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''The Avengers'' is a 1998 action movie inspired by the British TV series ''Series/TheAvengers''. It starred Ralph Fiennes and Creator/UmaThurman, with Creator/SeanConnery [[LargeHam hamming it up]] as an evil Scotsman who can control the weather. Creator/EddieIzzard plays the henchman Bailey.

The film was a flop, and is widely regarded by fans of the series as a [[InNameOnly travesty]] -- although at least one reviewer has pointed out that the weird touches the movie gets hammered for are the same kind of thing the series did all the time; the difference is that the series had the period, style and panache to get away with it. It doesn't help that the film was re-edited shortly before release to bring the running time down, losing several important plot points in the process, and the film violated the franchise's No. 1 taboo (no hanky panky between Steed and Peel).

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!!''The Avengers'' contains examples of:

* TheAce: Mrs. Peel is perfect at whatever she does, from science to chess to swordplay, making Steed's character seem somewhat redundant.
* AliceAllusion: Multiple; see the [[ShoutOut/TheAvengers1998 shout-outs page]] for details.
* AlmostKiss: Steed and Mrs. Peel, while he's helping her put on her boots.
* AreTheseWiresImportant: Steed rips the guts out of one of Sir August's robot insects.
* AttackDrone: Sir August's flying armed robot insects.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: Bailey said "Oh F*** " just before his death to raise the film's rating. The line was clearly [[SameLanguageDub dubbed in]] by someone who isn't Eddie Izzard; his lips don't move, and it sounds nothing like him.
* BadassBack: Mrs. Peel during her sword fight with Steed.
* BanisterSlide: Mrs. Peel does a short one during her sword duel with Steed.
* BattleInTheRain: The final fight between Steed and Sir August.
* BearsAreBadNews: The bear costumes the recruited scientists wear.
* BulletproofVest: Steed's Trubshaw waistcoat.
* CasualDangerDialog: This movie relies heavily on this trope; virtually no one shows any amount of emotion at any point in the entire movie despite being in mortal danger.
* CaretakerReversal: After Steed is attacked by Mrs. Peel's clone, the real Mrs. Peel takes him to her home to recover and nurses him back to health. Later on, after Mrs. Peel is captured and brainwashed by Sir August, Steed rescues her and takes her to his home to recover.
* ChekhovsGun: The boots Steed gives to Mrs. Peel.
* ChekhovsSkill: Steed's training in hand-to-hand combat at the beginning of the film and his later battles using those skills.
* ClearMyName: Mrs. Peel after her clone blows up the Prospero lab.
* CollapsingLair: Sir August's underground island base.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Sir August could have legally made billions of dollars by selling the use of his WeatherControlMachine to the nations of the world.
* DamselInDistress: Subverted when Mrs. Peel escapes from Sir August on her own.
* DayOfTheWeekName: Sir August and his family, named after months.
* DeusExScuseMe: Steed and Mrs. Peel are at Wonderland Weather getting a tour from the receptionist. There's a noise (telephone ring?) elsewhere and the receptionist leaves, allowing Steed and Mrs. Peel to look around unnoticed.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Sir August
* DirtyOldMan: Sir August and Mrs. Peel (Sean Connery is 40 years older than Uma Thurman).
* DisneyVillainDeath: Bailey's demise.
* TheDragon: Mrs. Peel's clone and Bailey.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Mrs. Peel may have done this with her clone's SpyCatsuit.
* DullSurprise: John Steed and Emma Peel spend the film reacting politely and bantering during dangerous situations instead of getting excited or freaked out by any of it.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Sir August's island base.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Mrs. Peel's car after the flying robot insect attack.
* EvilTwin: Mrs. Peel's clone, created by Sir August.
* FastRoping: Used by Bailey just prior to his fight with Mrs. Peel.
* TheFilmOfTheSeries
* FlowerPotDrop: At the beginning of the film. Steed is almost hit by a flowerpot that drops down from a window above him.
* ForbiddenFruit: Steed warns Mrs. Peel not to take a macaroon when they have tea with Mother.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The Wonderland Weather globes and Steed's "I'll stick to swordplay".
* FunWithAcronyms: BROLLY (British slang term for "umbrella").
* FurAndLoathing: Mrs. Peel's clone when she tries to kill Steed.
