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* TakeOurWordForIt: When Thomas crashes into Norman, we don't get to see the crash onscreen as it is blocked by the camera zooming in on the red signal light, but we hear it.
** Averted in the books as we see how the crash happens.


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* TheUnreveal: When Thomas crashes into Norman, we don't get to see the crash onscreen as it is blocked by the camera zooming in on the red signal light, but we hear it.
** Averted in the books as we see how the crash happens.

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* UnmovingPlaid: The various exotic patterns Thomas is painted in during the beginning of “You Can Only Be You”.


'''Victor:''' [[OhCrap Gordon's safety valve?]] But that means Gordon hasn't been reassembled properly! [[ForWantOfANail I told him to wait for his safety check!]] If Gordon's safety valve isn't working properly, he could overheat, especially at high speeds! Gordon needs that part right now!

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'''Victor:''' [[OhCrap Gordon's safety valve?]] valve?!]] But that means Gordon hasn't been reassembled properly! [[ForWantOfANail I told him to wait for his safety check!]] If Gordon's safety valve isn't working properly, he could overheat, especially at high speeds! Gordon needs that part right now!

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** [[spoiler:TheBusCameBack: Ashima and many of the International Engines are slated to return in ''Big World! Big Adventures!'' and Season 22 of the series.]]

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* BeYourself: The main moral of the film.


* BaitAndSwitch: Ashima's (ahem) [[CostumePorn very colourful paintwork]] is commented on by various engines, which even gives Thomas and eventually The Fat Controller the idea of entering an engine for 'Best Decorated Engine', leading up to the assumption that Ashima is going to be an entrant in that category. Turns out it's actually fellow engine Rajiv who also represents India and wins the event, while Ashima was actually entered in the 'Shunting Challenge'.



* ChekhovsGun:
** Gordon's safety valve.
** The fact that the rail ferry stopped at the Island of Sodor by accident; Thomas realises that he can spend a bit more time with Ashima since she could just catch the ferry at Brendam.
* ChekhovsSkill: Thomas is shown to be a ''pro'' at shunting frequently before the revelation by Ashima that there's an event for that.



* CostumePorn: Of a non-clothing variety, the 'Best Decorated Engine' is rife with this.



* CrushFilter: When Ashima is revealed, the background is noticeably ''pink''.



* DashingHispanic: Carlos, who is even entered in the 'Best Decorated Event', albeit with no decorations, strangely.



* DisqualificationInducedVictory: Ashima ends up winning the shunting race, but Thomas is also made a winner due to his good sportsmanship.

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* DisqualificationInducedVictory: Ashima ends up winning the shunting race, but Thomas is also made a winner due to his good sportsmanship.sportsmanship by sacrificing his victory.



'''Kevin:''' Yes, that's what I thought it was.\\
'''Victor:''' Gordon's safety valve? But that means Gordon hasn't been reassembled properly! I told him to wait for his safety check! If Gordon's safety valve isn't working properly, he could overheat, especially at high speeds!

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'''Kevin:''' '''Kevin:''' Yes, that's what I thought it was.\\
'''Victor:''' [[OhCrap Gordon's safety valve? valve?]] But that means Gordon hasn't been reassembled properly! [[ForWantOfANail I told him to wait for his safety check! check!]] If Gordon's safety valve isn't working properly, he could overheat, especially at high speeds!speeds! Gordon needs that part right now!



* FamedInStory: The Flying Scotsman and record-holder Étienne make InUniverse guest appearances.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The music played as Thomas and Ashima first meet is a riff from their duet that happens later on in the movie.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: FiveSecondForeshadowing: When Thomas tries to catch the rail ferry at Brendam due to an misunderstanding of location, he points out that there's a space left on the ferry, with an engine noticing this. [[CrashIntoHello Cue Ashima.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
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The music played as Thomas and Ashima first meet is a riff from their duet that happens later on in the movie.



** The announcer at ''The Great Railway Show'' drops several hints about Étienne's appearance in 'The Great Race'. [[spoiler: This also foreshadows Ashima saving Thomas from getting hurt by a live electric pylon knocked over by Vinnie.]]
* ForWantOfANail: Thomas [[spoiler: accidentally gets set up for his accident because [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Ashima told him that there was a shunting event.]]]]



* GreenEyedMonster: Thomas assumes Ashima is this at first.

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* GreenEyedMonster: [[SubvertedTrope Thomas assumes Ashima is this at first.]]



* ShipperOnDeck: Annie and Clarabel for Thomas and Ashima.



* [[ThatManIsDead That Engine Is Dead]]: A family friendly version, once streamlined Gordon refuses to answer to his old name. Demanding to called 'The Shooting Star.' [[spoiler: It proves to be his undoing when he starts to overheat during the race and The Flying Scotsman tries to warn him but he refuses to answer to 'Gordon'.]]

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* [[ThatManIsDead That Engine Is Dead]]: ThatManIsDead: A family friendly version, once streamlined Gordon refuses to answer to his old name. Demanding to called 'The Shooting Star.' [[spoiler: It proves to be his undoing when he starts to overheat during the race and The Flying Scotsman tries to warn him but he refuses to answer to 'Gordon'.]]



