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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_3'); })Pacific Rim is a 2013 Kaiju/Humongous Mecha film directed by Guillermo del Toro.20 Minutes into the Future, giant alien monsters known as "Kaiju" arise from a dimensional rift in the Pacific Ocean and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Humanity eventually holds its own against the gargantuan threats by creating Humongous Mecha known as Jaegers, but over the years, the Kaiju grow stronger and turn the tide of battle back to their side.When the growing losses of the Jaegers cause the world's governments to cut the program's funding, Marshal Stacker Pentecost designs one final counterattack against the Kaiju threat: a Jaeger assault on the dimensional rift itself in the hopes that they can close the rift for good. To put his plan into motion, he recruits Raleigh Becket, a washed-up veteran Jaeger pilot who ended up traumatized by the death of his brother (who was also his co-pilot) during a Kaiju battle five years prior. Alongside Mako Mori, a talented rookie with a dangerous grudge against the Kaiju, Raleigh suits up to pilot a Jaeger once more in order to take the fight to the Kaiju before they overrun the world.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_2'); })The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Burn Gorman, Ellen McLain (as the voice of the Jaeger AI), and Clifton Collins Jr.The 2018 sequel is Pacific Rim: Uprising with John Boyega and Scott Eastwood taking over as lead characters. Del Toro passed on directing responsibilities to Steven S. DeKnight (showrunner on Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Daredevil) while remaining a producer.Characterization tropes for Humans, Jaegers and Kaijus go on the Characters Sheet.
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No Celebrities Were Harmed: Newton Geizler, as played by Charlie Day, appears to be a ringer for director J. J. Abrams, albeit with the addition of elaborate Kaiju tattoo sleeves. Abrams co-produced Cloverfield, a big part of the recent revival of devastating giant monster movies, such as Monsters, The Troll Hunter, Pacific Rim, and Godzilla (2014).
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Same-Sex Triplets
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Same-Sex Triplets: The Wei Tang Triplets◊ who pilot Crimson Typhoon. In real life, their actors are true identical triplets as well.
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Unreadably Fast Text: The news ticker during the news report of Striker Eureka's victory notes that Herc has piloted every single generation of Jaeger and is one of the most successful Jaeger pilots.
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The Worm Guy
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The Worm Guy: Early on we see a hapless scientist and his son walking around the beach looking for metal in the ground. Cue Gipsy Danger emerging from the sea.
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Rasputinian Death
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Rasputinian Death: Slattern: Cut open numerous times (including having its throat slashed and arms nearly sliced off), repeatedly stabbed, takes a nuclear bomb to its face. It finally goes down for good when cooked alive by Gipsy Danger's nuclear turbine point-blank until the blast starts coming out of its back. Cherno Alpha: Gets its reactor and cockpit pod melted and right arm munched by Otachi, before finally being literally jumped on and crushed to death by Leatherback. Otachi herself. After being slashed a few times in the chest by Crimson Typhoon, she gets her tail-claw frozen and shattered, her acid sacs ripped off her mouth and is sliced in half by Gipsy Danger.
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Crucified Hero Shot: Gipsy Danger floats in this pose just before it blows up the Breach. It is making a sacrifice to save others, after all.
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Heroic BSoD: After his brother's death, Raleigh stumbled out of Gipsy Danger, only able to look around dazedly and say Yancy's name. "Chasing the RABITnote Random Access Brain Impulse Triggers", as it is called, where a pilot gets distracted by a memory and loses focus with reality. Mako almost vaporizes the entire facility when she gets attached to a traumatic childhood memory.
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Trailers Always Spoil
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Trailers Always Spoil: One trailer has a brief shot of Otachi flying.
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make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist Multi National Team
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Multinational Team: With the fate of the planet at stake, the nations of the Pacific Rim formed the Pan Pacific Defence Corps to fight the Kaiju.note The United States, Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, Canada, Russia, Mexico, Panama, Chile, and Peru all provide Jaegers or Shatterdomes. The PPDC commands Jaegers from all over the Pacific. France also provided some of the science and Great Britain provided pilots. Several of the top scientists are German or Chinese.
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Does This Remind You of Anything?: After their first spar, Raleigh is more convinced than ever that he and Mako are meant for each other... as co-pilots. According to Word of God, the implications were intentional. The Kaiju are ranked by category, from Category 1 (easily trounced by Jaegers) to Category 5 (virtually unstoppable). This is the same way that Real Life hurricanes and tornadoes are rated, playing up how Kaiju assaults are more like natural disasters than creature-attacks. This is lampshaded by Raleigh at the beginning of the movie:
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Tempting Fate
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Tempting Fate: One of the videos on the Pan Pacific Defense Corps page is a news report on a Kaiju attack ending with the reporter saying, "I can only pray that this is the end of it." This applies to all of humanity, really, when the PPDC seemed to be winning easily and Kaiju became the subject of toy lines and late-night talk show gags. The "Wall of Life" is advertised as an unbreakable barrier that is a cost-effective alternative to the Jaeger program. During a new attack, a Kaiju breaks through it in less than an hour. Hannibal Chau jams his Butterfly Knife into the baby Kaiju and boasts of how he knew it wouldn't live long outside of the womb. Next moment, he's swallowed into its gullet.
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Make Sure He's Dead: After downing the Kaiju Leatherback, Raleigh "checks for a pulse" by unloading several rounds into the corpse to the point where its chest cracks open and starts disintegrating. "Yup, no pulse."
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Bilingual Backfire: Raleigh is fluent in Japanese, much to Mako's surprise. Luckily, all she said was that he was different than she expected. He playfully responds "Better or worse?"
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Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: This happens twice in the film. In Mako's flashback to her childhood, she remembers being a little girl alone in the ruins of Tokyo. One of her shoes isn't being worn; young Mako is carrying it instead. Either it's too crushed to be worn or Mako had hurt her foot too badly to wear it. In the present, Hannibal Chau leaves only a shoe behind when he's eaten by a Kaiju. In the mid-credits scene, he cuts his way out of its dead body. His first words when out are "Where is my goddamn shoe?!"
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Heroes Love Dogs: Chuck and Herc Hansen own an English bulldog named Max who they bring with them to the Hong Kong Shatterdome. The dog is also familiar with Mako, who is quite affectionate with him. The Striker Eureka tech team also wears a decal of Max on their uniforms, making him the Jaeger's official mascot.
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The Worf Effect: When Crimson Typhoon is introduced, its impressive combat record is listed along with a description of its ace pilots. When Cherno Alpha is introduced, it's revealed that not only is it a Mark I Jaeger, making it the oldest still functioning, but it's the largest and heaviest Jaeger around. It's also stated that the perimeter it was assigned to went six years without being breached by a Kaiju attack. During the Hong Kong attack, both Alpha and Crimson get to show off some of their skills, but are completely destroyed by the two attacking Kaiju, effectively spelling out just how dangerous they must be to eliminate such powerful Jaegers with so little effort. Gipsy Danger's ability to defeat both by itself (albeit one at a time, after they had split up) illustrates just how powerful it is and how skilled the pilots are.
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All There in the Manual: The Graphic Novel Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero is a series of flashbacks about some of the characters from the movie and how they came to be part of the Jaeger program. The official artbook also includes descriptions of several unseen Jaegers and several other bits of in-universe information, fleshing things out further. The official novelization also shows dossier information for the Shatterdome crew, giving details the movie left out.
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Hands-Off Parenting: This was Herc's chosen parenting-style after Angela's death since he didn't know whether to "hug him or give him a kick in the ass". Apparently, he did neither.
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Artistic License – Biology: There is simply no way a Kaiju-sized creature can survive Earth's gravity; the largest dinosaur to walk on land was about 85 tons, while the smallest Kaiju is 2,040 tons and the largest one, only seen underwater, is estimated at a whopping 6750 tons. Of course, being artificial creatures created by a species literally millions of years old who can travel between dimensions, there are some liberties. Newt at one point mentions Kaiju having a secondary brain like dinosaurs. Except dinosaurs didn't have secondary brains; the so-called "sacral brain" came from a misunderstanding as to the purpose of an expanded spinal canal over certain dinosaurs' hips. While there is still some question about what this expanded canal was for, it definitely wasn't another brain. The escape pods by which the surviving characters surface after the Breach battle ascend much, much too fast. An ascent from such extreme depth should have taken hours, to allow time for the pods' occupants to safely adjust to the decreasing pressure. By rights, the survivors should've succumbed to the bends long before they even got out of the Trench, let alone reached the surface.
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Parallel Conflict Sequence: Briefly seen during the Hong Kong Bay battle when Leatherback fights Cherno Alpha while Otachi fights Striker Eureka. Seen intensely during the Final Battle when Gipsy fights Raiju and Scunner together while Striker is fighting Slattern.
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Never Trust a Trailer: The initial impression left by some of the earlier trailers was that there was only one monster. Del Toro stated that, despite sounding exactly like GLaDOS in the trailer, Ellen McLain would provide a toned-down version for the final product and the trailer voice was simply done for fun, because he is a fan of Portal, and because he wanted people to know she was in the movie. But, no, her voice in the actual movie is basically GLaDOS' voice without her catty sociopathy. Except for one little hint of it, when Raleigh and Mako's first drift goes wrong: Some posters outright lie. Like this Japanese poster of Coyote Tango vs. Otachi◊. Coyote is seen only in a flashback, and it fights Onibaba, not Otachi. The trailer has Ron Perlman delivering the exposition in voiceover. Much of this same material is in the film, but it's delivered by Charlie Hunnam. It's just that Ron Perlman has a really good voice for monologues about war in trailers.
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World of Badass: In a world where badass Rangers pilot a bunch of badass robots to fight a bunch of badass Kaiju whose corpses either are used by a badass black market man or studied by badass scientists.
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Mr. Fanservice
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Mr. Fanservice: Raleigh is really well built and often shirtless. The other men generally apply too. C'mon, Idris Elba, Rob Kazinsky, hell, even Charlie Day.
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End of an Age: Several, actually. 1) The prologue covers the end of the Kaiju-free Earth history. 2) After the title screen, it becomes the end of the Golden Age of Jaeger development; hence, only four left. Lastly... the film seemingly ends with the end of the Kaiju age.
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The Place: The title refers to the Pacific Ocean, where the breach the kaiju are coming from is located.
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The Stoic: Marshal Pentecost is so calm and controlled he can Drift with Chuck Hansen on the first try, having figured out Chuck's mindset within minutes of meeting him (Chuck isn't exactly deep), and is completely capable of just not letting Chuck have to deal with any of his own memories. When Gipsy Danger's Plasma Caster activates, the Russian pilots, who are standing right in front of it, calmly and unhurriedly walk away.
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Astronomic Zoom: It looks like the start of one at the very beginning of the film... and then it's subverted because the "stars" are actually underwater particules around the opening Rift at the floor of the Pacific Ocean.
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Failsafe Failure: There are multiple occurrences, and the most prominent, Mako's first drift, where she gets lost in a memory and nearly blows a hole in the facility, is actually a subversion — a lot of failsafes fail, but Tendo and Herc do eventually manage to unplug the right socket and power the weapon down.
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Reality Ensues: A brief shot in the prologue shows heavy equipment in Manila dealing with a previously unrecognized hazard of giant monster attacks: a hill-sized mound of giant monster shit. After the Wall, which the Jaeger program is being scrapped for and immense amounts of money were sunk into, proves completely worthless against Mutavore, riots and protests break out worldwide. Hannibal Chau's business is built on the ensuing reality of having large Kaiju corpses to get rid of. The aforementioned dung goes for large amounts of money because it's high in phosphorus and useful in fertilizer. There are multiple shots of people using the bones as structural support for buildings, including a temple with a skull for the entrance. No matter how good the pilots or advanced a Jaeger is, two-to-one are extremely bad odds for anyone unless they're really lucky or pull a kamikaze move.
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Alice Allusion: Don't go chasing the RABIT right?
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Real Robot Genre: For the most part, the Jaeger are Real Robots; but there are some Super Robot Genre elements. The Jaegers are Real Robots in that they're explicitly built by a military-industrial complex and time is given to the extreme amount of resources, logistics and support required to drive and maintain them. On the other hand, individual Jaegers are treated like Super Robots, what with their colorful and individual names and designs, being humanity's "only hope", and fight using common Super Robot tropes like rocket punches, wrestling moves, unique fighting styles between each robot, the "drift" and the Absurdly Sharp Blade of Gipsy Danger being its ultimate weapon.
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Stealth Pun
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Stealth Pun: When Raleigh sees the newly rebuilt Gipsy Danger with Mako, there is construction work causing sparks just behind them. You could say that sparks are literally flying between them.
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Drowning Pit
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Drowning Pit: Downplayed. Aleksis and Sasha Kaidanovsky drown inside the cockpit of Cherno Alpha when the Jaeger drops into the sea. Although they may just have lived long enough to be killed when Leatherback crushes the cockpit, causing it to explode. Not sure which possibility is worse, really.
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Dare to Be Badass
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Dare to Be Badass: Played with when Pentecost dares Raleigh to become a Jaeger pilot again after his retirement. Part of Newt's justification when he says he wants to drift with a Kaiju.
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Crapsack World
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Crapsack World: In addition to the giant monster attacks that are happening with alarming regularity, there are clues that society has slowly broken down. Simple things like bread are seen as a luxury, people are working dangerous jobs for food rations, and there is an implied social divide between the wealthy and the rest of society with the rich getting special treatment in wake of the monster attacks.
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: The close-up on Crimson Typhoon and its lightly-armored head, which Otachi ends up crushing and tearing off with relative ease. Gipsy Danger is nuclear-powered, which means it can become a bomb in a pinch. Chau uses his knife three times: once to intimidate Geiszler, once to check whether Otachi Jr. is dead, and once more to cut his way out of its stomach after it turns out not to be dead. Though it's not explicitly noted, the fact that the Kaiju can tell Newt linked up with one of their brains from the far side of the rift indicates that it's possible for signals to pass through it. This is useful when mission control needs to keep monitoring Gipsy Danger's progress. The PSA about the start of the Jaeger programe mentions how much danger solo pilots faced such as Pentecost. Raleigh's ability to pilot a Jaeger solo. In fact, Herc tells Chuck to show Raleigh some respect because he managed to bring a Jaeger in safely solo. Herc mentions he's only ever heard of one other pilot doing it. Turns out it was Pentecost, whose partner was knocked out during the battle from Mako's memory.
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Your Mind Makes It Real
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Your Mind Makes It Real: When a Jaeger loses a limb, the fighters inside will feel the pain due to the mental link.
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Ironic Echo
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Ironic Echo: There's a single red shoe in the wreckage of Tokyo. It turns out to be Mako's. The next time we see a single distinctive shoe, it's one of Hannibal Chau's gold-plated wing tips in the wreckage of Hong Kong. The Stinger reveals Hannibal survived and is quite pissed off at having lost one of his fancy shoes.
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Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer
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Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Cherno Alpha and Scunner are mysteriously absent from the end credits animation, which features all the other Jaegers and Kaiju that had a prominent role.
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Pastiche
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Pastiche: The whole film is one giant love letter to classic Kaiju and mecha films and shows.
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Fire-Forged Friends
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Fire-Forged Friends: Dr. Newt Geiszler and Dr. Hermann Gottlieb initially have a none-too-friendly professional rivalry that borders on outright hatred. After being forced to work together instead of on parallel projects and sharing a Drift with a Kaiju brain, they shift into Vitriolic Best Buds.
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Impossibly Graceful Giant
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Impossibly Graceful Giant: Guillermo del Toro avoided the use of motion capture because it would make the Jaegers look less like machines and more like this trope. It is still played somewhat straight due to artistic license, especially by Striker Eureka, but Striker Eureka is noted as being the fastest and most advanced of the Jaegers shown.
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Infallible Babble
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Infallible Babble: Gottlieb predicted there to be three Kaijus at the bottom of the sea, but only two were detected. Of course, the information turns out to be true later when in fact a third Kaiju appears on the scanners.
