GUNHED is a 1989 film about a group of human scavengers who go to an island to find a rare and valuable element, known as Texmexium, and get picked off one by one by a renegade supercomputer housed in a complex on the island. The computer is called Kyron-5. Soon, only the group's mechanic, Brooklyn, is left alive. Brooklyn soon finds company in the form of a Texas Air Ranger named Sergeant Nim, and two children. One of the scavengers who was killed earlier is transformed into a Biodroid and is sent after Sergeant Nim and the Texmexium that she stole. With me so far? Anyway, Brooklyn soon finds a GUNHED (G
evice) combat robot and works to restore it. In order to save Sergeant Nim, Brooklyn must overcome his fear of flying and pilot the newly restored GUNHED and defeat Kyron-5 and the various defenses it controls.
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Gunhed provides examples of the following:
- A-Team Firing: Brooklyn couldn't aim if his life depended on him. He never even hits the Biodroid after unloading the whole cylinder of revolver on it.
- After the End: while there's no indication that the rest of the world is like this (beyond the scavengers and the Mary Ann, which can be handwaved by the fact that they're glorified dumpster divers), 8-JO certainly is.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: played straight as an arrow with Kyron-5
- Alan Smithee: Masato Harada, the director, had his name changed to this for U.S. Release.
- Always Night
- Applied Phlebotinum: Texmexium, which allows such a large computer like Kyron-5 to function, however it works. One can assume that it's like idealistic depictions of graphene or carbon nanotubes, which could similarly revolutionize processing speeds.
- Barrier-Busting Blow: walls in front of Gunhed tend to blow up.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Babe resists her malicious actions after she is turned into the Biodroid. See Deus ex Machina below for the end result.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: Aerobot.
- Black Dude Dies First: Barabbas James, within the first twenty minutes.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation:
Gunhed: Come inside, something fabulous is coming this way.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Babe, after falling into the green pool
- Computer Voice: Gunhed's onboard computer.
- Cool Plane: the Mary Ann
- Crazy-Prepared: Nim.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Kyron-5 and Aerobot took on a Gunhed battalion and won.
- Cute Mute: Eleven.
- Cyborg: the Biodroid, which is a Brainwashed and Crazy Babe.
- Deserted Island: 8-JO, far off the Asian Cost, is devoid of human life.
- Deus ex Machina: Babe finally winning her Battle in the Center of the Mind, blowing up a grenade (in her mind), which causes her physical body to disappear. While there are scenes leading up to it, it happening at that time is just lazy writing.
- The Dragon: Aerobot and the Biodroid to Kyron-5.
- Dungeon Crawling: the journey to the Kyron Dome is presented as this, especially with the big white letters on the bottom of the screen saying "LEVEL [whatever level they're on]". The main difference is that Brooklyn and Nim start at the bottom and go up instead of down.
- Dwindling Party: by the thirty minute mark, Brooklyn is the only remaining member of the scavenging group, not including Babe (see above).
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Sergeant Nim is a Texas Air Ranger.
- The Engineer: Brooklyn.
- Everything Is Trying to Kill You: on JO-8.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Gunhed's head is a . . . gun. Despite how stupid it sounds, it is awesome.
- Eye Beams: the Biodroid.
- Eye Scream: Gunhed advised Brooklyn to do so to Aerobot, so he shoots him point blank in its three eyes, destroying one of them.
- Face Death with Dignity:
Gunhed: If they take me out, I wanna be on my feet.
- Faux Action Girl: Babe and Nim. One goes the way the rest of the characters (that is to say: dead) and the other does absolutely nothing.
- Final Words: a bit of a Tear Jerker, but Gunhed sends a final message to the Mary Ann:
Gunhed: The Gunhed Battalion has completed its mission.
- The Great Repair: Brooklyn's repair of Gunhed, which even has a montage.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Nim's pants are . . . nice.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Gunhed
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Brenda Bakke, better known for her role as Lana Turner in L.A. Confidential, plays Nim.
- Humongous Mecha: Gunhed and Aerobot. Gunhed is very humanoid in design and looks very heroic when compared to the huge, animal-like, and mechanical Aerobot.
- Implacable Man: the Biodroid really wants the Texmexium.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Nim's Texas Air Ranger jacket.
- Ironic Fear: Brooklyn's fear of piloting, which is the vaguest phobia ever.
- Jerkass: Brooklyn and Nim are both assholes. Almost everyone is playing the Douchebag Game and they're all tied for first place until they drop dead.
- Kill 'em All: What happened Kyron-5 did to the original inhabitants of 8-JO and what he later does to the scavenger party.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Gunhed's design definitely goes for this. His wheels are analogous to a horse and prologue depicts the Gunhed Battalion as a mounted cavalry. Gunhed's head, while shaped like a gun, could be seen as a lance.
- Macguffin: the Texmexium.
- Real Robot Genre: the film leans towards this. Gunhed and Aerobot are grimy and practically designed: Gunhed is a mix between a mounted knight and a tank, while Aerobot is low to the ground, like a scorpion
- Reckless Gun Usage: Brooklyn flicks the cylinder of his revolver in and out. Bansho chastises him for it, saying it's "bad luck".
- Seven later does it and Brooklyn chastises him for it.
- This chastising becomes a Running Gag when Gunhed warns Brooklyn about it.
- Sidekick: Seven to Brooklyn and Eleven to Nim.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Seven knows the layout of the island and, in general, does a lot less stupid shit than Brooklyn.
- Robo Cam: there are several shots from the biodroid's perspective.
- Scary Scorpions: Aerobot.
- Shown Their Work: While they're never show in action, the belts of ammunition that Brooklyn feeds into Gunhed have a tracer round every few rounds. This is commonplace with machine guns and Gatling guns.
- Sinister Surveillance: the Kyron-5's seeing-eye camera.
- The Speechless: also Eleven.
- Stuffed In A Fridge: Babe, but she get worse.
- Tank Goodness: GUNHED
- Twenty Minutes In The Future: set in 2038.
- Used Future: with bits of Scavenger World. Gunhed exemplifies this. Even after being repaired by Brooklyn, it's still heavily beat up.
- What Could Have Been: Originally written as a Godzilla film for a story contest Toho held. It ended up becoming second place to the first draft of Godzilla vs. Biollante. Rather than scrap the idea, Toho instead had it heavily reworked by removing Godzilla and other elements from it until they were left with the final product.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: inverted with Brooklyn and Gunhed:
Nim: You fix it and you drive it.