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1%% Administrivia/ZeroContextExample entries are not allowed on wiki pages. All such entries have been commented out. Add context to the entries before uncommenting them. ²[[quoteright:280:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/204ebb4149f8fefee4e4b406b0a11960.jpg]]²²''Tetsuo: The Iron Man'' is a 1989 Japanese {{cyberpunk}} BodyHorror film by cult film director Shinya Tsukamoto. This, his third film, is an extremely graphic but also strikingly-filmed fantasy shot in the same low-budget, underground-production style as his first two films. Tetsuo established Tsukamoto's fame and created his worldwide cult following. It was followed by two sequels, ''Tetsuo II: Body Hammer'' and ''Tetsuo III: The Bullet Man''.²²It follows the tale of a man who, after hitting a metal fetishist with his car, attempts to hide the mess by dumping the body into a ravine. To his dismay, he finds that the dead man is getting his revenge - by forcing the driver to transform into a walking heap of scrap metal.²²[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused with]] ''that'' [[Manga/{{Akira}} Tetsuo]] or ''that'' [[ComicBook/IronMan Iron]] [[Film/IronMan Man]], though there are certainly [[BodyHorror similarities]] with the former.²----²!! This movie contains examples of:²* AbandonedWarehouse: The final confrontation between the salaryman and the Metal Fetishist in the first film takes place in one of these.²* ActionizedSequel: Both ''2'' and ''The Bullet Man'', according to WordOfGod.²* AllThereInTheManual: Unlike the sequels, The Iron Man doesn't explain why or how Yatsu has powers over metal; its predecessor "The Phantom of Regular Size" gave a possible answer in that metal from the car collision have embedded into Yatsu's body, the thought of dying caused his cells to mutate with the metal and helped him develop psychic powers.²* AndIMustScream: Heavy overtones of this in the first film.²* {{Animesque}}: The first film. To quote a [[Website/YouTube YouTube commentator]]:²-->Movies like this, ''Film/MeatballMachine'' and ''Film/TokyoGorePolice'' remind me of [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs trippy]] live-action anime. [[MindScrew So bizarre yet]] I love this shit.²* AllJustADream: The main character has a dream that his girlfriend turns into a machine-woman with a metallic probe that seems to be made from a vaccum cleaner. She then proceeds to rape him with it... and yes, it is every bit as disturbing as it sounds.²* ArmCannon: The second and third movies show that murderous intent seems to manifest this (among other things) if the hate behind it is strong enough. [[spoiler: In reality, people who are capable of this were actually part of an experiment to create humans who could become living weapons.]]²%% TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Dr. Ride]] in ''The Bullet Man''.²* BaldOfEvil: ''2'' features a whole gang of 'em, working for both Yatsu[=/=]The Guy[=/=]The Metal Fetishist and a MadScientist.²* BigBad: Yatsu, the Metal Fetishist who started the Salaryman's transformation.²* BlackAndGreyMorality: The Salaryman and his girlfriend do not seem to act like good people, considering that their reaction to hitting a wounded man with their car is to dump the corpse ([[NotQuiteDead or not]]) in a ravine and have sex over where they dumped him, most likely with the body facing them, considering the angle we see it from. So that means that the Metal Fetishist should be better, right? [[OmnicidalManiac We]][[LaughingMad ll]][[WalkingWasteland ...]]²* BodyHorror²** We have several shots of metal protruding through the protagonist's flesh, gradually mutating him into a man made of metal over the course of the film.²* CulturalTranslation: The third movie has an American protagonist, [[SubvertedTrope but it is still set in Japan.]]²* CyberPunk²* DeathBySex: See below.²* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The first film is entirely in black and white.²* DepravedHomosexual: The Fetishist may very well be this, as he's obsessed to terrifying extremes with the protagonist, and [[spoiler:is willing to destroy the entire world with their "love."]]²* DownerEnding: The first film. [[spoiler:The protagonist and antagonist merge together to form one organism and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9P-t8VX6Pw they will use their combined power to destroy the world, due to the last lines of the film]]. Also, for the Salaryman, he seems to have become fully submissive and under the control of the Metal Fetishist (although he may just be pretending to act like that just to avoid more pain).]]