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** He also looks similar to Abe Sapien in ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'', which was also directed by Del Toro, and both are portrayed by the same actor. Plus, the both of them love eggs and have magical hands.

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** He also looks similar to Abe Sapien in ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'', ''Film/{{Hellboy|2004}}'', which was also directed by Del Toro, and both are portrayed by the same actor. Plus, the both of them love eggs and have magical hands.



A mute woman who works as a cleaning lady in a government laboratory in Baltimore, Elisa is a foundling who was discovered one day near a river with strange scars on her neck, presumed to be left from her vocal cords being removed. She forms a strong bond with the Asset over the course of the movie, coming to empathize with him and realizing that he's a sapient, feeling being, and risks her life to help him escape.



* AllWomenLoveShoes: Elisa is very fond of high heels and owns multiple pairs. On her journey to the bus stop, she is distracted by the latest pair of heels on a revolving platform in the shoe store window in the same way that Strickland will be distracted by the latest model Cadillac on a revolving platform at the car dealership.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: She was found as a baby near a river, unable to speak presumably due to the gill-like scars on her neck. [[spoiler:At the end of the movie, the scars wind up actually functioning as gills.]]
** In an interview Del Toro confirms [[spoiler:Elisa is not entirely human and describes her and the asset as the last of a species.]]
* BeastAndBeauty: The Beauty to The Asset's Beast.
* BeneathNotice: The biggest reason her romance with the Asset goes unnoticed and she is able to help him escape: she's a mute cleaning lady. Strickland is only interested in her for a brief moment when contemplating an affair with her, though in the novel he's rather obsessive about her.

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* AllWomenLoveShoes: Elisa is very fond of high heels and owns multiple pairs. On her journey to the bus stop, she is distracted by the latest pair of heels on a revolving platform in the shoe store window in the same way that Strickland will be is later distracted by the latest model Cadillac on a revolving platform at the car dealership.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: She was found as a baby near a river, unable to speak presumably due to the gill-like scars on her neck. [[spoiler:At the end of the movie, the scars wind up actually functioning as gills.]]
** In
]] Del Toro confirmed in an interview Del Toro confirms that [[spoiler:Elisa is not entirely human human, and describes described her and the asset Asset as the last of a species.]]
species]].
* BeastAndBeauty: The Beauty to The the Asset's Beast.
* BeneathNotice: The biggest reason her romance with the Asset goes unnoticed and she is able to help him escape: she's a mute cleaning lady. Strickland is only interested in her for a brief moment when contemplating an affair with her, though although in the novel he's rather obsessive about her.



* ChangelingFantasy: [[spoiler: Possibly. The lack of information about her past and the fact that the Asset turns her scars into gills at the end leaves open the possibility that she was originally from the sea just like the Asset]].

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* ChangelingFantasy: [[spoiler: Possibly. [[spoiler:Possibly. The lack of information about her past and the fact that the Asset turns her scars into gills at the end leaves leave open the possibility that she was originally from the sea just like the Asset]].



* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Near fatally shot by Strickland at the end of the film, but is then healed by the Asset]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: After a hell of a lot of struggle, including briefly dying, she finally manages to live happily ever after with the Asset beneath the ocean]].
* GoodScarsEvilScars: She has scars on the sides of her neck that look like gills, which is the reason she is mute. [[spoiler: However, the Asset does heal them at the end of the movie, giving her gills to breathe underwater.]]

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* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Near [[spoiler:She's near fatally shot by Strickland at the end of the film, but is then healed by the Asset]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After a hell of a lot of struggle, including briefly dying, she finally manages to live happily ever after with the Asset beneath the ocean]].
* GoodScarsEvilScars: She has scars on the sides of her neck that look like gills, which is are the reason she is mute. [[spoiler: However, mute -- it's assumed that they're left over from her vocal cords being surgically removed. [[spoiler:However, the Asset does heal heals them at the end of the movie, giving her gills to breathe underwater.]]



* InterspeciesRomance: Ends up falling for the Asset because he can empathize with her in a way other people can't.
* MaybeEverAfter: InUniverse as her friends don't have the information that she survived her bullet wounds like the audience does, even still Giles informs the audience that he likes to believe that Elisa is somewhere living happily ever after with the Asset, and it can most likely be assumed Zelda feels the same.

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* InterspeciesRomance: Ends She ends up falling for the Asset because he can empathize with her in a way other people can't.
* MaybeEverAfter: InUniverse InUniverse, as her friends don't have the information learn that she survived her bullet wounds like the audience does, even still does. Still, Giles informs the audience that he likes to believe that Elisa is somewhere living happily ever after with the Asset, and it can most likely be assumed Zelda feels the same.



