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''Tribes'' is a long-running series of multiplayer-focused [[FirstPersonShooter First Person Shooters]] found mostly on PC, with a few exceptions. The original game bears the ''VideoGame/{{Starsiege}}'' title because it is in fact a sequel of sorts to that game and represents the continuation of the ''[=EarthSiege=]'' franchise as a whole.

In [[TheFuture the distant future]], humanity has spread amongst the stars. Beyond the edge of space controlled by TheEmpire, in a region called the Wilderzone, are various tightly-knit [[TitleDrop Tribes]], who live a harsh frontier existence but otherwise free of Imperial authority. The disparate tribes battle one other for control of planetary territory and resources using PoweredArmor and [[EnergyWeapon advanced]] [[OurWeaponsWillBeBoxyInTheFuture small arms.]]

* ''Starsiege: Tribes'', the first game in the series, was released in November 1998 by Dynamix, who also made ''VideoGame/{{Starsiege}}''. It established itself as a unique multiplayer shooter with several key differences from its contemporaries, such as sprawling outdoor maps and movement centered around the use of a JetPack. Known for one of the great GoodBadBugs of gaming, which allowed players to abuse the physics engine to "ski" down slopes, so pervasive that [[AscendedGlitch it was implemented as gameplay feature in every sequel to follow.]]
* ''Tribes 2'', was released in March 2001 and on Linux in April. It was bigger, badder and came with its fair share [[ObviousBeta of bugs]], [[SoCoolItsAwesome but it was loved all the same.]] It received a PlayStation2 port in the form of ''Tribes: Aerial Assault'' in 2002. The [[ArtificialHumans Bioderms]] present in the game [[ContinuityNod debuted]] in ''{{VideoGame/CyberStorm}}.''
* ''[[VideoGame/TribesVengeance Tribes: Vengeance]]'' was released in October 2004, developed by {{Creator/Irrational Games}} (the creators of ''[[VideoGame/SystemShock System Shock 2]]'' and the ''{{Franchise/BioShock}}'' series) and based on the [[{{VideoGame/Unreal}} Unreal Engine]]. A {{prequel}} to the earlier games, it features a story-driven campaign centered around the Tribal Wars, a conflict between "tribal" fringe planets and [[VideoGame/{{Starsiege}} Earth's]] [[TheEmpire Galactic Empire]]. ExecutiveMeddling and cessation of official support barely a year hence gave this installment a short lifespan. It was critically well-received, [[FirstInstallmentWins but never enjoyed the same fan support as the earlier titles.]]
* ''Tribes: Ascend'' is free to play FPS released in April 2012, created by Hi-Rez Studios (creators of ''{{VideoGame/Global Agenda}}'') with [[BribingYourWayToVictory microtransaction]] [[ClassAndLevelSystem character classes]] (Each class has some customization - like swapping out a SMG for a shotgun or a shield pack for a sensor jammer, but each class has a clearly defined role). Access is simple, all one needs to do is register an account and download the client; either through {{Steam}} or a separate program. There are several game types, all of which revolve around conflicts between the Blood Eagle and Diamond Sword tribes.
* ''Tribes: Universe'' is an upcoming {{MMORPG}}, Hi-Rez promises an experience much like the older games and [[WordOfGod have stated they are using Tribes 2 as a frame of reference.]] Key differences will be vastly expanded battlefields and player counts. Character progression is stated to be based around "diversifying options in combat" rather then making you "inherently stronger." [[DevelopmentHell This installment was put on hiatus]] while they focused on ''Tribes: Ascend.''

Many of the games have since had their offical master servers shut down: ''Starsiege: Tribes'' in July 2007, ''Aerial Assault'' in November 2008 and ''Tribes 2'' in November 2009. However, ''Tribes 1 & 2'' now have multiple community-run master servers, and continue to have strong player bases to this day. ''Aerial Assault'', being a PS2 game, was not so lucky.

[[http://www.garagegames.com/ GarageGames]] ([[TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX formerly]] Dynamix) developed ''[[http://www.legionsoverdrive.com/ Legions: Overdrive]],'' a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Tribes 1''. Some former members of Dynamix are also helping create ''[[http://www.firefallthegame.com/ Fire Fall]]'', an beta [=MMOFPS=] which bears many similarities to the ''Tribes'' series, such as the extensive use of jetpacks.

[[http://tribes.wikia.com/ Has it's own wiki]]

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!!'''Trope examples:'''

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* AbnormalAmmo: Perhaps the most notable is the Spinfusor, also known as the Stormhammer, a weapon that fires [[PowerGlows glowing blue]] [[StuffBlowingUp explosive]] [[DeadlyDisc discs.]] There's a ''ton'' of them in ''Ascend'': Light, Dueling, (Pathfinder), standard, Spare(Soldier), MKD, MK-X,(Juggernaut), Heavy, Devastator, (Brute), and Stealth (Infiltrator). The stealth Spinfusor shoots red disks, while the MKD shoots green discs and has [[AreaOFEffect an increased splash radius]] relative to the Soldier's version. The Juggernaut can also unlock a Spinfusor as a type of grenade used by manually ''throwing'' the disk at people's faces.
