Film / Mad Max: Fury Road

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"If I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die historic on the fury road!"
Nux

Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film in the Mad Max film series; it was released in 2015 after spending some thirty years in Development Hell, and its (standalone) story takes place some time after that of the original Mad Max. Series creator George Miller returned to the driver's seat of his creation, serving as producer, director and writer once more.

Tom Hardy takes over the role of Max Rockatansky, a drifter doing his best to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, running from his personal demons. When he is captured by men who serve the tyrannical warlord Immortan Joe, the dictator keeps him alive as a "blood bag" for his fledgling "War Boys". Some time after Max's capture, Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) — one of Joe's trusted road warriors — betrays her master by freeing his five captive Wives and going on the run. Max ends up caught in the chase as he and Furiosa work together to escape from Joe, his convoy of War Boys, and other forces that would see them all dead (or worse).

The film's production was delayed by higher-than-normal amounts of rainfall around Broken Hill that made the area too green; filming eventually moved to, and was finished in, Namibia. Miller and Fury Road co-writer Brendan McCarthy have already written sequels to this film; the first is titled Mad Max: The Wasteland.

Fury Road has a four-issue prequel miniseries published by Vertigo Comics and written by George Miller, Nico Lathouris and Mark Sexton, with stories spotlighting Joe, Nux, Furiosa, and Max. The graphic novel collection of the miniseries includes a story about the War Rig.


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  • Ace Custom: Everybody has a unique, pimped-out ride that usually reflects their personality. Each car has its own name, too. Rictus Erectus' car is named "Bigfoot", Nux's little coupe from the first chase is Elvis, and the massive beast that Immortan Joe drives is called The Gigahorse.
  • Acoustic License: The film mostly takes place at high speed with a fleet of massive, unmuffled V8s, not to mention the Doof Wagon; yet wind noise only shows up maybe once and the roar of the engines is only audible when the vehicles themselves are the focus. People have no trouble yelling to other vehicles across several meters of air that should by all rights be flooded with cacophony.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene:
    • While Furiosa is doing repairs on the War Rig, Capable finds Nux lamenting that he didn't get to "go to Valhalla". By showing the War Boy some kindness, Capable manages to convince him that he should live on.
    • The film gives the audience a single fifteen minute stretch — when Max and company meet up with the Vuvalini — to catch its breath before going into the finale.
    • Before the action begins again, we're treated to Immortan Joe doing a sort-of Aboriginal prayer to Splendid with what looks like a native prayer stick.
  • Action Prologue: The film opens with Max chased and caught by Immortan Joe's forces, then his attempt at escaping the Citadel, before cutting to the opening titles.
  • Adaptational Modesty: In the original film, the character Valkyrie is first introduced trapped in a cage and nude. In some international versions (and in order to please the rating boards of certain countries), she is introduced trapped in a cage and wearing underwear.
  • Adrenaline Time: According to director of photography John Seale, "something like 50 or 60 percent of the film is not running at 24 frames a second". Examples of Undercranking and Overcranking are rife throughout the movie.
  • Adult Fear:
    • In spite of the post-apocalyptic setting, time is dedicated to Furiosa's (and later Max's) fear of the Wives — young women she (and he) feel responsible for — being hurt, killed, or having no future in the wasteland. Furiosa's reaction to Toast being pulled from the Rig while she is helpless to stop it drives this home; it's the second strongest emotional reaction she has in the film after learning her home no longer exists.
    • Angharad's death also hits this in the worst way possible for the Wives: the random death of a sibling.
  • Aerith and Bob: Next to names like Splendid Angharad, Furiosa, Rictus, and even Max, we have the Big Bad, the heroic veteran of two apocalyptic wars, the God-Emperor of the Citadel... Joe. He'd have a much more awesome surname, but even that is mispelt.
  • After-Action Healing Drama: After the Final Battle, Combat Medic Max does his utmost to keep Furiosa alive. He pierces her side to re-inflate the lungs and gives a blood transfusion. He also decides to tell her his name.
  • After the End: While the film doesn't specify an exact timeline, if you take Furiosa's backstory to heart, at least just over two decades have passed between the apocalypse and the events of Fury Road. According to director George Miller in his foreword to the art book, it's closer to 45 years.
  • The Alleged Car: The War Rig has a tendency to overheat, requiring multiple stops for repairs and cooling. Luckily, Furiosa brought plenty of water. Many of the repairs are made while the rig is in motion.
  • All There in the Manual: The backstories of many of the characters and some of the worldbuilding details can only be found in the prequel comic books, such as Immortan Joe, being Colonel Joe Moore during the Oil Wars. Additionally, there are some important details that are only revealed in an official website discussing the main vehicles, and others discussed in the art book.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The ending theme for the Japanese version of the film is "Out of Control" by MAN WITH A MISSION and Zebrahead.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees:
    • The grenade-tipped spears used by the Warboys are similar to spar torpedos, which are also bombs on sticks that were used by boats as a means to attack other boats and ships.
    • The Warboys' grenade-tipped spears also resemble a weapon used by Japanese forces during WWII called a "lunge mine" or "anti-tank spear". They're basically Exactly What It Says on the Tin: a HEAT warhead on the end of a long bamboo pole. The soldier was expected to lie in the foliage next to the road, waiting for an enemy tank to roll by, at which point he'd jab the hull with his spear, blowing up both the tank and the soldier.
  • Amazon Brigade: Unlike the usual examples of this trope, all but one of the Vuvalini are Badass Grandma types.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Max is antisocial, hears voices, and has vivid and disturbing hallucinations.
  • Ambiguously Gay: The Vuvalini are an all female society and at least one of them Does Not Like Men. When reciting her lineage, Furiosa mentions both a mother and an "initiating mother" but never mentions a father.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Max's Opening Monologue is interspersed with news broadcasts and radio messages of increasing severity, chronicling the downfall of civilization as seen in the previous films. In contrast to The Road Warrior (which placed nuclear war at the center of the apocalypse), Fury Road emphasizes the ecological devastation and depletion that led to said nuclear war. This theme is later evidenced when the Keeper of the Seeds explains that Furiosa already passed "The Green Place" they were searching for, as the land was poisoned and withered away into the swamp they just came out of.
  • Apocalyptic Logistics: Lampshaded where the People Eater complains that Immortan Joe has used up a huge amount of fuel and trashed numerous irreplaceable vehiclesnote  in what he describes as "a domestic squabble". Also justified in that the Citadel, Bullet Farm, and Gas Town are in close proximity to one another — each one is reliant on the resources that the other two stockpile or produce.
  • Arc Words:
    • "We are not things."
    • "Who killed the world?"
    • "Witness me!"
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Angharad delivers a good one.
    Nux: I am awaited!
    Capable: You're an old man's Battle Fodder! Killing everyone and everything!
    Nux: We're not to blame!
    The Splendid Angharad: Then who killed the world?!
  • Artificial Limbs: Furiosa has an artificial forearm. Neither film nor comics explain how she lost the limb.
  • Artistic License – Medicine: Director George Miller (a former emergency room physician) made sure to avert this trope. Many of the medical conditions and their management depicted in the Mad Max movies are done so with great attention to accuracy.
    • Nux appears to have some form of cancer, most likely lymphoma or leukemia, and is consequently severely anemic. He requires blood transfusions in order to stay active, which is why he has to take Max along as a "blood bag".
    • A quick shot shows that the People Eater is suffering from elephantiasis of his right leg.
    • Furiosa develops a tension pneumothorax,note  and Max uses a knife to perform a needle decompression, which is the appropriate treatment.
    • The film also plays this trope straight in a few ways. If Furiosa really were rapidly bleeding to death, Max's blood transfusion would likely be too slow to adequately replenish her blood volume in time. And even if Max's transfusion was successful, the cause of her bleeding and her punctured lung would need to be addressed. Her penetrating chest wound would also need some form of continuous suction to keep her lung from collapsing again.
    • Another Acceptable Break from Reality is the Reckless Gun Usage that should have resulted in several ruptured ear drums, a notable example being when Max fired a handgun at point blank range three times near Furiosa's head, and when Furiosa fired her sniper rifle while using Max's shoulder to keep the barrel steady. The end of the barrel was right in front of his cheek. Max does suffer brief tinnitus, but in reality it would have been much worse.
    • Also played rather straight in regards to Max's blood being transfused to Nux. It only takes about ten minutes to transfer a single pint, so Max should have been rather weakened by the time, Nux's car was wrecked in the storm, adrenaline notwithstanding. Plus, being on the outside of the car when it flipped probably should have killed him, soft sand landing or not.
    • The whole blood transfusion process. O is only a universal donor for modern medical procedures. A transfusion as shown in the film would kill anyone who does not share the donor's exact bloodtype.note 
    • Many of the characters should be worried about getting an infection by the time they reach the end of the film.
    • Furiosa wears what amounts to a back-support brace. In real life, back issues are a real problem for long-haul truck drivers.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: after Angharad has just been shot in the leg. Unlike most examples, the questioner quips back.
    Furiosa: How does it feel?
    Angharad: It hurts.
    Furiosa: Out here, everything hurts.
  • Audible Sharpness: The anonymous Mook who stabs Furiosa during the last chase pulls out his knife so loudly you have to wonder how no-one heard him inside the War Rig.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: Constantly. Immortan Joe's convoy has an audio truck with a whole drumming section and a Doof Warrior playing a guitar that shoots fire. (And, yes, that was a practical effect.)
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Immortan Joe's large water distribution pipes are an impressive sight to behold, but they are ridiculously wasteful, as they dump out huge quantities of water onto the ground just to allow his people to collect small amounts of it. Justified by being part of the way Joe maintains his hold on his people: by giving the illusion of generously dispensing fresh water to the thirsty crowd below in amounts that turn out to never be enough.note 
  • Baby Factory: The Citadel has women being used as breeders.
  • Back for the Dead: Max's Pursuit Special gets a whopping two minutes of screen-time before being crushed in the final battle.
  • Back from the Dead: Immortan Joe's shtick. He also promises entry to Valhalla to his War Boys.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Max and Furiosa do this multiple times, including inside the War Rig, and one particular shot where Max lets Furiosa use him as a rifle stand to temporarily stop the Bullet Farmer.
  • Barbarian Longhair: Immortan Joe has this, and Max has it at the start of the movie (until his captors shave it off).
  • Bathos: Nux is given a Sacred Mission, anointed by his Messiah, and promised he will be carried into Valhalla by Him. His face is the picture of religious ecstasy. He leaps heroically onto the truck and immediately gets yanked short by the chain he's still wearing and nearly falls to his death. Nux's Epic Fail was troperiffic in the extreme, but most of the tropes it invokes are some specific form of bathos.
  • Battle Cry:
    • "WITNESS ME!"
    • Not exactly a battle cry, but the Warboys chant "I live, I die, I live again!" to psyche themselves up for suicide attacks.
  • Beauty Inversion:
    • Nicholas Hoult as Nux. To quote one article: "Hire one of Hollywood’s youngest, most attractive stars, then shave his head, paint him bone white, and have him play a character with disgusting chapped lips for the entire movie."
    • Charlize Theron dirties up quite believably for her role as Furiosa by having her hair cut off and her head covered in black war paint.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: This is averted with Furiosa (who gets progressively more beat up as the film goes on) and Toast (whose face stays bloody after she gets pistol-whipped), but played extremely straight when Angharad falls off the War Rig — even though she is fatally wounded, her body shows almost no visible damage. Considering she was run over by a monster truck and had an emergency c-section performed on her while still alive, that's probably a good thing.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Nux comments that he wants to drive a War Rig as a reward for recapturing the Wives. He gets to drive Furiosa's War Rig twice post Heel–Face Turn — once to get it out of the swamp, the other to make a Heroic Sacrifice by crashing it and blocking the path in the canyon so as to cut off the convoy's pursuit.
  • Behind the Black: Justified: both the characters and the viewers are so focused on the fight with the Buzzards, they fail to pay attention to what exactly is ahead of them, until the threat is abated and the camera swings around to reveal a massive wall of dust and lightning.
  • Big Bad: Immortan Joe, the tyrant who chases after Furiosa and Max to recapture his Five Wives.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: All of the major chase scenes where Joe's army catches up to the War Rig count, but the most spectacular is definitely the Final Battle where the heroes engage Joe's entire host.
