The Bullet Club is a professional wrestling Power Stable that operates in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, a gang of (mostly) Foreign Wrestling Heels that have become one of the most dominant stables and popular in New Japan, with their history below. current and former members are in bold. See The Other Wiki's more comprehensive article on Bullet Club here.
The seeds for the group were first sown in April 2013 when Prince Devitt, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, lost a champion vs. champion match to IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi. He would disrespect everyone except his Apollo 55 tag partner Ryusuke Taguchi, who he tried to get to go along with his new attitude, but completed his Face–Heel Turn by attacking Ryusuke after they failed to recapture the IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship. Devitt joined forces with Bad Luck Fale, who became Devitt's personal bouncer and was dubbed "The Underboss". At Wrestling Dontaku, Devitt and Fale would attack Hiroshi Tanahashi, and convinced "The Machine Gun" Karl Anderson (who Tanahashi had previously defeated) and Tama Tonga (who was in Anderson's corner) to join. Devitt took to the mic afterwards and announced the formation of a stable of gaijin (foreigners to Japan) — the Bullet Club was born.note
The group immediately became a powerhouse in New Japan as Devitt swept the Best of the Super Juniors tournament and retained the Junior Heavyweight Title. Ray Bucanero and El Terrible from Mexico joined them during their CMLL promotion's tour in Japan, forming Latinoamerica Bullet Club (or Bullet Club Latinoamerica), a sister-faction in that promotion that has its own membership. Both Bucanero and Terrible would win the CMLL Tag Team titles once each with Tonga. The stable fought Tanahashi and others such as Captain New Japan, and Jushin Thunder Liger, and tried and failed to dethrone Tanahashi's successor champion, member of the CHAOS faction Kazuchika Okada. Joining in October 2013 were The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), a team of dynamic wrestling brothers who went on to win the Super Juniors Tag Tournament as well as the IWGP Junior Tag Team Titles, bringing even more gold into the group. Then in November, Doc Gallows joined the group and became Karl Anderson's tag partner. The two behemoths would win the yearly World Tag League, earning themselves a title shot at the upcoming January 4th Wrestle Kingdom VIII show.
Bullet Club would find mixed success at that event; while Anderson and Gallows won the IWGP Tag Team Championship and the Bucks successfully defended their Junior Tag titles, Devitt's year-plus reign as Junior Heavyweight Champ was ended at the hands of Kota Ibushi. Shortly after, Devitt would find himself going up against a foe from the past: former tag partner Ryusuke Taguchi wanting revenge. The Devitt/Taguchi rivalry culminated in April at Invasion Attack in a Loser Leaves Town match. Facing off against his old friend, Devitt renounced his villainous ways and rejected any underhanded tactics, even going so far as to attack the Young Bucks when they tried to interfere on his behalf. This would result in his defeat and exodus from New Japan, leaving the Bullet Club without a leader. However, like any good villain, the Club had a Plan B.
Later in the show, after IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada won a tag match, AJ Styles attacked him, ending with his Finishing Move, the Styles Clash. Styles then revealed his Bullet Club shirt, establishing himself as the newest member of the group, and co-leading the group with founding member Anderson. Styles challenged Okada for the championship, feeling Okada was still the same "young boy" he had known previously in TNA.note Their match was set for May, Wrestling Dontaku 2014. Despite Bullet Club's interference in the match Okada appeared to have the advantage, only for Yujiro Takahashi, a member of Okada's own CHAOS stable, to attack Okada while the ref was distracted, then reveal his own Bullet Club shirt, formally defecting. With Okada virtually unconscious, Styles hit his finisher and brought the most prestigious belt in all of Japan into the club. Shortly afterwards Fale would capture the IWGP Intercontinental Title and Yujiro would win the NEVER Openweight Championship. Bullet Club had successfully won every title in New Japan, becoming one of the most successful stables in recent pro wrestling history.
In November 2014, Kenny Omega, a Canadian cruiserweight who had been in NJPW since 2010, joined, invited by the Young Bucks. Omega announced he was gunning for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, which he won at the next January 4 show. That same night, Doc's wife Amber Gallows (formerly known as Amber O'Neal) started accompanying him and Anderson as "The Bullet Babe". The day after, Cody Hall, son of Scott Hall, joined as the stable's "young boy", with Anderson stating that Hall would have to earn a full spot in the stable. The day before the 2015 Super Jr. Tag Tournament, Omega invited NWA Junior Heavyweight Chase Owens, needing a partner for the tournament and seeing that he had the potential to be a superstar.
At New Year's Dash 2016, after a largely unsuccessful Wrestle Kingdom 10, Styles and Omega teamed to beat CHAOS's Shinsuke Nakamura and Yoshi-Hashi, with Omega doing what Styles couldn't do the night before and pinning Nakamura. Omega then turned on and attacked AJ Styles with the One-Winged Angel, following which the Young Bucks, Anderson, Gallows, and Cody Hall came out to calm the situation. However, Omega and the Bucks convinced the others to unite with them, continuing the beatdown to "fire" Styles from Bullet Club, writing him out of the New Japan company, and also cement Omega as the new leader. Omega then declared he was no longer a junior, referred to himself and the Young Bucks as The Elite sub-stable, while stating that Bullet Club rule the world, and challenged Nakamura for the Intercontinental Championship.
Nakamura would vacate the championship and the company instead, with his departure confirmed at the end of the month. Instead, Omega defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi for the vacated championship at February's The New Beginning in Niigata. At the same event, Anderson and Gallows, accompanied by Fale and Tama, lost their rematch opportunity to take back the IWGP Tag Team titles from Great Bash Heel and bowed to the New Japan fans, indicating their own departure from the company, which took place soon after.
Subsequently, Tama Tonga announced a new tag team partner/Club member, his brothernote , going by Tanga Loa, adopting the team moniker G.o.D.: Guerrillas Of Destiny. At Invasion Attack on April 10, 2016, the GOD defeated Great Bash Heel to reclaim the IWGP tag team titles for the Club. At the May 8 NJPW / Ring of Honor joint event Global Wars, the Young Bucks and Guerrillas of Destiny were scheduled in an eight-man tag match. Though the Bucks promised a new Bullet Club member and a "superkick party" later that night, the team won without a hint of either. However, they reappeared during the ROH World Championship main event between Jay Lethal and Colt Cabana, revealing ROH stalwart and their one-time enemy Adam Cole in a Bullet Club shirt. The Cole-Bucks-Guerrillas tandem proceeded to destroy everyone and everything in a calamitous run-in which culminated in 51 superkicks. The next ROH TV taping saw the group joined also by Hangman (Adam) Page. Over the next three months Cole's quest to regain the ROH World Championship (which he had held once before) resulted in him cutting the hair of then-champion Lethal, enraging Lethal into a title match at Death Before Dishonor XIV, where Lethal lost the championship for the first time in years. Cole lost the ROH Championship shortly after to former partner turned heated rival Kyle O'Reilly at ROH Final Battle.
At the September 21 Destruction in Kobe event, the new anti-Club faction "Hunter Club", led by Yoshitatsu, had a schism; with former anti-Bullet Club "Captain New Japan" being denied membership. He jumped ship to Bullet Club itself, being renamed Bone Soldier upon his debut. December 11 saw Omega reveal a new member: the American Nightmare Cody Rhodes (and by extension his wife Brandi Rhodes). Cody (Rhodes) made his debut for the faction on Wrestle Kingdom 11 on January 4, 2017, defeating Juice Robinson. At the same show, the Guerrillas lost their tag team titles to Chaos members Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano, and Cole regained the ROH World Championship from O'Reilly for the record-setting third time overall, his second time as a member of Bullet Club, and became the first man in history to win the title outside of ROH. Meanwhile, Omega challenged Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in a losing effort frequently cited as one of the best matches of all time, also starting their trilogy of similarly acclaimed matches. After Wrestle Kingdom 11, Cody (Hall) departed New Japan, and with it, the Bullet Club.
