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-> ''Flesh, to bone, when [[TheVirus The Rot begins to play.]] Bone, to dust, and [[CriticalExistenceFailure your life is blown away.]]" - The Fuzz Brothers

Not to be confused with the [[Creator/BruceMcDonald Bruce [=McDonald=]]] film of the same name, or the [[{{WebVideo/Roadkill}} Web Series]], ''Roadkill'' is a VehicularCombat game developed and published by MidwayGames in 2003 for the XBox, PlayStation2 and GameCube. [[XMeetsY It combined]] TwistedMetal -style combat with a VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto- like free-roaming mission structure. It featured a rockin' soundtrack of both real and written-for-the game songs, and four-player split-screen multiplayer. The game was only mildly hyped prior to release and thought it met with good reviews, [[SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove it is to this day relatively obscure,]] like many VehicularCombat games that aren't TwistedMetal.

[[AlternateHistory In the 1980s]], [[TheVirus a deadly plague]] known as The Rot struck the world, [[ApocalypseHow killing untold millions and bringing society to its knees]]. An unspecified time later, the world is divided up into isolated pockets of [[WretchedHive "civilization"]] separated by vast wasteland. The game focuses on three small cities located relatively close to one another: Lava Falls, Blister Canyon and [[Music/GunsNRoses Paradise City.]] You play the role of [[TestosteronePoisoning Mason]] [[AwesomeMcCoolName Strong]], [[BadAss professional tough guy.]] Some years prior, he helped a man named Axl and his gang, the Sentinels, take control of Paradise City and drag it screaming out of tribalism into something resembling a functioning society. They had a falling out, and Mason was LeftForDead. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Now he's back for revenge.]]

He can't just go straight for Axl, though. There's a whole bunch of unruly street gangs between him and Paradise City, and he's gotta get through them first.
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!!''Roadkill'' exhibits the following tropes:

* AffirmativeActionGirl: Were there a sequel, this would probably be a required addition.
* AfterTheEnd
* AKA47: Several of the cars are recognizable as real-world ones, sans real names. Among them are a Mini Cooper, a 70's era Firebird and an El Camino- amusingly named the [[BilingualBonus Cajones.]]
* AlternateHistory: The story starts with a massive plague striking humanity in the 1980s.
* AmusementParkOfDoom: Well, it's more of a carnival of drugs and prostitutes and the clowns are more [[BlackComedy darkly hilarious]] then intimidating, but hey, people get killed often. Visually, the Daredevils' carnival hangout fits the trope, including the gigantic [[TwistedMetal Sweet Tooth]]-esque clown face.
* {{Bandito}}: The Gouchos gang in Lava Falls are this.
* BadAss: Mason and Axl.
** BadAssDriver: Pretty much everybody with a car.
* BigBad: Axl.
* TheBerserker: The Talons gang in Blister Canyon have mohawks, tatoos and large amounts of AxCrazy. Their leader's car has an InvisibilityCloak.
* BlackComedy: On the whole, the game veers between this and BlackComedy.
* BottomlessMagazines: You never have to reload anything. You still need to grab ammo pickups, though.
* CarFu: An effective way to deal with enemy infantry. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Plus, they say]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious things when you do it.]]
-> Sentinel: [[CaptainObvious "That's illegal!"]]
* ClusterFBomb: This game isn't short on swearing.
* CollectionSidequest: In order to get newer and better cars, you have to go looking for the parts.
* CrapsackWorld: And surprisingly, BigBad Axl had somewhat improved it. That doesn't matter though, since as far as Mason's concerned he's kind of an asshole.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mason.
->"Is your name Mason?"
->"Yeah, last time I checked."
* DisposableSexWorker: Unfortunately, these are about the only female characters this game has. Besides the wife of one of the radio gun show hosts [[UnfortunateImplications who likes to]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny take a flamethrower and...]] [[ThatCameOutWrong Nevermind.]]
* DirtyCop: The Sentinels serve as the police force. They're little more then gangsters in [[WeaponizedCar Weaponized Cop Cars.]]
* EnemyMine: Mason teams up with the Daredevils, the Section 8s and the South League gangs against their rivals, in order to get to Axl. ''Everybody'' hates [[DirtyCop the Sentinels,]] so this helps Mason anyway.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: And ''how.''
* ExpositoryThemeTune: In addition to being [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome awesome,]] many of the Fuzz Brothers songs describe the backstory and the CrapsackWorld.
* FakeBand: The Fuzz Brothers. The in-game radio station WYLD 66.6 plays their songs in between interviewing the band about their [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll colorful career.]]
* FanBoy: As you progress through the game, Mason acquires a cult of followers who fight for him. [[YouALLLookFamiliar they all have the same character model as your pintle-gun sidekick.]]
* FinalBoss: Axl.
* FootballHooligans: The South League gang in Paradise City. They're a rowdy bunch who apply a football metaphor to everything from parties to fighting the Sentinels and the Dregs for control of the city. [[RagTagBunchOfMisfits They're also the most sympathetic]] of the gangs Mason allies with.
* GameplayGrading: There's some form of rank system in the game, though all it does is measure [[StuffBlowingUp the total destruction]] you've caused over the course of the game. You begin at Punk and progress to such ranks as Hooligan, Ass Clown, and much later they get threatening, with [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]], [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Reaper of Death]] and finally [[BadAssDriver Road Lord.]]
* GangOfHats: Seven, all told. Eight if you count Mason's gang. [[YouALLLookFamiliar Who all look like his]] SideKick.
** Daredevils: [[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch Foul-mouthed]] [[BritishAccents English]] [[VillainousHarlequin clowns]]. Their boss isn't English, but he's a FatBastard.
** Gouchos: Sombrero-wearing [[{{Bandito}} Banditos.]]
** Section 8s: CampGay [[TheRemnant ex-miltary types.]] Their leader is a CloudCuckoolander general.
** Talons: AxCrazy {{Tattooed|Crook}} [[TheBerserker berserkers.]]
** South League: [[JerkJock Hard-partying football players.]] Their leader is the coach. [[BaldBlackLeaderGuy Comes off as the most competent gang leader.]]
** Dregs: Skull-faced gang. Not much characterization for these guys, as the main enemy in Paradise is really the Sentinels.
** Sentinels: Heavily armed {{Dirty Cop}}s
* GlassCannon: Many of the smaller cars can be this, depending on what weapons you equip.
* GogglesDoNothing: All of the Sentinels wear goggles over their helmets. If you run one over, they will occasionally scream "My goggles!"
* HeyItsThatVoice: Axl's voice actor previously voiced [[Manga/DragonBall Z Vegeta.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Axl. Mason, in response.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: During one of the interviews with [[FakeBand The Fuzz Brothers]], it's mentioned that their drummer beat a former bandmate to death ''[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments with a pancake.]]''
* MightyGlacier: The "Rigg" Semi-truck is sluggish but possesses heavy armor.
* MilitaryMashupMachine: Axl drives a huge... [[TankGoodness tank]] with six studded wheels, numerous weapons and a giant grinder in the front.
* MoreDakka: Your car has configurable primary and secondary weapon slots, plus your Sidekick on a secondary gun turret. All three can be equipped with ballistics (The turret is always a machine gun)
* NewEraSpeech: Axl gives one of these in a FlashBack, after the Sentinels took over Paradise.
* NoticeThis: [[PowerUp Power ups]] float, spin and have colored auras.
* OptionalTrafficLaws: Pfff. Like the [[DirtyCop Sentinels]] care anyway. [[SchmuckBait Just don't crash into their cars.]] They don't like that.
* PoliceBrutality: As the Sentinels are little more then a heavily-armed gang masquerading as cops, this is par for the course.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Said by Mason to the South League's leader prior to their assault on the Sentinels.
-> "Put me in, coach. I'm ready to play."
* TheRemnant: The Section 8s gang of Blister Canyon appear to be the vestiges of the US military. However, they soon appear to be a bit... well, [[CampGay flowery.]]
* SequelHook: In the ending, Mason receives a radio transmission from a settlement somewhere out in the wastes that is under attack. He decides to go help, saying something like "Here we go again."
* {{Sidekick}}: A Daredevils guy (who happens to not be a clown or English-sounding) joins Mason at the beginning of the game, manning the turret gun of his cars, ostensibly to keep an eye on him for the Daredevils boss. By the end of the game, the two are FireForgedFriends.
* StuffBlowingUp: Regularly.
* WantedMeter: If Mason starts causing a lot of havoc, the letters R, I, O, T will appear on your HUD. Get a full "Riot" and the Sentinels will come gunning for him.
* WeaponizedCar: Yup.
* WideOpenSandbox: Sort of. You're free to drive around the cities in-between story missions, but there's not much to do besides races, search for parts to make new cars, and cause random havoc.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Axl, though this might be pushing it. He's a total JerkAss.
* WittyBanter: Aside from the main characters themselves, the radio show personalities are really funny to listen to, especially the two hosts of WYLD 66.6 interviewing [[FakeBand The Fuzz Brothers]], The gravely-voiced Thunder Bob, host of the classic rock station, and the two midwestern-sounding guys who host a talk show about cars and weapons.
* WretchedHive: All three cities. Lava Falls and Blister Canyon are pretty overt about it, whereas Paradise City has a thin veil of order maintained by the Sentinels' PoliceBrutality. The people there ''do'' have a somewhat better standard of living then the other areas. Regardless, it's largely PlayedForLaughs.
* VehicularCombat: And nothing but. What, [[IdiotBall do you really want to get out of your car]] [[CrapsackWorld in a world like this?]]
* VisionaryVillain: Axl again.
* TheVirus: The Rot. It's mostly a BackStory point, though. By the time the game takes place it's already run it's course.
* XMeetsY: TwistedMetal meets VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto.