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->''"[[TagLine Reality is a prison.]]\\
[[YourMindMakesItReal Your mind can set you free.]]"''

''Sucker Punch'' is an [[GenreRoulette action/fantasy/horror/thriller]] directed, written, produced and conceptualized by ZackSnyder and released by WarnerBros The film is about a about a young girl, Babydoll, and her FireForgedFriends. Together, they plan escape from the insane asylum where they're being held against their will. Babydoll can't cope with the trauma of being trapped there, and imagines the asylum as a fantasy world instead. But she can't cope with her fantasy world either... which is when things get complicated.

Panned by critics and a box-office disappointment, the film nevertheless developed a strong cult following. To fans, the film was highly stylized and self-aware, dealing with escapism in all its different forms, referencing practically every movie and video game under the sun, and making some [[YouBastard interesting]] [[MaleGaze commentary]] about the audience's [[FanService expectations]]... but detractors saw it as pretentious, boring, nonsensical, and lacking an interesting plot and characters. Among the detractors was Creator/QuentinTarantino, who listed ''Sucker Punch'' as one of the worst films of 2011.

In any case, it's a film not many people feel neutral about, especially on the internet. Some see it as a modern re-interpretation of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', [[XMeetsY mixing the classic story up]] with ''Film/{{Brazil}}''... if it were a video game... in slow-motion... with [[{{BFG}} big guns]].


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!!This film contains examples of the following tropes:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Most notably Babydoll's katana.
* AbusiveParents: The evil step-father. Implied to possibly Rocket's father too, to her.
* AcePilot: Amber, who pilots everything from MiniMecha to a B-25 Bomber during the course of the movie.
* ActionGirl: All of the women, except [[HerrDoktor the psychologist]].
* AdultFear: The first few minutes of the movie certainly qualify. Babydoll fighting so hard against what is an implied rape attempt, only to have the attacker turn on her sister. The accidental shooting. The fear in the scene is less about the scary stepfather (a child's interpretation), it's about the helplessness (the adult fear).
** The themes the film focuses on (rape, objectification, etc.) are fairly mature as well.
* AllThereInTheManual: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7ROVr-Eios Four]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIgBoHr18-I animated]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tClvCc8m_g promotional]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6RGS2IL3SY shorts]] were released which gives some back-story to each of the four worlds Babydoll's action fantasies take place in, such as the three samurai golems being in service to a lord that travels the world, slaughtering civilizations and absorbing magical artifacts to gain power. The castle that is under siege is home to an orc dragon cult, the robots in the train blow up the city to free themselves from its oppression.
** They also explain the concept about treating humans as humans, in various ways, mostly the army story.
* AlienSky: On the "Distant Planet" world.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: In-universe: Babydoll views the High Roller--[[spoiler:the lobotomy specialist]]--as an evil, slimy, threatening man, [[spoiler:but in reality he's extremely reluctant about his job, viewing lobotomy as flawed and inefficient, especially since his latest patient wasn't in need of a lobotomy at all.]] The rest of the orderlies are much the same--they're depicted as passively malicious and threatening from what we see of them in the hallucinations, [[spoiler:but after the lobotomy, they've had enough of Blue and stop him from raping Babydoll.]] In addition, the asylum's psychologist, Dr. Gorski, notes that she tried to reach out to Babydoll in reality but Babydoll didn't respond, whereas in the hallucinations, Babydoll takes her lessons to heart. Gorski is intimidating when introduced in the fantasy world, but isn't anything like that in reality.
** As for Gorski, her role is interpreted as the person trying to reach out and help her in both universes - in the asylum universe she perceives Babydoll's actions incorrectly and she cannot offer the aid she needs, while in the brothel universe Babydoll takes the role Gorski represents and her intentions and brings them to fruition. In the brothel reality Babydoll reframes her limitations as someone actively working against her kindness.
* AmazonBrigade
* AmbiguousSituation: Whose story were we told? What was real? What was a interpretation of the events? What is from Blue's perspective? What is from Babydoll's perspective? What was Sweet Pea's visualizations?
* AnachronismStew[=/=]FantasyKitchenSink: When half the movie is hallucinations, this doesn't come as a surprise. These scenes may not take place in the same world. In one scene the girls are fighting Orcs and armored knights using modern firearms, bombs made out of propane tanks and ''a B-25 Mitchell bomber with 50. cal mounted machine guns''. In another scene, they use their shotguns, M4 carbines, Colt 1911 and katana against robotic future cyber-guards. Although the referenced action genres did exist in the '50s in one form or another, most of their tropes hadn't completely crystallized. The visual style of the action scenes wouldn't have developed until at least 40 years later. Also, the music in the brothel setting; "Love Is The Drug" (used in a cut scene) came out in 1975, not the 1950s, and that's about the earliest-released song in the movie [[spoiler: though the brothel sequence was a hallucination]]. The B-25 itself is a meta example, having a jet engine in place of one of its props.
** The ExpandedUniverse focuses on several of the enemies. The samurai crossed the multiverse to get at Baby Doll (at one point winding up in Gulf War II-era Iraq) and the Imperial Germany zombies are made from steam and machinery.
** Babydoll and Sweet Pea are able to sneak past the guard at the front door because he's wearing earphones -- white [=iPod=] earphones.
* AnAesop: Has a variety of messages littered through out the movie.
** Most notably, "You are your own hero" inferred by the opening and closing lines:[[spoiler: "Everyone has an angel, a guardian to watch over us, we can't know what form they'll take... It's you, you have all the weapons you need. Now fight."]]
** Sweet Pea as the AuthorAvatar for ZackSnyder says something about objectification of ladies.
---> '''Sweet Pea''': "I get the sexy schoolgirl. I even get the helpless mental patient, right, that can be hot. But what's this? Lobotomized vegetable?!"
*** Additionally, there's nothing sexy in an empty, emotionless object.
** "You make your own world." (Babydoll)
** "Appearances can be deceiving." (Babydoll)
** "Simple plans can work." (Babydoll)
** "{{Escapism}} can inspire as well as be an escape."
** "Girls should work together to fix their problems", very very feminist...
* AndStarring: With Creator/JonHamm and Scott Glenn in the CBB.
* AnimeHair: You get a good look at Rocket when she's in butt-kicking mode. It's a nice rendition of Animesque hair spikes in a live action production.
