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->"This is more fun than a [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders bus-load of cheerleaders]]!"
-->-- '''Dallas'''

The fourth game in the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series, released as ''Ratchet: Gladiator'' in Europe and Australia.

Ratchet is kidnapped (and slandered) by Gleeman Vox, a sinister TV executive who wants Ratchet to be a contestant on his ''Film/TheRunningMan''-esque gladiatorial combat show "[[ImmoralRealityShow Dreadzone]]". ''Dreadzone'' greatly reduces the platforming sections of the series, turning many of them more into health-reducing hazards rather than perilous one chance challenges, instead focusing on straight combat, with bigger and badder weapons and enemies.

An HD version of the game was released on the PSN in 2013; it was free as an apology to those who waited for the Vita version of ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFullFrontalAssault'' to be released. It was released in May in North America, and Europe and Australia finally got the game after four months, in September.

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!!This game contains examples of:
* TwentyFourHourArmor: Ratchet spends the entire game wearing armor that often upgrades whenever he gains a rank. Of course, most of the other heroes we see don't wear armor at all, so it's strange.
* TheAhnold: Shellshock.
* AllThereInTheManual: Insomniac's official site had in-universe newsletters by Dallas and Juanita and a short comic story about Captain Starshield that revealed many details and throwaway gags on the game. The strategy guide also has some of this and it notably fleshes out the backstories of Ace Hardlight and Shellshock.
* AmbiguousSyntax: From the Venus skin:
-->''It's tough to shoot all the boys while wearing a skirt, but Venus pulls it off in spades! [[LampshadeHanging The shooting that is, not her skirt.]]''
* AnnouncerChatter: Throughout the whole game. Containing many [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Moments of Funny.]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking
-->'''Juanita:''' Our Vox News investigation has uncovered shocking, untold stories from his dark, evil past! The destruction of civic property... illegal hoverbike gangs... inadequate dental hygiene!
* BalefulPolymorph: In this game the Morph ability is a mod that can be attached to ''any'' weapon.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Dallas seems to think he and Juanita have this. Juanita would agree with the belligerent part.
* BilingualBonus: In Latin, "Vox" is usually associated with voice. "Vox populi", for example, is "The voice of the people". [[FridgeBrilliance Makes sense, considering his occupation.]]
* BlackComedy: Most of the humor in game is based around how dangerous Dreadzone is and how cruel the people staffing it are, as per the DarkerAndEdgier direction taken by developers.
* BloodlessCarnage: Played straight, like the rest of the series, but notable here because the game still manages to get quite a few HighPressureBlood jokes in, (in AnnouncerChatter and the manual) which creates a bit of FridgeLogic.
* BloodKnight: Ace Hardlight.
* BottomlessPit: Lampshaded in an early cutscene, where Dallas refers to one as "The Pit of Endless Falling and Eventual Dying". Strangely absent for most of the game though, as it focused more on combat than platforming.
** There's also this line by one of your robot teamates later:
--->'''Merc:''' Boss, if you miss this [[GrapplingHookPistol Swingshot]], you will face a painful, horrible death. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny No pressure.]]
* BrandX: Lampshaded by Dallas in one of his random comments:
-->'''Dallas''': Ratchet has this game on ice, ladies and gentlemen! The juice is cold, and the generic brand x gelatin is definitely jiggling!
* BreatherEpisode: ''Deadlocked'', while DarkerAndEdgier, serves as the bridge between the original and ''Future'' trilogies, and is one of the few games without an OmnicidalManiac as the BigBad. Instead, Gleeman Vox kidnaps superheroes to fight to the death in a reality show.
* BrickJoke: After the credits, [[spoiler:Dr. Nefarious and Lawrence, [[CallBack marooned on a distant asteroid in the last game]], are shown drifting through space through the ruins of the Battledome. Nefarious gets angry and malfunctions, playing his famous soap opera.]]
