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* WouldHurtAChild: The infamous ice cream truck is a perfect example for this trope.


* InfantImmortality: [[AvertedTrope Blown away with a vengeance.]]


* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:The patrol cops, searching for something completely unrelated (a missing phone company van dispatched to investigate cut phone wires), are the ones who call in backup before the station is completely overrun.]]
** Actually, the cops were searching for the source of the gunfire reports, so not so much.


* ChekhovsGun: Subverted, a lot.
** It looks as if Napoleon will reveal why he killed his victims to the overzealous cop accompanying him, but as the siege starts, the cop is killed quickly. Napoleon actually laments not getting the opportunity to do so.
** The phone booth in which Lawson takes cover in at first, and which [[spoiler:Wells tries to run to before getting blown away.]]
** [[spoiler:Finally played straight with the magnesium flares, but not used until the very second. Justified in that there's no flare gun for them to be useful... yet.]]
** Played straight when Lawson and his daughter are lost and Kathy suggests they ask some nearby cops. When her father baulks and continues driving, she tells him that her teacher said you can always go to the police when you're in trouble. Lawson remembers this in his panic-induced state after he shoots [[spoiler: her killer]], thus bringing the conflict to the precinct.
* CutPhoneLines: Besides the silencers, the other reason why the Precinct cannot call for backup.
** [[spoiler: Ironically, the fact that the lines were cut ends up being the reason why they receive back up, as two cops investigating the reports of gunfire discover the body of the repairman who had been sent to repair the lines]].

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* ChekhovsGun: Subverted, a lot.
** It looks as if Napoleon will reveal why he killed his victims to the overzealous cop accompanying him, but as the siege starts, the cop is killed quickly. Napoleon actually laments not getting the opportunity to do so.
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** The phone booth in which Lawson takes cover in at first, and which [[spoiler:Wells later tries to run to before getting blown away.]]
** [[spoiler:Finally played straight with the [[spoiler:The confiscated magnesium flares, but not used until flares in the very second. Justified in that there's no flare gun for them police station, which Wilson and Bishop use to be useful... yet.blow up a gas tank.]]
** Played straight when When Lawson and his daughter are lost and Kathy suggests they ask some nearby cops. When her father baulks and continues driving, she tells him that her teacher said you can always go to the police when you're in trouble. Lawson remembers this in his panic-induced state after he shoots [[spoiler: her killer]], thus bringing the conflict to the precinct.
* CutPhoneLines: Besides the silencers, the other reason why the Precinct cannot call for backup.
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backup. [[spoiler: Ironically, the fact that the lines were cut ends up being the reason why they receive back up, as two cops investigating the reports of gunfire discover the body of the repairman who had been sent to repair the lines]].


* DespairEventHorizon: Lawson becomes completely despondent by the time he arrives at the police station, having just witnessed the death of [[spoiler:his daughter]] and killing the gangster responsible, and spends most of the movie slumped against a wall, not even reacting to the gunfights around him.



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* NervesOfSteel: Leigh is surprisingly calm throughout most of the movie and even takes getting shot in the arm by a gangster that's right in front of her as a minor annoyance.



* RevengeBeforeReason: The Street Thunder gang decides to take a blood oath and avenge their comrades who fell against the police by shooting up police stations and killing every person that gets in their way, no matter how many of their own they lose.



* TheStoic: The gangbangers all wear the same stony expressions no matter what their situation, even the one who [[spoiler: killed Lawson's daughter and the ice cream truck driver]] remains absolutely expressionless when he's [[spoiler: mortally wounded in a shootout with Lawson]].

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* TheStoic: TheStoic
** Leigh, who appears to react to everything as if it's part of the job as a police secretary and never looks shocked at all.
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The gangbangers all wear the same stony expressions no matter what their situation, even the one who [[spoiler: killed Lawson's daughter and the ice cream truck driver]] remains absolutely expressionless when he's [[spoiler: mortally wounded in a shootout with Lawson]].


** Played straight when Lawson and his daughter are lost and Kathy suggests they ask some nearby cops. When her father baulks and continues driving, she tells him that her teacher said you can always go to the police when you're in trouble. Lawson remembers this in his panic-induced state after he shoots [[spoiler: her killer]], thus bringing the conflict to the precinct.



* DeathOfAChild: The poor ice cream girl.

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* DeathOfAChild: The poor ice cream girl.Poor Kathy.


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* DisapprovingLook: Bishop and Leigh both give a very disapproving one when Julie suggests they hand over Lawson to the gang, since he's the one they want.


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* HystericalWoman: A downplayed example, but Julie spends most of the movie panicking, compared to the cool-headed Leigh. Guess which one of them dies?


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* NeverFoundTheBody: After the first shoot-out, gang members retrieve all the bodies of everyone they shot outside the station, so even if someone manages to report the gunfire, there's nothing there for anyone to see from far away.


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* UnresolvedSexualTension: Wilson and Leigh are clearly into each other, but nothing ever comes of it, first due to the siege and then because the cops and paramedics show up.


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* AffablyEvil: Napoleon Wilson, who is friendly (as a convict can be to his captors) and quiet.

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* AffablyEvil: Napoleon Wilson, who is friendly (as (or as friendly as a convict can be to his captors) captors, anyway) and quiet.





* {{Retirony}}: The story takes place during the titular precinct's final night of operations.

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* {{Retirony}}: The story takes place during the titular eponymous precinct's final night of operations.


-->"It means they don't care. They're not afraid to die. Any of them. They want to rip us apart, no matter what it costs. It means to the death."

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-->"It -->'''Wells:''' It means they don't care. They're not afraid to die. Any die, any of them. They want to rip us apart, no matter what it costs. It means to the death."

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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Many critics have noted how the gang members are depicted not as characters, or even as human beings, but as zombie-like monsters: they rarely speak, show no emotion, and move with slow, relentless purpose. In addition, they pay little attention to their own survival or safety, and just keep relentlessly attacking [[ZergRush with sheer force of numbers on their side]], regardless of how many the main characters kill. Carpenter acknowledged that the original ''[[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968 Night of the Living Dead]]'' was an influence on how he portrayed the gang members.

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-->"It means they don't care. They're not afraid to die. Any of them. They want to rip us apart, no matter what it costs. It means to the death."

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* DeathOfAChild: The poor ice cream girl.


** Wells, when he hears about "the Cholo."

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** Wells, when he hears about "the Cholo."the "Cholo".

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