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Characters: Twisted Metal
The list of drivers for the Twisted Metal franchise.

General tropes

Recurring characters

Calypso

"I am Calypso. And I thank you for playing Twisted Metal!"
The mysterious host of the Twisted Metal contest. Few details are known of his Backstory, except his whole family died in a car accident years ago and his wish-granting powers were stolen from Minion, allowing him to survive. He's been holding Twisted Metal for 10 years, with the second game being the 11th entry. He's in all games, but only once as a car driver.

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Despite being a complete Jerk Ass with granting wishes, Calypso can be pretty funny in really making them as ironic as possible.
  • Badass Longcoat: Head-On.
  • Bald of Evil: Black
  • Big Bad
  • Big "NO!": Minion's Twisted Metal 2 ending.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: He has bodyguards in the first game and Head-On. Justified, since his powers are only limited to granting wishes.
  • The Casanova: Though it's unclear if he's one, but he does have a harem of beautiful babes in bikinis in the first game's live-action endings and Head-On. And apparently enjoys their company.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the the first game, Calypso was less of a Literal Genie and granted the contestants their wish without intentionally scewing them over (with the exception of Outlaw's, and depending on how you interpret his ending, Thumper). He was quite a bit more cruel in the original FMV endings, however.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Twisted Metal 2.
  • Collector of the Strange: Mr. Grimm's middle in the reboot showcases several of Calypso's memoirs, including the Black Box Crimson Fury and Warthog were looking for in Twisted Metal, Sweet Tooth's machete, No-Face's boxing gloves in Black, Twister's helmet from 2, Kratos' chain-blades, and covers of War Of The Monsters. Also there is a painting which is where Calypso imprisons those who get killed during his contests, including Preacher.
  • Cool Airship: His blimp, which he uses as a hideout in both 2 and 3, and becomes an arena in the latter.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Depending on the game, he is presented as such. The reboot makes it more explicit by portraying him as the CEO of Calypso Industries.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: As detailed in the comic tie-in for 2 (see Mysterious Past entry), his sister's death is what sets off the events that'd turn him into Calypso. She's also referenced by Minion in his ending.
    • Death Seeker: Following from the above, having accidentally killed his sister made him this for most of his life.
  • Deal with the Devil: How he got his powers in the comic tie-in. After besting Minion in a race, the devil (a demolition derby fan) allowed him to return to Earth in exchange of doing annual competitions to give him and his cohorts plenty of souls to play with in Hell.
  • Depending on the Artist: Calypso's appearance varies within the series. In the live-action endings to Twisted Metal, Calypso's facial burns are the most extreme, making his face look like hamburger meat wearing a wig. In TM 2, Calypso's facial scars are much less prominent, and in 3 and 4, he didn't seem scarred at all. Black is an alternate continuity, where his scarring is absent, but he's bald and missing an eye. In Head-On, his hairline is receding and he is missing an eye, looking like a cross between his 2 and Black incarnations. Finally, in the PS3 version, he is portrayed as being in his 30's with no scarring, both eyes intact, and a head full of shoulder-length black hair.
  • Depending on the Writer: The source of Calypso's powers varies multiple times. In the original, he had stolen a demon, Black, from Mister Ash, and the demon was the one granting wishes. In 2, it's his powers were stolen from Minion. 4 handwaved it as a magic ring.
  • Evil Twin: Main-Calypso seems to treat Black-Calypso like this, going by Black's TM:Lost profile. And since he's no saint either...
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Calypso will screw up your well-intended wish, unless you happen to be his daughter...
  • Faux Affably Evil: Is often polite and courteous to the victors of his tournament, right up until he screws them over by deliberately misinterpreting their wishes.
  • First Name Basis: Regarding Krista being his daughter, you would think that Sparks would had been added to his name. The Reboot nullifies this with Dollface having the name instead, leaving Calypso as is.
  • Flat "What."/Oh Crap: If both Literal Genie and Jackass Genie aren't tripped whenever someone makes their wish, Calypso may bite it big time, only the former happens whenever the wish itself is massively stupid (Tires, Girls, or merely wanting to fly for example) or when Calypso can't understand the wish at all (Sweet Tooth being a prime example)
  • For the Evulz: Thus far, this seems to be Calypso's motivation to create a bloody tournament which leaves destruction in its wake.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: In the first games, his whole face is burnt from the car accident. Black and Head-On scale back the damage to one sunken-in eye.
  • Karma Houdini / The Bad Guy Wins: Canon-wise he keeps the tournament going without any punishment, and in most endings he suffers no punishment, with a few exceptions.
  • Large Ham
  • Like a Badass out of Hell: Calypso got his wish-granting magic by stealing a demon (Minion)'s powers on the way to Hell, after the car crash that killed his family. (Apparently, the Devil is a big fan of demolition derbies.)
  • Literal Genie/Jackass Genie: Mostly the former.
    • In Black, his wish-giving methods are slightly different and seem to have a malevolent purpose. When confronted with a wish with violent or dark intentions (such as revenge), Calypso is actually a Benevolent Genie, giving the winner exactly what he wants and more (of course, the wisher wants is something evil, making him a worse villain than before); when the winner makes a noble wish (such as saving someone's life), he uses his old methods.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Mighty Glacier: When usable in 4, he uses a slow missile truck that can take a lot of damage and has the most damaging special in the game.
  • Mysterious Past
    • A comic tie-in for 2 revealed a large amount of info on his past. He was an unbalanced demolition derby driver with suicidal tendencies in life, and after the car accident, managed to outdrive Minion in Hell. The Devil allowed him to return to Earth, in exchange for Calypso running an annual contest, sending both drivers and bystanders alike to Hell.
  • Narrator: He himself narrates most endings in Twisted Metal 2.
  • Pet the Dog: Rarely...very rarely he actually doesn't screw over a winner in their respective endings. In Twisted Metal Head On, he undeniably helps and praises Mortimer, now a wizened, exhausted zombie, when he chooses to return to the grave from which he was disturbed and finally rest again, as opposed to taking revenge on the punks who dug up his corpse. No tricks, no abusing the phrasing or alternate meanings of words... Calypso gives him precisely what he wanted and intended.
  • Physical God: His powers allow him to fulfill any wish, from Time Travel to warping reality. He's, however, unable to use them to fulfill his own desires, and can't deny a contest winner his/her own, even if he doesn't want to or harms him. Fortunately for him, he can get around that most of the time...
    • However, there are things that are beyond even his powers.
  • Player Character: Only during Twisted Metal 4.
  • Reality Warper
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His appearance in the PS3 reboot, both in clothing and in features.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His newest incarnation's eyes glow red when he grants wishes.
  • Ring of Power: Twisted Metal 4 attempted to explain his powers with one.
  • Satan: Heavily implied to be his true identity in the reboot.
  • Self-Made Orphan: According to the comic tie-in for 2. In his first attempt at suicide, he grabbed at his father's head and forced a multi-car accident, killing both his parents.
  • Shock and Awe: Some games portray him using lightning as part of his wish-granting powers.
  • Tragic Keepsake: In the comic tie-in for '2'', the doll that belonged to his dead sister.
  • Troll: And HOW.
  • The Voiceless: In Black, he's never shown speaking onscreen (or even moving, save for a brief instance in Sweet Tooth's flashback movie).
  • You Nuke 'Em: His Special in Twisted Metal 4 is a mini-nuke.

