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->'''Pooch:''' You're talking about declarin' war on the Central Intelligence Agency.\\
'''Cougar:''' They started it.

A largely unknown comic book series by VertigoComics about Black Ops who were betrayed by their handler, a {{CIA}} mastermind called Max, and presumed to be dead. Years later, the Losers come back for some payback. The series run for 32 issues (August, 2003 - March, 2006). [[FilmOfTheBook A film adaptation was released in April 23, 2010]] that was pretty much AdaptationDistillation (most of the first volume and some parts of the fourth).

Named after a DCComics [[TheSquad squad]] of the same name who fought in WorldWarII, but are otherwise unrelated.

'''Members:'''
* Clay: The Leader.
* Roque: The second-in-command. [[spoiler: [[FaceHeelTurn Betrays them.]]]]
* Jensen: The hacker.
* Cougar: The [[ColdSniper sniper.]] [[NeverBareheaded Wears a cowboy hat.]]
* Pooch: The pilot. A family man.
* Aisha: The AxCrazy DarkActionGirl.

'''There are five volumes encompassing the entire story:'''
* ''Ante Up'' (2004)
* ''Double Down'' (2004)
* ''Trifecta'' (2005)
* ''Close Quarters'' (2005)
* ''Endgame'' (2006)

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!!Tropes Used:

* ActorAllusion: the office scene ends with Jensen (Chris Evans) claiming to possess [[Film/FantasticFour telekinetic]] [[{{Push}} powers]].
** Which he received from a "[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger secret government experiment]]".
** Might be more of a coincidence, but at the start of the film you get a close-up shot of [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger an American flag star and Jensen talking about how he died for this country]].
* {{Adorkable}}: Jensen (at least in the movie).
** SociallyAwkwardHero: He also tries (and fails) to pick up women at the worst possible times. Like when Aisha is cleaning her gun.
* AntiHero: The majority the losers Are Type IV, while Aisha is a Type V.
* AnyoneCanDie
* ArcWords: "Vaya con Dios, angelitos."
* AscendedExtra: Wade only appeared in the first few issues of the comic before dying horribly. In the film he's placed as Max's [[TheDragon Dragon.]]
* BadassBookworm: Jensen, especially in the movie.
* BadassGrandpa: Stegler. Never mentioned how old he is, but he's noted as being a bit of a dinosaur around the CIA offices.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Since this series is mostly about the CIA this trope pops up quite commonly with the most noteworthy examples being Clay, the leader of the Losers, and Max.
* BehindTheBlack: The book's London arc opens with close-ups of Clay, Jensen, Pooch and Cougar tersely discussing their situation, acknowledging they're surrounded by enemies, hopelessly outnumbered and need to work out a way to get through them. The POV then pulls back to a wide shot, and [[CrowningMomentofFunny it turns out they're debating how to get through a crowd to the bar.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Couple times. The Losers for the children and later [[spoiler: Aisha for the Losers.]]
** In the finale of the comic, [[spoiler:Pooch shows up to save the team from the oil rig, although only Jensen makes it.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The Losers stop Max's plan to start World War 3 and insure global American dominace, but Aisha betrays the team and kills Clay by dropping a WP grenade next to him. Cougar is mortally wounded trying to escape, and ends up detonating a nuke to destroy Max and his country. Aisha's last appearance has her fighting 100 of Max's goons with no indication she got far enough away from the blast in time. Jensen and Pooch manage to make a clean getaway and it's made clear nobody who wants them dead knows they survived.]]
* BolivianArmyEnding: Aisha.
* BrickJoke: In the movie (see RealMenWearPink below). After the first appearance of the Petunias tee, Jensen is shown doing research on their opponents, the Marigolds - which turns out to be comprised entirely of {{Huge Schoolgirl}}s. Later during the credits, we see the actual match.
** Another: while hiding out in Bolivia, Cougar and Jensen go to work in a factory making "Girls of America" dolls. Later, after [[spoiler:Aisha shoots Jensen]], the team breaks into a pharmacy to patch him up - and the first thing we see is a whole ''shelf'' of those dolls.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: In the movie, Max does not remember setting up anyone and has no idea who Clay and his team are. [[TheDragon Wade]] has to remind him about Bolivia for Max to even get a vague recollection. Max claims he can't be bothered to remember every time he has someone betrayed and/or killed.