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It Has Been an Honor
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It Has Been an Honor: Spoken by Hansen Jr. to Marshal Pentecost right before they have to make their Heroic Sacrifice.
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This Is My Side
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This Is My Side: Gottlieb complains about Newt leaving Kaiju parts on his side of the room, carefully pushing them across a yellow line on the floor.
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Funny Background Event
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Funny Background Event: As Gottlieb was rattling off his prediction to Pentecost and Herc, Geiszler can be seen making "blah blah blah" motions with his hand.
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Mother Nature, Father Science
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Mother Nature, Father Science: This is how the Jaeger program was made. Two scientists were behind it. The man came up with the idea to build giant robots, but he himself admitted that the key to making it work (love) could never have come from him. The neural handshake came from his female co-worker and she ended up becoming one of the first Jaeger pilots in the process.
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Genetic Memory
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Genetic Memory: Newt's experiments reveal that Kaiju have extensive genetic memory passed down from generation-to-generation to prepare further invading forces for Earth's defenses.
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Bilingual Bonus
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Bilingual Bonus: All important non-English dialog is subtitled, minus one line: Mako's last words to Stacker, "sensei, aishitemasu", meaning "I love you, teacher".
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Good News, Bad News
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Good News, Bad News: Bad news? Three people died on the top of the wall. Good news? Three new job openings on the top of the wall. Lampshaded when a worker specifically asks for the bad news first.
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Absurdly Ineffective Barricade
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Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: In a scaled up (and serious) version: the Wall, the "viable alternative" the Jaeger program was scrapped in favor of. It breaks in less than an hour under the assault of a single Kaiju, and later on, we're introduced to a Kaiju that can fly and spit acid. At the end, Class-5 Kaijus which are twice as tall as the Class-4s start coming through, making the wall literally waist-high.
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The Centerpiece Spectacular
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The Centerpiece Spectacular: The Hong Kong fight in the middle of the movie is the longest and most spectacular action scene, though the climax is close behind it.
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Whip Sword
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Gipsy Danger has "swords that whip out" in both arms.
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Theme Music Power-Up
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Theme Music Power-Up: The majority of fight scenes have no background music at all... up until Gipsy Danger's Big Damn Heroes moment in Hong Kong, where the theme music plays through most of the fight as it beats the hell out of two Kaiju that were handing the rest of the Jaegers their collective asses.
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Husky Russkie
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Cherno Alpha has pistons that extend its forearm upon impact in order to give it more force.
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Hollywood Acid
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Hollywood Acid: Otachi can spit a corrosive blue acid that quickly dissolves whatever it hits. Cherno Alpha is disabled by this attack, which melts through its armor and breaches the reactor. While fighting Gipsy, a missed shot by Otachi ends up melting a huge chunk of a skyscraper.
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Evil Evolves
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Evil Evolves: Each Kaiju that emerges is tougher, smarter and with better abilities than the last. The sheer expense of the Jaeger program made them incapable of keeping up.
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Sorting Algorithm of Evil
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Sorting Algorithm of Evil: The first Kaiju were essentially hunting dogs sent to scout out Earth and disorganize its inhabitants. As humanity fought back successfully, the aliens responded by sending more advanced and larger Kaiju to deal with the Jaegers. After them, the second wave of even more deadly Kaiju would have come to exterminate humanity once and for all in massive (and more frequent) intervals. It's justified due to the limits of the Breach; it has to grow and expand, and simply isn't stable enough to send the biggest and baddest monsters first.
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Blade Brake
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Blade Brake: A damaged Gipsy Danger plants its sword in the ground during the Final Battle to avoid being knocked over by the shockwave of Striker Eureka's nuke detonating.
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Sword Drag
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Sword Drag: Gipsy Danger pulls this off, only it's actually done with a very long and narrow freighter, but the visual is the same.
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Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping
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Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Pentecost's accent goes on and off depending on his tone of voice, indicating that his heroic front is, to some degree, a facade. He drops it entirely when he tells Raleigh about the radiation poisoning. The novelization clarifies that he is from a working-class part of England, and thus the more posh accent is an affectation. He drops it entirely in favor of his native one when he gives the rousing speech to the Shatterdome before the Battle of the Breach. Charlie Hunnam's accent slips right from the opening monologue and is iffy from there. Herc's (terrible Australian) accent repeatedly shifts to a variety of British accents, particularly when he displays emotion.
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Building Is Welding
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Building Is Welding: When we are introduced to Becket's workplace at the wall, the camera pan over the construction site is covered in showers of sparks from the welding going on. Later when Becket sees the inside of Jaeger facility there is scolding sparks visible in the background, emphasizing the notion that this is a place where things are getting done.
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Rule of Cool
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Rule of Cool: Guillermo del Toro helped to make this movie because he wanted to have awesome robots fighting awesome monsters, regardless of killjoys like the Square-Cube Law.
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Title In
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Title In: The first give you the definitions of "Kaiju" and "Jaeger" respectively, but the rest are used for times and locations.
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Five-Second Foreshadowing
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Five-Second Foreshadowing: When Otachi Jr. breaks out of its parent's corpse and chases after Newt, the camera lingers on its umbilical cord trailing behind. A few moments later, the cord wrapped around the baby Kaiju's neck strangles it to death.
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"Awkward Silence" Entrance: Happens after Raleigh and Mako's disastrous first drift. We first see Raleigh getting his food and seeing everybody look up as he comes down the stairs into the canteen, then look across to find Mako on the other end of the canteen, the rest also staring at her. They end up going off together to eat.
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Boring, but Practical
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Boring, but Practical: Gipsy Danger's fighting style boils down to a combination of Combat Pragmatist and Improvised Weapon from anything it can grab from the surroundings. Less flashy than the synchronized styles that the other Jaegers use, but it turns out to be the most effective. Its weaponry is also relatively tame compared to the others but its Blade Below the Shoulder and Plasma Caster turn out to be quite versatile. The three Kaiju defending the Rift. Unlike the movie's two middle Kaiju, Slattern and the others don't have acid spitting or fancy EMP weapons. They do have toughness, their claws and tails and bodies that make it very easy for them to swim.
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Pietà Plagiarism
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Pietà Plagiarism: There is a scene where Raleigh helps lower Mako to the floor while cradling her.
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Aliens Are Bastards
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Aliens Are Bastards: Played absolutely straight with the creators of the Kaiju, who send their creations to wipe out all life on a given planet so they can stripe mine the place.
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You Shall Not Pass
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You Shall Not Pass!: A villainous example with Slattern, who guards the Breach. This tends to be the main strategy of the heroes. If a Kaiju is heading towards a coastal city, they fly a Jaeger out into the water and drop it in the Kaiju's path. They even have the "miracle mile", the ten mile line where they need to hold the Kaiju at.
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Flatline
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Flatline: There is a flatline sound at Mission Control when Cherno Alpha explodes.
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Curb-Stomp Battle
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Curb-Stomp Battle: Brawler Yukon — prototype Jaeger built in 2015 effortlessly dominated Karloff. Striker Eureka versus Mutavore. The Kaiju doesn't land a single hit and the battle is finished in less than a minute. Before Striker Eureka arrived to stop Mutavore, the Kaiju single-handedly destroyed Echo Saber and Vulcan Specter in the novel version. In an Offscreen Moment of Awesome, Coyote Tango defeats Onibaba quickly. Raiju, the fastest, most lethal Kaiju on record, manages but a single chomp on Gipsy's arm. His second attack had him sawn in two by Gipsy's sword. He gets a total of twelve seconds of screen time. Similiar to Mutavore case above — according to official data Nova Hyperion and Mammoth Apostle were both active around 20th December 2024 and already destroyed in 2025 — considering only one Kaiju attack occurred in that time both Jaegers were destroyed by one Kaiju. Crimson Typhoon went down to Otachi in about 30 seconds. Cherno Alpha didn't do much better, but had the excuse of being an outdated model with a very dangerous design for the pilots while additionally being attacked by two Kaiju. Striker Eureka had Otachi dead to rights only for Leatherback to use his EMP weapon in the nick of time. Raleigh beats the shit out of Chuck when he insults Mako and most likely would have continued it if Herc and Pentecost hadn't intervened. Chuck only landed hits a few times and even then was almost immediately put back on the defensive.
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Do Not Go Gentle
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Do Not Go Gentle: The Kaiju or their creators were not expecting humanity to fight back as hard as they do against extinction. Special mention goes to the Hansens who, when they have a disabled Jaeger and no other options, start telling Leatherback to basically "come get some" and fire flares that are about as effective as Spiteful Spit instead of giving up.
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Fighter-Launching Sequence
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Fighter-Launching Sequence: The movie opens with the Becket brothers suiting up and deploying Gipsy Danger.
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Captain Obvious
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Knifehead... well, has a knife-shaped head.
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Literally Shattered Lives
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Literally Shattered Lives: Downplayed. While grappling with Otachi, its Prehensile Tail wraps around Gipsy Danger's left arm while also trying to snap at the cockpit. Their solution is to vent reactor coolant, which is located just under the armpit, and manages to freeze the tail. Gipsy Danger breaks it to free its arm. Otachi is still able to fight, but is pissed.
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First-Name Basis
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First-Name Basis: Herc always addresses Pentecost as "Stacker", given that they were contemporaries. A glimpse into the true nature of Geiszler and Gottlieb's relationship is that they're on a first-name basis, which for Germans is reserved for family and very dear friends.
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Bittersweet Ending
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Bittersweet Ending: Humans won the war against the Kaiju and Raleigh, Mako and Herc live to see it but Pentecost, Chuck, the Wei triplets and the Kaidanovskys are dead and all the Jaegers are destroyed. That's not even thinking about the environmental, economic, and societal consequences of the long-term war against the Kaiju, which are only briefly shown.
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Blade Below the Shoulder
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Blade Below the Shoulder: Striker Eureka sports curved "Sting-Blades" attached to its forearms. Gipsy Danger has "swords that whip out" in both arms. Tacit Ronin also has large pair of large, retractable blades below its wrists as shown in its shot in the intro. Crimson Typhoon's buzzsaw hands might also count as well.
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Alien Sky
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Alien Sky: The planet of the Precursors appears to have a black hole for a sun.
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Sibling Team
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Sibling Team: Sibling relationships are one possible foundation for co-pilots who work together well enough to operate the Jaegers. Sibling teams who appear in the film include Raleigh and Yancy Becket (the original pilots for Gipsy Danger) and the Wei Tang Triplets (who pilot Crimson Typhoon). In the opening montage, there's a brief shot of two of the first-ever Jaeger pilots, who appear to be identical twins.
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Heroes Prefer Swords
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Heroes Prefer Swords: Gipsy Danger's "Sword" (no fancy names, just "Sword") is remarkably effective against a Category 4 Kaiju compared to other complicated weaponry. In the novelization, it's explained that Mako's biological father was a village swordsmith (they were visiting Tokyo) and that she herself designed Gipsy Danger's sword. Raleigh even notes how impossible some of the things it can do; making it a variant of Katanas Are Just Better and Elegant Weapon for a More Civilized Age.
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Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!
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Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: The Becket brothers decide to save a fishing trawler rather than guard a coast line from a Kaiju attack, defying orders. It doesn't end well. Similarly, the Hansens deciding to preemptively intervene and assist Cherno Alpha during the Battle of Hong Kong, against Pentecost's orders. This gets their mecha fried and them nearly killed, as it is a feint by the Kaiju to lure them into an EMP blast. For that matter, Pentecost is using the last of his Jaeger funding to close the Rift, which is not technically what it's been authorized for.
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Adult Fear
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Adult Fear: Raleigh witnessed his brother's death from inside his brother's head and was utterly helpless to stop it. Watching Mako's memory of a Kaiju attack is terrifying, mostly due to watching the little girl run and cry from the Kaiju. Herc's reaction as he says goodbye to Chuck, because he should have been there fighting right next to his son but due to circumstances, he wasn't.
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Badass in Distress
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Badass in Distress: Striker Eureka and its pilots were temporarily down due to an EMP from Leatherback.
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Stress Vomit
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Stress Vomit: Gottlieb suffers from Psychic Nose Bleed and feels compelled to vomit after the extremely stressful mind melt with the Kaiju brain.
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Cool vs. Awesome
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Cool vs. Awesome: All giant robots vs all giant monsters.
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The Stinger
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The Stinger: In the post credits, Hannibal Chau cuts his way out of the baby Kaiju.
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Death by Adaptation
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Death by Adaptation: Getting eaten by Otachi Jr. is fatal to Hannibal in the novelization. Less so in The Stinger, though it's possible said stinger hadn't yet been filmed/scripted by the time the novelization was written.
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Bioluminescence Is Cool
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Bioluminescence Is Cool: The Kaiju have glowing eyes, mouths, and markings. Even their blood lights up.
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Scenery Gorn
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Scenery Gorn: We see the destruction of several cities left by the invading Kaiju, as well as several destroyed Jaegers.
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Scenery Porn
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Scenery Porn: There are some really lovely shots of Hong Kong during the nighttime.
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Gory Discretion Shot
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Gory Discretion Shot: Humongous Mecha style, as Cherno Alpha's destruction and, by extension, the Kaidanovsky's demise is hidden beneath several dozen feet of shadowy water.
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Combat Pragmatist
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Combat Pragmatist: All of the mechs to an extent, but Gipsy Danger stands out. Its pilots are more than willing to tear off body parts and make use of an Improvised Weapon. The Kaiju are equally pragmatic. Leatherback and Otachi coordinate to take down Cherno Alpha, the former uses a crane in its fight with Gipsy Danger and Slattern and Scunner work together to badly damage Striker Eureka after realizing it is the stronger opponent.
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Advertised Extra
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Advertised Extra: The Japanese Jaeger, Coyote Tango, only appears on Mako's flashback.
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Spiteful Spit
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Special mention goes to the Hansens who, when they have a disabled Jaeger and no other options, start telling Leatherback to basically "come get some" and fire flares that are about as effective as Spiteful Spit instead of giving up.
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We Have Become Complacent
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We Have Become Complacent: By 2020, the Jaegers have such an impressive track record fighting Kaiju that most of the pilots treat an attack as simply another chance to increase their kill count. Cue the Mass "Oh, Crap!" from everyone involved when they realise the Kaiju have begun to adapt to their defenses and strategies. A mere five years later, the program is on the verge of being shut down due to the Jaegers being destroyed faster than they can be built.
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Shock and Awe
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Shock and Awe: As mentioned above, Cherno Alpha apparently has Tesla-powered punches!
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Awesome Aussie
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Awesome Aussie: The Australian Striker Eureka is the most advanced and powerful Jaeger made and has the most confirmed Kaiju kills (11). The Striker Eureka pilots encompass this better than their Jaeger. They have the broadest (terrible) Australian accent imaginable, and when their Jaeger is disabled they climb outside and take potshots at a Kaiju with flare guns to keep it distracted and away from civilians. Basically, it's surprising they don't challenge Kaiju to games of knifey spooney.
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Improvised Weapon
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Improvised Weapon: Team Gipsy Danger seems to have a preference for these, using a freighter as a club and smashing a pair of freight containers into the sides of a Kaiju's head. Foreshadowed by Mako's mention of Raleigh's unconventional way of fighting in an earlier scene. Leatherback briefly uses a crane as a club against Gipsy Danger during their fight in Hong Kong, in yet another demonstration that Kaiju aren't just dumb animals.
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Good Scars, Evil Scars
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Good Scars, Evil Scars: Raleigh has numerous neat scars over his chest and arms from his fight with Knifehead. Hannibal Chau has a horrible scar directly across one eye from an incident at an Anti-Kaiju shelter.
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Holy Backlight
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Holy Backlight: Mako's first memory of Pentecost is him standing heroically on top of his Jaegar's cockpit with the sun illuminating him from behind. The memory may be subjective, as memories often are, and it shows how much she came to respect him.
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Previews Pulse
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Previews Pulse: The first trailer had one, though it's much less loud and more high than most examples. The sound can also be heard during the movie's opening fight scene.
