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->"This is more fun than a [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders bus-load of cheerleaders]]!"
-->-- '''Dallas'''

The fourth game in the ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' series, released as ''Ratchet: Gladiator'' in Europe.

Ratchet is kidnapped (and slandered) by Gleeman Vox, a sinister TV executive who wants Ratchet to be a contestant on his ''Film/TheRunningMan''-esque gladiatorial combat show "[[ImmoralRealityShow Dread-Zone]]". ''Dread-Zone'' greatly reduces the platforming sections of the series, turning many of them more into health-reducing hazards rather than perilous one chance challenges, instead focusing on straight combat, with bigger and badder weapons and enemies.

A HD version of the game was released on the PSN in 2013; it was free as an apology to those who waited for the Vita version of ''RatchetAndClankFullFrontalAssault'' to be released. It was released in May in North America, and Europe and Australia finally got the game after four months, in September.

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!!This game contains examples of:
* TheAhnold: Shellshock
* AllThereInTheManual: Insomniac's official site had in-universe newsletters by Dallas and Juanita and a short comic story about Captain Starshield that revealed many details and throwaway gags on the game. The strategy guide also has some of this and it notably fleshes out the backstories of Ace Hardlight and Shellshock.
* AnnouncerChatter: Throughout the whole game. Containing many [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Moments of Funny.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Dallas seems to think he and Juanita have this. Juanita would agree with the belligerent part.
* BilingualBonus: In Latin, "Vox" is usually associated with voice. "Vox populi", for example, is "The voice of the people". [[FridgeBrilliance Makes sense, considering his occupation.]]
* BlackComedy: Most of the humor in game is based around how dangerous Dreadzone is and how cruel the people staffing it are, as per the DarkerAndEdgier direction taken by developers.
* BloodlessCarnage: Played straight, like the rest of the series, but notable here because the game still manages to get quite a few HighPressureBlood jokes in, (in AnnouncerChatter and the manual) which creates a bit of FridgeLogic.
* BloodKnight: Ace Hardlight.
* BottomlessPit: Lampshaded in an early cutscene, where the announcer refers to one as "The Pit of Endless Falling and Eventual Dying". Strangely absent for most of the game though, as it focused more on combat than platforming.
** There's also this line by one of your robot teamates later:
--->'''Merc:''' Boss, if you miss a [[GrapplingHookPistol Swingshot]] you will face a painful, horrible death. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny No pressure.]]
* BrickJoke: After the credits, [[spoiler:Dr. Nefarious and Lawrence, [[CallBack marooned on a distant asteroid in the last game]], are shown drifting through space through the ruins of the Battledome. Nefarious gets angry and malfunctions, playing his famous soap opera.]]
** Another one: the 'Leaderboard' that shows contestant rankings, and their status as 'active' or 'deceased', is updated throughout the game. By the end, Kid Nova and Hydrogirl are the only two, besides Ratchet, that are still listed as alive. [[spoiler:Both of them get voiced dialogue in the final cutscene, thanking you for shutting down Dreadzone and freeing them.]] The only other survivor listed is Agent Zero, but perhaps he is not seen as he is a ShoutOut [[Spyro2RiptosRage to an earlier Insomniac project]].
** What happens to Al in this game... [[spoiler:his very first line in the first game is that he is not a robot guy, but he is now (well, partly).]]
* BossInMooksClothing: The Landstalkers, on a high enough difficulty. On [[SlippySlideyIceWorld Shaar]], they'll even use their ''mortars'' on you.
* CallBack: If you look closely, you'll notice that the weapon Captain Starshield uses in the opening movie is the (unupgraded) Lancer from Going Commando.
* CombatMedic: Ace Hardlight, surprisingly enough. [[GoddamnedBoss STOP HEALING ALREADY!]]
-->'''Ace:''' I'm out of Med Packs. Uh, [[BadassBoast not that I need them.]]
* CuteAndPsycho: Juanita can get quite... unhinged sometimes. The way she practically {{Squee}}s at seeing contestants ''about to die horribly'' is actually kind of creepy.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Deadlocked'' is considered to be the darkest installment of the R&C series yet by many fans. Considering that the premise is "Ratchet and his friends are kidnapped, have [[ExplosiveLeash explosive collars]] put on their necks, and have to fight for their lives in a [[BloodSport televised gladiatorial tournament]]", and that the art-direction literally became darker and edgier in things like menus and level design, it's a fair point. It's still ''Ratchet and Clank'', though, so the extra dosage grimdark is PlayedForLaughs just as much as everything else.
** Even Ratchet's death animation is DarkerAndEdgier in this game: in the first three, he was comically spinning on one foot before falling on his back when he ran out of health, but in ''Deadlocked'' he falls to his knees and then on his chest, which looks far more dramatic.
* {{Demonization}}: The show attempts to do this to Ratchet, even dubbing over dialog from kids that are clearly cheering for him.