  • Big Badass Rig: There's a number of them, but the hulking black rolling fortress known as the War Rig is the most iconic — and practically a main character in its own right.
  • Big "NO!": Furiosa does this when Toast is grabbed by a polecat. Cheedo has one when Furiosa shoots the bikers she wanted to surrender to and a slightly smaller one when Max is grabbed by a polecat during the final chase.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Not everyone makes it, but the Citadel will likely change for the better.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The names of the Wives aren't really stated, but you can tell who's who thanks to this trope. Angharad is the blonde, Cheedo is the brunette, and Capable is the redhead. Added to this mix is the dark-haired-and-skinned Toast and the albino The Dag. Not the first time George Miller directs a movie with this particular hair motif.
  • Blood Is the New Black: When Max returns from dealing with The Bullet Farmer, his face is covered in his opponent's blood.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Despite the film's bodycount and numerous ways characters are wounded or killed (including one mook getting stabbed in the face and throat with crossbow bolts, another getting stabbed in the eyes with bullets, a cesarean section, and an old lady getting a chainsaw wound to her neck), barely any blood is visible until a brief shot near the end, except as blood smears on wounded characters.
  • Bookends:
    • Max's first and last lines in the film. "My name is Max."
    • Max looks over the desert, with the same stance over the horizon in the beginning, and the exact same pose when he gets the idea to return to the Citadel. Each time he's listening to the voices of Glory the Child. The first time he was only about survival. The second time, he's about helping others.
    • At the beginning of the film, Max's blood is taken from him forcibly. At the end, he willingly surrenders it in order to save someone else's life.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: The nameless and faceless pole cat who survives being impaled and thrown off the rig only to return, shoot Max in the face with a metal bolt and stab Furiosa. This anonymous mook is exceedingly hard to kill and singlehandedly almost stops the heroes.
  • Bottomless Magazines: The movie easily outdoes all the previous films combined in terms of gunshots fired. Conserving ammunition is generally not an issue for most characters — except when Furiosa has Toast inventory all their bullets and they find there are only four for the biggest gun, a sniper rifle. This quickly becomes an issue when they are forced to use it shortly after. The prevalence of guns and ammo compared to the previous films is handwaved by Immortan Joe being allied with the Bullet Farmer.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The War Boys are trained to view Immortan Joe as a living god. As a result, they are more than willing to kill themselves in his name so they can go to Valhalla. Joe even looking at a War Boy is enough to send them into a euphoric tizzy.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: The use of 1970s-era cars, because the more recent computerised models would break down under the conditions.
  • Bring the Anchor Along: Max is held prisoner by the Warboys, and tied to Nux (who's leukemic) to administer blood. When Nux crashes his car with Max aboard, Max is unable to break the chain tying them (and a car door) together, and settles for carrying them with him.
  • Broken Bird: This movie puts more emphasis on just how broken and on the edge of sanity Max is, though he hasn't quite gone completely over the edge.
  • Bulletproof Human Shield: A straight example in which the shield in question is the massively obese People Eater. At another occasion, Max uses a mook to block a chainsaw attack.
  • But Now I Must Go: There's no doubt Max is doing this by choice, as he exchanges a Meaningful Look with Furiosa before vanishing into the crowd.
  • Butt-Monkey: Max himself is a major one, especially in the first act.
  • California Doubling: Given Australia was going through rainy seasons that don't fit the Desert Punk setting, the movie wound up filmed in Namibia.
  • Car Fu: In a movie where cars are so important? Oh yes. Immortan Joe takes it to a whole new level when he rams the War Rig specifically to damage its engines, slowing it without having to risk hurting the Wives. Joe's "accountant" Lampshades that they are being very wasteful with precious resources.
  • Cargo Cult: Invoked by Immortan Joe with his control of the aquifer wells, not to mention the sacred treatment of the V8.
  • Chained Heat: Max has to fight Furiosa while chained to Nux. Max does manage to get the chain off, but it stays on Nux's arm for quite a while.
  • Chainsaw Good: In the Final Battle, one polecat can be seen wielding a chainsaw against Furiosa.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Max decides to rejoin Furiosa's group after they've set off across the salt plains, and with a plan to seize the Citadel to boot.
  • The Charmer: Immortan Joe is a master of psychological control, at least regarding his Warboys, who revere him as a living god. He also issues them all simple but effective combat drugs in the form of spray paint that they huff, and exploits the adrenaline-pumping nature of heavy metal to psych his soldiers up in battle. Small wonder he has a damn near limitless supply of these guys.
  • The Chase: Furiosa has liberated Immortan Joe's harem of healthy breeding Wives (at least two of whom are pregnant), and he leads his entire army across the Wasteland to get them back intact.
  • Chase Fight: The group spends a lot of their time fighting off various enemies, be they the War Boys or other gangs. They only really get a reprieve once they cross the quagmire, and they lose it when they go back.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Max is a universal blood donor, which saves Furiosa's life after she's stabbed.
    • Max covers his eyes when he has a hallucination of the child he failed to save. This instinctive reaction saves his life when someone shoots him with a crossbow, giving Max an Impaled Palm instead of an impaled head.
    • In fact, due to how scarce the heroes' resources are, everything they have brought with them ends up being used multiple times and for diverse reasons, from Furiosa's hidden dagger to Nux's part of the chain that tied him to Max and also the surgical tubing when he used Max as a blood bag.
    • The bolt cutters are practically part of the team, they save the day so often.
    • Max shoots at Splendid, grazing her leg. This indirectly leads to her death during one of the car chases when she is unable to find footing with her wounded leg and falls from the rig.
    • Before they can trust each other, Max collects all the weapons in the War Rig, but misses the knife hidden in the gear shift. Later in the film, Furiosa is stabbed with the knife by one of the Warboys.
  • Child by Rape: Splendid Angharad is pregnant with one. The Dag as well.
  • Colonel Kilgore: Immortan Joe, given how he used to be a colonel in the Australian Army before the collapse of civilization.
  • Combat Medic: Due to his training as a cop, when Furiosa's lungs are collapsing, Max knows to re-inflate them by piercing her side with a knife. Then he gives her a blood transfusion using the tubing he was hooked up to by the Warboys.
  • Completely Different Title: The Latin American Spanish title is "Mad Max: Furia en el Camino". "Fury Road" would actually translate as "Camino de Furia", the Latin American title instead is "Fury on the Road" (or more laconically, "Road Rage").
  • Conspicuous Consumption:
    • Immortan Joe and the leaders of Gas Town and Bullet Farm flaunt their wealth and have war gangs with gas-guzzling Cool Cars, all of which emphasizes their power and impresses their followers. Tellingly, the Gas Town leader is also the only one wearing a largely intact three-piece suit complete with vest.
    • Joe's large water distribution pipes are an impressive sight to behold, but they are ridiculously wasteful, as they dump out huge amounts of water onto the ground just to allow his people to collect small amounts of it.
    • The People Eater lampshades this after Joe's forces get trapped, complaining about all the valuable resources they're wasting in what amounts to a "domestic squabble". Notably, when he rattles off the list of supplies they've exhausted, note  he neglects to mention the body count.
  • Continuity Nod: Why won't the party be able to cross the salts with even 160 days of supplies? Because in Beyond Thunderdome it was shown that the nuclear war evaporated (or partly evaporated) the oceans.
  • Continuity Reboot: Technically, Fury Road isn't one. George Miller declared the Sequel Gap made him discard trying to make Fury Road a "proper" sequel to Beyond Thunderdome, but since he considers the Max films to be, essentially, "Legends of the man called Mad Max", continuity isn't all that important. It can be considered a Thunderdome sequel with Max's age simply (in Miller's words) a "James Bond" situation,note  or an alternate follow-up to the original Mad Max (it opens with Max on the Pursuit Special, haunted by his dead family). The tie-in comics imply the former by referencing the events of Road Warrior and Thunderdome as parts of Max's past.
  • Cool Bike: The Rock Riders and the Vuvalini use these as their main form of transportation, in addition to the War Boys fielding a large number of them as well.
  • Cool Car: There's an entire fleet of those: not only does the Pursuit Special return, but there are no fewer than three different massive tankers (one of them having an entire 1980s Mercedes-Benz limo for a cab), a Chrysler Valiant coupe on tank treads, a beaten up Perentti (a rare Australian kit car) and a monster truck with a body made from two thirds of a 1959 Cadillac put on top of another 1959 Cadillac.
  • Cool Old Lady: The Vuvalini clan has quite a few of them, and they aid Max and Furiosa on their way back to the Citadel.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: At one point, Max can be seen using his blood to draw a map.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Max's plan for Furiosa. Going back the way they came. Following the exact same path. Running through Immortan Joe's forces. And conquering the undefended Citadel.
    The Dag: ...I thought you weren't insane anymore?
    [...]
    Keeper of the Seeds: I like this plan...
  • Crazy-Prepared: The many, many weapons that Furiosa has hidden both inside and outside the rig. Max manages to find most of them during a Extended Disarming sequence.
  • Creepy Crows: Heralding what's left of the Green Place.
  • Darkest Hour: At one point during the Final Battle, all hope seems lost. The truck is slowing down due to engine failure, the enemy forces are converging. Toast has been snatched from the group, Max is hanging from the truck, held only by Furiosa who has just received a severe stab wound to her side. Then suddenly Nux manages to fix the engine problems, kicking off the badly needed Heroic Resolve.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: Immortan Joe is introduced being put into his armor, allowing us to see that his back is covered in angry, raw red flesh and weeping sores that need to be debrided regularly. He also always wears a mask that seems to provide him supplemental oxygen and/or medicine that gives him Vader Breath, and while he's a Badass Driver par excellence his mobility is limited. It's not clear what exactly caused him to get like this but radiation poisoning or some manner of massive infection seem likely, and while not explicitly stated it's implied he's Secretly Dying, making his moniker an Ironic Name. Not to mention he founded the Citadel when Nux was an infant, and was a veteran soldier when civilization collapsed; he is old.
  • David vs. Goliath: Max vs. Rictus in the climax.
  • Deadfoot Leadfoot: Max uses the grossly obese People Eater for this after he's shot, who incidentally has an overly-large mutated foot which comes in handy for this trope.
  • Dead Guy on Display: Max displays Joe's corpse when he and Furiosa along with the remaining survivors return to the Citadel, proving he's dead and allowing Furiosa to claim the throne when she presents herself.
  • Deadly Dust Storm: It's gigantic, complete with lightning strikes and tornadoes inside it just to hammer in how deadly it is.
  • Death Seeker: An unhealthy combination of inbreeding, radiation, and a psychotic leader who glorifies death have turned most of the War Boys into these. Nux becomes totally despondent when he's had three opportunities to "die gloriously" and, for one reason or another, survived them all.
  • Decapitated Army: At the end, when Max reveals Furiosa has killed Immortan Joe, the younger War Boys immediately turn against Joe's remaining "sons", allowing the Citadel to fall to Furiosa's command.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The film follows Immortan Joe's forces for the first third or so of the movie, with particular focus on Nux, making it seem like it's a Villain Protagonist before switching to the actual leads.
  • Defusing the Tyke Bomb: Capable convinces Nux that it's not yet his time to die.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: While the War Boys have been thoroughly brainwashed to feel remarkably upbeat about the possibility of achieving a glorious death in the service of Immortan Joe, the audience knows that their leader is at best a very charismatic dictator that sees them as disposable, thus their sacrifice is meaningless.
  • Desecrating the Dead: After displaying Immortan Joe's mangled corpse for all the Citadel to see, Max unceremoniously throws it off the Gigahorse and the crowd wastes no time tearing it to pieces.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Max, of course, is waaaaay past his. Nux reaches his following his third failure in Immortan's service on the Fury Road, this time right in front of Immortan, who dismisses him as "mediocre". Furiosa encounters one when she learns that the Green Place long ago turned to a poison bog. Finally, at the very end of the movie, the Citadel's response to seeing Immortan's faceless body is to immediately surrender and declare Furiosa their new leader.
  • Dirty Coward: Cheedo nearly gets the Five Wives recaptured by some of Immortan Joe's War Boys, but is stopped when Max and Furiosa kill said Warboys. Though that could be chalked up to Cheedo's Stockholm Syndrome and her having a Heroic B.S.O.D. after Angharad was killed. Averted in the climax when Cheedo appears to do the same thing, only to turn around and help Furiosa once she has tricked Rictus into letting her on-board.
