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-->''It's a Mad, Mad World, and you caught in the game/You put yo life on the line/I put a HOLE IN YO BRAIN!''

This ComicBook-style tale follows Jack Cayman, a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw-wielding]] contestant in the world's goriest game show: Death Watch. Contestants, sponsored by, well, [[CaptainObvious sponsors]], compete in a vicious bloodbath to see who will emerge as the victor. The show has temporarily taken over a Manhattan-like metropolis island, leaving authorities in a panic. Jack is one of the contestants under the hand of sponsor "XIII," and his boss has high hopes for him. There's more to Jack than there appears on the surface, however...

A notable feature is the game's distinctive graphical style, which utilizes cel-shading and features only three colors (black for shadows, white for anything that's not shadowed, and red for the [[{{Gorn}} tons and tons of blood]]). This game was made by Creator/PlatinumGames, which includes some of the developers from the now-defunct Clover Studios, creators of ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'', ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', and ''VideoGame/GodHand''. The story writer was YasumiMatsuno, of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' and ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'' fame.

Has a [[ShoutOut/MadWorld Shout Out]] page.

For those interested, there's another Platinum Games game, for the PlayStation3 and XBox360, called ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns'' (''Max Anarchy'' in Japan), featuring Jack and a few other characters from this game, in which they show [[JustForPun their true colors]].
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!!This game provides examples of:
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Jack's chainsaw. So sharp as to slice cleanly through flatbed train cars and military vehicles. Shipping containers too. And bones. So many bones.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Yee Fung, who is almost perfectly round yet is one of the quickest and most agile mini bosses.
* ActionSurvivor: Kreese, if anything he says is to be believed. In some cases he technically did ''not'' survive.
* ActionCommands: Counter moves and many of the finishing moves. Also for "power struggles", similar to counter moves. The ending even gives you one last Action Command in order to kill [[spoiler:Leo]].
* ADateWithRosiePalms[=/=]{{Twincest}}: One of Kreese's lines during the boss battle with [[EvilTwin Kojack]]:
-->'''Howard:''' Jack is ramming himself against Kojack!
-->'''Kreese:''' So, basically, Jack is [[ScrewYourself ramming himself against himself]]. We are watching the most violent masturbation ever!
-->'''Howard:''' (''said quietly'') [[{{Squick}} Heh-heh... this is nothing.]]
** Another [[RefugeInAudacity particularly extreme one]] from Kreese:
--->'''Kreese:''' I slid down a wire once. Couldn't jerk off for two days!
--->'''Howard:''' Took two days to heal?
--->'''Kreese:''' Took four weeks to heal, [[BreakingInOldHabits I just had no willpower]].
* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: The first level of the final area features a lot of returning set pieces and traps from earlier levels in the game.
* AlliterativeName: The commentators are named Howard "Buckshot" Holmes and Kreese Kreeley.
** The Black Baron is a title example, since his real name is unknown.
* AmbiguouslyGay: The second boss, Jude the Dude, a {{Dual Wield}}ing, kung-fu kicking, rollerblade wearing killseeker in cowboy costume, is referred to by the commentators as "the Ambiguously Gay cowboy" and "the [[Film/BrokebackMountain Brokest Back in the West]]." There are also posters with the latter moniker scattered on the walls of Jude the Dude's arena, both before and after the boss challenge.
** A deleted execution of Jude involves sodomizing him with his own pistols.
* AmusingInjuries: Some of the stuff that happened to Kreese in Death Watch are mentioned in some of the announcers' lines. It's usually [[RefugeInAudacity extremely humorous]].
-->'''Kreese:''' (refering to Jude the Dude) Howard, I ''hate'' that prick. When we fought, that dirty bastard kicked me with his spurs and tore my scrotum.
-->'''Howard:''' Hmm.
-->'''Kreese:''' You know, my nuts unraveled like two balls of yarn - you know how fuckin' long two balls of yarn is?
* AncientConspiracy: Deathwatch had its origins in Aztec-era power struggles in Mexico, where people decided to stop wasting huge armies when they could just get the best of the best to slap each other silly over power struggles. Since then, it's often been used to settle wars, feuds, and other such stuff.
* AnimeChineseGirl[=/=]DragonLady: Rin Rin.
* AnnouncerChatter: The commentators talk over everything you do, act as a sort of subtle ExpositionFairy by offering you hints as to score more points, but mostly make crude yet hilarious comments that act as a Crowning Soundtrack of Funny.
* AntiHero: Jack doesn't help people. He kills them. Jack never smiles or displays genuine satisfaction in his work, [[spoiler:and even left Deathwatch after he got tired of the killing]]. He doesn't target civilians, excusing it away that he came here to kill people who actually put up a fight. He's disgusted at Deathwatch's latest choice of venue and how they acquired it (murdering all the civilians with a lethal virus and letting the psychos do the rest, while also promising a cure to the civilians on the condition that they become participants themselves).
** The second point is debatable, if you consider Soul to be, like most of the songs in the game, sung from Jack's point of view.
* AnythingThatMoves: ''Howard.''
* {{Area 51}}: The fourth area, called Area 66 in game.
