Video Game: Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
aka: Ratchet And Clank 3 Up Your Arsenal
The third game in the Ratchet & Clank
Ratchet And Clank return to their home galaxy (revealed to be named the Solana Galaxy) where they face off against Dr. Nefarious
, a Mad Scientist
and robot supremacist who also happens to be a former foe of Captain Qwark. The two reluctantly track down and team up with the disgraced superhero in order to thwart Dr. Nefarious's scheme to turn everyone in the galaxy into his robotic slaves.
This game contains examples of:
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: the labyrinth of a sewer beneath Dr. Nefarious's base on Aquatos.
- Asteroids Monster: The Ameboids, returning from the first game.
- Bare Your Midriff: Courtney Gears.
- Beware the Nice Ones: An in-game meta example. The Annihilation Nation announcer says that most people know Ratchet as Secret Agent Clank's bumbling chauffeur. Said bumbling chauffeur then goes and blows a ton of crap up in the arena with weapons as big as he is.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Dr. Nefarious may be a Large Ham villain that is Laughably Evil and gets frequently snarked at by Lawrence without knowing it, but he can summon what looks like dark Magitek and is a formidable villain in both of his boss battles.
- Big Damn Heroes: Captain Qwark of all people pulls this off at the end of the game, just in time to save Ratchet from getting killed by the Bio-bliterator.
- Before that, The Galactic Rangers show up midway through the final battle to aid Ratchet in fighting Nefarious' robots.
- Bond One-Liner: Appropriately enough, Clank gets one in the "Secret Agent Clank" films at the beginning and end of the game. Clank (or rather Klunk) also gets one after the Courtney Gears boss battle.
Clank (Klunk) "One disposable pop star... disposed."
- Boomerang Bigot: Dr. Nefarious hates "squishies" despite formerly being one himself.
- Boss Remix: The boss theme for the fight against Courtney Gears is a remix of "Death to Squishies".
- Brain Uploading: A cross between this and We Can Rebuild Him is what caused Nefarious to become the robot he is now after a horrible accident at the hands of Qwark while he was still human, though it's never quite explained which is more accurate.
- But I Play One on TV: Dr. Nefarious believes Clank is a real secret agent.
- Call Back: The Amoeboids from Ratchet & Clank are revealed to have been an early galactic domination/destruction ploy by Dr. Nefarious (making their appearance then something of a Foreshadowing for him).
- Also in the 4th Vidcomic you visit Qwark's training course as Qwark.
- Several enemies from the original game and Going Commando make a cameo in the opening cutscene as pieces on their board game.
- Just about everyone from the first three games is in the cinema watching the Secret Agent Clank movie at the end of the game.
- Changed My Mind, Kid: They find Captain Qwark after he faked his death so he wouldn't have to actually risk his life, and are unable to convince him to continue fighting. Later on, in the final boss battle, he comes dramatically sailing in on his spaceship, pumping rounds into the boss.
- Chaos Architecture: Veldin, barring the location where Ratchet's garage is, looks absolutely nothing like it did in the original game, having a completely different level layout and desert like appearance. While the desert like atmosphere could have been an effect of the Tyhrranoid invasion, it still fails to explain how the geography could undergo such a rapid change in the year and a half Ratchet was gone from Veldin.
- In the first game small floating islands are encountered, which would give a reason for accelerated change of geography: the ground seen is actually floating and able to move.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: One of the vid-comics shows Qwark stowing away on Nefarious' spaceship by clinging onto it for dear life, and survives the six-day space travel by holding his breath the whole trip. While it sounds like something Qwark would embellish, the game Size Matters would retroactively reveal that he could actually do this.
- Truth in Television: Surprisingly, it technically is possible to hold your breath in the vacuum of space, but there would be far more hazards in space to put up with alongside it, and it would be incredibly difficult (and obviously, extremely dangerous) and only possible for a very brief period of time, and it would be completely useless (and outright lethal) in the context Qwark pulled it off in.
- Chekhov's Armory:
- Courtney Gears appears for the first time when you first win on Annihilation Nation, before you discover her role in Nefarious's plot.
- The Tyrrha-guise is only used in a single area, then comes back in the final level, where the Tyrrhanoids are back, and a lot smarter.
- On your first visit to the Phoenix you can see areas off to the side of the lift platform with no way to access them, then the ship gets attacked at the end of the game and the lift is destroyed opening up those areas as an alternate route.
