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Style, sophistication, the ability to launch napalm into oncoming traffic. If these are the things you look for in an automobile, it's time you test drive Twisted Metal.
— Commercial for Twisted Metal 2

Dubbed "Doom with cars", Twisted Metal is a series of demolition derby games that allows the player to choose from various vehicles armed with guns, missiles, and other weapons. The prize? You get one wish from the man in charge, Calypso. You can wish for anything you want in the world, no matter what the cost, how rare it is, or impossible it would be to obtain. But Be Careful What You Wish For, you might be surprised at what you get.

Twisted Metal 1 first appeared on PlayStation in 1995. It and its immediate sequel Twisted Metal 2 were created by Singletrac, and were regarded as the best in the series. After those, 989 Studios took over and made Twisted Metal 3 and 4, which changed, among other things, the graphics to a more "3D" look (while the first two were in 3D, things like weapon pickups were 2D sprites), several characters' backstories, and in 4, even the origin of the wish-granting magic. Twisted Metal changed hands once again, this time back to the original developers (then known as Incognito, Inc.), who released Twisted Metal Black for PlayStation 2. Black was considered Darker and Edgier, even in a series revolving around killing anything and anyone that moves, due to new takes on characters and their backstories. Shortly after, Twisted Metal Head-On was released for PSP, which "went back to the series' roots," and takes place directly after Twisted Metal 2, making 3 and 4 Canon Discontinuity.

The eighth entry into the series, simply titled Twisted Metal, was released on Valentine's Day 2012.

A live action television adaptation was released from Sony Pictures Television and Sony Interactive Entertainment’s PlayStation Studios division on July 27 2023. Developed by Rhett Reese and Paul Wenrick (Zombieland, Deadpool), Cobra Kai veteran Michael Jonathan Smith will write, Will Arnett will executive produce, and Anthony Mackie starred as John Doe. Peacock has given the show a series order.


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  • Absurdly-Spacious Sewer: Black has a sewer level with tunnels large enough to drive a semi truck in.
  • All Just a Dream:
    • From various in-game hints, Black seems to occur completely in Needles Kane's head.
    • In 2, the driver of Roadkill wakes up from a coma caused by a massive highway pileup, giving the impression that the competition happened in his head, with the other drivers involved being the other contestants.
      • Or Was It a Dream?: However, Marcus' ending shows a brief glimpse of Calypso's burning eyes...
  • All-Stereotype Cast: Twisted Metal 3 alone includes a stereotypical raver, a sexy environmentalist Granola Girl, a "get off my lawn"-type granny, a black guy from "the hood" who wants to "kick it with his homies in the crib", an expy of The Prodigy's frontman, a burly construction worker, a Ghost Rider expy and a crazy deranged homeless guy.
  • Alpha Bitch: Krista/Dollface in the 2012 reboot, to a psychopathic/Ax-Crazy degree. She feels that she deserves to become a supermodel due to her hard work... her definition of which includes sabotaging her rivals and, at times, outright murdering them.
  • Alternate Continuity: Currently exists in three timelines (the original, Black, and the 2012 reboot). The third and fourth games do not exist in any of them.
  • Anime Hair: Dollface in reboot sports bright pink hair.
  • Ancient Egypt: A stage in Twisted Metal 3 and Head-On.
  • Anticlimax: Played for Laughs in Thumper's "Lost Ending", when Bruce refuses to shoot the man who kidnapped his girlfriend after Calypso offers him a gun and instead leaves with her…
    Calypso: That was anticlimactic! Aims gun at the kidnapper
    Kidnapper: Oh my god…
    Calypso starts opening fire on him
  • Area 51: A stage in Twisted Metal 3.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • Outlaw's fate in the Lost Ending has Captain Roberts wish for a world without Twisted Metal, just like in the real game's ending. Unlike it, however, Roberts gets trapped in a black void instead of getting shot into space.
    • Everyone who dies in the tournament is subjected to this in the reboot, being trapped inside of Calypso's painting and held in asylum-like cells in what looks like Hell. Previous games imply this to be the case with their own forms of Your Soul Is Mine!, but the reboot explicitly shows the deceased as being in agony.
    • Mr. Grimm suffers this in 2, wishing for The End of the World as We Know It it to get his soul-collecting fix, but with the human race being entirely wiped out, he's left to starve for eternity.
  • Artifact Name: The Spectre car only had a driver that fit its ghostly theme during its in the first game, with the spirit of Scott Campbell behind the wheel. Since then, its only been driven by a fame-hungry actor, a psychotic bridesmaid and a greedy Casanova Wannabe, though Bloody Mary may have been named after a famous spiritual urban legend. At least in Small Brawl, the "driver" does dress like a Bedsheet Ghost.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Black. Mr Grimm wears the skull of his dead friend Benny as a helmet, but the cutscenes showing Benny when he was alive reveal his head was normal, the same size as Grimm's. Somehow, said skull at least doubled in size after his death, making it large enough to be worn. The skull seems to have stitches in it, perhaps implying Grimm broke it apart and put it back together so it would fit, but even that explanation is a stretch of what's possible in real life.
  • As Himself: Rob Zombie is a playable character in 4.
  • Avenging the Villain: Needles' son wants to kill Calypso for killing his father.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Talon in the 2012 game; it's a helicopter, so while it can assault others from the sky it also has the disadvantage of being slow and its machine gun Special Weapon requires you to manually aim at your target while also leaving you in place for them to retaliate, and it's also difficult to avoid Freeze Missiles which cause it to fall to the ground.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Krista Sparks and Simon Whittlebone, the drivers of Grasshopper and Mr. Slam, respectively, return as ghosts in Head-On.
    • Scott Campbell, the driver of Spectre in 1, and Preacher in Lost, the bonus Black pseudo-sequel game included in Head-On.
    • Calypso resurrects Sophie Kane in the reboot.
  • Bad Boss: Both Needles and Dollface in the reboot are revealed to be pretty dickish towards their gunners. The former killed off his gunner after he finished planting the C4 under the remaining Grimm Brother to detonate the bomb. The latter shot her gunner after defeating the Carnival of Carnage. Seems that only the 'asshole' Mr. Grimm isn't such an asshole he claims to be. In fact, he would have let his men who were driving the "Brothers Grimm" Monster Trucks enter the next tournament, had they killed Needles.
  • Badass Driver: The entire cast.