* AristocratsAreEvil: [[spoiler:The upper class of Varrigan City bribed Deathwatch to not only keep them safe during the madness, but to also give them front row seats and simulate a DistressedDamsel plot for their entertainment. Furthermore, one of these seemingly innocent upper class, Leo, is the main reason Deathwatch even took place in the city, just so his family could regain losses of money; they even helped place the death traps.]]
** [[spoiler:Lord Gesser was an avid supporter of Death Watch prior to the game, and he isn't working to stop it because of moral qualms about wiping Varrigan City, as he's in full support of the rich abusing their power; the only thing that bothers him is seeing Deathwatch reduced to a contest for gambling. He wants to see the clash, and destruction, of ideals and ideologies.]]
* AssKicksYou: "Looks like Little Eddie's turning the other ''cheek''!"
* AwesomenessMeter: Runs your chainsaw.
* BackForTheFinale: Every min- boss except for Death Blade and the Cyber Slashers return in the final level for one last go at Jack. Big Long Driller is a notable example, appearing in the first stage of the final world after making his debut two worlds ago and being un-killable back then.
* {{Badass}}: Paging Jack. Jack to the black-and-white courtesy phone, please.
* BadassBiker: Jack is a motorcycle enthusiast and even carries a few wrenches with him.
* BaitAndSwitchGunshot: In the ending, [[spoiler:Noa orders some gun-toting mooks to off Jack after the latter has won the games. However, the gunshot belongs to none of the mooks. Instead, it was Leo's pistol that shot through Noa's head. Played with in that A) Jack was too badass to shiver at the shot, and B) Leo [[ManBehindTheMan was one of the actual villains all along.]]]]
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Well, one of the female bosses is simply kicked out a window to her death. The other is crushed to death by a giant mascot via eating... Yeah.
* BigBoosHaunt: The third area.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Almost everyone in the game is a horrible person in some way, [[spoiler:even Leo]]. Jack is only ''barely'' better than most of the people surrounding him.
* BlackFace: Black Baron is hinted to be a white man in blackface makeup by the commentators. Due to this, his appearance in Anarchy Reigns is called "Blacker Baron" in reference to actually being a black man rather than a man in blackface.
* BloodSport: Death Watch.
* BloodyHilarious: Some of the deaths, such as the ''swirly of [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doom]]'', really must be seen to be believed. And laughed at. Unfortunately, many of the more ludicrous methods are only available in one or (if you're lucky) two stages (the pirahnas, the catapault, the swirlie mentioned above, flash-frying, flash freezing, gong ringing, firecracker snacking, soda gouging...)
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Kreese, most of the time.
* BoastfulRap[=/=]BraggingThemeTune: "Ain't That Funny", "Look Pimpin!", and "You Don't Know Me".
* BookDumb: Kreese. Howard is usually the one who has to explain "big" words and concepts. And Kreese will usually respond violently.
-->'''Kreese''': There can only be one number one in this fight to the death!
-->'''Howard''': Well ''duh''. It's a ''mathematical fact'' that there can only be one number one!
-->'''Kreese''': For the last fucking time, '''''NOBODY SAID THERE'D BE MATH!'''''
-->'''Both''' ''(singing)'': ''I blame our schoooooooools.''
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Howard's elaboration of his ex-wife's explanations of throwing his stuff out of the house.
-->'''Howard:''' Jack lobs those losers like they were like my ex-wife tossing my belongings out the second story window of our house! ...Without even so much as a warning. I asked her why, but all I got was the same old "I want to be treated like a woman!" and "You never put the lid down on the toilet!"
-->'''Kreese:''' Aaannnddd we're back! From the sad epic that is Howard's life to rejoin Death Watch!"
-->'''Howard:''' "Why can't you get it up like your brother?"
-->'''Kreese:''' Shut yer trap!
** When "The Strip" stage is first shown, the camera begins with a shot of Jack riding his motorcycle down a typical neon-lit casino street, then pans out to reveal more casino-themed decorations such as pinball bumpers, flashing lights on attractions, and... a wall of bloodied spikes.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LiVySaI-3M The announcers during the credits.]]
* BreastAttack: Jack headbutts Elise's breasts.
* BrokenAesop: "Remember kids, stay off the drugs - drink booze, like I do!"
* [[BullfightBoss Bullfight Miniboss]]: Big Bull Crocker, Yee Fung, and Big Long Driller.
* ButtMonkey: The Black Baron (stop staring), main host of Death Watch, is constantly thrown into his own death traps by his girlfriend. [[spoiler:Even when it turns out he's the final boss, every time he recovers from a power struggle down to the end of the battle, it's still pretty hilarious.]]
* TheCanKickedHim: "Death by swirly. ''Harsh.''"
* CaptainErsatz: The Masters are totally not taken from any existing [[Franchise/StarWars movie franchise]]. This is obviously lampshaded by the announcers.
* CarFu: Jack vs. Kojack, with bikes!
** And whenever you ride your bike on your way to smash a boss.
* CatchPhrase:
** The Black Baron's (stop staring) "Aw, ''hell'' naw", followed by him dying from one of his own minigames.
** If you listen to enough of the commentary, we also get Kreese's "I blame our schools!"
*** Nobody said there'd be math!
*** I like scotch!
** Jack's seems to be "I don't help people. I kill them."
* ChainsawGood: Plenty of the death traps are such. It's also Jack's cybernetic, artificial arm.
