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Admit it: whenever you play those {{Light Gun Game}}s, the absurd amount of enemies that constantly chip away your health/life makes you believe TheComputerIsACheatingBastard. How are you ever supposed to stop this onslaught? Enter ''Time Crisis'' by Creator/{{Namco|Bandai}}, a series of {{Light Gun Game}}s for the arcades, now in its fifth iteration. Its main distinguishing feature is its use of a foot pedal: the player holds the pedal down to attack; when the pedal is released, the player [[TakeCover hides behind a nearby wall/tree/bench/other object]] and is safe from attack, but can't retaliate. This means that unlike most light gun games, ''any'' attack can be dodged without harm even once it's been launched, although the reaction time you have can be punishingly low.

Each game follows a different set of characters as they gun their way through unrelated international crises. The only two constants are the "[=VSSE=]" (Vital Situation Swift Execution), a HeroesRUs organization, and "Wild Dog", a [[ProfessionalKiller freelance mercenary]] who serves as each villain's [[TheDragon Dragon]], [[StayingAlive despite blowing himself up]] in increasingly impressive pyrotechnics each time.

[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin As one might expect]], time is an important part of the series. [[TimedMission A timer is constantly running down to zero]], being replenished each time players clear a "room" of enemies. In the first game, the timer was the main challenge: it had strict limits, and ''all'' lives are lost if time ran out. Later games toned it down considerably: only one life is taken, and the limits are much easier to deal with. In fact, they mostly just prevent excessive turtling and make sure the player eventually dies even if they never press the pedal.

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The primary installments in the ''Time Crisis'' series are:

* '''Time Crisis''' - Released for the arcades in 1996, it was ported one year later onto the Sony UsefulNotes/PlayStation, bundled with Namco's signature LightGun peripheral "[=GunCon=]".

* '''Time Crisis 2''' - Appearing in arcades in 1997, this installment is where [[CoOpMultiplayer the game began setting up two cabinets hooked together for two-player co-operative play]]. [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo Both players go through the levels at slightly different vantage points on the action and sections with more pronounced differences (one player on the ground, the another on a railing above).]] As an added bonus, a red reticule used by a {{Mook|s}} is visualized as a direct hit to players, allowing them to know exactly when they should let go of the pedal to dodge (which ''wasn't'' present in the first, another reason why the original was so strict). A port was released in 2001 for the Sony UsefulNotes/PlayStation2, compatible with "[=GunCon=] 2".

* '''Time Crisis 3''' - For this release in 2002 in arcades, players have the ability to use extra weapons in the form of a machine gun, shotgun and grenade launcher, which were more powerful than the default handgun, but had limited ammunition. To refill them, players had to shoot a specific yellow {{Mook}}. This game would also be ported onto the [=PlayStation 2=] a year later.

* '''Time Crisis 4''' - This title released in 2006 for arcades forces players to take part in "Multi-Screen Scenarios", where near endless {{Mook}}s come and attack from different directions (until the timer reaches zero, and provided the player survives). The game was ported onto the Sony UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 with the rather awkward "[=GunCon=] 3" bundled a year later.

* '''Time Crisis 5''' - Announced for an international release in March 2015 for arcades, this installment takes cues from the dual-pedal system used by ''VideoGame/TooSpicy'', allowing players to attack, displace their current position and flank enemies from different directions. Essentially, it is the inverse of the Multi-Screen Scenarios by giving players the ability to instantly change their viewpoint without losing their aim. Creator/NamcoBandai later released a ''True Mastermind Edition'', which continues the game's storyline with an additional three stages for a total of six.

The following are considered {{Spin Off}}s to the series:

* '''Crisis Zone''' - Released for the arcades in 1999 as a single-player only cabinet, it is basically ''Time Crisis'' except players use a machine gun and a ballistic shield as cover. It is the first game to allow players the choice between three levels to play in any order. Fans consider it a GaidenGame to the series, thanks to the loose connections between the main installments, although neither the [=VSSE=] nor Wild Dog appear. Oddly enough, the game was RemadeForTheExport in 2004 for the [=PlayStation=] 2, available only in Europe and North America, retitled as ''Time Crisis: Crisis Zone'' in the latter, while [[NoExportForYou there has been no console release in Japan]].

* '''Project Titan''' - A 2001 [=PlayStation=]-exclusive GaidenGame/semi-sequel that follows the protagonist of the original. This game actually showcases the "Multi-Screen Scenario" [[OlderThanYouThink first before the fourth installment used it]].

* '''Time Crisis Strike''' - Released in 2009 for the Apple {{iOS}}, it is an alternate take on the arcade version of ''Time Crisis 3''.

* '''VideoGame/RazingStorm''' - Appearing in arcades in 2009, this spin-off takes cues from ''Crisis Zone'' with players using a machine gun as their standard weapon and a ballistic shield as cover, but will switch to special weapons like rocket launchers and sniper rifles as the situation warrants. Unlike ''Crisis Zone'', this game allowed co-op though only used one cabinet rather then separate ones that offered different perspectives. Ported to the [=PlayStation 3=] a year later and retitlted as ''Time Crisis: Razing Storm'', it is also compatible with the [=PlayStation=] Move, as well as being bundled with an "arcade only" version of ''Time Crisis 4'' and ''VideoGame/DeadstormPirates''.

* '''Time Crisis 2nd Strike''' - A sequel to ''Time Crisis Strike'', this 2010 game for [=iOS=] is an alternate version of ''Time Crisis 4''.

