked the name himself).
--->'''Hannibal Chau:''' Like the name? I got it from from my [[UsefulNotes/PunicWars favorite historical character]] and my second-favorite Szechuan restaurant in Brooklyn.
** [[RuleOfThree All the Kaiju]]: "Trespasser", "Dengue", "Slattern", "Raiju" (literally "Lightning Monster"), "Onibaba" ("Grandmother [[{{Youkai}} Ogre]]"), "Yamaarashi" ("Mountain Storm"), "Knifehead", "Leatherback", "Otachi" (literally "[[{{BFS}} Great Sword]]"), "Scissure", "Kaiceph", "Verociter", "Karloff", "Belobog" and "Scunner".
** Let's not forget the Shatterdomes!
* BadassBoast:
** The most famous one, from the trailer:
--->'''Pentecost:''' TODAY, WE ARE CANCELLIN' THE APOCALYPSE!
** There's another in the comics.
--->'''Pentecost:''' I've never believed in the End Times. We are mankind. Our '''footprints''' are on the moon. [[Literature/TheBible When the last trumpet sounds and the Beast rises from the pit]] -- we will '''[[BlasphemousBoast kill]]''' it.
* BadassFamily: In order to drift, pilots usually have to know one another quite well. Being related helps:
** Yancy and Raleigh Becket are brothers. The Wei Triplets are brothers. The Kaidanovskys are married. The Hansens are father and son. They all pilot kickass Jaegers.
** In an example from the graphic novel, Dr. Lightcap married the first successful Jaeger test pilot. They became the husband and wife team piloting Brawler Yukon.
** The pilots of Romeo Blue, Bruce and Trevin Gage, were identical twins. The pilots of Chrome Brutus, Ilisapie Flint and Zeke Amarok, were cousins. The new pilots of Coyote Tango, Gunnar and Vic Tunari, were brothers. And the pilots of Tacit Ronin, Duc Jessop and Kaori Koyamada, were also married.
* BadassInDistress: [[spoiler: Striker Eureka]] and its pilots were temporarily down due to [[spoiler: an EMP from Leatherback]].
* BashBrothers: Jaeger pilots (sometimes literally). As Raleigh posits at the beginning of the film: "The deeper the bond, the better you fight."
* BattleCouple: One of the possible configurations to operate a Jaeger.
** The Russian pilots of Cherno Alpha, Aleksis and Sasha Kaidonovsky, are a married couple.
** As were the Japanese pilots of Tacit Ronin, Duc Jessop and Kaori Koyamada.
** Raleigh and Mako spend a great deal of the movie flirting and having quiet moments together, and there's an AlmostKiss after the final battle that leaves a viewer to think if they hadn't cut to black quite so soon... WordOfGod says that there were takes of the scene with a kiss filmed, but del Toro decided to leave it open to audience interpretation during post-production. (The BigDamnKiss is left intact in the novelization.)
* BattleInTheRain: Most of the action takes place during storms.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Newt expresses a desire to see a Kaiju up close. He gets his wish when [[spoiler:Otachi (and by extension, Otachi Jr.) specifically comes to Hong Kong to kill him.]] Raleigh even lampshades this.
* BecauseISaidSo: The initial reason Stacker Pentecost gives for not allowing Mako to try out to be Raleigh's partner.
* BehemothBattle: Giant extra-dimensional monsters fight giant robots.
--> "To fight monsters, we created monsters of our own."
* BerateAndSwitch: Marshal Pentecost's scolding about Becket's fighting maneuvers ends up being a compliment.
-->'''Pentecost:''' ''[frowning] In all of my years fighting I've never... ''[smile appears on his face]'' ... seen anything like that. Well done.
* BetterThanNew: The repaired and upgraded Gipsy Danger. This trope's exact name is also the title of a song in the soundtrack.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Leatherback and Otachi have near-casually dispatched Cherno Alpha and Crimson Typhoon, Striker Eureka is immobilized, her pilots are facing down a Kaiju with their flare guns... and then [[MomentOfAwesome Gipsy Danger arrives]].]]
* TheBigDamnKiss: Averted; Raleigh and Mako have a HeadbuttOfLove at the end, and Raleigh does talk about "never thinking about the future until now" while looking at Mako, but nothing else. According to Charlie Hunnam, he thought that it was much more appropriate since it kept Mako's character as a strong female lead in her own right rather than turning her into just another DamselInDistress. In the novelization, however, this was played straight.
* BigNo: Raleigh, when Yancy is killed.
* BilingualBackfire: Raleigh is fluent in Japanese, much to Mako's surprise. Luckily, all she said was that he was different than she expected. He playfully responds "Better or worse?"
* BilingualBonus: All important non-English dialog is subtitled, minus one line: Mako's [[spoiler:last words to Stacker]], "[[spoiler:sensei, aishitemasu]]", meaning "[[spoiler:I love you, teacher]]".
* BilingualDialogue: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in the sense that there are bits of this in the movie, such as Mako talking to Pentecost in English and Pentecost replying to her in Japanese, or Raleigh talking to Mako in English and Mako replying in Japanese, but these are few and far between.
* BioluminescenceIsCool: The Kaiju have glowing eyes, mouths, and markings. Even their blood lights up.
* BittersweetEnding: Humans won the war against the Kaiju and [[spoiler: Raleigh, Mako and Herc]] live to see it but [[spoiler: Pentecost, Chuck, the Wei triplets and the Kaidanovskys]] are dead and [[spoiler: all the Jaegers]] are destroyed. [[FridgeLogic And that's not even thinking about the environmental, economic, and societal consequences of the long-term war against the Kaiju, which are only briefly shown.]]
* BladeBelowTheShoulder:
** Striker Eureka sports curved "Sting-Blades" attached to its forearms.
** Gipsy Danger has "[[WhipSword swords that whip out]]" in both arms.
** Tacit Ronin also has large pair of large, retractable blades below its wrists as shown in its shot in the intro.
** Crimson Typhoon's [[ChainsawGood buzzsaw]] [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning hands]] might also count as well.
* BladeBrake: A damaged Gipsy Danger plants its sword in the ground during the Final Battle [[spoiler:to avoid being knocked over by the shockwave of Striker Eureka's nuke detonating]].
* BloodIsSquickerInWater: Happens with some Kaiju, though the effect is downplayed due to having blue AlienBlood.
* BodyHorror:
** Knifehead and Scunner each have a pair of arms that look as if the bones in them are splitting apart.
** Mutavore's head design. Her eyes are on her ''lower jaw'', she has blade-like growths pretty much everywhere on her body, and her mouth, located on her forehead, makes her appear mouthless when it's closed.
** Raiju has a notably crocodile-like head. Except that that's actually just a hood for his real head -- it's the toothy tongue-like appendage inside his triple-hinged "jaws" that is his genuine mug.
* BookcasePassage: Hannibal Chau's place can be entered through a secret door at the Chinese shop.
* {{Bookends}}: Both the beginning and the end of the movie involve [[spoiler: someone/something being NotQuiteDead]].
* BoringButPractical:
** Gipsy Danger's fighting style boils down to a combination of CombatPragmatist and ImprovisedWeapon from anything it can grab from the surroundings. Less flashy than the synchronized styles that the other Jaegers use, but it turns out to be the most effective. Its weaponry is also relatively tame compared to the others but its BladeBelowTheShoulder and Plasma Caster turn out to be quite versatile.
** The three Kaiju defending the Rift. Unlike the movie's two middle Kaiju, Slattern and the others don't have acid spitting or fancy EMP weapons. They do have toughness, their claws and tails and bodies that make it very easy for them to swim.
* BorrowedBiometricBypass: [[spoiler:The portal is keyed to open only to Kaiju, so in order to get past that restriction, Gipsy Danger tackles the final one and dives through the portal with it, killing it on the way down.]]
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: Gipsy Danger and Cherno Alpha are the oldest Jaegers and ''really'' should have been retired. Considering the entire Jaeger program has been scrapped, all the existing Jaegers technically fall under this trope, even Striker Eureka, the newest Jaeger. This becomes plot-relevant when a Kaiju with an [=EMP=] shows up and shuts down all the remaining Jaegers -- except Gipsy, whose older-model systems are resistant.
* BrickJoke:
** [[spoiler:Gipsy Danger loses an arm twice, and both times, it's on Raleigh's hemisphere of Gipsy.]]
** Hannibal Chau's golden shoes are prominently displayed in his FeetFirstIntroduction, but he loses one when [[spoiler:he gets eaten by the baby Kaiju. When Chau cuts his way out during TheStinger, the first thing he does is demand to know where his shoe went.]]
* BrokenFaceplate: At the end of the ActionPrologue, Raleigh stumbles out of a collapsed Gipsy Danger with the faceplate over his helmet reduced to a few broken pieces around the edges and the right shoulder of his suit torn off, showing what he just went through.
* BrokenPedestal: A mutual one between Newt and Hermann. According to the supplementary materials, the two got to know one another via long distance correspondence and felt an immense kinship due to their shared interest in the Kaiju threat. After years of exchanging letters, they finally arranged to meet in person and within minutes of meeting face-to-face, gained an almost instantaneous dislike of one another. They both also hate each other's theories. Newt is a experimental researcher while Hermann is a theoretical one. [[spoiler:The pedestals are rebuilt when they drift with each other to learn of the Kaiju's plans and when both of their theories are proven correct earning them mutual respect for each other.]]
* BuildingIsWelding:
** When we are introduced to Becket's workplace at the wall, the camera pan over the construction site is covered in showers of sparks from the welding going on.
** Later when Becket sees the inside of Jaeger facility there is scolding sparks visible in the background, emphasizing the notion that this is a place where things are getting done.
* BusFullOfInnocents: A boat in the ActionPrologue, as a crew of Alaskan fishermen are caught in the middle of the battle between Knifehead and Gipsy Danger.
* ButterflyKnife: Hannibal Chau uses one to intimidate Newt (and poke him in the nose) and taunt a dead Kaiju with. [[spoiler:And to cut himself free from the belly of a dead Kaiju.]]
* CallingYourAttacks: Gipsy's Elbow Rocket and the Typhoon's Thundercloud Formation. The former is justified as Raleigh telling Mako to activate it; the latter is more of an example of the triplets' coordination. But mostly it's just RuleOfCool and a ShoutOut to the film's inspirations.
** PlayedWith at the end of Gipsy Danger's fight with Otachi. [[spoiler: Raleigh laments that they're out of options, and Mako replies they have something left, and hits a button on the console. Gipsy's computer calmly announces "Sword deploying."]]
* CanadaEh: Downplayed.
** Karlov, the first Kaiju killed by a Jaeger was destroyed by the Mark 1 Prototype, Brawler Yukon, in Vancouver. Also, one of the "Suits" talking to Pentecost in the beginning was representing Canada.
** Chrome Brutus, which was piloted by Inuit cousins Ilisapie Flint and Zeke Amarok, was Canadian and patrolled the country's western coastlines.
* TheCenterpieceSpectacular: The Hong Kong fight in the middle of the movie is the longest and most spectacular action scene, though the climax is close behind it.
* {{Central Theme}}s:
** '''Family'''. All of the regular Jaeger pilot teams we see, barring Raleigh and Mako, are related in one way or another, and there's a recurring theme of surrogate family members. Even the Kaiju, in an odd sort of way, are related to each other, [[spoiler:despite being genetically-engineered bioweapons. One is even pregnant.]]
** '''Unity'''. All of the family teams are defeated. The final victory requires everyone to work together; people of different races and nationalities, people who love and hate each other, fighters, scientists, and even criminals have to contribute something to achieve the win.
** '''Partnership''', an elaboration on Unity above: Raleigh and Yancy, Mako and Pentecost, Newt and Hermann, Herc and Chuck. Jaegers require 2 pilots drifting together to control. Mako's unpaired shoe that she carries as a child the day Pentecost finds her is returned to symbolize he trusts her to carry out the mission. Conversely, the two characters who don't have any counterpart are Hannibal Chau who gets [[spoiler:swallowed whole]] and the control room guy whose one line of character development is about his dating a married woman i.e. emphasizes his single status.
** '''Hope'''. The hero of the movie refuses to trade ten lives in favor of improved odds for saving two million more, and instead resolves to save two million and ten lives. The entire Jaeger outfit at the end is still unhesitatingly going out to fight even when the war is visibly beyond the point of no return. The politicians who try to cut their losses and be pragmatic and play lifeboat are shown as taking the road of good intentions straight down to Hell. It's only the people who refuse to acknowledge 'hopeless' odds and instead persist in believing that they can score a clean victory rather than a mediated loss who end up achieving anything.
