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* SuddenlySexuality: {{Played with}} and PlayedForDrama in a surprising way. Anja has a boyfriend when she meets Thelma but, within days of meeting her, she's broken up with him and is walking to Thelma's apartment. [[spoiler:Thelma's father tells her that he thinks Anja never loved her, she just wanted it so badly she "made it true". However, it is still possible that Anja had a sexual epiphany or that she was always bisexual.]]


** Traditional male and traditional Female displays in society.

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** Traditional male and traditional Female female displays in society.


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* LongingLook: Anja in her [[SwimsuitScene black swimsuit]] and later {{little black dress}} inspires intense looks from Thelma, displaying her attraction to the other girl.

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* MixedAncestry: Anja's mother is White, while she clearly is not. We don't see her father though, and thus his race isn't made clear.


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* TwoferTokenMinority: Anja is the only character of color in the film, and ([[AmbiguouslyBi possibly]]) a bisexual woman.


* CharacterTitle: The film is named after the protagonist.



* QueerRomance: Thelma is drawn to Anja, a female student whom she meets at the university. Anja kisses her and thus seems to reciprocate her attraction. [[spoiler:It's later hinted however that Thelma manifested this with her powers, and left unclear if Anja was really attracted to her.]]

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* QueerRomance: Thelma is drawn to Anja, a female student whom she meets at the university. Anja kisses her and thus seems to reciprocate her attraction. [[spoiler:It's later hinted however that Thelma manifested this with her powers, and left unclear if Anja was really feeling attracted to her.]]a woman and dealing with the fact, alongside her burgeoning psychic powers, is the main theme of the film.



* SpeculativeFictionLGBT: A much more grounded example of this trope, Thelma's ComingOutStory (as she discovers her attraction to Anja and lesbianism) is reflected in her discovery of her powers.
* SuddenlySexuality: Played with and PlayedForDrama in a surprising way. Anja has a boyfriend when she meets Thelma but, within days of meeting her, she's broken up with him and is walking to Thelma's apartment. [[spoiler:Thelma's father tells her that he thinks Anja never loved her, she just wanted it so badly she "made it true". However, it is still possible that Anja had a sexual epiphany or that she was always bisexual.]]

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* SpeculativeFictionLGBT: A much more grounded example of this trope, The film parallels the main character Thelma's ComingOutStory (as she discovers discovery of her attraction to Anja and lesbianism) is reflected in terrifying powers against her discovery of her powers.
sexuality as she falls in love with another woman. As this is modern Norway, it's all played much more discreetly and CloserToEarth than some variations on this trope.
* SuddenlySexuality: Played with {{Played with}} and PlayedForDrama in a surprising way. Anja has a boyfriend when she meets Thelma but, within days of meeting her, she's broken up with him and is walking to Thelma's apartment. [[spoiler:Thelma's father tells her that he thinks Anja never loved her, she just wanted it so badly she "made it true". However, it is still possible that Anja had a sexual epiphany or that she was always bisexual.]]


* HealingHands: Thelma cures [[spoiler:her mother's paralysis]] near the end.



* {{Patricide}}: Thelma was asleep [[spoiler: when her father was killed in the lake. During the burgeoning of powers but also because of repression, much of her psychokinesis happens when she’s dreaming. Her father was killed as his hands caught fire and it spread throughout his body. He would have burned to death but he resolved this by drowning himself in the lake instead. Upon realizing this as she woke up, Thelma was completely horrified and remorseful over her father’s death]].

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* {{Patricide}}: Thelma was asleep [[spoiler: when her father was killed in the lake. During the burgeoning of her powers but also because of repression, much of her psychokinesis happens when she’s dreaming. Her father was killed as his hands caught fire and it spread throughout his body. He would have burned to death but he resolved this by drowning himself in the lake instead. Upon realizing this as she woke up, Thelma was completely horrified then and remorseful over her father’s death]].


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* QueerRomance: Thelma is drawn to Anja, a female student whom she meets at the university. Anja kisses her and thus seems to reciprocate her attraction. [[spoiler:It's later hinted however that Thelma manifested this with her powers, and left unclear if Anja was really attracted to her.]]


