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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Critters is a film series featuring a group of deadly little furry aliens with several rows of teeth known as "Crites". The first film, directed by Stephen Herek, was released in 1986. In it, the title creatures terrorize a farm, with a pair of alien bounty hunters on their trail. It Starred a young Scott Grimes; also starring: Dee Wallace-Stone, M. Emmet Walsh, Ethan Phillips, Billy Zane, Don Keith Opper, and Terrance Mann. The latter two would appear in all of the films.The second film was released in 1988, featuring the return of Scott Grimes as Bradley Brown (the main character from the first film). The terror starts when the creature's eggs are mistaken for Easter eggs; they quickly multiply after they hatch.The third film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in his film debut, begins when a family who has recently lost their mother move into an apartment, followed by the title creatures after hitching a ride in their truck.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })The final film, starring Angela Bassett and Brad Dourif, takes place many years later in space, where they try to wipe out the remaining species of Crites.The series is often compared to the Gremlins series, despite the script having been written before that film was released.A short Fan Film, Critters: Bounty Hunter, was released in 2014. It's available on YouTube.On October 2018, Syfy announced they plan to reboot the series by adding sequels on their network as part of their acquisition of multiple properties such as Killer Klowns from Outer Space and Leprechaun. In 2019, an eight-episode web series titled Critters: A New Binge was made and distributed on Shudder. Later that same year, a direct-to-DVD sequel Critters Attack! was released and follows a more similar plot to Gremlins than the original films.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })
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Spike Shooter
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Spike Shooter: The Crites can shoot venomous quills that render victims unconscious.
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Heroic BSoD
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Heroic BSoD: Ug completely loses it when his partner is killed in Critters 2, reverting to his "nothing face" form and only snapping out of it to save the day towards the end of the film.
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Darker and Edgier
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Darker and Edgier: The first two films had their grim moments but weren't so bad, there were no super terrifying deaths. The second was a bit darker with Lee's death. The third one was a bit lighter once we got past the jerk ass landlord's very gory death. The fourth is the darkest with the highest amount of the cast dying and Ug becoming an asshole and getting killed by Charlie.
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Tempting Fate
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Tempting Fate: "They have weapons." "So what?" BLAM. "Fuck!"
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Straw Vegetarian
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Straw Vegetarian: Brad's grandmother in the second film has shades of this, given her incessant preaching on how vegetables are far healthier for you than meat is and inferring at one point that humans were never meant to digest meat.
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Shoot the Television
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Shoot the Television: In the original movie, Ug fires his weapon at a TV set in a bowling alley, which causes a ruckus with several of the town locals.
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The Blank
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The Blank: Ug and Lee's default forms are glowing green faces that lack features.
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Fingore
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Fingore: In the first film, April's boyfriend Steve (Billy Zane) gets the fingers on his right hand bitten off by one of the Crites as he reaches to change the radio station.
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Voluntary Shapeshifting
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Voluntary Shapeshifting: The bounty hunters can change their appearance to blend in on alien planets. The rules of how it works seem to vary between the first and second films.
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Ascended Fanboy
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Ascended Fanboy: The first film ends with village idiot Charlie following the alien bounty hunters as they prepare to leave. By the second film he has become a bounty hunter himself.
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Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome
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Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Ug in the fourth movie becomes an uncaring asshole willing to kill anyone who tries to keep him from dealing with the Crites on his terms.
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Spiritual Successor
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Spiritual Successor: Lilo & Stitch took some inspiration from the film, though of course far Lighter and Softer.
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Sequel Escalation
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Sequel Escalation: After a handful of Crites terrorize a farmhouse and the surrounding area in the first film, their far more numerous offspring take on the entire neighbouring town in part 2. Averted in the third (despite the video cover talking a good game), where the action shifts to the big city but is confined almost entirely to a single apartment building, with a Crite count much closer to the original film.
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Shapeshifter Default Form
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Shapeshifter Default Form: The bounty hunters start as Type A blank faces. Through the sequels Ug is Type B, allowing Terrance Mann to continue playing him.
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The Can Kicked Him
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The Can Kicked Him: In the original a Crite tries to escape via the toilet, which is then blown up.
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Noodle Incident
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Noodle Incident: Whatever Ug and Lee did that nearly destroyed a space colony on their last mission. Critters 4 never gives an explanation for why Ug turned evil in the 53 years between then and part 3, other than a cryptic "people change, Charlie".
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Cryptically Unhelpful Answer
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Cryptically Unhelpful Answer: In the fourth movie, when Ethan is helping Charlie find the critters, he asks what they look like. Charlie asks if he knows what a piranha is, he says yes, so Charlie says that they don't look anything like piranhas but are hungry like them (which doesn't really answer his question, as he was asking what they looked like, not how they behave.)
