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    Character FAQ by FishEye

    Version: 1.5 | Updated: 05/20/02 | Printable Version | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    by FishEye (fishilens@yahoo.com)
    First version(v1.0) finished on:  February 22, 2002 
    Updated v1.1 (2-27-02):
         - corrected minor spelling errors
         - added two entries to websites authorized to display FAQ
    Updated v1.5 (5-20-02):
         - fixed my Wachowski/Coen brothers mix up in Marty's bio (thanx 
         - confirmed Nonno magazine info, updated Kaori bio
         - added Ministry info to Marisol's bio (thanx Alistair C.!)
         - added to Kaori name translation (thanx Debi T.!)  
    This FAQ was created using the North American PS2 version of the game.  
    I don't think information presented here differs from the other versions 
    (other than Marty, who I've included in section 5I).  If you notice 
    anything that *is* different, please let me know and I will update the 
    FAQ and give you credit for the info.
    **Table of Contents**
    --Info That's Usually Skipped
      A.  About The Author
      B.  What Is This FAQ About?  Why?!
    1.  Initial Character Selection
         A.  What Characters Are Initially Available?
         B.  What Do I Have To Do To Unlock The Others?
         C.  Who Should I Pick Once I've Unlocked Everyone?
         D.  Brief Character Descriptions
         E.  Initial Character Stat Points/Who's Good At What?
    2.  Selecting An Outfit & Board
         A.  Outfit List For Each Character
         B.  Does My Outfit Choice Make A Difference In The Actual Game?
         C.  What's Up With That Master Outfit?!
         D.  Board List For Each Character Including Stat Increases
         E.  I've Unlocked The UBERBOARD, Why Would I Choose Anything Else?
    3.  Character Bios (Including More Detailed Information)
         A.  Eddie
         B.  Elise
         C.  Marisol
         D.  Seeiah
         E.  Luther
         F.  JP
         G.  Zoe
         H.  Moby
         I.  Mac
         J.  Kaori
         K.  Psymon
         L.  Brodi
    4.  Friends & Enemies
         A.  Initial Friends & Enemies For Each Character
         B.  How Do I Gain Friends And/Or Enemies?
         C.  Does It Really Make A Difference?
    5.  Miscellaneous Character Trivia
         A.  Why Doesn't Eddie Have The Board He's Shown With In The Intro?
         B.  Doesn't Elise Have Another Costume?
         C.  How Much Of Marisol Is Silicone?
         D.  Is Seeiah Really The Most Annoying Character In The Game?
         E.  How Many Times Have Members Of Luther's Family Been On The 
             Jerry Springer Show?
         F.  Is JP Really A Member Of The Backstreet Boys?
         G.  Zoe Has A Tattoo?
         H.  What Happened To Moby's Teeth Board?
         I.  Who's Marty? (Including Bio)
         J.  What's That On Kaori's Back?  
         K.  What Does The Tattoo Say On Psymon's Back?
         L.  Ukiyoe Surf?
    --Closing Information (Or Info That's Usually Skipped, Part 2)
         A.  Places I Found Useful When Gathering Info
         B.  Where To Submit Comments/Suggestions/Ideas
         C.  The Legal Stuff
         D.  Thanks
    --Info That's Usually Skipped
    A.  About The Author
         Most of you probably don't know me, so I'll take a few seconds to 
    let you know my SSX history.  I've been playing SSX since its first 
    incarnation (SSX).  I bought Tricky the day after it was released in 
    North America and have been playing it continually ever since.  My 
    favorite character is Kaori and has always been since the first SSX 
    (though Pysmon is a close second).  I'm ok at racing, but better at 
    showoff.  I currently have over a million points (all done with Kaori) 
    in 8 of the 9 tracks (not counting Untracked).  I'm pretty good, but 
    definately not the best.  Oh, and this is also the first FAQ I've 
    written so bear with me.  
    B.  What Is This FAQ About?  Why?!
         Before you ask or waste your time scrolling through this entire 
    thing - THERE ARE NO CODES OR CHEATS IN THIS FAQ.  What this FAQ is is 
    an in-depth look at the characters of SSX Tricky.  In my opinion, the 
    creators of SSX Tricky at EA Sports did an excellent job of making some 
    really unique and memorable characters.  There's something for everyone, 
    with enough solid characters to make almost everyone happy.  This FAQ 
    was designed to give first time players and potential buyers (there are 
    people out there who don't own this game yet?!) an idea of what kinds of 
    characters are in the game and who might be a good character for them to 
    start with.  It was also designed to provide all (vets and greens alike) 
    with detailed information about the characters and their backgrounds 
    that they might not have already known (such as what some of the 
    responses on the Rider Profiles actually are and what they have to do 
    with that particular character).  So now you may be asking "Why do I 
    care about character information? I only care about how they perform in-
    game".  Well, I've never been one to choose a character based on "who's 
    the best".  I usually pick a character that I find interesting or like 
    for other reasons and I wanted to cater to those people as well.  Now I 
    can hear you vets saying "then what are you doing with Kaori, one of the 
    best (of two) at tricks?"  All I can say is that I chose Kaori before I 
    knew what she was good at based on the fact that I'm an anime freak and 
    have a bad case of yellow fever to boot.  So there.  =P  Read on and 
    ***** Section 1 - Initial Character Selection *****
         For some, choosing a character is the first challenge of the game.  
    Those who are in the game to win may be wondering which character is the 
    *best*.  Those who are playing the game as more of a leisure activity 
    may want to know what each character is like before they just choose any 
    random character.  There is nothing wrong with either type of player and 
    I'll try to cater to both in the sections to follow.  
    1A.  What Characters Are Initially Available?
         When you start up the game for the first time, only 4 characters 
    are available:  Eddie, Elise, Moby, and Mac/Marty.  Use any of these 
    four characters to unlock your character of choice.  If you happen to 
    like one of these initial four, then you're in luck.  Read on to find 
    out more information about these characters, as well as the rest of the 
    characters you can unlock in the game.  
    1B.  What Do I Have To Do To Unlock The Others?
         This information is provided in the game so I won't waste space 
    listing it here.  You need to get a certain number of Gold Medals 
    (Racing, Showoff, or a mix of the two) in World Circuit Mode (with any 
    mix of characters) in order to unlock other characters.  Highlight each 
    particular character in the character selection screen to find out how 
    many gold medals you need to unlock that character.  
    1C.  Who Should I Pick Once I've Unlocked Everyone?  
         As I mentioned above, it kind of depends on why you're playing.  If 
    you're playing to win, check out sections 1D (Character Stat Points) and 
    2D (Board Stat Increases) of this FAQ to review each character's 
    physical stat points and strengths/weaknesses.  If you're playing just 
    to have fun, you'll probably want to check out the entire FAQ, paying 
    special attention to Section 3 (Character Bios).  Both types of players 
    should at least check out section 1E below for a basic idea of each 
    character (if you are not already familiar with them).
    1D.  Initial Character Stat Points/Who's Good At What?
         Initial point values do not include the character's first board.  
    The number listed under each stat go in the order of Initial Character 
    Stat Point/Max Character Stat Point.  
         Character              Edging     Speed     Stability     Tricks
         Eddie                   09/34     16/38       08/34        11/34
         Elise                   10/32     12/38       10/34        12/36
         Marisol                 11/36     16/38       05/32        12/34
         Seeiah                  09/34     13/36       07/30        15/40
         Luther                  09/34     10/34       20/40        05/32
         JP                      07/32     12/35       09/33        16/40
         Zoe                     11/34     13/36       08/34        12/36
         Moby                    09/34     12/34       09/36        14/36
         Mac/Marty               09/32     11/34       06/34        18/40
         Kaori                   11/34     11/34       05/32        17/40
         Psymon                  06/36     15/35       12/35        11/34
         Brodi                   08/36     17/40       13/36        06/28
         Who's Good At What?  Well, by looking at the stat points you get a 
    pretty good idea.  To make it easier I'll break it down into 3 basic 
    categories:  Speed, Tricks, and Average.  The category "Average" is used 
    to denote the characters who are well-rounded.  The Speed and Trick 
    characters tend to sacrifice one for the other.  For example, Brodi, who 
    has the highest Speed stat, also has the lowest Trick stat.  So why not 
    include Edging and Stability as categories?  Well, honestly the two most 
    important stats in the game are Speed and Tricks.  Edging and Stability 
    play their own roles, but really only in supporting the other two stats.  
    That having been said:
         - Elise, Marisol, and Brodi are good at speed.
         - Seeiah, JP, Mac/Marty, and Kaori are good with tricks.
         - Eddie, Luther, Zoe, Moby, and Psymon are more average than 
    anything else.
         You may be asking, if Brodi is the fastest character (by two 
    points), then why consider the other two that are good at speed?  This 
    is where the supporting role of the other two stats come into play.  
