The list of drivers for the ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' franchise.

[[folder:Recurring characters]]
[[caption-width-right:250:"I am Calypso. And I thank you for playing Twisted Metal!"]]
The mysterious host of the Twisted Metal contest. Few details are known of his {{Backstory}}, except his whole family died in a car accident years ago and his wish-granting powers were stolen from Minion, allowing him to survive. He's been holding Twisted Metal for 10 years, with the second game being the 11th entry. He's in all games, but only once as a car driver.

* AdaptationalVillainy: The 2012 reboot does not retain his below mentioned backstory, instead suggesting he's the devil. Also, the Twisted Metal tournament seems to exist just to satisfy his love for death and suffering. One of the locations involved a shopping center during Christmas, because he loves watching innocents die horribly during a time when they should be happy.
* BadassLongcoat: ''Head-On''.
* BaldOfEvil: ''Black''
* BigBad
* BigNo: Minion's ''Twisted Metal 2'' ending. Also Mr. Grimm's "Lost Ending."
* BodyguardingABadass: He has bodyguards in the first game and ''Head-On''. Justified, since his powers are only limited to granting wishes.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the the first game, Calypso was less of a LiteralGenie and granted the contestants their wish without intentionally scewing them over (with the exception of Outlaw's, and depending on how you interpret his ending, Thumper). He was quite a bit more cruel in the original FMV endings, however.
* CheshireCatGrin: ''Twisted Metal 2''.
* [[{{ChickMagnet}} Chick & Stud Magnet]]: He has a harem of beautiful babes in bikinis and shirtless guys toting guns in the first game's live-action endings and ''Head-On''. And apparently enjoys their company.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Mr. Grimm's middle in the reboot showcases several of Calypso's memoirs, including the Black Box Crimson Fury and Warthog were looking for in ''Twisted Metal'', Sweet Tooth's machete, No-Face's boxing gloves in ''Black'', Twister's helmet from ''2'', [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos' chain-blades]], and covers of ''VideoGame/WarOfTheMonsters''. Also there is a painting [[spoiler:which is where Calypso imprisons those who get killed during his contests, including Preacher.]]
* CoolAirship: His blimp, which he uses as a hideout in both ''2'' and ''3'', and becomes an arena in the latter.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Depending on the game, he is presented as such. The reboot makes it more explicit by portraying him as the [=CEO=] of Calypso Industries.
* CynicismCatalyst: As detailed in the comic tie-in for ''2'' (see MysteriousPast entry), his sister's death is what sets off the events that'd turn him into Calypso. She's also referenced by Minion in his ending.
** DeathSeeker: Following from the above, having accidentally killed his sister made him this for most of his life.
* DealWithTheDevil: How he got his powers in the comic tie-in. After besting Minion in a race, the devil (a demolition derby fan) allowed him to return to Earth in exchange of doing annual competitions to give him and his cohorts plenty of souls to play with in Hell.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Calypso's appearance varies within the series. In the live-action endings to ''Twisted Metal'', Calypso's facial burns are the most extreme, making his face look like hamburger meat wearing a wig. In ''TM 2'', Calypso's facial scars are much less prominent, and in ''3'' and ''4'', he didn't seem scarred at all. ''Black'' is an alternate continuity, where his scarring is absent, but he's bald and missing an eye. In ''Head-On'', his hairline is receding and he is missing an eye, looking like a cross between his ''2'' and ''Black'' incarnations. Finally, in the [=PS3=] version, he is portrayed as being in his 30's with no scarring, both eyes intact, and a head full of shoulder-length black hair.
* DependingOnTheWriter: The source of Calypso's powers varies multiple times. In the original, he had stolen a demon, Black, from Mister Ash, and the demon was the one granting wishes. In ''2'' and ''Head-On'', he has stolen the powers from Minion, a demon from Hell. ''4'' handwaved it as a magic ring, probably as an easy way to explain Sweet Tooth having the wish-grating magic. ''Black'' and the 2012 game didn't provide any explanation, [[spoiler:although the latter is heavily implied to either be or be related to the Devil.]]
* EvilTwin: Main-Calypso seems to treat ''Black''-Calypso like this, going by Black's ''TM:Lost'' profile. [[EvilVersusEvil And since he's no saint either...]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Calypso ''will'' screw up your well-intended wish, unless you happen to be his daughter...
* EvilerThanThou: Calypso got his wish-granting magic by stealing a demon (Minion)'s powers on the way to Hell, after the car crash that killed his family. (Apparently, the Devil is a ''big'' fan of demolition derbies.)
* FirstNameBasis: Regarding Krista being his daughter, you would think that Sparks would had been added to his name. The Reboot nullifies this with Dollface having the name instead, leaving Calypso as is.
* FlatWhat[=/=]OhCrap: If both LiteralGenie and JackassGenie aren't tripped whenever someone makes their wish, Calypso may bite it big time, only the former happens whenever the wish itself is massively stupid (Tires, Girls, or merely wanting to fly for example) or when Calypso can't understand the wish at all (Sweet Tooth being a prime example)
* ForTheEvulz: Thus far, this seems to be Calypso's motivation to create a [[DeadlyGame bloody tournament]] which leaves destruction in its wake.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: In the first games, his ''whole face'' is burnt from the car accident. ''Black'' and ''Head-On'' scale back the damage to one sunken-in eye.
* KarmaHoudini / TheBadGuyWins: Canon-wise he keeps the tournament going without any punishment, and in most endings he suffers no punishment, with a few exceptions.
* LiteralGenie[=/=]JackassGenie: Mostly the former.
** In ''Black'', his wish-giving methods are slightly different and seem to have a malevolent purpose. When confronted with a wish with violent or dark intentions (such as revenge), Calypso is actually a BenevolentGenie, giving the winner ''exactly'' what he wants and more (of course, the wisher wants is something evil, making him a worse villain than before); when the winner makes a noble wish (such as saving someone's life), he uses his old methods.
* ManipulativeBastard
* MightyGlacier: When usable in ''4'', he uses a slow missile truck that has the most damaging special in the game.
* MysteriousPast: A comic tie-in for ''2'' revealed a large amount of info on his past. He was an unbalanced demolition derby driver with suicidal tendencies in life, and after the car accident, managed to [[BadassDriver outdrive]] [[LightningBruiser Minion]] in Hell. The Devil allowed him to return to Earth, in exchange for Calypso running an annual contest, sending both drivers and bystanders alike to Hell.
* {{Narrator}}: He himself narrates most endings in ''Twisted Metal 2''.
* PetTheDog: Rarely...''very'' rarely he actually doesn't screw over a winner in their respective endings. [[spoiler: In Twisted Metal Head On, he undeniably ''helps'' and praises Mortimer, now a wizened, exhausted zombie, when he chooses to return to the grave from which he was disturbed and finally rest again, as opposed to taking revenge on the punks who dug up his corpse.]] No tricks, no abusing the phrasing or alternate meanings of words... Calypso gives him precisely what he wanted and intended.
* PhantomZonePicture / PortalPicture: In the reboot, he keeps the souls of those who died in his contest trapped inside of the painting (which apparently leads to a hellish dimension) in his office, [[AndIMustScream with their screams heard every time the camera passes by it]]. This later includes [[spoiler:the preacher]].
* PhysicalGod: His powers allow him to fulfill any wish, from TimeTravel to [[RealityWarper warping reality]]. He's, however, unable to use them to fulfill his own desires, and can't deny a contest winner his/her own, even if he doesn't want to or harms him. Fortunately for him, [[LiteralGenie he can get around that most of the time...]]
** However, there are things that are beyond even his powers. Taking Sweet Tooth's ending in head-on for info, he doesn't seem to be able to cancel or undo a wish for the victor of the tournament. He MUST grant it. It usually always comes out evil for the drivers because of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor; but there are times in which the wish was vague (Hammerhead's ending in Twisted Metal 2 springs to mind); and he enacted the wish, letting the victor find his/her way to hell.
* PromotedToPlayable: Well in his case more like '''De'''moted during ''Twisted Metal 4''.
* RealityWarper
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: His appearance in the [=PS3=] reboot, both in clothing and in features.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: His newest incarnation's eyes glow red when he grants wishes.
* RingOfPower: ''Twisted Metal 4'' attempted to explain his powers with one.
* {{Satan}}: In the reboot, the preacher claims that Calypso is this. It's later [[spoiler:heavily implied to be his true identity]].
* SelfMadeOrphan: According to the comic tie-in for ''2''. In his first attempt at suicide, he grabbed at his father's head and forced a multi-car accident, killing both his parents.
* ShockAndAwe: Some games portray him using lightning as part of his wish-granting powers.
* ThankingTheViewer: "I am Calypso. And I thank you for playing Twisted Metal!"
* TragicKeepsake: In the comic tie-in for '2'', the doll that belonged to his dead sister.
** ConsultingMisterPuppet: He speaks to the doll as if it were her as well, having convinced himself of that shortly after her death.
* {{Troll}}: And HOW.
* TheVoiceless: In ''Black'', he's never shown speaking onscreen (or even moving, save for a brief instance in Sweet Tooth's flashback movie).
* YouNukeEm: His Special in ''Twisted Metal 4'' is a mini-nuke.

!!Needles Kane
[[caption-width-right:280:"Shut up and bleed, [[CurseCutShort you motherf-!"]]]]

Driver of '''Sweet Tooth''', an ice cream truck. A [[AxCrazy deranged]] SerialKiller dressed as a [[MonsterClown clown]]. A former mental patient that escaped and turned into a mad serial killer. He appears in all games. The reboot dwells more into his origins and his quest to [[IWillFindYou find "the one who got away".]]

