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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.


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.
  • 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.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Nigel
  • Creepy Monotone: Taipan talks like this with their helmet on. Done on purpose to try and better hide that Valeria is Taipan.
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  • Dating Catwoman: Tony discovers his girlfriend Valeria is his enemy Taipan.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tony attempts this throughout the film.
  • Fiery Redhead: Sammi. 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."
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Held off until the very end of the film, when Sammi and Tony finally get together.
  • Hidden Depths: Big, mellow Dogg is versed in things nobody would have expected. When asked, he says, "I read before I go to bed."
  • Hot Scientist: Sammi reveals herself to have a pretty impressive figure when she leaves on a date with Z-Man.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Stan Lee makes another of his famous movie cameos in this form.
  • Jerkass: Tony's cousin Reuben who's a member of a gang. He's the one who sabotage Tony's skateboard during a competition when 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).
  • 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.
  • Makeout 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.
  • Most Common Superpower: Valeria has it.
  • Obviously Evil: Nigel and Valeria aren't fooling anybody... other than the cast, of course.
  • 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 it was all Nigel, he felt guilty for thinking his parents were criminals.
  • 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.
    • Fragg is a better example as during the climax Z-Man is surprised she'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.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Z-Man though he does pause in shock first but once she hits him he hits back.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Said verbatium by Taipan.


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