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The third game in the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series.

Ratchet And Clank return to their home galaxy (revealed to be named the Solana Galaxy) where they face off against Dr. {{N|amesToRunAwayFromReallyFast}}efarious, a MadScientist and robot supremacist who also happens to be a former foe of Captain Qwark. The two reluctantly track down and team up with the disgraced superhero in order to thwart Dr. Nefarious's scheme to turn everyone in the galaxy into his robotic slaves.

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!!This game contains examples of:
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: the labyrinth of a sewer beneath Dr. Nefarious's base on Aquatos.
* AsteroidsMonster: The Ameboids, returning from the first game.
* BareYourMidriff: Courtney Gears.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: An in-game meta example. The Annihilation Nation announcer says that most people know Ratchet as Secret Agent Clank's bumbling chauffeur. Said bumbling chauffeur then goes and blows a ton of crap up in the arena with weapons as big as he is.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Dr. Nefarious may be a LargeHam villain that is LaughablyEvil and gets frequently snarked at by Lawrence without knowing it, but he can summon what looks like dark {{Magitek}} and is a formidable villain in both of his boss battles.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Captain Qwark]] of all people pulls this off at the end of the game, just in time to [[spoiler: save Ratchet from getting killed by the Bio-bliterator.]]
** Before that, [[spoiler: The Galactic Rangers show up midway through the final battle to aid Ratchet in fighting Nefarious' robots.]]
* BondOneLiner: Appropriately enough, Clank gets one in the "Secret Agent Clank" films at the beginning and end of the game. Clank [[spoiler: (or rather Klunk)]] also gets one after the Courtney Gears boss battle.
-->'''Clank [[spoiler: (Klunk)]]''' "One disposable pop star... disposed."
* BoomerangBigot: Dr. Nefarious hates "squishies" [[spoiler: despite formerly being one himself]].
* BossRemix: The boss theme for the fight against [[spoiler: Courtney Gears]] is a remix of "Death to Squishies".
* BrainUploading: [[spoiler: A cross between this and WeCanRebuildHim is what caused Nefarious to become the robot he is now after a horrible accident at the hands of Qwark while he was still human, though it's never quite explained which is more accurate.]]
* ButIPlayOneOnTV: Dr. Nefarious believes Clank is a ''real'' secret agent.
* CallBack: The Amoeboids from ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 Ratchet & Clank]]'' are revealed to have been an early galactic domination/destruction ploy by Dr. Nefarious (making their appearance then something of a {{Foreshadowing}} for him).
** Also in the 4th Vidcomic you visit Qwark's training course as Qwark.
** Several enemies from the original game and ''[[RatchetAndClankGoingCommando Going Commando]]'' make a cameo in the opening cutscene as pieces on their board game.
** [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Just about everyone from the first three games]] is in the cinema watching the Secret Agent Clank movie at the end of the game.
* ChangedMyMindKid: They find Captain Qwark [[spoiler:after he faked his death so he wouldn't have to actually risk his life, and are unable to convince him to continue fighting. Later on, in the final boss battle, he comes dramatically sailing in on his spaceship, pumping rounds into the boss.]]
* ChaosArchitecture: Veldin, barring the location where Ratchet's garage is, looks absolutely ''nothing'' like it did in the original game, having a completely different level layout and desert like appearance. While the desert like atmosphere could have been an effect of the Tyhrranoid invasion, it still fails to explain how the geography could undergo such a rapid change in the year and a half Ratchet was gone from Veldin.
** In the first game small floating islands are encountered, which would give a reason for accelerated change of geography: the ground seen is actually floating and able to move.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: One of the vid-comics shows Qwark stowing away on Nefarious' spaceship by clinging onto it for dear life, and survives the six-day space travel by ''holding his breath the whole trip.'' While it sounds like something Qwark would embellish, the game ''Size Matters'' would retroactively reveal that he could actually do this.
