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Ultimate Supreme Executive Chairman [Alonzo] Drek
Debut: Ratchet & Clank (2002)
English voice by: Kevin Michael Richardson (2002 game), Paul Giamatti (2016 film), Eric Bauza (2016 game)
Japanese voice by: Tetsuo Goto
The villain of the first game, Chairman Drek is the leader of the Blarg. After their home world has become polluted beyond repair, he and Blarg out to find a new home for their race... by ripping apart other planets and creating a new one, destroying countless lives in the process.
Tropes applying to him in both the original game and re-imagining:
- Asshole Victim: Absolutely nobody mourns for Drek when he receives his fate at the end of the first game.
- Bad Boss: He shows complete disregard for the safety of his troops and race, and openly insults and disrespects Captain Qwark (not that you could blame him).
- Big Bad: He is the main villain of the first game.
- Bilingual Bonus: "Drek" is slang for feces in Yiddish and Slovenian. In the case of Yiddish, it's a bit more vulgar, more like "shit".
- The Cameo: Drek makes a brief appearance in Up Your Arsenal in Qwark's flashback sequence upon regaining his memories.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: It doesn't get much more corrupt than using his company's resources to destroy planets for his own gain.
- Deader Than Dead: At the end of his boss fight, the Humongous Mecha he's piloting is sent on a direct collision course towards the artificial planet he was building. Then the de-planetizer is fired at said planet, and the beam hits the very spot where Drek crashed in the first place.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: His apparent modus operandi. After he uses planet looting to build his new planet, he tries to use the Planet Buster Maximus bomb and then the Deplanitizer to destroy Veldin so he could move his new world into its orbit.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Not that it's ever mentioned in-game, but the manual for the first game says he "never forgets his mother's birthday".
- Evil Is Petty: Closer analysis shows that a lot of his Kick the Dog actions in the original game seem crueler than they should be. Why wage war with countless other worlds to create a new planet out of bits a pieces of other populated worlds when you could spend all that time cleaning Orxon of its pollution or save money by invading one world and populate that instead? Why dump hundreds of gallons of toxic waste on a tropical vacation planet instead of the significantly less hard to find uninhabited planet? Why drop a Planet Destroyer on an inhabited planet to take their orbiting space when you could just share an orbit with them? Just the fact that he rendered his own home planet uninhabitable for the money just shows how few ethics he has. Actually, the pettiness is probably also for the money. Less habitable planets left means that his will be that much more valuable.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Played straight for his original voice actor, who gives him a deep voice. Not so much in the reimagining, where Paul Giamatti and Eric Bauza's portrayals are significantly less deep.
- Faux Affably Evil: Subverted in his address to the people of Novalis; he is polite and calm when explaining his plan, including the teensy problem that the sudden change in mass will cause the planet to crash into the sun and explode, but drops it after the cut, resulting in an Is This Thing Still On? moment.
- Fighting for a Homeland: He and the Blarg are trying to build themselves a new homeworld after they had to abandon their last one (Orxon) due to pollution and overpopulation, though unlike most examples this isn't really played for sympathy. Then the Final Boss battle completely subverts it with The Reveal that Drek was the one who polluted Orxon in the first place and plans on doing it again and again in a galaxy-sized real estate scam.
- Fun with Acronyms: His full title (minus the Chairman part) spells out USED, which ties directly into his real estate scam—he played his entire race for saps by polluting his home world so they would loot other worlds to build a new one, which Drek planned to use to extort money and then recycle the whole scheme all over again.
- Final Boss: Of the first game, and a very tough one at that! Unless you bought the RYNO beforehand.
- Hate Sink: In the original game, Drek is a completely irredeemable scumbag designed to be the type of character you'll want to see dead. The re-imagining downplays this by making him a more comical villain and giving him a slightly more sympathetic backstory. That being said, he's still a remorseless, genocidal maniac who has no qualms about killing billions of lives to make a new home for his race.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In both the 2002 game and the 2016 movie, he is killed when the Deplanetizer fires upon his new planet while he's on it.
- Irony: After being defeated his mech causes the planetizer to spin- so he desperately tries to propel himself up to avoid being crushed... but he ends up being ejected to the new Blarg homeworldwith the planetizer aiming at him, giving Clank and Ratchet the opportunity to destroy him for good.
- Jerkass: Apart from having planets destroyed, he is also verbally abusive, cruel and condescending to everyone around him.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk:
- In the original game. It says a lot that the only sympathetic quality he's given is that he "never misses his mothers birthday." Even before The Reveal that he was playing his entire race for saps as part of his galaxy scale real estate scam, the game spells out in bright neon letters that he's a truly despicable person who could care less about both the people and planets he's looting and the safety of his own race, and that his ulterior motive is ultimately getting rich.
- In the 2016 game and movie, he's slightly more sympathetic, in that he seems sincere about his goals of making a new homeworld for the Blarg and honoring his father's legacy. But he's still quite gung ho about blowing up numerous planets to make his new world at the expense of billions of lives, and not once does he show remorse over what he's doing.
- Karmic Death: Drek's abrupt, unceremonious death in highlights how he lived; as a cowardly, slimy rat undeserving of a dignified end. His mecha is sent flying out of control and crash lands on his new planet, which is immediately blown up by his own Deplanetizer weapon.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: He frequently verbally abuses and talks down to Qwark whenever he fails him. However, given what a low-life sell-out Qwark is, it's pretty satisfying to watch Drek do so.
- Laser-Guided Karma: His actions end up leading to his well deserved defeat and DEATH. He is defeated by Ratchet-whom he incited to attack him (presumably with the intent of removing him off the equation) by making the Planetizer's target Ratchet's homeworld,Clank- a robot created by the program that oversees his own robot factory in his home planet with the very purpose of stopping him...Finally, he is utterly decimated along with the scam planet he created from pillaging at the hands of the same weapon he intended to destroy Veldin.
- Laughably Evil: As evil as he is, most of his behavior is done in a way that's impossible not to get a laugh out of him.
- Monochromatic Eyes: A feature common to all Blarg in the original continuity.
- The Napoleon: He's short and a pretty aggressive fellow.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Compared to the villains that came later down the line, Drek plays things rather straight in the original first game. Despite the occasional comedic moments, he's still an amoral, ruthless business tycoon who destroys planets for money.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He poisoned his world in the first place to make money of the creation of a new one.
- Planet Looters: With the added bonus of being the reason the Blarg are taking resources from others in the first place.
- Smart People Play Chess: His movie bio says "if Ratchet is checkers, Chairman Alonzo Drek is chess" when comparing Ratchet's straightforward approach to Drek's scheming.
- Smug Snake: He is a smarmy and arrogant sociopath, and gloats to Ratchet and Clank about his real estate scam and plan to blow up Veldin.
- Starter Villain: Serves as this to Ratchet in both the original game and the 2016 reimagining.
- The Sociopath: He's the one who destroyed Orxon in the first place, his plan entails the destruction of several planets and the presumed deaths of billions, and halfway through the game he starts plotting to destroy Veldin just because it's in the way. And he plans on doing it again and again, because it will make him incredibly wealthy. He does not show an ounce of guilt, regret, or remorse for any of this.
- Take That!: In a video playthrough of the first game, Insomniac CEO Ted Price said that Drek's appearance and personality was based off of executives he encountered while he made games with Universal as their distributor. He also added that he's his favorite villain in the series because of that.
- Toxic, Inc.: Whatever his business did before he started waging war with the galaxy for its resources, it seemed to generate enough toxic waste that it rendered his planet uninhabitable as he intended. Even afterwards they seem to generate tons of mutagenic waste that they dump onto the tropical vacation planet Pokitaru instead of the literal countless uninhabited planets in the universe.
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Parodied. He started with "Chairman Drek" and added to his title at various points through the game, eventually becoming Ultimate Supreme Executive Chairman Drek.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In the re-imagining, his father is the one who polluted the Blarg homeworld, rather than Drek himself, like in the original game. This Drek wants to live up to his father's legacy.
