Video Game / Bravoman
Released by Namco
in 1988 for arcades and in 1990 for Turbo-Grafx 16
is a side-scrolling Platform Game
starring a parody of Tokusatsu
as its main protagonist. Our hero was once an average salaryman until he was granted awesome powers by the alien Alpha Man from Planet Alpha, in order to combat the evil Dr. Bomb. Bravoman's main method of attack is to extend his limbs forward to kick or punch at a distance, and he can also turn into a missile-armed submarine for underwater missions. Standing in his way is the good doctor's robot armies, plus ninja princess Waya-Hime
, Heavy Metal Ninja Benjamin
and Black Bravoman
, a rival salaryman with his same powers.
The series faded into obscurity, barring cameos (and a playable appearance in Namco × Capcom
) until it was revived as a webcomic as part of Shifty Look
. Fully titled Bravoman: Super Unequalled Hero of Excellence
the comic is very silly and self referential.
Slated to get its own web series
and, after 25 years, new videogame
for smartphones and tablets.
The webcomic website Shiftylook had announced March 10 that they would be ending all of their webcomics including Bravoman. The comic ended at #300.
Tropes common across the whole series:
- Adaptational Badass: Though not to nearly the same extent as Dig Dug most of the characters that appear in Namco × Capcom. Averted in the Webcomic as it sticks to the game's comedy root albeit trading the surreal humour for self-referential humour.
- Adjective Noun Fred: The Arcade's full name is Chouzetsu Rinjin Berabouman aka "Super-Unequaled Man Bravoman"note
- Anime Hair: Dr Bomb sports a ridiculous Nuclear Mushroom-esque hairdo in the games. The comics downgraded it into a less detailed cucumber-like one.
- Artificial Limbs: Dr. Bomb sports a mechanical pincer for a hand.
- Barrier Warrior: Zortan.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Inhabitants of Planet Alpha look rather...weird.
- Crossover: Bravoman's got small appearances in Marvel Land and Super Namco Wars, wheras Dr. Bomb cameos in Megami Tensei II, and Waya gets to be an alt costume for Taki.
- Already mentioned, Namco × Capcom included Bravoman (paired up with Wonder Momo) as playable; Waya-Hime, Benjamin and Pistol Daimyo as enemies and Dr. Bomb as a NPC.
- The comic and cartoon series have a short crossover with Wonder Momo as well (the latter to promote the new Wonder Momo anime series).
- A Bravoman Medley appears in Super Smash Bros. on the Pac-Land Stage as selectable music.
- Cyborg: Dr. Bomb's forces, including Benjamin.
- Dub Name Change:
- Bravoman is officially Beraboh Mannote in Japan.
- Bravoman's secret identity was changed from Hitoshi Nakamura to Arnold. In the comic he's actually not sure which is his real name.
- Dr. Bakuda to Dr. Bomb.
- Black Bravoman is known as Anti-Bravoman in the comics (Though in truth they are practically different characters)
- Pistol Daimyo to Pistol Lord in the game.
- Evil Counterpart: Black/Anti-Bravoman.
- Extendable Limbs: Bravoman's main power.
- Flight: Plenty of characters can do this, including Zortan, Pistol Daimyo (by using fans in his feet), Bravowoman, etc.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Bravoman defeats this trope by wearing a pair of goggles properly, but their purpose has never been addressed.
- Knife Nut/Dual Wielding: Waya-Hime uses a set of kodachi.
- Mad Scientist: Dr Bomb.
- Musical Assassin: Benjamin.
- Ninja: Pistol Daimyo, Waya et al.
- The Power of Rock: Not for nothing Benjamin is a Heavy Metal Ninja.
- Recursive Reality: A game inspired by the comic which was inspired by an old game is available on mobile platforms.
- Spin-Off: "Pistol Daimyo no Bouken", starring Pistol Daimyo. As expected, eventually referenced/parodied in the comic.
- Transformation Trinket: Parodied, as the items required to turn our hero into Bravoman are a Metal Rod, a Tuning Fork and 100 Yen coin.
