!!The Video Game
* AwesomeArt: One of the reasons why the series is much loved is the [[RuleOfCool cool stylized art]] and solid visual design. The first three games [[DesignStudentsOrgasm stand out in this department]], courtesy of The Designers Republic. Their return as artists in ''VideoGame/FormulaFusion'' is the reason why many a Wipeout fan got extremely hyped for its release.
* ButThouMust: Downplayed on tracks throughout the series where there is a split, with one route being longer but easier than the other; while there is nothing in theory stopping you using the easy route, in practice on harder difficulties you'll never keep up with the competition, forcing you to take the hard route. Silverstream is a notorious offender.
* ContestedSequel: ''[[BaseBreaker Fusion]]'', despite being poorly-recieved, still has its defenders.
* CultClassic: Altough the series is remembered for the amazing gameplay, visuals, and music, the series hasn't really caught on in the mainstream, but it maintains a '''very''' devoted cult following. This proves why there are some fan-made games in development: to fill the void that the series left after ''2048''.
* DemonicSpiders: The AI crafts can be this [[DifficultySpike depending on difficulty]]. Even if they use the [[AdvancingWallOfDooM Quake]], [[HomingProjectile Missile]] or even Rocket items.
* DorkAge: The series has entered one with ''Fusion'', but ended it with ''Pure''.
* DifficultButAwesome: [[TheMovie The Racing Game]]. Aside from airbrake control, it's mostly smooth sailing, but in order to compete at the highest level, you have to know every nook and cranny of every track like the back of your hand, such as where to use Turbos and where to barrel roll (including barrel roll spots on seemingly ''flat surfaces'' accessible only by side-shifting or nose pitching!) for example.
** Firing the Quake Disruptor ''backwards'' by coming to a full stop and turning your ship to look at racers behind you. It's quite shocking to be on the receiving end, especially if you don't know this is even possible. Some games (such as Fusion and HD Fury's Eliminator events) make this much easier to do, but by other means that can still make it difficult to race effectively (like using the rear view in Fusion).
** Using high jumps to cut across (and in some cases with earlier installments, clipping through) specific parts of the track where the wuss wagon will not immediately pick you up for flying out of bounds. The technique itself is hard enough to use, made harder by having to know precisely where on the track it can be used at all.
** HD has pitch control, which can determine how closely a ship can hug the track (which is vital to keeping at a high speed) or if a jump delivers enough height to barrel roll. Like jump shortcuts, effective control of the craft's pitch is made even harder by the fact that a pilot needs to know precisely when to pitch the nose up or down at a specific spot on the track in order to take full advantage of the technique.
** The [[spoiler:FEISAR Prototype]] in ''2048'' will test how well you can keep to your racing line and pass over speed-pads.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: ''[[GloriousMotherRussia Qirex]]'' is the most popular team in the series, rivaling ''[[MultinationalTeam FEISAR]]'' and ''[[JapanTakesOverTheWorld AG-Systems.]]''
** [[http://www22.atpages.jp/wipeout/wipeout/report/wo1003.html Arial Tetsuo]], one of the Auricom pilots from the first game had a quite large popularity back in the day. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHMzCpy0fXc music video]] of one of 2097's soundtrack explained how.
** Curly, the announcer in [=Wip3out=] is also widely loved. To this day many fans actively make demands to make a return for her in ''VideoGame/FormulaFusion''.
** Although ''[[TheMafiya Tigron Enterprises]]'' were one of the most ruthless teams in AG racing history, but their craft, the "BULL-666", was one of the most popular ones in ''Fusion'' thanks to [[LightningBruiser its impressive speed, handling, durability, firepower]], and [[KillItWithIce its overpowered Super Weapon.]] Their popularity skyrocketed when it's confirmed that they will return to ''Omega Collection'' along with Van-Über. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9mf1DBwr2o Even their newest K-VSR craft is available as a media kit for the limited edition of the game itself]].
* EvenBetterSequel: ''2097'' introduced a load of innovative concepts that were so highly praised by critics that they still remain in the series' modern iterations, namely the ability for ships to be destroyed, a few game-enhancing weapons and pick-ups, such as the auto-pilot, the plasma bolt and the quake disruptor, and of course, Phantom class.
