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->''"[[{{Film/TheTerminator}} Michael]] [[{{Film/Aliens}} Biehn]] [[ActorISTheTitleCharacter is]] [[AwesomeMcCoolname Sergeant Rex 'Power' Colt]] in this year's most thrilling, action-packed cyber adventure!"''
-->-- '''TheNarrator'''

'''''Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon''''' (a 2013 game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and released on PSN, Xbox Live Arcade, and PC) is a stand-alone expansion of ''VideoGame/FarCry3''; you don't have to own ''Far Cry 3'' to play ''Blood Dragon'', but having played ''Far Cry 3'' may help you get used to ''Blood Dragon's'' controls. The expansion game serves up a [[AffectionateParody love letter]] to [[TheEighties '80s]] action movies (and videogames of roughly the same era) -- it takes place on a bizarre, neon-colored island crawling with [[EverythingTryingToKillYou killer robot soldiers and robot animals]], and it features a musical score filled with cheesy synthesizer music. The game did well enough in terms of sales and positive reception that its creators now have plans for a [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/05/06/far-cry-3-blood-dragon-director-has-a-sequel-in-mind sequel.]]

In the grim future of 2007, American cyber-soldier [[AwesomeMcCoolname Sergeant Rex "Power" Colt]] (voiced by Michael "[[{{Terminator}} Kyle Reese]]" Biehn) travels to a remote island to destroy a rogue robot army led by his former mentor, Sloan. Armed with a wide array of weapons and accompanied by fellow soldier [[BlackBestFriend Spider]] (and HotScientist Dr. Darling later on), Rex has to get the girl, [[KillEmAll kill the bad guys]], and [[SavingTheWorld save the world]] from [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment the apocalypse's apocalypse]].

Due to [[ReferenceOverdosed an excess of examples]], you can find any {{Shout Out}}s over [[ShoutOut/FarCry3BloodDragon on their own subpage.]]

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!! ''Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon'' contains examples of the following tropes:

* ActionizedSequel: Even at the beginning of the game, Rex Colt is a lot more powerful than ''VideoGame/FarCry3''[='=]s Jason Brody. He can sprint about 25 mph (and swim even faster), has unlimited sprint, jumps higher and further than Brody, can fall hundreds of feet without taking any damage, and starts with most basic combat skills and takedowns already unlocked. The game also simplifies the gameplay a lot by doing away with the inventory and crafting system to focus more on the shooting.
* AffectionateParody: Of 1980s sci-fi action movies. The expansion pack's cast even includes Michael Biehn (of ''{{Film/Aliens}}'' and ''TheTerminator'' fame)!
* AfterTheEnd: This expansion pack takes place after a nuclear war wipes out most of humanity.
-->'''TheNarrator:''' ...[[UpToEleven The apocalypse has had an apocalypse]].
* AIIsACrapshoot: Varies.
** Rex's "HUD" AI tends to be helpful, just annoying. When he's not telling it to shut up, Rex will command HUD to [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration set objective markers]]. It takes after the usual RobotBuddy proclivities, albeit with a somewhat sarcastic and homicidal bent.
** The female-sounding AI operating Sloan's bases tends to be incompetent to the point of being dangerous to base personnel; all of the advice it gives is either useless or nonsensical and at one point, it apologizes for accidentally setting off everyone's grenades, then proceeds to set off more grenades. [[spoiler:It also kills Dr. Carlyle for insulting it one too many times.]]
** The ADVERT AI managing the Blood Dragon nursery and research center is cheerful and supportive - no matter what you do.
--> '''AI''': Blood Dragons! Unique and majestic killing machines that dominate the top rung of evolution's food chain! [[SchmuckBait Press the button to kill it]]!
--> '''AI''': Congratulations! You have asserted your God-given right as a cyber-man by showing that endangered species who's boss!
* AlienBlood: Everything bleeds blue.
* AmbiguousRobots: The Blood Dragons might be a case of MechanicalLifeforms... [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane maybe]]. Their blood supercharges cybernetics, their bodies are covered in glowing TronLines, they shoot EyeBeams, and explode when they die, leaving no trace of a body. Almost every other animal in the game is some weird robo-animal hybrid too.