Tropes applying to him in the reimagining specifically include:
- Adaptational Heroism: Well, "Heroism" is a bit of a stretch. He is still a villain in the 2016 re-imagining. However, he is noticeably more well intentioned than he was in the previous game, with a genuine desire to create a new planet for his people rather than out of greed. And this time it's his father who polluted his original home planet instead of Drek himself. However (in the game, at least), he's still a Bad Boss, even if his temper is more J. Jonah Jameson-esque, and berates his employees for not killing the Galactic Rangers yet. The biggest counterpoint to him being more heroic in this game is probably a late-game line of dialogue which has him state that he wants to repeat the process of creating New Quartu, so as to create an empire of Blarg-owned planets across the galaxy:Drek: After I've built us a new home world, I'll make another, and another! (chuckles) Can you imagine? Dozens of Blarg-owned planets, forged not by nature, but by my company. We'll create an entire empire using your galaxy's wasted planets! I suppose this will leave many of your citizens homeless or, well, dead... but sacrifices must be made!
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Compared to his counterpart in the original game, Drek is a lot more affable in the film and its tie-in. Though he is still a mass-murderer who destroys planets without any regret, and is still willing to kill his subordinates for even minor things like texting while he is talking, or shunting an entire room of his subordinates out the airlock in an impromptu funeral for Vincent Von Ion.
- Adaptational Wimp: Plus he's less outwardly aggressive and more bumbling than cunning and he doesn't even get to fight Ratchet—he gets upstaged, transformed into a sheep and then offed by Dr. Nefarious.
- Baleful Polymorph: Dr. Nefarious turns Drek into a sheep with the Sheepinator and sends him in a ship set to crash land on his new planet. However, it only proves to be temporary, and he changes back to his normal self long enough to watch the Deplanetizer fire upon the planet.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Both he and Nefarious are this in the reboot, until Nefarious turns him into a sheep and betrays him.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He becomes this in the movie and the 2016 game. For all his big ambitions, he is actually played for a sap by Dr. Nefarious the whole time and disposed of by being turned into a sheep and rocketed to New Quartu. After crash-landing there, he returns to his real form shortly before dying with New Quartu.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: Is betrayed and offed by Nefarious' actions, rather than by Ratchet and Clank.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He gains humorous antics, particularly in how he has a thing about his employees texting when he told them not to, punishing such acts of disobedience by throwing them through an airlock or having Victor Von Ion eat their phone.
- Fighting for a Homeland: Drek's father was the one who polluted the Blarg homeworld (which is now Quartu instead of Orxon) and Drek wants to fix his father's mistakes while still living up to his legacy, but his methods are still unjustifiable.
- Karmic Death: Much like in the original, but differently just the same. Dr. Nefarious turns him into a sheep and sends him off in a ship set on a crash course with New Quartu. He survives the landing and returns to normal—only for New Quartu to get vaporized by the Deplanetizer.
- The Unfought: Despite the destruction he's caused throughout the galaxy, he's the only villain Ratchet doesn't fight. He's replaced by Nefarious as both the Big Bad and the Final Boss.
- Unwitting Pawn: Nefarious was just using him to destroy the entire system under the Rangers' watch as revenge.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: It's his father that polluted his planet (which is now Quartu instead of Orxon) and he really does want a new world for the Blarg. However, he's still gleeful over destroying the home planet of a Galactic Ranger, and wants to eventually repeat the process to create a Blarg empire.
Unknown Thief/Angela Cross
Debut: Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
English voice by: Rodger Bumpass
Japanese voice by: Yuki Masuda
A mysterious thief who stole the original Protopet a few weeks before the events of Going Commando. She serves as the game's main antagonist until Mr. Fizzwidget's FaceHeel Turn. Her actual identity is a lombax known as Angela Cross.
- Becoming the Mask: Angela is merely a vigilante trying to prevent a dangerous experiment being exposed to the public, however under her disguise, she takes a bit too much to the sinister alter ego, using her hired goons to bully uninvolved people and just generally acting like a hammy Card-Carrying Villain, to the point her unmasked form and the thief persona act like nearly two completely different people,
- The Cameo: The thief is included in the cinema crowd at the end of Up Your Arsenal, both to avoid a Late-Arrival Spoiler on her true identity and, as the Future trilogy implies, to conceal her identity from Tachyon.
- Cast as a Mask: Has a male voice actor while in her disguise to hide the fact that the thief is really a female.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Is secretly Angela Cross in disguise. Averted in the Japanese version where they share the same voice actress, however.
- Easily Forgiven: Once her intentions are revealed, Ratchet just ignores all of her previous actions which included threatening to kill Clank.
- Good All Along: Turns out to have been trying to stop a threat to the entire galaxy.
- HeelFace Turn: Forced into an Enemy Mine position with Ratchet and Clank when Mr. Fizzwidget seemingly pulls a FaceHeel Turn.
- Samus Is a Girl: The thief is actually a woman.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: All she wanted was to stop the Protopet from being released, because of it's feral programing that could wipe out the galaxy.
Debut: Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
English voice by: Steve Blum
Japanese voice by: Jin Yamanoi
The leader of Thugs-4 Less, hired by both the thief and Fizzwidget at different points during Going Commando. Not so much a villain, as he's only in it for the bolts.
- Affably Evil: Looks out for all the men in the Thugs ensuring they are well cared for (offering pizza parties to the squad that bags Ratchet) and his prison even caters for vegetarians.
- The Determinator: He never gives up on trying to kill Ratchet but his determination only leads to defeat.
Debut: Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
English voice by: Armin Shimerman
Japanese voice by: Fubito Yamano
The main villain of Up Your Arsenal and A Crack in Time, Dr. Nefarious is a nefarious Mad Scientist who is out to wrong all the rights in the galaxy and rid it of all organic lifeforms so he can rule over a robotic utopia with an iron fist.
Tropes applying to him in both the original continuity and the 2016 re-imagining:
- Anti-Villain: Implied to be sliding into this role thanks to the events of All 4 One. But not really. He's just faking it to get on the heroes' good side while they've got him outnumbered.
- In the third game, Nefarious seems to see Qwark as his archnemesis, but by the time A Crack in Time rolls around, he's shifted that honor to Ratchet.
- Into the Nexus also refers to his profile as "Galactic Enemy #1", indicating that he has solidified this position in-universe as well.
- Bad Boss: Makes his minions participate in a rehearsal of his screenplay, which may or may not end up with them getting shot.
- Badass Bookworm: He's extremely smart, and can take multiple hits from Ratchet's heaviest weapons before going down.
- Beware the Silly Ones: In cutscenes, he's a bumbling fool. When it's time to actually fight him though, he's more than capable of kicking ass, and most of his schemes are well-executed.
- Big Bad: Of Up Your Arsenal, A Crack in Time, and the 2016 reimagining. This makes him the most recurring villain in the series.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Nefarious is the main villain for most of A Crack in Time and is responsible for much of the conflict in that game, but it turns out that Alister Azimuth also wants to use the Great Clock to undo the extermination of the Lombaxes, risking all of reality in the process.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: His Annihilator Blades in All 4 One.
- Boomerang Bigot: Of sorts. He has a seething hatred for organic lifeforms even though it's revealed he was organic until his body was destroyed and replaced with his current robotic one.
- Breakout Villain: After Up Your Arsenal, he has become the most recognizable villain in the series, returning as the Big Bad for A Crack in Time and one of the protagonists for All 4 One. He's even one of the villains of the reboot alongside Drek, albeit in his original squishy form. Even so, he still usurps the title of Big Bad away from Drek by backstabbing him.
- Came Back Strong: Nefarious had seemingly fallen to his death in an old encounter with Qwark (as depicted in one of the Vid-Comics) or, in the reboot, falling into a supernova, but somehow survived, but was almost completely rebuilt as a very powerful robot.
- Came Back Wrong: While his transformation into a robot made him a force to be reckoned with, it's implied that it kind of messed him up mentally, and included a bizarre defect that shorts him out (and tunes in to soap operas) if he gets too flustered.
- Card-Carrying Villain: This sort of boils beneath the surface in Up Your Arsenal, but in A Crack in Time, his final plan is to use the Orvus Chamber to alter time and create a world where heroes always lose.
