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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.
- Adaptational Villainy: The 2012 reboot does not retain his above mentioned backstory, instead suggesting he's the devil. Also, the Twisted Metal tournament seems to exist just to satisfy his love for death and suffering. One of the locations involved a shopping center during Christmas, because he loves watching innocents die horribly during a time when they should be happy.
- Badass Longcoat: Head-On.
- Bald of Evil: Black
- Big Bad
- Big "NO!": Minion's Twisted Metal 2 ending. Also Mr. Grimm's "Lost Ending."
- Bodyguarding a Badass: He has bodyguards in the first game and Head-On. Justified, since his powers are only limited to granting wishes.
- 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.
- Chick & Stud Magnet: He has a harem of beautiful babes in bikinis and shirtless guys toting guns in the first game's live-action endings and Head-On. And apparently enjoys their company.
- 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 and Head-On, he has stolen the powers from Minion, a demon from Hell. 4 handwaved it as a magic ring, probably as an easy way to explain Sweet Tooth having the wish-grating magic. Black and the 2012 game didn't provide any explanation, although the latter is heavily implied to either be or be related to the Devil.
- 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...
- Eviler Than Thou: 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.)
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Phantom Zone Picture / Portal Picture: In the reboot, he keeps the souls of those who died in his contest trapped inside of the painting (which apparently leads to a hellish dimension) in his office, with their screams heard every time the camera passes by it. This later includes the preacher.
- 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. Taking Sweet Tooth's ending in head-on for info, he doesn't seem to be able to cancel or undo a wish for the victor of the tournament. He MUST grant it. It usually always comes out evil for the drivers because of Be Careful What You Wish For; but there are times in which the wish was vague (Hammerhead's ending in Twisted Metal 2 springs to mind); and he enacted the wish, letting the victor find his/her way to hell.
- Promoted to Playable: Well in his case more like Demoted 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: In the reboot, the preacher claims that Calypso is this. It's later heavily implied to be his true identity.
- 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.
- Thanking the Viewer: "I am Calypso. And I thank you for playing Twisted Metal!"
- Tragic Keepsake: In the comic tie-in for '2'', the doll that belonged to his dead sister.
- Consulting Mister Puppet: He speaks to the doll as if it were her as well, having convinced himself of that shortly after her death.
- 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.
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: An invoked trope in Black, which claimed it was the "perfect lure" for his victims.
- Buried Alive: His fate in the reboot.
- 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, Hot Shots Golf 2 AND Star Hawk (as a DLC costume for the Main character) 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 (using the now-deceased Dollface's mask) 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 what you'd expect a Monster Clown's to be.
- Guttural Growler: In the 2012 game.
- 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...
- Fangs Are Evil: In a number of his appearances, most notably Head On and as the mascot in 2 and III, he has shark-like teeth.
- 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.
- It's Personal: Needles mentions before the Boss Fight in Black 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, when he gets his wish, he learns that his daughter committed suicide a few years before the reboot game... by way of being Buried Alive in her coffin. He then screams this trope against Calypso while he desperately tries to pry himself from the coffin. And while he doesn't get to fulfill this promise, his son is all too willing to see it through to the end.
- Killed Off for Real: In the reboot, although his son is there to take his place...
- Made of Iron: This guy survived the electric chair even before becoming a demon clown.
- Mental World: Marcus claims Black is all in Needles' head.
- Monster Clown: It varied in seriousness along the series, but Sweeth Tooth was always causing mayhem and destruction in his way.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His reboot version is a family man ice truck driver turned psycho clown serial killer. This seems to be an reference to John Wayne Gacy, a serial killer that was married two times and that acted as clown to fundraising events, parades and children's parties. Gacy's nickname was Killer Clown thanks to this.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He wipes out a hospital trying to find his daughter in the reboot.
- 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.
- Sadist: He takes enjoyment only in spreading death and havoc.
- Series Mascot: Has been the iconic image for the franchise since the start.
- * Shout-Out: 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
- Slasher Smile: Constantly with his new clown mask. Not that he didn't show this before using makeup.
- 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.
- Split Personality: It's eventually revealed that he's the evil alter of Marcus Kane.
- 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.
- Likely not the case in canon. Judging from the few snippets that could be gathered, in the first game he's implied to be the murderer of Scott Campbell, the original driver of Spectre, in Black a newspaper snippet reveals he once massacred an entire supermarket, gleefully rubs in Axel's face how his wife cried out for him while dying in agony at his hands, and the manual subtly implies he has no compunctions against murdering children. Though considering Black takes place entirely in his subconscious and he's not exactly the most balanced individual out there, it's hard to say for sure how much of this is a reflection on actual events.
- And to drive the final nail in this Trope's figurative coffin, his goal in the 2012 Reboot is to find the woman who escaped his original spree of murders and wants to use his wish to find her. And it GETS EVEN WORSE because she was his daughter, and he just murdered his wife and younger son before getting to her. And during his quest to find her, he brutally slaughters an entire hospital trying to find her there.
- May be played straight by Charlie Kane: In the epilogue of the Reboot, he states how his father deliberately spared him after killing his mother, younger brother, and tried to kill his sister - he interprets this as being heir to his "work". And so far, his goal is to focus on fulfilling a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Calypso, who killed Needles by burying him alive.
- Likely not the case in canon. Judging from the few snippets that could be gathered, in the first game he's implied to be the murderer of Scott Campbell, the original driver of Spectre, in Black a newspaper snippet reveals he once massacred an entire supermarket, gleefully rubs in Axel's face how his wife cried out for him while dying in agony at his hands, and the manual subtly implies he has no compunctions against murdering children. Though considering Black takes place entirely in his subconscious and he's not exactly the most balanced individual out there, it's hard to say for sure how much of this is a reflection on actual events.
