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  • Blue Is Heroic:
    • Crash and Coco both wear blue pants and are the main heroes of the series.
    • Crash himself drives a blue-coloured kart in Crash Team Racing, and in Nitro Kart, four of them (Crash, Coco, Crunch and Fake Crash) all drive blue-coloured karts and are good guys (though Fake Crash himself is a Wild Card).
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    • Isabella's main colour is also blue and is protected by Aku Aku in Nitro-Fueled, thus making her this too.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: If you even know what a bandicoot is, it's probably because of Crash and his friends.

    Crash Bandicoot 
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"Whoa!"
Voiced by: Brendan O Brien (1996-98, 2000-03), Chip Chinery (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 keeping Radical's Crash games from being released in Japan.
    • 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.
    • The little dance he does when he wins in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is made extra-cute when he does it with Coco in a cutscene.
  • 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, which lets him break the aforementioned reinforced crates and produce a small shockwave around him that harms nearby enemies upon landing.
  • Berserk Button: Don't deprive him of his Wumpa Fruit, and especially DON'T try to harm Coco.
  • 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 a lot about his little sister. It especially comes into play in later titles, as threatening Coco's life is often one of only a few ways the villains can grab Crash's undivided attention.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has thick eyebrows, though they're still nowhere near as huge as Fake Crash's eyebrows.
  • Blood Knight: While he doesn't actively seek out the adventures he gets into, several commercials and game manuals claim he enjoys them a lot more than he lets on.
  • 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.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Throughout the series he and Aku Aku have been the closest of companions and allies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Tiny guy to Tawna's huge girl.
  • 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.

    Tawna 
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"This time, no one will catch me!"
Voiced by: Debi Derryberry (2017), Misty Lee (2019)

Crash's love interest from the first game.


  • Action Girl: In the reboot.
  • 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, becoming the leader of the Nitro Squad, a team of racers whose members include the Trophy Girls.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Gives one in the Nitro Tour Grand Prix Intro of Nitro-Fueled, signalling that she is no longer the same helpless damsel you had to save back in 1996.
  • 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.
  • Braids of Action: Her motorsport outfit has her hair styled into an Elsa-esque braid.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Flies to the camera on a broomstick, and winks to the player during her Witch Tawna victory animation. Outside of that, she also turns around and winks during her trick jump.
  • Brutal Honesty: Unlike many racers and her own squad mates (save Megumi), she doesn't hide or use any excuses when she loses, but openly expresses her disappointment.
    Tawna: I really wanted that trophy...
  • The Bus Came Back: After 23 years of being Put on a Bus, she returns as a playable character in Nitro-Fueled.
  • Cool Big Sis: Displays this vibe in Nitro-Fueled. While her Nitro Squad teammates are more emotional, she remains mature, calm and collected, even when losing a race.
  • Cool Hat: Her Witch Tawna skin comes with a really spiffy witch's hat.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Mostly vanished from the series after the first game barring the occasional cameo, and waved 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. Due to her return in Nitro-Fueled, however, it's wholly ambiguous again on the in-universe reason for her disappearance, as it's implied that she's still with Crash or at least has feelings for him and has no known connection to Pinstripe.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: She appears to gain superpowers while wearing her motorsport uniform, as shown in her victory animation where she charges an Enhanced Punch and slams her fist into the ground, creating a pink energy shockwave.
  • Damsel in Distress: The extent of her role in the first game.
  • 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. Averted in Nitro-Fueled, where she returns as a playable character and the leader of the Trophy Girls (who are now known as the Nitro Squad), with her status as Crash's love interest only being implied and largely out of focus.
  • 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
  • Hot Witch: Her Witch Tawna skin. Granted, she was ALWAYS the former.
  • 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.
    • Nitro-Fueled may actually be the first actual implementation. Tawna's head of the Nitro Squad of racers, and she's the calm, cool, collected head and proves to be a capable racer.
  • 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. Nitro-Fueled brings it back, with her (and the rest of the Nitro Squad) wearing rather skin-tight racing gear, though it's toned down a bit.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: She lets out a small one when using an item, or wearing her witch skin on the podium.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Downplayed. Marsupials are mammals, but still, marsupials' mammaries are different.
  • Panthera Awesome: Has an alternative tiger skin in Nitro Fueled.
  • 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. Nitro-Fueled gives her a little more personality, and surprisingly not much related to Crash save for a tee shirt with his face on it.
  • She's Got Legs: She has a very long pair of legs that her shorts easily show off.
  • Sickening Sweethearts: She and Crash are very affectionate when they're together, and she goes so far as to wear his face on her shirt. In turn, Tawna's the only thing besides eating, napping, and fighting that Crash has any particular interest in.
  • 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.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Huge girl to Crash's tiny guy.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Plays both sides with Coco:
    • She's the Girly Girl to Coco's Tomboy as far as the older series is concerned, as Coco was explicitly introduced to be a less sexualized female companion for Crash that played up her intelligence and Plucky Girl aspects while Tawna, when she appeared, was always played for her beauty more than anything.
    • As of the reboot, it's inverted, with Tawna being the rowdy, take no prisoners Tomboy to Coco's frilly, princess-aspiring Girly Girl.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: In the reboot, Tawna is a Hot-Blooded fighter and racer who has no problems getting her hands dirty, but wears pink for her outfits.
  • 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.
    • Averted in the reboot/remakes. While she still doesn't make a physical appearance in Cortex Strikes Back or Warped, she makes her return in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled and it's implied that she's still with Crash or at least still has the hots for him, as she still wears her Crash t-shirt and doesn't seem to have any connection to Pinstripe anymore.
  • 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.

