Characters: Jak and Daxter
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"Let's go topside and see what kind of trouble we can get into."
Voiced By: Aaron Lohr (The Precursor Legacy), Mike Erwin (Jak II - Combat Racing, Move Heroes), Josh Keaton
(The Lost Frontier, All Stars Battle Royale)
The hero, chosen by the Precursors to protect the world. He has amazing eco-channeling powers. Due to two years of torturous Dark Eco experiments at the hands of Baron Praxis, he has a monstrous alter-ego called Dark Jak. However, he has been blessed by the Precursors with Light Eco, therefore balancing him out. He can be angry and violent at times, but he is a hero at heart.
- Ace Pilot: In The Lost Frontier.
- Anti-Hero: He started out as a fairly standard hero, then became an Unscrupulous Hero after two years of torture and Dark Eco experimentation at the beginning of II. He then gradually became a Pragmatic Hero through the events of that game as his rage against the Baron subsided. By the end of 3, he has developed further into a Knight in Sour Armor, as he's considerably warmed up to most of his allies.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Well, pissed off and vengeful, at least.
- Black Eyes of Evil: When in his Dark form.
- Cursed with Awesome: After two years of torture and experimentation, Jak gains Dark Eco powers. The Baron and the Oracle warn that it will drive him insane and kill him horribly, people who watch him in action are terrified, and Count Veger concludes that because of it Jak is an abomination who deserves only death. Nevertheless, it makes him immensely powerful and exactly what he was intended to be: the only thing capable of taking down the Metal Head leader.
- Cute Mute: During the first game only.
- The Cutie: In the first game.
- Corrupt the Cutie: The two years spent in captivity resulted in Jak gaining a more badass attitude, appearance, and a dark form.
- Dark Is Not Evil: One of the reasons Jak is banished from Haven is because he is tainted with Dark Eco. While he's rather darker than he used to be, he still has his heart in the right place.
- Deadpan Snarker: From II onward. A bit angrier than most, but still a snarker.
- Defrosting Ice King: In II he starts out aggressive and hostile and doesn't care about the big picture, saving people or making new friends as long as he gets his revenge. As he defrosts he turns into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and comes to deeply care about people other than himself.
- Eleventh Hour Super Power: At the end of the first game Jak gets access to Light Eco to defeat the precursor robot. II also allows you a chance to transform into Dark Jak during the final boss fight, regardless of your eco meter.
- Expository Hair Style Change/Good Hair, Evil Hair: In II, you know Jak is going to be all badass now when you see that he's grown a soul patch. Likewise, you can tell he's matured and mellowed out a bit (a bit) at the start of 3 when he trades it in for a goatee.
- Facepalm: A couple times, usually in response to Daxter.
- Friend to All Living Things: Well, not to the Metal Heads, or Dark Makers, or Lurkers at first. But Jak himself has stated more than once that he's "good with animals".
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Although Light Jak's eyes glow, the "doom" part comes from the fact that he can use the Morph Gun in that mode, not from the Light powers themselves.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Starts with eyes that take up half his face in TPL; when he takes a level in badass in II they become noticeably smaller.
- Good Is Not Nice: Sure, he is ultimately good at heart, but he is not exactly jovial.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: He has glowing tentacle energy wings in Light form.
- Heroic Lineage: He is a descendant of the "great warrior" Damas and the founder of Haven City, Mar.
- Heroic Mime: In the first game. Careful observations of the cutscenes in the first game shows that, several times, he tries to start talking before getting interrupted. At some point he just gives up and goes along with everything. (He does say "Ouch!" sometimes when he takes a hit, but the voice is notably deeper and goofier than his voice in II onward.) Lampshaded in the sequel by Daxter:
- "Say something! Just this once!"
- "Er, sorry. He's new to the whole 'conversation' thing."
- "Maybe this guy's a mute, like you used to be."
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Is constantly painted as a bad guy by those in power, culminating in Veger having him kicked out of Haven even though he saved the city.
- Horned Humanoid: As Dark Jak in II, though strangely enough not in 3.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is oftentimes rude, unmannered, and pissed off, but his conscience always gets the better of him.
- Light Is Good: Light Jak
- Limit Break: Dark Jak
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: In II and the opening cutscene of 3; Jak is forced to cut it short so that he could survive in the desert.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Damas is Jak's father.
- Multicolored Hair: Jak's yellow hair has green roots. His facial hair and eyebrows are also green.
