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->''"You no trouble. Me... Fifth element... supreme being... me, protect you."''
-->-- '''Leeloo'''

''The Fifth Element'' is a [[TheNineties 1997]] English-language French ScienceFiction {{Film}}. The brainchild of director Creator/LucBesson, it stars BruceWillis, GaryOldman, MillaJovovich, Chris Tucker and Ian Holm.

[[DistantPrologue The movie opens in 1914]], in an Egyptian temple, where an archaeologist, assisted by a reporter, discovers hieroglyphs that report about a Great Evil that is unleashed and tries to destroy all life [[ViciousCycle every five millennia]] and the weapons to defeat it: [[CosmicKeystone four stones]] representing [[ElementalRockPaperScissors water, fire, air and earth]] and a "perfect being" representing a fifth element sealed in a sarcophagus. A priest on site seems incredibly disturbed that the discovery is being made, going so far as to (unsuccessfully) poison the archaeologist to prevent the discovery. Just as the discovery is made, the {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s who made the temple in the first place (and whom the priest, [[AncientTradition and all those who have come before him]], have secretly served) arrive in a giant spaceship and take away the stones and the sarcophagus, explaining that they are unsafe with the [[WorldWarOne imminent war on Earth]]. The aliens also order the priest to continue to take care of the temple and to pass on his knowledge, as it was passed on to him, to prepare for the Great Evil's incoming. The priest points out that they're leaving Earth defenseless, and the aliens reply that when the Great Evil returns, so shall they. Cut to...

[[ExtyYearsFromNow 2263]], where the Great Evil is starting to form itself. On their way to deliver the five elements back, the aliens are shot down by a ship of [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy another race of proud warrior aliens]], who steal the box which would contain the stones. The remains of the "fifth element" are found and Earth scientists reconstruct it, generating an [[HeroesWantRedheads orange-haired]] MysteriousWaif named [[OverlyLongName Leeloominaï Lekatariba Lamina-Tchaï Ekbat De Sebat]], or "Leeloo" for short, who breaks out of the lab and [[CarCushion dives into a taxi]] driven by ex-soldier Korben Dallas. With the Great Evil getting closer, Korben has to help Leeloo save the planet.

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!!Tropes:

* TwoDSpace: The border of the Federated Territories is a massive line of buoys (presumably scanners) which detect incoming ships and turn green to indicate that they may pass. There's not even multiple lines.
* ActionGirl / ActionGirlfriend: Leeloo
* AerithAndBob: In the same character's name, no less. Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel... ''Zorg?''
* AggressiveNegotiations: Korben Dallas negotiates by shooting the leader of the Mangalores, knowing this will take the fight out of the others.
-->'''Dallas:''' [[BondOneLiner Anyone else want to negotiate]]?\\
'''Fog:''' (To Ruby) Where did he learn to negotiate like that?\\
''Listening in back on Earth''\\
'''President Lindberg:''' ''(with a glance toward General Munro)'' [[DeadpanSnarker I wonder.]]
* AirVentPassageway: Played straight when Leeloo escapes the lab in the beginning. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when she tries it against Zorg; he has a machine gun and the vent is noisy, so he does eventually hit her.
* AlwaysAccurateAttack: The Replay feature on the ZF-1, which fires a tracer bullet, after which every shot fired will home in on it.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Mangalores
** Almost always. The last words any of them speak are, "for the honor", so YMMV.
* AncientOrderOfProtectors: The Mondoshawan's Earth followers seem to have elements of this. One was willing to kill an archaeologist who was on the verge of discovering the elemental weapon.
* ArcNumber: The number 5 appears throughout the movie.
* ArcWords
** "Time not important. Only life important."
** "Four elements gathered around a fifth."
* AskAStupidQuestion: "Uhh, negative. I am a meat popsicle."
** Of course, given that the Mangalores have loosely defined shapeshifting capabilities, this isn't such a stupid question after all...
* AttackBackfire: The big dark planet of evil is attacked by Earth's military with several missiles. Instead of the missiles hurting it, they cause it to get bigger.
* AtTheOperaTonight: One of the most entertaining opera scenes on film, intercut with a fight scene for Leeloo. Actually an opera in space in a SpaceOpera. How appropriate!
** And also a stunningly beautiful song, in front of an amazing view- the planet from orbit!
* {{Autodoc}}: The machine used to "repair" Leeloo. It actually reconstructs her from what is essentially a bone fragment containing living cells.
* AxCrazy: Zorg
* {{Badass}}:
** BadassAdorable: Leeloo is cute, innocent, has no [[NoSocialSkills social skills]] or [[NoNudityTaboo nudity taboo]] and is perfectly capable of breaking every bone in your body without breaking a sweat. Which she ''will'' do if you cross her.
** BadassNormal: Korben Dallas.
* BadBoss: '''Never''' disappoint Zorg, or you might catch a sudden case of [[StuffBlowingUp spontaneous combustion]].
* BadCopIncompetentCop: The cops here never manage to do anything more than get in the way and die.
* BadLiar: David the apprentice priest.
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Lindberg, the President of the [[TheFederation Federated Territories]], played by former professional wrestler Tom "Tiny" Lister, Jr.
* BallisticDiscount: Subverted, where Zorg shows the Mangalores all the fancy special features of the consignment of assault rifles they've ordered, and they walk off with them without completing their side of the bargain. Turns out his insurance policy was to show them all the fancy special features ''except'' explaining [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo What That Little Red Button Does]] -- it's a high-explosive self-destruct.
* BenevolentBoss: Aside from a few minor jerkass moments, General Munro seems like a pretty nice guy.