- Comically Missing the Point: Shows up every now and then. The first instance occurs when Ratchet finds Al using a city's defense system to play a video game. Ratchet asks Al how he could do such a thing, and Al responds by listing the steps he took to hack into the system, instead of answering why he would use an important installation for such an irrelevant activity.
- *Cough* Snark *Cough*: The narrator does this at the end of the first Qwark Vid-Comic, the one with the robotic pirate ghosts.
"The exciting, all true, *cough* right *cough* adventures of Captain Qwark continue in Episode 2."
- Curse Cut Short: "Kick his robot's a-"
- There are a lot. The most well-known is probable this one:
Klunk: What a load of bull—
- Deadpan Snarker: Lawrence, quite so. He almost always has a witty comeback to Nefarious' remarks.
Dr. Nefarious: To think, they called me insane, Lawrence! We'll see who's insane after my pets have exterminated all life on this miserable planet!
Lawrence: That should clear things right up, sir.
- Death Course: First in Florana, and later, taken Up to Eleven, in Annihilation Nation. Ratchet himself even provides the page quote for this trope.
- Distressed Dude: Clank.
- Double Entendre: The title, a common trend in the series. Hint
- The Dragon: Courtney Gears
- Dual Wielding: Ratchet welds two wrenches whenever he uses an Inferno Power crate.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Courtney Gears calls Dr. Nefarious "Snookie Wookums".
- Fan Disservice: Qwark when he's disguised as a maid delivering a pizza to Dr. Nefarious in the third vidcomic. The pic gives you a clear view of his fishnet stockings and undergarments. This happens again later when Qwark disguises himself as a top-heavy woman while calling a Taxi Cab, and again with the Tutu cheat code for the Vid-comics.
- Face-Heel Turn: Courtney Gears pulls this off.
- For a while, Clank's red eyes and evil grin may look like he might pull this off, himself. Of course, we later learn he is not really Clank.
- Fake Ultimate Mook: Despite looking intimidating, King Amoeboids are downright pathetic (and VERY easy to one-hit kill) once your weapons are decently leveled. You can even use the Quack-O-Ray on them for D.I.Y Nightmare Retardant.
- Fantastic Racism: Dr. Nefarious hates "squishies".
- Five-Bad Band
- Five-Man Band
- Q-Force, how Qwark sees it:
- And the reality:
- The Hero: Ratchet, who does all the work (of course).
- The Lancer: Clank
- The Smart Guy: Al and Skid, Al helps with computer work while Skid provides support with gadgets.
- The Big Guy: Qwark, is actually pretty gung-ho on stopping Nefarious, even if he is making Rachet do it.
- The Chick: Sasha, the voice of Mission Control.
- Team Pet: Skrunch, who does help Clank out now and then.
- The Load: Helga, who does nothing except give you a Forced Tutorial that even Ratchet notes is a waste of time. Though she does give you a Hypershot.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: Courtney Gears
- Fur and Loathing: Evil robot Idol Singer Courtney Gears says "You'll make a nice fur coat" when Ratchet fights her as a boss.
- Foreshadowing: It's made very clear that Nefarious and Lawrence survived the blast at the end of the game.
- Genre Savvy: Upon seeing Nefarious with Clank, Ratchet immediately realizes there's an Evil Twin about, and promptly feels stupid for not picking up on such sooner.
Ratchet: Hey, Clank, look! It's Dr. Nefarious! And that butler guy! And they've got Clank! They're, uh, holding you prisoner. How about that? I guess I should be feeling pretty stupid right now. I don't suppose there's any chance he's the evil Clank?
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Aside from what's in this page:
- Hidden Depths: Lawrence plays bass guitar.
- Hurricane Kick: Courtney Gears and her backup dancers.
- Ignored Enamored Underling: Courtney Gears.
- Innocent Innuendo:
Galactic President: My daughter says you're a man who's good with his hands, Ratchet.
Ratchet: Sir, I swear, I NEVER...
- Instant Awesome Just Add Ninjas: Invoked in lampshaded in the Annihilation Nation round "Ninja Challenge", with the apt description "Defeat all the Gladiators! Now with Ninjas!"
- Lampshaded Double Entendre: Referencing Courtney Gears.
Clank: Her specifications were remarkable.
Ratchet: Well, she's not the hottest pop star in the Galaxy because of her singing.
