Opening with a mission to deal with boat hijackers, Gunnar is expelled from the team for his unpredictable behavior. Ross gets a new job from the mysterious Mr. Church (Bruce Willis). He hires the team to go into a Banana Republic and single-handedly take down a dictator's (David Zayas) regime. After a disastrous scouting mission, they learn Church is connected to the CIA and their real job is to upset the profiteering from a rogue CIA agent James Munroe (Eric Roberts), who has a particularly nasty bodyguard named Paine ("Stone Cold" Steve Austin). They agree the mission is suicide and doing CIA dirty work, but their contact Sandra (Giselle Itie) was captured by Munroe and they feel obligated to rescue her, and Gunnar is not happy with being rejected from the team.
The Expendables 2 (2012)
Opening with a mission to rescue a Chinese diplomat and introducing the new member to the team Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth), Church confronts Barney and demands a new mission to redeem him from the issue with how he handled the job in the previous movie. They are paired with Maggie Chan (Yu Nan) to recover sensitive information regarding a secret plutonium stockpile in Eastern Europe. Their mission is upset by Vilain (Jean-Claude Van Damme), a terrorist for hire leading his own team including his second in command Hector (Scott Adkins). Vilain humiliates the team and leaves one of them dead, with the rest vowing revenge. They chase after Vilain to stop his plans and are joined by lone wolf ally Booker (Chuck Norris) to finish the job.
The Expendables 3 (2014)
A third movie includes Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell joining the cast, and Mel Gibson confirmed as the film's villain. In this outing, Barney is forced to recruit both old and new allies alike to take down his former partner and co-founder of the Expendables, Conrad Stonebanks, who is determined to wipe the team out once and for all.The third movie was leaked online three weeks prior to its official release, with several thousand people torrenting it. There is no word yet on whether or not Lionsgate will be taking any legal action, although some are suspecting the company of leaking the film themselves, citing the fact that it mysteriously leaked right before the San Diego Comic Con, and that people at the convention were saying it's the best in the series - and also that this was a way of showing people the film before the critics had a chance to look at it.This series is the closest we'll probably get to TV Tropes, the Movie.An all-femaleSpin-Offis also being planned. Gina Carano, Katee Sackhoff, and Sharni Vinson have signed up thus far, and the director has expressed an interest in such names as Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton. Also thrown into the mix: Milla Jovovich, Meryl Streep and Charlize Theron.
In the first film, Tool (Mickey Rourke) has a scene regarding a woman he could have saved in Bosnia, and the personal cost of not doing so. He laments that if he saved her, he could have saved what remained of his soul. His story inspires Barney Ross (Stallone) to go back to Vilena. It's probably the most powerful moment of the film.
In 2, the scene where Billy the Kid tells the story of losing several of his comrades during a firefight in Afghanistan, then returning to base to discover that a stray dog he'd adopted had been shot due to the base commander deciding to disallow animals on base. Billy's funeral also counts, with Barney reading the letter Billy had written to his girlfriend, then asking aloud why so many people who deserve to live get killed, while people who deserve to die survive repeatedly.
Commercials for the first film paid special attention to the scene between Stallone, Willis and Schwarzenegger, as it was the first time the trio had appeared on-screen together. Of course, that's the only scene that Willis and Schwarzenegger appear in.
The sequel included more action scenes for them. On the other hand, there's the example under Put on a Bus.
The Alleged Car: The planes in the first and second movies. Especially in the second.
The Expendables wear magical body armor that regularly shrugs off a lot of rounds that should penetrate it. They also suffer no ill-effects as per genre conventions (no broken ribs or severe blunt force injuries that come with being shot, even wearing armor, in real life).
Jarring to anyone who knows much about firearms in the third film when Stonebanks shoots Ross in the vest with a S&W .500 magnum. For those who don't know, the gun holds a certain level of infamy because it can go through ballistic armor rather easily. It's called the "vest buster". As expected, Ross gets up; not only did the vest stop the round, but he can continue to fight.
Audible Sharpness: Just about every time any blade is drawn or moved slightly through the air, there's always that familiar zzing sound.
Barney's "We are the shadow, the smoke in your eyes, the ghosts that hide in the night", which only appears in the trailers, and is the first line in the song "Diamond Eyes" by Shinedown, which was commissioned by Stallone himself. Too bad the song doesn't appear in the film, either (The extended cut fixes both issues, however).
"We will kill this American disease!"
"If you fuck with us in any way... my people will come and get your people."