* BigApplesauce: Of all the places to bring a Supreme Being, it's of course New York City.
** It's apparently the future capital of TheFederation (since the president and military command seem in-residence there).
* BigEater: Likely a byproduct of the regeneration process, but holy HELL Leeloo was hungry!
* BirthmarkOfDestiny: Leeloo carries the symbols of the four elements as a marking her wrist most identify as a tattoo.
* BrickJoke
** When the Mangalores fail to deliver the stones to Zorg, [[spoiler:he tricks them into blowing themselves up with the ZF-1's self-destruct function. Guess what happens to Zorg on the ship later?]] (See KarmicDeath below.).
** During one of the phone calls with Korben's mother (specifically, [[spoiler:to the President because her son saves the Earth]]), she can be briefly heard alluding to previous scenes:
-->'''Korben's mother:''' I might as well throw myself into traffic[[note]](Happens to Leeloo during her lab escape.)[[/note]] or Saran Wrap myself to the bed[[note]](Happens to Cornelius in Korben's apartment.)[[/note]] and pretend my child is suffocating me...
** While talking to Finger at the beginning of the film, Korben says that he drives a cab now, not a SpaceFighter. Then when they're stealing Zorg's fighter:
-->'''Rhod:''' Korben, you know how to fly this?!\\
'''Korben:''' Like driving a cab!
* BuffySpeak: Ruby Rhod falls into this when the Mangalores strike the cruise ship. What's worse, despite how vague the description is, [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike General Munro knows exactly who he's talking about]]:
--> '''Rhod:''' They're warriors, and they're ugly. They got big teeth, big foreheads, big ears, and they stink.\\
'''Munro:''' Mangalores.
* BulletholeDoor: Ruby Rhod gets an oval floor exit from Korben Dallas and the opportunity to ride the piece down one level.
* TheCameo: [[Film/TheCrimsonRivers Mathieu]] [[Film/LaHaine Kassovitz]] as the crazy freak trying to rob Korben by his doorstep.
* CameraSpoofing: A thief at the beginning of the film does this to Korben's apartment camera by wearing a hat with a picture of the background on it. Thus, by tilting his head at the camera, it looks like everything's clear. Then he pops up and tries to mug Korben. Korben tricks him into turning the gun safety on, takes his gun, then compliments the NiceHat.
* CampStraight
** Ruby Rhod and his entourage play every camp stereotype to the hilt, even though they're not gay. Just because Ruby's fabulous doesn't mean he doesn't love the ladies. A lot. According to the DVDCommentary, Ruby (originally named "Loc") is a combination of Music/{{Prince}} and Lenny Kravitz. Ruby even oddly uses the female pronoun when referring to himself on radio calling himself ''Miss'' Ruby Rhod.
** Also applies to Baby Ray, the deaf "star of stage and screen", who is surrounded by a gaggle of admiring ladies when we first meet him. If anything, it seems like this is the fashion of the future and Korben is the aberration as a manly man. Or it's a class thing, as they're both wealthy celebrities, and Korben is very much working class.
* CarCushion: Leeloo jumps from a building and falls into Korben Dallas' taxi.
* CardCarryingVillain: Zorg.
* TheCasanova: Ruby Rhod
* CatapultNightmare: Our introduction to the hero has BruceWillis starting awake in his cubicle apartment. Interestingly there's no indication that he had a nightmare, but it's a direct cut from the scene where General Staedert's vessel has been attacked and presumably destroyed by the Great Evil, implying that he's had some sort of premonition.
* CatchPhrase
** Zorg: "I know."
** Ruby Rhod: "Are we green?" and "BZZZZZZZZ!"
** A RatPack catchphrase of old, "badda-boom!" gets a new lease on life, too.
* ChanceActivation: David does this with the Air element stone.
* ChekhovsGun: If you want an example of how to use this trope well, look no further. Almost everything important in this movie is introduced in a previous scene. A partial list includes Korben's matchbook, Leeloo reading about martial arts, and the Mangalores being able to shapechange.
* ChirpingCrickets: It's subtle, but both times Ruby Rhod tries to get Corben Dallas to say something in the mike, during the pregnant pause that follows you can faintly hear crickets chirping.
* CloneJesus: Leeloo, though she isn't really ''cloned'' per se.
* ClosetShuffle: A rather spectacular example involving multiple people and a truly improbable selection of hiding places (including a freezer and a self-making pull-out bed). None of the people Korben hid enjoyed their hiding places very much. Leelo got wet and cold when the shower began its self-clean, the military guys got frozen, and the priest nearly suffocated under the plastic that the bed wraps itself in.
* CoitusUninterruptus: At the end, Korben and Leeloo are making love in the regeneration chamber when the President comes in to congratulate Korben.
* ColonyDrop: Well, a huge moon-like thing, anyway.
* TheComicallySerious: Korben... at least in comparison to [[FunPersonified Ruby Rhod]].
* ConcealmentEqualsCover: A snooker table somehow provides protection; although they're usually floored by a big slab of slate, it would be unlikely to stop high-powered rifle rounds.
* ContrivedCoincidence:
** Some of it was specifically invoked by characters, but the Gov't fixes a contest to allow for Korban to have a cover while on Fhloston Paradise to retrive the four elemental stones for them. He just happens to be the cab driver who, eariler, had Leeloo (the Fifth Element) drop in on him. He dropped her off with a priest, who later heard he won on the radio and shows up at the Korban's apartment while the military is to recuirt him.
* CosmicKeystone: Leeloo, who acts as a superweapon against evil.
* CostumePorn: [[{{Stripperiffic}} Literally]]. Costumes by ''Jean-Paul Gaultier''! (At the time, hands down the single most sought-after fashion designer in the world.)
