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The IMAX pilot of Inhumans, composed of originally 2 episodes named Behold... The Inhumans and Those Who Would Destroy Us.

With the secret location of the hidden city of Attilan being threatened, Maximus opts his brother Black Bolt, the king of the Inhumans, to stop hiding and return to Earth for their rightful home. After being turned down one too many times, Maximus decides to take the power for himself, which leaves the Inhuman Royal Family stranded and seperated on Earth after escaping their treacherous relative.

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  • Apologetic Attacker: Maximus has a remorseful facial expression for most of the time while staging his coup.
  • Artistic License – Astronomy: Yes, sometimes you can see the moon during the day. You cannot, however, see a full moon during the day.
  • Category Traitor: What Maximus accuses Crystal of being, considering that her own parents where killed by his and her brother-in-law's parents fighting the Fantastic Caste System, a system she is now part of.
  • The Coup: What kicks off the plot is Maximus overthrowing his brother as the King of Attlian.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The young Inhuman Triton saves appears to be an attractive character who will be the audience's eyes into this world. Instead, she's killed almost immediately.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Attilan is a city that runs a Fantastic Caste System, with the Royal family living a comfortable and luxurious life and the workers being basically slaves.
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  • Didn't See That Coming: Maximus's betrayal and uprising, as discussed by Maximus himself to Black Bolt who should have known. But he didn't because he completely underestimated him. Of course, due to being The Quiet One, we don't know for sure.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Lockjaw teleports every member of the Royal Family into a different spot despite being told to bring them all together.
    • Though it's later stated that the more he teleports (and at that covering all the distance between Earth and the Moon) the more he tires and gets sloppy.
  • The Dragon: Auran becomes Maximus top enforcer.
  • Fainting Seer: Bronaja's power is getting visions from people he touches, which also sends him into seizures.
  • Gilligan Cut: After Gorgon destroys the Moonrover and his hoof is caught on the camera tape, he tells his family that they'd never recognize it as such. Cue Louise immidiately doing so....
  • Hates Being Touched: Auran Neck Snap's an unlucky bus driver who tries to get her out of his bus.
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  • Hidden Elf Village: Attilan is hidden under an invisible dome on the moon.
  • Irony: While Maximus speaks about freedom to the working class, his brother is imprisoned on Earth.
  • No Social Skills:
    • Karnak has a Brutal Honesty and alienates many people around him with it.
    • Black Bolt has no idea how to behave among humans, causes a traffic accidents, shoplifts some clothes he tries on and even injures cops and security guards.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Crystal looks down on Maximus for being a human.
  • Reality Ensues: Having big, heavy hooves is really bad for swimming, as Gorgon quickly learns.
  • Royal Brat: Crystal is introduced as funloving and carefree.
  • Surfer Dude: Gorgon gets rescued by a few of them after he almost drowns looking for Triton.
  • Traumatic Haircut: During the coup Maximus shaves off Medusas' hair after she refuses to join him.
  • We Can Rule Together: Maximus offers Medusa to be his Queen instead, which she refuses.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The girl Triton is trying to save in the introduction scene is promptly shot.
  • Wham Shot: The flashback to how Black Bolt accidentally vaporized his own parents with a single word.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Maximus wants to abolish the Fantastic Caste System and conquer Earth for more space to live for his people.
  • Working-Class Hero: Freeing the labourers being forced to work in the mines is one of Maximus' main goals after taking over.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Black Bolt is literally one breath away from ending the coup when Lockjaw "rescues" him and teleports him to Earth.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Maximus is sure his brother won't use his voice against him. He is wrong, which causes a massive Oh, Crap! and he is only saved by Lockjaw porting Black Bolt away.
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