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[[caption-width-right:300:[[CowboyCop Honor is his code]]. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Vengeance is his mission]]. [[{{Badass}} Bloodshed is his]] ''[[GunsAkimbo only]]'' [[OneManArmy option]].]]

-->'''Captain Ed Lee''': ''I told you to not go in alone!''
-->'''Inspector Tequila Yuen''': ''I didn't. Brought my [[GunsAkimbo two friends]].''

-->''Today, your blood will pay for everything!''
-->-- '''Mr. James Wong'''

A Hong Kong policeman is killed in what looks like a regular murder by TheTriadsAndTheTongs and [[ItsPersonal it's a personal challenge]] for [[CowboyCop Inspector "Tequila" Yuen]] investigating the case. Before long, his [[StarCrossedLovers star crossed love interest]] Billie and her daughter Teko are kidnapped by [[TheMafiya a ruthless Russian crime syndicate]], too. ''Much'' HeroicBloodshed ensues.

''[[InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt John Woo Presents Stranglehold]]'' is a 2007 ThirdPersonShooter that is both an affectionate pastiche of the classic HeroicBloodshed movies ''and'' a sequel to the probably most famous example of the genre, ''HardBoiled''. And it was produced with JohnWoo participating, while Chow Yun-Fat reprises his role as Tequila. As you may have expected from that lineup, the game is much more about marrying RuleOfCool to RuleOfFun and [[EverythingBreaks trashing each next level]] in impossibly awesome ways than anything else.

Recently, rumors have surfaced that John Woo will be directing a film adaptation of the game. Talk about full circle.
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!!Tropes found in the game:
* AsHimself: John Woo is credited "As Himself" in the end credits.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Mr. Wong
* AvengingTheVillain: Mr. Wong is the father of Johnny Wong from ''HardBoiled''.
* BadassGrandpa: Mr. Wong is one hell of a villainous example. The guy single-hands a ''Sniper Rifle''! Like, with one hand!
** A [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrett_M82 Barrett M82]]. Which ''isn't even meant for use against human targets''.
* BadassInANiceSuit[=/=]CoolShades: Tequila himself during the Chicago missions.
* BattleButler: Dapang.
* [[spoiler:BigBadFriend: Jerry, as Tequila finds out.]]
* BlingBlingBang: The Golden Gun.
* BoringButPractical: The pistols.
** Boring? Says you! Nothing screams {{Badass}} like doing [[LimitBreak the barrage and spin attacks]] with GunsAkimbo.
* BossBanter: Just about every one.
* BottomlessMagazines: Partly averted, as you have a limit on the ''total'' ammo... though it goes away, too, when you activate a Tequila Bomb.
** And although your ammo ''is'' finite, even if you run out, it's a simple matter of backtracking two steps and get the gun of some of the dozens of dead {{Mooks}} you ''will'' leave in your wake.
* TheBrute: Dapang.
* BulletTime: Partly automated.
* [[spoiler:TheCakeIsALie: Tequila's mission to rescue Billie from the Zakarovs turns out to be a ploy by Wong to eliminate his deadliest competition -- and Wong has ''no'' intention of letting Tequila and Billie live happily ever after, or their daughter Teko for that matter because he is a bastard who wants Tequila to pay for the death of his son]].
* CheckpointStarvation: The game features some ''very'' long gunfight sequences with nary a checkpoint in sight.
* CowardlyBoss: [[spoiler:Jerry]].
* CowboyCop: Not surprising, since Tequila has been a prime example of this trope ever since ''HardBoiled''.
* CreatorCameo: JohnWoo is the bartender in an early level.
** He also runs a store to buy extra goodies, and is a playable multiplayer character.
* CycleOfRevenge: Every misery Wong has heaped upon Tequila and his family stems from [[spoiler:Tequila's killing of Wong's only son, Johnny Wong, in ''Hard Boiled'', which Tequila did because of everything Johnny had done all movie, including the killing of two of his partners]] -- and once Wong [[spoiler:turns Tequila's newest partner against him, has Billie murdered and kidnaps Tequila's daughter Teko]], it becomes ''very'' personal for Tequila.
* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler:Jerry]].
* DisturbedDoves: Does it even have to be mentioned?
** Hell, conjuring these out of nowhere, being on the dock or a ''luxury casino'' seems to be yet ''another'' of Tequila's powers of AwesomenessIsAForce.
* DragonsUpTheYinYang: Wong's chamber has a giant jade dragon statue.
* DrinkOrder: Tequila has his name because his drink of choice is the Tequila Slammer. {{Lampshaded}} even.
* EveryCarIsAPinto
* EverythingBreaks: ''Especially'' under a Barrage.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The SpinAttack Tequila Bomb.
* ExplodingBarrels
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Jerry]].
* GoingNative: Jerry.
* GoodOldWays[=/=]HonorBeforeReason: Wong proudly presents himself this way to others. [[spoiler: He's not.]]
* GrindBoots: One of the standard combat maneuvers.
* GunsAkimbo: Tequila does this with normal handguns, [[BlingBlingBang Golden Guns]], and [=SMGs=].
** And several of the bad guys do this as well, including the EliteMooks, Dapang (who uses dual shotguns) and [[spoiler:Jerry]].
* TheGunslinger: Tequila. He combines ImprobableAimingSkills of the Trick Shot, MoreDakka of the Vaporizer, the GunFu of the Woo, ''and'' is a master of {{Mexican Standoff}}s. Also, Jerry who was Tequila's student and is the Woo.
* HeroicBloodshed
* ImprobableAimingSkills: The Precision Shot Tequila Bomb.
** Which results in graphic shots of the {{Mooks}} taking and suffering from the bullets. Gets specially [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome hilarious]] when you go for a [[GroinAttack Groin Shot]].
* ItsPersonal: All of it.
* KnifeOutline: Tequila does that with bullets.
* KungShui
* LeapAndFire
* LimitBreak: The Tequila Bombs.
* MobWar
* TheMole: Jerry was this for the good guys. But then he went native.
* MoreDakka: Except for the Barrage Tequila Bomb, you also get to shoot a minigun at one point.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Wong orders one of these on Tequila in a flashback, one of several KickTheDog moments that Wong pulls in the game.
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: Mr. Wong's.
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:Poor Billie]].
* OneManArmy: Tequila.
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Mr. Wong.
* RespawningEnemies: ''Normally'' their respawns are limited.
* RewardingVandalism: Destroying stuff restores your Tequila Bomb meter.
* RuthlessForeignGangsters: The Zakarovs.
* SenselessViolins: Guitar cases full of guns.
* ShortRangeShotgun: Averted. The shotgun's only real drawback is it's low ammo capacity.
* ShoutOut: A PennyArcade strip about the game featured an achievement called "Testikill" for shooting enough mooks in the groin. When the game's DLC came out, this was made into an actual achievement.
* SpinAttack: When doves go flying, Tequila kills everyone in the manner most awesome to the most beautiful soundtrack you can imagine. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kacy00P7TKE&fmt=18 Kinda like this.]]
* StarCrossedLovers: Tequila and Billie.
* TakeCover: The game features a basic cover system, although most of the time you'll be jumping around in bullet time. And when you ''do'' take cover, because EverythingBreaks, you can't stay there forever.
* TheSyndicate: The Golden Kane, the Zakarov syndicate and Dragon Claw.
* ThrowAwayGuns: When running out of ammo.
* TitleDrop: Zakarov does it.
* TrampledUnderfoot: During Billie and Teko's kidnapping.
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: It wouldn't be a Hong Kong action game without them.
* UnstoppableRage: The Barrage Tequila Bomb. Not only does everything go into slo mo, but Tequila is invulnerable, has endless ammo, and rapid fires - even with rocket launchers!
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: Wong's Estate.
* VillainousGlutton: Dapang.
* [[WhiteShirtOfDeath White Suit of Death]]: [[spoiler:Mr. Wong]].
* WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings: It's really too bad about Chicago History Museum.
** There's even an achievement for completely demolishing a dinosaur skeleton.
* WhyWontYouDie: Tequila provokes this reaction in Vlad.
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