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'''''[[EarWorm IT'S TRICKY TO ROCK A RHYME TO ROCK A RHYME THAT'S RIGHT ON TIME IT'S TRICKY! IT'S TRICKY!]]'''''

A series of snowboarding games by made by ElectronicArts under the EA Sports BIG banner[[note]]expect for the new ''SSX'' from 2012, which was a ContinuityReboot[[/note]]. It shares some similarities in style and mentality with the ''Tony Hawk's Pro Skater'' games, but places the action and snowboards (and later skis) and takes even more liberties in realistically portraying the actual sport in favor of a more arcade, over-the-top experience.

The series is inspired by the RealLife sport of "boardercross", a mix of snowboarding and motocross ("SSX" itself stands for "Snowboarding Supercross"). In reality, though, it's about a bunch of outrageous characters riding down a series of outrageous tracks doing outrageous tricks at outrageous speed. As you might have guessed from the overuse of the adjective "outrageous", the series is at the arcade end of the Sliding Scale of Simulation vs. Arcade.

Now with a Character Sheet under construction.

* '''''SSX''' (2000):'' The first game in the series, and one of the launch games for the [[PlayStationTwo Playstation 2]], being hailed by many critics and gamers alike as the best in the bunch. It started the series tradition of earning boost by doing tricks, thereby requiring a balanced play-style (in the races a least) and included some of the craziest track concepts ever seen in a snowboarding game, like a melting iceberg that's been towed to the Hawaiian coast, or a Tokyo course resembling a pinball machine.
* '''''SSX Tricky''' (2001):'' The second game, ''Tricky'' was arguably the high point for the series. It took its still somewhat modest predecessor and turned the craziness {{up to eleven}} by [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderizing]] the entire cast and including so-called Übertricks, in which boarders pull their board off their feet and use them in suicidal acrobatic maneuvers, ranging from breakdancing to faking an execution.
* '''''SSX 3''' (2003):'' Took the basic gameplay features of ''Tricky'' and set all racing events on the creatively-named Big Mountain, thereby introducing a WideOpenSandbox mechanic. As a result, the track diversity suffered somewhat and the general quirkiness of ''Tricky'' was played down a notch, and its remix of the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers' "[[Music/StevieWonder Higher Ground]]" cover is pretty disappointing. However, some fans consider it to be the best game in the series.
* '''''SSX On Tour''' (2005):'' Reduced most of the crazy cast to simple cameos and instead included a pretty restrictive Create-a-Boarder mode. Plus, the game added skiers(!) of all things, changing one of the basic concepts of the series. Also, due to an agreement with Nintendo, you can play as [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario, Luigi, or Peach]]. The fanbase was not all that pleased, and it is remembered as the BlackSheep of the series.
* '''''SSX Blur''' (2007):'' A {{Wii}}-exclusive title, the general consensus is that this game, while not bad (it still received very positive reviews), is worse than its predecessors due to rehashed tracks and somewhat inaccurate motion controls.
* '''''SSX''''' ''(2012):'' Originally called '''''SSX: Deadly Descents''''', an "[[DarkerAndEdgier extreme]]" ContinuityReboot of the franchise for next-gen consoles, the game plays more like a SpiritualSuccessor to SSX Tricky. The World Tour mode focuses around rival teams of snowboarders competing to be the first to board on the world's most inhospitable places such as the Himalayas and Antarctica. In adddition to the new Deadly Decent peaks, the game features traditional Trick and Race modes with online leaderboards and events. This was also the first ''SSX'' game not made on the EA Sports BIG banner.

!!This series has examples of the following tropes:

* {{Acrofatic}}: Luther.
* AlphaBitch: Elise Riggs.
* AxCrazy: Psymon. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XaDRPYx2F4 This video]] is the best proof.
* BadassBoast: Everyone has a few of these when they're hitting seriously big tricks or catching crazy air.
