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->''"For every age there is a time of trial. The rocks faced such a fire before they were the strength beneath our feet. The plants braved vast winds before their roots could give us life. As a sage of considerable years, I have known only one such great ordeal. Yet the hero it created was a champion of all time."''
-->--'''Samos the Green Sage'''

A series of {{Platform Game}}s created by Creator/NaughtyDog for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 and [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable PSP]], ''Jak and Daxter'' is centered on the escapades of the HeroicMime turned rogue turned good guy [[MyNaymeIs Jak]], who has the ability to channel [[AppliedPhlebotinum the energy substance known as Eco]], and his [[PluckyComicRelief wise-cracking,]] [[BalefulPolymorph human-turned-]][[MixAndMatchCritter ottsel]] [[WeaselMascot sidekick]], Daxter, [[NonActionGuy who usually just sits on Jak's shoulder while he does all the hard work]]. And this is just two of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many people you'll get to know throughout the series.]] So far, the series consists of:

* ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxterThePrecursorLegacy''
* ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade''
* ''VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander''
* ''VideoGame/JakXCombatRacing'': A VehicularCombat game, if the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin title didn't give any indication of that to you already.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Daxter}}'': A {{midquel}} centered on the events of Daxter's adventures in Haven prior to saving Jak in ''Jak II'', developed by Ready At Dawn.
* ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxterTheLostFrontier'': Conceived by Naughty Dog, but later developed by High Impact Games.
* ''Jak and Daxter Collection'' (HD): A collection of the first three ''Jak and Daxter'' games remastered for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita.

'''Tropes related to those specific games can be found on their pages.'''

Taking it [[UpToEleven to the next level]], SCEA released ''VideoGame/PlaystationMoveHeroes'', a three-way crossover between ''Jak and Daxter'', ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'', and ''Franchise/SlyCooper''. The titular duo also appears as playable characters in ''[[VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale]]''.

On a side note, the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series seems to have a very friendly rivalry with this one. (An Insomniac game having a rivalry with a Naughty Dog game? [[Franchise/SpyroTheDragon Sounds]] [[Franchise/CrashBandicoot familiar]]...) Games in both series will liberally borrow some concepts from the other, and will commonly feature cameos and even sometimes playable appearances of the other heroes.

On April 3, 2017, Sony confirmed that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-7Wm-zyOc8 the original four Naughty Dog games would be rereleased for the PS4]].

* AbortedArc:
** Jaks' arrival in Haven city was expected by the Baron, and Erol is personally on the scene to arrest him within a minute of him landing. We never get to find out why this is, beyond Erol and the Baron hinting that somebody else informed them.
** Daxter gets his ''own'' Dark form in ''TLF''... and it has no effect on the story, aside from showing [[spoiler:Aeropan underground facilities and what they have been working on.]]
** When Jak confronts [[spoiler:Errol]] in ''Jak 3'', Jak hints that the Dark Makers have some kind of history with the Metal Heads. What this history is, or how Jak even knows about it, is never revealed.
** "Yes, Gol, and Maia... the Dark Eco probably destroyed them... probably."
%%* ActionGirl: Ashelin
* ADayInTheLimelight: Keira's role in ''TLF'' rivaled (or maybe even ''exceeded'') Daxter's in terms of importance.
* AdrenalineMakeover: Keira ''finally'' gets a new outfit in ''TLF'', where she accompanies Jak and Daxter on their adventure.
%%* {{Adorkable}}: Daxter, definitely.
* AdventureDuo:
** Jak and Daxter.
** ''The Lost Frontier'' seemed to be trying to make Jak and Keira a BattleCouple.
* AerosolFlamethrower: Daxter wields a spray gun that sprays flammable pesticide that is eventually upgraded into a straight-up flamethrower in his self-titled game.
* AirborneAircraftCarrier:
** The War Factory in ''Jak 3''.
** The Phantom Blade and ACS Behemoth from ''The Lost Frontier''.
* AlasPoorVillain: Remembering that Gol and Maia Acheron were good people before the dark eco warped their minds, it is possible to feel sorry for them. Similarly, despite all the trouble he caused, Baron Praxis actually becomes quite pitiable when he's dying.
* AlienSky: Green sun, anybody?
%%* ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway
* AllThereInTheManual: Commentary in ''Jak 3'' refers to [[AmbiguousGender Seem]] as a "she." Also, the official ages (and heights, weights, and eye colors) of many of the main characters were given in ''Jak X'', in their driver profiles.
* AlmostKiss: A RunningGag. Lampshaded by Daxter, the cause of most of them, in ''Jak X'': "Would ya kiss her already?! Sheesh!"
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Lurkers, Metal Heads, Dark Makers. Subverted with Lurkers in the second game on, as they're now slaves for the citizens. Heck, you even befriend one.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Razer. Every other character in ''Jak X'' says "Wham, bam, thank you ma'am!" as a victory line, even Ashelin. Razer, however...
-->'''Razer:''' Wham, bam, thank you... ''sir''.
** Some of his other lines are pretty suggestive as well.
* AntiHero: Jak
%%* AmbiguousGender: Seem
* AnnouncerChatter: G.T. Blitz (and later, Pecker) in ''Jak X''.
* AristocratsAreEvil: ''Baron'' Praxis, ''Count'' Veger and [[spoiler:''Duke'' Skyheed]]. Notice that Ashelin (who is not referred to with a title) is not evil. But averted with ''King'' Damas who's a goodie through and through.
* ArbitraryGunPower: Justified in most examples, since what you're shooting usually has super-strong armor.
%%* AsteroidsMonster
* AttackDrone: The Gyro Burster in ''Jak 3''. ''Jak X'' had a Red Eco power-up that gave you a protective drone.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: If you can't find one in any of the bosses, you're not looking hard enough.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The Precursor Robot from the first game, and the Dark Maker robots and the Terraformer from ''Jak 3''.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The [[GatlingGood Vulcan Fury]] from ''Jak II'' has a very fast firing rate, long range and great damage, but has no auto-aim and it chews up ammo very fast. Its upgrades in ''Jak 3'', the Arc Wielder and the Needle Lazer, are cool to watch, but the AW is surprisingly weak in damage output for the most part (the exception is against robots when upgraded), and while the Needle Lazer uses very strong homing needles, it and its counterpart chew up ammo just as fast as the Vulcan Fury. The Peace Maker in ''Jak II'' delivers the most damage out of all the weapons, has the longest range of fire, a homing ability, and a very fast firing rate, but is marred by its pathetically limited ammo. Same with the Mass Inverter and Supernova, the Peace Maker's upgrades in ''Jak 3''. The impractical part is nullified once you unlock the Infinite Ammo cheat, however.\\
Dark Jak is very powerful, but it takes so much Dark Eco to trigger it in ''Jak II'', and lasts such a short time, that it's usually easier just to shoot people. Fortunately, ''Jak 3'' allows you to trigger it any time as long as you have just a little bit of Dark Eco in your meter -- but you'll still need a big meter full of it to use Dark Jak's stronger abilities. Light Jak's time slowdown and healing ability are also very useful, but these moves drain the Light Eco meter so quickly that it's best to use them as a last resort outside of their situational uses. Again, however, the impractical part is nullified somewhat, as you can unlock Infinite Dark Eco cheats as long as you have enough precursor orbs to purchase it in the secrets section - this, as well as any other cheats, carries over to a New Game+.
* BadassBiker: Jak, whenever he rides a Zoomer, at least.
* BadassBoast: Daxter does this a lot. Too bad he's a three-foot-tall [[strike:rodent]] mustelid.
* BadassBystander: The entire population of Spargus. Justified since they are all either banished from Haven for some horrible crimes, or else [[InTheBlood descended]] from people who were. Plus, it's a requirement: fail to kick ass in the Arena and you either die or get thrown out into the harsh Wasteland... and die.
* BadassDriver: Every (playable) character in ''Jak X''.
* BadassLongcoat: Whether Veger himself is badass or not is [[AlreadyUndoneForYou up for debate]], but the awesomeness of his duster is not.
* BadassNormal: Sig, Ashelin and ([[InformedAbility arguably]]) Torn (he only actually takes part in one mission in the entire series).
* BackToBackBadasses: Jak and Sig, Jak and Ashelin.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Daxter, who else?
* BadPresent: All games from ''Renegade'' onward are set in a CrapsackWorld, which is the future of [[spoiler:the world of ''TPL'']].
* BagOfHolding: Not quite as a gameplay mechanic, but implied in ''TPL'', as Daxter stuffs the Sculptor's Muse in Jak's backpack; she's quite a bit larger than the thing.
* BaldOfEvil: Mizo from ''Jak X''.
