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"I am Calypso. And I thank you for playing Twisted Metal!"
Voiced By: Mel McMurrin (2, 3, and 4), Dave Boat (Head-On)
Played By: Charles L. Simcoe (original), G. Russell Reynolds (reboot)

The mysterious host of the Twisted Metal contest. Few details are known of his Backstory, except his whole family died in a car accident years ago and his wish-granting powers were stolen from Minion, allowing him to survive. He's been holding Twisted Metal for 10 years, with the second game being the 11th entry. He's in all games, but only once as a car driver.

  • Adaptational Villainy: The 2012 reboot does not retain his above mentioned backstory, instead suggesting he's the devil. Also, the Twisted Metal tournament seems to exist just to satisfy his love for death and suffering. One of the locations involved a shopping center during Christmas, because he loves watching innocents die horribly during a time when they should be happy.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Krista Sparks' ending in 2. Calypso is happy to be reunited with his daughter, but then sees she is a cyborg with a bomb built to kill him. Instead of running, he embraces before the explosion kills them both.
  • Asshole Victim: Anytime he gets the tables turned on him.
  • Badass Longcoat: Head-On.
  • Bald of Evil: Black. His hairline is also receding in Head-On.
  • Big Bad: Of most of the games and the series as a whole. Even when he's not, someone else who has his powers is.
  • Big "NO!": Minion's Twisted Metal 2 ending. Also Mr. Grimm's "Lost Ending".
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: He has bodyguards in the first game and Head-On. Justified, since his powers are only limited to granting wishes.
  • Butt-Monkey: In keeping with its Lighter and Softer theme, most of the endings in Small Brawl has Calypso getting the short end of the stick for a change.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the the first game, Calypso was less of a Literal Genie and granted the contestants their wish without intentionally screwing them over (with the exception of Outlaw's, Spectre'snote , and depending on how you interpret his ending, Thumper). He was quite a bit more cruel in the original FMV endings, however.
  • Character Narrator: He himself narrates most endings in Twisted Metal 2.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Twisted Metal 2.
  • Chick Magnet: He has a harem of beautiful babes in bikinis and shirtless guys toting guns in the first game's live-action endings and Head-On (though the guys wear suits in the latter). And apparently enjoys their company.
  • Collector of the Strange: Mr. Grimm's middle in the reboot showcases several of Calypso's memoirs, including the Black Box Crimson Fury and Warthog were looking for in Twisted Metal, Sweet Tooth's machete, No-Face's boxing gloves in Black, Twister's helmet from 2, Kratos' chain-blades, and covers of War of the Monsters. Also there is a painting which is where Calypso imprisons those who get killed during his contests, including Preacher.
  • Cool Airship: His blimp, which he uses as a hideout in both 2 and 3, and becomes an arena in the latter.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Depending on the game, he is presented as such. The reboot makes it more explicit by portraying him as the CEO of Calypso Industries.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: As detailed in the comic tie-in for 2 (see Mysterious Past entry), his sister's death is what sets off the events that'd turn him into Calypso. She's also referenced by Minion in his ending.
    • Death Seeker: Following from the above, having accidentally killed his sister made him this for most of his life.
  • Deal with the Devil: How he got his powers in the comic tie-in. After besting Minion in a race, the devil (a demolition derby fan) allowed him to return to Earth in exchange of doing annual competitions to give him and his cohorts plenty of souls to play with in Hell.
    • He grants wishes to the winners, but they almost never out the way the winners want.
  • Depending on the Artist: Calypso's appearance varies within the series. In the live-action endings to Twisted Metal, Calypso's facial burns are the most extreme, making his face look like hamburger meat wearing a wig. In TM 2, Calypso's facial scars are much less prominent, and in 3 and 4, he didn't seem scarred at all. Black is an alternate continuity, where his scarring is absent, but he's bald and missing an eye. In Head-On, his hairline is receding and he is missing an eye, looking like a cross between his 2 and Black incarnations. Finally, in the PS3 version, he is portrayed as being in his 30's with no scarring, both eyes intact, and a head full of shoulder-length black hair.
  • Depending on the Writer: The source of Calypso's powers varies multiple times. In the original, he had stolen a demon, Black, from Mister Ash, and the demon was the one granting wishes. In 2 and Head-On, he has stolen the powers from Minion, a demon from Hell. 4 handwaved it as a magic ring, probably as an easy way to explain Sweet Tooth having the wish-grating magic. Black and the 2012 game didn't provide any explanation, although the latter is heavily implied to either be or be related to the Devil.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Proves this to Sweet Tooth in 3 and 2012, screwing over his wish. The later is especially notable, he promised Sweet Tooth he would get to find where his daughter was hiding, and sent him into her grave.
  • Evil Twin: Main-Calypso seems to treat Black-Calypso like this, going by Black's TM:Lost profile. And since he's no saint either...
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Calypso will screw up your well-intended wish, unless you happen to be his daughter...
  • Even Evil Has Standards: One of the few wishes he granted with no cruel twist is to grant Axel the strength to face his douchebag father.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Calypso got his wish-granting magic by stealing a demon (Minion)'s powers on the way to Hell, after the car crash that killed his family. (Apparently, the Devil is a big fan of demolition derbies.)
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: A defining trait of his. He certainly gets a kick out of screwing people out of wishes and telling sick jokes as he does so.
  • Famed in Story: In Black he's number 2 on the FBI's most wanted list.
  • First-Name Basis: Regarding Krista being his daughter, you would think that Sparks would had been added to his name. The Reboot nullifies this with Dollface having the name instead, leaving Calypso as is.
  • Flat "What"/Oh, Crap!: If both Literal Genie and Jackass Genie aren't tripped whenever someone makes their wish, Calypso may bite it big time, only the former happens whenever the wish itself is massively stupid (Tires, Girls, or merely wanting to fly for example) or when Calypso can't understand the wish at all (Sweet Tooth being a prime example).
  • For the Evulz: Thus far, this seems to be Calypso's motivation to create a bloody tournament which leaves destruction in its wake.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: In the first games, his whole face is burnt from the car accident. Black and Head-On scale back the damage to one sunken-in eye.
