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->Hey, man, that run was ''bull'''shit'''''. But in a good way.
--> ''-Bam Margera''

Tony Hawk's Underground (commonly abbreviated as ''[[FunWithAcronyms THUG]]'') is a short series of two games that came between the classic ''[[VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater THPS]]'' games and the rest of the series. It was the first in the series to feature an actual story line, and introduced the ability to get off your board and [[LeParkour jump all over shit]].

The first ''THUG'' was released for the [[PlayStation2 PS2]], [[NintendoGameCube GameCube]], {{Xbox}}, and [[GameBoy GBA]], and followed the player character as they rise to stardom with their childhood friend, Eric Sparrow, then have a bitter falling out after Eric starts becoming jealous as the player character starts to leave Sparrow in his dust, before Eric [[ItMakesSenseInContext gets drunk and hijacks a tank]]. It's funny, but still quite a bit DarkerAndEdgier and action-oriented than the rest of the series. A {{PC}} port also exists [[NoExportForYou if you're Australian]].

The second game, ''Tony Hawk's Underground 2: World Destruction Tour'', focused on the titular World Destruction Tour, which is [[RecycledPremise totally not similar to]] ''Series/{{Jackass}}''. The celeb skaters (Which are largely made up of people involved with ''Jackass'') are divided in to two teams and do dangerous and stupid stunts for points. The player character in this game takes a back seat to celebrity slapstick shenanigans as the tour takes him or her all across the world, to 4 continents in total.

