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''Jet Set Radio'' (known as ''Jet Grind Radio'' [[MarketBasedTitle in the NTSC U/C region]]) was a platforming/skating game released by Creator/{{Sega}} for the SegaDreamcast in 2000. The game is centered around [[RollerbladeGood roller-blading]] [[GangBangers street gangs called Rudies]], who battle for turf by spraying graffiti around the streets of [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed Tokyo-to]]. Meanwhile, the Rudies are under attack by an evil corporate conglomerate which seeks to homogenize the city. The game [[FollowTheLeader pioneered the use of]] {{cel-shading}} to create cartoony characters and backgrounds using 3D polygon graphics. The game is also remembered for its [[AwesomeMusic/JetSetRadio eclectic soundtrack]].

A sequel, ''Jet Set Radio Future'', was later released for {{Xbox}}, though calling it a "ReformulatedGame" might be more apt; save for the new levels, the game's characters and storyline are mostly unchanged from the original. Perhaps wary of ''JGR'''s lukewarm reception, developer Smilebit decided that [[ExecutiveMeddling the game played too slowly]], and removed the [[ActionCommands joystick motion]] feature used for tagging graffiti. Rather than standing still while tagging, players in ''JSRF'' can simply skate on by, with no motions to input.

Despite heavy promotion by Sega, the original ''Jet Grind Radio'' met with poor sales and was never ported to other consoles. Microsoft bundled ''JSRF'' together ''Sega GT 2002'' and sold it as a console pack-in for the Xbox. Smilebit was [[TooCoolToLive scattered to the winds]] following the Sega-Sammy merger, later to be [[DownerEnding restructured into Sega's Sports R&D]].

Regardless of that, both the original game and its sequel/remake have since became cult classics. There was also a 2-D adaptation of the original released for the Gameboy Advance, which surprisingly isn't half bad.

The original ''Jet Set Radio'' was [[http://www.destructoid.com/jet-set-radio-to-tag-xbla-and-psn-this-summer-222871.phtml re-released in full HD]] on Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network, and PC in September 2012, as part of the Sega Heritage line on the PC.

Not to be confused with ''VideoGame/JetSetWilly'', an unrelated game.
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!!The ''Jet Set Radio'' series contains the following tropes:

* HundredPercentCompletion: In ''JSRF'', after beating the main storyline, if you collect every collectable in a level (which requires you to meet several prerequisites to make them all appear), you unlock additional challenges that require you race against the clock which, when completed in a set, gets you another character. The crushing thing is that some of [[AndYourRewardIsClothes the "new" characters share the same stats as another core character, and are pretty much just a different skin/model and voice]]. Further added to in that, should you redo all your graffiti in all levels, [[CosmeticAward you get absolutely nothing.]] Seriously.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer; This game takes it to the extreme, especially in ''JSRF''. Expect to spend a few chunks of both games in these.
* ActionCommands: When "tagging", the larger the tag, the more commands. Totally absent in ''JSRF''.
* AdaptationDyeJob: And how. Tab/Corn goes from brunet to blond (and so does Piranha/Boogie), Yoyo goes from being a redhead to having lime green hair, and Combo goes from having black hair to [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair]]. Not to mention everybody changes outfits, and most of the changes are pretty significant, too.
* AllCrimesAreEqual: Graffiti removal is SeriousBusiness. For first-time offenders, a plainclothes cop blows your head off with a magnum. [[UpToEleven Twice, and a SWAT team gets called in.]] [[SerialEscalation Three times, and the army rolls in with their]] ''[[SerialEscalation missile-launching Apache Helicopters]].''
* AfroAsskicker: The Golden Rhinos each look they they've stepped out of a Tarantino film, with seventies hair and [[BadassMustache mustaches]].
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: The finale of ''JSRF''.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: Potts, a blue pooch (green in ''JSRF'').
* AmazonBrigade: The Love Shockers and Rapid 99.