- The Chessmaster: Nefarious is a nutcase, but he's far from stupid. One notable example is in Crack in Time. Realizing that it would be fruitless to take apart Clank's memory in the Mmenonic station, he decides to let Clank run around the Great Clock while having Lawrence follow him, correctly deducing that Clank would eventually find the Orvus Chamber on his own. Later, when Qwark, in the Paper-Thin Disguise of a nurse, tries to infiltrate the evil lair of Nefarious, he just plays along so he could trap Ratchet, Clank and Qwark. Heck, he nearly won.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: In A Crack In Time, he tells his computer to remind him to betray both the Valkyries and Flint Vorselon when he's done with his plans.
- Combat Pragmatist: Nefarious does not fight fair. He'll summon enemies, have Lawrence assist him, and even pull an I Surrender, Suckers to escape if need be.
- All 4 One takes this even further. His special gadget in the game is the Cloaker, which turns him invisible and lets him strike an opponent from behind.
- The 2016 reimagining has him shooting Drek in the back with a Sheepinator and launching him into space. Also, he fights Ratchet and Clank in a giant robot.
- Creepy High-Pitched Voice: A Mad Scientist with a screechy voice. Even when he was organic.
- Diabolical Mastermind: He gets away with his schemes thanks to being too powerful for even the Galactic Rangers to take down. Even after Ratchet keeps beating him, Nefarious blackmails entities weaker than himself to get what he wants.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He's not the Final Boss of either Up Your Arsenal (he does control the Final Boss) or A Crack in Time, but he's still second-to-last in both cases.
- Disney Villain Death: Qwark did away with Nefarious this way when he was still organic, but Nefarious somehow survived and was transformed into a robot afterward.
- Does Not Understand Sarcasm: Nearly every last one of Lawrence's Stealth Insults fly by him. He did eventually land him a nasty sucker punch after he got too cocky however.
- Emperor Scientist: An evil scientist and a Galactic Conqueror.
- Enemy Mine: Returns in Ratchet And Clank: All 4 One as a Playable Character. Though there, it's more because he has little choice but to work with them.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In All 4 One He's completely stunned when Qwark of all people saves him from falling to his death and asks him why he did that. Qwark merely responds by saying that he'd do the same for him, to which Nefarious gives a yeah for lack of a better answer.
- Evil Genius: Easily one of the smartest characters in the series. Despite all outward appearances, he's a fairly sadistic and cunning planner, he just loves being a Card-Carrying Villain so much that it often bites him in the end.
- Evil Is Hammy: Thanks to his massive ego he loves to go into over-the-top speeches, and he's equally over the top when angry. Even in a World of Ham, he manages to out-ham everyone else thanks to his tendencies to be Obviously Evil.
- Evil Is Petty: His first act of villainy was attempting to wipe entire planet because some of its inhabitants called him insane.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Nefarious' idea of joke is horribly mean-spirited, and his jokes are just terrible in general.
- Evil Plan: His initial motivation in Up Your Arsenal is to exterminate all organic life by turning them into robots with the Biobliterator. In A Crack in Time, this has changed to using the Great Clock to create a universe in which the heroes always lose.
- Fantastic Racism: After being turned into a robot, he began to hate all organic life, referring to organic beings as "squishies."
- Final Boss: Twice, in Up Your Arsenal (in two stages) and the 2016 reboot.
- Flight: Thanks to rockets in his feet and wings to help keep his balance in midair.
- Flunky Boss: Summons enemies during the fight with him in A Crack In Time.
- Fragile Speedster: In battle, Nefarious can fly faster than Ratchet on his hoverboots and can throw out powerful energy blasts, but he can't take many hits in return.
- Galactic Conqueror: Attempts this in Up Your Arsenal, trying to conquer the Solana Galaxy.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He gets one in A Crack in Time after a time traveling Ratchet throws a bomb at his face, also wrecking his left eye. He still has it in All 4 One, although his eye appears to have been fixed.
- Genius Ditz: Nefarious is a goofball, but he still managed to build some truly impressive tech; Case in point, the Biobliterator and that mech the size of a building in A Crack In Time.Lawrence: Even drooling imbeciles can achieve success in certain fields, sir. Mad Science, for example.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He'll be calm and collected one moment, then blowing steam out of his proverbial ears at the slightest frustration.
- Hand Blast: His main form of attacking is shooting rocket-like blasts from the palms of his hands.
- Hypocrite: Hates organic life forms, even though he used to be one. He's just that petty and vindictive.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Despite being Ratchet and Clank's most recognizable foe these days, Dr. Nefarious wasn't actually introduced until Up Your Arsenal, three whole games in.
- Just Between You and Me: Subverted when Ratchet first speaks to him via video in A Crack In Time he asks Nefarious what he's up to. Nefarious says that part him wants to let Ratchet live long enough to find out, and the other half wants to kill him. The latter half won out.
- Large Ham: Even in a World of Ham like Ratchet and Clank, Nefarious manages to be the biggest ham of them all. He constantly shouts as loud as he can, is a Card-Carrying Villain of the first order, and has very exaggerated movements all the time. It's actually quite impressive how hammy he is, given his competition.
- Laughably Evil: Oh so much. He's so over-the-top, Obviously Evil, and oddly-mannered that he's just as funny as he is evil.
- Lean and Mean: He's evil and very emaciated.
- Loony Fan: To "Secret Agent Clank," whom he apparently thinks is real. Not that this keeps him from trying to destroy Clank once the latter refuses his offer to join him.
- Mad Scientist: Of the Omnicidal Maniac variety.
- Make Wrong What Once Went Right: His goal in A Crack In Time is do this through all of history and thwart the victory of every hero who ever lived.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Outright despise organic lifeforms and wish to create a universe full of robots.
- My Brain Is Big: Even back when he was organic, his cranium was absolutely massive.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Dr. Nefarious certainly lives up to his name.
- No Indoor Voice: Just about every sentence Nefarious says will, at some point, have him shouting AS LOUD AS HE POSSIBLY CAN!
- Not Quite Dead: Word of God says Lawrence went back to save him at the last minute in A Crack in Time. Sure enough, he's back for All 4 One.
- Not So Above It All: When the Loki leader makes a last-ditch attempt to possess Qwark while on the brink of defeat, Nefarious steps in with a jaw-shattering bitch slap to both finish the beast and save Qwark. Seems Dumbass Has a Point, after all. In addition, The Stinger for All 4 One reveals he really might want to be friends when he gets time to think about it.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He attempted to wipe out an entire planet. By the present he wants to wipe out organic life in an entire galaxy. He only succeeded in Kerwan, which was eventually reversed. In the 2016 game, he attempted to deplanetize Umbris which would result in the Solana System's destruction.
- Percussive Maintenance: When he gets especially frustrated, he'll freeze in place and start playing really cheesy soap operas. It takes a good whack to the head (from either Lawrence, Courtney Gears, or a Hypersonic Brainwave Scrambler) to bring him back.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Although before he was a robot, it looks like he had gray eyes.
- Sadist: While not to the same extent as Courtney Gears, he enjoys seeing organic lifeforms exterminated and the suffering of his enemies.
- SkeleBot 9000: His design is subtly very skeletal - skull-like face, bony fingers, and ribcage-like tubes on his torso.
- Take Over the World: He's initially seen trying to conquer an entire galaxy before changing it to the "heroes always lose" goal. Ratchet lampshades this in A Crack in Time during their first conversation.
- They Called Me Mad!:
- To Create a Playground for Evil: His endgame in A Crack in Time. Having noticed that The Good Guys Always Win, he wants to use the Great Clock not only to reverse his own defeat, but the defeats of all other villains.
- Token Evil Teammate: In All 4 One.
- Took a Level in Badass: Going by his backstory, he wasn't much of a threat while he was fighting Qwark. By the present, he's one of the most dangerous villains in the universe.
- Unwilling Roboticisation: His ultimate goal in Up Your Arsenal. And in fact his origin story if the Qwark vidcomics are telling the truth: he was a scientist of the same race as Qwark, who was dropped into a pit while fighting him and roboticised.