Needles Kane

"Shut up and bleed, you motherf-!"

Driver of Sweet Tooth, an ice cream truck. A deranged Serial Killer dressed as a clown. A former mental patient that escaped and turned into a mad serial killer. He appears in all games. The reboot dwells more into his origins and his quest to find "the one who got away".

  • Art Shift: Dramatically shifted across the series. In the original, he had green hair. The sequel gave him a burning scalp, while 3 and 4 had much more ornate costumes. In Black, rather than have facepaint, Needles wore a mask. He also wore polka-dotted pants with suspenders and no shirt. Head-On adopted the design from Black for the main games (though his ending shows the mask as being expressive), and the 2012 game also reused it.
  • Ax-Crazy: Especially in Black and the 2012 game. The former when he at one point express annoyance of all the people he hadn't killed yet.
  • Bad Humor Truck
  • Catchphrase: "Boys 'n' girls" in Black and the reboot.
  • Circus of Fear: Twisted Metal 4 has him running one.
  • Creepy Child: In Small Brawl.
  • Cursed with Awesome: In Black.
  • The Cameo: He appears as a secret character in War Of The Monsters and Hot Shots Golf 2 due to his unofficially being the mascot for Sony.
  • Evil Mask: In the 2012 game, Needles managed to overtake Marcus's personality only after Marcus carved the mask. His son eventually dug up the mask, and Calypso had one made for Sophie when he resurrected her.
  • Evil Laugh/Laughing Mad: His iconic laugh in Twisted Metal, 2, and Small Brawl.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In Black and the 2012 game. His voice is much deeper than you'd expect a Monster Clown's to be.
  • Evil Versus Evil: He doesn't really like Calypso and wouldn't mind unseating him (which he does in 4 and his ending for Head-On) but don't think if he took over that he'd be any more well-meaning than Calypso...
  • Expy: Of The Jokernote , at least in the first game. Later adopted an original image in the sequels, with Black finally making him a unique breed of Monster Clown.
    • Sweet Tooth may in fact have been based off of real-life serial killer clown John Wayne Gacy
  • Find the Cure: His wish in Black is a cure for his head-on-fire curse. In the ending, he changed his mind. Since he would have to stop killing. He does have his priorities.
  • Flaming Hair: Beginning with Twisted Metal 2.
  • Imaginary Friend: His best friend in Twisted Metal, a brown paper bag named Crazy Harold the Wacky Lunch Sack.
  • Guest Fighter: He has been made a playable character on PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Given his E-rated co-stars in the game, his violence-level has been severely toned down.
  • It's Personal: Needles mentions before the Boss Fight that Warhawk was the one who captured him 3 months ago. And he's not happy about that.
    "Well boys 'n girls, it's payback time."
  • I Will Find You: His motive in the reboot is to find "the one who got away" (Marcus's daughter Sophie) and kill her, finishing what he started. However, he learns that his daughter committed suicide a few years before the reboot game. And threatens to kill Calypso since he's known all along and traps him in his own daughter's grave.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the reboot, although his son is there to take his place...
  • Mental World: Marcus claims Black is all in Needles' head.
  • Monster Clown
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Vs. The Brothers Grimm:
    "I've killed tougher than you, asshole! Don't get cocky, you're just the appetizer...before I find and slaughter the entree!"
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Red Oni: Of Marcus.
  • Series Mascot: Has been the iconic image for the franchise since the start.
  • Slasher Smile
  • SNK Boss: In 4, mostly due to his insane special that is extremely difficult to dodge and is likely to kill the player if it connects.
  • Start of Darkness: The 2012 reboot finally gives him one.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Needles has been established as a ruthless Serial Killer as the series progressed, but the scenarists never really went into detail about the murders, or what kind of people Needles likes to kill, with this the killer clown comes out favorably in the fandom. The PS3 reboot even gives him a backstory where he once was a nice family man and adored ice cream truck driver.
  • That Man Is Dead: In the reboot, he keeps pestering Marcus into personifying him as the clown mask. After he was done making the mask, Needles pretty much took over and declared that he killed him.
    • This exchange in particular
    Wife: "Marcus! No!"
    Needles: "Marcus does not live here anymore."
  • Transforming Mecha: His car special in Black makes it turn into a giant clown-esque robot. The alternate special for the Sweet Tooth vehicle in the 2012 reboot keeps this.
  • Villain Protagonist: He's easily the most popular and iconic character in the game.
  • Vocal Evolution: When voiced by J.S. Gilbert, Sweet Tooth went from the creepy but human tone used in ''Black'', to the aforementioned Guttural Growler in the PS3 reboot. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale retains the Guttural Growler voice, but sounds more breathy and cartoonish at times.

