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''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.

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


* AdaptationalBadass: The Spirit from the comics was a BadassNormal whose death was FauxDeath in the form of suspended animation. The Spirit in the movie actually died and was resurrected by the Octopus's serum, which in turn gave him a HealingFactor that renders him near-unkillable.



* LoveTriangle: The Spirit is in one of these with Ellen Dolan and Sand Saref, and every other woman in the movie (except maybe Morgenstern). And death incarnate. And ''the city''. Let's re-emphasize: '''''the Angel of Death is in love with the Spirit!'''''

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* LoveTriangle: TheLostLenore: Denny Colt to the likes of Ellen and Sand.
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The Spirit is in one of these with Ellen Dolan and Sand Saref, and every other woman in the movie (except maybe Morgenstern). And death incarnate. And ''the city''. Let's re-emphasize: '''''the Angel of Death is in love with the Spirit!'''''


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* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: The Spirit figures out that Sand is after the Golden Fleece based on her MoneyFetish and fascination with ''The Argonauts'' from when they were teens. Sand is distressed because literally the only person in the world who would know this is Denny Colt, who is supposed to be dead.


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* WorfHadTheFlu: The Spirit has a fairly inconsistent HealingFactor (exactly what the extent of the injuries he can handle before falling into a temporary near-dead state is unclear) that is {{Hand Wave}}d by the Octopus expositing to the audience that his serum, which gave both of them the power, is unstable.

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* TheFaceless: Subverted as while The Spirit's mask doesn't necessarily completely obscure his entire face, he is never seen without it. All scenes with Denny Colt even only hides it in silhouette.

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->''"My city screams. She needs me. She is my love. She is my life. And I am her Spirit."''


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

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


* GratuitousFrench: A lot of Plaster of Paris dialogue, which frustrates the Octopus.

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* GratuitousFrench: A lot of Plaster of Paris Paris's dialogue, which frustrates the Octopus.


* DatingCatwoman: The Spirit with Sand Saref, his ChildhoodFriends turned FemmeFatale. He also has some of this with Plaster.

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* DatingCatwoman: The Spirit with Sand Saref, his ChildhoodFriends ChildhoodFriend turned FemmeFatale. He also has some of this with Plaster.


* CynicismCatalyst: as a child Sand become disenchanted with the city's corruption following the death of her father.

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* CynicismCatalyst: as As a child child, Sand become disenchanted with the city's corruption following the death of her father.


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

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


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

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


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 (''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.

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In Central City, rookie cop Denny Colt (''Gabriel Macht'') (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 (''Creator/SamuelLJackson''), (Creator/SamuelLJackson), in a mud hole, FemmeFatale Sand Saref (''Creator/EvaMendes'') (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.


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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]].

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