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* DrinkOrder: Leon drinks nothing but milk, and is often shown going to the local store to buy more. It's part of his portrayal as a curiously innocent and childlike assassin. Part of Mathilda's training involves drinking lots of milk, which she does not care for.

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* DrinkOrder: DrinkBasedCharacterization: Leon drinks nothing but milk, and is often shown going to the local store to buy more. It's part of his portrayal as a curiously innocent and childlike assassin. Part of Mathilda's training involves drinking lots of milk, which she does not care for.


* TrainingMontage: Mathilda's only sad about her four-year-old brother's death, not about the deaths of her abusive father, stepmother and half-sister. She expresses a desire to become a professional assassin to avenge him, fires a gun wildly out of a window to convince Leon to teach her how to kill, expresses a desire to use real bullets during a mock assassination session, and at one point freaks out the manager of an apartment she and Leon are staying at by lying that Leon's her lover instead of her father.

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* TrainingMontage: TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Mathilda's only sad about her four-year-old brother's death, not about the deaths of her abusive father, stepmother and half-sister. She expresses a desire to become a professional assassin to avenge him, fires a gun wildly out of a window to convince Leon to teach her how to kill, expresses a desire to use real bullets during a mock assassination session, and at one point freaks out the manager of an apartment she and Leon are staying at by lying that Leon's her lover instead of her father.


* KillerCop: Detective Norman Stansfield is a psychotic DEA agent who uses the law to threaten, extort, and kill whoever he wants. On a drug bust early in the film, Stansfield goes on a drug rush and along with his men, murders Matilda's family, including their baby brother, only caring about how he'll explain their deaths to his superiors. When Matilda confronts him later on, Stansfield plans to kill her—implying that he'll enjoy doing it—before he's stopped by the news of the death of one of his subordinates. He later leads a raid on Leon's apartment to try to kill both him and Matilda and shoots Leon In the Back as the latter tries to escape.

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* KillerCop: Detective Norman Stansfield is a psychotic DEA agent who uses the law to threaten, extort, and kill whoever he wants. On a drug bust early in the film, Stansfield goes on a drug rush and along with his men, murders Matilda's family, including their baby brother, only caring about how he'll explain their deaths to his superiors. When Matilda confronts him later on, Stansfield plans to kill her—implying that he'll enjoy doing it—before he's stopped by the news of the death of one of his subordinates. He later leads a raid on Leon's apartment to try to kill both him and Matilda and [[spoiler:and shoots Leon In in the Back back as the latter tries to escape.escape]].


** "This is from Mathilda."

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** "This is from Mathilda." The BigBad's response is promptly a calm "Shit..."


* InTheBack: How [[spoiler:Leon]] gets killed by Stansfield.



* ImpairmentShot: During the climax, when [[spoiler:Léon]] is shot from behind, the camera brightens at the instant of the gunshot and then sinks down to the ground as seen with his own eyes.

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* ImpairmentShot: During the climax, when [[spoiler:Léon]] is [[InTheBack shot from behind, behind]], the camera brightens at the instant of the gunshot and then sinks down to the ground as seen with his own eyes.


* {{Retirony}}: [[spoiler:As he ensures Mathilda escapes from the cops trying to kill them, he promises her that he'll meet up with her and they'll move somewhere together and put down roots. Minutes later, just when it looks like he'll escape, he's killed by Stansfield shooting him in the back. He at least uses his last moments to ensure Stansfield goes down with him.]]


* AmbiguousDisorder: It's strongly implied Léon is on the autism spectrum. He has odd, fractured speech patterns, phenomenal skill in one specific area (killing people), astounding social ineptitude (to the point he's barely able to hold a conversation with anyone) as well as some child-like traits (he doesn't curse, for instance).



* AxCrazy: While ostensibly the leader of the corrupt cops, Stansfield is so psychotic, his second-in-command has to take charge whenever he becomes too wrapped up in slaughter, which is often.

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* AxCrazy: While ostensibly the leader of the corrupt cops, Stansfield is so psychotic, his second-in-command has a dangerously unstable individual. He treats murdering an entire family like a fun game, shoots at an old woman for not going back into her apartment, seems to take charge whenever immense pleasure in the thought of murdering a twelve-year-old girl, and unnerves his lackeys by waving guns around them without any care for their safety. The drugs he becomes too wrapped up in slaughter, which is often.uses have clearly taken a toll on his sanity.



* BigBad: Norman Stansfield, the CorruptCop Mathilda is targeting for revenge.

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* BigBad: Norman Stansfield, Stansfield murdered Mathilda's family at the CorruptCop Mathilda start of the film and seeking revenge on him is targeting for revenge.what drove her to join Leon.



* BodyguardCrush: Mathilda has one of these for Léon.

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* BodyguardCrush: BrokenBird: Mathilda has one of these for Léon.is an orphan with an abusive childhood whose family was wiped out. She's not in a very good place mentally.



* ChildrenAreInnocent: This is used to differentiate the two killers. Léon refuses to kill children (or women), while Stansfield has no problem gunning down a four-year-old.