Marcus Kane

Driver of Roadkill, a beat-up car made of spare parts. A homeless man who claims the world to be false, and enters the contest seeking to be released out of it. In Twisted Metal 2 and 3 he was played as a crazy man, but Head-On reveals he's the Split Personality of Needles Kane. In Black, he is revealed to be Minion's driver, trapped inside Needles' head.

Mr Grimm

Driver of Mr. Grimm, a motorbike. The Grim Reaper himself, who either seeks Calypso's soul or something related to his addiction to souls. Appears in all games, though not always is the same character story-wise. In 4, he's replaced by a skeletal pirate named Captain Grimm, who plays largely the same. In Black, he's a Vietnam veteran that has become cannibal after being forced to eat his friend during their time as POWs, and enters the tournament seeking revenge on the Vietnamese officer that drove him to do it. The reboot is another reinvention, as this version of Grimm is a stuntman turned gang leader seeking to go back to the past and save his father from that tragic stunt accident.

Preacher (Jebediah)

Driver of Brimstone, an El Camino. An evangelist who believes he's possessed by a demon during an exorcism, who then forced him to murder. Wants to get rid of it. TM:Lost has him return to his car after he killed himself searching for those who wronged him. He makes a couple of appearances in the 2012 reboot.

Dollface

Driver of Darkside. A young teenage girl who spilled coffee on important papers for her boss, and as punishment he nailed a mask onto her head. She wants to get rid of it. In TM:Lost she decides to keep it as it never ages, but since she's still growing up, its starting to press against her skull. In the reboot, Dollface is a completely re-imagined as a supermodel obsessed with beauty and being the absolute best supermodel in the world. Things went screwy after she got into a car accident which left her with a minor cut in her cheek...

  • Adaptational Villainy: Dollface in Black and Krista Sparks from 2 and Head-On are arguably the most sympathetic characters in the series. Krista Sparks as Dollface in the 2012 game is an entirely different story.
  • Animesque: She seems to have a strong anime vibe to her in the reboot, what with her having a pink hairdo and being the pilot of her own Humongous Mecha, Iron Maiden. The fact that she's pretty Ax-Crazy makes her look like some psycho anime chick you see in those rather gory ecchi animes/mangas.
  • Ax-Crazy: The reboot's Dollface.
  • Body Horror: How she sees herself in the reboot after her accident is similar to Two Face in The Dark Knight but divided horizontally with the scars on the bottom
  • Clingy Costume: In Black her mask is kept in place with nails and a specially crafted lock. In the reboot it's magical, and she can't remove it because she can't find the man who put it on her.
  • Disney Villain Death: Gets one ( actually two) in the reboot during Grimm's boss fight against her. After damaging the Iron Maiden enough, she loses control of the mech and ends up sending it crashing into the bridge. She manages to grab hold on to the bridge and the final battle begins there. Then after the battle, she starts to lose her grip and eventually falls to the depths of the canyon while screaming,"FUCK YOU MR GRIMM!"
    • It then turns out to be a Rasputinian Death. In an obvious Shout-Out to Twisted Metal 2, the Iron Maiden's One-Winged Angel form is its head. Only after you destroy it does she play this trope straight, again.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: What her boss in Black did to her just because she spilled coffee on some spreadsheets. They must have been some pretty damn important files to justify locking an intern's head in a torture device.
  • Drop the Hammer: In the opening cut scene of her story in the reboot she takes a swing with a weapon at a rival but the business end is in shadow, her final video has an extended version of the scene showing it's a sledgehammer.
  • The Faceless
    • We actually do see her face prior to the mask.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: Slightly modified. She has to choose between the key for her mask or the life of the cruel maskmaker who put it in her to begin with.
    • It gets worse. Twisted Metal Lost reveals that she chose to keep the mask on anyway, but she's still growing while the mask is not, which is now hurting her.
  • Improbable Age: She's just 14 years old when she graduated from college, had a job and drove a semi.
  • Name's the Same: In the reboot, her real name is Krista Sparks. Most would immediately recognize that name as the name of Calypso's estranged 15 year old daughter who's long dead. Unlike her, this Krista is a grownup supermodel who's an Ax-Crazy obsessed with being the fairest of them all. with no mention of any connection to Calypso at all.
  • No Name Given: In Black.
  • Ramming Always Works: The special attack in this game takes what Darkside used to do in Twisted Metal 1 and add a turbo function onto it. One can do extra damage with her special attacks by performing T-Slides and such.
  • Small Girl, Big Truck: She is just a petite little girl who happens to drive a huge 18-wheeler which has a police cruiser for a bumper.
    • The new game pairs her up with The Juggernaut. Similar to Darkside, but comes complete with a box trailer.
  • White Mask of Doom
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Bright pink in the new game.
  • You Remind Me of X: Her boss reminded her of her father.

Carl & Jamie Roberts

Drivers of Outlaw, a police car. Carl was Outlaw's driver in Twisted Metal, and sought to end the tournament's bloodshed once and for all, but was trapped in space after Calypso literally granted his wish. His sister Jamie, driving Outlaw-II, saved him during Twisted Metal 2. They drive together in 3 and Head-On, working to stop Calypso.

  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Their mugshot in 3.
  • Badass Normal: In a contest filled with demons, ghosts, and Death himself, they not only canonically won their respective tournaments, but also survived Calypso's attempts to screw with them.
  • Brother-Sister Team
  • Genre Savvy: Jamie in 2. She came prepared to take advantage of Calypso's word-twisting in order to save her brother, who was trapped in space.
  • Idiot Ball: In Head-On. Carl should know better that Calypo's quite a Literal Genie...
    • Then again He was planning on just shooting Calypso until Jamie tried stopping him
  • Legacy Character: For a short time, Outlaw-II was this.
  • Police Are Useless: Subverted.
  • Shock and Awe: Their car's trademark Special: an electric bolt coming out of the car's siren which zaps any enemy on its radius.
  • Spell My Name with an S: For some reason, Twisted Metal 2 and 3 changed Carl's name to Buzz. Head-On rectified the mistake.
    • Fanon usually splits the difference and considers "Buzz" to merely be a nickname.
  • Wipe That Smile Off Your Face: Jamie in Outlaw's Head-On ending, which is an obvious Shout-Out to Neo's de-mouthing in The Matrix.

