Beat is the main protagonist of Sega's Jet Set Radio series. He is a seventeen-year-old, laid back, and level headed "Rudie" that loves to skate and is okay with breaking the law. He is originally from the town of Fukuoka, and ran away from home like many other Japanese Rudies.
In Sega Superstars Tennis, Beat and one of his close friends from the GGs, Gum, appear as playable characters. Their designs are taken from the original Jet Set Radio. Beat's Superstar move has Combo, a member of the GG's who's always carrying around a boom box, 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. Gum's Superstar move has Tokyo-to's police force storm in on the tennis court, running over her opponent.
In the Nintendo DS version, Beat dances a little and when the player hits the ball back, it'll make a squared zig-zag pattern.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
Beat also appears as a playable character in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, where he drives an orange and red customized street racer called "De La Custom GGs," named after his gang. It has an extra stereo system and neon underlights. In this game, his design is taken from Jet Set Radio Future.
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Jet Set Radio
De la GG's - Orange and red street racer with neon, built-in extra stereo system, and a Graffiti Soul on the hood.
Tag Jamming: Starts skating, and can also spray paint on nearby racers to obstruct their view.
Jet Set Groove 3 - Jet Set Radio Future
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
In Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, his Tuner gets replaced by a quad bike presumably made for the streets, with styling after himself, his gang, the GGs and his game's titular radio station, Jet Set Radio. Being that the main focus in this game, aside from racing is transformations, his bike does transform. As a boat it looks strange, with the wheels being replaced by skis, like a snowmobile, but instead of treads that complete this 'snowmobile', there are a set of propellers at the back, thus making it a jet ski, or a Seadoo. Its jet mode is a hover bike, with flipped up wheels and two small propturbo engines. In this game, his design is taken from Jet Set Radio.
Beat appears as a main protagonist in the Campaign mode of SEGA Heroes. He eventually joins Amy, Death Adder, AiAi, Blaze Fielding, and some other heroes in their quest to stop Dremagen from conquering the universe. During their mission, Beat develops a small friendship with Big the Cat. Beat compliments Big several times, including his height and his fishing abilities. However, because of Beat's figurative tone, Big does not understand Beat's compliments. Beat later gives compliments to AiAi, telling him the idea of traveling around in a ball is quite "cool."
Beat is a red rare hero that is playable in Beyondering. Achieving 25 Beat shards will unlock the character, and he will be a playable character in selective modes. Beat was released to the game on 15 October 2018.
Beat is the only non-Sonic character to have a completely different design between games in the racing Sega Superstars games, having his Jet Set Radio Future design in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, while in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, he has his original Jet Set Radio design.
A Costume of Beat is unlockable in the game with the bonus edition of Sonic Forces. This costume can also be downloaded for a fee.