  • Distress Ball: Downplayed. At one point, Cheedo attempts to leave the group to turn back to the Citadel. The other girls persuade her to stay.
  • Does Not Like Men: Downplayed by the Vuvalini. Their evident dislike and suspicion of men is mostly borne out of cruel necessity to survive the Scavenger World they live in, but after Furiosa vouches for Max and Nux, the group trusts the two without further question.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Immortan Joe is a terrorist leader who has a harem, Brainwashed and Crazy suicidal soldiers who believe they'll be gloriously rewarded in the afterlife, and lives smack dab in the middle of a desert. They were inspired by the Vikings, but other parallels are easy to draw.
      George Miller: The fact that now we have suicide bombers and terrorists doing the same thing is just proof that history always repeats itself. There have always been people who do bad things. Fury Road deals with themes that are timeless, really: Dominance, hierarchy, tyrants.
    • Other reviewers noted:
      ... the cult suggests an alternate-universe counterpart to the Islamic State or Boko Haram, with its blend of nihilistic violence, tyrannical social control, crushing ignorance melded with fanatical religious fervor, and especially subjugation of women as property, valued only for their fertility.
    • Their bastardized appropriation of concepts from Norse Mythology also calls to mind modern neo-nazi groups.
  • Downer Beginning: For the first fifteen minutes, Max is captured, beaten, tortured, and made a blood bag. He also loses his equipment and his car.
  • The Dragon: Rictus Erectus to Immortan Joe.
  • Dying as Yourself: Nux's previous attempts to go out in a blaze of glory had him pumped up on paint fumes after spraying chrome paint onto his face. When he succeeds in demolishing the War Rig to save Capable and the others, he does so completely sober and calm, and though his last words are "witness me", it's an Ironic Echo, barely above a whisper.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome:
    • Pulled by one of Furiosa's War Boy subordinates during their skirmish with the Buzzards at the beginning of her escape by diving with explosive-head spears into one of the Buzzards' cars after being heavily injured. In fact, all War Boys have this as their life goal.
    • Done by Valkyrie and the other Vuvalini during the final battle.
    • Ex-Warboy Nux. Taking the wheel and flipping the War Rig to kill Rictus Erectus and block the mountain pass, thereby saving Max and the Wives and stopping the pursuit dead.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The movie ends with one of these, with Furiosa, Max, the Wives, and a few surviving Vuvalini defeating Immortan Joe, taking control of the Citadel, and restoring some sense of peace to their world.
  • Easily Forgiven: Max, Furiosa, and the Wives seem to forgive Nux rather quickly for, respectively, using him as a bloodbag and strapping him to his car, attempting to choke her with his chain, and trying to recapture them and take them back to their hated "husband". Justified, though, in that they really don't have time to hold grudges, the Wives in particular recognize him to be just as much a victim as they were (especially Capable, who took pity on him and vouches for him when he comes to their help), and he proves himself to be useful and faithful (by the time he attempts to pull the War Rig out of the mud by tying the winch around the tree, they have completely forgone holding him at gunpoint).
  • Easy Evangelism: Justified Trope. Nux goes from such a fanatical believer in Immortan Joe's cult that mere eye contact with Joe sends him into a frenzy of religious ecstasy to helping a coup overturn his rule. Justified because he knew that he'd failed Joe one time too many, and too spectacularly, and thus there was no place left for him with the cult.
  • Epic Fail: Nux's third attempt to recapture the Wives.
    Immortan Joe: Mediocre.
  • Epigraph: The movie ends with a quote from The First History Man: "Where must we go, we who wander this wasteland in search of our better selves?"
  • Establishing Character Moment: Just about every main character in the film gets one.
    • After his ominous opening monologue, Max is seen scanning the ravaged horizon in a brooding fashion, before stomping on a mutant lizard — and eating it — without even looking at it, showing even people who've never seen a Mad Max movie before that this dude is badass, troubled, and rapidly going insane.
    • Joe is introduced as the War Pups attend to his ruined body, putting on armor that gives the illusion of physical strength, before giving the people of the Citadel enough water to fight over but not enough to survive on, telling us everything we need to know about him with only a few sentences of dialogue.
    • Furiosa is shown through a close-up of Joe's brand on the back of her neck, and all the War Boys saluting as she passes, indicating that she's both highly respected and no less a slave to Joe than anyone else. Notably, it's not until she gets in the War Rig that we see she's both one-armed and female.
    • Nux is shown listening to Joe's speech with a kind of rapturous awe, and when Slit tells him he's too weak to drive, Nux knocks him down with a headbutt, demonstrating that Nux's body is weak but he's much stronger than he looks, both physically and mentally.
  • Evil Counterpart: Immortan Joe to Max, after a fashion. Given how Joe used to be an Australian Army colonel who was considered a hero and Max a dutiful MFP officer.
  • Evil Is Hammy: All of the villains in the movie are ridiculously over-the-top and loud and all the heroes are much more stoic and naturalistic (Max and Furiosa in particular.) This is so omnipresent in War Boy culture it's almost a plot point — notably, Nux loses this trait after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Exposed to the Elements:
    • The warboys ride shirtless in a hot desert.
    • The Five Wives wear scanty robes ill-suited to protecting them from the desert sun and sand, let alone fire and flying metal. Justified as they are a harem who've spent their lives in a Gilded Cage and literally escaped with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
    • The Vuvalini's "bait", who is naked on a tower exposed to the sun in the middle of a desert. Though it is part of a Honey Trap, as she is later revealed to wear appropriate clothing for living in the desert and motorcycling.
  • Extended Disarming: After seeing Furiosa go for a hidden gun on the outside of her rig, Max correctly assumes that she has more weapons hidden in her rig's cab. And she does. He almost gets all of them.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The movie takes place over approximately three days and two nights, with the War Rig party stuck in the quagmire the first night, resting with the Vuvalini the second night, and driving all three days.
  • Eye Scream: The Bullet Farmer gets blinded when Furiosa shoots the searchlight on his vehicle. You can even get a glimpse of his bloodied face afterwards. In the next scene, he is shown with ragged bandages over his eyes, which doesn't abate his penchant for shooting.

    Tropes F to K 
  • Facial Dialogue: Max throughout most of this film seems to communicate entirely through this method, only speaking a scant few lines or just grunting otherwise. Take his triumphant expression when Slit unlocks him from where he's chained to the front of Nux's vehicle, as he now has a chance to escape.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: Immortan Joe gives Nux another chance to prove himself, saying that if Nux can shoot Furiosa with Immortan Joe's own personal revolver, he'll personally lead Nux to Valhalla himself. Nux is inspired, epic villainous music plays as Nux ascends the War Rig, he charges... and then trips over his own chain, falls flat on his face, and drops the gun off of the War Rig.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • The room full of women being milked. What titillation there is is removed by the fact they're A) morbidly obese, B) treated like cattle to feed child soldiers, and C) obviously very unhappy.
    • The "breeders" have Stripperiffic outfits... because they're Sex Slaves.
  • Fat Bastard: The People Eater.
  • Feminist Fantasy: An unconventional example in that the film is filled to the brim with explosions and spiked monster trucks and bare-chested War Boys, but nonetheless has a very anti-patriarchy message: women are not things. Additionally, the film is driven by Action Girl Furiosa rather than Max himself (who is more of a Supporting Protagonist and Audience Surrogate), and her struggle to liberate five objectified women from sexual slavery. And then there's the Vuvalini. Ultimately, Fury Road manages to be both a testosterone-driven action extravaganza and a female power fantasy. Considering the women in the movie, and the women who worked to create the movie though, perhaps it's time to at least partially retire the idea that explosions and monster trucks aren't things women would like.
  • Final Battle: Immortan Joe and his forces chasing after Max and Furiosa across the Wasteland back to the Citadel.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Max and Furiosa.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Angharad is the only Wife who is injured when Max shoots at the War Rig. In the entire film, she is the only one of the Wives to die.
    • Furiosa's skill with long-range shots is actually displayed well before the moment she shoots out the Bullet Farmer's lights in the quagmire; earlier while taking a small reprieve, she shoots down two War Boys on a motorcycle who had just barely gotten into visual range — with one bullet. Two birds with one stone.
    • Even earlier than that; while the group was speeding out of the canyon facing off against the bikers — take a look at how Furiosa and Max decided to take out their pursuers: Max opted for the handgun — using as many shots as he needed to bring down a target; while Furiosa took the rifle — and she aimed for headshots. This also foreshadows the Vuvalini's penchant for long-range rifles, as they say themselves: one man, one bullet.
    • The quagmire they pass through with dead trees is a hint that The Green Place is no more.
    • Furiosa offers to help remove Max's mask. At the climax, she removes Immortan Joe's to kill him.
    • While he's being comforted by Capable, Nux tells her that he thought he "was being spared for something great". He was.
    • Nux: "If I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die historic on the fury road!"
    • Keen viewers might notice that, while the characters and film are focused on the explosive skirmish with the Buzzards, the sky ahead is steadily filling with nasty storm clouds.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Pause at the right time when Immortan Joe dies, and you can clearly see that his lower jaw is ripped off.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Given the Warboys' generally misogynistic culture, it's safe to assume that Furiosa, a woman, wasn't regarded as particularly valuable when she was young. Despite this, she managed to rise to the rank of Imperator in the Warboys' ranks, working directly for Immortan Joe, so you know she earned it. It's assumed the redemption she seeks is for everything she's done to earn that title.
  • Future Imperfect: Enough time has passed for the old world to become shrouded in mystery and folklore, which isn't helped by how books were lost when the end came. On the other hand, the presence of someone like the First History Man means that there's some concerted effort to preserve the past as much as possible.
  • Future Slang: Nux seems to use "chrome" or "shiny" as a way to say "cool" or "wonderful". There's also "half-life", a person destined to die from radiation sickness, and "full-life", someone who's healthy. There's also "guzzolene", continued from The Road Warrior. "Fuk-ushima" is used as a swear and the term "Kamikrazy" appears a few times in the film, as does "McFeast."
    • This applies to sentence structure and conjugation as well. Several times, the War Boys will state that they will show their enemies how to "do war". Also, "traitor/betrayed" has mutated into "traitored"; for example, Slit stated that Nux and Furiosa "traitored" Immortan Joe.
    • Some of it is simply obscure, old-fashioned or regional Australian slang. "Fang it" means quickly pushing a car's acceleration as far as it will go, equivalent to "step on it". There's also "schlanger", which the Dag uses to mean the male genitalia, and "smeg", which seems to mean something like "creep". It's apparently based on "smegma," which is grime that collects on genitalia. Then there's "dag", which is the hardened bit of excreta that accumulates under a sheep's woolly tail.
  • Genuine Human Hide: Coma the Doof Warrior wears a weird leather mask... made from his own mother's head skin. Sources disagree whether he made it himself or received it from Immortan Joe.
  • Glasgow Grin: Slit's got one, possibly explaining his name.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Averted. Goggles are worn by numerous characters to protect their eyes from the desert sand.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Imperator Furiosa is determined to free Immortan Joe's "breeder" sex slaves at any cost. She's a steely, ruthless Combat Pragmatist who will gladly send an army's worth of brainwashed mooks to Valhalla to accomplish this.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: One of the ongoing traits across the series. Everyone's nickname would work as an awesome name for a metal band. See here.
  • Good Prosthetic, Evil Prosthetic: Deuteragonist Imperator Furiosa possesses a make-shift Diesel Punk left arm that she is more than capable of functioning without. This is in contrast to The Antagonist Immortal Joe, a Dark Lord on Life Support kept alive through a breathing apparatus designed to look like a menacing skull mask that gives him Vader Breath.
  • God-Emperor: Immortan Joe styles himself this: "Return my treasures to me and I myself will carry you to the gates of Valhalla. You will ride eternal, shiny and chrome.
  • Go Out with a Smile: The Vuvalini elder, after being mortally wounded, but also after realizing that their mad plan will succeed.
  • Go Through Me: Angharad uses herself as a human shield to stop Immortan Joe from shooting Furiosa. Since Angharad is very pregnant with Joe's child, he doesn't even consider shooting.
