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!!!''Film/TheAvengers'' provides examples of the following tropes:

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'''WARNING: Spoilers from the [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse earlier films]] are unmarked.'''

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* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: {{Lampshaded}} regularly by Loki, Nick Fury, Bruce Banner and every other character, but none so much as Creator/JossWhedon himself.
-->'''Joss:''' The Avengers is a terrible idea for a superhero team. They really don't belong in the same movie, let alone in the same room.
* RatedMForManly: The super heroes, the explosions, the fighting, and the general epic scale.
* ReachingTowardsTheAudience: Iron Man, in the official poster.
* TheRealHeroes: During the Chitauri invasion of Manhattan, New York's fire department tries to ameliorate the disaster under fire while the NYPD try to fight back even if they only have their side arms. Eventually, the US Army and/or National Guard manage to get troops in for some fire support for the Avengers.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** Natalie Portman was enthusiastic about returning to the role of Thor's human love interest Jane Foster, but was heavily pregnant during filming. Jane was thus PutOnABus to a conference in Tromsų, away from the action of the movie.
** Chris Evans quickly grew a full beard once filming was complete, so Cap keeps his face hidden from the camera during TheStinger.
* RealMenLoveJesus: Shortly after Thor nabs Loki from the transport, after Black Widow explains that Thor's basically a god, Captain America states that there's only one God in existence, and it's pretty clear that he's referring to the Judeo-Christian {{God}}.
* RealTime: [[spoiler:The S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot fires the nuke and announces it will detonate in two minutes thirty seconds. That's how much movie time elapses until it hits the Chitauri ship.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Loki's ''other'' other favorite tactic: He tells everyone and the human race itself that they suck and he is so much better than them.
** [[BadassNormal Agent Coulson]] gives one right back to Loki, punctuated with a {{BFG}}, ''[[spoiler:while bleeding to death]]''.
--->'''Agent Coulson''' You're going to lose. You lack conviction.
** Steve gives one to Tony that stings:
--->'''Steve Rogers:''' Big man in a suit of armor. Take that away, [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder what are you?]]\\
'''Tony Stark:''' [[GadgeteerGenius Genius]], [[{{Fiction 500}} billionaire]], [[ThePornomancer playboy]], [[UnclePennybags philanthropist]].\\
'''Steve Rogers:''' I know guys with none of that worth ten of you.
** Stark proceeds to fire right back at him.
--->'''Tony Stark:''' Everything special about you came out of a ''bottle''.
** And of course, Tony's speech about how Loki sucks because he provoked six of the most dangerous people in the world and thinks he's going to come out on top.
--->'''Tony:''' Not a great plan.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Nick Fury plays this role. [[spoiler:As Tony notes, Nick Fury is a top spy, so everything he says is loaded with half-truths, misdirections, omissions, and good old-fashioned lies, but he has everyone's best interests at heart.]]
* RedemptionRejection: [[spoiler:When Thor fights Loki on Stark Tower, he tells him it's not too late to turn back. For a second Loki seems to be considering it. Then he stabs Thor in the stomach]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Iron Man is the red to Captain America's blue. Heck, they're even ColorCodedCharacters.
* RedShirtArmy: S.H.I.E.L.D. comes across as one because only the named agents (Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hill, Coulson) ever achieve anything.
* ReflexiveResponse: Twice.
** Nick Fury takes out a fight jet about to launch a nuke with a rocket launcher. As soon as he sees a second, he automatically pulls out his sidearm, only to realize the jet is already far out of range of a handgun.
** During the battle in New York, Hawkeye is startled to realize he's been pulling arrows out of his quiver so fast he's run out of them.
* RenegadeRussian: The Russian who was interrogating Black Widow was wearing a Russian military uniform and running what is strongly implied to be an illegal arms dealing business.
* RetractableWeapon: Hawkeye's bow can retract for easy storage and deploy, bowstring ready, with the press of a switch.
* {{Revenge}}:
** Invoked in-universe: "Because if we can't protect the Earth, you can be damn well sure we'll avenge it."
** Thor also states that this is part of Loki's reason for wanting to invade Earth.
** After the Hulk and Thor work together for a brief to moment, they stand watching something and facing the camera for a second. Cue the Hulk punching Thor out of the shot offhand still staring forward, in revenge for a vicious fight earlier in the movie.
* TheReveal: The true master of the Chitauri is [[spoiler:Thanos]].
** Banner's secret for how he's avoided getting angry for so long: [[spoiler: he hasn't. He's ''always'' angry, he's just made peace with his anger enough to avoid Hulking out. Until he ''needs'' to.]]
* RevolvingDoorRevolution: In response to a query by Loki during the WoundedGazelleGambit scene, Natasha claims this of Russia:
-->'''Natasha:''' Regimes fall every day. I tend not to weep over them; I'm Russian. Or, I was.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder:
-->'''Steve Rogers:''' Big man in a suit of armour. Take that off, what are you?\\
'''Tony Stark:''' [[GadgeteerGenius Genius]], [[{{Fiction500}} billionaire]], [[ThePornomancer playboy]], [[UnclePennybags philanthropist]]?
:: Subverted, though. Rogers doesn't let himself get sidetracked by Tony's witty reply, continuing the original discussion about the flaws in Tony's view of heroism.
* RuleOfCool: A standard in super hero movies. Hawkeye shooting a Chitauri when his head was ''facing the other way'' is a prime example (and something [[AuthorAppeal Whedon really liked]]).
* RuleOfThree: Phil Coulson seems to have a romantic relationship with a cellist that is mentioned thrice throughout the film. Each time it's mentioned it corresponds to a particular part of the ThreeActStructure.
