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"72 hours to kill... thousands of zombies... What would Chuck do?"

The highly successful 2010 sequel to 2006's just-as-successful Dead Rising.

Chuck Greene is a former motorcycle racing champion, whose wife was zombified and bit their daughter, Katey, in an outbreak in Las Vegas some years before. Due to this, now the girl needs daily doses of Zombrex, a medicine that can halt the infection for 24 hours.

Cut to the present day (five years after the first game), Chuck is now a contestant in the game show Terror Is Reality, set in Fortune City, NV, whose crew keeps caged zombies who are released in an arena just so the competitors may mow them down with motorbike-mounted chainsaws.

One day, after another episode of the show, someone releases the captive zombies and they overrun the city in no time. Having found a shelter, Chuck is informed that the military will raid the city within 72 hours and the shelter isn't stocked with Zombrex, so they only agree to let Katey stay there as long as he can find the medicine to keep her alive.


Eventually, Chuck finds out he's being held responsible for breaking out the horde, and now he's involved in a three-way quest: find Zombrex for Katey, save the survivors left about the city and clear his name. All the while crushing thousands of zombies with anything he may find - and anything he may make with what he finds.

Dead Rising 2: Case Zero was released a few weeks before the main game, as a five-dollar "demo" available exclusively on the Xbox Live Arcade. Set immediately after the Las Vegas outbreak mentioned in passing in DR2, Case Zero finds Chuck and Katey stranded in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. Chuck has about fourteen hours before the military moves in to quarantine the town, and if he and Katey aren't gone by then, they'll take her away. Chuck has to find at least one dose of Zombrex for Katey and put together a vehicle.


Dead Rising 2: Case West came out in December 2010 on the Xbox Live Arcade. Set after the main game in Phenotrans's facility in Fortune City, Chuck is joined by Frank West (an AI buddy in single-player, and the second player's character in co-op) as they work to clear Chuck's name once and for all.

Dead Rising 2: Off the Record was announced at Captivate '11, and Capcom admits that the new game is basically Fanservice (as in Continuity Nods and stuff). Indeed, the wackiness is Up to Eleven (Masked Luchador zombies, for example), and even the beloved photos-for-PP mechanic returns. The game is a What If? Frank West had been in Chuck Greene's shoes, and Frank's simple answer to the question, "What would you have done differently?" is EVERYTHING.

In November 2011, IDW began publishing a four-issue Dead Rising comic book series, Road to Fortune, which begins two years after the original game and covers several of the incidents between DR and DR2, including the Vegas outbreak, Katey's infection, and Frank West and Rebecca Chang's first meeting.

In September 2016, both Dead Rising 2 and Off the Record received re-releases on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, alongside the original Dead Rising.

The list of Shout Outs can be found here.

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Dead Rising 2: Case Zero Provides Examples Of:

    Case Zero
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  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: Justified. It's not a literal Zombie Apocalypse, so money's still useful.
  • Adult Fear: Fail to fix up the bike in time and you get to see Chuck and Katey get separated by the military while desperately calling out to each other.
  • The Alcoholic: Fausto Vargas, who refuses to go anywhere until you give him TWO alcoholic beverages. Fortunately, both him and his wife are found inside the local bar.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: Survivors you find along the way will immediately come to you instead of whimpering in fear in a crowd if you press the order button.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Blessedly subverted; although only a few civilians need transportation to safety and always over a small, simply laid out area, their path-finding ability is largely improved over the original Dead Rising. Even when unarmed survivors are mostly competent enough to bull-rush their way through small groups of zombies without any problem.
  • Ascended Meme:
    • The Locksmith achievement dubs Chuck the master of unlocking.
    • Quite a few in Case West, starting with "For a guy who's covered wars..."
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Many of the customized weapons can be considered this. Some are so large you cannot switch inventory items without dropping them, some are meant to do massive damage to single targets (which is overkill on zombies but does not work on bosses,) many can only be used once, etc.
  • Boring, but Practical: And on top of everything that comes before? Guess what's the best weapon to use on the final boss - or for that matter, any boss in any of the games to date? The sniper rifle found on the gas station roof.
  • Chainsaw Good: One of the weapons you can craft is two chainsaws on a canoe paddle.
  • Downer Ending: See Adult Fear above.
  • Duct Tape for Everything:
    • No matter what the items being combined are, you will always hear the sound of duct tape.
    • He also uses duct tape to repair his motorbike.
  • Fetch Quest:
    • Five motorcycle parts and a Zombrex syringe before 9PM (two if you're collecting every survivor).
    • And some jewelry if you're fulfilling Gemini's request.
  • From Bad to Worse: Chuck Greene's wife is infected, bites his daughter and Chuck has to kill his zombie wife. He then escapes infected Las Vegas, constantly injecting Zombrex into said daughter, which costs around $300 a pop. He arrives in a small town, gets his truck (and Zombrex stash) stolen. Then the town is shown to having already been infested by zombies. Then the military plans to show up, giving Chuck twelve hours to figure out a way to get out of the town before the army quarantines his daughter. Then he runs across an Egomaniac Hunter with a shotgun / pitchfork combo who wants to kill his daughter. It's just not a good life for Chuck, no sir. Oh, and then Dead Rising 2 happens.
  • Improbable Weapon User: One of the survivours Chuck finds is using the handlebars he needs for his bike as a weapon! Apparently the handlebars are working well enough for him that he'll only give them up if given a broadsword.
  • Multiple Endings
  • Overprotective Dad: Darcie Blackrock, daughter of Bob Blackrock, who informs Chuck about the survivors' location, wants Chuck to bring her father to her to ensure him there's no "funny business" between her and Chuck.
  • Your Head A-Splode: One of the new combined weapons you can make with a spray paint can and a traffic cone is an air horn that makes a zombie head explode.

Dead Rising 2 Provides Examples Of:

    Dead Rising 2 — A-F 
  • Action Girl:
    • Rebecca certainly qualifies after fighting her way across Fortune City just about as much as you do.
    • Also there's Terri, a minor character. Even if you don't help her and her friend out, she'll still manage to somehow fight her way into the safe house and somehow have the strength remaining to help fight off the zombie horde when the main door is sabotaged. All with just a lead pipe.
  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: The guys running the pawn shops are all professional looters. They always have some Zombrex handy for you to buy, but will charge you more and more for it each time. What jerks.
  • Adult Fear: If you don't get enough medicine for your seven-year-old daughter, she'll turn into a zombie.
  • Alas, Poor Villain:
    • The twins are manipulative and insidious, but when Chuck kills one of them, the surviving twin is left in complete despair and commits suicide after declaring life to be forever incomplete without her sister.
    • Ted isn’t really a villain despite his status as a Psychopath, he just snapped after Chuck accidentally called him a word that he hates. His death scene, which consists of Ted crawling on the floor while begging for Snowflake to use him as “fresh meat”, is still rather tragic.
    • Similarly, Sgt. Boykin isn’t really a villain; he is rather aggressive and doesn’t hesitate to approach Chuck with the intention of killing him, but he witnessed the deaths of his men due to unexpected circumstances and after Chuck defeats him, he still thinks he got taken down by a zombie and blows himself up with a grenade.
    • Slappy was wrathful and probably not very sane considering that he still bothers wearing the mascot costume in the middle of a zombie outbreak. However, he only snapped because he thought Chuck was responsible for his date’s death, and as he succumbs to his wounds, he talks to the long-dead girl about the date that will now never happen, showing that he never got over the loss of something that meant a lot to him.
  • An Arm and a Leg: When Chuck gets the Hands Off skill, he'll grab a zombie by the arms and start yanking while pushing at their body with his foot. Eventually he'll rip their arms off for an instant kill.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: TK turns into a zombie in Ending A, which is his canon fate. If Chuck fails to give Katey some Zombrex in time, then she turns off-screen, leading to one of the bad endings.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Arthur's armor has to be unlocked in four pieces, but it absorbs extra damage (until it breaks, leaving Chuck in his underwear) and improves Chuck's throwing ability.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: One minor quality of life improvement over the first game is that survivors will now display an icon over their heads if they will move to the next room alongside Chuck. No more moving back and forth between loading screens just because one survivor was just slightly outside the eligible area.
  • Anyone Can Die: With more zombies in an even bigger area, the amount of causalities will inevitably rise. Just like the first game, only three characters survive the main events: Chuck, Katey, and Stacey. However, if one includes the events of Case West, then there are six survivors, since Frank, Marion, and Isabela also live throughout the entirety of Case West’s events.
  • Armor Is Useless: In the High Noon Shooting range, Chuck can pick up and wear a S.W.A.T. Vest. It doesn't do anything, but it does look damn cool. Averted with Arthur's suit of armor. Subverted by the Psycho outfit, which isn't armor, but reduces damage taken.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: On the Zombrex website, possible side effects are read off (quickly, as with drug commercials circa The '90s) including "...bleeding eyes, bleeding anus, occasional terrifying hallucinations, and dry skin."
  • Artificial Brilliance: The developers clearly remembered how everyone who played the first Dead Rising chose to feed survivors to zombies and take pictures for the experience reward instead of escorting them out of sheer rage. Now, give a survivor a decent weapon, even a common one - knife, baseball bat, sledgehammer - and they will not only fend for themselves while following you intelligently, they will swat zombies who are grappling you! Give them shotguns and the only thing you have to keep an eye out for is that little "door" sign is above their icon when transitioning between areas (another innovation) - they'll mow through packs of zombies without pausing for breath.
    • Hell, they can hold their own against psychopaths if you arm them right, making boss fights (including some that are otherwise That One Boss) much, much easier.
      • In fact, you often want armed survivors with you in a boss fight. Not only do you avoid detouring to drop off a survivor, but you save alot of time against bosses by watching them go down in seconds to a few minutes rather than a drag-out fight where you keep having to play chicken.
    • They'll still hit you and other survivors every so often, and that's only if you stand in their way with a shotgun. But they're still much better than the Survivors from the first game.
  • Ascended Meme: "You have a real knack for showing up at the right time. Have you covered wars or something?" One of the achievements is even called "He hasn't covered wars..."
  • Asshole Victim:
    • TK, the greedy, snide, and callous host of Terror is Reality who planned to rob every casino in Fortune City, either becomes a zombie or falls to his death in a crowd of undead, depending on which ending you get.
    • Sullivan is eventually revealed to be a mole that started the outbreak and framed Chuck. He shows no regrets for his actions. Once his fight is over, he ends up getting decapitated.
    • Leon is cocky, juvenile, and treats the outbreak like an expanded version of the game show he competed in, to the point where he casually kills a survivor and simply laments how hard survivors are to kill compared to zombies. He ends up burning to death while taunting Chuck.
    • Randy tries to forcefully marry a random woman after killing his previous “bride”. He also accidentally kills his father with his chainsaw when Chuck enters the chapel, but only passively mentions this in a throwaway line during the fight. He meets his end when the “bride” he killed, now a zombie, approaches him while he’s down and starts eating him.
    • The redneck snipers are trigger happy bigots that gladly murder other survivors in cold blood for the sake of “saving” America. Like most Psychopaths, they end up dying, and since they lack death scenes, Chuck is most likely going to kill them personally.
    • Seymour is a corrupt security guard with delusions of grandeur that uses the outbreak as an opportunity to put himself in charge and hang anyone that dares to defy his “orders”. After fighting Chuck, he falls on an active saw while bragging about being a better man than Chuck.
    • Reed clearly mistreated his fellow magician Roger in the past, and the only thing he can say when his “sawing in half” trick ends up killing the ‘volunteer’ is “Damn it! Not again!”, implying that other lives were lost because of his failed magic tricks. In the duo’s death scene, Roger stabs Reed multiple times with a dagger for his abuse.
  • Attempted Rape: Randy. See Shotgun Wedding below.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • The Knight Armor set. Sure, it may be a reference to Arthur from Ghosts 'n Goblins, and it prevents you from taking damage when you wear it, but once you take enough hits it shatters and you're left in your underwear and you need to return all the way to the safe house if you want to reequip it. Also, until it's patched, it also causes a bug that blanks out the first-floor map when you use the whole set.
    • The Mercenary Assault Rifle is a common weapon to find and its high rate of fire makes it your early version of the LMG. However it has very limited amounts of ammo and it's an inaccurate weapon. For Chuck, the Assault Rifle with its larger magazine and greater accuracy is a better choice despite having a lower rate of fire. However put the Mercenary Assault Rifle in the hands of a survivor...
    • Despite the fact that most of them are DiscOneNukes, the Combo Weapons aren't particularly useful for general use because magazines do not effect their durability. As a result, they break very easily compared to the standard weapons and are more situational weapons, something you pull out to deal with a particularly tough psychopath or Gas zombies and so forth rather than something you use on most everything.
    • Most large weapons qualify as this, especially during the late game when the player gets mobbed by gas zombies - any attack can cause them to drop it. Many of them also have motors that need to be started before you can actually swing them. That means that if the player gets surrounded, they have to choose between clearing the horde out with another weapon or picking it up and dropping it over and over again.
  • Author Avatar:
    • Inverted, Keiji Inafune, the Executive Producer of the Dead Rising series, has dressed up in Chuck's default biker outfit in almost every expo and convention that showcased Dead Rising 2.
    • Literally inverted. Chuck Greene is sponsored by IJIEK.
  • Audible Sharpness: The Twins' swords.
  • Badass Biker: Chuck is a former Motocross champion. The skills he picked up souping up his bike is how he learned to create insane weapons.
  • Bag of Spilling / No-Gear Level: Your entire inventory is taken away just before the True Final Boss fight. This happens somewhat abruptly, and the game doesn't give you full health for the battle, so it's entirely possible to unwittingly start the final battle with almost no health (which will most likely force you to restart from an earlier save).
  • Battle Couple:
  • The Baroness: The twins are a tag-teaming, nigh-unkillable example.
  • Beef Gate:
    • The appearance of the mutated Gas Zombies. Chuck's been swatting zombies like flies for the past 72 hours, but once these bastards show up, the party is over. If Chuck doesn't have at least six Hit Points and inventory spaces each, quit, start over and grind some more levels. Chuck will not survive a trip across the map unless he can handle repeated consecutive multiple-hitpoint maulings while carrying at least three healing items and weapons. Even at level fifty every trip along the strip without a vehicle is That One Level. Hope you ground some cash to pay for the keys to that SUV...
    • The biggest problem with gas zombies is that the weak point has been switched! Everyone knows a zombie's weak point right? Go for the head, but for gas zombies it's the legs. Stomp on their legs and the zombie will twitch and then the head will pop (often netting you a queen for your trouble). Still with them coming at you five at a time it's not easy to knock them over and stomp on their legs.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Antoine doesn't appreciate Chuck (who he's mistaken for a food critic) insulting his food.
    • Pretty much every Psycho boss in the game will mistake Chuck's speech (more like lack of speech) for some kind of insult, mistake him for someone they hate, or any other possible reason to want to kill him.
    • Chuck, himself, will make your life hell if you hurt his daughter. This extends to a doll that he thinks is his daughter when he becomes a psychopath in Off the Record.
  • Big Eater: One of the survivors, Richard can only brought along if you give him some food to eat. Any food will do, including rotten burgers straight out of a garbage bin. Once he's safe at the bunker, he'll proceed to eat all the food inside so you can no longer heal yourself at the bunker. But at least he gives you a Zombrex
  • BFG: A literal one, the Blast Frequency Gun, which can be upgraded into a BIGGER BFG with an amplifier.
  • Black Dude Dies First:
    • Subverted. A certain black character does die, but he'll only die when you activate Overtime mode and that's at the end of the game. As an added twist? YOU get to be the one that kills him!
    • You can play it somewhat straight if you let one of the survivors you're supposed to help, a black man, die.
  • Blood Knight/Jerkass: Leon Bell, who apparently got into "Terror Is Reality" because he has a craving for killing. He sticks the knife in and twists it in his very first appearance, where he mentions Chuck lost his wife in the Vegas outbreak. "I guess that means you SUCK at killing zombies, otherwise she'd still be around!" And just before his boss fight, he rides his Slicecycle right through an innocent unarmed survivor.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Achieves triumphant levels over its predecessor with the Combo Weapons, where most of them provide a ludicrous and ultra-violent means of killing the undead. The Auger returns in an even more adaptable and horrific incarnation, but the greatest example has to be the Porta-Mower. It truly should be discovered rather than described, but if you're curious, Chuck takes the said mower and plunks it on top of the zombie's head, quickly reducing it to fine red mist.
  • Bond One-Liner: Chuck gets a couple of these.
    • After watching a Psychopath that was forcing women to marry him and then killing them when they resisted, getting his face bitten off by one of his now zombified victims.
    "You may now kiss the Bride."
    • After watching his rival from a game show burn to death while proclaiming he was "number one".
    "Yeah... you're on fire."
  • Bond Villain Stupidity:
    • Sullivan starts monologuing after murdering Rebecca, instead of just killing Chuck and Stacey right then and there.
    • If Sullivan had started shooting people before you told him to his face that you've found out about Phenotrans' plot, you wouldn't have stood a chance.
  • Boring, but Practical:
    • The first combo weapon you unlock, the Spiked Bat, is rather easy to build and doesn't give much PP, but against crowds of generic zombies, it's a nice little crowd-clearer, and it is readily available (the maintenance room right outside has nails and a bat, and there's nails in the other room and a bat laying next to the fire extinguisher). It does fairly good damage, too, and can be useful against Psychopaths if you don't have any Knife Gloves handy.
    • Another one are the Tenderizers (MMA Gloves + Nails). You get the card by looking at a movie poster near the maintenance area leading to the safehouse, the parts for it are just as close and it's good for clearing out zombies without accidentally hitting anyone you may be escorting. Overall, a good fallback weapon, and a tad more common than the Knife Gloves in a pinch.
    • The Drinking magazine allows you to consume alcohol without risk of vomiting. Pretty nifty considering you're in a strip mall that's about 40% casino and thus has lots of liquor strewn all over the place.
  • Boss Banter: Unlike the first game where the bosses had one or two battle quotes, the bosses in Dead Rising 2 have tons. For example, the redneck snipers taunt you a lot when engaging them in CQC.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: In the game, you can obtain Arthur's full suit of armor, which effectively doubles your health. The first two parts of the armor aren't so bad to obtain (you can get the helmet by playing Strip Poker with Jack and removing his helmet, and you can get the beard by going to the barber shop in the Royal Flush Plaza and looking in the back of the store). However, one of the suit pieces is being sold for $2,000,000 at the shop on the Platinum Strip, which is 80 times the price of Zombrex, requiring you to play at least 10-15 games of Terror Is Reality in order to buy the stupid thing, and the other piece is unlocked for defeating TK. So, in essence, you can't get the suit on your first playthrough, and when you do finally obtain it, it breaks after a few hits, much like Ghosts 'n Goblins. You can still go back to the safe room and equip it again, but there's not much use to it when you obtain it except for going around impaling zombies to death with a lance. Fortunately, you can find magazines around Fortune City which lower the prices of all items in the shop up to 20% off, but it's still a whopping $1,600,000. And alternatively for making money, you can invest some time on the big slot machine with the gambling magazines since the payouts are big.
  • Bullfight Boss:
    • Leon, who charges at you with a Slicecycle from TIR. Using the bullfight tactic isn't the only one out there, however, but it's recommended.
    • Chuck in Off the Record, when he replaces Leon.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Chuck can be this if you have him killing Zombies with wresting movies while wearing a Daisy Duke outfit and wearing a homemade beer helmet. Or in a electric wheelchair that he made and then strapped several machine guns to it. With Stephen Hawking's voice taunting the zombies.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Multiplayer TiR makes sure you're not playing as the four that showed up in the single-player, the game doesn't solely consist of Slicecycles, and the ending's different.
