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[[caption-width-right:330:[-Dude, just pay them. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Or]] [[StuffBlowingUp else]].-] ]]

->'''Fiona:''' So, what's the plan?
->'''Chris:''' ...Fiona? [[IAmTheTrope I]] ''[[IAmTheTrope am]]'' [[IAmTheTrope the plan]].

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''{{Mercenaries}}'' can basically be described as ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' [[XMeetsY meets]] StuffBlowingUp with lots of [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarkers]]. Okay, that's a bit simplistic.

''Mercenaries'' is a game series by Pandemic Studios revolving around the titular "Mercenaries" and their highly explosive exploits. Known for its explosions and overall humor, along with its action.

The first game, ''Playground of Destruction'', is set in North Korea, where you're air-dropped into the middle of a conflict in search of a nuke-happy dictator named General Choi Song (who naturally has a ''huge'' bounty on his head). In order to get to Song, the player must take down his most trusted allies (who, along with Song, are collectively known as the "Deck of 52", with Song being the Ace of Spades). The player can choose to work for four factions ([[SouthKoreansWithMarines South Korea]], [[ChineseWithChopperSupport China]], or [[TheMafiya The Russian Mafia]], with [[LawyerFriendlyCameo the Allied Nations]] being required, as they're the ones paying the bounties) in order to gain intel and eventually capture Song.

The second game, ''World in Flames'', is set in Venezuela and centers on villain Ramon Solano, a greedy oil company exec who hires the mercenaries, shafts them out of their payday, and then takes over the nation. The overall goal is to take down Solano in revenge, but in order to get there the player must (once more) perform missions for a number of factions including guerrillas, pirates, and returning factions like the AN and China. The sequel is also known for its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCvIw7DMHXc very catchy theme song]].

Following the closing of Pandemic by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Electronic Arts]], an early video was leaked of "Mercs, Inc", an apparently co-op centric continuation of the franchise. EA recently confirmed that the game is still in development (John Ricitello had previously stated a commitment by EA to Pandemic's franchises).

Additionally, a [[ComicBookAdaptation three-issue comicbook miniseries was released]] by [[http://www.dynamiteentertainment.com/htmlfiles/viewProduct.html?CAT=DF-Mercenaries_TPB Dynamite Entertainment]], written by Brian Reed (who also wrote the cutscene dialogue for ''World In Flames'') was released in early 2008, as a prequel to the second game. It features the three mercenaries fighting for Taiwanese guerillas against a Chinese invasion. Things go South, and for one merc, ItsPersonal.

For mercenaries in general, see the HiredGuns index, and PrivateMilitaryContractors in particular.
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->Oh no you didn't!
->Payback is a coming, you will be running, forever!

The primary cast of Mercenaries:
* Mattias Nilsson: In the first game, a cold motherfucker who shows very little emotion while slaughtering hundreds. In the sequel, he turned into a HeroicComedicSociopath. A Swede with a Mohawk and handlebar mustache who seems to dedicate his every waking moment to bigger and bigger explosions and just generally raising hell. In the original, he was faster than the other mercs - in the sequel, he regenerates faster. Voiced by PeterStormare.
* Jennifer Mui: A sleek British lady who enjoys money, luxurious bubble baths, money, fine wine, money, fast cars, and snapping necks. Specializes in stealth in the original, speed in the sequel. Voiced by JenniferHale.
* Christopher Jacobs: A ScaryBlackMan and all around {{Badass}}. Is also [[HiddenDepths something of a disillusioned idealist]]. Was tougher than the other mercs in the original, but traded that for a larger ammo supply in the sequel. Voiced by PhilLaMarr.
* Fiona Taylor: The VoiceWithAnInternetConnection who provides backup, intel, and running commentary for the mercenaries' adventures. Manages to avoid being a NinjaButterfly by being just as snarky as the rest of the heroes. Voiced by Amy Lee in the first game and India Dupré in the second.
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->Oh no you didn't!
->Until I get my vengeance, I will never end this mayhem!
Tropes seen in the ''Mercenaries'' series include:

* ActionGirl: Jennifer
* AKA47: Used on and off in both games.
* ArtificialStupidity: The friendly helicopter pilots in the first game won't pay ''any'' attention to obstacles in the landing zone, so place that smoke beacon carefully. This also goes for any support troops that might pile out of the friendly helicopters in the second game, as many of the helipads that seems like ideal places to call in a helicopter are elevated a decent distance above the ground, just barely above the lethal falling height for AI soldiers, and the AI pathfinding is so astoundingly bad that the troops piling out will yell "I'm going in!" and then ''running clean off the edge to their death just a few feet away from the staircase down. In single file.''
** This also applies to the pilot in the sequel, who can easily get stuck on objects.
** Civilians in the first game have a tendency to dive ''towards'' your vehicle when you drive fast near them.
*** Same in the second. Enemy ''soldiers'', on the other hand, often deliberately [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential spoil your fun]] by jogging out of the way.
** Friendlies following you often have a hard time getting into helicopters.
* AssistCharacter: Fiona in both games, and Ewan, Eve and Misha in the second.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Air strikes. They're incredibly powerful, capable of causing immense amounts of destruction on a wide scale. They're also very expensive, often costing more than the payout for the mission or bounty you're gunning for.
** This is averted in the sequel, as mission payouts are much larger, and often include free airstrikes to boot. Unfortunately, AwesomeButImpractical still applies to most low-to-mid tier airstrikes because they're triggered by beacons, which you need to manually throw at the target to call in the strike. Then you have about five to ten seconds to leg it before that artillery strike you called in falls about fifteen feet away from you.
* AwesomeYetPractical: In the sequel, laser-guided missiles, bunker-busters, and anything else that can be called down via satellite or laser. They're devastatingly powerful, reasonably priced, and (perhaps best of all) can be called down from a fair distance away. It's even possible to use them to wipe out Allied/Chinese targets without negatively affecting faction opinion.
** Even in the original, you'd often be granted free access to a limited number of high tier airstrikes during some missions. Additionally, the basic surgical strike in the original was cheap enough to use often, was decently powerful, and unlike the cheap strikes in ''2'', is laser-targeted, allowing you to trigger it from a fair distance away.
* BannedInChina: Thinking of picking up ''Playground of Destruction'' in the Koreas or ''World in Flames'' in Venezuela? Don't bother. Both games make obvious efforts to avoid offending their targets, but it isn't really enough. In the case of South Korea, it is not so much about offence as it is about political tension: the Koreas are still *technically* in a state of war, so any media without a strong historical basis which portrays them fighting is just too risky to allow.
* BigBad: Song in the first game, Solano in the second. Colonel Li Zhiyaun in the miniseries.
* BigFancyHouse: Ramon Solano had quite the impressive mansion. Unfortunately, it got mussed up a bit by the player character, who proceeds to use it as a base to launch their RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
** You blow up the Pyongyang Hotel to force out the first Ace in the Deck of 52.
* BilingualDialogue: A minor feature in the first game. Occasionally, your contacts in the Russian Mafia, South Korean military, or Chinese Army would start a discussion with a subordinate, in that faction's language. You'd only get English subtitles if your player mercenary spoke that faction's language (Mattias knew Russian, Chris knew Korean, and Jennifer knew Chinese). This wasn't of major importance, but occasionally gave some interesting info.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: In both games, the people you work for are in it for their own agenda. Granted, most of the factions agree that [[EvilOverlord General Song]] and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ramon Solano]] have to go, but that's the only thing they agree on, and you're expected to play them against each other, wreaking massive havoc, in order to get lots of money.
** Except for the AN. In the first game, at least, where you repeatedly run humanitarian missions for NK refugees being blocked by China. In the sequel, China's the one doing them.
* BondOneLiner: Frequently used by all mercs in the sequel, ranging from "You picked the wrong side!", used when killing Venezuelan troops (of both the [[LaResistance People's Liberation Army]] and the [[{{Mooks}} government army]]) to "Good thing the Americans don't keep a body count." when killing [[{{Eagleland}} Allied Nations]] personnel.
** Not to mention at the end:
-->[[spoiler: ''Aboard a helicopter spiraling out of control]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Solano''': What is it you want? You want money? That's what you've always wanted, right? You want me to pay, isn't that it? You want me to pay?!]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Player Merc''': Yeah. ''* BANG* '' Payday.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Mischa, the jet pilot from the sequel is passed out drunk when he's not destroying the hell out of something. In a jet that's apparently held together by baling wire and duct tape.
* CarFu: A perfectly viable method of dealing with emplaced weapons.
* CasanovaWannabe: Ewan, the helicopter pilot from the sequel, claims to have a great track record with the ladies.
* ChineseWithChopperSupport: Both in the first and second game, and usually have cheaper and somewhat shoddier airstrikes and vehicles.
* ChunkySalsaRule: In the first game, getting hit by a car going at full speed is usually a death sentence, regardless of how much health you have.
* [[CIAEvilFBIGood CIA Evil]]: Well, "CIA morally grey" is more like it. In the first game, the South Koreans were being "advised" by burned out CIA Agent Buford, who by the end of the game wanted you to take out the Chinese Army more than he wanted you to take out the North Korean threat. In the sequel, CIA Agent Joyce is calling the shots for the Allies, and is a lot colder and less likeable than General Peng, though both are in the conflict almost entirely because of the oil. [[spoiler: He even attempts to back out of the deal to give you a nuke if you side with the Allies at the end of the game]].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Ramon Solano is the owner of an ISP; and moves up from being the wealthiest man in the country to being PresidentEvil. Also, Doctor Rubin from Universal Petroleum is in charge of a mercenary army and will pay the player to wreak all sorts of havoc.
* TheDanza: JenniferHale plays Jennifer Mui.
* DeadpanSnarker: All of the mercs, but Jennifer and Mattias especially.
* DeathbringerTheAdorable: In a mission that takes place after you get the [[{{Jerkass}} UP Mercenaries]] some vitally needed ammo, they refuse to let you see their boss until you do another mission--retrieve the ''Devastator''. You get to the point laid out on your map and see a pretty lethal-looking tank, but the ''Devastator'' is really a pink moped with a flower basket that play cutesy music. [[spoiler: Thank god you later get the option to just wipe out UP HQ]].
** Fiona even makes fun of the player's chosen mercenary while they are riding it, and Jacobs will grumble that the whole thing feels like a fraternity hazing. Fittingly enough, after getting into good standing with UP, the mercenaries treat the chosen merc pretty well...almost as if they just successfully joined their frat.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Blowing up your base's fuel storage tanks will result in not only losing the fuel stored in them, but also the fuel storage capacity they represent, meaning you not only have to rebuild your stockpile of fuel, you first have to buy a replacement tank to stash it in.
* DeathFromAbove: WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation prefers to call Mercenaries 2 "Airstrikes 2: Hooray for Airstrikes"
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The first game's plot is suspiciously similar to the War on Terror (right down to the Deck of 52), while the second hit close enough to home for Hugo Chavez to accuse Pandemic of making the game solely for propaganda purposes.
** ...And gets thrown out the window when the Allied Nations are suddenly made into [[{{Eagleland}} oil-hungry]] incompetent idiots, China is in it for the oil and to become more powerful, the rebels are solely out for revenge, the dictator doesn't even ''resemble'' Hugo at all (and is a CorruptCorporateExecutive). Hammering the point home is a praise of Bolivar's rebellion before the credits roll. Smooth there, since the AN actually cared about the North Korean civilians in the first game - to the point where your game could come to a screeching halt if you pissed them off by killing civilians, because they were the ones paying for the Deck, and giving the Ace assignments...
** Ironically, in the sequel, the ''Chinese'' wind up being the most sympathetic faction - if only because the man you interact with for them displays a desire to help the people (including a few missions where you escort ambulances), and is straightforward about his desire to go toe to toe with the Americans, while the AN contact is a cold, dispassionate CIA operative who only cares about the oil. It should be noted that the AN contacts in the original game sent you out for humanitarian missions, including having you fly past Chinese defenses to deliver supplies to fleeing refugees, while in the sequel, they're mostly there to keep the oil going.
** Then again, some of the Chinese actions are...questionable. One of their destruction targets a large building with big red and white cross emblem on it. Odds are it isn't the Swiss embassy, so the ordered destruction of an Allied-run hospital makes the above mentioned ambulance escort missions seem like particularly coldhearted PR-ploys. It doesn't help that the first Allied mission involves destroying Chinese artillery units that the Allies can't get to because the Chinese set them up in a civilian-dense location...and the first Chinese mission involves doing something ''while that artillery supports you.''
** Similarly, General Peng makes no illusions about being there for the oil: the difference between him and Joyce is that Joyce is hobbled by the inability to be as open about it as Peng can be.
* DoItYourselfThemetune: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zuwe3xESHU4&feature=channel Behold.]]
* DrunkenMaster: Misha, the jet pilot in the second game. He flies better than just about everyone else in the country, ''as long as he's completely wasted while he does it''. It's implied that he can't fly for shit while sober, although there's no way to confirm this due to the fact that he keeps himself totally drunk for the entire game.
* DynamicEntry: In the first game, you start off by driving your Humvee out of an ''airborne'' C-17 Globemaster, and making a beeline to Allied HQ through NK barricades.
* DysfunctionalFamily: Even in the first game, Jennifer Mui was said to have come from a broken home, but [[ExpansionPackPast it's built up later]]. [[spoiler: In the comic, it's revealed that her father had a son from a teenage affair, whom he put up for adoption to hide the fact. Said child was bounced from orphanage to orphanage and eventually joined the Chinese Army (in fact, he's [[BigBad Colonel Li Zhiyaun]]). When he grew up, he confronted his father (who by that time married and had more children and success), and resented the easier life Jen and her ''other'' brother, David, had ([[ParentalFavoritism dear ol' dad kept them and refused to acknowledge Li Zhiyaun]]). During the events of the comic, he kidnaps Fiona in an attempt to have the mercenaries kill off David Mui, who's leading the Taiwanese insurgency. The Mercenaries come up with a plan to rescue her, but David, believing that he was being betrayed, screws up aformentioned plan, leading to Zhiyaun placing Chris, Fiona, and David in front of a firing squad. Jen, Mattias, and the rebels come to the rescue. In the end, Jen and David shoot Zhiyuan, but don't seem to part on the best of terms.]]
* {{Eagleland}}: In the first game, the United States-led Allied Nations are attempting to stabilize the situation and end a legitimate threat (Type I). In the sequel, the Allied Nations are just there for the oil (Type II). [[spoiler: When it turns out that Solano got his hands on a North Korean nuke, their decision to move in becomes a retroactively good choice, if for less-than-noble reasons.]] In both games, they tend to have very good high-level weaponry.
* [[EveryCarIsAPinto Everything Is A Pinto]]: Pour enough bullets into it, and everything from a car, to a helicopter, to a boat will [[IncendiaryExponent catch fire]] and quickly [[StuffBlowingUp explode]].
* {{Expy}}: UP's mercenaries are almost dead-ringers for the real-life PMC Blackwater, with some elements of Executive Outcomes thrown in. Their heavily-armored black-painted [=SUVs=] to their black-painted helicopters (which look almost ''exactly'' like the OH-6 helicopters Blackwater use) and some of the missions (one even involves escorting [=VIPs=] to safe areas from the airport - one of Blackwater's main functions in Iraq) match what Blackwater does right now, and the availability of light armor and air power, coupled with their focus on protecting natural resources owned and exploited by a parent company, matches what Executive Outcomes did in Africa. It doesn't help that [=ExOps=], the mercenary company you work for in the first game, was based on Executive Outcomes.
* FinaglesLaw: In the first game, every time -- '''''EVERY SINGLE TIME''''' -- a mission requires you to get somewhere quickly and[=/=]or with as little damage as possible, the shortest possible route will be full of warring soldiers, trigger-happy tanks, and exploding cars.
** Unless you [[TakeAThirdOption take a chopper.]]
* ForeignLanguageTirade: In the sequel, Matthias will sometimes curse in Swedish after losing one of Fiona's challenges, complete with the subtitle "[Curses in Swedish]"
* FragileSpeedster: Jennifer, but this is relative to the other mercs - she can still take a few [=RPG=]s to the face and stay in the fight.
* GameBreakingBug: The sequel had a number of areas that could've used more playtesting; one notable example is in a mission where you have to rescue a hostage held on top of a skyscraper. Oftentimes, as soon as the player enters the hostage's line of sight, the hostage will run towards them. Even if they're in a helicopter, and running towards them leads the hostage off of the skyscraper.
** When you're in a particularly desperate spot, sometimes the game will simply jam your HP at 10 and refuse to register any further hits on the player. Even worse, you'll be permanently subjected to the 'concussion' InterfaceScrew effects of a pulsing screen and a 'wub wub wub wub wub' noise.
** After March 17th, the sequel no longer plays if you have an internet connection. This is true on PS3, XBox360, and PC. Contrary to popular belief, the servers were only shut down for the PC version. For the console versions, EA updated their Terms and Conditions but forgot to patch the new location in ''Mercenaries 2''. Instead of simply giving an error message, the game gets stuck "Connecting to EA server" ''forever'' and freezes up completely. It ''is'' possible to get around this: you'll have to run any online-enabled EA game released before ''Mercenaries 2'' (August 2008) that still has its servers active (e.g. ''[[NeedForSpeed Need For Speed Carbon]]'', ''[[VideoGame/{{Half-Life2}} The]]'' ''[[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Orange]]'' ''[[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Box]]'', or ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany''). Still, this sort of thing really should have been patched by now. [[SarcasmMode Thanks, EA, you fucking morons]].
*** It's fixed as of 2012. but by now, no-one's playing it...
* GenreSavvy: By the second game, nearly everyone is aware that ''you'' are the person to turn to to pull off impossible tasks that no one person would ever be sane enough to do. The enemies are also DangerouslyGenreSavvy; while fighting the Chinese, for example, the troops calling for reinforcements will outright say that they ''need'' armor support, because you ''will'' wipe out their infantry. Also, General Carmona waits until [[spoiler: you're trying to take out Solano before he attacks the PMC.]]
* GrapplingHookPistol: Added to the mercs' bag of tricks in ''World in Flames''.
* HeyItsThatVoice: JenniferHale ([[Franchise/MetalGear Naomi]], [[MassEffect Fem!Shep]]) plays Jen Mui, Peter Stormare (Hollywood's choice for anyone of [[FakeNationality vague European background]]) plays Mattias, and PhilLaMarr ([[{{DCAU}} Green Lantern]], SamuraiJack) plays Jacobs. The original also had Carl Weathers as the allied commander.