- My Nayme Is: Take the very common name Jack and substract a c. (As stated in this article, "Jak" is South African, which "in addition to its Japanese-styled art (...) is another example of the series' multicultural slant.")
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: But hey, at least Jak cleans up his messes.
- Noodle Incident: Who knows what happened with that wumpbee nest on his ninth birthday?
- One-Man Army: Fully capable of taking on endless waves of Krimzon Guards and the Metal Heads by himself.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Jak was originally named Mar, after his ancestor.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Simply being armed with his morph gun makes him this (the thing has a mini nuke), but his Dark form especially is capable of wreaking havoc and taking out dozens of enemies just by punching the ground.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: After being involuntarily experimented on during the two years between the first and second games.
- Quick Draw: Pulls out his morph gun and puts it back in less than a second.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Jak is the blue to Daxter's red, while he is the red to Keira's blue.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something/Warrior Prince
- The Speechless: In TPL, he only occasionally says "ouch" or yells when he falls a long way.
- Silent Snarker: In the first game.
- Suddenly Voiced: From the second game onward.
- Super Mode: His Light and Dark forms.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Dark Jak from the second game onwards. The third adds a Superpowered Good side to contrast.
- Took a Level in Badass: Following the switchover from TPL to II.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In both cases it's actually justified. The first time, Jak spent two years getting tortured and getting injected with Dark Eco which takes a toll on his personality. The second time, he's exiled by the very city he previously saved. Both times he eventually mellows out.
- Trigger Happy: Chiding Krew for his love for weapons comes across as slightly hypocritical considering how much Jak loves his BFG.
- Troubled, but Cute: Badass jerkass with a heart of gold facing two years of wrongful imprisonment, experimentation, torture, exile, and the death of his father.
- The Voiceless: In the first game.
- Winged Humanoid: As Light Jak.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Baron Praxis specifically warns Jak that although the Dark Eco has imbued him with great power, it will eventually drive him insane.
- Wolverine Claws: Again, Dark Jak
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Jak gains both Dark Eco and Light Eco powers. Though not referring to him directly, he is even told that "the two types, light and dark, when combined form great energies."
- Younger Than They Look: Many a fan was under the impression that he was in his early twenties in the second game, until the official stats in Jak X revealed he was only 17 then. His bio on the official Jak X site states that "Jak from Jak 3 is a seasoned hero, with etched lines on his face that show the many challenges he's overcome." About the 19-year-old Jak from Jak X it's said that "his once youthful face now shows the wear and tear of a hero."
"Nobody hurts MY best friend and lives to brag about it."
Voiced By: Max Casella
The sidekick, at least at first. His ego is enormous, and he is always telling tall tales, mostly about his adventures with Jak, although he stretches the truth to make him seem like the hero. His friends seem to like Jak better than him (for the most part), but they just can't resist his unique charm... though he still irritates them to some degree. Most consider him to be a nuisance and a coward, but they're wrong (well, at least about the coward part).
"I can win it all!"
Voiced By: Anna Garduno (The Precursor Legacy - Jak II), Tara Strong
(Jak 3 - The Lost Frontier)
A gifted mechanic, inventor, and racer, Keira is an invaluable help. She invents both the Zoomer and the Jet-Board. She is courageous, kind and independent, though she exhibits some jealousy whenever a rival for Jak's affections shows up. She's not a fighter in a "bash-your-skull-in" sense, but she's willing to get out on the track and blow things up.
"Be watchful of those in front of you, but beware of those behind."
Voiced By: Warren Burton
The Sage of Green Eco and one of the wisest men on the planet (if he does say so himself), he acts as a father figure for Jak and Daxter. He applauds Jak's heroism while scolding Daxter's ridiculous antics, though he does realize that Daxter is a big help to Jak. He is very protective of Keira, his only child. He is absolutely enthralled with the mystery of the Precursors.
Voiced By: Cutter Mitchell
A higher-up in the Underground, a resistance movement against Baron Praxis. He is normally calm, cool, and collected, but he also has a hint of rage in his personality that tends to come out when he's anxious. While he at first was distrustful of Jak and Daxter, they both eventually earn his respect.
"Keep talking and I'll raise your voice a couple of octaves."
The daughter of Baron Praxis is a fiery redhead who takes nothing from nobody. She has always relied solely on herself, and doesn't like to trust her life to anyone else, but once Jak and Daxter enter her life, she finds herself making more friends.