** Another one: the 'Leaderboard' that shows contestant rankings, and their status as 'active' or 'deceased', is updated throughout the game. By the end, Kid Nova and Hydrogirl are the only two, besides Ratchet, that are still listed as alive. [[spoiler:Both of them get voiced dialogue in the final cutscene, thanking you for shutting down Dreadzone and freeing them.]] The only other survivor listed is Agent Zero, but perhaps he is not seen as he is a ShoutOut [[VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage to an earlier Insomniac project]].
** What happens to Al in this game... [[spoiler:his very first line in the first game is that he is not a robot guy, but he is now (well, partly).]]
* BossInMooksClothing: The Landstalkers, on a high enough difficulty. On [[SlippySlideyIceWorld Shaar]], they'll even use their ''mortars'' on you.
* CallBack: If you look closely, you'll notice that the weapon Captain Starshield uses in the opening movie is the (unupgraded) Lancer from Going Commando.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: [[RecurringTraveler The Plumber]] doesn't appear in this game (although his appearances return to their [[OncePerEpisode regular schedule]] in ''[=ToD=]''). Lampshaded at the end of the credits:
--> ''Due to a sump pump emergency in the Rygyllian Nebula. the Plumber was not able to appear in this game. He will return. One of these days.''
* CreatorsPet: InUniverse example: Ace Hardlight is this to Gleeman Vox, who creates tons of merchandise for him, despite the fact that kids prefer other superheroes. When Ace died in the arena, it was met with cheering from the audience, despite Vox trying to make it look like a tragedy.
* CuteAndPsycho: Juanita can get quite... unhinged sometimes. The way she practically {{Squee}}s at seeing contestants ''about to die horribly'' is actually kind of creepy.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Deadlocked'' is considered to be the darkest installment of the R&C series yet by many fans. Considering that the premise is "Ratchet and his friends are kidnapped, have [[ExplosiveLeash explosive collars]] put on their necks, and have to fight for their lives in a [[BloodSport televised gladiatorial tournament]]", and that the art-direction literally became darker and edgier in things like menus and level design, it's a fair point. It's still ''Ratchet and Clank'', though, so the extra dosage grimdark is PlayedForLaughs just as much as everything else.
** Even Ratchet's death animation is DarkerAndEdgier in this game: in the first three, he was comically spinning on one foot before falling on his back when he ran out of health, but in this game he falls to his knees and then on his chest, which looks far more dramatic.
* DeathOfAThousandCuts: The Dual Vipers are a "quantity over quality" weapon ([[LampshadeHanging the instruction manual even refers to them as this]]), and eventually they'll take hundreds of bullets to kill huge enemies. They get better in Challenge Mode, though and can be modded to have additional effects.
* {{Demonization}}: The show attempts to do this to Ratchet, even dubbing over dialog from kids that are clearly cheering for him.
* DemotedToExtra: Some feel this happened to Clank, who was turned to an NPC in accordance with the change of gameplay style for this game. The reverse is true for Al, as this game features his biggest role yet.
* DesignItYourselfEquipment: One of the major gameplay additions is the ability to mod your weapons. Mods are split between Alpha Mods (which boosts statistics such as max ammo, rate of fire or XP gained) and Omega Mods (which adds effects such as ChainLightning, Acid or dropping Napalm).
* DevelopersForesight: In one challenge, going into an area you're not supposed to prompts a unique reaction from Dallas, the announcer.
-->"What's this sneaky Lombax doing ''behind'' the arena? This could be... nothing. It's nothing, he's getting ammo."
* DontTryThisAtHome: "Go to a friend's house!"
* TheDragon: Ace Hardlight, though it's clear early on that the two do not like each other, as Ace is only catering to his employer, and Vox is only trying to maintain their villain/dragon relationship because he feels Ace is the most marketable exterminator in the 'Zone. He's all for replacing Ace, and this becomes more apparent as Ratchet grows in popularity.
