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A list of characters and tropes associated with the long-running Crash Bandicoot series.


The Good Guys

Crash Bandicoot

 "Whoa!"

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 Voiced by: Brendan O Brien (1996-98, 2000-03), Billy Pope (1999), Steve Blum (2003), Jess Harnell (2005-present)

A genetically advanced Eastern Barred Bandicoot and inhabitant of the Wumpa Islands. Once an ordinary bandicoot, he was snatched from the wild by Doctor Neo Cortex and subjected to the Evolvo-Ray as part of Cortex's plan to make Crash the general of his "Cortex Commandos", which would be used to dominate the world. However, he was later deemed unworthy of being in Cortex's army and was dismissed from Cortex's castle. As an act of revenge and to rescue a female bandicoot named Tawna, Crash traveled through the Wumpa Islands, defeating Cortex's henchmen along the way. He eventually stole Cortex's airship, defeated Doctor Cortex, and escaped alongside Tawna. Nowadays, he attempts to live a quiet life on the Wumpa Islands. However, his relaxation tends to be interrupted by another world domination plot by Doctor Neo Cortex, forcing Crash to once again defeat him in order to put his life back in order.


Tropes associated with Crash:

Aku Aku

 "Hoobiga!"

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 Voiced by: Mel Winkler (1998-2004), Greg Eagles (2007-present)

The guardian of the Wumpa Islands and the father figure of Crash and his friends. Aku Aku is the spirit of an ancient witch doctor encased in a floating, wooden mask. When he sensed Crash's mission to stop Doctor Cortex, he scattered copies of himself throughout the Wumpa Islands in an effort to aid him in his mission. Whenever Crash possesses an Aku Aku mask, he will be shielded from one enemy attack or contact. Collecting three Aku Aku masks gives Crash temporary invulnerability from all minor dangers. He didn't become a full-fledged character until Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, in which he had his first speaking role.


Tropes associated with Aku Aku:

Coco Bandicoot

 "Crash? Crash! Crash, my battery's fried. Make yourself useful, big brother, and go get an extra battery for me."

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 Voiced by: Vicki Winters (1997), Hynden Walch (1999), Debi Derryberry (2001-present)

The highly intelligent and spirited younger sister of Crash. Like Crash, Coco was also an ordinary bandicoot until she was taken from the jungle and genetically enhanced by Doctor Neo Cortex.


Tropes associated with Coco:

  • Adrenaline Makeover: Compare her designs since Crash Nitro Kart to her designs in the Naughty Dog games.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Starting with Crash Nitro Kart.
  • Big Little Sister: Coco is often slightly taller and significantly more intelligent and sane than her "big brother" Crash (granted this depends on the creative team, in Mind Over Mutant for example she is shorter than Crash and almost as demented and childish as he is).
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Especially in the Radical titles, more a Cheerful Child earlier on.
  • Buffy-Speak: Seems to gained a tendency for this in the Radical series...and stuff.
  • Child Prodigy
  • Distressed Damsel: Happens more and more in recent titles, the villains seem to be fond of using her as hostage bait for Crash.
  • Genius Ditz: In later titles while still somewhat a techno whiz, she seems rather childish, melodramatic and less resourceful outside her talent, the point of some of her inventions such as a 'Butter Recycling' device can also be placed into question.
  • Remember the New Guy?: She was introduced as Crash's sister in Crash 2 with absolutely no explanation as to where she came from. The manual for The Wrath of Cortex would much later establish that she's one of Cortex's mutants, same as Crash, but even so we don't know how she escaped Cortex's control or where she was during the first game.
  • Teen Genius
  • Took a Level In Jerkass: Seems snarkier and more materialistic in later titles, the supposed nature-lover also seems less than compassionate about the state Cortex's machines are reducing Wumpa Island into.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Butter.
  • Women Are Wiser: More prominent in earlier titles. She's more of a bratty Genius Ditz in later games, but still somewhat saner than Crash and Crunch.

