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One year after the original game, Cortex[1] turns to Crash for help in an effort to prevent the planet Earth from facing certain doom. All the planets in the solar system will align soon, and, according to Cortex, create enough energy to tear the world apart. His solution to the crisis lies in crystals: In the aftermath of the original game he discovered the Master Crystal, but that alone will not be enough - he needs Crash to collect 25 Slave Crystals so he can contain the energy of the planetary alignment and save Earth.

This was where the Crash Bandicoot franchise grew its beard, with notable improvements on the first game in just about every area: Significantly better controls and level design, new moves and tricks to use, slightly more forgiving difficulty, and some of the most sublime non-prerendered graphics seen on the Play Station at its time of release, not to mention a long time afterwards.


Tropes Used In This Game:

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The Eel Deal, Sewer or Later and Hangin' Out levels are tunnels large enough to contain Crash, electric eels, robotic cleaners, mechanical mice, rolling barrels, tons and tons of TNT, Nitro crates et al., and flamethrowing men hanging from the roof, as well as spiked camera patrols, boiling pipes and overhangs. Fortunately, they're still pretty fun.
  • Advancing Wall of Doom: The snow boulders in Crash Dash and Crash Crush, and the mad polar bears in Un-Bearable.
  • Airborne Mook: Those floating surveillance robots in Totally Fly are horrible Invincible Minor Minions which have to be avoided. Combine this with the Blackout Basement conditions and the fact that Crash has only a few seconds to get past them before he's in complete darkness, and they come pretty close to being Demonic Spiders.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: Die too often and the game provides you with an Aku-Aku mask for protection. Continue dying and checkpoints become more frequent.
    • You automatically get a mask upgrade when you begin the second boss fight.
    • Side-paths now commonly have a second gem in them and no crates. In the first game, there was only one gem per level for destroying all crates, and all paths would have crates on them.
  • Artistic License Astronomy: Cortex tells Crash that the planets will align, 'all thirteen of them'. At the time of release, there were only nine planets known (Pluto wasn't reclassified as a dwarf planet until August 2006).
  • Artistic License Geography: Partially related to the Where the Hell Is Springfield? trope discussed below. Allegedly, if this game is set on the same trio of islands near Australia, then we'd have to cram a lot of biomes into quite a small land area.
    • Also, the fauna, flora, natives, and ruins wouldn't match the location - in fact, most of the plantlife resembles a more South American wilderness. Justified in that their location to the rest of the world is unknown and that the scientists are supposedly the only ones who know of the islands' existence, but still the MST3K Mantra applies to this.
    • I thought the Warp Rooms connect to places around the world.
    • The view from the bonus warp room shows that the warp rooms overlook the islands from the first game but this does not mean the levels are anywhere near here.
  • Back Tracking: This often got in the way of the fun at times. Crash always has to backtrack whenever he comes across a fork in the path, such as the fork in The Pits, Sewer or Later and Diggin' It. Provided you were extremely careful, it could be done.
  • Bandicoot Eating Plant: There are carnivorous plants in the river levels Hang Eight, Air Crash and Plant Food which can snap up Crash and swallow him whole.
  • Blackout Basement: There are three levels which function as this, two of which are secret levels that can only be reached in the special warp room. Fortunately, the levels are a big improvement over the last game's Blackout Basement levels.
  • Batman Gambit: Cortex tricks Crash into believing that he's a good guy and that he was forced to assist Nitrus Brio in "his" plot for world domination. He tricks Crash into gathering the crystals, all needed to power a ray that will turn the Earth's populace into his slaves, by convincing him that the crystals will be used to contain the energy of an upcoming solar flux.
  • Big Bad: It's not Brio, whatever Cortex says.
  • Blatant Lies: Considering N. Brio's Heel Face Turn after two years have passed, he had some balls trying to tell Crash Bandicoot himself NOT to collect the crystals - when in reality it was pretty much impossible to beat the game and collect new gems without these.
  • Bonus Dungeon: Totally Fly and Totally Bear are very tough secret levels.
  • Bonus Stage: On occasion, Crash can find '?' platforms which take him to bonus stages. These are quite forgiving; there are no enemies, no lives are taken if you die, and whether you fall or are blown up, the player is plonked right next to the platform to start again. A few 'Skull Route' platforms exist, which are considerably harder; not only do you have to get past the level up to that point without dying, but the stages themselves are tougher, can feature enemies, and generally play out like the regular levels Up to Eleven. Hidden 'Gem' stages also exist, which appear only when Crash has found the relevant coloured gem. They vary in their difficulty, but otherwise are much like Skull Routes.
