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* BadassBoast: Christine manages to get out an epic one without being able to speak. [[spoiler: Dennis is attempting to crush her to death under the treads of a bulldozer? Her radio starts blaring out a taunting rendition of "Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay."]]


* AdaptedOut: In the climax of the novel: Dennis and Leigh fight Christine with a pink tanker truck named Petunia which is personified similar to Christine. In the movie: She's replaced with a bulldozer.

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In the climax of the novel: Dennis and Leigh fight Christine with a pink tanker truck named Petunia which is personified similar to Christine. In the movie: She's replaced with a bulldozer.bulldozer.
** Buddy's acquaintances Sandy Galton and Bobby Stanton aren't included.
** Detective Junkins partner Mercer is cut out.
** Dennis's parents and sister don't appear.



* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Roseanne, who likes Dennis, who becomes interested in new girl Leigh, who begins dating his best friend Arnie, who becomes obsessed with his car, Christine.

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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Roseanne, who Roseanne likes Dennis, who becomes interested in new girl Leigh, who begins dating his best friend Arnie, who becomes obsessed with his car, Christine.


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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: A sibling version. Regina Cunningham finds herself confiding in her sister Vicky as Arnie's troubles pile up, with Vicky only being supportive even though Regina has been pretty condescending to her sister (for the BoringButPractical career choices of Vicky, her husband and their children). Receiving this compassion makes Regina realize her sister would be warranted withholding it, feel guiltier for her past behavior and strive to become closer.


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* TheCheerleader /PomPomGirl: Minor character Roseanne, who is flirty and (at least compared to Leigh) not too intelligent, but not necessarily mean either. In the book, Dennis doesn't even always think of her by name, just as "the cheerleader". She does seem to be energetic and engaged while cheering on the football game in one scene of the movie.


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* HighSchoolHustler: Sandy Galton's brother is a variant, being mentioned as the high school pot dealer.


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* HopeSpot: Arnie's dad seems to partially break through Christine's hold on him, and the feud between him and his mother, by getting a garage to keep the car at. Then Buddy and his gang vandalize Christine at the garage and both boy and car go over the deep end, while somewhat blaming Mr. Cunningham for Christine being at the garage in the first place.


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Sandy Galton packs up his car and leaves town not long after Christine starts killing people (although this is at least partially because Buddy is mad at him for almost squealing to the police rather than being solely due to the killings).


* TheEndOrIsIt: At the end, Dennis and Leigh are looking at the crushed cube that was once Christine. Then [[OhCrap they hear some rock'n'roll]]... but it's actually a guy walking past with a boombox. ''Then'' the camera slowly zooms in on Christine... and there's a groan as part of her frame starts to move...

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* TheEndOrIsIt: At the end, Dennis and Leigh are looking at the crushed cube that was once Christine. Then [[OhCrap they hear some rock'n'roll]]... but it's actually a guy walking past with a boombox. ''Then'' the camera slowly zooms in on Christine... and there's a groan as part of her frame grille starts to move...


* TemptingFate: In the film, Christine is following Buddy Repperton. After a brief chase, he goes fishtailing into the gas station and skids to a stop.

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* TemptingFate: In the film, Christine is following Buddy Repperton. After a brief chase, he goes fishtailing into the gas station and skids skidded to a stop.



-->''[hears the sound of an engine]''

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-->''[hears the -->''[the sound of an engine]''engine can be heard]''



-->''[Christine tires screech as she takes the same turn more gracefully than Buddy managed and crunches his Camaro against the gas station wall, totaling it]''

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-->''[Christine tires let out a screech as she takes took the same turn more gracefully than Buddy managed and crunches his to. She drove right into the side of Buddy's Camaro and to a sudden stop, the car crunched against the gas station wall, totaling it]''wall. Its hood popped off of one its hinges and now flopped lopsided, which seemingly matched Buddy's shocked expression]''

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* SinisterCar: The titular Christine is a murderous SentientVehicle.

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* AnAssKickingChristmas: The third act (and the majority of the murders) takes place over several days of early December.


** Christine ''literally'' talks through her radio by playing appropriate songs from TheFifties. This works particularly well in the film: If someone tries to open one of her doors which she has locked to keep that person out, she plays "Keep A-Knockin'" by Music/LittleRichard. She [[spoiler:mourns Arnie's death]] with "Pledging My Love" by Johnny Ace. And when Dennis tries to crush her with the bulldozer, she flaunts her ([[TheEndOrIsIt maybe not so much]]) alleged invincibility by blasting "Rock & Roll Is Here To Stay" by Danny & The Juniors.

