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->''Everyone will suffer.''

'''''Ring''''' is a novel by Koji Suzuki about a [[HauntedTechnology cursed videotape]] that [[BrownNote kills anyone who watches it]] in seven days. Kazuyuki Asakawa, a journalist at a major Tokyo newspaper, discovers the cursed videotape when his niece and three of her friends fall victim to it, and he traces the origin back to a resort cabin they shared, there he finds and watches the tape, and suddenly has a seven day deadline to figure out how to survive its deadly curse.

The novel may have been inspired by two [[Creator/MontagueRhodesJames M.R. James]] ghost stories, notably ''The Mezzotint'' and another one, ''Martin's Closen'', about a murdered girl in a lake who returns to wreak vengeance from beyond the grave. Physical appearance of the baleful spirit closely resembles an [[StringyHairedGhostGirl onryo]], a traditional Japanese type of ghost on which Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} has more [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onryō here]].

Also, some books on psychic phenomena mention a Japanese woman (first name Shizuko) who performed "spirit photography" on stage in the early 20th century.

The novel has been adapted to film three times in Japan, America, and Korea (in all three film adaptations the main character is changed from a man to a woman) with varying levels of success. The Korean film is the closest to the book. There was also a TV series, a radio drama, and two video games.

Sequels and prequels to both the novel and movies exist, and follow wildly divergent continuities from one another.

'''The novels:'''
* ''Ring'' (1991)
* ''Spiral'' (1995) - The direct sequel, more of a medical mystery drama than a horror novel.
* ''Loop'' (1998) - The third story, and a sequel to ''Spiral''.
* ''Birthday'' (1999) - Short story collection; including a prequel to ''Ring'', a POVSequel to ''Spiral'' and a sequel to ''Loop''.
* ''S'' (2012) - The basis for ''Sadako 3D'' and its sequel, ''Sadako 3D 2''.
* ''Tide'' (2013)

'''The Japanese TV series:'''
* ''Ring: The Final Chapter'' - An adaptation of the first novel, but takes a lot of liberties with the story.
* ''Rasen'' - The sequel series, adapting the second novel but again taking liberties and introducing a subplot involving a cyberterrorist called the [[DarkMessiah King of Terror]], who plans to use Sadako's videotape to destroy the world.

'''The Japanese movies:'''
* ''Ring: Kanzenban'' (1995) - A MadeForTV movie and the first adaptation of the ''Ring'' novel.
* ''Ring'' (1998)
* ''Ring 2'' (1999)
* ''Ring 0: Birthday'' (2000) - A prequel to ''Ring'' and ''Ring 2''.
* ''Rasen'' (1998) - aka ''Spiral'', not to be confused with ''Manga/{{Uzumaki}}'') (The series' "forgotten" sequel, [[ContinuityReboot rendered]] [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]] by ''Ring 2''.
* ''Sadako 3D'' (2012) - A ContinuityReboot to the Japanese series.
* ''Sadako 3D 2'' (2013)
* ''[[VersusTitle Sadako vs. ]] [[Film/SadakoVsKayako Kayako]]'' (2016) - A crossover with ''Film/{{Juon}}''.

'''The American movies:'''
* ''The Ring'' (2002)
* ''Rings'' (2005) - A short film based in-between the first and second films.
* ''The Ring Two'' (2005) - Directed by the Japanese films' creator Hideo Nakata.
* ''Rings'' (2016) - A sequel to ''The Rings Two''.

'''The Korean movie:'''
* ''The Ring Virus'' (1999)

'''The video games:'''
* ''The Ring: Terror's Realm'' - A SurvivalHorror game for the UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast
* ''Ring Infinity'' - A VisualNovel PointAndClickGame for the UsefulNotes/WonderSwan

'''Related works:'''
* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'' (The female lead is supposed to be an {{Expy}} of the scary girl.)
* ''Manga/MysteriousGirlfriendX'' (The female lead is based on Sadako, but is more strange than scary.)
* ''Ringu: Jiko ka! Henshi ka! Yottsu no Inochi wo Ubau Shoujo no Onnen'' (A TV adaptation made by Fuji Network 3 years before the more well-known film. Notable for keeping Asakawa male, and for casting a softcore porn actress as Sadako and having her frequently get naked.)

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!!This film and novel series provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: In the American remake, where [[spoiler:Samara's uncontrollable power ostracized her to her own parents (who eventually killed her because of them.)]]
** Averted in the Japanese films — the first two films would have you believe that Dr. Ikuma threw Sadako down the well out of malice. In fact, ''Ring 0'' reveals that [[spoiler:he did it as a last, desperate resort to stop her evil powers. He is extremely reluctant to do it, and he immediately breaks down sobbing after he pushes her in]].
* AchillesHeel: The video tape counts as Sadako's and Samara's. If a cursed victim watches the tape, but does not show it to someone else before they die then the curse cannot be continued… unless they leave their copy where someone else can happen across it.
** The original ending of the American remake had Rachel showing the tape to a death row prisoner (played by Chris Cooper).
* AdaptationDistillation: The short film ''Rings'', which shows how the Cursed Video would affect an ordinary teenager.
* AdaptationNameChange: All characters underwent this. Between the US and Japanese versions, Rachel and Samara are probably the closest to the original (Reiko and Sadako).
** Even in the original Japanese adaptations, some characters undergo name changes without the whole GenderFlip thing. Akane Ayukawa from the ''Sadako 3D'' series, for instance, was originally named Akane Maruyama in the novels.
* AdultFear: The protagonist is fairly collected at first in the face of imminent death. It's the imminent death of her ''son'' that panics her, and ultimately drives her to [[WhatTheHellHero desperate measures]]. This theme is inverted in the Japanese sequel ''Rasen'': Andou has already lost his son, and he ends up making an extreme moral compromise because [[spoiler:Sadako can bring him back]].
* AnAesop: In the first US movie, "Don't mess with nature" can be one, as Samara's origin is unnatural. There's also this quote from a deleted scene:
--->'''Fisherman:''' They came back with a little bundle, said a doctor helped 'em overseas. I suppose you mess with the natural way, you get what's coming to you.
* AllThereInTheManual: Shortly before the first US remake was released, a few websites about it were made public. They had parts of documents, such as medical records and newspaper and magazine articles, which explained [[{{Backstory}} backstories]] of some characters, particularly the Morgans. Some parts of these documents appear briefly in the film itself.
* AmbiguousDisorder: In the first US remake, doctors believe Samara has a psychiatric and neurological condition, but they can't conclude what exactly.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Sadako was sealed inside the well when she was a young adult, however ''Ring 2'' reveals that she was in her 40's when she died. There are many theories as to why she took that long to die (including the use of a HealingFactor, ThePowerOfHate, etc.), but the fact remains that she ''was trapped down there, in the dark, for 30 years''. Ouch.]]