Following Omega's loss, Cole began dissenting and trying to assert himself as a leader over the group. However, a storyline in which Frankie Kazarian betrayed Cole's upcoming challenger Christopher Daniels in favor of the Club turned out to be a ruse to distract Cole, allowing Daniels to beat him for the ROH championship on March 10. Cole blamed the Bucks for not having his back and tried to fire them from the Club, only for them to retort that their Elite cohort Omega was the only leader of Bullet Club. The tension, Cody's pursuit of Daniels' championship after Cole's failed rematch, and a storyline developed on the Bucks' YouTube series Being The Elite, culminated with Cole being literally superkicked out of the Bullet Club by the Bucks. The Bucks replaced him with British wrestler Marty Scurll at Omega's call, following a loss to Tanahashi at the May 2017 War of the Worlds show. This would not be the last dissent of the year for the club however. Cody clashed with some of his decisions publicly, almost forfeiting the Omega/Okada Iron Man match, ostensibly out of concern for Omega's health. Additionally, Tama Tonga, frustrated with Omega's emphasis on the Elite and their closest cohorts, to the detriment of the full Bullet Club (of which he and Fale were the only remaining founding members), delivered an impassioned promo at the G1 Tournament.
In September 2017, as Kenny was unable to participate in events due to a knee injury, the G.O.D.'s younger brother was recruited to the Bullet Club, initially under the name of Leo Tonga (he would later retake his regular name of Hikuleo at the behest of Haku). In November, Bullet Club recruited two more members: Australian wrestler "Mr. Juicy" Gino Gambino (personally inducted by Bad Luck Fale), and friend of Cody, actor Stephen Amell.
After these additions, more conflict brewed within the Bullet Club, highlighted at Wrestle Kingdom 12 and New Beginning in Sapporo, both in January 2018. Omega would repeatedly preference his relationship with former tag partner Kota Ibushi over Club relations, while Cody would openly critique that preference. Kenny would attempt to recruit "Switchblade" Jay White, only for him to outright reject the invitation at New Year's Dash. On the second day of New Beginning in Sapporo, Omega would cause the Young Bucks and Marty to leave in frustration with him, leading to Cody and Page attacking him, and a Kota Ibushi save. The following episode of Being The Elite would suggest tensions were cooling between them all, but behind all of this, at day 1 of New Beginning in Sapporo, Tama had cut another promo, flanked by Fale and Loa. Without addressing anyone in particular, he pointed out that any leadership needs mutual respect and support with the crew. The feud continued to grow, with Cody backed by Hangman Page, Omega backed by Ibushi, and singles matches between the two pairings would be set for the upcoming Supercard of Honor, with leadership of the Club being implied. Through all of this, the Young Bucks and Marty would be vocally caught in the middle, with Tama silently, emotionlessly, waiting...
Come said Supercard, and the Bucks appear to have their loyalties with Omega by attempting to superkick Cody. However, they hit Kenny by mistake and cost him the match; their attempts to make peace result in Kenny furiously disbanding the Elite despite the Bucks' cries. The battlelines seem to be drawn as the Golden Lovers align themselves with the Tongan contingent to take on Team Cody despite most members of both sides still being cordial with each other. After a 10-man tag match at Wrestling Dontaku 2018, the Club makes amends with each other... all save for Kenny and Cody, who still intend to kill each other. That night also saw the return of Bone Soldier, but with a new face beneath the mask: former Pro Wrestling NOAH standout Taiji Ishimori, who attacked Will Ospreay and announced his intention to gun for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
The True Civil War
Then things got more twisted. During Dominion Kenny finally achieved his ultimate goal by defeating Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, with Ibushi in his corner. The Bucks come down and the four declare themselves the Golden Elite with a peace offering to Cody only for him to decline and take one last chance at Bullet Club Leadership by challenging Kenny to a title match at the G1 Special at Cow Palace. He would ultimately fail, but in the process show some respect for Kenny. Things finally looked to be settling down with Kenny as the undisputed leader…only for Tama Tonga to FINALLY make his move with Tanga Loa and Haku, destroying nearly every other Bullet Club member (Taiji Ishimori and Bad Luck Fale were absent, and Fale was later revealed in a Guerrillas of Destiny YouTube video to have called the shot). Not even the noted "Honorary Tongan" Chase Owens and Yujiro Takahashi were safe, as they too were decimated for trying to keep the peace. Cody came down and ultimately declared his loyalty to Kenny, also getting destroyed in the process. The Tongans declare themselves the "true" Bullet Club, with no leader. We now have two different groups calling themselves the Bullet Club. The Bullet Club OG (The Tongans, likely Taiji Ishimori) vs The Bullet Club Elite (Everyone else + Kota Ibushi).
Upon leaving NJPW, former Bullet Club leader Prince Devitt would make his WWE debut in the NXT brand as Finn Bálor. Honing his identity there independently, he later alluded to his allies by referencing his fanbase as the "Bálor Club". Bálor, along with many former Ring of Honor talents, would revitalize NXT as its more established stars went to the main WWE roster. Heading into 2016, rumors of Styles, Anderson and Gallows (along with Nakamura) all joining Bálor in WWE started developing. After much teasing from Finn's and the Club's social media accounts, as well as WWE.com itself, the NJPW departures eventually became WWE main roster debuts. (Nakamura would join NXT as well, during Bálor's record-setting championship reign.)
AJ Styles would make his debut at the 2016 Royal Rumble, team with, and then feud with Chris Jericho leading up to a WrestleMania 32 match. Though he lost, AJ pinned Jericho in a four-way match the next night on Raw to become #1 contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, moving into a feud with new champion Roman Reigns. The following week saw Gallows and Anderson debut on Raw with a post-match run-in, attacking Reigns' cousins The Usos, though they soon focused on Reigns himself, assisting Styles. Despite his initial reluctance, AJ accepted their help and officially reunited "The Club" for a war of trios. After Styles failed to win the Championship at Extreme Rules with the help of Gallows and Anderson, Styles told them that they should separate and remain friends, but Anderson and Gallows refused and ended their friendship with Styles... only for that to be revealed as a ruse, as they reunited the next week to "beat up John Cena", firmly completing Styles' Face–Heel Turn (to the intended demographic). The three would launch the #BeatUpJohnCena campaign, and Anderson and Gallows compete as a tag team, antagonizing other teams, primarily then-reigning champions The New Day.
With the 2016 WWE draft and brand split, Styles was drafted to SmackDown Live but Anderson and Gallows were drafted to Raw, effectively separating them. They maintained that they were still allies and that the Club had merely expanded to take over the entire company, notably as Bálor was drafted to Raw as well. Following a segment at SummerSlam which included all four men teasing a reunion, Styles defeated Cena cleanly, while Bálor became the first-ever WWE Universal Championship by defeating Seth Rollins (though he would have to vacate it the next day due to injury). A month later Styles beat Dean Ambrose to finally become WWE World Champion. At the Royal Rumble 2017 Gallows and Anderson became WWE Raw Tag Team Champions by defeating "The Bar", Cesaro and Sheamus. While the spring of 2017 saw a "Superstar Shakeup", trades between the Smackdown and Raw brands, none of the members of The Club changed promotions, delaying a potential reunion. Additionally, Gallows and Anderson would be used less on the main roster, and Bálor's return to an injury saw him working against them in minor matches. Though a Club reunion seemed dim, a viral outbreak in the locker room prior to the 2017 TLC pay-per-view PPV prompted Bálor and Styles to compete in an inter-brand replacement match, which WWE promoted as the first in-ring collision of the two former leaders of "The Club" when it was "in Japan". Though the two shared sweet moments, Gallows and Anderson were still not featured. By the end of 2017, there were no signs of any reunion of The Club.
January 2018, however…Bálor would call on Gallows and Anderson to aid him in a six-man tag team match. After that, they would occasionally appear twice more on TV as a cohesive unit, finally referring to themselves as The Bálor Club, before Anderson and Gallows were drafted to SmackDown in the post-WrestleMania Superstar Shake-Up. The pair teamed with Styles on one more TV appearance as of June 2018.
"Bullets fire and tropes appear!":
- A House Divided: Basically what the Bullet Club's state fallen into during Kenny Omega's leadership since 2017.
