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* InNameOnly: The comic book ComicBook/TheSpirit is about a BadassNormal with no powers, who is a CelibateHero that gets nervous around women and wears an ugly, off the rack blue and white suit. This film is about a revived dead guy with a HealingFactor, who is a HandsomeLech in a stylish, tailored, black-on-black suit; and his enemy, the Octopus, is an intimidating and powerful gangster obsessed with not letting anyone see his face. In the film, he's a lower-tier scientist with ambitions of godhood who is incredibly vain and show-offy about his good looks. It's like they were trying to do the exact opposite of the comics. The irony? Creator/WillEisner gave the rights to Michael Uslan, the producer, on the understanding that Uslan wouldn't give the project to anyone who "didn't get it". There were further ironies in the fact that Creator/FrankMiller was a big fan of Eisner, one of Eisner's friends, and showed himself to be capable of understanding the concept of the Spirit as indicated by his Daredevil work.

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* InNameOnly: The comic book ComicBook/TheSpirit is about a BadassNormal with no powers, who is a CelibateHero that gets nervous around women and wears an ugly, off the rack blue and white suit. This film is about a revived dead guy with a HealingFactor, who is a HandsomeLech in a stylish, tailored, black-on-black suit; and suit. In the comics his enemy, the Octopus, is an intimidating and powerful gangster obsessed with not letting anyone see his face. In the film, he's a lower-tier scientist with ambitions of godhood who is incredibly vain and show-offy about his good looks. It's like they were trying to do the exact opposite of the comics. The irony? Creator/WillEisner gave the rights to Michael Uslan, the producer, on the understanding that Uslan wouldn't give the project to anyone who "didn't get it". There were further ironies in the fact that Creator/FrankMiller was a big fan of Eisner, one of Eisner's friends, and showed himself to be capable of understanding the concept of the Spirit as indicated by his Daredevil work.


* DistractedByTheSexy: When the Spirit arrives at Sand Sarif's place with the intent to arrest her, he becomes obviously flustered when he sees her stepping out of the shower wearing only a towel. Made worse when his clumsy request for her to surrender causes her to drop her towel.

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* DistractedByTheSexy: When the Spirit arrives at Sand Sarif's Saref's place with the intent to arrest her, he becomes obviously flustered when he sees her stepping out of the shower wearing only a towel. Made worse when his clumsy request for her to surrender causes her to drop her towel.



* GoldDigger: Sand Sareff, ever since she was a little girl.

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* GoldDigger: Sand Sareff, Saref, ever since she was a little girl.



** [[Creator/EvaMendes Sand Sarif]], a FemmeFatale who wears various formfitting outfits and luxurious dresses that show a lot of cleavage. She also gets a scene with Spirit walking on her with only ModestyTowel where she [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl drops it]] showing a full nude shot from her rear.

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** [[Creator/EvaMendes Sand Sarif]], Saref]], a FemmeFatale who wears various formfitting outfits and luxurious dresses that show a lot of cleavage. She also gets a scene with Spirit walking on her with only ModestyTowel where she [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl drops it]] showing a full nude shot from her rear.



* NakedFirstImpression: The first time The Spirit and Sand Sarif meet as adults quickly turns into this when she drops her towel in front of him.

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* NakedFirstImpression: The first time The Spirit and Sand Sarif Saref meet as adults quickly turns into this when she drops her towel in front of him.



* UsedToBeASweetKid: Sand Sareff before her father's death changed her.

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* UsedToBeASweetKid: Sand Sareff Saref before her father's death changed her.


** [[Creator/ScarlettJohansson Silken Floss]] who dons various costumes that would count as fetish costumes, including a Nazi one. [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman "Silken Floss is the most beautiful woman in the world," indeed.]]
** [[Creator/EvaMendes Sand Sariff]] a FemmeFatale who wears various formfitting outfits and luxurious dresses that show a lot of cleavage. She also gets a scene with Spirit walking on her with only ModestyTowel where she [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl drops it]] showing a full nude shot from her rear.
** [[Creator/PazVega Plaster of Paris]] another FemmeFatale who wears a BellyDancer outfit, showing her [[BareYourMidriff bare belly]] and plenty of cleavage and [[ShesGotLegs legs]].

