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* PowersThatBe: The CelestialBureaucracy which secretly controls human society is headed by a mysterious, all-knowing being known only as "The Chairman", but remains offscreen. In deleted scenes, it was revealed the Chairman is actually a woman.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/DarkCity'', as both films are about a man trying to reconnect with the woman he loves while fleeing from memory-erasing men in very nice hats, who travel across the city through unusual means (and [[spoiler:like the Strangers, the Adjusters have a weakness to water.]])


* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:The movie ends happily for the protagonists basically because The Chairman literally wrote a different ending for them.]]

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* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler:Almost literally. The movie ends happily for the protagonists basically because [[{{God}} The Chairman Chairman]] literally wrote a different ending for them.]]


* FiveBadBand: The main adjusters:

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* FiveBadBand: FiveManBand: The main adjusters:


* BookEnds: First time we see Elise, she is hidding in the toilets from some men in black, because they found she is crashing a wedding. Toward the end, she is AGAIN hidding in the toilets during a wedding, [[spoiler:though it is her own wedding]]. And David appears to crash the wedding, pursued by other men in black.

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* BookEnds: First time we see Elise, she is hidding hiding in the toilets from some men in black, because they found she is crashing a wedding. Toward the end, she is AGAIN hidding hiding in the toilets during a wedding, [[spoiler:though it is her own wedding]]. And David appears to crash the wedding, pursued by other men in black.


* OurGodsAreDifferent: The Chairman is certainly {{implied|Trope}} to be some sort of god figure, though as with OurAngelsAreDifferent, the comparison is probably not a terribly precise one. He's not omnipotent, else he wouldn't need the Bureau to execute his plan. He's not omniscient, else the plan wouldn't need to be changed. But it's clear through his proxies that he has knowledge and powers well beyond that of humans.

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* OurGodsAreDifferent: The Chairman is certainly {{implied|Trope}} to be some sort of god figure, though as with OurAngelsAreDifferent, the comparison is probably not a terribly precise one. He's not omnipotent, else he wouldn't need the Bureau to execute his plan. He's not omniscient, else the plan wouldn't need to be changed. But it's clear through his proxies that he has knowledge and powers well beyond that of humans. Also, a deleted scene reveals that "He" is [[DivineRaceLift actually a woman]].


* DivineRaceLift: The film originally cast and shot scenes with Creator/ShohrehAghdashloo as [[{{God}} The Chairman]], portraying god as a motherly figure, whereas the case workers (angels) of the Adjustment Bureau are all men. However, [[DeletedRole the role was left out of the final film]] to leave [[PowersThatBe the Chairman's identity deliberately vague]].

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* DivineRaceLift: The film originally cast and shot scenes with Creator/ShohrehAghdashloo as [[{{God}} The Chairman]], portraying god as a motherly figure, whereas the case workers (angels) of the Adjustment Bureau are all men.men of various races. However, [[DeletedRole the role was left out of the final film]] to leave [[PowersThatBe the Chairman's identity deliberately vague]].

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* DivineRaceLift: The film originally cast and shot scenes with Creator/ShohrehAghdashloo as [[{{God}} The Chairman]], portraying god as a motherly figure, whereas the case workers (angels) of the Adjustment Bureau are all men. However, [[DeletedRole the role was left out of the final film]] to leave [[PowersThatBe the Chairman's identity deliberately vague]].


** After Richardson fails to stop David and Elise from becoming an item, he warns David that he's only won the battle, not the war. Soon after, Elise starts getting a bunch of calls from her ex, apropos of nothing.

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** After Richardson fails to stop David and Elise from becoming an item, he warns David that he's only won the battle, not the war. Soon after, Elise starts getting a bunch of calls from her ex, apropos of nothing.nothing, hinting that there are still forces working quietly against them.


