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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.²²[[quoteright:250:]]²[[caption-width-right:250:She was born bad. Plain and simple.]]²²->''"She had the smell of a brand new car, and that's just about the finest smell in the world, except maybe for pussy."''²-->--'''Roland D. [=Le=]Bay''' to Arnie Cunningham regarding the worst auto purchase in history. For both of them.²²''Christine'' is a 1983 horror novel by Creator/StephenKing. ²²The basic premise is that Arnie Cunningham, the most unpopular guy in a Usefulnotes/{{Pittsburgh}} area high school, buys his first car, much like any other teenager the world over. The problem is that his car -- a 1958 Plymouth Fury -- is extremely and psychotically in love with him. The novel details his transition from normal, if nerdy and unhappy, teenager into a somewhat popular greaser loner, and eventually into a lonely psychotic as the car and the ghost of the previous owner begin to exert an ever-increasing amount of control over him.²²A [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]], directed by Creator/JohnCarpenter and starring Keith Gordon as Arnie, was released the same year the book was published. ²----²²!! Provides examples of:²²* AbusiveParents: Arnie's parents are the emotional type, as they are {{Control Freak}}s.²* 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. ²* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Keith Gordon's Arnie is not ''nearly'' as unattractive as Arnie is described in the novel. For only one thing, Book!Arnie is said to have a face covered with acne, but there's not a single pimple to be seen on Movie!Arnie's mug. At worst, Movie!Arnie is your [[HollywoodHomely standard slightly undersized wimpy nerd]], but once [[EvilIsSexy he loses the glasses, he's not bad-looking]][[invoked]].²* 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.²* AdultsAreUseless: From the novel, played straight with Arnie's parents (domineering mother Regina is dead set against Arnie having Christine at all, refuses to listen to any rational reasoning, blames Dennis for "allowing" Arnie to buy the car, and in general has a my way or no way attitude; henpecked husband Michael offers little resistance) and averted with Dennis' parents (especially his father, who gradually becomes convinced that something is wrong with Arnie in regards to Christine; Dennis eventually tells him the full story, at the very end).²* TheAllegedCar: Christine when first Arnie finds her.²* 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.²* AnimateInanimateObject: The eponymous Christine is a sentient, murderous car.²* ArtisticLicenseCars: In the book, Christine is referred to as a sedan, though this is more of a continuity/editing error as King originally intended Christine to be a sedan, but found out midway Chrysler only offered the Plymouth Fury as a two door hardtop in 1958, and several instances of the word sedan were missed. In the film, Christine is shown rolling off the assembly line painted Autumn Red; Plymouth Furys were only available in white or gold in 1958 (this is not present in the book, as Christine is stated to have been custom painted Autumn Red after purchase). Christine is also stated in the novel to have a four on the floor transmission, when a three on the tree manual and the [=TorqueFlite=] automatic transmission were the only options (it's entirely possible this was another customisation).²* AssholeVictim: Buddy Repperton and his gang, who bully Arnie (even drawing a knife on him), then later [[{{Understatement}} vandalize]] Christine, with one of them even going out of the way to shit on the dashboard, just because she belongs to Arnie. Nobody sheds many tears when Christine decides to get even. Also, there are Arnie's AbusiveParents ([[SparedByAdaptation except in the movie though]]).²* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: Attack of the killer car.²* BadDreams: From the first day he sees it, Dennis Guilder is plagued by nightmares about Christine. Leigh Cabot and George [=Le=]Bay get them, too.²* BadassDriver: Arnie, as it is later revealed that he was driving Christine, at least part of the time after the car reveals its true power.²* BettyAndVeronica: Roseanne is the Betty in comparison to the Veronica new girl Leigh who catches the attention of the Archie, Dennis.²** Also, Dennis and Arnie over Leigh.²** And eventually, Leigh and Christine over Arnie. ²* BigBad: Christine is the source of all of the major problems in the story, as a killer car.²* BlackDudeDiesFirst: In the movie, at least, the assembly line worker who is Christine's first victim in the very opening.²* BorrowedCatchPhrase: Arnie starts using the word "shitter", which is something [=LeBay=] used to say.²* TheBroCode: Dennis' violation does not go unpunished.²* CarFu: The climax is [[spoiler: Leigh and Dennis versus Christine, using a pink septic tanker truck]].²* CarMeetsHouse: Christine disposes of one victim this way.²* ClingyJealousGirl: Take a guess.