* ChainsawGood: Crimson Typhoon's hands can turn into giant buzzsaws.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The close-up on Crimson Typhoon [[spoiler:and its lightly-armored head, which Otachi ends up crushing and tearing off with relative ease.]]
** [[spoiler:Gipsy Danger is nuclear-powered.]]
** [[spoiler:Chau uses his knife three times: once to intimidate Geiszler, once to check whether Otachi Jr. is dead, and once more to cut his way out of its stomach after it turns out not to be dead.]]
** Though it's not explicitly noted, [[spoiler:the fact that the Kaiju can tell Newt linked up with one of their brains from the far side of the rift indicates that it's possible for signals to pass through it. This comes in useful when mission control needs to keep monitoring Gipsy Danger's progress.]]
** The PSA about the start of the Jaeger programe mentions how much danger solo pilots faced.
** Raleigh's ability to pilot a Jaeger solo. In fact, Herc tells Chuck to show Raleigh some respect because he managed to bring a Jaeger in safely solo. Herc mentions he's only ever heard of one other pilot doing it. [[spoiler:Turns out it was Pentecost, whose partner was knocked out during the battle from Mako's memory.]]
* ChildSoldier:
** Chuck Hansen can be viewed as both a precocious and tragic example of this. He was enlisted in the Jaeger Academy at age 12 in 2015, was first deployed in Striker Eureka at 16 in 2019, and has the highest Kaiju kill count in history at 21 in 2025. However, it's also shown that Chuck has a HairTriggerTemper, terrible communication skills, and a double dose of DaddyIssues and SurvivorsGuilt with regards to his father choosing to save him over his mother. Herc even admits that Chuck was "raised in the cockpit", which couldn't have been healthy for a young, traumatized boy.
--->'''Rob Kazinsky:''' From a very, very young age, Chuck grew up trained to be a Jaeger pilot. Herc was never a father to him.
** It's very likely that several other Jaeger pilots were reared from adolescence to fight the Kaiju as well. Sadly, if there were any other teenage or young pilots during the Golden Age of the Jaegers, they were almost certainly killed prior to the film in Kaiju battles.
* CombatPragmatist:
** All of the mechs to an extent, but '''Gipsy Danger''' stands out. More than willing to tear off body parts and make use of an ImprovisedWeapon.
** The Kaiju are equally pragmatic. Leatherback and Otachi coordinate to take down [[spoiler:Cherno Alpha,]] the former uses a crane in its fight with Gipsy Danger and [[spoiler:Slattern and Scunner work together to badly damage Striker Eureka after realizing it is the stronger opponent]].
* CombatTentacles: Slattern's lower body consists of a mass of tentacles, three most pronounced and tipped with bladed spears.
* ComicbookAdaptation: ''Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero'' which was written by the film's screenwriter Travis Beacham. The comic acts as a prequel to the film covering the events of the first Kaiju attack, how the Jaegers were created and goes into details about the backstories of characters such as Stacker Pentecost and Mako Mori.
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames: Although not based on any specific comic book or manga, it's still based on manga/anime properties and notably averts this trope. (Then again, what do you expect from the director of ''Film/{{Hellboy}}''?) Each and every one of the {{Kaiju}} and [[HumongousMecha Jaegers]] have a CodeName. Although, if you want to get picky, they do refrain from [[AMechByAnyOtherName actually calling their giant robots "Mecha".]]
* ComingInHot: Happens when Gipsy Danger falls out of the sky and Raleigh screams that they are coming in too fast. Cue the GroundShatteringLanding in a sport arena.
* ConvectionSchmonvection:
** On Striker Eureka's blueprints there's mention of the "Sting-Blades" channeling thermal energy, but it's unknown if it's this or outright case of KillItWithFire.[[note]]Kaiju blood is established as being toxic, so blade weapons on the Jaegers can't be used in populated areas -- unless they automatically cauterise the wounds they inflict.[[/note]]
** This is averted in the FinalBattle, where [[spoiler:Gipsy Danger shoves a Kaiju's head into a volcanic vent and roasts its face in an attempt to kill it.]]
* CoolCar: Briefly, there is a beauty shot of a silver Mazda RX-7 sports car during Mako's flashback. Del Toro has admitted to being a car nerd, so there's a good chance it was intentionally placed.
* CoolVersusAwesome: All giant robots vs all giant monsters.
-->'''Creator/GuillermoDelToro:''' It is my duty to commit to film the finest fucking monsters ever committed to screen and it is my duty to create the greatest fucking robots ever committed to screen.
* CosmicHorrorStory: Were it not for the Jaegers, man would be less significant than mere bugs before the apocalyptic tsunami of mountainous bone and muscle that are the Kaiju.
* CrapsackWorld: In addition to the giant monster attacks that are happening with alarming regularity, there are clues that society has slowly broken down. Simple things like bread are seen as a luxury, people are working dangerous jobs for food rations, and there is an implied social divide between the wealthy and the rest of society with the rich getting special treatment in wake of the monster attacks.
* CreatureHunterOrganization: The Pan Pacific Defense Corps, with its Rangers being specially trained and equipped to fight Kaiju.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[spoiler:Gipsy Danger floats in this pose just before it blows up the Breach]].
* CurbStompBattle:
** Brawler Yukon -- prototype Jaeger built in 2015 effortlessly dominated Karloff.
** Striker Eureka versus Mutavore. The Kaiju doesn't land a single hit and the battle is finished in less than a minute.
** Before Striker Eureka arrived to stop Mutavore, the Kaiju single handedly destroyed Echo Saber and Vulcan Specter in the novel version.
** In an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome, Coyote Tango defeats Onibaba quickly.
** Raiju, the fastest, most lethal Kaiju on record, manages but a single chomp on Gipsy's arm. His second attack had him [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe sawn in two by Gipsy's sword.]] He gets [[DemotedToExtra a total of twelve seconds of screen time.]]
** Similiar to Mutavore case above -- according to official data Nova Hyperion and Mammoth Apostle were both active around 20th December 2024 and already destroyed in 2025 -- considering only one Kaiju attack occurred in that time both Jaegers were destroyed by one Kaiju.
** Inverted horrifically with Crimson Typhoon going down to Otachi in about 30 seconds. Cherno Alpha didn't do much better, but had the excuse of being an outdated model with a ''very'' dangerous design for the pilots while additionally being attacked by two Kaiju.
** Striker Eureka had Otachi dead to rights only for Leatherback to use his EMP weapon in the nick of time.
** Raleigh beats the shit out of Chuck when he insults Mako and most likely would have continued it if Herc and Pentecost hadn't intervened. Chuck only landed hits a few times and even then was almost immediately put back on the defensive.
* CurbStompCushion: In the sequential destruction of Crimson Typhoon and Cherno Alpha along with their pilots, neither are defeated without putting up an extensive fight against Otachi. Their defeats are more due to Otachi having unexpected features such as a prehensile tail and acid spit than overwhelming them in direct combat. As it happens, Otachi proves to be the most versatile and problematic Kaiju faced in the film, even above [[spoiler:the category five Slattern in the climax]]. Their deaths also aid Raleigh and Mako in Gipsy Danger when [[BigDamnHeroes they come into the fight]], who [[AttackItsWeakPoint quickly neutralize those features early on]].
* CutTheJuice: The desperate resort needed during a certain trial run for two Jaeger pilots.
* CyberPunk: The Bone Slums evoke this image.
* CynicismCatalyst:
** Pentecost's sister, Luna, was one of the fighter jet pilots who lost her life during the first Kaiju attack. Her death was what caused her brother to work with the military to find the best way to combat the Kaiju.
** [[spoiler:Being drifted with his brother Yancy as he was killed is this for Raleigh.]]
** Tendo Choi lost his grandfather to Kaiju blood in the prequel comic.
** Herc's wife and Chuck's mother, Angela Hansen, was killed during Scissure's attack on downtown Sydney. As were Herc's parents and the rest of their family except for his younger brother, Scott.
* DareToBeBadass:
** Played with when Pentecost dares Raleigh to become a Jaeger pilot ''again'' after his retirement.
--->'''Pentecost''': Where would you rather die? Here? Or in a Jaeger?
** Part of Newt's justification when he says he wants to drift with a Kaiju.
--->'''Newt:''' Fortune favors the brave, dude.
* DarkestHour: The Kaiju have been increasing in strength and regularity. The Jaeger program, which was really the only effective way of dealing with the Kaiju, has been shut down in light of diminishing success. The Pacific Wall -- the "viable alternative" -- is quickly shown to be totally ineffective against the stronger Kaiju, in part because one of them can shoot acid and fly. And there are only four operational Jaegers left in existence. [[spoiler:Also, the Rift is building; multiple and bigger Kaiju are able to cross over in increasing numbers with increasing frequency the more time passes.]]
* DeadGuyOnDisplay:
** [[https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/966806_509314265801542_649845123_o.jpg One photo]] shows the massive skull of Trespasser (a.k.a. Axe-Head), the first Kaiju on public display in San Francisco.
** The novelization states that Onibaba's head is currently decorating Fujiyama.
* DeadpanSnarker: Hannibal Chau.
-->'''Newt:''' I can't believe what you did to me. I mean, I could have been eaten!\\
'''Hannibal Chau:''' Well, that was definitely the plan...
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Getting eaten by Otachi Jr. is fatal to Hannibal in the novelization. Less so in TheStinger, though it's possible said stinger hadn't yet been filmed/scripted by the time the novelization was written.]]
* DeathByIrony: The {{Kaiju}} Otachi is translated into "great sword". [[spoiler:It gets slain by the debut of Gipsy Danger's sword]].
* DeathByCameo: Hannibal Chau's underling ("Wizened Man" according to the script) is the prolific Spanish actor/director Santiago Segura (see Trivia for more details). He appears in most movies by Creator/GuillermoDelToro and he dies messily in most of them. This one is no exception.
* DefiantToTheEnd:
** When Striker Eureka is disabled by Leatherback, the two pilots stand on the shoulders of the Jaeger, one of them yelling at the circling Kaiju to bring it on while carrying a flare gun in each hand. They made one shot, which caused the Kaiju to reel slightly in pain but otherwise had no effect.
** Likewise the pilots of [[spoiler:Cherno Alpha]] continued to land punches on the attaching Kaiju, even as the Jaeger was being destroyed.
* DerelictGraveyard: Oblivion Bay, the Jaeger graveyard, located in Oakland, California, the exact location where Trespasser, the first Kaiju, was killed. The remains of all the destroyed Jaegers are taken here.
* {{Determinator}}:
** Raleigh. He's able to handle his mech's neural load solo (it normally takes two people) long enough to kill the Kaiju attacking his mech after it had killed his brother (while they were [[MindRape still connected]]) and walk it to shore without guidance from mission control.
** The Kaidanovskis. Cherno's being held underwater and they're drowning. Do they try to escape through the big hole in the hull? No, they ''keep on fighting''.
* DeusExNukina: The finale, both subverted and played straight. [[spoiler:The initial planned Deus Ex Nukina is a no-go and has to be detonated to deliver the real one, in the form of the overloading reactor of Gipsy Danger. As is often the case, the nuke must also be delivered by hand.]]
* DevelopersForesight: An in-universe example, overlapping with CrazyPrepared. The A.I. of Gipsy Danger, a HumongousMecha designed to fight monsters from beneath the ocean, is apparently programmed to deal with ''orbital re-entry''.
* DictionaryOpening: The film showed translations for the Japanese word "{{Kaiju}}" and the German word "Jaeger", the names for the monsters and [[HumongousMecha mechas]] respectively.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: [[spoiler: After Striker Eureka is disabled, the Hansens weigh up their options, then continue the engagement with ''flare-guns''. They do manage to torch one of Leatherback's eyes... even though that doesn't do much but ''piss him off''.]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Giant aliens come from beneath the depths to destroy us all, and yet humanity actually manages to push them back. [[spoiler:Then they go ''through'' the rift and blow the ones who made them to kingdom come.]]
* DisposableWoman: Angela Hansen. Died to cause her husband and son to both angst.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** After their first spar, Raleigh is more convinced than ever that he and Mako are meant for each other... as co-pilots. According to WordOfGod, [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence the implications were intentional.]]
--->'''Raleigh:''' We're compatible! You felt it too, right?
