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* SnakesAreSinister: Exaggerated with a full plane full of them and many close-up shots of them attacking.

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* SnakesAreSinister: Exaggerated with a full plane full of them and many close-up shots of them attacking. There's also an enforcement of the trope: By default, snakes are shy and defensive, they wouldn't bite unless provoked. The pheromones, however, agitated them to the point that they're attacking anything in sight, making the snakes in this movie very sinister.

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* SatelliteCharacter: Agent Flynn's partner Sanders has far less screen time, dialogue, and characterization, and most of the information about him comes from Flynn discussing their partnership.


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* ShesGotLegs: Tiffany wears a short skirt, which is subtly emphasized when she's introduced walking next to her fellow flight attendant Claire, who's wearing pants.


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* UncertainDoom: An Indian woman in pink who avoids being bitten on her feet early on by bringing up her feet and sitting on them at the right moment isn't seen being bitten by the snakes, but doesn't appear to be among the crowd of surviving passengers.


* AnyoneCanDie: Well, except Neville Flynn and his charge. Honestly, it could be argued that [[spoiler:there wasn't ''enough'' death in the film. Out of the twenty named characters on the plane, only eight die.]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: Well, except Neville Flynn and his charge. Honestly, it could be argued that [[spoiler:there [[spoiler: there wasn't ''enough'' death in the film. Out of the twenty named characters on the plane, only eight die.]]



* BadPeopleAbuseAnimals: [[spoiler: Paul the businessman was an arsehole through and through. When the snakes started attacking people, he callously threw Mercedes' dog to one of the snakes in an effort to distract them. He justified his actions by saying anyone would have done it and telling the devastated Mercedes that it was just a dog. For this act, Paul gets a satisfying and well-deserved death of being slowly crushed by a python, until he's bleeding from his orifices. All the while, the snake is staring at him and beginning to swallow him whole.]]
* BaitAndSwitch: [[spoiler:At the very end of the movie, when the plane safely lands, Sean is about to exit the plane but one last snake appears suddenly, latching onto his chest. Neville thinks fast and shoots the snake dead... but hits Sean in the chest in the process. It briefly seems as if the whole movie was for nothing, until it's revealed that Sean was wearing a bullet proof vest and is just fine.]]

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* BadPeopleAbuseAnimals: [[spoiler: Paul the businessman was an arsehole through and through. When the snakes started attacking people, he callously threw Mercedes' Mercedes's dog to one of the snakes in an effort to distract them. He justified his actions by saying anyone would have done it and telling the devastated Mercedes that it was just a dog. For this act, Paul gets a satisfying and well-deserved death of being slowly crushed by a python, until he's bleeding from his orifices. All the while, the snake is staring at him and beginning to swallow him whole.]]
* BaitAndSwitch: [[spoiler:At [[spoiler: At the very end of the movie, when the plane safely lands, Sean is about to exit the plane but one last snake appears suddenly, latching onto his chest. Neville thinks fast and shoots the snake dead... but hits Sean in the chest in the process. It briefly seems as if the whole movie was for nothing, nothing until it's revealed that Sean was wearing a bullet proof bulletproof vest and is just fine.]]



* BigBad: While the snakes themselves are [[TheHeavy the foucsed-on threat]], it is international gangster Eddie Kim who unleashed the motherfucking snakes on the motherfucking plane to kill Sean and Flynn, so as to LeaveNoWitnesses to his murder of the prosecutor working on his case.

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* BigBad: While the snakes themselves are [[TheHeavy the foucsed-on focused-on threat]], it is international gangster Eddie Kim who unleashed the motherfucking snakes on the motherfucking plane to kill Sean and Flynn, so as to LeaveNoWitnesses to his murder of the prosecutor working on his case.



* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Averted since all four black characters (Flynn, Three Gs, Troy and Big Leroy) manage to survive.

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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Averted since all four black characters (Flynn, Three Gs, Troy Troy, and Big Leroy) manage to survive.



* CampStraight: [[spoiler:The male flight attendant. Turns out he ''didn't'' make up his girlfriend]].
* ChekhovsGun: The cobra drawing one of the little boys does in the middle of the movie [[spoiler:which he uses to identify the snake that bit his brother at the end]].

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* CampStraight: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: The male flight attendant. Turns out he ''didn't'' make up his girlfriend]].
* ChekhovsGun: The cobra drawing one of the little boys does in the middle of the movie [[spoiler:which [[spoiler: which he uses to identify the snake that bit his brother at the end]].



