''Three Dirty Dwarves'' is a BeatEmUp game released for the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn and PC in 1996. It was published by Creator/SegaSoft and developed by Appaloosa Interactive. The lead animator for the cartoon cutscenes was Szórády Csaba, formerly of Creator/PannoniaFilmStudio.

The story focuses on four genetically-altered children, Laura, Gregory, Billy, and Kyle, who are being held captive in genetics lab at WST (Weapons Systems Technology). Colonel Briggs, the DrillSergeantNasty in charge of the base, wants them to use their genius to create super soldiers. Instead, they've devised a plan of escape using a tabletop game they've created, where three heroes in a StandardFantasySetting battle to reach an inter-dimensional gateway so they can travel to earth from their world and save the kids. Briggs decides to have the kids separated from each other and the game, but not before they summon a portal in the game to send its three heroes into the real world to save them. Unfortunately, the dwarves leave the portal open and their enemies follow them to earth.

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This game contains examples of:

* TwoAndAHalfD: "The Gymhouse", "House of Fire", and "Man of a Thousand Swords" levels.
* AbnormalAmmo: Baseballs and bowling balls and pins.
** Some enemies throw forks at you.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The Naked Ninjas.
** AlliterativeTitle
* AerithAndBob: The dwarves. Greg, Tatonic and Corthag.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Corthag is the only dwarf out of the three who is green. The orcs also qualify.
* AmbidextrousSprite
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: "Bouncing Bed", "The Stadium", "House of Fire", "Trolley Ride" and "Taconic Parkway" are all gimmick levels.
* AnimateInanimateObject: The trash can and newspaper enemies.
** The Gymhouse, which is a freaking ''boss fight''.
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: [[spoiler: When he's cornered, Briggs tries to convince the dwarves to join him instead, with incentives such as weapons, vacation, and a "condo" that's a castle. It almost works]].
* BatterUp: Greg's main weapon is a baseball bat, and uses baseballs as a projectile weapon.
* BigBad: Colonel Briggs.
* BigBallOfViolence: In the intro, when the orcs attack. It's also one of the special moves in-game.
* BloodKnight: All three of the dwarves.
* BloodlessCarnage: At least, outside of the intro.
* BrickJoke: Barney.
* ButtMonkey: Barney.
* CensorBox: The Naked Ninjas carry one.
* CoolCar: [[spoiler: The dwarves and the kids steal one in TheStinger, implied to be Briggs']].
* CoolHelmet: Tatonic sports a football helmet with horns, which he also uses to headbutt enemies with.
* CrateExpectations: Breaking these gets you dice.
* TheDitz: Corthag.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Colonel Briggs.
* EldritchAbomination: Pit Bully.
* EnfantTerrible: The genetically-altered ax-wielding babies in the base.
* EvilLawyerJoke: Apparently, lawyers are America's secret weapon.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: The dwarves are sent from a StandardFantasySetting to a sporting goods shop in the post-apocalyptic Bronx, thinking they've been gifted with the weapons and armor they need to save the children.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Colonel Briggs shouts "Damn!" in the intro and second-to-last cutscene.
** The Naked Ninjas.
** "No, but we'll kick your ass."
* TheGunslinger: Corthag.
* GutturalGrowler: Greg and Tatonic.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: The intro shows an orc being sliced in half.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: "House of Fire" has the dwarves fight against a dragon using a wrecking ball.
* MadeOfExplodium: Enemies explode when you kill them.
* MineCartMadness: The Trolley Ride level.
* {{Nerd}}: One of the game's many enemies.
* OffModel: In the PC version, the video segments have Corthag with yellow skin at times.
* OneHitWonder: Each of the dwarves are knocked out with one hit, but their buddies can knock them awake again.
* PunnyName: Pit Bully, a boss who attacks with vicious dogs.
* RuleOfThree: The three dwarves.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Out of the kids, Laura is the only girl in the group.
* SoundtrackDissonance: A beat-em-up with a hip-hop soundtrack that contains digitally altered ''screams of pain''.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Colonel Briggs is credited as General Briggs in the credits and manual.
* TriggerHappy: Corthag.
* TheUnfought: [[spoiler: Colonel Briggs. The FinalBoss is Barney]].
* WeaponOfChoice:
** Greg: A [[BatterUp baseball bat]] and baseballs.
** Tatonic: Bowling pins and a bowling ball.
** Corthag: [[TheGunslinger A shotgun]].