Film: Missing in Action
In the decade of action films, the Missing In Action series is a trilogy of action films (one a prequel and the other a sequel) starring Chuck Norris playing the role of Colonel James Braddock, a Vietnam vet.Not to be confused with Never Found the Body, the actual missing-in-action trope.
These films provide examples of:
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- Badass Beard: Braddock.
- Beard of Evil: General Trau's aide, the NVA officer who tortures Braddock in MIA 1 and General Quoc in MIA 3.
- Big Bad: General Trau in MIA 1, Colonel Yin in MIA 2, and General Quoc in MIA 3.
- California Doubling: Vietnam was played by the Philippines in the first (which was actually the second - see Sequel First) and third films, and by Mexico and the Caribbean (specifically St. Kitt's) for the second/first.
- Dirty Communists: The Vietnamese.
- Dynamic Entry: Braddock does a magnificent case in one of the films, as he flies down from a tree.
- Every Helicopter Is A Huey: So much that even the PAVN and French drug dealers use them. Averted in the third film.
- More Dakka
- Rated M for Manly: And. How.
- Recycled In Space: Rambo: First Blood Part II WITH CHUCK NORRIS!
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Braddock.
- Stuff Blowing Up
- Title Drop: Several times in MIA 1 and 2.
- Vietnamese with Kalashnikovs
- The Vietnam War
Missing in Action
- Disc One Final Boss: General Trau was killed 35 minutes into the film. From then on he is replaced by an unnamed general.
- Fanservice with a Smile: Braddock hooks up with an old army buddy in Thailand, leading to plenty of gratuituous fanservice involving totally naked bar girls. One notable scene has Braddock talking to a bartender; as he walks offscreen a beautiful naked Thai girl is placed on the bar for no apparent reason (security for a bar tab?).
- Jumping on a Grenade: Braddock is so Bad Ass he jumps holding a couple of grenades, surviving the subsequent explosion without loss of limbs.
- Note:It was just a nightmare Braddock had, not an actual event.
- Never Found the Body: The POWs who were declared MIA.
- Non-Action Big Bad: General Trau is the only villain in the series who doesn't fight Braddock.
- You Shall Not Pass: Tuck takes over the gunboat when its previous owner was killed by a patrol boat. The outcome is exactly as one might expect.
Missing in Action 2: The Beginning
- And This Is for...: Happens at the end in which Braddock puts the beatdown on Colonel Yin for killing Lester (with a slight neck snap) and Frankie (belly punch and grabbing his stomach). And finally finishes him off by detonating a bomb in the cabin, blowing him up. "And this is for me."
- All Asians Know Martial Arts: Colonel Yin.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: Happens to Francois in MIA 2. He is killed by Yin so the latter could take over the former's cartel.Yin: They needed a new leader after they heard that you had died.
- French Jerk: Francois.
- Ronald Reagan: Appears via Stock Footage.
- We ARE Struggling Together: Despite working together, it's clear that both Colonel Yin and Francois doesn't get along well. This ultimately ends with the latter getting killed by the former.
- You No Take Candle: Dou Chou.
Braddock: Missing in Action 3
- Damsel in Distress: Braddock's wife, Lin.
- Evil Laugh: General Quoc.
- General Ripper: General Quoc.
- Kick the Dog: General Quoc, again. He takes Reverend Polaski's mission hostage in an attempt to trap Braddock.
- Just Plane Wrong: The Hind gunship used by Quoc is actually a Sikorsky S-62 that was never used by the PAVN. The American gunship in the movie is also a Sikorsky S-76A instead of an Apache or a Cobra.
- Series Continuity Error: Braddock managed to witness the fall of Saigon while being imprisoned.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Averted. Ron Bloom's song, Freedom Again, is used appropriately.