** The Kaiju are ranked by category, from Category 1 (easily trounced by Jaegers) to Category 5 (virtually unstoppable). This is the same way that RealLife hurricanes and tornadoes are rated, playing up how Kaiju assaults are more like natural disasters than creature-attacks. This is {{lampshaded}} by Raleigh at the beginning of the movie:
--->'''Raleigh:''' Some things you can't fight. Acts of God. You see a hurricane coming, you have to get out of the way. But when you're in a Jaeger, suddenly, you can ''fight'' the hurricane. You can win.
* DoNotCallMePaul:
** {{Inverted|Trope}}. "Call me 'Newt', only my mother calls me 'Doctor'."
** And played straight with the Hansens. Chuck uses only derisive variations on "Old Man", much to Herc's insistence otherwise.
* DoNotGoGentle:
** The Kaiju [[spoiler: or their creators]] were ''not'' expecting humanity to fight back as hard as they do against extinction.
** Special mention goes to the Hansens who, when they have a disabled Jaeger and no other options, start telling Leatherback to basically "come get some" and fire flares that are about as effective as SpitefulSpit instead of giving up.
* DoubleTap: Becket blasts a dead Kaiju a few times just to make sure. [[spoiler:Justified, considering that the last Kaiju he thought was dead got back up and killed his brother before it was put down.]]
* DownerBeginning: The movie starts with Raleigh losing his brother, and Gipsy Danger being severely damaged in the fight with Knifehead, signifying a turn for the worse for all of mankind.
* DrowningPit: Downplayed. Aleksis and Sasha Kaidanovsky drown inside the cockpit of Cherno Alpha when the Jaeger drops into the sea. Although they may ''just'' have lived long enough to be killed when Leatherback crushes the cockpit, causing it to explode. [[MortonsFork Not sure which possibility is worse, really.]]
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Pentecost and Chuck sacrifice themselves to give Raleigh and Mako enough time to detonate Gipsy Danger to destroy the Breach.]]
* DynamicEntry: Otachi, a three-handed Kaiju (two arms plus a prehensile tail) who appears grown specifically to deal with Crimson Typhoon, starts to get her ass handed to her by Cherno Alpha, when suddenly... [[spoiler:Leatherback to the rescue!]]
* EatingTheEyeCandy: Mako spends a good amount of time staring out her door as Raleigh takes his shirt off. Once Raleigh notices, she immediately shuts the door... and goes on trying to watching through the peephole, at which point, ''he'' shuts the door.
* EEqualsMCHammer: Gottlieb is shown writing difficult formulas on a huge blackboard.
* EldritchLocation: [[spoiler:Where the Kaiju are sent from. It has a sun that looks like an ''eyeball''. Worse still, for all we know, it actually ''is'' [[EldritchAbomination an eyeball.]]]]
* EmergencyTraineeBattleDeployment: Two examples, one offscreen in lore:
** When the Jaeger neural interface was first tested and it was discovered a two pilot system was required, the scientist who created it volunteered to be the second pilot alongside the actual trained soldier. Possibly justified because all prior test pilots had been killed due to the strain of using the interface alone.
** When Leatherback disables Striker Eureka with its EMP, Mako has to go into battle, despite having completely failed to drift properly on her first attempt and nearly shooting up the base by subconsciously activating Gypsy Danger's plasma cannon.
* {{EMP}}: Leatherback knocks Hong Kong off the power grid, along with disabling a Jaeger, with an electromagnetic pulse. It is generated by a bioluminescent organ on its back; the first thing Gypsy Danger does during their battle is to rip it off to avoid a repeat.
* EmpathicEnvironment: The weather is grey and nasty through the entire film and gets worse as things look worse for mankind, but once the good guys score a decisive victory, the next time we get a look up, the sky is blue.
* EndOfAnAge: Several, actually. 1) The prologue covers the end of the Kaiju-free Earth history. 2) After the title screen, it becomes the end of the Golden Age of Jaeger development; hence, only four left. Lastly... [[spoiler:the film seemingly ends with the end of the Kaiju age.]]
* TheEndOrIsIt:
** [[spoiler:Spoofed with TheStinger when the flesh of the dead baby monster twitches ominously... only for Hannibal Chau to cut his way out, complaining about his missing shoe.]]
** Played straight soon after. Once all the credits have rolled, a roaring noise can be heard suggesting that one/some of the Kaijus are still alive.
* EnhancedPunch:
** [[AmericanRobot Gipsy Danger]] has rocket boosters on its elbows to give its punches extra power.
** Like ''Anime/BigO'', [[HuskyRusskie Cherno Alpha]] has pistons that extend its forearm upon impact in order to give it more force.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** One of the first things we see of Stacker is him ordering Gipsy Danger to guard Anchorage and ignore a fishing boat in the Kaiju's path. When the Beckets go to save the boat anyway, and he realizes the crap's about to hit the fan, he tells them to take the boat and leave. He's ostensibly concerned with the bigger picture, but clearly doesn't like anyone being sacrificed or hurt if he can help it.
** We first see Chuck Hansen giving an interview after helping curbstomp a Kaiju, in which he quickly establishes himself as a cocky hotshot. Though it's not obvious until later, there's hints that he also really cares about protecting people. But mostly that he's a cocky hotshot.
* EveryoneIsArmed: When Hannibal Chau orders Newt to leave, all of his mooks draw a gun and point it at Newt's head.
* EveryScarHasAStory: Hannibal Chau has one on the left side of his face shaped like the letter C. The only part of the story we (and Newton) get is that it happened in a public Kaiju shelter.
* EvilCounterpart:
** The Kaiju to the Jaegers. They are split into categories from one to five and are so large that they need two brains to fully operate. Whereas the Jaegers are created to defend humanity and its cities, the Kaiju are created to destroy everything in their path.
** Each Jaeger is destroyed fighting the Kaiju it resembles the most:
*** Gipsy Danger and Knifehead wield sharp blades in combat, and use surprise and unorthodox fight styles.
*** Otachi and Crimson Typhoon are both versatile, agile, and have an extra limb (Otachi's tail has a grasping claw).
*** Cherno Alpha and Leatherback are big bulky bruisers, a bit on the slow side, but immensely strong and tough.
*** Slattern and Striker Eureka are both the latest "class five's" of their respective teams (Slattern is the first Category 5 Kaiju and Striker is the first Mark V Jaeger).
* ExactTimeToFailure: The A.I. gives a very accurate countdown to when [[spoiler:Gipsy's nuclear meltdown would culminate in an explosion]], and it's most likely designed that way.
* TheExitIsThatWay: Mako tries to evade questions from Raleigh by turning around and heading for her room. After some fiddling around with the key at the door Raleigh notes that it was his room she tried to unlock.
* {{Expy}}:
** Leatherback (and the Kaiju designs in general) looks a lot like [[Film/{{Hellboy}} Sammael the hellhound]]. Not surprising since ''Hellboy'' was also a del Toro film.
** The [[spoiler:Precursors]] are a race of PlanetLooters who move from planet to planet wiping out its inhabitants in order to milk it dry of its natural resources before they move on. [[Film/IndependenceDay Sound familiar?]]
* ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation: MissionControl is full of 3D display gimmicks.
* EyeScream:
** Hannibal Chau has a scar [[{{Squick}} directly through his eye]], the result of an incident in a Anti-Kaiju Defense Shelter.
** Leatherback also takes a flare to the eye, though since he's a Kaiju (and has ''six'' of them) it doesn't do much more than annoy him.
** When Slattern drops down in front of Gipsy after taking a ''nuke to the face'', we see half her face blown off and one of her left eyes missing.
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* FailsafeFailure: Multiple occurrences. The most prominent, Mako's first drift, where she gets lost in a memory and nearly blows a hole in the facility, is actually a subversion -- a ''lot'' of failsafes fail, but Tendo and Herc do eventually manage to unplug the right socket and power the weapon down.
* FeeFiFauxPas: When Newt is introducing himself and his work, he shows off his Kaiju tattoos and goes on about how cool Kaiju are. In front of Raleigh. Whose brother was killed by one.
-->'''Newt:''' You know [Yamarashi] was one of the biggest Category [=3s=] ever? It's 2,500 tons of awesome. (''awkward silence from everyone else'') Or awful, you know, whatever you wanna call it.
* FighterLaunchingSequence: The movie opens with the Becket brothers suiting up and deploying Gipsy Danger.
* FinalBattle: The battle at the breach, with Gipsy Danger and Striker Eureka vs. Scunner, Raiju, and Slattern.
* FinishingMove: While not called as such, the Jaegers seem to have weapons that are normally used to finish off a Kaiju and end the fight, such as Gipsy Danger's Plasma Caster or Striker Eureka's [[MacrossMissileMassacre Anti-Kaiju Missiles]]. A straighter example is [[spoiler:Gipsy Danger's [[ChestBlaster Nuclear Vortex Turbine]], which sees one use in an actual fight and that's to kill Slattern.]] Considering the film is a gigantic homage to Tokusatsu and SuperRobot anime, this is no surprise.
* FireForgedFriends: Dr. Newt Geiszler and Dr. Hermann Gottlieb initially have a none-too-friendly professional rivalry that borders on outright hatred. After being forced to work together instead of on parallel projects and [[spoiler:sharing a Drift with a Kaiju brain]], they shift into VitriolicBestBuds.
* FirstNameBasis:
** Herc always addresses Pentecost as "Stacker", given that they were contemporaries.
** A glimpse into the [[VitriolicBestBuds true nature]] of Geiszler and Gottlieb's relationship is that they're on a first-name basis, which for Germans is reserved for family and very dear friends.
* {{Flatline}}: There is a flatline sound at MissionControl when Cherno Alpha explodes.
* FlawedPrototype: A double dose: first, the earliest Jaeger experimentation proved untenable with single pilots, necessitating the development of the neural bridge. Second, as a result of their rushed production, the Mark I Jaegers [[spoiler:did not have proper radiation shielding; the complications from radiation poisoning forced Pentecost to stop piloting.]]
* {{Foil}}:
** Mako and Chuck's characterization are interestingly aligned with each other. Both are young and exceptionally talented pilots and have varying father issues. When first introduced to Raleigh, Mako made a rude comment about him, not meant for him to know. Chuck was initially friendly (or as friendly Chuck could be) with Raleigh until he found out that Raleigh was building the Kaiju Wall, to which then his attitude towards him became rude. But whereas Mako quickly learned from her mistake and was much friendlier and open to Raleigh afterwards, it takes Chuck longer [[spoiler:plus being saved by Gipsy Danger]] before he changed his attitude about Raleigh.
** Chuck is also a foil for the Raleigh that we saw in the beginning. Raleigh was previously very eager to fight Kaiju and had a cocky attitude, similar to Chuck. If it wasn't for [[spoiler:Yancy's death]], Raleigh could have become who Chuck is.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Raleigh's fight against Chuck. Why? [[spoiler:Because it displays Raleigh's no-holds-barred method of fighting. Not only does he take Chuck apart with only minor injuries, he does so in a brutally efficient manner. What's the next fight we see him in? In a Jaeger, taking apart the Kaiju he fights by removing their most effective attacks, before slugging it out with them, and ''winning''.]]
** Pentecost asks Raleigh whether he would want to die here (referring to the so-called "Life Wall") or in a Jaeger. [[spoiler:Pentecost pilots Striker Eureka, knowing the radiation would kill him and sacrificed himself to give Gipsy Danger a chance to destroy the portal.]]
** Gipsy Danger's sword [[EleventhHourSuperpower is suddenly revealed]] at the end of the fight with Otachi. We see it deployed again in the final battle outside the Breach, before another Kaiju rips the arm off. But the left arm had the sword in it the first time, and the second time, the right arm had the sword. Both arms have swords, and Gipsy is far from defenseless.
* FourFingeredHands: Cherno Alpha, Crimson Typhoon[[note]]who also has a three-fingered left hand[[/note]] and a few of the Kaiju.
* FreeFallFight: [[spoiler:Gipsy Danger and [[FinalBoss Slattern]] continue duking it out while they plummet into the rift, ending with Gipsy Danger killing Slattern by frying him with its ChestBlaster.]]
* FreudianTrio: The Kaiju are the id; they come from the depths of our understanding, to wreak havoc by indulging basic desires, like aggression, anger and hunger. The Jaegers are the superego, a human construct built to contain the id. The Jaeger pilot represents the ego, the active agent choosing the correct way to fight the id. Some choose cynicism, selfishness or hubris as motivations and fail, others make selfless choices, [[spoiler:and lead to our ultimate redemption.]]
