History Franchise / RatchetAndClank

9th Feb '16 5:30:30 AM MegaMarioMan
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*** Lampshaded in one cutscene by the Prison Warden in Secret Agent Clank after the many cakes [[spoiler:(actually weapons Clank sends to Ratchet disguised as cakes)]] he gives to Ratchet.
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*** **** Lampshaded in one cutscene by the Prison Warden in Secret Agent Clank after the many cakes [[spoiler:(actually weapons Clank sends to Ratchet disguised as cakes)]] he gives to Ratchet.

*** "Clockblockers" does get used as a skill point name in "Into the Nexus".
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*** **** "Clockblockers" does get used as a skill point name in "Into the Nexus".

** The Rift Inducer in the third game summons some sort of hole in the air that can eat enemies. *** ''A Crack in Time'''s Rift Inducer 5000 is a subversion, since it was changed so that it opened a portal for an EldritchAbomination to grab enemies.
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** The Rift Inducer in the third game summons some sort of hole in the air that can eat enemies. *** ''A (''A Crack in Time'''s Rift Inducer 5000 is a subversion, since it was changed so that it opened weapon opens a portal for an EldritchAbomination to grab enemies.)
9th Feb '16 5:29:28 AM MegaMarioMan
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** The art direction is somewhat different; the lighting is brighter and the design and general aesthetic are more cartoony, unlike the sleeker, more futuristic look the series quickly adapted to. ** Racthet is more of a HalfDressedCartoonAnimal who only really wears pants. Later games have him fully dressed and in more sci-fi gear. ** The gameplay is slower paced, with less emphasis on combat and more on platforming and puzzles. Due to the lack of strafing and the inability to upgrade weapons (barring buying the golden versions) and only having four hit points (which can be upgraded to eight), the game can be a bit harder to some. The game also puts some emphasis put on {{Backtracking}}, something that was heavily downplayed in the sequels. ** The weapons are much more simplistic and nowhere near as plentiful as they are in the sequels, and the enemies are likewise much less numerous and threatening. ** The Thruster Pack has a distinct moveset from the Heli-Pack, including a hover strafe and slam move--whereas the sequels just treated it as cosmetically different. ** You have to earn your Helicopter, Thruster and Hydropack, O2 Mask, whereas those are equipped by default in the later games. ** The Magneboots force Ratchet to walk at half his normal pace, only use his wrench and won't allow him to jump, in sharp contrast to the Gravity Boots that every other game uses. ** Ratchet's voice actor in this game is not Creator/JamesArnoldTaylor, it's Mikey Kelly. ** While the game has a fairly large cast of characters, several of who would becoming [[AscendedExtra recurring extras]], many of them only appear briefly, and outside of Ratchet, Clank, Qwark and Drek, there are no other major characters you interact with. ** Clank's voice is more monotone and is more of a know-it-all. ** Qwark is a mildly competent, if airheaded, villain that is FauxAffablyEvil, unlike his later characterization as a DirtyCoward and {{Flanderization}} into a cowardly buffoon. ** There is not a tournament in this game; ''Going Commando'' had the first two in the series. ** The Goodies/Extras menu doesn't show up until you beat the game. ** The [[NewGamePlus Challenge Mode]] multiplier works a bit differently; rather than it starting at none and increasing as you kill enemies, all bolts are simply worth 2x more. ** The game doesn't pause when you enter the Quick Select menu; while some of the other games allow you to toggle this on or off, the pause defaults to "on" in every other game. ** Buying ammo is different; when you first buy a new weapon, it only comes half-loaded, and when you go to buy ammo, it starts at 1 and you have to scroll to the right to get to the highest amount you can purchase. ''Going Commando'' would do this differently, starting the counter at whatever you need to fill your gun's ammo to the max, and ''Up Your Arsenal'' would introduce the "buy max ammo for all weapons that don't have it" choice. ** On the note of shops, this game is the only one to have a picture of someone talking to you when you're in the shop. The ''Future'' games do have someone talk to you, but there's no picture. ** The Charge Boots don't exist; the only boots are the Grindboots and Magneboots. ** In this game and the next one, you need to manually equip the Swingshot to use it. UYA was the first game that would allow you to jump off a ledge and swing from a target without having to do the extra step of equipping the Swingshot.

