[[caption-width-right:256:[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge He's not very happy about his parents being killed.]] [[CaptainObvious That's for sure]].]]

''Red Dead Revolver'' is a third-person shooter from 2004, developed by Rockstar Games after sitting in Capcom's DevelopmentHell for a while.

You play as Red Harlow, who after being violently orphaned at a young age becomes a bounty hunter in classic ManWithNoName tradition, hunting down [[WorldOfHam colourful outlaws]] for whatever money he can get for them. A chance encounter puts him on the trail of the man behind the death of his parents, and the game climaxes in a huge battle to finally bring him to justice.

Sound vaguely familiar? That's because the game's an extended homage to the classic SpaghettiWestern, as least as much as its predecessor ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' was to film noir. A lot of effort went into the atmosphere, including giving an oversaturated and 'grainy' cinematic quality to the visuals and building a [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome fantastic score]] heavily influenced by (and almost indistiguishable from) Ennio Morricone's best.

Despite having very little hype and a disjointed production poking into the gameplay here and there, with its superb atmosphere, [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters large and memorable cast]] and extremely fun multiplayer on its side Red Dead Revolver got good reviews and became something of a CultClassic. In 2010, it was followed by the huge hit and critical darling ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', which borrowed the game's Western setting but gave it a sandbox framework (well more of one anyway, the main town hub is explorable). It isn't a direct sequel though the story of the game does get a mention and you can play as character via [=DLCs=].

!!This game features examples of:

* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: The same [[AllNaturalSnakeOil snake oil]] that Professor Perry's poisoned entire communities with (and makes anyone else ''[[BodyHorror putrefy]]'' if they get it on their skin) [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane apparently]] acts as a SuperSerum on the man himself.
* ActionGirl: Annie Stoakes, who fights off cattle rustlers on her ranch and enters the tournament.
* AllThereInTheManual: Background information for about everything can only found in the in-game journal, which is filled by buying various items.
* AlliterativeName: "Blind" Willy Wilson.
* AncestralWeapon: Red's Scorpion Revolver, which belonged to his father.
%%* AnnoyingArrows
* ArbitraryGunPower: The exquisite pair of Scorpion pistols that Nate Harlow and Griff have custom-made are also the most powerful in the game. One bullet was enough to sever Colonel Daren's left arm from its socket.
* ArmCannon: Colonel Daren has one after certain events in the beginning of the game.
* ArrowsOnFire: Shadow Wolf's special move is shooting flaming arrows.
* ArtificialStupidity: The AI is quite buggy in places. Most notably, Annie Stoakes (when you have her as an ally in single player) has an annoying habit of shooting you in the back with her explosive special ability - usually while shouting "Keep going, Red!" - and there are several multiplayer maps where AI opponents will just stand around where they spawn or time-consumingly climb to high places.
* AwesomeButImpractical:
** Molotov cocktails, poison bottles and dynamite. Although they're very dangerous, they're lofted with a lazy underarm action that makes hitting a moving target almost impossible. The latter also has an extremely long fuse.
** Several character-specific special abilities in multiplayer also cross into this.
* BadassBeard [[BeardOfEvil Of Evil]]: Diego, who's also a BadassGrandpa.
* BadassBoast: See YouShallNotPass down below.
* BadassMustache: Jack Swift and Sheriff Bartlett, among others.
%%* {{Bandito}}
* BayonetYa: The Bayonet Rifle
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Governor Griffon, your father's former partner, who sold you and your family out to Diego and Daren, and used the proceeds to become Governor.]]
* BigFancyHouse: The second-to-last level takes place in one of these
* BlingBlingBang: The Widowmaker revolver is one pimped out piece.
* BondOneLiner:
** Jack Swift after killing knife-thrower Clyde 'The Blade' Slade: "I think you've lost your edge."
** Jack Swift after killing fire-eater 'Lightning' Larouche: "What an extinguished fellow."
* BookSafe: You can purchase a "Hollowed Bible" from a merchant in the game. It has no in-game use, but it unlocks a journal page.
* BoozeBasedBuff: Buying Red Eye Whiskey will increase your maximum [[BulletTime Dead Eye]].
