[[caption-width-right:300:[[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Connor and Murphy [=McManus=] are about to shoot you in the back of the head]].]]

->''"And shepherds we shall be, for Thee, my Lord, for Thee.''\\
''Power hath descended forth from Thy hand, that our feet may swiftly carry out Thy command.''\\
''So we shall flow a river forth to Thee, and teeming with souls shall it ever be,''\\
''In Nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti."''
-->-- '''Connor and Murphy [=McManus=]''', delivering the family prayer before executing someone.

''The Boondock Saints'' is a 1999 independent film directed by Troy Duffy, about two [[{{Oireland}} Irish Catholic]] brothers from [[{{Southies}} South Boston]], Connor and Murphy [=McManus=] (played by Sean Patrick Flannery and Creator/NormanReedus), who become [[VigilanteMan vigilantes]] on a "MissionFromGod" after they are almost killed by Russian mobsters following a barroom brawl on St. Patrick's Day.

The brothers kill the mobsters and then turn themselves in to the police, though they are quickly released on their self-defense plea. They learn the location of the syndicate's leaders, then kill them all. They are quickly joined by their best friend David Della Rocco (played by an actor who [[TheDanza shares the name]]), a package boy for the local Italian mafia, who enlists their help in taking down his former syndicate after he is sold out by his bosses Papa Joe and Vincenzo.

FBI Agent Paul Smecker (played by Creator/WillemDafoe) is on the case of the vigilantes, and as the bad guy body count continues to rise and the brothers become local heroes, Smecker has to decide whether he wants to catch the killers or join them.

Everything comes to a head when the Italians, tired of being picked off like flies, call in the mysterious hitman Il Duce (played by comedian Billy Connolly in one of his rare dramatic roles) to kill Rocco, who they believe is responsible for the killings. When the three Saints and the Duke collide, all hell quickly breaks loose; and when it is finally learned just who Il Duce is, the stage is set for a final reckoning that will bring the South Boston mob to its knees.

''The Boondock Saints'' ran for all of a week in only a few theaters because no major distributor would touch the film after Duffy's falling out with his initial executive producer Harvey Weinstein. (The then-recent crackdown on violent action and horror movies and media in general following the school shooting at UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} High School earlier that year [[TooSoon didn't help things either]].) But when it was released several years later on FOX DVD, the movie became a ''massive'' [[CultClassic cult success]]. Fans compare the film to Creator/QuentinTarantino's classics ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' and ''Film/PulpFiction'', and Creator/RobertRodriguez's ''Film/{{Desperado}}''. A sequel called ''The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day'' was rumored for years (the first film ends on one hell of a cliffhanger) and was finally released on October 30, 2009.

The film ''Overnight'' details Troy Duffy's [[SmallNameBigEgo inflation of ego]] during the making of the film. He kinda [[PrimaDonnaDirector went off the rails]], a bit. While he has tried to [[http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/10/28/the-filmcast-interview-troy-duffy-director-of-the-boondock-saints-2-all-saints-day/ apologize for his past behavior]], if you watch the doc you'll get a better idea of why we had to wait ''ten years'' for the sequel, and why a third film may not ever happen at all, although rumors still persist that it may happen eventually.

It is especially popular for St. Paddy's Day drinking games, where if you sip every time someone curses, you're hammered by 30 minutes in. Because of this, some people have never seen the whole movie, nor seen it sober.

Has a [[Characters/TheBoondockSaints Character Sheet]] that is in desperate need of more love.

Not to be confused with ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks''.

[[folder: Examples contained in both films]]
* AnachronicOrder: One of the reasons it is compared to Creator/QuentinTarantino. The majority of the movies show investigators poring over the aftermath of the fight scenes first, and [[HowWeGotHere figuring out what happened.]] Their narration may or may not be correct due to [[UnreliableNarrator missing something, or outright lying]], but as they describe the scene, the events of what happened play out, giving us our much-wanted gunfight.
* AntiVillain: Almost anyone on the side of the brothers.
%%* AsTheGoodBookSays
* AtomicFBomb: While the whole movie consistents of F-Bombs, one in particular is this trope. As Smecker and the detectives puzzle over the details of one particular murder case, Smecker summarizes the confusing questions they don't have answers too, and then sits there silently for several seconds before screaming "FUCK!" so loudly and suddenly that the detectives both nearly jump out of their seats.
* AudienceParticipation: Mostly for the first one, but its cult status has led to some fan screenings, including a few in 2009 on the tenth anniversary of the film's release.
* BackToBackBadasses: The [=McManus=] brothers occasionally do this.
* BadassBoast: "We will send you to whatever God you wish."
* BadassCreed:
** The Family Prayer.
** From the end of the first movie: "Never shall innocent blood be shed, yet the blood of the wicked shall flow like a river. The three shall spread their blackened wings and be the vengeful, striking hammer of God."
* BadassGrandpa: Il Duce. [[spoiler:Turns out to be the Saints' daddy. Technically, he isn't a grandpa, though.]]
* BadassLongcoat: Il Duce and Rocco. The [=McManus=] twins are badass ''Pea''coats; which, considering Boston in March, is a lot more practical. Detective Eunice Bloom in the sequel imagines herself as a GunTwirling cowgirl wearing a duster during one of her summations of the Saints' hits.
