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"In 2017, Persephone Brimstone gathered an unruly band of misfits to take on the evil Morningstar and his criminal L.E.G.I.O.N. [...] If you want Bad vs Evil, if you want more fun per square mile, maybe you should play... Agents of Mayhem!"
— The A-Team style trailer

Agents of Mayhem is a single-player open world action game by Volition, and an indirect sequel/reboot to the Saints Row series. It was released on August 15, 2017 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

In an alternate universe 20 Minutes into the Future, the evil super-secret organization L.E.G.I.O.N.note  has stomped out of the shadows and conquered the world with a series of multinational genocidal terrorist assaults using alien and unprecedented technology. But instead of a new world order, L.E.G.I.O.N. is planning something even worse. The only ones who can stop them are the Agents of M.A.Y.H.E.M.note  and their leader, Persephone Brimstone. The player selects teams of three agents and controls a single agent, who can use teleportation to swap with other team members in the middle of a gunfight and make the best use of their individual weapons, abilities, powers, and skillsets. Most of the game takes place in a futuristic version of Seoul, South Korea, against L.E.G.I.O.N.'s Ministry of Pride, headed by Mad Scientist Doctor Babylon and his douchebag lieutenants.

The debut trailer was released on June 6, 2016.

This game contains examples of:

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Joule's father, Umberto Bellini, is this. Aside from having valuable research carelessly falling from his clipboard during a hasty escape from their mansion before L.E.G.I.O.N. gets there, in Joule's introductory mission, she points out the fact that he had pre-recorded all of his secret messages to her in English, in a L.E.G.I.O.N. lair, which all of them could understand, rather than in their native Italian which most of the soldiers wouldn't understand. His response?
    Umberto Bellini: Only after I had recorded 150 responses did that occur to me. Perdonami, bella.
  • Absurdly Low Level Cap: Upgrading Mayhem's Agency level to 20 will probably happen around the point you've completed 25-30% of the game. Unless you're actively trying to reach level 20 with all your agents, your favorite team will probably hit level 20 about the same time, at which point you'll probably have enough Upgrade Cores to advance all three of them to level 40 right away.note 
  • Action Genre Hero Guy: Hollywood is a subversion. He might look like one at first glance, as a white dude with requisite short brown hair and an assault rifle - but he's also a vain, bombastic TV personality and former porn star with a pansexual orientation, so he's definitely more than just another "action genre hero guy". The developers specifically said on pre-release streams that they wanted a pick-up-and-play character familiar to shooter fans, but that did not preclude him being interesting.
  • Actor Allusion: Hollywood says "See you on the flipside" when you start the first mission, a reference to Trevor Devall's dormant podcast show Voiceprint.
  • All for Nothing: invoked The Franchise Force team mission has the agents recover Hollywood's shameful early films from Legion. At the end of the mission, Fortune livestreams the films to an audience of millions, revealing to the world that Hollywood is a retired porn star.
  • Alternate Universe: The Agents of Mayhem universe is an alternate timeline of the Saints Row universe caused by a Cosmic Retcon, meaning that not only is history slightly different, but the characters from that series exist in this setting but in different roles.
  • And That's Terrible: When the Dark Matter Fracking drill is introduced, most active agents will immediately comment on how awful fracking is.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: Rather than just disappointingly falling, agents will bounce a bit back onto an elevated ledge or roof if they barely missed landing solidly on it.
  • Asshole Victim: M.A.Y.H.E.M. repeatedly performs multiple war crimes on the mooks, including excessive force, bio-warfare, kill-sats, and lame hypno-dancing. Seeing as they willingly chose to follow a terrorist dictatorship that gleefully slaughtered civilians in the millions, nuked entire cities, and continue to terrorize the world months after they successfully took over, this isn't exactly Disproportionate Retribution.
  • Attack Drone: Fortune's drone Glory, which flies around and attacks nearby enemies and is capable of stunning everyone around her as a Limit Break.
  • Bald of Evil: Doctor Babylon, the villainous leader of the Ministry of Pride division of L.E.G.I.O.N., is bald.
  • Big Bad: Morningstar, the leader of L.E.G.I.O.N..
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: L.E.G.I.O.N. is definitely evil, but the eponymous Agents of M.A.Y.H.E.M. cause so much collateral damage that they are only really heroes in comparison to their enemies. Likely an Invoked Trope, as one of the taglines to the game is "Bad vs. Evil".
  • Blatant Lies: The Firing Squad get up into this in their special mission, along with completely different accounts. Which distracts Persephone from the fact that the box in fact held no weapon at all, just an adorable chinchilla that the Firing Squad held onto as a pet.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: Each agent has an unlockable gold skin for their main weapon. They even sparkle!
