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* ValuesResonance: In the book, a major gripe of Merchant Marine sailors is that they do not qualify as military veterans upon completion of their service under the Terran Federation's rules. At the time of writing, this was true for the real life US Merchant Marine as well--even though it suffered (proportionally) ''[[WeHaveReserves greater]]'' casualties in World War II than the actual military. They eventually did get veteran status in 1988.

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the book, a major gripe of Merchant Marine sailors is that they do not qualify as military veterans upon completion of their service under the Terran Federation's rules. At the time of writing, this was true for the real life US Merchant Marine as well--even though it suffered (proportionally) ''[[WeHaveReserves greater]]'' casualties in World War II than the actual military. They eventually did get veteran status in 1988.
** While by no means the focus of the story, the {{Aesop}} that women can be integrated into the military without major problems, and in fact, even have some positive effects on it once in place is present.


** Women can be integrated into the military without major problems, and in fact, even have some positive effects on it once in place.


* OlderThanTheyThink: Some of the changes to the source material, namely Rico, Carl and Carmen being Caucasian Argentinians from Buenos Aires rather than Filipinos and Rico playing UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball in high school, actually originate in [[Anime/StarshipTroopers the 1988 OVA series]] rather than the movie.


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* OlderThanTheyThink: This, and not the 1997 movie, is the first adaptation to turn Rico, Carl and Carmen from Filipinos tp Caucasian Argentinians that lived in Buenos Aires (in the novel, Rico's mother was there on vacation when the Bugs destroyed it) and have Rico play UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball in high school.

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* OlderThanTheyThink: Some of the changes to the source material, namely Rico, Carl and Carmen being Caucasian Argentinians from Buenos Aires rather than Filipinos and Rico playing UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball in high school, actually originate in [[Anime/StarshipTroopers the 1988 OVA series]] rather than the movie.


* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: It's not necessarily a bad movie, but most of the main cast doesn't seem to realize that it is actually a parody of military jingoism. In fact, Creator/MichaelIronside and Creator/ClancyBrown seem to be the only people who know what kind of movie they're in. Creator/NeilPatrickHarris also definitely did; in one of the tie-in magazines, he actively states that his character was becoming this [[PuttingOnTheReich 'dark little fascist']] by the time the film ends.

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* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: It's not necessarily a bad movie, but most of the main cast doesn't seem to realize that it is actually a parody of military jingoism. In fact, Creator/MichaelIronside and Creator/ClancyBrown seem to be the only people who know what kind of movie they're in. Creator/NeilPatrickHarris also definitely did; in one of the tie-in magazines, he actively states that his character was becoming this [[PuttingOnTheReich 'dark little fascist']] by the time the film ends. Casper Van Dien said in recent interviews he was aware of the satire when filming it.

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* FandomRivalry; There's quite a schism between fans of Heinlen's novel and fans of the movie for reasons mentioned above and below.


* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The script is a deliberate affront to Heinlein. ''But every single Bug is {{Crazy Awesome}}ly cool.''

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* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The script is a deliberate affront to Heinlein. ''But every single Bug is {{Crazy Awesome}}ly cool.'''' The CGI bugs manage to hold up surprisingly well over twenty years later, with the unearthly sheen of 1997 CGI actually enhancing the effect of their alien carapaces and incredibly great looking movement.


* CrossesTheLineTwice: The time bomb that announces it's a time bomb and reads off its own countdown is ''hilarious''. [[EveryoneHasStandards Even Rico winces over it]], ''as he's dropping it''. It is described as a terror weapon. It isn't intended to kill the enemy, its purpose is to scare the shit out of them.

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* CrossesTheLineTwice: The time bomb that announces it's a time bomb and reads off its own countdown is ''hilarious''. [[EveryoneHasStandards Even Rico winces over it]], ''as he's dropping it''. It is described as a terror weapon. It isn't intended to kill the enemy, its purpose is to scare the shit out of them.them -- some of them don't even actually explode.


* ValuesDissonance: The WarIsGlorious vibes and militarism date this book to the 1950s when the UsefulNotes/ColdWar struggle against communism (analogous to the war against the Arachnids in the story) was more popular than it is now. After UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam|War}} and TheWarOnTerror (not to mention a self-proclaimed democratic socialist running for president of the US in 2016 and coming close to winning a major party nomination), more people today might agree with Creator/PaulVerhoeven's opinion of the novel (as expressed by the film). Possible literary and animated "answers" to this book include Joe Haldeman's ''Literature/TheForeverWar'', John Steakley's ''Literature/{{Armor}}'' and Yoshiyuki Tomino's ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''.

