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Hellboy: It's just a story, right Pops?
Bruttenholm: Is it now?
Hellboy: Yeah, c'mon! Those guys? They can't be real.
Bruttenholm: Well, my son, I'm sure you'll find out.
— Prologue
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It's been a few years since the last movie. Myers has been (literally) Reassigned to Antarctica. Hellboy and Liz are an Official Couple, but their relationship is going through a rough patch. Hellboy, chafing under the bureaucratic leadership of Tom Manning, decides to break the Masquerade and reveals himself to the public—but the public's reaction is far less pleasant than he expects. To rein Hellboy in, the B.P.R.D. upper brass sends Johann Krauss (a spirit medium who's been reduced to ectoplasm) to take leadership of the team.

Meanwhile, Abe meets a nice elf girl, Princess Nuala of Bethmoora, and they hit off quite well. Unfortunately, her twin brother Prince Nuada has declared war on humanity. He plans to reawaken the Golden Army—invincible automatons that nearly drove humanity to extinction the first time they were used—and he kills just about everyone who stands between him and the crown that would allow him to control the Army.

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It falls to Hellboy and his pals to stop Nuada, but given the way humanity's been treating them lately and after hearing Nuada's side of the story, our heroes can't help but feel a little sympathy for the genocidal Jerkass. And as if this wasn't enough, Liz finds out she's pregnant, which... worries her.

Guillermo del Toro returns as director, and Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair reprise their roles as Hellboy, Abe, and Liz, respectively. David Hyde Pierce declined to return as Abe's voice, so Doug Jones now portrays Abe entirely.

A third film was reportedly in conceptual stage, but after a long period of Development Hell, the project turned into a full-on Continuity Reboot, simply titled Hellboy.


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Hellboy II: The Golden Army provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: The first film positioned John Meyers as being Bruttenholm's replacement, but this film has him Reassigned to Antarctica. No one seems to occupy his study or act as a unifying force for the Power Trio. Instead, Tom Manning leads the group.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Johann Kraus in the comics becomes Johann Krauss in the film, purely so Hellboy can make that "SS, right" crack.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: Liz in a big way.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: After the BPRD is revealed to the public, Hellboy and the others are constantly berated by pedestrians.
  • All Trolls Are Different: The trip to the Troll Market in the second movie illustrates this point magnificently. They're all different from each other.
  • Aliens in Cardiff: In their search for the Golden Army, a force that can conquer the Earth, the protagonists end up in... County Antrim. Given the leaning more toward mythology and fables as with the later Mignola stories - particularly Celtic -, this does make a lot of sense as the UK is dense with lore.
  • Always Save the Girl:
    • Liz chooses to save Hellboy, even though he is destined to bring about the apocalypse. Given how well Hellboy's been able to Screw Destiny so far, Liz's decision to save him makes sense
    • Abe does it in standard fashion, choosing to save Nuala by giving her brother exactly what he needs to activate the Golden Army after he kidnaps her. Hellboy immediately calls him on it, and Abe promptly retorts that he would do the same for Liz. They seem to be on pretty good terms when they're done.
  • Anti-Villain: Nuada. He's spent centuries, possibly millennia, watching the mythical creatures that once ruled the world fade into the background as humans expanded, and the royal family has been reduced to ruling from sewers. He wants to take the planet back from the humans in the name of the fey beings before their kind dies out completely.
  • Art Shift: The opening exposition is depicted as a massive war between carved puppets, illustrating how young Hellboy's imagination pictures the human/Fair Folk conflict his foster father describes. This allows the actual appearance of the various fey races to be dramatically revealed later in the movie.
  • Astral Projection: Johann Krauss's ability...or, rather, nature.
  • Author Appeal: The Golden Army is more fantastical than the first film, owing to director Guillermo del Toro's input, especially in terms of the Troll Market's inhabitants. Sharp-eyed viewers will also be able to spot del Toro's beloved "creepy things in jars" in a few backgrounds.
  • Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: You might think Dr. Krauss will be an unforgiving taskmaster, but he's quite a supportive and useful team member.
