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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Just before Pillsbury's Heel–Face Turn, he gives a wink to Motown (just before knocking her out). So it's quite possible that it was meant as a simple diversionary tactic (and that he misjudged his own strength and/or her resilience) and, when she wound up getting devoured, made the genuine switch as a Screw This, I'm Outta Here! moment.
  • Broken Base: People are divided over whether the fourth movie lives up to greatness of the previous three. Some thought it nicely satirizes the 2000s and had decent practical effects while others found it not as groundbreaking as its predecessors and its message over America's income classes too Anvilicious.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Looks like Luigi finally got his revenge on King Koopa after all.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Riley and Cholo can be this.
  • Logical Weakness: Implied to be played very literally, as the zombies have regained the ability of logic, which allows them to overcome previous problems, like crossing water and using tools to break through barriers effectively, regaining some form of sentience seems to have reawakened such things as reacting to harm and fear, the two we see mercy killed by Big Daddy, actually seem to be reacting with fear and maybe from the sounds of them, pain.
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  • Magnificent Bastard: "Big Daddy" is a surprisingly intelligent Stench hellbent on toppling Fiddler's Green and avenging his fallen undead brethren. Leading a massive army of Stenches, Big Daddy uses his unusual deductive reasoning ability to lead his battalion to several victories, teaching himself and his fellow undead new skills to aid them in the future, culminating in him breaching Pittsburgh's defenses by proving to his colleagues that they can pass through water. After a bloody massacre resulting in the death of Fiddler's Green's leadership, Big Daddy and his fellow Stenches willingly spare the survivors of the assault, having already fulfilled their mission and choosing to march in peace.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Tom Savini as Machete pops up during the final zombie attack, and is often regarded as one of the highlights of the movie.
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  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The FPS was buggy and less than fun other than a spectacularly horrifying level involving sprinting through a corn field surrounded by zombies who could only be located by their groans and the sound of them pushing through the corn.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The zombie butcher is played by the same actor who played Tucker one year prior.
  • So Bleak, It's Boring: In a film where the villains are the upper class who hide away from the danger and send out others to protect them, and the heroes are either very one-dimensional or assassins and hit men who would do anything to either be in Fiddlers Green or destroy it and plenty of innocent lives, many viewers found the zombies to be the more sympathetic characters of the film.
  • So Okay, It's Average: While it was George A. Romero's most commercially successful film and was hailed as a return to form for him after several years in the wilderness, it's seen as a solid but unremarkable film compared to his three previous outings. On the other hand, it's also at least seen as better than the two films that followed.
  • Squick: Zombies devouring human flesh and ripping limbs apart is one thing, but to rip out a belly button ring in the process is another.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Anchor and Pretty Boy are both portrayed as Anti-villains at the worst, and survive the film to keep surviving with the other heroes, despite being perfectly willing to help Cholo murder hundreds of innocents over cash (although they do argue about it a little and its questionable if they would have let him go through with it in the end).

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