* BerserkButton: Go on. Just [[TemptingFate try]] to bring harm to either of the brothers. Chances are the last thing you'll see is a [[UndignifiedDeath toilet crashing down on your head.]]
* BilingualBonus:
** Particularly in the sequel, not all of the foreign languages are subtitled.
** Subverted in the first film — the [=McManus=] brothers say something to the Russian mobster before starting a bar fight in what is supposed to be Russian. What they really say, however, is utter gibberish, [[GeniusBonus which could be why Chekhov gives them a perplexed "Huh?"]]
** If you're curious, the last line of the prayer is Latin for "In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit", with the gunshot substituting the traditional last word of "Amen."
* ButtMonkey: Greenly and, to a lesser extent, Dolly and Duffy. Rocco and Romeo have their moments too.
* CatchPhrase: The [=McManus=] family prayer, as well as Greenly's "Thanks for coming out!"
* CerebusSyndrome: Both films refuse to take themselves seriously... until [[KnightOfCerebus Il Duce]] gets called in.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Justified, in that almost all of the characters who are shown to be religious are Irish, Italian, or Mexican. The [=McManus=] clan seems to be off in their own little vaguely Catholic-ish sect, complete with their own prayers.
* CoinsForTheDead: The MacManus brothers place coins over the eyes of their execution victims.
* DueToTheDead:
** Played straight for the most part, particularly with the Saints' victims.
** Hilariously {{averted|Trope}} in the sequel when the Saints visit [[spoiler:Rocco]]'s grave and see that they used his mugshot for his memorial.
* FastRoping: Lampshaded by Connor and ends up being accidentally invoked by the Saints. In the sequel, they play it straight... in an over-the-top way.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The Saints, concerning their actual targets. When dealing with innocents, they fall under AffablyEvil or AntiVillain.
-->'''Rocco:''' We could kill ''everyone''. (meaning, everyone in the South Boston Mafia)\\
'''Murphy:''' What do you think of that?\\
'''Connor:''' I'm strangely comfortable with it.
* FightingIrish: Connor and Murphy take being Irish very seriously and will throw down pretty much anywhere.
* FloatingHeadSyndrome: One of the most awkward examples ever.
* FreudianSlip: "Fag man" instead of "fat man," though Smecker takes it in stride. During a pep talk, Rocco has one during his RatedMForManly speech.
-->'''Rocco:''' You think that the men who built all this had it easy?\\
'''Murphy:''' Hard men!\\
'''Connor:''' Doing hard shit!\\
'''Rocco:''' And that gives me a hard-on! ''[RecordScratch]'' But not in a gay way or anything like that.
* FriendlySniper: Connor and Murphy would be friendly even if they ''weren't'' on a mission from God to shoot evil people in the head.
* GunsAkimbo: The [=McManus=] brothers, Rocco, and especially Il Duce. In the sequel, almost everyone uses this trope.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: What we see of Il Duce's past heavily alludes to this, though it took place roughly twenty-five years prior.
* HidingBehindTheLanguageBarrier:
** In the first film, Murphy needs to ask Connor a possibly incriminating question in front of Agent Smecker, so he does so in Irish Gaelic.
** Then, after Smecker's done with their interview, Smecker asks if they know any other languages apart from Russian, since part of their story included taunting a [[TheMafiya Mafiya]] thug in his native tongue. They proceed to show off by speaking French, Italian, German, and Spanish in front of Smecker, by having a quick conversation wondering how he figured out most of their story without having to talk to them. To Smecker's credit, he seems to pick up on the conversation by the time it finishes up.
** In the second film, this gets subverted: Romeo asks his uncle in Spanish not to embarrass him in front of the [=McManus=] brothers. He doesn't realize they know Spanish too.
* HitmanWithAHeart: The brothers and Il Duce have a very Leon-esque code about "no women, no kids." [[spoiler:Fitting, seeing that Il Duce is the brothers' father.]]
* HollywoodTourettes: The bartender Doc. There has been some attempt at realism here, though. Doc has motor tics as well as verbal ones, and his verbal tic is preceeded by a period of stuttering.
* HolyHitman: The twins always recite their family prayer before executing someone.
* HollywoodSilencer: The Saints almost always wield silenced pistols.
* IconicItem: The pennies that the Saints [[DueToTheDead place on their victims’ eyes]], as well as Il Duce's [[MoreDakka vest full of guns.]] Romeo is able to figure out who they are quickly in the sequel, since not only do they ''talk'' about [[ExactEavesdropping matching their police sketches and dying their hair to reduce the risk of being recognized]], but they are a pair of Irish guys carrying a bunch of pennies. The brothers' wooden rosaries also count.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: A toilet in the first film, as well as a billiard ball. In the second, a tattoo pen for minor comic relief.
* InspectorLestrade: Greenly. Until Smecker arrives.
* KnightOfCerebus: Whenever Il Duce gets called in around the halfway mark, things get serious. Which is ''very'' odd, seeing as Il Duce is played by ''Creator/BillyConnolly''.
