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 For Freedom!


Freedom Force is a two-game series of single-player tactical RPG games made by Irrational Games, and a homage to the Silver Age of superhero comics. It harkens back to the good old days when superheroes were all real paragons of heroism, supervillains were all real Card Carrying Villains, and flying nazi brains with Eye Beams were real flying nazi brains with Eye Beams. And signs showing *BIFF* showed up whenever characters landed a punch.

Freedom Force, as well as its Oddly-Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich, follows the adventures of the eponymous Freedom Force, a team of superheroes given various powers by Imported Alien Phlebotinum "Energy X" introduced to the planet by Lord Dominion, a Galactic Conqueror who tried to conquer Earth by giving bad people superpowers and letting civilization tear itself apart. By the actions of heroic alien Mentor, one shipment of Energy X was instead scattered randomly over Patriot City, America, where it conveniently empowered people who turned out to be superhero material. Over the two games, the Loads and Loads of Characters of Freedom Force took on (amongst other things) such diverse enemies as communists, giant ants, dinosaurs, giant robots, self-copying criminal masterminds, alien invasions, satyrs, time travelers, the third reich, and a Reality Warper.

Freedom Force has a small but active community of modders based at Freedom Reborn, the Strangers mod is as long as the full game and arguably better. In no way related to the Marvel superhero team.

Not to be confused with the NES Zapper game of the same name, by Sunsoft.

This game contains examples of:

  • Avoid the Dreaded G Rating: Freedom Force and its Sequel are Affectionate Parodies/Homages to 60s Silver Age Comics, so you'd expect it to have a child friendly rating (or at least the first game; the 2nd game featuring Nazis, albeit Nazis with No Swastikas, would likely automatically get it at least a rating for teenagers). In fact, the game is rated T for Teen in America and 12+ in the UK (although it is PG in Australia). This was likely because the game's include a few uses of the word "Damn", unlikely to be published in a silver age, comics code approved comic, as the Comics Code banned profanity. This was included as the Game likely includes mechanics that may be harder for younger children to pick up on.
    • Funnily enough, the actual comic, changed one use of the word "Damn" to a "Whoops", despite not actually having to be under the Comics Code (which had loosened up on anyway) as it was published by Image, who chose not to have to be approved by the Code as it was a company of Creator owned comics, that chose not to be approved by the code as they did not want to face any censorship restrictions.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Liberty Lad.
    • The Bard is a real life example: He was the winning entry of a character creation contest.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Everything, and we mean everything, has an alliterative pun in its description.
    • Cars, warehouses, dumpsters...and characters are often given alliterative descriptions by the narrator.
  • A God Am I: Entropy.
    • Timemaster
  • Affectionate Parody
  • All the Worlds Are a Stage: The penultimate series of levels.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Ant invasion
  • The Atoner: Man-Bot
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Pinstripe is purple. Man O' War and Sea Urchin are blue.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Energy X. What does it do? Everything, apparently. This might be because Energy X comes from/is a being of godlike power who dwells outside of existence.
  • The Archer: Eve.
  • Badass Abnormal: Everybody but the 1940's heroes.
  • Badass Normal: The three non-Energy X heroes from the 1940's in vs. the Third Reich; Black Jack, Tricolour and Sky King.
    • They tend to be rather fragile because of this, and all get at least the Heroic ability, essentially granting them extra lives.
  • Batter Up: Thugs with bats are among the lowest-level enemy mooks.
  • Beautiful All Along: Shadow is a rather uncommon example of this.
    • To a lesser extent, Man-Bot. Whilst the player knows he was once the handsome millionaire Ted Taylor, as soon as you unlock his origin in the first game (or read his origin in Issue 6 of the comic series), In-Universe, none of his teammates in Freedom Force have seen his real face. At the end of second game, Timemaster removes Man-Bot's helmet and tries to make him suffer. Alchemiss returns to her normal form and summons beings to attack Timemaster. Alchemiss then sees Man-Bot's real face and she says how handsome he is. Alchemiss then senses that her Entropy form will return so she deletes herself from existence. After this, the other members of Freedom Force return to reality. They also see Man-Bot's real face, although they don't comment on his appearance.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Giant ants
  • Blessed with Suck: Man-Bot
  • Boisterous Bruiser: All the villains as well as a healthy spattering of the heroes.
  • Boss Only Level: The Final Boss.
  • Boss Rush
  • Camp
  • The Cape: The entirety of Freedom Force... Except Tombstone.
    • And Man-Bot. Plus Alchemiss tends to get really bitchy.
  • Captain Ethnic: There are plenty of examples, but El Diablo the team's latino pyrokinetic is one of the earliest and most obvious.
    • There's the very British Black Jack (who even has an attack called Biff for Blighty) and the very French Tricolour in the sequel.
  • Captain Geographic: Minuteman and Nuclear Winter.
  • Captain Patriotic: Minuteman and Liberty Lad, plus Tricolour in the sequel.
  • Car Fu: Get strong enough, and you can heft cars. Get to the maximum level of strength, and you can toss them all the way down the city block. And given that they don't cost Prestige points at the end of a level, one smart strategy is to gather as many damaged(so they stop moving) cars as you can, then find a way to lure the major bosses of the stage into a 3 car pile-up. Which you detonate by throwing a fourth car into them...
  • Catch Phrase: Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots. "Rings of Rexxor!", "Right Makes Might!", "It's ant-tastic!"
    • "Peaches and Cream!" "Your evil is unwanted here!"
    • "FOR FREEDOM!"
  • Clingy Costume: Man-Bot wears a powered exoskeleton that contains the energies he generates.
  • Conflict Killer: Time Master... twice!
  • Create Your Own Villain: Nuclear Winter was originally just a communist spy named Sukhov. Minuteman was responsible for the accident that turned him into a supervillain.