** [[spoiler: Samara, too, though to a much lesser extent. Rachel theorizes that Samara survived for seven days inside the well before dying, which was why she gave those cursed by the videotape seven days to live. It's much more plausible for her to survive that long as opposed to 30 years, but she still couldn't escape once trapped there. And she's just a little girl.]]
* AnimalsHateHim: Rachel, apparently contaminated by the cursed tape, terrifies a horse on a boat so much that it breaks out of its stall and leaps overboard to its death.
* AnyoneCanDie: Very few characters survive the series, in fact only around [[spoiler: four characters survive the films, excluding ''Rasen'' since characters are resurrected.]]
* ArcSymbol: The ring symbol appears everywhere in the first American movie.
* ArcWords: From the first American remake: "I'm sorry. It won't stop." and "Seven days."
* ArtifactOfDeath: The Tape.
* AscendedExtra: Mai Takano.
* AssholeVictim: Dr. Emma Temple in ''The Ring Two''. True what happens might be a bit harsh, but she is easily the least sympathetic victim in the American films.
** Aiko Hazuki, the first on-screen victim in ''Ring 0'', is a stuck-up, arrogant and downright mean actress who regards Sadako as little more than dirt. As with Dr. Temple, she doesn't exactly deserve what happens to her, but she is a very unsympathetic character.
** Jake from the American "Rings" mockumentary is this as well. Yes, he's still sympathetic as he plagued by the supernatural but he coldly attempts a nice girl who had a crush on him to pass the curse onto her. To make it even worse when he's talking to his so-called friend, he refers to her as "some stupid chick." JerkAssWoobie indeed.
** The people on Moesko Island aren't exactly unhappy that Samara died.
--->'''Dr. Grasnik:''' See, when you live on an island you catch a cold, it's everybody's cold.
--->'''Rachel:''' No offense, ma'am, but what the hell does that mean?
--->'''Dr. Grasnik:''' It means ever since that girl's been gone, things have been better.
* AuthorAppeal: One of the driving forces behind Asakawa's character in the novel is his relationship with his daughter. The author is a leading advocate of stronger father/daughter relationships in Japanese society.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Sadako, Ryuji, and Ando's son Takanori are all resurrected in ''Spiral''.]]
* BedlamHouse: While very little is revealed of the hospital where Samara stayed, it's hard to imagine how they thought they could help her while putting her in a bare room with nothing to do, showing more interest in her powers than in her as a person even when ''she told the doctor she didn't know how she made the things she did''.
--->'''Dr. Scott:''' Let's talk about these pictures you make.
--->'''Samara (slowly):''' I don't make them, I see them... And then... They just... Are.
** It is possible she received some sort of electroshock therapy (old electrodes are shown — however, their purpose isn't revealed so they might have been only used for reading signals), and a (failed) psychosurgery is mentioned in her medical files. Both were fairly common practices in her lifetime (the 1970s), possibly even more so with unusual patients such as herself.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: In ''Ring 0'', [[spoiler:Akiko shoots both Etsuko and herself in the head]], rather than have Sadako kill them.
** In ''Sadako 3D 2'', [[spoiler: Kakiuchi commits suicide after killing Akane. Sure, it may be because he's an AxCrazy by this point, but it's not hard to think that he just want to die on his own terms, rather than have Nagi and/or Sadako do the job.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Sadako herself, when she was alive — well, [[spoiler:[[SuperpoweredEvilSide her good side]]]], anyway.
** Even though he [[CreepyChild has his creepy moments]], Yoichi is generally a helpful and sweet little kid… until the events with the cursed tape, not to mention the fact that [[spoiler:Sadako's influence gives him similar powers to hers]]. In ''Ring 2'', when [[spoiler:his mother dies]], he is understandably ''pissed''.
** Akane in ''Sadako 3D''. Too kind for her own good, she even treats her students more as acquaintances. But you threaten her students, friends, or boyfriend, Takanori, she ''will'' make sure you pay for it with her [[spoiler: super-sonic screams.]]
* BigNo: Rachel, when she discovers Aidan watching the tape.
** In ''Sadako 3D 2'', Takanori does this after [[spoiler: Kakiuchi kills Akane.]]
* BittersweetEnding: Most of the stories in the series generally follow this principle. Examples from the Japanese films:
** In ''Ring'', [[spoiler: despite thinking that they have freed Sadako from the well, Ryuji is still killed by the curse, since the only way to stop the curse is to copy it and show it someone else. To save her son, Reiko proceeds to make Yoichi copy the tape and show it to her father, dooming him in the process.]] This ending is taken shot-by-shot from the novel, and the US remake ''The Ring'' also follows this.
** In ''Rasen'', [[spoiler: Mai is killed, while Ando is forced to cooperate with Sadako and Ryuji in spreading the curse under the threat that Sadako will activate the dormant ring virus inside him should he refuses. In return, Ando's son, Takanori, whom he grieves to the point of almost committing suicide, is resurrected. This is quite depressing for the universe, but at least Ando's objective is fulfilled.]] Taken from the novel.
** In ''Ring 2'', [[spoiler: the curse has not yet stopped and Reiko is killed in the most DroppedABridgeOnHim way possible, but at least Yoichi has found a new mother figure in Mai. Oh, and Okazaki also becomes insane by Kanae's hauntings, but well, his karma for being a coward.]]
** In ''Sadako 3D'', [[spoiler: many people are killed, but Akane manages to both save Takanori from Sadako and expel Sadako's influence on her, so this may classify as a happy ending for some.]]
** In ''Sadako 3D 2'', [[spoiler: [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome Akane is killed in front of her daughter, Nagi]], but the latter has found a new mother figure in her aunt, Fuko, who has practically raised her from birth, anyway. Kashiwada is killed too. TheStinger, though, implies that this peace may not last long...]]
** In the novel ''Loop'', [[spoiler: Kaoru dies during his search for a vaccine to neutralize the Ring virus in the real world. However, the vaccine ''is'' found, and Kaoru manages to say one last message for his lover, Reiko: Happy Birthday.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Sadako's miraculous psychic abilities brought her, and everyone around her, more grief than they were worth.
** Akane, too, in ''Sadako 3D'', though it crosses a bit with CursedWithAwesome, since [[spoiler: her supersonic screams were the one that killed the lunatic who threatened her and her friends back when she was young, and they also destroyed all of those Sadako clones at the end.]] But it still fits, since it ostracized her, and ultimately, [[spoiler: the reason why Sadako wants her to be her host.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Sadako in both the novels and the films. Not to mention Yoichi, and poor Etsuko from ''Ring 0''.