  • Idiot Ball: Not him, specifically. But some of the contestants in Head-On would leave him wondering why they bother with the tournament. In Simon's case, he wondered why bother with resurrection when he can maneuver his own vehicle just fine in his current form. Again with Catfish, he wondered why bother asking for a one-on-one hunt with a man when the tournament had essentially fulfilled that desire.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: In Black. Unlike other continuities there is no explanation for Calypso's powers or how he knows so many things about his contestants.
  • Karma Houdini: In the 2012 game. All of Calypso's villainy is unpunished.
  • Laughably Evil: He's a rotten bastard but it's impossible not to get a laugh out of some of the ways he twists wishes around to screw people over, among his other antics.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Granted, he doesn't have to try very hard. Even knowing that he's a completely untrustworthy demonic trickster, people still do his bidding because his wish-granting power is too tempting to pass up.
  • Mighty Glacier: When usable in 4, he uses a slow missile truck that has the most damaging special in the game.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Says this when he was forced to grant Cousin Eddy's wish in Head-On: to make his RV shinier.
  • Mysterious Past: A comic tie-in for 2 revealed a large amount of info on his past. He was an unbalanced demolition derby driver with suicidal tendencies in life, and after the car accident, managed to outdrive Minion in Hell. The Devil allowed him to return to Earth, in exchange for Calypso running an annual contest, sending both drivers and bystanders alike to Hell.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Calypso is the host of Twisted Metal but is never fought in game, outside of 4 where Sweet Tooth serves a the Big Bad.
  • Off Screen Villain Darkmatter: Calypso has an endless supply of money. He owns a Cool Airship that in 3 is big enough to serve as an arena, on top of also having his own bodygaurds. When he's usurped by Sweet Tooth in 4 he aquirres a large missile truck to enter the contest and take it back.
  • Off Stage Villainy: In Black. Agent Stone's intro has him state he had heard of Calypso and was familiar with his past crimes even though he didn't know about his contest, though we don't what his other crimes were.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Rarely... very rarely he actually doesn't screw over a winner in their respective endings. In Twisted Metal Head-On, he undeniably helps and praises Mortimer, now a wizened, exhausted zombie, when he chooses to return to the grave from which he was disturbed and finally rest again, as opposed to taking revenge on the punks who dug up his corpse. No tricks, no abusing the phrasing or alternate meanings of words... Calypso gives him precisely what he wanted and intended.
    • In 2, Axel wished for the courage to stand up to his father for trapping him in the vehicle, Calypso did absolutely nothing to screw him over and gave him his wish straight forward. Axel got his wish, disowned his father and left as a free man.
    • When Mike and Stu wish to be able to fly, he could've turned them into flies. Instead, he grants their wish by buying them plane tickets. Luckily they were refundable, since the two idiots leaped to their deaths (thinking they could literally fly).
  • Phantom Zone Picture: In the reboot, he keeps the souls of those who died in his contest trapped inside of the painting (which apparently leads to a hellish dimension) in his office, with their screams heard every time the camera passes by it. This later includes the preacher.
  • Physical God: His powers allow him to fulfill any wish, from Time Travel to warping reality. He's, however, unable to use them to fulfill his own desires, and can't deny a contest winner his/her own, even if he doesn't want to or harms him. Fortunately for him, he can get around that most of the time...
    • However, there are things that are beyond even his powers. Taking Sweet Tooth's ending in Head-On for info, he doesn't seem to be able to cancel or undo a wish for the victor of the tournament. He MUST grant it. It usually always comes out evil for the drivers because of Be Careful What You Wish For; but there are times in which the wish was vague (Hammerhead's ending in Twisted Metal 2 springs to mind); and he enacted the wish, letting the victor find his/her way to hell.
    • Cousin Eddy's ending in Head-On also shows that he can't use his powers to defend himself from physical assault. Like, say, when an angry in-bred hillbilly threatens to strangle him to death, forcing Calypso to relent.
  • Promoted to Playable: Well in his case more like Demoted during Twisted Metal 4.
  • Reality Warper:
    • Necessary to grant the wishes of the winners. Unfortunately for him, that's pretty much as far as his powers go.
    • While initially unexplained how he got this power, the ending for Minion in 2 reveals that Calypso stole the demon's powers somehow.
    • Also muted some in Black, where many of the endings can be explained away with Calypso being a very well informed and connected criminal, just a few are outright supernatural.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His appearance in the PS3 reboot, both in clothing and in features.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His newest incarnation's eyes glow red when he grants wishes.
  • Ring of Power: Twisted Metal 4 attempted to explain his powers with one.
  • Satan: In the reboot, the preacher claims that Calypso is this. It's later heavily implied to be his true identity.
  • Self-Made Orphan: According to the comic tie-in for 2. In his first attempt at suicide, he grabbed at his father's head and forced a multi-car accident, killing both his parents.
  • Shock and Awe: Some games portray him using lightning as part of his wish-granting powers.
  • Thanking the Viewer: "I am Calypso. And I thank you for playing Twisted Metal!"
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: How do you know he's serious about winning in the fourth game? His special weapon is a nuke.
  • Tragic Keepsake: In the comic tie-in for 2, the doll that belonged to his dead sister.
    • Consulting Mister Puppet: He speaks to the doll as if it were her as well, having convinced himself of that shortly after her death.
  • Troll: The wishes he grant either come with a cruel price or twist at the winners' expense. He enjoys and laughs at the results.
  • The Voiceless: In Black, he's never shown speaking onscreen (or even moving, save for a brief instance in Sweet Tooth's flashback movie).
  • You Nuke 'Em: His Special in Twisted Metal 4 is a mini-nuke.
  • Your Soul is Mine!:
    • In Twisted Metal 4 it was revealed that his power to grant wishes was fueled by a magic ring that stole souls. The Twisted Metal contest was a ploy to collect the souls of the losers, though it was implied that this was known by previous contestant.
    • Though TM4 was officially orphaned, the reboot picked up half of this concept again, and Calypso takes the souls of the losers and the victim bystanders, though they don't appear to fuel his powers.