Crunch Bandicoot

 "Don't be a fool! Stay in milk!"

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 Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson (2001-03), Chris Williams (2005-present)

A genetically altered bandicoot who was originally created by Doctor Cortex to harness the power of the Elementals and destroy Crash Bandicoot. After his defeat to Crash, Crunch had a change of heart and now tries to be a positive role model to children.


Tropes associated with Crunch:

The Bad Guys

Doctor Neo Cortex

 "Oh, how I hate bandicoots..."

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 Voiced by: Brendan O Brien (1996), Clancy Brown (1997-2003), Lex Lang (2004-present)

Child Cortex voiced by: Debi Derryberry (2004)

A mad scientist who seeks to achieve world domination as an act of vengeance for the ridicule he has suffered in the past. Hoping to achieve this by mutating the local animals into his soldiers, he eventually creates Crash Bandicoot, the titular character of the series, but soon rejects him as unworthy of being in his army and removes him from his castle. As Cortex's actions endanger the sanctity of the islands the games are set in, Cortex's plans for world domination are often hampered by Crash along with other characters. Crash's constant interference has made eliminating Crash one of Cortex's top priorities along with world domination.


Tropes associated with Doctor Neo Cortex:

 Cortex: Finally, after all these years of abuse, who's the little guy now?

Doctor N. Gin

 "Enjoy your screaming doom!"

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 Voiced by: Brendan O Brien (1997-99), Corey Burton (2001), Quinton Flynn (2003-04), Nolan North (2005-present)

Doctor Neo Cortex's faithful right-hand man. As a child, N. Gin was a classmate of Neo Cortex and Nitrus Brio in Madame Amberly's Academy of Evil. N. Gin then went on to become a world-renowned physicist in the defense industry. However, due to a budget cut, one of his missile projects ended up faulty and, as a result, went awry, lodging itself into N. Gin's head. With his intellect, N. Gin was able to stabilize the weapon and reconstruct it as a life support system at the cost of his mental stability. Because the missile is still live, it activates whenever N. Gin is stressed or angry, leaving him with a large headache. Shortly after the missile incident, Doctor N. Gin was taken in by Doctor Neo Cortex to replace the double-crossed Doctor Nitrus Brio.


Tropes associated with Doctor N. Gin:

"Do you have stairs in your house? Voted five golden MAN BABIES!... I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS!"

  • The Renfield: Usually loyal to Dr Cortex (though see The Starscream below). Even assisted Crash in thwarting Nina in hope that he would rescue his former master.
  • Split Personality: Titans indicates he has one in one scene, with one side wanting to support Cortex and the other Nina.
  • The Starscream: Despite his Undying Loyalty, he does turn on Cortex and side with Brio and N. Tropy in Twinsanity and briefly goes along with Nina's takeover in Crash of the Titans as well.
  • Subordinate Excuse: In later games his relationship with Dr Cortex leans into this, even referring to him as his friend at one point.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: N. Gin has been known to outright thank people who inflict physical pain upon him, particularly Doctor Cortex.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: He's obsessed with looking pretty in CTTR, and his alternate costume is (fittingly) a dress.

Tiny Tiger

 "Stop! No more, please! You're just too stupendous and fantabulous! Honestly, you are just awesome."

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 Voiced by: Brendan O Brien (1998-2001), John Dimaggio (2003), Chris Williams (2007-present), Nolan North (2008)[1]

A hulking mutant henchman. Originally a cohort for Dr Nitrus Brio he is reverted to Cortex's most faithful henchman in Warped.


Tropes associated with Tiny Tiger:

 N Gin: What did you break now?!

  • Minion with an F In Evil: In the Radical games, Tiny is this in spades. The original rendition, while more vicious and antagonistic towards Crash, actually has traits of this as well, particularly in Crash Nitro Kart.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice in the Radical Entertainment games is an impersonation of boxer Mike Tyson.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: The Radical Entertainment version of Tiny sometimes practices this ("I can hardly articulate my displeasure!").
  • Third Person Person: Before the Radical Entertainment games.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: A very straight example prior to the Radical Entertainment redesign.

