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"Once upon a time, there were three very different little girls who grew up to be three very different women. But they have three things in common: They're brilliant, they're beautiful, and they work for me. My name is Charlie."

Once upon a time there was a very successful TV series about three female private detectives. They worked for a mysterious man called Charlie who was never seen, and who called them his "Angels". Almost 20 years after the last episode aired, the franchise was revived as a pair of theatrical films, set in the early 2000's, with a new set of Angels.

It is worth noting that the movie series is not a Continuity Reboot of the series, but a continuation. These movies star Cameron Diaz (Natalie), Lucy Liu (Alex) and Drew Barrymore (Dylan) as the Angels, with John Forsythe returning as the voice of Charlie.

It received a sequel starring the same Angels in 2003, called Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Tropes for that film can go there.

A continuation of the story premiered on November 15, 2019, starring Naomi Scott, Kristen Stewart, and Ella Balinska as the titular trio, with Elizabeth Banks directing, producing and playing Bosley. Tropes for that film can go there.

Charlie's Angels contains examples of:

  • Action Dress Rip: A variation occurs where Dylan and Alex strip off the bottom half of their ballgowns to reveal more action-friendly leather pants.
  • Action Girl: Well, obviously. All the three Angels are capable hand-to-hand combatants, who refuse to use guns.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • The house in which the two kids are playing a videogame when a naked Dylan comes knocking is the same house from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
    • Dylan can also be seen wearing a Harry Potter themed disguise at the start of the first film. Drew Barrymore is a massive fan of the series and nearly had a cameo in the first Potter film.
    • Bill Murray mentions talking to a squirrel, a reference to his talking to a gopher in Caddyshack.
  • Adaptational Diversity: The original series had all the Angels be white women. Here, one of them is the Asian-American Alex.
  • The Adjectival Man: The Creepy Thin Man.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: While there's still some satisfaction in his death, all Eric Knox wanted was to get revenge on his father’s killer and just so happened to believe it was Charlie. It turns out Knox had his facts wrong: his father was murdered by enemy soldiers when it came out that he was a double agent.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: It is somewhat of a running gag throughout the movies that Dylan always falls for the bad guy. Example: Eric Knox (who she sleeps with, although this is before she knows that he's the Big Bad) and the Thin Man (who was originally going to kiss Alex, according to the filmmakers, but they changed it to Dylan, in keeping with her lust for bad boys). Also, it was revealed that The Dragon of the second film's, Big Bad was her ex-boyfriend. The last case is arguably a subversion since she turned him in when she saw him murder someone.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Angels are a Power Trio of female agents.
  • Artistic License – Ornithology: Natalie pinpoints the Big Bad's fortress by listening to a bird call over her connection to Bosley, being held captive there. She pinpoints the bird as a pygmy nuthatch, which she says is only found in Carmel, California. Two problems: 1) The bird depicted was not a pygmy nuthatch, and 2) even if it were, the nuthatch's range goes from Mexico all the way into British Columbia.
  • Artistic License – Physics: The angels fire an arrow with a rope attached to it into a helicopter, then climb the rope up to the helicopter. The thin aluminum skin of a helicopter is not going to support the weight of three women climbing up a rope in mid-air. As soon as the rope went taut with their weight, the arrow would have ripped free.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: There's a scene where the angels speak Finnish to each other. They discuss what a bad idea it would be to sleep with a client, but this is not what it says in the subtitles. Things get increasingly weird if you watch the movie with Finnish subtitles, which also don't match what's said.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Vivian sends a goon to strangle Natalie to death in the bathroom. She manages to evade him with martial arts.
  • Ass Kicking Pose: The girls assume flashy fighting poses before and during fight scenes.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: While most of the soundtrack counts, the greatest example is Dylan beating up mooks, hands tied, as "Song 2" plays.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Sure, the security surrounding the server room (or the mainframe as they call it) is flawless, only really resourceful spies managed to break through it. And yet it's so ridiculously impractical that it'd be literally impossible to maintain. The two-step biometric barrier isn't enough, there has to be pressure sensitivity that sounds the alarm after less than a second. Literally every time something went wrong with the servers that whole security system would have to be brought down for anything to be done.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: The Thin Man is a deadly Professional Killer who is always wearing a suit.
