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- The Screenslaver. The villain's shtick is Mind-Control Conspiracy through the use of hijacking television airwaves and hypnotizing anyone unlucky enough to be watching. They speak in a Voice of the Legion in front of a screen displaying rapidly-flashing hypnotic spirals, as demonstrated during the second trailer right after the movies logo glitches and switches to them:
- Paranoia Fuel kicks in when you realize no matter what youre doing with a screen, the Screenslaver could cut in at any moment.
- Their costume is also incredibly creepy. The round glowing eyes and toothlike voice modulator are uncomfortably reminiscent of a skull, moving it firmly into Uncanny Valley territory.
- Their first act is to hijack a maglev train on its maiden voyage, where the conductor can be seen with a lifeless, catatonic look on his face. Helen saves the train, but Screenslaver leaves her their calling card on the screen:Welcome back, Elastigirl
- Their next move is to strike during a televised interview where Elastigirl is a guest. The host proceeds to tell her that Screenslavers hijacked a helicopter carrying the ambassador who just left. She barely manages to destroy the screens in the ambassador's chopper, so Screenslaver simply takes control of the remaining one and uses it to ram Elastigirl's.
- Perhaps the most chilling scene of the film is the implication that Screenslaver hijacked the mind of a little girl and her parents to attend a rally in support of Elastigirl with a sign reading "Screenslaver is STILL out there". This immediately deflates Elastigirls previous victories over the villain and underlined just how unsafe everyone is with Screenslaver still at large.
- After Helen manages to draw them out using a broadcast, the Screenslaver makes a very ominous Break Them by Talking speech while Helen takes the opportunity to track them to their apartment. When she's unlocking the door, they can barely be seen standing in the shadows just off to the side, completely unbeknownst to her.The Screenslaver interrupts this program for an important announcement. Don't bother watching the rest. Elastigirl doesn't save the day; she only postpones her defeat. And while she postpones her defeat, you eat chips and watch her confront problems that you are too lazy to deal with. Superheroes are part of a brainless desire to replace true experience with simulation. You don't talk, you watch talk shows. You don't play games, you watch game shows. Travel, relationships, risk; every meaningful experience must be packaged and delivered to you to watch at a distance so that you can remain ever-sheltered, ever-passive, ever-ravenous consumers who can't bring themselves to rise from their couches, break a sweat and participate in life. You want superheroes to protect you, and make yourselves ever more powerless in the process. Well, you tell yourselves you're being "looked after". That your interests are being served and your rights are being upheld. So that the system can keep stealing from you, smiling at you all the while. Go ahead, send your supers to stop me. Grab your snacks, watch your screens, and see what happens. You are no longer in control. I am.
- During the speech, everything else in the movie has gone silent, as if the Screenslaver has some level of control over the movie itself.
- The apartment itself is a musty room full of hypnosis paraphernalia, from diagrams of the human eyes and brain, lenses, and even glass eyeballs. Helen also finds evidence of his planned attacks (such as a photo of the ambassador). One antique hypnosis device activates and makes a loud clock noise, and while it doesn't do anything to actually hypnotize Helen, it's still very creepy. When Helen finally reaches the end of the apartment, she enters a chain box with his desk inside. She uncovers a mannequin head wearing a pair of goggles, when...Screenslaver: Find anything?
- Screenslaver ambushes her by activating his signature hypno-screens across the entire chain box room. Helen only avoids being hypnotized by keeping her eyes shut, forcing her to fight blind. He attacks Elastigirl with a taser weapon that is visibly excruciating to her, leaving every part of her body they taze momentarily limp and still elongated. They also have at her with an axe. Once they flee, Elastigirl is limping as she tries to pursue; That fight really saw her get beat up rather brutally, something that may not have been expected in a Disney CGI animated film.
- The strobe effect of the hypnosis program itself is very unnerving. It actually caused several viewers to suffer epileptic seizures for a few days before the word got out and theaters started putting up warning signs about it. Even if you don't have epilepsy, it's very disorienting and can even cause mild headaches.
- The Screenslaver's secret identity is Evelyn Deavor, who has nursed a hatred of superheroes and plotted against them ever since witnessing her father gunned down during a robbery. She blames supers specifically because her father failed to reach his super friends via their red phones, unaware that they had gone underground at the time the robbery took place.
- The dupe arrested as the Screenslaver was an innocent pizza boy, hypnotized using a pair of goggles Helen finds inside the Screenslaver's mask. The real Screenslaver shoves another pair of the goggles on Helen as soon as she catches on. Even if you saw the Captain Obvious Reveal a mile away, the sudden Wham Shot and distantly cold glare she gives Helen as she does this will catch you off guard.
- When Helen comes to, shes strapped to a chair inside a room being kept below freezing. Evelyn appears from behind a glass wall, and reveals her true colors and hatred towards supers. It starts out as casual, then turns into outright rage and psychopathy. Also, Helen's still wearing the goggles, which Screenslaver can activate and deactivate at will.Evelyn: I would resist the temptation to stretch. (Evelyn appears from behind a glass wall.) The temperature around you is well below freezing. Try to stretch and you'll break.
Elastigirl: So, you're the Screenslaver.
Evelyn: Yes... and no. Let's say that I created the character and pre-recorded the messages.
Elastigirl: Does Winston know?
Evelyn: (laughs) That I'm the Screenslaver? Of course not. Can you imagine what Mr. Free Enterprise would do with my hypnotic technology?
Elastigirl: Worse than what you're doing?
Evelyn: Hey, I'm using the technology to destroy people's trust in it. Like I'm using superheroes.
Elastigirl: Who'd I put in jail?
