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The third game in the Ratchet & Clank series.

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.
  • Actor/Role Confusion: Dr. Nefarious believes Clank is a real secret agent.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: This is the first game in the franchise where Qwark is playable, albeit in the "Qwark Vid Comics".
  • Asteroids Monster: The Ameboids, returning from the first game.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • A fully upgraded Ultrashield Launcher returns fire to enemies and can drain health from enemies and restore it to Ratchet, but the former is weak and the latter doesn't work unless Ratchet is close to one of shields (enemies thankfully don't need to be that close to shield). Also the shields are stationary and don't give any indication of when they will wear off, meaning your protective barrier can fade away at any time, exposing you to shots.
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    • From a meta standpoint, the game's three control schemes (normal, lock-strafe and first-person) can be placed on the quick-select menu. Theoretically, this allows players to switch between the three modes on the fly to take advantage of their specialties (platforming and crowd control, general combat, and precision aiming, respectively). In practice, it's a good way to invoke Damn You, Muscle Memory!, since each mode has wildly different button layouts (including altering the jump and fire buttons).
  • Bare Your Midriff: Courtney Gears, sort of. Her chassis design is certainly meant to invoke the effect.
  • 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 and all of Veldin from getting robotized by the Biobliterator.
    • 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 Courtney Gears is killed.
    Clank (Klunk) "One disposable pop star... disposed."
  • Book-Ends: The game starts and ends with the cast watching "Secret Agent Clank", with the opening showing a new episode, and the final cutscene before the credits showing a movie.
  • 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 organic, though it's never quite explained which is more accurate.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: A rare heroic example of the villainous variant. Courtney Gears has a Villainous Breakdown in the middle of their boss fight, when Ratchet kills their favorite dancer. Of course, to the player (and presumably Ratchet as well), said dancer looked completely identical to any of the number of mooks they'd been mowing down for the entire fight.
  • 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 like Foreshadowing for him).
    • Also in the 4th Vidcomic you visit Qwark's training course as Qwark.
    • In Metropolis, there's a Skill Point called "2002 was a good year in the city" for blowing up the Qwark Blimp. 2002 was the release year of the original Ratchet & Clank, which also features a Skill Point for blowing up the same blimp in the same city.
    • Several enemies from the original game and Going Commando make a cameo in the opening cutscene as pieces on Ratchet and Clank's board game. The flying two handed robots you can meet at planet Daxx for the first time also appeared first in the original game on planet Batalia. Finally, the test dummies in Simulator on Starship Phoenix are the same as the ones on Kalebo III, down to their weapons.
    • Just about everyone from the first three games is in the cinema watching the Secret Agent Clank movie at the end of the game. Then there is of course Slim Cognito who sells you or gives you some Megacorp Weapons and even mentions Mr. Fizzwidget if you have an old save from previous game.
    • The head section of Scorpio Boss seems like the one taken from B2-Brawler. One of skins also directly refers to him as his "long lost brother".
    • Some music tracks were used in previous games. The Leviathan's Crash Site reuses the music from Blargian Snagglebeast Boss Battle from the original game, normal arena challenges use the one from Aranos after you escape from prison from the previous installment, Boss Battle here has the same track as Jet Fighter Segment on Pokitaru and finally, the last planet has the same track as the Jet Fighter segment on Drek's Fleet (both first game). And of course Metropolis and Blackwater City keep their themes.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Ratchet and Clank 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, with Ratchet even calling Qwark a Dirty Coward. Later on, in the final boss battle, he comes dramatically sailing in on his spaceship, pumping rounds into the boss.
  • Charged Attack: Shock Blaster from V2 onward. By V5, its a full blown Wave Motion Gun.
  • 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.
  • 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 (non-canon) 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 Armoury:
    • 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.
  • Classic Cheat Code: There are some in the original and HD remake of the game, all of which are entered in the Pause Menu.
    • Laser Sword: Input Circle, Square, Circle, Square, Up, Down, Left, Left to replace the Omniwrench with a double-sided laser sword. (This cheat is the only one that appeared in the original American version of the game.)
    • Pipo-Saru Ratchet: Put in Up, Down, Up, Down, Left, Left, Right, Right, Square Square, Square to get an Ape Escape monkey as a skin. (This cheat was originally exclusive to the Japanese version of the original, but was added to the HD remake for all countries.)
    • Santa Ratchet: Press Up, Down, Up, Down, Square, Square, Square to get a skin consisting of Ratchet dressed as the jolly old guy. (This cheat was also originally exclusive to the Japanese version of the original and added to the HD remake.)
    • Weapons and Gadgets: Input Up, Down, Up, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Square. Now you can enter the weapons or gadgets menu and press L3 on things to unlock or relock them. (This cheat is only in the beta and HD remake.)