* CaliforniaDoubling: A rare double subversion. The entire film was shot in Puerto Rico, including a segment set in...the Port of Los Angeles.
* CarFu: Twice in the Montserrat part of the book. The first time Clay takes out a paratrooper ''in mid-air''. The second time they hijack a tilt-a-rotor by driving into it...and on top of the unsuspecting welcoming committee.
--> '''Clay''': [[PostMortemOneLiner Remember where we parked.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: The militant Fahd, who Aisha bails out of American [[ColdBloodedTorture custody]], returns for the final arc in a BIG way. So too does the Sheik the team initially encountered in Qatar.
* ChangedMyMindKid: [[spoiler:After the disastrous mission where he lost a few fingers, Pooch quits the team. He later pulls off a BigDamnHeroes moment to save Jensen in the finale.]]
* ColdSniper: Cougar is a partial example because, even though he is the quietest of the group, he does show emotions and even called off an air strike because there were children in the compound.
** It's even mentioned in the comics that he used to talk a lot more before the incident, but being close enough to the crash to [[NightmareFuel hear the children scream as they burned]] and [[spoiler: having to perform a MercyKill on [[ColdBloodedTorture one of Max's unfortunate mooks]]]] haunted him for the entire series.
* CompanionCube: Pooch's bobblehead chihuahua in TheMovie.
* DeadManSwitch: Max arms the [[spoiler:sonic bomb]] by pressing and keeping his thumb on the button. Releasing it resumes the countdown, which is already under 10 seconds.
* DestructoNookie: Clay and Aisha's hotel-room duke-out looks like the roughest foreplay imaginable.
* TheDragon: Max has one in TheMovie, named Wade.
** In the comic book Wade is killed fairly early in the story, and [[spoiler:Roque]] becomes TheDragon to Max.
* DramaticNecklaceRemoval: (Movie again.) Done by the Losers ''themselves'', throwing their dogtags into the wreckage of the copter to get themselves pronounced KIA.
* DuctTapeForEverything: Pooch uses it to assemble an improvised RPG.
--> '''Pooch''': I'm the black MacGyver!
** Clay also uses it to "disarm" a DeadManSwitch by taping the button. No further steps of actually disarming the device are shown.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome:[[spoiler:Cougar.]]
* EmpathyDollShot: The burning teddy bear in the helicopter wreckage.
* MrFanservice: The whole goddamn team. ([[EvenTheGirlsWantHer Including Aisha]].)
* [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas Even Bad Men Love Their Extended Families]]: Movie Wade is not pleased with being ordered to kill some random team he assembled to take down the Losers for this reason. [[spoiler:One of the team members is Wade's brother-in-law, but he insists this isn't a dealbreaker.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Losers aren't evil, but they do kill for a living, and even they are completely unwilling to allow 25 children to be killed while trying to take out a target.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: ZoeSaldana is fuckin' ''hot''.
* EvilIsHammy: Jason Patric as Max seems to get the idea, but doesn't fully exploit it. Shame.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Roque learns not to fuck with Clay in close quarters.]]
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Colonel Franklin Clay.
** TheLancer: Roque. [[spoiler: Also TheStarscream]]
** TheBigGuy: Cougar.
** TheSmartGuy: Jensen.
** TheChick: Pooch.
** TheSixthRanger: Aisha.
* FemaleGaze: The women on the floor Jensen's elevator accidentally stops on while his, ahem, [[HarveyBirdman dangly parts]] are exposed. They can't be blamed, though: Chris Evans is MrFanservice to the umpteenth degree.
-->'''Jensen''': You ladies liking the angle of the dangle?
* FingerGun: [[{{Adorkable}} Jensen]] in the last part of the movie's office infiltration scene.
** It's in the book, too.
* {{Fingore}}: In the book, Roque introduces a pair of wire cutters to Pooch's pinkie.
* FriendToAllChildren: Cougar.
* GangstaStyle: Cougar and Roque, during the hotel room shootout [[spoiler:with Aisha]].
* GoryDiscretionShot: See {{Fingore}}. And be grateful.
* [[GunPorn Gun AND Knife Porn]]: What the Losers are wagering while playing Liar's Poker.