    Coco Bandicoot 
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"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 gal, and has a clownish, slapstick prone side herself. While she lost some of this during the Radical titles, the Vicarious Visions remasters have brought it back full-force, bringing her back to a younger-looking design and adding on the slapstick, plus genuinely cute things like participating in her own version of the Crash Dance.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: Compare her designs since Crash Nitro Kart to her design in the Naughty Dog games. Becomes especially apparent in the Radical titles. N. Sane Trilogy reversed her back to a more childlike design, although her Evil Coco skin in Nitro-Fueled references her Mind Over Mutant one.
  • 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. In the N. Sane Trilogy they appear to be the same height.
  • 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.
    Coco: Yes, YES, YEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!
  • 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. She gets a similar treatment in Mind Over Mutant via the N-V device, and mutated further.
  • Buffy Speak: Seems to gained a tendency for this in the Radical series...and stuff.
  • 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 the 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: A light one to N. Gin due to their matching tech smarts and Ditzy Genius personalities. She ended up one to Nina in later games as well, both being 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; 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.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Her character profile in Wrath of Cortex explains that Coco learned how to fight after gaining an appreciation for old kung-fu movies.
  • Innocent Prodigy: Coco is a science wiz and while noticeably more lucid and intelligent than her ditzy older brother, she generally acts demure and bubbly most of the time.
  • 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: Starting in The Wrath of Cortex Coco was given kung-fu inspired kicking moves as an analog to Crash's spinning. This all comes full circle in N. Sane Trilogy where her spin attack has her kicking outwards and her body slam is a leg drop, making her functionally a copy of Crash while retaining her unique fighting style.
  • Kid Heroine: Originally; she appears older starting from Nitro Kart.
  • Kiddie Kid: Coco is a teenager and while she is very intelligent for her age, that doesn't stop her from doing a goofy dance or dressing up as a princess from time to time.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Older Than They Look: It's easy to mistake her initial incarnation for a young child due to her appearance and rather immature attitude, but according to Word of God, she's already a teenager even in the Naughty Dog titles; N. Sane Trilogy and Nitro-Fueled make this a tad more obvious.
  • Phoneaholic Teenager: Downplayed, but the remakes give her a pink phone, and if you leave her standing in one place for too long, she will either have a phone call with someone or take a selfie.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Wears pink sneakers with a matching pink laptop, and the flower she usually has in her hair is sometimes pink as well. N. Sane Trilogy also gives her a pink phone and she now wears pink makeup (eyeshadow and lipstick).
    • True Blue Femininity: Almost all of her outfits have blue denim in some way, and the aforementioned flower was originally blue. Her laptop is also blue in Nitro Kart, and in Crash of the Titans she wears a blue bandanna.
  • Positive Discrimination: At first, compared to the crazy universe around her, Coco had no real glaring character flaws and was a genius to boot. Even after being Promoted to Playable in Warped, she was immune to the wacky deaths and amusing injuries her brother would be subjected to. As more female characters were introduced however, Coco's defects began to show, and in the N. Sane Trilogy she's almost as goofy as Crash is.
  • 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: Her initial design gives her long blond hair that reaches her waist, even when in a ponytail; most games afterwards dial it back a bit.
  • 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 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 and Mind Over Mutant, mimicking Crash. 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • The Pollyanna: Generally good natured and positive. She does have an occasionally huffy side however, especially in the Radical titles.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: On one hand 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 wears practical outfits involving t-shirts and denim. On the other hand, there's always at least some pink in her design, and levels designed around her (like Coco Park in CTR and the scrapped Gone a Bit Coco) tend to be on the effeminate side.
  • 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.
  • 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. She and Crash are of equal height from N. Sane Trilogy onward, likely due to her being a fully playable character and requiring the same hitbox as Crash.
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    The Trophy Girls/Nitro Squad 
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. 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.