* {{Animesque}}: The overall style tends towards this. The first action sequence is a pastiche of Japanese-based stuff, and the first fantasy sequence boils down to "let's see how much anime we can squeeze into live action" and is highly reminiscent of ''Anime/{{Grenadier}}''.
** Before its release, some people thought it was a live-action ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.
* ArcNumber: 5. There are five heroines and five items to find; the number 5 is painted on all vehicles Amber steers.
* ArcWords:
** "Paradise."
** Also, the [[AnAesop moral]] of the film: "You have all the weapons you need. Now fight." (Said by three different characters at three different times, including over the FadeToBlack before the credits to the audience.)
* AttemptedRape: Blue almost rapes [[spoiler:Babydoll]] twice. Both times she defends herself. The Chef tries to rape Rocket after he catches her stealing food, but is stopped in time by Babydoll.
* AuthorAvatar: Several of Sweet Pea's lines reflect [[http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/features/interview-zack-snyder-on-the%20-sexuality-and-world-of-sucker-punch.php Zack Snyder's]] view on the film.
-->'''Zack Snyder:''' [Sweet Pea] says, "The dance should be more than just titillation; mine's personal," and that's exactly a comment on the movie itself. I think 90% are missing it or they just don't care. [...] The other line that I think is important is, as soon as the fantasy starts, there's that whole sequence where Sweet Pea breaks it down and says, "This is a joke, right? I get the sexy school girl and nurse thing, but what's this? A lobotomized vegetable? How about something more commercial?" That is basically my comment on the film as well. She's saying, "Why are you making this movie? You need to make a movie more commercial. It shouldn't be so dark and weird."
* BadAss: The third reality identities of the main characters.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: No matter how rough the combat, even getting tagged in the face by a robot, the girls never show cuts, bruises or anything. [[spoiler: Of course, none of that was real.]]
* TheBechdelTest: Passes pretty cleanly; most of the females' conversations are about their plans and actions.
** It fails the inverse, with no two men ever talking to each other about anything but the girls.
* BedlamHouse: Lennox House. Mostly due to Blue. Madame Gorski wants to help as much as possible, though.
* BetweenMyLegs: The Mayor is framed by Amber's legs, and the Chef is framed by Babydoll's in the cyberpunk sequence.
* {{BFG}}: The second Samurai's giant SMAW and [[IronicNickname Mini]]gun. Amber's mini-mech has two autocannons.
* BigSisterInstinct: Sweet Pea towards Rocket, even arguing against their only means of escape due to a possibility of Rocket getting hurt.
** Babydoll and her sister have this relationship too.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Babydoll gets lobotomized and the rest of the crew is possibly dead, but Blue and likely Babydoll's step-father get punished, and Sweet Pea can start a new life outside the Lennox House.]]
** [[spoiler:Slightly sweeter in the Extended Cut, where the final scene before Babydoll is lobotomized has her meet the High Roller, only to have him turn out to be a warm, charming man. He tells her he doesn't want to "take" her and instead wants to ''know'' her, wants honesty and the person that she is and he'll give her all the freedom she could possibly have; the subtext is that Babydoll's HeroicSacrifice is actually more rewarding, as she has finally escaped Lennox House in her own mind.]]
** Also not ''as'' bittersweet if one accepts the WordOfGod, that [[spoiler:none of the girls died in reality. Yes, they're still insane and in the Lennox House, but with Blue arrested, their tormentor is gone and they're left under the supervision of Dr. Gorski, who only wants to help them recover.]]
* TheBlank: The robots guarding the bomb on the train.
* BloodlessCarnage:
** The blood in the movie is ''very'' sparse. Even when two orcs are [[TurbineBlender thrown into a propeller]].
** Each type of mook has its own special blood substitute to spray out of their wounds: light, escaping steam, weird dust stuff - even the robots give off sparks.
** Babydoll [[spoiler:cradling her sister in the beginning of the film, and coming away with blood on her fingers.]]
** Another: [[spoiler:Immediately after the lobotomy, the lobotomist/High Roller drops the spike used into a dish of water; the camera cuts to a close-up and we see the blood swirling around and up. The shortage of blood up to that point makes it all the more chilling.]]
* BookEnds: The ending lines mirror the opening lines.
* BoastfulRap: "I Want It All/We Will Rock You" mash-up features some of this sort of rap by Armageddon.
* BoyishShortHair / LongHairIsFeminine: Swapped around. Rocket is the only girl with short hair but she is TheHeart and falls into DistressedDamsel status more than once. Meanwhile Blondie has the longest hair of the girls and she is the most tomboyish and fiery one.
* BroughtDownToNormal: The girls, whenever one of the "dance" segments ends. Most of the genuine conflict in the movie occurs in the brothel and the asylum. Despite the gratuitous action scenes, the audience only sees blood in the asylum.
* BreakTheCutie: Oh boy does she ever.
* BulletTime: Used most heavily in the train sequence.
%% * ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou
* TheCaligula: Blue. He works in a BedlamHouse, but is maybe the least sane guy. He shows signs of schizophrenia, delusions of grandeur, and violent mood swings.
* CallBack: The whole movie calls back and forward to itself, starting from "Everyone has an angel. A guardian who watches over us. We can't know what form they'll take. One day, old man. Next day, little girl" and ending with [[spoiler: "Who chains us? And who holds the key to set us free? It's you. You have all the weapons you need. Now fight!"]]
* {{Catchphrase}}:
-->'''Wiseman:''' "Oh, yeah. One more thing ... "
* ChekhovsArmoury: While she is brought into Lennox House, Babydoll catches sight of the four items that she needs to escape.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Blue arranges Babydoll's lobotomy and forges the paperwork in exchange for money from Babydoll's stepfather. [[spoiler:Dr. Gorski never agreed to the operation and realizes her signature had been forged, and the police stop Blue from raping Babydoll post-lobotomy.]]
** "Paradise" is mentioned throughout the film, usually as a place of escape. [[spoiler:It happens to be the name of a nearby diner/bus station.]]
** The gun briefly shown in Babydoll's stepfather's desk is the same gun she uses in her attempt to kill him -- and also appears to be the same one that is her firearm of choice throughout the combat sequences.
** Babydoll's sister has a pink stuffed rabbit. Amber's mecha has a pink rabbit drawn on it.
** The spilt water was emphasized a couple of times before [[spoiler:the radio shorts out from its wire getting wet when Babydoll is performing for the chef]].
