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    Ratchet 
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English voice by: Michael Kelley (Ratchet & Clank), James Arnold Taylor (Going Commando onwards)
Japanese voice by: Makoto Tsumura

The hero of the series and the last of the Lombaxes. He hails from the planet Fastoon and was later sent to Veldin when he was young.

  • 24-Hour Armor: In most games starting with the second, Ratchet will wear armor. Most of them he will purchase himself, but the armor in Deadlocked, on the other hand, is the one that he doesn't want to wear.
    Ratchet: ...me outta this thing, you blarg-headed frap monkey! I can barely breathe, and my tail feels like it's shoved right up my...
  • Anti-Hero: He can be a bit of mild jerk at times and a snarker. Although he pulls through as the series goes on.
  • Backported Development: He's a self-interested Jerk Ass in the first game, but Going Commando and onward made him much nicer and more conventionally heroic. Come the 2016 film, his desire to help other people is there from the very start. He also wears the pilot suit he wouldn't wear until Tools of Destruction.
  • Badass Adorable: A cute little fuzzball of mass-destruction who saves galaxies and the universe several times with no backup other than Clank, and occasionally Captain Qwark.
  • Badass Biker: When racing the Desert Riders in the second game.
  • Battle Couple: With Talwyn Apogee, not that it is obvious.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: He is barefoot in the first game only to wear shoes in the later games as well as the remake of the original game and the film version. Although he still remains barefoot during Size Matters and Secret Agent Clank.
  • Bash Brothers: With Clank. And with Merc and Green in Deadlocked.
  • Berserk Button: Never mess with Veldin. Chairman Drek, and then Dr. Nefarious, learned this the hard way.
    • Also: Insulting Clank is ill advised; do something to actually put him in jeopardy and you'll have an angry lombax stalking across the galaxy with the sole purpose of shooting you, blowing you up, turning you into a monkey, and then blowing you up again.
      Biker: Get lost before I flatten your robot into a hubcap.
      Ratchet: Touch him, and it's plasma city!
    • Ratchet also does not like it whenever somebody calls Clank a "sidekick", as Nefarious and two other heroes would find out after ticking him off.
  • BFG: Almost all of his most potent weapons tend to be oversized, which isn't helped by his already small stature.
  • Bungling Inventor: Apparently thought making a bathroom toy out of antimatter was a good idea.
  • Butt-Monkey: The poor lombax does a lot of heroic work, but not everything goes his way before, after, or in-between the games. Though this seems to slowly disappear by Deadlocked and the Future series.
  • The Captain: Ratchet briefly takes over as captain of the Starship Phoenix following Sasha being elected as mayor of Metropolis.
  • Captain Crash/Drives Like Crazy: Ratchet seems to be able to pilot anything — hoverbikes, flying cars, spaceships, even Walking Tanks — but never count on him to Watch the Paint Job.
  • Cat Folk: Being a Lombax, he is this.
  • Character Development: Yes, every lead character goes through it to an extent, but compare Ratchet's personality from the original game to the one from Tools of Destruction. It's a startling difference, and there's even more character growth between ToD and A Crack in Time.
    • Partly averted for Size Matters, especially during the first third of the game.
  • Characterization Marches On: He started the first game as a revenge-obsessed hothead who treated Clank rather rudely. All subsequent games have him mellow out and act much more like an ideal hero, albeit still somewhat impulsive, world-weary and sarcastic. The reboot essentially reverses his personality from the first game, taking him even further in this direction than the later games pre-reboot had.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Though not touched upon in the earlier games, the Future series reveals that not only is Ratchet among the Last of His Kind in his dimension, but that Emperor Tachyon killed his father, and Ratchet's mother was killed during The Purge.
  • Cool Loser: You think having awesome piloting skills, a huge arsenal of weapons, and saving several galaxies before breakfast makes you popular? Not Ratchet. Even after all his heroics, he's still seen as a sidekick to his buddy Clank or the glory-hog Captain Qwark, tough this slowly disappeared, as he's stated to have his own fan club between Deadlocked and Tools of Destruction. Subverted in the reboot of the first game, where he's quickly recognized as a hero by everyone.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially in Qwark's presence.
  • Disney Death: In A Crack in Time, Alister Azimuth blasts him in the chest, and Ratchet falls to his death. Luckily for him, in a game with time travel, "dead" and "gone" aren't the same thing.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He spends the entirety of the first game barefoot, unless you decide to equip some of the special boots you acquire over the course of the adventure.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Zig-zagged. Going Commando opens with a TV interview about his heroics in the previous game, while in the next game Up Your Arsenal, he's known for being Clank's chauffeur in the Secret Agent Clank holo-vids (and was fired mid-season and replaced with Skrunch). It's not until Deadlocked where he finally gets the respect he deserves, and even then, Dallas and Juanita slander him at every moment.
  • Expressive Ears: They droop when he's low on health or upset.
  • The Hero: He's the main character of the series.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • When he thinks Talwyn is dead in the comics. Clank says that Ratchet hasn't spoken since it happened.
    • He gets a bad one in the re-imagining of the first game after planet Novalis is destroyed by Chairman Drek. While the planet was evacuated in time, billions still lost their homes.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity:
    • For most of Deadlocked, since he's constantly being slandered by Dallas and Juanita. One example is them claiming that he crashed a tanker into Aquatos that lead to the deaths of baby seals. Even Al was fooled.
