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* BigBad: Karl Glock is a former cult leader who causes the deaths of numerous cops out of petty revenge for getting arrested earlier.

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* BigBad: Karl Glock is a former cult leader who causes the deaths of numerous cops out of petty revenge for getting arrested imprisoned earlier.



* GodzillaThreshold: Sam takes Ephemerol to suppress his Scanner abilities, allowing him to lead a normal life. When an evil hypnotist starts brainwashing people to murder cops, Sam has to stop taking the drug and get his powers back to fight him. A lot of the drama of the film comes from Sam trying to keep the side-effects of being a Scanner in check so can continue to be a police officer.

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* GodzillaThreshold: Sam takes Ephemerol to suppress his Scanner abilities, allowing him to lead a normal life. When an evil hypnotist starts brainwashing people to murder cops, Sam has to stop taking the drug and get his powers back to fight him. A lot of the drama of the film comes from Sam trying to keep the side-effects of being a Scanner in check so he can continue to be a police officer.


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* MissingMom: Sam was adopted after his dad died. There's no mention of his mom though (or any other family).


* GodzillaThreshold: Sam takes Ephemerol to suppress his Scanner abilities, allowing him to lead a normal life. When an evil Scanner starts brainwashing people to murder cops, Sam has to stop taking the drug and get his powers back to fight him. A lot of the drama of the film comes from Sam trying to keep the side-effects of being a Scanner in check so can continue to be a police officer.

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* GodzillaThreshold: Sam takes Ephemerol to suppress his Scanner abilities, allowing him to lead a normal life. When an evil Scanner hypnotist starts brainwashing people to murder cops, Sam has to stop taking the drug and get his powers back to fight him. A lot of the drama of the film comes from Sam trying to keep the side-effects of being a Scanner in check so can continue to be a police officer.



* TheHardHat: The Big Bad initially resists the protagonist's psychic attack because of his steel plate, though it peels away the hair on his head. The cop then concentrates really hard and [[YourHeadAsplode gets the desired result]].
* HeroStoleMyBike: Near the climax, Sam brainwashes a random guy to confiscate his car so he can quickly race back to the hospital, where the bad guy is about to kill his previously wounded father.

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* TheHardHat: The Big Bad [[spoiler:At the end, Glock initially resists the protagonist's Sam's psychic attack because of his steel plate, though it peels away the hair on his head. The cop Sam then concentrates really hard and [[YourHeadAsplode gets the desired result]].
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* HeroStoleMyBike: Near the climax, Sam brainwashes a random guy to confiscate his car so he can quickly race back to the hospital, where the bad guy [[spoiler:where Glock is about to kill his previously wounded father.]]



* MagicalDefibrillator: The hero uses a defibrillator - using his telekinesis to move it - to kill the Big Bad.
* SeeYouInHell: Zena taunts Sam with this when she's dying after a car crash, as she's his only lead to the primary villain. In a variation, he then uses his psychic powers to literally follow her path into Hell to get the info he needs.

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* MagicalDefibrillator: The hero Sam uses a defibrillator - using his telekinesis to move it - in an attempt to kill the Big Bad.Glock.
* SeeYouInHell: Zena taunts Sam with this when she's dying after a car crash, she's hit, as she's his only lead to the primary villain. In a variation, he then uses his psychic powers to literally follow her path into Hell to get the info he needs.

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Sam defeats a disguised Glock at the hospital before he can finish his revenge by blowing his brain out through a metal plate protecting it. Despite dozens of dead cops and Sam nearly overloading himself, the LAPD can rest easy now that the hypnotist is defeated. The film ends with Sam training a new cadet.]]

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The film returns to the gloomy noir style established in ''Film/ScannersIITheNewOrder''. The third film, ''Film/ScannersIIITheTakeover'', wasn't exactly lighthearted but featured a campy villainess who tried to take over the world by scanning people through a TV broadcast. ''Scanner Cop'' features a more realistic conflict between a scanner and a cop-killing hypnotist.

