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The Condor is an animated superhero film released in 2007, whose title character was created by Stan Lee. The story centers around Tony Valdez, a Latino teenager, professional skater and the son of two wealthy scientists, who are on the verge of a new breakthrough in nanotechnology. However, everything seemingly goes awry when Tony's parents are killed in a (not-so-accidental) car crash and he is attacked and beaten, leaving his legs permanently broken and him supposedly unable to walk again. But here comes science to the rescue! His closest friend, Sammi (who secretly loves him) had studied his parents' research and comes up with mechanized leg braces, which inject him with nanobots and enable him to walk again. She also builds him an unbelievably high-tech skateboard and a personalized helmet, with a heads-up display visor. With all this in tow, he becomes The Condor and sets about finding out the truth about his parents' deaths, and putting a stop to plans by Nigel Harrington (his parents' former business partner) and the assassin Taipan, to use their research for villainous intent.

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So basically, we have a Latino teenager, who is a cripple and yet a skateboarding superhero.


This film contains examples of:

  • ...…And That Little Girl Was Me: Dogg tells Tony the story about a surfer who was nearly killed when he refused to throw a competition and was left bitter until the love of a good woman helped him get better and then showed Tony the scar revealing he's the surfer.
  • Berserk Button: Taipan hits Tony's when she insulted Sammi, calling her a "homely bitch", when she guessed that Sammi built the Condor suit for him to "compensate". Most likely, he was angry at himself for ignoring through most of the movie.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Taipan is defeated, Nigel is dead and Tony's parents' names have been cleared. Plus, Tony and Z-Man become friends and he enters a relationship with Sammi. However, his relationship with his cousin has become strained due to Reuben's debt to the gangs and Taipan's influence, and Taipan is still alive with her grandfather plotting revenge.
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  • Creepy Monotone: Taipan talks like this with their helmet on. Done on purpose to try and better hide that Valeria is Taipan.
  • Fiery Redhead: Sammi is a redhead and if we are to take Z-Man's word for it, she's much sexier when she's angry.
  • Gainaxing: The first image we see of Valeria is Tony's POV tilting up from her legs to her face whilst she is walking towards him. And her breasts are bouncing.
  • Gag Boobs: One occurs when Sammi dubs Valeria "Miss Silicone" in a joking comment to Tony.
    Tony: Oh, trust me. She's not Miss Silicone, she's Miss Natural.
  • Go Seduce My Archnemesis: This trope is turned almost entirely on its head. Nigel orders Taipan to kill Tony, but in her civilian life as Valeria, she seems to be equally concerned with having a little quality time with him first. She even lampshades the circumstances when she finds out Tony is The Condor; "I suppose that's what I get when I mix business with pleasure."
  • Hidden Depths: Big, mellow Dogg is versed in things nobody would have expected. When asked, he says, "I read before I go to bed."
  • It's All About Me: Reuben is only fixated on clearing his gambling debts and getting along with his gang, despite his extended family living a more luxurious life and being able to get him out of a life of crime.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Stan Lee makes another of his famous movie cameos as an old man whose granddaughter is saved by the Condor.
  • Jerkass: Tony's cousin Reuben who's a member of a gang. He's the one who sabotaged Tony's skateboard during a competition because Tony refused to give him the money he needed to payoff the gang (all this time Tony thought Z-Man did it until he learned the truth). He also doesn't seem to care that his uncle and aunt are killed.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Z-Man seems to be a skateboarding version of a Heel, but it turns out he's just playing the part for the camera's and is good guy to have backing you up.
  • Make-Out Kids: Anytime Valeria is on the screen up until the climax she's making out with Tony. It's how she distracts him from asking any awkward questions about her.
  • Male Gaze: Almost every time Valeria is on screen for any real length of time (up until The Reveal) we get a shot from Tony's point of view focusing on Valeria's more-than-generous bodily assets.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: Tony overheard his parents discovering their company's technology is being used for criminal activities, Tony mistakenly believes they're the culprits. When he learns they had nothing to do with it and that it was all Nigel, he felt complete remorse for thinking his parents were criminals. Especially since it was the last time they talked.
  • Samus Is a Girl:
    • Taipan's true identity is revealed to be Valeria when she undresses to her bikini and Tony sees she has the same tattoo on her back that he noticed on Taipan when her armour was torn during their fight. It's not really all that surprising, actually.
    • During the climax, Z-Man is surprised Fragg's a girl due to how much she looks and dresses like her brother.
  • Save the Villain: Tony tries to save Taipan/Valeria from falling into a pit. He fails when she tries to kill him.
  • Sequel Hook: Taipan/Valeria survives, albeit horribly burned, and gives her grandfather (who appears to be the head of some kind of criminal organization) one of the nano-devices they used to control the skaters, implying they are going to use it to heal her or even make more.
  • The Starscream: Taipan becomes this to Nigel, and kills him.

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