* BalefulPolymorph: Daxter is this [[spoiler:...until he finds out he is a member of one of the most powerful species in the universe.]]
* BareYourMidriff: Standard style for the girls of the series.
* TheBattleDidntCount: Basically, if the boss talks at all and it's not the final battle, he doesn't die in this fight. The only exception is [[spoiler:Krew]], and yet he still manages to heavily influence the plot later via holographic recordings.
* BeastAndBeauty: Daxter and Tess (subverted in that TESS is the protective one)
* BenevolentArchitecture: Who exactly puts all those Eco vents and Green Eco crystal formations just where Jak needs them?
** Can't say anything about the vents in ''TPL'', but as for [[spoiler:the Light and Dark Eco vents in the Haven City ruins in ''Jak 3'', it could have been ''[[FridgeBrilliance Mar]]'']].
* BenevolentBoss: Osmo in ''Daxter''.
* {{BFG}}: Jak's Morph Gun, particularly the Peace Maker in ''Jak II'' and ''3'' and the [[NukeEm Super Nova]] in ''Jak 3''. Jak's Gunstaff counts, too, considering it's almost as big as he is.
* BigBad: One for each game, but [[spoiler:Count Veger]] is considered the main one by many because [[spoiler:he was responsible for nearly everything that went wrong in the heroes' lives]].
** Baron Praxis and [[spoiler:Kor, who is actually the leader of the metal heads]] for Jak II: Renegade.
** [[spoiler:Duke Skyheed]] for The Lost Frontier.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Gol and Maia for Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy.
** Count Veger and [[spoiler:Errol]] for Jak 3: Wastelander.
** Krew (albeit posthumously [[spoiler:and through Rayn]]) and Mizo [[spoiler:(which is the alias of G.T. Blitz)]] in Jak X: Combat Racing.
** [[spoiler:Kaeden, Metal Kor's Dragon,]] in Daxter.
* BiggerBad: The Metal Head Leader in ''Daxter''.
* BigGood: Despite TheGodsMustBeLazy, they're still quite helpful.
* BigDamnFireExit:
** The conspicuously giant warpgate located in the the Terraformer storage part of the Dark Maker ship is the way Jak and Dax survive the subsequent destruction of it.
** In ''Jak II'', this is how the duo escape the destruction of the Ammo Dump early in the game.
* BigNo: Daxter does one of these when [[spoiler: Kaeden]] kills [[spoiler:Tik]]. Actually played seriously, as a sign that things have gotten [[LetsGetDangerous really freaking serious]].
* BizarreAndImprobableBallistics: But let's face it, homing bullets and ricocheting lasers are ''fun''.
** BeamSpam / ReflectingLaser / HyperDestructiveBouncingBall: The Beam Reflexor.
*** Especially when combined with the spin kick.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Dark Jak. Dark Makers. Dark Daxter. Dark [[spoiler:Skyheed.]] By now, it's probably safe to assume dark ''anything'' has Black Eyes Of Evil.
* BlessedWithSuck: Daxter [[spoiler: at first. He later accepts his Ottsel state, if not because he's essentially taken the form of a God.]]
* BlindSeer: Onin, who also has ProphetEyes.
* BloodKnight: Jak in the second and third game. When about to go into sewers for the war, he notes "Dark, dirty, dangerous? I'm beginning to like this war." Or when attacking an enemy factory he quips "Yeah! Right into the hornet's nest. This is gonna be fun." Good lord, Jak.
* BloodSport: The Arena Battles in ''Jak 3'' are officially citizenship tests, but also double as GladiatorGames challenges. Combat Racing in ''Jak X''.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Possibly justified in that the ammo is made out of eco and not bullets and thus it has unrealistic effects.
* BoobsOfSteel: Ashelin, the only girl we see fighting, also has the biggest breasts (or at least the most cleavage).
* BorderPatrol: The [[OneHitKill instant death]] Lurker Shark in ''TPL'', a Krimzon Guard robot in ''Jak II'', and a '''giant tentacle''' in ''Jak 3''.
* BoringButPractical: The Scatter Gun and the Blaster.
* BottomlessBladder
* BraggingRightsReward: Getting enough skull gems to get the Dark Giant power ''before'' beating Metal Kor is very rare, and getting all 286 Precursor Orbs in ''Jak II'' is also a challenge for it's own sake. Also done in ''Jak X'', as beating Hero Mode gets you green turbo online.
* BrainUploading: [[spoiler: Vin "survives" a Metal Head attack by doing this.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** "All right, cut! That's it, where's the director?! I can't work like this!"
** '''GAME RIGHTS?!'''
** "This isn't a game..." Cue our protagonists looking directly at the player in confusion.
** "Dude, that was ''so'' last adventure! Available in stores now."
* BrokenBridge: Well, broken boat, really.
** Also, missing pontoons.
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: Sig.

* CallASmeerpARabbit: The characters' PointyEars are never commented upon, and they have occasionally been outright referred to as humans. A good chunk of the Fandom still insists on calling them elves. However, the subheading for the Japanese release of ''TLF'' is actually "Elf to Itachi no Daibouken" (The Elf and Weasel's Big Adventure), so at least in one language, they're officially elves.
* CallReceivalArea: How the whole thing began.
* CameraScrew: One of the biggest problems with ''TLF'' and ''Jak II''.
* CannedOrdersOverLoudspeaker: Part of Haven's CyberPunk asthetic in ''Jak II'' are small projectors on street corners which display an enormous Praxis emblem and broadcast his latest propaganda announcements.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Daxter gets drunk off his ass in ''Jak II''. Possibly justified since 1) he's small, and 2) he chugged a lot of booze in less than a minute. He seems to have learned his lesson, as we don't see him get drunk again. Dax also gets props for sobering up pretty quickly (and with no hangover, either!) He gets an AlcoholHic while intoxicated as well.
* CarFu: Zoomers serve only two purposes, and this is the more fun one.
** It's perfectly possible to destroy smaller vehicles by flying under them at high speed, then moving upwards. Not very heroic if you do it on civilains, but against the Krimzon Guard...
%%* CasanovaWannabe: Daxter.
* CerebusSyndrome: Jak 1, your standard light-hearted adventure game. As soon as Jak II starts Jak is taken prisoner and subjected to scientific experiments to try and make {{Super Solider}}s for ''two years''. The very first words out of Jak's mouth are "I'm gonna kill Praxis!"
* ChainLightning: The Peace Maker.
** ''The Lost Frontier'' has an aircraft weapon specifically called the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Chain Lightning Gun]].
* ChaosArchitecture: Haven City significantly changes between ''Jak II'' and ''3'', to the point where it's ridiculous: while the docks are the same, the water slums have been completely overhauled, the sewers are nothing like the ones in ''Jak II'', and the regular slums have had some slight changes made. All in the span of a year, in the midst of a war, after the palace has collapsed. The new city section, however, is [[JustifiedTrope justified]]: in ''Jak II'' [[ContinuityNod a message can be heard]] [[PropagandaMachine in which the Baron announces]] [[FridgeBrilliance several sections of the city are about to be demolished for renovation]].
* CharacterDevelopment:
** Most everyone goes through this, with Jak's major personality shift in ''Jak II'' being the most obvious change. Daxter matures throughout the course of the series less obviously, but it can be seen when you look carefully.
** For example, in earlier games, Daxter was a [[CasanovaWannabe notoriously bad flirt]]. In later games, Daxter's flirting is toned down to be more joking than serious, and it's practically nonexistent by ''Jak X'': though he does occasionally call his female friends "baby" when speaking to them, he doesn't outright flirt. Although it may help given that he now has a girlfriend by that point.
%%* ChekhovsGun: The Seal of Mar.
* ChekhovsGunman: The Kid is the heir to the throne of Haven City, but that's not why he's important. It's because [[spoiler:he's Jak]].
** Count Veger was mostly responsible for kicking Jak out of Haven City, but there's nothing really personal between them... [[spoiler:except for the fact that Veger knew all along that Jak was Damas's son, and in fact separated the two of them in the first place]].
** [[spoiler:Kor]] is one of the first people you meet in ''Jak II''. [[spoiler:Guess who turns out to be the BigBad?]]
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The first game's {{Big Bad}}s, Gol and Maia Acheron, are implied to still be alive at the game's end, but they never reappear. Brutter from ''Jak II'' disappears in ''Jak 3'' onwards (though he made a brief appearance in the Daxter spinoff) and the Crocadog disappears completely.
** Also happens to Vin, who appears in one mission in ''Jak 3'' and vanishes from the series (even after Jak promises to "keep in touch"). Veger, also, despite being one of the only villains to not die, doesn't reappear again. [[{{Fanon}} Popular fan theory]] says that he [[spoiler: got eaten or killed by Kleiver between ''Jak 3'' and ''Jak X''.]]