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** [[Creator/ScarlettJohansson Silken Floss]] Floss]], who dons various costumes that would count as fetish costumes, including a Nazi one. [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman "Silken Floss is the most beautiful woman in the world," indeed.]]
** [[Creator/EvaMendes Sand Sariff]] Sarif]], a FemmeFatale who wears various formfitting outfits and luxurious dresses that show a lot of cleavage. She also gets a scene with Spirit walking on her with only ModestyTowel where she [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl drops it]] showing a full nude shot from her rear.
** [[Creator/PazVega Plaster of Paris]] Paris]], another FemmeFatale who wears a BellyDancer outfit, showing her [[BareYourMidriff bare belly]] and plenty of cleavage and [[ShesGotLegs legs]].


In Central City, rookie cop Denny Colt [[BackFromTheDead returns from the dead]] as a private detective, known only as "The Spirit," to fight crime. After he finds his nemesis, the Octopus, in a mud hole, FemmeFatale Sand Saref uncovers two chests in water nearby. She tries to flee with both chests, but the Octopus shoots at her, snapping the line that connects the chests together. After a fight with the Spirit, the Octopus takes the remaining chest and escapes with one of his thugs.

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In Central City, rookie cop Denny Colt (''Gabriel Macht'') [[BackFromTheDead returns from the dead]] as a private detective, known only as "The Spirit," to fight crime. After he finds his nemesis, the Octopus, Octopus (''Creator/SamuelLJackson''), in a mud hole, FemmeFatale Sand Saref (''Creator/EvaMendes'') uncovers two chests in the water nearby. She tries to flee with both chests, but the Octopus shoots at her, snapping the line that connects the chests together. After a fight with the Spirit, the Octopus takes the remaining chest and escapes with one of his thugs.



* AccidentalMisnaming: When the Spirit makes his appereance at the climax, he says, "''Heracles''? I always thought it was pronounced ''Hercules''!" This line [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on the fact that the Romanized version of the name (Hercules) has generally replaced the original Greek (Heracles) in popular culture.

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* AccidentalMisnaming: When the Spirit makes his appereance appearance at the climax, he says, "''Heracles''? I always thought it was pronounced ''Hercules''!" This line [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on the fact that the Romanized version of the name (Hercules) has generally replaced the original Greek (Heracles) in popular culture.



* AlmostKiss: Spirit and Plaster of Paris, but they're stopped by the Octopus. The kiss for real later, after she turns on Octopus.
* AlterKocker: Commissioner Dolan, who lampshades this trope: "I'm just an alter kocker, ya gotta gimme something to work with here." When the Spirit has to explain to Officer Morgenstern what this means, Dolan complains "Jews these days don't even know their own language."



* AnachronismStew: Looking at the styles of fashion, cars and such, you'd think it was the 1940s, but there's modern technology such as laptops and smartphones. This gives you such odd scenes as the Spirit, who looks like ProtoSuperhero in the style of the Shadow, looking at a cellphone video, a woman dressed in the best of 40's fashion filming him in her cellphone, and a 40s-looking reporter, with fedora and all... accompained by a cameraman with a modern camera.

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* AnachronismStew: Looking at the styles of fashion, cars and such, you'd think it was the 1940s, but there's modern technology such as laptops and smartphones. This gives you such odd scenes as the Spirit, who looks like ProtoSuperhero in the style of the Shadow, looking at a cellphone video, a woman dressed in the best of 40's fashion filming him in her cellphone, and a 40s-looking reporter, with fedora and all... accompained accompanied by a cameraman with a modern camera.



* BadassLongcoat: The Octopus wear one. In the denouement, he's wearing a badass long ''fur'' coat.



