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Jet Set Radio

Beat (ビート, Biito) is a playable character and overall protagonist in the Jet Set Radio series, as well as the games mascot. He is a 17-year-old, laid back, and level headed "Rudie" who ran away from home and helped found the GG’s. Beat loves to skate and is okay with breaking the law and is originally from the town of Fukuoka. Beat spends his time skating around fighting for turf with the rival gangs of Tokyo-to, marking his territory with graffiti and annihilating others' tags. As graffiti is an act of vandalism and is punishable by law, this attracts the attention of Police Captain Onishima, Hayashi, and the S.W.A.T. team, who relentlessly pursue Beat and his friends.

Appearance

Beat wears an orange shirt bearing the katakana of his name, black/blue long pants, sunglasses(or goggles) with green lenses that appear to have sound waves going through them, and large headphones. His hair is burgundy brown and very short, and his skates are mainly yellow and orange with green wheels.

Trademark Graffiti

Beat's set of Graffiti in Jet Set Radio. Beat the Clock, Beat This, Kabuki Jam - Theatre of Sound


BEAT - Beat the Clock

Beat's Small Graffiti. It features his stylized silhouette standing in a yellow glow, with a spray can at the ready.

BEAT - Beat This

Beat's Large Graffiti. Kanji and Hiragana in a slate blue, popped out with shading and texture and piled atop another.

KABUKI JAM - Theater of Sound

Beat's Extra-Large Graffiti. An Ukiyo-e inspired graffiti, with a stylish Kabuki spraying down neon green hiragana about a blue mist.

Appearances in Other Games

Beat's appears in his Jet Set Radio design in two games outside of the Jet Set Radio series itself.

Sega Superstars Tennis

Beat in Sega Superstars Tennis.

Beat is a playable character in this Sega tennis game. His design is taken from the original Jet Set Radio. Beat's Superstar move has Combo grind on the net of the tennis court while spray painting on the opponent's side. The paint trips up Beat's opponent, and distracts them from the game.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed

Beat in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.

Beat is playable in the sequel to Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing.This time, rather than his car from the last game, he rides a quadbike. He also appears as two unlockable stickers, obtained for getting a podium finish in every Grand Prix tournament on Expert difficulty or winning an event on Graffiti City while playing as him. His All-Star item, when activated, creates an aura from speakers that slow down the opponents nearby. His All-Star theme is a remix of Grace and Glory.

In issue 45 of Sonic Universe, Beat also appears in a comic based on this game alongside other iconic SEGA characters.

Samurai & Dragons

Beat in Samurai & Dragons.

Beat is one of the many Sega characters to make a small cameo appearance as a card.

Sonic Forces

There is an unlockable Beat costume for the Avatar character which can also be downloaded for free.

Sega Heroes

Beat was added to the game on October 15th, 2018. To unlock him, the player would need to achieve 25 Beat shards. Beat was classified as a Rare Support Hero.

In-Game Statistics

Jet Set Radio

Beat's Maximum Health, Cans Held, and Starting Graffiti Challenge

Power Very High
Technique Above Average
Graffiti High~
  • An underline notates this rudie's highest skill.
  • ~ He can hold a maximum of 20 Spray Cans. His Graffiti Challenge begins with Down.
  • He does the Acid Soul, Back Slide, and Unity Grinds. His backwards Grinds are the Ally-oop Miz and Soyal.
  • His Air tricks are the Flying Kite and Method Back Flip. His Half-Pipe Air tricks are the Misty Flip and Judo Back Flip 180. His backwards Air tricks are the Method and 720.

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Trivia

  • Beat appears on the covers of both Jet Set Radio games.
  • In his debut in the Sega Superstars series (Sega Superstars: Tennis), he appears in his Jet Set Radio attire, while in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, he appears in his Jet Set Radio Future attire. However, in Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed, he has switched back to his original Jet Set Radio costume. It's therefore possible the plan is to simply switch designs in every new game in the series.
  • In each game where Beat has his original look, he's available since the beginning of the game, whereas when he wears his Future attire, he is an unlockable character. This includes the Jet Set Radio games themselves.
  • He does similar tricks as Cube and the Noise Tanks, but instead of the Unity Grind that he and the Noise Tanks have, Cube does the Full Torque.