* CityOfCanals: Haven City. It's pretty polluted, though, but it improves by at least ''Jak X''.
* ConstructedWorld: While the games have a handful of settings and locations, it's very clear that the games take place in a world that's distinctly not ours, with its own alphabet, mythology, history, and wildlife.
* ContinuityNod: The Power Cells from the first game make a reappearance in ''Jak 3'' as an artifact, and in ''Jak X''.
** A more subtle one: on the Propaganda Machines in ''Jak II'', Praxis mentions bulldozing several sections of the city for renovation. Come ''Jak 3'', a large chunk of the city has indeed been demolished and rebuilt from the ground up.
* CrapsackWorld: Starting in ''Jak II'', many areas in the wilderness are infested by the Metal Heads, who have destroyed most settlements made by humanity. Haven City is safe from the Metal Heads [[spoiler: until the shield walls shut down]], but it's choking with pollution, [[WretchedHive full of crime and poverty]], and it's ruled with an iron fist by Baron Praxis. In ''Jak 3'', Haven City takes a turn for the worse, as much of the northern part of town is destroyed when the palace is shot down, and the slums have been wrecked by the Metal Heads, who have created an organic hive in the northern farm area. On top of that, the Krimzon Guard Robots conquered the factories and created a floating base, leaving only the Port and the New Town inhabited. The Wasteland on the other hand is a massive unforgiving desert with some pretty bad sandstorms, but Spargus is not quite that bad, though the inhabitants are all armed with guns and short tempers. By Jak X, things get much better for Haven City, as the slums and industrial areas are once again free, but the newly introduced Kras City is far more sleazy and corrupt than Haven City ever used to be, and the frosty Icelands seem even more desolate than the Wasteland.
%%* CursedWithAwesome: Jak.
* CustomUniform: Erol and Ashelin are members of the Krimzon Guard, but their outfits are way different because one is TheRival / TheDragon and the other is an ActionGirl / MsFanservice.
* CutenessProximity: This might be the reason Tess was so ga-ga over Daxter when they first meet. Then it was upgraded to SickeninglySweethearts.
* CutScene: Hours worth. Usually no more than five minutes apiece.
* CypherLanguage: The Precursor markings actually mean something, and there are translation guides online.
* DaddysGirl: Keira, and she's not happy about it.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: ''Jak 3'' had the option to have the camera controls inverted or not. ''Jak II'' did not.
** The rolling long jump is an attack in TPL, but not in Jak II.
* TheDandy: Daxter definitely cares more about his looks than you'd expect a BalefulPolymorph to. He's also made laudatory comments on Razer and the Sky Pirates' outfits, and complained about the state of his claws, one time going so far to say that he needed a manicure (of course, that was said in ''TLF'', so...)
* DarkerAndEdgier: A positive example of the trope. The generally cheerful mood of the first game takes a nosedive a minute into the second, in which Jak is captured by the bad guys and tortured and experimented upon for two years.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Jak, [[SuperpoweredEvilSide sort of]]. DarkIsEvil in pretty much every other instance. Even Jak's dark side is basically a beserker that he can't fully control.
%%* DeadlyTrainingArea
* DeadpanSnarker: Jak, despite being very stoic, can be just as sarcastic as Daxter.
* DeathCourse: Most of the areas in the games.
* DeflectorShields: Appeared in ''Jak 3'' in the form of one of Jak's Light Eco powers and as the main weapon of the Dark Makers; appeared in ''Jak X'' in the form of a Red Eco pickup; appeared in ''TLF'' in the form of a Green Eco BeehiveBarrier.
* DevelopersForesight:
** The Pelican in Sentinel Beach in the first game [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential can be blown to bits using the Lurker Cannon]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN04YXl1C9M#t=1m47s Getting the Power]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN04YXl1C9M#t=3m10s Cell this way]] is even a little quicker than using the "normal" method.
** Because cutscenes are rendered in-game, it's possible to access Sandover Village in ''Jak II'' and walk around in it. It can be accessed [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXElPyFIGvE by exploiting a menu glitch]].
** In ''Jak 3'', after you reach the end the sewer you access within North Town, the pipes you hop across to reach the part of the sewer that leads you into the Metal Head side of the city will be constantly shooting out poisonous gas. Even if you cheat and use invincibility to bypass them, the door leading to that part of the sewer won't open, thus preventing any sequence breaking.
%%* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler: Rayn.]]
* DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch: The Fisherman in ''TPL'' says "buggers". Kleiver and Daxter also refer to the kangarats in ''Jak 3'' as such.
* DifficultButAwesome: While not great for tougher enemies, the Arc Wielder is fantastic at destroying small groups of enemies with its fairly long range and whip-like arc. With enough practice, it can even make short work of the dark maker {{Asteroids Monster}}s.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Early concept art for Count Veger shows him sporting a mustache that greatly resembles that of a [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler certain dictator]].
* DopeSlap: Jak does this to Daxter at least once in the first three games. Daxter, in turn, slaps Jak at least twice in ''Jak X''.
* DoubleJump: Unabashedly. You can also use a spin kick to stay airborne even longer.
* TheDragon: Erol to Baron Praxis [[spoiler:and later to the Dark Makers.]] [[spoiler:Kaeden to Metal Kor.]]
%%* DramaticDisappearingDisplay: Inverted.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Torn doesn't like Jak, which is why he's given a lot of crappy missions. By ''Jak 3'', however, he's warmed to Jak considerably. Daxter on the other hand...
* DumbBlonde: Averted with Tess, who is quite capable when it comes to building and maintaining firearms.
* DynamicLoading: Usually a door opening.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first Jak game in comparison to the sequels. Its gamestyle and tone is more in line of the traditional 3D Platformers of the 90's, with a SilentProtagonist and lighter storyline. Starting with ''Jak II'', the series becomes DarkerAndEdgier.
* EasterEgg: Most things that can be unlocked with the Precursor Orbs.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Pecker. Even Jak started to crack up when he first heard that. To Daxter's credit, he hasn't made any dick jokes... yet.
* TheEmpire: Baron Praxis and his Krimzon Guard
* EngineeredPublicConfession: This was done to Mizo at the end of ''Jak X''. May count as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Pecker.
* EquipmentBasedProgression: The series gives you new abilities and weapon upgrades from the second game onwards (the first game just placed temporary powerups in certain parts of the levels) as you reach certain points in the story.
* EscortMission: Made even worse by the people you're escorting being [[TooDumbToLive utter morons]]. Ironically, the Kid, who is a toddler, is the least likely to get caught.
%%* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Several characters get one.
%%* EternalEnglish
%%* EternalEquinox
* EvenEvilHasStandards: There's a scene in ''Daxter'' where Veger is arguing with Erol against the Dark Warrior Program, saying straight-up that it's a bad idea.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Every vehicle in this world ends its life in an explosion. ''Every. Single. One.''
* EvilBrit: Gol & Maia. Krew and [[spoiler: his daughter, Rayn]].
* EvilChancellor: Subverted with Ruskin in ''TLF''. He's a sour, distrusting old fart, but not evil.
* ExplodingBarrels: Eco barrels, to be precise. Also dynamite barrels in the first game.
* ExposedToTheElements:
** Jak and company overheat in the intro to ''Jak 3''. His wardrobe is altered to make it more suitable.
** Subverted a bit in the Snowy Mountain level of TPL, where Jak wears his usual shorts and sleeveless shirt yet isn't visibly affected by the cold.
* ExpositionFairy: Daxter.
* EyepatchOfPower: Baron Praxis has a metal plate covering one of his eyes. Sig has what appears to be either a bionic eye or a fancy lens of some kind.



* {{Facepalm}}: Jak does this in ''Jak II'' while Daxter is harassing the Shadow. Daxter gets at least one as well.
* FakeDifficulty: Some parts of TLF, mostly due to CameraScrew. Even more so in ''Jak II'', due to many unremoved bugs, camera being the least offender. For example: often your transformation into Dark Jak will get interrupted by an enemy's shot, transforming you back, and making you vulnerable for about 3 seconds and a good target.
* FamilyBusiness: Rayn can't escape her father's criminal dealings.
%%* FantasyWorldMap
* {{Fanservice}}: Provided by Tess, Keira and especially Ashelin.
* FanserviceCover: "[=PlayStation=] Magazine" had a cover with Keira in a SexySantaDress.
* FashionableAsymmetry: Jak's single shoulder pad and triple-strapped backpack come to mind, as well as his goggles (one lens doesn't even appear to be see-through!).
* FatBastard: Krew and Kleiver, though the latter wasn't as ridiculously obese.
** Or as much of a bastard.
%%* FingerlessGloves
* FiringOneHanded: Ashelin and (weirdly enough) Veger.