* FriendshipMoment: Gottlieb helping Geiszler [[spoiler:drift is the first time the two aren't acting like young brothers or an old married couple. At the end Geiszler puts his arm around Gottlieb's shoulders and both smile.]]
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: As Gottlieb was rattling off his prediction to Pentecost and Herc, Geiszler can be seen making "blah blah blah" motions with his hand.
* FunWithAcronyms: "Chasing the RABIT", or '''R'''andom '''A'''ccess '''B'''rain '''I'''mpulse '''T'''riggers.
* GeneticMemory: Newt's experiments reveal that Kaiju have extensive genetic memory passed down from generation-to-generation to prepare further invading forces for Earth's defenses.
* GenreThrowback: It's basically a two-hour-long love letter to classic monster movies like the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' franchise and {{Toku}} series involving giant Mecha.
* GiantFlyer: [[spoiler:As it turns out, Otachi's real distinguishing feature isn't its acid spit or its badass tail - it's its ginormous wings.]]
* GodzillaThreshold: Fighting in the city is usually a last resort. Most of the Jaeger battles actually take place in the water, well away from the city that is under attack. The 10 miles out line is referred to as the "miracle mile" and mostly they try to intercept the Kaiju before it crosses the line. However, if a Kaiju makes it to the city, the Jaeger will go ahead and fight them there. The Jaegers smash up a good chunk of public property while trying to kill the Kaiju, but considering the alternative it's unlikely that people will complain. The eventual fight in the city that does occur is a {{Homage}} to these kinds of battles.
* GoForTheEye: After Striker Eureka is knocked out by an EMP blast, Chuck and Hercules Hansen climb outside and take potshots at Leatherback's eyes with {{Flare Gun}}s because frankly that's the only option they've got left. The Kaiju has six eyes though, and getting hit in one only pisses the creature off.
* GoingCritical: [[spoiler:Gipsy Danger, the only nuclear-powered Jaeger, does this as a replacement nuke in the climax.]]
* GoodNewsBadNews: Bad news? Three people died on the top of the wall. Good news? Three new job openings on the top of the wall. Lampshaded when a worker specifically asks for the bad news first.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Raleigh has numerous neat scars over his chest and arms from his fight with Knifehead. Hannibal Chau has a horrible scar directly across one eye from an incident at an Anti-Kaiju shelter.
* GoryDiscretionShot: HumongousMecha style, as [[spoiler:Cherno Alpha's destruction and, by extension, the Kaidanovsky's demise]] is hidden beneath several dozen feet of shadowy water.
* GreenAesop: Passed over rather quickly; Geizler mentions that the Kaiju creators's initial attempt to take over the planet failed owing to a lack of compatibility with the atmosphere, but now that humans have sufficiently polluted our planet, it's ripe for a batshit insane monster takeover. [[note]]Which also turns out to be completely wrong, as he claims they require greater concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide to survive, which means human industry supposedly terraformed the planet for them, as compared to the inhospitable dinosaur era climate. One of the first things learned by Arctic research is that there was far more atmospheric carbon dioxide 245 to 65 million years ago than there is now, despite centuries of heavy industry.[[/note]]
* GreetingGestureConfusion: Newt and Gottlieb have a moment like this when Newt offers a SecretHandshake in friendship when Gottlieb [[spoiler:offers to drift with him.]] Gottlieb is so uncool he has no idea how to do it.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe:
** [[spoiler:Raiju]] is sliced in half by a combination of [[spoiler:Gipsy Danger's sword]] and its own momentum.
** [[spoiler: Otachi takes a diagonal variant in the space fight with Gipsy.]]
* HandicappedBadass:
** Gipsy Danger loses its left arm in the ActionPrologue but that doesn't stop it from killing Knifehead.
** [[spoiler:And after being rebuilt, it loses her right arm in the final battle but manages to slice up Raiju and kill Slattern.]]
** [[spoiler:Pentecost]] is revealed to be suffering from radiation poisoning.
** Hermann Gottlieb is partially disabled and must use a cane, but his brilliant mind is undamaged.
** Newton Geiszler is neurodivergent (manic) and his brilliant mind is also undamaged. The two scientists finally working together is how humanity is able to beat the Breach.
* HandsOffParenting: This was apparently Herc's chosen parenting-style after Angela's death.
* HeadbuttOfLove: Raleigh and Mako get one as the movie ends.
* {{Hellgate}}: Oh yes. It's called the Breach.
* HeroesLoveDogs: Chuck and Herc Hansen own an English bulldog named Max who they bring with them to the Hong Kong Shatterdome. The dog is also familiar with Mako, who is quite affectionate with him. The Striker Eureka tech team also wears a decal of Max on their uniforms, making him the Jaeger's official mascot.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Gipsy Danger's "Sword" (no fancy names, just "Sword") is remarkably effective against a Category 4 Kaiju compared to other complicated weaponry. In the {{novelization}}, it's explained that Mako's biological father was a village swordsmith (they were visiting Tokyo) and that she herself designed Gipsy Danger's sword. Raleigh even notes how impossible some of the things it can do; making it a variant of KatanasAreJustBetter and ElegantWeaponForAMoreCivilizedAge.
* HeroicBSOD:
** After [[spoiler:his brother's death]], Raleigh stumbled out of Gipsy Danger, only able to look around dazedly and say [[spoiler:Yancy]]'s name.
** "[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Chasing the RABIT]][[note]]Random Access Brain Impulse Triggers[[/note]]", as it is called, where a pilot gets distracted by a memory and loses focus with reality. [[spoiler:Mako almost vaporizes the entire facility when she gets attached to a traumatic childhood memory.]]
* HeroicBuild: The profile of many of the Jaegers is archetypically masculine, featuring broad shoulders and a narrow waist forming into an inverted triangle. Gipsy Danger was a deliberate cross between the Chrysler Building and a Champion Prize Fighter for maximum heroic appeal.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:As a last-ditch effort to clear a path for the Gipsy Danger, Pentecost and Chuck detonate the nuke strapped to Striker Eureka just as two Kaiju collide into it.]]
* HollywoodAcid: Otachi can spit a corrosive blue acid that quickly dissolves whatever it hits. [[spoiler:Cherno Alpha is disabled by this attack, which melted through its armour and breached the reactor.]] While fighting Gipsy, a missed shot by Otachi ends up melting a huge chunk of a skyscraper.
* HollywoodTactics:
** The so-called Wall of Life. Fortifications are not necessarily a bad idea: a wall would be very useful for keeping Kaiju away from cities as long as possible, and can serve as a force multiplier for Jaegers as well. The problem is that the wall is essentially ''replacing'' the Jaeger program and is intended to become the sole line of defence against Kaiju once it is completed. Keep in mind that Kaiju have proven themselves able to eventually smash through any obstacle presented to them thus far, the sheer difficulty of defending a wall that is thousands of kilometres long, and the fact that Kaiju numbers will only grow over time.
** F-22 Raptors are seen using their cannons to strafe Kaiju at suicidally close range... and get smashed against the Kaiju for their trouble. Even assuming the Raptors had expended all their other armament, their cannons have a range of about ''three miles''.
* HolyBacklight: Mako's first memory of Pentecost. The memory may be subjective, as memories often are.
* {{Homage}}: The film is a love letter to {{Mecha}} anime and {{Kaiju}} films. A love letter that was responded in kind by its recipients. ''Anime/MazingerZ'' creator Creator/GoNagai, ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' creator Creator/HideakiAnno, and a few other notable anime creators, thought del Toro did a damn good job on the film.
-->'''del Toro:''' It is a beautiful poem to giant monsters and robots.
* HopelessWar: What the war with the Kaiju was becoming. The Kaiju getting bigger, and were learning to adapt against fighting the Jaegers and destroying more Jaegers until only four remain active. Not to mention the Pan Pacific Defense Corps was pulling funds away from creating and maintaining the Jaegers to focus on building the Kaiju Wall that claims to protect the surrounding countries from the Kaiju.
* HostileTerraforming: Inverted. The Kaiju never did this, [[spoiler:instead colonizing other worlds in the 65 million years since their first attempt with the dinosaurs, when they found they were incompatible with Earth's environment]]. [[GreenAesop Humanity itself did it in 200 years of industrialization.]] A twist on this is the fact that the Kaiju, even when killed, are able to continue their job of "exterminating the vermin". Between the "Kaiju Blue" phenomenon and the fact that, prior to the Jaeger program, nukes were the only viable way to kill them, they did even more damage to the environment, and likely killed thousands more humans because of it.
* HumansAreWarriors: The Kaiju sure picked the wrong planet to fuck with, even ''before'' they had Jaegers.
* HumiliationConga: First Newt's theory gets rejected in favor of his [[TheRival rival's]], then he's denied permission to try his Kaiju drifting experiment, then [[spoiler:he does it anyways, which ends up going both ways and alerting the Kaiju to him, causing two class 4s to attack Hong Kong, and then Hannibal Chau kicks him out of his private shelter, and then Otachi attacks him in the public shelter, and then he almost gets eaten by her baby. Fortunately, he ends up befriending his rival and helping to save the day.]]
* HumongousMecha: The Jaegers, skyscraper-sized humanoid machines built to fight giant monsters.
* IAmNotLeftHanded:
** So you thought that Gipsy Danger was all out of tricks, didn't you, Otachi? Cue reveal of [[spoiler:an arm-mounted sword]].
** Naturally, the next set of Kaiju targets [[spoiler:the sword]] as soon as it's drawn. [[spoiler:Turns out Gipsy is ambidextrous.]]
* IceBreaker: When Otachi grapples Gipsy Danger's arm with its tail, Gipsy vents coolant all over it to freeze it, then shatters the frozen appendage.
* IdiotBall:
** The world council shuts down the only defense against Kaiju in favor of a giant brick-and-steel wall that took five years to complete and is heavily implied to have had a lot of fatalities in building... and fails with its first Kaiju attack. Furthermore, Kaiju don't go away, and by that point, everyone was aware that they were arriving steadily stronger and more frequently, meaning that in a best-case scenario, the walls would end up with tons of Kaiju beating on them from the outside. And that's before we find out that [[spoiler:some Kaiju can ''fly'' and spit acid.]] People actually protest this decision in-story, and it's a reaction that's well-deserved.
** Though it can be somewhat justified by the fact that he was freaking out, it wasn't really smart of Newton to say, ''out loud'', ''to someone'', that the Kaiju stomping around above the shelter was ''looking for him'', which nearly gets him killed when everyone shoves him to the center of the room and backs away to let Otachi eat him.
* ImpliedLoveInterest: It is clear Mako Mori and Raleigh Becket are developing a close relationship, but the precise nature of the relationship (BattleCouple? PlatonicLifePartners? LikeBrotherAndSister?) remains ambiguous. On one hand, there's no BigDamnKiss at the end and only a HeadbuttOfLove, but on the other, there are ShipTease moments like Mako EatingTheEyeCandy of Raleigh's ShirtlessScene or the InterplayOfSexAndViolence that was their sparring match. Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Hunnam thought of their characters as having a [[http://io9.com/you-dont-know-squat-about-pacific-rim-747018098 romance]].
* ImpossiblyGracefulGiant: Creator/GuillermoDelToro avoided the use of motion capture because it would make the Jaegers look less like machines and more like this trope. Still played somewhat straight, especially by Striker Eureka.
* ImprovisedWeapon:
** Team Gipsy Danger seems to have a preference for these, using a freighter as a club and smashing a pair of freight containers into the sides of a Kaiju's head. [[spoiler:Foreshadowed by Mako's mention of Raleigh's unconventional way of fighting in an earlier scene.]]
** Leatherback briefly uses a crane as a club against Gipsy Danger during their fight in Hong Kong, in yet another demonstration that [[ItCanThink Kaiju aren't just dumb animals]].
* InertiaIsACruelMistress: The test pilot of the prototype Jaeger died because of either the seizure he got from neural overload or from the fall when his mecha fell over, possibly both.
* InertialImpalement: [[spoiler:One fast swimming Kaiju plus one {{BFS}} equals two Kaiju halves neatly sliced apart.]]
* InfallibleBabble: Gottlieb predicted there to be three Kaijus at the bottom of the sea, but only two were detected. Of course, the information turns out to be true later when in fact a third Kaiju appears on the scanners.
* InformedFlaw: According to the PPDC analysis, Aleksis is supposed to have issues with aggression, making him unpredictable and a concern in battle, yet we don't see anything of that in the film.
* InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace: They're not in space, but the Jaeger pilots' helmets are illuminated on the inside with yellow lights.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Guillmero del Toro intended for Raleigh and Mako's fight to feel like a dance of courtship.
* InvisibleWriting: Newt tracks down Chau's Kaiju-part dealer by spotting hidden symbols on Bone Slums signposts with a UV light.
* IronicEcho: There's a single red shoe in the wreckage of Tokyo. It turns out to be Mako's. The next time we see a single distinctive shoe, it's [[spoiler:one of Hannibal Chau's gold-plated wing tips]] in the wreckage of Hong Kong. TheStinger [[spoiler: reveals Hannibal survived and is quite pissed off at having lost one of his fancy shoes]].
* ItCanThink: After Newt links with the Kaiju brain, he witnesses the creatures [[spoiler:receiving instructions from aliens on the other side of the portal]], and realizes these aren't blind animal attacks but planned genocide and colonization. This is further reinforced in the Battle of Hong Kong, where Otachi and Leatherback make intelligent use of teamwork, the environment, and their enemies' weaknesses (e.g. [=EMPs=] and armor-corroding acid). The last Kaiju encountered are intelligent enough to quickly figure out that Striker Eureka is the greater threat and swarms it two-on-one while sending one to keep Gipsy Danger away from the main fight.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Spoken by Hansen Jr. to Marshal Pentecost right before [[spoiler:they have to make their HeroicSacrifice]].
* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: The monster flies Gipsy Danger up to over 50,000 feet, yet Gipsy lands in a stadium in the town it just left.
* ItsTheOnlyWay: The bold, courageous and stupid plan for closing the dimensional portal is justified by every other option being eliminated.
* JawBreaker:
** During their epic fight, Gipsy Danger smashes Leatherback's jaws with a bunch of shipping containers.
** Later, Gipsy Danger rips off Otachi's glowing tongue-like organ for its mouth in order to prevent it from spewing more acid.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Despite his egotism, Chuck criticized Raleigh and Mako, not out of malice, but because he was concerned about their ability to do their jobs and not end up hurting the other Jaegers. Only a short time prior to his and Raleigh's fight, the inability of Raleigh and Mako to maintain the Drift had nearly blown up the Shatterdome and required Gipsy to be shut down manually, which Chuck and the others had done from ''right beside'' Gipsy's plasma cannon. So, although he didn't handle or express it in the best way, Chuck ''did'' have every reason to bluntly question and criticize their competence in the field.
* JumpScare:
** When [[spoiler:Yancy is killed by being yanked out of the cockpit.]]
** Also when [[spoiler:Otachi Jr. wakes up and eats Hannibal Chau.]]
* JustPlaneWrong: The F-22 Raptors are shown firing two [[BangBangBANG machine guns]], but the production craft only has one [[GatlingGood Vulcan cannon]] (on the right side). At least the [[EveryBulletIsATracer tracer rounds]] are coming from the right spot.
* {{Kaiju}}: The main enemies are giant monsters, and are even called "Kaiju" by humans. Hell, the ''very first thing'' you see when the movie starts is a dictionary entry for the word "Kaiju".
* KilledMidSentence:
** Played straight with Yancy in the ActionPrologue when he is killed halfway through his final words to Raleigh.
** Subverted when Hannibal Chau [[TemptingFate tempts fate]] by giving a long description of how the newborn Kaiju was doomed from the first, only to get swallowed mid-rant. TheStinger reveals that he was SwallowedWhole and is still alive and kicking.
* KnockbackSlide: On the Hong Kong harbor, Leatherback throw Gipsy Danger into a a long backward, the giant robot finally stopping ''just short of a seagull''.
* KrakenAndLeviathan: While the monsters are called Kaiju and the movie is a giant homage to Kaiju fiction, a lot of the creatures are closer thematically with this trope. For example: the first one we see is confused with an [[ThatsNoMoon island]] while the last one has CombatTentacles, both characteristics common in the Kraken mythos.
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[[folder:Tropes L to P]]
* TheLastDance:
** The Jaeger program has been officially scrapped by all the world's leaders; anyone still in the program is there for only as long as the funding lasts -- eight months -- and willing to fight till the last Jaeger stops functioning and the last human is dead.
** [[spoiler:Pentecost is dying of radiation-induced cancer, so him piloting Striker Eureka is his last hurrah since the strain would be too much.]]
* LastStand: On full display. With everything on the line, humans unite to create the ultimate defense plan that gives us a fighting chance against a threat unlike anything we've ever faced before.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The soundtrack makes good use of this. The Kaiju, Jaegers, and several human characters all have distinctive themes that show up when they appear. For example, the Kaiju have a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTO3Up-Jol4 dark, imposing fanfare]], while Newt gets a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YBWNggtCwEgf jaunty little guitar piece]]. Throughout the entire soundtrack you get this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH_6iFYiryY nice driving riff]] most prominent in the main theme.
* LightEqualsHope: Shared with CueTheSun and EmpathicEnvironment. From the moment we see the Beckett brothers go into battle for the first time, the weather is inclement: snow, rain, monsoons, etc. Only after Raleigh and Mako score a decisive victory against the Kaiju does the sun finally come out -- now that humanity has hope to survive.
* ALoadOfBull: The triple event has Scunner, a rather bull-like Kaiju with gouging horns. One shot of Gipsy even evokes a bullfight/rodeo.
* LosingAShoeInTheStruggle: This happens twice in the film.
** In Mako's flashback to her childhood, she remembers being a little girl alone in the ruins of Tokyo. One of her shoes isn't being worn; young Mako is carrying it instead. Either it's too crushed to be worn or Mako had hurt her foot too badly to wear it.
** In the present, [[spoiler:Hannibal Chau]] leaves only a shoe behind when he's eaten by a Kaiju. [[spoiler:In the mid-credits scene, he cuts his way out of its dead body. His first words when out are "Where is my goddamn ''shoe''?!"]]
* LovecraftLite: Horrible monstrous abominations emerging from an interdimensional crack under the sea? Just throw a giant robot at them. [[spoiler:Then nuke their bosses.]]
* MakeSureHesDead: After downing the Kaiju Leatherback, Raleigh "checks for a pulse" by unloading several rounds into the corpse to the point where its chest cracks open and ''starts disintegrating''. ''"Yup, no pulse."''
* ManlyTears:
** Both Chuck and Herc get teary (though no actual tears shed) when [[spoiler:they say their final goodbyes before the fight at the Breach]].
** Pentecost does the same (again, no actual tears) when he [[spoiler: tells Mako she has to protect him on the mission, knowing full well he won't make it out alive.]]
* MassOhCrap: When Mako activates Gipsy Danger's plasma caster inside the hangar.
* MeaningfulName:
** "Otachi" means "great sword". Three guesses how she dies.
** Knifehead... well, has a [[CaptainObvious knife-shaped head.]]
** Jaeger is the German word for hunter (which is pointed out at the start of the film).
** "Scunner" is a Scottish word that basically means "scumbag".
** "Pentecost" is the feast celebrating the Holy Spirit coming to man.
** "Cherno" as in "UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}}". As a Mark I, it's nuclear-powered. Alternatively, "Chernabog" is a Slavic deity, meaning something along the lines of "Black God". Bonus points since the Russian dub refers to Cherno Alpha as Cherniy Alfa (Black Alpha), basically because "Cherno" isn't a word in Russian.
** "Mori" is a common Japanese surname (森) meaning "forest", but written with a different character (守り), it also means "guardian" or "to protect".
** A ''sievert'' is a measurement of radiation exposure, which is what killed Tamsin ''Siever.''
** Part of the name "Gipsy Danger" appears to be a reference to the 1920's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Gipsy de Havilland]] engine and the "Gipsy Moth" planes that housed it.
** The prequel comic also gives us [[HotScientist Dr. Caitlin Lightcap]], inventor of the Jaegers' neural interface system.
** Hannibal Chau [[spoiler:(pronounced "chow") gets eaten.]]
* AMechByAnyOtherName: Giant robots are called "Jaegers" here, which means "hunter" [[BilingualBonus in German]].
* MentalFusion: Of a fashion. The dual pilot system used by most of the Jaegers has both pilots neurally linked in order to heighten synchrony (also, as said by Guillermo himself, because the neural strain of directly controlling a body twenty five stories tall would be too much for a single human). One pilot controls the left side, the other the right. The Chinese Jaeger ''Crimson Typhoon'' bucks the trend by using ''three'' pilots to control its three arms. Only two pilots in the world have ever managed to run one solo for any real amount of time and not be horribly brain-damaged.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:Pentecost as Mako's adopted father and mentor dies in the final battle.]]
* MildlyMilitary: Stacker's "last hurrah", by del Toro's design (he's a pacifist). Noticeably, he stops wearing a uniform and switches to a civilian suit, albeit one that looks a lot like his uniform. The closest thing they have to a command structure is him as "Marshal", then Mako and Herc in unranked secondary roles, and that's about it.
-->'''Stacker:''' We're not an army anymore. We're the Resistance.
* MissingMom: Chuck Hansen's mother. A point of contention between father and son because Hercules had one hour to get in and out of Sydney. He chose to save his son, and his wife, Angela, died. The official report says she died in the Kaiju attack rather than the nuclear explosion.
* MissionControl: The ''Shatterdomes''. During the glory days, several of these massive {{home base}}[=/=]factories operated along the Pacific coastline -- Gipsy Danger, for instance, was based off Anchorage. With the cancellation of the project, the surviving Jaegers have been moved under a single roof in Hong Kong.
* MonochromeCasting: Averted, to the delight of many viewers. The main characters are from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. The three leads are a white American man, a black Englishman, and a Japanese woman.
* MonumentalDamage: Almost totally subverted, believe it or not. We see brief destruction of the Golden Gate Bridge during the prologue, but that's about it. In fact, when the Mutavore shows up in Sydney, it ''walks right past'' the Opera House to go destroy some other thing. In fact, despite being a homage to Japanese monster movies, which (in)famously utilize so much miniature destruction, there is very little emphasis placed on destruction here. Rather, the emphasis is on the battles between the Jaegers and the Kaiju.
* MoodWhiplash: Has some pretty wild ones.
** In the beginning, Gipsy is celebrating that they've taken down Knifehead only for it to come back with a vengeance and [[spoiler:tear Raleigh's brother out of the cockpit.]]
** In the middle of the Hong Kong fight, [[TheHero Gipsy Danger's]] fist smashes into an office building and [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment starts a Newton cradle when it stops short of smashing a desk]]. A little earlier, it smashes a car annoyingly screeching a car alarm.
** When the [[TheMentor Marshal]] is giving a congratulatory speech to the Jaeger pilots, [[spoiler:his nose starts bleeding. When questioned about it, he admits he's slowly dying from radiation sickness.]]
* MrFanservice: Raleigh is ''really'' well built and often shirtless. The other men generally apply too. C'mon, Idris Elba, Rob Kazinsky, hell, even Charlie Day.
* MuggingTheMonster: Theorized by the humans. The Kaiju [[spoiler:and their creators]] expected to crush humanity under foot with ease. Humanity responded by creating HumongousMecha capable of killing Kaiju in combat. Best shown by Brawler Yukon (the first deployed Jaeger) in the prequel comic, who [[CurbStompBattle utterly demolishes Karloff]], showing the first Kaiju likely weren't intended to fight something on their level.
* MultinationalTeam: With the fate of the planet at stake, the nations of the [[TitleDrop Pacific Rim]] formed the Pan Pacific Defence Corps to fight the Kaiju.[[note]]The United States, Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, Canada, Russia, Mexico, Panama, Chile, and Peru all provide Jaegers or Shatterdomes.[[/note]] The PPDC commands Jaegers from all over the Pacific. France also provided some of the science and Great Britain provided pilots. Several of the top scientists are German or Chinese.
* MundaneUtility: After Kaiju attacks have become a fact of life, enterprising scavengers have adapted accordingly, learning to harvest Kaiju parts for public use. Just for starters, Kaiju excrement is said to possess enough phosphorous in one cubic meter to fertilize an entire field.
* NarratingTheObvious: One of the construction workers watching the TV footage of a Kaiju breaking through the costal wall with ease comments on the action with "That.. That thing went through the wall like it was nothing."
* NaturalSpotlight: Though not sunlight, del Toro was determined to keep the light sources diegetic in nature. Hence, the large number of helicopters flying around during battle scenes, and large lights on the Jaeger themselves. At one point, Raleigh asks a nearby chopper if it has a visual on the target Kaiju, which neatly explains what they're there for; aerial spotting.