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Audible Sharpness
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Audible Sharpness: Related to the Audible Gleam, every deployment of a blade weapon by any Jaeger is accompanied by a very satisfying sound. Funnily, this even extends to Otachi's prehensile claw tail; especially noticeable when it grapples with Gipsy in downtown Hong Kong.
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Body Horror
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Body Horror: Knifehead and Scunner each have a pair of arms that look as if the bones in them are splitting apart. Mutavore's head design. Her eyes are on her lower jaw, she has blade-like growths pretty much everywhere on her body, and her mouth, located on her forehead, makes her appear mouthless when it's closed. Raiju has a notably crocodile-like head. Except that that's actually just a hood for his real head — it's the toothy tongue-like appendage inside his triple-hinged "jaws" that is his genuine mug.
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Do Not Call Me
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Do Not Call Me "Paul": Inverted. "Call me 'Newt', only my mother calls me 'Doctor'." Played straight with the Hansens. Chuck uses only derisive variations on "Old Man", much to Herc's insistence otherwise.
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Technology Porn
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Technology Porn: The Jaegers are truly beautiful pieces of sci-fi engineering, and any scene involving them is pure, unadulterated technology porn. Inside the cockpits, their assembly and maintenance, the way they fight is a techhead's dream.
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Pensieve Flashback
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Pensieve Flashback: During their first test drive together of Gipsy Danger, Mako has a flashback and Raleigh is present in it thanks to the Drift allowing pilots to share memories. Mako relives Onibaba's attack on Tokyo that she experienced as a little girl and Raleigh is standing next to her while witnessing everything, and trying to convince her to come back.
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Book-Ends
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Bookends: Both the beginning and the end of the movie involve someone/something being Not Quite Dead.
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Synchronization
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Synchronization: Part this, part Mental Fusion is required on the behalf of the pilots to move the Jaegars. It's called "The Drift".
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Tattoo as Character Type
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Tattoo as Character Type: Newt shows that he has tattoo sleeves of his favorite Kaiju, reiterating that he is a "Kaiju groupie" with an unhealthy obsession with them. One Raleigh had previously fought and killed, and it's clear he isn't impressed with Newt's fanboy behavior.
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Who Needs Their Whole Body?
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Who Needs Their Whole Body?: The Kaiju battle fiercely on even as the Jaegers tear pieces of them off. Taken to extremes with Slattern, who even after having her throat slit, her upper pair of arms sliced off by Striker, and getting half her face blown off, still aggressively engages Gipsy.
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Badass Family
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Badass Family: In order to drift, pilots usually have to know one another quite well. Being related helps: Yancy and Raleigh Becket are brothers. The Wei Triplets are brothers. The Kaidanovskys are married. The Hansens are father and son. They all pilot kickass Jaegers. In an example from the graphic novel, Dr. Lightcap married the first successful Jaeger test pilot. They became the husband and wife team piloting Brawler Yukon. The pilots of Romeo Blue, Bruce and Trevin Gage, were identical twins. The pilots of Chrome Brutus, Ilisapie Flint and Zeke Amarok, were cousins. The new pilots of Coyote Tango, Gunnar and Vic Tunari, were brothers. And the pilots of Tacit Ronin, Duc Jessop and Kaori Koyamada, were also married.
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Lovecraft Lite
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Lovecraft Lite: Horrible monstrous abominations emerging from an interdimensional crack under the sea? Just throw a giant robot at them. Then nuke their bosses.
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Green Aesop
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Green Aesop: Passed over rather quickly; Geizler mentions that the Kaiju creators's initial attempt to take over the planet failed owing to a lack of compatibility with the atmosphere, but now that humans have sufficiently polluted our planet, it's ripe for a batshit insane monster takeover. note Which also turns out to be completely wrong, as he claims they require greater concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide to survive, which means human industry supposedly terraformed the planet for them, as compared to the inhospitable dinosaur era climate. One of the first things learned by Arctic research is that there was far more atmospheric carbon dioxide 245 to 65 million years ago than there is now, despite centuries of heavy industry.
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I Am Not Left-Handed
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I Am Not Left-Handed: So you thought that Gipsy Danger was all out of tricks, didn't you, Otachi? Cue reveal of an arm-mounted sword. Naturally, the next set of Kaiju targets the sword as soon as it's drawn. Turns out Gipsy is ambidextrous.
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Unreliable Canon
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Unreliable Canon: It so far encompasses a movie, a novel, and a prequel comic, with other details found on places like the tumblrs of the writers, dvd extras or the official website. Travis Beacham, who co-wrote the movie script and wrote the novelisation, many of the details he gives out conflicts with the events of the movie, details given in other places, and even things that the actors say about their characters. Guillermo Del Toro rarely addresses any of these inconsistencies, and now that Travis Beacham has left the franchise, it's unknown how much of the novel is still canon.
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Better Than New
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Better Than New: The repaired and upgraded Gipsy Danger. This trope's exact name is also the title of a song in the soundtrack.
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Chainsaw Good
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Chainsaw Good: Crimson Typhoon's hands can turn into giant buzzsaws.
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Suddenly SHOUTING!
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Suddenly SHOUTING!: Marshal Pentecost to Raleigh when he tries arguing with him.
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Central Theme
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Central Themes: Family. All of the regular Jaeger pilot teams we see, barring Raleigh and Mako, are related in one way or another, and there's a recurring theme of surrogate family members. Even the Kaiju, in an odd sort of way, are related to each other, despite being genetically-engineered bioweapons. One is even pregnant. Unity. All of the family teams are defeated. The final victory requires everyone to work together; people of different races and nationalities, people who love and hate each other, fighters, scientists, and even criminals have to contribute something to achieve the win. Partnership, an elaboration on Unity above: Raleigh and Yancy, Mako and Pentecost, Newt and Hermann, Herc and Chuck. Jaegers require 2 pilots drifting together to control. Mako's unpaired shoe that she carries as a child the day Pentecost finds her is returned to symbolize he trusts her to carry out the mission. Conversely, the two characters who don't have any counterpart are Hannibal Chau who gets swallowed whole and the control room guy whose one line of character development is about his dating a married woman i.e. emphasizes his single status. Hope. The hero of the movie refuses to trade ten lives in favor of improved odds for saving two million more, and instead resolves to save two million and ten lives. The entire Jaeger outfit at the end is still unhesitatingly going out to fight even when the war is visibly beyond the point of no return. The politicians who try to cut their losses and be pragmatic and play lifeboat are shown as taking the road of good intentions straight down to Hell. It's only the people who refuse to acknowledge 'hopeless' odds and instead persist in believing that they can score a clean victory rather than a mediated loss who end up achieving anything.
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Awesome Mc Coolname: All the Jaegers: Brawler Yukon (USA) Cherno Alpha (Russia) Chrome Brutus (Canada) Coyote Tango (Japan) Crimson Typhoon (China) Diablo Intercept (Chile) Echo Saber (Japan) Eden Assassin (Russia) Gipsy Danger (USA) Horizon Brave (China) Hydra Corinthian (USA) Lucky Seven (Australia) Mammoth Apostle (USA) Matador Fury (Mexico) Nova Hyperion (Russia) Puma Real (Panama) Romeo Blue (USA) Shaolin Rogue (China) Solar Prophet (Peru) Striker Eureka (Australia) Tacit Ronin (Japan) Vulcan Specter (Australia) All the Humans: Idris Elba plays Marshal Stacker Pentecost. Charlie Day is Newton Geizler. Charlie Hunnam is Raleigh Becket. The older Australian pilot is Hercules Hansen. Ron Perlman is Hannibal Chau (justified in story that he picked the name himself). All the Kaiju: "Trespasser", "Dengue", "Slattern", "Raiju" (literally "Lightning Monster"), "Onibaba" ("Grandmother Ogre"), "Yamaarashi" ("Mountain Storm"), "Knifehead", "Leatherback", "Otachi" (literally "Great Sword"), "Scissure", "Kaiceph", "Verociter", "Karloff", "Belobog" and "Scunner". The Shatterdomes!
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The Smurfette Principle
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The Smurfette Principle: The film has roughly nine major characters, only one of which — Mako — is female. She's more assertive and plot-relevant than most examples, has her own story arc, and isn't presented as a Love Interest despite some Ship Tease with Raleigh. Sasha could have made the movie an aversion if she'd had more screen time and if she hadn't been swiftly killed off via The Worf Effect.
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Takes One to Kill One
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Takes One to Kill One: "To fight monsters, we created monsters of our own."note Also an ironic reference to some quote by a certain Friedrich Nietzsche.
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Blood Is Squicker in Water
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Blood Is Squicker in Water: Happens with some Kaiju, though the effect is downplayed due to having blue Alien Blood.
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Implied Love Interest
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Implied Love Interest: It is clear Mako Mori and Raleigh Becket are developing a close relationship, but the precise nature of the relationship (Battle Couple? Platonic Life-Partners? Like Brother and Sister?) remains ambiguous. On one hand, there's no Big Damn Kiss at the end and only a Headbutt of Love, but on the other, there are Ship Tease moments like Mako Eating the Eye Candy of Raleigh's Shirtless Scene or the Interplay of Sex and Violence that was their sparring match. Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Hunnam thought of their characters as having a romance.
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Activation Sequence
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Activation Sequence: The first time we see a Jaeger in action, it's shown activating the control area in the head, which is then attached to the main body, culminating in the neural drift that connects the two pilots and allows them to control the enormous robot. A variant is seen later as Raleigh and Mako are attempting to establish a drift.
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Sacrificial Lion
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Sacrificial Lion: This is the case with both Cherno Alpha and Crimson Typhoon who are destroyed during the battle of Hong Kong, and thus half the remaining strength of anti-Kaiju defenses.
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It's a Small World After All
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It's a Small World After All: The monster flies Gipsy Danger up to over 50,000 feet, yet Gipsy lands in a stadium in the town it just left.
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Berate and Switch
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Berate and Switch: Marshal Pentecost's scolding about Becket's fighting maneuvers ends up being a compliment.
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Freeze-Frame Bonus
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Freeze-Frame Bonus: The Drift sequences often provide lightning-quick insights into the characters' pasts. Among the bonuses are images of Mako, Raleigh, and Yancy's parents, Gottlieb as a lonely Child Prodigy, Newt attending a political rally, and of course a better look at the Anteverse, including several scenes of Kaiju being built.
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Prohibited Hero Saves the Day
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Prohibited Hero Saves the Day: Mako, Raileigh, and Gipsy Danger are held back because Mako was not entirely prepared for the Drift. After the three other Jaegers get taken out of the fight, Gipsy Danger is the only one left. Gipsy Danger and her crew single-handedly defeat all the Kaiju.
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Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs
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Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs: It's implied that either the Kaiju were the dinosaurs, or that the dinosaurs' extinction was the Kaijus' first attempt at invasionnote Word of God is that it was deliberately left unclear as to which of these is correct., but the atmosphere was too inhospitable for them to colonize back then. Now, millions of years later, human life has so polluted the world that it's just perfect for the invaders, and they're back.
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Hair-Trigger Temper
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Chuck Hansen can be viewed as both a precocious and tragic example of this. He was enlisted in the Jaeger Academy at age 12 in 2015, was first deployed in Striker Eureka at 16 in 2019, and has the highest Kaiju kill count in history at 21 in 2025. However, it's also shown that Chuck has a Hair-Trigger Temper, terrible communication skills, and a double dose of Daddy Issues and Survivor's Guilt with regards to his father choosing to save him over his mother. Herc even admits that Chuck was "raised in the cockpit", which couldn't have been healthy for a young, traumatized boy.
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Heroic Sacrifice
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Heroic Sacrifice: As a last-ditch effort to clear a path for the Gipsy Danger, Pentecost and Chuck detonate the nuke strapped to Striker Eureka just as two Kaiju collide into it.
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Manly Tears
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Manly Tears: Both Chuck and Herc get teary (though no actual tears shed) when they say their final goodbyes before the fight at the Breach. Pentecost does the same (again, no actual tears) when he tells Mako she has to protect him on the mission, knowing full well he won't make it out alive.
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Broken Faceplate
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Broken Faceplate: At the end of the Action Prologue, Raleigh stumbles out of a collapsed Gipsy Danger with the faceplate over his helmet reduced to a few broken pieces around the edges and the right shoulder of his suit torn off, showing what he just went through.
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That Poor Car
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That Poor Car: It seems like the grand majority of cars in Hong Kong have car alarms, because they activate when debris rain on them.
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Hostile Terraforming
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Hostile Terraforming: Inverted. The Kaiju never did this, instead colonizing other worlds in the 65 million years since their first attempt with the dinosaurs, when they found they were incompatible with Earth's environment. Humanity itself did it in 200 years of industrialization. A twist on this is the fact that the Kaiju, even when killed, are able to continue their job of "exterminating the vermin". Between the "Kaiju Blue" phenomenon and the fact that, prior to the Jaeger program, nukes were the only viable way to kill them, they did even more damage to the environment, and likely killed thousands more humans because of it.
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Dying Moment of Awesome
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Dying Moment of Awesome: Pentecost and Chuck sacrifice themselves via nuclear explosion to give Raleigh and Mako enough time to detonate Gipsy Danger to destroy the Breach.
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Missing Mom
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Missing Mom: Chuck Hansen's mother. A point of contention between father and son because Hercules had one hour to get in and out of Sydney. He chose to save his son, and his wife, Angela, died. The official report says she died in the Kaiju attack rather than the nuclear explosion.
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Giant Flyer
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Giant Flyer: As it turns out, Otachi's real distinguishing feature isn't its acid spit or its badass tail — it's its ginormous wings.
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Double Tap
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Double Tap: Becket blasts a dead Kaiju a few times just to make sure. Justified, considering that the last Kaiju he thought was dead got back up and killed his brother before it was put down.
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Eating the Eye Candy
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Eating the Eye Candy: Mako spends a good amount of time staring out her door as Raleigh takes his shirt off. Once Raleigh notices, she immediately shuts the door... and goes on trying to watching through the peephole, at which point, he shuts the door.
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That's No Moon!
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That's No Moon!: That's No Island — because it's moving towards the boat, FAST.
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Cosmic Horror Story
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Cosmic Horror Story: Were it not for the Jaegers, man would be less significant than mere bugs before the apocalyptic tsunami of mountainous bone and muscle that are the Kaiju.
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Cynicism Catalyst
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Cynicism Catalyst: Pentecost's sister, Luna, was one of the fighter jet pilots who lost her life during the first Kaiju attack. Her death was what caused her brother to work with the military to find the best way to combat the Kaiju. Being drifted with his brother Yancy as he was killed is this for Raleigh. Tendo Choi lost his grandfather to Kaiju blood in the prequel comic. Herc's wife and Chuck's mother, Angela Hansen, was killed during Scissure's attack on downtown Sydney. As were Herc's parents and the rest of their family except for his younger brother, Scott.
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Jerkass Has a Point
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Jerkass Has a Point: Despite his egotism, Chuck criticizes Raleigh and Mako not out of malice, but because he is concerned about their ability to do their jobs and not end up hurting the other Jaegers. Only a short time prior to his and Raleigh's fight, the inability of Raleigh and Mako to maintain the Drift had nearly blown up the Shatterdome and required Gipsy to be shut down manually, which Chuck and the others had done from right beside Gipsy's plasma cannon. So, although he doesn't handle or express it in the best way, Chuck does have every reason to bluntly question and criticize their competence in the field.
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Hopeless War
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Hopeless War: The Kaiju getting bigger, and were learning to adapt against fighting the Jaegers and destroying more Jaegers until only four remained active. Not to mention the Pan Pacific Defense Corps was pulling funds away from creating and maintaining the Jaegers to focus on building the Kaiju Wall that claims to protect the surrounding countries from the Kaiju.
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Mentor Occupational Hazard
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Mentor Occupational Hazard: Pentecost as Mako's adopted father and mentor dies in the final battle.