Needles Kane
"Shut up and bleed, you motherf-!"
Voiced By: Fred Tatasciore (Head-On), JS Gilbert (Black, reboot, and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale)
Played By: Robert Goodens (original), Paul Vinson (reboot)

Driver of Sweet Tooth, an ice cream truck. A deranged Serial Killer dressed as a clown. A former mental patient that escaped and turned into a mad serial killer. He appears in all games. The reboot dwells more into his origins and his quest to find "the one who got away".

  • Art Shift: Dramatically shifted across the series. In the original, he had green hair. The sequel gave him a burning scalp, while 3 and 4 had much more ornate costumes. In Black, rather than have facepaint, Needles wore a mask. He also wore polka-dotted pants with suspenders and no shirt. Head-On adopted the design from Black for the main games (though his ending shows the mask as being expressive), and the 2012 game also reused it.
  • Ax-Crazy: Especially in Black and the 2012 game. The former when he at one point expressed annoyance at all the people he hadn't killed yet.
  • Bad Humor Truck: An invoked trope in Black, which claimed it was the "perfect lure" for his victims.
  • Buried Alive: His fate in the reboot.
  • Butt-Monkey: Downplayed; In the reboot, he ends up as such given that he's dead at some point during Grimm and Dollface's campaign, but doubly moreso for the latter given that he doesn't even get to show up for his faction's bossfight. Even in his own ending, he ends up buried alive and defeated by Calypso.
  • Catchphrase: "Boys 'n' girls" in Black and the reboot.
  • Circus of Fear: Twisted Metal 4 has him running one.
  • Creepy Child: In Small Brawl.
  • Cursed with Awesome: In Black.
  • The Cameo: He appears as a secret character in War of the Monsters, Hot Shots Golf 2 AND Star Hawk (as a DLC costume for the Main character) due to his unofficially being the mascot for Sony.
  • Defiant to the End: In his reboot ending, after realizing that Calypso had screwed his wish over and got him trapped in his dead daughter's coffin, buried deep underground, with no hope of getting out before the air runs out, he spent his final moments cursing at Calypso as he tried to escape, promising that he'll find him, kill him and 'cut his insides out'. He didn't make it, of course.
    Needles Kane: "You will fear me, motherfucker! You. Will. FEAR me...!"
  • Eviler Than Thou: Pulled this on Calyspo in Black. Sweet Tooth entered his tournament with the promise of getting the fire on his head removed, and figured he could always kill Calyspo later. In his ending when he's told he'd have to stop killing for the fire to go away he decides it's not worth it, rejects Calypso's offer and kills him. In Head On Sweet Tooth wishes to switch bodies with Calypso and Calypso has no choice but to grant it. After that Calypso is killed by his own gaurds.
  • Evil Mask: In the 2012 game, Needles managed to overtake Marcus's personality only after Marcus carved the mask. His son eventually dug up the mask, and Calypso had one made for Sophie (using the now-deceased Dollface's mask) when he resurrected her.
  • Evil Laugh: His iconic laughter in Twisted Metal, 2, and Small Brawl.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In Black and the 2012 game. His voice is much deeper than what you'd expect a Monster Clown's to be.
  • Evil Versus Evil: He doesn't really like Calypso and wouldn't mind unseating him (which he does in 4 and his ending for Head-On) or outright murdering him (Black and also Head-On) but don't think if he took over that he'd be any more well-meaning than Calypso...
  • Fangs Are Evil: In a number of his appearances, most notably Head-On and as the mascot in 2 and 3, he has shark-like teeth.
  • Find the Cure!: His wish in Black is a cure for his head-on-fire curse. In the ending, he changed his mind. Since he would have to stop killing. He does have his priorities.
  • Flaming Hair: Beginning with Twisted Metal 2.
  • Imaginary Friend: His best friend in Twisted Metal, a brown paper bag named Crazy Harold the Wacky Lunch Sack.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Most versions are him starting as a pretty ordinary fellow who became more and more deranged as time went on. In 4 he was a simple boy whose town was visited by Calypso's Twisted Metal carnival one day, inspiring his latent destructive urges to join the fun, ultimately becoming the tournament's star contestant, and supplanting Calypso as its ruler. In 2012 he was an ordinary ice cream truck driver who slowly became unhinged by his monotonous life and career, before developing a split personality that eventaully took over completely, turning him into a blood-thirsty serial killer.
  • In-Series Nickname: In the reboot, his name's still Needles Kane, but most people, including Calypso, call him Sweet Tooth, the name of his car (something that, out-of-universe, fans and non-fans alike had been doing for years at that point).
  • It's Personal: Needles mentions before the Boss Fight in Black that Warhawk was the one who captured him 3 months ago. And he's not happy about that.
    "Well boys 'n' girls, it's payback time."
  • I Will Find You: His motive in the reboot is to find "the one who got away" (Marcus's daughter Sophie) and kill her, finishing what he started. However, when he gets his wish, he learns that his daughter committed suicide a few years before the reboot game... by way of being Buried Alive in her coffin. He then screams this trope against Calypso while he desperately tries to pry himself from the coffin. And while he doesn't get to fulfill this promise, his son is all too willing to see it through to the end.
  • Karmic Death: In the reboot, after hunting for his daughter the whole time, he only finds out too late that she was Dead All Along by killing herself. So, when he wishes to be "where she was all this time", it's naturally right in her grave.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the reboot, although his son is there to take his place...
  • Laughably Evil: Depending on the Writer. Up until Black he was this, being a mass murderer whose wishes included things like wishing to become an insect in the country, where he would murder more insects. Black and the reboot however depicted him as a serious character.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In 4. Unlike other games, Sweet Tooth is extremely mobile on top of being much more durable than usual. That is without getting into his special, which almost a guarantee kill if you land an attack with it.
  • Made of Iron: This guy survived the electric chair even before becoming a demon clown.
  • Mental World: Marcus claims Black is all in Needles' head.
  • Monster Clown: It varied in seriousness along the series, but Sweeth Tooth was always causing mayhem and destruction in his way.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His reboot version is a family man ice truck driver turned psycho clown serial killer. This seems to be an reference to John Wayne Gacy, a serial killer that was married two times and that acted as clown to fundraising events, parades and children's parties. Gacy's nickname was Killer Clown thanks to this.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Vs. The Brothers Grimm:
    "I've killed tougher than you, asshole! Don't get cocky, you're just the appetizer... before I find and slaughter the entree!"
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: After his Sweet Tooth persona takes him over completely, his remaining eye is a very unnatural, almost slightly luminescent blood red.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red oni to Marcus' blue.
  • Sadist: He takes enjoyment only in spreading death and havoc.
  • Series Mascot: Has been the iconic image for the franchise since the start.
  • Sinister Sweet Tooth: In some incarnations has shown a great love for ice cream and other frozen treats.
  • Slasher Smile: Constantly with his new clown mask. Not that he didn't show this before using makeup.
  • SNK Boss: In 4, mostly due to his insane special that is extremely difficult to dodge and is likely to kill the player if it connects. He has the best stats in the game, but the main source of difficulty fighting him is his special.
  • Split Personality: It's eventually revealed that he's the evil alter ego of Marcus Kane.
  • Start of Darkness: The 2012 reboot finally gives him one.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Needles has been established as a ruthless Serial Killer as the series progressed, but the scenarists never really went into detail about the murders, or what kind of people Needles likes to kill. With this, the killer clown comes out favorably in the fandom. The PS3 reboot even gives him a backstory where he once was a nice family man and adored ice cream truck driver.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Likes to address his audience as "Boys 'n' Girls".
  • That Man Is Dead: In the reboot, he keeps pestering Marcus into personifying him as the clown mask. After he was done making the mask, Needles pretty much took over and declared that he killed him.
    • This exchange in particular:
      Wife: Marcus! No!
      Needles: Marcus does not live here anymore.
  • Transforming Mecha: His car special in Black makes it turn into a giant clown-esque robot. The alternate special for the Sweet Tooth vehicle in the 2012 reboot keeps this.
  • Unexplained Recovery: In 4. He acts the Final Boss, but after you destroy his truck he doesn't have a scratch on him in his ending.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Calypso.
  • The Sociopath: He cares nothing about feelings, empathy or anything. All that matters is killing everything he sees.
  • Vanity License Plate: ISKREEM in 1, SWEET in 2012
  • Villain Protagonist: He's easily the most popular and iconic character in the game. Emphasized even more in Black and the 2012 Reboot, where he's one of the most notorious and brutal Serial Killers In-Universe.
  • Vocal Evolution: When voiced by J.S. Gilbert, Sweet Tooth went from the creepy but human tone used in Black, to the aforementioned Guttural Growler in the PS3 reboot. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale retains the Guttural Growler voice, but sounds more breathy and cartoonish at times.