    • News outlets also blame him for letting Novalis get destroyed. Granted, it was Chairman Drek's fault, but Ratchet is a convenient scapegoat.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Clank. The Future trilogy is set over the time period of two years, and Ratchet spends that entire time trying to find him.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: In the first game, Ratchet lets obsession with Qwark control him. He would've ended up a villain had he not saw what became of Gorda City.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: The narrator of "Annihilation Nation" lampshades this in the third game.
    Annihilation Nation Commentator: Where is he keeping all of these guns?! I mean, come on!
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Qwark, especially once he joins the Galactic Rangers.
  • Iconic Outfit: After frequently changing outfits and armors from the first game to Deadlocked, his pilot suit from Tools of Destruction has since become the go-to outfit for the character; even the 2016 film and the tie-in to it have it as his starting suit.
  • Improbable Weapon User:
  • It's All My Fault: Ratchet blames himself for failing to stop Novalis being blown up by the Deplanetizer. As Clank puts it, "blaming yourself and accepting responsibility are two different things."
  • Jerkass: Ratchet isn't exactly nice in the first game, especially throughout the second act, but eventually mellows out after realizing his obsession with killing Qwark lead to him failing to save a city from the Blarg.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He mellows out into this after the first game. In the second game going forward, Ratchet is still generally more interested in excitement, action, gunplay and "money and babes" than he is in heroics, but he can still be counted on doing the right thing when the chips are down after his Character Development. The reboot does away with any lingering "jerk" part and makes Ratchet into a pure Nice Guy without any of the rough edges that remained after the first game.
  • Kid Hero: In the first game, Ratchet is only 14 years old, and he still manages to defeat Drek and save the galaxy. He's also a DreadZone contestant at age 17, though age does not seem to matter for Vox, as the Omega Twins were 16-year-old girls.
  • Killer Rabbit: He certainly doesn't look the part of a galaxy saving badass, but there you have it.
  • Last of His Kind: The Lombaxes aren't extinct, just in exile in another dimension. Ratchet is the last known male Lombax alive in his dimension.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's quite nimble, can wield immensely destructive weapons with ease, and is tough to take down, especially while wearing body armor.
  • Limit Break: In Up Your Arsenal, Ratchet can break certain crates to enter "Inferno Mode", which makes him invincible and able to deal One Hit Kills for a short amount of time. In Deadlocked, he also has access to "Ravager", which can destroy enemies in the area.
  • Machine Empathy: Naturally, as a member of a species that is amazing with tech, Ratchet treats machines and technology as if it were alive. Probably one reason he bonded with Clank so quickly.
  • Mr. Fixit: Tinkering and engineering come naturally to Lombaxes.
  • The Musketeer: Whether it's gun play or melee, Ratchet is just as skilled wielding the latest arsenal from Gadgetron as he is swinging his trusted Omniwrench.
  • Nice Guy: Grows into one over the course of the series, albeit retaining some of his sarcastic smart-aleck behaviour and taste for excitement. The reboot more firmly pushes Ratchet into this category, making him more of a wide-eyed innocent in contrast to his previous depictions.
  • Nice Hat: His leather flight cap to the points that some mistake it as part of this fur markings.
  • One-Man Army: Has frequently been described as a One Lombax Army in series.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Tools of Destruction confirms that "Ratchet" is not his real name, and not even he knows what it is. Then again, he doesn't particularly care.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Dwarfed even by other Lombaxes, but that doesn't stop him from decimating armies with a wrench and guns bigger than he is.
  • Power Trio: With Merc and Green in Deadlocked.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Throughout the first game, he becomes obsessed with getting revenge against Captain Qwark for tricking him and Clank and trying to kill him, almost completely dismissing the threat Chairman Drek poses to the galaxy.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Alister notes that he looks remarkably like his father. In fact, it's this resemblance which convinces him that Ratchet is not an assassin with a Lombax holo-guise sent to kill him.
  • Teens Are Short: Ratchet's around 15 - 16 in the second game, and is quite short in comparison to Angela Cross.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: So far, all of his female companions (Angela, Sasha, Talwyn) have been taller than him to varying degrees.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Ratchet is noticeably a lot more happier in later games.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Went from being a revenge-obsessed Jerkass in the first game, to being a heroic and snarky Nice Guy who's made a lot of friends over the course of the series.
  • Walking Armory: Ratchet will always end up carrying a massive collection of highly destructive weaponry, ranging from simple blasters to the various versions of the RYNO.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Played straight in the first game where his torso is the only part of his body you can't cover (he can still equip boots and helmets), averted in the following games barring bonus outfits.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no problem fighting female enemies. Courtney Gears, in particular, gets her head blown off by Ratchet.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Subverted, as the so-called child in Size Matters turns out to be fake.
  • Wrench Whack: The Omni-Wrench.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: He's pretty much a nice guy overall, but he is also a one lombax army carrying a massive arsenal of destruction and death and kills thousands of aliens and robots regularly to save the galaxy.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Clank in the first game, although they become much closer subsequently.
  • You Used To Be Better Speech: Gives one of these to Ace Hardlight.
    Ratchet: Stay down, Ace. Don't embarass yourself.
    Ace: Embarass? (cough) Embarass!? I'm Ace Hardlight!
    Ratchet: You were a hero once, Ace.
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    Clank 
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English voice by: David Kaye
Japanese voice by: Toru Okawa