* {{Badbutt}}: Since Tricky is E-rated, some of the characters have that "[[GoshDangItToHeck Can't swear, but REALLY WANT TO]]" issue; Elise in particular (she seems to think that [[LargeHam SHOUTING EVERYTHING MAKES HER AWESOME]]). Kaori ''does'' use some [[BilingualBonus Japanese phrases]] that are [[ForeignCussWord often translated as swears]], but which do not have the same stigma in Japanese as they do in English and are not considered family-unfriendly in the same way.
* [[BaldWomen Bald Woman]]: Seeiah.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: Bigfoot and the Yeti are ''both'' playable in ''3'' as "NW Legend" and "NE Legend", respectively.
* BilingualBonus: JP speaks French, Kaori speaks Japanese, and Marisol speaks Spanish.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Rahzel Brown's commentary in ''Tricky''.
---> "Bronze those thumbs!"
---> "Call your mama in the room and show her how great you are."
* CanonForeigner: Marty was a character who replaced Mac in the games released for the European market. According to canon, Marty is Mac's cousin who lives in Germany.
* {{Cap}}:
** In ''Tricky''
*** The speedometer tops out at 74 MPH (120 KPH)
*** Normally, your stunts are printed out in detail after performing them. However, performing more than five full spins (1,800 degrees) or more than three flips (in any direction for both cases) will result in the stunt labeled as "???".
* {{Cowboy}}: Nate worked as a ranch hand before becoming a snowboarder, and most of his costume options are Wild West themed. Cowboy hats, lassos, a sheriff's badge, a bandit mask, spurs...
* CrazyAwesome: The majority of ''Tricky''.
** In-universe, Psymon. Legend has it he went nuts after trying to do a motocross jump over some power lines and not quite making it. In SSX 3, he prefers riding on the ''outside'' of the gondola.
* CurseCutShort: Brodi in ''Tricky''.
--> "You bast...!"
* DarkerAndEdgier: The 2012 game was going to be this, but the final result is less so. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhkDL6gWUa8 This trailer]] was the first and last we saw of the game in this stage.
* DenserAndWackier: ''Tricky'' compared to the original, ramping up the [[TotallyRadical totally radical T-T-T-T-TRICKY-ness]] compared to the first game.
* DiscoDan: Eddie.
* DontTryThisAtHome: One of Psymon's quotes from ''Tricky''.
* {{Fanservice}}: Promotional art drawn by Adam Warren. Yikes!
* FatBastard: Luther.
* [[spoiler:FinalExamBoss]]: [[spoiler:Death Zone]] in SSX (2012)
* FrenchJerk: Jean-Paul.
* FunnyAfro: Eddie's giant orange afro.
* GenkiGirl: Kaori, Marisol, and Seeiah.
* {{Gonk}}: Luther.
* GoshDangItToHeck: One of the courses in SSX On Tour is called ''Son of a '''Birch''''' (although it can be argued that for snowboarders birch trees are just as bad, especially running into them in game and real life).
* GratuitousEnglish: Kaori will speak English in some pre/after-race cutscenes in ''Tricky'', but she averts this mostly in ''3'', where she only speaks Japanese except for on the character select screen.
** Also from ''Tricky'': while JP mostly speaks French, when you go off of a big jump, he'll sometimes say, "Mr. Big Air.".
* GuestFighter: Stretch from EA's ''NBA Street'' games is playable in ''3''.
** [[SuperMarioBros Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach]] are playable on the Gamecube version of ''SSX on Tour''.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Not literally, but by his own account Moby is "Half man, half amazing, all Moby!" In a more literal sense, some of his costume options paint him as a werewolf. Seriously.
* HotterAndSexier: The third game's artwork. In particular the special art by cheesecake master Adam Warren.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Mac in SSX 2012 is full of them, usually involving his name. "I'm a rocket Mac!" "It's raining Mac, baby!" "I'll have to call this one Mac and cheese!"
* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere: Nate can see first place from every angle when he's racing, and when Psymon catches a huge air he can see ''Jupiter''. Seeiah also emphatically shouts that she can see Venus.