  • Bazaar of the Bizarre: Troll Market.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Hellboy finds out the hard way that being famous isn't all it's cracked up to be.
  • Beleaguered Boss: The head of the BPRD is doing his best to keep the Bureau's existence (and the rest of The Masquerade) a secret from the public, and is constantly thwarted by Hellboy's grasp of public relations:
    Tom Manning: "Undercover." Can't he get the meaning of the word? I mean, we are still government-funded, we are still a secret, although a dirty secret if you ask me. Officially, we do not exist. So, you see, that's the problem when we get these.
    [shows Abe a series of photos]
    Tom Manning: Subway... highway... ah, park.
    [holds up one, showing Hellboy giving a "peace" sign with his stone hand]
    Tom Manning: And he posed for this one, and gave an autograph. I suppress each photo, cell phone videos, they cost me a fortune, and then they show up on YouTube... God, I hate YouTube!
  • Berserk Button: Let's just say that Hellboy catching you trying to eat a cat is not going to end well.
  • BFG: The Big Baby's bullets are large enough that they hardly even qualify as 'bullets' anymore, being more akin to small artillery shells.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Fairy cities (Troll Market, Bethmoora) seem to operate exclusively on this principle.
  • Binding Ancient Treaty: Prince Nuada bases his war plans on humanity's breach of one of these.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Nuala kills herself to stop her brother from stabbing Hellboy in the back. Regardless of whether you interpreted her sacrifice as heroic or pointless, it was still pretty bitter.
  • Blade on a Stick: Nuada's preferred weapon.
  • Broken Angel: The dying plant elemental.
  • Broken Masquerade: A frustrated Hellboy deliberately sets himself up to get blasted out of a building... and lands right in front of camera crews from what appears to be every TV station in New York state. When a horrified Manning asks what he's done, Hellboy nonchantly replies "Guess we're out."
  • Bullets Do Not Work That Way: Apparently the shots from Hellboy's BFG disintegrate after hitting one target, because when the last surviving tooth fairy escapes and flies towards a packed crowd of reporters, Hellboy, who is facing directly towards the crowd, manages to blast it with one shot from his gun without killing anyone but the tooth fairy.
    • Actually, in the first film it's shown that his "bullets" are more like vials filled with anything needed to kill a magic or supernatural creature, so it is possible his bullets actually do disintegrate on contact with one target.
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: Liz gets hit with this hard, as apparently, no one had any idea it could happen. Given that it's been several years since she and Hellboy became romantically involved, it apparently took a while for the genetics to match up right.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Johann Krauss is the "paranormal investigator" version, who naturally clashes hard with Hellboy's Cowboy Cop.
  • Captain Obvious: "The Troll Market! As you may know, trolls live under bridges —"
    Hellboy: Hey! genius! There are over 2000 bridges in New York.
    Abe: — (but research) indicates a location under the eastern end of the Brooklyn bridge!"
  • Catch-Phrase: Hellboy's tendency to exclaim "Oh, crap."
  • The Cast Showoff: invoked Ron Perlman and Doug Jones both actually have decent singing voices, which makes their hilarious, slightly off-key duet fall squarely under Stylistic Suck.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The legend of the Golden Army. It describes how whoever wears the crown has the power to command the Golden Army, if unchallenged. Near the end of the movie, when all seems hopeless for the heroes, Hellboy remembers the legend and challenges Nuada for the right to wear the crown, forcing the Army to temporarily halt while setting the stage for the final battle between them.
  • Civilization Destroyer: Once again, it is prophesied by the Angel Of Death that Hellboy is the Beast of the Apocalypse and is fated to destroy human civilization on Earth, which is what Rasputin wants in the first movie. As the third movie was canceled, we will never know.
  • Clock Punk: The finale of the movie is fought on giant gears.
  • Clockwork Creature: The Golden Army is Nigh Invulnerable because they are made of giant wind-up gears and can piece themselves together.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Like in the first film, Hellboy has a red light on his communicator, Abe has blue. Liz has a gold/yellow one, and Krauss has white.