Uka Uka

 "I will kill Crash Bandicoot. Kill him... forever..."

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 Voiced by: Clancy Brown (1998-2003), Alex Fernandez (2004), John Dimaggio (2007-present)

Doctor Cortex's overseer and the evil younger twin brother of Aku Aku. Long ago, he was sealed away in an underground prison by Aku Aku due to his incredibly malicious nature. However, this prison would be destroyed many centuries later by the wreck of Cortex's space station, setting him free and allowing him to carry out his plot for world domination.


Tropes associated with Uka Uka:

  • Bad Boss: Oh, so much. In the later games, this is arguably Uka Uka's defining characteristic.
  • Big Bad
  • Cain and Abel: Cain to Aku Aku's Abel.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Became this starting with Crash Bash.
  • Evil Sounds Deep
  • Evil Twin
  • Expressive Mask: Bonus points in that he is a mask. Though that factor kinda decreases with his Radical Entertainment redesign as he lacks a lower jaw in those games.
  • God of Evil: Pretty godly in terms of his power. And certainly evil.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Definitely in Warped and Crash Bash, but he was toned down considerably in later games.
  • No Indoor Voice: Clancy Brown gave Uka a progressively loud, perpetually yelling voice. John De Maggio toned this down with a more calmer depiction though still has tendencies of this.
  • Large Ham
  • The Man Behind the Man
  • Sdrawkcab Name: His name is the name of his older twin brother Aku Aku reversed.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He was locked away in an underground prison by Aku Aku many eons ago until the prison was destroyed by Cortex's destroyed space station at the beginning of the third game.
  • The Unfought: He didn't get an actual boss fight until Twinsanity and Crash of the Titans, despite being one of the main villains before then.
  • You Have Failed Me: He threatens to punish Cortex for his failures all the time, though only twice did he actually go through with it: At the end of The Wrath of Cortex he tries to kill him and in Crash of the Titans he fires him and replaces him with Nina.

Dingodile

 "Bring out the butter. I'm gonna make toast!"

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 Voiced by: William Hootkins (1998-99), Dwight Schultz (2003-04, 2007) [2]


Tropes associated with Dingodile:

Doctor Nitrus Brio

 "This isn't the end! I invented endings! Why don't people take me seriously?"

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 Voiced by: Brendan O Brien (1996-2000), Maurice LaMarche (2007-present)


Tropes associated with Doctor Nitrus Brio:

  • The Dragon: To Cortex in the first game, only to betray him in Cortex Strikes Back and rekindle in Mind Over Mutant. He was also N. Tropy's dragon in Twinsanity.
  • Heel Face Turn: He betrays Cortex and assists Crash in the second game, but turns evil again in time for Crash Bash, Twinsanity and Mind Over Mutant.
  • Large Ham: Especially in Mind Over Mutant.

  Brio: Strike him with your large man-hand!

 N. Brio: Yes, it is I, N. Brio! My name sounds like a fetus.

  • Speech Impediment: Brio had a pretty bad stutter in the first game and in Cortex Strikes Back, but it is gone by the time of Mind Over Mutant, in fitting with his newly-gained confident personality.
  • Took a Level In Badass: He is a lot more assertive and confident in Mind Over Mutant than in the previous games, where he was very meek and submissive. However, his annoyance over Cortex wrongly taking the credit for the creation of the Evolvo-Ray has lead to Brio making claims that he inventeted pretty much everything that exists.
  • The Voiceless: In Twinsanity, N. Tropy does all the talking.

Doctor Nefarious Tropy

 "Now you're on my time, you little skunk! Give me the Crystals!"

 Voiced by: Michael Ensign (1998-99; 2003-04), Corey Burton (2001)

A henchman of Uka Uka and the self-proclaimed master of time.

Tropes associated with Doctor Nefarious Tropy:

Nina Cortex

 "Have you come to deliver me from boredom?"

