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

!General tropes
* WeaponizedCar: The whole point of the game.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Most people get screwed on their wishes.

!Recurring characters
!!Calypso
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[[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.

* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Despite being a complete JerkAss with granting wishes, Calypso can be pretty funny in really making them as ironic as possible.
* BadassLongcoat: ''Head-On''.
* BaldOfEvil: ''Black''
* BigBad
* BigNo: Minion's ''Twisted Metal 2'' ending.
* BodyguardingABadass: He has bodyguards in the first game and ''Head-On''. Justified, since his powers are only limited to granting wishes.
* TheCasanova: Though it's unclear if he's one, but he does have a harem of beautiful babes in bikinis in the first game's live-action endings and ''Head-On''. And apparently enjoys their company.
* 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''.
* 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'', it's his powers were stolen from Minion. ''4'' handwaved it as a magic ring.
* 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...
* FauxAffablyEvil: Is often polite and courteous to the victors of his tournament, right up until he screws them over by deliberately misinterpreting their wishes.
* 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.
* LargeHam
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: 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.)
* 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 can take a lot of damage and 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.
* 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.
* PlayerCharacter: Only 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}}: [[spoiler:Heavily implied to be his true identity in the reboot.]]
* 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.
* TragicKeepsake: In the comic tie-in for '2'', the doll that belonged to his dead sister.
* {{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
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[[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
* {{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'' and ''HotShotsGolf 2'' 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 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 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...
* {{Expy}}: 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 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wayne_Gacy John Wayne Gacy]]
* 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 that Warhawk was the one who captured him 3 months ago. And he's not happy about that.
--> "Well boys 'n girls, it's payback time."
* IWillFindYou: His motive in the reboot is to find "the one who got away" (Marcus's daughter Sophie) and kill her, finishing what he started. [[spoiler: However, he learns that his daughter committed suicide a few years before the reboot game. And threatens to kill Calypso since he's known all along and traps him in his own daughter's grave.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:In the reboot, although his son is there to take his place...]]
* MentalWorld: [[spoiler:Marcus claims ''Black'' is all in Needles' head.]]
* MonsterClown
* 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.
* SeriesMascot: Has been the iconic image for the franchise since the start.
* SlasherSmile
* 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.
* 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.
** Averted, since his goal in the [=PS3=] Twisted Metal is to find [[FinalGirl the woman who escaped his original spree of murders]] and wants to use his wish to find her.
* 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.
* VillainProtagonist: He's easily the most popular and iconic character in the game.
* VocalEvolution: When voiced by J.S. Gilbert, Sweet Tooth went from the [[http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DnK9nUsR3a1Q&sa=U&ei=VYh2UvL5EuassASU84D4Bg&ved=0CDwQtwIwBA&usg=AFQjCNHeXOWalkw4tCHatWjRMIArAnMhhg creepy but human tone used in ''Black'']], to [[http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DAcAmSAJvFd8&sa=U&ei=VYh2UvL5EuassASU84D4Bg&ved=0CDMQtwIwAQ&usg=AFQjCNF6-gBMlrc66zuYbStQRePyi6H1EA the aforementioned Guttural Growler in the PS3 reboot]]. ''VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale'' retains the GutturalGrowler voice, but [[http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DEt2ZJIGBMEw&sa=U&ei=Nol2Uo36IufKsQTVioKoBA&ved=0CDAQtwIwAA&usg=AFQjCNE6vPfRVKQH_X7KSCdUlHtNa6UQNg 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 address the player directly, claiming he can see the player sitting up in his living room playing his little video game. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by his story.
* 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 [[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, as this version of Grimm is a stuntman turned gang leader seeking to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong go back to the past and save his father from that tragic stunt accident.]]