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Meaningful Name
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Meaningful Name: "Otachi" means "great sword". Three guesses how she dies. Knifehead... well, has a knife-shaped head. Jaeger is the German word for hunter (which is pointed out at the start of the film). "Scunner" is a Scottish word that basically means "scumbag". "Pentecost" is the feast celebrating the Holy Spirit coming to man. "Cherno" as in "Chernobyl". As a Mark I, it's nuclear-powered. Alternatively, "Chernabog" is a Slavic deity, meaning something along the lines of "Black God". Bonus points since the Russian dub refers to Cherno Alpha as Cherniy Alfa (Black Alpha), basically because "Cherno" isn't a word in Russian. "Mori" is a common Japanese surname (森) meaning "forest", but written with a different character (守り), it also means "guardian" or "to protect". A sievert is a measurement of radiation exposure, which is what killed Tamsin Siever. Part of the name "Gipsy Danger" appears to be a reference to the 1920's de Havilland engine and the "Gipsy Moth" planes that housed it. The prequel comic also gives us Dr. Caitlin Lightcap, inventor of the Jaegers' neural interface system. Hannibal Chau (pronounced "chow") gets eaten.
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Prehensile Tail
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Otachi herself. After being slashed a few times in the chest by Crimson Typhoon, she gets her tail-claw frozen and shattered, her acid sacs ripped off her mouth and is sliced in half by Gipsy Danger.
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Audible Gleam
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Audible Gleam: Hannibal Chau's shoes when we're first introduced to him as well as after Chau gets eaten by Otachi Jr., leaving behind one shoe. When Newton picks it up, it goes ting!. Justified in that the metal jingles like spurs because overlapping metal plates make noise when moved. Whenever Gipsy Danger deploys her sword. Justified in that the segments start disjointed and attach together, making a sound.
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Four-Fingered Hands
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Four-Fingered Hands: Cherno Alpha, Crimson Typhoonnote who also has a three-fingered left hand and a few of the Kaiju. They are robots and cloned monsters, so they're not going to have human standard features.
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Bus Full of Innocents
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Bus Full of Innocents: A boat in the Action Prologue, as a crew of Alaskan fishermen are caught in the middle of the battle between Knifehead and Gipsy Danger.
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Behemoth Battle
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Behemoth Battle: Giant extra-dimensional monsters fight giant robots.
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Another Dimension
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Another Dimension: The Anteverse where the Kaiju come from, via the Breach. At the behest of their Masters. It looks trippy on the other side.
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Repeat Cut
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Repeat Cut: In the Action Prologue, when Gipsy Danger shoots the Kaiju with his Arm Cannon, the sequence is shown three times in short succession.
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Sensor Suspense
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Sensor Suspense: The fisher boat's radar early on detects a rapidly approaching "island". Three miles off... one mile off... Kaiju!
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Calling Your Attacks
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Calling Your Attacks: Gipsy's Elbow Rocket and the Typhoon's Thundercloud Formation. The former is justified as Raleigh telling Mako to activate it; the latter is more of an example of the triplets' coordination. Mostly it's just Rule of Cool and a Shout-Out to the film's inspirations. Played With at the end of Gipsy Danger's fight with Otachi. Raleigh laments that they're out of options, and Mako replies they have something left, and hits a button on the console. Gipsy's computer calmly announces "Sword deploying."
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Mugging the Monster
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Mugging the Monster: Theorized by the humans. The Kaiju and their creators expected to crush humanity under foot with ease. Humanity responded by creating Humongous Mecha capable of killing Kaiju in combat. Best shown by Brawler Yukon (the first deployed Jaeger) in the prequel comic, who utterly demolishes Karloff, showing the first Kaiju likely weren't intended to fight something on their level.
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Godzilla Threshold
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Godzilla Threshold: Fighting in the city is usually a last resort. Most of the Jaeger battles actually take place in the water, well away from the city that is under attack. The 10 miles out line is referred to as the "miracle mile" and mostly they try to intercept the Kaiju before it crosses the line. However, if a Kaiju makes it to the city, the Jaeger will go ahead and fight them there. The Jaegers smash up a good chunk of public property while trying to kill the Kaiju, but considering the alternative it's unlikely that people will complain. The eventual fight in the city that does occur is a Homage to these kinds of battles.
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Idiot Ball
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Idiot Ball: The world council shuts down the only defense against Kaiju in favor of a giant brick-and-steel wall that took five years to complete and is heavily implied to have had a lot of fatalities in building... and they 'continue to insist on it after the one in Australia falls to one hour's worth of attack. Furthermore, Kaiju don't go away, and by that point, everyone is aware that they are arriving steadily stronger and more frequently, meaning that in a best-case scenario, the walls would end up with tons of Kaiju beating on them from the outside. And that's before we find out that some Kaiju can fly and spit acid. People protest this decision in-story, and it's a reaction that's well-deserved. Though it can be somewhat justified by the fact that he is freaking out, it isn't really smart of Newton to say, out loud, to someone, that the Kaiju stomping around above the shelter is looking for him, which nearly gets him killed when everyone shoves him to the center of the room and backs away to let Otachi eat him.
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Heroic Build
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Heroic Build: The profile of many of the Jaegers is archetypically masculine, featuring broad shoulders and a narrow waist forming into an inverted triangle. Gipsy Danger was a deliberate cross between the Chrysler Building and a Champion Prize Fighter for maximum heroic appeal.
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Vertical Mecha Fins
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Vertical Mecha Fins: Striker Eureka has them on its back, and Gipsy Danger has smaller projections that serve a similar purpose.
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Action Prologue
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Played straight with Yancy in the Action Prologue when he is killed halfway through his final words to Raleigh.
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X Days Since
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X Days Since: The time between Kaiju attacks is kept on a big clock at the Shatterdome to keep everyone focused.
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Admiring the Abomination
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Admiring the Abomination: Newt has a somewhat disturbing interest in Kaiju and their body parts. Gottlieb even calls him a "Kaiju groupie".
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Combat Tentacles
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Combat Tentacles: Slattern's lower body consists of a mass of tentacles, three most pronounced and tipped with bladed spears.
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Hot Scientist
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The prequel comic also gives us Dr. Caitlin Lightcap, inventor of the Jaegers' neural interface system.
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Rock Beats Laser
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Rock Beats Laser: When the Kaiju learn to generate EMP blasts, they disable Striker Eureka, which is the latest and most advanced Jaeger. However, Gipsy Danger, an older model Jaeger with better-shielded systems because of its own older-model reactor (analog instead of digital), is completely unaffected.
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Shell-Shocked Veteran
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Shell-Shocked Veteran: Raleigh shows battle fatigue after his brother's death, which is why he quit the Jaeger program and why he was initially hesitant to resume piloting.
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Headbutt of Love
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Headbutt of Love: Raleigh and Mako place their foreheads together and smile as they wait for rescue helicopters at the end of the movie.
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Going Critical
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Going Critical: Gipsy Danger, the only nuclear-powered Jaeger, does this as a replacement nuke in the climax.
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Portal Door
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Portal Door: The Rift/The Breach is what the Kaiju use to travel from their dimension to Earth.
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Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever
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Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: More like 500-Foot-Whatever — giant aliens suddenly appear from beneath the Pacific to destroy humanity.
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Almost Kiss
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Raleigh and Mako spend a great deal of the movie flirting and having quiet moments together, and there's an Almost Kiss after the final battle that leaves a viewer to think if they hadn't cut to black quite so soon... Word of God says that there were takes of the scene with a kiss filmed, but del Toro decided to leave it open to audience interpretation during post-production. (The Big Damn Kiss is left intact in the novelization.)
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Ass-Kicking Pose
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Asskicking Pose: The first time we see Gipsy Danger in action, the Jaeger does the "punching the palm," ready-for-action pose. During the battle against Otachi, Crimson Typhoon strikes a pose to highlight its deadly three arms◊. Cherno Alpha's unspeakably badass fist punch.
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Newton drifts with a partial Kaiju brain, and learns that the Kaiju operate on a hive mind and are being engineered. Unfortunately, due to his rivalry with Hermann and his dismay at his project being denied, he forgot that the drift works both ways, meaning the Kaiju Hive Mind now know at least some of what he knows. Such as exactly where he is.
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Establishing Character Moment
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Establishing Character Moment: One of the first things we see of Stacker is him ordering Gipsy Danger to guard Anchorage and ignore a fishing boat in the Kaiju's path. When the Beckets go to save the boat anyway, and he realizes the crap's about to hit the fan, he tells them to take the boat and leave. He's ostensibly concerned with the bigger picture, but clearly doesn't like anyone being sacrificed or hurt if he can help it. We first see Chuck Hansen giving an interview after helping curbstomp a Kaiju, in which he quickly establishes himself as a cocky hotshot. Though it's not obvious until later, there's hints that he also really cares about protecting people. But mostly that he's a cocky hotshot.
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Rival Science Teams
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Rival Science Teams: Admittedly each "team" consists of only one man, but boy do the stuffy German theoretician Hermann and the tatted-up, Kaiju-groupie experimentalist Newton have the "rival" part down.
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Attack Its Weak Point
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Attack Its Weak Point: Horrifyingly, the Kaiju start to do this. Starting with the first one we see in the Action Prologue, they specifically start targeting the pilots and power sources of the Jaegers. We get to see Gipsy blast a Kaiju in the armpit and then rip off the whole arm and fire several attacks through the wound. Later on we see Striker use the same technique. The first thing Gipsy does against both Leatherback and Otachi is to neutralize their new weapons by physically yanking off the organs containing them, Leatherback's EMP device and Otachi's acid-spitting sacs.
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Final Battle
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Seen intensely during the Final Battle when Gipsy fights Raiju and Scunner together while Striker is fighting Slattern.
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EMP
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EMP: Leatherback knocks Hong Kong off the power grid, along with disabling a Jaeger, with an electromagnetic pulse. It is generated by a bioluminescent organ on its back; the first thing Gypsy Danger does during their battle is to rip it off to avoid a repeat.
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Red Oni, Blue Oni
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Red Oni, Blue Oni: Raleigh relies more on his intuition and excels at improvisation during a fight. Mako is cited as a perfectionist and is highly strategic (she can match Raleigh in a fight despite being smaller and younger). When they mind meld together, they combine their tactical sense and strategic thinking to outfight two Category 4 Kaiju, on their first sortie as a team. Back when they were still a team, Raleigh was the more excitable and energetic one, while Yancy could barely get out of bed during a Kaiju invasion.
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Disposable Woman
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Disposable Woman: Angela Hansen died to cause both her husband and son much angst.
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Broken Pedestal
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Broken Pedestal: A mutual one between Newt and Hermann. According to the supplementary materials, the two got to know one another via long distance correspondence and felt an immense kinship due to their shared interest in the Kaiju threat. After years of exchanging letters, they finally arranged to meet in person and within minutes of meeting face-to-face, gained an almost instantaneous dislike of one another. They both also hate each other's theories. Newt is a experimental researcher while Hermann is a theoretical one. The pedestals are rebuilt when they drift with each other to learn of the Kaiju's plans and when both of their theories are proven correct earning them mutual respect for each other.
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Badass Boast
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Badass Boast: The most famous one, from the trailer: There's another in the comics. From Raleigh Backet's narration: "When you're in a Jaeger, suddenly, you can fight the hurricane. You can win". In a Defiant to the End sort of way, when Striker Eureka is disabled and Leatherback is playing with them, Herc prepares to go outside and annoy it. When Chuck opposes that plan, Herc says "You and I are the only things keeping that ugly bastard from a city of 10 million people. Now we got a choice here, either we sit and wait or we take these flare guns and do something really stupid."
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Because I Said So
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Because I Said So: The initial reason Stacker Pentecost gives for not allowing Mako to try out to be Raleigh's partner is basically "I'm the boss and I said 'No'". It takes a while to wedge the truth from him he doesn't want his adoptive daughter in a direct danger.
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Humiliation Conga
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Humiliation Conga: First Newt's theory gets rejected in favor of his rival's, then he's denied permission to try his Kaiju drifting experiment, then he does it anyways, which ends up going both ways and alerting the Kaiju to him, causing two class 4s to attack Hong Kong, and then Hannibal Chau kicks him out of his private shelter, and then Otachi attacks him in the public shelter, and then he almost gets eaten by her baby. Fortunately, he ends up befriending his rival and helping to save the day.
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Space Is Air
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The idea of a winged creature of that size flying by flapping its wings pushes the limits a little. Flying up to 50,000 feet where there isn't as much air to flap on pushes that even further.
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Cool Car
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Cool Car: Briefly, there is a beauty shot of a silver Mazda RX-7 sports car during Mako's flashback. Del Toro has admitted to being a car nerd, so there's a good chance it was intentionally placed.
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Mind Rape
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Raleigh. He's able to handle his mech's neural load solo (it normally takes two people) long enough to kill the Kaiju attacking his mech after it had killed his brother (while they were still connected) and walk it to shore without guidance from mission control.
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Bilingual Dialogue
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Bilingual Dialogue: Downplayed in the sense that there are bits of this in the movie, such as Mako talking to Pentecost in English and Pentecost replying to her in Japanese, or Raleigh talking to Mako in English and Mako replying in Japanese, but these are few and far between.
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Plasma Cannon
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Plasma Cannon: Gipsy Danger is armed with a Plasma Caster. So is Crimson Typhoon, with an updated version of Gipsy's, at the cost of charging time.
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There Is No Kill Like Overkill
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There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Raleigh checks one Kaiju for a "pulse", with a plasma caster, several times.
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No-one Could Survive That!
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No-one Could Survive That!: Hannibal Chau says this when Otachi Jr. reaches the limit of its possible endurance, stating several ways that he knows it has to be dead. He should be right, but he isn't. Then he himself becomes an instance of this, surviving being eaten.
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Flawed Prototype
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Flawed Prototype: A double dose: first, the earliest Jaeger experimentation proved untenable with single pilots, necessitating the development of the neural bridge. Second, as a result of their rushed production, the Mark I Jaegers did not have proper radiation shielding; the complications from radiation poisoning forced Pentecost to stop piloting.
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Free-Fall Fight
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Free-Fall Fight: Gipsy Danger and Slattern continue duking it out while they plummet into the rift, ending with Gipsy Danger killing Slattern by frying it with its Chest Blaster.
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Always Identical Twins
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Always Identical Twins: The Wei Brothers, pilots of Crimson Typhoon, are played by real-life identical triplets the Luu Brothers. As well, the American pilots of Romeo Blue, Bruce and Trevin Gage, were identical twins.
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Scrapbook Story
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Scrapbook Story: The novelization combines prose with news articles, memos, blog posts, Jaeger/Ranger stat sheets, and other "non-fiction" snippets that add flavor to the story and expand a bit on the world outside the film proper.
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Breaching the Wall
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Breaching the Wall: The Humongous Mecha were set to be decommissioned after a huge wall was built around the pacific ocean to keep the giant alien monsters out. The completed wall doesn't last more than an hour against one of the monsters.
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Half the Man He Used to Be
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Half the Man He Used to Be: Raiju is sliced in half by a combination of Gipsy Danger's sword and its own momentum. Otachi takes a diagonal variant in the space fight with Gipsy.
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Planet Looters
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The Precursors are a race of Planet Looters who move from planet to planet wiping out its inhabitants in order to milk it dry of its natural resources before they move on. Sound familiar?
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The Big Damn Kiss
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The Big Damn Kiss: Subverted; while it looks like Raleigh and Mako could do this at the end, and Raleigh does talk about "never thinking about the future until now" while looking at Mako, they have a Headbutt of Love instead. According to Charlie Hunnam, he thought that it was much more appropriate since it kept Mako's character as a strong female lead in her own right rather than turning her into Raleigh's love interest. In the novelization, however, this was played straight.
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Exact Time to Failure
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Exact Time to Failure: The A.I. gives a very accurate countdown to when Gipsy's nuclear meltdown would culminate in an explosion, and it's most likely designed that way.
