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[[caption-width-right:252:[[{{Tagline}} Has time run out for Ratchet and Clank?]]]]

The third entry in the ''Ratchet & Clank Future'' saga on the UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}}, after ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Tools of Destruction]]'' and ''Quest for Booty'', and the seventh (canon) game in the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series overall.

Dr. Nefarious returns to take control of the Great Clock, a "marvel of science and sorcery" that regulates time throughout the universe, and is located in the exact center of the universe... give or take fifty feet. As in ''VideoGame/SecretAgentClank'', the duo spends most of the game separated, trying to reunite and stop Nefarious, while they both learn the truth about their respective pasts.

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!!This game contains examples of:
* HundredPercentCompletion: Requires 40 Zoni, 40 Gold Bolts, 10 RYNO V blueprints, and 1040 skill points. [[spoiler:Fortunately, you only need 40 Zoni to reach the [[DevelopersRoom Insomniac Museum]]]].
* TwoDSpace: Played straight to a degree when there are force fields in a narrow ring around a planet that you can't get by without disabling.
** More generally the space sections play like this - in comparison to the free-flying in ''Going Commando'' and the on-rails sections in ''Tools of Destruction'', ''Size Matters'', and ''Secret Agent Clank'', you can only fly on a flat, 2D plane.
* ABoyAndHisX: One of the commercials you can hear on the radio is for a movie about a boy and his War Grok.
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:General Azimuth]], who risks destroying the universe in an attempt to bring back the [[spoiler:Lombaxes]] using the Clock.
* ApocalypseHow: The initially harmless-seeming [[spoiler:Fongoids]] caused a Class X-3 in the backstory, destroying 83 star systems. Dr. Nefarious' plan to abuse the Great Clock for his own benefit would instead have caused a Class X-4. [[spoiler:Azimuth]] very nearly DID cause one.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "The Nefarious space station: an impenetrable fortress fraught with danger and... uh... windows."
* ArtShift: {{Flash Back}}s and photographs are typically drawn rather than CG rendered.
* AscendedExtra: The Groovitrons and Mr. Zurkon, both just "combat devices" in Tools, become fully fledged, upgradable weapons in this game. Given that both were major {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s, this comes as no surprise.
* AsHimself: InUniverse, in ''[[ShowWithinAShow My Blaster Runs Hot]]'', Captain Qwark plays himself.
* BackFromTheDead: Via the "six minute rule" as mentioned by [[spoiler:The Plumber]], Clank is able to briefly use the clock to prevent [[spoiler:Azimuth from killing Ratchet]].
* BagOfSharing: While wandering the Great Clock, Clank can destroy boxes and repair things to earn bolts. That Ratchet can use to buy things. Gold Bolts also carry over, which can be rather strange since you can change Ratchet's skin using Gold Bolts that he doesn't even possess.
* BookEnds: The game begins and ends as [[spoiler:a recording of Orvus]] delivers a monologue, one without an addressee, and the other to Clank. They are both [[HeartwarmingMoments incredibly]] [[SoProudOfYou heartwarming]].
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: [[EldritchAbomination Fred's]] hobbies are listed as moonlight strolls along the beach, reading, and mauling unsuspecting enemies with brutal efficiency.
* BrickJoke: When we're introduced to him, there's a gag about Sigmund having a cuckoo clock-type extension in his chest compartment. Near the game's end, when he tries to [[spoiler: confront Azimuth]], he uses it to get a few hits in.
* BringMyBrownPants: After the Aphelion gets hit by something and falls through the atmosphere of Planet Quantos until it gets stuck in a temporal distortion, we get this from Captain Qwark.
--> ''"So much for clean underwear."''
* CallBack: One of the skins you unlock is [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Mustachio Furioso]] [[http://ratchet.wikia.com/wiki/Mustachio_Furioso_(disguise) (pride of the Flurbian Galaxyverse).]]
* CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth: Captain Qwark is over the top dramatic, runs around with a ray gun, and thinks of himself as the hero of the story with Ratchet as his sidekick despite the fact he's at best occasionally helpful and more often the cowardly comic-relief.
-->'''Qwark:''' That's CAPTAIN Qwark. I didn't take a two-week hero correspondence course just so I could be called "Mister".
* CensoredTitle: Apparently, "Ratchet & Clank Future: Clock-Blockers" was deemed too inappropriate for the game.