** Eddie in ''Tricky'' says the exact thing, and sometimes adds "London" or throws us "I can see the earth ROTATING!"
*** Back in ''SSX 2012'', adding, "It's so small..."
** In ''SSX 2012'', on a big jump Zoe sometimes says "[[CallBack I can see]]...[[SubvertedTrope ah, forget it]]."
*** Zoe also says, "Height check. I am really high" or "But I don't want to go down yet."
* IdolSinger: Kaori Nishidake's regular job.[[note]]In ''SSX 2012'', she becomes a DJ.[[/note]]
* InkSuitActor: Psymon's voice actor Jim Rose claims to be the real-life version of Psymon.
* InstitutionalApparel: A staple of Psymon's alternate costumes.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: DJ Atomika would eventually show up in [[BurnOut Burnout Paradise]]. Unfortunately, he did so with 80% less entertaining dialog.
** Even before that, Burnout 3's DJ Stryker will mention Atomika and the third SSX competition in between songs
* ItsTheBestWhatEverEver: Zoe Payne defines the creation, management and running of SSX as the best job ever...while jumping off a hundred foot vertical drop and performing gravity defying stunts.
* {{Jerkass}}: Luther. He is so much so that only [[FrenchJerk JP]] is willing to be friends with him.
* JigglePhysics: As applied to [[FunnyAfro Eddie's afro.]]
* JokeCharacter: ''3'' is rife with jokey secret characters, though they aren't inferior to other riders. But they include Churchill, a [[{{Steampunk}} steam-powered robot]], and [[CanadaEh Canhuck, a giant beaver]].
* {{Keet}}: Griff Simmons.
* LampshadeHanging: In ''SSX (2012)'' characters will audibly wonder how snow got so deep in the games many tunnels.
* LemonyNarrator: DJ Atomika.
* LightningBruiser: Luther and Nate are both extremely large and powerful, and due to their size and weight have a distinct advantage in the downhill races.
* NoodleIncident: Several in ''3'', courtesy of DJ Atomika from EA RADIO BIG, including the "orange cat incident", the "dreaded snow snakes", and various Big Mountain events from before the game.
* NostalgiaLevel: Happiness, a track from ''SSX 3'', was ported into the 2012 game under the name "Lock Jaw."
** Mount Eddie could count as a Nostalgia Pack. It takes nearly all of the elements that made ''Tricky'' good (fireworks, bright colors, less chasms, ect.), and molds them into one giant mountain. On top of that, you also have the option of using retro versions of Moby, Elise, Mac, Psymon and Eddie, as well as their respective boards from ''Tricky'' and ''3''.
* GimmickLevel: Each of the Deadly Descents in ''SSX 2012'' are focused around a particular hazard that serves as the stage's name: [[HairTriggerAvalanche Avalanche]], Ice, Rock, Trees, Cold, Thin Air, [[BottomlessPits Gravity]], [[BlackoutBasement Darkness]], Whiteout.
* OddballInTheSeries: ''SSX on Tour'' is a good game in its own right, but most hardcore fans really do not like due to the bare bones CharacterCustomization feature taking precedent over the original characters. And the way-too-long races and bad voice acting. Not to mention it was developed by an entirely different team.
* OneHundredPercentCompletion: In ''SSX 3'', getting gold on all the races, getting gold on all the freestyle events, finishing all the "Big Challenges", buying all the outfits and everything else from the stores, and finding all of the hidden snowflakes.
** [[spoiler:And all you get is a Yeti.]]
* RegionalBonus: The Spain version of the 2012 game includes an extra song by Las Ketchup.
* PatrioticFervor: In addition to his love of his country's flag, Moby has unlockable costume options in ''3'' that add up to a suit of medieval armor.
** Canadian Psymon Stark often says "SASKATOON!" while hitting a particularly big air.
** Elise: "Canadian girls kick butt!"
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: Griff in ''SSX 2012'', coupled with TookALevelInJerkass.
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Mac, the white DJ character.
