"You insensitive prick! You killed him and you don't even remember!"
First boss of No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, and the 51st ranked assassin. Helter Skelter's younger brother.
Almighty Janitor: He's ranked 51st in the UAA, but in Bitter mode, he is only easy when compared to Matt Helms and Jasper Batt Jr.
Affectionate Parody/Take That: He seems to be an amalgam of various Final Fantasy protagonists (oversized sword that looks like Cloud's Buster Sword, ridiculously spiky hair, tattoos, etc). Unlike his easily dispatched brother, he's an actual boss fight, and much better developed as a character, so it may not necessarily be a Take That.
Warmup Boss: Subverted on a Bitter or Deathmatch (especially Deathmatch) fight with him. When his AI is juiced up, he uses his revolver to keep Travis at arm's length and busts out guard-breaking attacks at a moment's notice.
Death Seeker: He fully admits that he wishes to die by Travis's hand.
Death Trap: He's rigged the room you fight him in with things such as dropping chandeliers, exploding plants, and laser beams.
Gangsta Rap: And much literally so. According to Silvia, Nathan's charm, charisma, appeal, and outreaching lyrics to the audiences were meant to also seek out troubled delinquents, confused and lost people, and misfits so that the New Mafia and Pizza Batt could have some new members and lackeys in their ranks. His Leitmotif, "Nathan is Our Boss", even boasts the lyrics, "Murder Cures The Nation", and so far, it's induced many of the mooks you fight throughout the game.
The 25th ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle. A football jock followed by a group of assassin cheerleaders who are all collectively ranked 26th through 49th. Despite the obvious motif, his weapon is the Santa Death Parade, a Humongous Mecha.
I Know Madden Kombat: Subverted. Despite the obvious football theme, Charlie decides to go the Humongous Mecha route. However, one of his mech's attacks is called "Go Long!", and his special involves hitting you in the gut with a football. He also likes Travis Touchdown's name, for obvious reasons.
"I'm legit, and way tougher than I look! So, uh...don't go easy on me, 'k? 'cause one wrong move, and you're over."
A schoolgirl assassin in Desperate Struggle. Her rank is unknown, but it's presumed to be one below Travis at the time you fight her—unlike the other UAA assassins, she challenges Travis for his rank. Uses her recorder as a weapon, which doubles as a double beam katana.
Bonus Boss: In both No More Heroes 2 andHeroes' Paradise. She's the only original Bonus Boss in the series- if you never leave and return to the Motel in between ranking fights after beating Charlie MacDonald, you never fight Kimmy.
Bubble Gun: Kimmy will sometimes pause mid-battle to blow bubbles at you from her recorder. Unblockable, exploding bubbles.
Glacier Waif: Kimmy fights like a chainsaw on legs and her combos do immense damage, but she's extremely lacking when it comes to mobility. In fact, barely moves at all over the course of her match, preferring to taunt and bait Travis until he gets within range, which makes it extremely easy to hit her with a fully-powered Peony. Averted on Bitter, where she is more than happy to chase you all over the arena.
The Glasses Gotta Go: Subverted, kinda. The E3 trailer showed her with glasses on. The finished game shows her without them.
The Nicknamer: For Travis, again. Three of them. From her we get, and quote, "Travis the Great", "Travis Ravenous", and "Cool Hand Teezy Greasy". Guess that's three more we can add to the list of nicknames Travis has earned in his career...
Yandere: She writes a love letter to Travis and has him read it aloud. Said love letter details her desire to behead Travis, and in turn, surpassing him. She sounds unbelievably creepy when she says "I love you" during the battle.
Waif-Fu: Kimmy's knees even knock together when she's not attacking you. Her desperation move is to hit Travis with the old "thigh vice" trick.
Voiced by: Debi Derryberry
"I'm going to kill you... I'm going to kill you..."
An obese behemoth wearing a clown mask, and the 24th ranked assassin Desperate Struggle. He was abandoned as a child, and when he died, he made a deal with the devil to be revived through dark arts.
Die, Chair! Die!: The building you fight him in is filled with boxes, crates and furniture. Between the two of you, it will likely be far less filled by the time you finish him.
In fact, one of the best things to do at the start of the fight (especially on Bitter mode), is to just run around and smash everything that can be smashed, in order to free up some space to maneuver around in. There is one wall that cannot be broken, creating a pocket on the left side of the map. Of course, Matt's smart enough to force you into that pocket if you get careless...
Stealth-Based Mission: Technically speaking, you can sneak past a bunch of prison guards in order to get to her. You don't actually have to do the sneaking mission. If you get caught, you can just fight the Mooks as you would normally.
They don't give you any money, though, so you may as well sneak by. In Bitter you better sneak by, because everyone there is a gun enemy (there's a reason they get their own radar icon).
"All I desire is a duel with you. Desire level: One hundred percent. Revenge on primary target was a success. Behold. Said dramatically."
An assassin in Desperate Struggle, ranked somewhere between 22 and 10. Once a Bait-and-Switch Boss, now you actually get to fight him. The fight was supposed to be a Battle Royale, but he wipes out the rest of the competition before you even fight.
