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* CaptainObvious: Paul explaining the meaning of Johnny Longbow's Native American name. Because Kathy has to have it explained to her what a longbow is.
--> '''Paul:''' It translates... "[[ShapedLikeItself warrior's bow, which reaches long to its mark]]."


* LargeHam: Johnny is maybe slightly softer-spoken than your average ham, but he still has his occasional moments of ChewingTheScenery.

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* LargeHam: LargeHam:
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Johnny is maybe slightly softer-spoken than your average ham, but he still has his occasional moments of ChewingTheScenery.

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* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Discussed. The local sheriff calls Johnny Longbow to help him investigate a crime scene, even though (as Johnny notes) he's an anthrolopologist. Johnny ''does'' recognize the track left behind by the killer, though only because he saw it at a local museum.


* BasementDweller: Paul lives with his mother at age 24, and Kathy feels he's a very lonely man, his clear friendship with Johnny Longbow notwithstanding.

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* BasementDweller: Paul lives with his mother at age 24, and Kathy feels he's a very lonely man, his clear friendship with Johnny Longbow notwithstanding. While living at home in your 20s was unusual in the '70s, Paul is a graduate student and likely doesn't have a lot of money.


''Track of the Moon Beast'' is a horror movie about a somewhat boring professor of archaeology named Paul, who becomes slightly less boring when he's struck by a radioactive fragment of moon rock during a meteor shower, causing him to transform into a lizard monster when under the light of the moon, because of something about Native American gods.

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''Track of the Moon Beast'' is a horror movie about a somewhat boring professor of archaeology grad student named Paul, who becomes slightly less boring when he's struck by a radioactive fragment of moon rock during a meteor shower, causing him to transform into a lizard monster when under the light of the moon, because of something about Native American gods.


* {{Fanservice}}: Say what you want about Paul, but he's got a great body. He spends roughly [[WalkingShirtlessScene 1/3 of his screentime topless]].

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* {{Fanservice}}: Say what you want about Paul, but he's got a great body. He spends roughly [[WalkingShirtlessScene 1/3 of his screentime topless]]. Kathy's fondness for tiny shorts and skirts provides a little fanservice in the other direction.

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* WhoWearsShortShorts: Kathy's outfits consist of short shorts or a DangerouslyShortSkirt.


* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Paul's lizard. We're shown a shot of its cage busted open after Paul's first rampage, but it's unclear whether the lizard escaped, Paul killed it, or if it's a poorly handled RedHerring.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Paul's lizard. We're shown a shot of its cage busted open after Paul's first rampage, but it's unclear whether the lizard escaped, Paul killed it, Paul absorbed it, or if it's a poorly handled RedHerring.


* IncrediblyLameFun: Possibly even in-universe, as Johnny, Kathy, and Bud are utterly delighted with their practical joke on Paul, which got no reaction from him other than a mild look of puzzlement. They even explain the whole thing, as if ""brandishing a mask while yelling" is far too complicated and clever for Paul to understand otherwise.

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* IncrediblyLameFun: Possibly even in-universe, as Johnny, Kathy, and Bud are utterly delighted with their practical joke on Paul, which got no reaction from him other than a mild look of puzzlement. They even explain the whole thing, as if ""brandishing "brandishing a mask while yelling" is far too complicated and clever for Paul to understand otherwise.

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* IncrediblyLameFun: Possibly even in-universe, as Johnny, Kathy, and Bud are utterly delighted with their practical joke on Paul, which got no reaction from him other than a mild look of puzzlement. They even explain the whole thing, as if ""brandishing a mask while yelling" is far too complicated and clever for Paul to understand otherwise.


* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: It's claimed that the closest living relative of the ''TyrannosaurusRex'' is the Komodo dragon. It's not. In fact, literally the only thing linking them together is the fact that both are reptiles--beyond that, they couldn't be any more different.

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* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: It's claimed that the closest living relative of the ''TyrannosaurusRex'' is the Komodo dragon. It's not. In fact, literally the only thing linking them together is the fact that both are reptiles--beyond reptiles[[note]]Thanks to ScienceMarchesOn, even ''that'' can no longer be considered true, what with research showing how ''T. rex'' had far more in common with birds than reptiles.[[/note]]--beyond that, they couldn't be any more different.


* ChekhovsGun: Johnny's archery skills.

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsSkill: Johnny's archery skills.


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* ImprobableAimingSkills: Johnny Longbow; heck, his name comes from the fact he's an excellent archer. Becomes ChekhovsSkill at the climax.


%% * MagicalNativeAmerican: Johnny Longbow.

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%% * MagicalNativeAmerican: Johnny Longbow.Longbow is an aversion. He stays strictly on the scientific explanation of Paul's transformation, and notes that old Native American legends are probably based on a similar occurance of a meteor fragment in the past.

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* DownerEnding: The movie is essentially Paul deteriorating before being DrivenToSuicide and doesn't even get to [[DyingAsYourself die as himself]].

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