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Violent Storm is an arcade Beat 'em Up made by Konami released in 1993, and their final foray into the genre along with Metamorphic Force.

In an unspecified future, the world is recovering after World War III destroyed most of it. The main characters Boris, Wade, and Kyle are a group of vigilantes protecting the innocents from thugs, the most dangerous being the "Geld Gang". One day, their friend Sheena is kidnapped by a member of the Geld Gang and thus they go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge to save her. But really, who cares for the plot in a game like this?

Konami's farewell to the beat'em up genre, this arcade release features superb graphics with huge, fluidly animated sprites, an insane lyriced soundtrack and an impressive variety of moves. Though it may look like a blatant ripoff of Final Fight at first, but that's really the point; it celebrates the classics of the beat-em-up genre as much as it makes fun of them, and does many improvements on the formula anyway.


See also Crime Fighters and Vendetta!, Konami's previous beat-em-ups with similar theme and genre. Some consider Violent Storm as final part of trilogy that includes these games (incidentally there was a 2-year release gap between all three), although it was never advertised as such.

This game has examples of:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of both beat'em ups and post-apocalyptic anime like Fist of the North Star.
  • After the End
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Red Freddy (who’s actually green), Joe (orange), and Geld (violet).
  • The Apunkalypse: Though a very light version. Although all the elements are there - leather vests, spiky armor, several punks; the world seems perfectly fine despite that. There's even fully functional trains and an untouched peaceful park with fountains and gates. It's almost like the apocalypse happened and no one, after changing clothes and getting ripped, really cared.
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  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Ryuken.
  • Ass Kicks You: One of Boris's Aerial moves.
  • Bald of Evil: Dabel and his clones.
  • Bar Brawl: Downtown.
  • Barrier-Busting Blow: Dabel introduces himself by smashing open a wall.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Sheena and the Belly Dancer in stage three.
  • Belly Dancer: One performs in the middle of stage three who cheers for you once you defeat all the enemies in that section.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Wade, Kyle, and Boris, in that order.
  • Breath Weapon: Lollypop.
  • Camp: If Jojos Bizarre Adventure is the glam rock version of Fist of the North Star, this is the punk rock version.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Dabel, the first boss, is armed with a large mace.
  • Chain Pain: Gigadeath's weapon of choice is a chain.
  • Chairman of the Brawl: There a couple of chairs that can be picked and thrown during the second half of stage three.
  • Color-Coded Multiplayer: Inverted compared to most brawlers that followed the Final Fight template. Kyle wears green and is the weakest but fastest. Boris wears red and is the strongest but also the slowest, although not as slow compared to other mighty glaciers in brawlers. Wade wears blue and is average between the other two player characters.
  • Combat Stilettos: Eliza and Liza.
  • Cool Car: Your Cadillac the heroes drive in.
  • Creator Cameo: One of the developers is the referee you land on before the Drigger fight. He appears again as a sailor striking a Captain Morgan Pose. You can knock him off the pier.
  • Damsel in Distress: Sheena. There’s also a cageful of more in the final stage.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Red Freddy, whose entire skin is green, mind you. Geld counts too for the purple skin.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Boris.
  • Degraded Boss: Dabel, the first boss, shows up later on as a normal enemy named Bull.
  • Die, Chair, Die!: Lots of stuff gets broken up in this game.
  • Difficulty by Region: A small example; the Japanese version allows extra lives when you reach a certain number of points while the other versions have extends turned off by default (but that can be changed in the service mode). Otherwise, they're identical.
  • Disney Villain Death: Geld.
  • The Dragon: Red Freddy to Lord Geld.
  • Dub Name Change: Cupper Maki to Sledge. The former was one of the developers' pen name.
  • Eternal Engine: The fourth stage is set in an industrial complex, and mostly takes place inside a huge factory.
  • Evil Laugh: Red Freddy, Joe, the Spike enemies, Doyle and Geld.
  • Evil Redhead: Crossbones and Liza.
  • Expy: Kyle is like a male incarnation of Chun-Li.note 
  • Extremity Extremist: Kyle only attacks with kicks.
  • Fat Bastard: Lollypop and Drigger.
  • Fan Disservice: Lollypop. He is so fat that it looks like he has six separate stomachs, and he also happens to fight shirtless. According to That Other Wiki he is actually Diabetic, which should surprise no one.
  • Femme Fatalons: Inverted with Red Freddy.
  • Fight Clubbing: The heroes take on Drigger in a cage match.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: Mr. Julius is so obsessed with his masculine beauty that he's constantly flexing. He even introduces himself with, "Beauty is justice!"
  • Foreshadowing: The final stage, a museum, features a portrait gallery with paintings of all the bosses the player fought so far, and on the end two more paintings of Red Freddy and Geld. It effectively spoils who the last two bosses will be, as well as the fact that Red Freddy won't be the final boss after all, even though he is the character who kicked off the plot and has been chased by the player up to this point.
  • Game Gourmet: As a knockoff of Final Fight, this game features things like lobsters, green tea, cherries, apples, ice cream, pizzas, and plenty more inside crates, barrels, etc. There are also certain things that would fit into the scenery naturally, such as coconuts that fall from palm trees or a pizza that someone happens to be carrying.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Liza, Gigadeath, and Wade.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After getting defeated, Doyle's mechanical frame malfunctions, causing it to give off minor explosions before rocketing him into the molten steel below.
    • Also if Crossbones goes nuts with his pipe and misses, he exhausts himself and is vulnerable for several seconds.
  • Hurricane Kick: Wade does one for his desperation attack. Kyle, meanwhile, does a spinning bird kick.
  • I Want My Mommy!: Upon being defeated, Boss Geld will cry out "Mamma!" and fall off the building.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Sledge uses a cooking wok as both a weapon and a shield. Before him, Joe carries a giant, electrified ticket punch.
  • Improvised Weapon: One of the oddest examples being the pigs which inexplicably turn into footballs when picked up.note 
  • Kick Guy: Kyle's attacks are mostly does with his legs.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Mooks can be attacked when they're lying on the ground.
  • Knife Nut: Eliza and Liza.
  • Last Chance Hit Point: Excluding bosses, enemy attacks will often drain the heroes' health bars completely red; one more it, and bye-bye good guys!
  • Living Statue: Julius is a statue brought to life by Red Freddy. When you defeat him, he turns back into stone and shatters.
  • Macho Camp: Julius.
    "Beauty is justice!"
  • Meteor Move: Boris has a piledriver as one of his attacks. No spinning, unfortunately.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Generally averted, but Wade and Kyle subvert this trope. If they try to throw heavier enemies, they'll struggle a bit unless you either mash buttons for it to be successful or knee them a couple of times for an easier throw. Without proper button mashing, they will collapse under the enemy weight, losing some health.
  • Mutant: One of the few signs of anything post-apocalyptic about this game is that several of the villains are clearly inhuman. Red Freddy has green skin and long talons, Lord Geld has purple skin and can change from a young-looking human into a hulking muscle-man, and Stage 2's boss Joe has orange skin and a hunchback.
  • New Game+: Completing the game on one credit unlocks the "Violent Round" mode, which is the game all over again with much more cruel enemy placement, different background colors, blood splatters (if they're not turned on in the dip-switches) and other weird changes to the level design. For example, the first half of the third level has fewer enemies but only gives you thirty seconds to beat it.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Red Freddy is an anorexic, effeminate ripoff of Blanka.
    • Lord Geld pre-boss fight is a squeaky-voiced Tetsuo.
    • The recurring "Lollypop" enemy is a fat version of Abobo, combined with Big Ben's ability to breathe fire.
    • Sledge is a Ninja Turtle parody, though his attack pattern is based on Rolento.
    • Boris is similar to Duke Nukem.
    • Spike, the big brute with spiky armor, bear an uncanny resemblance to Dolg, the first boss of Captain Commando. His bear hug attack is really similar to Atlas/Jony's.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The steel mill you fight Doyle in has no safety features around the mechanical presses or pouring molten steel. It's amazing they even have guardrails.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Lord Geld, who doesn't appear untill the very end of the game, when you confront him at this throne.
  • Pipe Pain: The Crossbones enemies carry these and you can also find them in various locations to use on enemies.
  • Powered Armor: Doyle wears a mechanical frame with a pneumatic grabbing arm and built-in jetpack.
    "The machine sounds great!"
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Most bosses start with one of these.
    Sledge: "Eat you for breakfast!"
  • The Quincy Punk: Crossbones and Doyle.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Kyle can do the kick variation.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: The music used during the Drigger and Julius fights is remixed from the TMNT arcade games. The common boss theme is original but one part of it is a reference to the boss music of the X-Men arcade game. The fourth stage music is like a combination of the night vision music from Lethal Enforcers and the fourth stage music from Super Contra.
  • Rogues Gallery: Literally. One section of the last level is an art gallery with portraits of all the bosses you've defeated up to that point, all except for the last two (Red Freddy and Geld), which foreshadows who you will face next.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shear Menace: Joe, the second boss, is armed with a huge, electrified train ticket puncher.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Drigger, the third boss, is a wrestler wearing a cow skull on his head.
  • Song Style Shift: During the 2nd half of Stage 3, a bellydancer appears on-stage in the background, accompanied by Arabic music. About 28 seconds in, it shifts into a fusion of rock and new jack swing.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Red Freddy is misspelled as "Red Fredy" due to space issues.
  • Squashed Flat: The Industrial Area's presses will do this to enemy mooks.
  • Surprisingly Good English: All the dialogue in the game, in particular, the relentlessly cheesy rap song at the start of the 3rd stage, quoted at the bottom of the page.
    Red Freddy: Crazy punks! Get 'em out!
    Joe: May I see your ticket?
  • Train Escape: Type 3, at the end of the second stage, after the player has defeated Joe, Red Freddy unhooks the train carriage that the player is on in order to escape.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: In the last level there's a cell full of scantily-clad women presumably kidnapped as concubines. If you think to smash the door open, one of them throws you a bonus item out of gratitude.
  • Visual Pun: Footballs are often called "pigskins". Thus, whenever you pick up one of the piglets inside the train in Stage 2, it will turn into a football that can be thrown at enemies as a weapon.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Geld has this when he changes his size.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Lollypop and Lollypop Jr.
  • Wall Jump: Wade, Boris, and Kyle can all do this.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Boris is filled with more wrestling moves than Mike Haggar and Max Thunder combined.
  • You Get Knocked Down, You Get Back Up Again: Averted, you can attack knocked-down enemies, something that is rare for the genre but not for Konami-made games.

Until I rescue Sheena,
You think you can beat us,

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