* ArtShift: Dramatically shifted across the series. In the original, he had green hair. The sequel gave him a burning scalp, while ''3'' and ''4'' had much more ornate costumes. In ''Black'', rather than have facepaint, Needles wore a mask. He also wore polka-dotted pants with suspenders and no shirt. ''Head-On'' adopted the design from ''Black'' for the main games (though his ending shows the mask as being [[ExpressiveMask expressive]]), and the 2012 game also reused it.
* AxCrazy: Especially in ''Black'' and the 2012 game. The former when he at one point express annoyance of all the people he hadn't killed yet.
* BadHumorTruck: An invoked trope in ''Black'', which claimed it was the "perfect lure" for his victims.
* [[spoiler:BuriedAlive: His fate in the reboot.]]
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Boys 'n' girls" in ''Black'' and the reboot.
* CircusOfFear: ''Twisted Metal 4'' has him running one.
* CreepyChild: In ''Small Brawl''.
* CursedWithAwesome: In ''Black''.
* TheCameo: He appears as a secret character in ''VideoGame/WarOfTheMonsters'', ''VideoGame/HotShotsGolf 2'' AND ''VideoGame/StarHawk'' (as a DLC costume for the Main character) due to his unofficially being the {{mascot}} for Sony.
* EvilMask: [[spoiler: In the 2012 game, Needles managed to overtake Marcus's personality only after Marcus carved the mask. His son eventually dug up the mask, and Calypso had one made for Sophie (using the now-deceased Dollface's mask) when he resurrected her.]]
* EvilLaugh[=/=]LaughingMad: His iconic laugh in ''Twisted Metal'', ''2'', and ''Small Brawl''.
* EvilSoundsDeep: In ''Black'' and the 2012 game. His voice is much deeper than what you'd expect a MonsterClown's to be.
** GutturalGrowler: In the 2012 game.
* EvilVersusEvil: He doesn't really like Calypso and wouldn't mind unseating him (which he does in ''4'' and his ending for ''Head-On'') but don't think if he took over that he'd be any more well-meaning than Calypso...
* FangsAreEvil: In a number of his appearances, most notably ''Head On'' and as the mascot in ''2'' and ''III'', he has shark-like teeth.
* FindTheCure: His wish in ''Black'' is a cure for his head-on-fire curse. [[spoiler:In the ending, he changed his mind. Since he would have to stop killing. He ''does'' have his priorities.]]
* FlamingHair: Beginning with ''Twisted Metal 2''.
* ImaginaryFriend: His best friend in ''Twisted Metal'', [[spoiler:a brown paper bag named Crazy Harold the Wacky Lunch Sack]].
* ItsPersonal: Needles mentions before the BossFight in ''Black'' that Warhawk was the one who captured him 3 months ago. And he's not happy about that.
--> "Well boys 'n girls, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge it's payback time]]."
* IWillFindYou: His motive in the reboot is to find "the one who got away" ([[spoiler:Marcus's daughter Sophie]]) and kill her, finishing what he started. [[spoiler:However, when he gets his wish, he learns that his daughter committed suicide a few years before the reboot game... by way of being BuriedAlive in her coffin. He then screams this trope against Calypso while he desperately tries to pry himself from the coffin. And while [[KilledOffForReal he doesn't get to fulfill this promise]], [[YouKilledMyFather his son is all too willing to see it through to the end]].]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:In the reboot, although his son is there to take his place...]]
** [[spoiler: KarmicDeath: After hunting for his daughter the whole time, he only finds out too late that she was DeadAllAlong by [[DrivenToSuicide killing herself]]. So, when he wishes to be "where she was all this time", it's naturally right in her grave.]]
* MadeOfIron: This guy ''survived the electric chair'' even before becoming a demon clown.
* MentalWorld: [[spoiler:Marcus claims ''Black'' is all in Needles' head.]]
* MonsterClown: It varied in seriousness along the series, but Sweeth Tooth was always causing mayhem and destruction in his way.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: His reboot version is a family man ice truck driver turned psycho clown serial killer. This seems to be an reference to John Wayne Gacy, a serial killer that was married two times and that acted as clown to fundraising events, parades and children's parties. Gacy's nickname was Killer Clown thanks to this.
* OmnicidalManiac: He wipes out a hospital trying to find his daughter in the reboot.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Vs. The Brothers Grimm:
--> ''"I've killed tougher than you, asshole! Don't get cocky, you're just the appetizer...before I find and slaughter the entree!"''
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]]: Of Marcus.
* {{Sadist}}: He takes enjoyment only in spreading death and havoc.
* SeriesMascot: Has been the iconic image for the franchise since the start.
* * ShoutOut: Of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker[[note]]Resembling the [[Film/TheDarkKnight Heath Ledger version]].[[/note]], at least in the first game. Later adopted an original image in the sequels, with ''Black'' finally making him a unique breed of MonsterClown.
** Sweet Tooth may in fact have been based off of real-life serial killer clown [[ John Wayne Gacy]]
* SlasherSmile: Constantly with his new clown mask. Not that he didn't show this before using makeup.
* SNKBoss: In ''4'', mostly due to his insane special that is extremely difficult to dodge and is likely to kill the player if it connects.
* SplitPersonality: It's eventually revealed that he's the evil alter of Marcus Kane.
* StartOfDarkness: The 2012 reboot finally gives him one.
* SympatheticMurderer: Needles has been established as a ruthless SerialKiller as the series progressed, but the scenarists never really went into detail about the murders, or what kind of people Needles likes to kill. With this, the killer clown comes out favorably in the fandom. The [=PS3=] reboot even gives him a backstory where he once was a nice family man and adored ice cream truck driver.
** Likely not the case in canon. Judging from the few snippets that could be gathered, in the first game he's implied to be the murderer of Scott Campbell, the original driver of Spectre, in Black a newspaper snippet reveals he once massacred an entire supermarket, ''[[KickTheDog gleefully]]'' [[KickTheDog rubs in Axel's face how his wife cried out for him while dying in agony at his hands]], and the manual subtly implies he has no compunctions against murdering ''[[WouldHurtAChild children.]]'' Though considering Black takes place entirely in his subconscious and he's [[UnreliableNarrator not exactly the most balanced individual out there]], it's hard to say for sure how much of this is a reflection on actual events.
*** And to drive the final nail in this Trope's figurative coffin, his goal in the 2012 Reboot is to find [[FinalGirl the woman who escaped his original spree of murders]] and wants to use his wish to find her. [[spoiler: And it ''[[FromBadToWorse GETS EVEN WORSE]]'' because she ''[[OffingTheOffspring was his daughter]]'', and he just ''[[PaterFamilicide murdered his wife and younger son before getting to her]]''. And during his quest to find her, ''[[KillEmAll he brutally slaughters an entire hospital trying to find her there]]''.]]
*** [[spoiler: May be played straight by [[LegacyCharacter Charlie Kane]]: In the epilogue of the Reboot, he states how his father deliberately spared him after killing his mother, younger brother, and tried to kill his sister - he interprets this as [[InTheBlood being heir to his "work"]]. And so far, his goal is to focus on fulfilling a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against [[EvilVersusEvil Calypso]], [[YouKilledMyFather who killed Needles by burying him alive]].]]
* TermsOfEndangerment: Likes to address his audience as "Boys 'n' Girls."
* ThatManIsDead: In the reboot, [[spoiler: he keeps pestering Marcus into personifying him as the clown mask. After he was done making the mask, Needles pretty much [[SplitPersonalityTakeover took over]] and declared that he killed him.]]
** This exchange in particular:
--> Wife: "Marcus! No!"
--> Needles: "Marcus does not live here anymore."
* TransformingMecha: His car special in ''Black'' makes it turn into a giant clown-esque robot. The alternate special for the Sweet Tooth vehicle in the 2012 reboot keeps this.
* UnwittingPawn: To Calypso.
* VillainProtagonist: He's easily the most popular and iconic character in the game. Emphasized even more in ''Black'' and the 2012 Reboot, where he's one of the most notorious and brutal {{Serial Killer}}s InUniverse.
* TheSociopath: He cares nothing about feelings, empathy or anything. All that matters is killing everything he sees.
* VocalEvolution: When voiced by J.S. Gilbert, Sweet Tooth went from the [[ creepy but human tone used in]] ''Black'', to [[ the aforementioned Guttural Growler in the PS3 reboot]]. ''VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale'' retains the GutturalGrowler voice, but [[ sounds more breathy and cartoonish at times]].

!!Marcus Kane
Driver of '''Roadkill''', a beat-up car made of spare parts. A homeless man who claims the world to be false, and enters the contest seeking to be released out of it. In ''Twisted Metal 2'' and ''3'' he was played as a crazy man, but ''Head-On'' [[spoiler:reveals he's the SplitPersonality of Needles Kane]]. In ''Black'', [[spoiler:he is revealed to be Minion's driver, trapped inside Needles' head.]]

* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:His ''Twisted Metal 2'' ending. OrWasItADream]]
* BadassBeard: Sorta.
* BedlamHouse: He's sent to one in his ''Twisted Metal 3'' ending.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]: Of Needles.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In his ''Twisted Metal 2'' profile, he addresses the player directly, claiming he can see the player sitting up in his living room playing his little video game. {{Justified|Trope}} by his story.
* CrazyHomelessPeople
* CypherLanguage: His method of communication in ''Black''.
* FirstContact: In ''Twisted Metal 3'' he claims he got contacted by aliens who told him he's going to win the contest.
* {{Hobos}}: He's been living in his car for 10 years.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: His special in ''2'' and ''Head-On''. The boomerang would do triple damage if it hits the target on its way back.
* MentalWorld: He believes so in ''Head-On''.
* OnlySaneMan: As perceived by him.
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: [[spoiler:The end result that led to the existences of Dark Tooth and Tower Tooth in ''Head-On''.]]
** [[spoiler: What happens to him in the 2012 reboot, with Needles taking him over after convincing him to carve him (Needles) as a mask.]]
* YouHaveToBelieveMe
* YourMindMakesItReal: He's convinced the whole contest is in his mind in ''Head-On''.

!!Mr. Grimm
Driver of '''Mr. Grimm''', a motorbike. TheGrimReaper himself, who either seeks Calypso's soul or something related to his addiction to souls. Appears in all games, though not always is the same character story-wise. In ''4'', he's replaced by a skeletal pirate named ''Captain Grimm'', who plays largely the same. In ''Black'', he's a [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]] veteran that has become [[IAmAHumanitarian cannibal]] after being forced to eat his friend during their time as [=POWs=], and enters the tournament seeking revenge on the Vietnamese officer that drove him to do it. The reboot is another reinvention: Daniel Grimm is a stuntman turned gang leader seeking to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong go back to the past and save his father from that tragic stunt accident.]]

* AntiVillain: While each of the characters in the reboot are different flavors of VillainProtagonist, Daniel Grimm is the most sympathetic as he wishes to instead renew his life of crime by saving his father's life and everyone he had killed.
* BadassBiker
* BadassGrandpa: His age is 56 during ''Black'', which makes sense since he's been locked up in the asylum for 30 years since 'Nam [[note]]The game came out in 2001, and the incident that pushed Grimm over the edge was in 1971[[/note]].
* CollectorOfTheStrange: The first game states he's a collector of souls.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Has his own chapter in the reboot, titled "Mr. Grimm's Dark Trip Back". Somewhat played with, as mentioned elsewhere, he is a completely new character in the game.
* DealWithTheDevil: Implied to have one with Calypso in his ''Twisted Metal'' ending. [[spoiler: Which he proceeds to break when he wins, [[YourSoulIsMine claiming Calypso's soul as his prize]].]]
* [[DreadlockRasta Dreadlock Biker]]: His latest incarnation.
* FantasticDrug: Souls are just that for him.
* FlamingHair
* FlamingSkulls: He throws these as his Special.
** SinisterScythe: In ''Black'', it's these. [[KillItWithFire Still on fire though.]]
** ChainsawGood: In the [=PS3=] game, he chucks these instead. [[KillItWithFire Can also be on fire, if he drags it along the road first.]]
* FutureMeScaresMe: His reboot ending has [[spoiler:his past self murder him after he causes the car they're in to crash and kill their father, likely leading to his StartOfDarkness]].
-->'''Mr. Grimm''': I gotta admit, [[spoiler:I'da shot that motherfucker too]].
* GlassCannon: Drives the car with the lowest defense (no surprise given its motorcycle), but compensates it with high speed and the most damaging Special.
* KillEmAll: In his ''Twisted Metal 2'' ending, [[spoiler:he asks Calypso to speed up the death rate so he can feast on plenty of souls. Calypso does so, engulfing the planet into senseless murder and conflicts, thus supplying Grimm with a flood of souls to feast on. This, however, only lasts so much and soon the Earth is left uninhabited and Grimm hungrily longing for more.]]
* {{Pirate}}: His ''Twisted Metal 4'' rendition, aptly named Captain Grimm.
* ScaryBlackMan: His latest incarnation, who is a crime lord who wishes to SetRightWhatWentWrong.
* TheGrimReaper: In the main continuity (1 thru 4 and ''Head-On'') he's the actual Death. He's a "normal" human being in ''Black'', where he's a ShellShockedVeteran, and the 2012 game, where he's a former stuntman-turned-gang leader with the skull face paint being in honor of his late father, a daredevil who used the motif to claim "Death itself could not touch him".
** According to the bios in ''TM:Lost'', [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue which explained what happened to characters after]] ''Black'', it is stated that Grimm was starting to ''think'' he was TheGrimReaper due to good old SanitySlippage...
* ImAHumanitarian: In his ''Black'' ending, Calypso offers him a mano-a-mano with the officer who put him in the situation to begin with... and Grimm realizes he acquired a taste for long pork. No explanation needed for what comes next.
** NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: Part of his FreudianExcuse: After being captured by the Viet Cong, he and his pal Benny were trapped in a hole with nothing to eat for days on end. The officer then told Grimm he'd "have to make do with what he found in the pit", and dropped a knife in - implying he wanted Grimm to turn on Benny and cannibalize him. Mr. Grimm initially refused, but after spending a week in starvation (and after Benny finally died from his untreated wounds), he gave in, and ate what was left of Benny's corpse.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: When Mr. Grimm caves in, and eats the corpse of his squadmate Benny in ''Black''.
* ShellShockedVeteran: His ''Black'' incarnation is a Vietnam vet.
* SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset: ''Black'', as noted below.
* ShoutOut: There's an apparent one to Anime/HellGirl in his ''Head-On'' ending, where [[spoiler:he renounces his position as the Reaper, which is transferred to a girl wearing a sailor uniform.]]
** Comicbook/GhostRider: C'mon, [[DemBones Skeleton]] on a [[BadassBiker Motorcycle]]? The only reason his skull isn't on fire is probably because [[FlamingHair that's Sweet Tooth's gimmick]].
* StableTimeLoop: In the reboot, he manages to [[spoiler:find himself inside of his father's car and causing it to crash, killing his father by accident, before being shot dead by his past self]].
* TokenGoodTeammate: While a murderer by admission, Mr. Grimm in the [=PS3=] game is the only playable character with a benevolent wish in mind, and he speaks of his past actions with an air of disgust.
* TragicKeepsake: In his ''Black'' incarnation, Mr. Grimm kept his friend's skull and ''wore it as a mask.''
** ConsultingMisterPuppet: In his ''Lost'' bio, he's talking to the skull as if it was still Benny.
* TheVoiceless: Captain Grimm doesn't speak at all...
** TalkingAnimal: ...It's his parakeet the one who does the talking. Huh.