** Heck, several of Sadako and Samara's victims earn this status.
** Poor Nagi gets most people to ostracize and kill her, especially when it's revealed that [[spoiler: she's not the source of the new curse (which makes Takanori's abandonment all the more jerkass).]] Her aunt, Fuko, too, as she still has to relieve the sight of her mother's suicide. Luckily, both of them get better.
* BrownNote: The video tape kills anyone who watches it within seven days. Extended in the novels where [[spoiler: a journal on the tape becomes a carrier for the curse.]]
** Likely to update with the modern era, ''Sadako 3D'' and ''Sadako 3D 2'' both feature a new medium to transmit the curse: web video. And unlike the videotape, [[ParanoiaFuel it's randomly generated]].
* CaliforniaDoubling: The American remake was shot in various locations in Washington, Oregon and California, but the story only takes place in Washington.
* CallingParentsByTheirName: Rachel Keller's son Aidan calls her Rachel instead of "mom". He's the product of a broken home (Rachel and her boyfriend broke up after having him), and things get stranger when he starts getting mental images from a ghost.
* CameBackWrong: Well, sort of. It is heavily implied that those killed by Sadako become malevolent spirits under her control, as the first movie demonstrates when [[spoiler:Tomoko's spirit tells Yoichi to watch the tape. Ryuji later expresses his belief that "she isn't Tomoko any more"]].
* CatapultNightmare: Rachel in the first American movie.
* ChairReveal: [[spoiler:Noah's corpse]] in the first American movie.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The protagonist's copy of the tape.]]
* ColorWash: In the American films, almost everything is tinged with the color green to give the series a sickly, unnatural feeling.
* ContinuityReboot / CanonDiscontinuity: After the first movie was made, it was immediately followed up with a "forgotten" sequel, ''Rasen'' (aka ''Spiral''), that was very badly received (though it is recognised as being a [[TruerToTheText lot more faithful to the book]], it didn't work as a sequel to the movie due to having a very, very different feel). It was quickly discounted from the series' canon. Eventually, ''Ring 2'' was made, and is considered to be the official sequel.
** Both ''Sadako 3D'' and ''Sadako 3D 2'', despite being billed as official sequels of the series, seem to be set in a unique world of their own. The only connections to the previous films are that one of the supporting characters is named Takanori Ando (Ando's son in ''Rasen'' [[spoiler: who got resurrected]], which as mentioned above, got discounted from the series canon, so it doesn't count) and it's explicitly stated to have happened 13 years after the tape first claimed its victims (which was the events of ''Ring''). Of course it isn't confirmed, but people can watch them independently without having prior knowledge of the previous films. This is unlike the book they are based on, ''S'', which ''is'' a proper sequel full of connections and references to the previous novels.
* {{Cool Horse}}s: The Morgans had famous racing horses, until [[spoiler: the horses killed themselves]], making them even more famous.
* CreatorCameo: Koji Suzuki, the books' author, appeared in ''Rasen''.
* CreepyChild: The young Sadako, and Samara and Aidan in the American remake.
** Yoichi could also count — especially in the second movie.
** Nagi in ''Sadako 3D 2'', even when it's revealed that [[spoiler: she's not the cause of the curse.]]
* DaylightHorror: Many of the scarier scenes in the original films happen during the daytime. Also, in the US remake, only the first scene was set at night.
* DealWithTheDevil: It's hinted in the first American film that Samara is a result of this.
---> '''Richard:''' [[VillainousBreakdown MY WIFE WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE A CHILD!]]
* DeathByAdaptation: Sorta. In ''Ring 0: Birthday'', [[spoiler: Toyama is one of the casualties of Sadako's rampage after she merges with her SuperpoweredEvilSide, and he dies rather unceremoniously, too, if his screams are any indication.]] Meanwhile, in the short story the film is based on, ''Lemonheart'', [[spoiler: not only is Toyama spared from being involved in those horrors, he gets to live a long and meaningful life without Sadako. On his deathbed, he even welcomes Sadako, who comes to ease his passing.]]
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: Takashi Yamamura, Sadako's uncle, seeks death after the actions he caused in the past.]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The American remake is saturated with blue, in subtle imitation of low-quality tape recordings.
* DoomedByCanon: Anyone watching ''Ring 0'' with prior knowledge to Sadako's fate (which, of course, is the idea) knows she'll end up down the well by the ending.
* DownerEnding: ''Ring 0: Birthday''. Yes, we all knew it was coming, what with it being a prequel and all, but it doesn't make it any less [[{{Tearjerker}} heartbreaking]].
* DrivenToSuicide: In the Japanese version, Shizuko killed herself by throwing herself into a volcano after she went crazy, prior to the events of the movie. In the US version, Anna threw herself off the edge of a cliff, again, prior to the events of the movie. Unlike Shizuko's death, which is offscreen, Anna's death is shown in Samara's tape.
** Also, in ''Ring 0: Birthday'', [[spoiler:Akiko shoots the crying and hysterical Etsuko, and then herself, both through the head, [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled rather than die at Sadako's hands]]]].
** [[spoiler:Richard Morgan]] in the US version.
** [[spoiler: Dr. Kawajiri in ''Ring 2'', and Takashi Yamamura to an extent.]]
** All of the horses on the Morgan ranch in the remake.
*** Some of them might have survived: according to an old newspaper article, the behavior of the horses returned to normal after Anna died.
** In the ''Sadako 3D'' series, the curse takes a twist from cursing the people to die within seven days, to having a sudden urge to kill themselves.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Kazuyuki is killed in a car accident in ''Rasen'', which is completely without warning and is not in itself involved in the curse. His wife and daughter at least have an explanation of being dead by the curse before it happened, but not Kazuyuki. It becomes rather jarring when the protagonist that you followed in the previous book suddenly goes away like that, while you switch to a completely unrelated individual in the next.
** [[spoiler: Reiko]] of the film adaptation also undergoes this by [[spoiler: being hit by a bus. Again, there's no explanation why it suddenly occurs. As far as we know, it's not part of the curse.]]
* ElectrifiedBathtub: Used in the US remake when [[spoiler:Richard]] utilises this method to kill himself.
* [[spoiler: TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]]: The outcome of the second novel.
* EnfanteTerrible: In the US remake, Samara. Most people would think that Sadako in the original Japanese versions is this, but she's actually an adult ([[NoExceptYes though she did kill a person when she was a girl]])
** Yoichi and Aidan become this in the period when they're influenced by Sadako and Samara, respectively. Otherwise, they're fairly adorable (if [[CreepyChild creepy]]) children.
