''Battle Clash'', known in Japan as ''Space Bazooka'', is a [[HumongousMecha Mecha-themed]] LightGunGame released for the SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem in 1992 which supported the Super Scope, a LightGun peripheral for the SNES. It was developed by Intelligent Systems of ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' and ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars]]'' fame. The player assumes the role of the gunner of a mecha ([[AMechByAnyOtherName "Standing Tank", the game's preferred terminology]]) known as the "Falcon", as he helps the pilot, Michael Anderson, defeat the other Standing Tanks around the world in a tournament called the "Battle Game". Eventually, the player and Mike's journey take to the Moon, where they face the tournament's champion, the alien Anubis, [[YouKilledMyFather the murderer of Mike's father]].

The sequel ''[[RevengeOfTheSequel Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge]]'', released in 1993, took a SequelEscalation approach to the original game's premise. The "Battle Game" tournament in the previous game is revealed to be a front for an incoming alien invasion, which now took Mike and the player to other planets around the solar system to defeat the invaders. The sequel further refined the gameplay by adding a training stage to the beginning and a second playable Standing Tank in the form of the "Tornado", piloted by a mysterious young girl named Carol Eugene.

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!!These games use the following tropes:
* AMechByAnyOtherName: The Battle Games originally ''were'' fought using outdated tanks, but as time went on humanoid vehicles were built from the ground up for them. Most are still roughly tank sized (Falcon is 8.25 meters tall, for example), so the name "standing tank" stuck,(the Tornado and upgraded Falcon really push it though, standing at 11.95 and 12.88 meters, respectively).
* AchillesHeel: Certain [=STs=] have weak points that, when hit by a charged shot, will deal lots of damage (or, in ''Metal Combat'', destroy them completely). They don't [[AttackItsWeakPoint glow]] unless you hit them with a high-powered charge shot. In some cases (such as with ST Arachnus), you want to ''avoid'' hitting the enemy's weak spot, as it [[TurnsRed only makes them more powerful]].
* ActuallyADoomBot: [[spoiler: Every Anubis encounter is this until the last one in "Metal Combat".]]
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: Any battle against any of Anubis' incarnations. He calls them "nether worlds".
* AmbiguousGender: Typhon. Even Carol is surprised to hear that he's the ''"true king"''.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: Lose enough and Mike will give you advice on how to handle the standing tank that's been beating you.
* AntiVillain: Tasha adopted the people of The Andes as her own and became a chief of Anubis to ensure their protection.
* AppealToForce: Ikhnaton claims ownership of all oilfields of the Middle East, as well as the titles "Pharaoh of Africa" and "Caliph of the Ottoman Empire", using violence against anyone who disagrees with him.
* ArmCannon: First Thanatos has two cannons built into its arms. Cobra has an arm that is a cannon.
* AttackDrone: Schneider has three that will quickly tear apart your standing tank. Thanatos 2 has 2. Giga-Desp has six.
* BadassMustache: Zephyr, until you ruin it during your fight.
* BackpackCannoN: Some of Artemis's shots come at you from behind. Wong shoots missiles out of its back and Cobra leans forward to shoot its missiles at you.
* BerserkButton: When Mike mentions to Carlos that the ST Falcon has a separate person for the gunner. An even bigger one if you fight him with Carol's Tornado in the sequel and he sees the design is more common than he thought.
* BewareMyStingerTail: Siamang has weaponry in its tail. If Cobra's weaponry becomes too damaged it can jettison most of it's parts and [[EmergencyWeapon shoot at you with it's tail stub]].
* BeyondTheImpossible: Eddie and the ST Valius. This guy is so fast he can jump out of the corner of one side of the screen and reappear from the other less than a second later, landing in the same exact spot. In other words, he manages to cover the entire span of the stage you're on in a single jump. The stage in question (the Tower of Babel) is a ''giant space elevator''.
* {{BFG}}
** The ST Baron and Viscount carry large cannons, as do the ST Falcon and Tornado.
** The ST Cobra is massive in itself and one of its arms is entirely an {{arm cannon}}.
* BigBad: Anubis. [[spoiler: [[TheManBehindTheMan Typhon]] in the sequel.]]
* BlackoutBasement: The core of Space Fortress Eltoria requires you to detonate lightning bombs to give you any visibility.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Valius has two retractable ones, though Eddie spends all his time shooting at you rather than getting close enough to use them.
