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The Comics:

  • Cargo Ship: Tank Girl and her tank... and her alcohol. In one storyline, she bears the tank's child, and with all the alcohol involved that encounter counts as a threesome.

The Film:

  • Awesome Music: The Girl U Want, by Devo.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Tank Girl herself, as portrayed by Lori Petty. Most find her bitchiness grating and unpleasant, while others (namely Siskel and Ebert) praised her comic timing as the movie's only saving grace.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The musical number "Let's Do It" in Liquid Silver.
  • Complete Monster: In this film based on the comic, Kesslee is the head of Water & Power, a tyrannical Mega-Corp holding a monopoly on a post-apocalyptic world's water. Happily condemning the rest of the world's populace to die of thirst, Kesslee demonstrates his cruelty by forcing a failed minion of his to walk on broken glass before sucking out all the water in his body and drinking it. Ordering a massacre of peaceful farmers for stealing water, Kesslee captures the two survivors— Rebecca, the titular Tank Girl, and her young companion Sam— and, fascinated by Rebecca's fighting prowess, begins to break her down through a series of sadistic, prolonged tortures to convince her to work for him. After a failed attempt to break into a Ripper hideout leaves him mortally wounded, Kesslee restyles himself as a cyborg—thanking the doctor who initially attempted to heal him by murdering her—Kesslee leads an attack on the Rippers' nightclub and threatens to drown Sam in front of Rebecca as one last ploy to control her. Establishing slave labor for his own benefit and allowing his guards free reign to commit more atrocities, Kesslee thoroughly proves himself the worst in a dog-eat-dog world.
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  • Guilty Pleasure: Nobody is going to call this movie a masterpiece, but there are plenty of viewers who are more forgiving of its glaring flaws and even feel that a lot of things about it either work better than most give them credit for or could have worked had the overall film been stronger.
  • Ham and Cheese: Everyone knows how silly the thing is and has a ball.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: A movie about the world becoming an apocalyptic wasteland as a result of running out of water seems a lot less fun in a more climate change-conscious world, where one of the biggest concerns is the planet running out of fresh water.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Ice-T's character claiming to be a cop in a previous life.
    • The movie itself comes off as a screwball version of Mad Max: Fury Road due to having an overlapping premise with the later film: Action Girl who's good with vehicles saves the world from a dictatorship run by water-hoarding assholes.
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  • Hollywood Homely: A pre-stardom Naomi Watts, of all people... here she's merely cute.
  • Les Yay: Tank Girl and Jet Girl, mostly on Tank Girl's part.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The scene where Kesslee first uses his water draining device to suck one of his goons dry of water, and then proceeds to drink said water.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Naomi Watts as Jet Girl.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Jet Girl, along with The Glasses Gotta Go.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Let's be honest, this isn't cinema's greatest achievement, but it has loads of Narm Charm and Ham and Cheese and is somewhat of a Cult Classic.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: As a direct reference to Shaft, the music that plays when Rebecca sneaks around a garage and finds her tank sounds very similar to the Shaft theme song.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Reputedly. Although anybody who expected the film to be child-friendly had obviously never heard of the original comics.


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