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A list of characters and tropes associated with the long-running Crash Bandicoot series.

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    Crash Bandicoot
Voiced by: Brendan O Brien (1996-98, 2000-03), Billy Pope (1999), Steve Blum (2003), Jess Harnell (2005-present)

A genetically advanced Eastern Barred Bandicoot and inhabitant of the Wumpa Islands. Once an ordinary bandicoot, he was snatched from the wild by Doctor Neo Cortex and subjected to the Evolvo-Ray as part of Cortex's plan to make Crash the general of his "Cortex Commandos", which would be used to dominate the world. However, when Cortex's mind-controlling Cortex Vortex failed to work on Crash, he was (literally) kicked out of Cortex's castle. As an act of revenge and to rescue a female bandicoot named Tawna, Crash traveled through the Wumpa Islands, defeating Cortex's henchmen along the way. He eventually stole Cortex's airship, defeated Doctor Cortex, and escaped alongside Tawna.

Nowadays, he attempts to live a quiet life on the Wumpa Islands. However, his relaxation tends to be interrupted by another world domination plot by Doctor Neo Cortex, forcing Crash to once again defeat him in order to put his life back in order.

  • Adaptational Intelligence: Crash, in his appearance in the Skylanders Academy Netflix series, is Suddenly Voiced, this time with a proper Awesome Aussie accent, and he is much more intelligent as well. This is to the point where his actions lead to Spyro becoming a Fan Boy of him.
  • Adorkable: A lot of Crash's gameplay behaviour depicts him as bumbling and goofy, but thoroughly sweet.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Crash has a lack of communication with others except for Aku Aku and his siblings and an aptitude towards athleticism along with puzzle-solving skills. The food he likes to eat the most as his favorite is Wumpa fruit, showing a seeming pickiness with different foods. He also doesn't fear danger and shows insensitivity towards pain.
  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: Crash was "cutened" up for the Japanese release. He even got the trademark Crash Dance created by the Japanese that originally appeared in Japanese commercials for Crash 1 and was carried back into the American versions starting with 2. Some have speculated that this design change combined with Radical Entertainment's radical character redesigns that would make such things look awkward is what's making Radical's Crash games a no-go for the Japanese.
    • The Japanese covers are ironically a bit more indicative of Crash's in-game behavior and personality than the American covers. The original American covers for the original trilogy would always make Crash look much more intense and mischievous. In-game, he acts much more goofy and happy-go-lucky, and rarely seems to really know what he's doing.
  • Aside Glance: Crash will turn to the camera to look at the viewer and wiggle his eyebrows whenever he's about to jump on and ride Polar or the wild boar.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Though he somehow figures his way through Cortex's schemes rather competently, he often shows a poor attention to the problems at hand, like shrugging off having his arch enemy inserted into his brain in Twinsanity.
  • Badass Adorable: Especially in the Japanese media, where he sports a cuter design and is no less formidable.
  • Belly Flop Crushing: He gains this move in the second game that lets him bust open metal-reinforced (i.e not solid metal) crates. It's upgraded in the third game (after beating Tiny).
  • Berserk Button: Do not deprive him of his Wumpa Fruit.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: This dumb, silly, slapstick-prone and kind of lazy bandicoot can be dangerous and crafty when provoked.
  • BFG: His Fruit Bazooka in the third game, that you can get after beating N. Gin. It lets him fire a Wumpa Fruit to the distance, allowing him to hit faraway crates and enemies. The Wrath of Cortex also gives him one (after beating Crunch and Lo-Lo) and it becomes instrumental in the final boss fight.
  • Big Brother Instinct: As dumb as he is, he visibly cares about his little sister. It especially comes into play in later titles, as threatening Coco's life is often one of few ways the villains can grab Crash's attention.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has thick eyebrows, though nowhere near as thick as Fake Crash's eyebrows.
  • Brains and Brawn: Acts as the Brawn to either Coco and Aku Aku's Brains, doing most of the physical work while they provide directions and utilities. He sometimes has the same dynamic with Cortex during their Enemy Mine moments as well.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: While he can be rather active and moves a lot once the game starts, in the end, he tends not to have anything to do other than napping.
  • Butt-Monkey: He often suffers numerous Amusing Injuries in his adventures, being killed in various brutal ways.
  • Canon Immigrant: The Crash Dance was originally created for commercials in Japan. As of the second game, it became a canon Character Tic.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Even pre-Flanderization, Crash seems a little... unhinged in demeanour.
  • Cool Big Bro: For all his buffoonery, he still often manages to be this to Coco, especially in the Radical games.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He might be a simple-minded guy who can barely speak, but there's no questioning him being a badass who went to a lot of places and kick lots of butts.
  • Depending on the Writer: His intelligence drifted in and out from game to game.
  • Double Jump: An ability introduced in the third game that becomes a staple in many games afterward.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: His main form of offense. The third game gives it an upgrade after beating N. Tropy that lets him do a lot more spin at once, that also allows him to slow his descent in midair and reach great distances from a jump. A few games afterward also have the same upgrade.
  • Exposed Animal Belly Button: Only up until The Wrath of Cortex.
  • Expy: Crash is essentially a happier, friendlier version of Taz from Looney Tunes, with both of them being Seldom-Seen Species native to Australia that are known for their powerful Spin Attack and their lack of intellect. Funnily enough, one of Crash's original names during development of the first game was Willie Wombat, which is the name of a character from Taz's Spin-Off show, Taz-Mania.
  • Fingerless Gloves: In most games, he wears brown fingerless gloves.
  • The Fool: Not the smartest guy around but somehow always comes out on top, even if he takes a few stumbles here and there.
  • Genius Ditz: Crash's intellect borders on animalistic at times, however he can accustom to nearly any new tactic placed in front of him, be it controlling new vehicles and weaponry, or even sapient creatures.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Crash has this going on with Doctor Neo Cortex from time to time. Granted, it's usually to get rid of a bigger threat like Oxide or Velo.
  • Good Is Dumb: Crash, though not without moments of brilliance, is often a victim of circumstances or being an Unwitting Pawn due to his simple-mindedness, but Aku Aku always makes sure to guide him to do good.
  • Good Morning, Crono: Up until and including Crash Purple, most games in the series had Crash's first on-screen moments sleeping in some form. Even afterwards, the portable versions of Titans use a variant of this.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Crash wears pink boxers with red hearts, seen only in his death animations in Cortex Strikes Back and Warped. (One of the Gags of Tag Team Racing depicts him with white boxers with red hearts instead.)
  • Goomba Stomp: Wherever spinning won't work, this usually will.
  • Guile Hero: Crash isn't exactly strong or smart compared to most of the villains, and most of his quests to take them down are plans made on the fly. More pronounced in Cortex Strikes Back and The Wrath of Cortex where he'll use the environment or even technology to get a leg-up on bosses he wouldn't otherwise have a chance with.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Wears shoes, pants and Fingerless Gloves, but never a shirt.
  • Happy Dance: The trademark Crash dance, done whenever Crash earns a gem or a relic, beats a boss, or wins a race. It was originally created for the Japanese marketing, but was added into the games starting with Cortex Strikes Back.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Displays a rather sadistic sense of humor at times, shown especially in Crash Tag Team Racing. Also a bit apathetic at times, though that may be due more to his stupidity and spaciness.
  • Heroic Mime: In early games, his only spoken words were "Uh-oh", "Yee-ha" and "Woah", which can hardly be counted as words in the first place. In the Radical-made games, he babbles like an idiot. N. Sane Trilogy sees him returning more towards this trope.
  • Hidden Depths: As mentioned above, despite his usually vacuous demeanour, he is shown to be seriously devoted and protective towards his baby sister in Titans. Nitro Kart also shows him to be a surprisingly perceptive and forgiving. See below.
  • Humble Goal: Crash's greatest desires are dancing and napping. This is the guy who had an opportunity to be ruler of an entire galaxy but turned it down under the belief it would get boring.
  • Idiot Hero: Crash is perhaps the least intelligent of the heroes in the series.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: So much the developers put special treatment in animating every possible manner he can lose a life in the game.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: In the racing games, he is this alongside Doctor Neo Cortex.
  • Killer Yoyo: He's sometimes seen playing a yo-yo, but he never weaponized it until his appearance in Skylanders Imaginators.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Sometimes a bit more sociopathic than usual examples, though usually means well despite his cluelessness.
  • Leitmotif: Often had the Warped or Twinsanity theme represent him in cutscenes.
  • The Many Deaths of You: He gets eaten, bombed, turned into an angel, and hammered to name a few death animations. Parodied in Tag Team Racing in the form of the Die-O-Ramas.
  • Mascot with Attitude: He appeared to be one on the covers, though in the games he was really goofy.
  • Nice Guy: Ultimately, Crash is actually a pretty nice guy, if a little lazy and not always thinking straight. He pretty quickly accepts Crunch's Heel–Face Turn, has a pretty big Big Brother Instinct towards any of the bandicoots or their allies in trouble (especially Coco), and will save the world from Cortex (and sometimes even for Cortex) without a second thought when it comes down to it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Pretty much all Crash's actions in the second game only end up endangering the planet. First he is nearly tricked into handing Cortex the 25 crystals needed to power his planet scale Cortex Vortex, and then after Coco stops him, he helps Brio blow up Cortex's space station, indirectly triggering the events that will release Uka Uka. Oddly enough, Coco retroactively decides to travel back in time to help Crash do all this in N Sane Trilogy.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Villains have tried and failed repeatedly to faze the vacuous Crash with ceaseless threats and insults. The first time Uka Uka threatened to hurt Coco, however, off came that smile.
  • Palm Tree Panic: His track in CTR, Crash Cove, is set around a beach.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: When you think about it, this little guy can fight off much bigger, more muscular enemies and even enemies who use huge tech just by spinning or throwing Wumpa Fruits. This is best shown in the Mutant games.
  • The Pollyanna: For all he's put up with, he's pretty happy-go-lucky.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: If you even know what a bandicoot is, it's probably because of Crash.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: No matter what you throw at this guy, he'll almost always figure out a way to win. And golly if he doesn't make it look awesome.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: He's simple minded, silent and passive, and prone to making expressive gestures, while Coco is more level headed (though also cheerful in her own way), more talkative and temperamental, and has relatively subtler gestures. Of course between Crash's occasional Simple-Minded Wisdom and Coco's own goofy side, there is a Not So Different element to them, especially in later titles.
  • Silent Snarker: Has occasional displays of this, especially in the Radical titles.
  • Simple-Minded Wisdom: Being a marsupial of very few words, it doesn't come out a whole lot, but Crash does have noticeable displays of intellect. He is an All-Loving Hero in Nitro Kart in particular and it shows.
  • Slide Attack: He gains this move in the second game, that allows him to move under gaps, kick the undersides of some enemies, jump higher and move faster in general. N-Tranced has an upgrade for this move (Super Slide) that lets him slide much further.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Even at his most outwardly dumbest, Crash is thoroughly competent at saving the day, and his track record for making an ass of things isn't really much greater than even his smartest comrades or foes.
  • Spin Attack: His signature move is to spin around.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: In some boss fights he can spin back certain boss projectiles at them.
  • Spring Jump: In N-Tranced he can gain this move after beating Evil Coco, that lets him jump very high.
  • Sprint Shoes: A powerup introduced in the third game (Warped), acquired after beating the final boss. This lets him run faster than usual, allowing him to finish Time Trials quicker. This is also often the last power he'd gain in other games where available.
  • Suddenly Voiced:
    • Not conventionally, but in the Radical made titles and Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled, Crash speaks in an incoherent babble, with a fair few audible words heard throughout. This is especially evident in the Titans promotional movies.
    • A promotional video made for Cortex Strikes Back has Crash talking directly to the viewer. Thankfully, he does not talk like that in any of the actual games.
    • In the Skylanders Academy Netflix series, Crash makes a special appearance in the tail end of episode 10 and as a special guest in episode 11, and he is fully voiced. Here, he has an Awesome Aussie accent, is much more intelligent, and his actions lead to Spyro becoming his Fan Boy and trying to be like him.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Tag Team Racing, Crash was much more of an apathetic Troll, committing violent pranks and destruction on various occupants of the park and shrugging off Von Clutch's deactivation. This characterisation is mostly exclusive to this one installment.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He most often eats Wumpa fruit.
  • The Unintelligible: Became this in the Radical titles, which contrasts with his Heroic Mime status in other games.
  • Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: Most games have Cortex create a new mutant or more that is designed to excel over Crash (one of his first mutants) and defeat him. Crash always proves victorious, either by defeating or befriending the new mutant (or both).
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: In Mind over Mutant, he throws up after Nina made him and Aku Aku kiss each other.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: In CTR, he sold his life story to be made into a successful movie.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He's sparred with Nina several times now, albeit naturally in self defense.

    Coco Bandicoot
"Crash? Crash! Crash, my battery's fried. Make yourself useful, big brother, and go get an extra battery for me."
Voiced by: Vicki Winters (1997), Hynden Walch (1999), Debi Derryberry (2001-Present)

The highly intelligent and spirited younger sister of Crash. Like Crash, Coco was also an ordinary bandicoot until she was taken from the jungle and genetically enhanced by Doctor Neo Cortex.

In N. Sane Trilogy, the Crash Bandicoot: Warped version of Coco uses her laptop to hack herself back in time to be able to help her brother much more.

  • Ace Pilot: Has a number of space or aerial vehicles at her disposal in both Warped and The Wrath of Cortex and can fly them just fine.
  • Action Girl: She has a physical (and playable) role in Warped, Crash Bash, The Wrath of Cortex, Mind Over Mutant and N.Sane Trilogy.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Despite often being the Only Sane Man, she's often seen quietly giggling at her brother's antics.
  • Adorkable: Not as pronounced as Crash, but she is a Ditzy Genius in the form of a young bandicoot girl, and has a clownish, slapstick prone side herself.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: Compare her designs since Crash Nitro Kart to her designs in the Naughty Dog games. Becomes especially apparent in the Radical titles. N-Sane Trilogy reversed her back to a more childlike design.
  • Badass Adorable: It's not seen as often as with Crash, but she can kick ass and is The Cutie to boot. This is especially apparent in N. Sane Trilogy, where she can go through the same levels as her big bro, and even traveled back in time (to the first two games) specifically so she could help him.
  • Badass Bookworm: While she doesn't read books, she is extremely intelligent and can kick ass when situation calls for it.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Starting with Crash Nitro Kart, her outfits often bare her stomach.
  • Big Brother Worship: Her relationship with Crash is thoroughly affectionate considering their intellectual difference. She even gleefully mimics her brother several times in N Sane Trilogy. Especially evident in the Japanese version, where Coco near exclusively refers to Crash as "onii-chan"/"big brother".
  • Big Little Sister: It varies. In some games, Coco is taller than her "big brother". In others, she is teeny compared to him. Personality wise, however, she is consistently more intelligent and mature than him, if to varying levels.
  • Big "YES!": Lets out three rather...exuberant of these in Tag Team Racing when starting her kart up after a standstill, with the last one being particularly hammy.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Of the non-spoken kind. She imitates Crash's victory dance as one of her idle animations in Mind Over Mutant and N. Sane Trilogy. She also has a similar sounding "Whoa!" grunt in certain titles (though in fairness it's not a very exclusive exclamation).
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brains to Crash's Brawn. Being an expert hacker and Gadgeteer Genius, she often provides technology and directions for Crash as he treks through each adventure. Coco regularly provides physical assistance as well, though Crash usually plays the main bulk of the game due to either stronger abilities or being able to access more areas and vehicles.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: She becomes a victim of this in N-Tranced due to N-Trance's hypnotism, becoming the second boss.
  • Buffy Speak: Seems to gained a tendency for this in the Radical series...and stuff.
  • Cheerful Child: Generally good natured and positive. She does have an occasionally huffy side however, especially in the Radical titles.
  • Child Prodigy: "Child" or "teenager", her intellect is certainly her most defining trait; she has an IQ of 164 and has built all sorts of inventions to help her big brother. In her first appearance (the second game) she manages to hack into Cortex's projector and later get access to his plans, and in the N. Sane Trilogy, she even hacks into N. Tropy’s Time Twister from Warped, so she can send herself back in time to help her big bro through his first two adventures.
  • Crutch Character: In The Wrath of Cortex, Coco starts out with Crash's base move set and a couple of variations, but only learns two of the unlockable abilities throughout the game. Downplayed from the fact Coco has her own set of levels tailor made for her more limited gameplay. Subverted in N Sane Trilogy where she learns any new ability Crash does.
  • The Cutie: Especially in earlier games; She opens Twinsanity by chasing a butterfly around. The N. Sane Trilogy brings it back full force with her much more expressive animations.
  • Damsel in Distress: Happens more and more in recent titles, the villains seem to be fond of using her as hostage bait for Crash.
  • Dance Battler: In the N. Sane Trilogy, her version of the Spin Attack is styled like a pirouette.
  • Denser and Wackier: The later games strived to make her more part of the cartoon antics, leaning her characterisation more into Ditzy Genius quality. Even done retroactively in N. Sane Trilogy.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Loathed Nina especially for unstated reasons in Tag Team Racing. She hates her still although more understandably in Titans, where she gets captured by her.
  • Designated Victim: The bad guys seemed to be fond of kidnapping her in later games. It makes some sense since it's about the one way they can properly tick off Crash.
  • Ditzy Genius: In later titles while still somewhat of a techno whiz, she seems rather immature, melodramatic and less resourceful outside her talent, and has gained a penchant for very unusual inventions such as a 'Butter Recycling' device. In N.Sane Trilogy, the "ditzy" part is downplayed but still there - she is once again smart and resourceful, but she tends to be just as silly and goofy as her brother and she helps him in first and second game despite knowing very well that it's useless or even dangerous to do so.
  • Expy:
  • Failures on Ice: Though players can get through the skating sections as her, the animations show her to not be nearly as elegant at it as her brother in The Wrath of Cortex. In N. Sane Trilogy, she skates as well as Crash can, but still slips around when trying to stand still.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Wears a blue flower in her hair in most of her appearances. Tag Team Racing and N. Sane Trilogy change its color to pink.
  • Genki Girl: Her N. Sane Trilogy incarnation is a lot more bubbly and eccentric compared to the original trilogy.
  • Good Counterpart: Originally a light one to N. Gin due to her matching tech smarts. She ended up one to Nina in later games, both being adolescent right hand girls to Crash and Cortex respectively. However where Nina is conniving and sees herself superior to Cortex, Coco is humble and looks up to her big brother.
  • Groin Attack: In Twinsanity she does this to Cortex.
    Cortex: "My crystals!"
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Coco has long blonde hair and, despite her flaws, is purely on the side of good.
  • Happy Dance: She does her own version of the infamous Crash Dance in N. Sane Trilogy.
  • His Name Is...: She repeatedly attempts to warn Crash throughout Cortex Strikes Back, but gets cut off before she can explain; by the time she finally makes it through, it’s nearly too late as Crash has already collected all the crystals, allowing Cortex to try and make off with them anyway.
  • Humanoid Female Animal: A consistent part of her design, especially from CNK onwards.
  • Iconic Item: Is almost never seen without her pink laptop. She's also shown with it in CTR, and in N. Sane Trilogy she even carries it around in the levels.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Debuts in the second game and becomes a prominent character afterwards.
  • Innocent Prodigy: Coco is a science wiz and noticeably more lucid and intelligent than her ditzy older brother. She does often show an Adorkable or childish streak to remind us she is still of Crash's blood however.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: In N Sane Trilogy especially, she can go through almost as many slapstick punishments as Crash.
  • Joke Character: In both Warped and The Wrath of Cortex, she essentially plays as a far weaker version of Crash. Averted in Mind Over Mutant and N. Sane Trilogy where she is on par with him.
  • Kick Chick: In N. Sane Trilogy, her spin attack has her kicking outwards and her body slam is a leg drop. It's pretty much an improved version of her karate-kicking self from The Wrath of Cortex.
  • Kidnapped Scientist: Captured in Titans to complete Cortex's Doominator robot. Done in Ripto's Rampage as well, though only for the purpose of taking and destroying her resources against him.
  • Mouthy Kid: Does a lot of trash talking for her less talkative brother, especially in later titles.
  • Moveset Clone: In Crash Bash and Mind over Mutant she plays similarly to Crash. In N. Sane Trilogy she plays exactly like Crash.
  • Ms. Vice Girl: While she tends to keep her flaws in check better than most of the other cast members, she's still this, being a heroic and intellectually gifted girl but also somewhat immature, making her occasionally rather moody or obnoxious, especially in later games. She also seems to have inherited some of Crash's eccentric side in places.
  • Nice Girl: Despite her flaws, Coco is ultimately a good-hearted and kind young bandicoot who is willing to help her brother in any way she can.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: After Crash teams up with Cortex in Twinsanity, she mistakes it for a kidnapping and busts into Cortex's lair and attacks him, causing the Psychetron to malfunction. Onto her.
    Cortex: Ruined! Thanks to "Perky" here! *points to paralysed Coco*
  • Not So Above It All: Became more idiot prone and cartoony in later games. In N. Sane Trilogy, she has her own version of the Crash Dance, joins in on it whenever Crash does it, and she also likes doing selfies with funny faces. Failing too many times will also chain moodiness or even a temper tantrum from her, compared to Crash who often takes his abuse in stride.
  • Number Two: Usually the next bandicoot to take action after Crash.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Wears pink sneakers, a pink flower in her hair and has a pink laptop. N. Sane Trilogy also gives her a pink phone and she now wears pink makeup (eyeshadow and lip gloss).
    • True Blue Femininity: Her overalls are a bright blue color and the aforementioned flower was originally blue.
  • Positive Discrimination: At first, compared to the crazy universe around her, Coco had no real glaring character flaws and was a genius to boot. As more female characters were introduced however, Coco's defects began to show.
  • Promoted to Playable: She went from being an NPC in Cortex Strikes Back to having her own levels in Warped. The Wrath of Cortex and Mind Over Mutant follow suit by making her playable on-foot. Taken even further in N. Sane Trilogy, which makes Coco playable in most levels in any of the first three games.
  • Protectorate: While Crash saves people on a regular basis, Coco is among few that he treats dead seriously when in distress.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In most games she has long, thick, blonde hair that she keeps in a ponytail.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: All that time and effort she puts into inventions involving butter could be put into much more important things.
  • Remember the New Guy?: She was introduced as Crash's sister in Crash 2 with absolutely no explanation as to where she came from. The manual for The Wrath of Cortex would much later establish that she's one of Cortex's mutants, same as Crash, but even so, we don't know how she escaped Cortex's control or where she was during the first game.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: She doesn't get it as badly as Crash, but she is indeed subject to similar Amusing Injuries, most especially in her playable appearances and boss challenges. It becomes a Running Gag outright in Twinsanity.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Had an obsessive hatred of Nina in Tag Team Racing. It becomes mutual in Titans.
  • The Smart Girl: Of the Bandicoot family.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Following Crash Nitro Kart gives her a slightly more matured figure and attire.
  • Spanner in the Works: Systematically exposed Cortex's whole plan just seconds from Crash handing him over the necessary crystals in Cortex Strikes Back.
  • Spin Attack: She can do it in Crash Bash, mimicking Crash. Also in Mind Over Mutant. N. Sane Trilogy's version has her kick outwards in a pirouette.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She first appears sending Crash on an errand, and things don't often change from there. Crash seems to have earned an affectionate case of Big Brother Worship for his constant doting though.
  • Sprint Shoes: One of the few unlockable power ups Coco can use in The Wrath of Cortex (Crash Dash), likely to help with Time Trial mode.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Inverted. She is The Voiceless in Warped, despite speaking in all appearances before and after. The N Sane Trilogy remake downplays this, while she still has no dialogue, her gameplay grunts from the other two games are still used.
  • Teen Genius: Although her age is difficult to pinpoint, she definitely qualifies as of Nitro Kart. N. Sane Trilogy also leans her more in this direction, with her now wearing visible makeup and doing stereotypical teen things like taking selfies.
  • Territorial Smurfette: In the Radical titles, Coco knows to have an exceptional hatred for Nina, the one other recurring female at this point. Especially obsessive in Tag Team Racing, where Nina doesn't even interact with her.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Coco loves technology and inventing, is the resident Wrench Wench and Action Girl who isn't afraid to get her hands dirty to stop Cortex and in some games, she is on the same level of silliness as her brother, which clearly shows she doesn't care about how she looks that much. Also, in first few games, she wears blue overalls and in later games, she wears simple outfits with t-shirts and jeans. That said, there's always a Flower in Her Hair, at least some pink in her design and her alternate costume in Tag Team Racing is a princess dress and tiara. She's started wearing makeup in N.Sane Trilogy and some of her idle animations show her taking selfies. There's also the cut level in Twinsanity, Gone a Bit Coco, which would have taken place in a Sugar Bowl world inside Coco's mind. In Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled, her track, Coco Park, has received an overhaul which amps up the girliness and includes more pink, more cute things like flowers and rainbows and more of a fairytale vibe to the layout which appeals to Coco's girly side. Her princess dress from Tag Team Racing also returns, bringing with it a unique victory animation where Coco takes a bite from a Wumpa fruit a la Snow White.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After being a Joke Character or a Distressed Damsel in many previous titles, Coco became fully playable and on the same level of physical capability as her brother in Mind Over Mutant. Done retroactively in N. Sane Trilogy.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Downplayed. While still heroic, the Radical Entertainment games gave her a more bratty temperament. Though her Nice Girl characterisation seems to be more prominent again, there are still shades of this characteristic at times (see What the Hell, Player? below).
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Butter, at least in the Radical titles.
  • Vague Age: It’s difficult to say exactly how old she is, especially in the earlier games; the inconsistencies with her designs between developers certainly don't help. The only consistency is that she is younger than whatever age Crash is. From the Naughty Dog era to The Wrath of Cortex, she resembles a child around the age of 8 and from Nitro Kart onwards, she seemed to mature into a teenager. The N.Sane Trilogy muddles things: she has her former, more child-like design but wears a lot of make up and likes taking selfies, which makes her come off as a teenage girl.
  • Vocal Evolution: Debi Derryberry's voice for Coco was initially far more high pitched and soft spoken, before gradually becoming deeper and more tomboyish. As of N. Sane Trilogy, it sounds notably more childish, akin to Hynden Walch's take on the character.
  • What the Hell, Player?: In N. Sane Trilogy, Coco has a lower patience for gameplay screw ups than Crash, especially when they're at her expense. Wasting time or losing a life as her will often earn you a very accusing glare. Fail to collect a coloured gem in the first game and she'll outright throw a temper tantrum at you. She throws a very similar one if you pick on her as Crash in Tag Team Racing's Adventure Mode.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: In CTR, she opens an online dating service. Her business doesn't do all that great, but hey, at least share prices are through the roof!
  • Women Are Wiser: More prominent in earlier titles. She's more of a bratty Ditzy Genius in later games, but still somewhat saner than Crash and Crunch.
  • Wrench Wench: Her prowess with machines start with The Wrath of Cortex and becomes increasingly prominent in the Radical era.
  • Your Size May Vary: In games such as Crash Bash she is Crash's Big Little Sister,but in others such as ''The Wrath of Cortex'", she is the smallest character of the main cast.