* KnightTemplar: The brothers definitely don't play this straight, but they do occasionally exploit it to screw with people.
* LamarckWasRight: [[spoiler:This might explain how a pair of multi-lingual Irish twins who spent their lives praying, living in a broken apartment, and working at a meat plant are so good at killing off mobsters with pairs of pistols.]] TheManBehindTheMan in the sequel even lampshades it.
* LargeHam:
** Smecker, whenever he is re-enacting one of the shootouts:
--->'''Smecker:''' There was a '''''fiiire FIGHT!'''''
** Smecker's protegee Eunice Bloom in the sequel.
** Connor, in general.
** Yuri Petrova, the Russian mob boss the Saints execute in the hotel.
** Rocco, obviously.
* LennonSpecs: Badass Il Duce wears them.
* ALighterShadeOfGrey: "We urge you lesser forms of filth not to push the bounds and cross over into true corruption, into our domain. For if you do, one day you will look behind you and you will see we three, and on that day, ''you will reap it!''"
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Il Duce is the brothers' father.]]
* TheMafia: Italian and [[TheMafiya Russian mob.]]
* {{Malaproper}}: Doc, the bartender at [=McGinty=]'s.
-->'''Rocco''': Hey, Doc, I gotta buy you, like, a proverb book or somethin'. This mix-and-match shit has gotta go.
* ManChild: When they're not shooting people in the head, Connor and Murphy bicker and tussle like ten-year-old boys. The fact that, when hunting down and executing bad guys, their "tactics" almost always stem from some badass scene they saw in a TV show or movie reinforces this trope even more.
* MissingMom: The condition of Murphy and Connor's mother [[spoiler:(and, presumably, Il Duce's estranged wife or possibly ex-wife)]] is never touched on in the released films. A deleted scene from the first film has the twins receiving an ill-timed phone call from her, but how that scene fits into canon is debatable.
* MoralDissonance: The brothers' moral compass is a bit loose. They give Rocco a free pass, despite him having a career in the Mafia which failed only because of his own incompetence, because he's a good drinking buddy. And they are perfectly willing to buy all their guns from a man ''heavily'' implied to be [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles IRA]]. Not to mention they seem to have no qualms about stealing from the mobsters they kill even before they receive their MissionFromGod. Also, Connor [[spoiler:somehow seems to know what heroin tastes like, to which Murphy responds, "How the fuck would ''you'' know?"]] in the sequel. Lampshaded by Rocco:
-->'''Rocco:''' Anybody ''you'' think is evil?\\
'''Connor:''' Aye.\\
'''Rocco:''' Don't you think that's a little weird, a little psycho?
* NeverHurtAnInnocent: All the Saints, although they did tase that housewife in the first film after getting access to her husband's poker game ([[AssholeVictim said husband and his poker buddies are all mobsters]]). But as knocking her out meant she wouldn't get in the way and inadvertently be killed in the crossfire, this is likely justified.
* NoNameGiven: One is more likely to survive in this film ''without'' a name. The brothers' names are Connor and Murphy -- which is rarely mentioned in either film, while every other character gets a pause and a brief caption that literally spells out their identity. Il Duce [[spoiler:(their father)]] gets a caption that reveals absolutely nothing and is only addressed by his real name, [[spoiler:Noah]], in the second film. The Roman as well only gets a proper name during the last third of the second film. The only aversion to the survival rate was the "Sick Fuck!" He is credited as "Sick Mob Man".
* OminousLatinChanting: Choral hymns play over gorier scenes.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping:
** The brothers, often. Justified by their {{Omniglot}} status; the brothers learned their languages well enough that their accents have been rendered about as battered as Connor [=MacLeod=]'s.
** By the second movie, it seems their accents are almost intentionally bad. Julie Benz' accent is also overdone for comic effect.
* {{Omniglot}}: The brothers speak several languages, including English, Irish, Russian, Spanish, Italian, German, and French.
* {{Overcrank}}: Nearly every action scene uses this to combine hilarity with badassitude. When it stops being used, [[CerebusSyndrome things get serious]].
* PapaWolf:
--> [[spoiler:'''Il Duce]]:''' ''Easy boys... Daddy's working.''
* PossessionImpliesMastery: The film never does explain how Connor and Murphy are so proficient with firearms.
* PreMortemOneLiner: The family prayer that the brothers recite before executing someone.
* RatedMForManly: Both movies. The dream sequence in the sequel underlines this, though most people generally agree that the scene where Connor ''rips a toilet out of the floor'' is the best example in the first.
* RealityEnsues: In the first film, the AirVentPassageway the brothers attempt to do during their first official hit goes to shit because, well, the vent isn't built for two grown men with rope, who have a tenacity to argue, to pass through.
** Also, by the end of the film, [[spoiler:after the brothers and their dad kill the BigBad]], the public view on the brothers is mixed because, despite cleaning up the streets, some just see them as psychopaths, probably for actions such as [[spoiler:killing a mob boss in a public courtroom]].