Ratchet's robotic best friend. Usually acts as an Awesome Backpack for Ratchet.

  • Asleep for Days: Spends two years in a coma while under the "care" of Dr. Nefarious.
  • Bond One-Liner: As Agent Clank, though also has a few himself sometimes.
    Clank: One Hypersonic Brainwave Scrambler... scrambled.
  • Chick Magnet: A consistent trait of Clank's throughout the series is that he's much more of a ladies' man than Ratchet, if unintentionally. Examples of women who get the hots for Clank throughout the series include: Edwina the mechanic and the Help Desk Girl in the first game, the unnamed female Infobot in Going Commando, Venus the Dreadzone tech droid in Deadlocked and more.
  • The Chosen One: While Clank initially appeared to be a rogue robot from Drek's factory it is eventually revealed he's he successor to the Great Clock.
  • Character Development: While somewhat the same, Clank has shown more daring and loyalty as the series progress.
  • Cute Machines: Why he was considered to be defective...Drek's army wanted large and destructive machines, not small and adorable ones.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: He spends most of the first game believing that Chairman Drek is a Well-Intentioned Extremist out to help the Blarg find a new homeworld after their old one became too polluted for them. When he learns that Drek is actually a Corrupt Corporate Executive who deliberately polluted the Blarg homeworld in order to force the Blarg to pay him a fortune for the new one and is planning to do the same thing all over again to make even more money, he reacts with dumb-founded disgust.
  • Ditzy Genius: Though undoubtedly smart, he has moments of this; for example, in Up Your Arsenal, he at first thinks that a Disguised in Drag Qwark was in fact Qwark's sister.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: In-universe, he's a famous movie star as Secret Agent Clank. Ratchet is his chauffeur (until he was fired, that is).
  • Helicopter Pack: He functions as one to Ratchet in the original trilogy and Tools of Destruction.
  • Non-Action Guy: While he is quite helpful, he is almost always used by Ratchet as his backpack, only rarely venturing off alone when the circumstances make it impossible for Ratchet to follow and his gameplay tends to be more puzzle-focused. The non-canon Secret Agent Clank eventually subverted this, showing how versatile Clank could be on his own, provided he has the right equipment and later (canon) games have him playable on his own.
  • The Not-Love Interest: While Ratchet's gone through his fair share of actual Love Interests, and Clank is a Chick Magnet, their relationship to each other is portrayed as far more important and enduring than any other in their lives. We've yet to see a villain capture both Clank and the Girl of the Week and ask Ratchet to make a Sadistic Choice, but if he couldn't figure out how to Take a Third Option, it's quite possible he'd choose Clank.
  • Not So Stoic: In the first game, he becomes almost tearful when reunited with his "MOM" and completely loses it when learning of Drek's true intentions.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His "real" name is actually a very long serial number, which Ratchet cuts him off from finishing before giving him "Clank" as a nickname that permanently stuck. We later learn that his real name is XJ0461 in A Crack in Time.
  • Robot Buddy: One of Ratchet's closest friends.
  • Signature Laugh: A Scooby-Doo-like "Eehehehehehe".
  • Spock Speak: Since he is not from Veldin, he tends to talk this way.
  • The Heart: Always believes in the best of people, and in doing what's right.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Like with Ratchet, all of his love interests have been taller than him.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In A Crack in Time; even going as far as to take out a boss without becoming Giant Clank.
  • Tuxedo and Martini: As Secret Agent Clank, complete with an array of disguised weaponry.
  • Only Sane Man: Particularly in All 4 One.
  • Vocal Dissonance: His voice doesn't sound what you'd expect from someone his size.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: The first game in particular.
  • You Used To Be Better Speech: Gave one of this to Captain Qwark who chose to hide from Dr. Nefarious rather than stop him from conquering the galaxy.
    "The people of this galaxy need you, Qwark. They believe in you. You can give them hope. You have a chance to redeem yourself and become the hero you always wanted to be."