* BellyDancer: Plaster of Paris outfit.
* BenevolentArchitecture: The Spirit feels that he was reborn as the GeniusLoci of Central City, and that it aids him as he fights for it. He ''does'' find plenty of convenient structures for him to LeParkour his way around, and snow does tend to fall on {{Mooks}} heads just when he needs a distraction...



* {{BFG}}: At the film's climax both Mortgenstern and The Octopus wield huge guns.
* BigBad: The Octopus, The Spirit's ArchEnemy.
* BigDamnKiss: Between Spirit and Sand near the end of the movie.



* BringMyRedJacket:
-->'''The Spirit''': Somebody get me a tie and it sure as hell better be red!



--->'''The Spirit:''' My city, I cannot deny her. My city screams. She is my mother. She is my lover, and I am her Spirit.

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--->'''The Spirit:''' Spirit''': My city, I cannot deny her. My city screams. She is my mother. She is my lover, and I am her Spirit.



* CheekCopy: The Spirit's preferred method of locating Sand. ''And it works''.

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* CasualKink: When The Spirit shows up to arrest Sand and holds up his handcuffs towards her.
--->'''Sand:''': You gonna arrest me? Or do you have something else in mind?
* CensorSteam: When Sand is standing naked in front of The Spirit, the steam from her shower obscures her nudity, only showing her SexySilhouette.
* CheekCopy: Sand prints a copy of her rear, The Spirit's preferred method of locating Sand. ''And Spirit retrieves it, immediately knowing that it's her "perfect ass". And then he shows it works''.to every bellboy at every swanky hotel in Central City to find where she's staying. A few complimentary comments later, it works.



* ChildhoodFriendRomance: The Spirit and Sand Saref who used to have a thing back when they were young and innocent.



* ClingyJealousGirl: Ellen is very jealous of The Spirit's flirtations and trysts with other women.



* CynicismCatalyst: as a child Sand become disenchanted with the city's corruption following the death of her father.
* DatingCatwoman: The Spirit with Sand Saref, his ChildhoodFriends turned FemmeFatale. He also has some of this with Plaster.



* DistractedByTheSexy: When the Spirit arrives at Sand Sarif's place with the intent to arrest her, he becomes obviously flustered when he sees her stepping out of the shower wearing only a towel. Made worse when his clumsy request for her to surrender causes her to drop her towel.



* DrivenToSuicide:
** Pete, Spirit's uncle, shot himself when he accidentally killed his cop friend, Sand's father.
** Sand also does this to Donenfeld threating to expose his



* EvilutionaryBiologist: The Octopus is trying to find the secret to immortality and godhood. He actually created the Spirit in one of his experiments when he brought a dead cop back to life. The Octopus' {{Mooks}} are also apparently artificial creations.
* ExactWords: Sand plays with the Spirit with this when he comes to arrest her while she's wearing a ModestyTowel
-->'''TheSpirit:''': I'm bringing you in. Hands behind your head.
-->'''Sand:''': You sure about that?
-->'''The Spirit:''': Don't make me repeat myself.Hands behind your head.
-->'''Sand:''': Your wish is my command. [she raises her arms and the towel slips to the floor]
* ExpendableClone: Played for BlackComedy with the Octopus clone army of expendable henchman. Eventually he has to be told to stop [[BadBoss bumping them off]] as they don't have time to clone new ones.
* EyesAreUnbreakable: The Octopus taunts the captive Spirit by having a fluffy white kitten melted alive in front of him. The kitten's entire body liquefies - fur, bones, everything - but its innocent blue eyes remain perfectly intact, afloat in a basin of liquid kitty.



* GoldDigger: Sand Sareff, ever since she was a little girl.
* GratuitousFrench: A lot of Plaster of Paris dialogue, which frustrates the Octopus.



* IgnoreTheFanservice: The Spirit attempts this when Sand drops her towel in front of him. He is quick to turn his back and ask her to put on a robe, but he's [[DistractedByTheSexy obviously affected by her.]]