--> '''Amala:''' Be careful, Jack.
--> '''Jack:''' I have a chainsaw on my arm. I'll be fine.
** They're technically buzzsaws, but Rank 5, Shogun, has a version of the double bladed spear that is actually ''dual chainsaws''.
* ClusterFBomb: Unsurprisingly, Howard and Kreese.
* CombatCommentator: Probably the best thing about the game other than the music.
* CombatHandFan: Boss 4, Rin-Rin's weapon of choice.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** "Awesome rack on her, though!"
*** "Aww, true dat!"
** Really, half of the banter between Howard and Kreese. They both do it while discussing discussing Kreese's time as a roach after using an extra life.
--->'''Kreese:''' I actually enjoyed it. You know, a cockroach can live for a week without its head?
--->'''Howard:''' Big deal. I went through ''eight years of marriage'' without any head.
** Aaannnnd an example from Kreese:
---> '''Howard:''' (after Jack throws a {{Mook}} into a meat grinder back first) Did you hear the one about the butcher who backed into his meat grinder and got a little ''behind'' in his work?
---> '''Kreese:''' No, what happened to him?
---> '''Howard:''' He backed into his ''fucking meat grinde''- Oh fuck it, never mind!
** And then one from Howard.
---> '''Kreese:''' ({{Mook}} gets thrown into a meat grinder) That reminds me, when's lunch?
---> '''Howard:''' [[MathematiciansAnswer After breakfast!]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: [[spoiler:Leo, supplying a virus to Deathwatch that allowed it wipe out the civilians in Varrigan City, planning for the fear to drive up sales for his pharmaceutical company selling a cure.]]
* CrapsackWorld: A world where not only can Deathwatch be set up on a kidnapped island [[spoiler:by one pharmaceutical company]], but a world where apparently this has been going on for centuries.
** On the other hand, this has apparently taken the place of war, so take from that what you will.
* CrateExpectations: "Varrigan City is the crate capital of the world!"
* CreativeClosingCredits: After spending the entire game mocking and insulting the characters in the game, Howard and Kreese turn their wrath to the developers.
* CrossCounter: The Action Commands in the final boss fight has Jack do this at the end of a series of {{Pummel Duel}}s (with a variety of punches, including an uppercut, and a ''headbutt''), though it arguably hurts the other guy even more since Jack's using his mechanical arm.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Oh ho ho, ''yeeeees''. It is practically the spirit of Madworld, seeing as giving mooks a horrible end nets Jack more points. The bosses are no exception to the rule, and arguably get worse then the Killseekers. It starts with Little Eddie getting his face beaten in with his own mace and then smashing his entire head into his neck as a coup-de-grace, and it only gets worse from there. Comes with [[JustifiedTrope an actual in-story reason]] for the sadism; the fans want a show, and getting their adulation earns Jack more support from Sponsor XIII.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: A minor one. When facing the Shogun in a [[QuickTimeEvent power struggle]], Jack does a BarehandedBladeBlock first, and then a regular block with his right arm and knee. Jack cannot block outside of that quick time event, as he can dodge only.
* {{Combos}}: Bonus points when you make mooks suffer.
* DeadlyGame[=/=]BloodSport
* DeathWorld: Inverted. Everything in the environment is out to kill, yes. However, most of it is there to kill the opponent. Most of the stuff involved doesn't actually hurt you.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the very type of entertainment it displays. The people that enjoy watching it are shown to be cruel and almost outright amoral [[spoiler:the closest thing to an exception is Lord Gesser, and it's only because the Death Watch has become a spectator sport for gambling, not because of the innocent people that die to set it up]], and the cutscenes outside the plot keep reminding the player just how horrific the events that had to take place to set up Death Watch were and how terrible the people setting it up were.
* DefectorFromDecadence:
** Jack, [[spoiler:the former Grand Champion of the games who left after getting tired of killing]].
** XIII [[spoiler:(aka Lord Gesser) could count for his efforts at trying to destroy the games due to them not filling any real agenda besides money.]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The entire game is done in black and white, with only red splashes for human blood [[spoiler:and light blue for aliens]], and the occasional patch of yellow to identify a goal.
* DepravedBisexual: '''Howard.'''
-->'''Kreese:''' ''(when the "Frame Designers" credit comes up)'' Frame designers? These guys couldn't frame Howard for sex crimes!
-->'''Howard:''' Wow, they must ''really'' suck!
* DestinationDefenestration: Jack can do this to mooks, limited mainly by there being few areas with windows available for it. More notable is the finishing blow against [[MsFanservice Elise]], where Jack sends her through a high-up, stained glass window ''[[GodHand by spanking her]]''.
* {{Dissimile}}: When Jack shoves an oil can over a {{mook}} and impales him with a signpole:
-->'''Howard:''' Like shooting fish in a barrel!\\
'''Kreese:''' Actually, stabbing a signpost through fish in a barrel, and instead of fish, it's a dude. [[note]]'''Howard:''' Have you tried ''thinking''? '''Kreese:''' No.[[/note]]
* DistractedByTheSexy: Elise's power struggle. [[GagBoobs Awesome rack on her, though]]!