* GoingInCircles: Mrs. Peel while trapped in Sir August's tesseract trap.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: The milkman, during Steed's test.
* GroinAttack: Mrs. Peel to Bailey during their fight in Sir August's base.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Sir August, by his own fighting staff and a bolt of lightning from his WeatherControlMachine.
* HotScientist: Mrs. Peel.
* HypnotizeThePrincess: Sir August tries this on Mrs. Peel.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Sir August to a captured Mrs. Peel.
* IdiotBall: Mother takes possession of it early on. The Ministry has video evidence that Mrs. Peel is the one who sabotaged the Prospero project, yet they see it fit to have her assigned to the case.
* ImpersonatingTheEvilTwin: Mrs. Peel enters Sir August's base by posing as her EvilTwin clone.
* InstantSedation: Sir August to Mrs. Peel (drug-tipped dart) and Father to Mrs. Peel (aerosol gas).
* KarmicDeath: Father and Mrs. Peel's clone.
* KnockoutGas: Father knocks Mrs. Peel out instantly with gas from an aerosol can.
* LargeHam: Sean Connery as Sir August de Wynter.
* LetsSplitUpGang: Five times.
* LightningCanDoAnything: Such as pulling Sir August high up into the air.
* MeaningfulName: The villain's name is Sir August de ''Wynter'', and he can control the weather.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: Lab destruction -> weather control extortion conspiracy.
* MissingTrailerScene: As noted, a huge chunk of the storyline was cut out prior to release, including a major opening sequence setting the plot. The trailer features footage from these deleted scenes (such as ([[spoiler:the fake]]) Emma Peel uttering the code phrase "How now, brown cow?").
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Father]]
* MonumentalDamage: Nelson's Column and Big Ben's clock tower.
* MythologyGag
* NeckSnap: Mrs. Peel's clone, to a Prospero Project Lab staff member.
* OddCouple: Steed plays by the rules, Mrs. Peel doesn't.
* OffhandBackhand: Steed, at the conclusion of one of his fight scenes.
* OminousPipeOrgan: Sir August plays one in his mansion.
* OppositesAttract: See OddCouple above.
* ParasolOfPain: Steed uses his umbrella as a weapon numerous times.
* PungeonMaster: Mrs. Peel.
* RemakeCameo: Patrick Macnee provided the voice of the invisible Colonel Jones.
* SecretTest: Steed's inviting Mrs. Peel to Boodles.
* SelfDestructMechanism: The WeatherControlMachine after it's turned off.
* SharePhrase: "How real will it feel" and "I thought I was seeing double".
* ShoutOut: Enough to get [[ShoutOut/TheAvengers1998 its own page]].
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Mrs. Peel during her game with Steed.
* SpotOfTea: Steed has a tap in the dashboard of his Bentley that dispenses the stuff. He and Mrs. Peel take tea as they drive.
* StalkerShrine: Sir August has one to Mrs. Peel (or her clone) in his mansion.
* StandardHollywoodStrafingProcedure: The flying robot insects, to Steed and Mrs. Peel.
* StealthHiBye: Sir August after his fight with Steed in the hedge maze.
* StockPhrases
** YouDidntAsk
* StormingTheCastle: Steed and Mrs. Peel, to Sir August's base.
* SwissCheeseSecurity: The meeting of the Council of Ministers.
* SwordCane: In the final fight with Sir August, Steed reveals his sword ''umbrella''.
* {{Tagline}}: "When evil reigns/rains, only one team can weather the storm." But can they weather a HurricaneOfPuns?
* TapOnTheHead: Bailey to Alice and Mrs. Peel's EvilTwin clone to Steed.
* TrackingDevice: The "micro-tag" (radio homing signal) in Mrs. Peel's boots.
* TranquillizerDart: Sir August renders Mrs. Peel unconscious with a drug-tipped dart.
* UnflinchingFaithInTheBrakes: Alice, as Mrs. Peel's car approaches.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Steed and Mrs. Peel. At least until [[spoiler: near the end when they kiss romantically, breaking every rule in the Avengers book.]]
* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: When Steed is attacked at the beginning of the movie.
* TheVoiceless:
** Bailey says two words just before he dies (see AvoidTheDreadedGRating above). According to Eddie Izzard, the script only gave him a few bland lines and generic threats, and he decided the character would work better saying nothing at all.
** Mrs. Peel's clone.
* WeatherControlMachine
* WeCanRuleTogether: Sir August to Mrs. Peel after he captures her.
* WireDilemma: Mrs. Peel, while trying to turn off the WeatherControlMachine.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Sir August and his scientists.

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