Marcus Kane

Voiced By: Bob Ayres (2), Fred Tatasciore (Head-On)
Played By: Paul Vinson (reboot)

Driver of Roadkill, a beat-up car made of spare parts. A homeless man who claims the world to be false, and enters the contest seeking to be released out of it. In Twisted Metal 2 and 3 he was played as a crazy man, but Head-On reveals he's the Split Personality of Needles Kane. In Black, he is revealed to be Minion's driver, trapped inside Needles' head.

Mr. Grimm
"I don't want to be the reaper of souls anymore!"

Voiced By: Bob Ayres (2), Chiara Zanni (3), Jeffrey Grellman (Black), Dave Boat (Head-On)
Played By: Kenyon Glover (reboot)

Driver of Mr. Grimm, a motorbike that shares a name with its driver. The Grim Reaper himself, who either seeks Calypso's soul or something related to his addiction to souls. Appears in all games, though not always is the same character story-wise. In 4, he's replaced by a skeletal pirate named Captain Grimm, who plays largely the same. In Black, he's a Vietnam veteran that became a cannibal after being forced to eat his friend during their time as POWs, and enters the tournament seeking revenge on the Vietnamese officer that drove him to do it. The reboot is another reinvention: Daniel Grimm is a stuntman turned gang leader seeking to go back to the past and save his father from that tragic stunt accident.