    Sometimes the best character isn't the one with the very highest stat in 
    that field.  That's why I put Brodi together with the other two, even 
    though he does have the actual highest speed stat.  It should also be 
    noted that while all four who are good at tricks have the same max point 
    value, Mac/Marty and Kaori are considered the best at tricks, mainly due 
    to their smaller size which is believed to give them more air time off 
    jumps since they're lighter.
    1E.  Brief Character Descriptions
         All 12 characters in SSX Tricky are really unique and well 
    detailed.  I'll deal with more in-depth character information in the 
    Bios (Section 3) but for now, here's a basic idea of what each character 
    is like.
         Eddie - The white guy with an afro and a loud mouth.  Eddie is 
    better than average with speed and tricks, but is more of a well-rounded 
    character in the end.
         Elise - Elise is the Canadian girl with model looks.  She's 
    considered by some to be the best overall character in the game.  She 
    has high averages on all of her stats, though she's best at racing.
         Marisol - Picture the Hispanic background and flair of Christina 
    Aguilera mixed with the body of Britney Spears and you've got Marisol.  
    Marisol is built for booty shakin' and speed.  She's not the fastest, 
    but don't tell her that.
         Seeiah - The African-American BALD girl.  Seeiah is the funky 
    goddess... er... yeah... who's specialty is her tricks.
         Luther - The fat white trash, complete with Mullet.  Once this guy 
    gets going, he doesn't go down easy.  Luther's specialty is actually his 
    incredible stability.  But, since stability does not factor in as much 
    as some of the other stats, he's really just a well-rounded (especially 
    his gut) boarder.
         JP - The too suave Frenchman.  JP is almost as good at tricks as he 
    is at... well, being full of himself.
         Zoe - Tough punk girl with plenty of attitude.  Zoe's the kind of 
    girl who could kick your ass, and you'd probably like it.  She's one of 
    the average characters.
         Moby - Black and British, with attitude and dreads to top it off.  
    Moby is an average character with pride in his country.
         Mac - The white kid with soul, if Mac were a little older, he'd 
    probably be a member of the Beastie Boys.  Mac is an expert on the 
    turntables, as well as tricks.
         Kaori - The young Japanese girl who is so cute she'll make some 
    puke.  Kaori is also one of the best at tricks... and all things cute.
         Psymon - Psychotic white guy.  Psymon is a well-rounded character 
    on the slopes though he's not quite all there in the head.
         Brodi - Brodi looks like the typical surfer boy - light skin, blond 
    hair.  He's also very much the spiritual type and a speeddemon on the 
    ***** Section 2 - Selecting An Outfit & Board *****
         Once you've selected your character the hardest part is over with.  
    But you're not done yet.  Each character has an assortment of outfits 
    and boards to choose from, allowing you to customize them to your 
    tastes.  While the choices may seem limited compared to the 
    customization level of other games, at least you have the options to 
    change a few things.  In the following sections, I'll be giving a more 
    detailed look at the things you can customize - outfits and boards.
    2A.  Outfit List For Each Character
         Below is a list of the outfit names for each character.  I would 
    provide descriptions, but this FAQ is already bigger than I planned, so 
    you'll just have to be surprised.  
    *Eddie - Retro Thunder, Electric Jelly, Five Oh, Pro Bowl, Yippee-Ki-
    Yay, Dungeon Master, Master
    *Elise - Sweeter Than, Candy Girl, Queen B, Lady Law, Diamond Back, 
    Crazy Canuck, Master
    *Marisol - Pink Lady, Equinox, Material Girl, Vintage Rioja, Gold Rush, 
    Mechanoid M, Master
    *Seeiah - Grape Love, Ocelot, Down Town, Suede Style, Auntie Sam, Dark 
    Matter, Master
    *Luther - Yah Baby!, Bomber, Blazin' Saddle, Knockout King, Star Power, 
    Thriller, Master
    *JP - JP Pit Crew, Rock-it boy!, Too Tone, Euro $tyle, Mandarin, MC 
    Maitre D, Master
    *Zoe - Rawk On, Tiger X-ray, Girls Rock!, Naughty Girl, Hart Attack, 
    Royale Trinity, Master
    *Moby - Dark Union, Hotter Pants, Freefall, Army of Noise, Cosmic 
    Melding, Jones' Tones, Master
    *Mac/Marty - Sno Business, Ranger, BSS Blender, Redneck Redux, Hot 
    Pants, Special Agent, Master
    *Kaori - Pink-O-Rama, Super Excellent, Sweet Heart, Sweet Sunshine, 
    School Yard, Santa's Helper, Master
    *Psymon - Casual Fridays, Jungle Rawk, Serpentine, Bark!Bark!Bark!, 
    Konvict, Nightmare, Master
    *Brodi - Bamboo Peace, Ohman, Love Life, Yin Yang, Enlightenment, Ukiyoe 
    Surf, Master
    2B.  Does My Outfit Choice Make A Difference In The Actual Game?
         As far as I can tell, no.
    2C.  What's Up With That Master Outfit?!  
         It's the last outfit obtained when you've mastered the character.  
    It's basically just a shiny version of the outfit right before the 
    Master.  I think it's supposed to be reflective.  I'm not too fond of 
    them.  It's been said that these outfits are much better looking in the 
    GameCube version.  I've heard they're actually reflective instead of the 
    rider simply looking like they're coated in paste.   
    2D.  Board List For Each Character Including Stat Increases
         There are 3 types of boards in SSX Tricky.  Freestyle, BX, and 
    Alpine.  Each of the 3 types are good at different things.  Freestyle 
    boards are good for tricks but bad for speed, Alpine boards are good for 
    speed but bad for tricks; BX boards are good at both, but to a lesser 
    degree than the other two.  It should be noted that Alpine boards are 
    considered big and cumbersome by many.  They have a front facing, where 
    as the other two boards don't.  If you are not facing forward on an 
    Alpine board you have very little control and eventually the game will 
    try to turn it around for you (if you haven't done so already) which 
    usually slows you down immensely.  That being said, I don't think Alpine 
    boards are the monsters some make them out to be.  They are probably 
    better suited for advanced players though.  
         Each character has a preferred board that they specialize in.  All 
    of the boards available to each character are of this type with the 
    exception of two.  These two are one of each of the other two types of 
    boards.  One is located in the first few boards you obtain, one is 
    located near the middle. 
