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Ratchet

The hero of the series and the last of the Lombaxes.

 Biker: Get lost before I flatten your robot into a hubcap.

Ratchet: Touch him, and it's plasma city!

  • Character Development: Yes, every lead character goes through it to an extent, but compare the Ratchet from the original game to the Ratchet from Tools of Destruction. It's a startling difference, and there's even more character growth between ToD and A Crack in Time.
  • Cool Loser: You think having awesome piloting skills, a huge arsenal of weapons, and saving several galaxies before breakfast makes you popular? Not Ratchet. Even after all his heroics, he's still seen as a sidekick to his buddy Clank or the glory-hog Captain Quark.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Zig-zagged. Going Commando opens with a TV interview about his heroics in the previous game, while in the next game Up Your Arsenal, he's known for being Clank's chaffeur in the Secret Agent Clank holo-vids.
  • Genre Savvy: Increasingly so, as evidenced by All 4 One.
  • Green Eyes
  • The Hero
  • Heroic BSOD: When he thinks Talwyn is dead in the comics.

  Clank: He has not spoken since it happened.

 Annihilation Nation Commentator: Where is he keeping all of these guns?! I mean, come on!

Clank

Ratchet's robotic best friend. Usually acts as a backpack for Ratchet.

Captain/President Copernicus L. Qwark

Despite being a renowned superhero, Captain Qwark is a coward and an idiot. He has many encounters with Ratchet and Clank, as both an ally and an enemy.

 Qwark [to Skrunch the monkey]: It was mating season! How I supposed to know she was your sister?


Big Al

A mechanic and inventor who occasionaly assists Ratchet and Clank in their adventures.

Helga

Qwark's fitness trainer, known for her "sensual powers of seduction".

  • Jerkass
  • Just a Stupid Accent
  • Ladies and Germs: Helga herself invokes this. When Qwark addresses the Q-Force as "ladies and gentlemen...", she glares angrily at him (and perks up again when he hastily name-checks her), implying that she considers herself neither.
  • The Load: Even though most members of the Q-Force were somewhat inept, they all proved useful at least once (Skidd and Skrunch both accompany Ratchet on some of his missions and Al does the team's tech work), but Helga never does anything except force Ratchet to go through her VR training course, thus being more of a liability than anything.

Skid McMarx

A professional surfer-dude type hoverboarder with "nerves of steel".

Skrunch

Qwark's one-eyed Floranian monkey.

Angela Cross

A Lombax who aids Ratchet in the second game.

Sasha

The captain of the Starship Phoenix and Ratchet's Temporary Love Interest for Up Your Arsenal.

Talwyn Apogee

A young Markazian woman living on a space station in the Polaris galaxy, and daughter of the famous explorer Max Apogee. Helps Ratchet in Tools of Destruction and Quest for Booty.

  • Action Girl: At times, but see below.
  • Click Hello: She introduces herself to Ratchet by leveling a blaster at his face.
  • Disappeared Dad: Max Apogee vanished while on a journey, and is believed to be dead.
  • Distressed Damsel: Ratchet has to rescue her a few times.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: At the end of "Quest for Booty", she leaves with Ratchet when he heads to look for Clank. In "A Crack in Time", Ratchet begins the game with Qwark as his companion, and Talwyn is nowhere to be seen.
    • Though she is mentioned twice. Once by Ratchet in the opening cutscene and then by a DJ on the radio who says she requested a song and a shout out to Ratchet.
    • Talwyn reappears in the comic series, where she and Sasha help Ratchet in his efforts against the Big Bad.
    • And vanishes again in All 4 One, where she only gets one brief mention.

Cronk and Zephyr

Talwyn's two robotic guardians, that are veterans of the Great War in Polaris.

General Alister Azimuth

The only Lombax other than Ratchet remaining in the current universe.

The Plumber

An eccentric waterworker with a tendency to pop up anywhere Ratchet and Clank go, no matter how improbable it seems.

 Plumber: Almost didn't recognise you boys in HD!

 Ratchet: Look, the plumber's back!

Slim Cognito

A shady character (literally, all you see are his eyes) who deals with illegal modifications in the Bogon Galaxy. Shows up in the Solana Galaxy in Up Your Arsenal after "accidentally" selling a mod for a Suck Cannon to a minor. It's probably best that we not know anything more.

The Smuggler

As his name implies, he's somewhat shady type with access to all sorts of weapons and gadgets. Despite his criminal leanings, he's there to help Ratchet - for a price, of course. Only appears in the three PlayStation 3 ventures.

Merc and Green

Merc and green are the two robot sidekicks provided for Ratchet in Deadlocked.

  Merc: Hey Green, that zombie looks like yo mama!

  • Noodle Incident: The previous combatant to work with Merc and Green came to a gruesome end...

Villains

Chairman Drek

The villain of the first game, Ultimate Supreme Executive Chairman Drek is the leader of the Blarg and is out to find a new home for his race... by ripping apart other planets and creating a new one, destroying countless lives in the process.

Dr. Nefarious

The main villain of Up Your Arsenal and A Crack in Time, Dr. Nefarious is a nefarious Mad Scientist who is out to wrong all the rights in the galaxy and rid it of all organic lifeforms so he can rule over a robotic utopia with an iron fist.