** TruthInTelevision: Surprisingly, it technically ''is'' possible to hold your breath in the vacuum of space, but there would be far more hazards in space to put up with alongside it, and it would be incredibly difficult (and [[TooDumbToLive obviously, extremely dangerous]]) and only possible for a very brief period of time, and it would be completely useless ([[ExplosiveDecompression and outright lethal]]) in the context Qwark pulled it off in.
* ChekhovsArmory:
** Courtney Gears appears for the first time when you first win on Annihilation Nation, before you discover her role in [[spoiler: Nefarious's plot]].
** The Tyrrha-guise is only used in a single area, then comes back in the final level, where the Tyrrhanoids are back, and a lot smarter.
** On your first visit to the Phoenix you can see areas off to the side of the lift platform with no way to access them, [[spoiler:then the ship gets attacked at the end of the game and the lift is destroyed opening up those areas as an alternate route]].
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Shows up every now and then. The first instance occurs when Ratchet finds Al using a city's defense system to play a video game. Ratchet asks Al how he could do such a thing, and Al responds by listing the steps he took to hack into the system, instead of answering why he would use an important installation for such an irrelevant activity.
* CoughSnarkCough: The narrator does this at the end of the first Qwark Vid-Comic, the one with the robotic pirate ghosts.
-->''"The exciting, all true, *cough* right *cough* adventures of Captain Qwark continue in Episode 2."''
* CurseCutShort: "Kick his robot's a-"
** There are a ''lot''. The most well-known is probable this one:
-->[[spoiler: '''Klunk:''']] What a load of bull--
-->'''Ratchet:''' Shhh!
* DeadpanSnarker: Lawrence, quite so. He almost always has a witty comeback to Nefarious' remarks.
-->'''Dr. Nefarious''': To think, they called me insane, Lawrence! We'll see who's insane after my pets have exterminated all life on this miserable planet!
-->'''Lawrence''': That should clear things right up, sir.
* DeathCourse: First in Florana, and later, taken UpToEleven, in Annihilation Nation. Ratchet himself even provides the page quote for this trope.
* DistressedDude: [[spoiler:Clank.]]
* DoubleEntendre: The title, a common trend in the series. [[labelnote:Hint]]Up Your ''ARSE''nal.[[/labelnote]]
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:Courtney Gears]]
* DualWielding: Ratchet welds two wrenches whenever he uses an Inferno Power crate.
* EmbarrassingNickname: [[spoiler:Courtney Gears]] calls Dr. Nefarious "Snookie Wookums".
* FanDisservice: Qwark when he's disguised as a maid delivering a pizza to Dr. Nefarious in the third vidcomic. The pic gives you a clear view of his fishnet stockings and undergarments. This happens again later when Qwark disguises himself as a top-heavy woman while calling a Taxi Cab, and again with the Tutu cheat code for the Vid-comics.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Courtney Gears]] pulls this off.
** For a while, Clank's [[spoiler:red eyes and evil grin]] may look like he might pull this off, himself. [[spoiler: Of course, we later learn he is not really Clank]].
* FakeUltimateMook: Despite looking intimidating, King Amoeboids are downright pathetic (and VERY easy to one-hit kill) once your weapons are decently leveled. You can even use the Quack-O-Ray on them for D.I.Y NightmareRetardant.
* FantasticRacism: Dr. Nefarious hates "squishies".
* FiveBadBand
** BigBad: Dr. Nefarious
** TheDragon: Lawrence
** TheDarkChick: [[spoiler: Courtney Gears]]
** TheMole: [[spoiler: Klunk]]
* FiveManBand
** Q-Force, how Qwark sees it:
*** TheHero: Qwark
*** TheLancer: Skrunch, Qwark's monkey
*** TheSmartGuy: Al, a master of electronics
*** TheBigGuy: Skid, who has "nerves of steel"
*** TheChick: Helga, the "seductress"
*** SixthRanger: Ratchet
** And the reality:
*** TheHero: Ratchet, who does all the work (of course).
*** TheLancer: Clank
*** TheSmartGuy: Al and Skid, Al helps with computer work while Skid provides support with gadgets.
*** TheBigGuy: Qwark, is actually pretty gung-ho on stopping Nefarious, even if he is making Rachet do it.
*** TheChick: Sasha, the voice of Mission Control.
*** TeamPet: Skrunch, who ''does'' help Clank out now and then.
*** TheLoad: Helga, who does nothing except give you a ForcedTutorial that even Ratchet notes is a waste of time. Though she does give you a Hypershot.