         The following is a list of all the boards eventually available to 
    each character and the stat increases that each one gives.  All but the 
    first two have to be unlocked in World Circuit Mode.  To save time and 
    space I won't list how to unlock each one.  If you highlight each 
    individual board in the game, it will tell you underneath what you need 
    to do in order to obtain it.  In the list below, the board type 
    immediately following the character's name is that characters preferred 
    board type.  Unless otherwise stated, the boards in the list are of that 
    Eddie - Freestyle
    Board Name                    Edging     Speed     Stability     Tricks
    Old School                     +01                    +01          +01
    Anthem (Alpine)                +01        +01         +01
    Warholinator                   +02        +01         +01          +03
    Bell Bottom                    +01        +02         +01          +03
    Heavy Metal                    +03        +03         +03          +03
    Skunk Work                     +03        +02         +03          +04
    New Recruit (BX)               +05        +05         +05          +04
    Grand Funk                     +05        +04         +05          +05
    Pop & Lock                     +07        +06         +07          +06
    Groove E                       +07        +05         +07          +07
    Hip Hugger                     +08        +06         +08          +08
    UBERBOARD                      +09        +07         +09          +09
    Elise - BX
    Board Name                    Edging     Speed     Stability     Tricks
    Kamoniwana                     +01        +01                      +01
    Angel (Freestyle)              +01                    +01          +01
    SmoothMaker                    +02        +03         +01          +01
    Butterfly High                 +02        +02         +01          +02
    True Colours                   +04        +03         +04          +02
    Buttercup                      +03        +04         +03          +03
    Cutting Edge (Alpine)          +05        +07         +06          +03
    Snake Eyes                     +05        +06         +05          +05
    First Date                     +08        +07         +06          +06
    Last Date                      +07        +06         +07          +07
    Black Widow                    +08        +08         +07          +08
    UBERBOARD                      +09        +09         +08          +09
    MALLORA BOARD                  +10        +10         +09          +10
    Marisol - Alpine
    Board Name                    Edging     Speed     Stability     Tricks
    Fiesta                         +01        +01                      +01
    Loco Motion (Freestyle)        +01                                 +02
    Sand Fish                      +02        +02         +02          +01
    Party Girl                     +02        +02         +01          +02
    Dance Explosion                +04        +05         +02          +02
    Money Maker                    +03        +04         +03          +03
    Wind Rider                     +06        +06         +05          +04
    Booty Call (BX)                +05        +06         +05          +05
    Heart Breaker                  +06        +07         +08          +06
    Latin Heat                     +07        +06         +07          +07
    Rave On                        +08        +08         +07          +08
    UBERBOARD                      +09        +09         +09          +08
    Seeiah - Freestyle
    Board Name                    Edging     Speed     Stability     Tricks
    Funk-O-Matic                   +01                    +01          +01
    Psychadelic (Alpine)           +01        +01         +01
    Potpourri                      +02        +01         +02          +02
    Foxy Lady                      +02        +02         +01          +02
    Lucky Stars (BX)               +03        +03         +03          +03
    Goddess                        +03        +02         +03          +04
    Venusian                       +05        +05         +05          +04
    Geodesic                       +05        +04         +05          +05
    Time Machine                   +08        +06         +06          +06
    Retro Beats                    +07        +05         +07          +07
    Funky Drummer                  +08        +06         +08          +08
    UBERBOARD                      +09        +07         +09          +09
    Luther - BX
    Board Name                    Edging     Speed     Stability     Tricks
    The Mullet                     +01        +01                      +01
    Chitterling (Freestyle)        +01                    +01          +01
    Phoenix USA                    +02        +02         +02          +01
    Sweet Potato Pie               +02        +02         +01          +02
    The Gipper (Alpine)            +03        +05         +03          +02
    Growler                        +03        +04         +03          +03
    True Grits                     +06        +05         +06          +04
    Ham Bone                       +05        +06         +05          +05
    Jug Band Boogie                +08        +07         +06          +06
    Swamp Buggy                    +07        +06         +07          +07
    Gears n Grease                 +08        +08         +07          +08
    UBERBOARD                      +09        +09         +08          +09
    JP - Freestyle
    Board Name                    Edging     Speed     Stability     Tricks
    ShowStopper                    +01                    +01          +01
    JetSetter (Alpine)             +01        +01         +01
    Magnate Split                  +02        +01         +02          +02
    Eurotech                       +02        +02         +01          +02
    Suave (BX)                     +03        +03         +03          +03
    Resonance                      +03        +02         +03          +04
    Chaos Crippler                 +05        +05         +05          +04
    JP Ego-nomics                  +05        +04         +05          +05
    Hucker Special                 +08        +06         +06          +06
    Big Poppa                      +07        +05         +07          +07
    Crazy Ates                     +08        +06         +08          +08
    UBERBOARD                      +09        +07         +09          +09
    Zoe - BX
    Board Name                    Edging     Speed     Stability     Tricks
    Seratonin                      +01        +01                      +01
    Anarchy (Freestyle)            +01                    +01          +01
    Bad Girl                       +02        +02         +02          +01
    Lethium Surprise               +02        +02         +01          +02
    Plastic You (Alpine)           +03        +05         +03          +02
    Alien Blues                    +03        +04         +03          +03
    Chaos                          +06        +05         +06          +04
    Latency                        +05        +06         +05          +05
    Iridium                        +08        +07         +06          +06
    Bomb Dropper                   +07        +06         +07          +07
    Righteous Path                 +08        +08         +07          +08
    UBERBOARD                      +09        +09         +08          +09
    Moby - BX
    Board Name                    Edging     Speed     Stability     Tricks
    Plasmatic                      +01        +01                      +01
    Patriot (Freestyle)            +01                    +01          +01
    Cutting                        +02        +03         +01          +01
    Dream On                       +02        +02         +01          +02
    Essence                        +04        +03         +04          +02
    Greenblade                     +03        +04         +03          +03
    Kinoptic (Alpine)              +05        +07         +06          +03
    Royal Strait                   +05        +06         +05          +05
    Datum                          +08        +07         +06          +06
    Sloppy Bite                    +07        +06         +07          +07
    Hector                         +08        +08         +07          +08
    UBERBOARD                      +09        +09         +08          +09
    Mac/Marty - Freestyle
    Board Name                    Edging     Speed     Stability     Tricks
    Wiener                         +01                    +01          +01
    Hotrod (Alpine)                +01        +01         +01
    Radioactive                    +02        +01         +01          +03
    Spirit                         +01        +02         +01          +03
    Boo Boo (BX)                   +03        +03         +03          +03
    Flame On                       +03        +02         +03          +04
    Buzzsaw                        +05        +05         +05          +04
    AnimMac                        +05        +04         +05          +05
    Velocity                       +07        +06         +07          +06
    Falciform                      +07        +05         +07          +07
    Privateer                      +08        +06         +08          +08
    UBERBOARD                      +09        +07         +09          +09
    Kaori - Freestyle
    Board Name                    Edging     Speed     Stability     Tricks
    Panda Joy                      +01                    +01          +01
    Lady Love Bug (Alpine)         +01        +01         +01
    Skyhopper                      +02        +01         +01          +03
    Moo Moo 22                     +01        +02         +01          +03
    Alpha                          +03        +03         +03          +03
    Candy                          +03        +02         +03          +04
    Twinkle Star (BX)              +05        +05         +05          +04
    Kaori-anime                    +05        +04         +05          +05
    Banana Peeler                  +07        +06         +07          +06
    Snow Lover                     +07        +05         +07          +07
    Princess Pie                   +08        +06         +08          +08
    UBERBOARD                      +09        +07         +09          +09
    Psymon - BX
    Board Name                    Edging     Speed     Stability     Tricks
    Bio Hazard                     +01        +01                      +01
    Evil Eye (Freestyle)           +01                    +01          +01
    Dolmans Land                   +02        +03         +01          +01
    Chained Heat                   +02        +02         +01          +02
    Mayhem                         +04        +03         +04          +02
    Flesh Eater                    +03        +04         +03          +03
    Torc Rules (Alpine)            +05        +07         +06          +03
    Live Wire                      +05        +06         +05          +05
    Shock Therapy                  +08        +07         +06          +06
    Banshee                        +07        +06         +07          +07
    Dogs of War                    +08        +08         +07          +08
    UBERBOARD                      +09        +09         +08          +09
    Brodi - Alpine
    Board Name                    Edging     Speed     Stability     Tricks
    Now and Zen                    +01        +01                      +01
    Buddha Booster (Freestyle)     +01                                 +02
    Siddhartha                     +02        +02         +02          +01
    Balance                        +02        +02         +01          +02
    Flower Power                   +04        +05         +02          +02
    The Absolute                   +03        +04         +03          +03
    Yin-Yang (BX)                  +06        +06         +05          +04
    Tsunami                        +05        +06         +05          +05
    Master Blaster                 +06        +07         +08          +06
    Nirvana                        +07        +06         +07          +07
    Transcendence                  +07        +08         +07          +08
    UBERBOARD                      +07        +09         +09          +08 
    2E.  I've Unlocked The UBERBOARD, Why Would I Choose Anything Else?
         This is one of the few problems that I have with the game. 
    Unfortunately, if you have all of the boards unlocked, you're kind of 
    penalized for taking the early boards (because they don't have as many 
    bonuses), even if you prefer the look over some of the ones unlocked 
    later on.  This is where the style over substance rule comes in.  If 
    you're looking to get the most out of your board, you'll probably end up 
    using the UBERBOARD all the time.  If you'd rather have a board that 
    isn't all silver, then you might opt for one of the lesser boards simply 
    because it looks better.  
    ***** Section 3 - Character Bios *****
         In this section I'll be taking a more in-depth look at each of the 
    characters.  The Bio information for each character is taken from the 
    Rider Profile section in SSX Tricky.  The Backstory Summaries are almost 
    word for word from the character Backstory section in the game, which I 
    shortened to take up less space.  The detailed information on the 
    references in the profile I cultivated from various websites, which I 
    have listed at the end of this FAQ.  If you'd like to find out more 
    information, I'd suggest you check there.  
    --A Note On Blood Types--
         A lot of times in a character profile you'll notice the character's 
    blood type is listed.  What's that for?!  In case one of the other 
    characters suffer massive blood loss you know who the possible donors 
    could be?  No, actually it's taken from Japanese culture.  In Japan, a 
    person's blood type is kind of like one's astrological sign.  
    Personalities and character traits are associated with each of the four 
    blood types.  Below is a list of some of the traits associated with each 
    blood type.  If you'd like to know more, I'd suggest you check out the 
    source of my information listed at the bottom of this FAQ.    
    Type A - perfectionist, stubborn, prudent
         B - emotional, social, lacks consistency, caring to others but 
    sometimes gets involved too much where some might see them as meddling
        AB - unique, inventive, no-nonsense type
         0 - quiet, straightforward, warmhearted, broadminded
    3A.  **Eddie**
         Voiced by:  David Arquette (Actor - Officer Dewey from Scream, 
                                     collect calling commercials)
         Full Name:  Edward (Eddie) "The Kid" Wachowski
         Age:  19
         Blood Type:  B
         Height:  5'7"
         Weight:  160 lbs.
