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->''"Keanu Reeves plays a man in a black trench coat chosen by fate to uncover the shocking truth that Earth is not as we believe it to be, but merely a mundane illusion hiding an army of insidious and overwhelming enemies. So, basically, it's ''Film/TheMatrix'' [[JustForFun/XMeetsY with crosses]]."''
-->-- '''Website/{{Cracked}}'''

''Constantine'' is a 2005 American film very loosely based on Creator/VertigoComics' ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' comic book, with some plot elements being taken from the "Dangerous Habits" story arc (issues #41-46) and others - such as the inclusion of Papa Midnite - from the "Original Sins" trade paperback. It was released on February 8, 2005 in Hong Kong, and on February 18, 2005 in the U.S. and Canada. It is rated R for violence and demonic images by the MPAA. It also contains [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking mild language]].

Things are getting stranger for John Constantine (played by Creator/KeanuReeves), American, atoner and Catholic demon-hunter. Demon activity is on the rise as more and more denizens of Hell are trying to cross over to earth. This would be right up Constantine's alley, but he's a little preoccupied with the fact that he's dying of lung cancer, and going to go to Hell despite all he's done. (He committed suicide at a young age, which condemns him to eternity in hell, but was revived, so when he dies for real he's going to go there.)

Things come to a head when LAPD officer Angela Dodson approaches Constantine with news that her institutionalized, possibly [[TheCassandra psychic]] sister has recently offed herself. Constantine investigates and starts to uncover a connection to the demons and a possible plot to turn Earth into a literal [[HellOnEarth Hell]].

The film is notorious among readers for being an InNameOnly adaptation -- in particular, changing the blond, British protagonist into a black-haired American who is more of an exorcist than a magician -- but it has merits aplenty if viewed as a standalone work.

Not to be confused with the {{Series/Constantine}} television adaptation of the comic of the same name, which is more faithful to the source material.

!! ''Constantine'' contains examples of:

* AdaptationExpansion: The novelization of the film written by John Shirley does an amazing job of expanding upon the movieverse. It develops the characters more thoroughly and explains the mythology of Constantine's job comprehensively. In addition, it includes all the deleted scenes shown on the DVD in context and fits them into continuity. For those who may be on the fence about the film, the novelization might be the tipping point into enjoying it.
* AddictionDisplacement: Constantine chews gum at the end to signal that he's quit smoking.
* AffablyEvil: Satan and arguably [[spoiler: Gabriel]].
* AllUpToYou: Keanu Reeves' {{sidekick}} Chaz briefly takes a surprisingly heroic action, only to then be killed while he is monologing.
* AlmostKiss: Three times, between Constantine and Angela Dodson.
* AmbiguousGender: The ArchangelGabriel.
* AngelicTransformation: In the climax, Gabriel is de-winged as punishment for plotting to unleash Mammon upon the world, leaving a pair of bloody stumps. Constantine introduces [[OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous them]] to pain with a punch to the mouth.
* AngelUnaware: The so-called "Half Breeds" that work for either side. Constantine states that they aren't allowed to have a direct hand in things, but they have the ability to influence humans to act on their behalf, either filling someone with HeroicResolve or driving them over the DespairEventHorizon. [[spoiler: TheStinger implies that Chas was one all along.]]
* AntiHero: Constantine is rude, unhelpful to most people, asks his friends to put themselves in dangerous situations (and gets two of them killed because of this) and only performs exorcisms and sends half breed demons back to Hell because he wants to buy his way into Heaven.
* ArchangelGabriel: Played by {{Bifauxnen}} Creator/TildaSwinton. [[spoiler:Resents God's love for an unworthy humanity and plots to release Hell on Earth so that humanity can earn God's love.]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "What did she do, Angela?"
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: When attacked by the Scavengers of the Damned, Angela pulls out her pistol and points it behind her, ending at Constantine's crotch. It may not just have been GunsAreWorthless that made him say "That's really not going to help".
* ArtisticLicenseReligion: The film borrows symbols and names from Christianity, but that's where the similarities end.