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* ThrowingOffTheDisability: Due to Thelma's powers, [[spoiler:her mother can walk again.]]


* {{Brainwashed}}: Thelma is able to make people do things she wants (like arrive at her building and kiss her) by wishing it. She's appalled to realize this may be [[spoiler:why Anja is attracted to her.]]



* EroticDream: Thelma has one at a party of Anja having sex with her.



* {{Gayngst}}: Thelma struggles very much with her feelings after she's attracted to Anja and kisses her.

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* {{Gayngst}}: Thelma struggles very much with her feelings after she's attracted to Anja and Anja, kisses her.her and then has an erotic dream about them, as she was raised a conservative Christian. [[spoiler:By the end of the film she's accepted her sexuality and dates Anja]].



* HomoeroticDream: Thelma has one at a party of Anja having sex with her, confirming her growing attraction.



* MindManipulation: Thelma is able to make people do things she wants (like arrive at her building and kiss her) by wishing it. She's appalled to realize this may be [[spoiler:why Anja is attracted to her.]]


* DepravedBisexual: Anja stalks Thelma and instantly drops most of her other friends and her boyfriend for Thelma. Which becomes much more meaningful when [[spoiler:Tron suggests that Thelma unknowingly guided Anja into that kind of obsessive attraction to her with her powers.]]

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* DepravedBisexual: Anja stalks Thelma and instantly drops most of her other friends and her boyfriend for Thelma. Which It then becomes much more meaningful when [[spoiler:Tron suggests that Thelma had unknowingly guided Anja into that kind of obsessive attraction to her with her powers.]]


* DepravedBisexual: Anja stalks Thelma and instantly drops most of her other friends and her boyfriend for Thelma. Which becomes much more meaningful when [[spoiler:Tron suggests that Thelma unknowingly guided Anja towards that kind of obsessive attraction to her.]]

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* DepravedBisexual: Anja stalks Thelma and instantly drops most of her other friends and her boyfriend for Thelma. Which becomes much more meaningful when [[spoiler:Tron suggests that Thelma unknowingly guided Anja towards into that kind of obsessive attraction to her.her with her powers.]]


* AmbiguouslyBi: Anja is dating a guy at the start, then breaks up with him and grows attracted to Thelma. However, it's left unclear if she genuinely felt this way, or was compelled by Thelma's powers.
* AntiHero: While Thelma isn’t necessarily unethical, she’s not a hero, a monster, or a victim. She’s none of those and all of those at once.

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* AmbiguouslyBi: Anja is dating a guy at the start, then breaks up with him and grows attracted to Thelma. However, it's [[spoiler:it's left unclear if she genuinely felt this way, or was compelled by Thelma's powers.
powers.]]
* AntiHero: While Thelma isn’t necessarily unethical, she’s not a hero, a monster, or a victim. She’s none of those AmbiguouslyBrown: Anja has dark skin and all of those at once. seems like she might be part Black from her features. Her mother is White and we don't see her father, leaving it unknown if he's Black or not.



* AmbiguouslyBrown: Anja has dark skin and seems like she might be part Black from her features. Her mother is White and we don't see her father, leaving it unknown if he's Black or not.


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* AntiHero: While Thelma isn’t necessarily unethical, she’s not a hero, a monster, or a victim. She’s none of those and all of those at once.
* BackFromTheDead: Thelma raises a dead bird from the dead, and later also [[spoiler:restores Anja, who she vanished earlier]].


* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler:Thelma unwittingly killed her little brother and father using her powers. She also possibly killed Anja, though temporarily in her case.]]



* AmbiguouslyBi: Anja is dating a guy at the start, then breaks up with him and grows attracted to Thelma. However, it's left unclear if she genuinely felt this way, or was compelled by Thelma's powers.



* AmbiguouslyBrown: Anja has dark skin and seems like she might be part Black from her features. Her mother is White and we don't see her father, leaving it unknown if he's Black or not.



* ClosetKey: Thelma discovers she's attracted to women by meeting Anja.



* DisappearedDad: Anja's father lives abroad and isn't in contact with her. She says they've only spoken ten times or so. This seems to be a pattern with him from what she says, and he has lots of kids though she doesn't think he likes children. Because of this, she can't imagine having a close relationship with her father like Thelma does.



* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Thelma is one.

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* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: EroticDream: Thelma is one. has one at a party of Anja having sex with her.


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* GenderRestrictedAbility: Thelma discovers that her paternal grandmother shared her powers. Her father doesn't though, implying they're only inherited by females.


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* LipstickLesbian: Thelma is a quite feminine young woman who's attracted to her female classmate Anja. Meanwhile Anja too is a feminine woman and reciprocates her attraction, but may be bisexual as she's also shown dating a guy before. However, [[spoiler:Anja's attraction to her may be induced by Thelma's powers.]]


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* MindManipulation: Thelma is able to make people do things she wants (like arrive at her building and kiss her) by wishing it. She's appalled to realize this may be [[spoiler:why Anja is attracted to her.]]
* MindOverMatter: Thelma is capable of moving objects, vanishing them, teleporting, levitating and starting fires with her mind. At first she can't control it, but can by the end of the film.


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* TheTeetotaler: Thelma starts out as not drinking due to her strict Christian upbringing. She later does drink though and confesses this to her father. He says it's okay in moderation, and she's an adult now so it's up to her.


* BungledSuicide: Thelma’s mom [[spoiler: survived her suicide attempt but is left injured, having to use a wheelchair and can walk only with great difficulty.]] It’s indicated that she resents and blames Thelma for this.

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* BungledSuicide: Thelma’s mom [[spoiler: survived her suicide attempt but is left injured, having to use a wheelchair and can walk only with great difficulty.paralyzed.]] It’s indicated that she resents and blames Thelma for this.



* DepravedBisexual: Anja stalks Thelma and instantly drops most of her other friends and her boyfriend for Thelma. Which becomes much more meaningful when [[spoiler:Tron suggests that Thelma unknowingly guided Anja towards that kind of obsessive attraction to her.]]



* PsychoLesbian: Deconstructed all over the place.
** Anja stalks Thelma and instantly drops most of her other friends and her boyfriend for Thelma. Which becomes much more meaningful when [[spoiler:Tron suggests that Thelma unknowingly guided Anja towards that kind of obsessive attraction to her.]]
** Thelma has some terrifying powers and the ending possibly shows her embracing their ControlFreak potential. Except...Thelma genuinely [[IJustWantToBeLoved only wants to have friends and romantic connections]], it's impossible not to sympathize with how lonely she is, and [[spoiler:even if she ''did'' pull Anja towards her, she didn't do it knowingly.]] In fact, it's heavily implied that this is because of Thelma's sexual awakening - her lesbianism is just who she is.

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* PsychoLesbian: Deconstructed all over the place. \n** Anja stalks Thelma and instantly drops most of her other friends and her boyfriend for Thelma. Which becomes much more meaningful when [[spoiler:Tron suggests that Thelma unknowingly guided Anja towards that kind of obsessive attraction to her.]]\n** Thelma has some terrifying powers and the ending possibly shows her embracing their ControlFreak potential. Except...Thelma genuinely [[IJustWantToBeLoved only wants to have friends and romantic connections]], it's impossible not to sympathize with how lonely she is, and [[spoiler:even if she ''did'' pull Anja towards her, she didn't do it knowingly.]] In fact, it's heavily implied that this is because of Thelma's sexual awakening - her lesbianism is just who she is.



* SuddenlySexuality: Played with and PlayedForDrama in a surprising way. Anja has a boyfriend when she meets Thelma but, within days of meeting her, she's broken up with him and is walking to Thelma's apartment. [[spoiler:Thelma's father tells her that he thinks Anja never loved her, she just wanted it so badly she "made it true". However, it is still possible that Anja had a sexuality epiphany or that she was always bisexual.]]

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* SuddenlySexuality: Played with and PlayedForDrama in a surprising way. Anja has a boyfriend when she meets Thelma but, within days of meeting her, she's broken up with him and is walking to Thelma's apartment. [[spoiler:Thelma's father tells her that he thinks Anja never loved her, she just wanted it so badly she "made it true". However, it is still possible that Anja had a sexuality sexual epiphany or that she was always bisexual.]]



