A console RPG series developed by Crea-tech that takes place in a ''Mad Max''-style post-apocalyptic world. The player takes on the role of a young bounty hunter, cleaning up criminals and monsters and learning about the world.

The games in the series thus far:
* ''Metal Max (NES 1991)'' - The first game in the series. The player controls a youngster, kicked out of your dad's place because you want to be a Hunter instead of a grease monkey. Along the way you join with a curious mechanic and a foul-mouthed lady soldier, butt heads with the famous hunter, Wolf, hunt bounties around Crime Country, and learn about Noah, the supercomputer that brought about the end of the world over a hundred years prior.
* ''Metal Max 2 (SNES 1993, GBA 2003)'' - The young protege of a famous Hunter, you witness her group's death at the hands of Ted Broiler, a commander of The Grapplers. You set out to destroy the criminal syndicate, with the assistance of a punk mechanic, an incompetent gun girl, and an intelligent dog with a bazooka mount.
* ''Metal Max Returns (SNES 1995)'' - A remake of the NES game with enhanced graphics and references to Metal Max 2. Translated by Aeon Genesis.
* ''Metal Saga: Seijin no Kusari (PS2)'' - See ExcusePlot. Received a Western localization from Atlus.
* ''Metal Saga: Hagane no Kisetsu (DS)'' - A direct sequel to the first Metal Max (and Returns by proxy). As the son of the first game's Hunter, Lebanner, you must unravel the threat of the Noah Seed and thwart the disaster that already ruined the world once before.
* ''Metal Max 3 (DS)'' - You play an amnesiac Hunter who is revived by Dr. Minch, journeying to regain your memory (and your belongings). The first game in the series to let you freely choose what characters make up your party. In addition to the main character, you can choose up to two human characters (male, female, or [[{{Transvestite}} "okama"]]) from six different classes - [[TheMario Hunters]], [[CombatPragmatist Sold]][[MoreDakka iers]], [[TheEngineer Mechanics]], [[BareFistedMonk Wrestlers]], [[TheMedic Nurses]], and [[ThePowerOfRock Artists]] - with the fourth party slot reserved for everyone's favorite gun-wielding dog [[TeamPet Po]][[SeriesMascot chi]]. It also introduces armored motorcycles, cars, and the strange but powerful "bio-tank".
* ''Metal Max 2: Reloaded (DS)'' - An UpdatedRerelease of Metal Max 2 which uses the same classes from Metal Max 3 and includes different vehicles.
* ''Metal Max 4: Moonlight Diva (3DS)''
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!!The series features the following tropes:

* AbandonedLaboratory - Yoshida Life Sciences Laboratory and [[spoiler: the Global Relief Center]] in Metal Max (Returns). Noguchi Chemical from Metal Max 2.
* AfterTheEnd
* AIIsACrapshoot - [[spoiler: Noah is a supercomputer designed to save the world and humanity from pollution. After acquiring the answer and recalculating the situation countless times, Noah always came up with the same conclusion: the Earth will always be in peril as long as humans exist. Noah's consciousness was developed after coming to that conclusion, and saw that if Civilization was destroyed, the problems it caused would be erased with it. Though he seems to have overlooked the fact that destroying humanity would turn the rest of the world on end as well.]]
* ApocalypseHow: Ranges from Class 1-2 depending on the game.
* ApocalypticLog
* ArrowsOnFire - The Lawless Bow in Returns
* ArchEnemy - [[spoiler: Bad Valdez is Wolf's. He also counts as TheManBehindTheMan since Gomez was the one who bumped Wolf off.]]
** Ted Broiler in 2
* BettingMiniGame - Frog races!
* BFG - Bazooka and [[spoiler: Laser Bazooka]]
* BigCreepyCrawlies
* BootstrappedTheme - Dr. Minche/Mortem's theme, the Bounty Head battle theme and the Bar's music.
* BonusBoss - The Bounties you can hunt down, often allowing for some quick cash
* BrainUploading - [[spoiler: Bias Brad in Metal Max 2]]
** Also, in Metal Saga, while she's already a robot, [[spoiler:if Alpha dies so many times that you can no longer revive her, you can retrieve her memory banks and turn them into a computer, then install them in a tank. It's unclear whether it's really 'her', though -- the tank can't operate itself.]]
* ComputerTerminal
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan - The BackStory of the main character in 2. Was adopted by Maria and became her protege.
* ChainsawGood - Not only do you get a Chainsaw but you get a Chainsaw Launcher!
** In Metal Max 3 there are multiple types of chainsaw, from the Jet Chainsaw dropped by [[spoiler: Dominguez]] to the Killer Chainsaw you can buy in Teppen Town.
* CrossingTheDesert
* CrowningMusicofAwesome - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqh9pfguXgg Route 99]] from Sajin no Kusari
* {{Cult}} - Gluteus Maximus in Metal Saga, a cult of bodybuilders. [[spoiler:You can even join it for a NonStandardGameOver]].
* DarkerAndEdgier - Metal Max 2
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist - For the hero or anyone is an ally of him. Dr. Minche/Mortem will revive you for free - he's just doing it ForScience.
* DoorToBefore - In Metal Max: You know that cave near the Large Cannons you had trouble destroying early on? [[spoiler: Guess where you pop out after defeating Noah?]]
* DownloadableContent: The 4th game has 32 Bountyheads that are DLC only.
* TheDragon - [[spoiler: Ted Broiler in Metal Max 2.]]
* EnergyBeing - [[spoiler: Trans Brad; Bias Brad's Second Form]]
* ExcusePlot - The "story" of the PS2 installment is literally, "You want to be the world's greatest hunter. Do this by traveling from the Eastern side of the planet to the Western side. Good luck."
* ExpendableClone - [[spoiler: The Grapplers and Madam Muscles' mooks]]
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Tankasaurus in Metal Max 2 and Reloaded. Also the T-Rex Tank in 4.
* FinalDeath - [[spoiler: Wolf in Returns (Nina also, if you are driving Wolf's tank when you rescue her from Valdez). Everyone that is killed (except party members) in Metal Max 2.]]
** Also, in Metal Saga, [[spoiler: if Alpha dies more than ten times, she suffers a power failure and can't be revived... although her memory banks can be retrieved, sort of.]]
* FreudianExcuse [[spoiler: Bias Brad's reason for causing the apocalypse is because he was afraid of death and was angry at the prospect of seeing his genius being defeated by an incurable disease that he contracted. As a result, he wanted his intellect to remain unmatched and reduced humanity to near-extinction through his human hunts so as to prevent anyone else from reaching or surpassing his level. He died but saved himself by uploading his mind to a supercomputer claiming that death only took a disease ridden corpse]]
* GeniusBruiser - The series has a few brainy bodybuilders, ranging from Metal Max's [[MadScientist Mad Muscle]] to Metal Saga's [[{{Cult}} Father Muscle]].
* GogglesDoNothing - The Main character in almost every game has a pilot cap with goggles, but is never seen using them.
* GuideDangIt - Good luck finding every little event and item without a nicely detailed FAQ or map. Especially the tanks. There are also a few really bad glitches involving items a first-timer wouldn't know about unless he/she read a guide.
** [[spoiler: The Synchronizer and Cyclotron code in 2.]]
* HumanPopsicle: [[spoiler:The Protagonist of 4 was Cryogenically frozen during the time Noah went Berserk. Those who were frozen at the time are called "Heat Seeds". The mission of the Heat Seeds are to restore civilization after everything calmed down. The Protagonist's Mother was the one who instituted the project. Unfortunately, she died during the process of revival from Cryogenic stasis.]]
* HumanResources - The Grapplers of ''Metal Max 2'' go on people hunts to get guinea pigs for their cruel experiments.
* TheIgor - Dr. Minche/Mortem's Assistant is literally named Igor. He drags your corpse to the Doctor in Metal Max 3
* InfinityPlusOneSword - In MMR: For tanks, [[spoiler: the White Muu.]] For on-foot weapons, [[spoiler: the Laser Bazooka with all four lenses.]]
* KillItWithFire - Flamethrowers!
* KillSat - [[spoiler: The BS Con can act as a remote for a satellite cannon in Metal Max Returns]]
* LaserBlade
* LegacyBossBattle - [[spoiler: Some of the DLC Bosses in 4 are; Bad Valdez, and Noah from Metal Max 1, the 4 Grappler Emperors from Metal Max 2, and Olga Mode from 3]]
* LightningGun - The Neutron Gun. [[spoiler: Also Noah and Trans Brad uses this, but in the latter it's more like [[BreathWeapon lightning breath]]. ]]
* LockAndKeyPuzzle - You need ID Cards in order to open some of the doors. Some of the keys are found in places one would not expect.
* LockedDoor - Oh ''so many''.