** Additionally, and unrelatedly, the name of one of the Combat Bot skins unlocked in challenge mode.
* EpicFlail: The Scorpion/Leviathan Flail. Heck, one of the trophies in the PS3 release for getting a Skill Point for killing enemies with the eponymous weapon is even named "Epic-Flail".
* ExplosiveLeash: The eponymous Deadlock collars, which can either explode or [[ShockCollar shock the wearer]] depending on the situation.
* FallenHero: Ace Hardlight.
* GangstaStyle: The second cheat you unlock lets you do this with the Dual Vipers/Raptors.
* GladiatorRevolt: Team Darkstar tries to start one.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Eviscerator]] gets noticeably less character establishment than the other Exterminators. Other than the implication he's VERY AxCrazy, we really don't learn much about him. He's even the only one to lack BossBanter. [[spoiler:The announcers do mention he's a great chef, though, and the official strategy guide implies there was an EloquentInMyNativeTongue theme going for him.]]
* GuideDangIt
** Some Skill Points require you to kill certain enemies with certain weapons or in a certain time. Problem, you aren't told what enemies are what, so that means either checking the stats menu every time you kill something or just [[CuttingTheKnot using the internet.]]
** Getting the [[http://ratchet.wikia.com/wiki/Exterminator_trading_cards Exterminator Cards]], since you aren't given any clue how to get them. The only proof that they are collectible is that the last cheat requires you to get all of them.
* GunsAkimbo: The Dual Vipers/Raptors.
* HardLight: Ace, um, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hardlight]] is capable of creating holographic clones that fit this trope during the battle with him.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Dreadzone News goes to ridiculous lengths to slander Ratchet as a bloodthirsty psychopath ([[HypocriticalHumor funny, considering the kind of program they're reporting on...]]) [[BlatantLies Vox later insists he was only doing it to build up Ratchet's "bad-boy image".]]
* HiddenDepths: Discussed.
-->'''Dallas:''' What kind of psychopaths came up with this challenge? ...What's that? Reactor and Shellshock? [[HeterosexualLifePartners I never knew they were friends.]] Did they used to carpool?
* ImmoralRealityShow: The whole premise.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Rather than the RYNO, the Harbinger takes this role in the game.
* InterfaceScrew: After collecting enough skill points, the player can activate Mirror Mode, which only visually affects gameplay... but reverses the left and right buttons in menus.
* InterfaceSpoiler: The stats menu gives you information about what you've done in the game. This includes kills with weapons (which are named in the menu), Skill Point totals (every area has 15, and you get told that there are 165 total, but [[spoiler:there are only 10 listed areas in the menu; one must be missing]]), and enemies killed (which spoils that you'll be fighting [[spoiler:robot ghosts and robot zombie ghosts]] at some point).
* JacobMarleyWarning: Ace to Ratchet near the end.
* KentBrockmanNews: Dallas and Juanita[[note]]Essentially the Darla Gratch of this game.[[/note]], whether actually on the news or announcing.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:Vox loses it and tries to blow up the station.]]
* KillSat: The Harbinger/Supernova is quite powerful. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djvINow08kg Observe.]]
* LovableCoward: Some of the robot sidekicks' banter. Dallas at the end.
* MadeOfExplodium: The cover in the game explodes when you drive over it.
* MerchandiseDriven: "Dreadzone" is largely about selling toys. On that note...
* MisaimedMarketing: In-universe. "Dreadzone" is a high-stakes gladiatorial arena with death filmed live and uncensored. The target audience for the merchandise is the 8-12 demographic.
* MoodWhiplash: In the prologue, Ratchet [[WakingUpElsewhere wakes up at Dreadzone station]] stuck in an uncomfortable suit of armor, is told that [[ExplosiveLeash the collar he's wearing]] [[YourHeadASplode will blow his head off if he doesn't cooperate]]... and then, almost immediately starts fantasizing about the "money and babes" that the gladiators get and has to be brought down to reality by Clank, followed by a scene where Big Al [[ShakingTheRump *ahem* dances]] to the tune of [[VillainSong "Death to Squishies"]] from the [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal previous game]]. Needless to say, it's pretty jarring.