* ChekhovsGunman: The High Roller is [[spoiler:the doctor that performs Babydoll's lobotomy.]] Wiseman [[spoiler:turns out to a be a sympathetic bus driver who provides Sweet Pea with an alibi to evade the police.]] The young British soldier that catches Sweet Pea's attention [[spoiler:is one of the passengers of the bus she boards at the end the film.]]
* CluelessAesop / FamilyUnfriendlyAesop/ LostAesop: The argument about the perspectives and validity of these is quite contentious.
** Feminism means acting like a whore.
** Women die when they try to do manly things.
** Baby is a doll and a babe and being turned on by her innocence is the director's fault, not the viewer's.
** Boobies all over the place and all of the Fanservice means ''Sucker Punch'' is a comic book film.
** Trying to escape is bad.
** There is no such thing as sacrifice for a bigger cause.
** Blue gets away with everything that he did.
** [[http://scottalanmendelson.blogspot.com.au/2011/03/more-thoughts-in-defense-of-sucker.html Some]] [[http://scottalanmendelson.blogspot.com.au/2011/03/review-sucker-punch-2011.html more]] [[http://scottalanmendelson.blogspot.com.au/2011/06/why-we-cant-have-nice-things-last-word.html perspectives.]]
** It's okay to blame a director for being turned on by a movie about woman being borderline raped most of the time in a way which is never shown on screen.
** It's okay to exploit woman if you say that isn't your intention.
* ColorWash: The opening sequence and all asylum scenes are supersaturated with shades of gray and light blue, creating a depressing atmosphere. The bordello fantasy is intentionally bright, even garish, and the action sequences features a rich palette of impossible, unnatural colors.
* CombatTropes:
** AnAxeToGrind: Blondie.
** CombatParkour: The main character, nicknamed Babydoll, uses this technique mainly to dodge the knives and swords of her imaginary opponents.
** CoolGuns
** GirlsWithGuns
** HumongousMecha: With a [[KillerRabbit giant bunny rabbit face]] painted on the front and piloted by Amber.
** KatanasAreJustBetter: Babydoll's signature weapon is an [[AbsurdlySharpBlade impossibly sharp]] katana.
** TheMusketeer: All the girls except [[AcePilot Amber]], and to an extent [[SwordAndGun Babydoll]].
** RareGuns: In the WW1 fantasy Rocket uses either a Wheel lock or Flintlock pistol as a side arm.
** SwordAndGun: Babydoll's choice of weapons are a katana and an M1911.
** SwordDrag: The first Tengu in the Japan hallucination, with its Naginata.
** SwordTropes: Katana for Babydoll, claymore for Sweet Pea, short sword for Rocket.
** ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Played straight several times, but averted twice. Once with Babydoll doing the throwing (but it distracts the Oni long enough to get shot in the face) and then in the Steampunk WorldWarOne sequence the German commander throws his at her and she jumps over it.
* CompetitiveBalance
** FragileSpeedster: Rocket in melee.
** GlassCannon: Rocket in guns.
** JackOfAllStats: Babydoll.
** LightningBruiser: Blondie in melee, Sweet Pea in guns.
** MightyGlacier: Sweet pea in melee, Blondie in guns.
** SquishyWizard: Amber is practically weak without anything that she pilots.
* CoolBigSis: Sweet Pea, who looks out for and protects her sister Rocket and the rest of the group, even though she hates all their plans.
** Babydoll is clearly this to her sister too.
* CoolOldGuy: The Wiseman in all incarnations.
* CoolPlane: The B-25, which has the stock propeller on one wing and a turbojet hanging on the other.
* CoolTrain[=/=]RunawayTrain: In the sci-fi sequence, which is basically a LocomotiveLevel. It's also [[ActionBomb got a giant bomb cooking in the front car.]]
* CoolVersusAwesome:
** We start with an ActionGirl wielding a katana versus fifteen-foot {{Samurai}} with [[MoreDakka miniguns]].
** Which goes to a MiniMecha and four GirlsWithGuns versus Clockpunk/Steampunk Reichswehr Zombies.
** And then goes to a B-25 against a dragon while the rest of the girls fight knights and orcs.
** And then [[KillerRobot killer robots]].
* CostumeTropes:
** BareYourMidriff: Babydoll's and Amber's outfits.
** ChainmailBikini: Sweet Pea.
** CombatStilettos: All.
** FanserviceCostumes: During the cabaret performance night. Amber wears a FrenchMaid outfit, Rocket wears NaughtyNurseOutfit, Blondie wears a BellyDancer one and Sweet Pea dons a "[[OurAngelsAreDifferent sexy angel]]".
** GogglesDoNothing: Blondie.
** GracefulLadiesLikePurple: Dr./Madame Gorski.
** HairDecorations: Babydoll.
** InTheHood: Sweet Pea.
** OfCorsetsSexy: All the girls wear a corset at least once.
** PantyShot: Only if you're looking for it!
** RuleOfSexy: The girls' outfits are ridiculously impractical for all the fighting they do. But damn if they don't look good in them.
** SailorFuku: Babydoll.
** StockingFiller: Rocket.
** ThighHighBoots: Sweet Pea and Blondie.
** TooManyBelts: Sweet Pea and Blondie, especially the latter.
** TrueBlueFemininity: The Lennox hospital dress is colored blue.
** UnderwearOfPower: Amber and Sweet Pea.
** [[WomanInBlack Women In Black]]: All the girls.
** WomanInWhite: [[spoiler: Babydoll wears a white, glittery SailorFuku when she sacrificed herself in order for Sweet Pea to escape. Once she managed to do so, Sweet Pea steals a white dress from a clothesline to disguise herself.]]
** ZettaiRyouiki: Babydoll has the stockings/skirt combo and the pigtails for a Grade S.
* CreativeClosingCredits: For end-credits we get a glitzy and colorful nightclub duet between Blue and Dr. Gorski.
* CurseCutShort: Twice.
-->'''Amber''': "Son of a- *gunshots*!"
-->'''Blondie''': "Eat that, you ugly mother- *gunshots*!"
* {{Cyberpunk}}: The train sequence.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of many ActionGirl and any MaleGaze tropes. It's written more for a female's perspective, exploring how woman lose themselves in these ActionGirl characters and the audience reacts in a male gaze sense.