* BlastingTime
** Garam, Thanatos 1 and Siamang do this, and yes, these "baseball pitches" are more powerful than their standard shots. Rola's standing tank Majin has it's own variation in "Metal Combat". Griffin and Virvius 1 do this with their ''legs'', allowing for a triple super for the latter shout when it also charges up its arms and spiky shoulders. Viscount will resort to it if it happens to lose both its gun and shield(though the latter is unlikely).
** Thanatos 1 can also throw missiles at you with an overhead swing.
* BoatLights: Anubis has a red eye and a blue eye[[spoiler:the first two clones/body doubles of him, anyway]].
* BoobyTrap: Chada, the chief of Oceana following Antonov, tried to use Antonov's old base but found it to be booby trapped.
* BossGame: ''Battle Clash'' is all about prolonged one on one fights.
* {{Brainwashing}}: Mike suggests Eddie was brainwashed by Anubis but Eddie only cares about the fact that he lost. [[spoiler:This is because he figures anyone who could beat him could beat Thanatos]].
* BreathWeapon: Mechanical version, as Thanatos 2 has several mouths on it
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: "Your father's enemy? I have destroyed a thousand [=STs=]. I don't remember one from the other."
* CameraLockOn: "Center" doesn't do damage but does exactly that, so it might just be worth a special weapon slot.
* CharClone: Carlos is a dead ringer, with blond hair, an AceCustom ST similar to the player's but "better" (Mike specifically notes that the Falcon and Baron are similar but for the Baron's shield), a CoolMask (albeit only in ''Battle Clash'', but then Char himself eventually lost the mask), and more detailed motivation than most ST pilots (namely, his grudge against Mike and the PlayerCharacter for his defeat in ''Battle Clash'').
* ChargedAttack
** Your standing tank uses lasers to charge up an energy bolt when you're not using any other weapons. These bolts are more powerful than your turbo shots. The upgraded Falcon of "Metal Combat" has 'treble' energy bolts, which charge for even longer and are even more powerful(about three times!). Tornado can store charges for "super turbo shots", which are basically rapid fire energy bolts, up to ten! Alternatively Tornado can unleash all ten at once as a "hyper shot".
** Falcon also has plasma bombs, which have to be charged, but are more powerful than their standard counterparts.
* CherryTapping: Basic turbo shots. These do negligible damage and don't even scratch most standing tank armor, but in ''Metal Combat'', this can actually net you the best ending.
* ChestBlaster: Valius, Thanatos 1, Siamang, Wong, Griffin and Cobra use these. Viscount will resort to three if Carlos loses both it's bazooka and shield.
* CloningBlues: {{Invoked|Trope}} by Carol [[spoiler:regarding the decoy Anubis]].
* CognizantLimbs: Every mech has bits and pieces of armor that can be damaged and/or destroyed in battle. In the first game, ST Lorca's limbs will fly back onto the torso when blasted off unless you deal enough damage to destroy them.
* CombatTentacles: ST Groken, although they're used more for shooting than strangling.
* TheCollector: Carlos collects the heads of his defeated opponents' [=ST's=] as personal trophies.
* CoolMask: The Generals Eddie and Carlos wear them.
* CoolShades: Rola's human disguise uses them, as does Orusoh.
* CrapsackWorld: Earth is this for humanity in ''Battle Clash''. Anubis took advantage of this to begin preparing the world for conquest but after his defeat, human society does start t recover, making his goal in "Metal Combat" to ''return'' Earth to a crap sack world.
* CreepyLongFingers: Typhon is always drumming his
* CrewOfOne: This apparently common of standing tanks, or at least those of the generals on up, as they're the only ones to comment on yours needing more than one person to operate. Zephyr expresses surprise at the fact your "tiny" standing tank can fit more than one person inside of it.
* CyberCyclops: Lorca, Artemis, Schneider, Baron, Wong, Viscount. Also, the upgraded Falcon and Tornado have this look. Grocken's serpents are of this mold and the standing tank itself has a secondary mode of this design if all it's other weapons are destroyed.
* {{Cyborg}}: {{Subverted|Trope}} with Carlos in "Metal Combat", as he sports a metal eye suggesting he suffered damage from a previous fight, possibly the last game's, but when you beat him again it gets knocked out to reveal his regular eye is still intact. Played straight with Anubis, who is "revived" as a cyborg [[spoiler:though this is just a clone and the original Anubis was ''always'' a cyborg.]]
