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In 2003, Fox Studios released a film version of Creator/AlanMoore's popular graphic novel ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''...er, sort of. It had the same basic premise and about half of the same characters, but was otherwise rather a departure from Moore's original. Joining the League in the film are Dorian Gray (as in ''[[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray The Picture of]]'') and TomSawyer, who is all grown up and a member of the American Secret Service. Due to the film character of the Invisible Man not being public domain, the screenwriters invented Rodney Skinner, who stole the invisibility formula and turned himself transparent in order to become a criminal mastermind.

[[Literature/KingSolomonsMines Alan Quatermain]] is recruited out of retirement in Africa, where he relocated after the death of his son, to lead the current generation of the League; [[{{Literature/Dracula}} Mina Harker]], [[TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Dr. Henry Jekyll]], [[TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]], Skinner and Gray are likewise recruited, while Sawyer joins voluntarily. The League believes themselves to be in a race against time to stop terrorists from destroying a peace conference, but the reality is a little different.

Jekyll and Hyde are a little different; Jekyll gets more screentime than Hyde, and he has to ingest a secret formula to release the monster. Oh, and Mina is now a widowed vampire instead of a divorced BadassNormal.

A notorious box office flop in the crowded summer of 2003 - that had been plagued by a troubled production that included losing some of their sets to flooding in Prague - ''LXG'' is also notable for being the final film of SeanConnery, who retired shortly thereafter due to the negative experience and his growing dissatisfaction with how modern Hollywood operates. The fans the film did garner point out the production values and the intriguing {{Steampunk}}/neo-Victorian aesthetic, but generally it's considered a go-to example of bad filmmaking for the decade.

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!!In addition to many of the tropes found in the graphic novel, the film version provides examples of:

* ActorAllusion: Creator/SeanConnery stars as Allan Quatermain, the [[UrExample figurative father]] of {{Adventure Archaeologist}}s like Franchise/IndianaJones. Connery had previously played Indiana Jones's father in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''.
** The Invisible Man's true identity is that of Rodney Skinner. Tony Curran played a character named "Skinner" in the TV movie ''Menace'' (though this could also be unintentional).
* AdaptationalBadass: Quatermain goes from a burned-out opium addict with an adventurous past to a full-on {{Badass}} who cracks wise in the face of danger. Mina goes from a mysterious BadassNormal who once survived a brush with Dracula to a full-on '''vampire'''.
* AdaptationDistillation: so, ''SO'' much. First the whole FuManchu story arc had to be dropped because the studio couldn't get the rights to the character. The major characters backstories are seemingly moved around (or not shown at all). And to that new major characters were added such as Dorian Gray and Tom Sawyer who were probably (if ever shown) only were as supporting or cameo parts in the graphic novels.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Dorian Gray was blond in ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray''.
* AdaptedOut: Campion Bond, Mycroft Holmes and Fu Manchu ("The Doctor" in the comics).
* AdaptationalBadass:
** Quatermain is a BadassGrandpa who's every bit the GreatWhiteHunter that he was when he was younger, but the comics was introduced as a burned-out opium addict.
** Mina's retained vampiric abilities from her past encounter with Dracula, while in the comics she was a BadassNormal whose defining feature was her mysterious DarkAndTroubledPast.
** Dorian Gray, compared to his portrayal in [[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray the original Oscar Wilde novel]]. In ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'', there was never any indication that his immortality did anything other than prevent him from aging. In the film, he has a {{Wolverine}}-esque HealingFactor that makes him unbeatable in battle, healing any injuries instantly.
* AffablyEvil: The BigBad has shades of this, even attempting a sort of friendship with TheMole.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Jekyll has a thing for Mina, something only shown through [[StalkerWithACrush his voyeurism]].
* AllThereInTheScript: Sawyer never gets his first name mentioned. When he first appears, he introduces himself as "Special Agent Sawyer of the American Secret Service," and for the remainder of the movie, all the other characters address him as Sawyer. His first name is used once in a deleted scene, which can be viewed on the DVD; going strictly by the theatrical release, unless you're GenreSavvy enough to work out his identity on your own, you'd never know he was Tom Sawyer.