         Nationality:  American
         Rider Style:  Freestyle
         Alternate Sport:  Street Luge
         Motto:  "Try anything once"
         Friend:  Elise
         Enemy:  Moby
         Dream Date:  Pamela Zoolalian*
         Favorite Movie:  Enter the Dragon**
         Favorite Reading:  Behold a Pale Horse***
         Favorite Music:  70's Rock 
         Favorite Course:  Merqury City
         Sickest Trick:  Coffin Roll
         Greatest Strength:  Speed
         Greatest Weakness:  Gear
         Other Hobbies:  Computer hacking/programming
    Backstory Summary:  A fearless, funny, tenacious goofball, Eddie is a 
    new rider on the SSX World Circuit.  He is a fountain of trivia and pop 
    culture references and seems to be stuck in the Seventies.  Usually acts 
    younger than his 19 years of age.
    *  Pamela Zoolalian is a professional Street Luger, which makes Eddie's 
    interest in her obvious.  She's the only woman street luger that ranks 
    among the world's top 200 pros.  Her hair is pink and the back of her 
    helmet has the words "Spanked by a Chick." on it.  She's 28 so she may 
    still be within Eddie's reach.  Yeah, keep dreamin' bud.
    Odds of Eddie actually getting a date with Pamela:  22%
    **  Enter the Dragon is movie starring Bruce Lee, a master of martial 
    arts.  It mixes amazing martial arts work with a James Bond type 
    espionage plot.  Enter the Dragon was released in 1973, a few weeks 
    after Bruce Lee's death.  It is considered his finest work by many.     
    ***  Behold a Pale Horse is a book written by William Cooper.  He's a 
    former U.S. Navy Intelligence Briefing Team Member.  The book is about 
    U.S. government secrets dating back to the 1940s.  Topics covered 
    include JFK assassination, UFOs, and more.
    3B.  **Elise**
         Voiced by:  Lucy Liu (Actress - Ling from Ally McBeal, Alex from 
                               Charlie's Angels)
         Name:  Elise Riggs
         Age:  24
         Blood Type:  A
         Height:  5'11"
         Weight:  150 lbs.
         Nationality:  Canadian
         Rider Style:  BX
         Alternate Sport:  Surfing
         Motto:  "Is that it?"
         Dream Date:  Mark McGrath*
         Friend:  Eddie
         Enemy:  Marisol
         Favorite Movie:  Charlie's Angels
         Favorite Reading:  The Assertive Woman**
         Favorite Music:  Rock, Dance
         Favorite Course:  Tokyo Megaplex
         Favorite Trick:  La La Locke Step
         Other Hobbies:  Rock climbing, acting
         Greatest Strength:  Natural Athlete
         Greatest Weakness:  None to speak of
    Backstory Summary:  A blonde and beautiful Canadian, nothing about Elise 
    is accidental:  she chooses her look, her moods, her friends, and her 
    enemies.  She's used to getting her way and will do whatever it takes to 
    get what she wants.  Elise likes the rough stuff in the heat of SSX 
    competition, and hates losing.  She has a sharp and deadly sense of 
    humor and a laugh that will chill you to the bone.         
    *  Mark McGrath is the lead singer of the alt/rock band Sugar Ray.  I 
    haven't heard anything from them lately, but their last few hits include 
    "Someday", "Every Morning", and "I Just Wanna Fly".  Some of you may 
    remember one of their earlier singles and contributions to one of the 
    numerous versions of Road Rash, "Mean Machine".  Mark is probably 
    somewhere in his late 20s but it really doesn't matter.  He's considered 
    something of a ladies' man and probably would go out with Elise in a 
    Odds of Elise getting a date with Mark:  99.95%
    **  The Assertive Woman is a bestselling book by authors Stanlee Phelps 
    and Nancy Austin.  It's considered the "bible of the women's movement".
    3C.  **Marisol**
         Voiced by:  Patricia Velazquez (Actress - Anck-Su-Namun from Mummy 
         Name:  Marisol Diez Delgado
         Age:  18
         Blodd Type:  B
         Height:  5'2"
         Weight:  120 lbs.
         Nationality:  Venezuela
         Rider Style:  Alpine
         Alternate Sport:  Windsurfing
         Motto:  !Fiesta toda la noche!*
         Dream Date:  Joaquin Cortes**
         Friend:  Seeiah
         Enemy:  Elise
         Favorite Movie:  Jamon, jamon***
         Favorite Reading:  Ministry****
         Favorite Music:  House, Jungle, Techno
         Favorite Course:  Elysium Alps
         Favorite Trick:  Aerial Spock 540
         Other Hobbies:  Dancing
         Greatest Strength:  Movements from dance
         Greatest Weakness:  ?
    Backstory Summary:  One word best describes Marisol:  Sacrilicious.  She 
    is that sacrilegious/delicious mix of innocence and raw sexuality.  She 
    loves to dance, surf, and flirt.  Her goal in life is to have fun and 
    would never intentionally hurt anyone.  She does have a fiery temper 
    though and struggles to keep it under control.  She used to be with JP, 
    who introduced her to SSX, but they had a falling out.  She is not 
    always taken seriously by the other competitors.  
    *  "!Fiesta toda la noche!" is Spanish for "Party all (the) night!"
    ** Joaquin Cortes is a Spanish born Gypsy Flamenco dancer.  He's 
    currently touring the world as the lead in Pasion Gitana (Gipsy 
    Passion).  He's 33, so there's quite an age difference.  But... guys 
    being guys, and Marisol being Marisol... there might be a chance there.
    Odds of Marisol getting a date with Joaquin:  82%  
    ***  Jamon Jamon is a Spanish made "sexy comedy" movie by director Bigas 
    Luna.  It came out in 1994 and was said by Roger Ebert of the Sun Times 
    to be "a movie that combines lurid melodrama with vast improbabilites, 
    sexy soap opera with heartfelt romance, and cheerful satire with 
    heedless raunch".  The title translates as "Ham Ham".
    ****  Thanx to Alistair C., I was pointed in the right direction.  
    Ministry is a dance/club magazine published by the Ministry of Sound, a 
    UK based label/dance music collective.  This makes much more sense than 
    anything I'd come up with.  
    3D.  **Seeiah**
         Voiced by Macy Gray (R&B/soul singer - hit single "I Try")
         Name:  Seeiah Owens
         Age:  25
         Blood Type:  AB
         Height:  5'9"
         Weight:  140 lbs. 
         Nationality:  American
         Rider Style:  Freestyle
         Alternate Sport:  Inline Skating
         Motto:  "Be yourself"
         Dream Date:  Amiri Baraka*
         Friend:  Marisol
         Enemy:  Luther
         Favorite Movie:  Spike Lee Joints**
         Favorite Reading:  Marija Gimbutas***
         Favorite Music:  R&B, House
         Favorite Course:  Merqury City
         Favorite Trick:  (Seeiah's Sublime) Soul Grind
         Other Hobbies:  Chilling with friends and family
         Greatest Strength:  Self-confidence
         Greatest Weakness:  Pushes self too hard
    Backstory Summary:  Fun-loving, confident, and self-sufficient are words 
    that best describe Seeiah.  Her East Coast urban roots that run deep 
    through her taste in music and fashion have also influenced her trick 
    *  Amiri Baraka is an African-American poet, activist, playwright, 
    author and teacher.  He has won many literary awards for his work and 
    has been an important contributor to the African-American movement in 
    America.  Born in 1934, Amiri is now 68.  Seeiah is 25.  You do the 
    Odds of Seeiah getting a date with Amiri:  33%  
    **  I didn't think these needed explaining, but just in case - "Spike 
    Lee Joint" is a title applied to any movie made by the African-American 
    director, Spike Lee.  Some of these movies are - Do The Right Thing, 
    Jungle Fever, and Mo' Better Blues.  
    ***  Marija Gimbutas was a Lithuanian archaelogist.  She spent 15 years 
    on excavations in which were discovered the existence of a prehistoric 
    Goddess oriented culture.  She is the author of many books and is quoted 
    with saying "Through an understanding of what the Goddess was, we can 
    better understand nature and we can build our ideologies so that it will 
    be easier for us to live".  She passed away in 1994.  
    3E.  **Luther**
         Voiced by Oliver Platt (Actor - Ready to Rumble, The West Wing)
         Name:  Luther-Dwayne Grady
         Age:  22
         Blood Type:  0
         Height:  6'5"
         Weight:  280 lbs. 
         Nationality:  American
         Rider Style:  BX
         Alternate Sport:  Super Shovel Racing*
         Motto:  "When in doubt, take 'em out!"