  • Crossover Cosmology: Alchemiss Secret Origin cutscene ties her to a Wiccan Goddess, although it is ambiguous whether Alchemiss powers are really a gift from the Goddess or are simply derived from Energy X and Alchemiss' Vision of the Goddess was simply a dream (although the second game features her Vision whilst introducing her, hinting that it was a gift from the Goddess delivered via Energy X). Eve is named after the first woman in the Abrahamic religions, but is not directly said to be the same woman. She is romanced by the God Pan from Greek Mythology. The 2nd game introduces the Aztec God Quetzalcoatl as a superhero.
  • Crutch Character: Alchemiss.
  • Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Inverted, basically. While Freedom Force is an Affectionate Parody and Homage to Silver Age Comics (and, to a lesser extent, The Golden Age of Comic Books in the sequel game), and is not explicitly based on a comic, the characters real names are never used outside of the "Secret Origin" cutscenes. Well, with one exception: Man-Bot calls Alchemiss/Entropy her real name, Catherine, in the ending cutscene of the second game. See the That Man Is Dead example for more details
  • Covers Always Lie: Downplayed. The cover features five members of Freedom Force, four of whom are founding members (Minuteman, El Diablo, Man-Bot and Alchemiss). The Ant is the only one who joins somewhat later. Mentor does not appear on the cover.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Blitzkrieg, the Big Bad of Third Reich. To protect his base, he uses the "barrier" method used by Nuclear Winter in the beginning of the game but removing the weakness that allowed the heroes to cross it (making it go underground, so that the Ant can't burrow underneath it. When the protagonists manage to enter the base (by travelling further back in time to set a bomb in the barrier generator), instead of facing them directly, Blitzkrieg instead creates portals to the future from which he summons endless waves of mooks to overpower them. Only when Alchemiss manages to reverse time and order the protagonists to destroy the machines that create the portals (which were previously invisible) and thus is left with no other options does Blitzkrieg engage the team directly.
    • Don't forget, when the team goes back in time to plant the bomb in the barrier generator, he doubles the amount of guards in past, which means the guards in present get doubled too. He also launches several new weapons.
  • Dating Catwoman: Minuteman and Red Oktober get rather friendly in the second game.
  • Death Dealer: Black Jack.
  • Destructive Savior: Freedom Force are indisputably good guys, but they tend to cause a lot of damage to the cities they're defending; aside from the many tactical applications of environmental destruction, they'll likely level many buildings entirely by accident over the course of the game.
    • Can be annoying when the objectives are "Don't let X building be destroyed", meaning you can't use things like Disruption or Ignition.
  • Die, Chair, Die!: Pretty much every item of scenery, from small rocks, to chairs and fences, to cars and boulders, can be thrown for damage. It is possible to completely curbstomp otherwise-difficult bosses by launching cars at them from halfway across a level with your super-strong heroes.
  • Dirty Cop: A few missions feature "Crooked Cops" as enemy mooks.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Eve and Quetzalcoatl.
  • Doing It for the Art: the mad architect Mr Mechanical.
    • As well as the menu theme from Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich.
    • Try the ending generic theme music, which sounds like an epic march theme/Freedom Force theme.
  • Drop the Hammer: Order
  • Easily-Thwarted Alien Invasion: The Domain's alien soldiers are "Thin Skinned". Meaning they are vulnerable to Piercing damage. Meaning they are vulnerable to bullets. Meaning, a squad of ordinary police officers can tear through them like butter. And these are the aliens that conquered the entire Multiverse.
  • Elemental Powers:
    • Playing with Fire: El Diablo and Red Sun.
    • Making a Splash: Manówar. Water powers do physical damage in this game.
    • Blow You Away: Bullet can create whirlwinds. They also do physical damage.
    • Dishing Out Dirt: Used only by the Subterrestrial minions. Also physical damage.
    • Shock and Awe: Mentor's electron beam, Manówar's storm bolt and melee attacks, Sea Urchin's and Bullet's static eletricity and Tombstone's bullets.
      • It is easily overlooked, but Shadow and her minions have electrical powers too.
    • An Ice Person: Nuclear Winter and his minions, of course. And for some reason, Blackbird's basic attack is a penetrating ice beam.
    • Poisonous Person: Sea Urchin's bubbles, The Ant's acid grenades and Quetzalcoatl's melee attacks.
    • Make Me Wanna Shout: Fortissimo. Blackbird and Supercollider too, but only to stun.
    • Green Thumb: Eve and Pan.
    • Pure Energy: Man-Bot and a number supernatural or laser weapon weilding enemies.
    • I Love Nuclear Power: Microwave. And Nuclear Winter's melee attacks. Mentor can learn a radiation beam power late in the game. Also, expect most kinds of laser weapons to do radiation damage.
    • Functional Magic: Alchemiss, Quetzalcoatl and Red October and her minions. It's used mainly for debuffs, while Quetzacoatl can also buff and heal allies with it. Offensive magical powers do energy damage.
