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* BestKnownForTheFanservice: Quite literally in this case. The scene where Erika Eleniak pops out of a giant cake while topless is one of the most-remembered scenes from the first film.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: Krill's acts of hostility towards Ryback, beginning with spitting in the chef's soup.
* GodModeSue: At ''no'' point does it ever look like Ryback is in trouble, and yet it's still remarkably subdued compared to Seagal's usual characters - Ryback is far less respected than the standard Seagal protagonist, for starters. The hostages are supporting cast are usually in a lot more danger, so the movies still manage to have some tension.
* {{Squick}}: Ryback [[spoiler:crushing Strannix's eye with his thumb, complete with oozing sludge]].
* TearJerker: Ryback draping the dead Captain's uniform over his body, after Ryback finds the captain killed in cold blood.
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