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* BioweaponBeast: [[spoiler:It it eventually revealed that the U.S. government asked Dr. [=McCabe=] to create omnivorous, intelligent and murderously vicious bats as a weapon for an unspecified purpose. The Doctor took the task eagerly [[ForScience just to see if it could be done]].]]



* HotScientist: Sheila Casper.

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* HotScientist: Sheila Casper. A lot of the UST between her and Sheriff Kimsey is him being unable to sneak the occasional peek while all the mess is going on.


** Didn't stopped Sci-Fi Channel from making a sequel, though...

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** Didn't stopped stop Sci-Fi Channel from making a sequel, though...


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* HotScientist: Sheila Casper.


* KillItWithFire: The PluckyComicRelief uses a home-made flamethrower to (quite gleefully) burn several bats when they come to attack the school the heroes turned into their headquarters.



* MadScientist: Dr. [=McCabe=] created the bats with the specific intention of killing people. He is killed attempting to communicate with them.

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* MadScientist: Dr. [=McCabe=] created the bats with the specific intention of killing people. He is killed attempting to communicate with them.them, although a minute before being killed [[EvilAllAlong he also makes clear]] that he deliberately released them (it was said earlier in the film and taken as truth that the bats had accidentally escaped) and that he has no desire to order them to stop.


* MilitariesAreUseless: They U.S. Army only provides the heroes with intel in order to determine where the bats could be, obtains the refrigeration unit that will kill the bats for good and then decides to go deliver it into the nest... ''at night''. The heroes finish the job with the gear they scavenge from the detachment's base.

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* MilitariesAreUseless: They The U.S. Army only provides the heroes with intel in order to determine where the bats could be, obtains the refrigeration unit that will kill the bats for good and then decides to go deliver it into the nest... ''at night''. The heroes finish the job with the gear they scavenge from the detachment's base.

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* MilitariesAreUseless: They U.S. Army only provides the heroes with intel in order to determine where the bats could be, obtains the refrigeration unit that will kill the bats for good and then decides to go deliver it into the nest... ''at night''. The heroes finish the job with the gear they scavenge from the detachment's base.


''Bats'' is a 1999 American adventure-horror film, directed by Louis Morneau and produced by Bradley Jenkel and Louise Rosner. The film stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Dina Meyer, Bob Gunton and Leon. It was the first film released by Destination Films.

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''Bats'' is a 1999 American adventure-horror film, directed by Louis Morneau and produced by Bradley Jenkel and Louise Rosner. The film stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Dina Meyer, Bob Gunton Creator/DinaMeyer, Creator/BobGunton and Leon. It was the first film released by Destination Films.

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* TheSheriff: Sheriff Kimsey is not well-equipped to fight a swarm of killer bats, but the people of his county are under threat and it is his job to protect.

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* ArmiesAreEvil: [[spoiler:Turns out that the only bunch of people crazy enough to fund Dr. [=McCabe=]'s research was the U.S Government searching for a bio-weapon to unleash on their enemies. The government agent that tells so (to the lieutenant in charge of the detachment sent to hunt the bats) even does it with a matter-of-factly "yeah, we did it".]]


** Didn't stopped Sci-Fi Channel from making a sequel, though...



* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: The intelligent, omnivorous, killer bats were the result of genetic experimentation by a rogue scientist. Had the movie been made 30 years earlier, it is easy to imagine they would have the product of atomic tests in the desert.

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* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: The intelligent, omnivorous, killer bats were the result of genetic experimentation by a rogue scientist. Had the movie been made 30 years earlier, it is easy to imagine they would have been the product of atomic tests in the desert.desert.
* HiddenDepths: Sheriff Kimsey turns out to be a fan of opera. He even lampshades that it'd make him lose points as a badass if anybody else in town knew it.



* KillItWithIce: The plan for destroying the bats involves using an industrial coolant to drop the temperature in the mine till they start to hibernate and then freeze to death.

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* KillItWithIce: The plan for destroying the bats involves using an industrial coolant dispersal device to drop the temperature in the mine till they start to hibernate and then freeze to death.


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* RedshirtArmy: The U.S. military detachment in charge of dealing with the bat problem goes to the spot where the bats nest, ''at night'', and is completely annihilated.



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* VillainByDefault: The eponymous monsters were genetically engineered by a "mad" scientist. When asked why he would create such a creature, his response basically sums up the premise of this trope: "Because I'm a scientist! [[ScienceIsBad That's what we do!]]"

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* TheEndOrIsIt: Subverted. The closing scene shows the lone surviving bat slowly and menacingly rise up from the dirt in preparation to [[VillainExitStageLeft fly off into the sunrise]], only to get run over by the heroes' SUV as ''they'' drive off into the sunrise.

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* ScienceIsBad: MadScientist Dr. [=McCabe=] initially justifies creating the rampaging super intelligent omnivorous bats with the words "I'm a scientist! [[ForScience That's what we do!]]". No one finds this explanation even the slightest bit strange.

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* ForScience: [[DevilInPlainSight Obviously Evil]] MadScientist Dr. [=McCabe=] initially justifies creating the eponymous (killer and super-intelligent) bats with the words "I'm a scientist. That's ''what we do''. Make everything a little bit better." It's later hinted that it was a [[spoiler:secret government project]], but still you have to wonder why the protagonists accepted that justification so well...


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[[caption-width-right:350:Where do you hide when the dark is alive?]]



* KillItWithIce: The Plan for destroying the bats involves using an industrial coolant to drop the temperature in the mine till they start to hibernate and then freeze to death.

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* KillItWithIce: The Plan plan for destroying the bats involves using an industrial coolant to drop the temperature in the mine till they start to hibernate and then freeze to death.

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* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: The intelligent, omnivorous, killer bats were the result of genetic experimentation by a rogue scientist. Had the movie been made 30 years earlier, it is easy to imagine they would have the product of atomic tests in the desert.

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