While Deadlocked may be more of a darker game than the entries seen before it... it's still a Ratchet & Clank game.
- One cutscene starts with Al dancing along to a Courtney Gears song. And not just any song, it's Death To Squishies.
- It features a close-up on Al's butt, complete with an audible 'boing.'
- The DreadZone Ranking Machine's constant commentary about Ratchet's size.Ranking Machine: Does it bother you that you are shorter than most heroes?
Ranking Machine: Your ranking appears to be that of a contestant twice your size.
Ranking Machine: Attention: Something small and furry has walked into the ranking station. Oh, it's you, Ratchet.
- The entire Malicious Slander campaign run by Dallas and Juanita, which comically escalates into an increasingly transparent bullshitting contest.
- One of the highlights after Ace Hardlight's "death", Dallas and Juanita try to slander Ratchet again by dubbing over the three kids to make it sound like they hate Ratchet for what he did. Thing is, they don't even attempt to disguise their voices, and their dubbing clearly doesn't match up with the on screen visuals. The kids aren't even talking much and are playing with toys of Ratchet!
- At the end of the game, Clank manages to get Ratchet off of Vox's station before it explodes. Unfortunately, the ship their flying also has Juanita, Dallas, and those three kids, the latter four of whom bicker over who gets the window seat.