[[caption-width-right:300:[[TheHero Nathan Drake]]: Doing Franchise/IndianaJones's job since 2007.]]

->''"Sic Parvis Magna, 'Greatness From Small Beginnings'."''
-->'''-- Nathan Drake'''

''Uncharted'' is a series of ActionAdventure[=/=]ThirdPersonShooter[=/=][[PlatformGame Platformer]] video games developed by Creator/NaughtyDog for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 and UsefulNotes/PlayStation4. The games follow self-styled AdventurerArchaeologist Nathan Drake, a self-claimed descendant of UsefulNotes/SirFrancisDrake, and his quests to find long-lost historical artifacts and treasures.

The gameplay mixes third-person gunfights, environmental exploration, and puzzle solving. The series is notable for its cinematic presentation, with fantastic voice acting, fully [[SerkisFolk motion-captured]] cutscenes and character animations, lush scenery, and honest-to-God CharacterDevelopment. Also, they're [[RuleOfFun fun]]. And highly acclaimed.

[[folder:''Uncharted'' franchise media]]
!!Video games (main series)
* ''VideoGame/UnchartedDrakesFortune'' [[note]]''Uncharted: The Treasure of El Dorado'' in Japan[[/note]] (2007): AdventurerArchaeologist Nathan "Nate" Drake, IntrepidReporter Elena Fisher, and Nate's [[CoolOldGuy old mentor]] Victor "Sully" Sullivan follow the diary of UsefulNotes/SirFrancisDrake, who may or may not be Nate's ancestor, in search of the lost treasure of [[CityOfGold El Dorado]]. The trio soon find themselves lost on an [[TitleDrop uncharted]] island, pursued by an avaricious loan shark, boatloads of {{Mooks}}, and something supernatural.
* ''VideoGame/Uncharted2AmongThieves'' (2009): Nate helps two old associates, Harry Flynn and [[NewOldFlame Chloe Frazer]], steal the first in a series of clues left by Creator/MarcoPolo that lead to Shambhala (Shangri-La) and the legendary [[PhilosophersStone Cintamani Stone]]. Encountering Elena along the way, Nate must now find the stone before psychotic war criminal Zoran Lazarevic can.
* ''VideoGame/Uncharted3DrakesDeception'' (2011): Nate and Sully follow in the footsteps of Sir Francis Drake and [[Film/LawrenceOfArabia T.E. Lawrence]] through England, France and Saudi Arabia in search of Iram of the Pillars, a lost Arabian city of riches known as the "UsefulNotes/{{Atlantis}} of the Sands". Hunting them is a [[AncientConspiracy shadowy organisation]] dating all the way back to [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Queen Elizabeth I]], who know the truth behind Nate's [[DarkSecret darkest secret]].
* ''Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection'' (2015): A [=PS4=] port of the first three games, remastered by Bluepoint Games. The games are rebuilt with fresh graphics and improved performance, and reworks the control scheme of ''Drake's Fortune'' and ''Among Thieves'' to be similar to ''Drake's Deception''. Some features introduced in later games are also added back to earlier ones, such as the Doughnut Drake skin for ''Drake's Fortune'', and the new "Speed Run Mode", "Brutal" difficulty, and a Camera feature is added.
* ''VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd'' (2016): Set at least two years after his last adventure, Nate has now settled down with Elena and working a regular 9-5 job. However, an unexpected visit from his older brother Sam calls him back for OneLastJob in search of [[PirateBooty the pirate Henry Avery's treasure]], rumored to be worth over $400 million, that he and Sam had abandoned years before. But why has Sam resurfaced now and is there more at stake than he's letting on?

!!Video games (side series)
* ''VideoGame/UnchartedGoldenAbyss'' (2012): UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation Vita}} game developed by Creator/SonyBend. Nate searches for Quivira, one of the legendary Seven [[CityOfGold Cities of Gold]]. Along the way, he crosses paths with Jason Dante, an old friend, and Marisa Chase, the granddaughter of an archeologist who mysteriously vanished.
* ''VideoGame/UnchartedTheLostLegacy'' (2017): A stand-alone spin-off for the [=PS4=] starring Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross as the protagonists.

!!Video games (spin-offs)
* ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale'' (2012): Nate appears as a playable character, along with other [=PlayStaton=] characters. Nate talks Sully into helping him follow [[SlyCooper Sly]]'s Thievous Raccoonus in the hopes of treasure. He [[WhamLine punches a chicken]] along the way. Sully is also a 'minion' (a chibi cheerleader) for Nate; Elena and Chloe are DLC minions; Marlowe's plane is a level.
* ''Uncharted: Fight for Fortune'' (2012): A PS Vita card game.
* ''Uncharted: Drake's Pursuit'' (2013): A mini-game within the {{iOS| Games}} / {{Android| Games}} game ''[=PlayStation=] All-Stars Island''. Plays much like ''TempleRun''.
* ''Uncharted: Fortune Hunter'' (2016): {{iOS| Games}} / {{Android| Games}} game developed by [=PlayStation=] Mobile. Nate solves puzzles in various temples to obtain gold and legendary artifacts, which unlock multiplayer gear for ''A Thief's End''.

!!Other media
* ''Uncharted: Eye of Indra'' (2009): a motion comic {{prequel}}. Nate searches for an artifact called the Eye of Indra for a man named Daniel Pinkerton. Along the way he runs into pirate Eddy Raja and Eddy's sister, Rika. Much backstabbing ensues.
* ''Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth'' (2011): A standalone TieInNovel. Nate and Sully help Sully's goddaughter Jada Hzujak investigate the archaeological discovery that got her father killed.
* ''Uncharted'' (2011-2012): A six issue Creator/DCComics mini-series. Nate and Sully search for the legendary Amber Room as the descendants of a man Sir Francis Drake accused of treason seek their revenge on Drake's descendant. They also meet Chloe for the first time.
* ''Uncharted: The Board Game'' (2012): ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* Untitled ''Uncharted'' feature film (TBA): A movie adaptation of ''Drake's Fortune'' has been in DevelopmentHell since 2008; writer Joe Carnahan (''Film/SmokinAces'', ''Film/TheGrey'') posted a Tweet in January 2017 of his completed draft for the film, which is currently slated to be directed by Creator/ShawnLevy (''Series/StrangerThings'', ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum''). In May 2017, Creator/TomHolland was cast as Nathan, as the film will focus on his younger years before the events of the games.

