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A popular Japanese racing game series based on pullback toys created by Takara Corp. since 1978. The toys the games were based on were [[SuperDeformed chibi cars with smal ledge between front and back tires]] with a coin slot the back. With a coin inserted in the slot, the car will be able to do wheelies and stunts, hence being sold in the Western hemisphere as "Penny Racers". The majority of them are caricatures of actual cars. Its popularity has led the company into making many spinoffs of the series. There were even [[ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping low-priced]] imitators of the toys -- {{Shoddy Knockoff Product}}s. The series did get imported overseas under the name of "Gadget Racers" and "Penny Racers" with help from other companies such as Conspiracy Entertainment, Midas Interactive Entertainment and Play It!.

The series is auto racing with an element of ''WackyRacing'' combined with loads of customizable bodies and parts. For instance; wings, water jet pack, speed boosters, [[FlyingCar gliding wing]], and [[TimeTravel time circuit]]. The customization in ''Choro Q'' is almost unlimited. You can put a racing engine in a garbage truck and drive in for a championship, or putting a huge 4×4 tires and wheels into a Le Mans vehicle to drive a hill climbling, or even a tank on a high-speed oval test course.

In 1997, ''Choro Q2'' introduced the WideOpenSandbox system that allows you to take a run around a town, unlocking shops and courses. ''Choro Q3'' (1998) added events and special hidden items into its town. And starting from ''Choro Q Wondeful'' (1999), the series introduced a full term of racing adventure system, complete with its own story and let you take a run between town, dungeons, or even time to advance the plot and unlock more courses. This concept is fully returned in the ''High Grade'' series from ''Choro Q HG 2'' to ''Choro Q HG 4'', in which HG 2 and HG 4 are imported to Europe and North America, in the name of ''Road Trip Adventure'' and ''Choro Q'', following in the order. (HG 3 was also released in Europe under the name ''Gadget Racers''. Which was also the name used in the US release of HG 1, so that's rather confusing.) And it's said that ''Road Trip Adventure'' is the best ''Choro Q'' game that exists outside Japan.

The original [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Mini Autobots]] (Brawn, Cliffjumper, Bumblebee, Windcharger, Gears and Huffer) were largely based off of this line.