  • Book Ends: Every level (except the intro and the boss fights) begins and ends with the teleport room, themed accordingly to the warp room the level belongs to.
  • Boss Arena Idiocy: Tiny is invincible. The only way to harm him is to hop around on the platforms, avoiding him, until they blink red. Once they do, the player must hop Crash onto a non-blinking platform and hope that Tiny lands on a blinking platform and falls, hurting him.
  • Bottomless Pits: In all the levels, even the jetpack ones, there will be some pits down which Crash should not fall.
  • Brains and Brawn: Komodo Joe and Komodo Moe, apparently.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Cortex's true goal is to brainwash everyone on the planet in one shot, thus bringing them under his control.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Crash is implied to be this at the beginning and the end of the game - he's capable of tremendous feats of acrobatics, has insane amounts of stamina, can beat an explosives-crazed kangaroo, a pair of samurai Komodo dragons, an insanely strong thylacine, a Humongous Mecha piloted by a cyborg genius, and pretty much anything the woods, rivers, glaciers, mountains, ruins and space station can throw at him, and yet he'd much rather lie down on the beach and take a kip.
  • But Thou Must!: Sort of an inversion: Cortex tells you to give the crystals you've gathered to N. Gin, but there is no option of actually doing so - N. Gin just demands you give him the crystals and then attacks you when you don't.
  • Camera Screw: The camera remains behind Crash whenever he is progressing forwards. This is fine so long as you don't want to walk back, because the only concession the camera then makes is to back off a little bit. This makes most of the Back Tracking particularly frustrating.
  • Canon Dis Continuity: This game ignored the 100% ending of the original game, namely in regards to Cortex's fate (where he's said to have never been heard from again after Crash foiled his plans). That said, the possibility of Cortex still being around was suggested.
  • Check Point: If Crash opens a crate marked with a 'C', it becomes the new checkpoint in case he dies. This system was an improvement over the original, since now it remembers all the crates opened before that point.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Those seemingly useless gems do have a purpose later in the game.
  • Child Prodigy / Teen Genius: Assuming she is either a child or a teenager at this point in the series, then Coco Bandicoot is an exemplary computer genius. She can hack into Cortex's secret computers, so either this says a lot about Coco's computing skills or Cortex has a really lousy system protection program.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Tawna is absent in this game. Tawna's disappearance is a pretty big Plot Hole, since her fate was never mentioned in the epilogue of the last game. The designers lost interest in her and came up with a flimsy excuse for her absence (she dumped Crash for Pinstripe Potoroo).
  • Collection Sidequest: At first, the gems appear to be this, since you don't need them to reach the final boss, but to complete the game, and to complete the story, all 42 gems need to be collected.
  • Collision Damage: Walk into any enemies and Crash is heading up to that great Australian outback in the sky.
  • Convection, Schmonvection: Crash can wander around the snowy levels without anything as insulating as a thick fur coat, and the worst that he'll do is shiver if you leave him alone for a bit.
  • Covers Always Lie: Done intentionally and not quite noticeably at first. Noticed that Crash doesn't have gloves on the cover? Well, this is the way Naughty Dog wanted to show that the gloves are off with this game.
    • The rest (excluding Cortex), however, was done without any clear intention: not only there is no blue warp room with greek ornaments in the final game, but yet it also seems that it's actually mishmashed with the teleport rooms you always start and end the levels with. For example, the hologram heads never appear on the spot where you're supposed to teleport. Plus, while the ingame warps look no different to each other, having the same "twisty and twirly" look, one warp on the cover has the same door the teleport rooms usually have, along with the jetpack.
  • Crate Expectations: New crates are added to this game, including one which cannot be opened except by a body slam. The Nitro crate, a crate so volatile that even touching it causes an explosion, also saw its debut in this game. They all reappeared later in Crash Bandicoot 3 Warped.
  • Cute but Cacophonic: The giant mice in the Road to Ruin and Ruination levels make horrible screeching sounds when you get close.
  • Cyborg: N.Gin is one of the minor examples, since his cyborg customisations are restricted to the right side of his face, courtesy of an industrial accent which is explained in the manual.
  • Death Is a Slap on The Wrist: By the time you're midway through the game it is easy to earn more lives than you lose, which is also a good example of Meaningless Lives. Even if Crash loses all his lives, the continue screen allows you to return to that level's Warp Room with new lives, ready for another attempt.