* DecoyProtagonist: It turns out that [[spoiler:Sweet Pea is the true protagonist of the story, while Babydoll is only the means to help her escape the asylum. Sweet Pea's first lines are a plea to Madame Gorski in the brothel: "You gotta help me. I'm the star of the show, remember?"]]
** However, due to the way the story is set up, [[spoiler:Sweet Pea is really only the "true" protagonist if you, the viewer, want her to be.]]
* {{Dedication}}: To Marsha Snyder, the director's mother.
* DiegeticSwitch: Whenever they turn on a radio or a [[WhatAreRecords tape player]] for Babydoll to have music to dance to, it always does this with the shift into the fantasy sequences. Also [[SorryILeftTheBGMOn inverted]] a few times.
* DistressedDamsel: Rocket at several points where she needs saving by Babydoll or Sweet Pea.
* DodgeTheBullet: As Babydoll is closing in on the German courier, she uses her katana to parry the bullets he fires at her.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Surprisingly enough, Blue claims to not like guns...[[spoiler:Right after murdering Blondie and Amber with one.]]
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: EmilyBrowning contributed three songs in the soundtrack, while Oscar Isaac and Creator/CarlaGugino performed a duet.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: Three or four ways the title can be seen:
** A cynical look at MaleGaze (a sucker punch to the audience) and its effects on women in real life.
** The sucker punch which comes to Baby Doll as the catalyst and finale of the movie.
** The sucker punch Baby Doll applies to the asylum.
** In the director's cut, the sucker punch is that [[spoiler: the High Roller is quite careful and does care about these women's welfare.]]
* {{Doublethink}}: The entire story run on this, as the character(s) live simultaneously in two or sometimes even ''three'' different levels of realities, requiring quite a bit of multitasking from the audience if they are to have any real clue as to what's going on.
** [[spoiler: Babydoll did help Sweet Pea to escape in the real world. This means that she must have been active in all three realities simultaneously, and accomplishing real deeds while trapped within a dream within a show within a hallucination.]]
* DreamWithinADream: The most accurate way to succinctly describe this movie. A Fantasy (Blue's) featuring Dreams/Visions (Baby Doll's) of a story. [[spoiler:Sweet Pea is telling it to us.]]
* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped a Bridge on Them]]: [[spoiler: Amber and Blondie are suddenly shot by Blue with no warning, and the movie rather quickly moves on to Babydoll stealing the key and the beginning of the escape.]]
** [[spoiler:Though WordOfGod says none of the girls actually died.]]
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: Blue's plan for Babydoll after the High Roller deals with her. Subverted in that [[spoiler:he's put off by the UncannyValley vibes Babydoll gives off post-lobotomy.]]
* DullSurprise: Justified, considering the immense pain and confusion Babydoll goes through in the movie.
** Babydoll's expression never really seems to change. It's like she's perpetually scared, in shock and horrified, even in the midst of her badassery. In the extended cut, [[spoiler:she ''does'' show emotion in the scene with the High Roller.]]
** She does show some great "Fuck You/Don't you Dare" faces at Blue whenever he tries anything with her too. [[spoiler:She also smiles while "killing" the robots.]]
* DwindlingParty: We have five girls but ultimately. [[spoiler: Blondie is technically the first to go, not taking part in the fourth mission. Then Rocket gets stabbed by the cook. Amber and Blondie are shot by Blue. Babydoll then sacrifices herself to allow Sweet Pea to escape]]. Of course this is all debatable since WordOfGod says [[spoiler: none of the girls actually died]].
* {{Escapism}}: The nested fantasy worlds. Invoked with the entire film, according to WordOfGod.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Blue's cohorts in the asylum world protest to Blue's [[spoiler:plans to rape post-lobotomy Babydoll]], saying that they're "done hurting these girls."
* EveryHelicopterIsAHuey: In the fantasy world where the girls try to defuse a bomb on a speeding train, they do it from a Huey.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Only Blue and Gorski live by their real names, everybody else has nick names, code names, and otherwise.
* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: Baby Doll, Sweat Pea, Rocket and Amber for sure, Blondie doesn't have this as much since she went for help and blew their cover. The majority of the women in this feature have this as part of their character.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:The lobotomy.]] Hell, just that damned poster on the wall.
* FacelessGoons: German zombies in gas masks, fantasy knights in face-covering helmets, and mirror-faced robots. The samurai tengu/oni things have no faces to speak of, but their masks give them distinct appearances. Averted with the orcs, but aside from several shots, the camera doesn't focus on them long enough to get a real good look at their faces most of the time.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Used on the soundtrack between "Tomorrow Never Knows"-"Where Is My Mind?"-"Asleep".
* {{Fanservice}}: Zigzagged, Zack's had something to say on its usage:
-->'''[[http://http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/57719974.html Zack Snyder]]''': Do you not get the metaphor there? The girls are in a brothel performing for men in the dark. In the fantasy sequences, the men in the dark are us. The men in the dark are basically me; dorky sci-fi kids.
** One interpretation: those seeking fanservice will find fanservice, and those open to deconstruction will see that as well.
* FantasyKitchenSink: The action hallucinations seem to take place in one of these.
* FatBastard:
** The Chef. Rapist, slimebag, [[spoiler:accidental murderer.]]
** Babydoll's stepfather. Rapist, GoldDigger and total scum.
* FeministFantasy: There is a bucketload of fantasy/alternative universes in this movie and it does have an inner empowering to women theme: "You have all the weapons you need. Now fight."
* TheFifties: Which adds a sense of nostalgia and more sex appeal to their already sexy outfits.
* FireForgedFriends: Before this whole thing, they never even knew each other, then they fight for the right to be treated humanely.
* FiveManBand
** TheLeader: Babydoll, the leader and protagonist.
** TheLancer: Sweet Pea, the voice of caution and dissent.
** TheSmartGirl: Amber, who's in charge of transport in the dream-world, and who's shy, timid demeanor in the brothel-world (ie: nervousness about seducing the mayor) is common for this role.
** TheBigGirl: Blondie, who, in the dream-world, is the most ruthless and ferocious, and carries the biggest weapons, and who presents a street-smart, tough personality in the brothel-world (ie: cheering on a fight between two other patients in her first scene, teaching Amber how to seduce people). Vanessa Hudgens has described her as "The Tough One". Also notable in the WWII fantasy - she uses a lot of hand-to-hand combat while the others rely on gunfire. In the castle fantasy Blondie is also in charge of the bigger guns on the plane.
