Characters: Crash Bandicoot

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

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Crash Bandicoot


Voiced by: Brendan O Brien (1996-98, 2000-03), Billy Pope (1999), Steve Blum (2003), Jess Harnell (2005-08)

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

Tropes associated with Crash:

Coco Bandicoot

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

Voiced by: Vicki Winters (1997), Hynden Walch (1999), Debi Derryberry (2001-08)

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

Tropes associated with Coco:

Crunch Bandicoot

"Don't be a fool! Stay in milk!"

Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson (2001-03), Chris Williams (2005-08)

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

Tropes associated with Crunch:


Crash's love interest in the first game.

Tropes associated with Tawna:

Fake Crash

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

A random version of Crash Bandicoot with thick eyebrows and an overbite.

Tropes associated with Fake Crash:
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Development Gag / In-Joke: Fake Crash is modeled after a bootleg Crash Bandicoot toy the development team found in Japan. They nicknamed it Trash Bandicoot, and later Fake Crash.
  • Drivenby Envy: In the Japanese CTR bonus video, it is shown that Fake Crash greatly envies the success of Crash Bandicoot.
  • Evil Counterpart / Evil Knockoff: Well, maybe. In CTR, Fake Crash is protected by Uka Uka rather than Aku Aku, suggesting he was originally meant to be a bad guy. In Crash Nitro Kart, he is, however, protected by Aku.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door
  • Joke Character: Subverted in games where he's playable, whereas his appearances are more of a joke, he has still the same stats as Crash.
  • Mirror Match: In Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced.
  • Oddball Doppelganger

Evil Crash

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

Tropes associated with Evil Crash:

  • Ax-Crazy
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: After Crash deals with the Evil Twins, they're eaten by Evil Crash.
  • Evil Counterpart: He even has an evil Coco as his sister. However, she was cut from the game and is never seen.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He eats the Evil Twins, and he would have eaten N. Trance's brain had N. Trance not been cut from the game entirely.
  • The Unfought: He's never directly confronted in a fight. He instead tried to run away with Nina/Cortex.


Aku Aku

"Ooga booga!"
Voiced by: Mel Winkler (1998-2004), Greg Eagles (2007-08)

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

Tropes associated with Aku Aku:

Uka Uka

"I have heard enough of your shallow wisdom. It is I who is the strongest, and it is evil that will ultimately prevail!"

Voiced by: Clancy Brown (1998-2003), Alex Fernandez (2004), John DiMaggio (2007-08)

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

Tropes associated with Uka Uka:
  • Bad Boss: Oh, so much. In the later games, this is arguably Uka Uka's defining characteristic.
  • Big Bad
    • Bigger Bad: Oh boy... first off, he was sealed for the first two games while Cortex drove the plot. Then, after the series made the jump to the sixth generation, Uka Uka stopped driving the plot for the entire generation, with Cortex (and, at one point, Tropy) driving the plot as the Big Bad. He started getting his edge back in the seventh generation and became more directly involved with Crash of the Titans only for Cortex to usurp him in ''Mind over Mutant.
  • Cain and Abel: Cain to Aku Aku's Abel.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Became this starting with Crash Bash.
  • Evil Sounds Deep
  • Evil Twin
  • Expressive Mask: Bonus points in that he is a mask. Though that factor kinda decreases with his Radical Entertainment redesign as he lacks a lower jaw in those games.
  • God of Evil: Pretty godly in terms of his power. And certainly evil.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Definitely in Warped and Crash Bash, but he was toned down considerably in later games.
  • No Indoor Voice: Clancy Brown gave Uka a progressively loud, perpetually yelling voice. John De Maggio toned this down with a more calmer depiction though still has tendencies of this.
  • Large Ham
  • The Man Behind the Man
  • Sdrawkcab Name: His name is the name of his older twin brother Aku Aku reversed.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He was locked away in an underground prison by Aku Aku many eons ago until the prison was destroyed by Cortex's destroyed space station at the beginning of the third game.
  • The Unfought: He didn't get an actual boss fight until Twinsanity and Crash of the Titans, despite being one of the main villains before then.
  • Witch Doctor: Can be assumed to be one, considering that's how his brother ended up becoming a mask as well.
  • You Don't Look Like You: He was one of the character to get a massive design change in Crash of the Titans to the point of looking entirely different than before.
  • You Have Failed Me: He threatens to punish Cortex for his failures all the time, though only twice did he actually go through with it: At the end of The Wrath of Cortex he tries to kill him and in Crash of the Titans he fires him and replaces him with Nina.