Additionally, the original, ''3'', ''4'' (the one with the [=GunCon=] 3 bundle), ''Crisis Zone'' and ''Razing Storm'' have exclusive scenarios not found in the arcade versions that expands more on their respective stories, usually from an allied NonPlayerCharacter perspective.

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'''''-- ACTION --'''''
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!!Tropes for the series include:

* ActionGirl: Alicia in ''3''.
* AdultFear: The first game is a hostage situation involving the President's daughter (not from the United States, but the emphasis was on "daughter" anyway).
* AllThereInTheManual: For the first game, we had to read the manual to learn the backstory behind the game. The later games didn't even supply names for the most of the bosses you face (well, the ones that weren't Wild Dog or the villain of the day).
* AlwaysClose: The ending of ''2'', ''3'', and ''4'' as well as ''Project Titan''.
** ''Project Titan'' has a rather hilarious variation; after getting defeated, [[spoiler:Wild Dog threatens Richard by enabling his titanium robot army and does an attempted escape in a helicopter. As the robot army is about to ascend in an elevator, Richard shoots the helicopter's rotor, Wild Dog, who's in the aforementioned helicopter, gets taken down when unable to control it and crashes into the titanium robot army which are about to reach the top.]]
* AntagonistTitle: ''Project Titan'' is the name of a project of titanium robot army operated by Wild Dog.
* AntiFrustrationFeature:
** In Time Crisis 4, Rush will provide the players with extra ammo during sequences where they really need em during the terror byte sequences.
** Starting with ''2'', the time limit resets to 40 seconds for each section rather than just adding a set amount of time. It also stops counting down whenever "WAIT" is on the screen.
** If the player couldn't shoot the truck's wheels in time, Rush will lower the helicopter and zoom in a bit closer for a better chance of shooting the tyre.
** If the player runs out of lives in Time Crisis 3 and continues the game, the AI partner(In solo play) will automatically shoot all enemies currently onscreen.
* AristocratsAreEvil: In the original, Sherudo Garo was the last remaining heir of the Garo royal family that ruled over Sercia for a millennium. After the regime was toppled by a revolution, he attempted to overthrow the democratically elected government by kidnapping the president's daughter Rachel and demands the country to be restored to a monarchy in return for her safety or he will have her killed.
* ArmCannon: Wild Dog [[SerialEscalation continues to attach more to it]], in the form of a rocket launcher, flamethrower, grappling hook and a ''tractor beam''...
* ArmorPiercingAttack: In the fifth game, let Wild Fang recharge his solar energy and he will explode at the players, dealing damage ''regardless'' if you are under cover or not. It is the only attack in the entire series to behave this way.
* ArtifactTitle: Part of why the first game is called '''''Time''' Crisis'' is that 1. you're ranked on how fast you beat each area and stage as well as the game, 2. the timer is an actual threat--take too long and it will bring you to a GameOver before the enemies can deplete all of your lives. However, subsequent games greatly loosen the time-based elements, not only giving players a large amount of time per area, but also resetting it upon moving to another area or taking a hit and also reducing the penalty for a time-out from a game over to simply a life loss; the timer's just there in later games to end games if the player idles or leaves the machine, and many other gun games like ''VideoGame/{{Police 911}}'' and ''VideoGame/LethalEnforcers 3'' have also adapted time limits. Also, from ''Time Crisis II'' onwards, you're ranked on [[ScoringPoints points]]--while you can get bonuses for finishing areas quickly, you can also earn points from chaining enemy hits and maintaining an accuracy streak, so you're encouraged to play stylishly rather than quickly.
* ATeamFiring: In installments that offer multiplayer - if only one player is playing or if the game is in solo mode, the unused player character is shown attacking and hiding just like you...but ''none of his shots will connect''.
** Subverted if the player dies (still in solo mode); during the continue screen, the unused player character will start popping off perfect headshots until you finish slotting your quarters in.
** Also worth noting: if (while using two players) one player clears out all of his enemies, any enemies that only the other player can hit RETREAT (or get blasted by artillery, as in 3's Stage 1. Yes, this means that one player could embody this trope, get 0 accuracy, and STILL play through the entire game if the other player is good. In single player, however, watching the COM's screen when behind cover can let you know when it's safe to pop your head out.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Wild Dog's "tractor beam" ArmCannon in ''4''; just beat him and you'll see why.
* BadassLongcoat: Wild Dog in later installments, when there's enough polygons to spare. His apprentice, Wild Fang, has his own as well.
* BadassNormal: '''Everyone'''. Except the Mooks.
** EmpoweredBadassNormal: Wild Dog starts as a quite human GunsAkimbo final boss. In the 2nd game, he's practically a cyborg with [[MoreDakka gatling gun]] on his arm. In the 3rd game, it became a SwissArmyWeapon, with [[MoreDakka machine gun]], [[FireBreathingWeapon flamethrower]], and [[StuffBlowingUp rocket launcher.]] Come 4th game, [[SerialEscalation he installed]] a grappling hook (which he used to drag your helicopter down), and a Tractor Beam.
* BananaRepublic: Caruba in ''Project Titan''.
* BeardOfEvil: Derrick Lynch in the [=PS2=] port. [[spoiler:Robert Baxter]] in ''5''.
* BigBad: Sherudo Garo in ''1'', Ernesto Diaz in ''2'', Giorgio Zott and [[TheMole Jake Hernandez]] in ''3'', Gregory Barrows in ''4'', [[spoiler:Robert Baxter]] in ''5'', Derrick Lynch in ''Crisis Zone'', and Jared Hunter in ''Crisis Zone'''s Grassmarket District.