  • Battle Royale Game: The series' primary game mode; your goal in each level is to be the last car standing, with all vehicles treating each other as enemies and the player having the luxury of extra lives (in singleplayer). The singleplayer AI tends to focus on the player as not to allow them to exploit the AI and let the enemy cars take care of each other.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The characters get their wishes granted, but not how they imagined them. Arguably one of the main themes of the series.
    • Generally averted when the desire is to take vengeance or otherwise allow others to come to harm (as is usually the case with Needles Kane, the driver of Sweet Tooth). Of course, Calypso got his powers by stealing them from a demon, so it's arguable if he's even capable of being nice.
      • Axel's ending in 2 would imply that he is.
    • Played straight in 3. Every ending was scripted the same way: car gets in, Calypso states the winner's wish, then cue to pun as Calypso gets the last laugh. Taken to such extreme that some drivers ask for completely random stuff (Auger's driver entered to get revenge for his buildings being destroyed, but he wishes to "connect to his inner child"...).
    • In 2, Mr. Grimm, who feeds on the souls of the dead, wishes to feast — which leads to humanity wiping itself out. He gets his feast, but after that there are no more humans to die, and thus, no more souls to feed on, leaving him to starve.
    • Of course, in the first game Calypso really did seem to grant the wishes without a catch for the most part. And occasionally, while he deliberately ignores the thought or intention behind a wish, he does something fairly harmless - like giving Axel a pizza or sending Needles to the dentist.
    • Sweet Tooth is a half-and-half guy; plays ball sometimes, screws them over sometimes, and even rejects their wishes twice. This distribution is not based on Alignment.
    • The 2012 reboot only has three drivers, and all three endings involve this trope. Oddly, despite the reboot being up there with Black as one of the darkest games in the series, Calypso seems to be at his least outwardly malicious here; the wishes going wrong are as much the fault of the people making them as the man granting them.
      • Sweet Tooth: He finally found the one who got away after ten long years. Waking up confused in a casket and asking where his prize was, Calypso drops the ball on him: after the attack, Sophie Kane checked out of the psych ward and committed suicide. Sweet Tooth was condemned to share the casket with Sophie's rotted corpse. (At least, until Marcus' surviving son Charlie digs the grave up to retrieve the mask and vow revenge...)
      • Grimm: Daniel Grimm got his wish to go back and keep his father from dying in the stunt accident. But Calypso set him in the backseat of his dad's truck, and his appearance caused father Grimm to try and fight him off, resulting in a crash that killed his father anyway. Both versions of Daniel survived... until the younger version took his father's hidden revolver and shot the older version dead.
      • Dollface: As she progressed through the contest, Krista Sparks became torn between either finally having her mask removed or succumbing to her ego and wishing to become the most famous supermodel in the world. She chose the latter, figuring that removing the mask would just leave her where she was before her accident, dealing with all manner of upstarts trying to bring her down on their way to the top. And so, she wished to be put on the world's biggest runway in hopes of instantly becoming famous. Just her luck, she should've specified "catwalk" instead of "runway", because she ends up on an airport runway. She tried to run away as an airplane started to land, but in a twist of cruel irony, one of her heels broke off. The fall sealed her fate and she was splattered beneath the plane's landing gear. Afterwards, we hear people talking about her grisly death on the radio, indicating that she became "famous" the same way the Black Dahlia did. The saddest irony? The mask finally did come off. Calypso later gets ahold of it, as it is seen being displayed in his trophy case with items from many other previous contestants.
  • Bedlam House:
    • Blackfield Asylum, of course.
    • It seems that Calypso has the Preacher from the reboot sent to this during the ending. And then the camera scales back, and back... and back, revealing that it's actually Hell.
  • Being God Is Hard: Not so much of a god as he is more of a deity, but Mr. Grimm accidentally devoured a soul he was supposed to deliver, and has been addicted to devouring souls since then. He then entered the tournament so that he can wish for someone else to take his job. Bottom line, he entered the tournament to quit being the Grim Reaper.
  • Big Bad: Calypso in all the games. However, in 4 the roles are switched between Calypso and Needles Kane (referred to as Sweet Tooth in this game).
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family:
    • The Kanes. Needles Kane (the driver of Sweet Tooth) is a serial killer, and Charlie Kane is either an old drunkard taxi driver turned insane (main series) or a dead zombie remote-controlled by his son (Black continuity). Marcus Kane seems to avert this until we learn that he and Needles are the same person, just two different personalities.
    • And in the reboot, his son, Charlie, takes over his father's (Needles specifically) place and Calypso resurrects his daughter, Sophie, as a female version of the titular clown.
    • In a manner of speaking, The Joneses from 4 also qualify. Damn tourists. Sweet Tooth was right to drive them all off a cliff at his own expense!
  • Black-and-Grey Morality: While some of the drivers have more admirable goals than others, even the most noble are willing to go along with the loss of life and destruction that the Twisted Metal tournament entails.
  • Blood Sport: The first two games were actually played as such, with cheering crowds in a couple of levels.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The original games were usually reserved to blood puddles and explosions with few exceptions. Black and the 2012 reboot changes this up a bit with a lot more violent scenes in addition to being Darker and Edgier.
  • Bonus Feature Failure: The hidden characters of Black except for Yellow Jacket are missing introduction movies and character bios; all of them are missing mid-game cutscenes to follow the boss fight against Minion; and the FMVs they do have are very cheap-looking compared to those of the normal drivers.
    • The Boss Characters in 4 don't have specific ending FMVs either, it's the generic one also used when playing with a custom car.
  • Boss in Mook's Clothing: Juggernaut in the reboot certainly counts if you're fighting against it in the campaign. An already tough vehicle which can dish out tremendous damage by just ramming you, it also always has its trigun and quad cannon activated (both capable of spamming TONS of bullets and swarmers) and is bound to be a Mook Maker. If that wasn't bad enough, its weakpoints are pretty hard to hit; its trailer doors open for a brief moment when releasing mooks and trying to attack it head-on is usually near suicide.
  • Bounty Hunter: Quatro in Twisted Metal 4.
  • Bowdlerise:
    • Due to their very graphic and unsettling nature, the PAL version of Black saw the removal of character FMVs.
    • Also the story behind the "Lost Endings" for Twisted Metal 1, with the higher ups objecting against them due to the violence and Stripperific chicks appearing in them.