In the second one:
"If she returns any different from the way she went, you and your bunch of psychotic mercenary cur will never be seen again in the face of the Earth."
"Are you afraid of me?" "No." "You really should be."
A truly, truly epic one in the first one when half the squad is pinned down in the tunnels under the palace. Enter Hale Caesar and suddenly all you hear is "BOOMBOOMBOOMBOOM" and chunks of guards go flying across the screen.
Caesar: REMEMBER THIS SHIT AT CHRISTMAS!
This is Chuck Norris' only role in the second one, including taking out a tank by himself!
Drummer, Trench and Yang pull a Gunship Rescue when the Expendables are in a particularly tight spot in the third one.
Bottomless Magazines: Subverted; everyone has run out of ammo for their main weapons, and even Barney's full-auto M1911s need reloading after a few shots, for obvious reasons.
Barney's 1911s are not fully-automatic. He's simply using a technique (which Stallone apparently practiced for hours on the range) to very rapidly fire the pistols in semi-automatic. The shots of him laying down fire, dumping the magazine, reloading and resuming fire is not sped up - that's just how fast you can fire a 1911 with sufficient skill. (Also a testament to how tough the 1911 is.)
How do you make an armored guard tower explode? Fire a few miniature warheads at it.
His shaving knife is also used to save Ross from being shot in the back near the end of the finale.
Gunnar giving Christmas his bowie knife. Christmas later gives it to Munroe.
Ross and Lee's Quickdraw contest at the beginning.
Played straight and averted with Sandra's drawings - they look almost intended to be tattoos, but nobody let Tool have a look at 'em. At the same time, the General is shown to share his daughter's appreciation for art, and designs his soldiers' warpaint at the end.
Caesar describing the psychological effect of the sound of guns. He mentions that shotguns in particular scare the shit out of people. Later, when a couple of the team are pinned down...
Hale: Remember this shit at Christmas!
Gunner's degree in Chemical Engineering has been brought up early in the sequel. So when they get stuck inside a caved-in mineshaft, he uses his knowledge to concoct an explosive to blow up an escape route. Then it went pfft, and the crew gets rescued by Trench instead....
In 3, Gunner mocks Thorn for using a wrist computer, but then begrudgingly decides to wear it during the mission to rescue the captured members. It later saves the group when Thorn uses the computer to disable the explosives in the abandoned hotel before the final battle.
Also the Rokon (2-wheel drive motorcycle) from the second movie. However, the Rokon is painfully slow, so it would not have been capable of launching off a roof, clearing a 20-foot gap and taking down a helicopter
Combat Pragmatist: All of the Expendables display a realistic disregard for the Marquis of Queensbury rules, making liberal use of Groin Attack, drawing pistols during protracted CQC bouts and teaming up on outnumbered foes.
Covers Always Lie: Tool? Suited up and ready to roll out with the team? Riiiiight. The bad photoshopping should have tipped you off there. Some posters even add Steve Austin and Bruce Willis to the lineup, but that's a lesser case. One should note that Tool and Church (Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis, respectively) aren't in combat-appropriate uniforms.
The sequel had Jet Li appear like they always do, but he's Put on a Bus at the end of the intro.
In order to accommodate the larger roles of Willis and Schwarzenegger, and the additional roles for Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Nan Yu and Liam Hemsworth, a lot of the returning Expendables got the shaft. In particular, Yin Yang vanishes after the first ten minutes and Toll Road barely has any lines in the entire film. Yang made up for it by giving us Jet Li's specialty before he left: a One-Man ArmyGood Old Fisticuffs beatdown for a good five minutes.
Arguable for Jet Li, as The Other Wiki reports that scheduling conflicts with another film prevented him from participating in anything more than the first part of the film.
This also occurs in the third film, as a result of Doc, Galgo, the new Expendables, Trench, Drummer and Yang all taking part in the final battle. Hale is nearly killed during the second mission and incapacitated until the last scene, while Toll Road and several others get next-to-no dialogue for most of the film.
In the first movie, General Garza's special forces, identified by their red berets, jungle camouflage, and green-and-yellow facepaint. Notably, they're actually able to force the Expendables to seriously work to kill them, unlike the regular soldiers who they mow down with regularity.
Dispensed with in the sequels, absolutely nobody but Vilain and Hector present any challenge to any of the team in the second one, and Stonebank’s lackeys in the third one are all mooks.
Ross: "Look at these clowns. Hand-picked monkeys."
The new addition to the team, Billy the Kid, gets his by rescuing Barney and Lee from six mooks, sniping them in unison with Barney's pantomimed hand pistol.