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* ChildrenAreInnocent: ChildrenAreInnocent:
** Mathilda curses a lot, smokes and has a disturbingly sexual mind for someone as young as she is, but despite all this outward appearance, she is just a innocent kid, specially when compared to [[ProfessionalKiller Leéon]] and [[AxCrazy Stansfield]].
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This is used to differentiate the two killers. Léon refuses to kill children (or women), while Stansfield has no problem gunning down a four-year-old.



* ConsummateProfessional: There's a reason the film is called ''The Professional,'' and his name is Léon.

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* ConsummateProfessional: There's a reason Leon is proficient with everything from his bare hands to explosives, doesn't drink alcohol, doesn't leave witnesses or evidence, lives off the film is called ''The Professional,'' grid, doesn't form emotional attachments and, aside from occasional trips to the cinema and tending to his name is Léon.plant, seems to have no life at all outside of professional killing.



* DirtyCop: Stansfield and his crew are murderous, drug-dealing DEA agents.

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* {{Determinator}}: Léon is absolutely implacable when he gets his mind on something. [[spoiler: Even in the end, he gets shot several times and nearly blown up, but manages to escape SWAT by sheer determination. If it weren't for Stansfield, he would have come out unscathed.]]
* DirtyCop: Stansfield They don't make 'em much dirtier than Stansfield. He's involved in drug running (and apparently likes to sample the product) and will kill just about anyone who gets in his crew are murderous, drug-dealing DEA agents.way.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Malky reacts with horror when Mathilda's brother ends up getting accidentally killed by Blood; he's heard shouting angrily at Blood later in the scene. Killing the rest of the family apparently fell within his standards.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: EvenEvilHasStandards:
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Malky reacts with horror when Mathilda's brother ends up getting accidentally killed by Blood; he's heard shouting angrily at Blood later in the scene. Killing the rest of the family apparently fell within his standards.standards.
** [[spoiler:Tony's outraged at the idea of hiring a twelve-year-old girl to act as a killer.]]



* FamousLastWords

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* FamousLastWordsFamousLastWords:



* FauxAffablyEvil: Stansfield cracks jokes and [[WickedCultured discusses classical music]] while murdering entire families purely out of sadism and self-indulgence.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Stansfield cracks jokes and [[WickedCultured discusses classical music]] while can act charming at times, such as when talking with Mathilda or her father, but through it all it's clear he's a psychopathic maniac who's a second away from violently murdering entire families purely out of sadism anyone who makes him mad. At one point, after murdering Mathilda's stepmother and self-indulgence.half-sister, he talks casually with Mathilda's horrified father, gushing about his music tastes.



* {{Foil}}:
** Stansfield to Leon, who's his opposite in nearly every way. Leon's a ConsummateProfessional while Stansfield is AxCrazy and has a HairTriggerTemper. Leon tries to act cold and aloof while being a much better person than he lets on, Stansfield can appear charming but is really a raging maniac. Leon is StraightEdgeEvil who doesn't use drink, smoke or using foul-language, while Stansfield is a drug addict who swears all the time. Both men exhibit almost childlike qualities, but while Leon treats a potted plant like his best friend and takes childlike joy in musical movies, Stansfield's idea of fun and games is hunting down and murdering a family for fun.
** Mathilda contrasts León in that she's a very adult-like child while León is a very child-like adult, and while Mathilda has the thirst for violence despite never having killed anyone, León is a lot more deadset against violence (despite being a hitman, meaning violence is his dayjob).



* GeniusBruiser: Leon's expertise at killing people isn't just due excellent marksmanship, he's also a brilliant tactician able to outwit trained officers of the law in a gunfight.



* TheHandler: Effectively what Tony is with León. Tony gives him his targets, the info on said targets, his equipment, and takes care of his payment.



* IconicOutfit: Leon's get-up while doing his "cleaning" (black trenchcoat, round beanie, round shades) is very iconic to the character. Markedly, it's in every cover ever made for the movie.
* IdiotSavant: Leon has no social skills and he doesn't even know how to read, but you won't find a man more apt at mowing down enemies with extreme prejudice. A lot of the movie centers on contrasting his ineptitude with normal life to his aptness at his hitman job.



* LaughablyEvil: While Stansfield a ruthless and psychotic corrupt cop who is not above murdering children, it's hard to not laugh at some (if not all) of his deranged outbursts.
* LeeroyJenkins: As a contrast to León's meticulous stealthiness, Stansfield just charges in guns blazing during the massacre at Mathilda's house, much to the displeasure of OnlySaneMan Malky.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The soundtrack has a tune called "A Ballad for Mathilda", which is quite gentle and sweet, signifying Mathilda's innocence, but with some darker beats towards the end to hint the darkness in her soul.



* NobleDemon:
** Leon is a professional assassin but he never takes jobs that involve killing women or children. He also takes in Mathilda when her family's being murdered by corrupt cops and treats her with more love and kindness than her real father ever did.
** Tony appears to share León's "no women, no kids" creed (and may in fact have originated it), and is in general a pretty decent guy, criminal business aside.