The Elementals

Rok-Ko voiced by: Thomas F Wilson (2001)
Wa-Wa voiced by: R. Lee Ermey (2001)
Py-Ro voiced by: Mark Hamill (2001)
Lo-Lo voiced by: Jess Harnell (2001)

A group of evil masks revived by Uka Uka in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex to act as a power source for Crunch Bandicoot. Consists of Rok-Ko the Earth Elemental, Wa-Wa the Water Elemental, Py-Ro the Fire Elemental and Lo-Lo the Air Elemental.

Tropes associated with the Elementals:

     Scientists and Related Bad Guys 

Doctor Neo Cortex

"Oh, how I hate bandicoots..."

Voiced by: Brendan O Brien (1996), Clancy Brown (1997-2003), Lex Lang (2004-08)
Child Cortex voiced by: Debi Derryberry (2004)

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

Tropes associated with Doctor Neo Cortex:

Doctor N. Gin

"So! You want to go a few rounds! When this is over, we'll see who's obsolete!"

Voiced by: Brendan O Brien (1997-99), Corey Burton (2001), Quinton Flynn (2003-04), Nolan North (2005-08)

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

Tropes associated with Doctor N. Gin:

Doctor Nitrus Brio

"But Doctor Cortex, we have not determined the cause of past failures!"

Voiced by: Brendan O Brien (1996-2000), Maurice LaMarche (2008)

Cortex's assistant in the first game and one of the creators of the Evolve-O-Ray that mutated Crash and all the other animals.

Tropes associated with Doctor Nitrus Brio:
  • Bald of Evil
  • The Dragon: To Cortex in the first game, only to betray him in Cortex Strikes Back and rekindle in Mind Over Mutant. He was also N. Tropy's dragon in Twinsanity.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: He betrays Cortex and assists Crash in the second game, but turns evil again in time for Crash Bash, Twinsanity and Mind Over Mutant.
  • Hulking Out: In Mind Over Mutant, Brio seems to transform when enraged, and now needs the mutagen to keep from transforming.
  • Humans Are Bastards/Humans Are the Real Monsters
  • Large Ham: Especially in Mind Over Mutant.
    Brio: Strike him with your large man-hand!
  • Mad Scientist
  • Psycho Serum: Which he uses to transform during Crash's battle with him in the first game.
  • Power-Upgrading Deformation: Courtesy of his mutagen.
  • Punny Name: His abbreviated name is a pun on the word "Embryo". He hangs a lampshade on it in Mind Over Mutant.
    N. Brio: Yes, it is I, N. Brio! My name sounds like a fetus.
  • Speech Impediment: Brio had a pretty bad stutter in the first game and in Cortex Strikes Back, but it is gone by the time of Mind Over Mutant, in fitting with his newly-gained confident personality.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He is a lot more assertive and confident in Mind Over Mutant than in the previous games, where he was very meek and submissive. However, his annoyance over Cortex wrongly taking the credit for the creation of the Evolvo-Ray has lead to Brio making claims that he invented pretty much everything that exists.
  • The Voiceless: In Twinsanity, N. Tropy does all the talking.

Doctor Nefarious Tropy

"Now you're on my time, you little skunk! Give me the Crystals!"
Voiced by: Michael Ensign (1998-99; 2003-04), Corey Burton (2001)

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

Tropes associated with Doctor Nefarious Tropy:

Nina Cortex

"Have you come to deliver me from boredom?"
Voiced by: Amy Gross (2005-08)

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

Tropes associated with Nina Cortex:

Madame Amberley

"You... are in detention!"
Voiced by: Susan Silo (2004)

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

Tropes associated with Madame Amberley:

    Evolved Animals 

Tiny Tiger

"BANDICOOTS! I can SQUASH Bandicoots!"

