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Video Game / Subway Surfers

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Most of the game actually takes place above ground. Though there is a gratuitous amount of train surfing nonetheless. note 

Subway Surfersnote  is an Endless Running Game made by Kiloo & SYBO Games for the iOS and Android, released in 2012. In it, you play a young delinquent caught vandalizing, and you must evade the Inspector and his dog using Le Parkour as they chase you through the train tracks of your city. In 2013 the game was updated to go on World Tour, traveling to various world locations.


Tropes applying to the game include:

  • Acrofatic: The Inspector who chases you throughout the game. He is very fat, but will always be right on your tail, especially if you bump into something.
  • Action Girl: The female protagonists are just as good at evading obstacles as the male ones. Noon Deserves special mention as she is a Thai Kickboxer.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Though what actually occurs in the game is generic train surfing (since there are no below-ground trains in the game), the name "Subway Surfers" just rolls off the tongue better than "Train Surfers".
  • Ambiguous Gender: Yutani was one, but averted after her gender is confirmed.
  • Amusing Injuries: If the teens get hit by moving trains they're bounced back to the screen.
  • Badass Adorable: The way the characters are modeled make them look like this.
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  • Bare Your Midriff: Many of the girls leave their belly exposed to the weather.
  • Beach Episode: The World Tour in Rio De Janeiro and Miami is counted as this, as the two destinations are famous for their beautiful beaches.
  • Circling Birdies: If you slightly get hit by something (barely dodging an obstacle, for example), your character briefly gets these and you catch up with the Inspector. If you get hit again, however, the game ends.
  • Death Is Cheap: Since the introduction of Keys.
  • Excuse Plot: You're caught vandalizing. The inspector chases you. Good luck.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: You can't dodge obstacles forever and you can only use so many keys before you run out.
  • Flat Character: Everyone as this is a simple Endless Running Game and little characterization. After the animation released, Jake, Tricky, Fresh and some characters get fleshed out a bit more, but the rest remains the same.
  • Halloween Episode: The Halloween and New Orleans Update.
  • Free-Range Children: Most of the characters appear are in their early teens, yet they spend most of their time at the train tracks drawing graffiti and running from the Inspector.
  • Hover Board: Several can be purchased in the Shop. It functions as limited crash protection.
  • Land Downunder: Visited Sydney in April 2013 and returned in July-August of 2015
  • Le Parkour: Essentially what you get up to while trying to evade the Inspector, what with your fancy flips and jumps, your avoiding getting hit by trains and other obstacles, and your special equipment.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Including purchasable reskins of existing characters (like Zombie Jake and the Festive outfits), all characters unlocked by tokens and limited characters, there is currently 110 playable characters. That’s a lot for this type of game.
  • Luck-Based Mission:
    • Any "Collect X number of items in a single run" mission depends on the item actually showing up during the course of your game.
    • The "Get 60,000 points without jumping or rolling" mission. Most of the time, you're going to run into obstacles that force you to do one or the other in a playthrough. Same with the "Get X points without changing lines" mission. However, it's easier to achieve if you use Score Boosters and Headstarts.
  • Magic Skirt: Mostly averted. Most of the girls either wear pants or dresses/skirts with tights underneath. There are a few costumes (like Mei's "Islander" and "Bumi" outfits) where this trope is in full effect: Skirts stay rigidly in place, no matter what acrobatics are taking place. And any hint of anything else is obscured in shadow.
  • National Stereotypes: Each Limited Character is a icon of whatever is associate with a certain country. Notable examples include...
    • Carmen is a Carnival Dancer from Rio.
    • Roberto is a Scooter Boy and a fan of Soccer from Rome.
    • Coco is a Mime.
    • Alex does Russian Squat Dances.
    • Rex is an Elvis Impersonator from Vegas.
    • Marco is an Gondola rower from Venice.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The game takes place largely above ground rather than in a subway. The "surfing" part is this for those who have not heard of train surfing.
  • Palette Swap:
    • None of the Surfers has special abilities to differentiate themselves.
    • The Surfers later gain outfits, which is essentially a palette swap.
    • The Boards mostly played this straight. However, Its averted with the ones that has abilities. Later, said boards gain abilities as well.
  • Power-Up Magnet: The magnet draws all coins towards you.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Almost all of the playable characters. Spike, Zoe and The Inspector are the only aversions.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Most of the black and Asian characters.
  • Score Multiplier: It increases the more missions sets you complete. There's also an in-game powerup that doubles your score.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Wayne seems to be a John Wayne reference, with his cowboy getup.
    • Yutani is named after something from Aliens.
  • Shown Their Work: All but the earliest World Tour editions apply their respective cities' subway train liveries to the trains in the game. The Miami edition even includes the Miami Metrorail logo. Strangely, the Los Angeles edition does not use the city's actual train liveries and instead uses a generic design.
  • Stern Chase: The Inspector will not give up chasing you, and the game ends when you slip up and he catches you (or, alternatively, if both you and him collide with an incoming train).
  • Taking You with Me: If you lose by bumping into an obstacle after you've stumbled once, the Inspector and his dog is thrown along with you.
  • Temporary Online Content: Any limited character and board after the deadline. Unless they decide to return to that location.
  • The Bus Came Back: Updates returned to New York, Rome, Tokyo, New Orleans, Paris, Beijing, Seoul, Mumbai, Los Angeles and Rio. This allowed for Tony, Roberto, Harumi, Eddy, Coco, Sun, Mina, Jay, Wayne, and Carmen to be purchased again. It's also become common for location-specific characters to return if their aesthetic matches with the current location, like the Berlin punk Nina returning when the featured location was Edinburgh with a punk aesthetic.
  • Vague Age: All player characters. Most of them seem to be teenagers, some appear to be young adults, then there’s Frank who is actually an adult. However, nobody has confirmed ages.
  • Villain Protagonist: Downplayed. The protagonists are graffiti artists trying to escape the law.
  • Viva Las Vegas!: The location of the January 2015 update.
  • World Tour: Since the third update. The characters visit (and break the law in) several major world cities, with the background and train liveries changing to match. Limited-edition characters also pop up with each new city.


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