  • Caught on Tape: When Rebecca first reports on the Fortune City outbreak, she shows footage of Chuck in his Terror is Reality suit planting a bomb on the zombie pens, which makes Sullivan suspicious of him, as well both Rebecca herself and Stacey, and it's also the reason why Psychopaths Slappy and Carl Schiff attack him. This suspicion causes Chuck to embark on a mission to prove his innocence, and along the the way discovers he was framed so that TK could rob the casinos in the confusion, and that it was Sullivan himself who was behind the outbreak so that Phenotrans could keep selling Zombrex.
  • Cavalry Betrayal: Subverted. The government honestly thinks no one is left alive due to the safehouse breach, the military unit being wiped out, and the new mutant zombies. They do, however, put out a Blatant Lies press release stating that they had confirmed that all the survivors were dead, when in fact they were merely guessing based on their loss of contact with the rescue team and the overall severity of the situation.
  • Chain Lightning: A few of the electric weapons such as the Rolling Thunder and Tesla Ball utilize this, making them good for crowd control.
  • Chainsaw Good: Takes this trope to its logical conclusion — Instant Homicide Machines. Just Add Duct Tape for Everything. Chainsaw + canoe paddle + duct tape = Dual Chainsaws On A Stick! Chainsaw + dirt bike + duct tape = Slicecycle.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • A set of handcuffs. Sullivan gives them to Chuck to secure TK, and Chuck later uses them to secure Sullivan's belt to a railing as a passing plane snags his skyhook - leaving him Half the Man He Used to Be.
    • In Off the Record, Frank meets the brother of Adam, the psycho clown from the first game. The clown doesn't seem to recognize him until an photo Frank autographed at the very beginning of the game is blown by.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Chuck suffers from this, even moreso than Frank was in the first game. In contrast to Frank, who would often be ambushed and forced to defend himself and others that way, Chuck has a tendency to enter situations he could otherwise avoid easily because someone is in trouble. This causes several of the psychopath battles in the game.
  • Clear My Name: Chuck is accused of causing the zombie outbreak in Fortune City in a news report and the military will arrive to capture him in 3 days. You don't, you get a Bad End.
  • Compensating for Something: Randy. His weapon is a giant pink chainsaw, he revs it when he gets excited about losing his virginity, he occasionally screams "Mine's bigger than yours!" when you fight him... The only way it could be more obvious is if the game told you it.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard:
    • When fighting Antoine, Hitbox Dissonance is very obvious. If he is swinging his pan, he will not take any damage, even if you hit him first. When he throws a pan, you can hide around a corner and the pan will swerve and strike you.
    • A lot of the psychopaths seemingly have invincibility frames before or during their attacks. It's especially notable when trying to use Good Old Fisticuffs against Sullivan, as half of your attacks don't even hurt him. You can literally kick his ass and he won't take much damage.
    • During the poker games - on Day Three in the Atlantica, on Day Four in the shelter - the CPU players will often bet large amounts of money on a bad hand, only to abruptly pull out the win when the last card hits the table. The only way their strategy makes any sense at all is if they already know what the cards are going to be.
      • If you bring all three gambling magazines to the poker game with you, Chuck will always draw two high cards at the start of the hand and will often get a pair. This often isn't enough to compensate for the CPU's amazing "luck," but it goes a long way. It will still take hours of whittling away at their cash to beat them, however, as the CPU is still cheating and knows you have those cards. And as the game can only spawn eight survivors/psychopaths at a time, them plus the four Tape It Or Die members will stop mission progression in its tracks. If you want 100% Completion, you'll sometimes have to kill some survivors to permit more compliant ones to appear - either these jerks or the ones who build weapons for you.
  • Continuity Snarl: Capcom has stated in 2013 that Ending S is supposed to be canon. However, Ending A is what leads to Case West, and this ending can only be achieved by not giving TK Zombrex, as Frank saves Chuck from the zombified TK. Ending S has Chuck personally kill TK. The only explanation that can be given is that Ending A is supposed to take place directly after Ending S, and TK reanimates after his death.
  • Cowardly Lion: Most of the survivors are found in a state of distress and will not survive without Chuck's help and guidance. However, if they are given a weapon, they can fight very well against the zombies. On that note, most humans could be considered this. The zombies are considerably slower, more fragile and nowhere near as resourceful as the average human. It's only because of the fear they evoke on humans that they can be considered a threat at all. If the humans could stop themselves from panicking, which is what causes them to make the foolish decisions that lead to their deaths, they would realise that there are countless ways for them to out-fight, out-smart or at the very least out-maneuver a single zombie or even a small group of them.
  • Cutscene Drop: The first possible occurrence is justified by Chuck being kidnapped. Later on Day 4, the character is teleported across Fortune Park upon discovering or destroying the harvesters.
  • Cut Scene Incompetence:
    • Chuck, who is more than capable of punching zombies until they die and performing wrestling/ninja/CQC moves on multitudes of zombies, AND should have plenty of weapons left over, is subdued by Zombie TK in Ending A.
    • We watch the rest of the struggle in the beginning of Case West. Frank saves him.
    • Chuck chops his way through a tram full of armed mercenaries to confront TK, who pulls out a pistol and fires a few rounds instead of answering Chuck's questions. Chuck dives for cover, despite the fact that getting to that point at all means he's probably been shot forty or fifty times.
  • Deadly Game: The multiplayer mode takes the form of a game show called "Terror is Reality" based around killing zombies. The developers have compared it to American Gladiators.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Chuck is cool as ice, and manages several quite good Bond One Liners after dispatching the various psychopaths.
  • Death by Irony: Many Psychopaths die off in ways truly worthy of a Bond One-Liner:
    • Leon Bell: The Rival sets himself on fire from a spark igniting leaked fuel while proclaiming himself "number one".
    • Chef Antonie: Falls face-first into a deep fat fryer.
    • Randy Tugman: Eaten by a past "bride".
    • Brandon Whittaker: Bitten by one of the zombies C.U.R.E. tried to save, slits his own throat.
    • Seymore Redding: Falls onto a rotating saw after proclaiming himself "twice the man you are."
    • Evan McIntire: Ice cream salesman frozen solid by a liquid nitrogen canister.
  • Depraved Bisexual: The Twins are clearly fooling around with each other and TK, and one of them even fondles Rebecca while holding her hostage.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Remember the catharsis of using the Humvee to plow through endless hordes of zombies in the maintenance tunnels back in Dead Rising 1? Well if you've shelled out two million bucks for a key prior to the military's arrival, you can then take a red one underground - only to find the gate to the tunnels proper is two god-damned inches too low to let it in. There is no way this is an accident. Well, at least there's no similar cockblocking for the Slicecycle... Except you have to carry a chainsaw from the stage to the trailer past dozens of "Gas Zombies" to make it.
    • There's a zorb and several security buggies lying around, but they're nowhere near as fun as a slicecycle.
  • Difficulty Spike: The Cozy Catastrophe becomes a lot less cozy once green gas starts being pumped into the mall. It causes many of the zombies to mutate into fast-moving, harder-hitting berserkers who relentlessly chase you around in packs. This is the point in the game where you stop getting calls for helping other survivors, because now it's a chore just keeping yourself alive.
    • Oh, and those harder hitting fast moving berserker zombies also have a vomit projectile that stuns Chuck for a couple seconds. Getting hit by it is a 99% chance of being grabbed.
  • Disc-One Nuke:
    • The Knife Gloves and the Tenderizers can be made in the first area after the Maintenance Room key is received, have common components, do good damage, and give bonus PP. The Knife Gloves are given as an example in the manual, and the Tenderizers' Combo Card is hidden near the Safe Room. Off the Record adds an alternate recipe for the Knife Gloves and additional Maintenance Rooms with them inside.
    • The Mercenary Assault Rifle appears early in the game and it's common to find. For Chuck it's a rather impractical weapon with its limited magazine and poor accuracy. However, if you put it in the hands of a survivor (especially a group of them), they have unlimited ammo and with the rifle's rate of fire, they can throw so much lead that zombies just melt away and Psychos get paralyzed by all those hits until their Mercy Invincibility kicks in - turning boss fights into cakewalks. And unlike the shotgun, it's extremely rare to get hit by the rifle's friendly fire.
  • Disney Villain Death: TK's demise at the end of Overtime.
  • Downer Ending: Any ending other than S, especially F. At least Ending A, everyone else survives. Although Case West shows us Chuck did survive in Ending A thanks to Frank.
  • Dragon Their Feet: At the end of the regular game, you defeat Sullivan, the man directly responsible for the zombie outbreak as well as the previous outbreak and the death of Chuck's wife, while also uncovering evidence that will deal a significant blow against the amoral corporation behind the whole mess. Then a revenge-seeking T.K. shows up to cause some more mayhem, triggering Overtime Mode.
  • Driven to Suicide: Upon defeating Brandon Whittaker, he appears to have a "What Have I Become?" moment shortly before he slits his throat.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: TK gets zombie-bit and needs Zombrex to avoid turning. Should you give it to him he mocks Chuck before he's even taken the shot. (And that's not even getting into what happens later. Some people bite the hand that feeds them, this guy bites the hand clean off.)
  • Eagleland: Type 2 again, most notably with the Redneck snipers.
    • You have the right to bear arms... and the ability to arm a giant teddy bear with a cigar, an American flag bandana, and a machine gun.
    • And the Phenotrans, one of the big bad business corporations in the U.S., instigated and is exploiting the zombie outbreak to create more Zombrex for their own monetary gains; they also control people through lies, much like certain people's view of the United States - very much explains the anti-capitalistic nature of this game.
    • A noticeable, if minor Mixed Flavor example occurs during the side-mission "Barn Burner". You end up running into a pair of survivors who check off every redneck stereotype in the book. But once you save them from nearly burning to death, they are both grateful, the lady of the pair flirts with you and the male says he considers you "as good as kin" to him.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The S ending. Unlike almost all the other endings, any remaining survivors from the shelter get evacuated and Chuck, Katey, and Stacey manage to escape. And you throw TK to his death.
  • Easy Levels, Hard Bosses: The main threat in the game is the zombies, which are slow-moving and easy to kill. Looters and mercenaries are faster, smarter, and armed, but they still go down after a reasonable amount of damage. The bosses are absolutely superhuman though, requiring several dozen times as much damage as armored cars take and able to unleash absurdly deadly attacks.
  • Elite Mooks:
    • Looters are about twice as tough as zombies, but that just means you need to use Knife Gloves, Defilers, or Laser Swords to drop them with one blow. The Mercenaries are just Looters with machine-guns.
    • The real Elite Mooks are the Gas Zombies which move quicker, absorb more damage (they have the same health as looters), have harder grapple commands and deal about twice as much damage. Plus they do that puking attack... which makes you stand still and puke for a couple of seconds, while another zombie grapples you.
  • Elite Tweak: The Holy Arms are a pretty ordinary weapon, but are mostly identical to the Spiked Bat, which is easier to make and has more range. However, they are maybe the best weapon for taking on Gas Zombies. At Level 50, the Holy Arms kills them in one hit, and their wide attacks are the perfect counter for their tendency to crowd around you, while the range issue with the weapon is solved by the fact that Gas Zombies LOVE to get in your face. While there are other weapons with these qualities, they tend to either require a pull-start (which quickly becomes a liability when the Gas Zombies blood-spit attack makes you drop the weapon repeatedly, forcing another start every time), or damage the zombie's bodies, which can prevent them from spawning Queens. The Holy Arms have neither of these issues.
  • Empty Levels: Once your stats max out and have certain skills like Smash, Chuck is a powerhouse who can cut down almost any psychopath. But for the most part, the benefits you gain when levelling is randomly determined and often you'll just get a combo card which is a recipe for making equipment. While there are two advantages to having a combo card, you can easily make a combo item simply by experimenting with items in a workshop (this'll get you a scratch card that lists components). Sure you don't get as much PP when using the item and it lacks the alternate attacks, but for the most part a scratch card will do.
  • Enemy Posturing: If he knocks you down during his boss fight, Randy Tugman will sometimes celebrate by doing a Pelvic Thrust in your face, leaving himself open to a counterattack.
  • Everything Fades: Killed zombies will disappear in five seconds. Obviously, having a load of corpses around would kill your framerate.
  • Exact Words: Before fighting Ted and Snowflake, Chuck (and Frank in Off the Record) suggests feeding Snowflake steaks. Ted is not on board with the idea. After taking him out, though, Snowflake can be tamed and brought back to the safehouse if you feed her - you guessed it - steaks.
  • Expy: See the Shout-Out page.
  • Famous Last Words:
    Seymour: I'm twice the man you are... *SLICE*
  • Fan Disservice:
    • When you find Kristin, she's wearing a bikini and a towering headdress. Then she violently (and repeatedly) pukes on the floor while you're talking to her. Then you have to carry her back to the safehouse. Imagine the smell. You're welcome.
    • Randy's badly-fitting, pig-themed gimp suit.
  • Fanservice:
    • The female survivors are often in a state of undress. One's a Vegas showgirl, another fell asleep in a tanning bed right as the outbreak hit, and a third locked herself out of her hotel room in her underwear. Another three are wearing beach outfits. Another is clad only in a seashell bikini bra and a fake mermaid tail while Going Commando.
    • For the ladies and gaymers, Chuck has to strip to his shorts in order to rescue one survivor, and one of his Terror is Reality co-stars made it into the safe room wearing only a towel (and never thinks to ask for clothes while everyone else is demanding golf clubs and potted plants).
    • If you save the right combination of survivors, it unlocks a Strip Poker minigame in the safe house. If you manage to eliminate Cora, Kristin, or Trixie from the game, they wind up stripped down to their panties, having a Naked Freak-Out and using Hand-or-Object Underwear to cover themselves. And they will stay that way for the rest of the game. Of course, on the flip side, the same is true of Jack, Woodrow, and Chuck himself, although Chuck can just go put more clothes on.
    • And let's not forget how many times that camera focuses on the twins' and/or Rebecca's chest, and the latter's tush.
    Chuck: "Just... enjoying the view."
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Giving TK Zombrex just gives him the opportunity to kidnap Stacey and Katey, waste Chuck's time, and finally attempt to kill him again. The fact that it leads to the S ending is more or less a complete fluke.
  • A Father to His Men: Never said but that's the only real reason that Sgt. Dwight Boykin has a Heroic BSoD when his unit gets eaten.
  • Fetch Quest:
    • Bibi, and Overtime mode.
    • The game loves these. Enjoy running across the entire game world to fetch a potted plant for 10,000 PP. Not so bad, as there's a shortcut, an air vent just above a toilet.
  • Fisticuffs Boss: The second-to-last boss is supposed to be this - but this is bypassed by using sniper rifles on him. The real final fight is this trope.