  • Body Horror: Lazarus, a DLC character, she used to be a normal human, but after an explosion killed her, she was injected with Nanites, that brought her back, in a way, she still looks human, but her body has silvery plates running across her body, that open like Gills to release her nanite swarms, she attacks by reaching into her the ones on her back and pulling swarms out to throw at enemies.
  • Boss Rush: During the final battle, Babylon has you fight through alternate universe versions of Hammersmith, Gaunt, Red AISHA and Steeltoe before you face off against him and Ariadne.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Persephone's description of Hollywood:
    Persephone: "This... is Hollywood. Ostentatious showboat. Reality TV star. And... former adult film actor."
  • Briefcase Full of Money: Kingpin used a couple of these to win over his Stilwater rivals and fortify his gang.
  • Brutal Bonus Level: The Legion lair at the end of the Moscow Global Offensive is longer than most and the difficulty is automatically set to ten.
  • Call-Back: Safeword's intro video shows that she once hacked all of the FBI's password to be 'teacup', Kinzie's safeword from Saints Row.
  • Cool Airship: Steeltoe and AISHA bring one of these in for their big wedding ceremony. Unfortunately, it self-destructs after Steeltoe's defeat.
    • The ARK itself as well. It comes equipped with a teleporter, virtual training area, personal quarters, an armory, a garage, a research station and much more. Quite fitting for MAYHEM's main HQ.
  • Cool Car: Quartermile's garage is well stocked with various vehicles that the player can summon anywhere in Seoul. Each car comes with an onboard A.I. unit and can be outfitted with custom paintjobs.
  • Cool Shades: Hollywood loves to put these on.
    • Johnny Gat, even in an alternate universe, still has his iconic shades that he never takes off.
  • Confusion Fu: Switch characters in half a second with no additional drawbacks for extra unpredictability. You can start a combo by rushing into the enemy party, swap to a heavy for short-range overkill, and top it off with a Michael Jackson dance party. Or, fire some virus-tipped arrows into an unsuspecting army, then whip out a freeze ray to prevent healing, and shatter the icicles with a poorly-disarmed hollywood prop grenade. Or just switch whenever the fuck you want and use anything you can find at your disposal.
  • Cut and Paste Environments: One of the biggest complaints about the game is how each L.E.G.I.O.N. lair looks the same save for minor changes in the layout. Seeing as these lairs make up about 50% of the gameplay it has drawn a lot of criticism.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: Averted. While Volition has confirmed the Cosmic Retcon ending to Gat Out Of Hell is being followed, it's not necessarily the "canon" ending to the Saints Row franchise as a whole, leaving the possibility for more entries in the main series.
  • Deadly Doctor: Rama was an epidemiologist before joining M.A.Y.H.E.M. and she uses plague viruses in her Trick Arrows.
  • Destructive Savior: The titular agents tend to cause tons of collateral damage.
  • Doomed Hometown: Half the reason M.A.Y.H.E.M. has so many powerful agents is because Devil's Night destroyed a lot of hometowns and pissed off a massive amount of people who now want revenge. The destruction of Paris in particular is what inspired its formation in the first place.
  • Double Jump: Triple Jump! Every agent can do that. Many can even dash in a cardinal direction while in the air as well.
  • The Dreaded: NOBODY in M.A.Y.H.E.M. wants to be on the bad side of "Carol from HR". Or worse, Persephone herself if something goes wrong (like when Mixer's attempted hacking into AISHA went sideways, though "Purple AISHA" did leave once "Red AISHA" could not get over losing Steeltoe).
  • Easy-Mode Mockery: The easiest difficulty level (New Recruit) gives you a 25% penalty to earned cash and XP.
    • Hard Mode Perks: In contrast, the higher the difficulty, the higher the cash and XP bonus.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: L.E.G.I.O.N. has multiple bases located beneath Seoul.
  • Enemy Chatter: L.E.G.I.O.N. soldiers have several taunts they use during combat. Their dialogue and insults even change to reflect the agent they're currently fighting.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Like its counterpart, L.E.G.I.O.N. also recruits from around the world. Dr. Babylon is Turkish, Hammersmith is Swedish, Steeltoe is from Barbados and AISHA is a Korean AI.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Or as Persephone said, "Bad versus Evil." She adds "They have their own reasons for saving the world."
  • Evil Overlord: Morningstar is definitely this, being the leader of a Nebulous Evil Organization that killed many people, wants to conquer the entire world, and eliminate all free will.
  • Eyepatch of Power: If a Freeze-Frame Bonus in the trailer is to be believed, Hardtack wears a "tactical eyepatch".
