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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Zammis' insecurity about not looking like his [[HonoraryUncle Uncle]] Davidge is very reminiscent of the struggle that interracial adoptees might go through.


** Humans were calling Dracs "it" without knowing they were hermaphroditic, however, so it's more initially a case of ItIsDehumanizing that just happens to be justified for once.

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** Humans were calling Dracs "it" without knowing they were hermaphroditic, however, so it's more initially a case of ItIsDehumanizing that just happens to be justified for once.was also an AccidentalTruth.


The Drac, whose name, Jeriba Shigan (Louis Gossett, Jr.), gets shortened to "Jerry" for the film, forces Davidge to slave away at building shelter and such, as he managed to hang onto his sidearm. But when the danger from deadly terrain, storms and predators gets to be too much, Jerry and Davidge end up working together, and then becoming friends.

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The Drac, whose name, Jeriba Shigan (Louis Gossett, Jr.(Creator/LouisGossettJr.), gets shortened to "Jerry" for the film, forces Davidge to slave away at building shelter and such, as he managed to hang onto his sidearm. But when the danger from deadly terrain, storms and predators gets to be too much, Jerry and Davidge end up working together, and then becoming friends.


* PragmaticAdaptation: The literal mine filled with enemies that factors into the finale was demanded by studio executives and wasn't present at all in the source novella, where the main characters are simply found and rescued. Because of the way film plots are typically structured, though, [[TropesAreTools a direct adaptation of the novella's ending would have been seen as somewhat unsatisfying in a movie, as there's no real set of climactic events that lead up to the resolution]].

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* PragmaticAdaptation: The literal mine filled with enemies that factors into the finale was demanded by studio executives and wasn't present at all in the source novella, where the main characters are simply found and rescued. Because of the way film plots are typically structured, though, [[TropesAreTools [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools a direct adaptation of the novella's ending would have been seen as somewhat unsatisfying in a movie, as there's no real set of climactic events that lead up to the resolution]].


** Right after the crash, his very first decision is not to fend for own survival or do anything else - he heads straight to the crash site of the Drac's fighter to finish off the survivor.

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** Right after the crash, his very first decision is not to fend for own survival or do anything else - he heads straight to the crash site of the Drac's fighter to finish off the survivor. Somewhat justified, as making sure your mortal enemy is not still alive is a reasonable course of action, though it shouldn't necessarily be the ''very first thing'' you do.

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* HighlyConspicuousUniform: While he still manages to evade detection on his way to finding Zammis, Davidge doesn't think to shed his blindingly white coveralls while sneaking through the dimly-lit areas of the mining facility, even though the dark green military uniform he has on underneath would make for much better camouflage.


* CurbStompBattle: The beginning fighter scene starts out as this but turns ugly when the Drac [[ZergRush ambush]] the Alert squadron. Also pretty much every time Davidge faces off against the slavemaster.

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* CurbStompBattle: The beginning fighter scene starts out as this but turns ugly when the Drac [[ZergRush ambush]] the Alert squadron. Also pretty much every time Davidge faces off against the slavemaster.slavemaster (to be fair, Davidge takes out numerous slavers and gives as good as he gets when they fight, but Stubbs has no problem keeping him at a disadvantage by [[WouldHurtAChild targeting a defenseless Zammis]]).


* ColorCodedPatrician: Implied with the Drac elder, whose skin is greenish whereas all other Dracs we see have an earthy red coloration.

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* ColorCodedPatrician: Implied with the Drac elder, whose skin is greenish whereas all other Dracs we see have an earthy red coloration. The elder is also the only other Drac apart from Jerry and Zammis that understands "Earthman speech" (English), suggesting he held an important position in Drac society before his enslavement.

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* ColorCodedPatrician: Implied with the Drac elder, whose skin is greenish whereas all other Dracs we see have an earthy red coloration.


* ArchEnemy: Willis Davidge has Stubbs, an illegal mine owner who enslaved his adopted alien child.

