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'''''Starship Troopers: Invasion''''' is a 2012 [[AllCGICartoon CGI film]] directed by Shinji Aramaki that takes elements from [[Literature/StarshipTroopers the book]], [[Film/StarshipTroopers the movie]], and [[WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles the TV series]] and works them into a new story. John Rico sends Carmen Ibáñez and the troopers of K-12 and A-01 squads to track down the ''John A. Warden'', Carmen's old ship, which has gone dark after being commandeered by Carl Jenkins.

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!!''Starship Troopers: Invasion'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AirVentPassageway: Trig, though she has to strip out of her armor to pull it off. She also lampshades that the vent is too small for Bugspray to fit in.
* AllAsiansKnowMartialArts: Chow.
* AlienInvasion: What the Fleet and Mobile Infantry are trying to stop.
* {{Animesque}}: Of note are its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrlI1Hs_HIM&feature=player_embedded Japanese influences]], and the fact that Rico now looks like [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Snake]] [[foldercontrol]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: FacelessMooks and [[NominalImportance named characters]] have roughly the same life expectancy.
* AnArmAndALeg: One of the troopers gets his arm mangled in the first fight, and gets it replaced with an ArtificialLimb. [[spoiler:And ''that'' gets ripped off in the next firefight.]]
* ArmorIsUseless: Mobile Infantry wear significantly bulkier armor than in the film, but it's still offers no defense against the bugs. That said, it does [[PowerArmor give them a nice advantage in mobility]].
* BackInTheSaddle: Rico brings TheCavalry in the end.
* BadassPreacher: Holy Man.
* BatmanGambit: The Bugs' entire plan hinges on the humans finding the ''John A. Warden'' derelict in space, and restarting the engines.
** Given that [[spoiler:the queen had access to Carl's mind]], it would have known exactly how much the ''John A. Warden'' meant to Carmen and [[FridgeBrilliance how far she'd go to recover it.]]
* BeamSpam: Utilized during the ship-to-ship combat scenes.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: While many troopers get torn limb from limb, [[spoiler:Trig's body]] is left intact enough that it's not immediately clear that she's dead. [[spoiler:JustifiedTrope in that the Bugs were using her as bait for an ambush. And it works.]]
* BetaCouple: Ice Blonde and Ratzass. [[spoiler: Unusually, they survive while the main couple perish.]]
* {{BFG}}: Ratzass gets a [[GatlingGood minigun]] and Trig has her non-regulation sniper rifle.
* BigDamnHeroes: A couple of these are pulled off throughout the film.
* BlackGuyDiesFirst: [[spoiler:Seeing this is basically "Trope Defiance: The Motion Picture," it's the token black guy, the BetaCouple, and the cameos who make it out alive.]]
* BodyCountCompetition: Trig intends to avenge every single person from her [[DoomedHometown home town]] who were killed by the Bugs, and keeps a running count through the entire film. [[spoiler:After Trig dies, Bugspray picks up the count for her during his YouShallNotPass.]]
* BrokenBird: Trig very much so. Ice Blonde somewhat less.
* BugWar: You didn't even have to read ''this'' far down the page to guess this one, did you?
* CallBack: ''"So are you gonna do it?"''
* TheCaptain: Carmen Ibáñez. ''Other'' captains call their bridge to attention [[ShroudedInMyth when she walks in]].
* TheCavalry
** Rico drops with a squad of [[MiniMecha Marauders]] to extract Carmen and TheSquad.
** And of course, there is [[spoiler: Carl Jenkins with his mind-controlled bugs.]]
* ChainsawGood: Rico
* ChekhovsGun: The block of C4, Carl's crates, and his shuttle.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Carl Jenkins]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Chow's martial arts [[spoiler:get him hilariously killed.]]
* ColdSniper: Mild subversion with Trig. While she's quite detached in combat, she's fairly open otherwise.
* CollapsibleHelmet: Allowing the [[NominalImportance named troopers]] to emote properly without going [[HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic completely helmetless]]. Late in the film, one trooper retracts only the faceplate of his helmet, making it clear that these are still more or less modeled after the helmets worn in [[Film/StarshipTroopers the live action movie]].
* CombatMedic: Shock Jock
* CreepyMonotone: Carl Jenkins tends to speak in a low raspy monotone. He doesn't seem to be all the way sane.