  • For Want Of A Nail: Part of the Alternate Universe aspect of the game is that the events of Saints Row happened a lot differently. For one, the person who would become the Boss either never existed or simply never got involved, the Saints seemingly never existed either, and Benjamin King was killed. Pierce Washington then became the boss of the Vice Kings and managed to form an alliance with the Westside Rollerz and Los Carnales, uniting all three gangs under one banner. Also, Johnny Gat never became a criminal and instead became a police officer. The Third's Oleg Kirlov, never left Russia and volunteered for a super soldier program that transformed him into An Ice Person known as Yeti.
  • Football Hooligans: Red Card is a German football fan, and his playstyle is a hooligan through and through.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Both M.A.Y.H.E.M. and L.E.G.I.O.N. play this straight.
  • Gangbangers: Kingpin and his Vice Kings. After buying off their rivals their combined power was enough to defend Stilwater from a direct L.E.G.I.O.N. attack.
  • Guns Akimbo: Fortune uses two guns as her weapons, Gat uses two pistols for his Mayhem ability.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Persephone Brimstone used to be a L.E.G.I.O.N. lieutenant. More specifically, the "Minister of Gluttony," who was in charge of logistics and deployment during Devil's Night. Then she learned that L.E.G.I.O.N. was planning to literally destroy the entire world instead of taking over, and she fled with their flagship. After L.E.G.I.O.N. retaliated on Paris, she created M.A.Y.H.E.M. to destroy them.
  • Hero Insurance: Subverted in the debut trailer, where representatives of Ultor give Miss Brimstone grief over how much damage the Agents did to Seoul during the battle against Doctor Babylon. Hollywood's introduction also implies he does a bit of work publicly speaking to get people to cut them some slack over it.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Rama's plague arrows are based on a plague L.E.G.I.O.N. unleashed in her homeland of India.
  • An Ice Person: Yeti's skin is a freezing blue color and he has an ice ray.
  • Kill Sat: Braddock has one which she uses for her mayhem ability. Near the end of the game the player also gains access to a permanent laser cannon barrage that can be activated once a short cooldown timer wears off.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Hollywood trolling Fortune on her "Thick as Thieves" sidequest comes back to bite him during the "Operation: Franchise Force" mission. Since they're Live-streaming a raid on a L.E.G.I.O.N. base to get something that could hurt Hollywood personally Fortune finds out it's a adult film from Hollywood's early days taking whatever he could get. She then puts the movie on the livestream - which was what Hollywood hoped would not happen; his early mission dealt with a Looney Fan threatening to do the same thing, only for her to sell it to L.E.G.I.O.N. for use as a PR weapon against Hollywood.
    • Combined with The Dog Bites Back: Dr. Babylon grafted a mind-control implant into his lieutenant, Ariadne, which drove her insane. Eventually, she managed to remove the chip with self-surgery, and then grafted a modified version into the control system of the Damocles robot. When Dr. Babylon is forced to pilot Damocles, she triggers the chip and drives him insane; combined with the rush of power from a giant Dark Matter crystal, this fuels his ambition and turns him into The Starscream, and he tries to rewrite reality with himself as the center. MAYHEM is able to foil this, and Morningstar sends Marcus Longinus to punish Dr. Babylon for his treasonous failure.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The debut trailer ends with Brimstone remarking "A 'street gang'? Hardly." This alludes to Saints Row's roots as a grounded street crime drama and its evolution into over-the-top wackiness (which continues with Agents of Mayhem).
    • The Firing Squad's special mission has each member tell a significantly different account of what happened, and enemies directly match the current speaker's statements. Like when Kingpin says they fought ten big robots which the player sees in front of them (probably thinking Oh, Crap!), but backtracks to "Maybe just two robots?" which causes the other eight to disappear.
  • Limit Break: Every character has a special Mayhem ability that's charged up by killing enemies as well as picking up special pickups.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Yeti's specialty. Almost all of his attacks and abilities revolve around freezing opponents solid and then breaking them apart.
  • Loony Fan: Hollywood has to deal with one of these during his personal mission.
  • Monkey Morality Pose: In Oni's Introduction video a more brutal per se, version is shown. Where three corpses are shown to have killed in this order. One was killed by having his hands stabbed into his head with two knives representing "Hear No Evil", next appears to have been killed by having chopsticks shoved into his eyes "See No Evil" and the last one was killed by having a newspaper shoved into his mouth "Speak No Evil".
  • Monumental Damage: This seems to be L.E.G.I.O.N.'s favorite pastime. Just watch the cinematic for Devil's Night to see how much chaos and destruction they can get up to in a single day.