  • Anti-Villain: While each of the characters in the reboot are different flavors of Villain Protagonist, Daniel Grimm is the most sympathetic as he wishes to instead renounce his life of crime by saving his father's life and everyone he had killed.
  • The Atoner: Daniel Grimm in the reboot wants to prevent his Start of Darkness and save his father and the people he's personally murdered after becoming a gang leader as a result.
  • Badass Biker: Most incarnations, drawing pretty heavy inspiration from Johnny Blaze.
  • Collector of the Strange: The first game states he's a collector of souls.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Has his own chapter in the reboot, titled "Mr. Grimm's Dark Trip Back". Somewhat played with, as mentioned elsewhere, he is a completely new character in the game.
  • Deal with the Devil: Implied to have one with Calypso in his Twisted Metal ending. Which he proceeds to break when he wins, claiming Calypso's soul as his prize.
  • Dreadlock Rasta: His latest incarnation.
  • Expy: C'mon, Skeleton on a Motorcycle? Where have we seen that before? The only reason his skull isn't on fire is probably because that's Sweet Tooth's gimmick.
  • Fantastic Drug: Souls are just that for him.
  • Flaming Hair: The original's burning skull.
  • Flaming Skulls: He throws these as his Special.
  • Future Me Scares Me: His reboot ending has his past self murder him after he causes the car they're in to crash and kill their father, likely leading to his Start of Darkness.
    Mr. Grimm: I gotta admit, I'da shot that motherfucker too.
  • Glass Cannon: Drives the car with the lowest defense (no surprise given that he rides a motorcycle), but compensates it with high speed and the most damaging Special.
  • The Grim Reaper: In the main continuity (1 through 4 and Head-On) he's the actual Death. He's a "normal" human being in Black, where he's a Shell-Shocked Veteran, and the 2012 game, where he's a former stuntman-turned-gang leader with the skull face paint being in honor of his late father, a daredevil who used the motif to claim "Death itself could not touch him".
  • I'm a Humanitarian: In his Black ending, Calypso offers him a mano-a-mano with the officer who put him in the situation to begin with... and Grimm realizes he acquired a taste for long pork. No explanation needed for what comes next.
    • No Party Like a Donner Party: Part of his Freudian Excuse: After being captured by the Viet Cong, he and his pal Benny were trapped in a hole with nothing to eat for days on end. The officer then told Grimm he'd "have to make do with what he found in the pit", and dropped a knife in - implying he wanted Grimm to turn on Benny and cannibalize him. Mr. Grimm initially refused, but after spending a week in starvation (and after Benny finally died from his untreated wounds), he gave in, and ate what was left of Benny's corpse.
  • Kill 'Em All: In his Twisted Metal 2 ending, he asks Calypso to speed up the death rate so he can feast on plenty of souls. Calypso does so, engulfing the planet into senseless murder and conflicts, thus supplying Grimm with a flood of souls to feast on. This, however, only lasts so much and soon the Earth is left uninhabited and Grimm hungrily longing for more.
  • Pirate: His Twisted Metal 4 rendition, aptly named Captain Grimm.
  • Scary Black Man: His latest incarnation, who is a crime lord who wishes to Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: When Mr. Grimm caves in, and eats the corpse of his squadmate Benny in Black.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: His Black incarnation is a Vietnam vet.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Black, as noted below.
  • Shout-Out: There's an apparent one to Hell Girl in his Head-On ending, where he renounces his position as the Reaper, which is transferred to a girl wearing a sailor uniform.
  • Stable Time Loop: In the reboot, he manages to find himself inside of his father's car and causing it to crash, killing his father by accident, before being shot dead by his past self.
  • Token Good Teammate: While a murderer by admission, Mr. Grimm in the PS3 game is the only playable character with a benevolent wish in mind, and he speaks of his past actions with an air of disgust.
  • Tragic Keepsake: In his Black incarnation, Mr. Grimm kept his friend's skull and wore it as a mask.
  • Vanity License Plate: SOLTKR in 1 and YURNXT (You're Next) in 2.
  • The Voiceless: Captain Grimm doesn't speak at all...
    • Talking Animal: ...It's his parakeet the one who does the talking. Huh.

Preacher (Jebediah)
Voiced By: Bob Ayres (2)
Played By: Steve Marvel (reboot)

Driver of Brimstone, an El Camino. An evangelist who believes he became possessed by a demon during an exorcism, who then forced him to murder. Wants to get rid of it. TM:Lost has him return to his car after he killed himself searching for those who wronged him. He makes a couple of appearances in the 2012 reboot.

  • And I Must Scream: In the reboot, he becomes trapped in Calypso's painting after presumably dying in the contest.
  • The Atoner: Massively deconstructed. Preacher's guilt complex traps him in a vicious cycle of deepening insanity, which of course drives him to feel even more depraved, which fuels his desperation for redemption to fanatical levels.
  • Badass Preacher: Jebediah in "Black". Though also averted, as he admits in his intro:
    "I wasn't even a real preacher... I was just an evangelist, rejected by the church!"
  • Back from the Dead: In TM:Lost.
  • Curse: He puts a curse on Sweet Tooth during his execution, causing his head to permanently burn with the fires of Hell.
  • Demonic Possession: In Black, he was sent to Blackfield after a demon took over his body and killed people while Jebediah was performing an exorcism. Subverted when it's he simply snapped during a baptism, not an exorcism and the demon was all in his head.
  • Driven to Suicide: In his ending, after he discovers the bitter truth.
  • Hand Cannon: Sports a S&W 500 in some Black promo pics and in the character selection screen.
  • Hearing Voices: The demon speaks in his mind.
  • Holier Than Thou: Taken to unspeakable levels.
  • Only Sane Man: In the reboot, he's the only person onscreen who is aware of who (or what) Calypso really is. Which is why he then gets locked up in Calypso's painting.
  • Phantom Zone Picture: His fate in the reboot.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: A pair of round glasses that hide his eyes and given him a sinister, soulless look.
  • Sinister Minister: Played with on both counts. No church will ordain him, but he still feels called to evangelize so he acts like one anyway. And he's not evil, at least not intentionally, he just suffers from severe psychotic delusions that occasionally drive him to wanton violence. He also goes to pretty dangerous lengths with his fanaticism, seeing as his special attack is weaponized suicide bombers.
  • Shout-Out: His appearance in the 2012 reboot has him wearing red shades similar to Alucard's. He also looks like Anderson, if Anderson had long hair.
    • The long white hair in the reboot may be an allusion to Ivan Isaacs.
    • Shout-Out: Much like many of the other characters are based in comic book characters, the Preacher Jebediah may be based on Jesse Custer from the comic book (wait for it) Preacher. Never mind the obvious correlation between the two (being preachers), there's also the fact that Jesse is possessed by a demon/angel hybrid in a disaster that kills all of the people in his congregation and destroys his church. Sound familiar?
  • The Killer in Me: When he's told the truth about the incidents.
  • You ALL Look Familiar: His middle FMV uses Billy Ray (before his disfigurement) and his wife's models in place of a generic couple.
  • Why Am I Ticking?: Brimstone's Special consists of throwing explosive-strapped followers into enemy cars.


Voiced By: Maria Brady (Black), Annie Hayden (reboot)
Played By: Tara Darby (reboot)

Driver of Darkside. A young teenage girl who spilled coffee on important papers for her boss, and as punishment he nailed a mask onto her head. She wants to get rid of it. In TM:Lost she decides to keep it as it never ages, but since she's still growing up, its starting to press against her skull. In the reboot, Dollface is completely re-imagined as a supermodel obsessed with beauty and being the absolute best supermodel in the world. Things went screwy after she got into a car accident which left her with a minor cut in her cheek...

Carl & Jamie Roberts
Voiced By (Jamie): Jamie Bard (2), Kim Mae Guest (Head-On)
Voiced By (Carl): Christopher Nissley (2), Quinton Flynn (Head-On)

Drivers of Outlaw, a police car. Carl was Outlaw's driver in Twisted Metal, and sought to end the tournament's bloodshed once and for all, but was trapped in space after Calypso literally granted his wish. His sister Jamie, driving Outlaw-II, saved him during Twisted Metal 2. They drive together in 3 and Head-On, working to stop Calypso.

  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Their mugshot in 3.
  • Badass Normal: In a contest filled with demons, ghosts, and Death himself, they not only canonically won their respective tournaments, but also survived Calypso's attempts to screw with them.
  • Brother–Sister Team: In 3 after they finally find each other again.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Jamie fitted her police cruiser with space flight technology because she knew Calypso would send her into space.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: In their 3 ending, Buzz is holding out a sign reading "will work for donuts".
  • Exact Words: In the first game, "A world free of Twisted Metal"... and everything else!
  • Gone Horribly Right: Their ending in 3 saw them ask for a world free of crime, making them lose their job. After all, if there's no criminals, there's no need for law enforcement. Of course, they can always just get another job...
  • Idiot Ball: In Head-On. Carl should know better that Calypo's quite a Literal Genie...
    • Then again, he was planning on just shooting Calypso until Jamie tried stopping him.
  • Ironic Name: Police officers who drive a vehicle called Outlaw.
  • Legacy Character: In Twisted Metal 2, Outlaw-II was this.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: In Head-On, Carl is the impulsive red oni and Jamie the more level-headed blue oni.
  • Shock and Awe: Their car's trademark Special: an electric bolt coming out of the car's siren which zaps any enemy on its radius.
  • Sudden Name Change: For some reason, Twisted Metal 2 and 3 changed Carl's name to Buzz. Head-On rectified the mistake. Fanon usually splits the difference and considers "Buzz" to merely be a nickname.
  • Vanity License Plate: The Outlaw car has DOWNTS in 1 (driven by Carl) and 202LYF (20 to life) in 2 (driven by Jamie).
  • Wipe That Smile Off Your Face: Jamie in Outlaw's Head-On ending, which is an obvious Shout-Out to Neo's de-mouthing in The Matrix.


Voiced By: Peter Macon (2), Kevin Killebrew (3), JS Gilbert (Black), Scott MacDonald (Head-On)
Driver of Axel, a contraption formed by a platform and two monster truck tires, of which he's attached to. He's been living 20 years stuck in this machine, and enters Twisted Metal 2 wishing for the strength to face his father. In Head-On, he realizes he can't live outside his machine, and returns to it with the help of Dr. Zemu, who ask in return for his right to a wish should he win the contest. In Black, he's out to get Revenge over the one who killed his wife.
  • Abled in the Adaptation: Since he's the one who made the vehicle this time around, Axel in Black isn't actually stuck inside his vehicle and can exit it whenever he wants, such as when he shoots Sweet Tooth.
  • Abusive Parents: Axel's father is the one who bounded him into his vehicle, because he was too stupid and needed to be taught a lesson.
  • Artificial Limbs: In Head-On, he has his missing arms and feet replaced with mechanical implants, that also allow him to control his vehicle.
  • The Atoner: Becomes this in his Head-On ending, where he decides to use his wish to bring peace to the world as his way to atone for the destruction he caused. Unfortunately for him, Zemu had a remote to force him back into the machine and he was unable to finish his wish.
  • Bald of Awesome: One wonders how he can manage to shave his head, although he may just be naturally bald.
  • The Blacksmith: His father.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In his Twisted Metal 2 ending.
  • Car Fu: He has a secret special in Black, where he joins both of his truck tires together and then proceeds to ram his enemies.
  • Cool Shades: In Black, later adopted in Head-On.
  • Cyborg: Possibly in 4, since he appears coated in metal.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the 2012 reboot. While Axel himself doesn't appear, his vehicle is available as Downloadable Content.
  • The Determinator: Shows some in his ending in 2, where upon his father's negative to release him, he tears his own arms away from the contraption. Ouch.
  • Finger in the Mail: His Black self received his wife through mail, piece by piece.
  • It's All My Fault: In Black, he blames himself for his wife's death.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: In Head-On, although more like stopped. As he tried to declare his wish for peace, Zemu forced him back into the machine and zapped him, making him claim "Peac-AAAH!!!". Calypso took it as his wish and summoned pizza for his efforts.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Zemu from Head-On.
  • Meaningful Name: He is literally the axel between his two giant tires.
  • Reluctant Warrior: It's been stated in both Twisted Metal 2 and Head-On he doesn't want to fight, but there's no other choice for him to escape his personal hell. His ending in Head-On has him trying to make up for all the chaos. It didn't work.
  • Scary Black Man: Especially in 2 and Head-On.
  • Vanity License Plate: In 2, his vehicle somehow has a license plate and it's "REV13:10". It refers to a specific passage within the Bible's Book of Relevations that calls for endurance and faith in the most dire of situations. Situations like being trapped inside an infernal 2-wheeled death machine as Axel is are probably not what the writer of that passage had in mind, but when your life is a living hell, you need all the faith you can get.
  • You're Not My Father: Axel claims as much in his ending.
    "And you're no longer my father!"