** TheChick: Rocket, TheHeart, who exhibits an emotional personality-type and is determined to hold the girls together.
* FixFic: Many fanfics have [[spoiler:Babydoll surviving the lobotomy with memories, or avoiding it altogether. There are also a few with Rocket surviving being stabbed (which is understandable since it was never shown where she was stabbed and may not have been a fatal injury)]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** The words Wiseman gives are full of it, the most obvious example being the [[CatchPhrase "One more thing"]] he tells the girls to do/remember before each mission. [[spoiler: They ''always'' fail to follow his advice and it always causes them to come close to failure.]]
** When in the real world, Blue calls Babydoll's stepfather "Father"; once we transition to the brothel, he is a priest.
** The opening lines:
--->'''Narrator''': Everyone has an angel, a guardian who watches over us. We can't know what form they'll take. One day, [[TheMentor old man]]. Next day, [[DecoyProtagonist a little girl]]. But don't let appearances fool you. They can be fierce as any dragon, yet they're not here to fight our battles, but to whisper from our heart, reminding that it's us. It's every one of us who holds the [[YourMindMakesItReal power over the worlds we create]]. We can deny our angels exist, convince ourselves they can't be real. But they show up anyway in [[BedlamHouse strange places]] and at [[TheFifties strange times]]. They can speak through any character we can imagine. They'll shout through demons if they have to, daring us, challenging us to fight.
** When Babydoll is admitted, she sees the four objects needed in the fantasy.
** The first "dance" acted out by Sweet Pea is [[spoiler:Babydoll's lobotomy]], which she stops because she doesn't think it is sexy. [[spoiler:She removed her Babydoll wig to reveal that she is sitting in the lobotomy chair, suggesting that she is the protagonist]].
** The titles of the songs give away a number of details, starting with "Sweet Dreams" and finishing with "Where is My Mind?".
** The first fantasy begins with {{Bjork}}'s "[[OneManArmy Army Of Me]]".
** The simple way the therapy/social room in the mental asylum is simply called a "theater", alluding to what the girls end up doing in the brothel.
** There is a painted dragon on the wall in one of the bordello rooms opposite the one Rocket takes Babydoll to.
** Blue says "it's quite a show" when Dr. Gorski works her magic with the patients in the institution.
** The knife Babydoll steals from the Chef and later uses to stab Blue conspicuously lands at Amber's feet when the dance ends, and then vanishes when Blue and the others arrive moments later.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Sweet Pea is the older, responsible one and Rocket is the irresponsible one, in Babydoll's [[MindScrew imagined]] [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation fantasy]]. To the point that Rocket ran away from home even though their situation wasn't a very bad one and Sweet Pea followed her to make sure she'd be okay, which lands them in a brothel.
** ''"It is not dying."''
* FourIsDeath: [[spoiler: When the five girls are reduced to four shit starts to happen on succession. Ultimately, only one of the girls made it out of the BedlamHouse.]]
* FourElementEnsemble: Downplayed but it's there for each of the four fantasies. The temple fantasy has a battle that takes place in a snowstorm (Water). The WWII fantasy takes place in the trenches (Earth). The castle fantasy involves fending off a dragon (Fire), not to mention the girls needing something that makes Fire. The final fantasy involves a train on a raised platform amid clouds and mist (Air) - not to mention the girls needing to escape by helicopter and trouble arising when a jet pack doesn't work.
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: An all-girl version:
** Sweet Pea as the Cynic
** Rocket as the Optimist
** Babydoll as the Realist
** Amber as the Apathetic
** Blondie as the Conflicted
* FourTemperamentEnsemble
** Babydoll as Choleric
** Sweet Pea as Phlegmatic II
** Blondie as Melancholic
** Amber as Phlegmatic
** Rocket as Sanguine
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: The fifth item they need, but Baby doll doesn't tell them they need was in the team all along.
* GasMaskMooks: The German soldiers in the trenches and zombies sequence.
* GenreBusting: The movie is a complete MindScrew that folds together BedlamHouse escape drama and [[RuleOfCool over-the-top]] sequences from the following genres:
** Samurai in the snow: MagicalGirl {{anime}}[=/=]{{Wuxia}}
** Trenches and zombies: {{Steampunk}}[=/=]DieselPunk[=/=]War Movie
** Storming the dragon castle: Tolkienesque HighFantasy
** Bomb on a train: SciFi[=/=]{{Cyberpunk}}[=/=]action flicks featuring {{Runaway Train}}s.
* GenreRoulette: Soundtrack, movie itself, characters roles in aforementioned movie and everything else is ever evolving to what we finally realize is an extensive story with multiple take aways.
* GirlishPigtails: Babydoll, rockin' them at age 20.
* GlassesPull: Both Blue and Doctor Gorski put on reading glasses to take a closer look at some important detail, just before discovering something very important.
* {{Gorn}}: Surprisingly averted. Aside from ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheGuardiansTheOwlsOfGaHoole'', most Snyder films kick the [[LudicrousGibs gibs-level into high gear.]] Here, all you have are chopping up robots and shooting steam powered WWI era German soldier zombies. Instead of blood, when they're shot they release the steam that allows them to move. Even in the Castle Storming sequence (when two Orcs are tossed into a propeller, and a dragon's throat is slit) bloodshed is minimal.
* GreatEscape: The story happening behind the fantasy sequences is the girls assembling everything they need to escape from the hospital.
* {{Grimmification}}: ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' in the form of a PG-13-rated action movie? Yeah, sounds about right.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Babydoll is sweet, innocent and self sacrificing if a bit insane.
* HairRaisingHare: That creepy rose bunny face on the mecha.
* HeartBeatSoundtrack: Used for dramatic purposes in their extended version of "Sweet Dreams" within the soundtrack and therefore the movie.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: [[spoiler:"The fifth thing is a mystery ... Only ''you'' can find it."]]
* HelloNurse: Rocket's outfit includes a black nurse's cap.
** Her dance performance also has her and the backup dancers in nurse outfits.
** And Blondie and Rocket are wearing nurse outfits when we first meet them in the brothel.
* HermitGuru: The Wiseman's first incarnation.
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler:Rocket does it for Sweet Pea]], shown both in the hallucination fantasy and in the "real" world fantasy--she makes [[spoiler:Sweet Pea]] leave and stays on the train when the bomb explodes, and she [[spoiler:[[TakingTheBullet takes the knife]] for Sweet Pea when the Chef tries to stab her]].