* InNameOnly: The comic book ComicBook/TheSpirit is about a BadassNormal with no powers, who is a CelibateHero that gets nervous around women and wears an ugly, off the rack blue and white suit. This film is about a revived dead guy with a HealingFactor, who is a HandsomeLech in a stylish, tailored, black-on-black suit; and his enemy, the Octopus, is an intimidating and powerful gangster obsessed with not letting anyone see his face. In the film, he's a lower-tier scientist with ambitions of godhood who is incredibly vain and showoffy about his good looks. It's like they were trying to do the exact opposite of the comics. The irony? Creator/WillEisner gave the rights to Michael Uslan, the producer, on the understanding that Uslan wouldn't give the project to anyone who "didn't get it". There were further ironies in the fact that Creator/FrankMiller was a big fan of Eisner, one of Eisner's friends, and showed himself to be capable of understanding the concept of the Spirit as indicated by his Daredevil work.

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* InNameOnly: The comic book ComicBook/TheSpirit is about a BadassNormal with no powers, who is a CelibateHero that gets nervous around women and wears an ugly, off the rack blue and white suit. This film is about a revived dead guy with a HealingFactor, who is a HandsomeLech in a stylish, tailored, black-on-black suit; and his enemy, the Octopus, is an intimidating and powerful gangster obsessed with not letting anyone see his face. In the film, he's a lower-tier scientist with ambitions of godhood who is incredibly vain and showoffy show-offy about his good looks. It's like they were trying to do the exact opposite of the comics. The irony? Creator/WillEisner gave the rights to Michael Uslan, the producer, on the understanding that Uslan wouldn't give the project to anyone who "didn't get it". There were further ironies in the fact that Creator/FrankMiller was a big fan of Eisner, one of Eisner's friends, and showed himself to be capable of understanding the concept of the Spirit as indicated by his Daredevil work.work.
* InterruptedIntimacy: Ellen and The Spirit moment in her office is interrupted by her father and Morgenstern.



* LeaveBehindAPistol: Sand Serif does this to Donenfeld, [[YouHaveFailedMe after he fails her.]].
* LeParkour: The Spirit does this in Central City.



* MaleGaze: The film shamelessly indulges in this, although, given that the director is Creator/FrankMiller, this isn't particularly surprising. Eva Mendes gets the most of it with a full nude shot from the rear when Danny catches Saref in nothing but a towel.

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* MaleGaze: The film shamelessly indulges in this, although, given that the director is Creator/FrankMiller, this isn't particularly surprising. Eva Mendes Creator/EvaMendes gets the most of it with a full nude shot from the rear when Danny catches Saref in nothing but a towel.towel.
* ManOfTheCity: The Spirit. He starts off the movie by monologuing how he only lives to protect the city. She is all he needs to survive, and all he wants. He lives for the city. He will die for the city, and nothing else. His attitude is an unholy amalgamation of this trope, CargoShip, and MarriedToTheJob.



* MementoMacGuffin: The locket given to Sand Saref by The Spirit when they were children.



* ModestyTowel: When The Spirit first finds Sand he catches her stepping out of the shower wearing only a towel. When he asks her to surrender and put her hands behind her head, she coyly complies, [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl dropping the towel in the process.]]
* MoneyFetish: Sand Saref, an ultra materialistic FemmeFatale with a taste for the prettiest and most expensive things around. (and has been this way since her origin story!), even to the point of going after the Golden Fleece.



* MsFanservice: Creator/ScarlettJohansson, Creator/EvaMendes, Creator/PazVega and Jaime King (and, why not, Creator/SarahPaulson). It's a Frank Miller film. You work it out.