* TheSpeechless: She is mute and uses Sign Language to communicate. Part of her attraction to the Asset is that, since he can't speak either, he doesn't think of her as lacking anything.
* StealthInsult: Gleefully tells Strickland to fuck off, taking advantage of his lack of understanding of sign language.

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* TheSpeechless: She is mute and uses American Sign Language to communicate. Part of her attraction to the Asset is that, since he can't speak either, he doesn't think of her as lacking anything.
* StealthInsult: Gleefully She clearly and deliberately tells Strickland to fuck off, himself, taking advantage of his lack of understanding of sign language.




A mysterious piscine humanoid retrieved from a river in Amazonia, the Asset is transferred to the government facility where Elisa works at the beginning of the movie. He's subjected to torture and profoundly inhumane treatment, as his handlers see him as nothing more than a lab animal to sacrifice on the altar of winning the space race against the Soviets, but manages to form a bond with Elisa that eventually grows into something a lot stronger.



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: How Giles forgives him when the Asset eats his cat: the Asset does not understand human customs and rules, and so cannot be hated simply for getting what seemed to him as easy food. Even then, the Asset appears to learn that eating people's cats is not something that'll get you friends and is later seen peacefully playing with the ones he didn't harm.
** His attack on the cat may have also been a reaction to it hissing at him, which he took as a challenge. The other cats react to him calmly, so he doesn't attack them.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Subjected to this by Strickland repeatedly.
* CuteMute: Cannot speak, like Elisa. However, he can make weak vocalizations. He's much easier to understand when he signs.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: How Giles forgives him when the Asset eats his cat: the Asset does not understand human customs and rules, and so cannot be hated simply for getting what seemed to him as easy food. Even then, the Asset appears to learn that eating people's cats is not something that'll get you friends and is later seen peacefully playing with the ones he didn't harm.
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harm. His attack on the cat may have also been a reaction to it hissing at him, which he took as a challenge. The other cats react to him calmly, so he doesn't attack them.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Subjected He's repeatedly subjected to this by Strickland repeatedly.Strickland, who torments and electrocutes him in a destructive attempt at tearing information from him.
* %%* CuteMute: Cannot He cannot speak, like Elisa. However, he can make weak vocalizations. He's much easier to understand when he signs.%%Cute how?



* TheDogBitesBack: Bites off several of Strickland's fingers in retaliation for all the ElectricTorture. [[spoiler:He is also the one to kill Strickland in the end.]]
* ExoticEquipment: Elisa described The Asset as having a retractable penis.
* {{Expy}}: His design is clearly based on the Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon. He even comes from South America.
** He also looks similar to Abe Sapien in ''{{Film/Hellboy}}'', which was also directed by Del Toro, and both are portrayed by the same actor. Plus, the both of them love eggs and have magical hands.
* FishPeople: Lives in water as its primary habitat, but it apparently has two completely distinct respiratory systems that allow it to breathe either water or air, [[spoiler:albeit temporarily as he requires to dwell in water to survive]]. It is credited as "Amphibian Man."

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* TheDogBitesBack: Bites He bites off several of Strickland's fingers in retaliation for all the ElectricTorture. [[spoiler:He is also the one to kill Strickland in the end.]]
* ExoticEquipment: Elisa described The the Asset as having a retractable penis.
* {{Expy}}: {{Expy}}:
**
His design is clearly based on the Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon. He even comes from South America.
** He also looks similar to Abe Sapien in ''{{Film/Hellboy}}'', ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'', which was also directed by Del Toro, and both are portrayed by the same actor. Plus, the both of them love eggs and have magical hands.
* FishPeople: Lives He's a scale-covered, finned humanoid who lives in water as its his primary habitat, but it he apparently has two completely distinct respiratory systems that allow it him to breathe either water or air, [[spoiler:albeit temporarily as he requires needs to dwell in water to survive]]. It is survive long-term]]. He's credited as "Amphibian Man."Man".



* ItCanThink: When Bob[[spoiler: /[[DoubleAgent Dimitri]]]] witnesses the Asset connect with Eliza over hard boiled eggs and music, he comes to the conclusion that it's a sentient creature that does not deserve to be [[TheyWouldCutYouUp torn open while alive by Strickland and General Hoyt]]. This is also the reason why [[spoiler: even though he's ordered to by his [[DirtyCommunists K.G.B. handlers]] to euthanize the Asset and compromise the possibility that the Americans should get any useful information from his vivisection, Bob/Dimitri sabotages his mission by helping Eliza to liberate the Asset.]]

