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Bravoman, Bravoman
Battlin' crime wherever he can
What do ya do when it hits the fan?
You gotta call Bravoman!
Bravoman, Bravoman
When the bad guy strikes with the evil plan
Who's gonna save us?
If anyone can, it's gonna be Bravoman!
When you need a hero to come and save the day
Give a shout, and then, look out!
Guess who's on the way?
Bravoman, Bravoman
Eats whole wheat with plenty o' bran
Ain't nobody who's not a fan
Of the guy called BRAVOMAN!
The 2013 web series' Bragging Theme Tune, In the Style of the Spider-Man (1967) theme.

Released by Namco in 1988 for arcades and in 1990 for the TurboGrafx-16, Bravoman is a side-scrolling Platform Game starring a parody of Tokusatsu and Sentai as its main protagonist. Our hero was once an average salaryman until he was granted awesome powers by the alien Alpha Man from Planet Alpha, in order to combat the evil Dr. Bomb. Bravoman's main method of attack is to extend his limbs forward to kick or punch at a distance, and he can also turn into a missile-armed submarine for underwater missions. Standing in his way is the good doctor's robot armies, plus ninja princess Waya-Hime, Heavy Metal Ninja Benjamin and Black Bravoman, a rival salaryman with his same powers.

The series faded into obscurity, barring cameos (and a playable appearance in Namco × Capcom) until it was revived on March 9, 2012 as a webcomic as part of ShiftyLook. Fully titled Bravoman: Super-Unequaled Hero of Excellence!, the comic was very silly and self-referential.

In 2013, the webcomic got its own web series and, after 25 years, a new videogame for smartphones and tablets. The ShiftyLook YouTube channel sadly deleted their account, but luckily a backup channel with all the videos can be found here.

The webcomic website ShiftyLook had announced March 10, 2014 that they would be shutting down, ending all of their webcomics including Bravoman, which ended at strip #300. A downloadable archive of the comics (including the various other ShiftyLook comics) can be found here.

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     General Tropes 

  • Adaptational Badass: Though not to nearly the same extent as Dig Dug most of the characters that appear in Namco × Capcom. Averted in the webcomic as it sticks to the game's comedic roots, albeit trading the surreal humour for self-referential humour.
  • Adjective Noun Fred: The arcade game's full name is Chouzetsu Rinjin Berabouman, a.k.a. "Super-Unequaled Man Bravoman"note .
  • Anime Hair: Dr. Bomb sports a mushroom cloud-shaped hairdo in the games. The comics downgraded it into a less detailed cucumber-like one.
  • Artificial Limbs: Dr. Bomb sports a mechanical pincer for a hand.
  • Barrier Warrior: Zortan.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Inhabitants of Planet Alpha look rather... weird.
  • Crossover:
    • Bravoman's got small appearances in Marvel Land and Super Namco Wars, whereas Dr. Bomb cameos in Megami Tensei II, and Waya gets to be an alternate costume for Taki.
    • As mentioned earlier, Namco × Capcom includes Bravoman (paired up with Wonder Momo) as playable characters, with Waya-Hime, Black Bravoman, Benjamin and Pistol Daimyo as enemies (with Waya-Hime becoming playable following her final defeat and pairing up with Taki) and Dr. Bomb as a NPC.
    • The comic and cartoon series have a short crossover with Wonder Momo as well (the latter to promote the then-new Wonder Momo anime series).
    • A Bravoman medley appears in Super Smash Bros. on the Pac-Land stage as selectable music.
  • Cyborg: Dr. Bomb's forces, including Benjamin.
  • Dual Wielding: Waya-Hime uses a set of kodachi.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Bravoman is officially Beraboh Mannote  in Japan.
    • Bravoman's secret identity was changed from Hitoshi Nakamura to Arnold. In the comic he's actually not sure which one of these is his real name.
    Hitoshi/Arnold/Salaryman:...just call me Salaryman.
    • Dr. Bakuda to Dr. Bomb.
    • Black Bravoman is known as Anti-Bravoman in the comics (though in truth, they are practically different characters; while Black Bravoman is a fellow salaryman who has similar powers to Bravoman's and serves as both a rival and Stealth Mentor, Anti-Bravoman is a dark clone - literally - of Bravoman, created in Dr. Bomb's lab).
    • Pistol Daimyo to Pistol Lord in the game.
  • Evil Counterpart: Black/Anti-Bravoman.
  • Extendable Limbs: Bravoman's main power. Not that it always works for him...