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* SmartBomb: There are a few examples of this. ** When your health increases in '''Going Commando'', you get one of these. ''Up Your Arsenal'' changed it so the Smart Bomb happened on every multiple of 10 health. ** The [[http://ratchet.wikia.com/wiki/Zodiac Zodiac]] in ''Going Commando". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oosZX9tXTJ4&t=5m24s Pull the trigger, electricity begins flying everywhere, the screen turns white, and pretty much every enemy onscreen will be turned to dust.]] ** The [[http://ratchet.wikia.com/wiki/RYNOCIRATOR RYNOCIRATOR]], which is the max-leveled version of the [=RY3NO=]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oosZX9tXTJ4&t=1m33s Pull the trigger, a bunch of red projectiles are fired and combine into one, the screen turns white, and pretty much every enemy onscreen will be turned to dust.]] Only a few enemies and most bosses can take multiple shots of the weapon. ** The [[http://ratchet.wikia.com/wiki/RYNO_VI_Protosuit RYNO VI Protosuit]] from ''All 4 One'' has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oosZX9tXTJ4&t=4m28s really strong Co-op Overload]] that's enough to obliterate pretty much any onscreen enemy.
5th Feb '16 6:25:15 AM MegaMarioMan
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Zig-zagged with Talwyn and her two warbot friends, Cronk and Zephyr. All three of them were important characters in ''Tools of Destruction'', often helping Ratchet and Clank with large groups of enemies and hacking things. In ''A Crack in Time'', neither Cronk nor Zephyr appear, and Talwyn gets mentioned twice: once in the first cutscene with Ratchet in it (he says that Talywn said that the sector he and Qwark went to is crawling with bad guys) and once if you ever visit the Corvus Sector (a song will play on the radio that Talwyn requested). Then in ''All 4 One'', Cronk and Zephyr are your MissionControl and Talwyn gets mentioned once (when you fight the Wigwump, they say that they don't want to be the one who has to tell Talwyn her friend was eaten by said creature). In ''Full Frontal Assault'', Talwyn, Cronk, and Zephyr never appear or get mentioned at all (unless you count multiplayer skins). Then all 3 of them return in ''Into the Nexus''.
29th Jan '16 10:35:45 AM MegaMarioMan
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[Radar/RatchetAndClank A page for it.]]
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* GameWithinAGame: ** Using the Dynamo on the pyramid in Clank's apartment in ''Going Commando'' will let you play a ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders''-style game. ** The Captain Qwark-themed Vid-Comics in ''Up Your Arsenal''. ** "My Blaster Runs Hot" in ''A Crack in Time''. * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[Radar/RatchetAndClank A We have a page for it.]]

* [[ShowWithinAShow Show Within A Game]]:
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* [[ShowWithinAShow ShowWithinAShow: Well, Show Within A Game]]:Game, but anyways.

