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1% is a 2018 Australian Biker Drama that follows Mark aka "Paddo", Vice President of the Copperheads Motorcycle Club having to protect his brother "Skink" and the path he's built for the club from the wrath of "Knuck", the President, who has just been released from prison and and is determined to lead the club on a path of bloody violence while also dealing with his own demons. Further complicating issues are the two men's old ladies, who both have their own design on the growing schism.


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  • All Bikers Are Hell's Angels: The Copperheads are an outlaw motorcycle club that makes money through drug dealing. (Fittingly, the film was renamed Outlaws for the US release).
  • Alpha Bitch: Hayley, big time. She's at ease giving orders to Paddo and the rest of the club around while Knuck is locked away.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Skink comes off at times more like a confused child than a man who should be cavorting with a 1%er motorcycle club. Taken to its logical endpoint when a club whore he's soft on rats him out for giving her drugs in exchange for sex; she clearly takes no interest in him beyond what she can use him for and his mistake gets him stripped of his patch by Knuck for bringing drugs into the clubhouse
  • Armored Closet Gay: Knuck is explosively angry, always looking to start violence and assert his dominance over others around him. This issue with dominance clearly played a part in his desire to sleep with men, as shown when he rapes another inmate and the club's newest prospect, verbally berating them while forcing them to do as he wishes.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Hayley expresses her wish for a child to Knuck after he's released. Knuck clearly isn't having it, for multiple reasons.
  • Badass Biker: Any character who isn't female fits this trope, barring the inmate that Knuck is seen raping and the club's newest prospect Noisy who Knuck also rapes.
    • Zigzagged with Skink. He's a patched member of the MC, but is clearly an emotional wreck who abuses drugs and his first scene involves him being chased by a rival MC to Paddo's house after being beaten bloody for stealing their heroin; later on, after said drug-use get him stripped of his patch, he attempts to make up for his actions towards his brother by trying to kill Knuck, only to shoot Hayley after she provokes him in a moment of confusion.
  • Bait-and-Switch: At the beginning of the film, Skink is given a gun and told to kill the other Copperhead who stole the heroin with him. He can't bring himself to do it before Paddo steps in and attempts to take the shot only for the gun to not fire. Paddo clearly believes this is a sick joke at Skink's expense before the rival MC leader takes the gun, unjams it and blows the man's head off. It was just a simple misfire.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Paddo to Skinks. Both suffered abuse at the hands of their father in their youth, culminating in the man throwing a pot of boiling water at Skink and severely burning him, causing Paddo to slit his throat and dumping him in the river with Skink's help.
    • Played with; after it turns out Skink did have some heroin left over from the earlier robbery, which gets him kicked out of the club and damages Paddo's standing in the club, Paddo beats him to the point of Skink pissing himself and then later seems to consider smothering Skink while he sleeps before changing his mind. At the end of the film, he shoots Skink while dying in what could be seen as an effort to spare him from being murdered by the Devils or being sent to prison but can also be seen as getting revenge for his brother essentially destroying Paddo's life with his behavior.
  • Blood Knight: Knuck couldn't care less about the club's successful business ventures that were established while he was in prison if it gets in the way of him committing violence for its own sake, immediately attacking a rival MC president at a meeting between the two and ending any possibility of a cordial relationship. Lampshaded by Sugar.
    "I don't wanna do business with him. Because in the end, he'll just fuck it up for no other reason other than the fact that he likes to fight."
    • Downplayed later in the film as he's willing to send all of his men in to die in a shootout before him, all so he can sneak up on Paddo and shoot him.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Knuck manages to combine this with Dirty Coward by attacking Paddo as soon as he turns away after implying he knows about Knuck's homosexuality and using Noisy as a human shield in the shootout at Paddo's house.
  • Country Matters: It's a movie about Australian criminals. Of course you're going to hear it frequently.
  • Evil Gloating: Knuck clearly enjoys rubbing his victory in Paddo's face after fatally shooting him.
    '"Well, that didn't really go like you thought it would, now did it?"'
  • Foreshadowing: Webby clearly has an attraction to Katrina beyond their friendship. By the end of the film, with Knuck imprisoned for life and Paddo dead, they've teamed up to take control of the club, killing Hayley as she attempts to take control of the club.
  • Gratuitous Rape: Knuck raping the new prospect Noisy while the camera is on a closeup of the latter's bloody face from a previous beating is extremely intense and disgusting, complete with Knuck's creepy grunts and attempts to hush Noisy while he pleads and moans in fear.
  • Lady Macbeth: Kayley slowly reveals herself to be a slightly more benevolent version of this as the film goes on. She manipulates Skink into trying to kill Knuck so Paddo can take control of the club and reveals to Hayley that Knuck is a closeted homosexual.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Katrina and Hayley both qualify. Invoked as both despise the other and are well aware that they are the driving force for their respective men. The difference is that Katrina keeps her low-key manipulations strictly to Paddo, encouraging him in club decisions and to kill Knuck after he begins to disrupt the club's business with his Bad Boss and Blood Knight tendencies. She also clearly cares for the other men in the club, having a playful relationship with them in the party scene and demanding a member who was laid off receive an extra cut to make up for his lack of employment. Hayley on the other hand plays her hand at the Alpha Bitch position, actively trying to control Knuck and only really caring about the club in terms of her own personal power, even attempting to take over at the end of the film after Knuck is imprisoned for life. It doesn't end well for her.
  • Might Makes Right: Knuck clearly believes this, whether it comes to fighting other clubs or dominating other men, even his fellow club members through rape.
  • Pet the Dog: Subverted Knuck loosens up on the new member Noisy after berating him upon their first meeting and beating the shit out him in the initiation ceremony. They bond over discussing bikes and Knuck offers him the bike Paddo attempted to present to him as a gift but he doesn't care for. And then he rapes him after the clubhouse is empty.
    • For all his bluster about hating Skink/Adam and considering him dead weight who "should have been drowned at birth", Knuck can't bring himself to hit him after catching him with drugs or shoot him in order to kill Paddo. Although, given that he'd already shot Paddo once and it ended up being a lethal wound, this could have just been not wanting to have another death on his rap sheet and/or conscience for no reason. But he clearly is conflicted either way.
  • Spiritual Successor: A dark and bloody biker drama with loose Shakespearean themes? Are we talking about this film or Sons of Anarchy? Although in this case the work being referenced is Macbeth rather than Hamlet.
  • Walking Spoiler: Much of the film's plot revolves around Knuck. As such, many entries revolving around him are heavily censored.