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: Unlike the main game, this game takes place in a cyberpunk version of the "distant future year" of...2007. Also, the retro-futuristic weapons and robotic enemies are all brand new, though the execution animations and overall gameplay remain the same. [[spoiler: And then you start shooting zombies in a medieval castle for some reason and all bets are off!]]
* AnimalsHateHim: Similar to ''VideoGame/FarCry3'', but now almost all of the animals are cyborgs, robots or mutants.
* AssholeVictim: Reading [[CollectionSidequest Dr. Carlyle's notes]] scattered around the island reveal that he was once [[PrinceCharmingWannabe infatuated with]] Dr. Darling as well as an all-around SmugSnake and {{Narcissist}}. [[spoiler: After being rejected, he consumed dragon blood mixed with [[{{Nanomachines}} nanites]], hoping they'd act like SuperSerum as they did for Sloan. They instead decayed a large portion of his organic body parts, with his genitals falling off last. All this then led to his status as...]]
** [[spoiler: TheUnfought]]: [[spoiler: When Dr. Darling sends Rex to assassinate him and put his experiments to an end, he is only encountered via speakerphone, and is eventually killed by the AI controlling his laboratory after insulting it one time too many for failing to kill Rex, as Rex battles two blood dragons simultaneously. Probably for the best - he was severely mutated by that point and would likely have been a ZeroEffortBoss]].
* ATasteOfPower: For the first mission of the game, you get an arsenal of modestly-upgraded weapons - for example, the assault rifle shoots lasers, and the sniper rifle has a zoom scope. You're relieved of that stuff after the mission, of course.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Blood dragons are weak on their glowing sternums. Since they are always stooping low, though, good luck hitting them.
* AuthorFilibuster: Taken to the point of parody when Dr. Darling suddenly launches into an irrelevant rant about the popular media's portrayal and criticism of video games and gamers.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Sgt. Rex "Power" Colt
* BadassBookworm: Whilst unarmed scientists are hostage-type entities, freed hostages act like the allied faction of ''VideoGame/FarCry3'', and are capable of holding their own in a gunfight.
** However, it doesn't stop them from sounding like a team of terrified nerds thrown headlong into a gunfight.
* BigBad: Sloan.
* BlackBestFriend: Spider, the African-American cyborg commando who is the Caucasian Rex's friend and partner.
* [[spoiler: BlackDudeDiesFirst]]: [[spoiler: Spider is killed by Sloan after the first mission.]]
* BondOneLiner: The scriptwriters gave Colt lots of hammy one-liners when he kills a {{mook}} to add to the game's '80s parody atmosphere.
** "I picked his brain."
** "I headed him off."
** "What's wrong? ''Knife'' got your tongue?"
** "You got something in your throat... me!"
** "He was dead weight anyway."
** Also PlayedForLaughs:
-->(''The Engineer explains how he will cut the power'')\\
'''Colt''': Then it's ''lights out'' for Sloan.\\
'''Engineer''': You, uh, already said that one.\\
'''Colt''': Oh. Then I guess it's lights out... ''forever.''
* BoomHeadshot: Rex says these exact words sometimes when sniping enemies in the head.
* CameBackWrong and CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Rex states that he has very few memories from before he was rebuilt and Sloan says that the Mark IV commandos were influenced to be more violent. The Mark V commandos that serve Sloan have even less free will, and this was an intentional "improvement" over the stronger but more independent [=IVs=].
** RestrainingBolt: In something of a ShoutOut to ''Film/RoboCop1987'', the above tropes reach their logical conclusion when Rex finds out the hard way that cyber commandos can't harm the soldier upon whose experience their combat subroutines are based. [[spoiler: Of course, this person is revealed to be Sloan. Fortunately, Rex overcomes this through sheer HeroicWillpower.]]
* CaptainObvious: Sergeant Rex's assistant AI, "HUD", when in tutorial mode. "To jump, try jumping."
** Also some of the loading screen hints, which include tips such as "Enemies within range can be shot", "Grenades explode,", "If you don't have ammo, you can't shoot," and "If you are losing health, stop getting shot". Fortunately, the AI is a little less obstructive after the initial mission.
* CastFromHitPoints: [[spoiler: The Killstar. However by the time you get it Rex will likely have over a dozen health bars so it isn't much of a problem.]]
* [[spoiler: CutsceneBoss]]: [[spoiler: Sloan goes down in a very cheesy cutscene as Rex punches the Killstar [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice right through his chest]], although to be fair, it'd be hard to top the preceding romp with the Battle Dragon. It seems that Ubisoft took a cue from the criticism on ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' and left no room for falling action.]]
* CuttingTheKnot: How does Rex stop the missile? He punches it!
* {{Cyberpunk}}: ''Blood Dragon'' borrows heavily from (1980s) movies in this genre, with cyborg and AI technology existing even AfterTheEnd of a nuclear holocaust.
** BioPunk: The game delves into a bit of this as well, with the blood of the eponymous dragons causing mutations when consumed by organic life. The blood acted as a SuperSerum for Sloan [[spoiler: and also fueled Dr. Carlyle's experiments on [[OurZombiesAreDifferent reanimating scientist corpses]].]]
** {{Transhuman}}: This is apparent in Rex, Spider, and Sloan, who all possess ArtificialLimbs as well as bodies that, as Rex claims, are "85% synthetic". [[spoiler: This also applies to Carlyle himself, whose consumption of dragon blood has almost completely destroyed his physical body, but allowed his consciousness to survive without it.]]
* CyberpunkIsTechno: The game has an original score heavily influenced by the techno soundtracks of the 1980's sci-fi action movies it pays homage to.
* [[spoiler:DeathRay: The Killstar, which you unlock late in the game, can kill most mooks on contact and take out stronger enemies like dragons quickly. Only downside is that it's CastFromHitPoints but it takes so long to get through even one bar (which instantly recovers on its own) and by the time you get it you'll have health to spare.]]
* DiscOneNuke: Some of the most powerful upgrades, such as laser rounds for the Fazertron or explosive rounds for the Kobracon, can be unlocked within the first 15-20 minutes after the prologue, by killing enough different species of animals.
* DoubleEntendre: In keeping with the 80's parody, plenty of the one-liners employ this, along with the normal dialogue, and the interface.
-->'''HUD''': Mission objective: Penetrate the Rear Entrance.
* DoubleUnlock: To gain new gun attachments, first you need to complete side quests or find a certain number collectables, ''then'' you have to buy them.
-->'''Rex''': [[LampshadeHanging So, I collect shit to unlock shit, then I get shit. Got it]].
* EliteMooks: Omega Force Elites have about twice as much health as the regular troops, and can be recognized by their yellow armor. [[UniqueEnemy However, they're extremely rare]], only appearing in a couple buildings and one or two assassination missions. They only appear in large numbers in the final mission, by which time [[spoiler: your possession of the Killstar]] pretty much makes them obsolete.
* TheEighties: Because ''Blood Dragon'' serves up an AffectionateParody of movies made during this era, numerous tropes present in that era apply to ''Blood Dragon'' as well.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler: The Killstar you get at the end of the game, which fires a massive continuous energy beam of death. Also, at the very end of the game you get to ride a cybernetic dragon and completely wreck what's left of Sloan's forces.]]
* EnemyChatter: Stealthily approach the Omega Force troops and you'll hear them say things like "[[PunchClockVillain At least the pay is good]]," and "[[{{Retirony}} Only three weeks to retirement]]."
* ExcusePlot: Every single sidequest. The main quest is ''very'' slightly less silly, but take a gander at the "Story" section of the user-manual for just how seriously you're expected to take it. (Protip: not particularly.)
* ExpoSpeakGag: The scientists on occasion.