** Also, the Captain Qwark-themed Vid-Comics in ''Up Your Arsenal'' and "My Blaster Runs Hot" in ''A Crack in Time''. ** And [=DreadZone=] as a Show Within A Show from ''Deadlocked'', of course.
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** Also, the Captain Qwark-themed Vid-Comics in ''Up Your Arsenal'' and "My Blaster Runs Hot" in ''A Crack in Time''. ** And [=DreadZone=] as a Show Within A Show from ''Deadlocked'', of course.
27th Jan '16 11:41:53 AM MegaMarioMan
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* ShoutOut ** ''Ratchet & Clank'' uses at least parts of the game engine from ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'', and Insomniac Games and Naughty Dog used to be close and friendly neighbors. As such, both series frequently make shout outs to each other. *** One of the best comes on planet Damosel in ''Going Commando'' when Ratchet and Clank perform same dance that Jak and Daxter did whenever they found a Power Cell in ''The Precursor Legacy''. Numerous posters of the duo are also found throughout the game. *** Another clear one comes in ''Up Your Arsenal'' when Al informs Ratchet that he'll need to travel to planet Daxx (which is Daxter's nickname in Jak and Daxter series) - upon hearing the name, Ratchet pauses and says it to himself. *** Jak is an unlockable skin in ''Deadlocked'' (and Ratchet is an unlockable racer in ''Jak X: Combat Racing''). ** And to another Naughty Dog franchise, when Qwark suggests "A leisurely stroll through this ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' jungle." ** In ''Ratchet: Deadlocked'', Green, a combat robot, sometimes yells "Wolverines!" while fighting. A literal ShoutOut to the movie ''Film/RedDawn1984'' (1984). ** After defeating Captain Slag in ''Tools of Destruction'', Rusty Pete offers Ratchet a "gimmicky pirate name" since the code apparently says Ratchet is Captain now: ---> '''Pete''': "[[Film/ThePrincessBride The Dread Pirate Ratchet]]", perhaps? ** In ''A Crack in Time'', [[spoiler:[[RecurringTraveller The Plumber]] appears before Clank in a dream sequence, standing in front of a [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros familiar looking green pipe]] which he encourages Clank to enter. Clank asks if the Plumber is coming too, but the Plumber points out that jumping down every pipe you see would be a ridiculous thing for a plumber to do.]] ** Due to ''A Crack in Time'' having a lot to do with time-travel, the [=PS3=] trophy you get for beating it is called [[Film/BackToTheFuture 88 MPH]]. *** There's also the skill point [[Franchise/IndianaJones "It Belongs in a Museum"]] ** Also in ''A Crack in Time'': ---> '''Cassiopeia''': [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Still alive]]? Well, let's see how you handle this [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} deadly nerve toxin]]! ** In the same vein, the AI from ''All 4 One'''s training ground acts a lot like [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} GLaDOS]], down to [[DamnedByFaintPraise damning the PCs with faint praise]] and making idle threats. *** On a similar note, more than one villain asks if/how the heroes are "Still Alive" -- sometimes several times in a row. *** Also a different AI, at one point, lies about cake. ** And again in ''A Crack in Time''. Qwark's infiltration plan relies on a [[Franchise/StarWars conveniently-exposed thermal exhaust port.]] While trying to pull it off, [[Franchise/StarWars you're nearly crushed in a smelly, watery trash compactor]]. ** Mr. Zurkon refers to robotic enemies as "[[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 toasters]]." *** Interesting, because Mr. Zurkon is voiced by Marc Graue, who played [[VideoGame/HotelMario another charater]] who talks about [[WebAnimation/YouTubePoop toasters (and how they toast toast)]]. ** ''A Crack in Time'' has quite a few. After you beat the game, [[spoiler:Lord Vorselon taunts you by revealing that [[Franchise/StarWars he is your father's]]... [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} accountant]]]]. ** In ''Deadlocked'', there's a combat jeep quite similar to ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='=]s Warthog...called the [[Machinima/RedVsBlue Puma]]. ** And, yet again from ''A Crack In Time'': [[AustinPowers "That's CAPTAIN Qwark. I didn't take a two-week hero correspondence course just so I could be called 'Mister.'"]] ** The robots in the opening stage of ''Up Your Arsenal'' quote a number of lines from the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series. Including StayFrosty and "Game over man!" from ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. ** ''Deadlocked'' had one Ace Hardlight, a reference you might not get unless you're up on your [[Series/RedDwarf British sci-fi comedies.]] ** Yet another possible one from ''A Crack in Time'': Lord Vorselon is an evil alien with green skin, pointed ears, prominent fangs, and a single large eye, and he's always seen with a glass dome encasing his head. In other words, he looks an awful lot like [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Kang or Kodos]]. ** [[Film/TheWizardOfOz "Clank, I don't think we're in the Solana Galaxy anymore."]] ** The name of the comics' first issue is [[VideoGame/GearsOfWar "Ears of War"]]. *** Probably unintentional, but there's also this from the comic series: -->'''Zogg:''' [[SarcasmMode Have you any]] ''[[SarcasmMode more]]'' [[SarcasmMode good news?]] Perhaps you'll tell me next that my parents were eaten by [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} wild Carnivines]]? ** During a 'slander campaign' by Dallas and Juanita, Dallas refers to Ratchet briefly as [[Film/TheRunningMan "The Butcher of Bogon."]] ** Before Ratchet enters the Zoni Temple alone, Qwark says "Operation [[Franchise/StarTrek Red]] [[RedShirt Shirt]] is a go". ** In ''A Crack in Time'''s [[DevelopersRoom Insomniac Moon]], there's a room called the [[VideoGame/{{Resistance}} Hale Conference Room]] among other conference rooms named after ''Ratchet & Clank'' characters. Also, it says the Tetramites were based on TheSwarm from ''Resistance 2''. ** [[TheLoneRanger "High-ho, Snowball,]] ''away!''" * [[ShowWithinAShow Show Within A Game]]: ''Secret Agent Clank'', which plays a large role in the third game and is the basis for the duo's second PSP venture. ** Also, the Captain Qwark-themed Games Within Games in ''Up Your Arsenal'' and ''A Crack in Time''.