  • Broad Strokes: 1, 2 and Head-On share a loose continuity that has multiple characters somehow reappear throughout installments even though it's a Deadly Game and there can only be one winner. In addition, some characters (most notably Sweet Tooth) change radically between games even though it's supposedly the same continuity.
  • The Cameo: The final boss of Black is a large assault chopper called Warhawk; Warhawk is a small series of Sony-platform games created by Singletrac/Incog where the player pilots such a vehicle.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Twisted Metal: Head-On acts as a direct sequel to 2, and ignores Twisted Metal 3 & 4. Black, meanwhile, is set in its own continuity, as is Twisted Metal: Small Brawl (basically Twisted Metal for kids, with RC cars). The reboot is yet another continuity.
  • Car Fu:
    • It's an option with every vehicle, but a few have it as part of their Special Weapons arsenal. Darkside, Hammerhead and Mr. Slam are the most notable examples, and in Black, Axel and Yellowjacket have secondary Car Fu modes as hidden moves. Grasshopper's special attack in 2 and Head-On, meanwhile, involves launching her buggy into the air and landing on enemies. Melee combat is particularly important in the first game, where most of the devastating weapons of the later games do not exist yet and many special weapons are useless. When you are in a semi truck and all you have is a wimpy firebolt as your weapon, you probably want to hit the turbo and plow into people instead.
    • It's even more prevalent than ever in the 2012 reboot. Larger vehicles like Darkside and his bigger brother Juggernaut, are capable of dishing out enough damage with a single ram to knock off at least 50% of another vehicle's armor.
  • Catapult to Glory: Brimstone's special weapon involves launching a crucified sinner through the air who then latches onto your vehicle and ritualistically kamikaze's with dynamite while yelling "Repent!" on contact with enemies.
  • Chaotic Car Ride: Spoofed in Twisted Metal 4. The game introduces a boorish and obnoxious suburban family known as the Joneses as playable characters. In their ending, they wish for Sweet Tooth to become their personal chauffeur. The family's shrill singing during car trips annoys Sweet Tooth so much that he deliberately drives their van off a cliff, presumably killing them all.
  • Character Customization: Amazingly present in 4. However, it's extremely primitive, with few options for your vehicle and only four breeds of special weapon from which to select.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • In the first game, Calypso just grants the wishes straight-up, without any twists or manipulation... save for Outlaw. In the "lost endings", he's more of a dick, granting and then subverting the wishes (what he does to Scott Campbell is outright Kick the Dog). It's only with the second game that he becomes the master of Be Careful What You Wish For and Literal Genie. Heck, in the third game all of the endings for the drivers are a case of Jerkass Genie at the hands of Calypso's wish giving, even when the wish they make is as clear as crystal.
    • The first game plays "Needles" Kane's psychosis purely for laughs, especially in the dumped live action endings. The second game added in the perma-burning scalp, but still treated him as an actual clown with murderous tendencies. It wasn't until Black that he was fully transformed into the very definition of a Monster Clown, both in backstory AND in-game.
  • Composite Character: Dollface in the reboot has the mask of the Twisted Metal: Black Dollface, but shares her name (Krista Sparks) with an unrelated character from 2 and Head-On, and her motivations (pursuit of fame) call to mind the driver of Spectre in 2.
  • Continuity Nod: In the 2012 reboot, Mr. Grimm's story shows Calypso's office. He has kept mementos of past drivers and Twisted Metal Contests from the 1 to Head-On and Black continuities. Among the items we have:
    • From the first Twisted Metal: Sweet Tooth's imaginary friend Crazy Harold the Wacky Lunch Sack, Crimson Fury/Warthog's black box and Spectre/Yellow Jacket's vial of potion (from the live-action endings)
    • From Twisted Metal 2: Twister's fossilized helmet, Hammerhead's plane tickets and some bricks from Simon Whittlebone's tower.
    • From Twisted Metal: Black: The girl's teddy bear from Stone's story (though it could also be Krista's teddy bear from Head-On), No-Face's surgical boxing gloves, Raven's voodoo dolls, John Doe's wallet, and Mr. Creole's key to Dollface's mask.
    • From the 2012 game: Sweet Tooth's Machetes, Mr. Grimm's father's license plate, Dollface's mask.
  • Convection, Schmonvection: The Amazon level from 2. While driving over lava will damage your vehicle, driving next to it won't do anything, and even vehicles with open cockpits like Mr Grimm or Axle, the driver is unharmed.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: A tie-in comic for Twisted Metal 2 came out back in its time as a giveaway prize. It focus on Calypso's Start of Darkness and how he become the host of the tournament.
  • Cool Car: Virtually every vehicle in the series.
    • Cool Bike: Mr. Grimm.
    • Cool Plane: Warhawk in Black. The PS3 game adds the Talon, a helicopter.
    • Tank Goodness: Minion, usually. Warthog to a lesser extent (if it's not a tank, it's a hummer.)
  • Cool Sidecar: Mr. Grimm's motorcycle from most games has a sidecar attached, which holds a gatling gun.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard:
    • In 2012, if you watch one of the AI opponents, you will notice they can re spawn their special weapons almost instantly. With one time using its special five times in one go just after the match started. It is also able to use other items without having to previously acquire them.
    • They do that in all Twisted Metals, in 2012 they also do more damage, gang up on you, and can use the sniper rifle instantly without charging it (which is an instant death) and many times there is no laser to warn you. If this happens you have to restart completely.
  • Crapsack World:
    • Every stage. If they aren't when the match begins, they sure as hell are when it ends.
    • Straight up the whole setting of Midtown in Black, a rundown industrial town plagued by crime.
  • Curse Cut Short: "Shut up and bleed, you motherfu—[Scare Chord]"
  • Cypher Language: How Minion communicates to the player during Black's loading screens. 1=A, 2=B, etc.
  • Darker and Edgier: Applies to Black, with Downer Endings and Nightmare Fuel galore. It's the first game in the series to get an M rating (for good reason), and it is the first game in the series with absolutely no humor whatsoever, being for the most part relatively grim and depressing. Head-On along with the 2012 reboot, while also dark, would both return the series to its more awesome and action-packed roots.
    • Openly invoked when discussing Black in the documentary "The Dark Past": "A lot of times you think that, when someone has these kind of ideas, you're thinking 'Are they trying too hard to edgy, and cool, and not nerd-like, or do they really kind of think this way?'"