The third one gives one of these to every new addition to the team, as Barney and Bonaparte recruit each one.
Evil Brit: Err... the Brit. Also, Hector in the second one. He's not specifically noted as such, but he speaks with a British accent and the actor playing him is British.
Evil Counterpart: Towards the end of the first movie Monroe berates Ross for doing the CIA's dirty business and says they are basically the same, mercenaries who are dead inside and have no allegiances. Unfortunately for him Ross' character arc in the movie was doing something good not simply for money. In the sequel, Vilain seems to think of him and his men to be this, and gives the team a speech about it. In fact, it's the reason he doesn't kill them when he has the chance.
Fragile Speedster - If this was a World of Warcraft party, Yang would be the striker. In his fight with Gunnar he was faster and more agile but Gunnar was a Mighty Glacier who kept on taking his hits. The sequel puts him in Lightning Bruiser territory when he takes out a roomful of mooks bare-handed without taking a single scratch.
Friendly Enemy: Ross and Trench to each other. By the second film they have clearly come to respect, if not actually like each other. By the third one they’re in extremely good terms and Trench offers his assistance multiple times.
Toll Road is implied to be fairly well read, when the crew is heading back after their Opening Gambit doing something, most are maintaining their weapons or flying the plane while he is studiously reading a book. This occurs in both films, in fact.
Gunnar has a degree in chemical engineering, just like Dolph Lundgren.
Genre Savvy: The Expendables seem to be fully aware that they're in an action movie, and take full advantage of it.
Genre Throwback: If Stallone, Willis, and Schwarzenegger's involvement doesn't tell you anything. Stallone wrangled even more 80s action stars for the sequels.
Grey and Black Morality: The Expendables' most frequent employer is the CIA, and they are portrayed as being shady and amoral. However, the targets that the Expendables are sent to take out are even *worse*.
Groin Attack: Yang's fighting scenes will include several kicks to the balls. Used multiple times when Ross and Christmas take on a truckload of bad guys in the field. In the sequel, Maggie makes use of a groin kick during the team's ambush of the Sangs in the village.
The climax of the first film does show this fairly realistically, as the Expendables open up by destroying the entire palace, and in the ensuing chaos they charge out and are constantly maneuvering and blowing up vehicles and setting things on fire, using speed, mobility, firepower, deadly accuracy, and intimidation to keep Garza's soldiers off-balance.
In the second movie, the badguys are largely an army of poorly-trained East European militia and gangsters who aren't terribly accurate at best, and are getting mowed down constantly, often before being able to return fire. Also played somewhat for comedy when the group encounter a village where the menfolk had been taken away and the only ones left to defend the place was a handful of untrained civilian women who starts shooting on them. Christmas even jokes that the safest place to be is right in front of their guns.
The climax of the third movie takes this Up to Eleven when and entire battalion of the Azmenistani army, with tanks and air support still can’t hit the good guys.
Munroe displays impressive ability with his pistol. While restraining Sandra with one arm he manages to shoot Garze twice in the back and kill three of his guards before any of them got a chance to retaliate. These were elite soldiers wielding automatics under orders to fire on him immediately if he attempts betrayal. He was lucky of course; none of them started aiming at him until the camera pointed at them.
Ross shoots a mook almost directly behind Christmas. Christmas isn't quite as confident in his ally's aiming skills.
Occasionally averted, the most notable being near the end when Ross clearly fires many, many pistol shots before taking down just one soldier in a group of many.
Ross's skills detonate the primer on a thrown artillery round, in such a way that it actually destroys the intended target.
Billy the Kid was able to fall six guards surrounding Barney and Lee with his sniper rifle within about 2 seconds. He apologized for the delay. Later, he was head-shotting mooks cruising by on boats.
A more subtle one toward the end of the second movie when Church, Trench, and Barney open up on the Sangs. They unload at full-auto on the massed Sangs, and not one nearby civilian is hit. Every bullet hits a Sang.
The Expendables are infallible, indestructible ubermensch. They are not, however, Boring.
Not so invincible in the second movie, where due to heavy fog, the Sangs are able to get the drop on them and take Billy the Kid hostage. The scene ends as a total failure for them, with the prized item lost and Billy dead.
Caesar gets shot twice by the Big Bad near the beginning of the third movie. He spends the rest of the movie, barring the epilogue, in the hospital.
Ironic Nickname: Church, who curses up a storm and is generally un-church-like.