*** SixthRanger [[spoiler:[[SixthRangerTraitor Traitor]]]]: Courtney Gears
* FurAndLoathing: Evil robot IdolSinger Courtney Gears says "You'll make a nice fur coat" when Ratchet fights her as a boss.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: It's made very clear that Nefarious and Lawrence survived the blast at the end of the game.]]
* GenreSavvy: Upon seeing Nefarious [[spoiler:with Clank]], Ratchet immediately realizes [[spoiler:there's an EvilTwin about]], and promptly feels stupid for not picking up on such sooner.
--> '''Ratchet''': Hey, Clank, look! It's Dr. Nefarious! And that butler guy! And [[spoiler:they've got Clank! They're, uh, holding you prisoner. How about that? I guess I should be feeling pretty stupid right now. I don't suppose there's any chance ''he's'' the evil Clank?]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Aside from what's in [[Radar/RatchetAndClank this page]]:
** "I can't! You're my cousin's uncle's sister...ooh!"
** And having a [[StealthPun Morph-O-Ray go off in your pants.]]
* HiddenDepths: Lawrence [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments plays bass guitar]].
* HurricaneKick: Courtney Gears and her backup dancers.
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: Courtney Gears.
* InnocentInnuendo:
-->'''Galactic President''': My daughter says you're a man who's good with his hands, Ratchet.\\
'''Ratchet''': Sir, I swear, I NEVER...
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinjas: Invoked in lampshaded in the Annihilation Nation round "Ninja Challenge", with the apt description "Defeat all the Gladiators! Now with Ninjas!"
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: Referencing Courtney Gears.
-->'''Clank''': Her specifications were remarkable.\\
'''Ratchet''': Well, she's not the hottest pop star in the Galaxy because of her singing.
* LaughablyEvil: Dr. Nefarious. Between his repeated breakdowns, his LargeHam tendencies, and the snark leveled at him by Lawrence, he's easily one of the funniest characters in the series.
* LimitBreak: Inferno Power, which gives Ratchet immunity to all attacks, flaming armor, and two wrenches.
* {{Lovable Coward}}s: The Galactic Rangers
** [[spoiler: And they still get to pull a surprisingly awesome BigDamnHeroes monent in the finale.]]
* [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain Most Definitely Not a Lombax]]: Ratchet goes undercover with the Tyrrhaguise.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d on at least one occasion.
---> '''Tyrrhanoid Guard:''' You have no clearance. How do I know I can trust you?
---> '''Ratchet:''' Because I'll give you my sister's phone number, and because I'm certainly not a Lombax.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: "Ladies and gentlemen...oh, and Helga"
** Funny thing is, it fits, since she actually is miffed until she is added onto the list. Most likely because her athletic and bodybuilder tendencies cause her not to view herself as a "lady".
** Could also be because she's a robot and therefore neither.
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: Failing the conversation minigame while wearing the Tyhrraguise can result in Ratchet saying, among other things, "Orange croutons zoom zoom butterscotch" and "[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail I emit a noxious effluvium in your general direction]]!"
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Courtney Gears is an obvious spoof of singers like BritneySpears.
** Some also feel that the Galactic President resembles BillClinton (especially his voice).
* NoRespectGuy: Poor Ratchet. People only see him as the incompetent chauffeur he plays as in "[[ShowWithinAShow Secret Agent Clank]]," despite having saved two galaxies in the past. He's also forced to do all the legwork in stopping Dr. Nefarious, and Clank and Quark tend to reap all the credit.
