Trivia / Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

  • Ashcan Copy: THPS5 has been accused of being one, given the horrific state the game was released in and that Tony Hawk's deal with Activision was set to expire at the end of 2015.
  • B-Team Sequel: Tony Hawk Ride was the first game created by Robomodo after Activision reassigned Neversoft to Guitar Hero duty. To say that the results were not as well-received would be an understatement.
  • Colbert Bump: The Tony Hawk games were credited for creating a new wave of interest in the sport due to its popularity; more networks began showing pro competitions beyond ESPN's annual X Games and some of the lesser-known skaters who were playable characters got a career bump from the visibility.
  • Follow the Leader: While it is was one of the first 3D skateboarding games, it wasn't the first. Sega's Top Skater (Arcade, 1997) and EA's Street Sk8er (PS One, 1998) came before.
  • Franchise Killer: Twice. The RIDE/Shred one-two combo was bad enough to severely damage the series' reputation, and the hot mess that was Tony Hawk 5 put it out of its misery.
  • Genre Popularizer: Credited for kickstarting the supergenre of "extreme sports" games in the early 2000s.
  • No Export for You: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2X, the special edition of Tony Hawk 2, was only released on Xbox and only in the US. Featuring all the levels from the first two games, as well as five levels that don't appear in other games, this understandably annoyed the many PAL-area PS2 owners.
    • Also, the PS2 Collectors Edition of American Wasteland features levels that don't appear anywhere else. This too, was only released in the US and only on PS2. However, two levels that are included are Las Vegas (renamed Casino) and Atlanta, both of which appear in Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix, released worldwide for PSP.
  • Technology Marches On: The Secret Tapes have been replaced with DVDs since Project 8.