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Crash Bandicoot Characters

Characters of Crash Bandicoot

Crash Bandicoot is a series of platform video games currently developed by Radical Entertainment as of 2005; the series was formerly developed by Naughty Dog from 1996 to 1999, and by Traveller's Tales and Vicarious Visions from 2000 to 2004. The series features a large cast of distinctively quirky characters designed by numerous different artists, the most notable of which include Charles Zembillas and Joe Pearson. In addition, it features an all-star cast of veteran voice actors.

The series centers around the conflicts between a mutated bandicoot named Crash Bandicoot and his creator, Doctor Neo Cortex. Crash acts as the main playable character of the series, though other characters have had occasional player access, most notable Coco Bandicoot and Doctor Neo Cortex. The series started out featuring nine characters, but that number has expanded since then and now features more than sixty individual characters.

Major characters

Minor characters

Polar

is Crash Bandicoot's pet polar bear cub. He lets Crash ride him in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, helping him through some snow levels and helping him escape from a larger polar bear. He is a playable character in Crash Team Racing and Crash Nitro Kart. Polar is voiced by Debi Derryberry in Crash Nitro Kart. He is voiced by Satomi Kōrogi in his Japanese speaking appearances excluding Crash Nitro Kart.

Doctor Nefarious Tropy

is a henchman of Uka Uka and the self-proclaimed master of time. He was created by Naughty Dog as a time traveling boss that would fit in a time traveling plot. Tropy is voiced by Michael Ensign in all his speaking appearances excluding Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, in which he is voiced by Corey Burton. He is voiced by Masaru Ikeda in the Japanese versions of the games up to Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, and by Haruo Satō in the Japanese versions of Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Twinsanity.

Doctor Nefarious Tropy is introduced by Uka Uka in Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped as the creator of the Time-Twisting Machine, a device that will aid Neo Cortex in his quest to gather the Crystals in their original places in time. He later acts as the third boss of the game, battling Crash with his gigantic tuning fork. When he is defeated, the Time-Twisting Machine implodes on itself, trapping Cortex, Uka Uka and Tropy in a time prison, where they are transformed into infants. Tropy appears in Crash Team Racing as the player's opponent during the Time Trial races and later as an unlockable playable character. The game's epilogue states that Tropy resumed his time machine hobby after the events of the game, and was last seen entering an ancient rainforest.

N. Tropy has a minor appearance in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, in which he is an attendee of Uka Uka's convention and an occasional enemy in the game, attempting to hinder Crash's progress. He is the main antagonist of Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced, in which he kidnaps Crunch, Coco and Fake Crash and hypnotizes them into working for him. He is later defeated by Crash and is forced to take a group picture with the Bandicoots. Tropy is an unlockable character in Crash Nitro Kart, where he races under Neo Cortex's team. Tropy appears again in Crash Twinsanity, where he works with Doctor Nitrus Brio in order to learn the whereabouts of the treasure of the Evil Twins. When interrogating Crash proves fruitless, the duo attack him, sending him back to Cortex's Iceberg Lab. They eventually reach the treasure trove of the Evil Twins, but are chased out by Spyro the Dragon.

Tropy has a cameo appearance in the "Silhouette Quiz" minigame in Crash Boom Bang!

Nina Cortex

is the niece of Doctor Neo Cortex. Nina was an attendant of Madame Amberly's Academy of Evil, and was given spring-loaded metallic arms by her uncle. Following the events of Crash of the Titans, Nina was transferred from Madame Amberly's private Academy of Evil to an Evil Public School because Cortex puts her here for disobeying him. She is a playable character in Crash Twinsanity, Crash Tag Team Racing, and the Nintendo DS version of Crash of the Titans. Nina is voiced by Susan Silo in Crash Twinsanity, by Amy Gross in the Radical Entertainment games, and by Debi Derryberry in the Nintendo DS version of Crash of the Titans. She is voiced by Satomi Kōrogi in the Japanese version of Crash Twinsanity and by Chihiro Kusaka in the Japanese version of Crash Tag Team Racing.

Ripper Roo

is a boss character in the first and second games in the series. He is a kangaroo who was mutated by Doctor Neo Cortex and now has a demented personality and distinctive laughter. He mainly attacks through the use of his razor-sharp toenails and laying down TNT and Nitro tiles. As of the second game, he has a second personality that is much more sane than his dominant one. An explosion is enough to get him back to his old hopping mad self. He has additional appearances in Crash Team Racing as a boss character and Crash Bash as an obstacle. Ripper Roo is voiced by Katsumi Suzuki in the Japanese version of Crash Team Racing.