* CreepyShadowedUndereyes: Carl Jenkins
* DaylightHorror: Once they get the power started again on the ''John A. Warden'', the Bugs swarm. [[spoiler:Their plan the entire time hinged on taking control of the ship, and they needed the power on to do it.]]
-->''"Don't be afraid of the dark!"''
* DeathBySex: [[spoiler:Trig and Bugspray, though they last a lot longer than many of the more celibate characters. Meanwhile, [[BetaCouple Ratzass and Ice Blonde]] clearly have it for one another, but never actually have sex on screen...and they make it out alive.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler:Lt. Daugherty? Nope. Bugspray and Trig? Still nope. Even the protagonists from the original film feel like they're running towards BackForTheDead territory at times, but they all survive.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Carl Jenkins and Johnny Rico, effectively.
* DiedStandingUp: [[spoiler:Daugherty]]. Well, Died Crouching but the effect is the same.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Inverted. Ratzass actually ''wins'' a fight he was [[CurbStompBattle losing badly]] to Chao, evidently because he was ''[[HeroicResolve inspired]]'' by Ice Blonde flashing him. Ratzass goes from straightforward fisticuffs to fighting with a style that's best described as some sort of libido-fueled variant of [[DrunkenBoxing drunken boxing]].
* DistressCall: Of the Cessation of Communications variant.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Not everybody gets to die in battle. Some folks just get blown up [[TakeAMomentToCatchYourDeath when they least expect it]].
* DumbMuscle: Ratzass
* DwindlingParty: It becomes easier to remember [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters everybody's name]] once there are fewer of them left to track.
* DropPod: Rico's Marauders.
* DropShip: Used in the film's intro to deploy Daughtery's squad, and again in the climax to deploy Rico's {{Drop Pod}}s.
* EliteMooks: [[spoiler:Rico's squad of MiniMecha troopers. They're clad in the same nondescript black armor as the troopers accompanying Jenkins at the beginning, and from the look of it, only Rico and one other trooper make it to the ship.]]
* EscapePod: [[spoiler:Jenkins's shuttle is used to OutRunTheFireball. It barely gets them clear before it is disabled and crash-lands.]]
* EveryoneKnowsMorse: When the ''Alesia'' first catches up with the ''John A. Warden'', it is mentioned that the former have tried every possible means of contacting the latter, including light flash signals. Later, one of the troopers starts firing bursts from his gun in front of a window, and Rico is able to figure out what he's signaling.
* ExoticWeaponSupremacy: Trig uses a non-standard sniper rifle, which her superiors let her keep because she is a fantastic shot and it has the stopping power to kill bugs with relative ease. The weapon has [[TragicKeepsake sentimental value]], having been made in her hometown before the bugs wiped it out.
* {{Expy}}: Although the plot is heavily inspired by ''[[Film/{{Alien}} Aliens]]'' (see ShoutOut below), Carl gets bonus points for being an Expy of both Newt ''and'' Burke.
* EyepatchOfPower: Good thing Rico doesn't need depth perception to do an orbital drop.
* FacelessMooks: Interestingly enough, not any more or less likely to die than named characters.
* {{Fanservice}}: We get to see all three female characters naked.
* FatalFamilyPhoto: Ice Blonde has one [[spoiler:or so it seems. She survives the film while Trig and her DoomedHometown do not.]]
* FetishFuelFuture: The co-ed locker rooms are back.
* FlunkyBoss: The Bug Queen [[spoiler:and Carl Jenkins.]]
* FourStarBadass: General Johnny Rico, of course having a MiniMecha helps. [[spoiler: And then he sheds his armor on his mad rush at the Bug Queen and kills her with just a combat knife.]]
* FriendlySniper: Trig.
* GatlingGood: Ratzass and Rico.
* GenreSavvy: Although the humans fail to catch on to a few of the details of what the Bugs are up to, they tend to be catch on quickly. For example, once the John A. Warden unexpectedly jumps to the Solar System, and refuses to respond to messages, the Federation forces immediately assume it to be [[TrojanHorse hostile.]]
* GhostShip: The ''John A. Warden''. [[spoiler: At first.]]
* GodzillaThreshold: When Carmen's [[spoiler:bug-infested ship]] threatens to hit Earth in ''Invasion'', the order is given to nuke it to hell and back once it touches down. France would have no longer been habitable had that plan worked. Of course, the alternative of having a [[spoiler:Bug Queen]] inside a [[spoiler:heavily-armed warship]] was far worse.