- Terms of Endangerment: Likes to address his audience as "Boys 'n' Girls."
- 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.
Wife: "Marcus! No!"Needles: "Marcus does not live here anymore."
- This exchange in particular:
- 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.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Calypso.
- Villain Protagonist: He's easily the most popular and iconic character in the game. Emphasized even more in Black and the 2012 Reboot, where he's one of the most notorious and brutal Serial Killers In-Universe.
- The Sociopath: He cares nothing about feelings, empathy or anything. All that matters is killing everything he sees.
- 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 KaneDriver 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.
- All Just a Dream: His Twisted Metal 2 ending. Or Was It a Dream?
- Badass Beard: Sorta.
- Bedlam House: He's sent to one in his Twisted Metal 3 ending.
- Blue Oni: Of Needles.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In his Twisted Metal 2 profile, he addresses the player directly, claiming he can see the player sitting up in his living room playing his little video game. Justified by his story.
- Crazy Homeless People
- Cypher Language: His method of communication in Black.
- First Contact: In Twisted Metal 3 he claims he got contacted by aliens who told him he's going to win the contest.
- Hobos: He's been living in his car for 10 years.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: His special in 2 and Head-On. The boomerang would do triple damage if it hits the target on its way back.
- Mental World: He believes so in Head-On.
- Only Sane Man: As perceived by him.
- Split-Personality Takeover: The end result that led to the existences of Dark Tooth and Tower Tooth in Head-On.
- What happens to him in the 2012 reboot, with Needles taking him over after convincing him to carve him (Needles) as a mask.
- You Have to Believe Me
- Your Mind Makes It Real: He's convinced the whole contest is in his mind in Head-On.
Mr. GrimmDriver 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: Daniel Grimm is a stuntman turned gang leader seeking to go back to the past and save his father from that tragic stunt accident.
- Anti-Villain: While each of the characters in the reboot are different flavors of Villain Protagonist, Daniel Grimm is the most sympathetic as he wishes to instead renew his life of crime by saving his father's life and everyone he had killed.
- Badass Biker
- Badass Grandpa: His age is 56 during Black, which makes sense since he's been locked up in the asylum for 30 years since 'Nam note .
- Collector of the Strange: The first game states he's a collector of souls.
- A Day in the Limelight: Has his own chapter in the reboot, titled "Mr. Grimm's Dark Trip Back". Somewhat played with, as mentioned elsewhere, he is a completely new character in the game.
- Deal with the Devil: Implied to have one with Calypso in his Twisted Metal ending. Which he proceeds to break when he wins, claiming Calypso's soul as his prize.
- Dreadlock Biker: His latest incarnation.
- Fantastic Drug: Souls are just that for him.
- Flaming Hair
- Flaming Skulls: He throws these as his Special.
- Sinister Scythe: In Black, it's these. Still on fire though.
- Chainsaw Good: In the PS3 game, he chucks these instead. Can also be on fire, if he drags it along the road first.
- Future Me Scares Me: His reboot ending has his past self murder him after he causes the car they're in to crash and kill their father, likely leading to his Start of Darkness.Mr. Grimm: I gotta admit, I'da shot that motherfucker too.
- Glass Cannon: Drives the car with the lowest defense (no surprise given that he rides a motorcycle), but compensates it with high speed and the most damaging Special.
- Kill 'em All: In his Twisted Metal 2 ending, he asks Calypso to speed up the death rate so he can feast on plenty of souls. Calypso does so, engulfing the planet into senseless murder and conflicts, thus supplying Grimm with a flood of souls to feast on. This, however, only lasts so much and soon the Earth is left uninhabited and Grimm hungrily longing for more.
- Pirate: His Twisted Metal 4 rendition, aptly named Captain Grimm.
- Scary Black Man: His latest incarnation, who is a crime lord who wishes to Set Right What Went Wrong.
- The Grim Reaper: In the main continuity (1 thru 4 and Head-On) he's the actual Death. He's a "normal" human being in Black, where he's a Shell-Shocked Veteran, and the 2012 game, where he's a former stuntman-turned-gang leader with the skull face paint being in honor of his late father, a daredevil who used the motif to claim "Death itself could not touch him".
- I'm a Humanitarian: In his Black ending, Calypso offers him a mano-a-mano with the officer who put him in the situation to begin with... and Grimm realizes he acquired a taste for long pork. No explanation needed for what comes next.
- No Party Like a Donner Party: Part of his Freudian Excuse: After being captured by the Viet Cong, he and his pal Benny were trapped in a hole with nothing to eat for days on end. The officer then told Grimm he'd "have to make do with what he found in the pit", and dropped a knife in - implying he wanted Grimm to turn on Benny and cannibalize him. Mr. Grimm initially refused, but after spending a week in starvation (and after Benny finally died from his untreated wounds), he gave in, and ate what was left of Benny's corpse.
- Shadow Discretion Shot: When Mr. Grimm caves in, and eats the corpse of his squadmate Benny in Black.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: His Black incarnation is a Vietnam vet.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Black, as noted below.
- Shout-Out: There's an apparent one to Hell Girl in his Head-On ending, where he renounces his position as the Reaper, which is transferred to a girl wearing a sailor uniform.
- Stable Time Loop: In the reboot, he manages to find himself inside of his father's car and causing it to crash, killing his father by accident, before being shot dead by his past self.
- Token Good Teammate: While a murderer by admission, Mr. Grimm in the PS3 game is the only playable character with a benevolent wish in mind, and he speaks of his past actions with an air of disgust.
- Tragic Keepsake: In his Black incarnation, Mr. Grimm kept his friend's skull and wore it as a mask.