- Villainous Breakdown: He gets quite a few of them, especially in A Crack in Time where Ratchet's time-travelling damages his circuitry. Also, Nefarious is prone to randomly shorting out and playing soap operas if he gets too hammy with his breakdowns... which is to say, all the time.
- Villainous Rescue: After being saved by Qwark earlier in All 4 One, Nefarious steps in to return the favor at the end of the game.
- Villains Out Shopping: As shown in A Crack in Time, he keeps himself quite busy when he's not actively plotting evil misdeeds.Dr. Nefarious: Aaaand... action! "You'll never take me alive, Qwark! Time is under my control!"
Lawrence: ...Oh, am I interrupting?
Dr. Nefarious: Lawrence! I'm rehearsing my epic romantic action comedy space opera!
- Worthy Opponent: Contrary to his rivalry with Qwark, he considers Ratchet this.
Tropes specifically applying to him in the 2016 re-imagining:
- Adaptation Origin Connection: Nefarious is now Drek's chief engineer prior to becoming a robot.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the reboot, Nefarious is portrayed as a far more malevolent villain than he is in the original series. Ironically, he has a far more sympathetic backstory than in the original timeline.
- The Dragon: To Drek.
- Dragon Ascendant: Nefarious was only worked with Drek so he can destroy the galaxy.
- Eviler Than Thou: To Drek. He turns him into a sheep and ejects him in a shuttle.
- Fallen Hero: He used to be a Galactic Ranger.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: While Qwark did mistreat Nefarious, that's a weak excuse for Nefarious to become a villain and help Drek blow up other planets all just to spite Qwark and the Galactic Rangers. Fittingly, nobody in the Rangers sees him as anything but a traitor.
- Foreshadowing: Nefarious has been acting as Drek's chief engineer and scientist. Although, he was responsible for creating the Blarg (and Clank), build the Warbots and Deplanetizer, and, bonus, manipulating Drek to target Umbris, which will destroy the entire system, meaning he was the real main antagonist the whole time.
- The Man Behind the Man: Drek has no idea about Nefarious' true plan.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: His constant deriding by Qwark and the rangers drove him insane.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He is willing to destroy the entire system to get back at the Galactic Rangers.
- The Starscream: To Chairman Alonzo Drek.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He hits Drek with a Sheepinator, shoves him into a shuttle and sends it on a crash course with the planet he was making once he gets what he wants out of him.
Debut: Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
English voice by: Michael Bell
Japanese voice by: Nobuaki Fukuda
Dr. Nefarious' passive-aggressive butler. His main role in the games is to usually make his boss look like an idiot, menial offscreen stuff like washing Nefarious' underwear, and dealing with his employer's malfunctions.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Downplayed. While Doctor Nefarious is pretty competent in his chosen fields, it's pretty clear it's really Lawrence who is the one keeping things running smoothly, as he handles everything else, including keeping Nefarious repaired. For his part, Lawrence seems to very much enjoy not enjoying his position.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He plays bass in a band when off-duty.
- Co-Dragons: With Courtney Gears (UYA) and Cassiopeia (ACIT).
- Easter Egg: When you're working on a time puzzle with Clank in Crack in Time, take a moment to check out the windows, particularly the ones in corners. You'll usually find Lawrence hanging out on a windowsill, occasionally looking in to spy on you.
- Hates Everyone Equally: Everyone's fair game for his snark.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Without Lawrence, Nefarious' schemes would likely fall apart quickly.
- Number Two: To Nefarious.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He seems to do this once per game, only to invariably return to save his boss anyway.
- Servile Snarker: Nefarious's butler, and snarky at every opportunity.
- Stealth Insult: He's an absolute master at backhanded compliments, which is helped by how oblivious his boss is. Though once, he does earn an Offhand Backhand from Nefarious when he goes too far.
- The Unfought: Never fought directly as a boss, though he does provide backup for Nefarious during his Boss Fights.
Debut: Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
English voice by: Melissa Disney (Up Your Arsenal), Nika Futterman (Deadlocked)
Japanese voice by: Chigusa Ikeda
It's time for you and me to rise up and strike back
Don't stop until we dominate, won't you feel great
When we exterminate... all organic life!
An Idol Singer in Up Your Arsenal who was aligned with Nefarious.
- Absolute Xenophobe: She gleefully endorses robot supremacy, and desires a Final Solution against organic life forms.
- Bare Your Midriff: Pulls this off, despite being an android.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In her musical videos and in public, Gears appears to be sweet and innocentwell... , but in reality, she's a sadist bitch who's willing to help Dr. Nefarious commit mass genocide.
- Death Glare: She gives one to Clank right at The Reveal before she attacks and kidnaps him.
- The Dragon: To Dr. Nefarious in Up Your Arsenal until her Karmic Death.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Her ultimate attack is spinning across the battlefield. Shared with her Mooks.
- Evil Diva: The mind control in her songs only works on robots, though (though not Clank, apparently).
- Eye Beam: Gears uses this to disable Clank right after The Reveal.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: She's a sadist and an Omnicidal Maniac, but looks too cute to be evil.
- Fembot: Ratchet gushes about her figure, and Clank says her specs are "remarkable".
- Fur and Loathing: Says Ratchet would make a nice fur coat.
- Gold Digger: Implied to be the only reason why she got back together with Reactor following his ascension to an Exterminator in DreadZone. Though then again, it was a documentary, and she was only playing a role, it could be false.
- Hate Sink: Unlike Dr. Nefarious, Courtney Gears, as a Soft-Spoken Sadist who abuses her good publicity for cruel intentions, has no redeeming factors, and is up there with Tachyon as one of the most evil characters in the franchise.
- It's Personal: Gears enters Villainous Breakdown after Ratchet kills her favorite dancer/mook.
- Karmic Death: She was torn apart by Ratchet in payback for Skidd's Unwilling Roboticisation. She gets repaired, but is presumed to have died onboard DreadZone Station, probably because she released two more albums to slander Ratchet even more and being involved in a Holo-Vid scandal.
- Kick the Dog: Gears signs Skidd's t-shirt, and then captures him while he brags about it to Ratchet. We don't see how she captures him, but given that Klunk reacted in horror, it was probably not pretty. And then when he acts like a Loony Fan during her Moral Event Horizon, she callously asks if he ever shuts up.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Her outing as a villain caused her agent to replace her with Skidd, the same person she turned into a robot, and drive her to work with DreadZone, a criminal organization known to slander and kill heroes.
- Manipulative Bitch: When asked by Ratchet and Clank about her knowledge of Dr. Nefarious, she tells them that she'll only give them what she knows in exchange for her guest starring in a Secret Agent Clank episode. There, she captures Clank and sends the Tyrrhanoids to kill Ratchet. And when that fails, she deploys a Clank lookalike to lure Ratchet (and Qwark) into a trap, albeit after she is killed.
- The Mole: Gears is the first of two in Up Your Arsenal; the other being Klunk.
- Monster Fangirl: She acts like one towards Dr. Nefarious, even if she happens to be the bigger monster of the two. Cassiopeia even points this out during "Unnecessarily Evil Initiative Omega 91".
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She's modeled after Britney Spears, down to her singing style, apparently-former "good girl" appearance as a pop star, and dialogue. Some of her Boss Banter after dealing damage is "Oops, I did it again," the name of one of Spears' Signature Songs. She's also an expy of Koda Kumi in the Japanese version.
- Omnicidal Maniac: She's Dr. Nefarious' biggest supporter for the complete genocide of all organic life forms, and has even allowed him to use her lab to test the Biobliterator.
- The Reveal: At first, it would assume that Nefarious simply hired Gears to perform a song for his plans. But it then turns out that she was Evil All Along and captures Clank.
- Sadist: Some of her battle quotes can prove this very well. As does her pre-battle liner.Gears: Don't be afraid, Ratchet. The transformation doesn't hurt... *chuckles* much. [teleports Ratchet into battle arena] Besides, I think you'll enjoy being a robot.
- Slasher Smile: Gears spots one in the pre-boss cutscene and even throughout the boss battle.