* FanSequel: Due to the game carving its own unique niche in the racing genre, some fans have taken it upon themselves to make games like wipEout when a game hasn't been released recently. The most prominent of these fan games is [=SlipStream GX=], which is supposed to tell the story of what happened between ''Fusion'' and ''Pure'' with the SerialNumbersFiledOff. Also, we have VideoGame/BallisticNG, which is mostly inspired by the older WipEout games, complete with the Steam Workshop and a custom music player (which it means you can play your favorite VideoGame/WipEout soundtrack while playing).
* FriendlyFandoms: Back in the days there used to be a ''major'' FandomRivalry with ''VideoGame/FZero'', but as time went on the two fanbases began overlapping. It further helps the fact that both series are currently laying dormant.
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: Icaras originally dissolved after ''wip3out'' due to the death of its eccentric owner, Burnston Burns. How did he die? [[CrossesTheLineTwice He accidentally swallowed a balloon at a children's party!]]
** [[https://youtu.be/PHMzCpy0fXc?t=3m8s At the 3:08 mark]] of Fluke's "Atom Bomb" music video, Arial [[DeadlyHug end up hugging two men]], while one of them seem to have been [[CrossesTheLineTwice easily choked to death]]!
* GameBreaker: Each game had one from ''2097'' onwards. The ''Piranha'' ship in ''2097'', the ''Assegai'' in ''3'', yet again the ''Piranha'' in ''Fusion'', the ''Triakis'' in ''Pure'', again the ''Assegai'' in ''Pulse'', the ''Goteki 45'' and ''FEISAR Fury'' in ''HD'' and the ''AG-Systems Speed'' in ''2048''.
** As for the Super Weapons in ''Fusion'', we have Tigron's [[KillItWithIce Nitro Rocket]], which was deemed overpowered since it deals some nasty heat and [[InterfaceScrew screws up the victim's controls]].
* GoodBadBugs: Triakis's cornering deceleration rate in ''Pure'' is bugged, making it quite agile for a heavy craft. ''Pulse'' factored this bug (and its fixing) into the lore by noting that Triakis had installed an illegal reverse-inertia deceleration system on their FX300 craft.
** Certain events in ''HD'' allow you to wreck yourself early and still get Gold Medal for it.
* MeaningfulName: Hi-Fumi in ''Wipeout 3''; it's Japanese for '1,2,3'.
* MemeticMutation: ''[=WipEout=]'' predicted Brexit.[[note]]Before the events of ''Pure'', the United Kingdom splintered from FEISAR to resurrect Icaras. Come 2016, with the UK holding a referendum on whether they should stay in the European Union or not, with the "leave the EU" side narrowly winning.[[/note]]
** "[[ThatOneLevel Oh my god, this course is HORRIBLE!!!]]"[=/=]"[[BerserkButton Those BLOODY]] [[ScrappyMechanic bulkheads!]]"[[note]]Mentioned by Charlie Emery AKA [=HellfireWZ=] while [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNSNHiCmA7A&t=1019 discussing about]] [[ThatOneLevel Temtesh Bay Course 2]] from ''Fusion'', which is notorious for it's tricky corners and the use of [[ScrappyMechanic bulkheads]].[[/note]]
** Pilot Assist: "[[ScrappyMechanic DON'T USE IT!1!!]]"[[note]]Another one from [=HellfireWZ=], in regards to an optional MercyMode the player can enable in the game, during his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxzYkTralIA Wipeout HD Fury tutorial video]]. [=HellfireWZ=] make a reference to the meme in [[https://youtu.be/HpM8qOhpoPU another tutorial video]] for ''Wipeout 2048''.[[/note]]
** "Baby got an atom bomb! Twenty-two megatons!"[[note]]One of the first lyrics from "Atom Bomb" by Fluke, in which the music video features [[EnsembleDarkhorse Arial Tetsuo]] from the first game.[[/note]]
** "[[CollisionDamage Do]][[WebVideo/{{Caddicarus}} nk]]!"
** "SHAKE IT! DON'T BREAK IT!"[[note]]The lyrics from "Shake It" by Addiktion, the song most often associated with the ''Omega Collection'' and [[TheMafiya Tigron Enterprises]] themselves.[[/note]]
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: Scoring a plasma bolt hit in ''2097''. Made anticlimactically easy in the third game and in the games after that, the weapon no longer did instant kill damage.
* MostWonderfulSound: "CONTENDER ELIMINATED." Unless it's happening to ''you,'' that is.
** In ''Pulse'' and ''HD'', "GOLD MEDAL AWARDED." It's especially awesome if you're playing on [[NintendoHard Elite difficulty]]. Same story goes for its ''2048'' equivalent: "ELITE PASS."