Voiced By: Britton A. Hill
This member of the Underground specializes in gun design and runs the shooting range. She's courageous, feisty, and willing to help on the front lines however she can. She's a true-blue blonde, absolutely in love with cute fuzzy things, especially Daxter, and seems to believe all of his outlandish tales.
This Wastelander hunts Metal Heads for fun and uses their trophies for his armor. Even though he's a hardcore fighter, he has a sensitive side, but it's well hidden from outsiders. He's more than ready to rumble, especially if his friends need help. When Jak impresses him with his sharp-shooting, it signals the beginning of what becomes a good friendship. He even comes to respect Daxter, complimenting his story-telling prowess.
Voiced By: Chris Cox
This monkaw is wise, but at times can act like an idiot. A rather odious individual, he often twists Onin's words to his own liking, summarizing them in an impolite manner. He's cowardly, only looks out for himself, and is constantly changing alliances.
Onin is a blind soothsayer who speaks in hand gestures, interpreted by Pecker, who sits in her bowl-like hat. She is very wise, but sometimes "speaks" in riddles.
The Precursor Legacy
Gol and Maia
"Enjoy your front-row seats to the re-creation of the world!"
Voiced By: Dee Snider and Jennifer HagoodTHE
advertisement as to why you should keep as far as is humanely and sanely possible
from Dark Eco. Gol Acheron, the Sage of Dark Eco, and his sister, Maia, are the villains of the first installment.
- Absolute Cleavage: Have you seen Maia's outfit?
- Big Bad Duumvirate: They seem to get along quite well.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Quite probably because they're dead. Even if they did survive being submerged in Dark Eco, they were left at a point where they would have to contend with hordes of Metal heads while the main plot moved centuries into the future. Still, they're never even mentioned again.
- Disney Death: Both get thrown into the Dark Eco silo and are sealed forever.
- Evil Brits: In accent, if nothing else.
- Half-Identical Twins: Although not revealed in-game, according to the old Naughty Dog website, they are twins.
- Humongous Mecha: Their master plan involves getting one of these made from Precursor technology. The Final Boss is the one they finally get their hands on.
- Informed Attribute: How powerful they are in person. They apparently beat the other four sages without much difficulty, but we never get to see how much trouble they are on their own.
- In Their Own Image: Their master plan is to beak open the Dark Eco silos and use the massive amounts of the stuff within to remake the world as they see fit.
- Power Floats: They seem to be the only sages capable of sustained levitation; they're never seen touching the ground once.
- Red Right Hand: Gol's cybernetic fist, the large black streaks on Maia's face, the blue skin and white hair.
- Starter Villains: Of the series.
- This Is Your Brain on Evil: Gol and Maia were performing Dark Eco experiments, and exposure to the stuff eventually twisted them mad. They had apparently lived in harmony with the other sages until this point.
- Vader Breath: All that Dark Eco experimentation doesn't look like it was any good for Gol's lungs.
- Voice of the Legion: Gol, for reasons unknown.
The ruthless, tyrannical ruler of Haven City. Ashelin's father.
Voiced By: David Herman
The commander of the Krimzon Guard and Praxis's right-hand man, this ruthless KG was the best racer in the city until Jak came along.
Voiced By: Sherman Howard
This wise old man is a member of the Underground and guardian of The Kid. He is very knowledgeable in regards to Metal Heads.
The heir to the throne of Haven City, this adorable child doesn't go anywhere without his pet crocadog, who likes no one but the boy.
Voiced By: Willliam Minkin
This Jabba the Hut look-alike runs the Hip Hog Heaven Saloon. He was a gang lord in Kras City before he came to Haven. He is obsessed with weapons.
- The Chessmaster: In Jak II, he's manipulating the Underground, the Baron, and the Metal Heads for his own profit. He's giving the Underground information about the Baron's dealings with the Metal Heads in return for favours, among which he has Jak retrieve the ruby key from the statue of Mar. The key he uses to sell the entire city out to the Metal Heads by opening a tunnel to the city through the underport. However, at the same time, he's helping the Baron build the Piercer Bomb and planning to use it along with the Precursor Stone to destroy the Metal Head nest, suggesting that he didn't really plan on letting the Metal Heads take the city. Even if they had destroyed the city, Krew's crime empire extended itself to Kras City, making it probably easy for him to recover from Haven's potential destruction. He also shows an impressive posthumous talent for scheming in Jak X, one that destroys Mizo's empire and places Krew's daughter Rayn on top of the Kras City underworld.
- Companion Cube: Krew likes weapons a little (okay, a lot) too much.