** Well, if you take time to watch the credits, it does list him as "Tom Sawyer".
** And said deleted scene also mentions that his partner was named "Agent [[Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn Finn]]". It's kind of hard to get more obvious than that.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: The main reason for Tom Sawyer's inclusion -- the [[ExecutiveMeddling studio requested]] that an American be added to the cast. (Which, as YoungGun shows, creates a huge anachronism.) But in terms of the movie, Sawyer wasn't the only one who saved the world from having a world war.
* AnachronismStew: All over the place. In the first scenes alone for instance, the British soldiers being attacked are straight out of WorldWarI rather than 1899. And that isn't counting Nemo's automobile, which wouldn't look too much out of place in the 1920s-30s.
* AntiHero: Skinner, Hyde and Nemo.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: After Jekyll declared that he never wants to turn back into Hyde ever again, Dorian asked "What good are you?". Leaving him to contemplate his purpose now.
* AvoidingTheGreatWar: The plot involves the mysterious Phantom supplying weapons for a a world war, which he was orchestrating. The term "world war" is even mentioned for audience members who weren't paying attention.
* BadassBeard: Nemo.
* BadassLongcoat: Mina, Sawyer, and Quatermain wear dusters in the final battle while Dorian wears a long suitcoat.
** Skinner wears a longcoat as well.
* {{BFG}}: Quatermain's elephant gun, Mathilda.
* {{Bishonen}}: Sawyer.
* {{Blackmail}}: The reason [[spoiler: Dorian]] agrees to be TheMole is because the BigBad has stolen [[spoiler: his portrait]] and will give it back if he cooperates. Interestingly for a villain, he actually keeps this promise.
* BodyDouble: Quatermain has a double, at least if anyone's looking for him, so as to determine the nature of their visit.
* BondOneLiner: Early on, [[SeanConnery Quatermain]] impales a would-be assassin on a rhino horn that's been mounted on the wall. A Union Jack flag that was hanging over it falls down and drapes over him
-->'''Quatermain:''' Rule, Britannia.
* [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerization]]: While Hawley Griffin was a rapist and murderer, his replacement Skinner is merely a cheerful, mischievous sneak thief.
** There's also the fact that in the books, Mina is both divorced from Jonathan Harker and TheLeader of the team whereas here, Allan Quartermain plays a very conventional male leader with Mina as a FemmeFatale vampire who was widowed rather than divorced. Also, in the books they engaged in a MayDecemberRomance which was probably too much ValuesDissonance for mainstream audiences.
** Captain Nemo is also considerably more jovial and more of a team player which is complete reversal from [[TeethClenchedTeamwork both the comic]] and Creator/JulesVerne's book in terms of [[{{Ubermensch}} personality]]. Then the film foregrounds Jekyll with Hyde as a more benign SuperpoweredAlterEgo who the doctor is able to control in the end.
** Furthermore, the film has a more benign portrayal of British Intelligence with TheReveal of [[spoiler:Moriarty as M]] being a kind of surprise when in the comics the latter was always a British Agent whose criminal activities were knowingly enabled by the government.
* BritainIsOnlyLondon: The only part of the country shown in the film. Also, Skinner -- despite being played by Scotsman Tony Curran -- has a Cockney accent.
* CaliforniaDoubling: The Czech Republic, actually.
* CanonForeigner: Skinner is the only member of the League who is not directly imported from a Victorian-era novel. This is because Griffin isn't in the public domain, at least as far as movie rights goes, unlike the rest of the League's members. Similarly, there's M's [[TheDragon Dragon]] Sanderson Reed (who also isn't from any preexisting source), a loose Campion Bond analogue who was presumably added because 20th Century Fox didn't want to anger MGM by including Franchise/JamesBond's ancestor.
** Subverted with Gray and Sawyer. Neither character ever physically appeared in the comic, and they certainly weren't members of the League, but considering [[CrisisCrossover the]] [[AllMythsAreTrue premise]] of the comic, they both definitely ''exist'' in the comic's universe. [[note]] Dorian Gray's portrait appears on the cover of Volume 1 as a FreezeFrameBonus, as does a painting of the ''Nautilus'' done by Basil Hallward, the artist who painted the portrait in the book. And a darkly humorous "Paint By Numbers" version of Gray's portrait is also included in the bonus materials for Volume 1.[[/note]]
*** Actually Bond was supposed to appear at the end as part of a SequelHook, played by RogerMoore.
** Furthermore, Griffin is mentioned as the source behind the invisibility potion, but not by name.
* CluelessMystery: Quatermain works out the true identity of the BigBad, but there's never any indication given of ''how'', since the only clues come in the form of his secretary calling him "Professor" and by TheDragon calling him by his real first name (which is a very common one).