- The Sociopath: Gears is highly racist towards organic life forms and sponsors their genocide, exploits her fanbase to be used as test subjects to the Biobliterator, shows sadist glee towards those she fights or tortures, and dates unsuspecting gladiators for their money.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: She never loses her cool even in her boss battle and after Ratchet kills her favorite dancer.
- Stealth Pun: She's literally a manufactured popstar.
- Summon Backup Dancers: During her boss battle.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Even Ratchet acknowledges in-universe that Courtney Gears is beyond redemption, and attacks her.
- Unexplained Recovery: Got repaired in Deadlocked, courtesy of Gleeman Vox. Possibly justified since unlike other robotic foes, she simply keeled over when defeated instead of exploding.
- Villainous Breakdown: She snaps after her favorite dancer is killed.Courtney Gears: Melissa! She was one of my best dancers! You're gonna pay for that!
- Villain Song: Death To Squishies, a pop song about organic genocide.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Gears uses her "hottest pop star in the galaxy" status to hide her true colors from the general public.
- Wham Line: "I have a better idea. Why don't you ask him yourself?"
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Deadlocked did not make any mention on Gears' fate after Vox's defeat, as she subsequently only got a mention by Cassiopeia in A Crack in Time and appears in a poster in the comics. It's generally assumed by fans that she died onboard the DreadZone Station when it was destroyed.
- Would Hurt a Child: She takes sadistic pleasure in fighting Ratchet, who's only 16 in the third game.
Debut: Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal''
English voice by: David Kaye
Japanese voice by: Toru Okawa
An evil robotic duplicate of Clank created by Dr. Nefarious.
- Beard of Evil: Bizarrely, in Secret Agent Clank, he sports a metallic goatee.
- Bus Crash: Dr. Nefarious tried to start a memorial for Klunk in A Crack in Time, but his layers prevented him from doing so. We don't get much statement on what happened, since Secret Agent Clank is in an Alternate Continuity.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Though a robotic duplicate of Clank who's only purpose is to lure Ratchet into a trap, Klunk's reaction to Skidd being captured by Courtney Gears is of genuine horror. Granted, she's a sadist, and he's not.
- Evil Knockoff: He's an evil version of Clank built by Dr. Nefarious.
- Fate Worse than Death: After being defeated in Secret Agent Clank, he is released into Ratchet's custody, who turns Klunk into a vacuum cleaner.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: He has red eyes instead of Clank's green ones.
- Smug Snake: He's this in spades in Secret Agent Clank after he's revealed to be the Kingpin and constantly taunts Clank during the final battle.
- The Man Behind the Man: He's revealed to be the Big Bad of ''Secret Agent Clank' after having used a fake identity known as "The Kingpin" throughout the game.
- The Mole: He impersonates Clank to dupe Ratchet.
Debut: Ratchet: Deadlocked
English voice by: Michael Bell
Japanese voice by: Naomi Kusumi
The villain of Deadlocked, Gleeman Vox is a sadistic, money-grabbing billionaire owner of an underground media empire in the lawless Shadow Sector. He operates DreadZone, a holovision program where heroes are forced to fight each other to the death.
- Bad Boss: He constantly abuses the test robots working under him, blowing up their heads to demonstrate the deadlock collars to Ratchet, sends them to be disintegrated when disappointed by merchandise sales, and is pretty verbally abusive to Ace as well.
- Big Bad: Of Deadlocked.
- Beard of Evil: He sports a pencil-thin mustache, marking him quite thoroughly as a villain.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He hosts DreadZone, a television event dedicated to forcing contestants to fight to the death and profit from it, so this is an obvious one.
- Cyborg: He has an artificial left arm. It's the only part of him to survive the destruction of Dreadzone.
- Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: He looks like a human/shark hybrid.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: After Ratchet defeats Ace, Vox immediately assumes that Ratchet will jump at the chance to replace him as the captain of the Exterminators, and the center of his new merchandise lines. He is baffled when Ratchet refuses.
- Faux Affably Evil: He tries to act Affably Evil on his commercials and when attempting to make a deal with Ratchet, but his mask slips fairly easily.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He's a bloodthirsty lunatic, and it doesn't take much to set him off, especially if he isn't getting his way.
- Karmic Death: After all the heroes he killed so he could profit from their deaths, he ends up being blown up along with DreadZone HQ. Even better, he was the only one blown up with the station, despite his main motivation for rigging it to explode in the first place being to make a Grand Finale out of blowing up everyone involved with the show (including Ratchet, his entire staff and a large chunk of his fanbase fan base) except for himself.
- Knight of Cerebus: He's the main villain of Deadlocked, which is notably darker in tone than earlier games in the series.
- Lack of Empathy: Best illustrated in this interaction with Ratchet:Vox: If Ratchet doesn't disarm the detonator before time runs out, the battledome will be blown into a trillion pieces!Ratchet: That's insane!Vox: Au contraire! If I were still on the battledome, then it would be insane. But I happen to have a truly lovely view of the action... from a remote location.
- Large Ham: He gets hammy at some points, especially when he's annoyed or shooting a commercial.Vox: Then it's time to turn that dial to something a little more dangerous... time for some real action... *jumps up on a table* It's time to BLOW $#!% UP!!!
- Laughably Evil: He's a despicable Corrupt Corporate Executive, but his hamminess and over the top villainy make him utterly hilarious.
- No Kill Like Over Kill: At the end of Deadlocked, he sets the arena to explode using six gigatons of nitroglycerin. It does overkill him though.
- Red Right Hand: A golden cybernetic hand he uses to display holograms.
- Right-Hand Cat: Has an alien variation in the form of his pet, Slugha.
- Shark Man: Look at the picture again.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Downplayed. He's a Corrupt Corporate Executive whose only endgoal is cash and satisfying his own bloodthirsty personality, and had a former hero on his payroll, much like Drek, but aside from that, he interacts with the heroes to a greater extent, is much less faux-professional, and isn't anything else but clearly evil.
- You're Insane!: See Lack of Empathy.
Debut: Ratchet: Deadlocked
English voice by: André Sogliuzzo
Japanese voice by: Naoya Uchida
Ace Hardlight: That's exactly what it is, furball. And you're going to be the star of my highlight reel. Hmph. I'll see you soon, Lombax.
Vox's right hand man and the leader of the Exterminators, DreadZone's elite warriors.
- 0% Approval Rating: He is hated by not only everyone in-universe, but also by his own boss. Considering what a blood-thirsty psycho he is, it's easy to see why he is so loathed.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the manga adaptation, Ace remains heroic and is allies with Ratchet and Clank. He mainly serves as the comic relief.
- Blood Knight: Enjoys fighting and killing, with little regard as to who the target is.
- Creator's Pet: An in-universe example, as Vox tries to promote him as a hot-shot who the fans should love, despite the fact the audience clearly prefers Ratchet.Vernon (when asked by Vox if he'd like an Ace Hardlight action figure): Yeah whatever, that guy's a tool.
- Cynicism Catalyst: It was the destruction of his home planet, and the orphanage he cared for so much, that caused Ace's Start of Darkness.
- Despair Event Horizon: In his backstory, Ace had become a legendary superhero and the leader of the Sonic 7, but fell into despair when his home planet Bolden 3 was destroyed in an accident.
- Disney Death: While Deadlocked strongly implies that Ratchet killed him, the Future games revealed that he survived the fight and DreadZone's destruction, and did time in Zordoom Prison.
- The Dragon: To Gleeman Vox.
- The Hero: Ace was once the leader of the Sonic 7 during his glory days, but left the group after the destruction of his home planet.
- Evil Counterpart: Ace is pretty much what could've happened to Ratchet had he not experienced a Heel Realization over Gorda City, or Qwark if he succeeded with his goal in the Bogon Galaxy. And even when Ace has his own Heel Realization upon his defeat, it is far too late for him to atone for his crimes, and is thrown in prison after being declared dead.
- Fallen Hero: Like most DreadZone contestants, Ace was once a great hero, before the fame and thrill of DreadZone.
