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The Incredibles Family

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MR. INCREDIBLE: Sometimes I think I'd just like the simple life, you know? Relax a little and raise a family.

Yeah, right. Although Mr. Incredible acts like he wants to be an average joe, we'll come to see that he doesn't fit the role quite as well as expected. Should've hired an understudy. Is Incrediboy still looking for a gig?

ELASTIGIRL: Settle down? Are you kidding? I'm at the top of my game. I'm right up there with the big dogs.

Ironically, it's Helen who's hesitant to dive into family life, yet when they actually do start a family together, she adapts far more quickly—and in a far healthier fashion—than Bob. Up there with the big dogs, indeed.

DASH: Dad always said our powers were nothing to be ashamed of. Our powers made us special.

Bob and Helen's conflicted relationship with their past lives rubs off on the Little Incredibles. Although they've been born with superpowers like their parents, they've never had the opportunity to use them, so they don't even have that to fall back on. It would like if Lebron James was never allowed to play basketball.

VIOLET: Normal? What do you know about normal? What does anyone in this family know about normal?

Most kids think that their parents are weird, but in the Parrs' case it's pretty darn true. Can your mom stretch herself into a parachute? Can your dad cause an earthquake with a fart? Yeah—we thought not.

BOB: Reliving the glory days is better than acting like they didn't happen.

HELEN: Yes, they happened. But this, our family, is what's happening now, Bob. And you're missing this. I can't believe you don't want to go to your own son's graduation.

Bob and Helen have very different ways of responding to the transition from superhero to parent. Bob pines over the glory days like a washed-up high school quarterback. Helen pretends like those glory days never happened. Neither of these approaches is all that healthy, and as we've already seen, both have a negative impacts on their kids.

SYNDROME: What have we here? Matching uniforms? Oh, no! Elastigirl? You married Elastigirl? [...] It's a whole family of supers! Looks like I've hit the jackpot.

When Syndrome captures Mr. Incredible, he has no idea that this off-brand Superman has a family of his own. As you can, the revelation blows his mind. On one hand, it serves as an easy way for Syndrome to gain leverage over Mr. Incredible. On the other, it transforms the way he thinks about his childhood idol, making him seem far more human.

BOB: I'm sorry. This is my fault. I've been a lousy father. Blind to what I have. So obsessed with being undervalued that I undervalued all of you.

It takes a failed rescue mission to a super villain's island hideout, but Bob finally acknowledges his failures as a father. Cue golf clap. By focusing so hard on his own dissatisfaction with his station in life, he prevents himself from appreciating the truly good things: namely, his super-powered fam.

[The family is preparing to fight the Omnidroid]

BOB: I'm asking you to wait with the kids.

HELEN: And I'm telling you not a chance. You're my husband. I'm with you for better or worse.

To drive this message home, the Incredible Family takes on the Omnidroid as a team, with each of them using their powers to contribute to the greater good. More than simply being a action set-piece, this scene shows how close the family has grown over the course of the movie, and how much more accepting they are of each other.

SYNDROME: You took away my future. I'm simply returning the favor. Oh, don't worry, I'll be a good mentor. Supportive, encouraging. Everything you weren't.

Though the family defeats Syndrome's Omnidroid with ease, the baddie has one more trick up his sleeve: an attempted kidnapping of Jack-Jack. This highlights the very real risks that the family will face now that they've become the superheroes they were always destined to be.

[Jack-Jack displays superpowers while being kidnapped by Syndrome, transforming into a series of dangerous and frightening forms.]

Before this, the family believed that Jack-Jack was the only family member without powers. Not so. Though it's still a little unclear, uh, what exactly those powers are, it's a reminder that the Parrs can only be described with one word: incredible.

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