* AnthropomorphicZigZag: Once unlocked as a playable character, Potts can transform from a quadruped into a rollerblading, spraycan-wielding canine of justice. This occurs as a result of his dog-napping by the Noise Tanks, who outfit him with a helmet which makes Potts believe he's a cow. During a second playthrough, the Noise Tanks finally agree to 'fix' Potts - but only if you earn a "Jet" ranking in every stage.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: In ''JSRF'', several hidden characters are often nothing more than re-skins; despite having to get a "Jet" rank on several difficult challenges to play as minor characters and antagonists, several of them turn out to be pretty much the same thing. Note that it's not even subtle sometimes with certain combinations: Cube, [[spoiler: the ex-leader of Poison Jam]], is different only in clothes and color, even retaining the same skills and dances; the same applies for [=YoYo=], Beat and [[spoiler: their robot counterparts, who are identical save for different colors and an altered model respectively.]]
* ArtAttacker: Well, how else would you fight boss battles?
* AxCrazy: Hayashi - though considering who he works for, it might not be much of a stretch. Hayashi's been known to blow up police cars if his toadies fetch him the wrong flavor of candy.
-->'''Prof. K''': Can you believe this fool?
* BadassLongcoat[=/=]HighCollarOfDoom: Hayashi.
* BaldOfEvil[=/=]BeardOfEvil: Gouji Rokkaku sports a vampiric goatee, but his head is completely bare.
* BareYourMidriff: Cube and Piranha.
** The Love Shockers too, along with a CleavageWindow added in ''JSRF''.
** The Rapid 99 get bonus points for essentially not wearing any pants, which cannot be good for rollerblading at all.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: [[spoiler:When Rokkaku sucks you and hundreds of bystanders into his HumongousMecha,]] you are transported into an acid-trip version of Tokyo filled with shadow creatures that constantly run after you. During all this, Rokkaku situates himself on the highest part of his dreamworld where he then transforms himself into a giant monster on skates. You have to grind and jump all the way up in order to fight him.
* BigApplesauce: Grind City. You can see the [[BrooklynRage Brooklyn Bridge]] from Bantam Street, though that stage is allegedly modeled on UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}.
** FultonStreetFolly: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with Grind Square (a parody of Manhattan's Times Square). The streets are deathly quiet, with the only foot traffic consisting of uzi-packing mooks.
* BilingualBonus: Rude boy, rudeboy, rudie, rudi or rudy were common terms for juvenile delinquents and criminals in 1960s Jamaica, and have since been used in other contexts.
** Gouji's final boss form, A.Ku.Mu, means "Nightmare" in Japanese.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: With the exception of snipers (who are black), most of the Rhinos appear to dye their hair gold.
* BloodlessCarnage: Even a missile will merely knock you off your feet for a while.
* BuccaneerBroadcaster: Tokyo's gang activity is reported via a pirate radio station named [[TitleDrop Jet Set Radio]], hosted by DJ Professor K.
--> [[TheStinger "What? You think I just made the whole thing up?"]]
* BurningRubber: The skates in ''JSRF'' emit plumes of flames when you go fast enough.
* CameraScrew: ''JGR'''s camera and tight corners don't really get along. If you ''really'' want to make the camera piss drunk, try the auto-aim button while on an elevator.
* CarFu: ''JGR'''s cops have no compunctions about running you over with their cruisers or motorbikes.
* CastOfSnowflakes
* ChangingOfTheGuard: The founder of the protagonists' gang in ''Jet Grind Radio'' is Beat. In the sequel, the main character is Yoyo, a NewMeat recruit who wishes to join the already-established gang. Yoyo previously appeared in the latter half of ''JGR'' as a playable character.
** Subverted, [[spoiler: he's kidnapped and rendered unplayable for about two-thirds of the game.]]
* CharacterSelectForcing: On your first playthrough, the Grind City flashbacks may only be played through as Combo or Cube. You can select anybody you like during a NewGamePlus.
* CityOfAdventure
* ClimbingClimax: In ''Jet Set Radio Future''.
* [[ClusterFBomb Cluster S-Bomb/Cluster N-Bomb]]: The song ''Rockin' the Mic''.
** "Rock It On" near the end of the song.
* ColdSniper: If you see a red laser sight pointed at you, it means a Golden Rhino sniper is nearby. Luckily, they're complete cowards and run away if you confront them head-on.
* CollisionDamage
* CombatCommentator: Professor K fills this role in the sequel, providing such useful gems as, "Wow, [[CaptainObvious you're pretty flammable!]]"