** A major plot point in the film is that, according to Catholic doctrine, people who commit suicide always go to Hell. This has not been the case since 1997, when the Church concluded that while suicide is a grave matter people who take their own lives might still be saved [[note]] in the Catholic Church the three requirements for a sin to be mortal is that it be a grave matter, that it be committed with full knowledge, and that it be committed with deliberate consent. While suicide is a grave matter, one or both of the other two requirements for the sin to be damning might be missing. Likewise the concept of brain death means a person who commits suicide might be able to repent in the moments before death[[/note]]. At least one of the suicides in the film was committed by a mental patient and she is shown being denied a catholic funeral and being damned to Hell for this - in reality she would not have been denied such a funeral (with the service especially asking God to be merciful) and her mental illness would have made her suicide non-mortal. Another suicide in the film, Constantine's, is even less likely to result in damnation as he was brought back to life and can therefore repent afterwards. Even his seeing Hell, contrary to what the film states, would not "condemn" him in the eyes of God because only permanent death can prevent a person from repenting. In fact there are people in real life who claim to have seen Hell in near-death experiences and who repented upon recovery because of this - virtually no theologian would argue that they are already damned for having seen Hell.
** When Constantine mentions the "SpearOfDestiny" and says "Jesus wasn't killed by crucifixion," the Catholic he's responding to replies with "I'm a Catholic, John. I know the Crucifixion story." Except in the Bible, Jesus ''was'' killed by crucifixion, and a spear was only used to poke his corpse to demonstrate he was already dead. There are people who think that Jesus was "really" killed by the spear, but those tend to be people who claim the Biblical account is ''wrong''. No one would be able to teach the theory from the Bible, certainly not in Sunday School. Additionally the Spear of Destiny (or rather the "Spears" as there are four churches that claim to have the real one) is actually considered a Holy Relic and is called the Holy Lance. It's unlikely to cause demonic possession in those who possess it.
** Not to mention that the main point of the plot, a non-priest exorcist is completely non-acceptable by Catholic doctrine.
* AsYouKnow: Played with. Constantine begins to explain to Angela that Jesus died from a soldier's spear:
-->'''Angela''': TheSpearOfDestiny. I'm a Catholic, John. I ''know'' the Crucifixion story.
* BadGuyBar: Papa Midnite's bar. According to Chaz Kramer it's a "haven for those who rise and fall" - i.e. half-breed demons and angels. Several of the half-breed demons are seen with a struggling victim kidnapped for some nefarious purpose.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Isabel looks very good for someone who jumped off a 20-foot building and crashed through a glass roof into a swimming pool.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Mammon and [[spoiler:Gabriel]].
* BigNo: Alas, poor [[spoiler:Balthazar]]...
* BlessedWithSuck: Constantine, Father Hennessy, Isabel, and Angela each have supernatural gifts which make them not quite normal in the eyes of everyday people. Seeing a nice old lady get a NightmareFace or sensing the emotions of an event from touching the newspaper can lead to this result. [[spoiler:John even warns Angela that once her power is activated, she won't just see them, ''they will know she is seeing their true face''.]]
* BottomlessMagazines: Angela's miraculous Smith & Wesson 3913.
* {{Bouncer}}: You must have [[PsychicPowers Mad Skillz]] to get into Midnite.
* BrokenAngel: [[spoiler:Gabriel's final punishment for the actions in the movie was to have Satan strip his wings and leave him mortal.]]
* CandlelitRitual: {{Discussed|Trope}} [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]] when John is preparing the ritual that will send his soul to Hell. Angela asks him "If this is some kind of spell or something, don't you need candles and a pentagram for it to work?" John replies "Why, do you have any?"
* CastFromCalories: After Constantine uses his psychic powers to visit Hell for some info, he tells Rachel that he needs food, thus leading to an exposition scene in a diner.
* CatapultNightmare: Angela, after a nightmare of her sister killing herself.
* CatchPhrase
** "This is Constantine. John Constantine, asshole."
** "This is Kramer. Chas Kramer, asshole."
* CeilingSmash: Near the end of the movie, [[spoiler:Chaz]] is thrown into the ceiling by [[spoiler:Gabriel]] and mortally wounded. He dies a few moments later.