* RustProofBlood: The blood on [[spoiler:Coulson's Captain America cards]] is still bright red long after it should have dried up. [[spoiler:It's our first clue that Fury wasn't telling the truth about where he found them. Note that it smears on the glass table when Steve picks them up.]]
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* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Agent Coulson. He gets better.]]
* SameCharacterButDifferent: Hawkeye is shown to be a serious S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and one of Nick Fury's most trusted men. His comic book inspiration is an ex-criminal with a distinct dislike for bureaucracy and military structure.
* SatelliteCharacter: Hawkeye, compared to the other characters, really lacked a dynamic plot arc. He's defined entirely by Black Widow's desire to save him. Prior to ''The Avengers'', his only development was appearing for five minutes in ''Thor'' (and even then, the average viewer most likely didn't realize who he was in that movie). Come time for this movie, [[spoiler:he spends the first two acts under mind control from Loki.]]
* SayMyName: Initially, Tony gets angry and jealous because Pepper calls Coulson by his first name. Later on, when facing Loki in full Mark VI suit, Tony utterly delivers a PreAsskickingOneLiner to him:
-->'''Tony:''' And there's someone else you've pissed off. His name was Phil.
* SceneryCensor: After his fall to earth, Bruce Banner's nudity is conveniently blocked by debris.
* SceneryGorn: Most of Midtown Manhattan becomes this by the end of the movie.
* SchizoTech: S.H.I.E.L.D.'s "Helicarrier" is an otherwise contemporary aircraft carrier that can ''fly and turn invisible''. [[RuleOfCool Because it's cool]].
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight:
** The entire team, even Captain America. This almost sets the Avengers ''against'' S.H.I.E.L.D. in the middle of the film.
** The council has made its decision, but given that it's a "stupid-ass decision", Director Fury has merely elected to ignore it, even going so far as to shoot down one of his own birds to curtail it.
* ScienceHero: Bruce Banner and Tony Stark. (Erik Selvig also gets a moment to shine.)
* TheScottishTrope: Bruce refuses to call his alter ego Hulk. Instead, he refers to him as "the ''other'' guy". He only slips once, and immediately corrects himself. Though he has made his peace with the Hulk, he still doesn't like it.
* ScottyTime: Fury asks Coulson how long it will take to evacuate the research campus and immediately demands that he "do better." Indeed, the Tesseract blows up in less than half that time and many people are killed.
* SeasonFinale: For Phase One of the MarvelCinematicUniverse.
* SequelEscalation: The film involves stakes and action about an order of magnitude higher than any of the previous MCU films.
* SequelHook: Two at the end of the film.
** Tony starts remodeling Stark Tower into "Avengers Tower", [[spoiler:the team's future headquarters in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''.]]
** The mid-credits [[TheStinger stinger]] reveals the GalacticConqueror behind Loki, [[spoiler:Thanos]], is now interested in Earth ''in and of itself,'' not just the Tesseract.
* SerkisFolk: The Incredible Hulk, with Mark Ruffalo himself doing most of the motion capture work.
* ShadowArchetype: Loki works as a twisted mirror to the Avengers more than once. He's an example of different parts of their personalities, like Thor's values about becoming king, Black Widow's past murderous life or Tony's big ego, with the incident that led to him becoming Iron Man.
* SharpDressedMan: Just like in ''Thor'', whenever he's not wearing his conqueror gear (with the horned helmet), Loki prefers a suave and classy longcoat that would be right at home for a night at the opera.
* ShellShockSilence: A subdued example after a bomb explodes near Captain America.
* SherlockScan: Tony Stark demonstrates this several times, often referring to a FunnyBackgroundEvent that no-one else noticed. Fittingly, Creator/RobertDowneyJr has twice played the trope namer, Film/SherlockHolmes.
-->'''Tony:''' That man is playing ''VideoGame/{{Galaga}}''! Thought we wouldn't notice, but we did!
* ShoutOut: See [[ShoutOut/TheAvengers2012 here]].
* ShownTheirWork:
** Shortly before the movie was made, New York changed license-plate designs, and what you see on the streets is a mix of old and new. Which is what you see in the movie as well.
** Selvig's information about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iridium iridium]] is accurate. It is indeed found mostly from meteorites, produces antiprotons, matches its appearance in the film, is one of the rarest elements on Earth, and would be useful for his work with the Tesseract because of its high melting point.
** So is Tony and Banner's conversation aboard the Helicarrier about [[http://swingeth.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/super-science/ bypassing the Coulomb barrier through quantum tunneling]], which is often easily mistaken for TechnoBabble.
* ShowyInvincibleHero: The Hulk. The only time he's even remotely in trouble is in his fight with Thor or when he is briefly pinned down by a dozen or so Chitauri gliders.
* SigilSpam: The S.H.I.E.L.D. eagle is prominently plastered all over the Helicarrier. The bridge of the Helicarrier is even shaped like the logo. This is most easily visible in the pullback shot at the end of the movie.
* SignsOfDisrepair: Invoked. After the final battle, the '''STARK''' on Stark Tower is reduced to an '''A''' for Avengers.
* SilentWhisper: In a possible reference to Creator/ScarlettJohansson's role in ''Film/LostInTranslation'', Black Widow whispers something to Hawkeye right before Loki is sent back from whence he came.
* SingleTear: Loki has one after he stabs Thor on the Stark Tower.
* SlasherSmile:
** Loki's is coming along.
** Hulk gets a brief but effective one when Cap [[BorrowedCatchPhrase tells him to smash]].
** And in the stinger, [[spoiler: Thanos]] shows his off against the backdrop of a shattered planet.
* SleevesAreForWimps:
** Thor in this incarnation, looking more like the original costume in the comics. He actually gets the sleeves back when things get serious.
