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*** Which would actually make more sense than the alternative, as orca males are promiscuous and have nothing to do with their mates after copulation. But a ''sister or daughter'' will fight to protect an endangered pod member, and might plausibly carry a grudge.



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* UngratefulBastard: The Orca rescuing one of Nolan's crew from certain death only prompts Nolan to try to capture it instead.


** The "devious" part is particularly played up, with the orca having somehow reasoned that targeting the marina and the fishing business, the village's life blood, will cause the villagers to force Nolan back out to sea to drive it off.



* HeroicBSOD: "Heroic" is stretching it given his actions, but protagonist Nolan is so traumatized by the deaths of the female orca, her unborn calf, and his first mate that he all but swears off ever putting out to sea again. It takes the orca destroying the village's marina, turning the residents against him, and finally, maiming Annie, for him to decide to hunt it down.



* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:After killing Nolan, the Orca spares Bedford and lets her leave in peace.]]

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* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:After killing Nolan, the Orca spares Bedford and lets her leave leaves in peace.]]



* SpiritualPredecessor: To the much, much LighterAndSofter ''Film/FreeWilly 3'', which also dealt with a family of orcas endangered by a profit-seeking whaler.

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* SpiritualPredecessor: To the much, much LighterAndSofter ''Film/FreeWilly 3'', ''Film/FreeWilly'' series, the third film of which also dealt with a family of orcas endangered by a profit-seeking whaler.



** On the other hand, killer whales are known to avoid areas with large concentrations of great whites, presumably since the sharks represent a danger to their young.

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** On the other hand, killer whales whale populations that don't normally take sharks as prey (it depends on their geography and generational feeding habits) are known to avoid areas with large concentrations of great whites, presumably since the sharks represent a danger to their young.


*** Played straight in the edited televised releases.
* HellIsThatNoise: The Orca's screeches, which unnerve and scare Nolan for sounding similar to human screams.

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*** Played straight in the edited televised television releases.
* HellIsThatNoise: The Orca's female orca's screeches, which unnerve and scare Nolan for sounding similar to human screams.screams.
* HeroicDolphin: How the orca is introduced, saving Rachel's student assistant from a great white shark attack. Though it's [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in fairly short order, thanks to Nolan.


''Orca: The Killer Whale'' is a 1977 horror film starring Creator/RichardHarris and Creator/BoDerek, produced by Dino De Laurentiis and released by Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures during the "When Animals Attack" phase set in motion due to the release of ''Film/{{Jaws}}''.

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''Orca: The Killer Whale'' is a 1977 horror film starring Creator/RichardHarris and Creator/RichardHarris, Creator/BoDerek, Creator/KeenanWynn, and Creator/RobertCarradine, produced by Dino De Laurentiis and released by Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures during the "When Animals Attack" phase set in motion due to the release of ''Film/{{Jaws}}''.


* ShoutOut: To ''{{Literature/Moby Dick}}'', obviously.

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* ShoutOut: To ''{{Literature/Moby Dick}}'', obviously. The Orca killing a great white shark is also a nod to ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', as the boat in that movie is called the ''Orca''.

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* TheBadGuyWins: If you consider the orca to be the villain. It ultimately succeeds in avenging its mate and calf, though it does end up killing itself afterward.

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* AntiVillain: The orca is simply acting out after his mate and child were killed.

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* AlasPoorVillain: If you interpret the orca as the villain, seeing how it ''does'' have a ''very'' sympathetic motive, and it ends up killing itself in the end.


*** Carol Connors herself has stated that adding lyrics to Morricone's end titles track ruined a perfectly good piece.

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*** ** Carol Connors herself has stated that adding lyrics to Morricone's end titles track ruined a perfectly good piece.

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*** Carol Connors herself has stated that adding lyrics to Morricone's end titles track ruined a perfectly good piece.


''Orca: The Killer Whale'' is a 1977 horror film produced by Dino De Laurentiis and released by Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures during the "When Animals Attack" phase set in motion due to the release of ''Film/{{Jaws}}''.

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''Orca: The Killer Whale'' is a 1977 horror film starring Creator/RichardHarris and Creator/BoDerek, produced by Dino De Laurentiis and released by Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures during the "When Animals Attack" phase set in motion due to the release of ''Film/{{Jaws}}''.


* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:After killing Nolan, the Orca spares Bedford and let's her leave in peace.]]

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* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:After killing Nolan, the Orca spares Bedford and let's lets her leave in peace.]]


* DwindlingParty: [[spoiler:The Orca picks off Nolan's crew one by one until it finally kills him last with only Bedford surviving.]]



* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:After killing Nolan, the Orca spares Bedford and let's her leave in peace.]]



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The reason the Orca is going on the warpath: Nolan accidentally killed his mate and unborn child.

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The reason the Orca is going on the warpath: Nolan accidentally killed his mate and unborn child. [[spoiler:Notably, after it kills Nolan, it spares Bedford.]]

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