Super Dragon is a low-rent James Bond who, despite being retired, is called back into action when a colleague is killed.
TVTropes is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Breaking into a secret installation ought to be the hardest thing in the world - even if you can bamboozle the guards and outfox the Angry Guard Dog there's still the thorny problem of the security cameras. As a result, the allegedly hi-tech cameras that can identify an intruder the moment he steps into their field of view can be shot, smashed, hacked or otherwise monkeyed with without any alarm being raised.
And even failing that, the cameras may take several seconds to "focus" on the intruder and sound the alarm, making a sound warning the intruder to run for cover as they do so.
However, while the manufacturers might not fit failsafes, they do sometimes load the cameras up with all kinds of pointless technological gimmicks, like lights that change colour to show when the camera isn't working, little klaxons that sound when it sees someone or even a little motor that keeps the camera upright so it can drop down dramatically when shot or turned off.
See also Camera Spoofing, Weak Turret Gun, Snowy Screen of Death, Surveillance Station Slacker, and Useless Security Camera. In Die Another Day, Bond actually discovers a Hidden Door by looking at a security camera that is pointed straight at an "empty" spot in the wall, and completely blind to the rest of the corridor, making it easy to disable. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999): There's a sequence near the beginning where a team of art thieves are performing an elaborate operation and one of them ends up dangling in full view of a security camera.
In The 6th Day, one of the two Arnold Schwarzeneggers walks around a building shooting out all the security cameras, which makes him look pretty stupid when the bad guys instantly see what he's up to and capture him. In Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny when Jack Black is 'sneaking' into the Rock and Roll History Museum, JB thinks he's being extremely stealthy about the whole thing, but a shot of the guard room reveals he's pretty much been on camera the whole time.
In Panic Room, as the thieves enter the titular room and leave Jodie Foster out, she grabs a hammer and starts smashing the cameras, so her further acts can't be seen.
The Bourne Ultimatum had Jason directing a target by cell phone through a train station keeping both of them hidden from the multiple security cameras (and government agents) watching them. Justified in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, in which a burglar "disables" the security system at the convenience store Spicoli's working at by spraying paint over the lens. An amusing subversion in Rush Hour occurs where Inspector Lee jumps over the wall of the consulate and nearly face-plants a camera looking straight at him. Played so straight it has to be a parody, in Hot Fuzz a crew of kids spraypaint over the whole village's CCTV system while the character watching the monitors just happened to be reading the paper. Chappie: It is even shown that the company has security cameras, but no one seems to be interested in checking up on them, because to do so would negate a lot of plot.
No matter what the games do, the Star Wars novels tend to avert this pretty cleanly (except when Jedi are involved, of course). As for Jedi, they can 'glitch' cameras whenever the cameras show them (Or sometimes only when there's enough of them to be recognizable, so in crowds the camera works until it happens to see their face), so as to foil AI-based recognition.
In Survivors Quest, the people from the Chaf Envoy get trapped in three different turbolifts by the Outbound Flight survivor titled the Guardian. In one of the Phoenix Force series (a Mack Bolan 'Executioner' spin-off) the heroes are checking the security at a nuclear power plant. In Border Songs, the border patrol installs surveillance cameras aimed at the Rousseau residence. The security cameras at the biological weapons facility from the prologue of Unto the Breech were positioned, thanks to what the narration calls "typical Russian inefficiency", so as to leave a dead spot in their coverage, which is exploited by intruders. Averted in Doc Sidhe In the final battle, both sides use and abuse security cameras ("talk-boxes") - both their own and the other side's - but none of the glitches are ever treated as being due to anything other than deliberate intent.
The heroes in Relativity use a technobabble device to disable the security cameras in a police station parking lot. The Trailer Park Boys occasionally have to deal with these problems, such as when they rob grocery or convenience stores. In Burn Notice, the security cameras are taken out with a laser-pointer overloading the chip. Another time, they don't have to do anything about the cameras because the bad guys let the gardening go undone and the camera's blocked by foliage.
In Angel, Lindsey gets magical tattoos in the fifth season that allow him to walk unseen past security cameras. Averted in Leverage where when Eliot knocks out a camera with a rock, a few minutes later a few guards show up to see why the camera went out.
BBC's drama Hot Money was based on a real-life case where women working at a Bank of England depot which destroyed time-served bank-notes chose to reprieve old notes from the furnace and give them a new lease of life. In Back to the Future: The Ride, Biff Tannen spray paint over the camera lens during the set-up mini-movie. In Deus Ex, the player can use nano tools to shut down cameras without anyone noticing or any alarms being sounded. However considering that the systems are automated, there is no one to notice them being turned off, and a delay could conceivably be there to avoid false alarms.
The cameras do transmit a picture, if the player hacks into the system, but allowing manual viewing on top of automation isn't inconceivable. They probably function in a similar manner to the Identify-Friend-or-Foe feature of JC's nanoaugmentation, which means that they'd check to see if something looks sufficiently "foe-like" before setting off the alarm.
In Deus Ex: Invisible War, the cameras get dumber as they now emit a cone of colored light that indicates their field of vision. Arguably justified by the fact that the Deus Ex 2 world is recovering from having its entire economy and technology sent back to the dark ages by the events of the last game.
The cameras have an complete IFF system installed and you don't think they could manage colour TV? In Deus Ex: Human Revolution the cone to show their field of vision is there but explicitly described as being from a part of Adam's augmentation.
In Splinter Cell, the cameras notice you almost instantly if they spot you, and a guard yells over the radio and sounds the alarm. In Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2, the player can shoot out cameras or baffle them with chaff grenades.
System Shock 2 allows the player to hack into security camera systems, but only for a specific period of time. This is a justified trope, as the last time an AI cared about losing cameras all over the place in the game universe, it resulted in SHODAN.
In the videogame version of Batman Begins, there are no security cameras in Falconi's Elaborate Underground Base-cum-Bad-Guy Bar until you get to the monitor room, and deal with the Mook watching them. Portal subverts this by having the AI scold you every time you break a camera, and even has an achievement for breaking every breakable camera in the game. In BioShock, cameras are not only breakable, but spectacularly easy to dodge; when your character enters their view, they spend 3-4 seconds beeping before any kind of alarm is set off. Not only that, but they also emit bright, red light in area they are watching, which magically turns green, once hacked.
Possible justified in that Rapture is in an extreme state of disrepair with water everywhere.
The cameras appear to be mostly automated as far as calling for guards, also destroying the cameras doesn't seem to stop Atlas or Andrew Ryan from knowing where you are at any given time. Bioshock Infinite: While traditional cameras are absent, the Boys of Silence enemies fill in the role.
Penumbra has you sneak around two rooms filled with green-glowing cameras while finding switches to unlock the exit. Requiem does it even more harshly by releasing poisonous gas if you're seen even once on just one camera. It's partially connected to you shooting in the camera's line of sight- it will auto-notice you if you shoot and it sees it. In GoldenEye Wii, if you are spotted by a security camera, additional reinforcements quickly arrive. The cameras in Perfect Dark Zero use the "cone of light" method of detection, and can be taken out with a single shot to the lens. Inverted in Evil Genius : one of the game's challenge is to build a network of cameras and trap sensors (that, individually, fit this trope to a T) that the James Bond types will not shoot on sight. In the video game version of the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough the first level features security cameras that must be shot out to continue. Strangely averted in the video game version of Tomorrow Never Dies when in a henchman's office building lair.