Tropes applying to the group as a whole:

  • Adaptational Badass: They go from handing out trophies in CTR to actively racing for them as an Amazon Brigade in Nitro-Fueled.
  • 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 in the actual game, but colourful anime-styled illustrations of them can be seen on the neon signs and barriers in Slide Coliseum.
  • 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.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: They appear to gain superpowers while wearing their motorsport uniforms, similar to Crash, Coco and Cortex and their Electron skins. Each Nitro Squad member's victory animation includes a moment where they perform moves that emit bursts of their respective color. Ami throws some punches and flexes, Megumi kicks and twirls around, Liz performs martial arts gestures and poses and Isabella actually fires a small projectile from her hands (that vanishes quickly).
  • Divergent Character Evolution: While their individual looks are different enough from Tawna's, they all acted similarly as the resident race queens of CTR, sharing the same animation. Nitro-Fueled later fixed this by giving a distinct personality to each of the girls (which is reflected in their voices, racing animations and even official renders), varying stats as playable racers, their own unique podium animations, and even holograms in Slide Coliseum showing off their signature dances.
  • 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.
    • A more straight example would be in Nitro-Fueled, where they appear in Slide Coliseum as dancing holograms and images on the track's neon signs and barriers.
  • Foreign Fanservice: All of them are from — or, at least raised in — different countries. Ami is from America, Liz is from England, Isabella is from Italy, and Megumi is from Japan.
  • Gainaxing: The girls' ample chests bounce during the award ceremonies. It is most noticeable when they pull back and wave. Averted in Nitro-Fueled, which scales back their sexuality considerably, with only Ami and Liz still having relatively large chests, and Tawna, Isabella and Megumi being made smaller.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: While Isabella, Liz, and Megumi are much daintier than Ami, they're all just as capable at racing like she does.
  • Groupie Brigade: Whenever one of them wins, an army of screaming silhouetted fangirls appears at the bottom of the screen at the podium, cheering for them and taking pictures.
  • 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 (visible) 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. Averted in Nitro-Fueled, where their proportions are a bit more sensible.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Their motorsport outfits show just how serious they are about racing.
  • 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.
  • Outdated Outfit: Justified, seeing as they hadn't been used for 20 years by the time Nitro-Fueled was made. The only real change that was done for their regular clothes was to give Ami and Liz some pants.
  • Pit Girls: They were originally a group of curvy women who carry umbrellas and appear at the trophy ceremonies.
  • Promoted to Playable: Nitro-Fueled has them ditch the podium and become fully-fledged playable racers.
  • Suddenly Voiced: They all started talking in Nitro-Fueled.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Isabella and Liz are the only female members of their respective stat classes in Nitro-Fueled (Megumi and Tawna share the Acceleration class with Coco while Ami shares the Speed class with Nina).
  • Statuesque Stunner: Much like Tawna, they're attractive and they tower over most of the other characters.
  • Theme Naming: They're all named after various women who worked at Sony Computer Entertainment at the time of Crash Team Racing's creation. 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.
  • Tuckerization: See Theme Naming above.
  • "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".