    Fake Crash
Voiced by: Michael Connor (1999), Dwight Schultz (2003), Andrew Morgado (2019)

A random version of Crash Bandicoot with thicker eyebrows, a bigger nose, longer ears and an overbite. Described as the result of an experiment Gone Horribly Wrong. He was created by the Japanese marketing team in advertisements for Crash Bandicoot 2, and he was eventually added into the games themselves as a joke, usually through Easter Eggs.

  • Ambiguously Evil: He changes alignments every other game. In CTR, Uka Uka protects him, implying that he's evil, but Nitro Kart has him protected by Aku Aku. Also, in Skylanders Imaginators, it appears he crawls inside of Cortex's machine and causes the islands' rhythm to be thrown off out of sheer stupidity, but the level ends with a boss fight against him, and he actually does start attacking the player.
  • Ascended Extra: Originally started off for advertisements in Japan, made cameos in the games, and became a plot point and full-on boss fight in N-Tranced on the GBA.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Crash already has thick eyebrows, and Fake Crash's takes them Up to Eleven.
  • Canon Immigrant: He was originally created for Japanese Crash Bandicoot 2 advertisements before making it into the games themselves.
  • Driven by Envy: In the Japanese CTR bonus video, it is shown that Fake Crash greatly envies the success of Crash Bandicoot.
  • Evil Counterpart / Evil Knockoff: Well, maybe. In CTR, Fake Crash is protected by Uka Uka rather than Aku Aku, suggesting he was originally meant to be a bad guy. In Crash Nitro Kart, he is, however, protected by Aku.
  • Gag Nose: He's got a bigger nose than Crash.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: In some games he's evil and in others he's good. In yet others it's not made clear.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Like Crash, he has similar balanced stats in the racing games.
  • Mistaken Identity: The villain's plot in N-Tranced is foiled because they thought Fake Crash was the real one, which left the actual Crash to undo it all.
  • Mirror Match: In N-Tranced, he copies your every move. Hint: the traps at both sides of the arena aren't mirrored.
  • Oddball Doppelgänger: He's Crash, but with large eyebrows and giant teeth, is even dimmer, and he even has his own attempt at a Crash dance.
  • Regional Bonus: He appears as a playable character in Crash Bash, but only in the Japanese version of the game, known as Crash Carnival.
  • Secret Character:
    • In Crash Team Racing, he's unlocked by winning the Purple Gem Cup in Adventure Mode.
    • In Crash Nitro Kart, he's unlocked by performing 50 boosts in a row with Team Cortex in Adventure Mode.
  • Simpleton Voice: Arguably even dumber sounding than Crash himself, and that says a lot.
  • Sucks at Dancing: He has his own, considerably goofier version of the Crash dance. This even becomes a plot point in Skylanders Imaginators, where his complete lack of rhythm combined with Cortex's latest invention threaten to tear the Wumpa Islands apart.
  • Unusual Ears: One of the more subtle details that differentiates him from Crash is his longer, floppier ears.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Fake Crash appears in Skylanders Imaginators, and plays this role in the special Wumpa Island level. He crawls inside the Cortex Matrix Chamber, completely throwing off the rhythm of the island, which threatens to tear the islands apart. This might have stopped Cortex from using Mind Control on everyone there, but now everyone, including Cortex, has to band together to stop Fake Crash's bad rhythm. However, he does attack the player at the end of the level in a boss fight, so it's rather hard to tell if he had malicious intent to begin with or not.
  • Wild Card: As evidenced by him being protected in CTR by Uka Uka, he was originally evil, but as the series progressed, he would either be on Crash's side, such as in N-Tranced and Nitro Kart, or completely independent such as in Bash. In Skylanders Imaginators, he takes over Cortex's machine and begins destroying the islands through his bad rhythm, and considering that he does fight you at the end of the level, it's hard to tell whether he had this all planned or not.

    Crunch Bandicoot
"This is the creature who keeps sabotaging your master plan? Ha! You gotta be kidding. I'll exterminate this field rat in no time!"
Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson (2001-03), Chris Williams (2005-08), Ike Amadi (2019)

A genetically altered bandicoot who was originally created by Doctor Cortex to harness the power of the Elementals and destroy Crash Bandicoot. After his defeat to Crash, Crunch had a complete change of heart due to breaking out of his mind control and now lives with Crash and Coco.

  • All Your Powers Combined: In his debut, he can throw fireballs, create waves, roll around in a stone ball, and turn into a ghostly storm cloud version of himself all due to the harnessed powers of the Elementals, and uses them all at once in the final battle.
  • The Big Guy: Of Bandicoot family.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: In later games due to his hyperactive personality.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Seems to have become a Running Gag for Crunch, he debuted into the series under Cortex and the Elementals' mind control.
    Crunch: Man, brainwashed again!
  • The Bus Came Back: Has been confirmed to have his first playable appearance in over a decade in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled. Anyone who purchases the Nitros Oxide edition will be able to play as him from the get-go.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Following his Heel–Face Turn, he's became increasingly ditzy and hyper in personality.
  • The Cameo: In the cutscene prior to the first boss fight in Twinsanity, he appears among the gathering of villains for Crash's "birthday party". Humorously, he doesn't get that the gathering is actually to kill Crash and stands there confused holding a cake.
  • Cyborg: One of his arms is mechanical.
  • Darker and Edgier: His appearance in The Wrath of Cortex is this, as an actually dangerous bandicoot that Cortex wanted. After his release from brainwashing in that game, though, he became Denser and Wackier as the series went on (with the exception of N-Tranced, where he actually averts Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?).
  • Designated Victim: Nearly all his appearances involved him being brainwashed or otherwise put out of action, likely to justify him being an NPC.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Even under Cortex's control, Crunch was thoroughly impudent. His alternative plan for attacking Crash in the final boss was kicking Cortex at him.
  • Dumb Muscle: Following his Flanderization starting with Tag Team Racing and later in the Radical Entertainment titles.
  • Evil Counterpart: He was originally this towards Crash, being the only Bandicoot under Cortex's control. After he's gone through his Heel–Face Turn, he's basically become the Good Counterpart to Tiny.
  • Expy: Presented as The Rival to the protagonist in his debut appearance, is (continuously) manipulated in someway by a Mad Scientist in order to do his bidding, and shows extraordinary strength. And after he joins the heroes, his intelligence takes a hit. Does that ring anyone's bells to a certain red echidna?
  • Final Boss: While he's also the only boss in The Wrath of Cortex, the final battle has him team up with all four Elementals, Cortex, and Uka Uka.
  • Gentle Giant: After his unbrainwashing, he proves to be a pretty friendly and easy going guy.
  • Good Is Dumb: As a brainwashed villain in The Wrath of Cortex, Crunch was a fairly lucid and intimidating villain with minimal comical traits. After turning good, Crunch rapidly became buffoonish. Subverted in Mind Over Mutant, evil brainwashed Crunch is even more crazy and dim as normal good Crunch.
  • The Heavy: He's played as a more major presence in The Wrath of Cortex than Cortex himself, as the bosses are all him in different ways.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After breaking from his mind control in The Wrath of Cortex.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: He debuted in the first post-Naughty Dog platformer, The Wrath of Cortex, and has been a prominent member of the bandicoot family ever since.
  • Large Ham: Became this in later titles, Tag Team Racing and Mind Over Mutant in particular.
    Crunch: (replying to Coco after she and Crash refuse to clean up) Okay. Guess I'll just say some catchphrases. Drink lemonade, Vitamin C.
  • The Load: After being freed of Cortex's control, Crunch joins Crash and Coco on their following adventures, but he doesn't actually do much of anything useful. He makes a small cameo in Twinsanity at Crash's "birthday party", is brainwashed into attacking Crash again in both N-Tranced and Mind over Mutant, and is frozen from the neck down for the entirety of Crash of the Titans, rendering him useless. The only times he isn't useless are when he's a playable character, which is relegated to kart racers and a couple levels in N-Tranced.
  • Motor Mouth: In the Radical Entertainment games.
  • Nice Guy: When he isn't being mind controlled; he expresses his gratitude towards Crash and the gang after the events of The Wrath of Cortex, sees them as family, and even becomes a role model for children later on.
  • Never Learned to Read: Claims as much in one of many quotes spouted upon having his vehicle destroyed in a race in Crash Tag Team Racing.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Crunch's mannerisms in Radical Entertainment games are based on Mr. T's own.
  • Non-Action Guy: Ironically despite being The Big Guy, he was never made fully playable in a main series game, limited to vehicles or cutscene action and thus often inactive. He got a Big Damn Heroes moment in Crash Tag Team Racing however.
  • Promoted to Playable: In the main series, he first became a playable character in Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced via the game's Atlasphere stages, and was also playable in the racing titles starting with Crash Nitro Kart.
  • Recurring Boss: In The Wrath of Cortex, where he teams up with different Elementals throughout the game before he uses all of them and Cortex.
  • Spoof Aesop: He enjoys delivering these in Mind Over Mutant.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Tended to think with his fists in his initial appearances but was otherwise intelligent. In the Radical games, he's a complete airhead.
  • Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: Cortex invented him specifically to surpass Crash in every way and destroy his Arch-Enemy once and for all. For numerous reasons, it didn't work out.
  • Undying Loyalty: Pretty devout to Crash and Coco after his Heel–Face Turn. Unfortunately, the bad guys frequently get around this by brainwashing him again.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: His boss battle in N-Tranced has him fire a gun at Crash for his main method of attack. He's the first boss of the brainwashed bandicoots, making a rare example in this series of a villain trying to do it twice.
  • X-Ray Sparks: In the boss fight with him and Lo-Lo in The Wrath of Cortex, he sometimes blinks an X-rayed image of himself when he's shot at. It's due to him becoming an embodiment of the storms itself. He even explodes into bones when he's defeated.
  • Your Size May Vary: After his Heel–Face Turn, he noticeably shrunk to about two or three heads larger than Crash.

Voiced by: Debi Derryberry (2017)

Crash's love interest from the first game.

  • Adaptational Badass: Granted, she's still a Damsel in Distress, but the intro of N. Sane Trilogy has her put up resistance, punching out one of Cortex's flunkeys before she's surrounded and subdued.
    • She later joins Crash in his Adventures in Nitro Fueled, even forming her own Team of racers.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In her Crash Boom Bang appearance.
  • Bowdlerise: Her original design had her wearing an ultra-tight tank top that showed off some serious cleavage and bared her midriff, along with a pair of high heels. In-game, she has a shirt that covers more of her torso, and a pair of shoes similar to Crash's. The remake further tones down her curviness, though she's still a Ms. Fanservice despite that.
  • The Bus Came Back: After 23 years of being Put on a Bus, she returns as a playable character in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Handwaved away by the original developers saying she broke up with Crash for Pinstripe Potoroo. She even sent him a break-up letter stating this in the Crash Bandicoot manga.
    • She does, however, cameo on a sign in Crash Twinsanity and appear as a playable character in Crash Boom Bang. There's also a picture of her in the Bandicoot house in Warped and Mind Over Mutant.
  • Damsel in Distress: The extent of her role in the series.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The racers in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled would either yelp or exclaim "Ouch!" when under attack. As for Tawna? She merely utters an annoyed grunt or a sardonic "Oh, really?".
  • Disposable Love Interest: Disappears after the first game outside a few cameos.
  • Expy: She was outright defined by her creators as "Pamela Anderson, with a brain". Her role as the attractive girlfriend to the unattractive, cartoony hero also makes her very similar to Jessica Rabbit
  • Humanoid Female Animal: She has a much more human looking design than any of the other animal characters.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: And her in-game design is the toned-down version. Her original design was even more curvy.
  • Inexplicably Tailless: Actually averted in her case. Despite being a tailed animal, Crash and the other bandicoots are all tailless, except for Tawna, who has a fluffy yellow rabbit-like tail, rather than a rat-like tail bandicoots normally have.
  • Informed Attribute: The idea behind Tawna was that she was "Pamela Anderson with a brain", implying that she's smart. Considering that she never actually says or does anything throughout the series, her smartness is never demonstrated.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She pretty much existed for this, with her rather humanoid, curvy look. Since the execs wanted to downplay this, the developers responded by leaving her out of the series after the first game.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Downplayed. Marsupials are mammals, but still, marsupials' mammaries are different.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her original concept art depicts her hair like this. The remake follows through on that concept.
  • Promoted to Playable: She joins Crash and the rest of the cast as a playable character in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Never gained much in terms of personality outside being Crash's (former) girlfriend.
  • She's Got Legs: She has a very long pair of legs that her shorts easily show off.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's twice as tall as Crash, easily able to lift him up. Downplayed in Boom Bang where she has a much shorter game model.
  • Suddenly Voiced: After twenty-three years of silence and minor gameplay grunts, Tawna finally speaks in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Of doubtful canon: Supposedly, after Crash saves her, she breaks up with him, and hooks up with Pinstripe, one of the guys serving under Cortex who tried to kill Crash on his way to save her. However, this information was only in the Japanese manual for one of the games, the manga, and Naughty Dog's old website (possibly just as a joke), so it's unclear whether this is canon as of the reboot/remake games.
  • The Voiceless: Even quieter than Crash in the first game. Elevated to having a few gameplay grunts in N. Sane Trilogy and Boom Bang. It wasn't until Nitro-Fueled, twenty-three years after her debut, that she would gain a proper voice and dialogue.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Tawna wears shorts that often show off her legs.