* ColdSniper: Subverted with Quatermain. He's not exactly "cold" and he ''is'' one of the good guys, but he's a grumpy old man.
* CoolCar: Nemo's "Automobile" which was mostly a souped up 50s style Convertible
* CoolBoat: The ''Nautilus''.
* CoolSword: Nemo's scimitar.
* CurseCutShort: During the car chase scene in Venice, Sawyer takes control of the wheel and has to avoid falling debris at one point, giving a loud yell of [[OhCrap "WHOA!"]]. The way he moves his mouth afterwards indicates the next word Sawyer used would have started with "sh".
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Mostly with Quatermain due to the many deaths of the people he knew.
* DeadpanSnarker: Dorian. Although Quatermain gets his fair share too. The BigBad too.
** And Skinner.
** We'll be at this all day.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Quatermain. He did eventually die in the 2012 story arc ''Century: 2009'', but he was still alive in the comics when the movie was released.]]
** On a side note, [[spoiler:Ishmael dies by Dorian shooting him with a golden gun. In the comics, Ishmael lives until 1925]].
* {{Determinator}}: Well, how else do you explain Tom Sawyer knowing how to drive a car?!
* TheDragon: Dante, the Fantom's right-hand henchman. (If you're not sure who that is, [[spoiler: he's the one who drinks the ridiculous amount of Jekyll's potion during the final battles.]])
* DramaticCurtainToss: On Dorian Gray's portrait.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: After performing a MuggedForDisguise on one of the Fantom's {{mooks}}, Secret Service agent Sawyer joins them and ends up saving the League from being butchered.
* EnemyRisingBehind: Mina during her fight with [[spoiler:Dorian Gray]].
* MrFanservice: Dorian Gray, being played by Stuart Townsend, after all.
* FalseFlagOperation: British and German troops covertly raid each other to seize their scientists. [[spoiler:But they're all false flags to falsely accuse the British and German governments thanks to Fantom.]]
* AFatherToHisMen: Nemo and his crew.
* FireForgedFriends: The League (minus Dorian) before infiltrating M's Mongolian compound.
* FinalSpeech: Ishmael manages to live long enough after being shot to reveal [[spoiler:Dorian]] as the traitor.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Allan Quartermain
** TheLancer: Rodney Skinner
** TheSmartGuy: Captain Nemo/Henry Jekyll
** TheBigGuy: Edward Hyde
** TheChick: Mina Harker
** SixthRanger: Tom Sawyer
** [[spoiler:SixthRangerTraitor: Dorian Grey]]
* FlatWhat: Quatermain after M [[spoiler:aka Moriarty]] informs him that he would be in the league.
--> '''M''': "I must say, the delight is mine, meeting so notable a recruit to this newest generation of the [[TitleDrop League of Extraordinary Gentlemen]]."\\
'''Quatermain''': "League of What?"
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: Both The Fantom's ring and the door to M's office are emblazoned with the emblem of the Masons, a subtle hint made long before the reveal.]]
** As the Fantom makes his escape from the first battle, one of his henchmen shouts at him "Run, [[spoiler: James]]!"
* FriendlySniper: [[spoiler:Sawyer]] becomes one through Quatermain's tutelage.
* FunPersonified: Skinner gives the impression of being this.
** Which is a bit jarring, considering his counterpart in the comics was a psychopathic murderer and rapist.
* GentlemanThief: What Skinner proclaims himself.
* GoodGunsBadGuns: You know [[spoiler:Gray]] is a rotter when he shoots Ishmael...using a Luger! Also, the villains' automatic rifles resemble SteamPunk [=AK47s=], while those carried by Nemo's men look like Sten guns.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: In this version, Mina's vampire bite scars are just the traditional two little pinpricks rather than the massive and disfiguring scars she had in the comic.
* GroinAttack: Quatermain to one of the Fantom's {{mooks}} in Africa and Mina to TheMole [[spoiler:Dorian Gray]] during their fight, the latter with a ''knife''.
-->'''Dorian''': "If that had been permanent, I would have be very upset."
