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Video Game: Broforce
Leave it to the brofessionals.

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Broforce is an indie platformer game (still in development) created by Free Lives.

The destructible levels may be reminiscent of games such as Spelunky. However, unlike a typical Metroidvania encouraging caution and conservation of resources, this is a homage to classic shooters in the vein of Contra or Metal Slug. As such, the obvious solution to any and all problems and obstacles is More Dakka and Stuff Blowing Up.

The characters are all Lawyer Friendly Cameos of classic action movie and television heroes from the 80-90s era, with their names featuring various puns on "bro". The website can be found here.

On August 5th, a free version of the game based on The Expendables 3 was released on Steam, titled The Expendabros. It can be found here until December 31st, 2014.

    List of Bros 
  • Rambro. Main Weapon: Machine Gun. Secondary: Grenades.
  • Brommando. Main Weapon: Rocket Launcher. Secondary: 4 Rockets in a row.
  • B. A. Broracus. Main Weapon: Flame Thrower. Secondary: Flame Grenades.
  • Bronan. Main Weapon: His Father's Sword. Secondary: Shockwaves.
  • Brochete. Main Weapon: Thrown Machetes. Secondary: Machete Flurries.
  • Brodell Walker. Main Weapon: Quick Shotgun. Secondary: Air Strikes.
  • Bro Hard. Main Weapon: Twin Uzis. Secondary: Flashbangs.
  • MacBrover . Main Weapon: Sticky Dynamite. Secondary: Bomb-Stuffed Turkey.
  • Brade. Main Weapon: Silver Katana. Secondary: Rushing Strike.
  • Bro Dredd. Main Weapon: Target-seeking bullets. Secondary: Remote-controlled Rocket.
  • Bro in Black. Main Weapon: The Noisy Cricket. Secondary: Neuralyzer.
  • Ash Brolliams. Main Weapon: 3-Way Shotgun. Secondary: Chainsaw.
  • Time Bro. Main Weapon: Lazer Machine Gun. Secondary: Slow Time.
  • Broniversal Soldier. Main Weapon: BFG. Secondary: Bringing back dead allies/foes.
  • Ellen Ripbro. Main Weapon: Plasma Rifle. Secondary: Flame Wave.
  • James Broddock. Main Weapon: Grenade Launcher. Secondary: Cluster Bomb.
  • The Boondock Bros. Main Weapon: Twin Pistols. Secondary: Calling forth Bro MacManus or resurrecting a fallen Boondock Bro.
  • The Brominator. Main Weapon: Minigun. Secondary: Invincibility (and reduced recoil).
  • Mr. Anderbro. Main Weapon: Fists. Secondary: Bullet Reflection.
  • Indiana Brones. Main Weapon: Whip. Secondary: Revolver.
  • Snake Brosken. Main Weapon: Sniper Rifle. Secondary: Molotov Cocktail.
  • Brobocop. Main Weapon: Auto 9. Secondary: Tracking Auto-9 Fire
  • Cherry Broling. Main Weapon: Machinegun Leg. Secondary: Rockets.
  • Bro Max. Main Weapon: Dragonbreath Shotgun. Secondary: Bromerang.
  • The Brode. Main Weapon: Hanzo Katana. Secondary: Exploding Bro Technique.
  • Double Bro 7. Main Weapon: Silenced Pistol. Secondary Weapons: Shaken Martini, Flamethrower Jetpack, Lazer Watch and Mook Mask.

In addition, the following characters are exclusive to the Expendabros version:
  • Broney Ross. Main Weapon: Twin Pistols. Secondary: Triple Grenades.
  • Bro Christmas. Main Weapon: Thrown Knives. Secondary: Throws a large amount of knives in an arc.
  • Bro Caesar. Main Weapon: Minigun. Secondary: Uses his minigun to launch himself into the air, creating a shockwave upon landing.
  • Bronar Jenson. Main Weapon: Sticky Grenade Launcher. Secondary: Exploding Remote Control Car.
  • Broll Road. Main Weapon: Dragon's Breath Shotgun. Secondary: Molotov Cocktail.
  • Broctor Death. Main Weapon: Knife. Secondary: Rushing grab.
  • Trent Broser. Main Weapon: Assault Rifle. Secondary: Air Strike.

Brovides examples of the following bropes:

  • Action Bromb: There are mooks that are wearing dynamite instead of having guns.
    • MacBrover will, if ordered to throw dynamite (his standard attack) when within knifing range of an enemy, stick it on the enemy instead, and the mook will proceed to run around until he blows up.
  • Action Brorl: Ellen Ripbro, Cherry Broling, and The Brode.
  • Affectionate PaBrody: Oh, so much.
  • Anti Brostration Features: All apply below to the beta.
    • Save for a few special attacks, any of your weapons—specifically ones that explode—will not harm you or your allies, so feel free to fire that rocket launcher willy-nilly. Just be careful when doing it around support struts, falling blocks or exploding barrels.
    • You cannot pick up ammo crates when your specials are already full. Thus, preventing accidental unnecessary pickups and leaving them for you to come back to later when you do run out.
    • If you end up stuck in an alcove under an overhang that prevents you from climbing up the wall, the devs got you covered. A special jump automatically occurs when you jump towards a corner from underneath, where your character grabs onto the offending corner and performs a high somersault diagonally outward, letting you bypass the overhang easily.
    • Even if you Game Over, your number of rescues carry over. Therefore it's possible to unlock all the characters as early as the first stage if you take your time saving hostages and dying over and over again.
  • A-Bro-val Of God: Lionsgate approved of the Exendabros game's creation according to Word of God.
  • Artificial Brolliance: The binocular-wearing mooks can spot your bro from a distance and can order a large number of enemies to your exact position to fill you full of lead.
    • This turns into Artificial Stupidity when combined with the kamikaze mooks, as detailed below.
    • The hovercraft's second missile attack isn't just a preset pattern- it leads your character quite accurately and is a pain to dodge]]
  • Artificial Bropidity: The player characters can survive falling from any height. The terrorists cannot. That doesn't stop dogs and red terrorists from charging headlong off cliffs to their deaths.
    • When alerted to the player's position via the binocular-mooks mentioned above, the kamikaze mooks will immediately light their fuses, regardless of how far they are from the player or how close they are to their allies.
    • The CPU controlled partner suffers from this as well. It seems to have three settings: Leeroy Jenkins, throwing all it's grenades (often killing you in the process), and standing still after you die, forcing you to restart the level.
  • Attack Broflector: Both Brade's katana and Ash's chainsaw (while charging forward) can block enemy bullets. In fact, nearly all of the melee-oriented Bros can reflect projectiles (including rockets) with a well-timed standard attack. The exception to this is Mr. Anderbro, who can reflect projectiles en masse with his special.
  • Back To Back Brodasses: The two player characters. Actually invoked, as the game can provide an AI partner if no one else will play.
  • Bash Bros: The Boondock Bros.
  • Battle Bromerang: Bro Max's special is a single boomerang, which can decapitate enemies and be picked up and reused.
  • Beating A Dead Bro: Inverted. You can attack an enemy's corpse until they explode or you get bored.
  • Bro Dakka: Pretty much all the bros can do this, but the Brominator and Brobocop's charged attack are the most notable examples.
  • Bro Good: Nelson Brodela, according to the game's page.
  • Big BROOOOOOOOO! One of the game over screens is a Big "NO!".
  • Bro Guided Missile: Bro Dredd allows you to do this.
  • (Bro)xpy: Pretty much every major character is an expy of a character from some famous action flick. These include Rambro, Brommando, B.A. Broracus, Brodell Walker, Bro Hard, Macbrover, Brade, Bro Dredd, Bro in Black, Snake Broskin, Brominator, Brobocop, Indianna Brones, Ash Brolliams, Mr. Anderbro, The Boondock Bros, Brochete, Bronan the Barbarian, and Ellen Ripbro
  • (Br)Oh Crap: The mooks will flee and scream in terror when Ash Broilliams charges them with his chainsaw or if they see Bro Dredd's guided missile coming at them. Since the October update, the devil found at the end of the level with also run away if a Bro hurts him without killing him, such as throwing him on the ground.
  • Brock Scream: The Wilhelm scream can be heard at some points. Most mooks used to scream like Homer Simpson, but this was recently removed to avoid copyright issues.
  • (Br)One Up: You gain extra lives (and switch-out your characters) by rescuing your fellow bros from the terrorists.
  • Bronded By The Light: The special attacks of Bro Hard and Bro in Black done with a flashbang and a with Neuralyzer respectively.
  • Broom Headshot: Yes, even with the game's small pixelated sprites, this is possible. If a bullet manages to hit square on a mook's head, it'll pop off gloriously while the body flails about shortly before perishing. However, this will only work on normal mooks.
  • Broing But Practical:
    • In a game where a standard ability is using a gatling gun to fly, the combat knife is obviously this. It's really short range, but it does good damage (strong enough to one-shot standard mooks, a feat comparable to the rocket launcher, shotgun, and sword), can hitstun the giant mooks and is quite useful against tanks and the first boss, considering you'll be too close for the tank to shoot you easily.
    • The entire Brototype, including the final boss, can be beaten using just the combat knife and the secondary fire, without ever firing a normal shot.
  • Brottomless Magazines: Both the bros and enemies never run out of ammo for primary weapons and never need to reload. Subverted with the bro's grenades, which are quite scarce and can only be refilled by ammo crates.
  • Brodass: Every single playable character.
    • Brodass In Distress: Many Bros start as hostages, but once you rescue them you get to kick ass as them.
  • Brodicrous Gibs: Exploding an enemy or simply shooting their corpse repeatably can produce these, as well as destroying an enemy spawn door.