  • Convenient Color Change: The Golden Army glows red once they are activated by Prince Nuada. When Johann takes control of one soldier, it glows blue. How else would you know it's him and he's good?
  • Costume Porn: The elves and the trolls in the Golden Army. Especially Nuada and Nuala.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Nuada vs. the guards (both his father's royal guards and the guards at the gate of B.R.P.D headquarters) and his first encounter with Hellboy. Justified in that Hellboy had been pretty hammered in the first fight, having been drinking heavily after Liz wanted to separate, and was barely able to walk down stairs without stumbling. The second fight is much more closely matched.
  • Cute Kitten: Hellboy loves kittens. There's a scene where he's supposed to be spying on a troll but disobeys orders and breaks cover to prevent her from eating a kitten.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • Aside from Hellboy himself, a few other things like the Angel of Death also count.
    • Lampshaded by the tagline for the second film, "Believe it or not, he's the good guy."
  • Did Not Think This Through: Hellboy outing himself in the hopes of becoming a celebrity of some sort. It doesn't work out for him.
  • The Dragon: Mr. Wink to Nuada. He dies rather quickly for a Dragon, though.
  • Drowning Our Romantic Sorrows: "You're in love. Have a beer."
  • Emerging from the Shadows
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Though his methods are extreme, it's clear that Prince Nuada's crusade against the human race is driven by his desire to protect his people from mankind. He's clearly devastated after killing his father, and he loves his sister deeply - perhaps a little too deeply.
  • Evil Albino: Prince Nuada.
  • The Evil Prince: Nuada again.
  • Eyeless Face / Eyes Do Not Belong There: The Angel of Death: eyes on its wings instead of its face.
  • Exact Words: Only a "prince" may challenge Nuada for control of the Golden Army. When Hellboy challenges him, he snubs it off because he is not "royalty". Then his sister reminds him that Hellboy is the son of the King of Darkness, the "Fallen One" and is technically royalty, meaning that he must accept Hellboy's challenge at the climax of the film.
    • Hellboy promises not to kill Nuada, as he knows it would kill his sister, who his friend Abe is in love with. However he didn't say anything about not kicking his ass, which he does with glee.
  • Extranormal Institute: The Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, as the name suggests, studies and fights against paranormal threats.
  • Fair Folk: The Elf world and troll world are explicitly thus. Prince Nuada of Bethmoora is specifically the prince of the Tuatha De Danaan. And the tooth fairies.
  • Fake Crossover: A series of TV ads for The Golden Army showed Hellboy interacting with James Lipton, Chuck, and the Ghost Hunters, and appearing in American Gladiators and a PSA.
  • Fanservice: Prince Nuada likes to fight with his shirt off and has gained a large fandom because of it.
  • Fantastic Fragility: Destroy or disassemble the Golden Crown, and the Golden Army becomes inert.
  • Fantastic Racism: Hellboy experiences hatred and prejudice. He also takes an immediate dislike towards Krauss, which he claims is because Germans make him "nervous". Given how he first came to this dimension and Kroenen in the previous film, is there any wonder why? And Prince Nuada doesn't view humans in a favorable light because of their wanton destruction of the environment.
  • Fertile Blood: When the plant elemental is killed, its blood blankets the city and sprouts moss, grass, and flowers.
  • Flanderization: Tom Manning. In the first movie, while not a very good field leader, he was still a competent bureaucrat; he and Hellboy butted heads but ultimately gained a bit of respect for each other, and bonded over cigars. The second movie made him almost completely incompetent, and reduced him to bribing Hellboy with cigars to keep him in line. Maybe justified by the fact that, without the professor, there is no one who can truly keep Hellboy from doing something stupid.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Mr. Wink, the murderous troll.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: Kraus, after reprimanding him about radio silence during a covert operation, said in an undertone "schmutziger Affe", which is German for "dirty ape" (Stylistically more correct would be "dreckiger Affe", but compared to the butchering of German in other films, its more or less OK). And at the end of the film, when Hellboy, Liz, Abe and Krauss decided to leave the B.P.R.D., Krauss told Manning to "suck my ectoplasmic schwanzstucker". The word "Schwanzstucker" doesn't exist in German, but it contains the German word "Schwanz", which is "tail" and a mildly obscene word for the penis. Could also double as Getting Crap Past the Radar. In the German dub the word "Schwanzstück" is used, which sounds REALLY awkward, but stylistically correct. This was probably a del Toro Shout-Out to Young Frankenstein.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: In Hellboy 2, we have...