* GunshipRescue: The powered armor units invoke this trope when they descend from the sky.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: The PoweredArmor includes a fully-enclosed helmet, which can retract into the armor whenever a character needs to emote.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Carl Jenkins, who got mind-raped by the Bug Queen after he did the same to her.]]
* HollywoodAtheist: Two of them in Daugherty's squad. One mainly interested in verbally sparring with [[ReligiousBruiser Holy Man]], and Ice Blonde, who mostly teases him for the ''wide'' variety of religious tattoos he wears on his body.
** Which gets a CallBack after [[spoiler: Holy man [[TakingTheBullet saves Ice Blonde's life]]]]
-->'''Ice Blonde''': You almost had me believing!
* HollywoodTactics: Not glaringly obvious like the first team, but a lot of casualties would have been averted if the fighting were done more properly.
** The Mobile Infantry squads are still grossly under-armed. Their primary weapon is assault rifles, even with BottomlessMagazines, still need several seconds to down a single bug, while they are constantly swarmed with dozens. Ratzass has a minigun, Trig has a sniper rifle, Ice Blonde has some sort of light machinegun, Varro has an underbarrel grenade launcher, and that's it. Varro doesn't even use his grenade launcher until the very end. Maybe they do have more advanced weapon which were lost or ammunition depleted in previous missions, but the movie never made it clear.
** As the Warden approached Earth and had to be intercepted, [[spoiler: the 3 intercepting ships flew on a straight line right in front of the Warden's main laser guns and predictably got blown up]].
** As Rico and his men are dropped to the crashed Warden, [[spoiler: they didn't even bother to spread out while air-borne, and most were wiped out mid-air. Rico only survived thanks to PlotArmor]].
* HopeSpot: Several, right up to the very end.
* IdiotBall:
** Ship lost power, everyone's dead. Doesn't anyone in the rescue team suspect that the bugs might be waiting to ambush them? [[spoiler: They happily split up, don't bother to reinforce their position or create defensible choke points, and quite a number get killed by the bug ambush]].
** Chow, who decides that[[spoiler:he will have better chances fighting bugs with punches and kicks and no helmet]].
* InASingleBound: The trooper armor has jet-boots, used for moving in zero-gravity, and for making badass leaps through the air.
* ItsRainingMen: Rico and his Marauder squad.
* IWillOnlySlowYouDown: Done a few times in troopers get badly mauled and decide to [[HeroicSacrifice lure them away]], [[DelayingAction slow them down]], or HoldTheLine.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Carl Jenkins]]
* KnifeNut: At least two characters decide to take hunting knives with them. [[spoiler:Rico manages to stab the Queen in the eye with one.]]
* LatexSpacesuit: Carmen's space suit is essentially her Fleet uniform with a helmet.
* LetsGetDangerous:
-->'''Rico:''' Prepare for drop!
* LibationForTheDead: Without the glasses, given that they are deployed in a warzone. At the beginning of the movie, they are [[{{Retirony}} headed back to Terra for some long-overdue R&R.]]
-->"Here's to the dead!"\\
"And to the next man to die!"
* TheLoad: Carmen. A Justified example, as she is not a trooper, [[AcePilot but a pilot]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Two Mobile Infantry squads' worth.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Rico
* MadeOfExplodium: Federation ships when they get destroyed.
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler:Carl Jenkins]]
* MajorlyAwesome: Hero
* MeetCute: Trig and Bugspray, on their second meeting (there was [[StuffBlowingUp too much going on]] during their first meeting for much of a conversation)
* MindControl: Jenkins' plan. [[spoiler:Bug Warriors that ''he'' can control, which will allow the humans to use ZergRush tactics [[HoistByTheirOwnPetard against the Bugs]].]]
* MindRape: It is heavily implied that [[spoiler:Jenkins and the Bug Queen did this to each other.]]
* MsFanservice: Ice Blonde most of the time, but Trig has her moments.
* MyGreatestFailure: Carmen treats the loss of the ''Roger Young'' back in the first film as this, which is why she's so pissed that Jenkins stole her ship.
* MythologyGag: Quite a few:
** The first lines of the movie are taken word for word from the first lines of the book--though in this case, it's the narrator that offers the "eager racehorse" explanation rather than a physician.
