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->''"Ey, Claudius? ''[lights cigar]'' You killed my fadda. Big mistake."''
-->-- Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger's rendition of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''

''Last Action Hero'' is one of the few movies whose genre is accurately described as "Other". A 1993-era GenreSavvy young action movie fan is sucked into the latest film of his favourite hero and proceeds to {{lampshade|Hanging}} all manner of tropes. Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger plays an [[ActionHero action movie hero]] played by [[MindScrew Arnold Schwarzenegger]] (who gets to enter the real world and meet [[CelebrityParadox Arnold Schwarzenegger himself]]!).

It was directed by Creator/JohnMcTiernan, previously known for such films as ''Film/DieHard'' (1988), ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'' (1990) and ''Film/MedicineMan'' (1992) and written by Creator/ShaneBlack, most notable for penning ''Film/LethalWeapon'', and would later go on to write and direct ''Film/KissKissBangBang''.

This was Schwarzenegger's first film after ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. Made to [[LighterAndSofter appeal to a bigger family audience]] than most of his films had been up to that point, the wave of hype promised that it would be, as the trailers put it, "The big ticket for '93!" But it was released the weekend after ''Film/JurassicPark'', which turned out to be a far bigger hit than Creator/ColumbiaPictures expected, opened. Thus ''Last Action Hero'' failed to live up to the hype at the box office, and while it was eventually profitable the film was widely regarded as a bomb. But it's become something of a CultClassic for its freewheeling send-ups of action movie tropes.

!!This movie provides examples (primarily parodies) of the following tropes:
* AGodAmI: Benedict after discovering the magic ticket.
-->'''Benedict''': If God were a villain...he'd be me.
* AccidentalKiss: Whitney kisses Danny when she believes he's the freshman she's been assigned to kiss when he comes to her door. Danny is more than pleased.
* AcmeProducts:
** The guys in the red pick-up truck have a crate of Acme Dynamite.
** There are ACME™ products all over the place, including in the Real World.
%%* ActionDuo
* ActionGirl: Deconstructed. Slater tells Danny that he wishes his daughter, Whitney, was more normal. He later tells Danny that she has no friends or social life, and spends all her spare time with her guns. Also a possible subversion, given that Whitney hardly does anything, despite her actress receiving top billing alongside Schwarzenegger (in ''Jack Slater IV'', that is). It's possible that Danny stepping in meant he took over her role as Slater's sidekick.
* AdamWesting: Taken to meta-levels. Arnold plays himself in the real world as a flighty celebrity led around by his wife.
* AdrenalineMakeover / AnachronismStew: Played for laughs during the ''Arnold as Hamlet'' dream sequence. It starts off with Hamlet killing people with thrown skulls and swords before responding to the line "Stay thy hand, fair prince" with a "Who says I'm fair?" and slaughtering an entire castle full of guards with ''a submachine gun'' before ''blowing the castle up''.
-->'''Hamlet''': To be, or not to be...not to be. *lights cigar as an explosion goes off behind him*
* AllFictionIsRealSomewhere: The premise is that all movies exist in parallel fictional universes.
* AllPartOfTheShow:
** Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Jack Slater IV premiere assumes this is the case with the Slater/Ripper fight in the balcony. When Slater runs out of the theater afterward, the throng of paparazzi assumes he is Schwarzenegger.
** Tom Noonan's agent thinks The Ripper is Tom. It gets him killed.
** Averted later in the film, when a whole theater of frightened people runs away from the Grim Reaper. The fact that they actually saw him walk him out of the movie and into the theatre probably helped a good deal.
* AndThisIsFor: Jack smacks the shit out of Benedict with a bunch of "And this is for!" statements - except for his ex-wife's home, which he gives a little slap on the wrist for.
* {{Angrish}}: Slater's [[DaChief captain]]. In fact, you can probably count on one hand the times where it ''is'' possible to make out what he is saying.
%%* AntiHero: Parodied.
* ApatheticCitizens: In the film's [[TruthInTelevision real world]] New York, Benedict conducts an experiment:
--> '''Benedict''' (shouting in the street): Hello! I have just shot a man and I did it on purpose! ([[ChirpingCrickets silence]]) I ''said'', I have just murdered a man, and I wish to confess!
** When a citizen tells him to shut up, Benedict's smug grin says it all.
* AsideGlance: The Grim Reaper before he comes out of ''The Seventh Seal''.
** Benedict has a couple: first during his "If God were a villain" monologue, and later on a positively ''wicked'' one when he realizes that the rules of the ''Slater'' films don't apply in the real world.
* AudienceSurrogate: Danny is a ''literal'' one. Naturally, like everything else in the film, this is lampshaded.
* AwardBaitSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyN28mRopdQ Two Steps Behind]] by Def Leppard
%%* AxCrazy: The Ripper.
* BadassAndChildDuo: Slater and Danny, respectively.
* BadassBoast: A genuine one by Jack Slater.
-->'''Benedict:''' I snap my fingers again and tomorrow you emerge from several canine recta. Or you and Toto can go back to Oz. Questions?
-->'''Jack:''' Yes. Two of them. Why am I wasting time on a putz like you when I could be doing something dangerous like rearranging my socks? ''(smokes cigar)'' And how will you snap your fingers ''after I rip off both your thumbs?''
* BaitAndSwitchGunshot: Parodied. Practice is about to make good on Danny's advice to just shoot him and Jack, but several gunblasts later, Practice falls over dead, with Whiskers the cartoon cat visible behind him.
-->'''Whiskers:''' Sorry I'm late, Jack. Had a little furball problem! *''coughs''*
%%* BeardOfEvil: Benedict
* TheBeautifulElite: Lampshaded. Danny tries convincing Slater they're in a movie by pointing out that all the female passersby are insanely hot, and that there are no unattractive women in existence.
-->'''Danny:''' ''(indicating the video clerk)'' She is too attractive to work here.
-->'''Jack:''' I agree. I think she should work with us. Undercover of course.
-->'''Danny:''' The point is, there are no unattractive women here. Where are the everyday, ordinary women? They don't exist, because this is a ''movie''.
-->'''Jack:''' No, this is [[HollywoodCalifornia Kuh-lee-FOO-nee-yuh]].
* BetterThanABareBulb: Enough {{Lampshades}} to open a shop.