** Thelma was guilt-ridden upon realizing that she [[spoiler: compelled Anja to walk to her apartment. Wanting to be with Anja is something that she may have wished for but it doesn’t necessarily mean that she wanted it to be realized especially if Anja didn’t do it of her own accord.]]
* ThoughtControlledPower: To Thelma’s distress, but near the end of the film, to her empowerment. Thelma’s abilities require minimal effort since she can teleport people and objects, can alter her environment, among other things. As her power grows, she can teleport people or make others cease to exist without even looking at them or regardless of their proximity to her.

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** Thelma was guilt-ridden upon realizing that she [[spoiler: compelled Anja to walk to her apartment. Wanting to be with Anja is something that she may have wished for but it doesn’t necessarily mean that she wanted it to be realized realized, especially if Anja didn’t do it of her own accord.]]
* ThoughtControlledPower: To Thelma’s distress, but near the end of the film, to her empowerment. Thelma’s abilities require minimal effort since she can teleport people or objects and objects, can alter her environment, among other things. As her power grows, she can teleport people or make others cease to exist without even looking at them or regardless of their proximity to her.


* AntiHero: While Thelma isn’t necessarily unethical; she’s not a hero, a monster, or a victim. She’s none of those and all of those at once.

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* AntiHero: While Thelma isn’t necessarily unethical; unethical, she’s not a hero, a monster, or a victim. She’s none of those and all of those at once.



* BewareTheNiceOnes / BewareTheQuietOnes: Thelma is sweet, likeable, and an adorable young lady but [[spoiler: she is capable of erasing someone from existence or to put them somewhere, rendering that person to exist and not exist at the same time, physically displace them to less hospitable places, or to have them killed regardless of their proximity and for them to die in any way she imagines possible.]]

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* BewareTheNiceOnes / BewareTheQuietOnes: Thelma is sweet, likeable, likable, and an adorable young lady but [[spoiler: she is capable of erasing someone from existence or to put them somewhere, rendering that person to exist and not exist at the same time, physically displace them to less hospitable places, or to have them killed regardless of their proximity and for them to die in any way she imagines possible.]]



* BookEnds: The film begins with the screen zooming in on Thelma, and it ends with [[spoiler: Thelma ''pulling'' the scene towards her demonstrating that she’s zeroing in on her environment and that she can control it.]]

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* BookEnds: The film begins with the screen zooming in on Thelma, and it ends with [[spoiler: Thelma ''pulling'' the scene towards her her, demonstrating that she’s zeroing in on her environment and that she can control it.]]



* BungledSuicide: Thelma’s mom [[spoiler: survived her suicide attempt but is left paralysed.]] It’s indicated that she resents and blames Thelma for this.

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* BungledSuicide: Thelma’s mom [[spoiler: survived her suicide attempt but is left paralysed.injured, having to use a wheelchair and can walk only with great difficulty.]] It’s indicated that she resents and blames Thelma for this.



** Trond laying Thelma’s hand over the candle flame and feeling the pain from it as he says that this is what hell feels like. [[spoiler: Nearing the end of the film, Trond is killed by having his hands first set on fire then it spread all throughout his body]].

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** Trond laying Thelma’s hand over the candle flame and feeling the pain from it as he says that this is what hell Hell feels like. [[spoiler: Nearing the end of the film, Trond is killed by having his hands first set on fire then it spread spreading all throughout his body]].



** Oddly enough, the lake itself. [[spoiler: All three generations of the males in their family have all died in the lake. Her grandfather was last seen there, her little brother was trapped in the frozen lake, and her own father drowned there.]] This was reversed in the climactic scene [[spoiler: where she swims in the lake and was able to find Anja.]]

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** Oddly enough, the lake itself. [[spoiler: All three generations of the males in their family have all died in the lake. Her grandfather was last seen there, her little brother was trapped in the frozen lake, and her own father drowned there.]] This was reversed in the climactic scene [[spoiler: where she swims in the lake and was able to find Anja.]]



-->'''Thelma''': I’m angry with you god. Why are you doing this to me? What do you want? And I feel angry with dad as well. I’m not worth it. He has to stop, I can’t take it anymore.