The spins off genre of the series are in the following list:
* ''[[ExcitedShowtitle ChoroQ!]]'' (Gamecube game and Mario Kart clone)
* ''Choro Q Jet'' (Racing jets and planes)
** ''Choro Q Jet: Jet Rainbow Wing'' (VideoGame/{{StarFox}} clone, with anime heroes instead of furries)
* ''Choro Q Marine: Q-Boat'' (boat and submarine race and battle)
* ''Combat Choro Q'' (tank battle, obviously says it on the tin)
** ''[[VideoGame/SeekAndDestroy2002 Seek and Destroy]]'' (sequel of ''Combat Choro Q'', called "Shin Combat Choro Q" in japanese, complete with story line and characters)
** ''Combat Choro Q: Advanced Daisakusen'' (Turned based strategy)
* ''Choro Q Park'' (racing game with a 'tag-team' system, where certain areas lets you switch cars)
* ''Choro Q Hyper Customable'' (Handheld game, with Monopoly-type system of racing instead.)
** ''Perfect Choro Q'' (uses the same system as above, but removes the ShoutOut element of Mini 4×4 toys.)
* ''Choro Q Works'' (another RPG with odd jobs and [[CelShading cell-shaded graphics]])
* ''Boku no Choro Q'' (a board game)
* ''Choro Q Wii'' (Micro-Machines inspired)
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* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: ''[[VideoGame/SeekAndDestroy2002 Seek and Destroy]]'' is the best example for this series. See [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/ps2/583311-seek-and-destroy/images/box-25343 these]] [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/ps2/583311-seek-and-destroy/images/box-46631 two]] for references. Many other games' cartoony covers were changed when they were released oversea too.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Devil & Angel parts are basically this. While they do upgrade your performance to new heights, you'll pretty much have a difficult time trying to control your car.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Some of the Choro Q covers published in US, mostly the Conspiracy games. While Road Trip is slightly true to the name, you would not think this game is about driving talking cute [[SuperDeformed super deformed]] cars, and the game being very Japanese.
** ''[[VideoGame/SeekAndDestroy2002 Seek and Destroy]]'' has nothing to do with America. It has American tanks, but set in a fictional world [[AnimateInanimateObject with no human beings.]]
** Averted with with the Gadget Racers cover, being true to the game. The Atlus game and the Wii game kept their original Japanese covers.
* [[AlwaysCheckBehindTheChair Always Check Behind The Building]]: The basic of how to find Q-Coin in ''Choro Q HG-2''
* BigBoosHaunt: This setting appears at least once in each racing game from ''Choro 3'' onward, along with normal castles.
* BlandNameProduct: All the cars go by ChoroQ No.###, some with the option to rename them. Eventually subverted with Works, with cost of non-Japanese cars.
* {{Bragging Rights Reward}}/{{Infinity Plus One Sword}}: The Devil Parts in ''HG 2'', which can only be gotten after getting all 100 Stamps. Stamps are gotten by doing certain tasks... which include doing almost everything in the game, including beating [[FinalBoss Forest]] and getting all 100 Choro Q Coins. [[BrutalBonusLevel Tin Raceway]], on the other hand...
* FetchQuest: Being a WideOpenSandbox, there are some. A notable one requires you to travel around the world trade items with people, all to give one guy a rare magazine.
* FishingMinigame: Where you actually go into the water and catch the fish yourself, except in ''HG 4'' where you actually use a fishing rod to catch the fish.
* FlyingCar: A gliding wing part in ''HG 2'' comes in mind. Also, flying tank.
* GuideDangIt: For Choro Q 3, the are certain events/ background gimmicks that happen in town that happen. There are also minigames that require you to switch bodies for certain jobs (such as a police car for chases). But good luck completing the game 100%, [[NoExportForYou especially if you can't read Japanese!]]
** Try getting completing all events in Choro Q HG 4.
* HauntedHouse: Unlike the ones used as racing tracks, Budbash haunted house in ''HG 4'' may make you wet yourself and forget about achieving 100% completion.
** The "short cut" in Nightglow raceway. But it is really just a maze made to slow you down.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: ''Choro Q 64'' came with an assemblable toy car.
* MacroZone: ''Choro Q Wii'' is a standout example since it has Micro Machines feeling in it.
* MarketBasedTitle: Hoo boy, it is confusing:
** Choro Q HG in Japan, Gadget Racers in USA, Penny Racers in Europe.
** Choro Q [=HG2=] in Japan, Road Trip in USA, Road Trip Adventure in Europe.
** Choro Q [=HG3=] in Japan, Road Trip Adventure Avenue in USA, Gadget Racers in Europe.
** Choro Q [=HG4=] in Japan, Choro Q everywhere else.
** Choro Q Wii in Japan, Penny Racers Turbo-Q Raceway in the USA.
** Choro Q! ([[UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube GameCube]]) in Japan, Road Trip: The Arcade Edition in USA, Gadget Racers in Europe.
** Choro Q Advance in Japan, Gadget Racers in USA, Penny Racers in Europe.
** Choro Q Advance 2 in Japan, Road Trip: Shifting Gears in USA, Gadget Racers in Europe.
** Choro Q 64 in Japan, Penny Racers in America and PAL Territories.
** Choro Q Wii in Japan, Penny Racers Party: Turbo Q Speedway in America and PAL Territories.
* NitroBoost: Boosters if there are available. [[spoiler: Otto]] also uses this in ''HG 4'''s climax battle
* OneManArmy: ''Combat'' series.
* TheRival: There's one who has a same body as you but in different color in ''Wonderful'', and Barat in ''HG 4''. The RX-8 in "Works".
* SentientVehicle
* SerialEscalation: ''WackyRacing'' tracks and parts from ''Choro Q 2'' onward.
* SuperDeformed: All of them.
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: Despite being machines, racers have no problems running under water, so much that water pit is a part of the recurring level design.
** Blue Lake area in ''Wonderul'', [[spoiler: present day of Blue City]], is a sunken ruin, [[UpToEleven with one pickup truck parking calmly in one spot, openning a Q's garage.]]
* SuperTitle64Advance: ''Choro Q 64'', one of the many {{Nintendo 64}} games that put 64 in their titles.
* TimeTravel: In ''Wonderful'', we have one in [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture DeLorean style]] with 300km/h required. There's also TimeTravel in ''HG 4'', but only for a short while.
* UnderTheSea: Well, they're just vehicles and your character won't suffer if they are driving underwater.
* VehicularCombat / WeaponizedCar: [[ExcitedShowTitle ChoroQ!]], or Road Trip the Arcade edition in the US.
* WackyRacing
* WideOpenSandbox: Q2 onward. ''Wonderful'' improves it with multiple towns and people NPC in them.
* WidgetSeries: Well...