  • Guardian Entity: Max's hallucinations of Glory the Child is a weird example of this. Most of the time, she's there to torment him of his failures (especially when he's entirely out for himself), but there are a couple of occasions where her appearances benefit Max. Once is when she appeared and motivates Max to come up with a plan to take the Citadel and convinces Furiosa's group to turn back from their suicide journey across the Great Salt. The other time is when her appearance triggers Max's instinctive reaction to cover his hand over his head, saving his life from a bolt fired at his head by a War Boy.
  • Gun Porn: The film features a lot more guns than the post-apocalyptic norm set by The Road Warrior and Beyond Thunderdome, where people tended to shoot arrows instead, and bullets were few and far between. Justified, in that one of the towns is The Bullet Farm, where there's smelting and mining to manufacture ammunition.
  • Guns Akimbo: The Bullet Farmer with long-barreled revolvers, Heckler & Koch submachine guns and AK-47's, in an attempt to hit something after he gets blinded.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: While both Max and Furiosa show ability in both melee and ranged combat, Furiosa is definitely the better shot of the two, while Max does more damage against the War Boys close up, including going toe-to-toe with Rictus Erectus and an implication of what he did offscreen to the Bullet Farmer and his mooks using a kukri and a fuel can.
  • Hamster-Wheel Power: Giant treadmills are used to work the lifting platforms that carry vehicles up into the Citadel.
  • Handicapped Badass: Many characters in the film are this, in order to emphasize the brutal nature of life in the Wasteland and the gritty reality of the setting.
    • Furiosa has a mechanical left arm. However, she isn't always wearing it, and as her fight with both Max and Nux shows, she is far from helpless without it.
    • The majority of War Boys have some sort of illness. For example, Furiosa's lieutenant, Ace, has a tumor and yet appears to be in his forties, meaning he's survived as a wasteland warrior for quite some time in spite of being terminally ill.
    • The Bullet Farmer becomes this after Furiosa sniped his headlights, inadvertently blinding him with the resulting shrapnel in the process. His response to no longer being able to see where bullets go? Dual wield SMGs and then upgrade to assault rifles. However we don't seem much of it as, after being blinded, we only sparsely see him then he's killed by Max offscreen.
    • Nux appears to be dying from leukemia, and is severely anemic.
    • Both Immortan Joe and Rictus Erectus have tubes going up their noses suggestive of a condition similar to cystic fibrosis.
    • Max has disturbing hallucinations, hears voices, and wears a leg brace.
  • Happiness in Slavery: While everyone in the Citadel is effectively owned by Immortan Joe, it is acknowledged that some positions are better than others.
    • One of the Wives, Cheedo, seems most regretful about escaping the Citadel, stating that they had the high life there. Background material implies this is because she is the youngest of the Wives and has not yet fully witnessed Joe's bad side.
    • A deleted scene has a woman offering her newborn son to the Citadel guards to make him a Warboy. When the guard refuses on account of the boy being already covered in tumors and unlikely to survive, she offers herself as a milker. The guard accepts her and she leaves the baby with her daughter and abandons them to their fate.
  • "Have a Nice Day" Smile: What Nux has tattooed on his two tumor "friends".
  • Headbutt of Love: Furiosa greeting Valkyrie.
  • The Hecate Sisters: Represented with the Wives as the nubile young maidens, Furiosa as the protective mother (as well as the more literal "milk mothers" of the Citadel), and the Vuvalini as the wise old crones.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • The plot is kicked off by one, when Immortan Joe's lieutenant Furiosa betrays him to free his "breeders" from slavery.
    • Nux makes a turn via Defusing the Tyke Bomb, when Capable convinces him that it's not yet his time to die.
  • Held Gaze: Several between Nux and Capable, and Max and Furiosa, during the final chase.
  • Hell Is That Noise:
    • The crows in the Quagmire indicate that this is not a happy place, and that it's actually what's left of the Green Place that Furiosa has been searching for.
    • The decompressed sound of Max's pulse after he awakens to discover a tube in his neck siphoning his blood. It's both paranoia-inducing and viscerally uncomfortable.
  • Helpful Hallucination: Max has a recurring hallucination of a young girl. At one point she appears in front of him and he instinctively covers his face, and this winds up saving his life by giving Max an Impaled Palm instead of an impaled head. She also appears at a critical point in the movie and gives Max the idea to take the unguarded Citadel.
  • Heroes Act, Villains Hinder: Furiosa liberating Immortan Joe's harem and driving them to the Green Place sets off the events of the film.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Furiosa has one after the group finds the Many Mothers, and she learns that the Green Place has become a barren swamp. She then drops her arm in the sand, kneels down and does a Skyward Scream.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
  • Heroic Second Wind: The War Rig loses an engine, Max is left dangling from its side, Furiosa takes a crippling stab wound, Joe's forces surround the Rig, Toast has been captured, Slit moves in for the kill driving in Max's Pursuit Special... And then Nux gets the second engine repaired, Furiosa guns the engine and asskicking ensues.
  • Hero of Another Story: Furiosa is too much hero for one story. We know the enigmatic Imperator of iron will who leads the prisoner-wives to freedom. The other, untold one is how in the hell a beautiful orphan-child kidnapped from her "family" dodged becoming one of Joe's "breeders", grew to womanhood in the Citadel, rose to the rank of Imperator, earned her own War Rig, and became such a trusted leader that her lieutenant assumes she has a brilliant secret plan and follows her orders without question when she drives off-route.
    • It is implied by the burn mark on her neck and her white scraps of clothing that she probably was one of Joe's breeders; so it's more like how she rose up in the ranks.
  • Hidden Supplies: Max sees Furiosa try to pull a gun from a hiding place on the War Rig and immediately concludes she has more weapons hidden elsewhere in the vehicle. He finds almost all of them.
  • High Concept: A badass one-armed female driver helps an imprisoned harem of wives flee their captors across a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and Max is there to kick ass alongside them. There are literally no other elements to the story.
  • Hollywood Darkness: Exaggerated Trope. In most visual media, the "blue filter = night" trope generally works because we're used to it at this point, but like everything else in this movie, it's played way over the top by dyeing everything electric blue (except for conspicuously orange flames, and a spotlight on the Doof Warrior).
  • Hope Is Scary: Max's worldview
    Max: You know, hope is a mistake. If you can't fix what's broken you'll go insane.
  • Hope Spot:
    • The Splendid Angharad seems to be crushed when the War Rig sideswipes a boulder, but look! She's a-okay! Max even gives her a thumbs-up! She then proceeds to slip thanks to her injured leg, falling off the War Rig and getting crushed to death by the Gigahorse.
    • The War Rig has escaped Immortan Joe's army, Nux has pulled a Heel–Face Turn, Max personally killed the Bullet Farmer and got plenty of ammo out of it, and our heroes finally meet Furiosa's old tribe... But then she finds out that the Green Place of her memories has turned into a rancid swamp and that the Vuvalini have been reduced to but a handful.
    • Immortan Joe has been killed, the Wives have gotten onto the deceased warlord's vehicle, and once the passage is blocked, the good guys have won. Then Rictus reappears and rips the engine from the War Rig. Nux and Capable both realize this means he has to die or everything they fought for was for nothing.
  • Human Notepad:
    • After being captured and taken to the Citadel, Max has all the information relevant to their People Farms forcibly tattooed on his back: he's a Universal Donor, has intact eyes and testicles, no apparent radiation scars, and is a road warrior. The tattoo also notes also that he's aggressive and must be kept muzzled.
    • Nux has his ritualistic scars sculpted in the shape of an engine schematic.
    • Miss Giddy, the old lady who tries to shoot Immortan Joe in the beginning of the movie, has her entire body tattooed with historical notes (as does her successor, as shown in the comics).
  • Humanoid Abomination: Whatever those... things were that the gang passes on their way through the swamp look the part. They walk on what appear to be stilts, are hidden under ragged cloaks, and (according to the Vuvalini) have some sort of relationship with the crows. As the War Rig passes by, they stop and creepily stare. They're what's left of the Vuvalini that stayed behind, and they are called the Crow Fishers. The stilts are the best way to navigate the toxic swamp they live in, and for food they catch crows with nets, and use the feathers for clothing. Otherwise, they are normal humans.
  • Human Resources:
    • The Central Theme: George Miller had his Eureka Moment as to Fury Road's plot when he visualized, "an extended chase, and the things being chased were going to be not an object but human beings." "(Women) are not things" is the battle cry of Furiosa and the Five Wives; a battle for the future course of human civilization, with the heavy implication that it's stern father-figure patriarchs like Immortan Joe that led to this Crapsack World while Furiosa’s Amazon naturalists represent hope and progress — and those who support them ("Battle Fodder" such as Nux) are complicit in their crimes and accomplishments.
    • The Five Wives are Immortan Joe's Sex Slaves, but when his women are no longer useful for the purposes of breeding, they are milked to provide sustenance for the War Boys; an impressive luxury in a world without cattle.
    • When Max is captured, the War Boys use him as a "Blood Bag", which allows them to perform a blood transfusion on a War Boy if one of them is injured badly enough, or anemic due to medical conditions, like Nux.
    • The War Boys themselves are nothing but Immortan Joe's "Battle Fodder" — not human anymore, but merely mindless weapons in the service of Joe's empire. Nux's service is decried as no different from the armies which caused the apocalypse. And him changing sides is the turning point in the battle.
    • There's also The People Eater, if his name is to be taken literally. (Which, given his obesity and his case of gout, you probably should.)
  • Human Shield: Both heroes and villains use this tactic throughout the film. The most notable occasion is when Splendid Angharad opens the War Rig's door and displays her pregnant body, knowing Immortan Joe won't risk shooting his unborn child.
  • I Am X, Son of Y: When the "Rig family" reach the lands of Vuvalini, Furiosa introduces herself with her whole tribal lineage.
    Furiosa: I am one of the Vuvalini! Of the Many Mothers! My Initiate Mother was K.T. Concannon! I am the daughter of Mary Jabassa. My clan was Swaddle Dog!
  • If I Do Not Return: The moment Furiosa realizes Max is a good, trustworthy man is when he tells her that the rest of the group move on without him if he takes too long dealing with the Bullet Farmer. You can see the realization appear on her face.
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy:
    • Angharad is pregnant, spends all of her screentime in horrible danger, and gets horrifically injured when she slips off the War Rig and is run over by Joe's car. Unlike most examples of this trope, both she and her baby actually do end up dying as a result.
    • The Dag also counts as this trope, although it's not played completely straight, as she's not showing and neither the audience nor any other characters know she's pregnant until they're already (temporarily) out of danger.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Many of the War Boys make use of grenade-tipped throwing spears against vehicles.
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit: The Wives wear these, but this is justified because they've never been outside their Gilded Cage. Some of them at least manage to find appropriate footwear.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills:
    • After Max misses twice (shooting over a distance of a few hundred metres, through fog, at a moving target only visible by its lights), he hands the rifle over to Furiosa, who manages to bullseye the last sniper rifle bullet they have into the searchlight on the Bullet Farmer's car-tank, blinding the leader in the process.
    • When attacked by the biker gang, both Max and Furiosa prove adept at shooting the bikers out of the air when they're jumping over the War Rig to drop bombs. Max even does it while driving the Rig.
  • Improvised Weapon: In the final chase, the Keeper of the Seeds stabs a War Boy in the eye with a bullet.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Immortan Joe wants a perfect male heir, combining strength and intelligence, but none of his three sons measure up to his standards: Corpus Colossus, who despite his high intellect and administration skills can't actually fight, and could never lead a warrior culture like the War Boys. Rictus Erectus is the opposite, as despite his enormous size and strength he's child-minded and simple, who could never lead due to his lack of intellect. Finally there's Scabrous Scrotus, who the tie-in comic describes as a "psychopathic killer," and would probably become The Caligula if he was left in charge of the Citadel, jeopardizing Joe's whole legacy in the process, which is the last thing a Well-Intentioned Extremist like him wants. Angharad's child would apparently have been the true heir, being "perfect in every way."
  • Infant Immortality: The film averts this trope: when the pregnant Angharad dies, an emergency C-section fails to save her baby, presumably because they lack the medical technology to keep a premature baby alive.
  • Instrument of Murder: The Doof Warrior has an electric guitar that shoots flames, and it is indeed used as a weapon during the final battle.
  • Invasion of the Baby Snatchers: Furiosa ended up at the Citadel as a child because Immortan Joe kidnapped her from the Vuvalini. It's unlikely he stopped with just her, too.
  • Ironic Echo: "Witness me."