    • Psychic Powers: Mentor and Blitzkrieg. Only used for status effects though.
    • Casting a Shadow: Shadow and her minions, of course. But it is only a stealth power.
  • Enemy Mine: After you kick him around a little, Lord Dominion opts to teleport Freedom Force to Time Master's domain so they can stop him from destroying all of creation. In vs. the Third Reich, Freedom Force digs up Time Master himself so he can fight Entropy. You also get control of Red Oktober for a level.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: One mission has time-displaced dinosaurs running rampant at the college campus.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Kill-a-Rillas.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Alchemiss/Entropy.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich. Subverted in that only about a third of the game involves the Third Reich, with Nuclear Winter and Entropy getting almost equal billing.
  • Expressive Mask: There's some of this to be seen in Freedom Force vs the Third Reich. It's most visible with Black Jack and Alchemiss. Tombstone even gets Oddly Visible Eyebrows for a scene or two.
  • Expy/Captain Ersatz: Nine-tenths of the cast, although some more than others.
    • Minuteman is clearly a Captain America expy, with Liberty Lad as Bucky.
      • Liberty Lad has She Hulk's origin story.
    • Mentor has shades of both Professor X and The Martian Manhunter.
    • El Diablo is a Spanish (Latino-American with Mexican roots, to be precise) Human Torch.
    • For another Man-Bot is a bruiser whose powers cut him off from humanity, like Thing of the Fantastic Four or Robot Man of the Doom Patrol. His suit is also reminiscent of early Iron Man, and he can fly too. Due to Man-Bot once being a handsome millionaire, he has other similarities to Iron man as well.
      • Most of all comic heroes, he resembles DC's Human Bomb.
      • He also has a few similarities to Cyclops of the X-Men, with his powers being uncontrollable and dangerous without equipment (Cyclops' visor and Man-Bot's suit) as well as having a romance plot with the Jean Grey Expy, Alchemiss (Although as mentioned below, she also has similarities to the Scarlet Witch)
    • Alchemiss is the Scarlet Witch with the story arc of Jean Grey in the sequel.
    • The Ant is pretty much Spider-Man, for instance, with ant-related powers like burrowing and super-strength and gadgets that shoot acid.
    • Bullet is any number of super-speedsters including The Flash and Quicksilver.
    • Man O'War is Aquaman if he was played by Sean Connery and had more offensive powers.
    • Sea Urchin resembles Jubilee, being the Bratty Half-Pint Sidekick of the rather gruff and edgy Manówar. Oh, and her power is making acidic bubbles.
    • Microwave is based on Vision.
    • Tombstone is a pedestrian Ghost Rider with the background of The Crow III.
    • Quetzalcoatl is a cross between Thor, Captain Marvel and the almost forgotten El Dorado, plus Firestorm's shared consciouness, and his origins are similar to Spider-Man's.
    • Iron Ox has Juggernaut parallels.
    • Supercollider is The Thing in Power Armor.
    • Blackbird is Black Canary.
    • Black Jack might be inspired by Spy Smasher. Another possibility, or another inspiration in addition to Spy Smasher, is The Comedian, albeit a Lighter and Softer expy (the token 90s Anti-Hero is Tombstone). Black Jack, like the Comedian, wears a domino mask, is a Superhero Packing Heat and fights his nation's enemies. Also, both started as vigilantes in the 1940s.
    • Sky King is, of course, The Rocketeer, if he was played by Jimmy Stewart.
    • Most likely coincidentally, Tricolour has a background similar to classic Kamen Riders, mostly Z-Cross.
  • Fewer examples are found on the Villains' side.
    • Nuclear Winter is similar to Mr. Freeze, except as a communist villain.
    • Time Master has bits of Kang the Conquerer or Galactus mixed in with Darkseid.
    • Pan is similar to Loki, as both are gods from ancient mythologies: Pan just has the trickster aspects increased.
    • Lord Dominion has the same mustache and cape as Emperor Ming the Merciless.
    • Shadow looks like Phantasm and her personality is similar to the X-Men villainess Callisto.
    • Blitzkrieg appears to be inspired by The Leader. Part the Marvel villain, part the other one.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: Nuclear Winter, in addition to being An Ice Person, prefers to hang out in really cold places.
  • Evil Knockoff: Deja Vu's ability is making these; of himself, civilians, cops, and even your heroes.
    • Though the cops and civilians have extra tricks like exploding, energy draining, laser pistols, flight, self-healing...
  • Eyepatch of Power: Man O' War.
  • Face Heel Turn: Alchemiss
  • Fauns and Satyrs: Pan himself makes an appearance as a boss.
  • Flying Firepower: El Diablo, fire and flight.
  • Fighting a Shadow: Some heroes, like Black Jack, can do this - create a fake duplicate to take the heat for them.
    • Amusingly, the spawned duplicate constantly shouted the catchphrases of the character in a robotic voice.
  • Final Speech: Defied in Freedom Force versus the Third Reich. Red Sun attempts one. Entropy kills him mid-speech.