* FirstGirlWins: Keira was Jak's first love, though in ''Jak 3'', Ashelin was given the role as love interest. This was fixed in ''Jak X'', possibly due to fan outrage.
* FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin: Applies to Haven City's Computer in ''Jak II''. One scene in ''TLF'' resulted in Jak having a flashback to his time under Baron Praxis's eco experiments, with the opening line ("Dark eco injection cycle complete") being heard - albeit spoken by a different voice actress.
* FlippingTheBird: Daxter does this to Pecker in ''Jak 3'' (censored by the top of the screen of course).
** Also Pecker to G.T. Blitz in ''Jak X'', this time censored through camera effects as they're on live TV.
* FloatingPlatforms: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as being lost Precursor technology.
%%* FollowTheMoney
* ForcedTutorial: These are usually integrated into the games (escape from prison, win the Arena fight), though the first game has one character literally forcing the heroes to "get some practice" under threat of BalefulPolymorph.
* {{Foreshadowing}} / IronicEcho: One of the Baron's announcements in ''Jak II'': "I am still in control! And I assure you; [[BlatantLies There's absolutely no Metal Heads in the city.]] Anyone who contradicts this fact will be shot." Later on [[spoiler: the Baron gets killed by an energy blast, courtesy of Metal Kor.]]
* FurryReminder: Daxter occasionally [[RunningOnAllFours drops to all fours]] and displays some other animal-like tendencies, such as using his hind leg to scratch behind his ears and enjoying being petted and scratched.
* FutureMeScaresMe: Averted, as Young and Old Samos just bicker all the time. [[spoiler:And The Kid likes Jak.]]
* GameBreakingBug: ''TPL'' had the game freeze and crash on you if you managed to get your flut-flut out of the designated area, into a different level, and die. ''Jak II'' would crash once on most playthroughs. Early copies of ''Jak X'' would erase your saves randomly.
* GameOverMan: Daxter
* GangUpOnTheHuman: Happens in ''Jak X''--even your teammates get in on it!
* GatlingGood: The Vulcan Fury.
%%* GeniusDitz: Tess
%%* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Although Light Jak's eyes glow, the "doom" part comes from the fact that he can use the Morph Gun in that mode, not from the Light powers themselves.
* TheGodsMustBeLazy: Why the hell are the Precursors, the "most powerful beings in the universe," relying on a mortal man (whose amazingness was quite possibly given to him ''by'' the Precursors) to solve their problems? [[LampshadeHanging Commented on]] by Daxter in the third game, right before TheReveal.
* GogglesDoNothing: Averted with Jak's goggles. In the first game they come in handy to aim through channeling yellow eco; in the third game he wears them while out in the desert to keep the sand from getting in his eyes. Played straight with Keira's and Daxter's goggles.
** ...until the fourth game in Daxter's case, where he wears them in the opening cutscene, and later on, in ''[=TLF=]''
%%* GoodEyesEvilEyes: Jak
%%* GoodHairEvilHair: Also Jak
%%* GoodWingsEvilWings
* GreenHillZone: Sandover Village in ''TPL''.
* GreenRocks: Eco. Also available in Red, Yellow, Blue, Dark, and Light.
* GrimyWater: Other than some locales such as Boggy Swamp in J&D and The Dead City in ''Jak II'', you'll be fine in the water. Mostly it's the Dark Eco you've gotta watch out for.
* GroundPound: Jak can jump into the air and slam his fist against the ground. Must hurt.
** When timed properly, Jak can High Jump directly from a Ground Pound by jumping just as his fists connect. The guy has CRAZY upper body strength.
* GuestStarPartyMember: Severeal times, though it's more common in the second than in the third. Sig is more likely to serve as a guest than anyone else.
* GuideDangIt: Some of the Power Cells and Precursor Orbs can fall under this.
* GunFu: Jak has some moves that combine his hand-to-hand techniques with the Morph Gun.
* GunsAkimbo: Torn has two pistols. Keira gets two as well after her AdrenalineMakeover.
* GutturalGrowler: Torn and Damas.
* HairDecorations: Tess and her pink hairband.
* HairReboot: Must be all the hair gel.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: The Lurkers are dressed like this, and Daxter becomes this (the half-dressed part, anyways) at the end of ''Jak 3''.
* HamAndDeadpanDuo: [[LargeHam Daxter]] and [[TheStoic Jak]] respectively.
* {{Handguns}}: Anyone who's not Jak (or a Wastelander) and is armed has one: Ashelin, Torn, Keira ([[GunsAkimbo both of whom have TWO]]), Veger, Captain Phoenix
* HappyEndingOverride: Just when Jak and Daxter can chill out for a bit, BAM! TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is nigh... again.
* HaveANiceDeath: Daxter has made this into an art form.
* HeavenlyBlue: Light Jak glows blue. The same blue, in fact, as the Precursors themselves. [[spoiler: Or rather, the EnergyBeings they project. The real Precursors, actually ottsels, all have blue eyes, even the ones that were originally human.]]
* HeroicMime: Jak in the first game. Lampshaded in the sequel:
** Daxter: "Say something! Just this once!"
** "Maybe he's a mute, like you used to be."
** "Er, sorry. He's new to the whole 'conversation' thing".
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Captain Phoenix]] in ''TLF''.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Our heroes, natch.
* HideYourChildren: With the exception of The Kid in ''Jak II''.
* HitPoints: You get four in the first game, eight in the second, and end up with sixteen by the end of the third. Unfortunately, most enemy attacks in ''Jak II'' take away at least two health blips, technically giving you only four hit points (this may be one of the reasons ''Jak II'' is so friggin hard). There are enemies that only do one blip of damage though, but they are easy to kill.
%%* HordeOfAlienLocusts: Metal Heads.
* HotCoffeeMinigame: Parodied/lampshaded. Since ''Jak X'' came out in 2005, the same year as the infamous "Hot Coffee" [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto GTA]] scandal, Naughty Dog threw together a joke unlockable. A 30-second video entitled "Hot Coffee" which shows Daxter and Tess flirting... and drinking coffee. Daxter [[BreakingTheFourthWall notices the player watching them]] near the end and indignantly yells "What?!" while Tess smiles coyly.
* HoverBoard: Called the Jet Board in-game.
%%* HumanAliens
* HumongousMecha:
** The Precursor Robot in the first game, which serves as the final boss.
** Funnily enough, you face another giant Precursor Robot in the third game, but it's much easier.
* HundredPercentCompletion: In ''TPL'', this gives you a [[SequelHook bonus ending]].
* HurricaneKick: One of the series' signature moves.
%%* HyperspaceArsenal
* IAmNotWeasel: Daxter is commonly mistaken for various other small furry creatures, like rats or muskrats, etc etc etc.
* ICallItVera: Krew likes weapons a ''little'' too much.
%%* IconicLogo
* IdiotBall: There's a scene in ''TLF'' where Daxter sees a machine with brightly colored buttons and decides it's a candy machine.
%%* IdleAnimation
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff: One thing Daxter says in ''TPL'' when Jak dies: "Can I have your bug collection?"
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The Krimzon Guard, minus Ashelin. Good thing she's a good guy. Hell, they aim so bad that moving is more likely to get you hurt.
** However, once they become the Freedom League, they suddenly learn how to shoot. One of the rare examples where the good guys are better...
** Or the Krimzon Guard training program was ''just that bad''.
* IncomingHam: "I...am Pecker!"
%%* InformalEulogy
* InterfaceSpoiler: In the seconds and third games. The empty Light Eco meter next to the Dark one that is unlocked from the start is particularly obvious. Arguably, the weapon selection display is one as well (four categories of weapon, with three individual weapons in each in the latter game).
* {{Interquel}}: ''Daxter''
* InterspeciesRomance: Daxter and Tess. However, they don't actually ''do'' anything [[spoiler: until Tess gets turned into an ottsel]].
* IronButtMonkey: Poor Daxter. Whenever a gag entails AmusingInjuries, he's usually the victim.
* ItemGet: The famous Power Cell dance(s) in ''TPL''.
* ItGetsEasier: Well, "You get used to it" anyway.
* IWantThemAlive: Sig [[spoiler:about Krew, who Jak has already killed. Sorry, big guy.]]



* JerkAss: Pecker, at times. G.T. Blitz as well, [[spoiler: until the end, when he's revealed as the bad guy]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Jak, he is abrasive, rough and bitter but is a nice and good person at heart and will always do the right thing.
%%* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Rayn.]]
* KickTheDog: Veger [[spoiler: gloating at Jak right after Damas' death]].
* KnifeNut: Minor example in Torn (the Underground symbol on the map is actually his knife). Razer's also pretty handy with that butterfly knife of his.