* NightmareFetishist: Juanita borders on this.
* NinjaPirateRobotZombie: This game features robot zombies and ghost robot zombies.
* NoCureForEvil: Subverted for Ace Hardlight, surprisingly enough. He carries around 3 Med Packs that allow him to heal a large chunk of his health. But once they're used, they're gone, and he can't get any more.
-->'''Ace:''' I'm out of Med Packs. Uh, [[BadassBoast not that I need them.]]
* NoodleIncident: Apparently, in the past, Dallas set someone's backpack on fire ("I'm sorry you couldn't put it out in time.") and put a Tyhrranoid in someone else's locker, which required them to get therapy (which is apparently going pretty well).
* NotActuallyCosmeticAward: The "Ninja Ratchet" cheat, unlocked by [[spoiler:collecting all of the Exterminator Cards]], is not actually just a skin, it actually also makes Ratchet a bit faster and stronger.
* NotSoDifferent: Hints of this regarding Ratchet and Ace Hardlight come up in ''Deadlocked'', although Ratchet eventually manages to avert this.
* OscarBait: Parodied with Reactor's in-universe biopic, which portrays him as an inner-city teacher who rose to fame as a gladiator.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot ''Robot'']] zombies. Though they still seem to splatter a green blood-like substance upon death ([[EpilepticTrees their fuel source??]]) and the description for one of the wrench upgrades states they have ''bones'' so...
* ShoutOut: They're listed on the [[ShoutOut/RatchetAndClank franchise's page.]]
* ScaryBlackMan:
** Reactor, in a sense.
** Merc, to an even lesser degree.
* StoppedNumberingSequels: In Europe, at least, since the last 2 games lost their subtitles. More noticeable in the trophy list on [=PS3=], which simply calls the second game ''Ratchet & Clank 2'' (even if you're in the US) and adds a 3 to ''Up Your Arsenal''.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Vox attempts to do this to Ratchet in the ending. He doesn't succeed.]]
* ThinkOfTheChildren: [[ParodiedTrope Parodies this at least twice.]]
** Dallas says he will tell his kids to stop watching this show, as soon as he has kids.
** Dallas says that parents with impressionable kids should turn this show off. Juanita says kids with impressionable parents should just pretend they're watching "[[Series/ReadingRainbow Reading Robot]]".
* TookALevelInBadass: Ratchet, in comparison to his growing personality from the last three games.
* TradeYourPassionForGlory: Ace Hardlight.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Courtney Gears, who recovered from being destroyed by Ratchet via a "miraculous recovery".
* UnscaledMerfolk: Hydro Girl, who hails from Planet Aquatos.
* UpToEleven: In ''Going Commando'', weapons could be upgraded 3 times: to the upgraded default, then buying Mega Versions in Challenge Mode, which could then be upgraded to Ultra Versions. ''Up Your Arsenal'' had weapons that could be upgraded to level 5, then buying the Mega Version to get to level 6, then being used more to max out at level 8. This game has a first-game max level of 10 for the weapons, and Mega Versions go all the way up to '''99'''!
* VerbalTic: Dallas has a very noticeable way of referring to his co-host as "[=JUANita=]".
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Ace Hardlight, the star "hero" on Dreadzone, who is one of the game's primary villains -- but in an aversion of this trope, he ''lacks'' the publicity that the show's producers desperately want, with most of the audience cheering for Ratchet instead.
* WeaponOfPeace: Lampshaded with the Arbiter.
* WeCanRebuildHim: How Big Al is revived from getting blasted.
* WhoWritesThisCrap
-->'''Dallas:''' This challenge would have been simple. Ratchet just needed to grab the ship and bingo-bango, the shield is up. Too bad we destroyed the shield. Too bad he has to hack a ton of orbs. Too bad I said "bingo-bango". Who writes this junk?!
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: Gleeman Vox attempts to replace Ace Hardlight with Ratchet once the Lombax defeats Hardlight.
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