* BigBadEnsemble: Benedict, who's become the Big Bad of Slater IV (and Last Action Hero itself), and Ripper, the apparent Big Bad of Slater III, are both loose in the real world running amok in the final act.
%%* BigBadFriend: John Practice.
* TheBigRottenApple: The depiction of New York City in the real world, at least the part where Danny and his mom's apartment and the movie theater are. Run-down, crime-ridden, and dirty.
* BilingualBonus: Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme's line "I would never miss the premiere for a second" [[note]] In French, "première" means "first"[[/note]]
* BlasphemousBoast: As noted, if God were a villain then he would be Benedict.
* BlingBlingBang: In a [[FreezeFrameBonus blink-and-you-miss-it scene]] during Slater's and Danny's encounter with Vivaldi, the mobster briefly threatens Danny with a gold-plated, ornately engraved pistol.
* BloodlessCarnage: Even when Whiskers shoots Practice. It makes sense: despite MoreDakka, ''Jack Slater IV'' is still a PG-13 film.
%%* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Parodied.
* BondOneLiner: Yep, the bad puns go flying thick and fast. Lampshaded and taken to the most absurd extreme in several cases, most notably a scene in the car chase where Slater kills a henchman with an ice cream cone and says, "I '''iced''' that guy... to '''cone''' a phrase!" This becomes HilariousInHindsight considering [[Film/BatmanAndRobin what Arnold would go on to do...]]
* BottomlessMagazines: Lampshaded, particularly in the climax. And played straight in the movie whenever possible, sometimes to ridiculous degrees.
-->'''Jack:''' Did you make another movie mistake? You forgot to reload the damn gun!\\
'''Benedict:''' [[spoiler: No, I just left one chamber empty. (And he shoots.)]]
* BrickJoke:
-->'''Danny:''' You think you're funny, huh?
-->'''Jack:''' I know I am. I'm the famous comedian, Arnold Braunschweiger.
** Later, in the Real World...
-->'''Jack:''' Hello Ms. Maddigan [offers handshake]. Arnold Braunschweiger.
* BuddyCopShow: Parodied and lampshaded in a hilarious scene with a line of cops being paired up with ethnic stereotypes culminating ridiculously with [[WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}} a female cop being paired with an animated cat detective]].
** Another cop gets teamed up with the [[DeliberatelyMonochrome black and white]] digitalization of Creator/HumphreyBogart.
* BulletProofFashionPlate: Played with: Jack falls into a tar pit, comes out completely covered in tar, and begins to wipe himself off. The camera cuts away briefly, and when it cuts back he's completely clean. Danny remarks, "You know, tar actually sticks to some people."
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Played with. Danny warns Slater not to trust Practice, [[NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize because he's played by]] Creator/FMurrayAbraham, [[ActorAllusion who killed]] [[Film/{{Amadeus}} Mozart]]. When Slater later repeats the accusation, misremembering it as "you killed Moe Zart," Practice is confused, but concedes it's possible: "I kill a lot of people. I can't remember half of them."
* CallBack: Jack gets to listen to music by the ''real'' [[Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]], and ''loves'' it.
-->'''Jack:''' The guy Practice killed?
* TheCameo:
** As Danny walks into the LAPD police station for the first time, [[Film/BasicInstinct Catherine Trammell]] and the [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay T-1000]] can be seen walking out.
** The officer that shouts "Hey Slater! It's your ex-wife on two!" when Slater and Danny show up at the police station is played by Mike Muscat, who had previously played Moshier in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', as the Cyberdyne Systems security guard who calls the police to say, "I think it's that guy from the mall. Him and the woman" when Miles Dyson shows up with the Terminator and Sarah Connor in tow. Muscat was also Creator/EdwardFurlong's (John Connor) acting coach.
** The ''Jack Slater IV'' premiere apparently desires to showcase as many celebrity cameos as possible, including a few who have connections to Schwarzenegger: Little Richard, ''Entertainment Tonight'' host Leeza Gibbons, James Belushi (who starred with Schwarzenegger in ''Film/RedHeat''), Damon Wayans, Chevy Chase, Creator/TimothyDalton (the James Bond actor at that time) and Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme (who worked with John [=McTiernan=] on ''Film/{{Predator}}'' as the original Predator before dropping out), who delivers a BilingualBonus joke.
** Joan Plowright, Creator/LaurenceOlivier's wife, is the teacher who introduces his version of ''Hamlet'' and says the kids might recognize him as Zeus from ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'' and some Polaroid camera commercials.
** In a blink or you'll miss it cameo, Music/TinaTurner plays the Mayor at the climax of ''Jack Slater III''.
** Sir Creator/IanMcKellen plays Death from ''Film/TheSeventhSeal''.
** Creator/DannyDeVito as the voice of Whiskers.
%%* CardCarryingVillain: Benedict.
* CassandraTruth: At first, neither Jack Slater nor DaChief believe Danny's claims that he's from outside the movie.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "[[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger I'll]] [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} be back]]."
--> '''Jack:''' Hah! You didn't know I was going to say that, did you?\\
'''Danny:''' That's [[LampshadeHanging what you]] [[GenreSavvy always say]].\\
'''Jack:''' I do?
** Parodied:
--->'''Jack:''' "Rubber baby buggy bumpers!" Didn't know I would say ''that'', did you?
** Jack also has his own: "Big mistake." His daughter seems to have inherited it.
* CelebrityParadox:
** Played straight when Danny finds a poster for ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' with Creator/SylvesterStallone as the T-800, ostensibly to prevent people from asking why Slater looks like the humanoid robot.
** Danny's teacher does a presentation on Lawrence Olivier's version of Hamlet, without acknowledging the fact that she's played by Olivier's real-life wife.
** Averted when Jack Slater runs into Arnold Schwarzenegger after RealityEnsues.
* CerebusRetcon: Jack reveals later in the film that most of his wisecracking exterior is all a ploy. His supposed clingy and talkative ex-wife is really a convenience store clerk that he pays to call him, just so that his coworkers think that she still cares about him. He is still suffering HeroicBSOD from his son dying, and he fears that his daughter is so obsessed with being an ActionGirl that she's going to die alone.
* ChandlersLaw: Averted. Once BigBad Benedict ditches Slater in the real world, he decides against giving him a new lead in the form of a hitman who'll almost definitely fail. He just executes his plan while Slater lampshades this, waiting for said killer to show up.