* {{Bishonen}}: Every protagonist in ''2'' and ''3'', one half of the player characters in ''4'', plus Wild Fang.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: ''Crisis Zone'' named the hero Croad [=McGalain=] and one of the bosses Eddy. The UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 version fixed them into Claude [=McGarren=] and Edge, respectively.
* BonusLevel: ''Razing Storm'' passes its fourth stage (only accessible if you complete the missile sequence of Stage 3) off as a "bonus" stage.
* BossBanter: Some bosses will verbally harass you throughout the fight. ''4''[='=]s Stage 2 boss, Jack Mathers, is notable in that he's not bantering you, he's bantering Captain Rush, who smack-talks him back for betraying his country.
* BossOnlyLevel: The final battle with [[spoiler: Robert Baxter]] in the fifth game is like this. Unlike the other final stages of each game, it's not split into three separate areas, it's just one long boss battle against [[spoiler: Robert,]] aside from mooks.
** [[spoiler: The final stage in the original story as well as the Grassmarket District story in ''Crisis Zone'' is a final battle against Derrick Lynch and Jared Hunter, respectively.]]
* BottomlessMagazines: The machine gun in ''2''. In ''4'', two areas put you in a helicopter with either a mounted machine gun or an automatic cannon, both of which have infinite ammo.
** In the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 version of Time Crisis 2, you can unlock an infinite ammo pistol, meaning ''you never have to reload!''
* BulletTime: Used in ''5'' after a QuickTimeEvent.
* BulletproofHumanShield: In Stage 3 of ''2'', Ernesto Diaz uses [[DamselInDistress Christy Ryan]] as a shield, and this will stop any misplaced shot meant for him. Shooting her will ''not'' hurt or kill her, but [[HostageSpiritLink you'll lose 5,000 points for doing so]].
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: In ''3'', {{A|ctionGirl}}licia shoots a handgun out of [[PresidentEvil Zott's]] hand as he's about to execute her brother Daniel during a standoff between Zott and the VSSE agents. In the arcade version, this is done in a cutscene. But in the Rescue Mission mode, you actually have to shoot the gun out of his hand.
* BoringButPractical / DifficultButAwesome: In games where you can switch weapons, the basic handgun is this. Sure, it has no rapid-fire or spread, but it has unlimited ammo (just release the pedal to reload) and won't risk missed shots (either through over-firing or pellets failing to hit something). This is taken a step further in 5 where the handgun is the second most damaging weapon in you arsenal.
* ClimacticElevatorRide: Right before the final boss battle, Wild Dog takes Rachel hostage in an elevator. Richard has to take the other elevator to catch up.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: The original release of Time Crisis 5 ended in one with [[spoiler: the protagonists cornering Wild Dog but he manages to send in his detectable arm flying away with the briefcase before blowing himself up once more. The V.S.S.E manage to track it down, but the recovery team is wiped out by a unknown assailant wielding a sword and retrieves the briefcase.]] The game originally ended there, but the later "True Mastermind" edition contained the story in it's entirety.
* TheCoatsAreOff: Wild Dog does this before fighting him in every game.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Soldiers in red have precision aim and always connect with their first shot, blue/gray are fodder and orange are bonuses. Similarly, Player 1 characters wear red and Player 2 characters wear blue. By ''3'' and ''4'', shooting yellow soldiers rack up additional ammo for weapons aside from the default handgun (a single shot's enough to kill them, but [[KickTheDog the more you shoot them]], the more ammo you get). Also, green soldiers have lifebars, i.e. one shot isn't enough to take them out, and enemies in camo gear throw grenades and knives.
** In the first and second games, most bullets fired at you will be yellow tracers. However, the ones that will hit you are red with menacing swirls.
* CombatCommentator: Beth has shades of this during Stage 2-3 of Time Crisis 4.
* ConcealmentEqualsCover: You hide behind some pretty questionable items, such as park benches, vendor carts, and empty barrels. Worse yet, this allows you to hide from all damage, including high explosives and thrown grenades, since enemies aim for your head, not your location.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: One or two secret agents against entire terrorist organizations. Who would you see winning?
* ContinuingIsPainful: During the continue screen of the first game, the elapsed time keeps running. In the console version, as well as the "Rescue Mission" from ''3'', you start the area over. In ''4'', your combo meter resets, making it hard to string combos again, and if you fail a Multi-Screen section, you lose your time bonus for the area.
* CosmeticAward: From ''2'' onwards, clearing the game without using a continue and making the high scores list will put a star next to your initials.
* DamselInDistress: The original, ''Project Titan'' and ''2''. Averted in ''3'' with Alicia as the ActionGirl and ''4'' with Elizabeth, who serves as MissionControl.
* DavidVsGoliath: Claude vs. Tiger in ''Crisis Zone''.
** Richard vs Zeus in ''Project Titan''.
** Rush vs. Mathers in ''4''.
* DeadHatShot: The first boss of ''2'', upon crashing his boat, leaves behind his bowler hat and his suitcase floating on the surface of the water.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: In ''2'' and ''3'', your only penalty for continuing is not having a star next to your name on the initials screen. ''4'' does this too, but also with the aforementioned subversion.