* KnightOfCerebus: Maia and Gol in the first game raise the stakes from simply helping Daxter return to normal to saving the world, and lack the colorful, humorous personalities like the other islanders. The two, however, ended up outdone by Baron Praxis and [[spoiler:Metal Kor]], due to the former torturing Jak for the better part of two years, causing Jak's personality to become much darker, and the latter is part of the reason the world is [[CrapsackWorld the way it is]], and once his intentions are revealed, the characters' goals become to immediately destroy him.
* KnightTemplar: Count Veger, a strong supporter of [[LightIsNotGood Light Eco research]] and revealed to be [[spoiler:one of the main villains of the overall series]]. The official strategy guide has a pretty apt description: "Although in some ways this guy means well, he is going about it in all the wrong ways and for all the wrong reasons. Too much of a good thing is bad, and Veger is as bad as they get!"
* LargeHam: The Baron. His PropagandaMachine announcements are so hammily insistent on upkeeping the totalarian atmosphere of the second game that they border on self-parody.
* LaserSight: The Morph Gun.
* LateArrivalSpoiler:
** Gol, the guy who was supposed to cure Daxter in the first game, is the BigBad.
** Ashelin is Praxis' daughter.
** Erol comes back in ''Jak 3'' as an OmnicidalManiac working for/with the Dark Makers.
* LawOfInverseRecoil: Averted: Jak's gun actually does jerk back after firing.
* LeanAndMean: Count Veger.
* LethalLavaLand: The Fire Canyon, Volcanic Crater, and the Lava Tube in ''TPL'', the Dig from ''Jak II'', and the Volcano and the Spargus Arena in ''Jak 3''.
%%* LikeYouWereDying
%%* LimitBreak: Dark Jak.
* LimitedWardrobe: Everyone has either one or two outfits, period (except Jak, who gets a new outfit every game).
* LoadingScreen: Averted completely. It's disguised via background loading, such as airlocks and giant doors. If the player somehow manages to SpeedRun through an area faster than the game can load the next area, [[DevelopersForesight Jak and Daxter will trip and fall over, taking a moment to get back up while the streaming loading takes place]].
* LocalHangout: The Naughty Ottsel.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Rayn isn't happy when she finds out that [[spoiler: Jak killed her father]]. ''"You '''''knew'''''? You ALL knew, didn't you?!"'''
* LostTechnology: The Precursors left their crap ''everywhere''.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Sadly, Jak figured it out seconds before Damas died, and didn't get a chance to tell him.]]
* MadeOfExplodium: One of the red eco powers in ''TLF''.
* MagicPants: When Daxter changes into his eight-foot-tall SuperpoweredEvilSide, his goggles and gloves change size too, and his pants are only shredded from the knees down... and when he goes back to normal, his pants are magically restored!
* TheManBehindTheMan: Baron Praxis initially starts off as the BigBad of ''Jak II'', until it's revealed that the Metal Head Leader, [[spoiler:AKA Kor]] is the one pulling the strings, forcing the Baron to trade large amounts of eco just to keep the Metal Heads out of Haven City.
%%* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Rayn.]]
* MarketBasedTitle: The second and third games are just called "''Jak II/3''" in the US market. Outside of the US they get subtitles as well.
%%* MascotWithAttitude: Daxter.
* MeaningfulName: "Samos" is an island in Greece known for its fertility; the character is the tree-hugging Sage of Green Eco.
** The major city of the Wasteland continent, Spargus, is clearly a play on the famous Sparta. Spargus even has limits on 'citizenship', because only people who survive three different marathon deathmatches are considered citizens.
** Continuing the Ancient Greece theme, the two known kings of Haven (Tyrant Praxis, who usurped King [[spoiler:Damas]]) have remarkably similar names to a few Spartan kings [[http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Kings+of+Sparta]] and Athenian archons [[http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Archons+of+Athens]].
*** Also, Praxis is an actual Greek word basically defined as the combination of theory and practice. Baron Praxis will come up with and execute any scheme or tactic he deems necessary to achieve victory, such as threatening to kill his own daughter.
*** It could be interesting to note that [[spoiler:Deimos is a moon of Mars and Damas is a descendant of Mar/ named his son after Mar.]]
** The surname of the two {{Big Bad}}s of the first game is Acheron, which is the river of woe in Greek mythology, and the river that Charon would ferry the souls of the dead across.
** G.T. Blitz has two meanings: "Blitz" is German for lightning, which is fast and dangerous, not unlike Combat Racing. "G.T." stands for "grand tourer" (or, in Italian, ''[[VideoGame/GranTurismo gran turismo]]''), which is a kind of high-performance car built for long-distance driving.
* MeaningfulTitles: Played straight with Praxis and Veger, subverted with [[spoiler:Skyheed]].
* MeleeATrois: Happens ''two separate times'' in the series. The first one happens in ''Jak II'', which focuses on the three-way struggle between the Underground Resistance, Baron Praxis and the KG, and the Metal Heads. Then, in ''Jak 3'', Haven City becomes a war zone between the resurgent Metal Heads, the Freedom League, and the army of KG robots [[spoiler:led by a cybernetically-revived Erol]], and that's not even bringing Spargus or [[spoiler:the Dark Makers]] into the mix.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender:
** In ''TLF'', we see people of both genders wandering around Aeropa in the beginning. However, once it's revealed that [[spoiler: they're AlwaysChaoticEvil, they all become identical {{Mook}}s... and male.]] In addition, there are no female Krimzon Guards other than Ashelin (who doesn't die), and no other female in the series dies ([[VideogameCrueltyPotential unless YOU do it, but that doesn't count]]). But then again, in ''TLF'', [[spoiler:the Aeropans you fight underwent transformation and were put in heavy armor.]]
** [[spoiler:Maia]] ''does'' die.
%%* MilesGloriosus: Daxter.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: Samos, the Bird Lady, Jak's uncle.
* MiniMecha: Jak pilots one a couple times in ''Jak II.'' There is also a level in ''Jak 3'' where [[ItMakesSenseInContext Jak controls a Dark Maker Bot with his mind]].
* MissingMom: There are five fathers in the series ([[spoiler:Samos, Damas, Krew, Osmo, and Praxis]]) but mothers are only mentioned. Pecker says his mother was "very vindictive"; Samos' comment about Keira being "just like her mother"; Sig's "my momma used to read me bedtime stories..." bit; and Kleiver's sarcastic "No, I'm conversing with me sweet departed mum."
* MixAndMatchCritters: Ottsels and yakkows and monkaws.
%%* MomentKiller: Daxter did this to Jak and Keira ''twice''. [[spoiler:Jak got his revenge eventually.]]
* MommasBoy: Possibly Sig. "She'd give me a warm glass of yakow milk... and my little Poopsie Bear..."
* MoodWhiplash: Between the first and second games.
* MoreDakka: The Morph Gun (especially its ''Jak 3'' upgrades) and the Gunstaff.
** And then there's the Vulcan Cannon weapon for planes in ''The Lost Frontier'', which sprays a cloud of bullets in whatever direction you point it. Loaded onto the Gunship, which has ''five weapon mounts per wing'', and you have the most dakka the series has seen so far.
* MorphWeapon: The ''Morph'' Gun and the Gunstaff.
* MsFanservice: Even amongst [[WrenchWench Keira]], Tess and [[EvilIsSexy Maia]], Ashelin '''still''' stands out as the most fanservicely of the women in this game.
* MulticoloredHair: Jak's hair has green roots. Daxter (when he was human) had blond roots that turned orange, then red. Keira's is green with blue roots.
* MundaneUtility: Need to open a box? Shoot it!
* MundaneWish: After having been turned into an ottsel in the beginning of the first game, Daxter gets his chance to turn back into a humanoid in the ending for ''Jak 3'' as the Precursors offer to grant him a wish. He wishes for a comfortable pair of pants.
* TheMuse: The Sculptor in ''TPL'' has one. It glows!
* MyNaymeIs: Jak, Erol, Ximon, Kleiver, Razer, Rayn...
* MyGreatestFailure: While admonishing Errol about the foolishness of attacking the Metal Head Nest, Praxis gazes out a window and mournfully touches his cybernetic implants. It's clear he's still shaken by the [[WarIsHell horrors he lead his men into]], even if his PropagandaMachine bills it as "glorious".
%%* NiceJobBreakingItHero
* TheNicknamer: Jinx (and Daxter, though he's usually derogatory).
* NintendoHard: After players complained that [[ItsEasySoItSucks the original game was too easy]], Naughty Dog turned the difficulty up to eleven with ''Jak II''. ''Jak 3'' took it down a notch, but inconsistently, varying from "pretty easy" to "[[RageAgainstTheHeavens shout invectives at Naughty Dog]] and snap controller". Then, ''Jak X'' came out, and is to racing games what ''Jak II'' is to action games.