         Dream Date:  Pamela Vaters**
         Friend:  JP
         Enemy:  Mac
         Favorite Movie:  Smokey and the Bandit***
         Favorite Reading:  Swamp Buggies:  A History****
         Favorite Music:  Ted Nugent*****
         Favorite Course:  Merqury City
         Favorite Trick:  Bronco Buster
         Other Hobbies:  Football, watches Nascar, work on swamp buggy, 
                         "cruise for chicks on my bike"
         Greatest Strength:  Power, pure brute force
         Greatest Weakness:  ?
    Backstory Summary:  Luther never seems to feel any pain.  He is the 
    typical lumbering bear, an oafish mountain of a man who has somehow 
    managed to master snowboarding.  He has a nasty revenge streak and will 
    sometimes throw a race just to get back at someone who gets lucky enough 
    to knock him down.
    *  Ok, I didn't know this sport existed, so I thought I'd provide a 
    description for those who didn't as well.  It's exactly what it sounds 
    like.  Racers use a shovel to race down the mountain.  It tends to 
    attract those who are "big-boned" (like our friend Luther) since it 
    doesn't require as much of an "athletic figure" as other races do.  
    Apparently the devices used to get down the mountain have become less of 
    a shovel then they originally were through heavy modification and 
    customization.  Kicked out of the X-Games after only being in it for a 
    year, shovel racing World Championships are now only held at the Angel 
    Fire Ski Resort in New Mexico, USA.
    **  Pamela Vaters is one of the few and most accomplished female monster 
    truck drivers.  She drives "Boogey Van" along with her husband, Michael 
    Vaters, who drives "Black Stallion".  She's almost 37 and married.  
    Luther is... Luther.  Luther probably doesn't have much of a chance 
    Odds of Luther getting a date with Pamela:  15%
    ***  For those of you who don't know, Smokey and the Bandit is a movie 
    that was made in 1977 about a truck driver that gets involved in... 
    well, a bunch of car chases basically.  It stars a young Burt Reynolds 
    as the truck driver, as well as Sally Fields, Jackie Gleason, and 
    ****  While the title is self-explanatory, I thought I'd see whether 
    this book really existed or not.  Alas, I couldn't find it after a quick 
    search of amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
    *****  Another music one that most of you should know, Ted Nugent is an 
    American rock artist whose music was most popular in the 70's.  He's 
    also a hunter and political activist.  Some of his more notable music 
    hits include "Cat Scratch Fever", "Wango Tango", and "Stranglehold".       
    3F.  **JP**
         Voiced by Xavier Fagnon (Actor/voiceactor for various video games)
         Name:  Jean-Paul "JP" Arsenault
         Age:  25
         Blood Type:  AB
         Height:  5'10"
         Weight:  180 lbs.
         Nationality:  French
         Rider Style:  Freestyle
         Alternate Sport:  Wakeboarding
         Motto:  "More is more"
         Dream Date:  Belinda Endress*
         Friend:  Luther
         Enemy:  Brodi
         Favorite Movie:  Ridicule**
         Favorite Reading:  Louis XIV***
         Favorite Music:  Pop
         Favorite Course:  Elysium Alps
         Favorite Trick:  Headspin 2 Poseur
         Other Hobbies:  Travelling, car racing  
         Greatest Strength:  Drive and focus, poise and class
         Greatest Weakness:  Arrogance, underestimating opponents   
    Backstory Summary:  JP has learned most of life's ugly lessons and has 
    adopted nearly every one as part of his credo.  With his good looks and 
    fashion sense, JP epitomizes the phrase "style over substance".  JP 
    craves attention and knows how to play an audience.  He has plenty of 
    cash and loves to flaunt it.  However, underneath it all is a fragile 
    ego that leaves him put off his game by the slightest remarks.
    *  Belinda Endress is one of a growing number of professional female 
    race car drivers.  She has also been a California model, movie 
    stuntwoman and professional wrestler.  After an extensive search I 
    couldn't find her date of birth and I'm horrible at guessing ages, so 
    I'm not even going to try.  JP is probably pretty smooth with the ladies 
    so he might have a pretty good chance here.  
    Odds of JP getting a date with Belinda:  78%  
    **  Ridicule is a film that was released in 1996 and directed by the 
    French director Patrice Leconte.  It takes place around 1783, at the 
    court of King Louis XVI.  It's about a provincial baron who finds out 
    that "the pen is mightier than the sword" or, one's words are more 
    powerful than one's actions.  The movie deals with verbal wit and 
    ridicule, thus a movie JP would definately enjoy.
    ***  Louis XIV was a French king (1638-1715) known for his extreme 
    vanity.  He also helped make France the fashion capital of Europe that 
    it's known as today.  I'm not sure if JP's biography is referring to the 
    actual book titled "Louis XIV" by Ian Dunlop, or just any book about 
    Louis XIV.
    3G.  **Zoe**
         Voiced by Bif Naked (Canadian punk singer)
         Name:  Zoe "Royale" Payne
         Age:  20
         Blood Type:  AB
         Height:  5'5"
         Weight:  135 lbs.
         Nationality:  American
         Rider Style:  BX
         Alternate Sport:  Downhill Mountain Biking
         Motto:  "Who's lippy?"
         Dream Date:  Joey Ramone*
         Friend:  Moby
         Enemy:  JP
         Favorite Movie:  China O' Brien**
         Favorite Reading:  SAS Survival Manual***
         Favorite Music:  Punk, Drum n' Bass, Trance
         Favorite Course:  Garibaldi
         Favorite Trick:  Pommel Me
         Other Hobbies:  Mountainbiking
         Greatest Strength:  Attitude
         Greatest Weakness:  Gets distracted, zones out  
    Backstory Summary:  Zoe has loads of talent, but is plagued by 
    inconsistent performances.  Her personality is reflected in her fashion 
    sense.  Zoe doesn't care about current trends but always manages to look 
    good.  She hates weakness in any form and can be hard on her 
    competitors, but she is much harder on herself.  Zoe is street-smart and 
    tough, and can handle herself just fine in any situation.
    *  Joey Ramone was the singer of the punk band "The Ramones" that lasted 
    from the mid 70's through the 90's.  They're probably best know for the 
    title track to the Stephen King movie "Pet Sematary" as well as the song 
    "I Wanna Be Sedated".  Joey died at the age of 49 on April 15, 2001.
    Odds of Zoe getting a date with Joey:  0%, for obvious reasons  
    **  China O' Brien is one of those cheesy American martial arts films.  
    It was made in 1988 and stars Cynthia Rothrock (known for her roles in 
    cheesy American martial arts films) as a cop who takes on corruption. 
    ***  Written by former SAS (British Special Air Services) Survival 
    Instructor John Wiseman, the SAS Survival Manual is a how to book on how 
    to survive anywhere outdoors, be it in the middle of a forest or on a 
    deserted island.  
    3H.  **Moby**
         Voiced by Nick Malaperiman (current EA Sports Product Manager)
         Name:  Moby Jones
         Age:  19
         Blood Type:  AB
         Height:  5'10"
         Weight:  190 lbs.
         Nationality:  British
         Rider Style:  BX
         Alternate Sport:  BMX
         Motto:  "I ain't yer mate, mate!"
         Dream Date:  Kerri Edgworth*
         Friend:  Zoe
         Enemy:  JP
         Favorite Movie:  Trainspotting**
         Favorite Reading:  Soccer in the Dock***
         Favorite Music:  Swinging Utters, Bob Marley****
         Favorite Course:  Mesablanca
         Favorite Trick:  Superman Barspin
         Other Hobbies:  Watching football, modeling, working out, drums 
         Greatest Strength:  Patience, no fear
         Greatest Weakness:  ?
    Backstory Summary:  Moby is fearless and attacks the SSX courses like a 
    buzz saw.  With his piercings, scars, and tattoos, Moby takes risks that 
    others wouldn't.  He's young and a bit undisciplined in his approach to 
    racing.  Moby craves the respect of his fellow competitors on the 
    *  Just the kind of girl Moby would be interested in, Kerri Edgworth is 
    a British professional BMX rider.  I couldn't find much info about Kerri 
    so we'll just have to call that good enough for now.
    Odds of Moby getting a date with Kerri:  67%
    **  Trainspotting is a movie made in 1995 by British director Danny 
    Boyle based on a novel by Irvine Welsh.  It's about a group of friends 
    who are heroin addicts and the misadventures they go through.  It stars 
    Ewan McGregor, who later went on to play Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Phantom 
    ***  Soccer in the Dock:  A History of British Football Scandals 1900-
    1965 is a book written by Simon Inglis about... well, I think the title 
    is self-explanatory.  
    ****  Swinging Utters are a San Francisco old school punk band.  Bob 
    Marley shouldn't need any explanation, but just in case... if James 
    Brown is considered the Godfather of Soul, then Bob Marley is the 
    Godfather of Reggae.  He was involved in the Jamaican Rastafarian 
    movement and a strong proponent of peace and equility amongst all.