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Dynamic Entry
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Dynamic Entry: Otachi, a three-handed Kaiju (two arms plus a prehensile tail) who appears grown specifically to deal with Crimson Typhoon, starts to get her ass handed to her by Cherno Alpha, when suddenly... Leatherback to the rescue!
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Behind the Black
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Behind the Black: Any Kaiju or Jaeger underwater (ie: Not on Camera) is invisible. It actually gets interesting during the appearance of Leatherback and its surprise attack on Cherno Alpha. Cherno has water up to its knees. In the background, we can see that Striker Eureka ALSO has water up to its knees. Yet somehow in that shallow water Leatherback was able to swim (without causing a visible wake and ripple) or showing any sign until it surfaced to attack.
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Defiant to the End
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Defiant to the End: When Striker Eureka is disabled by Leatherback, the two pilots stand on the shoulders of the Jaeger, one of them yelling at the circling Kaiju to bring it on while carrying a flare gun in each hand. They made one shot, which caused the Kaiju to reel slightly in pain but otherwise had no effect. Likewise the pilots of Cherno Alpha continued to land punches on the attaching Kaiju, even as the Jaeger was being destroyed.
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Prolonged Prologue
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Prolonged Prologue: There are no opening credits, with the exception of the movie's title, which doesn't appear until seventeen minutes into the film, right after the first Kaiju fight.
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Mass
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Mass "Oh, Crap!": When Mako activates Gipsy Danger's plasma caster inside the hangar, everybody freaks out, because they are in its path. Well, everyone but the Kaidanovskys, who just saunter off without batting an eyelash.
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As You Know
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As You Know: Newt and Hannibal Chau both know that the Kaiju require two brains, but Newt mentions it anyway for the audience's benefit.
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Creature-Hunter Organization
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Creature-Hunter Organization: The Pan Pacific Defense Corps, with its Rangers being specially trained and equipped to fight Kaiju.
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Butterfly Knife
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Hannibal Chau jams his Butterfly Knife into the baby Kaiju and boasts of how he knew it wouldn't live long outside of the womb. Next moment, he's swallowed into its gullet.
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Send in the Clones
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Send in the Clones: After Newt's first experiment, it is revealed that Kaiju are genetically-engineered bio weapons, all made from the same template and modified to suit their needs, sent by a higher intelligence.
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Evil Counterpart
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Evil Counterpart: The Kaiju to the Jaegers. They are split into categories from one to five and are so large that they need two brains to fully operate. Whereas the Jaegers are created to defend humanity and its cities, the Kaiju are created to destroy everything in their path. Each Jaeger is destroyed fighting the Kaiju it resembles the most: Gipsy Danger and Knifehead wield sharp blades in combat, and use surprise and unorthodox fight styles. Otachi and Crimson Typhoon are both versatile, agile, and have an extra limb (Otachi's tail has a grasping claw). Cherno Alpha and Leatherback are big bulky bruisers, a bit on the slow side, but immensely strong and tough. Slattern and Striker Eureka are both the latest "class five's" of their respective teams (Slattern is the first Category 5 Kaiju and Striker is the first Mark V Jaeger).
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Death by Cameo
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Death by Cameo: Hannibal Chau's underling ("Wizened Man" according to the script) is the prolific Spanish actor/director Santiago Segura (see Trivia for more details). He appears in most movies by Guillermo del Toro and he dies messily in most of them. This one is no exception.
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Death by Irony
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Death by Irony: The Kaiju Otachi is translated into "great sword". It gets slain by the debut of Gipsy Danger's sword.
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Eldritch Location
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Eldritch Location: The place the Kaiju are sent from is indeed weird. It has a sun that looks like an eyeball. Worse still, for all we know, it actually is an eyeball.
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Dead Guy on Display
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Dead Guy on Display: One photo◊ shows the massive skull of Trespasser (a.k.a. Axe-Head), the first Kaiju on public display in San Francisco. The novelization states that Onibaba's head is currently decorating Fujiyama.
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Kill It with Fire
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On Striker Eureka's blueprints there's mention of the "Sting-Blades" channeling thermal energy, but it's unknown if it's this or outright case of Kill It with Fire.note Kaiju blood is established as being toxic, so blade weapons on the Jaegers can't be used in populated areas — unless they automatically cauterise the wounds they inflict.
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Weaponized Exhaust
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Weaponized Exhaust: We're introduced to Gipsy Danger's chest-mounted nuclear vortex turbine by it being used to slow an orbital descent. It's later used as a point-blank-range weapon. Cherno Alpha can also vent fuel from its reactor via the ports on its shoulders for a flame attack, though it never gets to use it in the film.
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Stay in the Kitchen
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Stay in the Kitchen: Averted in regards to Pentecost and Mako, especially after the reveal that he is her adopted father. He didn't think she was weak or needed to be coddled, but since she was the last living member of his family, he didn't want to lose her like he had before or, on some level, get killed like he did (from radiation poisoning). But early on in the movie, he recognized Mako is no longer a child and allowed her to step into a Jaeger.
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Foreshadowing: Raleigh's fight against Chuck. Why? Because it displays Raleigh's no-holds-barred method of fighting. Not only does he take Chuck apart with only minor injuries, he does so in a brutally efficient manner. What's the next fight we see him in? In a Jaeger, taking apart the Kaiju he fights by removing their most effective attacks, before slugging it out with them, and winning. Pentecost asks Raleigh whether he would want to die here (referring to the so-called "Life Wall") or in a Jaeger. Pentecost pilots Striker Eureka, knowing the radiation would kill him and sacrificed himself to give Gipsy Danger a chance to destroy the portal. Gipsy Danger's sword is suddenly revealed at the end of the fight with Otachi. We see it deployed again in the final battle outside the Breach, before another Kaiju rips the arm off. But the left arm had the sword in it the first time, and the second time, the right arm had the sword. Both arms have swords, and Gipsy is far from defenseless.
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The End... Or Is It?
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The End... Or Is It?: Spoofed with The Stinger when the flesh of the dead baby monster twitches ominously... only for Hannibal Chau to cut his way out, complaining about his missing shoe. Played straight soon after. Once all the credits have rolled, a roaring noise can be heard suggesting that one/some of the Kaijus are still alive.
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Leitmotif
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Leitmotif: The soundtrack makes good use of this. The Kaiju, Jaegers, and several human characters all have distinctive themes that show up when they appear. For example, the Kaiju have a dark, imposing fanfare, while Newt gets a jaunty little guitar piece. Throughout the entire soundtrack you get this nice driving riff most prominent in the main theme.
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Nuclear Option
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Nuclear Option: What attempts to seal the Rift have employed; strategic and judicious use of nuclear weapons. It's never worked before because the portal wasn't allowing anything that wasn't a Kaiju to pass through it. Without that crucial piece of data, they assumed that the weapons weren't getting through because the rift was unstable and closed up after Kaiju came through.
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Homage
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Pacific Rim is both a Homage and antithesis to classic Kaiju films. Here the Kaiju are flat out evil, not Tragic Monsters, the usual pollution aesop is quickly glossed over, and humanity is capable of saving itself without being completely devastated and without the help of good Kaiju.
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Nerves of Steel
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When Mako accidentally activates Gipsy's Plasma Caster inside the Shatterdome, everyone very hurriedly evacuates the area... except for the Kaidanovskys, who casually stroll away.
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Killed Mid-Sentence
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Killed Mid-Sentence: Played straight with Yancy in the Action Prologue when he is killed halfway through his final words to Raleigh. Subverted when Hannibal Chau tempts fate by giving a long description of how the newborn Kaiju was doomed from the first, only to get swallowed mid-rant. The Stinger reveals that he was Swallowed Whole and is still alive and kicking.
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A Mech by Any Other Name
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A Mech by Any Other Name: Giant robots are called "Jaegers" here, which means "hunter" in German.
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Eye Scream
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Eye Scream: Hannibal Chau has a scar directly through his eye, the result of an incident in a public Anti-Kaiju Defense Shelter. Leatherback also takes a flare to the eye, though since he's a Kaiju (and has six of them) it doesn't do much more than annoy him. When Slattern drops down in front of Gipsy after taking a nuke to the face, we see half her face blown off and one of her left eyes missing.
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Finishing Move
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Finishing Move: While not called as such, the Jaegers seem to have weapons that are normally used to finish off a Kaiju and end the fight, such as Gipsy Danger's Plasma Caster or Striker Eureka's Anti-Kaiju Missiles. A straighter example is Gipsy Danger's Nuclear Vortex Turbine, which sees one use in an actual fight and that's to kill Slattern. Considering the film is a gigantic homage to Tokusatsu and Super Robot anime, this is no surprise.
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Mood Whiplash
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Mood Whiplash: Has some pretty wild ones. In the beginning, Gipsy is celebrating that they've taken down Knifehead only for it to come back with a vengeance and tear Raleigh's brother out of the cockpit. In the middle of the Hong Kong fight, Gipsy Danger's fist smashes into an office building and starts a Newton cradle when it stops short of smashing a desk. A little earlier, it smashes a car annoyingly screeching a car alarm. When the Marshal is giving a congratulatory speech to the Jaeger pilots, his nose starts bleeding. When questioned about it, he admits he's slowly dying from radiation sickness.
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Extreme Graphical Representation
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Extreme Graphical Representation: Mission Control is full of 3D display gimmicks.
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Hollywood Tactics
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Hollywood Tactics: The so-called Wall of Life. Fortifications are not necessarily a bad idea: a wall would be very useful for keeping Kaiju away from cities as long as possible, and can serve as a force multiplier for Jaegers as well. The problem is that the wall is essentially replacing the Jaeger program and is intended to become the sole line of defense against Kaiju once it is completed. Keep in mind that Kaiju have proven themselves able to eventually smash through any obstacle presented to them thus far, the sheer difficulty of defending a wall that is thousands of kilometers long, and the fact that Kaiju numbers will only grow over time. F-22 Raptors are seen using their cannons to strafe Kaiju at suicidally close range... and get smashed against the Kaiju for their trouble. Even assuming the Raptors had expended all their other armament, their cannons have a range of about three miles.
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Rule of Three
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All the Kaiju: "Trespasser", "Dengue", "Slattern", "Raiju" (literally "Lightning Monster"), "Onibaba" ("Grandmother Ogre"), "Yamaarashi" ("Mountain Storm"), "Knifehead", "Leatherback", "Otachi" (literally "Great Sword"), "Scissure", "Kaiceph", "Verociter", "Karloff", "Belobog" and "Scunner".
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Handicapped Badass
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Handicapped Badass: Gipsy Danger loses its left arm in the Action Prologue but that doesn't stop it from killing Knifehead. And after being rebuilt, it loses her right arm in the final battle but manages to slice up Raiju and kill Slattern. Pentecost is revealed to be suffering from radiation poisoning. Hermann Gottlieb is partially disabled and must use a cane, but his brilliant mind is undamaged. Newton Geiszler is neurodivergent (manic) and his brilliant mind is also undamaged. The two scientists finally working together is how humanity is able to beat the Breach.
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Real Life
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The Kaiju are ranked by category, from Category 1 (easily trounced by Jaegers) to Category 5 (virtually unstoppable). This is the same way that Real Life hurricanes and tornadoes are rated, playing up how Kaiju assaults are more like natural disasters than creature-attacks. This is lampshaded by Raleigh at the beginning of the movie:
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Typeset in the Future
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Typeset in the Future: The film uses Eurostile Extended and Bold Extended for its feature end credit sequence, and Bank Gothic for its main end credits crawl. It also features a Eurostile Extended-like font throughout the film's computer displays.
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Shell-Shock Silence
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Shell-Shock Silence: Happens to Raleigh when he exits Gipsy Danger at the beach after the opening battle. Voices are drowned out and there is a ringing noise.
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Orange/Blue Contrast
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Orange/Blue Contrast: Handily provided by Gipsy Danger in the posters and the film itself, with the orange of her head and chest reactor (and occasionally sparks/fire or similar caused by combat) contrasting with the saturated blue of the environment, such as the ocean. Many Shatterdome scenes are colored yellow-orange and dark blue. In the commentary, del Toro mentions giving signature colors to pilots. Raleigh's is a golden yellow-orange, Mako's is blue. Gipsy Danger is mostly blue but with a golden heart and faceplate.
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Rousing Speech
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Rousing Speech: Pentecost gives the one quoted at the top of the page before the final attempt to close the Breach. In fact, he's rarely onscreen for any sequence without inspiring folks in some way or another. That's part of his role as "Marshall".
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Nuke 'em
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Nuke 'em: How the first few Kaiju were defeated. Jaegers were developed specifically because no-one liked the idea of having to do this repeatedly. In the end, it's their creator's turn.
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Hellgate
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Hellgate: Oh yes. It's called the Breach and the Kaiju come out of it.
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Light Equals Hope
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Light Equals Hope: This trope is shared with Cue the Sun and Empathic Environment. From the moment we see the Beckett brothers go into battle for the first time, the weather is inclement: snow, rain, monsoons, etc. Only after Raleigh and Mako score a decisive victory against the Kaiju does the sun finally come out — now that humanity has hope to survive.
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Otachi Junior gave Newt and Hermann a chance to drift and learn how to pass the breach. In the novel, The Precursors knew they were being spied on again, but didn't care due to thinking the "Insects" would soon be extinct, new piece of intel or not.
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: Happens frequently throughout the film, on the part of the humans whenever a new Kaiju appears and on the part of the Kaiju's creators just as Gipsy Danger goes nuclear, complete with a close up of one of their faces as it blows. It's almost like Guillermo del Toro really likes making characters say "Oh crap" or something.
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It's the Only Way
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It's the Only Way: The bold, courageous and stupid plan for closing the dimensional portal is justified by every other option being eliminated.
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Super-Persistent Predator
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Super-Persistent Predator: Onibaba wouldn't have gotten enough nutrition from Young Mako to justify crouching down and snapping her up, yet deliberately chases her down the street. It's shown multiple times that the Kaiju are on a mission to exterminate all humans, proving that their drive in wiping out even the most inconsequential of human targets is not because they're mindless creatures going on their instincts, but because they're intelligent killing machines acting on orders.
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Pyrrhic Victory
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Pyrrhic Victory: Otachi and Leatherback are slain before they can destroy Hong Kong and make it further inland, but at ruinous cost to the humans. Two of the four remaining (and irreplaceable) Jaegers are destroyed along with their veteran pilots, not to mention another veteran, Herc Hansen, is sidelined from breaking his arm. The losses render humanity effectively incapable of holding off further Kaiju attacks, which will be coming more frequently and with escalating deadliness, unless they do something desperate to stop the problem at its source.
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Narrating the Obvious
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Narrating the Obvious: One of the construction workers watching the TV footage of a Kaiju breaking through the costal wall with ease comments on the action with "That.. That thing went through the wall like it was nothing."
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Take a Moment to Catch Your Death
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Take a Moment to Catch Your Death: After the mid-movie battle has finished and everybody is taking a deep breath, Hannibal Chau is suddenly Swallowed Whole by a Not Quite Dead baby Kaiju. It is subverted in The Stinger, when we sees Chau having survived in the Kaiju belly.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: Hannibal Chau.
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Informed Flaw
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Informed Flaw: According to the PPDC analysis, Aleksis is supposed to have issues with aggression, making him unpredictable and a concern in battle, yet we don't see anything of that in the film.
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Be Careful What You Wish For
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Be Careful What You Wish For: Newt expresses a desire to see a Kaiju up close. He gets his wish when Otachi (and by extension, Otachi Jr.) specifically comes to Hong Kong to kill him. Raleigh even lampshades this.
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Convection Schmonvection
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Convection Schmonvection: On Striker Eureka's blueprints there's mention of the "Sting-Blades" channeling thermal energy, but it's unknown if it's this or outright case of Kill It with Fire.note Kaiju blood is established as being toxic, so blade weapons on the Jaegers can't be used in populated areas — unless they automatically cauterise the wounds they inflict. This is averted in the Final Battle, where Gipsy Danger shoves a Kaiju's head into a volcanic vent and roasts its face in an attempt to kill it.