* ChekhovsGun: The key thrown to Danny by the burglar to free himself from the handcuffs during the robbery attempt. He keeps it and, after Practice handcuffs him in the film-within-a-film, uses it again.
** When Nick tears the magic movie ticket in half while admitting Danny in to see the new Slater film. During the ending, the Grim Reaper tells Danny to find "the other half of that ticket".
** In-universe, a wad of counterfeit bills that Jack keeps in his house, notable for burning an odd color. When Danny tries to convince Benedict to take the money and leave, he calls his bluff and orders the money burned... which serves as a signal to warn Jack that something's wrong.
* ChekhovsGunman: Whiskers shows up to save Slater and Danny when Practice handcuffs them again and attempts to kill them.
%%* CouldHaveBeenMessy: Lampshaded.
* CosmicPlaything: When Slater finally has a chance to confront Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger in the real world, he gives the actor an angry rant about turning him (Slater) into one of these for the amusement of others without giving any consideration to how ''Slater'' might feel about having to go through so many ridiculous (and sometimes tragic) action movie situations.
-->'''Slater:''' (to Schwarzenegger) "You've brought me nothing but pain."
* CowboyCop: The character of Jack Slater plays with this trope.
* CloseOnTitle: The Last Action Hero title itself doesn't appear until the closing credits.
* CrapSaccharineWorld: In Jack Slater's world there are "no unattractive women", cartoon cats work for the police department and the good guys always win but there is apparently no classical music, things blow up with the slightest bit of impact and the hero's son and favorite second cousin and regular uniform cops are killed just for the entertainment of people in the real world.
%%* CrapSackWorld: The real world.
* CreatorBacklash: A bizarre in-universe ''inversion'', where Jack tells Arnold Schwarzenegger that he ''despises'' him.
* DaChief: A comic character with NoIndoorVoice whose yelling at Jack Slater [[LoudOfWar can get so loud he can shatter glass windows]].
* DamselInDistress: Parodied like everything else in this film. Slater's daughter is attacked by a bunch of thugs and screams in terror..... while actually being the one kicking their asses. At one point she breaks one of their necks right before letting out another scream.
* DeadlyDodging: Slater dodged the bullets from the helicopter which then kill the mooks behind him.
* DeadpanSnarker: Benedict throws out a few of these.
-->'''Jack:''' Sir, are you a henchman?
-->'''Benedict:''' No, I'm afraid I only go so far as lackey.
* DeconReconSwitch: The first half of the film makes light of action movies, straying it heavy deconstruction for the second half. But there some elements of reconstruction at the end, as Jack becomes savvy to the real world elements. In particular, he starts as an InvincibleHero and AntiHero to become more of a DentedIron or ClassicalAntiHero.
* {{Deconstruction}}: A fascinating form of it: While most action tropes are simply lampshaded to the point of lunacy when Danny is dropped into "Jack Slater IV", when the characters are turned loose into the Real World, RealityEnsues. In one moving scene, still inside the movie world, [[{{Determinator}} Jack Slater]] reveals that under his DeadpanSnarker typecasting he's mostly just ''[[ZenSurvivor tired]]'' after repeatedly surviving implausible, stressful scenarios while everyone around him dies. Among other things, he's got a cashier at his drug store calling him at the police station so that his colleagues think he has a life and make everyone think his ex-wife still cares about him (she's remarried and moved on), and he's deeply depressed that his ActionGirl daughter Whitney skipped her prom to field-strip an AK-47 (he fears she'll grow up alone). This is a side of Slater that Danny was shocked to see, but nevertheless, he was able to get him out of this funk to continue the action of the movie.
-->'''Jack:''' [[IJustWantToBeNormal I just want to be a good cop!]] Instead I keep getting caught up in these crazy adventures!
* DestinationDefenestration: In the ''Arnie as Hamlet'' sequence, Schwarzenhamlet picks up Claudius and throws him through a stained glass window.
* DiabolusExMachina: In-universe, at the end of ''Jack Slater III''. Lampshaded by Jack.
-->'''Jack:''' Let us push his son off the building. You will have eternal nightmares, but you are fictional, so who cares?
* DidYouJustHaveSex: [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Played rather subtly]], this being a PG-13 movie, but Danny's usually bitter and world-weary widowed mother is awfully cheerful the next morning after meeting this Jack Slater guy her son has just befriended. Very likely subverted, however, in that Jack later remarks how happy he was to spend time ''just talking'' with a woman for a change.
* DifferentWorldDifferentMovies: Mixed with CelebrityParadox. Because Slater is played by Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, the main character of ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise is played by Creator/SylvesterStallone. Apparently Creator/RobertPatrick is still the T-1000 in ''Judgment Day'' since he has a cameo.
* DirtForcefield: Jack Slater is spotless within seconds of crawling out of the La Brea Tar Pits; naturally this is {{Lampshaded}} by Danny.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: At first it seems that Vivaldi, the mob boss, will be the main antagonist (He's after all, the main antagonist of ''Jack Slater 4''), with Benedict as TheDragon; however, when Benedict, far more competent than his boss, realizes what's going on, he [[spoiler:[[TheStarscream shoots his boss]]]] and becomes the real threat.
* DistantReactionShot: When the detective finds Benedict's missing glass eye, he turns it and it reads "Vengeance is Mine". Slater yells, "Don't touch it!" and the scene promptly cuts to a distant view of the hillside as a giant fireball appears.
%%* TheDon: Tony Vivaldi.
* DragonInChief: Mr. Benedict is introduced as Vivaldi's right-hand-man. However, he [[TheStarscream turns on his employer]] immediately after finding [[BigBad much better prospects]]. Apparently, he didn't notice until he found the ticket.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Jack, and since he has no regard for other drivers, he's a WalkingDisasterArea.
* ElevatorFailure: Slater falls out of a broken elevator.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: After Benedict [[RefugeeFromTVLand arrives in the real world]], he's propositioned by an underage junkie prostitute in downtown New York. Even a bonafide CardCarryingVillain from Movie Land such as he is disturbed by this, and voices his disgust by asking her how old she is. Seconds later, he's similarly shocked that a homeless man was murdered by two others for his ''shoes''. This makes sense - Benedict is the villain of a PG-13 action movie, where such things are unimaginable.
