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->''"Babe, I just killed two people!"''
->''"Did you call the cops?!"''
->''"No, I did not call the police, because I have, like, a lot of weed and mushrooms in my car..."''

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->''"Babe, ->'''Mike:''' Babe, I just killed two people!"''
->''"Did
people!\\
'''Phoebe:''' Did
you call the cops?!"''
->''"No,
cops?!\\
'''Mike:''' No,
I did not call the police, because I have, like, a lot of weed and mushrooms in my car..."''
car...



-->'''Phoebe:''' Come on, could you just give us one-- [[spoiler:''[gets tazed]'']]



* OvertOperative: Yates' handling of his operation is not particularly covert, considering that he's hunting down an assert from an experimental and presumably secret project. The official cover story is that Mike and Victoria are sick with a highly contagious disease, but Yates' last gasp solution to the problem was to order a drone strike that would have wiped out the entire town off the map and certainly have attracted the kind of attention that the CIA wouldn't want.

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* OvertOperative: Yates' handling of his operation is not particularly covert, considering that he's hunting down an assert from an experimental and presumably secret project. The official cover story is that Mike and Victoria are sick with a highly contagious disease, but Yates' last gasp solution to the problem was to order a drone strike that would have wiped out the entire town off the map and certainly have attracted the kind of attention that the CIA wouldn't want. Lampshaded when Victoria points out how bizarre it is that Yates' men set a police station on fire.



* SpottingTheThread: When Mike recovers from his near-fatal dose of toxic gas, [[spoiler:he asks Phoebe how she knew what the effects of it (and the antidote were). This leads to the reveal that she was a former CIA handler who fell in love with him and gave up her career to stay by his side]]. The character's weapon proficiency when they escape the house is also a tipoff to the audience that said character has HiddenDepths.

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* SpottingTheThread: When Mike recovers from his near-fatal dose of toxic gas, [[spoiler:he asks Phoebe how she knew what the effects of it were (and the antidote were).was). This leads to the reveal that she was a former CIA handler who fell in love with him and gave up her career to stay by his side]]. The character's weapon proficiency when they escape the house is also a tipoff to the audience that said character has HiddenDepths.



* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"...how did you know about the gas?" When Mike realizes that Phoebe is ''far'' too competent and knowledgeable to be a random civilian]].



* VillainHasAPoint: While he isn't an outright villain, [[spoiler: Kruger has pretty legitimate reasons for executing the actually Heroic Lassater along with [[StupidEvil Yates]]. While Yates [[DisproportionateRetribution did overstep his bounds]] by putting the hit on Mike, Lassater exacerbated the situation by activating Mike which prompted Yates to escalate things further. She's only saved by pointing out how she's more useful to the agency alive.]]

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* VillainHasAPoint: While he isn't an outright villain, [[spoiler: Kruger has pretty legitimate reasons for executing the actually Heroic heroic Lassater along with [[StupidEvil Yates]]. While Yates [[DisproportionateRetribution did overstep his bounds]] by putting the hit on Mike, Lassater exacerbated the situation by activating Mike which prompted Yates to escalate things further. She's only saved by pointing out how she's more useful to the agency alive.]]


* {{CIA}}: Anyone tied to the government in the film is [=CIA=], and the ULTRA program was a CIA-backed experiment. A few scenes are even set at the headquarters in Langley, VA. Yates himself takes the nickname of "The Company" a little too literally, operating more like an ambitious, young CorruptCorporateExecutive, than a professional government agent with respect for the rule of law.


* TrailersAlwaysLie: The trailers made it seem like the movie is gonna be a bit of romp with a slight humerous tone, but the actual film is surprisingly dark and moody.


* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted hard.

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted hard.Averted.


* IdiotBall: Most of the CIA operators who decide that killing Mike, a ''highly-trained, virtually nigh-unstoppable super-soldier himself'', and obliterating any property he happens to be standing in, is a good idea. Simply because he keeps trying to leave his assigned, deep-cover holding zone. As a reminder, 1) Mike's training kicks in after activation only when he is threatened with physical violence, otherwise he is very meek and 2) Mike is still a U.S. citizen... on U.S. soil. Everything being done in this movie is ''highly illegal'', something that Lasseter [[spoiler: and Phoebe]] point out to [[StupidEvil Yates]] repeatedly.
** Phoebe also has to point out to Mike that perhaps next time he really shouldn't ''point out the gun next to the guy trying to kill them'' or ''look back when another assassin yelled "Hey, wait!" at them''


Mike Howell is an average, everyday person who works a boring job at a convenience store, likes getting high with his girlfriend and enjoys a completely unexciting life... except Mike is also secretly a highly-trained, highly dangerous special operative. He just doesn't remember any of this. When a pair of goons try to quietly [[DeadlyEuphemism retire him]], his buried programming comes surging back with a vengeance, causing the man in charge of the operation to pull out all the stops to put him down for good. Even if it means leveling an entire small town to do it.

