Video Game: Elite Beat Agents
"Agents are... GO!"
"ARE YOU READY? THREE, TWO, ONE, GO!!"Elite Beat Agents
(an Americanized version of Japanese rhythm game Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan
) is a Rhythm Game
for the Nintendo DS that makes extensive and exclusive use of the stylus. It stars the EBA, Men In Black
who solve the world's problems through music and dance, as opposed to the uniquely-Japanese male cheerleaders from its Japanese progenitor.
Known primarily for its weird Japanese charm
and unique control scheme, Ouendan
became a hit among import gamers
, prompting Nintendo and its developer to bring the game to North America under its alternate name, retaining most of the visual charm of the original, but (understandably
) replacing the J-Pop music with various popular American songs to create a uniquely "American
" atmosphere. Elite Beat Agents
was also treated as a genuine sequel to Ouendan
and featured many gameplay upgrades over its Japanese predecessor and even a few cameos from Ouendan
characters as an Easter Egg
for the import fanbase.
The game sold reasonably well, though despite Ouendan
receiving a Japanese sequel, a sequel to Elite Beat Agents
hasn't been forthcoming. Many of the mechanics upgrades from Elite Beat Agents
found their way into Ouendan 2
anyway, and a special promotion in Japan allowed players to download a special "EBA Mode" that replaced the Japanese Ouendan with the Elite Beat Agents.
These games provide examples of:
- Abusive Parent: The mother from "ABC". She entrusts her 1-year-old baby with $10,000 china, then leaves it alone with a cat. So, she's either a total idiot, or is aware the cat is smarter than it looks.
- Acme Products: The ABCD company makes many sports goods, ranging from footballs to track outfits.
- Air Guitar: The agents in "I Was Born to Love You".
- All Men Are Perverts: In "La La", Cap White aims to defeat Mr. Virus. Mr. Virus intends to rip off her clothes.
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: The animals in "September".
- Amusement Park: The agents have their own amusement park, for some reason. That, or they got away with painting stars on a roller coaster car and teacup. Could go either way, really.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: What happens to Jake if you fail "Survivor".
- Anime Hair: J. His hairstyle was proved possible by singer Eleanor Jackson of La Roux.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: "Meowzilla" the extremely adorable giant killer cat monster in the movie "Romancing Meowzilla"
- Autobots, Rock Out!: Two songs in the final level.
- Badass Beard: Agent Chieftain.
- Badass Driver: Jack in "Sk8er Boi". Such feats of his include skimming the surface of a lake and driving up the side of a building.
- Badly Battered Babysitter:
- "ABC", where a cat tries to save a baby from a dangerous construction site.
- Could also describe Jane from "Walkie Talkie Man", depending on how poorly you perform.
- Bare Your Midriff: The Elite Beat Divas. As well as the Carrington sisters in "Material Girl".
- The Beastmaster: The Carrington Sisters.
- Battle Aura: "Jumpin' Jack Flash", which combines it with a Combined Energy Attack.
- Big Rock Ending: "Highway Star" has one originally, while "Jumpin' Jack Flash" is given one.
- "Walkie Talkie Man" also has one of these.
- Big Word Shout: "GO!", "HELP!"
- Blank White Eyes: Everyone, in every level. At least four times per level, even. Sometimes more. (The "HEEEAAALLLP!" before each stage, as well as during each segment of each song if you're doing well.) Except for "You're the Inspiration", where such cartoonishness would have utterly destroyed the mood. Still happens if you bomb the first stage, but the mood will have been pretty well wrecked by then anyway.
- Bowdlerise: Parodied in the "Survivor" level, where it takes zombie lore and makes it fit into an E-10 rated game. The zombies don't bite, they kiss, and the protagonist uses peanuts as ammo! Considering the tone of the game, it fits.
- Brainless Beauty: The Carrington sisters.
- Butt Monkey: Almost everyone can qualify if you fail at their songs, but Colonel Bob in "Let's Dance" gets this treatment no matter what you do. (Arguably, though, he brings it on himself.)
- Sam's an interesting inversion; if he shows up in any scenario other than his own, it's usually to humiliate someone else (usually by peeing on them).
- Call On Me
- Calling Your Attacks: Hulk in "The Anthem" named his pitches and plate stealing maneuvers..
- Catchphrase: Several, including Leo's "Si!" and Hulk's "You bet, kid!"
- AGENTS ARE GO!!
- ARE YOU READY? THREE, TWO, ONE, GO!
- Hey guys! *boing* HI GUYZ!
- "Next scene, Chris!"
- At this rate, we're DOOMED!
- Charm People: The Carringtons. See Favors for the Sexy below.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Lucy from Episode 12 refuses to give up at a critical moment, indirectly saving the world by starting the crowd chant that de-fossilizes the EBA.
- Christmas Episode: Episode 12: A Christmas Gift.
- Circle of Friendship: The game's ending.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: "Jumpin' Jack Flash", where everybody claps and shouts out the names of the agents to free them from the aliens' petrifying beam.
- Climactic Elevator Ride: In the "Just A Peanut Matter" (song: "Survivor") stage, the main character takes the freight elevator to the top of the peanut warehouse where the evil alien queen is.
- Clothing Damage: Happens to Cap White (the Anthropomorphic Personification of a white blood cell) if you fail a section on the "La La" stage, and to the ninja during "Canned Heat" for a similar failure. Sexy for the former, amusing and vaguely gross for the latter.
- Continuity Cavalcade: "Jumpin' Jack Flash" has every character from the previous episodes helping you out.
- Cooking Duel: The multiplayer part of the games of some songs. It's an Iron Chef-like duel with Leonardo Da Vinci as Chairman Kaga.
- Cool Car: The agents have one. They also have a cool dune buggy. And a sub. And a chopper. And a blimp. And a merry-go-round teacup.
- Cool Shades: Comes standard with the uniform. Commander Khan has a pair of shades as well.
- Couch Gag: The way Kahn sends the agents out, and how the agents enter the situations.
- Cover Version: All the songs are covers, likely to save development costs and help prolong the licenses to use them. It also allowed for changes to the songs for gameplay purposes. For one example, if they had used the original version of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" for the final story mission, it would have been easier to complete as its tempo is slower than the cover used in the game.
- Cross Counter: Happens in the Space Battle multiplayer scenario if the match ends in a draw.
- Crowd Chant: "E! B! A!" in the last level.
Agents are... GOOOOOOOOO!