** Also rather [[FanNickname lovingly known by players as]] "the exploding frisbee launcher".
* AirJousting: This doesn't really happen due to the imprecise nature of the flight mechanics, but two players flying head-on at each other brandishing Spinfusors comes damn close. As of ''Ascend'', this trope can be played straighter with melee attacks.
* AlienSky: Most of the maps in ''Ascend'', but especially "[[http://i.imgur.com/lZZen.jpg Bella Omega]]".
* AppropriatedTitle: The ''Starsiege'' in ''Starsiege: Tribes'' was dropped, with the sequels simply being ''Tribes: Whatever''.
* ArchEnemy: The Starwolf and Blood Eagles hate each other's guts, and as of ''Tribes 1'' have been fighting it out for a good three centuries. The Children of the Phoenix have long attempted to mediate between the two with varying degrees of success. The Diamond Sword tend to stay neutral.
* AscendedGlitch: The "skiing" bug of the original ''Tribes'' was so widespread and loved that it became a game play feature in every game to follow, even when the series left Dynamix's hands. ''Tribes 2'' [[AllThereInTheManual mentioned it in the manual]] and had brief a tutorial on it, while ''Tribes: Vengeance'' and ''Tribes: Ascend'' gave it a distinct bind and more unique handling, leaving the jump key to be merged with the jetpack key.
* AustralianAccent: The "Disker Dundee" voice pack gives your character the "Screen and Television" variety.
* AwesomeBackpack: [[JetPack Jet Packs]] for everybody! On top of that, you can equip one of several packs with a variety of effects, From simply extending your [[ManaMeter energy meter]] or [[AmmunitionBackpack ammo supply]] to [[InvisibilityCloak cloaking]] or [[MagicTool repairing things.]] ''Ascend'' features additional types, such as a turret-scrambling "Jammer" pack.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Most of the weapons aren't designed for air-to-air combat, so you must compensate by leading your targets and generally having damn good aim. [[StuffBlowingUp Of course, you could just use the Mortar...]] From a BackStory standpoint, ''VideoGame/{{Starsiege}}'' [[AMechByAnyOtherName HERCs]] have become this, leading to the rise of highly-mobile infantry in PoweredArmor as the favored combat medium.
* BackStory: A considerable amount, following on from ''VideoGame/{{Starsiege}}''. After Prometheus' defeat, humanity began to expand beyond the reaches of the solar system. As of ''Tribes: Vengeance'', [[TheEmpire the Earth Empire]] has all but destroyed the few remaining [[AIIsACrapShoot Cybrids]], and enjoys great power. This doesn't sit with some [[RagTagBunchOfMisfits Tribal outcasts]] called the Children of the Phoenix, referring to [[VideoGame/{{Starsiege}} Harabec Weathers.]] A force of [[EliteMooks Imperial Knights]] called the [[BloodKnight Blood Eagles]] were sent to suppress them, but have since come to enjoy the frontier life and [[GoingNative have become Tribals themselves.]] [[EnemyCivilWar Splinter factions of both emerge]], creating the gaggle of warring tribes seen in Tribes 1 and 2. A fairly comprehensive timeline of events culled from WordOfGod can be found [[http://wiki.theexiled.pwnageservers.com/Tribes_Timeline_%28Complete%29 here.]]
* BarbarianTribe: Played with. The Empire sees the Tribes as this, but to be fair the Tribals share the same level of technology but lack the resources and political clout to have their position heard. They are essentially just wayward colonists trying to eek out an existence of their own free from Imperial oversight. As time goes on, technology improves- but civility does not.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Shrike-diving. See PowerupLetdown below.
* BribingYourWayToVictory: The biggest problem with ''Ascend'' in the eyes of many is the large amounts of expensive guns that take an extremely long amount of time to purchase via XP. Not helping this is that several are almost necessary to do well at a class, such as the Infiltrator's default primary being pretty much terrible.
** To put this in perspective, most of the unlockable items that are considered to be worthwhile are upwards of 70K exp. Generally speaking, it's a rare occurrence for a player to earn 3K exp an hour. It generally takes upwards of ''25 hours'' of play to unlock a single gun, pack item, or grenade.
** And the kicker? The player's rank, which is used to determine matchmaking, is based on EXP. It's quite possible for a level 14 free player to have only unlocked new classes and a couple of perks, while a paying player the same level COMPLETELY DESTROYS THEM because they have access to a full inventory of upgraded guns.
** Fortunately, a patch in January 2013 halved the XP cost of every item in the game. While the trope still applies, it is now substantially less painful for free players.
* BottomlessMagazines: In the tradition of old-school shooters, no weapon need be reloaded (until ''Ascend''), instead relying on a flat pool of ammunition. Said pool can be expanded with the AmmunitionBackpack.
* BloodKnight: The Blood Eagles, or "Beagles".
* CallAHumanAMeatbag: One of the insults available to Bots. "Inefficient Meat Bag."
