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The playable heroic characters from the original continuity of the Spyro the Dragon series. Visit the index here for other characters who appear in the same canon.

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Spyro the Dragon (1998)



Sparx the Dragonfly
"You purple putz!"
Voiced by: André Sogliuzzo

Spyro's best friend. He monitors Spyro's health and helps him collect treasure. In Year of the Dragon this extends to dragon eggs, by way of certain missions in which he is playable.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Has a few levels to himself in Year of the Dragon.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Even though he's Spyro's best friend, a few of his lines in A Hero's Tail suggest that he feels underappreciated as Spyro's sidekick. Particularly when he goes into cracks to retrieve collectibles:
    Sparx: So, you want me to risk my life while you "stand guard" out there?
  • Breath Weapon: Gains the ability to spew energy balls in Year Of The Dragon.
  • Fairy Companion: Follows Spyro whenever present. This extends to other playable characters.
  • Floating in a Bubble: How he is able to travel underwater.
  • Force Field: Eating a grey butterfly will grant Sparx one that allows him to ram enemies and hazards with impunity.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Spyro. They've been best friends since the first game.
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: He'll recover health the moment he swallows a butterfly.
  • Informed Species: Promotional art for the original PlayStation games shows him with arms and bulbous antennae. He more closely resembles a real dragonfly in Reignited Trilogy.
  • Life Meter: As he loses hit points, his color cycles through gold, blue, and green before he totally vanishes. In Reignited Trilogy, his tail droops as well. He can acquire an additional point of health in Year of the Dragon (a brighter gold at full health) and A Hero's Tail (red on his last point).
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Eating a purple butterfly will allow Sparx to spit spreads of rockets that have a slight homing ability.
  • More Dakka: Eating a green butterfly substantially increases Sparx's rate of fire, though it causes shots to go in a whipping pattern and has limited ammo.
  • Platforming Pocket Pal: He's perfectly capable of following Spyro and friends around without any trouble by flying behind them.
  • Playing with Fire: Eating a red butterfly will grant Sparx a flaming spread shot whose shots will spread into further shots when they hit enemies.
  • Power-Up Magnet: His duty is to pick up gems and extra lives for Spyro. In Ripto's Rage! onward, the extra lives manifest as special butterflies.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't talk at all in the first two games even when addressed, and still doesn't talk much in the third.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Zigzagged in Year Of the Dragon where Sparx spoke, but only in a "buzzy" language. Later played straight, he starts speaking legibly in A Hero's Tail.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Becomes playable in Year of the Dragon, helping acquire dragon eggs where Spyro is too large to travel.
  • The Unintelligible: Before A Hero's Tail he only speaks in kazoo-like noises, though his cadence matches the on-screen text.
  • Use Your Head: In Year of the Dragon, he has a miniature version of Spyro's charge attack. A certain upgrade allows him to destroy certain chests for Spyro in this manner.


Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!


Hunter the Cheetah
"Oh! I, uhh... got a little lost."
Click here for his classic appearance 

Voiced by: Gregg Berger (Ripto's Rage!, Year of the Dragon, Enter the Dragonfly), Jess Harnell (A Hero's Tail), Robbie Daymond (Reignited Trilogy)
(Japanese) Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata

"I was about to jump down there, but I think I hear running water and I hate to get wet. It's a cat thing."

Spyro's close friend and sidekick. He meets Spyro in Avalar and later follows him to the Dragon Kingdom, helping him look for orbs and dragon eggs by way of various missions. He's an established athlete and archer, often lending his bow to Spyro's cause.