* NoSocialSkills: León has absolutely zero social skills. He isn't even able to talk basic small-talk with a hotel conscierge.



* OffscreenTeleportation: As a general rule of thumb in the movie: If you don't see León, he's probably [[YouAreAlreadyDead right behind you]].



* OneManArmy: Leon wreaks havoc on a whole gang just to deliver a message to their chief, or on a whole SWAT team to protect Mathilda.



* PapaWolf: Léon becomes a surrogate father to the orphaned Mathilda and protects her on her quest for vengeance, taking on the entire NYPD in the process.

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* PapaWolf: Léon becomes a surrogate father ParentalSubstitute to the orphaned Mathilda and protects her on her quest for vengeance, Mathilda, taking on her in after the entire NYPD death of her family, mentoring her in assassination and protecting her from Stansfield. He starts assassinating the men who killed her family, and in the process.final showdown with Stansfield's cops, he goes OneManArmy to ensure she survives. [[spoiler:He even spends his last seconds of life ensuring that the man who killed her family and went after her, dies alongside him.]]
* ParentalSubstitute: As Tony takes care of León in every way and serves as an older voice of guidance, his relationship with him has echoes of this. The international cut reveals he's been taking care of León since he was 19.



* RareGuns: The Spectre M4 is one of the guns in Leon's possession in The Professional. The extended cut shows him cocking the gun, but not using it.

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* RareGuns: The Spectre M4 is one of the guns in Leon's possession in The Professional.possession. The extended cut shows him cocking the gun, but not using it.



* {{Retirony}}: [[spoiler:As he ensures Mathilda escapes from the cops trying to kill them, he promises her that he'll meet up with her and they'll move somewhere together and put down roots. Minutes later, just when it looks like he'll escape, he's killed by Stansfield shooting him in the back. He at least uses his last moments to ensure Stansfield goes down with him.]]
* {{Retirony}}: [[spoiler:As Leon ensures Mathilda escapes from the cops trying to kill them, he promises her that he'll meet up with her and they'll move somewhere together and put down roots. Minutes later, just when it looks like he'll escape, he's killed by Stansfield shooting him in the back. He at least uses his last moments to ensure Stansfield goes down with him.]]



* SophisticatedAsHell: While discussing the beauty of Beethoven, Stansfield has a "creative" way of discussing the composer's shortcomings.
-->So powerful... But after his openings, to be honest, he does tend to get a little fucking boring.



* StabTheSalad: PlayedWith in The Professional. Leon is teaching Mathilda how to be an assassin. They set up a sniper rifle on the roof and shoot a politician jogging in the park, only for us to realize that it was a paintball gun.

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* StabTheSalad: PlayedWith in The Professional.PlayedWith. Leon is teaching Mathilda how to be an assassin. They set up a sniper rifle on the roof and shoot a politician jogging in the park, only for us to realize that it was a paintball gun.



* StealingFromTheTill: It's hinted that an inversion is in play; judging from Tony's cagey surprise when Leon brings up the money that Tony has been "taking care of" for him (coupled with the fact that Tony, let's face it, a bit of a shady character), it's implied that Tony has at the very least been dipping into Leon's savings under the assumption that Leon doesn't care about it and isn't keeping track.



* StrawNihilist: Stansfield seems to be. While he doesn't care about other people's lives (like most sociopaths do), he also doesn't seems to care about his ''own''. During the slaughter of Mathilda's family, he is wandering around in his men's field of fire without any hesitation or precaution. Although it could be because of the drugs, in his last scene, he hasn't taken any drugs and still doesn't seems to care [[spoiler: when he discovers that he's about to die. No fear, no anger, no surprise on his face, just mere disappointment.]]
--> '''Stansfield''': Shit...



* TrainingMontage: Mathilda learns gun handling, milk drinking, and sit-ups. She is not happy about the last two.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Mathilda displays this in spades, having apparently lost most of her innocence during the murder of her family. She speaks very frankly about her desire to kill people. In the international cut, she also bluntly propositions Leon for sex.

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* TrainingMontage: Mathilda learns gun handling, milk drinking, and sit-ups. She is Mathilda's only sad about her four-year-old brother's death, not happy about the last two.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Mathilda displays this in spades, having apparently lost most
deaths of her innocence during the murder of her family. abusive father, stepmother and half-sister. She speaks very frankly about her expresses a desire to kill people. In the international cut, she also bluntly propositions become a professional assassin to avenge him, fires a gun wildly out of a window to convince Leon for sex.to teach her how to kill, expresses a desire to use real bullets during a mock assassination session, and at one point freaks out the manager of an apartment she and Leon are staying at by lying that Leon's her lover instead of her father.



* VillainousBreakdown: Stansfield has a classic one near the end - also an example of AllOfThem
-->'''Stansfield:''' Bring me everyone.\\
'''Benny:''' [[DramaticallyMissingThePoint What do you mean, "everyone"?]]\\
'''Stansfield:''' '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis EVVV-REEE-OOOOONNNNEEE!]]'''