** Nagi...[[spoiler: isn't.]]
* EpisodeZeroTheBeginning: ''Birthday''.
* EurekaMoment:
** Reiko has one in the first film, when she realises that [[spoiler: the phone only rings at the cabin.]]
** Rachel recalling Richard growling at her, "You take one person's tragedy and force the world to experience it... spread it like sickness." The light goes on over Rachel's head.
** "Why wasn't I killed"? Look under the bed and find out why.
* TheFaceless: Sadako — in the first movie, even as a child, her face is always either completely or partially obscured by her long hair, and only her eye is seen peering through the curtain of her hair at the first film's climax. It isn't until the second movie that [[spoiler:her wrinkly, rotted features are seen for the first time]]. In the US remake, Samara's face is shown throughout most of the first movie, but is obscured during [[spoiler:the ending scene with Noah]].
** The mysterious EnigmaticMinion referred to as the Towel Man never shows his face, nor is his identity ever revealed. It has been guessed he is either [[spoiler: Ryuji Takayama or Hiroshi Toyama (or possibly even ''both'')]], or a symbolic reference to the unknown identity of Sadako's father in the films.
* FacialHorror: Sadako and Samara's victims — their faces are frozen in grotesque, silent screams (and, in the case of Samara's victims, their faces are distorted and look like they've been rotting for some time). In addition, there's the rotted face of Sadako herself as seen during the climax of ''Ring 2'', and Samara's rotting face as a ghost.
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: Rachel thinks that giving Samara's corpse a proper burial will let her pass on. It doesn't, and Samara starts searching for her.
* AFateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Okazaki's]] fate, as of the end of ''Ring 2'': [[spoiler:Being haunted for the rest of his life by Kanae, whom he allowed to die by not copying and passing on the tape.]]
* TheFilmOfTheBook
* {{Fingore}}: Sadako and Samara's fingers are lacking nails, due to repeated (failed) attempts to climb out of the well. In particular, Sadako's nail-less fingers are shown in [[{{Squick}} extreme closeup]] in the first movie. In the first American movie, Samara's cursed tape features images of twitching severed fingers in a box, and a finger being impaled on a tack so that the whole nail is pushed loose.
* {{Flashback}}: In the Japanese and American versions, there is a scene which shows how Sadako/Samara got in the well.
* {{Foreshadowing}}; Several in the American remake:
** Rachel pulls a fly out of the image on the television screen. [[spoiler: That's not the only thing that will be coming out of the television screen.]]
** In the beginning, Katie rants about "electro-rays" that come out of televisions and destroy brain cells but nobody is willing to do anything about them.
** Many of the images shown on the videotape appear later in the real world or dream scenes throughout the rest of the film.
** People see the ring shortly before their death: Katie sees the glass rim when she drinks, and Noah sees the ring made by his coffee mug.
** In the opening scene, Katie's face becomes blurred and she will die. Everyone else who watches the tape will have their faces blurred in the same way in photographs and video footage.
** In the beginning, when Becca talks about the cursed videotape, she says there's "a woman smiling at you" who then "sees you through the screen".
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: In Japan, the release of ''Sadako 3D 2'' came with a tie-in smartphone app that allowed Sadako to escape through the phone and attack the audience at various points throughout the movie.
** In the novel ''Spiral'', it's revealed at the end that Sadako could affect people who ''read'' about her story if the journals left behind by the affected characters were turned into a novel... ''oh crap.''
* FreakOut: [[spoiler:Etsuko]] has a huge one in ''Ring 0''. It lasts until her death.
* FreezeFrameBonus: In both the first Japanese and US versions. Just watch carefully during subsequent re-runs of the tape, when they are being studied. [[spoiler:For the briefest of moments, Sadako/Samara's hand can be seen coming from the well, which definitely was ''not'' there when Reiko/Rachel first viewed the tape. Later, when Yoichi/Aidan watches the tape, it goes even further, showing a brief glimpse of Sadako/Samara's head (note that this seems to be due to Reiko/Rachel coming in and viewing the tape's end — these moments imply that those who watch the tape more than once get a little bit more each time).]]
** In the first US movie, a [[SinisterSilhouettes silhouette]] of Samara [[spoiler:can be seen on the TV as it slides down towards Rachel, just before it knocks her into the well. After the horses leap off the ship to be killed, the ring itself flickers onscreen for a brief second.]]
** In ''Ring 2'', after [[spoiler:Reiko dies]], we see [[CameBackWrong Tomoko and three other victims]] standing with their backs to the audience.
* GenderFlip: All adaptations of ''Ring'' are remembered for featuring female protagonists with a son to care about. The original protagonist in the novel is actually a man: Kazuyuki Asakawa, and he has a daughter to care about.
* GenreShift: To an extent, anyway — ''Ring 0'', while still considered a horror movie, is much more of a drama with supernatural/horror elements than the previous two movies.
** Then you have the novels — the first is pretty much what you'd expect after seeing the movies, the second is pretty much a medical mystery, and the third is just straight-up sci-fi.
* [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan Get A Hold Of Yourself Woman]]: Towards the end of the first film, Ryuji slaps Reiko in the face to snap her out of her sudden FreakOut.
* GhostlyGoals: Who'da thunk KeepCirculatingTheTapes would be so deadly?
* HalfHumanHybrid
** Apparently, Sadako's father in the Japanese film was something living in an ocean and her mother was a human.
** In ''The Ring Two'', [[spoiler: Samara's father is revealed to be an ocean entity (and her mother a human)]].
** In the US remake, a mouth seen on the tape looks part human, part equine.
* HauntedTechnology: The cursed tape.
* HealingFactor: Sadako is implied to have had this in life.
* HealingHands: [[spoiler:Sadako's "good" side has this power, as evidenced when she uses them to help a disabled man to walk again.]]
* {{Hermaphrodite}}: Sadako, in the novel (not the movies), has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Androgen_insensitivity_syndrome Androgen insensitivity syndrome]], an intersex condition that causes the woman affected to be born with a vagina, but with XY chromosomes, no uterus, and internal testes where the ovaries would typically be.
* HeroicBSOD: Mai has one in the first movie, after [[spoiler:discovering Ryuji's corpse]]. Reiko finds her in a state of shock and unmoving in [[spoiler:Ryuji's apartment, even after his body has been taken away]]. She snaps out of it in time for the sequel. Reiko later has a small one when she returns to her own apartment, simply slumping into a chair for a while. [[spoiler:She snaps out of it when she discovers just why she survived and Ryuji didn't.]]
* HeyYou: In the US version, Aidan only ever calls Rachel by her first name. This becomes a plot point in the sequel.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: In the both versions, Reiko/Rachel finds Sadako's/Samara's body and removes it from the well. It's treated like they exorcised the curse, but this is not the case...]]