    Dead Rising 2 — G-L 
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Chuck is this with all the Combo Weapons you can make.
  • Gag Boobs: Bibi Love... much to the player's disgust.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: The PlayStation 4 remastered version saw many people report that their copies wouldn't even let them start the game. Not all copies were affected, but it was an alarming number of them. The Xbox One version, to its credit, wasn't nearly as widespread with this issue, if any players of that release even bumped into it at all.
  • Game Mod: It should come to no surprise that, for the PC version of the game, game-modifying 'trainers' popped up the first day of the game's release, removing large chunks of the game's Fake Difficulty. Even if you don't use trainers, the PC version of the game has settings for things like Breakable Weapons found in text-editable files.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Mercs with assault rifles during gameplay? Just walk through that, kill them, remember to drink some orange juice when you're done. Someone has a pistol in a cutscene? Watch out, those things can kill people in one shot. Zombie bites infectious? Well, no worries: you only need Zombrex for Katie and one or two other survivors, no matter how many times you yourself are munched.
  • Genius Bruiser: Chuck is a big guy, able to swing a sledgehammer around until it breaks, and can haul quite a bit of heavy gear across the map. But he is also great at creating improvised weapons, works on his own motorbike and can do just about anything with it and if the Freedom Bear is any indication, is also skilled enough in programming to turn a robotic toy bear into an automated sentry turret.
  • Genre Blind: Chuck might be able to avoid some of the boss fights if he played along with the psychopaths' delusions or used a fake name - though he might not be able to save their hostages. Indeed, the one time the player is allowed to do this with Bibi, you can actually avoid the fight altogether.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Just like the first game, most of the bosses intentionally have little to do with the plot and are just random people who have gone mad after the outbreak. It's even more pronounced in this game, however, as several of the bosses here tend to be even more extremely eccentric than in the first game, with less identifiable motives for insanity. Unlike the first game, however, every unavoidable psychopath is connected in some way to the plot/backstory this time.
  • Glass Cannon: Carl Schliff, the psycho mailman. Chuck towers over him, and he can't take as much damage as most psychos either... But good lord, his shotgun packs a punch and his explosive packages can destroy you.
  • Glass Weapon: Brandon, one of the psychopaths, uses a large shard of broken glass as an Improvised Weapon.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: The Soldier outfit includes night vision forehead protectors. They ARE broken, after all.
  • Going Postal: Carl Schliff, already on the verge of going wacko, does it when you ruin any chance of perfect attendance/delivery. Thanks a lot.
  • Good Is Dumb:
    • The US Army. Remember in the first game, where they deployed several squads of badass looking Gas Mask Mooks with assault rifles, several UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters, and a tank to mop up the outbreak? Yeah, well since they're good guys in this game, they can't be competent anymore. Instead, they send two squads of about ten men each riding in humvees and armed with nothing but M4 assault rifles. As can be expected, they all die when the new gas zombies Zerg Rush them. Two squad members do have the misfortune to get lost in the fog and end up avoiding the ambush, allowing them to be saved.
    • Honestly, look at how Chuck did with just his bare hands and some duct tape. Assuming the soldiers had enough ammo (let's say the humvees were packed with the stuff), they could have wiped out every zombie in Fortune City. And Boykin's dialogue makes it sound like they have done this a few times before. Just because they didn't have the foresight to realize that Phenotrans was going to make super-zombies doesn't make them dumb.
  • Good Parents: Chuck Greene gets the trophy for this trope. The magnificent bastard is willing to go to hell and back to get Zombrex for his daughter, Katey, even if it means going through zombies, Gas Zombies, chainsaw-wielding gimps, glass-wielding maniacs, overpowered twins with katanas, literally Lethal Chefs, and psychotic mascots with flamethrowers. If that isn't good parenting, then I don't know what is.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Chuck wears heart boxers, which actually go with his unlockable Arthur costume. (Frank wears them in Off the Record.)
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Surprisingly used more often than you'd think for a game this openly gory - and used to cover up modeling laziness (if you look closely, it's highly obvious that bodies are not sliced in two during cutscenes). There's even a case of Hide Your Children should you fail to get Katey her Zombrex in time. Although the latter is somewhat justified as there are rules against showing children turning into zombies.
    • An example of where this works to the game's detriment would be at the end of Case File 1-3, where Chuck and Rebecca find a security room full of executed security guards. Rebecca draws specific attention to one of the cadavers as she films it, claiming that the victim could not have been killed by zombies. The player has to take her word for it, as the camera angle does not deign to show what kind of injury killed the guard. The important point is that the corpses are completely uneaten. The cutscene implies execution by Pretty Little Headshots, which the player can verify after it ends.
    • While the death of Antoine is quite brutal,Ouch!!  the camera angle used does not show the presumably horrid result.
    • Actually affects the game itself, in other Dead Rising games some of the very nasty one-hit kill moves will work on humans such as Disembowel. In this one, nothing especially brutal will work on any human, psychopath or otherwise. This ranges from failing to clamp a drill bucket on human heads or unable to give someone the Hands Off move to not igniting an enemy human with the flamethrower or any other incendiary weapon.
  • Guide Dang It!: Some of the achievements/trophies are impossible to get unless you do very specific things beforehand. For example, in order to get the "Full Deck" achievement/trophy, you have to collect all of the combo cards. The only problem is that there are 3 hidden combo cards (Plate Launcher, Blazing Aces, and the Exsanguinator) you can't get through leveling up or by looking at the various movie posters around the mall. How do you get these hidden cards? You have to find the secret "Tape It Or Die" mission. How do you get this mission? You have to go to the Kokonutz Sports Town store in the Palisades Mall between 6 a.m. and noon on the third day (September 27). But wait there's more! You also have to make sure to not have more than 8 active survivors when you do this because the game will only load a maximum of 8 survivors (Which includes hostages and psychopaths) at any one time. This means that some missions won't come up because you would have other older missions that are currently active. And that's only for the first part, because you have to save them in a later mission. This guide is pretty useful for getting secret items and trying to get 100% Completion.
    • One of the Achievements lampshades this trope after you unlock it, saying, "Did you cheat by looking online?"
    • How do you get the combo card for the Burning Skull? You have to spend 1,200,000 dollars on the Fortune Teller in the Silver Strip.
    • How do you get the achievement "Alpha vs. Omega"? Keep the survivor Denyce Calloway in your party for three days (meaning you have to lock her in a secure room every time you want to enter the safehouse) until she can join you in the battle against Dwight Boykin and inflict damage on him herself.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: How Sullivan dies. Do we have a trope for Best Bad Guy Death?
    • Seymour meets a similar end, but only gets a power saw through the abdomen.
    • Also happens to victims Madison Lainey, Emanuel Tugman and Carlos Mertiz.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: The female Strip Poker players cover themselves with their hands once they are topless.
  • Hanging Judge: Seymour follows the classic image of one by literally hanging every survivor he deems as felons.
  • Heroic BSoD: Sgt. Dwight Boykin suffers from this when his squad is wiped out by the mutated zombies. You find him down in the underground tunnels shooting zombies and believing that his squadmates are still alive. He also thinks Chuck is a zombie.
  • Honor Before Reason: Many of the survivors and some of the psychopaths fit the trope.
  • Human Resources: Phenotrans orchestrated the Fortune City outbreak as a means of extracting queen wasps from the zombies, which are a key component in manufacturing Zombrex.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Sullivan justifies letting the zombies out in Fortune City and Las Vegas because without Queens, there's no Zombrex. No Zombrex, lots of important people turn into zombies.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Antoine Thomas. Believing himself to be the "King of Cuisine", has been killing and cooking survivors after going insane when his only shot at fortune went down the shitter. When Chuck comes around, Antoine was just about to kill a woman called Cinda as part of his "Ultimate Dish". Oh, and to him, human flesh really does taste like chicken.
  • Improbable Power Discrepancy:
    • The Dead Rising series is all over the place about how tough a normal human is supposed to be. Looters will go down after a couple of slashes from the Knife Gloves or a handful of bullets, whereas survivors can survive much more damage (though how much more depends on the survivor). The mercenaries are a little bit tougher than the looters, but will still go down after a handful of headshots or a couple of knife glove slashes as well. The psychopaths, on the other hand, are absolutely Made of Iron, taking at least a hundred machine-gun rounds before going down (and that's the weaker psychopaths).
    • In a more specific example, there's Sullivan. He's a 53-year-old security guard, but also has tons of health, amazing accuracy, and excellent hand to hand combat skills. Whatever, this could just be because he's a Badass Grandpa. However, what's absolutely inexcusable is his glitched uppercut attack that as this video shows brings Chuck's health bar down to half of a square. Just for reference, if Chuck gets shot with a .50 caliber sniper rifle by, say, one of the redneck snipers, it will only take off one block.
  • Incongruously Dressed Zombie: One of them wears a wedding dress.
  • Infant Immortality: Part of the game's plot is making sure that this trope stays in effect, by continually giving seven-year-old Katey Zombrex. If you don't, it's an aversion; Katey gets zombified, Chuck has a Heroic BSoD before other zombies kill him, and you get ending F.
  • Interface Spoiler: When you see there are three case files which take place after the 72-hour limit, fair guess that the military "rescue" won't go quite as planned.
  • Item Amplifier: Weapon durability can be extended from obtaining a certain book or magazine.
  • Item Crafting: A large selling point of the sequel is the ability to combine various weapons into even better weapons. Some of them seem like no-brainers, like nail-bats. Others are highly esoteric, like attaching car batteries to a wheelchair to turn them into mobile electric chairs. Some are unnecessarily cruel and impractical, but awesome, like drills in a bucket (to be plopped onto a zombie's head). Some are brilliant, like taping a fire ax to a sledgehammer - fire axes are sharp but light for repeated swinging, sledgehammers are heavy without an edge: combined, they can dismember six zombies in single swing - twenty or more if you keep swinging it in a circle to keep up the momentum.
    • And, as in the first game, you can mix up potions juice smoothies that heal you and give you a boost in various ways.
    • According to Blue Castle games, it was this juice mixing mechanic that inspired the combo card system in the first place.
  • It's the Only Way to Be Sure: The government's plan for dealing with an infested city is to rescue survivors if possible, then firebomb the place.
  • Jump Scare:
  • Also used with the death of Slappy. The full-screen headshot of that oversized grinning mask doesn't help either.
  • Karma Houdini: Failing the case files results in this for Sully and Phenotrans. Ending A, despite the massive outrage over Phenotrans' scheme, instead of crashing and burning like Umbrella did before them, has its stock rise. Hey, they control the only treatment that prevents zombification, something which many of the world's power elite depend on. They pretty much define Too Big To Fail.
  • Karmic Death: If you have done perfectly in the game, many of the psychopaths suffer this - most notably, Sullivan and Tyrone King.
  • Kick the Dog: Every single thing TK does. Attempting to feed Katey and Stacey to the zombies, just hours after Chuck saved his life takes the prize though.
  • Knight Templar:
    • Brandon Whittaker, an insane zombie-rights activist who wants to end human oppression of the undead by turning everyone into zombies. Fortunately, his methods are too small-scale to be much of a threat to anyone except his single female hostage.
    • Sullivan also qualifies, in that he caused the Las Vegas Outbreak and the Fortune City outbreaks so that Phenotrans could harvest queens to keep making Zombrex and keep important infected people alive.
  • Large Ham: Many of the psychopaths qualify, but Chef Antoine, Slappy, and Seymour Redding definitely take the cake.
    • I am Antoine! I am THE KING OF CUISINE!
    • Don't worry, Kids! SLAPPY! Will live forever!
    • Everybody else is dead! I'M THE BIG MAN NOW!!
    • As the announcer for a game show, being a Large Ham is TK's job. Also a fan of laughing manically.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: If you manage to get into Overtime Mode, the first thing Chuck hears is TK announcing that it's time for the game to go into overtime!
  • Leitmotif: Might be a coincidence, but the beginning of "Kill the Sound" (the credits music) sounds somewhat similar to the beginning of "Justified" (the first game's credits music).
  • Lethal Chef:
    • Antoine. A unique example of this trope in that it has nothing to do with his cooking.
    • Try eating food made from humans, in the middle of a fight, without getting an upset stomach.
  • Lethal Joke Character: One of the survivors, Dean, has a war wound, and refuses to be carried. Due to this, he will move so slow, you HAVE to use a wheelchair to move him around. However, if you have a Leadership magazine, he becomes one of the fastest survivors in the game (save for Snowflake), running almost as fast as Chuck. Plus, he has a great aim, making him a Lightning Bruiser.
  • Limited Loadout: you are limited to carrying only a certain amount of items in your inventory, as well as certain items you can't keep in your inventory while equipping another item (like the chainsaw). Fortunately, as your level increases, so does the amount of items you could carry.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Whatever the hell they're putting in those fire extinguishers is strong enough to completely solidify zombies.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Some of the psychopaths aren't just damage resistant, they can also move very fast. If Chuck maxes out his stats, he becomes a lightning bruiser himself with a hefty 12 squares of health, the ability to kill most zombies with a single kick and a foot speed far better than any other survivor save for Snowflake.
  • Loads and Loads of Loading: Every time Chuck travels to a new mall section, a loading screen of about 10-20 seconds occurs. Not counting the safe house, there are roughly twelve different sections, and objectives often have you travel across three or more different sections. That's a lot of loading for one mission! Then you remember that the game has to load your last save after your most recent death, which was all the way on the other end of the map...
  • Lovely Assistant: Sexy twin sisters Crystal and Amber Bailey serve as the assistants of the zombie-killing game show Terror is Reality. They also serve as the Dragons to the Big Bad, TIR host Tyrone "TK" King.