  • Flight: Plenty of characters can do this, including Zortan, Pistol Daimyo (by using fans in his feet), Bravo Woman, etc.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Bravoman defeats this trope by wearing a pair of goggles properly, but their purpose has never been addressed.
  • Highly-Visible Ninja: Waya-Hime's ninja outfit is bright green, and her hair is pink.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Bomb.
  • Musical Assassin: Benjamin.
  • Ninja: Pistol Daimyo, Waya et al.
  • The Power of Rock: Not for nothing Benjamin is a Heavy Metal Ninja.
  • Recursive Adaptation: A game inspired by the comic which was inspired by an old game was available on mobile platforms.
  • Shout-Out: In the final stage where you fight Dr. Bomb, you can see portraits of famous scientists like Nikola Tesla (left) and Albert Einstein (center), followed by a portrait of Dr. Bomb himself on the right.
  • Something Person: Bravoman/Berabouman, Alpha Man and Lottery Man.
  • Spin-Off: Pistol Daimyo no Bouken, starring Pistol Daimyo. As expected, eventually referenced/parodied in the comic.
  • Transformation Trinket: Parodied, as the items required to turn our hero into Bravoman are a metal rod, a tuning fork and a 100-yen coin.
  • Use Your Head: In the game, Bravoman has this as his crouching attack. He uses it once in the comic to hit Zortan.
  • White Mask of Doom: Benjamin sports one.

    Game Tropes 
  • A Father to His Men: The King of Atlantis may be evil, but he claims bloody revenge over his defeated subjects.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: The sumo-based Ikazuchimaru can only be hit in his back. Dr. Bomb can only be damaged in his giant hairdo.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: One of the bosses is the King of Atlantis.
  • Blood Knight: Black Bravoman.
  • Boss Bonanza: From Stage 29 on, the rest of the game is nothing but bosses.
  • Boss-Only Level: The final four levels.
  • Boss Rush: In the final stage you get to fight two Benjamins, UGO 401 and Black Bravo before facing Dr. Bomb himself.
  • Death from Above: Pistol Daimyo and Zortan are airborne bosses.
  • The Dragon: Zortan is stated to be Dr. Bomb's right-hand.
  • Dual Boss:
    • Benjamin comes out in pairs in all boss fights following his first.
    • The original arcade game has Black Bravo and Zortan in Stage 18.
    • The final four levels. Stage 29 is Raigan and two Kaname, Stage 30 is the same but with Black Bravo in place of Raigan, who then returns in Stage 31- bringing Zortan along for the ride. Stage 32 opens with two Kaname and Ugo 401 attacking.
  • Energy Weapon: The weapon of choice of many enemies.
  • Evil Old Folks: Dr. Bomb. He even claims he's "a nice gray-haired man" before fighting him.
  • Expressive Hair: Every time he's hit, Dr. Bomb's hairdo grows and turns orange... simulating a bomb's explosion.
  • First Town: Most of the early stages take place in a nice urban area.
  • Fish People: The Atlanteans and their King.
  • Flechette Storm: Both Benjamin and Waya throw a dozen of knives during their boss fights.
  • Flying Face: The Ugo 401 robot and its sea cousin.
  • Humongous Mecha: Some of the bosses.
  • Hyper Active Metabolism: Bravoman can eat food to restore health.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Pistol Daimyo will feign defeat and beg for mercy twice during his fight, only to shoot a missile while he's down and spring into attack seconds afterwards.
  • Losing Your Head: Dr. Bomb's final form is... his floating head.
  • Mirror Boss: The fights against Black Bravoman.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The Twin Squrain is a two-headed sea dragon.
  • Playing with Fire: Waya-Hime uses fire attacks in her boss fight.
  • Promoted to Playable: Pistol Daimyo in his spin-off game.
  • Recurring Boss: Most bosses are fought atleast twice. Some (Benjamin, Waya, and Black Bravo) are fought even more times.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The King of Atlantis is a boss.
  • Stalked by the Bell: Staying still for a while makes Ugo 401 chase you around. Sometimes it shows up immediately, such as in the last level.
  • Stealth Mentor: Black Bravo reveals himself as one; right after his Final Boss fight, he claims he was there to improve Bravo, throws him a healing item and sends him off to defeat Dr. Bomb.
  • Tuckerization: Bravoman's secret identity, Hitoshi Nakamura, is based on Namco's founder Masaya Nakamura.
  • Under the Sea: The underwater stages, where Bravoman gets to use his submarine mode.
  • Underwater Boss Battle: He fights Black Bravo's sub form here, in the TG port.