    • All Planets: Press Up, Down, Up, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Circle to make all the planets in the game appear (plus 2 other game-crashing ones) on the list of places you can fly to. (This cheat is also only in the beta and HD remake, and can brick your save file if you mess around too much.)
    • Qwark in a Tutu: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Circle, Square, Square while being in a Qwark vidcomic (not select screen, the vidcomic itself). This one is also referenced by Al In-Universe.
  • 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.
  • Continuity Nod: If you have a save file of Going Commando, Slim will give you one of the games' weapons for free, and say that Fizzwidget gives his regards.
    • Also to the first game, where Ratchet is hired by Gadgetron, only to be disappointed to learn that the employee discount doesn't kick in for another two years. Well, two annual installments later, and if the player has a save file of the original game, they get a 10% discount on all weapons in the game (not sold by Slim Cognito).
  • Cool Ship:
    • Ratchet's Star Explorer returns from previous game, though there aren't space battles anymore, unfortunately. You can still customize its exterior though.
    • Starship Phoenix is also this, having living quarters, vendors for weapons (which you can test before buying them in simulator) and armor and battle arena.
  • *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."
  • Crosshair Aware: Terrible Two and Doctor Nefarious. They will first paint the battlefield with crosshairs before raining down missiles.
  • Curse Cut Short:
    • There are a lot. The most well-known is probably this one:
      Klunk: What a load of bull—
      Ratchet: Shhh!
    • From the Giant Clank section of the filming of Secret Agent Clank:
      Director: That's it Clank! Kick his- *microphone feedback*
  • Damage-Sponge Boss: The final fight against Dr. Nefarious. He is extremely resilient, and there are no shortcuts to bringing him down—even the Plasma Coil barely puts a scratch on him. Just throw everything in your arsenal at him and dodge his attacks as much as possible.
  • 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 gets knocked out by Courtney Gears and delivered to Nefarious after he finishes filming for Secret Agent Clank. When Clank refuses to side with him, Nefarious decides to hold him hostage.
  • Double Entendre: The title, a common trend in the series. Hint 
  • Dual Wielding: Ratchet wields two wrenches whenever he uses an Inferno Power crate, although it's mainly cosmetic. The regular swing is the same speed, the Hyper-Strike has no special effect, you only throw one wrench with the Comet-Strike, and you can't swing the one wrench left in your hands during the Comet-Strike either.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Courtney Gears calls Dr. Nefarious "Snookie Wookums".
  • Eye on a Stalk: The Tyhrranoids' most prominent feature is a varying number of prominent eyestalks, ranging from one to nine. The more eyes they have, the stronger they are.
  • 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: 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 Static:
    • During the first trip to Aquatos, Ratchet and Clank get a call from the Secret Agent Clank director, who tries to get Clank to come back to the studio to film some more. Ratchet responds by doing this, to which the director points out that he can see Ratchet. Ratchet then does the obvious thing and hangs up on him.
    • During one of missions on Aridia, one of Galactic Rangers asks by microphone if you need some support only to pull this off afterwards.
  • 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. Hell, you can even kill them with ONE wrench swing, even in Challenge Mode!
  • 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 Skidd, Al helps with computer work while Skidd provides support with gadgets.
      • The Big Guy: Qwark, who is actually pretty gung-ho on stopping Nefarious, even if he is making Ratchet 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 and a Hacker.
      • Sixth Ranger Traitor: Courtney Gears
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": Captain Qwark's memorial features not only Ratchet (who knew damn well that the deceased was about as heroic as something not very heroic) and listing their "wonderful qualities" as including being really tall and having a chin with "kind of a butt shape", but also has Clank (actually Klunk) responding to the Galactic President's heartfelt speech with "What a load of bullsh-".
    Ratchet: And he had a unique... "fashion sense"...
  • 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: There's enough hints that Clank is Not Himself that upon seeing Nefarious with Clank, Ratchet immediately realizes there's an Evil Twin about, and promptly feels dumb for not picking up on it 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:
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The Warship boss in the Daxx docks. It pursues the player around the docks until it has them cornered just before the small holovid chamber, has no dialogue or seeming purpose, does not affect anything except its specific area of locale, is never mentioned or alluded to before or after its defeat, and no one seems to be manning it. The most that can be gathered is that it's a test of one of the weapons being developed there, but even that is never brought up or foreshadowed.
  • Gratuitous Ninja: Invoked and lampshaded in the Annihilation Nation round "Ninja Challenge", with the apt description "Defeat all the Gladiators! Now with Ninjas!"
  • Hidden Depths: Lawrence plays bass guitar.
  • Homing Projectile: The Tyrrhanoid Rocket Turrets fire homing missiles that will actively drop on Ratchet.
