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%%* EscapePod* EscapePod: Used to AbandonShip. Unfortunately the one with all the {{Space Marine}}s loses pressure.



* HelloNurse: Captain Beck evokes this reaction among her own crew, though as she's their superior officer, their reaction is merely silent appreciation.

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* HelloNurse: Captain Beck evokes this reaction among her own crew, crew -- though as she's their superior officer, their reaction is merely silent appreciation.appreciation.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: After a propaganda segment extolling the [[MundaneMadeAwesome virtues of the humble shovel]] in the war against the bugs, a bug bomb goes off in the trench they're digging and one poor mook gets [[ShovelStrike impaled by a flying shovel]].


-->"The bug is big."

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-->"The -->"[[{{Understatement}} The bug is big.big]]."

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* BlackComedyBurst: During the second propaganda reel, there is a shot of some poor mudfoot's severed head impaled on a bug's leg. The propaganda narrator asks "Where's your head at, Trooper?"

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* TheTheocracy: The United Citizen's Federation was already a far future PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny with incredibly overt militaristic and fascistic tendencies in the first two movies. Then after the alien HiveMind brainwashes (and later kills) the current Sky Marshal by claiming itself to be a god, the leadership of the Federation, impressed with [[BeliefMakesYouStupid the blind obedience that religion can instill]], establishes its own mandatory state religion with propaganda campaigns declaring God a citizen of the federation!


* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: The brain bug they captured in the first movie is killed by Dix after it breaks free from it's cell and used a psychic scream to cause several people's heads to explode.


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* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: The brain bug they captured in the first movie is killed by Dix after it breaks free from it's cell and used a psychic scream to cause several people's heads to explode.


** Mind you, there's a bit of a BoomerrangBigot element as the atheist Federation is every bit as evil and controlling without religion as with it.

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** Mind you, there's a bit of a BoomerrangBigot element subtle satire as the atheist Federation is every bit as evil and controlling without religion as with it.it. Belief doesn't make people stupid as they're stupid and evil no matter what.

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** Mind you, there's a bit of a BoomerrangBigot element as the atheist Federation is every bit as evil and controlling without religion as with it.

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* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: The brain bug they captured in the first movie is killed by Dix after it breaks free from it's cell and used a psychic scream to cause several people's heads to explode.


* PragmaticVillainy: Admiral Phid. She's covered up the existence of Sky Marshall Anoke's DistressCall, presumably so she can usurp him and take over, [[spoiler: although it's revealed that she knows he's a brainwashed mole for the Bugs]]. When the heroes go behind her back and end up defeating the bugs and rescuing Lola and Holly, rather than punish them, she puts the whole lot of them up on a pedestal as heroes of the Federation and champions the whole thing as if it were her idea to begin with. The heroes presumably are GenreSavvy enough about the Federation to go along with it.

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* PragmaticVillainy: Admiral Phid. She's covered up the existence of Sky Marshall Anoke's DistressCall, presumably so she can usurp him and take over, [[spoiler: although it's revealed that she knows he's a brainwashed mole for the Bugs]]. When the heroes go behind her back and end up defeating the bugs and rescuing Lola and Holly, rather than punish them, she puts the whole lot of them up on a pedestal as heroes of the Federation and champions the whole thing as if it were her idea to begin with. The heroes presumably are GenreSavvy enough about the Federation to go along with it.

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* PragmaticVillainy: Admiral Phid. She's covered up the existence of Sky Marshall Anoke's DistressCall, presumably so she can usurp him and take over, [[spoiler: although it's revealed that she knows he's a brainwashed mole for the Bugs]]. When the heroes go behind her back and end up defeating the bugs and rescuing Lola and Holly, rather than punish them, she puts the whole lot of them up on a pedestal as heroes of the Federation and champions the whole thing as if it were her idea to begin with. The heroes presumably are GenreSavvy enough about the Federation to go along with it.

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* TheBigDamnKiss: Dix Hauser and Lola Beck kiss each other with an EarthShatteringKaboom in the background.


* DroppedABridgeOnHim: A squad of Marines are introduced, their leader gets a few BadAss moments by way of an introduction, and then [[spoiler:the entire squad dies off-screen as soon as their dropship launches because it wasn't properly sealed to keep the atmosphere in. We don't even learn of their fates until the final act.]]

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: A squad of Marines are introduced, their leader gets a few BadAss badass moments by way of an introduction, and then [[spoiler:the entire squad dies off-screen as soon as their dropship launches because it wasn't properly sealed to keep the atmosphere in. We don't even learn of their fates until the final act.]]


* ArtEvolution: Someone's definitely been keeping up with the Internet, given how [=FedNet=] now has everything from news tickers to opinion polls to advertising.



* FaceHeelTurn: Rico is informed of what really happened to Sky Marshall Anoke [[spoiler:when he's given footage of the Marshall talking to the brain bug they captured from the first film and swearing his allegiance to the bugs.]]

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* FaceHeelTurn: Rico Hauser is informed of what really happened to Sky Marshall Anoke [[spoiler:when he's given footage of the Marshall talking to the brain bug they captured from the first film and swearing his allegiance to the bugs.]]


* YourHeadAsplode: The result of the Brain Bug's psychic attack. The only defense against it appears to be PlotArmor.
** A less cynical take is that the Brain Bug can only attack one or two people at a time in such a manner, giving others a chance to fight back.
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* YourHeadAsplode: The result of the Brain Bug's psychic attack. The only defense against Though it appears to be PlotArmor.
** A less cynical take
is that not clear if the Brain Bug can only attack one or two people at a time in such a manner, giving others a chance way, or if the attack is simply unable to fight back.
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pierce PlotArmor.



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** A less cynical take is that the Brain Bug can only attack one or two people at a time in such a manner, giving others a chance to fight back.

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