    Captain Copernicus L. Qwark 
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English voice by: Jim Ward
Japanese voice by: Kenji Nomura

A famous superhero originating from the Solana Galaxy. Despite being treated as such and having genuine heroic moments at times, Qwark is in actuality a complete coward and idiot who's only in it for the fame. He has had many encounters with Ratchet and Clank, as both an ally and an enemy.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the reboot of the first game, Qwark is much less villainous than the original. While he's working with Drek, he quickly comes to regret it after seeing him blow up a planet, did so simply out of jealousy towards Ratchet, and didn't realize the full scope of Drek's actions, including working with Dr. Nefarious. He eventually makes up with them and even tries to pull a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: He's also alot less dimwitted and airheaded in the remake than he was in the original games.
  • Adaptational Badass: And finally, he's also less of a coward and actually fights them himself near the end.
  • Big Bad: Of Going Commando.
  • Big Good: Of the first game, until he was knocked off his pedestal midway through. Since then, he's somewhat regained this reputation.
  • Broken Pedestal: For Ratchet in the first game, after serving as the Big Good to be sought out for the first half, and his fall from grace also leads to him being the villain of Going Commando. Ratchet is quick to remind him of this in Up Your Arsenal.
    • Also for Stuart Zurgo, the fanboy in Going Commando who goes on to become the Big Bad of Full Frontal Assault out of hatred for Qwark.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": He's got a big Q on his chest.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: In the Gemlik Base in the first game, he is inexplicably able to breathe and talk in the open vacuum of space when confronting Ratchet, who needed an O2 mask just to transverse the level.
    • Although in Up Your Arsenal, according to the Qwark vid-comics Arriba Amoeba and Shadow of the Robot, he had to hold his breath for six days in outer space when he clung to Dr. Nefarious' ship in pursuit.
  • Character Development: In the first two games, he's driven purely by his ego and, when push comes to shove, would rather leave a fight if he had any chance of dying. While partially offset by his growing incompetence, he's gradually become much more brave and legitimately heroic, starting with Up Your Arsenal, where he assists the protagonists in the final battle after saying he'd rather not die in a fight. He's also become much friendlier, even when he still puts himself above other people.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the first game, Qwark was a competent, if mildly airheaded, villain that was noticeably sadistic and overall Faux Affably Evil unlike in later installments where he became more and more of a ditzy coward.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: One of the vid-comics from Up Your Arsenal show Qwark stowing away on Nefarious' spaceship by clinging onto it for dear life, and survives the six day space travel by holding his breath the whole trip.
    • One should note that the first game did depict Qwark seemingly being able to breathe in space in the Gemlik Base.
    • Not to mention he escaped prison before the events of Going Commando by flushing himself down a toilet that was more than several times too small for him to possibly fit through.
    • This is not the case in the film version, as Qwark has been seen in a spacesuit in the trailers.
  • Captain Space, Defender of Earth!: A parody of the trope. He's very cowardly and incompetent and in the first two games, even actively selling out innocents to look like a hero. From Up Your Arsenal onward he has good intentions but is liable to steal the credit for the titular duo's deeds.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his characteristic cowardice and idiocy, Qwark has proven to be a hero and indispensable (if annoying) ally to Ratchet and Clank. He helped them destroy Doctor Nefarious' Biobliterator, worked as a mole against Emperor Tachyon to get vital information, aided in defending the Fongoids from invasion and helped them escape a warship after they (and he) are captured, went undercover to steal plans from Doctor Nefarious to help Ratchet find Clank, and is one of the playable heroes in All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • After playing significant roles in the first three games, he only gets a voice over cameo in the ending of Ratchet: Deadlocked and gets a character epilogue pic with Scrunch the monkey. Per word of Mike Stout, this was an intentional move on the dev teams part, since they feared players would get burned out on Qwark if he had a big role yet again, so he was put on the backburner for that one game.
    • Qwark is absent in Quest for Booty, but a statue of him can be found underwater at Holifar Island.
  • Dirty Coward: He'd be far more prone to running away than standing and fighting.
  • Disguised in Drag: Practically Qwark's go-to plan when a mission calls for infiltration. Nefarious isn't fooled either time. He also uses this to get to his hideout on the Thran Asteroid.
  • The Ditz: Intelligence isn't his strong suit (atleast after Going Commando).
  • Dumb Blonde: Qwark's blond beard is clearly visible at the beginning half of Up Your Arsenal.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: "Leslie".
  • Engineered Heroics: A key factor of his plan in Going Commando; disgraced due to his actions in the first game, puts in motion a plan to provide cute pets to the galaxy that are really vicious monsters, with him saving the day after the pets go on the rampage. It doesn't work out the way he hoped.
  • The Faceless: The top half of his head is never revealed; the color of his hair (blond) wasn't known until Up Your Arsenal, and the only reason we even know he's blonde is because he grew a beard in the earlier part of the game.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: In the first game. He becomes much more heroic beginning with Up Your Arsenal...