 Entropy: You get to make a speech when you win, flame-brain, not when you strike out!

  • Five-Man Band: The original five members of Freedom Force form this.
    • The Hero: Minuteman, patriot extraordinaire and recognised leader of Freedom Force.
    • The Lancer: El Diablo, intensely loyal, yet laidback pyrokinetic.
    • The Smart Guy: Mentor, mysterious psychic exile of the Domain who gathered Freedom Force and teaches them of their powers and the threats they face.
    • The Big Guy: Man-Bot, melancholic conduit of raw Energy X, sealed in a suit of Powered Armor.
    • The Chick: Alchemiss, the bratty college vixen with incredible mystical powers.
      • Other characters that come later fit the various roles. Ant's another The Smart Guy, Tombstone's another The Lancer etc.
  • Flying Carpet: Green Genie has one.
  • Freeze Ray: Nuclear Winter's Frost Warriors carry them.
  • Fun Personified: The Green Genie.
  • Fur and Loathing: The fur trimmed outfits worn by the villain Nuclear Winter and his henchladies.
  • Game Mod: So, so much. There were quite a few websites devoted to making downloadable game content, including character models for a vast amount of classic superheroes, as well as full mods that added their own storylines and missions. Some of the more famous ones included the DC Comics mod, which told an original Crisis Crossover story set in the DC Universe. There was also The Great Hunt, another Crisis Crossover which included DC and Marvel characters, as well as pulp and obscure ones.
    • Annoyingly, some people can't get the Steam versions to run mods for a reason the fandom has yet to discover.
  • Godwin's Law of Time Travel: As the title of the second game reveals, this trope's involved in it.
  • Glass Cannon: Tricolour would be considered one. She hits fairly heavily for a non-superpowered character but doesn't need to take a lot of damage to be taken down.
    • Liberty Lad fits the trope too, once he's leveled up a bit and starts spamming grenades.
    • Minuteman and Black Jack are less extreme versions of this.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: El Diablo
  • Green Rocks: Energy X.
  • Guns Akimbo: Tombstone.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The Kill-A-Rillas in the second game.
  • Handicapped Badass: Law, who can still kick ass just fine, despite being blind.
  • Heel Face Turn: The Ant, Microwave.
    • Although in the case of The Ant, he was only a villain due to Mind Control from Shadow, and in his normal mental state and personality, he's quite heroic and friendly
  • Heroic Willpower: All heroes have one Hero Point, which can be spent at any time to trigger a burst of Heroic Willpower that will instantly fully heal the hero, restore all their energy, or allow them to shake off any status effect. Minuteman can get extras, which helps to offset his squishiness.
    • The Grim resolve ability makes characters immune to knock-back through sheer force of will.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: The Ant has a Shove attack, which can knock an enemy back but does no damage. Increasing the power of a shove just knocks back an enemy farther. What purpose does this serve, you ask? Well, see, on some maps, there are bottomless pits... You can also hurt folks by shoving them off buildings. Alchemiss had a similar power, which didn't require you to get up close to the enemy.
  • Hive Mind: Red Sun.
  • Human Popsicle: Nuclear Winter's method of choice for keeping hostages around.
  • Humongous Mecha: Several, but especially including Mr Mechanical's personal mecha. In addition, fan made models include generic mecha, Sentinels, Gundams, and even Transformers.
  • An Ice Suit: Nuclear Winter.
  • Informed Ability: The Domain, under Lord Dominion, reportedly has access to a vast battlefleet that can and has conquered entire dimensions, leaving Earth as the only free world left in existence. Do they ever demonstrate anything that suggests that scale of military might? Not really, no.
  • Instant Fanclub: Somehow, Nuclear Winter is able to get a small army of Soviets with Ice Rays within a few hours of his transformation from a more-or-less normal guy into a full-blown supervillain. Everyone else has some explanation for where their mooks come from.
    • Well Sukhov was already a presumably high ranking Russian secret agent so it makes sense for him to have a bunch of flunkies at his command. As for their ice based weaponry, it was probably supplied by Lord Dominion or Timemaster.
  • In the Hood: Shadow in the first game, Red Oktober in the second.
  • Jack of All Stats: Minuteman. His attack is high, but not as high as Supercollider. He's fast, but not as fast as Bullet. He's tougher than many team members but cannot compare to Microwave or Man-bot. He cannot fly, but he can jump over buildings. An overall decent character, but not exceptional in any particular area.
  • Japanese Politeness: Red Sun.
  • Kirby Dots
  • Large Ham: Minuteman, though since the game is based on the Silver Age, there are quite a number of others.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Bullet and Supercollider.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Entropy's plan is simple: compel Man-Bot to stay with her forever by holding all of reality hostage. Either she gets her man, or the universe crumbles until Entropy and her man are the only things left. Either way, they'll be together forever.
  • Mad Artist: Mr. Mechanical. Despite the name, he's actually an architect... with a somewhat destructive sense of aesthetics.
  • Made of Iron: Literally. "Metal" is one substance a character can be made of, which renders them near Immune to Bullets and blunt force, but vulnerable to Energy X attacks and electricity. This includes the very human Sky King, due to his metal armour.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Fortissimo, the Italian Opera-Singer themed villain.
  • Malignant Plot Tumor: Entropy in the second game.
  • Me's a Crowd: Deja Vu and Red Sun.
  • Meta Origin: Energy X
  • Mighty Glacier: Sky King's armour deflects most projectiles, and he's tough to boot. But he doesn't do much damage outside of his special moves and moves real slow, even while flying.
  • Man-Bot is really tough and powerful, but slow too, until he gets the flight power.
  • Most Common Superpower: Check out any female character besides Sea Urchin.
  • My Greatest Failure: The death of Man-Bot's brother, which constantly weighs on his mind. In the end, he redeems himself with his Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Twice.
    • Frank Stiles considers not getting O'Connor caught as his. Still, without it he wouldn't be Minuteman, courageous leader of the Freedom Force.
  • Nature Hero: Eve.
  • Nineties Anti-Hero: Tombstone. One-person Dark Age, no less.