* ChekhovsArmoury: The items Constantine receives from Beeman (dragonbreath, holy water ampoules, Amityville screech beetle).
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Catholicism is the only version shown.
** This is somewhat justified in the novelisation, where Constantine explains that he focuses on these relics because his natural understanding of them based on his background means that they are more powerful than alternatives might be.
* ClaimedByTheSupernatural: When Constantine meets Isabel Dodson's soul in Hell, she has a mark on her wrist that looks like a cross inside a circle. When Father Hennessy touches her dead body the mark appears on her wrist. Constantine later discovers that the mark is the symbol of the BigBad Mammon and that Mammon is trying to [[spoiler: possess her]] in order to carry out his evil plan.
* CondensationClue: Constantine is sure that Isabel Dodson didn't commit suicide without leaving a message for her sister Angela. He uses a repeated ArmorPiercingQuestion on a reluctant Angela to force her to admit that she and Isabel used this technique as children. Angela then breathes on the window in Isabel's room, revealing her final message to her sister.
* CouldntFindAPen: Hennessey carves a message into his own hand with a [[spoiler:corkscrew.]]
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* CulturalTranslation: The film changes the nationality and location of the UK-set (American-owned) comic ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' to Los Angeles. Since the release of the movie, the comic book character of Constantine has stated that there's another guy with his name and a similar job in the US.
* CurbStompBattle: When the BigBad is revealed to be [[spoiler: Gabriel]], Constantine is effortlessly beaten. When [[spoiler:Satan turns up to save the day(!) Gabriel tries to "smite [Satan] in His honour!", only to fail because "Somebody doesn't have [Gabriel's] back any more", and then gets his wings burned off and gets blasted across the room]].
* CursedWithAwesome: John's "gift."
* DeadSidekick
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Beeman, a guy who collected insects, was killed by them coming out of his body]] and [[spoiler:Hennessy, who drank to dull his psychic powers, died from drinking himself to death in less than a minute]].
* DebtDetester: Lucifer seems to be this. [[spoiler:He dislikes it so much, he didn't even ''think'' that John asking for the life of another to be saved could be a genuine HeroicSacrifice.]]
* DemonSlaying: Constantine hunts down demonic halfbreeds and sends them back to hell.
* DeusExMachina: Subverted since it's [[spoiler: Satan who saves the day.]] Though played very straight when [[spoiler: God steps in to rob Satan of Constantine's soul.]]
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Yes. Yes he did. Right after...
* DidYouJustScamCthulhu: Constantine gets [[spoiler:Lucifer to save the world from being conquered by his son by appealing to his own self-interest, free a damned yet innocent soul as payment for the tip-off, and as the payment for the tip-off is a redeeming sacrifice, Constantine will go to Heaven leaving Satan to either cure his lung cancer or lose him to Heaven]].
** Subverted in that [[spoiler:if Constantine ''had'' been trying to 'scam' Lucifer, it wouldn't have worked; he only got into Heaven because him saving Isabel was done because he genuinely did something for someone else, not because he wanted to win points]].
* DidntSeeThatComing: [[spoiler:Lucifer did not expect to see John by him cutting his wrists again. He quickly realizes something is off with the situation. Nor did he foresee Constantine getting into heaven for the act of self-sacrifice. Though to be fair, even Constantine didn't see ''that'' one coming.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Constantine attempted to kill himself because he saw demonically-possessed people. He managed to succeed ''just'' enough for it to count as a suicide by the rules of Heaven, but ultimately survived. He's spent the rest of his life trying to buy his way out of Hell [[spoiler:and succeeds by killing himself again but this time as a HeroicSacrifice. However, Satan is a sore loser and saves him from dying, banking on the likelihood that John will manage to damn himself again.]]
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Lucifer, who is otherwise well-coiffed. WordOfGod states that the reason Stormare's feet are dripping with goo is that he must pollute the ground to walk on it.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Balthazar's face after John soaked half of it in holy water. Now what other DC comic has had half his face disfigured by a vial of liquid?
* TheDriver: Chas.
* TheDulcineaEffect: "Definitely... ''mostly'' not about the girl."
