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, he was later deemed unworthy of being in Cortex's army and was dismissed from 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:
American Kirby Is Hardcore: Crash was "cutened" up for the Japanese release. He even got a funky dance created by the Japanese that was carried back into the American versions. Some have speculated that this design change combined with Radical Entertainment's radical character redesigns that would make such things look awkward is what's making Radical's Crash games a no-go for the Japanese.
Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Though he somehow figures his way through Cortex's schemes rather competently, he often shows a poor attention to the problems at hand, shrugging off having his arch enemy inserted into his brain or accidentally deactivating his robot buddy.
Good Morning, Crono: Up until and including Crash Purple, most games in the series had Crash's first on-screen moments sleeping in some form.
Goofy Print Underwear: Crash wears pink boxers with red hearts, seen only in his death animations in Cortex Strikes Back and Warped. (The Gag Reel of Tag Team Racing depicts him with white boxers with red hearts instead.)
Goomba Stomp: Wherever spinning won't work, this usually will.
Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Displays a rather sadistic sense of humor at times, shown especially in Crash Tag Team Racing. Also a bit apathetic at times, though that may be due more to his stupidity and spaciness.
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:
Distressed Damsel: Happens more and more in recent titles, the villains seem to be fond of using her as hostage bait for Crash.
Genius Ditz: In later titles while still somewhat a techno whiz, she seems rather childish, melodramatic and less resourceful outside her talent, the point of some of her inventions such as a 'Butter Recycling' device can also be placed into question.
Reed Richards Is Useless: All that time and effort she puts into inventions involving butter could be put into much more important things.
Remember the New Guy: She was introduced as Crash's sister in Crash 2 with absolutely no explanation as to where she came from. The manual for The Wrath of Cortex would much later establish that she's one of Cortex's mutants, same as Crash, but even so we don't know how she escaped Cortex's control or where she was during the first game.
Took a Level in Jerkass: Seems snarkier and more materialistic in later titles, the supposed nature-lover also seems less than compassionate about the state Cortex's machines are reducing Wumpa Island into.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Actor Allusion: Rok-Ko's first line in the game is "What're you lookin' at, fuzzhead?". Thomas F. Wilson, who voices the character, says a similar line ("What're you lookin' at, butthead?") in the film Back to the Future.
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:
The Demoted to Dragon part is definite throughout the Playstation games, but becomes arguable in the sixth generation games, where Uka Uka starts doing less and less, leaving Cortex to act more as a Big Bad. Then in Mind Over Mutant, he was established as that game's Big Bad.
But for Me, It Was Tuesday: In Twinsanity, he has no idea what the Evil Twins are talking about when they say he ruined their lives and justifies it by saying he's ruined the lives of so many he can't be expected to remember them all.
Butt Monkey / Chew Toy: Throughout the entire series, what with his repeat failures, injuries, and humiliations. Became really apparent in Crash Twinsanity, particularly in the section where Crash uses Cortex as a sled.
Camp Straight: Albeit with some rather...suggestive quotes in later titles.
Genre Savvy: Became this in Warped. However, he takes the more pessimistic side of it, becoming a lot more resigned to his plans getting derailed after noticing the pattern, while Uka Uka does the raging for him.
Strong as They Need to Be: Most games portray Cortex as wimpy and cowardly (Crash does not take his physical threats seriously at all in Mind Over Mutant until he "cheats"). The Rollerbrawl mechanics of Twinsanity however had Cortex actually engage in comedic Good Old Fisticuffs with Crash, arguably making him the one villain closest to actually matching him.
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:
Abusive Parents: In-game quotes from Crash Tag Team Racing reveal that his mother told him that he would never accomplish anything and that his father frequently told him to "shut up [...] you freak".
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.
Big Bad: Arguably in N-Tranced. This was during the era where Uka Uka's plot importance was questionable. In addition, he seems to be the dominant force in the alliance of treasure-seeking villains in Twinsanity, though the Evil Twins remained the primary Big Bad.
The Brute: He is easily the tallest out of all the scientists, and seems to be the only one of the four main scientists to fight only using his own natural abilities (Twinsanity's Rollerbrawl bouts with Cortex notwithstanding).
Knight of Cerebus: Tropy is the only villain who has neither decreased as a threat, gained a quality that made him Lighter and Softer, or even had a quirky quality (grating time puns aside). And everyone else knows it, too; he was chosen by Uka Uka to replace Cortex for one game (and he nearly succeeded in the prologue stage) and is implied to be the leader of the villains in the sub-plot of Twinsanity. And his introduction was as a friend of Uka Uka while Uka was a Knight of Cerebus himself. In fact, this might have been what was responsible for Tropy's case of Chuck Cunningham Syndrome.
Villainous Breakdown: In Warped his initial taunts towards the bandicoots convey him as composed and confident. As you slowly collect more crystals from his Warp Room however, his calm facade fades and by the time you have collected them all he is livid.
N Tropy: RAAGGHHHH!!! You vermin are to stupid to realize what you've gotten yourselves into! This time you've DONE IT!!!
Villainous Friendship: He's an old friend of Uka Uka, a fact implied in Warped and shown more conclusively in N-Tranced. By contrast, Uka Uka never regards Cortex as more than an underling.
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:
Characterization Marches On: Numerous developers all had completely different depictions of her. It was only following Radical's tenure that Nina's persona was defined, as a conniving brat almost as deranged as her uncle.
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:
Bigger Bad: Arguably is one of the first trilogy before Uka Uka was revealed, considering she was the one who taught Cortex everything he knows. Concept art found in the game shows that, if one considers it canon, she was also responsible for N. Brio and N. Gin.
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
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.
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
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
Threatening Shark: Subverted. He's a rather small shark, is fairly cute, and ultimately pretty harmless.
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:
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:
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:
Fat Bastard: He didn't get the moniker "Mister Bad Belly" for nothing.
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:
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:
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:
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.