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DestructiveSavior
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Destructive Savior: The bounty hunters in the first film cause a lot of damage while hunting down the Crites.
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A.I. Is a Crapshoot
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A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The computer system on board the fourth film's space base leaves much to be desired. It does the opposite of what it is ordered and generally isn't very helpful.
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Power-Up Food
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Power-Up Food: In the first film the Crites get progressively bigger the more they eat. One of them is roughly the size of an adult human by the conclusion. This is largely abandoned in the later films, particularly the third and fourth.
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Human Popsicle
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Human Popsicle: Charlie and two Crite eggs get cryogenically frozen at the end of the third film, setting up the events of part 4.
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Walking Disaster Area
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Walking Disaster Area: The bounty hunters don't give a shit about property damage. There's a There Was a Door moment in the first film in which rather than walking through an unlocked door — he just rips it off the hinges.
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Stock Footage
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Stock Footage: The exterior shots in Critters 4 are cobbled together from the previous films in the series, and an earlier Don Opper sci-fi film called Android. The bounty hunters use fast forwarded stock footage to learn about 1980s era Earth (aka American pop culture) to assimilate. One of the bounty hunters takes on the form of the fictional rock musician Johnny Steele.
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Happy Ending Override
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Happy Ending Override: The Brown family farm is rebuilt at the end of the first film after being destroyed by the Crites. The second film subsequently reveals that they were soon driven out of town because the bounty hunters had trashed much of the local area and their stories of alien invasion were causing strife in the community.
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No Animals Were Harmed
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No Animals Were Harmed: All three sequels have the phrase "No critters were harmed in the making of this movie" turn up in the credits.
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Death by Sex
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Death by Sex: Steve's attempt to get it on with April in the barn only scores him first place on the Crites' menu.
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Sequel Hook
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Sequel Hook: The first film ends with a shot of Crite eggs in the farm's barn, while the third film ends with a space pod showing up to get the last Crite eggs from Charlie and a "To be continued" cliffhanger. The first sequel hook is retconned somewhat - the closing shot of the film is a handful of eggs beginning to hatch, while the second picks up two years later with dozens of eggs that have dubiously lain dormant due to cold conditions in the barn.
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Covers Always Lie
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Averted in the third (despite the video cover talking a good game), where the action shifts to the big city but is confined almost entirely to a single apartment building, with a Crite count much closer to the original film.
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Never Mess with Granny
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Never Mess with Granny: Ms. Mendes in Critters 3, even if she only gets to show it once.
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Asshole Victim
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Asshole Victim: Any humans killed by the bounty hunters tend to be unsympathetic enough to deserve it. The landlord and the Janitor in Critters 3 also deserve their deaths. The former had no qualms with screwing over his clients and the latter was hired by the former to kill a tenant by unleashing rats on him in addition to being generally repulsive.
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Recycled IN SPACE!
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Recycled In Space: Though the Crites are canonically aliens, the first movies take place mostly on Earth. The fourth film shifts things to a sci-fi setting, and Alien and Star Wars rip-offs abound. It's even called Critters 4: Critters in Space in some releases.
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Bizarre Alien Locomotion
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Bizarre Alien Locomotion: Crites curl up and roll like balls when they need to move quickly. In the second film, a whole pack of Crites form a single giant, rolling, biting ball that rolls over people.
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Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday
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Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Second film happens at Easter.
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Earth Is a Battlefield
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Earth Is a Battlefield: Humans are stuck in the middle of a destructive battle between the bounty hunters and Crites.
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Magic Countdown
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Magic Countdown: Subverted, because the ship's AI is too stupid to realize that talking is not a free action.
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Stripped to the Bone
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Stripped to the Bone: A victim of the Krite Ball in Critters 2. This rare example◊ shows the bones in a small amount of bloody "meat".
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Giant Mook
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Giant Mook: A larger Crite appears in each of the first two films. Though, the one in the second movie turned out to be Ug in disguise.
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Charlie throughout the four films is shown to be pretty idiotic, naive, awkward, goofy, and sometimes doesn't think things through. Yet he demonstrates good aim at times (blows up several Crites in the third movie), bravery (end of the second film), willpower (end of the fourth film), adaption of future tech minutes after unfreezing (figured out how to fire a laser gun but his aim was a little off), and improvising when it counts (1st film).
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: Quite a few, but the father's reaction in the first film when one of the Crites' poison spines slams into the wood an inch from his eyes is probably the strongest example. One of the Critters even has a moment of this; see below under Tempting Fate.
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Face–Heel Turn
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Face–Heel Turn: At some point in the years between films three and four, formerly heroic Ug becomes a corporate asshole.
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The Worm That Walks
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The Worm That Walks: More like the ever-hungry ball that rolls.
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Take That!
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Take That!: One Crite munches an ET The Extraterrestrial doll.