* BadassBiker
* BadassGrandpa: He's got to be at least in his 50s during Black if he's been locked up in the asylum for 30 years since 'Nam.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: The first game states he's a collector of souls.
* DealWithTheDevil: Implied to have one with Calypso in his ''Twisted Metal'' ending.
* [[DreadlockRasta Dreadlock Biker]]: His latest incarnation.
* {{Expy}}: Comicbook/GhostRider
* 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.]]
* 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 (awful) ''Twisted Metal 4'' rendition, aptly named Captain Grimm.
* ScaryBlackMan: His latest incarnation.
* TheGrimReaper: Duh!
** Except in ''Black'', the bios in ''TM:Lost'' explaining what happened to characters after Black state he went insane started to think he's TheGrimReaper.
** Except in ''Twisted Metal (2012)'' as well, the skull face paint is in honor of his late father.
* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: 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.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Mr. Grimm eating his squadmate Benny in ''Black''.
* ShellShockedVeteran: ''Black''.
* SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset: ''Black'', as noted below.
* TragicKeepsake: In his ''Black'' incarnation, Mr. Grimm kept his friend's skull and ''wore it as a mask.''
* TheVietnamWar
* 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.

* 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
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:In his ending, after he discovers the bitter truth.]]
* HandCannon: Sports a S&W 500 in some 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.]]
* 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.
* TheKillerInMe:[[spoiler: When he's told the truth about the incidents.]]
* YouALLLookFamiliar: His middle FMV uses Billy Ray and his wife's models in place of a generic couple.
* WhyAmITicking: Brimstone's Special consists of throwing explosive-strapped followers into enemy cars.

!!Dollface
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 a 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* DropTheHammer: In the opening cut scene 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 showing it's a sledgehammer.
* FriendOrIdolDecision: Slightly modified. [[spoiler:She has to choose between the key for her mask or the life of the cruel maskmaker who put it in her to begin with.]]
** [[spoiler:It gets worse. Twisted Metal Lost reveals that she chose to keep the mask on anyway, but she's still growing while the mask is not, which is now hurting her.]]
* ImprobableAge: She's just ''14 years old'' when she ''graduated from'' college, had a job and drove a semi.
* NamesTheSame: In the reboot, her real name is Krista Sparks. Most would immediately recognize that name as the name of Calypso's estranged 15 year old daughter who's long dead. Unlike her, this Krista is a grownup supermodel who's an AxCrazy obsessed with being the fairest of them all. with no mention of any connection to Calypso at all.
* NoNameGiven: In ''Black''.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: The special attack in this game 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 new game pairs her up with The Juggernaut. Similar to Darkside, but comes complete with a box trailer.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Bright pink in the new game.
* YouRemindMeOfX: Her boss reminded her of her [[AbusiveParents father.]]

!! 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
* GenreSavvy: Jamie in ''2''. She came prepared to take advantage of Calypso's word-twisting in order to save her brother, who was trapped in space.
* 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: For a short time, Outlaw-II was this.
* PoliceAreUseless: Subverted.
* 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: Jamie in Outlaw's ''Head-On'' ending, which is an obvious ShoutOut to Neo's de-mouthing in ''Film/TheMatrix''.

!!Axel
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 a doctor, 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.
* {{Badass}}
* 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'', and 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]].
* FingerInTheMail: His ''Black'' self received his wife through mail, ''piece by piece''.
* IdiotBall: Who do you think killed his wife?
* 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.
* MadScientist: The doctor 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.]]
* YoureNotMyFather: Axel claims as much in his ending.
--> "And you're no longer my father!"

!!Minion
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 take back a demon Calypso stole from him; and [[spoiler:Black, the demon he sought 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 you 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}}: ''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.
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: Minion tells Calypso that he wishes to return to Hell in ''3''. Calypso sends him to Hell, Michigan.
** Almost as bad as [[KentuckyFriedMovie Detroit]].
* 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."'' It seems that Calypso changed the past so that the violence and hatred never happened in the first place.
* 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 ''killed everyone else''.]]
* SaveThePrincess: His original backstory, as seen in the "Lost Videos".
* 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
* 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 for in ''2''.]]
* CuteGhostGirl: Head-on.
* 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'']]
* 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]]
* NamesTheSame: The reboot also has a Krista Sparks, but she's not Calypso's daughter.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: ''Head-On''.
* 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]].
* ArtShift: In ''Head-On'', he looks completely different to 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.
* InNameOnly: Super Slamm.
* 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.
* 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: ''Twisted Metal 3'' ending.
* 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.
* CameBackWrong: In ''Black''.
* ChildProdigy: His young son, who created a remote control to control his zombie father!
* CreepyChild: The young son.
* 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 motivation in ''Twisted Metal''.
* 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 playable, he can't use normal weapons and is stuck ramming opponents, which is still a reliable why 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.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: So far, there has been no mention or reference of the young son in later sequels.

