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[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: Spaz, Jazz and Lori.]]

Remember {{Aesop}}'s ''TheTortoiseAndTheHare''? Imagine that same struggle, only 2,000 years into the future with both participants as [[FunnyAnimal anthrophomorphic animals]], armed to the teeth and out for each others' blood.

Developed by EpicMegagames, who would eventually rise to further fame as just EpicGames and go on to develop games like the ''VideoGame/{{Unreal}}'' series and ''GearsOfWar'', these games starred the titular rabbit hero with quick feet and a big gun, crossing galaxies to butt heads with the evil Devan Shell and to free the captured princess of his home planet. Once considered PC gamers' response to the likes of ''SonicTheHedgehog'', the Jazz games sold on fast-paced run-and-gun action (with bonus levels surprisingly similar to Sonic's) and the titular MascotWithAttitude. The first two games in the series received many expansion sets, including Christmas-themed ones, [[VaporWare and the franchise ground to a halt when the third game failed to ship]]. Surprisingly the games still maintain an active online community, and Jazz 2 is still actively played online by the proud and the few to this day.

Not to be confused with ''ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars''.
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!!''VideoGame/JazzJackrabbit'' features examples of:

* AbsoluteCleavage: Princess Eva Earlong's dress qualifies her for this.
* AerithAndBob: Jazz and Eva qualify for this.
* AlliterativeName: Jazz Jackrabbit and Eva Earlong.
* AllNaturalGemPolish
* AllThereInTheManual: ''[=JJ2=]'''s plot was only explained in the comics in the manuals, so if you didn't read them you'd have no idea what was going on.
* AscendedExtra: Lori, made playable in ''The Secret Files'', started off as a nameless rabbit who Spaz fell in love with at the end of ''[=JJ=]2''. She was meant to be his girlfriend, but the game's publisher goofed and called her Jazz and Spaz's long lost sister, [[ShipSinking killing all romantic intentions]]. ''[=JJ=]2'''s ending was never fixed to reflect the change.
* AttackDrone: If you free a caged bird, it will follow you around and shoot whenever an enemy is near, but you lose it if you take damage. [[spoiler:In the first secret level, you play as one of these birds.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Jazz Jackrabbit, of course. The AlliterativeName feature also adds a nice touch as a bonus.
* {{Badass}}: Jazz, of course.
** Spaz also to a certain degree.
** BadassAdorable: Lori.
* BagOfSpilling: You lose all your weapons (aside from the default pistol) and ammo between episodes in JJ 1. You keep them in JJ 2 though, unless you start a new game from a later episode.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: Lori, and Jazz when his outfit includes pants.
* BewitchedAmphibians: In the sequel, there's a witch that turns you into a frog, and being kissed by Eva Earlong turns you back into a hare. There is only one place where this happens, and it is in the demo levels.
* {{BFG}}: Jazz's LFG-2000.
* BigRedDevil: [[ThatOneBoss One of the bosses in the second game is a really fast, nasty devil who can spit fire all over the place.]]
* BonusStage
* BreakingTheFourthWall: If the player didn't press any buttons a few seconds, Jazz looked at the screen and called to them. In the first game, he said, "What are you doing?" In ''[=JJ2=]'', he was more direct: "Hey! Hey, c'mon! Wake up!"
* TheCameo: In the secret level in Diamondus, there are several Katana robots from ''OneMustFall2097'' which act as platforms / walls.
* ChainReactionDestruction: Bosses go down that way in the original game.
* ChristmasEpisode: The "Holiday Hare '98" and "Christmas Chronicles" expansions for JJ2.
* CloudCuckoolander: Spaz. The guy's not quite right in the head.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Devan Shell. He engaged in his campaign of terrorism because he was so incensed about the attitude of the lagomorphic antagonist of ''TheTortoiseAndTheHare'', [[HoistByHisOwnPetard but he didn't notice that the attitude that got him so fired up is the same thing that cost the hare the race, thus teaching said mammal a valuable lesson about hubris.]] The manual comic lampshades this, having Princess Eva say "This guy goes on a ''tirade'' after reading ''fairy tales''! I guess we're all lucky he wasn't listening to ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum''!".
* CuteBruiser: Lori Jackrabbit.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: Some bosses go boom when killed.
