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* DrowningMySorrows: Steve after [[spoiler:Bucky goes missing in action]], except [[CursedWithAwesome he can't get drunk]].

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* DrowningMySorrows: Steve after [[spoiler:Bucky goes missing in action]], except [[CursedWithAwesome he can't can't]] [[NeverGetsDrunk get drunk]].drunk]] because his enhanced metabolism burns alcohol as fast as he consumes it.


* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Boy, does [[spoiler:the Red Skull go out with a bang]]! Though whether or not [[spoiler:he actually died is a matter of debate. After seeing ''Film/{{Avengers Ultimate}}'' we find out he is [[TheBusCameBack not actually dead after all]].]]


* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Boy, does [[spoiler:the Red Skull go out with a bang]]! Though whether or not [[spoiler:he actually died is a matter of debate.]]

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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Boy, does [[spoiler:the Red Skull go out with a bang]]! Though whether or not [[spoiler:he actually died is a matter of debate. After seeing ''Film/{{Avengers Ultimate}}'' we find out he is [[TheBusCameBack not actually dead after all]].]]


''Captain America: The First Avenger'' is a 2011 action/adventure based on the Creator/MarvelComics character ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, produced by Marvel Studios, and directed by Creator/JoeJohnston; it is the fifth film in (and in some ways, a {{prequel}} to) the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. This film is not to be confused with the 1990 film ''Film/{{Captain America|1990}}'', the two ''[[Film/CaptainAmerica1979 Captain]] [[Film/CaptainAmericaIIDeathTooSoon America]]'' TV movies from the [[TheSeventies 1970s]], or the classic movie serials from the [[TheForties 1940s]], all of which have no relation to this film (aside from being based on the same comic book character). It is the first film in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse chronologically.

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''Captain America: The First Avenger'' is a 2011 action/adventure based on the Creator/MarvelComics character ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, produced by Marvel Studios, and directed by Creator/JoeJohnston; it is the fifth film in (and in some ways, a {{prequel}} to) the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. This film is not to be confused with the 1990 film ''Film/{{Captain America|1990}}'', the two ''[[Film/CaptainAmerica1979 Captain]] [[Film/CaptainAmericaIIDeathTooSoon America]]'' TV movies from the [[TheSeventies 1970s]], or the classic movie serials from the [[TheForties 1940s]], all of which have no relation to this film (aside from being based on the same comic book character). It is the first film in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse chronologically.
chronologically[[note]]if you discount the flashbacks to millenia ago in ''Film/{{Thor}}''[[/note]].


''Captain America: The First Avenger'' is a 2011 action/adventure based on the Creator/MarvelComics character ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, produced by Marvel Studios, and directed by Creator/JoeJohnston; it is the fifth film in (and in some ways, a {{prequel}} to) the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. This film is not to be confused with the 1990 film ''Film/{{Captain America|1990}}'', the two ''[[Film/CaptainAmerica1979 Captain]] [[Film/CaptainAmericaIIDeathTooSoon America]]'' TV movies from the [[TheSeventies 1970s]], or the classic movie serials from the [[TheForties 1940s]], all of which have no relation to this film (aside from being based on the same comic book character).

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''Captain America: The First Avenger'' is a 2011 action/adventure based on the Creator/MarvelComics character ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, produced by Marvel Studios, and directed by Creator/JoeJohnston; it is the fifth film in (and in some ways, a {{prequel}} to) the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. This film is not to be confused with the 1990 film ''Film/{{Captain America|1990}}'', the two ''[[Film/CaptainAmerica1979 Captain]] [[Film/CaptainAmericaIIDeathTooSoon America]]'' TV movies from the [[TheSeventies 1970s]], or the classic movie serials from the [[TheForties 1940s]], all of which have no relation to this film (aside from being based on the same comic book character).
character). It is the first film in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse chronologically.


* BreakingBadNewsGently: S.H.I.E.L.D. made Steve's room look like something from the 1940s so that he could have more time to rest and recover before being confronted with the fact that he'd been frozen for decades. It didn't work out.

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* BreakingBadNewsGently: S.H.I.E.L.D. made makes Steve's room look like something from the 1940s so that he could can have more time to rest and recover before being confronted with the fact that he'd been frozen for decades. It didn't doesn't work out.

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* BreakingBadNewsGently: S.H.I.E.L.D. made Steve's room look like something from the 1940s so that he could have more time to rest and recover before being confronted with the fact that he'd been frozen for decades. It didn't work out.


* AdaptationalPersonalityChange: In the comics, Red Skull is the ultimate Nazi and fully believes in their ideologies, taking part in their many war crimes against humanity. Here, while technically aligned with the Nazis at first, he was only using them as a means to an end to fulfill his own goals. Once that's done, he splits HYDRA from the Nazis and targets Germany as well as the rest of the world. Doesn't make him any less evil, but on the bright side, at least he's not a full-on Nazi!