!!Mortimer
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.

* CastingAShadow: His special is a remote-controlled bomb shadow.
* CreepyCrows: Has one always perched on his shoulder.
* 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. 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.
* FragileSpeedster
* IWillFindYou: Miranda's goal.
* TrappedInThePast: Amanda's fate.

!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 rather mediocre Special in ''1''.
* MightyGlacier
* PlayingWithFire[=/=]AnIcePerson: His special in ''Twisted Metal 3'' is a combination of the Freeze attack and a flamethrower.
* 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''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He would've appeared in ''Twisted Metal 2'' as the boss of Los Angeles.

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

* BritishAccent: He speaks in this in the finished game ending.
* {{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
* 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.
* NamesTheSame: He shares the same name with ''Black''-Outlaw's driver, even though they are completely unrelated.
* 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.

!!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 man recently killed who wants to live again.

* BackFromTheDead: What he wants.
* 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.

!From Twisted Metal 2

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

* {{Flight}}: Their desire, but only so they can [[AllMenArePerverts see down women's shirts]]
* OneSteveLimit: Possibly averted, though its hard to say if the Mike from the first game and this one aren't 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 their refundable.

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

* ContinuityNod: In ''Small Brawl'', [[spoiler:the kid controlling Spectre gets, as his wish, the keys of his father's vehicle, which is revealed to be the main series' Spectre.]]
* CoolLoser
* FragileSpeedster
* HomingProjectile
* NamesTheSame: To reiterate: he's not a [[Franchise/StreetFighter blond rich guy who's trained in martial arts, is a master of flaming uppercuts and has a constant friendly rivalry with a Japanese world-traveler who's also his former training partner]].
* OpaqueLenses: In his bio pic.

!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 describes it as one-sided.
* 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 credits start rolling just before his fist makes contact.
* EyeScream
* MadDoctor: Dr. Hatch.
* NightmareFace
* DisabilitySuperpower: The explanation for how he drives.
* InSeriesNickname: He's adopted "No Face" as this.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: ''TM:Lost''.
* RedBoxingGloves: With dozens of sharpy things.
* 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'', he's trapped in a loop after he won the tournament, and is forced to relieve that day every night.

* ColdSniper
* 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.
* 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
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong
* UnstoppableRage: What clouds his judgement and leads to tragedy.

!!Billy Ray Stillwell
Driver of '''Junkyard Dog''', a tow truck. He found out his wife was cheating him and beats 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.
* 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 chemicals thrown at him.
* LoveHurts
* YourCheatingHeart: It was Annie the one cheating 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... and he's standing in front of one of the world's most wanted criminals, who shoots him dead.]]
* BackupTwin: According to ''TM:Lost'', there's a whole divison of the police conformed by Backup Twins.
* BaldOfEvil: He believes he can't be a good guy with how he looks. [[spoiler: Switches to a BaldOfAwesome when his past is revealed.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: The reason of his amnesia.
* {{Cult}}: He was part of one.
* 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
* MacrossMissileMassacre: His special, a rack of 12 missiles that can be [[ChargedAttack charged up]] for more damage.
* 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

!!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
* BloodSplatteredWeddingDress
* DaddysGirl: Her father's view on women's beauty seems to be partly responsible for Mary's own screwed-up mentallity.
* DeathSeeker: ''TM:Lost''.
* FragileSpeedster
* HomingProjectile
* LoveHurts
* 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]].

!!Raven
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.

* 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}}
* MoreDakka: She has a hidden special which copies the same game's Outlaw.
* TarotTroubles: Including the obligatory {{Foreshadowing}} by drawing the "Death" card.
* VoodooDoll: She gets one as her wish. [[spoiler:She uses it to gouge out the eyes of the two boys.]]