** [[CriticalExistenceFailure As does Spaz every time he loses a life.]]
* DevelopmentGag: All over the place.
* DirectionallySolidPlatforms: They're often encountered.
* DoubleJump: Spaz can in ''Jazz Jackrabbit 2''.
* TheDragon: The original ''Jazz Jackrabbit'' is somewhat unusual amongst platformers in having a main villain, but not using him as the final boss (instead, you fight [[spoiler: an evil Jazz]]). This is a little odd as you fight Devan Shell on the first three boss levels, along with one of the extra levels included in the CD re-release.
* DummiedOut: Tons in Jazz Jackrabbit 2, due to rushed production. Everything from secret levels (at least three, including two complete levels) to bosses (one complete and only used in a later bonus pack, another with no attacks and a third that's invisible despite having sprites) to minor enemies (some functional, others not) and powerups ([[FrickinLaserBeams Frickin' Laser Shield]]!). There's a bunch of unused sprites in the animation file, too, including '3D' views a-la the 3D Bonus Stages in JJ 1.
* EternalEngine: The planets Tubelectric, Letni, Orbitus, Technoir, Dreempipes, Industrius, Deckstar, and the Megairbase and the Twin Battleships. Also the abandoned lab levels in ''VideoGame/JazzJackrabbit 2''.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: One of reasons the fans seem to really love Lori.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Eva Earlong, although she's not your typical DistressedDamsel.
* EvilTwin: [[spoiler: The final boss of the last episode in the first game.]]
* {{Expy}}: Jazz is a green anthropomorphic rabbit with a gun who travels around space. [[ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars Now where have I seen that before?]]
** Also, Princess Eva is basically [[SuperMarioBros Princess Peach]] if she were turned into a blue anthropomorphic rabbit.
* FantasticRacism: Devan cites the original fable of "The Tortoise And The Hare" as one of the reasons he's so bent on dominating Carrotus; he hated the hare's smug attitude, so, being the sane and rational reptile that he is, he decides that he's going to invade a planet of rabbits (which, technically, are distinct from hares) that haven't done anything to provoke him.
* FieryRedhead: Princess Eva at times.
** Also Spaz, a rare male example.
* FollowTheLeader: This franchise steals so many elements from the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series it actually curves right around and becomes completely original.
* FrickinLaserBeams: The cheat-code-access-only Laser Shield, although oddly enough its lasers mostly obey physics and are instantaneous.
* FunnyAnimal: The whole point of the story.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: In the [[AllThereInTheManual comic in JJ 2's manual]], the Queen strips Jazz of his newly gained title of Prince and throws him in the dungeon when it turns out that Devan Shell wasn't quite as defeated as everyone thought. She then serves as the game's first boss fight.
* GoshDangItToHeck: A level in ''[=JJ2=]'' is called "A Cold Day in Heck."
** Averted with the names of the Hell level files however: "Hell", "Hell2", "Damn", and "Damn2" respectively. Interestingly, the Cold Day level is merely called "Freeze". However, it's unlikely that normal / non-modding players of the game (in an age range where this would matter as well) would be closely browsing the data files anyway.
** Averted in the first game's manual, where Princess Eva is quoted as saying "This sucks!" regarding her kidnapping, and a FunnyBackgroundEvent in the bar Jazz is in has a woman complaining "Your pinball machines are using obscene language...", with the owner replying, "So are our waitresses... What's your point?!!". Present, however, in the second game's manual: when asked how are they going to escape from the dungeon, Spaz replies "I have no flippin' idea!".
* GreenHillZone: The planet Diamondus, where Episode 1 begins in.
* HairRaisingHare: Spaz.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Jazz and Spaz.
* {{Helicritter}}: Double-jumping with Jazz in the second game triggers his helicopter ears, which are used as a glider. Lori has this ability too.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Jazz for Princess Eva.
* HoverBoard: "Yeaaaah-hoo!"
* HurricaneOfPuns: A lot of the ''[=JJ2=]'' level names: "Knight Cap," "Victorian Secret," "Fourteen Carrot," "[[BradPitt Bad Pitt]]" -- you get the idea.
* HyperactiveMetabolism: Carrots heal.
* InTheStyleOf: ''The Secret Files'' has a music track, played in the haunted house levels, called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RCU5-B9lng "Jazz Belmont"]] which sounds exactly like something you'd hear in a ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' game.
