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* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: When he decides to kill [[spoiler:Rocco]], Pappa Yakaveta dramatically snaps his revolver cylinder shut by flipping his wrist. With swing-out cylinder revolvers, doing this can bend the cylinder arm, misaligning the cylinder, and leading to a [[CriticalFailure misfire]], [[StuffBlowingUp potentially blowing the gun apart.]]

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* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: When he decides to kill [[spoiler:Rocco]], Pappa Yakaveta dramatically snaps his revolver cylinder shut by flipping his wrist. With swing-out cylinder revolvers, doing this can bend the cylinder arm, misaligning the cylinder, and leading to a [[CriticalFailure misfire]], [[StuffBlowingUp potentially blowing the gun apart.]]]] The particular one he's using is known for its Swiss watch-like fitting, making it even more of a bad idea than usual to do this trick.


* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: When he decides to kill [[spoiler:Rocco]], Papa Yakaveta dramatically snaps his revolver cylinder shut by flipping his wrist. With swing-out cylinder revolvers, doing this can bend the cylinder arm, misaligning the cylinder, and leading to a [[CriticalFailure misfire]], [[StuffBlowingUp potentially blowing the gun apart.]]

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* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: When he decides to kill [[spoiler:Rocco]], Papa Pappa Yakaveta dramatically snaps his revolver cylinder shut by flipping his wrist. With swing-out cylinder revolvers, doing this can bend the cylinder arm, misaligning the cylinder, and leading to a [[CriticalFailure misfire]], [[StuffBlowingUp potentially blowing the gun apart.]]



* AssholeVictim: Just about every one of the Saints' victims, but Vincenzo, the Sick Mob Man, and Papa Joe himself in particular.

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* AssholeVictim: Just about every one of the Saints' victims, but Vincenzo, the Sick Mob Man, and Papa Pappa Joe himself in particular.



* BigBad: Giuseppi "Papa Joe" Yakavetta, TheMafia boss running Boston.

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* BigBad: Giuseppi "Papa "Pappa Joe" Yakavetta, TheMafia boss running Boston.



* BondVillainStupidity: Papa Joe shoots [[spoiler:Rocco]], but leaves [[spoiler:the [=McManuses=]]] bound. May be justified by him wanting to question [[spoiler:the brothers]] some more and thinking of [[spoiler:Rocco]] as dead weight.
* {{Bookends}}: The movie opens with a priest telling the story of Kitty Genovese, while in the trial at the end of the movie, Papa Joe's alibi to an unspecified charge is that he was at the ''genovese'' (the butcher shop) with his mother.

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* BondVillainStupidity: Papa Pappa Joe shoots [[spoiler:Rocco]], but leaves [[spoiler:the [=McManuses=]]] bound. May be justified by him wanting to question [[spoiler:the brothers]] some more and thinking of [[spoiler:Rocco]] as dead weight.
* {{Bookends}}: The movie opens with a priest telling the story of Kitty Genovese, while in the trial at the end of the movie, Papa Pappa Joe's alibi to an unspecified charge is that he was at the ''genovese'' (the butcher shop) with his mother.



* {{Fingore}}: In the shootout with Il Duce, Rocco loses a finger, which Smecker uses to identify him by means of his fingerprint. [[spoiler:When the Saints get captured by Yakavetta's men, Papa Joe shoots off another one of Rocco's fingers before ultimately deciding to kill him.]]

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* {{Fingore}}: In the shootout with Il Duce, Rocco loses a finger, which Smecker uses to identify him by means of his fingerprint. [[spoiler:When the Saints get captured by Yakavetta's men, Papa Pappa Joe shoots off another one of Rocco's fingers before ultimately deciding to kill him.]]



* PayEvilUntoEvil: Played with. Sometimes, the Saints don't really discriminate between {{mooks}}, and sometimes they can come across as too soft on certain bad guys, like Papa Joe.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: In Papa Joe's first scene, he asks Rocco to tell him a joke. When Rocco is telling the joke, Papa Joe and his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Vincenzo insist Rocco refer to black people as "niggers".