- Consulting Mister Puppet: In his Lost bio, he's talking to the skull as if it was still Benny.
- The Voiceless: Captain Grimm doesn't speak at all...
- Talking Animal: ...It's his parakeet the one who does the talking. Huh.
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.
- And I Must Scream: In the reboot, he becomes trapped in Calypso's painting after presumably dying in the contest.
- Badass Preacher: Jebediah in "Black". Though also averted, as he admits in his intro:"I wasn't even a real preacher... I was just an evangelist, rejected by the church!"
- Back from the Dead: In TM:Lost.
- Demonic Possession: In Black, although this is actually averted, as he simply snapped.
- Driven to Suicide: In his ending, after he discovers the bitter truth.
- Hand Cannon: Sports a S&W 500 in some Black promo pics and in the character selection screen.
- Hearing Voices: The demon speaks in his mind.
- Holier Than Thou: Taken to unspeakable levels.
- Only Sane Man: In the reboot, he's the only person onscreen who is aware of who (or what) Calypso really is. Which is why he then gets locked up in Calypso's painting.
- Phantom Zone Picture: His fate in the reboot.
- Scary Shiny Glasses
- Sinister Minister
- Shout-Out: His appearance in the 2012 reboot has him wearing red shades similar to Alucard's. He also looks like Anderson, if Anderson had long hair.
- The long white hair in the reboot may be an allusion to Ivan Isaacs.
- Shout-Out: Much like many of the other characters are based in comic book characters, the Preacher Jebediah may be based on Jesse Custer from the comic book (wait for it) Preacher. Never mind the obvious correlation between the two (being preachers), there's also the fact that Jesse is possessed by a demon/angel hybrid in a disaster that kills all of the people in his congregation and destroys his church. Sound familiar?
- The Killer in Me: When he's told the truth about the incidents.
- You ALL Look Familiar: His middle FMV uses Billy Ray (before his disfigurement) and his wife's models in place of a generic couple.
- Why Am I Ticking?: Brimstone's Special consists of throwing explosive-strapped followers into enemy cars.
DollfaceDriver 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 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.
- Bad Boss: Her former employer in Black, who sealed her face in the mask just for spilling coffee on his files. The fact he was working on a Sweet Tooth mask was probably meant to be a hint at how he was Evil All Along.
- She is this in the 2012 Reboot, full-stop. She's not above sending her gang of Dolls to die in droves trying to take down Mr. Grimm, and after her final mission in her campaign she shot her Gunner in the face for daring to suggest "they" were both going to get "their" wishes.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Inverted in her Black ending - when given the Friend or Idol Decision mentioned below, she invokes the trope by asking "Why couldn't he (her boss) be nice to me?" Cue her grabbing the key, and sealing Mr. Kreel's fate.
- Becoming the Mask: In Black, she elects to keep her mask on even though she just murdered her old boss to get the key (tossing away the key for good measure), and becomes a vigilante who seeks to Pay Evil unto Evil."It doesn't cry, and it doesn't look scared, and it will always be pretty, even when I'm old and grey inside."
- Her 2012 incarnation downplays the trope, believing that if she got the mask off, she'd be back to square one with competing with every other dime-a-dozen fashion model. But if she wished herself right to the top...
- 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.
- A Day in the Limelight: Krista Sparks stars in the last chapter of the reboot; "The Madness of Dollface".
- 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!"
- 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.
- She does this all the time in the 2012 reboot: A rival model is selected for a prize photoshoot? Beat her to death with a sledgehammer. A doctor claims he can't fix your (tiny) scar? Saw his head off with a hacksaw. Your Mook gets excited after winning Twisted Metal with you, and talking about how "we're" going to get "our" wishes? Shoot her in the face.
- Drop the Hammer: In the opening cutscene 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, clearly showing it's a sledgehammer.
- Incidentally, her boss in her Black incarnation nailed the mask shut with a sledgehammer as well. A Call-Back, perhaps?
- Dysfunctional Family: According to an early instruction manual, Dollface grew up in one. Her father even blamed her for the death of her mother.
- Exact Words: In the reboot, she makes a wish with Calypso to be on the world's biggest runway, the center of attention, and for him to watch her shine. Calypso does so by teleporting her to the middle of an airport runway. No guesses for what happens here.
- Friend or Idol Decision: Slightly modified. In Black, she has to choose between the key for her mask or the life of the cruel maskmaker who put it on her to begin with. It didn't take her long to decide who to save.
- Ironically, she chose to keep the mask on anyway, and simply tossed away the key she sacrificed her old boss for, claiming "It doesn't cry, and it doesn't look scared, and it will always be pretty, even when I'm old and grey inside.". It gets worse in Twisted Metal Lost, which reveals she's still growing while the mask is not, which is now causing outright brain damage.
- It's All My Fault: Blames herself for getting locked in the mask in Black, just because she "defied Mr. Kreel (her boss)". Her opening line in her story mode really hammers this trope home:
"Now that I think about it... maybe it wasn't all my fault."
- Interestingly, this becomes a Defied Trope halfway through her story line; after being knocked out by Minion's explosion, Dollface had a flashback to the moment where Mr. Kreel locked her inside the mask — and then realized she didn't do anything wrong, and even if if she had, Mr. Kreel's "punishment" was grotesquely disproportionate compared to her accident.
- Only Sane Man: In her Black incarnation, she was the only one who questioned whether her wish would be worth killing everybody else in the contest, and often expressed remorse and regret for her actions.
- No Name Given: In Black. The reboot gives her the name Krista Sparks.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Her Black ending features this heavily - first, she seals her Bad Boss inside an Iron Maiden for him sealing her inside the mask, and then sets out to stop other men like him from doing bad things to good people.
