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** It's very nearly 2019, and for the last few years, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eix8Ptl8g34 many cities]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3t4eWie6U0 have begun installing talking crosswalk signs]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JdN_cgtBU4 to accommodate people with vision disabilities.]]

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** It's very nearly The year is currently 2019, and for the last few years, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eix8Ptl8g34 many cities]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3t4eWie6U0 have begun installing talking crosswalk signs]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JdN_cgtBU4 to accommodate people with vision disabilities.]]


** Maybe it's not OK, but worth noting when Deckard asks her to repeat she wants him, she adds, of her own volition "put your hands on me". A very charitable view could be Deckard was unlocking what she felt but could not express.. But the sequel sort of lampshades it anyway, making it canon they or at least she was designed to love Deckard. Still, it would have been nice if she explicitly gave consent, although might have raised problems such as a replicant unused to feelings suddenly knowing the most societally correct way to lead a man on with consent. Personally, this Troper just shrugs it off. It's not problematic, but if it happened today, it sure would be.


** Does Gaff let Rachael go because he has a moment of compassion, wants Deckard's job, or because a Blade Runner having a Replicant mistress is just part of the DirtyCop nature of the work?
* AssPull: The "Deckard as a Replicant" theory comes across as this to the rest of the film since it's barely foreshadowed at all, beyond the unicorn dream/origami:
** For one thing, the point of the film is that the Replicants of the Nexus-7 are stronger, more durable, more acrobatic than the average human. If Rick Deckard is a Replicant of the same make or something older than that, then he clearly doesn't match the Replicants in skills and indeed the film's fight scenes when Deckard hunts down the Replicants, repeatedly shows Deckard winning by scrapping by, being exhausted and fatigued, and winning by fighting dirty. If Deckard is also a replicant, i.e. or an older model or a later up-to-date model, it makes no sense why he should be designated for a job that involves fighting down models far more advanced than he is.
** Defenders, such as Creator/MarkKermode, note that Deckard in the film is often cold, distant, and a little boring and that Deckard being a robot would explain this. Others point out that this explanation contradicts with how Roy Batty, Priss, Zhora are far more visibly emotional, as is Rachel, and that Deckard being a little reserved, unemotional, and cold better illustrates the Replicant-Human face off, with Deckard being human, since otherwise it's one robot with DullSurprise against another robot who quotes Blake and Milton.

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** Does Gaff let Rachael go because he has a moment of compassion, because he wants Deckard's job, job as suggested in the deleted voiceover, or because a Blade Runner having a Replicant mistress is just part of the DirtyCop nature of the work?
* AssPull: The "Deckard as a Replicant" theory comes across as this to the rest of the film since it's barely foreshadowed at all, beyond the unicorn dream/origami:
** For one thing, the point of the film is that the Replicants of the Nexus-7 are stronger, more durable, more acrobatic than the average human. If Rick Deckard is a Replicant of the same make or something older than that, then he clearly doesn't match the Replicants in skills and indeed the film's fight scenes when Deckard hunts down the Replicants, repeatedly shows Deckard winning by scrapping by, being exhausted and fatigued, and winning by fighting dirty. If Deckard is also a replicant, i.e. or an older model or a later up-to-date model, it makes no sense why he should be designated for a job that involves fighting down models far more advanced than he is.
** Defenders, such as Creator/MarkKermode, note that Deckard in the film is often cold, distant, and a little boring and that Deckard being a robot would explain this. Others point out that this explanation contradicts with how Roy Batty, Priss, Zhora are far more visibly emotional, as is Rachel, and that Deckard being a little reserved, unemotional, and cold better illustrates the Replicant-Human face off, with Deckard being human, since otherwise it's one robot with DullSurprise against another robot who quotes Blake and Milton.
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* BrokenBase: The different cuts, Deckard's true nature, the unicorn, etc.

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* BrokenBase: The different cuts, Deckard's true nature, nature is probably the unicorn, etc.fanbase's biggest debate.
** A camp considers the "Deckard is a Replicant" theory to be an AssPull that is not even properly foreshadowed beyond the unicorn dream/origami. They often point out that, as the film establishes, the Replicants of the Nexus-7 differ from humans by being stronger and more durable than them, just the opposite of Deckard, who clearly doesn't match the Replicants in skills and only wins any fight scene by scrapping by, receiving external help or fighting dirty. Moreover, if Deckard is an older Replicant model or a later up-to-date model, it makes no sense why he should be designated for a job that involves fighting down models far more advanced than he is, or what corporate interest could have an experiment based on pitting an unaware, weaker Replicant against stronger and better trained ones. This side typically considers that Deckard being a cold, unemotional human against an android who quotes Blake and Milton is a much better illustration of the Replicant-Human philosophical conflict than Deckard being merely a blander robot.
** On the other hand, defenders of the theory such as Creator/MarkKermode point out that Deckard in the film is often cold, distant, and a little boring, and that it could be explained by Deckard being a Replicant (particularly one less emotionally experienced that Batty and company, who are war veterans, sexbots and assassins instead of grey city cops like him - as well as one whose implanted, default memories are less emotionally rich than Rachael's). This side of the BrokenBase usually theorize that Deckard is certainly being part of an experiment, in the same way Rachael was implanted fake memories and emotions to test if it would make Replicants more stable, only that in this case we are not told what is being measured. The [[Film/BladeRunner2049 sequel]]'s villain references this theory by speculating Deckard might have been a Replicant programmed to fall in love with Rachael, which suggests love and human relationships would have been the theme of this possible experiment.