!General series tropes

* {{Acrofatic}}: Doughnut Drake, an unlockable skin for Drake in the first two games (and the remastered version of the third). Despite being morbidly obese, he somehow [[RuleOfFunny defies the laws of physics]] by still being just as agile as Skinny Drake.
* ActionGirl: Elena, Chloe, Rika, and Jada. [[spoiler:Offscreen, Nate's [[ActionMom mother Cassandra]] was one, and he and his brother follow in her footsteps]].
* AdvancedAncientAcropolis:
** Shambhala in ''Among Theives''
** Iram Of The Pillars in ''Drake's Deception''.
* AdventurerOutfit: Several different outfits for each character over the course of each game. You get to customize (a little) one in Uncharted 3's multiplayer.
* AesopAmnesia: At the end of ''Drake's Fortune'', [[spoiler:Drake learnt that some treasures are actually dangerous and destructive McGuffin and NoManShouldHaveThisPower and that ThePowerOfFriendship is more important than glory and adventure. Yet, again in ''Among Thieves'', he chases the mysterious Cintamani Stone, competing with a war-criminal, comes close to getting his friends killed and ends up acknowledging the same lesson. In ''Drake's Deception'', it is {{Lampshaded}} repeatedly by Elena and Katherine Marlowe that once again Drake is chasing the trail of Francis Drake, a trail that he discovers Sir Francis had deliberately hidden from history because NoManShouldHaveThisPower and Drake once again learns that obsessions can be self-destructive and Sully finally spells it out slowly that ThePowerOfFriendship and ThePowerOfLove is the only real thing that counts. Considering that the fourth game takes place several years later with a long-retired Drake, this last intervention seemed to have had stronger effect.]]
* AKA47: With very few exceptions, most commonly the AK-47 (which, for the record, is an ''actual'' original AK in the first three games, rather than an AKM like in every other video game ever), weapons in the games are given fake names, sometimes based on its real name (the first game's "Desert 5", a Desert Eagle, or the Micro Uzi as the "Micro 9mm"), sometimes named after a different version of the same gun (the Colt 653 in the first two games as the "M4", the IMI Romat in the fourth game as the "FAL"), and sometimes wildly different (the [=HK416=] as the "M9" in the third game, the fourth's Mini-14 and Mini-30 as respectively the "Copperhead [=SR7=]" and "Mettler M-30").
* AlmostKiss:
** Nate and Elena at the end of ''Drake's Fortune'' nearly kiss, only for Sully to interrupt them.
** [[spoiler:Nate and Chase at the end of ''Golden Abyss'']]
** [[spoiler:Nate and Jada a couple of times in ''The Fourth Labyrinth''.]]
* AllMythsAreTrue: The series has a combination of this and MaybeMagicMaybeMundane, where each adventure features an encounter with something that establishes the myths and legends of the cultures around the world are at least based on something otherworldly.
* AlternateHistory: The games use real historical places, people, and objects to tell its stories but rarely will it match up with a history book.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: New character skins are among the bonuses for achieving various medals.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: If you run out of ammo for your small gun while hanging off something, the game will give you enough for another magazine, so you'll never be completely helpless.
* ArtificialStupidity: In all four games, enemies never seem to react to explosives being thrown at them. They generally don't run away when a grenade lands at their feet, nor do they try to kick it away or throw it back at you, even though the player can throw it back at ''them'' in some of the games.
* ArtifactOfDeath:
** El Dorado in the first game. [[spoiler:it unleashes a pathogenic agent which turns anyone who inhales it into rage zombies.]]
** In ''Among Thieves'', Shambala's power is protected by deadly Guardians; [[spoiler:in reality a tribe who drank from the tree of life to become nigh invulnerable superhumans.]]
** In the third game, the vessel of brass holding 'djinn' in Iram. [[spoiler:It is the source of the hallucinogenic agent in Iram's water.]]
** Played with in the fourth game. [[spoiler:There's nothing really wrong with Henry Avery's treasure, but the sheer size and scope of it caused Avery and all the other pirates who knew of it to kill each other out of simple human greed.]]
* BackToBackBadasses:
** ''Drake's Fortune'': Nate and [[spoiler:Eddy]].
** ''Among Thieves'': Nate and Flynn, later Nate and Tenzin.
* BadassCrew: Nate, Sully, Elena, and Chloe
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Various famous explorers and historical figures are revealed to have discovered famous hidden cities, searched for (and found) supposedly lost forever artifacts and treasure hordes, as well as belonged to the infamous secret societies of their day.
* BenevolentArchitecture: Oh boy oh boy. Every single building that Nate goes looking around in is specially built with plenty of handholds just for him to climb around like a monkey. No structure, however ancient, is safe from Nate climbing around it like a monkey. Unless the developers didn't put any handholds there.
** Lampshaded in ''Golden Abyss'', however:
--> ''Suspended beams. Makes perfect sense.''
* BigDamnFireExit: Nate frequently has to escape burning or crumbling buildings that always happen to burn or crumble in just the perfect way to allow him an escape route.
* BigNo:
** Lazarevic, right before [[spoiler:getting brutally slaughtered by the Shambhala guardians.]]
** Also Elena, after [[spoiler:Lazarevic kills Cameraman Jeff.]]
** Talbot, [[spoiler:after Marlowe dies beneath quicksand.]]
* BilingualBonus:
** If you know the Indonesian language, get ready for a kick when hearing this exchange with Eddy's mercenaries in the first game. The accent sounds more Malaysian, though.
--->'''Guard''': ''Halow?'' (Hello?)\\
'''Nate''': ''Buka pintu.'' (Open the door.)\\
'''Guard''': ''Siapa ini? Bicara sekarang.'' (Who is this? Speak, now.)\\
'''Nate''': [[CatchPhrase Ah, crap...]] ''SIALAN LO! CEPATAN BUKA PINTU!!'' (GODDAMNIT, YOU! QUICK, OPEN THE DOOR!)\\
'''Guard''': ''Ah, tai!'' (Ugh, that shit!)
** Both Eddy and his sister Rika speak unsubtitled Bahasa Indonesia in ''Eye of Indra'' too.
** Also present in ''Among Thieves'', since Tenzin and the entire village speaks unsubtitled Tibetan.
** ''Drake's Deception'' has quite a bit of Spanish and Arabic that is not subtitled.
** ''Golden Abyss'' has touches of unsubtitled Spanish, including some Spanish namecalling from Nate himself (though Guerro quickly translates it).
** ''A Thief's End'' has subtitled (but not translated) Spanish, as well as unsubtitled Italian.
** The trailer for ''Uncharted: Lost Legacy'' features Hindi.
* BloodlessCarnage: The in-game violence is akin to a lot of PG-13 action adventure films, in that there is very little to no blood at all during the action. The most you get is a splotch of blood from a headshot enemy.
* BookEnds:
** [[spoiler:The first game begins with Elena speaking, and the last shot of U4 is of Elena. Both games feature a coin as the loading screen icon.]]
** In Chapter 16 of ''A Thief's End'', Sam [[spoiler:promises Nathan that the two of them will "go far"]]. Near the conclusion of the game, Nathan [[spoiler:tells Sam that they have "come far"]] before [[spoiler:going off to live an adventure-free life with Elena]].
*** Also relating to Chapter 16, Nate and Sam find a Polaroid camera in the [[spoiler:Old Woman's house]] while searching for their [[spoiler:mother's old books]]. The photo taken on it actually shows up in the Epilogue, in the [[spoiler:same book for which Nate and Sam were looking]] which is, quite literally, a [[spoiler:"book" ending]].
** At the conclusion of ''Drake's Fortune'', Nathan and Elena [[spoiler:try to share a moment]] only moments after [[spoiler:killing Navarro, the sub-antagonist of the story]]. Before this can happen, Sully shouts, [[spoiler:"you two got a funny idea of romantic!"]] In ''A Thief's End'', after Nate and Elena [[spoiler:experience a close call escaping Captain Avery's exploding mummy traps]], the two exchange the following lines which are clearly a CallBack to the first game.
-->'''Nate:''' [[spoiler:Anyone ever tell you, you have a funny idea of romantic?]]\\
'''Elena:''' [[spoiler:Yeah, I may have heard that somewhere before.]]
** Elena is the first of Nate's partners in ''Drake's Fortune'' and the last to join his quest in ''A Thief's End.'' Similarly, the beginning of ''Drake's Fortune'' features Nate and Elena exploring a sunken LostCity on an island, and the end of ''A Thief's End,'' the two of them explore a sunken LostCity on an island.
* BornLucky: According to WordOfGod. If the last bullet is really the only one that actually hits you, all the bad guys must be from the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: In ''Drake's Fortune'' and ''Among Thieves'', there are a few points where you can find old [=MP40=] submachine guns (and in ''Among Thieves'', Luger handguns) that have been laying around in neglect since around UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Despite being abandoned for decades in conditions that would render them useless in real life, the guns and their ammo operate just fine. [[spoiler: The [=MP40=] comes especially in handy in ''Drake's Fortune'', as it's the only weapon you'll find for a while in the Descendant-infested Nazi bunker, keeping you stocked up on ammo]].
* CallBack:
** ''Among Thieves'':
--> '''Nate:''' Great, power's out and a girl's trapped. I swear to god, if there's a zombie around the next corner...
** ''Drake's Deception'':
--> '''Chloe:''' If you recall, the last time we went halfway around the world searching for a lost city, things got more than a little dicey.
** Nate calls "Marco" in the pool on the cruise ship, a call back to his game with Chloe in the rooftop pool in ''Among Thieves''. You get a Marco Solo medal. It also turns up in ''A Thief's End'': [[spoiler:apparently Sam wasn't a fan of the game]]. In ''The Lost legacy'' there is a part where if Chloe swims in a hidden pool, Nadine will say they don't have time to play Marco Polo, which causes Chloe to chuckle.
** Elena asks if the plane has enough parachutes for everyone, to which Sully replies that he's pretty sure it does. Maybe.
** The fourth one has several to the first game. [[spoiler:Both feature a coin as the loading screen icon, and Nate and Elena travel around a jungle togehter and end up running away from a "zombieish" threat on a narrow hallway, first descendants and then exploding mummies]]
* CameraScrew: Creator/NaughtyDog just ''love'' to have Nate run-towards-camera, especially while the area is breaking away underfoot.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: The Rajas regularly betray their employers or current allies.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Nate is the victim of it in ''Eye of Indra''.
* ColorMotif: Gold. Aside from being the color of treasure (itself represents greed), it also represents rare weapons that Nate can use. Also, most handholds in the games are gold in color.
* CollectionSidequest:
** ''Uncharted: Golden Abyss'' goes ''completely nuts'' with this trope: There are 138 collectible "mystery" items that tell you more about what's happening in the world (recent history as well as ancient), another 100 treasure items peppering the levels (mostly, lots of jade and turquoise trinkets), and 141 "bounty" items that randomly drop from enemies you kill (antique Tarot cards, antique Spanish playing cards, old silver and gold coins and gemstones). What makes it more head-scratching is that, yes, the collectibles are actually ''canon'' since ''A Thief's End's'' PSX 2015 presentation video shows that Nate did use the money to start his business (along with other "''trinkets''" he gained).
** The card game, ''Uncharted: Fight for Fortune'' manages to incentivize getting a HundredPercentCompletion by powering up its cards for each treasure you find. Gotta catch 'em all!
* {{Crossover}}: A DLC pack in ''Among Thieves'' allows players to play as [[VideoGame/{{Infamous}} Cole (both Hero and Infamous rank), Zeke,]] [[VideoGame/{{Killzone}} Sev, a Helghast trooper,]] [[VideoGame/{{Resistance}} Nathan Hale and a Chimeran trooper.]] A Helghast Capture Trooper can be bought as a villain for ''Drake's Deception''.