** One of your contacts in the second game, a [[CrazyAwesome ''female'']] contact, is known for bragging about having the biggest balls in [[SaintsRow Stillwater]].
** In the Spanish version, Mattias is [[TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]].
** Bruce [=McGill=] and James Hong, anyone?
* HighSpeedHijack: ''Mercenaries 2'' gives a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi1AC-GVNKU how-to demonstration for beginners.]] Don't think you're limited to jumping onto the backs of trucks though -- it's certainly possible to do the same to attack helicopters in the air.
* HundredPercentCompletion: Verifying the whole Deck of 52 in the first game gives you access to a set of super-powerful "cheater" weapons, including [[{{BFG}} a portable airstrike]] and [[GatlingGood a handheld version of the helicopters' Vulcan gun]].
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Well, not ''really'' intentionally. This troper ran into a crazy bug that caused all enemies, for all their gunfire, to be unable to actually ''hit'' the broad side of a barn door, much less Jennifer Mui. It took a couple hours for me to notice, and more than one Xbox 360 restart to make it go away, after which the game [[DifficultySpike became nigh unplayable on that save]].
** The enemy ground soldiers in the first game were pretty much piss poor shots, their bullets more than often going all over the place except for my merc. Their tank drivers, on the other hand, must have been freaking snipers for all the times the North Koreans blew me up while I was driving by...
*** As a side note, firing from the hip in ''Mercenaries 2'' tends to be more accurate than aiming down the sights (except for the sniper rifle).
* ImpressivePyrotechnics: The later-game explosions (and hell, even some of the early game ones too) are awesome.
* InsertGrenadeHere: To hijack tanks. Try not to think too much about the interior.
* IWantThemAlive: While your contacts are willing to settle for a photograph of a corpse, catching high-value targets alive nets you twice the paycheck.
* KarmaMeter: Sort of. Each faction (aside from the designated villain one) has their own opinion of you; oftentimes completing missions for one faction might decrease an opposing faction's mood (for instance, by the end of the first game, the South Koreans and Chinese were openly fighting each other, and wanted you to destroy the other). Skillfully playing the factions against each other could net you more than simply siding with one over the other - in fact, it's required for game progression.
* LaResistance: The People's Liberation Army of Venezuela, or P.L.A.V., in the second game.
* LadyOfWar: Jennifer and Fiona.
* LeaveNoWitnesses: This is how you can get away with shooting people belonging to a particular faction in ''Mercenaries 2'': make sure they don't radio their boss that "the one that Serrano shot in the ass" is attacking them.
* LostForever: In the first game, accepting an Ace contract forfeits all the unverified bounties of the same suit. (As well as the rather awesome HundredPercentCompletion bonus, if you didn't verify them all.)
** One mission from late the first game has you [[spoiler: destroying the bridge connecting to the Chinese HQ in the northern map]], thus rendering any optional races to and from the Chinese HQ impossible.
* LyricalDissonance: "Oh No, You Didn't", the song from an ad for the second game. It's a song that sounds like something from a musical about the singers wreaking havoc after getting shot in the ass by Solano.
* MadeOfIron: The original was generally pretty good about snuffing you when you did something like got a chopper blown up at 2,000 feet.. but in the sequel, you'll hit the ground, dust yourself off, and regenerate back to "okay". Even in the first game, it takes a lot more lead to kill you than it does your enemies.
* MightyGlacier: Chris Jacobs in the original, Mattias in the sequel; but again, they aren't ''slow'', just a bit slower than the other mercs.
* MirrorMatch: It is possible for two of the same character to play in the same game in ''Mercenaries 2'' co-op.
* MultipleEndings in the original, depending on which faction is friendliest with you and [[spoiler:whether or not you manage to shutdown the nukes in the final mission]].
* NeverLiveItDown: [[{{in-universe}} All throughout]] ''Mercenaries 2'', enemies will recognize you as "the one Solano shot in the ass."
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In the sequel, the mercenary helps Ramon seize power, which leads to a brutal war that devastates Venezuela and causes the United States and China to attack each other. Oh, and Solano gets a hold of a nuke, which he uses ''on his own country''. In a normal game, the player would want to take out Solano to stop the evil they helped bring about. In this game? You want to take out Solano because he cheated you out of your pay and had you shot in the ass. Which is way more awesome.
* NorthKoreansWithNodongs: The first game featured the KPA as the main antagonist faction.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: The mercenaries, of course, are in it for the profit in the first game, rather than any humanitarian or ideological cause. In the sequel, it's for payback (and profit).
** Though a few scenes prevent them from being a HeroicSociopath, their reaction to torturers and generals shelling civilians, as well as getting along better with the more moral factions than the corrupt ones.
* OddlySmallOrganization: In the sequel, the player starts their own PMC as part of their bid to take down Solano. And yet, despite this the player still has to do all the heavy lifting, because the "[[RagtagBunchOfMisfits PMC]]" consists of the [[OneManArmy Player Merc]], [[MissionControl the tech support lady]], [[CasanovaWannabe the helicopter pilot]], [[BunnyEarsLawyer the bomber pilot]], [[WrenchWench the mechanic]]. And yet, these five people manage to overthrow the Venezuelan Government. If you play co-op in ''Mercenaries 2'', you could add the other two playable mercs to the list, but it still is a small group. The first game explicitly states that fire support is delivered by the faction you bought it from, and that the price given is the amount necessary to bribe the people responsible for getting that ordinance delivered where and when you want it.
* OhNoYouDidnt: [[EarWorm Sucka tried to play me, but you never paid me, never! Oh no you didn't!]]
* OneBulletClips: Averted in the sequel, at the cost of adding a ludicrously huge ammunition capacity, especially if you're Jacobs.
* OptionalTrafficLaws: You're in a war zone. "BUMPER CAAARS!"
* PistolWhipping: Used in the first game, both to stun (one hit) and to kill (two hits). This is how you generally have to take the Deck of 52 alive.
* PocketProtector: Subverted.
* PressXToNotDie: Used for hijacking helicopters and tanks in the second game.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: The player characters. In the original, they worked for an elite military corporation called [=ExOps=], while in the sequel, they've decided to work freelance.
** In the second game, the people serving as security for the Universal Petroleum Corporation are said to be working for a much more low-rent PMC.
* PunchClockVillain: With the exception of the pirates in the second game, ''everyone'' you fight is one of these. The VZ troops under Solano believe they're fighting to protect their land against invaders, and ditto for the PLAV. The UP mercenaries make it quite clear they're just there as security for the company, and both the AN and PLA troops are there to secure the country and gain access to the oil reserves for their nation(s).
* {{Qurac}}: Notably averted - The first game takes place in suburban/rural North Korea, and the second in tropical Venezuela.
* RedChina
* {{Retcon}}: The mercs' origins received some slight tweaks between games. In the original, Jennifer comes from an affluent family where her parents were too busy to pay her any attention. In the sequel, the formative event of her youth was being evicted and forced to live out of their car for some time.
** In the first game, the Chinese General is calm, dislikes the Player, and looks like a buisness man in a suit. In the sequel, he looks younger, is happy to see the player, and is louder and far more boistrous than in the original.
*** The reason Peng is happy to see the player is because the player helped them get a promotion thanks to their work in the first game. They don't explain why he looks and acts completely differently.
* RoadCone: Obviously, the game changes ever so slightly depending on which merc you use; however, the backstory for the second game shows that Chris is the one who took down Song according to the storyline.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In the sequel, the BigBad, Ramon Solano, screws the player character out of their paycheck and tries to have them killed... and shot them in the ass. The way things ended, Ramon should've just handed over the money.
* RuleOfCool: There's plenty of FridgeLogic in both games, especially ''World in Flames'', but this entire franchise runs on action-film rules. [[MST3KMantra Just roll with it.]]
* RuthlessForeignGangsters: The Russian Mafia from the first game and Jamaican Pirates from the sequel. Notable in that the first game more or less depended on being in the Russian Mob's favor, as their "[[IncrediblyLamePun Merchant Of Menace]]'' web shop was your means of purchasing airstrikes and vehicles. The Pirates also sold gear, however, where much less critical to the story and you could purchase similar or even superior vehicles and munitions from other factions.
** Also notable in that the if the player completes bonus objectives on a particular mission, the {{Mafiya}} gets its hands on Frog-7 missiles.
** Something worth noting is that being on best terms with the Mob in the first game also reduces shop prices at the Merchant of Menace. Besides, Yosef is a cool guy. His [[ObfuscatingStupidity stupid boss]], not so much.
* ShotInTheAss: The ''entire reason'' for the plot of the second game - "First you try to trap me, then you put a cap in my ass!", as "Oh No You Didn't" put it.
* ShoutOut: The first game featured several to Star Wars and Indiana Jones, as it was published by LucasArts. From the burnt out CIA agent wishing he had an Imperial Star Destroyer to a news report that throws fuel on the [[TheDogShotFirst Han shoots first pissing contest]].
** You ''could play'' as Indy or Han Solo by means of cheats, given to you by way of ScavengerHunt.
** The [[BraggingRightsReward achievements]] in ''World In Flames'' are all references to hard rock or heavy metal songs.
** Mattias' ''World In Flames'' redesign is a homage to ''Technoviking''.
** Several of the special items (treasures/[=WMD=]s in 1, vehicle components in 2) in both games were either shoutouts to movies (Death Star Plans) or other games ([[MassEffect Saren's Hoverboard]]) or even, apparently, prominent forumites and beta testers, plus a couple of nods to the first game.
** When Misha is dropping a cluster bomb, he mentions that [[ZeroWing they have no chance to survive.]]
* SchrodingersPlayerCharacter: All three Mercs exist, but only the one you choose is sent after Song in the first game. In the sequel, the other two show up briefly in the intro to taunt your chosen Merc for getting shot in the ass, and are presumably still hanging around the bar throughout proceedings, but play no further part outside of Co-Op.
* SociopathicHero: Mattias Nilsson, and to a lesser extent the rest of the mercs.
--> '''Fiona:''' Every time you injure a civilian, I have to use our money to pay off the hospital bills. Remember that next time.
--> '''Mattias:''' But they're so squishy!
* SouthKoreansWithMarines: The South Korean army in the first game. They specialized in stealth, hit and run tactics, and had some of the more high-tech gear.
* StealthPun: The Russian Mafia's name for their arms-delivery service? [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice Merchant of Menace.]]
* StopHelpingMe: In the second game, Fiona can approach this, if you decide to wander around aimlessly without really doing anything.
** Coming too close to even a friendly faction commander will cause him to negate that disguise, sometimes at inopportune times.
** Due to ArtificialStupidity, allied NPC soldiers can become considerably more dangerous to you if they are carrying explosives than the enemy. An Allied Nations soldier on a [[MoreDakka Mk. 19]] or a Chinese Anti-Tank soldier carrying a [[DelayedExplosion fuel-air rocket launcher]] will gladly help you kill the enemy that is two feet in front of your face.
* StuffBlowingUp: You can blow up [[strike:almost]] anything. ''Anything''. Indeed,the first game was advertised as such: "Blow stuff up." *BOOM* "Then blow the hell out of it again." *BABOOM* "Then blow it up some more!" *KRAKOOM*
** In the first game, trees were indestructible. In the second, you can blow up EVERYTHING. In fact, the DLC trailer shows that you can destroy that oil rig... after a while.
** There are about three or four oil rigs, in fact. You get to blow up ''at least'' one of them, maybe two if you do the right mission and don't mind pissing Joyce off.
** This starts in the loading screens: Pandemic's corporate splash screen starts with a giant pile of grenades destroying the facade of a building.
* TankGoodness: As put by Mattias in one voice-over: "''RPG!'' Next to a tank, my ''favorite!''"
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Sure, you could just run up and shoot the guy, but ordering a laser-guided airstrike to flatten the city block he's in is much more fun.
** Using the Portable Airstrike against a North Korean horde. BAM. That area ''will'' have no buildings standing afterwards.
** Mattias is ''known'' for utilizing this trope. His personal profile even states that he ''prefers'' using air strikes and artillery shells to take out enemies when mowing them down with a machine gun would be adequate.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVillified: The [[LaResistance PLAV]], who treats the mercs as saviors if you work with them. Somewhat subverted in that they're only in it for revenge.
* TurnCoat: Sergei, the Russian mob boss from the first game, eventually tries to have both the player and his second-in-command, Josef, killed off by the North Koreans. He fails, and the final series of missions for the Russian mob involve Josef sending you out to clean house, so to speak, and defends against the NK troops aiding Sergei.
* UniversalDriversLicense: Possibly justified given the Mercs' extensive military backgrounds.
* VideogameCrueltyPotential: "Don't take my car, '''don't take my...'''ugh. Never mind."
** Or "Be careful with my car!" only for you to promptly prang it and comment about it looking better with dents.
* VideogameCrueltyPunishment: Smash up said car and you have to buy Fiona a new one.
** She doesn't comment if you ''nuke your own base'', oddly.
*** Probably because she was inside at the time of said nuking.
** In the first game, killing civilians was met with a pay penalty and reduced influence with the Allied Nations, which could really screw you over since they were the ones giving out the story missions against the Deck of 52. In the second, you just get the pay penalty, which after a while really ceases to matter.
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Fiona.
** And she has skillz. Yes, with a ''zed''. In her own words.
* WalkItOff: Moreso in the sequel - in the original, there was a cap to your regeneration. In the sequel, there isn't, but after a certain point, regeneration slows enough to leave you wanting a medpack instead of relying on regeneration.
* WeaponizedCar: In ''Mercs 2'', your PMC mechanic, Eva Navarro, is able to produce custom cars, boats, and motorcycles if you collect boxes of random parts strewn across Venezuela. Most are basically civilian vehicles. With ridiculous firepower.
** And one of them is a motorbike. [[AwesomeButImpractical A tracked motorbike. With two gatlings.]]
* WelcomeToCorneria: Especially bad in the second game. Each faction's soldiers have about three or four canned lines of dialogue for any given situation. Drive with any NPC as a passenger in your vehicle longer than five minutes and you might want to hop out and kill them yourself.
* WideOpenSandbox
* WildCard: To maximize profits, players have to stab every faction in the back at one point or another. Keep pissing off one faction and they'll turn hostile towards you, though you can bribe your way back into their good graces. In the first game, however, you had to piss off the AN as little as possible, seeing as they were paying the bounties that were the focus of the game.
* WrenchWench: Eva, the mechanic from the second game.
* YanksWithTanks: The Allied Nations seem to be entirely staffed by the U.S. military (It's lampshaded in the sequel, with a more cynical Eagleland bent, that the AN pretty much consists of the US and a few token others). They have some of the best vehicles and airstrikes in both games.
--> '''Random AN Soldier:''' USA! USA! US-oops, I mean, Allies, Allies! Allies!
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Ramon, Ramon, Ramon. Seriously dude, you really should've just paid the player or tried to keep them on retainer for the length of your coup. But no, you had to try and kill them. [[OverlyLongGag And shoot them in the ass]]. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge See what that got you?]]
** The ''player'' can end up doing this to factions once their stream of missions end up drying up in the approach to the endgame.

