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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 [[CanonDiscontinuity of sorts]]) starring Creator/ChuckNorris playing the role of Colonel James Braddock, a {{Vietnam}} vet.

Not to be confused with NeverFoundTheBody, the actual missing-in-action trope.

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!!These films provide examples of:

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* BadassBeard: Braddock.
* BadassMoustache: Braddock, in the prologues of MIA 2 and MIA 3.
* BeardOfEvil: General Trau's aide, the NVA officer who tortures Braddock in MIA 1 and General Quoc in MIA 3.
* BigBad: General Trau in MIA 1, Colonel Yin in MIA 2, and General Quoc in MIA 3.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Vietnam was played by the Philippines in the first (which was actually the second - see SequelFirst) and third films, and by Mexico and the ''Caribbean'' (specifically St. Kitt's) for the second/first.
* ColonelBadass: Guess who.
* DirtyCommunists: The Vietnamese.
* DynamicEntry: Braddock does a magnificent case in one of the films, as he flies down from a tree.
* EveryHelicopterIsAHuey: So much that even the PAVN and French drug dealers use them. Averted in the third film.
* MoreDakka
* RatedMForManly: ''And. How.''
* RecycledInSpace: ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}: First Blood Part II'' [-WITH Creator/{{CHUCK NORRIS}}!-]
* ShellShockedVeteran: Braddock.
* StuffBlowingUp
* TitleDrop: Several times in MIA 1 and 2.
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* ActionPrologue: The film begins with a DreamSequence where Braddock relives his experiences in Vietnam.
* AffablyEvil: Trau is spiteful towards Braddock and is intentionally covering up the existence of America [=POWs=], but he is unfailingly courteous to the other diplomats that come with Braddock to Vietnam.
* BlatantLies: General Trau declaring there were no American [=POWs=] left in Vietnam. If he were telling the truth, there would be no film.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:General Trau was killed 35 minutes into the film. From then on he is replaced by an unnamed general]].
* FanserviceWithASmile: 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?).
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: "The answer you give me will decide whether you live... or die".
* JumpingOnAGrenade: Braddock is so BadAss 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.
* NeverFoundTheBody: The [=POWs=] who were declared [[TitleDrop MIA]].
* NonActionBigBad: General Trau is the only villain in the series who doesn't fight Braddock.
* [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks Throwing Your Knife Always Works]]: [[spoiler: Gen. Trau]] dies when Braddock lands his knife into his stomach.
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:Tuck]] takes over the gunboat when its previous owner was killed by a patrol boat. [[spoiler:The outcome is exactly as one might expect]].
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[[folder:Missing in Action 2: The Beginning]]
* AndThisIsFor: Happens at the end in which Braddock puts the beatdown on Colonel Yin for killing Nester (with a slight [[NeckSnap neck snap]]) and Franklin (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."
* AllAsiansKnowMartialArts: Colonel Yin.
* BavarianFireDrill: An Australian spy sent to take photographic proof of the presence of [=POWs=] in Vietnam bluffs about being a pointman of a major rescue operation. [[spoiler:Subverted, as it ultimately fails]].
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler:Of Braddock's squad, only Franklin and Nester die. Both are black.]]
* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler:Happens to Francois in MIA 2. He is killed by Yin so the latter could take over the former's cartel]].
-->'''[[spoiler:Yin]]''': [[spoiler:They needed a new leader after they heard that you had died]].
* TheDragon: Dou Chou, the skinny moustache wearing guard.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Col. Yin always refers to Braddock by his rank and speaks to him in a courteous manner, but it's clear he enjoys tormenting Braddock and his fellow [=POWs=].
* FrenchJerk: François.
* GiantMook: One of the guards is played by Prof. Toru Tanaka, so obviously he's huge.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Dou Chou meets his end when Mazilli sticks a makeshift bamboo spear through his guts.]]
* KickTheDog: Col. Yin and his men spend the whole movie doing this, until TheDogBitesBack hard at the end.
* LoopholeAbuse: Braddock's first lines of dialogue to Yin is telling him the Geneva Convention forbids having [=POWs=] after a war has ended. Yin's response? They're not [=POWs=], but war criminals. He spends a good portion of the movie trying to coerce Braddock to sign a false confession in order to give his abuses a veneer of legality.
* {{Prequel}}: This film is about Braddock's time as a POW before the events of the first Missing In Action movie.
* TheQuisling: Nester. [[spoiler:He pulls a HeelFaceTurn at the end.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:When Mazilli is recaptured, Nester, who had been kissing [[BigBad Col. Yin]]'s butt the whole movie, looks like he's about to execute him. He instead shoots the guards holding Mazilli, and gets killed in response]].
* WeAreStrugglingTogether: Despite working together, it's clear that both Colonel Yin and François doesn't get along well. [[spoiler:This ultimately ends with the latter getting killed by the former]].
* YouNoTakeCandle: Dou Chou.
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[[folder:Braddock: Missing in Action 3]]
* ArtifactTitle: Despite this film being called Missing In Action, there are no [=POWs=]. In fact, this film pretty much [[CanonDiscontinuity seems to ignore the previous two MIA films]], since Braddock couldn't possibly have witnessed the Fall of Saigon if he was being held prisoner by the NVA.
* AttemptedRape: A Viet Cong soldier tries to rape one of the orphan girls held hostage. Since RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil, Braddock dispatches him [[https://youtu.be/BeCYDTzpGjw in the most awesome way possible]].
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Braddock''': I don't step on toes, Littlejohn. I step on ''necks''.
* {{BFG}}: When assaulting the base where the orphaned children ([[AndYourLittleDogToo and his son]]) are being held hostage, Braddock carries with him a H&K [=G3A4=] assault rifle with a ''rotary six-shot underslung grenade launcher''. It even has a retractable bayonet!
* CrapsackWorld: As seen in the film's prologue, Saigon during the Fall wasn't the happiest of places.
* DamselInDistress: Braddock's wife, Lin.
* EvilLaugh: General Quoc.
* GeneralRipper: General Quoc.
* KickTheDog: General Quoc, [[RuleOfThree again]]. He takes Reverend Polaski's mission hostage in an attempt to trap Braddock.
* JustPlaneWrong: 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.
* TheLostLenore: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig Zagged]]. Braddock had a wife in Vietnam, whom he thought died during the Fall. She turns out to be alive, prompting Braddock to return to Vietnam to see her again. [[spoiler:Then Gen. Quoc murders her in cold blood, fulfilling this trope.]]
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Littlejohn, who tried to persuade Braddock from travelling to Vietnam, leading to the BadassBoast above.
* RecycledSoundtrack: While Jay Chattaway did write an original score for this one, the movie also reused music composed for previous Cannon productions[[note]]a regular occurrence at the company[[/note]] (including Chattaway's scores for the first movie and ''Film/InvasionUSA1985'').
* SeriesContinuityError: Braddock managed to witness the fall of Saigon while being imprisoned.
** Also, he has a Vietnamese wife he thought dead during the Fall. In MIA 2, it's mentioned Braddock has a wife, but she's not only NOT presumed dead, it's implied she lives in America and Colonel Yin, in one of his numerous KickTheDog moments, told Braddock she was about to remarry.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Averted. Ron Bloom's song, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xev6tAxc7w Freedom Again]]," is used appropriately.
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