Lee Christmas prefers to fight with his knives and will sometimes use a throwing knife instead of a pistol. Lampshaded by Gunnar, who carries a huge bowie knife himself, and later hands it to Christmas. Ironically, Statham's breakout role in Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels had his character get very creeped out by a Knife Nut.
Tool as well, with whom Christmas has throwing knife competitions.
Doc quickly kindles a rivalry with Lee almost as soon as he's sprung from the box, when he tells Lee that one of his knives' balance is off. Also, Doc's stuff, which Barney kept around, is a backpack full of all sorts of cutlery.
Ludicrous Gibs: Averted. Mooks are mutilated, blown apart and cut through like wet tissue paper, yet there is little blood in the wake of any firefight and their viscera seems to be composed of boneless Kool-aid.
Made of Iron: None of the protagonists suffer meaningful injuries for the duration of the films. Gunnar gets shot just above the heart and is hale and hearty by his next scene.
They are called the Expendables because Barney has become so jaded and dark over the years, that he believes the world would be no better off if he dies. Tool manages to convince him to change this.
Is Mauser as a last name merely a cliched stock reference... or a portmanteau of 'Mars' and 'Hauser'?
James Munroe could well be a reference to James Monroe, the U.S. president most known for formulating the "Monroe Doctrine", which served as a justification for U.S. meddling in Latin American affairs.
Barney Ross was the name of an American boxer from the 1930s. His name could be a reference to the fact that one of Sylvester Stallone's best known characters is a boxer.
The Big Bad of The Expendables 2 crosses the line into Speed Racer levels of naming ridiculousness. He's a villain played by Jean-Claude Van Damme, and his name is...Jean Vilain. The reference to sheep, and the fact that the name might allude to a "farm hand" could put this in Punny Name territory for vocabulary geeks.
About 60% of the film is pure dakka. Hale's AA-12 makes up 59.9% percent of that dakka.
In the second one, one scene stands out. After one battle, there's a single mook remaining. When he pops out, one of the Expendables shouts a warning, and all of them immediately and hilariously turn and fill him with about 200 rounds.
Multicultural Team: Barney, Caeser, Toll Road, and Billy are Americans, Christmas is British, Gunner is Swedish, Yin Yang and Maggie are Chinese.
Explicitly pointed out (and mocked) in the sequel, when confronted by the women in the village:
The Expendables talk between themselves about previous adventures in well-known hot spots of the Eighties and Nineties. Subverted in the case of Mickey Rouke's character - he describes a woman he could have saved in Bosnia. In the sequel, Billy the Kid talks about his prior tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Mauser and Ross seem to hate each other due to a Noodle Incident, judging from their exchange in front of Church in the first movie.
Church is explained by Drummond as having retired prior to the events of the third movie. Like Li, this was motivated by Bruce Willis' attitude and salary demands prior to filming, which led to him being removed from the project altogether.
Stallone's character uses a single-action revolver which he fires in bursts by fanning the hammer. Badass? Yes. Homage to classic Westerns? Probably. Utterly illogical? Who gives a fuck?!
Fanning is something a trained shooter could do. Taking down several targets in the process? Not so much.
Ross and Caesar blow up a chopper by throwing a shell and then setting it off in midair. By shooting at it. Wait, aren't those things, like, built to make sure stuff like that doesn't happen? Fuck that! Who needs physics when you've got HSQ?
3 has the entire cast of Expendables from the first film (minus Caesar, who's sidelined because of a near fatal injury), new recruits Doc and Galgo, plus the new, younger group of Expendables, and Harrison Ford flying air support while Schwarzenegger and a returning Jet Li fire out of a helicopter.
In the sequel, Billy talks about his time in the military, specifically an event where his base commander literally shoots the dog. This was part of what lead to his being disillusioned with the military and ultimately joining the Expendables.
Christmas acquiring a ruby from Burma. Alfred relates a similar tale, and closer to home Burma was the setting of the most recent Rambo film, starring...you know.
The drilling vehicle that Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger) uses to bust the Expendables out of the collapsed mine bears a STRIKING resemblence to the drilling vehicle that Quade (also played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) shoves a drill into in Paul Verhoeven's adaptation of Total Recall (1990). And of course, the homage to his actor's most beloved Catch Phrase as soon as he appears:
In 3, when the team is running to the extraction chopper, Trench implores everyone to "Run to da choppa!" Later, when asked why he said he was leaving the special ops life for good, he simply replies, "I lied."