    3I.  **Mac** (PAL users should skip down to section 5I for Marty info)
         Voiced by Ryan Wall (aka DJ Precise, professional DJ)
         Name:  Mackenzie "Mac" Fraser
         Age:  16
         Blood Type:  AB
         Height:  5'6"
         Weight:  130 lbs.
         Nationality:  American
         Rider Style:  Freestyle
         Alternate Sport:  Skateboarding
         Motto:  "You lookin' for a smack down?"
         Dream Date:  Tara Dakides*
         Friend:  Kaori
         Enemy:  Moby
         Favorite Movie:  Skate vidoes
         Favorite Reading:  DJ Magazine
         Favorite Music:  Blink 182, DJ Carl Cox**
         Favorite Course:  Pipedream
         Favorite Trick:  Walkin' the Dog
         Other Hobbies:  School, hangin' with buds, laying down tracks, 
                         playing video games
         Greatest Strength:  Style, excellence of execution
         Greatest Weakness:  Beautiful women
    Backstory Summary:  Mac is the youngest rider on the SSX tour.  He can 
    be really immature and sometimes tries too hard for attention.  Other 
    times he can appear much more mature than his age, isolating himself and 
    turning into a lone wolf.  Having a tough childhood, Mac learned the 
    harsh lessons of life at an early age.  He's learned to make himself 
    invisible when necessary making "where did he come from?" the standard 
    reaction to his victories.
    *  Tara Dakides is a professional snowboarder who excels in technical 
    trickery.  She's 26 years old and looked up to by many.  She's also 
    single!  Mac's a little young though, that might hurt his chances.
    Odds of Mac getting a date with Tara:  43%
    **  Blink 182 is an alt/rock band formed in 1993.  They're known for 
    their "new punk" sound and toilet humor.  DJ Carl Cox is considered by 
    many to be "the greatest DJ in the world"... 'nuff said.
    3J.  **Kaori**
         Voiced by Yuko Nagashima (Japanese seiyuu [voice actress] - Magic  
                                   Knight Rayearth, Martian Successor  
                                   Nadesico, and more)
         Name:  Kaori Nishidake*
         Age:  17
         Blood Type:  B
         Height:  5'0"
         Weight:  100 lbs.
         Nationality:  Japanese
         Rider Style:  Freestyle
         Alternate Sport:  In-line Skating
         Motto:  "Gambatte masu"**
         Dream Date:  Fujishima Kosuke***
         Friend:  Brodi
         Enemy:  Psymon
         Favorite Movie:  Japanese Sci-fi
         Favorite Reading:  Nonno Magazine****
         Favorite Music:  Dance
         Favorite Course:  Snowdream
         Favorite Trick:  Pirouette Grind
         Other Hobbies:  voice of anime character Orange Explosion Fun 
                         Girl, makes clothing for dolls of anime show, 
                         hangs with friends/family, rides scooter
         Greatest Strength:  Friends and family
         Greatest Weakness:  Lazy, doesn't practice as much as she should, 
                             easily distracted on the course
    Backstory Summary:  Kaori is extroverted, fun loving and gregarious.  On 
    the surface, she is a racer with a cheerful disposition (reflected in 
    her fashion sense) but underneath is a warrior with a fighting spirit 
    (her alter-ego, Orange Explosion Fun Girl!).  She has amazing energy for 
    one her size.  Kaori is tough to upset and rarely holds a grudge.  
    However, she has no tolerance for intentional thuggery in competition.
    *  Kaori's name breaks down into three words that, to me, don't really 
    look like much but just in case any of you were curious -  Kaori = 
    scent, nishi = west, dake = only, just.  It could mean "only west scent" 
    which doesn't make a whole lot of sense, or it could just be the 
    creators throwing a few Japanese words together.  A third alternative is 
    that it could actually be a Japanese name (I've heard Kaori as a girl's 
    name before) who's meaning is lost (at least to me) in the translation.  
    -UPDATE-  Debi T. has brought to my attention some things about 
    translating Japanese that I was not aware of.  She informed me that a 
    better translation of Kaori's last name would be "west bamboo".  "Take" 
    means "bamboo" in Japanese.  Apparently it is common to change T's to 
    D's when they are in the middle of a word.  So it's very possible that 
    Nishidake is actually Nishitake.  Debi also helped me in finding the 
    most common translation of "Kaori", which is "fragrance".  So I was 
    close anyway.  =P  
    **  "Gambatte masu" basically translates to "don't give up, try harder"
    ***  Fujishima Kosuke is a popular manga creator and artist.  He is 
    responsible for the creation of Taiho Shichauzo! (You're Under Arrest!, 
    his first series) and the even more popular Aa Megami-sama (Oh My 
    Goddess!).  He is currently 38 years old.  
    Odds of Kaori getting a date with Fujishima:  54%  
    ****  From what I was able to find Nonno Magazine is a Japanese fashion 
    magazine.  -UPDATE-  Upon a recent trip to the local Asian 
    market/bookstore I happened upon Nonno in the magazine section.  It is 
    indeed a Japanese fashion magazine (wow), similar to Vogue/Cosmo/etc. in 
    the states.      
    3K.  **Psymon**
         Voiced by Jim Rose (Ringleader of the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow, 
                             also appeared in the X-Files episode "Humbug")
         Name:  "Sketchy" Psymon Stark
         Age:  26
         Blood Type:  0
         Height:  5'9"
         Weight:  185 lbs.
         Nationality:  Canadian
         Rider Style:  BX
         Alternate Sport:  Mountain Biking
         Motto:  "Do I look like a people person?"
         Dream Date:  Sheila Burgess*
         Friend:  Zoe??
         Enemy:  Kaori
         Favorite Movie:  Ride to the Hills**
         Favorite Reading:  Tattoo***
         Favorite Music:  Slayer, Napalm Death****
         Favorite Course:  Dessert (Elysium Alps)
         Favorite Trick:  Whoopee cushions on park benches (Guillotine)
         Other Hobbies:  Talking to his friend (a tattoo), owns bike repair 
                         shop, spear fishing
         Greatest Strength:  Pure grit, no pain
         Greatest Weakness:  ?     
    Backstory Summary:  Psymon is a fearless but erratic snowboarder with 
    the ability to unnerve everyone of his opponents.  He knows people are 
    uncomfortable around him and he uses that to his advantage.  No matter 
    the weather conditions, Psymon never wears a jacket or goggles.  He may 
    come across as a maniac, but he does indeed have an agenda, though it is 
    only know to Psymon himself.  
    *  Sheila Burgess is a national level bodybuilder from Vancouver B.C. 
    (Canada).  She's also been wrestling for a few years and is in her mid 
    to late 30's.  Psymon's a little nuts... I don't know if she goes for 
    that kinda guy.  
    Odds of Psymon getting a date with Sheila:  36%    
    **  Ride to the Hills is a video highlighting mountainbiking made by 
    Jorli Ricker.  It includes footage of some of the top riders involved in 
    the sport.  
    ***  Released in the summer of 2001, Tattoo is a book of numerous tattoo 
    pictures photographed by photographer Dale Durfee. 
    ****  For those of you who don't know your metal music, Slayer is a 
    speed metal band formed in 1982 and have released their latest cd in the 
    summer of 2001, still very much active today.  Probably not as well 
    known as Slayer, Napalm Death plays what is called "grindcore" which, 
    according to Rollingstone.com is "an ultra-fast blend of dissonant 
    thrash metal, punk and hardcore that's more noise than music".  Napalm 
    Death, like Slayer was formed in 1982.  Their latest album was released 
    in 1997.
    3L.  **Brodi**
         Voiced by Billy Zane (Actor - Titanic, The Phantom) 
         Name:  Broderick "Brodi" Ford
         Age:  29
         Blood Type:  0
         Height:  6'4"
         Weight:  205 lbs.
         Nationality:  American
         Rider Style:  Alpine
         Alternate Sport:  Surfing
         Motto:  "Live to surf, surf to live"
         Dream Date:  Megan Abubo*
         Friend:  Eddie
         Enemy:  Luther
         Favorite Movie:  The Endless Summer**
         Favorite Reading:  Yukio Mishima***
         Favorite Music:  The Barracudas****
         Favorite Course:  Aloha Ice Jam
         Favorite Trick:  Hang 10 Backflip
         Other Hobbies:  Chill with friends, visit parents, relax
         Greatest Strength:  Spirituality
         Greatest Weakness:  Peaceful nature (people taking advantage of)
    Backstory Summary:  Brodi comes across as laid-back and spiritual, but 
    he works hard to be buff.  Brodi is envied by both girls and guys for 
    his good looks and charm.  He also has a master's degree in Marine 
    Science.  Surfing is sacred to him and he feels closest to nature when 
    he is in the water (be it in liquid or solid form).  Brodi is also an 
    environmental activist, though not an extremist.  He believes in a 
    healthy balance between mind, body, and spirit.   
