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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
character entries can be found on their own pages
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.
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 main villain from the first game; a powerful and brutal gnorc who was banished from the Dragon Kingdom and allowed to reign free over the dragon dumping grounds, which became known as Gnasty's World. When a dragon called him ugly on a TV interview, he reacted by turning every dragon (except Spyro) into crystal, and turning their gems into gnorc minions.
- Big Bad: Of the first game. He's later The Dragon to Red in Hero's Tail
- Carry a Big Stick: He's always seen with a large mace which doubles as a magic wand.
- Demoted To Dragon: In Hero's Tail he's Red's Dragon. Surprisingly, it takes a lot more effort to defeat him as The Dragon than when he was the Big Bad.
- Disproportionate Retribution: As mentioned above, he enslaves all the dragons because they called him ugly. With that said, he was probably just looking for an excuse to use that spell, anyway...
- Flat Character
- Get Back Here Boss: He spends most of his boss fight running away from you.
- 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.
- Power-Up Magnet: His ability to grab gems.
- Shock and Awe: In A Hero's Tail he has trapped a sort of thunder-fairy in his mace, and thus he can cast lightning bolts and zap you.
An anthropomorphic cheetah and another one of Spyro's good buddies, this, er, hunter
lends his bow to Spyro's cause. Other than that—well...
- Ascended Extra: In his first appearance, he exists just to offer the odd tutorial and accidentally start the whole Ripto takeover in the first place. By the third game he's playable in some levels. He's also one of few characters from the original games to be reimagined and reused in the reboot.
- Butt Monkey: Getting his feet locked in solid rock, thrown into a wall, stuck in a hole, battered with attacks aimed at Spyro, being kidnapped...
- Cast Herd: With Elora and the Professor in the second game, though he becomes independent in the third.
- Cats Hate Water: Pops up once or twice in the third game, which is bizarre as he's quite happy to scuba dive on other occasions.
- 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.
- Depending on the Writer
- Funny Animal: He's an anthropomorphic cheetah.
- Lovable Coward: Sometimes he's like this. In the second game, when Ripto steals the power crystal from the Professor, Elora tells him to do something to stop him. His reply?
- The Rival: Albeit a good-natured one, as he quickly comes to respect Spyro's capabilities during the second game.
- 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 was able to combat the rabbit-monster that Bianca had accidentally created in Year of the Dragon.
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.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Cameo at the end of Year of the Dragon aside, she's never mentioned again after Ripto's Rage.
- First Girl Wins: More like Only Girl Wins, but she and Spyro do seem to have an implied interest in each other.
- Put on a Bus: Despite Hunter, Moneybags and the Professor having large roles in the games post-Ripto's Rage, Elora disappeared entirely except for a cameo at the end of Year of the Dragon.
- The Bus Came Back: After being entirely absent for the whole game, she appears in a cutscene at the end of Year of the Dragon to celebrate Spyro's latest victory.
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 (i.e. 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.
- Arms Dealer: According to some of his dialogue regarding the Zephyr/Breeze Harbor conflict.
- Bears Are Bad News
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In Year of the Dragon. Say no to him in Icy Peak, and he'll ask Spyro if he's saving up for another sequel. Hilarious at the time, but it soon stopped being funny given what happened next.
- Broken Bridge: Which he'll fix for a fee, of course. At one point he even claims bridges are his most profitable business.
- Cash Gate
- 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.
- Enemy to All Living Things: He brings it on himself, though it is noteworthy that the game picks exceptionally docile characters for him to piss off (the usually reserved Sgt Bird even saves his ammo and delays an escape attempt just so he can fire it all on the bear. Worth It).
- Honest John's Dealership
- Jerkass: Moneybags is, all and all, a dick who will do anything for money without any care for morals or ethics. He is 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).
- Moneybags Hates Your Guts
- No Hero Discount
- Only in It for the Money
- The Quisling: In Year Of The Dragon, assisting the Sorceress for, of course, Money, Dear Boy.
- Smug Snake
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.
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.
Sgt. James Byrd
The second unlockable ally in Year of the Dragon
. Sgt. Byrd is a flying penguin
(yes, you heard right) 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.
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.
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.
- Berserk Button: I! HATE! DRAGONS!
- Big Bad: Of Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage. Returns as the Big Bad of Season of Flame, Attack of the Rhynocs and Enter The Dragonfly.
- Card-Carrying Villain
- 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.
- Evil Sorcerer: Played straight in the second game.
- 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 Napoleon
- Obviously Evil: Just look at his ridiculously high collar and black cape.
- One-Winged Angel: At the end of the final boss battle of Enter The Dragonfly he turns into a gigantic troll-like monster to try and kill Spyro.
- Shout Out: His name is similar to the katakana for "Spyro".
- Unexplained Recovery: How did he survive the lava pit?
- Villainous Breakdown: When defeated in Enter The Dragonfly, he goes into a temper tantrum and yells about how much he hates dragons before escaping.
One of Ripto's minions next to Gulp. He wields a club as a weapon. He is defeated while battling Spyro when he accidentally causes rubble to fall from the ceiling, the rubble burying him.
- The Brute
- Boisterous Bruiser: Played fairly straight
- 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.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His reliance on the club is used against him during his boss fight.
- Hulk Speak: When he does speak; in his debut appearance, he never said a word and simply made animal noises.
- Suddenly Voiced
- Take A Level In Smartass: The epilogue to the second game revealed that he went on to improve himself through education, learning such concepts as 1+1=2.
One of Ripto's minions next to Crush. He has two giant laser cannons strapped to his back. He is defeated while battling Spyro, but returns in the sequel.
- All There in the Manual: Which reveals his Hidden Depths, namely that he would love to be a dancer who can cook.
- BFG: The laser cannons mounted on his back.
- Big Eater: His most distinguishing characteristic. He begins the game by accidentally eating Ripto's sceptre, is promised his favourite 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.
- The Brute
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Cruella to Animals: In the epilogue to the second game, Gulp is looked after in a monster sanctuary, implying that Ripto used to mistreat him.
- Dumb Muscle: Not as bad as Crush, but still pretty dim.
- Hulk Speak
- Suddenly Voiced: Very briefly in the fourth game.
The main villain of Year Of The Dragon
. A vain, selfish
, tyrant who ruled the Forgotten Realms. She kidnapped all the baby dragons during the Year Of The Dragons so she could extract their wings for use in a spell that would make her immortal
, forcing Spyro to come rescue them. Bianca was formally her Dragon
but once she discovered the Sorceress' true intentions, she performed a Heel Face Turn
and helped Spyro defeat her.
A pink dragoness introduced in A Hero's Tail
, who is shown to have a crush on Spyro.
A supporting character in A Hero's Tail
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Voiced by Tara Strong, and sounds remarkably similar to Timmy Turner.
- 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.