* GunsAkimbo: After overpowering the guards and forcing their van to crash, Clay pops out the back with a machine gun in each hand.
* HackedByAPirate: Jensen often has to break into systems on a timetable, but if he's on his own schedule, he likes to work wearing a pirate hat. And only a pirate hat.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler: Max was originally created to ensure and protect American dominance through less-than-legal means, but during a VillainousBreakdown he tries to order a nuclear strike on Washington.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Oh man, where to start? The men who [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill call in an airstrike on the team]] when they have grenades, [[ForTheEvulz just 'cause?]] Or the Arab militant who accidentally fires an RPG in the air and doesn't notice until too late that it's coming back down? Or...you know what, just expect there to be a lot of them, complete with OhCrap and ThisIsGonnaSuck moments.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Jensen's infiltration of Goliath includes reporting a sexual harassment case...while impersonating an employee named "Richard Hertz."
* InfantImmortality: Has Max blowing up a helicopter full of children been brought up yet?
* InsultBackfire:
--> '''Roque''': See you in hell, Pooch.
--> '''Pooch''': I'll be waiting.
* {{Jerkass}}: What Max is to literally ''everyone'' around him.
* KickTheDog: How else do you explain blowing up a helicopter full of children?
** Of course, the movie is one long continuous Kick the Dog moment for Max.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Camera-guided, anyway. [[spoiler: After Roque captures Pooch and cuts off one of his fingers, he prepares to blow his head off. Then Jensen, remote-piloting a bomb-disposal drone, shoots Roque with the drone's shotgun.]]
* TheLastDJ: Agent Stegler is a textbook case.
* LeParkour: Jensen and Cougar, when infiltrating Max's Port of Los Angeles hideout.
* MaleGaze: All the guys (those in the audience included) for Aisha. But can you blame them?
* MexicanStandoff: Aisha vs. the Losers. Includes a CrowningMomentOfFunny from (an unarmed) Jensen:
-->'''Jensen:''' [[OhCrap Ohhhhh...shit]]. She's got a gun and...it's pointed at my dick. '''CLAY, IT'S POINTED AT MY DICK!!'''\\
'''Pooch:''' Would you rather it was pointed at your face?\\
'''Jensen:''' I KNOW IT MAKES NO SENSE, BUT YES!\\
''[Aisha aims at his face]''\\
'''Pooch:''' Better?\\
'''Jensen:''' Not...really.
* MythologyGag: Max in the Movie sometimes wears a white glove or a black glove on his right hand depending on the scene. This is because [[spoiler:in the comics, Max is actually two people who are twins]].
** Also Max going from plunging unto the water to being on a bus within 5 minutes, is also possibly invoking that.
* NamesTheSame: The Losers (original), who fought [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] and [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaurs]].
** There is a possible ShoutOut to the original in the comics; Clay shares a surname with one of the original Losers, and he mentions that his grandfather was in World War II. Pooch is named after the dog kept by Gunner and Sarge of the original squad, as well.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Lampshaded when Roque turns up alive and well unexpectedly and belts the crap out of Clay, telling him to always check for a body. Clay takes it to heart; after a later episode wherein the hunt for Roque winds up sinking a couple of ships, someone asks if Clay thinks Roque is dead. Clay says he won't believe it until he sees a body.
** In [[spoiler:the final scene of]] the comic, Pooch and Jensen are talking about how it's almost impossible Aisha could've [[spoiler:killed a hundred man and escaped New Jerusalem before the nuke went off.]] But they can't be totally sure, because it's [[{{Badass}} Aisha]] they're talking about.
* NiceHat: Cougar: "''Never'' touch the hat."
** Jensen gets one too. A PIRATE hat. Of course, the situation he uses it in, well...:
--->'''Clay:''' Jensen, I have to ask... are you hacking in your undies again?\\
'''Jensen:''' No way, Jose! I'm wearing [[HandOrObjectUnderwear a HAT]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Dear god, just about every volume has at LEAST one.
* NonSequitur: Jensen gets off a doozy in the movie.
-->'''Jensen:''' Did you know that cats can make one thousand different sounds and dogs can only make ten? Cats, man. Not to be trusted.
-->'''Pooch:''' You know what? Do me a favor--NEVER say that again.
