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Death Skid Marks is a rogue-like car combat game available on Steam. You play as Mark Skid, a sociopathic metal-head who is desperately trying to get to the Concert to end all concerts. In order to get there, he'll have to fight crazed ministers, rednecks, obsessed fans, and white supremacists, as well as a variety of different bosses. Will you die? Probably. Will it be awesome? HELL YEAH.

"What's in the Tropes? Motherf*cking awesome in in the Tropes, that's what":

  • '80s Hair: Mark Skid's defining characteristic (besides his Badass Moustache) is his glorious mullet.
  • Action Girl: Any female character in this game, friendly or not.
  • The Apunkalypse: One of the characters you can pick up is a Mad-Max style road warrior. As well, the entire apocalypse seems to take back seat to a Concert to end all concerts.
  • Attack Deflector: The whole point of the Condom, a car unlocked by defeating the Groupie Mastermind boss.
  • Badass Driver: Any character you put behind the wheel turns into this by default.
  • Batter Up!: The Baseball Bat is one of the first melee weapons you'll be able to buy.
  • The Bear: One of the hikers is this.
  • BFG: The Machine Cannon, the top tier ranged weapon, which is so powerful its recoil pushes your car around. There's also the turrets in turret vehicles, which are unlocked by getting all different endings, and the plasma cannon featured in the Object 666 vehicle, unlocked by bringing the Alien to the concert.
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  • Body Horror: The Failed Lernies boss.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: Unlocking every single achievement grants you access to the Mecha Skid, a tank-like vehicle that can one-shot almost everything. Of course, if you have it available, it means you've already mastered the game.
  • Bullfight Boss: Many of the cars and bosses will rush you if you have weak breaks.
  • Can't Drop the Hero: Subverted, You start with Mark Skidd and can't take him out of the party, but if he dies, the game will continue with the remaining road-trippers like nothing happened. Of course, you need him alive to get the Golden Ending.
  • Car Fu: This game is a master of the discipline.
  • Chainsaw Good: The chainsaw is one of the most powerful melee weapons you can buy, and it will make short work of cars and crew. Taken Up to Eleven with one of the superweapons, the Pelvis Splitter, which is a 4 meter long chainsaw mounted in a codpiece.
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  • Close-Range Combatant: Some characters have a bonus to melee damage. Also, this is the whole point of the Standardo Luchador, unlocked by bringing the Wrestler to the concert, which gives a 150% damage bonus to all melee attacks, but reduces all ranged damage by half.
  • Cool Bike: The Bear Eater, unlocked by bringing the Bear to the concert. It is a big chopper with a sidecar on the left side to allow an extra passenger, and a huge buzzsaw on the right side.
  • Cool Car: You can unlock quite a few of them by bringing people to the concert.
  • Cool Mask: The Road Warrior and the Luchador wear one.
  • Deadly Road Trip: And how!. Your kill count in any given run will reach the hundreds easily. And that's not counting your own casualties.
  • Deep South: The Trailer Park patrol, a gang of murderous rednecks that don't take kindly to your types 'round these parts.
  • Dirty Cop: The Route 666 patrol, a gang of rogue Trigger Happy cops whose uniforms tell them to slaughter you.
  • Emo Teen: One of the hickers is a Emo girl.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Prepare to see cars exploding everywhere.
  • Everything Is Trying to Kill You: Not just the different Gangs but also Robots, suicidal pedestrians with bombs and the road itself.
  • Evil Clown: One of the bosses is a group of evil clowns from an alternate dimension.
  • Excuse Plot: You want to go to a concert. A number of gangs want to kill you on the way there because of course they do. That's about it.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: The Groupie From Outer Space boss attacks with these. THEY HURT.
  • The Fundamentalist: The Eastmoron Baptist Church gang. According to them, God hates absolutely everything, most of all, the player.
  • The Greys: The Alien hiker is depicted as a stereotypical grey. There's also the Probing Aliens gang, who supposedly are specialists in infiltration.
  • Golden Ending: If you get to the end as Mark Skidd and have a ticket on hand, you rock out.
  • Going Postal: One of the hikers, the Rager, is an office worker who has been pushed over the edge and has gone berserk.
  • Goth: One of the recruits you can pick up is a fat goth.
  • Grave Humor: If one of the hikers (or Mark Skid) dies, a tombstone with a humorous epitaph will appear on the screen.
  • Hippie Van: The Brown Van, unlocked by bringing the Hippie to the concert. It makes its passengers immune to all damage, but the van itself is rather fragile.
  • Joke Character: The Terminal Patient. He has bad stats in both Offense and Defense and is prone to getting killed rather quickly, especially jarring if the player uses a car with only two seats. On the other hand, getting him to the concert unlocks one of the best cars in the game.