* DullSurprise: Sometimes, Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz seem to be competing.
* EnemyRisingBehind
** The man possessed by [[spoiler:TheSpearOfDestiny rises behind Angela while she's in the pool.]]
** After [[spoiler:Angela is possessed, she]] rises behind Constantine.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood:
** [[spoiler:Gabriel cannot fathom the possibility Constantine would die to summon Satan to save the day nor that their Father would revoke his ability to smite Satan in His Name despite just trying to bring about the end of the world]].
** Played with [[spoiler:Satan. He doesn't comprehend in the moment when John asks for another soul to be freed as a reward would count as a Heroic Sacrifice. However, he is quick to realize the implications when John is prevented from being taken by His power and the gates of Heaven begin to draw John in]].
* EvilIsHammy: Satan clearly enjoys dicking around with Constantine and Gabriel both when he shows up. He's played by PeterStormare, what did you expect?
* ExploitedImmunity: Constantine flushes out some demons that have infested a hospital by having his apprentice perform a holy water ritual on the hospital's fire safety system, then holding a cigarette lighter below a smoke detector, triggering the sprinklers to rain holy water. The holy water burns the demons while leaving the humans inside unharmed.
* FairCop: Angela played by Creator/RachelWeisz
* FamousLastWords: "You were right, John. It's not like in the books."
* FantasticCatholicism: The title character is a Catholic demon-hunter who uses guns and magic to send demons back to hell in a world where {{God}} and the Devil are in a bet over who can influence mankind the most. Roger Ebert on the movie:
-->'''Roger Ebert:''' Why do movies about {{Satan}} always have Catholics? You never see Methodists or Episcopalians putting down demons.
* FantasyKeepsake: After his first visit to hell to find Isabel, Constantine brings back her hospital wrist tag to prove she was there.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Half-breed demons don't "die" but are just sent to Hell. So when John plans on granting a demon Absolution and thus entry into Heaven, it is considered this.
* FetusTerrible: What an adorable little cosmic horror...
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: When John journeys there to see if Isabel is there or not, much of Hell was burn and devoid of any water.
* FireWaterJuxtaposition: Used as a plot point. Water is said to be a "universal conduit" that can facilitate travel between Hell and its surrounding realms. In order to reach Hell, which is a red-hued realm of fire and brimstone, a person has to suspend part of their body in water while on Earth.
* FlatlinePlotline: Used to give Angela a taste of Constantine's knowledge; he drowns her in a bathtub under carefully controlled conditions.
* FliesEqualsEvil: [[spoiler:Beeman]] has a fly crawl out from under his eyelid as a sign of demonic attack upon him. He's later found dead with flies covering him and crawling out of his mouth. This may have been Balthazaar's version of irony.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Papa Midnite tells Constantine that his soul is the only one Satan himself would come to collect. [[spoiler: He's right]].
* FlippingTheBird: Twice by Constantine. One being at the beginning after exorcise a demon out of a girl [[spoiler:and another to '''Satan''' after he finally earns his way out of hell]].
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* FriendlyTarget: [[spoiler:Father Hennessy and Beeman.]]
* TheGodsMustBeLazy: God and Satan have made a deal not to directly interfere in the mortal world. The half-demons constantly break this rule, but they don't get punished -- just sent back to hell by Constantine.
* GodzillaThreshold: By the end, the stakes are so high that Constantine tries to summon ''Heaven'' with the tattoos on his forearms. [[spoiler:Gabriel stops him mid-summon, so he goes for the next best thing: Satan.]]
* GoIntoTheLight: Subverted. [[spoiler:Satan pulls Constantine ''out of'' the light and cures his lung cancer so he'll have a chance to royally screw up again.]]
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking
** Papa Midnite subverts the cigarillo trope by being a good/neutral witch-doctor turned bartender.
** Constantine smokes excessively, only to find out during the movie that he has lung cancer. [[spoiler: After Constantine willingly sacrifices himself to save the world (allowing him to enter Heaven), Satan ends up curing his cancer to keep him alive so he can claim him later.]] At the end of the movie, he's seen popping gum in his mouth.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: A possessed girl screams "Papatayin natin silang lahat!" ("Let's kill them all!' in Tagalog)
* GunsAreWorthless: Angela's normal pistol is the straight example. Constantine subverts it by assembling his own gun out of a variety of holy items, allowing him to quickly blast his way through a room full of half-demons.