* DemotedToExtra: Robert Baxter returns in ''5'', but he's now a supporting character in the style of Alicia Winston in the third game and Captain Rush in the fourth game than a playable one. [[spoiler: He's also the BigBad.]]
** [[spoiler: Keith Martin, Robert's partner in ''2'' also returns as a boss and later allied supporting character.]]
* DieHardOnAnX: The original ''Time Crisis'' is ''Die Hard'' in a castle, while ''Crisis Zone'' is ''Die Hard'' in an urban complex and a city.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Ernesto Diaz in the 2nd game, and [[DarkChick Randy Garrett]] in the 3rd one {And in the same level where you fight him, you also send various {{Mooks}} falling to their deaths as well}. Also [[spoiler: Robert Baxter in the fifth game, when you send him falling to his death in a quick-time event.]]
* DodgeTheBullet: With enough skill and practice, a good player can take cover from bullets marked with the Crisis Sight and dodge them.
* TheDragon: Wild Dog. He's actually the [[BigBadDuumvirate secondary Big Bad]].
** In turn, Wild Fang is this to Wild Dog [[spoiler: and Robert Baxter in the fifth game.]]
* DragonTheirFeet: In the first game.
* DualBoss: Wild Dog and BigBad Ernesto Diaz fight you together in the final level of ''2''. You fight Wild Dog and his apprentice Wild Fang in ''3''.
** You fight Edge and Tiger in ''Crisis Zone''.
** There's also two robot mini-boss in ''Project Titan''.
* DualWield: It's possible on ''2'' through ''4'', but due to how the arcade cabinets are designed, it's very hard to do.
** However, the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 version of Time Crisis 2 has a Dual Gun mode, which is a one player mode where you can wield two guns.
** The [=PS2=] version of Time Crisis: Crisis Zone also has this feature, although you are required to complete 55% of the game (that includes the extra modes) to unlock it.
* DullSurprise: Beth from the fourth game probably recorded all her voice clips seperately... Seriously, most of the time she sounds like she's recording for a GPS.
--> '''Beth:''' ''[in a completely calm voice'' According to these analysis results, [the terrorists'] military strength is equivalent to one company of the US military. ''[in a worried, surprised voice]'' That... that's impossible!
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Unlike its sequels, the original ''Time Crisis'' is single-player only with a HeroicMime protagonist and doesn't have two protagonists with a dual screen, [[TheDragon Wild Dog]] is the FinalBoss and the BigBad is the second-to-last boss, there's no warning when the enemies' bullets will hit you, the timer doesn't reset to 40 seconds during gameplay transitions, the timer will keep counting down even during action sequences, and this is the only game in the series where [[NintendoHard you will lose all of your lives if you run out of time.]] As for playing for score: There's no score at all, you're ranked strictly on time; in fact, there's even a Timed Mode where you can time-attack any of the three stages with infinite lives, a feature not seen in any game since.
* EasyModeMockery: In Time Crisis: Project Titan, you are prevented from finishing the remaining 1/4th of the game if you play on easy.
* EvilLaugh: Many of the villains such as Sherudo Garo from ''1'', Giogrio Zott and Jake Hernandez from ''3'', and Gregory Barrows from ''4'', but Wild Dog does this the most.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: There's a crisis, see, and you need to stop it in time...
* ExcusePlot: The plots are there mainly to give the player an excuse to shoot stuff. The first focused on a pro-monarchist terrorist group, the second was about a mad scientist trying to nuke the world via a series of satellites disguised as peaceful communication satellites, the third was an invasion of a peaceful Mediterranean country by its fascist neighbor, the fourth was about anti-US insurgents, and the fifth is about finding a traitor within the VSSE. None of these has any real bearing on the gameplay.
* FanVid: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc6SKGXJpEc Combining it with]] [[FountainOfMemes memetic juggernaut]] VideoGame/{{Touhou}}.
* FauxActionGirl: Zigzagged with Christy Ryan in ''2''. On one hand, she basically completed the entire first half of the mission for you (infiltration, espionage, sabotage, etc.) and she even taunts the villains who try to torture her. On the other hand, she's vulnerable to the StandardFemaleGrabArea.
* TheFederation: Averted: the Zagorias Federation in ''3'' is a militaristic fascist dictatorship that invaded Astigos Island in an attempt to take over its neighboring state of Lukano.
* FiveManBand: In ''4'':
** TheLeader: Giorgio Bruno
** TheLancer: Evan Bernard
** TheBigGuy: Captain William Rush
** {{The Smart G|uy}}irl and TheChick: First Lieutenant Elizabeth Conway
* FlashStep: Becomes a feature of ''5'' where the player can do it to move from cover to cover - the mooks in the opening cutscene are suitably confused at the sheer speed of your movement! [[spoiler:Keith Martin]] employs this too in the battle against him.
* FlungClothing: Alicia in her console scenario for ''3''. She changes from a bikini top and shorts into… her uniform… somehow…
** Wild Dog with his overcoat, as well as Wild Fang.
* FunWithAcronyms: The supposed antagonists of ''4'', W.O.L.F., or Western Order Liberation Front.
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: In ''Crisis Zone'', Lynch wants to destroy London just to show [[ForTheEvulz how evil he is]].
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere / LoneWolfBoss: Arguably, Wild Dog in later games. He has no connection to the Zagorians in ''3'' or the Hamlin Battalion in ''4''; he's just there to give the VSSE a hard time.
* GreaserDelinquents: Richard Miller, the protagonist of the first game, has this as his aesthetic, right down to the haircut and leather jacket.
* GunsAkimbo: Wild Dog again, and there's nothing like GunsAkimbo where one of the guns is an ''ArmCannon''.