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Lottery Man, the friendly robot at the end of each level, is there to give the player power-ups and life-restoring food. You could punch it to net a series of funny messages like "OW! What are you doing?" and "You will regret hitting a friend". You will indeed if you do it too many times, because the robot will get pissed at you and won't show up anymore for 4-5 levels. The game is already Nintendo Hard by itself (and almost without healing items in-game), so it's not a wise choice to "hit friends"!

    Webcomic Tropes 
  • Actor Allusion: The strip announcing Bravoman's voice actor for the cartoon adaptation involves him walking up to the stage and saying "Narf." The entire audience erupts into wild applause.
  • Alternate Universe: One story arc saw Bravoman teleported to a "reversed" timeline where Reverse Dr. Bomb managed to take over the world, and his alternate universe counterpart was leading a resistance to fight back. Except this wasn't actually the case, as "Reverse Bravoman" was actually Reverse Anti-Bravoman in disguise, and he was Playing Both Sides all along.
  • Animated Adaptation: An animated adaptation of a webcomic adaptation of a video game, titled Bravoman: Cartoon of Unequalled Excellence.
  • Applied Mathematics: Dr. Bomb indulges in this while looking for a way to defeat Bravoman. In his words, it works because it's EVIL MATH!
  • Arm Cannon: The Bravoblaster. Can do it both hands, too!
  • Art Evolution: Over the course of the comic, the colors got brighter and the posing got more dynamic.
  • Art Shift: Some strips take a change of style in order to parody other media, like comic books or Batman's Darker and Edgier tendencies. In every case, the style-of-the-strip is done by a guest artist.
    • The "Waya Gaiden" mini-arc switches to a much more cuter artstyle.
    • Once again for the Conan-esque Bravo the Barbarian arc.
    • The Transformers parody has the art switch to a more simplified art style. Probably because mecha are pretty hard to draw.
    • In the old-timey cartoon parody strips, the art switches to a Deliberately Monochrome rubber-hose style.
  • Ass Kicks You: Used once against Zortan.
  • Barbarian Hero: Bravoman becomes a parody of them in the "Bravo the Barbarian" arc.
  • Better than a Bare Bulb: The comic frequently likes to lampshade and parody tropes that appear within its body of work.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Zed's entrance buys Bravoman enough time to free his alternate universe self.
  • Boss Subtitles: Some of the characters get a grandiose and long subtitle accompanying them. Anti-Bravoman, for example, is the Shadowed Doppelganger of Ebony Reflection!
  • Brick Joke: When first met, Pistol Daimyo mentions how expensive fan wax is, and Alpha Man didn't thought such thing existed. Come the Christmas strip and that's exactly what Alpha Man's gift for Pistol Daimyo is (while still shocked at its existence).
  • Butt-Monkey: Anti-Bravoman.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Bravoman does this in the battle with Zortan.
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • Bravo Woman. Lampshaded to hell and back. And Brave Man, although this isn't pointed out.
    • Bravo Master and the alien octopus Zulu, as well.
      • Theta, Bravo Woman's alien mentor.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Invoked and lampshaded: in the reverse universe, where people are slightly different (and Anti-Bravoman doesn't exist), Zulu made it to Earth and tore it up, and the Bravos teamed up with the Ninjas and Dr. Bomb to stop it. After that, Bomb unleashed his forces and decimated the earth, and even invented the fifth wall, which stops all fourth-wall breaking, preventing jokes and powers that run on metahumor. Then there's The Reveal that it's really the version of Anti-Bravoman behind all of this, having brought Zulu to Earth, decimated the planet, created new more powerful enemies and even shut down the fourth wall, all to see if he could make himself stronger.
  • Christmas Episode: In two strips, Alpha Claus delivers gifts to the main characters based on their inner desires.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Waya-Hime. She wants her "stretchy cuteness" come hell or high water, and she'll stab anyone who gets in her way.
  • Companion Cube: Waya-Hime is seen to talk to an unactivated robot for advice. That it doesn't talk to her doesn't matter, since she does all the talking anyway.
  • Cool Shades: Brave Man symbolizes his coolness with a pair as way to further separate himself from Bravoman.
  • Cosplay: Everyone cosplays as each other (save for Anti-Bravoman) in the Halloween strip.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • The writer/artist pair in Bravo Woman's origin strip.
    • Writer Matt Moylan appears in "Boisterous Benjamin" to lampshade Benjamin's sudden dialogue.
  • Crossover:
    • Bravoman and Wonder Momo's mini arc presents fun-filled adventure as both of them and their alien advisers team up. Also Dirk Davies makes a quick cameo at the end.