Voiced by: Brendan O Brien (1998-2001), John DiMaggio (2003), Chris Williams (2007-08), Nolan North (2007)note 

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

Tropes associated with Tiny Tiger:
  • Anti-Hero: Tiny was created by Doctor N. Brio for the purpose of keeping Crash from delivering the crystals to Cortex and stop his evil plans and is therefore a hero. He also isn't against fighting alongside the heroes against a common enemy such as Oxide
  • Dumb Muscle: Before the Radical Entertainment games.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Between Crash 2 and Warped.
  • Fluffy the Terrible
  • Good Versus Good: His role as a boss in Crash Bandicoot 2 invokes this due to his motives.
  • Hulk Speak: Before the Radical Entertainment games.
  • Ironic Nickname
  • The Klutz: Seems to be renowned for this by Crash Nitro Kart, he is the first to blame when something goes berserk.
    N Gin: What did you break now?!
  • Minion with an F in Evil: In the Radical games, Tiny is this in spades. The original rendition, while more vicious and antagonistic towards Crash, actually has traits of this as well, particularly in Crash Nitro Kart.
    • Which makes sense as Tiny was made by N.Brio to stop Crash from gathering crystals for Cortex and therefore is a hero...Or at least an Anti-Hero.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice in the Radical Entertainment games is an impersonation of boxer Mike Tyson.
  • Race Lift: Was a thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) in the original games and became a regular tiger in the Radical games.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: The Radical Entertainment version of Tiny sometimes practices this ("I can hardly articulate my displeasure!").
  • Third-Person Person: Before the Radical Entertainment games.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: A very straight example prior to the Radical Entertainment redesign.
  • You Don't Look Like You: One of the most infamous examples in the Radical Entertainment games. The two designs have almost nothing in common to the point that they might as well be different characters. Tiny somehow went from being a roaring, monstrous Tasmanian Tiger to a campy Bengal Tiger with the voice of Mike Tyson. However, he reverted back to his original design in the mobile racing games that followed.


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

Voiced by: William Hootkins (1998-99), Dwight Schultz (2003-04), Nolan North (2007) note 

A combination of a Dingo and a Crocodile.

Tropes associated with Dingodile:
  • Anti-Hero Like Tiny, he isn't against fighting against a common enemy such as Oxide when the chips are down. Occasionally, he will also fight on the good side, such as in Crash Bash.
  • Awesome Aussie: Despite the fact that all of the other evolved animals are native to Australia, Dingodile is the only one to have an accent.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: In Twinsanity, he seems to be working alone, but N. Tropy outshines him as the primary villain of the treasure sub-plot.
  • Hidden Depths: According to his bio in the manual for The Wrath of Cortex, one of his hobbies is playing croquet. The same manual also mentions he likes Shakespeare.
  • Jerkass
  • Kick the Dog: C'mon, the guy tries to torch a baby penguin!
  • Kill It with Fire: His weapon of choice is a flamethrower.
  • Lone Wolf Boss: In Twinsanity, he seems to be working separately from Tropy's alliance, though he may have supplied information.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Dingodile is half-dingo, half-crocodile.
  • Pyromaniac

Ripper Roo

Voiced by: Dallas Mc Kennon
A kangaroo who was the first creature mutated by Doctor Neo Cortex, and is regarded as a failed experiment. He now has a demented personality and distinctive laughter.

Tropes associated with Ripper Roo:
  • Anti-Hero: He works with Dr. N. Brio in Cortex Strikes Back to stop Crash from collecting the Crystals, taking a break from his studies to fight the bandicoot.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Cute and Psycho: He becomes like this after the first game.
  • Good Versus Good: His role as a boss in Crash Bandicoot 2 invokes this due to his motives.
  • Jack of All Stats: Like Crash and Cortex, in Crash Team Racing. The lack of a stat which stands out is precisely what makes him an easy first boss. He has solid top speed, but Tiny and Dingodile can still outpass him on straightaways. His acceleration is good, but Coco and N. Gin have better. His handling is great, but Polar and Pura easily make sharper turns than him.
  • Laughing Mad: His dialogue consists of this.
  • Mad Bomber: He frequently uses TNT and Nitro crates in his battles against Crash.
  • Mad Doctor: not the medical sort, but, as it turns out, Ripper Roo holds a doctorate in psychology, after spending 8 years in higher education. He even wrote a book: Through the Eyes of the Vortex: A Study of Rapid Evolution and Its Consequences
  • Not So Crazy Anymore: In Cortex Strikes Back, when Crash confronts him, he's calmly reading a book, and seems to attack Crash only out of annoyance for disturbing his reading. He starts acting insane and laughing maniacally again once he gets hit by an explosion.
  • Puzzle Boss
  • Stock Sound Effect: His laughter actually comes from the Zoo Hyena in Lady and the Tramp.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Appears in the mobile game Crash Nitro Kart 3D looking much different than normal. He appears much larger, and his body shape is more like a real kangaroo. He also ditches his trademark straitjacket for a pair of boxing gloves. He's back to normal in Crash Nitro Kart 2.

