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Romper Stomper is a 2018 Australian television series that streams on Stan. A sequel to the 1992 film of the same name, the show follows both far-left and far-right activists in a struggle for the soul of their nation. Jacqueline McKenzie, Dan Wyllie and John Brumpton reprise their roles from the original film.

The series provides examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: Malik, who's a martial artist, accidentally killed a white man who he got into a street fight with.
  • Age-Gap Romance: Blake is about twenty years older than his wife Zoe.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Petra, a pale-skinned brunette who's a leader of Antifasc, is more reserved than most of them and also cool-headed in contrast.
  • Association Fallacy: Leila is told by Jago that, due to being a Muslim, she is responsible herself for any Islamic terrorism in Australia as moderates give them "cover".
  • Bomb Throwing Anarchist: Antifasc believe in direct action to fight fascism, mostly by beating up far-rightists.
  • Child by Rape: Kane turns out to be the result of his mother being raped by her father.
  • Downer Ending: The show ends with a huge one. Magoo blows himself up before anybody can stop him, murdering or wounding many people, including several main characters (though their exact fates are unknown). Zoe murders Marco as well, and Gabe leaves Kane behind with them remaining estranged.
  • Evil Mentor: Vic/Cackles is revealed to have inducted Kane into Neo-Nazism.
  • Frame-Up: Kane makes Jago's accidental death look like murder at the hands of Muslims by spray-painting Islamic slogans and symbols on his wall, adding to anarchist graffiti already there.
  • Gay Conservative: Jago is a right-wing TV show host who's revealed as being gay. Some of his right-wing allies don't like it, but they tolerate him as he's useful.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: Blake is quite homophobic and thus dislikes Jago, a right-wing gay TV host. He tolerates him though as he's an ally but makes it clear that he thinks homosexuality is something that should be "purified" from white Australians in the future.
  • Hypocrite: Magoo is a violent white supremacist. He has a daughter who's half East Asian herself though (and thus obviously also had a relationship with a woman of that background). Magoo clearly loves her, though he appears to see no conflict in this given his racism.
  • Killed Offscreen: Gabe mentions that all of the original gang died, aside from Cackles and Magoo, since the film's events.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Kane kills Blake by shoving him into a skip, making it look like he'd just slipped and fallen.
  • Missing Mom: Gabe apparently gave Kane up for adoption, admitting she wasn't any kind of mum to him (though she does care for him and tries to steer him away from Neo-Nazism). He resents Gabe for this into the present.
  • Name of Cain: Zoe, who's a Christian, notes Kane's name, and says it's "wicked" (though she finds him appealing). Kane is a Neo-Nazi thug himself.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Petra realizes something is wrong when Kane coolly stares down the Antifasc members who've come to attack the Patriot Blue members on the peer. She's right, as he learned of the plan and many more Patriot Blue come off a nearby bus to attack Antifasc.
    • Later the Antifasc have a collective moment like this after Jago accidentally dies just by slipping on his own floor while they're in his house trashing the place, thinking they'd be blamed.
  • Patricide: Gabe kills her father. He raped her in the past.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Antifasc have this view with regards to far-rightists, assaulting them in hopes of destroying their whole movement.
  • Politically Motivated Teacher: McKew is a professor at the university which the Antifasc members attend (he's involved with the group as well). His lectures from what's seen don't even try to be neutral, but denounce the US and Israel for imperialism.
  • Propaganda Machine: No Quarter is a right-wing TV program which constantly advocates for an anti-immigration and Islamophobic view with slanted, biased means covered by false "balance" to lure opponents in, as the host Jago Zoric is far from a neutral host or moderator when they get there for a debate. He gives cover to some even more openly far-right groups, who he is shown as in bed with (and they use violence).
  • Straight Gay: Jago is a right-wing TV host with no signs that he's gay before being identified as such.
  • Suicide Attack: In the finale, Magoo, who's dying of cancer, blows himself up to kill a federal MP. Numerous people nearby in the vicinity are killed or wounded as well.
  • Vigilante Militia:
    • Antifasc are self-appointed anti-fascist vigilante anarchists who attack far-rightists wherever they find them.
    • Patriot Blue set up night patrols to ostensibly be this, though a lot of their activities are simply beating up any people of color they run into.
  • Western Terrorists: A group of the white nationalists stage a suicide bombing to kill a federal MP in the finale.