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* ItCanThink: When Bob[[spoiler: /[[DoubleAgent Bob[[spoiler:/[[DoubleAgent Dimitri]]]] witnesses the Asset connect with Eliza over hard boiled eggs and music, he comes to the conclusion that it's a sentient creature that does not deserve to be [[TheyWouldCutYouUp torn open while alive by Strickland and General Hoyt]]. This is also the reason why [[spoiler: even though he's ordered to by his [[DirtyCommunists K.G.B. handlers]] to euthanize the Asset and compromise the possibility that the Americans should get any useful information from his vivisection, Bob/Dimitri sabotages his mission by helping Eliza to liberate the Asset.]]



* NonHumansLackAttributes: His chest and crotch are streamlined, with no visible nipples or genitalia. At least not when the camera's on him; after she gets to know him better, Elisa learns that he does have genitalia that only becomes external when it's in use (which the audience doesn't get to see first-hand).
* RiddleForTheAges: Just what is he, exactly? Is he the last of an extinct race? A mutated human being? Is he actually a god? We may never know.
* SingleSpecimenSpecies: There is never shown to be more creatures of his species, and Strickland refers to him as an aberration of nature. He may be some sort of [[{{Mutants}} mutant]].

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* NonHumansLackAttributes: Subverted. His chest and crotch are streamlined, with no visible nipples or genitalia. At least not when the camera's on him; However, after she gets to know him better, Elisa learns that he does have genitalia that only becomes become external when it's in use (which the audience doesn't get to see first-hand).
first-hand), much like a whale's or dolphin's.
* RiddleForTheAges: Just what is he, exactly? Is he the last of an extinct race? A Is he a mutated human being? Is he actually a god? We may never know.
* SingleSpecimenSpecies: There is are never shown to be more creatures of his species, species [[spoiler:except maybe -- ''maybe'' -- Elisa]], and Strickland refers to him as an aberration of nature. He may be some sort of [[{{Mutants}} mutant]].{{mutant|s}}.



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Something many other characters grapple with when dealing with him, as he is clearly intelligent and empathetic, but also inhuman.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Something many other characters grapple with when dealing with him, as he is clearly intelligent and empathetic, but also visibly inhuman.




Elisa's friend and fellow cleaning lady, Zelda serves as an interpreter when Elisa needs to communicate with people who cannot understand her sign language.



* BadLiar: Calls herself this, and proves it during her and Elisa's interrogation from Strickland where she can barely keep a straight face when asked if she knows anything about the missing Asset. Only Strickland's [[BeneathNotice lack of attention]] keeps them from being found out.
* BlackBestFriend: To Elisa, who she frequently translates for.
* SassyBlackWoman: She is not afraid of [[ServileSnarker insulting her husband and bosses]] when they aren't around. Considering [[TheSixties the early 60ís]] weren't exactly accommodating to women and people of color, [[StepfordSnarker one needs to find catharsis where they can get it]].
* SeenItAll: She shows disgust at all the blood in the Asset's chamber, but other than that, she seems unfazed by the fact that the room is practically drenched in it.
* TranslatorBuddy: She is the one who translates Elisa's sign language when Giles is not around.

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* BadLiar: Calls She calls herself this, and proves it during her and Elisa's interrogation from Strickland where she can barely keep a straight face when asked if she knows anything about the missing Asset. Only Strickland's [[BeneathNotice lack of attention]] keeps them from being found out.
* BlackBestFriend: To Elisa, who whom she frequently translates for.
* SassyBlackWoman: She is She's not afraid of [[ServileSnarker insulting her husband and bosses]] when they aren't around. Considering [[TheSixties the early 60ís]] weren't exactly accommodating to women and people of color, [[StepfordSnarker one needs to find catharsis where they can get it]].
* SeenItAll: She shows disgust at all the blood in the Asset's chamber, but other than that, that she seems unfazed by the fact that the room is practically drenched in it.
* TranslatorBuddy: She is She's the one who translates Elisa's sign language when Giles is not around.




Elisa's friend and apartment neighbor, Giles is a down-on-his luck advertising illustrator struggling to find employment, as well as with his ongoing mid-life crisis and his closeted homosexuality.



* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Becomes attracted to a friendly waiter at the local diner, only to discover that the man is a racist and homophobe when he tries to make a move.
* ArmouredClosetGay: Sadly [[EnforcedTrope enforced]] by the time period.

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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Becomes He becomes attracted to a friendly waiter at the local diner, only to discover that the man is a racist and homophobe when he tries to make a move.
* ArmouredClosetGay: Sadly [[EnforcedTrope enforced]] by the time period.period, which wasn't a kind time for homosexual people.



* CampGay: More subtle than most examples, but he still counts.

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* %%* CampGay: More A more subtle than most examples, but he still counts.%%How?