- Use Your Head: In the game, Bravoman has this as his crouching attack. He uses it once in the comic to hit Zortan.
- Widget Series
- White Mask of Doom: Benjamin sports one.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or Purple as for Dr. Bomb, Pink in Waya-hime's case.
The video games provide examples of:
- A Father to His Men: The King of Atlantis may be evil, but he claims bloody revenge over his defeated subjects.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The Sumo-based Ikazuchimaru can only be hit in his back. Dr. Bomb can only be damaged in his giant hairdo.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: One of the bosses is the King of Atlantis.
- Blood Knight: Black Bravoman.
- Boss Rush: In the final stage you get to fight two Benjamin, UGO 401 and Black Bravo before facing Dr. Bomb himself.
- Contemptible Cover: The cover of the American version suffered this fate.
- Death from Above: Pistol Daimyo's main method of attack is to rain projectiles down as he flies over Bravoman.
- The Dragon: Zortan is stated to be Bomb's right-hand.
- Dual Boss: Benjamin comes out in pairs in all boss fights following his first.
- The original Arcade game has Black Bravo and Zortan in Stage 18.
- Evil Old Folks: Dr. Bomb. He even claims he's "a nice grayhaired man" before fighting him.
- Expressive Hair: Every time he's hit, Dr. Bomb's hairdo grows and turns orange...simulating a bomb's explosion.
- First Town: Most of the early stages take place in a nice urban area.
- Fish People: The Atlanteans and their King.
- Flying Face: The Ugo 401 robot and its sea cousin.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: The projectile of choice of many enemies.
- Humongous Mecha: Some of the bosses.
- Hyper Active Metabolism: Bravoman can eat food to restore health.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Pistol Daimyo will feign defeat and beg for mercy a few times during his fight, only to spring into attack seconds afterwards.
- Knife Nut: Both Benjamin and Waya throw a dozen of knives during their boss fights.
- Losing Your Head: Dr. Bomb's final form is...his floating head.
- Mirror Boss: The fight against Black Bravoman.
- Nintendo Hard: Referenced in the animated sereis where the last line was Bravoman playing the original game and yelling about how hard it is.
- No Export for You: The original arcade game.
- Our Dragons Are Different: The Twin Squrain is a two-headed sea dragon.
- Playing with Fire: Waya-Hime uses fire attacks in her boss fight.
- Promoted to Playable: Pistol Daimyo in his spin-off game.
- Recurring Boss: Most bosses are fought atleast twice. Some (Benjamin, Waya, Back Bravo) are fought even more times.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: The King of Atlantis is a boss.
- Stalked by the Bell: Staying still for a while makes a flying head (Ugo 401) chase you around.
- Stealth Mentor: Black Bravo reveals himself as one; right after his Final Boss fight, he claims he was there to improve Bravo, throws him a healing item and sends him off to defeat Dr. Bomb.
- Tuckerization: Bravoman's secret identity, Hitoshi Nakamura, is based on Namco's founder Masaya Nakamura.
- Under the Sea: The underwater stages, where Bravoman gets to use his submarine mode.
- Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Lottery Man, the featured friendly robot at the end of each level, is there to give the player power-ups and life-restoring food. You could punch it to net a series of funny messages like "OW! What are you doing?" and "You will regret hitting a friend". You will indeed if you do it too many times, because the robot will get pissed at you and won't show up anymore for 4-5 levels. The game is already Nintendo Hard by itself (and almost without healing items in-game), so it's not a wise choice to "hit friends"!
The webcomic provides examples of:
- A Day in the Limelight: The 9-part mini arc "Waya Gaiden" is this for Waya-Hime.
- Bravowoman and her story arc
- Adorkable: Bravoman's nerdy attitude draws him many fans, inculding a certain pink haired ninja, Waya Hime.
- Alternate Universe: One story arc saw Bravo Man teleported to an alt-world where Dr. Bomb managed to take over the world and this universe Bravo Man is leading a resistance against him.
- Animated Adaptation: An animated adaptation of a webcomic adaptation of a video game "Bravoman: Cartoon of Unequalled Excellence."
- Applied Mathematics: Dr. Bomb indulges in this while looking for a way to defeat Bravoman. In his words, it works because it's EVIL MATH!.
- Arm Cannon: The Bravoblaster.
- Art Evolution: As pictured here.
- Art Shift: Some strip take a change of style in order to parody other media, like comic books or Batman's Darker and Edgier tendencies. In every case, the style-of-the-strip is done by a guest artist.
- The "Waya Gaiden" mini-arc switches to a much more cuter artstyle.
- Once again for the Conan-esque "Bravo the Barbarian" arc.
- Parodying the old Fletcher cartoons in another.
- Ass Kicks You: Used once against Zortan.
- Barbarian Hero: Bravoman becomes a parody of them in the "Bravo the Barbarian" arc.
- Big Damn Heroes: Zed's entrance buys Bravoman enough time to free his alternate Universe self.
- Boss Subtitles: Some of the characters get a grandiose and long subtitle accompanying them. Anti-Bravo, for example, is the Shadowed Doppleganger of Ebony Reflection.
- Brick Joke: When first met, Pistol Daimyo mentions how expensive fan wax is, and Alpha Man didn't thought such thing existed. Come the Christmas strip and that's exactly what Alpha Man's gift for Pistol Daimyo is (while still shocked at its existence).
- Butt Monkey: Anti-Bravoman.
- Calling Your Attacks: Bravoman does this in the battle with Zortan.
- Canon Foreigner: Bravowoman. Lampshaded to hell and back. And Brave-Man, although this isn't pointed out.
- Bravo Master and the alien octopus Zulu, as well.
- Theta Bravo Woman's alien mentor.
- Cerebus Syndrome: Invoked and lampshaded: in the parallel world, where people are slightly different (and Anti-Bravoman doesn't exist), Zulu made it to Earth and tore it up, and the Bravos teamed up with the Ninjas and Dr. Bomb to stop it. After that, Bomb unleashed his forces and decimated the earth, and even invented the 5th wall, which stops all 4th wall breaking, preventing jokes and powers that run on meta humor. Then there's The Reveal that it's really the version of Anti-Bravoman behind all of this, having brought Zulu to earth, decimated the planet, created new more powerful enemies and even shut down the fourth wall, all to see if he could make himself stronger.
- Christmas Episode: In the comics case two strips where Alpha Claus delivers gifts to the main characters base on their inner desires.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Waya-Hime. She wants her stretchy cuteness and she'll stab anyone who gets in her way.
- Cloning Blues: Anti-Bravoman's origin reveals that he's actually clone of Bravoman made from the cosmic energy used to give him his powers was split in two and bombarded several key materials in Dr.Bomb's lab.
- Companion Cube: Waya-Hime is seen to talk to an unactivated robot for advice. That it doesn't talk to her doesn't matter, since she does all the talking anyway.
- Cool Shades: Brave Man symbolizes his coolness with a pair as way to further separate himself from Bravoman.
- Cosplay: Everyone cosplays as each other (save for Anti) in the Halloween strip.
- Creator Cameo: The writer/artist pair in Bravowoman's origin strip.
- Crossover: Bravoman and Wonder Momo's mini arc presents fun filled adventure as both of them and their alien advisers team up. Also Dirk Davies makes a quick cameo at the end.
- Valkyrie and Sandra appear for one strip in the "Waya Gaiden" arc; looking back, this was probably to foreshadow Ashley Davis taking over the Valkyrie comic.
- Massively Multiplayer Crossover: There's a one panel of this with several other Namco characters in the comic's #100 strip.
- Damsel in Distress: Waya-Hime during the visit to Pistol Daimyo's dojo.
- Denser and Wackier: To the original game and especially to Bravoman's apperance in Namco × Capcom.
- Distaff Counter Part: Bravowoman in design. Subverted power-wise as she's a Flying Brick rather than being stretchy. Often lampshaded.
Bravowoman: ''Being derivative never looked so butt kickingly awesome.