Voiced By: Peter Macon (2)
Driver of Minion, a Cool Tank. A demon whose powers were stolen by Calypso. He's the Final Boss in Twisted Metal and Mid-Boss in Twisted Metal 2, 3, 4 and Black (although replaced at the steering wheel by Marcus Kane).
  • Artificial Stupidity: An easy way to deal with him in Twisted Metal 2 is to get into one of the temples around the arena. The AI will just drive back and forth in front of it, exposing itself to the player's arsenal of weapons and specials.
  • Composite Character: While in TM1 Minion wasn't given any sort of backstory besides being the previous tournament's champion, TM2 turned him into a mix between two characters of the first: Mr. Ash, Darkside's driver and a demon seeking to recover a demon Calypso stole from him; and Black, the demon in question who actually made the wishes happen.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: He's either the ruler or one of many rulers of Hell.
  • Ditto Fighter: In Twisted Metal, his car's Special throws every special in the game at once. Not as effective as it should be though.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: His Twisted Metal 2 bio image.
  • Final Boss: Of the original game.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Minion is usually one of the fastest and most durable vehicles in the game, with a powerful special attack. There's a reason why he usually has to be unlocked. His only weakness is sheer size can make him more vulnerable to hazards in certain levels.
  • Hellfire: He's always surrounded by fire in Twisted Metal 2.
  • Hell Gate: Opens one in his ending in 2 and throws Calypso into it.
  • Hell Seeker: In 3, according to his ending (and despite what he claims in his profile).
  • Homing Projectile: His Special after the original game consists of 3 missiles and a freeze missile (named "Serpent" in Twisted Metal 4), ALL homing on the target at once.
    • His "Serpent" has a possible chance of setting your car on fire if the freeze missile misses.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His ending in 2. He sends Calyspo to Hell.
  • Master of All: He is usually this, with top-class speed, handling, and armor plus a badass superweapon. His only (slight) drawback is his size, which makes him a larger-than-average target.
  • Nerf: The playable version of him in 2 is much weaker than the boss version. Relativily speaking, he's still an overpowered character.
  • Out of the Inferno: For a similar effect, he comes out from within lava in Twisted Metal 2.
  • Place Worse Than Death: Minion tells Calypso that he wishes to return to Hell in 3. Calypso sends him to Hell, Michigan.
  • Promoted to Playable: After the first game, he became a recurring secret character.
  • Puzzle Boss: In Black, before being able to hurt him, you need to attack his shield's weak points.
  • Revenge: Against Calypso, who stole his "birthright".
  • Secret Character: All his appearances starting with Twisted Metal 2.
  • SNK Boss: As a rule, he's fast, very durable, and in the original game he had every character's special weapon. After that he had an extremely powerful Homing Projectile that freezes the opponent. In Black he is protected by Deflector Shields that need to be broken down before he can be damaged.
  • Tank Goodness: Drives a tank, except for Black where he uses a giant tanker truck.

Bruce Cochrane

Driver of Thumper, a purple Impalla. A gangster from South Central that has been fighting all his life. Appears in the first three games, seeking first to stop the violence in his neighborhood and later to rule the world.
  • Cool Shades: Sports a pair of Blade-inspired shades in all of his appearances.
  • Gangbangers: Apparently, given his background and bio. Which gang is never specified, for obvious reasons.
  • Gangsterland: His South Central neighbourhood, justified as the game takes place in Los Angeles.
  • Leitmotif: In Twisted Metal 4, there is a beat that plays whenever you shoot his special attack.
  • Musical Assassin: His car's Special in Twisted Metal 3: a soundwave blast.
  • Pet the Dog: While Calypso usually screws everyone else over with his Literal Genie powers, Thumper was one of the few exceptions to be granted a genuinely satisfying ending (at least at face value with the text of the ending). Thumper explains how he's lived all his life in South Central under the shadow of violence in his neighborhood brought about by gang wars and such. All he wanted was for his neighborhood to be free of violence and hate. Calypso says he granted his wish, but Bruce is suspicious. Calypso tells him to go see for himself. He finds that, as the ending text puts it, "Calypso was not lying."
  • Playing with Fire: His car's Special in the first two games: a flamethrower.
    • In TM4, it's a dual flamethrower: Complete with a Leitmotif!
  • Pyrrhic Victory: His Twisted Metal 2 ending. His wish was to rule the earth, but during the tournament, he and the other drivers killed everyone else.
  • Sawed-Off Shotgun: Carries one around in 2.
  • Save the Princess: His original backstory as seen in the "Lost Videos" was to save his kidnapped girlfriend.
  • Scary Black Man: A young gang banger from South Central LA who's seen some real shit and has the looks to match. He's arguably one of the more benevolent contestant, though.
  • Side Kick: As seen in the "Lost Videos", Bruce was originally going to have a co-pilot with him, but for some reason he was removed. Going by Small Brawl, he may be named Vinnie.
  • Take Over the World: His wish in 2.
  • Token Minority: Only black guy in the first game.
  • Tuckerization: He's named after one of the beta testers, Bruce Cochran.
  • Videogame Flamethrowers Suck: Averted, specially in Twisted Metal 2.