* CookingDuel: The gangs resort to competitions of skating skill to settle their differences directly. All of the 'boss' battles are just tagging people within a set time limit. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* [[ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding Conveniently Empty Streets]]: The moment the military shows up, pedestrians magically vanish from the scene. Needless to say, this removes ([[MoralDissonance some]]) of the guilt associated with crashing helicopters into commercial buildings.
** When you fight the Immortals on Highway Zero in ''Future'', you can clearly see busy traffic before the cutscene, but after that's over, all vehicles disappear to make way for your battle.
* CouldntFindAPen / DyingClue: Coin's final instructions to his friends were, fittingly enough, written in graffiti. It's a cryptic mural featuring rhinos, an airplane and arrow pointing to Tokyo-to. Presumably, the Rhinos didn't catch onto its meaning.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Rokkaku Gouji, who already owns the city. Now he wants to make it official.
* {{Crawl}}: Grind Square has a couple of fake news tickers.
* CulturePolice: The uniformed police, military, and later ''trained assassins'' all play this role, trying to suppress a skater counterculture.
* DefeatMeansPlayable: The rival gangs (and even Gouji!), should you rack up enough points.
** Points aren't even required to recruit [[spoiler:Cube. You just have to continue playing until she comes back out of hiding.]]
* DemotedToExtra: The Love Shockers in ''Future''. Combo also suffered from this, with all of his plot relevancy being transferred to Cube.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Gouji's ultimate fate in ''JGR''.
* DismantledMacGuffin: The Devil's Contract, a vinyl record rumored to [[SummoningRitual summon a demonic entity]]. Somewhere along the line, the record was broken into three shards and scattered between Grind City and Tokyo.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Thinking of tagging up the streets of Tokyo-To? Be prepared to have '''tanks''' and '''helicopers with missiles''' coming after you.
* DramaticStutter: Once he's safe inside his trippy light show, ''JSRF'''s Gouji suddenly goes all [[VideoGame/SystemShock SHODAN]].
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: It's a game about committing awesome acts of criminal vandalism.
* DontTryThisAtHome: Both games display a message about graffiti being criminal when starting up.
* EdibleThemeNaming: Probably unintentional, but some of the rudies have names like Beat(beet), (bubble)Gum, Corn and Garam(Malay for salt)
* EgoPolis: The drive behind Rokkaku's crackdown on the streets is to pave the way for his "Rokkaku Expo", essentially branding everything with his logo.
* EliteMooks: The Golden Rhinos replace the police after you've run through all the levels once.
* EnemyChatter: The police dispatcher and Onishima can be heard barking orders over their radio. Gouji and his Golden Rhinos take over the airwaves later.
* EvilBrit: The unseen voice commanding the Golden Rhinos over their PA system.
* EvilCounterpart: "DJ Big Gouji" could be seen as an evil counterpart to Professor K.
* EvilKnockoff: Zero Beat.
* EvilLaugh: Onishima, Assassin #4 Hayashi, and Gouji in equal measure.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Gouji Rokkaku's lair in both games. In ''JSRF'', he can't be bothered to name it.
** "The name of this tower is -- well, [[BlahBlahBlah blah-diddly-blah-blah.]] '''''ITS NAME IS IRRELEVANT!'''''"
* EvilTwin: NT-3000 is a robotic clone of Yoyo.
* ExpressiveHair: Professor K's electrified hair is in a constant state of motion.
* EyepatchOfPower: The Love Shockers wear these as part of their [[GangOfHats gang uniform]].
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Yoyo in ''JSRF''. Later subverted when itís revealed that he really was kidnapped the whole time, and the Noise Tanks had used [[EvilKnockoff NT-3000]] to make the [=GGs=] think he had turned on them.]]
* FingerlessGloves Beat wears these in the first game, though in Jet Set Radio Future, he wears full gloves. In ''JSRF'', Yoyo wears fingerless gloves.
* FlashbackEffects: The flashbacks to Grind City appear in sepia tone, then slowly shift to color.
* FluffyTheTerrible: The [[{{UsefulNotes/Kawaisa}} cutesy]] Rokkaku mascot, a gold rhino in overalls. At the end of the game, the Rhino statue on the front of Gouji's building comes to life and starts belching fire.
* ForcedTutorial: JSRF's is ''ridiculously'' easy.