  • Defector From Decadence: Brio isn't all that heroic, but he hates Cortex and is willing to ally himself with Crash to take him down.
  • Degraded Boss: Ripper Roo goes from being the second boss (and a good candidate for That One Boss status) in the original game to being the first boss in this one. Now he can also be hurt by Crash's spin and jump attacks, which were useless against him in the previous one.
  • Disconnected Side Area: The game could get horrible with this. Most levels were perfectly linear, but there were all sorts of level segments that were blatantly impossible to get to from their respective levels. You have to find secret elevators from other levels and eventually the secret Warp Room in order to get to them, rendering Hundred-Percent Completion for those levels (breaking all the boxes) impossible until very late in the game.
  • Down the Drain: Mostly averted with the sewer levels, though they could be difficult on the Hidden and Skull Routes.
  • The Dragon: Tiny Tiger is this to Brio. Dr. N. Gin replaces Brio as Cortex's supporter for the penultimate boss, where he tries to take Crash's crystals by force.
    • It is worth noting there is some ambiguity over Tiny's allegiance, only Cortex states him to be an ally of Brio, and the majority of what he told Crash throughout the game was Blatant Lies, he fights Crash in a personalized lair in what seems to be Cortex's space station after all. This would at least give some logic as to why Tiny is suddenly converted to Cortex's most loyal minion in Crash Bandicoot 3 Warped. This ties into the fact that Cortex has secretly been planning to take the crystals this whole time.
  • Dumb Muscle: Tiny is powerful enough to rip through metal, and dumb enough to fall for Crash's trick three times.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Remember that pinguin enemy from the ice levels? Well, right after another cameo in 3, he would get in to become a standalone character, Penta the Penguin.
  • Enemy Mine: Cortex asks Crash for help in order to gather enough crystals to avert an Earthshattering Kaboom. Later, N. Brio tries to recruit Crash to his side. Both of them claim to be working for the common good, but this trope fits N. Brio best because he hates Cortex and would rather side with his own arch nemesis (Crash) than work for his former employer.
  • Eternal Engine: The Piston It Away, Rock It, Pack Attack and Space Out levels look awfully like this.
    • These level types all seem to take place in sattelites orbiting the Earth. Why the Power Crystals would be there, though...
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Nope - the penguins are actually enemies in the Slippy-Slidey Ice World levels, though their Spin Attack looks quite cute.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Crash, by default. Penguins as well.
  • Everything's Worse with Bears: Gigantic polar bears ambush Crash in the Un-Bearable level, chasing after him and smashing up everything else in their way. Get caught by one and it's a One-Hit Kill. Subverted with Polar, the baby bear you get to ride in that level and in three others. There's also a secret level barricaded off until a polar bear smashes into it.
  • Everything's Worse with Bees: Diggin' It and Bee-Havin' contained swarms of bees which pursued Crash if he ran past their hive, and stung him if he wasn't quick enough. Judging from his reaction, Crash is allergic to bee stings.
  • Exploding Barrels: TNT and Nitro crates.
  • Extended Gameplay: You can claim to have 'beaten' the game after collecting the crystals and defeating the final boss, but after that the player can go back and find the gems as well.
  • Fake Trap: In one of the "bee" levels, there's a ladder-like structure made of metal boxes and the normally lethal Nitro boxes. However, this time they don't blow up and the Nitro boxes don't wobble and jump like the normal ones. Climb them, go on, teleport to a secret area.
    • Crash 2 loves to toss those little hints at you. Here's another one for this particular kind of Fake Trap: Why are Nitro boxes randomly placed off to the side of the main path? Also in the Un-Bearable level after the bear crashes through the bridge - that "bottomless pit" isn't as bottomless as you may think.
  • Five-Bad Band: Ripper Roo, the Komodo Brothers, Tiny Tiger, N.Gin, and the final boss. Played with, since they're not actually all on the same side.
    • Either way though, they are all allies of Uka Uka in later titles.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Whoever gave Tiny his name had an ironic sense of humour.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: N.Gin's initial line of offense in the penultimate boss fight is to fire laser beams from his Humongous Mecha's arms. Near the end of the fight, the stomach opens up to release a larger green laser blast that can melt metal in seconds. In the Rock It and Pack Attack levels, laser beams will occasionally fire across the pathway, connecting two pairs of receptors in a predictable pattern. In the final cutscene, Brio has an enormous laser which, with the help of Crash, he uses to blast Cortex's space station.