** Nate also appears in ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale''.
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** ''Among Thieves'' introduces seedier characters and a more threatening villain, Lazarevic.
** ''Drake's Deception'' is darker than either preceding game, with its character study of Nathan and Sully.
** ''A Thief's End'' is a considerably more down-to-earth tale that explores more into Nate and his brother's DarkAndTroubledPast along with how Nate's longing for his old adventurer days causes tension between him, Elena & Sully. Most noticeably [[spoiler:there are no supernatural or paranormal elements surrounding the treasure of the week compared to the rest of the series.]]
* DeathByIrony / KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Many of the (main) villains die this way. They are killed either by the treasure or by those they wronged to get to it.]]
* DeathCourse
* DevelopersForesight: During firefights, friendly [=NPCs=] will occasionally comment on how you're doing; in ''Drake's Deception'', Salim -- himself a skilled marksman -- will excitedly congratulate the player if they pull off a tricky headshot kill during the shootout with Marlowe's caravan.
* DisneyDeath: At least one per game.
** Sullivan is shot early on by Roman in the first game, but is saved by Francis Drake's diary being in the way.
** [[spoiler:Elena takes a grenade at near point-blank range in ''Among Thieves'', and appears to die after Nate and Chloe pull her out of Shambhala, but turns up fine in the final cutscene.]]
** In Uncharted 3, [[spoiler:Nathan hallucinates Sully's death.]]
** This doesn't even mention all the times other characters think ''Drake'' has died.
* DoingInTheWizard: A running theme in the series, to the point of being OncePerEpisode. If Drake ever encounters an accursed locale, a magical artifact, a monster or a supernatural phenomenon you can bet your hide that by the end of the story it will turn out to have a scientific explanation.
** The curse of El Dorado (which is believed to have turned all who tried to steal a certain golden statue into monsters) is actually [[spoiler:a certain fungus growing within the statue, which is actually a sarcophagus. When the sarcophagus is opened, everyone in the vicinity inevitably inhales the fungus along with the dust, which causes violent insanity to the point of appearing to become a cannibal zombie.]]
** The Cintamani stone is actually [[spoiler:the congealed sap of a certain ancient tree which has miraculous healing properties and is extremely volatile, but otherwise a natural chemical. The "yetis" guarding it are actually monks who have lived for centuries by consuming the sap, which eventually caused them to grow huge and grotesquely muscled, putting on bestial costumes to deter invaders to Shambala.]]
** The ifrit which destroyed the lost city of Ubar was [[spoiler:was an incredibly potent hallucinogen inserted into the water supply, which, the city being located in the middle of the desert, means ''everyone'' drank it. Since they were all warned that King Solomon was about to unleash an ifrit upon them, they had a mass hallucination of one while they themselves burned down the city and killed each other.]]
** The minotaur [[spoiler:is a failed subject of Daedalus' experiments with an herb that would turn people into obedient slaves, who instead regressed into a bestial state and grew incredibly powerful, to the point of having to be locked down inside the Labyrinth.]]
** The "cursed" treasures in "The Golden Abyss" were [[spoiler:cast from gold mined near an extremely large vein of uranium, making them highly radioactive.]]
** Henry Avery's hidden treasure [[spoiler:averts the trend, as simple human greed]] caused Libertalia's downfall. Everyone who had access to the treasure slowly went mad [[spoiler:with paranoia, culminating in Avery and Tew betraying most of their allies]] and killing each other.
* DownloadableContent: Present in the sequels. The DLC is a mixture of free content (such as The Fort map) and paid content (such as the Drake's Fortune skins and map). All of the DLC thus far is for multiplayer, and Uncharted 4 will receive a single player DLC campaign sometime in the future.
** According to Naughty Dog, Everything in U4 multiplayer can be unlocked by grinding relics, with the cheapest random drop costing 150 relics. None of the drops is a duplicate. [[note]] Each victory gives 10 relics, with daily challenges giving enough to buy multiple drops[[/note]] Yes, this means upcoming content updates and (possibly) DLC can be unlocked in-game. However, as this info makes the triple pack seem over-priced [[note]] 25 dollars for 1 SP and 2 MP DLC packs[[/note]], it's unknown what exactly can be unlocked without DLC. In Addition, at this moment, none of the pre-order stuff is on the In-game store either.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Dying will take you back to the last check point you passed. In some cases you can actually jump ahead a little to the next one if you die in the right place.
** Which can lead to [[MindScrew great confusion for the player]].
* DifficultySpike: The ship graveyard in Drake's Deception.
** One of the later levels in Drake's Fortune has Nate fighting against the Descendants, creatures that are fast, can still get you while you're in cover, and can kill you with a couple of hits. It's almost like a GenreShift into a SurvivalHorror game.
* DurableDeathtrap: Played with - while the adventuring segments rarely actively try to kill the player, any slippery handhold or misjudged jump can spell a quick, flat death. The puzzles often involve navigating rooms with huge clockwork systems and complex hydraulics which are always visibly decayed but, as a rule, will never be quite so decayed that Drake can't get past them. There are countless occasions where the loss of one more tiny architectural detail would render the game unwinnable, and just as many occasions where that same brick or pole will fall off the wall as soon as Drake is done with it - meaning if anyone had tried before him, or if it had rained particularly hard the day before, Drake would have had to turn around and go home.
* EasierThanEasy: Very Easy[[note]]Known as "Explorer" in ''The Nathan Drake Collection''[[/note]] difficulty. Drake has +50% health and permanent aim assist, allowing him to survive normally-lethal circumstances such as grenades and rocket launchers while possessing rather high accuracy. However, there is no Trophy associated with completing this mode.
* EasterEgg: In the first game, in the opening sequence, the wetsuits Drake and Elena were wearing were 'Ottsel' brand. An ottsel is what Daxter, from Naughty Dog's earlier ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' series was transformed into.
** Also the recurring Strange Artifact treasure is a Precursor Orb from the same game. Bonus points for it being egg-shaped.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Interviews revealed that Drake's "buffer" appearance in Uncharted 2 and then 3 was the intention for him in the original game, but apparently they released an imperfect model, which is why he's leaner in the first game. This is humorously Lampshaded by Flynn in the second game, who states that Drake should "lay off the doughnuts".
** The logo of first game has the subtitle attached in yellow tape, rather than the simpler coloured line and plain text of the later games.
** The other games have a lot of globetrotting before reaching the central location where the MacGuffin is located, but ''Drake's Fortune'' takes place entirely in the island near El Dorado. The controls are slightly different, in that L2 is not a dedicated button for dropping a grenade, and L3 does not zoom in for automatic weapons. The puzzles are fewer in number and far less complicated.
* EffortlessAchievement: Press "Down" on the D-pad in ''The Nathan Drake Collection.'' Congratulations! You have won a Trophy for exploring camera mode! Note that each of the games has '''a separate trophy for this.'''
* EliteMook: Max Armor Mooks. They can usually survive a grenade, take two close range shotgun shots to drop, and though pistols and automatics will drop them eventually, [[ImplacableMan they will just keep walking toward your cover]] until they either reach you and kill you because fistfighting them is completely useless, or suffer from CriticalExistenceFailure. At least they can still be stealth killed.
** The "Djinn" from ''Drake's Deception'' count as well.
* EnemyMine: Almost once a game:
** Nate and [[spoiler:Eddy]] team up late in ''Drake's Fortune'' to fight [[spoiler:the zombies. Eddy doesn't last long.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Eddy Raja]]:''' Nate, in case we don't make it out of here, I just want you to know -- I hate your guts!
*** [[spoiler:Equally so in ''Eye of Indra''.]]
-->'''Nate:''' Well, we managed the job without killing each other.
** Drake and [[spoiler:Harry Flynn]] in Chapter 24 of ''Among Thieves'' [[spoiler:as Lazarevic forces you to help him open the path to Shambhala. After which they have to team up again to fight some Guardians.]]
*** The player can subvert this, even though [[spoiler:your gun is taken away]] by attempting to use melee attacks. You get a warning, then attempting it again results in a gunshot to the face.
** Nate ends up teaming up with Dante for part of ''Golden Abyss''.
** Even in ''The Fourth Labyrinth'', Nate and Jada have to team up with [[spoiler:Tyr Henriksen]]. When [[spoiler:Henriksen]] and Jada get into an argument over their ideals, Nate breaks it up:
-->'''Nate:''' Just hang on! Do not fight this fight right now. We have two choices, all of us. We go forward or we go back. (...)\\
'''Jada:''' I'm not going back.\\
'''Nate:''' Then let's get going. One fight at a time.
* EurekaMoment: Every now and then, Nate will come across a clue on some ancient wall carving or in an old book or while staring at something completely unrelated, and then poke around excitedly for a while going "Of course!" and "Why didn't I see it before?" and "Then that must mean..." to himself, while the people around get steadily more exasperated trying to get him to explain what the hell he's talking about.
* EvilBrit: The first three games feature an Evil Brit or two.
** ''Drake's Fortune'' has [[AffablyEvil Gabriel Roman]]
** ''Among Thieves'' has [[spoiler:[[NumberTwoForBrains Harry]] [[TheDragon Flynn]]]]
** ''Drake's Deception'' has [[BigBad Katherine Marlowe]], and Talbot. Subverted with [[spoiler:Cutter]], a DoubleAgent within Marlowe's camp for Drake and Sully.
** ''A Thief's End'' has a single British character [[spoiler:the PosthumousCharacter Evelyn who shows up in the flashback but she turns out to be a decent person]].
* ExplodingBarrels:
** ''Drake's Fortune'' has barrels.
** ''Among Thieves'' has propane tanks. [[spoiler:And exploding tree sap.]]
* ExposedToTheElements: Averted, even [[MsFanservice Chloe]] will wrap up in warm clothes in the colder climates. The only exception is Nate at the start of ''Among Thieves'' when he's only in his usual outfit of jeans and a long sleeved top while in the snow covered mountains. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that he hadn't expected to end up there of all places.