  • Flanderization: His Idiot Hero tendencies also became much more prominent afterwards.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The re-imagining of the first game has him rather spitefully jealous of Ratchet. It's what leads him to working with Chairman Drek. Though, once Qwark sees just how bad Drek really is, Qwark immediately regrets it.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Qwark does help Ratchet out at times with combat, mainly in A Crack In Time. However, the only time he's a guest in a boss battle, he does nothing but run around the field screaming.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: He's gone from face to heel and back again multiple times throughout the series. By the Future arc, he's pretty much stopped going through the revolving door, having settled on "face."
  • Held Back in School: He was apparently still attending High School at the age of 26.
  • Human Alien: While he's the most human-looking character in the series, a closer look at his hands reveal that he has three fingers instead of five, which makes him into this.
  • I've Come Too Far: Some Boss Banter with him in the 2016 remake has Qwark say that killing Ratchet is the only way to regain his status as a hero. Ratchet finally knocks some sense into him, though.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Much more prominent (and butt-like) in the PS2 trilogy, but Qwark still sports one of the most prominent chins in the franchise.
  • Lemony Narrator: Qwark is the narrator of the reboot, often interjecting his own thoughts and opinions throughout the game.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Both pre-reboot and post-reboot, or whenever he's playable, Quark often shows that when he really puts his mind to it, he can be surprisingly competent in battle, and and actually live up to the hype that his ego puts out.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He constantly talks a big game, but he's more or less a spineless coward who constantly leaves it up to Ratchet and Clank to do the dirty work, and then takes credit for what they did.
  • Narcissist: The other defining trait of Qwark, besides his lack of intelligence.
  • Near-Villain Victory: For all of his buffoonery, his revenge scheme in Going Commando was nothing short of impressive in scope of execution, and he very nearly defeated Ratchet, Clank and Angela. The only reason his scheme fell apart was because he put the batteries in backwards in the Helix-O-Morph, mutating the original Protopet (instead of pacifying it and the rest of the Protopets as planned) and causing it to eat him, buying Angela time to free the real Mr. Fizzwidget and thus pull the rug out on his entire sham.
  • Noodle Incident:
    Qwark [to Skrunch the monkey]: It was mating season! How was I supposed to know she was your sister?
  • Nominal Hero: He is an in-universe example of this in the first game, where he's only interested in being a hero for the fame and fortune, not because he actually has good intentions. Starting from Up your arsenal, however, he loses this status by developing a desire to do good and be an actual hero, even if he is still cowardly and dimwitted.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: In the first two games (when he was a bad guy), he seems like a rather bufoonish and incompetent villain, however he shows he can be a real bastard to face. From trapping Ratchet and Clank in a monster pit, to endangering an entire galaxy with a protopet.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: Becomes Galactic President in the comic and is still in office during All 4 One. The game Full Frontal Assault takes place not long after he loses his re-election bid.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: He sells the Gadgetron PDA to Ratchet in the first game under the guise of "Steve". His disguise? Absolutely nothing. He just denies being Captain Qwark when Ratchet calls him on it and insists that he's "Steve". He at least adds a purple mustache in the second game, but he also adds the last name of "McQuark".
    • Whenever Qwark dresses in drag, the only ones he successfully fooled were Clank and a Supernova Taxi Driver.
  • Promoted to Playable: In All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault.
  • Retcon: In the PS2-era games, he had green eyes. The Future trilogy and beyond give him blue eyes.
  • Reverse Mole: In Tools of Destruction, to Tachyon.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Again, in Tools of Destruction, to Tachyon. Also, to Drek to a certain extent in the first game.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Slowly but surely throughout the series: in the very beginning, he was a cowardly sociopath who cared little for others and had a big ego. As time went on, while he didn't necessarily become smarter, he does become more heroic to the point of becoming a playable character in the spin-offs.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: In the first two games, he was depicted as a cowardly Smug Snake, but not necessarily as particularly stupid well, at least until the very end of the second game. Since his Heel–Face Turn, his stupidity has increasingly become one of his defining characteristics.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Qwark has noticeably become much more heroic and noble starting from the third game, with all of his nasty and villainous traits from the first two games dissapearing.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: He was the trope image at one point.
  • Treacherous Advisor: Ratchet and Clank spend maybe a third of the first game seeking Qwark out, so that he can save the universe from Drek. When they finally find him, it doesn't go as planned.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: In the first game he was working with Drek for the money, leading to a major Broken Pedestal moment. Played with in the second game where his scheme is to get back his good publicity.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice is similar to a caricature of 50s Sci Fi Pulp heroes, to go with his design, in the first few entries, but becomes a bit more dry and hammier as the games go on.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Qwark has gone Disguised in Drag just a few too many times to not apply this trope to him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He tries to have Ratchet (who is in his mid teens) killed twice in the first game and in the beginning of Up Your Arsenal.

