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* AccidentalAstronaut: "Sergeant Pinback" is not actually Sergeant Pinback at all; he was just a technician who accidentally got stuck in the real sergeant's gear and was ushered into the spacecraft before anyone realized what happened.


* HeadInTheSandManagement: The way Doolittle, as acting commander, handles any damages or technical malfunctions on the spaceships. He refuses to investigate and fix any of them until itís an immediate matter of life and death.

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* HeadInTheSandManagement: The way Doolittle, as acting commander, handles any damages or technical malfunctions on the spaceships.spaceship. He refuses to investigate and fix any of them until itís an immediate matter of life and death.

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* HeadInTheSandManagement: The way Doolittle, as acting commander, handles any damages or technical malfunctions on the spaceships. He refuses to investigate and fix any of them until itís an immediate matter of life and death.
-->'''Doolittle:''' Don't worry about it, we'll find out what it is when it goes bad.


* ActionPrologue: Before the opening credits we witness the crew destruct a planet.

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* ActionPrologue: Before the opening credits we witness the crew destruct destroy a planet.


The film is about the small crew of the titular scout ship, whose job is to destroy unstable planets which might threaten future colonization, and one of their doomsday bombs becoming self-aware.

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The film is about the small crew of the titular scout ship, whose job is to destroy unstable planets which might threaten future colonization, the antics they get up to during the monotonous boring gaps between bombing runs, and one of their doomsday bombs becoming self-aware.


* AllForNothing: Yes, the planets the crew destroy are unstable and could eventually threaten life in that system, but only on a cosmic time scale. It will take thousands, perhaps even millions of years for the orbits of said planets to destabilize enough to be a threat, which means they aren't really a problem that needs to be dealt with any time this millennium and the Dark Star's mission is completely pointless.
* ArtisticLicenseSpace: While the ''Dark Star'' does not make noise in space, it does stop on a dime...intentional use of the RuleOfFunny.
** Note that it does so when coming out of hyperdrive. Modern shows have ships doing exactly the same thing, which is justified if an esoteric Drive is used to circumvent Newtonian physics.

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* AllForNothing: Yes, the planets the crew destroy are unstable and could eventually threaten life in that system, but only on a cosmic time scale. It will take thousands, perhaps even millions of years for the orbits of said planets to destabilize enough to be a threat, which means they aren't really a problem that needs to be dealt with any time this millennium and the Dark Star's ''Dark Star''[='=]s mission is completely pointless.
* ArtisticLicenseSpace: While the ''Dark Star'' does not make noise in space, it does stop on a dime...intentional use of the RuleOfFunny.
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RuleOfFunny. Note that it does so when coming out of hyperdrive. Modern shows have ships doing exactly the same thing, which is justified if an esoteric Drive is used to circumvent Newtonian physics.

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* ArtisticLicenseSpace: While the ''Dark Star'' does not make noise in space, it does stop on a dime...intentional use of the RuleOfFunny.
** Note that it does so when coming out of hyperdrive. Modern shows have ships doing exactly the same thing, which is justified if an esoteric Drive is used to circumvent Newtonian physics.



* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay: While the ''Dark Star'' does not make noise in space, it does stop on a dime...intentional use of the RuleOfFunny.
** Note that it does so when coming out of hyperdrive. Modern shows have ships doing exactly the same thing, which is justified if an esoteric Drive is used to circumvent Newtonian physics.


* BittersweerEnding: [[spoiler:The ship is destroyed and all crew members are killed. However, Talby gets carried away by the Phoenix Asteroids (meaning he'll get to see the cosmos before he runs out of air), and Doolittle decides to surf into the planet's atmosphere. Not exactly ''happy'', but it's AGoodWayToDie.]]

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* BittersweerEnding: BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The ship is destroyed and all crew members are killed. However, Talby gets carried away by the Phoenix Asteroids (meaning he'll get to see the cosmos before he runs out of air), and Doolittle decides to surf into the planet's atmosphere. Not exactly ''happy'', but it's AGoodWayToDie.]]


* BittersweerEnding: [[spoiler:The ship is destroyed and all crew members are killed. However, Talby gets carried away by the Phoenix Asteroids (meaning he'll get to see the cosmos before he runs out of air), and Doolittle decides to surf into the planet's atmosphere. Not exactly ''happy'', but it's AGoodWayToDie.]]



* BrickJoke: Doolittle mentions early on how much he misses surfing. [[spoiler: The film ends with him surfing a piece of the wreckage into a planet's atmosphere.]]



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:The ship is destroyed and all crew members are killed.]]



* EpicFail: Doolittle's attempt to stop the bomb from detonating.

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* EpicFail: Doolittle's attempt to stop the bomb from detonating. [[spoiler:He accidentally convinces the bomb that it's God, and the bomb detonates to recreate the Big Bang.]]


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* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Doolittle and Talby are pretty chipper about their impending doom at the end.]]


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* AGoodWayToDie: [[spoiler:Doolittle and Talby get this. Doolittle burns up surfing into an atmosphere (it's mentioned early on how much he misses surfing), and Talby gets to enjoy a beautiful view of the cosmos before he passes.]]


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* FiveFingerFillet: Boyler sucks at it.

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* %%* FiveFingerFillet: Boyler sucks at it.



* LiteralCliffhanger: Pinback in the elevator shaft.
* LogicBomb: "Let there be light."

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* %%* LiteralCliffhanger: Pinback in the elevator shaft.
* %%* LogicBomb: "Let there be light."



* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: The entire crew.

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* %%* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: The entire crew.



* PluckyComicRelief: Pinback and Bomb No. 20.

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* %%* PluckyComicRelief: Pinback and Bomb No. 20.


Not to be confused with the video game featuring the cast of ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'', the final level in ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'', or the SealedEvilInACan from VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory

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Not to be confused with the video game featuring the cast of ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'', the final level in ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'', the Music/GratefulDead song, or the SealedEvilInACan from VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory


* NotNowKiddo: When Talby finds out about the laser malfunction, he tries to communicate this to Doolittle, but the latter is too busy with the detonation maneuver that he decides to cut the communication line to Talby. Disaster ensues.

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* NotNowKiddo: When Talby finds out about the laser malfunction, he tries to communicate this to Doolittle, but the latter is too busy with the detonation maneuver that he and decides to cut the communication line to Talby. Disaster ensues.


* HumanPopsicle: The dead commander was put into deep-freeze where his half-living souls could still be contacted through an electronic device.

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* HumanPopsicle: The dead commander was put into deep-freeze where his half-living souls soul could still be contacted through an electronic device.



* MagicalSecurityCam: during the asteroid storm, the ship's computer displays an image of the bomb clearly taken from outside the ship, and from the perspective of the audience.

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* MagicalSecurityCam: during During the asteroid storm, the ship's computer displays an image of the bomb clearly taken from outside the ship, and from the perspective of the audience.

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