-->'''Scientist''': Look out! ''An exothermal chemical reaction!'' [[note]]He means "Fire!"[[/note]]
* ExtyYearsFromNow: Defied. The games takes place in the war-torn, far off future of 2007.
* EyeBeams: The titular blood dragons have a particularly explosive flavor of this as their main source of ranged attack. It's also apparently the reason they have bad eyesight.
* FaceHeelTurn: Sloan was once an American military hero, before he "went rogue".
* FingerlessGloves: The main character wears one on his right hand.
* FlippingTheBird: If you press the melee button and no one is in range, Rex will do this. Do it quickly enough and he'll flip the bird with alternating hands.
* ForcedTutorial: The game lampshades this by having Spider decide to mess with Rex (and, thus, the player) by inflicting a horrible tutorial right at the start of the game, much to the annoyance of Rex (and, thus, the player).
* FrickinLaserBeams: Par for the course, [[TheEighties considering the subject matter]]. You can upgrade Rex's Fazertron to fire these, giving it a huge damage boost and turning it from your typical assault rifle to a blaster. Strangely, both the enemy cyborg army and the friendly scientists use the laser-firing version by default. And then, of course, the Blood Dragons [[EyeBeams shoot these from their eyes.]]
* FunWithAcronyms: "[[{{Badass}} Battle Armored Dragon Assault Strike System]]", the "Amphibian Shark-Squid Hybrid Attack Titan", and "[[PrecisionFStrike Fails to Understand our Capacity for Kindness".]]
* GameBreakingBug: Due to what UbiSoft claims is a problem with some {{Steam}} keys, the PC version is prone to crashing every five minutes on some computers.
* HannibalLecture: Sloan is extremely fond of lecturing Rex.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Every single achievement in the game is Bronze. Even the more particularly difficult ones like killing a Blood Dragon with an arrow or kill 25 of them.
* HealThyself: Parodied. He still has the ''Far Cry 3'' "poking out a bullet" animation for his flesh arm, but others include pulling a welding torch out of nowhere to weld his arm, plugging a loose wire back in to keep his hand from flopping around, and using a hand-squeezer exercise spring in his normal hand, ''really'' fast.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: Dr. Darling is the ''only'' named non-AI female [[TheSmurfettePrinciple in the entire game]], and as soon as Rex comes along, she quickly reveals to the PC that she leads a faction of renegade scientists. Naturally, this develops into a TokenRomance between her and Rex.
* HollywoodHacking: Spider and his deliberately absurd TechnoBabble.
-->"Hacking the ROM drives."\\
"I'm through the RAM port!"\\
"I'm reversing the code polarity!"
* IgnorantOfTheCall: {{Parodied|Trope}}:
-->'''Dr. Darling''' Rex, that was amazing!\\
'''Rex Colt''': No. Paintings of sad clowns and dogs playing poker are amazing. This is just the job.
* InkSuitActor: The protagonist looks pretty much like Michael Beihn with a cyber-eye.
* InsaneTrollLogic: On occasion:
-->'''Female AI''': A reminder to all personnel to wash their hands after using the bathroom. When you shake hands with someone, it's like they're shaking hands with everyone you've ever known. Including your mother. ''And you wouldn't want anyone touching your mother, would you?'' Please wash your hands.
* InterfaceScrew: During the dam mission, an engineer has to alter an electromagnet, which messes with Colt's AI and HUD.
-->'''Female AI''': (''static'') Please don't park in the brown zone.
* JiveTurkey: Everything Spider says, mothafucka!
* JumpingTheShark: {{Invoked|Trope}}. One mission ends with an awesome escape from a self-destructing base, during which Dr. Darling notes Colt has to jump a shark-octopus monster to escape; cue Colt's AI noting his objective is to [[LampshadeHanging "Jump The Shark"]].
* JustifiedTutorial: Colt already knows how to be a badass cyber soldier; he still has to do a tutorial at the beginning of the game, because Spider hacks his cybernetics to force him to complete "Military Navigation for Idiots" as a prank. Colt complains the whole way through.
* KickTheDog: Sloan cements his BigBad status by brutally killing [[spoiler:Spider]].