- Do I Really Sound Like That?: Dr. Bomb isn't happy with the way his speech is depicted in the cartoon; he doesn't seem to realize how bizarre his syntax really is.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Brave Man's supporting cast first appears in the character relationship chart.
- Subverted in that they never put in a "real" appearance after that.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Waya-Hime, the ninja princess.
- Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: The cyber-alien octopuses Zulu and Zed.
- Eyepatch After Timeskip: Sort of — it's an alternate universe rather than the future or even a Bad Future. Even so, in it Waya-Hime has an eyepatch, and both Brave Man and Bravo Woman have the equivalent for their visors.
- Friendly Enemy: Bravoman is this to Anti-Bravoman, much to Anti-Bravoman's annoyance when he's trying to be serious. Doesn't stop him from being a jerk to him every now and then.
- Foreshadowing: The Crossover arc with Wonder Momo foreshadows a plot point later seen in both their respective comic strips: Anti-Bravo's ability to merge with others when beaten up is later pivotal in Zulu's defeat, whereas Momoko ends up turning into a darker evil Wonder Momo with no outside help in her comic.
- In Waya Gaiden Valkyrie's appearance foreshadowed guest artist Ashley Davis taking over her comic a few months later.
- There are several hints that Reverse Bravoman isn't who he seems.
- His scarf has a looser and wider design.
- He reacts to questions about Reverse Anti-Bravo with shock and avoidance.
- And finally his responce to Bravoman saying he can trust him as they're the same person is a "...yeah".
- For Science!: the motivation of several characters. Especially Dr. Bomb, like in this scene
- For Want of a Nail: Bravoman ends up in an alternate universe where Anti-Bravoman was never created and therefore Bravo Master never defeated Zulu. Or, in truth where Anti-Bravo took over the mantle of Bravoman.
- Fusion Dance: Bravo Master is the combination of Bravoman, Anti-Bravoman, Bravowoman, and Brave Man, created by beating up on Anti-Bravo so his anti-particles destabilize and fuse the four together.
- Later on, Anti-Bravo fashions devices that allow them to destabilize his anti-particles without the beatup. Waya Hime jumps in on it, thus creating Bravo Master: Shinobi Essence Custom.
- Giant Foot of Stomping: Anti-Bravoman's title of Butt Monkey leads to suffer this fate when his poor sense of humor leads to Attack Bomber V9.1 to humorously step on him.
- Giant Robot: Attack Bomber V9.1 fit this trope.
- Grand Finale: "The Death of Bravo Man" which pits Bravo Man and all the Bravos (as well as Hime) against Zulu in a final battle. The title turns out to be metaphorical as its the "death" or rather the end of the webcomic. Not Bravo Man.
- Gratuitous Ninja: The constant use of Waya, Benjamin, and Pistol Daimyo to add action to the series.
- Here We Go Again: Bravoman finds a mini alien squid sitting in Starship Alpha and worries that it's going to be another Zulu, this one here to ruin Earth. Alpha informs him that they take at least 1200 years to grow that big and insists that he'll take care of it. "I think I'll name him Zed." Flashback to 1200 years earlier; Alpha is holding a mini alien squid, insisting to his parents that he'll take care of it. "I think I'll name him Zulu."
- Highly Visible Ninja: Double-subverted; Camo wears a forest camouflage ninja suit, but is easily spotted no matter his surroundings because he thinks hiding behind potted bonsai trees is sufficient.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Anti-Bravoman tries so hard to be the sinister evil counterpart but can't even keep up a gravelly voice without hurting his throat or making the inside of his scarf wet with spit.
- Intentional Engrish for Funny: This is how Dr. Bomb talks, with comically exaggerated grammatical and syntactical problems.
- Kill It with Fire: Zulu's ultimate fate.
- Knight of Cerebus: Bravo Master is a weird heroic version. He is completely competent and defeats the alien attacking Alpha's Planet by throwing it into a sun! Discussed by Bravo and Alpha afterwards.
- Reverse Anti-Bravoman. He basically doomed his universe all because he wanted a better challenge.
