''The Action Hero's Handbook'' is a FauxToGuide giving tongue-in-cheek tips on how to live it up like your favorite big screen movies. As such, it [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on most action movie tropes.
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!This book covers how to:
* Secure/[[RoomDisservice Spyproof]] a Hotel Room
* Secure and Read a Crime Scene
* Take Fingerprints
* [[ScarilyCompetentTracker Track a Fugitive]]
* [[PerpSweating Interrogate A Suspect]]
* Survive in Prison When You're [[MiscarriageOfJustice Wrongly Incarcerated]]
* Catch a [[TheCatfish Great White]] [[ThreateningShark Shark]]
* Tell When Someone Is [[FakingTheDead Really]] [[HesDeadJim Dead]]
* [[CPRCleanPrettyReliable Save Someone]] Who Has Flat-Lined
* Drive a Bus at High Film/{{Speed}}
* Negotiate a [[HostageSituation Hostage Crisis]]
* [[TakingTheBullet Take a Bullet]]
* Save Someone from Being Hit by a Speeding Car
* [[TakeMyHand Save Someone]] Who's [[LiteralCliffhanger Hanging from a Cliff]]
* [[SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace Stop a Wedding]]
* [[MatingDance Dirty Dance]]
* Make and Use a LovePotion
* Pick Someone Up in a Bar
* [[SlapSlapKiss Turn]] [[UnresolvedSexualTension Sexual Tension]] into Mad, Passionate Sex
* Communicate with an [[AlienTropes Extraterrestrial]]
* [[SpookySeance Contact the Dead]]
* Fend Off a Ghost
* Predict the Future
* Perform the JediMindTrick
* Perform the [[TapOnTheHead Vulcan Nerve Pinch]]
* [[TrainingMontage Train]] for a World Championship Title Fight
* Take a Hit with a [[ChairmanOfTheBrawl Chair]]
* [[QuickDraw Draw]] and Win a Gunfight
* [[CrazyPrepared Be Ready for Anything]]
* [[ConservationOfNinjitsu Win a Fight When You're Outnumbered]]
* Disarm a Thug with a Gun
* [[OldSchoolDogfight Evade a MiG]]
* Fix Your Space Shuttle on Reentry
* Make a Clean Getaway
* Win a High-Speed CarChase
* Win a [[ChaseScene High-Speed Chase]] on Foot
* [[VariableTerminalVelocity Catch Someone]] in the Air When You Don't Have a Parachute
* [[DestinationDefenestration Crash Through]] [[SuperWindowJump a Window]]
* [[BreakingTheBonds Escape From Handcuffs]]
* [[AirVentPassageway Navigate a Ventilation Shaft]]
* Escape a Sinking Cruise Ship
* Climb Down Mount Rushmore
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!This book also has examples of the following tropes:
* BillionsOfButtons - the picture of the Space Shuttle's controls
* DontTryThisAtHome - parodied: "The skills taught within this book are for {{action hero}}es only"
* {{Epigraph}} - at the beginning of each article, using a quote relevant to the topic at hand from a famous movie
* GladToBeAliveSex - Mentioned in the SlapSlapKiss chapter.
* HandyCuffs - In the "How to Escape from Handcuffs" chapter, it advises you to manipulate events so that your hands are cuffed in front of you so you can break out of them easier, either via fast talking or by making sure your hands aren't so tightly cuffed behind you that you can't wriggle them through your legs.
* IncrediblyObviousBug - Discussed in the Spyproofing chapter: it warns that most bugs won't be of this variety, and if you do find one, don't stop looking.
* SoftGlass - You are warned in the Window chapter that in RealLife you have to be very careful, or you'll be sliced to ribbons.
* StarfishAliens - The "communicating with [=ETs=]" chapter assumes the worst case scenario, but still holds out hope that even the weirdest aliens would be able to understand certain basic concepts (like numbers, shapes, etc.).
* {{Troperiffic}} - As you can see above, each of the chapter headings alone could correspond to one or more tropes.
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