* NonverbalMiscommunication: When on top of a tall building, villain nods to his agent, who then throws a businessman down. Villain then "complains" that it wasn't that kind of nod and he just wanted the agent to beat the victim.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Max is described to have the ability to be in more than one place at a time.
** [[spoiler:'Cause he is twins]].
* OhCrap: In the book, [[spoiler: Pooch points out that the drone behind Roque is equipped with a shotgun. And Jensen is remote-aiming it at him.]]
** Come to think of it, there's a LOT of moments like this.
* OutrunTheFireball: with a schoolbus in the opening of the movie.
* PowerWalk: After Aisha sneaks the Losers back into the US. In ''coffins.''
* PrecisionFStrike: As permitted by the [=PG-13=] rating.
* PresidentEvil: [[spoiler: Max's grand plan.]]
* TheQuietOne: Cougar
* RaceLift: Aisha goes from Afghan to Bolivian.
** Though she still has an Arabic name, so maybe she's an Afghan who just happens to be in Bolivia.
** In the comics, Cougar is shown as having blonde/brown hair, and generally Caucasian features. In the movie, he's much more explicitly Hispanic.
*** The actor is Spanish, while the character may or may not be Mexican (cowboy boots & The Hat? Not exactly native Iberian wear, here...)
** Also in the movie, Roque is African American, while his ethnicity is less defined in the comics
** If it counts, no one has actually *complained* about the changes. Quite the contrary...
* RealMenWearPink: Literally in TheMovie with Jensen in a Petunias (his niece's soccer team) tee. "What? They're in the playoffs..."
* RedRightHand: Max in the Movie has a nasty burn on his right hand, so wears a glove on it almost all the time. The glove is sometimes black and sometimes white.
* SadisticChoice: Lampshaded in the climax of movie.
* SedgwickSpeech: A mook even uses the "couldn't hit an elephant at this distance" line shortly before getting a bullet in the head.
* ShootTheMoney: The sequence on top of the telescope seems to have benn put in purely to amp up the "exotic locale" factor.
* ShoutOut: Jensen [[Film/TheMatrix sneaking through an office, even saying "I need an exit."]]
* ShutUpKirk: In the book, Clay is stalking Wade through a hangar, ranting about how he knew it would come down to the two of them. Wade says "You talk too much" and shoots him through the shoulder.
* SingleMindedTwins: [[spoiler:Max]]
* SixthRangerTraitor: [[spoiler:Aisha is suspected of being one initially, but then it turns out Roque is really TheStarscream and Aisha goes all BigDamnHeroes on them. In the book the same thing happens at the start, but then right at the series conclusion she reveals that she's been one all along, and now they've served their purpose she doesn't need to save them.]]
* SmallGirlBigGun: [[spoiler:Aisha bailing out the Losers with an RPG. More like Regular Girl HUGE Gun, really.]]
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Clay, Cougar and Max. And Aisha. Maybe. It's not clear if she died in the book.]]
* TheSpook: Max is treated like this during the first half of the comic book's run, with several characters doubting that he even exists.
* StealTheSurroundings: The eponymous group steal an entire armored car to obtain the hard drive it was carrying.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Clay to Max.]]
* TheMovie
* ThirdPersonPerson: Pooch. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded:]]
-->'''Pooch:''' The Pooch may lie, the Pooch may steal, the Pooch may...
-->'''Jensen:''' The Pooch may refer to himself in the third person?
-->'''Pooch:''' Occasionally, but the Pooch will not cheat.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: "That's right, bitches! I got a crossbow!"
* WarForFunAndProfit: One of the ways that Max gets his funding for his grand plan is P.A.M. (Policy Analysis Market) a special program that reads changes in the stock markets as a way of predicting terrorist attacks and also allows investors to earn huge profits by betting on the probability of said attacks. Max also runs a special outfit called P.2.O.G. (Proactive Preemptive Operations Group) whose objective is to ''provoke'' terrorism. You do the math.
* WithCatlikeTread
-->'''Roque''': Gee, I hope they don't see us sitting in this bright yellow Pinto.
-->'''Clay''': [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Are you ashamed to be seen in an American classic?]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Aisha hits the boys with this once it looks like Max is dead.]]
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