²* CompositeCharacter: A couple of strange examples in the film. In the book, Roland sells Arnie the car, wears an old back brace, uses the word "shitter," and has a creepy personality as well as a younger brother named George who turns out to be a very kind-hearted man and tells Dennis about the car's dark history including the fact that Roland never cared about anything other than the car. Roland's wife asphyxiated herself inside it by running a hose from the exhaust pipe into the window, although it's heavily implied that Roland actually set it up to look like a suicide and killed her himself. In the film, the creepy, "shitter" saying, back brace-wearing man who sells Arnie the car is named George, who says he had a brother (who goes unnamed) who owned the car, cared about nothing but the car, and asphyxiated himself inside it by running a hose from the exhaust pipe into the window. So in the film, George is sort of 80% Roland and 20% George, while his mysterious unnamed brother is 50% Roland and 50% Roland's wife.²* CoolCar:²** Why, Christine of course. Yes, she's evil through and through. So what? The 1958 Plymouth Fury, Autumn Red!²** [[ The 1968 Charger]] Dennis drives in the film, and Buddy's Camaro. While the year is not mentioned in the book, the [[ film's version]] is a 1968.²* CoolKidAndLoserFriendship: Dennis and Arnie. Dennis is the jock, BigManOnCampus and regarded as a cool kid. Arnie is the stereotypical nerd.²* CurbStompBattle: An evil car vs. a huge excavator? No contest.²* CycleOfRevenge: Buddy picks on Arnie, Arnie retaliates against Buddy. Buddy pulls a knife on Arnie, which gets Buddy expelled. Buddy blames Arnie and [[DisproportionateRetribution utterly trashes his car]]. Car regenerates itself and turns Buddy and his pals into "a scattered bundle of rags ... ripped open like a laundry bag".²* DeadpanSnarker: Detective Junkins in the film.²* {{Delinquents}}: Buddy Repperton and his gang.²* DidNotGetTheGirl: It's revealed in the epilogue that [[spoiler: Dennis and Leigh]] didn't end up together.²* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Arnie and his parents are dead, along with eight other people. Dennis has broken up with Leigh. And Dennis has just found out that CHRISTINE IS STILL OUT THERE.]]²* DrivenToSuicide: [=LeBay=]'s wife committed suicide in the car after the death of her daughter...or did she?²* DrivesLikeCrazy: Christine not only drives like crazy, but specifically to hurt or kill people.²* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler: Arnie.]] Dennis has a dream of him appearing.²* EvenEvilHasStandards: Buddy Repperton may be a bully, but he will not tolerate racist jokes.²* 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.²* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Arnie adopts a crew cut during the time [=LeBay=] is possessing him.²* FeudEpisode: First there was Christine. Leigh came later.²* FingerTwitchingRevival: Or, in this case, a chrome twitching revival.²* {{Flashback}}: Dennis Guilder is writing the story down four years later.²* FromASingleCell: Well, from a single lugnut anyway. [[spoiler:At the end Dennis and Leigh smash the shit out of Christine with a tanker truck, and the remains are put through a car crusher. One of the junkyard workers later insists that a piece of the car ''bit'' him, and the epilogue implies that four years later Christine has regenerated and is coming for Dennis.]]²* FromNobodyToNightmare: Arnie starts out a harmless nerd, but Christine corrupts him into a maniac.²* GlowingEyesOfDoom : Christine's headlamps are described this way in the novel, and appear as such in the film.²* HairTriggerTemper: Roland [=LeBay=]. When every description of you includes the words "unending fury," you are made for this trope.²* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler: Moochie Welch is cut in half between Christine's front bumper and a building]] in the movie.²* [[SheCleansUpNicely He Cleans Up Nicely]]: Dennis notes how, after a few months under Christine's influence, Arnie's acne clears up and his posture and physique improve, revealing a pretty handsome guy under all the nerd luster.²* HealingFactor: Christine has it. Up to the point of returning from a burned out wreck to mint condition within minutes. It seems to work while Christine is in motion with her odometer going in reverse as it happens. After Repperton and his gang trash her, Arnie only has to push her until she's repaired herself enough to start, then just drive around until Christine repairs completely.²* HeterosexualLifePartners: Arnie and Dennis. [[OddCouple A nerd and a jock.]]²* HomicideMachines: Christine²* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday / NewYearHasCome: In the film, the final showdown occurs on New Year's Eve / Day.²* IDieFree: [[spoiler:Arnie died keeping [=LeBay=] from possessing him. The film plays this differently, with Arnie's last act being to lovingly stroke Christine's fender.]]²* InfantImmortality: Averted. [=LeBay=]'s young daughter choked to death in the backseat of Christine.²* 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.]]²* {{Jerkass}}: The [[AbusiveParents Cunninghams]] are not particularly likable. They're nowhere near as awful as Buddy, but they're controlling and condescending toward their son.²* JumpScare: At the climax, Leigh walks over to a prone Arnie, who's just been catapulted out of Christine. Then he leaps up, screaming on account of the massive chunk of glass in his stomach.²* KickTheDog: In the film, Buddy and his gang laugh cruelly at Dennis's accident in the football game. And that's before what they do to Christine.²* TheLadysFavor: Before the final fight with Christine, Leigh gives a scarf to Dennis to wear around his arm, saying that she wants him to be her knight.