* TheAtoner: Dr. Erskine works with Americans to create an American super-soldier because he was responsible for the creation of the Red Skull... even if it was at gunpoint.



* AxCrazy: Everyone recognizes Schmidt as insane and his methods of employee discipline are horrific. However, according to Zola, he is to be feared regardless because his insanity means he never stops to ponder the downsides of his plots, meaning he will carry them out against all odds and circumstances.



* BeneathTheMask: During Red Skull's first confrontation with Captain America, he takes off his false skin and consigns it to the flames, at last revealing and fully embracing his identity and further dispensing any pretenses to Nazi loyalty.



** Col. Phillips oddly has elements of the mainstream version of Nick Fury.

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** Col. Phillips oddly has elements of the mainstream version of Nick Fury. Also, in the comics, Phillps chose Steve Rogers personally for being the Super Soldier test subject, while General Saunders was contrary. In the movie, Phillips fills Saunders role as he opposes the choice until being convinced otherwise.



** Lt. Falsworth is a composite of Union Jack I/James Montgomery Falsworth (name), Union Jack II/Brian Falsworth (camaraderie with Captain America & Bucky) and [[http://marvel.wikia.com/Percival_Pinkerton_(Earth-616) Percival Pinkerton]] (physical appearance, camaraderie with the Howlers).



** Certainly, the Red Skull is Captain America's evil counterpart.

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** Certainly, the Red Skull is Captain America's evil counterpart. Both were injected with a Super Serum and became superhumans, but the similarities end there. Captain America is the embodiment of patriotism, an Ideal Hero who fights for freedom. Red Skull was originally a Nazi who embodied fascism, and if that wasn't enough he ends up betraying his own country and seeks world domination.



* AFatherToHisMen: Col. Phillips is a particularly curmudgeonly sort but when Steve goes to ask him about Bucky, he didn't need to check any paperwork; the clear implication is that he knows the name of every man he's lost in the last mission.



* {{Foil}}: Abraham Erskine to Ho Yinsen. Both were scientists (actually Yinsen was a doctor but same principle) that served as respective mentors to two of the mightiest heroes/avengers the world has ever known. The defining difference between them is that Yinsen helped Tony reevaluate his morals and become a better man, while Erskine insists Steve to stay the good man he already was. Even their deaths, both die in the arms of their charges, Yinsen using his last breath to tell Stark to not waste his life whereas Dr. Erskine wordlessly points to Steve's heart, reminding him to stay the person he was.



* AGodAmI: The Red Skull's attitude after taking Erskine's serum and having perfected technology using the Cosmic Cube.

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* AGodAmI: The Red Skull's attitude after taking Erskine's serum Skull has one hell of a god complex and having perfected technology using gets deflated whenever Cap calls him out on it or acts humble despite his own commensurate super power. The fact that he made himself a godlike figure to his followers also suggests that, assuming he was ever aware of it, he sought (somewhat successfully) to hijack the Cosmic Cube.role of "HYDRA god" from Hive.



* NoNonsenseNemesis: Red Skull doesn't mess around when it comes to facing Cap. When he sees Steve rampaging through the base, he immediately activates the self destruct sequence to kill him and the escaping prisoners all at once. When he captures Cap at his mountain base, there's no elaborate death trap or Cold-Blooded Torture, just a quick No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and a Tesseract-powered pistol to the head. And when Cap arrives on the Valkyrie and reaches the control room, Red Skull sneaks behind him to get off another Tesseract-powered shot.



* NonActionBigBad: Minor example. Red Skull is technically Cap's physical equal and is superhuman, but unlike the experienced Cap, Red Skull clearly treats direct combat as a last resort; beneath him. This shows when they do fight, as Red Skull relies either on factors like his advanced technology, or the other agents to give him an advantage, and if forced into direct one-on-one, he doesn't have the same fighting prowess Cap does.



* RealitySubtext:
** Cap's early career mirrors how Captain America started as a propaganda piece, and early issues of the comic are made in-universe to help this. In fact, GoldenAge comics like ''Captain America'' were used to promote and sell war bonds. Hence the Superman cover asking readers to buy one to "[[ValuesDissonance slap a Jap]]."
** His poor reception with the troops is the same as several 1940s actors who got out of the draft because they were making morale-raising war movies.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Character Development turns Col. Phillips into one, starting from the moment Steve surrenders himself to disciplinary action and up to his final scene when he gives Peggy Steve's folder with a heartfelt look of sympathy.



* ReluctantMadScientist: Dr. Erskine. He only initially developed the Super-Soldier serum because Johann Schmidt forced him to.

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* ReluctantMadScientist: ReluctantMadScientist:
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Dr. Erskine. He only initially developed the Super-Soldier serum because Johann Schmidt forced him to.to.
** Dr. Zola would rather build his designs in a environment that did not require chanting "Hail HYDRA". The sequel reveals that he was only "reluctant" to work for Red Skull; he's quite happy to be a MadScientist and is ideologically proud to work for HYDRA, especially since it's implied that the Skull's successors treat him with more respect than the Skull did himself.