* EveryCarIsAPinto:
** Parodied, also by taking it to the extreme. Later, Deconstructed and averted as they go to the real world.
** A particularly egregious example is when a henchman gets shot, fly through the air, and through the windshield of an ice cream truck... which inexplicably explodes with no obvious source of fuel. One could blame it on the dynamite he was holding at that moment, but still...
* EveryoneIsArmed: The rooftop funeral scene. Fortunately for Jack, everyone there is also a graduate from the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy.
* EvilBrit: Benedict, played by a [[LargeHam deliciously hammy]] Charles Dance.
* EvilIsNotAToy: After catching on quickly about the powers of the ticket (in addition to already having near-superhuman accuracy with a gun) Benedict realizes his skills make him vastly overqualified to be taking orders from his dumb and unappreciative boss, Vivaldi.
* ExplosionPropulsion: Slater is propelled into the air while attempting to outrun a TimeBomb.
* ExtendedDisarming: During the opening scene, Jack is told to disarm. The Ripper (having apparently heard of some of Jack's exploits), isn't satisfied with him just dropping the pistol in his hand, and insists on seeing the rest of it. Jack takes quite some time removing his knife, and then the rest of his pistols, and the Ripper is only duly impressed after double-checking whether that really was all of it. Slater tells him it is....unless a [[ImprobableWeaponUser "grenade" with a blade that pops out of it]] counts.
* EyepatchOfPower / GlassEye: Benedict sports various brightly coloured [[spoiler: (and occasionally explosive)]] glass eyes to [[GlassesPull good dramatic effect]]. The fact that his eye collection appears to be made of a stack of spoons hints to EyeScream in his past.
* FantasticRacism: Jack accuses Danny of this after he points out that Whiskers the cat shouldn't be a police detective because he's a cartoon.
-->'''Slater:''' He's supposed to be back on duty! He was only suspended for a month! [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight So what's your point?]]
* FiveFiveFive: Lampshaded: "[[WritersCannotDoMath That's why we have area codes!]]" Actually, more like ComicallyMissingThePoint, even most people who are math challenged know that there would not be enough numbers to go around if every three-digit Central Office code was 555.
* FourthWallObserver: When Jack finally gets home, he still remembers that he's a film character. He deliberately lampshades the nearest comedy trope character (his boss), then winks at the audience.
* FridgeLogic[[invoked]]: A rare in-universe InvokedTrope. Death calmly comments that Danny is an idiot because ''he hadn't bothered to look for the other half of the magic ticket'', which is still safely contained inside the locked ticket box in the theatre lobby. Danny gives himself a mental FacePalm.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: After Slater has momentarily escaped the villains by ramping his convertible through the air and landing safely, while he and Danny have a leisurely chat about the fruits of life, we watch as the black mminivan that was chasing them attempts to copy Slater's stunt, fails, and crashes in a massive fireball behind them. Neither notices.
** Also, when Jack and Danny are driving to the funeral they are conversing in his car. In the background you see cars crashing the entire time, most likely because of Jack's driving.
* GatlingGood: The black van with the sawed-off minigun in the door. And two of these are mounted on the helicopter at the funeral. And naturally, none of them sounds like it's shooting at a realistic firing rate.
* GeniusBruiser: Jack Slater may be a muscle bound, gun toting movie cop, but he's also extremely intelligent. Even in the real world, he knows the makes and models of cars ''by year'' and knows that one car has an air bag and the other ''doesn't.'' He also is charming and witty when he's no longer bound by the conventions of an action film.
* GenreSavvy: First Danny, then Benedict and later Jack Slater. The Ripper himself notes that the rooftop scene is exactly like ''Jack Slater III'', so he decides to skip the talking and just toss the kid (Danny in this case) right away rather than wait.
* GlassEye: Benedict has a collection of them, which he switches between on a whim: one of them even doubles as an example of AnatomyArsenal, when a clueless cop picks up one that's he's left behind and [[TooDumbToLive twists it so that he can read the text on it]], causing it to blow up, as described above.
* GoodNightSweetPrince: Parodied. If Arnie plays Hamlet, no one's going to tell ''this'' sweet prince goodnight!
* GoshDangItToHeck: {{Lampshaded}}, of course. Jack refuses to say any serious swear words; Danny points out that he ''can't'' because "this movie's only PG-13."
* TheGrimReaper: Plucked by the magic ticket from ''Film/TheSeventhSeal''. And played by Sir Ian [=McKellen=], no less! Instead of being another fictional character, he's indicated to be the ''real'' Grim Reaper. He even knows when Danny will die.
* GroinAttack: "You want to be a farmer? [[IncrediblyLamePun Here's a couple of acres!"]]
** During the attack at the home, Jack's daughter, Whitney is slapped by one of the thugs in her bedroom and when this happens, she says "big mistake" and proceeds to use her right foot to kick him in the groin while lifting him over her via the groin kick at the same time so that she can eventually jump and stomp on him.
* GunsAkimbo: Jack does the ''[[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' version with dual [=SMG=]s.
* HandCannon: Jack Slater's Desert Eagle and Benedict's Dan Wesson revolver.
* HellYesMoment: Danny has one of these when Whitney escapes her captors and pulls a gun on the guys holding him. Everyone notices.
* HeroInsurance: Lampshaded, of course in the scene where Slater is being chewed out by his hammy boss. Danny tells Slater, "He's only mad because you destroyed more of the city than usual..."
* HiddenDepths: Jack Slater. He's leading a pitiful life that even his screenwriters didn't expect.
-->'''Danny:''' Look on the good side. You have a great daughter. And your ex-wife wouldn't call if she didn't want you back.
-->'''Jack:''' Danny, do you think I would have married someone so stupid who can't tell my real voice from a taped one? I pay a cashier to call me at work, so the guys think I have a life. My ex-wife is happily remarried. She ''never'' calls. And Whitney--why can't she be a normal teenager? On prom night she stays home to field strip an AK-47! She's going to die a young maid, I know it. I'm going to buy it soon, too.
-->'''Danny:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint No way. You can't die until the grosses go down.]]
** The movie itself surprisingly has it's share of hidden depths. For instance Danny's idealism towards Slater is due to the fact that he didn't have a father around as it's just his mother thats raising him and Jack is the closest that Danny has as a father figure.
** Jack is also apparently ''very'' charming when not having to exercise action movie tropes 24/7 - and pleased to realize it, too.