** [[spoiler: PresidentEvil Giorgio Zott, the final boss of ''3'', dual-wields a pair of ''rocket launchers'' in his final phase]].
** Possible for the player in home versions, usually as an unlockable.
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: The VSSE.
* HandCannon: Make, model and calibre never come up, but given it's possible to {{cherry tap|ping}} ''anything'' to death with them (ranging from gigantic VTOL craft to ''an old WWII artillery bunker'') they must be something pretty impressive.
* HeroesRUs: The [=VSSE=], with different agents in each game:
** ''1''/''Project Titan'': Richard Miller
** ''2'': Keith Martin and Robert Baxter
** ''3'': Alan Dunaway and Wesley Lambert
** ''4'': Giorgio Bruno and Evan Bernard
** ''5'': Luke O'Neil and Marc Godart, with assistance from ''2'' protagonist Robert Baxter. [[spoiler: Keith Martin, the other protagonist from ''2'', later joins the agents after Robert is outed as the real traitor.]]
*** Furthermore, the STF (Special Task Force) and player character Claude [=McGarren=] in ''Crisis Zone'', and SCAR members Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 in ''Razing Storm''.
* HeroicMime: Richard Miller, the completely silent protagonist of the first game. Later titles give protagonists voices, but only during cutscenes.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The second stage boss in ''2'' is killed when he gets knocked backwards while firing a minigun, and ends up destroying the helicopter he was flying in with it.
** The BigBad of 5 loses because VSSE destroys his hidden facility [[spoiler: manufacturing a zombie drug.]] They only found it in the first place because [[spoiler: the BigBad HIMSELF shot Wild Dog's briefcase with a tracking bullet, instead of just letting it go.]]
* HoldTheLine: Some Multi-Screen segments in ''4'' require you to protect a barricade until reinforcements arrive. Enemy response is noticeably more aggressive in these sections.
* HostageSpiritLink: Variant: you just lose points. ''3's'' "Rescue Mission", [[DoubleSubversion on the other hand...]]
* HumanLadder: Goes a bit crazy in ''4'' where the National Guard and Rush go into this mode so that the Giorgio and Evan can climb them up to stop the BigBad's nuclear strike.
* HumongousMecha: [[spoiler: In ''5'', Robert Baxter summons one and later pilots it in the final battle.]]
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Every enemy in each installment have this. In the sequels, however, when they actually do shoot you, it's marked with a red flash.
* ImplacableMan: Wild Dog must have taken at least a million bullets to all parts of his body AND survived FOUR self-destructs, three of them his own doing. And yet, he's always back for more...
** Pretty much every human boss will get pumped full of enough lead to poison them and barely be staggered. Very few of them have any sort of explanation for this.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: The heroes of ''3'' and ''4'''s badass jackets.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: [[AllThereInTheManual Marcus Black.]]
-->'''Rush:''' An [[{{BFG}} anti-tank rifle]], one-handed?! [[LampshadeHanging Who is this guy?]]
** If you're talking about in general, then being able to shoot down knives and grenades (although the latter has shown to be possible, but very difficult with a pistol) would put the player in this realm as well.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: A boss in ''2'' uses an ''[=ICBM=]'' as a battering ram.
** The stage 2 boss of ''4'' continuously wrestles Captain William Rush, who he sometimes ''[[GrievousHarmWithABody throws at you]]''.
* {{Irony}}: The series is about time-sensitive crises, but ''II'' through ''4''[='=]s scoring systems require you to ''slow down'' in order to chain enemies for points.
* ItsQuietTooQuiet: At the start of ''4''
-->'''Evan:''' Hey, you think they blocked off the entire airport for us?
-->''*cue smoke canister*''
* {{Jetpack}}: In ''Crisis Zone'', U.R.D.A.'s air division consists of soldiers equipped with body armor and jetpacks. Hunter is also wearing one when you fight him in the hotel.
** Wild Dog briefly uses one in ''5'' to make his escape.
* JokerImmunity[=/=]NotQuiteDead: Wild Dog. Alan and Wesley even {{lampshade|Hanging}} it in the third game:
-->'''Wesley''': Wild Dog?!\\
'''Alan''': [[WhyWontYouDie Don't you ever die?!]]
* KaizoTrap: Since the time in the original and ''Project Titan'' keep running even between action frames, it's possible for the clock to run out after you take down a helicopter or another mechanical boss as its "death" animation plays. Fortunately this isn't an issue with human bosses: for them, the clock stops once you make the killing shot.
* KarmaHoudini: Kantaris in the Special Mode of the original ''Time Crisis'', should Miller fail to defeat her before she makes her escape.
** Played straight in the spinoff ''Project Titan'', as she escapes after Miller rescues Abacus from her boat in the beginning.
* KillSat: The crisis needing to be averted in ''2''... which the BigBad uses as his ''weapon'' in the final battle, equipped with lasers and a gatling.
** In ''Razing Storm'', your allies have one, and it's used to destroy the BigBad and finish off the boss of Stage 3.
* KnifeNut: Sherudo Garo from the first game.
** There are various knife-throwing mooks as well.
** Jake in the Rescue Mission portion of 3.
** [[spoiler: Keith]] uses knives as one of his weapons during his boss fight in ''5''. [[spoiler: Robert later tries to kill the agents by throwing knives at them from behind while they're distracted.]]
* LaResistance: The Lukano Liberation Army in ''3''.
* LargeHam: Jack Mathers, the Stage 2 boss of ''4''.
-->'''Rush:''' [[PatrioticFervor Where's your patriotism?]]\\
'''Jack:''' [[PreAsskickingOneLiner What GOOD is PATRIOTISM?]]