- Ramming Always Works: The special attack in Black 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 2012 reboot pairs her up with The Juggernaut. Similar to Darkside, but comes complete with a box trailer.
- Shout-Out: Her boss in the first game, Mr. Kreel, had the same name as the Big Bad of Warhawk.
- White Mask of Doom: Her most defining feature, of course, and is the cause for all of her woe.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Her Black incarnation. In the 2012 Reboot... well, not so much...
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Bright pink in the 2012 reboot - probably dyed considering her modeling career..
- You Remind Me of X: Her boss in Black reminded her of her father. In this case, it's not a good comparison to make.
- What Could Have Been: As seen in an early and unifinished version of her videos from a preview copy, Black Dollface's backstory originally has her own father being the one who nailed the mask to her, because she reminded him of her mother...who he killed beforehand...
- Vague Age: Her age isn't listed in Black. Given that she had been locked in the mask for seven years, and mentioned that she just graduated from college when she got her job with Mr. Kreel, most fans believed she would've been at least 29 note .
- Woman Child: In her Black incarnation, most estimations of her age place her in her late 20s, at least, but she talks like she was a shy little girl sounding barely a day over 18. Having an abusive father, an even more abusive boss, and getting locked in a mask that's crushing her head as it grows within it probably had something to do with it. It's outright Invoked in her Lost profile, which states "This once young girl has become a young woman. While her body and skull grow bigger, the mask does not yield. The crushing pressure on her brain has begun to take its toll."
- Psychopathic Woman Child: Implied at times in Black, as a side effect of being locked in a mask crushing her head, not to mention having both an an abusive father, and an equally abusive boss, and being locked inside Blackfield Asylum almost as long as she was locked in her mask. It gets From Bad to Worse in the 2012 reboot, where Krista Sparks was already an Ax-Crazy, It's All About Me lunatic willing to kill her rivals even before getting locked inside her Dollface mask.
Carl & Jamie RobertsDrivers 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
- Crazy-Prepared : Jamie fitted her police cruiser with space flight technology because she knew Calypso would send her into space.
- Donut Mess with a Cop: In their 3 ending, Buzz is holding out a sign reading "will work for donuts".
- Exact Words: In the first game, "A world free of Twisted Metal"...and everything else!
- Gone Horribly Right: Their ending in 3 saw them ask for a world free of crime, making them lose their job. After all, if there's no criminals, there's no need for law enforcement.
- 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: In Twisted Metal 2, Outlaw-II was this.
- Police Are Useless: Subverted.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: In Head-On, Carl is the impulsive red oni and Jamie the more level-headed blue oni.
- 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.
AxelDriver 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 Dr. Zemu, 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.
- 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, 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 arms away from the contraption. Ouch.
- Dummied Out: Axel in Small Brawl has no ending shown once the game is beaten, but the video can still be found within the code, showing Axel to be a kid in a wheelchair asking for robot legs. The omission was likely to avoid any possible controversy.
- Finger in the Mail: His Black self received his wife through mail, piece by piece.
- Idiot Ball: Who do you think killed his wife in Black?
- It's All My Fault: In Black, he blames himself for his wife's death.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: He creates his vehicle and straps himself in it as punishment for her death.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: In Head-On, although more like stopped. As he tried to declare his wish for peace, Zemu forced him back into the machine and zapped him, making him claim "Peac-AAAH!!!". Calypso took it as his wish and summoned pizza for his efforts.
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Zemu 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.
- Scary Black Man: Specially in 2 and Head-On.
- The Atoner: Becomes this in his Head-On ending, where he decides to use his wish to bring peace to the world as his way to atone for the destruction he caused. Unfortunately for him, Zemu had a remote to force him back into the machine and he was unable to finish his wish.
- You're Not My Father: Axel claims as much in his ending."And you're no longer my father!"
MinionDriver 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 recover a demon Calypso stole from him; and Black, the demon in question 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 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: He's always surrounded by fire in 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.
- Out of the Inferno: For a similar effect, he comes out from within lava in Twisted Metal 2.
- 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 CochraneDriver 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."
- 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.
- Sawed-Off Shotgun: Carries one around in 2.
- Save the Princess: His original backstory as seen in the "Lost Videos" was to save his kidnapped girlfriend.
- 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 SparksDriver 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
- All Just a Dream: In Head-On, Krista asked for the accident that killed her to never happen, and is next viewed having a happy evening with Calypso on a park...only to be revealed she's actually in a coma at a hospital.
- 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 in 2.
- Cute Ghost Girl: In Head-On, he returns as a ghost since Calypso is unable to bring her fully back from the dead unless she wishes for it herself.
- 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.
- According to her bio in the manual for 2, she actually faked her age in order to participate.
- 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.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Head-On.
- Pet the Dog: Calypso knows she was sent to kill him and she is set to explode. He still hugs her to comfort her and dies with her.
- Why Am I Ticking?: The LAPD made her a human bomb to get rid of Calypso.
Simon WhittleboneDriver 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.
- Pride Before a Fall: Leads to a literal case of this, as he slips and falls right from the top of his tower right when he declares himself to be a God.
- Art Shift: In Head-On, he looks completely different from 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 looks nothing like Mr. Slamm, being a much more mundane bulldozer.
- 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.
- Possibly doubles as a Take That!: With Buster Cobb's ending, his wish for people to "see his inner child" wasn't even remotely HINTED at during his bio, since it only talked about Cobb getting Revenge on the Twisted Metal organization for destroying his buildings, while with Simon Whittlebone's ending his wish to be "reborn" was something he wanted, in order to finish the construction of Whittlebone Tower. With Cobb's ending, both his wish, and the subsequent "joke" of him becoming a baby was seen by the fans as a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, while Whittlebone's being "reborn" as in infant who can't work on his Tower as an adult, or protect it as a ghost was seen as the perfect punchline for Calypso to punish him with.