** The fifth item to escape the asylum is a mystery that will require "great sacrifice" but will provide "perfect victory." It turns out that [[spoiler:Babydoll]] is the sacrifice in order to allow [[spoiler:Sweet Pea]] to escape.
* HerrDoktor: Gorski.
* HospitalHottie: Creator/JonHamm and Creator/CarlaGugino provide cross-gender appeal.
* HumanCannonball: Two orcs attack the girls' plane by launching themselves from a catapult.
* HypocriticalHumor: Blue saying that he DoesNotLikeGuns [[spoiler: [[BlackComedy after shooting two girls in the head.]]]]
* IJustWantToBeFree: Babydoll and the rest of the girls want to escape the asylum and regain their freedom. [[spoiler:Ironically, the one thing Babydoll was running from -- her lobotomy -- is revealed to be ''her'' "freedom" in the end.]]
* ImaginaryFriend: In some interpretations.
* ImagineSpot: ''All'' the action sequences. The cabaret as well... [[OrWasItADream possibly]].
* IndecisiveDeconstruction: Action-movie {{Fanservice}}, or a deconstruction of Action-movie {{Fanservice}}? Who knows?
* InformedAbility: Because all of Babydoll's dance scenes segue into her crazy action imaginations, we have only other characters' reactions to support the conclusion that she could dance the pants off the High Roller. This could be a metaphor for what was really happening or alternatively giving up the dancing to give way to a more empowering vision.
* TheIngenue: Subverted with Babydoll. Asylum inmates deem her at first to be very docile, naive, and immature. However, Babydoll has ''much'' more spunk and intelligence than most ingenue heroines, and it eventually shows. See SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl below. Blondie is also convinced Babydoll's not a virgin.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: In the fantasy sequence.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha: In the WWI sequence.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: The fantasy action sequences are a metaphor for working in a brothel; Babydoll's impending deflowerment in the brothel is a metaphor for the violence of the lobotomy that will be inflicted upon her in the asylum.
* IronicEcho: "You have all the weapons you need. Now fight." [[spoiler:This is last said is only seconds after it has been revealed that Babydoll could have saved herself from the lobotomy at any time simply by informing the doctor that Blue intended to forge her signature. She knew this, but in her delusion she believed that Blue was running the place and that the doctor was powerless against him, or that she actually wanted it]].
** "We had a deal" and "Are you okay?" are also echoed.
* IronicNickname:
** Blondie is a brunette.
** Rocket's jetpack doesn't work.
** Babydoll, age 20, is one of the more mature girls.
** Sweet Pea is very cold towards the others.
** Amber's name means "fierce". She's quite docile and submissive.
* KarmaHoudini: Blue. [[spoiler: Ultimately subverted; Blue gets caught and Baby Daddy will likely get his comeuppance for his crimes against his stepdaughter, as Blue is heard swearing to the police that it's the stepfather at fault and that he'll tell them all about him and the money as he's dragged off]].
** Played straight with the Chef. Aside from Blue screaming and beating him after [[spoiler:he fatally stabs Rocket. Though WordOfGod is it never happened]].
* LargeHam: Oscar Isaac as Blue, the head orderly and mafioso pimp.
* LighterAndSofter: At least as far as ZackSnyder's prior work with live action cinema, very little outright gore and is more internal/metaphorical than outright pushing the audience to their very limits, with disgust and outrage, if anything it's lighter and softer with its point than his prior live action movies.
* LipstickAndLoadMontage: During the closing credits.
* {{Lobotomy}}: Babydoll is sent to a corrupt asylum and is scheduled to be lobotomized, which is what motivates her to make an escape plan. [[spoiler:At the end she gives up her chance at freedom to let another girl escape, and ends up getting lobotomized.]]
* LovecraftCountry: The asylum is located in Brattleboro, Vermont. Incidentally, Brattleboro is home to a famous mental hospital in RealLife as well, although its reputation is the exact opposite of the BedlamHouse that Lennox House seems to be.
* MadeOfIron: Especially in Babydoll's first fight against the samurai, where she is smashed, dragged, and slammed several times by hulking Samurai -- and still manages to decapitate them all. It is her fantasy though, [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief so it isn't that unbelievable]].
** ''Der Kaiser'' [[spoiler:shrugs off an entire bunker falling in on his head. He's implied to have undergone the same "treatment" as the soldiers, though]].
** The German courier [[spoiler: shrugs off falling out of the sky and landing on his face]].
* MaleGaze: Played with. Some parts like in the brothel '''occasionally''' it's all up there, but in the Asylum and most of the "Dance" sequences it's kept to a minimum. The audience is meant to see it, so a subversion, except [[spoiler:when you see it from "Blue's" point of view]]. May also be seen to zig-zag itself.
** Also lampshaded as they are working an a strip club/brothel/burlesque club, but instead of it being just the accepted thing that the girls get stared at, the audience, if empathetic/sympathetic enough will be able to feel the women's uncomfortableness with the constant male gazes upon them.
* MamaBear: The mama dragon is not amused when the girls kill her child.
** Also Babydoll and Sweet Pea have their moments, usually focusing on something Rocket did.
** Babydoll was also a MamaBear to her sister.
* MandatoryTwistEnding: ZigZagged. [[spoiler:Yes, it's all in Babydoll's head ... until it turns out she actually did everything for Sweet Pea to escape. And then it's heavily implied those weren't hallucinations when Sweet Pea comes across two people that only existed in Babydoll's hallucinations. They may have really been ''Sweet Pea's'' imagination all along]].
* MarketBasedTitle: Was renamed to ''Angel Wars'' in Japan.
** Which makes sense, actually, considering Babydoll is the "angel" who engages in battles.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: You can see the demon samurai steadily approaching as the Wiseman first instructs Babydoll of her mission.
* MeaningfulEcho: See Foreshadowing / Ironic Echo. The words are very important in understanding this movie.
* [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Title]]: Sucker Punch! [[spoiler:The one who would be saved by the plan isn't Babydoll! Anyone who came for the FanService is NotSoDifferent from the villains!]]
** Babydoll's nickname seems [[UncannyValleyGirl more]] [[EmptyShell fitting]] [[spoiler:after her [[MindRape lobotomy]]]].
* MentalStory: Is it all in someone's head, and if so, then whose?
* TheMentor: Wiseman and Gorski.