- Evil Brit
- Fat Bastard
- I'm a Humanitarian: The credits for Jak II, where the characters speak like they're actors. Krew proudly says he "slimmed down" to 520 for his role, and it was thanks to his personal trainer. Krew then admits that he ate him, as if it were a slip in his otherwise strict diet.
- Meaningful Name: At least for the Japanese dub. The onomatopoeia "kuru-kuru" means for something to go round and round. And considering what Krew is...
- Obi-Wan Moment: When he's left behind with the set-off Piercer bomb, he just mutters a calm: "Oh, well."
- The Quisling: He sells out Haven City to the Metal Heads, though since he was also helping Praxis build the piercer bomb to destroy the Metal Head nest, he may just have been trying to profit off the Metal Heads before doublecrossing them.
- Posthumous Character: In Jak X.
- The Rat
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Vader Breath
- Verbal Tic: 'ey?
- Villainous Glutton
- Video Wills / The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Krew's holographic will in Jak X
"Actually... ah, ahh, I think everybody's trying to kill me!"
Voiced By: Robert Patrick Benedict
This computer whiz is paranoid of everything and suffers from Hora-quanophobia (fear of Metal Heads). He works for the Baron as the foreman of his eco-mining operations, but he relays information to the Underground.
Voiced By: Alan Blumenfeld
Brutter owns a trinket stand in the bazaar, and tries to free his Lurker brethren from captivity. He also owns a fish cannery, and Daxter met him when on the job before he got around to releasing Jak from prison.
Voiced By: Cutter Mitchell
Not much is known about this pyromaniac, except that he's a smoker and he loves explosives. He is quite the sarcastic guy.
Count Veger is obsessed with "destroying all shadows" and likes everything neat and tidy, but just can't accept that life is messy. He strongly distrusts Jak and his Dark Eco abilities. In some ways, Veger means well, but he's doing things the wrong way and for all the wrong reasons.
- Aristocrats Are Evil
- Badass Longcoat: You have to admit, his blue coat looks quite cool.
- Bald of Evil
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He wishes to become a Precursor. There were aspects of this he was not expecting. Along with Kleiver taking him in as a sidekick.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He positions himself to be the biggest thorn in Jak's side, but is mostly upstaged by Errol and the Dark Makers. Still, he did set the entire plot of the trilogy in motion by kidnapping young Jak from Damas — not half bad.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Count Veger was mostly responsible for kicking Jak out of Haven City, but there's nothing really personal between them... except for the fact that Veger knew all along that Jak was Damas's son, and in fact separated the two of them in the first place.
- Click Hello: He pulls one of these in Jak 3, though we don't hear a click: he announces his presence by shouting at Jak.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: He is transformed into a tiny, furry precursor.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Early concept art for Count Veger shows him sporting a mustache that greatly resembles that of a certain dictator.
- Even Evil Has Standards: A scene in Daxter has him arguing against the Dark Warrior Program, saying straight-up that it is a bad idea.
- Firing One-Handed: The former trope image was taken from a scene near the end where he threatens Jak.
- It's All About Me
- Karmic Transformation: He hates Daxter and eventually gets turned into an ottsel like him.
- Kick the Dog: His gloating to Jak immediately after Damas' death.
- Knight Templar: He practically is this trope: a strong supporter of Light Eco research and revealed to be one of the main villains of the overall series.
- Large Ham:
Veger: I will rid the planet of this scourge soon enough. Pure light will rule the universe, and I will be the bright light that shines to every corner of the world and destroys all shadows!
Daxter: Uh, excuse me, Count Vulgar...
- Last Name Basis: Maybe.
- Light Is Not Good
- Malicious Misnaming: Daxter's favorite method of annoying him.
- Obstructive Zealot: Oh, yeah.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The little kid he abducted from Damas for his own greedy purposes was saved from his clutches, thrust into a Stable Time Loop in which he grew up, came back to his own time, and became a grown up Bad Ass extraordinare, and had a hand in seeing all of Veger's plotting explode in his face. Now that's bad karma.
- Smug Snake
- The Chessmaster: A little, although not that great at it. He was the one who had Jak taken from his father and later lost him to the Underground.
- The Unfought
- Twitchy Eye: He gets one after The Reveal.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He had enough influence to get Jak removed from the city and practically blamed for everything. Unfortunately for him, the publicity doesn't last forever.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He really wants to destroy the Metal Heads, and the Dark Makers, but does a lot of terrible things to meet that end.
Voiced By: Bumper Robinson
"In the unforgiving Wasteland we value strength and survival above all."
