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Scientists and Related Bad Guys

    In General 
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: All of them (barring Madame Amberly and the Lab Assistants) have odd skin colors: Cortex and N. Brio are yellow, N. Gin has been pink, yellow and grey at different points in the series, N. Tropy is blue and Nina is a greyish-blue.
  • Evil Is Hammy: While some of them are more hammy than others and it generally depends on the installment, it's easy to see that these guys have a fondness for theatrics.
  • Gonk: They tend to be have bizarre proportions with oversized and bizarrely-shaped heads that often have strange bits and pieces slapped onto them. Of all of them, N.Tropy only looks slightly more normal in comparison due to his height.
  • Humans Are Bastards: They're all humans and they tend to cause the most pain in the games filled with modified animals.
  • Laughably Evil: Again the level of such depends on character and depiction, but none of them are immune to humour, even at their most menacing.
  • Mad Scientist: What they all are (with the exception of Nina), with each one having a specialty in a certain field; Cortex specializes in neuroscience, N. Brio dabbles in both biology and chemistry, N. Gin's main hat is robotics and engineering, N. Tropy's field of choice is quantum mechanics and the Lab Assistants... are lab assistants.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: They're all doctors (except for Nina and Lab Assistants, but the latter are also smart to some degree) and they're all evil.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Well, more like red and gold, but that's what Cortex, N. Gin and N. Tropy (and Tiny) drive in in Nitro Kart, and they're bad guys. Cortex also drives a red kart in Crash Team Racing.
  • Theme Naming: All the scientists have Punny Names based on words that sound as if they begin with the letter "N".
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Most of them are insecure freaks with a tragic background of abuse or mockery. This is often a large motive for their turn to evil. It becomes more complicated if its each other they hold a grudge for mistreatment over.
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    Doctor Neo Cortex 

Doctor Neo Periwinkle Cortex

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"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)
First appearance: Crash Bandicoot (1996)

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 (or Crash himself escapes 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: A mix of this and Faux 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.
  • Archnemesis Dad: At least by intent, he wanted for Crash to be a Cortex, as by his full name: Crashworth Cortex. Crash doesn't go by the full name but at least kept the first part, Cortex is still his maker, and they're still always at odds.
    Cortex: Crash, I've been like a father to you! I created you; nursed you... tried to destroy you.
  • Bad Boss: He generally doesn't hesitate to scold his subordinates when they do mistakes, and in Cortex Strikes Back, he gets irritated with Crash whenever the latter completely ignores his instructions.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: One early production source states that anything to do with circuses tend to make him more irritable than usual due to his Hilariously Abusive Childhood. Nitro Kart at the very least seems to support his hatred of clowns.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: His hamminess and incompetence might make him more of a nuisance than a threat, but he came dangerously close to preventing the experiment that created Crash and erasing him from existence after hijacking Kupuna-Wa's Time Master powers in It's About Time.
  • 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.
  • Boss's Unfavorite Employee: Uka Uka is all around curt and intimidating towards his servants, but saves the majority of vitriol for Cortex, who annoys him endlessly with his repeated failures. This is given more reasoning in the Radical games, where Cortex is far more impudent and treacherous towards Uka, with both taking turns trying to get rid of the other.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. This gets reversed somewhat in It's About Time, where Cortex seems to distance himself from the idea that he's evil.
  • 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.
  • The 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.
  • 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. It's About Time reveals that the device failed to brainwash Crash because it was sabotaged... by a future Crash. Apparently not learning from this failure, he later goes on to create Coco and Crunch, both of whom eventually turn against him to become thorns in his side as much as Crash himself.
  • Cuteness Proximity: His first instinct upon seeing the Evil Twins isn't to be cowed, but offer Chocky Treats.
  • 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.
  • Depending on the Artist: Has a much more conventional human-like white skin tone in the Naughty Dog games, and yellow afterwards.
  • Despair Event Horizon: In It's About Time, he's on the verge of this and has gotten weary from his constant defeats at the hands of Crash; when N. Gin and N. Brio ready themselves to conquer dimensions, he dismissively tells them to "enjoy their laser guns or whatever", and he breaks down after Crash defeats him in the 11th Dimension, to the point that he willingly tries to call off his alliance with N. Tropy when the latter berates him for his latest failure.
  • 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.
  • Dragon Their Feet: While his master Uka Uka is fought as a boss, he's ultimately the primary threat of On The Run.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Neo Cortex's middle name is "Periwinkle", as brought up in Tag Team Racing, though he never comments on it.
  • Evil Gloating: He delights in doing this to N. Tropy after he and the heroes defeat the master of time and his alternate universe counterpart in It's About Time, not least of all as payback for Tropy's earlier mockery and betrayal, but Dingodile punts the two Tropys through a rift before Cortex can finish gloating.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely cares for Nina, albeit in his own twisted way.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Implied at the beginning of Twinsanity. When he has to take out Coco in order to disguise himself as her for his plan to trap Crash, Cortex has the opportunity to disintegrate her without her ever seeing it coming, but instead, with a begrudged grumble, chooses to non-lethally stun her. The exact "standard" is up for debate, whether it's because Coco's a girl or because she was defenseless and unable to put up a proper fight.
  • Evil Laugh: Has an evil laugh in several titles, including Cortex Strikes Back.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Whether it's Clancy Brown or Lex Lang, he has a pretty deep and imposing voice (the imposing part depends on the treatment of Cortex's character).
  • Eviler Than Thou: Deconstructed several times. Many more menacing villains have tried to kick Cortex to the curb, only for it to backfire on them when he proves Not So Harmless after all:
    • 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.
    • In Nitro Kart, after being captured and forced to race by Velo, he and Tiny overpower him for his power scepter. Things don't work quite as planned afterwards, however.
    • In Twinsanity, the Evil Twins, vengeful about their past with Cortex, spend the entire game tormenting and intimidating him. When he remembers their lowly beginnings as his mistreated pets however, the two sides partake in what is essentially a game of out-bullying each other, which Cortex wins with the assistance of Crash and Nina, sending the Twins retreating terrified.
    • He is similarly left Demoted to Dragon in It's About Time after N Tropy devises the apparitions for their next evil scheme. After N Tropy tries to pull this trope on him and betray him however, an infuriated Cortex forms an Enemy Mine with Crash to defeat him, and then exploits the situation to hijack the scheme himself.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: He's been attempting to create an army of super-animals since he was eight years old.
  • Expressive Hair: In It's About Time, the sides of his hair emote just as much as his face.
  • 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 first two games, 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, mutated in Mind over Mutant, and alone again (but with the kidnapped Quantum Masks) in It's About Time.
  • 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. In It's About Time, he ultimately becomes the final antagonist of the game as he attempts to undo Crash's creation.
  • Hover Board: In the first and third games he flies around using this. It's also available for him in Skylanders Imaginators.
  • I Hate Past Me: The climax of It's About Time sees Cortex travel back to the moment before Crash goes into the Cortex Vortex in an attempt to Ret-Gone him, only for his warnings to his past self to fall on deaf ears.
    Cortex: Why won't I listen to me?
  • Implausible Deniability: In Nitro-Fueled, most of his loss quotes insist that his defeat was done on purpose:
    Cortex: This is just an experiment.
    Cortex: This was planned all along!
  • Indy Ploy: A villainous example in It's About Time. After the N. Tropys are disposed of, Cortex realizes he could hijack Kupana-Wa to travel back to 1996 and undo Crash's existence. However, he fails to convince his past self to give up on the bandicoot, so he elects to hold him captive until Crash's trip through the Cortex Vortex is chronologically impossible - and dispose of the present Crash who followed him back in time, as well.
  • 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.
  • 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. In Nitro Kart, he even outright insults Big Norm after the latter congratulated him on his win, an act that shocks even Tiny and N. Gin.
  • 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. After the revival, his battle theme from Warped is occasionally used alongside this.
  • 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.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: His scheme in It's About Time. Having torn a hole in the space-time continuum and discovered The Multiverse after escaping his temporal prison, Cortex decides to conquer all of it.
  • 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!
  • Older Than He Looks: According to the intro to It's About Time, Cortex and N. Tropy grew up naturally out of their baby selves before escaping the void, making him at least twice as old as he went in while looking the same.
  • 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.
  • Overarching Villain: He’s the one responsible for creating Crash Bandicoot and almost everything else that has happened in the series.
  • Ow, My Body Part!: He tends to make a comment along those lines for his big head, when he gets injured.
  • Papa Wolf: Though he's not her father, Cortex is very protective of Nina when the chips are down. When faced with the Evil Twins' mech producing a cannon and machine gun, he shivers in fear before realizing not only does he have a gun too, but that Nina is worn out from all the running and swinging she did in the previous phase and would be a sitting duck if she continued, so he takes on the mech alone.
  • 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. In Crash Bash, he uses it to pick up and fire crates at his opponents, Twinsanity has him use it for rapid-fire and charged attacks, and It's About Time has him turn enemies into platforms using it.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: It's a bit hard to see in some games, but he has red eyes and he is evil.
  • Reluctant Psycho: Sometimes Cortex expresses a desire to simply abandon the constant fighting with Crash and retire, but is either Forced into Evil again by Uka Uka or consumed by his own megalomaniacal tendencies.
  • Robot Me: Cortex's Robo-Cortex skin in Nitro-Fueled turns him into one, and it returns as one of his alternative dimension selves in On the Run.
  • 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.
  • Skippable Boss: In the first game. If you manage to collect all the gems, it's possible to skip his boss fight altogether by going straight to The Great Hall and flying away with Tawna.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": On rare occasions with the Japanese releases, such as the spine for Crash Bandicoot 2, his name is alternatively spelled "Coltex".
  • Spot of Tea: In It's About Time, one of his idle animations has him on a quick tea break, complete with an extended pinky.
  • 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.
  • Stationary Boss: His boss battle in It's About Time has him seated at a control panel as he activates all sorts of traps to deal with Crash/Coco, which stays in the background of the arena. This is also true for his final battle.
  • 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 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 fires 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!
    • It's About Time has two examples. The first fight against him has Cortex spawn a Death Course of energy and tornadoes where he cannot be attacked, but will summon a Punch Bot MKII minion that can be spun back into him for damage. The final fight against him has him eventually summon Lab Assistants for each phase, which can again be spun back at him to hurt him.
  • Take Over the World: His ultimate goal is world domination.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Buttered noodles with butter on the side, as heard in It's About Time.
  • Trapped in the Past: His fate at the end of Warped. While how he escaped was initially left unexplained, It's About Time reveals he used the extra time to plan a new scheme. At the end of that game, he gets Trapped in the Future instead, as the Masks banish him to the end of the universe.
  • They Called Me Mad!: The catalyst of his quest for world domination is to get back at everyone who deemed him crazy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In It's About Time, he is probably at his most competent. He manages to give Crash trouble in a chase and by blowing up a ship, then puts up a very good fight where he uses all his attacks at once, then betrays and helps defeat N.Tropy, and then after many obstacles he manages to catch up with the group... and even kidnaps one of the masks? Why? To go to the past and erase his biggest mistake, Crash himself. In fact, he only faces trouble because his past self is not as bright as him, and then barely loses the final fight.
  • 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. However, the former example was later averted for It's About Time, where it's explicitly stated that Cortex used the extra time in the past to come up with a new revenge plot.
  • 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 O'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!
    • Does it again at the end of The Wrath of Cortex, stranded in Antarctica as Uka Uka furiously tries to kill him for his latest failure:
      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 off a good one in the third game: If taking the crystals with 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 

Doctor Nitrus Brio

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Click here to see his It's About Time design. 
"But Doctor Cortex, we have not determined the cause of past failures!"
Voiced by: Brendan O'Brien (1996-2000), Maurice LaMarche (2008-2017), Tom Kenny (2019), Roger Craig Smith (2020-present)
First appearance: Crash Bandicoot (1996)

Cortex's assistant in the first game and one of the creators of the Evolvo-Ray that modified Crash and all the other animals. Sometime between the first and second games, he and Cortex had a falling out, and he lost his assistant position to Dr. N. Gin. As Cortex tricks Crash into gathering crystals for his second evil scheme, N. Brio urges Crash to go against Cortex and get the gems for him instead, so he can use their power to focus a laser beam on the Cortex Vortex and get back at his former boss.


  • Affably Evil: Generally speaking, he's cordial at worst to the Bandicoots and polite at best, and typically appears to mean it. In It's About Time, he gets downright affectionate when talking with them, with his villainy being more due to his completely delusional view of reality than outright malice.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Though it's subject to Depending on the Artist, some games give him yellow skin similar to that of Cortex, albeit paler.
  • And I Must Scream: One for the ages, and boy, it's a TRULY TERRIFYING one! To elaborate, in the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue of It's About Time, N. Brio, still trapped in his pterodactyl form, is mistaken for a flying squirrel and captured by Ripper Roo, where he's literally taxidermied alive and put on display onto a museum, all while fully conscious of everything. Now, time will only tell if N. Brio is able to escape, but that's a truly unpleasant fate.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Comically so, for a gag in It's About Time. At one point during his boss fight, he will attempt to downplay one of his attacks with a very non-reassuring "I only want to see if it's lethal."
  • 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 since he's inadvertently working for Cortex.
  • Baleful Polymorph: The end of his boss fight in It's About Time has him morph into a pterodactyl-like entity, lay an egg, and fly off in embarrassment. He's still in that form when he is captured in the epilogue.
  • The Bartender: The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue from the first game claims that after Cortex's disappearance, Brio went back to tending a bar. This actually makes 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 unintentionally 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.
  • Blasphemous Boast: Brio does a particularly amusing one in Mind Over Mutant during his "Abuse, Misuse, Recycle" video presentation, hamming it up all the way:
    Brio: Over time, the disgusting (rolls eyes) heroes of this world... which I invented! Me, not Cortex, read your Bible, I wrote it!
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: As indicated in Obliviously Evil, in It's About Time, Brio views testing lethal potions on Crash and Coco as them working together on developing his craft further, and even considers the two of them his only friends. He praises them for being "dedicated to science", unlike the Tranquility Falls natives who for some illogical reason didn't want to try dangerous mind and body-altering potions...
  • Book-Ends: He is The Dragon to Cortex in both the first and last main series Crash game, pre-reboot.
  • 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.
  • Co-Dragons: The Continuity Reboot as of It's About Time sees both him and N. Gin working together under Doctors Cortex and N. Tropy, although it's clear they don't get along.
  • 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.
  • For Science!: He says this verbatim while throwing green potions in It's About Time.
  • Friendly Enemy: Or at least, he perceives himself as such towards Crash and Coco in It's About Time, at one point genuinely referring to them as his only friends. Not that it stops him from hurting them or others for what he perceives as the common good; the former is rationalized as the Bandicoots aiding science with their sacrifice, and the latter has him warp/mutate everyone in Tranquility Falls because it'd help him develop a potion that can defeat Cortex.
  • Giggling Villain: He occasionally breaks into small giggles whenever he speaks.
  • Green and Mean: Is clad in a green labcoat, and is no doubt a bad guy. Somewhat subverted when he swallows his pride and sides with Crash to take out Cortex's space station at the end of Cortex Strikes Back.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: To the point he's basically got a Heel–Face Revolving Door installed in his lab. 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. He does the same in the Continuity Reboot in regards to It's About Time.
  • 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 built 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. This crops up again in It's About Time in a gag, where Brio angrily recalling that Cortex forced Brio to buy and fill out his own birthday cards.
  • 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.
  • Obliviously Evil: Of a sort, in the Continuity Reboot of It's About Time. It's not so much that he isn't aware what he's doing is wrong, so much as he's so delusional and insane that he doesn't seem to ever make the connection from "terrible things are happening" to "maybe I should stop making them happen." In his mind, him killing Crash and Coco while testing an experimental potion he plans to use against Cortex is the same as them all working together as colleagues - in fact, he seems to perceive himself as the good guy. He laments the plight of Tranquility Falls residents, but is also dismissive of them for not wanting to help him with his experiments; after he went ahead with the experiments anyway, and excuses how they all died/mutated with the old saying about how You Can't Make an Omelette....
  • One Steve Limit: Zigzagged between him and Nitros Oxide; While they're pronounced the same, Brio and Oxide's first names are spelled just a bit differently.
  • 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 and It's About Time.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "I. Was in. The first. GAME!"
  • 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! (Sotto voice) 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.
  • Skewed Priorities: In It's About Time, he intends to make a potion strong enough to defeat Cortex. While the other scientists are busy planning to conquer the multiverse.
  • Sore Loser: His podium loss animation in Nitro-Fueled has him try to keep up a facade of keeping his cool over his defeat, until it breaks and he throws a tantrum, before regaining his composure.
  • 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. As of It's About Time he still has it but it's less prominent.
  • The Starscream: Even though he worked for Cortex, he's seen multiple times trying to plot against him. He only wanted to spite his former boss after leaving him in Cortex Strikes Back, and the flashback tapes of It's About Time show him running Crash's trials behind Cortex's back. Granted, it's probably not helped by all the abuse Cortex puts him through during his employ.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Inverted. He is The Voiceless in Twinsanity. He speaks again in his next appearance.
  • 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 led to Brio making claims that he invented pretty much everything that exists.note  His musclebound monster form was vulnerable in the head, back in the first game. This weakness is removed in It's About Time, and it also gains the ability to cause shockwaves by punching the ground.
  • Uncertain Doom: Crash 4 has him stuck in the form of a pteranodon, and then captured by Ripper Roo, who mistook him for a flying squirrel. Ripper then proceeded to prop the transformed professor up in a taxidermy exhibit, with no indication of whether N. Brio was killed and stuffed, just trapped in a glass cage, or still alive, but stuffed and trapped. Crash's "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue endings don't usually stick, so only time will tell if the professor is gone for good...
  • Unfortunate Names: A name that sounds like "embryo" is not the most flattering one, to say at least. He even lampshades it when introducing himself.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Brio is technically the one responsible for freeing Uka-Uka, since his laser destroyed Cortex's space station, and the debris from that destroyed Uka-Uka's temple prison.
  • 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 going to 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 