* {{Horror}}
* TheIllegible: One of the menu items in ''Terror's Realm'' reads "Baked Jelly", but between that being such an odd thing to advertise and the low resolution of the texture involved, it can be very difficult to decipher, as WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment proved.
* IntrepidReporter: Kazuyuki, Reiko and Okazaki.
* IronicEcho: One of the most striking images on the American version of The Tape is Anna, Samara's adoptive mother, throwing herself off a cliff. In ''The Ring Two'', [[spoiler:Rachel escapes Samara's dreamworld by doing the same thing, in the same pose, from the same cliff]].
* UsefulNotes/JapaneseDialects: A plot point in ''Ring''. When slowed down, the Towel Man can be heard speaking a Japanese sentence that sounds unintelligible to the protagonists at first, since it's from a dialect of Izu Oshima, the island that the Yamamura family hailed from and is part of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izu_Islands Izu Islands]], whose form of Japanese are famous for preserving many features of Old Japanese (and thus more archaic) the more south you go, which is why the English translation translate the sentence using YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: "frolic in brine, goblins be thine" ([[spoiler: It's foreshadowing the fact that Shizuko conceived Sadako with, erm, an entity from the sea).]]
* JediMindTrick: Samara uses one on a WeakWilled doctor in ''The Ring Two''.
* JumpScare: Many and varied.
* KubrickStare: Anyone who is influenced by Sadako is prone to doing this. Yoichi, in particular, spends almost the entire second half of ''Ring 2'' doing this, mainly after [[spoiler: Reiko dies.]]
** Sadako seems to inherit this trait from her mother, Shizuko, who gives a ''terrifying'' one to Mai, also in ''Ring 2''. [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Mother Like Daughter]].
** Another, horrifying example also occurs in ''Ring 2'', when [[spoiler:Kanae]], now part of the curse, gives an absolutely terrifying one to [[spoiler:Okazaki]] as he tries (and fails) to erase her taped interview. To make matters worse, she's also wearing one hell of a SlasherSmile.
* LampshadeHanging: The multitudinous adaptations of the novel are lampshaded by Sadako in the second novel, ''Spiral'', where the events of the first have been dramatised from Asakawa's notes, and adapted to every form under the sun. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero And they ]]''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero all]]'' [[NiceJobBreakingItHero carry the curse]].
* LeFilmArtistique: Noah dismisses the curse tape as very "student film".
* {{Leitmotif}}: Samara's Song in the US remake.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: The premise of ''Sadako vs. Kayako''. In order to save two girls, each cursed by one of the titular ghosts, a psychic plans on inciting both of them to fight each other, hoping that the resulting conflict will mutually expunge both curses.
* LightIsNotGood: Sadako and Samara both wear all-white, and, in human form, they look quite lovely (Sadako, in particular, especially in ''[[http://static.kinokopilka.tv/system/images/screenshots/images/000/040/574/40574_original.jpg Ring 0: Birthday]]'' and ''[[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yYu06ndMFlE/UDudWU937PI/AAAAAAAAFAg/jX717nwNySo/s640/Sadako+Ai+Hashimoto.jpg Sadako 3D]]''). Doesn't stop them from being murderous. At all.
** A male example would be Seiji Kashiwada. Like the above two, he also wears all-white, is [[http://www.tokyohive.com/upload/2012/01/20120127_sadako3d_yamamoto.jpg easy on the eyes]], and is also AffablyEvil. What does he do? Producing a cursed video that kills people. Plus murdering young women so they could become Sadako's clones. Seems like the film adaptations uphold the EvilIsSexy rule.
* LighthousePoint: Moesko Island has one.
** Doubles as a GeniusBonus if you read up about that particular shot: It's Yaquina Head Lighthouse from Oregon, which even has a few ghost stories related to it.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: In terms of appearance, Samara resembles Anna: both have long dark hair, dark eyes, and light skin.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: [[spoiler: ''Ring 0'' reveals that Sadako had a SuperpoweredEvilSide, responsible for the killing of the journalist seen in the first movie, which later split off from her into a separate entity. When both versions of Sadako re-merge during the climax, it's bad news for everyone involved.]]
* LoveTriangle: in ''Ring 0'', Sadako and Toyama fall for each other while Toyama is in a relationship with Etsuko.
* MadnessMantra: Downplayed in the first US film, where pages of Katie's journal are shown briefly and one of them is filled with "mirror mirror mirror [...]".
* MamaBear: Both Reiko and Rachel.
** Fuko to Nagi too in ''Sadako 3D 2'', and she's only her aunt.
** Mai steps up as one for Yoichi in ''Ring 2'', and unlike the above, [[ParentalSubstitute she's not even his relative]].
* ManInWhite: The Towel Man. Featuring white shirt ''and'' white towel.
** [[LightIsNotGood Seiji Kashiwada]] in ''Sadako 3D'' is a straighter example. He switches to wearing [[EvilWearsBlack black]] in the sequel.
* MarionetteMotion: Sadako moves like this as a ghost and when in "evil" mode during the climax of ''Ring 0''. Her unnatural walking effect at the end of the first film was achieved by having Rie Inou walk backwards with the scene filmed in reverse.
* MindRape: Both Sadako and Samara love doing this to their victims, even the ones who haven't actually seen the tape, and even the ones who have been spared from the curse. Most notable is [[spoiler:Masami]] from the first movie, who, after witnessing Sadako coming for her friend, goes insane and is sent to a mental institution. From that point on, she can't even stand to look at a television. Not only that, but exposure to Sadako has even [[spoiler:granted her access to frightening psychic powers that she can barely control]].
* MindScrew: The second movie loves this trope.
* MirrorScare
** In the Japanese and US films, the part on the video where Sadako/Samara uses her psychokinetic powers to play a prank on her mother by moving a mirror.
** In the first US film when Rachel and Noah notice [[spoiler: there's no reflection of a camera in the mirror when there should be]].
** In the second US film [[spoiler: when Aidan looks at the photographs he took of himself and sees Samara in the mirror coming closer and closer…]]
* MissingTrailerScene: Samara's line, "Everyone will suffer.", which appears in the trailer of the first U.S. film, was left out of the final product.
* MoodWhiplash:
** Used rather cruelly at the end of ''Ring 0''. [[spoiler:Sadako is thrown down the well by a weeping Dr. Ikuma.]] Suddenly, the mood changes to an altogether calmer and more peaceful one, as [[spoiler:Sadako wakes up, with her love interest Toyama standing over her, telling her it was all just a dream]]… then the mood shifts back again just as rapidly, [[spoiler:with Sadako at the bottom of the well, realising to her horror that this is no dream, that Toyama is dead at her hands, and her adoptive father has just pushed her down a well. Then the concrete cover starts to go over the top of the well as she stands there and screams, and screams, and screams.]] [[TearJerker Cue the waterworks.]]