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Mike Howell is an average, everyday person who works a boring job at a convenience store, likes getting high with his girlfriend Phoebe, and enjoys a completely unexciting life... except Mike is also secretly a highly-trained, highly dangerous special operative. He just doesn't remember any of this. When a pair of goons try to quietly [[DeadlyEuphemism retire him]], his buried programming comes surging back with a vengeance, causing the man in charge of the operation to pull out all the stops to put him down for good. Even if it means leveling an entire small town to do it.


* CaliforniaDoubling: Set in West Virginia, filmed in Louisiana. Covering it up wasn't too hard because most of the film happens at night.


''American Ultra'' is a 2015 comedy/action film starring Creator/JesseEisenberg and Creator/KristenStewart, about a pot-smoking convenience store clerk who find his world change in an instant with the discovery of dormant abilities.

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''American Ultra'' is a 2015 comedy/action film starring Creator/JesseEisenberg and Creator/KristenStewart, about a pot-smoking convenience store clerk who find finds his world change in an instant with the discovery of dormant abilities.


** Sheriff Watts, who questions Mike and Phoebe when they drive back from the aborted Hawaiian vacation, [[spoiler:dies by Crane's hand after stalling her to allow both of them to escape the police station]].

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** Sheriff Watts, who questions Mike and Phoebe when they drive back from the aborted Hawaiian vacation, [[spoiler:dies by Crane's hand [[HeroicSacrifice after stalling her her]] to allow both of them to escape the police station]].


* BadassNormal: Otis is no programmed killing machine but he is a soldier who know about suppressing fire.

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* BadassNormal: Otis is no programmed killing machine but he is a soldier who know knows about suppressing fire.

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted hard.


* YourCheatingHeart: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Mike gets a text from "Rose" asking him to meet and when asked about it by Phoebe, he gets evasive and lies about it being an errand for work. It's basically a blatant setup for TheReveal that Mike is cheating on Phoebe...then it turns out that "Rose" is his ''male'' drug dealer. And that Rose is supply Mike with a big box of illegal fireworks that he plans to use as part of his proposal to Phoebe.

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* YourCheatingHeart: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Mike gets a text from "Rose" asking him to meet and when asked about it by Phoebe, he gets evasive and lies about it being an errand for work. It's basically a blatant setup for TheReveal that Mike is cheating on Phoebe...then it turns out that "Rose" is his ''male'' drug dealer. And that Rose is supply supplying Mike with a big box of illegal fireworks that he plans to use as part of his proposal to Phoebe.


* YourCheatingHeart: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Mike gets a text from "Rose" asking him to meet and when asked about it by Phoebe, he gets evasive and lies about it being an errand for work. It's basically a blatant setup for TheReveal that Mike is cheating on Phoebe...then it turns out that "Rose" is his ''male'' drug dealer.

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* YourCheatingHeart: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Mike gets a text from "Rose" asking him to meet and when asked about it by Phoebe, he gets evasive and lies about it being an errand for work. It's basically a blatant setup for TheReveal that Mike is cheating on Phoebe...then it turns out that "Rose" is his ''male'' drug dealer. And that Rose is supply Mike with a big box of illegal fireworks that he plans to use as part of his proposal to Phoebe.


* ImprobableAimingSkills: At one part, Mike performs "the ol' frying pan bullet trick," reflecting a shot from a seated position on the floor, onto a thrown pan, and into someone positioned behind him. Basically shooting perpendicular. Even Mike is amazed it worked.

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* ImprobableAimingSkills: At one part, Mike performs "the ol' frying pan bullet trick," reflecting a shot from a seated position on the floor, onto a thrown pan, pan he tossed into the air, and into someone positioned behind him. Basically shooting perpendicular. using a moving object to ricochet his bullet 90º into a target he can't see. Even Mike is amazed seems baffled that it worked.



* ImprovisedWeapon: Over the course of the film, Mike uses a spoon, a frying pan, an axe and various kitchen implements to dispatch members of the TOUGHGUY program. [[spoiler: In the last scene, when the Chinese gangster refers to him as "unarmed", he bursts out laughing]]

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* ImprovisedWeapon: Over the course of the film, Mike uses a spoon, a frying pan, an axe and various kitchen implements to dispatch members of the TOUGHGUY program. [[spoiler: In the last scene, when the Chinese gangster refers to him as "unarmed", he bursts out laughing]]can't help but giggle after a quick glance around reveals a) six-pound restaurant-sized cans of spaghetti sauce and black beans, b) a bunch of pots and pans, and c) a metal dustpan.]]