* CrapsackWorld: New York City is an overcrowded and polluted PoliceState. Implied that Zorg's influence may spread this beyond the borders.
* CrashIntoHello: Leeloo literally '''crashes''' through the roof of Dallas's car.
* CuttingTheKnot: Dallas' tactic under AggressiveNegotiations doubles as this.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Korben, as any Bruce Willis action hero requires.
** The President gets one in, too (see AggressiveNegotiations above).
* DescriptionCut / GilliganCut: The movie ''lives'' on these two tropes.
* DespairEventHorizon: Leeloo's reading about war.
* DieHardOnAnX: The space cruise opera sequence, with bonus points for starring Creator/BruceWillis himself. Complete with AirVentPassageway escape by Leeloo.
* DispenseWithThePleasantries: When [[spoiler: Mr. Shadow makes a beeline for Earth after Zorg is destroyed and the Element stones are secured]], the President has to tell Korben the bad news. He tries to soften it by praising his heroics on Fhloston Paradise, but Korben just wants him to get straight to it, to which the President glumly gives a weary Korben one more earth-saving job to do.
* DownToTheLastMatch: [[spoiler:Needed for the activation of the fourth element at the climax of the movie.]]
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: Dallas kisses an unconscious Leeloo. He realizes this is a bad idea when in the next moment she's woken up and is [[ClickHello pointing his own gun at his head]] while angrily saying something in an alien language. Fittingly, what she says is translated by the priest as, "Never without my permission."
* DulcineaEffect: Korben is moved enough by the shaky pleading of the unintelligible redhead that just fell through the roof of his cab, to get into a high-speed chase with the police. He's at least GenreSavvy enough to realize that he's getting into far more trouble than he can really afford.
* EarthThatUsedToBeBetter
* EldritchAbomination: The Great Evil
* ElementNumberFive: We would have just called it The Fifth Element if this movie hadn't beaten us there.
* EurekaMoment: After David's ChanceActivation of the Air Stone, it takes the others a few minutes to work out that he did so by '''breathing''' on it; from there it's a short step to "use each Element to activate its respective Stone".
* ExcessiveSteamSyndrome: The airlock of the Mondoshawans' ship hisses steam and drips condensation when it first opens up at the Egyptian temple.
* EvilLaugh: Zorg gets one, then breaks down in tears.
* EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce: Mr. Shadow comes back and attacks again every five thousand years. If he wins once, it's all over.
* EvilOverlordList: Zorg practically quotes Number 68 as he lets Cornelius go after Cornelius saves his life.
* EvilSoundsDeep: "Mr. Shadow" appears only as a voice on the telephone, and it's about as deep as you can get and still be comprehensible.
* FanserviceWithASmile: The female staff of every non-governmental organization shown onscreen. Note the [=McDonald's=] drive-thru girls....
* {{Fictionary}}: Leeloo's alien language.
* TheFederation: Referred to as "The Federated Territories," possibly implying not only local system planets, but entire extra-solar regions are under Terran jurisdiction.
* FiveBadBand
** BigBad / EvilGenius -- Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg
** TheDragon -- Right Arm
** TheBrute -- Aknot
** BiggerBad -- "Mr. Shadow"
* FiveManBand
** TheHero -- Korben Dallas
** TheLancer -- Leeloo
** TheSmartGuy -- Priest Vito Cornelius
** TheChick -- David
** SixthRanger -- Ruby Rhod
* FlatWhat: Zorg gets a couple of these.
* FloatingHeadSyndrome
** The poster on this page.
** The DVD cover (and Page Image for the trope) is even worse: the floating heads take up almost the whole cover, and it looks as if the [[FlyingCar cars]] are frantically running away from them.
* {{Flying Car}}s
* FoodPills: Leeloo pours a small amount of food pellets into a bowl, puts the bowl in a microwave-like device, closes the door, presses ''a'' button, and opens the door again, pulling out an ''instant roast chicken with all the trimmings''. Forget faster-than-light travel; ''that'' is clearly the pinnacle of human achievement.
* ForScience: Professor Mactilburgh sure does love the prospect of regrowing the supreme being in his lab.
-->'''Munro:''' Sounds like a freak of nature to me.\\
'''Mactilburgh:''' Yeah, can't wait to meet 'im!
** Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfFunny when they pass through ultraviolet decontamination during the above dialog, and the (extremely numerous) pock-marks on both characters' faces glow.
* FreezeFrameBonus: When Korben receives his letter telling him he's fired, you'd see the company he'd been working for was Zorg's.
* FromASingleCell: This happens to Leeloo in the beginning.
* FunPersonified: Ruby Rhod
* FutureMusic: The techno-rock-opera fusion performed by the Diva.
* FuturisticSuperhighway: [[BigApplesauce New York City]] of the 23rd Century has designated "lanes" for {{Flying Car}}s stacked on top of each other throughout the city.
* GangstaStyle: Korben points his gun at the amateur mugger sideways, increasing his {{Badass}}itude and intimidating the mugger even further.
* GenreThrowback: The movie's script was intended to be basically a {{Troperiffic}} {{Reconstruction}} of all the SciFi FrancoBelgianComics of TheSeventies and [[TheEighties Eighties]] that the writer was a fan of.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: InUniverse, Ruby Rhod has a group of Japanese schoolgirls waiting for autographs aboard the flight to Phloston Paradise
* GlassCannon: As described by the Diva, Leeloo is more fragile than she seems; she can fight, but she can be hurt, and her heart is even more vulnerable than her body.