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* ShoutOut ** ''Ratchet & Clank'' uses at least parts of the game engine from ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'', and Insomniac Games and Naughty Dog used to be close and friendly neighbors. As such, both series frequently make shout outs to each other. *** One of the best comes on planet Damosel in ''Going Commando'' when Ratchet and Clank perform same dance that Jak and Daxter did whenever they found a Power Cell in ''The Precursor Legacy''. Numerous posters of the duo are also found throughout the game. *** Another clear one comes in ''Up Your Arsenal'' when Al informs Ratchet that he'll need to travel to planet Daxx (which is Daxter's nickname in Jak and Daxter series) - upon hearing the name, Ratchet pauses and says it to himself. *** Jak is an unlockable skin in ''Deadlocked'' (and Ratchet is an unlockable racer in ''Jak X: Combat Racing''). ** And to another Naughty Dog franchise, when Qwark suggests "A leisurely stroll through this ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' jungle." ** In ''Ratchet: Deadlocked'', Green, a combat robot, sometimes yells "Wolverines!" while fighting. A literal ShoutOut to the movie ''Film/RedDawn1984'' (1984). ** After defeating Captain Slag in ''Tools of Destruction'', Rusty Pete offers Ratchet a "gimmicky pirate name" since the code apparently says Ratchet is Captain now: ---> '''Pete''': "[[Film/ThePrincessBride The Dread Pirate Ratchet]]", perhaps? ** In ''A Crack in Time'', [[spoiler:[[RecurringTraveller The Plumber]] appears before Clank in a dream sequence, standing in front of a [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros familiar looking green pipe]] which he encourages Clank to enter. Clank asks if the Plumber is coming too, but the Plumber points out that jumping down every pipe you see would be a ridiculous thing for a plumber to do.ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/RatchetAndClank It has its own page.]] ** Due to ''A Crack in Time'' having a lot to do with time-travel, the [=PS3=] trophy you get for beating it is called [[Film/BackToTheFuture 88 MPH]]. *** There's also the skill point [[Franchise/IndianaJones "It Belongs in a Museum"]] ** Also in ''A Crack in Time'': ---> '''Cassiopeia''': [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Still alive]]? Well, let's see how you handle this [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} deadly nerve toxin]]! ** In the same vein, the AI from ''All 4 One'''s training ground acts a lot like [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} GLaDOS]], down to [[DamnedByFaintPraise damning the PCs with faint praise]] and making idle threats. *** On a similar note, more than one villain asks if/how the heroes are "Still Alive" -- sometimes several times in a row. *** Also a different AI, at one point, lies about cake. ** And again in ''A Crack in Time''. Qwark's infiltration plan relies on a [[Franchise/StarWars conveniently-exposed thermal exhaust port.]] While trying to pull it off, [[Franchise/StarWars you're nearly crushed in a smelly, watery trash compactor]]. ** Mr. Zurkon refers to robotic enemies as "[[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 toasters]]." *** Interesting, because Mr. Zurkon is voiced by Marc Graue, who played [[VideoGame/HotelMario another charater]] who talks about [[WebAnimation/YouTubePoop toasters (and how they toast toast)]]. ** ''A Crack in Time'' has quite a few. After you beat the game, [[spoiler:Lord Vorselon taunts you by revealing that [[Franchise/StarWars he is your father's]]... [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} accountant]]]]. ** In ''Deadlocked'', there's a combat jeep quite similar to ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='=]s Warthog...called the [[Machinima/RedVsBlue Puma]]. ** And, yet again from ''A Crack In Time'': [[AustinPowers "That's CAPTAIN Qwark. I didn't take a two-week hero correspondence course just so I could be called 'Mister.'"]] ** The robots in the opening stage of ''Up Your Arsenal'' quote a number of lines from the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series. Including StayFrosty and "Game over man!" from ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. ** ''Deadlocked'' had one Ace Hardlight, a reference you might not get unless you're up on your [[Series/RedDwarf British sci-fi comedies.]] ** Yet another possible one from ''A Crack in Time'': Lord Vorselon is an evil alien with green skin, pointed ears, prominent fangs, and a single large eye, and he's always seen with a glass dome encasing his head. In other words, he looks an awful lot like [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Kang or Kodos]]. ** [[Film/TheWizardOfOz "Clank, I don't think we're in the Solana Galaxy anymore."]] ** The name of the comics' first issue is [[VideoGame/GearsOfWar "Ears of War"]]. *** Probably unintentional, but there's also this from the comic series: -->'''Zogg:''' [[SarcasmMode Have you any]] ''[[SarcasmMode more]]'' [[SarcasmMode good news?]] Perhaps you'll tell me next that my parents were eaten by [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} wild Carnivines]]? ** During a 'slander campaign' by Dallas and Juanita, Dallas refers to Ratchet briefly as [[Film/TheRunningMan "The Butcher of Bogon."]] ** Before Ratchet enters the Zoni Temple alone, Qwark says "Operation [[Franchise/StarTrek Red]] [[RedShirt Shirt]] is a go". ** In ''A Crack in Time'''s [[DevelopersRoom Insomniac Moon]], there's a room called the [[VideoGame/{{Resistance}} Hale Conference Room]] among other conference rooms named after ''Ratchet & Clank'' characters. Also, it says the Tetramites were based on TheSwarm from ''Resistance 2''. ** [[TheLoneRanger "High-ho, Snowball,]] ''away!''" * [[ShowWithinAShow Show Within A Game]]: Game]]: ** ''Secret Agent Clank'', which plays a large role in the third game and is the basis for the duo's second PSP venture. ** Also, the Captain Qwark-themed Games Within Games Vid-Comics in ''Up Your Arsenal'' and "My Blaster Runs Hot" in ''A Crack in Time''.