    *  Megan Abubo is a world class professional surfer.  She's been 
    competing since 1988 and is currently 24 years old.  Brodi seems like a 
    nice, peaceful guy, and they probably have a lot in common.
    Odds of Brodi getting a date with Megan:  79%  
    **  Directed by Bruce Brown and released in 1966, The Endless Summer is 
    about two of the best surfers in the world looking for the perfect wave.  
    It is considered by many to be the ultimate surfer movie.  
    *** Yukio Mishima was the penname of Kimitaka Hiraoka, the son of an 
    anti-literary Japanese government official.  Born in 1925, his first 
    major novel was about the discovery and exploration of his own 
    homosexuality.  He was also fascinated with the body and wished to 
    create himself a perfect body that would not be marred by age.  
    Considered his greatest work, The Sea Of Fertility is a four volume 
    novel about the Japanese experience in the 20th century with each volume 
    dealing with a different reincarnation of the same being.  I'll let you 
    decide which of his works is Brodi's favorite.    
    ****  Formed in 1979, The Barracudas were an UK based surf/punk band.  
    They broke up in the early 80's.  
    ***** Section 4 - Friends & Enemies *****
         SSX Tricky is unique to most racing games in that each character 
    has friends and enemies on the course.  Friends (supposedly) help you 
    out by taking care of other boarders who are after you and clearing a 
    path so you can navigate the course more easily.  Essentially they're 
    supposed to stay out of your way.  Enemies try to make racing difficult 
    for your character by getting in your way and fighting with your 
    character when they come near.  Some of the other boarders are neutral 
    towards your character in that they don't really do much of anything 
    (some would argue friends are the same way).    
    4A.  Initial Friends & Enemies For Each Character
         Each character starts with three different feelings towards the 
    other boarders Friend, Enemy, or Neutral.  A percentage is given 
    depending on the feelings 1-20% = Friend, 21-50% = Neutral (White), 51-
    80% = Neutral (Orange) and 81-100% = Enemy.  The following is a chart 
    listing each character and their initial feelings towards other boarders 
    (including percentages).  X = not applicable, F = Friend, NW = Neutral 
    (White), NO = Neutral (Orange), E = Enemy.  The number below the 
    abbreviation is the starting percentage.
    Character |Edd|Elise|Marisol|See|Luther|JP|Zoe|Moby|Mac|Kaori|Psy|Brod|
    Eddie     | X |  F  |  NO   |NW |  NO  |NO|NO | NO |NW | NW  |NO |  F |      
              | X | 10  |  63   |31 |  65  |65|63 | 65 |28 | 23  |70 | 10 |
    Elise     | F |  X  |   E   |NO |  NO  |NW|NO | NO |NO | NW  |NO | NW |
              |10 |  X  |  82   |65 |  68  |28|70 | 65 |65 | 27  |70 | 21 |
    Marisol   |NO |  E  |   X   | F |  NO  |NW|NW | NW |NO | NW  |NO | NW |
              |62 | 83  |   X   |10 |  64  |25|23 | 27 |62 | 24  |70 | 24 |
    Seeiah    |NW | NO  |   F   | X |  NO  |NO|NW | NW |NO | NW  |NO | NW |
              |33 | 68  |  13   | X |  69  |65|22 | 24 |62 | 25  |70 | 30 |
    Luther    |NO | NO  |  NO   | E |   X  | F|NO | NO |NO | NW  |NO |  E |
              |62 | 70  |  68   |82 |   X  |15|70 | 70 |70 | 30  |70 | 83 |
    JP        |NO | NO  |  NO   |NO |   F  | X| E |  E |NO | NW  |NO | NW |
              |62 | 65  |  63   |65 |  18  | X|83 | 83 |70 | 37  |70 | 50 |
    Zoe       |NO | NO  |  NW   |NO |  NO  |NO| X |  F |NW | NW  | F | NW |
              |63 | 67  |  23   |69 |  65  |64| X | 10 |30 | 25  |19 | 35 |
    Moby      | E | NO  |  NW   |NW |  NO  |NO| F |  X | E | NW  |NO | NO |
              |82 | 69  |  25   |22 |  67  |67|10 |  X |81 | 27  |70 | 62 |
    Mac       |NW | NO  |  NO   |NO |   E  |NO|NW | NO | X | NW  |NO | NW |
              |30 | 68  |  68   |70 |  83  |68|37 | 65 | X | 22  |70 | 25 |
    Kaori     |NW | NW  |  NW   |NW |  NO  |NO|NW | NO | F |  X  | E | NW |
              |34 | 31  |  28   |32 |  61  |65|28 | 65 |11 |  X  |82 | 24 |
    Psymon    |NO | NO  |  NO   |NO |  NW  |NO|NO | NO |NO |  E  | X | NO |
              |63 | 68  |  62   |64 |  40  |66|63 | 68 |65 | 82  | X | 65 |
    Brodi     |NW | NW  |  NW   |NW |  NO  | E|NW | NO |NW |  F  |NO |  X |
              |35 | 27  |  26   |26 |  65  |82|33 | 64 |23 | 10  |67 |  X |
    4B.  How Do I Gain Friends And/Or Enemies?
         You can gain enemies easily enough.  Pushing other boarders and 
    crashing into them raises your percentage a certain amount each time.  
    I'm not sure of the exact amount, I've seen one knockdown add anywhere 
    from +7 to +11%.  I don't think you can gain friends other than the 
    initial ones your character starts with.  Doing nothing doesn't seem to 
    affect other boarders at all unless you've previously done things to 
    increase their percentage already.  If that's the case then the total 
    seems to go down 2% for every run that you don't bother them.  I don't 
    know if it can go under the initial values or not.  I'm guessing it 
    4C.  Does It Really Make A Difference?  
         As I mentioned above enemies will attack you and get in your way if 
    they are nearby.  Friends, on the other hand, don't seem to do a whole 
    lot either way.  And Neutral obviously isn't going to do anything for 
    ***** Section 5 - Miscellaneous Character Trivia *****
         This section is basically just a bunch of silly questions that I 
    had fun with.  Some of the questions are serious though and provide some 
    helpful and interesting information.  I wanted to have one question for 
    each character (that's why some of them are really bad).  
    5A. Why Doesn't Eddie Have The Board He's Shown With In The Intro?
         Speculations abound, but no one, including myself, seems to know 
    for sure.  It's possible that it's something that hasn't been unlocked 
    yet, but most likely it was a board used in playtesting that didn't make 
    it to the final version.  
    5B.  Doesn't Elise Have Another Costume?
         Sort of.  By using a code that you can find elsewhere (sorry, this 
    isn't a code FAQ) Elise will be given the Mallora board.  If you choose 
    any of her outfits after entering the Mallora code she will have the 
    same outfit that her Master is, but the top will be blue instead of red 
    and the maple leaf in the middle of her top will have an M in it.    
    5C.  How Much Of Marisol Is Silicone?
         Are you kidding?  That girl is all natural!
    5D.  Is Seeiah Really The Most Annoying Character In The Game?
         Not to offend any Seeiah fans, but yes, I personally think she is 
    the most annoying character in the game.  
    5E.  How Many Times Have Members of Luther's Family Been On The Jerry 
         Springer Show?
         I think the better question would be how many times have members of 
    Luther's family *NOT* been on the Jerry Springer Show.  Though there 
    have been some on there that make Luther look pretty good.    
    5F.  Is JP Really A Member Of The Backstreet Boys?
         Nothing comfirmed, but check out that rank-up video!  I think he's 
    at least practicing.
    5G.  Zoe Has A Tattoo?  
         Yup, she does.  If you don't play Zoe much or haven't changed her 
    costume you may not have noticed the butterfly tattoo (similar to the 
    one behind her at the character selection screen) on her back at hip 
    5H.  What Happened To Moby's Teeth Board?
         I dunno.  For those of you going "WTF?", in the original SSX Moby 
    had a board called "Sloppy Bite" that had a realistic picture of a set 
    of human teeth on the bottom of the board.  It was kinda creepy looking 
    but damn cool.  Moby still has a board called "Sloppy Bite" but it looks 
    nothing like the original and has little (if anything) to do with the 
    name "Sloppy Bite".  
    5I.  Who's Mac/Marty?
         Mac is Marty and Marty is Mac as far as gameplay goes.  It all 
    depends on whether you have the NTSC version or PAL version of the game.  
    Mac is in the NTSC version, he's fully described above.  Marty is in the 
    PAL version and his character bio is listed below.  He speaks German and 
    his hair is a little longer, but I think those are the only visible 
    differences.  His in-game performance is the same as Mac so those 
    looking for stats should check out Mac in the stats sections above.
