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* ChekovsGun: Bruce's dog Sam always starts peeing next to the same recliner. Bruce is eventually able to successfully potty-train him by taking that recliner outside and having him pee there before eventually removing it without Sam noticing.

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* ChekovsGun: ChekhovsGun: Bruce's dog Sam always starts peeing next to the same recliner. Bruce is eventually able to successfully potty-train him by taking that recliner outside and having him pee there before eventually removing it without Sam noticing.


--> '''Bruce:''' Help me out here, [[Music/BarryManilow Barry]].

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--> '''Bruce:''' Help me out here, [[Music/BarryManilow [[Music/BarryWhite Barry]].


* IAmNotShazam: Bruce's surname is Nolan, not Almighty. Bruce Almighty is a title he gives himself while drunk with power.


** Later, Bruce finally wins his coveted anchor promotion, but isn't even able to enjoy it for a second because of the consequences of his own powers. The studio keeps losing power because of the meteor strike he inflicted, and he ends up getting cut off by a field reporter covering the riots that have happened because of his actions.

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** Later, Bruce [[spoiler: finally wins his coveted anchor promotion, but isn't even able to enjoy it for a second because of the consequences of his own powers. The studio keeps losing power because of the meteor strike he inflicted, and he ends up getting cut off by a field reporter covering the riots that have happened because of his actions.actions]].



* SweetAndSourGrapes: Bruce finally becomes the Channel News 7 anchor like he always wanted, but doesn't even get to report anything because of his own actions causing the studio to blackout and riots following the lottery incident and Sabres victory. When he realizes that the city is in chaos because of him, he despondently faces the camera and says that he must leave. By the end of the film, he returns to field reporting, realizing that he was always able to find happiness in it.

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* SweetAndSourGrapes: Bruce finally becomes the Channel News 7 anchor like he always wanted, but [[spoiler: doesn't even get to report anything because of his own actions causing the studio to blackout and riots following the lottery incident and Sabres victory. When he realizes that the city is in chaos because of him, he despondently faces the camera and says that he must leave. leave]]. By the end of the film, [[spoiler: he returns to field reporting, realizing that he was always able to find happiness in it.it]].


* WeirdnessCensor: Most of the people around Bruce don't seem fazed when extremely bizarre things happen in his presence, even when he clearly directly invokes them such as the exploding fire hydrant or willing the power to come back on. Grace doesn't even spend time questioning things like the dog suddenly being able to use the toilet like a human or Bruce being able to plant signs all around her trying to convince her to get back together with him.

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* WeirdnessCensor: Most of the people around Bruce don't seem fazed when extremely bizarre things happen in his presence, even when he clearly directly invokes them such as the exploding fire hydrant or willing the power to come back on. Grace doesn't even spend time questioning things like the dog suddenly being able to use the toilet like a human or [[spoiler: Bruce being able to plant signs all around her trying to convince her to get back together with him.him]].


* SweetAndSourGrapes: Bruce finally becomes the Channel News 7 anchor like he always wanted, but doesn't even get to report anything because of his own actions causing the studio to blackout and riots following the lottery incident and Sabres victory. When he realizes that the city is in chaos because of him, he despondently faces the camera and says that he must leave.

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* SweetAndSourGrapes: Bruce finally becomes the Channel News 7 anchor like he always wanted, but doesn't even get to report anything because of his own actions causing the studio to blackout and riots following the lottery incident and Sabres victory. When he realizes that the city is in chaos because of him, he despondently faces the camera and says that he must leave. By the end of the film, he returns to field reporting, realizing that he was always able to find happiness in it.


* ChekovsGun: Bruce's dog Sam always starts peeing next to the same recliner. Bruce is eventually able to successfully potty-train him by taking that recliner outside and having him pee there before eventually removing it without Sam noticing.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Bruce only gets beaten up by the thugs because after he told them to go away, he said "Yeah, you'd better keep walking." If he had just kept his mouth shut, he probably wouldn't have got beaten up.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: HoistByHisOwnPetard:
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Bruce only gets beaten up by the thugs because after he told them to go away, he said "Yeah, you'd better keep walking." If he had just kept his mouth shut, he probably wouldn't have got beaten up.up.
** Later, Bruce finally wins his coveted anchor promotion, but isn't even able to enjoy it for a second because of the consequences of his own powers. The studio keeps losing power because of the meteor strike he inflicted, and he ends up getting cut off by a field reporter covering the riots that have happened because of his actions.