  • Dark Messiah: As explained by Calypso in the reboot, The Clowns worship Needles Kane, going so far as to build a horrifyingly huge robot circus tent in his image. They are even convinced that, just like the Messianic Archetype he will one day return (might be true, if you consider either Charlie or Sophie...). But we all know that Needles is just an Ax-Crazy Monster Clown Split Personality who killed most of his alter ego's family and doesn't give a shit about killing his own men for his own gain.
  • The Death of Death: A downplayed example in Head On. If Mr. Grimm wins the Twisted Metal tournament, he wishes for somebody else to take his role as the grim reaper. When Calypso grants his wish, a nearby girl is turned into the reaper while Mr. Grimm is turned into a mortal human being. Unfortunately for him, he is almost immediately killed by a truck.
  • Denser and Wackier: Twisted Metal 4 pretty much did away with most of the original cast, save for Sweet Tooth, Mr. Grimm and Calypso, and just went with an entire cast that looked like it came from a Carnival freakshow. Justified in that it was Sweet Tooth who now ran Twisted Metal.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • Every game includes one or two endings where Calypso has the tables turned on him.
    • Averted in Twisted Metal 3. He wins EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
    • Averted again in the reboot, ironically. He also wins EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Though less jarring than in TM3, since for the most part, it was a case of Karmic Justice.
    • Sweet Tooth is not exempt from this in Twisted Metal 4 either when he runs the competition. A few of the endings screw him over.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Sophie Kane is revived as a female version of Needles in the ending of the 2012 reboot.
  • Dull Surprise: Every single ending in Twisted Metal 3. See here.
  • Dysfunction Junction: The starting characters and two of the secret characters in Twisted Metal: Black are institutionalized for various reasons and suffer from various disorders. The rest aren't much better; Cage is a serial killer who wishes to no longer feel remorse for his crimes, and the only things Black knows how to do is eat, crap, and kill. Marcus Kane is essentially the same he was in 2, except he speaks in code to disguise himself.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The first game is less silly than the rest of the series, playing up its Blood Sport nature, lacks or implements differently several gameplay features and has a major case of Characterization Marches On.
    • Energy abilities such as the shield, jumping and invisibility were not a thing in the first game, and rear-firing missiles, freeze missiles and land mines were regular weapon pickups instead.
  • Easy-Mode Mockery: When played on Easy, the second game ends just after the first boss with a big stop sign featuring the message "No losers allowed beyond this point". The third game has less harsh version of this, where you can play the whole game, but you won't get an ending after beating it.
  • Energy Weapon: Besides being the special of a few cars throughout the series, it's the special weapon pickup in the Tokyo (shot from a satellite dish) and Egypt (shot from the tip of the pyramid) stages in Twisted Metal 3.
  • Evil Versus Evil: A few of the games pit a psychopathic Monster Clown versus a Literal Genie empowered by a demon against one another. Considering that most of the other racers are Anti-Heroes at best, this trope is widespread.
  • Exact Words: When you meet Calypso, you need to be very careful how you word your wish...
  • Expansion Pack: Twisted Metal Black Online, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Expy: Mr. Grimm in Twisted Metal 2 bears a striking resemblance to the Ghost Rider. When you select him on the car select screen, his skull even catches fire. Needles Kane is an expy of the The Joker, at least in the earlier games.
    • Needles Kane may in fact have been based off of real-life serial killer clown John Wayne Gacy
  • Eye Scream:
    • No-Face from Black had his eyes and tongue removed by a back alley doctor who lost $20,000 betting on him in a boxing match, although he can still see well enough to drive. Also, Shadow's ending in Black features Raven using voodoo dolls to gouge out the eyes of the two punks who killed her best friend Kelly, then implying that she will do the same to her parents.
    • The manual clarifies that No-Face has some sort of psychic ability that lets him 'know' where everyone is so he can drive his car.
    • This is how Sophie was able to escape from Needles; she stabbed him in the eye.
  • Face on the Cover: Needles' grinning visage is the centerpiece of all game covers.
  • Flanderization: In the first game, Calypso pretty much granted everyone's wish as they wanted, only twisting Outlaw's words because he wanted the contest to end (he wished to be in "a world without Twisted Metal", so Calypso sent him into space). By the next game, Calypso starts twisting almost everyone's words for no real reason. It soon became a defining characteristic of the franchise's endings.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In Black, the police helicopter Warhawk's arrival is foreshadowed by Bloody Mary's level quote, but she's too delusional to realize this herself.
    "From here, I can hear the sound of wedding bells. They're a lot like police sirens...I never noticed that before."
    • In the 2012 game as Sweet Tooth attempts to kill the one that got away, blood splatters on the family picture of the Kanes, covering up the members he killed. Aside from himself and Sophie, Charlie also remains visible and not covered in blood. In the ending, it's revealed that Sweet Tooth only cut him and let him live as a potential heir.
  • Fragile Speedster: Twister, Crimson Fury, ATV and Quattro, among others. Indy cars and motorcycles tend to be poorly armored.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Needles Kane's Head On ending. Calypso, in Needles Kane's body, is then killed when...
    Calypso: "Guards! Kill the intruder!"
    Needles Kane: "Oooh, good idea! Do that!"
    Calypso is promptly gunned down by his old guards.
  • Freestate Amsterdam: Twisted Metal 2 stage "Holland: Field of Screams" which consists of several tulip fields and a pair of windmills.
  • Friend-or-Idol Decision: Dollface in Black has the chance to obtain the key to unlock her mask, but at the life of her former boss, who put the thing on her in the first place. She takes the key, killing him, but decides that she doesn't want it anyway, saying that the mask will never grow old and ugly, while her normal face will. Although in Twisted Metal: Lost, this was revealed to be a bad decision, because as Dollface found out, while the mask will never age, it will never grow either, while her skull still is. After the 8-10 year Time Skip between Black and Lost, this is really starting to damage what's left of her mind...
  • Game-Breaker: Sweet Tooth in 4 is the undisputed most overpowered, gamebreakingly ridiculous character in the entire series. This is due to his Special Attack, which can practically destroy weaker cars with 1 shot, and traps the target in an electrical surge, rendering movement almost impossible. This in turn, makes the targets sitting ducks for a second hit. It is so powerful that landing just one, and mind you it has homing capability and very long range, essentially guarantees a kill.