->Oh no you didn't!
->I'm a mercenary, you ain't got a prayer, you owe ''meeeeeeee''!
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->'''Fiona:''' So, what's the plan?
->'''Chris:''' ...Fiona? [[IAmTheTrope I]] ''[[IAmTheTrope am]]'' [[IAmTheTrope the plan]].

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''{{Mercenaries}}'' can basically be described as ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' [[XMeetsY meets]] StuffBlowingUp with lots of [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarkers]]. Okay, that's a bit simplistic.

''Mercenaries'' is a game series by Pandemic Studios revolving around the titular "Mercenaries" and their highly explosive exploits. Known for its explosions and overall humor, along with its action.

The first game, ''Playground of Destruction'', is set in North Korea, where you're air-dropped into the middle of a conflict in search of a nuke-happy dictator named General Choi Song (who naturally has a ''huge'' bounty on his head). In order to get to Song, the player must take down his most trusted allies (who, along with Song, are collectively known as the "Deck of 52", with Song being the Ace of Spades). The player can choose to work for four factions ([[SouthKoreansWithMarines South Korea]], [[ChineseWithChopperSupport China]], or [[TheMafiya The Russian Mafia]], with [[LawyerFriendlyCameo the Allied Nations]] being required, as they're the ones paying the bounties) in order to gain intel and eventually capture Song.

The second game, ''World in Flames'', is set in Venezuela and centers on villain Ramon Solano, a greedy oil company exec who hires the mercenaries, shafts them out of their payday, and then takes over the nation. The overall goal is to take down Solano in revenge, but in order to get there the player must (once more) perform missions for a number of factions including guerrillas, pirates, and returning factions like the AN and China. The sequel is also known for its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCvIw7DMHXc very catchy theme song]].

Following the closing of Pandemic by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Electronic Arts]], an early video was leaked of "Mercs, Inc", an apparently co-op centric continuation of the franchise. EA recently confirmed that the game is still in development (John Ricitello had previously stated a commitment by EA to Pandemic's franchises).

Additionally, a [[ComicBookAdaptation three-issue comicbook miniseries was released]] by [[http://www.dynamiteentertainment.com/htmlfiles/viewProduct.html?CAT=DF-Mercenaries_TPB Dynamite Entertainment]], written by Brian Reed (who also wrote the cutscene dialogue for ''World In Flames'') was released in early 2008, as a prequel to the second game. It features the three mercenaries fighting for Taiwanese guerillas against a Chinese invasion. Things go South, and for one merc, ItsPersonal.

For mercenaries in general, see the HiredGuns index, and PrivateMilitaryContractors in particular.
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->Oh no you didn't!
->Payback is a coming, you will be running, forever!