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** Christine ''literally'' talks through her radio by playing appropriate songs from TheFifties. This works particularly well in the film: If someone tries to open one of her doors which she has locked to keep that person out, she plays "Keep A-Knockin'" by Music/LittleRichard. Just before going after Moochie, she plays "Little Bitty Pretty One" by Thurston Harris in a rather taunting way like she's saying "I'm back." She [[spoiler:mourns Arnie's death]] with "Pledging My Love" by Johnny Ace. And when Dennis tries to crush her with the bulldozer, she flaunts her ([[TheEndOrIsIt maybe not so much]]) alleged invincibility by blasting "Rock & Roll Is Here To Stay" by Danny & The Juniors.

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*TemptingFate: In the film, Christine is following Buddy Repperton. After a brief chase, he goes fishtailing into the gas station and skids to a stop.
-->Buddy Repperton: ''"Some shithead's following me!"''
-->''[hears the sound of an engine]''
-->Buddy Repperaton: ''"I just hope he comes in here!"''
-->''[Christine tires screech as she takes the same turn more gracefully than Buddy managed and crunches his Camaro against the gas station wall, totaling it]''


* CannotSpitItOut: In the book, George [=LeBay=] does tell Dennis quite a bit about the car after the funeral but is unable to bring himself to reveal ''everything'' that he believes about it until a later conversation when Dennis tells him how it's been doing strange things.

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* CannotSpitItOut: In the book, George [=LeBay=] does tell Dennis quite a bit about the car after the funeral but is unable to bring himself to reveal ''everything'' that he believes about it until a later conversation when Dennis tells him how it's been doing strange things.things, partially because he knows [[CassandraTruth how insane it sounds]].


* {{Yandere}}: Christine is clearly psychotically attached to Arnie (and vice versa). It's said she was like this towards her previous owner as well.

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* {{Yandere}}: Christine is clearly psychotically attached to Arnie (and ([[YandereCouple and vice versa). versa]]). It's said she was like this towards her previous owner as well.well.
* YandereCouple: What the relationship between Arnie and Christine evolves into.


* DisproportionateRetribution: In the film, a factory worker sits down behind Christine's wheel while she's still on the assembly line, but already with a full interior. He accidentally drops cigarette ashes on her brand-new front seat. She promptly kills him for it.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: In the film, a factory worker sits down behind Christine's wheel while she's still on the assembly line, but already with a full interior. He accidentally drops cigarette ashes on her brand-new front seat.seat which was covered with a protective cover. She promptly kills him for it.

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* FreudianExcuse: Regina Cunningham's childhood and parents were orders of magnitude worse than Arnie's, and the habits she developed to survive them made her a bully to her husband and son as an adult. Since this had results that she considered positive for them (Arnie's excellence in school, etc.), she thought this was a good thing. It was only after she'd already thoroughly botched the Christine situation that she realized how maladaptive it really was.

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* AdaptationRelationshipOverhaul: Dennis's short-lived book girlfriend Roseanne is implied to just be a girl with a crush on him in the movie.


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* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: The book mentions that Leigh and the guy she ended up marrying have twin daughters]].


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* CannotSpitItOut: In the book, George [=LeBay=] does tell Dennis quite a bit about the car after the funeral but is unable to bring himself to reveal ''everything'' that he believes about it until a later conversation when Dennis tells him how it's been doing strange things.


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* DragonAscendant: Buddy was originally the second-in-command of his gang of bullies until their original leader, Roger Gilman, was arrested for armed robbery.


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* InnocentBystander: Bobby Stanton is a bit of a jerk, but he wasn't with Buddy's gang when they vandalized the car and both Buddy (in a brief PetTheDog moment) and Arnie reflect a bit sadly that he just picked the wrong night to be riding in the same car as Buddy and Richie.


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* ObliviouslyEvil: The book's monologues strongly implies that, at least initially, Arnie doesn't realize what Christine is doing as his enemies are turning up dead.


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* PoliceAreUseless: Subverted. Rudy Junkins and Rick Mercer investigate the case, find no good cause to hold Arnie and let him go but do become increasingly suspicious (albeit unable to explain how he might have done anything), managed to bust Darnell's operation, and later Mercer seems to cautiously believe Dennis's story.


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* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Both Buddy and Arnie think of Bobby Stanton as a "dipshit freshman" who just happened to be in the wrong place, in almost the same phrasing.


* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: Christine is painted Autumn Red, despite 1958 Plymouth Furies only coming in white or gold. In the book, it's said that she was custom painted. In the film, she's shown coming off the assembly line in that colour. Considering that the car starts off possessed in the film, it's possible that she 'repaired' her paint job to red while rolling down the assembly line.

