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Brigador is an isometric sci-fi vehicular combat game. On the planet of Novo Solo, in the city of Solo Nobre, the "Great Leader" has just passed away. Now you, a mercenary soldier, are tasked with destabilizing the situation further by attacking the forces occupying the city and destroying defensive installations. To achieve your goals, you have at your disposal a selection of mechs, tanks and anti-gravity vehicles with customizable armaments and special abilities. You will need these and a considerable amount of skill to stand a chance against the armies opposing you.

The game uses a unique art style using pre-rendered sprites created from 3D models, with 64 degrees of rotation, making for a very smooth yet distinctly 2D appearance.

The game was released in Early Access on Steam on October 16th, 2015 and officially released on June 2, 2016.


Tropes present in Brigador:

  • Ace Custom/Super Prototype: Several Lore files heavily imply every Player Character's chosen mech is this, even if their vehicles are things like concrete-covered bulldozers, giant houses of scrap converted to tanks, heavily outdated power armor, railway cars given legs, or obsolete mecha - the SNC's shields, cranial jacks, and weaponry are cutting edge, even more so than the advanced Spacers.
  • Admiring the Abomination: Cephei Chatfield often shows his respect to bloodthirsty or insanely violent Brigadors when he describes about them.
  • The Aesthetics of Technology: Each faction has a distinct aesthetic for their units.
    • Loyalist units usually have rugged and industrial looks.
    • Corvid units are made from old cars, farming vehicles, aircrafts, or scrapped loyalist vehicles.
    • Spacer units resemble 60s/70s old sci-fi, plus a bit of modern-day spaceflight (such as their tanks greatly resembling lunar rovers). They use ball wheels for tanks instead of tank treads.
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  • All There in the Manual: Much of the backstory, as well as various details about the culture of Solo Nobre, is delivered through information available for purchase, along with tidbits of lore delivered through the descriptions of the mercenary pilots, weapons, and vehicles. A separately purchasable audiobook expands further on the story.
  • Alliterative Name: Cephei Chatfield, a Spacer intelligence agent and pilot.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Spacers, descended from ultra-rich communities forming their own colony ships. They consider themselves (and are considered) the elite of the elite. They live hedonistic, glamorous, hi-tech lives... funded by raiding colonies. Amusement to them is mass genocide and torture of planets they occupy.
    • Much of the corrupt regime of Solo Nobre under Great Leader were generations of old-money family who hoarded wealth and resources at the expense of their people.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Efigénia "Efi" Tseng is Asian, and is noted to be loquacious and anal-retentive, especially when it comes to technology. Her motivation for joining the SNC lies primarily in signing up for their research labs, and a great deal of the game's writeups on weaponry and mechs are from her.
  • Audio Play: Brigador Deluxe DLC has the Brigador audiobook.
  • Back Stab: Regardless of player or enemy, units will receive 2x damage when attacked from behind.
  • Banana Republic: Solo Nobre is effectively one Recycled In Space and filtered through the lens of Cyberpunk, being a military dictatorship that enforcing its rule by martial law and having characteristic features such as sprawling favelas, soul-crushing poverty, colliding cultures, and meddling outside influences.
  • BFG: Heavy-class weapons.
    • Invoked by the Dorothy powersuit, which has a Main weapon slot. To give this context, Main-class guns are intended to be mounted on mid-sized tanks. In-universe, the Dorothy comes standard with a Balão (a 240mm mortar launcher with an enormous blast radius) mounted on its shoulder.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • Brigador is Portuguese for "fighter".
    • The corrosive gas used in the Ploughman weapon is "tubarão" - shark. Fitting, given it basically eats everything it comes in contact with.
    • One of the mainstay turret weapons is the 12.7mm machine gun "Mãe Doĩs" - Ma Deuce, the nickname of the real-world M2 machine gun. Its description even notes that it dates back to pre-space times.
    • Similarly, the "Carlos" 84mm recoil-less rifle uses the latinized version of the name of a decidedly non-fictional 84mm recoilless rifle.
  • Brain–Computer Interface: Vehicles are outfitted with cranial jacks, which generally help with movement, aim, and vision.