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* VillainousBreakdown: As Leon proves himself harder and harder to kill, Stansfield gets more and more unhinged, to the point where he demands one of his lackeys to bring '''EEVVVERRYYYYONNNEEEE!!!''' to kill them.
* VillainousFriendship: Leon's a ProfessionalKiller and Tony's a mafioso, but he seems to be the only actual friend Leon
has a classic one near the end - also an example outside of AllOfThem
-->'''Stansfield:''' Bring me everyone.\\
'''Benny:''' [[DramaticallyMissingThePoint What do you mean, "everyone"?]]\\
'''Stansfield:''' '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis EVVV-REEE-OOOOONNNNEEE!]]'''
work. He gives Leon almost paternal advice, looks out for his well-being, holds on to his money for him, and [[spoiler:genuinely mourns him following his death. He even honors Leon's request to leave all his money to Mathilda.]]


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* WouldHurtAChild: Stansfield very nearly kills Mathilda - and implies that he'll enjoy doing it - before being stopped at the last minute by news of the death of one of his subordinates.


* CoolGuns: NYPD ESU teams are shown using Heckler and Koch HK33s in the climactic raid.

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* CoolGuns: CoolGuns:
** A Ruger [=SP101=] 3" variant is seen, first in Leon's gun case and later [[RecklessGunUsage fired out the window]] by Matilda. Also notable in that Matilda, being a small girl, must use two fingers to pull the heavy double-action trigger.
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NYPD ESU teams are shown using Heckler and Koch HK33s in the climactic raid.



* FamilyExtermination: The film begins with a family being wiped out by contract killers (the father was in bed with corrupt cops involved with the drug trade and tried to rip them off): the only survivor is the little girl Mathilde (Creator/NataliePortman), who finds herself being guarded by contract killer Leon, who develops a fatherly feeling for her and teaches her how to use firearms.

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* FamilyExtermination: The film begins with a family being wiped out by contract killers (the father was in bed with corrupt cops involved with the drug trade and tried to rip them off): the only survivor is the little girl Mathilde (Creator/NataliePortman), Mathilda, who finds herself being guarded by contract killer Leon, who develops a fatherly feeling for her and teaches her how to use firearms.



* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Léon dies at the end.]]


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* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Leon is shot by Stansfield but is able to kill him with a grenade before he dies]].


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* LightEqualsHope: Mathilda's terror after her parents and brother are brutally murdered is contrasted with her relieved expression as Leon opens his door to help her, and light floods across her face.


* CoolGuns: NYPD ESU teams are shown using Heckler and Koch HK33s in the climactic raid.



* DeathOfAChild: Mathilda's little brother's murder (onscreen, but not clearly shown) is the reason Mathilda hires Leon on to kill the men responsible.



* EmptyElevator: ("Somebody's coming up. Somebody's ''serious''.") (Léon's not in it, but as in ''Film/DieHard'' he has placed a corpse of one of the bad guys in there instead.)

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* EmptyElevator: ("Somebody's coming up. Somebody's ''serious''.") (Léon's not in it, but as in ''Film/DieHard'' he has placed a corpse of one of the bad guys in there instead.)instead).
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** The first scenes show Leon as a badass hitman with almost supernatural skills due to years of training. He spends the rest of his day as mundanely as possible—going to the store, watering his plants and cleaning his guns.
** Norman Stansfield gets two establishing moments: he's introduced standing in the background, listening to classical music on his headphones and completely disconnected from the rest of the world. Then, when his second-in-command informs him of a problem (a drug holder apparently cut some of the dope he was supposed to be keeping safe), he removes the headphones, and sniffs the holder for a few seconds, before declaring him innocent. Stansfield's next scene shows him leading a gang of thugs towards the holder's apartment: he takes a moment to down a pill and muse on how much he likes "these calm little moments before the storm," before charging into the apartment with a shotgun, killing the holder's wife, the holder's teenage daughter, then finally cornering the holder himself... so he can chat about classical music while the rest of his gang search the apartment for drugs.



* {{Expy}}: Léon is Victor from ''Nikita''. Same actor, and they even share an euphemism for their job, "cleaner". Luc Besson has said that they're basically cousins. (In Victor's case it's not a euphemism: his job is cleaning up after killers, not killing like Léon.)



* GoryDiscretionShot: PlayedStraight when Leon "cleans" the first of the fat man's mooks. Most of the rest are disposed of in a gunfight behind window blinds. Later killings, particularly those of Mathilda's family, but not her brother, are shown in all their gory... er glory.



* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: Mathilda's stepmom didn't hear Stansfield entering and thus never knows he's there until he executes her with his shotgun

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* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: Mathilda's stepmom didn't hear Stansfield entering and thus never knows he's there until he executes her with his shotgunshotgun.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:After Leon is mortally wounded, he blows himself up using one of his grenades to take Stansfield with him]].



* HopeSpot: Léon [[spoiler:almost makes it out of a standoff between himself and EVERYONE in the NYPD, but gets killed in a tunnel a few yards from freedom by the BigBad.]] Though not before [[spoiler:[[TakingYouWithMe taking the Big Bad with him]]. "This is from... Mathilda..." '''BOOM!''']]