!!Preacher (Jebediah)
Driver of '''Brimstone''', an El Camino. An evangelist who believes he's possessed by a demon during an exorcism, who then forced him to murder. Wants to get rid of it. ''TM:Lost'' has him return to his car [[spoiler:after he killed himself]] searching for those who wronged him. He makes a couple of appearances in the 2012 reboot.

* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:In the reboot, he becomes trapped in Calypso's painting after presumably dying in the contest]].
* BadassPreacher: Jebediah in "Black". Though also averted, as he admits in his intro:
--> "I wasn't even a real preacher... I was just an evangelist, rejected by the church!"
* BackFromTheDead: In ''TM:Lost''.
* DemonicPossession: In ''Black'', [[spoiler:although this is actually averted, as he simply snapped]].
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:In his ending, after he discovers the bitter truth.]]
* HandCannon: Sports a S&W 500 in some ''Black'' promo pics and in the character selection screen.
* HearingVoices: The demon speaks in his mind.
* HolierThanThou: Taken to [[NightmareFuel unspeakable levels]].
* OnlySaneMan: In the reboot, he's the only person onscreen who is aware of who (or what) Calypso really is. [[spoiler:Which is why he then gets locked up in Calypso's painting.]]
* PhantomZonePicture: [[spoiler:His fate in the reboot]].
* ScaryShinyGlasses
* SinisterMinister
* ShoutOut: His appearance in the 2012 reboot has him wearing red shades similar to [[{{Hellsing}} Alucard's]]. He also looks like Anderson, if Anderson had long hair.
** The long white hair in the reboot may be an allusion to [[Manhwa/{{Priest}} Ivan Isaacs]].
** ShoutOut: Much like many of the other characters are based in comic book characters, the Preacher Jebediah may be based on Jesse Custer from the comic book (wait for it) ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''. Never mind the obvious correlation between the two ([[CaptainObvious being preachers]]), there's also the fact that Jesse is [[DemonicPossession possessed by a]] [[HybridMonster demon/angel hybrid]] in a disaster that kills all of the people in his congregation and destroys his church. Sound familiar?
* TheKillerInMe:[[spoiler: When he's told the truth about the incidents.]]
* YouALLLookFamiliar: His middle FMV uses Billy Ray (before his disfigurement) and his wife's models in place of a generic couple.
* WhyAmITicking: Brimstone's Special consists of throwing explosive-strapped followers into enemy cars.

Driver of '''Darkside'''. A young teenage girl who spilled coffee on important papers for her boss, and as punishment he nailed a mask onto her head. She wants to get rid of it. In ''TM:Lost'' she decides to keep it as it never ages, but since she's still growing up, its starting to press against her skull. In the reboot, Dollface is completely re-imagined as a supermodel obsessed with beauty and being the absolute best supermodel in the world. Things went screwy after she got into a car accident which left her with a minor cut in her cheek...

* AdaptationalVillainy: Dollface in ''Black'' and Krista Sparks from ''2'' and ''Head-On'' are arguably the most sympathetic characters in the series. [[AxCrazy Krista Sparks as Dollface in the 2012 game is an entirely different story]].
* {{Animesque}}: She seems to have a strong anime vibe to her in the reboot, what with her having a [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair pink hairdo]] and being the pilot of her own HumongousMecha, Iron Maiden. The fact that she's pretty AxCrazy makes her look like some psycho anime chick you see in those rather gory ecchi animes/mangas.
* AxCrazy: The reboot's Dollface.
* BadBoss: Her former employer in ''Black'', [[DisproportionateRetribution who sealed her face in the mask]] ''[[FelonyMisdemeanor just for spilling coffee on his files]]''. [[spoiler:The fact he was working on a [[BigBad Sweet Tooth mask]] was probably meant to be a hint at how he was EvilAllAlong.]]
** ''[[AdaptationalVillainy She]]'' is this in the 2012 Reboot, full-stop. She's not above [[WeHaveReserves sending her gang of Dolls to die in droves trying to take down]] [[OneManArmy Mr. Grimm]], and after her final mission in her campaign [[spoiler:[[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness she shot her Gunner in the face]] [[ItsAllAboutMe for daring to suggest "they" were both going to get "their" wishes]].]]
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: [[spoiler:''Inverted'' in her ''Black'' ending - when given the FriendOrIdolDecision mentioned below, she invokes the trope by asking "[[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal Why couldn't he (her boss) be nice to me?]]" [[PayEvilUntoEvil Cue her grabbing the key, and sealing Mr. Kreel's fate]].]]
* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:In ''Black'', she elects to keep her mask on even though [[FriendOrIdolDecision she just murdered her old boss to get the key]] ([[ShaggyDogStory tossing away the key for good measure]]), and becomes a vigilante who seeks to PayEvilUntoEvil.]]
--> "[[spoiler:[[TheStoic It doesn't cry, and it doesn't look scared]], and [[CoolMask it will always be pretty]], [[OlderThanTheyLook even when I'm old and grey inside]].]]"
** [[spoiler: Her ''2012'' incarnation downplays the trope, believing that if she got the mask off, [[StatusQuoIsGod she'd be back to square one with competing with every other dime-a-dozen fashion model]]. ''[[TemptingFate But if she wished herself right to the top...]]'']]
* ClingyCostume: In ''Black'' her mask is kept in place with nails and a specially crafted lock. In the reboot, it's magical, and she can't remove it because she can't find the man who put it on her.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Krista Sparks stars in the last chapter of the reboot; "The Madness of Dollface".
* DisneyVillainDeath: Gets one ([[spoiler:actually two]]) in the reboot during Grimm's boss fight against her. After damaging the Iron Maiden enough, she loses control of the mech and ends up sending it crashing into the bridge. She manages to grab hold on to the bridge and the final battle begins there. Then after the battle, she starts to lose her grip and eventually falls to the depths of the canyon while screaming,"[[AtomicFBomb FUCK YOU]] [[SayMyName MR. GRIMM!]]"
** It then turns out to be a RasputinianDeath. In an obvious ShoutOut to ''Twisted Metal 2'', the Iron Maiden's OneWingedAngel form is [[spoiler:its head]]. Only after you destroy it does she play this trope straight, again.
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** What her boss in ''Black'' did to her just because she spilled coffee on some spreadsheets. They must have been some pretty damn important files to justify locking an intern's head in a torture device.
** ''[[AdaptationalVillainy She]]'' does this all the time in the ''2012'' reboot: [[spoiler: [[TheRival A rival model]] is selected for a prize photoshoot? [[DropTheHammer Beat her to death with a sledgehammer]]. A doctor claims he can't fix [[MinorInjuryOverreaction your (tiny) scar]]? [[OffWithHisHead Saw his head off with a hacksaw]]. Your {{Mook|s}} gets excited after winning Twisted Metal with you, and talking about how [[ItsAllAboutMe "we're" going to get "our" wishes?]] [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Shoot her in the face]].]]
* DropTheHammer: In the opening cutscene of her story in the reboot she takes a swing with a weapon at a rival, but the business end is in shadow. Her final video has an extended version of the scene, clearly showing it's a sledgehammer.
** Incidentally, her boss in her ''Black'' incarnation nailed the mask shut with a sledgehammer as well. A CallBack, perhaps?
* DysfunctionalFamily: [[AllThereInTheManual According to an early instruction manual,]] Dollface grew up in one. [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild Her father even blamed her for the death of her mother.]]
* ExactWords: In the reboot, she makes a wish with Calypso to be on the world's biggest runway, the center of attention, and for him to watch her shine. [[spoiler: Calypso does so by teleporting her to the middle of an airport runway. No guesses for what happens here.]]
* FriendOrIdolDecision: Slightly modified. [[spoiler:In ''Black'', she has to choose between the key for her mask or the life of the cruel maskmaker who put it on her to begin with. [[PayEviluntoEvil It didn't take her long to decide who to save]].]]
** [[spoiler:Ironically, [[BecomingTheMask she chose to keep the mask on anyway]], and [[ShaggyDogStory simply tossed away the key she sacrificed her old boss for]], claiming "[[TheStoic It doesn't cry, and it doesn't look scared]], and [[CoolMask it will always be pretty]], [[OlderThanTheyLook even when I'm old and grey inside]].". It gets worse in ''Twisted Metal Lost'', which reveals she's still growing while the mask is not, which is now causing outright brain damage.]]
* ItsAllMyFault: Blames herself for getting locked in the mask in ''Black'', just because she "defied Mr. Kreel (her boss)". Her opening line in her story mode really hammers this trope home:
--> "I was a bad girl one time... and [[AndIMustScream now I'm gonna pay for what I did]] ''[[MadnessMantra forever and ever and ever...]]''"
** Interestingly, this becomes a DefiedTrope halfway through her story line; after being knocked out by Minion's explosion, Dollface had a flashback to the moment where Mr. Kreel locked her inside the mask -- [[LateToThePunchline and then realized she didn't do anything wrong]], and even if if she had, [[DisproportionateRetribution Mr. Kreel's "punishment" was grotesquely disproportionate compared to her accident]].
--> "Now that I think about it... maybe it ''wasn't'' all my fault."
* OnlySaneMan: In her ''Black'' incarnation, she was the only one [[WasItReallyWorthIt who questioned whether her wish would be worth killing everybody else in the contest]], and often expressed remorse and regret for her actions.
* NoNameGiven: In ''Black''. The reboot gives her the name Krista Sparks.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler:Her ''Black'' ending features this heavily - first, she seals her BadBoss [[CruelAndUnusualDeath inside an Iron Maiden]] [[LaserGuidedKarma for him sealing her inside the mask]], and then sets out to stop other men like him from doing bad things to good people]].
* RammingAlwaysWorks: The special attack in ''Black'' takes what Darkside used to do in ''Twisted Metal 1'' and add a turbo function onto it. One can do extra damage with her special attacks by performing T-slides and such.
* [[SmallGirlBigGun Small Girl, Big Truck]]: She is just a petite little girl who happens to drive a huge 18-wheeler which has a police cruiser for a bumper.
** The 2012 reboot pairs her up with The Juggernaut. Similar to Darkside, but comes complete with a box trailer.
* ShoutOut: Her boss in the first game, Mr. Kreel, had the same name as the BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Warhawk}}''.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: Her most defining feature, of course, and is the cause for all of her woe.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Her ''Black'' incarnation. In the 2012 Reboot... well, ''[[ItsAllAboutMe not so much]]...''
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Bright pink in the 2012 reboot - probably [[DyeHard dyed]] considering her modeling career..
* YouRemindMeOfX: Her boss in ''Black'' reminded her of her father. [[AbusiveParents In this case]], [[BadBoss it's not a good comparison to make]].
** WhatCouldHaveBeen: As seen in an early and unifinished version of her videos from a preview copy, ''Black'' Dollface's backstory originally has ''her own father'' being the one who nailed the mask to her, because she reminded him of her mother...''who he killed beforehand''...
* VagueAge: Her age isn't listed in ''Black''. Given that she had been locked in the mask for seven years, and mentioned that she just graduated from college when she got her job with Mr. Kreel, most fans believed she would've been at least 29 [[note]]since most people graduate college at 22, and 22+7=29[[/note]].
** ImprobableAge: The VagueAge has led to some wild speculations from the fandom, with some believing she was just ''14 years old'' when she ''graduated from college, had a job and was driving a semi''.
* [[ManChild Woman Child]]: In her ''Black'' incarnation, most estimations of her age place her in her late 20s, at ''least'', but she talks like she was a [[ShrinkingViolet shy little girl]] [[OlderThanTheyLook sounding barely a day over 18]]. [[FreudianExcuse Having an]] [[AbusiveParents abusive father]], [[BadBoss an even more abusive boss]], and [[ClingyCostume getting locked in a mask that's crushing her head as it grows within it]] [[TraumaCongaLine probably had something to do with it]]. It's outright Invoked in her ''Lost'' profile, which states "This once young girl has become a young woman. While her body and skull grow bigger, the mask does not yield. [[SanitySlippage The crushing pressure on her brain has begun to take its toll]]."
** [[PsychopathicManChild Psychopathic Woman Child]]: Implied at times in ''Black'', as a side effect of being locked in a mask crushing her head, not to mention having both an [[AbusiveParents an abusive father]], and [[BadBoss an equally abusive boss]], and being locked inside [[BedlamHouse Blackfield Asylum]] almost as long as she was locked in her mask. It gets FromBadToWorse in the 2012 reboot, where Krista Sparks was already an AxCrazy, ItsAllAboutMe lunatic willing to kill her rivals ''even before getting locked inside her Dollface mask''.