* TheDreaded: Eddie Kim is nominally an "alleged" mobster, but in reality his criminal reputation is so well known and feared that even random civilians are shown to regard him with terror. When the passengers learn that Kim is responsible for releasing the snakes, the {{Jerkass}} businessman, who's not even from America, ''immediately'' assumes that everyone on the plane is doomed.

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* TheDreaded: Eddie Kim is nominally an "alleged" mobster, but in reality reality, his criminal reputation is so well known well-known and feared that even random civilians are shown to regard him with terror. When the passengers learn that Kim is responsible for releasing the snakes, the {{Jerkass}} businessman, who's not even from America, ''immediately'' assumes that everyone on the plane is doomed.



** After Jackson "opens up a fucking window", when the python (which had previously eaten a man) gets sucked out, you can see a human shaped bulge in it.

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** After Jackson "opens up a fucking window", when the python (which had previously eaten a man) gets sucked out, you can see a human shaped human-shaped bulge in it.



* GirlfriendInCanada: The very effeminate air steward mentions his girlfriend a couple times. No one buys it. [[spoiler:But subverted at the end, when his very real, very hot girlfriend shows up at the end and he kisses her passionately enough to kill all doubt.]]
* GladToBeAliveSex: [[spoiler:After the plane lands the CampStraight air steward calls his girlfriend (her legs presently wrapped around his waist) "his little cowgirl" and says he's going to get her home right away]].

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* GirlfriendInCanada: The very effeminate air steward mentions his girlfriend a couple of times. No one buys it. [[spoiler:But [[spoiler: But subverted at the end, when his very real, very hot girlfriend shows up at the end and he kisses her passionately enough to kill all doubt.]]
* GladToBeAliveSex: [[spoiler:After [[spoiler: After the plane lands the CampStraight air steward calls his girlfriend (her legs presently wrapped around his waist) "his little cowgirl" and says he's going to get her home right away]].



* IKnowMortalKombat: Kenan Thompson's character (Troy) is called upon to land the plane after all of the snakes have been eradicated. He's been playing a PSP flight simulator throughout the trip, and he says he got his training from it... even though his brother has the high score. [[spoiler:Also, he doesn't do an expert job, to say the least.]]

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* IKnowMortalKombat: Kenan Thompson's character (Troy) is called upon to land the plane after all of the snakes have been eradicated. He's been playing a PSP flight simulator throughout the trip, and he says he got his training from it... even though his brother has the high score. [[spoiler:Also, [[spoiler: Also, he doesn't do an expert job, to say the least.]]



** The controllers refer to "19,000 feet", when the actual expression they would use is "flight level, one-niner zero".

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** The controllers refer to "19,000 feet", feet" when the actual expression they would use is "flight level, one-niner zero".



* KickTheDog: A quite literal example appears when the motherfucking snakes are let loose on the motherfucking plane and one businessman throws a Mercedes's chihuahua into their path so that he can get himself out of there safely. Made especially bad as the dog in question had earlier saved its owner by driving the snakes away from her while she was unconscious, and to top it off it was a futile move as the massive snake swallowed it whole in less time than it took to throw the poor thing. Have a nice KarmicDeath, buddy!

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* KickTheDog: A quite literal example appears when the motherfucking snakes are let loose on the motherfucking plane and one businessman throws a Mercedes's chihuahua into their path so that he can get himself out of there safely. Made especially bad as the dog in question had earlier saved its owner by driving the snakes away from her while she was unconscious, and to top it off it was a futile move as the massive snake swallowed it whole in less time than it took to throw the poor thing. Have a nice KarmicDeath, buddy!



* LovableSexManiac: Rick makes some fairly perverted comments, but does get some audience respect for managing to survive his first encounter with the snakes and being wiling to try to keep flying the plane despite an arm swelling up from venom.

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* LovableSexManiac: Rick makes some fairly perverted comments, but he does get some audience respect for managing to survive his first encounter with the snakes and being wiling willing to try to keep flying the plane despite an arm swelling up from venom.



* {{Nerd}}: Averted. Dr. Steven Price, the snake expert consulted by the FBI, is a bit eccentric (what [=PhD=] isn't?) and sardonic, but is professional, calm and collected, basically gives the FBI their most important leads and greatly assists medical personnel with treatment. He manages to communicate his expertise to laypeople quickly, in terms they understand, without coming across as an arrogant asshole or using SpockSpeak -- professional, but clearly understands that people's lives are at stake. Dr. Price should be the model for film scientists everywhere.