- Foil: To Captain Qwark. Both were Captain Space-style superheroes who turned corrupt and fell under the employ of Corrupt Corporate Executives that want Ratchet and Clank dead. While Captain Qwark did it for the fame and merchandising potential and was told by Drek to kill Ratchet and Clank and was unwilling to just do it himself, Ace did it because he wanted to kill them while Gleeman preferred it if he was more marketable.
- Hate Sink: He's an arrogant, cocky, cold blooded and sadistic scumbag who willingly sold out his heroism, all for the thrill of fame and fortune and the chance to kill or maim whoever he wanted for kicks. His sympathetic origins are never brought up in-game. He has nothing remotely likable or humurous about his personality. This applies In-Universe as well—everybody hates him, even his own boss, and he's so unpopular that Vox can't even give away his merchandise. When Ratchet (seemingly) kills him, absolutely nobody mourns his loss except Dallas and Juanita (who are really only doing it because they're asskissers to Gleeman Vox, and an unused line has Juanita call Ace an "arrogant brat" and actually being glad when Ratchet is destroying his memorial, implying she disliked him all along). On the other hand, Ace was remorseful in the end, showing he does have some redeeming qualities in spite of what he became.Gleeman Vox: It's because my fans can't STAND Ace Hardlight!!! He's a pompous *** with the charisma of Blarggian gnat cheese!!!
- Heartwarming Orphan: Ace in his youth before his Despair Event Horizon and FaceHeel Turn.
- HeelFace Turn: He's remorseful for selling himself out to Vox for fame, and his final words to Ratchet were to not go down the same path. Speculated by two commentators in a Space Radio program in A Crack in Time.
- Jacob Marley Warning: After Ratchet defeats him, Ace urges Ratchet not to follow the same dark path he did.
- Me's a Crowd: He can summon up holographic copies of himself in his boss fight.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In his (seemingly) final moments, Ace finally realizes that he has let greed and the lust for power control him, and warns Ratchet to not end up like him.
- My Greatest Failure: Ace cared for the orphanage he grew up in, and when it was destroyed along with the rest of Bolden 3, he blamed himself for not being able to save everyone in it.
- No Cure for Evil: Averted. He uses medpacks to heal himself in battle when needed. However, he only carries three and once he runs out there's nothing he can do about it.
- Not Quite Dead: He's briefly mentioned in Tools of Destruction over the PA of Zordoom Prison.
- Not So Different: Hinted at; Vox mentions that Ratchet reminds him of a young Acenote . Ace does not appreciate the remark.
- And apparently extended to gameplay in early drafts of the game, as there are cut voice lines hinting he would have used a morph-o-weapon (one of the signature weapon archetypes for the franchise, but never used by enemies) during his boss fight. Likely cut because it would have bordered on making him an SNK Boss.
- Retcon: He's heavily implied to have died after his boss fight, but in Tools of Destruction, he's offhandedly mentioned as a denizen of Zordoom Prison, and Crack in Time indicates he's recently been released from Zordoom.
- Shout-Out: "Ace" and "Hard-light" are both terms that are sometimes used to describe another particularly unpleasant character who thinks he's braver and more popular than he actually is.
- Start of Darkness: The destruction of Bolden 3 triggered Ace to leave the Sonic 7 and join DreadZone.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He used to be a hero, but ended up under the payroll of Gleeman Vox, acting as his right hand, much like Captain Qwark with Drek. He does have a more serious temperament than Qwark does, and he is definitely not incompetent.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Subverted. Gleeman Vox repeatedly tries to promote Ace as someone everyone should adore and therefore buy merchandise of, to little avail; Vox complains at the beginning of Deadlocked that Ace is so unpopular that he can't even give Ace products away. One of the Dreadzone courses is a Ace Hardlight toy plant they had to shut down due to the abysmal sales of his merchandise.
The main antagonist of Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters.
- Big Bad: He is the main antagonist of Size Matters.
- Expy: Otto appears to be an evil version of Geppetto, as he creates robots and gadgets (including a puppet) for his own selfish desires, and doesn't care about others taking credit.
- Otto's motivations are also identical to that of the original Big Bad, Chairman Drek.
- Godhood Seeker: His actual motivation is to rule the universe by absorbing the intellect of the smartest people in it, therefore being revered for being the smartest being in existence.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Appears to be his motivation towards those who take credit for technology, but this is later subverted.
A villainous robotic puppet, controlled by the technomites, created by Otto Destruct who was built to resemble a little girl.
- Baby Talk: Luna fakes it while undercover, by pronouncing "s" with "th".
- The Brute: The video Ratchet sees while escaping the Medical Outpost not only confirms that Luna is The Dragon, but he is also the lieutenant of the technomite army.
- Classic Villain: A bitterly envious villain who manages to befriend the heroes before capturing them and cloning one of them? Luna defiantly qualifies.
- Children Are Innocent: Averted and subverted. Luna is purely evil, and he isn't even a real girl at all (and he's not even female in the first place).
- The Cutie: Luna sets himself up to be an innocent and endearing child.
- Cute Is Evil: His cuteness only belies how vile he truly is.
- Deliberately Distressed Damsel: Fakes his own kidnapping to lure Ratchet into a trap.
- Disney Villain Death: Falls to his death after his floating tractor is destroyed.
- The Dragon: He is Otto's main subordinate.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: If one considers Luna to be a male, then his appearance is (intentionally) misleadingly feminine.
- Emergent Human: Though not looking human, Luna is new to acquiring sentience.
- Enfant Terrible: Averted. Luna has the appearance of a little girl, but isn't one himself.
- Evil All Along: Reveals his true alliance upon his rescue, by speaking in an adult woman's voice and shocks Clank.
- Expy: Luna is one to Pinocchio, in that they are both living puppets loyal to their creators, with the major difference is that Luna is willingly evil and manipulative, while Pinocchio is just naïve. The technomites inside his head could also be evil counterparts to Jiminy Cricket from the Disney adaptation, in that they guide Luna to commit evil (and possibly took control of his body briefly before the boss battle).
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Luna is without a doubt a kidnapping and homicidal lieutenant and brute in the shape of an adorable girl. No doubt his appearance was what kept Ratchet fooled.
- Faked Kidnapping: Does this throughout the first third of the game.
- The Mole: Luna is this in the first mission, before "her" (his) Faked Kidnapping.
- No Biological Sex: Despite looking like a female, and even being referred to as one by the titular duo, Luna is genderless due to being a puppet and a warship. And when his secret is exposed, Luna speaks with a male voice.
- Perverse Puppet: You bet he is! Even if he was never a toy in the first place.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Luna's eyes become red when he begins to speak with a male voice.
- Robot Girl: Luna is revealed to be one on Challax. Not that he's actually female in the first place; just built like one.
- The Smurfette Principle: Defied. Luna is genderless, but his appearance and the lack of other females outside of a few nurses in the Medical Outpost Omega makes him appear to be the only female involved with the plot.
- Spaceship Girl: The technomites also use Luna as a warship, as one cutscene shows a whole army boarding him and taking off to the Dani Moon. Again, Luna is not even female.
- Speech Impediment: He speaks this way while undercover.
- Vocal Dissonance: Has a child voice at first, then a woman's voice, and finally, a man's.
- Walking Spoiler: He's a villain. And he's a fake.
Emperor Percival Tachyon
Debut: Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
English voice by: Andy Morris
Japanese voice by: Hiroshi Iwasaki
The villain of Tools of Destruction, Tachyon is the last of the Cragmites, an Always Chaotic Evil race defeated by the Lombaxes years ago. As a result, he has a grudge against Ratchet's race.
- 0% Approval Rating: Tachyon is so hated by everyone in Polaris, that he will use his Drophyd army to frighten them into obedience at the threat of death. It probably has to do with everyone being forced to show "appreciation" to him, which was recently extended to pretty much every single day of the year.
- Absolute Xenophobe: He only cares about the Cragmites. Everyone else, especially lombaxes, are targets for genocide.
- Arch-Enemy: A definite one to Ratchet. Having getting rid of all the Lombaxes, and also being the one who killed Ratchet's father.
- Berserk Button: Making fun of his name or height will earn you the death penalty in his empire. And when Ratchet scoffs at his name in person, he's very quickly set off.
