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->''"[[ToBeAMaster I wanna be number one]]. How's that? Short and simple enough for ya? It's gonna to be a long, hard road. But who knows? Could kick ass. Could be dangerous. Could totally suck. Whaddaya say bro, join me: let's see how far we can take this. [[NoFourthWall And for you out there holding the Wii Remote right now? Just press the A button...]] Let the bloodshed begin!"''
->-- '''Travis Touchdown'''

''No More Heroes'' is the story of Travis Touchdown, a [[PerpetualPoverty perennially-broke]] OccidentalOtaku who wins a [[LaserBlade beam katana]] off of "[[BrandX an Internet auction site]]" and becomes a [[PunchClockVillain part-time assassin]] to pay for his {{otaku}} lifestyle. After taking a job from the mysterious [[FemmeFatale Sylvia Christel]], Travis unwittingly becomes the 11th-best assassin in the United States and [[TournamentArc decides to climb the ranks of the United Assassin's Association]] the hard way: challenging the ten assassins ranked higher than him, and [[KlingonPromotion taking them out one-by-one]].

From Creator/{{Suda51}}, the mastermind behind the divisive ''{{Killer7}}'', ''No More Heroes'' is simultaneously a celebration, {{parody}} and {{deconstruction}} of sandbox games, American geek culture, and the concept of an AntiHero. It juxtaposes the glamorous and high-octane battles of an assassin's lifestyle with the grim reality of a main character who lives in a motel room, roots through dumpsters for collectibles and needs to do menial labour to pay his U.A.A. fees. It gives you a WideOpenSandbox and a kickass motorcycle, but also the stark realization that the world Travis lives in is mostly empty and devoid of things he can actually affect; even running down pedestrians is completely ineffective. All that Travis has going for him is his delusional grandeur and self-image as a cool protagonist, and even ''that'' is slowly stripped away as the game presents him with the harsh truths of a professional killer, and the fact that his murderous rampage is fueled by nothing more than a shallow need for self-gratification.

That said, no game lets you rain down on {{Mook}}s like some sort of angry nerd god quite like ''No More Heroes''.

One of the most niche types of games, it still managed to be a modest hit, and Suda's biggest selling game. This especially stands out when it's on the {{Wii}}, a system supposedly unfriendly to those kinds of games. While initially deemed a massive bomb after its disastrous launch in Japan, the game became a SleeperHit as it rolled out [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff overseas]].

It was given a remake (''No More Heroes: Red Zone Edition/Heroes' Paradise'') for the {{Xbox 360}} and {{Playstation 3}}, based on the belief that its poor sales were due to the Wii being unreceptive to this kind of game. This belief got a dose of reality when the game opened only a little better than the first game (on both systems), and sales legs dropped off even more quickly. Nevertheless, the game is an incremental step up from the original, featuring oodles of bonus content (including {{Bonus Boss}}es from ''No More Heroes 2'') and gameplay tweaks (like allowing you to "stock" your special moves, which addressed the primary criticism of the original's semi-randomized SuperMode feature).

''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'' is the sequel, also for the Wii. It was released outside of Japan first, and was released in Japan in October 2010.

An Android OS (and soon to be iOS) social-game entry in the series, titled ''No More Heroes: World Ranker'', was released in Japan at the end of August 2012. This entry allows players to create their own beam-katana-wielding assassin and rise through the UAA ranks via missions, including fights with some of the notable bosses of both the main games. Depending on how well it does, ''World Ranker'' may also get a worldwide release.

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!!This game has examples of:

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* ActionCommands
* AffablyEvil: Death Metal, Dr. Peace, Harvey Moiseiwitsch Volodarskii and [[spoiler:Henry]].
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Jeane.]] It's one of the few kills Travis isn't proud of.
** Holly Summers, made worse because Travis was willing to let her live but she committed suicide instead because as she states, "Assassins must die when they lose". Her last request is that Travis never forget her and Travis states that he had loved her soul before burying her. The last seconds of her life has her smiling while she ''puts a grenade in her mouth'', while Travis is screaming for her not to go through with this.
* AlliterativeName: Travis Touchdown.
* AllThereInTheManual:
** Literally, when you need info about Travis's Dark Side moves.
** On a NewGamePlus, you can find design art cards. They contain many facts about the characters in the game, including the real names of most of the assassins. And the breed of Travis's cat ([[spoiler:Scottish Fold]]).
** Also subverted, as the instruction manual states that Naomi has a mysterious secret about her. All she does in the game is upgrade Travis' beam katana. Either this idea was dropped or Suda51 loves messing with ya. This could also be a possible Franchise/MetalGear shout out. Rumors have it that Naomi is [[OlderThanTheyLook in her 60's]], which would probably be the secret.
* AlreadyDoneForYou: The game begins with Travis going after Heavy Metal, the 10th ranked assassin. Originally, Travis was going to fight the 11th rank, Helter Skelter, first. Instead, the fight was cut, and Travis starts out as the 11th rank, but Helter Skelter's death is still canon.
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: The American box art of the first game has Travis Touchdown holding his beam katana with an aggressive look. The European and Japanese box art has Travis standing in the streets of Santa Destroy with a smile on his face and an arm around Sylvia's waist.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Which you have to pay for.
** Or dig out of the dumpster.
* AnimalMotifs: Travis is associated with tigers in a number of ways: many of his optional clothing items have tiger designs; the meter for his Dark Side mode is a tiger walking across the screen; his bike is named the "Schpeltiger"; the guard of the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Tsubaki Mk III]] is a stylized Japanese "tiger" kanji; and his ultimate wrestling move is the Tiger Suplex. One of the obtainable shirts explains this: It has Travis' name transliterated in katakana ("TORABISU") and has a tiger ("tora") design on it. In ''Desperate Struggle'' [[spoiler: Travis can even [[{{Animorphism}} transform into a tiger]] as one of his [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Dark Side]] modes.]]
* AntiHero: Travis Touchdown seems to be an experiment as to how far you can push the "anti" of AntiHero before he lapses into VillainProtagonist. Also, he is a Type I and a Type V anti-hero.
