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YMMV / Streets of Fire

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  • Evil Is Cool: Raven and the Bombers. Leather and bikes make for a very good combination.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Raven and his gang usually wear decent-looking biker clothes, but in the bar, Raven is wearing a leather tanktop with thick straps that shows off most of his chest. He looks absolutely ridiculous.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The film was very popular in Japan as the main characters - the wandering mercenary with a Hidden Heart of Gold, the sneering villain who leads an army, the beautiful temptress beloved by her hometown, the Cool Big Sis, The Lad-ette, the weak-yet-courageous tagalong - are uncommon in American fiction, but beloved elements of Japanese culture. A number of video games were inspired by the film, including Streets of Rage. More obviously, every rock and roll Idol Singer in anime is essentially Ellen Aim, the Trope Codifier being Bubblegum Crisis' Priss Asagiri.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • About halfway into the sledgehammer fight, the music turns really creepy.
    • Ellen's kidnapping at the beginning of the film.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Robert Townsend. The film came before he struck it big with Hollywood Shuffle.
  • Special Effect Failure: Clyde the Bartender has a dark front tooth after getting punched out by the bombers. It's apparently supposed to look like it's missing.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The ending. The music helps a lot.
      • Both ending songs qualify.
      But I can dream about you if I can't hold you tonight...
    • Ellen calling out Tom in the rain.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The explosions!

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