  • Killer Robot: The Robot Bums.
  • Life Drain: The Muscle Vampire 666, unlocked by bringing the Goth to the concert, prevents you from purchasing food or repairing your car at shops. The only way to heal your crew or repair the car is by damaging other cars with the pair of buzzsaws attached to its front.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Some hikers have a bonus to ranged attacks. Also, this is the whole point of the Vintage Pubelwagen, unlocked by bringing the Veteran to the concert, which gives a 150% damage bonus to all ranged damage, but halves melee damage.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: High powered ranged weapons, such as the sniper rifle or the machine cannon can explode enemy crew members into giblets and blood. There's even a task that rewards this.
  • Luck-Based Mission: As a roguelike, all runs will have a degree of randomness, especially if you play on arcade mode and/or you select the Anarchy Ride, a car that switches all your tasks every few seconds, unlocked by bringing the Punk to the concert.
  • Masked Luchador: Another recruitable hiker.
  • Mechanical Horse: The H.O.T.A. (Horseman Of The Apocalypse), unlocked by bringing the Horse to the concert, is this. It's a bizarre vehicle, to say the least.
  • More Dakka: Most mid to high tier ranged weapons (except the sniper rifle). Also, the main draw of the Machine Gun and Machine cannon turret vehicles, the H.O.T.A., and the Muscle 2000 Rage Mod, unlocked by bringing the Rager to the concert.
  • Multiple Endings: There are four endings to the game, each depend on whether Mark Skidd is alive and whether or not you have a ticket.
    • Golden Ending: Mark lives and everyone has a ticket. They get to the concert and have the time of their lives. You unlock your hikers' cars if you obtain this ending.
    • Bittersweet Ending: Mark dies, but the hikers all have a ticket. Your surviving crew members get to the concert, and rock the hell out. They honor Mark's death as a Heroic Sacrifice. You unlock all hikers' cars with this ending.
    • Bad Ending: Mark lives, but not everyone has a ticket. They reach the concert, but they are not allowed to enter, so it was All for Nothing. Mark is understandably pissed. You won't unlock any of your hikers' cars with this ending.
    • Very Bad Ending: Mark dies, and not everyone has a ticket. The surviving hikers manage to reach the concert, but they can't enter because they don't have tickets, so it was All for Nothing again. Mark's death is lampshaded as a Senseless Sacrifice. You won't unlock any of the hikers' cars with this ending.
  • Nerd: Nerds are one of the major factions in the game; they rely on extravagant weapons that can kill your entire party in one shot. Luckily, you can buy these weapons as well.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: The Hippie hiker, obviously. Since he's all about peace and love, he has a penalty in both ranged and melee offensive stats, but a bonus in both defenses.
  • Nintendo Hard: Yep. You most likely won't get to the concert alive.
  • Nominal Importance: Everyone in the game has a unique, randomly generated name: Except for Mark Skidd. Cause ya know. He's awesome.
  • Off with His Head!: High powered melee weapons such as the hedge trimmer or the chainsaw are able to do this easily to enemy crew. There's even a task that rewards this with cash.
  • The Quincy Punk: One of the hikers is a stereotypical mohawked punk.
  • The Scrappy: In universe, Lernie, the tutorial mascot.
    Mark Skid (when picking up a hiker in the tutorial): Meet Lernie, the idiot we'll one day put in the ground.
  • Shellshocked Veteran: The Veteran hiker, also known as Sgt. PTS.
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  • Take That!: The Eastmoron Baptists are this at the Westboro Baptist Church and their leader Death Prophet is a blatant parody of infamous Church Founder Fred Phelps.
  • Tank Goodness: The Panzergroupies and the Bandcruiser bosses. Tanks also begin appearing as regular enemy vehicles in the late game. You can also unlock tank vehicles, which have extremely powerful weapons and can crush practically every other car, but prevent you from entering shops.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: The last road sign before the final boss reads (in its entirety): "Final Boss. He's gonna waste you. REPENT!!!"
  • Those Wacky Nazis: The Aryan Roadkillers gang. They're drunk, pissed and you're there.
  • Videogame Cruelty Potential: Actively rewarded by the Reaper tasks, that grant you cash for every death, including running over defenseless pedestrians. The Pimped Standardo XL, unlocked by bringing the Street Worker to the concert, has a similar hidden task by default.
  • Weaponized Exhaust: The main gimmick of the Red Rocket Dog car, unlocked by defeating the Panzergroupies boss. This is also the signature vehicle of the Aryan Roadkillers gang.
  • We Have Reserves: Players might do this if they don't invest in character upgrades. The clown car boss seems to do this in excess.
  • Yandere: The Groupies

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