* CharacterCustomization: Players can customize their load-out to the nines with a choice of three armors, a variety of weapons, grenades, mines, deployable items such as turrets and sensors, and so on. ''Ascend'' replaces this with a ClassAndLevelSystem, giving each class a specific armor, set of weapons and equipment, and the use of ExperiencePoints to purchase upgrades.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Blood Eagles are red, Phoenix are yellow, Starwolf are blue-on-white, Diamond Sword are gold-on-grey, and the non-tribal Inferno and Storm teams are yellow and grey, respectively. Imperials are deep blue in Vengeance, the only installment in which they appear. ''Ascend'' replaced the Sworders' gray with navy blue and made the gold elements more prominent.
* CoolPlane: All the games feature some type of high-speed, VTOL aircraft. The ones in ''Tribes 1,'' ''2,'' and ''Ascend'' actually look like planes, and come in one-man scout and troop transport sizes. ''Vengeance'' has a weird flying ball [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom of doom.]]
** Worth noting that in ''Tribes 1'' and ''2,'' despite looking like planes they ''fly'' like hovercraft. Sideways? No problem. Backwards? Hard to see where you're going but sure. Straight up? They can do it until the thrusters run out. In ''Ascend'' and ''Vengeance'', the Shrikes behave more like VTOL jets than hovercraft, alas.
* CrewOfOne: Utterly and thoroughly [[AvertedTrope averted]] for vehicles like the hovertank (which needs a separate gunner) and bomber (which needs a bombardier who controls the underbelly turret and actually drops the bombs)...until ''Ascend'' made the hovertank's cannon driver-controlled, though it leaves the chaingun for the gunner to control.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: ''Tribes 2'' defaults to ESDF for movement, '''not''' WASD, which ''Starsiege: Tribes'', ''Tribes: Vengeance'', and ''Tribes: Ascend'' default to (not to mention damn near every FPS ever). There is a bundled WASD configuration in ''Tribes 2'' for those who can't adjust, however. In other cases, people convert to ESDF and then get pissed when games can't be remapped ''from'' WASD.
** Tribes is one of those games that has ''so many controls'' the ESDF configuration is actually a decent choice, it puts 4 additional functions in range of your pinkie, where with WASD your pinky can only hit Tab and ''maybe'' Tilde. ''Ascend'' has rectified this somewhat by simplifying the controls: for example, you can no longer drop items.
* DeadlyDisc: The Spinfusor, a hand-held frisbee launcher. Frisbees that glow blue and explode.
* DifficultButAwesome: What Tribes does differently from the majority of shooters is having projectile speed instead of hitscan. This leads to concepts like positioning, leading, and object tracking to be fundamentals in combat which weight just as heavily as aiming. Combined with the the ability to fly over opponents or ski to attain speed and distance, being able to successfully predict where your opponent will be in the next second or two can be the deciding factor in pushing back the offence, disrupting defence, or most importantly retrieving flags to secure a score lead for the team. With the addition of Ascend, these projectiles have been largely forgotten in favor of the lower risk automatics that most classes have access to, or worse histcan such as the sinper rifle which abuse the floaty physics or configuration glitches such as flash.ini which illuminate jetpacks for easy targeting.
** Juggernauts fall under this as well, due to the nature of their primary weapon. Mortars are incredibly difficult to aim, especially under fire, and the obvious projectiles that they launch means that an enemy will inevitably locate you within mere moments. The Mortar also requires a certain amount of air time before it will detonate on impact, making it nearly useless at anything but long range. While they do have a Spinfusor, they also have amid the lowest speeds in the game, and since Mortars require being stationary to provide any real accuracy, they're easily outmaneuvered by just about any class in a firefight. However, a skilled Juggernaut can utterly waste the enemy team's base structures with impunity, flatten land-based vehicles with little difficulty, break up a turtling team in just a few shots, or bounce Mortar shells off of walls at close-range to annihilate anyone who tries to take advantage of the class's supposed weakness at close range. It's even entirely possible to shell flag carriers and Shrikes from across the map with a bit of foresight and a healthy bit of luck.
* DoomsdayDevice: In 3610, either the Starwolf or Blood Eagles (they continue to argue which) deployed an "ecocidal" weapon on the planet Ganges III, turning it into a DeathWorld. Such weapons are later banned by a joint Tribal treaty in 3641.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: If a base isn't [[OminousFloatingCastle floating,]] chances are it will be mostly underground.
* TheEmpire: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The, er, Empire.]] At least, much of the Tribes see them this way.
* EnergyWeapon: Many, from the basic blaster to the plasma gun to the [[SniperRifle Laser Rifle.]]
* EverythingSensor: Large sensors found in bases as well as small deployable ones. They reveal all enemies, vehicles and structures in their radii on your minimap. ''Ascend'' retains only the large base sensors, but has deployable motion trackers, available to the Technician class.
* [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning Everything's Better With Spinfusors]]
* ExecutiveMeddling: Suit-wearing types don't seem to like this series much, between shutting down official servers, terminating official support for the games (right before a patch was set to release, in ''Vengeance's'' case) and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive generally being dicks.]] The BigBad is of course Vivendi SA and their then-{{Mooks}} at Sierra Entertainment, both of whom the average Troper may remember from their dealings with Creator/{{Valve|Software}} prior to the later going solo a few years back.