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Wrestler in All of Us
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Wrestler in All of Us: For all their advanced technology, many of the Jaegers' combat styles are based on grappling, holds, and throws. Gipsy holds Leatherback under its arms, and Crimson Typhoon uses the fact Otachi grabbed her hands to flip, turn and throw her at Cherno.
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Go for the Eye
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Go for the Eye: After Striker Eureka is knocked out by an EMP blast, Chuck and Hercules Hansen climb outside and take potshots at Leatherback's eyes with Flare Guns because frankly that's the only option they've got left. The Kaiju has six eyes though, and getting hit in one only pisses the creature off.
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Emergency Trainee Battle Deployment
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Emergency Trainee Battle Deployment: Two examples, one offscreen in lore: When the Jaeger neural interface was first tested and it was discovered a two pilot system was required, the scientist who created it volunteered to be the second pilot alongside the actual trained soldier. Possibly justified because all prior test pilots had been killed due to the strain of using the interface alone. When Leatherback disables Striker Eureka with its EMP, Mako has to go into battle, despite having completely failed to drift properly on her first attempt and nearly shooting up the base by subconsciously activating Gypsy Danger's plasma cannon.
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Squick
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Hannibal Chau has a scar directly through his eye, the result of an incident in a public Anti-Kaiju Defense Shelter.
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Science Hero
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Science Hero: Gottlieb and Newton make up the Kaiju research team and play with this trope: two scientists in different fields with opposite attitudes regarding the pursuit of knowledge. Neither is evil, both make accurate predictions that help the protagonist, and the "cool" scientist causes a problem by testing on himself. Together they're a more nuanced portrayal of science as a force for good than you'd expect from a film like this.
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Comic-Book Adaptation
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Comicbook Adaptation: Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero which was written by the film's screenwriter Travis Beacham. The comic acts as a prequel to the film covering the events of the first Kaiju attack, how the Jaegers were created and goes into details about the backstories of characters such as Stacker Pentecost and Mako Mori.
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Tron Lines
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Tron Lines: The Kaiju have a biological version of this trope on their bellies.
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Ignored Expert
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Early in the movie some characters discuss this, as it's a major plot point that the Kaiju were getting smarter and stronger, overwhelming Jaegers faster than they can keep up. Newt is an Ignored Expert in his theories that every Kaiju are clones of each other, and suggests that they are not blind animals but intelligent creatures being sent for a purpose.
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Sadistic Choice
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Sadistic Choice: In the novelization, Herc Hansen only had enough time to either save his wife or his son. He chose his son. They both hate themselves/each other for it.
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Precision F-Strike
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Precision F-Strike: "Guess who's back, you one-eyed bitch!"
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The Last Dance
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The Last Dance: The Jaeger program has been officially scrapped by all the world's leaders; anyone still in the program is there for only as long as the funding lasts — eight months — and willing to fight till the last Jaeger stops functioning and the last human is dead. Pentecost is dying of radiation-induced cancer, so him piloting Striker Eureka is his last hurrah since the strain would be too much for him to survive.
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Battle in the Rain
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Battle in the Rain: Most of the action takes place during storms.
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Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?
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Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: After Striker Eureka is disabled, the Hansens weigh up their options, then continue the engagement with flare-guns. They do manage to torch one of Leatherback's eyes... even though that doesn't do much but piss him off.
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Sniping the Cockpit
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Sniping the Cockpit: Kaiju frequently go straight for the head, being the easiest way to take out a Jaeger, though this tactic backfires with Cherno Alpha, which houses the cockpit inside torso; the head is just a cooling tower for its nuclear reactor. Crimson Typhoon is taken out when a Kaiju rips off its head and tosses it aside.
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You Gotta Have Blue Hair
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You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Mako has blue tips, befitting an Anime-inspired character. It calls back to the blue coat she was wearing as a child in her flashback. Partially justified that it may be due to Kaiju blue.
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Mission Control
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Mission Control: The Shatterdomes. During the glory days, several of these massive home base/factories operated along the Pacific coastline — Gipsy Danger, for instance, was based off Anchorage. With the cancellation of the project, the surviving Jaegers have been moved under a single roof in Hong Kong.
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Opening Monologue
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Opening Monologue: The prologue is narrated by the protagonist Raleigh Beckett, who explains about the war of Kaiju and Jaegers. He also briefly continues into the first action scene, to explain some key concepts like dual pilots and the Drift.
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Womb Level
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Womb Level: The inside of the Breach, which can best be described as a series of purple and blue sphincters pulsing with electricity.
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Jump Scare
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Jump Scare: When Yancy is killed by being yanked out of the cockpit. Also when Otachi Jr. wakes up and eats Hannibal Chau.
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Humans Are Warriors
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Humans Are Warriors: The Kaiju sure picked the wrong planet to fuck with, even before they had Jaegers.
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Fun with Acronyms
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Fun with Acronyms: "Chasing the RABIT", or Random Access Brain Impulse Triggers.
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Big
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Big "NO!": Raleigh, when Yancy is killed.
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Alien Blood
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When the Kaiju decompose on death, they release an agent called "Kaiju Blue" which emits toxic vapors capable of leaving an entire city uninhabitable. This appears to be Alien Blood mixed with an aversion of No Biochemical Barriers instead of a deliberate attack. Of course, given that the Kaiju are engineered bioweapons...
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Xanatos Gambit
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Xanatos Gambit: Mentioned by Newt when recording his first Kaiju drift experiment.
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Kaiju
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Kaiju: The main enemies are giant monsters, and are even called "Kaiju" by humans. Hell, the very first thing you see when the movie starts is a dictionary entry for the word "Kaiju".
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Walk, Don't Swim
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Walk, Don't Swim: All the Jaegers, on account of being way too heavy to swim even with humanoid design. In the final battle, they walk on the ocean floor to get to the Breach.
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Artistic License – Nuclear Physics
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Artistic License – Nuclear Physics: Gipsy Danger's nuclear reactor is re-purposed as a nuclear bomb to destroy the portal, complete with huge explosion. Usually, that can't happen. It's all but stated, however, that the reactor was deliberately tuned to be used for a nuclear self-destruct, since setting it off can be done fairly easily from the cockpit. Gipsy Danger's "heart" (as Mako calls it) is referred to as a "Nuclear Vortex Turbine", which has the functionality of a fission rocket hooked up to a turbine and generator. A rocket is just a slowed-down and directed explosion, so it's not too much of a stretch for it to be suddenly less controlled. This would also explain numerous other functions of the chest piece, such as a deceleration rocket or a short-range wave-motion gun.
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One-Woman Wail
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One-Woman Wail: On "Mako", beautiful wailing courtesy of singer-songwriter Priscilla Ahn.
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America Saves the Day
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America Saves the Day: Played With. The last Jaeger standing is American, but the other equally important Jaegaer in the final battle is of Australian origin, with Australian and British pilots. The nuke supplied for the final mission comes from Russia, while the entire operation is led by a Brit. Furthermore, while Gypsy is American, one of its pilots is Japanese.
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Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress
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Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress: The test pilot of the prototype Jaeger died because of either the seizure he got from neural overload or from the fall when his mecha fell over, possibly both.
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Offscreen Moment of Awesome
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Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Coyote Tango's battle against Onibaba is heard entirely from Mako's perspective as she hides in an alleyway. In a flashback, no less.
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Armored Coffins
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Armored Coffins: This feature is very prominent with the Mark I Jaegers. The ways that Mark I Jaegers stop working are basically "pilots dead", "lost reactor containment, which also killed the pilots", and "something important blew up, which also killed the pilots". Newer models of Jaegers have an escape mechanism, while Mark I Jaeger have none.
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Volcanic Veins
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Volcanic Veins: Some of the Kaiju have blue glowing veins.
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The Tokyo Fireball
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The Tokyo Fireball: Tokyo is one of the cities destroyed by the Kaiju, with Mako being "the Tokyo Survivor".
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Curb-Stomp Cushion
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Curb Stomp Cushion: In the sequential destruction of Crimson Typhoon and Cherno Alpha along with their pilots, neither are defeated without putting up an extensive fight against Otachi. Their defeats are more due to Otachi having unexpected features such as a prehensile tail and acid spit than overwhelming them in direct combat. As it happens, Otachi proves to be the most versatile and problematic Kaiju faced in the film, even above the category five Slattern in the climax. Their deaths also aid Raleigh and Mako in Gipsy Danger when they come into the fight, who quickly neutralize those features early on.
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: This film has enough to warrant their own separate page. Del Toro says that he wanted to keep these subtle — more a sense of familiarity than a flat-out reference.
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Troperiffic
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Troperiffic: One review says, "There's not a single original moment to be found in Pacific Rim's 130-minute running time, but that doesn't much matter."
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Interplay of Sex and Violence
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Interplay of Sex and Violence: Guillmero del Toro intended for Raleigh and Mako's fight to feel like a dance of courtship. Raleigh himself says that it is supposed to be a "dialogue" and, when it is over, he insists that Mako become his new partner.
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It Can Think
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It Can Think: Early in the movie some characters discuss this, as it's a major plot point that the Kaiju were getting smarter and stronger, overwhelming Jaegers faster than they can keep up. Newt is an Ignored Expert in his theories that every Kaiju are clones of each other, and suggests that they are not blind animals but intelligent creatures being sent for a purpose. After Newt links with the Kaiju brain, he witnesses the creatures being built from the ground up under the design and control of aliens on the other side of the portal, and learns that the Kaiju are planned genocide and colonization tactics. All this is further reinforced in the Battle of Hong Kong, where Otachi and Leatherback make intelligent use of teamwork, the environment, and their enemies' weaknesses. When Leatherback emits an EMP pulse (which completely shuts down Striker Eureka, the Shatterdome and most of Hong Kong), it's pointed out that is not a natural defense mechanism but a weapon. The last Kaiju encountered in the climax are intelligent enough to quickly figure out that Striker Eureka is the greater threat and swarms it two-on-one while sending one to keep Gipsy Danger away from the main fight.
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Rocket Punch
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Rocket Punch: Gipsy Danger literally has a giant thruster in its elbow, and it gives one hell of a sucker punch. Scientific American did a blog post in which the force behind Gipsy's rocket punch was estimated at roughly equivalent to being hit with a Boeing 747 at 60 MPH. Cherno Alpha has Tesla-coil infused fists that give it electro-punches.
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Mental Fusion
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Mental Fusion: Of a fashion. The dual pilot system used by most of the Jaegers has both pilots neurally linked in order to heighten synchrony (also, as said by Guillermo himself, because the neural strain of directly controlling a body twenty five stories tall would be too much for a single human). One pilot controls the left side, the other the right. The Chinese Jaeger Crimson Typhoon bucks the trend by using three pilots to control its three arms. Only two pilots in the world have ever managed to run one solo for any real amount of time and not be horribly brain-damaged.
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Taking You with Me
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Taking You with Me: When the Kaiju decompose on death, they release an agent called "Kaiju Blue" which emits toxic vapors capable of leaving an entire city uninhabitable. This appears to be Alien Blood mixed with an aversion of No Biochemical Barriers instead of a deliberate attack. Of course, given that the Kaiju are engineered bioweapons... With Striker Eureka disabled and the bomb release damaged, Pentecost and Chuck Hansen bait two Kaiju towards them and then detonate their nuke. While its pilots escape, Gipsy Danger is sacrificed to blow up the rift and the Kaiju's creators.
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Deus ex Nukina
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Deus ex Nukina: The last-ditch effort to close the Breach is to toss a nuke into the "throat" and collapse it. It becomes a double-subversion. The initial planned Deus Ex Nukina is a no-go and has to be detonated to deliver the real one, in the form of the overloading reactor of Gipsy Danger. As is often the case, the nuke must also be delivered by hand.
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Word of God
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After their first spar, Raleigh is more convinced than ever that he and Mako are meant for each other... as co-pilots. According to Word of God, the implications were intentional.
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Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?
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Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Giant aliens come from beneath the depths to destroy us all, and yet humanity actually manages to push them back. Then they go through the rift and blow the ones who made them to kingdom come.
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Kraken and Leviathan
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Kraken and Leviathan: While the monsters are called Kaiju and the movie is a giant homage to Kaiju fiction, a lot of the creatures are closer thematically with this trope. For example: the first one we see is confused with an island while the last one has Combat Tentacles, both characteristics common in the Kraken mythos.
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Derelict Graveyard
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Derelict Graveyard: Oblivion Bay, the Jaeger graveyard, located in Oakland, California, the exact location where Trespasser, the first Kaiju, was killed. The remains of all the destroyed Jaegers are taken here.
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Monochrome Casting
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Monochrome Casting: Averted, to the delight of many viewers. The main characters are from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. The three leads are a white American man, a black Englishman, and a Japanese woman.
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Just Plane Wrong
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Just Plane Wrong: The F-22 Raptors are shown firing two machine guns, but the production craft only has one Vulcan cannon (on the right side). At least the tracer rounds are coming from the right spot.
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Spiritual Antithesis
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Spiritual Antithesis: Pacific Rim is both a Homage and antithesis to classic Kaiju films. Here the Kaiju are flat out evil, not Tragic Monsters, the usual pollution aesop is quickly glossed over, and humanity is capable of saving itself without being completely devastated and without the help of good Kaiju. Contrasts Cloverfield, with the monsters being visible from the beginning, being cool villains instead of a horrific force of nature, and taking a tone of Cool vs. Awesome with the destruction being enjoyable instead of the 9/11-esque presentation of Clover's attack. Michael Mirasol of Roger Ebert's Far Flung Correspondents characterizes the film as the antithesis of Michael Bay's Transformers, with the absence of vulgar humor and greater respect for the mechas, portraying them as elegant rather than merely awesome.
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Next Sunday A.D.
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Next Sunday A.D.: Up to Eleven: The film itself is set 20 Minutes into the Future, but the early timeline information indicates that the Kaiju first attacked in 2013. The Tales from Year Zero graphic novel specifically places this as August 11th, just over a month from the film's premiere. Likely a deliberately playful gesture, in the same spirit as Destroy All Monsters' depiction of the futuristic world that is 1999.
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This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!
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This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Newt isn't such a big fan of Hannibal anymore after the Hong Kong attack. During the final battle, Raleigh calls the opposing Kaijus sons of bitches. Twice.
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Regularly Scheduled Evil
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Regularly Scheduled Evil: A rare version with short (months-long) intervals. Kaiju attacks happen at a very reliable rate to the point that a mathematician can predict it precisely. However, they are also happening more and more frequently and eventually occur with stronger and more numerous Kaiju. It's explained by Gottlieb that this is due limitations of the portal; it was only able to transport relatively small Kaiju before but its strength has been increasing to allow it to transport greater masses.
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E = MC Hammer
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E = MC Hammer: Gottlieb is shown writing difficult formulas on a huge blackboard.
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An Arm and a Leg
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An Arm and a Leg: Numerous limbs are severed from both Kaiju and Jaeger. Gipsy Danger lost its left arm in the opening sequence, and lost its right arm in the climax. In one of the most brutal moments, Leatherback ends up loosing its arm after repeated shots from Gipsy's plasma caster.
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Coming In Hot
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Coming In Hot: Gipsy Danger falls out of the sky and Raleigh screams that they are coming in too fast. Cue the Ground-Shattering Landing in a sport arena.
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Used Future
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Used Future: The future will have bad ass robots and neat holographic programs. The robots will always be beat up and shaggy while the holographic disks will be the bigger than VHS cases. In the DVD extras, Guillermo notes that this was a very deliberate aesthetic choice. They call it "Goth-Tech" (Gothic+Tech).
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Genre Throwback
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Genre Throwback: It's basically a two-hour-long love letter to classic monster movies like the Godzilla franchise and Toku series involving giant Mecha.
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Cut the Juice
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Cut the Juice: The desperate resort needed during a trial run for two Jaeger pilots goes beyond a failsafe program and goes into literally pulling a plug.