* ForTheCelOfIt: The original game was the first to do this with both black outlines, and the use of two-tone shading on characters.
* ForTheEvulz: Unlike his counterpart in the first game, the Gouji of ''JSRF'' is truly crazy.
* FourthWallMailSlot: Professor K reads aloud a couple letters from "Mr. Osaki", who is beset by roaches in his home. K jokingly advises him to burn his house down ([[AdviceBackfire which he does]]).
* FrogsAndToads: One of ''JGR'''s branching paths involves the [-GG-]'s hideout being overrun by frogs, set loose by Poison Jam.
* GangOfHats: A rather...quirky...variety of these. Most of them are just kids, though.
* GasLeakCoverup: Gouji's death and the implosion of his building in ''JGR'' is written off as "a construction accident".
* GasMaskMooks: Assassin #3 and his posse.
* GenericGraffiti Averted in ''JGR'', as some of the characters have their own tags. This isn't the case in ''JSRF''.
* GeniusSweetTooth: The Noise Tanks are noted to have sworn off health food, subsisting entirely on artificial chemicals and sweeteners.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One of the tricks you can do is called "''Porn Star''".
** JSRF features multiple songs implying and making explicit direct references to highly sexual situations, as well as the aformentioned "Porn Star" and a couple songs featuring completely uncensored explicit swearing. Really pushing that T rating.
* AGodAmI: Rokkaku, towards the end.
* GoodGunsBadGuns: The Rhinos are packing some serious heat: [=Mac-10s=] and dragonovs.
* GondorCallsForAid: In the bonus mission (see RegionalBonus below), Combo and Cube are forced to flee Grind City after the Rokkaku kidnap the third member of their gang.
* {{Gonk}}: Soda.
* GoodHairEvilHair: Onishima inverts this trope by sporting a two-foot pompadour and a [[PermaStubble stubble]]. Oddly enough, this hairstyle is associated with delinquents in Japan. [[EpilepticTrees A clue to Onishima's enigmatic, tortured past?]]
* GogglesDoNothing: Fairly ubiquitous amongst the cast, along with CoolShades.
* GratuitousJapanese: Gouji does this in the cutscene before his boss fight in JSRF.
* GrindBoots
* HandCannon: [[AllPsychologyIsFreudian Compensating for something]], Onishima?
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Golden Rhinos of ''JSRF'' make colorful departures when defeated, such as getting hit by a stray missile fired from a Rokkaku harrier jet. The flamethrower assassin is immolated when her flame tank explodes, and then crushed by a falling billboard sign which she had previously set aflame.
* HotbloodedSideburns: Professor K's ''JSRF'' incarnation.
* HotterAndSexier: Gum, Mew/Rhyth, and Cube's outfits are skimpier in JSRF. And then there's [[ProgressivelyPrettier Yoyo]].
* IFoughtTheLawAndTheLawWon
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Dog]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Against Poison Jam (who would have thought?). In the penultimate level, Rokkaku attaches [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashing helmets]] to the trio and then sics them onto you.
* IdleAnimation: All of the Rudies dance if left alone.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Dashing or grinding rails renders you invulnerable to police gunfire.
* InASingleBound: Maybe justified because of the rocket-boots.
* InformedAttribute: The character profiles on the official Japanese site for ''JSR'' list a single defining characteristic and a favorite thing for each Rudie. But many of these traits aren't even [[AllThereInTheManual in the instruction manual]], never mind in the actual game. For example, Garam [[InformedFlaw is apparently short-tempered]] and Mew likes money.
** Yoyo's profile for both games describe him as a SelfProclaimedLiar, which could explain why Professor K calls him "a guy who'll blow your mind with his silver tongue" in ''Future''.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Every Rudie with a spray can. Adding to the fun, all the spray cans floating about are described in the tutorial as concentrated "Soul of the Streets". You're not just knocking down the police with graffiti, you're doing it with Soul juice!
* ImprovisedWeapon: Graffiti has the ability to blow up skyscrapers, helicopters and mecha on a regular basis. "Agh, spray paint, my only weakness."
* JapaneseDelinquents: The game is all about them.
* JetPack: Assasin #2 and his cronies have jetpacks, allowing them to rain gunfire on areas that other mooks can't. By far the most [[DemonicSpiders irritating enemies]] in the game.