* {{Jerkass}}: Devan Shell.
* KillerRabbit: Technically, Jazz, Spaz, and Lori count for this.
* LargeAndInCharge: The queen from the second game.
** Also [[spoiler: the final boss of the last episode in the first game.]]
* LevelEditor: ''[=JJ2=]'' had an official one. A fan-made editor for ''[=JJ1=]'' was later released.
* MadScientist: Devan Shell.
* MakeMeWannaShout: One of the Queen's powers is a scream that pushes you back.
* MamaBear: The queen for Princess Eva.
* MineralMacguffin: The extra-large Diamondus gem from Eva's engagement ring in ''[=JJ2=]''. For some reason, Devan needed it to power his time machine so he could erase rabbits from history. (It only makes sense if you [[AllThereInTheManual read the manual first]].)
* {{MOD}}
* MascotWithAttitude: Jazz is a classic version, though the comics sometimes [[AffectionateParody made fun of this.]] He also did well for a character of this type.
* MsFanservice: Seems to be the main reason that Lori is the third playable character (as opposed to, say, a third brother). Her idle animations suggest that "is a girl" is as far as anyone got with her personality.
** Princess Eva Earlong also qualifies for this, given her revealing attire.
* NoExportForYou: Two bonus packs, ''The Secret Files'' and ''Christmas Chronicles'', both for Jazz2, are Europe-only releases.
* NostalgiaLevel: ''All six levels'' of Episode 3 in ''Jazz Jackrabbit 2'' are callbacks to the first episode of the first game.
* OminousLatinChanting: The final world in the first game's first episode - Medivo. The track during the level fits well for both the music and overall atmospheric components. Though part of the shareware content, that accessibility actually helped to increase the level set's popularity, rather than leaving players tired of it. Cue remixes still popping up almost 15 years later and you likely have NotableOriginalMusic as well.
* OneUp: Jazz's head in ''[=JJ=]1'' and a "1Up" text item in ''[=JJ=]2''.
* TheOneWhoWearsShoes: Spaz.
* OneWingedAngel: The final boss of JJ 2, [[spoiler: Devil Devan.]]
* PowerUpFood: Eating enough food in JJ2 and its expansions gives you a sugar high; you cannot be defeated for thirty seconds, and every villain dies the instant you touch them.
* PowerUpMotif: Pick up the fast feet shoes and the level's music will speed up until they wear off.
* PrincessesPreferPink: Princess Eva's dress proves this.
* ProductPlacement: One of the types of point-giving items found in Tubelectric is a Gravis Gamepad.
* RecycledINSPACE: "The Tortoise and the Hare"...'''IN SPACE!'''
* RedEyesTakeWarning: A lot of the enemies had these.
* RedheadedHero: Spaz.
* RewardingVandalism: You score points for shooting up signs claiming that "rabbits stink!"
** This goes even further in ''VideoGame/JazzJackrabbit 2''. Not only do you get points for shooting stuff, be it blocks or lamps, but sometimes you actually need to do so to progress.
* SaveThePrincess: The plot of the first game.
* SdrawkcabName: Letni = Intel. The planet Letni in fact looks like the inside of a huge computer.
* SelfDeprecation: The comic in JJ 1's manual has Sonic appear directly: Jazz is complaining that he wishes life was like video games where all you have to do to beat the bad guy is [[GoombaStomp jump on him]], and Sonic is seen in the background saying "Somebody get my lawyers on the phone!"
** Also from the JJ 1 comic: A turtle acquaintance of Devan's tells Jazz that they studied martial arts together. Jazz says that he's heard rumors that Devan was trained as a ninja, to which the turtle responds that he wanted to, but there were strict copyright laws regarding [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles ninja turtles]].
* {{Shareware}}
* ShesGotLegs: Lori Jackrabbit.
* ShoutOut: [[VideoGame/CommanderKeen Spaz ate the Dopefish.]]
** Princess Eva Earlong's dress and design is pretty similar to another [[SuperMarioBros famous princess.]]
** One [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1MmxolDVpw intro]] to ''[=JJ1=]'' had Jazz donning familiar superhero costumes.
** A spear-wielding JillOfTheJungle can be seen on the level-select screen of ''[=JJ1=]'', on the selection for Episode 3, "Rabbit's Revenge".