** Hawkeye's costume is based on his original ''Ultimates'' uniform, although his 616 costume is often sleeveless as well.
* SmugSuper: Loki ''will'' remind you at any opportunity that he is a god.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The casting for the film is even ''less'' balanced than the Sixties teams. While the original team had a 4-1 ratio (Hulk left almost as soon as Captain America joined) and the second had a 3-1 ratio, the movie's inclusion of ComicBook/NickFury and Agent Coulson as "title" characters put the central cast at ''7''-1. Needless to say, some chunks of fandom took note. Maria Hill was added to adjust the ratio a little. Creator/JossWhedon himself was not happy about this, and has said he chose to add ComicBook/ScarletWitch to [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron the sequel]] partially for this reason.
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Quite a bit of the movie has all the main characters do this to each other. And it's hilarious.
* SoftGlass: While Hulk and the Chitauri grunts bash through windows with no problem, and Hawkeye isn't visibly injured by his attempt, though [[Creator/JeremyRenner his actor]] at least has the sense to look like it hurt. Tony also gets thrown out of a window made of fairly thick glass from Stark Tower while not suited up. It doesn't hurt him at all and he seems much more worried about falling to his death.
* SomeKindOfForceField: The {{Deflector Shield|s}} surrounding the portal-opening machine powered by the Tesseract only appears when something touches it, as seen when Iron Man tries to destroy it, and his repulsor blasts are sent back at him.
* SophisticatedAsHell:
-->'''Fury:''' I recognize that the Council has made a decision, but given that it's a ''stupid-ass'' decision, I've elected to ignore it.
* SoundtrackDissonance:
** [[spoiler:Elegant classical music plays when Loki and Brainwashed!Hawkeye are killing people at a party in Germany. It gives the scene a very surreal feeling.]]
** Inverted during Natasha's chair-bound fight scene. When Agent Coulson calls her, she says, "Let me put you on hold." She then proceeds to fight Russian thugs, accompanied by racing, staccato music, When the scene switches to Coulson listening to the fight, the music continues, sounding like (peculiar) on-hold music.
* SpaceWhale: The Chitauri's giant living assault ships, with elements of GiantFlyer, Giant Worm and OurDragonsAreDifferent mixed in. A LivingShip?
* SpandexLatexOrLeather: Take your pick. There's at least one character who has you covered. [[FullFrontalAssault Except the Hulk.]]
* SpeakOfTheDevil: Banner refuses to call the Hulk by name, referring to him as "the other guy" and correcting himself the one time he does slip in a "he who must not be named" kind of a way.
* SpiritualSuccessor:
** To multiple past incarnations of Bruce Banner/Hulk. The character is fully re-established in this film and exact details of his past are hardly addressed in a specific nature. ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' has no real bearing on this film, so you could imagine this Banner/Hulk as being the "older and wiser" version of himself from the 2003 Hulk film or the 2008 film.
** The film itself can be considered one to Joss Whedon's run on ''Astonishing X-Men''.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: While Captain America receives [[http://www.vulture.com/2012/05/how-much-screen-time-does-each-avenger-get.html thirty more seconds of screentime]] and directs the battle during the climax, Tony Stark has many of the movie's crucial scenes such as [[CharacterDevelopment arresting Loki and saving Manhattan with a near-HeroicSacrifice]]. At an earlier point, Tony Stark was to have an even greater role. Mark Ruffalo's Banner and Hulk were extremely well-received, considering that Hulk's movies did relatively poorly, and Hulk had some of the most memorable scenes. Hawkeye had the least screentime of each hero, but this works considerably to his favor.
* SpyCatsuit: Black Widow and Maria Hill.
* StealthPun:
** In the first [[TheStinger stinger,]] [[spoiler:the Other says Earth would be "to court death" while talking to Thanos, the one being who does this literally.]]
** During the end where Tony is seen making plans to rebuild Stark Tower to the Avengers base, the only letter from the Stark sign that survived the destruction during the film's climax was "A".
** Shawarma is basically a type of gyro, which is pronounced the same as "hero".
** Tony offering blueberries to Captain America. Who's wearing blue.
* TheStinger:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRqiklDdS3Q&feature=g-user-u One mid-credits]], revealing that the entire Loki-led Chitauri invasion was in fact orchestrated by [[spoiler:Thanos.]]
** A second one after the end of the credits, where [[spoiler:the crew eats at the shawarma place Tony suggests at the end of the final battle]]. Whilst it was originally only in the US-release of the film theatrically, it's included in all versions of the home release.
* TheStraightAndArrowPath: While Hawkeye does have a service handgun, he spends most of the time firing arrows.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Steve Rogers tells Fury that he doubts anything they're about to face will surprise him after all the strange things the 21st century has already thrown at him. It doesn't help that, this being a Joss Whedon script, people keep making [[PopCulturalOsmosisFailure pop-culture references he doesn't understand]]. (He does eventually get a small victory when he [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz understands a reference]] that Thor doesn't.)
* [[TraumaCongaLine Stress Conga Line]]: It took quite a bit for Loki to get Banner to Hulk out. Being more or less drafted into S.H.I.E.L.D, shoved onto a flying helicarrier (Banner hates submarines and planes alike), getting into a shouting match with the other Avengers, picking up [[EvilIsNotAToy Loki's scepter]], and then banging his head on a wall when the Helicarrier lurches from an explosion eventually does him in.
* StockShoutouts:
** A113 appears in the upper left corner of Fury's video screen as he's having his last video conference with The Council.
** And the Tesseract, a source of infinite power and knowledge with alien origins? Yeah, it's in the S.H.I.E.L.D. books as item #[[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy 42]].