Axel

Driver of Axel, a contraption formed by a platform and two monster truck tires, of which he's attached to. He's been living 20 years stuck in this machine, and enters Twisted Metal 2 wishing for the strength to face his father. In Head-On, he realizes he can't live outside his machine, and returns to it with the help of a doctor, who ask in return for his right to a wish should he win the contest. In Black, he's out to get Revenge over the one who killed his wife.

  • Abusive Parents: Axel's father is the one who bounded him into his vehicle, because he was too stupid and needed to be taught a lesson.
  • Artificial Limbs: In Head-On, he has his missing arms and feet replaced with mechanical implants, that also allows him to control his vehicle.
  • Badass
  • Bald of Awesome
  • The Blacksmith: His father.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In his Twisted Metal 2 ending.
  • Car Fu: He has a secret special in Black, where he joins both of his truck tires together and then proceeds to ram his enemies.
  • Cool Shades: In Black, and later adopted in Head-On.
  • Cyborg: Possibly in 4, since he appears coated in metal.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the 2012 reboot. While Axel himself doesn't appear, his vehicle is available as Downloadable Content.
  • The Determinator: Shows some in his ending in 2, where upon his father's negative to release him, he tears his own limbs away from the contraption.
  • Finger in the Mail: His Black self received his wife through mail, piece by piece.
  • Idiot Ball: Who do you think killed his wife?
  • It's All My Fault: In Black, he blames himself for his wife's death.
  • Mad Scientist: The doctor from Head-On.
  • Meaningful Name: He is literally the axel between his two giant tires.
  • Reluctant Warrior: It's been stated in both Twisted Metal 2 and Head-On he doesn't want to fight, but there's no other choice for him to escape his personal hell. His ending in Head-On has him trying to make up for all the chaos. It didn't work.
  • You're Not My Father: Axel claims as much in his ending.
    "And you're no longer my father!"

Minion

Driver of Minion, a Cool Tank. A demon whose powers were stolen by Calypso. He's the Final Boss in Twisted Metal and Mid Boss in Twisted Metal 2, 3, 4 and Black (although replaced at the steering wheel by Marcus Kane.)

  • Artificial Stupidity: An easy way to deal with him in Twisted Metal 2 is to get into one of the temples around the arena. The AI will just drive back and forth in front of it, exposing itself to the player's arsenal of weapons and specials.
  • Composite Character: While in TM1 Minion wasn't given any sort of backstory besides being the previous tournament's champion, TM2 turned him into a mix between two characters of the first: Mr. Ash, Darkside's driver and a demon seeking to take back a demon Calypso stole from him; and Black, the demon he sought and who actually made the wishes happen.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: He's either the ruler or one of many rulers of Hell.
  • Ditto Fighter: In Twisted Metal, his car's Special throws every special in the game at you at once. Not as effective as it should be though.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: His Twisted Metal 2 bio image.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Minion is usually one of the fastest and most durable vehicles in the game, with a powerful special attack. There's a reason why he usually has to be unlocked. His only weakness is sheer size can make him more vulnerable to hazards in certain levels.
  • Hellfire: Twisted Metal 2.
  • Hell Gate: Opens one in his ending in 2 and throws Calypso into it.
  • Hell Seeker: In 3, according to his ending (and despite what he claims in his profile).
  • Homing Projectile: His Special consists of 3 missiles and a freeze missile (named "Serpent" in Twisted Metal 4), ALL homing on the target at once.
    • Going on an editing binge; his "Serpent" has a possible chance of setting your car on fire if the freeze missile misses.
  • Place Worse Than Death: Minion tells Calypso that he wishes to return to Hell in 3. Calypso sends him to Hell, Michigan.
  • Puzzle Boss: In Black, before being able to hurt him, you need to attack his shield's weak points.
  • Revenge: Against Calypso, who stole his "birthright".
  • Secret Character: All his appearances starting with Twisted Metal 2.

Bruce Cochrane

Driver of Thumper, a purple Impalla. A gangster from South Central that has been fighting all his life. Appears in the first three games, seeking first to stop the violence in his neighborhood and later to rule the world.

  • Cool Shades
  • Gang Bangers
  • Gangsterland: His South Central neighbourhood, justified as the game takes place in Los Angeles.
  • Leitmotif: In Twisted Metal 4, there is a beat that plays whenever you shoot his special attack.
  • Musical Assassin: His car's Special in Twisted Metal 3: a soundwave blast.
  • Pet the Dog: While Calypso usually screws everyone else over with his Literal Genie powers, Thumper was one of the few exceptions to be granted a genuinely satisfying ending (at least at face value with the text of the ending). Thumper explains how he's lived all his life in South Central under the shadow of violence in his neighborhood brought about by gang wars and such. All he wanted was for his neighborhood to be free of violence and hate. Calypso says he granted his wish, but Bruce is suspicious. Calypso tells him to go see for himself. He finds that, as the ending text puts it, "Calypso was not lying." It seems that Calypso changed the past so that the violence and hatred never happened in the first place.
  • Playing with Fire: His car's Special in the first two games: a flamethrower.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: His Twisted Metal 2 ending. His wish was to rule the earth, but during the tournament, he and the other drivers killed everyone else.
  • Save the Princess: His original backstory, as seen in the "Lost Videos".
  • Scary Black Man
  • Side Kick: As seen in the "Lost Videos", Bruce was originally going to have a co-pilot with him, but for some reason he was removed. Going by Small Brawl, he may be named Vinnie.
  • Take Over the World: His wish in 2.
  • Token Minority: Only black guy in the first game.
  • Tuckerization: He's named after one of the beta testers, Bruce Cochran.
  • Videogame Flamethrowers Suck: Averted, specially in Twisted Metal 2.

Krista Sparks

Driver of Grasshopper, a dune buggy. At first presented as a girl looking to make her father pay, she's later revealed to be Calypso's daughter, thought to be dead in a car accident years ago. She debuts in Twisted Metal 2 and later returns in Head-On.