* MomentKiller: Soon after [[spoiler:Mike proposes to Phoebe, both of them get tazed and knocked out by the county police who've assembled outside the site of the final fight]].

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* MomentKiller: Soon after [[spoiler:Mike proposes to Phoebe, both of them get right as Mike is moving in for a kiss, he gets tazed and knocked out by the county police who've assembled outside the site of the final fight]].



* ScaryTeeth: Laugher. Most of his top front teeth were knocked out. He's still holding onto them, though...

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* ScaryTeeth: Laugher. Most of his top front teeth were knocked out.out in his first encounter with Mike. He's still holding onto them, though...



-->'''Mike:''' Like, do you know what an M1 Abrams tank is? Because I know ''all'' about it. I could name like 50 tanks right now. When did I learn about tanks? And guns? And-

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-->'''Mike:''' Like, do you know what an M1 Abrams tank is? Because I know ''all'' about it. It's a type of tank. I could name like list, like, 50 types of tanks right now. When did I learn about tanks? And guns? And-I didn't. I know nothing about tanks or guns or bombs, but I suddenly know, like, everything about tanks and guns and-


* BigGood: Krueger, in a way. [[spoiler:Yates authorizes the hunt on Mike without his authorization, and he appears near the end of the film to clean up loose ends. However, he spares Lasseter and allows her to use Mike as an operative]].

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* BigGood: Krueger, in a way. [[spoiler:Yates authorizes the hunt on Mike without his authorization, and he tips Lasseter off about it anonymously. He appears near the end of the film to clean up loose ends. However, he spares Lasseter and allows her to use Mike as an operative]].



* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: [[spoiler:Lasseter invokes this to save herself from being executed like Yates by Krueger. She points out that the TOUGHGUY operatives were the most lethal human beings the CIA has ever been able to train, yet Mike was able to kill ''every single one of them'' - most of them in a single battle. Thus, Mike is now the best combat operative in existence, and answers to her. It spares her]].

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* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: [[spoiler:Lasseter invokes this to save herself from being executed like Yates by Krueger. She points out that the TOUGHGUY operatives were the most lethal human beings the CIA has ever been able to train, yet Mike Mike, outnumbered and outgunned, was able to kill ''every single one ''seventeen of them'' - most of them in a single battle. Thus, Mike is now the best combat operative in existence, and answers to her. It spares her]].



* DamselInDistress: Played with. At one point in the film, Phoebe is captured by Yates and his crew, and spends most of the last third of the film handcuffed, slapped and hit against a wall and carted around while Yates tries to escape from Mike. However, [[spoiler:she also reveals that she has weapons training in the scene where they escape from Rose's house, and saves Mike's life by giving him the antidote for the gas]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: Yates' attempt to kill Mike is cited as being because Mike's attempts to leave his assigned place are a security risk. This would be a case of VillainHasAPoint, except for a few things: 1) Mike ''didn't know'' that he wasn't supposed to leave when he tried to make those trips. In fact, he didn't even know that he was a CIA asset, 2) the WISEMAN program was scrapped and only the CIA knew how to reactivate Mike, so his leaving town probably didn't constitute as much of a risk as Yates claimed, and 3) Mike is psychologically programmed against leaving. If he even tries, he'll have a panic attack and back out.

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* DamselInDistress: Played with. At one point in the film, Phoebe is captured by Yates and his crew, and spends most of the last third of the film handcuffed, slapped and hit against a wall and carted around while Yates tries to escape from Mike. However, [[spoiler:she also reveals that she has weapons training in the scene where they escape from Rose's house, and saves Mike's life by giving him the antidote for the gas]].
gas, and eventually uses a paperclip to pick her handcuffs]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: Yates' attempt to kill Mike is cited as being because Mike's attempts to leave his assigned place are a security risk. This would be a case of VillainHasAPoint, except for a few things: 1) Mike ''didn't know'' that he wasn't supposed to leave when he tried to make those trips. In fact, he didn't even know that he was a CIA asset, 2) the WISEMAN program was scrapped and only the CIA knew how to reactivate Mike, so his leaving town probably didn't constitute as much of a risk as Yates claimed, and 3) Mike is psychologically programmed against leaving. If Every time he even tries, he'll have a panic attack and back out.



** Phoebe insists she's not mad that Mike's panic attack forces them to cancel their vacation, despite cursing him out at the airport. [[spoiler: Of course she's not mad. She knows that if Mike gets out of his assigned area, he'd be classified as a threat.]]

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** Phoebe insists she's not mad that Mike's panic attack forces them to cancel their vacation, despite cursing him out at the airport. [[spoiler: Of course she's not mad. mad at him. She knows that if Mike gets out Mike's panic attacks are the result of his assigned area, he'd be classified as a threat.psychological conditioning.]]

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