* SuddenlyShouting: Earlier in the film, Bruce Banner in his {{Troll}}-ish moment to pretend he's gonna HulkingOut:
-->'''Bruce:''' (''in low deadpan tone'') [Fury] needs me in a cage?\\
'''Natasha:''' No-one's gonna put you in...\\
'''Bruce: [[SuddenlyShouting STOP LYING TO ME!]]'''\\
'''Natasha:''' (''[[JumpScare freaks out and draws her gun]]'')\\
'''Bruce:''' (''chuckles, looks'' '''obviously''' ''amused and satisfied'') I'm sorry, that was mean, I just wanted to see what you'd do.
* StoutStrength: In a departure from the previous film (and most of his comics, really) The Hulk has a noticeable layer of fat around his massive trunk, though his muscles still show.
* SunglassesAtNight: Agent Coulson in his first appearance in the film. He's not just doing it to look cool, though; he has the landing lights of Fury's helicopter in his face, and takes the shades off once he's no longer running the risk of being blinded.
* SuperheroPackingHeat: Nick Fury and Black Widow. Captain America to [[DownplayedTrope a much lesser extent]] than in his previous film (he uses an assault rifle in one scene). Hawkeye also wears a sidearm, though he prefers using his bow.
* SuperStrength: At least half of the main cast has this trait, which is perhaps best displayed when Thor tackles The Hulk ''through a metal barrier.'' Also subverted (though definitely justified) when Hulk, in the ensuing brawl with Thor, attempts to lift Thor's hammer off the floor, and the damn thing ''doesn't even budge'' (for the curious, [[http://insignificantknowledge.blogspot.com/2011/01/incredible-feats-of-hulk.html here's a great blog that lists Hulk's feats of strength throughout the years.]] Yes, you read that right-- ''The Hulk holds up a 150 billion ton mountain''). This, more than anything, is proof that physical strength means nothing in this context -- only a warrior (and possibly only an Asgardian one) worthy of wielding the hammer can lift it.
* SuperTeam: The Avengers Initiative.
* SuperToughness: [[spoiler:Loki, being a Frost Giant, shrugs off small-arms and assault rifle fire, but is thrown around by explosions. He also understandably gets beaten up by the Hulk, but lives to tell the tale and is able to crawl under his own power by the time he's captured again in the finale.]]
* SupervillainLair: Loki sets up shop in a warehouse somewhere, loaded to the gills with equipment and mindwiped servants. Oddly, he never seems to return to it after Stuttgart, so there's no scene of the heroes ExploringTheEvilLair.
* SuperWeaponAverageJoe: Coulson wields a gun that was created from the remains of The Destroyer.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Pepper asks Coulson if he's come to get Tony to join the Avengers, which of course she knows nothing about.
* SwirlyEnergyThingy: [[spoiler:Selvig opening a vortex over Stark Tower.]]
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* TailorMadePrison: The S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier has a cell designed to hold and theoretically kill the Hulk. It's strong enough to stand up to a blow from Thor's hammer with only a crack to show for it, and set up to be dropped from the helicarrier at high altitude if it's damaged in any way. It gets used to hold Loki instead, and Banner doubts its effectiveness on the Hulk when it comes up in conversation.
* TakeAThirdOption:
** Tony Stark's favorite tactic. It disgusts Captain America during his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Stark, because in his mind this means that Stark would never be willing to make a sacrifice if it came down to it.
** [[spoiler:Fury wants to fight the Chitauri off with the Avengers, while the WSC wants to nuke Manhattan to make sure the aliens are defeated. Iron Man proceeds to grab the nuke after it's been shot, fly through the wormhole and chuck it at the Chitauri fleet, thus managing to both take a third option and make a sacrifice play.]]
* TakeOverTheWorld: Loki wants to conquer Earth and reign over it as an absolute ruler.
* TakeThat: Possibly. Coulson's "I watched you while you were sleeping" line to Captain Steve Rogers is possibly a TakeThat to ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
* TalkToTheFist
** [[spoiler:Loki is ''just'' warming up to his favorite theme of humanity's inferiority when the Hulk gets bored and just starts flailing him around like a rag doll.]]
** Also applies to [[spoiler:a dying Phil Coulson shooting Loki in the middle of a sentence]].
* TapOnTheHead: Black Widow knocks out Hawkeye during their fistfight. Unusual for the trope, it takes two blows to knock him completely out.
* TeamDad: Chris Hemsworth sees Tony Stark as "the godfather of the Avengers", which would explain why he's always arguing with TheLeader Steve Rogers over what's best for the proverbial kids, like Dr. Banner.
* TeamPrimaDonna: ''All'' the Avengers are rather skeptical of the others' abilities and convinced their concerns are the most important ones, but especially Thor and Tony.
* TheTeaser: Loki [[spoiler:stealing the Tesseract from under S.H.I.E.L.D.'s nose.]]
* TechnoBabble:
** As one of their many, myriad differences, it's another of the wedges between Iron Man and Captain America.
--->'''Tony:''' That stator control unit can reverse the polarity long enough to disengage maglev and that shou--\\
'''Steve:''' Speak English!\\
'''Tony:''' ... See that red lever?
** Tony and Bruce bond over their shared understanding of it. Funnily enough, it's not truly Technobabble; see ShownTheirWork.
--->'''Tony Stark:''' Finally! Someone who speaks English.\\
'''Steve Rogers:''' ...is that what just happened?
* TechnologyPorn:
** The S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier.
** All the various Stark technologies.
** Hawkeye's special quiver that can attach [[TrickArrow different types of arrowheads]] to a shaft.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: For most of the movie. By the final act, the heroes learn to work together.
* ThatCameOutWrong: Agent Coulson is a big fan of Captain America, and watched him while he was sleeping.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck:
** Black Widow reacts with horror when Coulson informs her that whatever "compromised" Barton is ''so'' bad that [[GodzillaThreshold they need Bruce Banner.]]