* NervesOfSteel: This is probably a requirement for any Jaeger pilot, given with what they have to face. One notable example was Aleksis and Sasha Kaidanovsky who calmly and unhurriedly walk away when Gipsy Danger's plasma caster activates while everyone else is panicking and running. ''When they are right in front of it point blank.''
* NeverTrustATrailer:
** The initial impression left by some of the earlier trailers was that there was only one monster.
** Del Toro stated that, despite sounding exactly like [[{{SelfDemonstrating/GLaDOS}} GLaDOS]] in the trailer, Creator/EllenMcLain would provide a toned-down version for the final product and the trailer voice was simply done for fun, because he is a fan of ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', and because he wanted people to know she was in the movie. But, no, her voice in the actual movie is basically [=GLaDOS=]' voice without her catty sociopathy. Except for ''one'' little hint of it, when Raleigh and Mako's first drift goes wrong:
--->'''A.I.:''' Would you like to try again?
** Some posters outright lie. Like this Japanese poster of [[http://i.imgur.com/WUjgVyg.jpg Coyote Tango vs. Otachi]]. Coyote is seen only in a flashback, and it fights Onibaba, not Otachi.
** The trailer has Ron Perlman delivering the exposition in voiceover. Much of this same material is in the film, but it's delivered by Charlie Hunnam. It's just that Ron Perlman [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} has a really good voice for monologues about war in trailers.]]
* NextSundayAD: UpToEleven: The film itself is set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, but the early timeline information indicates that the Kaiju first attacked in ''2013''. The ''Tales from Year Zero'' graphic novel specifically places this as ''August 11th'', just over a ''month'' from the film's premiere. Likely a deliberately playful gesture, in the same spirit as ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters''' depiction of the futuristic world that is 1999.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Newton drifts with a partial Kaiju brain, and learns that the Kaiju operate on a hive mind and are being engineered. Unfortunately, due to his rivalry with Hermann and his dismay at his project being denied, he forgot that the drift works ''both ways'', meaning the Kaiju HiveMind now know at least some of what he knows. Such as exactly where he is.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:Otachi Junior gave Newt and Hermann a chance to drift and learn how to pass the breach. In the novel, The Precursors knew they were being spied on again, but didn't care due to thinking the "Insects" would soon be extinct, new piece of intel or not.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Newton Geizler, as played by Charlie Day, appears to be a ringer for director Creator/JJAbrams, albeit with the addition of elaborate Kaiju tattoo sleeves. Abrams co-produced ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'', a big part of the recent revival of devastating giant monster movies, such as ''Film/{{Monsters|2010}}'', ''Film/TheTrollHunter'', ''Pacific Rim'', and ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}''.
* NoEndorHolocaust: Averted. Although we never actually ''see'' any of the dead/mangled bodies from when the Kaiju make land, (it's a PG-13 movie, after all) the death count is talked about and they don't shy away from the destruction of the cities in the slightest.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Hannibal Chau says this [[spoiler:when Otachi Jr. reaches the limit of its possible endurance, stating several ways that he knows it has to be dead. He should be right, [[EntertaininglyWrong but he isn't]]. Then he himself becomes an instance of this, surviving being eaten.]]
* NuclearOption: What attempts to seal the Rift have employed; strategic and judicious use of nuclear weapons. It's never worked before [[spoiler:because the portal wasn't allowing anything that wasn't a Kaiju to pass through it. Without that crucial piece of data, they assumed that the weapons weren't getting through because the rift was unstable and closed up after Kaiju came through.]]
* NukeEm: How the first few Kaiju were defeated. Jaegers were developed specifically because no-one liked the idea of having to do this ''repeatedly''. [[spoiler:In the end, it's their creator's turn.]]
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Coyote Tango's battle against Onibaba is ''heard'' entirely from [[spoiler:Mako's]] perspective as she hides in an alleyway. In a flashback, no less.
* OhCrap: Happens frequently throughout the film, on the part of the humans whenever a new Kaiju appears [[spoiler:and on the part of the Kaiju's creators just as Gipsy Danger goes nuclear, complete with a close up of one of their faces as it blows]]. It's almost like Guillermo del Toro [[Film/{{Hellboy}} really likes making characters say "Oh crap"]] or something.
* OneWomanWail: On [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGvljuTXX5Q "Mako"]], beautiful wailing courtesy of singer-songwriter Priscilla Ahn.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping:
** Pentecost's accent goes on and off depending on his tone of voice, indicating that his heroic front is, to some degree, a facade. [[spoiler:He drops it entirely when he tells Raleigh about the radiation poisoning.]] The novelization clarifies that he is from a working-class part of England, and thus the more posh accent is an affectation. He drops it entirely in favor of his native one when he gives the rousing speech to the Shatterdome before the Battle of the Breach.
** Charlie Hunnam's accent slips right from the opening monologue and is iffy from there.
* OpeningMonologue: The prologue is narrated by the protagonist Raleigh Beckett, who explains about the war of {{Kaiju}} and [[HumongousMecha Jaegers]]. He also briefly continues into the first action scene, to explain some key concepts like dual pilots and the Drift.
* OrangeBlueContrast: In nearly every scene of the trailer.
* ParallelConflictSequence:
** Briefly seen during the Hong Kong Bay battle when Leatherback fights Cherno Alpha while Otachi fights Striker Eureka.
** Seen more intensely during the FinalBattle when Gipsy fights Raiju and Scunner together while Striker is fighting Slattern.
* {{Pastiche}}: The whole film is one giant love letter to classic {{Kaiju}} and [[HumongousMecha mecha]] films and shows.
* PensieveFlashback: During their first test drive together of Gipsy Danger, thanks to the Drift allowing to share memories, when Mako relives Onibaba's attack on Tokyo she experienced as a little girl, Raleigh is present in the flashback, standing next to her while witnessing everything, and trying to convince her to come back.
* PetTheDog:
** Literally. Chuck was generally shown as a cocky and rude {{Jerkass}}, even to his own father. But he dotes on his beloved dog Max and eventually does show that he cares for his father and fellow pilots.
** Gipsy Danger during the first Kaiju vs. Jaeger fight. Both the mecha and the monster are equally terrifying to the sailors in the boat, but you know who is the good guy when the mecha reaches down to move the fishing boat out of the way.
* PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs: It's implied that either the Kaiju were the dinosaurs, or that the dinosaurs' extinction was the Kaijus' first attempt at invasion[[note]]WordOfGod is that it was deliberately left unclear as to which of these is correct.[[/note]], but the atmosphere was too inhospitable for them to colonize back then. Now, millions of years later, human life has so polluted the world that it's just perfect for the invaders, and they're back.
* PietaPlagiarism: There is a scene where Raleigh helps lower Mako to the floor while cradling her.
* PlasmaCannon: Gipsy Danger is armed with a Plasma Caster. So is Crimson Typhoon, with an updated version of Gipsy's, at the cost of charging time.
* PortalDoor: The Rift/The Breach.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Because [[{{Synchronization}} Drifting]] to pilot a Jaeger requires two people to be mentally linked so closely they'll be seeing each other's memories, they have to get along really well with no secrets; most pilot teams thus appear to involve close family or {{Battle Couple}}s.
* PracticalEffects: The Jaeger cockpits are dominantly this, as shown in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1YQOIginV0 "Oversized Giant Robots"]] featurette.
* PrecisionFStrike: "Guess who's back, you one-eyed bitch!"
* PreviewsPulse:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vKz7WnU83E The first trailer had one]], though it's much less loud and more high than most examples. ** The sound can also be heard during the movie's opening fight scene.
* ProductPlacement: Gipsy Danger's control panels sport a big QUALCOMM SNAPDRAGON legend towards the bottom. It's a mobile processor, sure...
* ProlongedPrologue: There are no opening credits, with the exception of the movie's title, which doesn't appear until seventeen minutes into the film, right after the first Kaiju fight.
* PsychicGlimpseOfDeath: The film opens with Raleigh piloting Gypsy Danger with Yancy when Yancy is torn out of the Jaeger while they are still drifting, giving Raleigh a brief flash of his brother's moment of death.
* PsychicNosebleed: Using the mental link without a partner or [[spoiler:on a Kaiju brain]] causes aneurysms, shown as this.
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: Or in this case, thrown across the city. Sometimes it's a Kaiju getting thrown; once it is Gipsy Danger.
* PyrrhicVictory: Otachi and Leatherback are slain before they can destroy Hong Kong and make it further inland, but at ruinous cost to the humans. [[spoiler:Two of the four remaining (and irreplaceable) Jaegers are destroyed along with their veteran pilots, not to mention another veteran, Herc Hansen, is sidelined from breaking his arm. The losses render humanity effectively incapable of holding off further Kaiju attacks, which will be coming ''more'' frequently and with escalating deadliness, unless they do something desperate to stop the problem at its source.]]
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[[folder:Tropes Q to S]]
* RasputinianDeath: [[spoiler:Slattern]]. Cut open numerous times (including having its throat slashed and arms nearly sliced off), repeatedly stabbed, takes [[spoiler: a ''nuclear bomb'']] to its face. It finally goes down for good when [[spoiler:cooked alive by Gipsy Danger's nuclear turbine point-blank until the blast starts coming out of its back.]]
** Cherno Alpha: Gets its reactor and cockpit pod melted and right arm munched by Otachi, before finally being [[spoiler:literally jumped on and crushed to death by Leatherback]].
** Otachi herself. After being slashed a few times in the chest by Crimson Typhoon, she gets her [[PrehensileTail tail-claw]] frozen and shattered, her acid sacs ripped off her mouth and is [[spoiler:sliced in half by Gipsy Danger]].
* RealityEnsues:
** A brief shot in the prologue shows heavy equipment in Manila dealing with a previously unrecognized hazard of giant monster attacks: a hill-sized mound of giant monster shit.
** After the Wall, which the Jaeger program is being scrapped for and immense amounts of money were sunk into, proves completely worthless against Mutavore, riots and protests break out worldwide.
** Hannibal Chau's business is built on the ensuing reality of having large Kaiju corpses to get rid of. The aforementioned dung goes for large amounts of money because it's high in phosphorus.
** There are multiple shots of people using the bones as structural support for buildings, including a temple with a skull for the entrance.
** No matter how good the pilots or advanced a Jaeger is, two-to-one are extremely bad odds for anyone unless they're really lucky or pull a kamikaze move.
* RealRobotGenre: For the most part, the Jaeger are Real Robots; but there are some SuperRobotGenre elements. The Jaegers are Real Robots in that they're explicitly built by a military-industrial complex and time is given to the extreme amount of resources, logistics and support required to drive and maintain them. On the other hand, individual Jaegers are treated like Super Robots, what with their colourful and individual names and designs, being humanity's 'only hope', and fight using common Super Robot tropes like rocket punches, wrestling moves, unique fighting styles between each robot, the 'drift' and [[spoiler:the AbsurdlySharpBlade of Gipsy Danger being its ultimate weapon.]]
* {{Reconstruction}}: On several fronts:
** While modern Kaiju films like ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' and ''Film/{{Monsters|2010}}'' haven't been 100% {{Deconstruction}}, they have been increasingly focused on CosmicHorror-style scenarios of civilian protagonists simply trying to survive as their world is ripped apart by creatures they cannot hope to defeat. Kaiju have also increasingly been portrayed as [[NonMaliciousMonster Non-Malicious Monsters]], creatures simply attempting to survive in places that happen to be [[{{Understatement}} inconvenient]] for humans. In this film, humans are indeed still fighting a losing battle against incredibly powerful and terrifying giant invaders, but have created the Jaeger, allowing heroes to combat the Kaiju. It also makes Kaiju cool again, rather than just terrifying -- with the exception of the downright horrific Tokyo scene -- and returns them to true villain status, single-mindedly seeking to KillAllHumans. This time, however, there are deeper justifications and motivations than "[[NuclearNasty because nuclear testing]]" behind why a ginormous electricity-shooting monster is attacking Tokyo.
** The film also serves as a reconstruction of HumongousMecha, as it addresses many of the problems pointed out by various deconstructions -- like how to pilot the things at all (with or without multiple pilots); why one wouldn't devote the massive resources required to build and maintain a single giant robot to building tons of cheap fortifications instead; the fact that the pilots within the giant robots are not invincible; and even makes nods toward the Artistic License: Physics involved.[[note]] As noted in that trope's entry the last is still fudged quite a bit, but touches like the ponderous motion of the robots and their need for constant maintenance at least acknowledge that there are such constraints and liabilites[[/note]] -- but ultimately uses carefully rationed amounts of AppliedPhlebotinum and HandWaving to keep the focus on the personal stories of the human pilots... who pilot awesome Humongous Mecha to fight awesome Kaiju.