Dead Rising averts this; the Security Room (which serves as a safe haven amidst the Zombie Apocalypse) has several monitors that are hooked up to the malls numerous security cameras. Arguably even a partial aversion, in that many have no off switch and, being large steampunky metal constructions, the only real way to get rid of them is to blow them up, which tends to attract alot of unwanted attention. If 47 is spotted by a camera in Hitman: Blood Money, he gets a new task to go and get the security tapes to keep himself from being identifiable. In Second Sight, security cameras can ruin the stealth effect of your Charm power, since any guards watching the monitors are out of range of your telepathic influence.
The Alpha Protocol security cameras all cast a handy blue cone of light so you know where they are looking.
In Sensory Overload, security cameras are hemispherical and either shoot at you or sound an alarm to summon enemies from nearby rooms. During the CIA escape in Mission Impossible (1997), you can disable cameras with spray paint.
In TimeSplitters: Future Perfect, the majority of the level Breaking and Entering has security cameras everywhere. Triads had existed in China for centuries and were the most misunderstood, most complex, and most dangerous criminal organizations to infect the modern world.
Subject of a thousand Hong Kong movies and a recurrent trope in Western Yellow Peril stories, the Triads started life as a Ming-restorationist Secret Society during the 1760s. The Hongmen is divided into 180 branches, and is arguably a Freemason-like organization, with an emphasis on patriotism, given the circumstances of its origin.
Another group are the Tongs, modeled on the Triads, which arose in the US in response to the need for support organizations for new immigrant Chinese, as well as taking charge of protecting their members from violence from other groups. Chinese secret societies are guaranteed to exist anywhere in the world with a significant Chinese immigrant population, from Australia to L.A.
The secret societies used to be governed by strict codes of conduct and an inflexible hierarchical system, but that system has broken down in recent years, leading to behavior that many older members would consider unethical. As mentioned earlier, the traditional punishment is death by a hundred cuts, or getting ambushed and hacked up which is easier and quicker.
Some martial arts, especially some of the Southern Shaolin styles tend to have a reputation as being used by the Triads, especially due to their common origin myth in the Southern Shaolin temple. The patron god of the Triads is none other than Guan Yu (of both literary and video game note). In the second season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, they show up in an episode where Mokoto visits the territory primarily occupied by (generally Korean and Chinese) refugees.
In Mayu Shinjo's Haou Airen, an Ordinary High-School Student named Kurumi Akino saves the life of a handsome stranger and nurses him back to health. In Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Iron Lady Stephanie Luio and her group are all but stated to be associated with the Triads. In Judge Dredd, the judicial system of Hong Tong (the future Hong Kong) has been largely infiltrated and taken over by Triads, much as the Hondo-Cit (Japan) Judges were overtaken by the Yakuza.
New York's Chinatown Tongs are a major force in DMZ, especially due to their cunning leader Wilson. Sin City mentions Tongs being present in the town but they have yet to appear in the series. The villains in The Shadow Hero are a Tong that has degenerated into a mere criminal gang, although the ending implies that it may regain its honour under a new leader. Like canon, The Legend of Korra Next Gen Fic Avatar The Legend Of Arata has three bending gangs. Ranma Saotome, Chi Master has a dangerous Triad leader named Qiáng Wang as a major antagonist. Election, and its sequel Triad Election in which the oldest HK Triad kills and maims more of its own members than the rival gang. The 1985 film Year Of The Dragon (based on the novel by Robert Daley, screenplay by Oliver Stone and director Michael Cimino) tells of the struggle between a controversial New York police captain and an ambitious young Triad member, both of whom upset the 'live and let live' status quo between the Triads and the police. In Kung Fu Hustle, several gangs are causing trouble in Shanghai with the Axe gang being the most powerful one. Romeo Must Die has an African American gang and a Chinese gang butting head over waterfront property. Buster Keaton silent film The Cameraman, in which Buster the newsreel cameraman goes to film a parade in Chinatown and winds up capturing a shootout between rival gangs (the "Tong War"), may be the Trope Maker. The French film Les Anges Gardiens has a club owner trying to rescue his late friend's son (and millions) from the Triads. Kick-Ass and Justice Forever crash a Triad-run poker game to take down a human trafficker early in the second movie.
The Yellow Peril variant is referenced, and averted, in East of Eden, in which Adam Trask's Chinese servant Lee tells Adam and Samuel about going for help to his "family association". The Triads in Hong Kong are a persistent thorn in Dirk Struan's side in James Clavell's Tai-Pan. Key to the plot of Michael Connelly's novel 9 Dragons, in which Harry Bosch's daughter is kidnapped by a Triad gang. In Skeleton Key a branch of the Triads called the Big Circle attempts to set up a betting scam at Wimbledon, but Alex uncovers the scam and ruins it.
In Deadwood, a Tong gang supported by George Hearst wrests control of Celestial Alley from the local strongman Mr.
The Doctor Who story "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" has the Tong of the Black Scorpion as Mooks serving their Physical God Weng-Chiang (who turns out to be a psychotic time-traveller from the future who bamboozled them with high-tech tricks). A really ridiculous episode of Psych depicted a kidnapping related to two rival Triads in Santa Barbara.
A group of Tong serves as the main villain in the "The Blind Banker" episode of Sherlock though it's referred to as an ancient Chinese crime syndicate rather than a Chinese-American organization a little over a century old ( and, as with the previous episode's villain, it turns out that Moriarty's The Man Behind The Dragon Lady). In an episode of Arctic Air the police are looking for a hitman from Vancouver who is trapped in the arctic community when a snowstorm stops all traffic in and out of town. The mission that qualified Nikita for active duty involved the assassination of Victor Han, a member of the Department of Homeland Security in its early days.
The Triads are one of the biggest powers in Shadowrun, and effectively have all of Hong Kong in their pockets. The Triad Sourcebook, one of the few supplements for Hong Kong Action Theatre, is an invaluable resource on the Triads and their use in Hong Kong action games in general. The Martian Triads are one of the major inner-system crime organisations in the GURPS Transhuman Space setting. Eclipse Phase also has Space Triads, mostly based on the Moon and on non-planetary habitats.
Killing Streets, an expansion for Kindred of the East, describes the Old World of Darkness take on the state of in-game Triads and how to turn a campaign towards involving them. In Eclipse Phase a few Triads are essentially the only ethnic syndicates to survive the Fall thanks to China's significant presence on Mars beforehand. The prequel Deus Ex: Human Revolution features the Harvesters, a gang in the fictional two-tiered Chinese city called Hengsha, who "harvest" mechanical augmentations from others.
Given their focus on ancestor worship and ability to summon said ancestors' spirits, it's likely that in this game's verse the Tsoo actually came first and that a lot of the Triads were willingly assimilated. The Bangkok mission set in Mafia Wars has the player choose to ally him or herself with the Triads or the Yakuza, affecting which missions become available.