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Developers' Foresight
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Developers' Foresight: An in-universe example, overlapping with Crazy-Prepared. The A.I. of Gipsy Danger, a Humongous Mecha designed to fight monsters from beneath the ocean, is apparently programmed to deal with orbital re-entry.
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Break Out the Museum Piece
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Break Out the Museum Piece: Considering the entire Jaeger program was being scrapped, all the existing Jaegers technically fell under this trope, even Striker Eureka, the newest and most advanced Jaeger. Cherno Alpha is the only Mark I Jaeger still operating and should have been retired. Gipsy Danger was an obsolete and junked Mark III, but enough of it was intact Pentecost had it retrieved and repaired using modern tech. This becomes plot-relevant when a Kaiju with an EMP shows up and shuts down all the remaining Jaegers — except Gipsy, whose older-model systems are resistant.
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Canada, Eh?
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Canada, Eh?: Downplayed. Karlov, the first Kaiju killed by a Jaeger was destroyed by the Mark 1 Prototype, Brawler Yukon, in Vancouver. Also, one of the "Suits" talking to Pentecost in the beginning was representing Canada. Chrome Brutus, which was piloted by Inuit cousins Ilisapie Flint and Zeke Amarok, was Canadian and patrolled the country's western coastlines.
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Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale
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Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: The given masses for both Jaegers and Kaiju are much too low for their sizes, especially given how often they function in deep water by walking on the bottom. Something with that low a density should float.
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Friendship Moment
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Friendship Moment: Gottlieb helping Geiszler drift is the first time the two aren't acting like young brothers or an old married couple. At the end Geiszler puts his arm around Gottlieb's shoulders and both smile.
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Vitriolic Best Buds
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Vitriolic Best Buds: Newt and Hermann are very antagonistic against each other for most of the film. It isn't until Hermann offers to share the Drift with the baby Kaiju to take the neural strain off Newt that they become friendlier.
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Screw This, I'm Outta Here!
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Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Raleigh does this after Yancy's death against Knifehead five years prior to the film's main storyline. However, based on film and supplemental data, it's revealed that Raleigh is the only pilot to flat-out quit the Jaeger program. All other pilots have either been killed or reassigned (like Pentecost). It's the main reason why Chuck is so disgusted and hostile towards him. When Mako accidentally activates Gipsy's Plasma Caster inside the Shatterdome, everyone very hurriedly evacuates the area... except for the Kaidanovskys, who casually stroll away.
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Inertial Impalement
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Inertial Impalement: One fast swimming Kaiju plus one BFS equals two Kaiju halves neatly sliced apart.
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Animesque
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Animesque: The film takes a great deal of cues from Super Robot Genre anime, as well as Toho Kaiju films. This was probably the idea behind the over-the-top characterization, including a hot-blooded rival.
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Battle Couple
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Battle Couple: One of the possible configurations to operate a Jaeger. The Russian pilots of Cherno Alpha, Aleksis and Sasha Kaidonovsky, are a married couple. As were the Japanese pilots of Tacit Ronin, Duc Jessop and Kaori Koyamada. Raleigh and Mako spend a great deal of the movie flirting and having quiet moments together, and there's an Almost Kiss after the final battle that leaves a viewer to think if they hadn't cut to black quite so soon... Word of God says that there were takes of the scene with a kiss filmed, but del Toro decided to leave it open to audience interpretation during post-production. (The Big Damn Kiss is left intact in the novelization.)
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Seal the Breach
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Seal the Breach: The Breach is a wormhole deep in the Pacific Ocean where Kaiju enter Earth from. Humanity had been attempting to destroy it with nuclear weapons to no avail, and the main plot is a last ditch effort to seal it. Later, it is discovered that The Breach has a way of determining what can go through it, which is the genetic material of a Kaiju. While the nuclear payload intended to destroy The Breach was used beforehand in an attempt to kill two kaiju, Gipsy Danger manages to get through the breach while fighting Slattern, killing it and self-destructing on the other side of the Breach to destroy both the Kaiju's homeworld and the breach.
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Monumental Damage
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Monumental Damage: Almost totally subverted, believe it or not. We see brief destruction of the Golden Gate Bridge during the prologue, but that's about it. In fact, when the Mutavore shows up in Sydney, it walks right past the Opera House to go destroy some other thing. In fact, despite being a homage to Japanese monster movies, which (in)famously utilize so much miniature destruction, there is very little emphasis placed on destruction here. Rather, the emphasis is on the battles between the Jaegers and the Kaiju.
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Psychic Nosebleed
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Psychic Nosebleed: Using the mental link without a partner or on a Kaiju brain causes aneurysms, shown as this.
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Water Is Air
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Water Is Air: The final battle undersea plays out as if the water was non-existing. Even the Audible Sharpness of Gipsy Danger's sword can be heard.
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Urban Segregation
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Urban Segregation: The poor and downtrodden live along the coast, with the rich and wealthy moving inland, so that they can be protected from the Kaiju attacks. The massive defensive walls that were being built to protect the poor remain unfinished, complete with a hand-scrawled correction on a completion sign reading "Never!" Australia's wall is one of the few complete ones (or was, until a Kaiju broke it). Whenever the Kaiju make landfall, the poor all huddle together inside of cramped Anti-Kaiju Defense Shelters, whereas the rich are secure behind walls of their own. In the case of Hannibal Chau, he has his own private Anti-Kaiju Defense Shelter, because of an incident that happened inside of a public shelter that resulted in a messed up eye. The public shelters are hardly foolproof; just like the wall, they won't stop a determined Kaiju.
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In Space, Everyone Can See Your Face
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In Space, Everyone Can See Your Face: They're not in space, but the Jaeger pilots' helmets are illuminated on the inside with yellow lights.
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Invisible Writing
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Invisible Writing: Newt tracks down Chau's Kaiju-part dealer by spotting hidden symbols on Bone Slums signposts with a UV light.
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Psychic Glimpse of Death
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Psychic Glimpse of Death: The film opens with Raleigh piloting Gypsy Danger with Yancy when Yancy is torn out of the Jaeger while they are still drifting, giving Raleigh a brief flash of his brother's moment of death.
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Turns Red
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Turns Red: It's only after Otachi has lost its acid spit and its lethal tail to Gipsy that it breaks out its most dangerous ability, the one that really sets it apart from every other Kaiju in history: it can fly, which instantly proves the already breached Wall of Life completely, utterly useless.
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Empathic Environment
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Empathic Environment: The weather is grey and nasty through the entire film and gets worse as things look worse for mankind, but once the good guys score a decisive victory, the next time we get a look up, the sky is blue.
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Bash Brothers
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Bash Brothers: Jaeger pilots are figuratively brothers due to the neural bridge connecting them. Sometimes they are also literally brothers. As Raleigh posits at the beginning of the film: "The deeper the bond, the better you fight." We don't see too much of the literal trope in the movie (Cherno Alpha and Crimson Typhoon do tag team Otachi for a time) but it is stated that a number of Kaiju battles involved multiple Jaegers working together.
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11th-Hour Superpower
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Gipsy Danger's sword is suddenly revealed at the end of the fight with Otachi. We see it deployed again in the final battle outside the Breach, before another Kaiju rips the arm off. But the left arm had the sword in it the first time, and the second time, the right arm had the sword. Both arms have swords, and Gipsy is far from defenseless.
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Reconstruction
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Reconstruction: On several fronts: While modern Kaiju films like Cloverfield and Monsters haven't been 100% Deconstruction, they have been increasingly focused on Cosmic Horror-style scenarios of civilians simply trying to survive as their world is ripped apart by creatures they cannot hope to defeat. Kaiju have also increasingly been portrayed as Non-Malicious Monsters, creatures simply attempting to survive in places that happen to be dangerous for humans. In this film, humans are indeed still fighting a losing battle against incredibly powerful and terrifying giant invaders, but have created the Jaeger, allowing heroes to combat the Kaiju. It also makes Kaiju cool again, rather than just terrifying — with the exception of the downright horrific Tokyo scene — and returns them to true villain status, single-mindedly seeking to Kill All Humans. This time, however, there are deeper justifications and motivations than "because nuclear testing" behind why a ginormous electricity-shooting monster is attacking Tokyo. The film also serves as a reconstruction of Humongous Mecha, as it addresses many of the problems pointed out by various deconstructions — like how to pilot the things at all (with or without multiple pilots); why one wouldn't devote the massive resources required to build and maintain a single giant robot to building tons of cheap fortifications instead; the fact that the pilots within the giant robots are not invincible; and even makes nods toward the Artistic License: Physics involved.note  As noted in that trope's entry the last is still fudged quite a bit, but touches like the ponderous motion of the robots and their need for constant maintenance at least acknowledge that there are such constraints and liabilites — but ultimately uses carefully rationed amounts of Applied Phlebotinum and Hand-Waving to keep the focus on the personal stories of the human pilots... who pilot awesome Humongous Mecha to fight awesome Kaiju.
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And Mission Control Rejoiced
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And Mission Control Rejoiced: Much celebration occurs in the Shatterdome after the battle of Hong Kong and after the closing of the Breach, although it's marred in both cases by the deaths of half of the Jaeger pilots deployed, including the new Marshal's son.
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Expy
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Expy: Leatherback (and the Kaiju designs in general) looks a lot like Sammael the hellhound. Not surprising since Hellboy was also a del Toro film. The Precursors are a race of Planet Looters who move from planet to planet wiping out its inhabitants in order to milk it dry of its natural resources before they move on. Sound familiar?
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Determinator
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Determinator: Raleigh. He's able to handle his mech's neural load solo (it normally takes two people) long enough to kill the Kaiju attacking his mech after it had killed his brother (while they were still connected) and walk it to shore without guidance from mission control. The Kaidanovskis. Cherno's being held underwater and they're drowning. Do they try to escape through the big hole in the hull? No, they keep on fighting.
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Knockback Slide
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Knockback Slide: At the Hong Kong harbor, Leatherback throws Gipsy Danger into a a long backward skid, the giant robot finally stopping just short of a seagull.
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No Endor Holocaust
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No Endor Holocaust: Averted. Although we never actually see any of the dead/mangled bodies from when the Kaiju make land, (it's a PG-13 movie, after all) the death count is talked about and they don't shy away from the destruction of the cities in the slightest.
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Humongous Mecha
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The film also serves as a reconstruction of Humongous Mecha, as it addresses many of the problems pointed out by various deconstructions — like how to pilot the things at all (with or without multiple pilots); why one wouldn't devote the massive resources required to build and maintain a single giant robot to building tons of cheap fortifications instead; the fact that the pilots within the giant robots are not invincible; and even makes nods toward the Artistic License: Physics involved.note  As noted in that trope's entry the last is still fudged quite a bit, but touches like the ponderous motion of the robots and their need for constant maintenance at least acknowledge that there are such constraints and liabilites — but ultimately uses carefully rationed amounts of Applied Phlebotinum and Hand-Waving to keep the focus on the personal stories of the human pilots... who pilot awesome Humongous Mecha to fight awesome Kaiju.
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Feet-First Introduction
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Hannibal Chau's golden shoes are prominently displayed in his Feet-First Introduction, but he loses one when he gets eaten by the baby Kaiju. When Chau cuts his way out during The Stinger, the first thing he does is demand to know where his shoe went.
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We Will Use Manual Labor in the Future
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We Will Use Manual Labor in the Future: Granted the film is set 20 Minutes into the Future but still there is no sign of robots helping the humans to build the coastal wall.
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Mildly Military
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Mildly Military: Stacker's "last hurrah", by del Toro's design (he's a pacifist). Noticeably, he stops wearing a uniform and switches to a civilian suit, albeit one that looks a lot like his uniform. The closest thing they have to a command structure is him as "Marshal", then Mako and Herc in unranked secondary roles, and that's about it.
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Borrowed Biometric Bypass
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Borrowed Biometric Bypass: The portal is keyed to open only to Kaiju, so in order to get past that restriction, Gipsy Danger tackles the final one and dives through the portal with it, killing it on the way down.
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Freudian Trio
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Freudian Trio: The Kaiju are the id; they come from the depths of our understanding, to wreak havoc by indulging basic desires, like aggression, anger and hunger. The Jaegers are the superego, a human construct built to contain the id. The Jaeger pilot represents the ego, the active agent choosing the correct way to fight the id. Some choose cynicism, selfishness or hubris as motivations and fail, others make selfless choices, and lead to our ultimate redemption.
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Enhanced Punch: Gipsy Danger has rocket boosters on its elbows to give its punches extra power. Cherno Alpha has pistons that extend its forearm upon impact in order to give it more force.
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Bookcase Passage: Hannibal Chau's place can be entered through a secret door at the Chinese shop.
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Every Scar Has a Story: Hannibal Chau has one on the left side of his face shaped like the letter C. The only part of the story we (and Newton) get is that it happened in a public Kaiju shelter.
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Solid Gold Poop
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Solid Gold Poop: A black market emerges around the harvesting the dead Kaiju bodies, since each part seems to have various purposes. A shifty salesman sells Kaiju bone powder as a male potency drug, and his boss claims that one cubic meter of Kaiju poop contains enough phosphorus to fertilize an entire field.
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Big Damn Heroes
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Big Damn Heroes: Leatherback and Otachi have easily dispatched Cherno Alpha and Crimson Typhoon, Striker Eureka is immobilized, her pilots are facing down a Kaiju with their flare guns... and then Gipsy Danger arrives.
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Literally. Chuck was generally shown as a cocky and rude Jerkass, even to his own father. Then he dotes on his beloved dog Max and eventually he shows that he cares for his father and fellow pilots.
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Fee Fi Faux Pas
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Fee Fi Faux Pas: When Newt is introducing himself and his work, he shows off his Kaiju tattoos and goes on about how cool Kaiju are. In front of Raleigh. Whose brother was killed by one.
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Swallowed Whole
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Swallowed Whole: Happens to Hannibal Chau, complete with Otachi jr. forcing him down with throat muscles, because the infant doesn't have any teeth. He survives.
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Dictionary Opening
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Dictionary Opening: The film showed translations for the Japanese word "Kaiju" and the German word "Jaeger", the names for the monsters and mechas respectively.
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Mundane Utility: After Kaiju attacks have become a fact of life, enterprising scavengers have adapted accordingly, learning to harvest Kaiju parts for public use. Just for starters, Kaiju excrement is said to possess enough phosphorous in one cubic meter to fertilize an entire field.
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Sailor Earth
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Sailor Earth: Create two characters, put them in a Jaeger, and you're good to go.
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Surprisingly Sudden Death
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Surprisingly Sudden Death: Subverted. Hannibal Chau tempts fate by giving a long description of how the newborn Kaiju was doomed from the first, only to get swallowed mid-rant. See The Stinger to learn how that went. Yancy Becket, however, is killed halfway through his final words to his brother in the prologue.
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A Load of Bull
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A Load of Bull: The triple event has Scunner, a rather bull-like Kaiju with gouging horns. One shot of Gipsy even evokes a bullfight/rodeo.
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Wake-Up Call Boss
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Wake-Up Call Boss: By the time the film starts, the Jaeger pilots have grown complacent with how decisively they win battles. Then, the Kaiju start adapting and manage to destroy or heavily damage them in return, starting with Gipsy Danger, showing how they are escalating the threat.
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Product Placement: Gipsy Danger's control panels sport a big QUALCOMM SNAPDRAGON legend towards the bottom. It's a mobile processor, sure...
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Everyone Is Armed
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Everyone Is Armed: When Hannibal Chau orders Newt to leave, all of his mooks draw a gun and point it at Newt's head.
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Natural Spotlight
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Natural Spotlight: Though not sunlight, del Toro was determined to keep the light sources diegetic in nature. Hence, the large number of helicopters flying around during battle scenes, and large lights on the Jaeger themselves. At one point, Raleigh asks a nearby chopper if it has a visual on the target Kaiju, which neatly explains what they're there for; aerial spotting.
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Together in Death
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Together in Death: The Happily Married Kaidanovskys die together in their Jaeger.