* GrowingMusclesSequence: Jekyll changing to Hyde, [[spoiler: Dante when he takes an overdose of Jekyll's serum]]. Though mid-transformation, Jekyll more closely resembles the [[BodyHorror Elephant Man]].
* HandSignals: Nemo uses them to direct his men while invading the Fantom's factory/fortress.
* HeartbrokenBadass: Mina, after she sleeps with [[spoiler:Dorian]] and he reveals himself as the traitor.
* HeroesPreferSwords: He may prefer a less provocative title than "pirate," but Nemo will choose his trusty blade over any sidearm in a fight.
-->'''Goon:''' Draw your pistol!\\
'''Nemo:''' I walk a different path...\\
''Throws his scabbard at someone, spin-kicks some guys, then cuts people the $%&# up.''
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Hyde]] almost makes two. He survives them both, however. [[spoiler:Skinner]] also survives the one he almost makes, although he does end up [[AustinPowers very badly burned]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Moriarty recruiting the people to form the League, which Sawyer pointed out in a deleted scene.]]
* ICallHerVera: Quatermain's trusty [[{{BFG}} elephant gun]], Matilda.
* IHaveYourWife: The Fantom forces the cooperation of the scientists who are helping him by holding their wives and children in prison cells.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Quatermain when he refused Reed's offer to join the league back in England due to [[spoiler:hardships he experienced during his many years in Africa, including the fact that he had to be the witness of many people killed. Most of them are people he knew back in his adventurer days, including his only son.]]
* ImmortalityInducer: Dorian Gray's portrait, just as in the original novel.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Nemo while fighting the [[spoiler: mutated Dante. Despite the sheer speed of his slices, he's unable to damage the thug.]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Quatermain and Sawyer with the rifles, although the former has a hard time doing in his senior years. The former also has good aiming skills with knives.
* InNameOnly: The comic book is a Victorian era CrisisCrossover, whereas the movie is an AlternateHistory {{Steampunk}} sci-fi thriller whose characters just happen to be lifted from books. Movie!League makes Quatermain the leader/hero instead of Mina, as well as adding Dorian Gray and Tom Sawyer (who weren't even ''mentioned'' in the books), replacing PsychoForHire Hawley Griffin with an invisible GentlemanThief, turning Quatermain from a burned-out opium addict to a {{Badass}} DeadpanSnarker, and making Mina a vampire.
* InstantMarksmanJustSqueezeTrigger: Quatermain gives this advice to Tom Sawyer.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Quatermain and Sawyer
* InvisibleStreaker: Skinner
* IronicEcho: "Eyes open, boy. I can't protect you all the time."
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans: It just happens to be Carnival in Venice when the League arrives.
* [[ItsPersonal It's Personal]]: Sawyer's reason for joining the League. The detailed explanation was cut from the film but is shown in deleted scenes on the DVD. [[spoiler: The Fantom killed Sawyer's partner, a childhood friend. This agent is unnamed but he's obviously [[TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn Huck Finn.]] The novelization states this outright.]]
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Lampshaded.
-->'''BigBad:''' "Now some of you will pause to ask; why I'm letting you know all this? What fool reveals his strategem before the game is over? [[spoiler:It is over -- for you. Because my voice isn't the only sound being made. While I've rambled on, a secondary layer of inaudible sound higher than humans can heard -- audible only to dogs, lower animals -- is being heard by crystal sensors dotted around your vessel."]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Gray:''' "Sensors attached to bombs. Bomb voyage!"]]
* LighterAndSofter: Definitely is this when compared to the original comics.
* LocalReference: The inclusion of an American (Sawyer).
* MeaningfulFuneral: The finale.
* MirrorMonologue: Jekyll, frequently. Subverted in that the mirror talks back.
* MistakenIdentity: "Wrong Quatermain!"
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Dorian Gray]] is really working for their enemy the whole time.
* MuggedForDisguise: Secret Service agent Sawyer was following the League. He saw the Fantom's {{mooks}} following them, knocked out a straggler and took his costume.
* MuggingTheMonster: "Get back or the vampire gets it!"
* MythologyGag: In one scene, a poster telling of "Volcanoes on Mars!" can be seen in the background, a nod to the plot of the second volume of the comic. In another scene, there's an advertisement for an upcoming carnival that features "Dr. Creator/AlanMoore" and "Dr. Kevin O'Neill".