* TheFaceless: ''Everybody'', at least in multiplayer. Some of the lighter armors have a Franchise/RoboCop-esque appearance with a visor over the eyes and exposed lower face, but that's about it. The Diamond Sword don't get ''that'' much.
* FragileSpeedster: Light armor. In the older games, it was the only armor that could equip the [[SniperRifle Laser Rifle.]]
* TheFuture
* GameMod: ''Tribes 1'' and ''2'' were built from the ground up with the [[GameEngine Torque engine]] and designed to be extremely moddable. Sure enough, a ''staggering'' array of mods have sprung up over the years, some of which change the games so completely that they cease to be recognizable.
* GatlingGood: The chaingun, though it's compact, about the size of a sub-machine gun. It has a generous ammo supply and is often used as a backup weapon by damn near everybody. Replaced in ''Ascend'' by a more mundane assault rifle.
* GrenadeLauncher: Present in every iteration up to and including ''Ascend.'' Big splash, spammy, grenades bounce everywhere when firing at close range.
* HealThyself: You always have a stash of health kits on hand, usable with the press of a button, and you can loot more from fallen players, or you can don a repair pack to heal yourself at any time as long as you have energy; the repair pack had almost zero energy drain, so players could ski away from danger while constantly repairing themselves. ''Tribes: Ascend'' did away with health packs in exchange for RegeneratingHealth but since it's very delayed, there's a perk which enables you to gain health from ammo packs.)
** In addition, if you have the repair pack, you can heal yourself with it if there is nothing else repairable in its range.
* HeyItsThatVoice
** Is the commander of ''Ascend's'' Blood Eagles [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Alex Louis]] [[Creator/ChristopherSabat Armstrong?]]
** More like [[DragonBall Vegeta.]]
** SteveBlum voices General Jericho in ''Vengeance''.
* HeroicLineage: Part of what holds the Children of the Phoenix tribe together is the common belief that they are descended from [[VideoGame/{{Starsiege}} Harabec Weathers, the fallen hero of the last Cybrid war.]] They speak of his actions through a scripture called the "Tenants of Harabec."
* HighAltitudeBattle: This can occur, what with [[OminousFloatingCastle floating bases]], [[CoolPlane air vehicles]] and everyone having [[JetPack jetpacks,]] though it can be hard to hit your opponent, especially with non-HitScan. When this happens, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome it's usually pretty awesome.]] Some servers even have a special kill message for [[DifficultButAwesome mid-air, direct hit Spinfusor kills.]]
* [[HoverBoard Hover Bike]]: In ''Tribes 2'' and ''Ascend''.
* HumongousMecha: [[AMechByAnyOtherName HERCULANS]]. Present in the [[VideoGame/{{Starsiege}} back story]], but they may yet make a return in ''Tribes Ascend'', based on some of the voiceovers [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5E_gqXUoOE&t=3m56s present in the]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5E_gqXUoOE&t=1m58s game's files]].
* HyperspaceArsenal: Each player can carry a ''lot'' of stuff. At the bare minimum, you can have three weapons, a backpack, a supply of grenades, mines, and health packs, and a deployable item such as a turret or inventory station. ''Ascend'' cuts this back a bit.
* InNameOnly: Of sorts, to ''VideoGame/{{Starsiege}}''. The main thing connecting the two series is the plot (which is [[ExcusePlot very lacking]] in the multiplayer oriented ''Tribes'' series) and the [=ELF=] gun.
* InvisibilityCloak: The cloak pack. Careful though, it's an energy hog.
* JackOfAllStats: Medium armor. In the older games, only this armor could wield the [[ShockAndAwe Shock Lance.]]
* JetPack: A core gameplay mechanic. It operates via a short but fast-recharging ManaMeter.
* LandMineGoesClick: You can carry a bunch of these and deploy them anywhere, most often near objectives.
* MagicTool: The Repair Pack. Fixes everything, [[HealingShiv even players!]] These can often be found in bases, so players can quickly grab one and make repairs. This is vital in ''Ascend'', as most of the classes don't spawn with one.
* MightyGlacier: Heavy armor. In the old games, it was the only armor that could equip the deadly fusion mortar cannon. ''Ascend's'' "Juggernaut", "Doombringer" and "Brute" classes use it, with the Juggernaut retaining the mortar and exemplifying the trope.
** This underplays the sheer POWER of the Heavy armor. The aforementioned Mortar cannon can destroy a base from far away, kill anyone trying to get out and rape the base all without the Heavy breaking a sweat. [[ComplacentGamingSyndrome And if 5 heavies ram into your base and completely rape your defenses and slam your generator against a wall,]] have fun using anything less than 50 grenades to get them out.
* MissileLockOn: Happens when using the missile launcher against a vehicle or a player with too much heat from jetpack overuse (''Ascend''s Saber launcher merely requires that the target player be airborne). It will not fire without a lock, making it primarily an anti-vehicle weapon.
* OminousFloatingCastle: Nearly every map features floating stuff, from simple platforms all the way up to this trope, with both teams' entire ''bases'' being in the air. Good thing you've got a JetPack.
