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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Litten Mandrake, who has done numerous despicable things throughout the film, including allowing his son to think he was responsible for a murder ''he'' ordered, is utterly disgusted at co-conspirator--who is himself displaying this trope--Ames Levritt's choice of a lover, even while freely admitting to his own infidelities--"My God, Ames, she's only ''19!''

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* {{Ephebophile}}: Ames Levritt, who appears to be in his late-40's, is bedding a 19 year old girl.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Litten Mandrake, who has done numerous despicable things throughout the film, including allowing his son to think he was responsible for a murder ''he'' ordered, is utterly disgusted at co-conspirator--who is himself displaying this trope--Ames Levritt's choice of a lover, even while freely admitting to his own infidelities--"My God, Ames, she's only ''19!''''19!''"


* BettyAndVeronica: The protagonist of the second film is torn between his girlfriend Ali, a snooty socialite, and her typical "good girl" roommate Kelly. The movie ends with him and Kelly going off together.
* BettyAndVeronicaSwitch: In the third film, Taylor is stunned to learn that the childhood friend who's been by her side throughout the whole ordeal is part of the conspiracy, while the guy who's supposedly been threatening her is actually a good guy who was trying to ''warn'' her.



* BitchAlert: The first hint of this regarding Ali in the second movie is when she urges Ryan to keep his mouth shut about the accidental death/murder he witnessed.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Litten Mandrake, who has done numerous despicable things throughout the film, including allowing his son to think he was responsible for a murder ''he'' ordered, is utterly disgusted at co-conspirator--who is himself displaying this trope--Ames Levritt's choice of a lover, even while freely admitting to his own infidelities--"My God, Ames, she's only ''19!''"

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Litten Mandrake, who has done numerous despicable things throughout the film, including allowing his son to think he was responsible for a murder ''he'' ordered, is utterly disgusted at co-conspirator--who is himself displaying this trope--Ames Levritt's choice of a lover, even while freely admitting to his own infidelities--"My God, Ames, she's only ''19!''"''19!''
* FalseRapeAccusation: Ryan's girlfriend Ali makes this against him in the second film.



* FrameUp: Taylor is framed for murder in the third film because the Skulls want her father, a prominent politician, in their pocket.

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* FrameUp: Ryan is falsely accused of rape in the second film, while in the third, Taylor is framed for murder in the third film because the Skulls want her father, a prominent politician, in their pocket.


* EvenEvilHasStandards: Litten Mandrake, who has done numerous despicable things throughout the film, including allowing his son to think he was responsible for a murder ''he'' ordered, is utterly disgusted at co-conspirator--who is himself displaying this trope--Ames Levritt's choice of a lover, even while freely admitting to his own infidelities--"My God, man, she's only ''19!''"

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Litten Mandrake, who has done numerous despicable things throughout the film, including allowing his son to think he was responsible for a murder ''he'' ordered, is utterly disgusted at co-conspirator--who is himself displaying this trope--Ames Levritt's choice of a lover, even while freely admitting to his own infidelities--"My God, man, Ames, she's only ''19!''"



* FriendsRentControl: Luke, Chloe, and Will live in dorm rooms that are bigger and nicer than some people's apartments, even though it's repeatedly stated that Luke is struggling financially. And even with Chloe's wealth, the vast majority of dorm rooms simply do ''not'' look like that.

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* FriendsRentControl: Luke, Chloe, and Will live in dorm rooms that are bigger and nicer than some people's apartments, even though it's repeatedly stated that Luke is struggling financially. And even with Chloe's wealth, the vast majority of dorm rooms simply do ''not'' look like that.


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* IHaveThisFriend: Luke reconciles with Chloe using this line, even though they both know he's referring to himself.

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* HighClassCallGirl: During the welcoming party for the new members, a group of beautiful young women who are in all likelihood this are brought into the room to be paired with them.


* BaitAndSwitchGunshot: After the bad guys have cornered Luke and Chloe, one of them is about to shoot him. We hear the sound of gunshots. . .coming from the detective who until now has been acting like one of the bad guys but just revealed himself to be on Luke's side by taking out his would-be killer.

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* BaitAndSwitchGunshot: After the bad guys have cornered Luke and Chloe, one of them is about to shoot him. We hear the sound of gunshots. . .gunshots... coming from the detective who until now has been acting like one of the bad guys but just revealed himself to be on Luke's side by taking out his would-be killer.



* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: Subverted. Luke and Chloe stage an argument in which he dumps her--when they weren't even dating, just dealing with a lot of UnresolvedSexualTension--in order to make The Skulls think that she's no longer important to him.
* CaptainErsatz: As mentioned in the recap, the university and the "Skulls" stand in for Yale and it's Skull and Bones society.
* CarFu: Some of The Skulls' hired goons try to run Chloe and Luke off the road.

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* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: Subverted. Luke and Chloe stage an argument in which he dumps her--when they weren't even dating, just dealing with a lot of UnresolvedSexualTension--in order to make The the Skulls think that she's no longer important to him.
* CaptainErsatz: As mentioned in the recap, the university and the "Skulls" stand in for Yale and it's its Skull and Bones society.
* CarFu: Some of The the Skulls' hired goons try to run Chloe and Luke off the road.