- Big Bad: Of Tools and Destruction.
- Big "NEVER!": Tachyon yells this to Ratchet that the Lombaxes will never be safe before falling into a black hole.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Tachyon is proud to be a cragmite, and is proud to be evil. He even calls himself a "dictator" to the population of Stratus City.
- Creepy High-Pitched Voice: He has a very shrill and loud voice, fitting, considering his stature.
- Disney Villain Death: He falls into a black hole at the end of the game. Until the comic revealed he survived, now stuck in a planet fragment in another dimension along with Artemis Zogg.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: One of Tachyon's major grudges against the Lombaxes.Tachyon: Those... filthy creatures had the gall to pity me!
- Embarrassing First Name: "Your name is Percival?!"
- The Emperor: "Emperor! See the crown? See the scepter? The giant walking throne and the legion of loyal robotic commandos? EMPEROR!"
- Establishing Character Moment: Tachyon uses his first scene to call himself the ruler of the universe pending the extinction (read: genocide) of a few races. Even before he appears, he's willing to level an entire city and murder it's trillions of inhabitants (among them Sasha, who's the mayor, and Big Al) if it means getting to Ratchet.
- Evil Counterpart: In some ways, he's this to Ratchet.
- The Farmer and the Viper: Upon discovering his heritage as a Cragmite, he immediately gets to work on wiping out the entire Lombax race (the ones who raised him from a hatchling, in spite of what he was) and coercing the Drophyds into helping him take over the galaxy and bring about the return of said Cragmites. Ratchet rightfully calls him on it.
- Final Solution: One of Tachyon's main goals is to wipe out the lombaxes and all traces of their existence out of pure hatred towards them.
- Galactic Conqueror: By the time Ratchet and Clank arrive, Tachyon's taken over most of the Polaris Galaxy. And once he brings back the Cragmites, he becomes an Omnicidal Maniac bent on killing everyone who doesn't support him, namely, the entire universe.
- Genocide from the Inside: Not only was Tachyon raised by Lombaxes, he tried to kill them all using Lombax-engineered tech.
- Hate Sink: Unlike any of the previous villains sans Courtney Gears and Ace Hardlight (and even he had a few redeeming traits), he largely lacks any really admirable or funny qualities, and due to his quotes tending to repeat themselves, comes off as intentionally trying to annoy the player to motivate them to get rid of him.
- Hypocrite: He takes great pride in his Cragmite heritage, but was actually raised by the Lombaxes. He also wholeheartedly admits in the penultimate levels that he reverse-engineered Lombax technology to create his empire, meaning that without the Lombaxes he's trying to wipe out, he wouldn't be anywhere.
- It's All About Me: You should see how many days are called "Tachyon Appreciation Day" in Polaris (it was so popular, that it was extended by infinity plus one days). Gets worse when the Cragmites are brought back.
- Knight of Cerebus: Downplayed. The humor doesn't disappear from the franchise, but due to him personally knowing the Lombaxes, he starts up the main plot of the Future trilogy, which causes Ratchet to take more interest in knowing about the past of his race.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Tachyon wanted to use the Dimensionator to bring the Cragmites back to this universe to destroy it. In the end, he ends up banishing himself into a lifeless universe with only Zogg as a companion.
- The Napoleon: Making fun of Tachyon's stature warrants the death penalty.
- Made of Evil: He is a Cragmite after all, and given what Cragmites are...
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Tachyon's crimes include building a cult around himself, Putting on the Reich with his Drophyd army, and the genocide of the lombaxes.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Tachyon is already genocidal when the game begins, but by the penultimate planet, he's successfully summoned the Cragmites, and they are in the process of destroying Meridian City and killing everyone in it, and has plans to repeat the progress with all the other planets in the universe.
- Sadist: Tachyon seems to love killing innocent people, regardless of their crimes. Genocide appears to be his favorite hobby.
- Self-Made Orphan: Taken Up to Eleven. Not only did he kill the lombaxes that raised him, he tried to purge the entire race over what they did to the cragmites.
- The Sociopath: He has no regard for sentient life, and attempted genocide against the Lombaxes, including the last one. Tachyon has no sympathy, guilt, or remorse, and will gladly exterminate anyone who stands in the way. And he took a lot of pleasure killing Ratchet's father.
- Villainous Legacy: Tachyon's betrayal and genocide of the lombaxes plays a large role in the backstory for both Ratchet (who was sent to Veldin by his deceased father) and Alister Azimuth (who gave Tachyon access to lombax technology).
- White Sheep: In an absolute irony, the Smugger considers Tachyon to be this when compared to the Cragmites in general. Given how much of a monster Tachyon is, who knows how bad his predecessors were.
- Would Hurt a Child: Tachyon wanted to kill Ratchet when the latter was still only a baby. Tachyon is also implied to have killed all the children in an orphanage on Planet Mukow so that he could build a gladiator arena in its place.
Captain Romulus Slag
Debut: Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
English voice by: Robin Atkin Downes
Japanese voice by: Katsuhisa Hoki
The scourge of Polaris, the grog-drinking captain of large crew of space pirates and a thorn in Ratchet and Clank's side in Tools of Destruction. In Quest for Booty, Rusty Pete managed to salvage his head and revive him by attaching it to Captain Darkwater's body.
- Arc Villain: He's the primary recurring threat for a while in Tools of Destruction, and the main antagonist alongside Darkwater in Quest for Booty.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Captain Darkwater in Quest for Booty.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He murdered Darkwater and usurped his position as Captain of the space pirates, and admits that even if you gave him grog, he'd still kill you. Tachyon also feared that he and the space pirates would betray him, which probably contributed to him abandoning them.
- Fat Bastard: He's a pretty hefty robot.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Rusty Pete, though some fans see it differently.
- Losing Your Head: He is reduced to this after he is defeated, and again after his second defeat in Quest for Booty.
- Sharing a Body: With Captain Darkwater.
- Space Pirate: He's the captain of a crew of robotic space pirates.
- The Starscream: To Captain Darkwater.
- Ungrateful Bastard: During his Decapitated Villains radio ad, he mentions that even if someone would donate grog to him, he would still kill them would he encounter them.
- Where Are They Now: Into The Nexus confirms that Slag has retired from piracy and is now a semi-professional beat boxer in Stratus City.
Debut: Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
English voice by: Wally Wingert
Japanese voice by: Toru Nara
Captain Slag's first mate and best friend.
- Ambiguously Gay: His loyalty and devotion toward Captain Slag do make one wonder.
- Batman Gambit: He successfully manages to dupe Ratchet into leading him to Captain Darkwater's body, so he can use it to revive Captain Slag.
- Break the Haughty: Pete took Slag's death very hard, and his first scene in Quest for Booty is lamenting on how Slag was his only friend.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He's a pretty odd individual.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In Quest for Booty, he manages to trick Ratchet into helping him resurrect Captain Slag.
- If you listen to Pirate Radio in A Crack in Time, you might have heard this gem, to back the theory up: "And you're projecting your anger on me to cover an unconscious but deep-seated resentment toward a patriarch who never hugged you. Hic."
- Defeat Means Friendship: As soon as Slag is defeated, Pete makes Ratchet his new captain. Mainly so that he can gain Ratchet's trust if it means getting to Darkwater's body.
- Don't Explain the Joke: That's a good one, captain! You made a rhyme! Ha ha ha!
- The Dragon: He is Slag's right-hand man.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Starts out as a lackey of Captain Slag, ends up aiding Ratchet, then turns on him to resurrect Slag.
- Pet the Dog: Even when Pete feigns a HeelFace Turn, he still allows Ratchet to take the Dimensionator. When Qwark takes it for himself to make himself look like a hero again, Pete tells Ratchet exactly where the escape pod Qwark escaped in will go. And once he revives Slag, his first action is to apologize for double-crossing Ratchet, and gives him two weapons.
- Space Pirate: He's part of a crew of robotic space pirates.
- Undying Loyalty: To Slag.
- Wham Line: "After all, you're the boob, and here's the trap!