* BountyHunter: Red and Jack are heroic types.
* BulletTime: Red's special ability in single player slows down time to allow the player to line up shots. Averted in multiplayer, where it's similar to Jack's ability.
* BullfightBoss:
** The fight against Sam in the saloon.
** Annie Stoakes also faces a pair of buffalo-riding outlaws who can cause her cattle to go nuts and try to flatten her, making them a literal example.
* CaptainErsatz: Mr. Kelley has an adopted daughter named [[NataliePortman Natalie]] who he's training to be a gunfighter like himself. If Red speaks to her in the saloon, she will sometimes say:
-->"[[Film/TheProfessional Is life always this hard, or is it just when you're a kid?]]"
* TheCavalry: Inverted. They show up at the usual time, but they're on the Big Bad's payroll.
* TheChiefsDaughter: Falling Star, Red's mother.
* CircusOfFear: Professor Perry leads one of these.
* ColonelBadass: Colonel Daren doesn't let having his left arm severed stop him from being Diego's right-hand man; he receives a cannon as a prosthetic replacement. [[spoiler: He's also responsible for murdering Red's parents and his cousin.]]
%%* CoolGuns
* CrowdPanic: During his boss battle Mr. Kelley starts unloading at random into the citizens of Brimstone, causing them to scream and run all over the place. This makes it very hard to get a clean shot at him.
%%* TheDandy: Jack Swift.
* DarkActionGirl: Whip-crazy Bad Bessie and Christina, the shotgun-toting lady stripper.
* DashinglyDapperDerby: Jack Swift's headwear of choice.
* DeathMountain: Rogue Valley, Bad Bessie's hiding place.
%%* DistressedDamsel: Sheriff O'Grady's daughter.
* TheDragon:
** Colonel Daren to General Diego.
** Also Jason Cornet to [[spoiler:Governor Griffon]], to the extent that the former is the last bodyguard Red faces before going up against [[spoiler:Griffon himself]].
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Though it is implied, [[spoiler: Jack Swift is apparently killed off ''entirely offscreen'' at the end of the game. You don't even see the fight that kills him; he just goes off with Annie and doesn't come back.]] However, in ''Red Dead Redemption'' there is mention of him, as well as being able to use him in mutli-player. Though a Popular rumor is that he secretly left for the quiet retirement he always wanted
* DualBoss: Happens very frequently in the game.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Jesse Lynch, who is hinted to be undead.
* EscortMission: The Siege -level, where you have to watch out for your two partners.
%%* EvilIsHammy: General Diego.
* {{Expy}}: Red is obviously modeled after Creator/ClintEastwood, more specifically The Man with No Name from ''Film/TheDollarsTrilogy'', and Josey Wales from ''Film/TheOutlawJoseyWales''.
* FingerGun: Young Red does this at the opening of the first level.
* [[FisticuffsBoss Fisticuffs Level]]: One level sees you start [[BarBrawl a bar fight]], in which you can only use your fists and [[GrievousBottleyHarm strategically wielded bottles]].
* FlareGun: General Diego's special move, which is used to guide cannonfire in his level.
%%* FourStarBadass: General Diego.
* FunnyForeigner: Gabriel Navarro, Mexican gunfighter and barfly.
-->"Keel heem, and let's get back to dreenking!"
* GatlingGood: The preferred Old West method of delivering MoreDakka. A few stationary ones are scattered about the game, and you are required to commandeer a train cart-mounted one to take down a locomotive during one level. Also, Mr. Black likes to keep one in that coffin on his back.
%%* GeneralRipper: Diego again.
* GetBackHereBoss:
** Dammit Professor Perry, ''stop teleporting''!
** Dammit Kelley, stop running into crowds of innocent bystanders!
* GhostTown: Tarnation, thanks to Mr Black.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: In the bar fight level, the only actual weapons you can use are bottles (thrown intact, or broken and wielded like a knife).
* GroinAttack: One of your melee attacks.
* GunsAkimbo: Jack with his custom "Showstoppers." Red also has the option of carrying dual pistols.
* TheGunslinger: The main characters.
* GunTwirling: Notably practiced by Red and Jack on their introduction screens.
