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Cruz Brothers is a Fighting Game by the indie DCF Studio, first released on PC in 2017, and ported to PS4 the following year.

It is about Igor and Felipe Cruz who enlist Marcus Luz, a former champion of the Traditional Pride Fist, as their coach to finally make it as professional boxers instead of bartenders who do occasional fight clubbing. However the Boxing Club leaders wants a cut of their success and the Sons of Subversions, a vicious biker gang, are happy to assist them in making the brothers take dives.

It contains examples of:

  • The Ace: Miguel Dee and Pekho Khau are champions of their division, gameplay-wise they are Lightning Bruiser who'll vanish on their opponent in a thunder clap.
  • All Bikers are Hells Angels: The villainous Sons of Subversion motorcycle club are treated as this. This may be a nod to the Brazilian "Abutre's" outlaw gang.
  • As Himself: The titular Cruz brothers, Felipe and Igor, as well as Marcus Luz, Gabriel Ribeiro and Cláudio Coelho, are real Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters whose likenesses appear in the game. Academia Nobre Arte and Academia Delfim, the boxing academies founded by Cláudio and Gabriel, respectively, also appear as groups relevant to the game's story.
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: This can happen to all stages if you land enough super moves.
  • Big Bad: Tray Sorrow, the leader of the Sons of Subversion. He is the one that killed Marcus' former pupil.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Felipe's pick up lines are kind of lame as Marcus points out.
  • Extremity Extremist: Apart from the few fighters who go against the rules of boxing by using kicks or weapons, you will generally only see fists flying from the characters.
  • Flash Step: The Delfim fighters' specialty. Especially Khau, who will vanish during his rush and ultimate attack.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: While most fighters are Boxing Battlers using gloves or tape, the Sons of Subversion and the Boxing Club are simply brawlers unafraid to use kicks or even use guns.
    Mr. Mayhem: Now you will learn what street boxing is, bitch!
  • Knee Capping: Tray has two stun moves where he'll shoot his opponent's knee. Trevor has a similar move but he simply kicks the shin so it breaks.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: You would think a manager that goes by Greasy Jim makes you doubt his character, but no; the Cruz brothers are fine working with him. This causes Felipe to get disqualified during the championship match because somebody rigged his boxing gloves with plaster.
  • Laughing Mad: Dying Joe and Riley. One of their moves is to arch their backs backward laughing as a way to counter any attack.
  • Playing with Fire: Azazel and Spider use fireballs.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Felipe is the older, serious brother, but he has the same taste in women and boxing than the more extroverted Igor, who is a Boisterous Bruiser through and through.
    Igor: Wake up, gangsta!
  • Reformed Criminal: Noble Arte's students are bums from Brazil that Cláudio reformed by making them noble boxers instead of petty criminals, like Faust and Mad Dog used to be. This is also the purpose of Academia Noble Arte in real life.
  • Rule of Cool: It looks like your typical boxing game... until you use special attacks, where some fighters will use beams, fireballs, electricity, guns, and brutally illegal and limb-breaking moves that can become so epic that they set the ring on fire.
  • Shout-Out: Riley Durden and Dying Joe are obvious Expies of the main leads of Fight Club, but not only that. They are also members of the Boxing Club.
  • Split Personality: Riley Durden and Dying Joe, in an obvious Shout-Out to Fight Club. The game even changes their names mid fight at random if you pick one them. In the story, people treat it as just a quirk between them.
  • Trash Talk: Marcus is not a fan of it and calls Igor out about him getting cocky. He also tells Felipe to not copy his own behavior when confronting the Sons of Subversion about his pupil Rian's murder. Some characters indulge in it in-fight.