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Video Game: Cel Damage

Tonight, on a very special episode of Cel Damage: Will Violet learn of the disease that's slowly killing her? Will Sinder ever become house-trained? ......NAH! We'll just drive around way too fast and blow up everything in sight like we do every week! (And don't forget to call in during the show to buy crap that you won't ever need. Not available in all states.)
Cel Damage! Tonight at 8.

Cel Damage is a Vehicular Combat game that was released in 2001 as a launch title for the Xbox, and then got ported to the Gamecube in early 2002. The game is about the eponymous TV show Cel Damage, a show where famous fictional cartoon characters compete in a destruction derby using various cartoon-themed weapons, and instantly respawn after death due to being cartoons.

The game has three different modes of play: Smack Attack (Deathmatch), Gate Relay (Race), and Flag Rally (Capture the Flag). At first, only Smack Attack can be played. After winning a few matches, Gate Relay and Flag Rally are unlocked.

The game was met with low sales and a poor critical reception, but is very well-liked by most of those who have played it, and is considered one of the underrated gems of the sixth-gen era. A sequel entered development, with concept art and early footage being released to the public, but the game got cancelled before it progressed past the early alpha stage, for reasons unknown.

In late 2002, an Updated Re-release, named Cel Damage Overdrive, was released for the Playstation 2. It offered several gameplay tweaks and some brand-new, exclusive features. This version never saw a release outside of Europe, however. An HD remaster, based on Overdrive, was released in Spring 2014 as a Cross-Buy title for PS3, PS4, and PSVita, this time getting a North American release.


This game contains examples of the following:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Dominique Trix's redesign in the cancelled sequel has this in spades.
  • Amusing Injuries: The entire game revolves around these, due to being a cartoon-themed vehicle combat game.
  • Badass Adorable: Violet fits this trope to a "T". She looks so gentle on the outside, but in reality, she's one of the most aggressive characters of the game. Her intro even has her beating up the cameraman and running him over with her car.
  • Big Ball of Violence: The logo is one!
  • Bubblegloop Swamp: Swamp Stomp, the first jungle level, involves you driving around a gator-infested swamp.
  • Capture the Flag: Flag Rally is a Capture the Flag mode, but with a twist: The flags have legs and try to run from you.
  • Cel Shading
  • Chainsaw Good: One of the weapons is a chainsaw.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Fowl Mouth and his car are entirely black-and-white, because he comes from the 1930's.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Satan—yes, Satan—even thought that Sinder was too much.
  • Expy:
    • Dominique looks an awful lot like Trish from Devil May Cry. It should also be noted that both games were released the same year (2001).
    • B.T. Bruno is an expy of Elvis Presley. In his intro, he even states that he wants to be an entertainer and singer just like Elvis.
    • T. Wrecks is one of Godzilla, as confirmed by his profile on the Cel Damage HD website, and one of his lines being, "I did that to Tokyo once."
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: One must wonder how a game that has an imp that makes a few genital jokes (i.e. "Wanna touch my weasel?") and says things like, "Me so sexy!", or a character whose name is a pun on "dominatrix", got a 3+ rating in Europe for its original release.
  • Impact Silhouette: In B.T. Bruno's ending, he pushes a kid on roller blades, and he ends up crashing through a brick wall, leaving a shape of him.
  • Jiggle Physics: Dominique Trix has these. They're most noticeable in her intro.
  • Lethal Lava Land: Shmoe vs. the Volcano, the last of the jungle levels, has a river of lava that flows through the middle of the arena.
  • Mama's Boy: Flemming.
    "Mom says I'm special."
    "MOMMMMM!!!"
  • Ms. Fanservice: Dominique and Violet. The former being...well, a dominatrix, and the latter being a demon girl in a tiny T-shirt and miniskirt.
  • No Animals Were Harmed: Explained in Violet's ending.
    "Models for Ethical Animal Treatment would like you to know that no real sheep were harmed in the making of our show. All our sheep are professional cartoon sheep, trained in the arts of the cartoon gang."
  • Off Model:
    • The picture of Fowl Mouth shown on the character select screen depicts him with fingers, while his 3D model has no fingers except for thumbs.
    • Violet's 2D artworks depict her with a light purple streak in her hair, which her 3D model doesn't have. One artwork even depicts her with a tail, which her 3D model also doesn't have.
  • Portable Hole: One of the weapons is one.
  • Punny Name: Dominique Trix, Sinder (a fire-breathing imp), Fowl Mouth (a duck), Whack Angus (a bull), T. Wrecks (a dinosaur), and Brian (a brain).
  • Shout-Out:
    • Some of the level names: Bohemian Raspberry, Babbling 5, and Monster Mosh.
    • The level Death Valley is a tribute to the Road Runner cartoons, complete with 100 ton weights, and your player making a big cloud of dust upon falling into the canyon and landing.
      • The HD remake has a trophy for this level named, "Smart Coyote". note 
    • One of Whack Angus's lines upon scoring a kill is, "Y'all come back now, ya hear?"
    • One of Flemming's lines upon scoring a kill is, "Revenge of the geeks."
    • In Flemming's intro, his best friend is wearing a Red Suit and tells him that "Zogar" is signing "Metron headbands".
  • Space Zone: There are three space levels, but the last one, Shooting Stars, fits the definition of this trope perfectly, because you drive on the rings of Saturn.
  • Squashed Flat: This happens when you are hit by B.T. Bruno's giant hammer, or when you get sucked up by the vacuum weapon.
  • Take That: The launch trailer for the HD release takes a shot at the online multiplayer phenomenon.
  • Toilet Humor: 95% of the words that come out of Sinder's mouth involve urine. The intro even mentions that he's not house-trained, while showing him leaving a yellow puddle on a rug.
  • Visual Pun: Shooting Stars has a literal meteor shower.
  • X Meets Y: Looney Tunes meets Twisted Metal.
  • X-Ray Sparks: In Fowl Mouth's ending, Flemming hits an electric line with his shovel, causing him to be electrocuted, and we see his skeleton for about half a second as this happens. However, this trope seems to be completely absent when firing the Lightning Gun (a weapon exclusive to Overdrive and HD) at opponents, which is quite odd for a game that heavily involves cartoon antics and gags.
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