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Starting from A Hero's Tail, he actively keeps his bow and arrows strapped to his back. This carried over into Reignited Trilogy, where he wears them in both Ripto's Rage! and Year of the Dragon.
  • Ascended Extra: In his first appearance, he exists merely to offer missions and accidentally start the whole Ripto takeover in the first place. He's playable in certain Speedway missions in Year of the Dragon, but has entire playable segments to himself in A Hero's Tail.
  • Badass Normal: Hunter excels in physical ability and can work well with vehicles and machinery. He's also quite skilled in archery, which he's used to help Spyro on several occasions.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Occasionally takes this role for Spyro, running the gliding tutorial missions in Ripto's Rage! and Year of the Dragon. In Ripto's Rage! he tells Spyro about camera settings, and in Year of the Dragon introduces him to skateboarding.
  • Breakout Character: Initially just one of the many mission givers in Ripto's Rage (albeit with some plot relevance in accidentally starting Ripto's takeover), Hunter eventually became one of Spyro's most prominent allies, becoming playable in certain Speedway missions in Year of the Dragon and fully playable in certain areas in A Hero's Tail (along with appearing in every other Spyro game in-between), ultimately culminating in him being the only character besides Spyro and Sparx to make the jump to The Legend of Spyro series.
  • Butt-Monkey: Getting his feet locked in solid rock, thrown into a wall, stuck in a hole, battered with attacks aimed at Spyro, kidnapped and imprisoned...
  • Cast Herd: With Elora and the Professor in Ripto's Rage!, then with Spyro and Zoe in Year of the Dragon.
  • Cats Hate Water: He pops up once or twice in Year of the Dragon, which oddly conflicts with the odd occasion he's seen underwater, though he's at least wearing scuba gear.
  • Cool Board: He teaches Spyro to ride a skateboard in Year of the Dragon, and competes with him in certain missions.
  • Cool Plane: A mission in Ripto's Rage! involves Spyro riding his remote-controlled drone, which is equipped with guns.
  • Cool Pet: A manta ray, although Spyro has to tame it for him. Hunter teaches it to carry weaponry in Year of the Dragon.
  • Cowardly Lion: He claims to have the ability to get things done and for the most part does. He's just not very bold or outgoing about it when it's time to shut up.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When he does fight, he's actually pretty good at it, usually employing his bow but also using anything from laser pistols to a fighter plane or sometimes just going toe to toe. Reignited gives his martial prowess more time to shine.
  • Depending on the Writer: How tough he is varies quite a bit. At his weakest in Ripto's Rage, where he's a total wimp who can barely talk back to Ripto, and at his strongest in A Hero's Tail, wherein he's a main playable character who can actually back up his boasting. Year of the Dragon is a bit of middle ground, he is easily caught by the Sorceress' obvious trap but nevertheless holds his own in the sidequests where you play as him.
  • The Ditz: A mild example. While competent, he does have a few moments of stupidity.
  • Eaten Alive: Apparently by a metal shark in the epilogue of Ripto's Rage!. He returns alive and well in Year of the Dragon.
  • Flanderization:
    • Zigzagged in A Hero's Tail: his ditzy Surfer Dude tendencies are far less pronounced, but his ego seems to have increased (granted in this case, he's able to back it up a fair bit).
    • His Archer Archetype skills, despite being an iconic part of his character at this point, were a case of this. When he debuted in Spyro 2, he used his bow a grand total of once in the entire game. Later games would play up this more and more to the point his The Legend of Spyro incarnation was near full-on Robin Hood. Even the Spyro Reignited Trilogy would retroactively play this up, showing him carrying around a bow on him even when he doesn't need it. Considering this ended up becoming a rather iconic part of his character, this may be a case of Tropes Are Not Bad.
  • Funny Animal: He's an anthropomorphic cheetah.
  • Guest Fighter: He's a "Guest Racer" in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Unlike most racers in Nitro-Fueled, he criticizes himself heavily for his loss.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Spyro seem to become this by Year of the Dragon.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: He debuted in Ripto's Rage! and has become Spyro's most iconic recurring ally. He even managed to return (albeit in a different form) for the subsequent reboot.
  • Informed Species: Downplayed in the original PlayStation games: he does look like a cheetah, but not too closely. In A Hero's Tail, his muzzle is white, his tail is more catlike, his spots are darker, and he now has discernible teeth and digits. His design in Reignited Trilogy takes cues from this incarnation but makes him scruffier and gives him stripes on the sides of his muzzle like a real cheetah.
  • Jet Pack: He uses it to stop cat burglars in Ripto's Rage! and invading farm animals in Year Of The Dragon.
  • Lovable Coward: Sometimes he's like this. In the second game, when Ripto steals the power crystal from the Professor, Elora tells him to do something to stop him. His reply?
    "Uh... Hey! Give that back! ...Well, I tried."
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He accidentally let Ripto, Crush, and Gulp into Avalar in the first place by punching the wrong coordinatesnote  into the Professor's superportal.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Hunter's clumsiness and dialogue makes him the source of most humor since Ripto's Rage!.
  • Promoted to Playable: He has limited playability in Year of the Dragon and is fully playable in A Hero's Tail and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.
  • The Rival: Albeit a good-natured one, as he quickly comes to respect Spyro's capabilities during Ripto's Rage!.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: A nuanced example: he's fairly competent, but is still a ditz who views himself as The Ace in sports.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Averted in the original series since he has no problem giving Spyro missions to do while underwater and can swim fine on his own, but played straight in A Hero's Tail where he sinks like a rock in any body of water.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From a bumbling sports fan in Ripto's Rage!, to a tinkerer and adept pilot in Year of the Dragon, to a competent warrior in A Hero's Tail.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: A downplayed case in A Hero's Tail: he's still a Nice Guy overall, but a lot more egotistical and a tad blunt and rude in dialogue scenes.
  • Trick Arrow: One mission in Ripto's Rage has Hunter assist Spyro by shooting arrows at enemies to stun them so that Spyro can Headbash them. In the Reignited Trilogy, these arrows are electrified, and emit yellow sparks when fired.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He falls into the lava during the final battle of Ripto's Rage!, emerging without a singe on his fur in the following cutscene. He's also eaten by a metal shark in the epilogue, but returns in Year of the Dragon.
  • Weapon of Choice: Projectile weapons, specifically a bow and arrows.
  • Vocal Evolution: Gregg Berger's take became less gruff after Ripto's Rage!, gaining a more relaxed 'surfer dude' dialect. This is further enforced by Jess Harnell in A Hero's Tail and Robbie Daymond in Reignited Trilogy.

