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->"...the first game to truly deliver the long-sought 'You are playing a Creator/{{Pixar}} movie' experience."
-->-- '''''The New York Times''''', regarding this game

The first game of the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series on the [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 PS3]], and (officially) the fifth game of the series.

The duo faces off against Percival Tachyon, self appointed Emperor of the Polaris Galaxy, who is set upon the extermination of all Lombaxes. Being a Lombax himself, Ratchet naturally doesn't take kindly to that. The game goes a lot into how the rest of the Lombaxes [[strike: died]] disappeared.

This includes a downloadable game ''Quest for Booty'' on the [=PS3=] network. [="QfB"=] takes place directly after the end of [="ToD"=], and [[spoiler:centers around Ratchet's search for a missing Clank]].

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!!This game contains examples of:
* ActionGirl: Talwyn Apogee
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: This excerpt of a quote from Captain Qwark:
-->''Zordoom prison! A dangerous dungeon of dastardly denizens, death and destruction! A deadly den of devious, desperadoes, damaged by decades of d... uhhh... lets just say, they're criminals... To infiltrate this fortified, fortress of fear...''
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Everyone Ratchet talks to considers the Cragmites to be this and consider the Lombaxes as "saviors of the Universe" due to having [[spoiler:apparently]] completely exterminated the Cragmites. It could be argued that Tachyon, who is trying to bring them back, is really LawfulEvil though, after all, he is an ''emperor''. Even with Tachyon gone, [[spoiler:the Cragmites are still around and can still potentially become a threat again, but they won't cause trouble anytime soon.]]
** According to several [=NPCs=], the Drophyds are almost as bad, though it is mentioned that Tachyon [[EveryManHasHisPrice bought their loyalty with Raritanium.]] And then there's the Kerchu, whose position is ambiguous. (They mercilessly attack anyone who enters their territory, and there isn't a single species in the universe that isn't violently allergic to them.)
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** When Ratchet and Clank are listening to Captain Qwark's plan to bust into Zordoom Prison:
--->''It is here he will be confronted by an army of Tachyon troopers, a battalion of embattled bandits, and an entire school of Zombie Ninja Panda Bears!''
** The description for the upgraded form of the RYNO IV, the RYNO-4-EVER. [[invoked]]
--->''This weapon, should it even exist, was far too dangerous, illegal and [[GameBreaker downright gameplay destabilizing]] to ever be used. Ever. We mean it.''
* BeamSpam: The RYNO IV does this.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The description for the RYNO-4-EVER acknowledges that it's in a video game, since it says that the weapon is "far too dangerous, illegal and downright gameplay destabilizing to ever be used. Ever. We mean it."
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The game ends with Tachyon banished and the Cragmites defeated for good, freeing the galaxy from their tyranny, but may potentially terrorize the galaxy again. But then [[SuddenDownerEnding Clank is taken by the Zoni]] and is soon revealed to be in a coma, while under the care of Dr. Nefarious. HappilyEverAfter for Polaris, DownerEnding for Ratchet and his allies]].
* BookEnds: The game begins and ends on the same musical riff. [[spoiler:It makes for one heck of a TearJerker ending.]]
* CatchingSomeZs: If subtitles are turned on, Ratchet's snoring during the Hypersleep cutscene is subtitled as Zs.
* ClassicCheatCode: Enter "Square, Circle, Square, Circle Up, Up, Triangle, Down, Up" in the skins menu to get [[http://ratchet.wikia.com/wiki/Prison_Scrubs Convict Ratchet]].
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
-->'''Qwark:''' "This isn't the time for vanity, it's time to show the galaxy how utterly AWESOME I am!"
* ContinuityCavalcade: You can ask the IRIS supercomputer tons of questions about the past games, like who the hosts of [[VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked Dreadzone]] were, for example.
* CliffHanger: [[spoiler:Clank is taken away by the Zoni at the very end of the game.]]
* CrateExpectations: Lampshaded.
-->'''Cronk:''' "Hey, I just finished stacking those, [[RewardingVandalism you vandal!]]"