* CrazyCatLady: Male version; a lonely poetic soul who keeps at least a good half-dozen cats in spite of being a self-professed financially-struggling "starving artist."
* DodgyToupee: Elisa is not impressed by it.
* {{Gayngst}}: His sexuality causes him loneliness and stress, especially when he finds out the guy at the pie shop is a homophobe and a racist.

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* CrazyCatLady: Male version; a lonely poetic soul who keeps at least a good half-dozen cats in spite of being a self-professed financially-struggling "starving artist."
artist".
* DodgyToupee: He wears one during job interviews. Elisa is not impressed by it.
* {{Gayngst}}: His sexuality causes him loneliness and stress, especially when he finds out the guy at the pie shop he was crushing on is a homophobe and a racist.



* PlatonicLifePartners: He has a close bond with Elisa, but it's merely platonic as they both have different sexual orientations.
* StarvingArtist: Describes himself as one, and for good reason (his work is considered obsolete because of photography).
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: He keeps a whole mini-fridge full of key lime pie, but not exactly to eat them. He's only buying the pies as an excuse to see the waiter at the diner that sells them, whom he has a crush on.

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* PlatonicLifePartners: He has a close bond with Elisa, but it's merely platonic as they both have different sexual orientations.
orientations -- he's into men, she's into fish men.
* StarvingArtist: Describes He describes himself as one, and for good reason (his work -- his work, drawing advertisement posters, is considered obsolete because of photography).
photography.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: He keeps a whole mini-fridge full of slices of key lime pie, but not exactly to eat them -- he doesn't much like them. He's only buying the pies as an excuse to see the waiter at the diner that sells them, whom he has a crush on.




The movie's main antagonist, Col. Strickland is a hard, prejudiced and arrogant man who views the Asset as nothing more than, well, an asset -- something to be used up and cast out for the benefit of the nation. He has a sadistic and controlling side that becomes visible early in the movie, but which comes more and more to the fore as the Asset's escape and its repercussions on him push him past the brink of rational thought.



* AbhorrentAdmirer: Starts developing an attraction to Elisa out of a very misogynistic fetish for silent women. She's clearly creeped out by it.

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Starts He starts developing an attraction to Elisa out of a very misogynistic fetish for silent women. She's clearly creeped out by it.it, especially due to his extremely creepy, domineering way of "flirting" with her.



* BigBad: The main antagonist of the film.

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* BigBad: The film's main antagonist of -- his cruelty towards his prisoner and obsession with recapturing and vivisecting him provide the film. impetus for the story's central conflict.



* DadTheVeteran: Served in Korea and has a wife and two kids.
* DeathByDisfigurement: Doomed by getting [[{{Fingore}} two of his fingers bitten off]] by the creature. When was the last time you saw a character survive in this situation?

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* DadTheVeteran: Served He served in Korea and has a wife and two kids.
* DeathByDisfigurement: Doomed by getting [[{{Fingore}} two of his fingers bitten off]] by the creature. When was creature, which although stitched back on quickly turn necrotic. Sure enough, [[spoiler:he gets offed by his former victim before the last time you saw a character survive in this situation?movie's through]].



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: You practically get a gist of what he's like considering he enters a bathroom with a bloody cattle prod, acts condescending towards Elisa and Zelda, and washes his hands ''before'' he takes a piss because of some InsaneTrollLogic.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: You practically get a good gist of what he's like considering when he enters a bathroom with a bloody cattle prod, acts condescending towards Elisa and Zelda, and washes his hands ''before'' he takes a piss because of some InsaneTrollLogic.



* HateSink: Strickland rarely misses a chance to KickTheDog, being condescending to everyone and anyone save General Hoyt.
* IkeaErotica: In the novelization fantasizes about sex with Elaine, of them moving dryly like "blocks of wood" on a white sheet.

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* HateSink: Strickland rarely misses a chance to KickTheDog, being condescending to everyone and anyone save General Hoyt.
Hoyt, whom he desperately sucks up to, and casually racist, sexist and sadistic.
* IkeaErotica: In the novelization novelization, when he fantasizes about sex with Elaine, he thinks of them moving dryly like "blocks of wood" on a white sheet.



* LargeHam: Courtesy of being played by Creator/MichaelShannon: "''WHAT! '''IS SHE SAYING?!?!'''''"
* TheLastDance: Realizing that his [[spoiler:fingers have long gone septic and he is dying from gangrene, Strickland decides to settle all his unfinished business with the Asset and the various cast members who have crossed him at the end of the movie.]]
* OhCrap: [[spoiler: At the end, when he sees that the Asset has healed himself of his gunshot wounds, and is moving in for the kill. It also seems to be a realization that he's been dealing with something beyond anyone's ability to understand.]]
* OneLastJob: Believes in the novelization that handling the Asset will finally be enough that Hoyt has no more hold over him.
* OralFixation: He is constantly popping green candies into his mouth, and claims they are symbolic of his personality: plain and simple. Most of the times he likes to make them last, but when stressed, he crunches them. After he [[{{Fingore}} loses his fingers]], he alternates sucking candies with popping pain pills.