!!Cage
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
* BaldOfEvil
* CoolShades
* InNameOnly: Compared to all other cars, Warthog looks the least like its previous incarnations.
** Justified in that originally it was an unrelated car named "White Knight".
* LampshadeHanging: In ''TM:Lost'' it is said how no one is sure how a head and torso is able to drive a vehicle.
* PlayingWithFire: Flamethrower Special.

!!Black
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: ''TM:Lost''
* TheBrute
* DumbMuscle
* {{Immortality}}
* HulkSpeak
* TheJuggernaut: His bio states he apparently can't die, Calypso even decided to run rather than face him.
* NighInvulnerability: Able to withstand explosions without even a scratch.

!!Warhawk
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.
* HeroAntagonist: He's probably the closest thing the game has an unambiguously heroic driver and only wants to put an end to the contest that's already claimed dozens of innocent lives...[[ShootTheShaggyDog and he has to die for it]]. John Doe, Dollface, and ([[TearJerker especially]]) 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 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]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: There are screenshots showing he was at one point planned as a selectable car.

!!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

!From Twisted Metal: Head-On

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

* BadassInANiceSuit
* CIAEvilFBIGood: The second half, atleast.
* FragileSpeedster
* FrickinLaserBeams
* GenreSavvy: His ending, enough said.
* TheMenInBlack
* OnlySaneMan
* ShutUpHannibal: Delivers a great one in his ending.

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

* EgomaniacHunter
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame

!!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
* UnfazedEveryman: He's just a normal guy who happens to win a ticket into the contest.

!!Angel
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.
* 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

!!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.
* FragileSpeedster: Possibly even more than Mr. Grimm.
* {{Mook}} of Cousin Eddy
* 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 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?"

!From [[CanonDisContinuity 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 "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.
* HaveANiceDaySmile: He and his car have this painted all over.
* NoNameGiven

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

* AxCrazy + PyroManiac
* EvilRedhead
* PlayingWithFire: The only reason Thumper got cheated out of his original Special.
* 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.
* FragileSpeedster
* HomingProjectile

!!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.
* NeverMessWithGranny
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Her Special was turned into this: using it propels Hammerhead forward with great force.

!!Primeval
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]]

!From [[CanonDiscontinuity Twisted Metal 4]]

!!Orbital
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.
* {{Expy}}: Of Crimson Fury.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: His motivation to enter the contest.
* TwoFaced: A rare non-villainous one.

!!Pizza Boy
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.
* {{Expy}}: A blond, white HipHop guy. [[{{Eminem}} Sounds familiar?]]
* 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.
* TotallyRadical

!!Quatro
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.
* GenreSavvy: Like Agent Shepard in ''Head-On'', he doesn't make a wish and instead [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome outright tells Sweet Tooth he's under arrest]].
* 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
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 thought their kids that made them fans of a BloodSport.
* {{Expy}}:
** Its special, "Hornets", is practically Warthog's old Patriotic Missiles.
** The family themselves are very reminiscent of the Bundys from ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''.
* TakingYouWithMe: An annoyed Sweet Tooth drives the family's RV off the cliff, possibly killing himself and the family.

!!Microblast
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

!!Thrash 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
* FatBastard
* MightyGlacier

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

* MsFanservice
* GenreSavvy: She doesn't make a wish but instead fines Sweet Tooth with parking summons.
* 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.
* GoodCop: Does a parking attendant count as a cop? She did manage 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).
* 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 community service. Rather then paying the fines or shutting her up some way, Sweet Tooth decided to do some 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: [[spoiler: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 WW1 tank.

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* 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 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_IV_tank Mark IV tank]] he's driving there. He probably chose this tank to fit in with his 'old-schooled military' persona.

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

* DudeLooksLikeALady
* 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...
* MeaningfulName: As explained [[DragQueen here]]. Also Drag Queen's car is modified for drag racing (as seen in Pizza Boy's ending).
* VideoGameFlamethrowersSuck: Averted.

!!RobZombie
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...[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment 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.

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