  • Friend or Foe: Whether Cortex has really done a Heel Face Turn or not is not revealed until the end. Brio is also slightly suspicious until the end.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: N.Gin, the Mad Scientist who pilots a Humongous Mecha when facing Crash, is one of these.
  • Game Over Man: Cortex. This was later reused in the sequel. It is never quite explained why he is the Game Over Man, though. Until you learn of his plans to conquer the world.
  • Get Back Here Boss: The final boss.
  • Good Is Dumb: Crash is gullible enough to be fooled by Cortex into collecting the crystals for him, though to be fair it's not like he can just walk home if he doesn't want to continue. Coco is the opposite.
    • Also note he is seemingly suspicious enough to refuse handing the crystals to N Gin despite Cortex's orders.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Coco is a computer genius, first hacking into Cortex's holographic projector, and then accessing Cortex's computer files to expose his plans. Crash is the opposite.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Several of Crash's death sequences reveal he wears pink polka-dot boxers.
  • The Goomba: Those armadillos in the Turtle Woods, The Pits and the introductory level are easy enough to beat.
  • Goomba Stomp: Crash's second attack, used only if spinning doesn't work. Be careful how you use it against The Spiny (see below).
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The crystals are needed to reach the last boss, while the gems are needed to complete the game.
  • Got Volunteered: Crash is teleported away from home and essentially forced to do Cortex's work by being trapped in a set of inescapable warp rooms with only five levels, and thanks to No Sidepaths No Exploration No Freedom, those are no better. But Thou Must!, Crash Bandicoot, But Thou Must!!
  • Gravity Screw: The majority of the Rock It and Pack Attack levels function in zero gravity, which makes sense on an earth-orbiting satellite. However, at the beginning and the end of either level, the gravity acts as it would do on the planet surface, as if artificial gravity had just been switched off and on.
  • Green Hill Zone: The introductory level, Turtle Woods, and The Pits act like this.
  • Ground Pound: Crash gains a Ground Pound attack in this game, with which he can belly-flop onto unsuspecting enemies or bust open metal-enforced crates that would otherwise seem impenetrable.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Tiny has Shoulders of Doom, an animal lioncloth, and red sneakers.
  • Heel Face Turn: Cortex wants Crash to believe that he has seen the error of his ways.
  • Heroic Mime: Emphasis on the 'mime' - just watch Crash's animations and you'll see just how expressive his new model is.
  • Hub Level: Crash can access five levels from each of these hubs, or Warp Rooms, and the platform in the centre of the room takes him up to the next boss fight. There is also a load/save screen in each one. This was the first game to introduce the Warp Room concept, which became a staple in the Naughty Dog series after that.
  • Humongous Mecha: N.Gin pilots one of these for the penultimate boss battle. It looks good, but see Rock Beats Laser below.
  • Hundred-Percent Completion: This unlocks the true ending, which leads on to the next game. See Sequel Hook below.
  • Idiot Hero: Crash is either the victim of circumstances or duped very easily.
  • Idle Animation: Evident - leave Crash for a while and he reverts to his old Crash 1 animation. Now, leave him alone in one of the snowy levels.
  • Indy Escape: Crash's response to the Advancing Wall of Doom. Since you are running into the camera, this makes what should be easy-to-dodge obstacles really tricky. Also an example of Fake Difficulty.
  • Inexplicable Treasure Chests: Beyond being a gameplay feature, the crates that Crash finds are placed in some pretty odd locations, from temple ruins to snowscapes to sewers.
  • Instant Ice, Just Add Cold: One of Crash's many death animations.
  • Ironic Nickname: Tiny Tiger is massive and powerful.
  • Jungle Japes: See Green Hill Zone, since these two overlap.
  • Killer Rabbit: The giant mice, the penguins, the turtles and those gophers that lurk in The Pits.
  • Knight Templar: According to the manual, to enthasise the unknown morality of the people Crash faces, N Brio will do anything to get back Cortex, even if he blows Earth's only chance of survival in the process. Of course, it turns out Brio was telling the truth and Cortex is a big fat liar.
  • Large Ham: Doctor Neo Cortex, thanks to ClancyBrown.
  • Last Lousy Point: If you don't know what is in the secret warp rooms, some gems will act like this, but it is mostly averted thanks to a user-friendly display above each Warp Room gate, which shows you what items you have collected from the level. The slots accept each crystal and gem when Crash collects them and gets to that level's end point, and any empty slots will mean that there is still a crystal or gem yet to be recovered.