A memorable moment in the second has the team finishing off a platoon of mooks and while standing together Barney calls out "One more!" and the entire team empties their collective arsenal into a solitary gunman.
Stonebank pulls all the stops in the third one to take out the team. It’s still not enough.
Throw Away Guns: Sometimes to ditch extra weight, sometimes out of necessity. Special mention goes to Yang in the second movie, who throws his gun at a mook to knock them out before grabbing the frying pans.
Title Drop: Averted. While the name "Expendables" appears on weapons and motorcycle decals, the name of the group is never actually spoken. Some countries call the film The Mercenaries, and that term shows up a lot.
Played straight in the third movie. Where the name of the team is brought up repeatedly.
Averted. Nothing between Stallone and Sandra, which is nice considering how tempting it must have been. And while Statham also has a Love Interest, most of their interactions concern the fact that she dislikes his lifestyle.
Similarly averted in the sequel. It hints that Maggie has a crush on Barney and they have a verbally affectionate parting by the end, but nothing more.
Galgo shows an interest in Luna in the third one, but is not reciprocated.
Torture Always Works: Subverted. Sandra is waterboarded for information on the Expendables but does not give in. Instead, Monroe needs to get his information from Gunnar.
Played straight in the second one, with Maggie and her set of surgical instruments.
Plays with it. An early scene implies that the team try to maintain completely professional relationships and nothing else, which is the reason behind their Code Names (Yang suggests he is in it only for the money, claiming he needs more to support his son). The only members who seem to be genuinely close friends are Barney, Lee and Tool. But in spite of that they trust each other with their lives and mid-way through the movie you see them rallying around Barney and his personal mission, the ending scene is everyone having drinks together. Becomes even more clear in the sequel when the entire team hangs out in a bar(even Lacy was there) together during their downtime, then shows again with them all being very visibly upset about Billy's death, with Gunnar even seeming to wipe a tear from his eye.
The third film has the line "Everybody needs friends" thrown around a couple of times.
The Unintelligible: Stallone, Statham, Li, Lundgren and Schwarzenegger are all known for sometimes being rather hard to understand either due to their accent or just kind of growling out their words. Put them together in the same movie and it's even more noticeable.
In the third movie, Drummer hilariously keeps calling Lee out for this.
Lee: What's the advice?
Drummer: What language is he speaking?
Barney: What's the advice?
Unorthodox Reload: Played with - Barney reloads his M1911 normally, he just does it incredibly fast. With enough practice, any experienced shooter can do it, too. Now, doing it while being shot at by fifty men with assault rifles in the open...
Vitriolic Best Buds: Inverted: Barney and Trench hate each other's guts, but talk as if they were old buddies.
Surprisingly, Yang and Gunnar are like this in 2, after having no shortage of real anger at each other in the first film. When Yang departs the group, Gunnar even sounds a little sad when he says, "Who am I going to pick on now?"
Ultimately averted by the end of the first movie, finally going in to kick ass because an innocent woman's going to get murdered if Barney doesn't save her.
Initally played straight for the rest of the team, since a $5 million paycheck made goo-goo eyes at them.
And Barney was highly considering not rescuing the girl until he talks to Tool and realizes he'll get to deal with the guilt of not rescuing her for the rest of his life.
Also averted in the sequel. Church accuses Barney of stealing the $5 million and threatens to make them disappear from the face of the earth unless they do another job to make up for it. Later, they decide to chase down Vilain to avenge Billy.
Played straight with Vilain, though, who's only interested in selling the plutonium.
In the third movie Stonebanks claims their differing approaches to these trope is what led to his original falling out with Barney.
With four machine guns hidden in the nosecone, and a fuel dump to ignite and use as a Fuel/Air Explosion. Very very good at spreading out a cushion of air that turns people's innards to jelly.
In 2, they have a new (though very similar) plane with what appears to basically be a small hand-loaded howitzer in the nose. However, it's not especially accurate given it can only shoot at exactly what the plane is pointed at, so it acts more like a tank cannon.
Attempted Rape: Averted, and then played straight. It looks like the bad guys are going to do this to Sandra when she gets forcibly thrown down on the table. But then she gets waterboarded instead. Later on, two random soldiers burst in and attempt to rape her, but Ross objects. And his objection is very, very sharp.
Lee: (to Barney) "It's not easy being your friend."
Yin: (nods) "It's not."
Bang Bang BANG: Happens with all the gunfire, but particularly Caesar's automatic shotgun. He lays out why he loves his automatic shotgun, and it includes that hearing a shotgun spitting out 250 rounds a minute will scare the shit out of the enemy. Sure enough, after he uses it, he comments that the gun is frigging loud.