* AscendedFanboy: The Anarchy in the Galaxy attack is the same attack used by the Glastonbury in the Pure White Giant Glastonbury game. It's also implied that his other Dark Side attacks are from Pure White Lover Bizarre Jelly. The characters are Strawberry, Blueberry, and Cranberry. The attacks are Strawberry on the Shortcake, Blueberry Cheese Brownie, and Cranberry Chocolate Sundae.
* AutomaticNewGame: The game does this, only pausing to let you choose your difficulty level and then throwing you in. After you save, it takes this trope further, automatically loading the most recent file whenever you turn on your Wii. To get to another save, you have to wait for the recent one to load, then go to the pause menu to access the load screen.
* AwesomeButImpractical: [[ChargedAttack Charging the katana]] hits tons of enemies--while leaving you extremely open to attack and only dealing about as much damage as two or three quick regular attacks and it uses a lot of [[{{Mana}} energy]] before the katana is upgraded. Once you get the [[InfinityPlusOneSword unlimited energy upgrade]] though, it becomes much more useful to spam. In the "impractical weapon" department, the way Travis' beam katana is built [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality means it should actually be pretty fragile]].
* AwesomeMcCoolName: WordOfGod claims Travis Touchdown was used because it [[GratuitousEnglish sounds cool in Japan]]. Yet there's more to it than that; see DeliberateValuesDissonance above (which Suda is known to do in his games). There's Letz Shake, Helter Skelter (though that's probably not his real name), and Henry Cooldown. Even Sylvia Christel counts.
* AwesomenessMeter
* AxCrazy: Beating blindfolded men to death with a baseball bat is Bad Girl's idea of a fine time. While she is not the only psycho Travis ends up fighting, she's by far the craziest.
* BadassBiker: Travis' bicycle is impressively tricked out, and intentionally designed to look like an [[ShoutOut X-Wing Starfighter]].
* BadassCreed: Travis has far too many to tell.
* BadassFamily: Although they don't fit the trope perfectly [[spoiler: Travis, Henry and Jeane: long lost siblings who ''all'' ended up as assassins]]
* BadassNormal: While not normal in any sense, Bad Girl is the only assassin who doesn't use crazy tricks (apart from the gimps used as projectiles). The only things she has are [[BatterUp a baseball bat]] and [[AxeCrazy a serious problem]]. Well, she ''does'' also have her flask and [[KillItWithFire lighter...]]
** Travis himself also qualifies, given that he's just an ordinary guy with a LaserBlade who manages to take down high-ranking assassins.
* BatterUp: Bad Girl's WeaponOfChoice and [[CallingYourAttacks apparently, one of her combos]]. Travis is also occasionally seen using his beam katana as a bat "substitute").
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Shinobu]] in the 1st rank fight, [[spoiler:and later Henry during the True Ending]].
* {{BFS}}: Death Metal's Orange MK II, and Travis' most impressive Tsubaki MK-II, comprised of five beams at Buster Sword length; consequentially, it looks more like a ''club'' than a sword.
* BlackAndGrayMorality
* BladeLock: Whenever you and an enemy try to attack each other at the same time. Winning the ensuing struggle gets you a free death blow. Also happens during the cutscene following the [[spoiler:Henry]] boss fight.
* BloodKnight: Travis Touchdown. Most of the assassins probably qualify to some degree.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Spain's translation removes a lot of the swearwords, even though the game is rated 16+ and Spain makes no fuss over swearing, plus since the voices are still in English, anyone can hear and clearly tell all the times a character says "fucking" or something, yet the subtitles omit them.
* BondOneLiner: Precedes every ranked battle, and sometimes right after them, too. "It's open mic night in Hell, old man."
* BossBattle: The 10 Assassins all meet certain boss tropes:
** DuelBoss: All of them
** WarmupBoss: Death Metal
** StationaryBoss: Dr. Peace
** WakeUpCallBoss: Shinobu
** BraggartBoss: Destroyman
** GetBackHereBoss: Holly Summers
** [[spoiler:CutsceneBoss]]: Letz Shake. Also, Helter Skelter could count as this as well.
** CatAndMouseBoss: Harvey Moiseiwitsch Volodarskii
** LevelInBossClothing: Speed Buster
** FlunkyBoss: Bad Girl
** [[spoiler:BaitAndSwitchBoss]]: Dark Star
** FinalBoss: [[spoiler:Jeane]]
** BonusBoss: [[spoiler:Henry]]
*** In the remake Heroes Paradise at least five of the bosses from the sequel appear as optional fights namely [[spoiler:Skelter Helter, Nathan Copeland, Kimmy Howell, Matt Helms, Alice Twilight]] though the [[AllJustADream fights happen as dreams]].
* BossGame: While there's plenty of {{Mooks}} to hack and slash, the bosses are the real stars of the show.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Though not how you might expect. The original intent for the game had tons of gore and left the bodies of ranked fight opponents after they die. This was how the American version of the game was released. The Japanese version removed all the blood, replacing it with smoke, and removed the bodies. This was apparently intentional, as excessive violence is less acceptable in mainstream Japanese games. To the consternation of many European fans, the PAL version is taken from the Japanese cut, as Red Star games decided this version would appeal to a wider audience and improve sales. It had also just released after the classification controversy over ''{{Manhunt}} 2'', and Red Star may have been attempting to avoid a similar problem. They have promised the sequel will not be censored, and it wasn't. The Japanese sequel is still censored.
** The PS3 and XBox360 remake ''No More Heroes: Heroes Paradise'' is uncensored.
** One bit of censorship created a bit of discussion: in the American version, Shinobu loses a hand at the end of her fight with Travis (he can't bring himself to kill her, but needs to incapacitate her to win the fight). This doesn't happen in the Japanese version, and so fans debated whether her losing her hand was canonical. The sequel finally confirmed it was, as Shinobu now has an ArtificialLimb.
* BrainInAJar: Letz Shake's machine, Dr. Shake.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The final ranked battle does this impressively, with characters discussing changing the rating of the game and possibly delaying it, including a TakeThat against ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever''. The following scene is then literally fast forwarded to avoid that. If [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=A22Nkt_fDBc you slow down the speed]], you can get more detail. The True Ending is even more crazy: [[spoiler:Henry comes to Travis and not only reveals that he is Travis's twin brother, but that he's been married to Sylvia for ten years. The revelations are so unbelievable that Travis actually says "That's the craziest shit I ever heard! Why would you bring up something like that at the very last minute of the game?!", to which Henry replies "I would've thought you and the player would at least expect a twist of fate of some kind!" They then proceed to discuss VideoGameTropes and the impossibility of escaping from this particular game for the next few minutes. It's even implied that they both kill each other in battle just to escape the video game they're in, complete with Sylvia joking about how disappointing it is that there won't be a sequel.]]