  • Bathroom Brawl: Natalie is attacked by a thug in the bathroom and is almost choked with a chain, but she gains the upper hand and kicks the guy into a mirror.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Dylan, Natalie, and Alex.
  • Bedsheet Ladder: Subverted, Bosley tries to do one, but the Thin Man happened to be stationed below the window. Not that it mattered - the gap in the bars was too small to escape through anyway and his cell was far too high up.
  • Bench Breaker: Dylan breaks her chair with a flip, although her hands stay tied after the chair is broken. Not that it stops her from beating up some Mooks.
  • Big Bad: Eric Knox.
  • Big "NO!": Knox gives two, one when he watches his missile being redirected back at his helicopter and one once he realizes the flight controls no longer work.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Although they like to make things different with wigs.
  • Blown Across the Room: Complicatedly subverted. When Eric Knox is revealed as the Big Bad after sleeping with Dylan, he shoots her, propelling her through a massive window. But later, we flashback to that gunshot and see that the shot missed, flying right by Dylan's ear. Dylan actually mimics this trope, propelling herself backwards as if she'd been shot, allowing herself to head backwards through the glass window - which had been shattered by the unblocked bullet. Two tropes subverted for the price of one.
  • Book Ends: 'Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel' plays at the start and end.
  • Brig Ball Bouncing: Bosley does this while being held prisoner by Knox. Where he got the baseball and glove is never explained. When he fails to catch one throw the ball hits him in the face and activates his molar mic, allowing him to contact the Angels and guide them to him.
  • Bullet Time: It came out the year after The Matrix, and the director used to do music videos with lots of Adrenaline Time, so there's a lot of it.
  • The Cameo: LL Cool J as Mr. Jones.
  • Car Skiing: The movie shows a flashback in which Natalie pulls one off during her driving exam. Establishing Character Moment for her Badass Driver and Improbable Piloting Skills.
  • Cassandra Truth: When a number of Knox's goons attempt to take out Dylan, who is tied to a chair, Dylan describes to them, step-by-step, how she's going to break free, knock each and every one of them out, and finish by moonwalking out of the room - all With My Hands Tied because she is failing to burn the ropes. Guess what follows?
  • Casting Gag: Jason (played by Matt Le Blanc) is an actor and a bit of a The Ditz, like Joey in Friends.
  • Ceiling Cling: Alex clings to the ceiling of Jason's trailer to protect herself from getting shot by Vivian's thugs.
  • Celebrity Paradox: When Dylan shows up naked at the kids' house, there's a poster for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on the wall. We don't find out if the kids think that she's Gertie all grown up.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Natalie jokes that Vivian Wood was responsible for Knox's kidnapping and was playing the Wounded Gazelle Gambit. Guess what happens...
  • Chain Pain: Alex uses a chain to fight against The Creepy Thin Man. Dylan later uses a a chain as a lasso to tie up both him and Vivian.
  • Chair Reveal: Vivian dramatically turns in her chair when revealing herself to Dylan in Knox's apartment.
  • Children Are Innocent: Dylan is shown rolling down a hill naked behind a house. Two young boys see her. How do they respond? They give her clothes, including a "Stone Cold" Steve Austin T-shirt, a motorized bicycle for transportation.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The three angels - Alex is often in black, Dylan in red and Natalie in White. Goes with them being a Blonde, Brunette, Redhead trio.
  • Combat Stilettos: Mandatory equipment for any Action Girl or Dark Action Girl in these flicks.
  • Compensating for Something: Corwin says some people accused him of compensating for a weak libido when he entered the racing business and he fired them for it. The people he tells about it laugh until he explains it wasn't a joke.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: The Thin Man is hit with this in the first film. In his first appearance he manages to hold his own against all three of the Angels at once, but in the climax Alex takes him on alone and wins.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Upon receiveing an "over my dead body" response to a business proposition, Corwin decides he can accept these terms.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: When first being briefed about Knox's kidnapping, on hearing about Vivian Wood, Natalie immediately says "she did it", before Vivian is then introduced as the client. It turns out Natalie was completely spot on.