* HeavenSeeker: The title character goes around sending half-demons back to Hell in the hope that this will gain him entry into Heaven after he dies. It's not that John Constantine likes the idea of Heaven that much he just wants to avoid going to Hell, since he knows firsthand (due to trying to commit suicide in his youth) how horrible it is.
--> "You're a cop. Imagine being sentenced to a prison where half the inmates were put there by you."
* ToHellAndBack: Constantine is such an expert at doing this, he even teaches Angela to do it once.
* HeroicSacrifice: Subverted. [[spoiler:John dies by suicide, drawing Satan to Earth, gets him to save the world, and only wants Isabel's soul freed from Hell. By this act of self-sacrifice, his previous suicide is wiped away and John, still dead, is on his way to Heaven. That is until Satan heals John of his cut wrists ''and'' cancer.]]
* HesDeadJim: Chaz Kramer is slammed up against the ceiling and down to the floor a few times, leaving him severely injured. He talks with John Constantine for a few seconds, then stops and lies with his eyes open. John turns away and leaves him for dead without even checking his pulse.
* HijackedByJesus: The movie removes all elements of non-Christian mythology from the setting.
** The novelisation slightly justifies this by explaining that Constantine's weapons focus on Christian holy relics as he comes from a Christian culture, giving him a greater innate understanding of their power that increases their effectiveness.
* HollywoodApocrypha: The Hell Bible, which has a different Book of Revelation. And an extra five chapters in 1 Corinthians.
* HolyBurnsEvil: Holy water scalds the hell out of half-demons, destroying their human shell, and making them easier to kill.
* {{Homage}}: ArchangelGabriel resembles a famous painting of ArchangelMichael. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/68/Guido_Reni_031.jpg As seen here.]]
* HumansAreSpecial: Invoked by God, no less, [[spoiler: which causes Gabriel to become jealous due to his perception of them not being good enough]].
* IHaveManyNames: The devil in this film is called both "Lucifer" and "Satan". John calls him "Lou" just to mess with him. Gabriel has a few more choice names for him, when they meet.
-->'''Gabriel:''' Son of Perdition. Little Horn. ''[Satan giggles]'' Most Unclean.\\
'''Satan:''' [[InsultBackfire I do miss the old names]].
* IdenticalTwinIDTag: Both twins are played by Rachel Weisz. Isabel has waist length hair but otherwise they're identical.
* ImmuneToBullets: When Angela Dodson is confronted by the Mexican man possessed by the Spear of Destiny, she shoots him repeatedly in the chest. The bullets go right through him but don't affect him at all.
* ImmuneToDrugs: Semi-averted. Constantine has developed lung cancer from smoking, but [[spoiler:Satan cures him]].
* InNameOnly
** If you imagine that it's ''not'' based on ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', it's actually pretty good. (Technically, we know from Etrigan's rhymes that the ''Hellblazer'' hero's name is pronounced Constan-TYNE, so this movie in which Keanu's name is Constan-TEEN qualifies as a distinct individual.)
** One gets the impression that this could have been sold as a very good American story of an occult detective by itself.
* InsaneTrollLogic: The BigBad's logic for destroying mankind in order to save it.
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%%* IntangibleTimeTravel
* InvisibleWriting: Angela and her sister Isabel left hidden messages on windows and mirrors when they were kids, visible only when fogged by their breath. Isabel left her sister one last message before she was DrivenToSuicide.
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* JerkassFacade: Constantine.
* JustHitHim: Holy knuckle dusters FTW.
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Chas dies this way]].
--> [[spoiler:'''Chas:''' This is Kramer. Chas Kramer, assho...]]
* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler: Gabriel.]]
* LargeHam: ''Balthazar'' and Lucifer.
-->'''Balthazar''': Word is, you're on your way down. Fresh meat. ''(sucks his fingertips)'' Finger-lickin' good!
* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler:ArchangelGabriel is a traitor to Heaven, and planning on unleashing Hell on Earth.]]
* LockedIntoStrangeness: A man looks at the possessed girl and his hair turns white.
* LookBothWays: Unexpectedly, the dude wins. There's a reason for this.
* MagicalAbortion: [[spoiler:Angela]] becomes mystically pregnant with the [[spoiler:Antichrist - which is called back to hell via a personal appearance by Satan.]]
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Satan is a pimp. Of course, he ''is'' played by Creator/PeterStormare.
* MagicMirror: Mirrors can pull demons out of the humans they've possessed and imprison them.
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* [[{{MeaningfulName/Film}} Meaningful Name]]: Hennessy and Beeman - both names not only indicate a significant personality characteristic but [[ForeShadowing foreshadow]] [[spoiler:the way they die]].
* MedicateTheMedium: Constantine and Isabel both underwent BedlamHouse type treatments for their hallucinations.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: Suicide of a woman → a plot to bring the Devil's son to Earth and bring about Armageddon.
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: Constantine resorts to this to prevent the release of Mammon.
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* NayTheist: To be fair, God appears to have started the whole argument.
* NeckLift: Balthazar to Constantine after he bursts into Balthazar's office. Later on, [[spoiler:Gabriel to John.]]
* NeverSuicide: Subverted.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:Satan saves the world. And sets a damned (but innocent) soul free. And cures Constantine's lung cancer. ''Satan''.]] He has his reasons.
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* NoSell: Lucifer being, well, ''Lucifer'', pulls this off twice after he shows up [[spoiler:to claim John's soul. John's being 'between worlds' has temporarily [[TimeDilation brought time almost to a standstill]]; Gabriel, in the other room, is moving in super-slow motion, but Lucifer meanders in at his normal pace and pulls Angela/Mammon out of the way, at which point time instantly returns back to normal. And in the reflected water that shows Mammon, he's struggling with all his might to escape his father's grasp. Lucifer doesn't so much as move a muscle. When Gabriel attempts to smite him, he freezes the angel's hand with nothing but a malicious grin.]]
* OneLastSmoke: Played with. It's hard to flick your lighter if you've cut all the tendons in your wrists. Fortunately, Satan is more than happy to help out. He's got stock, you see.
* TheOphelia: Angela's twin sister. She even commits suicide in a swimming pool.
* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous: Creator/TildaSwinton played the ArchangelGabriel.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Gabriel is the winged (androgynous) humanoid variety, but likely not a pure angel, since angels and demons are not allowed on Earth. Constantine himself says to Gabriel earlier in the movie- "[...] You're the one that deserves to go to Hell, half-breed," confirming this.
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: Subverted. When Constantine slits his wrists (and apparently cuts too deep) there doesn't appear to be a huge pool of blood on the floor; certainly not enough to be fatal.
* PedestrianCrushesCar: At the beginning, when the Mexican man finds TheSpearOfDestiny, he walks onto a road and a car runs into him. The car is totaled, the man is unscathed.
* PokeInTheThirdEye: When Constantine is using The Chair to spy on the man possessed by TheSpearOfDestiny.
* PortalPool: Constantine states that any body of water, no matter how small, can be used as a portal to hell.
* PrecisionFStrike: Courtesy of one archangel Gabriel
* ProtectiveCharm: John's priest friend has one [[spoiler:but he foolishly didn't keep it on when getting deep in an investigation. Later, when it is given to Angela, she inadvertently removed it]].
* PsychicChildren: The title character and Isabel and Angela Dodson all first displayed their psychic abilities as children. Unfortunately, these abilities helped them to see the half-demons infesting the Earth, resulting in two of them being forced to undergo psychiatric treatment and later committing suicide.
* {{Psychometry}}: Father Hennessy can run his hands over printed newspaper stories and psychically detect which ones are significant. Constantine asks him to do this to get information he needs. Later on Hennessy tries to read the body of Angela Dodson's dead sister Isabel.
* PublicDomainArtifact: The Lance of Longinus, AKA the Spear of Destiny.
* RealityHasNoSubtitles: While the little girl is possessed she screams "Papatayin natin silang lahat!" ("Let's kill them all!' in Tagalog). The audience is not told what this means.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The demonic halfbreeds.