Doctor N. Gin

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"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, 2017-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".
    N-Gin (when KO'ing another racer): Take that, father! ...did I say 'father'?
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He started off with orange hair, which got changed to black hair starting in Tag Team Racing.
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Downplayed in It's About Time, where he creates a giant drummer Humongous Mecha to pilot and has his Large Ham personality.
  • 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.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Taking a page out of N. Trance's book, in It's About Time he hypnotizes the inhabitants of the Hazardous Wastes to do his bidding.
  • 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. The Flashback levels in It's About Time suggest that he wasn't quite all there even before Cortex Strikes Back, with him mistaking Coco for a kitty and not noticing the missile sticking out of his head when Cortex points it out.
  • Co-Dragons: The Continuity Reboot as of It's About Time sees both him and N. Brio working together under Doctors Cortex and N. Tropy, although it's clear they don't get along.
  • Computer Voice: His voice has an electronic reverb to it, though he loses it in some of the post-Naughty Dog games. The N. Sane Trilogy brings it back with a vengeance.
  • Cyborg: He's an impromptu one, courtesy of the missile accident. Nearly half his face has been plated with cybernetics, and his voice has a synthesized rasp to it. Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled also reveals that the eye surrounded with metal is fake, likely rendered unusable by the missile accident. In It's About Time, his right hand was replaced with a robotic hand for unknown reasons (though the explosion of his mech in Warped could have been the cause).
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: "Doom" happens to be one of N. Gin's top favorite words. In fact, one of his karts in Tag Team Racing and Nitro-Fueled is even called the Doom Buggy.
  • 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 and in "Warped", Coco is the one who gets to fight him instead of Crash.
  • 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 when you think about it, 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.
  • Foil: To N. Brio. Brio eventually had a falling out with Cortex and even actively worked against him in a few instances. N. Gin mostly remains loyal to Cortex. N. Brio specializes in genetics and has mutated his body from his experiments while N. Gin is excels in robotics and is partially cybernetic.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Unlike Cortex and Brio, who are more into biology, and Tropy, who's a physicist, N. Gin's into engineering, as one can deduct by his name.
  • Genius Ditz: He might be a loony guy with temper issues who can't even remember the recipe for toast, but there’s little doubt about his intelligence; He’s demonstrated technical know-how that gives Coco a run for her money.
  • Gonk: Even without the missile stuck in his head, dude is clearly not a looker, what with his short, hunched stature, underbite and misshaped eyes. Even Nitro-Fueled's Crash Test Dummy skin doesn't help!
  • 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.
  • Hidden Depths: He has a fondness and natural talent for performing various genres of music. Crash of the Titans has him playing a massive pipe organ while It's About Time has him excelling in playing both heavy metal and smooth jazz.
  • Humongous Mecha: He's rather fond of creating and piloting these... until his Radical incarnation, anyway.
  • I Minored in Tropology: A Flashback Tape in It's About Time reveals that he has a degree in Diabolical Devices.
  • I Regret Nothing: This is one of his taunts in Nitro-Fueled.
  • 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.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: He is known to suffer from all matter of misfortunes (getting blown away into outer space twice, merged into Megamix alongside some of the other villains, injured by TNT crate explosions, burnt by Spyro, etc), to the point that one DLC skin in Nitro-Fueled is a robotic form that's specifically designed to rebuild itself every time he gets hit.
  • Keet: Nitro-Fueled gives him shades of this in some of his reaction voice bites, particularly when he wins.
    N.Gin: Weheheheheh! That was fun.
  • 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 opened 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. Nitro-Fueled updates it to have him get a job afterwards as a commentator on the Giant Robot Battle Network due to his affinity for carnage.
  • Mad Scientist Laboratory: His lab is a race track in CTR.
  • Mass Hypnosis: N.Gin's role in the villains' plans in It's About Time was to use his music as Rawk-It Head to brainwash an entire dimension's populace to create a loyal army for Cortex, empowered by N. Brio's mutagens.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: A doctor who's also pretty unhinged.
  • Musical Assassin: It has become something of a trend in later games to give him music-themed boss fights. In Crash of the Titans, he plays a massive pipe organ that summons waves of enemies, and in It's About Time, his boss fight is a concert where he pilots a giant drumming robot.
  • 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.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: His line after you beat him in Warped (though he doesn’t say it in the remake):
    N.Gin: ARRRRRRRRGH! Not again!
  • The Power of Rock: In It's About Time, he starts a heavy metal band called Rawk-It Hed (which seems to consist only of himself), befitting the post-apocalyptic world he inhabits. His boss machine is also a giant drum-playing robot known as the Weapon of Mass Percussion, and the fight takes place at a concert.
  • Punny Name: His name N. Gin, easily sounds like engine.
  • Retcon: N. Gin's initial backstory doesn't seem to play a part in It's About Time, as he only seems to be mildly aware of the rocket in his head since he was confused about Cortex mentioning a rocket in their interview but he named his one-man band Rawk-It Hed, presumably after the rocket in his head.
  • Rotten Rock & Roll: Exaggerated in It's About Time; he literally takes over a post-apocalyptic civilization of bandits by creating a giant rock-drummer robot and making himself a one-man band.
  • 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. This is dialed down considerably for Nitro-Fueled, as while he still keeps the ballerina skin (and does a pirouette for his victory podium animation, unsurprisingly), his personality is more in-line with that of the pre-Radical games.
  • 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.
  • The Stoic: N. Gin's personality and method of speech during the early Naughty Dog games were rather robotic and unemotional in nature, with him only occasionally raising his voice during his confrontations with Crash and Coco.
  • 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 

Doctor Nefarious Tropy

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"Now you're on my time, you little skunk! Give me the Crystals!"
Voiced by: Michael Ensign (1998-99; 2003-04), Corey Burton (2001, 2017-20), JP Karliak (2020)
First appearance: Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (1998)

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.


  • 0% Approval Rating: By It's About Time, he has either backstabbed most of his associates at worst (Cortex and Uka Uka) or at best left them on very rocky terms due to his narcissism and belligerent attitude (N Trance). It has reached a point that the only person he has a genuinely affable partnership with is an alternate universe counterpart of himself.
  • 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. Apparently, constant exposure to the cold vacuum of space and time while time-travelling will do that to you.
  • Ambiguous Robot: It isn't clear if his chest armor is part of his body or not.
  • 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.
    • Big Bad Duumvirate: Is the main antagonist in Crash 4 along with his alternate timeline female counterpart.
  • 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.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Aside from a small cameo in Boom Bang, he hasn't been seen since Twinsanity, excluding N. Sane Trilogy and Nitro-Fueled. He officially returns as the primary antagonist in It's About Time (naturally).
  • 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."
  • A Day in the Limelight: He is promoted to Big Bad in Cortex's absence in N-Tranced. Becomes the primary Big Bad in It's About Time, forcing an Enemy Mine between Cortex and the heroes.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: In It's About Time, N. Tropy is by far the biggest threat in the game, but Cortex is the last boss the Bandicoots fight.
  • 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.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Inverted in Warped, as he's fought much earlier than you'd expect him to be.
  • Dual Boss: With Brio in Twinsanity, though Tropy's the only one who can be attacked and they take turns. He also later does this again in It's About Time with his other self.
  • 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. He does it as well in Nitro-Fueled, when boosting or using items.
    • He gets two impressive ones in ''It's About Time: first in the opening, where he laughs triumphantly upon escaping from the past along with Cortex; second at the end of his holographic transmission to Cortex and the bandicoots, where he gloats that he and his alternate counterpart will use the Rift Generator to reset time itself and wipe Cortex, the masks, and the bandicoots from existence.
  • Expy: Many have noticed his resemblance to Jafar from Aladdin; his exaggerated features, his Evil Brit accent, his head-piece and pointed shoulders, his use of a staff, etc. It certainly didn't help that the makers of It's About Time deliberatelty used Jafar as an animation model and added a snake motif to his Distaff Counterpart.
  • 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. Taken Up to Eleven in It's About Time, where he seeks to erase not just this universe but the entire multiverse as well, simply so he can recreate existence as he sees fit.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: In Crash Team Racing and its remake, he'll directly address the player as you beat his time records. He acknowledges the existence of a character select screen once you've beaten all of them.
  • Graceful Loser: In Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled, once you beat all his time trial records, he doesn’t seem too upset about it and congratulates you before telling you you’ve unlocked him as a playable character.
  • Hate Sink: A downplayed case normally, but It's About Time upgrades him into an especially slimy and malicious bad guy that even his allies loathe due to his narcissistic backstabbing tendencies. He also stands as among the very few villains who lacks any sort of tragic or sympathetic background and is just evil for evil's sake.
  • 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. He gets his time to shine in It's About Time where he is promoted to the status of Big Bad.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: His giant tuning fork, which can shoot various energy beams.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Whenever he comes second or third in Crash Team Racing or Crash Nitro Kart.
  • In Their Own Image: In It's About Time, N. Tropy wants to destroy the multiverse and remake it to his liking.
  • Ironic Name: The concept of Entropy is the idea that anything, given time, will decay into chaos. Beating him has Cortex note N. Tropy is the one thing preventing his Time Twister from collapsing into a chaotic, time-distorting mess since he's the only one who knows how its delicate internals work.
  • 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. This climaxes in It's About Time, where he betrays both Cortex and Uka Uka and becomes the fourth game's Big Bad, and becomes a far greater threat than any other villain in the Crash Bandicoot series, threatening not only the main heroes but the entire multiverse itself. At least until Cortex usurps Final Boss from him.
  • 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.
  • Mickey Mousing: His boss themes are often punctuated by clock sounds, such as ticking and winding.
  • 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 and CNK if he places 2nd or 3rd overall. In addition, his lines in Nitro-Fueled make it clear that he's just as excited and competitive about racing as anyone else.
  • Older Than They Look: The beginning of It's About Time reveals that, just like Cortex, he actually had to grow up in the prehistoric era after being turned into a baby in Warped, meaning that he is actually at least twice as old as he originally was.
  • Only Sane Man: In a cast that has grown very, very dysfunctional, Tropy has remained relatively sane.
    • Sanity Has Advantages: Which is specifically why he's so dangerous. His less being prone to eccentric tangents helps with keeping complete control of the situation, and he organizes more efficient, deadly evil plans when he has the opportunity to do so without Cortex being around. With that said, as shown in Warped and N-Tranced his arrogance and temper in the face of not being in control can still match or even surpass that of the wackier villains, leading him to make key mistakes all the same.
  • 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.
  • Screw Yourself: Blatantly flirts with his female counterpart in It's About Time. Coco, Cortex, Tawna, and Oxide all react with disgust, Crash is confused, while Dingodile seems amused.
  • Something Else Also Rises: In It's About Time, as his female counterpart is explaining how she killed the Crash and Coco from her and Tawna's dimension, the hands on his clock shoot up to 12 and stop turning.
  • 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. In the latter's handheld version, he just requires Team Cortex's story to be beaten instead. However, his baby form in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled averts this by being readily available in the Pit Stop.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He wilfully tries to supplant or replace Cortex more than once and even when they are working together they often banter or show contempt for one another. It's About Time brings it to a head, where he outright betrays Cortex and forces him into an Enemy Mine with Crash, with him and Cortex exchanging snide in nearly scene they have together.
  • Smug Snake: Incredibly pompous and snide upon confrontations, and openly considers himself well above Cortex or any of his cronies in terms of competence level (to the point Cortex himself can't stand the "pompous peacock"). Once he starts losing the upper hand however, his tantrums are almost as pronounced as those of Cortex.
  • The Starscream: After willing serving Uka Uka in Warped, he and Cortex eagerly leave him behind after the mask exhausts himself from opening an interdimensional rift for the three to escape from their imprisonment in the past. He in turn betrays Cortex after he finds what he views as a far more competent accomplice, an alternate universe version of himself.
  • 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. Played much straighter in It's About Time, where he and Cortex can barely stand each other at all, and the game starts with the both of them bickering. As soon as N. Tropy finds a new partner in the form of his female alternate self, he quickly turns on Cortex and abandons him, with the latter instantly willing to join forces with Crash just to take revenge on him.
  • 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. At least, not until It's About Time, where it's explained they grew up and escaped via a dimensional portal.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: While Tropy always stood out in the series as one of the more "serious" villains, it is not until Crash 4 that we see just how evil he truly is. He hijacks the Big Bad role from Cortex and allies with his equally vile alternate universe counterpart, and their plan to destroy the entire multiverse and remake it in their own image puts them in a class far above any other villain seen in the series before.
  • 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. He does it more formally with Cortex in It's About Time, having N. Gin and N. Brio as their Co-Dragons.
  • 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 (though in the N. Sane Trilogy version, he just sounds more exasperated instead).
    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, and Tropy shows no qualms about leaving Uka Uka for dead in It's About Time after he exhausts himself from opening an interdimensional rift to escape through after their imprisonment in the past.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: In CTR, he's seen tinkering with time machines again. Nitro-Fueled elaborates on where he goes: far into the future, where he meets a man with a red jacket and "the sweetest kicks you've ever seen". At which point, he decides he should return. Subverted in It's About Time where after being defeated, he and his alternate self were "never heard from again", though it's said in narration that they may return.