* DifficultButAwesome: Two weapons fit firmly into this category, the Tornado Launcher and the Razor Claws. The former is controlled using [[ScrappyMechanic Sixaxis]], but is very powerful and has a wide variety of uses, some of which aren't immediately obvious (like keeping it stationary to act as a makeshift shield, controling it while using a different weapon, or simply bringing bolts and raretanium closer to you). The latter gains power the more enemies you kill in a row without taking damage, and as it is a melee weapon, this is easier said than done. It also boosts both Bolt AND Raritanium drop rates, and since it runs off the same principle as the Challenge Mode multiplier, you can rack up HUGE amounts of cash with it provided you're good at [[NoDamageRun No Damage Runs.]]
* DisappearedDad: Max Apogee, Talwyn's father. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse We end up never finding out what happened to him.]]
** [[spoiler:We do, however, learn that Angela (from the second game) was seen with him before he vanished.]]
*** [[spoiler:However, in the [[ComicBook/RatchetAndClankComic comics]] Zogg tells Talwyn that her father (paraphrased) "... abandoned you, fleeing into another dimension, to save a lombax he barely knew!"]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: The Kerchu Guardian [[spoiler:and Tachyon]] end up falling to their deaths. [[spoiler:Of course, it's subverted in the latter's case, as he's revealed to be alive in the comic series]].
* TheDragon: A strange case. IRIS reveals that the Pirates were built by Tachyon when he was a child, to help scavange materials for his army. After they had [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived their usefulness]], he abandoned them on a remote planet, after which they kind of acted on their own from then on. So technically speaking Captain Slag is a fomer Dragon gone rogue. It's clear Tachyon never trusted him from the start though, as he built the Holo-Pirate Disguise so he could spy on Slag and make sure he wasn't pulling a [[TheStarscream Starscream]] on him. He would later offer the disguise as an arena prize in hopes of [[YouHaveFailedMe luring Slag to his death.]]
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Tachyon's first name is "Percival".
* TheEmperor: Emperor Tachyon.
* EnemyCivilWar: Kerchu City is an entire level centered on this. Of course, both sides will attack you mercilessly, but until they see you they'll focus in beating the crap out of each other.
* EvilerThanThou: According to Aphelion, the Cragmites were this, and Tachyon did not know how evil his race was. Averted however, because once Tachyon released the Cragmites from their imprisonment, they accepted him as their emperor.
* FantasticRacism: Tachyon's hatred towards the [[AlwaysLawfulGood Lombaxes]], [[spoiler:[[SelfMadeOrphan despite being raised by them]]]], is so huge, that you can often hear [[PropagandaMachine anti-Lombax propaganda]] throughout the game.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** The following transmission from Captain Slag:
---> Attention lads! Usage of IRIS supercomputer is restricted to educational purposes only. Do not download games, music or... [[TheInternetIsForPorn alternative cinema]] without me approval!
** During the arena battle, Captain Qwark, the announcer, may randomly start plugging an ad for adult diapers.
---> '''Qwark''': Incontinence happens to the best of us.
** This:
---> '''Captain Slag:''' [[GroinAttack Arrrr, me wee cannonballs!]]
* GlobalCurrencyException: Weapon upgrades cost Raritanium rather than Bolts.
* {{Haiku}}: Courtesy of Tachyon:
-->The Lombax should die
-->A fiery, awful death
-->Cupcakes are yummy
* HandGagging: Tachyon does this to Qwark near the end of the game.
* TheHeartless: The Cragmites, according to everyone in Polaris, especially the Smuggler
* HeelFaceMole: [[spoiler:Rusty Pete]] joins Ratchet after [[spoiler:Slag]]'s defeat, mostly so he can quickly double-cross him in ''Quest For Booty''. He lampshades the shameless insincerity of his HeelFaceTurn when asked about his motives.
-->'''[[spoiler:Rusty Pete]]:''' What? Can't a [[spoiler:pirate]] who's never told an honest truth in his life go blatantly out of his way to help the guy who killed his best friend and captain?