* SmallRoleBigImpact: Red Skull or the MCU as a whole. Despite appearing in only one film, the repercussions of his actions extend far beyond his lifetime. Schmidt's discovery of the Tesseract ultimately leads to Thanos turning his attention to Earth (leading to the events of both Avengers films), and his incarnation of HYDRA later destroyed S.H.I.E.L.D. and plunged the world into a state of uncertainty. It's likely that, without Schmidt's influence on history, the spread of superhuman and world-changing conflicts would not have come to dominate Earth at the turn of the 21st century.



* TheStarscream: The Red Skull is this to Hitler in this movie, though he doesn't want to depose Hitler so much as outright surpass the Nazis.

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* TheStarscream: The Red Skull is this fully intends to Hitler in this movie, though he doesn't want usurp Hitler, and has his minions chanting "Hail HYDRA". Eventually he's revealed to depose Hitler so much have Berlin as outright surpass one of his targets for annihilation, and kills the Nazis.Nazi officers who come to look through his projects.


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* VillainousFriendship: Red Skull's interactions with Zola imply this. Despite his contempt for those he views inferior, Schmidt is almost always polite to the doctor and always treats him with respect. He even seems to regard him as a friend or at the least as a close confidant, asking his opinion on a portrait of him. Schmidt even gives the doctor his personal car to drive out of the exploding base. Though he gets annoyed by the doctor's failure to stop Cap, he instead vents his anger on a soldier. Of course, this could fall under PragmaticVillainy as he requires the doctor's scientific expertise. Also, Zola knows that Schmidt is a certified psychopath and knows full well the Skull will not hesitate to kill him if he finds him to be a liability. But even then, the sequel shows that Zola is still carrying on Schmidt's legacy in a roundabout way.


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* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Averted; Red Skull has no problem just shooting his enemies. In their second confrontation, he pauses to ask Steve a small question that one can forgive him for asking (what about Steve made Erskine choose him to get the serum), and then he pulls out a sidearm and decides to get it over and done with. Later when Steve infiltrates his aerial bomber, Skull hides and ambushes him with a rifle, and when disarmed of it resorts to his sidearm again.


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* YellowPeril: {{Averted|Trope}} and {{Defied|Trope}}; In Morita's backstory he endured a lot of harassment for being Japanese after Pearl Harbor, but there's no mention of his race in the movie itself, and he's just as loyal and dedicated to bringing down the Nazis / HYDRA as the other Commandos.


* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: The HYDRA energy weaponry vaporizes its targets cleanly and efficiently. Averted in the sense that regular guns and bullets are just as prominent and the movie makes no effort to cut on the gritty scenes.

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* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: The HYDRA energy weaponry vaporizes its targets cleanly and efficiently. Averted Downplayed in the sense that regular guns and bullets are just as prominent and the movie makes no effort to cut on the gritty scenes.

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* DivingSave: After the serum is stolen by HYDRA, Peggy attempts to shoot the HYDRA man while he is driving straight towards her. Right before Peggy is almost hit by the car, Steve tackles her out of the way.


* AdaptationalVillainy:
** '''ComicBook/RedSkull''' of all people gets this treatment going from [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler's]] fanatically loyal right-hand man to someone who invokes an EvilerThanThou on '''The entire Nazi Party'''

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* AdaptationalVillainy:
** '''ComicBook/RedSkull'''
AdaptationalVillainy: ComicBook/RedSkull of all people gets this treatment treatment, going from [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler's]] fanatically loyal right-hand man to someone who invokes an EvilerThanThou on '''The ''the entire Nazi Party''' Party''.


* AdaptationalVilliany:

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* AdaptationalVilliany:AdaptationalVillainy:

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* AdaptationalVilliany:
** '''ComicBook/RedSkull''' of all people gets this treatment going from [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler's]] fanatically loyal right-hand man to someone who invokes an EvilerThanThou on '''The entire Nazi Party'''

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* TheMenFirst: The very first words out of Steve's mouth after returning to camp with a train of rescued prisoners and captured HYDRA technology and saluting Col. Phillips are "Some of these men need medical attention".


'''Red Skull:''' You could have the power of the gods! Yet you wear a flag on your chest and think you fight a battle of nations! I have seen the future, Captain! There are no flags!\\

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'''Red Skull:''' You could have the power of the gods! Yet you wear a flag on your chest and think you fight a battle of nations! I have seen the future, Captain! [[OneWorldOrder There are no flags!\\flags!]]\\


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* TakeOverTheWorld: The Red Skull makes no secret of his goal. As Zola points out, it doesn't matter if he's delusional [[MightMakesRight if he has the power to do so.]]

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