* FrameUp: Taylor is framed for murder in the third film because The Skulls want her father, a prominent politician, in their pocket.

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* FrameUp: Taylor is framed for murder in the third film because The the Skulls want her father, a prominent politician, in their pocket.



* HeKnowsTooMuch: Basically why all three protagonists of each film.are in danger throughout.

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* HeKnowsTooMuch: Basically why all three protagonists of each film.film are in danger throughout.



* RulesLawyer: The Skulls say "We live by the Rules we Die by the Rules" and their rules supersede the outside worlds rules. Memorizing the rule book is required for all members

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* RulesLawyer: The Skulls say "We live by the Rules Rules, we Die die by the Rules" and their rules supersede the outside worlds rules. Memorizing the rule book is required for all members members.



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Basically how the skulls operate, Their motto is "A Skull above any other" their rules supersede the laws everyone else has to live by, its ruling councils are all high ranking business and political leaders, and they can entice new members with things like high class call girls and the below mentioned acceptance letters to schools they didn't even apply to yet.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Becoming filthy rich overnight as well as a guaranteed acceptance to the law school of his choice--before he's even applied--and essentially having his entire life handed to him on a silver platter as opposed to the way he was struggling before is NOT worth ignoring his friend's murder and the cover-up of numerous other illegal activities that The Skulls are involved in.

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Basically how the skulls operate, Skulls operate. Their motto is "A Skull above any other" other", their rules supersede the laws everyone else has to live by, its ruling councils councillors are all high ranking business and political leaders, and they can entice new members with things like high class call girls and the below mentioned acceptance letters to schools they didn't even apply to yet.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Becoming filthy rich overnight as well as a guaranteed acceptance to the law school of his choice--before he's even applied--and essentially having his entire life handed to him on a silver platter as opposed to the way he was struggling before is NOT worth ignoring his friend's murder and the cover-up of numerous other illegal activities that The the Skulls are involved in.



* TheSmurfettePrinciple: In the third film, protagonist Taylor Brooks campaigns to join The Skulls, pointing out that she has all the qualifications and that if she were a man, there'd be no question. The leaders relent after warning her that she will be subjected to the same hazing as the male inductees. She succeeds, but of course, it was all a setup for the group's ominous intentions.

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: In the third film, protagonist Taylor Brooks campaigns to join The the Skulls, pointing out that she has all the qualifications and that if she were a man, there'd be no question. The leaders relent after warning her that she will be subjected to the same hazing as the male inductees. She succeeds, but of course, it was all a setup for the group's ominous intentions.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The basic plot of the third film--female determined to join male-only group--is vaguely reminiscent of [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_Faulkner Shannon Faulkner's]] campaign to enroll at The Citadel.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Levritt outright says this to Luke at the end of the film, when Luke has not only managed to expose the corruption of The Skulls, he refuses to have anything more to do with the group despite Levritt's insistence that he will make changes.
*** This line has made some fans of the movie speculate that Levritt is in fact Luke's DisappearedDad.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The basic plot of the third film--female determined to join male-only group--is vaguely reminiscent of [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_Faulkner Shannon Faulkner's]] campaign to enroll at The Citadel.
* WellDoneSonGuy: WellDoneSonGuy:
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Levritt outright says this to Luke at the end of the film, when Luke has not only managed to expose the corruption of The Skulls, he refuses to have anything more to do with the group despite Levritt's insistence that he will make changes.
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changes. This line has made some fans of the movie speculate that Levritt is in fact Luke's DisappearedDad.

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Basically how the skulls operate, Their motto is "A Skull above any other" their rules supersede the laws everyone else has to live by, its ruling councils are all high ranking business and political leaders, and they can entice new members with things like high class call girls and the below mentioned acceptance letters to schools they didn't even apply to yet.


* MyRule-FuIsStrongerThanYours: The Skulls rule book has, as stated multiple times "A rule for any and every situation" and all sides spend most of the film invoking obscure rules throughout to help their cause over others.

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* MyRule-FuIsStrongerThanYours: MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours: The Skulls rule book has, as stated multiple times "A rule for any and every situation" and all sides spend most of the film invoking obscure rules throughout to help their cause over others.

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* MyRule-FuIsStrongerThanYours: The Skulls rule book has, as stated multiple times "A rule for any and every situation" and all sides spend most of the film invoking obscure rules throughout to help their cause over others.


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* RulesLawyer: The Skulls say "We live by the Rules we Die by the Rules" and their rules supersede the outside worlds rules. Memorizing the rule book is required for all members


* FriendsRentControl: Luke, Chloe, and Will live in dorm rooms that are bigger and nicer than some people's apartments, even though it's repeatedly stated that Luke is struggling financially.

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* FriendsRentControl: Luke, Chloe, and Will live in dorm rooms that are bigger and nicer than some people's apartments, even though it's repeatedly stated that Luke is struggling financially. And even with Chloe's wealth, the vast majority of dorm rooms simply do ''not'' look like that.