* DanceBattler: Lorca the cartwheeling tank
* DeadlyUpgrade
** The V-System. It boosts Falcon's attack power, deflects all enemy bullets, and keeps the opponent centered, but continually drains ST Falcon's energy until it reaches critical.
** The Neutron Beam is this as well, as it deals massive amounts of damage if it hits, but using it also puts ST Falcon in critical. Interestingly, rival ST Viscount ''also'' gets a form of the Neutron Beam... complete with heavy damage and putting his ST in critical!
* DefeatMeansFriendship
** See HeelFaceTurn for the first game, in the second game you have Dayan (pilot of the ST Wong) who halts your advance because he believes you to be yet another challenger who's trying to contest the control of the Mongolia/Asia area. He then acknowledges that you aren't after the fight and encourages you to reach your goal.
** Subverted with Carlos in the ST Viscount. He may tell you where Anubis is after defeating him, but it's not because his intentions are friendly at all. He's quite angry that he's lost to you ''twice'' now, and may just want to assist you so you don't die... before he has a chance to challenge you again, as he seems to consider you both a rival and an abomination to ST pilots. See Berserk Button.
--> '''Carlos (ST Viscount)''': Go on now to Mars! Anubis and ST Thanatos have escaped to there. Make sure to return alive! I demand a rematch, and I will beat you!
* DeflectorShields: The v-system uses one that effectively makes Falcon invincible while it is operating. It's also possible to get Falcon a shield independent of the v-system that doesn't grant you it's offensive increases but also doesn't put the standing tank in critical condition.
* DemotedToDragon: Anubis in ''Metal Combat''
* DestructibleProjectiles: The main purpose of your standard fire is ''not'' to damage the enemy standing tank but to protect your own until you can find an opening to hit it with something stronger. This is complicated in that some enemy attacks can only be stopped with that something stronger, all which is low rate of fire, limited in ammunition or a drain on your own standing tank's energy levels.
* DopplegangerAttack: ST Thanatos and the ST Valius. Valius is said to be so fast Eddie warps and fires from three different locations at once, but in truth the standing tank is really only in one place even if the shots are coming from [[BeyondTheImpossible seemingly impossible simultaneous angles]]. Find its shadow and shoot there.
* TheDragon: Carlos and Eddie are CoDragons as generals for Anubis in the first game, and Anubis [[spoiler:(second form) to Typhon]] in the second.
* DynamicEntry: Danpe introduces himself by destroying an asteroid with Arachnus...he actually misses with his first shot.
* EightiesHair
** Mike's standing hair, headband, and tiny shirt revealing his well defined chest makes him look like a man out of an eighties workout video. This isn't noticeable at first because you usually only see his profile in Falcon's cockpit.
** Rola sports some big hair in and out of disguise.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: You receive the V-System before taking on Anubis and his Generals in ''Battle Clash'', and is intended to be a last resort used at your discretion. In ''Metal Combat'' it is more of a SecondHourSuperpower as Falcon only needs it because the fighting after the battle game require it to go into space and Tornado doesn't need, or get it at all.
* EmergencyEnergyTank: You can get this in the second game as a usable item. Most likely with Tornado, who is [[GlassCannon more likely to need it.]]
* EnergyAbsorption: ST Cobra's shield absorbs blaster shots. You can nullify this by shooting at it and then quickly dropping a bomb, or you can just ignore all that and just fire the Disruptor Bomb as soon as he tries that, instantly destroying his shield.
* EvilGenius
** Alfred from ''Battle Clash'' does not make an appearance in ''Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge'', Chada's standing tank Siamang, Dayan's standing tank Wong and Orusoh's standing tank Griffin are the result of Alfred's continued research.
** Zephyr is this among the Eltorians, designing most of their standing tanks and consulting Carlos on how to build a standing tank superior to Falcon after Baron was destroyed in battle against it.
* EvilIsVisceral: The design of the ST Valius, the internals of the ST Baron, and pretty much everything about the ST Thanatos all invoke this trope.
* EvilLaugh: Anubis's "Hee, hee heee!!" Although the sound effect is a much deeper "ho ho ha ha ha" laugh.
* EyeBeams: A visual representation of them from Thanatos two's drones, which have eye spots on them. Also, the second training bot of "Metal Combat" shoots from the eyes.
* EyePatchOfPower: Arachnus pilot Danpe sports an eye patch and does brag about his 'power'.