Ami

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"Can't wait for the green light!
Voiced by: Cissy Jones (2019)

A green-haired female bandicoot who is responsible for handing out trophies to Tiny, Dingodile, and the other evolved animals in CTR. She returns as a Speed-class racer in Nitro-Fueled.


  • Adaptational Modesty: Nitro-Fueled lengthened her dress and gave her a pair of pants to wear underneath it.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She's a bit more bulky than the rest of the girls, and is happy to show it off.
  • Boobs of Steel: Ami has the biggest bustline of the Nitro Squad next to Liz and is a Speed character, rivaling Tiny and N. Tropy. She's also stronger than the other girls, showing off her muscles at any opportunity.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Out of all the Nitro Squad members, she has the shortest hair. She is also rather tomboyish, as she loves racing and her winning animation has her flexing her muscles.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Ami has green hair and green eyes.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Originally wore one in CTR, but Nitro-Fueled lengthens it and gives her a pair of pants to wear beneath it.
  • 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, which she's all too eager to display by flexing during her victory podium animation.
  • My Nayme Is: Her name is spelled like the Japanese "Ami", but pronounced like the English "Amy".
  • Skirt over Slacks: As of Nitro-Fueled.
  • "Staying Alive" Dance Pose: Her hologram in Slide Coliseum does a disco point.
  • Tomboyish Voice: She has a slightly raspy voice.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Even though she is The Lad-ette, she still wears a dress.
  • Tranquil Fury: A downplayed variant. Should Ami lose a race she will merely cross her arms and sulk.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While all of the girls became racers, she's the one who showed the most improvement, as she gained some muscle, high speed stats, and a more radical haircut.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Ami has green hair and a green tail.

Megumi

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"I've been waiting for this!"
Voiced by: Stephanie Sheh (2019)

A blue-haired female bandicoot who is responsible for handing out trophies to Cortex, N. Gin, and N. Tropy in CTR. She returns as an Acceleration-class racer in Nitro-Fueled.


  • Adorkable: Megumi is a scientist with a noticeable Japanese accent and an energetic, sweet personality.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Unlike many characters, her racing lines mostly consist of apologizing to the others for inconveniencing them in some way.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a Genki Girl and an experienced racer.
  • The Cutie: Compared to the others, Megumi has the least sex appeal, since her attractiveness is more focused on her Japanese-styled traits making her cute. Nitro-Fueled emphasizes this a little further by giving her slightly chubbier cheeks and a noticeable accent.
  • Genki Girl: Her animations in Nitro-Fueled depict her as someone very enthusiastic and cheerful.
  • Graceful Loser: Should Megumi end a race in a place lower than first, she'll shrug the loss off and even congratulate the winner in the podiums if she comes in second or third. She is also notably the only racer thus far to carry out this trait.
  • Hot Scientist: Megumi wears a labcoat similar to Cortex's, hands out trophies to the scientist characters, and the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue states that she invented a new line of perfume.
  • Japanese Politeness: She's Japanese and is by far the most polite member of the Nitro Squad, notably being a Graceful Loser if she doesn't come in first place.
  • Japanese Ranguage: Downplayed. She speaks English perfectly well, but she has a thick Japanese accent, leading to her L's and R's sounding similar to each other sometimes.
  • Nice Girl: Seems to be racing purely for the fun of it, and although she'll be visibly disappointed if she loses, she's also quick to shrug off the loss and be a good sport about it, clapping for whoever won at the podium. One of her idle animations also has her happily wave to whoever is next to her.
  • Odango Hair: She keeps her hair tied into two buns.
  • Poirot Speak: A few of her lines are Japanese words. Usually to punctuate getting hurt, though.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Megumi has blue hair and a blue tail.