* KickTheDog: One of Normal Stansfield's men shoots 12 year-old Mathilda's much younger brother. Later, Stansfield threatens to kill an entire room full of children; if his demand hadn't been met, he definitely would have followed through.



* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Saving Mathilda is what eventually [[spoiler:gets Leon killed... but he was never happier]].



* PapaWolf: Léon is one for Mathilda.

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* PapaWolf: Léon is one becomes a surrogate father to the orphaned Mathilda and protects her on her quest for Mathilda.vengeance, taking on the entire NYPD in the process.



* RareGuns: The Spectre M4 is one of the guns in Leon's possession in The Professional. The extended cut shows him cocking the gun, but not using it.



* RealityEnsues: Mathilda spends a good portion of the movie training under Léon's tutelage to become an assassin. Later, [[spoiler:after Léon dies]], she asks Tony to let her work as a hitwoman for him, but he vehemently [[EvenEvilHasStandards refuses]] to allow a 12-year-old girl to kill people for him and sends her back to school.

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* RealityEnsues: RealityEnsues:
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Mathilda spends a good portion of the movie training under Léon's tutelage to become an assassin. Later, [[spoiler:after Léon dies]], she asks Tony to let her work as a hitwoman for him, but he vehemently [[EvenEvilHasStandards refuses]] to allow a 12-year-old girl to kill people for him and sends her back to school.school.
** The film sets up Mathilda, having finished her training, tracking down Stansfield after a chance encounter. Utilizing her new found training, she loads up her guns, slips into the building, [[spoiler: and is promptly caught by Stansfield. Because she's 12 and naive, while he is a grown man and has been doing the same thing for years.]]


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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: {{Subverted}}. Matilda has trained with the hitman Leon. By chance, she learns of where the people she wants her revenge on work. She arms herself, sneaks in successfully, hunts down Stansfield in the bathroom, and is promptly caught and very nearly shot dead by the same.


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* TheSociopath: Norman Stansfield is a low-functioning kind of sociopath despite somehow being a DEA agent. He has a HairTriggerTemper, can appear superfluously charming but can't maintain it, and shows no empathy for human life whatsoever.


* ActionDad: Léon becomes a surrogate father to the orphaned Mathilda and protects her on her quest for vengeance, taking on the entire NYPD in the process.



* BadCopIncompetentCop: The cops seen are violent, corrupt psychos, or jackbooted thugs. Mostly Stansfield and his gang (Malky shows some conscience but is still crooked cop) and they are pretty competent if completely crooked. Other cops are simply following their orders (i.e. they do what you would expect from a cop told to chase dangerous murderer).



* BestedByTheInexperienced: [[spoiler:Formidable badass Leon is killed when Stansfield cowardly shoots him in the back of the head]].



* BigWordShout: "EVVVVVV-EREEEEY-OOOOONE!"



* BodyguardCrush: Mathilda has one of these on Léon—in the uncut version, she even asks him to be her first lover, but he refuses.



* ChildrenAreInnocent: This is used to differentiate the two killers. Léon refuses to kill children (or women), while Stansfield has no problem gunning down a four-year-old.



* CompanionCube: The plant is Léon's "best friend".

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* CompanionCube: The plant is Léon's "best friend".only friend has been a small houseplant, which he carefully waters with a squirt bottle and sets outside his windowsill each day. He says he likes the plant because it has "no roots," like him.
* CompartmentShot: We get such a shot to watch Mathilda fill up the fridge with milk.
* ConcealmentEqualsCover: {{Averted}}. Matilda's little brother runs from the corrupt DEA agents, one of them starts spraying through the wall with a Kimmel AP-9 and manages to hit him. Later, when the police try to storm Leon's and Matilda's hideout, the bullets go through the wall, which makes the situation rather sticky for those inside.
* ConductingTheCarnage: As Stanfield is personally slaughters targets with a shotgun, he likens the moments to listening and playing Beethoven's classical pieces and waves his hands accordingly.



* CoolShades: Léon's trademark killing ensemble includes a pair of vintage 1990s round sunglasses.

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* CoolShades: Léon's trademark killing ensemble includes a pair of vintage 1990s Leon almost always wears his signature round sunglasses.sunglasses. They're the very first thing you see of his character. Mathilda snags them (and his knit cap) when she goes to commit an assassination of her own, apparently in hopes of channeling some of his badassitude.
* CorruptionOfAMinor: Leon befriends Mathilda, who demands that he teach her how to kill. In the American theatrical release, he gives her some lessons, but she never participates in an actual murder. In the overseas version, she helps kill at least a dozen people, making her instant rehabilitation at the end a little dubious.



* CutHimselfShaving: Mathilda tells Leon that she fell off a bike, more than once. She seems to figure nevertheless that he knows the truth of her abusive father.