* FacialMarkings: Lorca and Tasha appear to have war paint. These Battle Games are apparently serious business. Dayan also has war paint but he actually believes he's going to war.
* FakeWeakness: In ''Metal Combat'', shooting ST Arachnus' exposed abdomen will destroy it and take off a significant chunk of its health, but it will also cause Arachnus to go berserk and bombard you with a nigh-unstoppable barrage of bullets.
* TheFightingNarcissist: Lorca, whose face gets bumped during the battle, also Typhon: "This way my beauty and youth would last forever."
* FlunkyBoss: Groken will release {{segmented serpent}}s if you damage its tentacles. Giga-Desp does something similar with segmented serpents made out of skulls when [[LastVillainStand it's on its last leg.]]
* ForcedTutorial: Before you can start out in ''Metal Combat'', you have to go through a training course with Rola. It's only slightly justified in that the ST Falcon's combat capabilities have improved between games.
* FragileSpeedster: Siamang rarely reaches it's top speed and tends to let you center it when it attacks, making it vulnerable to bombs(too bad [[EarlyBirdBoss Falcon's likely to only have one when you fight it]]), but it can change direction quickly to get out of your sight, "jump" over your energy bolts and attack several times in rapid succession. And it's narrow body makes it relatively hard to hit(except, of course, with bombs).
* FreeFallFight
** In the first game, the battle in the Andes vs Tasha and her ST Artemis.
** In the second game, Orusoh goads Mike or Carol into fighting ST Griffin in a dive from the upper atmosphere. [[spoiler: Orusoh is trying to get them killed in case he loses, forcing Rola to tow Mike out, though Carol's Tornado is already equipped for interplanetary travel so it doesn't work on her.]]
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Despite having the enemy ST clearly exploding piece by piece (including the torso and 'core' of the ST), all your opponents seem to somehow survive, as the ensuing conversations display them sitting in their cockpits... though, with comically damaged portraits instead, featuring bandages, bumps, and bruises.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Typhon and his ST, Giga-Desp.
* GiantSpider: ST Arachnus in the second game.
* GlassCannon: The ST Tornado takes more damage, but has ''ridiculous'' offensive power.
* GladiatorGames: Battle Games are BreadAndCircuses meant to distract the disgruntled public until the ruins of civilization are repaired. Rather than death, the draw is that the losers of the game have to serve the winners, which is how Anubis builds up his power in the first game. It is said Anubis almost had to kill Dayan, who initially refused to serve Anubis and had to be thoroughly thrashed. It's also said though, that Mike aimed to do away with this stipulation after defeating Anubis, so if he succeeded, it makes since Dayan wouldn't readily serve him three years later.
* {{Gonk}}: Mike's the only especially pretty person ''Battle Clash'' has but Scarab pilot Ikhnaton is the only especially ugly one, in ways no one else is. In "Metal Combat", Siamang pilot Chada is the gonk, having a bone structure that looks more like a monkey's than a human's.
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe
** [[spoiler:The player's coach in the second game, Rola, is revealed to be an alien who wants to protect the Earth from an incoming invasion. Her actual skin is more of a teal.]]
** [[spoiler: In a way, Carol could also be this for the player's side. She's Rola's sister, after all, and Eltorians can apparently pass for human, since the first time you see Rola is with a human tone. Carol could be hiding it herself.]]
* HeartSymbol: Pamela has a blue one on her cheek.
* HeelFaceTurn
** In the first game, Tasha, Eddie and Antonov, pilots of the [=STs=] Artemis, Valius and Ivan, help you out in the final battle against Anubis and his ST Thanatos.
** [[spoiler: Could possibly also include the second protagonist, Carol Eugene, and her sister Rola. (See Green Skinned Space Babe above.) Playing the Battle Game with her as the pilot reveals that she is also Eltorian, and apparently many of the enemy pilots are familiar with her. She betrayed them to also save Earth.]]
* HelloInsertNameHere: In "Metal Combat" you have the option of naming Mike and Carol's gunners, who will otherwise be referred to as "partner".
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: The only one to wear a helmet in ''Battle Clash'' is Antonov, [[SubvertedTrope although he does prove to be fairly heroic.]]
* HighClassGlass: Schneider pilot Alfred has a monocle, which combined with his turtle neck, blond hair and bad teeth make him look like a British stereotype, even though you fight him in Kyoto.
