[[caption-width-right:275:[[PreAssKickingOneLiner I'm back.]]]]

''Duke Nukem II'' is the second entry of the ''VideoGame/DukeNukem'' videogame series, and the first to truly revel in the tropes of action games and movies. As such, it's filled with LampshadeHanging and cynical humour, all hidden behind an honestly enjoyable platforming shooter.

Duke's actions in [[VideoGame/DukeNukemI the first game]] made him Earth's top celebrity. Unfortunately, they also drew the attention of the Rigelatins, an alien race who wanted to [[TakeOverTheWorld enslave the earth]]. The Rigelatins capture Duke during a [=TV=] interview for his new book [[ItsAllAboutMe ''Why I'm So Great'']], planning to use his brain to mastermind their attack, but all does not go well. After breaking free from his cell, Duke takes the fight to the Rigelatins, with the sole plan of trouncing them handily and returning home.
!!This game shows examples of:

* AttackablePickup: The soda can, which can be shot to launch it upwards (at which point it becomes a score bonus) and the live turkey, which can be turned into roast turkey.
* CheckPoint: One in every stage.
* CollisionDamage: [[EverythingTryingToKillYou Everywhere]].
* CoolStarship: A small ship Duke can pilot appears in some levels.
* CrazyPrepared: The Explodo-Molar.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: After the events of the first game, Duke is canonically functionally immortal. Dying causes Duke to explode and reform at the last checkpoint or level start, but with any kills or collected items maintained.
** Used cleverly by Duke in the first cutscene. After being thrown into a prison cell, he frees himself by biting his hidden Explodo-Molar next to the bars. Try not to think about the BodyHorror too hard.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: "Well, took care of that guy pretty easy. Man, not enough action in this hole."
* ExplodingBarrels: Boxes containing bombs, and barrels of radioactive waste.
* GirlinessUpgrade: [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender inverted]]. Before this game, he [[RealMenWearPink wore a pink tank top]], had curly hair, [[http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/0/8829/531973-duke1_04_super.png watched Oprah]] and was never shown drinking or ogling women.
* HoppingMachine: An one-eyed, one legged robot.
* InASingleBound: Duke can jump about 1.5x his height.
* InexplicableTreasureChests: The Rigelatins' base is filled with treasure yielding (or trapped) boxes.
** Despite trying to kill him, the Rigelatins seem to have quite a fondness for Duke Nukem memorabilia.
* InstantRoast: Like in [[VideoGame/DukeNukemI the first game]], though this time the chicken starts out alive and probably running right at Duke, so he has to roast it fast. One shot is still all it takes.
* LampshadeHanging / DeadpanSnarker: Pretty much every line. It's easier to just let a few of Duke's quotes explain:
** Well, I guess I've had it. Unless those dopes didn't remove [[CrazyPrepared my secret Explodo-Molar]]. Oh, man-- what a bunch of morons! And look...[[BlatantItemPlacement there's a gun locker right outside my cell!]]
** Ooh, man, there's no way outta here. I guess this is the end. Ol' Duke's finally done it. [[ShaggySearchTechnique I guess I'll lean against this oozing, bulbous wall and wait for death.]]
*** Hey, a secret passage! [[SarcasmMode What luck!]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction I hope there's something to destroy in here, I'm getting bored.]]
** [[CasualDangerDialogue Maybe if I jump into this live volcano, things'll liven up.]]
* OneHitPolykill: The laser weapon.
* [[RealMenWearPink Real Men Watch Oprah]]
* RetCon: A minor graphical example. When the game was re-released for modern computers, Duke's sprite was given his now-trademark sunglasses.
* RocketJump: To an extent, Flame Thrower. Requires skill and a healthy disregard for your own wellbeing.
* ScoreScreen: The games had tons of secrets and achievements that rewarded bonus points.
* ScreenShake: Used in some levels to simulate an unstable environment.
--->"E A R T H Q U A K E ! ! ! ({{Beat}}.) Wait, this is not Earth."
* {{Shareware}}: A shareware version has the first episode. The remaining three can be obtained by registering the game.
* ShootingGallery: The pre-game cutscene shows Duke firing his pistol at a distant target. When he stops shooting, the paper target slowly retracts up the range for collection. The camera switches to Duke, then back to reveal his accuracy. [[spoiler: He's ignored the scoring circles and instead made a smiley face out of bulletholes.]] Cue an obligatory "I'm Back."
* SpellingBonus: Collect N-U-K-E-M for points (if you do it out of order) or lots of points (if you do it in order).
* UtilityWeapon: The flamethrower, which doubles as a jetpack when aimed downwards.
* {{Unwinnable}}: Right after getting the second blue key in level 5 of Episode 3, the player can jump over the pillar behind it and fall into a pit that's impossible to jump out of.
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: "Ladies and gentlemen, one of our nation's heroes has disappeared! ...In other news, there's a four mile-wide UFO floating over Los Angeles. We'll be back after this commercial break with a cute little story about a three-legged dog who saved a baby."