** In the 2002 remake, employed in the opening scene, where it goes from Katie telling a spooky UrbanLegend, both she and Becca laughing about it, then when the phone rings, the look of terror on Katie's face, with Becca nervously asking, "You mean it's ''real''?" [[spoiler: Cue Samara in 5... 4... 3...]]
* {{Motifs}}: Several in the first US film:
** The ring symbol appears as a FreezeFrameBonus and in the environment: in Aidan and Katie's drawings, in clothes, on the shower drain, in the number of Rachel's apartment (601), etc.
** Millipedes, which can be interpreted e.g. as symbols of danger, death or evil, appear at least in the video and in the medical records.
** Chairs seem to have some kind of importance as well: two of them appear in the video, there's one in the hospital and one in Samara's barn bedroom, one in Katie's room, Samara sits on one in Rachel's dream, [[spoiler: Noah's corpse]] is placed on one, and finally, Rachel throws the tape under one.
** [[http://www.moviemistakes.com/film2807/trivia Heat and water]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In ''Ring 0'', Sadako is found sobbing uncontrollably after [[spoiler:killing all the members of the theatre troupe, as well as Toyama]].
* MythologyGag: A couple in ''Sadako 3D''.
** Akane's boyfriend is called Takanori Ando; a name shared with Mitsuo Ando's son in ''Spiral''. This is actually a remnant from the novel the film is based on, ''S'', which is a sequel to ''Spiral'', as in that novel, Takanori is ''literally'' Ando's son all grown up (''S'' is set 25 years after ''Spiral'', where Takanori was 3, so he's 28 here.)
** Seiji Kashiwada's landlady comments that "everything in this world is fake", referencing the plot twist for the third book ''Loop''.
** The hospital that Takanori works in in ''Sadako 3D 2'' is called the Asakawa General Hospital. Asakawa is the surname for the protagonist of ''Ring'', both novel and film.
** The copy of the cursed tape in the remake was the same prop from the original.
* Creator/NaomiWatts: Star of the American remake, and appeared in the sequel due to her contract.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Much more evident in the Japanese novels and films: Sadako's influence was limited to the immediate area surrounding the well, and even then, only to material that she could affect with her PsychicPowers. [[spoiler:Asakawa's report spread her influence to ''any kind of media'' that described his investigation, including literature, film, audio...]] In the American continuity, it is ''strongly'' hinted that [[spoiler:"helping" Samara and removing her from the well allowed her to directly ''haunt '' Rachel and possess living people]].
** Also, in ''Ring 2'', [[spoiler:Okazaki doesn't watch, copy and pass on the tape, in spite of promising Kanae (who had watched and copied it) that he would. This could be interpreted as either cowardice on his part, or perhaps as a way of attempting to halt the curse (or maybe even both). However, after Kanae's demise, she returns as a vengeful spirit to haunt Okazaki and drive him insane, and it is also implied that this starts an entirely ''new'' curse.]]
* NightmareFace: Present in both the Japanese and US versions, although the faces in the US version are considerably more distorted.
** There is a rumor that in 1999 a cut of the movie shown at a film festival in Brussels took this UpToEleven with the mouths of the victims being "a narrow vertical opening." Despite numerous people claiming to have seen [[http://www.curseofthering.com/brussels.php the "Brussels cut"]], Hideo Nakata has emphatically denied that such a version exists.
* NothingIsScarier
* OffingTheOffspring: In the movie version, Sadako is thrown down a well by her own [[spoiler:(adoptive)]] father. For Samara, her American counterpart, her birth mother ''and'' adoptive mother both tried to kill her (the second one even succeeded).
* OffscreenTeleportation
* OhCrap: Ah! It's all over! Rachel has [[spoiler:released Samara from the well and let her soul go on to live in peace]], now we can get back to our happy li---wait, what did the kid just say?
** At the end of the sequel, Rachel [[spoiler: exorcizes Samara from her son and reseals her in the well... and just when she's starting to relax he calls her "[[OutOfCharacterAlert Mommy]]".]]
* OldMediaAreEvil
* OminousVisualGlitch: After someone watches the videotape and is marked for death by Sadako/Samara, any attempt to take their picture results in their face appearing distorted.
* OneHourWorkWeek: Rachel's office hours seem irregular at best.
* TheOphelia
* OutOfCharacterAlert: In ''The Ring Two'', [[spoiler:Aiden calling Rachel "mommy" instead of [[CallingParentsByTheirName her name]] is a sign that he's still possessed by Samara.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: Sadako's mother threw herself into a volcano after a public manifestation of Sadako's powers. Samara's mother threw herself off a cliff some indeterminate time after killing Samara. In the Japanese movie, [[spoiler:Asakawa decides that the best way to save her son is to show the Cursed Video to her own, willing father, and then [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome she dies in the sequel]] so her son carries on for her (novel-version Asakawa chooses his wife's parents instead, but [[SenselessSacrifice they all die in a crash anyway]].)]] Poor Nagi also has both of her parents not there for her (her mother, Akane [[spoiler: is comatose while fighting Sadako from the inside and later dies]], while her father, Takanori, is just too in grief to take care of her). Luckily, she still has her aunt, Fuko, who practically takes both roles. Fuko and Takanori themselves also suffer this, since their mother committed suicide, while their father isn't mentioned at all.
* ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler: Mai becomes this for Yoichi after Reiko dies.]]
* PlatonicCave: [[spoiler:''Terror's Realm''. What Meg perceives as the [RING] program is actually the real world; the mundane world with no monsters is a humanity-wide projection brought on by Sadako.]]
* PlotThreads: [[PlayingWithATrope A variation]] in the original Japanese and the first US film, in which the story can be seen to have two sub-plots that have family and only-child [[{{Motifs}} motifs]]: Reiko's/Rachel's family is the main thread whereas the history of the Yamamura/Morgan family works as a B story. However, in this variation, instead of lives of both families being shown real-time, the B family has mostly gone and most events regarding it have already happened, and even though there are [[{{Flashback}} flashbacks]], its story is mostly presented in documents that are left from its era and interviews of remaining people and those who knew the family.
* ThePowerOfHate: [[spoiler:[[EpilepticTrees Quite possibly]] the reason Sadako was able to survive for 30 years until she had the means to transmit her curse to the videotape.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler: "I'm not your ''fucking'' mommy!"]]