    Aphelion 
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Aphelion in ToD.
Japanese voice by: Yukie Maeda

A Spaceship Girl who was built by the Lombaxes, but left behind on Fastoon during the Great War. She was later found and repaired by Ratchet, and has served as his ship since.

  • Disney Death: Aphelion was wrecked at the beginning of A Crack in Time, despite Ratchet's attempts to save her. Fortunately, she gets repaired with the help of the Zoni.
  • Sapient Ship: She's artificially intelligent.

    Angela Cross 
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English voice by: Kath Soucie
Japanese voice by: Yuki Masuda

A Lombax who aids Ratchet in the second game.

  • Hot Scientist: Tall, buxom, and formerly one of Mega-Corp's top geneticists.
  • Implied Love Interest: She and Ratchet do show signs of chemistry and a possible attraction in Going Commando, that coupled with her being the only known female Lombax in Ratchet's dimension suggest Angela was intended to be a female foil to Ratchet, but nothing has come of it.
  • Last of Her Kind: In the same manner as Ratchet, she's the last known female Lombax alive in her dimension.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Angela is trying to undo Mega-Corp's dangerous plans for an unstable project, but while trying to undo it, she regularly acts like a standoffish jerk (or a violent borderline Card-Carrying Villain in her Thief persona), attracting a lot of attention and mistrust from the duo even after she reveals her true intent.
  • Put on a Bus: After a cameo (in her thief disguise) in the ending of Up Your Arsenal, she vanished from the series, unusual considering her retroactive significance as the only other lombax in their dimension. Her absence is handwaved in Tools of Destruction and A Crack In Time, where its mentioned in passing that she vanished along with Max Apogee in order to stay safe from Emperor Tachyon.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: At 6'3", she's over a foot taller than Ratchet, at 5'1". Whether this means Ratchet is just short for his kind, still had some growing to do, or if female Lombaxes are naturally bigger than males is unknown.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Prior to her Heel–Face Turn.

    Sasha Phyronix 
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English voice by: Leslie Carrara-Rudolph
Japanese voice by: Tomoko Kawakami

The former captain of the Starship Phoenix, now Mayor of Metropolis, and Ratchet's Temporary Love Interest for Up Your Arsenal. Later appeared in the comic book series.

  • Adaptational Badass: She actually fights in the comics.
  • The Captain: Of the Starship Phoenix before becoming Mayor of Metropolis, leaving Ratchet in charge until DreadZone captured him.
  • Character Outlives Actor: In the Japanese version, since Kawakami died in 2011.
  • Faux Action Girl: Promotional material compared her to "a female Han Solo", but her actual in-game accomplishments are pretty much non-existent. When the Phoenix is taken over, she's hiding with the rest of the Q-Force waiting for Ratchet's rescue. She may have been the one to pilot a ship that takes out some ground based-enemies (all of once in the entire game), but as captain of the Phoenix, she may just as well have sent a random pilot to do that.
  • Girl of the Week: Like Angela before her, doesn't make any significant appearances outside her first.
  • Only Sane Woman: The rest of the Q-Force consists of Qwark, Skidd MacMarx, Big Al, Helga, and Skrunch. She's easily the most normal of the bunch.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We can assume Sasha was forced to repair Metropolis after Tachyon attacked it during her term as mayor, but it is not known what Gleeman Vox did to her ship. The fact that the Phoenix shown in Full Frontal Assault was a different one makes the implications much worse.
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    Talwyn Apogee 
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English voice by: Tara Strong (Future trilogy), Ali Hillis (Into the Nexus)
Japanese voice by: Nami Kurokawa

A young Markazian woman living on a space station in the Polaris galaxy, and daughter of the famous explorer Max Apogee. Helps Ratchet in Tools of Destruction and Quest for Booty.

  • Action Girl: At times, but see below.
  • Chastity Couple: Though there's a bit of Ship Tease between her and Ratchet, the games and comics are ambiguous enough about their relationship that Insomniac needed to clarify things during a PAX Panel in 2012. Into the Nexus upped the amount of Ship Tease, but still keeps things low-key to the point that you might believe them to simply be very close Platonic Life-Partners instead.
  • *Click* Hello: She introduces herself to Ratchet by leveling a blaster at his face.
  • Disappeared Dad: Max Apogee vanished while on a journey, and is believed to be dead. She refuses to accept the possibilities.
  • Distressed Damsel: Ratchet has to rescue her a few times.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Several times throughout Tools of Destruction and Quest For Booty.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: At the end of "Quest for Booty", she leaves with Ratchet when he heads to look for Clank. In "A Crack in Time", Ratchet begins the game with Qwark as his companion, and Talwyn is nowhere to be seen.
    • Though she is mentioned twice. Once by Ratchet in the opening cutscene and then by a DJ on the radio who says she requested a song and a shout out to Ratchet.
    • Talwyn reappears in the comic series, where she and Sasha help Ratchet in his efforts against the Big Bad.
    • And vanishes again in All 4 One, where she only gets one brief mention.
    • Only to reappear again in Into the Nexus.