** While Loki's sitting in the S.H.I.E.L.D. transport, having "surrendered", and notices the raging storm outside, he cottons on that he's about to have an uncomfortable reunion...
--->'''Steve Rogers:''' Scared of a little lightning?\\
'''Loki:''' I'm not overly fond of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor what follows]]...
** Also, Black Widow's response to Iron Man's [[CasualDangerDialogue "party"]] of a [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier Leviathan]] chasing him, as shown in the trailers.
--->'''Black Widow:''' I... I don't see how that's a party.
** Captain America's and Black Widow's realization that the latter has to to steal one of the Chitauri crafts to get back atop Stark Tower.
* ThisIsNotADrill: This phrase blares over speakers as the Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. faculty is being evacuated due to the Tesseract "misbehaving".
* ThreeActStructure: In this case it was something of an EnforcedTrope. According to Joss Whedon [[http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/04/ff_whedon/all/ in an article]] in ''Wired'' magazine, Marvel Studios wanted three basic things to happen in the script: a big fight among the Avengers, a set piece in the middle that tore the team apart somehow, and a BigBadassBattleSequence. Joss goes, "Great, you just gave me your three acts."
** The Setup: The heroes gather and capture Loki.
** The Confrontation: S.H.I.E.L.D. interrogates Loki and they get more than what they bargained for.
** The Resolution: The big battle in Manhattan.
* ThrowingDownTheGauntlet: During a particularly heated argument, Captain America demands Stark put on his armor so they can fight. Tony refuses, however, saying he "isn't afraid to punch an old man" without putting on the suit. The line "put on the suit" takes on a very different meaning almost immediately after this, when an explosion rocks the entire transport. This time, [[IronicEcho Tony quickly agrees]] and puts on the suit.
* TitleDrop: Unless you saw it in a market which used the title "''Avengers Assemble''". DoubleSubverted. While the term "The Avengers" is mentioned casually many times, it's not until Nick Fury and Tony Stark's speeches that the title is given gravitas.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: A three-way argument to this effect is briefly had between Cap, Stark and Banner.
* TokenGoodTeammate: On a team plagued with detachment from humanity, egotism, anger issues, guilt, and a seething desire for revenge, Captain America stands out because his only flaw is that he's a little old-fashioned. As such, he's the first to realize Loki is playing them against each other, and later on, the team (appropriately) accepts him as TheLeader.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Hill specifically tells a pilot not to get too close to the Hulk when he distracts him. Despite the mini-gun having a range of hundreds of meters, the pilot opens up his visor and gets to stone-throw range before using it. He ''nearly'' dies when he succeeds. [[FridgeBrilliance However, it does get the Hulk off the Helicarrier before he "tears it to pieces".]]
** [[spoiler:Loki antagonizing the Hulk might also count. Even though it might have been a surprise just how quickly he got beaten to a pulp, nobody could have been particularly surprised that it happened. On the other hand, he was probably going to get beaten up ''anyway'' and was probably just displaying false bravado in a (doomed) last-ditch attempt to intimidate him.]]
** [[spoiler:Tony accuses Agent Coulson of having been this for going up alone against Loki, although Tony seems to be trying to hide his grief over Coulson's death through his trademark snark.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Loki's first scene, and thus the first scene in the movie, is dedicated to this. He forces his way into a S.H.I.E.L.D. base, wipes out a bunch of agents, mind controls the rest, and steals the Tesseract. This is far greater physical power and ferocity than he demonstrated in ''Film/{{Thor}}''.
* TookALevelInDumbass: As Website/{{Cracked}} [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20457_5-marvel-characters-who-totally-dropped-ball_p2.html pointed out]], SelfDemonstrating/{{Loki}} went from being a {{Chessmaster}} and ManipulativeBastard in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' to being perpetually fooled and outsmarted by virtually every member of the main cast here. They summed it up quite succinctly with "Loki, the Silver-Tongued God of Deception, Can't Outsmart Anyone". Though he still managed to manipulate the Avengers against each other before they rallied together for the grand finale. It could also be said that the Tesseract was driving him crazy and causing him to be power hungry at the expense of long-term planning.
* TheToothHurts: Although he was interrupted, the Russian general at the beginning was clearly planning to use this [[ColdBloodedTorture method of persuasion]] on Black Widow.
* TortureAlwaysWorks: Never played straight, but played with twice.
** Black Widow is introduced as a "helpless" victim about to suffer ColdBloodedTorture. She is actually drawing information from her would-be torturers, though, and presumably has an escape planned before Agent Coulson intervenes.
** In the second act, while other characters are debating the possibility of beating information out of Loki, Black Widow uses ''real'' interrogation to deduce Loki's strategy. Loki has also taken the precaution of being ignorant of the MacGuffin's whereabouts so that that information can't be tortured out of him; he fully expects Fury to try it.
* TheTower: The newly-built Stark Tower, aptly-if-[[HypocriticalHumor inadvertently]] described by Tony (albeit talking about Loki) as "a monument built to the skies, with his name plastered on it". [[spoiler:Naturally, it becomes the focus of the FinalBattle.]]
* TragicKeepsake: Fury invoked this by showing Cap and Tony [[spoiler:Agent Coulson's bloodied Captain America trading cards, which he had ''taken out of Coulson's locker and added blood to'']].
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil:
** Will [[spoiler:Iron Man]] die from his fall or not? Well, anyone who remembers the trailer will know [[spoiler:he doesn't.]]
** The line [[spoiler:"Barton's been compromised."]] appears in several trailers hinting at Loki taking control of him. This happens in the opening scenes, however.