* OneBulletClips: The Spinfusor plays this literally, only holding one disc at a time.
* OurWeaponsWillBeBoxyInTheFuture: If it's not a box, chances are it's a tube. ''Ascend'' takes this to [[IncrediblyLamePun new heights.]]
* PainfullySlowProjectile: The plasma gun's blasts don't go anywhere fast, so it's best used at medium-to-close range. Careful though, as they cause splash damage.
* PathOfInspiration: The Diamond Sword tribe appeared from nowhere in 3630, claiming to follow one of these under "The Enlightened Master" -- according to the fluff, they're big into ancient East Asian philosophy and their derogatory nickname of "Sandrakers" refers to the Zen practice of meditating by raking a plot of sand.
* PinballProjectile: The Blaster in every game fires ricocheting plasma bolts from the suit's energy supply. In ''Tribes 2'', it's a rapid-fire, fairly long ranged, penetrates shield packs, and has infinite ammo, but its slow projectile speed cements it as a JokeWeapon, though "[[http://www.dansdata.com/t2bastard.htm bastards]]" love it for its ability to plink at defenders to piss them off. ''Vengeance'' turns it into a pump-action plasma shotgun with ricocheting buckshot. ''Ascend'' turns the Blaster into a [[HandCannon laser-revolver]] for the Sentinel, which does significantly more damage than its ''Tribes 2'' incarnation.
* PoweredArmor: Tools of the trade for the Tribals. In the BackStory, it's stated that these have essentially replaced [[AMechByAnyOtherName HERCs]], [[LostTechnology as the parts and knowledge to repair them have become very scarce]], while individual armors are far easier to maintain.
* PowerupLetdown: The Shrike in Ascend. Despite being the most expensive vehicle (and being tied with the Tactical Strike for the second most expensive call-in in the game), and being unavailable to heavy-armoured units, the Shrike's cannons are virtually impossible to aim while flying (as it flies towards what it's aiming at), not particularly powerful, and have a ridiculously small clip and reload speed (one burst of four shots with roughly six seconds of reload in between). The Shrike itself is fast, but is cannon fodder for a Doombringer's anti-air homing rockets (or a well-placed grenade), difficult to control, and will explode if it so much as brushes against the environment, killing the pilot if they're still inside. It also has less health than the less expensive, land-based Beowulf tank.
** As a result of this, there are a surprising number of fairly popular modded servers within the community which decrease the price of the Shrike (in some cases, making them absolutely free), which actually causes them to avert this, but not in the way you might expect. While the Shrikes are still deemed to be garbage for actual combat in most cases, a fairly common tactic on these servers is to buy a Shrike, fly around the enemy base, and then bail out as they reach around the flag, giving the attacker incredible speed as they grab the flag, allowing the momentum to carry them across most of the map. In the core game, this is AwesomeButImpractical as a result of the prohibitively high cost of the Shrike [[ItOnlyWorksOnce especially considering that the Shrike will NOT survive the attack]].
** Likewise, the airstrikes are not particularly useful for their cost. Unlike in the CallOfDuty series, the player calling in a strike must aim at the target uninterrupted for a few seconds with an INCREDIBLY obvious laser pointer. The area of effect is not particularly large, and unless the prohibitively expensive Orbital Strike is used, the timing has to be absolutely perfect in order to take out enemy units or buildings (the Orbital Strike lasts a few seconds longer). The airstrikes have one saving grace, in that a successful hit is an instant kill (and as such can be used as an effective, if not incredibly expensive, way to disable a Base Turret), but considering that there are ways to take them out that do not cost several thousands of credits a pop (such as the Juggernaut's Mortars and the Infiltrator's Sticky Grenades), it's simply not practical.
* RealTimeStrategy: There are the faintest hints of this in the form of a "command map" that allows players to get an overview of the entire battlefield and issue orders, and there's more to manage then just killing the enemy, such as base defense and recon. In practice, a lot of this stuff gets ignored.
** The original game had the "Command Map", teams could be set to have limited resources (better plan-out who's buying a vehicle, so you don't run out!), and there were "beacon" deployables you could use to mark targets for teammates. Generally, servers were set to infinite resources, the command map was only used to remote-control turrets (and only then by noobs), and beacons were wholly unused except for certain mods that appropriated them for some other use.
* RocketJump: There are several weapons which give a speed boost with explosions. Since there are jetpacks and skiing, rocket jump is more useful to gain horizontal speed.
* SentryGun: Big ones found in bases that can be repaired if destroyed, and smaller deployable ones.
* ShortRangeShotgun: Shotguns in the series have very low range.
* ShortTitleLongElaborateSubtitle: Technically, the first game of the entire series dates back to Metaltech: Earthsiege, which was developed as a competitor product cum precursor(using some of the same development team) to Battletech: Mechwarrior. Starsiege was originally titled "Earthsiege 3: Starsiege." This naming convention, if properly recorded, would bring us to "Metaltech: Earthsiege 3: Starsiege: Tribes: Vengeance."
* SiblingTeam: Daniel and Jericho.