    The Trophy Girls / Nitro Squad
From left to right: Isabella, Ami, Tawna, Liz, and Megumi.
A group of female bandicoots who appeared in Crash Team Racing, twirling umbrellas after the race has been won and handing out the trophies to the winners. Isabella hands out trophies to her fellow bandicoots (Crash and Coco), Megumi gives them to the scientists (Cortex and N. Gin), Liz gives them to the unevolved animals (Polar and Pura), and Ami gives them to the evolved animals (Tiny and Dingodile), plus all of the unlockable characters. They return as fully playable racers in Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled, now under the collective moniker of the Nitro Squad, with Tawna as their leader.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Nitro-Fueled has Ami and Liz ditch their Dangerously Short Skirts and don some pants.
  • Adaptational Badass: They go from handing out trophies in CTR to racing for them in Nitro Fueled.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Zigzagged, in the original game Megumi and Ami would hand out trophies to villainous characters (Megumi awarded Cortex, N. Gin, and N. Tropy while Ami awarded Tiny Tiger, Dingodile, Ripper Roo, Pinstripe, Komodo Joe, and Papu Papu), indicating that they were somewhat affiliated with them, or at the very least neutral. However in Nitro Fueled they are all protected by Aku-Aku, firmly placing them on the side of good.
  • Amazon Brigade: They form one with Tawna as their leader in Nitro Fueled.
  • Animesque: Unlike Tawna, their faces have big, anime-like eyes. It helps that two of them, Ami and Megumi, have Japanese names. Averted in Nitro-Fueled, where they look more in line with the rest of the characters and similar to Tawna.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Liz bares hers between her green tank top and purple miniskirt.
  • British Accents: Liz is revealed to have a working-class North London accent in her Nitro-Fueled appearance.
    "You 'aving a laugh?"
  • Beauty Mark: Isabella has one on her left cheek in Nitro-Fueled.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the original CTR, they had no dialogue or any real character at all. The most information one could gleam from them was during the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, which is also the only time they're addressed by name. Cut to twenty years later, and they've returned with their own unique voices and personalities.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Ami has green hair and green eyes.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Ami's is pretty short, but Liz's skirt doesn't hide anything at all. Her green panties are plainly visible for all to see, from any angle. Averted in Nitro-Fueled, where they both wear pants.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Possibly. Female bandicoots strongly resembling them appear in the Crash Bandicoot manga, in sequences where Crash fantasizes about saving the world and becoming popular with the ladies. This might explain why the Trophy Girls have a more Animesque appearance than anyone else in the whole series.
  • Gainaxing: The girls' ample chests bounce during the award ceremonies. It is most noticeable when they pull back and wave, especially with Ami and Megumi who are easily the bustiest, outsizing even Tawna.
  • Hot Scientist: Megumi wears a labcoat similar to Cortex's, hands out the trophies to the scientist characters, and the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue states that she invented a new line of perfume.
  • Humanoid Female Animal: Their bodies are by far the closest to actual human women in the franchise, especially noticeable in a series where most humans that show up look cartoonishly distorted in some way.
  • Inexplicably Tailless: Averted. Similar to Tawna, they're the only bandicoots with tails, although their tails more closely resemble those of rabbits or hares than the rat-like tails bandicoots normally have.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: They're very curvaceous and have narrow waists.
  • The Lad-ette: Ami has a more tomboyish personality than the other girls, and looking closely, she's also got a bit more muscle mass.
  • Ms. Fanservice: It's like Tawna times five!
  • Multinational Team: They appear to be this in Nitro-Fueled, with Ami and Tawna having American accents from different regions, Isabella being Italian, Liz being British, and Megumi being Japanese. Their nationalities seem to be based on the various women they're named after to some extent.
  • Pit Girls: They're a group of curvy women who carry umbrellas and appear at the trophy ceremonies.
  • Suddenly Voiced: They all started talking in Nitro-Fueled.
  • Promoted to Playable: Nitro-Fueled has them ditch the podium and become fully-fledged playable racers.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: They're a group of curvy female bandicoots who are similar to Tawna, who was ironically omitted from the series due to being too sexual. Isabella, with her blonde hair and being the designated trophy girl for Crash and Coco, could almost be mistaken for Tawna. The Japanese version of the game even changes her eye color from blue to brown to avoid confusion between the two.
  • Theme Naming: They're all named after various women who worked at Sony Computer Entertainment at the time. Isabella comes from Isabelle Tomatis, Product Manager at SCE America, Ami comes from Ami Matsumura-Blair, Marketing Manager at SCE America, Liz comes from Elizabeth Ashford, PR Manager at SCE Europe, and Megumi comes from Megumi Hosoya, Product and Marketing Manager at SCE Japan (who is also responsible for creating Crash's iconic dance).
  • The Voiceless: They never spoke in the original CTR.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Ami becomes a racer herself, saying that she's tired of handing out trophies and wants to win one for herself, Isabella earns a bit part on the season finale of Bay Waters, Liz poses for Bandiboy Magazine and buys her dream mansion with the earnings, and Megumi creates a new perfume line called "Odecoot".
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Megumi has blue hair, and Ami has green hair. This even extends to their tails.


    Aku Aku
"It is I Aku Aku, my duty is to protect you. You may summon me by breaking open these crates. Call me thrice and I shall grant you special powers."

Voiced by: David Siller (1996-1998 plus archive sounds), Mel Winkler (1998-2004), Greg Eagles (2007-Present)

The guardian of the Wumpa Islands and the father figure of Crash and his friends. Aku Aku is the spirit of an ancient witch doctor encased in a floating, wooden mask. When he sensed Crash's mission to stop Doctor Cortex, he scattered copies of himself throughout the Wumpa Islands in an effort to aid him in his mission. Whenever Crash possesses an Aku Aku mask, he will be shielded from one enemy attack or contact. Collecting three Aku Aku masks gives Crash temporary invulnerability from all minor dangers. He didn't become a full-fledged character until Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, in which he had his first speaking role.

  • Big Good: He's the main foil to Uka Uka, and acts as the protector and mentor to Crash and Coco.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Well, they're wooden, but they're still pretty big.
  • Body Sled: In Crash of the Titans, Crash can use him as this whenever he isn't jacking a Titan.
  • Bottomless Pit Rescue Service: He can work as this in the racing games, bringing good racers back on track if they fall into a pit.
  • Cain and Abel: Abel to Uka Uka's Cain.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Crash, especially in the later titles.
  • Expressive Mask: Bonus points in that he is a mask.
  • Fantastic Light Source: At least in the first game, he can act as this for the Blackout Basement levels. This also means that you'll lose your light if you get hit.
  • Father to His Men: He takes in Crash and Coco (and their pets, and later Crunch) and protects them from Cortex.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: In Warped, he can shoot lasers from his face, which he uses to hold off Uka Uka in a Beam-O-War.
  • Invincibility Power-Up: Collect 3 masks, and Crash becomes invincible for a while, with a pretty cool-sounding bongo-like solo replacing the normal level music. In the racing games he also becomes this to the good characters, protecting them from attacks and hazards as well as speeding them up.
  • Ironic Name: In the Japanese translation of the series, his name literally translates as "Evil Evil", which is ironic considering he's the Big Good of the series.
  • Nice Guy: In most games he is a caring, gentle kind of character who always protects Crash and Coco and is more than willing to help them out. In fact, Twinsanity shows that he will gladly team up with Uka Uka if it means saving the world from even bigger threat.
  • Platforming Pocket Pal: He acts as this for most platforming games, following Crash (and sometimes others) around as he runs. Justified given that he's a talking, Floating Mask.
  • Single-Use Shield: The main use of him in gameplay is to be this; i.e when you have him around, if you get hit, you'll survive and he'll disappear. You can collect 2 of him to upgrade him into 2-use shield. In Crash of the Titans and Mind over Mutant he doesn't do this due to Crash having his own life bar.
  • Spirit Advisor: He's the spirit of a long-deceased witch doctor who guides Crash and Coco.
  • Suddenly Voiced: He was almost completely silent in the first and second games, only saying his trademark "Ooga booga" whenever Crash would break open one of the boxes containing him, but he otherwise never talked to Crash. Then he suddenly started speaking and took on the role of Team Dad in the third game. Averted in the Japanese versions of the series, in which Aku Aku spoke via text in the first game after Crash breaks open the first Aku Aku box, and he was even fully voiced in the second.
  • Team Dad: He refers to Crash and Coco as being his "children", and generally acts as their mentor.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: Acts as one for Crash in later games.
  • Weird Beard: He has a green goatee made of leaves. Justified as he's a wooden tiki mask.
  • Witch Doctor: He was a human witch doctor before he became a sentient Mask of Power.

Voiced by: Debi Derryberry (2003), Misty Lee (2019)

A young polar bear who is an occasional ally of Crash.

  • A Dog Named "Dog": A polar bear named Polar.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: He makes adorable yelping noises like a puppy. N. Sane Trilogy makes him sound a bit more bear-like.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: In Crash Boom Bang.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Crash Nitro Kart, Polar, Pura and Dingodile get hypnotized by N. Trance into racing for him.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's often the unwilling mount of Crash Bandicoot, and Crash can also gain a load of extra lives if he jumps up and down on the poor bear's head 10 times.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Is completely absent from The Wrath of Cortex and the Radical Entertainment titles.
  • Demoted to Extra: After being the Powerup Mount in Crash 2, Polar cameos in Warped and is seen getting ready to charge outside the Bandicoot's house as they race to the Time Twister. He is not seen again until the ending.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In Twinsanity, Polar appears to have gotten tired of being used as a vehicle, and is seen holding a baseball bat at Crash's "birthday party".
  • Infant Immortality: Played straight in Crash 2, none of Crash's deaths remotely scathe Polar in any way. Subverted in directly playable appearances such as the racing titles however, where he suffers Amusing Injuries just like everyone else.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: No matter what happens, Polar will never die alongside Crash, or even remotely show pain. He'll always miraculously survive. He'll remain unscathed by TNT/Nitro crates and, being a polar bear, is perfectly fine with falling into icy cold waters.
  • Mama Bear: In Crash 2, his parents chase Crash in one level, apparently not too thrilled with him using their son as a mount.
  • Powerup Mount: Crash moves faster while he's riding Polar.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: A cute young-looking polar bear.
  • Secret Character: In Crash Nitro Kart, he's unlocked by winning the Blue Gem Cup in Adventure Mode.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Is basically a replacement for the warthog Crash rode in the first game.
  • Team Pet: After Cortex Strikes Back, he now lives with Crash and Coco.
  • The Unintelligible: In Crash Nitro Kart, he speaks through a mix of barking and psychotic babbling.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: In CTR, he becomes the chief tester for an ice cream company. Several daring flavors (most of them involving sea life) have been made through him.
  • You Don't Look Like You: In Crash Boom Bang, Polar was suddenly anthropomorphic like the rest of the animals, and wearing a pair of jean-shorts.

Voiced by: Paul Greenberg (2003), Misty Lee (2019)

A Chinese tiger cub from the past who is an occasional ally of Coco.

  • Anthropomorphic Shift: In Crash Boom Bang.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Coco's fight against N. Gin, when the battle comes into the second phase (N. Gin's mech docking with a larger spacecraft), Pura comes up with a space fighter of his own that docks with Coco's.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Crash Nitro Kart, Pura, Polar and Dingodile get hypnotized by N. Trance into racing for him.
  • Cute Kitten: Cute tiger cub, but still.
  • Gender Flip: Word of God is that Pura was thought of as female in Warped, but Crash Team Racing clarified him as male, and it's stuck that way ever since.
  • Infant Immortality: Mirrors Polar in Warped. At least one death animation subverts it, with Pura getting squashed and Coco evading injury.
  • Panthera Awesome: He's a tiger cub who has assisted Coco Bandicoot during times of need.
  • Powerup Mount: Is Coco's equivalent to Crash's Polar. He's more willing than Polar, too.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Though don't think this makes him harmless, as Zigfield and Floyd found out.
  • Secret Character: To unlock him in Crash Nitro Kart, you have to perform 50 boosts in a row with Team Bandicoot in Adventure Mode.
  • Team Pet: Eventually found himself living with Crash and Coco after their adventure in Warped.
  • You Don't Look Like You: In Crash Boom Bang, like Polar, he was suddenly anthropomorphic and wearing jean-shorts.

    Baby T
A freshly hatched baby Tyrannosaurus rex that Crash encounters during his visit to the Prehistoric ages in Warped.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Didn't make any appearances in the series after Warped, even though the ending confirms that Crash apparently took him back into the present day.
  • Expy: A green dinosaur that acts as a mount for the main hero? Sounds familiar.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted in this case, unlike Polar and Pura. Baby T will disappear if Crash takes damage while riding him.
  • Powerup Mount: Unlike Polar and Pura, Crash has full control over Baby T, and isn't forced to constantly run forward and avoid obstacles while riding him. Riding Baby T allows Crash to jump higher, run over tall grass without slowing down or needing to destroy it, and acts as an extra hit point.
  • Promoted to Playable: Nitro-Fueled makes him fully playable.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: He's a cute baby dinosaur.
  • Team Pet: Lives with Crash and Coco at the end of Warped. Though unlike Polar and Pura, the series sadly never utilized him again until Nitro Fueled.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: An adorable baby one at that.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: Eats grass in his Idle Animation, despite being a T. rex and therefore carnivorous.

    Penta Penguin
"Penguin Yay One."
Voiced by: Gavin James (1999, unintentionally), Fred Tatasciore (2019)

A penguin that originally appeared in the Crash Bandicoot manga and was later confirmed to be the penguin from the Dingodile fight in Warped. He later appeared as a secret character in Crash Team Racing.

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: He wears a magenta scarf when he's driving and in the manga.
  • The Cameo: He appears in Crash Bash as a special obstacle in the Snow Bash stage, sleeping in the middle of the stage. If someone attacks him, he wakes up and gets angry, and proceeds to spin around the arena, sending crates outward that can harm the combatants, until he stops and sleeps again.
  • Canon Immigrant: He originally appeared as a character in the manga, although he is based on the penguin enemies that appeared in Cortex Strikes Back, and he uses the same model as them when in the victory circle. He appeared in Warped, being threatened by Dingodile before the boss battle, but it was never stated to be Penta until N. Sane Trilogy, where the trophy for beating Dingodile is called "Penta's Revenge".
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He actually appears in the intro to CTR, if you look closely enough. He is one of the drivers racing in Coco Park when Oxide makes his challenge to Earth, and he also appears in the background behind Polar when he's reading his book. Nitro-Fueled makes this much more obvious, since he also pops up behind Penta and slaps his back, scaring him and causing him to flip the book right-side-up.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: The main reason he exists.
  • Expy: Combined with Name's the Same. There is also a penguin named Penta in the 1991 Famicom game Yume Penguin Monogatari. The game involves Penta trying to lose weight in order to win back the affections his girlfriend, Penko. Similarly, Penta's appearance in the Crash manga gives him a girlfriend named Gurin, who he tries to win back after she falls for Crash.
  • Master of All: In the PAL version of CTR, all of his stats are maxed out. In the NTSC version he's similar to Polar and Pura.
  • Mighty Glacier: In Nitro Fueled, he is in the same class as Tiny and Dingodile.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Comes with being a penguin.
  • Secret Character: He's the only character in CTR that can only be unlocked through a cheat code.


Scientists and Related Bad Guys:

Tropes relating to all of them:

  • Humans Are Bastards: They're all humans and they tend to cause the most pain in the games filled with modified animals.
  • Theme Naming: All the scientists have Punny Names based on words that sound as if they begin with the letter "N".

    Doctor Neo Periwinkle Cortex
"Oh, how I hate bandicoots..."
Voiced by: Brendan O'Brien (1996), Clancy Brown (1997-2003), Lex Lang (2004-Present)
Child Cortex voiced by: Clancy Brown (1998), Debi Derryberry (2004), Corey Burton (2017)

A mad scientist who seeks to achieve world domination as an act of vengeance for the ridicule he has suffered in the past. Hoping to achieve this by modifying the local animals into his soldiers, he eventually creates Crash Bandicoot, the titular character of the series, but soon rejects him as unworthy of being in his army and removes him from his castle.

As Cortex's actions endanger the sanctity of the islands the games are set in, Cortex's plans for world domination are often hampered by Crash along with other characters. Crash's constant interference has made eliminating Crash one of Cortex's top priorities along with world domination.

  • Affably Evil: Compared to many of the other villains, Cortex is honestly pretty cordial and almost friendly at times.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He has yellow skin, though in the earlier games his skin is more subtly yellowish than the Simpsonesque hue it would later take.
  • Arch-Enemy: He is the main enemy of Crash Bandicoot.
  • Bald of Evil: He's the "top-balding" version of this, as he still has some hair around his head and a small tuft at the top.
  • Badass Normal: He usually fights with simply a laser gun and some explosives, yet is considered tough enough to be almost on par with Crash in some games.
  • Beard of Evil: It's technically a goatee, but still counts.
  • Big Bad: He is typically the main villain of the series. Demoted to Dragon upon Uka Uka's arrival.
    • The Demoted to Dragon part is definite throughout the Playstation games, but becomes arguable in the sixth generation games, where Uka Uka starts doing less and less, leaving Cortex to act more as a Big Bad. Then in Mind Over Mutant, he was established as that game's Big Bad.
  • Big Fancy Castle: His very own Cortex Castle, where he conducts his experiments in the first game. It's also his track in CTR.
  • Big "NO!": Screams this as he is defeated in Cortex Strikes Back.
    Cortex: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! You haven't seen the last of me, Crash Bandicoot!
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Not quite as thick as Crash's, but still pretty impressive.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: He specializes in turning animals into his slaves, and has made world domination his goal through said brainwashed slaves. His signature Cortex Vortex is his Mind-Control Device. He even attempts to brainwash the entire planet in the second game, although thankfully he's thwarted. It's also implied that he aims to do the same thing in the third game.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In Twinsanity, he says something to this effect to Crash.
    Cortex: Crash, I've been like a father to you! I created you, nursed you... tried to destroy you.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": He has an N on his forehead. The buildings on Cortex Island in the first game also have some occasional N on them.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: In Twinsanity, he has no idea what the Evil Twins are talking about when they say he ruined their lives, and justifies it by saying he's ruined the lives of so many he can't be expected to remember them all. It takes him until near the end of the game to realize what they meant: they were once his pet parrots, Victor and Moritz, whom Cortex used as test subjects for the prototype Evolvo-Ray, only to send them to the Tenth Dimension instead.
  • Butt-Monkey / Chew Toy: Throughout the entire series, what with his repeat failures, injuries, and humiliations. Became really apparent in Crash Twinsanity, particularly in the section where Crash uses Cortex as a sled.
    • Iron Butt Monkey: Similar to Crash, no matter what horrible situation he is put in, he always bounces back, ready for the bandicoots' blood afterwards.
  • Camp Straight: He gets more and more campy as of the later games, with some parts even having him saying rather suggestive lines.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The aspect of openly identifying himself as evil slowly becomes more obvious as the series progresses.
  • Chaste Toons: Nina is stated to be his niece, although he occasionally slips up and calls her his daughter, implying that he's hiding something. This concept was never explored in later games, though.
  • Circus Brat: According to at least one strategy guide, he was raised to a family of circus performers.
  • The Comically Serious: Arguably his role in early games, became increasingly clownish as the series progressed however.
  • Create Your Own Hero: He's the one responsible for creating Crash Bandicoot, the one who always foils his evil plans. Brio even warns him that they haven't determined the cause of past failures of Cortex's device, but Cortex was stubborn and went ahead with it.
  • Darth Vader Clone: He's the creator (if not necessarily father) of the series protagonist, speaks in a deep voice, suffers a defeat in the original installment but survives, becomes a more direct threat in the sequelnote , and is revealed to be The Dragon to an even greater villain in the third installment.
  • Ditzy Genius: Increasingly became rather ineffective in spite of his scientific skills due to Flanderization over the course of the series, scaling back his competence to make room for slapstick humor.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Neo Cortex's middle name is "Periwinkle", as brought up in Tag Team Racing, though he never comments on it.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones / Uncle Wolf: He genuinely cares for Nina, albeit in his own twisted way.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Demoted to Dragon and kicked around endlessly by Uka Uka, who later replaces him with Nina, his niece that is directly stated to be more diabolical than him. He takes revenge on them both in Mind Over Mutant and resumes the role of Big Bad once more.
    • Also in Nitro Kart after being captured and forced to race by Velo, he and Tiny overpower him for his power sceptre. Things don't work quite as planned afterwards however.
  • Evil Laugh: Has an evil laugh in several titles, including Cortex Strikes Back.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: As Clancy Brown from 1997-2003, he has a menacing deep voice.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: He's been attempting to create an army of super-animals since he was eight years old.
  • Falsely Reformed Villain: In Cortex Strikes Back, he claims to have reformed and be trying to stop the Earth from facing an impending doom, and that he needs Crash's assistance on gathering the crystals to help him. Of course, he's actually duping Crash as those crystals are going to be used to power his planetary Cortex Vortex.
  • Faustian Rebellion: If you consider Uka Uka as the series's equivalent to the Devil, then this is what Cortex does in Mind Over Mutant.
  • Final Boss: Alone in the original and Cortex Strikes Back, with Uka Uka in Warped, alone again in The Huge Adventure, alongside Crunch and the Elementals with minor help from Uka Uka in The Wrath of Cortex, and mutated in Mind over Mutant.
  • For the Evulz: Has been reduced to doing evil deeds just because as of Titans:
    Coco: Cortex, why do you keep doing stuff like this?
    Cortex: Well, actually, it's pretty fun. You should try it. Y'know, riding around in huge, rumbling machines and whatnot? Very stimulating.
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: In the second game. he's fleeing with his jetpack in space and Crash has to chase him before he gets too far away.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: In some games, he's just racing together with Crash and others, though unlike most examples, all three racing games do justify it in the plot.
  • The Heavy: Uka Uka may be the ultimate source of evil in the series and Cortex's boss, but Cortex is the focus and plot driver.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Vaporizes the Big Bad of Tag Team Racing so he can take over as the villain, though the rest of his plan fails miserably a minute later.
  • Hover Board: In the first and third game he flies around using this. It's also available for him in Skylanders Imaginators.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He is this alongside Crash in the racing games.
  • Jerkass: An evil scientist for one thing, outright admits in Twinsanity he's willing to ruin other people's lives for another.
  • Jet Pack: He uses this in the second game to escape from Crash as they're in space. In Crash Bash he (and N. Brio) also uses it as a pogo substitute, as well as a booster for Polar Push games.
  • Large Ham: Even more so in the later games.
  • Leitmotif: A sinister guitar riff accompanied most of his boss and cutscene appearances in the Naughty Dog games. A few notes are also used in Nitro Kart's cutscenes.
  • Mad Scientist: One of several throughout the series, each with their own special skills. For Cortex, it's brainwashing.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • Manages to be this in the second game, tricking Crash into gathering the crystals for him.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in Mind Over Mutant where he pretty much scams the entire globe into voluntarily wearing N.Brio's N.V. mind control devices. For an extra touch he even uses the device's test run to lure Uka Uka into a trap to overthrow him.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: An evil doctor bent in world domination.
  • My Brain Is Big: He has a big head, with the top being very oddly flat.
  • The Napoleon: Implied to have been bullied for his short stature, even built a planetary minimizer to shrink the Earth so that its civilians could "look up to" him.
    Cortex: Finally, after all these years of abuse, who's the little guy now?
  • Obviously Evil: Come on, just look at the guy and hear exactly what he says!
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Downplayed. He's an expert in genetics, biology and neuroscience and does tinker with machines and have some scattered knowledge of other subjects, but he outsources the heavy thinking regarding quantum mechanics, robotics and chemistry to his colleagues.
  • Punny Name: His name is a reference to the external section of the brain, and he's an expert on making subservient subjects by brainwashing them. He also attempted to mind-control everyone on the planet at once before Crash puts a stop to it.
  • Ray Gun: It's his most-commonly used weapon.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: It's a bit hard to see in some games, but he has red eyes and he is evil.
  • Sissy Villain: Later games in the series made him much less threatening, giving him a more wistful way of speaking and a lot of Camp Straight tendencies.
    • The PlayStation interns gave the major characters of the Crash Bandicoot series a list of their favorite songs in Spotify. While Crash's playlist is filled with 90's smash hits and Coco's is filled with female popstars, N.Cortex's playlist is filled with sappy love songs such as My Heart Will Go On, Truly Madly Deeply and I Will Always Love You.
  • The Starscream/The Dog Bites Back: Spends several years under Uka Uka's abusive command, though following Mind Over Mutant, well, let's just say Uka Uka will never want to eat cake again.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Most games portray Cortex as wimpy and cowardly (Crash does not take his physical threats seriously at all in Mind Over Mutant until he "cheats"). The Rollerbrawl mechanics of Twinsanity however had Cortex actually engage in comedic Good Old Fisticuffs with Crash, arguably making him the one villain closest to actually matching him.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss:
    • In the first game, he could just use the red and blue shots instead of the green ones that Crash can spin back at him. Even worse, when he's got one hit point left, he's reduced to spamming nothing but the green shots. In Twinsanity he does a similar blunder.
    • In the third, the mines that he throws will open the hole in the floor, the real way of hurting him; hitting him normally doesn't actually do damage, although it does knock him over.
    • In Twinsanity, Cortex tosses bombs and fire his ray-gun at Crash, but his charged-up green plasma blast can be spun back at him. A cut line of dialogue actually has him lampshade it.
    Cortex: Now be careful not to let him spin back the green plasma blast. Three full hits and we're done for. If only he knew!
  • Take Over the World: His ultimate goal is world domination.
  • Talking to Himself: Only in the first game, where he and Brio have the same voice actor.
  • They Called Me Mad!: The catalyst of his quest for world domination is to get back at everyone who deemed him crazy.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Normally averted, as most games explain how Cortex comes back from his last defeat. However, it's never explained how he and N. Tropy returned after they were turned into babies and sent back into the past with Uka Uka at the end of Warped, or how he escaped from Crash's mind after his botched attempt to get rid of Crash at the end of Twinsanity.
  • The Vietnam Vet: Implied to be one in Tag Team Racing, judging by one of his quotes after hitting an opponent with a weapon during a race:
    Cortex: Ha ha ha! Just like back in Da Nang!
  • Villainous Friendship: To an extent. While he chides his subordinates a lot, he seems to enjoy having N. Gin or another to enjoy his conquests with. As shown in Nitro Kart he also lets Tiny goof around in his lair, if grudgingly (he contributes very little to scheming).
  • Vocal Evolution: Lex Lang evolved from a near perfect replica of Clancy Brown's take of Cortex to sounding more flamboyant and high pitched. Reversed back in N-Sane Trilogy where Lang replicates his and Brien's performances.
  • We Will Meet Again:
    • Declares this at the end of Cortex Strikes Back, after Crash defeats him:
    Cortex: You haven't seen the last of me, Crash Bandicoot!
    Cortex: I'll get my revenge, Crash Bandicoot! Just you WAIT!!
    • Quotes the trope directly after being foiled at the end of Tag Team Racing.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue:
    • In the first game, it's mentioned that while he hasn't been heard of after Crash foiled his plans, "scientists are harder to squash than cockroaches".
    • In CTR, he discovered a new chemical element that he patents as "Cortexrulestheworldium" which has endured several lawsuits regarding its name.
  • Xanatos Gambit: He pulls of a good one in the third game: If taking the crystals by his own forces doesn't work, then having Crash get them all and then taking them from him will do. Fortunately Crash is able to beat Cortex, nonetheless.