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* SweetAndSourGrapes: Bruce finally becomes the Channel News 7 anchor like he always wanted, but doesn't even get to report anything because of his own actions causing the studio to blackout and riots following the lottery incident and Sabres victory. When he realizes that the city is in chaos because of him, he despondently faces the camera and says that he must leave.


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* WeirdnessCensor: Most of the people around Bruce don't seem fazed when extremely bizarre things happen in his presence, even when he clearly directly invokes them such as the exploding fire hydrant or willing the power to come back on. Grace doesn't even spend time questioning things like the dog suddenly being able to use the toilet like a human or Bruce being able to plant signs all around her trying to convince her to get back together with him.


* BigHonkingTrafficJam: Bruce seems to get stuck in a loud, hoking traffic jam during his commute almost every day.

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* BigHonkingTrafficJam: Bruce seems to get stuck in a loud, hoking honking traffic jam during his commute almost every day.



* TheCameo: Tony Bennett AsHimself singing "If I Ruled the World" at the Blue Palm during Bruce and Grace's date. Bruce gestures to him at one point and he gestures back, implying that Bruce arranged for him to be there somehow.



* CoolLoser: Bruce. He works as a TV reporter and his girlfriend is played by Jennifer Aniston. However, this was [[InvokedTrope intentional]], since a key theme of the film is that Bruce doesn't know how good he has it.

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* CoolLoser: Bruce. He works as a TV reporter and his girlfriend is played by Jennifer Aniston. However, this was [[InvokedTrope intentional]], since a key theme of the film is that Bruce doesn't know how good he has it. His girlfriend and his boss both point out to him that although he never gets the big stories, he always makes people smile and laugh with the stories he does report on.



* CurseCutShort: "Holy...cow."

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* CurseCutShort: "Holy..."Holy sh... cow."



-->'''God:''' ...And the sun was in your eyes. Oh, there you go.

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-->'''God:''' ...And the sun was in your eyes. Oh, there you go.the ego.



** Although Evan earning Bruce's coveted promotion to anchor can be seen as just a case of him being more qualified, he does invoke this by deliberately plagiarizing Bruce's story about the giant cookie and his send-off, charming everyone in the studio when Bruce just got made fun of for it earlier (including by him).



* LoopholeAbuse: God tells Bruce that he's unable to affect free will. Apparently, this only applies to humans though, because Bruce is seen being able to directly control the behavior of animals throughout the movie, such as getting his dog to potty-train himself and [[spoiler: having a formation of birds spell out "CALL HIM" to Grace in the sky]].



* ModestyBedsheet: After a night of pleasurable pleasure with his girlfriend, Bruce wakes up to find the bed in a shambles, but the duvet is still pulled up just enough to cover Bruce up to his waist. Gets even more obvious when he sits up, with his legs being exposed, and only his waist and groin covered.

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* ModestyBedsheet: After a night of pleasurable pleasure with his girlfriend, Bruce wakes up to find the bed in a shambles, but the duvet is still pulled up just enough to cover Bruce up to his waist. Gets even more obvious when he sits up, with his legs being exposed, and only his waist and groin covered.



--> '''Bruce:''' Help me out here, [[Music/BarryManilow Barry]].



* ThreatBackfire: When God finally convinces Bruce that he is talking to God (by suddenly making two extra fingers appear on his right hand), Bruce warns him to stay back, saying he will try to fight if provoked. God throws it right back at him by saying that Bruce hasn't won a fight since Grade 5, and even that was only won because he was fighting a girl. And the sun was in her eyes.