    • Air: Krauss
    • Water: Abe
    • Fire: Liz
    • Earth: Hellboy (the loosest association, mostly because he has the rocky Right Hand of Doom. He is also rational and down to earth character, much more than strict but capricious Krauss.)
  • Fragile Speedster: Prince Nuada is extremely fast and agile, however, he is not invincible and relies on his synchronization with Nuala to protect him, since Abe and the others don't want to hurt Nuala. This ends up being his undoing .
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Check out the monster-wrangling in the background when Abe and Manning are walking down the hall.
    • After Hellboy and Liz are walking away from the large stone statue-portal at the end, it curiously turns its head to watch them go.
  • Geek: Abe.
  • Glamour Failure: The Spectacles cause this, allowing the person wearing them to see the "true nature of things".
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The only way the tooth fairy kills squeak by with a PG-13 rating is because the hapless BPRD redshirts are either 1) mostly offscreen when they're being disemboweled or 2) so covered up in tooth fairies that we can't actually see their flesh being shredded off.
  • Gratuitous German: Johann Krauss, whenever he feels like insulting someone. Seth MacFarlane, who played Johann, actually speaks decent German.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Ogdru Jahad, a team of Eldritch Abomination aliens worshipped by Rasputin who tries to lay the world to waste in the first film by using Hellboy as a way of summoning them. While they don't appear in the second film, the Angel of Death reveals that while Hellboy is alive, their arrival on Earth is not only still possible, but imminent.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Nuada and Nuala are both very pretty with the same white hair.
  • Hat of Power: The crown which allows its wearer to control the Golden Army.
  • Healing Factor: The Golden Army's soldiers are virtually indestructible due to their ability to reassemble themselves completely despite being broken up into a thousand pieces.
  • Heroic Suicide: The elf princess kills herself to save Hellboy from her brother, since given their psychic link this kills him as well via synchronization.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Despite their heroic deeds, Hellboy and his friends instantly become pariahs after revealing themselves to the public.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Mr. Wink dies this way.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: Abe does it
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Hellboy is is a hulking demon, while Liz is a slender woman.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Pretty much every normal human outside the B.P.R.D. treats Hellboy and his group like unstable monsters. This is probably why they end up quitting. Which is strange, given that a lot of people were quite enthusiastic about Hellboy in the first. A possible explanation is while they enjoyed the urban legends about Hellboy, even making an in-universe comic-book about him, being confronted by the truth that he really does exist was simply too much for people to handle. And Nuada's Freudian Excuse revolves around his (not entirely untrue) belief that humans are this.
  • Humans Are Flawed: The main reason we're bastards is because we were created with a void in our hearts causing an endless greed.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Hellboy gets guilt-tripped over this here.
  • Incest Subtext: Nuada and Nuala. And just barely subtext, at that.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: FBI Director Tom Manning is trying to perform a Gas Leak Cover-Up of the events in the auction house when, the next floor up, Hellboy's pyrokinetic girlfriend/partner Liz sets off an explosion that blows Hellboy out a window and into plain view of the reporters.
  • Intangible Man: Krauss outside of his suit. Used for an amusing sequence when he beats up Hellboy using locker doors.
  • I Call It "Vera": Hellboy's BFG is named Big Baby.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: How does Hellboy respond to Krauss saying he Can't Take Criticism and has a temper problem? By punching him right where his face would be, naturally.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Prince Nuada is shown bisecting water droplets in midair.