* PsychoElectro: Psymon doesn't have electric powers, but his erratic mental condition is the result of being electrocuted by powerlines during an ill-advised BMX stunt.
* PutOnABus: Hiro, Jurgen, Eddie, Luther, Seeiah, Marisol, Brodi, Viggo, Tyson, and Sid only appeared in one game. JP and Griff would have also fit this trope, but they were brought back for the most-recent game, which seems to miss Allegra who was the cover girl for the third game and portrayed as one of the main characters.
** Eddie was also brought back for ''SSX 2012'', as free DownloadableContent.
* RealSongThemeTune: A remixed version of Run-DMC's "It's Tricky" for ''SSX Tricky''. See also CrowningMusicOfAwesome.
** Music/PrettyLights did another remix of "It's Tricky" as the theme song to ''SSX 2012''.
* RuleOfCool: They built a fucking city on the side of a fucking mountain so you could snowboard through it in ''SSX Tricky''.
** Hell, it took event organizers two whole years to set up Big Mountain as the ultimate SSX circuit.
** Try detaching yourself while snowboarding. Probably...not easy. BUT WHO CARES?! KICKFLIP YOUR SNOWBOARD!
* RewardingVandalism: In the ''SSX 2012'', you get tricks for running over flares marking the path along the track.
* SassyBlackWoman: Seeiah in the second game.
* SequelEscalation: How big can the Übertricks get? How over-the-top can the courses get?
* ShipSinking: In SSX On Tour, the developers decided to push Mac and Kaori away from each other.
* ShoutOut: One of the legendary boards avalible...[[Franchise/MassEffect an N7 design done up in red and black.]]
** There's a MirrorsEdge board, too.
** Tane sings a bit of "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler.
* SpellingBonus:
** In ''Tricky'': Successfully completing six Übertricks spells out T-R-I-C-K-Y, which grants unlimited boost for a limited time.
* SpicyLatina: Marisol.
* SpiritualSuccessor: SSX 2012 is very clearly inspired by the film [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_of_Flight Art Of Flight]] with an emphasis on the film's dangerous backcountry riding and heliboarding along with sharing a few songs in the soundtrack. There's even an ad for the film in the game case.
* StatuesqueStunner: Elise, who is 5'11" (180 cm) and has plenty of [[BareYourMidriff midriff-exposing outfits to choose from]].
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Some of the outfits for the female characters are, shall we say, ''not'' suited for cold weather.
** The ''female'' riders? Pssh. The male riders get the worst of it. Moby has costumes in ''SSX 3'' that feature him ''shirtless'' or wearing ''metal armor'' in the frozen tundra of Alaska. Psymon has several sleeveless shirts and tank tops, too.
** In ''Tour'', your character can go out in nothing but their ''underwear''.
** [=SSX3=] has one female option where, if it wasn't for a tattoo-thing, is otherwise topless.
** Princess Peach wears a dress that has a mini skirt and a thong.
* TalkativeLoon: Most of the things Psymon says make no real sense. His battle cries when catching big air make him a BreathlessNonSequitur factory, including PatrioticFervor (see above) and the infamous "FRENCH TOAST AND ''SYRUP!!!''" shout in ''Tricky''.
** Seriously. "Roll over, Rover!", "Aw, I'm totally spellbound!", "Supersonic, ''Stereophonic!''", "''SUPERHEAVY BUT LIGHTER THAN AIR!''", I could go on.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: JP and Luther, the {{Jerkass}} duo of ''Tricky''.
* TotallyRadical
* VitriolicBestBuds: In ''Tricky'', Psymon and Moby couldn't stand each other. In ''3'', Moby's mellowed out enough to become this with Psymon.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Moby has the Union Jack tattooed on his entire upper body, his default shirt in ''3'' is a shirt with a discolored Union Jack pattern, and one of his pants options bears the Union Jack as well. He's also got a helmet displaying the Jolly Roger.
* WideOpenSandbox: In the third and fourth games.
** Averted in SSX 2012, through a combination of, well, [[IncrediblyLamePun deadly descents]] and invisible cutoffs
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