* TranquilFury:
** Invoked as a prelude to a superlative asskicking.
--->'''Steve:''' Doctor Banner? ... Now might be a really good time for you to get angry.\\
'''Banner:''' That's my secret, Cap.... [[spoiler:I'm always angry.]]
** Also the man himself, no pun intended.
* TransformingVehicle: Of a scale rarely seen: what appears at first to be a standard aircraft carrier deploys its turbines and turn into the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier before taking to the sky.
* TrickArrow: Though he tends to stick to pointy or exploding arrowheads, Hawkeye has a couple of notable uses of this trope. He fires a ''computer override'' arrow at one point, and uses a grappling hook arrow a couple of times. His quiver is the real impressive bit of technology. It stores dozens of specialized arrowheads and automatically attaches new ones to the shafts he's got stored; he can select which arrows he wants at the press of a button. He later takes down a Chitauri hovercraft with a ''superheating'' arrow.
* TrojanPrisoner:
** It was strongly [[ImpliedTrope implied]] that Black Widow deliberately let herself get captured by the Russian officer early in the film in order to trick him into confessing what he was intending to do before she was forced to abort the operation thanks in part to Loki's arrival.
** Loki [[spoiler:allowed himself to be captured so he could get his scepter inside the Helicarrier, which supernaturally encouraged the Avengers to start arguing with each other, thus setting up Bruce Banner to go Hulk and smash everything. The spear also allowed Hawkeye to trace the Helicarrier's location so he could disable it and rescue Loki; you can see a readout of the spear on the Quinjet's console.]]
* TrueCompanions: The Avengers are all such big egos (except for the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents) that they can barely be in a room together. They fight and argue, but at the same time, they bring out the best in one another and when they unite with common purpose, they're unstoppable. In short, the Avengers are, as Joss says, "family".
* TruthInTelevision: Hawkeye's techno-quiver screwing headless shafts into [[TrickArrow custom arrowheads]] at [[SwissArmyWeapon the push of a button]] is quality TechnologyPorn, but has basis in reality; medieval archers carried arrows and arrowheads separately for the same reason -- so they could swap arrowheads to suit their target. Well, that and so yanking out the arrow would ''[[AnnoyingArrows leave the arrowhead inside the wound]]...''.
* TurbineBlender: Iron Man nearly falls victim to a self-inflicted turbine blender when he has to spin up the Helicarrier's malfunctioning engine from the inside.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: Black Widow and Maria Hill. Though the latter is not a member of the superhero team, they're both heroines and agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
* TwoShotsFromBehindTheBar: While bantering with Loki from behind the bar, Tony quietly slips on his Mark VII armor bracelets.
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[[folder:U]]
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: In a movie like this, it's almost inevitable. We have Iron Man vs. Thor vs. Captain America, Thor vs. Hulk and [[spoiler:BrainwashedAndCrazy Hawkeye]] vs. Black Widow.
* UnderestimatingBadassery:
** [[spoiler:Yes, Loki, you ''are'' a god, but that ''doesn't'' mean you should try to push the Hulk around.]]
** The Chitauri are initially quite dismissive of the ability of the human race to challenge them. Needless to say, [[HumansAreWarriors lessons are learned]].
* {{Understatement}}:
** The security guard who discovers Banner after his [[DestinationDefenestration exit from the Hellcarrier]] sums it up pretty nicely.
--->'''Guard:''' Well son... you've got a condition.
** As does Captain America when he runs into Loki in Germany.
--->'''Steve Rogers:''' You know, the last time I was in Germany, and saw a man standing above everybody else... we ended up disagreeing.
* UnfazedEveryman: A guard coming across Banner post-transformation. "Son, [[{{Understatement}} you've got a condition.]]"
* UnfinishedUntestedUsedAnyway: JARVIS complains that the latest Iron Man armor isn't ready, but Tony needs to use it since his current suit is barely functional and an invasion is minutes away.
* UnitedNationsIsASuperpower: If the "World Security Council" is a CaptainErsatz of the UN Security Council, and S.H.I.E.L.D. is their military arm, they seem to have tremendous authority to override national sovereignty: they can send a U.S.-made fighter plane into Russian airspace with the intent to bomb a building, and [[spoiler:launch a nuclear strike on New York.]]
* TheUnmasquedWorld: While everybody had already more-or-less known about Cap (although not his return), Iron Man and the Hulk, by the end of the film mankind has become aware of the existence of extraterrestrials, Asgardians and the Avengers themselves, and have even begun to react much like the mainstream Franchise/MarvelUniverse does with most of their heroes.
* UnstoppableForceMeetsImmovableObject: What happens when Thor's hammer, the most powerful weapon in the MCU, is [[DropTheHammer dropped]] on Captain America's shield, the most indestructible defense in the MCU? '''''[[KungFuSonicBoom BOOM]]'''''
* UnusualUserInterface: The Chitauri gliders are piloted by an elaborate harness that makes it looks like they're steering with their ''faces''.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: While it's still mostly [[ManipulativeBastard Loki's fault]] and he had very good reasons to be suspicious, if Stark had kept quiet on what he figured S.H.I.E.L.D. would do with the Tesseract, things could have gone smoother for the heroes. Banner's more of a [[UnwittingPawn pawn]].
* UnwittingPawn: Loki's plan to foil S.H.I.E.L.D. hinges on Bruce Banner -- not just his condition, but the fact that Banner is smart enough to put half of Loki's clues together before the rest of the Avengers realizes there's a puzzle that needs solving.
* UseYourHead: Iron Man tries this in his battle against Thor. Key word: "Tries." Fully suited, he blasts Thor with a headbutt, who doesn't even flinch in slight discomfort, before returning the favor, bare forehead vs. reinforced steel. And the former wins handily -- apparently, Asgardian skulls are MadeOfIndestructium.