* LargeHam: Rokakku Gouji is a modest [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnDTerbOGGo example.]] He's voiced by CharlesMartinet.
** Onishima, as well.
** LargeHamRadio: DJ Professor K, oh so very much.
* LaughingMad: Gouji's last moments in ''JSRF''.
* LawEnforcementInc: Rokkaku Gouji buys out the police department.
* LeParkour: Assassin #5 isn't a big believer in stairs.
* LemmingCops: During the revisit to Benten, you can trigger a hidden scene in which dozens of pursuing Rokkaku sedans crash into a giant, flaming pileup.
* LetsPlay: [[http://fromearth.net/LetsPlay/Jet%20Set%20Radio/ Here]].
** There's also a number of them on Website/YouTube.
* LetterMotif: The NTSC-U/PAL versions introduces three new characters from out of town: Coin, Combo, and Cube.
* LivingStatue: Gouji's corporate {{Mascot}}, a giant cartoon rhino, is stationed on the front of his building. The statue comes to life during the final battle and begins [[BreathWeapon breathing fire]].
* LoadBearingBoss: Defeating Rokkaku causes his entire skyscraper to explode.
** Rokkaku's HumongousMecha starts to collapse after you defeat him at the end of ''JSRF''.
* LocomotiveLevel: Sort of, in the sense that you're ''chasing after'' a locomotive robot.
* LonelyAtTheTop: At the conclusion of the game, Professor K speculates this might have been the case with Gouji Rokkaku.
* TheMenInBlack: The Golden Rhinos. Professor K announces their arrival by referring to them as a new gang; it's plain to see, however, that they're working for Rokkaku Corp. Their 'graffiti' is merely Rokkaku advertisements plastered over your own burners.
* MadBomber: Assassin #4 has bombs strapped to his chest, though curiously he never uses them (his sidekicks, however, are [[SuicideAttack a different story]]). Instead, he specializes in lobbing [[MolotovCocktail molotovs]] and [[ExternalCombustion rigging cars to explode]].
* MadeOfPhlebotinum: According to the opening narration, the Rudies' skates are powered by newly-developed "Netrium" batteries.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: Poison Jam and the Noise Tanks.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Gouji, again.
* MaskedLuchador: Assassin #1 is a hulking, masked wrestler who also employs judo kicks.
* MechaMooks: The Noise Tanks in ''JSRF''.
* {{Megacorp}}: Rokkaku Corporation. The logo is emblazoned on gas stations, satellite dishes, and trucks marked "[[BlandNameProduct Rokkaku Depot]]" (using the same typeface as Home Depot).
* MercyInvincibility
* MiniDressOfPower: Gum and Rhyth.
* MockGuffin: The [[spoiler:Devil's Contract]] is revealed to be a hoax at the end.
* MrExposition: DJ Professor K.
* MythologyGag: Yoyo[[spoiler:'s robot doppelganger]] in ''Future'' has his hoodied appearance from the first ''JSR'', but skinnier.
** Also in ''Future'',[[spoiler: Potts]] shares an idle dance with the Noise Tanks, [[spoiler:who are very connected to unlocking him]] in ''JSR''.
* TheNapoleon: Captain Onishima.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: The soundtrack, composed by Hideki Naganuma, incorporates elements of many genres such as rock, funk, and techno to make a very unique sound.
* NeverSayDie: Coin's body is plainly visible in a cutscene, lying dead at the foot of his mural. Nobody ever refers to him as such: rather than avenge Coin, Cube asks the gang to help her for "the ''sake'' of Coin." The ending states that he was another victim of Gouji's machinations, but doesn't explicitly say "assassinated."
* NewGamePlus: After beating the game once, you could play it again with a selection of new levels.
** Given the fact that you unlock a dozen characters ''after'' you finish the story, you have to wonder why this is absent in JSRF.
* NiceHat: In both games, Corn/Tab's eyes are hidden beneath his hat.
** As a gang, the Immortals' gimmick is that they're bowler hat-wearing mummies.
* NintendoHard: Larger levels can be quite frustrating: you have to tag each of dozens of spots with graffiti, while collecting cans (you can only hold 20-25, they're limited, some spots use up ''nine'' of them, and often you'll go a while without seeing any) and running away from police, who will come at you in helicopters and on jetpacks even while you're tagging. Oh, and there's a time limit.