- Dear Lord, Zulu. To drive the point home his second arc is titled The Death of Bravoman and is almost entirely serious.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: During the "Bravo the Barbarian" arc he faced wizard who was add by four orcs in familiar looking war paint that made them resemble a group of four radawesome turtles
- The Load: Brave Man, during the Zulu thing. Since he has no real powers, Bravowoman has to carry him around during the fight with Zulu. Alpha summoned him by accident, you see.
- Man Child: Anti-Bravoman, as he collects and plays with toys based of Bravoman, plus his moping and the fact he lives with his father/creator Dr. Bomb. To a lesser extent Bravoman, who'd rather be playing videogames than risking his butt. In Anti-Bravoman's defense, he's technically around two years old.
- Mathematician's Answer: Alpha, in "First Look."
- Matryoshka Object: Alpha, in "Second Look."Pretty obvious seeing his egg shape.
- Meaningful Name: Turns out Alpha Man and Zulu had meaningful names. They are the first and last letters of the code alphabet. Alpha began the series by granting Bravoman his powers, Zulu turns out to be an Eldrich Abomination who's only goal is to destroy it.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: Komuso hides her face because it was horribly scarred and she wants to spare others the horror of seeing it...but said "scar" is apparently just a small pimple. When Bravoman sees it he theorizes that it's just a rash, possibly brought on by the basket she wears on her head.
- Mythology Gag: Brave Man's colour scheme and design is based of the American box art of Bravoman. Pointed out in one strip, and later turned into a plot point.
- No Fourth Wall: Characters frequently reference the writers and once even called off a four-way fight because it would've been too hard to draw.
- Dr. Bomb has not only complained about his lack of screen time on more than one occasion, he actually watched the web series at one point.
- Only Sane Man: Bravowoman is this pretty much. Pistol Daimyo has shades of this, specially after seeing just what type of ninja form his army...
- Palette Swap: Concept explored in a chapter focusing on a fictional game, also Anti Bravoman fits this trope as his original character sprite in game was just a black swap of Bravoman.
- Parody Retcon: After Brave Man literally gets beaten up by Namco's lawyers he starts claiming he's a parody of Bravoman rather than a rip-off.
- Also literally brought up in the crossover mini-arc with Wonder Momo: Glooder forces a retcon after Anti-Bravoman and Momo merge into Anti-Momo since he considered it too important a development for her to happen outside her own series. And it was a big foreshadowing for Wonder Momo's own webcomic as well.
- Power Armor: Bravo Woman's costume is revealed to be this.
- Saving the World: Alpha Man's original mission was to find a hero to save his planet from Zulu. Too bad he totally forgot about that...
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Inverted/parodied in this strip:
Anti-Bravo: "But its your company."
Dr. Bomb: "I do not make the rules."
Anti-Bravo: "You do make the rules!"
- Show Within a Show: Brave-Man is an actor in a self-titled series within the comic.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Brave-Man is this to Bravoman, posing absolutely zero threat to our hero but frustrating him endlessly nonetheless.
- Stripperiffic: As a nod to the DLC feature in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Bravoman attempts to unlock the bikini DLC pack for his characters in "Bravo Fighters 2", only to be stopped by Alpha Man.
- Super Hero Origin: Parodied in the first strip for Bravoman.
- There are also parody Origin Strips for Bravowoman and Brave Man, and a two-parter origin strip for Anti-Bravo.
- Tank Goodness: What Anti-Bravo would love to have.
- That's All, Folks!: The last of the webcomic has Bravoman and all the characters (as well as the readers) getting a thank you card from the creators for sticking with them for the entirety of the run. Compared to the other comics of Shiftylook (which either ended abruptly or stopped in the middle of their storylines) this series was one of the few to a have a conclusive ending.
- The Unchosen One: Bravoman himself.
Alpha Man: You, and you alone, were the only person in the nine galaxies worthy of the mystic powers of Bravoman.
Alpha Man: Naw. I'm just screwing with you. You looked like you'd fit the costume.
Bravoman: Good enough for me!
- The Unintelligible: Benjamin talks exclusively in music notes. Karasu Tengu speaks in caws.