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* PayEvilUntoEvil: Played with. Sometimes, the Saints don't really discriminate between {{mooks}}, and sometimes they can come across as too soft on certain bad guys, like Papa Pappa Joe.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: In Papa Pappa Joe's first scene, he asks Rocco to tell him a joke. When Rocco is telling the joke, Papa Pappa Joe and his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Vincenzo insist Rocco refer to black people as "niggers".



* ManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:The mysterious "Roman" who masterminded the hit on the priest is revealed to be Il Duce's childhood friend Louie. Louie reveals that he was only interested in rising up the ranks of the mafia and was using Noah/Il Duce to eliminate the competition, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness afterward giving him up to the police when he was done.]] The mafia cast him out as well, but he helped rebuild the Yakavetta family after Papa Joe's demise, and let the Saints take out the rest of the Mafia so Louie can take control.]]

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* ManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:The mysterious "Roman" who masterminded the hit on the priest is revealed to be Il Duce's childhood friend Louie. Louie reveals that he was only interested in rising up the ranks of the mafia and was using Noah/Il Duce to eliminate the competition, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness afterward giving him up to the police when he was done.]] The mafia cast him out as well, but he helped rebuild the Yakavetta family after Papa Pappa Joe's demise, and let the Saints take out the rest of the Mafia so Louie can take control.]]


The brothers kill the mobsters and then turn themselves in to the police, though they are quickly released on their self-defense plea. They learn the location of the syndicate's leaders, then kill them all. They are quickly joined by their best friend David Della Rocco (played by an actor who [[TheDanza shares the name]]), a package boy for the local Italian mafia, who enlists their help in taking down his former syndicate after he is sold out by his bosses Papa Joe and Vincenzo.

FBI Agent Paul Smecker (played by Creator/WillemDafoe) is on the case of the vigilantes, and as the bad guy body count continues to rise and the brothers become local heroes, Smecker has to decide whether he wants to catch the killers or join them.

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The brothers kill the mobsters and then turn themselves in to the police, though they are quickly released on their self-defense plea. They learn the location of the syndicate's leaders, then kill them all. They are quickly joined by their best friend David Della Rocco (played by an actor who [[TheDanza shares the name]]), a package boy for the local Italian mafia, who enlists their help in taking down his former syndicate after he is sold out by his bosses Papa Pappa Joe and Vincenzo.

FBI Special Agent Paul Smecker (played by Creator/WillemDafoe) is on the case of the vigilantes, and as the bad guy body count continues to rise and the brothers become local heroes, Smecker has to decide whether he wants to catch the killers or join them.


* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: [[GunsAkimbo Dual wielding desert eagles]] is far more dangerous for the shooter than the target. Especially considering the high powered cartridges desert eagles use.

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* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: [[GunsAkimbo Dual wielding desert eagles]] is far more dangerous for the shooter than the target. Especially considering the high powered cartridges desert eagles use.


** [[GunsAkimbo Dual wielding desert eagles]] is far more dangerous for the shooter than the target. Especially considering the high powered cartridges desert eagles use.

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* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: pointing a gun at your friend even as a joke is not something one should do.
** [[GunsAkimbo Dual wielding desert eagles]] is far more dangerous for the shooter than the target. Especially considering the high powered cartridges desert eagles use.


* HealItWithFire: After their first encounter with Il Duce, Connor, Murphy and Rocco all take turns healing their injuries using a Cloth Iron left over a stove, complete with [[SoundtrackDissonance operatic accompaniment]].


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* HealItWithFire: After their first encounter with Il Duce, Connor, Murphy and Rocco all take turns healing their injuries using a Cloth Iron left over a stove, complete with [[SoundtrackDissonance operatic accompaniment]].