  • Action Girl
  • Artificial Human: How she survived the accident. the LAPD turned her into a cyborg in order to get close to Calypso so they could detonate a bomb inside her and kill him.
  • Back from the Dead: Returns as a ghost in Head-On.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: To Calypso in her Head-On ending:
    "What's the problem? You didn't want to help me! You just want another contestant to kill all those innocent people! You destroy everything and run around like you own the world!"
    • While Calypso had it coming, what he tries to explain to her is that he can only use his powers if he's granting a wish, but she doesn't listen.
  • Car Fu: The most representative out of the whole cast.
  • Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: Her ending for in 2.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Head-on.
  • Improbable Age: She's the first(?) teenage Twisted Metal combatant in the series, at age 15. But then age probably didn't matter to her, since she was a cyborg in 2 and a ghost in Head-On
  • Missing Mom: Not much is known about her. According to the comic tie-in for 2, her name was Joanie, and was killed during one of Calypso's derbies after being hit by a bouncing tire.
  • Morality Pet: To Calypso
  • Name's the Same: The reboot also has a Krista Sparks, but she's not Calypso's daughter.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Head-On.
  • Why Am I Ticking?: The LAPD made her a human bomb to get rid of Calypso.

Simon Whittlebone

Driver of Mr. Slamm, a bulldozer/loader. An architect fired from his job for attempting to build a tower tall enough to reach the heavens, he only desires to fulfill his greatest dream. He debuts in Twisted Metal 2 and later returns in Head-On.

  • A God Am I: His Twisted Metal 2 ending has him claiming that after he finished his tower.
  • Art Shift: In Head-On, he looks completely different to his appearance in 2.
  • Back from the Dead: Returns as a ghost in Head-On.
  • Dual Boss: Super Slamm and Super Auger in Twisted Metal 4.
  • Funny Foreigner: Well, not really "funny", but he's notably the only non-American contestant in Twisted Metal 2, supernatural beings not-withstanding.
  • In Name Only: Super Slamm.
  • Mighty Glacier
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Head-On.
  • Shout-Out: His Head-On ending is quite similar to Twisted Metal 3's Buster Cobb, the construction vehicle's driver who replaced him.
  • Star Scraper: His wish in Twisted Metal 2.

Captain Rogers

Driver of Warthog, a military HUMVEE. An old decorated soldier wanting to be young again. Appears in Twisted Metal 2 and 3.

Charlie Kane

Driver of Yellow Jacket, a taxicab. He sought out his missing children in 1, and discovers it's Needles Kane. It's also implied he is the driver of Final Boss Dark Tooth in Twisted Metal 2 where he drives an ice cream truck the size a large house, as Dark Tooth claims to be Sweet Tooth's father. In Black, he's a zombie remote-controlled by his younger son (not Needles), seeking out a better life. In the reboot, Charlie is now presented as Marcus/Needles' son. The clown spared him knowing that he'd make a good replacement should anything happen to him. He's now the new Sweet Tooth.

  • Ax-Crazy: Twisted Metal "Lost Video" ending.
  • Came Back Wrong: In Black.
  • Child Prodigy: His young son, who created a remote control to control his zombie father!
  • Creepy Child: The young son.
  • Jack of All Stats: All of Yellow Jacket's stats in Twisted Metal are 3/5.
  • Improbable Age: His son's age was never revealed but he appears to be between 6 and 8. Very young for a necromancer and a Twisted Metal combatent (Small Brawl notwithstanding).
  • In the Blood: In TM:Lost, both Charlie and his younger son decide to kill Needles and then themselves, to stop their line of psychopath murderers.
    • In the reboot, Charlie becomes Needles' successor. Apparently he was spared as he was the perfect replacement.
  • I Will Find You: His motivation in Twisted Metal.
  • Molotov Cocktail: His Special in Twisted Metal.
  • Nerf: The vehicle Dark Tooth, is considerably weaker and competitive friendly in Head-On than its original TM2 incarnation; a given since it is now playable, not the Final Boss anymore, and driven by his "sons" instead.
  • No Name Given: His young son, apart from his other 'two' sons.
  • Papa Wolf: As Dark Tooth, he gets angered after claiming you killed Sweet Tooth. Alternatively, he was really close to his younger son in Black.
  • One-Winged Angel: Dark Tooth's 2nd form in Twisted Metal 2.
    • Clipped Wing Angel: Most players regard it as easier because it doesn't have any new attacks and has a lot less health than his truck.
  • Ramming Always Works: His Black Special, which releases spikes all over his car, is better used through ramming than firing it as missiles.
    • When played as using hacks in 2, because he's not designed to playable, he can't use normal weapons and is stuck ramming opponents, which is still a reliable why of killing them.
  • Zombie Puppets: Black.
  • SNK Boss: In 2. He is fast, takes a ton of damage before dying, and has the missiles Sweet Tooth using as a special as a machine gun weapons, so he can kill the player in seconds. While he dwarfs all the other cars in the game, the arena you fight him in doesn't provide many areas where his size is much of a weakness.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: So far, there has been no mention or reference of the young son in later sequels.

Mortimer

Driver of Shadow, a purple hearse. A mysterious graveyard keeper that carries missions of revenge for the souls of the deceased. Appears in Twisted Metal 2 and Head-On, where he's awakened from his eternal slumber and desires to go back to it.

Amanda & Miranda Watts

Drivers of Twister, an Indy racing car. Amanda is in Twisted Metal 2, a racer obsessed with speed who wishes to drive at the speed of light. Her twin sister Miranda came in Head-On looking for her disappeared sister.

From Twisted Metal

Mr. Ash

Driver of Darkside, a black truck. A mysterious figure from Hell, bent on recovering what rightfully belongs to his. He returns as a Mid Boss in Twisted Metal 3.

