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A doujin fighting game, commonly known as BBB, made by the company known as NRF, based on the Strategy RPG/H-Game Daibanchou/Big Bang Age by Alicesoft. It was mildly popular in early-mid 2007 when it was first released, but gradually encountered issues when the updates would completely overpower some characters rather than balancing gameplay, and the team eventually broke up.

Despite that, it maintains a cult following in some online fighting game circles, and a sequel, Big Bang Beat Revolve, or BBBR, has been made by Frontier Aja, who took over production from NRF and periodically released alpha versions of the game prior to its debut at Comiket 80. Unfortunately, with Frontier Aja's own closure, BBBR updates have also stopped.

Not to be confused with Big Bang Mini or The Big Bang Theory.

Both Big Bang Beat and Big Bang Beat Revolve provide examples of:

  • Action Girl: Pretty much every girl that is not Kinako.
  • Assist Character: In BBBR, Erika Miyazato is assisted by her two friends/subordinates, Saki and Shouko, as part of some of her special attacks.
  • Badass Biker: Ren.
  • Blood Knight: Rouga, most definitely; Kendo is close, but fits more under the idea of a Spirited Competitor.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: Daigo uses moves that are associated with the Great One, and has similar loud battle cries. He also wears a tracksuit, albeit a blue one.
  • Combo Breaker: Available in BBBR by pressing all three buttons with 3 super meter stocks. There is also a less expensive, but smaller-scaled variation, which requires you to block a move first and press two buttons while in blockstun.
  • Delinquents: Ren, Sanzou, Agito, and Rouga, though only the first two have the 'look' of the stereotypical Japanese variety. They are joined in the second game by the Miyazato Gundan.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the first game, Erika, Saki, and Shouko appeared on Heita's stage in the background. Come BBBR, and Erika is fully playable with her friends as strikers.
  • Eye Beams: Devil Daigo has these in the form of the (Devil) Daigo Beam.
  • Fragile Speedster: Kunagi barely has more health than the weakest characters in the game, Hanny and Manbou, but has a number of teleportation and ranged abilities to compensate for her hit-and-run type gameplay.
  • Glass Cannon: In BBB, Super Heita's defensive skills are fairly low compared to his absurd damage output because he loses life as he attacks. Luckily, picking up B-Crystals helps to mitigate the health loss. In BBBR, Senna and Kunagi both can fit into this mold, since they have below average health and incredibly damaging setups.
  • HP to One: Heita's "Decade Knuckle" causes this effect on himself when used in BBB or BBBR. This is a reference to its life-draining property in Big Bang Age, where it costs him 10 years of life just to use it once; if you use it 7 times in that game, he dies.
  • Joke Character: Manbou (a sunfish). Heita bordered on this in BBB, but has seen enough improvement in the second game that he isn't nearly as difficult to use as he was in the first game.
  • Lag Cancel: An integral system feature of BBB—by pressing a button, your character could be sent into a forward or upward "B-Dash" to continue a long combo string. Only Rouga retains the B-Dash ability in BBBR, and it is limited by three slowly-recharging stocks.
  • Large Ham: While their regular iterations have elements of this (calling their attacks, loud, boisterous voices, and being generally Hot-Blooded), Devil Daigo and Super Heita take this to an extreme.
  • Life Meter: In the first game, one can actually empty the meter on purpose to increase their character's power, by mashing the left and right keys while powering up. Rouga is especially dangerous thanks to this feature—using his strength-enhancing taunt and this technique at the same time can boost his attack immensely.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Rouga is a premiere example of this trope, with powerful close and mid-range techniques, decent health and speed, and as of BBBR, cancelable combo chains. Burai, though slightly slower, is a good example as well, since his basic textbook combos, in tandem with his stamina-meter dashes/combos, can do quite a bit of damage. If either man is attacked from outside of their effective range, however, they can be taken down pretty easily.
  • Limit Break: Big Bang Breaks, present in both games. However, to use them in BBBR, Big Bang Mode must be activated. The mode itself already requires all three bars of your super meter, and using a Big Bang Break at any time will automatically end Big Bang Mode—and take all of your super bars with it, whether you hit or miss. Because the super meter doesn't fill up from hitting the enemy, but by collecting B-Crystals that scatter when either fighter is hit, wasting the Big Bang Break can leave you entirely without meter at an extremely crucial moment.
  • Mighty Glacier: Sanzou, who is also the largest fighter in the game. While he is easy to score combos on when he's open, he has the most health out of any of the other playable characters in BBBR and can deal a very appropriate amount of damage. Ren is a slightly more mobile version of this trope, with the second-largest amount of health and extremely frightening damage potential in Big Bang Mode thanks to his super moves.
  • Mirror Match: When these occur, they are lampshaded by every character in their post-battle win quotes (BBB only).
  • Montages: Used in Heita/Super Heita's "Decade Knuckle" technique, and includes the Falling-in-Love Montage (Heita's dates and marriage to Sanae, the class representative and tutorial girl), a variation on the Contrast Montage (showing Heita as the main character instead of Rouga, who becomes a trivialized chibi), becoming a powerful and respected figure in Japan, and a scene of him dying peacefully of old age with Sanae and his children at his side. This is a reference to his final usage of Decade Knuckle in Big Bang Age, where he reflects on the life he can't have as he burns away the last 10 years off his lifespan with his seventh and final use of the Decade Knuckle.
  • Secret Character: Played straight in a somewhat unusual way—Devil Daigo, Super Heita, Hanny, and Manbou are available from the start of BBB, as are their stages, but you can only select the characters by using a method that is not mentioned at any point in the game.
  • Spell My Name With An S: Heita's surname is spelled as Jinnai in Big Bang Age and as Zinnai in BBB. It's understandable, as "z" sounds in Japanese are sometimes represented with "j" sounds.
  • Super Mode: Big Bang Mode effectively counts as this for every character in the second game. Though it lasts for an extremely short time, it gives unlimited super meter for the duration of the mode, enables a character's Big Bang Break, and greatly boosts the combo potential of every character while active.
  • The Stoic: Kunagi Tenrou, even in regards to her childhood friend Rouga (though she is awfully partial to cute things, and she does care about him in her own cool-as-a-cucumber manner).
  • Token Mini-Moe: In the first game, Kunagi; in the second, she's joined by Kinako Tsukuyomi. However, Kunagi is actually around the age of the rest of the cast.

Alternative Title(s): Big Bang Beat Revolve