    Dead Rising 2 — M-R 
  • MacGyvering: Chuck is a master of this.
  • Macrogame: To an even greater extent than the first game. It is extremely unlikely you will get the final ending on your first playthrough, and doing that AND saving all of the survivors is nearly impossible, there simply isn't enough time. However, all experience, weapon blueprints, and keys carry over between runs, so every subsequent run will have you in a stronger place than you were before.
  • Made of Iron: The programmers really want Rebecca to survive her in-game sequences, so they gave her a whopping 30,000 health which not even the psychopaths can match. In comparison, the average survivor has 1000.
  • Made of Plasticine: Zombies tend to fall apart rather quickly when anything other than bare hands are used on them. Humans (either psychopaths or survivors) are a lot more durable.
  • Male Gaze: This game has tons of it. The television broadcast that introduces Stacey shows us her ass (not unlike another Capcom character).
    • The twins sure do love to strut their stuff.
    "Tonight we are going to witness true American warriors kicking zombie [cut to angle behind Crystal] ass!"
    • Rebecca's assets seem to be catching Chuck's eye, and is actively flirting with Chuck by... lifting her ass during lockpicking. (She doesn't do it after that.)
    • Bibi. Though this probably counts as Fan Disservice for most.
  • Married to the Job: Carl Schliff, a mail carrier with a fanatical devotion to his work...and a mailbag full of explosives...
  • Mascot: Brent Ernst is a mascot for a kids' clothing store who goes insane when his attractive female coworker is killed by zombies moments after agreeing to go out with him.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • What's the perfect name for a morbidly obese pervert who tries to force women to marry him so he can have sex with them? Randy. Randy Tugman to be precise.
    • The last person to be hanged before the fight with Seymour? Justin Tetherford.
  • Militaries Are Useless: The soldiers are very, very dumb. They send two ten-man teams to clear out the ENTIRE zombie-infested Fortune City... which has tens of thousands of zombies. Surprisingly, they fail. They immediately decide that the 'new' zombies can't possibly be beaten (even though they're only on par with normal, unarmed, stupid humans at best), again, all because those two squads with no air, armor, or artillery support at all failed, and proceed to just firebomb Fortune City rather than send in a properly equipped force.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Not exactly minor, but:
  • Most Common Superpower: Rebecca, Amber, Crystal, most of the women in the safehouse, and most of the female zombies have busts far above average size.
  • Money for Nothing: You can buy assembled combo weapons, Zombrex and car keys from pawnshops. The pointlessness of buying combo weapons should be self-evident. There's more Zombrex just laying around Fortune City than you even need. The car keys are moderately useful, but priced far above their utility.
  • Moral Dissonance:
    • Your main ally is a zombie-rights activist who protests against the gratuitous slaughter featured in Terror is Reality and disapproves of organizations that condone violence against the undead, and even Chuck makes it clear that he's an unwilling participant who disapproves of the game but does it because he needs the money. Bring on the "x Zombies Killed" death counter!
    • Done intentionally with the main character. He will "do anything" for his daughter, and makes certain she gets Zombrex everyday. The only way to make Zombrex is from the Queens that incubate within certain Zombies. He can fight the people who make the stuff and condemn them for selling it to the rich and powerful, or he can choose to find random boxes instead of buying it from looters, but in the end, he depends on the zombies too.
    • C.U.R.E's stance is less that of "Zombie Hug Time!" And more of "We shouldn't be showing our former loved ones sliced in half by chainsaw motorbikes on Pay-Per-View." Chuck sympathises with them because his own wife became a zombie. For all he knows, she may have ended up on the receiving end of a chainsaw somewhere down the line in TiR.
  • More Dakka: You can strap several machine guns to a wheelchair and just roll around, shooting zombies. Chuck is truly Crazy Awesome.
  • Motive Rant: Sullivan goes on one of these right before you fight him.
  • Multiple Endings: As with the first game, this game offers six (and two Non Standard Game Overs linked to the Golden Ending):
    • Ending S: Complete all the cases, and give TK his Zombrex. Chuck goes back into the safe room to find Katey, but only finds her backpack. TK calls him on the walkie-talkie to inform him he has kidnapped Katey and Stacey, and will kill them if Chuck doesn't give him a set of items throughout Fortune City. Upon getting the items and arriving at the arena, TK will promptly knock Chuck out, and force him to fight him without any equipment, whilst keeping Katey and Stacey from dropping into an arena full of zombies.
      • Succeed: Chuck throws TK off the railing into the moshpit of zombies, and raises Katey and Stacey up to safety. The three of them set off for the rescue helicopter, and the credits roll, but not before a zombie gets in one last Jump Scare.
      • Fail (either by not getting the items or failing to keep Katey and Stacey from dropping: Katey and Stacey drop into the arena and get eaten by zombies.
    • Ending A: Complete all the cases, but don't give TK Zombrex. Chuck, Katey and Stacey arrive at the helicopter, but Katey drops her bag on the way. Chuck goes back to get it, but is ambushed by a zombified TK coming out of the elevator. Chuck is unable to sufficiently deal with them in time, and the helicopter has to leave without him. This is the canon ending, leading into Case West.
    • Ending B: Complete all the cases up to The Facts, but don't finish it in time. The military proceeds to drop the firebombs all over Fortune City, wiping it clean of life.
    • Ending C: Fail to complete all of the cases, but remember to give Katey her Zombrex and return to the safe room when the military arrive. Everyone gets ready for rescue to arrive, but not only do the gas zombies begin to invade the safe room, but somebody (likely Sullivan) proceeds to gun down most of the survivors, including Chuck.
    • Ending D: Fail to complete all of the cases, and don't return to the safe room when the military arrive. Chuck wakes up in the back of an APC, and is interrogated by two soldiers. However, when the doors open, the green gas begins to flood in, and it can be assumed the gas zombies kill Chuck and the soldiers.
    • Ending F: Fail to give Katey her Zombrex (which will cause you to fail all the cases), but return to the safe room when the military arrive. Upon returning to the safe room, Chuck will discover Katey had turned, leaving Sullivan with no choice but to kill her. Overrun with guilt, when the zombies begin to flood into the safe room as in Ending C, Chuck will commit suicide by letting himself get eaten by the zombies.
  • Next Sunday A.D.: The game was released on September 28th, 2010, and takes place in September 2011.
  • Nice Hat: Several can be found throughout the mall. Some are fairly ordinary while others are a bit more extravagant.
  • Non-Standard Game Over: Among others, if Katey misses her dose, a cutscene shows Katey turn while Chuck, watching, suffers a Heroic BSoD. He maintains the Thousand-Yard Stare while zombies overrun the base and tackle him.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gas Zombies will deliver one to you if you fail two escape attempts and get knocked to the ground, you will witness your health go down from 12 squares after a few minutes of getting helplessly chewed on (the third attempt to escape is almost impossible to get). This is one reason why Gas Zombies are so feared. On the other hand, if you have some survivors armed with guns like Merc Assault Rifles and a LMG, you and your gang will be delivering these to psychopaths. Getting pumped full of bullets will eventually stagger a psychopath and if you wail on them if a strong melee weapon, the psychopath sometimes gets confused about what threat to deal with and ends up doing nothing but eat more lead. Don't be surprised if a boss fight ends in seconds.
  • Obviously Evil:
    • TK oozes slime, and his henchwomen are obvious Femme Fatales.
    • Subverted by Sgt. Dwight Boykin, a bald, tattooed Drill Sergeant Nasty who may not ooze as much slime as TK, but at least looks a hell of a lot more evil than Sullivan, and he makes sure to always get the first kill on a mission; but he really is there to save the survivors and he at least has enough of a heart to go insane when he sees his men eaten alive by gas zombies. It doesn't help that he comes across as an expy of Brock from the first game when you first see him.
  • One-Hit Kill: Chuck can learn a couple of combat skills that'll automatically kill a zombie and same goes with some of his combo weapons like the Drill Bucket and Porta Mower. Luckily no enemy can do this to you. The closest thing is one looter spray painting you in the face and then you are vulnerable to getting knocked unconscious by the next attack.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • Chuck spends a lot of time trying to talk people out of either homicidal mania or bad personal decisions.
    • Also, if you read their blog, Gretchen is the level-headed one in the "Tape It Or Die" crew, although her posts are extremely melodramatic Hell, she probably does the right thing, unlike Chuck, and leaves survivors to their well-deserved deaths rather than trying to talk some sense into them.
  • Only Six Faces: Capcom pledges to avert this trope with a system that can make 6000 variants of zombies (gaming sites misunderstood this comment to mean 6000 zombies in an area).
    • The new engine built for the games can apparently handle crowds of zombies ranging in the four-digits however, as opposed to the original game's maximum of 800.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, unlike the first game, which makes sure that no character shares their given name or surname with another character. Some of the characters also share their name with characters from the first game.
    • Left-Hand Lance, a member of the Tape It or Die crew, shares his name with Lance Pennington, one of the people that die when the zombies break into Fortune City
    • Another Tape It or Die member, Johnny Pipes, shares his name with Johnny James, one of the redneck snipers.
    • Curtis Ellenton, one of the nerdy roleplayers Chuck encounters, shares his name with one of the soldiers that get killed by the gas zombies.
    • Crystal, one of the Bailey twins, shares her name with one of the first bunker survivors, although that survivor's name is spelled Chrystal.
    • Sullivan's first name is Raymond. The survivor you can save after killing Seymour is called Ray Teller, and another Ray, this time a Mathison, is a survivor in the first game.
    • Both games have cowardly survivors named Gordon (Stalworth in 1, and Dawkins in 2)
    • Jack Ellis, a survivor, shares his name with Jack Hall, a Psychopath from the first game.
    • Mark Bradson, one of the Phenotrans scientists that Chuck encounters, shares his first name with Mark Quemada, a victim in the first game and Marc Cooper, a survivor exclusive to Off the Record.
    • Both the first and second game have a Psychopath named Roger: The patriarch of the Hall family and Reed's assistant.
    • One of the poker players is named Jessica Howe. Jessica is the full name of Jessie, one of the first game's main characters.
  • Papa Wolf: Chuck is competing in the Terror Is Reality games to raise money for Zombrex for his infected daughter, Katey. The man is basically Ogami Itto in the zombie apocalypse. With a Tesla Rake. Except he doesn't carry Katey around in a shopping cart or something.
  • Pet the Dog: If you Give TK Zombrex, he says that Chuck raised Katey right. In the same breath, he mocks Chuck by pointing out that the people behind the outbreak would kill Katey if they could, but then, he's just that much of an asshole.
  • Phlebotinum Dependence: Katey, and all other Zombie Infectees, must have Zombrex on a regular basis to remain human. Phenotrans starts outbreaks simply to maintain their supply of Queens in order to make the drug.
  • Playboy Bunny: One of the Survivors, Lulu, is one. She's already safe in the bunker, however, so no tag teaming with the bunny for you.
  • The Power of Rock: An electric guitar explodes zombie heads. Not since Brütal Legend have we seen such a powerful guitar!
  • Pretty Little Headshots: The executed security guards and Rebecca.
  • Product Placement:
    • Katey is always seen playing with what looks suspiciously like a PSP. That's not the product placement, the placement is in the game she's playing, it's Mega Man (Classic).
    • At the movie theater, you can also find posters for the movies Mega Man 2 and Proto Man.
    • Not to mention the various Playboy ads, or the Kadoya patch on Chuck's default jacket.
  • Quip to Black: See Bond One-Liner. Even better if Chuck is wearing sunglasses.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Now that survivors can hold their own against zombies, taking them on missions is a viable possibility, leading to situations where, say, a biker attacks a bunch of mercenaries with the aid of construction workers and a punk rock band.
  • Rainbow Pimp Gear: The DLC outfits confer status bonuses even when wearing a single item. Players who bought all four may wear one of each to get all of the bonuses. The Ninja outfit is subdued overall, and the Psycho and Soldier boots are black and go with anything, but all pieces of the Sports Fan outfit have garish colors. Averted in Off the Record, where these outfits are unlockables, and bonuses are only given for complete sets.
  • Recycled Set: A few of the store interiors are reused from the first game. This includes In the Closet and Flexin', for two examples.
  • Refuge in Audacity: TK. He even makes you go looking around the city for wine and a gift basket for him before he'll tell you where to go to rescue Katie and Stacey.
  • Rolling Attack: Sullivan. It won't hurt you much if he hits you with it (being primarily a dodge roll), but he is utterly invincible while doing it. Punches, bullets, fire axes taped to sledgehammers, and even aerial bombings will not harm him while he is rolling.
  • Rule of Cool: A lot of the combo weapons. Why does Traffic Pylon + Spray Paint = Zombie-Head-Exploding Air Horn? This trope.