** In the sequel, Conner thinks up a plan to kill some criminals smuggling heroin, which involves Romeo ([[spoiler:their new Rocco]]) knocking out a forklift driver with a PistolWhip, hijacking the forklift with the brothers hidden in the forklift's crate, then, having the brothers pop out and shoot the bad guys. However, the forklift driver isn't knocked out by the TapOnTheHead, ending up injured, pissed off, and explaining to the guys that they could've just held him with their guns. Also, Romeo has ''no'' idea how to drive a forklift and the crate the brothers are in is cramped. And then, physics reels its ugly head when Romeo stops the forklift, causing the crate to slide off the forklift's forks.
* ReliablyUnreliableGuns:
** In the first movie, Rocco emphasizes a point by slamming his hands down on a table, causing the Beretta 92 pistol sitting on the table -- which, mind you, is standard issue for U.S. soldiers and designed specifically to avert this trope[[note]]it's often said that the safety is the ''only'' part of a Beretta that's actually reliable[[/note]] -- to fire, killing [[spoiler:the [[ThatPoorCat poor pussycat]] that was laying next to it]]. Particularly jarring compared to the courthouse climax when the baliffs drop their guns from a mezzanine fifteen or twenty feet up without any mishap. In the DVD commentary, it's stated that this scene exists due to a combination of RuleOfFunny and [[spoiler:a hatred of cats]].
** The sequel averts this, however, when the brothers [[spoiler:drop their Desert Eagles when surrounded by police and SWAT after the last shoot-out]].
* RuleOfCool: Basically the entire franchise relies on this.
* RunningGag: Several, but the most obvious is the oft-compared-to "rocket surgery"
* SoundtrackDissonance: Many of the beautiful choral hymns play over gorier scenes.
* {{Southies}}: Oh my yes. The film is quite inaccurate on the subject, [[MST3KMantra though it doesn't matter]]. Interestingly, the film's cult fandom is not especially large around South Boston.
* ShooOutTheClowns: At key points in parts 1 and 2, the plot gets more serious, the stakes get higher and the joking stops cold.
* SiblingTeam: The [=McManus=] twins are inseparable and are partners in crime.
* SmokingIsCool: The Saints all smoke, [[EverybodySmokes as do many other characters]]. WordOfGod says that during the Il Duce firefight in the first film, they needed to put a cigar in Billy Connolly's mouth because he [[TriggerHappy would not stop smiling.]]
* TeamTitle: Though the brothers are occasionally called saints, the "boondock" part is never mentioned.
* ThrowAwayGuns: Il Duce's signature gun vest allows him to carry six handguns at once.
* TrenchCoatWarfare: Il Duce is the current ImageSource for this trope.
* TwinTropes: Connor and Murphy are fraternal twins, though they don't fit many TwinTropes besides TwinTelepathy (which is the only way they could have the same dream in both the first film and the sequel, and a mild variant of PolarOppositeTwins.
* UltimateJobSecurity: Arguably Detective Greenly, who is somewhat incompetent compared to Smecker (and even Dolly and Duffy to an extent). However, he is only shown as being bad at making theories, not at ''everything''. Also, Greenly claims in the second film that he, Dolly, and Duffy have put away half the guys that are in prison. While he was obviously exaggerating, the other characters wouldn't hesitate to [[DudeWheresMyRespect take the piss out of him]] if it was a total lie.
* VigilanteMan: Interesting case in that they try to be this, but come across as [[HitmanWithAHeart hitmen]] more than anything else.
** [[spoiler:The second movie reveals that Louie used Noah exactly this way. Louie's "intelligence" on mobsters Noah would assassinate was actually hit contracts received from rival mafiosos.]]
* WallOfWeapons: The underground storage bunker that they get their stock from.

[[folder: Examples that occur in the first film]]
* AirVentPassageway: Subverted and Lampshaded — the brothers use an air vent to get into the Russian Mobster's meeting, but get lost. They only end up in the right place because they start fighting each other and cause the vent to break through the ceiling, dumping them right into the correct room. Later, Smecker lampshades this, noting that they're amateurs because air vent escapes only happen on TV and no pro would try it.
* AlmightyJanitor: In dealing with the Saints, Yakavetta turns to retired mobster Augustus [=DiStephano=], who works as a bathroom attendant. He is apparently well-connected enough to get Il Duce out of prison.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: {{Invoked|Trope}}; the end credits show a reporter interviewing people on their wildly varying views on the Saints.
* AmusingInjuries: They tie a Russian gangster to a bar top and [[RumpRoast set his ass on fire]]. Later, the same Russian gangster gets a toilet dropped directly on his cranium. There are many, many other examples. Let's just say that this film ties with ''Film/TropicThunder'' in the [[RefugeinAudacity Hilarious Carnage department]].
* AnachronicOrder: A subtle one. To judge from the way the priests in the opening church scene react to seeing Connor and Murphy, it has to be set ''after'' the main events of the movie.
* {{Angrish}}: Loads and loads. Of note is Rocco's reaction to the Copley Plaza massacre is one of these involving a ClusterFBomb.
-->'''Rocco:''' Mother fucking... what the fucking fuck... who the fuck fucked this fucking... how did you two fucking fucks... FUCK!
-->'''Connor:''' Well, that certainly illustrates the ''diversity'' of the word.
* ApatheticCitizens: "Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is [[BystanderSyndrome the indifference of good men]]."