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Weirdly subverted. Tokyo is referred to by name, but it bears almost no resemblance to the real Tokyo. Also, Tokyo-to ''is'' actually the full name of Tokyo ("to" is a suffix meaning "city/metropolis").
* NoIndoorVoice: Professor K. He mellows out in ''JSRF''.
* NoOSHACompliance: Especially prevalent in ''Future''.
* OddlySmallOrganization: The rival gangs have three members each. (Or at least we assume, we only see three at once. It's likely that the other gangs are around the same size as the [=GG=]s.)
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler: When Rokkaku transforms into A.KU.MU during your BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind.]]
* OneWomanWail: Gouji's boss music.
* PatrickStewartSpeech: The narrator drops a fairly {{Anvilicious}} one in ''JSRF'''s ending. Freedom gud, oppreshun = teh bad.
* PerkyGoth: ''JGR'''s token gaijin chick, Cube, wears a lot of Hot Topic.
* PlayerHeadquarters: The GGs' garage.
* PoliceAreUseless: When assassins with guns and firebombing-throwing terrorists go after you, the police are nowhere to be seen. One intro states that they're too scared to even touch them.
** Well, [[spoiler: the police work for Rokkaku, and so do the assassins, so why would they get involved?]]
* PosthumousCharacter: It's strongly implied that Coin was murdered for his vinyl record. This was left vague enough for gamers to [[UrbanLegendOfZelda scour the game trying to unlock him]], though.
* ThePowerOfRock: A rare evil example.
* PowerTrio: Beat, Gum, and Tab/Corn initially comprise the [=GG=]s gang.
** As well as BlondeBrunetteRedhead. (Gum is blonde, Tab is brunet [[HairColorDissonance (though whether his hair is brown or black is anyone's guess)]], and Beat is a redhead.
* PsychoElectro: Assassin #6 can only attack by electrifying rails. This makes him more a nuisance than a genuine threat.
* PunkPunk: The "Graffiti/Skater Punk" variation.
* PyroManiac: Both games feature a flamethrower assassin with a love for torching cities.
* RealIsBrown: JSRF has a brownish tint compared to its predecessor.
* RedHeadedHero: Beat.
* RegionalBonus: The North American release of ''JGR'' contains an extra mission sandwiched between the two run-throughs of Tokyo.
** Also, each regional release of the game had some songs that the other version didn't. Most of these region-exclusive songs were included in the HD re-release though.
* RemixedLevel: The second half of ''JGR'' consists of beating the same three city districts again -- only ''this'' time, the maps aren't segmented into individual missions; You have to tag the entire district at once.
* ResistanceIsFutile: Hayashi quotes this directly during a surprise raid.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: The Noise Tanks, Zero Beat, and [[spoiler:the fake Yoyo]].
* RobotBuddy: Roboy, a jive-talking robot who saves your game settings.
* RollerbladeGood: Magnetic ''and'' rocket-propelled rollerblades, no less.
* RuleOfCool: The whole game runs on this.
* RushmoreRefacement: The [[StatueOfLiberty Lady Liberty]] statue in Grind Square is sporting a rhino's head, courtesy of Gouji's gang.
* SailorEarth: Combo's gang on the other side of the Pacific.
* {{Sampling}}: Very prevalent in both games' soundtracks.
* SanitySlippage: Over the course of ''JSRF'', Hayashi's already-lacking sanity wears down more and more with each defeat he suffers.
* SavingTheWorldWithArt: The whole game is about rollerskating around and tagging over the graffiti of other roller gangs. Halfway through the game, there's a shift and you start tagging the art of the [[EvilInc Rokkaku Group]], becoming TheLastDJ and resisting the evil group. In the end, you manage to defeat the final boss [[spoiler: who is a demon summoned by the CorruptCorporateExecutive]] using nothing but your graffiti.
* ScoringPoints: ''Deceptively'' important -- Earning a "Jet" ranking in each level is the key to unlocking characters. Tagging and performing stunts adds to your score, as does completing the level with lots of time left on the clock.
** Though all it does in Jet Set Radio Future is unlock some of the Graffiti Souls.
* SealedEvilInACan: A record called the Devil's Contract in the first game. [[BigBad Rokkaku]] wants it so he can TakeOverTheWorld.