Stranglehold, in keeping with its cinematic predecessor Hard Boiled, has Tequila going up against two of these along with a Russian crime syndicate. Rubi of WET travels to Hong Kong on several of her missions, and thus has to fight these guys several times during the course of the game.
The White Mountain Triad is a minor faction in Alpha Protocol, and its leader, Hong Shi, is a source of intel, missions, and resources during the first half of the Taipei mission hub.
The very first set of levels in Hitman: Codename 47 involve stirring turmoil between the Red Dragon and Blue Lotus Triads by killing key members during negotiation attempts as part of a plan to get close to and assassinate the Red Dragon leader, Lee Hong. Sleeping Dogs is set in Hong Kong's criminal underbelly, with the protagonist Wei Shen being an undercover cop trying to infiltrate the Sun On Yee gang. It's a pretty safe guess, though don't confirm it, that these things resemble Mind Screw and are a Mind Rape. Learning this can cause you to Go Mad from the Revelation, and is a standard trope of a Cosmic Horror Story. You Cannot Grasp the True Form — Things Man Was Not Meant To Comprehend Even After He Was Foolish Enough To Look At Them.
If your mind has become a horrifying alien monstrosity by this point, avoid interacting with humans, Humanity Is Infectious. Not to be confused with You Do NOT Want To Know, Women's Mysteries (things meant for men to not know). In Fullmetal Alchemist, performing a forbidden human transmutation will take you to the Gate, where, along with being maimed in some way, you get to look inside and see 'Truth', which, as Izumi stated, looked like hell to her. Also, learning that the Philosopher's Stone is created by sacrificing mass numbers of human lives has driven many who have sought its power insane.
Zeref of Fairy Tail is the living proof of what happens when you delve too deeply into taboo magic. When Doctor Strange meets the Living Tribunal (the most powerful being in the Marvel Universe who isn't God), he shows Strange how the Universe was created.
When Spider-Man helped Doctor Strange fight off an attempt by Doctor Doom and Dormammu to bring about an event called the Bend Sinister, Spider-Man asked Strange what a Bend Sinister was, only for Strange to say, "There are things that man was not meant to know." Spider-Man didn't take it too well. John Byrne's "Trial of Galactus" arc in Fantastic Four ended this way when Byrne wrote himself into the final issue. In The DCU, the Anti-Life Equation is a mathematical proof that life, hope and freedom are all pointless. In Ultimate Spider-Man, Spidey has something of an existential crisis after a brief brush with the supernatural, saying later that he's "Seeing things he shouldn't." The inciting incident was actually a relatively tame (by reader standards) vampire story, but his seemingly outsize reaction reminds us of how mentally devastating commonplace fictional tropes would be if ever actually encountered. Superman once had to catch Supergirl, who at the end of the previous adventure had been hurtling unconscious through the dimensions. In Equestria: A History Revealed, it is hinted that the normal science-loving King Sombra may have discovered something pertaining to dark magic that caused him to go mad. In The Vow, the destructive potential of fireworks that Lord Shen starts researching obsessively is regarded as this by his parents and the Soothsayer. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, God REALLY doesn't like it when people look inside the Ark of the Covenant.
In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the villain gets more than she bargained for when she asks to know "everything" from the aliens. In the movie π, the protagonist Max is on the verge of unlocking the pattern of the universe using a 216-digit number. Optimus Prime: There are mysteries to the universe we were never meant to solve, but who we are and why we are here are not among them. In Interstellar, this phrase is said almost verbatim by one of the astronauts, when talking about the interior of a black hole's event horizon, but to all appearances he's just being over-dramatic about astrophysics. After seeing the title creature in The Abominable Snowman, the native guide exclaims that he has seen "what man was not meant to see!" and flees back to his village.
In A Brother's Price, the fact that male babies are often stillborn is somewhat treated like this, with women saying "Not in front of the menfolk" when someone tries to discuss it with men nearby.
The Igors of Discworld's Thief of Time, strictly speaking don't believe that there are TMWNMTK, but even they find some obvious stuff that they'd rather not know, such as how it feels to have every single particle of your body sucked through a small hole. According to The Guide, there's a theory that if any one person ends up knowing both the Ultimate Answer and the Ultimate Question, the universe will end and be replaced by something even more bizarre and incomprehensible.
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: The most horrible torture device in the normal universe is the Infinite Perspective Vortex, which works by showing you the whole universe, and how insignificant you are. Many, many years later (perhaps a thousand), as related in Time Enough for Love, Lazarus Long goes back to the planet of those aliens and kills them.
He had, in the past, told several different versions of the story and his Tellus Tertius family is sick of it. Ironically, while the "forbidden" knowledge in Lovecraft's tales is often at least disturbing and at times outright dangerous (especially when there are forces at work that actively go out of their way to eliminate people who might know too much), upon closer reading ignorance affords his characters no protection either — quite a few come to bad ends precisely because they don't know enough about what they're dealing with. There's a story by Isaac Asimov where a man with access to a super computer that can tell you anything if you know how to ask tries to discover the source of humor. In "Macroscope" by Piers Anthony, use of the title machine accesses a mathematical sequence which is shown to whomever uses the device.
A Larry Niven short story set in Draco's Tavern involves a priest asking one of the ubiquitous Chirpsithtra (who seem to know everything about anything) about the existence of God. Similarly, in "The Langoliers," anyone who passes through the time rip while awake ends up being disintegrated. Paradise Lost: The angel Raphael answers all of Adam's questions about the War in Heaven, the creation of the world, and the laws of the cosmos (although he doesn't find knowledge of the latter at all practical or useful for humans), but when Adam asks him if angels express love, like humans, Raphael blushes "celestial rosie red" and quickly explains that yes, angels "love," too.


Portfolio: Shapeshifting, Reincarnation, New Powers as the Plot Demands, Being a Blank Slate. Aspects of INH are clear in Revan and the Jedi Exile, Nerevarine, the Tactician, and many, many others.
He or She is almost constantly possessed by one of His or Her followers and has a different appearance, personality, symbol and alignment, set of abilities, and people skills for each one. The other gods mostly believe that INH is simply an empty vessel, as indicated by His or Her immobility when default. Also to the disturbance of nearly everyone in the Pantheon, INH seems to have spies everywhere, as INH is not only able to find out information that should only be known to the few involved INH would know it. Izanami is an example of when a creature with non-human morality tries to understand humans.
After she got majorly beaten up by the Investigation Team, Yu Narukami in particular, she started to think that maybe not all humans think the same way.
Supposedly, the original goddess of Blue and Orange Morality was Shiki Ryougi, who then tried to murder Izanami upon her ascension. Even though she is based on the Japanese goddess of death, she is probably one of few understandable major deity from Shin Megami Tensei universe in the Pantheon. When she leaves her temple, she takes a form of a relatively harmless gas station attendant.