!! Carl & Jamie Roberts
Drivers of '''Outlaw''', a police car. Carl was Outlaw's driver in ''Twisted Metal'', and sought to end the tournament's bloodshed once and for all, but was trapped in space after Calypso [[ExactWords literally granted]] his wish. His sister Jamie, driving Outlaw-II, saved him during ''Twisted Metal 2''. They drive together in ''3'' and ''Head-On'', working to stop Calypso.

* BackToBackBadasses: Their mugshot in ''3''.
* BadassNormal: In a contest filled with demons, ghosts, and [[TheGrimReaper Death himself]], they not only canonically ''won'' their respective tournaments, but also survived Calypso's attempts to screw with them.
* BrotherSisterTeam
* CrazyPrepared : Jamie fitted her police cruiser with space flight technology because she knew Calypso would send her into space.
* DonutMessWithACop: In their ''3'' ending, Buzz is holding out a sign reading "will work for donuts".
* ExactWords: In the first game, [[spoiler:"A world free of Twisted Metal"...and everything else!]]
* GoneHorriblyRight: Their ending in ''3'' saw them ask for a world free of crime, making them lose their job. After all, if there's no criminals, there's no need for law enforcement.
* IdiotBall: In ''Head-On''. [[spoiler:Carl should know better that Calypo's quite a LiteralGenie...]]
** Then again, [[spoiler:he was planning on just shooting Calypso until Jamie tried stopping him.]]
* LegacyCharacter: In ''Twisted Metal 2'', Outlaw-II was this.
* PoliceAreUseless: Subverted.
* RedOniBlueOni: In ''Head-On'', Carl is the impulsive red oni and Jamie the more level-headed blue oni.
* ShockAndAwe: Their car's trademark Special: an electric bolt coming out of the car's siren which zaps any enemy on its radius.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: For some reason, ''Twisted Metal 2'' and ''3'' changed Carl's name to Buzz. ''Head-On'' rectified the mistake. Fanon usually splits the difference and considers "Buzz" to merely be a nickname.
* WipeThatSmileOffYourFace: [[spoiler:Jamie in Outlaw's ''Head-On'' ending, which is an obvious ShoutOut to Neo's de-mouthing in ''Film/TheMatrix''.]]

Driver of '''Axel''', a contraption formed by a platform and two monster truck tires, of which he's attached to. He's been living 20 years stuck in this machine, and enters ''Twisted Metal 2'' wishing for the strength to face his father. In ''Head-On'', he realizes he can't live outside his machine, and returns to it with the help of [[MadScientist Dr. Zemu]], who ask in return for his right to a wish should he win the contest. In ''Black'', he's out to get {{Revenge}} over the one who killed his wife.

* AbusiveParents: Axel's father is the one who bounded him into his vehicle, because he was too stupid and needed to be taught a lesson.
* ArtificialLimbs: In ''Head-On'', he has his missing arms and feet replaced with mechanical implants, that also allows him to control his vehicle.
* BaldOfAwesome
* TheBlacksmith: His father.
* CallingTheOldManOut: In his ''Twisted Metal 2'' ending.
* CarFu: He has a secret special in ''Black'', where he joins both of his truck tires together and then proceeds to ram his enemies.
* CoolShades: In ''Black'', later adopted in ''Head-On''.
* {{Cyborg}}: Possibly in ''4'', since he appears coated in metal.
* DemotedToExtra: In the 2012 reboot. While Axel himself doesn't appear, his vehicle is available as DownloadableContent.
* TheDeterminator: Shows some in his ending in ''2'', where upon his father's negative to release him, [[spoiler:he tears his own limbs away from the contraption]].
* DummiedOut: Axel in ''Small Brawl'' has no ending shown once the game is beaten, but the video can still be found within the code, showing Axel to be a kid in a wheelchair asking for robot legs. The omission was likely to avoid any possible controversy.
* FingerInTheMail: His ''Black'' self received his wife through mail, ''piece by piece''.
* IdiotBall: [[MonsterClown Who do you think]] killed his wife in ''Black''?
* ItsAllMyFault: In ''Black'', he blames himself for his wife's death.
** CoolAndUnusualPunishment: He creates his vehicle and straps himself in it as punishment for her death.
* KilledMidSentence: In ''Head-On'', although more like stopped. [[spoiler: As he tried to declare his wish for peace, Zemu forced him back into the machine and zapped him, making him claim "Peac-AAAH!!!". Calypso took it as his wish and summoned pizza for his efforts.]]
* MadScientist: Dr. Zemu from ''Head-On''.
* MeaningfulName: He is literally the axel between his two giant tires.
* ReluctantWarrior: It's been stated in both ''Twisted Metal 2'' and ''Head-On'' he doesn't want to fight, but there's no other choice for him to escape his personal hell. [[spoiler:His ending in ''Head-On'' has him trying to make up for all the chaos. It didn't work.]]
* ScaryBlackMan: Specially in ''2'' and ''Head-On''.
* TheAtoner: Becomes this in his ''Head-On'' ending, where [[spoiler:he decides to use his wish to bring peace to the world as his way to atone for the destruction he caused. Unfortunately for him, Zemu had a remote to force him back into the machine and he was unable to finish his wish.]]
* YoureNotMyFather: Axel claims as much in his ending.
--> "And you're no longer my father!"

Driver of '''Minion''', a CoolTank. A demon whose powers were stolen by Calypso. He's the FinalBoss in ''Twisted Metal'' and MidBoss in ''Twisted Metal 2'', ''3'', ''4'' and ''Black'' [[spoiler:(although replaced at the steering wheel by Marcus Kane.)]]

* ArtificialStupidity: An easy way to deal with him in ''Twisted Metal 2'' is to get into one of the temples around the arena. The AI will just drive back and forth in front of it, exposing itself to the player's arsenal of weapons and specials.
* CompositeCharacter: While in ''[=TM1=]'' Minion wasn't given any sort of backstory besides being the previous tournament's champion, ''[=TM2=]'' turned him into a mix between two characters of the first: Mr. Ash, Darkside's driver and a demon seeking to recover a demon Calypso stole from him; and [[spoiler:Black, the demon in question and who actually made the wishes happen.]]
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: He's either the ruler or one of many rulers of Hell.
* DittoFighter: In ''Twisted Metal'', his car's Special throws every special in the game at once. Not as effective as it should be though.
* FaceFramedInShadow: His ''Twisted Metal 2'' bio image.
* LightningBruiser: Minion is usually one of the fastest and most durable vehicles in the game, with a powerful special attack. There's [[GameBreaker a reason]] why he usually has to be unlocked. His only weakness is sheer size can make him more vulnerable to hazards in certain levels.
* {{Hellfire}}: He's always surrounded by fire in ''Twisted Metal 2''.
* HellGate: Opens one in his ending in ''2'' and throws Calypso into it.
* HellSeeker: In ''3'', according to his ending (and despite what he claims in his profile).
* HomingProjectile: His Special consists of 3 missiles and a freeze missile (named "Serpent" in ''Twisted Metal 4''), ALL homing on the target at once.
** Going on an editing binge; his "Serpent" has a possible chance of setting your car on fire if the freeze missile misses.
* OutOfTheInferno: For a similar effect, he comes out from within lava in ''Twisted Metal 2''.
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: Minion tells Calypso that he wishes to return to Hell in ''3''. Calypso sends him to Hell, Michigan.
* PuzzleBoss: In ''Black'', before being able to hurt him, you need to [[AttackItsWeakPoint attack his shield's weak points.]]
* {{Revenge}}: Against Calypso, who stole his "birthright".
* SecretCharacter: All his appearances starting with ''Twisted Metal 2''.
** PromotedToPlayable

!!Bruce Cochrane
Driver of '''Thumper''', a purple Impalla. A gangster from South Central that has been fighting all his life. Appears in the first three games, seeking first to stop the violence in his neighborhood and later to rule the world.

* CoolShades
* GangBangers
* {{Gangsterland}}: His South Central neighbourhood, justified as the game takes place in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles.
* {{Leitmotif}}: In ''Twisted Metal 4'', there is a beat that plays whenever you shoot his special attack.
* MusicalAssassin: His car's Special in ''Twisted Metal 3'': a soundwave blast.
* PetTheDog: While Calypso usually screws everyone else over with his LiteralGenie powers, Thumper was one of the few exceptions to be granted a genuinely ''satisfying'' ending (at least at face value with the text of the ending). Thumper explains how he's lived all his life in South Central under the shadow of violence in his neighborhood brought about by gang wars and such. All he wanted was for his neighborhood to be free of violence and hate. Calypso says he granted his wish, but Bruce is suspicious. Calypso tells him to go see for himself. He finds that, as the ending text puts it, ''"Calypso was not lying."''
* PlayingWithFire: His car's Special in the first two games: a flamethrower.
** In ''TM4'', it's a dual flamethrower: Complete with a {{Leitmotif}}!
* PyrrhicVictory: His ''Twisted Metal 2'' ending. [[spoiler:His wish was to rule the earth, but during the tournament, he and the other drivers ''[[KillEmAll killed everyone else]]''.]]
* SawedOffShotgun: Carries one around in ''2''.
* SaveThePrincess: His original backstory as seen in the "Lost Videos" was to save his kidnapped girlfriend.
* ScaryBlackMan
* SideKick: As seen in the "Lost Videos", Bruce was originally going to have a co-pilot with him, but for some reason he was removed. Going by ''Small Brawl'', he may be named Vinnie.
* TakeOverTheWorld: His wish in ''2''.
* TokenMinority: Only black guy in the first game.
* {{Tuckerization}}: He's named after one of the beta testers, Bruce Cochran.
* VideogameFlamethrowersSuck: Averted, specially in ''Twisted Metal 2''.

!!Krista Sparks
Driver of '''Grasshopper''', a dune buggy. At first presented as a girl looking to make her father pay, she's later revealed to be Calypso's daughter, thought to be dead in a car accident years ago. She debuts in ''Twisted Metal 2'' and later returns in ''Head-On''.