  • The Cameo: In the intro of Twisted Metal 2, a beaten-up Darkside appears on the side of the road. He's also seen in the background of the options menu.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: His rather mediocre Special in 1.
  • Mighty Glacier
  • Playing with Fire/An Ice Person: His special in Twisted Metal 3 is a combination of the Freeze attack and a flamethrower.
  • Ramming Always Works: More like the only option for him.
  • Retcon: Twisted Metal has Mr. Ash claiming as his prize Black, a powerful demon Calypso stole for himself and whose powers he uses to grant the wishes, while Minion is just said to be the previous tournament's winner. Come Twisted Metal 2, Minion claims Calypso has stolen his powers 11 years ago.
  • Sinister Silhouettes: He's represented as that, thought his "Lost" ending had him as a normal, if sinister man.
  • Videogame Flamethrowers Suck: If you are frozen by his special, then it's averted. Otherwise, he can't do much with it.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: In Twisted Metal 3.
  • What Could Have Been: He would've appeared in Twisted Metal 2 as the boss of Los Angeles.

Agent Stone

Driver of Crimson Fury, a red sports car. He's seeking an object that could "liberate the world".

Dave & Mike

Driver of Hammerhead, a monster truck. Two college drop outs who are participating only for the thrill of battle.

  • Bowdlerise: Comparing their wish in the early "Lost Video" to the finished game ending. In the first they ask for girls (after thinking for a moment since they hadn't actually thought about a wish), prompting Calypso's harem to get into Hammerhead; the latter has them ask for...a new set of tires, because they are expensive.
  • The Big Guy: Granted Hammerhead is a monster truck, but it is HUGE compared to the other characters. Future installments tone down the size.
  • Those Two Guys

Angela Fortin

Driver of Pit Viper, a dune buggy. A mysterious woman with a double life who wants a millon dollars.

Captain Spears

Original driver of Roadkill. A former military man filled with grief as he feels that his own cowardice led his squadron into an enemy trap back in the "Jungle Wars of South America". He wants to be able to set the past right.

Scott Campbell

Driver of Spectre. A man recently killed who wants to live again.

  • Back from the Dead: What he wants.
  • Downer Ending/Kick the Dog: His "Lost Video" ending, where Calypso brings him back to life, and then shoots him.
    "I givith, and I taketh away. Try again next year, driver!"
  • Homing Projectile: What'd become the trademark special of the car, the "Ghost Missile" will track the target wherever it goes, even going through walls to get to it. To balance this, the missiles themselves are very weak.
  • Man in White: Appears so in his "Lost Video" ending.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different
  • Tuckerization: He's named after the game's producer.

Commander Mason

Original driver of Warthog. Seeks the same item as Agent Stone under government orders.

  • Armies Are Evil: He and the military are certainly portrayed as "evil" in their search of the item. Even in his "Lost Video" ending he sends a platoon as a back up measure should Calypso fail to fulfill his wish.
  • Brown Note: The Black Box of a plane shot down by aliens. For the U.S. government, the world's not yet ready for it.
  • Dirty Coward: In his "Lost Video" ending. After acting all high ad mighty in front of Calypso, he runs away in fear after seeing what he did to the squad team he sent to get him.
  • Government Conspiracy: Avoiding said item to fall into the hands of Agent Stone and his freedom organization is Mason's main directive. He's also content knowing people will sleep peacefully, completely in the dark about things they're not yet able to understand.
  • The Neidermeyer
  • The Rival: Agent Stone.

From Twisted Metal 2

Mike & Stu

New drivers of Hammerhead. Much like before, two high school dropouts with much free time.

  • Flight: Their desire, but only so they can see down women's shirts
  • One Steve Limit: Possibly averted, though its hard to say if the Mike from the first game and this one aren't the same guy.
  • Those Two Guys
  • Too Dumb to Live: In their ending, they wish to fly. Calypso says "Wish granted." The pair runs off the nearest cliff...and promptly falls to their deaths, as a dumbfounded Calypso stands there with a pair of plane tickets in his hand and thanks that their refundable.

Ken Master

No, not that one. New driver of Spectre. An actor who wants to be famous.

From Twisted Metal: Black

No-Face (Frank McCutcheon)

Driver of Crazy-8, a rally bug. A small-time boxer who was beaten to the point of needing surgery in one match, and could only afford a back alley doctor that he was told was a fan of the fights. The doctor however, lost a considerable sum of money betting on him and sewed his eyes and mouth shut (and eyes and tongue removed). He's out seeking good ole' Revenge. In TM:Lost, he's trying to restore his face (by removing the parts off others he deems evil) so he doesn't scare his baby daughter.

Agent Stone

Driver of Outlaw, now a SWAT truck. A police sniper who let anger get the best of him and got a mother and her daughter killed alongside his target. He's seeking a second chance to fix his mistake. In TM:Lost, he's trapped in a loop after he won the tournament, and is forced to relieve that day every night.

Billy Ray Stillwell

Driver of Junkyard Dog, a tow truck. He found out his wife was cheating him and beats her to death with a hoe. He now wants to find her lover and make him pay too. In TM:Lost, he's just taken a liking to killing, but even if he wants to he's yet to kill another human 10 years after.

  • Black Widow: Annie has her pilot lover attempt to kill Billy by spraying some chemicals over him as he's checking his crop, so they can later cash on the life insurance.
  • Evil Feels Good: In his ending he finds he likes killing after getting revenge on the pilot, and decides to become a serial killer in TM:Lost.
  • The Grotesque: Due to the chemicals thrown at him.
  • Love Hurts
  • Your Cheating Heart: It was Annie the one cheating though.

John Doe

Driver of Roadkill. An amnesiac man looking for his identity. TM:Lost reveals there's a police unit of identical John Does that seeks Calypso's downfall.