* MindScrew: Very much so, and intentional given the nature of the film and its themes of inner heroism becoming outer strength. [[spoiler: But when you have an ImagineSpot nested within another ImagineSpot...]]
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: At first, Dr. Gorski seems intimidating and wicked, but it turns out she's actively encouraging and helpful. [[spoiler:In reality, she's been helpful from the start and calls the cops on Blue when she realizes he forged her signature to allow Babydoll's lobotomy]].
* MixedMetaphor: Blue provides a doozy.
-->'''Blue:''' A few bad eggs -- led by one little egg in particular -- have spit in the face of that generosity.
* MolotovCocktail
* MoodWhiplash: All over the place, but perhaps the most notable example comes from the Director's Cut, where [[spoiler:Babydoll meets the High Roller, and he is a charming gentleman, who she willingly begins to have sex with after he offers her the idea of the freedom within her own mind, only for a very lovely scene to be hard cut with the hammering of the spike as Babydoll is lobotomized.]]
* MookHorrorShow: Babydoll versus the last demon samurai, and later versus some German soldiers.
* {{Mordor}}: The fantasy sequence takes place in a devastated volcano land with red burning skies. It's also full of {{Shout Out}}s to ''LordOfTheRings''. Replete with fire-breathing dragons, orcs and knights.
* [[spoiler:MotherlyScientist: Psychologist Dr. Gorski]].
* MrExposition: Wiseman will always lay out the rules of each fantasy sequence ([[RuleOfCool such as they exist]]), giving objectives as well as obstacles and limitations to Babydoll's basically limitless imagination.
* MsFanservice: A whole cast of them.
* NecessaryDrawback: All the girls except [[JackOfAllStats Babydoll]].
** Respectively, Blondie and Sweet Pea are {{Lightning Bruiser}}s in melee and in guns. If they switch, they become {{Mighty Glacier}}s.
** Rocket is a GlassCannon in guns, but is a FragileSpeedster in melee.
** Amber is practically a SquishyWizard without piloting anything. But as for the machines that she pilots, the MiniMecha is a LightningBruiser, the B2-Bomber is a "BlackMage" and the Huey is a "RedMage".
* NarratorAllAlong: [[spoiler: Sweet Pea]] Who we open up with is not who we end with.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Despite the empowerment messages of the film, the trailers and TV spots generally focused on the "hot chicks in skimpy outfits" aspect. The marketing may have been a factor in the film's poor box office take and reception. They also played up all the Cyberpunk Actions scenes being the main focus of the movie. They most certainly weren't.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Babydoll's first action sequence features one of the gigantic samurai wielding a [[GatlingGood minigun]], while the second pits the girls against SteamPunk NaziZombies.
** The only 'normal' enemies they fight would be the Knights and/or Orcs.
** Ninja? Check. The girls.
** Zombie? Check. The German mooks.
** Robot? Multiple Check.
** Pirate? Not so much.
* NoNameGiven[=/=]OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Almost none of the characters' real names are given, only nicknames.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Apparently, none of the girls who died in the Cabaret world died in reality.]]
* NotUsingTheZWord: The girls' enemies are never called samurai, zombies, or orcs -- even if they totally are.
* OffTheShelfFX: Sweet Pea's sword is [[http://www.casiberia.com/prod_Detail.aspx?id=SH2365 made by CAS Iberia]].
* OneWomanWail: Heard in [[http://www.joblo.com/witness-sexy-action-girls-and-pure-madness-in-the-sucker-punch-teaser the trailer.]] Featured in the soundtrack, except it's a sighing.
* OrangeBlueContrast: Particularly with the dragon fire.
* OrderliesAreCreeps: Blue, especially. The rest of the orderlies are simply ominous, and [[spoiler:this gets hammered home in the real world -- Blue tries to rape a braindead Babydoll]].
* PlayboyBunny: A few of the background girls, particularly during the Mayor's scene.
* PlotArmor: The AmazonBrigade appears to have this during the first three "dance" sequences. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that the fantasy sequences metaphorically represent the successful execution of their plans. [[spoiler:The PlotArmor appropriately drops in the fantasy for Rocket when she gets killed in the bordello reality, and probably in the asylum reality also.]]
* PlotCoupons: The objects Babydoll needs to escape the asylum.
* PoesLaw: This film suffered pretty hard from it. It was made as a dramatic satire of female exploitation and the male gaze in modern media, but was mistaken by many as an extreme example of female exploitation and male gaze.
* ThePowerOfTrust: The only way their plan can work is if they all trust each other while putting themselves at risk. {{Lampshaded}} by The Wiseman who, during their first mission as a team, asks them to ''try'' and work together.
** Indeed, they fail to stick together (Rocket and Sweet Pea get separated, Babydoll and Blondie go for the map without the others, and Amber takes off on her own to take on the [[CoolPlane triplanes]]) and it almost ends badly for all of them.
** The one mission that they fail on? [[spoiler: Blondie isn't with them, having confessed to Gorski and Blue about what was going on]]. Things [[FromBadToWorse rapidly deteriorate from there]].
* PsychopathicManchild: Blue has some hints of this, especially when he describes his job to Babydoll as being like a boy in a sandbox while everyone else gets to play with his "toys" [[spoiler:shortly before he tries to rape her]].
* TheQuietOne: Babydoll, who didn't say a single word until she rescued Rocket from the Chef and only speaks her mind as she gradually opens up to the rest of the girls and grows determined to escape the asylum.
* RapeAndRevenge: In interpretations it could be seen as [[spoiler: the "Stepfather" raping her and Blue trying to rape her]] allowed her to take revenge on the other males in the movie minus "Wiseman".
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Indicated in the Director's Cut with the reveal of The High Roller's intent.
* ReactionaryFantasy: Some viewers feeling the movie is "reveling in exploitation while piously claiming to critique what it shows", under PoesLaw.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** Dr. Gorski, in both the real world and as the dance instructor-cum-madam. She seems to genuinely care for her charges' well-being in both incarnations.
** The Wiseman in his bus driver incarnation.
* RecurringRiff: There's a [[OneWomanWail sighing woman]] who makes up most of the soundtrack, featured in "Sweet Dreams", "Where Is My Mind?", and "White Rabbit".
** This is Emily Browning's voice, taken from "Where is My Mind?" and mixed into the other songs.
* {{Recut}}: An additional "Director's Cut" which makes certain intents of this movie more true.