         Voiced by Tobias Pippig (Voice actor for various video games)
         Name:  Martin "Marty" Stieber
         Age:  21
         Blood Type:  AB
         Height:  5'6"
         Weight:  130 lbs.  
         Nationality:  German - American
         Rider Style:  Freestyle
         Alternate Sport:  Snowmobile Racing
         Motto:  "You lookin' for a smack down?"
         Dream Date:  Gitti Kock*
         Friend:  Kaori
         Enemy:  Moby
         Favorite Movie:  The Matrix**
         Favorite Reading:  DJ Magazine
         Favorite Music:  Blumentopf***
         Favorite Course:  Pipedream
         Favorite Trick:  Walkin' the Dog
         Other Hobbies:  School, hangin' with buds, playing video games  
         Greatest Strength:  Style, excellence of execution
         Greatest Weakness:  Beautiful women
         Backstory:  Marty is Mac's older ex-patriot cousin.  His family 
    moved to Germany from the US in the early 80s, but still spend the 
    holidays with family back in the states.  It was during a winter 
    vacation that Mac turned Marty on to snowboarding, and eventually the 
    SSX World Circuit.  In the off-season Marty runs an underground hip-hop 
    club with some friends in Munich, where he doubles as a DJ.  Marty is 
    obsessed with all the adrenaline sports, especially winter sports, with 
    snowboarding and sledding topping his list.  Marty is open and easy-
    going, but when competing he is a perfectionist, much like his younger 
    cousin, Mac.  He does have a bit of a temper, and when pushed may become 
    slightly unhinged.
    *  I couldn't find much information about Gitti other than that I think 
    she's a professional crosscountry skier.  Anyone have any more info?
    Odds of Marty getting a date with Gitti:  0%, until I find out more
    **  A movie that I'm sure needs no explanation (though I'm going to 
    explain it anyway), The Matrix was released a few years ago and stars 
    Keanu Reeves as Neo.  It's a visually stunning sci-fi flick with tons of 
    action and an indepth plot.  It was written and directed by the 
    Wachowski brothers (of Bound fame but NOT Fargo, that's the Coen 
    ***  Blumentopf is a German hip-hop band consisting of five members.  
    That's about all I could find on these guys.           
    5J.  What's That On Kaori's Back?
         Kaori is so cute she has a stuffed animal strapped on her back.  It 
    could be a backpack, but it's definately in the shape of an animal 
    regardless of what it's function (if any) is.  She has a different 
    animal for each outfit including a pink pig, a polar bear, a panda, and 
    more.  In the original SSX Kaori has animal backpacks too.  Some of them 
    look suspiciously like certain anime characters like say, the black pig 
    and the yellow... rat thing, to hint at two of them.    
    5K.  What Does The Tattoo Say On Psymon's Back?
         Its says a lot of things to him.  No, but really, for anyone who 
    doesn't play Psymon or can't read, Psymon has a large tattoo on his back 
    that says "Stark Raving Mad" which is also a pun on his name, Psymon 
    STARK.  You can see it by choosing his Serpentine outfit (yeah, the one 
    without a top).  
    5L.  Ukiyoe Surf?
         Brodi's last outfit (before his Master outfit) is called Ukiyoe 
    Surf.  So what does Ukiyoe mean?  Ukiyoe is a Japanese word that 
    literally translates as "pictures of the floating world".  Ukiyoe is a 
    style of art that came about during the Edo era (1603 - 1867) of Japan.   
    It consists of printings on wood blocks whose pictures describe various 
    aspects of Japanese culture of the time.  What does Ukiyoe have to do 
    with a shirtless Brodi in jeans?  Yeah, I'm not real sure either.  Maybe 
    the outfit refers more to the literal translation.     
    --Closing Info (Or Info That's Usually Skipped, Part 2)
    A.  Places I Found Useful When Gathering Info
         I found information included in this FAQ on many different 
    websites, all listed below.  Information not gathered from these 
    websites came from the in-game information of SSX Tricky, and myself.  
    The information regarding Marty came from various members of the SSX 
    Tricky message board at Gamefaqs.com (contributors listed below).
    - www.google.com and www.yahoo.com (search engines used)
    - barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com (books)
    - www.rollingstone.com (detailed music info)
    - www.suntimes.com/ebert (for most movies)
    - www.expn.com (various sports figure bios)
    - www.geocities.com/Wellesley/1652/blood.html (Blood Type info - the 
    last time I tried accessing this site Yahoo/Geocities claimed it didn't 
    exist anymore)
    - www.sports.chickclick.com (Pamela Zoolalian info)
    - www.impactpublishers.com (Assertive Woman info)
    - www.flamenco-world.com (Joaquin Cortes info)
    - www.poets.org (Amiri Baraka info)
    - www.levity.com/mavericks/gim-int.htm (Marija Gimbutas info)
    - www.outsidemag.com (super shovel racing info)
    - www.truckworld.com (Boogie Van/Pamela Vaters info)
    - www.thunval.com (Belinda Endress info)
    - www.fordham.edu/hasall/mod/17stsimon.html (Louis XIV info)
    - www.ifilm.com (China O'Brien info)
    - www.ink19.com (Swinging Utters info)
    - www.icupromo.net (DJ Carl Cox info)
    - www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Flats/4215/fujishima.html (Fujishima Kosuke)
    - www.amazonprofiles.com (Sheila Burgess info)
    - www.mtbreview.com (Ride To The Hills info) 
    - www.kirjasto.sci.fi/mishima.htm (Yukio Mishima info)
    - www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Pagoda/1787/ukiyoe.html (Ukiyoe info)
    Marty contributors
    - intuition expected (for responding to my request for help so quickly)
    - Ninto (for offering to help)
    - Packing Heat (for the bulk of the Marty info including his Bio, 
    Backstory and completely typed out Interview!  Thanks man!)
    Proof readers and info contributors
    - OgreBoy (for pointing out the Fargo Wachowski/Coen brothers mix up)
    - Alistair C. (for helping me with the Ministry info in Marisol's bio)
    - Debi T. (for help with translating Kaori's name) 
    B.  Where To Submit Comments/Suggestions/Ideas
         Comments, suggestions, ideas, praise, and hate mail can be sent to 
    me at fishilens@yahoo.com.  I'll respond to all e-mails received and 
    I'll include your name in future versions of the FAQ if your information 
    proves to be useful.  
    C.  The Legal Stuff
         Copyright 2002, FishEye.  
    Authorized for use on:  www.gamefaqs.com  
    If you'd like to use it anywhere else, please write me at the e-mail 
    address (listed directly above) and ask.  Please do not alter or 
    redistribute this FAQ in any way other than it's original form.    
    D.  Thanks
         I'd just like to thank the creators of SSX Tricky for making what I 
    consider one of the best games out there right now.  I'd also like to 
    thank the Marty contributors (especially Packing Heat for going the 
    extra mile) from Gamefaq's SSX Tricky message board for helping me out.  
    A big thanks to those of you who have helped with info I wasn't sure on 
    and corrected some of my errors.  A special thanks to The JRage, for 
    suggesting the initial friends/enemies section.  Thanks all!! 
    *****R.I.P. Jurgen & Hiro*****     
    In the original SSX there were two characters that were cut from Tricky.  
    For those who've played SSX you know that's Jurgen and Hiro, who I list 
    right above.  Well, I know they have nothing to do with Tricky but since 
    I never made a character FAQ for the first SSX I thought I'd give them 
    some credit by adding bio information for them that was taken from SSX.  
    Here goes!
    Tricky Replacement:  Luther
    Character Description:  Jurgen was the strongman of SSX.  He was big and 
    German and looked like he should have been a James Bond villian.  His 
    specialty was his great stability which the EA team passed on to Luther 
    for Tricky.  I personally liked Jurgen better, but that's just me.  It's 
    rumored that the statue in the middle of the park on Merqury City 
    Meltdown in Tricky is a statue of Jurgen, but there's been no real 
    confirmation on that.  
    Height:  6'5"
    Weight:  230 lbs.
    Age:  35
    Nationality:  German
    Blood Type:  AB
    Riding Style:  Boardercross
    Game Description:  A wily and weathered veteran of snowmobile and 
    backcountry ski competitions.  Jurgen is an established juggernaut on 
    the SSX scene.
    Tricky Replacement:  Brodi
    Character Description:  Hiro was the speed and tech wiz of SSX.  He was 
    the only real Alpine boarder of the first game.
    Height:  5'5"
    Weight:  200 lbs.  
    Age:  21
    Nationality:  Japanese
    Blood Type:  A
    Riding Style:  Alpine
    Game Description:  A strong-willed loner and bleeding-edge 
    techonological innovator, Hiro pushes himself and his gear beyond the 
    limits to win at all costs.  
    That's it, thanks for sticking around!