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: When he decides to kill [[spoiler:Rocco]], Papa Yakaveta dramatically snaps his revolver cylinder shut by flipping his wrist. With swing-out cylinder revolvers, doing this can bend the cylinder arm, misaligning the cylinder, and leading to a [[CriticalFailure misfire]], [[StuffBlowingUp potentially blowing the gun apart.]]
* AssholeVictim: Just about every one of the Saints' victims, but Vincenzo, the Sick Mob Man, and Papa Joe himself in particular.
* BarBrawl: The [=McManuses=] throw down with the Russian mob dudes early on in the movie and sets the events of the film in motion.
* BigBad: Giuseppi "Papa Joe" Yakavetta, TheMafia boss running Boston.
* BlackComedyAnimalCruelty: The film has a scene where Rocco accidentally kills his girlfriend's cat when his pistol goes off, causing him and the brothers to panic. Once they regain their composure, Rocco asks "Is it dead?"
* BondVillainStupidity: Papa Joe shoots [[spoiler:Rocco]], but leaves [[spoiler:the [=McManuses=]]] bound. May be justified by him wanting to question [[spoiler:the brothers]] some more and thinking of [[spoiler:Rocco]] as dead weight.
* {{Bookends}}: The movie opens with a priest telling the story of Kitty Genovese, while in the trial at the end of the movie, Papa Joe's alibi to an unspecified charge is that he was at the ''genovese'' (the butcher shop) with his mother.
* CassandraTruth: The ButtMonkey detectives of the Boston Police are so wildly wrong in the first part of the movie that when they finally start getting it right later on, Smecker doesn't believe them.
* ChekhovsGun:
** While gearing up, the brothers mock each other for getting some rope and a large bowie knife, just in case. Both items end up getting used [[spoiler:during the hotel scene]], the knife while they are carrying out the execution of the Sick Mob Man and [[spoiler:killing one of Yakavetta's men after they get free]]. The rope even makes a reappearance in the second movie.
** In the first movie, Rocco returns in a panic after the Lakeview Restaurant shooting, telling the brothers to "Pack your shit!" so that the three of them could flee. One of the items Rocco packs (after brandishing it at Connor while shouting) is the iron that they later use to cauterize their wounds.
** When Rocco asks the brothers to teach him the prayer that they always use when executing mob dudes, Connor refuses, stating that it's a family prayer, "my father's father before him, so that's our shit". This sets up the biggest reveal of the movie, where [[spoiler:Il Duce]] walks in on the brothers saying the family prayer over [[spoiler:the fallen Rocco]] and [[LukeIAmYourFather finishes the prayer himself]].
* ClusterFBomb: See Angrish, above. According to IMDB, the word is dropped 246 times.
* {{Confessional}}: Smecker winds up in one of these after getting rip-roaring drunk, and it soon becomes a very tense scene as Rocco wants to kill him for being a "lia-fucking-bility", but neither of the brothers want him dead, considering him a good man.
* CouldntFindALighter: One of the brothers lights a cigarette using the flame from his gas stove.
* CreativeClosingCredits: Several people are interviewed by a reporter about their opinions of the saints.
* CreatorCameo: Duffy is seen in the bar, wearing overalls.
* DareToBeBadass: In a way, the priest's sermon in the beginning of the film:
-->''Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men.''
* DumbassHasAPoint: Greenly. He manages to correctly state the motive behind the [=McManus=] brothers' murders ("They were all bad guys. Now, they're dead bad guys.") as well as the number of hitmen sent after them ("What if it was one guy with six guns?"), only to have his conclusions immediately shot down by Smecker.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: "Sick Mob Man" has a wife, a son, and a bunch of buddies who come over every week to play poker.
* {{Fanservice}}: Both brothers are [[ShirtlessScene shirtless]] when they awaken from the vision/dream.
* FingerGun: Smecker does this along with the Saints firing their actual guns when they ambush a mob's pool hall.
* {{Fingore}}: In the shootout with Il Duce, Rocco loses a finger, which Smecker uses to identify him by means of his fingerprint. [[spoiler:When the Saints get captured by Yakavetta's men, Papa Joe shoots off another one of Rocco's fingers before ultimately deciding to kill him.]]
* {{Flashback}}: All the hits except the last are shown like this, usually involving Agent Smecker working out what happened. Eventually, Smecker and the Saints are shown in the same scene, showing how Smecker now identifies with them.
* GenreSavvy: The [=McManus=] brothers and Agent Smecker both repeatedly comment on their exploits whenever they resemble TV or action movies.
* GoryDiscretionShot: As soon as the [=McManus=] brothers [[spoiler:and their father Il Duce]] have finished with their prayer during the last scene of the movie, they [[spoiler:blow off Don Yakavetta's head with two silenced Beretta 92's [[YourHeadAsplode AND a Franchi PA3/215 shotgun]]]]. Obviously, we don't see the carnage, as it cuts to a shot showing Smecker's horrified expression before he closes his eyes and turns away. Note that he only shuts his eyes a split second AFTER the shotgun fired, meaning that he saw what we didn't in that scene.