* HellholePrison: Zordoom Prison, run by Emperor Tachyon. People can be thrown in for slightest disobedience to his authority (and making fun of his EmbarrassingFirstName or [[TheNapoleon stature]] actually warrants a ''death penalty''), the pardons are extremely few and far between, the prison announcer mentions torture chambers and sensory deprivation tanks, the guards are numerous, sadistic, and armed to the teeth... overall, it's considered to be [[UpToEleven the worst prison in the universe]].
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Mr. Zurkon (From ''Tools'' and ''Crack'') takes great delight in destroying his enemies, and will grumble and complain if there is no one on screen to kill. In ''Crack'', he even wants to take shots at [=NPCs=]:
-->'''Mr. Zurkon''': "Why can't Mr. Zurkon shoot puny Fongoids?"
* HypocriticalHumor: Ratchet pokes fun at the fact that the Lombaxes' greatest, most dangerous creation is [[spoiler:a hat]], claiming that there's ''no way'' a Lombax would create something so ridiculous. Clank then goes on to list all of ''Ratchet's'' boneheaded inventions, including electro-shock undergarments (Ratchet tries to justify that last one as "Stunderwear", claiming it to be a huge seller on Umbris).
** A bit of FridgeBrilliance here: from [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 what we have seen of Umbris]], the inhabitants there may have... ''uses'' for "Stunderwear"
* IndyPloy: Briefly in the first level.
-->'''Clank:''' Ratchet, the Planetary Defence Center is 200 cubits below us. How do you propose we get down?
-->'''Ratchet:''' I don't know. I'm kinda winging it right now.
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: The Grummels. Explained by stating that they are clones of the last Grummel.
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: The Plumber gives Ratchet and Clank a 3 3/4 Centicubit Hexagonal Washer in his singular appearance. [[spoiler:They use it to fix the Dimensionator and escape from a collapsing alternate dimension at the end of the game]].
* JoinTheArmyTheySaid: Emperor Tachyon's recruitment video.
* KeepItForeign: A subtle reference during the cutscene "Radioactive Amoeboids... Please Press Two". The fourth option on Captain Qwark's answering machine is for him to answer in Spanish. In the (Latin-American) Spanish dub, this is changed to Castilian (i.e., European Spanish).
* KickTheDog: After Emperor Tachyon reveals that the Lombaxes fled their own dimension to escape his wrath, with the hope he would spare Fastoon if they did so, he continues with this; "Only two stayed behind... The keeper of the Dimensionator... and his infant son. " *waits a moment to let to the realization sink in for Ratchet* "I took great pleasure in destroying ''your father'', Lombax- pity he sent you to Solana before we could meet."
* LastOfHisKind: In this game, Ratchet is revealed to be the last of the Lombaxes (though see SeriesContinuityError below) and Tachyon is the last of the Cragmites which, by happenstance were exterminated by the Lombaxes. [[spoiler:All this is revealed to be false by the end of the game. Or at least true for their home universe. Later on, the Cragmites are now back in their universe]].
** ''A Crack in Time'' reveals the existence of a second Lombax, General Alister Azimuth, who has been in hiding since Tachyon defeated the Lombaxes. [[spoiler:As of the end of the game, Ratchet is back to being the last Lombax in their home universe once more]].
** [[spoiler:Not really. After the end of Crack in Time, a news broadcast mentions that Angela Cross is, in fact, a Lombax... and was last seen with Max Apogee. Sequel hook?]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** Delivered by the Plumber; "Almost didn't recognize you boys in high def."
** And then there's the description for the RYNO 4-Ever, which states that it is "too gameplay-destabilizing to ever be used. Ever."
* ManHug: Ratchet and Clank ''almost'' have one on Reepor before they realize that Talwyn is watching. They settle for a brofist instead.
* MarketBasedTitle: In Europe, both ''Tools of Destruction'' & ''Quest for Booty'' dropped the "Future" from the title.
* TheMusicMeister: The Groovitron, a miniature disco-ball shaped device that forces every NPC on the screen to dance until it runs its course. Notable in that every species/significant NPC has a unique reaction to it-- you even get a [[ThatOneAchievement skill point]] for targeting everything that ''can'' dance.