- Since taking over the Club, Kenny Omega has taken personal preference towards his trio with the Young Bucks — the Elite — and eventually many of the ROH-affiliated additions they made to the group such as Cody, Adam Cole, Marty Scurll and Hangman Page. This eventually became a point of dissent with those who primarily operated in New Japan, including founding members Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga, who felt that Omega neglected the Bullet Club being a brotherhood in the same manner that Prince Devitt, Karl Anderson and AJ Styles treated it during their time as leaders, focusing solely on the Elite and their affiliates. Furthermore, Omega has had bubbling issues with at least one of said "affiliates" throughout all of 2017. He spent the first half of the year rebuffing Adam Cole's Big Bad Wannabe ambitions and ultimately kicking Cole out of the Club, only to then start having problems with Cody over various decisions they disagreed about and even trying to make subtle moves on Cody's wife. All in all, Omega only cares about one half of the Bullet Club and is running that half of the Club into near disrepair, while the other half has to maintain unity in the background and are getting sick and tired of it. Recently this was toned down in the tail end of 2017 after the Bucks entered legal trouble with WWE, but only the Elite affiliates adjusted to support them, and the Bucks were the only ones who came to help Omega after five minutes of him being battered and bloodied by an ambush attack from Chris Jericho.
- At Wrestle Kingdom 12 in 2018, the Elite were the only BC members to win their matches, including Omega's match against Jericho. During Cody's match with Kota Ibushi, Cody attempted to play mind games by taking a shot at Kenny's "love" for Ibushi but lost the match. The next night at New Year's Dash he attempted to lead Bullet Club members in destroying Ibushi after beating Kota's team in a ten-man tag match, only to be stopped by Omega, who told him he wasn't the Bullet Club leader. Knowing what happened to the last man the Elite pulled rank on, he instantly began to question his worth in Omega's system. As lampshaded by "Switchblade" Jay White, who Omega tried to bring into Bullet Club supposedly to stop the infighting only to be literally driven flat on his face for his efforts, the Club had been almost made to worship Omega and have already begun to turn against him.
- New Beginning in Sapporo (as well as Being the Elite episode 90, covering events from both before and after said show) saw Cody take out Kenny after his loss of the United States Championship to Jay White, particularly in response to him stopping Hangman Page from laying claim as a challenger to White's title. Page agreed to help Cody attack Kenny, while Marty Scurll merely begged him for an explanation, until Ibushi came out to save Kenny, who refused his handshake only for them to suddenly embrace, reuniting the Golden Lovers. Being the Elite reveals that Kenny had been sketchy and distant with his Elite colleagues in the days prior to the event, and in the aftermath Cody and Page are committed to moving on post-Kenny while Marty remains non-committal…and the Bucks have invited Ibushi and Omega into room 710. It seems the battle lines in the divide between Bullet Club and The Elite have finally started being drawn.
- And when finally the Bullet Club started to truly heal with Cody seemingly giving Kenny his respect and Kenny offering an olive branch…the Tongans attacked at the G1 Special in San Francisco and created the Bullet Club OG to battle the Bullet Club Elite. Where one rift healed, another explosively opened.
- Shinsuke Nakamura of the CHAOS stable became this for Bad Luck Fale, the two having faced each other several times in single and tag matches and having traded the IWGP Intercontinental Championship between them.
- Both Devitt and Anderson had turns at Okada and Tanahashi over the IWGP Heavyweight Title, but only Styles managed to break in and become their real third rival. Omega became the perennial fourth rival against them and Naito later on, but with much more respectful tones than his predecessors.
- The Young Bucks bring reDRagon baggage involving both the IWGP Junior and ROH tag belts.
- Styles, Anderson and Gallows recently went to war with the Anoa'i dynasty (specifically Reigns and the Usos) over the WWE Championship, and also faced off against John Cena, Dean Ambrose and the New Day.
- Arc Symbol: A skull with two AK-47s in an "X" formation. Most of the Club's members have their own takes on the logo: the Young Bucks have a variant with a deer skull, Kenny Omega's is in an 8-bit fashion with an Omega symbol, Cody Rhodes' has the American flag painted on the skull, Scurll's logo has a bird skull and two umbrellas instead of A Ks, and G.O.D.'s version includes their facial paint, later replaced with a gorilla skull.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In building towards an upcoming match, The Elite on Twitter would declare that they are going to set Michael Elgin's beard on fire (arson), give Yoshi Tatsu a Styles Clash (murder), and cut Hiroshi Tanahashi's hair off...
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: The Bullet Club have a way of making a really special deal out of whenever one of their members achieves a major milestone, such as winning a world championship or a G1 tournament, simply by supporting the winner in his celebration. But the closest to a literal example has to be Cody's most recent win of the ROH World Championship at Best in the World 2017, where, following his pinfall victory over Christopher Daniels, he celebrated with a cheering crowd, the Bucks, Scurll, the Being the Elite video camera/phone, and a microphone in which he got to cut a promo declaring that he was no longer the Prince of Pro Wrestling, he was now the King running over everyone.
- Badass Biker: The Bullet Club is heavily inspired by this trope. Many of the members make frequent use of black leather in their entrance attire. There's a legitimate biker club in India called the Royal Enfield Bullet Club centered around a specific brand bike of the same name. And two of its (former) top members, AJ Styles and Doc Gallows, had both been seen riding motorcycles in wrestling media during their last gimmicks before joining Bullet Club. Oh, and ask original leader Prince Devitt what this was all about◊.
- Badass Longcoat: Kenny Omega and Karl Anderson used to wear them to the ring. Luke Gallows still does.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Their calling card. One of the biggest examples was in The New Beginning in Osaka 2015, which saw the group hold all but one of NJPW's championships.
- Bald of Evil: Anderson, Gallows, and Fale.
- Bash Brothers: Anderson and Gallows. The Young Bucks as well, even moreso than the first two, since they're real life brothers and have been teammates their entire careers. Tama Tonga has been this with both cousin Fale, adopted brother Tanga Loa and biological brother Hikuleo.
- Bastard Understudy:
- Kenny Omega became this as AJ Styles' send-off from NJPW at New Year's Dash 2016. Despite being brought in as a mercenary and to fill the Junior Division hole left by original leader Prince Devitt, he never openly showed disloyalty to the club's senior members and leaders. However, as soon as he saw weakness in the club with every major member (other than The Young Bucks) losing at Wrestle Kingdom 10 the night before, he made sure he was the one to pick up the ball by pinning Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura in his and AJ Styles' tag match against Nakamura and Yoshi-Hashi, then attacked AJ and convinced the club in a brief argument to finish Styles off, essentially marking him as the new leader.
- There's now Adam Cole, who is starting to show shades of it as the head of the Club's ROH operations. In 2017, Cole teased dissension in the ranks with Kenny Omega after their tag team match at the first day of Honor Rising. He then attempted to kick the Young Bucks out of the Club, only for them to state that Omgea was the group's leader and that Cole had no say in the matter. The Bucks instead kicked Cole out of the Club in May, fitting, at the behest of Omega, replacing him with Marty Scurll.
- With Cole's exit, the role of ambitious substitute Bullet Club leader did not disappear. It instead split between two members who started having issues with Omega later on in the year: Cody Rhodes and Tama Tonga.
- For Cody, it started with Omega taking an act of concern (nearly throwing in the towel when it looked like Kenny couldn't go during a title match against Okada) and turning it back on him in an act of spite (by trying to force Cody's wife Brandi to do the same when Cody had his turn), then covertly making overtures toward his wife on Being the Elite. As Cody's heelishness started to shine through and Kenny cemented himself more as a semi-Camp Gay Token Good Teammate despite leading what was supposed to be a notoriously villainous group, things deteriorated to the point Cody was openly treating himself (and anyone he was working with without issue) as being Bullet Club leaders.
- For Tama, it was a building frustration with Kenny's concern being more about The Elite than Bullet Club in general which eventually bubbled over during their 2017 G1 Climax encounter* thanks to Omega being decked out in all Elite gear. Though things were able to settle down post-match, Tama (along with Bad Luck Fale) signaled his intent to have the "OGs" take back Bullet Club every chance they got on Twitter since then, including defiantly having NJPW's Bullet Club members continue using the iconic "Too Sweet" Turkish Wolf hand-signal even after the Young Bucks got themselves slapped with a legitimate Cease and Desist by WWE.
- At New Beginning in Sapporo 2018, night one saw Tama's post-match comments veer into an impassioned rant about possibly having to come unhinged and stop being anyone's second in order to correct the issues in Bullet Club, while Cody finally attacked Kenny, which prompted Kota Ibushi to save the Cleaner while the rest of the BTE members stood divided over the issue. With Kenny's obliviousness to his own faults and Cody's newfound treachery stoking the fires of division with their friends, Tama and Fale continued to galvanize and unite their part of Bullet Club as it floated in the background. Ultimately, Kenny and Cody ended up fighting one last time for at the G1 Special San Francisco for Kenny's newly-won IWGP Heavyweight Championship, before finally beginning to reconcile…only for the Tongans to strike at the Elites and act as the BC's "Firing Squad" after a year of frustration.
- Beard of Evil: Tonga's face paint is meant to make it stand out more, at least when the beard itself isn't painted anyway.
- Big Bad:
- Prince Devitt was this at first.
- Karl Anderson and AJ Styles took over as this (see Big Bad Duumvirate below), until...
- Kenny Omega usurped control of Bullet Club, essentially making him this now.
- Styles returns to this position as the main focus of The Club in WWE and then as the top heel on SmackDown Live.
- Adam Cole has become the main man for the Bullet Club takeover of ROH. He was later surpassed by Cody Rhodes and then replaced as a member by Marty Scurll, but has turned up in NXT as a conquering schemer with two of the Club's (and his own) former enemies, Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly.
- Big Bad Duumvirate:
- In the time between Prince Devitt's departure and Kenny Omega's coup (see Bastard Understudy above), Karl Anderson was the defacto leader of the group, cutting their promos and seemingly fronting their decisions, which made sense since he held seniority as one of the co-founders including Devitt and had the best mic skills of the group. But with AJ Styles holding the IWGP Title while appearing on the American indies moreso than in New Japan, he was the man to beat, making him a combination of both Dragon-in-Chief and The Face of the organization. In fact, AJ had been considered the leader in Bullet Club's US operations such as ROH, a status which New Japan recognized towards the end of his run there. In any case, neither man ever claimed to be the absolute leader and there never seemed to be any signs of either subservience or a power struggle, at least not between these two.
- Kenny Omega may be the official leader of Bullet Club in 2016, but Adam Cole is just as close to the Young Bucks as he is and is the central figure in its current Ring of Honor operations, even becoming the ROH World Champion, while AJ remains the leader of the offshoot faction and has the strongest presence in America as the WWE Champion. Despite getting along initially, Omega and Cole have shown signs of disagreement since the former's return to New Japan. This and other actions culminating in Cole's exodus from Bullet Club.
- Cody went on to take Cole's position as the ROH proxy leader, also winning the company's World Championship. For the most part Cody and Omega get along far better than he and Cole did, though there are occasional hints of Omega's attitude wearing thin with both Cody and Tama Tonga and causing potential friction between the larger Bullet Club and The Elite. Things ultimately deteriorated to the point that by the end of January 2018, Cody had attacked Omega in a New Japan ring and Tama indicated he was finished with himself and Bullet Club being lackeys to the current division.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Adam Cole has 100% become this in 2017.
- Trying to play Eviler Than Thou with Kenny Omega from the moment Omega came back from his post-Wrestle Kingdom 11 hiatus, despite said comeback occurring as partners in a tag team match. This included abandoning several double team opportuniti -ADAM COLE BAY BAY!- as well as constantly cutting into Omega's post-match return promo -ADAM COLE BAY BAY!-
- Attempting to "fire" from the Bullet Club the very same Young Bucks that brought him into Bullet Club because they "didn't have his back" when he fell for a trap by people who've done the same trap before.note
- Calling TSA to keep Omega out of the US on grounds of child abuse so he couldn't make it to a set of ROH tapings. Seen on Being the Elite.note
- Poisoning Nick Jackson's drink and bragging about it to Marty Scurll as if Scurll was only his backstage buddy and not the Elite's too. Also seen on Being the Elite.note
- This ultimately came to an end at the ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds show on May 12, 2017 with Omega, being the REAL Big Bad of Bullet Club, firing Cole and replacing him with Scurll, and the Bucks once again providing the excommunicating superkicks, with full agreement from the rest of the good brothers.
- Big Little Brother: Hikuleo is both taller and bigger than both his older brothers.
- Devitt's Heel–Face Turn saw him leave the group in the exact reverse situation from the one that caused his initial Face–Heel Turn that started Bullet Club in the first place.
- Likewise, Cole's time with the Club both began and ended with a lights-out new member reveal, stereo superkicks, and Cole receiving double cheek kisses from the Young Bucks.
- Boomerang Bigot
- Yujiro turned on his countrymen and promotion and aligned himself with Bullet Club. He would occasionally joke about it by refusing to speak or understand Japanese when interviewed with the Club, leaving most of the duties to Kenny Omega.
- Kenny Omega turned on what was effectively his adopted home. Before joining Bullet Club, he said that he no longer considered himself a gaijin, but then said he had lied and was interested only in money and the Junior Heavyweight crown.
- Broomstick Quarterstaff: Omega, though usually limited to his entrance.
- The Brute: Fale, G.O.D. and Gallows each serve as this.
- Canon Name: In NJPW, ROH, and TNA, Cody Rhodes' surname is this.
- Combination Attack: The Kingdom were pretty proud of themselves after hitting Styles and The Bucks with simultaneous dropkicks at the 2015 Best In The World only to be sent into retreat by simultaneous suicide dives.
- Commuting on a Bus: Jeff Jarrett is considered a member of Bullet Club but mostly works in production and relations, rarely wrestling or appearing in front of any New Japan audiences.
- Cool Shades: Bad Luck Fale rocks a pair to the ring. Yujiro does as well. Kenny Omega wears them too. Scurll joins them later on.
- Continuity Nod / Shout-Out: Despite the falling-out that took place in Prince Devitt's on-screen exit from NJPW and the later more extreme case with AJ Styles, the NJPW homebase members and WWE alumni of Bullet Club all continuously send nods to each other indicating that they're still all on the same page.
- Following Devitt's exit and Styles' entry on the same night, the two each adopted one of the other's signature moves. Styles has taken to using Devitt's Bloody Sunday DDT (which he outright admitted on Twitter was a tribute to Devitt), while Devitt used a variation of AJ's Pelé kick on WWE NXT as Finn Bálor.
- Both WWE and Anderson himself pretty much confirmed in the lead-up to his NXT title shot in 2015 taking place at a special show in Japan that Anderson and Devitt are still as close friends as ever. Devitt proudly showed off some of his Bullet Club gear during a WWE Netowrk documentary in which he went through his history, which also showed pictures of him with Anderson as well as a clip of them greeting again when Anderson came down to see him in Florida prior to the trip. On Anderson's part, said reunion trip also produced a Vine video from Anderson's account of the two hanging out with Karl's sons, as well as an appearance by Devitt on Anderson and Gallows' "Talk'n Shop" podcast in which Devitt described his exit from the Club with the words "I orchestrated a little babyface scenario."
- Despite ROH acknowledging the "executive decision" that went down in Japan with Styles' excommunication at the beginning of 2016, Anderson and Gallows as well as the Young Bucks all aided Styles and enjoyed a curtain call with him in his final appearance with the company before his Royal Rumble debut. Then when Anderson and Gallows made their way into WWE, they made it their mission to reunite with him again, with their Bullet Club history explicitly referenced in all but name (they were simply called The Club).
- The Club has Japanese characters on their clothing, referencing their time in Japan.
- In a post-show video after the July 18 episode of Raw, Anderson stated that "The Club owned Japan." Styles and Gallows corrected with "Still do." Stealth reference thinly masked by the fact that they recently headlined a WWE tour of Japan.
- In his match against Tomohiro Ishii during the 2016 G1 Climax tournament, Tama Tonga countered the Ishii Driller into a cutter, which was Anderson's Finishing Move during his time in New Japan (as the Gun Stun), then hit him with another one to get the pin. Tama has since adopted it as his finisher.