    • Valkyrie and Sandra appear for one strip in the "Waya Gaiden" arc; looking back, this was probably to foreshadow Ashley Davis taking over the Valkyrie comic.
    • Massively Multiplayer Crossover: There's a single panel of this with several other Namco characters in the comic's 100th strip.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • The 9-part mini arc "Waya Gaiden" is this for Waya-Hime.
    • Bravo Woman gets a day in the limelight during her own mini-arc.
  • Damsel in Distress: Waya-Hime during the visit to Pistol Daimyo's dojo.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Bravo Woman's solo fights were all against women (Waya-Hime and the mermaid queen).
  • Denser and Wackier: Than the original game and especially to Bravoman's apperance in Namco × Capcom.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage:
    • In "Perky Princess of Pointy Peril", Bravoman sings along to the show's theme with his music player, while using first person-styled lyrics.
      Bravoman: Bravoman, Bravoman, battling crime wherever I can…
    • He also does a scat version in "Watching From the Shadows".
    • The ringtone of the wrist communicator is also the main theme.
  • Distaff Counter Part: Bravo Woman in design. Subverted power-wise as she's a Flying Brick rather than being stretchy. Often lampshaded.
    Bravo Woman: Being derivative never looked so butt-kickingly good!
  • Do I Really Sound Like That?: Dr. Bomb isn't happy with the way his speech is depicted in the cartoon; he doesn't seem to realize how bizarre his syntax really is.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Brave Man's supporting cast first appears in the character relationship chart. Subverted in that they never put in a "real" appearance after that.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The blueprints for cool machines the characters would draw eventually got phased out of the comic.
  • End-of-Series Awareness: The countdown to the "death of Bravoman" in the final strips is referring to the end of the comic. Bravoman lives.
  • Eyepatch After Timeskip: Sort of — it's an alternate universe rather than the future or even a Bad Future. Even so, in it Waya-Hime has an eyepatch, and both Brave Man and Bravo Woman have the equivalent for their visors.
  • Friendly Enemy: Bravoman is this to Anti-Bravoman, much to the latter's annoyance when he's trying to be serious. Doesn't stop him from being a jerk to him every now and then.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The Crossover arc with Wonder Momo foreshadows a plot point later seen in both their respective comic strips: Anti-Bravoman's ability to merge with others when beaten up is later pivotal in Zulu's defeat, whereas Momoko ends up turning into a darker, evil Wonder Momo with no outside help in her comic.
    • In Waya Gaiden Valkyrie's appearance foreshadowed guest artist Ashley Davis taking over her comic a few months later.
    • There are several hints that Reverse Bravoman isn't who he seems.
      • His scarf has a looser and wider design.
      • He reacts to questions about Reverse Anti-Bravoman with shock and avoidance.
      • And finally, his response to Bravoman saying he can trust him as they're the same person is a "...yeah".
  • For Science!: The motivation of several characters, especially Dr. Bomb.
  • For Want Of A Nail: Bravoman ends up in an alternate universe where Anti-Bravoman was never created and therefore Bravo Master never defeated Zulu. Or, in truth, where Anti-Bravoman took over the real Bravoman's name and imprisoned him.
  • Fusion Dance:
    • Bravo Master is the combination of Bravoman, Anti-Bravoman, Bravo Woman, and Brave Man, created by beating up on Anti-Bravoman so his anti-particles destabilize and fuse the four together.
    • Later on, Anti-Bravoman fashions devices that allow them to destabilize his anti-particles without beating him up. Waya-Hime jumps in on it, thus creating Bravo Master: Shinobi Essence Custom.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: Anti-Bravoman's title of Butt-Monkey leads to him suffering this fate when his poor sense of humor drives Attack Bomber V9.1 to step on him.
  • Giant Robot: Attack Bomber V9.1.
  • Grand Finale: "The Death of Bravoman", which pits Bravoman and all the Bravos (as well as Waya-Hime) against Zulu in a final battle. The title turns out to be metaphorical as it refers to the "death", or rather the end of the webcomic, not Bravoman himself.
  • Gratuitous Ninja: The constant use of Waya-Hime, Benjamin, and Pistol Daimyo to add action to the series.
  • Here We Go Again!: Bravoman finds a small alien squid sitting in Starship Alpha and worries that it's going to be another Zulu, this one here to ruin Earth. Alpha Man informs him that they take at least 1,200 years to grow that big and insists that he'll take care of it. "I think I'll name him Zed." Flashback to 1,200 years earlier and Alpha Man is holding a miniature alien squid, insisting to his parents that he'll take care of it.