  • Amnesiac Dissonance: He finds out in the end that he's an undercover FBI agent, and saved dozens of lives in a bombing incident. He is, in fact, a hero... and he's standing in front of one of the world's most wanted criminals, who shoots him dead.
  • Backup Twin: According to TM:Lost, there's a whole divison of the police conformed by Backup Twins.
  • Bald of Evil: He believes he can't be a good guy with how he looks. Switches to a Bald of Awesome when his past is revealed.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The reason of his amnesia.
  • Cult: He was part of one.
  • Depopulation Bomb: The cult set up a bomb within the city's Disease Control Center, claiming its destruction would spread diseases all over the world.
  • Fatal Family Photo: It is shown to the player just after he's shot...
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia
  • Macross Missile Massacre: His special, a rack of 12 missiles that can be charged up for more damage.
  • No Name Given: Even after learning of his identity.
  • Oh Crap
    "That's right, I am a hero. A hero undercover agent standing in front of #2 on America's Ten most wanted list. In other words, a dead man."
  • Quest for Identity

Bloody Mary

Driver of Spectre. A girl with a past of rejections, who just breaks out on a friend's wedding and ends with Mary killing her and donning her bloodied dress. Enters to ask for the perfect man. In TM:Lost, she has lost her hold of reality and just wants to find someone who'd kill her.

Raven

Driver of Shadow. A gothic girl who's put in the Asylum after witnessing her friend's death by drowning. Wants to get even at the two guys who caused it. In TM:Lost, she has turned into a night vigilante, killing the evildoers of the city.

Cage

Driver of Warthog, now a stationwagon attached to tank threads. A Serial Killer who feels remorse every time he kills. He participates seeking to have the part of his brain that makes him feel sorrow removed. In TM:Lost, he attempted to overthrow Sweet Tooth as the biggest Serial Killer, but only gets his arms and legs chopped off.

Black

Driver of Manslaughter, a dump truck. A mysterious monster that's out to get Calypso. TM:Lost states he comes from another world ordered by another "more colorful" Calypso to kill his darker self.

Warhawk

The Final Boss of Black, a hi-tech helicopter who's flown by a police officer in an attempt to stop the contest.

  • Boss Arena Idiocy: Had he NOT brought those mini-Minions along with him, the last contestant would literally have no way to put a scratch on him.
  • Hero Antagonist: He's probably the closest thing the game has an unambiguously heroic driver and only wants to put an end to the contest that's already claimed dozens of innocent lives...and he has to die for it. John Doe, Dollface, and (especially) Agent Stone are not thrilled about having to do the deed.
  • No Name Given: The cop driving it.
  • Police Are Useless: Well, he tries to avert this.
  • Puzzle Boss: His shield can only be deactivated by blowing up Minion mock-ups, which the player has to defeat first, as he flies over them.
  • Shout-Out: Warhawk was a 1995 PlayStation game created by SingleTrac.
  • Stop or I Will Shoot!: His pre-fight intro video.
  • Super Cop: I don't think that helicopter of his is a Midtown P.D. normal-issue vehicle.
    • Maybe not, but what can qualify him for the trope was that he was the guy who caught Needles Kane aka Sweet Tooth
  • What Could Have Been: There are screenshots showing he was at one point planned as a selectable car.

Severed Sam (Sam Boomer)

Driver of 12-Pac, a racing car. Exclusive for Twisted Metal: Lost, he's a racer who was decapitated in a big car crash. He now looks for the crazed fan who took his head in the incident.

From Twisted Metal: Head-On

Agent Shepherd

New driver of Crimson Fury. A FBI agent out to get Calypso.

Catfish

New driver of Hammerhead. A hunter that wants to hunt the best prey: humans.

Chuckie Floop

New driver of Spectre. A guy who gets Specter as a prize from a radio station. He's not sure what he wants yet.

Angel

New driver of Thumper. Wants to outshine her brothers and friends with the best customized car.

Colonel Hall

New driver of Warthog. A military man that wishes to get the ultimate weapon, a weapon that'll allow him to stop the evildoers of the world.

Gene Ruttish

Driver of ATV. One of Cousin Eddy's colleagues that enters separately. He wants to become the "most desireable man on Earth".

Cousin Eddy

Driver of Cousin Eddy, a beatup RV. A retarded hillbilly that likes two things: shiny stuff and breaking things. The contest's just his playground. Mid Boss of the game.

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!
  • The Brute: He forced everyone in his town to set up his RV by brute strength.
  • Dumb Muscle: His ending reveals that Calypso didn't invite him to tournament, he just entered because he thought it looked fun, and when Calypso refuses give him anything for winning, Eddy Neck Lifts him and threatens to pummel if he doesn't.
  • Expy: He's just a poor man's Minion. Including the same Special Attack and Puzzle Boss battle.
  • Fat Bastard
  • Man Child: His brain stopped developing at age 3.
  • Mooks: Before fighting him, one has to deal with 4 of his hillbilly friends riding ATVs.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: In his ending, when he finds out the demolition derby was a contest, he excitedly asks what he wins. When Calypso tells him he gets no prize because he wasn't an official contestant, Eddy lifts him up into the air and asks again: "What. I. Win?"

From Twisted Metal 3

Amber Rose

Driver of Flower Power, a beetle car. An environmentalist that seeks to "cover the world in flowers".

Buster Cobb

Driver of Auger, a construction vehicle with a drill on its front. He's pissed off at the tournament bringing down his buildings, but he wish others to see "his inner child".

  • Expy: The driver of Slamm in Small Brawl looks much closer to a younger Buster than Mr. Slamm's original driver, Simon Whittlebone.
  • Dual Boss: Together with Super Slamm in Twisted Metal 4.
  • Fountain of Youth: His wish to "connect with his inner child" results in Calypso turning him into a baby.
  • Mighty Glacier
  • This Is a Drill: His Special.

Club Kid

Driver of Club Kid, a micro car. Some dude who wants to party all night.

  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: While most cars in Twisted Metal 3 are certainly cheaters in the Insane Difficulty setting, not all have a Special Attack as irritating as him. His Special consists of a whirling void that attracts all nearby cars to its center, spinning them around for damage before exploding. Considering that he spams 4-5 as he drives by, and how all other CPU cars keep on firing at random even while trapped, you can stay trapped on this all the way from full health to death.
  • "Have a Nice Day" Smile: He and his car have this painted all over.
  • No Name Given

Damien Coles

Driver of Firestarter, a hot rod. A pyromaniac.

Lance Wylder

Ex-New driver of Spectre. Wants to be famous.

Granny Dread

Ex-New driver of Hammerhead. Wants to stop the contest from disturbing her neighborhood's peace.