* ActionGirl
* AllJustADream: In ''Head-On'', [[spoiler:Krista asked for the accident that killed her to never happen, and is next viewed having a happy evening with Calypso on a park...only to be revealed she's actually in a coma at a hospital.]]
* ArtificialHuman: How she survived the accident. [[spoiler:the LAPD turned her into a cyborg in order to get close to Calypso so they could detonate a bomb inside her and kill him.]]
* BackFromTheDead: Returns as a ghost in ''Head-On''.
* CallingTheOldManOut: To Calypso in her ''Head-On'' ending:
--> "What's the problem? You didn't want to help me! You just want another contestant to kill all those innocent people! You destroy everything and run around like you own the world!"
** While Calypso had it coming, what he tries to explain to her is that he can only use his powers if he's granting a wish, but she doesn't listen.
* CarFu: The most representative out of the whole cast.
* ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoverStory: [[spoiler:Her ending in ''2''.]]
* CuteGhostGirl: In ''Head-On'', he returns as a ghost since Calypso is unable to bring her fully back from the dead unless she wishes for it herself.
* ImprobableAge: She's the first(?) teenage Twisted Metal combatant in the series, at age 15. But then age probably didn't matter to her, since [[spoiler:she was a cyborg in ''2'' and a ghost in ''Head-On''.]]
** According to her bio in the manual for ''2'', she actually faked her age in order to participate.
* MissingMom: Not much is known about her. According to the comic tie-in for ''2'', her name was Joanie, and was killed during one of Calypso's derbies after being hit by a bouncing tire.
* MoralityPet: To [[spoiler: Calypso]].
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: ''Head-On''.
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler: Calypso knows she was sent to kill him and she is set to explode. He still hugs her to comfort her and dies with her]].
* WhyAmITicking: [[spoiler:The LAPD made her a human bomb to get rid of Calypso.]]

!!Simon Whittlebone
Driver of '''Mr. Slamm''', a bulldozer/loader. An architect fired from his job for attempting to build a tower tall enough to reach the heavens, he only desires to fulfill his greatest dream. He debuts in ''Twisted Metal 2'' and later returns in ''Head-On''.

* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:His ''Twisted Metal 2'' ending has him claiming that after he finished his tower]].
** PrideBeforeAFall: Leads to a [[LiteralMetaphor literal]] case of this, as [[DisneyVillainDeath he slips and falls right from the top of his tower]] [[TemptingFate right when he declares himself to be a God]].
* ArtShift: In ''Head-On'', he looks completely different from his appearance in ''2''.
* BackFromTheDead: Returns as a ghost in ''Head-On''.
* DualBoss: Super Slamm and Super Auger in ''Twisted Metal 4''.
* FunnyForeigner: Well, not really "funny", but he's notably the only non-American contestant in ''Twisted Metal 2'', supernatural beings not-withstanding.
** Subverted in ''Head-On'', where he loses his Austrian accent, and looks and sounds more like a stereotypical {{Nerd}} from the United States. See ArtShift above.
* InNameOnly: Super Slamm looks nothing like Mr. Slamm, being a much more mundane bulldozer.
%%* MightyGlacier
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: ''Head-On''.
* ShoutOut: His ''Head-On'' ending is quite similar to Twisted Metal 3's Buster Cobb, the construction vehicle's driver who replaced him.
** Possibly doubles as a TakeThat: With Buster Cobb's ending, [[spoiler: his wish for people to "see his inner child" wasn't even remotely HINTED at during his bio, since it only talked about Cobb getting {{Revenge}} on the Twisted Metal organization for destroying his buildings]], while with Simon Whittlebone's ending [[spoiler: his wish to be "reborn" was something he wanted, in order to finish the construction of Whittlebone Tower]]. With Cobb's ending, both his wish, and the subsequent "joke" of him [[spoiler: becoming a baby]] was seen by the fans as a BigLippedAlligatorMoment, while Whittlebone's [[spoiler: being "reborn" as in infant who can't work on his Tower as an adult, or protect it as a ghost]] was seen as [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor the perfect punchline]] for [[LiteralGenie Calypso]] [[LaserGuidedKarma to punish him with]].
* StarScraper: His wish in ''Twisted Metal 2''.

!!Captain Rogers
Driver of '''Warthog''', a military HUMVEE. An old decorated soldier wanting to be young again. Appears in ''Twisted Metal 2'' and ''3''.

* BadassGrandpa: He claims so, and he's right.
* CoolOldGuy
* FountainOfYouth: What he aims for.
* HomingProjectile: His "Patriot Missiles" special.
* InSeriesNickname: He used to be called "Old Iron Guts".
* OldSoldier: At 105/107 years old, and still kicking ass.
* LosingYourHead: His ''Twisted Metal 3'' ending, as a continuation of ''2'', has him asking for [[spoiler:a head to match his 20 years old body, and gets his head put in a jar for his troubles.]]
* ShellShockedVeteran

!!Charlie Kane
Driver of '''Yellow Jacket''', a taxicab. He sought out his missing children in ''1'', and discovers it's Needles Kane. It's also [[TheUnreveal implied]] he is the driver of FinalBoss '''Dark Tooth''' in ''Twisted Metal 2'' where he drives an ice cream truck the size a large house, as Dark Tooth claims to be Sweet Tooth's father. In ''Black'', he's a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie]] remote-controlled by his younger son (not Needles), seeking out a better life. In the reboot, [[spoiler: Charlie is now presented as Marcus/Needles' son. The clown spared him knowing that he'd make a good replacement should anything happen to him. He's now the new Sweet Tooth.]]

* AxCrazy: ''Twisted Metal'' "Lost Video" ending, after drinking the vial.
* CameBackWrong: In ''Black''.
* ChildProdigy: His young son, who created a remote control to control his zombie father!
* ContinuityNod: One to his live-action "Lost" ending in the 2012 game: the vial of red liquid he was given in the ending appears as part of Calypso's collection.
* CreepyChild: The young son.
* HookHand: He has one in the first game, for some reason.
* JackOfAllStats: All of Yellow Jacket's stats in ''Twisted Metal'' are 3/5.
* ImprobableAge: His son's age was never revealed but he appears to be between ''6 and 8''. Very young for a necromancer and a Twisted Metal combatent (''Small Brawl'' notwithstanding).
* InTheBlood: In ''TM:Lost'', both Charlie and his younger son decide to kill Needles and then themselves, to stop their line of psychopath murderers.
** In the reboot, [[spoiler: Charlie becomes Needles' successor. Apparently he was spared as he was the perfect replacement.]]
* IWillFindYou: His main goal in ''Twisted Metal'', to find his estranged son.
* MolotovCocktail: His Special in ''Twisted Metal''.
* {{Nerf}}: The vehicle Dark Tooth, is considerably weaker and competitive friendly in Head-On than its original [=TM2=] incarnation; a given since it is now playable, not the FinalBoss anymore, and driven by his "sons" instead.
* NoNameGiven: His young son, apart from his other 'two' sons.
* PapaWolf: As Dark Tooth, he gets angered after claiming you killed Sweet Tooth. Alternatively, he was really close to his younger son in ''Black''.
* OneWingedAngel: Dark Tooth's 2nd form in ''Twisted Metal 2''.
** ClippedWingAngel: Most players regard it as easier because it doesn't have any new attacks and has a lot less health than his truck.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: His ''Black'' Special, which releases spikes all over his car, is better used through ramming than firing it as missiles.
** When played as using hacks in ''2'', because he's not designed to be playable, he can't use normal weapons and is stuck ramming opponents, which is still a reliable wsy of killing them.
* [[PeoplePuppets Zombie Puppets]]: ''Black''.
* SNKBoss: In ''2''. He is fast, takes a ton of damage before dying, and has the missiles Sweet Tooth using as a special as a machine gun weapons, so he can kill the player in seconds. While he dwarfs all the other cars in the game, the arena you fight him in doesn't provide many areas where his size is much of a weakness.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: The son turned his father's corpse into a remote-controlled puppet and entered it in a contest where the objective is to kill the other contestants.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: So far, there has been no mention or reference to the young son in later sequels.

Driver of '''Shadow''', a purple hearse. A mysterious graveyard keeper that carries missions of revenge for the souls of the deceased. Appears in ''Twisted Metal 2'' and ''Head-On'', where he's awakened from his eternal slumber and desires to go back to it.

* BackFromTheDead: In ''Head-On'', simply because his resting place was disturbed.
* CastingAShadow: His special is a remote-controlled bomb shadow.
* CreepyCrows: Has one always perched on his shoulder.
* DownerEnding: Mortimer holds the distinct honor of [[DefiedTrope never suffering]] one of these in all three of the games he's been in. ''2'' and ''Small Brawl'' have him screw over Calypso instead of the other way around, while ''Head-On'' has Calypso grant his wish without any strings attached. Shadow might be lucky, because Raven from ''Black'' got off pretty well, too.
* GraveRobbing: In ''Head-On'', two guys robbing his own grave awoke him.
* OminousPipeOrgan: Every time his car's Special is launched.
* {{Revenge}}: He carries out revenge for those who died.
* {{Undead}}

!!Amanda & Miranda Watts
Drivers of '''Twister''', an Indy racing car. Amanda is in ''Twisted Metal 2'', a racer obsessed with speed who wishes to drive at the speed of light. Her twin sister Miranda came in ''Head-On'' looking for her disappeared sister.

* BackupTwin
* BlowYouAway: Twister's Special makes her car spin around, creating a tornado that throws other cars away. With a dose of EverythingsBetterWithSpinning.
** In Small Brawl, it simply generates a tornado above her car.
* CameBackWrong: In ''Head-On'', Miranda Watts uses her wish to bring back her twin sister and gets [[spoiler:a zombie, as Amanda had died millions of years ago, as her car traveled back in time after passing light speed.]]
* FasterThanLightTravel: Amanda's wish, as she's obssessed with breaking limits.
* FragileSpeedster: Twister is even faster than Spectre, but his armor is really weak. Fortunately for her, the car's frame is low enough that sometimes attacks misses it.
* IWillFindYou: Miranda's goal is to discover what happened to her sister after the 2nd game.
* TragicKeepsake: Miranda wears Amanda's fossilized helmet from ''2'', probably being the only clue he found about her.
* TrappedInThePast: Amanda's fate. [[spoiler: She wished to travel at the speed of light, but neglected the fact her car needed fuel to function, and once the tank's empty she finds herself trapped in prehistory.]]

[[folder:From Twisted Metal]]

!!Mr. Ash
Driver of '''Darkside''', a black truck. A mysterious figure from Hell, bent on recovering what rightfully belongs to his. He returns as a MidBoss in ''Twisted Metal 3''.

* TheCameo: In the intro of ''Twisted Metal 2'', a beaten-up Darkside appears on the side of the road. He's also seen in the background of the options menu.
* FrickinLaserBeams: His Special in ''1'' is a white beam that deals little damage. Fortunately, [[RammingAlwaysWorks he has better ways to injure others.]]
%%* MightyGlacier
* RammingAlwaysWorks: More like the only option for him.
* {{Retcon}}: ''Twisted Metal'' has Mr. Ash claiming as his prize [[spoiler:Black, a powerful demon Calypso stole for himself and whose powers he uses to grant the wishes]], while Minion is just said to be the previous tournament's winner. Come ''Twisted Metal 2'', Minion claims Calypso has stolen ''his'' powers 11 years ago.
* SinisterSilhouettes: He's represented as that, thought his "Lost" ending had him as a normal, if sinister man.
* VideogameFlamethrowersSuck: If you are frozen by his special, then it's averted. Otherwise, he can't do much with it.
* WakeUpCallBoss: In ''Twisted Metal 3''.

!!Agent Stone
Driver of '''Crimson Fury''', a red sports car. He's seeking an object that could "liberate the world".