* DeadlyDelivery: Mathilda pretends to be delivering takeaway to get her arsenal of weapons past the metal detector into DEA headquarters. Stansfield isn't fooled however, and speculates (ostensibly talking about the takeaway meal) which organised crime group might have sent this child assassin after him. "Chinese? Thai, maybe? Let me guess...Italian." Mathilda informs him ItsPersonal.
* DefiantToTheEnd: As [[spoiler:Léon]] lays dying:
-->[[spoiler:'''Léon''']]: Stansfield?
-->'''Stansfield''': At your service.
-->[[spoiler:'''Léon''']]: (handing him something) This is from... Mathilda.
-->'''Stansfield''': (sees that it's a pin for a grenade) Shit.
* DeliveryGuyInfiltration: Mathilda, bent on revenge, walks into DEA headquarters as a 12-year-old food delivery person with a bag of guns. She gets past security, at least.



* DissonantSerenity: Stansfield when he's killing Matilda's family while cheerfully humming along to the classical music in his headphones.



* DoubleSpeak: Léon refers to himself as a "cleaner". Mathilda sees right through his words and asks him to teach her to "clean" also.



* DrinkOrder: Leon drinks nothing but milk, and is often shown going to the local store to buy more. It's part of his portrayal as a curiously innocent and childlike assassin. Part of Mathilda's training involves drinking lots of milk, which she does not care for.



* FadeToWhite: [[spoiler:When Leon is shot in the back just as he was about to achieve the freedom he was seeking]].



* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: The villains are cops.



* FollowThatCar

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* FollowThatCarFollowThatCar: Subverted - Mathilda sees a car containing the people who murdered her family drive off. She flags a cab:



%%* GunPorn
* GunsAkimbo: Leon initially uses two pistols when attacking the ESU officers raiding his apartment.



* GunsAkimbo: Leon initially uses two pistols when attacking the ESU officers raiding his apartment.



* HandCannon: Stansfield carries a customized Smith & Wesson Model 629 "Classic Hunter" chambered in .44 Magnum. The 629 was a fairly common weapon that had several normal production runs; what Stansfield carries was a one-off customization of one of the rare, limited production run models. The "Classic Hunter" isn't small to begin with, and the unfluted cylinder, shortened barrel, and muzzle crown make the thing look even bigger.



* HollywoodPersonalityDisorders: Norman Stansfield has Antisocial Personality Disorder. Antisocial, lacks empathy and murders without a shred of remorse.



* IWorkAlone: Léon refuses to train Mathilda for this exact reason.



%%* InstantMarksmanJustSqueezeTrigger: This trope is played straight.

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%%* * InstantMarksmanJustSqueezeTrigger: This trope is played straight.Leon gives this advice to Mathilda, allowing her to hit her target on the first try, with a paintball rifle from a rather long distance too.



* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier: Mathilda trains to become a killer to avenge her family.
-->'''Mathilda''': Is life always this hard, or is it just when you're a kid?
-->'''Leon''': Always like this.
* {{Joisey}}: The film fails Jersey geography spectacularly in its final moments: Mathilda is at the Spenser School, which is (according to an overheard conversation) supposed to be in Wildwood, New Jersey. However, the final moments of the film show that it overlooks the Hudson River and Manhattan. Wildwood is in fact an oceanfront community near the tip of Cape May, over 150 miles away from New York City. (The scene was actually filmed at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.)



* KillerCop: Detective Norman Stansfield is a psychotic DEA agent who uses the law to threaten, extort, and kill whoever he wants. On a drug bust early in the film, Stansfield goes on a drug rush and along with his men, murders Matilda's family, including their baby brother, only caring about how he'll explain their deaths to his superiors. When Matilda confronts him later on, Stansfield plans to kill her—implying that he'll enjoy doing it—before he's stopped by the news of the death of one of his subordinates. He later leads a raid on Leon's apartment to try to kill both him and Matilda and shoots Leon In the Back as the latter tries to escape.
* KnifeNut: Leon explicitly postulates that the better you are, the closer you can get to your victim: sniper rifles are for beginners, and only a real pro uses a knife.



* MeaningfulName: Leon is called "the Italian Lion" in the underworld, referring to his name. Lions are considered strong, majestic creatures, indicating Leon's essentially good, protective nature in spite of his capacity for violence.



* MeaningfulName: Leon is called "the Italian Lion" in the underworld, referring to his name. Lions are considered strong, majestic creatures, indicating Leon's essentially good, protective nature in spite of his capacity for violence.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: An early version of the screenplay provides a very clear example of this trope. Stansfield coldbloodedly massacres Mathilda's family, including her father, mother, teenage sister, and infant brother. The sympathetic Leon and his protégé adhere to a "no women, no children" creed; gunning down random men in a park for target practice is just fine. This got toned down in the production to having Mathilda shoot just one man in the park with a paint pellet, and asking to "use real bullets next time", but the fact that the original idea was even considered is telling. Additionally, countless male mooks are massacred, together with a SWAT team (who were only doing their jobs, albeit for a corrupt boss), and Leon's contracted targets who were never depicted doing anything unsympathetic.
* MetalDetectorCheckpoint:
** When Mathilda needs to get past the metal detector at the DEA building, she hides a weapon in the take out food bags she is delivering.
** When Leon goes to rescue Mathilda from the DEA building he passes through the metal detector. The arsenal he's carrying sets it off, but he punches out the guard before the guard can do anything about it.
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: During the raid on Mathilda's home, Mathilda's father manages to shoot Norman Stansfield in the shoulder. Stansfield is pretty subdued about this until he has the time to notice the damage done to his suit, whereupon he follows the injured suspect through the apartment, shooting him in the back. He does this until he's out of ammunition... and then ''starts to reload so he can continue shooting the guy's corpse''.
* MistakenForPedophile: Leon is kicked out of his hotel after Mathilda tells the clerk that the two of them are lovers.
* MookHorrorShow: The opening hit scene. Leon knocks off the drug henchmen one by one — pointblank headshot, garrote from the ceiling panel, pulled over the stairwell by a necktie, numerous unseen shootings — without anyone (mooks or viewer) ever laying eyes on him. "Those bastards blocked both the exits," mutters the kingpin, when seeing one of his mooks hanging by the neck on CCTV. (He ends up with a knife to his throat, produced by a disembodied arm out of shadow.)