* HollywoodHealing: Connor's wounds from the handcuffs are pretty much gone in about three or four days, and don't scar at all. Same for Murphy's cauterized arm.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace:
** The scene with the cat, where Rocco slams his fists against the table to make a point after deciding to join them, and the Beretta that the brothers just gave him goes off and splatters his girlfriend's cat against the near wall. It doesn't truly become hilarious until Rocco's dumb-assed question, "Is it dead?"
** An aversion can be seen in that same scene. Even though Murphy and Connor are hammered out of their minds and play around with their guns for most of the scene, neither of them have a magazine fed into their weapons. Rocco having his gun loaded and chambered is explained by him being "kind of an idiot".
* JurisdictionFriction: Averted. When Smecker is introduced, DaChief gives the cops outright orders to cooperate fully. The police hate Smecker's arrogance at first, but quickly come to respect his skills.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The shootout between the Saints and II Duce. The mundane explanation is three self-confessed amateurs against a hit man who hasn't been able to practice his skills in twenty-five years. The magical explanation is that they were chosen by God to carry out a specific mission, and wouldn't be allowed to kill each other so long as they were needed.
** The Twins in general. Did they really recieve a mission from God to punish evildoers and from that moment on are under His protection, or are they just two extremely lucky goofs who took some random idea way too seriously? The movie is ambiguous enough to make both explanations equally possible.
* MissionFromGod: Connor and Murphy believe they've been chosen by God to rid Boston of evil after killing a gangster.
* MotivationOnAStick: Detective Greenley humorously suggests that the only way they're going to catch the [=McManus=] brothers is by "...dangling a potato on a string" — of course, they walk in just as he's saying this.
-->'''Murphy:''' You'd probably have better luck with a beer.
* MundaneWish: The punchline to the racist joke Rocco tells.
* NWordPrivileges: Sort of. "Mick" and "wop" aren't exactly terms of affection between the [=McManus=] brothers and Rocco, but they would probably respond to anyone else who used them with violence.
* NervesOfSteel: Say what you will about the "sick fuck" hitman, but he's got balls. His poker and pool party is getting shot up while he's in the bathroom. A bullet punches a hole through the door and shatters the mirror. Does he even flinch? No. He just puts his glasses on, pulls his pants up, takes the towels of the towel rack ''and'' folds them neatly, rips the towel rack off the wall, and even when he gets shot, he smashes the gun out of his shooter's hand.
* OhCrap:
** After Smecker infiltrates Don Yakavetta's home, and comes across a mook with his throat cut. [[spoiler:Il Duce then comes up behind Smecker and gives him a TapOnTheHead, [[WholesomeCrossdresser having mistaken him for a woman]].]]
** Earlier in the same film, after Yakavetta's men have [[spoiler:captured the Saints, and realized that Il Duce, whom they hired to kill the Saints and loves killing Mafiosos, ''isn't going to stop until he's killed somebody'']].
* PantsPositiveSafety: Rocco.
* PaperThinDisguise: Willem Dafoe makes as convincing a woman as WesternAnimation/BugsBunny does. And like Bugs, he has extreme good fortune to "seduce" the one guy on earth [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy thick enough]] to be fooled by his getup.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Played with. Sometimes, the Saints don't really discriminate between {{mooks}}, and sometimes they can come across as too soft on certain bad guys, like Papa Joe.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: In Papa Joe's first scene, he asks Rocco to tell him a joke. When Rocco is telling the joke, Papa Joe and his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Vincenzo insist Rocco refer to black people as "niggers".
* ProfessionalKiller: Rocco drives a "sick fuck" hitman to his job, where he proceeds to wipe out a family. The three face another, more badass hitman in the form of Il Duce shortly after finishing off the first.
* RoomDisservice: Rocco's attempted hit on the Russians.
* SadlyMythtaken: It depends on which region of Greece you're learning from, but Smecker says in Greek mythology, people had to pay the toll to cross the river, and that's where the coins on the eyes comes from. In actuality, only some believed that, while most believed that only the living had to pay to cross the river to the Underworld, and even in those that believed it, the coin went in the mouth, not on the eyes.
* ShippedInShackles: Il Duce (who provides the page image for this trope) is moved from his cell to the ground floor for a parole hearing. He is cuffed hand and foot, chained to a rolling platform, and wheeled down to the parole board. The prison is put on high-alert, with shotgun-wielding guards on every floor, all to move one man down a few flights of stairs. Once he's there, they even put him inside a metal cage to protect the parole board. All this serves to establish him as probably the biggest badass of the movie.
* {{Spoonerism}}: "[[TeenyWeenie Paul Smecker]]"? Well, talk about GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
* StoutStrength: Referenced. When Greenly sees the state of the two mobsters in the alley (who have been physically crushed), his theory is that they were beaten to death by a 500-pound mugger.
* StrawFeminist: The brothers are set to train a new, very [[ButchLesbian butch]], employee at their meat-packing job who goes ballistic when she hears the phrase "rule of thumb" (citing the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thumb#Reference_to_spousal_abuse apocryphal story]] about it being based on wife beating). When the brothers needle her about it she [[GroinAttack kicks Connor in the balls]] and Murphy punches her out, getting everyone involved fired.