  • Dance Party Ending: The credits play to both this and funny clips of previously in the movie.
  • Dark Action Girl: Vivian Wood is more than capable of going one on one against an Angel.
  • Disguised in Drag: While infiltrating Redstar, Alex poses as an inspector, while Natalie and Dylan don suits and fake beards to disguise as men.
  • Distressed Dude: Bosley ends up kidnapped by the villains, with the Angels having to go rescue him.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: The Angels never use firearms. This was on Drew Barrymore's insistence because she was uncomfortable around firearms. Consequently, their iconic Angels Pose has them switch from holding guns to holding up their hands in martial arts stances.
  • Don't Ask: When the Angels regroup at the office, Dylan arrives on a scooter wearing clothes that are obiously too small for her. Natalie and Alex look confused, Dylan responds with "Don't ask".
  • Double Entendre:
    • Natalie produces many of these (although she seems to use them unintentionally).
    • This exchange between Alex and Corwin (who thinks she's a masseuse):
      Corwin: You're very good... with your hands. I could use someone like you on my staff.
      Alex: Thanks for the offer, but my hands aren't going anywhere near your staff.
  • The Dragon: Vivian Wood is Eric Knox loyal right-hand woman. Indeed this was originally going to be literal, since she was written to be Asian, making her a Dragon Lady.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Alex Munday causes this effect on men when she's walking in a room full of computer nerds while wearing a sexy leather power suit (that squeaks every time she walks).
  • Edible Ammunition: Alex's blueberry muffins are weapon-grade. They smash holes into wooden doors when thrown.
    Bosley: What do you call this?
    Dylan: Chinese fighting muffin!
    Bosley: That's not funny. A friend of mine took a fighting muffin in the chest; they sent him home in four Ziploc bags.
  • Endangered Soufflé: Alex tries to maintain a souffle while bad guys riddle her trailer with bullets. She fails.
  • Enhance Button: They enhance the image of a normal CCTV tape taken in a normal parking garage at night, and spot their target through the reflection in the door of a nearby car.
  • Establishing Character Music: The Angels are shown in flashback to a different song - Natalie to "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!, Alex to The Flying Lizards cover of "Money (That's What I Want)" and Dylan to "I Love Rock and Roll" by Joan Jett.
  • Faux Fluency: The angels speak in a "secret language" that is actually badly mangled Finnish. They had to subtitle the dialogue even in the Finnish edit of the film.
  • Female Fighter, Male Handler: Charlie Townsend has his own special ops group consisting of three women (who he calls "angels") and one man, Bosley, that he intended as their handler.
  • Fetish: The Thin Man has a rather enthusiastic (and creepy) one for hair.
  • Flung Clothing: This trope is rather deliberate. Two of the girls change from beaded cocktail dresses to black leather kick-ass clothes as they chase Creepy Thin Man.
  • Game Show Appearance: Natalie is a five-day Jeopardy! champion.
  • Girls with Moustaches: Natalie and Dylan use this as a disguise when they break into a corporate headquarters. Justified - the technicians to the server room they impersonated while breaking in were men and it helped hide the fact they were going full Bifauxnen.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: The Thin Man and the Big Bad are show smoking several times, while the only time a good guy is smoking is Dylan in a flashback of her rebellious years.
  • GPS Evidence: Natalie is able to tell where the bad guys are by a bird's chirp in the background of a recording.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Alex uses a grappling hook bow repeatedly throughout the movie, most notably at the end when she hooks it into the fuselage of an airborne helicopter with enough force that it can hold all three of the girls.
    Alex: Let's see if I can win the teddyyyy beaarrrrrrr!!!!
  • Hair Flip: Used very often and very intentionally, to the point of parody.
    • Natalie does this in order to attract the attention of her Love Interest. It's even underscored by a gong going off in the background and a dramatic zoom on his reaction.
