* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: David and exactly how much emotion and free will he really has. Fan opinions seems to range from him being entirely emotionless and simply following Weyland's orders to being entirely sentient and deliberately seeking out loopholes in his programming. [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey Sound familiar?]]
** Did he [[spoiler:infect Holloway]] because [[spoiler:Holloway]] was the most convenient target, or because he was the human who had been the biggest [[JerkAss jerk]] to David?
* {{Applicability}}: This movie was ''designed'' for WildMassGuessing. One moment of IdiotBall could mean an hour of theorizing behind why it is so.
* AwesomeMusic: If there was ever a piece of music that perfectly represents the sheer awe and majesty of creation, then, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzI3AdpA9e4 "Life"]] is it. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x83SXBc1sV0&list=RD02rzI3AdpA9e4 "Earth"]] could count as well.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: [[spoiler:The coda showing the birth of a "proto"-xenomorph, a scene created to connect the film to the greater ''Alien'' mythology. However, audiences new to the context of the film don't know what the point of this critter is, since it was never foreshadowed, and it has no impact on the narrative, characterization, or the central conflict of the film, and have therefore found the epilogue confusing and out of nowhere. Audiences who know about ''Alien'' will acknowledge the connection, but since the action for a potential sequel has now moved offworld (with Shaw and David traveling to the Engineer planet) and ''Prometheus'' takes place on a wholly different planet from ''Alien'', the scene is a narrative dead-end.]]
** It does actually continue the central theme of [[spoiler:ParentalAbandonment. Shaw unintentionally took part in creating it, making her yet another Prometheus, and literally rejected it.]] It was also foreshadowed on the mural, shown in a [[spoiler:crucifixion pose and is [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory birthed on Christmas via impossible pregnancy]].]]
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* ClicheStorm: But arguably, many of this movie's clichés are ones for which ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' was the TropeMaker / TropeCodifier, so they qualify as {{Call Back}}s.
* CriticalResearchFailure: One of the scientists on the bridge of the ship claims that 3% atmospheric carbon dioxide will kill you. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_dioxide#mediaviewer/File:Main_symptoms_of_carbon_dioxide_toxicity.svg It won't.]]
** Not the film itself, but in real life, a {{Moral Guardian|s}} ticket vendor tried to push away people from the film by claiming that [[spoiler:Shaw self-performs an abortion. The procedure in the film was ''not'' an abortion but a c-section. If it were an abortion, the fetus would have been killed, which it clearly wasn't. Also, perhaps most importantly, it was an alien-squid-abomination that would no doubt have ripped its way out of her given a moment more.]]
* EpilepticTrees: Oh where do we ''begin''? However, one should have expected nothing less from the TropeNamer, [[Series/{{Lost}} Damon Lindelof]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** [[Creator/MichaelFassbender David]] pretty much steals the show.
** [[CharlizeTheron Vickers]] tends to be quite popular as well, [[OnlySaneMan mainly because she's the only remotely intelligent character in the film]].
** [[spoiler: The Deacon, a proto-xenomorph that only shows up in the last scene.]]
* FanDislikedExplanation: Many fans did not like this answer to the question raised by the Space Jockey.
* FanNickname:
** "Basketbike", for the sport David invented.
** "Black goo", for, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the black goo]].
* FreudWasRight: Where do we even start? Parent/child issues (both literal and metaphorical), pregnancy-based BodyHorror, an android who may or may not have the hots for the protagonist, rape themes, all kinds of disgusting organic things being inserted in bodies. And of course, many, many things shaped like dicks.[[note]]Par for the course for both Creator/RidleyScott and the ''Film/{{Alien}}'' franchise.[[/note]]
* {{Genius Bonus}}/{{Shown Their Work}}: One of David's scenes prior to the arrival of ''Prometheus'' at LV-223 shows him studying [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schleicher%27s_fable Schleicher's fable]], an artificial story written in the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European language in 1868 [[ScienceMarchesOn (and updated over the decades as our best guess as to the vocabulary of PIE evolved)]]. David's (presumably virtual) instructor was an actual linguistics professor hired by Creator/RidleyScott to create the Engineers' language and teach it to the actors.
* HarsherInHindsight: David mentioning that Ellie's father was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus_disease killed by Ebola]] back when the film was originally released in 2012 may have made it seem like a distant, exotic disease to most people around the world. Then in 2014 an Ebola outbreak flares up again in West Africa, infecting several US caregivers and doctors in the region, killing one man who had visited relatives there and didn't get treated in time, and infecting one of the nurses who was looking after said man that died of the disease. Suddenly Ebola doesn't seem so remote any longer for those in the West that normally only saw news statistics about deaths in Africa from this disease.
