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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The power station fight in the second movie, which turns into a kaiju parody with caricatures of the two combatants.
    • When Venus first meets Bai Ling's character, she throws a tantrum, and his full body Tourettes' starts acting up. Cue twitch dance off.
    • In the climax of the first film, Chev randomly bleats like a goat.
  • Bizarro Episode: The second film is much more cartoonish, random, and violent than the first.
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  • Catharsis Factor: According to Taylor in this interview, actor Patton Oswalt watched the 2nd movie as a stress reliever.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Especially noticeable in Crank: High Voltage, which might be one of the best examples of how to do this trope right. There are so many stereotypes and so much over-the-top violence, it manages to skip over "Offensive" and come back around to "Funny."
    • Violence against women: Bad. Stripper getting shot in her breast implants, which then ooze out and deflate while she cries: Hilarious.
    • There are A LOT of Asian stereotypes, especially in the second film. Then again, it is the late David Carradine...
  • Designated Hero: Chelios is an exceptionally violent, uncaring individual established to be a mob hitman and he will generally wreck anyone's day at the slightest excuse. The only real reason he's established as the good guy with any clarity is that everyone else is even worse.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient
  • I Am Not Shazam: No, Jason Statham does not play a guy named Crank. Apparently nobody else does...
  • MST3K Mantra: Invoked in the beginning of the second film. A news reporter comments on the implausibility of someone (Verona) falling from the sky randomly being "bullshit". His words.
  • One-Scene Wonder: David Carradine as Poon Dong.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: As said on the Trivia page, there are those who consider this a movie adaptation of Grand Theft Auto, and what the average player tends to do between missions.
    • Some people may also consider the first Crank movie this to Speed, given that both movies share a similar premise: the protagonists cannot slow down or take a break, or else they will die.
    • If the first movie is GTA, the second movie is Saints Row.
  • Values Dissonance: In a 2017 interview, Brian Taylor explained why a Crank 3 never happened despite support from both fans and the crew. On top of being niche films, he said it was impossible to make a movie like Crank in today's politically correct environment. It relies heavily on vulgar and offensive humor, and they simply couldn't get away with trying to make a movie in a similar vein again.


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