* HighVoltageDeath: How Slater dispatches the Ripper. While on a rainy rooftop together, the Ripper throws an axe at him; Jack takes the axe and uses it to chop open a nearby powerbox, then climbs onto the side of the building and pushes the cut power lines into the puddles the Ripper is standing in.
* HollywoodHomely:
** In-universe. Danny explicitly points out how there are no "unattractive people" in Jack's world. Jack sees nothing unusual about it.
** Averted when Benedict gets to our world, on the other hand: he gets to see some of the real thing, particularly a prostitute who rather half-heartedly tries to solicit him.
%%* HurricaneOfEuphemisms: Lt. Dekker has dozens of them for his anus.
* IAmNotLeonardNimoy: In-universe: The opening credits of ''Jack Slater IV'' give an [[AndStarring And Introducing]] credit to Meredith Caprice, the fictional actress who plays Whitney. When he actually meets her, Danny keeps accidentally calling her Meredith.
** ActorAllusion: This was Bridgette Wilson-Sampras' first film role.
* IdiotBall: "You're a very brave young man. Unfortunately, you're not very bright. If I were you... I might be looking for the other half of the ticket."
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: {{Invoked|Trope}} when Danny growls at Benedict when he has Whitney in his clutches, "If you harm one hair on her--" Benedict interrupts, "Stop!", deliberately plucks a hair out of her head, then snaps it in front of Danny, daring him to finish his threat.
* IKEAWeaponry: The Ripper's axe.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The thugs in the beginning. Again, {{lampshaded}} as usual. Happens again later when the mooks use their machine guns on Slater as he escapes with the corpse.
* ImpressivePyrotechnics: ''Every'' explosion features a far-larger-than-life fireball as if the exploding object was filled with gasoline.
* IndecisiveParody: While obviously sending up action films of the 1980s and early '90s, this film can't seem to decide what kind of spoof it is. The premise is a self-aware action comedy having fun with the Arnold Schwarzenegger formula (while also having its moments of seriousness and self-reflection), but it often goes into straight up farce that even the worst [[ExploitationFilm exploitation]] [[BMovie B-movie]] wouldn't have (as they wouldn't have the budget to include [[RogerRabbitEffect a cartoon cat]] or [[DeliberatelyMonochrome black and white Bogart]]). The movie bounces between the two approaches and suffers for it, a flaw most of its detractors point out, ''if they're even aware that it's a parody at all!''
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Averted]] in Jack's world, [[spoiler:played straight]] in Danny's.
* InstantDeathBullet: Benedict's test kill is this. One of the few tropes in this movie played straight in the real world section (we don't see where he shoots the guy, but he was using a match-grade revolver at close range and might have aimed for the head).
** InstantEmergencyResponse: Lampshaded in that same scene. Benedict is shocked to discover that you can steal a car in the real world without police sirens instantly sounding. To test this new situation, he walks up to a man and shoots him repeatedly, then waits for the sirens. When that doesn't work, he yells that he's just shot and killed a man, to which the only response is someone off-screen yelling at him to quit making a racket. Cue the AsideGlance and EvilGrin.
* IronicEcho:
** Danny tries to make one out of John Practice's {{Catchphrase}} ("How do you get to Carnegie Hall?"), with little success.
** When Benedict escapes from the movie, Danny suggests leaving after him. When Jack asks if he has a way to get back, Danny tells him he can't nitpick every single little thing. Upon reaching the real world, they find that Benedict's nowhere to be found, and Danny promptly wonders how Jack can get back. "That's a good question. But we wouldn't want to nitpick."
* ItIsNotYourTime: [[spoiler: Danny's encounter with the Grim Reaper.]]
%%* ItsPersonal: Invoked in the ''Hamlet'' parody.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: "Since you're about to die anyway, I may as well tell you the entire plot."
* KarmaHoudini:
** The burglar since this is real life and not a movie; kind of a WhatHappenedToTheMouse example because he's about as petty as a crook can get (didn't even find much to steal) and [[MakeRoomForTheNewPlot far worse things were about to happen]].
** Also, two petty thugs Benedict happened to see beating and possibly killing a man for his shoes, which was part of his education in how unresponsive police in some parts of our world are to crime.
%%* LampshadeHanging: More lampshades than a Shriner Convention.
* LargeHam: The chief of police and Benedict. The chief apparently can only talk in incoherent angrish.
%%* TheLastTitle: The title.
* LawOfInverseRecoil: Played straight naturally in the Movie world. In the real world, Jack fires his Desert Eagle pointed up and is knocked down.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Slater apparently changes music [=CDs=] during his action scenes.
* LicensedPinballTable: Released by Creator/DataEast in 1993. [[Pinball/LastActionHero Click here.]]
* LighterAndSofter: In comparison to most of Schwarzenegger's other movies.
** Only slightly. It manage to have its share of grim moments due to several WouldHurtAChild moments with Slater's kid being killed and Danny getting close to getting killed himself. There is also some disturbing moments such as Danny's encounter with a robber.
** Disturbingly, Slater's movie world comes over like that in comparison to Danny's real world, to the point Benedict is initially shocked at the sight of underage women prostituting themselves and people being murdered for their shoes.
* LimitedWardrobe: While not pointed out in dialogue, the brief look in Slater's closet during the once-a-movie "shoot the assassin hiding in the closet" sequence has a line of identical outfits ([[WallOfWeapons complete with an entire shelf of]] [[HandCannon Desert Eagle pistols]]).
* LonelyBachelorPad: In the movie-within-a-movie, Jack Slater's apartment is unfurnished, and very unremarkable, besides the ninja hiding in the closet and the closet full of identical outfits.
* MadeOfIron: Slater, at least in the movies. When he arrives in the real world, he's genuinely shocked that punching out a car window with his bare hand hurts. A case of RealityIsUnrealistic subverts this, unique to Schwarzenegger -- he famously punched out a real car window by mistake in ''Film/TrueLies'', and didn't notice.
** Also, Danny, to an extent, as he manages to brush off falling off a rooftop and crashing through a house with little to no injuries.
* %% TheMafia
* MageInManhattan: Benedict uses the magic ticket to leave his movie and enter the real world. He realizes that outside of movies bad guys can win and plans to take over the world by releasing villains from various horror films. Luckily the heroes stop him.
* {{Malaproper}}: Vivaldi, who keeps mixing metaphors and getting idioms wrong, which finally gets him killed by an exasperated Benedict.