      Alex: Flip your God. Damn. Hair.
    • Alex does this in every single close-up.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: After Dylan ends up falling naked in someone's backyard pool, she grabs a donut-shaped floater to cover herself before seeking help.
  • Hate Sink: Vivian Wood is Eric Knox's girlfriend and helps assist him in his plans to kill Charles "Charlie" Townsend to avenge his father. Though loyal to him, she comes off as way more smug and unlikable, displaying a taunting demeanor as she goes along. Angel Dylan Sanders ends up captured because of Vivian and she destroys Angel Natalie Cook's phone during a fight too for no real good reason.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: Nowadays, after a Memetic Mutation, "The Chad" stands for a guy who is nothing like Dylan's eponymous Love Interest.
  • Heroic Seductress: All the Angels invoke Distracted by the Sexy to gather evidence.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: The credits to the film.
  • Hollywood Skydiving: The opening action scene of the film.
  • Idiot Ball: The helicopter pilot doesn't notice that roughly 350 pounds of weight is swinging beneath his helicopter as the angels climb the rope up to it. In Real Life, there's no way he could have not noticed.
  • I Have Brothers: The reason Natalie is so tough is because she has five older brothers who are in law enforcement/special forces/the FBI/etc.
  • I'll Take Two Beers Too: Dylan orders three burgers, three fries, three shakes, and three apple pies. She jokingly turns to the others and asks them what'll they have.
  • Kinda Busy Here: Natalie casually talks with her boyfriend Pete while rescuing Bosley in the bad guy's hideout. She assures him that he didn't call at a bad time, when he comments she seems distracted.
  • The Klutz: Bosley is still prone to acts of clumsiness, usually used for comedy.
    • When trying to light his fireplace he ends up causing a minor explosion (for seemingly no reason) and hurts himself.
    • He accidentally deactivates his mouth microphone while eating sushi and then accidentally reactivates it days later by hitting himself in the face with a softball, having apparently forgotten to even remove it.
  • Latex Perfection: Spoofed at the beginning of the film, which was nearly a direct spoof of the beginning of Mission: Impossible II, combined with Black Like Me and Sweet Polly Oliver.
    Would-Be Bomber: You crazy bastard!
    LL Cool J: [With Dylan's voice coming out of his mouth] I think you mean 'crazy bitch'. [Takes off mask to reveal Dylan]
  • Lean and Mean: The Thin Man, one of the goons of the Big Bad, can stand toe-to-toe with all three angels and yet can also somersault through the bars of a fence. Ironically, the typically rail-thin actor Crispin Glover put on some muscle for the role, making his thinness a bit of an Informed Attribute.
  • Lethal Chef: Alex. Her blueberry muffins are so rock hard that one of them ends up embedded in a door.
  • A Lady on Each Arm: Invoked to crash a private party; two of the Angels get in by being with Bosley, and he gets in due to this trope (and becomes worthy of the host's attention besides).
  • Male Gaze: The movies never shy away from booty focus. So much that the cast actually spoofed it in this video.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Averted. Pete and Jason still stay with Natalie and Alex respectively in spite of them having to constantly disappear on missions. By the time of the second film, both Pete and Jason are fully aware of their girlfriends' real jobs.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: The Pygmy Nuthatch is a South American Tropical, a relation to the oriole — a much bigger and different coloured bird. Pygmy Nuthatches are not found in one small spot like Natalie declares either. And the call heard in the movie matches neither bird.
  • "Mission: Impossible" Cable Drop: Where a cartwheel is done across a pressure-sensitive floor and then handstand on a computer box.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: Dylan ends up wearing it twice, both times after she had sex (first with The Chad, then with Knox).
  • Mysterious Employer: Charlie is the unseen employer of the Angels. Their only interaction with him is via Jimmy Bosley or via a speaker.
  • Mythology Gag: During the montage of the Angels' various assignments, we see them wearing prison uniforms and chained together. This was a nod to one of the most famous episodes of the original show, "Angels in Heat".