* SuspiciouslySpecificSermon: A monsignor delivers a sermon referencing the Kitty Genovese case, saying "now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men." The brothers [=McManus=], after leaving the church, comment that "the Monsigneour's finally getting the point". This combines with the fact that the visiting priest is about to object to their coming up past the pulpit to kiss the feet of the crucified Jesus until another priest whispers something to him, at which point the visiting priest's face becomes an expression of shock and awe. It also combines with the fact that no one else in the congregation seems to object to the boys' behavior. All of these elements give the impression that this scene actually takes place after the boys' transformation into the Saints and implies that the sermon is intended to be a veiled approval by the speaking priest of the Saints' agenda.
* TooDumbToLive: The two mob soldiers who had been aware of Rocco being set up to be killed, laugh at his face and gloat them not warning him is proof of being reliable for promotion. Keep in mind they do this to a guy who for all they know, killed nine Russian mob bosses with a six-shot revolver.
* {{Tuckerization}}: "[[TheMafia Yakavetta]]" is the last name of one of Troy Duffy's best friends.
* UnorthodoxReload: After Yakavetta loads his revolver, he flicks his wrist to snap the cylinder shut. In RealLife, an excellent way to damage your revolver and cause an embarrassing misfire.
* VigilanteExecution: Inside a courtroom no less.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Saints as a whole.
* YouGetMeCoffee: Whenever Detective Greenly says something stupid or mouths off to Agent Smecker, he'll be dispatched to fetch coffee and bagels.
-->Greenly: I ain't getting him no fucking bagel.

[[folder: Examples contained in the second film]]
* ArtShift: The envisioned attack on the Asian drug gang is shot like a grindhouse film, with an appropriate soundtrack.
* BadBoss: Concezio Yakevetta, he breaks the jaw of one of his subordinates just because he corrected his pronunciation of a word.
* BeardnessProtectionProgram: The brothers realize this would have been a good idea almost immediately after having ''shaved'' the beards they grew since the last movie.
* BigBadWannabe: [[spoiler:Concezio is killed, but it's revealed there's a ManBehindTheMan: the Roman, aka Louie.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Il Duce dies, and the brothers get imprisoned, but Smecker and Bloom are going to bust them out.]]
* BondOneLiner: Parodied in the second film when Romeo ties up a janitor and threatens him into coming up with a cool thing for Romeo to say when the gunfire stops.
* BlingBlingBang: In the sequel, the brothers get Desert Eagles with modified suppressors while Romeo gets a pair of Colt M1911s with golden silencers and grips that look like the Mexican flag.
* BrickJoke: [[spoiler:The cat]] from the first film walks by when the brothers see [[spoiler:Rocco]]. Also the rope.
* CallBack: There are several call backs to the first movie.
** Doc's Tourette's is weaponized into joke form in one scene.
** The cat that was accidentally shot in the first movie reappears in a dream sequence.
* CameraAbuse: In-universe example: Gorgeous George is having a teleconference (of sorts) with Concezio, who screams at him so much that he covers his camera lens in spittle.
* TheConspiracy: The Roman has been playing the [=McManus=] clan against the Mafia to further his own standing for decades. [[spoiler:Also, the Catholic Church appears to be taking a more... proactive role in the fight against Evil.]]
* DareToBeBadass: Rocco's opening narration, talking about how you are either a Talker, or a Doer.
* DistractedByTheSexy: ''Greenly''. He's even more retarded than usual around Special Agent Bloom.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In the sequel, Concezio's inner circle are all upset and uneasy about his [[spoiler:supposed]] hit on a local priest.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Once cornered, [[spoiler:Concezio]] merely crosses himself and says ''[[FamousLastWords "Vaffanculo"]]'', which is [[BilingualBonus Italian for "Fuck you"]]. Not to mention a call-back to [[spoiler:his father, who did the same thing before being executed by the Saints]].
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Smecker apparently dies between movies but he's been laying low. Bloom is not amused.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: Connor and Murphy get an outdoor shower scene.
* FanDisservice: "Gorgeous George" wearing his pink speedo.
* FeetFirstIntroduction: For nearly a minute, in slow motion, the camera tracks Eunice Bloom's ridiculously high stiletto heels as she strides to the church.
** This counts as a CrowningMomentOfFunny if you think it's going to turn out to be Agent Smecker, who was also introduced foot-first [[spoiler:while in drag]].
* ForkliftFu: Romeo finds that driving a forklift as an infiltration vehicle is much tougher than he thought it would be. It still works out, though.
* FreudianExcuse: When Il Duce was younger, [[spoiler:his father was murdered by mobsters before his eyes]], starting off his vigilante rampage.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When Bloom and the Detectives are in the briefing room with the police chief, a beat cop walks in carrying a dog. The Chief immediately tells him to get out.
* GilliganCut: Greenly says, "They're either on their way here, or they're already here." Just as we're expecting a Badass Entry of the Saints doing the slow walk, we instead cut to them squeezed into a Volkswagon Beetle.
* GunTwirling: Eunice Bloom twirling a revolver as she recounts the attack on the Yakavettas.
* HandCannon: In the sequel, the brothers trade in their Berettas for [[RareGuns Desert Eagles]] but it is also subverted when Romeo asks for a handgun and the brothers give him a tiny pocket pistol.