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* {{Nerd}}: Averted. Dr. Steven Price, the snake expert consulted by the FBI, is a bit eccentric (what [=PhD=] isn't?) and sardonic, but is professional, calm calm, and collected, basically gives the FBI their most important leads and greatly assists medical personnel with treatment. He manages to communicate his expertise to laypeople quickly, in terms they understand, without coming across as an arrogant asshole or using SpockSpeak -- professional, but clearly understands that people's lives are at stake. Dr. Price should be the model for film scientists everywhere.



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:Eddie Kim might still have managed to get off at the trial if the only crime they could definitively pin on him was the murder Sean witnessed, but by unleashing the snakes he starts a chain of events that gives the FBI everything they need to charge him with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder ''and'' have him tried for a death sentence]].

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:Eddie [[spoiler: Eddie Kim might still have managed to get off at the trial if the only crime they could definitively pin on him was the murder Sean witnessed, but by unleashing the snakes he starts a chain of events that gives the FBI everything they need to charge him with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder ''and'' have him tried for a death sentence]].



* PostClimaxConfrontation: After the motherfucking plane lands, it turns out there's one motherfucking snake left, which didn't get sucked out when Samuel L. Jackson opened the fucking windows. [[spoiler:It bites the witness on the chest, but luckily he was wearing a bulletproof vest, so he isn't hurt.]]

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* PostClimaxConfrontation: After the motherfucking plane lands, it turns out there's one motherfucking snake left, which didn't get sucked out when Samuel L. Jackson opened the fucking windows. [[spoiler:It [[spoiler: It bites the witness on the chest, but luckily he was wearing a bulletproof vest, so he isn't hurt.]]



* PushedAtTheMonster: When the snakes start to overwhelm the coach section of the plane, the irritable business man [[KickTheDog throws Mercedes' chihuahua at a large anaconda]] to buy him time to escape. Everyone else is horrified at this. He stands still justifying what he did and the anaconda starts to eat him.
* ARareSentence: [[spoiler:Claire cannot ''believe'' she has to ask the passengers if any of them can fly a plane]].

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* PushedAtTheMonster: When the snakes start to overwhelm the coach section of the plane, the irritable business man businessman [[KickTheDog throws Mercedes' Mercedes's chihuahua at a large anaconda]] to buy him time to escape. Everyone else is horrified at this. He stands still justifying what he did and the anaconda starts to eat him.
* ARareSentence: [[spoiler:Claire [[spoiler: Claire cannot ''believe'' she has to ask the passengers if any of them can fly a plane]].



* {{Retirony}}: Two stewardesses are on their last flight. It's pretty much a given that the one who specifically mentions that they put off retiring for one last flight is going to die. The other one is planning on retiring to go to law school (as opposed to outright retiring). [[spoiler:She lives.]]
** To be fair, The one who was outright retiring never mentions this fact until after being bitten, and being unlikely to survive.

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* {{Retirony}}: Two stewardesses are on their last flight. It's pretty much a given that the one who specifically mentions that they put off retiring for one last flight is going to die. The other one is planning on retiring to go to law school (as opposed to outright retiring). [[spoiler:She [[spoiler: She lives.]]
** To be fair, The the one who was outright retiring never mentions this fact until after being bitten, bitten and being unlikely to survive.



* VanillaProtagonist: Somewhat justified. On one hand, Sean is the strictly told that he needs to be kept alive or all the deaths will have been for nothing. On the other hand, nothing about him is especially memorable, probably due to being overshadowed to such a colorful cast of passengers.

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* VanillaProtagonist: Somewhat justified. On one hand, Sean is the strictly told that he needs to be kept alive or all the deaths will have been for nothing. On the other hand, nothing about him is especially memorable, probably due to being overshadowed to by such a colorful cast of passengers.



* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The anti-venom's been secured, the snakes have been blocked out of first class, the A/C is supplying air again, they're in the home stretch to LA, and the pilot is [[spoiler:...dead. Hope someone can fly a plane]].

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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The anti-venom's been secured, the snakes have been blocked out of first class, first-class, the A/C is supplying air again, they're in the home stretch to LA, and the pilot is [[spoiler:...dead. Hope someone can fly a plane]].


* {{Nerd}}: Averted. Dr. Steven Price, the snake expert consulted by the FBI, is a bit eccentric (what [=PhD=] isn't?), but is professional, calm and collected, basically gives the FBI their most important leads and greatly assists medical personnel with treatment. He manages to communicate his expertise to laypeople quickly, in terms they understand, without coming across as an arrogant asshole or using SpockSpeak -- professional, but clearly understands that people's lives are at stake. Dr. Price should be the model for film scientists everywhere.