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* ShoutOut ** ''Ratchet & Clank'' uses at least parts of the game engine from ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'', and Insomniac Games and Naughty Dog used to be close and friendly neighbors. As such, both series frequently make shout outs to each other. *** One of the best comes on planet Damosel in ''Going Commando'' when Ratchet and Clank perform same dance that Jak and Daxter did whenever they found a Power Cell in ''The Precursor Legacy''. Numerous posters of the duo are also found throughout the game. *** Another clear one comes in ''Up Your Arsenal'' when Al informs Ratchet that he'll need to travel to planet Daxx (which is Daxter's nickname in Jak and Daxter series) - upon hearing the name, Ratchet pauses and says it to himself. *** Jak is an unlockable skin in ''Deadlocked'' (and Ratchet is an unlockable racer in ''Jak X: Combat Racing''). ** And to another Naughty Dog franchise, when Qwark suggests "A leisurely stroll through this ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' jungle." ** In ''Ratchet: Deadlocked'', Green, a combat robot, sometimes yells "Wolverines!" while fighting. A literal ShoutOut to the movie ''Film/RedDawn1984'' (1984). ** After defeating SpellMyNameWithAnS: Captain Slag in ''Tools of Destruction'', Rusty Pete offers Ratchet a "gimmicky pirate name" since the code apparently says Ratchet is Qwark occasionally gets hit with this. Is he Captain now: ---> '''Pete''': "[[Film/ThePrincessBride The Dread Pirate Ratchet]]", perhaps? ** In ''A Crack in Time'', [[spoiler:[[RecurringTraveller The Plumber]] appears before Clank in a dream sequence, standing in front of a [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros familiar looking green pipe]] which he encourages Clank to enter. Clank asks if the Plumber is coming too, but the Plumber points out that jumping down every pipe you see would be a ridiculous thing for a plumber to do.]] ** Due to ''A Crack in Time'' having a lot to do with time-travel, the [=PS3=] trophy you get for beating it is called [[Film/BackToTheFuture 88 MPH]]. *** There's also the skill point [[Franchise/IndianaJones "It Belongs in a Museum"]] ** Also in ''A Crack in Time'': ---> '''Cassiopeia''': [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Still alive]]? Well, let's see how you handle this [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} deadly nerve toxin]]! ** In the same vein, the AI from ''All 4 One'''s training ground acts a lot like [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} GLaDOS]], down to [[DamnedByFaintPraise damning the PCs with faint praise]] and making idle threats. *** On a similar note, more than one villain asks if/how the heroes are "Still Alive" -- sometimes several times in a row. *** Also a different AI, at one point, lies about cake. ** And again in ''A Crack in Time''. Qwark's infiltration plan relies on a [[Franchise/StarWars conveniently-exposed thermal exhaust port.]] While trying to pull it off, [[Franchise/StarWars you're nearly crushed in a smelly, watery trash compactor]]. ** Mr. Zurkon refers to robotic enemies as "[[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 toasters]]." *** Interesting, because Mr. Zurkon is voiced by Marc Graue, who played [[VideoGame/HotelMario another charater]] who talks about [[WebAnimation/YouTubePoop toasters (and how they toast toast)]]. ** ''A Crack in Time'' has quite a few. After you beat the game, [[spoiler:Lord Vorselon taunts you by revealing that [[Franchise/StarWars he is your father's]]... [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} accountant]]]]. ** In ''Deadlocked'', there's a combat jeep quite similar to ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='=]s Warthog...called the [[Machinima/RedVsBlue Puma]]. ** And, yet again from ''A Crack In Time'': [[AustinPowers "That's CAPTAIN Qwark. I didn't take a two-week hero correspondence course just so I could be called 'Mister.'"]] ** The robots in the opening stage of ''Up Your Arsenal'' quote a number of lines from the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series. Including StayFrosty and "Game over man!" from ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. ** ''Deadlocked'' had one Ace Hardlight, a reference you might not get unless you're up on your [[Series/RedDwarf British sci-fi comedies.]] ** Yet another possible one from ''A Crack in Time'': Lord Vorselon is an evil alien with green skin, pointed ears, prominent fangs, and a single large eye, and he's always seen with a glass dome encasing his head. In other words, he looks an awful lot like [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Kang or Kodos]]. ** [[Film/TheWizardOfOz "Clank, I don't think we're in the Solana Galaxy anymore."]] ** The name of the comics' first issue is [[VideoGame/GearsOfWar "Ears of War"]]. *** Probably unintentional, but there's also this from the comic series: -->'''Zogg:''' [[SarcasmMode Have you any]] ''[[SarcasmMode more]]'' [[SarcasmMode good news?]] Perhaps you'll tell me next that my parents were eaten by [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} wild Carnivines]]? ** During a 'slander campaign' by Dallas and Juanita, Dallas refers to Ratchet briefly as [[Film/TheRunningMan "The Butcher of Bogon."]] ** Before Ratchet enters the Zoni Temple alone, Qwark says "Operation [[Franchise/StarTrek Red]] [[RedShirt Shirt]] is a go". ** In ''A Crack in Time'''s [[DevelopersRoom Insomniac Moon]], there's a room called the [[VideoGame/{{Resistance}} Hale Conference Room]] among other conference rooms named after ''Ratchet & Clank'' characters. Also, it says the Tetramites were based on TheSwarm from ''Resistance 2''. ** [[TheLoneRanger "High-ho, Snowball,]] ''away!''" * [[ShowWithinAShow Show Within A Game]]: ''Secret Agent Clank'', which plays a large role in the third game and is the basis for the duo's second PSP venture. ** Also, the or Captain Qwark-themed Games Within Games in ''Up Your Arsenal'' and ''A Crack in Time''.Quark?
11th Jan '16 4:59:33 AM MegaMarioMan
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* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: Most of the time, when you go to a planet, you just go to one area, and the entire rest of the planet is ignored. This is somewhat lampshaded in some of the games, as some give you a "planet - location" name in the planet selection screen, like Planet "Kerwan - Metropolis".
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* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: Most of the time, when you go to a planet, you just go to one area, and the entire rest of the planet is ignored. This is somewhat lampshaded in some of the games, as some a few of them give you a "planet - location" name in the planet selection screen, like Planet "Kerwan "Planet Kerwan - Metropolis".
10th Jan '16 5:30:22 PM MegaMarioMan
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After the release of All 4 One, there was announced two Ratchet & Clank games, an HD remake of the first three R&C games (an HD release of ''Deadlocked'' is also available), and a Playstation Store title named ''Ratchet & Clank: [[DoubleEntendre Full Frontal Assault]]'' (''Q-Force'' in other countries) which mixes the gameplay of the originals with a TowerDefense aspect. A new game was announced via teasers on Sony's Facebook, titled ''Into the Nexus'', which is NOT based on a cancelled previous game. It was released in 2013 on the PS3, with a budget price.
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After the release of All 4 One, there was announced two Ratchet & Clank games, an HD remake of the first three R&C games (an HD release of ''Deadlocked'' is also available), and a Playstation Store title named ''Ratchet & Clank: [[DoubleEntendre Full Frontal Assault]]'' (''Q-Force'' in other countries) which mixes the gameplay of the originals with a TowerDefense aspect. A new game was announced via teasers on Sony's Facebook, titled ''Into the Nexus'', which is NOT based on a cancelled previous game. It was released in 2013 on the PS3, [=PS3=], with a budget price.