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* HealItWithFire: After their first encounter with Il Duce, Connor, Murphy and Rocco all take turns healing their injuries using a Cloth Iron left over a stove, complete with [[SoundtrackDissonance operatic accompaniment]].

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: At the beginning of the film, the monsignor mentions Kitty Genovese during his homily on BystanderSyndrome. However, while the Genovese case (and the New York Times' report on it) did become the TropeCodifier of Bystander Syndrome, in actual fact it was anything but. [[note]]For a start, Genovese was initially attacked at approximately 3:15am, meaning nearly all the potential witnesses were sound asleep. Her lungs were also punctured in the initial attack, meaning she couldn't call for help very loudly. One person did in fact call out and drive off her attacker, and two people called the police. However, Genovese then wandered into a alley leading to a locked door to the building, which is where her returning attacker found, raped, and murdered her. The layout of the building, and the two separate attacks, meant that no one witnessed the entire series of events. Only two witnesses (one for each attack) were even aware that Genovese had been stabbed.(The majority of the dozen witnesses thought the disturbance was a drunken fight or domestic quarrel)One 70 year old woman even ventured out and cradled Genovese as she died.[[/note]] However, while a rival crime reporter found large holes in the story even at the time, the NY Times' reputation prevented anyone making a serious counter-example until a study in 2007; the NY Times themselves didn't acknowledge the inaccuracies until 2016.

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* FamilyExtermination: The "Sick Mob Man" carries out one of these.


* YouWouldntShootMe: Flashbacks to Noah McManus/Il Duce's youth show that two of the mafia goons who helped bludgeon his father to death were quite appropriately nervous to see him show up for revenge with a knife and pistol in his hands and cold-blooded murder in his eyes, but the one to actually kill his Pop was very blasé about it and arrogantly insisted that the kid didn't have the balls to shoot them. [[BullyingADragon Guess who dies choking on his own blood a few seconds later?]]

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* YouWouldntShootMe: Flashbacks to Noah McManus/Il [=McManus=]/Il Duce's youth show that two of the mafia goons who helped bludgeon his father to death were quite appropriately nervous to see him show up for revenge with a knife and pistol in his hands and cold-blooded murder in his eyes, but the one to actually kill his Pop was very blasé about it and arrogantly insisted that the kid didn't have the balls to shoot them. [[BullyingADragon Guess who dies choking on his own blood a few seconds later?]]


* YouWouldn'tShootMe: Flashbacks to Noah McManus/Il Duce's youth show that two of the mafia goons who helped bludgeon his father to death were quite appropriately nervous to see him show up for revenge with a knife and pistol in his hands and cold-blooded murder in his eyes, but the one to actually kill his Pop was very blasé about it and arrogantly insisted that the kid didn't have the balls to shoot them. [[BullyingADragon Guess who dies choking on his own blood a few seconds later?]]

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* YouWouldn'tShootMe: YouWouldntShootMe: Flashbacks to Noah McManus/Il Duce's youth show that two of the mafia goons who helped bludgeon his father to death were quite appropriately nervous to see him show up for revenge with a knife and pistol in his hands and cold-blooded murder in his eyes, but the one to actually kill his Pop was very blasé about it and arrogantly insisted that the kid didn't have the balls to shoot them. [[BullyingADragon Guess who dies choking on his own blood a few seconds later?]]

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* YouWouldn'tShootMe: Flashbacks to Noah McManus/Il Duce's youth show that two of the mafia goons who helped bludgeon his father to death were quite appropriately nervous to see him show up for revenge with a knife and pistol in his hands and cold-blooded murder in his eyes, but the one to actually kill his Pop was very blasé about it and arrogantly insisted that the kid didn't have the balls to shoot them. [[BullyingADragon Guess who dies choking on his own blood a few seconds later?]]

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* HypocriticalHumor: Smecker, in the same discussion, calls out one of the cops for saying "symbology" instead of symbolism", and also mentions being an expert in "nameology."

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