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Video Game: Micro Machines
Developed by Codemasters, the Micro Machines games took the popular children's toys and turned them into a top-down racer set in a Macro Zone. Whether racing 4x4s on the breakfast table or F1 cars in the games room, the Micro Machines series has a great combination of fun, amusing details (such as the cereal boxes with "100% Artificial Ingredients" written on them) and multiplayer madness.

  • Micro Machines
  • Micro Machines 2 Turbo Tournament
  • Micro Machines Turbo Tournament '96
  • Micro Machines: Military (basically Micro Machines for military junkies, or people who enjoyed the tank levels a lot)
  • Micro Machines V3 (the first 3D game in the series)
  • Micro Machines 64 Turbo (V3 for the Nintendo 64)
  • Micro Maniacs (featured small people-like thingsnote  rather than cars).
  • Micro Machines
  • Micro Machines V4 (the first game that allowed you to choose your own cars for all races, unfortunately balanced by the removal of characters.)


This game series provides examples of:
  • All There in the Manual: Some lengthy character descriptions, among other things.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Micro Maniacs is people. Most people don't even know it's part of the franchise at all.
  • Back Story: Micro Maniacs. (There's a lot of accidents)
    • V4 was in a motorcycle accident.
    • Pyra had a lab accident involving combustion.
    • Maw-Maw is a Mix and Match Critter.
    • Twister was a crazy twit.
    • Beatbox was a DJ who wanted to be able to play more effectively with elements of The Spook.
    • Waldo was a rival scientist who had an accident with his own shrink ray and got picked up by it's inventor.
    • Mesme was a Creepy Child who suffered a Noodle Incident.
    • Dynamo was a crashed alien.
    • Roach was the doctor's nephew and an insect torturer who is suffering karmic punishment.
    • Toxin was a mercenary who tried to steal the Minimizer. Dr. Minimizer gave away the plans in exchange for Toxin's cooperation in the experiment.
    • Project X is All Your Powers Combined with a lot of Cloning Blues.
    • Amazingly, Vortex is the only character not to have suffered an unfortunate accident. Instead she was just taught how to make gravitational singulaities at will.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Anne, Mike, Joel and Emilio mysteriously disappeared between the original and V3. Not counting all the new characters brought in the games inbetween.
  • Cute Mute: Mesme.
  • Darker and Edgier: Oh, Micro Maniacs.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: The characters were updated for the re-release. Some of the more boring characters were removed. For instance, Jethro, who just happened to be black in the original, seems to be from Jamaica and a fan of reggae.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Anyone with a basic knowledge of the English language would assume that is is indeed about small automobiles/aircraft/combat vehicles/whatever they think are "machines".
  • Excuse Plot: Subverted - while the plot in Micro Maniacs is just a justification for tiny people running around, it's as developed as a real plot and has a resolution for every character.
  • Expy: V4 of Spider.
  • The Generic Guy: Anne. Also Mike, to a lesser extent. Tellingly, neither of them made it through to V3.
  • The Ghost: Dr Minimizer. He does have backstory other than being the inventor of the Minimizer - he's Waldo's rival and Roach's uncle.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Project-X, apparently.
  • I Have No Mouth: Mesme doesn't.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Project-X and Maw-Maw were created by Minimizer and given those names, while Dynamo, Waldo and Mesme are known by their real names (albeit with Only One Name), but V4, Vortex, Pyra, Beatbox, Twister, Roach and Toxin never have their real names mentioned. note 
  • Level Ate: Several racing environments, from the kitchen to the breakfast table to eating out at restaurants.
  • Level Editor: Included in Micro Machines 2 for the PC, and Micro Machines Turbo Tournament 96 for the Genesis
  • Macro Zone: naturally.
  • Men Are Generic, Women Are Special: Inverted for Micro Maniacs - all the secret characters are men.
  • Multiple Endings: Again, Micro Maniacs - one for every character.
    • V4 goes destiny-seeking with a motorbike Dr. Minimizer made from the rest of the crash parts.
