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    The Lombaxes 
Ratchet's species, and the most important race in Ratchet & Clank lore, having been given particular focus throughout the Future trilogy.

While plenty of information about Lombax history or society is still a mystery, what is known is that they were a desert-dwelling feline-like species from the Polaris planet of Fastoon, and were well-known for their invention and engineering skills. Eons before the events of the series, when the Cragmites had conquered almost all of their galaxy, the Lombaxes rebelled against their tyranny with competence, starting a conflict that would come to be known as the "Great War". Eventually, a device only known to the galaxy as the "Lombax Secret" was developed, and the Cragmites effectively disappeared from the cosmos overnight as a result. For their accomplishment in ending the Cragmite scourge, the Lombaxes were heralded as heroes across Polaris.

However, years before Ratchet and Clank's first meeting, the hard majority of the Lombax race also disappeared from the cosmos as a result of the actions of Percival Tachyon, a remaining Cragmite who enacted revenge on them for seemingly wiping out his species during the Great War. As of Into the Nexus, only two named ones are still alive: Angela Cross (who likely joined the Lombaxes in their dimension) and Ratchet himself.
  • Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Both male lombax characters have had smooth tails with lion-like tufts on the ends. Female lombaxes either lack tails (as seen with Angela Cross) or, based on the new character in the Rift Apart trailer, have bushy, ringed raccoon-like tails.
  • Cat Folk: Humanoid, furred, big ears and lion-like tails. Cat-monkey folk, to be exact.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: In female lombaxes. In Going Commando, Angela lacks a tail, has an identical fur coloration to Ratchet, and is much taller than him. Rift Apart shows another female lombax, who is around Ratchet's height, has a puffy tail and lavender fur. However, they are not mutually exclusive - it's unclear how much fur color and height differs in individuals (Alister Azimuth is white-furred, for example), and Angela could have just lost her tail in some fashion.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Basically their hat. They were well renowned for their inventiveness and were known to even modify and improve existing creations for their own use. Ratchet himself is great with machines and spends his time off creating new gadgets, with varying degrees of usefulness. Examples include a nuclear-powered rocket sled, an "anti-matter bathroom buddy" and electroshock undergarments known as "stunderwear".
  • The Purge: Hundreds of the Lombaxes were wiped out in a purge after General Alister Azimuth gave Tachyon access to their technology. The majority of the survivors now reside in an alternate dimension, with only four known to have stayed behind.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Though in this case, another dimension.

While moreso an umbrella term than an actual species, robots beyond Clank have also been prominent throughout the entire Ratchet & Clank series.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Aside from being mechanical, many of them really no different from the aliens they hang with personality-wise.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Zig-zagged all over the place. Half of them are expendable mooks who get blown up without a moment's hesitation, while the other half are treated with the same dignity as everyone else. Actually, scratch that. They're all treated with exactly as much dignity as everyone else.

Ratchet & Clank (2002)

    The Blarg
The Blarg, as they appear in the re-imagining.

A Solanan species whose homeworld of Oxorn (or Quartu in the re-imagining) was too polluted to live on. Under Chairman Drek's command, they took chunks from other planets to build the perfect new homeworld. It is unknown what happened to them following his defeat, though as of Deadlocked the original Orxon appears to be more inhabitable.

  • Alien Blood: Spout green blood when killed in the re-imagining.
  • Evil Minion: Of Chairmen Drek in the first game and its re-imagining.
  • Fantastic Slur: An unusual example in that the word "Blarg" itself tends to be used as an insult in some later games, such as Vox claiming Ace Hardlight has "the charisma of Blargian gnat cheese" or Tachyon comparing the smell of Kerchu to "Blarg dung".
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Their top scientists can create inventions that can easily compete with Gadgetron.
  • Not Always Evil: In spite of their aggressiveness towards Ratchet and the rest of the galaxy, their goals are sympathetic, and Drek is only using them for his real estate scam.
  • Polluted Wasteland: They polluted their home planet so badly they need to wear O2 masks just to survive there (or in the case of the re-imagining, are forced to live underground).
  • Punch-Clock Villain: When not on business, they can be pretty amicable, and in the re-imagining one of them has no problem ignoring his day job and paying Ratchet to gather brains for him.


