"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.
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.
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.
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)
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.)
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.
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 outdriveMinion 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.
Driver of Sweet Tooth, an ice cream truck. A derangedSerial 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.
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 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...
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.
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.
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-Onreveals he's the Split Personality of Needles Kane. In Black, he is revealed to be Minion's driver, trapped inside Needles' head.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: In his Twisted Metal 2 profile, he address the player directly, claiming he can see the player sitting up in his living room playing his little video game. Justified by his story.
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.
Glass Cannon: Drives the car with the lowest defense (no surprise given its 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 (awful) Twisted Metal 4 rendition, aptly named Captain Grimm.
Except in Black, the bios in TM:Lost explaining what happened to characters after Black state he went insane started to think he's The Grim Reaper.
Except in Twisted Metal (2012) as well, the skull face paint is in honor of his late father.
No Party Like a Donner Party: 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.
Talking Animal: ...It's his parakeet the one who does the talking. Huh.
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.
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!"
Why Am I Ticking?: Brimstone's Special consists of throwing explosive-strapped followers into enemy cars.
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...
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.
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 YOUMR 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 BossDark 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
No, not that one. New driver of Spectre. An actor who wants to be famous.
Continuity Nod: In Small Brawl, the kid controlling Spectre gets, as his wish, the keys of his father's vehicle, which is revealed to be the main series' Spectre.
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 describes it as one-sided.
Extreme Melee 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 credits start rolling just before his fist makes contact.
Shock and Awe: His Special, which works similar to the other game's Outlaw.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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 heroff.
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.
Voodoo Doll: She gets one as her wish. She uses it to gouge out the eyes of the two boys.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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
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.
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.
Taking You with Me: An annoyed Sweet Tooth drives the family's RV off the cliff, possibly killing himself and the family.
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.
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.
A pest exterminator who wants to kill all bugs. Drives a pest exterminator van.
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.
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.
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.
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.