Spyro: Year of the Dragon


Sheila the Kangaroo
"You dragons used to rule this entire world, you know. Then all of a sudden you left."
Click here for her classic appearance 

Voiced by: Edita Brychta (Year of the Dragon), Chantelle Barry (Reignited Trilogy)

"They say this world used to have magic coming out the wazoo... flying ships, singing forests, wishing stones, you name it."

One of the four other playable characters besides Spyro in Year of the Dragon, and the first to be freed. Sheila, an Austrialian-accented kangaroo, lives on a mountain with her three goat neighbors. The Sorceress captures her and has her guarded by Moneybags, from whom Spyro has to free her.

  • Action Girl: A very competent fighter.
  • Badass Adorable: A kangaroo that can kick open a turret, for crying out loud. She is even more adorable in the Reignited version, where she is given a more feminine design.
  • Bash Brothers: Helps Spyro fight Buzz.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Usually a friendly and pleasant lass, though she won't hesitate to trample Moneybags or any rhynoc.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: She has these in her original design. Theyre still present in her Reignited redesign, but are slightly smaller and arent as prominent thanks to her new hairstyle.
  • Double Jump: She can jump once in midair.
  • Extremity Extremist: Fights exclusively by kicking.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Reignited Trilogy gives her a more curvaceous body and red hair styled in pigtails.
  • Ground Pound: One of her forms of attack.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: She dons a safari shirt in Reignited Trilogy.
  • Hartman Hips: Technically speaking she had these from the start, but her more anthropomorphic design in Reignited Trilogy really draws attention to her huge legs.
  • In a Single Bound: Comes with the territory of being a kangaroo. She can Double Jump and has a super jump activated by jumping upon hitting the ground from a previous jump.
  • I Shall Taunt You: She insults Moneybags for blocking her levels in Spyro 2: Season of Flame, he responds by asking you to pay him gems to open the portal and forgive her insults.
  • Kangaroos Represent Australia: While she lives on a European-based mountain with German-accented mountain goats wearing lederhosen, she has a thick Aussie accent.
  • Kick Chick: Her entire moveset revolves around powerful kicks and stomps. Justified as real-life kangaroos have powerful kicks that can badly injure or outright kill a human.
  • Leitmotif: Sheila's Alp, which plays during her playable segments in Year of the Dragon.
  • Ms. Exposition: Explains part of the situation regarding the Forgotten Realms' lack of magic and their history with dragons after Spyro frees her.
  • Nice Girl: A kind, friendly kangaroo who's perfectly happy to lend a foot to anyone who needs her help. Just don't try to keep her in a cage, as Moneybags learned the hard way.
  • Spring Jump: Can perform a very high jump by jumping again immediately upon landing.
  • Team Mom: Seems to take this role toward her mountain goat neighbors, as well as a group of seals in Seashell Shore.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Gains pigtails and a more feminine silhouette in Reignited Trilogy.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only playable female character in Year of the Dragon.
  • Turn the Other Fist: After Spyro frees her from Moneybags, she assures the bear "no hard feelings"... before buck kicking him hard into a nearby wall.