* MostAnnoyingSound: "[[CollisionDamage Donk]]!"
** Dear god, the announcer also counts as this in a nutshell as the latter WON'T SHUT UP until you finish the race!
*** "[[CriticalAnnoyance WARNING]]!"/"MISSILE!"/"[[CriticalAnnoyance ENERGY CRITICAL]]!"/"[[OhCrap QUAKE]]!"/"[[GameOver PLAYER ELIMINATED]]!"
*** Taken UpToEleven in ''Fusion'' (and ''Pulse''). If your shield energy is lower than 5%, the craft will start beeping until you reach the pit-stop or [[CriticalExistenceFailure else]]...
* NightmareFuel: The series doesn't have a lot of creepy content, but the song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC8CLyuCt_0 "Zulu"]] by Hybrid in WipEout Pure is pretty unsettling, this is [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] if you're trying to feel like a badass. Also, it got sampled in VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots.
** The Zone mode can be considered this to some players, because of its DifficultyByAcceleration.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNXopiH70WU The intro from ''Wip3out'' is pretty much this]], which features the reversed animation of the Goteki 45 craft causing a [[SuicideAttack suicide explosion]] towards the FEISAR and AG Systems crafts in the finish line, blowing them up. Considering how violent Goteki 45 were during the [=F7200=], suicide attacks would've been right up their alley. Also, the intro also featured a [[DroneOfDread creepy drone]] (even though it uses a sample of "Piranha" by DJ Sasha) through out the entire cinematic cutscene.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnhqqnRLtxM Fusion's intro is even more of a doozy.]] Not only it features [[SensoryAbuse sudden flashing lights]] that would cause a JumpScare, but it also has a sample of a [[CreepyChild child laughing]] in both the beginning and the end of the opening. And it gets worse from there: the fall of F9000 not only led to the massive global recession, but also there were [[CrapsackWorld riots]] and [[WarIsHell war all over the globe]]. It only took many decades to stabilize, and many more to recover from before the events of ''WipEout Pure''.
** Well, [[SarcasmMode this is an odd one]]. [[https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8427/7840533268_91ced29186_b.jpg The promotion art for the very first game]] is [[ParanoiaFuel downright unsettling]]. It features two teenagers with [[DeadlyNosebleed nosebleed]] as [[BloodSplatteredInnocents their clothes has been soaked with blood]]. It's just like if the developers of the game kidnapped them and tortured the poor bastards as an attempt to force them to promote the game. Also, the other version of the art refers the game itself as "[[BloodSport a dangerous game]]". Thankfully, the unsettling art is staged, but still...
*** Fortunately, [[NightmareRetardant the creepiness gets sucked out]] if you watched the ''2097'' review by WebVideo/{{Caddicarus}}, though:
--->'''Caddicarus''': Oh! And the promotional purposes for the original VideoGame/WipEout made the game to be a "[[BlatantLies Class-A Drug]]" by calling it "a dangerous game" and showing two people with bleeding nostrils in a dark room- (Robot voice) '''[[{{Narm}} NIGHTMARES]]'''!!!
** The Qirex announcer from 2048 may count as this, due to it's CreepyMonotone.
* PortingDisaster: The PC port of ''Wipeout XL/2097'' lacks a speed limiter, causing the game to run out of control on top of the line back in '97, never mind today (this can be fixed with a CPU-killer program, but then you will find out the hard way that Windows Vista/7 require a lot more CPU to run properly than the game!). The game also has a different soundtrack ([[ScrewedByTheLawyers Possibly due to licensing problems]]) that's nowhere near as good as the original's.
** While the PlayStation 2 port of ''Pulse'' may look visually better than the PSP version, but it suffers from a [[GameBreakingBug nasty glitch]] which corrupts your [[LostForever memory card data beyond repair]]. Even turning the autosave off doesn't prevent the said glitch as well! If you really want to play the game, stick to the PSP version instead.
* ReplacementScrappy: Unlike the far better-received ''Fusion''-debuting teams [[TheMafiya Tigron]] and [[BewareTheNiceOnes Van-Uber]] teams, G-Tech ended up being far and away the most loathed team in the franchise for being a replacement to AG Systems.
* RonTheDeathEater: Despite [[HeelFaceTurn turning good]] by the events of ''Pure'', quite a few fans wanted Goteki 45 to retain their AxCrazy [=F7200=] persona even after their reinstatement, even though their newer, lighter crafts have become extremely popular in the ''Pulse''[=/=]''HD Fury'' multiplayer scene.