    Doctor Nitrus Brio
"But Doctor Cortex, we have not determined the cause of past failures!"
Voiced by: Brendan O'Brien (1996-2000), Maurice LaMarche (2008-Present)

Cortex's assistant in the first game and one of the creators of the Evolvo-Ray that modified Crash and all the other animals.

  • Bald of Evil: Unlike Cortex, he's completely bald. Played with in that while he's always evil, he does go against Cortex in the second game and is fine with trying to side with Crash.
  • The Bartender: The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue from the first game claims that after Cortex's disappearance, Brio went back to tending bar. This actually make sense, considering that he was constantly mixing together chemicals in the first game.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: In Cortex Strikes Back, he is out to get revenge on Dr Cortex which means he is trying to thwart Cortex's presumably noble plans, albeit for selfish reasons; if you collect all of the gems in that game, Crash even teams up with him to do so. However, since you are helping Cortex in that game, he is also trying to stop you, and in fact every single enemy you fight in that game bar Cortex and N.Gin actually works for Brio in his efforts to stop you.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He sports a fairly impressive pair.
  • Book-Ends: He is The Dragon to Cortex in both the first and last main series Crash game.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He claims in Mind Over Mutant to have invented everything, including the concept of recycling and Slinkys. But not Lite-Brite. Burt Meyer did that.
  • The Dragon: To Cortex in the first game, only to betray him in Cortex Strikes Back and rekindle in Mind Over Mutant. He was also N. Tropy's dragon in Twinsanity.
  • Enemy Mine: Was ultimately willing to conspire with Crash to stop Cortex's plans in the second game.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: As the creator of the Evolvo-Ray, he's responsible for all of the modified animals.
  • Giggling Villain: He occasionally breaks into small giggles whenever he speaks.
  • Hazy Feel Turn/Heel–Face Revolving Door: He betrays Cortex and assists Crash in the second game, but largely just to spite his former boss. He gains evil ambitions again in time for Crash Bash, Twinsanity and Mind Over Mutant.
  • Hulking Out: Partway through his boss battle in the original game, Brio will ingest the chemicals he was mixing, and turn into a green Hulk-like monster. He does this again in Twinsanity, but with a different, more Fish Person-like design. In Mind Over Mutant, Brio seems to transform when enraged, and now needs the mutagen to keep from transforming.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Cortex, at first. He's the more cautious of the two, and is the one who perfected the Evolvo-Ray, but his advice usually falls on deaf ears. This role perks up again in Mind Over Mutant, if downplayed due to his now more manic personality.
  • The Igor: He was Cortex's assistant before rebelling against him in the second game.
  • Large Ham: Especially in Mind Over Mutant.
    Brio: Strike him with your large man-hand!
  • Mad Scientist: His specialty is modifying animals through the Evolvo-Ray that he developed. He also likes playing with chemicals.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: He's the one who invented the Evolvo-Ray, and he resents Cortex for taking all of the credit, which is what caused him to betray Cortex and help Crash in the second game. He and Cortex worked together again in Mind Over Mutant, although he's still clearly very resentful of Cortex for taking credit for his inventions.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Being voiced by Maurice LaMarche in Mind over Mutant and the N Sane Trilogy, he ends up sounding like The Brain, meaning he sounds like Orson Welles.
  • One-Winged Angel: Towards the end of the boss fight with him in the first game, he drinks some of his potions and turns into a Hulk-like monstrosity.
  • Power-Upgrading Deformation: Courtesy of his mutagen.
  • Psycho Serum: Which he uses to transform during Crash's battle with him in the first game, and again in Twinsanity.
  • Punny Name: His abbreviated name is a pun on the word "Embryo", and one of his attacks is to make green living blobs. He even hangs a lampshade on it in Mind Over Mutant.
    N. Brio: Yes, it is I, N. Brio! My name sounds like a fetus.
  • Ray Gun: He gets his own in Crash Bash (for Crate Crush games as well as Ring Ding) due to him being a functional copy of Cortex, who is already associated with wielding it.
  • Speech Impediment: Brio had a pretty bad stutter in the first game and in Cortex Strikes Back, but it is gone by the time of Mind Over Mutant, in fitting with his newly-gained confident personality. N Sane Trilogy has it back again.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Inverted. He is The Voiceless in Twinsanity. He speaks again in his next appearance.
  • Talking to Himself: He and Cortex are both voiced by Brendan O'Brien in the first game. Brien kept voicing him in the sequel, while Clancy Brown took over as Cortex.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He is a lot more assertive and confident in Mind Over Mutant than in the previous games, where he was very meek and submissive. However, his annoyance over Cortex wrongly taking the credit for the creation of the Evolvo-Ray has lead to Brio making claims that he invented pretty much everything that exists.note 
  • Villain Team-Up: Originally his assistant, he forms a more equal alliance with Cortex in Mind Over Mutant.
  • Vocal Evolution: In Mind Over Mutant, Maurice LaMarche voiced N. Brio in a completely divergent take from before, more like a modified version of Toucan Sam. In the N-Sane Trilogy cutscenes, he more closely imitates Brendan O'Brien's performance of the character; while he still sounds unmistakably like Sam, N. Brio once again has his stutter and Laughing Mad tendencies.
  • The Voiceless: In Twinsanity, N. Tropy does all the talking. Subverted in all other appearances.
  • Wave Motion Gun: He claims to build one in the second game, that he's gonna use against Cortex. The true ending has him use it after Crash gets all the gems, with him allowing Crash to "do the honors", to shoot Cortex's space station down.
  • X Must Not Win: He hates Cortex and he does whatever possible to get back at him, ignoring Cortex's concern of the planet facing an impending doom and how he's working to prevent it. As it turns out, however, Brio turns out to be right on trying to stop Cortex, as the latter actually is lying the whole time.

    Doctor N. Gin
"Soooooo... you want to go a few rounds! When this is over, we'll see who's obsolete!"
Voiced by: Brendan O'Brien (1997-99), Corey Burton (2001, Present), Quinton Flynn (2003-04), Nolan North (2005-08)

Doctor Neo Cortex's faithful right-hand man. As a child, N. Gin was a classmate of Neo Cortex and Nitrus Brio in Madame Amberly's Academy of Evil. N. Gin then went on to become a world-renowned physicist in the defense industry. However, due to a budget cut, one of his missile projects ended up faulty and, as a result, went awry, lodging itself into N. Gin's head. With his intellect, N. Gin was able to stabilize the weapon and reconstruct it as a life support system at the cost of his mental stability. Because the missile is still live, it activates whenever N. Gin is stressed or angry, leaving him with a large headache. Shortly after the missile incident, Doctor N. Gin was taken in by Doctor Neo Cortex to replace the double-crossed Doctor Nitrus Brio.

  • Abusive Parents: In-game quotes from Crash Tag Team Racing reveal that his mother told him that he would never accomplish anything and that his father frequently told him to "shut up [...] you freak".
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He started off with orange hair, which got changed to black hair starting in Tag Team Racing.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: In comparison to the other scientists he's the only one with a tragic backstory and has hints of once being a good person. While he did attend Academy Of Evil along with Cortex and Brio instead of picking an evil job like the other 2, N.Gin instead picked a normal job of becoming a physicist in the defense industry hinting that he never wanted to be evil. But then the missile accident happens which we can assume not only caused him to lose his job but also altered his personality causing him to become a much more sinister person. Something he never asked to happen. Even worse is that in the later games he becomes even more insane showing that any traits of N.Gin before the accident are long gone now with him no way of getting better, Cortex verbally and later on physically abuses him and in Mind Over Mutant despite all the loyalty he's shown Cortex how does Cortex repay him? By abandoning him and replacing him with the very man that N.Gin originally replaced!
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: In the original games, his skin is an odd shade of pink. In Twinsanity, it's changed to a sickly shade of yellow. In the Radical games, he has chalk white skin.
  • Bad Boss/Benevolent Boss: In "Crash of the Titans", he subjects his Doom Monkeys to dangerous labor, yet on the intercom refers to them as "disgusting yet beloved" and tries to lead them in sing-a-longs and Bagel Wednesdays.
  • Butt-Monkey: Perhaps the most prominent after Cortex, though granted he does kind of enjoy most of it.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: More and more so with each title it seems. It's been suggested this is a result of the missile in his head.
  • Computer Voice: His voice has an electronic reverb to it, though he loses it in some of the post-Naughty Dog games.
  • Cyborg: He's an impromptu one, courtesy of the missile accident.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: "Doom" happens to be one of N. Gin's top favorite words.
  • The Dragon: Replaced Brio as Cortex's right-hand man starting with the second game.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Coco; both are sidekicks to Crash and Cortex respectively, with Genius Ditz tendencies and a rather short temper. The kart racing games highlight this by giving them identical stats.
  • Evil Redhead: The Radical Entertainment games give him black hair, but otherwise he’s this.
  • Expy: He's an egg-shaped scientist with orange hair who often controls a red coloured giant robot in boss battles, alot like another mad scientist.
  • Flanderization: N. Gin had a pretty radical shift in character over the course of the series. In the original games, he was rather soft-spoken and unemotional, being very much The Igor to Cortex. Later games made him more mentally unstable and prone to loud outbursts and made the Peter Lorre impression in his voice more obvious. It comes to a boiling point in Titans where he became a massive Cloudcuckoolander with No Indoor Voice and a Split Personality who wants to eat Coco for some reason. Though it's kinda justified due to his faulty missile project being lodged into his head, which he reconstructed as a life support system at the cost of his mental stability.
  • Genius Ditz: He might be a loony guy with temper issues, but there’s little doubt about his intelligence; He’s demonstrated technical know-how that gives Coco a run for her money.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: At one point in Crash of the Titans he expresses a disgust of women in general. One of his lines in the next game, however, implies he might be a Stalker with a Crush towards Coco (or at the very least, thinks she’d be a tasty meal). Given that N. Gin's characterization at this point is that of a Manchild, it may count as a grown-up version of Girls Have Cooties.
  • Humongous Mecha: He's rather fond of creating and piloting these... until his Radical incarnation, anyway.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Debuts in the second game and becomes a prominent character afterwards.
  • The Igor: Taking the place of N.Brio in Crash 2 and so on.
  • Large Ham: Eventually evolved into one. Earlier games had him behave very robotically, only really getting vocal when he was defeated. Later games made him manic and prone to loud outbursts.
  • Laughably Evil: He is this in the Radical games thanks to his manic outbursts and habit of going on bizarre tangents.
  • Mad Scientist: His specialty is creating machines. In the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue of Crash Team Racing, he's openened a custom auto parts store in Toledo, Ohio, which closed after his "Clear-the-Road" missile system was recalled when it caused havoc on many freeways.
  • Mad Scientist Laboratory: His lab is a race track in CTR.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: A doctor who's also pretty unhinged.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: Or Mysterious First Initial, in this case. None of the games reveal what the "N." stands for.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The fact that his voice is a Peter Lorre impersonation becomes more obvious as the series goes on. The Radical Entertainment games take it further, adding a healthy dose of Ren Hoek to the mix.
  • No Indoor Voice: N. Gin is prone to very frequent fits of yelling in the Radical Entertainment games.
  • No Name Given: It has never been revealed what his first name is.
  • Punny Name: His name N. Gin, easily sounds like engine.
  • Sanity Slippage: The missile that was lodged into his head could've killed him if he hadn't rebuilt it as a life support system, but in exchange, it damaged his brain quite severely that he gradually turned from the robotic, soft-spoken, and emotionless Igor to Dr. Cortex, to the loud, obnoxious Large Ham of a Mad Scientist that we know today.
  • Sissy Villain: Made very apparent in Crash Tag Team Racing, where he laments on not being pretty enough and is overjoyed when Crash gives him a tutu, ballerina slippers and lipstick. This, combined with his overall demeanor, makes him one of, if not the most feminine male characters in the series.
  • Split Personality: Titans indicates he has one in one scene, with one side wanting to support Cortex and the other Nina.
  • The Starscream: Despite his Undying Loyalty, he does ditch Cortex and side with Brio and N. Tropy in Twinsanity. He briefly goes along with Nina's takeover in Crash of the Titans as well, though in this case his devotion to Cortex prevails and he tips Crash in on where to find her.
  • Subordinate Excuse: In later games his relationship with Dr Cortex leans into this, even referring to him as his friend at one point.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Usually loyal to Dr Cortex (though see The Starscream above). Even assisted Crash in thwarting Nina in hope that he would rescue his former master.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: N. Gin has been known to outright thank people who inflict physical pain upon him, particularly Doctor Cortex.
  • Transforming Mecha: His mech in the third game is able to transform into a big space fighter and then dock with a larger spacecraft.
  • Undying Loyalty: Being The Igor and Sycophantic Servant. He left Cortex only once, and even then indirectly to search for treasure. When given a true opportunity to ditch Cortex for his seemingly more competent niece, he fights with his conscience, but ultimately decides he cares about Cortex too much and willingly gives Crash their whereabouts.
  • Unexpected Shmup Level: At least in the second and third game, the gameplay turns into a shooting bout as Crash and Coco try to target parts of his mech.

    Doctor Nefarious Tropy
"Now you're on my time, you little skunk! Give me the Crystals!"
Voiced by: Michael Ensign (1998-99; 2003-04), Corey Burton (2001-Present)

A henchman of Uka Uka and the self-proclaimed master of time. He created the Time Twister Machine that the bandicoots are using in Warped.

  • Air Guitar: If he kills Crash in his Twinsanity boss fight, his victory dance is mimicking a guitar with his giant tuning fork.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Blue skin, at that.
  • Bald of Evil: In Nitro-Fueled, his helmet might come off after a big jump, showing that he's bald underneath.
  • Beard of Evil: He has two long hairs for an evil beard.
  • Big Bad: Arguably in N-Tranced. Uka Uka is behind him, but the former's influence is hardly seen in said game. In addition, he seems to be the dominant force in the alliance of treasure-seeking villains in Twinsanity, though the Evil Twins remained the primary Big Bad.
  • Boss Arena Idiocy: He normally stands far away from you, separated by a large pit, where he'll shoot beams at you with impunity. Then he stomps down with his fork and gets tired, as platforms that you can use to jump to him are created.
  • Clocks of Control: Tropy is a Time Master villain. His attire is completely time themed, consisting of armour covered in clocks and watches and gears and even his method of time hopping, the Time Twister, utilises a giant clock with his mug on it. Tropy is regularly depicted as even more of a Smug Snake than Dr. Neo Cortex, acting like a complacent and snooty Evil Brit by default but quickly reverting to temper tantrums whenever he starts losing to the bandicoots.
  • Clockwork Creature: Rather literally — there are multiple clocks on his body. He even refers to himself as "Master of Time."
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Aside from a small cameo in Boom Bang, he hasn't been seen since Twinsanity, excluding N. Sane Trilogy.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He is promoted to Big Bad in Cortex's absence in N-Tranced.
  • The Dragon: Depending on how you look at it, in Warped he is a Co-Dragon either to Cortex along with N. Gin or to Uka Uka along with Cortex. He is Uka Uka's full-time Dragon in N-Tranced, though.
  • Dual Boss: With Brio in Twinsanity, though Tropy's the only one who can be attacked and they take turns.
  • Evil Brit: The only scientist to speak with an upper-class English accent, and he's certainly evil.
  • Evil Laugh: In N. Sane Trilogy he can occasionally be heard laughing during his boss fight.
  • Fantastic Racism: Often refers to the Bandicoots with names like "rats", "vermin" and "skunk". This extends to Twinsanity, where he uses his first line before his boss fight to call Crash a rat.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: He has one in his first message in Warped.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He puts on a polite tone of voice when he isn't undergoing a Villainous Breakdown, but it's pretty obvious that it's never genuine.
  • For the Evulz: According to his bio in The Wrath of Cortex, he enjoys causing time paradoxes for laughs.
  • The Heavy: Of all the games headed by Uka Uka's forces, Tropy is the first of two to replace Cortex as this for a game; N-Tranced in his case.
  • Hurricane of Puns: He's fond of letting out various time-related puns.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Downplayed. While he comes out in the third game and is popular, he's rather underplayed compared to the other doctors (other than N. Brio), especially in the Radical titles. N-Tranced is the exception, where he replaces Cortex as the focal antagonist.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: His giant tuning fork. That shoots beams.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Whenever he comes second or third in Crash Team Racing.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Tropy never quite suffered the same Flanderization the other villains underwent, remaining a more sinister and only moderately-comical baddie. And everyone else knows it, too; he was chosen by Uka Uka to replace Cortex for one game (and he nearly succeeded in the prologue stage) and is implied to be the leader of the villains in the sub-plot of Twinsanity. And his introduction was as a friend of Uka Uka while the mask was a Knight of Cerebus himself.
  • Large Ham: Not quite as hammy as Cortex or N. Gin, but he still has his moments.
  • Lean and Mean: Easily the tallest of the scientists, and arguably the meanest.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: An interesting delayed version of this trope. His defeat in Warped causes the Time Twister to become unstable (as Cortex points out in the next cutscene), culminating in its self-destruction after Cortex's defeat if you got 100% Completion.
  • Mad Scientist: One who specializes in time travel.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: A doctor like previous ones, and likes to cause time paradoxes for the hell of it.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: See Punny Name below. Also, someone with the first name of Nefarious isn't someone to be trifled with.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Burton's interpretation of the character is not too dissimilar from his Captain Hook voice, who was originally voiced by Hans Conried.
  • Not So Above It All: He's established as a more favoured and composed associate of Uka Uka than the deranged and abused Cortex. However he is prone to even greater tantrums than Cortex when his plans start to fail, and when Uka chastises him along with the rest of the Rogues Gallery at the start of The Wrath of Cortex he looks just as meek and deflated as the others. He even sobs hysterically in CTR if he places 2nd or 3rd overall.
  • Only Sane Man: In a cast that has grown very, very dysfunctional, Tropy has remained relatively sane.
  • Pungeon Master: In Warped and CTR, he tended to make a lot of references to time.
    N. Tropy: This time you've done it!
    N. Tropy: Now you're on my time, you little skunk! Give me the crystals!
    N. Tropy: My time is up. But yours soon will be too.
  • Punny Name: His abbreviated name is a pun on the word "entropy", which is basically the theory that everything turns chaotic given enough time.
  • Put on a Bus: While he hasn't shown up since Twinsanity excluding N. Sane Trilogy, it's used as a plot point in the GBA games. He's the only villain from Warped missing in the first one, which is why Tropy was promoted by Uka Uka to main antagonist status for the second.
  • The Rival: Being Co-Dragons, he and Cortex are sometimes shown mocking or competing with each other. Tropy even once seized an opportunity to play The Dragon solo after the latter annoyed Uka Uka with too many failures.
  • Secret Character: In both Crash Team Racing and Crash Nitro Kart, he can only be unlocked by unlocking and defeating all of his time trial ghosts.
  • Smug Snake: Incredibly pompous and snide upon confrontations. Once he starts losing the upper hand however, his tantrums are almost as pronounced as those of Cortex.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Downplayed. He and Cortex are working towards the same goal and they never openly express hostility to each other, but his facial expressions in N. Sane Trilogy make it clear that he does NOT view Cortex with the same respect that he views Uka Uka.
  • Time Master: He refers to himself as the "Master of Time", and has access to various forms of time travel technology. In CTR he also shows up in the Time Trial runs.
  • True Final Boss: In N-Tranced, he appears as the last boss Crash encounters. You can only fight him after getting all the colored gems.
  • Unexplained Recovery: It's never explained how he and Cortex were able to escape after being turned into babies and sent back in time along with Uka Uka.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In Warped, his initial taunts towards the bandicoots convey him as composed and confident. As you slowly collect more crystals from his Warp Room however, his calm facade fades and by the time you have collected them all he is livid.
    N. Tropy: RAAGGHHHH!!! You little vermin are way too stupid to understand what you're getting yourselves into! This time you've done it!!!
  • Villainous Friendship: He's an old friend of Uka Uka, a fact implied in Warped and shown more conclusively in N-Tranced. By contrast, Uka Uka never regards Cortex as more than an underling. That said, both of them get equal admonishing for failing him.
  • Villain Team-Up: Joins forces with N. Brio and N. Gin in Twinsanity. His association with Cortex in games such as Warped can arguably be considered this too.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: In CTR, he's seen tinkering with time machines again.