* SingleBiomePlanet: The frontier worlds are usually this, such as [[SlippySlideyIceWorld frozen]] Ymir and the [[JungleJapes jungle world]] Charybdis.
* ShouldersOfDoom: Present in ''Tribes 2'', but ''Ascend'' takes it to [[http://i.imgur.com/TMkhQ.jpg a whole new level]].
* ShoutOut: [[MorkAndMindy Shazbot!]]
** ''Ascend'' has quite a few sly ones:
** - One of the post-game wrapup's player stats include a statistic for a kill from long distance called "What The I Don't Even".
** - Killing a flag carrier earns you an accolade with a medal depicting the [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Holy Hand Grenade]]. . . which makes it even funnier when you're playing in the "Rabbit" gametype.
** - Grabbing a flag at ridiculous speeds in ''Ascend'' nets you a "[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/gotta-go-fast GOTTA GO FAST]]" accolade. Also used as a "secret code" in the updated version of the game to turn your KM/H value into "SANICS".
** - One of the Infiltrator class' loadout animations has him doing a [[Film/JamesBond very familiar strut.]]
* SniperRifle: The Laser Rifle, featured in every game until ''Tribes Ascend''. It's capable of killing enemies from across the map with a few well placed shots, but leaves a bright red trail that easily reveals the shooter's location. In addition, it drains the user's energy entirely per shot, with more damage at full energy. ''TribesVengeance'' adds an additional limitation in requiring limited ammo in addition to energy for extra damage.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Legions: Overdrive (AKA Fallen Empire: Legions)'' & ''FireFall''
* StuffBlowingUp: Hoo boy. Between the Spinfusor, GrenadeLauncher, missile launcher, hand-thrown grenades and the mortar cannon, there will be much blown to hell by the time a given match is done.
** This is usually because the players are zipping around so fast and changing direction quickly enough that explosive splash damage is the only reliable way to hit them.
* TheWarSequence: ''Tribes 1 & 2'' represent this. In the former, it's all the tribes at each others' throats in 3940, and in the latter, it's [[EnemyMine all the tribes]] versus the [[VideoGame/CyberStorm Bioderm Hordes]].
* WeWillAllFlyInTheFuture: Everyone flies due to ubiquitous nature of jet packs. These are built into every single suit of PoweredArmor ever produced, effectively giving every notable character flight capabilities.
* WideOpenSandbox: The various Construction mods for ''Starsiege: Tribes'' and ''Tribes 2''. Combat is (usually) gone, and players instead will build objects out of variable-length beams and walls. Some of the mods, like ''Combat Construction'', allow players to build a base, then go to battle, or fight off zombies.
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* ArtificialBrilliance: The bots in ''Tribes 2'' will usually pay attention to the player if you use a voice menu command while looking at them. For example, if you look at a friendly bot and say "[VDM] Cover me!", the bot will usually follow you around, attacking anything that attacks you. Or they'll just tell you "No." if they're busying doing something else, like [[ArtificialStupidity staring at a wall]].
* ArtificialStupidity: The bots in ''Tribes 2'' do not understand how to ski, and they tend to be extremely oblivious to what is going on around them.
* BackpackCannon: Usually present in ''Tribes 2' mods. Taking one will allow you to press your pack button to fire, allowing you to use essentially two weapons at once (Backpack + hand weapon).
* BackStab: The Shocklance will instantly kill any player if they are struck with it from behind.
* BaseOnWheels: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the mobile base]] vehicle in ''Tribes 2'', which when deployed features a SentryGun and an inventory station.
* ImAHumanitarian: Two of the Bioderm voices in ''Tribes 2''. One claims that humans [[TastesLikeChicken taste like chicken]], the other claims that they taste like fish. Players usually end up saying "Humans taste like... [[ShoutOut shazbot]]!"
* TastesLikeChicken: Courtesy of the Bioderms.
* ZombieApocalypse: The ''Combat Construction'' mod for ''Tribes 2'' has a gamemode for fighting off a zombie invasion. You first build your base, then swarms of zombies attack. The "zombies" have several variants designed to bypass your defenses, like phasing through thin walls, flying, or just tearing the walls down with acid attacks.
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* AscendedMeme
** In a late Beta patch of ''Ascend'', a Secret Code function was added to the menu. The most popular cheatcode, by far, is [[spoiler: [[SonicTheHedgehog GOTTAGOFAST]]]]. What does it do? [[spoiler: It replaces kilometers per hour for SANICS in the speed measurements.]]
** The video for the Brute update is called "[[Music/TheBeeGees Staying Alive]]", in reference to the Fractal Grenade's FanNickname "disco grenade".
* ArchEnemy: Diamond Sword and Blood Eagle seem to hate each other in ''Ascend.''
** Also, a couple lines from the Blood Eagle Announcer mentions a treacherous act committed by the ''Sandrakers''.
** The backstory of Ascend seemingly had a truce mediated out between the Blood Eagle and Diamond Sword tribes, but Diamond Sword broke the agreement and declared war after some unknown event. The Blood Eagle announcer refers to Diamond Sword as "The ''betrayers.''"