* KonamiCode: The game's official website has "Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, A, B" scribbled in the upper right corner. Using it and hitting Enter will then make anything you click on explode in a cheesy gif fireball. [[http://fc3blooddragon.us.ubi.com/shop.php See for yourself.]]
* LighterAndSofter[=/=]DenserAndWackier: As parody of cheesy 80s sci-fi films, the game is ''a lot'' more light-hearted than the main game. Which makes you realize an apocalyptic world filled with cyborg animals is an ''improvement'' over the Rook Isles.
* LockAndLoadMontage: He also grabs his crotch.
* LostForever: Want to get all achievements for the game? Well you better make sure to headshot every enemy ''before'' beating the main campaign, because a couple enemy classes only appear in the final missions of the game, meaning that if you want to get the "One True Stopper" achievement, you have to start the whole game over.
* MagikarpPower: The [[SawedOffShotgun Galleria 1991]] starts out hampered by its slow reload time and horrid accuracy. It can be upgraded to shoot semi-automatic, fire multiple shots at once, and load incendiary rounds, turning it into a OneHitKill on just about anything at close range, and one of the more efficient ways of killing blood dragons.
** The [[SniperRifle Kobracon]] starts out as a niche weapon for long range gunfights that can often be easily circumvented through stealth. By upgrading its ammo capacity and fire rate, it can double as a medium range marksman's weapon. When loaded with explosive ammo, it can be used to annihilate entire groups of soldiers in one shot or kill heavy troopers in one or two hits. It is easily [[JackOfAllStats the most versatile weapon in the game]].
* {{Metafiction}}: The cutscenes feature low resolution pixel art cutscenes as seen in videogames of the game's source period of inspiration.
* MooksButNoBosses: At no point in the game are there any unique boss enemies; all the villains are dispatched either off-screen or [[CutsceneBoss in cutscenes]]. The closest is a mandatory fight against 2 Blood Dragons inside an enclosed space at the end of one of the missions.
* MythologyGag:
** Sloan's reaction to Spider and Rex being sent after him? "Now that, right there, is [[VideoGame/FarCry3 the definition of insanity.]]"
*** The description for the Galleria 1991 shotgun: "You don't have to be some 20-something douche looking to go from zero to hero to save his grody friends."
*** One of the Predator's Path quests has you hunting a Cyber-Shark named "Brody."
*** Being part of an 80s video game, Rex firmly believes that ''"Winners don't do drugs,"'' whereas Jason Brody spent a large proportion of ''Videogame/{{Far Cry 3}}'' out of his gourd on psychotropic chemicals.
*** Line from one of the scientists: "I was hoping there would be some women here. Maybe one with some tribal tattoos who's attracted to someone with the white savior complex."
** The morally grey ex-Navy SEAL Rex infiltrating an island warzone filled with angry mutants, non-human enemies, and pissed-off mercenaries under a madman's control mirrors the setup of the original ''VideoGame/FarCry''.
* NeverTrustATrailer: [[spoiler: The animated trailer shows Rex and Sloan in a fist fight duel, ready to square off. In game, Rex (and Spider) cannot so much as raise a finger against Sloan due to their programming. Somewhat justified in that the clash of (robotic) fists is actually a shout out to a Rocky IV trailer.]]
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Spider is a black cyborg ninja computer hacker straight out of a {{blaxploitation}} movie.
* NoGearLevel: [[spoiler:You have to sneak your way out of a group of Blood Dragons without any weapons whatsoever.]]
* ObligatorySwearing: Another aspect of the action movie parody. While ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' was hardly family-friendly, Rex alone swears more than its entire cast put together and uses less serious but also less printable curses.
* OlderIsBetter: This is defied by Sloan regarding the cyber commandos [[spoiler: made in his image]]; he claims the Mark IV line, of which Rex and Spider are a part, are inferior to the Mark [=Vs=] subservient to him. As gameplay shows however, this is played straight, as the more independent Mark IV commandos are also better fighters, with Rex and Spider cutting down many enemies by themselves.