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* {{Nerd}}: Averted. Dr. Steven Price, the snake expert consulted by the FBI, is a bit eccentric (what [=PhD=] isn't?) and sardonic, but is professional, calm and collected, basically gives the FBI their most important leads and greatly assists medical personnel with treatment. He manages to communicate his expertise to laypeople quickly, in terms they understand, without coming across as an arrogant asshole or using SpockSpeak -- professional, but clearly understands that people's lives are at stake. Dr. Price should be the model for film scientists everywhere.


* BigBad: While the snakes themselves are [[TheHeavy the foucsed-on threat]], it is international gangster Eddie Kim who unleashed the snakes on the plane to kill Sean and Flynn, so as to LeaveNoWitnesses to his murder of the prosecutor working on his case.

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* BigBad: While the snakes themselves are [[TheHeavy the foucsed-on threat]], it is international gangster Eddie Kim who unleashed the motherfucking snakes on the motherfucking plane to kill Sean and Flynn, so as to LeaveNoWitnesses to his murder of the prosecutor working on his case.



* ComplexityAddiction: The outright insane plan to unleash hundreds of snakes inside of a jumbo jet, spray pheromones so they will become hostile, and hope they kill the witness among the passengers somehow. Kim roars that he has run out of options when one of his goons questions the idea, but even the InUniverse pointing out that it's CrazyEnoughToWork is full of befuddlement.

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* ComplexityAddiction: The outright insane plan to unleash hundreds of motherfucking snakes inside of a jumbo jet, motherfucking plane, spray pheromones so they will become hostile, and hope they kill the witness among the passengers somehow. Kim roars that he has run out of options when one of his goons questions the idea, but even the InUniverse pointing out that it's CrazyEnoughToWork is full of befuddlement.



* StaticStunGun: Flynn uses one to stun numerous snakes as he makes his way through the plane. Given the chaos that's going on, a normal gun would've been a ''terrible'' idea. Unfortunately, the batteries run out.

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* StaticStunGun: Flynn uses one to stun numerous motherfucking snakes as he makes his way through the motherfucking plane. Given the chaos that's going on, a normal gun would've been a ''terrible'' idea. Unfortunately, the batteries run out.

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* VanillaProtagonist: Somewhat justified. On one hand, Sean is the strictly told that he needs to be kept alive or all the deaths will have been for nothing. On the other hand, nothing about him is especially memorable, probably due to being overshadowed to such a colorful cast of passengers.



In 2010, an actual plane crashed in the Congo due to a panic caused by an escaped crocodile. How many passengers survived? One (plus the crocodile, which an emergency response unit promptly slaughtered with machetes after arriving at the scene).

In 2012, [[http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/snakes-plane-australian-pilot-makes-emergency-landing-discovering-140345209.html it happened for real]], though only one snake showed up. Then it happened again in Scotland. [[http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/3499/20121027/snakes-plane-snake-found-scotland.htm Again, only one showed up.]]

''This time...''

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* ComplexityAddiction: The fact that the snakes come from all over the world tips the FBI to a guy associated with Eddie Kim who'd been busted a few times for illegally importing snakes. He may have been trying to make it harder to match an anti-venom, but if the guy had kept them to North American species, he might have been harder to track down.

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* GladToBeAliveSex: [[spoiler:After the plane lands the CampStraight air steward calls his girlfriend (her legs presently wrapped around his waist) "his little cowgirl" and says he's going to get her home right away]].


* AerosolFlamethrower: Flynn uses one made by Claire to ward off snakes as he turns the plane's A/C back on.



* CommonalityConnection: Claire and Flynn are both intelligent, competent people in unglamorous jobs who recognize these qualities in each other immediately.

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* CommonalityConnection: Claire and Flynn are both intelligent, competent people in unglamorous jobs who recognize these qualities in each other immediately.immediately and strike up a friendship.



* HatesBeingTouched: Three Gs is a germaphobic carries around hand sanitizer, and he expects his entourage to ward off people who try to casually touch him. He can suppress it when it comes to signing autographs or hitting on hot ladies, though.

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* HatesBeingTouched: Three Gs is a germaphobic who carries around hand sanitizer, and he expects his entourage to ward off people who try to casually touch him. He can suppress it when it comes to signing autographs or hitting on hot ladies, though.



* ICallHimMisterHappy: After the snakes are unleashed, a guy heads to the bathroom and says: "How's my big boy?" to uh, himself. [[TemptingFate The very large poisonous snake in the toilet is just fine, thank you]].