* BrokenBridge
* BulletHell: During a dream sequence before the fight with Harvey, you play a game composed of the mech Glastonbury in space based on the Bizarre Jelly franchise, with very simple graphics (closer to Star-fox variety). Afterwards, you can play it some more at Travis' apartment.
* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler:Travis and Jeane]], though the former was unaware of their blood relationship at the time.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Half the assassins of the UAA easily fall into this category to varying degrees, including, arguably Travis himself. Not to mention half of the business owners in Santa Destroy.
* CallBack: During the fight against Death Metal, Travis muses on how having a life like Death Metal would've been, noting several times that he should try and find the exit to Paradise, as it could end up being too much for him. [[spoiler:During the real ending, Travis realizes that his life ''has'' become too much to handle (at least in tying up the loose ends Henry dropped on him), and laments that he can't find that exit to Paradise.]]
* CallingYourAttacks Travis, Shinobu and Destroyman do this. It's played with by Destroyman, whose calling of attacks makes his SFX Converter perform them.
* CarFu: The Rank 2 level starts with Travis on the Schpeltiger, which he can use to mow down a bunch of mooks.
* CarnivalOfKillers: The premise of the UAA rankings. The only way to move up is kill the other assassins.
* CatchPhrase: Sylvia would very much like you to trust your Force, and head for the Garden of Madness. Whatever that means.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: [[spoiler: Travis get ambushed while using the restroom, caught literally with his pants down.]]
* {{Chiaroscuro}}: To the point where you wonder if everyone has their own personal spotlight.
* ChunkySalsaRule: During the fight with Bad Girl, getting close to her when she's crying if she has her hand on her bat results in her repeatedly beating your head with her bat until you're dead, no matter how much life you had before. A couple of other bosses have instant-kill attacks as well; [[spoiler:Henry]]'s is particularly impressive.
* CleanupCrew: Nice men show up to clean up the chunks of whatever is left of the assassin you just killed.
* ClusterFBomb: All over the place. You can force Travis to say it by charging a high attack.
* CodeName: Nearly everybody; in the original, Holly, Harvey, and Travis are the only ranked assassins without one.
* CompensatingForSomething: These games take "sword = penis" and roll with it, [[RunningGag and then keep rolling and rolling and...]]
* ConsoleCameo: Travis has a {{Nintendo 64}} sitting on his shelf in the first game.
* ContractOnTheHitman
* CorridorCubbyholeRun: Speed Buster's battle.
* CriticalExistenceFailure
* CuteKitten: Playing with Travis' kitten Jeane doesn't actually do anything... but who could resist playing with such a cute little kitty? Also one of the part-time jobs.
* DamageProofVehicle: You can crash Travis motorcycle all you want, but it will always stay in perfect condition. At least until the endgame.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Henry, Jeane, Sylvia, and eventually Travis. Basically, everyone who [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall]] at the ending(s). Travis does need to get (nearly) shot in the back, electrocuted via handshake, step on a few landmines, and fall in a pit before the savvyness sets in, though.
* DarkActionGirl: Nearly every female character, Speed Buster being an elderly example.
* DavidVersusGoliath: Usually, you're fighting someone with far more experience and better weapons than you, on their own turf, on their own terms. Especially true with Letz Shake [[spoiler:or it would have been if you actually got to fight him]], and Speed Buster. Inverted rather unsettlingly with [[spoiler:the FinalBoss, where Travis faces off with a completely [[FragileSpeedster unarmored]] and [[GoodOldFisticuffs unarmed]] opponent]].
* {{Deconstruction}}: The game plays out as a mockery of the ExcusePlot and how messed up (an assassin) and simple ("I just wanna be #1") someone would have to be to go through with the kind of violence found in video games. It gets to the point where Travis fights [[spoiler: his brother]] Henry while Henry openly mocks how Travis doesn't even know ''why'' they're fighting.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Everything about the game, right down to the name "Travis Touchdown," is meant to evoke different emotions from Japanese and American gamers. It is supposed to be a linear, pseudo-sandbox game in part because of how differently Japanese and American gamers react to the concept. As for the name "Travis Touchdown," Suda 51 has explicitly said the name was chosen because it sounds like an over-the-top action hero to Japanese audiences but positively goofy to American ones.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: Travis' shirts.
* DisappearingBox: Harvey's instant kill move.
* DistantFinale: The jazz album ''The Outer Rim'' features drama segments starring Travis and Sylvia. Turns out they're immortal. And on the moon.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: If the Beam Katana runs out of power, then in order to recharge it, Travis has to furiously shake the handle. And he does this while holding it directly in front of him and gyrating his crotch, grunting if you have to do it long enough. It, of course, requires shaking the Wiimote in a similar fashion. Destroyman also fires giants lasers out of his crotch.
** Speed Buster's weapon, the Buster Launcher, has a barrel extending from its shopping cart base that's maybe fifty feet long--a barrel she shoots particle beams from. As in, a giant phallic objected aimed at the player. Doubles as a [[StealthPun stealth pun]], as in the Design Materials you can see art of the various phases of her weapon's transformation, from [[http://images.wikia.com/suda51/images/e/eb/TradingCardNo77.png an Egg Mart shopping cart]], to [[http://images.wikia.com/suda51/images/6/6a/TradingCardNo78.png the shape of a woman's head]], to a [[http://images.wikia.com/suda51/images/c/c5/TradingCardNo79.png completed form]] resembling a mechanical rooster's head with the barrel extending from the beak.
* DownerEnding: One of the endings of the first game: [[spoiler:if Travis Touchdown doesn't get all the beam katana upgrades, he will end the game with Ermen Palmer (a CaptainErsatz to [[{{VideoGame/Killer7}} Emir Parkreiner]] a.k.a. Garcian Smith) ready to murder him in his own apartment while he's on the toilet, which immediately cuts to the closing credits.]]
** [[spoiler:The other ending plays out the same way, but Henry kills the assassin and you'll end up [[TrueFinalBoss fighting him.]]]]