  • Gang Up on the Human: The AI in the series generally don't put too much effort into combating each other. While Black is the notable exception in that the AI can somewhat often be seen engaging in serious combat with each other, 2012's has the absolute worst of this when playing a standard deathmatch game. The AI will rush the player's position and proceed to simply surround and destroy them while outright ignoring each other.
  • Gatling Good: Many cars use gatling guns as their basic armament, and the Death Warrant vehicle in the PS3 game has your gunner use a man-portable one as a Special Attack.
  • Gay Paree: Twisted Metal 2 stage "Paris: Monumental Disaster". It consists of a small chunk of the Paris city center filled to the brim with historical monuments, boutiques and alleys, and crammed between the Eiffel Tower (which you can destroy by detonating a remote bomb on the upper level) and the Louvre Museum. And it's awesome. So awesome, that they remade it in Head-On.
  • Generation Xerox / Spin-Offspring: What the cast of Small Brawl is revealed to be in Spectre's Ending.
  • Glorious Mother Russia:
    • Twisted Metal 2 stage, "Moscow: Suicide Slide".
    • The Moscow level in Head-On is arguably a better example. While the one in 2 only contained a small arena with none of the city's landmarks, the one in Head-On featured Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, the Kremlin, and a few SCUD missiles that could be used to blow up parts of the scenery.
  • Gorn: Pedestrians are scattered all over the various suburbs and city areas you battle through in most of the games in the series. Yes, they can be killed. Yes, they can be blown to bits. Yes, it is messy. Starting with Black and continuing into the 2012 reboot, you can even kill the opponent drivers once their vehicle is destroyed, as they will run across the arena panicking while on fire.
    • Also, the cutscenes in both Black and the reboot can be quite on the violent and bloody side.
  • Hammerspace: Where the weapons are stored after weapon select animations were introduced starting with Black. There is even an animation for the motorbike producing a large oil barrel. In Black, Sweet Tooth's special attack involves it transforming into a Humongous Mecha, even though there isn't enough room in car mode to store its towering clown robot form.
  • Hate Sink: The Jones Family in Twisted Metal 4. Even the clown at the ending can't stand them.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: At least once someone has been able to successfully make a wish that screws Calypso over. This isn't the only way Calypso is defeated though.
    • Most directly was Head-On, where Sweet Tooth wishes for he and Calypso to swap bodies. Sweet Tooth immediately orders Calypso's guards to shoot him
  • Humongous Mecha:
    • Tower Tooth in Head-On, conveniently hiding in the streets of Tokyo as an ice cream shop.
    • Then of course there's the Iron Maiden Dear crap, look at it
      Iron Maiden: RUN LITTLE MAN! RUN!!!
    • Then there's also the Carnival of Carnage, a hideously gigantic Monster Clown robot built in the image of Needles, by far the largest fully functional combat vehicle in Twisted Metal history. Its so big that it takes up several levels to fight it (the flamethrowing clown head beneath it, the giant pinball table inside it, the trap-laden path towards the actual boss, the actual boss itself).
  • I Am a Humanitarian: Mr. Grimm is revealed to be this in a flashback in Black.
  • I Have a Family:
    • This is said by one of Needles Kane's victims in his opening cinematic in Black. Needles Kane's response? "Shut up and bleed, you motherfu-", being interrupted by the sound of lightning.
    • It's also the last thing John Doe remembers before Calypso kills him.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Meter Maid's ending in 4. She gives Sweet Tooth a parking fine worth millions of dollars. She says she'll clear it all up if Sweet Tooth himself does a "few minutes of community service." Sweet Tooth is enticed and takes her up on her offer. We then see Sweet Tooth taking a driver's safety course.
  • It's Going Down: The Eiffel Tower in both versions of the Paris stage.
  • Jackass Genie: Usually Calypso is a Literal Genie, but he's still guilty of doing this on a couple of occasions.
  • Land of Dragons: Twisted Metal 2 stage "Hong Kong Crunch".
  • Large Ham: Calypso. At least when he actually talks.
  • Last Breath Bullet: Outlaw's ending in Black. Just after killing the terrorist the second time, he looks over at the family he was trying to save. We hear over his earpiece "Target is still hot! Repeat, target is still hot!" just before the Pink Mist gets splattered everywhere.
  • Later-Installment Weirdness: 4 has quite a few oddities compared to games before and since:
    • For the first and last time in the series, Calypso isn't the host of the titular tournament, Sweet Tooth is, with Calypso being Promoted to Playable as a result.
    • Outside of Calypso and Mr. Grimm, none of the cast or vehicles from previous games makes a playable return.
    • During gameplay, opponents are referred to by their drivers instead of the name of the vehicles they drive.
  • Legacy Character:
    • Many of the cars that appear in multiple games keep their appearance and special attack. Some, however, like Sweet Tooth, don't technically count, since their drivers are actually the same person every time.
    • Spectre in particular has played with this trope especially, even outside of being driven by multiple different people throughout the series. An Easter Egg in Small Brawl reveals that the kid's father was Ken Masters from 2, and the locket that Calypso tosses his way contains the key to the actual car. Head-On explains that Spectre can by won in a contest to compete in the tournament, justifying its frequent appearances and different drivers.
  • Lethal Lava Land: "Amazonia: The Fire Walk" in Twisted Metal 2.
  • Lighter and Softer:
    • Small Brawl: it's still somewhat dark, however. The game itself is bloodless and kid-friendly because you drive radio-controlled cars (not to mention Sweet Tooth here being just a mischievous kid rather than an out-and-out psychopath), but then you get to the endings where Calypso is eaten by a giant frog, nearly blown up with a large firework rocket, shoots one of the drivers into space or leaves a giant pile of explosives to try and blow up another participant.
    • 4, while not to that degree, is in general much sillier and more colorful than any other game in the series so far.
    • Though it's not much difference, the 2012 Reboot compared to it's predecessor Black. While the reboot has it's dark and scary elements, it does even it out with some truly awesome, action-packed and funny moments as well. Black on the other hand is from start to finish dark and disturbing.
  • Limited Animation: The intro and endings in 2 are done in "motion comic" style. There aren't even mouth movements.
  • Literal Genie: Calypso switches between being this and just misinterpreting wishes in general. Some of the best examples of this are Warthog's ending in 2 (a 100 year old man wishes for the body of a 20 year old, but didn't get the head to match) and Twister in Head-On (Came Back Wrong in a nutshell).