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* ValuesDissonance: The WarIsGlorious vibes and militarism date this book to the 1950s when the UsefulNotes/ColdWar struggle against communism (analogous to the war against the Arachnids in the story) was more popular than it is now. After UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam|War}} and TheWarOnTerror (not (on top of increasing criticism of capitalism and its own flaws, to mention the point that a self-proclaimed democratic socialist running for president of became incredibly popular during the US Presidential election in 2016 and coming close to winning a major party nomination), 2016), more people today might agree with Creator/PaulVerhoeven's opinion of the novel (as expressed by the film). Possible literary and animated "answers" to this book include Joe Haldeman's ''Literature/TheForeverWar'', John Steakley's ''Literature/{{Armor}}'' and Yoshiyuki Tomino's ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''.



* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: It's not necessarily a bad movie, but most of the main cast doesn't seem to realize that it is actually a parodic take on military jingoism. In fact, Creator/MichaelIronside and Creator/ClancyBrown seem to be the only people who know what kind of movie they're in. Creator/NeilPatrickHarris also definitely did; in one of the tie-in magazines, he actively states that his character was becoming this [[PuttingOnTheReich 'dark little fascist']] by the time the film ends.

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* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: It's not necessarily a bad movie, but most of the main cast doesn't seem to realize that it is actually a parodic take on parody of military jingoism. In fact, Creator/MichaelIronside and Creator/ClancyBrown seem to be the only people who know what kind of movie they're in. Creator/NeilPatrickHarris also definitely did; in one of the tie-in magazines, he actively states that his character was becoming this [[PuttingOnTheReich 'dark little fascist']] by the time the film ends.



* WordOfGod: The use of Argentina was quite deliberate, since its Nazi ties are documented.
* WTHCastingAgency: Casper Van Dien, Creator/DeniseRichards, and Creator/NeilPatrickHarris playing Argentinean high schoolers... Verhoeven aimed for a DoNotDoThisCoolThing-baiting feel with the casting, going for stupidly beautiful people who would be far more at home in a soap opera--and then ''not telling them the film was a satire'', leaving them to play their roles deadly serious.
** This is an example of RealityIsUnrealistic: UsefulNotes/{{Argentina}} is a multiethnic nation settled by a wide variety of ethnicities, including multiple European countries, and has a higher population of Scandinavian immigrants or descendants than any other Latin American country. A number of native Argentinians could easily be mistaken for European, especially given American assumptions about what a person from Latin America should look like. ''However'', underneath the Federation's fascist trappings, Buenos Ares has a strong EverytownAmerica feel. This juxtaposition, casting included, was almost ''certainly'' intended by Verhoeven, who made it clear in DVD commentaries that he views the United States is exactly the same as Nazi Germany: a genocidal fascist empire.

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* WordOfGod: The use of Argentina was quite deliberate, since its Nazi ties are documented.
* WTHCastingAgency: Casper Van Dien, Creator/DeniseRichards, and Creator/NeilPatrickHarris playing Argentinean high schoolers...schoolers. Verhoeven aimed for a DoNotDoThisCoolThing-baiting feel with the casting, going for stupidly beautiful people who would be far more at home in a soap opera--and then ''not telling them the film was a satire'', leaving them to play their roles deadly serious.
** This is an example of RealityIsUnrealistic: UsefulNotes/{{Argentina}} is a multiethnic multi-ethnic nation settled by a wide variety of ethnicities, including multiple European countries, and has a higher population of Scandinavian immigrants or descendants than any other Latin American country. A number of native Argentinians could easily be mistaken for European, especially given [[LatinoIsBrown American assumptions about what a person from Latin America should look like.like]]. ''However'', underneath the Federation's fascist trappings, Buenos Ares has a strong EverytownAmerica feel. This juxtaposition, casting included, was almost ''certainly'' intended by Verhoeven, who made it clear in DVD commentaries that he views the United States is exactly the same as NotSoDifferent from Nazi Germany: a genocidal fascist empire.


* ValuesDissonance: The WarIsGlorious vibes and militarism date this book to the 1950s when the UsefulNotes/ColdWar struggle against communism (analogous to the war against the Arachnids in the story) was more popular than it is now. After UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam|War}} and TheWarOnTerror (not to mention a self-proclaimed democratic socialist running for president of the US in 2016 and coming close to winning a major party nomination), more people today might agree with Creator/PaulVerhoeven's opinion of the novel (as expressed by the film). Possible literary "answers" to this book include Joe Haldeman's ''Literature/TheForeverWar'' and John Steakley's ''Literature/{{Armor}}''.