 Voiced by: Amy Gross (2005-present)

The niece of Doctor Neo Cortex. She sometimes aids her uncle in his quest for world domination, though they have had a recent falling-out due to a failed plot headed by her and Cortex's boss Uka Uka. Hinted in one line in Twinsanity to actually be Cortex's daughter, but nothing's come of it since then.

Tropes associated with Nina Cortex:

And the Rest

Polar

A young polar bear who is an occasional ally of Crash.

Tropes associated with Polar:

Ripper Roo

A kangaroo who was mutated by Doctor Neo Cortex and now has a demented personality and distinctive laughter.

Tropes associated with Ripper Roo:


Pura

A tiger cub who is an occasional ally of Coco.

Tropes associated with Pura:

Nitros Oxide

 "Survival of the fastest!"

 Voiced by: David Anthony Pizzuto (1999), Quinton Flynn (2003)

An extraterrestrial who claims to be the fastest racer in the galaxy. He is best known as the Big Bad of Crash Team Racing, though he has had other appearances in the series.

Tropes associated with Nitros Oxide:

Papu Papu

 Voiced by: Brendan O Brien (1996, 2000), Michael Gollom (1999), Dwight Schultz (2004)

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.

Tropes associated with Papu Papu:

Pinstripe Potoroo

 Voiced by: Brendan O Brien (1996-2005)

A mutated potoroo who wears a red pinstripe suit and wields a fully-loaded Tommy gun.

Tropes associated with Pinstripe:

Tawna

Crash's love interest in the first game.

Tropes associated with Tawna:

Koala Kong

A mutated koala who tosses around boulders using his superhuman strength.

Tropes associated with Koala Kong:

Fake Crash

 Voiced by: Michael Connor (1999), Dwight Schultz (2003)

A clone of Crash Bandicoot with thick eyebrows and an overbite.

Tropes associated with Fake Crash:

Komodo Brothers

 Komodo Joe voiced by: David Anthony Pizzuto (1999)

Two mutated Komodo Dragons, named Joe and Moe, who have served as boss characters in the series.

Tropes associated with the Komodo Brothers:

Evil Crash

An evil and ferocious version of Crash Bandicoot from the Tenth Dimension who appears in Crash Twinsanity (and in Crash Tag Team Racing as an extra skin).

Tropes associated with Evil Crash:

The Elementals

 Rok-Ko voiced by: Thomas F Wilson (2001)

Wa-Wa voiced by: R. Lee Ermey (2001)

Py-Ro voiced by: Mark Hamill (2001)

Lo-Lo voiced by: Jess Harnell (2001)

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. Consists of Rok-Ko the Earth Elemental, Wa-Wa the Water Elemental, Py-Ro the Fire Elemental and Lo-Lo the Air Elemental.

Tropes associated with the Elementals:

The Evil Twins

 "Cower, you fools, before the awesome might of... the Evil Twins."

 Both twins voiced by: Quinton Flynn (2004)

A duo of highly intelligent twin parrots who act as the main antagonists of Crash Twinsanity. Their real names are Victor and Moritz, and were formely the pet parrots of Doctor Neo Cortex, whose experimental Evolvo-Ray sent them to the Tenth Dimension and mutated them into the villains they would become. They are eaten by Evil Crash at the end of the game.

Tropes associated with the Evil Twins:

Madame Amberley

 "You... are in detention!"

 Voiced by: Susan Silo (2004)

The headmaster of the Academy of Evil and former teacher of Neo and Nina Cortex, N. Gin and Nitrus Brio.

Tropes associated with Madame Amberley:

N. Trance

 Voiced by: Tom Bourdon (2003)

An egg-like being from the Fifth Dimension and the self-proclaimed master of hypnotism.