* TheDriver: Bishop Shidux.
* DrunkenMaster: Randall Lovikov is the town lush. He's also implied to be way beyond Travis in ability, and his advice to "keep practicing" might as well be continued with "and you'll be almost as cool as me one day."
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Travis gets strung along by Sylvia and tricked a lot.
* TheEndingChangesEverything: [[spoiler:In the first game, the realization that the UAA is just a big scam. Henry is Travis's brother, the husband of Sylvia. And those who listen carefully will realize that the UAA representative that Travis talks to is actually Henry.]]
* EnormousEngine: Travis's scooter, the Schpeltiger, which is painted to look like an [[Franchise/StarWars X-Wing fighter]].
* EnvironmentalSymbolism: Throughout the game, but most notably in the FinalBoss fight with [[spoiler:Jeane]], where both you and your opponent are motivated by [[spoiler:revenge]] and Travis' unusually eloquent last words before the fight starts are [[spoiler:"Vengeance begets vengeance."]] Appropriately, you and your enemy are in a ring made from an energy-dragon-sword-thing that looks like a representation of [[CycleOfRevenge the Ouroborus]] and shrinks as the fight progresses.
* EveryoneIsRelated: Played for laughs most of the time.
* EvilAlbino: Helter Skelter, and his brother Skelter Helter.
* ExpositoryGameplayLimitation: Whenever Sylvia calls Travis on the phone, the game restricts his movement to just walking.
* {{Expy}}: Ermin Palmer, the man who attacks Travis at the end of the game, is based off of [[{{Killer7}} Emir Parkreiner]]... aka Garcian Smith. They also share a basic MO of attacking assassins in apartments while their guards are down.
** Helter Skelter is an expy of Cloud from FinalFantasyVII.
** Speed Buster is a pretty sadistic [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Marisa]] expy. Complete with Nuclear Master Spark.
* TheFaceless: The taller of Sylvia's cleaners never has his face shown on-camera. Even happens when she tosses him [[spoiler: Speed Buster's severed head]] and he grabs it and holds it in front of his face for way longer than necessary.
* FakeWeakness: Bad Girl.
* FanService: The 360/PS3 versions have a mode that ups the sexy for the already provocative female outfits (see through shirts, cheerleader outfits, bikinis etc)
* FastForwardGag: One late game conversation is fast forwarded; [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A22Nkt_fDBc slowed down]] it reveals [[ParentalIncest father-daughter incest]].]] The game hints ("It's impossible, It'll only jack up the age rating of this game even further") that the conversation was fast-forwarded to avoid a higher rating, but this isn't actually the case: {{Suda 51}} states that [[WordOfGod it was actually sped up due to]] RuleOfFunny...that, and the dialogue is a fairly lengthy {{Infodump}}. Travis' shocked reactions are priceless.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Destroyman, Bad Girl
* FixedFloorFighting
* FinishingMove: Travis rakes his beam saber across the chest of an enemy after suplexing them.
* FloralThemeNaming: Aside from the Blood Berry, all of Travis's [[LaserBlade beam katanas]] are named for flowers; the Tsubaki Mk. I, II, and III in the first game, and the [[KatanasAreJustBetter Camellia]], [[{{BFS}} Peony]], and [[DualWielding Rose Nasty]] in ''Desperate Struggle''.
* FlushingEdgeInteractivity: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Every save point is some kind of toilet, and your file data is on toilet paper.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Going through the game a second time around reveals hints about [[spoiler: Jeane and Travis becoming an assassin in order to kill her, such as the "promise" Travis mentions after killing Death Metal, the remarks about Travis' parents just before he fights Harvey and the song Dr. Peace sings, "The Virgin Child Makes Her Wish Without Feeling Anything", echoes Jeane's backstory.]]
** Sylvia on [[spoiler: the entry fee to the UAA. Turns out that she ''is'' ripping Travis off with his money.]]
* FragileSpeedster: [[spoiler: Jeane]] can dodge most of your attacks, but can take only a few of them.
* FreeRotatingCamera
* FreudianThreat: Sylvia says to Travis: "If I ever hear you mumble another woman's name in your sleep, you'll wake up the next morning with your joystick missing."
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In the bedroom of Travis's apartment, a cat toy is hanging from the ceiling fan. Occasionally, Travis's cat Jeane can be seen swinging around in a circle, hanging from the cat toy.
* FunTShirt
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* GainaxEnding: Played for laughs.
* GameBreakingBug: If you load a saved game right before the TrueFinalBoss, the Dark Step ability will be disabled. On Mild this is only a minor inconvenience, but on Bitter...
* GangOfHats: Played straight by the early bosses and their mooks.
* GenreSavvy: Travis acknowledges he's in a video game at one point or another, but [[spoiler: Henry]] flat-out calls him on it:
-->'''[[spoiler: Henry]]''': Lemme ask ya... how do you plan to put an end to all of this?
-->'''Travis''': Wait a sec... you want ''me'' to tie up all these loose ends? I don't think so!
-->'''[[spoiler: Henry]]''': ''You're'' the protagonist! I'm just [[RedOniBlueOni the cool, handsome foil]], [[spoiler:who happens to be your twin brother]]. Hate to say it, but it's your job!
** Even moreso is [[spoiler:Jeane]], who is not only savvy about the game itself, but [[MediumAwareness other games and the rating system itself!]] As shown below when Travis asks who she is.
-->'''Travis''': Answer me!
-->'''[[spoiler:Jeane]]''': It's impossible.
-->'''Travis''': Impossible? What do you mean?!
-->'''[[spoiler:Jeane]]''': It's too terrible. It alone would jack up the age rating of this game even further.
-->'''Travis''': So what? Who cares?!
-->'''[[spoiler:Jeane]]''': What if the game gets delayed? You wouldn't want this to become [[VideoGame/DukeNukemForever No More Heroes Forever,]] do you?
-->'''Travis''': Alright, I'll [[InterfaceScrew fast forward]] this so you can tell me.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[spoiler:The final boss is Jeane, a character only mentioned in the game manual and once in passing, who appears and reels off a huge amount of tragic backstory and villainous exposition before her fight. The said pre-fight scene assigns her the major antagonist of the game, and it all happens moments before the final sequence of the game.'']]