 Tombstone: i too have lost a love in the mists of time. allow your grief to FUEL your rage, and so shall you seek JUSTICE.

    • He claims puppies die by just being around him.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The Freedom Force doesn't know it, initially, but part of the purpose of the Domain is to contain Time Master. When Freedom Force opposes Lord Dominion's plans, they advance Time Master's schemes... and Time Master is much, much worse than an alien dictator.
  • Non-Lethal KO: makes some sense when you remember about the Comics Code.
    • Subverted by Tombstone (who's a one man Dark Age) as well as the 40's heroes Sky King, Tricolour and Black Jack. Justified in that they're all alone against the Nazi army.
    • Also subverted by Entropy, to show how evil she is becoming.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: The final villains of both games fit this trope.
  • Personality Powers: True to the '60's Cliché Storm, most characters have Energy X abilities that are related to their personality in some way. Minuteman was a patriot before he was a superhero, El Diablo was always Hot-Blooded, and so forth.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: Lord Dominion's master plan is to amuse himself by giving superpowers to the scum of society so he can sit back and watch Earth tear itself to pieces. Mentor interferes, causing Energy X to be spread at random over Patriot City and creating the superheroes.
  • Physical God: Pan (a villain) in the first game, and Quetzalcoatl (a hero) in the second game
    • Possibly, Energy X itself
  • Pstandard Psychic Pstance: Mentor.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Timemaster is defeated, but at the cost of stranding Man-Bot in the celestial Clock, forcing him to face the Wraiths of Chaos for all eternity. Poor guy, 'cause when Alchemiss rescues him the entire universe is put in peril and he loses Alchemiss permanently. He just can't catch a break.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: Time Master's plan is to destroy the multiverse in order to gain immortality. Wouldn't he get bored after a while with nothing but himself in existence?
    • This gets pointed out/lampshaded by Man-Bot. Apparently Timemaster doesn't mind.
  • Pstandard Psychic Pstance: Mentor.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Bullet.
  • Real Time with Pause
  • Reality Warper: Entropy.
    • Alchemiss has some of this in the sequel, but nowhere near as powerful.
    • To a lesser extent, Green Genie.
  • Reckless Sidekick: Liberty Lad and Sea Urchin.
  • Red Scare: Nuclear Winter.
    • Red Oktober in the sequel.
  • Reverse the Polarity: Played ridiculously straight in the sequel.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Deja Vu.

  "I've been hit / I don't feel well / I fall down / You go to *groan*"

