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Comic Book: Bad Guys

Bad Guys is a comic book spin-off from the TV series Gargoyles, written by series creator Greg Weisman. It ran for one six-issue story arc before the publisher, Slave Labor Graphics, fell out with Disney over licensing fees. A collected edition was published in 2009.

The premise of the series involves various antagonists from the series being recruited by a mysterious figure to form a secret strike force working "for the angels". They're expendable, they're deniable, but this might just be their shot at redemption.

This series provides examples of:

  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: The Tazmanian Tiger, a villain who appears in the first issue.
  • Anti-Advice: When John wishes to showcase his trustworthiness, he gets the members of the Redemption Squad to meet other Illuminati members. Yama and Fang speak with Thailog, who says "Fang can vouch for me." Fang says "Yeah, Thailog's my kinda gargoyle." Afterwards, Yama states the team cannot trust John and his crew, because Fang said Thailog was trustworthy, but the team knows that Fang knows they don't trust him. Cue a smug looking Fang telling them "You're welcome".
  • Artistic License - Geography:
    • Apparently, Australia is so small that it makes sense to live at Uluru and pop over to Sydney to foil bank robberies. (In terms of distance, this is like trying to fight crime in New York while living in Oklahoma.)
    • It looks as if the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris is just next to the official entrance of the Catacombs. In real life, there are about 2.6 km between these two places.
  • Blasting It out of Their Hands:
    • Hunter shoots Dingo's gun out of his hand when they first meet.
    • Pistol does the same to Hunter in issue five, as does Points to Fang.
  • Boxed Crook: The premise of the series.
  • Breath Weapon: Bardolph breathes fire.
  • Darker and Edgier: Though the show itself generally didn't shy away from some dark elements, Bad Guys gets away with quite a lot of graphic violence that would never have made it into the show. (Also the occasional profanity.)
  • Death by Origin Story: Mariah Monmouth is murdered by John Oldcastle just seconds before Harry (AKA Dingo) comes home. He never found out about the murder and John raised him as his partner in crime.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Yama uses this against Points. Yama reminds Points that he will heal at sunrise, but Points won't.
  • Description Cut:
    Matrix: Hunter is an entity of admirable logic... She will have reasons for her absence.
    Dingo: Yeah, guess we know the sheila's not out sightseeing.
    [cut to Hunter standing outside Notre Dame de Paris, apparently sightseeing]
  • Dual Wielding:
    • Unlike the series, Yama make use of two katanas.
    • Points is also an adept of this, only with a longsword and a katana.
  • Driven to Suicide: Tasha, after being mutated by Dr. Sevarius.
  • Eiffel Tower Effect:
    • Every sequence set in Paris (there are several, as that's where the team is based) opens with a shot of the Eiffel Tower.
    • The scene in Sydney in the first issue opens with a shot of the Opera House.
  • Fat Bastard: John Oldcastle aka Falstaff.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Flashback Within a Flashback: Issue three features a Whole Episode Flashback to the team's training period, within which Hunter has several flashbacks to her own personal past. Different art styles are used to distinguish the different levels of flashback.
  • Fundoshi: Yama is shown to wear a fundoshi while in stone sleep.
  • Get a Room!: One of Dingo and Hunter's arguments is interrupted by Fang telling them to "go park somewhere and get cozy... you're steaming up the portholes".
  • Guns Akimbo: Hunter and Dingo loves this trope.
  • The Gunslinger: Pistol
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Yama's Weapon of Choice.
  • In Medias Res: The first issue opens with the team in the middle of a mission, which is going badly. The story arc proceeds with a series of Whole Episode Flashbacks showing how the team came together.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Sevarius
  • Master Swordsman: Points
  • Mecha-Mooks: The opponents in the big fight scene that frames the flashbacks in the first five issues.
  • Multinational Team: With members from Scotland, Australia, Japan, and the USA, answering to a French Mysterious Employer.
  • My Favorite Shirt: During the big fight scene, one of the Mecha-Mooks succeeds in breaking one of Yama's swords. Yama destroys it with his bare hands while shouting "That... was... my... good... sword!"
  • My God, What Have I Done?: It is heavily hinted that Fang goes through this when the group discovers that Tasha committed suicide by hanging herself. His first reaction is a stunned expression of shock on his face, then he tries making a lightbulb joke, which earns him a fierce punch on the gut from Yama that causes him to fall to his knees. A furious Yama is about to decapitate Fang and is barely being held back by Dingo, but we see Fang is still staring in shock at where Tasha's dead body is hanging before turning his attention back to the squad.