- Laughably Evil: Dr. Nefarious. Between his repeated breakdowns, his Large Ham tendencies, and the snark leveled at him by Lawrence, he's easily one of the funniest characters in the series.
- Limit Break: Inferno Power, which gives Ratchet immunity to all attacks, flaming armor, and two wrenches.
- Lovable Cowards: The Galactic Rangers
- And they still get to pull a surprisingly awesome Big Damn Heroes monent in the finale.
- Most Definitely Not a Lombax: Ratchet goes undercover with the Tyrrhaguise.
- Lampshaded on at least one occasion.
Tyrrhanoid Guard: You have no clearance. How do I know I can trust you?
Ratchet: Because I'll give you my sister's phone number, and because I'm certainly not a Lombax.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: "Ladies and gentlemen...oh, and Helga"
- Funny thing is, it fits, since she actually is miffed until she is added onto the list. Most likely because her athletic and bodybuilder tendencies cause her not to view herself as a "lady".
- Could also be because she's a robot and therefore neither.
- My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Failing the conversation minigame while wearing the Tyhrraguise can result in Ratchet saying, among other things, "Orange croutons zoom zoom butterscotch" and "I emit a noxious effluvium in your general direction!"
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Courtney Gears is an obvious spoof of singers like Britney Spears.
- Some also feel that the Galactic President resembles Bill Clinton (especially his voice).
- No Respect Guy: Poor Ratchet. People only see him as the incompetent chauffeur he plays as in "Secret Agent Clank," despite having saved two galaxies in the past. He's also forced to do all the legwork in stopping Dr. Nefarious, and Clank and Quark tend to reap all the credit.
- Old Save Bonus: If you import a Ratchet & Clank save, you get the Gadgetron employee discount mentioned in said game (the one that takes two years to kick in). Also, having a Going Commando save with certain guns obtained in it will let you get those guns for free.
- Old Shame: In-Universe, the unreleased Vid-Comic 5 is this to Qwark, as it reveals that after beating Dr. Nefarious, he was knocked out by Lawrence and subsequently captured. It was so embarrassing for him that he attempted to end the series at the fourth part.
- Orwellian Editor: In-Universe, Qwark attempts this with the Vid-Comic series, either altering or taking out parts where he was less than heroic, going as far as attempting to eliminate the fifth episode entirely.
- Peninsula of Power Leveling: The sewers on Aquatos. There are hundreds, if not thousands of ameoboids throughout the level, they're easily dispatched, and they attack in narrow corridors where you can see them coming. This makes it the perfect place to level up weapons.
- Raised Hand of Survival: Dr Nefarious' return as a robot is heralded by his robotic arm rising from a scrap heap.
- Rise to the Challenge: The fifth Vid-Comic features this, with a pit of boiling acid.
- Show Within a Show: Secret Agent Clank and Annihilation Nation.
- Solid Gold Poop: Sewer crystals come "fresh from the bowels" of the King Amoeboids.
- Stealth Pun: When Captain Qwark first encountered the ameboids he immediately executed emergency response plan "number 2".
- Summon Backup Dancers: One of Gears's tactics when you fight her.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: The arena announcer says Ratchet has one of these.
- Took a Level in Badass: The Galactic Rangers finally overcome their cowardice and come in guns blazing to assist Ratchet in the final battle.
- Unexpected Gameplay Change: The Qwark vid-comics. To proceed through the game, at various points you have to play through a side-scrolling platformer.
- Video Game Settings
- Villain Song: Death to Squishies, Courtney Gears' peppy little declaration of robotic genocidal hate.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Dr. Nefarious's plan is to turn every organic lifeform in the galaxy into robots, and he actually succeeds in doing so to Skidd McMarxx and everyone in Metropolis. Later in the game, Al is seen analyzing Skidd and remarking that it may be possible to reverse the process, but it is never really stated whether Al succeeds or not. Granted, Skidd does make a very brief appearance in the cinema at the end of the game, back to his normal self, suggesting Al did cure him and everyone in Metropolis.
- Who Writes This Crap?!: The narrator from the vid-comics in the their game, expressing his disbelief on Qwark's supposed "adventures". Considering Qwark wrote the scripts, one can't blame him.
- Widely Spaced Jail Bars: There is a containment area on the Starship Phoenix with bars like these. The Player Character actually can walk between the bars, but the NPCs in there never think of escaping this way.