It was later revealed that while Ameno-Sagiri (and Kunino-Sagiri) both come from her, Izanami herself (and the Sagiri) were all three born from a greater being, Izanami-no-Mikoto. She has generally step out from taking part on any notable events in the Pantheon, where they be too chaotic for her to get anything from (like the "Pantheonic Rebellion") or too small to get her attention (like "Project: Alternate!Gentaro"). To many, she is the "sane, but questionable" Blue and Orange Morality to Nagito Komaeda's "insane" Blue and Orange Morality.
Theme Music: The White Wizard, The Sabbath Ritual (As Wiseman), or During the Sabbath (When Conducting The Second Sabbath).
Portfolio: Helping the hero out whenever he's in trouble, Bathed in light and a figure of goodness (But really isn't) Magic Rings, Creating soldiers in order to be used for his own benefit, Doing whatever it takes to save his daughter. Non-Ascended: Koyomi (his daughter), Yuzuru Iijima, Masahiro Yamamoto even if Yuzuru and Masahiro do not want to be, Every other phantom besides Gremlin, Phoenix and Medusa.
Enemies: Gremiln, and all other Phantoms like Phoenix and Medusa (believed), Haruto Sohma and Mayu Inamori, Kosuke Nitoh. Opposed by: All good-aligned members of the House of Magic, all Puella Magi, and the Toku Base (especially Miyuki Ozu).
Like Haruto, he too lost his family and it is one of his biggest reasons for helping him or at least that is what he tells him, he lost his only daughter Koyomi and in his grief looked into different ways to bring her back and find one way through a dark ritual know as The Sabbath and sacrificed many turning them into phantoms with Haruto being the only survivor. He trains him to hone his skills and that of any powerful magic user in the pantheon that needs it so that he can attempt The Sabbath the second time and be able to bring his daughter back fully. He cares about his daughter Koyomi and is often seen trying to persuade other magical gods around the various houses to help him bring her back from the dead. He has also been know to force a few into becoming Wizards but he merely does this so that they can unlock their potential and help the world , he actually does this to create all new sort of Phantoms and proper sacrifices for The Second Sabbath. In return he is disappointed in them as he believed that they should know about sacrifice and how far they are willing to go to achieve their dreams, why should they hate him for trying to achieve his own which is trying to see his daughter's smiling face again. He is also a very powerful magic user being able to destroy a monster with the wave of his hand and a simple phrase "Begone" as such he is consulted on many manners involving Magic, This also bleeds into his artificial phantom Wiseman making it one of the most powerful Phantoms.
This is a reason he refuses to be apart of the Demonic Legion as long as Gremlin is there he won't be.
He claims to be a scientist as well and claims to be a famous physicist, but can also help in a number of other fields, including medicine and technology. Is hearing rumors that his daughter has somehow been brought back to life and has taken up his mantle and she calls herself Kamen Rider Wiseman, though sadly he has discovered that this Koyomi is a false copy made by a Phantom. Is trying to befriend the newly ascended Wander, he feels that they are suffering a similar fate and is willing to help him bring down the Colossi, even offering him the chance to become a Wizard, if that fails he can at least gain a new Phantom to help The Second Sabbath. Much to Haruto's confusion every time he has invited Fueki to the Toku Base The White Wizard has always refused as he does not want the other members to discover his plans.
Then Haruto discovered his true plans, and while he has his sympathies he will try and stop Fueki if he attempts another Sabbath. The case the colleague was working centers around a mysterious new drug which has been turning the student body of a small college town into a mindless mob; and the investigation leads Super Dragon on a trail of intrigue to Holland, several nice apartments, a charity art auction, a Ming vase smuggling ring, and tainted chewing gum (seriously) with which the bad guys plan to Take Over the World (seriously!).
Together with Happy Ness, Queen of Happy Land, and a bevy of delightful sea creatures they embark on a series of amazing adventures.
Or there ought to be the thorny problem of the security cameras, but it seems that every high-security base, whether it's run by terrorists, the Government or a Diabolical Mastermind, buys its security cameras from the same crummy factory. Is it too much to ask to have a security guy watching the screens, or better yet, an electrical circuit that can detect when an operating camera has been violently destroyed? Okay, so most of these help the intruder, but let's see you design security cameras every day and see how long it takes before you start putting in pointless bells and whistles.
There's a scene where Bond and his current partner, Chinese agent Lin, are breaking into the ship of the villain. This is seen in the main security room, but the person manning the cameras is catatonic and doesn't actually do anything in response. However, it turns out he was just a diversion so the other Arnold could sneak in unnoticed. It was implied to be part of his Hyper Awareness that he was able to identify the blind spots of at least 10 cameras.
After a brief pause, he pushes the camera to point away from him - a little pointless though because a couple of downed FBI agents were actually watching him and the compound was on full alert.
He rides on top of a chip cart, then secures himself high above the hallway, only to find himself staring a camera in the face. Wraith Squadron, in particular, goes to major effort at times to disable them without alerting anyone (typically by intercepting the data-stream it should be sending and splicing in a loop of "normal" footage). As of the latest series of books, various people have figured out they can track Jedi by programming AIs to look for this glitching moving from camera to camera, although they obviously have to guess as to who is being tracked.
The Guardian tells them not to cut or blast their way out, because the turbolifts will crush them. Several cameras being shot out by the intruders gets only a casual look by the monitoring staff, with ultimately fatal results for the staff. They assume (correctly) that if the cameras are down for only 90 seconds, and then come back on, no one will bother to check them out. In one robbery in the first season, one of the Boys tries to get rid of the camera by shooting it with his gun, although by that time he's already on film with no mask on. The entire purpose of this, however, is to make the guy think there's a security breach, when there really isn't one.
Security cameras play a vital role in pretty much every episode, and are covered with the black bubbles designed to keep people from knowing where they're pointing.
During a celebrity child kidnapping that occurs during a party, a co-conspirator (who's an escort girl) distracts the security guard monitoring the cameras by having sex with him.
Getting on for two or three million pounds in very old notes were diverted into caches and secret bank accounts before the Bank of England caught on.
They can also hack into the system and turn off the cameras and nobody will turn them back on. The visual feed of the security stations is only visible if someone is actively checking them out and no enemies do so.
Possibly justified as the PC has various kinds of implants that alter his vision — the player's HUD and other screens are supposedly visible to the character as well. Destroying a camera will set off the alarm, although you can temporarily disable one for a few seconds with the stun gun without setting off the alarm. Consequently, a camera will flash yellow when it spots you, before flashing an alert red mode.
Newer AIs since that little "incident" were specifically programmed with weaknesses in case something like that ever happened again. The only purpose of the cameras is that if you hack into them you can see the infra-red beams of the Laser Hallways. Unfortunately, doing this means you have to break them all in one full run without stopping. As the game is mostly played in small, enclosed spaces, you are rarely far away from the cameras. Presumably, what remains of the inhabitants are more worried about each other than about keeping them in top condition. Despite their terrifying appearance, they function essentially identically to the cameras from the first two games. If you step into the camera's line of sight (it takes a second to happen), the room's puzzle resets and the camera seeing you briefly turns red.
Sometimes, the alarm would sound the instant you set foot in their range, other times they'd stare at you for several seconds before it happened.