  • Mysterious Employer: The man Hunter reports to, who is only addressed as "Sir" or "Mr. Director", and appears only in silhouette. (Hunter claims at one point to be working for Interpol, but even assuming she's been told the truth, she has less than no reason to be honest with the person she says it to.)
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast:
    • Hunter.
    • Fang.
  • New Year Has Come: Issue four does the "villain targets the Times Square crowd" plot.
  • Once More with Clarity: Dingo, as a boy, was taken in by a family friend after his mother abandoned him. This is shown twice: first as young-Dingo remembers it, then later from the point of view of the man who took him in, this time including the truth about what happened to his mother.
  • The Plan: Fang, of all people, manages to pull off a rather light but no less ingenious one in the final chapter, with how he discovers Falstaff's group is not to be trusted and how he lets his teammates know without arousing any suspicion.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "That... was... my... good... sword!"
  • Race Against the Clock: When the squad corners Dr. Sevarius, he tells them that one of his subordinates has a container of mutagenic formula set to release at exactly midnight at Times Square on the crowd of partygoers who are celebrating New Year's Eve. They only barely manage to avert it in time.
  • Recurring Extra: Several of the recurring extras from Gargoyles appear in this series.
    • Vinnie Grigori, who moved to Japan near the end of Gargoyles, makes an appearance in Tokyo in the second issue.
    • The Yuppie Couple are in the New Year's Eve crowd at Times Square in issue four.
  • Redemption Quest: What most of the protagonists are on.
  • Sad Clown: Fang. He's just as shocked and horrified as everyone else to find out Tasha hung herself. He just dealt with it by making an inappropriate light bulb joke.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Shout-outs To Shakespeare are plentiful, as in the original series. In particular, there's Falstaff's gang, who are all named after Falstaff's drinking buddies in Henry IV (and Falstaff's real name is John Oldcastle, which is the name of the historical figure Shakespeare is reputed to have based his Falstaff on). Their base is Eastcheap Island, named after the area of London where Shakespeare's Falstaff and his buddies went drinking.
    • In the first issue, Dingo has set up as a superhero. The onlookers' dialogue when he makes his big entrance is a riff on Superman's famous "Look! Up in the sky!" opening narration.
    • In the scene where Hunter talks to her brother, the television in the background is showing a hockey game; all the names mentioned in the commentary are actors who worked on Gargoyles. The first name, Easton, is the actor who played Hunter, and the rest played characters connected to her (family members, the Redemption Squad, their Mysterious Employer) — with one exception: Spiner, mentioned as being in possession of the puck, played Puck.
    • Fang addresses one of the Mecha-Mooks as "Gigantor".
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: Falstaff and his gang.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Hunter and Dingo have this going on big time.
  • Smurfette Principle: Robyn.
  • Spit Take: Dingo, when Hunter announces that their first mission will take them to New York (where, as she recently reminded him, he's still a wanted man).
  • Stab the Scorpion: During the big fight scene, Yama throws two throwing stars at Fang. Fang dodges, and they hit the mook who was sneaking up behind him.
  • Super Speed: Mistress Quickly.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork
  • Tempting Fate: Dingo, on being recruited for the Redemption Squad: "What's the worst that could happen?"
  • That's No Moon: "Eastcheap's not an island. It's a ship."
  • Token Evil Teammate: They've all been villains at one point or another, but they all have good moments, or shades of The Atoner, except Fang, who's just a jerk to everyone. Though his warning the team about Falstaff not being trustworthy and his reaction at Tasha's suicide hint that he may not be entirely evil.
  • Wanted Poster: The cover image for each issue was a wanted poster for the character featured in that issue.
  • What an Idiot: After the squad has managed to capture Sevarius, he points out that Fang will be spreading the mutagen at a very, very crowded Times Square, so they lock Sevarius up in a cell and go capture Fang, only to find Sevarius gone once that's done. Granted, the squad was in a hurry to stop Fang, but could it have really been too much to ask to properly frisk Sevarius to make sure he didn't have any keys to the cell, or knock him unconscious, or tie him up, or release the mutated captives to keep a better eye on him, or even leave behind a piece of Matrix to keep an eye on him? The entire thing makes the squad look very badly, especially because Sevarius's escape causes Tasha to commit suicide.
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve: The time bomb in issue four. Given Lampshade Hanging: it's explicitly because its designer is a fan of Drama, and the subordinate in charging of keeping the heroes away from it complains about not being provided with a way to foil them by setting it off early.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Each of the first five issues features one.

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