* FirstGirlWins: see the OfficialCouple section.
* FiveManBand: Drake and his closest friends from this as the series goes on. Particularly evident in the Multiplayer Campaign in the third game, where all five take part at one point or another.
** TheHero: Nate
** TheLancer: Sully
** TheChick: Elena
** TheSmartGuy: Chloe
** TheBigGuy: Charlie
* ForebodingArchitecture
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** You can hear Descendants in the very first temple of ''Drake's Fortune''.
** In ''Drake's Deception'', [[spoiler:Selim also foreshadows the Djinn, describing them as men of fire. Though of course, the Djinn are figments of Nate's imagination, created them from Selim's description.]]
** One of the first things said in the first game is that Francis Drake didn't have kids. Drake says that history isn't always right. In the third game, [[spoiler:turns out his real name isn't "Nathan Drake".]]
** Another one of the first things said in ''Drake's Fortune'' is that Nate advises Elena not to wind up in a Panamanian prison from personal experience. That's because said experience is elaborated on in ''A Thief's End''.
*** In ''A Thief's End'', [[spoiler:when Sam discusses Hector Alcazar and we flashback to his memory, Alcazar's face is heavily shadowed and dark and we never quite get a clear view of his face. This suggests that Sam made up his entire encounter with him]].
*** When Nadine [[spoiler:attacks Sam and Nate on the island, she angrily rants about all the men she's lost at their hands since the game began and how she's fed up with the time she's spent scouring the island. This hints at her eventual attempt at convincing Rafe to not search Avery's boat and also Ross walking away from a job she deems has got out of hand.]]
* GameplayAllyImmortality: If you have an NPC with you, they can't be harmed in any way. Perhaps to make up for this, they are typically horrible shots.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: During cutscenes, characters are killed or seriously hurt by single gunshots that they seem to shrug off regularly during gameplay.
** WordOfGod says that Nate doesn't ACTUALLY get shot in any given (non-cutscene) fight, and that your health is an indication of your luck, rather than your actual health.
** Lampshaded in ''Uncharted 4'', where the achievement for killing 1000 enemies is "Ludonarrative Dissonance", which is in reference to Drake's InformedFlaw of simply being an ActionSurvivor.
* GatlingGood: The GAU-19 available in ''Among Thieves'' and ''Golden Abyss'' is portable and powerful, if [[AwesomeButImpractical sadly impractical]] most of the time.
* GirlOfTheWeek: So far Nate's had a different girl for the first two games, plus [[spoiler:again in ''Eye of Indra'' with Rika and ''Golden Abyss'' with Chase.]] All three end with Nate [[spoiler:hooking back up with Elena]]. Lampshaded when Elena and Chloe meet in ''Among Thieves'':
-->'''Elena''': "Hi! Elena Fisher, last year's model."
** Elena even guesses that Drake is a guy like this in the first game when she makes a crack about him having "a girl in every port" (though he does deny this).
** There's also Marisa Chase from ''Golden Abyss'', but unlike the other girls, Chase only gets as far as an AlmostKiss.
* GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath: Skelzor, an unlockable costume in Uncharted 2's single player and multiplayer and Uncharted 3's multiplayer.
* GroinAttack: A favorite technique of Nathan's; aside from just kicking his enemies in the balls, Drake will get creative and [[SlideAttack slide underneath his foes]] to punch them square in the nuts.
* {{Greed}}: A recurring theme of the franchise. Many of Nate's enemies would stop at nothing to acquire whatever artifacts or treasure even if their path is fill with dangerous obstacles such as booby traps, supernatural beings, [[spoiler:the treasure contains a dangerous virus or is irradiated]] or Nate killing all of them to the last man. Even the citizens of whatever ancient city that Nate stumble upon and the previous group of adventurers who found them died because of their greed.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: During stealth sections, guards don't always notice Nate - [[NoPeripheralVision even if any normal human would]].
* HandInTheHole:
** Not actually using a hole, but in ''Among Thieves'' Nate pulls the [[JerkAss fake out version]] and freaks out Chloe and Sully when removing a box from the clutches of a skeleton.
** Played straight in ''Drake's Deception'' where you have to reach in holes to look for a lever (Elena and Sully {{Lampshade}} what a bad idea this might be).
** In ''A Thief's End'', there are a few doors that can only be opened by a level shoulder-deep in a hole. One of them, is a death trap, with a skeleton still in place.
* HandCannon: The revolver and Desert Eagle in the first two games, and the Pistole in the second.
** The Pistole is, in fact, a double-barreled shotgun ''pistol''. Which is modeled after a real weapon.
* HangingByTheFingers: How Nate scales ledges. His grip and stamina while hanging is impeccable, being able to hold on for as long as you please, and he doesn't even need to have his feet propped up against anything.
* HappilyMarried: Nate and Elena seemingly got married in between ''Among Thieves'' and ''Drake's Deception'', but separated at some point (due to Nate), which is brought up when Nate and Sully notice Elena is still wearing her wedding ring (which Elena claims she's only doing because it "helps" with her job in Yemen). At the end of the story, after some advice from Sully, Nate responds to Elena's sympathies over losing Francis Drake's ring that he "traded it for something better" and reveals his own wedding ring, at which point the two embrace, seemingly confirming them as husband and wife. ''A Thief's End'' shows us their wedding album.
* HarderThanHard: The aptly-named [[IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels Crushing]] difficulty. Drake drops like a fly if he pokes his head out for more than a few seconds, and enemies eat standard bullets like a child eats candy.
** ''The Nathan Drake Collection'' bumps Crushing down to a default difficulty and adds Brutal, where enemies deal ''even more'' damage than in Crushing. Stealth kills also don't give bonus ammo and all ammo drops give approximately 1/6th of the standard rate.
* HeavyVoice: The unlockable Doughnut Drake skin for Uncharted 2 and 3, aside from increasing Drake's body weight by a lot, pitch-shifts his voice downward by about 15%.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Only villains in 2 and 3's multiplayer wear helmets. ''Especially'' noticeable in Uncharted 3's multiplayer, where a villain custom character can have ''ten different helmets''... and the one for the heroes requires actual money.
* HeroicSacrifice: In the backstory to ''Drake's Fortune'', [[spoiler:Sir Francis Drake sacrificed himself and his remaining crew to ensure the El Dorado statue (and its zombie... thingy) would never leave the island.]] Considering ''Uncharted 3'', he seemed to be a rather altruistic fellow in general, when he [[spoiler:disobeyed the orders of the Queen to hide all traces of the location of the lost city of Ubar, where an evil Djinn-infested brass ball lay in the water.]]
* HowWeGotHere: ''Among Thieves'' starts off with Nate wounded and in a train compartment dangling dangerously from a cliff. After climbing his way up and fighting the mooks that are still lingering, the game flashes back to what led Nate to get into the mess. [[spoiler:And if that weren't enough, once you reach the point you came in at, you have to climb the train ''again''! Somewhat unusually for this trope, it's a little different when he climbs it again, and he says stuff to himself this time, along with an extended gunfight at the end.]].