  • Interspecies Romance: Hellboy (demon) and Liz (human), as well as Abe (ichthyosapien) and Nuala (elf).
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Hellboy tends to overdo it, throwing his witnesses across the room before he's gotten any information.
    Hellboy: Feeling a bit chattier now?
    Baby-Like Tumour: We'll never talk.
    Troll: Oh! Yes, we will! Only, don't hit me, anymore!
    Baby-Like Tumour: Chick-en!
  • Jerk Ass Has A Point: During the fight with the elemental, Hellboy takes the baby with him in a dangerous situation and one point throws the baby high into the air, but we're supposed to see the bystanders as entirely in the wrong for verbally attacking Hellboy after the fight.
  • The Juggernaut: The Golden Army, due to their ability to reassemble themselves.
  • Keystone Army: The Golden Army, with Nuada's crown as the keystone.
  • Kill All Humans: Nuada's goal.
  • Killer Rabbit: The tooth fairies.
    Krauss: Poor creature. Starved, bought and sold on the black market—
    Hellboy: Yeah, right. He bit off part of my tail!
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Hellboy's soft side is established early when he's introduced in a bedroom filled with pet cats. Hellboy's many cats complicate the living conditions between him and Liz.
  • Last of His Kind: A bit of a plot point with the faerie creatures. Nuada and Nuala, being psychically linked, certainly seem to be the last prince(ss)es of the Elves. Then there's the Plant Elemental.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Johan Krauss has no visible face, so the performer can only emote with his hands. In Krauss's first scene, Manning comments on his "expressive hands."
  • Left Stuck After Attack: Hellboy ducks under Mr.Wink's fist on a chain and it lands in some kind of ore grinder, eventually pulling Wink himself in.
  • Lightning Bruiser: By human standards, Hellboy is definitely this, but since his actual fights tend to be against various supernatural creatures, he can be anything from a Fragile Speedster (compared to the Behemoth,) or a Mighty Glacier (compared to Nuada).
  • Literally Shattered Lives: The elves die this way.
  • Living Labyrinth: One at the end.
  • Malevolent Architecture: The throne room of Bethmoora and that giant grinder machine in the troll market.
  • Masquerade: The Fair Folk and other supernatural elements walk around unseen protected by an aura of glamour. Hellboy is not, as poor Manning soon finds out.
  • Mecha-Mooks: The Golden Army, though unlike your normal Mooks, they're all Implacable Bots and Nigh Invulnerable.
  • Morph Weapon: Nuada's Blade on a Stick magically grows longer during his duel with Hellboy, nearly spearing his opponent by surprise.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • In the backstory, King Balor had this reaction when he realised how monstrous the Golden Army was, prompting him to sue for peace with the humans.
    • Nuada is implied to feel this after killing his father to retrieve his portion of the crown.
    Nuada: I always loved you, Father...
    • The goblin blacksmith who created the Golden Army now feels this way about them.
    Goblin: Sometimes I wish I'd never created them.
  • Nature Spirit / Physical God: The plant elemental that Nuada sics on Hellboy.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The furnaces of Bethmoora. Also: just what exactly was the purpose of that giant, totally unprotected grinding machine right in the middle of the Troll Market?
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: Hellboy, moreso here than the first movie.
  • Not So Different: Hellboy's similarity to the Plant Elemental, as well as to Nuada himself, is brought up several times.
  • Oh, Crap!: A literal example. Hellboy loves to say those two exact words when things don't go his way. However, his best one is an unspoken one, at the end where Liz reveals she's carrying twins, his face is PRICELESS.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: Only in the meta sense. Ron Perlman was 58 at the time of the movie's release, while Luke Goss was 40. Hellboy was born in the 40s, but Nuada is presumably hundreds if not thousands of years old.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Not as out-there as the ones from the comics, Angel of Death borrows from Arabic myth and has its eyes on its six wings instead of its face. This, incidentally, is much closer to the way angels are actually described in the Book of Revelation, compared to the Fluffy Cloud Heaven version.