    Alpha Man: I think I'll name him Zulu.
  • Highly-Visible Ninja: Double-subverted; Camo wears a forest camouflage ninja suit, but is easily spotted no matter his surroundings because he thinks hiding behind potted bonsai trees is sufficient.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Anti-Bravoman tries so hard to be the sinister evil counterpart type, but can't even keep up a gravelly voice without hurting his throat or making the inside of his scarf wet with spit.
  • Intentional Engrish for Funny: This is how Dr. Bomb talks, with comically exaggerated grammatical and syntactical problems.
  • Kill It with Fire: Zulu's ultimate fate.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • Bravo Master is a weird heroic version. He is completely competent and defeats the alien attacking Alpha's Planet by throwing it into a sun! Discussed by Bravoman and Alpha Man afterwards.
    • Reverse Anti-Bravoman plays this straight. He basically doomed his universe all because he wanted a better challenge.
    • Dear Lord, Zulu. To drive the point home his second arc is titled The Death of Bravoman and is almost entirely serious.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: During the "Bravo the Barbarian" arc he faced a wizard who was aided by four orcs in familiar looking war paint that made them resemble a certain group of turtles.
  • The Load: Brave Man, during the Zulu arc. Since he has no real powers, Bravo Woman has to carry him around during the fight with Zulu. Alpha summoned him by accident, you see.
  • Manchild: Anti-Bravoman, as he collects and plays with toys based of Bravoman, plus his moping and the fact he lives with his father/creator Dr. Bomb. To a lesser extent Bravoman, who'd rather be playing videogames than risking his butt. In Anti-Bravoman's defense, he's technically around two years old.
  • Matryoshka Object: Alpha Man, in "Second Look." Pretty obvious, from his egg-like shape.
  • Meaningful Name: Turns out Alpha Man and Zulu had meaningful names. They are the first and last letters of the code alphabet. Alpha began the series by granting Bravoman his powers, Zulu turns out to be an Eldritch Abomination whose only goal is destruction.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Komuso hides her face because it was horribly scarred and she wants to spare others the horror of seeing it... but said "scar" is apparently just a small pimple. When Bravoman sees it he theorizes that it's just a rash, possibly brought on by the basket she wears on her head.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: To get Waya-Hime off his back, Bravoman tells her he's married to Bravo Woman. Waya-Hime's response to this is to try and hunt down Bravo Woman so she can have her "stretchy cuteness" all to herself.
  • Mythology Gag: Brave Man's colour scheme and design is based of the American box art of Bravoman. Pointed out in one strip, and later turned into a plot point.
  • Never Say "Die": Parodied in "Bravobots", where Alphamus tells Bravoman to say "destroy" or "wreck" because the show they're parodying is a kid's cartoon. Then Bravoman tells the Benja-cons to prepare to be "spoliated".
  • No Fourth Wall:
    • Characters frequently reference the writers and once even called off a four-way fight because it would've been too hard to draw.
    • Dr. Bomb has not only complained about his lack of screen time on more than one occasion, but he even watched the web series at one point.
  • Nominal Imortance: Exploited. After finding out the Bravo Blaster only works against nameless mooks, Dr. Bomb starts assigning names to the binja bots.
  • Only Sane Man: Bravo Woman is pretty much this. Pistol Daimyo has shades of this, especially after seeing just what type of ninja form his army...
  • Palette Swap: The concept is explored in a chapter focusing on a fictional game. Anti-Bravoman fits this trope too, as his original character sprite in game was just a black swap of Bravoman (down to being named "Black Bravo").
  • Parody Retcon:
    • In-Universe. After Brave Man literally gets beaten up by Namco's lawyers he starts claiming he's a parody of Bravoman rather than a rip-off.
    • Also literally brought up in the crossover mini-arc with Wonder Momo: Glooder forces a retcon after Anti-Bravoman and Momo merge into Anti-Momo since he considered it too important a development for her to happen outside her own series. And it was a big piece of Foreshadowing for Wonder Momo's own webcomic as well.
  • Power Armor: Bravo Woman's costume is revealed to be this.
  • Saving the World: Alpha Man's original mission was to find a hero to save his planet from Zulu. Too bad he totally forgot about that...
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Inverted/parodied in one of the strips:
    Anti-Bravoman: But it's your company.
    Dr. Bomb: I do not make the rules.
    Anti-Bravoman: You do make the rules!
  • Shout-Out: Strip 278 is titled "Le Petit Prince".