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* ValuesDissonance: The WarIsGlorious vibes and militarism date this book to the 1950s when the UsefulNotes/ColdWar struggle against communism (analogous to the war against the Arachnids in the story) was more popular than it is now. After UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam|War}} and TheWarOnTerror (not to mention a self-proclaimed democratic socialist running for president of the US in 2016 and coming close to winning a major party nomination), more people today might agree with Creator/PaulVerhoeven's opinion of the novel (as expressed by the film). Possible literary and animated "answers" to this book include Joe Haldeman's ''Literature/TheForeverWar'' and ''Literature/TheForeverWar'', John Steakley's ''Literature/{{Armor}}''.''Literature/{{Armor}}'' and Yoshiyuki Tomino's ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''.


** People who view the real-life United States as {{Eagleland}} Flavor #2 are quick to say this film mirrors the War on Terror, specifically the Iraq invasion and aftermath. From the DVD commentaries, Verhoeven made it clear that he views the United States as no different than Nazi Germany--a view he held of America in 1997, well before the events of 2003 popularized it.

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** People who view the real-life United States as {{Eagleland}} Flavor #2 are quick to say this film mirrors the War on Terror, specifically the Iraq invasion and aftermath. From the DVD commentaries, Verhoeven made it clear that he views the United States as no different than Nazi Germany--a view he held of America in 1997, well before the events of 2003 popularized it.it, emphasized by the fact that Carl and the other intelligence officers dress in Gestapo uniforms.





* InternetBackdraft: ''Starship Troopers'' has a reputation for generating lively debate on subjects including:
** Was Heinlein a fascist?
** The merits and validity of the Terran Federation's political system.
** The book versus the movie.
** What Heinlein said ''in'' the book versus what he said ''about'' the book.


* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Although Paul Verhoeven's film is partly a comedy, it is very dark comedy that suggests that [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans are as animalistic as any other creature in outer space]]. Although the genocidal alien bugs are clearly the bad guys, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters the humans have become arrogant and brutal in the course of fighting them]]. Condemned criminals are executed on live TV, computer websites pump users full of [[PatrioticFervor overbearing propaganda reminiscent of World War II newsreels]], schoolchildren are encouraged to gleefully stomp on helpless insects in a form of FantasticRacism, people are denied citizenship rights if they do not serve in the military, the [[DrillSergeantNasty drill sergeant]] at the infantry boot camp is a bully (okay, sometimes a JerkWithAHeartOfGold) who seems to enjoy [[EqualOpportunityEvil physically humiliating both male and female recruits]], [[DisproportionateRetribution soldiers are punched in the face for uttering mildly rude remarks]], and the protagonist is at one point stripped to the waist and [[ATasteOfTheLash receives 10 lashes across his bare back]] in full view of the entire camp as punishment for ''accidentally'' causing a comrade's death.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Johnny very nearly gets picked for the K-9 Corps rather than Mobile Infantry. The genetically altered 'neodogs' are mentioned as being capable of (rather garbled) speech, having senses that even the MI suits can't match, and being ridden into battle by their handlers. However, ''this'' particular book is about infantry. They never really appear in the book in person, and we're told the Corps was almost annihilated at Klendathu.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Johnny very nearly gets picked for the K-9 Corps rather than Mobile Infantry. The genetically altered 'neodogs' are mentioned as being capable of (rather garbled) speech, [[SpeechImpairedAnimal speech]], having senses that even the MI suits can't match, and being ridden into battle by their handlers. However, ''this'' particular book is about infantry. They never really appear in the book in person, and we're told the Corps was almost annihilated at Klendathu.


* MarySuetopia: The society was a sort of Mary Suetopia, based on Heinlein's later conservative ideals. Specifically, after a revolution in the twenty-first century, the corrupt technocracy that grew out of the liberal democracies was replaced with some sort of hybrid political structure that can best be described as a radical meritocracy, NOT a fascist dictatorship. "Service guarantees citizenship" would be the exact ''opposite'' of the mantra of a fascist state: "Citizenship guarantees service". The functionality of such a state depends however on the political beliefs of the author having been proven incontrovertibly true in-universe.

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* MarySuetopia: The society was a sort of Mary Suetopia, based on Heinlein's later conservative ideals. Specifically, after a revolution in the twenty-first century, the corrupt technocracy that grew out of the liberal democracies was replaced with some sort of hybrid political structure that can best be described as a radical meritocracy, NOT meritocracy (NOT a fascist dictatorship. dictatorship; "Service guarantees citizenship" would be the exact ''opposite'' of the mantra of a fascist state: "Citizenship guarantees service".service"). The functionality of such a state depends however on the political beliefs of the author having been proven incontrovertibly true in-universe.

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