  • Arch Enemy: In the third game, Nefarious seems to see Qwark as his archnemesis, but by the time "Crack" rolls around, he's shifted that "honor" to Ratchet.
  • Big Bad: For the entire series as he is the most recurring villain.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Of sorts: he has a seething hatred for organic lifeforms even though it's revealed he was organic until his body was destroyed and replaced with his current robotic one. Came Back Wrong perhaps?
  • Card-Carrying Villain: This sort of boils beneath the surface in Up Your Arsenal, but in A Crack in Time, his final plan is to use the Orvus Chamber to alter time and create a world where heroes always lose.
  • Enemy Mine: Returns in "Ratchet And Clank: All 4 One" as a Playable Character.
  • Genius Ditz: Nefarious is a goofball, but he still managed to build some truly impressive tech; the Biobliterator and that mech the size of a building in Crack In Time, anyone?

 Lawrence: Even drooling imbeciles can achieve success in certain fields, sir. Mad Science, for example.

 Nefarious: To think, they called me 'insane,' Lawrence! We'll see who's insane when my mutant armies have exterminated all life on this planet!

Lawrence: Yes, sir; that should clear things right up.

  • Unwilling Roboticisation: His ultimate goal in Up Your Arsenal. And in fact his origin story if the Qwark vidcomics are telling the truth: he was a scientist of the same race as Qwark, who was dropped into a pit while fighting him and roboticised.

Lawrence

Dr. Nefarious' passive-aggressive butler. His main role in the games is to usually make his boss look like an idiot, menial offscreen stuff like washing Nefarious' underwear, and dealing with his employer's malfunctions.

  • Bunny Ears Lawyer: He plays bass in a band when off-duty.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Dragon: Technically, though he never really deals with the heroes.
  • Easter Egg: When you're working on a time puzzle with Clank in Crack in Time, take a moment to check out the windows, particularly the ones in corners. You'll usually find Lawrence hanging out on a windowsill, occasionally looking in to spy on you.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: Everyone's fair game for his snark.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: He seems to do this once per game, only to invariably return to save his boss anyway.
  • Servile Snarker
  • Stealth Insult
  • The Unfought: Never fought directly as a boss, though he does provide backup for Nefarious during his Boss Fights.

Courtney Gears

An Idol Singer in Up Your Arsenal who was aligned with Nefarious.

Klunk

An evil robotic duplicate of Clank created by Dr. Nefarious.

Gleeman Vox

The villain of Deadlocked, Gleeman Vox is a sadistic, money-grabbing billionaire owner of an underground media empire in the lawless Shadow Sector. He operates DreadZone, a HV program where heroes are forced to fight each other to the death.

Ace Hardlight

Vox's right hand man and the leader of the Exterminators, DreadZone's elite warriors.

  • Blood Knight: Enjoys fighting and killing, with little regard as to who the target is.
  • Creator's Pet: An in-universe example, as Vox tries to promote him as a hot-shot who the fans should love, despite the fact the audience clearly prefers Ratchet.

 Vernon [when asked by Vox if he'd like an Ace Hardlight action figure]: Nah, that guy's a tool.

Emperor Percival Tachyon

The Big Bad of Tools of Destruction, Tachyon is the last of the Cragmites, an Always Chaotic Evil race defeated by the Lombaxes years ago. As a result, he has a grudge against Ratchet's race...

  • Disney Villain Death ...until the comic revealed Tachyon survived, now stuck in a planet fragment in another dimension, along with Artemis Zogg.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: One of Tachyon's major grudges against the Lombaxes.

 Tachyon: Those... creatures had the gall to pity me!

  • Embarrassing First Name: "Your name is Percival?!"
  • The Emperor: "See the crown? See the scepter? The giant walking throne and the legion of loyal robotic commandos? EMPEROR!"
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Upon discovering his heritage as a Cragmite, he immediately gets to work on banishing almost the entire Lombax race (the ones who raised him from a hatchling, in spite of what he was) and coercing the Drophyds into helping him take over the galaxy and bring about the return of said Cragmites.
  • Galactic Conqueror: By the time Ratchet and Clank arrive, Tachyon's taken over most of the Polaris Galaxy.
  • The Napoleon: Making fun of Tachyon's stature warrants the death penalty.

Captain Romulus Slag

The scourge of Polaris, the grog-drinking captain of large crew of space pirates and a thorn in Ratchet and Clank's side in Tools of Destruction. In Quest for Booty, Rusty Pete managed to salvage his head and revive him by attatching it to Captain Darkwater's body.

Rusty Pete

Captain Slag's first mate and best friend.

Captain Angstrom Darkwater

Former captain of the Space Pirates of Merdegraw, until he was overthrown by his first mate, Romulus Slag. He bound his soul to his body so he could defend his treasure even in death.

Flint Vorselon

A former Terraklon assassin and mercenary, Vorselon now works under Dr. Nefarious in A Crack in Time in order to keep his new robotic body.

The Valkyries

A trio of ruthless mercenaries, Cassiopeia, Carina, and Libra lead the Valkyrie army to wreak havoc in the Polaris Galaxy, and help Nefarious in his quest for the Great Clock.

Artemis Zogg

A ruthless tyrant, Artemis Zogg uses his technology to "steal" planets and relocate them to his own "Artemis Galaxy".

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