  • Our Elves Are Better: Elves rule a secret kingdom of The Fair Folk and all appear albino with somewhat cracked-looking skin. Twins are linked psychically and if one dies the other dies too. They also turn into stone upon dying for some reason.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: They're mostly either The Fair Folk or Fluffy the Terrible.
  • Our Monsters Are Different: And they are, being a Fantasy Kitchen Sink world.
  • Perpetual-Motion Monster: The Golden Army.
  • Pet the Dog: In several instances Prince Nuada was kind to members of species other than the humans he despises, including a dog. He also seems genuinely upset when his Dragon is killed. Justified by the fact that his big problem is with humans overrunning the planet and pushing out other species. Hellboy loves cats.
  • Power Trio: Hellboy, Liz, and Abe.
  • Practical Effects: Used extensively and very effectively throughout, as is Del Toro's tradition. Basically, any monster that's not running or fighting is a suit or animatronics rather than CGI.
  • Pretentious Latin Motto: The motto of the BRPD is "In absentia luci, tenebrae vicunt." Or, "In the absence of light, darkness prevails."
  • Product Placement:
    • Unlike the first film, which features Bud Lite, in this film Tecate is Hellboy's beer of choice. We see boxes of it in his room, and he later gets drunk with Abe on the stuff. Tecate is one of the few beer companies that will pay for product placement even if characters drink it to get drunk.
    • Hellboy again munches on Baby Ruth bars, carrying over from the first film.
  • Psychic Powers: Abe is telepathic and able to read the past of objects and places, probably to allow them to do an Info Dump for the audience without it seeming too awkward.
  • Pulling Themselves Together: The Golden Army.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Hellboy and Mr. Wink. Also, Hellboy and Krauss against the Golden Army.
  • Put on a Bus: Hellboy has Myers shipped to Antarctica before the start of the film.
  • Put Them All Out of My Misery: Prince Nuada.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Literally. Poor, poor John Myers. The cynical way to look at this is that Hellboy removed any impediment to his and Liz's relationship; a more idealistic one is that he was trying to keep Myers safe. Of course, given the Lovecraftian overtones of this franchise, being sent to Antarctica might not help...
    Hellboy: He said he liked the cold!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: In The Golden Army notably, Hellboy's brashness and emotional volatility contrasts with Abe's apprehensive thoughtfulness.
  • Red Shirt: Just about any non-main character who has the gall to tag along with the main characters on their missions isn't coming back.
  • The Right Hand of Doom: Of course.
  • Rock Theme Naming: The various B.P.R.D. redshirts are all named for minerals.
  • Rocket Punch: Mr. Wink. Crosses over with Artificial Limbs.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Nuada prefers to do everything personally. This might have something to do with the fact that literally everyone else refuses to do anything.
  • Scenery Porn: The Troll Market is a smorgasbord of sights.
  • Sequel Non-Entity: Myers' absence from the second movie is explained by his reassignment to Antarctica. His story in general counts as a "Shaggy Dog" Story, since he was supposed to look after Hellboy once Bruttenholm died and Red himself had him reassigned.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In a shout out to John Landis, a movie marquee reads See You Next Wednesday, a riff on that director's Creator Thumbprint.
    • The "I'm not a baby, I'm a tumor" scene in the second film is possibly a shout out to Total Recall.
    • Some Elder Things show up in the Troll Market.
    • Hellboy lives on the 51st floor of the BPRD HQ.
  • Shower of Angst: Hellboy has a short one in the sequel after Liz tells him she's leaving for a while.
  • Shown Their Work: With Mignola and Del Toro co-producing, it wasn't hard to squeeze in all kinds of obscure mythological references. Of course, it's a Fantasy Kitchen Sink, so...
  • Smoking Is Cool: Hellboy is constantly smoking cigars; the second film even included a disclaimer that the smoking was for artistic effect and not an endorsement of smoking. It may double as a real-life Actor Allusion as Ron Perlman is an avid cigar aficionado.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: A feature of the elves in the film.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Hellboy and the audience come to see that Prince Nuada has some legitimate grievances against humanity. He's still a sadistic dick in how he responds.