    • Vortex gets honour degrees and becomes an astronaut where she leads the first ever mission into a black hole.
    • Pyra takes a nice holiday in a volcanic lake.
    • Waldo tries to turn himself into a giant with the Minimizer, but accidentally turns himself into a baby and destroys his power suit.
    • Maw Maw escapes and eats cake. (Well, it is Maw Maw.)
    • Twister gets action figures made of, becomes a household name, and gets very rich.
    • Beatbox opens a club with Maximized hi-fi.
    • Mesme brings her teddy bear to life after Maximising it to prevent her nightmares.
    • Toxin gets a three year cold and goes to jail.
    • Roach tortures everyone else (so is presumably the first to be Maximized).
    • Dynamo goes home.
    • Project X clones itself and leads a rampage, but Dr. Minimizer puts a stop to it.
  • My Brain Is Big: Mesme's brain sticks out of her head.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Spider is essentially The Fonz.
  • Playing with Fire: Pyra.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Vortex and Pyra are almost the same, except for the exact details of the accident. Of course, they're not twins.
    • Also Project-X and Maw-Maw, who are siblings, both being the creations of Dr. Minimizer. While Maw-Maw is a courageous guard animal, Project-X is an aggressive Super Soldier.
  • Polygon Ceiling: The fact that Micro Machines V3 averted this makes it one of the two best-remembered games in the franchise (aside from the original).
  • Real Is Brown: Perhaps not brown specifically, but Micro Maniacs is definitely much duller and less colourful than the games before and after it.
  • Rubber-Band A.I. : In the original game, a car that was behind you would be faster than if it was in front of you. It didn't matter how far ahead/behind they were, however, so if that wasn't enough, there was no further help coming. It also featured a rather hilarious, and unintentional, inversion: if you put the fastest drivers in the fastest cars, the speed boost from being behind would be more than the AI could handle, causing the cars to leave the track and fall even further behind.
  • School Uniforms are the New Black: Roach.
  • Shock and Awe: Dynamo.
  • Stylistic Suck: Nicknames that compliment the characters such as Ace Spider and Fab Bonnie eventually become mediocre things such as Able Chen and Fair Anne, and ultimately insults like Poor Dwayne and Dire Walter.
    • Micro Maniacs made everyone ugly, but it was ultimately just a way of making it seem Darker and Edgier.
      • Debatable with Vortex and Pyra. Vortex is only offset by the striking two-tone skin, but even then she is quite the stunner. Pyra is almost statuesque ... until you remember that she is literally living fire and probably a virtually-hollow skin. Roach was probably quite handsome before his karmic punishment, and we have no idea what V4, Twister or Beatbox really look(ed) like.
  • Toy Time: Again, several racing environments, from the sandpit to the bedroom to the games room.
  • Trial-and-Error Gameplay: Not directly, but it sure is easier to place in the faster races if you know the maps.
  • Vehicular Combat: The tanks in the first game can shoot (meaning the best thing you can do is take an early lead and then run the rest of the race backwards - tanks are equally slow in both directions), and the various weapons in the 3D games.
  • Visual Pun: The races are real world environments - because they're Micro Machines. Most characters have puns based around their character woven into their backstory (mostly because Dr. Minimizer likes to use the cause of death as the motif for the second life, and because said death is often the direct cause of rebirth).
    • V4's bike accident made him a bike character (Dr. Minimizer reconstructed him).
    • Vortex was playing with black holes.
    • Same with Pyra (but with fire).
    • Waldo had a Minimizer copy accident (making him a science themed character).
    • Roach is undergoing Karmic Punishment.
    • Beatbox with his speakers (it was his wish).
    • Toxin was possibly suffering from a cold.
    • Maw Maw, Project X, Twister, Mesme and Dynamo already were how they are, so this trope doesn't apply to them.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Beatbox, apparently.

"Andrememberifitdoesn'tsay"MicroMachines"... It's not the real thing!"
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