They usually show a green light if everything's OK, but you can stand in front of them for nearly 5 seconds after the green light turns to yellow before it turns red and the alarms are sounded. However, shooting out the cameras doesn't warrant any reaction from whoever's on monitor duty. Your own minions rely on them to know where the investigators are, so having a top notch insecurity system is key. The Punisher leaves Spacker Dave at the security desk for Stark Industries () being that the nearby employees had been slaughtered by Yakuza.
The camera feed not only helps the plot along at certain times, but they're also watched by Otis (a security guard) who contacts Frank to inform him of any survivors he's spotted hiding in the mall. While the "cameras" are very noticeable in this way (being human faces with attached glowing crystals whose color signals their degree of confidence an intruder's present that hiss and click constantly as they move), the very concept of a security camera is a recent novelty and their makers see them as religious crafts as much as salable products. Your choices for dealing with the cameras include destroying them with Telekinesis (which doesn't attract attention from guards) or finding a terminal and deactivating the CCTV system (which nobody will bother to reactivate). Proud owner of restaurant Ratatoing!"An animated movie from Video Brinquedo.Marcel Toing is a talking rat living in a world of talking rats. There was a precedent for this sort of thing working, given the Red Turban society and rebellion which fractured the Yuan Empire and allowed the Ming to conquer China in the late 14th century, though said society's original intent had actually been to restore the Song Empire.
The traditional secret societies have 36 Oaths which basically say, "don't screw over your sworn brothers, or you will get chopped up with lots of blades." (This phrase is repeated many, many times during the oaths, just to remind you).
Hong Kong triads especially love their cleavers, given the difficulty of obtaining guns in Hong Kong. Chang from Black Lagoon is a member of the Kan Yi Fan Triad, and members of the 14K also make an appearance. She has goons at the ready and her company is also a front for all sorts of illegal activity.
The Triple Threats runs by Chikao and later Habiki, the Agni Kais ran by Kosuke, and the Red Monsoons ran by Jiang. Mark Gor (Big Brother Mark) inspired a generation of Chinese kids to walk around in dusters and sunglasses while chewing on toothpicks. In fact, the beginning starts with a small gang bullying a police station, only to get eliminated by the Axe gang.
The Motherfucker also hires an ex-Triad enforcer (whom he dubs Genghis Carnage) to be part of the Toxic Mega Cunts. Well, it turns out that Lee and his Tong leaders have been studying ancient Hebrew in order to analyse a single word in The Bible. This example is unusual in that a character mentions that most tongs are legitimate organizations. One of the older mechanics starts telling stories about how nasty and deadly Triad assassins are. In actuality, the assassination was faked in order to remove Han, a triad member, from the intelligence community without pissing off said triad overmuch. As with other criminal syndicates in the Feng Shui setting, they're largely controlled by the Ascended.
While they do the usual organised crime stuff (loansharking, smuggling, protection), the bulk of their income comes from selling restricted and illegal bioroids, and they're known to have at least one Evilutionary Biologist on staff. They're notable as the only criminal organization that remained racially homogeneous after the Fall, as other groups had to merge when their ranks were decimated.
The (legal) assassins' guild is the Morag Tong — both of these come from Tong being Dunmer for 'Guild' (Morag means 'Forester'. Nyarko-san, Mahiro goes to visit the rooms Nyarko, Cuuko, and Hasuta have set up for themselves using a Bigger on the Inside alien device.
He wanted desperately to bring his younger brother Natsu Back from the Dead, and in the process not only studied various forbidden magics, but also created several magical theories most sane mages would never touch. The Watcher snatched him from his home and brought him to the cosmic tribunal, stating that he was the "chronicler" of the Fantastic Four's adventures and thus needed to be there to witness as Reed Richards was brought to trial for the destruction of the Skrull throneworld; he was accused of genocide because he saved the life of Galactus some time before. Any sentient being who's forced to comprehend the Equation instantly becomes a mindless drone. Either that, or according to the Lemony Narrator, he simply got too annoyed with living with the crystal ponies and having to deal with their inane requests.
It is for that reason Shen's parents haven't researched fireworks further as they are dangerous already when used to entertain people. Someone's death is put down to "Meddling with that which wizards were not meant to know." It's noted as being the third-most-common cause of accidental death in the wizarding community. A group of Orthodox Jews believes that the number is the true name of God, while a stock broker want it to predict the stock market. While it doesn't drive anyone crazy to know about it, hearing a woman talk about how her stillborn son was perfect right down to his beautiful little blue toes, just, you know, dead is quite creepy. For example, The Unseen University library has books that no man can read without dying or going mad, but the Librarian is an orangutan, so he's perfectly safe. Heinlein's novel Methuselah's Children, Slayton Ford goes mad when he meets the Sufficiently Advanced Aliens. Heinlein short story By His Bootstraps, Bob Wilson sees one of the High Ones through a time viewer and almost loses his mind.
A group of monks use a computer to write down every name of God, reducing the time it would take to do so from 15,000 years to 1,000 days. It destroys the intelligence of anyone above a certain IQ who hasn't evolved beyond violent tendencies. It's clear knowledge of right and wrong is something man should have been more careful about wanting to know.
Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "A Witch Shall Be Born", Salome was turned out by the magician who raised her for not being sufficiently interested in this for its own sake.
Really, the best way to tell if a God or Goddess is INH is to check facial expression - almost invariably, INH's face bears an unchanging neutrally interested expression.
He or She always respawns next to the fountain in the center of the Pantheon's garden, in His or Her "default form", which is male, human, and bland. Sometimes He or She is manipulative enough to worm His or Her way into the Council of Shadows, andsometimes He or She beats out a place into the House of War.
But the rare occasions when INH's eyes become pleadingly sad are intensely disturbing to the more compassionate Gods. It becomes even more frightening as the revelation that nobody, not even Lucifer, knows much about INH.
Upon disappearing, she waits for a moment she is needed, hopefully with a better understanding of humanity as a whole.
However, after running into the problem of trying to kill death in sense, Izanami casted Thousand Curses to drag her away from her temple.
She truly does care about humans and their well being, she just doesn't know what humanity wants.
Especially since she feels like that somewhere her anger forwards Izanagi and the cursed she made had ceased to exist and wishes to be with him again.
This host being could once be found in the mortal world, as a girl named Mariko "Marie" Kusumi, a meteorologist living in Inaba. However, her inactivity broke when the "Morality Civil War" started, feeling like that she needs to know who is on the right on the whole subject.
Not to mention being a biologist and magicologist and it should come to no surprise after all he did go into these fields to invent an artificial Phantom (Carbuncle, AKA Wiseman) and implanted it in himself to let him wield magic. Welch is known throughout the pantheon for a gigantic list of the things he's not allowed to do.
He's not allowed to make up patron saints either, not that that has stopped him from trying. Along the way, you can be sure they'll be on the lookout for Pompous Ness, Queen of Gloom Lagoon, and her court of naughty Nessies who are always ready to spoil the fun. Even if they're unbreakable, the spy can still stand directly underneath them without being seen, because they only have a very limited line of vision and - unlike the security cameras in, say, a shopping mall - are not covered with a black dome to disguise exactly where the camera is looking.