    Nina Cortex
"Have you come to deliver me from boredom?"
Voiced by: Susan Silo (2004), Amy Gross (2005-08), Debi Derryberry (2007)

The niece of Doctor Neo Cortex. Once more kindhearted than she is now and had a rather noticeable affinity for small fuzzy animals, she was given bionic hands and sent to Madame Amberly's Academy of Evil to dissuade her from this behavior to make her more like her old man.

She sometimes aids her uncle in his quest for world domination, though they have had a recent falling-out due to a failed plot headed by her and Cortex's boss Uka Uka. Hinted in one line in Twinsanity to actually be Cortex's daughter, but nothing's come of it since then.

  • Does Not Like Spam: She hates Wumpa fruit and by extension anything made from it, like Wumpa Whip.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: First appears in Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage and was originally going to first appear in Crash Nitro Kart but was cut for unknown reasons.
  • Evil Counterpart: Retooled into one for Coco in the Radical Entertainment games. Both exist largely as child sidekicks for Crash and Cortex respectively, both often through tech support. However Coco is largely sweet natured, humble, and looks up to her older brother despite his goofiness, while Nina is malicious, arrogant and treacherous towards her uncle, seeing herself as superior to him.
  • Face–Heel Turn: As of Crash of The Titans, it seems her forced rehabiliation has worked rather well.
  • Final Boss: In the Arachnina, she's the last opponent of Crash of the Titans.
  • Flat Character: In Twinsanity. Other than her backstory which is brought up only once and the other half of it being told through outside material, she barely shows any personality due to not having any speaking lines at all, and has the same bland smiling expression on her face throughout the entire game.
    • Averted in both Tag Team Racing and the Radical Entertainment entries where she's refined as a stereotypical evil brat who now is also an evil genius and hates the Bandicoots, especially Coco, with a passion just like her uncle.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: At least shown in Twinsanity she has long cable-like extensions underneath her grafted hands that allow this to be possible.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Nina became the product of Cortex's tutoring to be evil and underhanded. He turns out to be successful in the Radical Entertainment entries, so much that she actually surpassed his backstabbery and overthrown him. He was very proud of her that moment.
  • Gonk: The earlier version of her surely didn't go to school to become a model.
  • Goth: While she bears a resemblance to the sort, you'd be better off not labeling her as such.
  • The Heavy: Similar to Tropy in N-Tranced, in Crash of the Titans, Uka Uka decides that Cortex has failed too much and replaces him with Nina.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: More like cute, especially with those little Nosferatu-like buckteeth.
  • Meaningful Name: Nina means "strong, powerful, kind, and intelligent" in various different cultures, all of which are traits she has shown at least once.
  • Morality Pet: She is one of few subjects of genuine affection from Cortex, even going against his self-preserving nature to save her. That won't stop him inflicting some gleeful discipline after she betrays him however.
  • Progressively Prettier: Downplayed; while she has maintained her prominent forehead and buck teeth, her Twinsanity/Tag Team Racing look sported a rather stuffy hairstyle and ape-ish face, while her subsequent Titans/Mind over Mutant look gives her a more appealing hair tuft and softer features.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Like her uncle, she hates Crash and the other Bandicoots starting with Tag Team Racing, though she and Coco seem to loathe each other especially.
  • Skip of Innocence: Her walking animation in Twinsanity.
  • Spoiled Brat: Implied to be in the Crash of the Titans promotional shorts. Cortex apparently has to bribe her to help him with schemes.
  • The Starscream: In Crash of The Titans she takes over Cortex's position after Uka Uka fires him... and he was very proud, though that didn't stop him from punishing her.
  • Teen Genius: In the Radical Entertainment titles she's actually smarter (or at least more competent) than her Mad Scientist uncle, according to Aku Aku. She does however retain a lot of his flaws.
  • The Voiceless: In Twinsanity only, barring one grunt in the ending.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before Cortex sent her to Madame Amberly's that is, although how effective depends on how you view the character herself in her blank slate in Twinsanity alone. More than confirmed to have happened in the Radical Entertainment titles.
  • Youthful Freckles: Again only present in Twinsanity.

    Lab Assistants
Voiced by: Dwight Schultz & Maurice LaMarche (2017)

Cortex's main cronies outside of his evolved animals. They appear in numerous levels, usually wearing themed costumes.

  • Bewitched Amphibians: In the medieval levels in Warped, some of the lab assistants are princes that are transformed into frogs. You'll only know this if one of the frogs gets on Crash and kisses him.
  • Gag Nose: They all have long, goofy noses.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: They appear this way in the first game, until it's revealed in the second and third games that they're actually a mass-produced Mecha-Mook army.
  • Lean and Mean: They're all tall, skinny, and out to get Crash.
  • Mecha-Mook: Revealed to be this throughout the original trilogy. In the first game, the ones that appear in the level "The Lab" inexplicably have electricity coursing throughout their bodies that they use to attack Crash (although in N. Sane Trilogy they wear electric gauntlets). They use the same powers in the jetpack levels of the second game, though this time they appear as half robotic Terminator-like cyborgs. Then, in the third game, the secret warp room has an assembly line of them in the background. Here, their robotic appearance is covered up, they're put into costumes and sent out to the various levels in the game.
  • Multiple Head Case: There are lab assistants that appear in the level "Double Header" from Warped that are two headed. They're large, fat, and swinging two clubs. After they're knocked out, they can be used as bounce pads.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: They all wear extremely thick, circular glasses that completely obscure their eyes...if they even have eyes. It's a trait consistent to all of them even if they're wearing various clothes.
  • Robotic Reveal: The secret room in Warped shows them being made in an assembly line.
  • Shock and Awe: One of their means of attacking Crash is to shock him with the electricity coursing through their bodies.
  • Stock Scream: Whenever Crash knocks one of them off of a ledge, they let out a pitched-up version of the Howie Scream. Averted in N. Sane Trilogy, where they're given proper voice actors.
  • Underground Monkey: Most of them are created to look the same but they just wear different clothing to suit the theme of the levels.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: From the second game onward, no matter where they are, they're wearing clothing with the appropriate theme. They can be dressed up as lumberjacks, mummies, hunters, pirates, knights, and a whole lot more.

Evil Masks

"I have heard enough of your shallow wisdom. It is I who is the strongest, and it is evil that will ultimately prevail!"
Voiced by: Clancy Brown (1998-2003), Alex Fernandez (2004), John DiMaggio (2007-Present)

Doctor Cortex's overseer and the evil younger twin brother of Aku Aku. Long ago, he was sealed away in an underground prison by Aku Aku due to his incredibly malicious nature. However, this prison would be destroyed many centuries later by the wreck of Cortex's space station, setting him free and allowing him to carry out his plot for world domination.

  • Bad Boss: He threatens to kill Cortex for his failures, and even replaces him with Nina in Crash of the Titans. In the later games, being unreasonably harsh to his subordinates is arguably Uka Uka's defining characteristic.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a reddish-brown beard.
  • Big Bad: Opposite to his brother Aku Aku, he is the main antagonist of the series.
  • Bottomless Pit Rescue Service:
    • He can work as this in the racing games, bringing evil racers back on track if they fall into a pit.
    • He also serves as this to Cortex in the final battle of Warped, where he'll pick him up from the bottomless pit Crash knocks him into.
  • Cain and Abel: Cain to Aku Aku's Abel, since he is Aku Aku's evil brother.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Became shamelessly boastful about his evil nature starting with Crash Bash.
  • Demonic Possession: In the N. Sane Trilogy version of Warped, Uka Uka's habit of attaching himself to Cortex's face is expanded to him being able to take complete control over Cortex's body, though the only time he demonstrates this is before the final boss fight and he only does it to show off.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Though he sounded progressively less deep with each game. N. Sane Trilogy restores his menacing deep voice.
  • Evil Twin: He is Aku Aku's twin brother and is for all intents and purposes his villainous equivalent.
  • Expressive Mask: Bonus points in that he is a mask. Though that factor kinda decreases with his Radical Entertainment redesign as he lacks a lower jaw in those games. It does get a bit strange though, since his upper jaw moves as if the roots of his teeth are actually an under bite rather than a forced overbite.
    • The N.Sane trilogy brings back this trope for him in full force, AND THEN SOME.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: In Warped, he can shoot lasers from his face, which he uses to hold off Aku Aku in a Beam-O-War. He also acts as the satellite substitute in Crash Bash's Melt Panic, with his beams being able to melt the ice stage and, if you get hit by them, always does negative effects.
  • Game-Over Man: He appears on the Game Over screen in Warped. In N. Sane Trilogy, he becomes one for all three games, though since his presence until 3 is meant to be a secret, he's hidden by shadows until the third game, where he's properly explained.
  • God of Evil: Pretty godly in terms of his power. And certainly evil.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He's this in the first and second game due to him not appearing there and being revealed as the one behind Cortex the whole time. In the third game he's more closely involved, talking directly to the bandicoots; Crash Bash also plays the same way. The Wrath of Cortex onward brings him back to this.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Debuts in the third game and becomes a prominent character afterwards.
  • Invincibility Power-Up: In the racing games he can become this to the evil characters, protecting them from attacks and hazards as well as speeding them up.
  • Jerkass: Even more so than Cortex as he constantly bosses other bad guys around and is generally quite arrogant, unlike his brother, who is just as powerful as him, but much more humble and gentle.
  • Knight of Cerebus: In Warped and Crash Bash, Uka represented a far more terrifying enemy that terrified even Cortex. Toned down in later games, where he plays more the role of a comedic Bad Boss.
  • Large Ham: Always talks loud and over-dramatic. Somewhat toned down in later games, but still.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The main evil behind the machines of Cortex.
  • Mask of Power: In the same way as Aku Aku, he's a magical Floating Mask with lots of mystical powers.
  • No Indoor Voice: Clancy Brown gave Uka a progressively loud, perpetually yelling voice. John DiMaggio toned this down with a more calmer depiction though still has tendencies of this. N. Sane Trilogy has him back to almost screaming every word with pure hatred for the do-gooding Bandicoot siblings.
  • Orcus on His Throne: In many of his later appearances Uka contributed very little to schemes, letting Cortex or some other crony take over. He becomes more active again in Titans, though still has Nina take the lead.
  • Power Echoes: In N. Sane Trilogy, his booming voice now echoes whenever he speaks.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: His name is the name of his older twin brother Aku Aku but reversed.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He was locked away in an underground prison by Aku Aku many eons ago until the prison was destroyed by Cortex's space station debris at the beginning of the third game.
  • The Unfought: He didn't get an actual boss fight until Twinsanity and Crash of the Titans, despite being one of the main villains before then. He does, however, assist Cortex in Warped.
  • Vocal Evolution: Clancy Brown's Uka sounded much more deep and sinister in Warped. Alex Fernandez' Uka wasn't pitched down, making him sound a bit less threatening, and was prone to moments that were a bit more comical. Then, DiMaggio's Uka has a completely different voice, sounding more like a deeper-pitched Dr. Drakken. For N. Sane Trilogy, DiMaggio imitates Brown's sinister baritone.
  • When He Smiles: He makes a genuine smile during his "I am feeling...generous" line in the N. Sane Trilogy version of Warped.
  • Witch Doctor: Can be assumed to be one, considering that's how his brother ended up becoming a mask as well.
  • You Don't Look Like You: He was one of the character to get a massive design change in Crash of the Titans to the point of looking entirely different than before. In both Crash of the Titans and Mind over Mutant, he resembles a brown, sharp-toothed skull with no lower jaw, and had four horns with bones dangling off of them.
  • You Have Failed Me: He threatens to punish Cortex for his failures all the time. Most are empty threats, though he did make a bungled attempt on his life in The Wrath of Cortex, and has non lethally replaced him with another villain more than once (only to bring him back after they fail in turn). Also, his first threat on Cortex was a subversion of the trope; while he was angry with Cortex for messing up twice before, he let it slide since Cortex's failures indirectly freed him.

    The Elementals
Rok-Ko voiced by: Thomas F. Wilson (2001)
Wa-Wa voiced by: R. Lee Ermey (2001)
Py-Ro voiced by: Mark Hamill (2001)
Lo-Lo voiced by: Jess Harnell (2001)

A group of evil masks revived by Uka Uka in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex to act as a power source for Crunch Bandicoot. Consists of Rok-Ko the Earth Elemental, Wa-Wa the Water Elemental, Py-Ro the Fire Elemental, and Lo-Lo the Air Elemental.

  • All There in the Manual: The instruction manual for The Wrath of Cortex notes their backstory as enemies to the Ancient masks several thousands of years ago and how the crystals are used to imprison them.
  • Ax-Crazy: Py-Ro with how obsessed he wants Crash to succumb to a fiery death. Compared to the other Elementals who mainly taunt him, he's the one who gives him mostly what are essentially death threats. Its almost as if Mark Hamill's inner Joker is transmitting into him.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    Wa-Wa: Leave my levels alone!
  • Cat-and-Mouse Boss: Py-Ro the Fire Elemental, who turns Crunch into one of these. You have to lead him to a certain water-shooting mech in order to douse him, in which case the tables turn for Crash and Crunch.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Wa-Wa certainly acts the part, courtesy of the honorary R. Lee Ermey. Rather odd trait for a living, sentient aboriginal mask.
  • Elemental Powers: All of them control one of the four elements of nature.
  • Jerk Jock: While Rok-Ko doesn't look like it at first, he makes childish taunts towards Crash and acts like an overall ruffian. Helps that he's voiced by Thomas F. Wilson, who played another one in the form of Biff Tannen in the Back To The Future series.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Py-Ro was originally to be the last Elemental faced and his more brooding and manic disposition shows it. Zigzagged in the final game where the final Elemental is Lo-Lo, who is far more flamboyant but offers an even more imposing transformation for Crunch.
  • Large Ham: All of them have loud and expressive dialogue.
  • Mask of Power: They're a group of masks that contain elemental powers. They're never stated to be formerly witch doctors like Aku or Uka were, although they likely were.
  • Monster of the Week: Every mask except Rok-Ko turns Crunch into one of these (he just encases Crunch in a stone Atlasphere).
  • Pun: All of them except Rok-Ko make at least one in their intermissions.
    Wa-Wa: Ah, get over here you little orange sponge!
    Py-Ro: Hope you brought your sunscreen, 'cause you're gonna burn.
    Lo-Lo: Is there a draft in here?
  • Pyro Maniac: Py-Ro, duh.
    Py-Ro: Hmm, is it getting hot in here, is it safe to be wearing that fur? It looks FLAMMABLE!
  • Sissy Villain: Lo-Lo who's easily the most flamboyant of the bunch, contrasting with his destructive powers over storms and wind itself.
  • Unexpected Shmup Level: The fight with Lo-Lo is this, unlike the others, with Crash battling the transformed Crunch on his plane.

Other Evolved Animals:

    Ripper Roo
Voiced by: Dallas McKennon (recording, 1996-1999), Jeff Bennett (2010), Jess Harnell (2017), Andrew Morgado (2019)

A kangaroo who was the first creature modified by Doctor Neo Cortex, and is regarded as a failed experiment. He has a literal psychopathic personality and distinctive laughter. He later becomes a doctor in 2 although it seems that persona and part of his life didn't last very long.

  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: He's a kangaroo with blue fur. Likely an effect of the Evolvo-Ray.
  • Anti-Villain: He works with Dr. N. Brio in Cortex Strikes Back to stop Crash from collecting the Crystals, taking a break from his studies to fight the bandicoot.
  • Ax-Crazy: Absolutely loco.
  • Badass Bookworm: He can still fight well after getting his doctorate.
  • Badass Mustache: Again, as Doctor Roo.
  • The Berserker: One element to his fighting style, given his Ax-Crazy tendencies.
  • The Cameo: He's among the villains who appear at Crash's "birthday party" in Twinsanity.
  • Continuity Nod: The end credits of the first game make mention of Ripper Roo getting therapy and higher education, receiving a doctorate in psychology and writing a book called Through the Eye of the Vortex: A Study of Rapid Evolution and Its Consequences. In his boss battle in the second game, Crash interrupts him while he's studying.
  • Cultured Badass: Doctor Roo, yet again.
  • Cute and Psycho: He becomes like this after the first game.
  • Degraded Boss: He turns from being a second boss in the first game to being the first boss in the second. He also can now be hit by Crash's attacks.
  • Expy: He bears a strong resemblance to Psycho the Weasel of the Toon Patrol from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, right down to the spiral eyes and straightjacket.
  • Eye Glasses: As Doctor Roo, has glasses which only make his pupils visible.
  • Good vs. Good: His role as a boss in Crash Bandicoot 2 invokes this due to his affiliations; he antagonizes Crash, but does so to stop Cortex.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Usually wears a straitjacket, and nothing else.
  • Handy Feet: Handy enough to drive with.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Has this going on during his boss battle in the second game. When Crash first shows up, he's studying books and is dressed up to look like a doctor with a top hat, thick glasses, and a cane. After he's hit with his own TNT explosion, however, he reverts back to his former Laughing Mad self, with the doctor clothes getting blown off in favor of Wild Hair. He switches back to Doctor Roo every time Crash hits him.
  • Laughing Mad: His dialogue consists of insane laughter. Now and then, it's "translated" for the player.
  • Mad Bomber: He frequently uses TNT and Nitro crates in his battles against Crash.
  • Meaningful Name: His sharp claws could easily rip things apart, and as for "Roo", well...he's a kangaroo. 'Ripper' and 'Roo' are also Australian slang words for 'great' and 'kangaroo', respectively. So to some Aussies, his name could mean "great kangaroo". When you view some of his accomplishments, it makes a lot of sense actually!
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Despite getting his doctorate, he's still crazy.
  • Multi-Directional Barrage: In his appearance in Crash Bash (El Pogo Loco stage), he may occasionally jump in the middle of the arena and then shoots missiles one by one to every direction instead of stamping TNT squares.
  • Nice Hat: Has a top hat, a bowtie and cane in 2 to go with his Doctor Roo transformation.
  • Psycho Prototype: Crash came out of the Cortex Vortex a little worse for wear, but Roo, the earlier experiment...well...
  • Puzzle Boss: His boss encounters involve him hopping around an arena with explosive crates involved. In the original game, he hops around in a set pattern on platforms surrounded by water, and the player has to jump on the drifting TNT crates at the right time so that they explode while Roo is next to them. In Cortex Strike Back, he hops around the arena, and creates TNT and Nitro crates wherever he lands, and the goal is to find a safe spot from the explosions, and hit Roo after he has stunned himself.
  • Secret Character: In Crash Team Racing, he's unlocked as a playable racer by winning the Red Gem Cup in Adventure Mode.
  • Shark Tunnel: For some reason his track in CTR is set in one (Roo's Tubes).
  • Stock Sound Effect: His laughter is an adjusted and retuned version of a laughter track first recorded in Lady and the Tramp originally provided by Dallas Mc Kennon. This is averted in N. Sane Trilogy and Nitro-Fueled, where he's voiced entirely by Jess Harnell.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: What usually happens when you fight him. He's one explosives-loving kangaroo alright.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In the Japanese version of Crash Team Racing he speaks coherently. This was intended for the English version as well (with the voice files even existing in the game) but ultimately omitted.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: Ripper Roo, we get that you're crazy, but still, detonating a Nitro panel by your own body will make you vulnerable.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Aside from the Doctor Roo bit above, In CTR, he surprisingly becomes a state governor.
  • You Don't Look Like You:
    • Appears in the mobile game Crash Nitro Kart 3D looking much different than normal. He appears much larger, and his facial structure and body type look very different, and much more like an actual kangaroo. He also ditches his trademark straitjacket for a pair of boxing gloves. Despite this, his character icon still uses his regular appearance. He's back to normal in Crash Nitro Kart 2.
    • Subverted in Crash Twinsanity where he looks more like a realistic kangaroo, with straight ears, shorter tongue and a squared muzzle, but is still recognizable regardless.