  • Naked People Trapped Outside: Dylan is throw out a window dressed only in a Modesty Bedsheet after getting shot by Knox. The sheet is caught on the window and she hangs by it as it slowly unravels and slows down her fall, but she still ends rolling naked down a hill into a family's backyard. She then picks up an inflatable, donut-shaped pool floater to cover herself and knocks on the glass door to ask the family for help. When she meets back up with Natalie and Alex she's wearing a goofy "Stone Cold" Steve Austin T-shirt.
    [after Dylan arrives in a small motorcycle and clothes obviously too small for her]
    Dylan: [to Natalie and Alex] Don't Ask.
  • Navel-Deep Neckline: Dylan's racer outfit has a v-shaped neckline that plunges to her stomach.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight: This team of Angels never uses guns. They rely on Waif-Fu against a number of enemies with guns, and rarely suffer more than a nick.
  • Nipple and Dimed: Averted. Dylan's bare breast is fully visible (if out of focus) for a second when she loses her Modesty Bedsheet.
  • No Name Given: The Thin Man is only ever referred to as this (either that or "Creepy Thin Man") for the first movie - the second movie, however, reveals that his real name is Anthony (his surname is not given, however).
  • Not so Dire: Alex and her boyfriend Jason look like they are trying to solve a Wire Dilemma, but they're just practicing lines for his movie.
  • Obvious Villain, Secret Villain: The appropriately named Creepy Thin Man is the obvious villain, having two encounters with the Angels and supposedly serving as an enforcer to whomever ordered Eric Knox abducted for his new software. At first the Angels, and by proxy the audience, is led to believe that the Big Bad is Redstar CEO Roger Corwin. However, Corwin is revealed to be a Red Herring: the secret villain is Knox himself who faked his own abduction as part of a plan to find and murder the Angels' boss Charlie.
  • On a Soundstage All Along: Parodied. "DAMN YOU, SALAZAAAAAAAR!!"
  • The Oner:
    • The movie opens with one (which is actually three shots connected by hidden cuts) that goes from the Columbia logo, through the plane twice and up to the disguised Dylan pulling the bomber out of the plane.
    • A second oner, this time done for real, occurs during The Reveal. The scene begins with Dylan leaving Knox's bedroom and continues with no cuts until Knox reveals he's going after Charlie.
  • Pac Man Fever: Dylan stumbles upon two kids playing Final Fantasy VIII with two 3rd party PlayStation controllers and button-mashing unrealistically while out-of-place sound-effects play — though the sound effects are not particularly old-sounding and not from Pac-Man. The really bad part is that Final Fantasy VIII is not only a game for which Button Mashing is counterproductive (unless you're charging up your GF summons), but that it's NOT a two-player game, but a single-player JRPG. Interestingly enough, had the movie been made a year later and the boys playing Final Fantasy IX, that game did have a two player function.
  • Plot-Based Photograph Obfuscation: Eric Knox shows Dylan a photo of his father with another man whose face is hidden by something passing between him and the camera. Later, in a Flashback, her mind zooms in on the other man's name tag: Townsend — as in, "Charlie" — and realizes the true significance of the photo.
  • The Pollyanna: Natalie. The film's DVD commentary explicitly describes her as such.
  • Pre-emptive Declaration: Dylan is tied up in a chair by the Big Bad's Mooks who are about to pounce on her. She provides a detailed explanation of how she's going to beat each of them before moonwalking out of the room. She proceeds to do exactly that (except for the moonwalk, if you can call it that).
  • Precision F-Strike: When Natalie finds out that Vivian Wood is trying to kill the Angels, she calls her "an all-around bitch''. While there is plenty of mild swearing throughout the movie, having this particular one come out of Natalie's mouth shows just how shocked and angry she is. (The director even admits to wanting to tone it down to "brat".)
  • Proscenium Reveal: Happens twice with Alex's boyfriend Jason — once when he is rehearsing a scene from his latest movie with her, and once when he is actually filming it.
  • Product Placement: While it suffers from Pac Man Fever, the film has Final Fantasy VIII in one of the scenes.