  • Little People Are Surreal: In the 2012 reboot, when Krista goes to a Back-Alley Doctor to fix her face, and "Dr. Ospylac" is a creepy old dwarf who gives her a magic doll mask that will supposedly help her heal. When she calls back, she learns that the mysterious doctor doesn't even exist.
  • Live-Action Cutscene:
    • The first game was meant to have these for its cutscenes, but they were cut in the final product. They were showcased as extra content in the PS2 version of Twisted Metal Head-On.
    • The 2012 game, likely harkening back to said first game, uses them in full for its story mode.
  • Louis Cypher: Calypso tempts people to do horrifically evil things in exchange for wishes which he screws with as much as possible.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: In Black, using explosives and other weapons on pedestrians in the area will blow them to bits.
  • Mayincatec: The "Amazonia" level from the second game features Aztec-style pyramids surrounded by lava emerging from a volcano, in Brazil.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Some weapons such as the MIRV, Rain 2, Reticle, Zoomy, Swarmer and the specials of some characters such as Sweet Tooth's and Roadkill's in Black.
  • Man on Fire: The "losers" in Black and the 2012 Reboot run around screaming and burning for a few seconds before dropping dead. In the Reboot, players can get a "Mercy Bonus" in the form of free Health or Powerups running them over before they finished burning to death.
  • Mascot Villain: Needles Kane skirts close to this. He's definitely a villain, but still a pawn in the game of the series' real Big Bad.
  • Master of All: Minion, who has top-tier stats in all areas.
  • Merging the Branches: While no two characters' endings could technically occur (since, by the nature of the contest, you kill all the other drivers), there are many times when more than one ending in a game is made canon.
    • Several endings from Twisted Metal 2 are treated as happened in Head-On: Axel, Outlaw 2, Twister, Mr. Slamm, and Grasshopper (sorta). Though Axel's story is written in a way that suggests his previous ending happened as a result of having survived rather than because he won, and the others may be Hand Waved by the fact there are two years between the games, and the tournament has always been annual. It should be noted that the endings of Sweet Tooth, Mr. Grimm, and (depending on how you interpret it) Roadkill are ignored. Spectre, Warthog, Hammerhead, Thumper, and maybe Shadow are given new drivers.
    • On the other hand, Outlaw's ending in the first Twisted Metal is pretty much the ending that happened, as it's the only one brought up twice: it's the focus of Outlaw-2's story in Twisted Metal 2 and is referenced again in Head-On.
    • Twisted Metal: Lost, the mini-game found in the PS2 port of Head-On which serves as a "sequel" to Black, treats EVERY ending from Black as having happened, even if they included objects/events impossible to come by any other way.
    • Twisted Metal 3 had the same issue to a lesser extent, what's with Warthog's driver wishing to have the head to match his body, the two Outlaws being reunited, and Axel claiming he separated from the machine (though his hands do seem undamaged).
  • Mind Screw:
    • For a Vehicular Combat game, Twisted Metal is this trope as a whole! Many got confused guessing what is Marcus'/Needles' real identity. It also didn't made sense as to how Marcus and Needles, who are the same person, could co-exist as separate people and fighting each other in the contest. That said, if they are the same person, how is it that one of them could STILL survive after killing the other since they're the exact same person?
    • Twisted Metal's alternate universes are also pretty damn confusing to get it right. While Black does takes place in Needles' mind, Marcus also made an appearance in that universe (as Minion) who as we've known, is always paranoid about Twisted Metal being just a nightmare. He says that he misses the colourful world. But in the colourful universe, Marcus is still as paranoid as ever, forever stating that everything isn't real while Calypso always tells him that Twisted Metal is as real as how he wanted it to be. This could be suggested that the colourful universe takes place in Marcus' mind. That said, the Black and colourful continuities are both just dreams and that nothing is real.
      • And then we have Small Brawl, which is a Lighter and Softer version for kids. You wouldn't expect this to be connected to the Black and colourful universes, right? Well, in Spectre's ending, it was revealed that the boy was the son of Ken Masters, the Spectre in Twisted Metal 2, which is set in the colourful universe Marcus always regards as a nightmare. This makes Small Brawl a dream within a dream... Goddamn! Are the creators of Twisted Metal fans of Studio Gainax's or 07th Expansion's animes or what?
      • And then we have to fit in the Alternate Universe of the 2012 game.
  • Mood Whiplash: In 2012, the cutscenes are stylised and disturbing, with intense, yet mostly grounded scenes of Sweet Tooth and Dollface committing their various murders. Then comes the gameplay, which is full of explosions, giant robots, and ridiculously over the top battle grounds.
  • Monster Clown:
    • Needles Kane. What else do you expect from a serial killer whose head is on fire?
    • Sophie Kane in the reboot is an Evil Is Sexy version.
  • Monumental Battle: The Eiffel Tower, the pyramids of Egypt...
  • Monumental Damage: The Eiffel Tower, the pyramids, the Statue of Liberty, the Hollywood sign... and many, many more.
  • Multi-Platform: The first two games were also released on PC (though strangely, the PC port of the original was only released in Japan), after which all subsequent installments stayed Playstation-exclusive.
  • Name of Cain: The Kane family: a madman with a Monster Clown split personality and his father, the drunkard insane taxi driver (main continuity)/corpse being remote controlled by his other son (Black continuity). The 2012 game adds in Marcus/Needles two children, both of whom take up the Monster Clown legacy at the end.
  • Not Drawn to Scale:
    • Scale problems exist like nuts in this series. Axel, a man on a platform stuck between two wheels, is approximately 20 feet tall, judging by the civilian and house sprites on some levels. Even the motorcycle & dune buggy vehicles are house-sized.
    • This even leaks into gameplay. In Twisted Metal 2, Axel could run over and crush any other vehicle short of a boss, justified by being bigger than any of them, despite being just a man standing upright between two monster truck wheels. Yes, he can crush Hammerhead, which is an actual monster truck.
    • Black is actually somewhat realistically scaled: buildings do indeed tower above the vehicles, and although Axel is too big again, even the missiles are generally properly sized as opposed to the giant warheads in every other game.
  • Not the Intended Use: Twisted Metal 4 has some of this:
    • It is possible to use well placed Proximity mines to launch your enemies to the pitfalls or out of bounds, which is an instant kill. Its original use, of course, is to deal explosive damage without any need of manual detonator as a keep-away tactic.