The villain is discussing something with one of his subordinates when he then notices Lin on the security cameras in the corner, the person manning which is just sleeping. It wasn't until his target panicked and broke out of the blind spot Jason set him on that the agents were able to track him. It looks like nobody took notice until another camera starts following him and his image then gets sent to all camera screens, alerting all guards.
Foaly simply subverted the security camera's abilities by feeding the system a few second long loop.
Occasionally goes even farther - a web of security cams in Solo Command has a prominent gap in it, so the Wraiths (rightfully) figure it's a trap, with hidden cameras covering the whole thing. The turbolift with Luke and Mara in it immediately has all potential camera sites covered up by them; the four unspeakably badass stormtroopers in another turbolift figure out where the camera is and cover it and only it. The leader of Phoenix Force asks if he's sent a guard to secure the area while the camera is down. Presumably learning from their mistakes, in later seasons the Boys make sure to take the security tapes along with everything else they steal. Unfortunately for both of them there's another camera in the room to show if the guard is bunking off.
As cleaners were involved in the scam, they elected to clean the cameras and their lenses at just the right moment - thus blocking the shot whilst others behind them stole arm-loads of notes. Even when a camera does see the player, it lets out a few seconds of klaxon noise before it triggers the proper alarm, giving the player a chance to flee. They are also more vulnerable to EMP and transmit in greyscale rather than full color, as opposed to the earlier models in the first game. When they change their viewing direction, they make a noise that suggests they aren't so much moving as much as grinding stones. So if you turn a corner and find yourself looking squarely at a beeping camera, you can just run to it, jump, and enter the hacking interface (which stops time passing) before it sounds the alarm. However, they also do not react to stepping in front of them, or even killing gaurds right in front of them!
However, the cameras are still not all-seeing, since there are several survivors and some boss fights that are not brought to your attention; you must find them yourself. If you shoot the cameras, you'll hear a transmission from the guards ordering a patrol to check the stairways, which is the only way for Cortez to get from floor to floor. Accordingly the Triads were associated with the colour red and the name 'Hong' because it was part of the first Ming Emperor's reign name (Hongwu, lit. Mark Gor (and every "criminal" that Chow Yun-Fat played afterwards) is a romantic in a cynical world, who steadfastly holds onto notions of brotherhood and honor, and would gladly lay down his life to protect innocent women and children.
He started out as the treasurer for a Tong, before running away with their money to continue his career. Eventually Al Swearengen helps negotiate for Wu to retake control of Celestial Alley and slaughter the new Tongs. His stories are mostly nonsense and the hitman is actually Caucasian and working for a biker gang rather than any Chinese crime group.
Fast forward to the present day, and Nikita lays into a triad's New York operations only to discover Victor Han is in charge. Various cosmic beings, including Galactus himself and Odin, arrived to testify on Reed's behalf.
Eventually the Spectre convinces Superman that following Supergirl would lead him into realms that no mortal should witness (implied to be Heaven. Although even he reads the most potent of these, the Necrotelicomnicon, from behind a smoked-glass visor, just to be on the safe side.
It IS possible to survive the Infinite Perspective Vortex by being the most important person in the (current) universe, but you'll walk away an even bigger Jerk Ass after being told by a machine that the universe revolves around you.
Oddly enough, the guy who comes to know all the truth doesn't seem to become mad - those who hear from him, though, do. Interestingly, after Ford goes mad, Lazarus Long mentions he is afraid that if he met them he wouldn't go mad.


Two characters are discussing a sort of mesmerism, and ponder the difference between "things man was not meant to know" and "things man was meant not to know". It was the emotions the High One was feeling that caused his discomfort - an overwhelming mixture of sadness, tragedy, grief and weariness. Some variant of the line "there are things in the world man was never meant to know" is frequently said near the end of his stories, just as the protagonist has some (literally) mind-blowing revelation about the nature of the universe and our place in it, or at the beginning when he starts to recount his story that ends like that. Eventually it turns out the sense of humor was an alien experiment that would be halted as soon as anyone figured out that it was so, meaning he destroyed everyone's sense of humor. When every name is finally recorded, humanity's purpose is fulfilled, and God unmakes the universe.
The Chirps lost contact with them and the next time a trade ship visited, they found the entire race had calmly and orderly committed suicide.
In fact, one time, several members of the House of Knowledge attempted to probe the mind of INH when it was inhabited in its blank slate form. As such, she started an experiment involving Yu Narukami, Tohru Adachi and a third man named Taro Namatame. That is why she doesn't look Erebus as potential enemy right away as he was born from humanity's desire for death.
The reason why she does it is because who would think that a gas station attendant would be a god in disguise? Since their ascension, Izanami has been rather cold and dismissive towards them tough that may be subject to change. Most of these rules showcase extreme power and ultimate weirdness, putting him on the watch list of the Council of Shadows, as well as others. Part fable, part fantasy and all fun, Happy Ness: The Secret of the Loch adds up to an original musical, magical adventure for children of all ages.All you have to do is believe! These cameras will often oscillate in a slow and predictable pattern, allowing an intruder time to sneak under them, when it would have made more sense for the camera to remain fixed at one angle. But the Guardian is in too much of a bind to do anything about it; plus, he doesn't think they'll be able to escape.
The plant manager says he's being a bit paranoid, opens the next door and gets shot in the face by a terrorist. Also averted in one episode, when one of the Boys openly lets himself get caught on camera, since he wants to go to jail. Not to mention the sophisticated facial recognition and tracking system, which can cross-reference with national databases. All the camera saw at that moment would be a cleaner legitimately polishing the lens with a cloth.
Cameras will also tolerate a second or two of "suspicious" behavior before actually raising the alarm, which makes sense for an automated system to get a good confirmation rather than throwing false positives all day.
Later games in the series become more stringent: shooting cameras raises the alert level for guards, and new tools to temporarily disable cameras become available. And they connect to other alarms and mechanisms rather than having human guards monitor them because their inventor is a religious crackpot who thinks his toys are more perfect than any living defense.
However, you do get a weapon that allows Cortez to disable all electricity-based tech, at the very beginning of the level. After spending time talking about the food, he, his assistant Carol, and Greg get the food from other places. They are illegal in Hong Kong due to their relationship with the Triads, but are legal in Taiwan as a secret society. Many Triad members would join Tongs on reaching America, causing some Tongs to be strongly influenced by the Triads. The oaths are sealed with the drinking of blood mixed with wine, and the oath-takers enter into a sworn brotherhood with the rest of the members of their organization. Overseas groups may use guns, automatic weapons and explosives, if they don't find them dishonorable. Basically, Guan Yu is the god for any high risk endeavour where you want trustworthy 'brothers' watching your back. Your feeble, mortal minds cannot comprehend the vast complexity of what you are seeking to learn. By the end of the story it is revealed that Father was unable to find enough living alchemists who have survived that as required for his Evil Plan to work. He was cursed to kill anybody he could ever care about or even being in the same general area as him, with immortality to boot as well as live long enough to see many of his works be misused.