* RecycledINSPACE: According to Zack, it's ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: WITH MACHINE GUNS! ]]
AND [[HumongousMecha MECHA!]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The giant samurai's and NaziZombies' eyes glow red.
* RedHerring:
** Sweet Pea carries a longsword in a back sheath in all of the action scenes (not to mention [[http://www.joblo.com/posters/images/full/suckerpunch-banner6.jpg her poster]]), but is only seen using it in the Director's Cut.
** Babydoll [[spoiler:being the protagonist of the story. It's really Sweet Pea.]]
* RefusalOfTheCall: When Babydoll proposes that they try and escape, Sweet Pea is the only girl in the group who openly opposes the plan, mostly because she fears for Rocket's safety.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:The High Roller's scene in the director's cut, explains the movie in full detail and drives the point home]].
* RevisedEnding: This Director's Cut features [[TheReveal the High Roller]] scene which alters interpretation of the movie's Sucker Punch.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: [[spoiler:Blondie.]]
* RuleOfCool: Hotties with guns, badass samurai, firebreathing dragons, potentially epic action scenes. Pretty standard formula.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Guys with red eyes who get them shot out, in a mental asylum which could be as bad as any brothel, weapons/fighting for your right to live and be free, literally and figuratively, every foreshadowing moment listed above, "creatures in the dark" trying to dehumanize the ladies, who in turn destroy them ... And that's is just the very, very beginning.
* RuleOfSexy: Invoked with all the ladies' outfits.
* TheRunaway: Rocket's back story. Sweet Pea voluntarily went after her.
* RunawayTrain: One of the sequences has the girls attempting to steal a nuclear bomb guarded by robots off a runaway train.
* RealityEnsues: Blue doesn't have as much power as he is depicted to have, at the end.
* SayMyName: Rocket and Sweet Pea, when they're separated by the mooks in the WWI trenches; Rocket screams for Sweet Pea while barely fending off overwhelming numbers and Sweet Pea is yelling Rocket's name trying to get to her.
* SchizoTech: One sequence features WWI Tommies with their Lee-Enfields, bayonets, and Lewis guns fighting steam-powered zombie Germans with Mausers and Maxims, while bi/triplanes duel around giant zeppelins overhead. Into this, drop our protagonists, using, among other things, an M4 carbine, an [=MP5=] SMG, and an M249 LMG[[note]](a mocked-up Daewoo K3, with the front sight and gas tube a giveaway)[[/note]], all with modern accessories, and ''a MiniMecha with a computerized display''. Oh, plus Rocket's flintlocks. The sequence afterward features the girls using a B-25 against a castle being besieged by knights, and the sequence after that has them using a Huey on a distant planet against a rocket train with robots with laser weaponry.
* SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl: All of the ladies actually.
* SpiritualSuccessor / SpiritualAntithesis: Shares a lot in common and directly conflicts with ''Film/FightClub'' as such. [[note]] both about person who goes insane due to many MANY issues and changes the world through "characters" they imagined / imaginary friends, a guide, with help from a team; while Sucker Punch is feminine focused, ''Fight Club'' is really masculine and violent. ''Fight Club'' is about too much of anything (anti-consumerism, inhibition) and ''Sucker Punch'' is also about that in a very different sense (too much violence against women will hurt you in the end/rape culture is bad/don't be a perv). ''Sucker Punch'' is all about the characters and their mental growth and goal getting, ''Fight Club'' is about the big theatrical audacity of the characters to do what they do. Both feature excessive metaphorical violence and both have an anti-accepted culture sentiment - rape culture and mass consumerism mostly, but other side morals slipped in about freedom. Both also have key character development at about the 20 minute mark, confidence wise. And both feature versions of the song "Where Is My Mind?", ''Fight Club'' featuring the original by The Pixies, and ''Sucker Punch'' features a cover by Yoav and Emily Browning.[[/note]]
** It's also virtually impossible to talk about this film without bringing up ''{{Inception}}'', with its use of multiple dream layers to screw with audience's perceptions.
* StealthParody or ParodyRetcon? [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/furtively-feminist-mostly-misunderstood-case-file,61684/ You be the judge.]]
** Also falls into IndecisiveDeconstruction. It deconstructs as much as it builds expected tropes in the movie, which could mean it is a DeconReconSwitch of the horror/action genre.
* TagLine: "You will be unprepared" and "Reality is a prison".
* TakeThatAudience: ZackSnyder intended to punish the audience for sexualizing the characters.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Rocket took the knife so Sweet Pea could live.]]
* ThreePointLanding: ''ALL THE TIME''.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Somebody is mad, but who?
* TrainJob: The last "dance".
* TropeTrigger: Each sequence of ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou is triggered by playing music so Babydoll can dance.
* UnreliableNarrator: Who is the narrator, what is symbolism, what is metaphor, what is dream, and who's perspective is the camera taking visual wise [[spoiler: also falls into "SwitchingPOV" to a degree]]?
* TheUnReveal: Whose story is it?
* XMeetsY: ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' meets ''Film/ThreeHundred'', ''Film/KillBill'' meets ''Film/{{Inception}}'', ''Film/FightClub meets Film/{{Inception}}'', ''Film/BlackSwan'' meets ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' meets ''Music/EmilieAutumn'', ''Film/FightClub'' Meets ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' meets ''Film/TheMatrix'', ''Film/FightClub'' meets ''Music/EmilieAutumn'', ''Music/EmilieAutumn'' meets ''Film/{{Inception}}'', ''Film/ThreeHundred'' meets ''Film/BlackSwan'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' meets ''Film/{{Brazil}}'', ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'' meets ''Film/BlackSwan'', ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'' meets ''Film/{{Inception}}'', ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' meets ''Film/{{Inception}}'', ''Film/FightClub'' meets ''Film/GirlInterrupted'', ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' meets ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' meets ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* {{Yandere}}: Blue is this in spades to do with his TheCaligula persona.
* YouBastard: Zack Snyder says he intended for the movie to highlight certain perverts' nature, show that they can be changed, and demonstrate that women are more than bodies. Sweet Pea expresses this as the AuthorAvatar, which is further shown by [[TheReveal the High Roller]].
* YouCannotKillAnIdea: The plan, despite the sacrifices of the ladies, works out.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: All but said by Blue in regards to one of the ladies.
* YourMindMakesItReal: Outright stated a couple of times.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The girls ALMOST get everything they need, but one thing is missing...

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