Characters: Spyro the Dragon

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Original Series

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 own pages.

Spyro

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.

Voiced by Carlos Alazraqui for the first game, then Tom Kenny for Ripto's Rage and Year of The Dragon. In Japan, he was voiced by Akiko Yajima.
  • 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.
  • Bag of Spilling: Averted. All of the powerups he purchases from Moneybags in the second game are retained in the third (with the exception of the superflame powerup).
  • Berserk Button: Threaten to auction a dragon egg after he went through hell to get most of them? You're only asking for trouble, Moneybags.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: He makes quite a few nods to it, most notably in the first game.
  • Breath Weapon: Well, he is a dragon.
  • Celibate Hero
    Spyro: It's a sad sight, Sparx. Another noble warrior falls victim to the plague of love.
    • Though he does show something of an attraction to Elora.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Elemental Powers: In the original few games, he stuck with fire a lot, but as the series went on, he branched out. Including into bubble.
  • Evil Laugh: He does one after defeating Gnasty Gnorc in the original game.
  • Flight: He's usually restricted to just gliding, but with a powerup he can fly freely (but often with time limits).
  • Kid Hero: He seems to be twelve in the third game, though it's unknown how dragons age so he might be older than he looks. Even than he doesn't seem any older than mid-teens.
  • Mascot with Attitude: Befitting a platformer from the 90s.
  • The Other Darrin: He went from Carlos Alazraqui (in the original game) to Tom Kenny.
  • Papa Wolf: To the Dragon Eggs in YOTD. Just ask the Sorceress and Moneybags.
  • Playing with Fire: Of course.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Happy holidays, fat boy!"
  • Ship Tease: With Elora, but he doesn't act on it.
  • 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.

Sparx

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.

Voiced by André Sogliuzzo.

Gnasty Gnorc

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.

Voiced by Michael Gough.
  • 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 second-in-command. 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: Follows the usual role of a brutish dopey Big Bad, but unlike successors such as Ripto or The Sorceress, it gets little development outside the opening cutscene.
  • Get Back Here Boss: He spends most of his boss fight running away from you.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Red polka-dot boxers in A Hero's Tail. They're his weak point.
  • 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.
  • Off Model: His appearance {particularly his armor) in the first game is very different from his artwork, as seen in a portrait in "Gnasty's Loot".
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Played with. He's Demoted to Dragon in A Hero's Tail, but he's considerably stronger and takes more hits to deal with.

Hunter

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...

Voiced by Gregg Berger and Jess Harnell in "A Hero's Tail".
  • 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 is Spyro's right hand man by 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.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander
  • 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.
  • Depending on the Writer: How tough he is.
  • Funny Animal: He's an anthropomorphic cheetah.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Spyro seem to become this by the third game.
  • 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?
    "Uh... Hey! Give that back! ...Well, I tried."
  • The Rival: Albeit a good-natured one, as he quickly comes to respect Spyro's capabilities during the second game.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Nuanced example, he's fairly competent, but still a ditz who views himself as The Ace in sports.
  • 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.
  • Weapon of Choice: Projectile weapons, specifically bow and arrows. He even used one in Spyro 2 in the Fracture Hills level.
  • Vocal Evolution: Gregg Berger's take became less gruff after the second game, gaining a more relaxed 'surfer dude' dialect.

Elora

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.

Voiced by Melissa Disney in Ripto's Rage and Carolyn Lawrence in Year of the Dragon.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Cameo at the end of Year of the Dragon aside, she's never mentioned again after Ripto's Rage.
  • Fauns and Satyrs: She's a faun, you dork!
  • First Girl Wins: More like Only Girl Wins, but she and Spyro do seem to have an implied interest in each other. She not only gives Spyro a little kiss at the end of Ripto's Rage, but spends a romantic night with him watching fireworks in Year of the Dragon, after watching Hunter and Bianca hook up.
  • 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.
  • Redhead In Green
  • Smooch of Victory: She gives Spyro a little peck on the nose after he defeats Ripto.
  • 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.

The Professor

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.

Voiced by Tom Kenny in Ripto's Rage and by Michael Gough in "A Hero's Tail".

Moneybags

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.

Voiced by Milton James in Ripto's Rage, Neil Ross in Year of the Dragon and Jess Harnell in "A Hero's Tail".
  • Alpha Bitch: He charges you a lot for power-ups and services, and he's very arrogant.
  • Affably Evil: Pretty polite for an Arms Dealer and kidnapper.
  • Arms Dealer: According to some of his dialogue regarding the Zephyr/Breeze Harbor conflict.
  • Asshole Victim: It's hard to feel bad for Moneybags when he gets his comeuppance, considering the fact that he's a greedy dick who only cares about money and forces you to pay him Gems to access other areas and abilities.
  • Bears Are Bad News: For your wallet and attempts to thwart the current villain.
  • 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, probably owing to the fact that the game was not finished and the developers had intended to use him more.
  • 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.
  • Face-Heel Turn: He was never good per se, but he's The Quisling.
  • Greed: It often comes back to bite him.
  • 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.
  • Moneybags Hates Your Guts:
  • No Hero Discount
  • 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!
  • The Quisling: In Year Of The Dragon, assisting the Sorceress for, of course, Money, Dear Boy.
  • Smug Snake
  • Underestimating Badassery: To the characters he's meant to guard. Most notably Bently, as he calls him Dumb Muscle, yet he has quite the vocabulary. And the muscle to back it up.