  • Cannon Fodder: Loyalist infantries. Almost any attacks can kill them instantly. They will try to attack you with their guns or mortars, but their attacks won't hurt you much.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Appearances of pilots are very different from each other.
  • Chicken Walker: One of the vehicle types available in the game. In particular, the Spacers are extremely fond of this design - Lore files state they really enjoy placing as much hi-tech weaponry as they can on legs that would fall over, if it weren't for the hi-tech weight distributions, alloys, and motors used in Spacer tech. Corvid power armor and light mecha are also these, due to how jury-rigged they are. In the audiobook, the Buckmaster, one of the Loyalist's standard light mechs, is described as a "nightmare chicken roosting" when it's crouched down.
  • Child Soldiers: One of Cephei's intel logs for a Spacer pilot notes they met in an "intelligence creche", heavily implying the Spacers start training their kids for war at a young age, and that there's an attrition rate.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: One of the tenets of Spacer morality is to betray anyone at a moment's notice - be it for money, power, or kicks. Some of your missions deal with Spacer detachments who were working with the SNC, up until they found better opportunities in trying to screw them over.
    • SNC aren't above this. Early in the war, the Spacers cooperated heavily with the SNC, until the SNC received a hefty contract to wrest a rich man's neighborhood from Spacer control.
  • Collision Damage: Inverted. You don't take damage from impacts, but everyone else sure does - it's a good way to smash things sans ammo. Unsurprisingly, the Killdozer is really good at exploiting this, hitting far outside its weight class when used to just ram into things.
  • Competitive Balance: With dozens of vehicles, weapons, and pilots to choose from, much of the fun and challenge in Brigador comes from designing a loadout that is effective enough to tackle the higher difficulty levels.
  • Concealment Equals Cover: Averted. Fragile structures like shacks or hedges will be penetrated easily. Weapons with high penetration rating can shoot through almost anything, like apartments or thick barrier walls.
  • Conveniently Empty Building: Averted. When you destroy small buildings like shanty houses or tents, you can see flying red bits aside debris.
  • Crapsack World: Prior to Great Leader's death, Solo Nobre was the bastard child of poverty-stricken South/Central American dictatorships and North Korea, where a corrupt, militaristic regime lorded over everything. Prior to that, Solo Nobre's history was a long series of wars, with "peace" meaning rampant crime and a hefty chance of getting stabbed or disappeared each night. Now, it's currently being ripped apart by a Mega-Corp that wants everything razed from the ground and pays mercenaries to do it, the remnants of the brutal dictatorship, a far-left wing of bloodthirsty rebels that routinely use suicide bombers, and depraved transhumans hellbent on genocide.
    • It's not the only hellhole - the Outer Colonies are generally implied to be very third-world, Spacer raids and colonizations on worlds result in the mass torture and destruction of the populace for amusement, and Volta, one of many "efficiency societies", slid so far back, its society has become tribal combat over "nutrient pipelines".
  • Creator Cameo: Hugh Armbruster's pilot portrait looks very similar to one of lead developers, Hugh Monahan.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Anyone hit with the Ploughman, Chuffer, Black Hand, or AK Pulse experiences this. The Ploughman and Chuffer combine the worst parts of Deadly Gas and Hollywood Acid, the Black Hand gives the target an extreme dose of radiation that's enough to liquefy organs at close range, and the AK Pulse is a sonic boom that crushes anyone in its radius, and anyone outside of its radius (in lore) will suffer from burst eardrums and crushed organs.
  • Daylight Horror: The special campaign's end level is set in broad daylight. Naturally, you're free to continue your war crimes there.
  • Death Seeker: Deni Haapala is one of the most renowned pliots and the last survivor of a clan ship with warrior religion. His religion prevents him from committing suicide, so he aims to die in battle to join his people in the afterlife.
  • Death World: It is heavily implied that the rest of Novo Solo outside of Solo Nobre is this - the extremely big concrete fence wasn't just to keep out military action, but the fauna of Novo Solo.
  • Dem Bones: "Precursor James", the most expensive mercenary that can be unlocked, is represented in his file as a skeleton wearing a death mask - or, perhaps, he is one.
    • Steve Lichman, a Guest Fighter from a comic book series that centered around the titular lich having to deal with aggravating fantasy cliches.