Large Ham: From the way he talks, as well as the general nature of the game, it almost seems like his Robo Speak is an affected dialect.
Puzzle Boss: It's less about dodging him, more about getting on the stable ground.
Revenge by Proxy: Subverted... sort of. Travis rightfully points out that it was Henry who killed him; problem is, Shake already took Henry down, and just feels like finishing the job he started in the last game.
Get Back Here Boss: He likes to go in and out of elevators, forcing Shinobu to jump up to his location. If you pin him in one place, he even has an unavoidable grab move that deals no damage but knocks you down, giving him enough time to reach an elevator.
Graceful Loser: He's not mad when Shinobu kills him, he instead just wants to know her name, and calls her "sir".
"Seriously, she's so rude! Reminds me of my complaining customers. Now Travis, he knew how to fight like a gentleman. Sliced me in half, sure, but he did it with grace."
The 8th ranked assassin(s) in Desperate Struggle, and the second and final boss you fight as Shinobu.
Call Back: He tries the exact same "electrocute with a handshake" maneuver that he used in the first game on Shinobu. It doesn't work because she chopped his hand off instead. That, and she took the shake with her prosthetic hand.
Get Back Here Boss: You'll always have to deal with at least one of them flying around the warehouse and taking potshots at you. Shinobu's Sonic Sword is good for chipping away at him, but the wonky camera makes getting up to where he is a pain.
Jerkass: Both personalities, actually. One's in your face and the other just makes thinly-veiled threats.
A samurai with nigh-unbeatable skills and armed with an abnormally large sword challenges his mirror and rival, who has an Alliterative Name, in combat to a duel, right after said opponent just so happens to have acquired the ability to Dual Wield? During a sunset? There should be bells going off in the heads of anyone who's heard of Miyamoto Musashi at this point.
The fact that his weapon fires a Laser Blade Dragon may be a Shout-Out to Dark Star from the first game, since we never actually got to face him then.
Soundtrack Dissonance: Ryuji is the only boss in the game whose music is not unique to him. The song in question was last heard when you fought an overweight demonically possessed fire-loving baby-faced psychopath.
Wake-Up Call Boss: Most bosses up until now have been moderately challenging, even if they've been a tad unfair here and there. Ryuji has no real gimmicks. His strength and endurance are fairly average. He doesn't even have too many attacks - but be damned if he doesn't toss you around, or at least give you one hell of a rush. On Bitter Mode, he will annihilate you the first time around.
Non-Standard Character Design: While all the other characters in the series have models in a realistic style with lots of shading, Mimmy's model is very colorful and animesque, with big, shiny eyes. Even her character art is in a 'cuter' style than that of the others. Justified though, as Mimmy is a mental manifestation of all the fetishes of local anime-nut Travis.
Pop Goes the Human: As if the entire fight wasn't bizarre enough, when Henry finally kills Mimmy by stabbing her in the back, she starts to swell up like a balloon to enormous proportions and then spectacularly explodes. Does Travis have a hidden inflation fetish?
Expy: Arguably of Bad Girl. Both being into lolita fashion and having a total Ear Worm for a theme.The stages before their battles are similar as well, in both you fight a horde of enemies in a single area.
Foil: Once more, arguably of Bad Girl. Both like the Lolita look, but Bad Girl is Sweet while Margaret is Gothic. Which is ironic because despite her making fun of you, Margaret actually seems cute and just genuinely nice (for an assassin). Bad Girl is... not.
In fact, Margaret seems to have been designed as a total opposite of Bad Girl. Their dresses are different types of the same style, Bad Girl is rude, violent, and psychotic while Margaret is relatively sweet, honorable, and kind. Their death scenes even start similarly, with Travis running them through with his sword, but they react in totally opposite ways, with Bad Girl viciously beating Travis until he actually gives up, just before she dies, while Margaret just asks if you remembered her song.
Four Is Death: She's the 4th ranked assassin. She has scythes. People call her "The Reaper".
Get Back Here Boss: She spends the majority of the fight running away, turning around and shooting at you.
Grim Reaper: If the scythes didn't sell it for you, the theme song should have.
Last Request: Before she collapses, she only asks if Travis memorized her song. When Travis replies that he did, she dies happily.
Meaningful Name: The song states: 'Margaret is Greek, you geek/It means 'a pearl'
'Boys cannot crack this oyster shell!' probably makes it clearer.
Her song Philistine is about people who are uninterested in art, beauty or values.
Pimped-Out Dress: When she falls dead, it even goes "poof". Doesn't get in the way of her fighting, though.
Short-Range Long-Range Weapon: The case with her rifle, as half the fight is closing the gap between you and her so that she'll be constantly running off to try to shoot you from less than twenty feet away. Bizarrely, she begins the fight on top of a sniper perch, but jumps down so that you can actually hit her once you get close enough.
Pre-release pictures of her also very strongly made her resemble Suigintou from Rozen Maiden. Her outfit and general appearance indeed looks like Suigintou a bit, but not as much of a carbon copy as the pre-release images made you believe.