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* LargeHam: Courtesy of being played by Creator/MichaelShannon: "''WHAT! '''IS SHE SAYING?!?!'''''"
SAYING?'''''"
* TheLastDance: Realizing that his [[spoiler:fingers have long gone septic and he is dying from gangrene, Strickland decides to settle all his unfinished business with the Asset and the various cast members who have crossed him at the end of the movie.]]
movie]].
* OhCrap: [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At the end, when he sees that the Asset has healed himself of his gunshot wounds, wounds and is moving in for the kill. It also seems to be a realization that he's been dealing with something beyond anyone's ability to understand.]]
* OneLastJob: Believes in the novelization that handling the Asset will finally be enough that for Hoyt has to have no more hold over him.
* OralFixation: He is constantly popping green candies into his mouth, and claims they are symbolic of his personality: plain and simple. Most of the times he likes to make them last, but but, when stressed, he crunches them. After he [[{{Fingore}} loses his fingers]], he alternates sucking candies with popping pain pills.



** The surgery to reattach his fingers bitten off by the Asset is unsuccessful. Throughout the movie, the fingers - like Strickland's mental state in general - progressively deteriorate, until they're completely black with gangrene.

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** The surgery to reattach his fingers bitten off by the Asset is unsuccessful. Throughout the movie, the fingers - -- like Strickland's mental state in general - -- progressively deteriorate, until they're completely black with gangrene.




A scientist studying the Asset, and secretly a Soviet spy sent to keep tabs on and sabotage American attempts at passing the Soviets in the space race. "Robert" shows an emphatic side that both his erstwhile and actual superiors lack, pushing against Strickland's excessive cruel treatment of the Asset even when convinced he's nothing more than a dumb animal. Once he realizes the Asset's sapience, he actively aids Elisa in helping him escape.



* BigDamnHeroes: Saves Giles from being arrested by the gate guard when he [[spoiler: stabs a poison syringe into his neck]].
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Gets shot multiple times by his fellow spies and Strickland, including one in the ''cheek''. Then after that, he gets dragged around by said face wound and tortured by Stirckland to make him reveal where Elisa and the Asset are]].

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* BigDamnHeroes: Saves He saves Giles from being arrested by the gate guard when he [[spoiler: stabs a poison syringe into his neck]].
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Gets [[spoiler:He gets shot multiple times by his fellow spies and Strickland, including one in through the ''cheek''. Then after After that, he gets dragged around by said face wound and tortured by Stirckland Strickland to make him reveal where Elisa and the Asset are]].



* DoNotCallMePaul: Does not like being called Bob. At all.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: As he explains to Mihalkov, while he came to America out of patriotism for Russia, he also came to learn. In fact, the only semi-evil thing he does is turn over information on the facility to his Russian handlers. Otherwise, his main focus is keeping the Asset alive.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler: After being tortured, he decides to get a parting shot in at Strickland, possibly out of hysteria by how he was laughing, by telling him there was no strike team that got the Asset out, but the cleaners. Sadly, this sends Strickland right to Zelda's house.]]

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* DoNotCallMePaul: Does He does not like being called Bob. At all.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: As he explains to Mihalkov, while he came to America out of patriotism for Russia, he also came to learn. In fact, the only semi-evil thing things he does is are to turn over information on the facility to his Russian handlers.handlers and viciously killing a checkpoint guard when the escape started going south. Otherwise, his main focus is keeping the Asset alive.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After being tortured, he decides to get a parting shot in at Strickland, possibly out of hysteria by how he was laughing, by telling him there was no strike team that got the Asset out, but the cleaners. Sadly, this sends Strickland right to Zelda's house.]]



* HeelFaceTurn: He begins as a Soviet spy relaying information about the Asset project to the KGB, but he ends up defying both his superiors and the people he's infiltrating to rescue the Asset from death. Notably, when he confronts Elisa, he at first asks "who do you work for?"--then drops it, indicating he doesn't care so long as he can get the Asset to safety where it belongs.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Says as such to Elisa and Zelda after he reveals his true name to them, emotionally touched when Elisa tells him (through signing) that he's a good man.

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* HeelFaceTurn: He begins as a Soviet spy relaying information about the Asset project to the KGB, but he ends up defying both his superiors and the people he's infiltrating to rescue the Asset from death. Notably, when he confronts Elisa, he at first asks "who do you work for?"--then for?" -- then drops it, indicating he doesn't care so long as he can get the Asset to safety where it belongs.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Says He says as such to Elisa and Zelda after he reveals his true name to them, emotionally touched when Elisa she tells him (through signing) that he's a good man.