The primary cast of Mercenaries:
* Mattias Nilsson: In the first game, a cold motherfucker who shows very little emotion while slaughtering hundreds. In the sequel, he turned into a HeroicComedicSociopath. A Swede with a Mohawk and handlebar mustache who seems to dedicate his every waking moment to bigger and bigger explosions and just generally raising hell. In the original, he was faster than the other mercs - in the sequel, he regenerates faster. Voiced by PeterStormare.
* Jennifer Mui: A sleek British lady who enjoys money, luxurious bubble baths, money, fine wine, money, fast cars, and snapping necks. Specializes in stealth in the original, speed in the sequel. Voiced by JenniferHale.
* Christopher Jacobs: A ScaryBlackMan and all around {{Badass}}. Is also [[HiddenDepths something of a disillusioned idealist]]. Was tougher than the other mercs in the original, but traded that for a larger ammo supply in the sequel. Voiced by PhilLaMarr.
* Fiona Taylor: The VoiceWithAnInternetConnection who provides backup, intel, and running commentary for the mercenaries' adventures. Manages to avoid being a NinjaButterfly by being just as snarky as the rest of the heroes. Voiced by Amy Lee in the first game and India Dupré in the second.
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->Oh no you didn't!
->Until I get my vengeance, I will never end this mayhem!
Tropes seen in the ''Mercenaries'' series include:

* ActionGirl: Jennifer
* AKA47: Used on and off in both games.
* ArtificialStupidity: The friendly helicopter pilots in the first game won't pay ''any'' attention to obstacles in the landing zone, so place that smoke beacon carefully. This also goes for any support troops that might pile out of the friendly helicopters in the second game, as many of the helipads that seems like ideal places to call in a helicopter are elevated a decent distance above the ground, just barely above the lethal falling height for AI soldiers, and the AI pathfinding is so astoundingly bad that the troops piling out will yell "I'm going in!" and then ''running clean off the edge to their death just a few feet away from the staircase down. In single file.''
** This also applies to the pilot in the sequel, who can easily get stuck on objects.
** Civilians in the first game have a tendency to dive ''towards'' your vehicle when you drive fast near them.
*** Same in the second. Enemy ''soldiers'', on the other hand, often deliberately [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential spoil your fun]] by jogging out of the way.
** Friendlies following you often have a hard time getting into helicopters.
* AssistCharacter: Fiona in both games, and Ewan, Eve and Misha in the second.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Air strikes. They're incredibly powerful, capable of causing immense amounts of destruction on a wide scale. They're also very expensive, often costing more than the payout for the mission or bounty you're gunning for.
** This is averted in the sequel, as mission payouts are much larger, and often include free airstrikes to boot. Unfortunately, AwesomeButImpractical still applies to most low-to-mid tier airstrikes because they're triggered by beacons, which you need to manually throw at the target to call in the strike. Then you have about five to ten seconds to leg it before that artillery strike you called in falls about fifteen feet away from you.
* AwesomeYetPractical: In the sequel, laser-guided missiles, bunker-busters, and anything else that can be called down via satellite or laser. They're devastatingly powerful, reasonably priced, and (perhaps best of all) can be called down from a fair distance away. It's even possible to use them to wipe out Allied/Chinese targets without negatively affecting faction opinion.
** Even in the original, you'd often be granted free access to a limited number of high tier airstrikes during some missions. Additionally, the basic surgical strike in the original was cheap enough to use often, was decently powerful, and unlike the cheap strikes in ''2'', is laser-targeted, allowing you to trigger it from a fair distance away.
* BannedInChina: Thinking of picking up ''Playground of Destruction'' in the Koreas or ''World in Flames'' in Venezuela? Don't bother. Both games make obvious efforts to avoid offending their targets, but it isn't really enough. In the case of South Korea, it is not so much about offence as it is about political tension: the Koreas are still *technically* in a state of war, so any media without a strong historical basis which portrays them fighting is just too risky to allow.
* BigBad: Song in the first game, Solano in the second. Colonel Li Zhiyaun in the miniseries.
* BigFancyHouse: Ramon Solano had quite the impressive mansion. Unfortunately, it got mussed up a bit by the player character, who proceeds to use it as a base to launch their RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
** You blow up the Pyongyang Hotel to force out the first Ace in the Deck of 52.
* BilingualDialogue: A minor feature in the first game. Occasionally, your contacts in the Russian Mafia, South Korean military, or Chinese Army would start a discussion with a subordinate, in that faction's language. You'd only get English subtitles if your player mercenary spoke that faction's language (Mattias knew Russian, Chris knew Korean, and Jennifer knew Chinese). This wasn't of major importance, but occasionally gave some interesting info.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: In both games, the people you work for are in it for their own agenda. Granted, most of the factions agree that [[EvilOverlord General Song]] and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ramon Solano]] have to go, but that's the only thing they agree on, and you're expected to play them against each other, wreaking massive havoc, in order to get lots of money.
** Except for the AN. In the first game, at least, where you repeatedly run humanitarian missions for NK refugees being blocked by China. In the sequel, China's the one doing them.
* BondOneLiner: Frequently used by all mercs in the sequel, ranging from "You picked the wrong side!", used when killing Venezuelan troops (of both the [[LaResistance People's Liberation Army]] and the [[{{Mooks}} government army]]) to "Good thing the Americans don't keep a body count." when killing [[{{Eagleland}} Allied Nations]] personnel.
** Not to mention at the end:
-->[[spoiler: ''Aboard a helicopter spiraling out of control]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Solano''': What is it you want? You want money? That's what you've always wanted, right? You want me to pay, isn't that it? You want me to pay?!]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Player Merc''': Yeah. ''* BANG* '' Payday.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Mischa, the jet pilot from the sequel is passed out drunk when he's not destroying the hell out of something. In a jet that's apparently held together by baling wire and duct tape.
* CarFu: A perfectly viable method of dealing with emplaced weapons.
* CasanovaWannabe: Ewan, the helicopter pilot from the sequel, claims to have a great track record with the ladies.
* ChineseWithChopperSupport: Both in the first and second game, and usually have cheaper and somewhat shoddier airstrikes and vehicles.
* ChunkySalsaRule: In the first game, getting hit by a car going at full speed is usually a death sentence, regardless of how much health you have.
* [[CIAEvilFBIGood CIA Evil]]: Well, "CIA morally grey" is more like it. In the first game, the South Koreans were being "advised" by burned out CIA Agent Buford, who by the end of the game wanted you to take out the Chinese Army more than he wanted you to take out the North Korean threat. In the sequel, CIA Agent Joyce is calling the shots for the Allies, and is a lot colder and less likeable than General Peng, though both are in the conflict almost entirely because of the oil. [[spoiler: He even attempts to back out of the deal to give you a nuke if you side with the Allies at the end of the game]].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Ramon Solano is the owner of an ISP; and moves up from being the wealthiest man in the country to being PresidentEvil. Also, Doctor Rubin from Universal Petroleum is in charge of a mercenary army and will pay the player to wreak all sorts of havoc.
* TheDanza: JenniferHale plays Jennifer Mui.
* DeadpanSnarker: All of the mercs, but Jennifer and Mattias especially.
* DeathbringerTheAdorable: In a mission that takes place after you get the [[{{Jerkass}} UP Mercenaries]] some vitally needed ammo, they refuse to let you see their boss until you do another mission--retrieve the ''Devastator''. You get to the point laid out on your map and see a pretty lethal-looking tank, but the ''Devastator'' is really a pink moped with a flower basket that play cutesy music. [[spoiler: Thank god you later get the option to just wipe out UP HQ]].
** Fiona even makes fun of the player's chosen mercenary while they are riding it, and Jacobs will grumble that the whole thing feels like a fraternity hazing. Fittingly enough, after getting into good standing with UP, the mercenaries treat the chosen merc pretty well...almost as if they just successfully joined their frat.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Blowing up your base's fuel storage tanks will result in not only losing the fuel stored in them, but also the fuel storage capacity they represent, meaning you not only have to rebuild your stockpile of fuel, you first have to buy a replacement tank to stash it in.
* DeathFromAbove: WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation prefers to call Mercenaries 2 "Airstrikes 2: Hooray for Airstrikes"
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The first game's plot is suspiciously similar to the War on Terror (right down to the Deck of 52), while the second hit close enough to home for Hugo Chavez to accuse Pandemic of making the game solely for propaganda purposes.
** ...And gets thrown out the window when the Allied Nations are suddenly made into [[{{Eagleland}} oil-hungry]] incompetent idiots, China is in it for the oil and to become more powerful, the rebels are solely out for revenge, the dictator doesn't even ''resemble'' Hugo at all (and is a CorruptCorporateExecutive). Hammering the point home is a praise of Bolivar's rebellion before the credits roll. Smooth there, since the AN actually cared about the North Korean civilians in the first game - to the point where your game could come to a screeching halt if you pissed them off by killing civilians, because they were the ones paying for the Deck, and giving the Ace assignments...
** Ironically, in the sequel, the ''Chinese'' wind up being the most sympathetic faction - if only because the man you interact with for them displays a desire to help the people (including a few missions where you escort ambulances), and is straightforward about his desire to go toe to toe with the Americans, while the AN contact is a cold, dispassionate CIA operative who only cares about the oil. It should be noted that the AN contacts in the original game sent you out for humanitarian missions, including having you fly past Chinese defenses to deliver supplies to fleeing refugees, while in the sequel, they're mostly there to keep the oil going.
** Then again, some of the Chinese actions are...questionable. One of their destruction targets a large building with big red and white cross emblem on it. Odds are it isn't the Swiss embassy, so the ordered destruction of an Allied-run hospital makes the above mentioned ambulance escort missions seem like particularly coldhearted PR-ploys. It doesn't help that the first Allied mission involves destroying Chinese artillery units that the Allies can't get to because the Chinese set them up in a civilian-dense location...and the first Chinese mission involves doing something ''while that artillery supports you.''
** Similarly, General Peng makes no illusions about being there for the oil: the difference between him and Joyce is that Joyce is hobbled by the inability to be as open about it as Peng can be.
* DoItYourselfThemetune: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zuwe3xESHU4&feature=channel Behold.]]
* DrunkenMaster: Misha, the jet pilot in the second game. He flies better than just about everyone else in the country, ''as long as he's completely wasted while he does it''. It's implied that he can't fly for shit while sober, although there's no way to confirm this due to the fact that he keeps himself totally drunk for the entire game.
* DynamicEntry: In the first game, you start off by driving your Humvee out of an ''airborne'' C-17 Globemaster, and making a beeline to Allied HQ through NK barricades.
* DysfunctionalFamily: Even in the first game, Jennifer Mui was said to have come from a broken home, but [[ExpansionPackPast it's built up later]]. [[spoiler: In the comic, it's revealed that her father had a son from a teenage affair, whom he put up for adoption to hide the fact. Said child was bounced from orphanage to orphanage and eventually joined the Chinese Army (in fact, he's [[BigBad Colonel Li Zhiyaun]]). When he grew up, he confronted his father (who by that time married and had more children and success), and resented the easier life Jen and her ''other'' brother, David, had ([[ParentalFavoritism dear ol' dad kept them and refused to acknowledge Li Zhiyaun]]). During the events of the comic, he kidnaps Fiona in an attempt to have the mercenaries kill off David Mui, who's leading the Taiwanese insurgency. The Mercenaries come up with a plan to rescue her, but David, believing that he was being betrayed, screws up aformentioned plan, leading to Zhiyaun placing Chris, Fiona, and David in front of a firing squad. Jen, Mattias, and the rebels come to the rescue. In the end, Jen and David shoot Zhiyuan, but don't seem to part on the best of terms.]]
* {{Eagleland}}: In the first game, the United States-led Allied Nations are attempting to stabilize the situation and end a legitimate threat (Type I). In the sequel, the Allied Nations are just there for the oil (Type II). [[spoiler: When it turns out that Solano got his hands on a North Korean nuke, their decision to move in becomes a retroactively good choice, if for less-than-noble reasons.]] In both games, they tend to have very good high-level weaponry.
* [[EveryCarIsAPinto Everything Is A Pinto]]: Pour enough bullets into it, and everything from a car, to a helicopter, to a boat will [[IncendiaryExponent catch fire]] and quickly [[StuffBlowingUp explode]].
* {{Expy}}: UP's mercenaries are almost dead-ringers for the real-life PMC Blackwater, with some elements of Executive Outcomes thrown in. Their heavily-armored black-painted [=SUVs=] to their black-painted helicopters (which look almost ''exactly'' like the OH-6 helicopters Blackwater use) and some of the missions (one even involves escorting [=VIPs=] to safe areas from the airport - one of Blackwater's main functions in Iraq) match what Blackwater does right now, and the availability of light armor and air power, coupled with their focus on protecting natural resources owned and exploited by a parent company, matches what Executive Outcomes did in Africa. It doesn't help that [=ExOps=], the mercenary company you work for in the first game, was based on Executive Outcomes.
* FinaglesLaw: In the first game, every time -- '''''EVERY SINGLE TIME''''' -- a mission requires you to get somewhere quickly and[=/=]or with as little damage as possible, the shortest possible route will be full of warring soldiers, trigger-happy tanks, and exploding cars.
** Unless you [[TakeAThirdOption take a chopper.]]
* ForeignLanguageTirade: In the sequel, Matthias will sometimes curse in Swedish after losing one of Fiona's challenges, complete with the subtitle "[Curses in Swedish]"
* FragileSpeedster: Jennifer, but this is relative to the other mercs - she can still take a few [=RPG=]s to the face and stay in the fight.
* GameBreakingBug: The sequel had a number of areas that could've used more playtesting; one notable example is in a mission where you have to rescue a hostage held on top of a skyscraper. Oftentimes, as soon as the player enters the hostage's line of sight, the hostage will run towards them. Even if they're in a helicopter, and running towards them leads the hostage off of the skyscraper.
** When you're in a particularly desperate spot, sometimes the game will simply jam your HP at 10 and refuse to register any further hits on the player. Even worse, you'll be permanently subjected to the 'concussion' InterfaceScrew effects of a pulsing screen and a 'wub wub wub wub wub' noise.
** After March 17th, the sequel no longer plays if you have an internet connection. This is true on PS3, XBox360, and PC. Contrary to popular belief, the servers were only shut down for the PC version. For the console versions, EA updated their Terms and Conditions but forgot to patch the new location in ''Mercenaries 2''. Instead of simply giving an error message, the game gets stuck "Connecting to EA server" ''forever'' and freezes up completely. It ''is'' possible to get around this: you'll have to run any online-enabled EA game released before ''Mercenaries 2'' (August 2008) that still has its servers active (e.g. ''[[NeedForSpeed Need For Speed Carbon]]'', ''[[VideoGame/{{Half-Life2}} The]]'' ''[[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Orange]]'' ''[[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Box]]'', or ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany''). Still, this sort of thing really should have been patched by now. [[SarcasmMode Thanks, EA, you fucking morons]].
*** It's fixed as of 2012. but by now, no-one's playing it...
* GenreSavvy: By the second game, nearly everyone is aware that ''you'' are the person to turn to to pull off impossible tasks that no one person would ever be sane enough to do. The enemies are also DangerouslyGenreSavvy; while fighting the Chinese, for example, the troops calling for reinforcements will outright say that they ''need'' armor support, because you ''will'' wipe out their infantry. Also, General Carmona waits until [[spoiler: you're trying to take out Solano before he attacks the PMC.]]
* GrapplingHookPistol: Added to the mercs' bag of tricks in ''World in Flames''.
* HeyItsThatVoice: JenniferHale ([[Franchise/MetalGear Naomi]], [[MassEffect Fem!Shep]]) plays Jen Mui, Peter Stormare (Hollywood's choice for anyone of [[FakeNationality vague European background]]) plays Mattias, and PhilLaMarr ([[{{DCAU}} Green Lantern]], SamuraiJack) plays Jacobs. The original also had Carl Weathers as the allied commander.