** Played straight in the PS3 games, even though they all take place in the same galaxy and very little time passes between the games.
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** Played straight in the PS3 [=PS3=] games, even though they all take place in the same galaxy and very little time passes between the games.

* BrickJoke: A subtle one. In ''Up Your Arsenal'', in the first vid-comic, it is stated that Qwark fought a crew of "Robotic Pirate Ghosts", which is lampshaded accordingly by the narrator of the comic. Cut to ''Quest for Booty'', guess what you're fighting? That's right, Robotic Pirate Ghosts. ** In ''Going Commando'', a one-off gag mentions "lawn ninjas" (lawn gnomes DualWielding katanas). In ''Up Your Arsenal'', lawn gnomes are actual enemies.
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* BrickJoke: BrickJoke: ** A subtle one. In ''Up Your Arsenal'', in the first vid-comic, it is stated that Qwark fought a crew of "Robotic Pirate Ghosts", which is lampshaded accordingly by the narrator of the comic. Cut to ''Quest for Booty'', guess what you're fighting? That's right, Robotic Pirate Ghosts. ** In ''Going Commando'', a one-off gag mentions "lawn ninjas" (lawn gnomes DualWielding katanas). In ''Up Your Arsenal'', lawn gnomes ninjas are actual enemies.

* CaptainSuperhero: Qwark
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* CaptainSuperhero: QwarkQwark.

* ChainsawGripBFG: Heavier guns tend to have two grips on them. A slight variation in that the second grip is usually on the side. Presumably, it was done in the PS2 games so that Ratchet only has to use one animation for most of the guns, and continued in the PS3 ones [[GrandfatherClause because of how it was used throughout the series]].
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* ChainsawGripBFG: Heavier guns tend to have two grips on them. A slight variation in that the second grip is usually on the side. Presumably, it was done in the PS2 [=PS2=] games so that Ratchet only has to use one animation for most of the guns, and continued in the PS3 [=PS3=] ones [[GrandfatherClause because of how it was used throughout the series]].

** The ''Aphelion'' in ''Tools of Destruction'' and ''A Crack in Time''.
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** The ''Aphelion'' in ''Tools all of Destruction'' and ''A Crack in Time''.the [=PS3=] games.

** In the PS3 games, L2 becomes the solitary strafe button, crouch is moved from R1 to R2, and R1 becomes the fire button. You ''will'' kill yourself while trying to long jump over a gap for the first time. * DarkerAndEdgier: The move from the first to the second game. Quite apart from the darker level lighting in several levels, Ratchet becomes a commando, he works for a MegaCorp of dubious moral authority, the thief goes after his friend, there are hired thugs and a psycho hitman out to get him, less cutesy enemies, [[spoiler:murderous children's pets that can reproduce within seconds]], lots of unfriendly futuristic buildings to explore, and less whimsical musical scores.
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** In the PS3 [=PS3=] games, L2 becomes the solitary strafe button, crouch is moved from R1 to R2, and R1 becomes the fire button. You ''will'' kill yourself while trying to long jump over a gap for the first time. * DarkerAndEdgier: DarkerAndEdgier: ** The move from the first to the second game. Quite apart from the darker level lighting in several levels, Ratchet becomes a commando, he works for a MegaCorp of dubious moral authority, the thief goes after his friend, there are hired thugs and a psycho hitman out to get him, less cutesy enemies, [[spoiler:murderous children's pets that can reproduce within seconds]], lots of unfriendly futuristic buildings to explore, and less whimsical musical scores.

* DeathCourse: Lampshaded... somewhat.
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* DeathCourse: Lampshaded... somewhat.Lampshaded. Our Lombax friend provides the page quote.

* DoubleJump: Ratchet can, of course. All 4 characters can in ''All 4 One'', and all 3 can in ''Full Frontal Assault''. Clank can now do this in the [=PS4=] re-imagining. * EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first game is basically from a whole different series from the other two PS2 main titles and the PS3 games.
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* DoubleJump: DoubleJump: ** Ratchet can, of course. All 4 characters can in ''All 4 One'', and all 3 can in ''Full Frontal Assault''. Clank can now do this in the [=PS4=] re-imagining. re-imagining. ** In ''A Crack in Time'', Clank can use his propeller while in the air up to three times. * EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first game is basically from a whole different series from the other two PS2 [=PS2=] main titles and the PS3 [=PS3=] games.

* FakeLongevity: This mainly lies in unlocking cheats, and various bonus content, which requires acquiring "skill points" which require the player to accomplish various objectives, [[GuideDangIt but they never tell you what they are]], and even then, some skill points require playing [[NewGamePlus "challenge mode"]] just to unlock said cheats/bonus content, or even to get new weapons (such as the RYNO, which even in regular, non-challenge mode is so expensive in some games, that players might have to resort to farming in order to get it), or even fully upgrade existing weapons.
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* FakeLongevity: This mainly lies in unlocking cheats, and various bonus content, which requires acquiring "skill points" which require the player to accomplish various objectives, [[GuideDangIt but they never tell you what they are]], and even then, some skill points require playing [[NewGamePlus "challenge mode"]] "Challenge Mode"]] just to unlock said cheats/bonus content, or even to get new weapons (such as the RYNO, which even in regular, non-challenge mode is so expensive in some games, that players might have to resort to farming in order to get it), or even fully upgrade existing weapons.

* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A page for it.
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[Radar/RatchetAndClank A page for it. it.]]

* GrapplingHookPistol: Various forms throughout the games.
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* GrapplingHookPistol: Various The Swingshot appears in various forms throughout the games.

* HarmlessFreezing: Enemies in ''Deadlocked'' frozen with the Freeze Mod will break out and continue fighting if left unattended.
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* HarmlessFreezing: HarmlessFreezing: ** Enemies in ''Deadlocked'' frozen with the Freeze Mod will break out and continue fighting if left unattended.

** Well, most of them were robots.

* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Alister Azimuth at the end of ''A Crack in Time''. See RedemptionEqualsDeath down below]].
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* HeroicSacrifice: HeroicSacrifice: ** [[spoiler:Alister Azimuth at the end of ''A Crack in Time''. See RedemptionEqualsDeath down below]].