* NeckSnap: During the fight in Dorian Gray's mansion Captain Nemo does this to one of the Fantom's mooks.
* NeverBringAGunToAKnifeFight: As Nemo demonstrates, he doesn't need a gun to kick your ass.
* NotHisSled: [[spoiler: The Invisible Man is heavily hinted to be a traitor, but this turns out to be a RedHerring; the real traitor is Dorian Gray.]]
* OffstageVillainy: Nemo and Hyde. The movie doesn't have KickTheDog moments for either of them like the comics. They come across as relatively decent people with no qualms about killing their enemies and, in the case of Hyde, a lust for violence that still doesn't stop him from doing the right thing - in fact, he's the one suggesting plans to save everyone - despite characters often talking about how detestable they are.
* OhCrap: Hyde, [[spoiler:when Dante drinks a large amount of Jekyll's potion.]]
* OneToMillionToOne: Mina can split up into a swarm of bats at will, travel some distance and reform into a human again.
* OneWingedAngel: Dr Jekyll and Dante [[spoiler: who turns into a huge, towering behemoth[[note]] with one big arm, one little arm and a comparatively tiny head[[/note]] after drinking too much potion.]]
* ParentalSubstitute: Sawyer's relationship with Quatermain.
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler: Quatermain's]] last words to Sawyer are "May this new century be yours, son, as this one was mine". In a possible double meaning, this also foreshadows [[spoiler: America taking over from Britain as the dominant world power in the Twentieth Century]].
* PimpDuds: Dorian, especially his cane.
* PinnedToTheWall: Dorian Gray is [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice run through with a sword]] so firmly he ends up pinned to the wall and unable to pull the sword out. Do to his near CompleteImmortality, this doesn't do anything more than annoy him. [[spoiler: Until Mina shows him his painting, that is.]]
* PlayingPossum: One of the Fantom terrorists before he tried to take Mina hostage. Let's say that he met a gruesome fate.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: What seems to be fueling the League after Sawyer's RousingSpeech.
* PreventTheWar: The League is assembled to find out who is inciting the powers of Europe to go to war, and stop their plot.
* PunnyName: The BigBad.
--> '''Quatermain:''' The Fantom? Very operatic.
* QuicklyDemotedWoman: Mina's position as leader of the League in the comics is handed off to Quatermain instead. A possible subversion, however; she becomes the most powerful member of the cast, an immortal vampire.
** She could be considered [[TheLancer Second-in-command]], [[spoiler:or even the new leader following Quatermain's death]].
* RapidAging: [[spoiler:Dorian Gray]] after seeing his [[spoiler:portrait]].
* RedeemingReplacement: Skinner to the original Invisible Man.
* RedemptionQuest: Jekyll after Quatermain informs him that the British Prime Minister can grant him amnesty for his crimes as Hyde. He joins the league because of this.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Mina Harker when she lets her inner vampire out.
* RedHeadedHero: Both Mina and Jekyll have red or auburn hair. Skinner may also qualify; the character is bald, but the actor is red-haired, suggesting that Skinner would be too if he had hair.
* RedShirt: Basically anyone on Nemo's crew other than the captain himself. (And maybe [[MauveShirt Ishmael]].)
* {{Retraux}}: The BigBad's recorded message (though only heard by the League) is seen by the audience as a scratchy B&W film.
* ReverseMole: They thought [[spoiler:Skinner]] was the mole. They thought wrong. He was spying on the real one. In the novelization , it turns out that he's actually [[spoiler:a planted member of Her Majesty's Secret Service]]!
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: The DVD subtitles contain a glaring error. Quatermain, when describing his last mission to Sawyer, says that "I even took my ''son along''." Somehow, this was transcribed on the DVD as "I even took my ''son-in-law''."
** And in the fandom this is even worse. The character is Dorian Gray; his first name is not Darien or Dorain and his last name is not Grey. That's just for starters -- the worst one was probably a fic that misspelled Tom Sawyer's first name as ''Tow.''
** Overlapping with SpellMyNameWithAnS, Quatermain isn't helped by the fact that his son's gravestone spells it "Quartermain".
* RousingSpeech: Sawyer gives one to the League after they manage not to get killed. It's even longer and more {{Narm}}-tastic in the deleted scenes.