  • Show Within a Show: Brave Man is an actor in a self-titled series within the comic.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Brave Man is this to Bravoman, posing absolutely zero threat to our hero but frustrating him endlessly nonetheless.
  • Stripperiffic: As a nod to the DLC feature in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Bravoman attempts to unlock the bikini DLC pack for his characters in Bravo Fighter II, only to be stopped by Alpha Man.
  • Super Hero Origin: Parodied in the first strip for Bravoman.
    • There are also parody Origin Strips for Bravo Woman and Brave Man, and a two-parter origin strip for Anti-Bravoman.
  • Tank Goodness: What Anti-Bravoman would love to have.
  • That's All, Folks!: The last strip of the webcomic has Bravoman and all the characters (as well as the readers) getting a thank-you card from the creators for sticking with them for the entirety of the run. Compared to the other comics of ShiftyLook (which either ended abruptly or stopped in the middle of their storylines), this series was one of the few to a have a conclusive ending.
  • Truer to the Text: One of the last arcs is Bravoman watching a Berobah Man Tokatsu show which is a much more direct adaptation of the original game's story, complete with Black Bravoman being a competent rival and Bravoman having a family.
  • The Unchosen One: Alpha Man just admits Bravoman looked like he'd fit the suit.
    Alpha Man: You, and you alone, were the only person in the nine galaxies found worthy of the mystic powers of Bravoman.
    Bravoman: Really?
    Alpha Man: Naw. I'm just screwing with you. You looked like you'd fit the costume.
    Bravoman: GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME!
  • The Unintelligible: Benjamin talks exclusively in music notes. Karasu Tengu speaks in caws.
    • Intelligible Unintelligible: They have no problem talking to others, or understanding each other as well.
    • Suddenly Voiced: Benjamin eventually gains a voice chip. This doesn't stick.
      • And he later gets his voice turned back off because Dr. Bomb thinks it makes him obnoxious.
  • Tsundere: Invoked; Alpha describes Waya-Hime as one, though her murderous nature is a little more Yandere or even Yangire.
  • Unknown Rival: Poor, poor Anti-Bravoman wants to be seen as a cool and mysterious rival anti-hero but Bravoman has no idea he wishes to be rivals.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Alpha Man gets really tedious in an early strip.
    Alpha Man: Bravoman, listen up...
  • Volumetric Mouth: Some characters have really big mouths whenever they open them, Waya-Hime being a notable example.
  • What Does This Button Do?: Bravoman and Alpha Man go through a round of this. Alpha fakes an emergency to get Bravoman to stop doing it.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Bravo Woman and Brave Man don't think too highly of Bravoman's powers...despite Brave Man not actually having any powers. To be fair, one of those powers is turning into a small submarine (at the cost of ''twisting his internal organs'' for comic effect).
    Bravoman: organs...
  • Writers Suck: Without the editor present, characters' dialogue becomes horribly misspelt.
    Alpha: I guess the writter never opened that diktionery we gave him for Krismuss.
    Brandomon: "Diktionery"? Did he even luck at the cover?

    Web Series Tropes 
  • Actor Allusion:
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Parodied at the end of "Bravo x Momo: Part 2 of 3". Bravoman and Wonder Momo are at a loss to what the lesson actually is, so they settle on "literacy".
  • Animated Adaptation: Some of the episodes are adaptations of the comic.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Bravoman discusses this while monologuing to himself in "Couch of Doom".
    Bravoman: Ugh…so now I've been swallowed by a sea serpent, a triceratops, and a giant time-traveling panda. Hehe...gross.
  • Aside Glance: Alpha Man looks at the screen when Bravoman describes Waya-Hime's Yandere nature.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: It's prevalent throughout the series, but "Heavy Meta Mayhem" is the trope at its peak. Examples include Bravoman getting hit so hard his voice actor feels it, Dee Bradley Baker filling in for Rob for a few moments afterward (even using Anti-Bravoman's voice) and firing the music team (including Sparkles*) to defeat Benjamin.
    Sound Guy: Not Sparkles*!
  • Couch Gag: The trope-naming scene is spoofed in "Laser Mummies From Beyond the Moon".
  • Christmas Episode: "Generic Winter Holiday Special" is a parody of this, with the cast (and some other characters too) going over to Bravoman's house to play video games.
  • Crossover: With Wonder Momo in the (not-quite) aptly-named "Bravo x Momo: Part 2 of 3". The show parodies this, giving it a name implying it's a Multi-Part Episode (when in reality it isn't).