* GoodOldFisticuffs: [[spoiler:Jeane]]
* GlassCannon: Oddly for a boss, [[spoiler:Jeane]]. Her health is relatively low, but she dodges most of your attacks, will counter your grabs, moves really fast and has a large number of unblockable attacks and damaging abilities. The cutscenes actually imply that she isn't even glass, as you'd never win without help. An even straighter example is Speed Buster, who has a WaveMotionGun], [[spoiler:but dies as soon as you make it to her.]] Arguably a {{Justified Trope}} with her: being that her primary weapon is a laser cannon, she's probably not very well versed in close combat. Even if she was, [[spoiler:she's shown to be an older, out of shape assassin, so she'd probably not put up much of a fight up close]].
** An earlier example is Shinobu, who makes up for her extreme fragility with [[FragileSpeedster ridiculous power and speed]]. Even her ''taunt'' can do significant damage if Travis is careless, and several of her later attacks leave him one hit from death. Doubles as a WakeUpCallBoss, since the only way to beat her is to out-maneuver her.
* GracefulLoser: Every battle with a ranked assassin is a fight to the death, but some of the assassins you beat will calmly admit they were beaten, possibly even congratulate you, and wait for the killing blow with their heads held high. The clearest examples are numbers 10, 6, 3 and [[spoiler: Jeane]].
* GratuitousJapanese: Travis. Also Shinobu, the 8th boss' nickname.
* GroinAttack: [[spoiler: Dark Star]] is punched ''through'' the groin by [[spoiler: Jeane]].
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Travis.
* HideYourKids
* HiddenDepths: Nice singing voice, Dr. Peace.
* HighPressureBlood: Not just blood, when you kill a minor enemy, tons of cash also showers out of them.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Harvey Volodarskii, who gets blinded by Travis and killed by the same giant-circular-saw illusion he tried to kill Travis with before the fight began.]]
** Holly Summers' instant death attack is evaded by deliberately falling into one of the trap holes she dug to trap you.
* IKnowMortalKombat: Travis learns new moves by renting wrestling videos, and "remembers" other moves by finding wrestling masks lying about.
* IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels: Sweet, Mild, and Bitter.
* IdiotBall: Travis has it during the leadup to the seventh battle.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Death Metal has a giant katana that transforms from something resembling a briefcase, Destroyman has a ''laser codpiece'', Holly wields a shovel and fires rockets out of her prosthetic leg, Letz Shake has a giant earthquake-maker, complete with a BrainInAJar, Speed Buster has a shopping cart/WaveMotionGun, Bad Girl has a baseball bat and ''[[GrievousHarmWithABody gimps]]'' (she attacks by hitting gimps hard enough to send them flying at him [[PlayingTennisWithTheBoss which he can hit back]] or land and serve as regular mooks), and Dark Star pulls a laser whip shaped like a dragon's tail out of his helmet.
* IndecisiveDeconstruction
* InvulnerableAttack
* InfinityPlusOneSword: The Tsubaki Mk. III is the infinity sword, with a price comparable to the entry fees for Ranking Matches, it doesn't just increase your attacking power, it also has increased range with its finishing moves, allowing you to kill several enemies at once, and extends the charge attack to a slightly more useful three hit combo. The Tsubaki Mk III's Energy Saver is what makes it an InfinityPlusOneSword, costing a whopping $999,999, it gives the Tsubaki Mk III infinite energy. You never need to recharge it again. In effect, this means you can spam the charged attacks as much as you want. The sole downside is that it's not quite as powerful as the Mk. II .
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Killing enemies occasionally causes them to shout "My spleen!" as they die. See also some of the luchadore mask cards. Clearly someone recognized the comedy in a name like "La Guerra, Jr." and ran with it, because "Jr." recurs several times in the card collection and keeps getting funnier. It's TruthInTelevision though, as many Luchadore names are passed on this way. 'Hijo de ____', '_______ Jr.' are very common things to see in a Luchadore name.
* InterfaceScrew: Literally, one of the moves of the 4th rank assassin, complete with screwed-up controls.
* KatanasAreJustBetter:
** [[LaserBlade Beam katanas]], no less. They're really just ''called'' that, since they're more your regular [[Franchise/StarWars lightsaber]]. Death Metal's sword resembles a giant straight razor more than anything else, but is still called a beam katana. [[spoiler: Henry]] is a bit of an inversion however, as his style, or at least the stances, seem to be far more based on Western styles of swordsmanship, and his weapon, the Cross Sabre looks much more like a Claymore. It's worth noting that he's faster and stronger than Travis, and his weapon is parallel to if not greater than yours.
** Shinobu stands out by using real genuine katana. No crazy electric beams here. She's consistently considered one of the harder bosses to fight as well.
* KillSteal: [[spoiler:Henry]] in the 5th battle.
* KitschCollection: Travis' collection of luchadore masks that you amass through the game. There is also his massive collection of Pure White Lover Bizarre Jelly merchandise.
** On a side note, if you have save data from this game and you start the second one, the masks you have will be in Travis' room.
* KlingonPromotion: Exactly how the UAA works.
* LaserBlade: All over the place.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Travis [[spoiler:and Henry.]] All of the other assassins also have their own unique themes.
* LimitBreak: Amusingly preceded by Travis [[MundaneMadeAwesome loudly yelling the names of his favorite anime characters' attacks]].
-->'''Travis:''' Blueberry Cheese BROWNIE!
* LovelyAssistant: Features Harvey Moiseiwitsch Volodarskii, an assassin magician. His two silent, lovely "asseestahnts!" are under his loyal command, until Travis blinds him and they provide the wheel saw for his execution.
* LudicrousGibs: The first game has plenty of decapitations, severed limbs, and people getting cut in half both ways. Desperate Struggle kicks this up another notch by having enemies cut into ''more'' pieces and even a disemboweling.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Subverted at first, when [[spoiler:Dark Star uses this line on Travis, but is quickly shown to be lying through his teeth]]. But then played straight when [[spoiler:Travis' ex-girlfriend Jeane turns out to be his half sister... and rival Henry his [[NonIdenticalTwins twin brother]]]]. [[spoiler: For the latter, Travis asks him why the hell he waited [[NoFourthWall until the end of the game]] to reveal that]]. Although [[spoiler: Henry ''tried'' to tell him that after killstealing Letz Shake, and Travis cut him off.]]
