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* AwesomeMusic: The first ''Universal Soldier'' trailer features tracks from... ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' and ''Film/TotalRecall1990''.
* CompleteMonster: Andrew Scott from the first movie was a sergeant in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, where he goes renegade as he starts butchering civilians and kills his own squad when they try to stop him. He cuts off the ears of his victims and [[CreepySouvenir wears them in a necklace]]. He orders Private Luc Deveraux to kill the two remaining "traitors," two Vietnamese children, [[WouldHurtAChild doing the job himself]] when Deveraux refuses. Both are reborn years later as memory-wiped {{Super Soldier}}s. As soon as Scott regains his memories he kills his controllers and goes on a blood-filled vendetta across the States to punish Deveraux for disobeying his illegal orders back in Vietnam, graphically killing anyone who gets in his way. At the end he takes Deveraux's elderly parents and his love interest hostage, awarding all of them the death penalty. Despite claims earlier in the film that he thinks he's still fighting the insurgents in Vietnam, Scott later plainly admits that he's fully aware where he is and what he's doing, and his only motive is revenge for Deveraux refusing to partake in his atrocities.
%%* CriticalBacklash[=/=]CriticalDissonance: Oh, yes.
* {{Narm}}: Thanks to Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme's [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent accent]], some of Deveraux's lines end up becoming hilarious. His [[DullSurprise lack of emotion]]. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Does. Not. Help]].
-->If you [[FunetikAksent belivv.. AHDEED, DENADID]].
%%* OneSceneWonder: Lundgren in ''Regeneration'' and ''Day of Reckoning''. Also Van Damme in ''Day of Reckoning''.
* SophomoreSlump: The made-for-TV movies and ''The Return'' are disliked by most fans. Said films are [[CanonDiscontinuity retconned]] officially.

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