* MythologyGag
** Several in Zordoom Prison. Listening carefully to the announcer reveals that Slim Cognito and Ace Hardlight are inmates. There's also a bit of foreshadowing in the mention of a [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime Vorselon, Flint.]]
** And then there's the [[DevelopersForesight absolutely massive list of questions you can ask the IRIS supercomputer]], many of which are obscure trivia from earlier games only the most devoted fans will know.
** One of the Skill Points in this game is called "Wrench Ninja 3." The last two Wrench Ninja Skill Points were back in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando Going Commando]]''.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Tachyon's hold over Polaris has a very fascist-like feeling. However, while the [[spoiler:lombax genocide]] and the subsequent conquering of other planets is very much like how Nazi Germany tried to conquer Europe in World War II, by the time of the game, the planets under Tachyon's control have strict rules with death penalties quite common, and a cult of personality around Tachyon himself, similar to modern-day North Korea.
* NinjaPirateRobotZombie: When Ratchet and Clank are being briefed by Captain Qwark on the plan to bust into Zordoom Prison, he claims that they'll have to fight some "Zombie Ninja Panda Bears", although none of them ever appear.
* NoodleIncident: What Ratchet was thinking when he invented the Anti Matter Bathroom Buddy or electroshock undergarments, the world will never know. All Ratchet has to say for himself is that "Stunderwear" was a huge seller in Umbris.
* NoSell: Electricity-based weapons (the Shock Ravager, Razor Claws and Mag-Net Launcher, but strangely NOT the lightning bolts fired from the upgraded Tempest Launcher) have no effect on electrified enemies. A similar situation exists with Shielded enemies and (almost) all non-explosive weapons, but [[ElementalRockPaperScissors electrical attacks penetrate them.]]
* OhCrap: [[FinalBoss "We are]] ''[[TurnsRed so]]'' [[TurnsRed screwed..."]]
* PaperThinDisguise: The tournament in this game is held by the antagonist, so Qwark rigged the teleporter that takes Ratchet into the arena to equip him with a disguise, said disguise being pink glasses and a pink-tinted mustache.
* PivotalBoss: Crushto sits in the middle of the arena and tries to shoot you, as well as [[BlowYouAway use his breath to push you off of the platform]].
* ThePurge: [[spoiler:TheReveal in the climax is that the lombaxes were subjected to genocide by Tachyon, and that the survivors used the Dimensionator to flee the universe, thinking if they're gone, Tachyon wouldn't be of a threat to the rest of the universe. [[OmnicidalManiac They were wrong]].]]
* RecurringRiff: There's at least one that can be tracked through the game-- [[BookEnds in the opening cutscene]] [[IronicEcho all the way through the ending.]] [[note]] It's very obvious right before the credits[[/note]]. If you're listening, you can even hear it in ''Quest For Booty'' after being shot to Hoolifar, while Ratchet's still waking up.
* RepeatedCueTardyResponse: Emperor Tachyon [[spoiler:has finally gotten ahold of the Dimensionator, a device that will allow him to free the Cragmites, the imprisoned race of which he's a member]]. He says, "The time has come for the Cragmites to rise again!" punctuating the last word by pulling the lawnmower-like ripcord on the device. Nothing happens.
--> '''Tachyon:'''...To rise again! ''(pulls the cord, nothing happens.)''\\
''(Cut to the heroes looking bored)''\\
'''Tachyon:''' ''(TwitchyEye)'' '''To rise AGAIN!''' ''(pulls the cord, [[spoiler:portal opens]])''
* RepurposedPopSong: The Groovitron tracks (1 and 11) have been heard being used by Rite Aid and even ''Series/TheDailyShow''.
* ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma: Zephyr describes the Lombax Secret as "a cipher, wrapped in an enigma, smothered in super secret sauce!"
* {{Roboteching}}: The RYNO IV's BeamSpam ''kind of'' does this, only it looks a lot more uncontrolled. It's difficult to explain.
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler:The Cragmites.]]
* SequelHook: The end of both ''Tools of Destruction'' and (especially) ''Quest for Booty''.