Mutant creatures that were created by Dr. Nefarious in an attempt at wiping out all life on Rilgar. They were released in its capital of Blackwater City, but beat back by the Extermibots and Captain Qwark, and later Ratchet. They now reside in the Aquatos Sewers, going "Blagh!" to their heart's content.

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Their natural environment, such as the sewers of Aquatos or Rilgar.
  • Asteroids Monster: Their main gameplay gimmick—defeating a larger Amoeboid will result in two smaller ones being spawned from it. Repeat until the eventual Amoeboids are small enough to squash.
  • Blob Monster: They seem to be actually made of sewage.
  • Meaningful Name: Akin to actual amoebae and how they reproduce via cellular mitosis, these creatures split into two separate organisms when defeated.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Their eyes are changed to red in the 2016 re-imagining.


Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal


An aggressive and oddly amphibian-like race of aliens from the aptly-named Solana planet of Tyhrranosis, and a common enemy type in Up Your Arsenal, having been hired by Dr. Nefarious as extra fighting forces for his personal army.

  • Cephalothorax: Are composed of a rounded or elongated body, four limbs and however many eye stalks denotes their role.
  • Dumb Muscle: An entire race of them. It's noted in the manual for Up Your Arsenal that they gleefully signed on with Dr. Nefarious' plan to destroy all organic life, without thinking through the implications.
  • Extra Eyes: Ones with one only eye are Cannon Fodder. The player will rarely encounter a 'noid with more than three, but when they do, they better watch out. The Momma Tyhrranoid in particular has a whopping nine eyes.
  • Evil Minions: Hired by Dr. Nefarious to be his muscle.
  • Eye on a Stalk: One of their most prominent features, with the Momma Tyhrranoid being the page image.
  • Fantastic Rank System: A Thyrranoid's size, strength, and military rank are all directly proportional to the number of eye stalks they have.
  • Monster Progenitor: The Momma Tyhrranoid.
  • Not Always Evil: When not on the front lines, they love holo-vision shows such as Secret Agent Clank, Lance and Janice, and Blargs Gone Wild. Some are also known to have an acting career.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: They were among the first victims of Dr. Nefarious' Biobliterator, although unlike any of other beings affected by it, it didn't seem to have made them any smarter or more evil than before, just tougher.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: It's noted that since they're organic themselves, Dr. Nefarious would likely dispose of them once he was finished with them... but it's subverted when he decides to turn them into "Robonoids" instead of killing them.

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters

    The Technomites 

  • Green-Eyed Monster: Inventors of all technology across the galaxy, who never got any recognition they deserve.

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction

Hyper-intelligent and enigmatic little creatures known for traveling through time and space, with a strange connection to Clank. Their history and relevance to the series' lore is greatly fleshed out in A Crack in Time, with Clank himself revealed to be harboring a Zoni soul.
  • Energy Beings: The Zoni are neither biological or mechanical as speculated by the galactic community, but are instead this trope. It's just that they wear metal suits in order to survive in dimensions other than their own.
  • Hive Mind: As revealed and explicitly stated in A Crack in Time, they become like ADHD-afflicted children when separated from a group. It appears that two or more are required for the creatures to exhibit any semblance of sanity; however (as far as the storyline is concerned), they are never shown in any less than a group of three.
  • Mysterious Protector: To Clank. Since he is their new leader in Orvus's absence.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Alien: Are powerful, hyper-intelligent beings with the power to manipulate space and time, and are worshiped by the Fongoids as the guardians of time, Orvus in particular.
  • Time Master: Are responsible for maintaining the Great Clock. They can also travel through time and space, but it is unknown if this is an inherent ability of theirs.


  • Always Chaotic Evil: From the mightiest warrior to the lowliest Cragpole, every one of them wants to conquer the galaxy. The Smuggler outright describes them as "vile, murderous and dimwitted" monsters who consume planets.
  • Asteroids Monster/Fusion Dance: If enough Cragpoles are left alone, they can merge into a Hunter or Warrior. If a Hunter or Warrior is killed, they split back into three Cragpoles that must be destroyed.
  • Elite Mooks: They're far far more dangerous and deadlier than Tachyon's Drophyd soldiers. Killing is very difficult as they can teleport, and then split into multiple cragpoles if hit hard enough that you have to kill.
  • Evil vs. Evil: One Cragmite sealed away the Loki.