* TheScrappy: G-Tech. They likely represent ''Good Technology'' (Currently known as ''VML London''), the graphic designers of ''Fusion''. They're also loathed for replacing one of the fan-favorite teams, [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld AG-Systems]], ripping off [[EnsembleDarkhorse Qirex]]'s color scheme and their craft ''REVVER'' being inferior compared to the other crafts such as FEISAR's [[JackOfAllStats "LS-59"]], Auricom's [[MightyGlacier "T-808"]], Tigron's [[LightningBruiser "BULL-666"]], or Piranha's [[GameBreaker "Swiftkiller"]].
* ScrappyMechanic: The rescue droids from the original to [[VideoGame/WipEout Wip3out]] were loathed for taking precious time when the players accidentally fall off the track. As a result: Since ''Fusion'', you will instantly respawn on the track, despite this time, the rescue droid only appears when [[CriticalExistenceFailure your craft is destroyed]] and save the PlayerCharacter.
* [[ScrappyWeapon Scrappy Craft]]: It may look cool, but GOOD GRAVY! G-Tech's ''REVVER'' from ''Fusion'' is terrible! It's notorious for its poor stats compared to Van-Über's ''ZR-320'', its super weapons may deal some moderate damage, but the craft itself can be easily [[NoPunIntended WIPED OUT]] if the player isn't careful enough.
* {{Sequelitis}}: While it may be [[SoOkayItsAverage a little bit well recieved]] ''Wipeout Fusion'' was criticized for being [[VideoGame/StarWarsEpisodeIRacer Pod Racer-ish]], having different graphics compared to ''Wip3out'' and [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks the gameplay was vastly different]]. Don't forget the track design, which was pretty atrocious enough to be remembered by critics and fans alike (See ThatOneLevel).
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: ''Wipeout Pure'' was a welcome improvement after the poorly-received ''Wipeout Fusion''.
* ThatOneLevel: A nice cross-section of some vicious tracks from the series inception through to ''HD Fury'' can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNSNHiCmA7A here]]. Highlights include:
** From the very first game, [[SlippySlideyIceWorld Silverstream]]. A tight, very technical track with alternate routes at two points where choosing the wrong path meant you were effectively out of the running. It is so notoriously brutal it's still considered one of the (if not THE) hardest courses in the series.
** [[LandDownUnder Temtesh Bay]] Course 2, from ''Fusion'', is a veritable checklist of horrible track design decisions. It was so bad that it became part of a major in-universe race disaster when the backstory to ''Pure'' was released. According to [=YouTube=] user and series veteran Charlie Emery AKA [=HellfireWZ's=] video "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNSNHiCmA7A&t=1019 Wipeout - Circuits from Hell]]", Course 2 is a [[NintendoHard travesty of a circuit]] filled with tricky corners, rock pillars and those [[PrecisionFStrike fuckin']] [[ScrappyMechanic annoying bulkheads which will NOT OPEN until you are VIRTUALLY ON TOP OF IT]]!! Also, [[FromBadToWorse it's even worse when played in reverse]], making Temtesh Bay Course 2 itself the most difficult course in the entire series, making Silverstream from the original game look like a walk in the park.
--->'''Charlie "[=HellfireWZ=]" Emery (reacting to Temtesh Bay 2)''': Oh my god, [[ThisIsGonnaSuck this course is]] [[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible HORRIBLE]]!!!
** While it doesn't seem hard to navigate, Sebenco Climb in ''Pure'' and ''HD'' is full of sharp corners in which you'll need a perfect timing while speeding up the mountain until you start plowing into the tunnel, where you'll have to be careful while racing in the chicane section in order to avoid ramming the walls.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Zone mode. Especially the Zone-exclusive tracks in ''Pure'' and ''HD''.
* TheWoobie: The back story for ''Icaras'' for ''Wipeout 3'' will surely make you feel bad for them. Might overlap with JerkassWoobie if you take in count that they were created as a publicity stunt and their {{scrub}}bish attitude during the championship.
* UncannyValley: The pilot models from ''VideoGame/WipEout Fusion'' may look decent, with the exception of Xala Wollf, which she looks like a vampire rather than an actual human being, despite she's likely a strong follower of the goth lifestyle.
** Both of the female announcers from ''Fusion'' and ''HD'' (including the Qirex announcer from 2048) may count as this, which they [[CreepyMonotone rarely show any emotion]].