Dark Fury This franchise provides examples of the following tropes: Absent Aliens or Human Aliens depending on how you classify the human offshoots such as the Necromongers, Elementals and Furyans. Regardless, there are no Rubberforehead Aliens. The Alcatraz : At least three of these are seen in the series, and more are mentioned in passing. The second movie, simply called The Chronicles of Riddick , has Crematoria, where the prisoners stay in their underground prison because the sunrise sets the atmosphere on fire.
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Dark Fury This franchise provides examples of the following tropes: Absent Aliens or Human Aliens depending on how you classify the human offshoots such as the Necromongers, Elementals and Furyans. Regardless, there are no Rubberforehead Aliens. The Alcatraz : At least three of these are seen in the series, and more are mentioned in passing.
The second movie, simply called The Chronicles of Riddick , has Crematoria, where the prisoners stay in their underground prison because the sunrise sets the atmosphere on fire. Riddick outruns it. A flash animation on one of the official websites featured Ursa Luna Slam City, an orbital prison which Riddick also escaped from in record time.
The former is a horror movie in which a group of space crash survivors have to escape a planet filled with alien monsters, the latter is a big-budged sequel in which the Conan-esque Riddick has to defeat an evil empire of death-worshipping warriors. While Riddick is not as action heavy as its immediate predecessor, it has considerably more action sequences both in number and intensity. Alliterative Name : Richard B. In a perfect world, the middle name would be "Broderick" All There in the Manual : The Riddick universe certainly applies to this.
In Pitch Black he is treated as essentially the villain. This goes along with the complete change in tone and focus the series underwent after the first installment. Catchphrase : See Above. Of course, they were clued in by one of the people he rescued. Death World : Nearly every world seen, save Helion Prime, is a planetary-scale deathtrap.
Perhaps justified in that most of the planets seen were either uninhabited, or specifically chosen as sites for maximum security prisons. Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep" : Imam is a title, not a name.
It would be like addressing a priest only as "father," and never using his name. Expansion Pack World Feel No Pain : The Necromongers themselves are incredibly resistant to pain and damage, as their indoctrination renders them unaffected by damage to varying degrees. Dame Vaako herself managed to apply makeup to her eyes using a burning pencil, which by all means would hurt like a bitch, but did absolutely nothing for her.
Food Pills : There are several references throughout the series in regards to stuff like "protein waffles" being served at various slams throughout the galaxy, among other things. While not strictly pills, in this sense, it implies that raw nutrients have been converted into something more digestable, which is effectively the same thing.
BRB, putting some vitamin C pills into my waffle iron. Friend to All Children : Riddick seems to have a soft spot for children. In the DVD extras, this is mentioned as the only reason Johns ever caught him in the first place. He seemingly was willing to leave Jack to die in Pitch Black, though, so this only goes so far.
Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better : The series features projectile weapons that, while more beefy looking, still use the good old gunpowder and slug ammo. The Necromongers from the second film, however, have concussion guns as standard infantry armament, although they still prefer to fight up-close-and-personal with blades and axes.
It is also not shown how these guns match up against firearms. The novelization to Pitch Black by Frank Lauria implies that humans have colonized several galaxies, saying that Riddick worked in the Sigma Galaxy and that Johns chased him across 3 galaxies, but the novelization to The Chronicles of Riddick by Alan Dean Foster implies that everything takes place within one galaxy.
Hero with an F in Good : Riddick is a full-grown Satisfied Street Rat — a vicious and remorseless human predator who has killed hundreds of people at torture range. What makes him a "hero" is that though he is a genuinely Axe-Crazy Knife Nut who lives to tear people to shreds simply for the joy of it, he has no interest in killing those who cannot defend themselves, finds children to be amusing distractions especially since those feelings are usually returned , and treats those that do kill the defenseless as animals.
He thus finds himself regularly rescuing loads and loads of people by accident despite never intending to. Human Aliens : The Furyans themselves are the descendants of Human colonists who settled on Furya centuries ago and have undergone mutations in order to adapt to the hostility of Furya, which is said to be a high-gravity Death World.