Liz

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"Now I'll make EVERY front page!"
Voiced by: Victoria Atkin (2019)

A brunette female bandicoot who was responsible for handing out trophies to Polar and Pura in CTR. She returns as a Handling-class racer in Nitro-Fueled.


  • Adaptational Modesty: Her appearance in Nitro-Fueled is considerably less provocative. She originally wore a tiny green tank top and a purple skirt so short that her matching green panties were plainly visible. Now she has a lengthened top that covers most of her torso while still leaving a little bit of midriff showing, and her skirt has been lengthened, plus she now wears a pair of pants beneath them for good measure.
  • Attention Whore: Liz is very competitive, and her motivation seems to be to become famous through racing. Her introduction in the CTR TV video has her proclaim that she's going to be on the front page of every publication, and that "You're gonna see my name in lights!" when she wins. Her victory animation at the podium also has her relishing the attention she gets from the audience, and switching between various poses for the cameras.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Liz bares hers between her green tank top and purple miniskirt. Downplayed in Nitro-Fueled as her tanktop is now considerably longer, but it still shows a little bit of her belly.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: She originally wore one in CTR, to the point that her panties were visible, even when standing in front of her at eye level. Averted in Nitro-Fueled, which greatly toned down her outfit's skimpiness.
  • Don't Look at Me!: Should Liz lose a race, she will turn away and cover her face with her hand in embarrassment over her loss.
  • I Shall Taunt You: If she gets a starting boost, she will often yell "Your Mum's an armadillo!"
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Her losing animation at the podium has her giving the winner a sarcastic slow clap with an annoyed look on her face, occasionally rolling her eyes as well.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Sometimes says "Vroom!" when boosting.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: In a family-friendly sense. She's the only one out of all the girls to flaunt pretty looks at any given opportunity, casually mentions in her introduction how she'll make the front page of every publication, and tries to avoid losing races so that she doesn't look embarrassing.
  • Skirt over Slacks: As of Nitro-Fueled.
  • The Tease: Downplayed with Liz. When highlighted in the character selection menu for Nitro-Fueled, she acts pleasantly surprised that the player decided to pick her, and promptly assumes a Gendo Pose.
  • Your Mom: She will sometimes shout "Your mum's an armadillo!" while racing.

Isabella

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"Ah, yeah, it's my battle horse!"
Voiced by: Melanie Minichino (2019)

A blonde female bandicoot who was responsible for handing out prizes to Crash and Coco in CTR. She returns as an All-Round-class racer in Nitro-Fueled.