²* LoveAtFirstSight: Arnie and, yes, Christine. When Arnie first sees the car, Dennis describes him like this: "He had been like a man who meets a showgirl, indulges in a whirlwind courtship, and ends up with a hangover and a new wife on Monday morning. It had been... well... like love at first sight."²* LoveTriangle: Really it's Arnie, Leigh and Christine. Before that it appeared that Christine functioned in one for [=LeBay=] and his wife. Also, Dennis had a thing for Leigh prior to her relationship with Arnie. ²* MeaningfulName: "Arnold Cunningham" is a combination of two names from the series ''Series/HappyDays'': "Arnold's", the kids' hangout, and "Cunningham," Richie's family's surname.²* 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.²* MythologyGag: When Dennis is talking to Jimmy Sykes (the janitor at Darnell's), Jimmy mentions he's now out of a job, and might get a janitor's position at nearby Horlicks University because "this other janitor, he disappeared, just ran off or something." The janitor Jimmy is talking about is Mike, the janitor eaten by [[FluffyTheTerrible "Fluffy"]] in "The Crate" (which was an original short story before being adapted for ''Film/{{Creepshow}}'').²* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Christine is a Plymouth ''Fury.''²* NeckSnap: Dennis has a nasty accident during a football game, thanks to being distracted by Arnie and Leigh. Fortunately, it's not fatal, and he does eventually recover.²* 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.²* NotQuiteDead: Christine regenerates whenever she's beaten to smithereens. [[spoiler: Dennis suspects she's rebuilding herself at the end.]]²* NothingButHits: Christine's radio only plays popular music from the '50s.²* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler: It's revealed that [=LeBay=] may have sacrificed his choking daughter to Christine]].²* OnlyFriend: Dennis is Arnie's only friend.²* SayYourPrayers: When Leigh nearly chokes to death on a hamburger, she tries to recite the Act of Contrition in her head.²* SecretTestOfCharacter: A darker example. In the film George tests to see if Arnie is the right person to sell the car to by letting him try the car. It works.²* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: An interesting case on it. In the beginning of the film, Arnie is the sensitive guy while Dennis is the manly man. As the story goes on, Dennis becomes the sensitive man while recovering from an injury he received from a football game while Arnie becomes the manly man from Christine's influence.²* SentientVehicle: Christine is a sentient car, and also the BigBad to boot.²* ShoutOut: Arnie and Leigh go Christmas shopping at the [[Film/DawnOfTheDead1978 Monroeville Mall.]]²* SkewedPriorities: A sign of Christine's increasing control over Arnie is his caring more about her than the fact Leigh nearly choked while stuck inside her.²* SoulJar: [=LeBay=] turned Christine into this. Maybe. It's left ambiguous whether Christine was always powered by a malevolent will or if [=LeBay=] really did become one with her.²* SoundtrackDissonance: Christine's radio blares out 50s hits as she kills her targets.²* SparedByAdaptation:²** In the book, Arnie's parents are killed by Christine. The film leaves this out.²** Detective Junkins.²* SplitPersonalityTakeover: [=LeBay=]'s spirit eventually possesses Arnie completely.²* SweaterGirl: Leigh in the film is frequently shown in tight, cute sweaters.²* SwitchingPOV: The first part is narrated by Dennis, the second part is told by an omniscient third-person narrator and mostly focuses on Arnie, and the third part is narrated by Dennis again.²* TearsOfFear: Dennis has this in the scene when he's in Christine.²* 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...²* TheOneThatGotAway: At one point, Will Darnell reminisces about his teenage sweetheart, Wanda Haskins. Darnell is a corrupt and cynical man, but he did love Wanda, and he thinks they would have married if her family didn't move away.²* TheSeventies / TheFifties: The novel is set in 1978-79, but Christine often turns time back to 1958 (the Nostalgic Fifties version), complete with SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl and a radio that plays NothingButHits.²* ThoseTwoGuys: In the film, Chuck and Bemis, Dennis's friends. (Although they're only in a couple of scenes. No corresponding characters exist in the novel.)²* TookALevelInBadass: Arnie goes through two versions of this trope. First he becomes more aggressive thanks to being possessed by [=LeBay=]'s spirit. Secondly [[spoiler: he's able to fight off the possession in the car accident that kills him and his mother]].²* VehicleTitle: Doubles as a CharacterTitle due to the vehicle being a SentientVehicle.²* VehicularAssault: By the car itself, not by any driver.²* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Roseanne, who is seen cheering Dennis on at the football game, is clearly in shock when she sees that he's been struck by another player and is never seen again after that. ²* WomanScorned: Christine counts, taking revenge on anyone who wronged her.²* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Anyone who was ever bullied can sympathize with Arnie. That is, until he veers away from WhosLaughingNow to running down and battering innocent police detectives.²* {{Yandere}}: Christine is clearly psychotically attached to Arnie (and vice versa). It's said she was like this towards her previous owner as well.²----


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