* HoYay:
** The crewmen who have a running bet with each other throughout the movie, Ravel and Chance. While they are more likely just friends or at least on familiar terms with one another, the duo did have an awful lot of significant glances and nearly all of their screen time was with the other.
** Also Millburn toward Fifield. He seems to be laughing at his comment early in the film in a way to gain his approval.
* IdiotPlot:
** While the movie is a visually and aesthetically amazing piece, the plot and behavior of the crew is a ''mess.'' Just look at the IdiotBall section to get an idea. ''WebVideo/HonestTrailers'' described the crew like this:
-->"A lazy captain, who leaves his crew to die. A stoner geologist, with state of the art computer maps, radio communication, mapping balls, and GPS, who still gets lost. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBaKqOMGPWc An inconsistent biologist, who is afraid of a 2000 year old dead body, but falls in love with a clearly dangerous alien snake. And an idiot woman who can only run in straight lines."]]
** Surprisingly, Creator/RogerEbert, who popularized the term "idiot plot", gave this movie four stars. He did, however, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x1YuvUQFJ0 later link to this]].
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: A major weakness of ''Prometheus'' is how similiar it is to ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''. In particular, ''Alien'' was revolutionary for having its protagonists be {{Space Trucker}}s, but here, when the characters are scientists who should be highly motivated about the subject of their research, why are they still ''acting'' like {{Space Trucker}}s?
* LoveItOrHateIt: If you believe the internet, this movie is either a misunderstood masterpiece or a total disaster.
* MemeticMutation:
** "[[Creator/RedLetterMedia What was that black goo]]?"
** A lot of images have been made comparing the Engineer to [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Handsome Squidward]].
* {{Misblamed}}: Damon Lindelof bears the brunt of the hate for ''Prometheus'' by people who didn't like it. In fact, he cautioned Ridley Scott ''against'' leaving so many mysteries unexplained, precisely because of the bad reaction to the finale of ''{{Series/Lost}}''. Scott promptly overruled him. There is also ample evidence major parts of the film were rewritten, reedited, or reshot by Scott well into production. The much derided decision by the science team to remove their helmets, for instance, was not in Lindelof's original script.
* OneSceneWonder: [[spoiler:A proto-xenomorph]] shows up only for the last minute of the film, and was a huge hit with the fanbase.
* ParanoiaFuel: David can access the memories of the crew whilst they are in stasis. They've been in stasis for over ''two years''. Furthermore entrusting your life to an amoral synthetic for that length of time is unnerving.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: In a film that is by and large ''astonishing'' to look at, Guy Pearce's terrible aged make-up really stands out, the result of prepping a design on the fly during a then-tighter schedule. One could explain it in-universe as side-effects of Weyland trying to extend his age, but it can still be jarring.
* SpiritualAntithesis: It actually has some elements of this with ''Aliens''. Where the movie ''Aliens'' uses the xenomorphs as metaphors for the pains of childbirth and parenthood, the aliens in ''Prometheus'' are used more as metaphors for hostile, overbearing parents.
* SpiritualLicensee: The film can be viewed as an adaptation of Creator/HPLovecraft's ''At the Mountains of Madness''. This is due to the fact that much of its first-act material was taken directly from Dan O'Bannon's original ''Alien'' script, which was essentially a rework of that story (the version we're familiar with was a root-and-branch rewrite by DavidGiler and WalterHill). O'Bannon (like his friend and onetime collaborator, Creator/JohnCarpenter) was a major Lovecraft nut and would eventually direct ''TheResurrected'', an adaptation of Lovecraft's ''The Case of Charles Dexter Ward''.
* {{Squick}}: A completely uncensored emergency [[spoiler:c-section]], anyone?
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: When the original script for the film, ''Alien: Engineers'', became available online and was confirmed as authentic, series fans were outraged over how superior it was to the rewrite, which removed all of the overt connections to the original film and introduced a lot of plot holes in the progress.
* VocalMinority: While certainly not perfect, this movie scored a respectable 73% ("Certified Fresh") critical rating on Website/RottenTomatoes--''far'' higher than ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'', ''Film/AlienResurrection'' or either of the two ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' movies--and its audience rating was almost as high. Still, to hear some longtime ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' fans talk about it, you'd think this film was a complete disgrace to the franchise with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Save for Guy Pearce's faulty makeup, even those with a negative opinion on the film can agree that it looks incredible, ''especially'' in 3D. Some examples include but not limited to would be the opening shots of the waterfall and the world, The Engineer's sacrifice, and the Starmap.
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