** Trig and Bugspray flirt with "Would you like to know more?" and "Everyone's doing their part," lines prominent in the first film's propaganda.
** Rico shouts, "Come on you apes, you want to live for ever!?", practically the series' catchphrase, as he's dropping with his troopers toward the end.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: A distressingly literal example, given the Major's nickname.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Carl relieves Carmen of command of her ship when he commandeers it and leaves her behind. This is pretty much the only reason she is still alive in the second act after the ''John A. Warden'' goes missing.
* NoNudityTaboo: As established in previous films, Mobile Infantry showers are co-ed, and Ice Blonde walking around shirtless isn't treated as any more unusual than a male trooper doing the same. The fan-service aspect of this is touched on, though, with troopers of both genders taking the opportunity to eat the eye candy.
* NomDeGuerre: Many, either reflective of the troopers' personalities, or {{Punny Name}}s. A few characters get mentioned by name once or twice, but you usually won't hear their real names again once the plot kicks into gear.
* NominalImportance: [[spoiler:Averted. Named characters die just as easily as unnamed ones, the main difference being that the unnamed ones die before viewers have the chance to know ''anyone's'' name.]]
* NoseArt: The two squads have different paint jobs on their armor to help tell them apart, and some of the troopers, such as Trig and Shock Jock, have custom artwork on their armor as well.
* NothingIsScarier: After the heroes board the ''John A. Warden''. They would ''really'' like to know what happened to the Bugs after they killed everyone.
* NukeEm: Standard strategy once the Bugs have overrun a base [[spoiler: or landed on Earth]]. Sanitize the site with nukes, either planted by troopers or [[KillSat dropped from orbit]].
* ObviouslyEvil: Carl Jenkins, at first. [[spoiler: However, it's eventually subverted when he [[GoodAllAlong shows up towards the end with some bugs under his control.]]]]
* PercussiveMaintenance: The door to Bugspray's room. When Bugspray tries to do this, he only suceeds in making enough noise to cause Trig to come out of her room and wordlessly show him the right spot to kick the door to make it open.
* PlotArmor: Only the major characters from the other movies are guaranteed to survive. Almost everyone else loses theirs at some point in the movie.
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[NowYouTellMe Thanks, Carl.]]
* PointDefenseless: Utterly averted. Rico loses most of his squad just trying to get down to the ground.
** Played straight with the L-6 base. It fires off exactly one barrage, which the John A. Warden then dodges, and afterwards, they are too close to fire more shots. Justified, however, in that Rico was hesitant to destroy the ship with his friends aboard who sent a message that they were still alive and fighting.
* PoweredArmor: Both of the "suit of armor" variety and of the MiniMecha variety.
* PunchAWall: Carmen does this due to the frustration of her ship being commandeered by Carl, and her being relieved of command in the process. All for the ship to immediately go missing.
* QuotingMyself: "I'll get you a pen."
* RammingAlwaysWorks: One of the Federation ships tries to slam into the John A. Warden as it approaches Earth.
* RasputinianDeath: [[spoiler:Henry "Hero" Varro]] takes an ''extraordinary'' amount of offscreen punishment before going down.
* RealityEnsues: Initiating hand-to-hand combat with a bug isn't the smartest decision you can make. Even if you win, there's [[ZergRush still another couple hundred of them]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Subverted. [[spoiler:Hero dies as soon as his mission is complete, but the only reason he was in trouble to begin with was because he refused to take his squad on a SuicideMission for Carl Jenkins.]]
* RescueRomance: Trig and Bugspray meet for the first time when Trig nearly doesn't make it onto the ''Alesia'', save for Bugspray grabbing her hand. When she runs into him the second time, she doesn't realize who he is until he tells her. She is very [[CoitusEnsues appreciative.]]
* {{Retirony}}: The troopers were on their way back to Terra for some long-overdue downtime when they got diverted for a high-priority operation.
* ScreamingWarrior: The troopers are in the habit of this. In particular, when bugs try to get into [[spoiler:the Bridge of the ''Warden'' as it's going through the wormhole]], all of them start screaming wordlessly at the top of their lungs while firing.
* SendInTheSearchTeam: Twice, both in the intro and in the primary plot of the movie.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:A Bug Warrior can be seen running through a sewer in TheStinger.]]
* ShoutOut: One, possibly two for ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', most obviously with the motion-tracker and less obviously when Trig climbs into the air duct. [[spoiler:That said, Bishop lives, but Trig doesn't.]]