  • Brotanas Are Just Better: Brade's sword can cut down many enemies with one swing, and is one of the few weapons that can go through shields. The Brode also has one of these as well, which is one of the few attacks in the game that can be aimed in multiple directions.
  • Chainbro Good: Ash's special attack causes him to charge in with a chainsaw and cut down everything in his path. He's even bulletproof (from the front) while doing this, as projectiles are reflected back by the chainsaw.
  • Check Broint: The flagpoles act as this, and when you touch one, you raise an American flag. FUCK YEAH!
  • Cherry Bropping:
    • If something can be killed, it can be killed with the combat knife (with the exception of the second boss, the hovercraft.)
    • Basic mooks can be killed by hitting them with a door while opening it or tossing them off a smaller ledge.
  • Death From Abrove: Airstrikes randomly appear in several levels, first visible as a series of red crosses and lines to let you know to get out of the way fast.
    • Brodell Walker's special is a similar airstrike, calling down five missles in a cluster. Notably, it is one of the few specials that does damage to the user, so it's really easy to be accidentally blow yourself up.
  • Destructive Broviour: Every terrorist hideout is blown off the face of the earth when you leave via helicopter.
    Area Liberated!
  • The Dev Bros Think of Everything: The bros can blow up the rescue helicopter at the end of each level (And it can crush them when it falls). A new one will appear several seconds later.
    • In a similar manner, attempting to board the chopper from above will result in being diced to pieces.
  • Disaster Brominoes: Easily possible, via the liberal use of explosives.
  • Difficult But Brosome: Indiana Brones may not have the same awesome guns as most other characters, but his whip can stunlock Giant Mooks and he can skip many obstacles completely using his grapple ability.
  • Dungeon Bropass: Players can skip large portions of a level by digging through terrain or by using Indiana Brones and his whip.
    • Or, you could just fly using the Brominator's minigun.
    • Propane tanks, which fly in the direction they're facing when shot, can be stood on. If said tank happens to be horizontal, the player can leap across the map, as the momentum from the tank is maintained until the character stops moving. Just be sure to jump off before it explodes.
    • The flying pig bug, outlined below, also results in this.
  • Eabroland: Whether it's type 1 or type 2 is pretty subjective, but the atmosphere of the game pretty much breathes this trope.
  • Gatbro Good: The Brominator can blast off with a powerful chaingun, but much like regular chainguns, it has a bit of spin-up time and the recoil drives you back. His special weapon is a transformation to his Endoskeleton form, which cancels out the recoil effect (and also makes him invincible). One trick is to use the recoil to move around faster than you walk.
    • The large terrorists carry these as well, minus the knockback. The first boss-a giant tank-has two huge ones that tear through anything in their path.
  • Glass Bronan: The bros are capable of leveling entire terrorist bases and slaughtering hundreds of mooks, but still die from one pistol shot.
  • Brood Bad Bugs: There are pigs in certain levels that serve little purpose other than being cannon fodder. A bug, however, allows the player to ride a pig through the air by standing on it and knifing it repeatedly. The devs liked the bug and left it in.
  • Grievous Harm with a Brody: The October update added the ability to throw small enemies. The most obvious use of this is to throw enemies off cliffs to their demise, but hitting one enemy in the head with another will generally kill them both.
  • Guns Akimbro: Bro Hard and The Boondock Bros
  • Handshake Subbrotute: The hi-five.
  • Hollywood Action He-bro: Inspired by action flicks from the 80s and 90s
  • Lantern Jaw Of Brostice: Most, if not all the bros.
  • Luck Based Brossion: Since each Bro has different strengths and weaknesses, some segments can be near impossible if you happen to spawn or rescue the wrong Bro.
  • Machete Brohem: Brochete
  • Mabross Missile Massacre: The Brommando does this for his special attack.
    • The missile tanks and both bosses have similar attacks.
  • Mighty Brocier: The Brominator's special reduces his movement and jumping capabilities, but also makes him invincible, among other things, whereas his minigun, while it has a slow windup period, is one of the most powerful weapons in the game. He can also become a Lightning Bruiser, as the recoil on his minigun can send him flying back faster than most other forms of movement.
  • One Hitbroint Wonder: All the bros (with the exception of The Boondock Bros) die with just one shot from the terrorists, and can also die if they get caught in an explosion.
  • One Hit Brolykill: Snake Broskin can do this with his piercing rifle. Indy's rework gave him a revolver, which similarly pierces through enemies.
  • Rated BRO For Manly: Need we say more?
  • Browerful Pick: Indy's rework gave him a pickaxe in place of a knife, which can be used to similar effect. It also has the ability to destroy terrain, as Indy's whip is the only primary weapon that can't.
  • Punched Abross the Room: Mr. Anderbro's primary ability is simply his fists, which send enemies flying. The Brode's Five Point Palm Exploding Mook Technique takes this to a new level, sending enemies flying and then causing them to explode.
  • Recruitment By Broscue: You unlock each bro by rescuing your comrades.
  • Sibling Bros: The Boondock Bros
  • Stuff Browing Up: HELL YEAH.
  • Suicide Brottack: What would a terrorist group be without suicide bombers?
  • Testosterbrone Poisoning: Speaks for itself, really.
  • The Bro on Terror: The main enemy of the game are terrorists, though it is not specified where they are from. They do have most of their bases in Vietnam and Kazakstan, though.
  • Whip It Brood: Indiana Brones has this as his special attack.
  • World of Bron: Noticed all the times that the game and this article rams the word "Bro" into everything?

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