Big Bad: At first presumed to be General Garza, but later revealed to be ex-CIA agent James Munroe (Eric Roberts).
Classically Trained Extra: Not in the usual sense. General Garza's two bodyguards, who look mind-boggingly similar to one another? Twin MMA fighters Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who currently compete in the UFC alongside Randy Couture. Sadly, they're not seen in any hand-to-hand combat.
Cluster F-Bomb - Church really likes swearing. Even when he's in a church.
Cool Sword: The General brandishes one when he finally stands up to Monroe. In the spirit of authority figures who demand respect at the point of a naked blade. Don't bring a knife to a swordfight, boyo.
The Generalissimo: The Expendables' mission is to eliminate one such general. He is slightly more sympathetic than the usual examples.
Gross-Up Close-Up: The long focus on Tool's face during gives the audience a lovely view of his spit-moistened lips.
The Guards Must Be Crazy: Munroe calls Garza's men out on this, for letting Ross and Lee into the country. Special mentions go to the soldier tasked with guarding Munroe and the General. He lets Gunnar walk in with a shotgun (!) because "He wouldn't let me take it from him."
Also subverted. Munroe is sure that mercs were sent by the Agency after him. Ross responds by saying that he just came for the girl.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: Gunnar is a particularly indecisive version of this. First, he's kicked off the team for being psychotic, is promptly hired by Munroe to kill Barney, and nearly impales Yang. During the chase scene, he also seems to be trying to run down his allied mooks and also kills his overseer. Then he gets shot by Barney, and... is back on the team, having been forgiven. It's suggested he's been known to have problems with drugs and so long as he stays sober they trust him.
Played to the hilt from the very first scene. When Gunnar attempts to lynch the pirate for the lulz, Yang suddenly appears next to him after silently traversing his way between the cargo hold fifty feet below to the deck of the ship in under three seconds and engages him in a short CQC fight. Seconds later when Yang is at Gunnar's mercy, Barney follows suit, making the same trip just as silently and almost as quickly.
The use of Jump Cut in every fight scene means that the protagonists appear to fight like Nightcrawler.
Re Cut: An extended Director's Cut of the film was temporarily available via On Demand and is on Blu-Ray (only. Sorry, DVD fans). In addition to containing a bit of extra character development and tightened CG effects, this cut also uses Shinedown's "Diamond Eyes", which was commissioned by Stallone specifically for use in the film, during the climax and again in the credits.
Stealth Expert: All the Expendables, as seen in the first and final fight, despite Barney running around with a high beam torch waving all over the place. Averted by Toll in the final fight, who just beats the shit out of all the guys he runs into.
The leader of the pirates. Seriously? You have a group of elite badasses who have all of their Laser Sights directly on you, they have just tossed down a bag of money to peacefully let the hostages go. And you have the audacity and stupidity to ask for more money?
Trailers Always Spoil: Gunnar is clearly seen lifting Ying over his head and over a sharp spike, which makes it obvious from the beginning he betrays the team. They try cheating by making his face blurrier and speeding up the action, but it doesn't work.
Wife-Basher Basher: Yes, Lee's girlfriend left him for a violent drunk, but that doesn't mean he isn't going defend her honor by beating the absolute tar out of him and his fellow wife-bashing basketball-buddies in broad daylight for beating her.
You ALL Look Familiar: The soldiers' black war paint allowed the director to keep re-using the same stuntmen and actors in close-up fights. Knowing bad 80s movies, this was intentional.
"Yes"/"No" Answer Interpretation: Barney shoots the team traitor Gunnar. He asks Barney if he's going to die. Barney just tells him that the shot hit him two inches above the heart. He takes that as a yes. However, he shows up alive and healthy at the end of the film.
Paine: (While torturing Barney) How many men do you have? Barney: Just your mother!
The Expendables 2
The Expendables 2 provides examples of:
Ascended Meme: Chuck Norris' character in general. He shows up and destroys an army by himself. Lampshaded with one of the Chuck Norris Facts (the one about the King Cobra) used as a legend about the character.
Awesome Personnel Carrier: The three armored vehicles used by the team in the beginning of the movie. Part truck, part battering ram, rounded off with ironic phrases spray painted on their business ends. ("COMING SOON", "KNOCK KNOCK", "BAD ATTITUDE".) And speaking of '80s references, it's probably not a coincidence that "Bad Attitude" (B.A.) looks like something The A-Team would have built, and is driven by the black member of the team...