* HighSpeedBattle: Most fights in the first game have some element of this, with your standing tank hitting at least 100 KPH at least once, meaning Ivan is the one who stands out for being pretty slow paced. It is on a boat, so not much place to speed to. The standing tanks of "Metal Combat" don't boast the same top speeds, excepting Siamang, which you might just beat before it gets there, until you get to Viscount(which, incidentally is an improved version of a ''Battle Clash'' ST). Then the speed picks back up.
* HomingProjectile: Enemy rocket punches and missiles are this, rarely outright missing you. It's also possible to eventually get Falcon a "homing laser" which guides four bolts to the enemy, though if you miss the chance to mark to the target the bolts will not home in and likely miss too.
* HuskyRusskie: The man ruling the Oceana Region, Antonov, is a Russian construction worker
* HumongousMecha: Standing tanks Ivan, Cobra and Groken a large enough to qualify for this trope. Ivan is a little over [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever fifty feet tall]], Cobra is one hundred and fifty feet tall and Groken is "only" 110 feet tall but is 155 feet wide!
* IRejectYourReality: Chada on the idea Mike defeated Guido.
* JustAKid: Guido's opinion of Mike, Griffin pilot Orusoh seems to have this opinion of both Mike and Carol.
* LegCannon: Lorca has cannons built into its knees. Ivan has four leg cannons!
* LightningBruiser
** Standing tank Scarab's armor is impervious to your attacks and the machine is still just as fast as those fought before it, and immediately after it, for that matter.
** Standing tank Falcon has a top speed of 155 kilometers per hour, which is ''very'' fast when you consider it is the size of a tank. The upgraded Falcon starts with a top speed of 195 km/h and eventually gets upgraded again to fly to be able to visit other planets int the solar system!
** Eddie and the ST Valius. To start things off, he's the 3rd-to-last enemy in the game, which qualifies his skill. His power comes from the sheer variety of attacks he has, from firing volleys of missiles to blasting away with his twin shoulder mounted laser cannons. See BeyondTheImpossible for an example of his speed, but also know that he is also able to create illusory doubles and even causes the [[InterfaceScrew screen to bob back and forth from trying to catch up with him.]] He can also easily take hits, as you'll still need to fire several energy bolts at him ''even if you blow off the entire lower half of his mech.''
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The ST Baron and Viscount both have a shield that protects them from your attacks, the latter also has guns in it, although less powerful ones than its main weapon. The ST Cobra's shield actually ''absorbs'' your attacks to power up its insanely huge arm cannon.
* MamaBear: Pamela in ''Metal Combat'', in regards to her husband Zephyr. When you defeat him, she gets ''very'' angry.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:True Anubis is behind the first Anubis, and Typhon is behind True Anubis.]]
* MarketBasedTitle: ''Battle Clash'' is known as ''Space Bazooka'' in Japan.
* MightyGlacier: Antonov and his ST Ivan. Its armor is even more resilient than Scarab's and it's got the most impressive arsenal outside of Thanatos, but it hardly moves.
* MountainMan: Guido is a big hairy man said to live in the Rocky Mountains, that said, the fight with him takes place in the ruins of New York City. This starts a trend, as most of Anubis's chiefs are not from the area they are assigned to.
* MultipleEndings: "Metal Combat" has at least three endings [[spoiler: and at least two are bad. One ends with Rola dying, another with Mike dying and the 'good' ending of course with both surviving.]]
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: [[spoiler: Rola and Carol to the Eltorian invaders]]
* NewNeoCity: New York is re-christened Neo New York in ''Metal Combat'', even though the city is still pretty much the same as it was in the previous game - completely ruined.
* NonIndicativeName: Standing tanks are roughly tank sized, to be fair, but most of them float above the ground instead of standing. And the one that does stand is much bigger than a tank. Then come the second game, Rola's training ST doesn't even have legs, nor does Wong, and these new machines, including yours, are all noticeably larger than tanks.
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: Why is the sequel called ''Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge'' instead of ''Metal Combat: Battle Clash 2'' or ''Battle Clash 2: Falcon's Revenge''? Could have been playing off of the name [[Videogame/MortalKombat Mortal Kombat]], which was rather popular at the time.
* OhCrap: Whenever your ST has sustained enough damage, you get a beeping alarm and the word '''CRITICAL''' appears in the lower right corner of the screen, in red no less.