** ''Eye of Indra'' abuses this with intermittent cuts to Nate being tortured by the villain.
** The first issue of the comic book starts with a scene that isn't actually reached until the last.
** The prologue of ''GoldenAbyss'' is a shortened version of chapter 27.
** The first scene of ''A Thief's End'' doesn't occur until halfpoint of the game.
* HyperspaceArsenal: It's very much averted, as you can only carry one pistol, one two-handed weapon and four grenades. In an even subtler twist, the character models have pockets for every single thing they use in the game.
* ImprovisedZipline: Drake often does this. With his gun. Man's got an iron grip.
* IndyEscape: Several times throughout the series, usually while [[CameraScrew running towards the screen]], a staple in Naughty Dog games.
* InexplicableTreasureChests: Although they're not in chests, the treasures in the games are often in very weird places, such as an antique watch hanging from the underside of a ledge in a museum.
* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: Nate can climb just about anything... unless there are some vines or moss on it.
* ItsQuietTooQuiet
** Also used by the ''bad guys'' in ''Among Thieves'' when Nate is running around like a ninja stealth-killing them all. They won't notice him murdering their compatriots, but they ''will'' notice when you make noise, and then realize how quiet it is...
*** Uncharted 3's enemies will notice bodies of the ones you stealth killed, and then they somehow know EXACTLY where you are, even if you're on the other side of the area from where the body is.
* ItsUpToYou: The puzzles, platforming, and so forth are all Nate's job for the most part, even when his allies ''can'' keep up with him. Mercilessly lampshaded in the beginning of ''Among Thieves,'' where among other things Nate asks Flynn if ''he'' wants to take care of the next alarm instead, to which Flynn replies by simply looking at him with a FascinatingEyebrow.
* KarmaHoudini:
** Rika Raja gets the titular Eye of Indra and sails away without repercussions.
** Nadine, [[spoiler:for all her mischievousness during the game, runs away from the island with plenty of treasure and ends up starring with Chloe Frazer in ''The Lost Legacy''. The only way she's better than Rafe is that she knows when to stop. {{PragmaticVillainy}} certainly pays.]]
* LampshadeHanging:
** Everyone in ''Among Thieves'' is sick of climbing.
--> '''Nate''': I am so sick of this climbing shit.
--> '''Elena''': There better not be any more walls to climb.
--> '''Chloe''': And... still more climbing.
--> '''Nate''': (in response to Chloe) Yep, that's usually how it goes.
--> '''Elena''': I swear, if I have to climb another wall...
** A common criticism of the series is the immersion-breakingly colossal number of people Drake can kill (''at least'' 300 per game) without altering the narrative. Kill 1000 enemies in ''A Thief's End'' and you'll be awarded the trophy [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludonarrative "Ludonarrative Dissonance"]].
** ''A Thief's End'' also has a great deal in the banter. For example when Nate and Sam reach the colony, Nate asks how could pirates keep it secret. Which is a good question considering how many people arrived and for some time lived there, but we never get an answer.
* LastNameBasis: Navarro's first name is Atoq, but only the credits tell you that. With the exception of Eddy Raja, this also applies to the rest of the villains across both games (although you at least get to hear their first names once in a cutscene).
* {{Leitmotif}}: Sir Francis Drake's plays prominently throughout Drake's Fortune and Drake's Deception, due to his role in the backgrounds of both games: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iMmwAlleL0]]
* {{LethalJokeCharacter}} Doughnut Drake, while appearing twice or thrice as heavy, is still as physically capable as the original.
* LetsPlay: LetsPlay/ChipCheezum and General Ironicus have done amazing Let's Plays of both [[http://chipandironicus.com/games/uncharted/index.html Uncharted]] and [[http://chipandironicus.com/games/uncharted2/index.html Uncharted 2]].
* LightningBruiser: The Guardians in ''Among Thieves''. They're big, strong, fast, and jump impossibly far. Oh, and they take a small army to kill. Good thing our hero happens to be a OneManArmy.
** Also the [[spoiler:Minotaurs]] in ''The Fourth Labyrinth''.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In the first three games Drake comes across some sort of cursed Item, but they have scientific explanations, Sort of.
** In the first game we find out the zombie curse of El Dorado is a plague like disease born from the entombed body, it acts instantly and has no other equivalent in nature.
** In ''Uncharted 2'' we find that the yeti are just men, and their supernatural strength comes from one-of-a kind tree sap. Sap that heals ''all'' wounds even old scars instantly, and makes the drinker nearly immortal.
** In ''Uncharted 3'' we find out that an ancient cursed city actually had its water supply, the only water for hundreds of miles, tainted with a powerful hallucinogenic. The source in myth is a brass urn with djinn trapped inside by Solomon, whether or not this is true is unknown since while we see the urn covered in sigils and still fully sealed, it is sunk to the bottom of a cavern before it can be investigated.
* MeaningfulName:
** The mountain in Borneo in ''Among Thieves''. It's likely that the mountain in question is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Kinabalu Mount Kinabalu]], the tallest mountain on the island. The name is thought by some to have come from a shortened version of the phrase "Aki Nabalu," which means "revered place of the dead." Considering what they end up finding there, it's pretty appropriate.
** ''A Thief's End'' itself, given that it refers to the fact that this title is the GrandFinale to the Uncharted series (well, the last in the series timeline at any rate) and that it refers to Nate's treasure hunting career coming to an end. Likewise, Saint Dismas the penitent thief is a symbol throughout the game, and [[spoiler:when Sam and Nate reach the treasury room of Libertalia they find the pirate founders portrait defaced with the word "Thief"]].
** [[spoiler:Cassie Drake is named after her grandmother, Cassandra Morgan]].
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: There are no female mooks in any of the games. The main female villain in Uncharted 3 [[spoiler:dies from the ground collapsing rather than being fought by Drake like in the first two games - Drake fights her male sidekick instead]]. Uncharted 4's female PMC owner does not employ any women for some reason, and the main characters [[spoiler:are reluctant to kill her at first - feelings that are not shown to the male enemies in the game]].
* MotionCapture: Taken a step further, with the actors doing the motion capture themselves and recording dialogue at the same time (except for Tenzin in ''Uncharted 2'', who is motion captured by Robin Atkin Downes but voiced by Phema Dhondup). This gives their interactions a much greater chemistry, as they aren't just sitting in a chair recording their lines. It also speaks to the talent of the actors, who had only the most basic props to work with amidst an ocean of green screen.
* MunDanger:
** ''Golden Abyss'' is the first game to have a non-paranormal twist: [[spoiler:The underground city of gold is "cursed"...with radiation. Nearby uranium deposits have made the gold dangerously radioactive. Of course, the bad guys plan on selling the hot gold anyway, damn the consequences.]]
** ''A Thief's End'' is the only main game in the series with no zombie viruses, yetis or hallucinogenic brass vessels. Just the biggest pirate loot in history and human nature at its worst.