** Aww, true dat!
** Specifically, Jack catches Elise's wrists and forces them apart, giving him a good eyeful of her chest. Either the player fulfills another QTE ([[SomethingElseAlsoRises an upward stroke with the wiimote]]) to [[NotDistractedByTheSexy snap out of it and headbutt her]], or she takes the opportunity to reverse it and drain your health.
* DistressedDamsel: Straight on with the three Geishas. Subverted with Naomi. [[spoiler:She was never in any danger at all, and the whole thing was only set up as entertainment for her and her friends. When Jack finds out, he not only pimp slaps the girl, but actually regrets not ''killing'' her.]]
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: Rank 1 turns out to be [[spoiler:The Black Baron and his hoe]], and it makes for an amazing final boss.
** [[spoiler:Leo, who appeared to be just an innocent survivor of Varriggan City, turns out have been responsible for the creation of the virus that wiped the city out, not Noa.]]
* TheDreaded: [[spoiler:Lord Gesser is apparently such a powerful man that even Leo and Noa were more frightened of him than Jack.]]
* DualBoss: The Masters, though they share the lifebar and tend to [[HoYay stick together]].
* DualWielding:
** Two relatively small (keyword: relatively) knives allow some of the most epic kills ever.
** [[spoiler:[[NewGamePlus DUAL CHAINSAWS]]]]. Not truly dual wielding since it's more like [[spoiler:[[BifurcatedWeapon two chainsaws strapped together]]]], but still cool and worth mentioning.
* DudeWheresMyRespect:
** Averted. Jack's in-universe fanbase is the main reason the higher-ups can't just shoot him.
** [[spoiler:XIII continues to sponsor Jack even after their contract is broken due to Jack's skill]].
** The three geishas that Jack rescues return the favor by tossing him health-restoring items during the final boss fight.
* DumbMuscle:
** Little Eddie is easily several times Jack's size, wields a spiked ball bigger than his head, and is gigantically muscular, but from his behavior it's clear that he's borderline retarded. Little Eddie loves his big bada-booms!
** While the prefight intro text describes Frank as "brainy" in addition to brawny, this proves an InformedAbility; Kreese specifically points out that he's really, really, really stupid but really, really, really strong. He may even be dumber than Little Eddie -- at least Eddie could put together complete sentences.
** Kreese seems to be a case, being a former Death Watch contestant for the muscle part, with not getting Little Eddie's nickname being ironic (or understanding the word ironic, even). He occasionally complains about Howard using big words (most of which aren't very complicated at all) and usually responds to him doing so with threats.
* EarlyBirdCameo[=/=]TrailersAlwaysSpoil. One of the later bosses in the game is [[spoiler:Jack's "evil" counterpart, Kojack]]. Why does he look familiar? He's Jack's opponent in the multiplayer matches, which are unlocked after the very first Bloodbath Challenge. Also, he's on ''the back cover of the game''.
* EpicFlail: Little Eddie's weapon of choice is a gargantuan spiked ball with a chain on it.
** In a later stage, if Jack smashes a spiked ball over a guy's head, Kreese will accuse him of stealing that move from Little Eddie.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Despite being a foul-mouthed violence-loving psycho, Kreese Kreeley makes it clear in several lines that some of "Buckshot's" quirks and kinks disgust even him:
-->'''Kreese:''' When those wankers wobble you can do any fucked up shit you want to 'em.
-->'''Howard:''' Same principle as roofies!
-->'''Kreese:''' You're a sick puppy.
** Jack, while certainly not ''that'' evil, isn't fond of Deathwatch massacring a civilian population for their latest game this time.
** Also, [[spoiler:Lord Gesser was disgusted by the fact that rather than actually deciding the fate of the known world, the current Deathwatch games were merely meaningless slaughter for fun and profit. As such, he helps Jack take down the games.]]
* EvilCounterpart: Kojack only has one line, but he makes it clear that he's more crude than Jack. And Jack's barely even the good guy himself!
* EvilIsCool: InUniverse, Kreese thinks this of [[EvilCounterpart Kojack]], and roots for him during his fight with Jack.
--> '''Kreese:''' "Kojack is just evil Jack, and evil makes everything better!"
* ExplodingBarrels: While these don't score any points intrinsically, they can be used with lures to score some brutally epic combos.
* {{Expy}}: Big Long Driller is one of Big Bull Crocker. Essentially the same guy with a different mask and weapon.
** Holmes is a ''very, very vulgar'' Expy of Fode, the Pod Race announcer from ''[[Film/ThePhantomMenace Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace]]''. They are [[HeyItsThatVoice voiced by]] [[Creator/GregProops the same guy]], after all.
* ExtremeOmnisexual: '''''Howard.'''''
-->'''Kreese:''' Solid hit! He should try for a double!
-->'''Howard:''' I tried a double with a donkey and a dwarf. I walked with a limp for a week, but the dwarf grew six inches [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre if you know what I mean]].
-->'''Kreese:''' I know too much already!\\
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'''Howard:''' I can't tell if that alien's a man or a woman, but Jack sure made it his ''bitch''!
-->'''Kreese:''' How do you sex an alien, anyway?
-->'''Howard:''' As often as I can!\\
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'''Howard:''' Jack just ate a happy ending!
-->'''Kreese:''' Don't you mean [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Happy Onion]]?
-->'''Howard:''' Clearly you've never had sex with an onion!