    • "Detnoball", one of four available special attacks from custom car, is more or less a modified version of Power missile. However, by firing this weapon along with "turbo-ramming" after freezing the enemy (either by freeze projectile or freeze remote bomb), the player can send their prey flying, which is useful for instant kill in The Oil Rig stage.
    • Similar to the previous method for The Oil Rig stage, after freezing the enemy near the edge of pitfall, Orbital can use "Teleorb" so the blue orb would suck them afloat regardless of the car size, and since the frozen car cannot use either Shield or Hyperspace, they would be in a helpless situation until the orb explode and their pitfall demise awaits.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Used in the Rooftops theme in the original, and the Suburbs theme and others in Black, complementing the Gothic Crapsack World setting in the latter.
  • One-Steve Limit: Broken with characters having the same names:
    • In the 2012 reboot, Dollface's real name is Krista Sparks. Most would immediately recognize that name as the name of Calypso's estranged 15-year-old daughter in 2 who's long dead. Unlike her, this Krista is a grownup supermodel who's Ax-Crazy and obsessed with being the fairest of them all, with no mention of any connection to Calypso at all.
    • The Agent Stone that's Crimson Fury's driver shares the same name with Outlaw's driver in Black, even though they are completely unrelated.
    • Dave and Mike drive Hammerhead in the first game, and Mike and Stu drive it in the second. It is unsure if it is a case of this trope, if Mike was renamed Stu between games, or if it is the same Mike but with a different co-pilot.
  • One-Woman Wail: The Freeway and Snowy Roads music themes in Black.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • Quite possibly Agent Shepherd (Crimson Fury) in Head-On, who's pretty much the only guy who realized that Calypso is an asshole, doesn't even bother making a wish, and arrests him on spot. Score one for justice!
    • Marcus Kane, who most would pass off as a delusional madman after reading his bios, is usually proven to be this in his endings. His split personality, however...
    • Jebidiah in the reboot is seemingly the only one to see through Calypso's charade, subverted in that others seem to know (or suspect) that Calypso isn't what he's seems, but are derided as being insane conspiracy theorists.
  • Orifice Evacuation: Goggle Eyes' ending in 4 has him wishing to contain all the bugs in the world so he can kill them. He immediately chokes to death as every bug in the world bursts from his body.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Mr. Slamm and Grasshopper in Head-On are piloted by the ghosts of Simon Whittlebone and Krista Sparks respectively. According to Calypso in the former's ending, this is apparently a normal occurrence in this universe.
    Calypso: There are a lot of evil spirits floating around that would love to get a free wish.
  • Pause Scumming: The second game implemented the pause feature in an odd way. Your car and the enemy cars would stop dead as expected, but projectiles would continue as normal, the sole exception being the ricochet bomb. With timely use of the pause button you could land every single Roadkill boomerang, every single Sweet Tooth ice cream cone, every single freeze missile, break out of a Mr. Slam infinite freeze missile loop, blow up opponents with their own mines (because the delay before they arm didn't stop when the game was paused, of course) and avoid running into projectiles fired in front of you. The list goes on. Conversely, you could also die during the pause screen.
  • Powerful, but Inaccurate:
    • Power Missiles have much less homing ability than Homing or Fire missiles, but are correspondingly more powerful.
    • Mr. Grimm's special attack lacks any homing ability whatsoever, but is one of the most powerful in the game.
    • Warthog's special attack is an interesting variation: a cluster of missiles that increase in power the farther they travel before hitting the enemy, making them Powerful, but Inaccurate at long range and the inverse at close range.
  • Precision F-Strike: First used in Black by Needles in his intro. It was bleeped out though. The reboot was the first time in the series where the F-bomb was used openly. In a nod to Black, the first time the F-bomb was used, it too was cut short by the scream of Marcu's/Needles' wife upon her getting chopped. For the rest of the game, F-bombs were dropped without censors.
  • Pun: The endings of ''Twisted Metal 3' involve these.
  • Pyramid Power: Obviously enough, in the Egypt stages.
  • Recurring Character: Calypso, Needles Kane and Mr. Grimm are in all games, though Grimm is a different character in Black and the PS3 game. Axel, Marcus Kane, Preacher Jebediah, the Roberts siblings, Bruce Cochrane, Minion, Captain Rogers, Krista Sparks and Simon Whittlebone appear in more than one game.
  • Recurring Element: Sweet Tooth, Warthog and Mr. Grimm (renamed Reaper in the reboot) are the only vehicles seen in every game in the series; Axel and Outlaw are in all games except one; Thumper, Spectre, Hammerhead and Roadkill are in all except two.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: Twisted Metal 2 shares two music tracks from Jet Moto: "Blackwater Falls/Suicide Swamp" and "Snow Blind".
  • Ring of Power: Twisted Metal 4 sets up the premise that Sweet Tooth managed to steal a magical ring from Calypso that gave him all his powers to grant wishes.
  • Roof Hopping: A staple stage setting in the series: "Rooftop Battle" in the first, "New York: The Big Leap" in 2, "Tokyo" in 3, "Skyscrappers" in Black and "Tokyo Rooftops" in Head-On.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: The name of the Doctor that gave Dollface/Krista her mask in the 2012 reboot? Dr. Ospylac.
  • Secret Character: Minion in every entry in which he's playable, but also Sweet Tooth in 2 and 3; Manslaughter, Warthog, Yellowjacket, and Axel in Black; Axel, Darkside, Mime, PieceMeal, and Trapper in Small Brawl; Axel, Mr. Slam, Hammerhead, Crimson Fury, ATV, Cousin Eddy and Dark Tooth in Head-On; and Warthog in the 2012 Twisted Metal.
  • Ship Level: The "Prison Passage" stage in Black. A big chunk of the Greece stage in Head-On happens aboard one as well.
  • Shock and Awe: The Environment (Env) pickup, introduced since Twisted Metal 2, is an special item found on certain stages, which activates a lightning attack in a limited range around whatever its generating it. Certain cars (most commonly Outlaw) have this as their special weapon, too.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Kratos's blades and a boxart of War of the Monsters are part of the mementos in Calypso's office in the reboot.
    • In the 2012 Reboot, three cars are modeled after ones from the Death Race movie: Death Warrant (Frankenstein's Monster), Kamikaze (14K), and the Juggernaut (Dreadnought). It may have something to do with the prequel to that movie having a Shout-Out of its own to Twisted Metal, with Lucas' crime boss being named Markus Kane.