* HypeBacklash: With a movie being hailed as a masterpiece of sci-fi, a good many people might walk away feeling disappointed, praising the visuals and some of the acting, but feeling that ''Blade Runner'''s story is hollow and empty. Its alleged philosophical value can also easily fall into this, as the plot neither opens so many questions that weren't addressed by earlier, more known sci-fi works (like Creator/IsaacAsimov's work and other Creator/PhilipKDick stories) nor presents them in an overtly [[{{Applicability}} applicable]] way (the theory that Deckard is a replicant is the only major second lecture of the film and is still a farfetched one). Consequently, the viewer might go watch the film expecting to see a straight MindScrew fest and leave dissappointed that it was just a slightly contemplative noir film in a cyberpunk setting.

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* HypeBacklash: With a movie being hailed as a masterpiece of sci-fi, a good many people might walk away feeling disappointed, praising the visuals and some of the acting, but feeling that ''Blade Runner'''s story is hollow and empty. pretentious. Its alleged philosophical value can also easily fall into this, as the plot neither opens so many questions that weren't addressed by earlier, more known sci-fi works (like Creator/IsaacAsimov's work and other Creator/PhilipKDick stories) nor presents them in an overtly [[{{Applicability}} applicable]] way (the theory that Deckard is a replicant is the only major second lecture of the film film, and is still a farfetched one).one as shown in BrokenBase above). Consequently, the viewer might go watch the film expecting to see a straight MindScrew fest and leave dissappointed that it was just a slightly contemplative noir film in a cyberpunk setting.


* RootingForTheEmpire: Roy is an AntiVillain, but a villain nonetheless. His quest to stave off an early death is so compelling, and Roy makes for such an interesting, charismatic figure (helped along by Rutger Hauer's inimitable performance), that many viewers can't help but want him to succeed. In many ways, Roy comes off as a more sympathetic and engaging character than [[DesignatedHero Deckard]].

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* RootingForTheEmpire: Roy is an AntiVillain, but a villain nonetheless. His quest to stave off an early death is so compelling, and Roy makes for such an interesting, charismatic figure (helped along by Rutger Hauer's inimitable performance), that many viewers can't help but want him to succeed. In many ways, Roy comes off as a more sympathetic and engaging character than [[DesignatedHero Deckard]]. (Then again, that's the point. The robots struggle to be more human while the humans become more unfeeling, with Deckard slowly trying to regain his empathy and humanity.)


** Hy Pike hamming it up as Taffy Lewis with his ''natural'' thick Southern accent.



* OneSceneWonder: Pretty much everything about Tyrell is so memorable, it's impressive to remember and easy to forget that he only appears twice in the film proper, and the second time [[spoiler: is his death scene.]]

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* OneSceneWonder: OneSceneWonder:
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Pretty much everything about Tyrell is so memorable, it's impressive to remember and easy to forget that he only appears twice in the film proper, and the second time [[spoiler: is his death scene.]]]]
** Taffy Lewis. Despite having three small lines, he's easily memorable.


** The Voight-Kampff empathy test also qualifies, often being quoted at length on various websites. One website [[ https://web.archive.org/web/20060506211308/http://www.thewavemag.com/pagegen.php?pagename=article&articleid=24031 gave the test to every politician in San Francisco's mayoral race]], including eventual victor and current California governor Gavin Newsom. Most, including Newsom, didn't pass; only one, Tom Ammiano, recognised the test. A particularly esoteric application also combines it with the meme comparing American politician Mitch [=McConnell=]'s appearance to that of a turtle, since one of the questions in the test concerns a tortoise:

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** The Voight-Kampff empathy test also qualifies, often being quoted at length on various websites. One website [[ https://web.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20060506211308/http://www.thewavemag.com/pagegen.php?pagename=article&articleid=24031 gave the test to every politician in San Francisco's mayoral race]], including eventual victor and current California governor Gavin Newsom. Most, including Newsom, didn't pass; only one, Tom Ammiano, recognised the test. A particularly esoteric application also combines it with the meme comparing American politician Mitch [=McConnell=]'s appearance to that of a turtle, since one of the questions in the test concerns a tortoise:


** The Voight-Kampff empathy test also qualifies, often being quoted at length on various websites. One website [[ https://web.archive.org/web/20060506211308/http://www.thewavemag.com/pagegen.php?pagename=article&articleid=24031gave the test to every politician in San Francisco's mayoral race]], including eventual victor and current California governor Gavin Newsom. Most, including Newsom, didn't pass; only one, Tom Ammiano, recognised the test. A particularly esoteric application also combines it with the meme comparing American politician Mitch [=McConnell=]'s appearance to that of a turtle, since one of the questions in the test concerns a tortoise:

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** The Voight-Kampff empathy test also qualifies, often being quoted at length on various websites. One website [[ https://web.archive.org/web/20060506211308/http://www.thewavemag.com/pagegen.php?pagename=article&articleid=24031gave php?pagename=article&articleid=24031 gave the test to every politician in San Francisco's mayoral race]], including eventual victor and current California governor Gavin Newsom. Most, including Newsom, didn't pass; only one, Tom Ammiano, recognised the test. A particularly esoteric application also combines it with the meme comparing American politician Mitch [=McConnell=]'s appearance to that of a turtle, since one of the questions in the test concerns a tortoise:


* HypeBacklash: With a movie being hailed as a masterpiece of sci-fi, a good many people might walk away feeling disappointed, praising the visuals and some of the acting, but feeling that ''Blade Runner'''s story is hollow and empty. Its alleged philosophical value can also easily fall into this, as the plot neither opens so many questions that weren't addressed by earlier, more known sci-fi works (like Creator/IsaacAsimov's work and other Creator/PhillipKDick stories) nor presents them in an overtly [[{{Applicability}} applicable]] way (the theory that Deckard is a replicant is the only major second lecture of the film and is still a farfetched one). Consequently, the viewer might go watch the film expecting to see a straight MindScrew fest and leave dissappointed that it was just a slightly contemplative noir film in a cyberpunk setting.

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* HypeBacklash: With a movie being hailed as a masterpiece of sci-fi, a good many people might walk away feeling disappointed, praising the visuals and some of the acting, but feeling that ''Blade Runner'''s story is hollow and empty. Its alleged philosophical value can also easily fall into this, as the plot neither opens so many questions that weren't addressed by earlier, more known sci-fi works (like Creator/IsaacAsimov's work and other Creator/PhillipKDick Creator/PhilipKDick stories) nor presents them in an overtly [[{{Applicability}} applicable]] way (the theory that Deckard is a replicant is the only major second lecture of the film and is still a farfetched one). Consequently, the viewer might go watch the film expecting to see a straight MindScrew fest and leave dissappointed that it was just a slightly contemplative noir film in a cyberpunk setting.


** The Voight-Kampff empathy test also qualifies, often being quoted at length on various websites. One website [[ https://web.archive.org/web/20060506211308/http://www.thewavemag.com/pagegen.php?pagename=article&articleid=24031gave the test to every politician in San Francisco's mayoral race]], including eventual victor and current California governor UsefulNotes/GavinNewsom. Most, including Newsom, didn't pass; only one, Tom Ammiano, recognised the test. A particularly esoteric application also combines it with the meme comparing American politician Mitch [=McConnell=]'s appearance to that of a turtle, since one of the questions in the test concerns a tortoise:
---> "You’re in a desert walking along in the sand when all of the sudden you look down, and you see a tortoise, crawling toward you. You reach down, you flip the tortoise over on its back. The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can’t, not without your help. But you’re not helping. Why is that?"

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** The Voight-Kampff empathy test also qualifies, often being quoted at length on various websites. One website [[ https://web.archive.org/web/20060506211308/http://www.thewavemag.com/pagegen.php?pagename=article&articleid=24031gave the test to every politician in San Francisco's mayoral race]], including eventual victor and current California governor UsefulNotes/GavinNewsom.Gavin Newsom. Most, including Newsom, didn't pass; only one, Tom Ammiano, recognised the test. A particularly esoteric application also combines it with the meme comparing American politician Mitch [=McConnell=]'s appearance to that of a turtle, since one of the questions in the test concerns a tortoise:
---> "You’re in a desert walking along in the sand when all of the sudden a sudden, you look down, down and you see a tortoise, tortoise crawling toward you. You reach down, down; you flip the tortoise over on its back. The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can’t, not without your help. But you’re not helping. Why is that?"

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** The Voight-Kampff empathy test also qualifies, often being quoted at length on various websites. One website [[ https://web.archive.org/web/20060506211308/http://www.thewavemag.com/pagegen.php?pagename=article&articleid=24031gave the test to every politician in San Francisco's mayoral race]], including eventual victor and current California governor UsefulNotes/GavinNewsom. Most, including Newsom, didn't pass; only one, Tom Ammiano, recognised the test. A particularly esoteric application also combines it with the meme comparing American politician Mitch [=McConnell=]'s appearance to that of a turtle, since one of the questions in the test concerns a tortoise:
---> "You’re in a desert walking along in the sand when all of the sudden you look down, and you see a tortoise, crawling toward you. You reach down, you flip the tortoise over on its back. The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can’t, not without your help. But you’re not helping. Why is that?"