* InAWorld: Satirised at the start of the movie trailer:
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* InAWorld: Satirised Satirized at the start of the movie trailer:

* InSeriesNickname: Since ''Tools of Destruction'', Cronk and Zephyr seem to have dubbed Ratchet 'Rookie'. Occasionally, they'll shorten it to 'Rook'.
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* InSeriesNickname: InSeriesNickname: ** Since ''Tools of Destruction'', Cronk and Zephyr seem to have dubbed Ratchet 'Rookie'. Occasionally, they'll shorten it to 'Rook'.

%%* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll
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%%* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: Most of the time, when you go to a planet, you just go to one area, and the entire rest of the planet is ignored. This is somewhat lampshaded in some of the games, as some give you a "planet - location" name in the planet selection screen, like Planet "Kerwan - Metropolis".

* KillerRabbit: Ratchet himself could qualify, as he's a cute little furry cat... thing with a very, very, big arsenal.
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* KillerRabbit: KillerRabbit: ** Ratchet himself could qualify, as he's a cute little furry cat... thing with a very, very, big arsenal.

* MascotWithAttitude: In spades.
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* MascotWithAttitude: In spades. Mostly in the [=PS2=] games. On Insomniac's forums, [[http://www.insomniacgames.com/community/showthread.php?56680-General-Discussion&p=1445971&viewfull=1#post1445971 KBABZ talked a bit about it]]. -->''I've always suspected that one aspect of Ratchet's popularity in the [=PS2=] days was because it was slightly edgy. Yes, Ratchets "GRRRRRR AHM HOLDIN A GUHN" expressions on GC and [=UYAs=] cover was a bit silly, UYA applied the edgy approach to most of its dirty humour and DL cranked it up in the art style, but there was this particular feel that made weapons feel powerful and dangerous, and generally the world felt like you should take it somewhat seriously.''

* {{Nanomachines}}: Used as healing items as well as the characters' health.
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* {{Nanomachines}}: Used as healing items as well as the characters' health.health and what upgrades your weapons.

** The very first ''trailer'' for ''Tools of Destruction'' was nothing more than the camera showing off HD, PS3-era Metropolis before panning to show the Ratchet & Clank logo on a blimp. * ScoreMultiplier: They've done this since the second game. The NewGamePlus mode gives a bolt multiplier that lasts until Ratchet takes damage.
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** The very first ''trailer'' for ''Tools of Destruction'' was nothing more than the camera showing off HD, PS3-era [=PS3=]-era Metropolis before panning to show the Ratchet & Clank logo on a blimp. * ScoreMultiplier: They've done this since the second game. The NewGamePlus mode gives a bolt multiplier that lasts until Ratchet takes damage.blimp.

*** Interesting, because Mr. Zurkon is voiced by Marc Graue, who played [[VideoGame/HotelMario another charater]] who talks about [[WebAnimation/YouTubePoop toasters (toast toast)]].
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*** Interesting, because Mr. Zurkon is voiced by Marc Graue, who played [[VideoGame/HotelMario another charater]] who talks about [[WebAnimation/YouTubePoop toasters (toast (and how they toast toast)]].

** Also, the Captain Qwark-themed Games Within a Game in ''Up Your Arsenal''. ** And [=DreadZone=] from ''Deadlocked'', of course.
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** Also, the Captain Qwark-themed Games Within a Game Games in ''Up Your Arsenal''. Arsenal'' and ''A Crack in Time''. ** And [=DreadZone=] as a Show Within A Show from ''Deadlocked'', of course.

* SquishyWizard: Clank is essentially one in his solo gameplay sequences - low HP, physically weak, and needs to rely on special abilities or commandable allies. (Somewhat ironic considering that "squishy" is an in-game nickname/insult for organic lifeforms...)
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* SquishyWizard: Clank is essentially one in his solo gameplay sequences in the first three games - low HP, physically weak, and needs to rely on special abilities or commandable allies. (Somewhat ironic considering that "squishy" is an in-game nickname/insult for organic lifeforms...lifeforms.)

* VideoGameAchievements: The skill points, acquired by performing certain feats in the game. Most of the time the game tells you nothing about them until you actually do them; only ''Deadlocked'' and ''All 4 One'' give you the requirements beforehand. * VideoGameFlamethrowersSuck: They've been getting better with each subsequent game. The Pyrocitor in the first game is your standard video game flamethrower: weak, short-ranged, and not very useful. The Lava Gun in the later games acts like a real-life flamethrower, and is consequently quite effective.
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* VideoGameAchievements: The skill points, Skill Points, acquired by performing certain feats in the game. game, kind of like an ancestor of the Trophies − entirely optional challenges with memetic or punny titles. Most of the time the game tells you nothing about them until you actually do them; only ''Deadlocked'' and ''Deadlocked'', ''All 4 One'' One'', ''Full Frontal Assault'' and ''Into the Nexus'' give you the requirements beforehand. * VideoGameFlamethrowersSuck: They've Although they've been getting better with each subsequent game. game. ** The Pyrocitor in the first game is your standard video game flamethrower: weak, short-ranged, and not very useful. useful. ** The Lava Gun in the later games acts like a real-life flamethrower, and is consequently quite effective.