** But the name later ended up as being a skill point in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankIntoTheNexus Into the Nexus]].''
* CentralTheme: Letting go of loss and moving on.
* ChekhovsGunman: Subverted. Qwark [[FluffyTamer saves and sort-of-adopts]] Snowball in the Agorian Battleplex. Despite being spared, the aforementioned War Grok doesn't do much of anything for the rest of the game. [[TheStinger Aside from turning on his master.]]
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: For a weapon; the Combuster from ''[=ToD=]'' is noticeably absent. This wouldn't be so bad if the Combuster hadn't appeared in ''Tools of Destruction'', ''All 4 One'', and ''Full Frontal Assault''.
* ContinueYourMissionDammit: As soon as you rescue Clank, he starts nagging at you to go confront Nefarious.
* ContinuityCavalcade: The obligatory scene with the Plumber. Within it, you can see a handful of mementos from Tools of Destruction, like "Body By Qwark", Tachyon's crown (but not his scepter or the giant walking throne), the Dimensionator and Nuclear Powered Rocket Sled (which is still in pieces). Ratchet's Omniwrench Millenium 12 is also featured quite prominently in that scene, [[FridgeLogic despite the fact that Clank had never seen Ratchet use that particular wrench.]]
* ContinuityNod: This has a ''lot'', possibly due to its likelihood of being the last game in the series. ([[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankAll4One Except it wasn't.]])
* CoolOldGuy: Orvus. Guy saved the universe and created Clank. Loves [[{{Pun}} puns]]. Also perhaps the most quotable character in the entire series.
* CosmicKeystone: The Great Clock.
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* CutsceneIncompetence: Near the end, [[spoiler:Ratchet, Clank, and Qwark, surrounded by his guards, surrender to Dr. Nefarious.]] Never mind that [[spoiler:there are only eight guards]], and Ratchet and Clank later fight Nefarious with the exact same level of preparation.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: R1 was used to zoom in for the past games' Sniper Rifles. In this game, it's the ''fire button''. Be prepared to waste a lot of ammo getting used to the Plasma Striker.
* DevelopersRoom: The Insomniac Moon, unlocked by [[spoiler: collecting all 40 Zoni and defeating [[BonusBoss Lord Vorselon]] for the final time]]. Filled with DummiedOut content.
* DisasterDominoes: Albeit an intentional example with the saucers on Nefarious's space station. [[StuffBlowingUp Still an impressive sight, though.]]
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Ratchet.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: Cassiopeia. Though [[ServileSnarker Lawrence]] has another theory on why she disappeared...
-->'''Lawrence:''' Perhaps she thought about marrying you and decided to make a run for it.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Orvus is prone to this.
-->'''Orvus:''' Did you see what I did there?
* DumbMuscle: The Agorians. Though they're actually GenreSavvy enough to recognise this and hire another race (see MyBrainIsBig below) to do the thinking for them.
* [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Dying Moment]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny of Funny]]: [[spoiler:Nefarious.]] [[color:white:Even if he isn't really dead.]]
* EccentricMentor: Orvus.
* EldritchAbomination: The Rift Ripper 5000 summons one of these. It's called [[FluffyTheTerrible Fred]]...
* EmptyRoomUntilTheTrap: Lampshaded. After going through two of these in the Valkyrie Citadel, Ratchet is not surprised by [[RuleOfThree the third]].
-->'''Cassiopeia:''' So, you...\\
'''Ratchet:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Yeah, I know, another death trap.]]
* EternalEngine: The Great Clock.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Azimuth pulls one of these when he isn't allowed to use the Great Clock to go back in time.]]
* FacePalm: Another FunnyBackgroundEvent from Ratchet while Qwark is boasting, this time near the beginning of the game.
* FailureKnight: General Azimuth is this [[spoiler:until he [[FaceHeelTurn goes a bit crazy]] and [[WellIntentionedExtremist tries to reverse his failure]].]]
* FantasticRankSystem: Alister Azimuth is a "Four Bolt Magistrate".
* FluffyTheTerrible: The monster summoned by the Rift Inducer 5000 is named "Fred".
** Also, Snowball, Qwark's Agorian War Grok.
* FluffyTamer: Qwark somehow tames a War Grok.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Vorselon's message to Ratchet: [[spoiler:"Only one lombax need perish tonight. If you'd be willing to take his place..."]]