  • Laughing Mad: Ripper Roo reverts to his old mad self whenever a TNT blows up underneath his feet.
  • Law of One Hundred: As usual, collecting one hundred wumpa fruit will earn Crash a new life.
  • Leitmotif: Cortex, N Brio and Coco all have distinct themes play during their projection cutscenes. Cortex and N Brio's themes (along with Ripper Roo's boss music) are remixed from their boss music from the original game, making it something of recurring Leitmotifs for the characters.
  • Lost in Transmission: Type 1a example. Coco has some vitally important message to give to Crash, except that each time she tries to warn him, the holographic projection cuts out at a critical moment. It noticeably gets better as the game progresses, so by the time Crash has collected all the crystals she can finally give him the full warning. By then, of course, she is too late, and Crash has to chase down Cortex.
    • It is never made clear whether the boss battle was to stop Cortex from collecting the crystals or just Crash deciding to whoop his ass for tricking him.
      • Probably the former, judging by the evil laugh heard if Cortex flees.
  • The Lost Woods: Totally Fly, where your only sources of light are the fireflies whirling around.
  • MacGuffin Delivery Service: This is what Cortex has recruited Crash for.
  • Made of Iron: Cortex falls from an airship down to the factory on the island and doesn't die. In fact, it leads to him setting off the events of the game.
  • Mad Scientist: Cortex, N.Brio and N.Gin all qualify for this in some capacity.
  • The Many Deaths of You: The Ur Example in this series. The game features lots of humorous death animations, intended to prevent players from snapping their controllers in frustration from dying over and over again.
  • Minimalist Run: In one of the levels (no, I'm not telling you which one), the only way to aquire the other gem is to beat the level without destroying a single crate.
  • Mook Maker: The beehives in Diggin' It and Bee-Havin', which respawn a swarm every time Crash passes a certain point.
  • Morally-Ambiguous Doctorate: N.Gin is the replacement second-in-command. Dr N.Gin.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Crash almost hands the crystals over to the Big Bad and dooms the planet, and following this near miss detonates Cortex's space station, inadvertantly leading to a chain of events that are revealed in the following game to lead to the release of Uka Uka, the Big Bad of Crash Bandicoot 3 Warped. Coco arguably plays The Hero role more straight in this title.
  • Non Lethal Bottomless Pits: See Fake Trap for a hint. Go on, go have a look.
  • Noodle Incident: It's All There in the Manual, otherwise you would never know what happened to N.Gin to make him a cyborg.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Piston It Away, Rock It, Pack Attack and Spaced Out look like various parts of a large engine or machine. It has walkways, sure, but the places are so unsafe it's obviously a Death Course in disguise.
  • No Sidepaths No Exploration No Freedom: Crash can only proceed along a linear path with the occasional bonus stage along the way. He can also progress to the next warp room only if he has collected all five crystals for the levels in it. At least the Warp Room levels can be tackled in any order.
  • Nostalgia Level: Ripper Roo's boss fight is very evocative of the same boss fight from the original game. It might even be the same level after redecoration.
  • One Bandicoot Army: Seriously, think a moment about how many Mooks Crash beats up in this game.
  • One Up: How the life system works.
  • Papa Wolf: Polar's dad chases you throughout the "Unbearable" level, and he's not too happy about Crash using his son as a vehicle.
  • Pipe Maze: The sewer levels sometimes have secret passageways and forks, which all taken together would barely pass as a maze.
  • Piranha Problem: The mechanical piranhas in the river levels leap out of the water.
  • Plot Coupon: The game almost entirely revolves around collecting crystals and gems. Still, that does not make it any less fun.
  • Power Crystal: Obviously the crystals themselves, which will fuel Cortex's Cortex Vortex so that he can capture the solar flux energy, but Brio also wants the gems so that he can focus a laser on the space station and blow it to bits.
  • Powerup Mount: The polar bear that appears in several levels moves very quickly and can make really long jumps.
  • Puzzle Boss: Ripper Roo and his exploding crates. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Remember the New Guy?: This is Coco Bandicoot's first introduction, and there is absolutely nothing in the last game to suggest that Crash even had a sister. Since Tawna simply vanished from the series after the first game, Coco was brought in to replace her.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The Komodo Brothers are two samurai-style komodo dragons who can make swords appear in their hands like magic. Their boss battle is the aforementioned one with one of the Anti-Frustration Features built in.
  • Revenge of the Sequel: Look at the title.