    Doctor Nefarious Tropy (Alternate) 

Alternate Doctor Nefarious Tropy

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"Let's see what you mongrels can do as a pack."
Voiced by: Sarah Tancer
First appearance: Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (2020)

An alternate dimension female counterpart of N. Tropy from the same Alternate Universe as the other Tawna. She was summoned forth by the original Tropy via the Rift Generator to act as Cortex's replacement after his failure to defeat Crash and Coco.


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    Nina Cortex 

Nina Cortex

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"Breaking things makes me happy!"
Voiced by: Susan Silo (2004), Amy Gross (2005-08), Debi Derryberry (2007-present)

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. She is hinted in one line in Twinsanity to actually be Cortex's daughter, but nothing's come of it since then..


  • Adrenaline Makeover: A unique case, in which she got the radical makeover before the series even started. This makes her Rustland skin in Nitro-Fueled all the more easier to change into, since she's already rude.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: She has white, grayish skin, becoming a bluer tone in the Radical Entertainment titles.
  • And Call Him "George"!: After being given her new hands, she reportedly kept trying to hug animals. Whether it was her not knowing her own strength, or her hands being prone to glitches, it never ended well.
  • Artificial Limbs: Her hands were replaced with mechanical equivalents, and for starters are much, much stronger than her previous ones. Twinsanity is the only entry to show this newly required strength: giving her uncle a hug in this deleted cutscene between the two shows how little effort its required to make Cortex feel really uncomfortable from the pressure alone, and earlier on in a finished cutscene, accidentally snaps his hand when they finally meet up.
  • Bastard Understudy: Cortex took her under his wing after she started showing signs of goodness at an early age, "upgrading" her and coaching her in the ways of evil. It worked a little too well, as shown in Crash of The Titans.
  • Berserk Button: An in-game quote from Crash Tag Team Racing demonstrates that she hates being referred to as "goth".
  • Big Bad: After Cortex's defeat, she takes over as the focus villain of Crash of the Titans and is fought as the Final Boss.
  • Boss Remix: Her boss theme in On the Run is an appropriate heavy metal remix of Rooftop Rampage.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She has short black hair and is mostly portrayed as an impulsive, snarky Goth girl.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Her Tag Team Racing and her Radical Entertainment incarnations portray her as a rude little brat, the latter especially.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": She has a lowercase "n" on her forehead in a similar way to her uncle.
  • Butt-Monkey: Radical's depiction at least.
  • Characterization Marches On: Numerous developers all had completely different depictions of her. It was only following Radical's tenure that Nina's persona was fully defined, as a conniving brat almost as deranged as her uncle.
  • Compressed Hair: Nitro-Fueled seems to suggest this, as both a portrait in Nina's Nightmare and her Ragdoll skin depict her with braids.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Had a fondness for small animals, and shown in all of its glory in this model render. Unknown if it still applies to her in Tag Team Racing or the Radical Entertainment titles, likely not the case though. Her character profile for On The Run does confirm that she still has this, and her boss fight intro has her pet a bird before throttling it enough with her grip to send it flying.
  • Cyborg: Bit of one with her new and "improved" hands.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Uncle, actually, but still, she proves to be just as villainous.
  • Dark Action Girl: She is on Cortex's side and fights Crash sometimes.
  • A Day in the Limelight: She takes over as Big Bad in the console version Crash of the Titans and has her own playable arc in the DS version. In Nitro-Fueled, she is the star of the Spooky Grand Prix.
  • 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.
  • Eviler Than Thou: In Titans she ends up usurping her Uncle as boss over the Doominator project when Uka grants the first opportunity. Aku treats this with weight, stating that Nina is far smarter and eviler than Cortex himself is. Following her defeat and return-betrayal by her uncle in his own coup afterwards however, it would seem she still has a bit to learn about backstabbery from her Uncle Neo.
  • Face–Heel Turn: As of Crash of The Titans, it seems her forced rehabilitation 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.
  • Forgot Flanders Could Do That: A variant; while her personality in Nitro-Fueled is in-line with what the Radical Entertainment titles established, she does actually use her hands for various actions like in Twinsanity again.
  • 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.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: At least shown in Twinsanity she has long cable-like extensions underneath her grafted hands that allow this to be possible. She later gets to show them off again in Nitro-Fueled, for things like getting into and leaving the title screen, and reaching out to grab the trophy in the sky during her victory podium animation.
  • 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.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: In the title screen animation for Nitro-Fueled's Spooky Grand Prix. In contrast to Crash showing himself out to let Spyro have the spotlight, Nina outright yanks him away to get all the glory.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: Her Rustland skin gives her some rather spiky ones.
  • Large Ham: She certainly has her moments. Her voice lines from Tag Team Racing in particular give her a major flair for the dramatic.
  • 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.
  • Mighty Glacier: In Nitro-Fueled, she's one of the few female racers with the Speed-type class, and is more than able to keep up with the grownups that also share it.
  • Modesty Shorts: Her Nitro-Fueled redesign gives her a black pair.
  • 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.
  • Motor Mouth: One quote she uses when speeding past someone has her indulge in this.
    Nina: Quick, write down my license plate! NOT!!
  • Mundane Utility: For her official return in Nitro-Fueled, she occasionally makes use of her extendable cyber hands in practical ways, including hanging on to her kart for dear life during a trick jump, and waving to someone in her idle animation.
  • Odd Name Out: Notably the only "N"-named human not to have a Punny Name.
  • Ow, My Body Part!: In racing games, she occasionally says this when being attacked:
    Nina: Ow, my sinuses...
  • 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. Nitro-Fueled applies the latter game's features to her original design.
  • Rocket Punch: In On the Run, she gains the ability to fire her fists as a projectile attack, and they're replaced by new ones afterwards.
  • 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.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite her forced rehabilitation, some girly traits occasionally seep through, including her Skip of Innocence in Twinsanity, and checking her "nails" during her Nitro-Fueled idle animation.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before Cortex made her into a cyborg and 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.
  • The Voiceless: In Twinsanity only, barring one grunt in the ending.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: In the GBA version of Titans, instead of her purple skirt, she wears grey short shorts
  • Youthful Freckles: Again only present in Twinsanity. That is, until they were brought back for Nitro-Fueled.

    Lab Assistants 

Lab Assistants

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"Aaaaaaaah!"
Voiced by: Dwight Schultz & Maurice LaMarche (2017), Jess Harnell (2020)note 
First appearance: Crash Bandicoot (1996)

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.
  • BFS: Knight Lab Assistants are basically stuck in one spot trying to pull their massive swords out of the ground, only ever managing to spin around with it once before getting it stuck in the ground again. The one that's playable in Nitro-Fueled does manage to lift the sword, but not for very long.
  • Butt-Monkey: Even by this series' standards, they are exceptionally prone to misfortune. Unlike most enemies, they don't just get spun away, they also meet their demise in various ways, whether it's falling down a pit, getting incinerated, blown up, and so on.
  • Drop the Hammer: Lumberjack Lab Assistants carry large wooden mallets.
  • Edible Bludgeon: The N. Sane Trilogy version of the two-headed Lab Assistants in the medieval levels carry pairs of roast chickens that they use as clubs.
  • Expy: They are essentially a much less threatening version of the T-800, with the assembly line that appears in Warped being a deliberate homage to a trailer for Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  • Gag Nose: They all have long, goofy noses.
  • Greaser Delinquents: The ones that appear in the motorcycle levels of Warped look like this, although their N. Sane Trilogy equivalents look more like old-fashioned motorists.
  • 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 army of Mecha-Mooks.
  • Lean and Mean: They're all tall, skinny, and out to get Crash.
  • Mecha-Mooks: 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.
  • One-Gender Race: With them being androids, they all look identical and all appear male. However, this is averted in It's About Time, which features some female Lab Assistants thrown into the mix. They generally look about the same as the males, just with some slight tweaks to their design (shorter noses, smaller chins, and long hair held in ponytails as opposed to buzzcuts).
  • 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. However, the playable Lab Assistant in Nitro-Fueled has a skin that does give him Black Dot Pupils for the purpose of making him look like Waldo. Their design in It's About Time makes the glasses less opaque and shows them to have tiny eyes.
  • Promoted to Playable: One of them finally became playable in Nitro-Fueled.
  • 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.
  • Sinister Scimitar: Ones appearing in the Arabian levels of Warped carry these.
  • The Speechless: They scream and grunt, but never actually speak.
  • 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, Nitro-Fueled and It's About Time, 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

    In General 

    Uka-Uka 

Uka-Uka

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Click here to see his It's About Time design. 
"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)
First appearance: Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (1998)

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, to the point most of them betray him at the first opportunity.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a reddish-brown beard.
  • Big Bad: Opposite to his brother Aku Aku, he is the main antagonist of the series. Occasionally someone else might have the role in another game, but it’s generally him.
  • 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.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: As part of his revenge coup in Mind Over Mutant, Cortex strapped Uka to a device that drained him of his Mojo energy to power his mutants. It also force fed him cake ceaselessly just to be dick. Amusingly his On The Run bio mentions that Uka still hates cake because of this.
    Cortex: You'll never want to eat cake after this. *mockingly* Imagine. Life without cake.
    Uka: You fiend!!!
  • 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: In It's About Time, Uka Uka is taken out trying to open the rift between the universes in the opening. He doesn't appear in the rest of the game unless the 106 percent ending is achieved.
    • Downplayed in On The Run, as he's just one of many bosses to deal with before reaching Cortex.
  • Energy Weapon: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Played with- while Uka Uka never once takes the wheel on any karts in either Team Racing or Nitro Kart, he does assist evil characters by giving them tips and acting as a power-up that makes them invincible, not to mention putting them back on the tracks when they fall off.
  • 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. In Warped, he occasionally attaches to Cortex’s face to speak directly to Crash, but it’s unclear if this makes Cortex any more powerful or not.
  • Morality Chain: In a rather twisted way, he is this to N.Tropy in It's About Time. Without his influence, N. Tropy increases his ambitions to the point that he has no problem betraying his allies and crushing anyone who stands in his way.
  • 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.
    Uka Uka: WHY!? WHY MUST YOU CONTINUE TO BE A THORN IN OUR SIDE!?
  • 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.
  • Overarching Villain: Uka Uka has been Cortex’s master before the start of the series and is the Evil Counterpart to Aku Aku. He was also Sealed Evil in a Can in the first two games as well.
  • Platforming Pocket Pal: At least in Twinsanity, anyway. He takes the place of Aku Aku when playing as Cortex or Nina, floating behind them and granting them invincibility (except for explosive crates) if they collect three of him.
  • Power Echoes: In N. Sane Trilogy, his booming voice now echoes whenever he speaks. In It's About Time, he actually loses the echo effect when his power is drained to fuel the Rift Generator and he ends up put out of commission. The 106% secret ending shows that he has regained it along with all his power.
  • Rage Breaking Point: In the intro for It's About Time, the bickering between Cortex and N. Tropy is the point when he finally snaps after being trapped with them in another dimension for decades, shouting so loudly that he tears a hole in the space-time continuum (although somewhat downplayed in that he wasn't paying much attention to them at the time).
  • 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.
  • Skewed Priorities: Immediately after his defeat in Twinsanity, he tries to leave until Aku Aku informs him about the Evil Twins' intent on destroying the world. His response?
    Uka Uka: NOOOOOOOOOO!!! That's MY job!!
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Uka Uka only appears in the intro to It's About Time, but him creating the rifts awakens the Quantum Masks and helps Cortex and N. Tropy escape and create the Rift Generator.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He overexerts himself in the It's About Time opening and is left for dead by Cortex and N. Tropy. Subverted in the 106% secret ending which shows that he's alive and well, having found Cortex at the edge of the universe after recovering from his energy being drained, approaching the now-terrified doctor with an Evil Laugh and a Slasher Smile.
  • 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: John DiMaggio's Uka initially sounded 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.
  • Worf Had the Flu: In the intro for It's About Time, using up all his power to open a rift has left him completely drained, so Neo Cortex and N. Tropy end up leaving without him. By the 106 percent ending, he's back and far from happy with Cortex.
  • You Don't Look Like You: He was one of the characters 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.
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    The Elementals 
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Clockwise from the top: Rok-Ko, Wa-Wa, Lo-Lo, Py-Ro.
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)
First appearance: Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (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.


  • Agent Peacock: Lo-Lo, whose flamboyant personality deeply contrasts with just how destructive his powers over the weather are (not to mention giving Crunch one hell of an imposing transformation in their boss battle).
  • 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.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: They are incredibly goofy looking spirit masks that shoot endless puns at the player. They also have power over natural elements, and quickly reak havoc on the planet the moment they are released. Several levels in Wrath of Cortex are devoted to the bandicoots fleeing for their lives from the destruction they cause, such as full scale tsunamis and avalanches.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    Wa-Wa: Leave my levels alone!
  • The Bus Came Back: After nearly two decades of absence following their only appearance, they finally came back as mini-bosses in On the Run.
  • 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: While they had important roles in Wrath of Cortex, you only see them at the end of some levels in On the Run.
  • 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.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: As mentioned, they’re all based off one of the four elements.
  • Informed Attribute: Aku Aku warns Uka Uka that they are far too unruly for him to keep control of, implying they are chaotic forces who would ultimately betray him. To their credit however, they never act upon this and do his bidding throughout the duration they are released. It is Crunch that gives Cortex and Uka problems.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Rok-Ko has a clear reference to rocks in his name.
    • Py-Ro, obviously, sounds like pyro, the Greek word commonly associated with fire.
  • 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?
  • Pyromaniac: Py-Ro, duh.
    Py-Ro: Hmm, is it getting hot in here, is it safe to be wearing that fur? It looks FLAMMABLE!
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Much like Uka Uka, the Elementals where sealed away for causing mass devastation with their powers, including earthquakes, floods and "that little Ice Age a few centuries back."
  • 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.

Evolved Animals

    In General 
  • Uplifted Animal: They were all once ordinary animals before Cortex got his hands on them and mutated them into what they are now.

    Ripper Roo 

Ripper Roo

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Voiced by: Dallas McKennon (recording, 1996-1999), Jeff Bennett (2010), Jess Harnell (2017), Andrew Morgado (2019)
First appearance: Crash Bandicoot (1996)

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.


