Characters from the original Spyro the Dragon series. This counts all games through the original PS1 game to Shadow Legacy on the DS. While this series, The Legend of Spyro, and Skylanders technically share some characters, we'll be giving them separate entries, because their characterizations differ across the series. Legend of Spyro and Skylanders character entries can be found on their ownpages.
The Purple One himself. He's a young dragon living in the Dragon Realms. He can do the usual dragon things: Breathing fire, flying, hitting things with his horns... In the first game, he saved the world because he was the only dragon not transformed into crystal. After that, though, he quickly became a member of the Frequent World-Saver's Club.
Badbutt: In the first game, he was rather cocky and overconfident, thinking that fighting Gnasty Gnorc would only require making his butt extra crispy. He mellows out a little bit in the second game, and becomes quite the Badass.
Use Your Head: No matter the game, his two basic attacks are usually "fire breath" and "hit it really hard with his horns." After the second game he also gets a headbutt-based variant of a Ground Pound.
Would Hit a Girl: If they're evil enough, he has no problem torching female baddies as well.
Spyro's best friend, and his health meter. With firefly magic, he keeps Spyro safe from harm, and picks up gems for him. Inquisitive and helpful, he and Spyro stick up for one another through thick and thin.
The Unintelligible: In Year of the Dragon and Enter the Dragonfly, he only talks in buzzy kazoo-noises. Though if you make the noises yourself, you'll find that they actually do match up to the on-screen text.
Informed Attribute: His strength - he goes down in two hits. For clarification, that's one less hit than the gnorc thief enemies in the first level hub.
More explicit in A Hero's Tail; when he pounds his mace to the ground, it's strong enough to send large lumps of rock falling from the ceiling, as well as create shockwaves. He also takes a lot more effort to take down compared to the two hits it took originally.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When he does fight, he's actually pretty good at it, usually employing his bow, but also using anything from laser pistols to a fighter plane, or sometimes just going toe to toe.
Took A Level In Bad Ass: From a bumbling sports fan in the second game to a competent warrior in A Hero's Tail. Not to say that he was completely helpless before then, however, considering how he could craft vehicles and was able to combat the rabbit-monster that Bianca had accidentally created in Year of the Dragon.
Vocal Evolution: Gregg Berger's take became less gruff after the second game, gaining a more relaxed 'surfer dude' dialect.
A Faun from Avalar, and the series' first female character, she appears in Ripto's Rage as an associate of Hunter and the Professor. She is the one who tells Spyro to collect the Talismans and guides him on his quest to defeat Ripto.
Another of Spyro's associates from Avalar, the Professor is a mole who is an unrivalled expert in superportal technology. He has a base in the Forgotten Worlds and later seems to move to the Dragon Worlds full-time. He has close ties to two other characters - his ex-lab experiment Agent 9, and his nephew Blink.
A greedy bear from Avalar whose main purpose throughout the series is to extort gems from Spyro (sometimes in ludicrous amounts) in exchange for services (e.g. unlocking levels, opening passages and teaching Spyro abilities) essential for progression. In Year Of The Dragon he is found in the Forgotten Realms where he apparently works for The Sorceress, though he is willing to help Spyro in return for a bribe.
The Chew Toy: He is systematically humiliated (much to the amusement of the players) in Year Of The Dragon, possibly as karmic payback for joining up with The Sorceress.
In 2, if he appears in a cutscene, chances are he's only there to get hurt.
At the end of the second and third games, Spyro gets all the gems he'd given to Moneybags back. In the second game, it's his reward for defeating Ripto, whereas in the third, Spyro beats them out of him upon learning that Moneybags plans on auctioning a dragon egg in Avalar.
Demoted to Extra: He only appears once in Enter the Dragonfly, charging Spyro to cross a bridge which costs a piddling 200 gems. He's still mentioned in the manual despite this, probably owing to the fact that the game was not finished and the developers had intended to use him more.
Honest John's Dealership: While his business to Spyro is honest, he is also a bit of a swindler. He sold mayonaisse to the Sorceress, saying it was sunscreen.
Jerkass: Moneybags is, all and all, a jerk who will do anything for money without any care for morals or ethics. He's rather affable despite this - whenever he gets certain kinds of misfortune, that is.
Meaningful Name: He is usually seen carrying a bag with the "$" symbol (or a picture of a gem).
Laser-Guided Karma: In both games. It's better in the third game because you get to give it to him.
Only in It for the Money: Evil sorcerer threatening to take over Moneybags' homeland? The dragon summoned to free the place has to pay just to move on in his quest. Evil sorceress planning on kidnapping unborn dragons for her own plans? Join her side and charge the same dragon, betraying both sides for profit!
A rabbit who starts out as The Dragon (no pun intended) to The Sorceress in Year of the Dragon, but after a Heel-Face Turn falls in love with Hunter and becomes one of Spyro's allies. A skilled sorceress herself, her magical abilities have proven to be helpful several times.
Adorkable: Something of a foreshadowing she wasn't villain material.
Butt Monkey: Her spells often go wrong or turn on her. She spent most of her first appearance as an abused bumbling minion to the Sorceress.