  • Depth Deception: Despite being lovingly rendered in nostalgic 2D, the game plays entirely in 3D. Buildings, vehicles, and rubble have relative height, this combine with the exact location of weapon hardpoints can make a big difference in whether you can shoot over/through something or not. Wrapping your head around this is part of the challenge.
  • Deflector Shields: Each player controlled vehicle has their own, which unlike their armour can be replenished by picking up energy drops from defeated enemy vehicles. Various enemy vehicles also sport these - Spacers are particularly fond of them.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Using high-arc Artillery weapons is somewhat difficult (especially against moving targets), but you can shoot them over buildings or walls. Also, projectiles from these weapons tend to have larger damage and blast radius compared to other explosive weapons.
  • The Dreaded: A gameplay mechanic with Freelance mode pilots. The more expensive pilots you unlock tend to be more well-known - and have higher difficulty modifiers due to their notoriety, affecting the amount of enemies encountered in each district. In exchange, these pilots also have high payout bonuses and multipliers, as the SNC is willing to shell out far more money for their services than low-ranking nobodies and unproven pilots that don't attract nearly as much attention, but work for pennies in comparison.
    • "Precursor James", the most expensive mercenary you can unlock. Cephei, the Knowledge Broker of the mercenaries, notes that no matter how loyal or corrupt the Loyalists he tried to bribe with - even if it was money or ultra-expensive biomods - every Loyalist immediately shuts up when you mention Precursor James and goes on the highest alert available. The difficulty modifier - set to max, which means massive zerg rushes - implies every faction is putting out all the stops to kill him.
    • "The Auditor", a Spacer who the other Spacers fear and respect - where torture, genocide, mass murder, backstabbing, and warfare are the norm. They're known for hanging around empty/evacuated war zones and doing... something.
  • Dummied Out: There are unfinished flame-based weapons in the data files.
  • Eats Babies: Clotilde Aalto, one of the Spacer pilots, turned the gestation vats of her children into sou-vides for "Spacer balut". In other words, it's boiled alive.
  • EMP: One of the available special abilities, an EMP grenade, which allows you to disrupt anti-gravity vehicles, halt ground vehicles (usually), and stop spotter units from setting off alarms.
  • Everything Breaks: Any structure you can see can be leveled to the ground with the application of brute force and high explosives.
  • Evil vs. Evil: None of the factions here could be called good or even morally grey.
    • The SNC is a collection of brutal Mega Corps who give healthy payouts to the various mercenaries for destroying everything in sight - buildings, houses, civilians, and plan to take over the ashes of Solo Nobre with their own brand of fascism bundled up in a nice stack of credits. It's also implied at least part of the upper management really want to emulate (or at least heavily admire) Spacers - see below.
    • The Loyalists are the remnants of "Great Leader"'s government: a brutal, militaristic dictator who gave massive benefits to his military at everyone else's expense, encouraged war crimes, and cared more about going to war than lifting their world out of the third-world hellhole it was. Despite this, many of them are still willing to fight in his memory - mainly because Great Leader greatly decreased the rampant crime that infested Solo Nobre, and kept said Mega Corps at bay. And lowered the price of water.
    • The Corvids are an Anarcho-syndicalist revolution movement taken to extremes; they regularly use suicide bombers mixed in with the civilian population and build their outposts around civilian centers to use them as human shields. Many of their followers are so fanatical they are perfectly willing to die for their cause, and bloodthirsty enough to regularly shoot down civilian spacecraft landing at spaceports.
    • And quite possibly the worst of the lot are Spacers; sadistic, hyperelite Space Pirates in the extreme and have a Bad is Good and Good is Bad morality (where being reliable and not backstabbing is seen as an evil and untrustworthy trait). They are extremely proud of their numerous raids, deliberate targeting of civilian populaces, their mass torture of populations they occupy, and nihilistic worldview. Bits of Spacer vehicle information implies they've added more weapon ports to their vehicles simply so they can take more potshots at civilians. As mentioned above, one playable Spacer pilot literally Eats Babies, and even the Spacer considered "good" by normal standards (and thus despised by others for weakness) is still known to change sides on a whim to cause the most amount of damage on the battlefield.