  • Animal Gender-Bender: Averted since it was revealed in Nitro Kart 3D while only wearing boxing gloves that he lacks a pouch. A rare example of developers following real-life kangaroo sexual dimorphism!
  • 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.
  • Awesome Aussie: He is goofy, yes, but he is also able to somehow plant TNT and Nitro underneath his feet. He is also a kangaroo.
  • 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. Later, after Cortex gets beaten, he takes up an offer from Dingodile to go out for lunch.
  • Classy Cane: As Dr. Roo, he has one that he can use as an improvised pogo stick. It also appears in his Gentleman skin's victory animation in Nitro-Fueled.
  • 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.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: It's heavily implied that his habit of getting caught in his own explosions is a case of this.
  • Cultured Badass: Doctor Roo, yet again.
  • Cute and Psycho: He becomes like this after the first game.
  • Degraded Boss: He turns from being the 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.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Type 1, and only shown a few times in Nitro-Fueled, once where he coughs up the boss key he previously swallowed after the player defeats him in Adventure Mode, and second where he swallows a beaker full of chemicals when he wins a race if the player uses his Mad Scientist skin.
  • Eye Glasses: As Doctor Roo, has glasses which only make his pupils visible.
  • Genius Bruiser: He is impervious to physical attacks in his Crash 1 boss battle along with his resistance to explosions. He has also completed his studies to become a doctor.
  • 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. Then again, considering that he's in a straitjacket, what else is he going to use to drive with?
  • Institutional Apparel: Is made to wear a straitjacket to (presumably) keep him from tearing anything that gets too close to him to shreds. Amusingly, this even applies when he's Dr. Roo (at least until he goes Jekyll & Hyde) and his Gentleman and Mad Scientist costumes in Nitro-Fueled, where in both cases both his arms are restrained. The only time when his arms get untied is for the victory podium animation of his Bedtime costume, in which he's sleepwalking until an alarm clock rings.
  • 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.
  • Land Down Under: Alongside being a kangaroo and the first few games being set on an Australian archipelago (the Wumpa Islands), his track in Crash Nitro Kart 2 is located in the Outback, entitled “The Long Canyon”. The same game even mentions that it’s his homeland, making him one of the few characters to hail from the mainland.
  • Land, Sea, Sky: Forms the "sea" portion of this with fellow Crash 1 evolved animals, Koala Kong and Pinstripe Potoroo. In most of his appearances, he is frequently associated with water and waterfalls.
  • 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: He stabilized himself enough to obtain a doctorate, but it's clear he's still got issues to work through.
  • Multi-Directional Barrage: In his appearance in Crash Bash (El Pogo Loco stage), he may occasionally jump in the middle of the arena and shoot missiles one by one in 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. Nitro-Fueled changes it to just beating him in Adventure mode.
  • Shark Tunnel: For some reason his track in CTR is set in one (Roo's Tubes).
  • Stock Sound Effects: His laughter is an adjusted and retuned version of a laughter track first recorded in Lady and the Tramp originally provided by Dallas McKennon . This is averted in N. Sane Trilogy and Nitro-Fueled, where he's voiced respectively by Jess Harnell and Andrew Morgado.
  • 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.
  • Thrill Seeker: In the Nitro-Fueled ending, he somehow becomes a thrill ride engineer, only to get blacklisted after the authorities discovered that every ride he created was just a new way to test his threshold for pain.
  • "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 

Koala Kong

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"ROOOOOOOAR! The secret is in the diet!"
Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore (2017-present)
First appearance: Crash Bandicoot (1996)

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.
  • Awesome Aussie: He is a tough and fearsome koala who acts as a formidable enemy to Crash.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: He wears a red tank top and yellow pants, but no shoes.
  • Bicep-Polishing Gesture: Koala Kong does this in his Grand Prix intro in Nitro-Fueled, pushing in front of Pasadena to show off his muscles to the camera.
  • Big Eater: His Crash Bash manual bio mentions Kong, with his immense size and strength (not to mention being a koala) as being capable of eating entire Eucalyptus tree trunks in a single go.
  • 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: Loves to flex his muscles and shake his butt when fighting Crash, leaving him wide open to Crash spinning to throw his boulders back at and defeat him.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: He has been differentiated from Tiny in subtle ways: not only was he made much larger and more muscular in the N. Sane Trilogy compared to Tiny, while Tiny is a Large Ham who primarily speaks in Hulk Speak, Kong is The Quiet One who rarely speaks at all.
  • Dumb Muscle: The instruction manual for the first game mentions that "more protons were put towards his muscles than his brain" upon creation.
  • Emotional Bruiser: Downplayed compared to Tiny; his race loss animation in Nitro-Fueled has him wipe a tear off his face, while he literally beats himself up for his losing podium animation.
  • Flat Character: He's never had much room to display any personality, since his appearances are limited and is mostly just seen as a prototype of Tiny. It doesn't help either that he's mostly established to be The Quiet One of Cortex's mutants, as seen in Nitro-Fueled.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Although he initially appears to suffer no repercussions for his role in Crash Bash according to his Japanese ending — returning to his Hollywood career with Rilla Roo as his manager — his popularity takes a big hit once word gets out that he fought for Uka-Uka's evil team.
  • Land, Sea, Sky: Forms the "land" part of this trio with Ripper Roo and Pinstripe. You first encounter him in a mine, where he attacks primarily by throwing boulders at you.
  • Narcissist: While he was busy flexing a lot before, Nitro-Fueled leaves out any doubts about him being obsessed with his own physical fitness, as his Grand Prix intro alone has him showing off his muscles with a big grin and boasting about the secret to his fitness.
  • Obviously Evil: His N.Sane Trilogy-onwards modern design features a skull belt buckle, alongside black metal armbands with massive spikes on them.
  • 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. His Shaking the Rump animation during his boss fight is even replaced by him doing a pec dance, which also returns as his 1st place podium animation in Nitro-Fueled.
  • 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. He does return in Nitro-Fueled, though, which is his second playable appearance after Crash Bash.
  • The Quiet One: His appearance in Nitro-Fueled portrays him this way: he's perfectly capable of speech if his appearance in the Neon Circus intro is any indication, but he mostly just chooses not to and sticks to grunting noises in-game.
  • Rated M for Manly: He's a giant, muscular koala who was raised on action movies, loves to flex his muscles, can throw enormous boulders like couch pillows, and wears a skull belt and spiked metal armbands.
  • Repulsive Ringmaster: Subverted in Nitro-Fueled, where his home track is Koala Carnival, a circus that he runs, but he doesn't dress the part, being closer to the archetype of The Strongman, and while he's still considered a bad guy, he employs two good guys as daredevils; Von Clutch and Pasadena.
  • The Rival: To Tiny in Crash Bash. Also his Moveset Clone.
  • Shaking the Rump: During his boss fight in the original game, he frequently turns around and flexes his glutes at the camera.
  • The Strongman: His home track in Nitro-Fueled is a circus where he plays both this role and is technically also the ringmaster.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Gets a few grunts in N. Sane Trilogy before Nitro-Fueled finally gave him a speaking voice. Guess those speech lessons to improve his diction have sure paid off.
  • Tiny-Headed Behemoth: His design in N. Sane Trilogy onward is like this, since his upper body is so big and swollen that his head is being nearly swallowed up by it, and in his losing podium animation in Nitro-Fueled, he hits his own head until it actually gets stuck in his chest.
  • 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.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Eucalyptus tree trunks, according to Crash Bash. Now, while eucalyptus trees are the favorite foods of normal koalas, it’s not normal for one to eat the trunk. But, since this guy’s buff, it at least makes some sense.
  • 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 Stallone. He's given a proper voice at last in N. Sane Trilogy and Nitro-Fueled, albeit for only one line in the latter's Neon Circus Grand Prix intro.
  • 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 

Pinstripe Potoroo

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"Forget about it!"
Voiced by: Brendan O'Brien (1996-2005), Jess Harnell (2017), Robbie Daymond (2019)note 
First appearance: Crash Bandicoot (1996)

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. According to the Japanese manga for Cortex Strikes Back, he eventually got himself Tawna as a girlfriend.


  • Awesome Aussie: Technically, since he (like the other bosses in Crash 1) are based on/born from Australian wildlife (even though he has a Joisey accent).
  • 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 being 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/Nitro-Fueled.
  • Dead Man's Trigger Finger: When beaten, he squeezes the trigger especially hard before he goes down.
  • 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.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: He wears a red pinstriped business suit consisting of a jacket and pants, a green shirt, and a black necktie and shoes.
  • Graceful Loser: Admits that "youse beat [me] fair and square" when he loses his boss challenge in CTR or a race in Nitro-Fueled, and in the former instance, he seems genuinely impressed by the player beating him. See also below in I Surrender, Suckers.
  • Gun Nut: He loves his tommy gun a lot. In Nitro-Fueled, he kisses it affectionately both at the end of a race and in his special costume.
  • Honest John's Dealership: According to the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, he starts one after the events of Crash Team Racing. While successful at first, he eventually gets busted due to his "atypical methods", forcing him to go back to the energy business.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Subverted in Nitro-Fueled. After you defeat him in Adventure Mode, he goes over to his kart and punctures a tire to fish out something from inside with a shifty look, chuckling, and an ominous music sting — seemingly about to pull his machine gun on the player — only for him to hand over the Boss Key (albeit reluctantly) to them, fulfilling his part of the deal.
    Pinstripe: Here's a Key for ya troubles! (laughs, then rolls his eyes) Aw, brother.
  • Land, Sea, Sky: Forms the "sky" portion of this with Koala Kong and Ripper Roo. His office is located at the top of his power plant, and Crash Team Racing reveals he owns a fleet of blimps that the remake Nitro-Fueled explains is an airborne casino.
  • 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. He cackles even more in Nitro-Fueled, particularly when he spins out.
  • Lean and Mean: He's rather thin and he dresses like a 1920s mafia don, with all the arrogance and viciousness to match.
  • Levels Take Flight: His track in CTR is Hot Air Skyway, a floating track on the sky. Nitro-Fueled expands on it a bit, explaining it to be part of an airborne casino complex he owns and has staffed by his goons.
  • 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. Whilst "potoroo" seems a simple reference to his species, a metal door in his factory names him "Don Pinstripelli Potorotti."
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: When he's beaten, he accidentally shoots at the reactor in the background as he falls unconscious, which is implied to cause the eventual destruction of the castle.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: He is the only mutant to wear shoes. Cortex's other mutants (except Tiny) (no matter how they dress) all lack them.
  • Only in It for the Money: In Crash Team Racing/Nitro-Fueled, where he's put himself forward as a potential champion of the world against Oxide just so he can get a big payday for saving it.
  • Reliably Unreliable Guns: His primary weakness in both versions of the first game. Deadly a weapon as it is, it frequently either jams or has to be reloaded.
  • Secret Character: In Crash Team Racing, he's unlocked as a playable character by winning the Yellow Gem Cup in Adventure Mode. In Nitro-Fueled, he just needs to be beaten in his boss race instead to unlock him.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: He's a Potoroo, which are rat-like marsupials about the size of the average rabbit.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Befitting for a CEO and a mafia-like Don, Pinstripe is never seen without one of his fine suits to hand. Crash Boom Bang! in particular describes him as "a cool-looking guy, but extremely dangerous".
  • Slime Ball: Absolutely. Just take a look at his intro in Crash Team Racing/Nitro-Fueled — where he sees Oxide threatening the world as an opportunity to make a huge amount of cash — to see for yourself.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Aside from the sanitation company bit above, in CTR, Pinstripe becomes a used car salesman in New Jersey, where his success is attributed to his Tommy gun. After pulling guns on his potential customers eventually catches up to him and forces his business to close, he returns to his previous position as a CEO for Cortex Power.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: As befitting of his nature, especially in his post-defeat cutscene for Nitro-Fueled.
  • 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.

    The Komodo Brothers 

The Komodo Brothers

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Left: Joe. Right: Moe.
"Sssurrender to the Komodo Brotherssss!" -Komodo Moe
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.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Both of them don't wear shoes, despite being fully dressed. Curiously, Joe wears a pair of boots for his Wizard getup.
  • Bash Brothers: Although Joe races alone in Crash Team Racing. Moe would eventually join him in Nitro-Fueled as part of the Spooky GP.
  • Beard of Evil: Moe has a goatee.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Nitro-Fueled properly defines Komodo Moe as one; in the Spooky Grand Prix intro, he boasts about spinning his new set of wheels (and his signature scimitars, incidentally), and his victory quote has him tell people to surrender to the Komodo brothers.
  • 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, due to graphical limitations. 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, though they were intended to make an appearance as the "Krazy Komodo Crash Course", where they chased Crash through a racetrack. Moe finally makes a new appearance in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled during the Spooky Grand Prix, with Joe playing the same role he had in the original game.
  • 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. Nitro-Fueled displays this in his victory podium animation, which has him juggle his swords, only for one to not come back down, then he shrugs and strikes a confident pose right until the sword falls near his foot.
  • 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.
    • In Nitro-Fueled's version of Joe's epilogue, Moe gets a brief mention at the end. He would later be added via the Spooky GP.
  • 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. This is averted following the N. Sane Trilogy, where they both have the series standard four fingers.
  • 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 (as in Moe in the Nitro Fuelled remake), which signifies that they are on 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 and Nitro-Fueled, both brothers have balanced stats all around.
  • Malicious Monitor Lizard: Both of them.
  • 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."
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Played with. While Moe being strong and Joe being smart seemingly points to the usual application of this, it's actually the opposite when it comes to losing a race; Moe quietly shows anger and disappointment, while Joe loses his composure to the point of sobbing when he's on the podium.
  • 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. Less inconspicuous in Nitro-Fueled, where you unlock him just by winning his boss race, while Moe can be bought as a pitstop unlockable as of the Spooky Grand Prix.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Komodo dragons are a fairly well-known lizard species, but seeing one in media is quite rare.
  • Sore Loser: Joe is not only reduced to Inelegant Blubbering when standing in a non-winning position on the podiums in CTR, but after his boss fight, despite giving credit to the player, he only hands over the key after rubbing it in that if the planet is destroyed by the results of racing Oxide, it will be the player's fault. In Nitro-Fueled, he threatens the player by nearly killing them with his scimitar before producing the key.
  • Space Zone: In Crash Bash they're fought on the moon as they're controlling a cannon-filled fortress.
  • Sssssnaketalk: Komodo Joe. When Moe got voice acting in Nitro Fueled, he also talked like this.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Both of them only spoke grunts in their first appearance in Crash 2. Joe got promoted to a full speaking role in Crash Team Racing. Rather fittingly, Moe got the same in its Nitro Fuelled remake.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: They're never shown actually swinging their scimitars in the proper way. They only throw them.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Moe loses a race, he comes off as a lot more dignified than his brother Joe; his podium animation involves checking one of his scimitars, quickly glaring at the winner, then grinding his scimitars.
  • We Will Meet Again: Upon losing a race, Moe promises that this isn't the last time his opponent(s) will see him.
  • "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. In Nitro-Fueled, it's revealed that soon after, Moe opened up a jewelery auction house.

    Tiny Tiger 

Tiny Tiger

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"BANDICOOTS! I can SQUASH Bandicoots!"

Voiced by: Brendan O' Brien (1998-2001), John DiMaggio (2003, 2017-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.
  • Affably Evil: In the Radical era games, he is very affable and actually seems to admire Crash, only fighting him to serve Cortex.
  • 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. This doesn’t explain why he defected to Cortex’s side in his next appearance and remains one of his most loyal underlings.
    • 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 oddsnote .
  • Awesome Aussie: Doesn't get more awesome than being a hulking fanged brute that fought in the Roman Colosseum.
  • Badass Biker: Gains such a costume during Nitro Tour in Nitro-Fueled.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: His classic design has a large pair of brows.
  • Blade on a Stick: Wields a spear against Crash during his boss fight in the third game.
  • 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".
  • Characterization Marches On: Initially one of N. Brio's lackeys in his debut in Cortex Strikes Back, he was later retooled into Cortex's most undyingly loyal henchman from Warped onwards.
  • The Cameo:
    • He's one of the villains at Crash's "birthday party" in Twinsanity.
    • One of the final levels in It's About Time has a portrait of him wearing his gladiator outfit.
  • Commuting on a Bus: While he is present in the Activision-era remakes and returns in On the Run, he only makes a cameo appearance in It's About Time.
  • Degraded Boss: He turns from being a third boss in the second game to being the first boss in the 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).
  • Emotional Bruiser: Both his losing animations in Nitro-Fueled certainly portray him as one, with his race loss animation having him wipe a tear from his eye and his podium loss animation outright having him bawling his eyes out (though not as much as Komodo Joe and Cortex).
  • Endearingly Dorky: Has become progressively dumber, less brutish and more child-like with each passing title, but most prominently in Nitro-Fueled.
  • Evil Counterpart: Following Crunch's Heel–Face Turn at the end of The Wrath of Cortex, Tiny has since served as this to the former, to the extent that he outright sees him as a softy copycat according to the Nitro Kart manual.
  • 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 hi-top 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.
    • If the Tiny hologram in Nitro-Fueled's version of Tiny Arena is any indication, he's also really skilled with the electric guitar.
  • 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.
  • The Klutz: Seems to be renowned for this by Crash Nitro Kart, he is the first to blame when something goes berserk: as seen when he excitedly charges into N. Gin's lab (accidentally slamming Dingodile into a wall with the door as he does) as the group are being abducted by Velo.
    N. Gin: What did you break now?!
    (Tiny awkwardly shrugs with a sheepish grin)
  • 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 in Nitro Kart, 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.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Like Pinstripe, Tiny wears shoes, too. Only he wears Converse hi-top sneakers while Pinstripe dons a pair of nice-looking dress shoes.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: As mentioned above, he tends to act very excitable and infant-like, though it doesn't change the fact that he can be very dangerous when provoked, as Crash himself can attest to.
  • Puzzle Boss: In Cortex Strikes Back, Tiny was completely invulnerable to Crash’s attacks- to beat him, Crash had to trick him into jumping to an area where there was no platform.
  • Right-Hand Attack Dog: Although not actually a dog, he tends to serve a similar role, especially when protecting Dr. Neo Cortex. Funnily enough, he receives a Doberman skin in Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled.
  • The Rival: To Koala Kong in Crash Bash. Also his Moveset Clone. The manual for Nitro Kart also describes him being this to Crunch due to the former seeing him as a soft-hearted copycat.
  • Same Character, but Different: His portrayal in Titans: not only does he have a different personality and voice, but he's now a completely different species. Unlike the original games, where he's a Tasmanian tiger, in Titans he's now a Siberian tiger. He may as well be a completely different character.
  • 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. Curiously enough, they're absent in Crash Nitro Kart.
  • Super Prototype: He was the last animal subjected to the Evolvo-Ray before Crash.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He started out in Crash 2 as the resident musclebound bruiser replacing Koala Kong, only with growling and emphasis on jumping around, before the following games fleshed him out. By Nitro-Fueled, both of them have become pretty distinct.
  • 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 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.