** There's also part of Clank's encounter with the Plumber, just prior to the [[spoiler:six minutes]] hint: "No, you'll have to do ''this one'' alone..."
* FreezeFrameBonus: While Nefarious is rehearsing his (Epic Romantic Action Comedy) SpaceOpera, if you're watching very closely, you can see Qwark's emblem on his blaster.
* FrickinLaserBeams: An unlockable upgrade for the Constructo Pistol.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In the Agorian Battleplex - while Qwark is trying to woo the audience, in the background Ratchet is being mauled by the War Grok.
* GainaxEnding: Parodied. According to a radio broadcast, the season finale of [[SoapWithinAShow Lance and Janice]] was one of these. Doctor Nefarious is not happy.
* GameWithinAGame: "My Blaster Runs Hot - The Game". It's a twin-stick shooter that has Qwark and Rusty Pete (in 2-player mode) facing down hordes of robots.
* HoverSkates: Ratchet uses a pair of hoverboots to speed around and jump off ramps.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: To quote Lawrence: "Might I suggest engaging the safety, so as not to kill any more troops?" Qwark also majorly fails gun safety when he gestures to his "intelligence" by pointing a gun to his head.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: A familial example. In his final message to Clank, Orvus states that while he ''does'' want Clank to watch over the Great Clock in his place, like any father, he's nonetheless content that Clank does whatever "makes him feel whole." With this knowledge, Clank [[spoiler: leaves the Clock in Sigmund's care and departs with Ratchet]].
* IronicEcho:
** When first asked why he didn't leave with the Lombaxes, Azimuth wistfully answers: "''Sometimes the universe has a cruel sense of humour''". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzfLXSFxd5E At the end of the game,]] Orvus concludes his final message to Clank by saying: "''The universe has a wonderful sense of humour. The trick is learning how to take a joke.''"
** [[spoiler:Ratchet falling at the Great Clock]] could be considered an echo of the same thing happening on Planet Reepor in ''Tools of Destruction'', OR [[spoiler:the aforementioned "mid-air rescue" of Clank at the Valkyries' base]].
** It's not just that. When we first meet Azimuth, he [[spoiler:tries to kill Ratchet]] which leads to a rail grinding segment. At the end, he accomplishes this [[spoiler:temporarily, anyway]], which -- in the long run -- leads to another rail grinding segment.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Hilariously played with in the trailer:
-->'''Ratchet''': What is it ''this'' time Nefarious?\\
'''Dr. Nefarious''': Part of me wants to let you live long enough to find out. But the ''other'' part of me ''really'' wants to '''''kill you!'''''\\
''[A klaxon sounds off]''\\
'''Ratchet''': Well... now we know what he went with...
* JuxtaposedHalvesShot: The American case cover uses this with the eponymous characters to contrast them as "Flesh and Steel".
* KentBrockmanNews: Kip Darling and Pepper Fairbanks on the radio.
* KilledOffForReal: This game features an impressive deathcount of important characters: [[spoiler:Clank's father Orvus (debatably), Alister Azimuth, Lord Vorselon, Cassiopeia, Carina and Libra.]]
* LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics:
-->'''Qwark:''' This Lombax is young. He does not understand that being a hero is 45% strength, 60% bravery, and 10% raw intelligence.\\
'''Ratchet:''' That's 115%!\\
'''Qwark:''' You're welcome.
* LukeIAmYourFather: As revealed from the very beginning of the game, Orvus is Clank's father, in the sense that he's the source of Clank's soul.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: The RYNO V.
* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight:
** Nefarious's ultimate goal is to [[spoiler:use the Great Clock to go back in time and not only undo his previous defeat at Ratchet and Clank's hands, but make it so that, after sufficient meddling with the time continuum, a universe has been created where villains always triumph over the heroes]]. An excerpt from the speech where he reveals this provides the page quote for this trope.
** Since this would mean [[spoiler:allowing every evil plan ever foiled by the heroes to succeed, from Chairman Drek onward]], logically, [[spoiler:General Azimuth's plan]] would have caused this too, since it would have [[spoiler: prevented Ratchet from ever meeting Clank]].
* MarketBasedTitle: Like its immediate predecessors, ''A Crack In Time'' dropped the "Future" from the title.
