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Revenge drama/action/comedy starring Creator/DannyTrejo, Creator/RonPerlman and Creator/CharlesSDutton [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory very loosely based on Epic Beard Man]], but expands greatly on this subject matter into areas Tom Bruso wouldn't even dream of.

Frank Vega (Trejo) is a Vietnam vet living in Los Angeles who finds himself on a bus one day when a couple of skinheads jump on and start harassing a senior citizen. Frank's protection of the man with his [[CombatPragmatist impressive moves]] earns him the respect of the media and city; he just wants to be left alone and go on with his quiet life, but...

Seems his old war buddy Klondike has something he shouldn't, which results in tragedy... Cue Vega going on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge throughout L.A.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AdvertisedExtra: Ron Perlman as the mayor only features in a couple very short scenes. [[WhatTheHellCastingAgency One wonders why you would cast a known B-movie actor like Ron Perlman as a corrupt politician who is barely in the film]] [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot and who never once encounters the Danny Trejo.]]
* AscendedMeme: The whole point of the movie, right down to [[spoiler: Panther saying at the end after Vega beats him up: "Somebody... send amberlamps!"]].
* CoolOldGuy: Frank himself.
* CombatPragmatist: Frank's fighting style, which catches everyone save [[spoiler: Panther]] completely off guard.
* ChaseScene: With [[spoiler: city buses!]]
* BadassGrandpa: If he'd had any kids. [[spoiler: Though he becomes a PapaWolf by adoption.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Frank is incredibly nice and helpful to just about everyone, and he even gives people who want to fight him at least one chance to back down before the inevitable CurbStompBattle ensues.
* BondOneLiner: Not after someone has died, but after the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique below: [[spoiler: "Got a message from your wife. She told you to go fuck yourself! Hope you're right-handed."]]
%%* EvilIsHammy: [[spoiler: Panther.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Lots, but mainly Vega and Mayor Williams.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: And you can bet he worked for it.]]
* FamedInStory: Frank.
* HundredPercentHeroismRating: Frank beats a bunch of people up, [[spoiler: blows up a garage, probably killing two guys in the process, smashes a statue, several cars and parking meters, an entire glass lobby and wrecks a city bus,]] and what does he get? Why, [[spoiler: he gets made an honorary police officer!]]
* HumbleHero: Frank gets like this when he becomes the focus of praise.
* IdiotBall: At least two attractive women in LA leave their back doors open at night!
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Used on a Mook [[spoiler: and later on, on Vega himself]]
* Mondegreen: [[spoiler: Just like in the video. Who is Amber Lamps anyway?]]
* MemeticBadass: An in-universe example! Millions of people see the "[[BlandNameProduct YouView]]" video of Frank beating up the skinheads, lending him internet fame and a few favors- [[spoiler: including a city bus.]] He's even sporting a meme-worthy '''I AM A MOTHERFUCKER''' T-shirt.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: They killed [[BandOfBrothers the only family]] he had left. [[Film/{{Machete}} They just fucked with the wrong Mexican.]]
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: In with the film's name, whenever you hear the "Bad Ass" theme song, ''someone's in for a world of hurt''.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: The skinheads from the bus. They reappear twice, and both times they completely fail to even scratch Frank, and he was tired and [[spoiler: bleeding from a kukri slash to the leg]] the third time!
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