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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Freeman and Peters. Although they are implied to be Dirty Cops and are seen to be obnoxious and harassing people just because they can, they also are shown to take their jobs seriously, especially in the aftermath of Ebony's rape when they come to arrest Ronnie and Tricks. Also, in their rare interactions with the protagonists, they are nothing but courteous to them.
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  • Fashion-Victim Villain: K.C.'s goofy Dreamsicle-orange ensemble. This is even brought up by Freeman and Peters at one point; in fact, it's such a contrast from Brooklyn's basic black clothes that you could view the duo as villainous versions of Batman and Robin.
  • Ham and Cheese: Bernie Mac is deliciously hammy in his role and is clearly enjoying earning his dues.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Tricks is depicted as this, being considered fat when she is slightly overweight, at the most.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Ebony. As wild and defiant as she is and as much as she screws up Diamond's life, it's implied that she had it rough growing up and had to look out for herself and of course what happened to her in the film's climax. You want to give her a hug after all is said and done.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: There are some who watch this movie just for the fight between Diana and Ronnie at the climax of the movie.
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  • Moral Event Horizon: Reggie, Clyde and Ronnie are among one of the many villains of the film, but they hit full stride when they each had a hand in allowing Ebony to get raped by Junior. Ronnie knows what kind of man her brother is and even after discovering what he did, she still covers for him, Reggie was the one who told Junior that she would let him (and the other men at the party) run a train on her and Clyde distracted Ronnie with the allure of weed to let it happen. Also, not only do both men get away with their act (and it's implied that they do it to another woman in the future with Diana saying that they were last seen at "The Freaknik")note , but every man leave the party as the rape happens instead of making any attempt to stop it. Reggie even implies he did it because Ebony said no to him.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Ebony's rape. It all happens offscreen and in the dark, but you can still her hear the sounds of Junior brutally beating and assaulting her, her blood-curdling screams and her heartbreaking cries from behind the door, especially at one point where she desperately hollers out "Ronnie, come get your brother!" Plus the fact that he beat her unconscious.
    • The Reveal that calm, mild-mannered Miron was stalking Diana. She is understandably freaked out upon finding out and even has to fight him to keep him out of her apartment, but after finding her boyfriend in bed with her cousin and pulling a gun on them, he obviously leaves her be.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: Averted. It's pretty obvious that the film was inspired by Showgirls, but what makes this an aversion is that while the film wasn't a runaway hit, it had a somewhat better reception, intentional humor (except in places where there wasn't supposed to be) and had more sympathetic characters, namely with Diamond being a more believable heroine (and actress) than Nomi.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Dollar Bill could have avoided a lot of grief if he just paid off his debts, namely in being able to avoid having his club firebombed and himself ending up abducted and heavily implied to be murdered.
    • From the loudness of the scene involving Diana learning that Miron was stalking her and them screaming at each other, Lance and Ebony should have heard her and could have gotten out of her bed before she caught them.

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