* GoingByTheMatchbook: Surprisingly, searching for and not finding matches is a repeated in-joke.
* GoodNeedsEvil: Zorg's perfect example of the Broken Window Fallacy:
-->'''Zorg:''' Life, which you so nobly serve, comes from destruction, disorder and chaos. Now take this empty glass. Here it is: peaceful, serene, boring. But if it is destroyed... ''(pushes the glass off the table; it shatters on the floor, and several small machines come out to clean it up)'' ...Look at all these little things! So busy now! Notice how each one is useful. A lovely ballet ensues, so full of form and color. Now, think about all those people that created them. Technicians, engineers, hundreds of people, who will be able to feed their children tonight, so those children can grow up big and strong and have little teeny children of their own, and so on and so forth. Thus, adding to the great chain of life. You see, father, by causing a little destruction, I am in fact encouraging life. In reality, you and I are in the same business.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: The FunnyForeigner noodle chef's interjection of "Aiya!" when Corben tells him about the time his wife left him (for their lawyer, hence him getting hosed in the divorce) is an authentic Mandarin exclamation that translates roughly as "Oh heavens!"
* HarmlessFreezing: General Munro and two of his men were stuffed in the freezer by Korben Dallas to hide them from the cops. He freed them after a couple of minutes when they were already frozen still. But later on the General seems to be OK again. [[note]]In the novelization, it's not so harmless: the General is later described to have had a couple of fingers amputated as a result.[[/note]]
* HeroicBSOD: Leeloo descends into despair as she sees [[HumansAreBastards humans' inhumanity to their fellow humans]], almost losing it completely when Diva is killed, and then decides to read up on the "WAR" section of the encyclopedia. This becomes an important plot point almost immediately afterward, as she initially refuses to save the Earth if war and violence are all it has to offer.
* {{Homage}}
** Much of the futuristic New York and the character of Korben Dallas pay homage to the Harry Canyon story from ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal''.
** The French comic series ''{{Valerian}}'' by Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin features a near-identical flying taxi in the album ''Circles of Power'', though with driver whose personality has little in common with Korben's. Much of the costume inspirations also comes from this comic. Mézières was one of the film's Production Designers. The other was Jean Giraud, a.k.a. Creator/{{Moebius}}).
* HonorBeforeReason: The Mangarlores may have their own skewed concept of what is and isn't honorable, but they otherwise abide by this trope in spades.
* HostageSituation: "Anyone else want to negotiate?"
* HotPursuit: How many police cars does it take to stop one taxi?
** "If they don't chase you after a mile, they ain't chasin' you. Or was that two miles?"
* HulaAndLuaus: Welcome to Fhloston Paradise!
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin
** The Mondoshawan, ''twice'': once with the key to the temple, and once with Leeloo herself.
** The four element stones are held by [[spoiler:Diva Plavalaguna (inside her body!) who hands them over to Dallas as she is dying]].
* IncomingHam: Ruby Rhod's introduction.
-->'''''KORBEEEEEEEEN DALLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS!'''''
* IncrediblyObviousBug: Literally: the bad guy uses a cockroach fitted with an antenna to spy on the president. Of course, there's a downside to this: the President squashes the bug (and the microphone) when it climbs onto the desk. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrHMBletjXg Goodbye, eardrums!]][[note]]LifeImitatesArt / TechMarchesOn: ''[[http://wireheading.com/roboroach/index.html We can already do this]].''[[/note]]
* InformedAttractiveness: The only way you could believe that Chris Tucker dressing like [=RuPaul=] is one of the sexiest media personalities in the universe is to have one or more of the female extras explicitly tell you they find him sexy.
** Though that's really the point; we're clearly meant to share the viewpoint of Korben, who only finds Rhod silly and annoying.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Leeloo, who at first doesn't bother to hide her nudity when changing clothes.
* InstantExpert: Leeloo learns English in the space of about a day, by speed-reading the 23rd century equivalent of the ''Encyclopedia Britannica''. In the novelization, she learns ''all the languages of humanity''.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by the fact that her DNA contains 200,000 memo strands, which probably explains her inordinately fast learning time for ''everything'', not just languages.
* IntersceneDiegetic: The Diva's aria is heard continuously over shots of her singing and of a fight scene happening elsewhere at the same time.
* InTheFutureWeStillHaveRoombas: The cleaning robots that instantly jump into action in Zorg's office.
* IronicEcho: As Right-Arm calls Zorg to tell he couldn't prevent Korben from embarking, he replies [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "I am... a little... disappointed.]]" (the conversation ends with Zorg ''[[YouHaveFailedMe triggering Right-Arm's public phone to explode]]''). Later, as Zorg finds out the box with the rocks is empty, he returns screaming "I. AM. VERY. DISAPPOINTED!"
* ItCanThink
-->'''General Staedert:''' Upfront loading of a 120 ZZR missile. Marker lights on the objective.
-->'''Scientist:''' Its structure had just solidified on the surface.
-->'''Head Scientist:''' I think it's anticipating the attack. Anticipation denotes intelligence.
-->'''Cornelius:''' The most terrible intelligence imaginable, Mr President.
* JewishMother: Korben Dallas's mother seems to be this.
* KarmicDeath
** [[spoiler:Zorg, who is bombed when one of his own mercenaries sets one off, mere seconds after disabling the one he himself triggered earlier.]] Further emphasized by the fact that [[spoiler:earlier in the movie Zorg mocked the Mangalore's moral code of dying for honor only to become a victim of one of their "honorable" deaths.]]
** [[spoiler:Mr. Shadow, who is killed by ThePowerOfLove. (WordOfGod [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119116/faq here]].)]]
