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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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    Missing in Action 
  • Action Prologue: The film begins with a Dream Sequence where Braddock relives his experiences in Vietnam.
  • Blatant Lies: General Trau declaring there were no American POWs left in Vietnam. If he were telling the truth, there would be no film.
  • 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.
  • Prequel
  • 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 

Alternative Title(s): Missing In Action 2 The Beginning, Braddock Missing In Action III