* NeckSnap: Drake's (and Chloe in ''The Lost Legacy'') main way of dispatching foes stealthily is to sneak up behind them and snapping their necks.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The Demon Zombie Spaniards [[spoiler:and Nazis]] from the first game.
** Crossbow yeti [[spoiler:psycho immortals]] from the second game.
* NoGearLevel: Several levels see Nate start weaponless, though it's not usually long before he finds a gun, or stealth kills a mook to get one.
* NoodleIncident: Casual conversations reveal that the characters have many in-jokes.
--> '''Sully''': How much you wanna bet that if we follow this hose, it'll lead us right to the camp?\\
'''Nate''': You ''always'' follow the hose. Just like back in Montreal, huh?\\
'''Sully''': You're never gonna let that one go, are you?
** The incidents tend to have a bit of foreshadowing as well, such as the following example:
---> '''Sully''': You aren't going to get us lost again are you? This place reminds me of Peru.\\
'''Nate''': Oh, you ''really'' want to bring up ''Peru''?!\\
'''Sully''': You're not still holding that over me, are you?\\
'''Nate''': I was ''fifteen'', Sully! You should have known after I met you that I'd end up in prison within the year.\\
'''Sully''': Yeah, but [[FireForgedFriends I got you out, didn't I?]] [[PapaWolf I always]] [[BigDamnHeroes get you out.]]
** ''Golden Abyss'' gives us Nate's dislike of taking the scenic route because the "last time we took the 'scenic route' I wound up in a ditch behind the Taj Mahal. Naked."
* NoticeThis:
** Spend long enough in an area without progressing, and the game will invite you to press a key for a hint. The camera will then look at where you should be going.
** When Drake is climbing, the camera will sometimes swing round to show the next stage of the route.
** Collectable treasures sparkle, as do guns and ammo that Drake can pick up.
* OfficialCouple: Nate and Elena at the end of ''Among Thieves''. And reaffirmed at the end of ''Drake's Deception'', in which they seem to upgrade that status to HappilyMarried.
* OhCrap: Nate says this often. He ''does'' have variations on the line. They tend to be "Oh, shit", "Crap", and "No, no nononono!"
** The end of the 2015 ''A Thief's End'' demo ends with Nate, Sam, and Sully celebrating where to go next after a harrowing encounter against the people chasing them. Only to head into their hotel room [[spoiler:and find Elena, who Nate had been keeping in the dark, checking their stuff.]]
** Lazarevic's face [[spoiler: when he sees Drake is leaving him to the mercy of the Guardians of Shambhala is definitely this]]'
-->'''Lazarevic''': [[spoiler: You don't have the will!]]
-->'''Drake''': [[spoiler: Maybe not... ''[points out the advancing Guardians]'' but ''they'' do]].
* PosthumousCharacter: At least one per main series game:
** Sir Francis Drake in ''Drake's Fortune''
** Marco Polo in ''Among Thieves''
** T.E. Lawrence, John Dee, and Sir Francis Drake again in ''Drake's Deception
** Henry Avery (with a journey to his home in Scotland and a discussion of his life and legacy making the game a SidelongGlanceBiopic of him) and Jonathan Burns (who's left behind letters and clues about his doomed voyage attempting to find the same treasure in the early 1800s) in ''A Thief's End''
* PreOrderBonus: Depending on where you preordered the game (if at all), you got different bonuses, ranging from [[AndYourRewardIsClothes golden guns in multiplayer]] to [[StopHavingFunGuys extra experience and attributes in multiplayer]].
* PressXToNotDie: At a few points in all of the games.
* ProductPlacement:
** The car ads during the ''Eye of Indra'' motion comics.
** Lampshaded with:
---> '''Drake''': You take one of those niiiice-looking je-\\
'''Elena''': 4x4s.\\
'''Drake''': '''4x4s'''.
** There is significant attention drawn to Elena and Sully's Sony Xperia smartphones in ''A Thief's End''. It kind of backfires, however, since the phones frequently lose signal and, as it turns out, [[spoiler:are easy to hack]]. Two years later Chloe Frazer has one in "rose gold" (IE pink).
* PublicDomainArtifact: Everyone's heard of El Dorado, but the Cintimani Stone? Iram of the Pillars? Both come from legend, but are relatively unheard of. ''The Fourth Labyrinth'' combines multiple legends like the Minotaur and Labyrinth of Crete, Atlantis, and Chinese mythology.
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: Happens at least a half dozen times throughout the first two games. Roman even says it word for word at one point in the first game. Nate finally gets his chance to pull one of these near the end of the second game, but Lazarevic subverts it by ''shooting the hostage himself''.
** Also happens to Nate and Jada in ''The Fourth Labyrinth''. The head honcho pulling this completes it with a snicker, which makes Nate [[spoiler:snap and shove him into an abyss before surrendering]].
* RevolversAreJustBetter: One shot kills, no matter where you hit someone. Although some of the better-armored enemies in ''Among Thieves'' can withstand multiple hits.
** On Crushing, they're ''two'' shot kills, unless you hit the head or torso, even on light armor mooks.
* RealIsBrown: The first two games include a "next-gen filter" cheat that parodies this. Played somewhat straight in the third game from when Drake enters the Rub' al Khali onwards, but justified since it's a desert.
* RealityEnsues:
** In ''Among Thieves'', shortly after fighting his way through an entire train of bad guys and shooting down a Hind attack helicopter with unguided rockets, Nate rescues Chloe, who rather unappreciatively tells him that the rescue was a stupid idea. Nate starts to argue about how they really need to get it together and figure out which side they're on...and he's shot from off-camera while he's distracted.
** Captain Avery's utopia of Libertalia in ''A Thief's End'' goes ''exactly'' as well as you'd expect from a society run by ruthless, cunning, and greedy pirates. [[spoiler:The concept was a great way to lure wealthy pirates into joining, which made them easier targets to track down. Libertalia's founders hoarded all the wealth for themselves and forced the rest of the population into poverty and enslavement. Eventually, the founders turned on each other in a brutal GambitPileup that resulted in everyone getting slaughtered, and their massive treasure was lost to history.]]
* RegeneratingHealth: Nate's health will recover if you get him to a place where he can't be hit for a few moments. How fast you recover depends on what difficulty you're playing on.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Happens in the second and third games as we learn more about Nate's contacts with various people. His history with Chloe, Harry, and Charlie aren't elaborated on, but they do appear to have at least some backstory together, given the way they talk. His meeting with Chloe and an earlier job with Harry are shown in the comic books. And then there's Sam, Nate's older brother in the fourth game, although it's somewhat justified by Nate presuming him dead.
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: Occurs in all three [=PS3=] games and the Vita game. The first has Nate battle through hoardes of zombies and soldiers to rescue an injured Elena; the second has Nate board a train and fight dozens of soldiers and a helicopter (again, TWICE) to rescue Chloe; the third has Nate rampage through an airfield and finally stow away on a plane to rescue Sully. ''Golden Abyss'' has Nate rampage through tons of soldiers and mercenaries to rescue Chase.
* RopeBridge: Nate and Elena's [[CoincidenceMagnet history with this]] prompts Nate to declare that he's [[LampshadeHanging never crossing a bridge with Elena again]]. She agrees. Which is even funnier because about 30 seconds earlier there were swarms of heavily armored {{Mooks}} tramping over the bridge.
** In ''Golden Abyss'', Nate yet again has to survive a collapsing rope bridge. Chase asks him how he managed to not slip off and die. "Years of practice."
* RuinsForRuinsSake: Played straight in the first level of ''Drake's Fortune'' but amazingly averted in the rest of the game.
** Played straight in the sequel with the ice temple, and later averted [[spoiler:in Shambhala]].
* RuleOfThree: Nate, Sullivan and Elena, and their enemies Roman, Navarro and Eddy.
** Nate, Chloe and Flynn. [[spoiler:At first...]] Then we get Nate, Chloe and Sully, and Nate, Chloe and Elena near the end.
** ''The Fourth Labyrinth'' gives us Nate, Sully, and Jada. Later, when [[spoiler:Sully is kidnapped]], it ends up as Nate, [[spoiler:Jada, and Henriksen]].
** [[spoiler:''The Lost Legacy'' has Chloe, Nadine, and Sam in later chapters.]]
* RunningGag:
** Nate checking out the ass of the person he just boosted up in ''Among Thieves'' and ''Golden Abyss''. Brought to its conclusion [[spoiler:when Chloe leaves, declaring that he's going to miss her ass.]] [[TooMuchInformation He won't be]] [[MostGamersAreMale the only one.]] Sully is also not an exception. ''Golden Abyss'' features an earlier attempt at this with Nate complimenting the fit of Chase's jeans, and Dante telling Nate not to "stare at my ass".
** Even better, at one point while hanging off the side of a cliff while Elena goes ahead of him, he looks out at the mountains:
---> '''Nate''': Oh. Nice view.\\
'''Elena''': ''Men''.\\
'''Nate''': No, I was... talking about the mountains. Really.
** At least once a game someone will use a really common idiom only for someone to have no idea what they are talking about.
* RuthlessModernPirates:
** The Panamanian pirates from the opening scene of ''Drake's Fortune'', and Eddy's goons later on.
** ''Uncharted 3'' has a group of these who reside in a ship graveyard in the Indian Ocean.
* SceneryGorn: As much as the game loves to show off its pretty scenery (see below), they seem to get equally as much joy out of ripping everything to shreds all around you as organically and beautifully as possible. ''4'' in particular has some ''ridiculous'' scenes of destruction that show everything falling to pieces all around Nate.
* SceneryPorn: ''Oh yeah''. If there's one area that the series has drawn consistent praise for, it's that the graphics in each game look really dang pretty, with the games frequently being considered to be the best-looking ones on their console.
* SeeYouInHell: Inverted, as it's meant playfully when Sully says it to Drake. Played straight in the third game when said by [[spoiler:Rameses.]]
* ShirtlessScene: Nate has one panel in the comic books, a shirtless scene in ''Eye of Indra'', and a shirtless skin in ''A Thief's End'''s multiplayer.
* ShootTheFuelTank: Even has a little [[ShoutOut shout-out]] to ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' during the third game when he does so.
--->'''Nate''': [[BeamMeUpScotty I love the smell of propane in the morning.]]
** It's also possible to shoot the fuel tanks on the generators in Borneo.
* SmokingIsCool: Both played straight and subverted. Sully smokes a cigar, and is appropriately badass (and a dirty old man), and his matches/lighter come in handy in both games. Nathan complains about the cigar a lot, though. [[spoiler:Even after being in a Turkish prison for ''three months!'']] Nate's long lost brother Sam smokes too, much to his brother's annoyance. [[spoiler:Both Sam and Sully have been clear for a year by the time of the epilogue, thanks to a bet Nate made off-screen.]]
* SpinOff: There's a PSP pinball game based on ''Drake's Fortune''.
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Averted. Female characters in the series are always restrained by big burly soldiers with guns. In the first game, Elena actually manages to escape long enough to grab a microphone and shout a warning to Nate, after which Roman chides Navarro about not being able to "handle a small girl." Navarro assures him it won't happen again, and pulls out his gun.
** In the ''Eye of Indra'' motion comic, Rika is held captive by a soldier who simply holds her arms behind her back one-handed. [[spoiler:It's just an IndyPloy to get Rika into the room so she can grab Eddy's gun from under the table.]]
* SuperDrowningSkills: Averted. Nate's actually one of the few heroes who not only can swim, but also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ9LI3Xzrls&hd=1/ seem to enjoy this liberty as much as the player does.]]
* SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity: Mostly averted, as you get most of your weapons from dead enemies, but played straight at several points in both games and double subverted in the [[spoiler:Nazi base]] in ''Drake's Fortune''. [[spoiler:The first time you enter the cafeteria, it's just a large room full of [=MP40=] ammo and no enemies. Then, when you return to the room after turning on the generator, you get attacked by a horde of Descendants and find out why the ammo was there.]]
** Sort of present once in the sequel, right before the first fight with the [[spoiler:Yeti]] you find a Luger pistol on a long-dead corpse that's ostensibly for shooting out the icicles in the room you're trapped in, but [[GenreSavvy anyone who's played the first game knows that whenever the game throws WWII-era peashooters at you, you're about to deal with something not nice]]. Note that it's not too generous either, if you've already cleared the game and have unlocked the ability to buy weapons to use at any time, they're locked out of this chapter to force you to use the crappy Nazi Luger for the boss fight.
*** Thankfully, the game ''is'' very generous, as you have unlimited ammo for the Luger. And, unlike other HopelessBossFight scenarios, if you don't do enough damage to the enemy, you ''will'' get killed, so you ''need'' that unlimited ammo.
* SticksToTheBack: In the first three Uncharted games, none of Nate's rifles or shotguns have slings on them. But thankfully it doesn't matter because they just stick to his back until he needs to use them. "A Thief's End" puts an end to this trend, as the long guns in that game do have slings on them