    Cronk and Zephyr 
Cronk Voiced By: Daniel Hagen (English); Shoto Kashii (Japanese)
Zephyr Voiced By: Paul Eiding (English); Yutaka Aoyama (Japanese)

Talwyn's two robotic guardians, that are veterans of the Great War in Polaris.

  • Anthropomorphic Personification: As a bit of a playful jab at the Console Wars. A fair bit of their battle commentary is them dissing each other's tech specs. It's worth noting that "Zephyr" was one of the Xbox 360's code names.
  • Badass Grandpa: They are both grumpy old robots but they're still more than capable of kicking copious amounts of ass alongside Ratchet and Talwyn.
  • Bash Brothers: They even have complementary fighting styles : Cronk has a powerful gun with a slow rate of fire, whereas Zephyr uses a faster firing rifle that deals less damage per shot.
  • Cyber Cyclops: Both Cronk and Zephyr have a single elongated "eye" that spreads from one side of their heads to the other.
  • Funny Background Event: Look at Cronk when he's fighting alongside you in Tools Of Destruction : occasionally, the recoil of his rifle will knock one of his arms off, and he will pick it up to put it back on his shoulder.
  • Guest Star Party Members: Several times throughout Tools of Destruction.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Part of what makes them so funny is that they behave like two old geezers. "Get off my lawn!"
  • Killed Off for Real: They die at the beginning of Into the Nexus when the spaceship they were held captive in explodes. Their two spirits briefly show up at the end of the game, having a chat in the Intergalactic Museum of History. After this, they decide to head to Igliak's robot graveyard to meet some femdroids.
  • Mission Control: In All 4 One, they serve as this while stuck in orbit around Magnus.
  • Old Soldier: They are both veterans of the Great War of Polaris.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: As most robots in the Ratchet & Clank universe, they behave more like real people and are treated as such. Zephyr even claims that his mother was a lombax and following their deaths in Into the Nexus, their spirits make an appearance at the end of the game.
  • Robot Buddy: To Talwyn and Ratchet.
  • Tin-Can Robot: Most robots seen in the games fit this trope, but Cronk and Zephyr take the cake due to being very old models.

    General Alister Azimuth 
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English voice by: Joey D'Auria
Japanese voice by: Junpei Morita

The only Lombax other than Ratchet remaining in the current universe.

  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With Dr. Nefarious, but this is not revealed until the Final Boss.
  • Cat Folk: He's a Lombax.
  • Cool Old Guy: Until his Face–Heel Turn.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first reaction upon seeing Ratchet is to throw a grenade at him, and then tell him to leave him alone thinking he's an imposter, giving the player a good idea on his mental health and paranoid nature. It doesn't seem very relevant as he calms down, until the end of the game, where he kills Ratchet for refusing to help him use the Great Clock to alter time.
  • Evil Old Folks: Azimuth is one of the Necessarily Evil type.
  • Face–Heel Turn: At the end of the game, after Nefarious is defeated, Azimuth kills Ratchet. After Clank retcons the death, Azimuth becomes the Final Boss.
  • Failure Knight: One of the reasons Azimuth is so quick to mentor Ratchet is because he feels personally responsible for his father Kaden's death. When he kills Ratchet, he rationalizes it away by claiming he can bring him back alongside Kaden and the other Lombaxes with the Great Clock.
  • Final Boss: Of A Crack in Time. He's fought not long after Dr. Nefarious in the Orvus Chamber.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Happens a few times throughout the game, most noticeably Axiom City.
  • Hero Antagonist: His first encounter with Ratchet has him trying to kill him, mistaking him for a holo-guised spy. And he later kills Ratchet for real when Ratchet opposes using the clock to reverse what happened to the Lombaxes.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Of the Redemption Equals Death kind.
  • Hypocrite: He states that he wants to save and protect the Lombaxes. This won't stop him from killing one of his own kind if they're stopping him from achieving his goal to save them; when Ratchet calls him on this, he says that he'll just save Ratchet's past self.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Azimuth gave Tachyon access to lombax technology, convinced that he'll make good use of it. This is in spite of the fact that Tachyon was Obviously Evil, and even Kaiden warned Azimuth that he was not to be trusted. Sure enough, Tachyon starts a genocide, and Azimuth is blamed for his part in causing it.
  • Knight of Cerebus: For a mostly comedic series this character is not Played for Laughs.
  • Meaningful Name: "Alister" is a Gaelic form of Greek name "Alexander", which means "defender" or "protector". Quite fitting for a military man.
    • And for a bit of Fridge Brilliance and a Genius Bonus, an "Azimuth" is generally defined as a horizontal angle measured clockwise from any fixed reference plane or easily established base direction line. (See the Fridge Logic page for more details.)
  • My Greatest Failure: Azimuth was the one who gave Emperor Tachyon access to advanced Lombax technology, thinking that Tachyon's improvements could help the Lombaxes protect the galaxy. Instead, Tachyon used the tech to launch a devastating attack against the Lombaxes.
  • Shadow Archetype: A lot of his negative character traits, such as his obsessive goal-oriented mindset, stubbornness, and unwillingness to move on, are very similar to ones Ratchet mostly grew out of.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: He can block and deflect projectiles by twirling his Praetorian Omniwrench like a shield.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Azimuth turns to villainous act such as killing Ratchet and risking the entire universe if it means saving the lombaxes from Tachyon.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's difficult to talk about him without going into the fact that his grief drives him to kill Ratchet, because he's stopping Azimuth from using the Clock to prevent the genocide of the Lombaxes (and break Time in the process).
  • Weapon of Choice: A large, double-headed wrench that can shoot energy blasts and deflect projectiles.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Is willing to destroy the universe to bring back the Lombaxes.
  • Wrench Whack: Has a double-ended wrench as his primary weapon.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In the past he was the reason that Tachyon was able to destroy the Lombaxes, something he deeply regrets. He then nearly destroys the universe trying to undo the previous.

