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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.


* TrulySingleParent: The drac parental lineage is truly ''linear'', since they are self-fertilizing like some terrestrial reptiles. In the words of the novella, "Don't tell a drac to boff himself, because he probably will!"

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* TrulySingleParent: The drac parental lineage is truly ''linear'', since they are self-fertilizing like some terrestrial reptiles. In the words of the novella, "Don't tell a drac [[ScrewYourself to boff himself, himself]], [[LiteralMetaphor because he probably will!"will]]!"


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

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


Either because the film studio thought that ViewersAreMorons or because [[PragmaticAdaptation films work better with a climax]], the [[HumansAreBastards villainous humans]] return to set up their mine run using Dracs as slaves. Since Davidge didn't teach Zammis that some humans are evil bastards, Zammis quizzically wanders into the area and gets captured. Davidge tries to save him but is shot dead by a [[LargeHam scenery-chewing]] slavedriver played by Brion James.

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Either because the film studio thought that ViewersAreMorons or because [[PragmaticAdaptation films work better with a climax]], the [[HumansAreBastards villainous humans]] return to set up their mine run using Dracs as slaves. Since Davidge didn't teach Zammis that some humans are evil bastards, Zammis quizzically wanders into the area and gets captured. Davidge tries to save him but is shot dead by a [[LargeHam scenery-chewing]] slavedriver played by Brion James.
Creator/BrionJames.

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* HateSink: Stubbs is an illegal miner who takes advantage of the human-Drac war to enslave the latter, trapping them in hellish conditions where they're worked and starved to death. Stubbs even does this to children, leading a stranded soldier named Davidge to go after him when he kidnaps his adopted Drac kid. When Davidge shows up to rescue the boy, Stubbs tries to kill him for an advantage in the fight.

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* RevengeBeforeReason: Davidge does it ''twice'' in quick succession
** When one of the human pilots gets shot by Jeriba, despite having malfunction of his own engine and against suggestions of the co-pilot, Willis goes on a chase after the Drac. This gets him and the alien stranded, while the co-pilot dies during the crash.
** 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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* ArchEnemy: Willis Davidge has Stubbs, an illegal mine owner who enslaved his adopted alien child.

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* DueToTheDead: The funeral crew disposes of corpses in accordance with each stiff's beliefs. For example, before Davidge's corpus is brought to the checker on the conveyor belt leading to the airlock, the corpse of an agnostic soldier is unceremoniously dropped through the airlock ("No music."), with little more than a wreath and a "so long" from one of the young men to send him off, and before him a corpse of Christian denomination is airlocked with organ music with voiceover accompaniment and, yes, a wreath (though the music machine breaks down as the conveyor belt sends the corpses closer to the airlock). Davidge himself is about to be airlocked as "John Doe, Protestant" before one of the young men decides to try to take a possession off of him, resulting in Davidge letting him know rather violently that no, he ''isn't'' dead.


An 1985 Sci-Fi film, directed by Creator/WolfgangPetersen and adapted from a Barry Longyear [[Literature/TheEnemyPapers novella]].

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An A 1985 Sci-Fi film, directed by Creator/WolfgangPetersen and adapted from a Barry Longyear [[Literature/TheEnemyPapers novella]].


* ABoyAndHisX: An Earth soldier and his parthenogenic reptilian alien adopted child.

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* %%* ABoyAndHisX: An Earth soldier and his parthenogenic reptilian alien adopted child. %% Add more context to describe their relationship and what effect it has on them. %%



* FollowTheLeader / RecycledInSpace: The novella and the film are ''Film/HellInThePacific'' IN SPACE!


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* RecycledInSpace: The novella and the film are ''Film/HellInThePacific'' IN SPACE!


In a final conflict with the evil miners, Davidge enlists the help of the Drac slaves, freeing them, taking out the overacting slavedriver and his cronies, and finding Zammis, who gets his CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming because it looked for a moment like he was dead but then he rouses and says his CatchPhrase from earlier, "Zammis get four, five?" (referring to how Dracs have only 3 digits on their hands while humans have 5).

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In a final conflict with the evil miners, Davidge enlists the help of the Drac slaves, freeing them, taking out the overacting slavedriver and his cronies, and finding Zammis, who gets his CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming because it looked for a moment like he was dead but then he rouses and says his CatchPhrase from earlier, "Zammis get four, five?" (referring to how Dracs have only 3 digits on their hands while humans have 5).

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* {{Autodoc}}: Used to heal [[spoiler:Davidge after he got shot.]]


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* OnlyMostlyDead: [[spoiler:Davidge survives being shot.]]


An 1985 Sci-Fi film adapted from a Barry Longyear [[Literature/TheEnemyPapers novella]].

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An 1985 Sci-Fi film film, directed by Creator/WolfgangPetersen and adapted from a Barry Longyear [[Literature/TheEnemyPapers novella]].



* WarIsHell: Par for the course for a Creator/WolfgangPetersen film. It starts with the debris from a shot-up human fighter and the frozen body of the pilot, and gets worse from there. Highlighted by the atrocities that the human leaders conveniently ignore because they're at war.

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* WarIsHell: Par for the course for a Creator/WolfgangPetersen Wolfgang Petersen film. It starts with the debris from a shot-up human fighter and the frozen body of the pilot, and gets worse from there. Highlighted by the atrocities that the human leaders conveniently ignore because they're at war.

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