%%* HubLevel: Brimstone
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Where to start? We've got snake oil, boulders, a mining pick, a torch, a lasso, coffee, exploding balistic knives, exploding playing cards, shoulder-mounted howitzers, and a coffin with a freaking [[GatlingGood gatling gun]] in it.
* IncendiaryExponent: Manny Quinn's special move is setting himself on fire.
* IronicEcho: "What do you say...partner?" [[spoiler: [[ShutUpHannibal *click* BANG]] ]]
* IronicNickname:
** "Sissy" Fess, huge guy who can easily throw huge boulders at you.
** Also "Little Oaf" Whitney, who began being called "Loaf" after he turned out to be quite a bit larger than his father, "Big Oaf".
* ItsQuietTooQuiet: Said by one of the mooks in Shadow Wolf's level.
* KillItWithFire:
** Getting set on fire does a huge amount of damage in single player, and while you're running around trying to beat the flames out you can't defend yourself. In addition, anyone on fire will set anyone they bump into on fire, [[DisasterDominoes who will set anyone they bump into on fire, etc...]] meaning that one flaming attack can cause utter carnage with a bit of luck.
** One of Professor Perry's cronies is a fire eater who puts his skills to deadly use against the player. You'll also acquire throwable "[[MolotovCocktail Fire Bottles]]" and Shadow Wolf has the ability to shoot [[ArrowsOnFire flaming arrows]].
* KnifeNut:
** Clyde "The Blade" Slade, a member of Professor Perry's CircusOfFear.
** Also Fawkes, whom you encounter in the TrainJob level.
* LetsGetDangerous: In multiplayer mode, it's often the most poorly-armed characters who have the most devastating special moves.
** Inverted rather amusingly in the case of Sheriff O'Grady - his special move is the almost-useless 'Hot Coffee', (you throw a bottle at your enemy, doing minimal damage, and they dance around for a second while their clothes steam) but he starts out armed with a stack of [[KillItWithFire Fire Bottles]].
* LightningBruiser: [[{{Acrofatic}} Pig Josh]] runs fast and hits hard, and then there's the dynamite.
* LocomotiveLevel: The TrainJob level where Red has to stop a bunch thieves robbing the train he's in, and the one where you have to stop a train carrying guns.
* MadBomber: Pig Josh, who is fond of throwing dynamite around. He's even fond of blowing ''himself'' up, but takes no damage from it. The player isnt as lucky.
* MadeOfPlasticine: Colonel Daren, [[CutscenePowerToTheMax at least in the opening cutscene]], where a young Red Harlow takes his father's gun and fires it, messily blowing off his arm.
* TheManTheyCouldntHang: Mr. Lynch survived being hanged. It shows, as he has hard time keeping his neck straight during his pre-duel scene.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Professor Perry's teleporting, Grizzly's superhuman agility, and Mr. Black and his henchman's [[NotUsingTheZWord questionable vitality]].
* MeaningfulName: Some of the multiplayer characters are this. For example, the barrel wearing bandit is named Cooper. A cooper is someone who makes barrels.
** There's also Pig Josh who really lives up to his name, and his henchman Chicken, who's sole claim to outlaw fame was murdering a drunken, washed up old gunslinger while he was sleeping. Tellingly, Chicken has the lowest bounty of any outlaw in the game.
* MeekTownsman: Sheriff O'Grady, who lets the local outlaws walk all over him.
%%* MightyGlacier: Mr. Black.
* MixedAncestry: Red is half-native, but he's never looked down upon because of his origins. It also becomes handy when it emerges that his grandfather, the Chief, still cares about him and sends his cousin [[spoiler:to save him when he's captured]]
* MonsterClown: Early on you do battle with an army of shotgun wielding midget clowns from Professor Perry's circus. The background text mentions that they are apparently the offspring of Pig Josh and the circus "batwoman", who disappeared during a storm.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Mr. Black and Mr. Lynch.
* OfCorsetsSexy:
** Bad Bessie wears little more than a corset.
** The Saloon girls combine this with StockingFiller.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Duellist, a fact brought in his description. However, his boss bar labels him "Sergio".
** There's also Buffalo Soldier.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: The voice actor for Red can't really decide whether or not he wants to use a "western" accent, and since Red doesn't speak very much, the accent used for Red changes in pretty much every scene that he does speak in.