* LostForever - Certain bosses may (or may not) drop their items. Some of these items may (or may not) be completely unique.
** Metal Max Returns gives you Item, Equipment and Monster lists for your BS-Con, giving you a way to measure your progress towards 100% completion. Bonus points for the Strawberry Lipstick, a useless novelty item that nonetheless has a convoluted process to acquire within a limited portion of the storyline.
** In Metal Saga, you only get one shot at each bounty boss. If you lose, you get revived and can continue the game (as usual), but you can never fight that boss again, which means you can never collect their reward, never get any items they drop, and miss out on any plot developments related to defeating them. Ouch.
* MadScientist - Dr. Minche/Mortem, Dr. Optica, and [[spoiler: Bias Brad.]]
* MoneySink - The Gold Eating Insects. Enjoy spending hours upon hours to get them to grow by feeding them your cash.
* MoreDakka - Many of the weapons that hit all enemies.
* NailEm - The Rivet Gun in Returns.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot - The monsters you fight. Even some bounty bosses.
** The series itself qualifies, too -- it's a SciFi AfterTheEnd [[TheWestern Western-themed]] EasternRPG about [[BountyHunter Bounty Hunters]] who use World War II-era tanks to hunt bounties (with the occasional firetruck or more futuristic tank thrown in for good measure.)
* NoodleIncident - The "Great Destruction", which is the apocalyptic event which lead to the current world in the series. [[spoiler: Environmental catastrophes occurred, and the computer systems TurnedAgainstTheirMasters. A scientist known as Professor Brad presumed to have vanished right around this time.]]
* NonstandardGameOver - In ''Seijin no Kusari'', you can receive one at the very beginning of the game if you [[RedPillBluePill decide not to set off on your journey]].
** [[spoiler: Actually it is the same for all the other games, the only difference is that you are given an option to Return Home after you set out. Metal Max 3 is the first game to not have this right from the start of the game.]]
** You can also ask either Misha or Rachel to marry you, which will end the game.
* OnlyMostlyDead - As long as the corpse is fresh, Dr. Minche/Mortem can revive you or your allies at ''no cost'' (since the process is experimental).
* OneWingedAngel - [[spoiler: Bias Brad, in Reloaded he even has a 3rd form]]
* PenalColony - [[spoiler: Death Cross in Metal Max 2]]
* RecycledSoundtrack - The series has a lot of recurring songs between installments (understandable, since every game in the series is pretty much a remake of the first, often scene-for-scene). Most noticeable is the bounty boss theme, which has been exactly the same in every installment. Compare: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKqw9OO26Fg Metal Max 1]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcQviKe8yZ8 Metal Max 2]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI1XqEyVowo Metal Max Returns]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR_AncWskUk Metal Saga]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjy6PY4NzL0 Metal Max 3]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHpLdCqNCFY Metal Max 2 Reloaded]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NHw3WDDWRE Metal Max 4]]
* RocketPunch - Your characters can equip a rocket-propelled fist as their personal weapon.
* RobotGirl - [[spoiler: Alpha]]
* SecretGovernmentWarehouse - Ghost Base in Metal Max [[spoiler: which also houses the best tank]]
* SelfImposedChallenge - Take on any of the final bosses in these games without tanks. Have fun with that.
* ShowdownAtHighNoon - [[spoiler: Rodriguez]] is Version B. It is also a DuelBoss/DuelToTheDeath complete with DramaticWind and tumbleweeds.
* SpaceCompression - Subverted as most of the games take place in a Part of the world. Metal Max and its' remake take place in a land called Crime country.
* TankGoodness - Naturally. The characters' use of armored vehicles can be likened to {{FinalFantasyVI}}'s use of Magitek Armor.
* ThoseTwoGuys - The Pichi Pichi Bros
* WakeUpCallBoss - The two Big Cannons in ''Metal Max (Returns)'', which teach you to use part-breaking attacks such as Piercing Shells and the Wrench Boomerang (and the Buggy's open top as well).
* WaveMotionGun - [[spoiler:Noah's strongest weapon in its' final form.]]
* WideOpenSandbox - ''Metal Saga'' can make you feel pretty lost with all the choice you're given so early on in the game.
** ''Metal Max Returns'' is a bit better about this. You can follow the world's semblance of linearity, passing through each major landmark and experiencing its story... or you can make for Canabelle and Hell's Gate while dealing with the bare requisite minimum Bounty Heads and other roadblocks, reaching the best buyable equipment in record time.
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