Captain Angstrom Darkwater
Debut: Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest For Booty
English voice by: Dave B. Mitchell
Japanese voice by: Jin Urayama
Former captain of the Space Pirates of Merdegraw, until he was overthrown by his first mate, Romulus Slag. He bound his soul to his body so he could defend his treasure even in death.
Lord Flint Vorselon
Debut: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time
English voice by: David Boat
Japanese voice by: Yasuhiro Mamiya
A former Terraklon assassin and mercenary, Vorselon now works under Dr. Nefarious in A Crack in Time in order to keep his new robotic body.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Nefarious in A Crack In Time.
- Bonus Boss: By collecting all 40 Zoni.
- The Dragon: To Nefarious, until he was replaced with Cassiopeia.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Mentioned as a Zordoom inmate in "Tools of Destruction". He's also mentioned in Stratus City, indicating that he was once The Dragon to Tachyon.
- Invisibility: He will try to sneak and try to ambush you by appearing right in front of you.
- Losing Your Head: He was reduced to a disembodied head after a fight with Drophyds.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Subverted. At first it looks like he's telling Ratchet that he is his father, then he ends with "Accountant".
- Shock and Awe: Many of his attacks are electric based.
- Zero-Effort Boss: He becomes this at the end of Ratchet's final rematch against him. After you finish the real part of the fight, his suit completely falls apart and he's reduced to a disembodied head. At this point, he can't attack and the only way to lose the fight is by quitting or getting a power outage. You don't even have to attack him—Ratchet kills him by simply stepping on him. He's as easy to beat as Bob The Goldfish.
Debut: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time
English voice by: Kath Cressida
Japanese voice by: Yukie Maeda
A Valkyrie and one of Nefarious' subordinates in A Crack in Time.
- Brawn Hilda: A strong woman the size of a house.
- Disney Villain Death: Cassiopeia ends up falling to her death following her defeat.
- The Dragon: To Dr. Nefarious until her death, officially replacing Vorselon.
- Foil: She serves as one for Courtney Gears. Both are robotic female villains working for Dr. Nefarious, and are known to have flirted with him on several occasions. Both also have other female villains under their command, and have some part in Clank being captured. Gears is a sadistic sociopath who Nefarious sees as just another lackey. Cassiopeia cares for her fellow Valkyries, views Ratchet as a Worthy Opponent, and Nefarious shows some romantic feelings for her.
- Kick the Dog: During the boss battle against Cassiopeia, she constantly mocks Ratchet's attempts to save Clank and even his dead parents.
- Well, she was pretty upset about him killing her sisters.
- Unholy Matrimony: Cassiopeia and Nefarious.
Carina and Libra
Debut: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time Cassiopeia's two sisters who lead the Valkyrie army along with her. They work to wreak havoc in the Polaris Galaxy, and help Nefarious in his quest for the Great Clock in exchange for getting their race's original colony back.
English voice by: Kari Wahlgren (Carina), Fred Tatasciore (Libra)
Japanese voice by: Hana Takeda (Carina), Masafumi Kimura (Libra)
- Amazon Brigade: They are leaders of this.
- Brawn Hilda: Like their sister, they are very large and brawny women.
- Co-Dragons: To Cassiopeia.
- It's Personal: Carina stays behind to fight Ratchet while Azimuth goes for Valpedia out of anger for Libra's death. She dies almost right away.
- Space Pirate: A rival, all-female faction, despite the name.
- This Cannot Be!: Carina's Famous Last Words, though she is Killed Mid-Sentence.
- Vocal Dissonance: Libra has a deep masculine voice in spite of being female.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Both don't have much screen time. Not long after they are introduced by Nefarious, Libra ends up killed by Ratchet in a space fight, while Carina later meets the same fate.
Loki Master/"Mr. Dinkles"
Debut: Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
English voice by: Steve Blum
The Big Bad of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, who used the spaceship Emphemerus to bring multitudes of dangerous creatures to the planet Magnus.
- Cute Is Evil: While possessing Mr. Dinkles.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: When we meet him, he's possessing Dr. Croid's pet Mr. Dinkles.
- Grand Theft Me: How his kind survive. Without special equipment, however, they can only possess smaller creatures.
- The Man Behind the Man: Forced Dr. Nevo to build his equipment and weapons at gun-point.
- Omnicidal Maniac: "No longer will our kind remain trapped on this primitive planet! No, we will spread out, and rip this universe apart! Planet by planet, star by star, until nothing but dust remains!"
- One-Winged Angel: Possesses a Rykan V Grivelnox in the final battle.
Stuart Zurgo/"Qwark Fanboy"
Debut: Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
English voice by: Ben Diskin (Going Commando), Richard Steven Horvitz (Full Frontal Assault)
The main antagonist of Full Frontal Assault.
- Ascended Extra: From a minor role in Going Commando to a main villain.
- Ascended Fanboy: Through becoming a villain to antagonize his former hero.
- Basement-Dweller: He apparently still lives with his mother. Even the achievement trophies mock him for it.
- Big Bad: For Full Frontal Assault.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Zurgo's actual debut was in Going Commando, as the Qwark-obsessed nerd.
- Fan Boy: Even after becoming a villain, he has tendencies of this.
- Nerd in Evil's Helmet: Wears a helmet to appear intimidating early in the game.
- A Villain Named "Z__rg": He's an antagonist whose surname contains "Zurg".
Debut: Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
English voice by: Nika Futterman
- BrotherSister Team: With Neftin.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The tiny girl to Neftin's huge guy.
- Humiliation Conga: After Neftin helps save her from the Netherverse and they help stop the Nethers, Neftin drags her off to jail, since he agreed that both of them were going to jail in exchange for Ratchet's help.
- Mind over Matter: She's got psychic powers. She demonstrates her use of them when she tries to crush Ratchet with an elevator near the beginning, and when she sends the blast to force Mr. Eye back to the Netherverse, which apparently exhausts her powers if her failed attempts to prevent Neftin from turning them both in are anything to go by.
- The Unfought: Despite being the cornerstone of the plot, and a space witch to boot, Ratchet never exchanges actual battle with her, only avoids her actions.
- Unwitting Pawn: Her efforts to bring the Nethers to her were not for the purposes of reunion— the Nethers just used her so they could take over another universe.
Debut: Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
English voice by: Fred Tatasciore
- BrotherSister Team: With Vendra.
- Epic Flail: He uses two of these when you fight him.
- Enemy Mine: Reluctantly teams up with Ratchet after Vendra is captured by the Nethers.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He was actually a lot smaller, but at some point Vendra modified him so he could act as her right-hand man.
- Genius Bruiser: He's rather smart and is an excellent strategist.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The huge guy to Vendra's tiny girl.
- I Gave My Word: After he and Ratchet rescues Vendra, he willingly turns himself and his sister into the authorities, as he promised.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He mentions that he's only going along with what Vendra does because she's his sister.
"Mr. Eye"/Nether Leader
Debut: Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
English voice by: Fred Tatasciore
The true main antagonist of Into The Nexus.
- Big Bad: He had actually been manipulating the Prog twins this whole time in order to free himself and the Nethers.
- Black Speech: It specks in a language only Vendra can understand.
Debut: Ratchet & Clank Comic
The Big Bad of the comic series and a ruthless tyrant, Artemis Zogg uses his technology to "steal" planets and relocate them to his own "Artemis Galaxy".
- Big Bad: He is the main villain of the comic series.
- Broken Pedestal: Becomes embittered by Qwark after he ran for president instead of aiding Zogg's campaign like he promised.
- Fan Boy: Zogg was this towards Qwark before his disillusionment. Shows shades of this towards Ratchet, even near the end.
- Fat Bastard: Becomes an evil fat guy after his Start of Darkness
- Galactic Conqueror: Despite his insistence on being a "president", he's clearly taking over planets by force.
- Pimped-Out Cape: His cape is pretty snazzy.
- Start of Darkness: The third issue reveals what caused him to become the tyrant he is today.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In his eyes, he's only doing what is necessary to ensure peace among the galaxy.
- You Are What You Hate: He essentially becomes no different than Tachyon. Becomes obvious when he becomes stranded in a meteor with him by the end.