* {{Expy}}: Of Film/JamesBond. Played more obviously in ''Small Brawl''.
* TheFaceless: His "Lost Video" ending was filmed in POVCam (in a similar manner to James Bond nemesis Ernst Blofeld). Though he's fully seen entirely in the player-select screen.
* FragileSpeedster: Holding the spot with Spectre in the first game. The car's really fast, but goes down in seconds if caught.
* FrickinLaserBeams: His Special.
* LaResistance: He's hired by an underground freedom organization.
** The finished game ending suggests they're from England.
* McGuffin: The item he looks for.
* TheRival: Commander Mason.

!!Dave & Mike
Driver of '''Hammerhead''', a monster truck. Two college drop outs who are participating only for the thrill of battle.

* {{Bowdlerise}}: Comparing their wish in the early "Lost Video" to the finished game ending. In the first they ask for girls (after thinking for a moment since they hadn't actually thought about a wish), prompting Calypso's harem to get into Hammerhead; the latter has them ask for...a new set of tires, because they are expensive.
* TheBigGuy: Granted Hammerhead is a monster truck, but it is HUGE compared to the other characters. Future installments tone down the size.
* ThoseTwoGuys

!!Angela Fortin
Driver of '''Pit Viper''', a dune buggy. A mysterious woman with a double life who wants [[{{Greed}} a millon dollars]].

* ActionGirl: When she reveals her true objective.
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: In her "Lost Video" ending.
* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped a Bridge on Her Car]]: Pit Viper is the only one of the 10 original cars to have never returned in a sequel.
** [[spoiler:In her "Lost Video", she was shot by Calypso.]]
** Also, her car [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute had its special and color scheme changed to become Grasshopper]].
* TheGunslinger
** GunsAkimbo: In her "Lost" ending.
* HollywoodAcid: Her special.
* JustForPun: The way Calypso says "Ass-ass-in" in the "Lost Video" ending...
* ProfessionalKiller: Her true identity is revealed as Agent Amanda X, freelance assassin. Hired by the people of Los Angeles to kill Calypso.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: As opposed to most other drivers using wishes to kill Calypso or wish the tournament away (which naturally almost never goes right), Angela is genre-savvy enough to wish for a million dollars first, and ''then'' assassinate Calypso thereafter. In the "Lost Ending" though, this fatally backfires on her.

!!Captain Spears
Original driver of '''Roadkill'''. A former military man filled with grief as he feels that his own cowardice led his squadron into an enemy trap back in the "[[GreatOffscreenWar Jungle Wars of South America]]". He wants to be able to set the past right.

* AFatherToHisMen
* BladeOnAStick: His special is a makeshift spear thrown at high speed.
* TheCaptain
** TheGoodCaptain
* MyGreatestFailure
* MyGreatestSecondChance: He wishes to be sent back in time to the war where he can set things right. [[spoiler:He is so caught up in realizing that his wish was granted that doesn't realize he is in the middle of a battle, and is promptly killed by a South American soldier.]]
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong
** MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: [[spoiler:He gets his wish, then gets himself killed and most likely the rest of his platoon. Zero Gain there buddy.]]

!!Scott Campbell
Driver of '''Spectre''', a white sports car. A man recently killed who wants to live again.

* BackFromTheDead: What he wants.
* BigNo: After Calypso cruelly takes his life away after having just regained it.
* FamilyMan: Has a wife and child that he left behind; he seeks life once more so he can be with them.
* DownerEnding[=/=]KickTheDog: His "Lost Video" ending, where Calypso brings him back to life, and then shoots him.
--> ''"I givith, and I taketh away. Try again next year, driver!"''
* HomingProjectile: What'd become the trademark special of the car, the "Ghost Missile" will track the target wherever it goes, even ''going through walls to get to it''. To balance this, the missiles themselves are very weak.
* ManInWhite: Appears so in his "Lost Video" ending.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent
* {{Tuckerization}}: He's named after the game's producer.

!!Commander Mason
Original driver of '''Warthog'''. Seeks the same item as Agent Stone under government orders.

* ArmiesAreEvil: He and the military are certainly portrayed as "evil" in their search of the item. Even in his "Lost Video" ending he sends a platoon as a back up measure should Calypso fail to fulfill his wish.
* BrownNote: [[spoiler:The Black Box of a plane shot down by aliens]]. For the U.S. government, the world's not yet ready for it.
* DirtyCoward: In his "Lost Video" ending. After acting all high ad mighty in front of Calypso, he runs away in ''fear'' after seeing what he did to the squad team he sent to get him.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Avoiding said item to fall into the hands of Agent Stone and his freedom organization is Mason's main directive. He's also content knowing people will sleep peacefully, completely in the dark about things they're not yet able to understand.
* TheNeidermeyer
* TheRival: Agent Stone.

[[folder:From Twisted Metal 2]]

!!Mike & Stu
New drivers of '''Hammerhead'''. Much like before, two high school dropouts with much free time.

* CruelAndUnusualDeath: In their ending, after Calypso "grants" their wish, they test it out by jumping off a skyscraper...slowly realizing the folly of their actions as they plummet to their deaths. Bystanders crowd around them and murmur as their corpses lie there.
* {{Flight}}: Their desire, but only so they can [[AllMenArePerverts see down women's shirts]]
* OneSteveLimit: Possibly averted, though its hard to say whether the Mike from the first game and this one are the same guy.
* ThoseTwoGuys
* TooDumbToLive: In their ending, they wish to fly. Calypso says "Wish granted." The pair runs off the nearest cliff...and promptly falls to their deaths, as a dumbfounded Calypso stands there with a pair of plane tickets in his hand and thanks that they're refundable.

!!Ken Masters
No, not [[Franchise/StreetFighter that one]]. New driver of '''Spectre'''. An actor who wants to be famous.

* BodyHorror: His wish is for Calypso to make it so the world knows his face. [[spoiler: Calypso does this by stretching his face around the entire planet.]]
* ContinuityNod: In ''Small Brawl'', [[spoiler:the kid controlling Spectre gets, as his wish, the keys of his father's vehicle. The keys were stored in a watch with Ken's picture on it, and the vehicle itself is revealed to be the Spectre from ''2''.]]
* CoolLoser: He's an actor and has the good looks, but he's so lonely and desperate for attention that he joins the contest.
* HomingProjectile: The Ghost Missile from the first game returns, with the same ability to perfectly hit a target as it goes through walls.
* OpaqueLenses: In his bio pic.

[[folder:From Twisted Metal: Black]]

!!No-Face (Frank [=McCutcheon=])
Driver of '''Crazy-8''', a rally bug. A small-time boxer who was [[CurbStompBattle beaten to the point of needing surgery in one match]], and could only afford a back alley doctor that he was told was a fan of the fights. The doctor however, lost a considerable sum of money betting on him and sewed his eyes and mouth shut (and eyes and tongue removed). He's out seeking good ole' {{Revenge}}. In ''TM:Lost'', he's trying to restore his face (by removing the parts off others he deems evil) so he doesn't scare his baby daughter.

* CurbStompBattle: His last official boxing match. He himself described it as one-sided.
* DisabilitySuperpower: The explanation for how he drives.
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: His ending. He asks his wish of {{Revenge}} against Dr. Hatch, and the next scene shows the doctor bound and gagged, while No-Face puts on a boxing glove with dozens of scalpels and knives taped to it. As No-Face rears up for a haymaker to the doctor's face, the screen [[SmashToBlack cuts to black]] just before his fist makes contact.
* EyeScream: Not only his eyes, but his tongue too.
* InSeriesNickname: He's adopted "No Face" as this.
* MadDoctor: Dr. Hatch, a BackAlleyDoctor who was pissed at losing $20,000 on No Face's last fight, and mutilated his face out of spite.
* NightmareFace: The result of the amputation.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Becomes this in ''TM:Lost'', attacking bad men to [[{{Squick}} gather the parts]] he needs to restore his face.
* RedBoxingGloves: In his ending, he gets a custom one with dozens of surgical implements taped on it to kill Dr. Hatch.
* ShockAndAwe: His Special, which works similar to the other game's Outlaw.

!!Agent Stone
Driver of '''Outlaw''', now a SWAT truck. A police sniper who let anger get the best of him and got a mother and her daughter killed alongside his target. He's seeking a second chance to fix his mistake. In ''TM:Lost'', [[spoiler: he's trapped in a loop after he won the tournament, and is forced to relieve that day every night]].

* ColdSniper: He should be, but rage got the best of him in the past.
* DrivenToSuicide: He attempts this right after he realizes his mistaken, but...
** BungledSuicide: ...his rifle was out of bullets.
* EmpathyDollShot: The bloodied teddy bear.
* GroundhogDayLoop: According to ''TM:Lost'', [[spoiler:After winning the tournament, he's trapped in relieving that fateful day every night, with him saving the family but not killing the thug in time before he puts a bullet into his head.]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills: His ''Black'' ending.
* LastBreathBullet: In his ending, [[spoiler: the dying thug is able to put a bullet in Stone's head ''through the scope of his sniper''.]]
* MoreDakka: His Special Attack, a machine gun frenzy on a single, locked-on enemy.
* PinkMist: [[spoiler:"All units! Target is not down! Target is still hot!". *BoomHeadshot*]]
* ScaryBlackMan: Averted, despise the [[CrapsackWorld setting]]. Well, unless you're one of the competitors.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Averting the accidental killing he commited.
* UnstoppableRage: What clouds his judgement and leads to tragedy.

!!Billy Ray Stillwell
Driver of '''Junkyard Dog''', a tow truck. After surviving an attempt on his life, he found out his wife was cheating on him and beat her to death with a hoe. He now wants to find her lover and [[{{Revenge}} make him pay too]]. In ''TM:Lost'', he's just taken a liking to killing, but even if he wants to he's yet to kill another human 10 years after.

* BlackWidow: Annie has her pilot lover attempt to kill Billy by spraying some chemicals over him as he's checking his crop, so they can later cash on the life insurance.
** TheCorrupter: Billy eventually believed that Annie was innocent (or at least didn't deserve the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown he inflicted on her), and that it was the pilot who had swayed her into the plan.
* EvilFeelsGood: In his ending he finds he likes killing after getting revenge on the pilot, and decides to become a serial killer in ''TM:Lost''.
* TheGrotesque: Due to the crop-duster chemicals sprayed on him.
* LoveHurts: And it kills.
* YourCheatingHeart: It was Annie that cheated on him though.

!!John Doe
Driver of '''Roadkill'''. An amnesiac man looking for his identity. ''TM:Lost'' reveals there's a police unit of identical John Does that seeks Calypso's downfall.

* AmnesiacDissonance: He finds out in the end that [[spoiler:he's an undercover FBI agent, and saved dozens of lives in a bombing incident. He is, in fact, a hero... [[OhCrap and he's standing in front of one of the world's most wanted criminals]], [[ShootTheShaggyDog who shoots him dead]].]]
* BackupTwin: According to ''TM:Lost'', there's a whole division of the police made up of Backup Twins for John Doe, each set to kill Calypso.
* BaldOfEvil: He believes he can't be a good guy with how he looks. [[spoiler: Switches to a BaldOfAwesome when his past is revealed.]]
* [[spoiler: BigDamnHeroes]]: The reason of his amnesia.
* {{Cult}}: He was part of one. [[spoiler: Well, [[TheMole not really...]]]]
* DarkIsEvil and DarkIsNotEvil: Both tropes are played on for him. He invokes the first believing he's not a good guy because of his appearance, and [[spoiler: turns out that's Justified. He assumed that appearance to infiltrate a terrorist group, making him a example of both.]]
* DepopulationBomb: [[spoiler:The cult set up a bomb within the city's Disease Control Center, claiming its destruction would spread diseases all over the world.]]
* FatalFamilyPhoto: [[spoiler:It is shown to the player just after he's shot...]]
** [[spoiler:IHaveAFamily: His last words.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: He doesn't rememeber anything before a certain point before he was sent to the asylum.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: His special, a rack of 12 missiles that can be [[ChargedAttack charged up]] for more damage.
* [[spoiler: TheMole: Is revealed to have been one in the {{Cult}} he was running with.]]
* NoNameGiven: [[spoiler:Even after learning of his identity.]]
* [[spoiler:OhCrap]]
---> [[spoiler:"That's right, I am a hero. A hero undercover agent standing in front of #2 on America's Ten most wanted list. In other words, a dead man."]]
* QuestForIdentity: His story. He begins to rememeber it after the fight with Minion.
* ShoutOut: His character looks like [[Film/AmericanHistoryX Derek Vinyard]], while the gang[=/=]{{Cult}} he ran with seems to ape [[Film/FightClub Project Mayhem]].
* TattooedCrook: The tattoos were the only hints to John's past before Calypso showed up... and they didn't paint a pretty picture.
* WhiteGangBangers: What John's gang was before they jumped to full-on Doomsday {{Cult}}.