²* DrivenToSuicide: In ''The Bullet Man'', [[spoiler:Anthony]] attempts this. [[spoiler:It doesn't work]].²* DoubleMeaningTitle: Tetsuo is a very generic name in Japan, similar to John, representing the protagonist's salaryman life, and the word for iron is "Tetsu".²* DullSurprise: Eric Bossick and Stephen Sazzarin in ''The Bullet Man''. Both rarely show any sort of emotion throughout the movie.²* EarnYourHappyEnding: ''The Bullet Man'', which doubles as a SurprisinglyHappyEnding. [[spoiler:Anthony is able to defeat the Metal Fetishist, save his family, and restore his body to its normal state. Five years later, he's shown having a happy life.]]²* ExtraOreDinary: The Fetishist seems to have power over metal, not just an ability to produce it from his own body. The Salaryman seems to discover this power too, and even briefly turn the tables on the Fetishist ([[MindScrew it's hard to say for sure]]).²* FreudianExcuse: Several flashbacks from Yatsu's POV imply he's such a twisted, depraved fanatic because a piece of metal was lodged in his head since childhood, ''beaten into him'' by a cruel vagrant, leading him to develop an unhealthy sadomasochistic obsession with the element as it transformed him physically and mentally. Then these two jerks run him over and ''make out over his still conscious body.'' You can imagine his mind isn't in the right place after all that. ²* FingerFirearms: Yatsu possesses one in ''Body Hammer''.²* GainaxEnding: ''2'' ends with [[spoiler:Tomoo (the Salaryman) walking with his family through a ruined city.]]²* GameOver: The first film ends with this as an after-credits message in lieu of "THE END".²* GoMadFromTheRevelation: In ''The Bullet Man'', [[spoiler:Anthony]] loses it after learning about the [[TitleDrop Tetsuo Project]]. Complete with LaughingMad and all.²* GratuitousEnglish: [[http://www.onzi-eme.com/img/event/455_1.jpg This]] ''Bullet Man'' poster's {{tagline}} says "DESTROY WORLD".²** While the movie is in English, Yatsu shouts out some very Engrish-y terms like "COME ON COWBOY!"²* HulkingOut: The nature of Anthony's transformation in ''The Bullet Man''.²* HumanoidAbomination: Of the [[MechanicalAbomination mechanical]] kind²* HumanWeapon: [[spoiler:Both the Salaryman and Yatsu in ''2''.]]²** [[spoiler:Anthony and his son(s)]] in ''The Bullet Man''. [[spoiler:Turns out Dr. Ride (his father) created a [[TitleDrop Tetsuo]] replica of his dying wife. Then, he inseminates it, resulting with Anthony]].²* IHaveYourWife: The bad guys kidnap the salaryman's son (and later his wife) in ''Body Hammer''.²%% JitterCam: A common criticism against ''The Bullet Man''.²* KickTheDog: Yatsu transforms the Salaryman's cat into a living metal sculpture that's [[AndIMustScream desperately trying to move]].²* LeFilmArtistique: The movies are black and white (except the sequels), has a small budget, uses unusual film techniques and the plot is full of MindScrew and [[EpilepticTrees very open to interpretation]], [[WidgetSeries if we add that the movies are Japanese]] the series fit the trope perfectly.²* LipstickAndLoadMontage: The antagonist is shown [[ExpositoryHairstyleChange changing his hairstyle]], painting his lips, and [[FacialMarkings putting on eye makeup]] before his confrontation with the protagonist.²* MadScientist: A character simply named "Mad Scientist" appears in ''Body Hammer''. Yatsu himself is apparently one in ''The Bullet Man''.²* MindScrew: There's a reason why it is often compared to ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}''.²* MythologyGag: Anthony in The Bullet Man does the same frenzied "dance" the Salaryman did in The Iron Man.²* NightmareFetishist: The antagonist is called "The Metal Fetishist". When he was alive, he enjoyed shoving bits of metal into his body.²** After the main characters run over him, the protagonist's girlfriend gets aroused. She later gets aroused when she [[spoiler: shoves a knife into the main character's neck in hopes of killing him.]]²*** [[spoiler:[[GroinAttack She didn't stab his neck first...]]]]²* NoNameGiven: In the first movie, nobody is actually named. The Metal Fetishist is commonly known as Yatsu but that's not a name but instead Japanese for "guy".²* OmnicidalManiac: [[spoiler:The Metal Fetishist]].