* OneHitKill
** If you fail to find a way to defeat Giga-Desp's first form when the music changes and it powers up its ultimate attack, you will lose, regardless of how much energy your ST has left. To clue you in to this, once Giga-Desp starts charging its attack, the music takes a turn for the dramatic and the background [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jtSPXPbv9w looks like it's having a seizure (6:14)]]. OhCrap indeed.
** You ''can'' activate your V-System, which ''will'' block the attack! Unfortunately, this completely disables your V-System right afterward, at least leaving you with your energy and a second chance to destroy Giga-Desp.
** This works in your favor, as well: under the right conditions, a fully-charged shot from the ST Tornado can bring down some early enemies in one hit.
* OneSteveLimit: Lorca pilots the standing thank of the same name.
* OneWingedAngel: Thanatos in the first game, and Virvius and Giga-Desp in the second.
* PaletteSwap: The training bots, first as mushrooms with eyes(Kinoko TD), then as oddly cute angler fish(Ankoh TD).
* PlayerVersusPlayer: ''Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge'' adds a "Combat Mode", where player one, controlling Falcon or Tornado, can fight player 2 controlling an enemy standing tank defeated in "Battle Mode".
* PrimalChestPound: Garam 2 introduces itself this way.
* PuzzleBoss
** Everyone can usually be taken down with enough shots to vulnerable areas, but if you know the correct areas to shoot at (and in what order), you can take down a good portion of bosses in an ''extremely'' short amount of time.
** Some bosses actually fit the strict description of the trope, such as the ST Groken.
* RankInflation: ''Metal Combat'' gives out military ranks based on how fast you complete the game.
* [[RedEyesTakeWarning Red Eye Take Warning]]: Take a wild guess at what color Carlos' MagicalEye is. Bonus points for it actually being ''inflicted'' by the player in the first game and revealed in the second.
* ReentryScare: The upgraded Falcon isn't upgraded enough to land on a planet like Earth for this reason, [[spoiler:not until it gets its own V-System]].
* RocketPunch: Garam and Thanatos use them. Thanatos will even use a Rocket Kick by launching his ST's legs at you.
* ShootTheHostage: In ''Metal Combat''[='s=] FinalBoss battle, Typhon has captured Rola and uses her to guard his newly-upgraded mech's weak spot. She begs you to shoot her to help bring him down, but you can avoid doing so to get a better ending. [[spoiler: PROTIP: Use TURBO Shots.]]
* ShoulderCannon: Artemis, Thanatos 1 and Siamang have guns built into their shoulders. Valius has two mounted on its shoulders.
* ShoutOut
** The theme that plays after completing a practice level is the same music as the level-up theme from ''VideoGame/FireEmblem''. After all, the composer of both games was Yuka Tsujiyoko, the woman behind the music composition of most of the ''Fire Emblem'' games.
** The name and effects of the V-System are similliar to V-MAX in ''Anime/BlueCometSPTLayzner''.
** Mike pilots a [[Videogame/FZero Falcon, which is blue]].
* SickeningSweethearts: Carol's opinion of Zephyr and Pamela. They do call each other "Papa and Mama".
* SmartBomb: Green Bombs that you detonate in front of the enemy. You can sometimes use them to save you from enemy missiles. "Metal Combat" has the more powerful plasma bombs.
* SmugSnake: Danpe is way too cocky for his own good, thinking you have no chance because he destroyed an asteroid and his mouth is even sort of snake like with his prominent fangs and his forked tongue.
* SpiderTank: The ST Ivan, which is so massive that it takes up the entire screen.
* StoneWall: The only standing tank slower than Groken is Ivan, but Groken's armor is even more impressive. It isn't as likely to cause you as much damage in as short a time as Ivan either, so you've got a little time to figure out how to chip away at it's defenses.
* StudentAndMasterTeam: You become this if you choose Tornado in "Metal Combat", as Carol has to instruct you herself on account of Rola being late. Carol also knows more about the plot than Mike, so she has more to tell you while Mike figures more things out at the same pace you do.
* StunGuns: Disruptor bombs stop enemy standing thanks from moving.
* TakingYouWithMe: In the rematch with Thanatos 1 Anubis declares this, rather than bring out Thanatos 2.[[spoiler:Rola tows Falcon away before whatever can happen.]]