    • In the same episode, Mappy and Pac-Man make cameos on advertising zones.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune:
    • After Bravoman fires the sound department to defeat Benjamin in "Heavy Meta Mayhem", he sings the ending theme (in a horribly off-key manner).
    • "The Grand Prehistoric Space Hockey Adventure" also begins with a Hostile Show Takeover from Anti-Bravoman, with him singing his own rendition of the theme tune about himself.
  • Don't Touch That, You Idiot!: After mysteriously swapping places with Dr. Bomb in the death trap in "The Beginning (and End) of Bravoman", Bravoman notices the button that did it, only to be prevented by Alpha from pressing it.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The mummy with a helmet from the police lineup in the intro finally appears during "Laser Mummies From Beyond the Moon".
  • Fuuma Shuriken: Waya-Hime's ultimate weapon used to take down Bravoman. Like her Yandere nature, the shuriken is also used to help convey her feelings to her crush (to the point where she etches a dating request on it; though she at least has enough sanity to etch a 'no' option on it too).
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In-universe, Anti-Bravoman is apparently really popular in Japan.
  • Grand Finale: "The Grand Prehistoric Space Hockey Adventure" is a huge parody of this, as Bravoman and Alpha Man worry that the show would end for real. To this end, they go on a huge adventure featuring tropes such as time travel and a big reveal for Anti-Bravoman (said reveal being that Dr. Bomb is his "dad"), ending on a scene where Bravoman plays the original game one last time offscreen (and complaining about its difficulty).
  • In Medias Res: Discussed in "The Beginning (and End) of Bravoman", as the episode starts off with them hanging over a fiery, robotic pit.
    Bravoman: How did we get up here anyway? I don't even remember [Dr. Bomb] capturing us.
    Alpha Man: I'd wager the show's writers wanted to start this episode off mid-adventure. It's a writing technique called "in medias res."
    Bravoman: In med-... wha-wha?
    Alpha Man: I believe it's Latin for "skip the boring parts".
  • Interactive Narrator: During "Boss Bash", the narrator actively helps Bravoman when it appears he is to be defeated by Attack Bomber V9, because otherwise the series would be over and the staff (the narrator included) would not get their paychecks. As he and Alpha Man discuss it:
    Alpha Man: Yo! Narrator guy.
    Narrator: Um...yes?
    Alpha Man: You know what happens if Bravoman gets bumped off, don't you?
    (Attack Bomber V9 inches closer to Bravoman)
    Narrator: What happens? What do you mean?
    Alpha Man: If he dies, we're all out of a job. Him, me, you. All of us. No paycheck.
    Narrator: Oh,'re right.
    Alpha Man: My work here is done.
    • Author Powers: To this end, in order to save Bravoman (and thus, his job), he gives Bravoman a Heroic Second Wind and reveals Attack Bomber V9's weak point (a self-destruct trigger in his right eye; even pointing it out with a big red arrow) to Bravoman.
    Narrator (right before Attack Bomber V9 disintegrates the arrow): THIS ONE, YOU IDIOT!
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: Wonder Momo makes a quick crossover guest appearance in a segment of "Laser Mummies From Beyond the Moon".
    • Though according to Alpha Man, this can also be considered a forced Crossover.
    Bravoman: Wait, she's not a Bravoman character!
    Alpha Man: Sorry, Namco-mandated cross-promotion. Oh, look! Next week is Pac-Man!
    Bravoman: Sweet! (head morphs into a Pac-Man-like form)
    • The second-to-last episode was a proper crossover, though it was part 2 of a three-part story (with parts 1 and 3 not actually existing). Wonder Momo, her sidekick Glooder, and her archenemy the King of the Waru all show up for the occasion.
  • Invincible Hero: Parodied. Alpha Man admits to the narrator that if Bravoman dies, they're all out of jobs (without pay!).
  • Let's You and Him Fight: The Wonder Momo crossover involves Dr. Bomb and the King of the Waru tricking the two heroes into fighting each other.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Parodied at the end of "The Grand Prehistoric Space Hockey Adventure", where Bravoman "reveals" to Anti-Bravoman that Dr. Bomb is his "dad".
  • Metaphorgotten: Demonstrated by Alpha Man in "Perky Princess of Pointy Peril", as Bravoman asks for his help while hiding in a tree.
    Alpha Man: Remember, fighting is not always the answer. Sometimes words can be more powerful than any weapon. Unless, of course, that weapon is a flamethrower. Or a sidewinder missile. Or, really, any type of rocket-propelled—
    (Bravoman closes his wrist communicator)
  • Ninja Zombie Pirate Robot:
    • Referred to in "Couch of Doom" when Bravoman had to take on zombie cowboys with a weakness to "techno dance music" attacking City Hall.