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: In-universe - Eating a happy onion can give this little gem:
-->'''Howard:''' Pay attention, kids! Jack's enjoying the benefits of eating his vegetables!
-->'''Kreese:''' Dude, you are so full of shit!
-->'''Howard:''' Guilty as charged! Everybody knows that vegetables are poison, and the only food real men eat are bull testicles and moonshine!
* FinishingMove: The point of the game. Invariably BloodyHilarious.
* FlungClothing: [[spoiler:The Black Baron]]'s coat prior to the final battle.
* ForcedPrizeFight
* ForTheEvulz: [[spoiler:The reason that Leo set up the Deathwatch games despite the fact that there were probably more practical ways of advertising his family's cure is because he wanted to personally experience the games for himself.]]
* FreeFloorFighting: There are boss fights that are as simple as a plane, and others that are as complex as the entire castle of the last level you just played.
* FunWithFlushing: One of the ways your enemies can be defeated is by stuffing or throwing them in the toilet. They get flushed seconds later, grinding them into a bloody mess.
* GangOfHats: Yes. Varrigan City is home to a bunch of gangs. The stages in the first area consist of punks and thugs, Asian Town ([[{{Wutai}} mishmash with Japanese and Chinese cultures]]) is home to guys in martial artist gear and ninjas, Mad Castle is a full on MonsterMash (zombies, psycho killers, and grim reapers), Area 66 has soldiers, robots, and [[spoiler:[[TheGreys aliens]]]], and almost all of them appear again at different intervals at Casino Land.
* GeniusBruiser: Jack.
* GenreSavvy: Jack. He fully understands how much power would need to be in play to cover up the current Deathwatch, [[spoiler:and when Leo tells him that he sneaked into the tower where the last fight of Deathwatch is held after killing Noa and his men, Jack sees right through it.]]
* GiantMook: In every area: the thugs with motorcycle helmets, spiked armor and chainsaws; the firebreathers; the masked ninjas; the gardeners; the mohawked guards. Slightly harder to take care of than the usual enemy, but still nothing a solid chainsaw swing won't fix - though unlike normal baddies, these guys tend to block often.
* GogglesDoNothing: Averted. Jack uses his goggles while riding his bike during the road rage levels, probably to see through all that blood splattering at high speeds.
* {{Gorn}}:
** If you thought ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}'' was bad... The sole reason why ''[=MadWorld=]'' got away with what ''Manhunt'' couldn't is because the former is RefugeInAudacity while the latter is fairly realistic in its extreme violence.
** During [[SelfDeprecation the credits]], [[NoFourthWall the commentators are shocked that only one man did the blood effects]]:
---> '''Kreese:''' He musta been working 24-7!
* TheGreys: In the fourth area. They're perhaps the only enemies in the game who aren't necessarily hostile towards Jack, but only because they're running away from the stage's normal enemies. [[spoiler:One of them ''is'' hostile to Jack, however. The last boss of Area 66 is a Grey that's piloting a giant robot]].
* HiddenDepths: It's implied that Kreese Kreeley likes to play golf when he's not taking part in Deathwatch.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: About half the bosses are done in with their own weapons.
* HornyDevils: Elise, the boss of the Castle level, though it's more heavily implied she's actually a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vam]][[VampiresAreSexGods pi]][[TheVamp re]] rather than a succubus, what with the ComicBook/{{Vampirella}} outfit, swarms of bats, coffin hiding places, mentions of [[VampiricDraining blood-drinking]], and the note in the level description about a bat spirit that attacked and devoured a woman who used to come to this chapel to pray. The main reason she's speculated to be a succubus is because she's got demonic horns. [[OverlyLongGag Awesome]] [[GagBoobs rack on her,]] [[OverlyLongGag though!]]
** Aww, true dat.
* HyperspaceMallet: Just how does Jack's chainsaw fit in his arm? RuleOfCool.
* HypocriticalHumor: Howard constantly mocks his wife for sexual promiscuity... while he also talks about his own sexuality which is more or less AnythingThatMoves... and onions.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Howard's cry of "Release...''the HOUNDS!''" upon unlocking the boss battle against The Shamans is immediately followed by that phrase.
* IdiosyncraticComboLevels: How many "Ultra Violence"s have you gotten?
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: How many variants of spike traps can one think of? Answer: PLENTY. And for extra fun, enemies killed by spike traps leave their corpses behind, letting Jack take up a second career as an extremely morbid decorator.
** Also how you finish off the Shogun.
* [[IncrediblyLamePun Incredibly Lame]] [[StealthPun Hurricane]] [[HurricaneOfPuns of Puns]]: ''[[PungeonMaster Howard.]]'' Kreese too, on occasion, but Howard '''really''' gets into it during the Von Twirlenkiller fight, to the point of a LampshadeHanging.
--> '''Howard:''' (After Jack wins a Power Struggle against Twirlenkiller) Jack gives new meaning to ''breaking wind!''
--> '''Kreese:''' You're just in [[ClusterFBomb fucking heaven with this wind shit,]] aren't you?
--> '''Howard:''' Yes. Yes I am.
* InformedAttribute: While "Buckshot" appears to be Howard Holmes's nickname, neither he nor Kreese bring it up outside of introductions.