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* MacrossMissileMassacre: Holly Summers' fake leg creates a miniature version of this.
** It's also the only attack Helter Skelter shows in the game's teaser trailer/prologue.
* MadeOfIron:
** Travis can survive things that would otherwise be fatal, [[CutscenePowerToTheMax especially in cutscenes]]. These particularly daring feats include [[spoiler: being tossed around with lasers, being blown up, beaten savagely, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment being blown up]], his sister thrusting her hand into his rib cage, and [[RuleOfThree being blown up]]. This is arguably the only thing Travis has on his opponents. Several characters use beam katanas, which often are better looking and/or stronger than Travis'. In fact, after some of the more brutal beatings, some of his opponents automatically assume he's already dead. And then this is subverted with Bad Girl beating Travis to death with a baseball bat if you fall for her trap]].
** Destroy Man [[spoiler: somehow survived being ''cut in half''.]]
* MagicRealism
* ManOnFire: One of the [[{{Mook}} mooks]] during the Rank 8 level has the ability to set Travis on fire. If this happens, Travis runs around, slowly burning to death until he can get his hands on an extinguisher.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Sylvia rips Travis for money by pretending that there's an entry fee to pay.]]
* MaskedLuchador: [[AuthorAppeal This]] ''[[AuthorAppeal is]]'' [[AuthorAppeal Suda]]. None make an actual appearance, though Travis learns new wrestling moves by examining Luchador masks and watching lucha libre videos. And few masks might look a bit [[KamenRider familiar]] to you.
* MeteorMove: [[spoiler: Henry]] has a spectacular one. Check out that page for a synopsis.
* MindScrew: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMQAOKeUc-A Watch it here]]. Not Quite a MGS2Ending, but it's very, very close.
* MiniDressOfPower: Bad Girl.
* MoralityPet: Jeane (the kitten) is literally Travis' MoralityPet.
* MultipleEndings
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Most of the soundtrack, really, but special mention goes to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCuEwon1T1A Hustlin' 'n' Tusslin']].
* NeverMessWithGranny: Speed Buster in the first game with her WaveMotionGun in a shopping cart.
* NewGamePlus
* NobodyPoops: Averted. Toilets are save points, and they are everywhere.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Dr. Peace bears a great resemblance to actor Charles Bronson, and is a doctor, a policeman, ''and'' an assassin, three roles Bronson was famous for playing.
** Travis Touchdown's design is heavily based off of Johnny Knoxville... with a lot more otaku thrown in. His design is also reminiscent of BradPitt as Tyler Durden in his first appearances in ''Film/FightClub''.
** Then there's Sylvia Christel, which is either a ShoutOut to softcore actress Sylvia Kristel or a hell of a coincidence.
* TheObiWan: Thunder Ryu, to a tee. Except for the implications about sex with Travis. But the fact that he still instructs Travis as [[spoiler: a blue-tinted ghost after his death really seals the deal. Another one of the game's many {{Shout Out}}s to ''Franchise/StarWars''.]]
* ObsessiveLoveLetter: Kimmy's letter starts out pretty normal, but turns AxeCrazy pretty quickly.
* OhCrap: On the path to Holly Summers, nearly every barricade Travis destroys has a landmine behind it, to which Travis always winds up stepping on it and gets knocked back from the explosion. The final barricade has a landmine Travis nearly steps on, but he spots it and moves his foot ahead of it. He winds up stepping on a hidden land mine and realizes he is going to get blown up yet again.
* OneHitKill: Almost every boss after Shinobu has one in the first game, though they are relatively easy to dodge or escape for the most part. Shinobu herself has a very near OHK that functionally serves the same purpose.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with three characters named Jeane.
* OverlyLongFightingAnimation: Subverted: Letz Shake's "Disaster Blaster" Earthquake Generator has this massively long cutscene where it charges up and prepares to flatten the battlefield, but then [[spoiler:Henry shows up out of nowhere and proceeds to cut the machine (and Letz Shake) to pieces]].
* OutsideTheBoxTactic: Shinobu on [[IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels Bitter]], while a hard boss in [[IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels Sweet and Mild]], becomes ''insane'' dodging every other attack [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard including your killing blows and using her own even if you win the bladelock]] and you can only hit her for two or three hits at most in each opening. Charging the katana in low stance, normally not very useful even with the infinite power upgrade that removes it's excessive cost, will make short work of her.
* [[PetTheDog Pet The Kitten]]: Travis Touchdown: assassin, otaku, kitty owner.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Averted; several of the assassins make reference to "outside work". Travis himself seems like an example, although he takes assassination missions from K Entertainment. Additionally, his ranked fights could be considered an assassination (he is, after all, being paid to kill a certain person).
* PlayingTennisWithTheBoss: When Bad Girl bats projectiles at you, you can deflect them back, although it's optional.Travis also tries this before the fight with Dr. Peace, but there is [[AbnormalAmmo more to]] [[ImpressivePyrotechnics his gun]] than [[BlingBlingBang his gaudy tastes in coloration]].
** Also can be done in both Dr. Peace's battle (Slashing back his explosive quick draw) and Destroyman (Knocking back Destroy Cannon). Both are of course Optional.
* PostModernism: Both games are Suda ridiculing the player. See Travis Touchdown, the loser otaku who spends all his money on anime and fights rather than moving out of a hotel? ThisLoserIsYou. The empty sandbox of the first game plays into that, as the only locations are a few nerdy stores and Travis' various jobs.
* {{Premiseville}}: Santa Destroy.
* PsychoForHire: Most of the UAA members, most notably Destroyman, Letz Shake and Bad Girl. [[spoiler:Jeane]] qualifies too.
* RankInflation
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Given to Travis by Sylvia via cellphone right before the Dark Star fight.
* ReferenceOverdosed: See the shout outs below.
* RefugeInAudacity: Nearly every aspect of the game reeks of this trope.
* RuinsForRuinsSake: Speed City is a modern metropolis that's abandoned and dust-choked for no adequately explained reason.
* RuleOfCool: Beam katanas are impressive, but more impressive is what can block them--[[spoiler:Jeane]] can even block it with a ''kick''. Holly can block it with a shovel, too.
* RuleOfFun: Where to begin?