* OneLastJob: Believes in the novelization that if he handles the Asset situation he gets to go home to the parents he hasn't seen in decades.

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* OneLastJob: Believes in In the novelization novelization, he believes that if he handles the Asset situation he gets to go home to the parents he hasn't seen in decades.



* RussianGuySuffersMost: Not only does he get [[spoiler:filled with bullets by his own compatriots, but Strickland [[CruelMercy saves him]] [[ColdBloodedTorture only to torture him]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath before he succumbs to his wounds.]]]]

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* RussianGuySuffersMost: Not only does he get [[spoiler:filled with bullets by his own compatriots, but Strickland [[CruelMercy saves him]] [[ColdBloodedTorture only to torture him]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath before he succumbs to his wounds.]]]]wounds]]]].




Strickland's superior and the army officer in charge of the project studying the Asset.



* ControlFreak[=/=]KickTheDog: It's heavily implied the main reason he decides to kill the Asset is because Dr. Hoffstetler told him he couldn't.

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* ControlFreak[=/=]KickTheDog: ControlFreak: It's heavily implied the main reason he decides to kill the Asset is because to assert his dominance when Dr. Hoffstetler told him he couldn't.



* GreaterScopeVillain: The main motivation for Strickland to do what he does.
** In the novelization he never appears directly, is never directly quoted, but his presence looms large in all of Strickland's narration. Late in the book it's revealed that when Hoyt and Strickland were fighting together in Korea [[spoiler: Hoyt had a village killed and the bodies piled into a mine, but suspected that the villagers had been innocent and if any of them were alive they could crawl out and cause bad PR. His solution was to send Strickland in there with a knife, and when he kills the last survivor - an infant - he comforts Strickland as if the other man were a small child.]] Hoyt used this incident to blackmail Strickland into doing many other things for him over the years.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: The main motivation for Strickland to do what he does.
**
does. In the novelization he never appears directly, directly and is never directly quoted, but his presence looms large in all of Strickland's narration. Late in the book it's revealed that when Hoyt and Strickland were fighting together in Korea [[spoiler: Hoyt had a village killed and the bodies piled into a mine, but suspected that the villagers had been innocent and if any of them were alive they could crawl out and cause bad PR. His solution was to send Strickland in there with a knife, and when he kills the last survivor - -- an infant - -- he comforts Strickland as if the other man were a small child.]] Hoyt used this incident to blackmail Strickland into doing many other things for him over the years.



* SmallRoleBigImpact: Isn't in the film for long, but his presence is what motivates Strickland, he makes the call to kill the Asset, and his speech in his final scene is what drives Strickland over the edge.
* SophisticatedAsHell: He makes a long speech about how Strickland will be erased from history and forgotten if he fails to recapture the Asset. Excerpts from this monologue includes "an alternate universe of shit" and "unfuck this mess."

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Isn't He isn't in the film for long, but his presence is what motivates Strickland, he makes the call to kill the Asset, and his speech in his final scene is what drives Strickland over the edge.
* SophisticatedAsHell: He makes a long speech about how Strickland will be erased from history and forgotten if he fails to recapture the Asset. Excerpts from this monologue includes "an alternate universe of shit" and "unfuck this mess."mess".




The nervous, unassertive head of the security at the government facility, who quickly gets relegated to being Strickland's toady once the latter takes over.



* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: He is a nebbishy nervous wreck; Strickland, as soon as he arrives, is pushing him around without getting the least resistance. The last time we see him is when Strickland commandeers his car and kicks him out of it.

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* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: He is He's a nebbishy nervous wreck; Strickland, as soon as he arrives, is pushing him around without getting the least resistance. The last time we see him is when Strickland commandeers his car and kicks him out of it.




Dmitri's handler and direct superior in the United States.



* BigBadEnsemble: Serves as a secondary antagonist, though has very little effect on the overall plot beyond directing Dimitri and later trying to kill him.
* DirtyCommunists: In contrast to [[ChummyCommies Dmitri]].

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* BigBadEnsemble: Serves He serves as a secondary antagonist, though although has very little effect on the overall plot beyond directing Dimitri and later trying to kill him.
* DirtyCommunists: In contrast to [[ChummyCommies Dmitri]].Dmitri]], he's a hard, amoral spy wholly dedicated to the Soviet cause and fully willing to kill over it.




Strickland's wife.