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The guy who supplied the snakes to Kim gets bitten by one of his own snakes. Harris forces a confession out of him by taking his sweet time supplying the anti-venom.
* ICallHimMisterHappy: After the snakes are unleashed, a guy heads to the bathroom and says: "How's my big boy?" to uh, himself. [[TemptingFate [[GroinAttack The very large poisonous snake in the toilet is just fine, thank you]].



* ARareSentence: [[spoiler:Claire cannot ''believe'' she has to ask the passengers if any of them can fly a plane]].



* StaticStunGun: Flynn uses one to stun numerous snakes as he makes his way through the plane. Given the chaos that's going on, a normal gun would've been a ''terrible'' idea.

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* StaticStunGun: Flynn uses one to stun numerous snakes as he makes his way through the plane. Given the chaos that's going on, a normal gun would've been a ''terrible'' idea. Unfortunately, the batteries run out.


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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The anti-venom's been secured, the snakes have been blocked out of first class, the A/C is supplying air again, they're in the home stretch to LA, and the pilot is [[spoiler:...dead. Hope someone can fly a plane]].


* AllForNothing: Flynn warns Sean against doing anything heroic by pointing out that if he gets killed before he can testify against Eddie Kim, then all the deaths that have already occurred will have been pointless.



* CommonalityConnection: Claire and Flynn are both intelligent, competent people in unglamorous jobs who recognize these qualities in each other immediately.



* HatesBeingTouched: Three Gs is a germaphobic carries around hand sanitizer, and he expects his handlers to ward off people who try to casually touch him. He can suppress it when it comes to signing autographs or hitting on hot ladies, though.

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* HatesBeingTouched: Three Gs is a germaphobic carries around hand sanitizer, and he expects his handlers entourage to ward off people who try to casually touch him. He can suppress it when it comes to signing autographs or hitting on hot ladies, though.



* MortalWoundReveal: At first Flynn thinks his partner's having a panic attack due to his fear of snakes, but the dying man gestures to his chest and Flynn opens his shirt to reveal a bite.



* StaticStunGun: Flynn uses one to stun numerous snakes as he makes his way through the plane. Given the chaos that's going on, a normal gun would've been a ''terrible'' idea.



* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: The other FBI agent with Flynn is ophidiophobic. And man-oh-man, is ''he'' ever in the wrong movie.

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes:
** One passenger is terrified of flying and is only on the plane because his newlywed wife wanted to go to Hawaii.
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The other FBI agent with Flynn is ophidiophobic. And man-oh-man, is ''he'' ever in the wrong movie.movie.
** The cramped conditions after the passengers retreat to First Class cause Three Gs's germophobia to spiral to the point that he briefly endangers everyone on board by snatching Flynn's gun.


* GenreSavvy: After hearing that Eddie Kim is connected with police corruption on the news, Sean figures that calling the cops about what he saw would just get him killed. It doesn't stop Kim from eventually tracking him down, but it likely delayed it. As Flynn notes, it was the smart thing to do.



* HatesBeingTouched: Three Gs is a germaphobic carries around hand sanitizer, and he expects his handlers to ward off people who try to casually touch him. He can suppress it when it comes to signing autographs or hitting on hot ladies, though.



* HeKnowsTooMuch: Kim going after Sean.

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* HeKnowsTooMuch: Kim going goes after Sean.Sean, who witnessed him killing a man.


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* ICallHimMisterHappy: After the snakes are unleashed, a guy heads to the bathroom and says: "How's my big boy?" to uh, himself. [[TemptingFate The very large poisonous snake in the toilet is just fine, thank you]].


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* NiceGuy: Neville Flynn can be brusque when the situation demands it, but in general, he's a friendly person with a disarming sense of humor.


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* ShipTease: Flynn and Claire have a few very friendly chats, and they agree to a date at the end of the movie.

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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: As ridiculous as it sounds to use snakes for the deed, Eddie Kim's plan still is to destroy a 747 full of passengers to take out one guy.


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%%* DramaticLandfallShot* DramaticLandfallShot: The opening of the film has one for Hawaii.


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* UniversalPoison: Averted, [[ShownTheirWork impressively enough]], in many senses. Dr. Price makes mention that there are many types of snake venom, from ones that are mild enough that you can sleep off the effects to those that are a death sentence, but the most complicated part is that if you apply the wrong kind of anti-venom to try to cure them, ''that'' is what will definitely kill the patient, so knowing which snakes are onboard is an absolute must.

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