  • Excuse Plot: The SNC is paying you to destroy all resistant within the city and leave it ripe for a takeover. That's pretty much the extent of how much the plot affects you.
  • Exploding Barrels: Many, many structures in the environment will violently explode when touched off by weapons fire - taking out any nearby enemies, structures, and quite often the player. Be wary of gas stations, pipelines, orbital guns, fuel depots, ammo dumps, etc.
  • Expy: The Corvid are basically a Cyberpunk version of the Warboys, using vehicles built out of civilian cars and scrapped parts, being bloodthirsty fanatics, and according to at least one pilot's profile, use white facepaint to identify themselves.
  • Eye Beams: The Zed Prime spacer agrav shoots concentrated beams from eyes of its "face".
  • Eyeless Face: Oscar Allard, the second most expensive mercenary. According to Cephei, he "reshaped his sense organs" to join the cyclolucidites, who are essentially human calculators put in an extremely deep dream state to process FTL calculations safely.
  • Eye Scream: Phil Bromlin has an injured eye and broken glasses.
  • The Faceless:
    • Precursor James, the most expensive pilot in Freelance mode. It is not clear who or even what he is; His avatar picture is what appears to be a skull wearing a ceremonial mask. His description states that Loyalist, Corvid, and Spacer forces regard him as The Dreaded, to the point that they deploy all available forces at the mere mention of his name, so it is possible that this "Precursor James" isn't actually the real one.
    • According to the Man from Volta, the tribal warrior society he hails from considers anyone not wearing a mask an Un-person and without identity. In his case, his mask is a paper plate.
  • Faction Calculus: Three Faction variants, with the military junta Loyalists being Balanced, the freedom fighter/terrorist Corvids Subversive, and ultra-elite Spacers as Powerhouses.
  • Fantastic Racism: Lore states that Spacers despise anyone who lives planetside, because they consider their "culture" and bodies so far evolved from the "soil vermin" that their very existence is an insult, only good for murder or torture, and even more insulting that the Spacers evolved from such animals. Even more despicable to Spacers is that they must return to a planet - any will do - in order to ensure their bodies won't grow weak from a lack of gravity, and to breed and raise children who won't die the first time they enter a gravity well.
  • Fantastic Slurs: Spacers often refer people who live in planets as "soil vermin", "groundlings", or "dirt eaters".
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: The maximum pilot height of the Swede mech is stated 1.68m, yet any pilot can pilot this mech.
  • Glass Cannon: Several of the light mechs and agravs can mount Main hardpoint weaponry, letting them punch substantially above their weight class. This is generally balanced by possessing even lower shield & hull values, or reduced movement speed.
  • Gun Porn: The weaponry is beautiful to witness.
  • Hide Your Children: You can kill many civilians in the city if you want to, but there are no child civilians.
  • Hitbox Dissonance: Agrav hitboxes extend down to the ground, so shots can't pass under them. The tutorial even advises aiming for their groundlights or shadows to draw an accurate bead.
  • Hover Tank: One of the vehicle types available in the game, referred to as "agravs" (short for anti-gravity vehicle) in-game. The Loyalists - being a military regime - hew closer to the trope name.
  • Innocent Bystander: You can find many civilians with yellow raincoat throughout levels. In Solo Nobre, yellow raincoats indicate the wearer is a non-combatant.
  • Invisibility Cloak: One of the available special abilities, Active Camouflauge, lets you hide your vehicle from sights using light refraction technology.
    • Visible Invisibility: A necessary side-effect when using the Active Camoflauge, as it would be difficult to see and steer the vehicle you control otherwise.
  • Isometric Projection
  • Knockback: A common effect on enemy Agravs when hit by attacks. But also present on your own vehicle when you yourself fire some of the larger weapons, pushing your vehicle backwards with their recoil.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: The Touro mech: good armor, good shields, good mobility, good weapon slots that allow for plentiful ammo. The description for it mentions that a general keeps pushing the War Council to have it decommissioned due to its age, only to be laughed out of meetings because of how reliable and versatile it is.