    Dead Rising 2 — S-Z 
  • Sassy Black Woman: Lashawndra Dawkins. She even has unique voice clips, and if you give her a gun, she is a force of nature. In case there was any doubt, those voice clips include "Oh HELL naw!", "Oh no you di'nt", and "Mm-hmmm". In the name of fairness, more than one redneck woman spouts "Well, bless my britches!" while you escort her.
  • Saw a Woman in Half: The magicians attempt and fail this trick.
  • Saw It in a Movie Once: Chuck can get combo cards for some of the more outlandish combo weapons by examining movie posters.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Chuck's sponsor, IJIEK Racing, is lead designer Keiji Inafune's name backwards.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Randy to his father. See below.
  • Sentry Gun: Take one oversized robotic teddy bear, that spouts cutesy sound-bites mix it with an LMG, and you get Freedom Bear! A bandana wielding stuffed animal that, once activated, will fire hundreds of rounds onto oncoming hordes of zombies while spouting patriotic sound-bites, while Chuck takes care of business. "Let's get it on!" indeed.
  • Serial Escalation: We start with modding buckets to have drill bits that send gore flying everywhere, and then it goes from there...
    • From there, it makes stops at "flamethrower supersoaker", "electro-rake", "exploding football", and "pitchfork shotgun".
      • There's also a motorized wheelchair with machine guns attached. That spouts trash talk in Robo Speak. Delivered in a big, exploding gift-wrapped box.
      • The Delivery was only in the demo shown at conventions. You don't get to have it show up that way in the real game instead building it with your own hands.
      • A shotgun made by combining a leaf blower with gems.
      • Or even better, tape together a flashlight with gems, and you get a lightsaber LASER SWORD.
      • And to top it all off? At one point, Chuck can tame A GODDAMN TIGER. AND IT PLOWS DOWN ANY ZOMBIE IT SEES. "This will be fun!" And even crazier still is the fact that Chuck can give Snowflake to Katey as a friggin' pet.
  • Serious Business: Even moreso than the original Dead Rising, the psychopaths tend to be people who take their jobs way too seriously.
  • Smart Bomb: Queen hornets. Throw one down and watch every zombie in the surrounding area die on the spot.
  • The Sheriff: Seymour Redding considers himself to be this. He's even perfected the ability to shoot your gun out of your hands!
  • Shirtless Scene: Chuck can end up stripped to his underwear if he gets captured by looters or loses at strip poker. Chuck can also do this by choice, and Europa Westinghouse refuses to get rescued unless he does.
  • Shotgun Wedding: Randy Tugman attempts one of these (with a chainsaw instead of a shotgun) in an effort to not die a virgin.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Slaying zombies to mall muzak. The psychopaths avert it though.
    • This becomes hilarious when you realize that they're playing a knockoff of a song by an Australian band in an America-themed casino.
  • Status Buff: Players can mix foods in blenders to yield smoothies that provide these, including:
    • "Energizer": Makes Chuck invincible.
    • "Nectar": Spawns a queen hornet and makes it easier to find more.
    • "Pain Killer": Reduces damage Chuck receives by half.
    • "Quick Step": Increases running speed.
    • "Zombait": Attracts zombies, making them ignore everything else (including survivors).
    • "Repulse" Makes zombies ignore Chuck. Overrides Zombait.
    • "Spitfire": Transforms Chuck's spit attack into a flaming breath attack.
    • "Untouchable": Zombies can't grab Chuck (but can still take swipes at him).
    • "Randomizer": Makes Chuck sick to his stomach.
  • The Stoic: In contrast to Frank West's often baffled and shocked reactions to the various insane situations he kept coming across, Chuck Greene consistently reacts to the bizarre hijinks of Psychopaths and loony Survivors with an ice-cold, Eastwood-like stare. Justified in that Chuck by this time has just survived an outbreak and was killing zombies for an event when the new outbreak starts, while Frank was witnessing the initial outbreak for the first time. He's considerably less stoic the first time he runs into a psychopath. When Ted shows up, Chuck actually tries to talk his way out of the fight and is almost successful. Four days later, Chuck doesn't even try to talk to Sgt. Boykin.
  • Strip Poker: You can play it with your fellow survivors. It also counts as Fanservice or Fan Disservice depending on who you play against.
  • Super Wheelchair: Mix a battery with a wheelchair, and you get the Electric Chair weapon. Mix the electric chair with a merch. rifle, and you get the Blitzkrieg, a wheel chair that lets you fire off hundreds of round onto crowds of zombies, or squads of rifle-wielding mercenaries, while spouting Bond One Liners with the voice of Stephen Hawking. Combine the Blitzkrieg with the four-wheel magazine and it will increase its durability, though not its ammo supply.
  • Super Spit:
    • Queen Zombies and Gas Zombies
    • Returning from the first game is the Spitfire mixed juice, which turns Chuck's spit technique into a fire breathing attack.
  • Take That!:
    • Bibi Love is a barely camouflaged parody of Cher, right down to her outfit.
    • Same with Reed and Roger to Penn & Teller, as well as Siegfried & Roy.
    • Antoine can be seen as this to a number of celebrity chefs. Take your pick.
    • Andy is this to philosophy, with Chuck yelling at him to snap out of his theory-making wangst and follow him. He actually snaps out of it for a bit to say that he's being stupid... only to revert into gibberish later.
    • The four DND players are a giant take that to nerds - turns out, Gretchen tried to get them to follow earlier, but they were more worried about character sheets than zombies, and hit on her with no concern.
    • The hostage you save from the psycho in the arena bathroom is one to environmentalists, being more concerned with a rare plant than saving people from dying horrible deaths.
    • The aforementioned psycho is a take that to extremists. He also looks a whole lot like Zach De La Rocha.
    • "Y'know, Paul, I once heard that zombies sparkle in the sunlight."
    "Now that is the most stupidest retarded thing I've ever heard!"
  • Timed Mission: All missions are timed and many of them happen concurrently. Made worse by missions that show up only when you have don't too many survivors lying about, the missions will have already started according to the clock but they appear only when the survivor total is under limit, so you could end up starting a mission that's already almost over.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Okay. We can understand not wanting to leave your safe area until the major threat outside has been dealt with (Lenny, Ray), needing to find your missing spouse or mother (Lashawnda, Chad, Lillian), or just being on such an epic bender that you skipped a day and didn't notice the outbreak (Kristin). We'll can even spot you the odd moment of existential horror (Andy). But a good two-thirds of the survivors don't seem to appreciate that they're in danger at all. Europa's much more concerned with being outside underdressed than the fact there are zombies about, and is most likely only using that as an excuse to see Chuck shirtless; three poker players are more interested in finishing their high-stakes tournament than getting to safety; three damned tough bodyguards dressed like call girls won't go with you unless their time is paid for; Stuart is risking both his and his girlfriend's lives in order to loot the casino he works at (and you must hit him over the head with something to get him to listen - and he later tries to start a mutiny, and you call him out on his bullshit); two "kings of comedy" won't leave the store they're in until Chuck gives one of them the comedy trophy of the competition they were supposed to be in (and the loser wants five thousand dollars to follow you); and Bill refuses to leave a casino unless you reimburse him for all the money he gambled away. The further you get into the game, the dumber the survivors seem to get.
    • Also, Bibi. She is shocked- shocked- to learn that her "adoring fans" who want to "eat her up" are zombies. Upon learning this, she is glibbering too hard to even talk to you until you clear the immediate area.
    • Neither Chuck nor any of his friends thought to just have him leave some Zombrex with Katey, and have her apply it herself? Or have Stacey apply it for her? No matter how much Zombrex you had last time you visited the Safe House, if you don't make it back to give Katey her next shot yourself, she'll turn.
    • Angel Lust could possibly be cut some slack. Given the type of music they play, it wouldn't be surprising if their real, living fans looked and acted just like zombies anyway.
    • Actually subverted in Ted's case. The poor fella's obviously slow, but one of the few capable survivors out there. He probably would've even made a good ally if Chuck had ended his dialog one sentence early...
  • Trash Talk: Amber, Crystal and TK never ever miss a single opportunity to insult Chuck; his manhood, his motocross or fighting skills, his genes, whatever, it's all fair game for them. Even if he actually did win the TIR event at the beginning of the game, they never let up on the smugness. Chuck rarely responds to the barbs, though; he's got a thick skin.
  • Trial-and-Error Gameplay: About half the psychopaths can only be beaten via certain tricks that you'll never get on your first try without a walkthrough. Your only option is to keep fighting and dying until you learn their patterns so you can utterly curb stomp them in your next fight. Additionally, learning where all the best weapons or weapon components requires you to run around a bunch before you can figure out the optimal paths through the mall.
  • TV Never Lies: Deconstructed. Chuck gets a lot of trouble from survivors and psychos after being identified in Rebecca's report. One survivor threatens mutiny some time after being rescued.
  • Twincest: Amber and Crystal are clearly in a physical relationship with each other.
  • Uncertain Doom: Chuck's fate in Ending A. This is actually the canon ending, with the Case West follow-up revealing that Frank West immediately showed up and rescued him.
  • Undressing the Unconscious: If Chuck is knocked out by looters, he will awaken in the nearest bathroom wearing only Goofy Print Underwear, having had all his other items taken.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change:
    • The Final Boss fight against Sullivan is drastically different than any other boss, mostly because of the environment and the fact that he can instantly disarm most melee weapons (some, like the Knife Gloves, are immune).
    • In order to get Bibi Love to let go of her hostages, you have to play a rhythm game.
  • Unique Enemy: The zombified bride in the "Swept Away" Wedding Chapel, which pops up after defeating Randy. She's pretty much the only zombie in the game to have a unique model.
    • At the end of a case involving a Phenotrans lab, you encounter two scientists. A cutscene plays and then they pick up pistols and start shooting at you, and in-game they easily die with a handful of shots from a conveniently placed Merc Assault Rifle. While they do have health bars, they're so weak they don't even qualify as an Anticlimax Boss fight.
  • Useless Useful Spell: The "BFG" gun will cause "Gas Zombies", which are immune to Queens, to explode in one shot. However, it won't do a thing to humans or regular zombies other than knocking them over. It is a situational weapon at best, but once you have a pack of them chasing you down the strip, you'll probably be thankful you have one. Combine one with an amp. Do it. Trust us on this.
  • Vasquez Always Dies: Rebecca, who's enough of an Action Girl to confidently travel around zombie-infested Fortune City solo without any problems (to the extent that Chuck gets the impression she's covered wars, y'know), ends up getting killed near the end of the game by The Mole. Stacey, who spent the entire game as Mission Control, survives to walk off into the sunset with Chuck and Katey. Inverted with most of the female survivors, who bitchslap every zombie in their way, provided they're not crippled, naked, or drunk.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: You can obtain quite a lot of different gifts to give to Katey, which will remain in her safe room. She's overjoyed each time - and it nets you bonus PP and an Achievement.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential:
    • Many players simply cannot stand the stupidest and most callous of the survivors (such as the girl in the Arena bathroom who wants to save some worthless plant species, the fat man in the restaurant in the Fortune City Arena who won't follow you unless you give his fat ass some food, the casino worker who loots a casino in the middle of a zombie apocalypse rather than being concerned with safety, or the group of poker players who won't follow you until you beat them in poker, which not only wastes a ton of time and requires all gambling magazines to have a decent chance of it but also has a ridiculously expensive buy-in and their existence makes another hard-to-find group that much harder to find due to the 8 NPC limit). So instead of rescuing them, they beat them to death with a bat, chop them up with a chainsaw, leave them to the zombies, shoot them full of holes with a Light Machine Gun, light them on fire, blow them up, smash their skulls in with a sledgehammer, chop them up with a machete, blast them to the ground with a shotgun and repeatedly fire on them if they try to get back up, crack their skulls open by repeatedly hitting golf balls into their head, throw knives at them, electrocute them, run them over with a car, pummel them with their bare hands, etc.
    • Quite a few of the Combo Card weapons aren't so much useful and efficient survival weapons as much as they are zombie torture devices. These include things like a bucket with a ring of three power drills on top that you put on a zombie's head, a mask that electrocutes the head of a zombie and an electrically charged wheelchair. Not that they aren't fun, though, and the weapons that kill the zombies in the most over-the-top ways usually give the most PP as well.
  • Villain's Dying Grace: After he defeats Carl Schliff, Chuck takes a box of Zombrex from his mailbag and says he needs it for his daughter. The mortally-wounded Carl signs for it himself, then arms his last mail bomb to make one final delivery...
  • Viva Las Vegas!: The game takes place in a Vegas analogue called Fortune City. Justified in that the real Las Vegas was overrun by zombies shortly before the events of Case Zero.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Any psychopath the player finds on his or her first playthrough is bound to rip out their lungs through their butts.
    • Brandon Whittaker. He's the first or second psychopath you will encounter while you have very low level. Brandon is much more resilient than anything else you've fought up to this point in addition to being extremely fast, and uses the bathroom stalls to teleport around the room. If you try to use any ranged weapon he goes berserk and will pounce on you, dealing a large amount of damage. The only way to defeat him safely is to stay close and dodge his swipes until he tires himself out, but if you're low-enough in level you won't have the dodge-roll, making that a tall order indeed. Just to put the cherry on it you might not even mean to fight him; You may accidentally stumble into the fight by trying to save your game in Americana Casino. He's an easy enough fight once you've learned his tells and attack patterns, an essential skill for any Psychopath battle, but until then he's the scariest hippy this side of Charles Manson.
    • The Twins, which attack you at the same time, move around extremely fast, cheat pretty blatantly in regards to hit detection when you melee battle them, and are the first story critical bosses in the game. Needless to say, they're That One Boss to many people... unless you just grab the shotgun and light machine gun in the Yucatan and blow one of them away (the other one will commit suicide).
  • Wolverine Claws: The ever-popular knife gloves.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Quite a few of Chuck's hand-to-hand moves are wrestling holds, such as a DDT to get a zombie off of him.
  • X on a Stick: Several of the combo weapons.
    • Chainsaw Good x 2 + Double Paddle + Duct Tape
    • The Defiler is a fire-axe-sledgehammer combo. It's decent against bosses and a very effective crowd control weapon.
    • Machete + Broom = Machete on a Stick... er, Pole Weapon. Also very useful for crowd control.
    • The Drill Spear, which is... a drill attached to a spear. Best used against bosses, as it's fast and powerful but has no arc.
  • You Bastard!: Failing to give Katey the Zombrex in time will cause her to die and give you Ending F once the military arrives and you're in the safe house, in which Chuck goes into a Heroic BSoD and allows the invading zombies to eat him. But hey, at least you get Free Roam until the military arrives!note 
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A few stores allow Chuck to change his hair color with dye. Blue is only the first color you can get. Many others such as pink and gray can be found with enough exploration.
  • Your Head Asplode: There are several custom weapons that do this, such as an airhorn so loud it destroys zombie heads, a guitar so strong it blows up multiple zombies, and, late in the game, a sonic gun that has almost no effect on normal humans and regular zombies but makes "special" zombies explode after one shot. If you tape an amplifier to the BFG, you get a crowd-control weapon that puts the shotgun to shame and racks up gas zombie kills insanely easily.
  • Zombie Infectee:
    • Unlike the usual for this trope, it's in the infectee's best interest to NOT hide it, because there's a temporary vaccine they can take to keep them from turning.
    • They are also a huge issue in the post-Williamette society. They need daily injections of expensive Zombrex in order to keep from turning and known infected are discriminated against. C.U.R.E, in addition to fighting for the rights of the already-turned is lobbying for better treatment for the infected as well. Stacey's sister was an infected who essentially committed suicide by refusing to take her Zombrex and turned. Its all very much like the issues surrounding the AIDS pandemic.

