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* ForgottenFallenFriend: After losing a good friend during battle, Hiller is quickly back to cracking jokes and never mentions the loss again.

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* ForgottenFallenFriend: After losing a good friend during battle, a DogFight with the aliens, Hiller is quickly back to cracking jokes and never mentions the loss again.

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* ForgottenFallenFriend: After losing a good friend during battle, Hiller is quickly back to cracking jokes and never mentions the loss again.


* TrailersAlwaysLie: More like "Taglines Always Lie". The Destroyers actually open fire the day they arrive, July 2nd. July 3rd features the human counterattack, which is an unmitiagetd disaster. There ''are'' subsequent alien attacks on the 3rd (the aliens track where the human fighters came from and destroy bases, the destruction of NORAD, and at least 3 more America cities are destroyed) so that part is true at least.

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* TrailersAlwaysLie: More like "Taglines Always Lie". The Destroyers actually open fire the day they arrive, July 2nd. July 3rd features the human counterattack, which is an unmitiagetd unmitigated disaster. There ''are'' subsequent alien attacks on the 3rd (the aliens track where the human fighters came from and destroy bases, the destruction of NORAD, and at least 3 more America cities are destroyed) so that part is true at least.


On a beautiful July day in 1996, S.E.T.I. in New Mexico detects a strange signal coming in, a possible sign of alien life. Then they find out it's coming from the Moon. Unknown to them, a massive ship 1/4 the size of the Moon arrives in orbit and deploys 36 city-sized saucers, that settle over major cities worldwide. What at first is apprehension and trepidation at the confirmation of alien life turns to horror as the begin firing their {{Wave Motion Gun}}s to wipe out entire cities with a single shot. What was a normal July day becomes a desperate fight for survival as humanity finds itself threatened by a vicious alien race, hell-bent on wiping them out and taking Earth for themselves.

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On a beautiful July day in 1996, S.E.T.I. in New Mexico detects a strange signal coming in, a possible sign of alien life. Then they find out it's coming from the Moon. Unknown to them, a massive ship 1/4 the size of the Moon arrives in orbit and deploys 36 city-sized saucers, that settle over major cities worldwide. What at first is apprehension and trepidation at the confirmation of alien life turns to horror as the they begin firing their {{Wave Motion Gun}}s to wipe out entire cities with a single shot. What was a normal July day becomes a desperate fight for survival as humanity finds itself threatened by a vicious alien race, hell-bent on wiping them out and taking Earth for themselves.


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[[caption-width-right:330:Welcome to Earth.]]

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[[caption-width-right:330:Welcome [[caption-width-right:329:Welcome to Earth.]]


* EstablishingCharacterMoment: David is introduced playing chess with his father, which quickly establishes his BrilliantButLazy attitude.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: David is introduced [[SmartPeoplePlayChess playing chess chess]] with his father, which quickly establishes his BrilliantButLazy attitude.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: David is introduced playing chess with his father, which quickly establishes his BrilliantButLazy attitude.

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* GreatOffscreenWar: The vast majority of the invasion is referred to passing. When the Black Knights attack the Los Angeles City Destroyer, it's mentioned that attack squadrons near New York and Washington are also going into action. British, French, German, Russian, Israeli, and other forces join in the initial counterattack, but they're just as ineffective against the invaders.


* TheMaidenNameDebate: In the special edition, David tries to find Constance's cell phone number by searching numerous variations of her name. Julius suggests he try searching "Levinson," even though David points out that she didn't take his name when they were married. Sure enough, "Connie Levinson" is what's listed.



** Another example comes at the beginning of the final battle. [[spoiler: President Whitmore fires a single missile at the alien ship advancing on Area 51 in the belief the virus has taken effect. The missile impacts harmlessly against the shield and everyone in the air and on the ground slumps in despair. General Grey orders the fighter pilots to disengage and save themselves but Whitmore, against advice, moves in for another shot. As everyone watches with bated breath the missile...sails through the point on radar where the shield should be and slams into the ship's hull. The atmosphere immediately changes from one of despairing belief that this is the end to delight that the plan has worked and they can ''finally'' hit back against the invaders. Small wonder in some theatres the audience were cheering at this point along with the characters on screen]].