    Sigmund 
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English voice by: Nolan North
Japanese voice by: Kōji Ochiai

A former cleaner bot on Viceron, now the Junior Caretaker of the Great Clock, and Orvus' best friend. He served as Clank's only companion throughout the first half of A Crack in Time, until Clank's capture by Lawrence upon reaching the Orvus Chamber. By the end of the game, Sigmund is promoted to Senior Caretaker when Clank decided to return to Ratchet.

  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's generally a Non-Action Guy, but Sigmund aided Clank in escaping from Dr. Nefarious in the prelude. He also attempts to stop the Final Boss Azimuth from reaching the Orvus Chamber using his coo-coo compartment, but is tossed aside, but his actions gave Ratchet and Clank enough time to catch up.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: While not doing much fighting himself, Sigmund does serve as this at certain points.
  • The Lancer: To Orvus, then to Clank.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Sig is at least a thousand years old.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: He attempts this on Azimuth to protect the Orvus Chamber before and after Clank turns time back six minutes to save Ratchet. He's tossed aside quickly, but his action buys Ratchet enough time to reach the Chamber.

    Merc and Green 
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Don't bother trying to tell the difference between the two based on this picture.
Merc Voiced By: Phil Morris
Green Voiced By: Travis Davis

Merc and Green are the two robot sidekicks provided for Ratchet in Deadlocked.

  • Distressed Dude: Green spends nearly an entire campaign captured at one point. While Merc himself does get captured, he is quickly rescued.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Became cooking show hosts after Deadlocked.
  • Expy: They are this franchise's versions of Donald and Goofy, as they make up a trio, one starts off as a Lovable Coward, and they and Ratchet can perform a Limit Break that can eliminate the entire field similar to Trinity Limit. Towards the end of the game, Ratchet even has to save Merc and Green, one at a time, before a final clash that ends the events of the planet; Sora does the same with Donald and Goofy at the end of Kingdom Hearts I.
  • Hidden Depths: Merc, the gung-ho, trigger happy and rowdy member of the two will, on occasion, try recommending classical authors to his comrades.
    Merc: "Hey boss... do you read Chaucer?"
  • It Has Been an Honor: Late in the game, Green mentions that, if he deosn't make it out alive, it has been an honour working with you.
  • The Lost Lenore: Green's lover, QA-900, was turned into a bench, and he still cries whenever he visits a park.
  • Limit Break: Ravager.
  • Lovable Coward: Green.
  • Meaningful Name: Green is the less experienced of the two, and tends to act less calm under fire, bringing to mind the military slang term for rookie soldiers, "greenhorn". In the French version of the game, his name became "Bleu" ("Blue"), as "un bleu" or "une bleusaille" is a (somewhat derogatory) term for a rookie.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: They take the place of Clank as Ratchet's robot sidekicks for this game.
  • Noodle Incident: The previous combatant to work with Merc and Green came to a gruesome end. So much that Green, a robot, still has nightmares about it.
  • Power Trio: They and Ratchet are this throughout the game.
  • Put on a Bus: They vanished from the series after their sole appearance in Deadlocked. Justified in-universe, as they retired from combat to become cooking show hosts.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Green's backstory mentions taking part in a war and witnessing many of his robot comrades, including a few friends, die on the battlefield. He's still traumatized by what happened, especially since some of these robots were only a few days old. And that is without getting into his doomed love life with QA-900 or what happened to the previous combatant.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: In one mission in Torval, if you go to a certain area, Green will tell you a bit about his past, including a female robot he fell in love with. However, they were not allowed to date, so they often snuck out. Sadly, they were caught once, and QA-900 was turned into a park bench.
  • Trigger Happy: Merc.
  • Your Mom: One of Merc's lines.
    Merc: Hey, Green, that zombie looks like yo mama!
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    Orvus 
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Remember, the universe has a wonderful sense of humour. The trick is, learning how to take a joke.
English voice by: Charles Martinet
Japanese voice by: Ikuo Nishikawa

Clank's father, the smartest of the Zoni and the creator of the Great Clock.


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