Something's fishy.

  • Mobile Fishbowl: Tachyon gifted all his Drophyd soldiers with mobile armors so they can walk on land.


  • A Lighter Shade of Black: The Kerchu are violently territorial, but are known to have befriended some outsides, namely the Smuggler and Max Apogee. This contrasts them with the Cragmites and the Drophyds, both irredeemably evil.
  • The Engineer: Pretty good architects, by all accounts.
  • Not Always Evil: While noted to be rather unpleasant individuals who attack intruders on sight, they're merely territorial than evil, and are known to be on good terms with the Smuggler. They've also spent 20 years protecting the Dimensionator from Tachyon.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: They look like walking armored humanoid alien gerbils.


Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time

  • My Brain Is Big: Of a sort. They actually have multiple brains. The smartest on is noted to have seven and a half brains.
  • Super Intelligence: They were awarded the "The Brainiest Race In The Universe" 3000 years in a row.
  • Squishy Wizard: ...And also awarded "The Weakest Race In The Universe" 4000 years in a row.

They all pretty much look like this.

  • Does Not Like Shoes: Possibly related to the Space Amish seen below, most if not all Fongoids seen in the games are barefoot.
  • Informed Attribute: Are said to avoid technology to the point of destroying anything they find, yet they have vendors, nanotech and battery bots in their settlements. However, the trivia states that only a few settlements allow vendors, who may have brought nanotech with them. As for the battery bots, it was because they were fixing up Commander Argos' ship for Ratchet.
  • My Greatest Failure: They were gifted with great technology and the power of Time Travel by the Zoni, they abused it and nearly destroyed the space-time continuum. While the Zoni were able to repair the damage with construction of the Great Clock, the Fongoids were stripped of their gifts and live with the constant reminder of their negligence.
  • Space Amish: They have sworn off the use of more advanced technology due to the above mentioned reasons.
  • The Engineer: What they used to be before becoming Space Amish. Vullards live in their abandoned civilizations.

  • Blindfolded Vision: Averted with Percy the Incongruous, who wore one into a match only to fall into a lava pit after eleven seconds.
  • Blood Knight: An entire race of them. They particularly love to bully the Fongoids and the Vullards, and they own a giant Colosseum ship called the Battleplex.
  • Dumb Muscle: And acutely aware of it. They hire out the Terachnoids to do the thinking for them.
  • Evolutionary Levels: The Intergalactic Society of Evolutionary Biologists has said that they are the only known race to have completely stopped evolving and made no evolutionary progress in all of recorded history. Whether that makes them an Ultimate Life Form, an evolutionary dead end, or simply older than recorded history is unknown.
  • Gladiator Games: The Battleplex. And they accept all comers.
  • Graceful Loser: They surprisingly took Ratchet's win of the Bronze Cup very well.
  • Not Always Evil: Some Agorians are actually quite nice to Ratchet when not on the battlefield or arena. A female Agorian even helps Captain Qwark sneak into Dr. Nefarious' base.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: They never go back on their code of honor. Of course, they change their codes of honor to suit their needs wherever possible.

  • Hollywood Cyborg: Possess robotic heads and mechanical voices.
  • Dumpster Dive: They make their living collecting junk from deserted advanced settlements and using it or selling it.
  • The Clan: They have a clannish social structure, considering they call everyone who isn't a Vullard "outsider".


  • Not Always Evil: One Valkyrie will request Ratchet's help with reuniting with her Terachnoid boyfriend, and is genuinely nice to him. Aphelion still wanted to kill her, though, but Ratchet objects.
  • One-Gender Race: Subverted. As confirmed by loading screen trivia, there are male Valkyries out there somewhere, but the player never meets any of them since they were all banished some time ago.


Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus

  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To the Cragmites. A race of purple(ish) warriors trapped in/originating from an another dimension, who utilize Teleport Spam and invade Meridian City. Furthermore, both travel between dimensions via the Dimensionator and their leaders are banished with the same device.


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