²-->[[spoiler:How about turning the whole world into metal? You and me. And we can rust the whole world and scatter it into the dust of the universe. Our love can put an end to this fucking world! LET'S GO!!!]]²-->[[spoiler:I don't want money. Destruction is all I need.]]²-->[[spoiler:No, I'm not going to end it with a cheap shot like this. What I want, Anthony, is for you to show the stupid people of this world what life is really like. Brains and blood splattering. That's reality. Come on, destroy all of our lazy peaceful dreams. Awaken to your destiny!]]²* OurZombiesAreDifferent: His dead girlfriend is briefly brought back due to the antagonist's manipulation. [[spoiler: Then he teleports out of her somehow.]] ²** The woman who chases the protagonist on the subway seemed like one as well. In fact, since the antagonist dies, comes back, and infects the protagonist, one could almost see this as some crazy zombie flick.²* PrimalFear: The final battle of ''Bullet Man'' takes place in a crevice barely wide enough to turn around in, not to mention the other instances of claustrophobia in it.²* {{Remake}}: Of Tsukamoto's first film, ''The Phantom of Regular Size''.²* TheRightHandOfDoom: Almost every character in the movies end up sporting a big, clunky metal hand (or an ArmCannon) at one point or another.²* RuleOfScary: Watching this movie can bring up many questions, such as "How is the protagonist able to live with all that metal growing out of his body?" or "How are the rocket jets in his ankles fueled?" or even "How is this even possible?" The answer to all these is [[NightmareFuel because Shinya Tsukamoto hates you and does not believe in this peculiar idea you call "sleep".]]²%% {{Salaryman}}²* SilenceIsGolden: As a nod to its ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}'' influences, the movie has minimal dialogue.²* StopMotion: The most common method of special effects. Somehow, the jilted movements make everything creepier.²* StrawNihilist: [[spoiler:The salaryman and the Fetishist turn into this by the end, deciding to team up to turn the entire world into metal. Probably a result of SanitySlippage induced by their brains turning to metal.]]²* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: ''The Bullet Man'''s dialogue certainly counts. It helped that the script is translated from Japanese, not to mention this being (so far) the only film to feature Americans.²%% SurrealHorror²* TakeAThirdOption: In ''The Bullet Man'', [[spoiler:Yatsu[=/=]The Metal Fetishist [[IHaveYourWife plants a bomb on Yuriko's necklace]]. He gives Anthony two choices: kill him or let her die. Anthony, realizing that either choices will drive him into destroying the world, ''forcefully absorbs'' Yatsu [[AndIMustScream into his body]], reverting him back to human form.]]²* TankGoodness: [[spoiler:Towards the end of ''Body Hammer'', Tomoo, Yatsu, and the skinheads join together to form a giant tank-like thing]].²* ThisIsADrill: The driver's penis transforms into one of these. [[NightmareFuel During sex with his girlfriend.]]²* ThematicSeries: The movies all tell their own stories, but share several elements, including a saleryman turning into metal after encountering Yatsu, the metal fetishist; people turning into weapons and all end with [[spoiler: the saleryman fusing with Yatsu, for better or for worse]].²* {{Transhuman}}: Arguably, the protagonists. Sure, they become grotesque walking lumps of scrap metal, but as the films go on, they can sprout guns from their bodies, become [[TankGoodness giant tank things]] and crawl on walls.²* TwoFaced: Temporarily, one side of Anthony's face is completely transformed and inhuman in ''The Bullet Man''. ²* UnreadablyFastText: Yatsu's slideshow in ''The Bullet Man''.²* UnstableGeneticCode: [[spoiler:Anthony's transformation is due to him having "android DNA" in ''The Bullet Man'']]²* UnwillingRoboticisation: A common theme in the trilogy.²* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: Anthony becoming enraged [[spoiler:due to the murder of his son]] causes him to start transforming in ''The Bullet Man''.²* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:In ''The Bullet Man'', Yatsu[=/=]The Metal Fetishist pulls this on both his {{mooks}} and the [[PrivateMilitaryCompany PMC]] pursuing Dr. Ride]].²* WidgetSeries: A very weird series of art films.²* WorldOfSymbolism: Some say the movie is about modern humanity's overdependance on machines. Others think it is a metaphor for homosexual awakening. There are probably many more theories out there.²----

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