** It's implied in dialogue by the two announcers that the Black Baron slaps Mathilda about, rather than the other way around. Other than a single ambiguous line [[spoiler:heard during the first of his boss themes]], there's not a shred of evidence suggesting this in game.
* IntimateHealing: Saving the geishas will reward Jack a kiss from them that instantly maxes his health bar.
* {{Jerkass}}: The commentators of the Deathwatch games usually make some pretty rude gestures and remarks while Jack tears apart as many enemies as possible. The best example of their jerkassery is in the credits of the game where they [[SelfDeprecation tear apart many of the game designers]].
* JigsawPlot: The whole background behind Deathwatch, why Jack is there, and how the current Deathwatch was put into place.
* TheJoysOfTorturingMooks: The Game. Practically a beat'em up predecessor to VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}} in this regard.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: [[spoiler:You unlock one when you beat the game.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: Noa, the CEO of the organizers of Death Watch. Any time he shows up, the game's usual BlackComedy stops completely. The first the player even sees of him is when he pulls a DoNotAdjustYourSet on Jefferson Island as he gleefully informs its citizens of their fate.
* {{Leitmotif}}:
** Every time the Black Baron (stop staring) struts in, horns and drums play. [[spoiler:They also make up his Boss Theme.]]
** The whole hip-hop soundtrack is very guitar heavy. Play it for your friends who like rock!
* LampshadeHanging: The announcers again:
-->'''Kreese:''' It's an extra life for Jack.
-->'''Howard:''' I wonder why those other guys didn't grab that extra life?
-->'''Kreese:''' Yeah, it's almost as if they didn't see it.
-->'''Howard:''' Same with the Happy Onions and power ups. It's like ''only Jack can see them''.
-->'''Kreese:''' Weird!
* LargeHamAnnouncer: Howard and Kreese.
* LightningBruiser: [[spoiler:The Black Baron...]] in [[ShockAndAwe every]] [[MadeOfIron sense]] [[FlashStep of the]] [[RapidFireFisticuffs word]].
* LongSongShortScene: "Crimson Rain" only plays during the fairly short entrance to the Elise boss battle. A player probably wouldn't even hear half of it going through at full speed.
* LostForever: According to the producers, if you die during the La Lusty Geisha Bistro level, the geisha ''can'' die... and stay dead for the rest of the save file. The only way to save them is to start the game over.
* MadeOfIron: While enemies can survive metal poles to the face...
* MadeOfPlasticine: ...they get ripped in half by chainsaws pretty easily.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:XIII, AKA Lord Gesser]].
* MemeticMutation: [[InvokedTrope Invoked.]] The commentators discuss "pwned" at one point.
* MiniBoss: Several different ones for different areas; Big Bull Crocker, Yee Fung, Tengu, Death Blade, Big Long Driller, and the Cyber Slashers in order of appearance. They have surprisingly high health, a variety of attacks, and the ability to get into Power Struggles with Jack. Naturally, you tangle with nearly all of them in the stage leading up to the final boss (Death Blade and the Cyber Slashers, for whatever reason, weren't in on that action). In that stage, the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Quirky Mini]]-BossRush turns Yee Fung into a MookMaker, has Tengu flanked by dozens of ninjas, and finally has [[StealthPun two Bulls and a Driller]].
* MiniGame: Done in the form of completely over-the-top "Bloodbath Challenges" which task you will killing as many {{mooks}} as possible in [[BloodyHilarious hilariously gory ways]]. Can also be played as multiplayer once unlocked.
* MirrorBoss: Kojack, the 10th boss of the game, who rides a motorcycle and has a chainsaw-arm like you. Given that he appears in the sci-fi themed area, he might actually be a clone.\\
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A fact [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] throughout the fight by the commentators, who liken the battle to Jack beating up himself. Made funnier by the fact that Kreese is actually rooting for Kojack instead of Jack:
-->'''Kreese:''' C'mon Kojack! You gonna take that?!
-->'''Howard:''' Sounds like someone's pulling for Kojack!
-->'''Kreese:''' Hell yeah! Kojack is just evil Jack - and evil makes everything BETTER!
** Kreese continues to insist that Kojack will win ''even after Jack kills him.''
** Their comments over the Kojack fight provide the trope's page quote.
* MissionControl: For Deathwatch, Noa; for Jack, Amala.
* MonsterMash: The whole theme of the castle chapter. Along with zombies, mummies, and psychotic drill men. The bosses consist of a pack of werewolves, a Frankenstein's monster, and a vampire.
* {{Mooks}}: "It's like those guys exist only to be killed by Jack!"
* MookChivalry: Played straight somewhat and subverted. Enemies will take their time to attack on at least the earlier levels during Normal mode (mainly area 1 and 2). Averted with Hard mode, as even simple enemies like the street punks will do huge damage and will actually coordinate their attacks. Sometimes they will [[WeHaveReserves let one of their own be killed]] so they can trap Jack and pummel the crap outta him. This is also played straight when in a [[PressXToNotDie power]] [[ActionCommands struggle]] with the levels' MiniBoss (with the exception of [[ThatOneBoss/BeatEmUp Death Blade]]). It's justified, considering the mini-bosses are huge guys and [[SociopathicHero Ja]][[HeroicComedicSociopath ck]] is well... [[MookHorrorShow Jack]].