** Wild Dog becomes this in ''5'' in stark comparison to his earlier appearances.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Wild Dog, General Diaz in ''2'', and the Terror Bites in ''4''.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: [[spoiler:Keith Martin]] really has no reason to continue fighting the protagonists at ''5'' beyond the initial engagement (where he's arguably defending himself from you, Robert Baxter and Wild Dog's mercenaries); granted, being in one of Wild Dog's bases doesn't help.
** He also mentions that he's almost finished cracking the briefcase's lock. Presumably, since you're already attacking him, he's trying to stall for time until he can open the briefcase.
* LuckBasedMission: The first game. It's hard to tell when shots can hit you or not from the blue mooks (the red ones are a given as are bazooka men and thrown grenades or knives. As well as environmental damage.) Making dodging a guessing game, plus the timer will continue running after beating tougher opponents.
* MacGuffin: The KillSat in the second game, the Terror Bites in the fourth game, and a briefcase containing top secret information about the VSSE in the fifth game.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: In ''5'', [[spoiler: Robert Baxter uses a robot that fires a barrage of missiles at you in the final battle.]]
* MadeOfIron: Both the ScaryBlackMan and Wild Dog in the second game, and then every boss in the third and fourth games. Bosses in the fourth game even have ''seven or eight stacked life bars'', each one taking an upwards of thirty bullets to chew through.
* MissionControl: Elizabeth Conway in ''4''.
* MoreDakka: The helicopter scenes in ''4''. Very, very much so.
** ''5'' has another helicopter scene with [[UpToEleven even MORE]].
** Not that it prevents other bosses in the series indulging in their own: the second boss in ''2'' uses a machine gun turret, a gatling gun and an [=ICBM=] ''as a battering ram'', while Ernesto fights using a KillSat. ''3'' has the first boss use a [=VTOL's=] armaments, a machine gun, a gatling gun, and in the Rescue Mission, a rocket launcher. Giorgio Zott switches from an assault rifle and sword combo to TWIN ROCKET LAUNCHERS. [[CaptainObvious They really want you dead.]]
* NintendoHard: The first mostly, where you can't tell what shot's going to hurt (aside from enemies), bullets that "graze" you as you go into cover can still count as lethal,[[note]]From ''Time Crisis 2'' onward, if you are not EXACTLY in shooting position, you cannot be hit, allowing for really quick "dodges" where red bullets would clip the camera but not result in loss of life. Doing the same thing in the first one will result in loss of life and time[[/note]] the timer constantly goes down no matter what's going on, the timer only increases (by a variable amount) when you clear out an action point or [[GuideDangIt hit certain enemies]] (and even then, only up to 60 seconds), and you lose all your lives if the timer runs out. Though later games tone down the FakeDifficulty, they're still designed to make the player use continues unless they're really, really good.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Captain Rush receives one from Jack Mathers in Time Crisis 4.
* NotCompletelyUseless: For scoring purposes, grenades in ''4'' are only ''mostly'' useless (instead of completely useless in ''3'', where they reset the no-miss streak). There are segments where firing a grenade can hit out-of-sight enemies and maintain the player's combo, avoiding having to build it up back to 3,000 points.
* NukeEm: The last stage of ''4'' has you averting a plan to nuke every major American city.
* OddballInTheSeries: ''Project Titan'' is the only spinoff in the series to focus on the VSSE. It's also the only one that doesn't have Wild Dog's [[{{Leitmotif}} signature theme song]] while fighting him, and when he's defeated, he doesn't blow himself up, but instead, he flies off in a helicopter only to be shot down by Miller.
* OffScreenTeleportation: Wild Dog does not follow logic in the first game; he can roll off to the right, and instantly appear on the left, or vice versa, or simply spawn behind an obscuring patch of flames. Ernesto Diaz does this in the last part of stage 3 in ''2'', ducking behind scenery with his hostage only to immediately pop up again elsewhere, at one point right in front of you.
* OminousLatinChanting: The soundtrack for ''4'' is full of this, especially the final boss battle BGM ("Leave It to Us!").
* [[OncePerEpisode Once per Game]]: Wild Dog blowing himself (although it was accidental in the first game) after being defeated. In fact, it is [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] in ''5'' the first time it looks like he's going to do it (with the protagonists taking cover), only for the button to instead activate a jetpack.
* OneGameForThePriceOfTwo: Downplayed since the second game; you play as one of the two VSSE agents in different angles on scenarios, depending on the cabinet.
** This only applies to the arcade originals; the home ports inverted this, being ''two games for the price of one''!
* OneManArmy: The original and ''Project Titan'' specifically describes Richard as this. Of course, subverted when the sequels become a ''two'' man army albeit with a "solo" option as well (Said option still shows an onscreen AI partner but they tend not to be that useful.) This downplayed OneGameForThePriceOfTwo trope as well.
* OneRiotOneRanger: The whole point of VSSE is to send in one or two guys with pistols to solve international crises.
* OneUp: The original ''Time Crisis'' is the only game in the series to offer it, and the method of getting one is extremely difficult: You must kill 40 enemies without missing a single shot. As you build up your kill streak, a life icon right above the HUD slowly turns opaque, until it becomes completely opaque and turns into an extra life.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. ''3'' features Giorgio Zott as the BigBad, while ''4'' has Giorgio Bruno as a PlayerCharacter. Still played straight since their surnames are different.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Averted in ''Project Titan''. Abacus' real name is Marisa Soleil, and her real name was presented in the intro, too.