- In the last moments of the 2016 G1 Climax, Kenny Omega hit Hirooki Goto with a Bloody Sunday, a Styles Clash, AND his One-Winged Angel for the victory.
- SummerSlam 2016 found Styles, Gallows, and Anderson reuniting backstage for the first time since the draft and discussing their matches later that night. Then, they look off camera, and it pans to see...Finn Bálor in his Bálor Club shirt. They offer him a Too Sweet, but he just smiles and walks away. Hilariously, The Club aren't even mad, and Styles even gives a knowing glance and point to the camera.
- This would pay off more than a year later, where Bálor and Styles faced each other in an impromptu match at TLC 2017 in which Styles was flown over from South America to fill in for an infirm Bray Wyatt, who was supposed to be Bálor's opponent. After Bálor defeated Styles in an instant classic that had no business being one under the circumstances, both men would finally share a Too Sweet together before Styles gave Bálor the ring, the entire scene being reminiscent of a pre-Elite Bullet Club G1 match.
- A week after giving Big E. Langston a groin injury, Gallows and Anderson posed as doctors in a vignette mocking his "ringpostitis". Remember, Luke uses his first name in Vince's ring, not his club nickname. Speaking of which…pay attention to the next two.
- During a Bullet Club vs. Chaos six-man tag team match, Loa scoop-slams Yano near the corner and then goes to intimidate the referee while Fale and Tama pull Yano groin-first into the post the same way Anderson and Gallows did Big E. Fale even outright says "ringpostitis" ten seconds later.
- We got one to a different company and club. Once upon a time in TNA there was a pack called the Aces & Eights, which Doc was a part of, only to leave after the group passed him over for Vice President in favor of a different Mr. Anderson.note Then over a year later, two particular brothers who formerly led that pack decided to make a direct challenge to the Bullet Club when TNA held Bound for Glory in Japan. Fast forward again, nearly two more years later to the night after SummerSlam, The Dudley Boyz, announced their departure after a full year back in WWE. In came Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows jumping the Dudleyz, driving both Bubba Ray onto the outside floor and D-Von through a table in the ring with the Magic Killer, destroying them with no chance of retaliation (at least directly, anyway; Bully Ray would resurface entering a feud against the ROH contingent of Bullet Club).
- Fale has shouted out Anderson and Gallows while too-sweeting the camera during his entrance on occasion.
- Bálor once worked together with Anderson and Gallows to eliminate The Big Show during a battle royal, then almost exchanged a Too-Sweet afterwards until the Good Brothers' new friend Elias attacked Bálor from behind.
- Two weeks after the SmackDown Live crew held Raw under siege to kick off the year's Survivor Series storyline, New Day suddenly turned up in the crowd announcing that the blue team was about to hold the show under siege again. So Raw General Manager Kurt Angle had a crew of Raw superstars united to fend off the second impact. The three Raw guys who led the charge? Bálor, Anderson and Gallows.
- On the New Year's Day 2018 edition of Raw, Bálor, Gallows and Anderson finally reunited in a victorious six-man tag team match against Elias, Bo Dallas, and Curtis Axel.
- Crazy-Prepared: In his match with Toru Yano (whose wacky antics involve the ref getting distracted so he can low blow his opponents) in the 2014 G1 tournament, Yujiro showcases this as he suffers a Groin Attack during it but doesn't show any damage and after defeating Yano reveals he had a Cup on the entire time. Even more justified if one remembers that Yujiro used to be stablemates with Yano in CHAOS before defecting to the Bullet Club.
- Cross Through: The Young Bucks and AJ Styles paved the way for the rest of Bullet Club to frequently cross through between its home promotion and Ring of Honor. Later, Adam Cole and the Bucks would serve as the Club's ROH representatives or "away team" with Cole holding the ROH World Title on the group's behalf. Cody also represents the club outside of those promotions. The members seem to act on Twitter like the Bullet Club is still one entity, ignoring the time they threw AJ out, and regarding The Club, the ROH branch and the main team in NJPW as still being the same thing.
- Crowd Chant:
- Karl Anderson has had his promos interrupted by "Fuck TNA" chants at ROH events, such as War Of The Worlds. This isn't hostile, mind you: it's said fully in support, since he was responsible for "bringing back" AJ Styles and The Young Bucks.
- The name of Bullet Club has become its own chant everywhere that current members or past remnants have a presence in.
- Anderson's "Too Sweet" in the Club's second theme has become one for Western fans after a two-count is heard.
- Dark Action Girl: La Comandante in CMLL, since it has several divisions for women and a partnership with REINA.
- Dark Is Evil: The group is known to dress in black and they are easily bad to the point of Obviously Evil.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Particularly in America, ever since their popularity power grew enough to turn them face there. This lasted until 2016, with both ROH and WWE attempting heel Club takeovers.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Fale, including his beard/goatee. His eyebrows and mustache are black though.
- Devil in Plain Sight:
- Within the context of the club, anyway, Kenny Omega's actions at the start of 2016 should not have come as a surprise to anyone. Pretty much everything the man has said in official material since joining Bullet Club was either explicitly or implicitly about himself — even when talking about the club as a whole. His entrance is the most blatantly self-aggrandizing of them all in the way he sings his own theme song operatically, blatantly over-emphasizes his gun point pose, and uses his teammates (especially younger members Chase Owens and Cody Hall) as sidekicks and item-carriers. He openly threatens to kill his opponents over perceived slights, and even when standing in the club's midst could often be seen staring off to the side or at one of the others with a crazed look on his face. "The Cleaner" is clearly insane. That said, the Young Bucks are there to keep everything together and when it comes down to it, Kenny still occasionally shows clear loyalty to Bullet Club itself even as the leader. On the other hand, the fact that he's not overly attached to the fraternal concept of Bullet Club and instead more focused on spreading their dominance to impart his vision on the business allows him to be a more efficient leader, sensing when someone starts to become a liability and reacting accordingly — an increasing necessity without Anderson around.
- What goes around comes back around, as Kenny Omega's divisive leadership of the Bullet Club has led to both Tama Tonga questioning his loyalty to the Club and Cody Rhodes making a play for his spot as the leader. But while Cody is the obvious Starscream, with his and Kenny's feud over the top spot with the ROH/Being the Elite unit caught in the middle taking center stage, Tama Tonga has been maintaining the core of Bullet Club, both in heel mentality and in unison, assembling an increasingly powerful force with the "Bullet Club OG" unit in New Japan. What cemented Tama as this trope was the pull-apart brawl between Cody and Kenny on BTE episode 93, in which the Tongans and the BTE members both intervened to keep Kenny and Cody apart from each other…except for Tama Tonga, who stayed seated looking at them seated with an unfazed gangster expression on his face as though it wasn't even worth getting involved. Wrestling Dontaku 2018, Bullet Club's five-year anniversary, saw him lead the way when the OG unit pressed the BTE crew into linking up the wolf hands after Kenny chased Cody off the scene, as well as ultimately revealed that, despite Cody attempting to steal credit for the "return of Bone Soldier" and Kenny believing him on Twitter, it was Tama Tonga who Taiji Ishimori reached out to in order to get into NJPW as the new Bone Soldier.
- Dissonant Serenity: Tama Tonga's infamous "zero fucks given" moment, sitting down completely nonplussed during Kenny Omega and Cody Rhodes' pull-apart incident in front of the majority of the Bullet Club, including both OG and BTE members, on BTE episode 93, was the point where the possibility of Tonga rising from the chaos of Kenny and Cody's house-dividing ambitions to become the true leader of Bullet Club went from a fringe chance advocated by BC old-heads to being seen as a very real potential scenario.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Members of the group have been from Ireland, Mexico, Tonga, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan. Subverted during their first year — Yujiro hadn't come in yet, which meant all the members were gaijins (foreigners to Japan), and Devitt and Anderson had the occasional promo taking issue with the Japanese people.
- Evil Brit: The appropriately named Villain, Marty Scurll, who joined the Bullet Club by helping The Elite kick out Adam Cole.
- Evil vs. Evil: Their feud with another heel New Japan stable, Los Ingobernables de Japon.