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* MagnificentBastard: Roy Batty is a replicant and former soldier model who is driven to gain more life for himself and his partners from his "father", Elden Tyrell. Stealing to Earth while eluding all pursuers, Roy has his lover Pris seduce the engineer Sebastian to provide access to Tyrell, whereupon Roy learns his wish is impossible. Killing Tyrell and Sebastian, Roy engages the Blade Runner cop Deckard in a battle, but ends up saving and sparing Deckard, using his last moments to impart a few of his memories to Deckard, ensuring he will not be forgotten even as he notes his own memories shall be gone "like tears in the rain", proving himself one of the most complex, charismatic and dynamic antagonists in sci-fi cinema.


* AwardSnub: Yes, it got nominated for Visual Effects and Production design. No, Ridley Scott didn't get nominated for Best Director, Rutger Hauer didn't get up for Best Supporting Actor, and Vangelis didn't get nominated for Best Score. [[FlatWhat What...?]]
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/BladeRunner Has its own page]].

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* AwardSnub: Yes, it got nominated for Visual Effects and Production design. No, Ridley Scott Creator/RidleyScott didn't get nominated for Best Director, Rutger Hauer Creator/RutgerHauer didn't get up for Best Supporting Actor, and Vangelis Music/{{Vangelis}} didn't get nominated for Best Score. [[FlatWhat What...?]]
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/BladeRunner Has its own page]].
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** Gaff's last words to Deckard are [[spoiler: "It's too bad [Rachael] won't live, but then again who does?]] In "Blade Runner 2049," we find out [[spoiler: she doesn't]].

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** Gaff's last words to Deckard are [[spoiler: "It's too bad [Rachael] won't live, but then again who does?]] In "Blade Runner 2049," ''Film/BladeRunner2049'', we find out [[spoiler: she doesn't]].


** While this is inevitable whenever an actor dies, the famous “Tears in Rain” speech now becomes more poignant after Creator/RutgerHauer passed away in July 2019.
*** Especially since the movie is ''set'' in 2019, making this an eerie coincidence.

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** While this is inevitable whenever an actor dies, the famous “Tears "Tears in Rain” Rain" speech now becomes more poignant after Creator/RutgerHauer passed away in July 2019.
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2019, especially since the movie is ''set'' in 2019, making this an eerie coincidence.coincidence (though Roy dies in November).


* WriterInducedFanon: Creator/RidleyScott is quite keen on the idea that Deckard is a Replicant over the objections of the screenwriters and Creator/HarrisonFord himself. Scott got the idea mid-production. It wasn't originally in the original novel nor was it planned at pre-production. Ford feels that Deckard has to be the main human being the audiences can relate to and properly be an AudienceSurrogate and he was openly angry when Scott tried to [[spoiler:insert the Unicorn origami scene since he caught on what he was trying to do]]. Hampton Fancher in any case feels that Deckard's humanity or lack thereof should never be openly addressed and become part of the surface experience of the film, and remain an issue of speculation.
** Though the other writer, David Peoples, as well as to a lesser extent Fancher, describe Scott's change as Scott misunderstanding some themes... I think Fancher actually describes it as a total accident in Future Noir. Though not overly harshly.

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* WriterInducedFanon: Creator/RidleyScott is quite keen on the idea that Deckard is a Replicant over the objections of the screenwriters and Creator/HarrisonFord himself. Scott got the idea mid-production. It wasn't originally in the original novel nor was it planned at pre-production. Ford feels that Deckard has to be the main human being the audiences can relate to and properly be an AudienceSurrogate and he was openly angry when Scott tried to [[spoiler:insert the Unicorn origami scene since he caught on what he was trying to do]]. Hampton Fancher in any case feels that Deckard's humanity or lack thereof should never be openly addressed and become part of the surface experience of the film, and remain an issue of speculation.
** Though the other writer,
speculation, while David Peoples, as well as to a lesser extent Fancher, describe Peoples has described Scott's change as Scott misunderstanding some themes... I think themes. Fancher actually describes initially came to calling it a "total accident" but has lately come to seeing it as a total accident in Future Noir. Though not overly harshly.valid interpretation on Scott's part (if one he disagrees with).

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* AwardSnub: Yes, it got nominated for Visual Effects and Production design. No, Ridley Scott didn't get nominated for Best Director, Rutger Hauer didn't get up for Best Supporting Actor, and Vangelis didn't get nominated for Best Score. [[FlatWhat What...?]]

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