* KavorkaMan: Despite dressing and behaving in a fashion that evokes CampGay, the ladies love Ruby Rhod, and he loves them right back.
* KindheartedCatLover: Korben Dallas; our first sign that he's the hero is that he sweet-talks to his cat. He even gets needled that he prefers his cat to women.
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: There's nary a personal-scale EnergyWeapon in sight, just kickass ballistic weapons.
* KnightInSourArmor: A minor trope, Korben would rather not be saving the world, and living a nice peaceful life driving his cab.
* LargeHam : Zorg, since EvilIsHammy (as he presents the ZF-1, GaryOldman even [[AsideGlance winks at the camera]]); and Ruby Rhod, which takes a nod further by cross dressing.
** IncomingHam: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsJKdxPwZdk "KORBEN DALLAS!"]]
* LaserGuidedTykebomb: Leeloo acts very naïve and flighty at times, but when it's time for business, just pray you're on her side and not her enemy.
* LittleGreenManInACan: The Mondoshawan are only seen in shells that have really big waddling rears with tiny dog-like heads that give them a very odd Humpty Dumpty appearance. The clunkiness is reminiscent of practical space suits and the shell preserves a sense of mystery about their true form-maybe they're giant eggs, maybe they are octopuses piloting a walking tank.
* LittleNo:
-->'''Zorg:''' [[OhCrap Oh, no.]]
* TheLoad: Ruby. Justified: He's a talk show host, not a commando like Korben.
* LongList: General Munro's list of all the weapons and vehicles Korben is qualified to use is the present page image.
* MadeOfEvil: Mr. Shadow
* MagicCountdown: Subverted when Zorg stops the bomb with 5 seconds to spare, and then the NotQuiteDead Mangalore sets off his own bomb with a 5 second countdown.
-->'''Mangalore:''' [[KarmicDeath For the honor...]]
* MagicalGirlfriend: Leeloo, natch.
* MandatoryUnretirement: Note: Never join the military in the Future.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Leeloo and Korben. Hard to tell for sure though, it's possibly subverted. They never say if Leeloo is immortal or was just kept in stasis.
* MechanisticAlienCulture: The Mondoshawan. Are they beings wearing powered suits of armor, or are they MechanicalLifeforms? It's pretty ambiguous. Then again, some of the dialog during Leeloo's reconstruction scene implies that the Mondoshawan have DNA (it's also implied that Leeloo, the titular "Fifth Element" and LivingMacGuffin, had a form similar to a Mondoshawan prior to being reconstructed in human form, since the piece of her that they used to reconstruct her appeared to be a Mondoshawan hand).
* MemeticSexGod: Ruby Rhod, in-universe.
* MickeyMousing: Happens when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0qy3JHz6X0 the Diva is singing an opera and Leeloo is kicking some ass against aliens.]]
* MissedHimByThatMuch: Zorg and Korben's group miss each other by seconds when trying to escape the hotel.
* MistakenForGay: When some of Zorg's {{Mooks}} come to kidnap Cornelius, he momentarily thinks they've come to get married by him.
* MobileKiosk: An amusing [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot flying Chinese restaurant/boat]].
* MoodWhiplash: All in the space of a single opera song, we go from aching melancholy, to a fightscene overlaid with much happier (and rockier) music... and then suddenly Leeloo is in mortal danger, the Diva gets shot and all Hell breaks loose.
* MoreDakka: The [=ZF1=]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T6ANbL3SMw Holy shit, the ZF1]].
* MotorMouth: Ruby Rhod
** And Leeloo when she's initially heard speaking her native language, especially her full name.
* MurderByInaction: Subverted. Immediately after Zorg [[HannibalLecture gives Cornelius a diatribe about survival of the fittest and the necessity of destruction]], he starts choking on a fruit. Cornelius takes some time to point out the irony, but ultimately hits him in the back to save him.
* MyBelovedSmother: Korben's mother.
* MysteriousWaif: Leeloo again, of course. She basically has the market cornered on all .[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anima_and_animus anima]]-related tropes.
* NakedOnArrival: Add one more trope for Leeloo, though to be fair they did build her from a severed hand up.
* NeckLift: Korben does one to Ruby Rhod.
* NothingCanSaveUsNow: "We're never gonna make it." Cue a clever action that ''does'' lead to them being saved
* NothingCanStopUsNow: Munro is assured that Leeloo's containment vessel is unbreakable. Thirty seconds later, she breaks through the glass with her bare hands., no less! Also counts as SpecialEffectsFailure, as the obviously whole glass has quite clearly been replaced with a visible breakaway circle for Leeloo to punch, and the timing is slow enough that you'll probably notice it without having to pause.
* NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont: Dallas helpfully tells someone trying to rob him that the gun isn't loaded, and even gives him time to push the button, turning the safety ''[[SubvertedTrope on]]''.
* OffhandBackhand
** Done by Leeloo after brawling with a Mangalore strike force
** And earlier, (accidentally) by Ruby Rhod to a flight attendant with his mic/pimp-cane.
* OhCrap: Zorg has one of these in the form of a LittleNo when he realizes that the ProudWarriorRace is going to [[spoiler:manually detonate the bomb anyway]].
** Also, the scene where General Staedert realizes the hostile planetoid is eating up the most powerful weapons in his disposal and actually growing bigger as a result.
-->'''Staedert:''' (worried)...What do we have that's bigger than 240?
-->'''Captain:''' Nothing, General.
** Zorg has this reaction just from being told "[[UltimateEvil Mr. Shadow]]" is calling him.
** When Korben shoots the Mangalore leader, one of the mooks throws his hand up into a near-Facepalm, knowing they're screwed.