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** Another example comes at the beginning of the final battle. [[spoiler: President [[spoiler:President Whitmore fires a single missile at the alien ship advancing on Area 51 in the belief the virus has taken effect. The missile impacts harmlessly against the shield and everyone in the air and on the ground slumps in despair. General Grey orders the fighter pilots to disengage and save themselves but Whitmore, against advice, moves in for another shot. As everyone watches with bated breath the missile...sails through the point on radar where the shield should be and slams into the ship's hull. The atmosphere immediately changes from one of despairing belief that this is the end to delight that the plan has worked and they can ''finally'' hit back against the invaders. Small wonder in some theatres the audience were cheering at this point along with the characters on screen]].


* ApocalypseHow: The aliens plan to strip Earth of resources until it counts as a Class 4 Apocalypse. Luckily, the humans avert this, though they're left with significant societal disruption by the end.

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* ApocalypseHow: The aliens' ultimate goal as PlanetLooters who devour every last natural resource on a planet before moving on means that if they win, they'll likely bring a ApocalypseHow/Class5-[[ApocalypseHow/Class6 6]]. According to [[Film/IndependenceDayResurgence the sequel]] where the aliens plan to strip have a new EvilPlan, it'd probably even reach a ApocalypseHow/ClassX once they were done with the Earth of resources until it counts as a Class 4 Apocalypse. Luckily, and ready to move on. [[spoiler:The aliens are defeated in the humans avert this, though they're end, but humanity still suffers a ApocalypseHow/Class1 with most major cities around the world destroyed and human civilization at first left with significant societal disruption by the end. in a diminished state]].


*** Whitmore addressees the army officer who announces the approach of the City Destroyers a "commander." That is not an army rank and the officer is actually a colonel.

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*** Whitmore addressees the army officer who announces the approach of the City Destroyers as a "commander." That is not an army rank and the officer is actually a colonel.



*** Steve steals a helicopter to go look for survivors in LA, particularly his girlfriend. By any and all accounts would be a court martial offense, but given the AlienInvasion going on and finding the Presidents wife in the process [[HeroInsurance no mention is made of the infraction]]. It's acknowledged when he takes the helicopter, an opposing soldier pulls his gun on him but when Steve sincerely questions his commitment the soldier acquiesced.

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*** Steve steals a helicopter to go look for survivors in LA, particularly his girlfriend. By any and all accounts would be a court martial offense, but given the AlienInvasion going on and finding the Presidents President's wife in the process [[HeroInsurance no mention is made of the infraction]]. It's acknowledged when he takes the helicopter, an opposing soldier pulls his gun on him him, but when Steve sincerely questions his commitment commitment, the soldier acquiesced.

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*** Steve steals a helicopter to go look for survivors in LA, particularly his girlfriend. By any and all accounts would be a court martial offense, but given the AlienInvasion going on and finding the Presidents wife in the process [[HeroInsurance no mention is made of the infraction]]. It's acknowledged when he takes the helicopter, an opposing soldier pulls his gun on him but when Steve sincerely questions his commitment the soldier acquiesced.


** Regarding Jasmine's co-worker, Tiffany (Kiersten Warren), looks Creator/ElizabethBerkley wasn't the only ''Series/{{Saved by the Bell|TheCollegeYears}}'' alum to [[Film/{{Showgirls}} later play a stripper]].

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** Regarding Jasmine's co-worker, Tiffany (Kiersten Warren), looks like Creator/ElizabethBerkley wasn't the only ''Series/{{Saved by the Bell|TheCollegeYears}}'' alum to [[Film/{{Showgirls}} later play a stripper]].

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** Regarding Jasmine's co-worker, Tiffany (Kiersten Warren), looks Creator/ElizabethBerkley wasn't the only ''Series/{{Saved by the Bell|TheCollegeYears}}'' alum to [[Film/{{Showgirls}} later play a stripper]].

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* SilenceOfSadness: Near the end, after [[spoiler: Russell Casse]] had pulled a HeroicSacrifice to destroy the Harvester's superweapon, blowing up himself with the rest of the Harvester ship in the process, the entirety of Area 51 is seen celebrating the victory over the alien invaders... except for Russell's oldest son, Miguel Casse, the only person remaining silent among the cheering crowd. The commanding officer of Area 51, Major Steven Mitchell, then comes over, pats Miguel on his shoulder, and said what Miguel's father did was very brave and he should be proud of his old man.

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