* CareerVersusMan: Takes a part-time job with hours comfortably within the hours Richard spends at work, knowing [[StayInTheKitchen he wouldn't like her working]], and is conflicted when offered a full-time position, then even moreso when she sees how her boss lies cruelly to Giles. In the end [[spoiler: she chooses career, but it's also TakeAThirdOption: she takes the kids and skips town before the finale, confident that she can get a job anywhere.]]
* DemotedToExtra / AscendedExtra: In the film her most prominent moment is having her mouth covered in the middle of sex with Richard. In the novelization she is one of the six POV characters, though she's also the least connected to the others and the least relevant.

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* AscendedExtra: Her most prominent moment in the film is having her mouth covered in the middle of sex with Richard. She's one of the novelization's six POV characters, although she's also the least connected to the others and the least relevant.
* CareerVersusMan: Takes She takes a part-time job with hours comfortably within the hours Richard spends at work, knowing [[StayInTheKitchen he wouldn't like her working]], and is working]]. She's conflicted when offered a full-time position, then and even moreso more so when she sees how her boss lies cruelly to Giles. In the end [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she chooses career, but it's also TakeAThirdOption: she takes the kids and skips town before the finale, confident that she can get a job anywhere.]]
* DemotedToExtra / AscendedExtra: In the film her most prominent moment is having her mouth covered in the middle of sex with Richard. In the novelization she is one of the six POV characters, though she's also the least connected to the others and the least relevant.
anywhere]].



* LettingHerHairDown: Initially wears a "beehive" hairdo, her choosing a more casual and wavier hairstyle like her coworkers coincides with her last illusions about her marriage disappearing.

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* LettingHerHairDown: Initially She initially wears a "beehive" hairdo, beehive hairdo; her choosing a more casual and wavier hairstyle like her coworkers coincides with her last illusions about her marriage disappearing.

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* DadTheVeteran: Served in Korea and has a wife and two kids.

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* AntiRoleModel: In the novelization, his son is shown early signs of TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior, such as being caught dissecting a lizard and [[StrawMisogynist talking down to his sister and mother]]. Rather than reprimanding him, Richard feels nothing but pride for his son.


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* InnocentlyInsensitive: There is no indication that Strickland has any inkling of respect to Zelda in the film, making various off-color remarks like she was not even there. Strickland in the novelization however finds her proclivity to constantly say "yes, sir" and "no, sir" to be rather irritating. He recalls a fellow soldier that happened to be black be court-martialed for a crime he did not commit because he would not contradict his commanding officer. This shows that while he does have some semblance of awareness to unfair racial prejudices, such views are also rather short-sighted given how limiting and hostile America was for both women and dark-skinned individuals at the time.


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* StrawMisogynist: There are three female characters he interacts with (Elisa, Zelda and his wife Elaine) and he gets at least one moment each to express his offhanded contempt for their autonomy. He also seems to have a very sexist fetish for silent women, covering his wife's mouth when she complained about him bleeding on her when they are having sex and his creepy fascination with the mute Elaine.

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* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Says as such to Elisa and Zelda after he reveals his true name to them, emotionally touched when Elisa tells him (through signing) that he's a good man.


* AntiHero: He's an invaluable, loyal ally of the heroes, but he's also a Soviet spy with zero compunctions about murdering a gate guard to help speed the breakout of the Asset along.



* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler: After being tortured]], he decides to get a parting shot in at Strickland, possibly out of hysteria by how he was laughing, by telling him there was no strike team that got the Asset out, but the cleaners. Sadly, this sends Strickland right to Zelda's house.
-->''"No names. No ranks. They just clean."''

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* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler: After being tortured]], tortured, he decides to get a parting shot in at Strickland, possibly out of hysteria by how he was laughing, by telling him there was no strike team that got the Asset out, but the cleaners. Sadly, this sends Strickland right to Zelda's house.
-->''"No
house.]]
-->''"[[spoiler:No
names. No ranks. They just clean."'']]"''


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* HeelFaceTurn: He begins as a Soviet spy relaying information about the Asset project to the KGB, but he ends up defying both his superiors and the people he's infiltrating to rescue the Asset from death. Notably, when he confronts Elisa, he at first asks "who do you work for?"--then drops it, indicating he doesn't care so long as he can get the Asset to safety where it belongs.

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* BeastAndBeauty: The Beauty to The Asset's Beast.


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* BeastAndBeauty: The Beast to Elisa's Beauty.


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* YouSexyBeast: The Asset is a Fishmen and Elisa's LoveInterest.

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* MaybeEverAfter: InUniverse as her friends don't have the information that she survived her bullet wounds like the audience does, even still Giles informs the audience that he likes to believe that Elisa is somewhere living happily ever after with the Asset, and it can most likely be assumed Zelda feels the same.