* {{Homage}}: Flashback scenes showing an older character's origins in crime amongst Italians in the early 1900s. [[Film/TheGodfather Sound familiar?]]
* ImportantHaircut: {{Lampshaded}}. The brothers wonder why they cut their hair since they now match their police sketches, when previously they looked "like Jesus Christ."
* InsistentTerminology: ''Special'' Agent Bloom. Justified, as that's a specific rank in the FBI.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: [[spoiler:Greenly]]'s last words to the Saints.
* JurisdictionFriction: Played straight between the Boston police and the FBI.
* {{Malaproper}}: Concezio Yakkaveta uses these constantly. [[BadBoss God help you if you correct him]].
* ManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:The mysterious "Roman" who masterminded the hit on the priest is revealed to be Il Duce's childhood friend Louie. Louie reveals that he was only interested in rising up the ranks of the mafia and was using Noah/Il Duce to eliminate the competition, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness afterward giving him up to the police when he was done.]] The mafia cast him out as well, but he helped rebuild the Yakavetta family after Papa Joe's demise, and let the Saints take out the rest of the Mafia so Louie can take control.]]
* ManlyTears: Romeo is rather prone to these.
* MsFanservice: Special Agent Eunice Bloom, especially in the gunslinger getup.
* TheNapoleon: Ottilio Panza. His terminal case of short-man's disease ends up leaving plenty of evidence for the police that otherwise wouldn't have been there. Bloom even ''calls'' him Napoleon.
* NomDeGuerre: The Roman.
* PosthumousCharacter: Rocco [[spoiler:and Greenly]] show up in a dream sequence.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis
-->'''Connor:''' He was kind of a badass though.
-->'''Murphy:''' Shades of [[Creator/ClintEastwood Eastwood]]...
-->'''Connor:''' [[Film/DeathWish Charlie Bronson]]...
-->'''Rocco:''' [[Creator/JohnWayne Duke. Fucking. Wayne.]]
-->'''Both Brothers:''' ''DUKE! FUCKING! WAYNE!''
* ReplacementGoldfish: Romeo replaces [[spoiler:Rocco]] and does a pretty good job at it.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In the sequel, the brothers avenge the murder of their childhood priest.
* RussianRoulette: Il Duce combines this with MexicanStandoff and uses it as an interrogation technique. The brothers use this to determine whether or not to let a bad guy live.
* SequelHook: The ending explicitly lays the groundwork for the next adventure.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Eunice Bloom is the sole female with a prominent role in this film.
* TapOnTheHead: When pistol whipping someone it works better when you use a gun that's bigger then the size of your palm.
* TelevisionGeography: There is an establishing shot of downtown Boston early on in the film. However, it is obviously stock footage because the Central Artery is still going through downtown which the Big Dig replaced long before this movie was made.
* TestosteronePoisoning: Rocco's monologue runs dangerously close to this. Especially the part where he suffers a FreudianSlip partway through.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: [[spoiler:The official trailer reveals Creator/PeterFonda's involvement in the film. However, he is only seen with his back turned throughout the movie and [[FaceRevealingTurn his face is only revealed]] in the end after his role as the ManBehindTheMan and BigBad is discovered.]]
* UnfortunateNames: Special Agent Kuntsler.
* UnreliableNarrator: Special Agent Eunice Bloom's re-enactment of the bar shootout subtly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this during the slow-mo shot of the guys shooting each other. When she walks past the last pair of guys, she mimes shooting the guy on the right twice as he takes two bullets... ''before'' the guy opposite him raises his weapon and fires off the third shot that goes into the him. She even [[AsideGlance smirks at the camera]] when this happens.
* UnwittingPawn: Concezio Yakavetta religiously followed the orders of [[spoiler:the Roman]], completely unaware that [[spoiler:Louie was actually trying to bring the Saints and their father back so they could eliminate the Yakavetta family in revenge for casting him out]].
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: The attack on the Chinese criminals. In theory, Romeo will knock out a forklift operater via a PistolWhip to the back of his head with a HandCannon, the twins will hide inside the crate on the forklift, Romeo will drive the forklift to the criminals, the brothers will pop out of the crate and shoot all the criminals, and then do a smooth flip over the crate. In practice, [[spoiler:Romeo doesn't have a gun so the brothers give him a pocket pistol which fails to knock out the forklift operator. After scaring off the operator the brothers hide in the crate, but start bickering. This, combined with Romeo's reckless driving, [[ContinuityNod causes the crate to clumsily fall off the forklift and smash on the floor right in front of the criminals.]]]]
* TheWarOnTerror: Otillio came into the country on a visa signed by a sponsor who didn't exist, two months after the September 11th attacks. Which meant that someone pushed his paperwork through during the highest security alert in the history of the United States of America.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Romeo. An approving pat on the hand from his uncle and clear father figure results in ManlyTears from Romeo as he reflects on it later. Naturally, the brothers tease him for it.
* WithDueRespect: Lampshaded.
-->'''Eunice''': "With all due respect... man, I hate it when people say that because it is inevitably followed by a disrespectful remark. Here let me give you an example: With all due respect, detective, this matter falls under whatever jurisdiction I fuckin' say it does."