* NitroBoost: Blue Eco temporarily increased Jak's speed both on foot and while driving the zoomer in the first game. Turbo powerups could be picked up in the zoomer races in ''Jak II'' and the Wasteland driving missions in ''Jak 3'', and blue eco showed up again in Jak X.
* NoCutsceneInventoryInertia: Averted in ''Jak 3'', mostly because you usually get equipment in cutscenes. Played straight in ''TLF'' though.
%%* NonActionGuy: Daxter... at first.
* NonIndicativeName: While Haven City originally served as a haven from the Metal Heads when it was built, it has become a war zone twice during Jak's stay. The, all of a sudden, misnomer is especially apparent near the end of ''Jak II'' when the Krimzon Guard fights the Metal Heads as well as in all of ''Jak 3'' when the Freedom League fights the Metal Heads and the KG Death Bots.
** Heck, in ''Jak 3'' Spargus City is actually a much safer place than Haven, and at one point Jak is glad to be banished and not be in Haven to fight in the war.
* NoodleIncident: [[spoiler:Jak to his younger self:]] "Stay away from ANY wumpbee nests on your ninth birthday, okay?"
* NoOSHACompliance: Gol and Maia's Citadel is full of rickety wooden walkways, floating Precursor gadgets, and bronze platforms, and it's all held over a huge BottomlessPit. And then there's the Praxis Palace and the Weapons Lab. The Praxis Palace has a huge pit in both of it's machinery rooms, and the Weapons Lab is filled with glowing green toxic goo.
* NotAGame: Lampshaded because it is, in fact, a game.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Unless you count Daxter's excessive flirting, which has all but stopped since ''Jak X''.
* NotNowKiddo: Jak's response when Daxter first tries to tell him about his SuperpoweredEvilSide.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Sig seems to be killed by a Metalpede at the end of ''Jak II''. He reappears triumphantly at the party in the outro, in perfect health.]]
%%* NotTheFallThatKillsYou
* NumberedSequels: Oddly, the sequels started with Roman numerals with ''Jak II'', but switched to numbers for ''Jak 3''.
%%* ObstructiveZealot: Count Veger.
* OfficialCouple:
** Jak and Keira.
** Torn and Ashelin.
** [[BetaCouple Daxter and Tess]].
* OhCrap: In ''Jak X'', when Jak (and the player) realizes that [[spoiler:Jak's weapons have been sabotaged]]. In the middle of the race. One can only imagine Daxter's reaction...
** Veger has a moment like this in ''Jak 3'' seconds before [[spoiler: his KarmicTransformation]], as if the Universe was just ''waiting'' for him to put two and two together.
* OhMyGods: "By the Precursors" seems to be Samos' stand-in for "Oh my God." Mar's name is also used as an oath, with characters exclaiming "Thank ''Mar'' you're here!" Interestingly averted at the end of ''Jak 3'' and ''Jak X'', when Jak [[MemeticMutation famously]] says "Oh my God." Especially considering that in 3 he is [[spoiler:standing ''before his Gods''.]] Daxter also says "...God, I miss pants" in ''Jak 2''.
* {{Ojou}}: Ashelin is the Baron's daughter and a high-ranking member of the Guard before becoming Governor of Haven City.
%%* OldSaveBonus
%%* OmnicidalManiac:
%%** Gol and Maia in ''TPL''.
%%** [[spoiler:Errol]] in ''Jak 3''.
%%* OneManArmy: Jak.
* OneOfTheBoys: Keira's oldest (and presumably closest) friends are Jak and Daxter, and she likes to tinker with machines.
* OneWingedAngel: The Metal Head leader reverting to his real form in ''Jak II'', as well as any time Jak turns into Dark Jak and Light Jak.
* OnlyOneName: Everyone. Sometimes it's hard to tell whether someone is referred to on a LastNameBasis or not.
** Since most names in this series are uncommon/[[MyNaymeIs alternatively spelled]] real names, it stands to reason that at least [[http://www.houseofnames.com/fc.asp?sId=&s=Veger&text2.x=0&text2.y=0 Veger]] is on a LastNameBasis with the rest of the cast.
** Averted in the first game, when Samos refers to the great sage of Dark Eco as Gol Acheron. It's assumed that his sister Maia shares this surname.
** Also, Keira and Samos [[AllThereInTheManual Hagai.]]
* OptionalTrafficLaws: As long as you don't hit one of them, the Krimzon Guard couldn't care less how many civilians you plow into. And neither does the Freedom League, for that matter.
%%* OrphansPlotTrinket: The Seal of Mar
%%* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Light Jak
* OurElvesAreBetter: The characters have elf-ears but seem to be otherwise no different from humans, and are even referred to as "humans" on more than one occasion. Many characters also have slim fingers with proportionately bloated fingertips. Examples are Jak, Daxter, and Samos. This is possibly referred to when either Keira or Jak says "cross your fingers" and Daxter holds up his index and middle finders and says "ya know, I've never been able to do that."
* {{Overheating}}: Happens with turret guns only.
* OverprotectiveDad: Samos, though it's perfectly reasonable: he wants his daughter to stay in the garage fixing cars, not out on the track getting shot at.



* ParentalAbandonment: Most characters never mention their parents (but given that the world is war-torn and they're all adults, that's excusable). One intriguing example is Daxter's parentage: they've never been mentioned or seen, so [[{{Fanon}} most fans believe]] that he's an orphan.
* ParentalSubstitute:
** Samos is a father figure for both Jak and Daxter.
** Jak's explorer Uncle in ''TPL''.
* PassThroughTheRings: Some of the more aggravating missions.
* PhysicalGod: The Precursors, again. They (supposedly) all died out before even the first game, and they were stated to be an ancient, super-advanced race. However, they are often invoked as if they were gods (see above), and the second game hints at their true nature. The third game finally out-and-out confirms it.
%%* PermaStubble: Torn
* PerpetualFrowner: Jak.
%%* PersonOfMassDestruction: Jak
* PhlebotinumRebel: Jak, after being involuntarily experimented on during the two years between the first and second games.
* PinballProjectile: The Reflexor gun.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Daxter, again, at least in the later games (and especially in his self-titled entry). [[spoiler: And if he ever gets his [[SealedBadassInACan Precursor powers. As an extension, any Precursor has the potential to be this.]]]]
* PirateGirl: A... slightly drunk... lady pirate... is included in ''Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier''. No, she only appears once and is just a background character.
* PlatformGame: And one of the best of its kind.
* PlatformingPocketPal: Daxter
* PlayfulOtter: Daxter is a pretty fun loving and irreverent guy (He's actually an ottsel, but close enough.)
* PointyEars: Subverted. The characters' ears aren't used to indicate that they are inhuman or supernatural.
* PowerEchos: A lot, in the case of Gol Acheron. Between this and the VaderBreath, he can be hard to understand sometimes.
* PressXToNotDie: [[JustForPun 'Daxterjacking']] enemy aircraft in ''TLF''.
* PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo: Jak only appears in ''Daxter'' two or three times. Given that he's in prison for most of the game, it's justified.
* PrimalFear: If you've been eaten by the Lurker Shark in ''TPL'', then you know.
%%* PsychoSerum: Dark Eco
* PurposelyOverpowered: The Peace Maker and Supernova weapons.
* PuzzleBoss: Pretty much all of them.
* QuickDraw: Jak (and Daxter, when Jak's on the Zoomer)
* RacingMiniGame: In some parts of ''Jak II'', ''very'' prominent in ''Jak 3''.
* RealMenWearPink: G.T. Blitz.
* RebelLeader: Torn. And the Shadow, though he (justifiably) spends a lot of his time not doing anything.
* RebelliousPrincess: Ashelin takes this to extremes by being a double agent for the Underground, who is working to topple the Baron's rule.
* RecursiveAmmo: Doubling as MacrossMissileMassacre, the Apocalypse aircraft weapon in ''The Lost Frontier'' fires a single missile that splits into three smaller warheads, each of which splits further into ''three more'' missiles for a total of nine warheads per single shot. Needless to say, it doesn't take long to clear the airspace around you when using this weapon.
%%* RedRightHand: Gol & Maia.
* {{Retcon}}: Many (relatively minor) of the things revealed in the second game, as applied to the first.
* TheReveal: Each game has a progressively more shocking one:
** ''TPL'': [[spoiler:The only person who can cure Daxter is the BigBad.]]
** ''Jak 2'': [[spoiler:Kor is the Metal Head leader, and The Kid is Jak.]]
** ''Jak 3'': [[spoiler:The Precursors were ottsels.]]
* RidingTheBomb: One of Daxter's more badass moments in ''Jak 3'' and ''TLF''.
