- Badass Grandpa —> Macho Camp: Viray, the leader of the first rival gang that Asiong defeated in his quest to become the King of Tondo.
- Chariot Chase: Seeing one of these is definitely a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The movie was filmed in all the black and white glory of The '50s, which probably gave the movie bonus points for Nostalgia Filter.
- Face–Heel Turn / Et Tu, Brute?: Toothpick, after Asiong's first arrest. Also, he's the one who killed Asiong at the end of the film.
- Five-Man Band
- Foregone Conclusion: In Real Life, Asiong Salonga was killed by Golem's group when Toothpick pulls off an Et Tu, Brute? moment.
- High Octane Nightmare Fuel: The Roaring Rampage of Revenge by Asiong's gang. See, when they get hold of Toothpick, they beat him, dragged him to the local cemetery, beat him up some more, stuffed him in a cheesecloth sack, and set him on fire. And that's not enough. They had to shoot him thrice just to make sure the traitor pays for his crimes.
- Mexican Standoff: The first meeting between Asiong and Golem in the film.
- More Dakka: Played straight to No Kill Like Overkill levels.
- Oral Fixation Fixation: Toothpick
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Asiong's brother is a policeman.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: As You Know, Filipino nicknames for men in action films run on the Rule of Cool. And "Toothpick" is one of them.
- Tsundere: Asiong's wife Fidela is a Type B. She shows her tsun side the first time we see him come home late, but is otherwise a doting wife to him.
edited 22nd Jan '12 9:55:39 PM by judasmartel
edited 25th Jan '12 9:24:58 AM by entropy13
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot, over.
edited 26th Jan '12 6:53:23 PM by JTheGreat
- The Hero is Always Female suffering from Perpetual Poverty. There are two ways to make the heroine symphateic:
- Abusive parents or relatives who force her to do a lot of jobs, often sacrificing her basic needs, so they might get the money off her for their various vices (alcohol, sex, gambling, and drugs). They may or may not be her true relatives.
- She's adopted by an ideal family, whether they may be rich or poor. Expect the jealous stepsister to enter the scene and make the heroine's life miserable For the Evulz.
- Most superheroes are Always Male, with the exception of Darna. If the story wants to put in female and kid heroes, expect them to be included in a Five-Man Band.
- The Love Interest is often a Lonely Rich Kid or not even that. He might be the most handsome man in the world, or a Nice Guy with a great sense of justice, or an Upper-Class Twit in search for true love, but there's one thing you only need to know about him: he will come to love the heroine just the way she is. That, or he can't stand her (ex-)girlfriend's horrible efforts to keep him.
- In all the myriad ways, The Hero ALWAYS has disappeared parents, and the parent/child search is most often the central point of the plot. It was lampshaded in an online article that all the good guys are always looking for their sons, their daughters, their parents, their brothers and sisters, their whatever flesh and blood. And not only that. The good guys never seem to run out of people to look for.
- There's always a backstory involving the hero's parents and the people around them. In all of those backstories, the bad guys win. So it's up to their friends (and enemies) to hide the child into obscurity so the bad guys won't find them until later in the story.
- The heroine is almost always a Stepford Smiler, as Filipinos are known for. She might be a Plucky Girl, Purity Personified, Extreme Doormat, or a Type B Tsundere. The rival on the other hand, is almost always an Alpha Bitch Yandere of the Murder the Hypotenuse variety. Sometimes not even then.
- The Hero is always All of the Other Reindeer for so many reasons (she's ugly, she's adopted, and she's a freak. A variation would be that the kids are envious of everything she has.) Then some Nice Guy defends her from the bullies, until, well, he has to go somewhere else, usually abroad. Of course, they will meet again when they grow up. Always.
- The Hero is often an Ordinary High-School Student, or an ordinary college student. Of course, expect Jerk Jocks and Alpha Bitches making her school life miserable. Nowadays, though, the heroines tend to be as younger as 6 or 7 years old, but that's not catering to some certain interest groups.
- The Love Interest or The Rival is often a child of the story's Big Bad, potentially making the latter The Dragon or The Dark Chick.
- The Dark Chick now almost always pulls off a Heel–Face Turn, but sometimes can be derailed by a Heel–Face Door-Slam.
- The Hero can undergo a Rags to Riches transformation, especially when the story runs on Revenge.
- The Five-Bad Band are almost always Jerkasses (Duh.) who are consummate masters of the art of puppy-kicking. The Big Bad is the greatest chessmaster of them all, but The Dragon or even The Dark Chick is no slouch in that, either. These guys are often the number one reason of heart attacks in the Philippines, so much that the Five-Man Band almost always has to play Spanner in the Works to defeat them.
- The DNA Test. Some guy wants to know who his child really is (it's the hero, of course), so let's do that. If this guy really is the hero's father, it will definitely come out, right? One problem: the Big Bad is Genre Savvy enough to pull off the Screw the Rules, I Have Money! trope to turn the tables around so she can still keep her husband off the Gold Digger hero.
- Hostage Situation. Expect The Cavalry Arrives Late, or not even then.
- The Lancer is often the resident Camp Gay.
- Hell-Bent for Leather, even during hot weather.
- The Hero is often a Butt Monkey for the rival or the Big Bad.
- Because the Big Bad is the greatest Magnificent Bastard in the story, his favorite MO is Screw the Rules, I Have Money!.
- Pigeonholed Actors. No matter how they try to avert this trope, they just can't.
edited 9th Feb '12 6:47:26 PM by judasmartel
edited 7th Feb '12 7:26:57 PM by judasmartel
edited 8th Feb '12 5:06:11 AM by eternalNoob
edited 8th Feb '12 8:32:13 AM by judasmartel
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot, over.