* MeaningfulName:
** If you're going to employ a [[TheDragon Dragon]], don't pick a guy named Benedict! There's also the Pandora Theater. And stay away from gangsters named "The Fart".
** Oddly, while the Pandora is a real theater in Los Angeles - and the film was shot in it - there is no Pandora Theater in New York.
* MediumAwareness: Danny, justified as he is literally trapped in a movie.
* MediumBlending: Danny sees an animated cat interacting with regular people once he's within the film, as well as a digitized black-and-white image of Creator/HumphreyBogart.
* MetalHead: Slater's music of choice is heavy metal. Late in the film, Danny actually reacts with dismay when he witnesses Slater enjoying classical music (which does not exist in Slater's world).
* MoodWhiplash:
** Danny's encounter with the burglar, which leaves a ChekhovsGun ([[spoiler:the key to the handcuffs]]) and gives Danny and Jack an explanation for the latter's presence to his mom.
** Also when Danny and Slater [[spoiler: enter the real world, Slater's acts of GenreBlindness are initially played off for laughs. The duo chase Benedict through New York in stolen cars, ending up in a back-alley where they are challenged to a game of chicken. The scene is tense, Danny warns Slater he could die, but Slater drops off Danny and speeds off. However neither vehicle manages to build much speed (unlike in the movie world). Compared to all the things Slater has survived up to this point, as well as what most action heroes survive, most viewers won't be expecting much of a crash, even if it is the real world. Cue the actual crash at around 40 kPh which causes the cars rears to lift off the ground. It does not help that Slater's taillights go out and one of the car horns goes off.]]
* MostWonderfulSound: In-Universe, Jack's reaction to hearing Mozart, or classical music in general, for the first time.
* MoreDakka:
** At Leo The Fart's funeral, when Jack steals the corpse, every single guest, even the priest, the nuns and several little old ladies pull out military grade automatic weapons. Then again, [[HandWave it was a Mafia funeral]].
** The goons in the black van shoot at Slater with a Gatling gun.
** How about the helicopter that ''shoots through an entire building''?
* MotorMouth: TurnedUpToEleven with DaChief. At one point, he starts speaking so fast and so angrily that smoke literally starts coming out of his ears.
* MrExposition: Jack's favorite second cousin, Frank, who conveniently expires after delivering a RedHerring.
* MsFanservice: Whitney, courtesy of skin-tight shirts and ShesGotLegs.
* MusicalGag: After Danny says, "They always look dead. In ''Film/DieHard'', a guy is hung and at the end of the movie, he comes back.", the soundtrack plays a few notes from the ''Die Hard'' score. Both films were composed by Creator/MichaelKamen.
* NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize: In-universe, Danny pegs John Practice as TheMole based solely on the fact that he's being played by Creator/FMurrayAbraham, who played Salieri in ''Film/{{Amadeus}}''. ''He's right!''
-->'''Jack:''': Danny said not to trust you. He said you killed Moe Zart.\\
'''Practice''': Moe who?\\
'''Jack''': Zart.\\
'''Practice''': ''(shrugs)'' Ah, you know, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday I've killed a lot of people]], I can't remember half of 'em.
* NeverRecycleYourSchemes: Discussed In-Universe, where Slater suspects Benedict planted a bomb inside the gangster called "The Fart" to kill the other mobsters attending his funeral. Danny pointed out that it wouldn't be a regular bomb, since they've already had a lot of explosions in the movie. Slater tells him not to start the "movie talk" again, then recalls a break-in at a chemical factory, and believes they likely planted a gas bomb inside "The Fart".
* NonFatalExplosions
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Lampshaded and mocked. Danny points out that Slater's thick Austrian accent is weird for a native Angeleno. Slater's response? "[[VotOcksent Egghcent? Vaht egghcent?]]"
* NoticingTheFourthWall: Half the plot of the movie revolves around this, with fictional police officer Jack Slater not only having to face the repercussions of being transported to the real world, where the physics of his overblown action film world do not apply, but eventually even bumping into the actor who plays him. HilarityEnsues. Naturally, Slater does not take any of it well.
* OhCrap: Slater has a moment of this when clinging onto a piece of metal from the [[ElevatorFailure broken elevator]] which eventually gives in and let's him [[SlowMotionFall fall in slow motion]].
* OncePerEpisode: Jack appears to randomly shoot into his closet when he comes home, but then a dead assassin falls out. Apparently there's ''always'' one in there. He then says it costs him a fortune in closet doors.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Played with and lampshaded: [[spoiler: Slater suffers a gunshot wound from Benedict in the real world, causing a race against time to get him back into the movie world, where the doctor "wouldn't even call it a flesh wound."]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Lampshaded - since the screenwriter for ''Jack Slater IV'' never bothered to give the nerdy freshman "Skeezie" an actual name, he doesn't have one. "Skeezie" is the full name he gives on a police report.
-->'''Skeezie:''' ''(to policeman)'' Skeezie. S-K-E...
** He doesn't even know how to finish spelling it. "I-E... no, 'Y'."
* ParentalBonus: Sharon Stone has a brief cameo as the same character she played in ''Film/BasicInstinct''.
* PlotArmor: Lampshaded. [[spoiler: When Slater is shot in the real world, part of the post-climax is getting him back into the movie world]], making this a rare case where the trope is ''actually invoked''!
* PluckyComicRelief: The kid realizes he is this during a game of "Chicken" ''with a car'', while riding a ''bike''.
--> '''Danny:''' I'm the comedy sidekick... Oh, ''shit'', I'm the comedy sidekick! '''This isn't going to work!'''
* PoirotSpeak: Vivaldi has a thick Italian accent and frequently [[{{Malaproper}} butchers idioms]], much to Benedict's annoyance.
* PopStarComposer: Music/{{Buckethead}} teamed up with Music/MichaelKamen to score the film (Buckethead did the guitar solos while Kamen composed everything else).
* PostKissCatatonia: A mild version--Danny becomes quite...introverted after Whitney mistakenly kisses him, complete with stumbling walk and goofy smile, "reminding" himself that it all goes downhill from there....
* PowerPerversionPotential: In-universe, upon learning that the ticket actually works, Nick considers the possibility of visiting Creator/GretaGarbo and Creator/JeanHarlow.
* {{Pun}}: Lampshaded. The movie delivers them by the truckload.