* RedemptionEarnsLife: Slightly subverted; [[spoiler:by giving up his soul to save the world and freeing an innocent soul from Hell, Constantine is redeemed of his past sins and allowed to go to Heaven. His life is restored nevertheless, but only because Satan cures his lung cancer so that Constantine will have another chance to 'prove' that he belongs in Hell]].
* RefusingParadise: Forced, and thereby possible subverted. [[spoiler: The dying main character is about to enter Heaven, when the Devil deliberately heals him to make sure he has another chance at messing up his salvation on Earth.]]
* RetCanon: A ''Hellblazer'' story acknowledges the existence of Keanu's Constantine in an AlternateUniverse.
* RetiredBadass: Papa Midnite, a magi so powerful that he took on 30 demons by himself. Doesn't need special tools as he has actual magical powers. And powerful enough to create his own embassy of neutrality where hybrids mix and behave under his watch.
* ReligiousHorror: The film is the InNameOnly movie adaptation of ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''. The main villain is Mammon, the son of the Devil, and Catholicism is shown to be almost entirely correct.
* ReroutedFromHeaven: [[spoiler:Inverted and then played straight. As John was a suicide since his youth, he was bound for Hell. But when he sacrificed his life and soul not just to stop the BigBad, but to save the soul of one in Hell, he is rerouted from Hell to Heaven. Not having this, John is resurrected and cured of his injuries by Satan, in the hopes that he'll screw up and get himself damned again]].
* {{Satan}}: Peter Stormare FTW.
* SaveTheWorldClimax: John Constantine is hired to investigate a suicide. In the end, he tries to stop a conspiracy to bring [[spoiler:the son of the Devil on Earth]].
* SchmuckBait: Constantine tells the men helping him to close their eyes and not look. One doesn't.
* SeeYouInHell: The "Go to Hell" version, when talking to the demonic halfbreeds.
* ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing: Balthazar after the BigBad reduces him to dust.
* ShoutOut
** When Angela Dodson wakes up in her apartment, her black cat meows and walks across her bed - a reference to the scene in ''Film/TheMatrix'' where Neo (also played by Creator/KeanuReeves) sees the black cat meow and walk by twice.
** After some demons are destroyed, Angela starts coughing due to the smell of sulfur/sulphur. Constantine says "Happens to everyone the first time", a reference to the "Everyone falls the first time" bit in ''The Matrix''.
** While Balthazar is looking at himself in a mirror, his image starts to distort and bubbles form on the glass just before the mirror explodes. This is a combination of two scenes in ''Film/TheMatrix'' film series: the one in ''Film/TheMatrix'' where Neo is looking into a mirror and it distorts, and the one in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' where bubbles form on a door just before it explodes.
* {{Sidekick}}: Hennessy, Beeman and Chas Kramer.
* SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification: The plot is loosely based on the ''Hellblazer'' story "Dangerous Habits". John's lung cancer, his argument with Gabriel (who exhibits more sympathy for him here),[[spoiler: and Satan ripping the tumors from John's body are all taken from the comic. Other similarities include Gabriel panicking when found out by God (John mentions that "He" isn't happy about his angel schmoozing with [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles the IRA]]), John cutting his wrists, Satan's trail of slime, and John flipping him off at the end. ]]
* SlowElectricity: When Constantine and Angela Dodson are talking on the street, the streetlights begin to turn off (with clunking sounds) - first far away, then approaching them.
* SmokingIsCool: Subverted, as John gets lung cancer and later, as he quits [[spoiler:at the end of the movie (after Satan gets rid of the cancer)]].
* TheStinger: [[spoiler: Chas dies but is resurrected as an angel. Constantine's not exactly thrilled at this development.]]
* SuicideIsShameful: Suicide is deemed sinful enough to guarantee a soul a place in Hell, even if the attempt fails. [[spoiler:Subverted at the end, when Constantine uses his suicide as a HeroicSacrifice to save the Earth and convince Satan to send Angela's sister to Heaven, rather than barter for more time for himself. This act of self-sacrifice earns him a place in Heaven... until Lucifer heals him in the hopes that he'll mess it up before he dies again.]]