    Dingodile 

Dingodile

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Click here to see his It's About Time design. 

"Break out the butter, I'm gonna make toast!"
Voiced by: William Hootkins (1998-99), David Anthony Pizzuto (1999), Dwight Schultz (2003-04), Nolan North (2007)note , Fred Tatasciore (2017-Present)
First appearance: Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (1998)

A combination of a dingo and a crocodile with all 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.


  • Accent Adaptation: While he originally speaks with an Australian accent, in the European Spanish dub of Warped and Crash Team Racing he speaks with a Mexican accent. He doesn't speak with an accent in later appearances, however, not even in the remakes.
  • Acrofatic: He might have put on a few pounds since retiring after the events of Warped but that still doesn't stop him from being able to perform double jumps and high jumping on crates.
  • Anti-Hero: Despite going legit in It's About Time, the only things different about him are the direction of his moral compass and his Weapon of Choice. Everything else about him is pretty much the same. He doesn't even join the Bandicoots' adventure voluntarily, instead getting roped into it after falling into a dimensional rift with his main drive being to find a way back home. During his quest, his actions did end up helping the Bandicoot siblings proceed with their adventure a few times, though they were completely accidental, with neither side aware of the other.
  • 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 and It's About Timenote .
  • 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 the matching accent.
  • Ax-Crazy: More apparent in N. Sane Trilogy and Nitro-Fueled, where he often cackles and sticks his tongue out while grinning maniacally (and torching things) to highlight just how nuts he is.
  • 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.
  • The Bogan: An Ax-Crazy Australian Hybrid Monster — of two of the country's most aggressive species, no less — who is obsessed with setting fire to anything he sees fit (including penguins) and one of the most vulgar and least honorable of Cortex's henchmen. Even after retiring and going straight, he's still as vulgar and aggressive as ever.
  • Bond One-Liner: Gets one when he knocks both N Tropies unconsious after the gang defeats them in It's About Time, overlapping with a very Australian Precision F-Strike.
    Dingodile: Bloody dags.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Crash Nitro Kart, Dingodile, Pura and Polar all get kidnapped and brainwashed by N. Trance into racing for him. Unlike the pets, the brainwashing actually does seem to drive him crazy: as his wall-eyed look and more unhinged speech and actions show.
  • Breakout Villain: Introduced in Warped as yet another of Cortex's evolved animal minions, he's proven to be considerably popular and has consistently made further appearances throughout the series as one of his top henchmen. Solidified in Crash 4: It's About Time in which he's the very first of Cortex's minions to become playable in one of the main platformer games.
  • 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. It gets even worse for him in Nitro-Fueled: his kart still explodes, but also ignites a leak from two nearby drums of fuel. When he realises, he slowly turns to the screen with a defeated look before it cuts away. Even after going straight and setting up a fairly successful diner in Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, Papa Batfield, his business rival, sent his henchmen to destroy it.
  • Chainsaw Good: For his Rustland skin, he has a working chainsaw bayonet mounted on the gun of his makeshift flamethrower, and he happily grinds the podium with it.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Although Dingodile's restaurant franchise in It's About Time becomes a big success, the patrons evidently aren't so keen on his dishes; which include roadkill pie, slug and centipede gumbo, and braised bat tacos with guanamole, and an entire laundry list of comedic health warnings.
    Dingodile: Health and safety rated "D"... for delicious!
    Announcer: Warning: D is a failing sanitation grade and does not stand for delicious.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He's made into a fully playable main character alongside the bandicoots and Cortex in It's About Time. His expanded role in the story is made even more obvious by the other evolved animal villains being Demoted to Extra or entirely absent in this installment.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments as a playable character in It's About Time.
    Dingodile: Heh, jump on a TNT Crate... What am I, a bandicoot?
  • Death Mountain: His track in CTR, Dingo Canyon, is set on one.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Out of all the main recurring characters of the series, he seems to be the one who is almost always barefoot.
  • Extreme Omnivore: If the dishes he serves at his restaurant don't make it obvious (which apparently don't even meet the legal definition of food), some of his idle animations in It's About Time have him pull random garbage (like a rubber ducky) out of his vacuum cannon and then eat them.
  • Fat Bastard: He's big, certainly one of the bigger villains in the gut. Interestingly, he mellows out for It's About Time yet manages to get even bigger around, to the point his angelic death animations can't take him higher than his standard jump.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: His trademark enormous flamethrower and fuel backpack, which can also shoot out explosive fireballs. In the DS version of Crash of the Titans, he for some reason swaps it out for a Water Cannon, but keeps his usual weapon in the GBA version.
  • Flamethrower Backfire: In Warped, whenever you land a hit on him, it somehow causes his fuel tank to explode: which can harm you just as much as him if you don't get out of the way in time.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: He wears tan khaki pants (or dark blue jeans), but no shirt or shoes.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Implied in Nitro-Fueled. Instead of becoming an animal breeder like the original CTR, Dingodile's Where Are They Now epilogue in the remake now says he retired his flamethrower and became a firefighter, ironically, being one of the most successful in the business. It's outright stated this is the case in It's About Time, where he retired from villainy and decided to open up a successful diner. Unfortunately, a rival eatery blows up his diner, and Dingodile is pulled through a portal opened up by Cortex's meddling with alternate dimensions.
  • 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 of course torching little animals and orange marsupials with his flamethrower.
  • 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 in CTR and Nitro 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. Being a remake of CTR, Nitro-Fueled originally retained this inconsistency in certain 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: possibly as a result of combining a crocodile's nostrils and jawline shape with a dingo's head and muzzle.
  • Jerkass: What other term can you use to describe the guy who torches small animals for a living and was about to set fire to a baby penguin before Crash intervened?
  • Kick the Dog: The aforementioned introduction scene in his Warped boss battle, where he threatens a baby penguin with his flamethrower: only being thwarted by Crash's arrival.
  • Lethal Chef: As implicated in the advert for his own diner and the secret ending of It's About Time. Probably owing to the fact that he uses roadkill for his swamp cuisine. The end credits disclaimer takes it even further by mentioning several symptoms his diner's food causes, including transdimensional discharge, intestinal rifts, Wumpa Whooping Cough, parasitic slime boils, random teleportation into darker timelines, and uncontrollable mewing like a little kitty cat during important business meetings.
  • Lone Wolf Boss: In Twinsanity, he seems to be working separately from Tropy's alliance, though he may have supplied information regarding it.
    Dingodile: Cosy, ain't it? Rumour is you two chumps 'ave got yer mitts on some treasure. And I want a piece o' that pie!
  • Maniac Tongue: As seen in N. Sane Trilogy and Nitro-Fueled, Dingodile is shown to have a habit of sticking his tongue out with a wide, savage grin whenever he uses his flamethrower, which serves to highlight how dangerously unhinged he is.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: 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.
  • Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid: Half dingo, half crocodile, 0% human.
  • Out of Character: In the GBA version of Crash of the Titans, he doesn't speak in any of his usual Australian lingo, and is overall far more verbose and pompous than usual: referring to himself as "The Great Dingodile".
  • Precision F-Strike: The destruction of his diner in It's About Time makes him angry enough to utter one of the strongest swears in the game, if not the whole series.
    Dingodile: Argh! Bastards! I'll get every last one of yas!
  • Promoted to Playable: It's About Time features Dingodile as one of the multiple player characters, and it's the first time he's been playable in a main platformer.
  • 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 instead opts to take a lunch break with Ripper Roo.
  • Pyromaniac: He wields a massive flamethrower, and he loves to use it.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: In The Huge Adventure, Dingodile swaps out his usual khaki pants or dark blue jeans for baby-blue pyjama pants with pink bunny rabbits printed on them. Humorously enough, they even carry over to the otherwise-horrifying Megamix when he's merged into him. In It's About Time, he laments the loss of his ruined diner's tablecloths, since he's made them himself.
  • 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.
  • Retired Badass: In It's About Time, he gives up the life of villainy to run a diner. Unfortunately for him, his retirement doesn't last.
  • The Rival: To Rilla Roo in Crash Bash, who is also his Moveset Clone.
  • Secret Character: In Crash Nitro Kart, where he's unlocked by winning the Red Gem Cup in Adventure Mode.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: It's About Time gives him quite the potty mouth, at least by the standards of the franchise. He uses nearly all the Australian profanities he can get away with, like "bastards", "bollocks", "bloody" and "buggers". Notably, this makes Dingodile the first character in the series to properly swear.
  • Slimeball: Most shown in Twinsanity where his only goal is to steal the Evil Twins' riches for himself, and the lack of sophistication comes into play due to the fact that he's an absolute Pyromaniac.
  • Spin Attack: Like the Bandicoots, Dingodile also has a Spin Attack, however unlike Crash and Coco who spin like a tornado, and Tawna who kicks, Dingodile attacks by spinning his tail and slapping, smacking and hitting enemies and crates with his tail.
  • The Starscream: He turns on Cortex in Twinsanity in an attempt to steal the Evil Twins' treasure.
  • Super Drowning Skills: In It's about Time, Dingodile cannot swim. If he falls into water of any kind, he immediately dies; which is baffling due to how he's supposed to be half-crocodile. Then again, it may be due to Gameplay and Story Segregation — since he's able to move around underwater just fine in The Huge Adventure — or perhaps all that extra weight he's put on.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: In Warped, the crystal barriers that he made were covering him well enough — the slide/double-jump and spin trick notwithstanding — before he starts blasting through them with his flamethrower, creating gaps big enough for Crash/Coco to get to him in the process. It happens again in Dingodile's Twinsanity boss battle, where his charged shots keep revealing the buttons that Crash can use to activate the sprinkler system. This briefly distracts him and puts out the wall of flames protecting him, opening him up to a counter-attack.
  • Tail Slap: One of his moves in It's About Time. Also how he sent the defeated N. Tropys flying into a dimensional rift.
  • Underwater Boss Battle: Ironically enough for a villain often associated with fire weaponry, Crash fights him in an underwater cave in The Huge Adventure: where he's equipped with a Fishbowl Helmet, force field generator and a torpedo launcher, on top of having nearby sharks to do his bidding. To beat him, Crash has to trick Dingodile into shooting the roof of the cave to drop stalactites on top of himself: which momentarily shorts out his shield and allows the bandicoot to attack him.
  • 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. Before that, he had a deep, goofy laugh in Crash Bash that sounded nothing like any of his other voices.
  • Weapons That Suck: In It's About Time, he trades in his flamethrower/rocket launcher for a vacuum cannon that he can use to not only suck up and launch objects, but also boost his jumps and hover with.
  • 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. He at least lampshades the latter in his boss battle intro:
    Dingodile: G'day, Crash! Now, I know what you're thinking. "Oh, look. It's Dingodile, again! Same old, same old!". Well, mate, I'VE got a shiny new gun! And I'm tougher than ever.

    Rilla Roo 

Rilla Roo

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Click here to see his Nitro-Fueled design. 

Voiced by: Andrew Morgado (2019)
First appearance: Crash Bash (2000)

A hybrid of a gorilla and a kangaroo who was created by Neo Cortex and N. Brio for an unknown purpose, and was summoned to fight on Uka-Uka's team in Crash Bash. He eventually makes his second appearance in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled... only 19 years later.


  • All There in the Manual: According to one of the epilogues added in the Japanese version of Crash Bash, Brio created Rilla Roo from the leftover genes of Ripper Roo. Another states Rilla's desire to open a yakiniku (grilled meat) shop.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: As Nitro-Fueled reveals, Rilla Roo tends to have a very short attention span — whooping and running past the camera without looking at it in his Grand Prix intro, and being easily distracted by the crowd while doing his victory poses.
  • Awesome Aussie: With a bit of African wildlife thrown into the mix as he’s also part-gorilla.
  • Beard of Evil: Both of his Nitro-Fueled designs give him a little goatee, not unlike Komodo Moe's, as part of a thick chinstrap beard.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He sports a huge, black pair of these.
  • Boxing Kangaroo: Technically half-kangaroo, but his cameo on a banner in Koala Carnival pits him on a boxing match against Koala Kong
  • Blowing a Raspberry: One of his idle animations has him defiantly do this to whoever is next to him.
  • The Bus Came Back: After twenty years, Rilla Roo finally makes his return both as a playable character and in general in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Was never seen in person again after his appearance in Crash Bash, up until Nitro-Fueled. He apparently was meant to appear in Crash Nitro Kart at one point, but ended up being removed from the final game.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: While Rilla Roo was originally designed to match Dingodile's figure exactly due to being a Moveset Clone (being bipedal with a long tail), his first Nitro-Fueled redesign changes up his design to draw far more from his simian side. He's now more top-heavy, stands hunched over and partially on his hands like an actual gorilla, and has bigger eyebrows and more in the way of facial hair.
  • Dreamworks Face: His first design gets one in his Nitro-Fueled render, to emphasize his gorilla nature.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Or maybe not, considering he's fighting for the evil side.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Dingodile… who was only temporarily 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 vanishes from the series until Nitro-Fueled brought him back: and even then, he's only got marginally more character due to the fact that the upgrade in system capabilities means he can actually emote and he isn't stuck with one facial expression and the same few voice clips or shared animations any more. This makes him similar to the unevolved animals and Zam in that sense.
  • Gasshole: His first design’s victory animation in Nitro-Fueled has him running in a circle before accidentally letting out a fart, which makes him nervously look at the audience.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: He wears tall, red and white striped pirate pants and a belt, but no shirt or shoes.
  • Hidden Depths: Although Rilla Roo appears to be the classic case of a clumsy Dumb Muscle, two of the Japanese epilogues in Crash Bash shows him to actually be at least intelligent enough to start his own Yakiniku (grilled meat) restaurant with Dingodile, and also works as Koala Kong's agent in Hollywood. It seems to be more down to his lack of attention span and decipherable speech that gives the impression. It is also mentioned in N. Brio’s ending in the Japanese version of Crash Bash that Rilla Roo and Ripper Roo are actually related; by way of Brio re-using Ripper’s leftover kangaroo genes in Rilla’s creation along with those of a gorilla.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Rilla Roo's defeat animation for his first design in Nitro-Fueled has him sat sadly looking up toward the winner and visibly trying not to cry, before bursting into tears.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Nitro-Fueled gives Roo quite the hefty jawline, to say the least.
  • The Klutz: He's described in the Crash Bash manual as having "the disposition of a trainwreck".
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Half gorilla, half kangaroo.
  • Moveset Clone: He acts as Dingodile's counterpart in Crash Bash, sharing his stats and moves. For example, they have a near-identical spin attack, fire similar projectiles in the Tank Wars games, and use similar jet-powered hover packs in the Pogo Painter games.
  • Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid: Half gorilla, half kangaroo, 0% human.
  • Primal Chest-Pound: Being part-gorilla, this tends to be a recurring gesture from Roo. He does it as his main victory pose in Crash Bash, and again in Nitro-Fueled: although in the latter case, he does tend to be rather easily interrupted by his Stage Fright or otherwise distracted.
  • Remember the New Guy?: He was never seen or mentioned in any of the games prior to Crash Bash, and nobody ever questions who he is or where he comes from.
  • 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. Nitro-Fueled expands on this trait a bit; in his CTR TV intro, he doesn't pay attention to the camera and just runs off, while his victory podium animation has him hoot and beat his chest until he farts and looks at the audience, causing him to freeze momentarily.
  • Tail Slap: Rilla's main form of attack in Crash Bash is by way of whacking foes with his huge kangaroo tail.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Averted for his first appearance, but Rilla Roo's first updated and more simian-like design in Nitro-Fueled makes him into this: increasing the size and mass of his upper body to the point where he tends to stand partially hunched over and on his hands.
  • The Voiceless: In both appearances, Rilla Roo doesn't speak; he just makes gorilla grunts much like Koala Kong does, and unlike Kong, he never speaks so much as a full sentence. The closest Rilla Roo comes to saying a single word is a couple of dialogue lines where he gives out a Rapid-Fire "No!".