  • Psycho for Hire: The Thin Man is a creepy Professional Killer that works as the Big Bad's main enforcer.
  • Quiet Cry for Help: Dylan tries to code to her assignment Eric that his female cohort Vivian, who just walked in the room, is the Big Bad using Scrabble tiles ("ENEMY"). Unfortunately for her, Vivian is actually The Dragon to his Big Bad.
  • Reboot Snark: In the Cold Open to this movie (which is based on a TV show), a villain is seen on an airplane watching a fictitious T.J. Hooker movie and complaining, "Not another movie based on an old TV show!"
  • Revenge Myopia: Eric Knox AKA John McCaddon wants revenge on Charlie because he believes that Charlie is the man who killed his father. When in reality, his father was a double agent in Charlie's army intelligence unit and was killed by the other side when he was discovered.
  • Rewatch Bonus: When LL Cool J comes out of the bathroom, he's adjusting his face, hinting that he's actually Dylan in a facemask.
  • Rule of Cool: Generally the tone of both films, along with Rule of Funny.
  • Rule of Funny: The only reason Bosley is able to make a gun out of soap.
  • Scooby Stack: At the end of the movie the Angels arrive at Charlie's beach house and do this through the front door.
  • Self-Deprecation: The opening scene has the in-flight movie "T.J. Hooker: The Movie". The reaction is "Another movie from an old TV show."
  • Sex Goddess: Dylan is described by Knox as a "real tomcat" in bed.
  • Sexy Surfacing Shot: When the Angels swim to the Big Bad's hideout by sea, there's a lingering shot of them in their wetsuits as they exit from the water in their skintight wetsuits.
  • She-Fu: The film features copious over-the-top She-Fu. Enforced, since Drew Barrymore insisted that they couldn't use guns.
  • Short-Lived Aerial Escape: The Big Bad is taken out when the missile he fired at Charlie's house is reprogrammed to take out the chopper than launched it.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The scene where Bosley is kept prisoner in the tower contains references to The Great Escape and Birdman of Alcatraz. The "soap gun" is also a reference to John Dillinger's famous escape.
    • When Dylan falls into the garden of the house where two kids are playing games, it is actually the same house from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which starred a very young Drew Barrymore. Not only that, but an E.T. poster can also be found in this scene.
  • Show Some Leg: Dylan wears a patriotic (red, white and blue) styled auto racing firesuit/jumpsuit that showcases her bountiful cleavage. She, in the process, proceeds to distract a chauffeur by flirting with him while Alex plants a camera into the trunk his car.
  • Silent Antagonist: The Thin Man. He originally had lines in the script, but they decided he'd be more villainous if he was The Voiceless.
  • Skewed Priorities: Natalie tries to have a phone conversation with Pete while she's supposed to be breaking Bosley out of his cell. Although arguably subverted when she takes exception to Vivian smashing the phone with "do you know how hard it is to meet a good guy in Los Angeles?" Going off her "sounds like fun" comment earlier, rescuing Bosley is easy; finding a good man is hard.
  • Skyward Scream: Parodied with Jason howling "DAMN YOU, SALAZAAAR!" at the soaring camera while his girlfriend lies dead in his arms. And then we find out they're shooting a movie within the movie.
  • Slipping a Mickey: Vivian drugs Bosley's drink to kidnap him.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Thin Man from smokes his cigarettes with almost poignant refinement.
  • Soft Glass:
    • Despite presumably having been hurled through a glass transom by Natalie and Alex (so she can unblock the door from the other side), Dylan not only manages to break the glass with her body, but is completely uninjured.
    • When Knox shoots at Dylan and she's thrown back through the shattering glass window (the bullet only hit the window behind her), she egregiously has no scratch on her despite being completely nude at the time.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": Dylan's Love Interest is called The Chad.
  • Spy Catsuit: Natalie wears an impressive shiny silver catsuit while climbing and jumping off a skyscraper.
  • Steel Ear Drums: Played straight, the Angels stand in front of huge explosions and get back up without hearing problems.