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* MsFanservice: Creator/ScarlettJohansson, Creator/EvaMendes, Creator/PazVega and Jaime King (and, why not, Creator/SarahPaulson).Most of the female characters would qualify. It's a Frank Miller film. You work it out. Notably:
** [[Creator/ScarlettJohansson Silken Floss]] who dons various costumes that would count as fetish costumes, including a Nazi one. [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman "Silken Floss is the most beautiful woman in the world," indeed.]]
** [[Creator/EvaMendes Sand Sariff]] a FemmeFatale who wears various formfitting outfits and luxurious dresses that show a lot of cleavage. She also gets a scene with Spirit walking on her with only ModestyTowel where she [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl drops it]] showing a full nude shot from her rear.
** [[Creator/PazVega Plaster of Paris]] another FemmeFatale who wears a BellyDancer outfit, showing her [[BareYourMidriff bare belly]] and plenty of cleavage and [[ShesGotLegs legs]].
* NakedFirstImpression: The first time The Spirit and Sand Sarif meet as adults quickly turns into this when she drops her towel in front of him.


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* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: The Spirit busts in on Sand Seraf after she just got out of the shower and tells her to put her hands up. She calmly agrees, and since she was holding up her ModestyTowel, it falls. Embarrassed, he turns around and says "Okay, put on a robe or something, but no tricks!"


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* PullingThemselvesTogether: This is how The Octopus and The Spirit are revealed to be practically immortal.


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* SexySilhouette: When Sand is naked in front of the Spirit we get a full frontal shot of her but the steam from her recent shower covers her nudity.
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: When Spirit tells a towel-clad Sand to put her hands behind her head, she coyly does so, causing her towel to slip off her body. She stands there flaunting her nudity to the flustered Spirit, who is quick to turn and ask her to PleasePutSomeClothesOn.


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* ShouldersUpNudity: Sand when she raises her arms to surrender to The Spirit, causing her ModestyTowel to fall to the floor.


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* SmallGirlBigGun: While Morgenstern looks like an ordinary rookie cop at first, later she pulls out a massive HandCannon of a gun.
-->'''Commissioner Dolan:''' Is every goddamn woman in this goddamn hellhole out of her goddamn mind?
-->'''Morgenstern:''' No, sir. We're just equipped.


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* ToplessnessFromTheBack: Sand is shown naked from the back before she steps behind her dressing screen after The Spirit tells her to PleasePutSomeClothesOn.


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* UsedToBeASweetKid: Sand Sareff before her father's death changed her.


** Full of trademark Creator/FrankMiller-esque dialog: "That's crazy talk...you're talkin' crazy talk!" Only Frank and Mickey Spillane talk like that.

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** Full of trademark Creator/FrankMiller-esque dialog: "That's crazy talk...you're talkin' crazy talk!" Only Frank and Mickey Spillane Creator/MickeySpillane talk like that.


* AnimalMotifs: The Spirit has a cat motif, he patrols the street like a black alley cat, has a fondness for cats and he gets enraged at The Octopus for killing a cat called Muffin. The Octopus also has an exaggerated Octopus motif.

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* AnimalMotifs: The Spirit has a cat motif, motif; he patrols the street like a black alley cat, has a fondness for cats cats, has several cat imagery/appearances and he gets enraged at The Octopus for killing a cat called Muffin. The Octopus also has an exaggerated Octopus octopus motif.


-->'''The Spirit:''' This is for Sand! ''[hits the Octopus]'' This is for me! ''[hits the Octopus]'' And this is for [[CuteKitten Muffins]]!!! ''[roundhouse kicks the Octopus into a pillar with a Nazi Eagle on top] ''

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-->'''The Spirit:''' This is for Sand! ''[hits the Octopus]'' This is for me! ''[hits the Octopus]'' And this is for [[CuteKitten Muffins]]!!! Muffin]]!!! ''[roundhouse kicks the Octopus into a pillar with a Nazi Eagle on top] ''''
* AnimalMotifs: The Spirit has a cat motif, he patrols the street like a black alley cat, has a fondness for cats and he gets enraged at The Octopus for killing a cat called Muffin. The Octopus also has an exaggerated Octopus motif.


** When the Spirit is hanging from a sculpture in danger of falling, one of the observers says [[Film/SupermanTheMovie "You'll believe a man]] ''[[Film/SupermanTheMovie can't]]'' [[Film/SupermanTheMovie fly."]]

