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YMMV: Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Complete Monster: Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke is a tomb-robbing mercenary — er, "adventure capitalist" who's Only in It for the Money. What cements him is his attitude toward his current assignment. He takes the Heart of Atlantis, which is precisely what keeps the Atlanteans alive. Without it, they'll all die. A lot of other villains wouldn't be aware of this, and most would leave it once they learned that. Rourke? Takes it KNOWING that the civilization will die, and just plain doesn't care. Later on, in order to ensure his escape, he throws his loyal Dragon off of his ascending zeppelin. What settles his evil here is that he jokes about it, and caps it off with a "Nothing personal!" What's rather frightening is that it ISN'T personal; he hadn't had any problems with Helga beforehand, and betrayed her simply because it slightly benefited him.
  • Cult Classic: As with Treasure Planet, this film is becoming one.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
  • Evil Is Sexy: Helga.
  • Genius Bonus: Pay attention to the fish in Whitmore's mansion. They're coelacanths, an ancient and mysterious "missing link"-esque creature...which were believed extinct until 1938. The movie's set in 1914. Presumably, Whitmore's just that awesome an explorer.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Whitmore. At the very least, he has magnificent organisational skills.
  • Theiss Titillation Theory: Kida's Atlantean clothing bares much skin. Okay, so that's an Atlantean thing. Helga, on the other hand, wears some things with straps. Often, there is only one firmly on a shoulder at at time...
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: This could be called "They Wasted A Perfectly Good Character... The Movie." Lots of effort is devoted early on to establishing this huge herd of interesting supporting cast members, who then they spend the rest of the movie tripping over each other for screen time to the point where it feels like all of them were shortchanged.

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