* RedOniBlueOni:
** Raleigh relies more on his intuition and excels at improvisation during a fight. Mako is cited as a perfectionist and is highly strategic (she can match Raleigh in a fight despite being smaller and younger). When they mind meld together, they combine their tactical sense and strategic thinking to outfight two Category 4 Kaiju, on their first sortie as a team.
** Back when they were still a team, Raleigh was the more excitable and energetic one, while Yancy could barely get out of bed during a Kaiju invasion.
* RegularlyScheduledEvil: A rare version with ''short'' (months-long) intervals. Kaiju attacks happen at a very reliable rate to the point that a mathematician can predict it quite precisely. However, they are also happening more and more frequently and [[spoiler:eventually occur with ''stronger and more numerous Kaiju''. It's explained by Gottlieb that this is due limitations of the portal; it was only able to transport relatively small Kaiju before but its strength has been increasing to allow it to transport greater masses.]]
* RepeatCut: In the ActionPrologue, when Gipsy Danger shoots the Kaiju with his ArmCannon, the sequence is shown three times in short succession.
* RivalScienceTeams: Admittedly each "team" consists of only one man, but boy do the gimpy German theoretician Hermann and the tatted-up, Kaiju-groupie experimentalist Newton have the "rival" part down.
* RockBeatsLaser: When the Kaiju learn to generate EMP blasts, they disable Striker Eureka, which is the latest and most advanced Jaeger. However, Gipsy Danger, an older model Jaeger with better-shielded systems because of its own older-model reactor, is completely unaffected.
* RocketPunch:
** Gipsy Danger literally has a giant thruster in its elbow, and it gives one ''hell'' of a sucker punch. Scientific American did a blog post in which the force behind Gipsy's rocket punch was estimated at roughly equivalent to being hit with a [[http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/but-not-simpler/2013/07/24/pacific-rim-physics-part-1-a-rocket-punch-is-a-boeing-747-to-the-face/ Boeing 747 at 60 MPH]].
** Cherno Alpha has Tesla-coil infused fists that give it ''electro-punches''.
* RousingSpeech: Pentecost gives the one quoted at the top of the page before the final attempt to close the Breach. In fact, he's rarely onscreen for any sequence ''without'' inspiring folks in some way or another.
* RuleOfCool: Why Guillermo del Toro helped to make this movie.
* RunningGag: Cars being destroyed left and right (and their alarms going off).
* RushedIntoService: The Mark I Jaegers were thrown together in 14 months. Unfortunately, this meant that certain features were skimped, including radiation shielding for the pilots. [[spoiler:As a result, Marshall Pentecost (a former Mk. I pilot) is SecretlyDying of radiation poisoning]].
* SacrificialLion: Appears to be the case with [[spoiler:both Cherno Alpha and Crimson Typhoon]] who are destroyed during the battle of Hong Kong.
* SadisticChoice: In the novelization, Herc Hansen only had enough time to either save his wife or his son. He chose his son. They both hate themselves/each other for it.
* SameSexTriplets: [[http://media.monstersandcritics.com/articles3/1716782/article_images/SSKH19735r.jpg The Wei Tang Triplets]] who pilot Crimson Typhoon. In real life, their actors are true identical triplets as well.
* SceneryGorn: We see the destruction of several cities left by the invading Kaiju, as well as several destroyed Jaegers.
* SceneryPorn: There are some really lovely shots of Hong Kong during the nighttime.
* ScienceHero: Gottlieb and Newton make up the Kaiju research team and play with this trope: two scientists in different fields with opposite attitudes regarding the pursuit of knowledge. Neither is evil, both make accurate predictions that help the protagonist, and the "cool" scientist causes a problem by testing on himself. Together they're a more nuanced portrayal of science as a force for good than you'd expect from a film like this.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: The given masses for both Jaegers and Kaiju are much too low for their sizes, especially given how often they function in deep water by walking on the bottom. Something with that low a density should ''float''.
* ScrapbookStory: The novelization combines prose with news articles, memos, blog posts, Jaeger/Ranger stat sheets, and other "non-fiction" snippets that add flavor to the story and expand a bit on the world outside the film proper.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight:
** The Becket brothers decide to save a fishing trawler rather than guard a coast line from a Kaiju attack, defying orders. It doesn't end well.
** Similarly, the Hansens deciding to preemptively intervene and assist Cherno Alpha during the Battle of Hong Kong, against Pentecost's orders. [[spoiler:This gets them nearly killed, as it is a feint by the Kaiju to lure them into an EMP blast.]]
** For that matter, Pentecost is using the last of his Jaeger funding to close the Rift, which is not ''technically'' what it's been authorized for.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere:
** Raleigh does this after Yancy's death against Knifehead five years prior to the film's main storyline. However, based on film and supplemental data, it's revealed that Raleigh is the only pilot to flat-out ''quit'' the Jaeger program. All other pilots have either been killed or reassigned (like Pentecost). It's the main reason why Chuck is so disgusted and hostile towards him.
** When Mako accidentally activates Gipsy's Plasma Caster inside the Shatterdome, ''everyone'' very hurriedly evacuates the area... except for the Kaidanovskys, [[NervesOfSteel who casually stroll away]].
* SealTheBreach: The Breach is a wormhole deep in the Pacific Ocean where Kaiju enter Earth from. Humanity had been attempting to destroy it with nuclear weapons to no avail, and the main plot is a last ditch effort to seal it. [[spoiler:Later, it is discovered that The Breach has a way of determining what can go through it, which is the skin of a Kaiju. While the nuclear payload intended to destroy The Breach was used beforehand in an attempt to kill two kaiju, [[HumongousMecha Gipsy Danger]] manages to get through the breach while fighting Slattern, killing it and self-destructing on the other side of the Breach to destroy both the Kaiju's homeworld and the breach.]]
* SendInTheClones: After Newt's first experiment, it is revealed that [[spoiler:Kaiju are actually genetically-engineered bio weapons, all made from the same template and modified to suit their needs, sent by a higher intelligence]].
* SensorSuspense: The fisher boat's radar early on detects a rapidly approaching "island". Three miles off... one mile off... Kaiju!
* SharpDressedMan: Tendo Choi, Stacker Pentecost, and Hannibal Chau.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Raleigh showed some traits after [[spoiler: his brother's death]], which is why he quit the Jaeger program and why he was initially hesitant to resume piloting.
* ShellShockSilence: Happens to Raleigh when he exists Gipsy Danger at the beach after the opening battle. Voices are drowned out and there is a ringing noise.
* ShockAndAwe:
** As mentioned above, Cherno Alpha apparently has Tesla-powered punches!
** Also, [[spoiler:the Kaiju Leatherback has the ability to unleash electromagnetic pulses.]]
* ShoutOut: This film has enough to [[ShoutOut/PacificRim warrant their own separate page.]] Del Toro says that he wanted to keep these subtle -- more a sense of familiarity than a flat-out reference.
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* ShownTheirWork:
** Detonating a nuclear bomb underwater results in a ''void'' being created by all the water being pushed away. The void bubble swiftly collapses and the water comes rushing back in a few seconds later. [[http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/but-not-simpler/2013/07/25/pacific-rim-physics-part-2-nuclear-bombs-and-undersea-bubbles/ Scientific American mathed this out]] as part of a mini-series of Pacific Rim-themed blog posts.
** Del Toro and Visual effects supervisor John Knoll spent several weeks discussing the physics of the giant characters, and details such as how the air displacement from a Jaeger moving between skyscrapers would shake the building's windows.
* SiblingTeam: Sibling relationships are one possible foundation for co-pilots who work together well enough to operate the Jaegers. Sibling teams who appear in the film include Raleigh and Yancy Becket (the original pilots for Gipsy Danger) and the Wei Tang Triplets (who pilot Crimson Typhoon). In the opening montage, there's a brief shot of two of the first-ever Jaeger pilots, who appear to be identical twins.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Cherno Alpha and Scunner are mysteriously absent from the end credits animation, which features all the other Jaegers and Kaiju that had a prominent role.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The film has roughly nine major characters, only one of which -- Mako -- is female. She's more assertive and plot-relevant than most examples, has her own story arc, and isn't presented as a LoveInterest despite some ShipTease with Raleigh. Sasha could have made the movie an aversion if she'd had more screen time [[spoiler:and if she hadn't been swiftly killed off via TheWorfEffect]].
* SnipingTheCockpit: Kaiju frequently go straight for the head, being the easiest way to take out a Jaeger, though this tactic backfires with Cherno Alpha, which houses the cockpit inside torso; the head is just a cooling tower for its nuclear reactor. [[spoiler:Crimson Typhoon is taken out when a Kaiju rips off its head and tosses it aside]].
* SolidGoldPoop: A black market emerges around the harvesting the dead {{Kaiju}} bodies, since each part seems to have various purposes. A shifty salesman sells Kaiju bone powder as a male potency drug, and his boss claims that one cubic meter of Kaiju poop contains enough phosphorus to fertilize an entire field.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: [[spoiler:The first Kaiju were essentially hunting dogs sent to scout out Earth and disorganize its inhabitants. As humanity fought back successfully, the aliens responded by sending more advanced and larger Kaiju to deal with the Jaegers. After them, the second wave of even more deadly Kaiju would have come to exterminate humanity once and for all in massive (and more frequent) intervals.]] Justified due to the limits of the portal; it has to grow and expand, and simply isn't stable enough to send the biggest and baddest monsters first.
* SpiritualAntithesis:
** ''Pacific Rim'' is both a {{Homage}} ''and'' antithesis to classic {{Kaiju}} films. Here the Kaiju are [[AlwaysChaoticEvil flat out evil]], not {{Tragic Monster}}s, the [[GreenAesop usual pollution aesop]] is quickly glossed over, and [[HumansAreWarriors humanity is capable of saving itself without being completely devastated]] and without the help of good Kaiju.
** Contrasts ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'', with the monsters being visible from the beginning, [[EvilIsCool being cool villains]] instead of a horrific force of nature, and taking a tone of CoolVersusAwesome with the destruction being enjoyable instead of the 9/11-esque presentation of Clover's attack.
** Michael Mirasol of Creator/RogerEbert's [[http://www.rogerebert.com/far-flung-correspondents/a-defense-of-pacific-rim-along-with-other-reflections Far Flung Correspondents]] characterizes the film as the antithesis of Creator/MichaelBay's ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', with the absence of vulgar humor and greater respect for the mechas, portraying them as elegant rather than merely awesome.
* StayInTheKitchen: Averted in regards to Pentecost and Mako, especially after the reveal that [[spoiler:he is her adopted father]]. He didn't think she was weak or needed to be coddled, but since she was [[spoiler:the last living member of his family]], he didn't want to lose her like he had before [[spoiler:or, on some level, get killed like he did (from radiation poisoning)]]. But early on in the movie, he recognized Mako is no longer a child and allowed her to step into a Jaeger.
* StealthPun: When Raleigh sees the newly rebuilt Gipsy Danger with Mako, there is construction work causing sparks just behind them. You could say that [[spoiler: sparks are literally flying between them.]]
* TheStinger: [[spoiler:Hannibal Chau cuts his way out of the baby Kaiju.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Hannibal:''' ''Where's my goddamn shoe?!'']]
* TheStoic:
** Marshal Pentecost is so calm and controlled he [[spoiler:can Drift with Chuck Hansen on the first try, having figured out Chuck's mindset within minutes of meeting him (Chuck isn't exactly deep), and is completely capable of just ''not letting Chuck have to deal with any of his own memories'']].
** When Gipsy Danger's Plasma Caster activates, the Russian pilots, who are standing ''right in front of it'', calmly and unhurriedly walk away.
* StressVomit: Gottlieb suffers from PsychicNoseBleed and feels compelled to vomit after the extremely stressful mind melt with the Kaiju brain.
* SuddenlyShouting: Marshal Pentecost to Raleigh when he tries arguing with him.
-->'''Stacker:''' Do not let my calm demeanor fool you, '''RANGER!'''
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: [[spoiler:The Masters who, aside from being able to transition between dimensions, are able to build creatures of such physics-defying capability as the Kaiju]].