* TechnicolorDeath
** ''Battle Clash'' has a series of strangely muffled explosions engulf every remaining limb and piece of an enemy ST upon defeat, leaving nothing behind. ''Metal Combat'' rewards every K.O. with an utterly satisfying series of explosions (and a much more appropriate sound effect) that causes pieces of the enemy ST to drop off from damage, leaving the remaining torso/core to bounce and stumble along the ground if it was moving when defeated, followed by a final, larger explosion! ...Except sometimes you only see a portion of the flashier blast, because the game uses a First Person view and the enemy ST's torso just exploded from stumbling as you were still moving along.
** Pretty much every enemy ST explodes this way, even in stages with midair/underwater combat. The Final boss ramps up the pretty, pretty explosions by including ''several'' of them in succession with bright flashes.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Zephyr and his wife Pamela.
* ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks: Performed by the Carlos when piloting the Baron and Viscount after you destroy their energy bazookas.
* TopHeavyGuy: Garam is built this way.
* TurnsRed: Inverted. Whenever a part of the enemy ST flashes orange it means that's either the critical weakpoint or that its armor is weakening and becoming a new weakpoint.
* UnderwaterBossBattle: Groken is fought in a sea inside Uranus.
* TheUnfought: No one has ever seen Rola's standing tank Spika in battle.
* VictoryFakeout
** ''Metal Combat'' had a rather dastardly one after the player fights [[spoiler: Virvius, the true individual that ''Battle Clash'' has its antagonist copied from]]. This Anubis fight included everything the first game did in having a support character swoop by to restore your Energy gauge before the second battle against Virvius, now in OneWingedAngel form. After defeating Virvius-2, the player is even treated to the villain's last words, and a short celebration from the aforementioned support character, [[spoiler: moments before she's whisked away by TheManBehindTheMan.]]
** It was more unexpected to players that beat the previous game, as defeating Thanatos in that one only led straight to the Ranking and Credits- no conversation or even a last word from the villain. In comparison, the scene after Virvius's defeat seems like a step up... [[spoiler: right until tentacles subtly pop up on the bottom of the screen and Rola screams.]]
* VillainsWantMercy: Chada is out to avenge his brother Guido but if Mike beats him he'll try to make Mike accept him as a brother, suggesting Guido once defeated Chada too.
* VillainousWidowsPeak: Eddie, although he's not villainous on purpose.
* WakeUpCallBoss: In the first game Ivan has MoreDakka than anything else besides Thanatos 2 and will cut you down more quickly than any previous boss if you're relaxed about defending Falcon. And you'll really need the importance of defending your standing tank made clear if you're to get past the very next boss, Valius, even though it otherwise is a completely different fight. In the second game hitting enemy weak points isn't quite as hard or important until you get to Griffin, a TimedMission where your shots can be deflected by his wings. You'll appreciate this lesson in more precises targeting since Viscount and it's shield follow immediately afterwards.
* WarmUpBoss: Guido, pilot of Garam and Garam Mk II, is your first opponent in both games.
* WarpDrive: How Space Fortress Eltoria gets around.
* WanderingMinstrel: Lorca is known as a "bard" because his standing tank of the same name plays music. Although in battle this is just a distraction, usually from its "sonic spin" attack, so Lorca should be shot as soon as its "hymn" is heard.
* WaveMotionGun: The Neutron Beam.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Anubis made this offer to many of the chiefs.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Anubis, to some degree. In his final moments, he states that he utterly failed his goal, and his death will not be in peace. [[spoiler: Specifically, it turns out that the Eltorians lost their home planet through their own fault, and are wandering around. Anubis found Earth during that search for a new world, and he was following up on that.]]
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: The advantage of the upgraded Falcon over Tornado, besides being able to take more damage, is that Falcon continues to upgrade, gaining all sorts of new weapon and defensive systems as the game progresses. Tornado gets the lightning bomb and energy tank, but besides them, it's limited to just its gun and standard bombs. Tornado's gun can do more damage than Falcon's and Tornado can carry quite a few bombs(though the upgraded Falcon has roughly the same capacity and is less likely to need them).
* WhoNeedsTheirWholeBody: Rola's standing tank Majin will continue to crawl along the ground with one arm if you blow apart its torso. And if you don't finish her off she will start shooting at you. She takes training pretty seriously. This is a subtle warning that enemy tanks in ''Metal Combat'' will ''not'' give up the fight until their life bar is empty.
* YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive
--> '''Alfred (ST Schneider)''': My calculations say the chances of you winning are...0%.
* YouKilledMyFather: Thanatos murdered Mike's father, combined with a little ButForMeItWasTuesday.