  • Right Makes Might: Minuteman's Catch Phrase.
  • Sealed Evil in a Duel: At the end of the first game, Man-Bot stays behind in the Celestial Clock to allow the rest of Freedom Force to escape back and is trapped there forever. His presence there causes creatures of chaos to attack the clock, and he has to spend the rest of eternity fighting them off.
  • The Something Force
  • Spock Speak: Mentor.
  • Spoony Bard: Quite a few characters do not really pay off leveling when compared to others. The Bard is just a literal example.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: "Nathan Graves" is Tombstone, "Hank Waters" is Man'O'War, "Jack Spade" is Black Jack, "Sabrine Tricolette" is Tricolour
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Raptors, T-Rexes, and a purely decorative Pteranodon.
  • Stylish Protection Gear: Nuclear Winter. His lady minions wear fur-trimmed hooded shoulder capes.
  • Stylistic Suck: 40s-era heroes get origin stories with golden age artwork and simpler colouration.
  • Super Dickery: Parodied in the sequel's tutorial.
  • Superhero
  • Superhero Packing Heat: Black Jack, Sky King, and Tombstone.
  • Superhuman Transfusion: Liberty Lad's origin.
  • Superpower Lottery: Using the character editor, it's possible to make a hero with any combination of powers you want. Think about that for a minute... Though, if you make a hero too powerful, their Prestige point cost will probably be too high for you to use them in the game.
  • Telephone Polearm: At a certain strength level, characters could rip poles right out of the ground and swing them.
    • Traffic lights too.
  • That Man Is Dead: And quite literally too. "Where Nathan Graves once stood, only Tombstone remains
    • Minuteman and Tricolour considers this of their pasts too, and no-one else seems to be looking back or even bothering to refer to each other by their real names...
      • Although the whole "Not bothering to refer to each other by their real names" may simply be to make it easier to keep track of the characters so the player doesn't need to remember two names. Man-Bot, however, does call Alchemiss/Entropy by her real name at the end of the 2nd game, "Freedom Force Vs the 3rd Reich", as Man-Bot tries to persuade Alchemiss not to make herself Ret-Gone in a Heroic Sacrifice so the Multiverse will survive Entropy's Evil Plan. This suggests the members of Freedom Force do know each others real names, but use their code names for convenience.
    • Man-Bot has a variation of this. Rather than saying his old self is dead, he states the world will only know him as "The Man-Bot" until he is cured
  • Third Person Person: Deja Vu in the first. Red Sun in the sequel. Considering Red Sun is a Hive Mind, it's appropriate.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich.
  • Time Travel Romance: A downplayed example, more Time Travel Flirting. Man O War (a 60s Silver Age hero) asks if Tricolour (a 40s Golden Age Heroine) if she'd be willing to go out for a drink with him. She seems interested. However, the cutscene then focuses on Man-Bot's return after this point and Alchemiss's Face-Heel Turn, becoming Entropy.



  • Victory Is Boring: The entire reason for the plot. Lord Dominion is so bored with ruling the entire universe that, instead of simply steamrolling over the last planet he doesn't rule (Earth, of course), for lulz he dumps a bunch of Green Rocks on it so bad people will develop superpowers and trash the place.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: You can run up and smack pretty much every civilian, who go flying away with a hilariously pathetic scream. Bonus points if they hit a building and cause it to collapse.
    • The only downside is that civilian kills and building collapses will count against your Prestige for completing objectives and your villain kills, which is spent to recruit optional heroes during the campaign. And considering that you can get "Robot Killer" Man O'War and "Lil' Mook Destroyer" Bullet this way, it's best left to skirmish.
      • Fun fact: For some reason, picking up a car that just drove up to you and stopped (clearly implying that there was a driver inside) and throwing it at other cars (which also presumably have drivers inside) has no impact on your prestige at all. Have fun!
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: Nuuu-cle-ar-vin-tar oooo--ooo-ooh-ooo turns your land.. tooo snooow!
  • Useless Useful Superpower: Abilities like Tunnel Travel and Teleport Self are really useful to bypass obstacles and get in good positions for boss battles, but little else.
    • Plenty of Active Defences guard against only one or two types of attacks, often ones the characters resist anyway.
  • Weak but Skilled: Several characters, the sidekicks Liberty Lad and Sea Urchin in particular.
  • What Could Have Been: There were two potential third installments in the works at one point or another. One of them (which was tentatively named "Freedom Force 3") would have taken place in The Seventies while there was another project on the board which would have given the franchise a Ultimate Universe treatment set in the present day. Both projects were put aside because of a combination of factors, including the reduced sales of the sequel as well as needing more time to work on development for a little game called...Bioshock. While Ken Levine hasn't completely closed the door on another Freedom Force, he's admitted it definitely won't be coming anytime soon.
  • Whip It Good: Wielded by Kill-A-Rillas in the second game.