    Koala Kong
Voiced by: Frank Welker (2000), Fred Tatasciore (2017)

A modified koala who tosses around boulders using his superhuman strength.

  • The Ahnold: Implied. The credits for the first game state that he moved to Hollywood to become an action star, and paid for counselling to improve his diction.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: He wears a red tank top and yellow pants, but no shoes.
  • The Cameo: He's seen amongst the gathering of villains at Crash's "birthday party" at the beginning of Twinsanity.
  • Carpet of Virility: His muscle-shirt is literally overflowing with with a giant tuft of chest-hair. Oddly, his in-game model from Crash Bash leaves his chest clean even though the tuft is still there for promotional art. It returns in Twinsanity, but is absent again in N. Sane Trilogy.
  • Distracted by My Own Sexy: Loved to flex his muscles and shake his butt when fighting Crash, leaving him wide open to Crash spinning back his boulders and defeating him.
  • Dumb Muscle: The instruction manual for the first game mentions that "more protons were put towards his muscles than his brain" upon creation.
  • Pec Flex: Whenever he isn't attacking Crash, he's flexing his muscles, and N. Sane Trilogy further exaggerates this trope, to the point where his head is nearly engulfed by his pecs.
  • Put on a Bus: Aside from the first game, Crash Bash, and a small cameo in Twinsanity, Kong never served as a boss again, as Tiny had basically usurped his role as Cortex's muscle.
  • Rated M for Manly: He's a giant, muscular koala who loves to flex his muscles and throw boulders at weaker characters.
  • The Rival: To Tiny in Crash Bash. Also his Moveset Clone.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Much like Tiny, he has a large upper body, but skinny legs. N. Sane Trilogy further buffs him up, making him even more top heavy than Tiny, with much thicker arms and pecs so big they're nearly engulfing his head.
  • The Voiceless: He makes deep, gravelly sounds in Crash Bash, but in the original game, he doesn't make a sound. It's heavily implied that he sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone. He's given a proper voice at last in N. Sane Trilogy.
  • You Don't Look Like You: His reappearance in Crash Twinsanity has him re-tooled to be less wide and to have more koala-like features in his face. The end result is superficially familiar, but significantly different looking.

    Pinstripe Potoroo
"Forget about it!"
Voiced by: Brendan O'Brien (1996-2005), Jess Harnell (2017-Present)

A modified potoroo who wears a pinkish-red pinstripe suit and wields a fully-loaded Tommy gun. One of Cortex's servants from the first game and the head of Cortex Power, Cortex's power plant for his castle.

After his defeat at the hands of Crash, he moved to Chicago to work at a sanitation company and was working his way to becoming a state governor. Like Ripper Roo's situation, it didn't take too long to return back to his old gangster shenanigans.

  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Like any self-respecting gangster would.
  • Bottomless Magazines: He can shoot his Tommy gun forever, though that doesn't stop it from jamming, leaving him open to be attacked. Averted in N. Sane Trilogy, where he reloads his gun when repositioning.
  • Brooklyn Rage: He speaks like this in CTR, but it seems to lean more towards Joisey.
  • The Cameo: He's among the gathering of previous villains seen during Crash's "birthday party" in Twinsanity.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's the owner of Cortex's Power Station in the first game and he's responsible for the immense pollution in the ocean nearby.
  • Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: His whole shtick. He even speaks with a New Jersey accent, often associated with gangsters, in Crash Team Racing.
  • The Don: He's the leader of a group of gangster Potoroos. His full name is Don Pinstripelli Potorotti.
  • Expy: Like Ripper Roo, Pinstripe bears a close resemblance to the Toon Patrol weasels from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His hairdo makes him closely resemble Greasy, while the colour of his suit more evokes Smart Ass.
  • Firing in the Air a Lot: He really likes shooting his gun, which is really made obvious when he wins first place in Crash Team Racing.
  • Laughing Mad: In the original game, whenever he gets to stand in the center of the stage and fire his gun throughout the whole room, he lets out a wicked cackle.
  • Lean and Mean: He's rather thin and he also looks like a gangster leader.
  • Levels Take Flight: His track in CTR is Hot Air Skyway, a floating track on the sky.
  • Mad Bomber: In Crash Team Racing, he has a never-ending supply of rolling bombs, which he'll continuously throw behind him.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is Pinstripe, and a pinstripe suit is often associated with gangsters.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: When he's beaten, he spins around and fired his weapon in a spaz, causing him to shoot at the reactor in the background, which is implied to cause eventual destruction of the castle.
  • Secret Character: In Crash Team Racing, he's unlocked as a playable character by winning the Yellow Gem Cup in Adventure Mode.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: He's a Potoroo, which are rat-like marsupials about the size of a rabbit.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Aside from the sanitation company bit above, in CTR, he becomes an used car salesman in New Jersey. His success is attributed to his Tommy gun.
  • You Dirty Rat!: Well, he's a Potoroo, which are at least rat-like in appearance. He's also a Slime Ball who will race for the fate of the planet for a good amount of fee.

    Komodo Brothers
Komodo Joe voiced by: David Anthony Pizzuto (1999), Fred Tatasciore (2017-Present)
Komodo Moe voiced by: Fred Tatasciore (2017)

Two modified komodo dragons, named Joe and Moe, who have served as boss characters in the series.

  • Abandoned Mine: Joe's track in CTR, Dragon Mines, is set on a mine with rolling minecarts as obstacles.
  • Anti-Villain: In Crash Team Racing, Komodo Joe confronts the player as the third boss. His motivations are based on the doubt that you have what it takes to defeat Oxide. They also attempted to stop Crash from delivering the crystals to Cortex in the second game.
  • Bash Brothers: Although Joe races alone in Crash Team Racing.
  • Beard of Evil: Moe has a goatee.
  • Brains and Brawn: Joe is the brains, Moe is the brawn.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: For some reason, Komodo Moe does not appear alongside his brother Joe in CTR. With the exception of N. Sane Trilogy, neither of them have appeared in the main series since their debut in Cortex Strikes Back, only showing up as bosses in Crash Bash. They don't even appear with the other villains at Crash's "birthday party" in Twinsanity.
  • Dual Boss: They're fought at the same time, in both the second game and Crash Bash.
  • Dumb Muscle: Komodo Moe may be strong, but he has a low IQ.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Like Tiny, the Komodo Brothers were intended for the first game and appear in the unused animated FMV as creations of Cortex.
  • Fat and Skinny: Moe's the fat, Joe's the skinny.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Oddly enough, despite being the same species, Joe has four fingers on each hand, while Moe only has three.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: To deal damage to them, Crash has to spin Joe towards Moe, hurting them both.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Due to their roles in the second game, the Komodo Brothers antagonized Crash, but for good purposes as they were trying to stop him from giving the crystals to Cortex. However, in Crash Team Racing, Joe is protected by Uka Uka, which signifies that he (and likely Moe too) is in the bad side. It's not until Crash Bash that their alignment comes into question and even then, they fight anyone who reaches them, good or evil.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Like Cortex and Crash in CTR, he has balanced stats all around.
  • Not So Stoic: Joe puts on a cool face in CTR, until he loses, where he starts bawling.
  • Punny Name: Combined, their names create the word "mojo."
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Well, they're technically not "bad" guys, per se, but they're definitely not nice.
  • Secret Character: Joe can be unlocked as a playable racer in Crash Team Racing by winning the Blue Gem Cup.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Komodo dragons are a fairly well-known lizard species, but seeing one in media is quite rare.
  • Space Zone: In Crash Bash they're fought on the moon as they're controlling a cannon-filled fortress.
  • Sssssnaketalk: Komodo Joe.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: They're never shown actually swinging their scimitars in the proper way. They only throw them.
  • The Voiceless: Komodo Moe has never had any fully voiced dialogue. All he has is an Evil Laugh that is recycled from the barrel-throwing Potaroo gangsters from the first game. He remains silent in N. Sane Trilogy, but now has a unique laugh and grunts provided by Fred Tatasciore.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: In CTR, he runs Honest Joe's wedding ring and rare gem outlet in Zurich. It ends after it's discovered that the business has been used for laundering stolen gemstones.

    Tiny Tiger
"BANDICOOTS! I can SQUASH Bandicoots!"

Voiced by: Brendan O' Brien (1998-2001), John DiMaggio (2003, Present), Chris Williams (2007-08), Nolan North (2007)note 

A hulking mutant Tasmanian tiger (thylacine) henchman. Originally a cohort for Dr. Nitrus Brio, he is retooled into Cortex's most faithful henchman in Warped.

  • Adaptation Species Change: Was a thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) in the original games, but was changed to a siberian tiger in the Radical games. In other words, he was changed from a possum to a cat.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: While real Tasmanian tigers/thylacines were more of a beige, sandy color, in the Naughty Dog games he was orange. This was changed in Twinsanity, his fur becoming sandy yellow.
  • Anti-Villain:
    • Tiny originally served Doctor N. Brio for the purpose of keeping Crash from delivering the crystals to Cortex and stop his evil plans.
    • He is clearly a Punch-Clock Villain in the Radical era games. Even with his previous incarnation, it gradually becomes more apparent he is merely loyal to Cortex than actually being vile himself. Like Cortex, he also isn't against fighting alongside the heroes against a common enemy such as Oxide. He's even converted to the good side in Crash Bash, though only for that game since the good side is lacking in numbers and Aku Aku asks to even the odds.
  • Breaking the Bonds: At the start of his boss fight in the third game, he's chained to 2 big stone pillars.
  • Camp Straight: His Radical Entertainment incarnation is, in his own words, "stupendous and fantabulous".
  • The Cameo: He's one of the villains at Crash's "birthday party" in Twinsanity.
  • Degraded Boss: He turns from being a third boss in the second game to being the first boss in third. He also can now be hit by Crash's attacks.
  • Dumb Muscle: His strength is only matched by his idiocy. That's before the Radical Entertainment games, at least.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Having been designed for the first game, he appears in the unused animated FMV. Counting this as canon, here it is made clear he was created by Cortex (albeit still through Brio's assistance).
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Possesses an extremely deep voice prior to Crash of The Titans.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: "Tiny" is a word you wouldn't think of first when thinking of a hulking mutant tasmanian tiger. His track in CTR, Tiny Arena, is also far from tiny.
  • Go Through Me: When Nash threatens an unimpressed Cortex in Nitro Kart a very angry looking Tiny darts in front of him.
  • Ground Pound: His main tactic as a boss is to jump and trying to land on Crash as Tiny chases him.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Wears spiked shoulder pads, a Loincloth and Converse sneakers, but is always shirtless.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: In Cortex Strikes Back Tiny served Brio, attempting to stop Cortex but antagonising Crash to do so. By the beginning of Warped, Tiny has become a loyal follower of Cortex, so still antagonising Crash but for fully evil purposes.
  • Hidden Depths: Crash Nitro Kart portrays Tiny as much more docile off of work hours, being somewhat childlike and submissive around the other villains. His Undying Loyalty to Cortex is also given much more focus.
  • Hulk Speak: Before the Radical Entertainment games.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Debuts in the second game and becomes a prominent character afterwards.
  • Ironic Name: What's this giant, muscular, roaring tiger called? None other than Tiny.
  • In Name Only: His portrayal in Titans is very much considered this by many fans, due to not only having a different personality and voice, but also because he's now a completely different species. Unlike the original games, where he's a tazmanian tiger, in Titans he's now a siberian tiger. He may as well be a completely different character.
  • The Klutz: Seems to be renowned for this by Crash Nitro Kart, he is the first to blame when something goes berserk.
    N. Gin: What did you break now?!
  • Left Stuck After Attack: In the third game, whenever he decides to stab Crash with his trident, he'll get stuck trying to dislodge it from the ground, leaving him open for Crash's attack.
  • Manchild: Sometimes acts very excitable and infant like, particularly around Cortex.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: In the Radical games, Tiny is this in spades. The original rendition, while more vicious and antagonistic towards Crash, actually has traits of this as well, particularly in Crash Nitro Kart.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Boss battles against Tiny involve him jumping around a lot. With his massive upper body and positively twiggy legs, you wouldn't exactly expect him to be capable of leaping higher and farther than Crash.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In Team Cortex's ending, after the bad guys get stranded on Terra, Tiny quickly fixes Velo's scepter, only to get himself mistaken for a god by its inhabitants.
    Cortex: Tiny!!! You BUFFOON!!!
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice in the Radical Entertainment games is an impersonation of boxer Mike Tyson.
  • Right-Hand Attack Dog: Although not actually a dog, he tends to serve a similar role, especially when protecting Dr. Neo Cortex.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Tiny is a Tasmanian Tiger, a species that's been extinct since 1936. However, this is never pointed out in-game.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: The Radical Entertainment version of Tiny sometimes practices this ("I can hardly articulate my displeasure!").
  • Shoulders of Doom: Has this in combination with Spikes of Villainy.
  • Super Prototype: He was the last animal subjected to the Evolvo-Ray before Crash.
  • The Rival: To Koala Kong in Crash Bash. Also his Moveset Clone.
  • Third-Person Person: Before the Radical Entertainment games.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: A very straight example prior to the Radical Entertainment redesign. His legs are tiny. Ironically, a lot of the boss battles against him involve him jumping around a lot, something you wouldn't expect his twiggy legs would be capable of.
  • Undying Loyalty: Ironically, following Cortex Strikes Back he is retooled into Cortex's most loyal minion. Especially prominent in Nitro Kart, where he’s a borderline mindless pet for the doctor. He is also one of very few main cohorts who doesn't work against him in Twinsanity.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: In CTR, he moves to Beverly Hills and opens a chain of fitness clubs under a brand of his own. The exercise videos he made are especially successful.
  • Wolf Pack Boss: In Crash Bandicoot Warped he fights alongside a pride of lions. In Crash of the Titans, he fights with several mutants.
  • You Don't Look Like You: One of the most infamous examples in the Radical Entertainment games. The two designs have almost nothing in common to the point that they might as well be different characters. Tiny somehow went from being a roaring, monstrous Tasmanian Tiger to a campy Bengal Tiger with the voice of Mike Tyson. However, he reverted back to his original design in the mobile racing games that followed.
  • Your Size May Vary: In most games where he is a boss, he's an absolute behemoth. In many of his playable appearances however, he's only a head or two larger than Crash.

"Break out the butter, I'm gonna make toast!"
Voiced by: William Hootkins (1998-99), Dwight Schultz (2003-04), Nolan North (2007)note , Fred Tatasciore (2017-Present)

A combination of a dingo and a crocodile and the aggressiveness to match, Dingodile was originally created by N. Brio for an unknown purpose, later becoming one of Cortex's and Uka Uka's top henchmen in Warped.

  • Anti-Villain: Like Tiny, he isn't against fighting against a common enemy such as Oxide when the chips are down. Occasionally, he will also fight on the good side, such as in Crash Bash.
  • Awesome Aussie: Despite the fact that all of the other evolved animals come from Australia as well (except for the Komodo Brothers who are from the neighboring Indonesia), Dingodile is the only one to have an accent.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: In Twinsanity, he seems to be working alone, but N. Tropy outshines him as the primary villain of the treasure sub-plot.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Crash Nitro Kart, Dingodile, Pura and Polar get hypnotized by N. Trance into racing for him.
  • Butt-Monkey: The intros to the first two racing games are not kind to him. His kart blows up in his face in Crash Team Racing and gets smashed into a wall by Tiny bursting through the door beside him in Crash Nitro Kart.
  • Death Mountain: His track in CTR, Dingo Canyon, is set on one.
  • Flamethrower Backfire: In Warped, whenever you land a hit on him, it somehow causes his fuel tank to explode.
  • Hidden Depths: According to his bio in the manual for The Wrath of Cortex, his favourite hobbies are playing croquet and reading Shakespeare, and Twinsanity actually shows him reading. That and toasting little animals with his flamethrower of course.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Debuts in the third game and becomes a prominent character afterwards.
  • Inexplicably Tailless: Subverted. He normally has a very prominent green crocodile tail, but whenever he's driving a kart, his tail is conspicuously absent, since there's no way for him to sit in his tiny kart comfortably and naturally with that tail there. The Crash Team Racing remake, Nitro-Fueled, originally kept this inconstancy straight in the first few trailers, but later on added his tail back.
  • Informed Species: Despite being part dingo, part crocodile, his face looks much more like that of a wild pig than a dingo or crocodile.
  • Jerkass: C'mon, the guy torches small animals for a living and was about to shoot a baby penguin!
  • Kick the Dog: The aforementioned introduction scene where he threatens a baby penguin with his flamethrower.
  • Lone Wolf Boss: In Twinsanity, he seems to be working separately from Tropy's alliance, though he may have supplied information.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Dingodile: half-dingo, half-crocodile. He's got the general body shape of a crocodile, but with the fur, ears and feet of a dingo, minus his scaly tail and underbelly. In the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue of CTR, he opens a special pet shop that combines many animals together for exotic pets.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: While he is still a sadistic pyromaniac who is mostly loyal to Cortex and Uka Uka, near the beginning of Twinsanity, after Crash and Cortex fall down a pit, rather than finishing off Crash or helping save Cortex, he opts to take a lunch break with Ripper Roo.
  • Pyro Maniac: He wields a massive flamethrower, and he loves to use it.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: He is equal parts canine and reptile, and he is one of the least trustworthy as well as least honorable characters of the franchise.
  • Secret Character: In Crash Nitro Kart, where he's unlocked by winning the Red Gem Cup in Adventure Mode.
  • Slimeball: Most shown in Twinsanity where his only goal is to steal the Evil Twins' riches, and the lack of sophistication comes into play due to the fact that he's an absolute Pyro Maniac.
  • The Starscream: He turns on Cortex in Twinsanity in an attempt to steal the Evil Twins' treasure.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: In Warped, the crystal barriers that he made were covering him well enough (the slide [double] jump spin trick notwithstanding) before he starts blasting through them, blowing the chunks of them in the process.
  • The Rival: To Rilla Roo in Crash Bash. Also his Moveset Clone.
  • Vocal Dissonance: An odd case in Twinsanity where his regular speaking voice is normal, but throughout his boss battle, he makes loud, disturbingly realistic pig-like squeals and grunts.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Entirely orange in coloration and even ditches his flamethrower for a water cannon in the DS version of Crash of the Titans.

    Rilla Roo
Voiced by: Frank Welker (2000)

A hybrid of a Gorilla and a Kangaroo who was summoned to fight on Uka-Uka's teamin Crash Bash.

  • All There in the Manual: According to one of the epilogues added in the Japanese version of Bash, Brio created Rilla Roo from the genes of Ripper Roo. Another states Rilla's desire to open a yakiniku (grilled meat) shop.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Or maybe not, considering he only makes one appearance in the entire series.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Dingodile...who was only good for that one instance in Crash Bash. One wonders why they didn't just make Rilla Roo the good counterpart to him.
  • Flat Character: Shows up for Crash Bash, acts like a monkey, then never shows up again.
  • The Klutz: He's described in the manual as having "the disposition of a trainwreck"
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Half gorilla, half kangaroo.
  • Moveset Clone: He shares the same animations as Dingodile. This is likely the reason for his creation, as every playable character in Crash Bash shares animation with another (Crash and Coco, Cortex and Brio, Tiny and Kong). There aren't any other characters that share Dingodile's shape (except the Komodo Brothers, who are used as a boss) or status as a Mix-and-Match Critter, so Rilla Roo was created as his equivalent.
  • Remember the New Guy?: He was never seen or mentioned in any of the games prior to Crash Bash, nobody questions who he is, and after Crash Bash he never shows up again. He apparently was meant to appear in Crash Nitro Kart at one point, but was removed from the final game.
  • The Rival: To Dingodile in Crash Bash. Also his Moveset Clone.
  • Shrinking Violet: His character bio gives him shades of this, being so camera shy that he doesn't even have a proper picture in the US instruction manual.