* OnlyTheWorthyMayPass: [[RuleOfCool For reasons never explained]], only the worthy may wield the Killstar.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: These dragons shoot fusion lasers out of their eyes. [[spoiler: [[AppliedPhlebotinum Their blood]] also causes mutations in whoever ingests it.]]
* [[spoiler: OurZombiesAreDifferent]]: [[spoiler: The "[[ArtificialZombie Running Dead]]" are a result of Dr. Carlyle's experiments involving the introduction of dragon blood to unwilling scientists.]]
* OverlyLongGag: The ending of the tutorial involves a long sequence of forced pop-ups, [[RuleOfFunny not all of which are necessarily gameplay-related]]. In addition, the descriptions of ubiquitous player actions like "look around", "move", "run", "crouch", "jump" and even "press button" get really ''really'' detailed [[ExpospeakGag to the point of naming specific muscle groups]].
** The tutorial even lampshades it, commenting in one box "Press X if you find this annoying".
* PinPullingTeeth: Rex does this in a cutscene.
* {{Pun}}: A whole lot of them in a mission that requires Colt to destroy some dragon eggs with a flamethrower. Cue egg related puns...
-->''"Eggcellent.''\\
"I'm truly ''eggceptional.''"\\
"Are these ''eggxtra''-terrestrial?"
* PunchClockVillain: Many of the mooks can't wait until their tour of duty ends. Too bad for them.
* RatedMForManly: In that cheesy, over-the-top 80s sci-fi kind of way. Everything bleeds neon, lessening the impact, but gore is still copious.
** TestosteronePoisoning: To truly absurd levels.
* {{Retraux}}: The game is crafted to look and feel like an 80s scifi action film. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dofacvjRkc This goes all the way down to its official trailer as well.]] The game's artists were directed to use old SegaGenesis game box art for inspiration, particularly with games like ''VideoGame/{{ESwat}}'' and ''VideoGame/CyborgJustice''. Also notable are the cutscenes which copy the cutscene style of DOS-era games with LimitedAnimation and limited color palette.
* RevealingHug: During the explosive finale, [[spoiler: as Rex and Dr. Darling embrace while looking into the horizon, she turns to the audience and reveals a pair of glowing purple irises, not unlike those on Rex and Sloan's ElectronicEyes.]] Arguably a ShoutOut to ''{{Music/Thriller}}''.
* RPGElements: Instead of ''VideoGame/FarCry3's'' skill tree, ''Blood Dragon'' has set skills automatically unlock as you level up.
* RuleOfCool: The entire game pretty much runs on this trope, but particular note goes to the fact that RuleOfCool is the reason given in-universe for the bow-and-arrow having neon lighting on it - it's just to make it look futuristic.
* ShapedLikeItself: "Heal yourself with the ancient art of healing yourself."
* ShoutOut: Now has [[ShoutOut/FarCry3BloodDragon its own page.]]
* ShoutingShooter: Rex does this often when firing the Terror 4000.
* SocialDarwinist: Sloan in a nutshell. He believes that the world should be recreated via [[spoiler: turning humanity into aggressive primitives with a dragon blood based bioweapon]] so that the strong can rule the weak.
* StylisticSuck: The developers deliberately went for a SoBadItsGood feeling, intentionally writing a trite script filled with cheesy one-liners, and having the art director put restrictions on character art to look like all the [=NPCs=] were wearing costumes made for film extras on an eighties-era $150 per-costume budget.
** Hell, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dofacvjRkc trailer]] promotes the non-gameplay segments with LimitedAnimation done in the style of eighties-era Franchise/GIJoe.
** And the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT04F2WRzlE Russian fandub]] of the above trailer is made in style of 80s-90s bootleg VoiceoverTranslation, as if it was dubbed by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VxsTaZK-ok Gavrilov]][=/=][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymutnb9Sb_4 Volodarskiy]] themselves.
* SyntheticVoiceActor: All the cyborg {{mook}}s have synth voices similar to the Cylon voices (from the ''old'' Galactica series). Your robotic helicopter also has the synth voice commonly referred to as "American Male Number 1" of Stephen Hawking and Strawberry Clock fame.