* SuperPersistentPredator: [[GiantEnemyCrab Onibaba]] wouldn't have gotten enough nutrition from Young Mako to justify crouching down and snapping her up, yet deliberately chases her down the street. It's shown multiple times that the Kaiju are on a mission to exterminate all humans, proving that their drive in wiping out even the most inconsequential of human targets is not because they're mindless creatures going on their instincts, but because they're intelligent killing machines acting on orders.
* SurprisinglySuddenDeath:
** Subverted. [[spoiler:Hannibal Chau [[TemptingFate tempts fate]] by giving a long description of how the newborn Kaiju was doomed from the first, only to get swallowed mid-rant. See TheStinger to learn how that went.]]
** [[spoiler:Yancy Becket]], however, is killed halfway through his final words to his brother in the prologue.
* SwallowedWhole: Happens to [[spoiler:Hannibal Chau. He survives]].
* SwordDrag: Gipsy Danger pulls this off. Only it's actually done with a very long and narrow freighter, but the visual is the same.
* {{Synchronization}}: Part this, part MentalFusion is required on the behalf of the pilots.
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[[folder:Tropes T to Z]]
* TakeAMomentToCatchYourDeath: After the [[TheCenterpieceSpectacular mid-movie battle]] has finished and everybody is taking a deep breath, Hannibal Chau is suddenly SwallowedWhole by a NotQuiteDead baby Kaiju. Subverted in TheStinger, when we sees Chau having survived in the Kaiju belly.
* TakesOneToKillOne: "To fight monsters, we created monsters of our own."[[note]]Also an [[{{Irony}} ironic]] reference [[HeWhoFightsMonsters to some quote]] by a certain [[{{Creator/Friedrich Nietzsche}} Friedrich Nietzsche]].[[/note]]
* TakingYouWithMe:
** When the Kaiju decompose on death, they release an agent called "Kaiju Blue" which emits toxic vapors capable of leaving an entire city uninhabitable. This appears to be AlienBlood mixed with an aversion of NoBiochemicalBarriers instead of a deliberate attack. [[spoiler:Of course, given that the Kaiju are engineered bioweapons...]]
** [[spoiler:With Striker Eureka disabled and the bomb release damaged, Pentecost and Chuck Hansen bait two Kaiju towards them and then detonate their nuke.]]
** [[spoiler:While its pilots escape, Gipsy Danger is sacrificed to blow up the rift and the Kaiju's creators.]]
* TeamPet: The Australian father-son pilots of Striker Eureka have an adorable English bulldog named Max. He's well loved by almost everyone in the Shatterdome, absolutely adored by [[KnightInSourArmor Chuck]], and serves as the official mascot of Striker Eureka. A decal of Max with a bomb in his mouth can be found on the uniforms of Striker's tech team, the Hansens' drive suits, and the Jaeger itself.
* TechnologyPorn: TheMovie. The Jaegers are truly beautiful pieces of sci-fi engineering, and any scene involving them is pure, unadulterated technology porn. Inside the cockpits, their assembly and maintenance, the way they fight is a techhead's dream.
* TemptingFate:
** One of the videos on the Pan Pacific Defense Corps page is a news report on a Kaiju attack ending with the reporter saying, "I can only pray that this is the end of it." And this applies to all of humanity, really, when the PPDC seemed to be winning easily and Kaiju became the subject of toy lines and late-night talk show gags.
** The "Wall of Life" is advertised as an unbreakable barrier that is a cost-effective alternative to the Jaeger program. During a new attack, a Kaiju breaks through it in less than an hour.
** Hannibal Chau jams his ButterflyKnife into the baby Kaiju and boasts of how he knew it wouldn't live long outside of the womb. [[spoiler:Next moment, he's swallowed into its gullet.]]
* ThatPoorCar: It seems like the grand majority of cars in Hong Kong have car alarms.
* ThatsNoMoon: That's No Island -- because it's moving ''towards'' the boat, FAST.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: The majority of fight scenes have no background music at all... up until Gipsy Danger's BigDamnHeroes moment in Hong Kong, where the theme music plays through most of the fight as it beats the hell out of two Kaiju that were handing the rest of the Jaegers their collective asses.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: When Raleigh checks one Kaiju for a "pulse". With a plasma caster.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch:
** Newt isn't such a big fan of Hannibal anymore after the Hong Kong attack.
--> '''Newt''': Guess who's back, you one-eyed bitch!
** During the final battle, Raleigh calls the opposing Kaijus sons of bitches. Twice.
* ThisIsMySide: Gottlieb complains about Newt leaving Kaiju parts on ''his'' side of the room, carefully pushing them across a yellow line on the floor.
* TitleIn: The first give you the definitions of "Kaiju" and "Jaeger" respectively, but the rest are used for times and locations.
* TheTokyoFireball: Tokyo is one of the cities destroyed by the Kaiju, with Mako being "the Tokyo Survivor".
* TogetherInDeath: The [[spoiler: HappilyMarried Kaidanovskys]] die together in their Jaeger.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: One trailer has a brief shot of [[spoiler:Otachi flying.]]
* TronLines: The Kaiju have a [[VolcanicVeins biological version]] of this trope on their bellies.
* {{Troperiffic}}: [[http://www.reelviews.net/php_review_template.php?identifier=2638 One review]] says, "There's not a single original moment to be found in ''Pacific Rim''[='=]s 130-minute running time, [[TropesAreTools but that doesn't much matter]]."
* TurnsRed: It's only after Otachi has lost its acid spit and its lethal tail to Gipsy that it breaks out its most dangerous ability, the one that really sets it apart from every other Kaiju in history: [[spoiler:it can fly, which instantly proves the already breached Wall of Life completely, utterly useless]].
* TypesetInTheFuture: The film uses Eurostile Extended and Bold Extended for its feature end credit sequence, and Bank Gothic for its main end credits crawl. It also features a Eurostile Extended-like font throughout the film's computer displays.
* UnreadablyFastText: The news ticker during the news report of Striker Eureka's victory notes that Herc has piloted every single generation of Jaeger and is one of the most successful Jaeger pilots.
* UnreliableCanon: It so far encompasses a movie, a novel, and a prequel comic, with other details found on places like the tumblrs of the writers, dvd extras or the official website. Travis Beacham, who co-wrote the movie script and wrote the novelisation, many of the details he gives out conflicts with the events of the movie, details given in other places, and even things that the actors say about their characters. Guillermo Del Toro rarely addresses any of these inconsistencies, and now that Travis Beacham has left the franchise, it's unknown how much of the novel is still canon.
* UrbanSegregation:
** The poor and downtrodden live along the coast, with the rich and wealthy moving inland, so that they can be protected from the Kaiju attacks. The massive defensive walls that were being built to protect the poor remain unfinished, complete with a hand-scrawled correction on a completion sign reading "Never!" Australia's wall is one of the few complete ones (or was, until a Kaiju broke it).
** Whenever the Kaiju do make landfall, the poor all huddle together inside of cramped Anti-Kaiju Defense Shelters, whereas the rich are secure behind the walls of the gated communities they live in. In the case of Hannibal Chau, he has his own private Anti-Kaiju Defense Shelter, because of an incident that happened inside of a public shelter that resulted in a messed up eye. The public shelters are hardly foolproof; just like the wall, they won't stop a determined Kaiju.
* UsedFuture: The future will have bad ass robots and neat holographic programs. The robots will always be beat up and shaggy while the holographic disks will be the bigger than VHS cases. In the DVD extras, [[Creator/GuillermoDelToro Guillermo]] [[WordOfGod notes that this]] was a very deliberate aesthetic choice. They call it "Goth-Tech" (Gothic+Tech).
* VerticalMechaFins: Striker Eureka has them on its back, and Gipsy Danger has smaller projections that serve a similar purpose.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Newt and Hermann are very vitriolic against each other for most of the film. It isn't until [[spoiler:Hermann offers to share the Drift with the baby Kaiju to take the neural strain off Newt]] that they become friendlier.
* VolcanicVeins: Some of the Kaiju have blue glowing veins.
* WakeUpCallBoss: By the time the film starts, the Jaeger pilots have grown complacent with how decisively they win battles. Then, the Kaiju start adapting and manage to destroy or heavily damage them in return, starting with [[spoiler:Gipsy Danger]], showing how they are escalating the threat.
* WalkDontSwim: All the Jaegers, on account of being way too heavy to swim even with humanoid design. [[spoiler:In the final battle, they walk on the ocean floor to get to the Breach.]]
* WaterIsAir: The final battle undersea plays out as if the water was non-existing. Even the AudibleSharpness of Gipsy Danger's sword can be heard.
* WeaponizedExhaust:
** [[spoiler:We're introduced to Gipsy Danger's chest-mounted nuclear vortex turbine by it being used to slow an orbital descent. It's later used as a point-blank-range weapon.]]
** Cherno Alpha can also vent fuel from its reactor via the ports on its shoulders for a flame attack, though it never gets to use it in the film.
* WeHaveBecomeComplacent: By 2020, the Jaegers have such an impressive track record fighting Kaiju that most of the pilots treat an attack as simply another chance to increase their kill count. Cue the MassOhCrap from everyone involved when they realise the Kaiju have begun to adapt to their defenses and strategies. A mere five years later, the program is on the verge of being shut down due to the Jaegers being destroyed faster than they can replace them.
* WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture: Granted the film is set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture but still there is no sign of robots helping the humans to build the coastal wall.
* WhoNeedsTheirWholeBody: The Kaiju battle fiercely on even as the Jaegers tear pieces of them off. Taken to extremes with Slattern, who even after having her throat slit, her upper pair of arms sliced off by Striker, and getting half her face blown off, still aggressively engages Gipsy.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Raleigh and Mako spend a lot of time [[UnresolvedSexualTension gazing longingly at each other, but never act on it]].
* WombLevel: [[spoiler:The inside of the Breach, which can best be described as a series of purple and blue sphincters pulsing with electricity.]]
* TheWorfEffect: When Crimson Typhoon is introduced, its impressive combat record is listed along with a description of its ace pilots. When Cherno Alpha is introduced, it's revealed that not only is it a Mark I Jaeger, making it the oldest still functioning, but it's the largest and heaviest Jaeger around. It's also stated that the perimeter it was assigned to went six years without being breached by a Kaiju attack. During the Hong Kong attack, both Alpha and Crimson get to show off some of their skills, but are completely destroyed by the two attacking Kaiju, effectively spelling out just how dangerous they must be to eliminate such powerful Jaegers with so little effort. Gipsy Danger's ability to defeat both by itself (albeit one at a time, ''after'' they had split up) illustrates just how powerful it is and how skilled the pilots are.
* WorldOfBadass: In a world where badass Rangers pilot a bunch of badass robots to fight a bunch of badass Kaiju whose corpses either are used by a badass black market man or studied by badass scientists.
* TheWorldsExpertOnGettingKilled: The Kaidanovsky couple and the Wei triplets are experts in kicking Kaiju asses but [[spoiler:are quickly killed when Otachi and Leatherback show up. Both Kaiju are much stronger than anything they've previously faced, fight as a team, and have weapons neither set of pilots has ever encountered.]]
* TheWormGuy: Early on we see a hapless scientist and his son walking around the beach looking for metal in the ground. Cue Gipsy Danger emerging from the sea.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: For all their advanced technology, many of the Jaegers' combat styles are based on grappling, holds, and throws. Gipsy holds Leatherback under its arms, and Crimson Typhoon uses the fact Otachi grabbed her hands to flip, turn and throw her at Cherno.
* XanatosGambit: Mentioned by Newt when recording his first Kaiju drift experiment.
-->'''Newt:''' Unscientific aside: Hermann, if you're listening to this, well, I'm either alive, and I've proven what I've just done works, in which case, ha ha I won, or I'm dead, and I'd like you to know it's all your fault -- it really is, you know, you drove me to this -- in which case, ha, I also won. [[SubvertedTrope Sort of]].
* XDaysSince: The time between Kaiju attacks is kept on a big clock at the Shatterdome to keep everyone focused.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Mako has blue tips, befitting an Anime-inspired character. It calls back to the blue coat she was wearing as a child in her flashback. Partially justified that it may be due to Kaiju blue.
* YourMindMakesItReal: When a Jaeger loses a limb, the fighters inside will feel the pain due to the mental link.
* YouShallNotPass:
** [[spoiler:A villainous example with Slattern, who guards the Breach.]]
** This tends to be the main strategy of the heroes. If a Kaiju is heading towards a coastal city, they fly a Jaeger out into the water and drop it in the Kaiju's path. They even have the "miracle mile", the ten mile line where they ''need'' to hold the Kaiju at.
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