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* ArchEnemy: Willis Davidge has Stubbs, an illegal mine owner who enslaved his adopted alien child. The feeling's mutual, since Davidge killed Stubbs' younger brother to protect Zammis.



* CrazyCulturalComparison: Early in the relationship, Davidge quotes, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." Jerry thinks he must have learned this from "great Drac teacher, Shismar." Davidge responds he learned it from [[Creator/{{Disney}} Mickey Mouse]], and Jerry assumes he was a "great Earthman teacher." They also have this with Shismar's book that has its own version of "love your enemies" and when Davidge comments on hearing it before, Jerry replies of course, since it's universal truth.

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* CrazyCulturalComparison: Early in the relationship, Davidge quotes, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." Jerry thinks he must have learned this from "great Drac teacher, Shismar.Shizumaat." Davidge responds he learned it from [[Creator/{{Disney}} Mickey Mouse]], and Jerry assumes he was a "great Earthman teacher." They also have this with Shismar's Shizumaat's book that has its own version of "love your enemies" and when Davidge comments on hearing it before, Jerry replies of course, since it's universal truth.


* EvilIsHammy: If Brion James's villainous performance were any more hammy, several major religions would have to forbid watching it.

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* EvilIsHammy: If Brion James's James' villainous performance as Stubbs the slaver were any more hammy, several major religions would have to forbid watching it.


* ThePowerOfFriendship

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* ThePowerOfFriendshipThePowerOfFriendship: What Davidge and Jerry's TeethClenchedTeamwork eventually develops into.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The literal mine filled with enemies that factors into the finale was demanded by studio executives and wasn't present at all in the source novella, where the main characters are simply found and rescued. Because of the way film plots are typically structured, though, [[TropesAreTools a direct adaptation of the novella's ending would have been seen as somewhat unsatisfying in a movie, as there's no real set of climactic events that lead up to the resolution]].



** Humans were calling Dracs "it" without knowing they were hermaphroditic, however, so it's more initially a case of ItIsDehumanizing.

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** Humans were calling Dracs "it" without knowing they were hermaphroditic, however, so it's more initially a case of ItIsDehumanizing.ItIsDehumanizing that just happens to be justified for once.


And for the record, not actually the TropeNamer for EnemyMine. The phrase predates the movie.

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And for the record, not actually the TropeNamer for EnemyMine. The phrase predates the movie.


Then Davidge decides to head out and see if there's any chance of them being rescued, but Jerry won't come with him. A good thing, possibly, as Davidge finds good news in the form of a futuristic [[ProductPlacement Pepsi can]] (evidence that humans have visited Fyrine IV) and bad news in the form of a Drac skull (evidence that the humans are illegal strip miners). Once Davidge gets back, he learns that Jerry is pregnant (turns out that Dracs can self-fertilize and have no control over the process). Sadly, something goes awry and Jerry dies in childbirth, so Davidge raises the kid, Zammis (ZAH-mees), by himself.

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Then Davidge decides to head out and see if there's any chance of them being rescued, but Jerry won't come with him. A good thing, possibly, as Davidge finds good news in the form of a futuristic [[ProductPlacement Pepsi can]] (evidence that humans have visited Fyrine IV) and bad news in the form of a Drac skull (evidence that the humans are illegal strip miners). Once Davidge gets back, he learns that Jerry is pregnant (turns out that Dracs can self-fertilize and have no control over the process). Sadly, something goes awry and Jerry dies in childbirth, so Davidge raises the kid, Zammis (ZAH-mees), (ZAH-mees) (Creator/BumperRobinson), by himself.

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* {{Bathos}}: During a heated argument, Jerry attempts to blaspheme Davidge's deity. Unfortunately, Davidge never let on that Mickey Mouse wasn't actually a deity, so Jerry calling Mickey "one big, stupid DOPE!" actually defuses tension instead of escalating it.

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