* MsFanservice:
** In SociopathicHero flavor, perhaps; the Black Baron's [[{{Stripperiffic}} scantily clad]] ho (Mathilda), who always strikes a sexy pose after killing him. And there's those well-placed [[SpikesOfVillainy spikes]]...
** Nothing compares to the GagBoobs of Elise. Awesome rack on her, though!
*** [[RunningGag Aww, true dat]]!
* NighInvulnerable: The Black Baron just keeps coming back.
** ResurrectiveImmortality: Played for laughs.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: More like: zombie, punk, robot, grey, soldier, samuari, cowboy, war mech, giant, mutant, sumo, assassin, bounty hunter, pimp, and probably a whole lot more... As with everything else, the boss design quite intentionally lacks subtlety.
* [[OldSoldier Old Gladiator]]: The Yokozuna from Asian Town's second stage. He's probably the oldest contestant on the current Deathwatch, and seemingly immune to puny things like pain.
* PetTheDog: Jack towards the geishas. He even hugs one of them before the final boss.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Sort of. Jack starts to say the line before killing [[spoiler:Leo]], but finishes after killing him.
--> '''Jack''': I don't help people...
--> ''[the player is given one last chance to swing the Wii remote, [[spoiler:in order to kill Leo]]]''
--> '''Jack''': ...I kill them.
* PrisonRape: Among Howard and Kreese's comments.
--> '''Howard''': That's it Jack, nail him from behind!
--> '''Kreese''': Aw shit, I just had a prison flashback.
* ProductionForeshadowing: An advertisement for The Gates of Hell can be found in the subway. [[VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} The game that that appeared in]] was still in development at the time of this game's release. Said game then made a reference to ''Madworld'' in return, when visiting The Gates of Hell, coincidentally. And then in ''Anarchy Reigns'', the stylish witch then meets Jack and the others.
* PummelDuel: Found in the final boss, where if won Jack ends with a CrossCounter.
* PunchClockHero: Jack cares nothing for heroics. [[spoiler:He even abandons Amala for revenge at the game's conclusion.]]
* PungeonMaster: Howard, much to [[IncrediblyLamePun Kreese's chagrin]]. For example, when Jack [[ShockAndAwe electrocutes a]] {{Mook|s}}:
-->'''Howard:''' ''Reeeee-''volt''ing''! Get it? Re''volt''ing? [[DontExplainTheJoke 'Cause you know, electricity is measured in--!]]
-->'''Kreese:''' [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon I'm gonna stab you]] ''[[EyeScream in the EYE!]]''
** His other threat is "I'm gonna kill you NOW!"
* PuttingOnTheReich: The third boss, Von Twirlenkiller, wears a costume pretty reminiscent of an SS officer uniform.
* RasputinianDeath: You get more points the more over-the-top your kills are. Hell, this is practically the whole ''point'' of this game.
* RatedMForManly
* RecycledInSpace: It's ''Film/BattleRoyale'' meets ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' in [[SinCity SIN CIT-AAAAAAAY]]!
* RefugeInAudacity: The violence is more [[TheSimpsons Itchy and Scratchy]] than anything else, which is how they get away with so ''much'' of it.
* RetiredMonster:
** [[spoiler:Jack]] is the former reigning Grand Champion of Deathwatch, which explains why he's such a {{badass}} when it comes to the games.
** Kreese also used to be a monstrous murderer, and encourages Jack to make trophies out of his fallen victims' body parts.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Jude The Dude's weapon of choice.
* RollerbladeGood: Death Blade is, well, death on wheels. His name is even partially in reference to this (and partially in reference to his SinisterScythe). Jude the Dude has what appear to be actual ice skates, though.
* {{Sandbox}}: OF [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom DOOM]]!
* ScaryBlackMan: Subverted, slightly. The Black Baron (stop staring) gets killed so often and is such an over-the-top, comical character that he's not really scary... [[spoiler:Except when you fight him... And the trope gets played straight as all hell when he gets pissed off and [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome So Cold]] starts playing]].
** The commentators also imply that he isn't even black.
* SerialEscalation: How many ways can you kill someone?
* SexyWalk: Mathilda
* SickeningCrunch: [[CaptainObvious ...Yes?]]
* SingleStrokeBattle:
** Played with. When you beat the Shogun and it's time to finish him off, he jumps to the top of the roof so that you can dash and slice him to death. Jack knocks him backward onto a conveniently placed spike instead.
** A variation of this appears in the FinalBoss, where Jack must try and counter [[spoiler:The Black Baron]] with a CrossCounter. If he doesn't, he suffers the hand-to-hand combat version of a DiagonalCut.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Averted. Not a lot of people thought upbeat hip-hop would mesh well with a beat em' up. Turns out it does! Though it's not all upbeat, especially when it comes to the Castle.
* SpikesOfDoom: The rose bushes. Inverted in that they're no threat to the player, but perfect for [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice violently impaling]] {{mooks}}.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The game is made by a bunch of ex-Clover Studio developers and takes a ''lot'' of influence from its "parent" ''GodHand'', featuring shout-outs around every corner. Notable mentions include the finisher for the HornyDevil boss and the ''entire'' final boss fight, which references the Devil Hand fights like ''crazy''.
* TestosteronePoisoning: Those commentators seem ''really'' obsessed with manliness. And just being general {{jerkass}}es.