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[[folder:V]]
* VerbalBackspace:
-->'''Thor:''' Have care how you speak. Loki is beyond reason but he is of Asgard, and he is my brother.\\
'''Black Widow:''' He killed 80 people in two days.\\
'''Thor:''' He's adopted...
* VillainousBreakdown: The only reason why the grand schemer Loki [[spoiler:would taunt and antagonize the Hulk]] near the end of the film. Also, the only reason why Loki does anything in this film. With the throne of Asgard out of reach, he apparently wants to be ruler of something, ''no matter what''. Hilariously averted when Loki tries [[spoiler:and fails to brainwash Tony.]] Instead of screaming "This cannot be!" like a typical villain, Loki just mutters his confusion.
* VillainOverForDinner: Upon figuring out that Loki's next step involves trespassing Stark Tower, Tony tries to force this situation onto Loki, by pretending to be completely unfazed by his presence and offering him a drink. [[spoiler:It's actually a ruse so Tony can get access to the bracelets he needs for putting on the Mark VII suit.]]
* VisibleInvisibility: The S.H.I.E.L.D. carrier has this, flipped on after it lifts off, but it ceases to be a plot point after that (and certainly didn't help when Loki's posse came knocking). Loki's rescue team is explicitly shown to be tracking his scepter.
* VisualPun:
** Tony in his Music/BlackSabbath T-shirt; one of Black Sabbath's hits was "Iron Man". The design of the shirt is also a visual pun. The figure on the shirt is a British military pilot with a triangle on his forehead, and the album is called "Never Say Die!" The Iron Man armor started as a flight suit and had a triangular motif (until Whedon changed it) to match the triangular crystal that powered his arc reactor, which is what keeps him alive.
** In Black Widow's opening scene, she beats up her captors with a total of eight limbs -- her own, and four on the chair.
** When Bruce first starts to hulk out, as his shirt tears he's lying next to a sign saying WARNING: CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE.
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[[folder:W]]
* WaifFu: [[SignatureStyle But of course.]] The movie is directed by Creator/JossWhedon, after all. Mostly performed by [[BadassNormal Black Widow]], though not nearly as highly played as usual for Whedon. Loki is a male example.
* WallOfWeapons: Seen on board the Helicarrier next to Captain America's shield and new uniform and near a door where Coulson has to do a retina scan to enter. Presumably it's the room [[spoiler:where the BFG he uses on Loki is stored.]]
* WeAllLiveInAmerica: The German company being guarded by security officers complete with SMGs may be somewhat believable in an American setting, but in Germany, most private security firms would get into trouble issuing as much as ''tasers'' to their personnel.
* WeAreStrugglingTogether: The various characters get on each others' nerves when they're off duty, and thus set the stage for Loki's BatmanGambit, but even before they become TrueCompanions, none of them are stupid enough to let personal quarrels stop them from cooperating when trouble starts. This is clearly demonstrated when Cap and Iron Man are on the point of fighting each other, but as soon as the alarm goes off they immediately drop their argument, suit up and have no problem working together in the ensuing chaos. Summed up in the tagline: "[[JustForPun Some Assembly Required]]"
* WellDoneSonGuy: Stark's still wrestling with his issues, and apparently Howard Stark spent years talking about how awesome the Captain was. And now the Captain is back, like the big brother you can never live up to. All this is confirmed by Downey.
* WhamEpisode: One for the entire MCU. Not only is the first major super team formed, the public now knows about aliens, a huge amount of innocents died in the New York attack, and [[spoiler:Thanos has become interested in Earth.]]
* WhamLine:
** [[spoiler:"I'm always angry."]]
** [[spoiler: "Phase 2 is S.H.I.E.L.D. uses the Cube to make weapons!"]]
** "To challenge [the humans] is to ''[[spoiler:court Death.]]"'' Cue [[spoiler: {{Thanos}}]] turning around... and ''[[SlasherSmile grinning.]]''
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** After the attack on the Helicarrier and the transport of the Tesseract to New York, the remaining rogue scientists and mercs that assisted Loki just up and vanish, leaving him and Selvig to operate and defend the portal device by themselves.
** At the start of the film Loki uses MindControl on [[spoiler:Barton, Selvig, and]] an unnamed S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. We see nothing of that S.H.I.E.L.D. agent again after Loki's escape.
* WhatTheHellHero: Captain America calls Nick Fury out after discovering that [[spoiler:he has been secretly reverse-engineering HYDRA armaments and weapons.]] He also called him out earlier when Nick Fury arrives to assign him to the Avengers shortly after Loki stole the Tesseract in regards to S.H.I.E.L.D. even possessing the tesseract in the first place, simply stating to Fury "You should have left it in the ocean." (referring to Howard Stark finding the Tesseract while searching for Captain America in the previous film).
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Pepper Potts does!
* WickedCultured: The beautiful opera music that plays as Loki attacks Stuttgart is from Wagner's ''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung'' cycle -- and more specifically, it is Loge's (and thus [[IHaveManyNames Loki's]]) leitmotif and Loki is obviously ''very'' familiar with the music, because he choreographs his attack beautifully with it. Perks to the music editor [[GeniusBonus who snuck that in]].
* WithMyHandsTied: The Black Widow can still kick your ass while tied to a chair, shoeless, and on the phone with Coulson.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Loki, who decides to conquer Earth to prove himself better than his ManipulativeBastard father, Odin.
* TheWorldIsNotReady: [[spoiler:S.H.I.E.L.D. hands the Tesseract over to Asgard at the end, as it makes Earth a target and they clearly aren't ready to possess that kind of power yet.]]