* TakeCover: A key aspect of the third-person shooting gameplay. The developers said they took inspiration for this from ''kill.switch'' on the [=PlayStation 2=].
* TakeMyHand: Used many, many times in ''Among Thieves'', pretty funnily when [[spoiler:Flynn]] wants to do it for you.
** Sully says it to Drake when he is near a quicksand area near the end of the third game, [[spoiler:most of it when Drake is trying to decide whether to save Marlowe from quicksand.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Talbot''': You can't just let her die!\\
'''Sully''': The hell he can't! Nate, give me your goddamn hand!]]
** More generally this is often used to indicate bonds of friendship and trust between Nate and AI Companions. Nate and Elena, Nate and Sully, Nate and Chloe, Nate and Tenzin. It's also inverted with Nate sometimes taking their hands. The moments when Nate tries to do this for bad guys, [[spoiler:Eddy Raja or Katherine Marlowe, he fails]].
* TempleOfDoom: Several.
* ThemeMusicWithholding: In Uncharted 3, the game's action theme "Atlantis of the Sands" briefly plays at several key scenes of the game (such as the plane chase, the Talbot chase, the settlement escape, etc), only to blast in all its glory in the game's final level. To a lesser extent, the main Uncharted motif from the first game appears very sparingly in the second and third games.
* ThemeNaming: Probably unintentional, but 1&3 have the word "Drake" and 2&4 have the word thief on the title.
* TheUnreveal: In Uncharted 3, [[spoiler:the brass urn allegedly carrying the Djinn is never opened (Drake sends it plummeting back into the depths of Iram's well before the villains can retrieve and open it). What was really in there? We'll never know.]]
** This is also true of the first and second game's treasures. In the first game, it's obvious that [[spoiler:El Dorado contains some kind of mutagen/fungus/substance]], but given the fact that it operates in no way like any other biological organism, its true nature remains a mystery. In the second game, the [[spoiler:sap of the Tree of Life does heal Lazarevic and make both him and the Guardians super-durable]], but whether it's magic, mundane made magic, or something else entirely is unknown.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: "[[AntiAir Anti-aircraft]] fire?! This is so not cool!"
** "This was a ''bad idea!''"
** "No no no -- let's talk about this!"
** In one instance, Nate is being held captive by pirates, who want him to tell them where the treasure is. Nate honestly doesn't know.
--> '''Nate''': Look, you can torture me all you want--\\
'''Rameses''': ''(happily)'' Okay!\\
'''Nate''': Uh, wait. No...I mean...
** Sam even quotes the trope word for word in the fourth game, when he and Nate have to jump into icy waters a la grappling hook over jagged rocks while fleeing from shoreline mercs.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Involved in the first two games' backstories. Justified because Hitler's obsession with the occult means him sending teams to look for possibly mythical artifacts isn't too surprising.
** Averted in the third game. They have nothing to do with the plot.
* ThrowAwayGuns: Nate can only carry one pistol and one long gun at once. Whenever he picks up a new gun, he simply tosses the old one on the ground.
* TooAwesomeToUse: The Wes 44. Revolver. It's one of the best handguns, but whenever you find it, it usually only has six shots. If you find another, it's only ''half'' loaded (you only get three more bullets). But it kills any normal, non-heavy armor mook in one shot except on Crushing, where it will kill such enemies in two.
* TooDumbToLive: ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]], and Nate himself have all commented on how the mooks are boneheaded enough to get into gunfights with Nate in incredibly stupid situations. Mansion burning to the ground around them? They all try to kill one guy instead!
** Nate points out how dumb they're being. Regularly.
--> '''Nate''': Guys! The ship is ''sinking!'' Can we maybe do this later?!
* TreasureMap: But of course. Each game has one, detailing the steps needed to get to whatever hidden-away locale or treasure is there.
* UnorthodoxReload: Drake can slide new magazines into his handguns even when one of his hands is occupied with holding onto a ledge.
* WalkItOff, though WordOfGod about his "life" being his "luck" implies that Nate is simply letting his natural luck restore itself.
* WealthyEverAfter: Nathan smartly decides to [[spoiler:send the golden statue to the bottom of the ocean at the end of Drake's Fortune, but Sully managed to fill the boat up with assorted gold and jewels from the island as a consolation prize. Among Thieves averts this when the fabled impossibly massive sapphire ends up being a big piece of petrified resin, and Sully mentions at the end that the entire hunt ended up not netting anything of value. Compounded when Sully indicates he had to spend almost all of the riches from Drake's Fortune on bailing Nate out of jail. In Drake's Deception, a handful of trinkets are salvaged from Iram before its destruction. And in ''A Thief's End'', the valuables salvaged from Henry Avery's treasure are used to finance Nate and Elena's transition into ''legal'' archaeology, wherein they stay until the end.]]
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: The games are noted for their particularly high body count due to frequent gun battles, with Nathan killing hundreds of mooks over the course of the series. But then a boss or mini-boss shows up and the player might find weapons disabled and only hand-to-hand combat available which doesn't always end in the bad guy being killed.
* WhyWontYouDie: [[spoiler:Both Drake and Lazarevic say this during their final battle.]]
** Also Talbot in ''Drake's Deception''. The man gets chased extensively, brutally beaten by Nate, and shot in a cutscene, yet he looks no worse for wear.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Eddie Raja, Harry Flynn, Jason Dante and Rafe Adler are former acquaintances of Nate before greed gets the better of them and they are now his enemies.
* WorldOfSnark: Gets very close, at least. Pretty much every character you interact with will have an opportunity to drop a sarcastic quip. And then there's Nate himself...
** WorldOfHam: Everyone in Multiplayer is clearly having the time of their lives -- not just reliably over-the-top characters like Lazarevic, Eddy, and Rameses, but even {{Cold Ham}}s like Gabriel Roman, Rafe, and Marlowe get in on the fun.
* YouCallThatAWound: Whenever you enter a firefight alongside one of your allies, they won't die unless you get too far away from them. They can even survive getting hit by a grenade at point blank range, [[spoiler:something that nearly kills Elena in a later cutscene]]. Averted on Crushing difficulty: your allies aren't invincible, just very durable. They can and in fact ''will'' die if you don't get involved in the firefights, even if you're right next to them (grenades, however, will never kill them).

