Common subtropes and related tropes:
- Back-to-Back Badasses
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- Badass Longcoat
- Bash Brothers
- Blood Brothers
- Bloodless Carnage: Often averted — this genre is called "Blood Opera" for a reason!
- Bloodstained Glass Windows
- Blown Across the Room
- Bottomless Magazines
- Christian themes and imagery. And don't think it's just for show because of the Asian origins of the genre. John Woo is an actual practicing Lutheran.
- Cool Shades
- Cowboy Cop
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster
- Disturbed Doves
- Faceless Goons / Mooks
- Gun Fu
- Gun Kata
- Guns Akimbo
- The Gunslinger: Type C
- Hitman with a Heart
- Honor Before Reason
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy
- Leap and Fire
- Manly Tears
- Man in White
- Mexican Stand Off
- Red Oni, Blue Oni
- Smoking Is Cool
- Sympathy for the Devil
- The Syndicate
- The Triads and the Tongs
- Throw-Away Guns
- Unnecessary Combat Roll
- White Shirt of Death
- Yakuza and related tropes
Examples of this trope:
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Anime and Manga
- Hellsing, while not explicitly falling into this category, draws strongly from it, with cool gunfighting and heavy moral ambiguity.
- Black Lagoon may seem to be this genre at first, but on closer observation, it plays the cynical subtropes straight while mercilessly demolishing the idealistic ones. Unlike true Heroic Bloodshed, the series holds absolutely no faith in honor, hope or fundamental human decency.
- Downplayed in the English dub, where The Western aesthetics are played up instead.
- Noir and Madlax are Bee Train studio's loving, if distinctly feminine, tribute to a once distinctly masculine genre.
- Cowboy Bebop, specifically storylines involving Spike, Vicious and the Red Dragon.
- Although short on gunplay, the extreme balletic violence and perversely honourable moral element of the blood opera was part and parcel of Crying Freeman — for the superpowered leader of a vastly powerful criminal conspiracy, Freeman Yoh spends a lot more time battling criminals and indirectly aiding the downtrodden than actually committing the kind of deeds which keep a crime syndicate afloat — it's like a mafia film which is all 'doing favours' and no 'collecting on debts'.
- Gungrave, particularly the part that takes place in the past, is a quintessential Heroic Bloodshed anime (the present-day part is similar story-wise, but its style changes to account for various hypertech wonders).
- A Better Tomorrow - directed by John Woo. Stars Ti Lung, Leslie Cheung and Chow Yun-Fat in his breakout role.
- A Better Tomorrow 2 - directed by John Woo. Stars Ti Lung, Leslie Cheung, Chow Yun-Fat and Dean Shek.
- A Better Tomorrow 3: Love and Death in Saigon - directed by Tsui Hark. Stars Chow Yun-Fat, Anita Mui and Tony Leung Ka-Fai.
- The Raid and its continuation, Berandal - directed by Gareth Evans. In recent years, probably the best-known films of this genre, at least for Western audiences.
- Heroes Shed No Tears - the first gunplay movie directed by John Woo, released after A Better Tomorrow.
- Hero of Tomorrow - directed by Poon Man Kit starring Max Mok.
- Dragon Family - directed by Lau Kar Leung and starring Alan Tam, O Chun Hung and Max Mok.
- Legacy of Rage - directed by Ronny Yu, noted for being Brandon Lee's first movie.
- City on Fire - directed by Ringo Lam, starring Chow Yun-Fat and Danny Lee, noted for inspiring Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.
- Killer's Romance - directed by Phillip Ko Fei and starring Simon Yam. Based on Crying Freeman.
- Rich and Famous - directed by Taylor Wong and starring Chow Yun-Fat and Andy Lau.
- Tragic Hero - directed by Taylor Wong and starring Chow Yun-Fat, Andy Lau and Alan Tam. Was intended as a sequel to Rich and Famous, but ended up getting released first.
- Just Heroes - directed by John Woo, with none of Woo's previous stars, though Danny Lee, who plays in this one, would go on to appear in...
- The Killer - directed by John Woo, and starring Chow Yun-Fat and Danny Lee.
- Bullet in the Head - directed by John Woo, and featuring Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Jacky Cheung, and Simon Yam.
- Once a Thief - directed by John Woo, starring Chow Yun-Fat, Leslie Cheung and Cheri Chung.
- Hard Boiled - directed by John Woo, featuring Chow Yun-Fat and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai.
- Full Contact - directed by Ringo Lam, starring Chow Yun-Fat, Simon Yam and Anthony Wong.
- Exiled - directed by Johnnie To, starring Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, Roy Cheung, Lam Suet and Simon Yam.
- The Infernal Affairs Trilogy - directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, starring Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Andy Lau. One of the more cynical series.
- Hard Target - John Woo's first American movie, starring the "Muscles from Brussels," Jean Claude Van Damme.
- Broken Arrow - directed by John Woo, starring John Travolta and Christian Slater.
- The Crow - This movie has many elements of Heroic Bloodshed, particularly in the boardroom and church shootouts. Brandon Lee's final movie.
- Face/Off - John Woo's best American flick, starring John Travolta and Nicholas Cage as both hero and villain.
- Mission: Impossible II - directed by John Woo, starring Tom Cruise.
- The Matrix - The Wachowskis pay homage to the genre in a big way, particularly in the first movie.
- The Mummy Trilogy - Stephen Sommers just loves to pay homage to this genre, in particular the ranged combat style of the O'Connell family's men.
- The Replacement Killers - directed by Antoine Fuqua and produced by John Woo. Stars Chow Yun-Fat and Mira Sorvino.
- Equilibrium - Kurt Wimmer pays homage to the genre by means of inventing a new gunplay-based martial art.
- Return to a Better Tomorrow - Wong Jing's attempt to revive the franchise created by John Woo. Wong Jing being Wong Jing, however, he's not too successful.
- Heroic Trio follows this genre to the letter with the possible exception of gunplay. Only one of the girls uses guns.
- American Yakuza, directed by Frank Cappello and starring Viggo Mortenson, Ryo Ishibashi and Michael Nouri.
- Drug War by Johnnie To zig-zags this trope. The influence is obvious: At first glance it features many of the usual themes around loyalty, betrayal, family honour and Due to the Dead. However, it eschews the operatic style in favour of a far more gritty and realistic approach, both in regards to the gunplay and to the story in general. Prior to the last third of the movie, there are very few action scenes at all, and many of the main character's actions are motivated primarily by self-preservation rather than any higher ideals.
- Max Payne
- The Opera mod for Half-Life 2.
- The Yakuza series, like Crying Freeman, uses many of the same story-related tropes as a lot of Heroic Bloodshed films, only it's more of a brawler than a shooter.
- True Crime: Streets of L.A.
- Dead to Rights
- Heroic Bloodshed is one of two main sources of inspiration for Wet (the other is Tarantino movies).
- Sleeping Dogs