* ProductPlacement: In the first US movie, Rachel uses a Sensa pen.
* PsychicNosebleed: Happens in the remake to both Rachel and Aidan.
* PsychicPowers: Sadako and Samara obviously have them, as does Shizuko. Ryuji also possesses them to a degree, and Yoichi later gains them (although it is implied that he inherited mild powers from his father, it is strongly implied that he gained even stronger, deadlier powers from Sadako's influence). Mai also seems to similar powers to Ryuji, to an extent. [[spoiler:Masami]] is also revealed to have gained some in ''Ring 2'', due to coming into contact with Sadako after the latter had [[spoiler:killed Tomoko]].
* PsychologicalHorror
* RapeAsBackstory: In the novels, anyway.
* {{Retcon}}:
** A flashback in the first film appears to show Sadako curiously peering into the well, before Dr. Ikuma sneaks up on her to push her down the well. She's also wearing shoes. ''Ring 0'', however, shows that Sadako was drugged and chased to the well instead, whilst barefoot.
** In the American remake, Samara's birth certificate is briefly shown and the Morgans are named as her parents. In addition, there is a glimpse of another document which reveals a little information about her parents where especially the description of mother matches that of Anna quite well. This means that despite what the parents said, Samara wasn't actually adopted but instead conceived by unorthodox means. In The Ring Two, however, the information in these papers was disregarded, and another characters were introduced as Samara's biological parents, making her the adoptive child of the Morgans.
* {{Revenge}} / RoaringRampageOfRevenge: This is [[spoiler:Akiko]]'s primary reason for investigating Sadako in ''Ring 0'' - the man she killed at Shizuko's demonstration all those years ago was, in fact, [[spoiler:Akiko's fiancé]].
** Also, near the end of ''Ring 0'', [[spoiler:after merging with her [[SuperpoweredEvilSide evil half]], Sadako kills all of the members of the theatre troupe, due to their actions mentioned in MoralEventHorizon on the YMMV page]].
* RuleOfSeven: Seven days.
* RunningOnAllFours: Well, not so much running as moving at a creepy pace, but this is how Sadako / Samara exit the well on the tape.
* ScareChord: Played in the US films when distorted faces of Samara's victims are shown.
* SchmuckBait: The cursed video tape and the legend surrounding it.
* SealedEvilInACan: Sadako was trapped in a well by her own father for the explicit reason of preventing her from hurting other people with her power. Contrast this with Samara, whose ''foster'' mother decided to simply kill her outright.
* SettingUpdate: Instead of Japan, the US and Korean versions are set in the USA and Korea, respectively.
* ShesAManInJapan: Sadako is intersex in the novels; this is completely dropped for Sadako in the movies and Samara in the remake.
** Interestingly, it was maintained for Terror's Realm.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Kazuyuki's role in the series has been nothing but this. He attempts to save himself and his family from the curse by solving it, in the process dragging his friend, Ryuji, along. Then Ryuji dies and Kazuyuki learns that he already saved himself when he showed the copy of the tape to Ryuji. However, he fails to use this information to save his family, and afterwards, he crashes his car and becomes catatonic, ultimately dying several days later. He ''did'' have an impact, though, namely by [[spoiler: allowing his brother to transcript his recordings into paper form, thus [[NiceJobBreakingItHero spreading the curse further]]]].
* ShoutOut:
** The ending of the first movie, depicting Reiko driving towards an oncoming storm, is a visual reference to the ending of ''Film/TheTerminator''.
** The cursed video itself is a shout out to Buñuel's ''Film/UnChienAndalou''.
** There are many shout outs to [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitchcock]] in the first U.S. movie:
*** When Rachel takes a shower (Film/{{Psycho}})
*** When she looks at the building in front of hers, there's a guy on a wheelchair with a cast on his leg (''Film/RearWindow'')
*** When she discovers Noah's body (another Film/{{Psycho}} reference)
*** And, well, the title (there's a silent movie by Hitchcock called The Ring)
** The red tree prop in the remake was nicknamed "Lucy" by the crew after a certain [[ILoveLucy red-headed actress]].
** The first U.S. film has some references to Japan:
*** Katie and Becca wear what look like Japanese school uniforms.
*** The red tree is a Japanese maple.
*** One of the papers in Anna's medical records contains Chinese and Japanese text.
** In the first U.S. film, a [[Music/{{BadReligion}} Bad Religion]] sticker is shown in Noah's locker. One of their music videos is directed by the same person who directed this movie: Gore Verbinski.
** One of Aidan's toys in the US remake is a character from ''Blue Submarine No. 6''.
** In the balcony scene in the US remake, a part of a Taiwanese soft drink commercial featuring actor Takeshi Kaneshiro is shown.
** Shizuko and Sadako are named after two people who lived in Japan in the early 20th century and were claimed to have PsychicPowers.
* ShowerOfAngst: Rachel takes one in the first U.S. movie.
* SmugSnake: Dr. Emma Temple in ''The Ring Two'', a cold and smugly superior psychiatrist played by Elizabeth Perkins, who brings an energy to the character that makes it truly easy to hate her. [[spoiler:Her death definitely confirms her SmugSnake status. She succumbs instantly to a JediMindTrick to commit suicide implying she is so WeakWilled Samara can just control her directly rather than rely on MindRape like all her other victims]].
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The third novel is not often talked about (hardly mentioned on this page even) likely because it moves away from the Sadako curse horror story and extends into science fiction. In great detail [[spoiler: it practically retcons the events of the first two novels as being part of a virtual world experiment. The Ring Virus in the virtual world is seen as an equivalent to a new form of cancer in the real world, and the protagonist has to utilize this to save his wife.]]
** The switch to science fiction has actually been done since ''Spiral'', as while Sadako is still the BigBad, the novel explains that the curse is cancer that has two forms instead of the eldritch curse typical of a psychological horror fiction. The shift is more noticeable in the film adaptations; you'd be shocked that both ''Ring'' and ''Rasen'' films are part of the same franchise, considering their wildly different tone (thriller in the former and medical drama in the latter). Even if they weren't released on the same date, some people might be repulsed just by reading ''Rasen'''s synopsis, had they watched the more-conventional ''Ring'' first.
* SpookyPhotographs: If a photo is taken of someone who has watched the tape, their faces appear blurred and distorted. In addition, ''Ring 2'' explores the concept of spirit photography - photos taken of [[spoiler:Masami]] after being committed to a mental institution reveal the appearance of the "Towel Man". Later, when [[spoiler:Okazaki]] is committed to the same hospital, his photos apparently show something spooky, but [[TheUnreveal the audience never gets to see them]].