* RuleOfSeanConnery: ''Obviously.''
* RussianReversal: This exchange between Skinner and Gray, right after Quatermain and Sawyer captured Hyde:
--> '''Skinner:''' Hullo, Dorian. The {{great white hunter}}'s bagged his prize.\\
''(one of Nemo's {{redshirt}}s goes flying out the door to Hyde's prison)''\\
'''Gray:''' Or the prize bagged ''him''.
* SamusIsAGirl: In the first act, when we're told that one of the recruited members of the League is a brilliant chemist named "Harker", Quatermain (along with the audience) immediately assumes that it's Jonathan Harker, the hero of ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''. It's actually his widow, Mina Harker.
-->''(Mina strides into the League's first meeting)''\\
'''Quatermain''': Please tell me that this is Harker's wife, with a sick note!\\
'''Mina''': "Sick" would be a mild understatement. My husband's been dead for over a year.
* SchizoTech: The firearms used by Fantom forces. They were really Uzis, [=AKs=] and Thompson physically altered to look like steampunk weapons. Likewise for Nemo's troops, who wield steampunk-ized Sten guns.
** How about a ''tank'' at the end of the 19th century, which magically appears in the middle of London?
* ScrewedByTheLawyers:
** The reason that [[PsychoForHire Hawley Griffin]] was replaced by CanonForeigner [[GentlemanThief Rodney Skinner]] as the movie's Invisible Man. [[OnlyOneName Griffin]], [[Literature/TheInvisibleMan the original H.G. Wells character]], is in the public domain, but his movie rights are still owned by {{Universal}}, who produced [[Film/TheInvisibleMan the 1933 film adaptation]] with Creator/ClaudeRains.
** Likely the reason that [[TheSpymaster Campion Bond]] was left out as well, considering {{MGM}} is [[CashCowFranchise rather more protective]] of the movie rights to Film/JamesBond than Simon & Schuster is of [[Literature/JamesBond his literary counterpart]].
* SecretIdentityIdentity: A double feature with the Fantom. Not only is he really [[spoiler: M, the guy who hired the League in the first place]], but as Quatermain somehow figures out, he's ''really'' [[spoiler: Professor Moriarty, the presumed-dead nemesis of SherlockHolmes]]!
* SequelHook: The MeaningfulFuneral ends with [[spoiler:a native witch doctor doing...something that makes the ground shake, lightning crash across the sky, and the clouds to turn dark. This was probably meant to be Quatermain coming back from the dead.]] However, according to Jason Flemyng, the sequel will probably never happen because Connery doesn't want to do it. That and he's retired from acting.
** The film's less than stellar box office didn't help.
** Also, in one scene there's a brief shot of a poster with a message about "Volcanoes On Mars!", a subtle nod to Vol. 2 of the comics where the League battles the aliens from ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds''. Had a sequel actually gotten made, the plot might have had something to do with this.
** This appears to be a reference to a throwaway line told by Quatermain that he was blessed by a witch doctor after saving his village. As the witch doctor said, "Africa would not let [him] die." [[spoiler:Quatermain died in Mongolia but was brought back to Africa to be buried, possibly allowing the blessing to work]]. Also, the DVD reveals that the witch doctor is chanting "Arise".
* SidewaysSmile: Partially in England when M watches Quatermain confused after hearing Skinner's voice, not knowing he's totally invisible.
* ShootingSuperman: An odd example where both sides of the conflict are shooting ''and'' Superman. When [[spoiler:Mina fights Dorian, they go at each other with knives and sword...but they're both immortal, and quickly heal up from the surface cuts they're giving each other. Dorian comments, as cuts to his and Mina's faces close up, that "We'll be at this all day."]]
* ShoutOut: When [[spoiler:Dorian]] shoots Ishmael (who was himself a ShoutOut to ''MobyDick''), he uses a golden gun -- as in the ''Literature/JamesBond'' story ''The Man With the Golden Gun.''
** Sean Connery's line "All the time in the world" from ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService''. May not be intentional, as he wasn't actually in OHMSS.
** They found Hyde in Paris, where he was "[[Film/MurdersInTheRueMorgue terrorizing the Rue Morgue]]".
* ShurFineGuns: The Fantom assassins deployed in Kenya. One of them had a jammed Steampunk-like machine pistol, which Quatermain used to his advantage in unarmed combat.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Hyde.