Tropes associated with N. Trance:

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: N. Trance's modus operandi is doing this to his foes.
  • Cephalothorax
  • What Could Have Been: N. Trance was originally meant to have a small role in Crash Twinsanity (and eventually get roasted by Spyro alongside N. Tropy, N. Brio and N. Gin), but he didn't end up making it in. This may be for the best, since N. Trance appearing in the game would have caused a pretty bad Series Continuity Error, seeing as how Twinsanity continues where The Wrath of Cortex left off.

Rilla Roo

A hybrid of a gorilla and a kangaroo who only appeared as a playable character in Crash Bash.

Tropes associated with Rilla Roo:

Emperor Velo XXVII

 Voiced by: Steve Blum (2003)

The extraterrestrial emperor of an unnamed empire who only appears in Crash Nitro Kart. He is confident and dominating to the point of being a bully and showing contempt for his lessors, and kidnaps the best racers on Earth (namely Crash, Cortex and the rest of the cast) to prove his own skill in racing. Upon his defeat to the Earth racers, Velo literally explodes with anger, revealing a pouty, impetuous and childish gremlin not much different from his subjects.

Tropes associated with Velo:

Krunk

 Voiced by: Marshall R Teague (2003)

The racing champion of the planet Terra who appears in Crash Nitro Kart. 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 is actually a copy of Earth.

Tropes associated with Krunk:

Nash

 Voiced by: Billy West (2003)

The racing champion of the planet Barin who appears in Crash Nitro Kart. He is a cybernetic shark engineered to always move, never stopping to even sleep. He is finally put to sleep when Coco hacks into his helmet.

Tropes associated with Nash:

Norm

 Big Norm voiced by: Andre Sogliuzzo (2003)

The racing champion of the planet Fenomena who appears in Crash Nitro Kart. He is a book-loving mime who can split into his normal self and a larger, more obnoxious version of himself to race.

Tropes associated with Norm:

Geary

 Voiced by: Paul Greenberg (2003)

The racing champion of the planet Teknee who appears in Crash Nitro Kart. He is a robot who is as much obsessed with winning as he is with cleaning, causing him to switch between personalities from time to time.

Tropes associated with Geary:

Zem

 Voiced by: Andre Sogliuzzo (2003)

A large, vulgar creature who races alongside Nitros Oxide in Crash Nitro Kart.

Tropes associated with Zem:

Zam

 Voiced by: Billy West (2003)

Zem's pet dog-like creature who also races alongside Nitros Oxide.

Tropes associated with Zam:

Ebenezer Von Clutch

 Voiced by: Danny Mann (2005)

A deranged German cyborg who owns the amusement park "Von Clutch's Motor World". He has only appeared in Crash Tag Team Racing, in which he begs for Crash and the others to find the Power Gems that keep his park up and running and his own Black Power Gem, his life source.

Tropes associated with Von Clutch:

Pasadena O'Possum

 Voiced by: Shanelle Workman (2005)

A Texan-accented racing champion and devoted subordinate of Von Clutch. She has only appeared in Crash Tag Team Racing, and shows a clear infatuation for Crash, something that Crash himself is... less than enthusiastic about.

Tropes associated with Pasadena:

Willie Wumpa Cheeks

 Voiced by: Roger L Jackson (2005)

The mascot and producer of Wumpa Whip in Von Clutch's Motor World. He only appears in Crash Tag Team Racing. He is later revealed to be the thief of Von Clutch's Power Gems (though he gives no motive as to why he did it) and is soon liquefied by Doctor Neo Cortex.

Tropes associated with Willie:

  • Rhymes on a Dime: Willie is quite fond of reciting limericks relating to the current situation.

Chick and Stew

 Chick voiced by: Quinton Flynn (2005)

Stew voiced by: Duane Shepard (2005)

A pair of veteran sportscasters who serve as the tutors of Crash Tag Team Racing.

Tropes associated with Chick and Stew:

  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Chick's voice is clearly channeling Howard Cosell, while Stew's voice has been compared to Charles Barkley and George Foreman.

Notes

  1. appeared in the DS version of Mind Over Mutant)
  2. Schultz appeared in the DS version of Crash of the Titans only.
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