!!Bloody Mary
Driver of '''Spectre'''. A girl with a past of rejections, who just breaks out on a friend's wedding and ends with Mary killing her and donning her bloodied dress. Enters to ask for the perfect man. In ''TM:Lost'', she has lost her hold of reality and just wants to find someone who'd kill her.

* AxCrazy: She is a little(very) unstable.
* BloodSplatteredWeddingDress: She takes such the dress of the friend she killed in the day of the friends marriage.
* DaddysGirl: Her father's view on women's beauty ([[spoiler: not to mention [[TheBluebeard killing Mary's mother]]]]) seems to be [[FreudianExcuse partly responsible for Mary's own screwed-up mentality]].
* DeathSeeker: ''TM:Lost''.
* HomingProjectile: The car's signature perfect-aim Ghost Missile returns once again.
* LoveMakesYouEvil ''and'' [[LoveMakesYouCrazy Crazy]]
* {{Yandere}}: Probably one of the most extreme examples. Unlike other yanderes, Mary doesn't have a specific lover. All she wants is a man to love her, be it a rich guy, a family man or even a hobo off the streets. True to being a yandere, rejecting her love would only [[BerserkButton piss her]] [[AxCrazy off]].

Driver of '''Shadow'''. A gothic girl who's put in the Asylum after witnessing her friend's death by drowning. Wants to get even at the two guys who caused it. In ''TM:Lost'', she has turned into a night vigilante, killing the evildoers of the city.

* DarkIsNotEvil: [[BlackAndGreyMorality Compared to the other contestants]], Raven is still a legitimate AntiHero. Her ''Lost'' profile expands this further, where she uses her {{VoodooDoll}}s and the spirits in Shadow to fight the other {{SerialKiller}}s in Midtown.
* DeadlyPrank: What sets things off; two boys testing if her friend, mocked for her like of occultism, is a witch by [[BurnTheWitch throwing her down the pier and seeing if she drowns.]]
* {{Goth}}: A mix of the psycho and gloomy type.
* [[AHeroToHisHometown A Hero To Her Hometown]]: Her ''Lost'' profile states she has become a hero to Midtown, by protecting the innocent, [[PayEvilUntoEvil and hunting down the freaks and killers cursing the city]].
* MoreDakka: She has a hidden special which copies the same game's Outlaw.
* TarotTroubles: Including the obligatory {{Foreshadowing}} by drawing the "Death" card.
* TookALevelInBadass: Her ''Lost'' profile has her use her occultic powers to battle evil in Midtown, and became a celebrated urban legend.
* VoodooDoll: She gets one as her wish. [[spoiler:She uses it to gouge out the eyes of the two boys.]]

Driver of '''Warthog''', now a stationwagon attached to tank threads. A SerialKiller who feels remorse every time he kills. He participates seeking to have the part of his brain that makes him feel sorrow removed. In ''TM:Lost'', he attempted to overthrow Sweet Tooth as the biggest SerialKiller, but only gets his arms and legs chopped off.

* ArtificialLimbs: A bonus he gets from Calypso.
** BladeBelowTheShoulder
** AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler: He gets them torn off after challenging Sweet Tooth to a duel, along with his legs]].
* BaldOfEvil: A serial killer.
* CoolShades
* InNameOnly: Compared to all the other cars, Warthog looks the least like its previous incarnations.
** Justified in that originally it was an unrelated car named "White Knight".
* LackOfEmpathy: Subverted. He ''does'' have empathy... he just wants to get rid of it.
* LampshadeHanging: In ''TM:Lost'' it is said how no one is sure how a head and torso [[spoiler: due to having his arms ripped off by Sweet Tooth]] is able to drive a vehicle.
* PlayingWithFire: Flamethrower Special.

Driver of '''Manslaughter''', a dump truck. A mysterious monster that's out to get Calypso. ''TM:Lost'' states he comes from another world ordered by another "more colorful" Calypso to kill his darker self.

* AnotherDimension: He comes from one according to ''TM:Lost''.
* TheBrute: It can barely say intelligible sentences.
* DumbMuscle: It can barely say intelligible sentences.
* {{Immortality}}
* HulkSpeak: [[RuleofThree It can barely say intelligible sentences]].
* TheJuggernaut: His bio states he apparently can't die, and Calypso even decided to run rather than face him.
* NamesTheSame[=/=]ContinuityNod: Shares his name with the demon Calypso used in the first game to grant wishes. Whether he's the same one or not is debatable.
* NighInvulnerability: Able to withstand explosions without even a scratch.

The FinalBoss of ''Black'', a hi-tech helicopter who's flown by a police officer in an attempt to stop the contest.

* BossArenaIdiocy: Had he NOT brought those mini-Minions along with him, the last contestant would ''literally'' have no way to put a scratch on him.
* DisneyVillainDeath: After defeating him, the cutscene has him being blasted out of his helicopter screaming, and cuts to black just before he presumably impacts on the ground.
* DummiedOut: Was meant to be playable at some point, he even has a full ''Choose Your Driver'' animation hidden within the game files, which can accessed via data mining.
* HeroAntagonist: He's probably the closest thing ''Black'' has to an unambiguously heroic driver, and he only wants to put an end to the contest that's already claimed dozens of innocent lives... [[ShootTheShaggyDog and he has to die for every single character's ending]]. [[AmnesiacHero John Doe]], [[ApologeticAttacker Dollface]], and ([[TearJerker especially]]) [[FightingYourFriend Agent Stone]] are ''not'' thrilled about having to do the deed.
* NoNameGiven: The cop driving it.
* PoliceAreUseless: Well, he ''tries'' to avert this.
* PuzzleBoss: His shield can only be deactivated by blowing up Minion mock-ups, which the player has to defeat first, as he flies over them.
* ShoutOut: Warhawk was a 1995 UsefulNotes/PlayStation game created by [=SingleTrac=].
* StopOrIWillShoot: His pre-fight intro video.
* SuperCop: I don't think that helicopter of his is a Midtown P.D. normal-issue vehicle.
** Maybe not, but what can qualify him for the trope was that he was the guy who [[spoiler:caught Needles Kane, aka Sweet Tooth]].

!!Severed Sam (Sam Boomer)
Driver of '''12-Pac''', a racing car. Exclusive for ''Twisted Metal: Lost'', he's a racer who was decapitated in a big car crash. He now looks for the crazed fan who took his head in the incident.

* HeadlessHorseman
* MacrossMissileMassacre: His Special attack, a rack of up to 10 missiles aimed directly at the enemy.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent

[[folder:From Twisted Metal: Head-On]]

!!Agent Shepherd
New driver of '''Crimson Fury'''. A FBI agent out to get Calypso.

* BadassInANiceSuit: He has entered the contest using quiet a nice black suit.
* CIAEvilFBIGood: The second half, atleast.
* FragileSpeedster: Crimson Fury returns from the first game, and is as fast and fragile as ever.
* FrickinLaserBeams: His Special has him aiming a reticle and shooting a red laser beam.
* TheMenInBlack
* OnlySaneMan: As seen in his ending, he really only wants to put Calypso behind bars.
* ShutUpHannibal: Delivers a great one in his ending.

New driver of '''Hammerhead'''. A hunter that wants to hunt the best prey: humans.

* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: If he wins the tournament, Calypso grants his wish... only for the "prey" to turn out to be Calypso himself, who distracts Catfish with a decoy and then guns him down, taking Catfish's head and prized rifle as trophies.
* EgomaniacHunter: His entire characterization is built around this.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: He thinks humans are the only worthy game left for him to hunt, having defeated every other worthwhile quarry on the planet.

!!Chuckie Floop
New driver of '''Spectre'''. A guy who gets Specter as a prize from a radio station. He's not sure what he wants yet.

* [[spoiler:{{Greed}}: He ends up wishing for ''a lot'' of money.]]
* HomingProjectile: Ghost Missile.
* UnfazedEveryman: He's just a normal guy who happens to win a ticket into the contest.

New driver of '''Thumper'''. Wants to outshine her brothers and friends with the best customized car.

* BerserkButton: She doesn't like being called "little girl" or "sweetheart".
* PlayingWithFire: It's Thumper after all.
* [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy Pretty Fly For A White Gal]]
* VideogameFlamethrowersSuck: Averted.

!!Colonel Hall
New driver of '''Warthog'''. A military man that wishes to get the ultimate weapon, a weapon that'll allow him to stop the evildoers of the world.

* HomingProjectile: Keeps the "Patriot Missiles" special.
* [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Gun]]: He basically asks for one as his wish.
* PayEvilUntoEvil
* ScaryBlackMan
* WouldntHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Unfortunately, the children don't have the same reservations against shooting him in his ending.]]

!!Gene Ruttish
Driver of '''ATV'''. One of Cousin Eddy's colleagues that enters separately. He wants to become the "most desireable man on Earth".

* ChickMagnet: His wish.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Well, not quite Cousin Eddy's dragon per se, but he does go behind his back and enters the contest to get his own wish.
* FragileSpeedster: Possibly even more than Mr. Grimm. While as fast as Grimm, his armor is pretty much non-existant, and he goes down even faster than the motorcycle guy.
* {{Mook}}: The Cousin Eddy mid-boss includes a fight against 4 [=ATVs=].
* TheUnintelligible: The guy ''has'' to be inspired by [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Boomhauer]]. The game even provides complimentary subtitles for him.

!!Cousin Eddy
Driver of '''Cousin Eddy''', a beatup RV. A retarded hillbilly that likes two things: shiny stuff and breaking things. The contest's just his playground. MidBoss of the game.

* AttentionDeficitOohShiny
* TheBrute: He forced everyone in his town to set up his RV by brute strength.
* DumbMuscle: His ending reveals that Calypso didn't invite him to tournament, he just entered because he thought it looked fun, and when Calypso refuses to give him anything for winning, Eddy {{Neck Lift}}s him and threatens to pummel if he doesn't.
* {{Expy}}: He's just a poor man's Minion. Including the same [[PlayingWithFire Special Attack]] and PuzzleBoss [[AttackItsWeakPoint battle.]]
* FatBastard
* ManChild: His brain stopped developing at age 3.
* {{Mooks}}: Before fighting him, one has to deal with 4 of his hillbilly friends riding [=ATVs=].
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: In his ending, when he finds out the demolition derby was a contest, he excitedly asks what he wins. When Calypso tells him he gets no prize because he wasn't an official contestant, Eddy lifts him up into the air and asks again: "What. I. Win?"
* SimplemindedWisdom: Granted he may not realize it himself, his wish was so simply worded and unopen to interpretation (He pointed at his RV and said "Make it better.", there's not really many ways that could be interpreted.), He get's his wish without Calypso screwing him over at all, He get's EXACTLY what he wished for, even with Lamentations from Calypso. Could probably count as an AchievementInIgnorance.

[[folder:From Twisted Metal 3]]

!!Amber Rose
Driver of '''Flower Power''', a beetle car. An environmentalist that seeks to "cover the world in flowers".

* TheDitz
* FanService: There's a special code to turn her mugshot profile into an [[MaleGaze "ass-shot"]].
* GranolaGirl
* GreenAesop
* HomingProjectile: A rose-shaped missile that homes in the enemy.
* PoliceAreUseless: She claims so in her profile.