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[[folder:Choro Q HG/Penny Racers]]
* AmusementPark: Dream Park.
* EternalEngine: Steamway.
* JungleJapes: New Jungle
* MinecartMayhem: Western Canyon, except without any minecarts being present. Counts as a VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon for the HG Grand Prix.
* PalmtreePanic: Coastal Resort.
* ShiftingSandLand: The Oasis and Sand racecourse.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: The Snow and Ice racecourse.
* {{Snowlems}}: Appears in Snow & Ice, some of them act as falling obstacles on the players' way.
* SpaceZone: Shooting Star, which is only available in multiplayer.
* {{Wutai}}: Asian City.

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[[folder:Choro Q HG 2/Road Trip Adventure/Everywhere Road Trip]]
* AmusementPark: Night Glow Raceway.
* BettingMiniGame: Roulette.
* ClockworksArea: Tin Raceway.
* CrossingTheDesert: You may sometimes do this when travelling between Fuji City and Chestnut Canyon.
* GreenHillZone: Peach Town.
* FinalBoss: President Forest.
* FloatingContinent: Cloudhill.
* FlyingSaucer: Located in the northwest of the Sandpolis outskirts, a stamp is earned for visiting the alien (an appropriate body being a Audi TT) at night.
* HubCity: My City.
* HubLevel
* LethalLavaLand: The volcano minigame that has metal towers to traverse to and the Lava Run Raceway that has a factory.
* {{Mayincatec}}: The ruins located in the desert further away between Sandpolis and Chestnut Canyon.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy: Night Glow Raceway.
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: Mushroom Road is the only town in the RTA world that has very little residents aside from shopkeepers, the Goddess, a bartender, Quick-Pic shops and a golfing host.
* PalmtreePanic: Papaya Island and its racecourses Sunny Beach Raceway and Lagoon Raceway.
* PopQuiz: Duck of Cloudhill hosts 3 of these.
* RacingMiniGame: Sliding Door Race, Highway Race, Drag Race, Beach Flag, Tunnel Race and Single Lap Race.
* SecretUndergroundPassage: Located in White Mountain which takes you to the Temple Under The Sea resided by an old man who gives you wings, a propeller and directions to Papaya Island. It's also easier to miss.
* ShoutOut:
** [[Franchise/IndianaJones An adventurer in Peach Town is called Jones.]]
** There's a guy named [[Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach James, and you give him a giant peach.]]
** A racer in Fuji City named Natsuo who challenges you to a Highway Race is inspired by the Devil Z from ''Manga/WanganMidnight'' because they are both blue Datsun Fairlady Zs who race on flyovers.
* ShrinesAndTemples: Fuji City is riddled with a few of these.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: White Mountain and the Snow Mountain Raceway courses.
* VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: The World Grand Prix in ''HG 2''. The entire game builds up to it and it features one race from each town except My City and Cloud Hill. Completing it unlocks the race with President Forest himself.
** Cloud Hill somewhat qualifies, too. In contrast to the somewhat realistic setting the rest of the game was, Cloud Hill was incredibly bizarre. Not to mention [[FinalBoss President Forest]] and [[BrutalBonusLevel Tin Raceway]] being located here.
* UnderwaterRuins: The Temple Under The Sea near White Mountain.
* VivaLasVegas: Sandpolis.
* TheWildWest: Sandpolis' Western-style town located in the southwest and the Desert Raceway.
* {{Wutai}}: Fuji City.