    • Other odd mashup threats also pop up, such as a Capricorn sea-serpent and a giant time-traveling panda.
    • Alpha Man is held hostage by murderous robot lobsters, though he refers to them as "cyborg crayfish".
    • There are also the title characters of "Laser Mummies From Beyond the Moon".
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: Used in "''The Beginning (and End) of Bravoman" as Bravoman prepares to recount his origin story.
    Fire Pit: Is it riveting?
    Bravoman: (chuckles) The rivetiest!
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: "Boss Bash" begins with Bravoman and Alpha celebrating their victory against a group of robots that apparently was strong enough to wreck the entire surrounding area. The narrator says that the audience will never get to see the fight, because the "meager Bravo-mation budget" is too small for that.
    Narrator: Sorry, viewers.
  • Ramp Jump: Bravoman, Anti-Bravoman and Alpha Man are seen doing one in "Laser Mummies From Beyond the Moon". In the General Lee, no less!
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: As a reference to the popular Dragon Ball Z "over 9000" meme, in "Laser Mummies From Beyond the Moon", Bravoman powers up and Waya-Hime and Anti-Bravoman are shocked at Bravoman's power readings.
    Waya-Hime: What does the scanner say?
    Anti-Bravoman: [Bravoman's] power level is over nine bajillion - but that's impossible!
  • Running Gag: Net launchers.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Two to Spider-Man:
      • The opening theme is inspired by the Spider-Man (1967) theme, as shown in the page quote.
      • The Fire Pit tries to pass off his origin story as having been bitten by a radioactive creature. Dr. Bomb interrupts him with the truthiest of truths before he can get any further.
    Dr. Bomb: Lies! Such exaggerations! You were ordered from the Inconceivable Robots summer catalog! You know this truth to be true!
    Fire Pit: Aw, come on, boss! I'm tryin' to impress these guys!
  • Space "X": Parodied during Bravoman's origin story, as Alpha Man gives him three “powerful” items: a metal rod, a tuning fork and a ¥100 coin.
    Ordinary Businessman (soon to be Bravoman): What is this? Junk you keep in your glove box?
    Alpha Man: Junk I keep in my space glove box!
  • Spoof Aesop: Brought up at the end of “Perky Princess of Pointy Peril.”
    Alpha: Well then, did you learn any important life lessons?
    Bravoman: Uh...girls are scary? (...) Really, really scary.
    • At the end of "Bravo x Momo: Part 2 of 3", Bravoman and Momo can't think of or remember what the episode's lesson is/was. They arbitrarily decide on literacy.
  • Spot the Impostor: In "Laser Mummies From Beyond the Moon", Alpha Man is shown to be incapable of identifying a series of increasingly obvious Bravoman impostors, including a slipshod robot, a cardboard stand-up, and an ostrich.
    Alpha Man: Oh, no! Which one's the real Bravoman?!
    Bravoman (with equally increasing frustration): Oh, come on! REALLY?!
  • Superhero Origin: Parodied, both with Bravoman himself and Bravo Woman in particular. The latter takes issues to being given the stock Distaff Counterpart one and is not thrilled by the "accidentally got the hero's powers when rescued" one either. She has to settle for a mish-mash of origin tropes cobbled together.
  • Time Travel: Bravoman and Alpha Man travel to the Cretaceous period for "The Grand Prehistoric Space Hockey Adventure".
  • Unexplained Recovery: Dr. Bomb is somehow alive enough in "Perky Princess of Pointy Peril" to hire Waya-Hime despite being lowered into his own fiery pit in "The Beginning (and End) of Bravoman".
  • Women Are Wiser: Played straight with Bravo Woman but toyed with for Wonder Momo. Momo is slightly more competent in combat than Bravoman but was fooled by an even more transparent deception by her nemesis than Bravoman was.
  • What Does This Button Do?: Second type, as demonstrated in "The Beginning (and End) of Bravoman". Bravoman can't resist pressing the down button that lowers Dr. Bomb into his own death trap and very nearly puts himself and Alpha back in danger by attempting to push the "rarely-used switch places with your nemesis button".
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Dr. Bomb has a weird Scottish/Russian-esque accent, while still speaking in exaggerated Engrish.
  • You Mean "Xmas": During the "Generic Winter Holiday Special", the holiday in question is referred to as, well, "Generic Winter Holiday", and nothing else. Mappy, however, states that he and his family celebrate "Blizzard Festival Week" instead during his cameo.