** One of your contacts in the second game, a [[CrazyAwesome ''female'']] contact, is known for bragging about having the biggest balls in [[SaintsRow Stillwater]].
** In the Spanish version, Mattias is [[TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]].
** Bruce [=McGill=] and James Hong, anyone?
* HighSpeedHijack: ''Mercenaries 2'' gives a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi1AC-GVNKU how-to demonstration for beginners.]] Don't think you're limited to jumping onto the backs of trucks though -- it's certainly possible to do the same to attack helicopters in the air.
* HundredPercentCompletion: Verifying the whole Deck of 52 in the first game gives you access to a set of super-powerful "cheater" weapons, including [[{{BFG}} a portable airstrike]] and [[GatlingGood a handheld version of the helicopters' Vulcan gun]].
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Well, not ''really'' intentionally. This troper ran into a crazy bug that caused all enemies, for all their gunfire, to be unable to actually ''hit'' the broad side of a barn door, much less Jennifer Mui. It took a couple hours for me to notice, and more than one Xbox 360 restart to make it go away, after which the game [[DifficultySpike became nigh unplayable on that save]].
** The enemy ground soldiers in the first game were pretty much piss poor shots, their bullets more than often going all over the place except for my merc. Their tank drivers, on the other hand, must have been freaking snipers for all the times the North Koreans blew me up while I was driving by...
*** As a side note, firing from the hip in ''Mercenaries 2'' tends to be more accurate than aiming down the sights (except for the sniper rifle).
* ImpressivePyrotechnics: The later-game explosions (and hell, even some of the early game ones too) are awesome.
* InsertGrenadeHere: To hijack tanks. Try not to think too much about the interior.
* IWantThemAlive: While your contacts are willing to settle for a photograph of a corpse, catching high-value targets alive nets you twice the paycheck.
* KarmaMeter: Sort of. Each faction (aside from the designated villain one) has their own opinion of you; oftentimes completing missions for one faction might decrease an opposing faction's mood (for instance, by the end of the first game, the South Koreans and Chinese were openly fighting each other, and wanted you to destroy the other). Skillfully playing the factions against each other could net you more than simply siding with one over the other - in fact, it's required for game progression.
* LaResistance: The People's Liberation Army of Venezuela, or P.L.A.V., in the second game.
* LadyOfWar: Jennifer and Fiona.
* LeaveNoWitnesses: This is how you can get away with shooting people belonging to a particular faction in ''Mercenaries 2'': make sure they don't radio their boss that "the one that Serrano shot in the ass" is attacking them.
* LostForever: In the first game, accepting an Ace contract forfeits all the unverified bounties of the same suit. (As well as the rather awesome HundredPercentCompletion bonus, if you didn't verify them all.)
** One mission from late the first game has you [[spoiler: destroying the bridge connecting to the Chinese HQ in the northern map]], thus rendering any optional races to and from the Chinese HQ impossible.
* LyricalDissonance: "Oh No, You Didn't", the song from an ad for the second game. It's a song that sounds like something from a musical about the singers wreaking havoc after getting shot in the ass by Solano.
* MadeOfIron: The original was generally pretty good about snuffing you when you did something like got a chopper blown up at 2,000 feet.. but in the sequel, you'll hit the ground, dust yourself off, and regenerate back to "okay". Even in the first game, it takes a lot more lead to kill you than it does your enemies.
* MightyGlacier: Chris Jacobs in the original, Mattias in the sequel; but again, they aren't ''slow'', just a bit slower than the other mercs.
* MirrorMatch: It is possible for two of the same character to play in the same game in ''Mercenaries 2'' co-op.
* MultipleEndings in the original, depending on which faction is friendliest with you and [[spoiler:whether or not you manage to shutdown the nukes in the final mission]].
* NeverLiveItDown: [[{{in-universe}} All throughout]] ''Mercenaries 2'', enemies will recognize you as "the one Solano shot in the ass."
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In the sequel, the mercenary helps Ramon seize power, which leads to a brutal war that devastates Venezuela and causes the United States and China to attack each other. Oh, and Solano gets a hold of a nuke, which he uses ''on his own country''. In a normal game, the player would want to take out Solano to stop the evil they helped bring about. In this game? You want to take out Solano because he cheated you out of your pay and had you shot in the ass. Which is way more awesome.
* NorthKoreansWithNodongs: The first game featured the KPA as the main antagonist faction.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: The mercenaries, of course, are in it for the profit in the first game, rather than any humanitarian or ideological cause. In the sequel, it's for payback (and profit).
** Though a few scenes prevent them from being a HeroicSociopath, their reaction to torturers and generals shelling civilians, as well as getting along better with the more moral factions than the corrupt ones.
* OddlySmallOrganization: In the sequel, the player starts their own PMC as part of their bid to take down Solano. And yet, despite this the player still has to do all the heavy lifting, because the "[[RagtagBunchOfMisfits PMC]]" consists of the [[OneManArmy Player Merc]], [[MissionControl the tech support lady]], [[CasanovaWannabe the helicopter pilot]], [[BunnyEarsLawyer the bomber pilot]], [[WrenchWench the mechanic]]. And yet, these five people manage to overthrow the Venezuelan Government. If you play co-op in ''Mercenaries 2'', you could add the other two playable mercs to the list, but it still is a small group. The first game explicitly states that fire support is delivered by the faction you bought it from, and that the price given is the amount necessary to bribe the people responsible for getting that ordinance delivered where and when you want it.
* OhNoYouDidnt: [[EarWorm Sucka tried to play me, but you never paid me, never! Oh no you didn't!]]
* OneBulletClips: Averted in the sequel, at the cost of adding a ludicrously huge ammunition capacity, especially if you're Jacobs.
* OptionalTrafficLaws: You're in a war zone. "BUMPER CAAARS!"
* PistolWhipping: Used in the first game, both to stun (one hit) and to kill (two hits). This is how you generally have to take the Deck of 52 alive.
* PocketProtector: Subverted.
* PressXToNotDie: Used for hijacking helicopters and tanks in the second game.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: The player characters. In the original, they worked for an elite military corporation called [=ExOps=], while in the sequel, they've decided to work freelance.
** In the second game, the people serving as security for the Universal Petroleum Corporation are said to be working for a much more low-rent PMC.
* PunchClockVillain: With the exception of the pirates in the second game, ''everyone'' you fight is one of these. The VZ troops under Solano believe they're fighting to protect their land against invaders, and ditto for the PLAV. The UP mercenaries make it quite clear they're just there as security for the company, and both the AN and PLA troops are there to secure the country and gain access to the oil reserves for their nation(s).
* {{Qurac}}: Notably averted - The first game takes place in suburban/rural North Korea, and the second in tropical Venezuela.
* RedChina
* {{Retcon}}: The mercs' origins received some slight tweaks between games. In the original, Jennifer comes from an affluent family where her parents were too busy to pay her any attention. In the sequel, the formative event of her youth was being evicted and forced to live out of their car for some time.
** In the first game, the Chinese General is calm, dislikes the Player, and looks like a buisness man in a suit. In the sequel, he looks younger, is happy to see the player, and is louder and far more boistrous than in the original.
*** The reason Peng is happy to see the player is because the player helped them get a promotion thanks to their work in the first game. They don't explain why he looks and acts completely differently.
* RoadCone: Obviously, the game changes ever so slightly depending on which merc you use; however, the backstory for the second game shows that Chris is the one who took down Song according to the storyline.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In the sequel, the BigBad, Ramon Solano, screws the player character out of their paycheck and tries to have them killed... and shot them in the ass. The way things ended, Ramon should've just handed over the money.
* RuleOfCool: There's plenty of FridgeLogic in both games, especially ''World in Flames'', but this entire franchise runs on action-film rules. [[MST3KMantra Just roll with it.]]
* RuthlessForeignGangsters: The Russian Mafia from the first game and Jamaican Pirates from the sequel. Notable in that the first game more or less depended on being in the Russian Mob's favor, as their "[[IncrediblyLamePun Merchant Of Menace]]'' web shop was your means of purchasing airstrikes and vehicles. The Pirates also sold gear, however, where much less critical to the story and you could purchase similar or even superior vehicles and munitions from other factions.
** Also notable in that the if the player completes bonus objectives on a particular mission, the {{Mafiya}} gets its hands on Frog-7 missiles.
** Something worth noting is that being on best terms with the Mob in the first game also reduces shop prices at the Merchant of Menace. Besides, Yosef is a cool guy. His [[ObfuscatingStupidity stupid boss]], not so much.
* ShotInTheAss: The ''entire reason'' for the plot of the second game - "First you try to trap me, then you put a cap in my ass!", as "Oh No You Didn't" put it.
* ShoutOut: The first game featured several to Star Wars and Indiana Jones, as it was published by LucasArts. From the burnt out CIA agent wishing he had an Imperial Star Destroyer to a news report that throws fuel on the [[TheDogShotFirst Han shoots first pissing contest]].
** You ''could play'' as Indy or Han Solo by means of cheats, given to you by way of ScavengerHunt.
** The [[BraggingRightsReward achievements]] in ''World In Flames'' are all references to hard rock or heavy metal songs.
** Mattias' ''World In Flames'' redesign is a homage to ''Technoviking''.
** Several of the special items (treasures/[=WMD=]s in 1, vehicle components in 2) in both games were either shoutouts to movies (Death Star Plans) or other games ([[MassEffect Saren's Hoverboard]]) or even, apparently, prominent forumites and beta testers, plus a couple of nods to the first game.
** When Misha is dropping a cluster bomb, he mentions that [[ZeroWing they have no chance to survive.]]
* SchrodingersPlayerCharacter: All three Mercs exist, but only the one you choose is sent after Song in the first game. In the sequel, the other two show up briefly in the intro to taunt your chosen Merc for getting shot in the ass, and are presumably still hanging around the bar throughout proceedings, but play no further part outside of Co-Op.
* SociopathicHero: Mattias Nilsson, and to a lesser extent the rest of the mercs.
--> '''Fiona:''' Every time you injure a civilian, I have to use our money to pay off the hospital bills. Remember that next time.
--> '''Mattias:''' But they're so squishy!
* SouthKoreansWithMarines: The South Korean army in the first game. They specialized in stealth, hit and run tactics, and had some of the more high-tech gear.
* StealthPun: The Russian Mafia's name for their arms-delivery service? [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice Merchant of Menace.]]
* StopHelpingMe: In the second game, Fiona can approach this, if you decide to wander around aimlessly without really doing anything.
** Coming too close to even a friendly faction commander will cause him to negate that disguise, sometimes at inopportune times.
** Due to ArtificialStupidity, allied NPC soldiers can become considerably more dangerous to you if they are carrying explosives than the enemy. An Allied Nations soldier on a [[MoreDakka Mk. 19]] or a Chinese Anti-Tank soldier carrying a [[DelayedExplosion fuel-air rocket launcher]] will gladly help you kill the enemy that is two feet in front of your face.
* StuffBlowingUp: You can blow up [[strike:almost]] anything. ''Anything''. Indeed,the first game was advertised as such: "Blow stuff up." *BOOM* "Then blow the hell out of it again." *BABOOM* "Then blow it up some more!" *KRAKOOM*
** In the first game, trees were indestructible. In the second, you can blow up EVERYTHING. In fact, the DLC trailer shows that you can destroy that oil rig... after a while.
** There are about three or four oil rigs, in fact. You get to blow up ''at least'' one of them, maybe two if you do the right mission and don't mind pissing Joyce off.
** This starts in the loading screens: Pandemic's corporate splash screen starts with a giant pile of grenades destroying the facade of a building.
* TankGoodness: As put by Mattias in one voice-over: "''RPG!'' Next to a tank, my ''favorite!''"
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Sure, you could just run up and shoot the guy, but ordering a laser-guided airstrike to flatten the city block he's in is much more fun.
** Using the Portable Airstrike against a North Korean horde. BAM. That area ''will'' have no buildings standing afterwards.
** Mattias is ''known'' for utilizing this trope. His personal profile even states that he ''prefers'' using air strikes and artillery shells to take out enemies when mowing them down with a machine gun would be adequate.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVillified: The [[LaResistance PLAV]], who treats the mercs as saviors if you work with them. Somewhat subverted in that they're only in it for revenge.
* TurnCoat: Sergei, the Russian mob boss from the first game, eventually tries to have both the player and his second-in-command, Josef, killed off by the North Koreans. He fails, and the final series of missions for the Russian mob involve Josef sending you out to clean house, so to speak, and defends against the NK troops aiding Sergei.
* UniversalDriversLicense: Possibly justified given the Mercs' extensive military backgrounds.
* VideogameCrueltyPotential: "Don't take my car, '''don't take my...'''ugh. Never mind."
** Or "Be careful with my car!" only for you to promptly prang it and comment about it looking better with dents.
* VideogameCrueltyPunishment: Smash up said car and you have to buy Fiona a new one.
** She doesn't comment if you ''nuke your own base'', oddly.
*** Probably because she was inside at the time of said nuking.
** In the first game, killing civilians was met with a pay penalty and reduced influence with the Allied Nations, which could really screw you over since they were the ones giving out the story missions against the Deck of 52. In the second, you just get the pay penalty, which after a while really ceases to matter.
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Fiona.
** And she has skillz. Yes, with a ''zed''. In her own words.
* WalkItOff: Moreso in the sequel - in the original, there was a cap to your regeneration. In the sequel, there isn't, but after a certain point, regeneration slows enough to leave you wanting a medpack instead of relying on regeneration.
* WeaponizedCar: In ''Mercs 2'', your PMC mechanic, Eva Navarro, is able to produce custom cars, boats, and motorcycles if you collect boxes of random parts strewn across Venezuela. Most are basically civilian vehicles. With ridiculous firepower.
** And one of them is a motorbike. [[AwesomeButImpractical A tracked motorbike. With two gatlings.]]
* WelcomeToCorneria: Especially bad in the second game. Each faction's soldiers have about three or four canned lines of dialogue for any given situation. Drive with any NPC as a passenger in your vehicle longer than five minutes and you might want to hop out and kill them yourself.
* WideOpenSandbox
* WildCard: To maximize profits, players have to stab every faction in the back at one point or another. Keep pissing off one faction and they'll turn hostile towards you, though you can bribe your way back into their good graces. In the first game, however, you had to piss off the AN as little as possible, seeing as they were paying the bounties that were the focus of the game.
* WrenchWench: Eva, the mechanic from the second game.
* YanksWithTanks: The Allied Nations seem to be entirely staffed by the U.S. military (It's lampshaded in the sequel, with a more cynical Eagleland bent, that the AN pretty much consists of the US and a few token others). They have some of the best vehicles and airstrikes in both games.
--> '''Random AN Soldier:''' USA! USA! US-oops, I mean, Allies, Allies! Allies!
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Ramon, Ramon, Ramon. Seriously dude, you really should've just paid the player or tried to keep them on retainer for the length of your coup. But no, you had to try and kill them. [[OverlyLongGag And shoot them in the ass]]. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge See what that got you?]]
** The ''player'' can end up doing this to factions once their stream of missions end up drying up in the approach to the endgame.