    Rusty Walrus 

Rusty Walrus

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"Ah, yummy! Fresh meat for my pot!"
Voiced by: Dwight Schultz (2004)
First appearance: Crash Twinsanity (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.
  • The Cameo: There are a few references to Rusty on Megamix Mania in Nitro-Fueled, with some graffiti of him and a visible dent in his image. Granted, part of the track takes place on the battleship he was encountered on, so it would make sense that he’d be alluded to.
  • 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.

Aliens

    In General 

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 one who can't speak is Zam, who's the alien equivalent of a dog.
  • Badass Driver: Considering that they most frequently show up in racing games, they're all this by default.
  • Invincibility Power-Up: In Crash Nitro Kart, all of them are protected by an unnamed green mask who resembles Velo. This includes Nitros Oxide, who was protected by Uka Uka in his debut game, and also extends to the characters brainwashed by N. Trance, both good (Polar and Pura) and evil (Dingodile).
  • 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.
  • Purple Is Powerful: The bosses in Nitro Kart all drive purple-coloured vehicles and are champions of their respective worlds. Oxide also gets a purple paint job himself in Nitro-Fueled's Nitros Oxide edition.

    Nitros Oxide 

Nitros Oxide

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"Get ready to race for the fate of your planet!"
Voiced by: David Anthony Pizzuto (1999), Quinton Flynn (2003), Corey Burton (2019-present)
First appearance: Crash Team Racing (1999)

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 into a concrete parking lot 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 (Tossing them in bundles of two), Komodo Joe's TNT/Nitro Crates, and Pinstripe's Bombs (shot backwards). In the remake, he was also given Ripper Roo's weapons.
  • 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. In addition, Nitro-Fueled's final race track is set on two Gasmoxia fast food chains.
  • 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.
  • Butt-Monkey: Within Crash Team Racing, at least. Not only does he get a rather humiliating fate in the epilogue, his podium victory theme for Nitro-Fueled isn't the one associated with the scientists and other major villains, but the one for goofier characters like Ripper Roo, Penta and the Norms. He also suffers from misfortune in two of his legendary skins: namely, getting blown away by laser gun backfire and suffering a Teleporter Accident in his Star skin's podium victory animation and having a Naked Freak-Out in his Showercap skin's. It gets worse in later games; It's About Time features Dr. N. Tropy kidnapping him for his navigational knowledge, forcing him to sit there while he flirts with another version of himself from another dimension, and the 100% ending reveals that after the events of the game, he develops a caffeine addiction and becomes a sports drink spokesman. The overall experience leaves him in rehab, and reveals that through all this, he had a wife who has now divorced him.
  • 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.
    • He appears very briefly, flying through space in his hovercraft, in the vanity logo sequence of The Wrath of Cortex.
    • His appearance in It's About Time is also this. While he has a role in the story, Oxide only appears in a single scene. He can be heard speaking over the space station's PA system in "Stowing Away", but disappears afterwards.
  • 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.
  • Cyborg: Oxide has metal exhaust pipes coming out of the back of his head and smaller ones on his back, indicating that he has some kind of cybernatic enhancements. These exhaust pipes are never used in any way and in gameplay terms seem to be purely cosmetic (other than igniting in his Hot Rod and Metalhead costumes in his podium victory animations).
  • A Day in the Limelight: Despite already being the main villain of Team Racing, he ends up taking over the title screen and CTR TV report for the final Grand Prix in Nitro-Fueled, downplaying Emperor Velo's addition in the process. No wonder, since the Drive-Thru Danger track is set on Gasmoxia.
  • 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. He's also forced into this role against his will in It's About Time by the N. Tropys.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Not surprising, considering how he's obsessed with speed and racing and such.
  • Evil Old Folks: 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. Nitro-Fueled makes it more apparent by having the markings on his head look rather worn out.
  • Evil vs. Evil: In most of his appearances, he is as much an enemy of Cortex's team for trying to steal his ambitions. That said, he'll also gladly team up with him if it means getting rid of their mutual enemy (i.e. Crash).
  • Final Boss: He's the fifth and last boss in Crash Team Racing, as well as the last opponent in Crash Bash.
  • Fish People: It's About Time delves further into Oxide's species for background setdressing, with the concept art showing that they're amphibous reef-dwelling organisms.
  • 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. In Nitro-Fueled, it can be unlocked for everyone else to use either by getting 100% in Adventure mode or by buying the Nitros Oxide edition.
  • Green and Mean: Has green-coloured skin, and is a right asshole in more ways than one. His hovercraft is also green-coloured.
  • Hidden Depths: It's About Time reveals that Oxide has a wife and keeps a virtual diary above his space station, where he complains about his rashes.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: For the final Grand Prix of Nitro-Fueled, he hijacks the CTR TV report to announce one last challenge, and pulls Crash away from his post in the title screen, so that he gets to hold the trophy for once.
  • Hufflepuff House: Despite being from Gasmoxia alongside Zem and Zam, his homeworld's only visited in Bash, featuring a fairly unremarkable futuristic city. It later gets a proper visit in the final Grand Prix of Nitro Fueled, where it’s revealed the planet has two rival fast food chains.
  • 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.
  • I Gave My Word: Should he be defeated without collecting the time relics, Oxide will reluctantly agree not to destroy Earth and enslave all its inhabitants, as per the terms he set. However, he won't outright leave Earth until the player collects every time relic and defeats him a second time. Sure enough, for the final Grand Prix in Nitro-Fueled, he continues to ignore Earth and suggests a rematch on Gasmoxia instead.
  • Interrupted Bath: His goofiest skin in Nitro-Fueled, "Shower Cap" has him with this "look", clad in nothing but a Modesty Towel, shower cap, flip flops and carrying a brush.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: In Nitro Kart and Nitro-Fueled he has average stats with an emphasis on acceleration in the latter.
  • Jerkass: When your modus operandi is to challenge planets to a race against you and turn them into parking lots if they lose while mocking them about it, as well as cheating and displaying Unsportsmanlike Gloating, then you pretty much qualify for this trope.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: More like multi-legged, but still.
  • Nerf: In Nitro-Fueled's boss fights against him, he no longer merely skids when attacked by most items, instead tumbling like any other racer when hit with missiles or bombs.
  • 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.
  • Noodle Incident: After his hovercraft gets stolen by Tawna in It's About Time, Oxide laments that that's the sixth kart he lost over the years.
  • 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.
  • One Steve Limit: His first name sounds identical to that of Nitrus Brio's first name. Depending on how it's spelled, it is also one or two letters off.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: Sometimes refers to his opponents that they're "slower than a Bermugulan Slagvork". Whether it's an expression or such creature actually exists in his home planet is up to interpretation. It's About Time finally reveals that Bermugula is a planet (possibly a neighbor of Gasmoxia) and a Slagvork is one of its inhabitantsnote .
  • 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.
  • Revenge: He develops an intense hatred for Earth in general as a result of the Champion succeeding in defeating him, and is heavily implied he informed Emperor Velo about Earth's existence in Crash Nitro Kart in order get Revenge by Proxy for his defeat in CTR.
  • 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).
  • Secret Character: In Nitro-Fueled, defeating him once in Adventure mode will unlock him. Buying the Nitros Oxide edition will also unlock him from the get-go.
  • Shout-Out:
    • He throws out the infamous Charles Darwin line "survival of the fittest", 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!
    • His spaceship heavily resembles the Klingon K'Tinga-class battlecruiser.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In Crash Nitro Kart, he plays no role other than being one of the common AI opponents. However, it's implied that he's the one who informed Emperor Velo of Earth's racing prowess in the first place, hence kickstarting the entire plot of the game.
  • 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. However, he's also an enormous cheat and a Sore Loser.
  • SNK Boss: And much more blatantly so than the other bosses in Team Racing. See The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard above.
  • 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. Nitro-Fueled has him invite Velo to join the roster for the Gasmoxia Grand Prix.
  • The Unfought: In It's About Time, aside from Uka Uka (who is taken out in the prologue), he is the only villain who is not fought. Then again, he is essentially forced to do Tropy's bidding and doesn't even know that he is facing the Bandicoots.
  • "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 (a unicycle) leads to an accident too gruesome to be detailed.
    • In It's About Time, he becomes a sports drink spokesman, albeit due to him developing an addiction to the stuff. This eventually leads him to go into rehab, while his wife divorces him.
  • 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 

N. Trance

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"I'm a tough egg to crack!"
Voiced by: Tom Bourdon (2003), Michael J. Gough (2019)
First appearance: Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced (2003)

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 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: After Nitro Kart, he's absent from the series until Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled 16 years later.
  • Cephalothorax: He's an egg-shaped alien being, with a mechanical body to help him move. Oddly, despite the arms being able to bend, the legs cannot, and so, when he returns in Nitro-Fueled, he has to spend the entirety of the races standing up.
  • Cyborg: His body is entirely mechanical, and without it, he wouldn't be able to move.
  • Egg Folk: He is essentially a sentient egg inside a cybernetic suit with limbs.
  • 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.
  • Giggling Villain: Quite a bit of his sound bites in Nitro-Fueled involve him laughing. He even does it when you pick him!
  • Green and Mean: Drives a green-coloured kart in Nitro Kart (as does his brainwashed cohorts) and is undeniably a villain.
  • Left Stuck After Attack: In his first phase, he might sometimes get stuck after his chain watch is lodged in the ground, leaving him open to attack.
  • Pungeon Master: Nitro Kart and Nitro-Fueled have him make numerous cracks about eggs.
    N. Trance: One kart sunny side up!
    N. Trance: Scrambled again!
    N. Trance: You must be yoking!
  • Servile Snarker: In N Tranced, he appears to be The Dragon between him and N Tropy. When a frustrated Tropy starts blaming him for their plans going wrong however, he has no problems snapping back at him and reminding him of his own misgivings.
  • Villain Team-Up: He and Oxide seem to be working together in Nitro Kart despite being on different teams. Also, his debut game had him working alongside N. Tropy.
  • Waddling Head: He has no organic limbs underneath his armor as seen in 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.
  • Your Size May Vary: He's roughly twice Crash's height in his first form in N-Tranced, in Nitro Kart he takes up most of the space in his kart and grips the sides of it, and in Nitro-Fueled he's now considerably smaller and has to stand upright in his kart's seat to drive. Even his podium model is now only about the same height as Crash.

    Emperor Velo XXVII 

Emperor Velo XXVII

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Click here to see the Velo Mask. 
"I am Emperor Velo XXVII! Ruler of this galaxy! My subjects hunger for entertainment."
Voiced by: Steve Blum (2003), Andre Sogliuzzo (2019)
First appearance: Crash Nitro Kart (2003)

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.


  • Aliens of London: He has a thick Russian accent.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Albeit in a Russian accent. He also speaks in English to all of his champions, who come from different planets.
  • Arm Cannon: His Captain skin has an arm that can turn into one, displayed in his victory podium animation.
  • Astral Finale: Although the entire game takes place in space, Hyper Spaceway - Velo's track - takes it Up to Eleven.
  • Attention Whore: Implied in Nitro Fueled, as his winning podium animation has him gesturing to the crowd for applause, going so far as to make a listening gesture.
  • Badass Boast: "You savages will learn fear... just as millions have before you." He also gets to belt out another one in the Gasmoxia GP's intro:
    Velo: As ruler of this galaxy, I'll OWN this Grand Prix!
  • Bad Boss: The world champions are not treated kindly for losing.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of Crash Nitro Kart.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": The letter "V" appears a lot in his citadel, especially on his throne. Even his beard is shaped like a V.
  • The Bully: He isn’t too nice to his henchmen.
  • The Bus Came Back: His real form returned in Nitro-Fueled as part of the base game roster, while his more imposing form returns in the same game later as part of the Gasmoxia Grand Prix.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He practically savors the sound of the crowd booing him in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
  • 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. It returns in Nitro-Fueled's Gasmoxia GP as the "Velo Chopper" and can be unlocked for everyone else to use in the Pit Stop.
  • Defeat Means Playable: Double Subversion. 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. Even then, unless you're playing the GBA version, you'll only unlock his true form for play. His more imposing form remains unplayable.
  • Evil Laugh: The Velo Mask laughs in Emperor Velo's voice when activated in Nitro Kart. In Nitro-Fueled, it shouts Real Velo's higher-pitched "Ya-ha-hah!" instead.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He speaks with a husky, commanding voice of Steve Blum. Subverted, as his real voice is much more high pitched.
  • Evil vs. Evil: In Team Cortex's story.
  • Fat Bastard: And unlike Big Norm and Krunk, there's no soft center to speak of. Subverted in that's not how he usually looks.
  • 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.
  • Galactic Conquerer: Is described as being the ruler of the galaxy Nitro Kart takes place in.
  • Graceful Loser: While he's mostly a Sore Loser instead, if he's beaten properly in the Team Bandicoot ending of Nitro Kart, he does offer his scepter and cede rule over his planet to Crash, and does send them back home properly once he's allowed to keep his scepter.
  • Heel: His characterization in Nitro-Fueled portrays him as constantly acting smug while racing, and he loves playing to the crowd at any given opportunity.
  • Hover Bike: He has a purple one in his debut game, that is also used by his champions. In Nitro-Fueled, it's larger and named "Velo Chopper".
  • Huge Holographic Head: How he communicates with you.
  • Invincibility Powerup: Much like the racers of Earth have Aku-Aku and Uka-Uka, Velo and his minions have their own in the form of a mask made in Velo's likeness.
  • 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.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Initially a huge plot twist in Nitro Kart, Nitro-Fueled makes it common knowledge that Velo's large, imposing body is actually a robot and his true form (referred to as "Real Velo" in the latter game) is a tiny gremlin.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Velo, as in velocity.
  • 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.
  • The Napoleon: His true form is a tiny gremlin not much different from his subjects.
  • Nerf: For balancing reasons, Real Velo is made into a Turn-class character in Nitro-Fueled instead of having almost max stats. Likewise, his Emperor form is made into an Acceleration-class character.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: In Crash Nitro Kart, Velo's name is consistently pronounced "VEE-loh". In the intro to the Gasmoxia Grand Prix in Nitro Fueled, Oxide instead pronounces Velo's name as "VEH-lo".
  • 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. His reappearance in Nitro-Fueled deliberately does this again as a Mythology Gag, where he has orange hair in the Grand Prix intro cutscene and for his alternate costume, but he otherwise has purple hair in gameplay.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. In the handheld version, he just needs to be beaten once by any team to unlock him.
  • Secret Underground Passage: 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.
  • Smug Snake: Moreso in Nitro-Fueled where he's always acting smug while racing and gets downright pissy over losing in his podium loss animations.
  • Sore Loser: Gets very angry about losing, to the point of exploiting a loophole in his previous agreement to make Team Bandicoot or Team Cortex remain in his servitude until he can beat them. Of course, when they do beat him again, he becomes so furious he literally explodes. In Nitro-Fueled, his real form even throws a temper tantrum when placing lower than first in the podium.
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: For his return in Nitro-Fueled, he's given this trait for his lines.
  • 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. Nitro-Fueled has a more explicit case, as it's revealed in the Gasmoxia GP intro that Oxide personally invited him to "keep things fair".
  • 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*