    Rusty Walrus
"Ah, yummy! Fresh meat for my pot!"
Voiced by: Dwight Schultz (2004)

A bipedal walrus who works on N. Gin's ship in Twinsanity. Has an interest in cooking Crash.

  • Advancing Boss of Doom: Much like with the boulders, giant polar bears, triceratops and dragons before him, Rusty Walrus chases Crash down a hallway and cannot be attacked, and instantly kills Crash should he catch up.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: He's a blue walrus.
  • Demoted to Extra: He was originally going to have a larger role in the game, with his own boss fight, but as with a lot of content in Twinsanity, it was cut.
  • Evil Chef: He chases Crash with the intention of cooking him.
  • Fat Bastard: He's both an Evil Chef and a walrus, so he's gonna be fat.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: He's never mentioned prior to his encounter. He just shows up out of nowhere, declares Crash as his next meal, and the chase begins. Even when compared to other Crash villains, he is pretty random.
  • Implacable Man: Absolutely nothing will stop him from taking his meat - not bottomless pits, not hot air vents, not even nitro crates!
  • Named After Somebody Famous: His name is a pun on NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace.
  • Remember the New Guy?: He was never mentioned prior to chasing Crash, nor is he mentioned afterwards. However, unlike characters like Pasadena or the other Funny Animal characters who just show up out of nowhere in later titles, he's still under the employ of one of the main villains of the series, so it's easy to assume he's just another result of the Evolvo-Ray.
  • Wily Walrus: A villainous walrus who tries to cook Crash.


Relating to aliens in general

  • Aliens are Bastards: All of the aliens shown so far either want world domination, are working for other aliens wanting the same, or are coercing Earthlings to do evil for them. A few are less evil than others, however.
  • Aliens Speaking English: The only ones who can't speak properly are Evil Crash, a trait shared with regular Crash, and Zam, who's the alien equivalent of a dog anyway.
  • Planet of Hats: It seems like the aliens in this series are big fans of kart racing, since they appear most frequently in racing games.

    Nitros Oxide
"Get ready to race for the fate of your planet!"
"So you pesky Earth slugs like to race, eh? Well I, Nitros Oxide, am the fastest racer in the galaxy! I travel the stars looking for creatures to test my skills. It's a little game I call 'Survival of the Fastest!"
Voiced by: David Anthony Pizzuto (1999), Quinton Flynn (2003), Corey Burton (2019)

An extraterrestrial from the planet Gasmoxia who claims to be the fastest racer in the galaxy. He is best known as the Big Bad of Crash Team Racing, though he has had other appearances in the series.

  • Absurdly High-Stakes Game: If he beats Earth's best racer, he promises to terraform the whole planet and enslave all its inhabitants. Unused dialogue also reveals that he's the reason there's no life on Mars.
  • All Your Powers Combined: He had the weapons of the previous race bosses, except Ripper Roo; he used Papu Papu's green and red beakers, Komodo Joe's TNT/Nitro Crates, and Pinstripe's Bombs (shot backwards).
  • Astral Finale: Given that he's an extraterrestrial, it's only fitting that his boss race takes place in a space station. He's also fought in space and then on his planet in Crash Bash as the final boss.
  • Badass Driver: He's billed himself as the faster driver in the galaxy, and decides the fates of planets based on whether they can beat him in a race.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of Crash Team Racing.
  • The Cameo: He can be seen among the gathering of villains from previous games in the cutscene prior to the first boss fight in Twinsanity.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: More so than the other bosses in Crash Team Racing. Not only does he drop the constant barrage of traps, but he actually starts the race before the green light. In the rematch, his item spam gets even worse. The track is going to be littered with traps if you let him get too far ahead. He also spins (as if he's hit by beakers, thus losing only a little time) rather than tumbling if he's hit by rolling bomb or missile etc, though he will tumble if hit by the bubble shield, Aku Aku/Uka Uka and TNT.
  • Cool Old Guy: It's impossible to tell just by looking at him, but he's apparently old for a member of his species, and blames his loss against the racers of Earth on getting slower in his old age.
  • Demoted to Dragon: He's shown to merely be one of Velo's lackeys in Crash Nitro Kart, and doesn't play any role in the Adventure Mode outside of being an occasional AI opponent.
  • Drives Like Crazy
  • Evil vs. Evil: In most of his appearances, he is as much an enemy of Cortex's team for trying to steal his ambitions.
  • Final Boss: He's the fifth and last boss in Crash Team Racing, as well as the last opponent in Crash Bash.
  • Flying Saucer: His kart in Crash Team Racing is a big green round saucer with lots of exhaust pipes. It's more resembling a plane in Crash Bash, though.
  • Huge Holographic Head: In Nitro-Fueled, he now directly addresses Crash, Coco and Cortex in this manner, explaining his plan to them and not simply to the player.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: In Nitro Kart and Nitro-Fueled he has average stats like Crash and Cortex.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: More like multi-legged, but still.
  • Name's the Same: They're spelled differently, but his first name sounds identical to that of Nitrus Brio's first name.
  • Nice Hat: In his win pose in Crash Nitro Kart, he wears a top hat and dances with a cane. In his lose pose, however, he jumps up and down on the hat in a temper.
  • Off-Model: His Crash Nitro Kart model depicts him with one small exhaust pipe coming out of the back of his head instead of the two big ones he had before.
  • Promoted to Playable: He made his debut as an unplayable boss in Crash Team Racing, but he becomes playable in Nitro Kart. Nitro-Fueled, as a remake of Crash Team Racing, also turns him into an unlockable character.
  • Punny Name: He shares the name of a turbo fuel.
  • Sacrificial Planet: He is the reason why there's no life on Mars. He raced against the inhabitants of Mars before he raced Earth and Mars lost, leaving it as a desolate, barren planet (this is said in scrapped dialogue).
  • Shout-Out: He throws out the infamous "survival of the fittest" line by Charles Darwin, modified to fit his racing theme of course.
    Oxide: It's a little game I call Survival of the Fastest. Here's the way we play: I challenge the best driver of your world to a race for the planet. If your driver wins I'll leave your miserable little rock alone. But if I win I'll turn your entire globe into a concrete parking lot and make you my slaves.HAHAHAHAHAHA!
  • Smug Snake: He boasts about being the best racer in the universe and throws out as many taunts as he does traps in the final boss race.
  • Sore Loser: He throws a mighty tantrum on the podium whenever he loses. The first time he's defeated, he also refuses to leave and tells the player to get relics to challenge him again.
  • Unexpected Shmup Level: In Crash Bash you have to chase after him on a space plane, trying to shoot/avoid obstacles along the way. It also doesn't fit into any minigames of the game.
  • Unexplained Recovery: The credits to CTR says he was in a unicycle accident so gruesome that it couldn't be described in detail. He shows up in later games looking no worse than he did before.
  • Villain Team-Up: He has joined with Cortex a couple of times. He teams with him to get the bandicoots banished from N. Sanity Island in Nitro Kart 3D and gladly accepts an invite to Crash's "birthday party" for some revenge in Twinsanity. In Nitro Kart, Oxide and N. Trance together tell Velo about Crash and Cortex, causing the game to happen.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: In CTR, he ends up becoming a bitter alien. After some years of therapy, he goes back to the fray, but his choice of vehicle (an unicycle) leads to an accident too gruesome to be detailed.
  • You Don't Look Like You: He appears in the mobile game Crash Nitro Kart 3D looking a lot more like an entirely green version of Pumpkinhead and without his iconic purple suit. His character icon still retains his old appearance, however.
  • Your Size May Vary: He appears larger than any other character when you actually race him, but when you see him in the winner's circle, he's suddenly much smaller, being taller than Crash and Cortex but definitely shorter than Tiny. Nitro Kart and Nitro-Fueled avert this, where he's around the same size as the rest of the cast.

    N. Trance
"I'm a tough egg to crack!"
Voiced by: Tom Bourdon (2003), Michael Gough (2019)

An egg-like being from the Fifth Dimension and the self-proclaimed master of hypnotism. He aids Uka Uka in Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced at the recommendation of Dr. N. Tropy. In Crash Nitro Kart, he, along with Nitrous Oxide, informs Velo about Crash and Cortex, kickstarting the plot.

  • Bald of Evil: Due to being an egg-like alien.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: N. Trance's modus operandi is doing this to his foes. He brainwashes Crunch, Coco and Fake Crash to work for him in his debut, and in Crash Nitro Kart, he does the same to Polar, Pura and Dingodile.
  • The Bus Came Back: Has been confirmed to be playable in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
  • Cephalothorax: He's an egg-shaped alien being, with a mechanical body to help him move.
  • Cyborg: His body is entirely mechanical, and without it he wouldn't be able to move.
  • Final Boss: He's the last opponent in the main game of N-Tranced. While there is an area after him with more levels and a fight with N. Tropy, that has to be unlocked.
  • Left Stuck After Attack: In his first phase, he might sometimes get stuck after his chain watch is lodged on the ground, leaving him open to attack.
  • Pungeon Master: Nitro Kart has him make numerous cracks about eggs.
    N. Trance: One kart sunny side up!
    N. Trance: Scrambled again!
    N. Trance: You must be yoking!
  • Villain Team-Up: He and Oxide seem to be working together in Nitro Kart despite being on different teams.
  • Waddling Head: He has no organic limbs underneath his armor as seen in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.
  • Who Needs Their Whole Body?: In the second phase he's reduced to his head compartment, that can fly around and shoot Energy Balls. Crash has to spin him towards the lava pool where Fake Crash will activate the lava falls to damage him.

    Emperor Velo XXVII
"I am Emperor Velo XXVII! Ruler of this galaxy! My subjects hunger for entertainment."
Voiced by: Steve Blum (2003), Andre Sogliuzzo (2019)

The extraterrestrial emperor of an unnamed empire who only appears in Crash Nitro Kart. He is confident and dominating to the point of being a bully and showing contempt for his lessors, and kidnaps the best racers on Earth (namely Crash, Cortex and the rest of the cast) to prove his own skill in racing. Upon his defeat to the Earth racers, Velo literally explodes with anger, revealing a pouty, impetuous and childish gremlin not much different from his subjects.

  • The Bus Came Back: Has been confirmed to be playable in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled. His true form, that is.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: While he's not as spammy as Crash Team Racing bosses, he has two Mooks who race with him, dropping energy orbs in your path, that Velo absorbs when he drives into them.
    • He also can use items far quicker than even the fastest-reacting human.
  • Cool Bike: As a boss, his ride resembles one, but without wheels and it hovers with boosters. It's also used by the other bosses. His name even means "Bike" in French.
  • Defeat Means Playable: Double Subverted. When you beat him, regardless of whether you play as Team Bandicoot or Team Cortex, you won't be able to play as him. Instead, you need to complete the game as both teams to unlock him.
  • Evil vs. Evil: In Team Cortex's story.
  • Fat Bastard: And Unlike Big Norm there's no soft center to speak of.
  • Final Boss: He's the champion and ultimately races the winning team.
  • Flunky Boss: Like Geary before him, he'll be accompanied with 2 of his underlings in his boss race. They're mostly there to drop traps on the track.
  • Huge Holographic Head: How he communicates with you.
  • Karma Houdini: In the Bandicoot's story, the players have no interest in taking his power and leave on affable terms despite capturing them for entertainment. Cortex's team on the other hand, have nothing against dishing it back, attacking him and nabbing his scepter.
  • Large and in Charge: He's noticeably much taller than his gremlin-like subjects. Or so it seems at first.
  • Little Green Men: The citizens of his galaxy. And him, too.
  • Magic Staff: His scepter has some degree of magic power that Team Cortex tried to use to go back to their home. Unfortunately, it then Goes Horribly Wrong as it gets broken.
  • Master of All: His playable version has maxed stats.
  • Moving the Goalposts: When he loses his first match, he refuses to send the victorious team home until they win his time relics and grant him a rematch. He had only promised them "freedom"; since by technicality they're refusing to race, thus by the rules Earth must be destroyed.
  • Nerf: For balancing reasons, Real Velo is made into a max-handling, low top speed racer in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled instead of having almost max stats.
  • Offered the Crown: After he's defeated, he offers the scepter - and thus his entire galaxy - to Crash (who declines). He's much less gracious towards Team Cortex, who resort to mugging it from him.
  • Off-Model: His cutscene model depicts him with an orange goatee and eyebrows, as opposed to the purple ones he has in gameplay. The cutscenes also show him with a gold version of the boss kart, but in gameplay, he uses the same purple one the rest of them have.
  • Robotic Reveal: The big body he has turns out to be a Mobile-Suit Human for the real him, who's as small as his subjects.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: This emperor is an accomplished racer, and he claims to never lose before.
  • Scripted Battle: Elements of his race are scripted:
    • For instance, the energy orbs are always in the same place on the track when you encounter them.
    • He'll always get a missile as his first item - and proceed to use it in ludicrously quick time if you're leading.
  • Secret Character: He (well, his true form) is unlocked in Crash Nitro Kart by fully completing Adventure Mode with both teams.
  • Secret Underground Passage / Portal Network: Hyper Spaceway is literally built under the Citadel, and works by virtue of portals connecting it to other parts of the galaxy.
  • Sissy Fight: His real form has a somewhat anti climatic scuffle with Cortex in the final ending. Tiny quickly breaks it up.
  • Villain Team-Up: In the opening cinematic, it's shown that Team Oxide and Team N. Trance stand near his podium, waving to the spectators. It's implied that Velo has both teams as a means for competition for the Earth racers. Also shown with how both teams get a "Velo Mask" instead of Aku Aku or Uka Uka.
  • Worthy Opponent: Subverted. When racing, he's rather gracious - "finally, some competition!". When he loses, though, he is a very Sore Loser.
  • You Have Failed Me: He dispenses these with the same clockwork regularity as Darth Vader. Of the family friendly sort of course:
    Velo: *to Geary* As punishment, you must clean the trophy podium. And when you're done with that, you will clean the entire colosseum. *Evil Laugh*

"They will race me? They look slow! Send them back!"
Voiced by: Marshall R. Teague (2003), Andrew Morgado (2019)

The racing champion of the planet Terra who appears in Crash Nitro Kart. He challenges Earth's racers on the grounds that Earth is a copy of his Terra. When he races, he leaves out sticky fruits that slow down the player if they hit. When he loses to Crash's team, he confesses that Terra is actually a copy of Earth.

  • Berserk Button: Seems rather tetchy about Earth's similarities to Terra. Velo very easily convinces him to race the players when he mentions where they came from.
  • The Bus Came Back: He, along with the other bosses from Nitro Kart, has been confirmed to be playable in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Crash offers him his iconic yo-yo as a gift from his world.
  • Defeat Means Playable: Only in the handheld version of the game.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Resembles a blue anthropomorphic baboon or mandrill.
  • Graceful Loser: Sadly but willingly gives his opponents his world key. Crash offers him a gift out of sympathy.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Starts off hostile towards Crash and friends, but apologizes when Crash gives him his yo-yo, and admits that the people of Terra actually copied Earth instead of the other way around. While he plays fair with Cortex's team as well, they merely mock him in response, clearly angering him.
  • Jungle Japes: His planet, Terra, seems to be filled mostly with jungles and some temples.
  • Nerf: In Nitro Fueled, Krunk goes from having maxed out stats to a handling-based stat spread, similar to Polar, Pura, and Zam.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Okay it's of the racing variety, but he takes both his heritage and his competition seriously. This shows how quickly either can change his stance:
    Krunk: They will race me? They look slow. Send them back.
    Velo: *coy* But Krunk, they're from a planet just like yours. It's called Earth.
    Krunk: Earth! I have heard of this planet. It is a copy of my Terra. I will race them, and show them who has better planet!
  • Tribal Face Paint: Both he and many other Terrans have this, to go along with their tribal nature.
  • You No Take Candle: A minor example. He doesn't refer to himself in third-person, but he occasionally skips articles.
    Krunk: Earthling has lucky shot!
    Krunk: You must try faster than that!
    Krunk: I will stop giving you easy time now!

"You're swimming with the big boys now!"
Voiced by: Billy West (2003), Dwight Schultz (2019)

The racing champion of the planet Barin who appears in Crash Nitro Kart. He is a cybernetic shark-like alien engineered to always move, never stopping to even sleep. In his race, he throws out snapping shark teeth and fake teeth as traps that slow down the player. He is finally put to sleep when Coco hacks into his helmet.

  • Bullying the Dragon: Gets snappy with Velo during his introduction. Also threatens Cortex after losing, beckoning an angry Tiny. Nash tries to start a fight until Velo yells at him to knock it off.
  • The Bus Came Back: He, along with the other bosses from Nitro Kart, has been confirmed to be playable in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
  • Defeat Means Playable: Only in the handheld version of the game.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: His goggles function as an opposite to what goggles are supposed to do; Keep water out of your eyes. His goggles are actually filled with water, in order to keep his eyes wet since he never blinks.
  • Keet: He's engineered to never sleep, making him very edgy and hyperactive.
  • Nerf: Instead of being a Master of All like the other Champions in Nitro Kart, Nash becomes an acceleration-focused racer in Nitro-Fueled.
  • Sharkman: He's clearly a humanoid shark, although with an unusual body proportion.
  • Shark Tunnel: His home track, Deep Sea Driving, is set in one.
  • Shout-Out: Although he's never shown using it, he appears to be a shark with a frickin' laser beam attached to his head.
  • Sore Loser: Demands his key back when he loses.
  • Spoiled Brat: Gives off this vibe. He even yells straight in Velo's (holographic) face to start the race, only backing off when it's clear he made Velo mad. After the race, he just walks up to the winners and asks for his key back.
    Nash: I need to get moving!
    Velo: Soon Nash.
    Nash: Not soon. NOOOOOOW!
    • And after he loses the match:
    Nash: Oooh, hello there. Do you think...I could get my key back? (Beat) Come on, hehe!
    Crunch: You lost, buddy.
    Nash: I don't CAAAAARE!
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Coco hacks his brain to take a nap out of sympathy.
  • Threatening Shark: Subverted. He's a rather small shark, is fairly cute, and ultimately pretty harmless.
  • You Have Failed Me: Velo threatens this later on for losing to Cortex and arguing with the competitors.

"Ooh, a race! Count me in!" -Big Norm
Small Norm voiced by: Robbie Daymond (2019-Present)
Big Norm voiced by: Andre Sogliuzzo (2003-Present)

The racing champion of the planet Fenomena who appears in Crash Nitro Kart. He is a book-loving mime who can split into his normal self and a larger, more obnoxious version of himself to race. His normal self drops box-shaped traps that act like the ice traps, while his larger self spams energy bubbles backward that slows down the racer.

  • Big Brother Instinct: Big Norm seems to have something resembling this for Little Norm when you race them.
  • Berserk Button: Attacking Little Norm seems to be the easiest way to piss Big Norm off.
    Big Norm You'd better not touch ONE HAIR on his little head!
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Regular Norm doesn't actually seem to like racing, preferring to read. Big Norm, however, seems to enjoy the sport. It's shown in how Regular Norm always drives better than Big Norm does.
  • The Bus Came Back: Both Small Norm and Big Norm, along with the other bosses from Nitro Kart, have been confirmed to be playable in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
  • Death Mountain: His home track is in Out of Time, situated on mountainous slopes.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: For Crash's team. The clown-hating Cortex tells him to get lost.
  • Defeat Means Playable: Only in the handheld version of the game.
  • Dual Boss: You'll be racing both of them in their boss race. You only count as taking the lead if you pass Regular Norm.
  • Enemy Mime: Though he's less antagonistic than the other bosses in the game, and Big Norm only wears the mime outfit so Small Norm will race.
  • Face of a Thug: Big Norm looks like an intimidating lout, but is pretty relaxed and friendly despite his competitive streak.
  • Fat Bastard: Subverted with Big Norm. He looks the part and is cocky about winning, but when defeated he's probably the most level headed and friendly challenger in the entire circuit and he cares deeply about his other half despite the annoying mime getup.
  • Graceful Loser: Big Norm admits he doesn't like to lost, but despite this he very jovial after being beaten and heartily congratulates his opponents.
  • Literal Split Personality: There's the normal, small Norm that's mute and likes reading, and the big, fat talkative version of him that actually wants to race.
  • Nerf: In the transition from Nitro Kart to Nitro-Fueled, (Small) Norm and Big Norm are now balanced and speed-focused racers respectively.
  • Nice Guy: Regular Norm is a bit anti-social, but Big Norm is actually a surprisingly good sport. He admits that he hates losing and gives the racers some trash talk before the race, but that doesn't stop him from complimenting them. When race time comes, Big Norm is INCREDIBLY supportive and protective over Little Norm.
    Big Norm: You know, you did good out there. You got a real shot at winning this thing, cause you work together!
    Crunch: Both of you make a good team too.
    Big Norm: (To Regular Norm) Hey! Come over here and make nice!
    Regular Norm: ...
    Big Norm: Yeah, he pretends not to care, but he's just like me; He hates losing.
  • The Noseless: They look mostly human apart from this and their Pointy Ears.
  • Pointy Ears: This and their lack of noses are their only really alien traits.
  • The Promise: The only reason Regular Norm races. He refuses and sulks at first, but Big Norm sternly reminds him:
    Big Norm: I don't wanna hear it. The deal was that you race in return for me wearing this dumb getup.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Small Norm is the blue while Big Norm is the red. Also, note the colors of their caps.
  • The Voiceless: Regular Norm is committed to his mime act.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: Going through Little Norm's gameplay voice clips in CNK data reveals them to all be Big Norm reacting to what's happening to Little Norm. Averted in Nitro-Fueled, where Small Norm instead makes whistling noises.
  • You Have Failed Me: Velo threatens a Cool and Unusual Punishment after he loses:
    Velo: Perhaps I need new ways to motivate you, like...*grins evilly* taking your books away.