* MeaningfulEcho: Not an immediately obvious one, but so perfect it can't be anything but intentional. Late in the game, Ratchet rescues Clank by using his Hoverboots to catch him in mid-air and save his life. This mirrors the ending of [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 the original game]] when Clank uses his Thruster-Pack to push Ratchet in mid-air and save his life. The latter happens in the adventure where the two first meet, the former when they meet up again after their first significant time apart from each other. It's also worth noting that, in their respective games, both the Hoverboots and the Thruster-Pack are used for the same tasks: gliding through the air and crossing horizontal distances quickly.
* MementoMacGuffin: [[spoiler:Azimuth's pocket watch becomes one after his HeroicSacrifice]]. The hoverboots Azimuth gives Ratchet were originally Kaden's.
* MistakenIdentity: Vorselon mistakes Ratchet for Azimuth early on, despite them looking nothing alike.
* MoreDakka: The 'Rapid Fire' mod for the Constructo Pistol. Shoots so quickly even tapping the fire button for a split second will fire off 2-3 shots.
** Made even more ridiculous by the [[InfinityPlusOneSword RYNO V]], which (in V1) has 1500 ammo and goes through it in around ''one minute''. It also plays the 1812 Overture whenever fired. There's a skill point earned for killing 15 enemies in a row with it without stopping. The name of said skill point is "The Simple Art of Armageddon".
* MyBrainIsBig: Terachnoids. Loading screen trivia implies that they actually house ''multiple'' brains in their massive skulls, as the smartest was born with seven and a half.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Alister Azimuth gets one of these moments after you defeat him, since he's about to get the entire universe destroyed.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler:A big plot point in ''Tools of Destruction'' was that Tachyon was able to defeat the Lombaxes and conquer the galaxy due to having improved Lombax technology. ''Crack in Time'' reveals that Azimuth was the one who gave Tachyon access to the tech. (Ironically, he did so because he believed that Tachyon's improvements would help defend the galaxy.) This mistake weighs on Azimuth so much it drives him a bit insane, which comes to a head in the climax of ''Crack''.]]
* MysteriousWaif: [[spoiler:Clank]], more or less. Not a very standard one, but his backstory certainly fits.
* NoScope: While this was effective in previous games, ''[=ACiT=]'' [[SubvertedTrope discourages the tactic]] by giving the [[SniperRifle Plasma Striker]] the ability to shoot [[AttackItsWeakPoint weak points]] on enemies for extra damage. These can only be seen and hit when scoped in.
* OffModel: In the scene where Ratchet rescues Clank, Ratchet uses the Hoverboots to catch up with Clank in freefall. Except that Ratchet is still wearing his normal boots in the scene. Turns into DevelopersForesight when you manage to trigger the scene with the Hoverboots equipped; the blue flames match up perfectly with the jets on the boots.
* OnlyFriend: Qwark barrels right past simply ''implying'' this during the intro to Ratchet's side of the story, and states it like a fact. While this was true early on in the series ([[TeethClenchedTeamWork mostly]]) it certainly isn't this far down the line. Still heart-wrenching, considering that Ratchet and Clank are certainly each others' ''closest'' friend, and were, at one point, the only one the other had.
-->'''Qwark:''' Luckily for Ratchet, Captain Copernicus L. Qwark was on the case! His mission: rescue the lombax's one and OnlyFriend. Yup, without Clank, Ratchet was alone in the universe -- alone. Alone. ''Alone!''
* PaperThinDisguise:
** Nurse Shannon is just Captain Qwark dressed up in a nurse's outfit with a red wig and a falsetto voice. He even still wears his green skin-tight bodysuit with attached balaclava.
** The [[spoiler: Nefarious hologram]] might count too, due to the fact that Ratchet's [[PintSizedPowerhouse so short.]]
* PreOrderBonus: [[http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/07/02/ratchet-clank-future-a-crack-in-time-pre-order-goodies/ There's a few of these]], including the Armor Magnetizer and Box Breaker, or a skin for Aphelion.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: My Blaster Runs Hot is a rare [[StylisticSuck In-universe example.]]
* ProudWarriorRace: Agorians.
* PutOnABus: While Talwyn doesn't appear in the game, it is suggested that she simply didn't come with him on this particular mission rather than dropping off the radar entirely.