    • Hammersmith decides to blow up a 1200-year old temple to kill M.A.Y.H.E.M. personnel inside. For the rest of the game, various lieutenants pin the blame on M.A.Y.H.E.M..
  • Multinational Team: The Agents are mostly from different countries.
    • Hollywood is from Canada, though he lies and claims he's actually from Los Angeles to help his acting career.
    • Hardtack, Braddock, Daisy, Safeword and Kingpin are from America.
    • Fortune is from Columbia.
    • Yeti is from Russia.
    • Scheherazade is (allegedly) from Iran.
    • Joule is from Italy.
    • Red Card is from Germany.
    • Oni is from Japan.
    • Rama is from India.
    • Lazarus is from Morocco.
    • Gat is the only native hailing from South Korea, and was actually born in Seoul.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • This is the third IP Volition has worked on that features the Ultor Corporation.
    • In the trailer, an Ultor contact accuses the Agents of acting like a street gang — an obvious reference to Saints Row... right in front of a more angular version of the Third Street Saints fleur-de-lis.
    • When Pierce first debuted in Saints Row 2, the Boss put him in charge of operations against the Ronin, the yellow-wearing gang of that game (not that s/he actually listened to any of his suggestions). In this universe, Pierce became the leader of the Vice Kings, the yellow-wearing gang of the first game.
    • Kingpin has a conversation with Oni in which he says he had a dream about a Yakuza gang called the Ronin moving to Stilwater, which he took down via a carefully orchestrated robbery of their casino, which was his plan in Saints Row 2: the reason the gang gave the Saints so much trouble was because the Boss and Gat decided to simply shoot the place up instead.
    • Kingpin and Yeti play chess together, much like they did in Saints Row: The Third.
    • Kingpin also asks Yeti if he's ever been to Stilwater, saying that he feels like they've met before.
    • Legion traffics in Loa Dust, which was the superdrug made by the Sons of Samedi in Saints Row 2
    • One of the dossiers shown at the end of the final "Persephone's Encrypted Files" video is of Agent Safeword, aka Kinzie Kenzington.
    • In a random conversation, Scheherazade will ask Kingpin if he remembers being a White House aide, going to space, and fighting a giant energy drink.
    • Asha Odekar's name is upon the memorial wall in the Ark.
    • During the Steeltoe and AISHA Wedding mission, Gat mentions remembering a different Aisha, dismissing it as a past-life memory.
    • One of Hollywood's Agent skins is named "Stillwatter Original" not only an obvious reference to where most of the first 2 games take place but also colors his hair partially blond very similar to Gat's old hair style and color.
  • N.G.O. Superpower: L.E.G.I.O.N. is effectively this, especially in the wake of Devil's Night. After the collapse of the world's governments, many people have secretly aligned themselves with the strongest world power remaining - L.E.G.I.O.N.. In addition to its massive armies, cutting-edge weapons and unique technology, L.E.G.I.O.N. controls a number of front companies and is allied with armament manufacturers and crime syndicates, including the Yakuza. Corrupt government officials and other traitors have also secretly aided L.E.G.I.O.N..
    • Braddock was dishonorably discharged from the U.S.M.C. because she learned that someone in the American government was sending trained recruits to work for LEGION's Ministry of Pride.
    • Oni killed his former Yakuza clan because he learned that they allied themselves with L.E.G.I.O.N.'s Ministry of Greed.
    • Yeti and the New Revolutionary Council were betrayed by a rival Cold Warrior who believed that allegiance to L.E.G.I.O.N. was the best solution to restore Russia to greatness.
    • After Devil's Night, defense contracts mostly went to armament manufacturing companies aligned with L.E.G.I.O.N.. Claymore's own business went bankrupt as a result, forcing him to accept an exclusive partnership with Persephone and M.A.Y.H.E.M..
    • Quartermile's rival Bianchi supplies L.E.G.I.O.N. with high-speed vehicles, much like how Quartermile himself does for M.A.Y.H.E.M..
  • Periphery Demographic: An in-universe example. In a shout out to the Brony phenomenon, many of the agents are obsessed with a children's TV show called Butterfly Princess, which is about puppies with butterfly wings.
  • Porn Names: In addition to Hollywood's being Gregory Prickinton in his Old Shame pornographic film, his co-stars have the doubtfully-real names of "Ivana Bangya" and "Marcus Thunderpump".
  • Power Trio: You can create your own trio from the game's many playable Agents. The twelve default agents all fit into four trios who get a unique squad mission after their own personal missions are complete.
    • Hollywood, Fortune and Hardtack are the Franchise Force.