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Sufficiently Advanced Alien
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Sufficiently Advanced Alien: The Masters who, aside from being able to transition between dimensions, are able to build creatures of such physics-defying capability as the Kaiju.
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Last Stand
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Last Stand: With everything on the line, humans unite to create the ultimate defense plan that gives them a fighting chance against a threat unlike anything they've ever faced before.
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Downer Beginning
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Downer Beginning: The movie starts with Raleigh losing his brother, and Gipsy Danger being severely damaged in the fight with Knifehead, signifying a turn for the worse for all of mankind.
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Darkest Hour
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Darkest Hour: The Kaiju have been increasing in strength and regularity. The Jaeger program, which was really the only effective way of dealing with the Kaiju, has been shut down in light of diminishing success. The Pacific Wall — the "viable alternative" — is quickly shown to be totally ineffective against the stronger Kaiju, in part because one of them can shoot acid and fly. And there are only four operational Jaegers left in existence. Also, the Rift is building; multiple and bigger Kaiju are able to cross over in increasing numbers with increasing frequency the more time passes.
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The World's Expert on Getting Killed
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The World's Expert on Getting Killed: The Kaidanovsky couple and the Wei triplets are experts in kicking Kaiju asses but are quickly killed when Otachi and Leatherback show up. Both Kaiju are much stronger than anything they've previously faced, fight as a team, and have weapons neither set of pilots has ever encountered.
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Running Gag: Cars being destroyed left and right (and their alarms going off).
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The Exit Is That Way
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The Exit Is That Way: Mako tries to evade questions from Raleigh by turning around and heading for her room. After some fiddling around with the key at the door Raleigh notes that it was his room she tried to unlock.
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American Robot
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Gipsy Danger has rocket boosters on its elbows to give its punches extra power.
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The Power of Friendship
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The Power of Friendship: Drifting is necessary to pilot a Jaeger and it requires two people to be mentally linked so closely they'll be seeing each other's memories. They have to get along really well with no secrets; most pilot teams thus appear to involve close family or Battle Couples.
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Team Pet
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Team Pet: The Australian father-son pilots of Striker Eureka have an adorable English bulldog named Max. He's well loved by almost everyone in the Shatterdome, absolutely adored by Chuck, and serves as the official mascot of Striker Eureka. A decal of Max with a bomb in his mouth can be found on the uniforms of Striker's tech team, the Hansens' drive suits, and the Jaeger itself.
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Artistic License – Physics
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Artistic License – Physics: Radio waves don't travel well underwater. This would have made communication problematic during the final battle. Guillermo del Toro and the effects artists admit that huge beings, robots or monsters alike, would move slowly (or simply collapse under their own weight altogether), but the Kaiju and Jaegers move quickly to make for fun scenes. Although they are quite slow compared to the giant robots featured in most other anime and movies. Gipsy Danger using a civilian oil tanker as an Improvised Weapon is flatly impossible; it would have buckled under its own weight the minute they dragged it out of the water, let alone started swinging it around like a bat. As it turns out eight CH-47s can't quite lift a Jaeger. You would need around 600, high temperature or wind conditions would render them useless, the failure of any one would bring down the whole net, and coordinating the flight would be a little tricky, especially in dark rainy conditions. The idea of a winged creature of that size flying by flapping its wings pushes the limits a little. Flying up to 50,000 feet where there isn't as much air to flap on pushes that even further. Least of all: when Gipsy Danger's fist is crashing through the building and lightly tapped a Newton's Cradle resting on someone's desk, a single ball starts swinging when in reality all of them would have swayed. A Newton's Cradle is started by picking up one ball on the end and dropping it, not by pushing the entire object. Tendo touts the construction of Gipsy Danger by stating that the hull is made out of solid iron, no alloys. There's a good reason why tanks, rifles, skyscrapers, etcetera use steel, not iron. Just a few scenes earlier, Pentecost does basically the same by proudly announcing that Crimson Typhoon's armor consists of pure titanium instead of alloys. Large-scale construction projects almost never incorporate pure metals precisely because alloys tend to be one hell of a lot stronger than any of their individual components. The escape pods' design is completely unsuitable to survive the pulverizing pressures around the Breach. The only manned vessels that have ever endured such conditions use a spherical design and much thicker hulls for their pilot chambers, and are accessed through airlocks that would put NASA to shame, not flimsy flip-up panels. The last Kaiju is able to withstand a point blank nuclear explosion, and the Jaeger can resist the pressure of said underwater nuclear explosion from a few dozen meters away. That's just not physically possible. Then, after enduring said explosion and still being alive and whole, the Kaiju can be sliced by an oversized sword. Nothing that could (impossibly) endure a nuke would even feel a thing at being bashed by a few tons of steel.
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Answer Cut: When Chuck Hansen asks who was supposed to be his copilot after his father got injured, the camera pans over to Pentecost approaching from the hangar gate.
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Practical Effects: The Jaeger cockpits are dominantly this, as shown in the "Oversized Giant Robots" featurette.
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Will They or Won't They?
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Will They or Won't They?: Raleigh and Mako spend a lot of time gazing longingly at each other, but never act on it. In fact, it's made ambiguous whether their relationship is budding romance or the start of Platonic Life-Partners.
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Brick Joke
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Brick Joke: Gipsy Danger loses an arm twice, and both times, it's on Raleigh's hemisphere of Gipsy. Hannibal Chau's golden shoes are prominently displayed in his Feet-First Introduction, but he loses one when he gets eaten by the baby Kaiju. When Chau cuts his way out during The Stinger, the first thing he does is demand to know where his shoe went.
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Pet the Dog
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Pet the Dog: Literally. Chuck was generally shown as a cocky and rude Jerkass, even to his own father. Then he dotes on his beloved dog Max and eventually he shows that he cares for his father and fellow pilots. Gipsy Danger during the first Kaiju vs. Jaeger fight. Both the mecha and the monster are equally terrifying to the sailors in the boat, but you know who is the good guy when the mecha reaches down to move the fishing boat out of the way.
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Shown Their Work
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Shown Their Work: Detonating a nuclear bomb underwater results in a void being created by all the water being pushed away. The void bubble swiftly collapses and the water comes rushing back in a few seconds later. Scientific American mathed this out as part of a mini-series of Pacific Rim-themed blog posts. Del Toro and Visual effects supervisor John Knoll spent several weeks discussing the physics of the giant characters, and details such as how the air displacement from a Jaeger moving between skyscrapers would shake the building's windows.
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Cargo Cult / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Casting Gag / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Chest Blaster / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Child Soldiers / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Comic-Book Adaptation / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Completely Different Title / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Computer Voice / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Convection Schmonvection / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Conveniently Empty Building / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Cool vs. Awesome / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Coup de Grâce / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Cranial Processing Unit / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Creator's Favorite / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Creature-Hunter Organization / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Crucified Hero Shot / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Crying Little Kid / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Cut the Juice / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Cyber Cyclops / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Cyber Punk / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Cynicism Catalyst / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Dad the Veteran / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Dangerously Genre Savvy / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Dare to Be Badass / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Darkest Hour / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Darkhorse Casting / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Dead Hat Shot / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Dead Sidekick / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Deadly Nosebleed / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Death by Adaptation / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Decapitation Presentation / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Dedication / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Defiant to the End / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Deggans Rule / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Derelict Graveyard / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Deus ex Nukina / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Development Gag / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Dictionary Opening / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu? / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Do Not Call Me / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Do Not Go Gentle / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Double Tap / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Dying Like Animals / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
E = MC Hammer / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
EMP / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Eagle Squadron / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Eaten Alive / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Eating the Eye Candy / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Eldritch Location / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Emergency Trainee Battle Deployment / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Empathic Environment / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Empathic Weapon / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
End of an Age / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Enhanced Punch / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Every Scar Has a Story / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Evil Evolves / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Evil Is Bigger / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Experienced Protagonist / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Eyes Do Not Belong There / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Facial Horror / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Fake Australian / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Fake Nationality / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Fake Russian / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Fandom Rivalry / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Fanvid / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Far East / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Fee Fi Faux Pas / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Feet-First Introduction / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Female Gaze / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Fighter-Launching Sequence / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Final Battle / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Finishing Move / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Flare Gun / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Flesh Versus Steel / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Following in Their Rescuer's Footsteps / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Forgotten Superweapon / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Four-Star Badass / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Fragile Speedster / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Free-Fall Fight / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Friendly Fandoms / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Friendship Moment / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Gender-Blender Name / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Genius Cripple / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Genre Throwback / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Giant Corpse World / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Giant Enemy Crab / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Giant Equals Invincible / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Giant Eye of Doom / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Giant Flyer / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Gigantic Adults, Tiny Babies / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Glass Cannon / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Go for the Eye / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Godzilla Threshold / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Good Old Robot / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Good Scars, Evil Scars / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Green Aesop / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Guilt-Free Extermination War / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Half the Man He Used to Be / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Hands-Off Parenting / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Happily Adopted / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Head-in-the-Sand Management / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Headbutt of Love / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Headlock of Dominance / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Heartbroken Badass / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Helicopter Flyswatter / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Hellgate / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Hero Insurance / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Hero of Another Story / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Hero-Worshipper / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Heroes Love Dogs / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Heroes Prefer Swords / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Herr Doktor / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
He's Just Hiding! / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
This entry is trivia, which is cool and all, but not a trope. On a work, it goes on the Trivia tab. Hey, It's That Guy! / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Holding Back the Phlebotinum / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Hollywood Acid / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Holy Backlight / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Homage / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Home of Monsters / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Hostile Terraforming / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Humans Are Survivors / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Humongous Mecha / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Husky Russkie / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
I Am Very British / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Iaijutsu Practitioner / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Identity Amnesia / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
In the Back / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Incest Yay Shipping / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Inertial Impalement / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Invisible Writing / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
It Can Think / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
It Has Been an Honor / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
It Only Works Once / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Just Here for Godzilla / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Just Hit Him / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Kaiju / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Kevlard / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Killed Mid-Sentence / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Killer Gorilla / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Knife Nut / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Knockback Slide / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Knuckle Cracking / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Kung Fu-Proof Mook / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Last Stand / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Leno Device / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Light Equals Hope / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Like an Old Married Couple / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Line to God / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Living Ship / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Losing a Shoe in the Struggle / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Lovecraft Lite / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Macross Missile Massacre / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Mainlining the Monster / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Make Sure He's Dead / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Male Might, Female Finesse / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Man in the Machine / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Mass / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Mental Fusion / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Mighty Whitey and Mellow Yellow / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Mildly Military / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Military Maverick / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Mindlink Mates / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Miniature Effects / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Money-Making Shot / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Monster Delay / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Monumental Damage / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Motion Capture Mecha / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Multicolored Hair / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Multi-Ethnic Name / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Multiple Languages, Same Voice Actor / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Natural Spotlight / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Nested Mouths / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Nice Shoes / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
No-one Could Survive That! / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
No Range Like Point-Blank Range / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
No Respect Guy / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
No Romantic Resolution / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Non-Malicious Monster / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Non-Standard Character Design / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Nose Art / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Nose Shove / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Not So Stoic / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Not That Kind of Doctor / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Not Using the / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Nuclear Option / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Number Two / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Obstructive Bureaucrat / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
1-Dimensional Thinking / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Opening Monologue / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Outliving One's Offspring / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
seeAlso
Pacific Rim
 Pacific Rim Animation
seeAlso
Pacific Rim
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Parallel Conflict Sequence / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Parents as People / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Pastiche / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Pensieve Flashback / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
People in Rubber Suits / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Physical Scars, Psychological Scars / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Pillars of Moral Character / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Plasma Cannon / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Platonic Life-Partners / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Playing Gertrude / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Poke in the Third Eye / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Portal Door / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Power Fist / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Practical Effects / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Pregnant Badass / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Prehensile Tail / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Previews Pulse / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Primary-Color Champion / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Prohibited Hero Saves the Day / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Prolonged Prologue / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Proportionately Ponderous Parasites / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Psychic Glimpse of Death / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Psychic Link / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Psychic Nosebleed / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Pummeling the Corpse / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Ranger / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Recurring Riff / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Recycled Set / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Red-Headed Hero / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Repeat Cut / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Repeated For Emphasis / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Retired Badass / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Ribcage Ridge / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Rocket-Powered Weapon / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Rocket Punch / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Romantic Plot Tumor / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Rousing Speech / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Rugged Scar / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Rule of Cool / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Russian Guy Suffers Most / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Sailor Earth / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Same-Sex Triplets / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Scarred Equipment / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Schematized Prop / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Science Foils / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Scrap Heap Hero / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Seal the Breach / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Secretly Dying / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Sensory Overload / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Sequel In Another Medium / int_6ae6b4c7
 Shigeru Chiba
seeAlso
Pacific Rim
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Ships That Pass in the Night / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Shock and Awe / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Shoulder Cannon / int_6ae6b4c7
 Shuichi Ikeda
seeAlso
Pacific Rim
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Sibling Team / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Signature Line / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Slashed Throat / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Sliding Scale of Shiny Versus Gritty / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Smurfette Breakout / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Sniping the Cockpit / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Solid Gold Poop / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Somebody Set Up Us the Bomb / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Sorting Algorithm of Evil / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Space Whale Aesop / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Spiritual Licensee / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Spit Out a Shoe / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Square-Cube Law / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Starring Special Effects / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Stealthy Colossus / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Steven Ulysses Perhero / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Storyboard Body / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Super-Persistent Predator / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Super Robot Genre / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Surprisingly Sudden Death / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Survivor Guilt / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Sword Drag / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Sword Plant / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Take a Moment to Catch Your Death / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Taught by Experience / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Team Pet / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Technology Porn / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
That Poor Car / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
That's No Moon! / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The Big Damn Kiss / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The Catch-Phrase Catches On / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The Cuckoolander Was Right / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The Exit Is That Way / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The Great Wall / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The Last Dance / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The New '10s / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The Not-Love Interest / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The Omniscient Council of Vagueness / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The Perfectionist / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The Place / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The Power of Friendship / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The Power of Love / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The Scourge of God / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The Smurfette Principle / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The Stinger / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The Tokyo Fireball / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The Worf Effect / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The World's Expert on Getting Killed / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
The Xenophile / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Theme Music Power-Up / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
They Copied It, So It Sucks! / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
This Is My Side / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
3-D Movie / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Three-Point Landing / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Throat Light / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Title In / int_6ae6b4c7
 Tohru Furuya
seeAlso
Pacific Rim
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Tongue Trauma / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Too Cool to Live / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Troperiffic / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Twofer Token Minority / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Typeset in the Future / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Underequipped Charge / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Unplanned Manual Detonation / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Used Future / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Vanilla Protagonist / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Vertical Mecha Fins / int_6a2a76ca
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Viral Marketing / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
hasFeature
Vomit Discretion Shot / int_6ae6b4c7
 Pacific Rim
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Wake-Up Call Boss / int_6ae6b4c7
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Walk, Don't Swim / int_6ae6b4c7
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Walking Spoiler / int_6ae6b4c7
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War Was Beginning / int_6ae6b4c7
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We Have Become Complacent / int_6ae6b4c7
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Weaponized Exhaust / int_6ae6b4c7
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What Is This Thing You Call / int_6ae6b4c7
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What the Hell Is That Accent? / int_6ae6b4c7
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Whip Sword / int_6ae6b4c7
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White Male Lead / int_6ae6b4c7
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Wing Pull / int_6ae6b4c7
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Womb Level / int_6ae6b4c7
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Wrestler in All of Us / int_6ae6b4c7
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You Need a Breath Mint / int_6ae6b4c7
 Roleplay: The Sydney Scroungers
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 Tabletop Game: Hero Clix
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 Webcomic: Deep Rise
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 Website: Tumblr
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Cliché Storm / int_6ae6b4c7
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Good News, Bad News / int_6ae6b4c7
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Half-Remembered Homage / int_6ae6b4c7
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Husky Russkie / int_6ae6b4c7
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Pride Before a Fall / int_6ae6b4c7
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The Centerpiece Spectacular / int_6ae6b4c7