Minion with an F in Evil: While working for the Sorceress. She repeatedly tries to pull off a villainous facade in front of the heroes in an attempt to scare them off, though constantly flops due to her meek and clumsy demeanor.
My God, What Have I Done?: Her reaction to the Sorceress announcing that she wanted the baby dragons for their wings, considering that Bianca had helped her to achieve this goal.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Starts off as such, stealing Dragon Eggs so as to replenish her world with magic. She makes a Face Turn when she finds out her master is...not so well intentioned.
Vocal Evolution: Pamela Hayden gave Bianca a more cheery and helium pitched voice in Enter The Dragonfly.
Women Are Wiser: She shares more flaws with Hunter than she'd like to admit (clumsy, gullible, occasional bluff and bluster) but does at least seem to have a few more IQ points.
The first unlockable ally in Year of the Dragon. Sheila is an Austrialian-accented Kangaroo who lives on a mountain with her three goat friends, who she been protects and takes care of. In Year Of The Dragon, she (along with all other playable characters except for Spyro and Sparx) was captured and imprisoned by the Sorceress' Rhynocs. After Spyro pays Moneybags to release her, Sheila becomes Spyro's ally against the Sorceress, after giving Moneybags some well deserved payback.
Team Mom: Seems to take this role toward the goats of Sheila's Alp.
Sgt. James Byrd
The second unlockable ally in Year of the Dragon. Sgt. Byrd is a flying penguin who was raised and trained by hummingbird soldiers, and has a secret relationship with a fairy from Charmed Ridge. The Sorceress captured him for 'letting off rockets in the Fireworks Factory', as well as leading an uprising against her. He is later freed by Spyro, who he helps in fighting the Sorceress with his use of shoulder-mounted rocket launchers and dropping bombs on foes.
The third unlockable ally in Year of the Dragon. Bentley is a large yeti-like creature who wields a massive icy club and a vocabulary range to match. He lives with and protects his younger brother Bartholomew. He's been known to have a liking for magic shows and the noble sport of boxing. He lends Spyro his assistance after the dragon buys his freedom from Moneybags, and delivers a well-deserved smackdown to the bear.
Bentley: [to Moneybags] Why, you brazenly avaricious, duplicitous, larcenous ursine!
The fourth and final unlockable ally in Year of the Dragon. Agent 9 is a hyperactive laser-wielding monkey who was the Professor's student and lab assistant, with an itchy trigger finger and a marked dislike of Rhynocs. He can also pick up bombs for use against tougher enemies and obstacles. After Spyro frees him from imprisonment, he's ecstatic to help Spyro in his campaign against the Sorceress and her Rhynoc armies. Just as soon has Moneybags has what's coming to him.
Badass Normal: Relies more heavily on technological weaponry compared to Spyro and his friends, and has no special abilities beyond that.
The main villain of the second game. Ripto had enlisted Crush and Gulp to wage war before he was accidentally warped to Avalar by Hunter. Upon arrival, he set about enslaving the worlds in which his reign brought disaster upon Avalar until he was eventually defeated by Spyro. A vertically challenged grump prone to tantrums, Ripto returned for several face offs with Spyro afterwards.
Arch-Enemy: Not initially, but eventually ascended to being Spyro's most prominent nemesis pre-reboot. Rather fittingly, his personal rivalry towards Spyro is the most developed out of the Rogues Gallery as well.
Disney Villain Death: In the final battle, he tries to flee via a mechanical bird. But after a dogfight with Spyro, he dies when he falls into a pit of boiling lava which was under the arena. However, he somehow survived that and returned for his revenge in the games mentioned above.
Large Ham: If you try to hit him with a standard flame breath of charge attack in the final battle against him in Ripto's Rage, he'll leap up and yell 'NO!", even though no damage is actually dealt to him this way.
The Ditz : Even among many other examples of Dumb Muscle, he stands out as being spectacularly stupid. When told to go through a portal — a technology so simple that you just walk through it — he stares at it in puzzlement, has no idea how to use it, and simply shakes his head in bewilderment when the fairies remove the orbs powering it.
Dumb Muscle: He loves using that club of his, but falls for fairly obvious tricks as a result.
Big Eater: His most distinguishing characteristic. He begins the game by accidentally eating Ripto's scepter, is promised his favorite food (fairies) as a reward for helping Ripto, and begins many of his attacks by swallowing the required explosives (and can even heal himself by chowing down on the fodder that you could otherwise use yourself). Even his mechanical replacement in Ripto's fight copies his eating mannerisms.
Would Hurt a Child: Wanted to kill all 300 of the baby dragons she'd captured for their wings so she could cast a spell and become immortal. She mentions that she didn't need to kill them in the process of removing their wings, but doing so would stop them from squirming as she did it...
A pink dragoness introduced in A Hero's Tail, who is shown to have a crush on Spyro.
Palette Swap: Flame is basically Spyro with red scales instead of purple ones. There are some subtle differences (a wider snout on Flame, for example) but they're still really similar. Without going into the Model Viewer, it's hard to notice.
The villain of A Hero's Tail. Formerly a dragon elder, his lust for power led him to be banished. He returns to the Dragon Realms years later, using Dark Gems to fuel his power.