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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: Christine is painted Autumn Red, despite 1958 Plymouth Furies only coming in white or gold. In the book, it's said that she was custom painted. In the film, she's shown coming off the assembly line in that colour. Considering that the car starts off possessed in the film, and she's the only red Fury to be seen on the entire assembly line, it's possible that she 'repaired' her paint job to red while rolling down the assembly line.



* AMFMCharacterization:
** Christine ''literally'' talks through her radio by playing appropriate songs from TheFifties. This works particularly well in the film: If someone tries to open one of her doors which she has locked to keep that person out, she plays "Keep A-Knockin'" by Music/LittleRichard. She [[spoiler:mourns Arnie's death]] with "Pledging My Love" by Johnny Ace. And when Dennis tries to crush her with the bulldozer, she flaunts her ([[TheEndOrIsIt maybe not so much]]) alleged invincibility by blasting "Rock & Roll Is Here To Stay" by Danny & The Juniors.
** Buddy Repperton and Richie Trelawney take this to another new dimension. Shortly before being killed by Christine, they drive around in Buddy's Camaro while listening to "Beast Of Burden" by Music/TheRollingStones. If you haven't noticed yet that they look a lot like Mick Jagger (Buddy) and Keith Richards (Richie), then you will. Maybe, just maybe Christine also holds a grudge against rock music displacing her beloved RockAndRoll.



* DisproportionateRetribution: In the film, a factory worker sits down behind Christine's wheel while she's still on the assembly line, but already with a full interior. He accidentally drops cigarette ashes on her brand-new front seat. She promptly kills him for it.



* EveryCarIsAPinto : During the last scene, we find out that [[spoiler: Arnie and Regina are killed in a freak accident on the turnpike,]] during mild winter weather. Going no more than 45... And the Volvo explodes, somehow.

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* EveryCarIsAPinto : EveryCarIsAPinto: During the last scene, we find out that [[spoiler: Arnie and Regina are killed in a freak accident on the turnpike,]] during mild winter weather. Going no more than 45... And the Volvo explodes, somehow.



* GlowingEyesOfDoom : Christine's headlamps are described this way in the novel, and appear as such in the film.

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* GlowingEyesOfDoom : GlowingEyesOfDoom: Christine's headlamps are described this way in the novel, and appear as such in the film.



* InfernalRetaliation: [[spoiler: In the movie, Christine chases Buddy Repperton and one of his cronies to a gas station where they wanted to meet a third. She crashes into Buddy's Camaro, shoves it into the gas station, and [[StuffBlowingUp causes it to explode]] [[ImpressivePyrotechnics in a spectacular fireball]]. Buddy manages to rescue himself and believes that Christine is destroyed in the flames. But she backs OutOfTheInferno, burning all over, chases him down the road, and eventually runs over him, leaving his burning corpse lying on the asphalt.]]

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* InfernalRetaliation: [[spoiler: In the movie, Christine chases Buddy Repperton and one of his cronies Richie Trelawney to a gas station where they wanted to meet a third. She crashes into Buddy's Camaro, shoves it into the gas station, and [[StuffBlowingUp causes it to explode]] [[ImpressivePyrotechnics in a spectacular fireball]].fireball]] by igniting the spilled gasoline. Buddy manages to rescue himself and believes that Christine is destroyed in the flames. But she backs OutOfTheInferno, burning all over, chases him down the road, and eventually runs over him, leaving his burning flaming corpse lying on the asphalt.]]



* MockingMusic: In the movie, Christine's radio plays random oldies songs, as her way to speak. One song that mentions a girl who is thin plays as she crushes Arnie's boss flat in her seat.

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* MockingMusic: In the movie, Christine's radio plays random oldies songs, as her way to speak. One "Bony Moronie" by Larry Williams, a song that mentions a girl who is very thin girl, plays as she crushes Arnie's boss flat in between her seat.front seat and her steering wheel. Also, when Dennis runs her over with the bulldozer, she plays "Rock & Roll Is Here To Stay" by Danny & The Juniors to let everyone know that nothing can kill her.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Buddy Repperton and Richie Trelawney look a lot like [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards]], respectively which becomes particularly obvious in a scene where they are driving in a car, and "Beast of Burden" is playing on the radio.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Buddy Repperton and Richie Trelawney look a lot like [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards]], respectively which becomes particularly obvious in a scene where they are driving in a car, Buddy's Camaro, and "Beast of Burden" is playing on the radio.



* NothingButHits: Christine's radio only plays popular music from the '50s.

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* NothingButHits: Christine's radio only plays popular music from the '50s.TheFifties.


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** Most likely [[AvertedTrope averted]] in the film: Christine's first victim is a factory worker who accidentally drops cigarette ashes on her front seat.

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* WeHardlyKnewYe: Chapter 36 introduces and kills off Bobby Stanton.

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