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''Green Lantern: First Flight'' is a movie based upon the poster child for the GreenLantern comics, Hal Jordan.

In the midst of flight training, Hal is forcibly summoned by a nearby alien who was near death, Abin Sur. Given the GreenLanternRing, he quickly adapts to its powers, but discovers he is one of TheChosenMany of the Green Lantern Corps. Taken to Oa, the central hub of the Corps, he is given to SelfDemonstrating/{{Sinestro}} to be trained and attempt to prove himself worthy of the ring.

Hal is pulled into the intergalactic politics as he finds Abin Sur's murderer and a conspiracy involving the criminal Kanjar Ro. What he also discovers is that the mission was given a high priority because Kanjar Ro is searching for the dangerous Yellow Element, the only weakness to the Green Lantern powers.

The next animated Green Lantern movie, ''Film/GreenLanternEmeraldKnights'' shares the same art style with this film, but is not part of the same continuity.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation: Most of the plot elements are taken right out of ''Emerald Dawn'' and ''Emerald Dawn II'', especially in adapting the denouement of the first for the final battle with Sinestro, who becomes the main antagaonist of the latter.
* AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler: Boodikka in the comics is a loyal Green Lantern, whereas in the film, she's sided with Sinestro in his coup.]]
* AgonyBeam: Sinestro shows that a GL ring can work as one in a pinch.
* BarBrawl
* BigBadFriend: Sinestro.
* CatchPhrase: Sinestro often talks about "incentive", often meaning things that really aren't good incentives.
* TheChosenMany: The Green Lantern Corps.
* CuttingTheKnot: Hal [[spoiler: manages to destroy the yellow battery by crushing it between two moons]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to traditional ''Justice League'' fare. Characters are killed on-screen, and sometimes fairly violently.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Boodikka and Tomar Re.]]
* DeathByOriginStory: Abin Sur
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Sinestro, though he was pretty far gone already.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Boodikka]].
** {{Sinestro}}
* {{Fingore}}: [[spoiler:After Sinestro was defeated, Kilowog decides to destroy the yellow ring by stomping it. While it was still on Sinestro's hands.]]
* FantasticDrug: The "Moon Ball".
* GoodCopBadCop: Hal and Sinestro, respectively.
* GreenLanternRing
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Boodikka]].
* InterrogatingTheDead: "I'm reconnecting synapses for some information. This shouldn't take long..."
* KickTheDog: Sinestro to Labella.
* KnightTemplar: Sinestro.
--> "Kadmandur was a pustule of a planet. [[WretchedHive A breeding ground of criminal scum.]] [[KillEmAll One time I suggested we clean it out with a meteor shower.]] [[RefugeInAudacity The Guardians thought I was kidding.]]"
* MightyWhitey: Hal Jordan is an interstellar variant.
* MythologyGag:
** The powered armor used by Kanjar Ro's [[TheDragon dragon]] looks to be themed after the Blue Beetle.
** Kilowog tells Hal he's a brave and bold Green Lantern. "The Brave and the Bold" is an often-used DC title.
* NoodleIncident: the opening dialogue between Hal and Carol indicates a weekend when they got drunk together and... the noodle incident kicks in
* NotSoDifferent: Sinestro tries to compare himself and Hal.
* NotSoStoic: Ranakar cheering for Hal as he fights Sinestro.
* ObviouslyEvil: Would you trust a guy named Sinestro?
* PunyHumans: What everyone thinks of Hal Jordan.
-->[[spoiler:'''Boodikka:''' ''(her last word)'' Humans...]]
* PossessionImpliesMastery: Hal seems to have no problem adapting to his new powers.
** Sinestro is likewise very confident in his control over [[spoiler:the yellow power ring]], despite being warned about it.
--> '''Weaponer of Qward''': The weapon is a mighty force. The most powerful and absolute in your universe. With one exception. One… slight… imperfection. The imperfection every weapon has. Its user.
* PowerEchoes: After Hal absorbs the Central Power Battery, he speaks with a slight echo.
* PragmaticAdaptation
* RabidCop: Sinestro, big time. The filmmakers compare him to Alonzo Harris in the DVD extras.
* RecycledInSpace
** This is basically a watered-down version ''Manga/SpaceAdventureCobra'' with power rings. [[TropesAreNotBad Not that that's a bad thing]].
** In interviews and the behind the scene featurette, the crew also compared it to ''TrainingDay''.
* ReplacementScrappy: Hal Jordan is an InUniverse Replacement Scrappy for Abin Sur. To Kilowog at least.
* RoleReprisal: See "Actor Allusion".
* RookieRedRanger: Hal Jordan. Very new guy joining a very old group. "Very new" as in "less than a month." "Very old" as in "since the beginning of time." In the end, it is Hal Jordan who [[spoiler: defeats Sinestro in single combat]].
* RRatedOpening: The first scene shows Abin Sur bleeding from a gut wound.
* ShoutOut: one of the Lanterns is apparently [[Anime/SailorMoon moonlighting as a Sailor Scout]].
** The gratification device mentioned earlier is essentially of the same design as the Orgasmatron, except it glows.
* [[spoiler:SlasherSmile: Boodikka is clearly enjoying suffocating Hal.]]
* SuperHeroOrigin: Subversion, while they do show how Hal got the ring, they decided to skip this and move straight on to the plot.
** Though the reason for the subversion is because of both the upcoming live-action ''Green Lantern'' movie is expected to cover it and ''[[ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier Justice League: The New Frontier]]'' covered a good deal of it in animated form and was done by much of the same crew as ''First Flight''.
* SuperweaponSurprise: The Yellow Element powered battery/WaveMotionGun.
* TooKinkyToTorture: Sinestro uses a pink orb as an "incentive" to get Labella to talk. She doesn't mind at first, but [[spoiler:begs for him to stop after he ties it to her hands.]]
* TransformationSequence: Hal gets an extremely ''Anime/SailorMoon''-esque one of these the first time he puts the ring on.
* VillainousBreakdown: Averted mostly. Sinestro doesn't have one directly, but he is very much on the verge of one during the end fight with Hal, where he decides to kill him and steal his ring "for insurance", but when he starts getting knocked around, his face gets very angry and twitchy.
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler: It turns out Boodikka is trying to get Hal on their side.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Sinestro, who just wants to make the galaxy a peaceful place. [[KnightTemplar ''By any means necessary''.]]
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Hal uses his ring to create a folding chair to hit people with during the BarBrawl scene.
* WretchedHive: Cadmendoh. As Sinestro puts it;
-->'''Sinestro''': Cadmendoh is a pustule of a planet. A breeding ground of criminal scum. One time I suggested we clean it out with a meteor shower. The Guardians thought I was kidding.
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