    Sgt. Byrd 

Sgt. James Byrd
"Sgt. Byrd; 90068. Awaiting orders, sir."
Click here for his classic appearance 

Voiced by: Tom Kenny (Year of the Dragon, Reignited Trilogy), Michael J. Gough (A Hero's Tail)

"My tactical instincts told me the Sorceress would attack you here, so I flew in to help out."

One of the four other playable characters besides Spyro in Year of the Dragon. Sgt. Byrd, a penguin, lives with hummingbirds who raised him, taught him to fly, and trained him as a soldier. The Sorceress captures him and has him guarded by Moneybags, from whom Spyro has to free him.

  • Abnormal Ammo: Drops weapons for Spyro to use during his battle with Spike, who can use them for himself.
  • Amazon Brigade: He lives and works with an army of female hummingbirds.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is an army sergeant, after all.
  • Badass Adorable: He's a flying penguin... with missile launchers.
  • Best Served Cold: Saves his rockets for Moneybags upon Spyro freeing him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: His hummingbird troops are unable to effectively combat the rhynocs in his absence, but he quickly turns the tide upon his return.
  • Chain of People: His playable segments in Attack of the Rhynocs require him to rescue his soldiers using this method.
  • Death from Above: He can pick up things with his legs and then drop them down to an enemy below.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Flying penguins with missiles and bombs.
  • Flight: He can fly indefinitely, though compared to Spyro using a Superfly Powerup he is less mobile.
  • Flying Flightless Bird: Because of the training he got from hummingbirds, he is able to flap his penguin flippers fast enough to be able to fly.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Zigzagged. Sgt. Bird says he has limited ammunition when Spyro frees him, saving it for Moneybags instead of simply blasting himself out of the cage. It quickly turns out James can fire rockets indefinitely during gameplay... however, blasting similar cages with his normal ammunition proves to do nothing, so trying to free himself was fruitless (and dangerous).
  • Glass Cannon: He can kill most enemies at range, but he's hard to steer when walking. Like Spyro, he dies in one hit without Sparx.
  • Interspecies Romance: His girlfriend, Isabelle, is one of the fairies from Charmed Ridge.
  • Jet Pack: Gets one in A Hero's Tail.
  • The Lancer: In comparison to the chill, fun-loving, and mischievous Spyro, Sgt. Byrd is strict, organized, and serious.
  • Leitmotif: Sgt. Byrd's Base, which plays during his playable segments in Year of the Dragon.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: His shoulder-mounted rocket launchers are his primary weapon.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: He enjoys hanging out at the Tiki Lodge and is in a relationship with a Charmed Ridge fairy.
  • Shout-Out: His name is "Byrd, James Byrd", as his introductory cutscene is titled. He has the same British accent and his call number is 9-double-0-68.
  • The Stoic: Speaks and acts like a typical military officer.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: While it is E-rated Bloodless Carnage, the fact James relies heavily on explosives makes him the most destructive of Spyro's allies.


Bentley the Yeti
"Please do afford me the sublime honor of enjoying your visitation in the nearest future!"
Click here for his classic appearance 

Voiced by: Neil Ross (Year of the Dragon), Fred Tatasciore (A Hero's Tail), Dave B. Mitchell (Reignited Trilogy)

"Ah, the first rejuvinating breath of freedom! With the humility of a wounded sparrow, I genuflect to my noble deliverer."

One of the four other playable characters besides Spyro in Year of the Dragon. Bentley, a large yeti, lives with his younger brother Bartholomew at an outpost in some icy mountains. Bentley wields a large club made of ice and enormous strength, having the intelligence and vocabulary to back it up. The Sorceress captures him and has him guarded by Moneybags, from whom Spyro has to free him.