* OldSaveBonus: If you import a ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 Ratchet & Clank]]'' save, you get the Gadgetron employee discount mentioned in said game (the one that takes two years to kick in). Also, having a ''[[RatchetAndClankGoingCommando Going Commando]]'' save with certain guns obtained in it will let you get those guns for free.
* OldShame: In-Universe, the unreleased Vid-Comic 5 is this to Qwark, as [[spoiler: it reveals that after beating Dr. Nefarious, he was knocked out by Lawrence and subsequently captured.]] It was so embarrassing for him that he attempted to end the series at the fourth part.
* OrwellianEditor: In-Universe, Qwark attempts this with the Vid-Comic series, either altering or taking out parts where he was less than heroic, going as far as attempting to eliminate the [[OldShame fifth episode]] entirely.
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: The sewers on Aquatos. There are ''hundreds'', if not thousands of ameoboids throughout the level, they're easily dispatched, and they attack in narrow corridors where you can see them coming. This makes it the perfect place to level up weapons.
* RiseToTheChallenge: The fifth Vid-Comic features this, with a pit of boiling acid.
* ShowWithinAShow: Secret Agent Clank and Annihilation Nation.
* SolidGoldPoop: Sewer crystals come "fresh from the bowels" of the King Amoeboids.
* StealthPun: When Captain Qwark first encountered the ameboids he immediately executed emergency response plan [[BringMyBrownPants "number 2"]].
* SummonBackupDancers: One of Gears's tactics when you [[spoiler: fight her]].
* ThousandYardStare: The arena announcer says Ratchet has one of these.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:The Galactic Rangers finally overcome their cowardice and come in guns blazing to assist Ratchet in the final battle.]]
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: The Qwark vid-comics. To proceed through the game, at various points you have to play through a side-scrolling platformer.
* VideoGameSettings
** Veldin: DoomedHometown
** Florana: JungleJapes
** Starship Phoenix: PlayerHeadquarters / CoolStarship
** Marcadia: FirstTown
** Annihilation Nation : MinigameZone / DeathCourse
** Aquatos: UnderwaterBase / DownTheDrain
** Tyhrranosis: MonsterTown / [[spoiler: AdvancingWallOfDoom]]
** [[{{ShoutOut}} Da]][[{{JakAndDaxter}} xx]]: IslandBase / PortTown
** Obani Gemini: LethalLavaLand
** Blackwater City and Aridia: RemilitarizedZone
** Holostar Studios: SetBehindTheScenes
** Obani Draco: BossCorridor / NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom
** Zeldrin Starport / [[spoiler: Leviathan]]: [[spoiler: OneTimeDungeon]]
** Metropolis: HubCity
** Crash Site: BleakLevel / [[spoiler: DerelictGraveyard]]
** Qwark's Hideout: SlippySlideyIceWorld
** Koros: DungeonTown
** Command Center: [[spoiler: TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon]]
* VillainSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6JNhWfejAQ Death to Squishies]], [[spoiler: Courtney Gears]]' [[LyricalDissonance peppy little]] declaration of robotic genocidal hate.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Dr. Nefarious's plan is to [[UnwillingRoboticisation turn every organic lifeform in the galaxy into robots]], and he actually succeeds in doing so to Skidd [=McMarxx=] and everyone in Metropolis. Later in the game, Al is seen analyzing Skidd and remarking that it may be possible to reverse the process, but it is never really stated whether Al succeeds or not. Granted, Skidd does make a very brief appearance in the cinema at the end of the game, back to his normal self, suggesting Al did cure him and everyone in Metropolis.
* WhoWritesThisCrap: The narrator from the vid-comics in the their game, expressing his disbelief on Qwark's supposed "adventures". Considering Qwark wrote the scripts, one can't blame him.
* WidelySpacedJailBars: There is a containment area on the Starship Phoenix with bars like these. The PlayerCharacter actually can walk between the bars, but the [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] in there never think of escaping this way.
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