* OneNationUnderCopyright: There's a legitimately elected government that has power, but it's also implied that Zorg's business empire pretty much runs everything and employs almost everyone.
* OneRiotOneRanger: Korben Dallas is sent to retrieve [[MacGuffin the elemental stones]], rather than, say, intercepting the Diva with the Navy and avoiding the whole public-place hand-off thing. The movie {{Handwave}}s this with the President saying he wants the operation to be as discreet as possible. Not that it [[HilarityEnsues works out that way...]]
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Again, Leeloo.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The one time Leeloo doesn't speak in YouNoTakeCandle, it's fairly arresting:
-->'''Leeloo:''' What's the use of saving life when you see what you do with it?... I don't know love. I was built to protect, not to love, so there's no other use for me.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Granted Leeloo's ''current'' body looks to be in its mid 20's or so. But her spirit has been around a ''long'' time if she's fighting evil every 5,000 years.
* OutrunTheFireball: Korben in the ship as the Mangalore bomb blows up the ship above Fhloston.
* OverlyLongName: Leeloo Minai Lekarariba-Laminai-Tchai Ekbat De Sebat; she goes by "Leeloo Dallas" ([[MemeticMutation Multipass]]) a few scenes later. "Ekbat De Sebat" is actually her title.
* OverlyLongScream: Ruby Rhod is prone to these when things get hectic. The biggest explosion in the film is ''accompanied by one.''
* PhlebotinumGirl: Leeloo.
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: Said to Leeloo.
* PoliceState: The Federated Territories, or at the very ''least'' New York, are like this. ''"This is not an exercise. This is a police control."'' You have to live with that in your own home, to say nothing of the spaceport. The police are extremely well-armed and can put hundreds of holes in your vehicle just based on ''suspicion'' of you being a ''car thief.''
** On the other hand, pretty much anyone is permitted to purchase and own at least a dozen fully-automatic weapons. Or at least such things are permitted for washed-up ex-soldiers who are now extremely reckless cab drivers.
-->'''ComputerVoice''': ''You have... NINE... points... left on your license.''
*** And extremely dumb muggers.
--->'''E.D.M.''': '''''GIMME THE CASSSH!!!'''''
* PoorCommunicationKills: Or almost does, anyway. When Leeloo escapes, the police seem to arbitrarily take over and no one informs them of who or what Leeloo is. They even lose sight of this halfway through and just start ''shooting at the car she's in'' because they've deemed the occupant a car thief. "We made this chick in a lab, she's kinda important, retrieve her alive and unharmed" would have been a simple enough order to give.
** The government, Dallas and the Priesthood are all on exactly the same side with the same honorable goal of saving the world for the same reason - but spend half the movie working against each other for the sake of RuleOfDrama and RuleOfFunny.
** One would assume that this weapon and evil etc would have been explained to the government of Earth once it reached an interstellar technological level and became aware of the existence of the Mondoshawan race (assumed because when asking for entry into our space are permitted in without a single "who/what?"), and not when it is imminent.
* PopculturalOsmosis: Flying cars in canyons from ''Film/BladeRunner'', but possibly also from the ''Métal Hurlant'' comics of which Luc Besson is inordinately fond. To the point of hiring ''Métal Hurlant'' artists as designers, as noted above.
* PostHistoricalTrauma: Leeloo's breakdown towards the end, once reading about the dreaded W for War in the encyclopedia.
* ThePowerOfLove: What with the discussion between Leeloo and Korben near the end, people thought this was what the title referred to. {{Word of God}} from director Luc Besson has clarified in an interview that the Fifth Element is actually sex.
* ProductPlacement: [=McDonald's=]. Could that sign ''be'' any bigger? Maybe if the camera crashed into... oh nevermind.
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Ruby Rhod's entourage.
* PsychicNosebleed: Happens twice - first to the commander of a battleship before Mr. Shadow destroys it, and then to Zorg when Mr. Shadow calls him on the phone. Oddly, the bleeding always starts somewhere at or above the hairline, begging the question as to just ''where'' exactly they are bleeding from.
** Rather than blood it appears to be some kind of black ichor; Zorg wipes his forehead after the phonecall, and the fluid is thick and oily in appearance.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis
** "I am... a little... disappointed. And if there's one thing... I do not like... it is to be... disappointed."
** "I! AM! VERY! DISAPPOINTED!"
** Mr. Shadow also gets a fairly chilling one during his phone conversation with Zorg, complete with stigmata.
--->'''Mr. Shadow: I. WANT. THE. STONES.'''
** "Jean-Baptiste...Emmanuel...Zorg."
* PunnyName: The big beefy female soldier with the [[StarWars Leia buns]] is called "Major Iceborg". Real subtle there, guys.
* ReadingsAreOffTheScale: Leeloo's DNA.
* RetiredBadass: Korben is this, up until he's unretired.
* {{Roboteching}}: The ZF-1 does this with bullets. It's just that good. The ZF-1's Replay function was so iconic it [[FollowTheLeader inspired several guns in later works]], like the Bullseye Rifle in ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}''.
* RubberForeheadAliens: Both played somewhat straight with Plava Laguna and averted impressively with the Mondoshawans. The Mangalores are a bit of a subversion, in that they appear to be inspired by Star Trek-type humanoid aliens but have high-tec anamatronic complete facial prosthetics that make them seem very authentic.
** According to the DVD trivia track, the makers required that any actor hired to play them actually have ''sloped foreheads'' in real life in order for the masks to work.
* RuleOfFun: The movie is an intentionally over-the-top, off-the-wall pop epic, cheerfully embracing every sci-fi staple it can get its hands on and running with it.
** Which is why things such as the passage of time in this film fall into the "don't think about it too much" category.
* SamusIsAGirl: The professor in the prologue refers to "this man, this perfect being..." Professor Mactilburgh assumes likewise before reconstructing Leeloo, only to be find out that she's...[[MsFanservice "I told you, perfect."]] Vito Cornelius is also surprised to find out the supreme being is female.
* SchmuckBait: The [[BigRedButton little red button]] on the ZF-1 is a powerful [[SelfDestructMechanism self-destruct]], as a hapless Mangalore discovers through WhatDoesThisButtonDo. Lampshaded.
-->'''Zorg:''' Now a real killer, when he picked up the ZF-1, would've immediately asked about the little red button on the bottom of the gun.
** [[DescriptionCut Cue the button test]], and Zorg [[UnflinchingWalk blows cigarette smoke nonchalantly]] with StuffBlowingUp behind him.
** Earlier Korben tells a not-very-smart mugger that his weapon won't fire unless he presses the yellow button. Cue weapon powering down and the mugger getting a pistol in his face.
* SciFiBobHaircut: Leeloo.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale / YouFailPhysicsForever: If a planetary body the size of "Mr. Shadow" got as close to Earth as it does in the film, it would have caused ''catastrophic'' damage to the planet just through its gravity and the resulting tidal forces without even needing to impact the surface (remember, even as weak as its gravity is and as far as it is from Earth, the moon causes quite a bit of distortion to Earth's surface). And that's ignoring the fact that at the distance stated, the remains of Shadow would have actually already been ''partially inside Earth's atmosphere''! Unless they took efforts to get rid of it, it would absolutely have hit Earth anyway, just a lot slower than it had been going at first.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Ruby Rhod. A lot.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: As the Dark Planet approaches the battleship at the beginning, while General Staedert, his captain, and the technicians are just staring at it, you can see some officers heading for the exit.
* SealedGoodInACan: New and Improved, it's Sealed Good in a Rock!
* SexyBacklessOutfit: In an odd male example, one of Korben's T-shirts has a cut-out at the back.
* ShapedLikeItself: "Sleep regulators, which will regulate your sleep."
* ShootTheHostageTaker: After Korben takes out a few of his men, the lead Mangalore holds priest Cornelius hostage and threatens "One more shot, we start killing hostages! Send someone in to negotiate!" Korben's method of "negotiating" is to calmly walk in, BoomHeadshot the leader, then ask "anyone else want to negotiate?" while waving his gun around at the rest.
* ShoutOut
** Korben Dallas' unusual first name has to be a reference to ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'' artist Creator/RichardCorben, given the many other references to European science-fiction comic books found in the film.
** The rather terrifying lieutenant the Military planned to send with Korben, played by Julie T. Wallace, has Leia's Hairstyle from ''Film/ANewHope'', only cranked UpToEleven. Possibly also a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
** Earth's military spaceships look a lot like bloated [[Franchise/StarWars Star Destroyers]].
* ShutUpHannibal: Priest Vito Cornelius delivers an absolutely brilliant one to the choking Zorg after his villainous speech (see GoodNeedsEvil), by pointing out that his grand empire will come tumbling down all because of one... little... ''cherry''. Vito [[HonorBeforeReason smacks him on the back]], of course. The look on Vito's face as he [[SaveTheVillain Saves The Villain]] is practically audible: BeingGoodSucks.
* SightedGunsAreLowTech: {{Justified|Trope}} with the ZF-1.
* SissyVillain: Zorg
** The Mongolores after their leader is killed. Korben lampshades that they won't fight without their leader and once Korben manages to find and kill him, the rest of them just bumble around impotently.
* SkyscraperCity: Manhattan is so high it seems bottomless. We barely get to see its ground, except when Korben escapes the police. In one shot of the spaceport we see why: the Hudson and East rivers have been [[http://lh4.ggpht.com/_OHXAjuBhhjI/ST4FL6lSuXI/AAAAAAAACd4/pCEFV-JhGME/Manhattan%20airport.jpg completely drained]].
* SpaceClothes: The film has a plethora of clothing made out of plastic and rubber.
* SpaceFighter: Fighters make a brief appearance, shooting down the friendly alien ship carrying the MacGuffinGirl protagonist.
* SpaceSailing
* StealthPun: The cop at the [=McDonalds=] Drive-Thru is played by [[Series/RedDwarf Mac McDonald]].
* StolenMacGuffinReveal
* {{Stripperiffic}}
** Leeloo's "thermal bandages".
** The uniforms worn by the stewardesses, and [[ProductPlacement [=McDonald=]'s]] waitresses.
** Zorg's male guards get in on the act, with tiny biker shorts.
** The woman a Mangalore disguises as in the airport. She is wearing a see-through plastic skirt, over fishnet hose and a thong. In public. She fits right in.
* StupidCrooks: Aside from wearing a picture of Korben's hallway on his head, the mugger who held Korben had no idea what he was doing, and Korben easily and peacefully disarmed him and stored the gun among many other previously appropriated weapons, even bemusedly complimenting him on his "hat".
* SummerBlockbuster: Whatever else the film has to offer, it was very successful as an exercise in spectacle and light entertainment.
* SwissArmyWeapon: Again, the ZF-1.
* TheTaxi: Dallas's job.
* TemptingFate
** Korben as he's funneled into the VIP lounge to appear on Ruby Rhod's radio show.
--->'''Korben:''' ''(to flight attendant fangirl)'' Yes, I'm sure you're very excited, but I'm on my vacation, and I don't want to be bothered. I'd like to remain anonymous.\\
''(cue massive fanfare, followed by Ruby Rhod sliding into the scene wearing a mic/headset)''\\
'''Ruby Rhod: ''[[IncomingHam KORBEN]] [[SayMyName DALLAAAAAAAAAAAAS!!!]]''''' Here he is, the one and only winner of the Gemini Croquette contest!
** Later, when Cornelius and Ruby Rhod find the bomb left by Zorg...
--->'''Cornelius:''' It's a -- it's a -- it's a -- it's a -- it's a -- it's a...\\
'''Ruby Rhod:''' No no no no no no. 'Cuz if it was a bomb, the alarms would go off 'cuz all these hotels have bomb detectors, right?\\
''(the alarms go off)''
** On the other hand, in his opening scene Korben wishes for one perfect woman. He gets her.
** General Munro is told the glass Leeloo is behind is unbreakable. She punches her hand through it and slam-dunks him.
** "We got lucky. If they don't chase you after a mile, they don't chase you." Cue three police flyers in New York on Korben's tail. "I think we're safe for a while." Cue half a dozen cop flyers waiting in ambush with MoreDakka.
** After General Staedert fires at the evil sphere, the President asks, "Did you destroy it?" to which Staedert replies "I'm about to, sir." Actually, it was the other way around.
* TrashOfTheTitans: The airport has a mountain ridge of trash running through it due to the janitorial staff being on strike.
* TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot: The movie as a whole doesn't pay a lot of attention to logical progression of time. When the 22nd century sequences begin, it's said that the "Evil" will arrive in only ''48 hours'', yet far more than 24 hours worth of activities take place (not the least of which is the recovery of Leeloo's remains) before Korben Dallas is assigned to go to Fhloston Paradise several hours after it is mentioned that the Diva will be performing "in four hours". Yet Fhloston is located in another solar system, so to travel there requires the passengers to be put to sleep for an unknown length of time, and it's later indicated that the actual concert takes place about a day after the flight. Oh, and we also have to factor in the flight back to Egypt and getting to the chamber. Did I mention all of this is supposed to have taken place in ''less'' than 48 hours?
** It makes slightly more sense if you take the practice of putting passengers to sleep for a 20 second flight as a nested bundle of bureaucratic inefficiencies.
* TreasureChestCavity: Plava Laguna keeps the stones inside her chest for safe keeping. Well, OK, not her chest, her stomach. There's a couple of things in the way for them to be in her chest.
* {{Troperiffic}}: MysteriousWaif MacGuffinGirl? Check. SissyVillain glowing with cartoon villainy? Check. [[TestosteronePoisoning Ultra-manly man]] ActionHero played by BruceWillis? Check. RubberForeheadAliens, [[FlyingCar hovercar]] [[ChaseScene chases]], WaifFu, [[EldritchAbomination the Ultimate Evil]], and the world being saved through ThePowerOfLove[[note]]well, WordOfGod says sex, but close enough[[/note]]? Check, check, check, check, ''check.'' This movie is a lovingly prepared four-course meal of cheesy sci-fi tropes.
* TwoScenesOneDialogue: Twice. Both times used to hilarious effect.
* UnflinchingWalk: Though he actually stops just prior to the explosion, Zorg qualifies when he tricks the Mangalores into blowing themselves up. He doesn't even flinch at the big boom in the tunnels, while his assistant freaks out.
* UpdatedRerelease: This movie has been re-released more than once because it is great for showing off new high-end [=TVs=]. It's nearly always kept prominently displayed as a result.
* VerbalTic: "Korben, m'man?"
* ViciousCycle: An evil planet that comes to life every five thousand years attempts to collide with the Earth, causing a chain reaction that would destroy all life in the universe. This can only be prevented by the use of an ancient superweapon and, in the film, ThePowerOfLove. The shot at the end when we see how close the planet got to colliding with Earth also has our eerily similarly-sized moon lingering in view as well, implying that its origins were from the last time this happened (and that it was also a very close call).
** The novelisation confirms that the Moon is the remains of the previous evil planet.
* AVillainNamedZrg: Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg
* VillainousBreakdown: Zorg has one surprisingly early when the Mangalores fail to deliver the stones. He then has an even bigger one when he himself fails, though this is justified as he knows what will happen if he [[YouHaveFailedMe fails]] Mr. Shadow.
* TheVoice: Korben Dallas's mother is heard but never seen.
** Ditto for Finger, Korben's boss at the cab company. He doesn't seem unreasonable on the phone, but Dallas seems genuinely worried about crossing him.
* WaifFu: And another Leeloo trope. We are not at home to Mr. Newton, no sir.
* WasntThatFun: Ruby Rhod proclaims the attack of Phloston Paradise as the "best show I ever did."
* WeDoTheImpossible: Korben
* WeWillAllFlyInTheFuture
* WorldOfHam
* YouAreAlreadyCheckedIn: Used intentionally to the point of being a RunningGag.
* YouHave48Hours
** They have 48 hours before the BigBad UltimateEvil could attack.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Used by Zorg on the poor underling who failed to impersonate Dallas.
-->'''Right-Arm:''' Sorry, sir, this will ''never'' happen again.\\
'''Zorg:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner I know.]]\\
'''''BOOM!'''''
* YouMonster: Priest Vito Cornelius tells Zorg "You're a monster", to which Zorg replies "[[CardCarryingVillain I know]]."
* YouWereTryingTooHard: After trying numerous ways to activate the four elemental stones, they all give up. David laments "We're not going to make it..." and sighs, inadvertently activating the wind stone. Turns out the stones need their classical element to activate (wind for wind, earth for earth, water for water, fire for fire).

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