Max, who already stared too long at the sun and did permanent damage to his brain, begins to completely break down as he studies the number. This may be because he knows all the truth, whereas the listeners only know the part they hear.
Whatever they had discovered, it was something that had convinced the entire race they were better off dead, and something the Chirps were not particularly interested in knowing.
It took an entire week for the house to return its members back to normal who some believe went Go Mad from the Revelation. Unfortunately, her experiment lead her to believe people wanted to hide from the truth and decided that humanity should be better off as Shadows. She doesn't quite consider him an ally though, as she would only ally with something like that if humanity as a whole would really wish for something like that. Granted, they have fairy technology, but you'd think a corporation with such a huge security budget could afford to put their cameras in the walls, rather than mounting them in such a way that they could be turned to face away from the intruders.
Instead he lets someone in the third turbolift talk him into letting them out to talk to them, and leaves the Jedi and the stormtroopers where they are. Oddly, shooting them through the lens is more effective than shooting them through the side. Meanwhile, a group of villain mice plan to find out the secret of the recipes.Contrast Ratatouille. From the beginning they created an official mythology which claimed that had actually been created during the Ming-Qing wars of the 17th century, after the burning of the southern Shaolin temple, by five survivors of the battle.
However, this immortality also bought him time to succeed in his original goal of bringing his brother back, and he didn't become evil until much later.
The last page had the Watcher warning Byrne that as he wrote this story, many of the details would escape his memory, as the human mind wasn't meant to hold such knowledge. Some even claimed that one of them was Jee Sin, who was the master of the 5 Elders of Southern Chinese kung fu. They exist in China as a political party, and hold the single non-communist ministerial seat.
Ultimately Max abandons his quest and chooses to simply live life in ignorance, possibly drilling out his mathematical genius to escape the number's curse. Their father tells them the history of the Jaunt process to kill the time before it is their turn, and when they go through, the young son holds his breath when the knockout gas is administered. After contributing to the fall of the Qing Empire in the 1911 revolution, without resurrecting the Ming (as had been their original intention), the Triads now found themselves without a purpose and there was a split between the Mainland and overseas branches.
It has branches in other overseas Chinese communities, where it is referred to as Chinese Freemasonry. A split second later, on the other side, his hair has gone completely white and the boy is quite mad, cackling that the Jaunt was much longer than anyone thinks before he rips his own eyes out.
The Mainland group is what we now commonly refer to as the Triads, while the overseas group became known as the Hongmen. The Mysterious Cities of Gold was notable in its disregard of Never Say "Die" and Gosh Dang It to Heck!, two tropes which have dogged American cartoons well into the present day. Department of Redundancy Department: Much of the dialogue in Ratatoing consists of characters repeating what someone just said, pointing out something which is obvious from the visuals, or repeating what someone just said.
In some countries where this series was shown (although not in the United States), each episode was followed by a short documentary exploring subjects related to the episode.
After the Communist takeover, many Triad members moved to Hong Kong and Taiwan to escape new measures against organized crime. The documentaries were funded by the NHK.The year is 1532, a time of exploration (and exploitation) of the New World. By the Power of Grayskull!: Happy Ness uses a spell to send a "Ness Bless'' (transferring her happiness to a desired target). The prize foremost in the mind of every Spanish Explorer is the Mysterious Cities of Gold, said to lie deep within the heart of the South American continent. Their spouses aren't exactly thrilled with this, but continue to come and eat at his restaurant anyway.
He later claims to be the man who brought Esteban to Spain from the New World after rescuing him from death at sea. The two proceed to torture the surviving evil lab technician the same way to find out where the Big Bad fled. To prove this claim, he produces a round ornament that fits perfectly into the boy's locket. Mendoza offers to take Esteban on his next journey of exploration to the New World where the boy will presumably get the chance to learn more about his birth parents. Of course, Mendoza's intentions aren't entirely altruistic and in the boy's interests, as it's the explorer's belief that Esteban's locket and strange powers are somehow connected to the Mysterious Cities of Gold, which he hopes to find.Esteban accepts the Call to Adventure and heads for the New World, but he quickly learns that Mendoza may not be entirely worthy of his trust. Failed a Spot Check: Marcel: Just look at all that delicious cheese just waiting to be taken!
Proof of this lies in the fact that Mendoza has kidnapped an Incan girl (who had been taken to Spain and given to the Queen years before) and stowed her away on the ship they're currently travelling on. The girl, named Zia, has the ability to read knotted strings called quipu — an ability which Mendoza and his employers hope will come in handy on their quest for the Mysterious Cities.
Edutainment Show: The show teaches its viewers about emotional problems and how they can be overcome. Esteban quickly bonds with Zia after discovering, to his amazement, that she has a locket that looks identical to his.
Could she somehow have a personal connection to the Mysterious Cities of Gold as well?During his journey to the New World, Esteban meets many more interesting people, including Mendoza's servants, the Plucky Comic Relief duo, Sancho and Pedro, and Tao, an island boy whose ancestors were (he claims) an advanced civilization capable of great magical and technological feats. The trio also come across The Golden Condor, a solar powered, gold-plated, bird shaped airplane built by an ancient civilization. The trio of kids must use their wits, skill and bravery, along with Mendoza's Badassness to unlock the secrets of those mysterious Cities of Gold and their relations to them.The Mysterious Cities of Gold is a sprawling adventure epic that is well worth a watch.
Missing Steps Plan: Synchron will make people go batshit crazy - and from there, the villains will rule the world, somehow. I Ate WHAT?: When the evil Nessies chow down on some seaweed jelly, they all end up with extreme pain in the stomach. A Region 2 English DVD release was brought about in the UK in June 2008, and a French movie company is currently planning a film based on the TV series.
Immortality Inducer: Sir Prize has a trinket that holds a part of who he is inside that keeps him forever young.
Really, really bad innuendos that is: Carol: Hey my handsome friend are you ready for more food adventures tonight? A Region 1 English DVD was released in April 2009.A sequel series was announced consisting of three seasons with 26 episodes each. Invisibility: Sir Prize and the Nessies use their trinkets to render themselves invisible to the eyes of the outside world.
This sequel supposedly deals with Esteban's further adventures in finding the other six cities of gold. Left the Background Music On: The seductive jazz number playing when Super Dragon and Rembrandt 13 are about to kiss comes to a sudden, distorted halt as the power goes off in their hotel room. Production delays kept pushing back the airdate (originally set at 2011), with the first episode finally airing in December 2012. The series is in cell shading, taking place immediately after the first: Returning to Barcelona (Where the original series began), the characters head next to China in their search for the remaining 6 cities. Seasons 3 will be set in Japan, and is currently scheduled to begin airing late 2016, with the season making an appearance at the Annecy Film Festival.There was also an attempted adaptation of the book that inspired the series by a different animation company in the mid-aughties, which featured very different character designs, as such lacks some characters (Tao being one of them), adds new characters, lacks many of the Applied Phlebotinum such as the Great Condor, and features choppy animation. Plus, the previous agent is described as having driven off a canyon road; there are no canyons anywhere near Fremont.