* RuleOfFunny
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* SavePoint: You save in the ''bathroom''. And there's ''always'' a bathroom right by the boss area. Even in the middle of the woods.
* SchmuckBait: Bad Girl when she throws a fit.
** It depends. Sometimes it's a trap, sometimes it's actually happening (and leaving herself open).
** There's a tell in the attack: If she has her hand on the bat, then it's a trap, but if not, you can attack without repercussions.
* SecondPersonAttack: A gruesome example. [[spoiler:When Travis decapitates Speed Buster, we see it fly to the ground from her POV.]]
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler: Jeane. The girl, not the cat.]]
* SequelSnark: The very last line is Sylvia [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] the [[GainaxEnding bizarre ending of the game]] with "Too bad there won't be a sequel!" This, of course, turned out to be a lie.
* SeriousBusiness: All the part-time jobs.
* SexIsViolence: All over the place.
* SexyWalk: Bad Girl.
* ShirtlessScene: Henry gets one in the sequel, and in the first game, you have the option of removing Travis's shirt.
* ShootTheDog: Travis definitely didn't mean it this way, but most of the assassins are probably better off dead.
* ShoutOut: ''So'' many to ''Franchise/StarWars''. Reaches its peak at the 1st Rank battle--[[spoiler:after racing some Imperial troopers riding Tie-Fighter motorbikes on your own X-Wing styled scooter, you fight a Darth Vader {{Expy}} who tries to pull a LukeIAmYourFather on you]]. And the song played during the normal ending credits is a Suspiciously Similar Song of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' theme. And, of course, Travis' weapon is essentially a [[LaserBlade lightsaber]].
** There is a Nintendo 64-like console in Travis's room.
** Dr. Peace has [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun gold revolvers]].
** Letz Shake's visor appears to be a UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy, and the image on it appears to be the logo for Music/PublicImageLtd
** The plot sounds suspiciously like ''Film/BrandedToKill.''
** In the Final Battle, [[spoiler:you fight, Jeane, a character who makes extensive use of duck-dodging to counter your attacks - a hallmark of the character homonym Gene from GodHand.]]
** Next to the clothing shop, Area 51, there's a shop called [[CloverStudios Clover]].
** There are lots of references to previous Grasshopper works, too. The fridge in the Rank 2 boss fight in the first game says "Chiller7," a reference to Killer7.
*** The "3... 2... 1... Zilch" and "Saved game beep" sound effects are references to Killer7 as well, and other sound blips are borrowed from {{Flower Sun and Rain}}. Ermen Palmer is a {{Captain Ersatz}} for Garcian Smith, Also ISZK Electronics and [=ZaKa TV=], said TV station being a reference to both Michigan: Report from Hell and Killer7. Not to mention that every Lovikov move references a member of the Smith Syndicate.
** The 'To Be Continued' at the end is in the style of the ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' title.
** [[http://nomoreheroesgame.us.ubi.com/#/internal:characters/sylvia The offical website]] for the sequel notes that Sylvia wears her SunglassesAtNight.
** One of [[spoiler: Henry's]] attacks involves shooting energy balls at you, a reference to one of the characters from DevilMayCry.
** The title "No More Heroes" is a reference to the song of the same name by Music/TheStranglers.
--> [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation "No, no, that's a bit too obvious." ]]
*** You can actually see a poster referencing the song slapped on an otherwise nondescript wall in Santa Destroy.
** In a further punk reference, the sword Three Girl Rhumba is named after a song by Music/{{Wire}} (the one Elastica basically hijacked with "Connection").
** The background music in Thunder Ryu's Gym is a heavy metal Suspiciously Similar Song of "Eye Of The Tiger".
** Travis' figurines, among them Franchise/SailorMoon, [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Reisen]], and [[Franchise/{{Disgaea}} The Lady Fighter]].
** In the original trailer for the first game, Sylvia instructs Travis to "[[{{Gunbuster}} aim for the top!]]"
** A parody of the Music/SexPistols' album, ''Never Mind The Bollocks...'', is displayed across the street from the Beef Head video store.
*** Another band parody, this time of Music/BlackSabbath, is displayed on a t-shirt you can buy once you become 4th in rank.
**** Travis' many shirts are ripe with references, referencing everything from previous Grasshopper works (there are several {{Flower Sun and Rain}} and {{The Silver Case}} designs) to existing magazines and publications to the {{Rocky Horror Picture Show}}: one shirt has a very familiar pair of red, open-mouthed lips.
** Travis' Strawberry On The Shortcake attack has [[DragonballZ his hair turn gold and gains an increase in attack and speed]].
*** And then there's the attack's [[StrawberryShortcake name]].
** Sylvia Christel is named after actress [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Kristel Sylvia Kristel]], mostly known for the role of Emmanuelle in the eponymous french softcore films.
** There is one to ''Film/TheWarriors''. In Dr. Peace's stage, all the mooks are dressed in baseball gear. Though none of them are wearing face paint like the Furies. Also they have the word Warrior written on the front of their jerseys.
* ShowWithinAShow: The MagicalGirl SuperRobot anime ''Pure White Lover Bizarre Jelly'', and the shmup minigame that is based on it.
* ShutUpKirk: Travis is on the receiving end of this just before his fight with Bad Girl:
-->'''Travis:''' You're no assassin. You're just a perverted killing maniac.
-->'''Bad Girl:''' [[NotSoDifferent In essence, they're the same.]] Don't go on thinking you're better than me. You think you're hot shit! Who the fuck do you think you are?!
* {{Sidequest}}
* SinisterSilhouettes: Entering a ranking area shows the boss's silhouette.
* SmallGirlBigGun: Speed Buster is anything but small or a girl, but the gun is ''very'' big, so it kind of balances out.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Travis' goal is essentially to run through this and put himself on top.
* SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness: Played straight, each new sword basically replaces the last.
* SoundtrackDissonance: A surprisingly touching, well-sung ballad precedes the 9th rank fight and plays over the end credits in the normal ending (though "normal" fight music plays over the actual 9th fight). There is also an instrumental version of the song that plays in Gold Town, the bar where Lovikov is. (It should be noted that the lyrics to this song, 'the virgin child makes her wish without feeling anything', are actually very dark, but that this trope still occurs due to the upbeat melody of the song).