    • "Filth! You traitored him!" First used by Nux against Furiosa, then by Slit against Nux himself.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: The War Boys refer to Max as "the blood bag" or just "it".
  • It's the Journey That Counts: Downplayed, but the destination in the film is Where It All Began. During the trip, Max and Furiosa learn things about each other and themselves.
  • It May Help You on Your Quest: The characters have a notable tendency to take anything with them that they can. Innocuous materials such as the medical tubing used to give Nux blood become vitally important later.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: After Max holds up Furiosa and the Wives at gunpoint in exchange for water and bolt cutters, Furiosa manages to turn the tables on him, grab the shotgun he was holding them up with, and pull the trigger... only to find out it was unloaded. The shells it had when he first got it were duds so he discarded them.
  • I Want Them Alive: Immortan Joe wants his Wives back alive and unharmed, impeding the use of heavy firepower against the War Rig. Averted with Furiosa; when Nux offers to stab her in the spine so she'll be paralyzed, Immortan isn't interested and tells him no, giving Nux his revolver and says to just Boom, Headshot her instead.
  • I Work Alone: Max, of course. And as is par for the course, he remains true to that ideology until his morals finally tell him people need help near the climax. And of course, he ends up Riding into the Sunset.
  • Karmic Death: Heavily implied with the Vuvalini, and mixed with Redemption Equals Death. All of them have engaged in banditry, with the Vuvalini Elder stating that all of them have done terrible things to survive (never mind our introduction to them basically being a lure to reel in potential victims. All of them die in the final battle, each giving their lives to make sure Furiosa, the Wives, and Max complete their mission.
  • Keep It Foreign: In the Russian-dubbed version, the Buzzards speak German instead of Russian to keep them foreign and evil.
  • Killed Offscreen: The Bullet Farmer, courtesy of Max.
  • Klingon Promotion: In the end, Furiosa takes control of the Citadel after she kills Immortan Joe.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: None of Joe's surviving men objected when Furiosa becomes the new leader.

    Tropes L to P 
  • Lady Land: The Vuvalini — initially, they are angry and worried that Furiosa has brought two men (Max and Nux) with her.
  • Land Mine Goes "Click!": Furiosa and the Wives plant land mines in the sand for their pursuers.
  • Large Ham:
    • Immortan Joe, considering that he's played by the same actor as Toecutter from the first film.
      Immortan Joe: It is by MY hand... you will RIISE... from the ASHES... of this WO-ORLD!
    • The Bullet Farmer definitely qualifies as well, at least after he gets indirectly blinded by Furiosa, after which he goes into a completely nonsensical and self-important rant while firing a couple of guns like crazy, not caring whether he hits and kills any of the Wives or not:
      The Bullet Farmer I AM THE SCALES OF JUSTICE, ConDUCTOR of the choir of DEATH! Sing, Brother Heckler! Sing Brother Koch! Sing, brothers! SING!! SIIIING!!!
    • Nux also deserves a mention here, enthusiastically shouting almost half his lines over the course of about the first half of the movie. It's pretty clear that Nicholas Hoult was having a blast playing the character. However, he noticeably calms down after his Heel–Face Turn, and is more prone to speaking in a regular, less flamboyant manner from that point onward.
  • Last Fertile Region: The Green Place, the land that Furiosa grew up in and perhaps the last fertile region in the blasted Wasteland. Unfortunately, by the time she returns, the Green Place had turned into a poisonous swamp.
  • Letting the Air Out of the Band: Joe's forces are stopped in the quagmire when the vanguard vehicles are taken out by Max and Furiosa's booby trap, forcing the following ones to stop and get bogged down. When the Doof Wagon gets caught in the jam, the Doof Warrior keeps playing for a bit before noticing that they aren't moving anymore, gives a few more tentative strums, then stops.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: There's a Call-Back to the first movie when Max finds himself chained to an unconscious Nux and is fully prepared to shotgun off Nux's wrist. Fortunately for Nux the shells are duds, and Max has to carry him to someone who has boltcutters.
  • Look Behind You: When told by Furiosa to look behind him, Max is savvy enough to pull one of the Five Wives close and put a gun to her head before turning to look. It turns out there really is another gang approaching them.
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: Warboy Slit grips one of Max's shoes and take it with him just as he's thrown out of the car. He later brandishes the shoe as if it were a worthy trophy.
  • Lost Common Knowledge: Nux has trouble putting his finger on one of the most basic plant words.
    Nux: There's high ground, just beyond that thing.
    Capable: He means the tree.
    Nux: Yeah, tree!
  • Made of Iron: Max and Nux both repeatedly survive large crashes with little injuries.
  • Madness Montage: To show that 'Mad' Max deserves his nickname. While trying to escape from the Citadel, he has scary hallucinations of his family that he failed to save.
  • Malevolent Masked Men:
    • Immortan Joe and his grinning skull half-mask.
    • Gastown's Faceless Mooks. Special mention goes to the black-masked guy who stabs Furiosa and then takes a fistful of bullets to the eyes — that doll face on the back of his head counts for extra nightmare points.
    • Even Max takes on this appearance with the metal restraint he's forced to wear.
  • Martyrdom Culture: Immortan Joe's War Boys are this. Justified in that Nux tells Capable that if his "mates" (the two growths on his shoulder) don't get him, the night fevers will; a chance at Valhalla is his only hope for a good death. Nicholas Hoult (who played Nux) compared him to a suicide bomber in an interview.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The reaction of just about everyone when they finish off the Buzzards, only to finally pay attention to what's ahead of them and realize they're about to run headfirst into an insane storm. The only one who seems unperturbed is Rictus, but even Joe doesn't seem to share his confidence.
  • Maternity Crisis: Subverted—Angharad clutches her stomach and gasps in pain while hiding from the Rock Riders, but it turns out the baby was just squirming and kicking painfully. A brief shot of her bare stomach during the ensuing chase shows him kicking so hard that her skin stretches.
  • Meaningful Echo:
    • A shot of Max standing next to his vehicle, feeling lost and tormented by voices, is given once at the start and then again when he doesn't join Furiosa and the Vuvalini.
    • When word spreads that Furiosa has gone rogue, Slit gets a steering wheel and Nux, who is supposed to be the driver, has to grab it and have a tug-of-war with Slit as he fights for the right to drive. Later, when Max gives Nux another wheel to replace the War Rig's lost one, it's like the former scene in reverse, and Nux seems honored to be given the wheel by the rig's current driver.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Nux is Latin for "nut" (which he is), but also figuratively for "a worthless thing", which he considers himself as at the beginning. Also, according to the comic book tie-in, Nux was so-named because he was "a hard nut to crack".
    • Vuvalini is close to "vulva", which is appropriate for an Amazon Brigade.
    • Furiosa — a near-synonym of "mad" — has about as much reason to be as "mad" as Max.
    • Capable is the most knowledgeable and assertive of Immortan Joe's 'wives'.
  • Mêlée à Trois: Furiosa and the Wives versus Max and Nux; Nux seems to believe Max is on his side, while Max would just like him out of the way.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Splendid's death is played as far more tragic than that of Nux, which is played as Redemption Equals Death and Heroic Sacrifice and thus barely tragic at all. In-universe, the War Boys as a whole are taught from a young age that not only are they expendable, but that death in battle is the only way to reach Valhalla.
  • Mondegreen: At the start, before the War Rig sets out to Gas Town, the Prime Imperator calls the War Boys "fucachima kamakrazee" in his Rousing Speech which could be this trope for "Fukushima", "kamikadze" and "crazy".
  • Mood Whiplash: Omnipresent.
    • When Max is first fleeing from the War Boys. He gets in his Interceptor, speeds off with the War Boys in hot pursuit, setting the audience up for a badass chase scene... until they almost immediately wreck his car with an explosive spear and drag him out of the wreckage.
    • Angharad helps save Max's life and just barely avoids getting splatted by a massive rock in the process. He gives her a grateful thumbs up, she smiles, then slips on the blood from her leg wound, falls off the War Rig and gets run over by Joe's truck.
    • During a heartfelt conversation about life as a War Boy, Nux mentions his mates "Larry and Barry"... and points to two tumors on his neck with smiley faces drawn on them.
    • After his Heel–Face Turn, Nux is gently resting in the War Rig with the wives, enjoying the peace from being accepted into their group. He spots a bug on Capable's shoulder, gently picks it off without waking her up... and eats it.
    • After the night segment, they come to a lone tower in the middle of nowhere with a naked woman at the top screaming for help. Max points out that it's a trap and the mood is tense... until Furiosa announces who she is and all her clan sisters return to gratefully welcome her back into the fold. Then it shifts again when the Keeper of the Seeds tells Furiosa that the Green Place is gone.
    • In the final battle, the War Rig's engine is damaged, Furiosa's been injured, Toast has been captured... so Nux climbs on to the hood of the War Rig and starts spitting gas from the hose into the engine intake. Not to be undone, Slit does the same on the hood of the jury-rigged Interceptor, and it devolves into an almost literal spitting contest. It's hilarious.
  • Mook–Face Turn: Nux is a grunt in Immortan Joe's forces, but his failure to stop the War Rig, his fear that Joe will blame him for Angharad's death, and the kindness showed by Capable convinces him to help the good guys escape — and later, defeat — Joe.
  • More Dakka: Justified due to the Bullet Farmer and his men running a place with a lot of guns and ammunition, which are otherwise hard to come by in the wasteland. Not to mention the implications that Bullet Farm also uses its resources to manufacture ammo and small arms, which makes it even more invaluable.
    • In fact, it is subtly shown that the higher you are within Immortan Joe's band, the more dakka you get.
      • The wandering tribes get by with crossbows, small arms and makeshift explosives. The Vuvalinis get rifles.
      • Immortan Joe's Mooks usually have close quarter weapons, but some can use Boom Sticks.
      • Elite Mook Ace is shown to have a grenade launcher.
      • Imperator Furiosa possesses many fancy weapons such as a sniper rifle and a crossbow firing explosive arrows.
      • Rictus Erectus possesses a minigun which he barely uses, sadly.
      • The Bullet Farmer has two submachine guns as well as a revolver.
      • Immortan Joe only wields a revolver during the movie, but it's because Revolvers Are Just Better.
  • Musicalis Interruptus: The dramatic orchestral buildup that plays when Nux is tasked by Immortan Joe to kill Furiosa abruptly cuts off when his chain trips him.
  • Mythology Gag: The film is utterly packed with them, mostly as Call Backs to the second film.
    • The Interceptor gets wrecked again. Twice.
    • Nux and Slit fighting over who gets to drive harks back to Roop and Charlie arguing over the same thing in the first film. It should also be noted that Roop and Charlie make a cameo in the prequel comic as soldiers in Immortan Joe's first army.
    • Max attempting to fire his shotgun, only to find that the shells are duds. He then uses an empty shotgun as a bluff, just as he did in the second film.
    • Max being strapped to the front of a car as an ornament recalls two settlers having the same happen to them in the second film.
    • Take a closer look at the skull topping the cruciform Max is strapped to. It's wearing a leather pilot's helmet and goggles that are very similar to the Gyro Captain's attire from The Road Warrior. Seriously, look.
    • Furiosa keeps her vehicle rigged so it can't be hijacked. She also keeps a weapon hidden by the controls in case anybody tries to force her to move it. This time, it's Max who spots it.
    • Just like Max in Beyond Thunderdome, Furiosa has a blade hidden in plain sight (Max's flyswatter in Beyond Thunderdome, Furiosa's gear-shift in this film.)
    • Two of Immortan Joe's sons that we see are Rictus Erectus, a dumb giant manchild, and Corpus Colossus, a malformed dwarf. This recalls the pairing of Master Blaster in Beyond Thunderdome.
    • Most of the film is an extended version of The Road Warrior's final chase sequence.
    • Max has to watch a woman and child get run over by the main villain again, only this time, the child hasn't been born yet. What makes it worse is that the villain didn't mean to do it... and it only happens because of something Max inadvertently did.
    • Freeze-Frame Bonus: During one of Max's flashbacks, Toecutter's eyes bulging out can be seen for a fraction of a second. Blink and you'll miss it.
    • The music box Max gives the Feral Child in Mad Max 2 is briefly seen in the hands of one of the fleeing Wives as she tries to stay calm right before the climactic chase.