* RecurringBoss: Lord Vorselon.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Alister Azimuth.]] Somewhat overlaps with HeroicSacrifice.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Nefarious's room in his flashback. He also appears to be eating the crayons he used to, er, decorate.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: Discussed by Ratchet and Azimuth. When Ratchet realizes that if they use the clock to change time, he'll never have met Clank, Azimuth suggests those that actually activate the clock will remember the previous timeline, noting that he can't guarantee it. [[spoiler:Proven to be true when Clank uses the clock to rewind time by six minutes to save Ratchet. Unless of course that was his quantum actuator doing its thing...]]
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Demonstrated several times over the course of the game by Qwark, mostly, but Ratchet gets an impressive scream as the War Grok throws him across the arena.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Ratchet and Azimuth's motivation. [[spoiler:Later subverted when it turns out it wouldn't really work and Ratchet and Clank must stop Azimuth.]]
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/RatchetAndClank Has its own section on the page.]]
* SlowClap: After Qwark's passionate speech in the Agorian Battleplex to "save" Ratchet, the crowd starts slowly clapping.
* SmokeOut: Unfortunately, Qwark didn't realize the smoke bomb doesn't actually ''cause'' OffscreenTeleportation.
* StealthPun: In the second cutscene (the one with the "Orb of Gratuitous Immobilization") you can hear part of the Westminster chime. This is right before we're informed that Clank is in the Great ''Clock''.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Azimuth figures out that Ratchet's a real Lombax instead of a holo-guised assassin due to his striking resemblance to his father, Kaden.
* TakeMeInstead: As part of his attempt to rescue Ratchet at the end of the first tournament on the Battleplex, Captain Qwark offers himself in Ratchet's place.
-->'''Qwark:''' ...All I ask is that you name something impressive in my honor! Perhaps a school, or a food court.
* TemptingFate: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]].
-->'''Captain Qwark''': The key to surviving situations like this is to refrain from phrases like "[[ItsQuietTooQuiet it's too quiet in here]]" and "everything's gonna be alright".
* ThereIsAnother: Alister Azimuth, just about the only Lombax aside from Ratchet remaining in the universe. [[spoiler:Sadly, he doesn't live past this game]].
* TooManyHalves: In one of his many boasts, Qwark explains to Ratchet that "being a hero is 45% strength, 60% bravery, and 10% raw intelligence". Ratchet doesn't fail to lampshade that something doesn't add up.
* TronLines: Ratchet's armor is typically grey or black with neon light lines for accent.
* TroubledFetalPosition: Nefarious during his flashback to life post-asteroid.
* VerbalTic: All Fongoid males have one. The loading screen trivia mentions that scientists have no idea why it's the case, but also that the leading theory of time travel as the cause was dismissed as "both laughable and impossible" by the scientist who came up with it.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist Azimuth]] begins to break down towards the end, killing Ratchet]] to meet his goals. His ranting during the final boss battle is also increasingly unhinged; it takes a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment to calm him down.
** It's heavily implied that Nefarious went through one after being rescued from the asteroid, before recovering... no thanks to that anger management class.
* VocalDissonance: Libra, one of the three leaders of the AmazonBrigade, has an extremely masculine voice, unlike the other two who have more traditionally feminine sounding voices.
* TheWallsAreClosingIn: Happens at the beginning of the last mission, but Qwark can brace the walls forever, and all you have to do is just blow up some {{Mook}}s in the enclosed space before the trap is released.
* TheWarSequence: The Battle of Gimlick Valley, near the end of the game.
* WeHaveReserves: Dr. Nefarious's response to [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace accidentally killing his minion with an "unloaded" gun]] is to simply press a BigRedButton to call in the next (completely terrified) minion.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:General Azimuth]] after his FaceHeelTurn.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The game fails to resolve several plotlines that ''Tools of Destruction'' left hanging. The comic series may resolve them yet, though.
** One thing does get solved, though; if you listen in on the radio, you can catch a report that seems to imply that [[spoiler:Max teamed up with Angela from [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando the second game]] (now apparently confirmed to be a Lombax), and docked on Kerchu where they used the Dimensionator to flee to wherever the Lombaxes were.]] The radio also plays a song dedicated to Ratchet from Talwyn, indicating that she wasn't [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome totally forgotten]].
** At the end of ''Tools of Destruction'', Tachyon yells at Ratchet that he is the only one who knows Ratchet's true purpose in Polaris and his true name. This is brought up in the final cutscene where Clank confirms that he detected no lie in Tachyon's voice. Despite this, this ends up never being referenced again, and Azimuth's account makes it sound like Ratchet being left behind was just a mistake.
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