* StairsAreFaster: Rachel is racing to warn Noah that Samara has not been put to rest and is after him. When she arrives at his apartment she tries to use the elevator, but gets frustrated by the delay and runs up the stairs instead.
* StarCrossedLovers: Sadako and Toyama.
* TheStinger: ''Sadako 3D 2'' features one, right before the credits roll. [[spoiler: Sadako's child is ''not'' Nagi.]]
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: Sadako/Samara, who, along with Kayako Saeki from ''{{Juon}}'', [[TropeCodifier revitalized and popularized this concept in modern media]].
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler: Kazuyuki Asakawa]] in ''Spiral''.
** Also, [[spoiler:Reiko]] in ''Ring 2''.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler: ''Ring 0'' reveals that Sadako had one, until it became a LiteralSplitPersonality and was kept locked away from the world... until both of her "good" and "evil" halves re-merge at the end.]]
* {{Symbolism}}: The cursed videotape is full of symbols. There's also the ring in the first US remake.
* TelevisionPortal
** In the first US film, Rachel pulls a fly out of a TV screen.
** [[spoiler: Sadako/Samara can emerge from a TV screen.]]
* ThrownDownAWell
* TragicVillain: Sadako in ''Ring 0: Birthday''. Most of the tragedies are technically her fault, but she doesn't mean them to happen. Yet everyone are understandably scared and wants her to be got rid off. [[TearJerker It's quite sad]].
** Also Nagi in ''Sadako 3D 2'', [[spoiler: during the time when everyone thinks of her as the source of the curse.]]
-->'''Nagi''': You'll kill me? You don't like me? Why's everyone scared of me? I want to see Mommy. I'm scared. I can see people's deaths. [[TearJerker Help me, Auntie, help me...]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The Japanese trailer for the first movie completely spoils the now-famous scene of [[spoiler:Sadako emerging from the TV screen]].
* TranquilFury: Do ''not'' get on Yoichi's bad side.
* TrilogyCreep: The publication of ''Birthday'' apparently marked the end of the series, and, due to the nature of the novel (it's a supplementary anthology), that meant the true ending of the series was ''Loop'', which perfectly made a trilogy with ''Ring'' and ''Spiral'' and in fact also closed all current plot threads ([[spoiler: The vaccine for the Ring virus is finally found in ''Loop'']]). And suddenly, out of the blue, the novel ''S'' was released in 2012. No, not the film ''Sadako 3D'' (whose release date was in fact set to coincide with the former), ''S''. And it's not a standalone novel either, since it focuses on a minor character from ''Spiral'' [[spoiler: [[BackFromTheDead who was dead once but returned back]].]] And it's followed by another sequel, ''Tide'', which was released in 2013. Naturally, the two novels are less well-known than the film adaptations due to the fact that it's easier to provide subtitles to films rather than translating entire novels, and most people would be forgiven for thinking that ''Sadako 3D'' and ''Sadako 3D 2'' are original concepts made-for-cinema.
* TruerToTheText: ''Rasen'' was notable for being more faithful to the novel on which it is based than the first film, which was a more loose adaptation. Unfortunately, this meant that ''Rasen'' simply did not work as a sequel to ''Ring'', which is why it was later [[CanonDiscontinuity swept under the rug]].
* UnderstandingBoyfriend: Toyama to Sadako. Also Takanori to Akane.
* UnnaturallyBlueLighting: The US version is filmed with a blue tint. ''The Ring Two'' avoids this, however. It's used again, this time by the Japanese series, in ''Sadako 3D'' and ''Sadako 3D 2''.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Nagao Jotaro, the doctor who tries to rape Sadako in the novels, gets this when he learns Sadako is intersex.
* UrbanLegends: In the Japanese series the tape itself has earned this status, which explains why some of the kids' descriptions of the tape are so different from what is actually shown on the tape - they heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend, and so on. As a result of the tape's status, Reiko and Okazaki discuss various other famous Japanese urban legends, including a reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuchisake-Onna Kuchisake-Onna]].
** It's also acquired this status in the American franchise even before the second movie. The first victim in ''The Ring Two'' was a guy who joined one of several groups that [[spoiler:dare people to watch the video then get someone else to watch it within seven days]]. Conveniently enough, these groups are called "[[IncrediblyLamePun Rings]]".
* VaguenessIsComing: One of the opening scenes of ''Sadako 3D 2'' features a WomanInWhite saying "The girl is born". The audience is led to believe she meant Nagi, since the scene immediately preceding this is Akane giving birth to Nagi. [[spoiler: It isn't.]]
* VersusTitle: ''Sadako vs. Kayako''.
* VillainProtagonist: Played with in ''Ring 0: Birthday''. Sadako is the protagonist, but it later emerges that [[spoiler: her deadly powers come from her SuperPoweredEvilSide, who has [[LiteralSplitPersonality split off into a seperate entity]], leaving Sadako's "good" half as the protagonist for most of the film... until both halves re-merge during the climax.]]
* TheVirus: Sadako herself.
* VisualPun:
** The iron nails on the cursed videotape of the US remake symbolize [[spoiler: Samara's loss of her fingernails when she tried to climb out of the well she died in]].
** Several objects, such as chairs and ladder, on the cursed video are isolated in the US version. This may symbolize Samara's isolation in the hospital and the barn.
* VomitDiscretionShot: Happens near the beginning of ''Ring 2'', courtesy of Mai after she sees the destroyed videotape.
* WhatTheHellHero: Aidan's reaction to his mom's actions at the end. Doubles as a WhamLine.
-->[[spoiler: '''Aidan:''' You helped her?]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Rachel:''' Yeah.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Aidan:''' Why did you do that?]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Rachel:''' What's wrong, honey?]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Aidan:''' You weren't supposed to help her. Don't you understand, Rachel? ''She never sleeps''.]]
* WindowLove: In ''Ring 0'', Sadako and Toyama confess their love through a window to each other.
* WomanInWhite: Sadako, Samara and Evelyn. Also the enigmatic woman in the opening and ending of ''Sadako 3D 2''.
* WorkingWithTheEx: In the Japanese version, Reiko works with her estranged husband Ryuji to solve the mystery of the cursed videotape and save the life of their son. In the US version, Rachel works with her ex-boyfriend Noah to do the same.
* YankTheDogsChain:
** Sadako is pushed down the well by Dr. Ikuma but awakens to find herself in bed with Toyama watching over her. [[spoiler: Just as she goes to reach him, it is revealed that it was a dream and she can only scream as she is sealed in the well.]]
** Samara suffers this in ''The Ring Two''. She [[spoiler: possesses Aidan]] to get a mother, only to be [[spoiler: drugged by Rachel, exorcised from Aidan's body, and then re-sealed in the well.]]

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