  • Stripping Snag: This actually manages to save Dylan's life when she's throw out the window in just a Modesty Bedsheet. The villains assume she fell to her death, but the sheet got caught in one of the window shards, leaving her hanging outside his window. When the sheet does get ripped off, it's still close enough to the ground for the fall to not be fatal.
  • Super-Detailed Fight Narration: Dylan is captured by Knox and tied to a chair. She manages to free her legs and then spends the next few seconds describing in detail how she's going to kick the Mooks' asses before "moonwalking out of there". The fight goes exactly as she described, except for the last part, because what she does can in no way be described as a moonwalk (doesn't matter if a Michael Jackson song is playing in the background).
  • Surprise Vehicle: Knox's helicopter rising up over his castle in the finale, ready to blow up the Angels, who barely escape the incoming missile.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: The opening scene involves Dylan disguised as an African-American male via Latex Perfection, with the mask portrayed by LL Cool J.
  • Sword Cane: The Thin Man's weapon of choice.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Dylan likes rock music, bad boys, has a bit of a temper, and is generally a lot less girly than sophisticated Alex and Genki Girl Natalie. But she does wear skirts and dresses, including flowery ones.
  • The Voice: Charlie is only ever heard.
  • Toplessness from the Back: The Angels make their way to Eric Knox's hideout by sea and take off their wetsuits when approaching, the camera cutting away to their bare backs as they strip.
  • Town Girls: Dylan is a reckless Fiery Redhead who likes rock music (butch), Natalie is a blonde, ditzy Genki Girl (femme), and Alex is a sophisticated Go-Getter Girl (neither).
  • Tropical Epilogue: The film ends with the Angels and Bosley enjoying a beach vacation that Charlie had rewarded them for completing their mission.
  • Two-Keyed Lock: Redstar's main computer is behind a locked door that can only be opened by using two director's cards, fingerprints, and retinas. Then there's another door with two buttons.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Knox tricks the Angels into giving him access to Corwin's GPS satellites.
  • Vanity License Plate: Corwin's reads CORWIN with the "win" part underlined.
  • Waif-Fu: The Angels use martial arts to defeat whole roomfuls of enemies.
  • Weak Boss, Strong Underlings: Compared to the original series, this trope gets taken to the next level. The Angels now perform more dangerous (and cool) stunts while in combat, meaning that they are at Olympic athlete level in terms of physical prowess instead of the reasonably athletic they are in the original. Also, the films have them efficiently use guns of greater caliber and bladed weapons as well as more acrobatic martial arts. Their boss Charlie, by contrast, is still the old Retired Badass he's always been.
  • Wham Line: Happens after Dylan tries to covertly warn Knox about the enemy in the room. He kisses Dylan and whispers "I know", revealing that he's working with Vivian and has been the whole time.
  • Whip of Dominance: In order to get access to a security room in the Red Star firm, the Angels infiltrate the building while Alex pretends to be an efficiency expert there to train the software engineers. But for an extra distraction (and for Fanservice) Alex plays a Dominatrix type of instructor, complete with a domineering attitude, a skintight black ensemble and a large riding crop that she constantly whips around to make a point, complete with a loud whipcrack sound effect whenever she does. Naturally, all of the horny tech nerds get completely enraptured by her and she causes enough of a commotion that Natalie and Dylan can sneak around undetected.
  • Wire Dilemma: Discussed when Alex is introduced helping her actor boyfriend rehearse a scene where his character has to defuse a bomb. Jason wonders why his character wouldn't just rip all the wires out and Alex replies that it's probably a dummy mechanism that will trigger an immediate explosion if removed.
  • With My Hands Tied: Dylan knocks out five bad guys (after describing in detail what she would do) while tied to a broken chair. Not that she wanted to, but her lighter failed to break her ropes while she was talking them up.
    Dylan: And since my trusty lighter isn't working I'm gonna do all of this with my hands tied behind my back.
  • You Killed My Father: Eric Knox wants to kill Charlie, as he (mistakenly) believes him to have killed his father.

Alternative Title(s): Charlies Angels