* WorldOfBadass: Deconstructed -- the title heroes and their enemies are badass, but the rest of the human race ''aren't''. The needs a team like the Avengers to deal with the new universe of unstoppable threats like Loki, the Chitauri, and [[spoiler:Thanos]].
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Just before the climax, Tony has a conversation with Loki about how he forced their hand to put together this powerful but unstable group. He explained that there is no longer a point where Loki is going to come out unscathed.
-->'''Tony Stark:''' You're missing the point -- there's no throne, there is ''no'' version of this where you come out on top. ''Maybe'' your army comes, and ''maybe'' it's too much for us but it's all on ''you''... 'Cause if we can't protect the Earth [[BadassBoast you can be damn well sure we'll avenge it.]]
* WorldOfSnark: Most of the major characters take a level in sarcasm from their previous portrayals. The most prominent are Tony Stark (as you would expect), Bruce Banner, Loki, and to a lesser extent, Nick Fury. Even the ''Hulk'' gets one, after being told by Loki that he stands before a God. [[spoiler:His response is to [[MetronomicManMashing bash him into the ground repeatedly]] and mutter "Puny god."]]
-->'''Creator/JossWhedon:''' Everyone in this movie is a dry wit. It's like a desert of wit.
* WorthyOpponent: The smile on Thor's face after being punched by the Hulk says it all.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Black Widow's interrogation technique uses an interesting form of this. She pretends to be at a disadvantage, prompting her victim to become overconfident and let slip some vital information. [[spoiler:While she was playing her reactions to Loki up, she later admits to Hawkeye that he did rattle her pretty badly.]]
* WrittenInAbsence:
** Creator/NataliePortman was unavailable for the film due to pregnancy. Her absence was explained as Jane Foster being transferred to a secure location in an observatory for her protection after Loki shows up.
** Creator/HayleyAtwell was probably never intended to appear as a (presumably elderly) Peggy Carter, but her character is still referenced on screen by way of a photo (and a deleted scene included on the DVD shows Steve discovering that [[spoiler:she is still alive]]).
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Black Widow takes out a mook via hurricanrana, Hulk body slams several opponents, and Thor even gets in on the action when he gorilla presses Loki. During the battle in New York, Hawkeye finds himself on the wrong end of a spear.
* WrongGenreSavvy:
** When Black Widow tells Captain America and Bruce Banner to enter the interior of the aircraft carrier, Captain America deduced from her comment of it "soon becoming hard to breathe" that the aircraft carrier doubled as a submarine. Turns out it was actually a literal aircraft as well.
** Loki, thrice. First he mistakenly assumes that Romanoff is going to try to pretend to take his side while he's in captivity. Later, he thinks Tony is going to try to appeal to his humanity. Finally, he assumes that ruling is a simple matter of forcing weaker beings to do exactly what you want, despite the fact that the old man in Germany, the New York cops and Dr. Selvig all fought back against him or his forces in some way. Thor [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that Loki doesn't seem to understand what being a king [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure actually is]], and that asking [[spoiler:an insane tyrant alien]] for help probably wasn't the best idea.
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[[folder:Y]]
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Invoked. Tony Stark taunts Thor by speaking in mock-Shakespearean English (although, in the ''Thor'' movie, Asgardians didn't speak like that). Doubles up as a MythologyGag.
-->'''Thor:''' [[YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith You have no idea what you're dealing with]].\\
'''Tony:''' Uh... [[YourCostumeNeedsWork Shakespeare in the park?]] (''strikes a Shakespearean pose'') "Doth mother know [[SuperheroesWearCapes you weareth her drapes]]?"[[note]]The grammatically correct question for that period would be, "Doth mother know thou wearest her drapes?" But cut him some slack, this was a ThrowItIn line.[[/note]]
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Bruce rebuffs all suggestions that the Hulk could be channeled to benevolent purposes: Tony draws parallels between their situations and insists that Banner/Hulk can be a hero.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Not actually done, but promised by The Other should Loki fail to acquire the Tesseract for [[spoiler:Thanos,]] though he was also talking about the possibility of Loki attempting to withhold the Tesseract as well. To wit:
-->'''The Other:''' If you fail - if the Tesseract is kept from us...there will be no realm, no barren moon, no ''crevice'' where he cannot find you. You think you know pain? He will make you long for something sweet as pain.
* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: Said almost word for word by Thor to Tony Stark about Loki on meeting.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness:
** Our heroes are quite worried that Loki plans on doing this to his mind-controlled minions. Thor worries after Selvig's fate, and Black Widow approaches Loki under the guise of finding out what his plans are for Barton after. His response is not reassuring.
** Tony also tries to reason with Loki before the final battle that his employer could very well be planning to execute him once Earth's defenses are breached.
* YouJustToldMe: This is how Natasha Romanoff/The Black Widow managed to deduce what Loki was planning as his escape. It's also implied earlier that this is how she gets intel, [[TrojanPrisoner among]] [[ObfuscatingStupidity other things.]]
* YouMonster: Natasha levels this one at Loki after he tells her what he has in mind for Barton. [[spoiler:It's just part of her very effective WoundedGazelleGambit, though.]]
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: The Hulk, as expected considering he is the TropeCodifier but subverted in this case.[[spoiler:He's ''always'' angry and you won't like him when he loses control but you ''definitely'' won't like him when he decides to ''voluntarily'' unleash the Hulk. Notice how fast and comparatively painless the transformation is before the final battle now that he's accepted the Hulk as part of himself?]]
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[[folder:Z]]
* ZergRush: The aliens, given the kind of opposition they face, rely on sheer numbers to whittle down the heroes. Of particular note is when a good dozen or so of them ''simultaneously'' focus fire on The Hulk, effectively pinning him in place under the combined fire.
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