  • Beauty Mark: Isabella has one on her left cheek in Nitro-Fueled.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She gets angrier at her losses than any of the other members of the Nitro Squad, and is also fiercely protective of her kart. Even her idle animation has her grow impatient and gesticulate wildly.
  • Heart Symbol: Her victory animation at the podium has her blowing kisses to the audience, which makes loads of these appear.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Is an All-Round racer in Nitro-Fueled.
  • Poirot Speak: Downplayed, as she says "ciao!" during one of her racing lines, but speaks in fluent English otherwise.
  • Rambunctious Italian: Although her name already implied it, her Nitro-Fueled appearance confirms Isabella to be Italian, with the hot-blooded personality to match.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Occasionally says "Vroom vroom!" when she boosts and "Beep beep, ciao!" when passing someone.
  • Sensual Spandex: Isabella wears a form-fitting tracksuit that shows off all her curves.
  • Sore Loser: While the other girls will be varying degrees of disappointed, Isabella will throw an outright tantrum on the podium if she doesn't win.
  • Statuesque Stunner: While the rest of the squad members are pretty tall ladies themselves, Isabella easily towers over the rest, measuring from a few inches to half of a head taller, depending on the comparisons.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The Trophy Girls as a whole were this to Tawna, but Isabella resembled her the most, and was the one to hand out trophies to Crash and Coco. The Japanese version of the game even changed her eye color from blue to brown in order to further differentiate the two.
  • Wrench Wench: She seems to have a deeper appreciation for the craft and machinery in the karts compared to the other girls, and is protective of her kart as a result. She also tends to make references to car care in her dialogue.
    Isabella: (When hit) Hey, watch the paint!
    Isabella: (When hit while shielded) Keep away from my kart!
    Isabella: (When using an item) That'll buff right out!
    Isabella: ((When losing a race) I could really use a tune-up.

    Crunch Bandicoot 
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"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 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.
  • Art Evolution: Crunch becomes noticeably "handsomer" in his design in Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled when compared to previous games, and this is largely in part to the character designs becoming more refined and animations getting better.
  • Big Brother Instinct: After Crash and Coco were so kind as to welcome him into their family despite being enemies at first, he does everything he can to be a good mentor to his surrogate little siblings.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: A large part of why he's so loyal to Crash and his group is because of how they welcomed him with open arms after he broke free from Cortex's mind control.
  • The Big Guy: Of the Bandicoot family.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: In later games due to his hyperactive personality.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In his debut appearance it's revealed he was actually under Cortex's Mind Control and was a good guy all along. He once again falls victim to this in N-Tranced, and it continues happening in later games to the point of it becoming a Running Gag for him.
    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.
  • Distressed Dude: Despite his status as The Big Guy of the Bandicoots, Crunch frequently gets brainwashed or otherwise incapacitated in most of the games he appears in, and has to be freed by Crash.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Pretty much the instant he's snapped out of Cortex's mind control, he's ready to beat the doctor to a pulp. Aku-Aku is able to reign him in before he can do any damage however and after joining the Bandicoot family, it can be implied that revenge is a large part of his motivation for opposing Cortex.
  • 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, to the extent that the latter actually sees him as a softy copycat according to the Nitro Kart manual.
  • 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.
  • Flanderization: He was originally a Knight of Cerebus in The Wrath Of Cortex, mostly due to being mind-controlled, and is revealed to be a genuinely nice and caring Gentle Giant once freed from it. But as the series veered into more cartoony territory, so did Crunch, eventually being reduced to the Dumb Muscle of the Bandicoots and ultimately ending up as a Mr. T parody in the Radical Entertainment era. His return in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled discarded the Mr. T parody but kept his jock traits.
  • 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 being broken out of Cortex's mind control in The Wrath of Cortex, he turns against him and joins the Bandicoots, who warmly welcome him aboard.
  • 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.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Weirdly, he was originally portrayed as this in The Wrath of Cortex, being a legitimately dangerous foe with little-to-no comedic moments as well as having some really creepy-looking One-Winged Angel forms in his boss fights. Then again, that could all just be chalked up to him being Brainwashed and Crazy, as his later appearances lack the seriousness and intimidation that he had in this game.
  • 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. The only times he isn't useless are when he's a playable character, which is relegated to kart races and a couple of levels in N-Tranced.
  • Lovable Jock: Seems to be one in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled. He's still a good guy, but is very cocky and abrasive while racing. His podium animations drive the point further by having him flex and show off his muscles if he's the winner, in a manner similar to Koala Kong.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: When getting hit by an item in Nitro-Fueled, he'll occasionally remark "Neh, that didn't hurt".
  • 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.
  • Red Right Hand: For unknown reasons, he has a cybernetic right hand. Nitro-Fueled appears to give it a purpose, as it forces Crunch to punch himself in the face to keep him in line, during his animation at the end of a race, regardless of whether he loses or wins.
  • Smug Smiler: In Nitro-Fueled, Crunch has a perpetual smug, self-confident grin on his face.
  • Spoof Aesop: He enjoys delivering these in Mind Over Mutant.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's got muscles to match the likes of Koala Kong and Tiny and by far has the darkest fur color of all the bandicoots but with much less ferocious looks, especially after his Heel–Face Turn. It's part of what made him such an Ensemble Dark Horse in the first place.
  • 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.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Similarly to other big guys in the series like Tiny and Koala Kong, Crunch has a very large and muscular upper body but relatively skinny legs. This is even more noticeable in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled, where he's much smaller than in previous games but retains his large upper body.
  • 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.
  • Unexplained Recovery: His body is blown to pieces after his third encounter with Crash, yet he returns just fine for their fourth encounter... after which he's reduced to a pile of bones, and he still shows up again completely fine for the final encounter with no explanation given.
  • 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.
    • Averted in the true ending of The Wrath of Cortex. After being freed from mind control, Crunch is all too eager to pay Cortex back for screwing with his mind. Aku Aku puts a stop to it before he can get too far, however.
  • 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: In The Wrath of Cortex he towered over Crash, but after his Heel–Face Turn, he noticeably shrunk to about two or three heads larger than Crash, most likely to accommodate him becoming a playable character in later entries. In Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled, he's even smaller, only about a head taller than both Crash and Coco, and smaller than characters like Tiny and Papu Papu.