  • Joke Character:
    • Johnny Five Aces. His description is taken directly from a pitch-perfect and well-loved-on-SA mockery of the "game" project he was taken from and he has a high difficulty modifier for his price. Furthermore, his difficulty increase per level is negative, which means that the enemies will slowly decrease as levels are cleared. While he has a massive $50 million victory bonus, the fact that his payout multiplier is .1 means you won't see much of that money even if you win.
    • Steve Lichman, a slacker, uh, lich who wants revenge after the war killed his best friend. He's also a skeleton. A reference to an obscure webseries that mocked fantasy cliches.
    • To a lesser extent, Man from Volta, both in-universe and out. In universe, he's a savage, idiotic brute who... wears a paper plate on his face. In-game, he doesn't trigger an enemy response until the second map, implying the factions don't take him seriously at all... and then they start throwing everything at you.
    • The Varlet is a tuk-tuk. It has lowest shield & hull values (15 hull, 15 shield, and 15 overcharge for a total of 45 at most), and can only use Small-class weapons. However, this vehicle has the highest payout multiplier (x10).
  • Kill and Replace: Caterine Aunup have done this to her lovers for many times. Cephei Chatfield thinks she is particularly unusual because she actually loved her victims instead of killing them amusement, to purge the weak, or to attain their rank.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: The 'Pitbull' rocket pod shoots rockets with very high fire rate. This weapon is quite good at destroying groups of enemies or buildings.
  • Marathon Level: Some of the operations in Freelance mode can take you through over a dozen districts, with some not allowing you to leave early by heading to the spaceport. Special mention goes to the "Closed Casket Special": An operation that spans 39 districts with no possibility of an early exit, and the "Full Campaign Run", which is... well, guess.
  • Mega-Corp: The SNC is a coalition of them formed up into one big happy capitalist family that seeks to take control of the chaos of Great Leader's death to protect their bottom line, secure new resources, and ensure they become the leading "government" without pesky things like "regulations" or "taxes". The mercenaries have to pay out just to see the full details of the Brigador contract they signed.
  • Mini-Mecha: Nearly all the light mechs.
  • Mecha: A variety ranging from 18-wheelers on legs, chicken-legged open-cockpit artillery platforms, classic walking tanks, aerodynamic hi-tech killers, and enormous fortress-like things.
  • Mighty Glacier: Ultra-class mechs and vehicles tend to be extremely slow, even by heavy vehicle standards. For example, the Lowmil tank boasts dual Heavy-weapon slots and a generous HP pool of 800, but is slow as balls.
  • Monster Closet: Some of the bonus campaign missions have enemies walled off by indestructible concrete walls that will be released once a specific objective is completed, forcing the player to either run through a gauntlet, or buckle down for a fight.
  • More Dakka:
    • Machine gun weapons like König or Banshee have an extremely high rate of fire. They are great at any situations, but heavier ones consume your ammo very fast.
    • The "Chieftain" laser cannon rapidly shoots destructive laser beams. It's one of the best weapons against shields, but its accuracy diminishes during sustained fire.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: It's stated that one of the failed revolutions of Solo Nobre's past, known as the "Troubles", caused a massive wipe of genetic archives, birth records, personal history, and general genealogy in a "misguided attempt at equality", leading to a fair few citizens making new identities for themselves. It comes out best in the pilot Marie Locke, who has a blank record, somehow served both the Corvids and the NEP with extraordinary combat skills in multiple operations (yet her NEP record lists her as an average soldier), and has a last name that's extremely rare on Solo Nobre.
  • Nitro Boost: The primary feature of the Tank class of vehicles is this - larger vehicles use it to smash through cover and barriers, while smaller vehicles use it to dodge fire.
  • No Arcin Archery": Averted for Mortar weapons. Projectiles from them are subject to gravity, so they are especially useful when you want to attack enemies over buildings or walls.
  • One-Hit Polykill: The "Zeus" railgun will penetrate through anything standing between the shooter and the target. This weapon also has very high damage, so achieving multi-kill with this weapon is easy.
  • One-Man Army: You are expected to be one, especially given how you're then only mech capable of regenerating shields.
  • One-Wheeled Wonder: The "Grigori" treadbike only has one ball-like wheel. Spacers use this unit as explosive drones.