- Tsundere: Invoked; Alpha describes Waya-Hime as one, though her murderous nature is a little more Yandere or even Yangire.
- Unknown Rival: Poor, poor Anti-Bravo...
- Unwanted Assistance: Alpha Man gets really tedious in an early strip.
Alpha Man: "Bravoman, listen up..."
- What Does This Button Do?: Bravoman and Alphaman go through a round of this. Alpha fakes an emergency to get Bravoman to stop doing it.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Bravowoman and Brave Man don't think too highly of Bravoman's powers. Despite Brave Man not actually having any powers. To be fair, one of those powers is turning into a small submarine.
- Writers Suck: Without the editor present, characters' dialogue becomes horribly misspelt.
Alpha: I guess the writter never opened that diktionery we gave him for Krismuss.
: "Diktionery"? Did he even luck at the cover
The Web Series provides examples of:
- Actor Allusion: In the season finale, Bravoman gets fanmail from "Megafan 1987" who tells him he's "cool but rude". This was Raphael's description from the intro of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) cartoon, who Rob Paulsen also voiced.
- And Knowing Is Half the Battle: At the end of the crossover episode Bravoman and Wonder Momo are at a loss to what the lesson actually is so they settle on "literacy".
- Animated Adaptation: Several episodes are adaptations of story arcs from the webcomic.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
Bravoman: So now I've been swallowed by a killer sea serpent, a triceratops, and a time traveling panda. Hehe, gross.
- Aside Glance: Alpha Man looks at the screen when Bravoman describes Waya's yandere nature.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: Dr Bomb speaks like his poorly translated game counterpart. By comparison Wonder Momo's heavily accented diction sounds normal.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Episode 10. Examples include Bravo getting hit so hard his voice actor feels it, and firing the music team to stop Benjamin.
Sound Guy: Not Sparkles*!
- Couch Gag: The trope naming scene is spoofed in the finale.
- Crossover: With Wonder Momo in episode 11.
- Dont Touch That You Idiot: After mysteriously swapping places with Dr. Bomb in the death trap, Bravoman notices the button that did it, only to be prevented by Alpha from pressing it.
- Early-Bird Cameo: That mummy with a helmet from the intro finally got to appear during the first-season finale.
- Fandom Nod: Episode 10 references the confusion over whether the single feature on Alpha's face is an eye or a mouth.
- Fuuma Shuriken: Waya's ultimate weapon used to to take down Bravoman, like her yandere nature the shuriken is also used to help convey her feelings to her crush.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In-universe, Anti-Bravo is apparently really popular in Japan.
- Grand Finale: The season finale was a huge parody of this as Bravoman and Alpha worried that the show would end for real, so they went a huge adventure featuring time travel and a big reveal for Antibravoman, it ended with a tear jerking moment where Bravoman plays the original game one last time. Though with the end of Bravoman the webcomic the series really is over.
- In Medias Res:
Alphaman:It appears the creators wanted to start the show in the middle of the story. It's media technique "In Medias Res"
Bravoman: In Medias wha? wha?
Alphaman: I believe it's Latin for "skip the boring parts".
- Interactive Narrator: During the 5th chapter, the narrator actively helps Bravoman when it appeared he was to be defeated by Attack Bomber V9, because otherwise the series would be over and the staff (he included) would not get their paychecks.
- Author Powers: He reveals Attack Bomber V9's weakpoint (even pointing it out with a big red arrow) to Bravoman so he'd win.
- Intercontinuity Crossover: Wonder Momo makes a quick cross over guest appearance in the season finale.
- Though according to Alpha this can also be considered a forced Crossover.
Bravoman: Wait, she's not a Bravoman character
Alphaman: Sorry, Namco-mandated cross-promotion. Ohh look, next week is Pac-Man
Bravoman: Sweet!, [*head morphs into a Pac-Man
- The second-to-last episode was a proper crossover, though it was Part two of a three-part story (with parts 1 and 3 not existing). Wonder Momo, her sidekick Glooder, and her archenemy the Waru King all show up for the occasion.