    • Immortan Joe's weapon of choice is a shiny and chrome revolver that's similar to Lord Humungus's, but without a scope.
    • An attempt is made to sever a limb to escape from chains.
    • One mook who leaps aboard the War Rig during the climactic battle has a triangular "GIVE WAY" road sign for a shield strapped to his arm.
    • Similar to a scene in the first film, an elderly woman wielding a double-barreled shotgun fails to kill the main villain. The villain is even played by the same actor, Hugh Keays-Byrne.
    • The People Eater, mayor of Gastown, resembles The Collector from the third film, who was an official of Bartertown, another energy-producing settlement.
    • Though no attention is drawn to it, Max is still wearing a leg brace.
    • The absurd number of weapons Max collects in the War Rig to disarm Furiosa recalls Max's Extended Disarming in Bartertown in Beyond Thunderdome.
    • Nux's Heroic Sacrifice is reminiscent of Max's in the climax of Beyond Thunderdome.
    • All of the War Boys and War Pups resemble Scrooloose from Beyond Thunderdome.
    • The name "Fury Road" recalls "Anarchie Road" (sic), the setting of the first film's opening scene.
    • Max refers to himself as a Road Warrior in the opening narration. Later, the War Boys tattoo details on his back, including the fact that he is a Road Warrior. One of the details is "No Name", a call back to how Max was introduced as "The Man with no Name" in the Thunderdome.
    • The Big Bad is a Malevolent Masked Man, much like the Big Bad from The Road Warrior, and is played by the same actor as the first film's Big Bad.
    • A pair of boltcutters is used as an Improvised Weapon, though this time to a far greater extent than in The Road Warrior.
    • The People Eater carries a Mauser as his sidearm of choice, much like Bubba Zanetti from Mad Max and Max himself in Beyond Thunderdome.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: Nux, who idolizes Immortan Joe, not only receives a gun and direct orders from him, but the promise that if Nux manages to kill Furiosa then Joe will personally carry him through the gates of Valhalla. This is obviously the high point of Nux's life, which makes him almost immediately falling off the rig and losing the gun humiliating for him, hilarious to the audience.
    Joe: Mediocre!
  • Neutral Female: Averted. Every single character introduced (including the distressed damsels, one of whom is heavily pregnant) gets involved in the conflict and violence. Which, in the case of Angharad, the heavily pregnant woman, costs her her life.
  • Never Mess with Granny: The remnants of Furiosa's tribe are a group of older women who join up and are handy with older rifles. One of them even carries an ancient musket and claims she killed anything she could by way of headshot with it.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: In the trailer, Immortan Joe can be heard saying in a normal voice, "Everybody has gone out of their mind. You're not the only one, Max." The line never appeared in the movie itself, and much like Lord Humungus, Joe never directly interacts with Max.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Nux's decision to take Max along on the hunt for Furiosa, as a forced blood donor to help with his health problems, ends up leading to everything turning out well.
  • Nobody Here but Us Birds: Apparently, Valkyrie uses a bird call to communicate with her peers when pulling off her Wounded Gazelle Gambit.
  • No Blood for Phlebotinum: The Central Theme of the entire Mad Max series, but here it's outright screamed that fighting for control of oil and water is what "killed the world" — and though men like Immortan Joe led the charge, kids like Nux were the Cannon Fodder that waged the wars on the warlords' behalf.
    Why are you hurting these people?
    It’s the oil, stupid.
    Oil wars.
    We are killing for
    gasoline!
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In the final battle, Max brutally bludgeons Rictus into unconsciousness using one of his bottles.
  • No Name Given:
    • Max, from Furiosa's point of view. He brushes off questions about his name, and doesn't reveal it until the end when Furiosa is critically injured.
    • Most of the Wives's names, except Angharad and Cheedo, aren't stated in the movie, making them this to the viewer (until the credits, that is).
  • The Not-Love Interest: The relationship between Max and Furiosa never gets an upgrade. Probably in foresight of a Furiosa-less sequel.
  • Obliviously Evil: Poor Nux honestly doesn't know any better, initially believing the Wives to have been abducted by Furiosa, but the standout example is his Mêlée à Trois with her and Max, where he believes that Max (the man whose blood he's been actively leeching for most of the first third of the movie, and who he strapped, struggling and cursing, to the hood of his car) was fighting alongside him, even wanting to present the Wives to Joe and claim a reward together with Max.
  • Offhand Backhand: In the opening, Max stomps a mutant lizard under his heel without even looking down at it.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The War Rig is stuck in the mud, the Bullet Farmer is approaching, and it's a foggy night, so Max marches off to deal with him. A minute later, there's a big explosion and Max returns, covered in blood and hauling a few big bags of ammunition and the Bullet Farmer's steering wheel.
    Furiosa: It's not his blood.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Max, when he sees that Nux is attempting to suicide bomb the War Rig with their car.
    • Minor version much later, when trying to get the War Rig out of the muck. When Nux starts driving, Furiosa and Max see each other and — realizing that neither of them are driving the damn truck itself — run after it, bewildered.
    • Immortan Joe when he realizes that the War Rig is heading back to the Citadel, which is now undefended thanks to his Stern Chase.
    • When his remaining soldiers realize Immortan Joe is dead, it absolutely breaks their hold on the people.
  • Once per Episode: Max does a But Now I Must Go. However, this is the first time he chooses to. The other three films were a Downer Ending and two Bittersweet Endings.
  • One Bullet Left: Max has a scoped SKS rifle with only three rounds, and aims into the night toward the oncoming searchlight of the Bullet Farmer's vehicle (who, as his name indicates, has plenty of ammo). He uses two shots to no effect, so hands the rifle to Furiosa, who braces the rifle on Max's shoulder and fires a shot that shatters the searchlight, blinding the Bullet Farmer.
  • One-Man Army: Max, as usual. He holds his own against something like twenty War Boys early in the film, beats Rictus senseless in the climax without much of a fight, and kills the Bullet Farmer and all his men offscreen, in about 30 seconds, with only a kukri.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Averted with Angharad. Max accidentally grazes her leg with a bullet when threatening her, and while at first it seems like she's fine except for the blood, later the wound on her leg causes major problems for the group and contributes to her slipping from the War Rig which leads to her death.
  • Only Sane Man: The People Eater keeps a running tally of resources expended in the pursuit of a handful of runaway concubines and sees that the cost has quickly become astronomical. No-one else seems to care, though Bullet Farmer shares his contempt at learning they got roped in on Joe's personal problems. This is further reinforced in a deleted scene where Immortan Joe is giving a Rousing Speech to the Warboys as Miss Giddy and the corpse of Splendid are left to be eaten by crows. Through the whole scene, the People Eater has a miserable This Is Gonna Suck expression, rolling his eyes in impatient disbelief the entire time, as if wondering how he got roped in to the whole mess.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Immortan Joe sends Furiosa on a routine run to the Bullet Farm and Gas Town in order to pick up (obviously) bullets and gas. When she turns off the road heading east, his son keeping the lookout realizes something is odd and calls Immortan over, who immediately realizes something is seriously wrong and runs to his vault. Yup, his harem has been stolen. This is the only time we see Joe visibly express anger.
  • Opening Monologue: Max gives a brief one with a Guttural Growler voice.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: To an exaggerated extent, the whole film is tinted in a strong orange (desert) or blue (sky), punctuated with red (blood, explosions, fire) and a strong electric blue for night scenes.
    In an interview with slashfilm.com, George Miller said :
    We spent a lot of time in DI (digital intermediate), and we had a very fine colorist, Eric Whipp. One thing I’ve noticed is that the default position for everyone is to de-saturate post-apocalyptic movies. There’s only two ways to go, make them black and white — the best version of this movie is black and white, but people reserve that for art movies now. The other version is to really go all-out on the color. The usual teal and orange thing? That’s all the colors we had to work with. The desert’s orange and the sky is teal, and we either could de-saturate it, or crank it up, to differentiate the movie. Plus, it can get really tiring watching this dull, de-saturated color, unless you go all the way out and make it black and white.
  • Outside Ride: Coupled with Traintop Battle. Many fight scenes involve characters hopping onto the War Rig to hijack the truck.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Max. First, he gets hanged upside down to transfuse blood to Nux. Then, he gets strapped to Nux's car hood to keep supplying blood to him. Near the end, he transfuses some of his blood to Furiosa. And he keeps kicking ass to the end without suffering any ill effects of blood loss.
  • Paddleball Shot: After Nux blocks the canyon by crashing the War Rig, Doof's guitar comes flying out of the wreckage towards the camera before getting yanked back by its bungee cords, followed by the War Rig's steering wheel which blots out the screen.
  • People Farms: The Citadel has women being used as breeders and for their breast milk, and men being drained of their blood for the War Boys who are suffering from radiation poisoning.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: Immortan Joe holding the lifeless body of Angharad, wheezing the raspy approximation of a Death Wail through his open mask, while Rictus angrily fires his BFG in the direction of the retreating War Rig.
    Warboy on bike: Are you alright?
    Immortan Joe: NO, NO!
  • Pinball Protagonist: One of the few complaints is that Furiosa is the real hero of the movie while Max is reduced to the role of sidekick. The complaints overlook the facts that Max is still a prominent figure for most of the movie (as the Audience Surrogate), comes up with half of the ideas and acts that keep the group alive, and undergoes a standard heroic character arc. His perceived lack of focus is also due to the efficiency of the plot: the audience doesn't need to know Max's backstory in great detail to understand his motivations and general badassery, leaving space for events that propel the story. In an example of Tropes Are Not Bad, Max serves as more of a catalyst in the film than a true protagonist.note 
  • Pop the Tires:
    • A common tactic employed against the War Rig, albeit with quite limited success courtesy of its spiked hubcaps. The Warboys do manage to burst one tire during the final battle, but it helps them little as the tire they shred is an apocalyptic version of a run-flat so the War Rig just keeps rolling.
    • Furiosa managed to do this to Nux's car's front left wheel, hoping it would slow him down or make him crash. Nux responded by telling Slit to move the "bloodbag" to the back as counterweight, so he only has to rely on the right wheel for turning and balance.
  • Post Peak Oil: As in the previous films, conflicts over oil as well as water brought about the nuclear holocaust that burned the world.
  • The Power of Rock: Invoked (and ramped up to eleven THOUSAND) by Immortan Joe, who has a vehicle in his war party built solely to house a team of drummers, a colossal set of speakers and a guitarist called the Doof Warrior blasting heavy metal to further psych up his War Boys.
  • Practical Effects: The vast majority of the film is done through real props, actual stunts and working cars. That includes the guitar guy playing their anthem, all the jumps from vehicle to vehicle, flamethrowers, people on bending poles, etc. Most of the CGI is digital composition putting these races into narrow canyons. This makes it look and feel very similar to the first three films, which were made before the CGI era.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Immortan Joe isn't particularly concerned with making sure Furiosa suffers for defying him; his sole concern is the return of his "property." Even when Nux offers to keep Furiosa alive for him to exact vengeance upon her, Joe rejects that suggestion, and insists that he simply kill her to ensure that the War Rig stops.
  • Pregnant Hostage: The central plot features Max driving an oil-rig with pregnant women who become his captors after he threatens them with a gun and forces them to help him drive the rig.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Furiosa gives a savage one to Immortan Joe.
    Furiosa: [vehemently] Remember me?
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The Warboys are a deconstruction; the whole impetus behind the film is how restrictive and unhealthy such a masculinity- and death-obsessed culture really is, most noticeably to its women, but really to everyone who isn't squarely on top.
  • Psychopathic Manchild:
    • Nux is curiously innocent and non-malicious, even while he's killing loads of people.
    • Also Rictus, who is the big Dumb Muscle variety. Showing little independent thought, he seems only to want to please his father.
  • Psycho Serum:
    • Immortan Joe's Warboys huff chrome spray paint to psych themselves up in battle.
    • The justification In-Universe for using Max as the blood bag.
      Slit: It's a raving feral!
      Nux: That's right; high octane crazy blood, fillin' me up!