  • Optional Stealth: The game encourages use of stealth. While stealth is not absolutely neccesary, attacking enemies from behind is effective thanks to 2x damage bonus, and fighting against many enemies in an open area is pretty suicidal on higher difficulties.
  • Parental Incest: Look closely at Arturo Nemi's bio:
    Nemi put the bottle down when he settled in a cosmopolitan habitat to produce a wife and children.
  • Powered Armor: An enemy type you face, and one you can use, classified as very, VERY light mechs.
  • Private Military Contractors: The playable characters are PMC members bound by an utterly cruel contract (where being stripped of your very identity whether or not you complete your mission and having every bit of money from you and your next of kin going right to SNC to cover whatever costs they decide to inflict on you on the chance of your death is just the start). Bits of the contract are available in the mission briefings and lore.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Man from Volta, one of the mercenaries in Freelance mode. He is from a perpetually war-torn backwater, uses Hulk Speak, and is of a simple-minded brutality that nevertheless makes him fit for the work of a Brigador. Also, he wears a paper plate as a mask.
  • Recursive Ammo: The ‘Harvester’ Howitzer fires a massive fuel-air cluster bomb. It releases many warheads to the ground, and they can destroy an entire city block single-handedly.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Solo Nobre Concern uses a red and black logo. It even has a skull.
  • Red Light District:
    • Lannois. This district has many casinos, bars, clubs, and brothels - and sometimes, buildings that combine them all into one neat package.
    • Any city block that has a Texas 7, a legal brothel - Texas 7s invariably attract tons and tons of NEP soldiers, no matter the location.
  • Religious Bruiser: Aakar Singh is a Sikh, and he is one of few pilots who is explicitly said to be religious.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Your employers, the SNC, want to ensure that Great Leader's government never comes back, and "improve" the lot of the world. They pay you to destroy everything in sight to accomplish this, collateral damage be damned. Several Campaign briefs heavily imply the structures you attack or rampage through are filled with hiding civilians, and if you look closely, the red gibs that fly when you kill a civilian or infantry unit fly when you demolish a building.
  • Series Mascot: The Touro mech is often featured on promotional artworks.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: There are several shotgun weapons that player can use, and they are quite decent weapons. They have shorter effective range compared to most weapons, but hit hard against enemies.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Smoke Out: One of the available special abilities, smoke screen, allows you to perform one of these. Enemies can't attack or see you within the screen.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Regardless of your choice of pilot, the player character is essentially being paid to commit either terrorist actions, or war crimes - with an unavoidably massive body count. Without a canon story, whether this matters or not is pretty much up to the player.
  • Spiritual Successor: Given that both games involve mecha blasting their way through highly destructible urban environments from an isometric perspective, it's easy to think of Brigador being this to GT Interactive's Bedlam.
  • Stealthy Colossus: Ultra-class units with Active Camouflage can become this.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Doesn't matter if you're piloting a dinky little scout mech or an absolutely massive tank, enemy infantry run right at you. At the very least, their laser rifles DO some damage, especially when swarmed by other tanks.
    • In-universe, this is part of the reason why the Loyalists still field plain ol' unaugmented and unpowered infantry - one part slavish devotion to Great Leader, one part sneering elitism at the cowards trying to prolong their death wish behind powered armor, tanks, agravs, and mechs, and one part confidence in their training.
    • Corvids, who ride weapons stolen from junkyards, decommission yards, civilian stuff, and scrap metal, are generally categorized as this. It's partially a consequence of hiring thrill-seeking pilots who'd mod up agravs and race them (and run the risk of splattering themselves all over the street), partially the sheer desperation and anger from those who've suffered under Great Leader's Iron Fist long enough, and partially because you need balls to face down a crushing dictatorship with a well-equipped army, a genocidal fleet that prides itself on its technological achievements, and a series of Mega Corps ripping through your army with highly experimental tech. They also field suicide bombers, and have vehicles solely rigged to explode fantastically - and while it's noted it's possible for them to eject or bail out, most don't.
  • Suicide Attack: Corvids utilize many suicide bombers. They usually use bikes or cars to charge into you, but some of them even disgusise themselves as civilians.