** Clank's Jetpack attachment in ''Into The Nexus'' allows you to fly infinitely as long as you have fuel, which you must restock. Notably, you're able to fire while using it, allowing for kickass dogfight segments. Said jetpack is also appearing in the [=PS4=] game. * [[VideoGameAchievements Video Game Trophies]]: The Skill Points present in every game of the series can be considered an ancestor of the Trophies − entirely optional challenges with memetic or punny titles, that offer no reward but the satisfaction of succeeding. Except in ''Up Your Arsenal'', where completing them all is one condition to [[spoiler:access the Insomniac Museum]].
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** Clank's Jetpack attachment in ''Into The Nexus'' allows you to fly infinitely as long as you have fuel, which you must restock. Notably, you're able to fire while using it, allowing for kickass dogfight segments. Said jetpack is also appearing appears in the [=PS4=] game. * [[VideoGameAchievements Video Game Trophies]]: The Skill Points present in every game of the series can be considered an ancestor of the Trophies − entirely optional challenges with memetic or punny titles, that offer no reward but the satisfaction of succeeding. Except in ''Up Your Arsenal'', where completing them all is one condition to [[spoiler:access the Insomniac Museum]].game.

* WeaponsThatSuck: The Suck Cannon. ** Don't forget the Rift Inducer in the third game (in ''A Crack in Time'', it was changed so that it opened a portal for an EldritchAbomination to grab enemies).
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* WeaponsThatSuck: WeaponsThatSuck: ** The Suck Cannon. ** Don't forget Cannon in the first game, ''Up Your Arsenal'', and ''Size Matters''. It can eat small anklebiter-like enemies, and in the latter 2 games, every type of crate, and fire them at enemies. ** The Rift Inducer in the third game (in summons some sort of hole in the air that can eat enemies. *** ''A Crack in Time'', Time'''s Rift Inducer 5000 is a subversion, since it was changed so that it opened a portal for an EldritchAbomination to grab enemies). enemies.

* WhipItGood: Plasma/Quantum Whip in ''Up Your Arsenal'', Lightning Ravager in ''Tools of Destruction''.
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** The Vortex Grenade in ''Into the Nexus'' pulls enemies into the vortex it summons so they get stuck. * WhipItGood: The Plasma/Quantum Whip in ''Up Your Arsenal'', and the Lightning Ravager in ''Tools of Destruction''.
10th Jan '16 4:29:58 PM MegaMarioMan
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* ThemeAndVariationsSoundtrack: Came into effect in 2009 and has been applied to every game since, including A Crack in Time, All 4 One, Full Frontal Assault and Into the Nexus. Each game will introduce their primary (and sometimes only) theme thriumphantly at the Main Menu, with reprises and variations of it heard throughout the rest of the game.
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* ThemeAndVariationsSoundtrack: Came into effect in 2009 and has been applied to every game since, including A ''A Crack in Time, All Time'', ''All 4 One, Full One'', ''Full Frontal Assault Assault'' and Into ''Into the Nexus. Nexus''. Each game will introduce their primary (and sometimes only) theme thriumphantly triumphantly at the Main Menu, with reprises and variations of it heard throughout the rest of the game.

* UnreliableNarrator: Many times throughout the series, we find out about Qwark's latest endeavours via animations scripted and narrated by Qwark himself -- needless to say, there's very little truth in Qwark's own words, though the accompanying images usually show the true story.
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* {{Unobtainium}}: [[http://ratchet.wikia.com/wiki/Raritanium Raritanium]] zig-zags this. In the first game, there's only one piece of it in the entire game, but then you can mine for it in ''Going Commando'' or get it by shooting enemies down in space. Then ''Up Your Arsenal'' and ''Deadlocked'' have no important appearance of it (some wrench upgrades are stated to contain Raritanium in the latter). Then ''Tools of Destruction'' and ''Into the Nexus'' have it and it's used to upgrade your weapons, but it's... well, rare, and you won't be upgrading too much... until [[NewGamePlus Challenge Mode]], where you'll probably be drowning in the stuff. In the meantime, ''All 4 One'', ''Full Frontal Assault'', ''Into the Nexus'', and ''[=R&C=] 2016'' all have the Warmonger, a rocket launcher whose rockets are stated to be tipped with Raritanium. * UnreliableNarrator: Many times throughout the series, we find out about Qwark's latest endeavours endeavors via animations scripted and narrated by Qwark himself -- needless to say, there's very little truth in Qwark's own words, though the accompanying images usually show the true story.

** Clank's Jetpack attachment in ''Into The Nexus'' allows you to fly infinitely as long as you have fuel, which you must restock. Notably, you're able to fire while using it, allowing for kickass dogfight segments. * [[VideoGameAchievements Video Game Trophies]]: The Skill Points present in every game of the series can be considered an ancestor of the Trophies − entirely optional challenges with memetic or punny titles, that offer no reward but the satisfaction of succeeding. Except in ''Up Your Arsenal'', where completing them all is one condition to access the Insomniac Museum.
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** Clank's Jetpack attachment in ''Into The Nexus'' allows you to fly infinitely as long as you have fuel, which you must restock. Notably, you're able to fire while using it, allowing for kickass dogfight segments. segments. Said jetpack is also appearing in the [=PS4=] game. * [[VideoGameAchievements Video Game Trophies]]: The Skill Points present in every game of the series can be considered an ancestor of the Trophies − entirely optional challenges with memetic or punny titles, that offer no reward but the satisfaction of succeeding. Except in ''Up Your Arsenal'', where completing them all is one condition to access [[spoiler:access the Insomniac Museum.Museum]].
1st Jan '16 2:29:51 PM Vorpale
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* MacGuffin: The plot item Ratchet and Clank must recover in ''Going Mobile'', the Macro Corporeal Geo Fragmention Ion Negator, ''is shortened'' to M.C.Gu.F.I.N.
13th Dec '15 11:57:25 AM MarkLungo
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