* SummonBiggerFish: [[spoiler: Lucifer actually [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork saves the day]] because Constantine summoned him.]]
* SuperBreath: [[spoiler:Gabriel]] is a fan of this, blowing away the disintegrating remains of [[spoiler:Balthazar]] and later sending John flying into the next room.
* SurpriseCarCrash: Done in the beginning to show the strength of the supernatural threat. When the man it's [[DemonicPossession possessing]] is suddenly hit by a truck, the vehicle is left with a huge dent in its grille and a mangled driver while he [[PedestrianCrushesCar just keeps walking]].
* SynchronizedSwarming: One bug demon can do this.
* TapOnTheHead: Constantine to the bar's bouncer the second time he goes there.
* ThanatosGambit: It probably would have worked had he not flipped Satan the bird.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: [[spoiler:Part of Lucifer's intervention is basically this. He believes only he is allowed to take over the human realm, not his son. He's willing to give up a sure-fire victory, just because he wants to do it himself. He makes it clear that he's willing to play the long game to accomplish it also]].
* ThereAreNoCoincidences: Constantine offers this perspective at the end of the film.
-->'''Constantine''': I guess there's a plan for all of us. I had to die--''twice''--just to figure that out. Like the book says, "He works His work in mysterious ways." Some people like it...some people don't.
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* ThirstyDesert: There is no water in Hell except what you bring with you in bottles or bodies.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Chas is happy to see the bouncer who kept him out get knocked down.
--> "Who's the rat in the dress now, huh, bitch?"
* TimeStandsStill: Whenever people die, or use the FireWaterJuxtaposition to take a brief trip to Hell, the outside world slows to a crawl.
* TransformationOfThePossessed: The woman possessed by the soldier demon and [[spoiler:Angela Dodson]] when she's possessed by [[spoiler:Mammon, Lucifer's son]].
* TrenchcoatBrigade: Constantine. The actual John Constan-tyne is the TropeNamer for this one.
* TruceZone: Papa Midnite's bar was agreed to such a place by God and Satan.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between John and Angela. So, so much of it. At least partly justified by the Roman Catholic ethics of John's world, in which extramarital sex is a sin.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: The BigBad plans to release [[spoiler:Mammon]] to bring pain and horror to humanity, in order to purify it and make it worthy of God's love.
--> '''[[spoiler:Gabriel]]''': So...I'll bring you ''pain''. I'll bring you ''horror''. So that you may rise above it. So that those of you who survive this reign of hell on Earth will be worthy of God's love.\\
'''John''': [[spoiler:Gabriel]]. You're '''[[InsaneTrollLogic insane]]'''.
* VillainousRescue: As part of a last ditch effort, [[spoiler:John kills himself to summon ''Satan''. When he understands the whys, Satan saves the world because [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou it is his job to destroy it]]]].
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* WaitHere
** When John goes to confront the half-demon Balthazar he tells his potential LoveInterest Angela Dodson to stay in the car. After a while she decides to go after him, ends up losing the amulet he gave her to protect her and is captured by their enemies.
** When John goes to convince Papa Midnite to let him use the Chair, he anticipates that the confrontation will be dangerous and tells his apprentice Chas Kramer to wait. After the encounter ends amicably Chas shows up without being summoned and starts to show off his book learning, to Papa Midnite's amusement.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: Beeman manages to acquire certain rare objects for Constantine...for a price.
-->'''Beeman''': Yeah, easy there, hero. That's Dragon's Breath. \\
'''John Constantine''': I thought you couldn't get it anymore. \\
'''Beeman''': Yeah, well, I, uh, I know a guy who knows a guy.
* WingedHumanoid: Angels and half-demons.
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* TheWormThatWalks: The "true demon" that Constantine encounters (thereby letting him know that some MAJOR shit is going down) manifests as a swarm of insects of all shapes and sizes. [[CarFu It gets killed by a car.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: BigBad [[spoiler:Gabriel]] to his ally [[spoiler:Balthazar]].
* YoureInsane: Constantine's reaction to the MotiveRant.