* BittersweetEnding: David and Elise can be together after the plan has been re-written to allow it, but they have to live the rest of their lives knowing that nobody truly haa free will, that anything bad that happens to them or anyone they care about was deliberately written to be that way, and they can't tell anyone else about it for fear of being mind-wiped.

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* BittersweetEnding: David and Elise can be together after the plan has been re-written to allow it, but they have to live the rest of their lives knowing that nobody truly haa has free will, that anything bad that happens to them or anyone they care about was deliberately written to be that way, and they can't tell anyone else about it for fear of being mind-wiped.


* BittersweetEnding: David and Elise can be together after the plan has been re-written to allow it, but they have to live the rest of their lives knowing that nobody has truly free will, that anything bad that happens to them or anyone they care about was deliberately written to be that way, and they can't tell anyone else about it for fear of being mind-wiped.

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* BittersweetEnding: David and Elise can be together after the plan has been re-written to allow it, but they have to live the rest of their lives knowing that nobody has truly haa free will, that anything bad that happens to them or anyone they care about was deliberately written to be that way, and they can't tell anyone else about it for fear of being mind-wiped.


A short time later, David runs into Elise on a bus and gets her phone number. However, when he gets to his office, [[TimeStandsStill time is frozen]] and he is accosted by a cabal of suit-clad, hat-wearing men who knock him unconscious and teleport him to a [[AbandonedWarehouse mysterious warehouse]]. The men explain that they are the people who make sure things happen as they are supposed to, and that he must not see Elise again (burning the paper with her number, which he had not memorised).

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A short time later, David runs into Elise on a bus and gets her phone number. However, when he gets to his office, [[TimeStandsStill time is frozen]] and he is accosted by a cabal of suit-clad, hat-wearing men who knock him unconscious and teleport him to a [[AbandonedWarehouse mysterious warehouse]]. The men explain that they are the people who make sure things happen as they are supposed to, and that he must not see Elise again (burning the paper with her number, which he had not memorised).
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David Norris (Creator/MattDamon) is a charismatic Congressman whose campaign for Senate is derailed by a last-minute press leak. He practices his concession speech in the men's room, not realising that he is being overheard by Elise (Creator/EmilyBlunt), who is hiding from security in one of the stalls after crashing a wedding. She eventually owns up to being there, and the two have a romantically-charged conversation that ends in a passionate kiss. Afterwards, he abandons his planned speech for a heartfelt and impassioned tirade that propels him to the forefront of public consciousness, earning him strong support for the next Senate election.

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David Norris (Creator/MattDamon) is a charismatic Congressman whose campaign for Senate is derailed by a last-minute press leak. He practices his concession speech in the men's room, not realising realizing that he is being overheard by Elise (Creator/EmilyBlunt), who is hiding from security in one of the stalls after crashing a wedding. She eventually owns up to being there, and the two have a romantically-charged conversation that ends in a passionate kiss. Afterwards, he abandons his planned speech for a heartfelt and impassioned tirade that propels him to the forefront of public consciousness, earning him strong support for the next Senate election.


* [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim Break Her Heart to Save Her]]: David does this to Elise [[spoiler:after hearing from Thompson that if he stays with her, she won't become a world famous dancer, so he leaves her without explanation in the hospital]].

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* [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim Break Her Heart to Save Her]]: David does this to Elise [[spoiler:after hearing from Thompson that if he stays with her, she won't become a world famous dancer, so he leaves her without explanation in the hospital]].hospital. The crucial fact Thompson left out is that Elise is still ''happier'' being with him. It's when David realizes this that he goes full {{Determinator}} to get her back.]]


** After Richardson fails to stop David and Elise from becoming an item, Elise suddenly starts getting a bunch of calls from her ex, apropos of nothing. Richardson had warned David that his victory would be short-lived.

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** After Richardson fails to stop David and Elise from becoming an item, he warns David that he's only won the battle, not the war. Soon after, Elise suddenly starts getting a bunch of calls from her ex, apropos of nothing. Richardson had warned David that his victory would be short-lived.nothing.

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