YMMV / Identity

For Identity

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Every single one of the characters at the motel becomes subject to this following the revelation during the final act of the film: they're all the split personalities of a man suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder.
  • Creepy Awesome: After discovering why everyone is trapped at the motel, Ed becomes this. He speaks in a soft whisper, loses all traces of emotion, and calmly walks forward to kill Rhodes even after Rhodes has already started shooting him.
  • Ear Worm: When I was going up the stairs, I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today. I wish, I wish he'd go away.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Paris Nevada, a Hooker with a Heart of Gold, Nice Girl and Final Girl all in one. It helps that this is also one of Amanda Peet's best performances.
    • The film also features a stand-out performance from John Hawkes as Larry, who starts off as an untrustworthy Smug Snake and Jerkass but ends up being a surprisingly nuanced character with a very human backstory.
  • Epileptic Trees: The film encourages quite a bit of this before The Reveal.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • That former cop Ed has to keep telling Officer Rhodes how to do his job or take command from him throughout the film makes sense later on when it's revealed that Rhodes is really an escaped prisoner disguised as a policeman.
    • During the scene where the multiple personality plot was uncovered, the judge is thumbing through Malcolm Rivers's diary. Every couple of pages features a dramatic shift in penmanship, illustrating Rivers's shifting alter egos. The last we see are the words "Timothy/Timmy York" written over and over in red, large block letters for two straight pages. Hint, hint.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The killer, Timmy. A savagely cunning presence, he subconsciously murders or orchestrates the deaths of every one of Malcolm Rivers's personalities other than himself. This allows him to consciously outwit the law, take control of Rivers, escape captivity and, most likely, continue his bloody rampage in the real world. And the little bastard did it all in one night.
  • Narm: During the big montage at the end, there's a rather hilarious shot of Timmy doing an Unflinching Walk with a Psychotic Smirk on his face as the car explodes behind him and a storm rages all around. It's like they were trying as hard as they could to make a meme that would go viral.
    • "Whores don't get a second chance!"
  • Narm Charm: Jake Busey hamming it up as the creepy prisoner. "Come on, man, you can tell me. I'm good at keeping secrets. I've got a whopper myself!"
  • Paranoia Fuel: You're trapped in the middle of nowhere during a freak storm, surrounded by mysterious strangers, and people start dying in increasingly violent ways. What if the killer is some escaped lunatic? What if it's the person standing right next to you? What if the killer is you, and you don't even know it?
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Larry Washington. He spends the first half of the movie as a shifty motel clerk, is clearly hiding something and endlessly taunts Paris for her past as a prostitute. Just when he becomes the one suspected of being the murderer, he's given a sympathetic backstory and redeems himself later when he (briefly) saves Paris from Rhodes.
  • Squick: The image of a baseball bat shoved down Robert Maine's throat.
  • Stoic Woobie: Ed Dakota qualifies, given his Dark and Troubled Past as a cop. Until he discovers the truth, in which case he is Not So Stoic.
  • Tear Jerker: Ed's story about the woman whose suicide he failed to prevent, which caused him to quit the force.
    • George York breaking down and distressing over his dying wife throughout the film.
    • Ed's Famous Last Words to Paris as he dies in her arms.
    Paris: (anguished) What happened to you? Where did you go? What did you see?
    Ed: I saw you... I saw you in an orange grove.
    • The ending where Paris, the last good part of Malcolm Rivers, is murdered by Timothy, the most evil part of him.
  • The Woobie: George, Ginny, Larry and Paris at various points in the film.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Malcolm Rivers. The horribly abusive childhood he endured and the subsequent trauma he lived with resulted in him developing multiple personalties. At least three of these personalities are coldblooded killers. Robert Maine is clearly a deranged maniac. Samuel Rhodes is a short-tempered, self-serving criminal who has no qualms with murder but is at least capable of behaving around others. But the worst by far is Timothy York, a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing Creepy Child Serial Killer and the personification of Malcolm's deep-seeded rage. By the end, the violent, relentless and unforgiving presence of his mistreated inner child is all that's left of Malcolm Rivers.

For Identity, the Ranma Fan Fic

  • Squick: "Night of Magic's Coupling." While the Sorcerers are taking numbers and, er, doing their numbers, Ranma's hiding out in the shadows with nowhere to go and not many places to look away. It doesn't help that he's in his girl body, and he knows they're all in cursed bodies, too. The first thing he can think to do when he gets out is become a man, just so he doesn't have to think about it anymore.
  • The Woobie: Almost anyone can have a moment in this spot, but in particular, Shampoo in chapter three. She's been basically exiled to a foreign land. No one really thinks she has a chance at Ranma's heart, and when she stands up to the Amazon Elders, proudly proclaiming that Ranma could love her after all? They shoot her down hard and, to kick her while she's down, they string a red necklace around her neck, so no one in the tribe but her family can speak or listen to her. Ouch.
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