Over the course of countless generations, the Furyans have evolved into a Proud Warrior Race , and because of their adaptations, are stronger, faster, and tougher then baseline Humans, not to mention being much more cunning and vicious.
It also seems that the Elementals themselves are another example of Human Aliens. Riddick , is able to see in the dark at the cost of oversensitivity in daylight conditions, necessitating his near-permanent use of welding goggles.
In Pitch Black this allowed him to assist a stranded starship crew in escaping from a predator-filled world during an extended solar eclipse. In that movie he claims that he paid a surgeon in prison for the enhancement, but this is later retconned as a supernatural ability. Informed Ability : Riddick being so evil while all the killing he do is in self-defense.
The most evil he gets is in the first film when he abandons the other three survivors to die and escape off the planet by himself, before he is convinced to go back, but even that is subject to Alternate Character Interpretation. Vin Diesel himself thinks Riddick did that because of the low odds, not because he likes to kill innocents. Considering most of the bad rap comes through the filter of other, worse people, Riddick is more likely an Anti-Hero with Bad Publicity. Lightning Bruiser : Despite his size and weight, Riddick is incredibly quick on his feet and is capable of performing amazing feats of physical athleticism, such as leaping great distances, running without stop for long periods of time and being strong enough to go toe to toe with a Bioraptor and mutilating it.
The Necromongers are no less capable of fighters because of the armour they wear. Upper-Tier Necromongers are pretty damn quick on their feet, like Vaako and his personal retinue of Necromongers, to the Lord Marshall; who admittedly, has genuine super-speed due to being Holy Half-Dead Made of Iron : Because of the world from which they hail from, Furyans are incredibly tough and hardy.
Aside from weathering blows and injuries that would leave most people stunned or unconscious, Riddick has been shown to be tough enough to dislocate and relocate his shoulders in an effort to escape his bonds, withstand long drops and even reset his arm after it was broken by Johns in a fight.
Of course, Fry died at the end of Pitch Black, and Jack Kyra and Imam died at the end of The Chronicles of Riddick, leaving Riddick with no more morality pets, and a whole empire of necromongers at his command! Be afraid. Be very afraid. They make use of Energy Weapons that utilize gravity to kill their enemies, and their vehicles and troop delivery systems also make use of gravity as well.
Also, to further drive the point home, Our Zombies Are Different and Human Resources is utilized very well here: The Lensors, who are Human Bloodhounds, are wounded soldiers and scouts, who have sensor equipment implanted into the missing parts of their faces, who can be used as living tracking equipment by their fellow Necromongers. Their main form of communications, surveillance are the Holy Order of the Quasi-Dead, who are ascetics who place themselves into near-death-like states in order to augment and amplify their psychic powers and communicate across vast distances.
Their leader, the Lord Marshall; who is The Holy Half-Dead, is a man who has traveled to the Threshold of the Underverse, the entrance to a scary Alternate Universe , where Death is celebrated and Life is a mistake; and has come back, forever changed; with superpowers such as the power to remove souls from the bodies of others and destroy them, heightened senses, superstrength and superspeed.
If Riddick makes a threat or tells you to do something, he means it.
Books by Frank Lauria
Plot[ edit ] In the distant future, the spaceship Hunter-Gratzner is transporting passengers in cryostasis. Among those are a Muslim preacher who goes by the title of Imam , accompanied by three young sons, traveling to New Mecca, a teenager named Jack, a pair of prospectors named Shazza and Zeke, a merchant named Paris and a law enforcement officer, William J. Johns, who is escorting the notorious criminal Richard B. Riddick has surgically modified eyes that allow him to see in the dark but are highly sensitive to light. The surviving crew members attempt to land the ship on a nearby planet. As the ship falls apart, docking pilot Carolyn Fry attempts to dump the passenger section to reduce their weight but co-pilot Owens prevents her.