  • Attack Reflector: By spinning his club quickly, he can deflect enemy projectiles back to their senders.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Normally a nice guy, but if you mess with his little brother or imprison him he will bring the thunder.
  • Big Brother Instinct: To Bartholomew, whom he seems to be responsible for raising as well.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and Yeti: He's a big, horned, white-furred humanoid identified as a yeti and who lives in a cold climate, but has no problem visiting other realms. He even has a favored walking spot in sunny Bamboo Terrace.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Has blue skin and horns and is one of Spyro's allies.
  • Boxing Battler: Gets into a boxing match with the Colossus yeti after Bartholomew tells him the yeti took his ball.

    Agent 9 

Agent 9 the Lab Monkey
"A rhynoc! Oh! Let me at him! You wanna piece of me, rhynoc boy? Eat laser, punk! Come on, now! No fair hiding!"
Click here for his classic appearance 

Voiced by: Richard Tatum

"Oooooh weeee, I love the sizzle of a high energy laser on the back end of a rhynoc! Too bad the Sorceress didn't send more of 'em, I was really getting into the zone!"

One of the four other playable characters besides Spyro in Year of the Dragon, and the last to be freed. Agent 9, a hyperactive monkey wielding a laser gun, lives with the Professor, his mentor. The Sorceress captures him and has him guarded by Moneybags, from whom Spyro has to free him.

  • Ax-Crazy: A rare heroic example. He has no qualms about shooting Moneybags, Rhynocs or the dogs in Haunted Tomb and laughing all the while, but he remains a prominent ally to Spyro nonetheless.
  • Badass Normal: Relies more heavily on technological weaponry than Spyro, and has no special abilities beyond that.
  • Blood Knight: His response to being cursed in Haunted Tomb for shooting someone is to track down the same dog and shoot him again. He's also too excited to know there is trouble in Dino Mines to hear exactly what it is before he can get to shooting things.
  • Boss Arena Recovery: Shoots balloons that hold sheep and powerups during Spyro's battle with the Sorceress, dropping them for his use.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Downplayed; you don't get to rescue him until Midnight Mountain, the last world in Year of the Dragon.
  • Energy Weapon: Uses a laser pistol as his main method of attack.
  • Evil Laugh: Does this when he finds the powerup mentioned below, as well as during his revenge on Moneybags.
  • Heroic Ambidexterity: He holds his raygun in his left hand and can throw bombs with his right.
  • Keet: Especially in his introduction. He's very excitable.
  • Laughing Mad: A rare heroic case.
  • Leitmotif: Agent 9's Lab, which plays during his playable segments in Year of the Dragon.
  • Manchild: He has the attention span, demeanor, and maturity of a ten-year-old, and enjoys shooting people just for fun.
  • More Dakka: Can find a powerup that gives him this in his section of Fireworks Factory.
  • Motor Mouth: A hallmark of his. His mission in Dino Mines starts with Deputy Roy having to slow him down. In Reignited, his first interaction with Spyro involves the dragon completely unable to get a word in for most of the cutscene, since the moment he opens his mouth, Agent 9's moved on to the next train of thought.
  • Optional Party Member: It's possible to play through the main story of Year of the Dragon without unlocking him because, unlike Sheila, Sgt. Byrd or Bentley, he isn't necessary to fight his area's boss (the Sorceress). However, if you want 100% Completion, his stages are just as mandatory as the other animal buddies.
  • Reflecting Laser: His laser shots bounce off of walls.
  • Stealth-Based Mission: Taking the "Agent" part of his name a bit too literally, Attack of the Rhynocs has him sneaking through Rhynoc bases to rescue his fellow monkeys. Quite ironic, considering how he usually acts.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Unlike fellow playable characters Spyro and Sheila, Agent 9 cannot swim and sinks like a rock in any body of water. Ironically, this includes the water in his home base.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: Can pick up and throw bombs in Agent 9's Lab.
  • Trigger Happy: Shooting others is his favorite pastime.

Spyro: A Hero's Tail


Blink the Mole
“I'm always up for a challenge. You know I love it down there!”
Voiced by: Tara Strong

Spyro's newest ally in A Hero's Tail, Blink is a young mole and the Professor's nephew. After being freed by the purple dragon, Blink decides to help in the fight against Red and any villain that shows up afterwards.