"Oh dear. Now I must DEMOLISH YOU!"
Voiced by: Paul Greenberg (2003), Dwight Schultz (2019)

The racing champion of the planet Teknee who appears in Crash Nitro Kart. He is a robot who is as much obsessed with winning as he is with cleaning, causing him to switch between personalities from time to time.

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Tries to be serious about racing, but often gets distracted by cleaning.
    Geary: Only a robot can achieve perfection in motion! I will demolish anyb- Oh, what a mess! Can have that now, can we? (Vacuums) Now, where was I!?
    Geary: My key! How did I lose!? I know Teknee like the back of my- MY HAND! IT'S DIRTY! This whole place is filthy! (Begins vacuuming)
    • Interestingly all his dialogue is edited to omit his Neat Freak personality in the portable version, finishing every sentence properly.
  • The Bus Came Back: He, along with the other bosses from Nitro Kart, has been confirmed to be playable in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
  • Camp Straight: Acts quite femmy, if only because of his voice and obsession with cleaning.
  • Defeat Means Playable: Only in the handheld version of Nitro Kart
  • Expy: Of C-3PO, both of them being humanoid robots with gold looking plating and fusspot personalities.
  • Friendly Enemy: He'll clean anything. Even his opponents. Neither Tiny or Crash seem that objective to it either.
  • Flunky Boss: You'll race him along with his two cleaning drones. The drones aren't actual racers, they're just there to assist him by throwing cleaning stuff like rolls of scrub that flattens the racer that gets hit.
  • Mood-Swinger: Switches between a cold, ruthless combatant to a neurotic fusspot (that likes cleaning) in a flash, and back again.
  • Neat Freak: His defining trait.
  • Nerf: Once a Master of All like the other Champions, his stats were lowered in Nitro-Fueled to be on the same level as balanced racers like Crash and Cortex.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes go red whenever he gets serious about racing.
  • Robot Hair: The way he's modeled gives the impression that he's balding.
  • Super OCD: About cleaning.
  • Tomorrowland: His planet, Teknee, has this theme as shown on its tracks.
  • You Have Failed Me: From Velo, who orders him to clear the entire colosseum as punishment.

    Zem and Zam
"Like taking candy from a baby!" -Zem
Zem voiced by: Andre Sogliuzzo (2003-Present)
Zam voiced by: Billy West (2003), Andrew Morgado (2019)

A large, vulgar creature and a dog-like alien who race alongside Nitros Oxide in Crash Nitro Kart.

  • Big Eater: Zem's trash talk mostly concerns his appetite.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Zem's a large, overweight alien while Zam's a small, dog-like creature.
  • The Bus Came Back: Both have been confirmed to be playable in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
  • Flat Character: Both of them. Much like Rilla Roo, they appear out of nowhere, don't get any character development through cutscenes, and then vanish from the series. Their only real purpose is to give Nitros Oxide two teammates to race with, since he was never shown with any accomplices, and can't simply brainwash pre-established characters like N. Trance. They're even absent from the GBA version altogether.
  • Gasshole: Zem burps often while racing. His podium animation in Nitro-Fueled is him giving off a massive burp and laughing it off afterwards.
  • Satellite Character: To Oxide, as they only exist for the sake of giving him teammates to race alongside.
  • Secret Character:
    • Both of them are unlocked by winning certain cups in CNK's Adventure Mode: Zem is unlocked by winning the Green Gem Cup while Zam is unlocked through the Purple Gem Cup.
    • In Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled, they are default racers in the Nitros Oxide edition, and unlockable in the standard edition.
  • Team Pet: Zam is pretty much an alien dog, but he more greatly resembles a small dinosaur.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Despite being a gassy alien who constantly talks about eating, Zem has a large upper body, even having visible muscles in Nitro Fueled.
  • Villainous Glutton: Zem constantly talks about eating in his quotes and is a villain with some very, very crude humor.

Unaffiliated Villains:

    Papu Papu
"Bunga boom!"
Voiced by: David Siller (1996), Brendan O'Brien (2000), Michael Gollom (1999), Dwight Schultz (2004-Present)

The obese chief of the native tribe of N. Sanity Island. He is neither on Crash's nor Cortex's side, but will capture and/or eat anything that steps into his territory.

  • Adaptational Heroism: Not Papu Papu himself, but his tribe. In the Skylanders Imaginators level based on Crash Bandicoot, Papu Papu's tribe makes an appearance as friendly Surfer Dude types who want to help the player out, rather than being enemies.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: The original games tended to put emphasis on him being fat and lazy, but in N. Sane Trilogy and Nitro-Fueled, while he still has those qualities, he also acts a lot more aggressive and looks almost constantly angry.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: The N. Sane trilogy adds noticeable moles to his skin.
  • Big Eater: In case you couldn't tell by his massive gut, he blames his loss in CTR on not eating a big enough breakfast, and his name means "Pass that dish again, mate" in his native tongue.
  • Depending on the Artist: His headdress never stay consistent in between games.
  • Eloquent in My Native Tongue: While he can speak English, it's clearly not his first language, which would be his tribe's own made-up language.
  • Fat and Proud: He mocks the player character in Crash Team Racing for being so small, and considering that you can play as Tiny, who's objectively bigger than him, he's probably talking about how none of the characters are as fat as he is.
  • Fat Bastard: While technically neutral, Papu Papu is a short tempered grouch who constantly impedes the protagonist and didn't get the moniker "Mister Bad Belly" in Crash Team Racing for nothing.
  • Flunky Boss: In Crash Bash he can summon mini-Crashes that fights for him. They easily die in one hit and their AI aren't as good as normal CPU for the Crate Crush type game.
  • Gonk: He was never exactly a good looking guy, though N. Sane Trilogy makes him even uglier, with a gap between his top front teeth and a bunch of of moles on his skin.
  • Ground Pound: In Crash Bash he can cause the tiles you're standing on to flip in a wave, causing substantial damage, by smashing his scepter on the ground.
  • Jiggle Physics: His stomach, as well as his butt.
  • Kaizo Trap: A minor one: when he falls down after he's defeated, you better stay away as his falling can hurt Crash.
  • Large and in Charge: He's large and fat and he's the chief of the tribe.
  • Lazy Bum: According to the old bible, Papu Papu is known for being very lazy which is why Aku Aku goes to Crash for help instead of his old tribe. The same bible also says Papu Papu fights Crash because he was woken up.
  • Lone Wolf Boss: Papu has no connections to Cortex or Crash, he just wants to eat and rule his tribe in peace. He is, however, protected by Uka Uka in racing games, planting him squarely on the bad guy side.
  • Meaningful Name: In his native tongue, Papu Papu apparently means "Pass that dish again, mate", a name fitting for someone as fat as he is.
  • Repetitive Name: Two "Papu" one after another.
  • Retcon: In the epilogue of the first game he's mentioned to have sold the Cortex Castle to a resort developer to help raise money for his tribe's welfare, but the subsequent games show that the castle is still there; in the second game Brio sets a set of teleporters at the top of the ruined tower, and in CTR and games after Naughty Dog the castle remains intact.
  • Secret Character: In Crash Team Racing, he's unlocked by winning the Green Gem Cup.
  • Spin Attack: In the first game he primarily attacks by spinning around with his scepter and then smashing it down. It's not really fast and simple to avoid.
  • Third-Person Person: In Crash Team Racing.
  • Tribal Face Paint: Papu Papu has two red stripes on each cheek. Taken a lot further in his redesign for N. Sane Trilogy, where he has tribal patterns covering his cheeks, eyes and chin, as well as tribal tattoos on his shoulders and stomach.
  • Wakeup Call Boss: He's this in CTR due to his top speed, his choice of weapon (the beakers) and the track he's fought in. The game has been pretty simple before his boss fight, and after that, the Adventure Mode starts becoming tricky.
  • Warmup Boss: He's the first boss in both the first game and Crash Bash. He's at least slightly harder in the latter game.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Aside from the resort bit above, in CTR, he becomes a wrestler under the name "Mister Bad Belly". His signature move "Bad Belly Bounce" gets banned after a few wrestlers suffered severe rope friction burns.

    The Evil Twins
"Cower, you fools, before the awesome might of... the Evil Twins."
Both twins voiced by: Quinton Flynn (2004)

A duo of highly intelligent twin parrots who act as the main antagonists of Crash Twinsanity. Their real names are Victor and Moritz, and were formerly the pet parrots of Doctor Neo Cortex, whose experimental Evolvo-Ray sent them to the Tenth Dimension and mutated them into the villains they would become. They are eaten by Evil Crash at the end of the game.

  • And Show It to You: With Cortex's brain instead of the usual heart.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: They are the main antagonists of Twinsanity.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: They openly refer to themselves as the Evil Twins and don't even try to hide how nasty they are.
  • Dimension Lord: As they put it themselves, they are "Masters of the infinite dimensions." Considering they were able to defeat Aku-Aku and Uka-Uka offscreen, there's weight to their claim.
    "FOOLS! You thought these two party toys could defeat US?! We're masters of the infinite dimensions, with power over reality itself! ...And riches beyond imagination!"
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: They were able to defeat both Aku-Aku and Uka-Uka offscreen, and deriding both masks as "party toys". Later they are on the receiving end of this courtesy of Crash, Cortex, Nina, and especially Evil Crash.
  • Eaten Alive: Evil Crash ate them at the end of Twinsanity.
  • Evil vs. Evil: They attack Earth specifically for revenge on Cortex. They aren't against making enemies with resident good guys such as Crash for interfering however.
  • Final Boss: They pilot a giant mecha at the end of Twinsanity.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Moritz is the foolish sibling, Victor is the responsible one.
  • For the Evulz: They love sucking the goodness out of dimensions and filling them with chaos and misery. Just for the heck of it.
  • Freudian Excuse: They ended up becoming insane dimensional warpers because they were once Cortex's parrots and were teleported to another dimension thanks to his experiments. They outright try to Invoke this trope at the end, but considering all the damage they've done and how much they have reveled in their evil pretty much no one shows any signs of sympathy towards them.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Victor wears a black cape and Moritz a red one. Also, though it's often difficult to spot (and not evident in this picture), they also have different skin/feather colour — Victor is blue while Moritz is green.
  • Incoming Ham: Their featured quote earns them a mention.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: See Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu? above.
  • Reality Warper: See their quote under Dimension Lord above. At one point they pulled Cortex's brain out of his head.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: When they realized they ended up in Evil Crash's home, and he's looking at them with Meat-O-Vision. Followed by Gory Discretion Shot.
    "Well... this is one heck of an ending."
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: In Victor's words, the severe "reverso-radioactivity" in the Tenth Dimension "sharpened our skills and warped our fragile eggshell minds".
  • The Worf Effect: They effortlessly defeated both Aku-Aku and Uka-Uka offscreen. On the other hand, they're on the receiving end of it when Evil Crash ate them.
  • Villainous Glutton: Moritz is obsessed with food, to the extent that he often brings it up at random times.
    Victor: Oh, nuts!

    Evil Crash
An evil and ferocious version of Crash Bandicoot from the Tenth Dimension who appears in Crash Twinsanity (and in Crash Tag Team Racing as an extra skin, as well as in Crash Boom Bang).

    Madame Amberly
"You... are in detention!"
Voiced by: Susan Silo (2004)

The headmaster of the Academy of Evil and former teacher of Neo and Nina Cortex, N. Gin and Nitrus Brio.

  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": She has a large letter A on her forehead. It might be where Cortex and Nina got the idea of putting their first initials on their heads.
  • Disney Villain Death: Falls down a bottomless shaft after her last cable disconnects from Cortex giving her the final blow, screaming all the while.
  • Evil Teacher: Justified in that shes literally teaches students to be as evil as her.
  • Fat Bastard: She is hugely obese, requiring cables attached to her back to move around, and teaches her subordinates the ways of evil.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Account of her having a monocle instead of a standard pair of glasses.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Arguably is one of the first trilogy before Uka Uka was revealed, considering she was the one who taught Cortex everything he knows. Concept art found in the game shows that, if one considers it canon, she was also responsible for N. Brio and N. Gin.
  • High-Class Glass: Again, wears a monocle.
  • Large and in Charge: Not only (and obviously) weight wise, but also height: she could easily dwarf the tallest characters in the series prior! She's also the headmaster of a literal Academy of Evil.
  • Psycho Electro: The head of an Academy of Evil and can fire lightning from her fingertips, what's more to be said?

A giant polar bear in a ship captain's hat who acts as a boss in Crash Bash.
  • Dub Name Change: The Japanese version renames him "Papaguma", literally meaning "Papa Bear", implying that he may or may not be Polar's father.
  • Flunky Boss: His submarine fires mechanical bears that the player needs to knock into the water.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a blue naval captain's hat.
  • Remember the New Guy?: He wasn't around in any of the previous games, although he is at least based on the giant polar bears that would chase Crash in Cortex Strikes Back.
  • Sub Story: Rides around in a submarine for the duration of his boss fight.


    Ebenezer Von Clutch
"Is there no dummkopfs among you to accept the challenge of the greatest race of all time!?"
Voiced by: Danny Mann (2005)

A deranged German cyborg who owns the amusement park "Von Clutch's MotorWorld". He has only appeared in Crash Tag Team Racing, in which he begs for Crash and the others to find the Power Gems that keep his park up and running and his own Black Power Gem, his life source.

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He has green skin.
  • Bilingual Bonus: He occasionally throws German into his dialogue.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's a very eccentric individual.
  • Cyborg: He has mechanical limbs.
  • Disney Death: Shuts down without his black heart gem, which Crash accidentally recovers, bringing him back to life. As he celebrates with Crash, he pats it back out by mistake, shutting down again. He can obviously be reactivated, making the second time more awkward than devastating.
  • Gratuitous German: He peppers his speech with German words.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: He knows who Crash and Cortex are prior to meeting them, mentions that he has all their games, and calls them his favorite "video heroes".
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: At least from what his employees imply in gameplay cutscenes. Gives more logic to why Willie would try to kill off the guy.
  • Poirot Speak: Speaks in a heavy German accent.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: It is implied that Von Clutch served in World War II under the Axis side.
  • The Von Trope Family: He has "Von" in his name.

    Pasadena O'Possum
"I'm Pasadeno O'Possum. I'm racin' for ol' Von Clutch, and I'm gonna whup you, that's for sure!"
Voiced by: Shanelle Workman (2005)

A Texan-accented racing champion and devoted subordinate of Von Clutch. She has only appeared in Crash Tag Team Racing, and shows a clear infatuation for Crash, something that Crash himself is... less than enthusiastic about. Well, sometimes.

  • Dumb Blonde: May slide more towards Cloudcuckoolander or Genius Ditz territory; neverless, someone who doesn't know what 2 plus 2 equals probably has a few issues with intelligence.
  • Expy: Basically an offbeat version of Hanna Barbera's Penelope Pitstop.
  • Genki Girl: At times. Especially at the wheel.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Has a big pair of blonde pigtails that come up from underneath the top of her cap.
  • Number Two: She is arguably this to Von Clutch, or at least shares the role with Willie. As it turns out, she is most likely such after Willie turns on them.
  • Ow, My Body Part!: Sometimes if she is attacked, she will say this;
    Pasadena: Ow, right in the pancreas!
  • Punny Name: Her surname (O'Possum) is a not-so subtle reference to her species (Opossum).
  • Remember the New Guy?: Another Funny Animal that is never implied to have been modified by Cortex or another scientist. Then again her business partners are a German cyborg (who is a big fan of Cortex) and a giant anthropomorphic Wumpa Fruit so it's not really stand out there.
  • Ship Tease: When not seeming physically sickened by Pasadena's charms, he does seem to display a slight mutual affection, it is Crash we are talking about though.
  • Southern Belle: To an extent, her upbringing is VERY obvious, anyway.
  • Undying Loyalty: One of very few subordinates of Von Clutch that thinks highly of him.

    Chick and Stew
"Man, you ever put a baked ham in a woodchipper? I know I have!" -Stew
Chick voiced by: Quinton Flynn (2005), Roger Craig Smith (2019-present)
Stew voiced by: Duane Shepard (2005), Kevin Michael Richardson (2019-present)

A pair of veteran sportscasters who serve as the tutors of Crash Tag Team Racing.

  • The Bus Came Back: They return in Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled to introduce the Grand Prix, and are seen on a giant screen in Turbo Track.
  • Nice Hat: Stew has a ridiculous amount of these, changing to a different one every time he's off-camera.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Chick's voice in Tag Team Racing is clearly channeling Howard Cosell, while Stew's voice has been compared to Charles Barkley and George Foreman.
  • Punny Name: Chick and Stew, when said together, sounds like "chicken stew."
  • Remember the New Guy?: More Funny Animals with no stated origin.

    Willie Wumpa Cheeks
"Hiddly hidely ho, to the statue you must go! This way or that, fall down you go splat! And everyone thinks you're a schmo!"
Voiced by: Roger L. Jackson (2005)

A giant talking Wumpa fruit, and the mascot and producer of Wumpa Whip in Von Clutch's MotorWorld. He only appears in Crash Tag Team Racing. He is later revealed to be the thief of Von Clutch's Power Gems (though he gives no motive as to why he did it) and is soon liquefied by Doctor Neo Cortex.

  • Anthropomorphic Food: Willie's a giant Wumpa Fruit. In a world where animals can be modified into anthropomorphic Funny Animals (Or in the case of Pasadena in Tag Team Racing, they can just show up out of nowhere), Willie stands out as being exceptionally weird.
    Cortex: Holy cannoli! What is that thing!?
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of Tag Team Racing.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Jolly and affable in his park persona initially, he finally has enough of the cast's stupidity however, and angrily reveals himself as the culprit, insulting all of them while doing so.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He appears in one cutscene in the intro before becoming an NPC in an area you'll rarely pass by. He shows up right before the final area after it's revealed that the Big Bad has a connection to Wumpa Whip. Take a guess who stole the Power Gems.
  • Final Boss: If you want to consider the final goal of the game defeating Willie.
  • Gonk: He looks absolutely hideous, considering he's a giant, possibly-mutated Wumpa fruit.
  • Jerkass: He snaps and calls the other characters idiots for not figuring out that he was behind everything.
  • Obviously Evil: He has a mischievous demeanor, with a habit of giggling sinisterly to himself.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Willie is quite fond of reciting limericks relating to the current situation.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard to discuss him without spoiling how the game ends.
  • Zero-Effort Boss: All you do to beat him at the end is pull a lever and Willie can't attack. He's then vaporized by Cortex, N. Gin, and Nina.

    Yaya Panda 
"Crash! Only you can prevent this!"

A female panda whose cute and cuddly exterior hides the heart of a talented racer. She made her debut in Crash Nitro Kart 2, where she teamed up with Crash and Coco to stop Cortex, Oxide and Ripper Roo from taking over the world, before making return appearances for the next two phone racing games.

  • Badass Adorable: A cute little panda who's also a Badass Driver.
  • Canon Foreigner: She was created exclusively for the spin-off phone racing games and hasn't made any main series appearances.
  • Flat Character: As to be expected from a character who's only appeared in racing games, and mobile phone games at that. She has little character beyond being a great driver.
  • Panda Ing To The Audience: There have been bears in the series before, but never a panda.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Much like Pasadena and Viscount before her, she's another Funny Animal with no official origin, though she's generally assumed to be a mutant regardless.

    The Viscount
"I'll con them into working for me, and Super Big Power Crystal will be mine at last!"

A wealthy Tasmanian Devil who appeared in Crash Boom Bang. He organizes a tournament, and the victor will win the Viscount's fortune of $100,000,000, although this is just a distraction for the heroes so that he can find the Super Big Power Crystal, which grants whoever touches it their greatest wish.

    Farmer Ernest 
"Oh, Crash. The farmer's market is tomorrow and my wumpa trees won't grow for, my orchard is riddled with greedy worms. If you rid my land of these pests, I'll give you this Power Crystal."
Voiced by: Alex Fernandez (2004)

An emu who farms Wumpa trees, and appears only for a short gag in Twinsanity.

  • Punny Name: Farmer Ernest is an earnest farmer.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Another Funny Animal with no stated origin, and he somehow already knows Crash.
  • Quest Giver: Parodied, and the entire point for his existence. He promises Crash a crystal in exchange for clearing the worms out of his farm. However, Cortex is also there, and since Cortex doesn't care about helping him, he just shoots him and takes the crystal.


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