    Zem and Zam 

Zem and Zam

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Left: Zem. Right: Zam.
"Like taking candy from a baby!" -Zem
Zem voiced by: Andre Sogliuzzo (2003-Present)
Zam voiced by: Billy West (2003), Andrew Morgado (2019)
First appearance: Crash Nitro Kart (2003)

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


  • All Animals Are Dogs: Zam tends to act like a dog, despite resembling a small dinosaur. It's more apparent in Nitro-Fueled, where he wags his tail in his podium animation and pants like one as well as having a costume that outright turns him into a bulldog.
  • 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 Brute: While a bit smaller than the other big guys, Zem still plays this role for Team Oxide.
  • The Bus Came Back: Both return as playable in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
  • Crunchtastic: Zem thinks that big turbo chains are "Boostalicious."
  • Evil Counterpart: Zam could be seen as this to Polar and Pura, on account of them being Team Pets for their respective teamsnote . Zem meanwhile serves as this to Crunch (and probably Tiny to a lesser extent) on account of them being The Big Guys for their teams.
  • Fat Bastard: While not so much fat as just a big guy in general, Zem still fits this trope to a T.
  • Fat Slob: Though more just beefy than fat, Zem fits the title to a T.
  • 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. Beenox have attempted to flesh them out more with their return in Nitro-Fuelednote .
  • Gasshole: Zem burps often while racing. His podium animation in Nitro-Fueled is him giving off a massive burp and laughing it off afterwards.
  • Gonk: Zem is, to put it bluntly, hideous-looking. At least Nitro-Fueled makes him a bit more pleasing to the eye (though not by a whole lot).
  • Green and Mean: Both are green-skinned, and both are bad guys.
  • Metalhead: Zem is given some punk rocker atributes to help deepen his character when he was brought back for Nitro-Fueled, such as throwing devil horns when he wins and having a Quincy Punk-looking outfit available. Zam also gets in on the action a small bit with his Bulldog costume giving him a wavy blue mohawk.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Zam; looks like a small dinosaur, acts like a dog. He also has some frog traits, as shown in one of his Idle Animations in Nitro-Fueled where he sits down and starts croaking as he spots a fly before snatching it up with his tongue and eating it. To top it off, one of his win quotes has him squeal like a pig.
  • Satellite Character: To Oxide, as they only exist for the sake of giving him teammates to race alongside.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: In Nitro-Fueled, Zem sometimes says "Vrrooo-hahaha!" while speeding up or boosting.
  • 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.
  • Stout Strength: Zem looks like a fat slob, but his biceps tell another story. This is more noticeable in Nitro-Fueled, as he is more toned.
  • Team Pet: Zam is pretty much an alien dog, but he more greatly resembles a small dinosaur.
  • Those Two Guys: They serve as this for Oxide.
  • 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.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Zem has purple-coloured hair. It gets changed to red in his caveman costume.

    Krunk 

Krunk

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

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. He returns in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled as a Turn-class character.


  • Acrofatic: Despite his large build, he's nimble enough to do a handstand in his podium victory animation in Nitro-Fueled. He also has Turn-class stats.
  • Amazing Technicolour Wildlife: He's a blue-furred baboon/mandrill, though it's justified since he's not actually from 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: Returns as playable in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
  • Defeat Means 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.
  • Fat Bastard: Subverted. Though he initially comes off as hostile towards anyone from Earth, he ultimately turns out to be a Graceful Loser who's fine with admitting his planet ultimately copied Earth.
  • 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.
  • Killer Space Monkey: He's a blue ape-like alien from another planet. However, the "killer" part is ultimately subverted when he turns out to be one of Velo's more level-headed champions.
  • Nerf: In Nitro-Fueled, Krunk goes from having maxed-out stats to being a Turn-class character, similar to Polar, Pura, and Zam.
  • Noble Savage: He may be proud of his planet, but he's also honorable and a Graceful Loser.
  • 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!
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In Nitro Kart, he acts as a replacement for the role Papu Papu had in Crash Team Racing, being a fat tribal chief who occasionally skips articles and acts as a boss with a jungle-themed home track and adventure mode area. He even looks like a furry Papu Papu. Amusingly, both he and Papu Papu are playable in Nitro-Fueled. His Jurassic costume from Back N. Time gives him his own magic mask which appears to possess him similarly to Uka Uka and Cortex in Warped; it is likely a Terran counterpart. The smaller Terrans throughout Tiny Temple also wear Aku Aku-looking masks.
  • 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!

    Nash 

Nash

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"I'm no small fish!"
Voiced by: Billy West (2003), Dwight Schultz (2019)
First appearance: Crash Nitro Kart (2003)

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. He returns in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled as an Acceleration-class character.


  • Badass Boast: In Nitro-Fueled upon winning a race:
    Nash: I'm engineered to be... superior.
  • Bullying a 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: Returns as playable in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: He was engineered to always be on the move, never even stopping to sleep. Great for racing, not so much for doing other stuff off the track. This might also explain his bad attitude, on the grounds of it coming from lack of sleep.
  • Cyborg: Well, he certainly looks the part what with all those tubes on him. Heck, Coco was even able to hack into his brain and make him fall asleep.
  • Defeat Means Playable: Only in the handheld version of the game.
  • Expy: He's a walking shark with some mannerisms that invoke Jabberjaw.
  • 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.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Doesn't really wear anything else other than a pair of swimming trunks and a hi-tech helmet with goggles.
  • Human Cannonball: Gains such a costume during Neon Circus and is actually shot out of a cannon in his victory animation.
  • Jerkass: Is basically this compared to his fellow champions.
  • 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: He is a shark with a frickin' laser beam attached to his head, although he is never shown actually firing lasers from it until Nitro-Fueled.
  • 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 make him take a nap out of sympathy.
  • Threatening Shark: Subverted. He's a rather small shark, is fairly cute, and ultimately pretty harmless (threats of violence notwithstanding).
  • Token Evil Teammate: He is by far the worst sport of Velo's champions and is the only one of them to threaten violence on the protagonists after losing to them.
  • Weaponized Headgear: His helmet is mounted with a miniature laser, which he fires a few times during his victory animation in Nitro-Fueled.
  • You Have Failed Me: Velo threatens this later on for losing to Cortex and arguing with the competitors.
  • Your Size May Vary: Nitro Kart depicts him as being as big as Tiny, able to look at him eye-to-eye. Nitro-Fueled shrinks him down to being around the size of Dr. Cortex.

    Norm 

Norm

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Left: Small Norm. Right: Big Norm.
"Ooh, a race! Count me in!" -Big Norm
Small Norm voiced by: Robbie Daymond (2019-Present)
Big Norm voiced by: Andre Sogliuzzo (2003-Present)
First appearance: Crash Nitro Kart (2003)

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. Both of his forms return as separate characters in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, Small Norm being Balanced-class and Big Norm being Speed-class.


  • Aliens of London: As noted below, Big Norm has a Brooklyn accent.
  • Badass Bookworm: Small Norm certainly counts, since he's an accomplished racer in his own right who enjoys reading in his spare time.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Big Norm's mime getup clearly doesn't fit him all the way.
  • Bash Brothers: The way they race evokes this with Big Norm acting as Little Norm's shield by harassing their opponents while Little Norm uses his superior driving skill to take the lead and leave traps to trip up the competition and make Big Norm's job easier.
  • 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!
    • Big Norm also gets pretty mad, to a somewhat lesser extent, if he is called a clown.
    Big Norm: Where do you get off calling me a clown? With your big head and your stupid springy hair!
  • Big Brother Instinct: Big Norm seems to have something resembling this for Little Norm when you race them.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Big Norm in spades. You can just hear how much he loves being on the track, especially in Nitro-Fueled.
  • 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.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Big Norm's return in Nitro-Fueled adds a bit of Brooklyn flavor to help put emphasis on his thuggish attitude. He even sometimes gets off a "Fugeddabadit" when you select him.
  • Burglar Wear: In Nitro-Fueled both Norms are given alternate outfits that change their mime outfits into burglar outfits, complete with Domino Mask.
  • The Bus Came Back: Both Small Norm and Big Norm return as racers in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
  • Death Mountain: His home track is in Out of Time, situated on mountainous slopes.
  • Defeat Means 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 Small 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.
  • Force and Finesse: While Big Norm is certainly more skilled than most of the other racers in the circuit, he tends to lag behind Little Norm skill-wise and relies more on size and aggression. Little Norm on the other hand is significantly more skilled than his larger counterpart when it comes to core driving, but is lacking when it comes to offense. Made more apparent in 'Nitro-Fueled' where Big Norm is classified as a fast-but-unwieldly Speed driver while Little Norm is a Jack-of-All-Stats Balanced driver.
  • Graceful Loser: Big Norm admits he doesn't like to lose, but despite this he's very jovial after being beaten and heartily congratulates his opponents. Nitro-Fueled has him even remove his beret out of respect, when coming in any position other than first, although his podium loss animation still has him sulking.
    Big Norm: Well, you can't have 'em all, right?
  • 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.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Anytime Big Norm gets struck with an explosive weapon, he'll give out this line:
    Big Norm: Ooh, that tickles!
  • Nerf: In the transition from Nitro Kart to Nitro-Fueled, (Small) Norm and Big Norm are now Balanced and Speed-class racers respectively.
  • Nice Guy: Small 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 Small 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 Small Norm) Hey! Come over here and make nice!
    Small Norm: (glances over at them angrily, before ignoring them) ...
    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.
  • Not So Above It All: While you may have to pull Little Norm's arm a bit to get him in a racing mood, once he's on the track he has surpisingly smug body language with him driving laid back and one-handed in 'Nitro Kart' and having very little interest in his own victories when he wins.
  • Pointy Ears: This and their lack of noses are their only really alien traits.
  • The Promise: The only reason Small 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 Eyes, Take Warning: Big Norm has red eyes with black sclerae, which Small Norm lacks. Since he has skins that give him regular eyes, it isn't clear whether they are part of his mime getup.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Small Norm is the blue while Big Norm is the red. Note the colors of their caps.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Small Norm's the sensitive guy who prefers to read books as opposed to racing, while Big Norm's the manly guy who actually wants to race.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Small Norm makes whistling noises in Nitro-Fueled, but grunts audibly if he is struck by walls or power-ups.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Big Norm has a huge gut and beefy arms, but short, skinny legs.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: Going through Small Norm's voice clips in CNK reveals them to all be Big Norm reacting to what's happening to Small Norm.
  • The Voiceless: Small Norm is committed to his mime act. In Nitro-Fueled he instead makes whistling noises. He'll even cover up his mouth when doing a particularly high jump to keep himself from screaming. Big Norm isn’t nearly as committed to being a mime and thus talks freely.
  • 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.

    Geary 

Geary

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"Why try? Machines will ALWAYS win!"
Voiced by: Paul Greenberg (2003), Dwight Schultz (2019)
First appearance: Crash Nitro Kart (2003)

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. He races with two cleaning drones that drop rolls of scrub which slow the player down. He returns in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled as a Balanced-class character.


  • Adaptational Jerkass: His voice is more aggressive in Nitro-Fueled, and many of his more polite lines and mannerisms are left out, or otherwise harder to spot.
  • 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- (Sotto voice) Oh, what a mess! Can't have that now, can we? (vacuums, then switches back to normal) 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, eventually getting to cleaning up Crash or Tiny)
    • Interestingly, all his dialogue is edited to omit his Neat Freak personality in the portable version, meaning he finishes every sentence properly.
  • Badass Boast: Whenever he wins a race in Nitro-Fueled:
    Geary: Why try?! Machines will always win!!
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns as playable in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
  • Camp Straight: Acts quite feminine, if only because of his high-pitched voice and obsession with cleaning.
  • Defeat Means Playable: Only in the handheld version of Nitro Kart.
  • The Dragon: Velo introduces Geary as "his finest racer" in his introduction, and is the final champion you face before going up against the Emperor himself.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Geary occasionally lapses into this in his green-eyed mode; especially evident when humming as he vacuums, or awkwardly doing the Robot dance with a chuckle when he wins in Nitro-Fueled.
  • Expy: Of C-3PO, both of them being humanoid robots with gold-coloured plating and fusspot personalities.
  • Fantastic Racism: Absolutely despises all organic forms of life.
  • 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.
  • Gold-Colored Superiority: He's a gold-coloured robot who also happens to be Velo's finest champion and requires being beaten before facing the Emperor himself. If you squint his normally-purple kart also gains a goldish hue in Nitro Kart's version of Android Alley due to the lighting.
  • Machine Monotone: Averted in Nitro Kart where he is quite an emotional bot despite being built up as a cold, calculated racer. Nitro-Fueled adds a heavy metallic filter to his voice that plays it closer to this.
  • 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 on top.
  • Rocket Punch: He can launch these as Beenox Robot Geary.
  • Sore Loser: Zigzagged in his podium loss animation for Nitro-Fueled. He constantly swaps between having an enraged outburst in his ruthless personality, and respectfully clapping to the winner in his fussy personality.
  • Super OCD: About cleaning.
  • Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids: His Beenox Robot DLC skin fully upgrades him into this, giving him a jetpack and an assortment of weapons.
  • Tomorrowland: His planet, Teknee, has this theme as shown on its tracks.
  • You Have Failed Me: From Velo, who orders him to clean both the trophy room and the entire colosseum as punishment.
  • Your Size May Vary: In Nitro Kart, he was comparable to Tiny in height, but Nitro-Fueled makes him a lot smaller, being roughly the size of Crash.