Pinstripe Potoroo

"Ahm da speed champeen eer, 'n' Ahm gonna save da woild! Fowa sizeable fee o' cowrse, hahahahahahahah!"
Voiced by: Brendan O Brien (1996-2005)

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

Tropes associated with Pinstripe:

  • American Accents: Despite being an Australian animal, he has a Brooklyn accent, probably to further parody the stereotypical gangster.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's the owner of Cortex's Power Station in the first game and he's responsible for the immense pollution in the ocean nearby.
  • Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster
  • Firing in the Air a Lot: He really likes shooting his gun, which is really made obvious when he wins first place in Crash Team Racing.
  • Laughing Mad: In the original game, whenever he gets to stand in the center of the stage and fire his gun throughout the whole room, he lets out a wicked cackle.
  • Lean and Mean
  • Mad Bomber: In Crash Team Racing, he has a never-ending supply of rolling bombs, which he'll continuously throw behind him.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is Pinstripe, and a pinstripe suit is often associated with gangsters.
  • The Don: He's the leader of a group of gangster Potoroos.

Koala Kong

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

Tropes associated with Koala Kong:
  • Distracted by My Own Sexy: Seemingly. The only reason that Kong has for not being able to avoid Crash throwing boulders back at him is because he's too busy flexing his muscles and shaking his butt.
  • Dumb Muscle
  • Top-Heavy Guy
  • Put on a Bus: Aside from a playable appearance in Crash Bash and a small cameo in Twinsanity, Kong never served as a boss again, as he was pretty much replaced by Tiny.
  • The Voiceless: He makes deep, gravelly sounds in Crash Bash, but in the original game, he doesn't make a sound.
    • Hulk Speak: Not heard, but implied. The epilogue credits state that he's moved to Hollywood to become an action star, and is getting counselling to improve his diction.

Komodo Brothers

Komodo Joe voiced by: David Anthony Pizzuto (1999)

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

Tropes associated with the Komodo Brothers:
  • Anti-Hero: Dr. N. Brio created the Komodo Brothers to stop Crash Bandicoot from giving the Crystals to Cortex. When they spot Crash, they immediately stop their swordplay in order to confront him.
    • In Crash Team Racing, Komodo Joe confronts the player as the third boss. His motivations are based on the doubt that you have what it takes to defeat Oxide.
  • Bash Brothers
  • Brains and Brawn
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: For some reason, Komodo Moe does not appear alongside his brother Joe in Crash Team Racing.
  • Dumb Muscle: Komodo Moe.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Due to their roles in the second game, the Komodo Brothers were never actually bad guys to begin with and they never did anything actively malicious outside of attacking Crash. Its not until Crash Bash that their alignment comes into question and even then, they fight anyone who reaches them, good or evil.
  • Fat and Skinny: Moe's the fat, Joe's the skinny.
  • Good Versus Good: His role as a boss in Crash Bandicoot 2 invokes this due to his motives.
  • Lean and Mean: Komodo Joe.
  • Punny Name: Combined, their names create the word "mojo."
  • Sssssnaketalk: Komodo Joe.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works
  • The Voiceless: Komodo Moe.

