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Those Wacky Nazis: Played straight, subverted, and zig-zagged. Sometimes they are the hams of film, other times they are as coldly and hatefully evil as they were perceived in Real Life. Sometimes, they are just soldiers trying to get through a completely mad war. Depends on the character, and on which theatre they're on.
Our Angels Are Different: Samyaza rocks it Old Testament style. As do all of the other angels. Phanuel, for example, has six wings, metallic blue skin, has permanently closed eyes, no lower body, and a wheel covered in eyes where his waist would be. It gets weirder from there.
The Ophanim are even weirder. They are completely made up of wheels covered in eyes, can shoot flaming swords out of said eyes, and serves as a Clown Car for the smaller Virtues (which are androgynous crystalline Winged Humanoids).
The Blackwatch were, apparently, Fade's brothers, so he fits here.
Badass Normal: used (at first) by the Blackwatch, subverted by the Royal Marine squad under the command of Sergeant Lewis Rotham (who currently seem to be horribly outclassed by the gods waging war around them). They are, however, slowly recovering.
Bar Brawl: Having Heracles and Hercules drunk and bored is a bad idea (even though the WDM started it).
Bash Brothers: Hercules and Heracles appear to be shaping up to be this...
Colossus Climb: Heracles subverts this by climbing up the Throne of Vulcan, with a little assistance... By which I mean strapping himself into a missile and firing himself up there.
Eye Scream: Cyclopes get shot or stabbed in the eyes a lot.
Full-Frontal Assault: Fade has all his clothes burned away during a fight with Octavian, and spend the rest of the fight like this.
Handicapped Badass: Octavian loses an arm to the Wendigo, and due to the nature of the wound, won't be able to regrow it with nanites for a long time.
Animal Mecha: The Sea Titan Genbu is a titanic sea turtle mecha.
Badass Santa: The Australians brought in Father Christmas to aid in the invasion of the Phillipines.
Baleful Polymorph: The Bunyip turns a large number of Japanese soldiers into black swans.
Combat Pragmatist: The Bushman has no qualms about running or using less honourable tactics against the things he fight. It's already saved his life at least once, and he's killed several of Shinshiro's personal guards and crippled a pair of warmechs using dishonourable tactics.
Establishing Character Moment: when we first see Shinshiro, he is drinking tea in his command center when two subordinates burst in, bearing important information concerning the battle. He then calmly beheads the man who interrupted his tea, explains why he did so to the second man, gives said man a chance to avoid making the same mistake, then invites him to have some tea and explain the situation.
Humans Through Alien Eyes: The Aberration sees us all as something just as horrific as we see it, and believed we were all out to torture and kill it, resulting in it's homicidal rampage.
Dem Bones: El Coronel's Mexican battalion, who are all brightly-painted Day Of The Dead-style skeletons.
Mayincatec: Appears to be averting this, as some of the players put in the research to get all of the facts straight regarding the Aztec Pantheon.
Human Sacrifice: It's the Aztecs, for crying out loud. In this particular case, someone needs to die to summon the Pantheon into their Physical God form, except for Xiuhcoatl, who comes as a bonus package for summoning Huitzilopochtli.
Shown Their Work: All of the dogfight- and aircraft-related terms used by Thunderchief, and to a lesser extent the Mudbugs.
Transforming Mecha: The Colossi Prototypes, which can transform from an aircraft into a mecha and back again.