Pura

is Coco Bandicoot's pet tiger cub. He made his debut in Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, helping Coco across the Great Wall of China and aiding her in her fight against Doctor N. Gin on the Moon. He is a playable character in Crash Team Racing, Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Boom Bang!. Pura is voiced by Paul Greenberg in Crash Nitro Kart. He is voiced by Taeko Kawata in his Japanese speaking appearances excluding Crash Nitro Kart, and by Asuka Tanii in Crash Boom Bang!.

Nitros Oxide

is an extraterrestrial who claims to be the fastest racer in the galaxy. He acts as the main antagonist of Crash Team Racing, attempting to turn Earth into a concrete parking lot. After being thwarted in this plan, he fled back to his native Gasmoxia and only returned to racing after years of seclusion and therapy. He appears as a playable character in Crash Nitro Kart. Oxide is voiced by Quinton Flynn in Crash Nitro Kart He is voiced by Junpei Takiguchi in the Japanese version of Crash Team Racing, and by Chafūrin in the Japanese version of Crash Nitro Kart.

Papu Papu

is the obese chief of the native tribe of N. Sanity Island. He is neither on Crash's nor Cortex's side, but will capture and/or eat anything that steps into his territory. He possesses a magical wand that he uses to summon miniature versions of Crash Bandicoot. Papu Papu is voiced by Michael Gollom in Crash Team Racing and by Dwight Schultz in Crash Twinsanity. He is voiced by Yū Shimaka in the Japanese version of "Crash Team Racing".

Pinstripe Potoroo

is a boss character in the first Crash Bandicoot game. He is a mutated potoroo who wears a red pinstripe suit and wields a fully-loaded Tommy gun. He also acts as a boss character in Crash Team Racing. Pinstripe is voiced by Brendan O'Brien in all of his speaking appearances. He is voiced by Kazuhiro Yamaji in the Japanese version of Crash Team Racing and by Takahiro Yoshino in Crash Boom Bang!.

Tawna

is Crash's love interest in the first Crash Bandicoot game. She was not featured in any of the subsequent games until Crash Boom Bang! (where she was voiced by Akiko Toda), although by this time the character was no longer romantically involved with Crash.

Koala Kong

is a boss character in the first Crash Bandicoot game. He is a mutated koala who tosses around boulders using his superhuman strength. He is a playable character in Crash Bash.

Fake Crash

is an imposter of Crash Bandicoot with thick eyebrows and an overbite. He is a hidden character in much of the games beginning with Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. He is a playable character in Crash Team Racing and the Japanese version of Crash Bash. Fake Crash is voiced by Dwight Schultz in Crash Nitro Kart. He is voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi in the Japanese versions of the games up to Crash Nitro Kart, and by Makoto Ishii in Crash Boom Bang!.

Komodo Brothers

, consisting of Joe and Moe, are mutated Komodo Dragons that serve as boss characters in the second Crash game. Joe is the smarter of the brothers and is the only one with a speaking role. Moe is the stronger of the brothers and is the one who does most of the attacking. Joe appears as a boss character in Crash Team Racing, and both brothers appear as boss characters in Crash Bash. Joe is voiced by Wataru Takagi in the Japanese version of Crash Team Racing.

Evil Crash

is an evil and ferocious version of Crash Bandicoot from the Tenth Dimension. He first appeared in Crash Twinsanity, acting firstly as a villain (kidnapping Nina Cortex and chasing Dr. Cortex), but it ends ironically as a hero, eating the Evil Twins. He makes a cameo in Crash Tag Team Racing as an alternate costume.

The Elementals

The Elementals, consisting of , , , and , are a group of evil masks revived by Uka Uka in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex to act as a power source for Crunch Bandicoot. They were sealed away once more by the efforts of Crash and Coco Bandicoot. Rok-Ko was voiced by Thomas F. Wilson in the English version and by Toshiaki Kuwahara in the Japanese version. Wa-Wa was voiced by R. Lee Ermey in the English version and by Kappei Yamaguchi in the Japanese version. Py-Ro was voiced by Mark Hamill in the English version and by Toshitaka Shimizu in the Japanese version. Lo-Lo was voiced by Jess Harnell in the English version and by Masaru Ikeda in the Japanese version.

The Evil Twins

, known as and , are a duo of highly intelligent twin parrots who act as the main antagonists of Crash Twinsanity. They hold a grudge against Neo Cortex, as his failed childhood experiment sent them to the Tenth Dimension. When they fail to defeat Cortex with a giant mech, they flee to Evil Crash's house, where they are soon eaten. Both of the twins are voiced by Quinton Flynn in the English version of Crash Twinsanity. Victor is voiced by Shinpachi Tsuji in the Japanese version, while Moritz is voiced by Setsuji Satō.