** In one level of Jazz Jackrabbit 2, he goes straight to [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Wonderland.]]
** Three level cards in ''[=JJ2=]'', [[http://www.oldgames.sk/images/oldgames/action/Jazz.2/jazz2-007.png one copying]] ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} II'', [[http://lparchive.org/Jazz-Jackrabbit-2/Images/39-ep1.png another]] ''[[{{Prince}} Purple Rain]]'', and [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_8ANZlh0Uyok/TNRR0QB326I/AAAAAAAAANU/HpT5ssC5nIU/s400/Jazz_Jackrabbit2.png another]], ''Film/BackToTheFuture''.
** The LFG-2000 is a reference to ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'''s BFG-9000.
** One of the bosses, Zoonic, is a mash-up of VideoGame/{{Zool}} and VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog.
** As mentioned above, the [[http://www.majhost.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=157222 comic book in the first game's instruction manual]] references ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'', ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum'' and ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', among other things.
* SingleBiomePlanet: In JJ 1, all of them. In JJ 2, most of the game (besides episode 3, which revisits the first three planets from JJ 1) seems to take place on Carrotus, which would make that game an aversion, though since the game never actually ''says'' what planet Jazz is on, the only levels we know for sure are on Carrotus are the first four.
* SmoochOfVictory: [[spoiler: Jazz and Eva share a BIG one at the end of the final episode of the first game.]]
* SpeciesSurname: All major characters have these.
* SpringsSpringsEverywhere: Sometimes there will be parallel walls or the floor and ceiling lined with them.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''SonicTheHedgehog'' plus ''ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars'' equals Jazz Jackrabbit.
** But Bucky O Hare minus Jazz Jackrabbit equals VideoGame/StarFox.
* TakeThat: One of the bosses in one episode of JJ 1 looks like a cross between Zool and SonicTheHedgehog.
** The last boss of the final episode of Jazz Jackrabbit 1 is [[spoiler: an evil gray huge superpowered version of Jazz]] which you fight on a spaceship. I wonder if that [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 sounds familiar.]]
** The sequel follows up with a returning world having a robotic alien that is painfully simple to defeat riding in a hemispherical machine with a swinging ball on a chain attached to the bottom.
** The cheat code "APOGEE"[[note]]The shareware developer/publisher Apogee, later known as 3D Realms, was Epic's main competitor at the time.[[/note]] reduces the color palette to 16 colors, reduces the speed by half, and displays the text "apology mode".
* TaxonomicTermConfusion: The developers seem to use the terms "rabbit" and "hare" interchangeably when rabbits and hares are actually separate genera in the same family (hares are a single genus; rabbits are several others).
* ThirdIs3D: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Or it would've been if said third game actually released.]] (There's a beta floating around on the Internet, if you're still interested.)
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: Jazz's face completely blushes and turns red [[spoiler: after meeting up with Princess Eva in the first game.]]
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Jazz and Eva.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: One of the screenshots on JJ 2's website before its release showed Jazz fighting [[spoiler:Devan's [[OneWingedAngel demon form]]]] in the final level.
** The registration information included with the original game also had a screenshot of the final boss - a definite spoiler as it wasn't even Devan Shell.
* TreasureIsBiggerInFiction: Diamondus.
* TubeTravel: In the Tubelectric (and other) stages.
* TurtlePower
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Jazz, Spaz, and Lori.
* [[UglyGuysHotDaughter Ugly Girl's Hot Daughter]]: Princess Eva Earlong so very much.
* UnwinnableByMistake: Lori has Jazz' helicopter ears, and a modified version of Spaz' flying kick. Unfortunately, this means she doesn't have either of the boys' superjumps, making certain levels nigh-impossible.
* {{Vaporware}}: ''Two'' different versions of ''Jazz 3(D)''. Bonus pack ''The Secret Files'' was this for a few years before suddenly appearing ([[NoExportForYou but only in Europe]]).
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: There are various turtle hatchlings present in some levels in the original JJR. They don't harm the player at all, are worth no points, and simply run about back and forth the platform they are on. Nevertheless, Jazz can blow them and their little siblings away with any weapon with no consequences.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''Jazz 3(D)'', full stop.
* WorldOfBuxom: Pretty much every main female character is well-endowed.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: A few planet names like Dreempipes and Raneforus.

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