The whole Reaper motif coupled with the reference to an "Oyster" in her song is remindful of Blue Oyster Cult's classic "Don't Fear The Reaper".
"This is Earth? So I'm finally back, after all this time. Fresh oxygen. Blue sky. Beautiful: as I remembered."
The 3rd ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle. A Soviet cosmonaut who became stranded in outer space, armed with strange, incredibly powerful technology and who doesn't even realise he's back on Earth.
Alien Abduction: His intro sure inspires the imagery... and just what happened to him?
Anti-Villain: More so than any other boss in the game. He has no clue what's going on when he fights Travis, and all we know about him is that he's an uber-patriotic Soviet who's been trapped in space for years. He's only presented as an antagonist due to a very tragic and very literal example of Poor Communication Kills and the fact that Travis is the hero. The otaku even recognizes this and gives him a fitting Informal Eulogy.
One-Hit Kill: When it fires the big beam, if it touches Travis, he's dead.
Mother Russia Makes You Strong: It's less physical strength than having the most impressive weapon to ever be used on Travis, barring Speed Buster's laser cannon. Although surviving alone in space for over 20 years is pretty hardcore.
"We're all trapped, don't you see? Addicted to the violence, to a life in the shadows. Once we join the ranks we can never get out."
The 2nd ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle. She vies to leave the assassination scene, wanting to learn how Travis did. She uses a pack with six waldoes armed with numerous beam katanas. Notable for having appeared in the earliest trailers for the game, likely because of her memorable appearance.
Alice Allusion: Subverted. She's not ethereal, Victorian, and nothing about her seems to be alluding to Alice in Wonderland. Oddly enough, her old friend Margaret (being a creepy blonde Elegant Gothic Lolita) would fit very well if their names were switched. Her name instead is a red herring to fit into her Buddhist Ashura symbolism.
Death Seeker: She reveals that she, including many other assassins who've idolized Travis, became this out of despair, and want to know how Travis managed to leave the business without becoming one herself. Lonely at the Top indeed...
Symbol Motif Clothing: The most interesting thing about Alice is rather her weapon, which is named the Asura-6. While considered cool and mystifying in video games and popular culture, Ashuras in reality, and to the Hindu and Buddhist culture they belong to, are semi divine beings that rank above humans in power, but whose lives and rankings in life are considered even worse than man's own world itself, as they are engulfed in wrath and anger, indulge in materialistic pleasures and vices, and never see any resolution or peace within their own world. Because of this, they desire and seek enlightenment to transcend to become Devas or even remove themselves from Samsara altogether. Considering her path she took in life, the rankings to ascend upon, her own weathered and weary perspectives in the world she dived into, the quest for death, and how Silvia even mentions how the contestants in Santa Destroy are nothing more than demons in the visages of men, Alice appears to be a beautiful ashura who wants out of the world of glorified bloodshed and killing which she once saw as a means to use to ascend to higher calling.
"Did you honestly think you could take so many lives and never suffer retribution? Have you never even seen a kung-fu movie, spy flick or western? Shakespeare, for God's sake! Not only did you murder my father, but my two brothers as well! That is why I took your best friend's life. Make sense, Travis? It's called poetic justice. "
The 1st ranked assassin in Desperate Struggle, and the man behind Bishop's assassination. His reason is because Travis killed his father and brothers, and he wanted revenge.
Bald of Evil: Justified in that his father and two brothers were generic goons you took out in side-missions in the first No More Heroes, made bald so that they'd be easier to spot.
Beware the Silly Ones: Setting aside the fact that he used his pizza empire to climb to the top of the UAA and was the one who ordered the hit on Bishop, most players will think, "He's just a scrawny, bucked-tooth nerd. How bad can he be?" Then they actually fight the guy.
Brick Joke: Early on in the game, when Travis meets with Sylvia next to the building the final battle takes place in, a guy randomly falls out of the sky and lands nearby. Once you get to fight Batt the same thing can happen to you.
Continuity Nod: Travis killing his father and brothers was a series of K-Entertainment assassination jobs from the first game. They weren't even a part of the plot at all.
Cycle of Revenge: Travis murdering at least three members of Batt's family results in him sending hitmen after Bishop, and apparently killing all of Travis' other allies as well, or so it seems (see below). Said family members are the Pizza Butt executives you killed in your assassination missions in No More Heroes.
His final form looks like a giant cartoony mascot like Dominos' The Noid.
His second form fight is eerily reminiscent of the final boss from Art of Fighting 3. A scrawny rich guy who juices himself up into a juggernaut before you fight him, and his arena even looks exactly the same, only Wyler's is at night.
Visual Pun: The second form; he's got a champion belt that looks similar to Shinobu's and using wrestling moves. Which explains his appearance: He's a Baby Face!!
You Killed My Father: Inverted; the villain wants you dead because you killed his father, as well as his brothers. (Possibly for money to buy new Fun T Shirts.) Though it is played straight if one replaces 'father' with ' best friend'.