* NeverHurtAnInnocent: Leon has very simple rules about his clients: "No women, no kids, that's the rules."



* NoPeripheralVision: Léon hides above the doorway as the ESU team enters his apartment.
* OhCrap

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* NoPeripheralVision: Léon hides above the doorway as the ESU team enters his apartment.
apartment. Fairly justified, in that he was just inside the room, right above the door. The incoming SWAT team are all wearing respirators, which really seriously cut down all peripheral vision.
* OhCrapNotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Leon is an Italian immigrant. Reno himself is a Frenchman of Spanish descent and speaks with his normal, rather thick French accent.
* OhCrap:



* PanUpToTheSkyEnding: Onto the skyline of New York.

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* PanUpToTheSkyEnding: Onto At the end, the camera zooms up from Mathilda onto the skyline of New York.



* PineappleSurprise: This is how [[spoiler:Leon kills Stansfield and himself.]]

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* PineappleSurprise: This is how [[spoiler:Leon kills defeats Stansfield and himself.using the suicide version of this. After being mortally wounded, Leon hands Stansfield the pin that has been pulled from a grenade. Stansfield is puzzled for a second, then opens Leon's jacket to see about a dozen grenades strapped to him. Stansfield has just enough time for an OhCrap before being blown to bits.]]



* ProfessionalKiller: Léon prefers to think of himself as a "cleaner."
* ProveIAmNotBluffing: To prove to Léon that she's capable of being a killer, Mathilda fires several random shots out the window.

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* ProfessionalKiller: Léon prefers to think possesses the skills and reputation of himself as an unholy killing machine, but he barely spends any money, lives a "cleaner."
monastic, anonymous existence, and has an almost childlike personality.
* ProveIAmNotBluffing: To prove to Léon that she's capable of being Matilda takes a killer, Mathilda gun and fires several random wild shots out the window.window at the passerby below to show Leon that she has enough disregard to human life to become an assassin.



* ReCut: The film exists in two different versions. ''The Professional'' is the American cut; ''Leon'' is the international cut (sometimes called ''version integrale''.) The American version is edited down mainly to remove any [[GreyandGrayMorality moral quandaries]] about Matilda's actions - in the longer international version her crush on Leon is not so innocent, and more training scenes show her assisting with actual hits.



* ReCut: Creator/LucBesson's Director's Cut/International Cut makes Mathilda a lot more forward in her sexual attraction to Leon, delves more into Leon's DarkAndTroubledPast, and includes a sequence where Mathilda participates in Leon's random assassinations.

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* ReCut: Creator/LucBesson's Director's Cut/International Cut makes RescueSex: Becomes TroublingUnchildhoodBehavior in the International Cut. Leon rescues 12 year-old Mathilda a lot more forward in from the middle of DEA headquarters after she fails to kill the Dirty Cops who murdered her sexual attraction to Leon, delves more into Leon's DarkAndTroubledPast, and includes a sequence where family. Mathilda participates then decides she is in Leon's random assassinations.love and offers to lose her virginity with him, so Leon has to gently refuse her. They compromise on agreeing to share the bed.



* RussianRoulette: In the International Cut, Mathilda does this to show she's ready to become a killer. [[spoiler:Léon knocks her hand away at the last second, which is just as well because the revolver goes off.]]
* SelfStitching: Léon fixes himself up in the shower after suffering an off-camera injury during a hit.

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* RussianRoulette: In the International Cut, Mathilda does this to show Léon she's ready to become a killer. [[spoiler:Léon killer and does this with a half-loaded revolver. Léon informs her that the chamber is loaded (he can hear the difference), then knocks her hand away at the last second, which is just as well because the revolver really goes off.]]
off.
* SelfStitching: Léon fixes SelectiveSlaughter: Leon has a strict "no women, no kids" rule when carrying out his jobs. This is part of the reason he helps Mathilda seek revenge against the drug dealers; they slaughtered her whole family, including her little brother.
* SelfSurgery: Leon returns to his apartment and is seen patching
himself up in the shower after suffering an off-camera injury during a hit.shower, showing that he had been injured carrying out one of his hits.