Bianca

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.

Voiced by Pamela Hayden.

Sheila

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.

Voiced by Edita Brychta.

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.

Voiced by Tom Kenny in "Year of the Dragon" and Jess Harnell in "A Hero's Tail".

Bentley

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.

Voiced by Neil Ross in "Year of the Dragon" and Fred Tatasciore in "A Heto's Tail".

Agent 9

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.

Voiced by Richard Tatum.

Ripto

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.

Voiced by Gregg Berger, like Hunter.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: I! HATE! DRAGONS!
  • Breakout Villain: Compared to the rest of the original Rogues Gallery that are either one shots or Demoted to Extra at best, Ripto not only reappeared but held onto the role of Big Bad in four titles (as well as series-representing villain in Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy).
  • 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 Is Hammy: Ripto is constantly shouting.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Played straight in the second game.
  • High Collar of Doom: A massive one compared to his head.
  • 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.
  • Laughably Evil
  • The Napoleon: Compare the height of him to the height of his cronies.
  • Oh, Crap: He get's this reaction once Spyro collects all the orbs during his final boss battle.
  • 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 throws a fit and yells about how much he hates dragons before escaping.

Crush

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.

Voiced by Gregg Berger....somehow.
  • The Brute
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Played fairly straight.
  • Dumbass No More: The epilogue to the second game revealed that he went on to improve himself through education, learning such concepts as 1+1=2.
  • Co-Dragons: With Gulp, to Ripto.
  • 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. Namely, it's tendency to loosen the ceiling.
  • Hulk Speak: When he does speak; in his debut appearance, he never said a word and simply made animal noises.
  • Suddenly Voiced

Gulp

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.

Like Crush, Ripto, and Hunter, he's voiced by Gregg Berger.
  • 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 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.
  • The Brute
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Back for the Finale: As a mechanical body that assists Ripto in his boss battle.
  • Co-Dragons: With Crush to Ripto.
  • 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 Sorceress

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 formerly her Dragon but once she discovered the Sorceress' true intentions, she performed a Heel-Face Turn and helped Spyro defeat her.

Voiced by Flo de Rie.
  • Acid Pool: How she meets her end.
  • Big Bad: Of Year Of The Dragon.
  • Bad Boss: Turns a lot of her minions into more powerful monsters against their will, and chews out Bianca on a frequent basis.
  • The Cameo: Hunter is frightened by a Sorceress balloon at the start of Enter the Dragonfly.
  • Disney Villain Death: Falls to her death when the flying saucer she was fighting Spyro in was disabled. Special mention for falling into acid.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The Dragons lived in her kingdom until she got ticked off and banished them after a disagreement with one of the Elders. Only afterwards did she discover they were the source of her powers.
  • Evil Sorcerer: It's in her name.
  • Everyone Calls Her The Sorceress
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Ruled the Forgotten Realms and is as evil as they come.
  • Killed Off for Real: Unlike the other Insomniac era villains, she was a one-shot villain and stayed dead after Year of the Dragon, though she later makes a cameo in Enter The Dragonfly.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Unlike Gnasty Gnorc and Ripto, her evil is played completely straight and she lacks any sort of comedy.
  • Meaningful Name: She's...well, a sorceress.
  • Not Quite Dead: Is thrown into molten lava by Spyro and seemingly killed, but she claws her way out and fights Spyro one last time before being Killed Off for Real by falling into an Acid Pool.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Her spell literally required the wings of 300 baby dragons to work. While it's not explained if it hurt them, both her wands were powered by a dragon egg.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: She could give Malefor a run for his money.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Subverted. She initially appears to wish to restore her homeland to the way it was, but it turns out she plans to murder three hundred baby dragons and steal their wings to make herself immortal, much to Bianca's disgust.
  • 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...

Ember

A pink dragoness introduced in A Hero's Tail, who is shown to have a crush on Spyro.Voiced by Tara Strong.

Flame

A supporting character in A Hero's Tail. Also voiced by Tara Strong, like Ember.
  • 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.

Red

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.

Voiced by Jess Harnell.
  • Big Bad: Of A Hero's Tail.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Courtesy of the Sorcerer. He was under the Sorcerer's control during the events of A Hero's Tail as well.
  • Fallen Hero
  • Heel-Face Turn: Becomes an ally in Shadow Legacy.
  • Meaningful Name: Guess what color he is.
  • One-Winged Angel: Transforms into a robot for the final boss fight in A Hero's Tail. The transformation is undone after the battle.
  • You Have Failed Me: He's not afraid to kill his minions when they screw up. He's also shown to kill minions who give him bad news.

The Sorcerer

The villain of Shadow Legacy. A dark Wizard Dragon that seeks to plunge the Dragon Realm and other homeworlds into the Shadow Realm so that he may drain their magic.

Lacks a voice (since he only appears in a GBA game).