Dead Rising 2: Case West Provides Examples Of:

    Case West
The world needs Frank West.

  • Ascended Meme: "You're a little high-strung for a guy who's covered wars."
    • His description in the notebook is "He's covered wars, you know."
  • Bag of Spilling: Played straight and averted. Chuck starts at Lv. 40 and must work his way back to Lv. 50, as well as relearn the moves he would have had, assuming you maxed our your level. Frank, on the other hand, is packing every technique he learned from the first game.
  • Bilingual Bonus: For those of you who don't know what the word Commander Singh says means, "kuti" is actually Punjabi for "bitch".
  • Bittersweet Ending: Marion escapes, taunts both Chuck and Frank with the possibility of a cure as well as the promise of another outbreak, and has Isabella captured. Chunk and Frank manage to escape from the facility themselves, evidence in hand, but without the cure or even proof it exists.
  • Boss in Mook's Clothing: Hazard Units (security officers wearing bomb suits and armed with Impact Hammers). There are only several of them in the entire game, and they serve as sort of mini-bosses.
  • Escort Mission: Averted for the first time in the series. The surviving Phenotrans scientists know their way around the facility, so all you have to do is fulfill whatever request they might have (usually a Fetch Quest), and they head off for safety on their own.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: The Laser Gun, made by combining a Laser Sword with a Lightning Gun. Later re-introduced in Off the Record.
  • Foreshadowing: "The world needs Frank West," said Chuck in the ending, foreshadowing Capcom's intent of giving Frank a Wolverine Publicity.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Near the end of the game, you confront Marion, the leader of Phenotrans, have a couple exchanges with her, and then a giant, muscular Sikh commando busts through the wall wielding an impact hammer in either hand. He's also apparently Made of Iron, as he has THREE HEALTH BARS.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars:
    • Marion, despite never having turned, and in fact having cured her zombism a long time ago, has a giant rotting lesion completely covering her left cheek. Needless to say, neither Frank nor Katey, who are actively fighting their infections, have anything so grotesque on them.
    • As it turns out, that's actually the spot where a zombie had bit and infected her. While you can't see Frank's mark, Katey has a slightly less grotesque bite mark on her left wrist where her mother bit her, which implies the bites themselves are pretty horrible.
  • Human Resources: Late into their mission, Chuck and Frank discover that the Fortune City outbreak, as well as the Las Vegas outbreak that claimed the life of Chuck's wife, was orchestrated by Phenotrans as way to keep breeding more queens. Prior to that, Phenotrans used zombified anonymous runaways, missing persons, and convicted felons to produce queens that would be processed into "synthetic " Zombrex.
  • Lightning Gun: Made by combining a Blast Frequency Gun with an Electric Prod.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: The Director of Phenotrans tells Frank and Chuck that humanity deserves the zombies when explaining why she's withholding the cure for zombification (the other obvious reason being the money, of course, as a mandatory regular treatment is much more profitable than a permanent cure).
  • Red Herring: Saving one of the survivors gives you access to the tunnel keys informing that one of the scientists went insane, causing you to think that you get to face a Psychopath... It's only minor insanity from chemical exposure, and it's not a fight. You just punch some sense back into him, then he escapes.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Chuck and Frank, respectively.
  • Sequel Hook:
    • Phenotrans had a synthetic cure the whole time.
    • "There will need to be another harvest now." Oh boy...
  • Suddenly Ethnicity: Just after Isabella rescues Chuck and Frank, the towering figure of the final boss appears behind her. He's huge, armed with dual impact hammers, and wearing a... turban? Then some perky Indian music starts playing in the background for good measure.
    • His one and only word spoken in the game? Kuti, Punjabi for "bitch". Especially odd because in the Dead Rising 2 prequel comic, he speaks perfect English.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: One of Chuck's main objectives in Dead Rising 2 is to clear his name from being framed of starting the Zombie Outbreak in Fortune City, later in the game he finds enough clues and the real cuprits of the mess, calls the news media and everything to start cleaning his record, but as the trailer for Case West was shown before the orginal game release date, it shows Chuck in a quest not only to bring down the people responsible for the many zombie outbreaks around the country but he still says he gotta clean his name up.
    • Funny thing is that one of the PS3 trophies/X360 achievements for DR2 is "Clean Record" after completing enough cases to deserve said award, but as Case West suggests Chuck can't really brag about receiving such award.
    • Because although he has proven himself innocent, Chuck is still to find the ultimate real culprit of this entire disaster.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: You're going to wind up killing a lot of security guards and zombie wranglers over the course of Case West. Maybe they know about Phenotrans's duplicity. Maybe they don't.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: First, read the entry for Values Dissonance in ''DR2.'' Now imagine what's going through Chuck's mind when he's told there's been a cure for the Zombie infection this whole time, and in the end, the only reason it isn't available really has been money. To top it off, Frank rightly warns Chuck the whole thing may have been a lie. Which means even the Zombie Infectee himself doubts there's a true cure, even after being taunted with the possibility.
  • Zombie Infectee: Frank is one of the several people who has to take Zombrex in order to surpress the zombie larva inside him.

Dead Rising: Off the Record provides examples of:

    Off the Record
When all you have is a baseball bat, some duct tape, and wartime journalism..