Evelyn: Pizza delivery guy. Seemed the right height and build. He gave you a pretty good fight. I should say, I gave you a good fight through him.
Elastigirl: But it doesn't bother you that an innocent man's in jail?!
Evelyn: Eh, he was surly. And the pizza was cold.
Elastigirl: I counted on you!
Evelyn: (chuckles) That's why you failed.
Evelyn: Why would you count on me? Because I built you a bike? Because my brother knows the words of your theme song? We don't know each other!
Elastigirl: But you can count on me anyway.
Evelyn: I'm supposed to, aren't I? Because you have some strange abilities and a shiny costume, the rest of us are supposed to put our lives into your gloved hands. That's what my father believed. When our home was broken into, my mother wanted to hide. Begged my father to use the safe room. But Father insisted they call his superhero friends. He died— pointlessly, stupidly— waiting for heroes to save the day.
Elastigirl: But why would you... But your brother—
Evelyn: Is a child! He remembers the time when we had parents and superheroes! So, like a child, Winston conflates the two. Mommy and Daddy went away because supers went away. Our sweet parents were fools to put their lives in anybody elses hands! SUPERHEROES KEEP US WEAK!
Elastigirl: Are you gonna kill me?
Evelyn: Nah. Using you is better. You're gonna help me make supers illegal... forever.
(Evelyn presses a remote and the goggles around Elastigirl's eyes activate, putting her under a blank hypnotic trance)
- Evelyn proceeds to lay out her plan, which involves having Helen and other hypnotized superheroes generate enough negative press to illegalize superheroes permanently.
- Bob enters a darkened room and sees two glowing blue eyes glaring at him just before Helen strikes. Hypnotized Helen is terrifying. She moves at blinding speed, striking like a cobra from across the room with no chance of escape, scuttling around like a spider, and subduing her prey like a human boa constrictor. Bob was obviously holding back, but the fact that Helen nearly choked the life out of him is pretty unsettling. Just goes to show how fortunate it is that these powers ended up in the hands of a good and moral woman like Helen.
- The hypnotized supers (pictured above) attacking the Parrs home, which, since the kids are all alone, is sheer Adult Fear:
- Voyd monotoning, "Hello, little fella," when she shows up. The kids open the door to reveal she and the other heroes Winston rounded up are all wearing the Screenslaver's hypno-goggles. It gives the vibe of a stranger trying to enter an unprotected home.
- Then, there's the hypnotized supers, themselves. We have a woman who is a literal Stone Wall whose strength can rival Mr. Incredible, a guy that can manipulate electricity, a man who can crush things with his mind, an elder who can spew lava from his mouth, a mutant owl man, and a girl who can create portals. Put them together, and suddenly, things seem a little one-sided against whoever they're put up against. And they're sent to abduct three children, one of which can't even speak yet. And all the while, their goggles give them Glowing Eyes of Doom.
- During the fight, Violet creates a force-field to protect her, Dash, and Jack-Jack from He-Lectrix and then Krushauser starts using his own powers on the force-field, meaning Violet had to choose between getting electrocuted or crushed by her own force-field. To top it all of, her scream as the force-field continues to shrink is rather bone-chilling.
- Oh, but dont worry. Frozone arrives to protect them! ...for a little while, then he gets the goggles slapped onto him. After this, he roars like an animal, straight up lunges at the kids and tries to freeze them! Thank God they had the Incredibile with them.
- Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack seeing their parents under hypnosis on the boat. Imagine you're being chased by a bunch of hypnotized people who are bent on killing you, and your parents, the people you depend on for love and protection, are also hypnotized.
- What does Evelyn do to stop the signing of the document that will legalize supers again? Show the same hypno-screens that she used as the Screenslaver. And since this was broadcast live, Elastigirl, Mr. Incredible, and Frozone step in front of the camera to start monologuing this prepared speech on how feeble humans are compared to supers. All while in a Creepy Monotone voice.
- Did the missile scene from the first movie make you afraid of flying? Well, the sequel takes it one step further by having Evelyn pilot a plane in the climax while Elastigirl tries to reach the cockpit and stop her. So what does Evelyn do? Force the plane to fly up and experience extreme G-forces with the intent of starving Elastigirl's brain of oxygen. Seeing Elastigirl saying acting increasingly care-free, and loopy as if she was on drugs will definitely make you want to stay out of the sky for a while. The fact that Evelyn just acts so casual truly highlights her Lack of Empathy.Evelyn: Hypoxia. When you don't have enough oxygen, things get a little silly! Things get sillier and sillier... and then you die.
Elastigirl: Hehe, I don't wanna die!
Evelyn: Ah, it's okay, no one does.
- What's most horrifying of all is that not only is this aspect of hypoxia Truth in Television, but the scene is possibly based off of this video by Smarter Every Day. When Destin is losing oxygen, he's sporting a goofy grin despite the situation, and when he's told that he will die if he doesn't put his oxygen mask back on, he says the exact same thing Helen does.
- The Deavor robbery flashback in itself is a combination of this, Tear Jerker, and Adult Fear. While Evelyns father is desperately trying to call for help, the robber pulls out a revolver and shoots him. While we don't see the actual death, what we do see isn't so reassuring. There's a closeup of Old Man Deavor's eyes filled with horror just as the trigger is pulled and the flashback fades out. While Pixar films have always touched on Adult Fear, horror beyond this level is unsettling.
- The beginning is pretty horrifying. Starting off where the last film ended, we see the Underminer's attack from the perspective of the civilians, specifically Tony. By showing it from the perspective of someone without powers, you feel the same fear that normal humans have in this world towards supers and the chaos that they and their villains cause.