The king of Spargus City, the home of refugees who were cast out of Haven City and left to die.
"This Wastelander is gonna waste you!"
Damas's second-in-command and the self-described "guy who runs Spargus". He immediately develops an unpleasant rivalry with Jak upon meeting him.
Head of Spargus' Precursor Monks. Seem is quite skeptical of Jak's status as a hero and distrusts him for his Dark Eco abilities, but comes to respect him.
- Ambiguous Gender: Even Naughty Dog can't seem to be able to make up their minds.
- Pointing towards male: Daxter refers to Seem as 'monk boy' and Seem never corrects him; the trophy for rescuing Seem at the temple is titled "dude in distress"; in the Spanish, Italian, German and French versions of the game Seem is stated to be male and is voiced by a male actor; a fan emailed Naughty Dog and the answer received was "Seem is male"; the official Jak 3 website gives Seem's gender as male.
- Pointing toward female: In the English version Seem is voiced by Tara Strong; the URL showing the final concept art on Bob Rafei's website contains "Seem girl merged"; another fan emailed Naughty Dog as well and the answer they received was "Seem is a girl"; the creator commentary and official guide refer to Seem as female.
- Defrosting Ice Person: Seem despises Jak at first because of his dark powers and doesn't believe he is the true hero, but over time comes to see he is and begins to respect him.
- Facial Markings: The red and yellow face paint resembles the head of a Precursor oracle.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: A subversion.
- The Stoic: Seem is quite no-nonsense and doesn't show much emotion.
- This Is Reality: The second time you approach Seem, Jak is being flippant towards Seem's warning, causing Seem to snap, "This isn't a game", to which Jak and Daxter look at the player.
Voiced By: Jeannie Elias
Rayn is Krew's daughter in Kras City and the heir to his criminal empire. She befriends Jak after they are poisoned by the toast in the late Krew's honour.
G. T. Blitz/Mizo
"How does he keep that shine in his hair? I must know!"
G. T. Blitz is the less than pleasant announcer for the Kras City races. His father was one of the best racers on the planet before being murdered by the Kras City crime lord Mizo.
Voiced By: David Herman
A champion racer turned street thug working for Mizo.
The Lost Frontier
The leader of the Sky Pirates
, and the first antagonist Jak meets upon reaching the Brink
. He spends his time stealing eco
from anyone who crosses his path, and tries to steal the eco right out of the heroes Hellcat
. He and Jak fight, but he escapes while their ship crash-lands on an island.
Captain Phoenix's right hand man, and the muscle of the Phantom Blade.
The monarch of Aeropa, he offers Jak and the gang protection from the pirates. His main goal is finding the Eco Core, the source of all the world's eco, to try and Save The World
. The truth is he's only trying to find the Eco Core so he can control all of the world's eco, and rule over the entire planet... Or destroy it if things don't go his way. He's also responsible for Aeropa's Dark Warrior Program.
- Affably Evil
- Ace Pilot: He's nothing if not a good pilot.
- Black Eyes of Evil: After he transforms.
- Cool Airship: The ACS Behemoth.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: When in his Dark Eco form.
- Evil Albino
- Evil All Along
- Evil Monarch
- Evil Sounds Deep: After his transformation.
- Fake Longevity: During one of his boss battles, you have to Attack Its Weak Point, then fight the Mooks, then Attack Its Weak Point, then fight the Mooks, and then Attack Its Weak Point, and then...
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Does Skyheed want to rule the world, or does he want to destroy it? Or does he want to use the power of Dark Eco to remake the world to his liking? It's... not entirely clear. All we know is that he's evil.
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- Omnicidal Maniac: He goes from wanting to rule the world, to trying to destroy it.
- One-Winged Angel: In his Dark Eco form.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Again, after he transforms.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Sequential Boss: You have to fight him four times in a row. Three times in a ship.
- Villain Teleportation
- Walking Spoiler
Voiced By: Chris Cox
Skyheed's right-hand man. He immediately takes a dislike to Jak and Daxter, and makes them prove themselves worthy of protecting the Eco Seeker, the only device capable of finding the Eco Core. Even then, he still doesn't trust them. As it turns out, he was well aware of Skyheed's plan all along, and was secretly helping Jak the entire time.
An Absent-Minded Professor
who spends his time building robots on an island that Jak crash-lands on. He repairs Jak's ship, and joins him on his quest for the Eco Core. He's actually the Dark Eco Sage who headed the Aeropa Dark Warrior Project.