Rilla Roo

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

Tropes associated with Rilla Roo:
  • Flat Character: Shows up for Crash Bash, acts like a monkey, then never shows up again.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter
  • Palette Swap: He shares the same animations as Dingodile. This is likely the reason for his creation, as every playable character in Crash Bash shares animation with another (Crash and Coco, Cortex and Brio, Tiny and Kong). There aren't any other characters that share Dingodile's shape, so Rilla Roo was created as his equivalent.
  • Remember the New Guy: He was never seen or mentioned in any of the games prior to Crash Bash, nobody questions who he is, and after Crash Bash he never shows up again.


Nitros Oxide

"Survival of the fastest!"

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

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

Tropes associated with Nitros Oxide:
  • Badass Grandpa: It's not easy to tell by looking at him, but he's apparently old for a member of his species, and blames his loss against the racers of Earth on getting slower in his old age.
  • Big Bad: Of Crash Team Racing.
  • Drives Like Crazy
  • Nice Hat: In his win pose in Crash Nitro Kart, he wears a top hat and dances with a cane. In his lose pose, however, he jumps up and down on the hat in a temper.
  • Punny Name: He shares the name of an anaesthetic/turbo fuel.
  • Sore Loser
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Moreso than the other bosses in Crash Team Racing. Not only does he drop the constant barrage of traps, but he actually starts the race before the green light.

The Evil Twins

"Cower, you fools, before the awesome might of... the Evil Twins."
Both twins voiced by: Quinton Flynn (2004)

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

Tropes associated with the Evil Twins:

N. Trance

Voiced by: Tom Bourdon (2003)
An egg-like being from the Fifth Dimension and the self-proclaimed master of hypnotism.

Tropes associated with N. Trance:

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

Emperor Velo XXVII

You can now challenge the most accomplished racer in the entire galaxy... me! And I... never... lose.
Voiced by: Steve Blum (2003)

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

Tropes associated with Velo:


Voiced by: Marshall R Teague (2003)
The racing champion of the planet Terra who appears in Crash Nitro Kart. He challenges Earth's racers on the grounds that Earth is a copy of his Terra. When he loses to Crash's team, he confesses that Terra is actually a copy of Earth.

Tropes associated with Krunk:
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Resembles a blue anthropomorphic baboon or mandrill.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Starts off hostile towards Crash and friends, but apologizes when Crash gives him his yo-yo, and admits that the people of Terra actually copied Earth instead of the other way around.
  • Hulk Speak: A minor example. He doesn't refer to himself in third-person, but he occasionally skips articles.
    Krunk: I will show them who has better planet!
  • Tribal Face Paint


Voiced by: Billy West (2003)
The racing champion of the planet Barin who appears in Crash Nitro Kart. He is a cybernetic shark engineered to always move, never stopping to even sleep. He is finally put to sleep when Coco hacks into his helmet.

Tropes associated with Nash:

  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: His goggles function as an opposite to what goggles are supposed to do; Keep water out of your eyes. His goggles are actually filled with water, in order to keep his eyes wet since he never blinks.
  • Sharkman
  • Sore Loser: Demands his key back when he loses.
  • Spoiled Brat: Gives off this vibe. He even yells straight in Velo's (holographic) face to start the race, only backing off when it's clear he made Velo mad. After the race, he just walks up to the winners and asks for his key back.
    Nash: I need to get moving!
    Velo: Soon Nash.
    Nash: Not soon. NOOOOOOW!

    Nash: Oooh, hello there. Do you think...I could get my key back? (Beat) Come on, hehe!
    Crunch: You lost, buddy.
    Nash: I don't CAAAAARE!
  • Threatening Shark: Subverted. He's a rather small shark, is fairly cute, and ultimately pretty harmless.


Big Norm voiced by: Andre Sogliuzzo (2003)

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

Tropes associated with Norm:

  • Brilliant but Lazy: Regular Norm doesn't actually seem to like racing, preferring to read. Big Norm, however, seems to enjoy the sport.
  • Enemy Mime
  • Fat Bastard: Averted with Big Norm. He dresses the part and is cocky about winning, but when defeated he's probably the most level headed and friendly challenger in the entire circuit.
  • Nice Guy: Regular Norm is a bit anti-social, but Big Norm is actually a surprisingly good sport. He admits that he hates losing and gives the racers some trash talk before the race, but that doesn't stop him from complimenting them.
    Big Norm: You know, you did good out there. You got a real shot at winning this thing, cause you work together!
    Crunch: Both of you make a good team too.
    Big Norm: (To Regular Norm) Hey! Come over here and make nice!
    Regular Norm: ...
    Big Norm: Yeah, he pretends not to care, but he's just like me; He hates losing.
  • Split Personality: In a pretty literal sense. There's the normal, small Norm that's mute and likes reading, and the big, fat version of him that actually wants to race.