- Star Scraper: His wish in Twisted Metal 2.
Captain RogersDriver of Warthog, a military HUMVEE. An old decorated soldier wanting to be young again. Appears in Twisted Metal 2 and 3.
- Badass Grandpa: He claims so, and he's right.
- Cool Old Guy
- Fountain of Youth: What he aims for.
- Homing Projectile: His "Patriot Missiles" special.
- In-Series Nickname: He used to be called "Old Iron Guts".
- Old Soldier: At 105/107 years old, and still kicking ass.
- Losing Your Head: His Twisted Metal 3 ending, as a continuation of 2, has him asking for a head to match his 20 years old body, and gets his head put in a jar for his troubles.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran
Charlie KaneDriver 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, after drinking the vial.
- Came Back Wrong: In Black.
- Child Prodigy: His young son, who created a remote control to control his zombie father!
- Continuity Nod: One to his live-action "Lost" ending in the 2012 game: the vial of red liquid he was given in the ending appears as part of Calypso's collection.
- Creepy Child: The young son.
- Hook Hand: He has one in the first game, for some reason.
- 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 main goal in Twisted Metal, to find his estranged son.
- 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 be playable, he can't use normal weapons and is stuck ramming opponents, which is still a reliable wsy 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.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: The son turned his father's corpse into a remote-controlled puppet and entered it in a contest where the objective is to kill the other contestants.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: So far, there has been no mention or reference to the young son in later sequels.
MortimerDriver 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.
- Back from the Dead: In Head-On, simply because his resting place was disturbed.
- Casting a Shadow: His special is a remote-controlled bomb shadow.
- Creepy Crows: Has one always perched on his shoulder.
- Downer Ending: Mortimer holds the distinct honor of never suffering one of these in all three of the games he's been in. 2 and Small Brawl have him screw over Calypso instead of the other way around, while Head-On has Calypso grant his wish without any strings attached. Shadow might be lucky, because Raven from Black got off pretty well, too.
- Grave Robbing: In Head-On, two guys robbing his own grave awoke him.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: Every time his car's Special is launched.
- Revenge: He carries out revenge for those who died.
Amanda & Miranda WattsDrivers 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.
- Backup Twin
- Blow You Away: Twister's Special makes her car spin around, creating a tornado that throws other cars away. With a dose of Everything's Better with Spinning.
- In Small Brawl, it simply generates a tornado above her car.
- Came Back Wrong: In Head-On, Miranda Watts uses her wish to bring back her twin sister and gets a zombie, as Amanda had died millions of years ago, as her car traveled back in time after passing light speed.
- Faster-Than-Light Travel: Amanda's wish, as she's obssessed with breaking limits.
- Fragile Speedster: Twister is even faster than Spectre, but his armor is really weak. Fortunately for her, the car's frame is low enough that sometimes attacks misses it.
- I Will Find You: Miranda's goal is to discover what happened to her sister after the 2nd game.
- Tragic Keepsake: Miranda wears Amanda's fossilized helmet from 2, probably being the only clue he found about her.
- Trapped in the Past: Amanda's fate. She wished to travel at the speed of light, but neglected the fact her car needed fuel to function, and once the tank's empty she finds herself trapped in prehistory.
From Twisted Metal
Mr. AshDriver 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 Special in 1 is a white beam that deals little damage. Fortunately, he has better ways to injure others.
- 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.
Agent StoneDriver of Crimson Fury, a red sports car. He's seeking an object that could "liberate the world".
- Expy: Of James Bond. Played more obviously in Small Brawl.
- The Faceless: His "Lost Video" ending was filmed in P.O.V. Cam (in a similar manner to James Bond nemesis Ernst Blofeld). Though he's fully seen entirely in the player-select screen.
- Fragile Speedster: Holding the spot with Spectre in the first game. The car's really fast, but goes down in seconds if caught.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: His Special.
- La Résistance: He's hired by an underground freedom organization.
- The finished game ending suggests they're from England.
- McGuffin: The item he looks for.
- The Rival: Commander Mason.
Dave & MikeDriver 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 FortinDriver of Pit Viper, a dune buggy. A mysterious woman with a double life who wants a millon dollars.
- Action Girl: When she reveals her true objective.
- Briefcase Full of Money: In her "Lost Video" ending.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her Car: Pit Viper is the only one of the 10 original cars to have never returned in a sequel.
- In her "Lost Video", she was shot by Calypso.
- Also, her car had its special and color scheme changed to become Grasshopper.
- The Gunslinger
- Guns Akimbo: In her "Lost" ending.
- Hollywood Acid: Her special.
- Just for Pun: The way Calypso says "Ass-ass-in" in the "Lost Video" ending...
- Professional Killer: Her true identity is revealed as Agent Amanda X, freelance assassin. Hired by the people of Los Angeles to kill Calypso.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: As opposed to most other drivers using wishes to kill Calypso or wish the tournament away (which naturally almost never goes right), Angela is genre-savvy enough to wish for a million dollars first, and then assassinate Calypso thereafter. In the "Lost Ending" though, this fatally backfires on her.
Captain SpearsOriginal 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.
- A Father to His Men
- Blade on a Stick: His special is a makeshift spear thrown at high speed.
- The Captain
- My Greatest Failure
- My Greatest Second Chance: He wishes to be sent back in time to the war where he can set things right. He is so caught up in realizing that his wish was granted that doesn't realize he is in the middle of a battle, and is promptly killed by a South American soldier.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong
- Make Wrong What Once Went Right: He gets his wish, then gets himself killed and most likely the rest of his platoon. Zero Gain there buddy.