* PistolWhipping: An option for melee combat.
* PowerfulPick: Gordon "Digs" Fowler's signature weapon.
* PrisonEpisode: The escape from the gold mine.
* PunnyName: [[MurderousMannequin Manny Quinn]] the wooden dummy, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sisyphus "Sissy" Fess]] (who throws rocks as his special move).
* QuickDraw: Several enemies will engage you in quick draw duels throughout the game. You're also required to participate in a quick draw tournament late in the game.
* RailingKill: Can be done to one of the rifle-mooks on the third level.
* RedBaron: Most of the bandits have nicknames of some sort.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Revolvers is all there is, cowboy - at least as far as handguns are concerned. But the best gun in the game IS a revolver rather than a rifle or shotgun.
* SawedOffShotgun: One of the available weapons is this. Only one though. The rest of the shotguns are standard length.
* SceneryPorn: The game offers quite a few scenes of amazing Western scenery.
* SeeYouInHell: Last words of many, many mooks.
* ShootTheDog: One of the outlaws in Widow's Patch does this. Red doesn't take kindly to it.
* ShoutOut: Being highly based upon TheWestern, in particular [[SpaghettiWestern SpaghettiWesterns]], the game has plenty of shoutouts to various cowboy films.
** Mr. Black's gatling-coffin is similar to the one used by Film/{{Django}}.
** General Diego's level is a reference to the famous bridge scene from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''.
** The dueling tournament is a WholePlotReference to the Creator/SamRaimi film ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead''. Interestingly, Red Harlow's name is a reference to the book of the same name (which is otherwise entirely unrelated), where the main antagonist is named Red Hyle.
** Diego, while fighting you, will shout [[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} "Say hello to my little friend!"]]
** One fight in the Annie Stokes level plays out an awful lot like a game of ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders''.
** Supporting character 'Blind Willy Wilson' is mostlikely a [[ShoutOut nod]] to the blues singer Blind Willy [=McTell=]- Music/TheWhiteStripes covered one of his songs.
** Three duelling enemies in the Jailbreak level are named [[Creator/SergioLeone Sergio]], [[Music/EnnioMorricone Ennio]] and [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly Eli]]
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: A pretty well-executed game play mechanic. It's also [[spoiler: how you finish off the BigBad]].
* SoundtrackDissonance: The saloon's player piano keeps going during the bar fight level so you get glassed and thrown through tables to the perky sounds of 'Oh, Susannah' and a ragtime version of 'Flight of the Bumblebee'.
* TakeThat: One opponent in the duelling contest seems quite closely based on LeonardoDiCaprio's cocky young gunfighter from ''The Quick And The Dead''. Red guns him down and doesn't even give him a respectful tip of the hat.
* TrainJob: Red stops one in the first LocomotiveLevel.
* TheTropeKid: Kid Cougar one of the competing duelists in the quick draw tournament.
* TheUnfought: Despite being the Bounty for "Railroaded", Harry "Hatchet" Schultz doesn't officially make an appearance. Nor does Standing Snake in Buffalo's Escort Mission.
* UrineTrouble: One of the outlaws in Widow's Patch gets peed on by a dog. [[ShootTheDog He doesn't take kindly to it]].
* WhipItGood: Bad Bessie's special move.
* WholePlotReference:
** The QuickDraw tournament is a reference to Sam Raimi's ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead.''
** Interestingly, Red Harlow's name is a reference itself to the '''book''' ''The Quick and the Dead'' by Louis L'Amour (there's no relation between the movie and the book beside a name, however), where the main antagonist's name is Red Hyle.
* TheWildWest: [[CaptainObvious The game is set during the Old West.]]
* WolfpackBoss: The third-to-last level has you facing up to ''six bosses at once''.
* WolverineClaws: Grizzly's weapons of choice.
%%* WorldOfBadass
* YoungGun: Billy "Kid" Cougar. Red also starts out this way.
* YouShallNotPass: In a rare villainous example, General Diego and his troops do this to the American army.
-->'''[[{{Badass}} General Diego]]:''' ''I have a case of cigars and a case of tequila, and I'm not going anywhere!''