Unaffiliated Villains

    In General 
  • Lone Wolf Boss: All the bad guys shown below aren't affiliated with Cortex and his cronies, although there are some who are at the very least connected with him.note 

    Papu Papu 

Papu Papu

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

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.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Normally, Papu Papu is unaffiliated with neither Crash nor Cortex and just wants to rule his tribe in peace. In Crash Team Racing and its remake however, he's protected by Uka Uka, putting him squarely on the bad guy side.
  • 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: N. Sane Trilogy adds noticeable moles to his skin.
  • Bad Boss: Downplayed in Nitro-Fueled. In his intro cutscene, he carelessly knocks out all of the tribesmen that carried him in. Then he subverts it by making sure not to hit any as he drives into the portal.
  • 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.
  • Gainaxing: His belly and butt are animated constantly jiggling.
  • 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. It's telling that his bonus pirate skin in Nitro-Fueled actually makes him look better by giving him a beard and more clothes.
  • Graceful Loser: In Crash Team Racing, he takes his loss fair and square compared to the other bosses, complimenting your driving and contemplating his own performance.
  • 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.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: The Nitro-Fueled tie-in comic shows how he earned his boss key; he successfully blew up one of Oxide's flying drones carrying the keys with a Blow Gun.
  • 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. Nitro-Fueled changes it to defeating him in his boss race in Adventure mode instead to unlock him.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He's surprisingly smart for a native, being able to speak English and drive a race cart.
  • 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.
  • Wake-Up 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.
  • Warm-Up 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. Nitro-Fueled changes it so his signature move ignites a worldwide dance craze.
  • Your Size May Vary: Papu is made significantly smaller while racing. This is even more noticeable in Nitro-Fueled, especially if you have Papu Papu race himself in Adventure Mode, since he's depicted at his normal size in the boss cutscenes.

    Mr. Crumb 

Mr. Crumb

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First appearance: Crash Bandicoot 99X (1998)
An evil ghost that fiercely guards a lost treasure and therefore acts as the main villain of Crash 99X.
  • The Bus Came Back: After twenty-two years of wallowing in obscurity, Mr. Crumb makes an appearance in the mobile game Crash on the Run.
  • Canon Foreigner: He was created only for a Tiger Electronics game.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Unlike the usual mad scientists using their creations to try and take over the world, Mr. Crumb relies solely on magic and the supernatural, for the much more personal goal of protecting a fortune.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Mr. Crumb went to the trouble of dabbling into black magic and summoning monsters, just to make sure no one would ever dare to take away his treasure after his passing. He also sticks around as a ghost, for good measure.
  • Dem Bones: It's hard to make out due to the low quality of the pixel dot graphics, but his face has a skeletal appearance.
  • Expy: Was inspired by Count Bloodcount from the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Transylvania 6-5000".
  • Final Boss: He's the final obstacle that Crash has to deal with before he can obtain his treasure.
  • Gold Tooth: His On the Run design has one.
  • Greed: His primary motivation. He guards his fortune away from intruders to the point that he does it even long after he straight-up died!
  • I Have Many Names: Depending on the version of 99X, he's either referred to as Mr. Crumb, Mr. Croon or Mr. Crool.
  • High-Class Glass: His design in On the Run gives him a monocle.
  • Interim Villain: Since Warped wasn't released yet at the time, he acts as this.
  • Lone Wolf Boss: Taken to its logical extreme. Not only does he have the distinction of being the first final boss in the series to replace Cortex, he also had no involvement with any of the series' recurring elements, settings and characters except for the crates, Wumpa Fruit, Crash and Aku Aku.
  • The Man Behind the Monsters: He's the one who summoned up the monsters Crash has to fight.
  • Nice Hat: His On the Run design gives him a tall top hat.
  • Oddball in the Series: Besides being the villain of what was the only portable entry of a console game series (in the 90s), in a cast filled with mutants, aliens, cyborgs and mad scientists, a ghost stands out as being especially odd since that's of a supernatural origin rather than scientific (sentient voodoo masks notwithstanding).
  • Some Call Me "Tim": His full official name is Crooncrool Crumb, but is referred to as Mr. Crumb, for short.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Upon hearing of Mr. Crumb's name, you wouldn't think he's that much of a threat, but he proves it.

    Bearminator 

Bearminator

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First appearance: Crash Bash (2000)
A giant polar bear in a ship captain's hat who acts as a boss in Crash Bash.
  • Bears Are Bad News: His entire schtick: being an enormous polar bear in a cannon-equipped armored submarine who sics missile-armed robotic bears on you.
  • Boss Arena Idiocy: If Bearminator didn't provide the player(s) with missiles after each time you defeat his mechanical polar bears, they would literally have no way to attack him back.
  • Boss Arena Urgency: Upon losing his health, he'll fire a big bomb towards the arena that reduces it to 3/4, and then 1/2 of the initial size, both times with more enemies on it than before.
  • Dub Name Change: The Japanese version renames him "Papaguma", literally meaning "Papa Bear", implying that he may or may not be Polar's father.
  • Evil Laugh: Lets out a wicked-sounding growling laugh if he knocks you off the platform.
  • Flunky Boss: His submarine fires mechanical bears that the player needs to knock into the water.
  • Having a Blast: His favorite weapons seem to be explosives: going by how he uses enormous bombs to blow up parts of the arena each time you hit him, and how his mechanical bears are armed with missiles.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a blue naval captain's hat.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Bearminator 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.
  • Rule of Three: It takes three direct hits from his own missiles to knock him out.
  • Sub Story: Rides around in an armored submarine for the duration of his boss fight.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Has these in his official portrait, but not actually in-game. There, he has Black Eyes of Evil instead: both versions being accompanied with a huge Slasher Smile.

    Megamix 

Megamix

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"What have you done to us? You will pay, little bandicoot!"
Voiced by: Lex Lang (2020)
First appearance: Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure (2002)

A monster that is a fusion of Cortex, N. Gin, Tiny, and Dingodile, it was created when the Planetary Minimizer malfunctioned and fired a laser at the villains, causing them to combine and transform into this abomination.


  • Advancing Boss of Doom: Quite bluntly, there’s no way to harm this thing: all Crash can do is run away from it, or else it will kill him instantly.
  • Badass Boast: In the Rustland GP intro:
    Megamix: "I'll crush you all like bugs!"
  • Body Horror:
    • In Nitro-Fueled, its appearance is made more grotesque to emphasize the differences between it and the other characters. Cortex's mouth is forced into a snarling underbite, it's gained sores and boils on the organic half of its face due to tissue rejection, and one of Tiny's shoulder pads has fused into its shoulder.
    • Though its Rustland skin hides a lot of it due to being a Cyborg, the boils on Cortex's face have spread to the rest of its body, with Tiny's fur and Dingodile's lower half in particular being absolutely covered in them. Its upper jaw has also rotted away to reveal a set of realistic teeth that look oddly out of place amidst the rest of its robotic upper half, and the back of its neck now resembles Dingodile's tail instead of Cortex's yellow skin.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Other than the "N" on its head, Nitro-Fueled gives it a glowing green "M" on its back between the shoulder blades.
  • Composite Character: It's a literal fusion of Cortex, N. Gin, Tiny and Dingodile. In Nitro-Fueled, almost all of its animations are made up of fragments of the animations of the four characters composing it, with brief but violent twitches in-between.
  • Cyborg: Megamix's Rustland skin turns it into a grotesque half-robotic monster, retaining Cortex's upper row of teeth, Dingodile's lower half and some of Tiny's upper half, the latter two of which are now covered in disgusting-looking boils.
  • Fusion Dance: In Cortex’s defense, merging with his henchmen into one monster was wholly unintentional (that was Crash's fault, by the way).
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Taking each character into account, Megamix is half human, one fourth Tasmanian tiger, one eighth dingo, and one eighth crocodile.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Merging four guys into one is apparently more frightening than you’d expect.
  • Hybrid Monster: Moreso in Nitro-Fueled, where special emphasis is put on just how wrong this guy is.
  • Implacable Man: As mentioned above, this guy can plough through anything, and we mean anything: enemies, plasma gates, TNT and Nitro crates...
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Subverted in its podium loss animation; it tries to hold back its tears, but then Tiny takes over and forces it to punch itself in the face, making N. Gin's false eyeball pop out in the process.
  • LEGO Body Parts: As befitting its name, it comprises of, among other things, half of Cortex's head, the metallic half (including the false eye) from N. Gin's head, Tiny's upper body, and Dingodile's lower body and crocodile tail.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: See above in Half-Human Hybrid.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: In The Huge Adventure, Megamix came to be when the Planetary Minimizer malfunctioned and combined the four villains. The intro to the Rustland Grand Prix in Nitro Fueled instead implies that Megamix came to be due to nuclear radiation in the post-apocalyptic future in which the Grand Prix is set.
  • Nuclear Nasty: Or at least that's what the intro for the Rustland GP describes it as. Heck, it even has a skin called "Toxic" Megamix.
  • Ow, My Body Part!: It occasionally says this when it's hit or spinning out:
    Megamix: Ohhh, our heads!
  • Promoted to Playable: Curiously, it joined the multiplayer roster in Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced and was added as the sole star of the Rustland Grand Prix for Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Mega-Mix or Megamix? Who knows?
  • Split Personality: Four to be exact, and all of them are fighting for control over their shared body.
  • True Final Boss: Of The Huge Adventure; facing it requires getting all crystals, gems and gold relics beforehand.
  • Two Beings, One Body: It's four villains all mashed up into one nightmarish abomination!
  • Unstoppable Rage: This guy is quite understandably not happy over the circumstances regarding its creation, leading it to chase Crash throughout the space station in a fit of rage.
  • Voice of the Legion: Implied, as the first thing it says is "What have you done to us?". More apparent in Nitro-Fueled, where it speaks with the voices of each character that makes up the fusion (with Cortex's usually being the most dominant), all fighting for control.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's impossible to talk about its existence without spoiling The Huge Adventure, really.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: The only time the personalities agree about anything is when you win a race.
  • Your Size May Vary: This guy was a giant, easily dwarfing over Crash in their final encounter. Nitro-Fueled scales it down to about Tiny's size so that it can fit inside its kart.

    The Evil Twins 

The Evil Twins

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"Cower, you fools, before the awesome might of... the Evil Twins."
Both twins voiced by: Quinton Flynn (2004)
First appearance: Crash Twinsanity (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 are out for revenge against Dr. Cortex.


  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: They both partake in a lot of sarcastic banter with the protagonists.
  • 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.
    Victor: "FOOLS! You thought these two party toys could defeat US?! We're masters of the infinite dimensions, with power over reality itself!"
    Moritz: "And riches beyond imagination!"
    Victor: "Riches? What's wrong with you?! Always bringing up the riches!"
  • 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.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: While their vendetta is with Cortex specifically, they're bitter enough to want to destroy the whole planet just to prove their point, and voice their hatred for Crash and anyone else who gets in their way.
  • 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.
  • Killed Off for Real: Due to their ultimate fate of being devoured by Evil Crash, they have the dubious honor of being the first characters in the series to officially get killed without any subtlety.
  • Killer Rabbit: Cortex doesn't take them seriously at first, since both of them are parrots. They make him regret this barely a minute later.
  • 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.
  • Reflexive Response: Exploited by Cortex. After remembering them, he menacingly summons them into their old bird cage for being "naughty boys". The two, still traumatised from Cortex's bullying, sheepishly hurry inside. When Victor catches himself however, he furiously tries to beat Cortex at his own psychological warfare.
    Victor: What am I doing??? Curse my regimented upbringing! That's it, Cortex! You wanna make up for lost time and play with your pets? Then so be it.... *cages morphs into a giant mech, cue Oh, Crap! response from Cortex*
  • 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.
    Moritz: "Oh boy, I love roast chicken!"
    Victor: "Well... this is one heck of an ending."
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Their whole motivation is to get back at Cortex, their abusive owner who sent them to the Tenth Dimension in a experimental mishap. When Cortex remembers their lowly past and tries to exploit their past trauma, the Twins begin a final showdown with him to essentially out-intimidate the other.
  • 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 

Evil Crash

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First appearance: Crash Twinsanity (2004)
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).
  • Affably Evil: Despite being vicious and bloodnote -hungry, he still enjoys taking vacations on the Tenth Dimension's version of Hawaii, based on a picture frame in his household.
  • Ax-Crazy: This Crash knows nothing but killing and eating people.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: After Crash, Cortex, and Nina deal with the Evil Twins, they're later eaten by Evil Crash.
  • Evil Counterpart: He's just as stupid as the main Crash, but while that Crash is ultimately a brave and selfless hero, this Crash is a psychotic monster.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Compared to Crash's own orange fur, Evil Crash has blood-red fur and prominent black eyebrows.
  • Sapient Eat Sapient: He eats the Evil Twins.
  • The Unfought: He's never directly confronted in a fight. He instead chases Cortex and kidnaps Nina in two different sections.
  • The Voiceless: He doesn't speak at all aside from roaring and grunting sounds.

    Madame Amberly 

Madame Amberly

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"You... are in detention!"
Voiced by: Susan Silo (2004)
First appearance: Crash Twinsanity (2004)
The headmaster of the Academy of Evil and former teacher of Neo and Nina Cortex, N. Gin and Nitrus Brio. Notably, she is the only character in the series who has never met Crash.
  • 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.
  • The Bus Came Back: A picture of her can be seen on the Nina's Nightmare track in Nitro-Fueled.
  • 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 she 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.
  • French Jerk: Implied. Besides her name, she appears to have an accent.
  • 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.
    • This extends to her cameo appearance in Nitro-Fueled, as the mansion interior of Nina's home track is obviously influenced by her academy, despite not being playable.
  • 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?
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She's only ever encountered in a single boss fight, yet she's still responsible for the academic upbringing of Cortex, N. Brio and N. Gin.

    Willie Wumpa Cheeks 

Willie Wumpa Cheeks

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"Wumpa Cheeks is the name, sour juice is my game!"
Voiced by: Roger L. Jackson (2005)
First appearance: Crash Tag Team Racing (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 many characters in the post-Naughty Dog games, 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.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Unlike Oxide and Velo, he's not an alien (as far as we know), he's not immediately established as the main antagonist, and he never races.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: Ultimately ends up being an elaborate one; no one knows where he came from, his reason for turning on Von Clutch isn't disclosed, and he's taken out by the end of the game.
  • Final Boss: If you want to consider the final goal of the game defeating Willie.
  • For the Evulz: Never provides a reason for betraying his boss. The best conclusion is that he did it because he hates his job, as a lot of his dialogue makes clear.
  • Gag Nose: His nose is a long metal pipe that he uses to dispense his Wumpa juice.
  • Gonk: He looks absolutely hideous, considering he's a giant, possibly-mutated Wumpa fruit. Cortex, Chick and Stew are all shown to be repulsed by him.
    Stew: Man, that Wumpa Cheeks dude freaks me out!
    Chick: Just don't let it touch you!
  • Informed Species: He looks more like a giant orange turnip than a wumpa fruit.
  • Jerkass: He snaps and calls the other characters idiots for not figuring out that he was behind everything.
  • Killed Off for Real: Willie gets vaporized in the final cutscene of Tag-Team Racing. Then his remains are drunk by Crash, ensuring he’s never coming back.
  • Mad Eye: His right eye being bigger than the left one is the first sign that he's not really nice.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice sounds campy and flamboyant like Paul Lynde.
  • Obviously Evil: He has a mischievous demeanor, with a habit of giggling sinisterly to himself. Find him in the park, and you might hear him say something to directly implicate himself.
    Willie: What a lovely day for betrayal and murder. Oh! Who said that?
    Willie: Only a few more hours and victory shall be mine! (Laughs then coughs) Hi!
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Willie is quite fond of reciting limericks relating to the current situation.
  • The Unfought: Is one of the few characters in Tag Team Racing to never be encountered as a racer.
  • 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.

    Louise 

Louise

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First appearance: Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (2020)
A fish/octopus-like sea monster who appears as a boss in one of the pirate levels in Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time.
  • Expy: Her design is very similar to Tamatoa from Moana.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: A horrible sea monster with the name...Louise?
  • Flunky Boss: Throughout her boss fight, the TNT-carrying rat enemies will also appear to attack you. The only way for you to damage her is by leading those rats into the way of her tentacles.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: She appears and disappears without any explanation. A bit justified since a pirate level would not be complete without some kind of a tentacled monster.
  • Sea Monster: A Kraken/fish hybrid who guards the exit point of a level.
  • Tentacled Terror: She hunts you using tentacles.
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