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** When the Spirit is hanging from a sculpture and is in danger of falling, one of the observers says [[Film/SupermanTheMovie "You'll believe a man]] ''[[Film/SupermanTheMovie can't]]'' [[Film/SupermanTheMovie fly."]]

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** When the Spirit is hanging from a sculpture in danger of falling, one of the observers says [[Film/SupermanTheMovie "You'll believe a man]] ''[[Film/SupermanTheMovie can't]]'' [[Film/SupermanTheMovie fly."]]


* MarriedToTheJob: Pretty much everyone, as Ellen points out to the Commissioner.

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* MarriedToTheJob: Pretty much everyone, as Ellen points out to the Commissioner. The Spirit even monologues as if he was married to the city.



* NotSoDifferent:

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* NotSoDifferent:NotSoDifferent: No matter how much they fight, The Spirit's origin story is inextricably liked to The Octopus's experiments.

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* ActorAllusion:
** Creator/SamuelLJackson's character just ''can't'' shut up [[Film/{{Sphere}} about how much he loves eggs]].
** When Jackson opens the chest, it glows much like the briefcase in ''Film/PulpFiction''.
** At one point, Jackson is [[Anime/AfroSamurai dressed like a samurai]].
** Creator/EvaMendes [[Film/GhostRider had a relationship with someone who can't really die.]] They even have a flashback with TimeShiftedActors!


* SurroundedByIdiots: The Octopus can clone expendable henchmen, but can't make them smart. He ''tried'' to make a smart clone once. But the results were just... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5xWXJpSvzM plain damn weird.]]

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* SurroundedByIdiots: The Octopus can clone expendable henchmen, but can't make them smart. He ''tried'' to make a smart clone once. But the results were just... [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5xWXJpSvzM com/watch?v=fGV1kmATl0E plain damn weird.]]



* ThisIsGonnaSuck:

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* ThisIsGonnaSuck:ThisIsGonnaSuck: The Spirit [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgFa1bVTQEs wakes up]] StrappedToAnOperatingTable.

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* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Yes, this movie can calm down for a minute or two sometimes:
** There is a scene where almost immediately after his resurrection, Denny Colt pays a visit to the Commissioner to explain his intention of becoming a vigilante working outside of the law. Unlike the [[WorldOfHam rest of the movie]], the scene is played quietly and subtly.
** There is another scene where Ellen reminisces about the supposedly late Denny as her father listens [[SecretKeeper uncomfortably]].


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* KindHeartedCatLover: The Spirit has a crapton of cats at his home.


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* SecretKeeper: A flashback reveals that not long after he crawled out of his own grave, Denny Colt paid Commissioner Dolan a visit to explain his plans to become The Spirit. Dolan is clearly saddened to not be able to tell his daughter about this as she wistfully remembers Denny, who she still believes to be dead.


** As it would be an AffectionateParody of comic books made by FrankMiller.

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** As it would be an AffectionateParody of comic books made by FrankMiller.Creator/FrankMiller.


''The Spirit'' is a 2008 [[FilmNoir neo-noir]] {{superhero}} film, written and directed by Creator/FrankMiller and starring Gabriel Macht, Creator/EvaMendes, Creator/SarahPaulson, Creator/PazVega, Jaime King, Creator/ScarlettJohansson, and Creator/SamuelLJackson. The film is based on the {{newspaper comic|s}} ''ComicBook/TheSpirit'' by Creator/WillEisner.



* DirtyOldMan: Creator/FrankMiller. Like with ''Film/SinCity'', one wonders if he saw the film as a chance to put as many beautiful women (here Creator/ScarlettJohansson, Creator/EvaMendes, Creator/PazVega and Jaime King) in the same film together.

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* DirtyOldMan: Creator/FrankMiller. Like with ''Film/SinCity'', one wonders if he saw the film as a chance to put as many beautiful women (here Creator/ScarlettJohansson, Creator/EvaMendes, Creator/PazVega and Jaime King) in the same film together.%%* DirtyOldMan

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