-> "I want my molecules back!"- '''Nick Halloway'''\\


Nick Halloway was a fairly ordinary stock analyst until he fell asleep in the building of Magnascopic Laboratories, a company for which he represented shareholders. The building is seemingly destroyed, but people wonder why there's no debris. It turns out that due to a FreakLabAccident, the entire building and everything inside -- including Nick -- has been turned invisible.

Desperately hunted by amoral {{CIA}} agent David Jenkins, Nick seeks to build a new life while avoiding becoming a scientific guinea pig stuck in a lab until he dies... or forcibly recruited into being a black ops specialist.

Originally a 1987 ScienceFiction novel by H. F. Saint, it was adapted into a 1992 movie directed by Creator/JohnCarpenter, and starring Chevy Chase and Creator/DarylHannah. The book analyzed what effects invisibility would have on an average person who kept his morality, and the movie tried to do the same. The book was a small success; the movie was considerably less well-received.
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!!Tropes used in the novel:
* AttemptedRape: Richard, a friend of Nick's friend George, forces himself on Nick's RomanticInterest, Alice, at one point. Nick, present but unknown to either party at the time, throws Richard off.
* BlessedWithSuck: Nick desperately wants to find a way to become visible again, although he gives up [[spoiler:when the scientist who might be able to figure out how to make that happen gets assassinated]].
* CursedWithAwesome: Nick eventually figures out a way to make his lack of the usual invisiblity RequiredSecondaryPowers work for him. [[spoiler:When Jenkins corners him at a construction site, Jenkins sees where Nick brushed against some dust. When the view goes to where Nick really is, Nick is holding his jacket to the side, and throws it off the building to fake suicide.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: At the end, Nick reaches this, tired of being unable to live normally and of being hunted by the CIA, and he jumps to his death from a construction site. [[spoiler:Except he faked it, figuring that nobody would bother to look for him if they thought he was dead.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal
* InvisibleStreaker: Averted -- Nick has one outfit that was rendered invisible along with him, so he can wear that when he wants to remain invisible.
* {{Invisibility}}
* MiraculousMalfunction: It's implied that someone spilling a cup of coffee on a control panel resulted in uncontrolled but permanent invisibility, in a lab whose research had nothing to do with invisibility.
* PersonalityPowers: It's [[LampshadeHanging even noted]] when the CIA goes over his file: "He was invisible even before he became invisible."
* PowerIncontinence
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Part of Nick's problem is that he has only some of these related to invisibility. His food isn't actually invisible until some time after he digests; he vomits the first time he sees himself in the mirror as he's digesting. The only thing that he can put on that's similarly invisible is the outfit he wore when rendered invisible; any dust that lands on him is visible. He can still see just fine, however.
* SeeTheInvisible: Usually the footprint method, though the "something all over" method is used intentionally a few times (for example, when Nick and Alice go out to eat).

!!Tropes used only in the movie:
* TheFilmOfTheBook
* TomHanksSyndrome: Attempted by Chevy Chase here, who only gets a couple of one-liners, no more than any other actor would expect. Didn't work so well for him, though.
* VisibleInvisibility: Switches between types 1 and 5, though mirrors and camera footage always work as type 5. Additionally, in one scene where Nick is invisible on screen he gets rained on, and we see the shimmery outline of raindrops on him.
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