Scott CampbellDriver of Spectre, a white sports car. A man recently killed who wants to live again.
- Back from the Dead: What he wants.
- Big "NO!": After Calypso cruelly takes his life away after having just regained it.
- Family Man: Has a wife and child that he left behind; he seeks life once more so he can be with them.
- 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 MasonOriginal 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 & StuNew drivers of Hammerhead. Much like before, two high school dropouts with much free time.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: In their ending, after Calypso "grants" their wish, they test it out by jumping off a skyscraper...slowly realizing the folly of their actions as they plummet to their deaths. Bystanders crowd around them and murmur as their corpses lie there.
- Flight: Their desire, but only so they can see down women's shirts
- One Steve Limit: Possibly averted, though its hard to say whether the Mike from the first game and this one are 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 they're refundable.
Ken MastersNo, not that one. New driver of Spectre. An actor who wants to be famous.
- Body Horror: His wish is for Calypso to make it so the world knows his face. Calypso does this by stretching his face around the entire planet.
- Continuity Nod: In Small Brawl, the kid controlling Spectre gets, as his wish, the keys of his father's vehicle. The keys were stored in a watch with Ken's picture on it, and the vehicle itself is revealed to be the Spectre from 2.
- Cool Loser: He's an actor and has the good looks, but he's so lonely and desperate for attention that he joins the contest.
- Homing Projectile: The Ghost Missile from the first game returns, with the same ability to perfectly hit a target as it goes through walls.
- Opaque Lenses: In his bio pic.
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.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His last official boxing match. He himself described it as one-sided.
- Disability Superpower: The explanation for how he drives.
- Extreme Mêlée Revenge: His ending. He asks his wish of Revenge against Dr. Hatch, and the next scene shows the doctor bound and gagged, while No-Face puts on a boxing glove with dozens of scalpels and knives taped to it. As No-Face rears up for a haymaker to the doctor's face, the screen cuts to black just before his fist makes contact.
- Eye Scream: Not only his eyes, but his tongue too.
- In-Series Nickname: He's adopted "No Face" as this.
- Mad Doctor: Dr. Hatch, a Back-Alley Doctor who was pissed at losing $20,000 on No Face's last fight, and mutilated his face out of spite.
- Nightmare Face: The result of the amputation.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Becomes this in TM:Lost, attacking bad men to gather the parts he needs to restore his face.
- Red Boxing Gloves: In his ending, he gets a custom one with dozens of surgical implements taped on it to kill Dr. Hatch.
- Shock and Awe: His Special, which works similar to the other game's Outlaw.
Agent StoneDriver 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.
- Cold Sniper: He should be, but rage got the best of him in the past.
- Driven to Suicide: He attempts this right after he realizes his mistaken, but...
- Bungled Suicide: ...his rifle was out of bullets.
- Empathy Doll Shot: The bloodied teddy bear.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: According to TM:Lost, After winning the tournament, he's trapped in relieving that fateful day every night, with him saving the family but not killing the thug in time before he puts a bullet into his head.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: His Black ending.
- Last Breath Bullet: In his ending, the dying thug is able to put a bullet in Stone's head through the scope of his sniper.
- More Dakka: His Special Attack, a machine gun frenzy on a single, locked-on enemy.
- Pink Mist: "All units! Target is not down! Target is still hot!". *Boom, Headshot!*
- Scary Black Man: Averted, despise the setting. Well, unless you're one of the competitors.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Averting the accidental killing he commited.
- Unstoppable Rage: What clouds his judgement and leads to tragedy.
Billy Ray StillwellDriver of Junkyard Dog, a tow truck. After surviving an attempt on his life, he found out his wife was cheating on him and beat 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 crop-duster chemicals sprayed on him.
- Love Hurts: And it kills.
- Your Cheating Heart: It was Annie that cheated on him though.
John DoeDriver 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 division of the police made up of Backup Twins for John Doe, each set to kill Calypso.
- 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. Well, not really...
- Dark Is Evil and Dark Is Not Evil: Both tropes are played on for him. He invokes the first believing he's not a good guy because of his appearance, and turns out that's Justified. He assumed that appearance to infiltrate a terrorist group, making him a example of both.
- 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...
- I Have a Family: His last words.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: He doesn't rememeber anything before a certain point before he was sent to the asylum.
- Macross Missile Massacre: His special, a rack of 12 missiles that can be charged up for more damage.
- The Mole: Is revealed to have been one in the Cult he was running with.
- 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: His story. He begins to rememeber it after the fight with Minion.
- Shout-Out: His character looks like Derek Vinyard, while the gang/Cult he ran with seems to ape Project Mayhem.
- Tattooed Crook: The tattoos were the only hints to John's past before Calypso showed up... and they didn't paint a pretty picture.
- White Gang-Bangers: What John's gang was before they jumped to full-on Doomsday Cult.
Bloody MaryDriver 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.
- Ax-Crazy: She is a little(very) unstable.
- Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: She takes such the dress of the friend she killed in the day of the friends marriage.
- Daddy's Girl: Her father's view on women's beauty ( not to mention killing Mary's mother) seems to be partly responsible for Mary's own screwed-up mentality.
- Death Seeker: TM:Lost.
- Homing Projectile: The car's signature perfect-aim Ghost Missile returns once again.
- Love Makes You Evil and Crazy
- Yandere: Probably one of the most extreme examples. Unlike other yanderes, Mary doesn't have a specific lover. All she wants is a man to love her, be it a rich guy, a family man or even a hobo off the streets. True to being a yandere, rejecting her love would only piss her off.