A good portion of the movie features dialogue specifically referencing moments in the first film, including: a direct reference to Vilena, Yang and Gunnar "I would have winned" exchange, Gunnar referring to people as "insect", and Caesar's famous AA-12 shows up in the first scene.
Gunnar: Did you win?
Yang: Of course I win.
Ross, like Tool before him, is given a chance to save women. Unlike Tool, he takes the opportunity.
Cigar Chomper: Both Ross and Trench are frequently seen with a cigar.
Combat Breakdown: Played straight and then inverted in the final fight between Barney and Vilain. They start out trading bullets, but then decide to put their guns away after Vilain runs out of bullets, and Vilain even throws away the knife he took from Barney so they can fight bare-handed. But as the fight progresses, Vilain gets desperate enough that he actually snatches the knife back up to defend himself, and Barney counters by grabbing a heavy chain and using it as a weapon.
Trench plus a small tunnel-boring machine during the sequel.
And, of course, the intro, featuring KNOCK-KNOCK, a giant battering ram on a jeep.
Finger Gun: Exaggerated in one scene, when Barney treats his Finger Gun as if it were actually his revolver, complete with cocking the 'hammer'; subverted when all the baddies he 'fires' it at fall over dead as though he actually shot them; then double subverted when it turns out all the bullets were actually fired by Friendly Sniper Billy the Kid.
From Bad to Worse: The heroes get pinned down during a firefight, and Barney mentions that the only way they could win is if they have a tank. The bad guys then roll out a tank.
The plutonium in the second film is handled easily; one man was shown to casually carry three rather large "bars" in his hands in one scene. In reality these bars are sealed storage containers, and are usually made from thick lead-lined steel, weighing no less than 20 kilo each.
What actually makes them lighter than plutonium bars, because plutonium is one and half density of lead.
Even worse, it looks like there's just about 200 cylinders with the plutonium. So each cylinder should contain around 25kg of plutonium and the critical mass of plutonium is around 10kg for a perfect sphere. So these cylinders would be very close to it. And then the villains stack them in a regular hexagonal grid. Can you say "criticality accident"?
"Question is, will you die like a man, or a sheep?"
"Now, what?" First spoken by Ross right before Billy is killed... later is spoken by Vilain right before he killed by Ross.
It's Personal: Billy's death makes the mission to retrieve the plutonium this for the team.
Lee: What's the plan?
Ross: Track 'em. Find 'em. Kill 'em.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Church is not a nice guy and he and Barney do not like each other. Still, when Billy is killed he offers sympathy to Barney and decides to give him more support. He also specifically told Ross to make sure no harm comes to Maggie. It appears that he's usually only concerned about fellow CIA agents.
Lighter and Softer: There were rumors and even an official statement saying they were making the sequel PG-13. Probably due to the fandom backlash they ultimately went back on that idea and the movie is rated R like the original. It's been also said that the PG-13 was due to the removal of so much swearing in the script, a condition made by Chuck Norris before he'd join in. The final movie does have virtually no cursing, a contrast to the occasional Cluster F Bombs from the first.
Mood Whiplash: Lamshaded and used in-universe. Maggie notes how the team bounces between light-hearted humor and dark nihilism concerning themselves. Barney notes that at this point they just try to keep things light for as long as they can, but they get pitch black dark when it's time to get serious.
Put Down Your Gun and Step Away: Vilain manages to get the drop on Barney and his crew in the sequel, and after a lengthy standoff, Barney agrees to drop their weapons and hand over the device. Vilain then expresses his respect for Barney and leads his men away. Then he kills Billy as an afterthought to remind Barney that "respect must be earned."
Red Right Hand: Vilain and his Dragon both have big neck pentacle tattoos with a goat (which, as Vilain helpfully reminds us, is Satan's pet).
Red Shirt: The interviews and promotional material of the film made it clear that the plot would revolve around the team avenging the death of, "one of their own." Looking at the cast, it was the guys from the first film and Thor's little brother. No points for guessing who gets the axe.
Retirony: Billy talks about how he's going to retire at the end of the month, he doesn't even make it to the end of the next day.
Sacrificial Lion: Billy the Kid is brutally tortured and killed right in front of his crew by Vilain.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Yin Yang drops out early in the film to deliver a Chinese national, though, in his words, there's a fifty-fifty chance he might make the separation from the team permanent.
Barney: That thing belongs in a museum! Trench: We all do.