!Miscellaneous installment tropes

[[folder:''Uncharted: Fortune Hunter'']]
* ArtShift: The game uses an overhead view with more stylized graphics.
* DeathTrap: The main threat Nate faces in the temples, since this game has NoAntagonist.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
-->'''Nate:''' Sometimes I feel like life's one big game.\\
'''Sully:''' Then shut up and play it.
* MinimalistCast: The only characters to appear include Nate and Sully - who don't even have their original voices, and speak only in text boxes.
* MoneyForNothing: In a rare mobile game example, if you don't use Mystic Orbs to respawn and instead trade them in for coins, you'll end up with enough money by the end of the game to buy all of the costumes and still have around 20,000 coins burning a hole in your pocket. (especially if you go for Pirate Nate first, since it increases the amount of gold earned from puzzles by 25%).
* OddballInTheSeries: A free mobile touchscreen game stands out pretty heavily against [=PlayStation=]-based third-person shooter/platformers.
* AWinnerIsYou: Collecting all the artifacts just unlocks some more non-conclusive banter between Nate and Sully.

[[folder:''Uncharted'' DC Comics]]
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Nate and Chloe happily traipse over rocks and a WWI airplane floating in lava. Nate merely sweats a bit before he actually gets some on his pants, which he pretty much pats out.
* EvilRedhead: The Doughtys.
* [[LadyNotAppearingInThisGame Lady Not-Appearing-in-This-Comic]]: Elena is on the cover of the graphic novel, and nowhere inside it.
* NotStayingForBreakfast: Chloe, only leaving Nate a note.
* SexyDiscretionShot: We see Chloe smirking in Nate's doorway at night. The next panel is their clothes and underthings strewn on the floor... and the next few panels are Chloe driving off at sunrise and Nate waking up in the morning.

[[folder:''Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth'']]
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: Discussed:
--> '''Nate''': Those ninja bastards[[note]]enemies who are actually Chinese[[/note]] have [[spoiler:Sully]].
--> (...)
--> '''Corelli''': Ninjas are Japanese.
--> '''Nate''': Shut up! You think I don't know - oh, forget it.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Nate and Jada.
* MulticoloredHair: Jada Hzujak has black hair with magenta bangs which even Nate recognizes as magenta (to her surprise).
* SaveTheVillain: [[spoiler:Nate tries to save Olivia from a flooding room - she gets taken down by the Minotaur.]]