* InterclassRomance: Luke offhandedly mentions that Chloe's rich, indicating that this is the reason he hasn't told her how he feels about her.






* RapeAsDrama: Subverted. Shortly after her induction ceremony, Taylor takes a mandatory drug test for her swim team and is infomred that a date-rape drug has been found in her system. Her doctor and coach gently ask her if she's been assaulted, but she's certain that she wasn't. She does realize that the sedative was given to knock her out and leave her with amnesia for the night's events.

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* RapeAsDrama: Subverted. Subverted in the third film. Shortly after her induction ceremony, Taylor takes a mandatory drug test for her swim team and is infomred informed that a date-rape drug has been found in her system. Her doctor and coach gently ask her if she's been assaulted, but she's certain that she wasn't. She does realize that the sedative was given to knock her out and leave her with amnesia for the night's events.events--and set her up for murder.



* VerylooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The basic plot of the third film--female determined to join male-only group--is vaguely reminiscent of [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_Faulkner Shannon Faulkner's]] campaign to enroll at The Citadel.

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* VerylooselyBasedOnATrueStory: VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The basic plot of the third film--female determined to join male-only group--is vaguely reminiscent of [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_Faulkner Shannon Faulkner's]] campaign to enroll at The Citadel.


* ContinuityNod: Will' s parents make an appearance in the second film.

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* ContinuityNod: Will' s Will's parents make an appearance in the second film.


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* FrameUp: Taylor is framed for murder in the third film because The Skulls want her father, a prominent politician, in their pocket.


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* HeKnowsTooMuch: Basically why all three protagonists of each film.are in danger throughout.


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* RapeAsDrama: Subverted. Shortly after her induction ceremony, Taylor takes a mandatory drug test for her swim team and is infomred that a date-rape drug has been found in her system. Her doctor and coach gently ask her if she's been assaulted, but she's certain that she wasn't. She does realize that the sedative was given to knock her out and leave her with amnesia for the night's events.


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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: In the third film, protagonist Taylor Brooks campaigns to join The Skulls, pointing out that she has all the qualifications and that if she were a man, there'd be no question. The leaders relent after warning her that she will be subjected to the same hazing as the male inductees. She succeeds, but of course, it was all a setup for the group's ominous intentions.


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* VerylooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The basic plot of the third film--female determined to join male-only group--is vaguely reminiscent of [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_Faulkner Shannon Faulkner's]] campaign to enroll at The Citadel.

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* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: As Chloe runs away from the bad guys trying to kill her, she's intercepted by Levritt, who tells her to get into his car and promises to take her to where Luke has been institutionalized. Realizing she doesn't have much choice, she jumps in. It turns out he was telling the truth.


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* ManipulativeBastard: At the film's conclusion, it's implied that Levritt engineered the whole thing so that he could take over the group. On the plus side, he sincerely wants to change it for the better.


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*** This line has made some fans of the movie speculate that Levritt is in fact Luke's DisappearedDad.

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* FireForgedFriends: Luke and Caleb hit it off during hazing and become even closer as the film progresses.


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* SoftWater: Luke and Caleb fall from the top of a building into what is likely a shallow moat. They are of course, unharmed.


** Played with in the case of Will Beckfo.rd You could almost call it Man With A Point Becomes Jerkass. While he turns out to be right about the Skulls, especially considering the cover-up of his murder, his treatment of his best friend was more than a little harsh. His extreme moral code allows for no secrets, and by the way he goes off on Luke, no privacy. The argument ending with the line "When it comes to friendship, there is no middle ground" sounds less like he's concerned for Luke and what he's getting into, [[RelationshipWritingFumble and more like the rant of a possessive lover with no tolerance for change.]] It doesn't help that he breaks into Caleb's car and steals his key to access the Skulls' War Room.

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** Played with in the case of Will Beckfo.rd You could almost call it Man With A Point Becomes Jerkass. While he turns out to be right about the Skulls, especially considering the cover-up of his murder, his treatment of his best friend was more than a little harsh. His extreme moral code allows for no secrets, and by the way he goes off on Luke, no privacy. The argument ending with the line "When it comes to friendship, there is no middle ground" sounds less like he's concerned for Luke and what he's getting into, [[RelationshipWritingFumble and more like the rant of a possessive lover with no tolerance for change.]] It doesn't help that he breaks into Caleb's car and steals his key to access the Skulls' War Room.

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** Played with in the case of Will Beckfo.rd You could almost call it Man With A Point Becomes Jerkass. While he turns out to be right about the Skulls, especially considering the cover-up of his murder, his treatment of his best friend was more than a little harsh. His extreme moral code allows for no secrets, and by the way he goes off on Luke, no privacy. The argument ending with the line "When it comes to friendship, there is no middle ground" sounds less like he's concerned for Luke and what he's getting into, [[RelationshipWritingFumble and more like the rant of a possessive lover with no tolerance for change.]] It doesn't help that he breaks into Caleb's car and steals his key to access the Skulls' War Room.


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* WhamLine: "He's challenging you to a duel, Caleb."

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* ContinuityNod: Will' s parents make an appearance in the second film.

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