    • The Joneses in 4 are pretty much a parody of the Griswolds from the National Lampoon's Vacation films, with their vehicle, a green, wood-paneled '70s station wagon loaded with luggage on the roof, heavily resembling the Wagon Queen Family Truckster.
  • Signature Line: The page quote.
  • Sky Face: Occurs in one character's ending in 2. In Spectre's ending, he wishes for the whole world to see his face. Unfortunately for him, he leaves out the "how", which prompts Calypso to grant his wish by stretching his face across the entire sky.
  • Slasher Smile: Needles Kane throughout the series, and Calypso in 2
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: "Antarctica: The Drop Zone" in 2, "The North Pole" in 3, "Amazonia 3000 BC" in 4 and "Snowy Roads" in Black.
  • SNK Boss: Sweet Tooth in 4. If a single Special Attack from him connects, you're basically dead.
  • Spinoff Babies: Twisted Metal: Small Brawl.
  • Split Personality: Needles Kane, the driver of Sweet Tooth, and Marcus Kane, the driver of Roadkill. Starts out as Split Personality, but eventually turns into Jekyll & Hyde, and Enemy Without, then into Split-Personality Takeover. Needles could also be considered a Superpowered Evil Side.
  • Spiritual Successor: After making Twisted Metal 2, Singletrac was bought by GT Interactive and lost the Twisted Metal license. This lead them to create two stand-alone vehicular combat games: Rogue Trip: Vacation 2012 and Critical Depth. Both games ended up leaving their mark on the series - Black adopted the visible damage indicator and slightly more involved storytelling of Critical Depth, and Rogue Trip's faster pace and more interactive arenas.
  • Stock Scream: The death screams, notably in Black.
  • Strictly Formula: All of the endings in Twisted Metal 3 follows the same formula: Car drives in, Calypso reiterates the wish of the winner and shoots lightning with his hands, the driver screams for no reason and then suffers the consequences of the wish, Calypso makes a terrible pun and thanks you for playing Twisted Metal.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: One of the main features of the series.
  • Take a Third Option: More of a second option, but in Head-On, the driver of Crimson Fury, Agent Shepard of the FBI, chooses to simply arrest Calypso in his ending rather than trying to collect his prize from the Literal Genie.
  • Thanking the Viewer: "I am Calypso, and I thank you for playing Twisted Metal." This line closes many of the endings throughout the series.
  • The Kid with the Remote Control: The driver of Yellowjacket in Black is Charlie Kane, reanimated by his son and literally controlled by a remote control. Also, the vehicles in Small Brawl are RC cars driven by little kids.
  • The Grim Reaper: Mr. Grimm, in the first two three games and Head-On.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Hammerhead in the PS3 reboot. It went from sluggish enemy who could fight, though outmatched, to a massive boss battle alongside Slayer (the truck, not the band, though both were based off of heavy metal bands).
  • Transforming Mecha: Sweet Tooth's super in Black turns it into one of these. The 2012 version gives it arms and legs, making it a full-fledged mecha.
  • Troll: Calypso. He makes contestants risk their lives fighting in his freak show contest then screws them over when they make their wish, complete with his own trollface.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: A promotional image for Twisted Metal: Black showed Dollface sitting in a dark room in this position.
  • Twisted Christmas: The first game takes place on Christmas Eve, 2005.
  • Vanity License Plate: 1 & 2 have car license plates that reflect the over-the-top personalities of the drivers or just the vehicle itself. Thanks to the hardware limitations of the original Playstation, they don't show up on the cars' in-game models and are only detailed in the manual. See the character page for the license plate of each individual car.
  • Variable Mix: In the first game and Black, most levels have ambient music when no enemies are nearby which changes into more action-packed music when you get into combat, and the latter game also has tracks for when you're down to your last opponent.
  • Vehicle-Based Characterization: Some vehicles have drivers with personalities to match. For example, the ice cream truck is driven by a serial killer Monster Clown, The Grim Reaper rides on a motorcycle, and the hearse has been driven by morbid individuals such as a mortician and a goth girl.
  • Vehicular Combat: The premise of the series; a variety of vehicles fighting in a battle royale with built-in guns, special weapons, or just ramming into each other.
  • Weaponized Car: Everyone has one of these as their primary combat tool.
  • Weirdness Censor: There seems to be something like this going on in the PS3 game. Some of the cutscenes are puncuated by a radio show, where callers will try to talk about the Twisted Metal contest. The host always dismisses them, reasoning if there was one person behind all of the recent destruction, people would be forming lynch mobs. Given Calypso's true nature, he probably has something to do with it.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Since Twisted Metal: Harbor City was cancelled, the bios given in the Twisted Metal: Lost game essentially serves this purpose to the storylines from Twisted Metal Black. More often than not, the already Darker and Edgier stories for the characters tended to go From Bad to Worse...
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Calypso in Twisted Metal: Head-On undergoes an Age Lift and has balding white hair, while retaining his Big Bad and Literal Genie personality.
  • A Winner Is You:
    • In 4, winning the game as a custom character has Melvin ask the player what their wish is, then after a Beat, declare the wish granted (without the wish being known) and kick them out.
    • Being literally an incomplete game, Twisted Metal: Lost has no endings for its story mode, just a brief blurb that you won.
  • World Tour: Every game after the first one. In fact, the second game makes it a plot point.
  • You Don't Look Like You: In Black, the character models used in the character select screen are different, older ones than those used in the cutscenes. While with most characters the difference is subtle, this is pretty evident with Agent Stone, who wears a helmet in the cutscenes, but doesn't in the select screen (along with a much different-looking face). Bloody Mary was changed to be slightly less creepy-looking and more conventionally attractive from the loading screen to the cutscenes.
  • Your Size May Vary: Blackfield Asylum. Plays into a bit of Gameplay and Story Segregation. The Asylum in cutscenes is a simple 3 to 4 story square building in the middle of a desert. In the level Prison Passage, the Asylum is a wide U-shaped building consisting of several dozen stories, and houses roughly as much free space inside as Minion's Arena. And rather than being in a desert, it's sitting on a port big enough to hold a large cargo ship.

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Alternative Title(s): Twisted Metal Black, Twisted Metal 2012, Twisted Metal 2, Twisted Metal 3, Twisted Metal 4


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