- Face–Heel Turn
- Devitt had been a long-time face for a time before turning on Ryusuke Taguchi ending Apollo 55 and forming the group. Anderson and Tonga also had been faces at the time before they joined him in forming the group.
- Similarly, AJ Styles was a long time face even when he left TNA and portrayed a face on the independent circuit, so it was a surprise to some to see him be a heel and join Bullet Club. He still wrestles as a face while representing the Club in America as The Face / Dragon-in-Chief of the club, making him also something of a Token Good Teammate. The latter trope would be played straight in his WWE team-up with Anderson and Gallows.
- Once a long time fun-loving face in love with Japan to the point of learning the language and getting a home there, Kenny Omega is now an arrogant gaijin mercenary Cobra-Wesker fusion whose primary motivations are for money, championships, and (formerly) "cleaning out the crap" in the Junior Division.
- Facial Markings: Tonga and Loa cover their face with paint as did Gallows. Devitt, Anderson, and the Bucks on occasion as well. When Devitt became Finn Bálor in the WWE, he would continue painting his face and body when wrestling as "the Demon King." Gallows has yet to don paint of any kind since returning to WWE with Anderson.
- Fake Defector: Frankie Kazarian, who joined Bullet Club by turning his back on old partner Christopher Daniels to help Adam Cole retain the ROH World title. His membership lasted a month before revealing it to be a ruse, helping Daniels defeat Cole for the belt.
- Five Moves of Doom: AJ applies an inverted face lock and suplexes the victim onto one Buck, who catches him in position for a tombstone. AJ then throws the other Buck up over his shoulder to spike the tombstone. Then the holding Buck gives the victim to AJ who sets him up for the Styles Clash, but AJ doesn't drop him until after both Bucks superkick the poor guy.
- Foreign Wrestling Heel: While the main branch in NJPW is this trope by and large, excepting Yujiro Takahashi, the Latin American branch operating mainly out of CMLL is largely made of Latin Americans, excepting Tama Tonga.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Kenny Omega went from a faithful young upstart who loved New Japan to a psychotic hitman threatening to kill his rivals to the boss of the biggest heel faction in the company.
- Four Is Death:
- Fun Personified: Kenny was this before joining the club, and only became an evil version upon turning heel and joining them.
- Fun with Acronyms
- Guerrillas of Destiny, the name of the Tonga brothers' tag team.
- Gallows' Organization for Nether Area Diseases and the Octogenarian Leisure Destination For Aging Rehabilitation Treatment, Anderson and Gallows' parodies of Wrestling Doesn't Pay based on a piece of damage they caused which they used to mock The New Day.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: When Kenny Omega joined them as the Cleaner, he drastically changed his hair, dying it a mix of black and gray.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Since the reformation of the Golden Lovers, Kota Ibushi has begun teaming with Bullet Club in multi-man matches, including those where Kenny isn't present. His status as to whether he was a member or not was clarified with the formation of the Golden Elite, where Kenny stated that despite him and the Young Bucks still being a part of Bullet Club, the membership did not extend to Ibushi.
- Hard Head: Fale, no surprises there.
- Heel–Face Turn: Devitt had his when he faced Ryusuke Taguchi in a Loser Leaves NJPW match, renouncing his cheating ways and refusing the Young Bucks' help. This plus losing the match resulting in Devitt obviously leaving the group.
- A Hero to His Hometown: The Western gang of gaijin "cool heels" who recently acquired the most popular independent American wrestler of the past decade are generally very popular as a whole in America. This accounted for the Club's Heel–Face Revolving Door in 2015, as just about every American promotion that booked Bullet Club members that year, including Ring of Honor and Global Force Wrestling, did so as faces, whereas they have always been a heel group to some degree or another in their main stomping grounds in NJPW.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks are primed to become a case of this in 2018. The Bucks caused trouble with Prince Devitt in his last match, helped bring in Omega as a new member during Karl Anderson and AJ Styles' run, then assisted Omega in ousting Styles and convincing Anderson to concede direction to Kenny. This convoluted plot enabled them to quietly take the power of Bullet Club and use it as the personal army for Omega's "Change the World" agenda, with said agenda including the Bucks bringing their indie friends into the Club and its lore through a Ring of Honor expansion. As a consequence of this, however, the biggest internal threats the Club has ever had, in the form of Adam Cole, then Cody Rhodes, were brought in by The Elite themselves, and while they were able to nip Cole in the bud early, they (particularly Kenny) actually poked at Cody and drove him to his treachery and didn't realize it until he was setting them against each other and claiming leadership. Furthermore, the other men they brought in, Marty Scurll and Adam "Hangman" Page, have proven to be very much Wild Card characters in this crisis situation, and the core members of Bullet Club, represented by day-one OG members Tama Tonga and Bad Luck Fale, are becoming increasingly skeptical about everything involving The Elite. Their own machinations to take over Bullet Club have smacked them right back in the nose in 2017-2018, perhaps even to the extent of costing them Bullet Club.
- I Have the High Ground: Matt and Nick's specialty. Can perform flawless aerobatic moves. While AJ's not as young and agile as them as he used to be, he can still take to the air.
- Insane Troll Logic: Why did Fale start going after the ring announcers whenever they try to introduce him now? Because one of them mistakenly announced him as Tama Tonga one time and that pissed him off.
- Ironic Nickname: Ironic in the sense that you wouldn't expect things to end up that way, rather than named that way from the start. Still, going by his independent/shoot appearances and eventual return to WWE, the character name of Anderson's larger counterpart is actually Luke Gallows—Doc is short for Director Of Chaos, his position in Aces & Eights before it was forced to disband.
- Large Ham: Anderson and Omega stood out as this.
- Leave Him to Me: Devitt's attitude towards the rest of the club when it came to Ryusuke Taguchi. Unfortunately, The Young Bucks didn't take the hint, leading to one of the few incidents of Club infighting at Invasion Attack.
- Lightning Bruiser: All four leaders have counted as this.
- Meaningful Name: Tangaroa (also spelled Takaroa, Tangaloa, etc.) is one of the oldest Polynesian deities, whose legend varies depending on which island culture. In Tongan myth, he's the progenitor of an entire family of sky gods who were the ancestors of the first Tongan kings. Now the Guerrillas of Destiny become more significant when you remember both the acronym to their name as well as who their father is.
- Mighty Glacier: Fale is the biggest of the group and the tallest and is least likely to win a foot race. But all he needs to do is get you and you're in trouble.
- Mr. Fanservice: Devitt's good looks and toned body made him popular with female fans. Same goes for AJ. Adam Cole was having some weight issues when he joined, having noticeably slimmed down during a battle with pneumonia, but otherwise qualifies. Cody Rhodes thinks he's this.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Mao, a female dancer who accompanies Yujiro at times to the ring.
- Amber O…Gallows was this before she declared herself part of Bullet Club, proclaiming herself a "Bullet Babe."
- "The Tokyo Latina" Pieter, who replaced Mrs. Gallows as the go-to eye candy.
- Multinational Team: In the Bullet Club's long history, there have been representatives from the United States,note in addition to Tonga,note Japan,note Irelandnote , Canadanote , Australianote and the United Kingdomnote .
- Naughty Nurse Outfit:
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Their specialty.
- Not Me This Time: Played with. Cody attempted to take credit via Twitter for the 2018 return of Bone Soldier when it was being advertised, and given his controversial moves since trying to take over Bullet Club, Kenny Omega tweeted back about it as though he believed him. However it turned out that Tama Tonga had recruited Taiji Ishimori to become the new Bone Soldier in the Junior Heavyweight division and and refocus the idea of Bullet Club.
- Occidental Otaku: Kenny Omega is a huge video game fan and his finishing move (see above) and his theme music (a Final Fantasy-inspired number called "Devil's Sky") reflect this.
- Oireland: Devitt hails from Ireland.
- Older Than They Look: The Young Bucks are eleven-year wrestling veterans, 31 and 26 years old respectively, have both gotten married to womanly wives, and one's become a father. But if you saw Matt and Nick Jackson on the streets of Hesperia, California without first knowing who they are, you'd probably mistake them for high school kids about to attend a rave.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: Kenny Omega's entrance music contains this.