    Tropes Q to S 
  • The Quisling: Due to a fear of death and some lingering Stockholm Syndrome, Cheedo has moments where she has to be physically restrained to prevent her from betraying the rest of the protagonists or simply fleeing to Immortan Joe's safety. Subverted in the ending, when she fakes this so that Rictus pulls her onto Joe's vehicle, allowing Cheedo to help a wounded but unseen Furiosa attack Joe.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Regarding Splendid Angharad's leg injury. When they first meet, Max accidentally grazes it when he fires warning shots at her. At first she seems just fine save for a little bleeding, but over time the bleeding gets worse and the pain bothers her more and more. It comes to a head when all hands are needed to shake off pursuers and she jumps out of the rig to help her rescuers, but her leg injury ensures that she can't get a proper foothold to climb back in, which leads to her falling to her death.
    • Also regarding Furiosa's War Rig. Her destination is at least a day's journey, but driving a huge, gas-guzzling rig non-stop across a sweltering hot desert eventually over-heats the engine, forcing the group to stop to let the engine cool off before they can continue. Considering their pursuers, this is a problem.
    • Generally speaking, everything involving the nature of a chase through harsh environments; especially illustrated by the War Rig. Drove through a sand-lightning-tornado-storm? Rig needs to have the sand taken out of the intakes. Rig's engine block is on fire? Need to lower the plow to apply dust to extinguish it. Stuck in a quagmire? Place the engine covers under the wheels for traction. Overdo the direct oil injection boosts? The engines fail and need fixing. The rig doesn't run on miracles; it's an engine and it needs to be maintained.
    • Nux's eagerness to prove himself to Immortan Joe by charging blindly into the fray without noticing the situation around him qualifies. The first attempt for glory is foiled by Max, who just wanted to get the hell out of Dodge while Nux still believed he's on his side. The second attempt is stopped by the Wives after he tried to kill Furiosa because he believed Furiosa kidnapped them, not realizing that the Wives followed her of their own free will. The third and most humiliating attempt is when he tried too hard to impress Immortan Joe and ended up looking like an idiot because he didn't notice that his chain got stuck on the rig and fell off. Really, Nux's character prior his Heel–Face Turn could serve well as a Deconstruction of the Determinator character type.
    • After the Bullet Farmer is blinded, he goes on a raving More Dakka spree, Dual Wielding guns and firing sightlessly... and not hitting a single thing.
    • At the climax, the way Furiosa pulls out the gearshift she had been stabbed with demonstrates why in real life you do not remove an impaling object from an injury. She develops a pneumothorax and very nearly exsanguinates before Max gives her a blood transfusion.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Nux doesn't get to survive his Mook–Face Turn.
  • Reduced to Ratburgers: The movie begins with Max eating a two-headed mutant lizard whole, and later Nux eats an insect.
  • The Remnant: The Vuvalini became this after the Green Place turned into a poisoned bog. When Furiosa finally reaches them, she finds nothing more than a small handful of elderly women.
  • Road Trip Plot: It's in the title. About 90% of the movie is spent driving on the titular Fury Road.
  • Rotten Rock & Roll: Immortan Joe's army prominently features a guitarist (whose guitar is also a flamethrower) who constantly plays regardless of the action around him. He also serves a more practical purpose of sounding general orders.
  • Royal Harem: The Wives were kept in one prior to the start of the film, and their attempt to escape it makes up the film's plot.
  • Rule of Cool:
    • How can Furiosa have a fully-functional mechanical arm in a world with no means of designing it? Who cares? Also an example of the Rule of Drama; Furiosa gets her arm entangled in Joe's face mask and throws it into his car wheels to kill him, something that would obviously be impossible with a regular arm.
    • A guitarist serving as a drummer "boy" for Joe's forces is reasonable. Having the guitar also be a flamethrower is this trope.
  • Rule of Symbolism: The way Furiosa kills Joe. She attaches her mechanical arm (the symbol of her disability) to his breathing mask (the symbol of his), and kills him by throwing a grappling wrapped around her arm into the wheels of Joe's car. She embraces her disability and uses it to her advantage, while Joe's philosophy teaches that all physical disability is weakness. Both of them are handicapped, but she makes no secret of her disability, while he tries to disguise his own rather disgusting body with ridiculous fake muscular armor and an army of war boys to do his bidding. In the end, she literally casts aside her own disability, showing that she won't let it define her, while Joe's inability to do the same gets his face ripped off. Bonus points for the grappling hook going into the wheels of his own massive gas-guzzling car, an additional symbol of masculine virility used to disguise physical and moral weakness.
  • Running Gag: Nux tries to reach Valhalla three times with a Heroic Sacrifice, but ends up doing an Epic Fail. It's only til he's doing it to save someone else that he succeed.
  • Safe Zone Hope Spot: Furiosa is taking the Wives to "the green place", an oasis where she was born and raised before being abducted by Immortan Joe. Her tribe tells her that they had already passed it when they drove through the quagmire. Apparently, since her abduction, the green place soured and dried up, forcing her tribemates to scavenge like everyone else. The tree they use as an anchor to get the War Rig out is an early clue to this. Turns out that the only fertile land left is the Citadel that they just left behind.
  • Sampling: Giuseppe Verdi's "Dies Irae" is sampled quite a bit in the soundtrack. It was also used in one of the trailers for the movie.
  • Scenery Porn: The Namib Desert combined with George Miller's unhindered vision of a post-apocalyptic wasteland is truly a sight to behold.
  • Secretly Dying:
    • Immortan Joe. He's weak of breath, needs help walking, and has attendants caring to scars or boils on his back. He disguises this to his followers by donning muscular-looking armor whenever in public. Even his attendants might not realize the state of his health, considering how Brainwashed and Crazy they are. It doesn't help that neither of his sons are fit to rule in his stead; Rictus is too stupid, Corpus too physically weak.
    • The Keeper of the Seeds, after being mortally wounded in the co-driver seat of the War Rig. She manages to take out the Mook who stabbed Furiosa before peacefully going out with a smile.
  • Self-Harm: Splendid Angharad's facial scars in Mad Max: Fury Road have been confirmed to be from self harm. Also, as a Freeze-Frame Bonus, small scars can be seen on her wrist as she hands Max the water hose. Note that Splendid was Joe's "favorite" and all that it implies.
    • The same kind of scars can be seen for a split second on Furiosa's wrist while she activates the Rig's killswitches, although in another closeup a second later they are no longer visible.
  • Sex Slave: Immortan Joe's "breeders".
  • Sexy Soaked Shirt: Max is sneaking up on the War Rig, only to encounter the Five Wives washing themselves down with a fire hose after being hidden in the War Rig's fuel tank. Given that they're in the middle of the Thirsty Desert, the sight of the water is more lust-inducing to Max than their wet clothes.
  • She Is the King: Furiosa holds the title of "Imperator", which here means the leader of a war band, rather than "Imperatrix".
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Max is clearly in the throes of severe PTSD, tormented by visions of the people he didn't manage to save both while awake and asleep.
  • Shell-Shock Silence: Several times after explosions does the sound drown out, especially during the Final Battle.
  • Ship Tease: While no explicit scenes are shown to confirm Max and Furiosa feeling attracted to each other, the movie is definitely open to that interpretation, with moments such as when Furiosa asks Max to come with the Vuvalini, or Max cradling her when she nearly dies from blood loss and talking to her in a gentle tone he's not heard using for anyone else.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The spike-covered Volkswagen Beetles that attack the War Rig is a shout-out to the Australian horror film The Cars That Ate Paris.
    • The Buzzards themselves, the drivers of said cars, looks a lot like Star Wars's sand people.
    • The Dag calls Immortan Joe a "smeg".
    • The Bullet Farmer promises "just one angry shot, for Furiosa!", a possible reference to the Australian war movie The Odd Angry Shot.
    • One from the tie-in comic: When Max goes to rescue Glory, there's a poster for Dredd in the background.
    • In a recursive shout-out, the film has a lot of similarities to the ReBoot episode "Bad Bob", which revolves around a post-apocalyptic racing game inspired by The Road Warrior, including the metal-heavy soundtrack and turning the big rig around and returning to the starting point. Production designer Brendan McCarthy worked on both and was in fact responsible for getting George Miller interested in continuing the Mad Max franchise when he showed him a tape of the episode.
  • Show, Don't Tell: Often listed as one of the film's greatest strengths is its in-depth World Building with minimal dialogue (including the opening voiceover, Max himself only has 52 lines). For example, the beginning shows a tumor-ridden Immortan Joe having powder applied to his skin, donning muscular-looking armor to hide his affliction, and giving a gathered crowd of other sickly people water — but not enough. It tells you everything you need to know about what kind of place the Citadel is and we haven't even gotten to the sex slaves yet.
  • Sigil Spam: The Citadel's skull insignia is everywhere: on a cliff face, on the backs of the Wives' necks, on their vehicles (including the roof of Furiosa's War Rig), etc.
  • Skeleton Motif: Immortan Joe's empire is represented by a flaming skull emblem. Joe's pale hue and breathing apparatus also personally makes him resemble a skeleton.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Immortan Joe's people are big into skulls as decorations, both pictorial and real.
  • Skewed Priorities: Immortan Joe sends his entire army to chase down the war rig and a handful of runaway sex slaves, expending huge amounts of fuel, ammo, and troops in an attempt to get them back. This also leaves his community completely unguarded. Not such a great idea for a dictator who rules with an iron fist.
  • Skyward Scream: Upon learning that the Green Place had turned to poison muck, Furiosa undergoes a Heroic B.S.O.D. that involves dropping her arm in the sand, kneeling on the sand, and screaming.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Moderately idealistic. It's a harsh world, but individuals can make a difference, and an act of kindness towards an enemy has positive consequences (see Mook–Face Turn, above).
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: While most of the women in the Citadel are hooked up to a machine to be harvested for their breast milk in Immortan Joe's tyrannical patriarchy, the most beautiful women of the Citadel get the misfortune of becoming his Sex Slaves. If they fail three times to give him a healthy baby boy, they are banished to the wasteland.
  • Source Music: Almost all of the chase music is being played by Coma-Doof and the drummers.
  • Spear Carrier: The one Warboy who briefly informs Nux about Furiosa's mutiny with almost Shakespearean cadence, who is about as much of a Mr. Exposition as this movie gets.
    Warboy: Treason! Betrayal! An Imperator gone rogue!
  • Spiked Wheels: The Buzzards have these on their hedgehog-like vehicles, designed for disabling vehicles that enter their territory. To counter this, vehicles such as the War Rig have spikes on their own wheels which point outwards to parry them.
  • Spikes of Villainy: The vehicles used by the Buzzards who attack Furiosa's party when she first leaves the path are so thickly covered with metal spikes that they look like wheeled hedgehogs.
  • Spiteful Spit: A couple. First Furiosa and Nux have a spit exchange inside the truck. Then at the end, after Furiosa brutally rips Immortan Joe's face off, Toast spits at his corpse.
  • Splash of Color: During the blueish sequences of Hollywood Darkness:
    • The blood on Max' face retains a red color hue.
    • Also a plantlet produced from a bag is shown in bright green color.
  • Squee!: Nux gets a massive fangasm when Immortan Joe glances at him. Later, he bursts into tears when Joe personally gives him a mission.
  • Steel Eardrums: Downplayed. The movie emphasizes Max going temporarily deaf every time a firearm is used in close proximity to him, but he still rolls through it without any real permanent hearing damage.
  • Stern Chase: The entire movie. Until Max realizes their only hope is to turn round and go back the way they came, right through their pursuers.
  • Still Wearing the Old Colors: Immortan Joe's armor incorporates his old military decorations from his past as an Australian Army colonel. Max meanwhile still dons his MFP uniform, albeit worn, torn and repaired almost beyond recognition.
  • Stock Footage: When Max awakes abruptly from his dream right after the blue sequence, the last image of his dream is a close view of eyes popping out of a face. This footage is from Mad Max, when Toecutter is killed.
  • Strange Salute: The Warboys greet Immortan Joe by crossing their arms over their heads and screaming "Immortan!"
  • Suicide Attack: The War Boys, who are dying of radiation poisoning anyway and have a religious belief that their leader Immortan Joe will resurrect them in Valhalla. The attacks include leaping on their enemies with explosive-head spears, or flooding their vehicles with their own fuel and dropping lit flares to create improvised car bombs.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Furiosa is The Hero who has a quest, goes on a Hero's Journey and defeats the Big Bad, while Max tags along and keeps her from getting killed.
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: The Buzzards (the gang in the porcupine-looking spiked cars) communicate among themselves in perfect Russian.