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* GodzillaThreshold: Sam takes Ephemerol to suppress his Scanner abilities, allowing him to lead a normal life. When an evil Scanner starts brainwashing people to murder cops, Sam has to stop taking the drug and get his powers back to fight him. A lot of the drama of the film comes from Sam trying to keep the side-effects of being a Scanner in check so can continue to be a police officer.

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* SuperCop: Staziak is a cop with PsychicPowers.

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* AssholeVictim: A creepy doctor who subjects his psychic patients to horrible experiments is shown to have been killed by the main bad guy in a minor flashback, apparently to simply show him getting some comeuppance.

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* BackgroundHalo: When Sam Staziak is officially inducted into the LAPD, the police logo behind him is framed to look like a halo.


In Los Angeles, a scanner is living in a rundown apartment with his son while going mad with psychic strain. When the police investigate the disturbance he is killed for attacking them, leaving his son behind. A cop on the scene takes the boy in after he sees the horrors of institutionalized psychics.

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In Los Angeles, a scanner is living in a rundown apartment with his son while going mad with psychic strain. When the police investigate the disturbance he attacks them and is killed for attacking them, shot in return, leaving his son behind. A cop on the scene takes the boy in after he sees the horrors of institutionalized psychics.

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* BodyHorror: Staziak's unhinged father hallucinates that people's faces are literally bursting out of his head.


* SeeYouInHell: Zena taunts Sam with this when she's dying after a car crash, as she's his only lead to the primary villain. In a varation, he then uses his psychic powers to literally follow her path into Hell to get the info he needs.

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* SeeYouInHell: Zena taunts Sam with this when she's dying after a car crash, as she's his only lead to the primary villain. In a varation, variation, he then uses his psychic powers to literally follow her path into Hell to get the info he needs.


* GrandTheftMe: While Zena is dying, Staziak scans her to find out where Karl Glock is hiding, following her into a mental world (that is heavily implied to be {{Hell}}. She then tries to pull this trope on Staziak by taking over his body and letting him die in hers. He prevents it by scanning her mental projection.

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* GrandTheftMe: While Zena is dying, Staziak scans her to find out where Karl Glock is hiding, following her into a mental world (that which is heavily implied to be {{Hell}}. She then tries to pull this trope on Staziak by taking over his body and letting him die in hers. He prevents it by scanning her mental projection.

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* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Various people around the city are brainwashed to respond to a hallucinatory trigger. This will make them perceive police officers as monsters and murderers so they will kill the innocent cops in what seems like self-defense.


* BigBad: Karl Glock.

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* BigBad: Karl Glock.Glock is a former cult leader who causes the deaths of numerous cops out of petty revenge for getting arrested earlier.



* FortuneTeller: The primary bad guy's [[TheDragon Dragon]] and fanatical supporter Zena is a mystic who can tell people's futures with tarot cards.



* HappilyAdopted: Samuel Staziak has a very good bond with his adoptive parents, who took him in after his biological father (a deranged scanner) died. His new father is also his boss at the LAPD. They don't appear in the next film.

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* HappilyAdopted: Samuel Staziak has a very good bond with his adoptive parents, who took him in after his biological father (a deranged scanner) died. His new father is also his boss at the LAPD. They don't LAPD, but neither of them appear in the next film.sequel.



* HeroStoleMyBike: Near the climax, Sam brainwashes a random guy to confiscate his car so he can quickly race back to the hospital, where the bad guy is about to kill his previously wounded father.



* SeeYouInHell: Zena taunts Sam with this when she's dying after a car crash, as she's his only lead to the primary villain. In a varation, he then uses his psychic powers to literally follow her path into Hell to get the info he needs.




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* YourHeadAsplode: Sam blows up Zena's head during the Hell sequence to stop her attempted GrandTheftMe of Sam's body. Whether this actually [[CessationOfExistence destroyed her soul]] or not isn't mentioned.

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* {{Hell}}: Staziak finds himself temporarily in Hell, when he uses his PsychicPowers to follow the mind of a dying woman beyond the border of life and death.

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