!!Buster Cobb
Driver of '''Auger''', a construction vehicle with a drill on its front. He's pissed off at the tournament bringing down his buildings, but he wish others to see "his inner child".

* {{Expy}}: The driver of Slamm in ''Small Brawl'' looks much closer to a younger Buster than Mr. Slamm's original driver, Simon Whittlebone.
* DualBoss: Together with Super Slamm in ''Twisted Metal 4''.
* [[spoiler: FountainOfYouth: His wish to "connect with his inner child" results in Calypso turning him into a baby.]]
%%* MightyGlacier
* ThisIsADrill: His Special.

!!Club Kid
Driver of '''Club Kid''', a micro car. Some dude who wants to party all night.

* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: While most cars in ''Twisted Metal 3'' are certainly cheaters in the [[HarderThanHard Insane Difficulty]] setting, not all have a Special Attack as irritating as him. His Special consists of a whirling void that attracts all nearby cars to its center, spinning them around for damage before exploding. Considering that he spams 4-5 as he drives by, and how all other CPU cars keep on firing at random even while trapped, you can stay trapped on this all the way from full health to death.
* EvilBrit: He's the only non-american contestant, hailing from London.
* HaveANiceDaySmile: He and his car have this painted all over.
* NoNameGiven

!!Damien Coles
Driver of '''Firestarter''', a hot rod. A pyromaniac.

* AxCrazy + PyroManiac: Pretty much sums him up.
* EvilRedhead
* PlayingWithFire: The only reason Thumper got cheated out of his original Special.
* SpontaneousHumanCombustion: According to the manual, he ''mastered'' this art. Don't ask how/why.
* VideoGameFlamethrowersSuck: Unlike Thumper, Firestarter's Special isn't that much useful. Though using more than one with rear attacks while the enemy is frozen is a very effective tactic.

!!Lance Wylder
Ex-New driver of '''Spectre'''. Wants to be famous.

* BadassLongcoat: He looks quite cool on his portrait. [[PolygonCeiling His 3D model, on the other hand...]]
* TheCasanova: He comes out as this in his biography.
* {{Expy}}: He looks very similar to the previous Spectre driver, Ken Master.
* HomingProjectile: The Ghost Missile in this version acts pretty much as always, homing in on a target and going through everything to get to it.

!!Granny Dread
Ex-New driver of '''Hammerhead'''. Wants to stop the contest from disturbing her neighborhood's peace.

* BatterUp: She has one in her bio pic.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: In classic Twisted Metal style, if she wins, Calypso straps her to a chair with eye-opening gizmos ala ''Literature/AClockWorkOrange'' and forces her to watch daytime television endlessly.
* MotiveDecay: She started out wanting to just end the tournament, but when she wins, she declares instead that she just wants to do "nothing but watch daytime TV".
* NeverMessWithGranny: She drives a monster truck, has a pet pit bull, and entered the tournament to kill everyone who wrecked her home town.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Her Special was turned into this: using it propels Hammerhead forward with great force.

FinalBoss of the game, driving a hunting jeep. Only addressed as an acquaintance of Calypso.

* BaldOfEvil
* DiabolusExNihilo: There is barely any description given as to who this guy is or where he came from.
* DittoFighter: Sort of. His special is a mesh of Roadkill, Mr. Grimm, Warthog and Flower Power's Specials. The manual, however, claims he has [[InformedAbility the power of all other contestants.]]
* SNKBoss: His Special is deadly powerful, painfully homes in and has such pushback force that it makes your car slide all over the place. He's also prone to spam it like there's no tomorrow, and combined with his aggressive AI, there's little chance of survival on a face-to-face confrontation. Fortunately there's also that [[BottomlessPits lovely lower floor opening into open sky]]

[[folder:From Twisted Metal 4]]

A British secret agent who wants to restore his face after being half-deformed. Drives a sleek sports car.

* AnIcePerson: His Special is a spherical ball which pulls the enemies into it and freezes them.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: His motivation to enter the contest.
* ShoutOut: Of Crimson Fury.
* TwoFaced: A rare non-villainous one.

!!Pizza Boy (Conner Nazang)
A pizza delivery boy/street racer who wants the most powerful car that he can use to beat all street racers. Drives a RiceBurner.

* DeadlyDisc: His special fires a pair of buzzsaws that home into the target.
* NitroBoost: His wish is to have a highly tuned car so powerful he could easily win races. Said car was equipped with a NitroBoost so powerful that it caused his car to ''fly off'' out to space and into a blackhole.
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy
* ShoutOut: A blond, white HipHop guy. [[Music/{{Eminem}} Sounds familiar?]]
* TotallyRadical

A four-armed alien cop tasked to apprehend Sweet Tooth. Drives a Xeon hoverbike.

* BadassBiker
* BigDamnHeroes: When Quatro was obviously outgunned and outnumbered by Sweet Tooth's gang, an Inter-galactic police department hovercar suddenly appears outside telling the gang that they're surrounded and ordering them to surrender. The Clowns promptly drop their guns and put their hands above their heads.
* BondOneLiner: Right after the clowns surrender,
--> Quatro, "Your move, Sweet Tooth."
* BountyHunter: Described to be one by Sweet Tooth's assistant.
* {{Expy}}: Of Outlaw.
* GunsAkimbo: Pulls of a double guns akimbo when he confronts Sweet Tooth and his gang.
* ShoutOut: To ''Franchise/RoboCop'', after he pulls out his guns, he's to Sweet Tooth "One way or another, you're coming with me," reference the line "Dead or Alive, you're coming with me."
* SuperCop
* TheUnintelligible: He speaks in some sci-fi alien effect, which requires subtitles in his ending to be understood.

!!The Joneses (Ralph, Meg, Mitch and Tammy)
A family of Twisted Metal fanatics who want to take Sweet Tooth on a holiday with them. Drives a station wagon.

* BigScrewedUpFamily: One could only wonder what Mr. and Mrs. Jones taught their kids that made them fans of a BloodSport.
* {{Expy}}: Its special, "Hornets", is practically Warthog's old Patriotic Missiles.
* ShoutOut: The family themselves are very reminiscent of the Bundys from ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', while their car is a dead ringer for the [[TheAllegedCar Wagon Queen Family Truckster]] from ''Film/NationalLampoonsVacation''.
* TakingYouWithMe: An annoyed Sweet Tooth drives the family's RV off the cliff, possibly killing himself and the family.

A leprechaun who has grown tired of everyone bullying him due to his small size and wants to get back on them by being bigger. Drives a life-size toy car.

* JokeCharacter: He is among the weakest (or possibly THE weakest) in the game, having little armor and a special weapon which is just Speed missiles with laughing sound effects. He does make up for this with his [[FragileSpeedster agility]].
* {{Kaiju}}: He became a giant and terrorized the city. Unfortunately, before he could wreak havoc, he became a giant statue.
** [[TakenForGranite Taken For Gold]]
* TheNapoleon: Sweet Tooth's spokesman really loves riling him up about his size in his ending.

!!Trash Man
A [[CaptainObvious garbage man]] who wants to turn the whole world into a habitat his pets could live in. Drives a garbage truck.

* TheBrute
* DumbMuscle: Doesn't really have anything intelligent to say.
* FatBastard: He is pretty big.
* MightyGlacier

!!Meter Maid (Zanita Corbett)
A [[MsFanservice sexy]] parking attendant who wants Sweet Tooth to pay his parking summons. Drives a 3-wheeled meter car.

* BaitAndSwitch: Sweet Tooth plays along and agrees to Zanita's conditions, thinking he's going to have sex with her only to realize at the last minute that she's ''actually'' making him take driving classes as an alternative to paying his hefty parking tickets.
* BigDamnHeroes: She manages to make the MonsterClown Sweet Tooth, the crazy guy staging the tournament, do a little bit of community service by taking up driving lessons. And she didn't even get screwed over whatsoever unlike other cops (except Quatro).
* MsFanservice: She certainly is compared to Jamie.
* ShockAndAwe: Her special weapon, the Electro Ray (adapted from Outlaw's Tazer), which has an additional ability to suck the health of opponents into her own.
* TakeAThirdOption: Her ending has her giving parking summons to Sweet Tooth worth millions. She does however promises him that she'll clear the summons if he did a little "service". Rather than paying the fines and thinking he's getting lucky, Sweet Tooth unwittingly does what actually turns out to be ''actual community service'' in the form of driving lessons.

!!Goggle Eyes
A pest exterminator who wants to kill all bugs. Drives a pest exterminator van.

* GogglesDoNothing
* JackOfAllStats: His states are all 3/5, although his special weapon is 4/5.
* OrificeEvacuation: Happens in his ending, when all bugs in the world come out of his body as he wished to "contain them all" to catch.
* VideoGameFlamethrowersSuck: Mighty averted, although its not really a flamethrower. The Greentox has fairly long range, does a quite a lot of damage and it sets opponents on fire.

!!General Warthog
An old-fashioned army general who dislikes the army's usage of computers and electronics for modern warfare. He wants to command a powerful old-schooled army unmatched by any modernized military. Drives a UsefulNotes/WW1 tank.

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* {{Hypocrite}}: Dislikes computers and electronics in modern warfare, uses a KillSat as his special.
* KillSat: His special weapon, the Ion Blast has him planting a marker in which could be detonated like a remote bomb. This causes an ion cannon satellite to shoot at where the marker was planted. A direct hit (difficult to pull off) sets the unlucky bastard on fire. The weapon itself might be a ShoutOut to Franchise/CommandAndConquer.
* TheNeidermeyer
* SchizoTech: He drives a [=WW1=] tank filled with an arsenal of modern weapons and has a futuristic KillSat as his special weapon.
* TankGoodness: It may be [[SchizoTech ridiculously outdated by now]] but that is a [[ Mark IV tank]] he's driving there. He probably chose this tank to fit in with his 'old-schooled military' persona.

!!Drag Queen (Dennis Flanders)
A DragQueen who wants to become a pop star. Drives a tricked out Camaro hot rod.

* CampGay: Textbook definition.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Naturally. He's a DragQueen.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: He gets to perform in drag to a sold-out crowd in his ending.
* EnormousEngine: [[KillItWithFire A flamethrower]] even shoots out from the blowers!
* FatBastard: And he seems to be able to fit in that [[CoolCar hot rod]] of his somehow...
* InSeriesNickname: "Ms. Petunia", according to the manual.
* MeaningfulName: As explained [[DragQueen here]]. Also Drag Queen's car is modified for drag racing (as seen in Pizza Boy's ending).
* PerformanceArtist: As seen in his ending.
* VideoGameFlamethrowersSuck: Averted.

A.K.A Mr. Zombie. An UnDead musician who wants the world to hear his awesome music. But you've probably already heard a good number of his songs since ''3''...

* AsHimself
* {{Expy}}: Stats-wise, he's very similar to Orbital. His special weapon is also the same, except that instead of freezing you on explosion, it scorches you.
* NiceHat
* OurZombiesAreDifferent
* PlayingWithFire: His Special's shockwave sets enemies on fire.
* ShoutOut: He drives the Munster Koach from ''Series/TheMunsters''. Oddly though its called the Dragula (the other awesome lookin' hot rod in the show) ingame. The Munster Koach was used in Rob Zombie's music video for the aptly titled Dragula. Coincidentally, Hot Rod Herman's remix of that song is used for the Construction Yard arena.
* TheVoiceless: He has his floating head henchman speak on his behalf.

!!Crusher, Moon Buggy and RC Car.
Three new cars that appear as stage bosses in tournament mode. Neither of them are given an actual driver or any backstory, they are just there. Crusher is a tank-threaded scrap crusher, Moon Buggy is a 6-wheeled moon trekker and RC Car is a life-size...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin RC Car]].

%%* FragileSpeedster: RC Car.
%%* FrickinLaserBeams: RC Car's Special.
%%* LightningBruiser: Moon Buggy is quite fast for a car his size.
%%* MightyGlacier: Crusher.
%%* ShockAndAwe: Moon Buggy's Quasar Special.