* ShowerScene: [[spoiler: Carmen]]
* SlaveMooks: Surprisingly, [[spoiler:Carl turns the ''bugs'' into this. He only had a few prototypes operational and they were slaughtered eventually, but it was impressive, [[TheCavalry and timely]]. Varro eventually performs a HeroicSacrifice so that Carl could survive and continue developing this project, in the hopes of turning the war around.]]
* TheStoic: Holy Man
* TakeAMomentToCatchYourDeath: [[spoiler:Shock Jock]] is killed as the ''Alesia'' is suddenly blown up while he is in the airlock.
* TakingYouWithMe: Several characters utilize this trope by setting off grenades just before they're killed by the bugs.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Holy Man]] dies this way, saving [[spoiler:Ice Blonde from a bolt of bug-plasma.]]
* TheTease: Iced Blonde.
* {{Technopath}}: [[spoiler: The Queen]] is able to control [[spoiler: The ''John A. Warden'']] via [[UnusualUserInterface being plugged into the system]].
* ToAbsentFriends: The MI have a ritual where they hold up their hands as if holding glasses (actual glasses are only provided on Earth) and toast to their fallen friends, as well as those who will [[AnyoneCanDie inevitably fall next.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: Carl has definitely crossed over to the dark side. For all his MyCountryRightOrWrong attitude in the first film, you at least got the sense that he genuinely cared about Carmen and Johnny. In ''Invasion'', he's downright mean to Carmen, and Rico is obviously tempted to just leave Carl's ass in the proverbial fire during the climax. [[spoiler:It's implied that he still cares about them a fair bit, though. He certainly didn't need Carmen alive to escape (or at least didn't know she'd be useful at the time), but he still telepathically guided her to the MI squad.]]
* TrojanHorse: The bug plot. The Terrans are GenreSavvy enough to know that it's a trick, but the ''John A. Warden'' is too powerful for them to intercept her before she can get to [[spoiler:Earth]].
* VasquezAlwaysDies: The tough-as-nails trooper Ice Blonde and the (comparatively) cute and feminine sniper Trig make up the two female squad members. Guess which of the two make it to the end? [[spoiler: Did you just say Trig? [[AvertedTrope Buzzzz. Wrong.]]]]
* VillainousRescue: The bug queen utilizes the John A. Warden's guns to shoot down the nukes that was coming down on them.
* WarriorMonk: Holy Man invokes this trope, and has tattoos of various faiths on his body.
* WeaponizedExhaust: When leaving Fort Casey, the Troopers' ship turns around and uses its thrusters to blast the bugs in the landing bay. Carmen later does the same with a shuttle's thrusters.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Rico and Carmen, toward Jenkins. Rico claims not to care about it anymore, but even he is tempted to just leave Jenkins to die. Carmen outright hates him.
* WeWillWearArmorInTheFuture: Complete with a TechnologyPorn gearing up scene, and armor ''within'' MiniMecha. The standard armor the characters wear most of the time has magnetic boots (complete with a SilentRunningMode that lets them move around whisper silent rather than clomping around like stormtroopers), and jet boosts for leaping, all of which get put to good use several times.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Carl Jenkins is willing to [[WeHaveReserves casually sacrifice the lives of Troopers and Fleet crew alike]], all to work towards his ultimate goal: defeating the bugs to save humanity.
* WildWeasel: Rico's Marauders have to take out the ''John A. Warden'''s turrets during their drop.
* TheWorfBarrage: [[spoiler:When Carmen's bug-infested ship is bearing down on Earth, Rico orders it shot down. Despite outnumbering it three to one and having a heavily armed station as backup, they can barely manage to land a hit. The bugs, in control of the ship, manage direct and crippling hits with almost every attack.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Ice Blonde is in shock that the more obviously 'good' members of their team didn't make it out alive. Instead, it was [[EveryoneLovesBlondes her]], [[BoisterousBruiser Ratzass]], and [[BlackGuyDiesFirst Mech]], not to mention [[BackForTheDead Carmen, Carl, and Rico]] all making it out alive.]]
* YouShallNotPass: How [[spoiler:Bugspray]] dies.
* ZergRush: Standard Bug tactic. Also the necessary tactic when Rico's Marauders do their drop onto the ''John A. Warden'', and [[spoiler: of course for Carl Jenkins's Warrior Bugs.]]

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