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Juggernaut in ''Ascend'' has a Spinfusor as a secondary. In lower level play it is somewhat successful. Upon leaving level restricted servers the Spinfusor is rather pointless as automatics can pick players off from great distances unchallenged.
* {{BFS}}: Diamond Sword soldiers in ''Ascend'' all have large swords on their back, which they use in melee combat. Their Heavy armor has a what looks like a claymore on their back, with a blade that's longer than their upper body.
* BoringButPractical: Most of the automatic weaponry in ''Ascend''
* CanonDiscontinuity: ''Vengeance'' has been deliberately ignored by ''Ascend''. The e in ''Ascend'''s title also resembles a backwards 3, indicating that [=HiRez=] at least considers ''Ascend'' to be ''Tribes 3''.
* CoolStarShip: The "Crossfire" map in ''Ascend'' features low-flying ships hovering in place, as opposed to a static [[OminousFloatingCastle or floating base.]]. The "Drydock" map has ships flying around in the background, blasting at each other and the ground - sometimes one will slowly hover by the battlefield and block out the sun.
* DeathFromAbove: Orbital strikes can be called down in ''Ascend''.
* EmergencyWeapon: ''Ascend'' grants players a melee attack. The Blood Eagles have katars holstered to their left. while the Diamond Sword have... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, swords.]] [[SigilSpam Shaped like their logo.]]
** An update gave the Infiltrator 2 new skins, along with a new melee animation. Said animation is just a [[StreetFighter Zangeif-style green punch.]]
* EnergyWeapon: Largely [[AvertedTrope averted]] with ''Tribes: Ascend'', which mostly opts for ballistic weapons. Even the melee weapons have gone from short-ranged lightning rods like the Shock Lance (which was added in a patch) to mundane swords - the only energy weapons at first were Plasma Turrets, possibly the Shrike's blaster, the Wildcat hovercycle main weapon, and the Sniper's Nova Colt pistol (which resembles the Blaster from ''Tribes 2'', though it now has a revolver magazine and must be reloaded). Updates added the Phase Rifle, which draws power from the Sentinel's energy pool, as well as the original Plasma Gun for Raiders and a larger Plasma Cannon for Brutes.
* EnemyCivilWar: The stress of the war with the Blood Eagle tribe combined with internal struggles within the Children of the Phoenix resulted in the birth of the Starwolf tribe.
* TheFaceless: All the base skins. One of the Infiltrator skins, the "Assassin", has a visible face, though he wears a Vader-style rebreather. The faces of the Pathfinder's "Freerunner", Brute's "Crusher" and Raider's "Griever" skins are visible, while the Sentinel's "Specter" has most of his face visible save a pair of goggles.
* FlechetteStorm: The "Cloak and Dagger" update added throwing knives as a secondary for the Infiltrator. ''[[StuffBlowingUp Exploding]]'' throwing knives.
* FragileSpeedster: Pathfinder, Infiltrator and Sentinel classes wear light armor. The Pathfinder is the strongest example, it can have a recharge pack for quick energy recovery, or use [[NitroBoost a boost pack for quick bursts of acceleration.]]
* GatlingGood: The chaingun, though it's compact, about the size of a sub-machine gun. It has a generous ammo supply and is often used as a backup weapon by damn near everybody. Its role in ''Ascend'' is occupied by a more mundane assault rifle, while its been upgraded to {{BFG}} status and used by the "Doombringer" class.
* GrenadeLauncher: Comes in several flavors.
** The basic Grenade Launcher, present in every iteration up to and including ''Ascend.'' Big splash, spammy, grenades bounce everywhere when firing at close range. ''Ascend's'' is an unlockable Raider primary.
** The Thumper, which looks like a M79 grenade launcher with an ammo readout on it. Detonates on contact with anything, but explodes in air after a certain distance. Available as a Soldier secondary and a Technician primary.
** The Bolt Launchers, which are crossbows that [[AbnormalAmmo shoot grenades.]] Available as primaries for the Pathfinder and Doombringer.
** The ARX Buster, the Raider's default weapon. Uses three-shot magazines of grenades that stick to any surface and detonate after a short delay.
** The Jackal, a new primary for the Infiltrator. It functions like the ARX Buster except that it's grenades are detonated manually.
** The Gladiator, a new primary for the Brute. Projectiles stick to objects and release [[ShockwaveStomp a series of shockwaves,]] or detonate instantly if they hit the enemy.
* HandCannon: The Nova Colt and Nova Blaster in ''Ascend''
* HighAltitudeBattle: Made official, you receive a ''Blue Plate Special'' reward for a direct-hit Spinfusor kill. Also applies to more mundane explosives, granting the "Air Mail" bonus, and to plasma weapons with the "[[IncrediblyLamePun Hot Air]]" bonus.
* HitboxDissonance: The Raider's [[GameBreaker Plasma Rifle]], before the bullet hitbox got reduced by 40% to the size of the actual shot. Shooting under someone jumping and still hitting them was really, really common.
* HitScan: The Sparrow pistol, Eagle pistol, and the Sniper Rifle in ''Ascend''. All the other weapons are projectile based. ''Tribes 2'''s only hitscan weapons are the Laser Rifle and the Shocklance.