    • Kingpin, Sheherazade and Oni are the Firing Squad.
    • Red Card, Joule and Rama are the Bombshells.
    • Braddock, Daisy and Yeti are the Carnage a Trois.
  • Promoted to Playable: Pierce Washington, known by his codename "Kingpin" in this universe, is now a playable character. Oleg Kirrlov is also playable, under the codename "Yeti". Johnny Gat and Kinzie Kensington ("Safeword") are also playable once again via DLC.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: The Firing Squad's operation is a flashback to an attack on a Legion base, told three different ways to Persephone by Oni, Kingpin, and Scheherazade (and each story being played one after another by the player). In the end, it's revealed that the "weapon" they retrieved was a cute chinchilla, which the team lied about due to Mayhem's strict "no pets" policy.
  • Regenerating Health: Unlike other shooters, Agents of Mayhems version happens very slowly and only kicks in while characters are switched out, making it kinda close to, but not quite exactly, Regenerating Shields, Static Health.
  • Running Gag:
    • Just the mention of Carol from HR strikes terror into all the agents.
    • There are many, many jokes made about the fact that the planetarium has a current exhibit about Uranus.
  • Seadog Beard: Ishmael "Hardtack" Funderburke, the M.A.Y.H.E.M.'s badass sailor, has one.
  • Sequel Hook: Doctor Babylon and the Ministry of Pride are predictably defeated. but then get dragged off by one of the remaining 5 ministers, Marcus Longinus. In addition, many other plot threads such as Scherezade's true identity and Oni's quest to rescue his family from Legion are left unresolved.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: L.E.G.I.O.N. has its operations delegated to Ministries that each have a name of a Sin. We've only seen Pride (Dr. Babylon, whose Ministry is the main body against M.A.Y.H.E.M. in the game), Wrath (Marcus Longinus), Envy (Persephone's ex-husband after Paris was destroyed on Morningstar's orders) and Gluttony (Persephone before the destruction of Paris and the formation of M.A.Y.H.E.M.) have known or mentioned ministers. The Ministry of Greed corrupted Oni's yakuza group, so he was forced to Gotta Kill 'Em All. We don't know if there were Ministries of Sloth or Lust.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: The main weapons for Hardtack, Gat and Red Card.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sky Pirate: Fortune, along with being a Pirate Girl. She even has her own airship.
  • Stealth Sequel: This game takes place after the Cosmic Retcon ending of Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell.
  • Super Mode: Several characters' Mayhem abilities put them in a powered-up state. Examples include Hollywood, who activates an "Action Hero Mode" in which he puts on Cool Shades and explosions happen randomly around him while he temporarily gains Bottomless Magazines while Daisy's gun gets a massive power boost.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: Rama fights with a bow and arrow, though she can use Trick Arrows.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Subverted in Joule's introduction mission. Her father Umberto sends Joule a series of pre-recorded messages that can also respond to predetermined responses. Unfortunately, almost all of these messages are useless tangents. It doesn't help that Umberto is seemingly unaware that his daughter is capable of holding her own in a fight.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Using a Mayhem ability causes that agent's theme music to play.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In this universe, the Boss is nowhere in sight and Pierce is apparently the biggest badass of crime around.
  • Virtual Celebrity: AISHA in this universe is a K-Pop group consisting of AI hologram idols in the vein of Hatsune Miku.
  • We Have Reserves: In the debut trailer, Hollywood has his stunt double suicide bomb a monster.
  • Wham Shot: The shot of the Saints logo at the end of the debut trailer.
  • What If?: The game takes place after Gat Out of Hell's Cosmic Retcon ending, but that does not mean that that ending is the canon one(to SR anyway); this game represents one potential future of the Saints Row universe.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: One of the random things that the L.E.G.I.O.N. PA will say while you're in a L.E.G.I.O.N. Lair is "The planetarium in Seoul is having a special presentation on the size of Uranus... I realize what I just said. Who's writing these announcements?".
  • You, Get Me Coffee: After a disastrous attempt to trap AISHA nearly crashes the ARK Mixer is bumped down to coffee duty for a week by Persephone. You can even hear the other base agents demanding coffee from his over the SIN.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: The default setting for Hardtack's special ability is a harpoon that automatically teleports any enemy it hits in front of him. The other two teleport enemies away from him before it explodes, or cripples them.
  • Zerg Rush: Swarmtroopers are so named because their primary tactic is to overwhelm their enemies with superior numbers.


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Agents of Mayhem

Agents of Mayhem is a single-player open world action game by Volition, and an indirect sequel/reboot to the Saints Row series. It was released on August 15, 2017 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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