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* ThreatBackfire: When God finally convinces Bruce that he is talking to God (by suddenly making two extra fingers appear on his right hand), Bruce warns him to stay back, saying he will try to fight if provoked. God throws it right back at him by saying that Bruce hasn't won a fight since Grade 5, and even that was only won because he was fighting a girl. And the sun was in her his eyes.

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* PartingTheSea: To test his powers, Bruce holds in hands out over his bowl of tomato soup. When he spreads them, the soup parts in two.


* AlmightyJanitor: [[spoiler:God appears to Bruce as a janitor... played by Creator/MorganFreeman]].

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* AlmightyJanitor: AlmightyJanitor:
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[[spoiler:God appears to Bruce as a janitor... played by Creator/MorganFreeman]].



* AnAesop: If you're ever having a bad day, take a look around; you might just have it better than you think.

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* AnAesop: AnAesop:
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If you're ever having a bad day, take a look around; you might just have it better than you think.



* AudienceSurrogate: {{YMMV}} on how effective it is, but Bruce is supposed to invoke this since arguably, most anyone has had points in their lives where they failed to see what they truly have, or wished that God would essentially "do His job better".

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* AudienceSurrogate: {{YMMV}} on how effective it is, but Bruce is supposed to invoke this Bruce, since arguably, most anyone has had points in their lives where they failed to see what they truly have, or wished that God would essentially "do His job better".


** HOW DARE Evan Baxter be a better news reporter than Bruce! Bruce completely embarrasses him on live TV, and (in a deleted scene) gives him a nosebleed and lights him on FIRE. [[KickTheDog Twice]]. Of course, considering that Bruce was omnipotent and could literally do ANYTHING to them, you could say that they got off lightly. A minute or two of unbearable pain from having a monkey force itself in and out of your ass, or a life sentence for drug possession, is a lot better than the eternity of hell that Bruce could have given them.

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** HOW DARE ''How dare'' Evan Baxter be a better news reporter than Bruce! Bruce completely embarrasses him on live TV, and (in a deleted scene) gives him a nosebleed and lights him on FIRE.''fire''. [[KickTheDog Twice]]. Of course, considering that Bruce was omnipotent and could literally do ANYTHING ''anything'' to them, you could say that they got off lightly. A minute or two of unbearable pain from having a monkey force itself in and out of your ass, or a life sentence for drug possession, is a lot better than the eternity of hell that Bruce could have given them.

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* AudienceSurrogate: {{YMMV}} on how effective it is, but Bruce is supposed to invoke this since arguably, most anyone has had points in their lives where they failed to see what they truly have, or wished that God would essentially "do His job better".

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* BookEnds: The movie begins and ends with Bruce doing field reporting. Significant since his opening line is "God, why do you hate me?", whereas the ending is him accepting the job happily and being who he is.


* BaitAndSwitch: What the entire scene with the Blue Palm appears to be for Grace.



* BlatantLies: When Bruce rather cruelly and selfishly leads Grace on and crushes her hopes at the dinner at the Blue Palm, she very clearly fakes enthusiasm for him and tells him that nothing's wrong with her when he asks. He's too self-absorbed to figure it out though.



* KickTheDog: The thugs harass the homeless guy, beat up Bruce for telling them to go away, then smash his car window and scratch "Hero" on the door.

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* KickTheDog: The KickTheDog:
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thugs harass the homeless guy, beat up Bruce for telling them to go away, then smash his car window and scratch "Hero" on the door. door.
** Bruce himself actually does this to Grace during the dinner at the Blue Palm, even though he doesn't realize he's doing it. After treating her very well lately and then setting up what appears to be a very romantic dinner at a luxurious restaurant, you can't really blame her and her sister for thinking Bruce may be about to propose to her, especially when he gets down on his knees in front of her, holds her hand...[[BaitAndSwitch and proudly declares he's an anchor now and that's why he has been doing everything as of late]]. The disappointment in Grace's face and her voice is almost crushing.


* GoodTimesMontage: The film has two:

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* GoodTimesMontage: The film has two:three:


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** The third is when Bruce learns to get things done and help others without using divine powers.

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