* DemotedToExtra: Some feel this happened to Clank, who was turned to an NPC in accordance with the change of gameplay style for this game. The reverse is true for Al, as this game features his biggest role yet.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: In one challenge, going into an area you're not supposed to prompts a unique reaction from Dallas, the announcer.
-->"What's this sneaky Lombax doing ''behind'' the arena? This could be... nothing. It's nothing, he's just getting ammo."
* DontTryThisAtHome: "Go to a friend's house!"
* TheDragon: Ace Hardlight, though it's clear early on that the two do not like each other, as Ace is only catering to his employer, and Vox is only trying to maintain their villain/dragon relationship because he feels Ace is the most marketable exterminator in the 'Zone. He's all for replacing Ace, and this becomes more apparent as Ratchet grows in popularity.
** Additionally, and unrelatedly, the name of one of the Combat Bot skins unlocked in challenge mode.
* EpicFlail: The Scorpion/Leviathan Flail.
* ExplosiveLeash: The eponymous Deadlock collars, which can either explode or [[ShockCollar shock the wearer]] depending on the situation.
* FallenHero: Ace Hardlight.
* GladiatorRevolt
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Eviscerator]] gets noticably less character establishment than the other Exterminators. Other than the implication he's VERY AxCrazy, we really don't learn much about him. He's even the only one to lack BossBanter. [[spoiler:The announcers do mention he's a great chef, though, and the official strategy guide implies there was an EloquentInMyNativeTongue theme going for him.]]
* GunsAkimbo: The Dual Vipers/Raptors
* HardLight: Ace, um, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hardlight]] is capable of creating holographic clones that fit this trope during the battle with him.
* HiddenDepths: Discussed.
-->'''Announcer:''' What kind of psychopaths came up with this challenge? ...What's that? Reactor and Shellshock? [[HeterosexualLifePartners I never knew they were friends.]] Did they used to carpool?
* ImmoralRealityShow: The whole premise.
* InterfaceScrew: After collecting enough skill points, the player can activate Mirror Mode, which only visually affects gameplay... but reverses the left and right buttons in menus.
* JacobMarleyWarning: Ace to Ratchet near the end.
* KentBrockmanNews: Dallas and Juanita, whether actually on the news or announcing.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:Vox loses it and tries to blow up the station.]]
* KillSat: The Harbinger/Supernova is quite powerful. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djvINow08kg Observe.]]
* LovableCoward: Some of the robot sidekicks' banter. Dallas at the end.
* MadeOfExplodium: The cover in the game explodes when you drive over it.
* MerchandiseDriven: "[=DreadZone=]" is largely about selling toys.
* MoodWhiplash: In the prologue, Ratchet [[WakingUpElsewhere wakes up at DreadZone station]] stuck in an uncomfortable suit of armour, is told that [[ExplosiveLeash the collar he's wearing]] [[YourHeadASplode will blow his head off if he doesn't cooperate]]... and then, almost immediately starts fantasizing about "money and babes" the gladiators get and has to be brought down to reality by Clank, followed by a scene where Big Al [[ShakingTheRump *ahem* dances]] to the tune of [[VillainSong "Death to the Squishies"]] from the [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal previous game]]. Needless to say, it's pretty jarring.
* NightmareFetishist: Juanita borders on this.
* NotSoDifferent: Hints of this regarding Ratchet and Ace Hardlight come up in ''Deadlocked'', although Ratchet eventually manages to avert this.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot ''Robot'']] zombies. Though they still seem to splatter a green blood-like substance upon death ([[EpilepticTrees their fuel source??]]) and the description for one of the wrench upgrades states they have ''bones'' so...
* ShoutOut: During his 'slander campaign' by Dallas and Juanita, Dallas refers to him briefly as [[Film/TheRunningMan "The Butcher of Bogon."]]
* ScaryBlackMan: Reactor, in a sense.
** Merc, to an even lesser degree.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Vox attempts to do this to Ratchet in the ending. He doesn't succeed.]]
* ThinkOfTheChildren: [[ParodiedTrope Parodies this at least twice.]]
** Dallas says he will tell his kids to stop watching this show, as soon as he has kids.
** Dallas says that parents with impressionable kids should turn this show off. Juanita says kids with impressionable parents should just pretend they're watching "[[ReadingRainbow Reading Robot]]".
* TookALevelInBadass: Ratchet, in comparison to his growing personality from the last three games.
* TradeYourPassionForGlory: Ace Hardlight.
* TwentyFourHourArmor: Ratchet spends the entire game wearing armor that often upgrades whenever he gains a rank. Of course, most of the other heroes we see don't wear armor at all, so it's strange.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Courtney Gears, who recovered from being destroyed by Ratchet via a "Miraculous recovery".
* UnscaledMerfolk: Hydro Girl, who hails from Planet Aquatos.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Ace Hardlight, the star "hero" on the [=DreadZone=] reality show, who is one of the game's primary villains -- but in an aversion of this trope, he ''lacks'' the publicity that the show's producers desperately want, with most of the audience cheering for Ratchet instead.
* WeaponOfPeace: Lampshaded with the Arbiter.
* WeCanRebuildHim: How Big Al is revived from getting blasted.
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