* PrecisionFStrike: Subverted. Danny tries to get Slater to say a certain word - and he can't... [[GenreSavvy because it's a PG-13 movie]]. Later DoubleSubverted when Danny gets an "[[OhCrap Oh shit!]]" line. Then triple-subverted with DaChief because in fact you ''can'' drop ''one'' F-bomb in a PG-13 movie.
* PreMortemOneLiner: "No sequel for you."
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: The soundtrack has plenty of bits from real classical music. Most notably [[Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]].
** StealthPun: There's a ton of metal versions of Mozart in the soundtrack.
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: Slater's got some pretty understandable anger against the writers who killed off his son in the third movie. He also rips into Schwarzenegger when he finally meets him.
* RealityEnsues: The entire second half of the film revolves around both Slater and Benedict realizing that the rules of their world don't coincide with that of the real world. Slater discovers that his gunfire won't automatically blow up a vehicle, that his hand hurts when he punches a window out, and that car crashes are much more dangerous than he thinks. Meanwhile, Benedict discovers that he can kill with impunity and no one notices.
** This also applies to Jack's world in a rather unusual way. While all the action movie tropes are firmly set in place, reality still ensues as well as possible within the confines of the said tropes. Jack's cool action hero behaviour? Only a facade to distract others from his PTSS and loneliness. His sexy ActionGirl daughter? Yes, she is an ActionGirl and enjoys it, but she misses out on basically everything else in life, so it will later come back to her with revenge.
** They are both shown that the women in the real world aren't anything like the movie in their world. In Slater's case he's more at ease in just having a conversation with Danny's mom, who, though not unattractive (being played by Mercedes Ruehl), but hardly the supermodels he normally meets, while Benedict was caught off guard by the appearance of a young prostitute.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Danny gives one to ''Death'' as he approaches Slater. Seems like he hasn't gotten over his father dying.
* RecursiveReality: There are movies in Jack Slater's universe, making them movies within a movie ... within a movie.
%%* RedRightHand: Benedict's glass eye.
%%* RedShirt / {{Retirony}}: Lampshaded.
* RememberTheNewGuy: At the end of ''Jack Slater III'', Jack's son Andrew is killed. ''Jack Slater IV'' introduces Whitney, Jack's daughter who has been living with his ex-wife. Oddly, this is never lampshaded, aside from her [[AndStarring And Introducing]] Meredith Caprice credit.
* ReplacementGoldfish: The movie incorporates Danny into the plot by turning him potentially into this for Jack.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Used to maximum effect by Benedict.
* RogerRabbitEffect: {{Lampshaded}}. Detective Whiskers is a cartoon cat in a detective outfit, but nobody but Danny sees anything weird about him.
-->'''Jack:''' He was supposed to be back on duty. He was only suspended for a month. Now shut up!\\
'''Danny:''' Listen to what I'm saying: an animated cat just walked into the squad room. Hello!\\
'''Jack:''' He'll do it again tomorrow. So what's your point?\\
'''Lt. Dekkar:''' That cat is one of the best men I've got!
%%* RooftopConfrontation
* SelfDeprecation: Aside from the self-parody of his films, Arnold shows up at the film premiere, answering questions and hamfistedly promoting his ''Planet Hollywood'' chain of restaurants, to the embarrassment of his real-life wife Maria Shriver.
* SequelEscalation: Jack moans that his adventures seem to get more and more difficult to deal with. Danny tells him that the sequels ''have'' to get harder and more exciting. Jack's not amused.
* SequenceBreaking: Lampshaded as well. Danny's presence speeds the plot faster than the film had originally intended.
* ShoutOut:
** A visual gag referencing ''Film/{{ET|The Extraterrestrial}}''.
** The two beat cops at the beginning are very reminiscent of Riggs & Murtaugh from ''Film/LethalWeapon'', complete with saxophone riff and "three days 'till retirement".
** Jack's slo motion fall from a building is a direct visual reference to Hans Gruber's plummet in ''Film/DieHard''.
** ''Jack Slater IV'' is presented as "A Franco Columbu film". Columbu is a longtime personal friend and bodybuilding buddy of Arnold's, who also had bit parts in other Arnold movies.
* SnarkyInanimateObject: The magic ticket that transports Danny into the movie is said as having a mind of its own. When Danny attempts to get it to take him back to the real world, it reverts to being inactive. Only after it falls into the hands of the film's villain does it decide to stay on all the time. [[spoiler:Of course, it decides to momentarily turn off again at the exact moment Benedict needs it to escape being killed by Jack.]]
* SoftGlass: Lampshaded. While in the real world, Jack notes that his hand really hurts after punching through a car window.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Parodied with the female police officers' {{Custom Uniform}}s.
* StepfordSmiler: Under Jack's cool attitude and action hero behaviour lies a broken man who is still suffering from PTSS, resulting from his son's death.
* StuffBlowingUp: With several {{Lampshade Hanging}}s, such as when Danny insists that the trouble at Leo Le Fart's funeral can't possibly be "just" another explosion, because the Slater film has had several explosions already.
* TheStarscream: Benedict to Vivaldi.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: When Benedict realizes the ticket is magic, the ''Series/TwilightZone'' theme [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn plays on the television behind him]].
* TakeThat:
** Part of the playful feud Arnold has with Sylvester Stallone is played out here; when Danny goes to the video store to show Jack the guy who played him in another movie, he finds an advertisement for ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' starring Stallone.
---> '''Jack:''' The man is an artist. It's his best performance ever!
*** He's either saying he'd have played it better, or that it was his best performance because it didn't happen.
*** You could infer he's praising himself, since in the real world, Arnold played the Terminator; and it was his immediately preceding picture, so up to that point, for Arnold, it was HIS best performance.
** The La Brea Tar Pits was a Take That to another 1993 film, ''Franchise/JurassicPark''. The Take That was made during ''production'' of both films; ''Last Action Hero'' was assuming it would be a blockbuster hit as well, so it ended up as being the equivalent of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' "billboard" being blasted by Billy in ''Film/{{Laserblast}}''. The ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' parody was also a Take That to Mel Gibson's ''Hamlet'' (1990), directed by Creator/FrancoZeffirelli.
* ThisIsReality: And Benedict ''likes'' it. His JustBetweenYouAndMe speech is terrifying:
-->'''Benedict:''' Gentlemen. Since you are about to die anyway, I [[LampshadeHanging may as well]] [[JustBetweenYouAndMe tell you the entire plot]]! Think of villains, Jack. You want {{Dracula}}? Dra-cool-la? Hang on, (takes out the [[PlotCoupon ticket]]) I'll fetch him. Dracula? Huh. I can get Film/KingKong! We'll have a [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet nightmare with Freddy Krueger]], have a surprise party for UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler; [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] can [[ImAHumanitarian do the catering]], and then we'll have a christening for Film/RosemarysBaby! All I have to do is snap my fingers and they'll be here. They're lining up to get here, and do you know why, Jack? Should I tell you why? Hmm? Because here, in this world, '''''[[TheBadGuyWins the bad guys can win!]]'''''
** Also just about weaponized by Jack at one point, showing he was getting almost as savvy as Benedict, in the chicken scene listed under MoodWhiplash. He realizes full well the dangers of a head-on collision in the real world, but also realizes the goon he's staring down ''doesn't''. He explicitly points out (after the fact) the model vehicle he had was better designed for a head-on collision and he was wearing a seatbelt ''and'' had an airbag, while the bad guy wasn't and didn't. He just underestimated HOW MUCH it was going to hurt.
* TimeBomb: Played with. Slater realizes a bomb is about to go off when a series of cards show decreasing numbers [[StealthPun counting down]].
* TitleDrop: Averted. The teacher refers to Hamlet as one of the first action heroes.
%%* [[TrappedInTVLand Trapped in Movie Land]]
* {{Troperiffic}}: The whole point of the movie is [[PlayingWithATrope lampshading, deconstructing, reconstructing, subverting and inverting]] as many action movie tropes as possible.
* TurnInYourBadge: Complete with smoke coming out the ears.
-->'''Danny:''' He only took your badge because you destroyed more of the city than usual.
** Also during the opening of the film, Slater willingly tosses his badge to his Captain before taking on The Ripper.
* TheUnpronounceable:
** Believe it or not, Arnold Schwarzenegger; Jack can't even pronounce the name of the actor who plays him, and ends up calling him "[[AccidentalMisnaming Arnold Braunschweiger]]" most of the time.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Even in a loopy action film, it's bizarre to see 1) a talking animated cat, 2) [[Film/BasicInstinct Catherine Trammell]] and [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay the T-1000]] strolling around, 3) a black-and-white Humphrey Bogart, 4) steam ''literally'' coming out of a man's head when angry and 5) ''every'' woman with model looks. But being a live-action cartoon world, no one (but Danny) seems to even think it's ''slightly'' out of place.
* VisualPun: Audio pun, anyway. All of the incidental music is revamped classical music, such as "Moonlight Sonata".
* WaitHere: Lampshaded when Jack tells Danny to stay in the car while he goes off to locate a bomb:
-->'''Jack:''' Stay in the car. \\
'''Danny:''' No, I am coming with you. \\
'''Jack:''' ''(annoyed)'' Let us say this ''is'' a movie; if someone says "stay in the car" and the guy does not, what happens? \\
'''Danny:''' He [[GenreSavvy saves the day.]] \\
'''Jack:''' Or gets killed. \\
'''Danny:''' Good point; I will stay. \\
(Jack begins walking off) \\
'''Danny:''' Wait a minute! What if staying in the car is what gets me killed? \\
'''Jack:''' ''(aggravated)'' ...There's a gun in the glove compartment!
* WhatAnIdiot: InUniverse, Danny gets called out twice for being stupid.
** First by Practice when Danny {{Lampshades}} the EvilGloating trope by getting the drop on him as well.
** Then by [[spoiler: the Grim Reaper]] who muses that Danny is stupid, and if he had any brains at all, he'd be [[spoiler: looking for the other half of the ticket.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Grim Reaper advises Danny to use the other half of the ticket to bring Jack Slater back to his movie, and then walks out. Does the Reaper keep the first half of the ticket and use it to return to ''The Seventh Seal'' from which he was accidentally taken from? The movie doesn't tell us.
** The ticket fell on the ground outside the arthouse theatre shortly before a stampede and was presumably lost. Death never had it, it just affected his theatre long enough to get him out.
* WhenDimensionsCollide: Although Jack Slater loses his action-hero resistance to pain when he visits the real world, Death is not so restricted, apparently carrying the laws of his home reality with him. Perhaps because in his home universe Jack is only an exceptionally athletic man, while Death is a powerful supernatural being by the standards of his universe.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Lampshaded and inverted when John Practice turns against Jack; Danny's explanation of this trope is long enough for the bad guys to get the drop on him as well. ("You ain't no genius yourself, kid.")
-->'''Danny:''' (to Jack) I don't see ''you'' coming up with ideas.
** [[spoiler: Then double-inverted, as the bad guy does the exact same thing, except he actually gets shot, because the one who shot him is the previously-mentioned animated cat detective who is bound only to ToonPhysics and RuleOfFunny.]]
--->'''Jack:''' Whiskers! What kept you?
* WickedCultured: Benedict, who is ''way'' more worldly than any other character, ''especially'' Vivaldi.
* WouldHurtAChild: Ripper takes a bunch of them hostage, [[spoiler: kills Jack's son then attempts to recreate the murder with Danny]], and Benedict seriously threatens and brutalizes Danny several times throughout the movie.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Benedict orders a thug to take Whitney aside and slap her around; she turns the tables on him easily, but continues screaming as if ''she's'' the one being attacked, letting her get the drop on Benedict. [[spoiler:Later on in the real world, Benedict smacks Danny into a nearby wall; Danny starts crying over a broken arm the treatment gave him, and Benedict turns his attention back to Slater, letting Danny then resume rushing him.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy:
** Danny realizes almost too late that he's just PluckyComicRelief to Jack, so the bad guy car won't swerve out of the way of the kid [[TooDumbToLive playing chicken with it on a bicycle]].
** Benedict actually. He's under the impression he can control the ticket, and tries to use it to warp out when he's about to lose. Unfortunately for him, the ticket only does things when ''it'' wants to.
* YouBastard: Slater doesn't particularly ''like'' being sucked into a new highly dangerous adventure each time the audience in the real world demands it. When he meets Schwarzenegger at the movie premiere, the character accuses his actor of being responsible for his suffering.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Benedict to Vivaldi after he learns of the magic ticket's power]].