* SecretCharacter: More than one, the best one of course being [[spoiler: the dog, Potts.]]
* SequelHook: Both games have one at the end. Unfortunately, there hasn't been a follow up to Jet Set Radio Future.
* ShoutOut: Surprisingly, to [[GakiNoTsukaiYaArahende Downtown]]'s Hamada and Matsumoto of all things. The original Jet Set Radio (and its remakes) feature an XL-size graffiti of Hamada giving Matsumoto the DopeSlap as per their trademark.
* SinisterSilhouettes: Gouji's son, as pictured in the ending sequence.
* SissyVillain: Hayashi.
* SkateHeavenIsAPlaceOnEarth: Rails, rails and yet more rails.
* SoulBrotha: Professor K epitomizes this trope.
** One of the songs in the game is actually CALLED "Sweet Soul Brother", and is aptly about one.
* SpiderTank: Rokkaku supplies Hayashi with one of these, complete with police lights.
* [[SpiritualSuccessor Spiritual Ancestor]]: The manga/anime ''Manga/AirGear'' and the Korean MMORPG ''Street Gears'' were both inspired by ''Jet Set Radio''
* SpontaneousChoreography: Each gang seemingly has a dance number [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GetSwmueOaw&playnext=1&list=PL5D21278681BAD822 prepared in advance]].
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The obvious example is Onishima/Hayashi.
* SuperDrowningSkills: Causes a deduction in health, after which the player climbs out of the water. Perhaps justified because they are wearing rollerblades.
* SuperWindowJump
* SummonBackupDancers: During the final battle with Rokkaku, gyrating cage dancers are suspended from revolving cranes.
* SwissArmyWeapon: Player characters can use ''spray paint'' to stun police officers, give their rollerblades a crazy boost, disable machinery, cover spotlights, disable bomb timers, operate switches.....
** In ''JSRF'', it just looks like spray paint. In actuality, it's ''the soul of the streets''. Uh-huh.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Captain Onishima (Hayashi in ''JSRF'').
* TankGoodness
* ThereWasADoor: Played for laughs in the first stage of Kogane. One method of crossing the river is plowing through a half-dozen plaster wall apartments. It's not until later that Garam shows you a cleaner route.
* ThrivingGhostTown: Averted. The game's most important character is Tokyo itself, and is designed to overwhelm the player with the sprawl of the urban landscape, populated by endless terrified [=NPCs=].
* TitleDrop: Inevitable, as the pirate station the game is based around is called "Jet Set Radio". But in the sequel, Professor K goes out of his way to say "Jet Set Radio '''Future!'''" near the endgame.
* TitleScream: "'''JET SET RADIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!'''"
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse
* TranslationConvention: Despite hailing from the states, Combo and Cube have no trouble communicating with the Japanese Rudies. Possibly justified in that ''JSR'''s setting exists somewhere between reality and punk fantasy.
* VictoryPose
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: No one makes the connection between the Golden Rhinos, a notorious gang of Asian killers, and Gouji Rokkaku, whose corporate mascot is...a gold rhino. Gouji's sheer wealth probably makes this a JustifiedTrope, though.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: The final boss of ''JGR'' coverts the roof of his office tower into a giant turntable. To defeat him, you must (Anyone?) grind rails to reach the adjoining towers and (Bueller? Bueller?) spray graffiti over his occult symbols.
* WhenThingsSpinScienceHappens: In ''JSRF'', Gouji's DJ booth is adorned with a 'halo' of spinning radio antennae.
* WhipItGood: The first Assassin you encounter, #5, has a whip which ''cannot be dodged'' by dashing.
* WhiteGangBangers: [[{{Mukokuseki}} Maybe.]]
* WomanScorned: Professor K jokes that the Love Shockers are entirely comprised of these.
-->"Love broke their hearts, and now they're looking to do some ''breaking'' of their own!"
* XMeetsY: ''[[TonyHawkProSkater Tony Hawk]]'' meets ''SpaceChannel5''.
* YouAreNumberSix: The Rokkaku "Assassins" are each numbered from #1-6. They appear in the remixed version of previous levels after you cause enough trouble, essentially replacing the military.

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