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Basic Trope: A scene where a character prepares all the kit he needs for a big mission.

  • Straight: Jean Rimbaud is preparing for the climactic Storming the Castle scene, and the camera focuses on each weapon and gadget in turn as he straps it to his body.
  • Exaggerated: It's coming up to the Final Battle, and an ambitious one-shot sweeps through the camp as each soldier thoroughly prepares his weapons and armour.
  • Downplayed: In a quiet, lull-before-the-storm moment, Rimbaud methodically strips and cleans his gun.
  • Justified: It's very important that the character equip himself with several different vital bits of kit, and he's going through a mental checklist as he tools up.
  • Inverted: Extended Disarming
  • Subverted:
    • Jean Rimbaud is preparing for the climactic Storming the Castle scene, and the camera focuses on each weapon and gadget in turn... as he drops them dismissively and just kicks down the front door armed with nothing but a Bowie knife and a Psychotic Smirk.
    • There is a lingering shot of Jean's Wall of Weapons as he walks into the armoury, but it cuts away to when he's actually at the castle and he's already armed up.
  • Double Subverted:
    • He bursts through the walls of the big bad's armoury, and takes the opportunity to arm up there, complete with montage.
    • We are instead treated to each weapon being put on in sequence via flashbacks as he destroys an entire army of mooks.
  • Parodied:
    • Rimbaud adds more and more ridiculous bits of kit, stops for a beat, and promptly falls over.
    • The preparation becomes an Overly Long Gag, and when he's finally finished, he walks around the corner and straight into the arms of a cop... leading straight to an equally long scene of Extended Disarming.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: We don't see the hero changing - before the fight, he's in civvies, and when he next see him he's in full battle garb.
  • Enforced: The character is equipping himself from Chekhov's Armoury, and everything you see will come in handy later. We need to at least see him take it to prevent it seeming like an Ass Pull.
  • Lampshaded: "You've got your shirt on inside-out." "Oh, damn it! Now I have to start the whole montage all over again!"
  • Invoked: Rimbaud slowly and thoroughly equips all his scariest weapons right in front of a captured mook, showing him just how much firepower he can bring to bear on the guy's friends if he doesn't tell him how to get quickly and bloodlessly into the Big Bad's control room.
  • Exploited: The Big Bad knows Rimbad will take his time to prepare for the coming fight, and charges at him before he gets an opportunity.
  • Defied: "Let's Lock and L-" "Are you kidding? They're getting away as we speak, let's just go!"
  • Discussed: "Think you've got enougth stuff, Rimbaud?" "No."
  • Conversed: "How do those action-movie people manage to stand up under all those guns?"
  • Deconstructed: Not even one of the prepared weapons proves useful in the coming fight, and they only serve to slow Jean down.
  • Reconstructed: As Rimbaud gears up for battle, The Lancer snarks at him for watching too much TV. He responds sombrely that he has a personal preparation ritual which puts him in the right frame of mind for fighting.
  • Played For Laughs: Rimbaud is a hairdresser, but his preparation is given all the dramatic treatment of a soldier preparing for war.
  • Played For Drama: It's a Suicide Mission, and it's likely the last time he'll ever go into battle. With a One-Woman Wail keening over the soundtrack, Rimbaud prepares himself in a manner closely mirroring a ritual suicide.

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