* TransformationSequence: Thomas has a really good one occur in his IWantSong as he is changing into his streamlined self.

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* TransformationSequence: TransformationSequence:
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Thomas has a really good one occur in his IWantSong as he is changing into his streamlined self.self.
** Gordon has a rather slow one when the engineers are preparing to streamline him when Thomas has his second idea.



* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: The Flying Scotsman refers to Gordon dismissively as "Little Brother" expect when he first sees Gordon streamlined. [[spoiler:Then when Gordon starts to overheat and his boiler is about to burst during the race.]]

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* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: The Flying Scotsman refers to Gordon dismissively as "Little Brother" expect when he first sees Gordon streamlined. [[spoiler:Then when Gordon starts to overheat and his boiler is about to burst during the race.]]
* YourHeadAsplode: [[spoiler: Or rather, ''Your Boiler Asplode'', as Gordon's boiler explodes due to a misplaced safety valve.
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* AdaptationalJerkass: Flying Scotsman seemed relatively respectful in his few speaking roles in The Railway Series, but he's much more pompous in the TV series, especially in his interactions with Gordon. However, he does give Thomas genuine encouragement when the tank engine expresses his desire to return to the mainland and quite graciously admits his newfound respect for Sudrian engines when he last talks to Gordon, albeit still calling the latter [[BerserkButton "little brother"]].

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* AdaptationalJerkass: Flying Scotsman seemed relatively respectful in his few speaking roles in The Railway Series, but he's much more pompous in the TV series, especially in his interactions with Gordon. In a nutshell, he's an exaggerated version of Gordon. However, he does give Thomas genuine encouragement when the tank engine expresses his desire to return to the mainland and quite graciously admits his newfound respect for Sudrian engines when he last talks to Gordon, albeit still calling the latter [[BerserkButton "little brother"]].


* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Flying Scotsman seemed relatively respectful in his few speaking roles in The Railway Series, but he's much more pompous in the TV series, especially in his interactions with Gordon. However, he does give Thomas genuine encouragement when the tank engine expresses his desire to return to the mainland and quite graciously admits his newfound respect for Sudrian engines when he last talks to Gordon, albeit still calling the latter [[BerserkButton "little brother"]].

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* AdaptationPersonalityChange: AdaptationalJerkass: Flying Scotsman seemed relatively respectful in his few speaking roles in The Railway Series, but he's much more pompous in the TV series, especially in his interactions with Gordon. However, he does give Thomas genuine encouragement when the tank engine expresses his desire to return to the mainland and quite graciously admits his newfound respect for Sudrian engines when he last talks to Gordon, albeit still calling the latter [[BerserkButton "little brother"]].


* InNameOnly: The Great Railway Show in TheRailwaySeries book [[TheRailwaySeriesB35ThomasAndTheGreatRailwayShow Thomas and the Great Railway Show]] was a museum event. Whereas in the film it's closer to the locomotive version of the Olympics. Thomas' bufferbeam is damaged similarly to how it is in the book however.

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* InNameOnly: The Great Railway Show in TheRailwaySeries Literature/TheRailwaySeries book [[TheRailwaySeriesB35ThomasAndTheGreatRailwayShow Thomas and the Great Railway Show]] was a museum event. Whereas in the film it's closer to the locomotive version of the Olympics. Thomas' bufferbeam is damaged similarly to how it is in the book however.


* [[ThatManIsDead That Engine Is Dead]]: A family friendly version, once streamlined Gordon refuses to answer to his old name. Demanding to called 'The Shooting Star.' [[spoiler: It proves to be his undoing when he starts to overheat during the race and The Flying Scotsman tries to warn him but he refuses to answer to 'Gordon'.]]



And trust your six small wheels to take you far.''

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And trust your six small wheels to take you far.''''
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: The Flying Scotsman refers to Gordon dismissively as "Little Brother" expect when he first sees Gordon streamlined. [[spoiler:Then when Gordon starts to overheat and his boiler is about to burst during the race.]]

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* InNameOnly: The Great Railway Show in TheRailwaySeries book [[TheRailwaySeriesB35ThomasAndTheGreatRailwayShow Thomas and the Great Railway Show]] was a museum event. Whereas in the film it's closer to the locomotive version of the Olympics. Thomas' bufferbeam is damaged similarly to how it is in the book however.

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* UnknownRival: Though Diesel plots to go to the Great Railway Show in Henry's place, the two don't interact with each other at all.


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* RuleOfThree: Thomas' first attempt to go to the show is to get streamlined; that backfires when Sir Topham Hatt gives the idea to Gordon. Second, he decides to get repainted like Ashima, only to get himself in a literal gaudy mess. His final attempt is to show Sir Topham Hatt he is great at shunting, when he interferes with Diesel's plot and ends up getting damaged as a result of crashing into Norman.

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* RuleOfThree: Thomas' first attempt to go to the show is to get streamlined; that backfires when Sir Topham Hatt gives the idea to Gordon. Second, he decides to get repainted like Ashima, only to get himself in a literal gaudy mess.mess, while Sir Topham Hatt passes the repainting idea onto James and Emily. His final attempt is to show Sir Topham Hatt he is great at shunting, when he interferes with Diesel's plot and ends up getting damaged as a result of crashing into Norman.

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