* SerendipitousSurvival: Matilda is out getting groceries while her family is being killed by corrupt cops.

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* SerendipitousSurvival: Matilda is out getting groceries while her family is being killed by corrupt cops. She comes back, acts nonchalant, and hooks up with Leon for safety, and then revenge.


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* SheCleansUpNicely: Mathilda usually dresses in BareYourMidriff outfits, but she changes into a beautiful pink dress after Leon rescues her from the middle of DEA Headquarters. Then she starts talking about the importance of losing your virginity with someone you love, giving Leon a serious OhCrap moment.


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* SlowMotionFall: There's a first-person POV example after [[spoiler: Leon]] is shot in the back by Stansfield.


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* SpitefulSpit: Mathilda spits at a SWAT officer when he removes his hand from her mouth.
* SpySpeak: Leon calls himself a "Cleaner", instead of "Assassin" or "Hitman". So someone might ask him to "clean" someone, rather than "kill" them. That's actually a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Nikita}}'', where Jean Reno played the "cleaner" i.e. a character who specialized in destroying the evidence and disposing of bodies after the hit.
* StabTheSalad: PlayedWith in The Professional. Leon is teaching Mathilda how to be an assassin. They set up a sniper rifle on the roof and shoot a politician jogging in the park, only for us to realize that it was a paintball gun.


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* SuspiciouslyIdleOfficers: The DEA agents are hard-pressed to explain the brutal gun fight that stirred the plot into action, but nobody ever questions why they were there in the first place, and they are never seen pursuing actual police work throughout the film.


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* TheTeetotaler: Leon usually opts for milk instead. However, he does have one glass of champagne to celebrate his apprentice's first hit.


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* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: After Léon turns down Mathilda's offer to sleep with him, Mathilda insists that at the very least he share the bed with her and not sleep on the couch. Leon is justly cautious, but nothing untoward happens. In the US cut they just wake up in bed together with no explanation.
* ThereWasADoor: Léon shoots and hacks out the hotel's ventilator fan so Mathilda can do an AirVentEscape. However he's too big to follow.


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* WickedCultured: Stansfield has a love of classical music and hard drugs.
-->You're a Mozart fan. I love him too. I looooove Mozart! He was Austrian, you know. But for this kind of work, ''(imitates playing the piano)'' he's a little bit light. So I tend to go for the heavier guys. Check out Brahms. He's good too. ''(proceeds to slaughter the family)''


* BriefAccentImitation: For his character, Gary Oldman borrows Luc Besson's out-of-universe manner of saying "bingo".

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* BriefAccentImitation: For his character, Gary Oldman borrows Luc Besson's out-of-universe manner of saying "bingo". He also imitates opera singing when he chants "I ''love'' Mozart".

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* BriefAccentImitation: For his character, Gary Oldman borrows Luc Besson's out-of-universe manner of saying "bingo".

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* GoneHorriblyWrong: Mathilda's father gets all family members to stay home and clean the apartment instead of going to school/work, probably in an effort to appear tidy and reliable to Stansfield. Instead, this gets everyone who stays killed by Stansfield and his men. Stansfield later comments that the kids "should have been at school".


* FamilyExtermination: The film begins with a family being wiped out by contract killers: the only survivor is the little girl Mathilde (Creator/NataliePortman), who finds herself being guarded by contract killer Leon, who develops a fatherly feeling for her and teaches her how to use firearms.

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* FamilyExtermination: The film begins with a family being wiped out by contract killers: killers (the father was in bed with corrupt cops involved with the drug trade and tried to rip them off): the only survivor is the little girl Mathilde (Creator/NataliePortman), who finds herself being guarded by contract killer Leon, who develops a fatherly feeling for her and teaches her how to use firearms.


Leone "Léon" Montana (Reno) is a quiet, skilled assassin whose next-door neighbors were just gunned down by [[DirtyCop crooked DEA agent]] Norman Stansfield (Oldman) and his crew; the only survivor of the massacre is 12-year-old Mathilda Lando (Portman), who begs Léon to save her from the corrupt cops who murdered her family. Léon reluctantly takes Mathilda under his wing and, at her insistence, teaches her in the ways of his trade. Mathilda is intent on avenging her family by going after Stansfield-- and Léon is intent on keeping Mathilda safe at all costs.

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Leone "Léon" Montana (Reno) is a quiet, skilled assassin whose next-door neighbors [[FamilyExtermination were just gunned down down]] by [[DirtyCop crooked DEA agent]] Norman Stansfield (Oldman) and his crew; the only survivor of the massacre is 12-year-old Mathilda Lando (Portman), who begs Léon to save her from the corrupt cops who murdered her family. Léon reluctantly takes Mathilda under his wing and, at her insistence, teaches her in the ways of his trade. Mathilda is intent on avenging her family by going after Stansfield-- and Léon is intent on keeping Mathilda safe at all costs.


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* FamilyExtermination: The film begins with a family being wiped out by contract killers: the only survivor is the little girl Mathilde (Creator/NataliePortman), who finds herself being guarded by contract killer Leon, who develops a fatherly feeling for her and teaches her how to use firearms.

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