RavenDriver 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.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Compared to the other contestants, Raven is still a legitimate Anti-Hero. Her Lost profile expands this further, where she uses her VoodooDolls and the spirits in Shadow to fight the other SerialKillers in Midtown.
- Deadly Prank: What sets things off; two boys testing if her friend, mocked for her like of occultism, is a witch by throwing her down the pier and seeing if she drowns.
- Goth: A mix of the psycho and gloomy type.
- A Hero To Her Hometown: Her Lost profile states she has become a hero to Midtown, by protecting the innocent, and hunting down the freaks and killers cursing the city.
- More Dakka: She has a hidden special which copies the same game's Outlaw.
- Tarot Troubles: Including the obligatory Foreshadowing by drawing the "Death" card.
- Took a Level in Badass: Her Lost profile has her use her occultic powers to battle evil in Midtown, and became a celebrated urban legend.
- Voodoo Doll: She gets one as her wish. She uses it to gouge out the eyes of the two boys.
CageDriver 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.
- Artificial Limbs: A bonus he gets from Calypso.
- Bald of Evil: A serial killer.
- Cool Shades
- In-Name-Only: Compared to all the other cars, Warthog looks the least like its previous incarnations.
- Justified in that originally it was an unrelated car named "White Knight".
- Lack of Empathy: Subverted. He does have empathy... he just wants to get rid of it.
- Lampshade Hanging: In TM:Lost it is said how no one is sure how a head and torso due to having his arms ripped off by Sweet Tooth is able to drive a vehicle.
- Playing with Fire: Flamethrower Special.
BlackDriver 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.
- Another Dimension: He comes from one according to TM:Lost.
- The Brute: It can barely say intelligible sentences.
- Dumb Muscle: It can barely say intelligible sentences.
- Hulk Speak: It can barely say intelligible sentences.
- The Juggernaut: His bio states he apparently can't die, and Calypso even decided to run rather than face him.
- Name's the Same/Continuity Nod: Shares his name with the demon Calypso used in the first game to grant wishes. Whether he's the same one or not is debatable.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Able to withstand explosions without even a scratch.
WarhawkThe 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.
- Disney Villain Death: After defeating him, the cutscene has him being blasted out of his helicopter screaming, and cuts to black just before he presumably impacts on the ground.
- Dummied Out: Was meant to be playable at some point, he even has a full Choose Your Driver animation hidden within the game files, which can accessed via data mining.
- Hero Antagonist: He's probably the closest thing Black has to an unambiguously heroic driver, and he only wants to put an end to the contest that's already claimed dozens of innocent lives... and he has to die for every single character's ending. 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.
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 ShepherdNew driver of Crimson Fury. A FBI agent out to get Calypso.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He has entered the contest using quiet a nice black suit.
- CIA Evil, FBI Good: The second half, atleast.
- Fragile Speedster: Crimson Fury returns from the first game, and is as fast and fragile as ever.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: His Special has him aiming a reticle and shooting a red laser beam.
- The Men in Black
- Only Sane Man: As seen in his ending, he really only wants to put Calypso behind bars.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Delivers a great one in his ending.
CatfishNew driver of Hammerhead. A hunter that wants to hunt the best prey: humans.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: If he wins the tournament, Calypso grants his wish... only for the "prey" to turn out to be Calypso himself, who distracts Catfish with a decoy and then guns him down, taking Catfish's head and prized rifle as trophies.
- Egomaniac Hunter: His entire characterization is built around this.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: He thinks humans are the only worthy game left for him to hunt, having defeated every other worthwhile quarry on the planet.
Chuckie FloopNew driver of Spectre. A guy who gets Specter as a prize from a radio station. He's not sure what he wants yet.
- Greed: He ends up wishing for a lot of money.
- Homing Projectile: Ghost Missile.
- Unfazed Everyman: He's just a normal guy who happens to win a ticket into the contest.
AngelNew driver of Thumper. Wants to outshine her brothers and friends with the best customized car.
- Berserk Button: She doesn't like being called "little girl" or "sweetheart".
- Playing with Fire: It's Thumper after all.
- Pretty Fly For A White Gal
- Videogame Flamethrowers Suck: Averted.
Colonel HallNew 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.
- Homing Projectile: Keeps the "Patriot Missiles" special.
- Infinity Plus One Gun: He basically asks for one as his wish.
- Pay Evil unto Evil
- Scary Black Man
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Unfortunately, the children don't have the same reservations against shooting him in his ending.
Gene RuttishDriver of ATV. One of Cousin Eddy's colleagues that enters separately. He wants to become the "most desireable man on Earth".
- Chick Magnet: His wish.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Well, not quite Cousin Eddy's dragon per se, but he does go behind his back and enters the contest to get his own wish.
- Fragile Speedster: Possibly even more than Mr. Grimm. While as fast as Grimm, his armor is pretty much non-existant, and he goes down even faster than the motorcycle guy.
- Mook: The Cousin Eddy mid-boss includes a fight against 4 ATVs.
- The Unintelligible: The guy has to be inspired by Boomhauer. The game even provides complimentary subtitles for him.
Cousin EddyDriver 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 to 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
- Manchild: 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?"
- Simpleminded Wisdom: Granted he may not realize it himself, his wish was so simply worded and unopen to interpretation (He pointed at his RV and said "Make it better.", there's not really many ways that could be interpreted.), He get's his wish without Calypso screwing him over at all, He get's EXACTLY what he wished for, even with Lamentations from Calypso. Could probably count as an Achievement In Ignorance.
From Twisted Metal 3
Amber RoseDriver of Flower Power, a beetle car. An environmentalist that seeks to "cover the world in flowers".
- The Ditz
- Fanservice: There's a special code to turn her mugshot profile into an "ass-shot".
- Granola Girl
- Green Aesop
- Homing Projectile: A rose-shaped missile that homes in the enemy.