* TakeThat:
** When hunting for collectibles around Sloan's island, Rex will usually complain about how [[MundaneUtility his abilities aren't being put to good use]]. One such quip goes "I hope I don't have to find any fucking feathers," (or flags) referencing the collectibles from [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreed another of Ubisoft's hits]].
** Dr. Darling has some pretty strong opinions concerning critics of video games.
--> "Frankly, anyone who thinks games are bad for you is a fucking idiot."
* {{Technobabble}}: One of the many tropes parodied, including Spider "re-coding the CPU sockets" and the classic "reversing the polarity" when hacking during the first mission.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: The game's menu and visuals are not unlike that of a movie from a [=VHS=] cassette.
** Also used for in-universe jokes. VHS tapes and old television sets are lying around as collectibles in 2007. ''Asbestos armor'' is Rex's final upgrade, named after the widely used fireproofing substance that was later discovered to cause an exciting variety of lung-mutilating problems, including degenerative scarring and cancer.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: When the final mission starts, which is the first moment you get to play with the powerful weapon you found in the previous mission, the music that played during the late title card backs the scene.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: In her first appearance, Dr. Darling rebuffs Sloan's calling her "Darlin'" by insisting on the title.
* TrainingMontage: What homage to the 80s would be complete without one?
* {{Troperiffic}}: Wallowing in action movie and cheap sci-fi tropes, most of the game's humor comes from Rex lampshading them.
* TronLines: Used to make weapons, [=NPCs=], and explosive barrels more visible against the background, and also features prominently on the cover and title screen. In fact, pretty much the entire game is "black stuff with glowing lines on it."
* TheVietnamWar: Sergeant Rex is a veteran of the Vietnam War ''Two''. There's also a sequence in which he gets to be the door gunner of a chopper while 60's music plays, just like old times.
* TheUnfought: Dr. Carlyle repeatly mentions a "Man-Kraken" monster that he's trying to send to kill you, but which is repeatedly delayed and sidetracked by various screw-ups. Ultimately, Carlyle gives up on the Man-Kraken and just sends two Blood Dragons to kill you.
* UnorthodoxReload[=/=]UnorthodoxHolstering: Pretty much every single weapon-based animation involves a little showing off. Rex likes to spin and twirl guns and cartridges, and he reloads the shotgun by literally tossing more shells through the air and into it.
* ViewersAreMorons: Parodied in the tutorial, for example: "Press A/X to show that you can read".
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Parodied with Rex's inbuilt AI. It's named "HUD" and he's more or less constantly bitching it out for stating the obvious.
* WeCanRebuildHim: The intro cutscene shows Sergeant Rex being rebuilt. All the Mark [=IVs=] fall under the trope, in fact. [[spoiler:It turns out Rex was almost completely rebuilt, according to Sloan.]]
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Sloan drank the blood of the island's Blood Dragons, which had the effect of supercharging his cybernetics, but also turning him completely insane (and also apparently completely messing up the cybernetic side of his body). Rex implies that he had to have been pretty nuts to begin with to start drinking dragon blood in the first place for no particular reason.
* WorldOfHam: Rex even hams up ''taking a breath after surfacing from water'', despite being ''able to breathe'' underwater because he's a cyborg.
* WouldNotShootACivilian: After attempting to bomb Sloan's dam (the [[SerialEscalation C4000]] was a dud) Rex is briefly but noticeably upset to learn that there were innocent scientists inside, and relieved that the bombs didn't go off.
* {{Zeerust}}: 80s/90s technology and fashion with masses of [=LEDs=] and neon lights stuck on, and solid columns of overbright lasers everywhere in the fictional year 2007.
* ZergRush: Rex has to survive one by the Running Dead in the temple in order to prove he's worthy to wield the Killstar.
* [[spoiler: ZombieApocalypse: Since Sloan's gas missiles will turn everyone in the world not part of Sloan's plan into the Running Dead, his plan essentially amounts to this.]]