10-Minute Retirement: Super Dragon, aka Brian Cooper, has retired happily at the beginning of the movie. It's not so much that the food or Marcel's cooking is special — it's that the customers have only ever eaten things that came out of the trash. Informed Ability: The first five minutes of Ratatoing are nothing but people repeating how good Marcel Toing's food is. Mistaken for Afterlife: The McJoy children initially think this of Sir Prize the first time they meet him. There are characters named Zia, Esteban, and Mendoza, and they are looking for the Cities of Gold; that is more or less where the similarities end.
Adults Are Useless: The adults in this show are either incompetent or, in the case of the longer lasting antagonists (Gomez, the Doctor and Malinche, the Olmec leaders), outsmarted. Quicksand Sucks: Rich Ness finds himself in trouble after discovering he's blundered into a quicksand bog. Tears of Joy: Sad Ness starts shedding these at the end of the episode "It's Not Bad to Be Sad". Trojan Nessie: One is built from emotional wood in order to help Rich Ness get back into his nest when Pompous Ness locks him out.
Irony: Greg's supposed to be the idiot, but he ends up coming across as the smartest character in the movie. The Alleged Ship: The Esperanza is a rotten, leaky old wreck that somehow hasn't been scrapped yet. Water Is Dry: No matter how many times a character enters water, they always seem to come out dry.
No one has a problem with him having his competitors taken to be used as test rats in a laboratory (although one of the patrons tells us they're being treated very well there).
Alternate History: Although most of it takes place long before recorded history or in places not well-known to Europeans at the time, so it likely doesn't influence the setting's known history much. Lost in Translation: The Brazilian original was obviously supposed to take place in Rio de Janeiro.
The English narrator refers to it only as "The marvelous city, land of sun and heat." This leads to a restaurant patron casually saying she'd come from "a great distance" (instead of, say, "all the way from Brasilia") to sample the delicious food. Lull Destruction: Watch the preparation scene and the dancing scene in their original Brazilian language, and then take a gander at the English version. Shout-Out: On the food raids, Greg wears a black beanie hat, which gives him the appearance of having Mickey Mouse ears. Then the narrator says "see you next week on another episode." And one where they show the chicken's head being hacked off with a machete, then the headless corpse flapping and bouncing around madly in the dirt. Thriving Ghost Town: The narrator describes Rio as, among other things, full of people, while showing an empty street.
One of the documentaries, on the native tribes of the Amazon, actually contains full-blown National Geographic Nudity!
And the Adventure Continues: The series ends with Esteban, Tao and Zia setting off on the Golden Condor to find the remaining six Cities of Gold. From the preview for the long-awaited second season, they're heading to China in search of the next one.
Animated Series Applied Phlebotinum Art Shift: When the story of the Esteban's parents is told, it's done in a completely different art style. Bold Explorer: Mendoza is a charismatic explorer who claims to be the one who brought Esteban to Spain as a child, and now wants him to return and use the power of the locket to help find the title cities. Changed My Mind, Kid: Wynacocha and the gang goes to the outlining Mayan villages to unite against the Olmecs. By the end of the episode, they all changed their mind and sent their warriors to back him up. Chasing a Butterfly: Used to illustrate Esteban's innocence, he has a fascination with butterflies that begins during the sea crossing from Spain.
This later nearly gets him killed when he starts trying to catch butterflies while on the way to the Fort of the Black Eagle, and is shot at by Gomez's soldiers. Mendoza is competent in almost all aspects fitting his role as Team Dad and protector (combat, navigation, survival, combat, asskicking, geography, combat and asskicking), however he's strictly useless for understanding the ancient technology of Mu, or solving the various ancient puzzles and riddles the group comes across — in this area, the kids are strictly the only competent ones.
Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Despite chasing after the treasures of the Mysterious Cities of Gold, not a single one of them ever considers that a fast automated ship armed with a frigging laser, or a frigging flying machine might actually be worth more!
Pichu was renamed Kokapetl, and the title basically changed from "Esteban, Child of the Sun" to "The Mysterious Cities of Gold". Not a straight example since the later is the literal translation of the French title, and the writers were French so it is as much an intended title as the Japanese one. Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Although the exact nature of their relationship is never clarified, Malinche is visibly concerned for Tetiola's welfare when he's briefly enslaved by the Olmecs and is very relieved when he's released.
Even Evil Has Standards: Malinche suggests poisoning a village to get at the gold in the lake as well as to keep the kids from being sacrificed. The doctor's response to this suggestion is, "What?!" and says he hates doing it — and even then, he only mixes the poison, mumbling about how much he hates it. It's very easy to assume that he only did it because he fears retribution from the other two. Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Esteban's father, who is just referred to as "The Traveling Prophet". Expository Theme Tune: At least, the English dub describes exactly what they're doing, even mentioning the Condor which doesn't show up until midway through the series. Fat and Skinny: Sancho and Pedro, and to a lesser extent, Gaspard and Gomez, as well as Tetiola and the Doctor.
Gondor Calls for Aid: The entirety of episode 33, "The Reunion", is this trope played out as the various villages are convinced to help the Village of the New Sun fight the Olmecs.
Gory Discretion Shot: During the last episode, during his Heroic Sacrifice, Esteban's father is thrust backwards by the flames, causing his golden mask to fall and melt.
Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Averted with lines like, "Damn your eyes, FIRE!" and "Straits of Hell". Although it is worth mentioning that in the right context, you can get away with "Hell" in a kid's work. The Guards Must Be Crazy: The Mayan sentries were suppose the guard the house where the gang were staying.
Heroic Sacrifice: Esteban's father, who dies in his attempt to prevent a Phlebotinum Overload that could threaten the entire world.
Heel?Face Turn: Mendoza, while not really evil or greedy, does eventually warm up to the kids.
Historical Fantasy Historical In-Joke: Several characters, like Pizarro and Mendoza, are based on historical people.
One of the characters was supposed to be Malinche, but Japanese Ranguage combined with the translators not recognizing the name caused her to be called "Marinche".
In the French version, the Heva are named "Mu", hailing from a sunken continent of the same name. Mu is a lost continent said to be something like Atlantis' counterpart in the Pacific ocean whose existence was said to be mentioned in Inca and Maya art by scholars in the late 19th and early 20th century. Hoist by His Own Petard: Gomez and Gaspar blow up a wall of stones that barred the entry to Machu Picchu.
I Lied: Gomez demands that Zia surrender to them and gives his word the Inca's village will be spared. After she's in their grasp, Gomez Immediately orders the ship to fire at the village, saying he's taking his word back.
Also the Nazca lines, which in this universe are the pre-determined autopilot routes for the Golden Condor. His seafaring clothes just got torn up after the Esperanza's wrecking, and by the time he got to Tao's island he simply discarded his red vest to end up in the damaged outfit he'd wear for the remainder of the show.
One would think that trekking through the mountains, jungles, deserts, and seas, would those clothes be reeking of gunk by the end of the show. Gaspar and Gomez still have one costume each but at least theirs show a little wear and tear.
MacGuffin Magic Skirt: Zia and Tao Some manner of white undergarments can be glimpsed on Tao at one point, though.



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