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The Q-Force,[1] sometimes stylized as QForce,[2] is a team formed by Captain Qwark in Up Your Arsenal and Full Frontal Assault. The original team was formed by Qwark in the Solana Galaxy to combat Dr. Nefarious during his war against the galaxy, and featured Ratchet, Clank, Sasha Phyronix, and a group of other allies. Years later, Qwark reassembled the team in the Polaris Galaxy with different members, to combat the threat of Stuart Zurgo's Grungarian Marauders to the Planetary Defense Centers around the galaxy.

History

Up Your Arsenal

Q-Force team assembled

The Q-Force assembled.

Qwark formed the Q-Force after regaining his memory, when President Phyronix placed him in charge of the war against Dr. Nefarious.[3] The team included Ratchet, Clank, and Sasha Phyronix, captain of the Starship Phoenix, Qwark's monkey Skrunch, and several allies Ratchet and Clank had met in Ratchet & Clank. These were Al, inducted for his "mastery of electronics", Skidd McMarx, inducted for his "nerves of steel", and Helga von Streissenburgen, Qwark's fitness trainer inducted for her "sensual powers of seduction".[4]

Ratchet and Clank talking to Sasha on Tyhrranosis

Sasha sends Skrunch and a turboslider.

After forming the team, Qwark drew up his first plan to infiltrate Nefarious' base on Aquatos. In this, Ratchet would use the Tyhrra-Guise and Clank would sneak through the ventilation shaft with Skrunch to infiltrate Nefarious' office. Before reaching the office, Skidd, dubbing himself "shadow dude", joined to help infiltrate the underwater hideout using his Hacker.[5] After the plan was successful, Qwark drew up his next plan to attack Tyhrranosis, featuring Ratchet and Clank on the front lines while Skrunch operated the turboslider's turret. While Ratchet and Clank fought on the front lines, Qwark and the rest of the Q-Force remained on the lunch buffet on deck five of the Starship Phoenix for meatloaf day.[6] Qwark then swooped in after Ratchet defeated the Momma Tyhrranoid to take credit.

Skidd greeting Ratchet and Clank at Aquatos

Skidd meeting Ratchet and Clank on Aquatos.

Throughout the war, the members had different roles. Ratchet and Clank fought on the frontlines, assisting the Galactic Rangers in most battles, and investigating Nefarious' plans. Helga trained the other members, giving them mandatory yoga class and running a Phoenix crew softball team,[7] as well as giving Ratchet and Clank a VR gadget training course to use the Hypershot and Hacker. Al provided logistical support to Ratchet and Clank around the battlefield, though at one point, he entered Clank in the Robowars cage match toasterweight division.[7] Skidd occasionally assisted Ratchet and Clank during battle, and when the other members were absent with Sasha and Qwark visiting the president, was left in charge of the ship.[8]

Skidd assisted Ratchet and Clank in the Obani moon system. After Ratchet and Clank left Skidd behind to help the Galactic Rangers in Operation: BLACK TIDE in Blackwater City, Rilgar, Courtney Gears arrived in a space limo. Unaware that she was with Nefarious, Skidd asked her to autograph his t-shirt, and was then captured by her.[9] Gears tested the Biobliterator on Skidd, transforming him into a robot

Q-Force at Qwark's funeral

Qwark's funeral.

Later, after Ratchet and Qwark traveled to the Leviathan, Nefarious' ship, Qwark remained behind after the ship self-destructed. As the team could not detect an escape pod leaving the ship, they assumed Qwark was dead, and held a funeral in his honor.[10] However, Qwark had survived, and found the master plan data disk containing Nefarious' plans for the Biobliterator, which he left behind with his escape pod at the crash site on Zeldrin. When Ratchet and Clank learned this, Ratchet opted not to tell the rest of the team that Qwark had abandoned them, feeling it would demotivate them.[11]

Ratchet rescuing the Q-Force

The Q-Force in hiding.

Ratchet recovered the data disk, and sent it to Al to decode, while Al worked on reversing Skidd's transformation to turn him back into an organic lifeform.[12] As a result, the Starship Phoenix came under attack, though Ratchet and Clank rescued them and repelled the attack in "Get to the bridge". Having decoded the disk, the Q-Force informed Ratchet that the Biobliterator was recharging on Koros, with Veldin as its next target.[13] Ratchet and Clank destroyed this Biobliterator, though Al finished decoding the data disk and learned that a second Biobliterator had been constructed in secret on Mylon. Ratchet and Clank, with the help of Qwark, defeated Nefarious and destroyed the second Biobliterator.

Full Frontal Assault

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In Full Frontal Assault, Qwark reassembled the team in the Polaris Galaxy to combat Zurgo. This team was made up of Ratchet, Clank, Qwark, the Bleep and Bloop maintenance bots, Mr. Zurkon, and the Plumber. It was based on the Starship Phoenix II, with the AI, Barry, also aiding the team.

Characteristics

The Q-Force used the same logo as on Qwark's costume. During Up Your Arsenal, the team had a uniform of regulation green Q-Force tights, and not wearing this warranted a dress code violation.[7] Most members of the team wore this, aside from Ratchet and Sasha. The team also used small green shuttles, which had a roughly ovoid shape with two back-swept wings either side armed laser cannons, and one dorsal fin extending from the hull directly aft of the cockpit. These were seen piloted by Skidd on Aquatos, and by Qwark during the battle against the Biobliterator.

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