- One Steve Limit:
- Averted with the Club's "young boy" Cody Hall and their newest addition, Cody Rhodes. Eventually played straight following Hall's departure, leaving Rhodes as the only Cody in the Club.
- Also averted with Adam Cole and Adam Page. Although the latter is usually addressed as Hangman Page to differentiate him from Cole, Jay Briscoe made a point of calling him "Adam".
- Pimp Duds: Tokyo Pimp Yujiro Takahashi, of course.
- Playboy Bunny: Pieter wears a much more sexualized version of this outfit.
- Power Trio
- AJ Styles and the Young Bucks, especially at CHIKARA's King of Trios.
- Omega replaced Styles in 2016 and called them the Elite. They went on to win the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team belts from the Briscoes and Yano. When Cole teams with the Bucks, they call themselves Superkliq.
- In WWE, Anderson and Gallows have reunited with Styles to form their own incarnation of the Club. They later did this again with Bálor.
- The Bucks and Hangman Page, who took the ROH Six-Man Tag championships as the Hung Bucks.
- Omega, Cody, and Scurll have formed another unit called The Luxury Trio.
- Psycho for Hire: Kenny Omega, in his "Cleaner" character. He's basically a hitman whose goal is to lay waste to the junior heavyweight division. Not surprisingly, he became the group's first-ever true Bastard Understudy.
- Put on a Bus: The Latinoamerica members' association with the club usually only spans around the time of and shortly following their tours in Japan. Devitt left after losing a career match against Ryusuke. Real Life Writes the Plot as Devitt was going to sign with WWE and that was New Japan's way of writing him off. Styles was kicked out by Omega, while Anderson and Gallows would undergo a more peaceful departure ceremony; all three were WWE-bound within months of each other.
- Putting the Band Back Together:
- In joining Bullet Club, Adam Cole linked back up with The Young Bucks, his former partners in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's Mount Rushmore stable, and they became known as Superkliq. (Later he wound up rejoining them there in the new Mount Rushmore as well.)
- Anderson and Gallows' 2016 co-op with Styles in WWE is treated as this. Same goes for their 2018 co-op with Bálor.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Yujiro wears pink and black trunks to go with his outfit.
- Red Baron
- Oh so many. Real Rock'n Rolla for Devitt. The Underboss for Fale. Bad Boy for Tama. The Machine Gun for Anderson. The Phenomenal One for AJ. The Cleaner for Omega. The American Nightmare for Cody Rhodes. The Silverback for Roa. Mr. Rated R for Yujiro. The Villain for Scurll.
- The group have adopted such nicknames as Ammunition Coalition, Brothers of the Covenant, Bone Soldiers, and the hashtag #BizCliz.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Karl Anderson was usually the Blue to Doc Gallows as the "A Team", though occasionally he was the Red to AJ Styles instead.
- Shadow Archetype: Kenny Omega is this to all the other Bullet Club leaders, especially original leader Prince Devitt. All cocky and ambitious, all want money and championships, all talented enough to be successful on their own yet perfectly willing to flout puroresu tradition and use the help of their club mates when they have to in order to take it over the top. Yet where Devitt, Styles and Anderson valued all of their teammates and treated Bullet Club like a family, Kenny is flagrantly in love with himself and only considers The Young Bucks to be of any substantial importance — as seen by how quickly the three would adopt the "Elite" tag for themselves once they got rid of Styles. Thankfully for the Club's sake, the Bucks seemed to have the "caring about the others" part taken care of, and Kenny still showed enough loyalty when it counted toward Bullet Club itself for the others to regard him as a good leader…at least until his promotion of the Elite ahead of Bullet Club ran afoul of Tama Tonga during their G1 match. Both Tama and Bad Luck Fale have been increasingly hinting their intent to "take back" the Club from the Elite and their antics ever since.
- The group is known to throw out crotch chops and 2 Sweet signs. Signs that were used by D-Generation X and the New World Order. Karl Anderson has stated in interviews they do it to pay homage to both groups.
- Yujiro often does the Hip Sways that Rick Rude did when he removes his towel around his waist. He doesn't tell the music to be shut off and for the crowd to shut up though.
- Combined with Take Up My Sword: Anderson and Gallows' Magic Killer finisher is a carry-over from Anderson's tag team with Giant Bernardnote as Bad Intentions, which in turn is a carry-over from Bernard's tag team with Travis Tomkonote as well as Tomko's TNA team-up with AJ Styles at the same time.
- Kenny Omega is a WALKING homage to Japanese video gaming and Western film. He's a powerhungry psycho who dresses like Albert Wesker with Marion Cobretti's shades and Dante's hair. His theme song, called "Devil's Sky", sounds like it belongs to an epic boss battle in an Eastern RPG. His main finisher is called the One Winged Angel, and his stage screen graphic will often feature fire burning behind a picture of him. After Shinsuke Nakamura left New Japan he also added the Boma Ye…erm, V-Trigger to his arsenal. Omega's also entered the Tokyo Dome twice with a Terminator gimmick, and invokes it from time to time; it's become something of a custom for New Japan fans to clap to the Terminator theme for some of Kenny's matches, especially for one of his spots where he recreates the Terminator's entrance before launching himself over the top rope.
- One of Yujiro's valets during The 2015 World Tag League came out dressed up and dancing as Chun-Li.
- Sibling Team: As stated, the Young Bucks. Ditto the Guerrillas of Destiny.
- Sinister Shades: Fale's pair that he dons. Also, Omega's. Yujiro's been taking to using them lately. Scurll also wears a pair of Lennon Specs.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Both Gallows and Anderson are the most vulgar of the group. New Japan would make a lot of money off them if they had a Swear Jar. Tanga Roa seems to hold this up a lot. Granted, they have a lot of free reign swearing while wrestling in Japan since all of their obscene stuff is in English.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Similar to the divine namesake, the second part of Tanga's name has been spelled both Roa and Loa. NJPW seemed to stick with "Roa" while ROH alternated between the two, before he ultimately decided to stick to "Loa".
- Spiritual Successor: To The Kliq and its two official sister stables, D-Generation X and the nWo. It stared with Anderson and Devitt greeting each other with the Turkish Wolf "Too Sweet" hand-signal behind the scenes as an in-joke nod to cool memories of fandom youth, and became a worldwide phenomenon widely considered one of the two hottest stables pro wrestling has had in YEARS.
- Raw 25 solidified it as Bálor, Gallows and Anderson shared a Too Sweet with DXnote and Razor Ramonnote .
- The Starscream: Adam Cole has started becoming an almost comical example of this in 2017, escalating the obvious tension between him and Omega on the "Being the Elite" series to "this club's not big enough for the two of us" levels. He's had several double team opportunities with Omega go -ADAM COLE BAY BAY!- during a tag match together, tried to fire the Bucks from Bullet Club despite not having the authority to do so for "not having his back" when he lost the ROH World Championship to Daniels via Kazarian's Fake Defector ruse which HE fell for, gotten Kenny temporarily banned from entering the US for ROH events on grounds of child abuse, and poisoned one of Nick's drinks and gloated about it to the group's outside friend (and sometimes rival in villainy) Marty Scurll. All these actions proceeded to do was first drive Omega down the direction of orchestrating the firing of Cole, then convince the Bucksnote to actually go through with it and the rest of the Club to be okay with it.
- Stealth Pun: The Young Bucks theme is called "Double Barrel".
- Stock Sound Effect: "Last Chance Saloon" runs though a lot of stock gun sounds. When Anderson's name gets announced in Japanese, sounds of an gun cock and machine gun fire play while he mimics the action of shooting a gun.
- Tag Team: In addition to the Club itself, there exists a few teams which serve as sub-units: the Young Bucks, Gallows and Anderson, and the Guerillas of Destiny (Tanga Roa and Tama Tonga). The Young Bucks are also part of The Elite with Omega, and the Superkliq with Cole - combined, they are The Dream Team. Their latest trio with Hangman Page is called the Hung Bucks. Omega, Scurll and Cody refer to themselves as the Luxury Trio.