  • Rock Beats Laser: How does the unarmed nature-loving Crash defeat the insane cyborg doctor N.Gin, who pilots a futuristic mecha? By throwing Wumpa fruits at it, of course! Attack Its Weak Point has never failed yet!
  • Ruins for Ruins Sake: Two levels are based on this theme, and feature such horrors as frilled lizards, leaping monkeys, rabid giant mice and lumber apes.
  • Save Game Limits: The game can only be saved at the Warp Room load/save screen, but if you pause the game you can quit a level so that you can reach any Save Point.
  • Sea Mine: Frustratingly common in the water-based levels such as Air Crash and Plant Food.
  • Secret Level: There are two secret levels and two secret level sidepaths which can only be accessed by a secret Warp Room, which itself can't be accessed except via secret routes in the main level.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Bandicoot, of course, but also Komodo dragon and thylacine. Think also of some of the enemies encountered in the levels.
  • Sequel Hook: Cortex is still at large and the space station has been blown to bits. Not to mention that creepy Evil Laugh heard during the credits.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Establishing Character Moment in the opening cutscene: Crash is laid back and idle, while Coco pounds furiously on the keyboard and gets him off his back to fetch a new battery for the laptop.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Snow Go, Snow Business and Cold Hard Cash are the obvious ones, but Naughty Dog evidently liked snow because they included the Polar levels Bear It, Bear Down and Totally Bear, and added snow features to decorate Crash Dash, Crash Crush, Un-Bearable, Diggin' It and Bee-Havin'.
    • In fact, Crash 2 overall seems to be taking place during winter, as snow is a common feature on the islands (see You Fail Geography Forever). Notably, quite a few snow levels have a gorgeous sunset coloration.
  • Space Zone: The theme for the last Warp Room, and for four of its five levels. Three of the five boss battles occur in space, apparently on Cortex's space station.
  • Speech Impediment: Doctor Nitrus Brio has an obvious stutter and an apparent inability to control the volume of his own voice.
  • The Spiny: Several varieties of The Spiny appear, to accommodate the fact that the player could perform several types of attacks. For example, a basic turtle could either have the sides of his shell laced with deadly spikes (making the full-frontal spin attack impossible), and another could have a spinning sawblade on its back instead (which prevents players from defeating the enemy by jumping). Some enemies even switch back and forth between these two modes, especially in the Piston It Away and Spaced Out levels.
  • Stock Scream: The Howie scream is heard whenever Crash kills the floating scientists in the jetpack levels.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Yes, he can ride a jet board, but don't let him fall into the water!
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: All of them are guilty of this to some degree. To give you an example, Ripper Roo lays down TNT and Nitro crates and then deliberately detonates them, knocking himself out long enough for Crash to exploit the opening. Too Dumb to Live, considering he supposedly Took A Level In Smartass during the interrim between Crash 1 and 2.
  • Techno Wizard: Coco can hack into Cortex's holographic projector, a skill which becomes useful later.
  • Temporary Platform: The collapsing towers in the ruins levels.
  • Time Limit Boss: Dr. Neo Cortex.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: The Komodo Brothers, Joe and Moe. They are throwing swords at one another, catching them, before they see that Crash has arrived. Once the fight is started, Joe is spun at Crash, while Moe tosses his magically respawning blades at him.
  • Transformation Ray: In the Piston It Away and Spaced Out levels, if Crash gets hit by a blue ray (activated by a pressure pad in the floor), he will shrink down into nothing, losing him a life.
  • The Unfought: N. Brio never makes it as a boss, despite Cortex insisting that he is the true enemy. This is because Cortex is the true Big Bad.
  • Victory Pose: For the first time ever! Ladies and gentlemen! I present to you ... the Crash Dance!
  • Video Game Lives: The rules of the last game carry on over to this one.
  • Wasted Song: N Brio and Coco's Leitmotifs are only heard during their intermissions drowned out by their dialogue (Cortex also has a theme play during his intermissions though it plays during his boss battle). An alternative track for the snow levels was also made but never used.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Where exactly is Crash going whenever he enters a level? The locations look completely different from the ones in the original game, so they don't seem to be parts of the peninsular, but where are, for example, the snowy levels and the Piston It Away and Spaced Out levels?
  • A Worldwide Punomenon: An awful lot of the level names are puns.
  • X-Ray Sparks: Happens to Crash in the sewer levels and the Advancing Wall of Doom levels whenever he hits an electric fence. His boxer shorts also become visible.

Notes

  1. Big Bad of the previous game
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