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Precision F-Strike
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Precision F-Strike: A Krite utters "fuck" (it's subtitled) in the original after witnessing another of its kind get shot.
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Alien Blood
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Alien Blood: The Crites have green blood.
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Large and in Charge
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Large and in Charge: The larger Crites usually lead the other Crites in a group. This is shown when Ug disguises himself as a larger one.
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Numbered Sequels
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Numbered Sequels: The series makes use of these rather than odd titles.
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Antagonist Title
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Antagonist Title: The Critters are alien furballs that devour everything.
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One-Word Title
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One-Word Title
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Who Will Bell the Cat?
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Who Will Bell the Cat?: In the second film, Charlie suggests a luring the critters to a determined spot and blow them up, which seems lime a good plan, until someone asks who's going to lure them them. After thinking about it, Charlie volunteers, since it was his idea.
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Company Cross References
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Company Cross References: The second film has a scene featuring a cardboard cut-out of Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, another film series by New Line Cinema.
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Toilet Teleportation
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Toilet Teleportation: Subverted when one of the Crites attempts to escape from the bounty hunters via the toilet bowl. It's a bit too fat to fit, and can't squeeze down the hole before one of the hunters blows it (and the toilet itself) away.
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Bounty Hunter
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Bounty Hunter: Space bounty hunters are dispatched to kill the Crites in the original film, and feature to some extent in all the sequels.
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1.0
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1.0
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Groin Attack
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Groin Attack: The unfortunate Easter bunny in Critters 2 has Critters attack his crotch.
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1.0
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1.0
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Insignificant Little Blue Planet
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Insignificant Little Blue Planet: It was noted by Siskel & Ebert that the charm of the first film was that the humans were caught in the middle of a fight between aliens, rather than fighting the aliens themselves.
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1.0
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Critters / int_f01a1b71
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Answer Cut
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Answer Cut: In the first film, one Critter tells another that humans have weapons. The second Critter asks, "So what?" before getting blown away by Helen with her 12 Gauge Double Barrel Shotgun. The remaining Critter remarks, "FUCK!" and runs off to send in reinforcements.
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1.0
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1.0
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Critters / int_fd16495f
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type
Ridiculously Cute Critter
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comment
Ridiculously Cute Critter: Not so much, though there is an element of Ugly Cute to them.
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1.0
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1.0
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Critters / int_fd1f1a63
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type
Fun with Subtitles
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comment
Fun with Subtitles: "Critterese" gets translated into English with subtitles.
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1.0
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1.0
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Critters / int_fdb355db
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type
Evil Is Petty
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comment
Evil Is Petty: During their attempted escape in their stolen ship at the climax of the original film, the Crites stop to blow up the farmhouse out of spite.
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1.0
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1.0
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Talking Is a Free Action
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comment
Talking Is a Free Action: Played for Laughs and averted in the fourth film's climax, where the ship's computer starts a countdown for its self-destruct while the heroes escape and stops the countdown to thank one of them for calling it the dumbest computer ever. Once the computer resumes the countdown, the ship explodes before the countdown is finished, much to the heroes' amusement.
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Alien Blood / int_d25b42c6
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Antagonist Title / int_d25b42c6
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Behind the Black / int_d25b42c6
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Bizarre Alien Locomotion / int_d25b42c6
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Bounty Hunter / int_d25b42c6
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Camping a Crapper / int_d25b42c6
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Cephalothorax / int_d25b42c6
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Character as Himself / int_d25b42c6
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Company Cross References / int_d25b42c6
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Creepy Cute / int_d25b42c6
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Cross-Dressing Voices / int_d25b42c6
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Descended Creator / int_d25b42c6
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Did the Earth Move for You, Too? / int_d25b42c6
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Earth Is a Battlefield / int_d25b42c6
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Explosive Breeder / int_d25b42c6
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Feed It a Bomb / int_d25b42c6
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Fingore / int_d25b42c6
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Fun with Subtitles / int_d25b42c6
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Had the Silly Thing in Reverse / int_d25b42c6
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Lilliputians / int_d25b42c6
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Miracle-Gro Monster / int_d25b42c6
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Molotov Cocktail / int_d25b42c6
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More Teeth than the Osmond Family / int_d25b42c6
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No Animals Were Harmed / int_d25b42c6
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Overprotective Dad / int_d25b42c6
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Retcon / int_d25b42c6
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Sequel Gap / int_d25b42c6
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Shoot the Television / int_d25b42c6
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Spike Shooter / int_d25b42c6
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Stay with the Aliens / int_d25b42c6
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Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome / int_d25b42c6
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The Blank / int_d25b42c6
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The Can Kicked Him / int_d25b42c6
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The Talk / int_d25b42c6
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Toilet Teleportation / int_d25b42c6
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Wiper Start / int_d25b42c6