* OutOfTheInferno: The protagonists of ''3'' do this when the base they were fighting in collapses.
* OutrunTheFireball: [[spoiler: Luke, Marc, and Keith do this upon defeating Wild Fang in ''5''.]]
* ParentalBonus: In Stage 2 Area 3 of ''4'', Elizabeth calls out the boss' moves, one of which she calls "F...!"
* PatrioticFervor: Captain Rush, who is quite ''pissed'' to learn that the terrorists he's dealing with are fellow Americans.
-->'''Captain Rush:''' Where is your patriotism?!\\
'''Jack Mathers:''' What ''good'' is ''patriotism?''
* PitifulWorms: Wild Dog in ''4'' says this to the VSSE, and then [[LargeHam seriously hams it up]] in ''5'' with similar insults.
-->'''Wild Dog''': A bunch of annoying little flies...
** Ernesto Diaz compares the VSSE to roaches in ''2''.
* PlotArmor: Claude's extremely resilient riot shield.
* PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo: Starting in ''2'', the final mission of the home versions of each game's extra mission mode pit you against previous protagonists. While ''2'' plays it straight by pitting you against Richard Miller, ''3'' and ''4'' do it a little differently, instead pitting you against the agents you played as in the main story.
* {{Prince Charmless}}: Sherudo Garo is this in spades.
* RatedMForManly: This is a series involve two {{Badass}} agents against an entire army of terrorists and always winning, after all.
* RecurringRiff: Wild Dog has a distinct riff that appears in every game and is played when fighting against him.
* RewardingVandalism: Some objects, usually crates or barrels, can be blown up to kill enemies within its blast radius. From ''2'' onwards, this is accompanied by a point bonus. Also, shooting an inanimate, destructible object counts toward your hit combo.
** In certain rooms of ''Time Crisis'', on special mode, you can go to a different area when time isn't the major factor.
** ''Crisis Zone'' on special mode rewards you further by giving you access to a special weapon for a limited time, as well as a new area to test that weapon out in.
* {{Ruritania}}: Sercia in ''1'' and Lukano in ''3''.
* ScoringPoints: The original had a high score table sorted by time. From ''2'' onwards, the game uses a points system that focuses far more on combos and accuracy than time.
* SequelDifficultyDrop: ''Time Crisis 2'' onwards are generally easier to get into, mostly thanks to the timer always starting at 40 seconds after changing action points and resetting whenever you lose a life (including when the timer hits 0, which no longer is an instant game over).
* SequelEscalation: Every time Wild Dog comes back, he does so with increasingly crazy weapons: an ArmCannon in ''2'', a combination flamethrower and rocket launcher in ''3'', and a TractorBeam in ''4''.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: ''5'' ends with Wild Dog launching the [[MacGuffin briefcase]] out of VSSE's hands before blowing himself up a fifth time and later being discovered by a mysterious man with a katana retrieving the case and saying, "How about that! Wild Dog is good for something after all." This is followed by a message announcing a True Mastermind Edition, which will feature three more stages.]]
** The spinoff ''Project Titan'' also ends on one, with Miller's name finally being cleared, and declining an award from President Serrano and driving off into the sunset to track down Kantaris, who had escaped earlier.
* ShoutOut:
** A lab late in the first game has teleporters identical to the ones in ''Film/TheFly1986''.
** [[TheDragon Wild Dog]] is modeled after Mad Dog, [[BigBad Johnny Wong]]'s [[TheDragon Dragon]] from the JohnWoo movie ''Film/HardBoiled''.
** Wild Dog later uses a portable ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]''-esque tractor beam.
** The Stage 2 Boss in ''4'' uses a move on Captain Rush that is similar to the [[Wrestling/JohnCena Attitude Adjustment]]. It's even partially described by Beth [[LampshadeHanging by its]] [[CallingYourAttacks original name]].
** The Stage 5 in ''5'' is a parody homage of previous Namco games like ''VideoGame/NinjaAssault'' and ''VideoGame/VampireNight'' as well as Sega's ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'' series.
* SmartBomb: Grenades in ''3'' and ''4''. When playing for score, they're absolutely useless in ''3'' because they nullify the accuracy streak bonus, but in ''4'' they can connect combos to maintain the combo bonus.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Two of them: first ''Crisis Zone'', then that in turn had its own spiritual sequel ''Razing Storm''.
** Also, the series is this to ''VideoGame/RollingThunder''.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Alicia's civilian outfit, which consists of an open shirt, a bikini top, and a miniskirt.
* StormingTheCastle: The entirety of the first game.
* StuffBlowingUp: Steadily escalating with each incarnation.
* TakeCover: Just step off the pedal. Also one of the earliest examples in the LightGunGame genre.
* TakeYourTime: {{Inverted}}: one of the big experiments of ''Time Crisis'' was to put continual chronological pressure on the player throughout the entire game, directly contradicting that trope.
** However, ''4'' has two segments that play this trope straight: a sniping segment in Stage 1 Area 2 where you must shoot a truck before it enters a tunnel (which never appears), and the final boss battle, where you must defeat the BigBad before [[NukeEm nuclear missile-armed stealth bombers]] reach their targets (it's AlwaysClose).
* TakingYouWithMe: Wild Dog.
** [[spoiler:Jake in Rescue Mission. He threatens to detonate the warhead he was escaping with before Alicia shoots it out of his hands...and ultimately takes him out with the same bullet.]]
* TelephonePolearm: Done with an [=ICBM=], no less.
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: '''Wild Dog'''. Every game always has someone asking ''how'' he survived his suicide bombs.