Madame Amberly

is the headmaster of the Academy of Evil. She taught Neo Cortex when he was a child and taught Nina Cortex before her transferral. Madame Amberly is voiced by Susan Silo in the English version of Crash Twinsanity, and by Noriko Suzuki in the Japanese version.

Rilla Roo

is a hybrid of a gorilla and a kangaroo. His only appearance has been as a playable character in Crash Bash. Rilla Roo is voiced by Mitsuru Ogata in the Japanese version of Crash Bash.

Emperor Velo XXVII

is the organizer of the Galaxy Circuit. He appears as a hologram for much of Crash Nitro Kart, and only appears in person for the final race against him. His true form, , is exceedingly short, and is a playable character. Both forms are voiced by Steven Blum in the English version of Crash Nitro Kart. Emperor Velo is voiced by Haruo Satō in the Japanese version, while the Real Velo is voiced by Kōki Miyata.

Krunk

is the racing champion of his native Terra. He challenges Earth's racers on the grounds that Earth is a copy of his Terra. When he loses to Crash's team, he confesses that Terra actually copied Earth. Krunk is voiced by Marshall R. Teague in the English version of Crash Nitro Kart, and by Kōsei Hirota in the Japanese version.

Nash

is a cybernetic shark from the planet Barin, where he is the racing champion. He has been engineered to always move, never stopping to even sleep. He is finally put to sleep when Coco hacks into his helmet. Nash is voiced by Billy West in the English version of Crash Nitro Kart, and by Mitsuaki Madono in the Japanese version.

Norm

is a book-loving mime who can split into his original self and a larger version of himself. He is the racing champion of Fenomena. The large Norm is voiced by André Sogliuzzo in the English version of Crash Nitro Kart and by Tetsuo Gotō in the Japanese version.

Geary

is an effeminate robot and the racing champion of Teknee. He is punished by Velo upon losing to Earth's racers by being forced to clean the entirety of Velo's Coliseum. He is voiced by Paul Greenberg in the English version of Crash Nitro Kart and by Hiroshi Iwasaki in the Japanese version.

Zem

is a large, vulgar creature who races alongside Oxide. He is voiced by André Sogliuzzo in the English version of Crash Nitro Kart and by Yasuhiro Takato in the Japanese version.

Zam

is a dog-like creature who races alongside Oxide. He is voiced by Billy West.

Ebeneezer Von Clutch

is the owner of Von Clutch's MotorWorld. He is a cyborg who talks with an stereotyped German accent that begs the Crash characters to find the Black Heart Power Gem that he runs on. Von Clutch is voiced by Danny Mann in the English version of Crash Tag Team Racing and by Hiroshi Ōtake in the Japanese version.

Pasadena O'Possum

is a racing champion and devoted subordinate of Von Clutch. She is voiced by Shanelle Workman in the English version of Crash Tag Team Racing and by Yoshiko Kamei in the Japanese version.

Willie Wumpa Cheeks

is the mascot and producer of Wumpa Whip in Von Clutch's MotorWorld. He is later revealed to be the thief of Von Clutch's Power Gems and is soon liquefied by Doctor Neo Cortex. His motives are unknown. He is voiced by Roger L. Jackson in the English version of Crash Tag Team Racing and by Masato Funaki in the Japanese version.

Chick and Stew

and are a pair of veteran sportscasters who serve as the tutors of Crash Tag Team Racing. Chick is the calmer of the two, while Stew is more tense, frequently changes his hairstyle, and has a frightening wife. Chick is voiced by Quinton Flynn in the English version and by Keichii Takahashi in the Japanese version. Stew is voiced by Duane Shepard in the English version, and by Keiji Himeno in the Japanese version.

Park Drones

are the gas mask-wearing laborers of Von Clutch's MotorWorld. They sell Power Crystals and costumes to Crash Bandicoot. The English voices of the Park Drones are provided by Bill Farmer, Chris Coppola, Charles Dennis, Jess Harnell, and Roger L. Jackson, while the Japanese voices are provided by Takaya Kuroda, Kazuhiro Anzai, Yasumichi Kushida, Keiichi Takahashi, and Masato Funaki.

The Viscount

is an extremely wealthy Tasmanian Devil who tricks Crash and his friends into searching for the Super Big Power Crystal for him in Crash Boom Bang!.

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