Voiced by: Paul Greenberg (2003)

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

Tropes associated with Geary:

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Tries to be serious about racing, but often gets distracted by cleaning.
    Geary: Only a robot can achieve perfection in motion! I will demolish anyb- Oh, what a mess! Can have that now, can we? (Vacuums) Now, where was I!?
    Geary: My key! How did I lose!? I know Teknee like the back of my- MY HAND! IT'S DIRTY! This whole place is filthy! (Begins vacuuming)
  • Camp Straight: Acts quite femmy, if only because of his voice and obsession with cleaning.
  • Neat Freak
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes go red whenever he gets serious about racing.
  • Robot Hair: The way he's modeled gives the impression that he's balding.
  • You Have Failed Me: From Velo.

Zem and Zam

Zem voiced by: Andre Sogliuzzo (2003)
Zam voiced by: Billy West (2003)

A large, vulgar creature and a dog-like alien who race alongside Nitros Oxide in Crash Nitro Kart.

Tropes associated with Zem and Zam:
  • Fat Bastard: Zem.
  • Flat Character: Both of them. Much like Rilla Roo, they appear out of nowhere, don't get any character development through cutscenes, and then vanish from the series.
  • Gasshole: Zem burps often while racing.
  • Team Pet: Zam.



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

Tropes associated with Polar:

  • All Animals Are Dogs
  • Butt Monkey: He's often the unwilling mount of Crash Bandicoot, and Crash can also gain a load of extra lives if he jumps up and down on the poor bear's head 10 times.
    • Iron Butt Monkey: However, no matter what happens, Polar will never die alongside Crash. He'll always miraculously survive. He'll remain unscathed by TNT/Nitro crates and, being a Polar Bear, is perfectly fine with falling into icy cold waters.
  • Demoted to Extra: After being the Power-Up Mount in Crash 2, Polar cameos in Warped and is seen getting ready to charge outside the Bandicoot's house as they race to the Time Twister.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In Twinsanity, Polar appears to have gotten tired of being used as a vehicle, and is seen holding a baseball bat at Crash's 'birthday party'.
  • Power-Up Mount
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter
  • Team Pet


A tiger cub who is an occasional ally of Coco.

Tropes associated with Pura:

Papu Papu

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

The obese chief of the native tribe of N. Sanity Island. He is neither on Crash's nor Cortex's side, but will capture and/or eat anything that steps into his territory.

Tropes associated with Papu Papu:

Ebenezer Von Clutch

Voiced by: Danny Mann (2005)

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

Tropes associated with Von Clutch:

Pasadena O'Possum

Voiced by: Shanelle Workman (2005)

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

Tropes associated with Pasadena:

Willie Wumpa Cheeks

Voiced by: Roger L Jackson (2005)

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

Tropes associated with Willie:
  • Big Bad
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He appears in one cutscene in the intro before becoming an NPC in an area you'll rarely pass by. He shows up right before the final area after it's revealed that the Big Bad has a connection to Wumpa Whip. Take a guess who stole the Power Gems.
  • Final Boss: If you want to consider the final goal of the game defeating Willie.
  • Jerkass
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Willie is quite fond of reciting limericks relating to the current situation.
  • Walking Spoiler
  • Zero-Effort Boss: All you do to beat him at the end is pull a lever and Willie can't attack. He's then vaporized by Cortex, N. Gin, and Nina.

Chick and Stew

Chick voiced by: Quinton Flynn (2005)
Stew voiced by: Duane Shepard (2005)

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

Tropes associated with Chick and Stew:
  • Nice Hat: Stew has a ridiculous amount of these, changing to a different one every time he's off-camera.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Chick's voice is clearly channeling Howard Cosell, while Stew's voice has been compared to Charles Barkley and George Foreman.
  • Punny Name: Chick and Stew, when said together, sounds like "chicken stew."