* HyperspaceArsenal: 'Ascend'' cuts this back a bit, giving it's pre-configured classes two weapons, a backpack, and some form of explosive like grenades or mines.
* InNameOnly: Ascend has been referred to as "COD with jetpacks" as it has an extensive library of automatic and semiautomatic weapons were previous titles have had only the Chain Gun. This abundance of high rate of fire/low penalty weapons has basically turned the projectile based combat into sea of antiair guns firing into the sky.
* IntrepidMerchant: The Pathfinder's "Freerunner" skin represents these.
* JackOfAllStats: Medium armor. The "Soldier", "Raider" and "Technician" classes in ''Ascend'' use it, but the "Soldier" exemplifies the trope - good speed, armor, and firepower, but not excelling at any particular task. He retains the Ranger's Assault Rifle and Thumper loadout from Beta, with the basic Spinfusor and Eagle Pistol buyable with Experience Points or Gold.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Infiltrators make for hilarious Light on Flag defenders with the use of its Stealth and the Super Heavy perk.
* MoneyGrinding: In ''Tribes Ascend'', hoo boy. When you play, you get XP added to the weapons your current class has equipped and a pool to spend on unlocking new weapons or fully upgrading an already unlocked weapon. At base rate[[note]]Without the bonuses from winning a match, ranking high on the scoreboard, or having ever paid for anything.[[/note]] you earn 2100 XP per hour of play.
** Equipment upgrades level ranges from 1,200 to 4,000 to 6,200. Fully upgrading at once with pooled XP usually takes 15,000.
** If you want to unlock another class, the prices range from 7,200 to 14,000 to 18,000, and there are six classes to unlock.
** Let's say you do not like the default weapon(s) of a class. You probably will, since some of the weapons are downright useless. The most common price for an alternate firearm (as opposed to grenades and perks) is ''100,000 exp''.
** [[BribingYourWayToVictory Unless, of course, you buy the things with gold.]]
* OneBulletClips: In ''Ascend'', which has weapons that need be reloaded.
* PainfullySlowProjectile: Nova Colt projectiles in ''Ascend''. Imagine the pea-shooter discoball firing Blaster from ''Tribes 2'', but in revolver form.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: The Raider's "Mercenary" and Brute's "Crusher" skins represent these.
* RecursiveAmmo: The [=MIRV=] Launcher in ''Ascend'', a variant of the classic Fusion Mortar. Instead of one green football of doom, it launched a smaller, weaker mortar which will explode into multiple small mortars after about a second in the air. It's extremely effective at shelling groups of players, bases, and tanks, but cannot deal any real damage to enemies close to the firer.
* RegeneratingHealth: In ''Tribes Ascend'', to compensate for the loss of health packs. However, the delay before it kicks in is much longer than most other modern [=FPSs=], especially without perks to reduce the delay, thus it cannot be relied on in combat. Taking ''any'' damage will reset the regeneration timer, and holding the flag will stop all health regeneration. The inventory station technically don't even heal you directly, they just make your regeneration start immediately.
* SamusIsAGirl: There are female voice packs, "FemmeFatale" and "Ms. Wilderzone" and the female voices from ''Tribes 2'' though they don't change the player models.
* SawedOffShotgun: One of the weapons available to the Technician in ''Ascend''. Pathetic range, but very powerful up close.
* SniperRifle: A more traditional sniper rifle with a ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''-style "charge while scoped" mechanic, though you can unlock an energy-based sniper rifle which doesn't require you to zoom in to deal max damage, but requires a full store of jet energy to deal max damage, like the ''Tribes 2'' Laser Rifle.
* TrapMaster: Finally took out that Doombringer on the flag? Your capper screaming in for the final cap to victory? Oh he touched on of the forcefields and is now a corpse that just threw the flag into someone, who then put it back on the floor. Got rid of those? Landmines. Lots of them.
* UnstableEquilibrium: Brought in on ''Ascend'', thanks to the [[AllegedlyFreeGame free-2-play]] model. Only a handful of classes are available at the start, unlocking extra classes costs EXP gained in combat, and after unlocking the classes, there is a further skill tree for each class that provides straight upgrades for more EXP. The alternate weapons and perks are ludicrously expensive, but they play a significant part in the gameplay by opening up many tactical choices. In a nutshell, new players must try to scrounge all the EXP they can while older players beat on them mercilessly on their way to the next unlock... unless you blow your hard-earned money in perks and weapons.
** Very much balanced out as of the February 2, 2012 patch - three classes (Ranger, Jumper and Scrambler) have been nixed and their weapons and gear integrated into other classes' loadout selections (which have returned); Soldier, Pathfinder and Juggernaut are available to new players from the start, with many other classes becoming inexpensive to unlock; and class-specific experience and Tokens are gone, making everything available using either a single Experience pool or Gold (the currency you buy with real money), with the straight upgrades of weapons only available via EXP unlocking - Perks are now universal, and the various classes' talent tree upgrades are now attached to upgrading weapons, armor and gear. It still costs large amounts of Experience to unlock some weapons and Perks, but giving players more experience per match to compensate helps a lot.
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