- Police Are Useless: She claims so in her profile.
Buster CobbDriver 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.
- This Is a Drill: His Special.
Club KidDriver 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.
- Evil Brit: He's the only non-american contestant, hailing from London.
- "Have a Nice Day" Smile: He and his car have this painted all over.
- No Name Given
Damien ColesDriver of Firestarter, a hot rod. A pyromaniac.
- Ax-Crazy + Pyro Maniac: Pretty much sums him up.
- Evil Redhead
- Playing with Fire: The only reason Thumper got cheated out of his original Special.
- Spontaneous Human Combustion: According to the manual, he mastered this art. Don't ask how/why.
- Video Game Flamethrowers Suck: Unlike Thumper, Firestarter's Special isn't that much useful. Though using more than one with rear attacks while the enemy is frozen is a very effective tactic.
Lance WylderEx-New driver of Spectre. Wants to be famous.
- Badass Longcoat: He looks quite cool on his portrait. His 3D model, on the other hand...
- The Casanova: He comes out as this in his biography.
- Expy: He looks very similar to the previous Spectre driver, Ken Master.
- Homing Projectile: The Ghost Missile in this version acts pretty much as always, homing in on a target and going through everything to get to it.
Granny DreadEx-New driver of Hammerhead. Wants to stop the contest from disturbing her neighborhood's peace.
- Batter Up!: She has one in her bio pic.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In classic Twisted Metal style, if she wins, Calypso straps her to a chair with eye-opening gizmos ala A Clockwork Orange and forces her to watch daytime television endlessly.
- Motive Decay: She started out wanting to just end the tournament, but when she wins, she declares instead that she just wants to do "nothing but watch daytime TV".
- Never Mess with Granny: She drives a monster truck, has a pet pit bull, and entered the tournament to kill everyone who wrecked her home town.
- Ramming Always Works: Her Special was turned into this: using it propels Hammerhead forward with great force.
PrimevalFinal 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
OrbitalA British secret agent who wants to restore his face after being half-deformed. Drives a sleek sports car.
- An Ice Person: His Special is a spherical ball which pulls the enemies into it and freezes them.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: His motivation to enter the contest.
- Shout-Out: Of Crimson Fury.
- Two-Faced: A rare non-villainous one.
Pizza Boy (Conner Nazang)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.
- Deadly Disc: His special fires a pair of buzzsaws that home into the target.
- Nitro Boost: His wish is to have a highly tuned car so powerful he could easily win races. Said car was equipped with a Nitro Boost so powerful that it caused his car to fly off out to space and into a blackhole.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy
- Shout-Out: A blond, white Hip-Hop guy. Sounds familiar?
- Totally Radical
QuatroA 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.
- 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 (Ralph, Meg, Mitch and Tammy)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 taught their kids that made them fans of a Blood Sport.
- Expy: Its special, "Hornets", is practically Warthog's old Patriotic Missiles.
- Shout-Out: The family themselves are very reminiscent of the Bundys from Married... with Children, while their car is a dead ringer for the Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National Lampoon's Vacation.
- Taking You with Me: An annoyed Sweet Tooth drives the family's RV off the cliff, possibly killing himself and the family.
MicroblastA 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: Sweet Tooth's spokesman really loves riling him up about his size in his ending.
Trash ManA garbage man who wants to turn the whole world into a habitat his pets could live in. Drives a garbage truck.
- The Brute
- Dumb Muscle: Doesn't really have anything intelligent to say.
- Fat Bastard: He is pretty big.
- Mighty Glacier
Meter Maid (Zanita Corbett)A sexy parking attendant who wants Sweet Tooth to pay his parking summons. Drives a 3-wheeled meter car.
- Bait-and-Switch: Sweet Tooth plays along and agrees to Zanita's conditions, thinking he's going to have sex with her only to realize at the last minute that she's actually making him take driving classes as an alternative to paying his hefty parking tickets.
- Big Damn Heroes: She manages 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).
- Ms. Fanservice: She certainly is compared to Jamie.
- 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.
- 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 "service". Rather than paying the fines and thinking he's getting lucky, Sweet Tooth unwittingly does what actually turns out to be actual community service in the form of driving lessons.
Goggle EyesA 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 WarthogAn 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.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Hypocrite: Dislikes computers and electronics in modern warfare, uses a Kill Sat as his special.
- Kill Sat: His special weapon, the Ion Blast has him planting a marker in which could be detonated like a remote bomb. This causes an ion cannon satellite to shoot at where the marker was planted. A direct hit (difficult to pull off) sets the unlucky bastard on fire. The weapon itself might be a Shout-Out to Command & Conquer.
- The Neidermeyer
- Schizo Tech: He drives a WW1 tank filled with an arsenal of modern weapons and has a futuristic Kill Sat as his special weapon.
- Tank Goodness: It may be ridiculously outdated by now but that is a Mark IV tank he's driving there. He probably chose this tank to fit in with his 'old-schooled military' persona.
Drag Queen (Dennis Flanders)A Drag Queen who wants to become a pop star. Drives a tricked out Camaro hot rod.
- Camp Gay: Textbook definition.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Naturally. He's a Drag Queen.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: He gets to perform in drag to a sold-out crowd in his ending.
- Enormous Engine: A flamethrower even shoots out from the blowers!
- Fat Bastard: And he seems to be able to fit in that hot rod of his somehow...
- In-Series Nickname: "Ms. Petunia", according to the manual.
- Meaningful Name: As explained here. Also Drag Queen's car is modified for drag racing (as seen in Pizza Boy's ending).
- Performance Artist: As seen in his ending.
- Video Game Flamethrowers Suck: Averted.
- 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.