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    Aku Aku 
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"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.
  • A 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.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Throughout the series he and Crash have been the closest of companions and allies.
  • 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.
  • Remote Body: It's explained in suplimentary materials from the first few games that the masks that can be found in crates during Crash's adventures are lesser copies that Aku-Aku strategically placed across the islands to assist Crash.
  • 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.

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

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


  • 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.
  • Cool Pet: Granted, he's still a cub, but the polar bear is among nature's most feared apex predator, as the bear levels in Cortex Strikes Back can testify.
  • 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".
  • A Dog Named "Dog": A polar bear named Polar.
  • 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 (changed to flavour scientist in Nitro-Fueled) 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.
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    Pura 
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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. Due to graphic limitations, however, most only realize this in N Sane Trilogy.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Crash Nitro Kart, Pura, Polar and Dingodile get hypnotized by N. Trance into racing for him.
  • Character Tics: As a felid, he is frequently shown licking his legs and paws.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Doesn't appear in the Radical Entertainment games.
  • Cool Pet: By Warped, the Bandicoots are keeping two apex land predators within the same house.
  • Cute Kitten: Cute tiger cub, but still.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Wrath of Cortex, he only appears in the opening and ending, a la Polar in Warped.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Pura is the Balinese word for temple, a borrowing from Sanskrit (in the original language, it means city). This is referenced in his Adventure character select screen in CTR, where he is seen standing near a temple, while his personal stage in the same game is called Tiger Temple. Of course, the name was probably also chosen because it has "purr" in it.
  • 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 
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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. Until Nitro-Fueled came along, that is.
  • Expy: A green dinosaur that acts as a mount for the main hero? Sounds familiar.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Implied by his idle animations in Nitro-Fueled, which involve him trying to eat his own steering wheel and sniffing the air for more food.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted in this case, unlike Polar and Pura. Baby T will disappear if Crash takes damage while riding him.
  • Oddball Doppelgänger: His Fake Baby T skin in Nitro-Fueled.
  • 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. In Nitro-Fueled, he also tries to eat his own steering wheel, but gets grossed out by the taste.
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