Primeval

Final Boss of the game, driving a hunting jeep. Only addressed as an acquaintance of Calypso.

  • Bald of Evil
  • Diabolus Ex Nihilo: There is barely any description given as to who this guy is or where he came from.
  • Ditto Fighter: Sort of. His special is a mesh of Roadkill, Mr. Grimm, Warthog and Flower Power's Specials. The manual, however, claims he has the power of all other contestants.
  • SNK Boss: His Special is deadly powerful, painfully homes in and has such pushback force that it makes your car slide all over the place. He's also prone to spam it like there's no tomorrow, and combined with his aggressive AI, there's little chance of survival on a face-to-face confrontation. Fortunately there's also that lovely lower floor opening into open sky

From Twisted Metal 4

Orbital

A British secret agent who wants to restore his face after being half-deformed. Drives a sleek sports car.

Pizza Boy

A pizza delivery boy/street racer who wants the most powerful car that he can use to beat all street racers. Drives a Rice Burner.

Quatro

A four-armed alien cop tasked to apprehend Sweet Tooth. Drives a Xeon hoverbike.

  • Badass Biker
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Quatro was obviously outgunned and outnumbered by Sweet Tooth's gang, an Inter-galactic police department hovercar suddenly appears outside telling the gang that they're surrounded and ordering them to surrender. The Clowns promptly drop their guns and put their hands above their heads.
  • Bond One-Liner: Right after the clowns surrender,
    Quatro, "Your move, Sweet Tooth."
  • Bounty Hunter: Described to be one by Sweet Tooth's assistant.
  • Expy: Of Outlaw.
  • Genre Savvy: Like Agent Shepard in Head-On, he doesn't make a wish and instead outright tells Sweet Tooth he's under arrest.
  • Guns Akimbo: Pulls of a double guns akimbo when he confronts Sweet Tooth and his gang.
  • Shout-Out: To RoboCop, after he pulls out his guns, he's to Sweet Tooth "One way or another, you're coming with me," reference the line "Dead or Alive, you're coming with me."
  • Super Cop
  • The Unintelligible: He speaks in some sci-fi alien effect, which requires subtitles in his ending to be understood.

The Joneses

A family of Twisted Metal fanatics who want to take Sweet Tooth on a holiday with them. Drives a station wagon.

  • Big Screwed-Up Family: One could only wonder what Mr. and Mrs. Jones thought their kids that made them fans of a Blood Sport.
  • Expy:
    • Its special, "Hornets", is practically Warthog's old Patriotic Missiles.
    • The family themselves are very reminiscent of the Bundys from Married... with Children.
  • Taking You with Me: An annoyed Sweet Tooth drives the family's RV off the cliff, possibly killing himself and the family.

Microblast

A leprechaun who has grown tired of everyone bullying him due to his small size and wants to get back on them by being bigger. Drives a life-size toy car.

  • Joke Character: He is among the weakest (or possibly THE weakest) in the game, having little armor and a special weapon which is just Speed missiles with laughing sound effects. He does make up for this with his agility.
  • Kaiju: He became a giant and terrorized the city. Unfortunately, before he could wreak havoc, he became a giant statue.
  • The Napoleon

Thrash Man

A garbage man who wants to turn the whole world into a habitat his pets could live in. Drives a garbage truck.

Meter Maid

A sexy parking attendant who wants Sweet Tooth to pay his parking summons. Drives a 3-wheeled meter car.

  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Genre Savvy: She doesn't make a wish but instead fines Sweet Tooth with parking summons.
  • Shock and Awe: Her special weapon, the Electro Ray (adapted from Outlaw's Tazer), which has an additional ability to suck the health of opponents into her own.
  • Good Cop: Does a parking attendant count as a cop? She did manage to make the Monster Clown Sweet Tooth, the crazy guy staging the tournament, do a little bit of community service by taking up driving lessons. And she didn't even get screwed over whatsoever unlike other cops (except Quatro).
  • Take a Third Option: Her ending has her giving parking summons to Sweet Tooth worth millions. She does however promises him that she'll clear the summons if he did a little community service. Rather then paying the fines or shutting her up some way, Sweet Tooth decided to do some community service in the form of driving lessons.

Goggle Eyes

A pest exterminator who wants to kill all bugs. Drives a pest exterminator van.

  • Goggles Do Nothing
  • Jack of All Stats: His states are all 3/5, although his special weapon is 4/5.
  • Orifice Evacuation: Happens in his ending, when all bugs in the world come out of his body as he wished to "contain them all" to catch.
  • Video Game Flamethrowers Suck: Mighty averted, although its not really a flamethrower. The Greentox has fairly long range, does a quite a lot of damage and it sets opponents on fire.

General Warthog

An old-fashioned army general who dislikes the army's usage of computers and electronics for modern warfare. He wants to command a powerful old-schooled army unmatched by any modernized military. Drives a WW1 tank.

Drag Queen

A Drag Queen who wants to become a pop star. Drives a tricked out Camaro hot rod.

Rob Zombie

A.K.A Mr Zombie. An Un Dead musician who wants the world to hear his awesome music. But you've probably already heard a good number of his songs since 3...

  • As Himself
  • Expy: Stats-wise, he's very similar to Orbital. His special weapon is also the same, except that instead of freezing you on explosion, it scorches you.
  • Nice Hat
  • Our Zombies Are Different
  • Playing with Fire: His Special's shockwave sets enemies on fire.
  • Shout-Out: He drives the Munster Koach from The Munsters. Oddly though its called the Dragula (the other awesome lookin' hot rod in the show) ingame. The Munster Koach was used in Rob Zombie's music video for the aptly titled Dragula. Coincidentally, Hot Rod Herman's remix of that song is used for the Construction Yard arena.
  • The Voiceless: He has his floating head henchman speak on his behalf.

Crusher, Moon Buggy and RC Car.

Three new cars that appear as stage bosses in tournament mode. Neither of them are given an actual driver or any backstory, they are just there. Crusher is a tank-threaded scrap crusher, Moon Buggy is a 6-wheeled moon trekker and RC Car is a life-size...RC Car.


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