  • Tank Goodness: A large variety of tanks to pilot and blow up - ranging from tried-and-true centuries-old designs of the Loyalists, repurposed garbage trucks, bulldozers, and farming equipment from the Corvids, and the lunar rover-esque rollers of the Spacers.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Disposing of enemy infantry is usually as simple as just driving or walking over them. But why do that when you could use a high calibre anti-tank cannon?
  • Un-person: Done to an entire damn city. When Great Leader took power, Eixo, a corporate-controlled sister city set up by a corporation rivaling the SNC's, did not officially exist - and even when Brigador takes place, mentioning the city seems to carry some kind of stigma.
  • Updated Re-release: The Up-Armored Edition, released on June 2, 2017, added in more pilots, more vehicles, more missions, improved controls, and an updated lighting system.
  • Vehicular Combat: The genre of the game; while the Mongoose and the Fence are roughly the size of an infantry unit, they're still technically Mini-Mecha.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: Cephei Chatfield is a spacer, and he has noticeable cheekbones.
  • Villain Protagonist: While the SNC aims to overthrow the corrupt government for the "greater good", this does not stop their Brigadors from destroying homes and brutally slaughtering innocent civilians standing in their way. This can be averted if you decide to play pacifist by only destroying the defense railguns on a Contract.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: You see those tiny civilians running around? They're worth 50 points each.
  • Walking Tank: One of the vehicle types available in the game, best exemplified in the Loyalist mechs.
  • Warrior Poet: Antero Giian, a Spacer pilot available in Freelance mode, is described as such, with his art and writing as legendary as his vices and military accomplishments.
  • Weaponized Car: Several Corvid vehicles are repurposed cars crudely refitted for military work. The Pompadour is a civilian anti-gravity hovercar mounted with weaponry, while the Killdozer is a bulldozer loaded with concrete and guns. The Party Van is... well, guess.
  • Wretched Hive: Solo Nobre was, historically, wracked with crime, corruption and poverty. According to lore, the level of crime was even worse before Great Leader's military rule curbed the originally horrific levels of violent crimes to a much more tolerable level - that's right, living in a brutal military regime where you ran a chance of getting beaten to death by drunk soldiers or corrupt officials was much more preferable to the massive criminal toll Solo Nobre suffered prior to Great Leader's rise, which is one of the big reasons why the Loyalists fight tooth and nail for his regime.
    • Solo Nobre's rival city, Eixo, isn't implied to be much better - lore files state it's repressed by its corporate owners enough to the point that a great deal of illegal immigrants before and after Solo Nobre began its isolationism consistently sneak into the city.
    • Volta is a Mad Max-esque colony that arose from a failed experiment in optimizing colony resources. Now, it's tribal warfare over "nutrient pipelines".
  • Wicked Cultured: Spacers as a whole tend to think of themselves as this - known space tends to agree, as they are quite fond of the arts, fine wine, and all the things that come with high-class snobbery, just dressed up in murder.
    • Griswold Fick, who loved culture and the arts, and joined the military in hopes of becoming one of its upper-class crust of officers and government officials close to Great Leader, who got to enjoy said culture and the arts in a way the rabble of Solo Nobre could only dream of, a la Mao's cadre dabbling in culture after destroying China's and North Korea's elite. His talent for artistry extended into the battlefield, and the SNC lured him to their cause when it'd take up a significant amount of his life trying to join the upper crust.
    • Antero Giian, a legendary warrior-poet who constantly has to keep taking up mercenary contracts due to extravagant spending.
    • Cephei Chatfield, the Information Broker-slash-Brigador, considers himself this - and most of it comes in Fantastic Racism posturing of how much more cultured and sentient the Spacers are, compared to the planetbound "groundsdwellers" and "soil vermin".
  • You Break It, You Profit: Just about anything you can destroy will net you some points.
  • Zeerust/Retraux: The general aesthetic of the Spacers are deliberately based on 60s/70s tech and sci-fi, such as Lunar/Mars Rover-esque tanks and big, bulky spherical and angular designs.
    • The game's love of 80s-style synth, computer displays, and neon, along with the computer voice that first greets you on your first mission.
  • Zerg Rush: The most common tactic of your enemies, and the most common way of dying.


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