** Heavenly Star, the incredibly sweet [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL2od1AF_Cs Genki Rockets song]] that plays in shops and is available in music video form (complete with [[TastesLikeDiabetes birds, sparkles, and rainbows]]) in the Japanese and European versions of the game, strikes a stark contrast with the game's content and overall theme.
* SprintMeter: One of the Lovikov Ball upgrades is the ability to run outside of battle, which uses a SprintMeter.
* StealthPun: In wrestling, to win a round is to perform a hold, lock, or pin on a downed opponent. In the world of assassination, when Travis finishes off a wrestling move, the beam katana falls and skewers, or ''pins'' a downed enemy.
* SuckingInLines
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Every so often after landing a deathblow, Travis will randomly enter a "Dark Side Mode" where he can do some crazy stuff.
* SurpriseIncest: See BrotherSisterIncest, also the cause of the TakeThat quote below.
* TakeThat: "What if the game gets delayed? You wouldn't want this to become ''[[VideoGame/DukeNukemForever No More Heroes Forever]]'', do you?" The fact that the name is also a nice pun just makes it gravy, considering what could have been the canonical ending.
* TechnologyPorn: Before the boss fight with Dr. Shake.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Travis is a 27 year old anime obsessed, professional wrestling watching, video game playing loser who dreams of adventure and getting laid. Even if you become the world's deadliest assassin, you are still a stain of a human being. This might qualify as a deconstruction. What kind of person buys a lightsaber off of ebay and becomes the world's greatest assassin? An otaku, that's who. [[ValuesDissonance Of course, if you see it that way.]]
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Travis does this in order to [[spoiler:blind Harvey]].
** He also tosses it into the air when doing a wrestling move. Some times he just catches it, majority of the time it falls perfectly into the mook's vitals.
* TitleDrop:
** It's both the name of the motel Travis lives in and displayed in one way or another in every save bathroom.
** Jeanne says it during their [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth wall demolition]].
* ToBeAMaster: [[IndecisiveDeconstruction Mostly]] {{deconstructed}}.
* TooAwesomeToUse: Anarchy In The Galaxy, the ability you get for hitting 777 on the slot machine. It instantly kills every non-boss enemy in the room (but does zero damage to bosses), but aside from being extremely rare (you'll usually see no more than one a playthrough), you get a 10,000 dollar bonus per use for holding onto it when you kill the boss (which gets even higher on NewGamePlus), making it even harder to want to use it.
* TrueFinalBoss: Henry, fightable after killing Jeane and buying every beam katana.
* UhOhEyes: Jeane, who has [[RedEyesTakeWarning Red Eyes]].
* UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000: Lampshaded interestingly. The game is in many ways a violent slugfest, but the game (and Suda51) has no problem in lampshading this repeatedly and [[ThisLoserIsYou mocking you for your violent, mindless tastes]] (also see the [[Analysis/NoMoreHeroes Analysis]] tab).
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: Travis' dream sequence on the way to the fourth-ranked battle, ''Pure White Giant Glastonbury'', which is done in the style of a Galaga-type shooter.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: One your way to the Rank 5 fight, a trail of blood pools leads you to a dead body (which also leads you to a path to the same fight) and everybody just goes on with their business. Possibly justified, considering what kind of environment Santa Destroy is.
* UpdatedRerelease: No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise for the Xbox 360 and PS3 features improved HD graphics and a 'Very Sweet' mode which features the female characters in skimpy outfits (who weren't already).
* UselessSpleen: Several types of enemies yell "[[OwMyBodyPart MY SPLEEN!]]" upon getting killed. Considering that they usually get chopped in half, you would think that would be the least of their concerns.
* ViceCity: Santa Destroy
* VirtualPaperDoll: The clothing.
* TheVoice: The long-suffering Diane, from Beef Head Videos.
* WaveMotionGun: #3 ranked Speed Buster's weapon, which is the end result of a transformation of a ''shopping cart''.
* WhamEpisode: A few, but the most notable is the cut scene after you pay the money for the Rank 1 fight, [[spoiler: where Travis learns that the UAA is not real, just a front for Sylvia to con suckers out of their money.]]
* WhereItAllBegan:
** The Final Battle with [[spoiler:Henry]] takes place where the game started: the parking lot of the NO MORE HEROES Motel.
** Also, in the first ''real'' level, Dr. Peace, the boss fight itself takes place on the baseball diamond in Santa Destroy Stadium. The next-to-last level, Bad Girl, takes place entirely on the very same baseball diamond, you just happen to be riding a CoolBike at the time.
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: In the ending, [[spoiler:a would-be assassin foregoes the whole "ranking match" setup and simply attacks Travis while he's on the toilet]].
** In the Letz Shake cutscene, [[spoiler:Travis starts charging Shake towards the end of his weapon's start-up sequence, while Shake helpfully gives a "T-Minus X seconds!" countdown. He doesn't quite make it before it fires, but Henry just comes out of nowhere and cuts the whole thing in half.]]
* WideOpenSandbox: Subverted; you are given an overworld to explore, but you can't actually interact with much of anything beyond searching for collectibles in the alleys...
* WouldntHitAGirl: The real reason Travis couldn't kill Shinobu or Holly, and why Holly had to kill herself. He gets over it, demonstrated when he [[spoiler: decapitates Speed Buster, then impales Bad Girl and later cuts Jeane to pieces]].
** Even then, [[spoiler: Speed Buster killed his mentor, Bad Girl bled out because she wouldn't stop fighting even ''after'' getting impaled, and Jeane killed his parents and nearly killed him, and above all, she ''wanted'' to die and Travis had to comply even though it made him sad to do it.]]
* WorldOfBadass
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Using wrestling moves is quite effective during most of the boss fights, taking off a good chunk of the victim's health. The fact that they don't work on [[spoiler:Jeane, the normal final boss]] makes [[spoiler:her]] as hard as [[spoiler:Henry, the PerfectRunFinalBoss]]. This is justified though; Travis apparently has dabbled in wrestling in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hart_House_%28Alberta%29#The_Dungeon Calgary]] and at the beginning of the game is still very friendly with his old teacher, the legendery former pro Thunder Ryu.
* YouKilledMyFather: Shinobu to Travis [[spoiler:(though she is mistaken)]], and [[spoiler:Travis to Jeane (this one is true)]].
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