  • Innocent Innuendo:
    Galactic President: My daughter says you're a man who's good with his hands, Ratchet.
    Ratchet: Sir, I swear, I NEVER...
  • Interface Spoiler:
    • When you first go to the sewers of Aquatos, if you look at the map, you'll probably notice some Gadgetron vendor icons floating out in the middle of nowhere, which clues you in to the fact that there's more to the sewers than you may think.
    • There's one Skill Point that you get at a level called Qwark's Hideout, making it clear that a certain someone isn't actually dead.
    • The game also tries to make you think the fourth Vidcomic is the last one. However, in vidcomic selection you have five slots, and like for previous example there is a skill point to be obtained in the last.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Nefarious pulls this on Ratchet after the first phase of his fight.
    Dr. Nefarious: (melodramatically) *gasp* I am defeated! I have no choice *coughs* but to throw myself on your mercy!
    Ratchet: (surprised) Really? I mean... (sternly) That's right, Nefarious! Your rein of terror is finally—
    Dr. Nefarious: (flying away) SUCKER! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    Ratchet: (furious) Grrrrrrr...
  • Killer Rabbit: Quack-O-Ray turns enemies to ducks. Its V2 causes these ducks lay explosive eggs that can destroy enemies.
  • 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.
  • Last Chance Hit Point: A variation of this. You can acquire Nano Pak which stores any supplemental nanotech you find when already at full health (maximum 30 points). If Ratchet receives a fatal hit with some nanotech in Nano Pak, it is restored to him instead of him being knocked out.
  • 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 Coward: The Galactic Rangers, who later take a level in badass and assist Ratchet and Clank in the final battle.
  • Marathon Level: Annihilation Nation includes an optional arena challenge called the Qwarktastic Challenge (that was only beaten once by Captain Qwark himself), which has 100 rounds, with the 50th and 100th ones as boss fights, and switches between rounds with different conditions encountered during previous challenges.
  • Magikarp Power: Most weapons count, but the crown would probably go to Disc Blade Gun, which is pretty weak at the start, but its attack power more than doubles when passing from V2 to V3 and its discs gain the ability to bounce from enemies, meaning that while V2 is hardly usable, V3 will wreak havoc.
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain: 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!"
  • Nerf: The Shield Charger and Bouncer both have less ammo capacity so they cannot be used as deliberately. Inverted with the Lava Gun, which gets a much better upgrade at V5, and Plasma Coil which, while not slouch in previous game, gets a major power boost and more ammunition for its final version. Zigzagged with Miniturret Glove, which gets less ammo but gains new abilities, such as turrets being capable of teleporting to get enemies within its range.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Courtney Gears is an obvious spoof of singers like Britney Spears (in English) and Koda Kumi (in Japanese).
    • Some also feel that the Galactic President resembles Bill Clinton (especially his voice).
  • No OSHA Compliance: In the Shadow of the Robot vid-comic, Qwark has to trek through Dr. Nefarious' secret base on planet Magmos, which looks like a factory with lava randomly pouring everywhere. Nefarious himself ponders why the base is so needlessly unsafe (ironic considering its probably Nefarious himself who did).
    Nefarious: "Who designed this place, anyway?!"
    Lawrence: "Doesn't seem very practical, does it sir?"
  • 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 Qwark tend to reap all the credit.
  • Old Save Bonus: If you import a Ratchet & Clank save, you get the 10% 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 Amoeboids 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.
  • Pun: The Skill Point for blowing up the blimp in Kerwan is called "2002 was a good year in the city".
  • Raised Hand of Survival: Dr. Nefarious' return as a robot is heralded by his robotic arm rising from a scrap heap.
  • Rat Stomp: Rats serve as The Goomba in the first Vid-Comic.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: "Clank" (actually Klunk) gains these when he's been replaced by an evil version of himself, unbeknownst to Ratchet.
  • Rise to the Challenge: The fifth Vid-Comic features this, with a steadily rising level of boiling acid.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Beating the game while only using the wrench. Yes, its been done (although using the lightsaber cheat code makes it significantly easier).
  • Set a Mook to Kill a Mook:The Infector shoots green blobs that brainwashes enemies to fight their comrades.
  • Sequel Hook: It's made very clear that Nefarious and Lawrence survived the blast at the end of the game.
  • 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 Insult: Lawrence gives us this gem in Metropolis:
    Lawrence: [To Nefarious] You put the "wit" in "twit", sir.
  • Stealth Pun: When Captain Qwark first encountered the Amoeboids he immediately executed emergency response plan "number 2".
  • Summon Backup Dancers: One of Courtney Gears' moves during their battle.
  • Sweeping Ashes: Any mooks killed by the Smart Bomb effect of the RYNOCIRATOR will be turned into ashes.

Alternative Title(s): Ratchet And Clank 3