* RisingConflict: Every single game in the series.
* RiseToTheChallenge: One of the last things you do in the Lost Precursor City in ''TPL'', only with Dark Eco instead of water.
* TheRival: Erol fills this role for Jak in ''Jak II'' and is of the ArchEnemy variety. Pecker becomes Daxter's rival in the same game, though they're only [[VitriolicBestBuds slightly less violent]] towards each other.
%%* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething:
%%** Damas and [[spoiler:his son, Jak]].
%%** Praxis and Ashelin, although they're more like regents acting in lieu of the Mar bloodline.
%%* RubberForeheadAliens
* RummageSaleReject: The half-shoes in the first game, for starters.
* RunawayTrain: ''Jak 3'', in the Eco Mine.
* RunningGag: Two major ones, both involving Daxter...
** Daxter interrupting Jak and Keira's BigDamnKiss at the end of each game [[spoiler:save for Jak X.]]
** Daxter bemoaning the fact that he can't wear pants anymore.
--> '''Daxter:''' God, I miss pants...
%%* SadisticChoice: Okay, Torn: Ashelin or Underground? Pick one.
* SavingTheWorld: It never starts out that way, but that's what it usually turns into. Except in ''TLF''; they know early on that this is a save-the-world quest.
* SayMyName: Happens once in ''Jak 3'', after [[spoiler: Jak's SuicidalGotcha]].
--> '''Daxter:''' Jak? ''JAAAK!''
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Jak has one in ''Jak II'' and ''Jak 3''.
* SceneryGorn: The ruined areas of Haven City in ''Jak 3''. What's even more unnerving is that there are parts of the ruined city that can be recognized from ''Jak II'', making the point (that this place really has gone to Hell in a handbasket) hit that closer to home.
* SecondaryFire: The Morph Gun's ''Jak 3'' upgrades.
%%* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler: G.T. Blitz/Mizo himself.]]
* SequelDifficultyDrop: ''Jak 3'' has its tricky moments, but is much more forgiving than ''Jak II''.
* SequelDifficultySpike: ''Jak II'' is considered by far the hardest game of the trilogy, to the point of frustration for many players. The third game inverts it, by being considerably easier than its predecessor.
* SequelHook: "I'm done with adventures." You wish, Jak.
%%* SeriousBusiness: Combat Racing.
* ShareTheMalePain: The end of ''Jak X'' gives us this little exchange, as the group prepares to face off against Mizo's gang in the race for their lives.
-->'''Jak:''' All for one...
-->'''Ashelin:''' And one [[GroinAttack right in the groin]].
-->'''Sig:''' *covers crotch with hand*
* ShootingGallery: There's one in the Haven City Port in Jak ''II'' and ''3''.
* ShouldersOfDoom:
** Damas and several other Wastelanders have obnoxiously large/spiky shoulder pads. [[spoiler:Errol]] has a single large mechanical shoulder for his single large mechanical arm in ''Jak 3''.
** Sig stands out with his set having been fashioned from the ''skulls of slain Metal Heads''.
* ShoutOut:
** There's a Ratchet & Clank poster on one of the monitors in Haven City. Samos's house in the first game contains one of the piranha plants from ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot''.
** Early in ''TLF'', during the first mission with the Hellcat, Daxter yells "[[VideoGame/StarFox Do a barrel roll! Try a somersault!]]" It's hard to believe that was unintentional.
** ''TLF'' has a lot of shout outs: Return of the Jedi, [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] (specifically the ''Film/SpaceMutiny'' episode), Diablo, Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes...
** Not to mention [[StarWars "A more elegant weapon, for a more civilized time,"]] said about the [[MundaneMadeAwesome electric bug-swatter]] in ''Daxter''.
** [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Some call me...]] [[MyNaymeIs Tym.]]
** All of the dream minigames in ''Daxter'' are shout-outs to certain movies: ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Film/TheMatrix'', ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' and ''Franchise/IndianaJones''.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Daxter and Tess. The smooching is pretty much non-existent thanks to the species difference, but the rest of the symptoms are there (baby talk, stupid nicknames, cuddling).
** So one can only ''imagine'' how bad it got [[spoiler:once the species difference was taken out of the equation.]]
* SideKick: Daxter, although he does eventually become TheHero in his own right, especially in ''Daxter''.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: An exchange between Jak and G.T. Blitz in ''Jak X.''
* SlasherSmile: Daxter, oddly enough.
* SleevesAreForWimps: Jak had his sleeves removed in the beginning of ''Jak 3''. Torn and Sig have sleeveless shirts in ''Jak X''. Sig might [[LimitedWardrobe always have that shirt on]], but it's difficult to tell underneath all the armor he usually wears.
* SkyPirates: Phoenix and his band in ''TLF''.
* SmallGirlBigGun: Tess when she showcases new weapon for Jak. They actually ''scaled the gun model'' down for Tess and it still looks huge.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Slid from one end all the way to the other in less than five minutes at the start of the second game, migrating slowly back toward the middle as that game (and its sequel, Jak 3) progressed. The world is ultimately not a CrapsackWorld, but it's no picnic, either.
* SmartBall: Daxter isn't exactly dumb, but the amount of times he picks this up makes one wonder if he qualifies as a DitzyGenius. He's broken into high-security areas crawling with {{Mook}}s, disarmed bombs, [[RidingTheBomb piloted rockets]], driven vehicles with no previous experience, and has run a business since he was ''seventeen'', also without experience (or schooling, for that matter).
* SnarkyNonHumanSidekick: Daxter.
* TheSoCalledCoward: Daxter. Though he's never expressly called a coward, this is the basic perception of him, both by the people in game and the fans.
* SomeCallMeTim: Not technically an example, but the line is spoofed/uttered in ''TLF'' with [[MyNaymeIs Tym]].
%%* TheSpeechless
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In ''Jak 3'', Erol's name is spelled Errol.
* SpiderTank:
** The Terraformer.
** On a smaller scale, the Blast Bots from ''Jak II'' and ''Jak 3''.
** The Baron has a spider tank he uses in the Tomb of Mar, in Jak II.
* StableTimeLoop: ''Jak II''. [[spoiler:''Jak 3'' even more so.]]
* StayInTheKitchen: Samos essentially says this to Keira in ''Jak X'', when he finds out that she wants to be a racer and not just the mechanic. The exact wording was "a woman's place is in the garage fixing cars!" Good thing Ashelin wasn't around to hear that...
%%* StealthHiBye: Taryn does this in ''Daxter''.
* {{Stripperiffic}}:
** Ashelin, the only female Krimzon Guard we see, wears a "uniform" like this.
** And then there's women [=NPCs=] in Haven City that have skirts with cutaway holes in the side, partially revealing their bare legs.
* {{Steampunk}}: The Lava Tube and Gol and Maia's Citadel in the first game qualify. Later, the sequels toned down on the Steampunk-Style technology, going for a more {{Cyberpunk}} look.
* SuddenlyVoiced: Jak from the second game onward.
%%* SuicidalGotcha
* SuperDrowningSkills: For Jak, this is caused by BorderPatrol (except in ''TLF'', when it's completely unjustified). For Daxter, this is because he's got electrical equipment tied to his back. All enemies die instantly when knocked into deep water, even the ones that came out of the water in the first place.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Dark Jak in the second game. The third adds a Superpowered "''Good''" Side to contrast. In ''TLF'', Daxter gets a Dark mode too. [[spoiler:Considering Precursors that are overexposed to Dark Eco become Dark Makers, this has the potential to be quite an interesting development as the series continues.]]
* SuperSoldier: The Dark Aeropan Warriors are essentially this. They were mass-produced to be combat-effective warriors against the Eco Pirates by infusing citizens with dark eco.
* SuperWindowJump: Jak drives through a window (okay, aquarium) in ''Jak X''.
* SurferDude: Ximon in ''Daxter'', also arguably the Sculptor from ''TPL''. [[spoiler:One of the Precursors in ''Jak 3''.]]
* SwissArmyGun: The Morph Gun has a shotgun, a rifle, a sub-machine gun, a lightning gun, lightning-''ball'' gun, an RPG launcher, a shockwave generator, a ReflectingLaser, a drone launcher, an Anti-Gravity generator, a homing-dart gun and a ''mini-nuke''.
** The Gunstaff from ''TLF'' can be used in melee and comes with the Scatter Gun (now called Concussor Gun), the Blaster, the Vulcan Fury, and something like the Peace Maker.
%%* TheSyndicate: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Syndicate]] in ''Jak X''.