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[[folder:Shin Combat Choro Q/Seek and Destroy]]
* BigBad: The Q-Stein Emperor.
* CrapsackWorld: Quewar was once a peaceful land until the Q-Stein Empire fully declared war throughout its neighbouring nations, destroying many towns and causing many casualties in the Proton Kingdom.
* DarkerAndEdgier
* DarkIsEvil: The Q-Stein Empire.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: You in Combat series, especially ''Seek and Destroy'', where a puny tank takes out helicopters, much bigger tanks, battleships fully armed with weapons, or various mutated monster tanks.
* [[TheEmpire The Q-Stein Empire]]
* FinalBoss: The Q-Stein Emperor.
* GottaCollectThemAll: The tank bodies, full stop.
* HeavenlyBlue: Major Rodeschild and Lt. Gen. Ahmadi.
* InformedAbility: In Seek and Destroy's backstory, aparrently the Q-Stein (the bad guys) were wiping out the Proton Kingdom. [[ArtificialStupidity And then the game starts.]]
** The bosses are the ones that put up an actual fight, but still lack some kind of strategy.
* TheKingdom: The Protons and Nibelians are this.
* LaResistance: Proton Civilian Resistance.
* LightIsGood: The Protons.
* OneWingedAngel: The Q-Stein Emperor.
* PortTown: Tughl and Nibelia.
* RemilitarisedZone
* POWCamp: Camp Hascallesa.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: The Q-Stein commanders.
* TankGoodness

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[[folder:Choro Q HG 3/Gadget Racers]]
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The Lake Side Castle M and L courses have this, with sponges serving as obstacles to slow racers down.
* TheAmazon: Jungle Beat.
* BigFancyCastle: Lake Side Castle.
* BuildLikeAnEgyptian: Hot Sand Ruin's M and L courses have you going through an Egyptian temple.
* ContinuityNod: Forest, President and FinalBoss of ''HG 2'', appears in this game as an NPC, mentioning once having an incredibly boring job, which is most likely his presidency. His boredom of it was the cause of ''HG 2''.
* DownTheDrain: Noise City has a sewer that connects to the lobby of Disco King's Cave from the right and Kuwal's small house from the left.
* EternalEngine: Two-Tone Factory.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: Heaven's Rainbow.
* GottaCollectThemAll: Collecting all 151 bodies earns you Devil Tyres.
* GhibliHills: Grunge Garden.
* GratuitousDiscoSequence: Disco King's Cave.
* HauntedHouse: Rainy Mansion.
* IcePalace: Exactly what the L course of Snow Palace Mountain shows you at the middle of the races.
* LethalLavaLand: The interior of the volcano of Sunset Volcano.
* [[spoiler: NoOSHACompliance: When asked about his strict reputation towards his neighbour worker Han, Rogue Dad/Big Boss tells you that he used to have a son which Han reminded him of and he died in the burning factory while trying to turn the boiler off. In the present, he just wants to make sure that no mistake like that ever happens again.]]
* PopQuiz: Ducky hosts 10 questions for you to answer.
* QuicksandSucks: The town sections of Hot Sand Ruin has these as obstacles.
* TheRez: The Native American reservations in the M and L courses of Sunset Volcano.
* ShiftingSandLand: Hot Sand Ruin.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Snow Palace Mountain.
* SpaceZone: Space Trip.
* TransparentUnderwaterTunnel: In the Splash Highway M and L racecourses.
* UndergroundLevel: Disco King's Cave is this.
* WretchedHive: Noise City is claimed to be full of pickpockets, thieves and other suspects and darkly corrupt. There is only one character who can steal a small amount of your money, even he apologises for it.
* {{Wutai}}: Asian Miracle, being based on Ancient China.