- Metaphorgotten: "Sometimes words can be more powerful than any weapon. Unless of course that weapon is a flamethrower. Or a sidewinder missile. Or really any type of rocket propelled-"
- Ninja Zombie Pirate Robot: referred to when Bravoman had to take on Cowboy Zombies attacking city hall.
- Other odd mashup threats also pop such as a Capricorn sea-serpent and Time Traveling Pandas
- Also Alphaman being held hostage by Murderous Robot Lobsters though Alphaman refers to them as Murderous Cyborg Crayfish.
- There is also the titled characters in the season finale: Laser Mummies from Beyond the Moon.
- Perfectly Cromulent Word: "Is it riveting?" "The rivitiest!"
- Ramp Jump: Bravoman, Anti and Alpha are seen doing the infamous jump in clip in the season finale. In the General Lee! No less!
- Readings Are Off the Scale: As a reference to the popular Dragon Ball Z meme: Bravoman powers up and Waya Hime and Anti-Bravoman are shocked at Bravoman's power readings.
Waya Hime; What does the power reading say?
Anti Bravoman; It says that his power is over ninety bagillion, but that's impossible!
- Running Gag: Net launchers.
- Two to Spider-Man
- The opening theme is inspired by the 60's Spider-Man cartoon theme.
- The Fire Pit tries to pass off his origin story as been bitten be a radioactive creature. Dr. Bomb interrupts him with the truthiest truth before he can get further.
- Sailor Moon
- After Bravoman's transformation sequence he pulls Sailor Moon's famous peace sign pose.
- Dragon Ball Z
- "Laser Mummies from Beyond the Moon" borrows its format from Robot Chicken.
- The Simpsons
- One of the opening sequences end in a Simpson sequence where all the main characters rush to sit in the couch.
- In the Bravowoman origin episode the second origin story the narrator provides is basically the same as Ms. Marvel's
- In Episode 4 Anti-Bravo hides by a water tower similar to the Warner Bros studio watertower. Possibly a case of Actor Allusion as Bravoman's voice actor did work on Animaniacs.
- Dr. Bomb's fortress bears a striking resemblance to Dr. Wily's fortress in Mega Man 2.
Ordinary Businessman (Soon to be Bravoman): What is this? Junk you keep in your glove box?
Alpha Man: Junk I keep in my space glove box!
- Spoof Aesop:
: Well then, did you learn any important life lessons? Bravoman
: Err... Girls are scary? (...)
Really, really scary.
- At the end of the Wonder Momo crossover, Bravoman and Momo can't think of or remember what the lesson's episode is/was. They arbitrarily decide that it was promoting literacy.
- Spot the Impostor: Alpha is incapable of identifying a series of increasingly obvious Bravoman impostors, including a slipshod robot, a cardboard stand-up, and an ostrich.
- Superhero Origin: Parodied. Bravowoman takes issues to being given the stock distaff counterpart one and is not thrilled by the "Accidentally got hero's power when rescued" one either. She has to settle for a mish-mash of origin tropes.
- Theme Tune Cameo: Bravoman singss along to the show's theme with his walkman,while using first person styled lyrics.
Bravoman: Bravoman, Bravoman, Fighting evil whenever I can."
- He also does a scat version in episode 4.
- The ringtone of the wrist communicator is also the main theme.
- Time Travel: Bravoman and Alphaman traveled to the cretaceous period for the season finale.
- Unexplained Recovery: Dr. Bomb is somehow alive enough in the second episode to hire Waya Hime despite being lowered into his own fiery pit.
- Women Are Wiser: Played straight with Bravowoman but toyed with for Wonder Momo. Momo is slightly more competent in combat than Bravoman but was fooled by an even more transparent deception by her nemesis than Bravoman was.
- What Does This Button Do?: Second type, Bravoman can't resist pressing the down button that lowers Dr.Bomb into his own death trap and very nearly puts himself and Alpha back in danger by attempting to push the Nemesis Switch button.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Dr. Bomb has a weird Scottish/Russian-esque accent, while still speaking in exaggerated Japanese Engrish.