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!!This sub-series provides examples of:
* BigBadFriend: Eric, after the Hawaii level.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: You can play as Bigfoot in ''Underground 2''.
* BigEater: Todd. When the player first meets him, he says he has to finish some hamburgers before he goes out to eat.
* BilingualBonus: In 2, Paulie "[[RedBaron Wheels of Fury]]" Ryan says this to a Spanish woman:
--> Me grande chorizo es el jefe mamacita.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: When arriving in [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]] in 2, Tony Hawk says this:
--> Another town, another party. And ain't no party bigger than Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Drunks, idiots, and drunk idiots.
* BringMyBrownPants: In ''Undeground 2'', [[TheScrappy Eric]] [[ButtMonkey Sparrow]] not only pissed himself, but crapped himself after Bam pulled the chainsaw away.
* ButtMonkey: [[TheScrappy Eric Sparrow]], and to a lesser extent, [[AwesomeMcCoolname Bob Burnquist]] in 2. The same game also gives us [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Nigel Beaverhausen]].
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Eric Sparrow's primary characteristic in the first game.
* ContinuityNod
** In the player character's room in ''Underground'', there's a poster of Daisy on the wall, a skater from ''Pro Skater 4''. There's also a crude mockup version of her without her [[GagBoobs most memorable characteristic]] in the "Pre-Made Custom Skaters" section.
** Ollie the Bum makes his final appearance in the series towards the beginning of ''Underground'', although he looks and sounds much less comedic and much more like a cracked-out homeless person. And he's no longer "Magic".
** Eric Sparrow is one of the pro skaters on Bam's team in ''Underground 2'', but he doesn't play a major role. He's treated as the ButtMonkey throughout the game, with the player character and Sparrow switching teams for a level at one point. While the switch is in place, Hawk messages you saying that they need you back on the team because [[EpicFail Sparrow just bailed and took out a brass band in the process (possibly killing the tuba player)]].
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Eric Sparrow]] at the end of the story.
* FatBastard: Todd, the manager of your team from the first game. A sleazeball who was willing [[spoiler: to let you rot in Russia to evade paying $700,000 in damages from a stunt Eric framed you for.]]
* FiveManBand: Tony's team in THUG 2
** TheHero: Tony Hawk
** TheLancer: Rodney Mullen
** TheBigGuy: Mike V
** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Guys]]: Rodney Mullen and Chad Muska
** TheChick: [[PlayerCharacter The player]]
** TheSixthRanger: Bob Burnquist
* {{Flanderization}}: Bam Margera is, well... ''[[Series/{{Jackass}} Bam]] [[VivaLaBam Margera]]'', only turned UpToEleven.
--> '''Bam:''' ''Tanks''. Oh, tanks. Look at these tanks. ''[Later]'' It's so good, we can't go skating now, ''look at these tanks''.
* FunWithAcronyms: ''THUG''. Followed by the perplexing ''THAW'' with ''American Wasteland''.
* FunnyForeigner: Nigel Beaverhausen, a video producer that hounds you in the second game.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** There's a sign in the Hawaii level in ''Underground'' that says "Yummy Weiners" and has a boy with a peculiar-looking hot dog in his mouth.
** There's a porn movie theater in the Los Angeles level of the third game (recreated in ''Underground 2''). If you couldn't guess it by the ambiguous movie titles on the marquee, the names of the gaps that involve it leave no shadow of doubt.
** There's also a car near the strip club that is [[DontComeAKnockin implied to]] have [[AutoErotica people having sex in it.]]
* GroinAttack: At the end of the Boston level, Hawk's team have to lose a guy by having the team play RussianRoulette with a tennis ball launcher at crotch level.
* HandicappedBadass: Paulie "Wheels of Fury" Ryan, who, despite being in a wheelchair and having casts all over most of his body, is still willing to kick and insult the player character.
* HelloInsertNameHere: The dialogue in the first ''THUG'' is cleverly written to avoid using the character's name but still seem fluid. In the second game, the player character is so unimportant to the story it doesn't really come up.
* {{Jerkass}}: Eric in the original ''Underground''. Supposedly your character's closest friend and skating buddy who steals their chance at glory when the opportunity arises and remains a persistent thorn in your character's side for the remainder of the game.
* IdiotBall: Eric keeps screwing the player character over at every single opportunity, ''yet the player character keeps forgiving him and asking him for help''. It isn't until Eric [[spoiler:frames the player character for grand theft tank and massive property damage, leaving him stranded in Moscow without a passport that they finally take the hint.]]
* InterfaceSpoiler: ''Underground 2'' has three:
** The intro features random cutscenes from the game, including [[spoiler: Bob Burnquist being kicked off of Team Hawk]]
** The main menu is on the "Wheel of Loogies", which won't be introduced for quite a while after the game starts.
** The credits video can be accessed at any time, but it features spoilers about the plot and objectives.
* KarmaHoudini: Eric in the first game, who [[spoiler:after several attempts to get the player kicked off the team, finally succeeds in the Russian level when he runs off after drunkenly driving a tank and leaving the player locked in it to take the blame. He continues on gaining fame and money while the player has to work his way back home after being abandoned by the skate team. Granted, the player recovers from this and goes on to make a successful series of skating videos and even punch out Eric on the second play through the final challenge. But he never really does pay for the tank incident by the end. The second game however fixed this by including him on the losing side of the tour and constantly getting humiliated until he's eventually shipped off when it was time to out one of the skaters. Judging by his treatment from both fellow skaters and fans, his pro skating career has apparently become something of a joke.]]
* NoFinalBossForYou: At the end of the first game, Eric Sparrow turns up and taunts the player character with the tape of their [[AwesomeMoments Crowning Moment of Awesome]] from earlier in the game, which only Eric and the main character were witness to, before challenging the player to follow Eric's run across the entirity of the New Jersey level, whilst Eric is throwing things at you. Play through the game a second time, and as Eric pulls out the tape and starts taunting the main character, [[MundaneSolution they just punch him out and take the tape]].
* NoPlotNoProblem: Averted, with one of the most developed plots that had so far ever been seen in a sports-oriented game, about two friends slowly growing to hate each other as each follows a different path to stardom. Many later games in the series have taken to including a solid story.
* NostalgiaLevel: Several courses from the first three games are unlockable.
** An interesting example of a Nostalgia Area exists in the original ''THUG'': the Tampa stage is an average-sized stage with a skate park towards the center. The skate park by itself was originally one of the exclusive levels to the Xbox version of ''[=THPS2=]'', ''Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2X''.
* PickedLast: In the sequel, before the World Destruction Tour starts, Tony and Bam Margera start picking their team members. Since the player is the least experienced of the pros they got (Bam even calls you a noob), the player is left as a last pick for Bam along with Paulie "Wheels of Fury" Ryan, a 10-year-old kid in a full-body cast riding a motor-powered wheelchair, who Bam picks over the player. Tony is forced to take the player in and prove Bam wrong for passing you up.
* PlanetHeck: The {{KISS}} concert in Underground
* TheResenter: Eric towards the player character. He hides it somewhat well prior to the Hawaii stage but it comes to a head when your character decides to go big and pull off the trick that will make them world famous. From that moment on it's all out in the open and Eric is thoroughly TheAntagonist.
* {{Retraux}}: One of the unlockable skaters in ''Underground 2'' is Tony Hawk as he was depicted in ''Pro Skater 1'', complete with pixelated textures.
* SkateHeavenIsAPlaceOnEarth: Naturally.
* ShoutOut:
** The "Star Wars Kid" can be found in a hidden room in ''2''.
** The {{KISS}} concert in ''Underground''.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: If the player character is female, she will be the only prominent female character in ''Underground 2''.
* SmugSnake: '''Eric. Sparrow.'''
* StuffBlowingUp: The end of the second game, ''so very much''. It can effectively be summed up as something like this...
-->'''Bam:''' Wow, [[spoiler:Skatopia]]... LET'S BLOW IT UP!
* SupportingProtagonist: The player character in ''Underground 2''.
* TheAllegedCar: One goal in the New York level of ''Underground'' has the player intentionally trashing an old car so its owner can use the insurance money to buy new shoes.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: Every level in the first game has at least one driving mission. After it's completed, the player can drive the car whenever he wants.
* UpdatedRerelease: ''Underground 2'' 's PSP port, ''Underground 2: Remix'', includes four new levels. These levels eventually were ported over to ''American Wasteland'' (although Atlanta is exclusive to the Collector's Edition of the game).
* VillainousBreakdown: Eric has an epic one in the first game's ending. If the Player Character beats him in the neighborhood skate off he goes on a rant, while the player just walks away with the tape.
--> '''Eric:''' I'm still better than you!!! You got lucky you little punk!!! Slam City Jam and Tampa were nothing but luck you little bitch!!! Get back here!!! You ain't nothing!!! I know I could kick your ass!!
* WeUsedToBeFriends:[[spoiler: By the end of the first game; after all the shit that Eric pulled you through, you pretty much had it with him and left him with the tape (or punched him in the alternate ending.)]]
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->''You own the underground.''

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