- Take Up My Sword: As one of the last two founders of the Bullet Club, Tama Tonga has taken to using Anderson's old Gun Stun cutter since the latter's departure in 2016.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Kenny Omega's relationships with both Adam Cole and Cody Rhodes, members who The Elite themselves had brought into Bullet Club, gradually deteriorated into this before ultimately dissolving.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: At New Year's Dash 2016, after attacking AJ Styles and hitting him with his One Winged Angel finisher, Kenny Omega finished the job by hitting Styles with his own finisher the Styles Clash, preceded by Stereo Superkicks courtesy of the Young Bucks. Talk about an excommunication.
- Too Many Belts: The Young Bucks became Triple Tag Team Champs by winning the IWGP Jr., ROH, and PWG tag team titles, and were known to wear all their titles to the ring at once.
- Trash the Set: Adam Cole's induction of the group in May 2016 came off a lot like this. Interfering in the main event match between Colt Cabana and Jay Lethal, hardly anyone inside of the ring barricades was spared being superkicked. Both competitors, referee Todd Sinclair, Lethal's manager Taeler Hendrix, Kevin Kelly and even Steve Corino were laid out along with security, the Young Bucks' own father, and one heroic cameraman who stepped in front of another to save the "$40,000 camera".
- Tribal Face Paint: The Guerrillas of Destiny.
- Trouser Space: Where Adam Cole kept Jay Lethal's braids after Bullet Club shaved them off.
- True Companions:
- Through Bullet Club's first over 2½ years of existence prior to New Year's Dash 2016, no one was kicked out of Bullet Club as a member or associate. They would happily compete against each other when they had to (such as in tournament situations, for example), then shake hands and raise arms and drink beer together after the bell. The only guy who left during this time, Prince Devitt, left of his own accord, and going by Continuity Nod / Shout-Out above, things don't even seem half bad between him and the gang since. One can even stretch storylines to posit the idea that AJ Styles, who joined the same night Devitt left the club and whose Big Bad Duumvirate arrangement with Karl Anderson went seamlessly for over a year and a half, had been supported by the club since the closing stretches of his run with TNA—as in, before he even could join them in New Japan. Say what you will about their tactics in New Japan, but they were certainly a closer knit crew than any other stable Styles and Doc Gallows have ever been a part of. Of course, that was all prior to New Year's Dash 2016, when Kenny Omega proceeded to forcefully eject AJ, declare himself the new leader (as in, overriding Anderson), and position himself above the Junior Heavyweight ranks by challenging Shinsuke Nakamura for the IC title.
- Subverted since then, thanks to Bullet Club's interactions in the time between Styles' ejection from Bullet Club (which Omega orchestrated) and his WWE debut. Aside from the endless Bálor Club teasing and occasional boasting about the Elite, the other Bullet Club members openly supported him in his final independent appearances. AJ and Doc still teamed up in a match in Georgia days after the ejection; the Club's Twitter account along with a couple of members expressed that AJ was "always a brother" and that kicking him out was an "executive decision"; and finally, Gallows & Gun and the Young Bucks shared a Curtain Call-esque moment with AJ in his final ROH appearance at an autograph signing the night before the Rumble. Of course, Kenny had no part of this.
- Anderson and Gallows' first order of business upon debuting in WWE has been to reunite with Styles and back him up against Roman Reigns, and later against John Cena. (Hilariously, the Bucks "forgave" AJ on Twitter after this, while Kenny reconsidered his opinion after AJ won the WWE World Championship.) Later, Kenny finally cemented himself as one of these by hitting Devitt and Styles' finishing moves in succession before his own to win the G1 Climax, then throwing down the G1 Climax flag to wave the Bullet Club flag instead. This kicked off one of the greatest months in the collective history of Bullet Club. (Sadly, it was about the last time Kenny played to this trope.)
- Villain with Good Publicity: They've been increasingly running on this. Especially (obviously) in the States, but even Japan has occasionally gotten warm to them.
- Wham Episode: Both leadership transfers became these.
- Devitt had been defeated in a career match and it looked as if Bullet Club has been badly weakened with the loss of their leader. However, the following match, AJ Styles appeared and attacked Kazuchika Okada, revealing himself as the newest member of the group. The next month Yujiro would betray Okada and CHAOS and join the Bullet Club, enabling AJ to win the IWGP Heavyweight title and establish the Bullet Club as the most powerful faction in all of NJPW.
- Despite Kenny Omega and AJ Styles losing both their matches at Wrestle Kingdom 10, the two appeared united the following day at New Year's Dash 2016, facing CHAOS members Shinsuke Nakamura and YOSHI-HASHI. Omega pinned Nakamura to win the match, doing what Styles couldn't do the night before. As Styles celebrated on the turnbuckle, Omega did the same... only to suddenly hit Styles with his One Winged Angel finisher, effectively betraying the leader of the Club. Their stablemates came out, the Young Bucks attempting to reason with Omega as Anderson, Gallows and Hall checked on Styles. Just when things appeared to have been smoothed over, Omega and the Bucks triple-superkick Styles, to the surprise of the rest of the Bullet Club... whom Omega quickly convinced to follow him as their leader instead of Styles. Cue the Bullet Club laying a beatdown on Styles, with Omega and the Bucks hitting him with the Stereo Superkicks/Styles Clash combo for the exclamation point.
- Wild Samoan: Averted with Tonga and Fale. Don't let Tonga's face paint or occasional shoelessness fool you, they're among the two most thoughtful and articulate members of this club.
- Worthy Opponent:
- The Briscoe Brothers, however the Bullet Club did not believe the Hammerstein Ballroom to be a worthy arena nor Ring of Honor to be a worthy promotion.
- Unlike the other Bullet Club top members who challenged Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight title, Omega became a worthy respected rival rather than an Arch-Enemy to Okada. It helps that they both have the same vision for New Japan and are basically fighting for themselves and their stables to take the lead.
- Would Hit a Girl: They were prepared to destroy Maria Kanellis along with the rest of The Kingdom if she even teased stepping in the ring.
- Writing Around Trademarks:
- Doc Gallows combines both names he used in WWE (Luke Gallows) and TNA (DOC). It's unclear whether he would actually need to do so for an overseas promotion like New Japan, but keeping bases covered never hurt anyone.
- The spin-off faction in WWE consisting of Styles, Anderson and Gallows is simply called The Club. WWE social media name-dropped the Bullet Club when the latter two made their debut. John Cena seems to care just little about trademarks, though, referring to them mockingly as the Pull-It Club while making it sound as similar to Bullet Club as he can whenever given the chance. When Styles appeared on Edge and Christian's show on the WWE Network, they did mention the group by name, although the two joked that the WWE would end up renaming it the Mullet Club.
- Due to his situation with WWE, Cody Rhodes is technically not allowed to be referred to with his last name. As such, he's solely referred to by his first name, Cody, in promotions with national TV deals in the US.
- A gesture example which may actually be helping the overall story: the Young Bucks' antics on Being The Elite led to them imposing a storyline Cease & Desist on the "Too Sweet" gesture, which ended up turning into reality when the ROH group "invaded" Monday Night RAW. As such, the Club members affiliated with the Elitenote have begun using the "One Sweet" — basically the "Too Sweet" with the pinky finger kept down. The rest of the Club still uses the "Too Sweet", since the C&D was on the Bucks specifically rather than the entire Bullet Club, and as seen with Stephen Amell, Cody changes his gesture based on whether or not the Elite are present.
- Wrestling Family
- Matt and Nick Jackson.
- Tama is also the adopted son of King Haku and brother of Camacho, who he later brought into the club as Tanga Loa, and Hikuleo. In addition to this, he and Fale are cousins.
- Doc Gallows is married to Amber O'Neal.
- Cody Hall is the son of Scott Hall.
- Cody Rhodes is the son of "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes and the younger brother of Goldust.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Kenny Omega's argument for betraying AJ Styles and ousting him from the Club, usurping the leadership in the process at New Year's Dash 2016. Omega states that Styles had failed time and time again in big title matches and that he was therefore fired from the Bullet Club. This marks the first time anyone has been outright kicked out of the Club. The second one involved Adam Cole.