Sinister Shades: In part 2, Vilain spends pretty much the entire movie wearing sunglasses, even when underground in a mine. He only takes them off when he's preparing to face Ross in a hand to hand combat fight to the death.
Worthy Opponent: Jean Vilain considers Barney one of these. Unlike many examples of this trope, however, that doesn't mean he is nice to Barney, and he kills Billy just to remind Barney that "respect must be earned."
Blood Knight: Galgo. He's desperate to get back in the mercenary game, because killing is all he knows — He's more than willing to take a "one way trip" because that's better than no way, which is where he's going now.
Black Dude Dies First: Downplayed with Caesar. He doesn't die, but sits out all but the last few minutes of the film.
Doctor Death is stated to be a former medic when he's introduced. Later his skills stabilize Caeser and save his life when he's wounded.
When he's introduced, Smilee leaves his meeting with Ross and Bonaparte on a motorcycle, showing he does have training. During the final battle sequence, he not only uses a motorcycle taken from a goon to destroy a tank, but then uses it to save Ross' life by riding up the side of a crashed plane and ambushing the goons trying to kill him.
Conspicuous CGI: All over the damn place. In one of the most egregious examples, there's a notable "halo" around Barney and Bonaparte as they complete the simple task of driving a car.
Gatling Good: Caesar uses some kind of microgun in the job that Doc was sprung for. He's pretty excited about it, but it expends its ammo after ten seconds of sustained fire.
Fight Clubbing: Both Bonaparte and Smilee are introduced during two separate illegal fighting matches. One as a spectator and the other as a participant.
I Have Your Wife: Well, not his wife, but Stonebanks captures Ross' younger team and sends him a video ultimatum to draw him out. The language used was a little confusing in the trailer — "I have your kids." conjures up a different image than what actually happens in the movie.
Long Runner Lineup: Averted. Doc, one of the original Expendables, asks about the team he served with eight years ago. Ross tells him they're "gone". Doc's subsequent speech about the dog tags really drives home that The Expendables is a Meaningful Name.
Ms. Fanservice: Luna wears a low-cut, short, red dress and high heels in her introduction and then proceeds to fight in them. You'd think a bouncer who flips around and kicks people would wear something that wouldn't turn into a Panty Shot the first time she does that. Later on during the missions, she wears a Spy Catsuit that shows plenty of cleavage while the rest of the team is wearing sensible tactical armor.
Oh, Crap: Barney and Doc when they realize their target is Stonebanks.
Old Hero, New Pals: Barney assembles a new and younger group of Expendables in order to spare his old comrades a bloody fate. However, when those comrades insist on rejoining Barney to rescue those youngsters, they all find that once they get their personal frictions out of the way that they are a very effective team with the veterans' experience and the rookies' new skills finds them capable of holding off an army.
Put on a Bus / Bus Crash: The dialogue is ambiguous. Church was either killed off-screen, or just reassigned somewhere else where The Expendables don't have to deal with him anymore.
Race Against the Clock: During the final battle the team is racing against time to escape before the charge on Gunnar's wrist computer (which is jamming the signal from the explosives planted in the abandoned hotel) runs out.
Reality Ensues: Two really peculiar examples give the overall tone of the film:
Hale Caesar has a huge gun at the beginning which he is very excited about. Gunner tells him he'll "...shoot it for about ten seconds and blow (your) wad." This ends up being exactly what happens, and exactly what would happen with an M134 in real life with the small ammo drum he had on it. In a franchise known for Bottomless Magazines, it's very noticeable.
Actually, throughout the series the main characters are shown reloading their weapons, or drawing/acquiring secondary weapons when their primary weapon runs out many times, Bottomless Magazines don't show up nearly as often as you'd think for this sort of film.
When he's briefly detained, Stonebanks tells about how he and Barney came to be enemies. He mentions taking three rounds in the chest, adding, "Thank God for body armor. But it still hurt like hell." As just about anyone who's been shot while wearing a Bulletproof Vest can tell you, it still hurts a lot. In fact the blunt force trauma will break ribs, bruise organs and could kill you anyway. It gets subverted later when Stonebanks shoots Ross with a .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum, a gun called the "vest buster" and Ross is not only not killed, he's well enough to start the Final Battle thanks to his armor.
Ruritania: Azmeristan, the country whose government is in Stonebanks’ pocket.
Spy Catsuit: Luna wears one that shows cleavage aplenty when the rest of the team is wearing tac gear and body armor. By way of contrast her Action Girl predecessor in 2 (Maggie) dressed as sensibly as the rest of the team.