* SeriesContinuityError: This game reveals Ratchet to be the last of the Lombaxes... but in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando Going Commando]]'', Angela Cross is one too. Whoops.
** Apparently WordOfGod has said she's a separate but similar species. Regardless, in the prison in Tools of Destruction they mention "prisoners of Lombax descent", so Angela could also be half-Lombax.
*** [[spoiler:FlipFlopOfGod. As of ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime A Crack In Time]]'' Angela has been confirmed as a Lombax (apparently females don't have tails).]]
** Hovever, given that Angela Cross fled with Max Apogee, and Max Apogee was in posession of the dimensionator. It's possible they could have used it to flee to another dimension, as suggested above on the DisappearedDad trope, perhaps joining the other lombaxes. This would leave Ratchet the only lombax in his dimension [[spoiler:apart from Alister Azimuth]].
* ShoutOut: This game's shout-outs are listed on [[ShoutOut/RatchetAndClank the page for the whole franchise.]]
* SkywardScream: [[spoiler:Rusty Pete does this after Ratchet destroys Captain Slag.]]
* SpacePirate: Captain Slag and his crew.
* TheStarscream: Quest for Booty reveals [[spoiler:Captain Slag was one to Captain Darkwater. And he succeeded. [[HilarityEnsues And then the two end up sharing a body...]]]]
* SuddenDownerEnding: [[spoiler:Out of nowhere, Clank gets kidnapped by the Zoni at the end of the game for unknown reasons.]]
* TakeThat: Talwyn's two robot pals have the following conversation poking fun at the UsefulNotes/XBox360. Roughly paraphrased:
-->'''Zephyr: ''' "Ah, a chance to show off my superior online capabilities!"
-->'''Cronk:''' "Yeah, too bad your CPU has a 43% failure rate."
* TeleportSpam: [[spoiler:The Cragmites. A variation, they're phasing in and out of the dimension. You can see them moving, you just can't damage them until they fully re-emerge.]]
* TemptingFate: "Qwark may be a lot of things, but [[spoiler:I'm sure he wouldn't surrender the Dimensionator just to spare his own life.]]"
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: In Tools of Destruction, if you destroy a robotic suit with a Drophyd in it, the Drophyd will fall out and kind of lay there... until it sees Ratchet, at which point it will freak and quiver with fear. You can then either hit it again or step on it to finish it off... for bolts.
* VillainousLegacy: The Cragmites had an empire that terrorized the universe for a long time, until the Lombaxes imprisoned them. Their legacy lived on through Emperor Tachyon's empire. [[spoiler:Later on, they join BigBad Emperor Tachyon to finish what they started.]]
* VillainWorld: Tachyon's empire covered the entire Polaris Galaxy.
* VisualPun: Toss a Groovitron at the centipede-like enemies on Cobalia, and they do The Worm.
* WolverineClaws: The Razor Claws weapon.
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!!Quest for Booty contains examples of:
* TheCameo: Whilst he does not appear physically or through a voice role, you can still find a golden Captain Qwark statue under the sea near Hoolefar Island.
* DemotedToExtra: As the game is about [[spoiler:the search for Clank]], it stands to reason that he only appears in the final cutscene.
* DragonAscendant: Slag is revealed to be this to Darkwater, having previously mutinied against him to become Captain.
* HesBack: The whole game is a setup to reveal the [[spoiler:return of Dr. Nefarious]].
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Rusty Pete]].
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Captain Angstrom Darkwater and his crew of robot pirate ghosts.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Mayor Barnabus Worley.
* SymbolSwearing: The European release of ''Quest For Booty'' had Ratchet's dropping of "awww, crap" - [[spoiler:when tricked by one of Captain Darkwater's traps mere inches away from the Fulcrum Star]] - completely bleeped out. If subtitles are turned on, it's censored with symbols too.
* VideogameCrueltyPotential: Its possible to leave Talwyn behind in the cave when you get separated. However she manages to escape on her own and will be pretty pissed at you about it. She also claims [[WhatTheHellHero she now knows how Clank must feel.]]
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