** Subverted with the Invisible Man. Griffin is said to have died before the League got a chance to recruit him, whereas the book states that he faked his supposed death at the end of [[TheInvisibleMan Wells' novel]]. But Skinner, who takes Griffin's place, survives until the end of the movie, whereas Griffin was killed by Hyde in the second volume of the comics.
* StillbornFranchise: Apparently there were plans for sequels but since Sean Connery refused to do anymore of these films.
** That the film did poorly at the American box office didn't help either.
* TheStinger: After all of the characters leave [[spoiler: Quatermain's grave]], an African shaman begins chanting over it...[[spoiler: and the dirt above the grave begins to tremble as the skies darken and lightning flashes]].
* StuffBlowingUp: Lots of it.
* SubmarinePirates: Nemo and his crew.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Hyde, though rather differently from the book or the graphic novel.
* SwordCane: Belonging to Dorian Gray.
* TakeTheWheel: While the protagonists are driving in Nemo's car in Venice, Sawyer does this to Quatermain -- who promptly tells Sawyer he has no idea how to drive the bloody car.
* TankGoodness: The Fantom's are reminiscent of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Heavy_Tanks_of_World_War_I early British WWI models]] but lack sponson-mounted guns. Instead they have a single FixedForwardFacingWeapon concealed beneath an armored cover up front, one powerful enough to blow a bank vault door off its hinges ''inwards''.
* TeamHandStack: The title group, just before entering the Fantom's factory/fortress.
* TinyHeadedBehemoth: Mr. Hyde. [[spoiler: Also the much larger "Super-Hyde" in the film's climax.]]
* TitleDrop: Many times.
* TookALevelInBadass: While hardly an [[AscendedExtra extra]] in the comic (see BadassNormal in the general series section) and actually demoted in role, Mina is upgraded into an incredibly powerful elder vampire who is the most dangerous member of the team and who gets the movie's primary {{Wolverine}}-style fight with [[spoiler:fellow immortal Dorian Gray.]]
* TrappedInContainment: Well, temporarily, at least.
* TravelMontage: During the trip to the Fantom's factory.
* UnwittingPawn: The League.
* WarForFunAndProfit: This is the BigBad's plan - kidnap the world's scientists, make advanced war machines and {{Super Soldier}}s, and sell them to both sides of WorldWarOne. Oh, and he's also trying to instigate the war in question, although, when the League foils his plan, he replies that the war is inevitable.
* WeCanRuleTogether: The BigBad makes this offer to TheMole, who declines. It's something of a subversion of the trope, however; he doesn't refuse because he's a good guy (he's ''definitely'' not). He just doesn't want to be bothered, and would quite like to return to his old life.
** Another reason he refused is because [[spoiler:he's seen empires come and go in his long life]]. Though the Big Bad is not happy with his decision, accusing him of suggesting the Big Bad to be his inferior.
* WeDoTheImpossible
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/RogerMoore was offered a cameo as Campion Bond, a part that was ultimately cut from the script, and would've been the first time two actors to have played Film/JamesBond shared the screen.
** [[spoiler:The ending cuts to Quatermain's hand coming out of the dirt and grabbing his rifle. A CallBack to what he said earlier in the film, "Africa will never let me die." But that wasn't used because they want to leave it ambiguous. At the least though it left the film open-ended rather then set up for a sequel that'll never come.]]
* WhatTheHellAreYou: A Fantom terrorist tries to shoot Dorian, but fails after attacking him from point blank range.
--> '''Fantom terrorist''': "What are you?"\\
'''Dorian''': "I'm complicated."
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: When he's first getting recruited by Sanderson Reed, who says that the British Empire is in peril, Quatermain cynically answers "You're probably too young to know, but the empire is ''always'' in some kind of peril."
* WorldWarOne: The BigBad is trying to instigate this. Even with his defeat, though, war will come. He would have just made it a much more devastating war with his weapons of mass destruction.
* YoungGun: Tom Sawyer. At first glance, this makes no sense; Tom Sawyer was a twelve-year old in the pre-Civil War era, who, if anything, should be ''older'' than Quatermain. The producer used ComicBookTime to justify this by saying Tom was only 17 years old in ''Tom Sawyer, Detective'', which was published just a few years prior to the time period of the film's setting.
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