%%* TacticalSuicideBoss
* TakeYourTime: Search for Orbs, play mini-games, explore the desert -- that Day Star won't come any closer until the plot says it should. Gol and Maia won't get open the Dark Eco silos until you get there, either.
* TalkingAnimal: Daxter [[spoiler: and the rest of the ottsels, too.]]
** PollyWantsAMicrophone: Pecker. He actually gets one in ''Jak X''.
* TattooedCrook: Everyone in Mizo's gang has the same tattoo on their right wrist.
* TeamDad: Samos, though his age makes him more like the Team Grandpa.
* TeamHandStack: The team at the end of ''Jak X'' stacks hands right before the final race.
* TechnicolorEyes: Nearly everyone. Praxis, Krew and Seem all have red(dish) eyes, Damas' eyes are purple, Erol has gold eyes and Blitz' are indigo.
* TechnoBabble: Tess spits out a run-on sentence about one of her {{BFG}}s in ''Jak 3''. Cue shot of Jak and Daxter with a "Bwuh?" look on their faces.
** Vin also launches into an impressive spiel at one point.
--> '''Daxter:''' Did you understand a word he said?
* TemporaryPlatform: Everywhere.
* ThemeNaming: Every member of Mizo's gang is named after a sharp object: Razer (razor), Cutter and Edje (edgy) are the obvious ones; a shiv is any type of improvised, bladed weapon (common in prisons), and a mizo is a type of Bowie knife. Kleiver (cleaver), though not originally a gang member, also fits in.
* ThirdPersonShooter: After acquiring the morph gun in ''Jak II'' and ''Jak 3''. Parts of ''TPL'' are like this when using yellow eco.
* ThreeActStructure: ''Jak II'', ''Jak 3'', and ''TLF'', though the latter changes the formula slightly in that a boss fight doesn't mark the ends of the first and second acts.
* TimedMission: Very Strict from ''II'' onwards, to the point were some of the ring challenges start you off with ''9 seconds''. Makes you wonder why the timers even have a 10-minute marker.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Daxter and Tess. [[spoiler: That gets fixed at the end of ''Jak 3''.]]
* TokenMinority: Sig. The tokenism here has gotten ridiculous as not only is he the only black member of the main cast, he's apparently the only black guy on the entire freaking ''planet''.
* TomboyPrincess: Ashelin.
* TookALevelInBadass: Both Jak and Daxter go through this. Jak's is abrupt and noticeable while Daxter's is subtle and usually ignored.
* TouchedByVorlons: How Jak got his Light powers.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil:
** ''Jak II'' being set in the future.
** Daxter getting a Dark mode.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Subverted with ''Jak II'', as that is instead a BadFuture, not another world.
** Making this more a case of StrangerInAFamiliarLand.
* TreacherousAdvisor: [[spoiler: Kor in ''Jak II'']]
* TriggerHappy: Jak (and Daxter, whenever he gets a chance to use the damn thing).
* TrilogyCreep: ''Jak 3'' was originally thought to be the end, but then they released ''Jak X'', ''Daxter'', and ''TLF''.
* TroubledButCute: Jak.
* TrueCompanions: Exactly how many of the main characters are these depends on who you ask, but the general consensus (judging from the group as shown in ''Jak X'') is that Jak, Daxter, Keira, Samos, Torn, Ashelin, and Sig are the "official" party.
** Torn, Ashelin and Sig joined the gang as FireForgedFriends in ''Jak II''.
* TwitchyEye: Veger gets one [[spoiler:when the Precursors are revealed to be ottsels.]]
* TwoPartTrilogy: The first Jak and Daxter have little to do with the next two games besides the portal at the end.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Both played straight and averted with Praxis, who turns Haven City into an oppressive police state, but is shown towards the end of ''Jak II'' to genuinely care for the citizens he's in charge of (perhaps a little ''too'' much).
* UglyGuysHotDaughter: Rayn is Krew's ('''[[FatBastard KREW'S?!?!?]]''') daughter.
* UnflinchingWalk: The end of ''Jak X''.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The Krimzon Guards don't notice you until you hit one of them, or if you're taking on a mission against them.
** Plus, no one seems bothered by the fact that Daxter is a talking [[strike:rodent]] [[strike:muskrat]] ottsel who rides on Jak's shoulder.
* UsedFuture: Haven City features grungy industrial areas, rusty floating vehicles, and badly polluted waters, despite being a futuristic city. The surrounding areas aren't much better, either, as the Metal Heads have taken over.
* VaderBreath: Obviously all that Dark Eco experimentation couldn't have been good for Gol's lungs.
* VerbalTic: Pecker squawks loudly and abrasively on occasion.
* ViceCity: Pretty much every human settlement.
** WretchedHive: Kras City
* VictoryPose: After getting a Power Cell in the first game. Lampshaded at the beginning of ''Jak II''.
* VideogameCrueltyPotential: Starting in ''Jak II'', you can indiscriminately slaughter civilians, knock Krimzon Guard into the water to drown, and even trick their hoverbike riders into slamming into walls or the back of your car, causing them to crash and die. In ''Jak 3'' you can start huge shootouts with the wastelanders. Get one to start shooting at you, get that one to accidentally hit someone else...
** The pelican in the first game.
* VideoWills / TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: Krew's holographic will in ''Jak X''.
* VillainousBreakdown: Erol
* VillainousGlutton: Krew
* VisibleSilence: At one point in ''Daxter'', Ximon makes a kind of "uuhhhh..." sound, which the subtitles show as "..."
* VitriolicBestBuds: Daxter and Pecker. They totally hate each other's guts... but will happily hang out together without too much fuss.
* WarriorPrince: [[spoiler: Jak again]]
* WastelandElder: Damas
** Damas doesn't fit this trope: he is clearly the biggest badass in Spargus and, therefore, its king, and he makes it clear that it's either HIS way, or the highway to death by exposure.
** A better example might be Kor, who [[spoiler:before it was revealed that he was the Metal Head leader and still in human guise, seemed to have made a place among the rebel forces by being old and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.]]
* WeakTurretGun: In ''Jak X'', the only way to destroy a turret gun is to drive into it (of course, you're always in a car, so...). However, you receive no collateral damage for doing so, nor do you slow down.
* WeaselMascot: Daxter
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Jak and Daxter (yes, ''Daxter'' is guilty of this too) can shoot/punch/maim hundreds of Krimzon Guards and [[spoiler: Aeropans]] to death, but they're still considered heroes? The latter class of mooks makes this incredibly uncomfortable, since [[spoiler: their only crime is not being strong enough to retain their own minds after Dark Eco experimentation]], though supposedly they ''[[AlwaysChaoticEvil all]]'' went along with it of their own accord. The MST3KMantra is especially necessary here.
%%* WhoForgotTheLights
%%* WideOpenSandbox
* WingedHumanoid: Light Jak
* WireDilemma: Parodied in a cutscene near the end of ''Jak II''. Daxter crawls into the Piercer Bomb in order to get the Precursor Stone back and, theoretically, disarm it. He says things like "Should I clip the blue wire?" before just deciding to break a few more things to see if anything comes loose. It works. ''The Lost Frontier'' also has him disarming missiles by ripping wires and such out.
--> "Wait a minute, are ottsels colorblind???"
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Dark Jak. Dark Daxter.
* WombLevel: Metal Head nests.
* WorfHadTheFlu: In ''The Lost Frontier'', The instability in the world's eco makes Jak unable to use his dark form.
* WrenchWench: Keira (vehicles), Tess (weapons)
* WritersCannotDoMath: In ''Jak X'', it's confirmed that Jak and Keira are only one year apart. So, [[spoiler: young Jak would have had to be at most one year old when he and young Samos went back in time. However, Baron Praxis was in charge of Haven City for at least two years, so Jak would have to have been at least that old by the time he went back in time]]. A common fan theory was that Keira was adopted, but that's been debunked since Samos mentioned that she was "just like her mother." The new theory is that Keira's mother was single and married Samos. If she is indeed Samos' biological daughter, as the series seems to treat her, then it falls under this trope.
** This trope is averted by the fan theory that [[spoiler:Keira and Samos arrived in the future at a different time than Jak and Daxter.]] This idea is supported by Samos when he claims [[spoiler:he's "added six rings to [his] trunk just waiting for [Jak and Daxter]!" which would imply that he has been in the future 4 years longer than our heroes.]]
%%* YinYangBomb: Jak
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair:
** Keira's green and blue hair.
** Jak himself, while blond, has a green goatee and eyebrows.
** [[spoiler:His hair was all green when he was a kid.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: Rare version of the hero killing an ally's father: Rayn is not happy when she finds out Jak killed Krew. She forgives him later, though.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Daxter implies this when talking to Veger at one point, going off on a tangent about hot babes. [[TheFundamentalist Veger]] reacts as one would assume he would.