* TheThemeParkVersion: In-game, Asiantown was made by throwing together a bunch of different Asian motifs, icons, and sterotypes, and is heavily lampshaded. This being a Japanese game made exclusively for Western audiences makes you wonder [[NWordPrivileges who is ribbing who]]?
* TheyKilledKennyAgain:
** ''How'' many times does the Black Baron (stop staring) get maimed AND killed, again? [[spoiler:Although his final boss status suggests [[{{Badass}} he can take it.]]]]
** Same with Kreese... if we choose to believe everything he says before some bosses. Kreese apparently uses the Extra Lives. Same might apply for The Black Baron.
--->'''Kreese:''' I used an extra life once and came back as a roach.
--->'''Howard:''' Sounds like you got the "Wheel of Karma" extra life.
--->'''Kreese:''' I actually enjoyed it. You know, a cockroach can live for a week without its head?
--->'''Howard:''' Big deal. I went through eight years of marriage [[DoubleEntendre without any head]].
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Even the "routine" kills are insane.
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: During the final battle:
-->'''Kreese:''' There can be only one number one in this fight to the death!
-->'''Howard:''' Well, ''duh!'' It's a mathematical ''fact'' that there can only be ONE number one!
-->'''Kreese:''' For the last fucking time, '''[[RunningGag NOBODY SAID THERE'D BE MATH]]'''!
-->'''Howard and Kreese:''' (singing) [[CatchPhrase ''I blame our schools'']]!
* ThisIsADrill: Wielded by a giant miniboss with an elephant mask, no less. They call him [[DoubleEntendre the Big Long Driller]]. "He used to have one of those old timey hand drills, but his victims would never stay down long enough for him to really get drillin'."
* TitleDrop
--> Jack: A mad world, huh? Hm. I'll fit right in.
** Also happens within the soundtrack itself on several songs.
** Also can happen while fighting [[spoiler:The Black Baron]]. Some power struggles result in Jack knocking his teeth out, which spell out [[spoiler:MAD (the W in DEATHWATCH is inverted)]] as they fly by.
* ToiletHumor: Most of the announcers' dialogue involves it.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Jack is often seen chowing down on onions. They even restore him to full health.
* TurnsRed: Almost every boss or mini boss does this when hit hard enough. For example, Big Bull Crocker's eyes will glow white when damaged enough or stabbed with a caution sign.
* UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000: This game ''[[TruthInTelevision actually lives up to this trope]]''.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The commentators don't seem particularly surprised by the [[spoiler:aliens being stored in the secret underground military base beneath Varrigan City]]. They (Kreese, at least) have seen them before.
-->'''Kreese:''' Go on, Jack! Show us the color of their insides!
-->'''Howard:''' What color is that?
-->'''Kreese:''' I don't know, but it sure ain't red. Fucking [[spoiler:aliens]]!
* UpToEleven: Beat the game and you unlock [[spoiler:[[DualWielding DUAL]] [[ChainsawGood CHAINSAWS]]]]!
* ViciousCycle: According to Agent XIII, Death Watch has been going on for quite some time. In prior games, it was used as a less bloody substitute for war between nations. [[spoiler:The main reason XIII wants the games destroyed is because the most recent incarnation is for nothing but carnage and profit.]]
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: In the final boss fight, the three geishas pull health items from their cleavage and toss them to Jack if he's running low.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Hell, it's practically a Video Game Cruelty Prerequisite.
* VideoGameSettings:
** GraffitiTown: Varrigan City
** {{Wutai}}: Asia Town
** BigBoosHaunt: Mad Castle
** SpaceZone: Area 66
** CasinoPark: Casino Land, with a helping of AllTheWorldsAreAStage.
* TheVoice: You never see the commentators.
* TheVoiceless: The Black Baron's [[OverlyLongGag (stop staring)]] [[MsFanservice hoe]] Matilda never says a word. She does pose after killing him, and some of her thoughts are referenced in the song "Look Pimpin!".
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: XIII via communicator and [[spoiler:Amala via Jack's inner-ear codec]].
* VillainSong: "Look Pimpin!", "So Cold", and "You Don't Know Me".
* WhatADrag: Jack defeats the leader of The Shamans this way by leashing it to his bike.
* WolfpackBoss[=/=]FlunkyBoss: The fight with The Shamans blurs the distinction between these.
* WouldHitAGirl: Jack is just as brutal to women as he is to men.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: One of Jack's moves/finishers is the jumping back breaker. Performing it on a enemy with low health will have that said enemy split vertically in half.
* {{Wutai}}: The second area, viciously [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]].
* XRaySparks: Rin-Rin's blocky skeleton can be seen whenever she gets thrown into the electric signs or video monitor during her boss battle. It also happens to just about everyone who gets thrown into electric signs, not just her.
** Jack also receives this when he is hit with an electric attack. For some odd reason, there is a blank space in his mechanical arm, instead of showing the mechanical parts inside it.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: How you rank up. Luckily, unlike ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', you don't have to kill first and only the next rank: you get the rank of whoever you kill as long as it's higher than your current one. Since you start ranked 256th, this is a godsend; then again, beating the very first boss propels you to rank 198.
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-->''[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic "And we gon' RIDE!!"]]''