  • Achievement Mockery: There's an achievement for receiving your first medal (out of many you can earn in sandbox mode). The flavor text reads: "It says 'Participant' in tiny letters on the bottom..."
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: The original DLC outfits are unlockable and give their bonuses if worn as a matching set. If Off the Record detects a save file of Dead Rising 2, then Frank can wear Chuck's gear.
  • Arc Words: "Back in the game"
  • Anti-Frustration Features: Capcom really made sure to tweak the mechanics to be more user friendly.
    • Since Frank himself is the one who needs Zombrex, they can be injected at any time instead of having to go to the safe house to do it.
    • Every time Frank goes into a new location, he can load back from that starting point in case he screws up without needing to save.
    • Money obtained from busting machines is doubled, the Money Hacker's durability and efficiency has been improved, and the new Sandbox mode is a great way to make even more money. Given that TK forces Frank to hand over a million dollars in ransom before the Twins fight, it was probably necessary.
    • More vehicles have been added in the outdoor area of the park. The Clown Car in particular can hold a lot of people at once.
    • The mission Delta Point is no longer hidden and the player no longer needs to drop any guns to recruit the surviving soldiers.
    • Signs and a whole intercom playlist was added to the Palisades Mall once Tape it or Die became available.
    • Instead of having to use a walkie-talkie to get scoops, Frank uses a bluetooth earpiece, freeing his hands up for defending himself against the undead.
    • A warning message pops up when you are next to an area exit while escorting someone who is too far away to leave with you.
  • Ascended Meme: There's several fantastic comments on covering wars throughout the game.
  • Baby-Doll Baby: Frank West finds a broken Chuck Greene who has gone crazy due of the trauma of having his daughter Katey die before the games events. He carries a Katey sized doll on his back and claims that it's his daughter and that he won't ever let anything happen to her. And yes, you have to fight him.
  • Bag of Spilling: You'll have to level Frank up all over again to re-learn all his sweet zombie-killing moves. Justified in that Frank's probably gone soft after five years of living the high life since the Willamette outbreak.
  • Ball Cannon: The Tennis Ball Launcher is a weapon. When combined with motor oil it creates the combo weapon Molten Cannon. When combined with a saw blade it creates the combo weapon Saw Launcher.
  • Bonus Boss: Two, actually. They aren't bonus bosses, per se, yet they are new additions to Off The Record. They are:
    • Evan MacIntyre: A midget clown on stilts who doubles as an ice cream vendor. Initially he is friendly, if somewhat detached from reality, until he realizes who Frank West is. This is because he is the brother of Adam MacIntyre, the clown psychopath in the original Dead Rising that Frank West killed, a fact which Evan is not exactly jolly about. He fights using his stilts and a modified snowball cannon.
    • Chuck Greene: Dead Rising 2's original protagonist. Similar to DR2's main story, he fights in Terror is Reality to provide Zombrex for his daughter Katey. In Off The Record, it is revealed that he lost Katey to the initial outbreak and has become a zombie-killing alcoholic biker. His appearance has become more savage and deranged as well. Surprisingly, his cleaner DR2 self is used as Frank's partner is co-op play. He serves as the replacement of Leon in the game, rewarding the player with the Slicecycle and keys to the bike trailer upon his defeat. In a chilling reveal Chuck's body is gone meaning that he maybe watching you during the rest of the game or worse, it was all in your head.
  • Bond One-Liner: Frank does them a lot more than Chuck ever did.
  • Book-Ends: The Overtime final battle against TK begins in the same zombie wrestling cage as the one you fought in the opening of the game. After defeating several waves of zombies it transitions to the more familiar final boss fight from the original game.
  • Boomerang Bigot: In his boss fight intro cutscene, Chuck Greene is initially friendly towards Frank West, and laments the problem of Psychopaths (who he refers to as "crazies" and "nutbars"), even though he's obviously become unhinged himself due to Katey's death in the alternate timeline, and pretty quickly goes Psychopath on Frank as well.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: The Proto Man costume, much like Arthur's armor from the vanilla version of the game, but less costly overall. The helmet is still won by beating Jack at poker, but can also be obtained by killing him in Sandbox Mode. The boots can be found in the Ultimate Playhouse store in Palisades Mall. The jumpsuit is won for getting bronze or better in Sandbox Mode's challenges. Finally, the Buster and Shield is obtained from getting Ending S. Wearing the helmet and/or boots with the Buster adds splash damage to the Buster's shots, and wearing the entire costume will increase your running speed.
  • Call-Back:
    • Leon's theme, "Terror Is Reality", is used in the opening zombie wrestling match, since Leon's not in Off the Record.
    • Upon meeting the "cop" Deidre Sanchez, Frank will remark "You're a lot nicer than the last female cop I met!". This is a reference to Jo Slade from the last game.
  • Cash Gate: In a new addition to the plot from DR 2, Frank needs to raise one million dollars for TK in exchange for Rebecca's life. It's a good thing you get infinite time in Sandbox Mode to raise it.
    • Upon stopping TK from escaping the city, Frank gets that ransom money back!
  • Casino Park: Fortune City
  • Catchphrase/Ascended Meme: "I've covered wars, you know."
  • Catchphrase Interruptus: Frank pulls an amusing one off in the final battle.
    TK [trying to shove Frank over the ledge to his death]: You gotta be willing... to risk it all... if you're ever really gonna...
    [Frank throws TK overboard and over the ledge]
  • Clown Car: The game includes a useable vehicle called the Clown Car. Despite an unimpressive size, it can hold a maximum of eight survivors.
  • Composite Character:
    • Europa Westinghouse is a composite character of herself and Vikky Taylor and will give Frank the side-mission of recovering a plant from a store on the Palasides Mall in the latter`s place. Vikky Taylor is killed by Brandon Whittaker in a cutscene.
    • Off the Record`s Frank West is arguably a composite character of the original versions of himself and Chuck Greene.
    • Richard Kelly is a composite character of himself and Stuart Holmes, in that Richard starts a "mutiny" (ie bothering people) unless he's given a magazine to read, much like how Stuart Holmes becomes angry about Chuck once he finds out about the TV report.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: If a certain survivor is brought back to the safe house, later in the game the female survivors will threaten mutiny when he starts harassing them. The only way to prevent the mutiny is to give him a porno magazine so he can...entertain himself.
  • Denser and Wackier: Just look at the E3 Trailer!
  • Deadpan Snarker: Frank will often say rude or sarcastic remarks to survivors and psychopaths.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: A series of trailers for Off the Record showcase Frank's ultimate fall from grace: he's reduced to shilling the "Disposable Digicheap Disposable Camera" along with "Frank's Fantastic Foto Facts".
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Chuck has obviously turned to alcohol to ease his pain. His theme is even called "Firewater".
  • Empathy Doll Shot: Katey's backpack and PSP are found in a puddle of blood in the room where Chuck rescues her at the beginning of the original Dead Rising 2.
  • Evil Costume Switch:
    • Stacey changes into a tight leather suit once her true colors are revealed.
    • Chuck, now that he's gone off the deep end, looks more savage.
  • Fake Difficulty: Case 7-4: Breach. Short version, you have to grab some items while Survivors are fighting zombies. Whereas the parallel case in the original game gives them all bloated health that makes them basically indestructible, there is no such luxury here, so completing the case without anyone dying is a complete crapshoot, especially since zombies will just show up out of nowhere instead of only coming from the gate.
  • Fallen Hero: Chuck Greene, due to the loss of his daughter.
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: Frank became became a celebrity for having survived the the Willamette outbreak, and made a fortune by selling his story to the media. Several years later he was alone, the money disappeared, and in order to keep buying Zombrex, he used his fame as the hero of Willamtte to kill zombies on the controversial "Terror is Reality."
  • Fauxshadow: The cutscenes in Off the Record use about 40%-50% of the same dialogue as the original game, so all the dialogue and camera angles suggesting there's something not quite right about Sullivan are still there. However, this all turns out to be a Red Herring, as this time Stacey turns out to be the Big Bad instead of Sullivan.
  • For Want of a Nail: If the rest of the tropes on here didn't tip you off, Frank West, and not Chuck Green, being the one to cover the Fortune City outbreak severely shakes up the original Dead Rising 2 plot.
  • Gaiden Game: This version of "DR-2" has Frank West as The Hero, among other changes, including:
  • Gamebreaker: The aptly named DLC Gamebreaker pack, which is basically the games Cheat codes! Capcom is literally selling the standard fare of cheats, such as unlimited weapon durablility, instant PP, god mode, filters and super speed. You can make the game a breeze, but it will cost you ($5.00, 400 MS Points).
  • Giant Enemy Crab: This is what the Final Boss Stacy uses to fight Frank. In dubstep!
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Frank seems to be jealous of Chuck in the Captivate trailer.
  • Irony: Early in the game, one of the TIR workers backstage asks Frank for his autograph. This guy makes a remark that the autograph would be worth something if something happened to Frank during the show. Later, when Frank confronts Evan, the same guy can be seen zombified. The photograph Frank sighed is also what instigates Evan.
  • Jerkass: Frank comes off with two dick remarks in this games particularly if the player liked Chuck Greene, one upon his defeat "That guy was a few screws short of a workbench" and one DURING the fight "[Taunting/mockingly] Trust me NO ONE is going to hurt your daughter now!"
  • Jump Scare: In the last second of the S ending, a zombie jumps in front of the camera and screams, giving the viewer one more scare, similar to that of Dead Rising 2.
    • The "Scare Zombies" are intended to serve this very purpose. They're supposed to pop out when you come across a corpse or turn certain corners. They get their own Scare Chord and everything!
  • Lampshade Hanging: A particularly hysterical one.
    [Frank is carrying a load of carnival prizes when Stacy rings.]
    Frank: [annoyed] What is it, Stacy?
    Stacy: Frank! I've been trying to reach you for hours! There's a guy here...
    Frank: [heavy sigh] Let me guess. Guy. Stuck in a store. Twelve zombies around him. Needs a piggyback to the safehouse. [long pause] Well, guess play time is over.
    • Done twice in a row after Frank defeats Psycho Chuck Greene:
    Frank [after battle]: Man, that guy was a few screws short of a workbench.
    Frank [after cutscene]: I swear I've met that guy somewhere before...
    • Even Chuck himself does one in co-op mode if he is the one to finishes his psycho self.
    Chuck [after cutscene]: It is me or does he looks familiar?
  • The Lancer: Chuck becomes this to Frank in Co-Op mode. He's much less helpful in the single-player campaign.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Frank's last line in the trailer, "Frank West is back in the game."
    • Chuck's rant about how zombies are annoying, but easy, and even fun, to kill. This is pretty much the point of the series.
    • Eric Masters, a survivor, is a gamer and constantly does this throughout his rescue mission.
  • Lighter and Edgier: Off The Record manages to be both to the original Dead Rising 2. Examples: We have the new Uranus Zone theme park area, which manages to lighten the atmosphere a little bit (see Denser and Wackier above), yet Katey dies and Chuck goes psycho because of it. This is balanced by Frank's lack of personal ties, allowing for a more light-hearted story, as well as having a clown (Evan) as a boss, yet Stacey ends up being the villain. Sullivan turns out to be a good guy, Rebecca survives, and there are a handful of new, entertaining survivors, but Vikky Taylor gets turned into a victim.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Evan after you beat him.
  • Masked Luchador: The zombie wrestlers, and Frank West too, albeit unmasked.
  • Meta Twist:
    • The new plot takes the player's expectations from the first game and uses them like a weapon to shock the player. Stacey is the Big Bad all along. CURE is a front to manipulate naive activists into starting outbreaks. Sullivan is a good guy, completely justified in his dislike of Stacey, and even saves Frank's life. Rebecca survives (in the best ending).
    • Many of the returning missions change up the locations and start times of the survivors, for better or for worse. Prominent examples include the two survivors with money briefcases, the two comedians, the gambler who wants his money back, and the old woman in the toy store.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Not exactly minor, but:
    • Frank, after finishing his bout in Terror is Reality, follows T.K. backstage, where he sees him handing a Briefcase Full of Money to a C.U.R.E. activist as well as a bomb, that is then used to release the zombies onto Fortune City. → Plot to cast C.U.R.E. as Bomb-Throwing Anarchists, all the while TK and his goons can rob the cash from the casinosThe Reveal that T.K. was ordered to bribe the C.U.R.E. member to release the zombies, and that Stacy was really an operative for Phenotrans with the task of unleashing another outbreak. It's also revealed that they were responsible for the Las Vegas outbreak as well, so that Queens could grow and be harvested for their zombrex producing pheromones, and will keep orchestrating more outbreaks for the sake of keeping high the demand of Zombrex.
  • Mirror Match: Made possible during Chuck Greene's boss battle.
  • Nerfed: The Survivor A.I. is noticeably more incompetent and are physically weaker than they were in the original Dead Rising 2, although not quite as bad as they were in the first Dead Rising. This is either to balance the game because Capcom throught they were too powerful in the original version, or because Frank gives off an aura that makes his allies behave like idiots.
    • Inverted with the looters and mercenaries, who are much tougher this time around and have a huge variety of weapons and nasty tricks. Combine the two, and you get survivors who are often killed by looters or mercenaries.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Though he was obviously unstable, Chuck was being reasonably civil until Frank tried to stop him from walking away by grabbing "Katey's" leg.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: TK's still a grade-A douche, but if it wasn't for his actions in Overtime mode Frank would have never realized Rebecca was still alive and bleeding out on the security room floor. His plan to loot the city also interfered with Stacey's master plan and ultimately led to her and Phenotrans being exposed as the masterminds behind the outbreak.
  • Not as You Know Them: While most of the characters are the same as the original game, there are some key differences. Chuck is a Psychopath due to losing Katey (who is implied to have been eaten rather than having turned, judging by the blood splatters around her backpack), Phenotrans' mole is Stacey, not Sullivan, Sullivan himself replaces Rebecca as the one killed by The Mole (although his death isn't quite as abrupt; he actually manages to give Frank some final words of encouragement before expiring), and Rebecca survives. Also, Brandon seems to be slightly more rational, as he's revealed to be the "go between" for TK and Stacey.
  • Obviously Evil: Arguably, anyone who played the original Dead Rising 2, and is thus used to Stacey's softer, somewhat motherly facial features, will instantly deduce that something might be wrong with her once they see what her face looks like in Off the Record. Not everyone remarks this but still.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Lampshaded if you bring survivors with you to the underground train mission. Apparently, the survivors are able to keep up with the train long enough to find Frank.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Frank lets out a seriously worried one when he meets Chuck and accidentally grabs "Katey's" leg.
    • In Sandbox Mode the first challenge you can do is "Rooftop Massacre", which after a few thousand zombie kills get's a sequel named "Rooftop Massacre Pt. 2". Either you guessed it from the trope name or that a certain zombie spawned, activating the challenge unprepared can become this. That is until you end the challenge and well... good luck getting off the roof in one piece.
  • invoked Pandering to the Base: Word of God has explicitly said Off the Record is one huge ball of pandering.note  Frank even lampshades this if you go into Sandbox mode, where he gleefully leaps off the helicopter (a la the original Dead Rising) stating how it's no longer about the scoop, but his own personal vacation.
  • Phlebotinum Dependence: You'll still need to go out of your way to find Zombrex, but this time you'll be using it on yourself instead of having to run back to the safehouse to give it to someone else.
  • Running Gag: Covering wars, you know.
  • Stock Footage: Plenty of the Psychopath Opening (and ending) cut-scenes are rather blatant examples of this. In which in a lot of these cutscenes the only one who has any different dialogue whatsoever is Frank himself. But there are certain exceptions such as Slappy and Carl the Mailman though.
  • Stout Strength: Frank's put on a few pounds around the midsection since Willamette, but he's still just as strong as ever.
  • Stripper/Cop Confusion: One of the new survivors, Deidre Sanchez, is a dancer at The Peephole who wears a policewoman costume. Frank briefly mistakes her for a real officer when he first sees her.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The Psychopaths, especially the Rednecks.
  • Up to Eleven:
  • Updated Re-release
  • Uranus Is Showing: "Uranus Zone".
  • Vinyl Shatters: You can throw vinyl at zombies, which shatters. May be a hat-tip to Shaun of the Dead.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Frank and Chuck are still this in co-op mode.
  • Wham Episode: The end of "What Lies Beneath". Sullivan is not the villain. Stacey is.
  • What If?: This time, it's Frank who breaks the story, not Chuck, and in co-op, Chuck is the sidekick.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: Frank expresses his displeasure at the cheesiness of some of the fortune telling machine's lines.
  • Wide Open Sandbox: Single player and co-op for the first time in a Dead Rising game.
    • Turned Up to Eleven with Sandbox Mode (fan named Infinite Mode) which gameplaywise is a sequel to the first game's extra mode. Features drop-in-drop-out co-op, challenges, and the freedom to do everything. And killing everything, since survivors hate you. Besides that, it's one of the easiest ways to level up.
  • Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing: The first part of the the finale of Overtime can be made absolutely trivial by activating the Zombie Walk after taking out the first four zombies. Even the mighty Gas Zombies are completely fooled, allowing you to simply wait until the next phase starts since your kill count has nothing to do with getting there.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • Sullivan - but only if the woman in question is The Mole.
    • Frank himself isn't afraid to fist fight with Stacey during the final phase of the fight with her.
  • You Killed My Brother: One of the new Psychopaths in Off the Record is Evan, the brother of Adam the Clown from the original Dead Rising. He's initially friendly (if divorced from reality), but quickly turns hostile when he realises that you're Frank West, the man who killed his brother. You can be wearing a servbot head and Protoman's helmet and he'll still recognize you.


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Evan MacIntyre

Evan is a short clown who walks on stilts and sells ice cream, even during the outbreak. Turns out he's the brother of Adam, another Psychopath in the first Dead Rising, trying to kill Frank to avenge him.

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