** And Wild Fang.
* [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks Throwing Your Knife Always Works]]: Unlike bullets, knives will ''always'' take a life off if you don't dodge. Factor in speed, and a mook with a knife is '''literally''' more dangerous than one with a rocket launcher.
** This is only true based on the difficulty: on easy difficulty, rockets and knives can miss if there isn't a red flash when launched, just like any other attack. It's still more likely to hit than an enemy firing a machine gun at you though, and what arcade machine is going to be set to easy?
** In the original game, however, hitting the enemy who throws them before they can hit you means that they will ''always'' register as a miss. It's also possible, albeit only by [[ImprobableAimingSkills absurdly good marksmanship]] or [[AccidentalAimingSkills sheer dumb luck]], to [[ShootTheBullet shoot them out of the air.]]
* TimedMission: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Duh...]] Though the time limit is only a major problem in the first game. From ''2'' onwards, it'll usually only run out if you're really slacking off.
* TraintopBattle: In ''2'' and ''3''
* TWordEuphemism: In ''4'' (arcade version), there's a sequence where you continually (more or less) shoot at a boss while he's wrestling with an ally. As usual, you are being debriefed on the situation by MissionControl via intercom (this is basically narration of the game script, which is also displayed at the bottom of the screen). For whatever reason, she decides to name the wrestling moves used by the boss. After a few ordinary examples, the script comes up "F---!" at the bottom of the screen - ''and she actually yells out, "Eff!"'' The Japanese version (which had Japanese dialogue for all characters) took it a half-step farther, having Conway go "F U!"
* UpdatedRerelease: ''True Mastermind Edition'' of ''5''.
* VillainExitStageLeft: Kantaris does this if you take too long to defeat her or if you don't do enough damage to her car or aircraft in the Special Mode of the original ''Time Crisis''. She ends up playing this straight in the spinoff ''Project Titan'' after you rescue the VSSE agent Abacus.
** In ''5'', [[spoiler: when Robert is exposed as the traitor and the BigBad, he promptly uses a flashbang to cover his escape from the protagonists.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Ricardo Blanco in ''Project Titan''. [[spoiler:He was betrayed and killed by Wild Dog, after getting defeated by Richard Miller. He revealed that the president of Caruba was still alive, and the dead one was just a clone.]]
* WesternTerrorists: In ''4'', the terrorists that you're fighting are not [[FunWithAcronyms W.O.L.F.]], but rather disgruntled members of a unit from the U.S. military, the Bio-Weapon Special Ops Unit, or the Hamlin Battalion. Also, the U.R.D.A. from ''Crisis Zone''. [[spoiler: Robert Baxter is revealed to be this in the fifth game.]]
* WhamLine: In ''5''. [[spoiler: "If you had just died this would have all gone according to plan."]]
** Earlier, [[spoiler: during the boss battle]], [[spoiler: Keith]] says, "The internal auditor, [[spoiler: Christy]], we were in love. I need to find out what really happened!"
* WhamShot: The end of Stage 1 of ''4'' shows the dog tag of the defeated Marcus Black, who is revealed to be a ''U.S. military officer''...and so are the rest of the terrorists that Rush, Giorgio, and Evan have been fighting. Needless to say, [[PatrioticFervor Rush]] is ''[[BerserkButton pissed off]]''.
** Also in ''5'', [[spoiler: after defeating Keith Martin, he opens up the briefcase and reveals who the real traitor responsible for the events of the game is. Luke and Marc lean in to look at the data, looking shocked. Then Keith looks up and fires off two bullets at Luke and Marc. In BulletTime, the bullets are shown whizzing past them, squarely striking the two knives flying towards Luke and Marc and sending them skittering harmlessly to the ground. The camera then pans to Robert, revealing him to be the BigBad.]]
* WhyWontYouDie: All but said in ''3''.
-->'''Wesley''': Wild Dog?!
-->'''Alan''': Don't you ever die?!
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: In ''4'', Rush and the second boss engage in some close-quarters grappling. Beth even calls out some of the moves the boss uses.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: Though not stated in-universe, Keith and Robert look different in ''5'' compared to their debut in ''II''.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]; ''5'' takes place 18 years after ''II''. It would be very jarring if they looked exactly the same as they did in ''II''.
* YouMonster: [[spoiler: Keith calls Robert this in the fifth game when the latter's robot goes OneWingedAngel.]]
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: In the first game, you actually fight the BigBad in Stage 2, and fight Wild Dog in Stage 3. It's not TheManBehindTheMan, though; Wild Dog just decides to continue the plan on his own.
** ''Razing Storm's'' Stage 3. "Okay, all mooks sniped off, KillSat fires and kills the BigBad, 'Mission Complete!' appears...wait, isn't this the ''first'' section of Stage 3?" And ''then'', assuming you stop a wave of cluster missiles from wiping you out at the end of the stage, you have ''one more whole stage to go.''
* ZombieApocalypse: [[spoiler: Robert Baxter must have learned something from [[VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead Caleb Goldman]] and [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 Albert Wesker]] in ''5''. With the drug he had stolen three years prior to the events of the game, he planned on launching a missile loaded with the drug to plunge the entire world into a zombie apocalypse, with the state of New York as his first terrorist attack. The enemies you fight in Stage 5 are also in a zombie-like state.]]
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