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-->'''Thelma''': I’m angry with you god.God. Why are you doing this to me? What do you want? And I feel angry with dad as well. I’m not worth it. He has to stop, I can’t take it anymore.



* ChekhovsSkill: Subverted. Thelma's swimming appears to be this way when she realizes that her father is missing and jumps into the water to skim to him. [[spoiler:As she's swimming, she appears to decide that Anja is more important to her, so she stops swimming and gets washed ashore.]]

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* ChekhovsSkill: Subverted. Thelma's swimming appears to be this way when she realizes that her father is missing and jumps into the water to skim swim to him. [[spoiler:As she's swimming, she appears to decide that Anja is more important to her, so she stops swimming and gets washed ashore.]]



* ComingOutStory: Alongside the ComingOfAgeStory, as Thelma has just left home for the first time and discovers her sexuality.

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* ComingOutStory: Alongside the ComingOfAgeStory, as Thelma has just left home for the first time and discovers her sexuality.sexuality by feeling attracted to another woman, which she struggles greatly with.



** Fire and water

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** Fire and waterwater.



** Urban and rural
** Natural bodies of water (Lake) and manmade (swimming pools)
** Dark and light
** Purity (milk) and blood
** Faith and doubt
** Traditional Male and traditional Female displays in society

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** Urban and rural
rural.
** Natural bodies of water (Lake) and manmade man-made (swimming pools)
pools).
** Dark and light
light.
** Purity (milk) and blood
blood.
** Faith and doubt
doubt.
** Traditional Male male and traditional Female displays in societysociety.



* {{Gayngst}}: Thelma struggles very much with her feelings after she hooks up with Anja for the first time.

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* {{Gayngst}}: Thelma struggles very much with her feelings after she hooks up with she's attracted to Anja for the first time.and kisses her.



* GoneHorriblyRight: Poor Thelma. She has experienced this several times throughout her life when one occasion has been proven too much for one lifetime, [[spoiler: especially with her little brother and Anja]]
* GreyAndGrayMorality: The film doesn’t make a clear dichotomy on who’s right and who’s wrong since the characters make choices on what they think is right or best. Thelma’s parents who are emotionally distant but still care for her are still dealing with unresolved issues and have no idea on how to raise a child who is beyond their range of comprehension, while Thelma’s constantly at a dilemma on whether her thoughts and yearnings could be destructive to others even if it could benefit herself. There are no clear antagonists since the characters have an internal logic to their actions and even Thelma’s abilities aren’t necessarily good or bad in itself. Her power is as benevolent or destructive depending on how or why she uses it, and it’s still never that simple.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: Poor Thelma. She has experienced this several times throughout her life when one occasion has been proven too much for one lifetime, [[spoiler: especially with her little brother and Anja]]
Anja]].
* GreyAndGrayMorality: The film doesn’t make a clear dichotomy on who’s right and who’s wrong since the characters make choices on what they think is right or best. Thelma’s parents who are emotionally distant but still care for her are still dealing with unresolved issues and have no idea on how to raise a child who is beyond their range of comprehension, while Thelma’s constantly at a dilemma on whether her thoughts and yearnings could be destructive to others even if it could benefit herself. There are no clear antagonists since the characters have an internal logic to their actions and even Thelma’s abilities aren’t necessarily good or bad in itself. Her power is as benevolent or destructive depending on how or why she uses it, and it’s still never that simple.



** Having nigh-boundless psychic powers but studying the earthiest of the sciences: Biology.

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** Having nigh-boundless psychic powers but studying the earthiest of the sciences: Biology.biology.



* MagicalQueer: Deconstructed. While Thelma ''is'' magical and she ''is'' queer, her powers come not in the power of special wisdom or kindness, but in a terrifying vision of both liberation ''and'' anarchy due to her religious repression.



* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: The ballet that Thelma went to along with Anja and her mom is about a child recognising their autonomy and living a life outside of their parents’s influence.
* MeaningfulName: Thelma (will), Brenn (burn)

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* MagicalQueer: Deconstructed. While Thelma ''is'' magical and she ''is'' queer, her powers come not in the power of special wisdom or kindness, but in a terrifying vision of both liberation ''and'' anarchy due to her religious repression.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: The ballet that Thelma went to along with Anja and her mom is about a child recognising recognizing their autonomy and living a life outside of their parents’s influence.
* MeaningfulName: Thelma (will), Brenn (burn)(burn).



* NoAntagonist: The film is about Thelma’s journey along with resolving her internal conflict, even her parents whose methods for raising her turn out to be unhealthy in the end, aren’t necessarily evil people but are doing their best to raise her well and to deal with the horrible situations that they went through in the past. [[spoiler: Depending on your interpretation, the film could be about the birth of the [[VillainProtagonist ultimate powerful woman with a darker side]] and is about to embrace it.]]
* OffingTheOffspring: Thelma’s [[spoiler: dad and mom, especially her dad, are morose over making the difficult decision to euthanize their daughter.]]
* OhCrap: Thelma seeing Anja outside her apartment, much to her horror.

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* NoAntagonist: The film is about Thelma’s journey along with resolving her internal conflict, even conflict. Even her parents parents, whose methods for raising her turn out to be unhealthy in the end, aren’t necessarily evil people but are doing their best to raise her well and to deal with the horrible situations that they went through in the past. [[spoiler: Depending on your interpretation, the film could be about the birth of the [[VillainProtagonist ultimate powerful woman with a darker side]] and who is about to embrace it.]]
* OffingTheOffspring: Thelma’s [[spoiler: dad and mom, especially her dad, are morose over making the difficult decision to euthanize their daughter.daughter (they fail). Her dad also had previously considered shooting Thelma as a child when she'd inadvertently killed her little brother, but refrains.]]
* OhCrap: Thelma seeing Anja outside her apartment, much to her horror.horror as she realized she'd summoned her.



* OverprotectiveDad: Thelma’s dad and mom regularly looks over her schedule and calls her every night to make sure that she eats or doesn’t give in to hedonistic practices. They may be protective and watch carefully over their daughter but they are shown to be emotionally distant.

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* OverprotectiveDad: Thelma’s dad and mom regularly looks over her schedule and he calls her every night to make sure that she eats or doesn’t give in to hedonistic practices. They may be protective and watch carefully over their daughter but they are shown to be emotionally distant.



* {{Parricide}}: Thelma was asleep [[spoiler: when her father was killed in the lake. During the burgeoning of powers but also because of repression, much of her psychokinesis happens when she’s dreaming. Her father was killed as his hands caught fire and it spread throughout his body. He would have burned to death but he resolved by drowning himself in the lake instead. Upon realizing this as she woke up, Thelma was completely horrified and remorseful over her father’s death]].

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* {{Parricide}}: {{Patricide}}: Thelma was asleep [[spoiler: when her father was killed in the lake. During the burgeoning of powers but also because of repression, much of her psychokinesis happens when she’s dreaming. Her father was killed as his hands caught fire and it spread throughout his body. He would have burned to death but he resolved this by drowning himself in the lake instead. Upon realizing this as she woke up, Thelma was completely horrified and remorseful over her father’s death]].

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* MagicalQueer: Deconstructed. While Thelma ''is'' magical and she ''is'' queer, her powers come not in the power of special wisdom or kindness, but in a terrifying vision of both liberation ''and'' anarchy due to her religious repression.


-->'''Thelma''':[[spoiler: I’m angry with you god. Why are you doing this to me? What do you want? And I feel angry with dad as well. I’m not worth it. He has to stop, I can’t take it anymore.]]

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-->'''Thelma''':[[spoiler: -->'''Thelma''': I’m angry with you god. Why are you doing this to me? What do you want? And I feel angry with dad as well. I’m not worth it. He has to stop, I can’t take it anymore.]]


* PsychologicalHorror: With it’s themes of repression, existential dread, and fulfilling her potential and being true to her destiny while being put through the wringer many times, Thelma’s journey can qualify as this.

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* PsychologicalHorror: With it’s its themes of repression, existential dread, and fulfilling her potential and being true to her destiny while being put through the wringer many times, Thelma’s journey can qualify as this.

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