* NiceGuy: A sensitive, kind and soft-hearted soul who is compassionate towards his fellow humans (and of coruse The Asset), and is notably one of the few '''non''' racist white men in this movie. He is even quick to forgive The Asset for eating one of his cats in hunger, in spite of being initially understandably horrified by the sight of him doing so.

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* NiceGuy: A sensitive, kind and soft-hearted soul who is compassionate towards his fellow humans (and of coruse course The Asset), and is notably one of the few '''non''' racist white men in this movie. He is even quick to forgive The Asset for eating one of his cats in hunger, in spite of being initially understandably horrified by the sight of him doing so.


* ItCanThink: When Bob[[spoiler: /[[DoubleAgent Dimitri]]]] witnesses the Asset connect with Eliza over hard boiled eggs and music, he comes to the conclusion that it's a sentient creature that does not deserve [[TheyWouldCutYouUp torn open while alive by Strickland and General Hoyt]]. This is also the reason why [[spoiler: even though he's ordered to by his [[DirtyCommunists K.G.B. handlers]] to euthanize the Asset and compromise the possibility that the Americans should get any useful information from his vivisection, Bob/Dimitri sabotages his mission by helping Eliza to liberate the Asset.]]

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* ItCanThink: When Bob[[spoiler: /[[DoubleAgent Dimitri]]]] witnesses the Asset connect with Eliza over hard boiled eggs and music, he comes to the conclusion that it's a sentient creature that does not deserve to be [[TheyWouldCutYouUp torn open while alive by Strickland and General Hoyt]]. This is also the reason why [[spoiler: even though he's ordered to by his [[DirtyCommunists K.G.B. handlers]] to euthanize the Asset and compromise the possibility that the Americans should get any useful information from his vivisection, Bob/Dimitri sabotages his mission by helping Eliza to liberate the Asset.]]

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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Strickland loves cheap green candies and is seen popping them constantly. He even claims they are symbolic of his personality: plain and simple.


* AnimalsLackAttributes: His chest and crotch are streamlined, with no visible nipples or genitalia. At least not when the camera's on him; after she gets to know him better, Elisa learns that he does have genitalia that only becomes external when it's in use (which the audience doesn't get to see first-hand).



* NonHumansLackAttributes: His chest and crotch are streamlined, with no visible nipples or genitalia. At least not when the camera's on him; after she gets to know him better, Elisa learns that he does have genitalia that only becomes external when it's in use (which the audience doesn't get to see first-hand).



** Also paralleled in a pathetic fallacy manner when the collision with Giles's van damages one side of his Cadillac.

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** Also paralleled in a pathetic fallacy manner when the collision with Giles's Giles' van damages one side of his Cadillac.




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-> '''Played by''': Lauren Lee Smith
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* GoodIsNotSoft: The Asset is empathetic for the most part, but is still a dangerous creature that shows aggressive behavior when provoked. [[spoiler: Strickland [[{{Fingore}} learned it the hard way]]. [[{{KarmicDeath}} Twice]].]]

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* GoodIsNotSoft: The Asset is empathetic for the most part, but is still a dangerous creature that shows aggressive behavior when provoked. [[spoiler: Strickland [[{{Fingore}} learned it the hard way]]. [[{{KarmicDeath}} [[KarmicDeath Twice]].]]



* ItCanThink: When Bob[[spoiler: [[DoubleAgent /Dimitri]]]] witnesses the Asset connect with Eliza over hard boiled eggs and music, he comes to the conclusion that it's a sentient creature that does not deserve [[TheyWouldCutYouUp torn open while alive by Strickland and General Hoyt.]] This is also the reason why [[spoiler: even though he's ordered to by his [[DirtyCommunists K.G.B. handlers]] to euthanize the Asset and compromise the possibility that the Americans should get any useful information from his vivisection, Bob/Dimitri sabotages his mission by helping Eliza to liberate the Asset.]]

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* ItCanThink: When Bob[[spoiler: [[DoubleAgent /Dimitri]]]] /[[DoubleAgent Dimitri]]]] witnesses the Asset connect with Eliza over hard boiled eggs and music, he comes to the conclusion that it's a sentient creature that does not deserve [[TheyWouldCutYouUp torn open while alive by Strickland and General Hoyt.]] Hoyt]]. This is also the reason why [[spoiler: even though he's ordered to by his [[DirtyCommunists K.G.B. handlers]] to euthanize the Asset and compromise the possibility that the Americans should get any useful information from his vivisection, Bob/Dimitri sabotages his mission by helping Eliza to liberate the Asset.]]


* UltimateLifeForm: He is a creature capable of breathing both above and underwater and has a healing touch.


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* {{Expy}}: His design is clearly based on the CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon. He even comes from South America.

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* {{Expy}}: His design is clearly based on the CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon.Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon. He even comes from South America.

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