    Tropes T to Z 
  • Take a Moment to Catch Your Death: After she manages to cut the chain binding the War Rig and Immortan Joe's car and narrowly avoids slamming into a pile of rocks, Angharad shows a smile of relief while Max gives her a thumbs up. Immediately after that, the door she's holding onto falls off and she's hit by Joe's car.
  • Taking the Bullet: One mook jumps in front of Immortan Joe and takes the bullet when Furiosa fires at him during a chase scene.
  • Tear Off Your Face: Happens to Immortan Joe. Furiosa hooks his mask with a harpoon and lets the chain fall into his car's wheel, tearing off the mask and part of Joe's face.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Deconstructed. Immortan Joe puts a heavy emphasis on hyper-masculinity in the running of his empire and the cult he's built around himself. This is shown to be harmful to everyone, men and women alike. Women are treated essentially like livestock, valued only for their looks and fertility. Barring that, they are kept either out of the Citadel or used as milk farms. The men strong enough are brainwashed into a psychotic Martyrdom Culture obsessed with cars and battle, willing to kill themselves "historically" in service to their Glorious Leader in the hopes that they will be resurrected in the Warrior Heaven of Valhalla. In the end, the only ones who benefit from this mindset are Immortan Joe himself and his fellow warlords.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: The Vuvalini decorate their bikes with stitched cloth as opposed to the skulls of the War Boys.
  • This Means Warpaint:
    • Imperators smear their foreheads with engine grease.
    • The War Boys spray their mouths with chrome paint, which has the added benefit of making them high when launching their attacks.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Played with. The Wives want no unnecessary killing, which spares Nux's life.
  • Title Drop:
    Nux: If I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die historic on the fury road!
  • Too Awesome to Use:
    • Although ammo is for once not all that scarce in this franchise thanks to the existence of the Bullet Farm, Max and Furiosa do have to carefully consider the use of their BFG, an enormous sniper rifle, as they only have four bullets for that particular gun.
    • This trope shows up again after Max deals with the Bullet Farmer and collects an arsenal off of the guy. After that, Max and Furiousa are never seen using guns again with only their comrades, the Vuvalini, making use of any firearm — which were the longarms that they had with them since they first met Furiousa and Max.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The very first trailer uses many of the big action scenes, including the one where Nux overturns the War Rig to block the pass, essentially the final shot of the climax. This actually ends up working, since in this particular case the audience watching the trailer had no reason to assume Nux, the character who appears in it is anything other than a mook having a suitably spectacular death.
  • Traintop Battle: Max fighting off mooks on top of the War Rig.
  • Traumatic C-Section: Angharad has her baby cut from her body as she dies from her injuries, in the hope of saving its life. It doesn't work.
  • The Triple: Max refuses to budge in the War Rig after the kill switches are activated. Furiosa thinks he's going to make a bargain with Immortan Joe, and points out he'll be pissed for damaging his favorite Wife. Max doesn't react. She then says he's driving a Big Badass Rig, the only hope of escaping. That gets his attention, but he still doesn't budge. Furiosa then offers help getting his mask off. That works.
  • Try and Follow: Imperator Furiosa takes her War Rig into a sandstorm that's a virtual tornado, to (temporarily) escape the pursuing War Boys. Given their Blood Knight nature not all of the pursuers are deterred, but as Furiosa's Big Badass Rig is heavier it survives while lighter vehicles are blown into the air and destroyed.
  • Tykebomb: Immortan Joe's specialty. Raise all the boys from infancy to know nothing but war, death, and a Warrior Heaven that only he can provide, and they'll be eager to fight and die for him without question.
  • Underside Ride: Both Furiosa and Nux have scenes where they climb underneath the War Rig to do repairs.
  • Under the Truck: One of the Rock Riders slides his cycle under the War Rig to grab at Furiosa who is trying to make some on-road repair.
  • Use Your Head:
    • Furiosa headbutts once in combat.
    • Also Nux, when fighting over the steering wheel with his brother.
  • Vagina Dentata: A subtle one, but when one of the Five Wives gets a chastity belt taken off, it has a very razor-sharp entrance.
  • Vasquez Always Dies: Inverted, where Furiosa survives her injuries, and Angharad, one of the feminine Five Wives, is killed halfway through the film.
  • Vehicular Assault: Takes up a major part of the fight sequences.
  • Villain Ball: Immortan Joe leaves the Citadel completely unguarded. To the point that even the heroes only need to walk in with his body for them to take it without issue.
  • Wake-Up Fighting: While in the co-driver seat of the War Rig, Max wakes up from one of his haunting nightmares and throws his arms around in panic.
  • Warrior Heaven: The War Boys believe they will go to Valhalla if they die a warrior's death. Fatally injured Boys will get high on aerosol fumes and demand others "witness" as they perform suicide attacks. Nux, who is dying of apparent lymphoma, is torn by the fact that he has come close to the "gates" several times but always survives.
  • Water Wake-up: Of the accidental kind. After the sandstorm has passed, Max finds himself chained to a lifeless Nux. He carries the body over to the truck where the water pouring from the hose lets Nux come alive.
  • Weapon for Intimidation: Max's shotgun. After finding the shells are dud, he uses it to make Furiosa and the Five Wives give him water and bolt-cutters. Furiosa wrests the shotgun off him, only to find it's empty when she tries to Boom, Headshot Max.note 
  • Weather of War: Furiosa takes her War Rig into a sandstorm that's a virtual tornado, to (temporarily) escape the pursuing War Boys. Given their Blood Knight nature not all of the pursuers are deterred, but as Furiosa's Big Badass Rig is heavier it survives while lighter vehicles are blown into the air and destroyed.
  • Weather Saves the Day: A Deadly Dust Storm comes to the aid of the heroes who can temporarily escape their pursuers in it.
  • We Have Reserves: All of the wasteland factions that appear are continually willing to keep throwing away lives long after the costs outweigh the potential rewards. Immortan Joe even raises generations of suicide troops for this very reason; he specifically separates out "half-lives" — men who are very obviously close to death such as Nux due to his anemia and throat-constricting neck tumors — and promises them eternity in Valhalla if they die in his battles. The only exception are the Vuvalini, and given their diminished numbers it's very likely they've been living this way too.
  • We Need a Distraction: Nux disables the hydraulics on the fuel pod, correctly assuming that Wives wouldn't be the ones sent to repair it. While Max is busy reattaching the hose, Nux sneaks under the rig through the hidden passage and gets into the cab. He hadn't exactly thought his plan out past that, though, so the Wives toss him right back out.
  • Wham Line: "But if you came from the west, you passed the Green Place."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We see neither hide nor hair of Miss Giddy or the Organic Mechanic after Angharad's c-section in the quagmire. Last we see, they're on the Gigahorse with Joe, but in the final chase they're both curiously absent. A deleted scene shows that Miss Giddy was tortured for information on the Wives' plans. When she refused, she and Angharad (or Angharad's body) were left in the desert and attacked by crows, presumably until they both were dead. Articles about the above scene also state that the Organic Mechanic was off relieving himself in the desert when the War Rig was spotted and consequently left behind.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: All the women that the group saves happen to be beautiful women.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Defied. When Nux offers to stab Furiosa in the back to keep her alive for Immortan Joe, he shoots down the offer and hands Nux a revolver to put Furiosa down with.
  • With Us or Against Us: When Angharad asks Nux "Who killed the world?", she's not just decrying him as her enemy for serving Immortan Joe; she's decrying everything Joe stands for, all who believe as he does, and all who support him. She's arguing that behavior like Joe's — an ideology of glorifying endless war, monopolization of resources by a small elite, the domination and exploitation of the weak by the strong — is what killed the world, and if you participate in continuing that behavior, you bear some moral responsibility.
  • Women Are Wiser: The Dag is surprised when one of the Vuvalini says she's killed everyone she's met out here, saying she thought the women would be above that. So she shows Dag the seeds she's kept for future use.
  • World Building: George Miller is an expert. Without a single line of exposition, you get a lived-in world (especially in the Citadel). The first things you see there are Immortan Joe giving water to a thirsty populace (but not giving enough and wasting most of it), a hydroponic farm, a human milking room, and a harem room. Those images giving you all the information you need about what sort of place the Citadel is. In addition, everyone has their own motivations, but that info is doled out naturally. For example, the Big Bad Triumvirate don't always see eye-to-eye and they have their own reasons for their actions.
  • World of Badass: Justified, in that the strong dominate the weak, and only the stronger can protect the weak.
  • World of Ham: From the character design to the action to the performances, everything in the film is played over-the-top — which makes both Max and Furiosa stand out, since they're The Stoic.
  • World of Symbolism: Pick a scene. Any scene.
    • Joe milking his "failed" Wives — he sees them as cattle.
    • The bathing pool in his harem looks like a sperm cell.
    • The "Organic Mechanic" — what present times would call a doctor — is only comprehensible to the post-apocalyptic culture as "someone who can fix people as if they were cars."
    • All the War Boys are covered in white powder — to deter sunburn and keep them cool — which along with their scarred, chapped lips gives them the appearance of skeletal corpses; they consider themselves to be already dead, merely looking for a path to Valhalla.
    • Nux has an engine block schematic scarred into his chest — he's one of Joe's War Machines.
    • Max is dubbed a "Blood Bag" and dangled upside-down to replenish anemic War Boys — he's being "milked" for his blood.
    • Nux yanks the steering wheel off his pursuit vehicle and brandishes it — he has no idea where he is going and does not care.
    • The three arms of Joe's empire are basically a military-industrial-corporate right-wing trinity;
      • The People Eater is an oil baron.
      • The Bullet Farmer is an arms dealer.
      • Immortan Joe himself is a patriarchal politician who rules through religion comprised of equal parts car-culture, gun-worship, re-purposed Viking mythology and other uber-masculine "honor culture" staples.
    • Furiosa's people, the "Vuvalini".
    • The physical world is a toxic wasteland where nothing can grow, and the people are mostly oil, gun, and car-obsessed male warriors and scavengers, with the Arc Words "Who killed the world?". With the movie's overt feminist message, the exchange between Angharad and Nux symbolically blames the apocalypse on toxic masculinity.
    • Angharad calls bullets the anti-seed, "plant one and watch something die." The man who owns the bullet factories is called, fittingly, "The Bullet Farmer." The Vulvalini are good guys because they carry real life-giving seeds on them, not just life-taking bullets.
    • When Angharad gives Max some water, the shot of the running hose is right next to her heavily pregnant belly, symbolizing how both water and mothers give life.
      • On that note, Immortan Joe hoards away the few beautiful, healthy women left in the toxic world, just as he hoards away what little clean water is left, declaring them both his personal property to dispense with as he sees fit. Since both women and water create and sustain new life, Immortan Joe controls who lives and who dies.
    • Everyone under Joe has his logo seared into the backs of their necks, from the lowliest "blood bags" (Max) to his highest war generals (Furiosa), and all in between (Wives and War Boys), showing how Joe sees them all as just his own personal property.
    • Max's ultimate heroic act is using his salvaged "blood bag" IV tubing to give Furiosa his blood, saving her life — meaning his greatest act is not killing but healing.
    • Max's Iconic Outfit is dirty and dingy when it first appears, because he's just another scavenger. When he is captured, it's taken from him as a battle trophy, along with his Cool Car. He takes it back after escaping, but it's still just a tattered piece of clothing. After he returns from killing the Bullet Farmer it's much cooler-looking, because he is once again the Road Warrior.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Used by Furiosa's tribe to bait possible raiders: one of them perches naked in an old electrical tower and the others lie in ambush. Max sees through the ruse almost instantly.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: At the plains of silence, Furiosa tells Max that they can ride for 160 days. Assuming that they ride at 50 kph (31 mph) for five hours per day, they will be back where they started.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Furiosa led the group to find the "Green Place", only to find that it had become a poisoned swamp.
  • You Fool!: When entering the canyon, Furiosa asks Max his name so she can call out to him in an emergency. When he refuses to tell her, she decides to call him "fool".
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Having killed the supposedly immortal Immortan Joe, Furiosa gets to rule the Citadel. Granted, it's also because there aren't enough mooks to oppose her and the now roused populace.
  • Zeerust Canon: Most if not all of the vehicles are based on pre-1979 models, in keeping with the original trilogy. Justified in that They Don't Make Them Like They Used To — these models can stand up to the harsh desert conditions better than modern computerized vehicles, so even if later models ever existed, the older ones are the only working cars left.

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