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[[folder:Choro Q HG 4]]
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The construction rescue searching minigame is set in this.
* ActionGirl: Ania, Kaybert, and Luluza in ''HG 4'', if you substitute "action" with "racing" in these kind of games. Ania is slightly better than other drivers.
* AstralProjection: The astral plane in the L course of Castle In The Dark.
* BigFancyCastle: Getra Palace.
* BiggerOnTheInside: Every building when you go inside, whether its a harbour, a police station or a palace.
* BlueBlood: The majority of the Nyaky population.
* BoardingPod: If you listen to Rosspury's strange bean story, the cinematic shows what looks like a literal pod of green beans with an alien clone of him inside.
* BonusBoss: Kamikaze, almost unbeatable in "Trans-Trip L" circuit.
* CityOfCanals: Nyaky.
* CoolOldGuy: Otto and Norahike.
* CorruptPolitician: Charlanki.
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Unable to catch up with the prince, Barat's spirit shows up and tells the player to follow his/her sixth sense to over boost him/herself and beat Otto to the finish line.]]
* {{Eagleland}}: Good Old American.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: The zombie Qs in the haunted house searching minigame, also counts as OurZombiesAreDifferent and EldritchAbomination since they are just cars... [[UpToEleven only bigger]].
* FinalBoss: Otto.
* FloatingContinent: Sky Highway.
* FlyingSaucer: The Planet Jump and Dangerous White racecourses have several of these. Seaside Paradise also has a mysterious-looking one.
* FourSeasonsLevel: Now that the game has a seasonal change, the atmosphere changes in every town depending on the months.
* GottaCollectThemAll: Completing all events, winning all races and other things earns you 100% completion.
* [[GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath Glowing Headlights of Undeath]]: The zombie Qs have glowing green headlights.
* GratuitousGerman: All of Kamikaze's in-game quotes are in German.
* InsideAComputerSystem: Trans-Trip.
* JumpScare: If you're not meticulous enough inside the Budbach Haunted House, who knows what may jump in from the darkness in front of you...
* LostForever: For events and synthetic parts from Norahike [[spoiler: because he leaves the game after you beat Otto]].
** There is am embassy where you vote whether or not a track should be open to the public. If voted no, you cannot race in those certain tracks, meaning you can't collect all the prized bodies.
* MacGyvering: Synthesising parts.
* MechanicalLifeforms: The security robots of Goltica Chocolate Factory and the Kalistans of Planet Jump.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy: [[HauntedCastle Castle In The Dark]].
* PalmtreePanic: Seaside Paradise.
* {{Prehistoria}}: Jurassic Road.
* RealMenWearPink: Niebo of Team Kisbaba, since their team colour is pink.
* RetiredBadass: Norahike, even though there is someone looks exactly like him in the Extreme Races.
* ShoutOut: The Team Getra's two co-drivers in the Japanese versions are named [[UsefulNotes/FormulaOne Michael and Ralf, who are brothers.]]
* SpaceStation: In the L course of Planet Jump.
* SpaceZone: Planet Jump.
* SpiritAdvisor: [[spoiler: Barat]].
* StealthPun: One character hangs out in front of the school and brags about his intelligence. What kind of car is he? A Smart (as in the brand).
* StrangeSyntaxSpeaker: Niebo.
* ToyTime: Toy Dream Circuit.
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: Poqui, home to many poor people and a notorious gang known as the Tough Chicks. The town's background consists of a desert, the roads are damaged and there are some other dangers that can be seen in some minigames hosted there.
* {{Wutai}}: Oriental Challenge.

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