->Oh no you didn't!
->I'm a mercenary, you ain't got a prayer, you owe ''meeeeeeee''!
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25th Nov '12 4:28:12 PM IchigoMontoya
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->'''Chris:''' ...Fiona? [[IAmTheTrope I]] ''[[IAmTheTrope am]]'' [[IAmTheTrope the plan.]]

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->'''Chris:''' ...Fiona? [[IAmTheTrope I]] ''[[IAmTheTrope am]]'' [[IAmTheTrope the plan.]]
plan]].



* Mattias Nilsson: In the first game, a cold motherfucker who shows very little emotion while slaughtering hundreds. In the sequel, he had a bit of {{Flanderization}} and turned into the HeroicComedicSociopath to end them all. A Swede with a Mohawk and handlebar mustache who seems to dedicate his every waking moment to bigger and bigger explosions and just generally raising hell. In the original, he was faster than the other mercs - in the sequel, he regenerates faster. Voiced by PeterStormare.
* Jennifer Mui: A sleek British lady who enjoys money, luxurious bubble baths, money, fine wine, money, fast cars, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment money]], snapping necks, and [[OverlyLongGag money]]. Specializes in stealth in the original, speed in the sequel. Voiced by JenniferHale.
* Christopher Jacobs: ScaryBlackMan and all around {{Badass}}. Is also [[HiddenDepths something of a disillusioned idealist]]. Was tougher than the other mercs in the original, but traded that for a larger ammo supply in the sequel. Voiced by PhilLaMarr.

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* Mattias Nilsson: In the first game, a cold motherfucker who shows very little emotion while slaughtering hundreds. In the sequel, he had a bit of {{Flanderization}} and turned into the HeroicComedicSociopath to end them all.a HeroicComedicSociopath. A Swede with a Mohawk and handlebar mustache who seems to dedicate his every waking moment to bigger and bigger explosions and just generally raising hell. In the original, he was faster than the other mercs - in the sequel, he regenerates faster. Voiced by PeterStormare.
* Jennifer Mui: A sleek British lady who enjoys money, luxurious bubble baths, money, fine wine, money, fast cars, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment money]], and snapping necks, and [[OverlyLongGag money]].necks. Specializes in stealth in the original, speed in the sequel. Voiced by JenniferHale.
* Christopher Jacobs: A ScaryBlackMan and all around {{Badass}}. Is also [[HiddenDepths something of a disillusioned idealist]]. Was tougher than the other mercs in the original, but traded that for a larger ammo supply in the sequel. Voiced by PhilLaMarr.
22nd Nov '12 1:40:14 AM Speedball
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* LeaveNoWitnesses: This is how you can get away with shooting people belonging to a particular faction in ''Mercenaries 2'': make sure they don't radio their boss that "the one that Serrano shot in the ass" is attacking them.
18th Nov '12 11:16:33 AM StarSword
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For mercenaries in general, see the HiredGuns index.

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For mercenaries in general, see the HiredGuns index.index, and PrivateMilitaryContractors in particular.


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* HighSpeedHijack: ''Mercenaries 2'' gives a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi1AC-GVNKU how-to demonstration for beginners.]] Don't think you're limited to jumping onto the backs of trucks though -- it's certainly possible to do the same to attack helicopters in the air.
14th Nov '12 4:50:34 AM BDNeon
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* ArtificialStupidity: The friendly helicopter pilots in the first game won't pay ''any'' attention to obstacles in the landing zone, so place that smoke beacon carefully. This also goes for any support troops that might pile out of the friendly helicopters, as many of the helipads that seems like ideal places to call in a helicopter are elevated a decent distance above the ground, just barely above the lethal falling height for AI soldiers, and the AI pathfinding is so astoundingly bad that the troops piling out will yell "I'm going in!" and then ''running clean off the edge to their death just a few feet away from the staircase down. In single file.''

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* ArtificialStupidity: The friendly helicopter pilots in the first game won't pay ''any'' attention to obstacles in the landing zone, so place that smoke beacon carefully. This also goes for any support troops that might pile out of the friendly helicopters, helicopters in the second game, as many of the helipads that seems like ideal places to call in a helicopter are elevated a decent distance above the ground, just barely above the lethal falling height for AI soldiers, and the AI pathfinding is so astoundingly bad that the troops piling out will yell "I'm going in!" and then ''running clean off the edge to their death just a few feet away from the staircase down. In single file.''
14th Nov '12 4:49:43 AM BDNeon
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* ArtificialStupidity: The friendly helicopter pilots in the first game won't pay ''any'' attention to obstacles in the landing zone, so place that smoke beacon carefully.

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* ArtificialStupidity: The friendly helicopter pilots in the first game won't pay ''any'' attention to obstacles in the landing zone, so place that smoke beacon carefully. This also goes for any support troops that might pile out of the friendly helicopters, as many of the helipads that seems like ideal places to call in a helicopter are elevated a decent distance above the ground, just barely above the lethal falling height for AI soldiers, and the AI pathfinding is so astoundingly bad that the troops piling out will yell "I'm going in!" and then ''running clean off the edge to their death just a few feet away from the staircase down. In single file.''
8th Nov '12 9:41:44 PM strangerquark
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* BannedInChina: Thinking of picking up ''Playground of Destruction'' in the Koreas or ''World in Flames'' in Venezuela? Don't bother. Both games make obvious efforts to avoid offending their targets, but it isn't really enough.

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* BannedInChina: Thinking of picking up ''Playground of Destruction'' in the Koreas or ''World in Flames'' in Venezuela? Don't bother. Both games make obvious efforts to avoid offending their targets, but it isn't really enough. In the case of South Korea, it is not so much about offence as it is about political tension: the Koreas are still *technically* in a state of war, so any media without a strong historical basis which portrays them fighting is just too risky to allow.
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