  • Synchronization: Prince Nuada and Princess Nuala.
  • Tae Kwon Door: When Hellboy and Johann have a locker room disagreement, Johann, being a formless ectoplasmic being and thus Made of Air, travels inside the lockers and begins slamming them open, one at a time in Hellboy's face - and every other part of him - repeatedly.
  • Taken for Granite: When they die, Elves turn into orange stone.
  • Technology Porn: The Golden Army. Also, the film's logo during the intro.
  • This Is Gonna Suck
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Liz isn't particularly tomboyish in the first film, but with her snarky attitude and combat boots becomes the tomboy to regal, demure Princess Nuala.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Hellboy spends the first half of the film being rather unkind to those around him, even his best friend (Abe Sapien) and girlfriend (Liz). Even compared to the first film he seemed to be tripping on an It's All About Me phase. This eventually blows up in his face when making his existence known to the world doesn't work out as well as he thought it would, which humbles him considerably.
  • Touch Telepathy: Abe Sapien can learn about objects or people by touching them. For example, he can touch a weapon left behind at a crime scene and see exactly how the crime happened—or he can touch a superior's hand and realize the man is dying of cancer. On a more positive note, when he touched Liz's belly, he detected, that she is pregnant with twins.
  • True Blue Femininity: Princess Nuala. Her main color is blue (with gold accents and a gold dress later).
  • Turn in Your Badge: HB and pals hand in their belts and (most of) their guns to announce their resignation from the B.P.R.D.
  • Twin Telepathy: Prince Nuada and Princess Nuala. Exaggerated, since this is constantly active, leading Nuada right to Nuala.
  • Twincest: Del Toro's DVD commentary as well as the actor that plays Nuada say that Nuada and Nuala had something going on, and the library scene had rather interesting implications.
  • The Unfettered: The Golden Army itself and one of the reasons it was sealed away. The problem with the Golden Army is that they cannot distinguish between combatants and non-combatants so if you tell them "Kill the humans!" and point to a human army, they will do it, as well as ignore pleas of mercy from soldiers who have given up, the soldiers who are too injured to fight back, and any innocent women and children who might be behind said human army. In essence, sicking the Golden Army on someone is like sending a tornado to handle a few people you don't like.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In the second movie, most bystanders immediately slander the B.P.R.D. as freaks after just having been saved from a plant elemental! Then again, Hellboy was jumping around and scaling buildings to fight that thing while juggling an infant, and not always very carefully, either. Improbable Infant Survival or not, can you say, "shaken baby syndrome?"
  • Uniqueness Value: The plant elemental in The Golden Army.
  • The Unmasqued World: In the second movie, Hellboy reveals himself, which causes Tom Manning no end of grief.
  • [Verb] This!: "Name this."
  • Villain Has a Point: Nuada is correct that the humans squandered Balor's mercy and broke the treaty that saved them, and that humans in their current state are killing the fey creatures. It might not quite justify genocide, though.
  • Villainous Friendship: Prince Nuada is genuinely fond of Mr. Wink. In fact, when he goes to confront Hellboy about the latter's death, all he says is, "You'll pay for what you did to my friend back there."
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Nuada.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Super?: While there are significant Badass Normal characters in the first movie, by the sequel the entire non-superpowered roster of Hellboy's unit consists of one commander whom everyone treats like dirt and a Redshirt Army who die fast, often, and completely unmourned by any of the superpowered members. Hellboy was more shocked over the death of the rampaging tree-monster than over any of his human allies.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Nuada, sort of.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Hellboy loses his first fight with Nuada due in no small part to the fact that he's completely hammered, and even then, he holds his own until he's distracted. During the rematch, sober Hellboy holds his own until he can grab Nuada.
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: Inverted; Nuada never actually says he'll let them go. Even then, only Abe's surprised.
    Abe: You'd do the exact same for Liz!
    Nuada: Kill them!
    Abe: But... he lied to us!

Alternative Title(s): Hellboy II

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