Krista Sparks
"Daddy? It's me, Krista! I'm back!"
Voiced By: Jamie Bard (2), Tara Strong (Head-On)

The only driver of Grasshopper, a green dune buggy. At first presented as a girl looking to make her father pay, she's later revealed to be Calypso's daughter, thought to be dead in a car accident years ago. She debuts in Twisted Metal 2 and later returns in Head-On.

  • Action Girl: Double points for being a teenager right smack in the middle of a deadly demolition derby.
  • All Just a Dream: In Head-On, Krista asked for the accident that killed her to never happen, and is next viewed having a happy evening with Calypso on a park... only to be revealed she's actually in a coma at a hospital.
  • Artificial Human: How she survived the accident. The LAPD turned her into a cyborg in order to get close to Calypso so they could detonate a bomb inside her and kill him.
  • Back from the Dead: Returns as a ghost in Head-On.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: To Calypso in her Head-On ending:
    "What's the problem? You didn't want to help me! You just want another contestant to kill all those innocent people! You destroy everything and run around like you own the world!"
    • While Calypso had it coming, what he tries to explain to her is that he can only use his powers if he's granting a wish, but she doesn't listen.
  • Car Fu: The most representative out of the whole cast.
  • Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: Her ending in 2.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: In Head-On, he returns as a ghost since Calypso is unable to bring her fully back from the dead unless she wishes for it herself.
  • Improbable Age: She's the first(?) teenage Twisted Metal combatant in the series, at age 15. But then age probably didn't matter to her, since she was a cyborg in 2 and a ghost in Head-On.
    • According to her bio in the manual for 2, she actually faked her age in order to participate.
  • Missing Mom: Not much is known about her. According to the comic tie-in for 2, her name was Joanie, and was killed during one of Calypso's derbies after being hit by a bouncing tire.
  • Morality Pet: To Calypso. She is the one person he appears to care about.
  • Pet the Dog: Calypso knows she was sent to kill him and that she is set to explode. He still hugs her to comfort her and dies with her.
  • Vanity License Plate: JUMPIN, Grashopper's signature move
  • Why Am I Ticking?: The LAPD made her a human bomb to get rid of Calypso.

Simon Whittlebone

Driver of Mr. Slamm, a bulldozer/loader. An architect fired from his job for attempting to build a tower tall enough to reach the heavens, he only desires to fulfill his greatest dream. He debuts in Twisted Metal 2 and later returns in Head-On.
  • A God Am I: His Twisted Metal 2 ending has him claiming that after he finished his tower.
  • Art Shift: In Head-On, he looks completely different from his appearance in 2.
  • Back from the Dead: Returns as a ghost in Head-On.
  • Biblical Motifs: A pretty clear allusion to the Tower of Babel in the Book of Genesis.
  • Dual Boss: Super Slamm and Super Auger in Twisted Metal 4.
  • Funny Foreigner: Well, not really "funny", but he's notably the only non-American contestant in Twisted Metal 2, supernatural beings not-withstanding.
    • Subverted in Head-On, where he loses his Austrian accent, and looks and sounds more like a stereotypical Nerd from the United States. See Art Shift above.
  • Idiot Ball: Defied. Upon winning Calypso's tournament, he wished to be reborn so he could finish the tower he died trying to complete. Calypso wondered why it was impossible for him to just do that in his corporeal form as Simon had no problem controlling his rig with it. Turned out, Simon was using too much of his energy to repel those trying to demolish Whittlebone Tower, and so he wanted to be brought back to life so they couldn't demolish the tower and finish the building.
  • In Name Only: Super Slamm looks nothing like Mr. Slamm, being a much more mundane bulldozer.
  • Mighty Glacier: As to be expected, his vehicle is slow, but durable and has a very strong special.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Head-On.
  • Shout-Out: His Head-On ending is quite similar to Twisted Metal 3's Buster Cobb, the construction vehicle's driver who replaced him.
    • Possibly doubles as a Take That!: With Buster Cobb's ending, his wish for people to "see his inner child" wasn't even remotely HINTED at during his bio, since it only talked about Cobb getting Revenge on the Twisted Metal organization for destroying his buildings, while with Simon Whittlebone's ending his wish to be "reborn" was something he wanted, in order to finish the construction of Whittlebone Tower. With Cobb's ending, both his wish, and the subsequent "joke" of him becoming a baby was seen by the fans as a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, while Whittlebone's being "reborn" as in infant who can't work on his tower as an adult, or protect it as a ghost was seen as the perfect punchline for Calypso to punish him with.
  • Star Scraper: His wish in Twisted Metal 2.

Captain Rogers
Driver of Warthog, a military HUMVEE. An old decorated soldier wanting to be young again. Appears in Twisted Metal 2 and 3.
  • Body Horror: When he wishes for the body of a 20-year-old, Calypso gives him one. Just the body, of course.
  • Cool Old Guy: Apparently has no problem fighting as hard as he did in his glory days, despite pushing 100.
  • Fountain of Youth: What he aims for.
  • Homing Projectile: His "Patriot Missiles" special.
  • In-Series Nickname: He used to be called "Old Iron Guts".
  • Mighty Glacier: He has a powerful special and a durable but sluggish vehicle.
  • Old Soldier: At 105/107 years old, and still kicking ass.
  • Losing Your Head: His Twisted Metal 3 ending, as a continuation of 2, has him asking for a head to match his 20-years-old body, and gets his head put in a jar for his troubles.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Played with. He doesn't appear to be traumatized by war so much as he's having some pretty serious problems coming to terms with his age and mortality.

Charlie Kane
"Sounds good to me, baby!"
Driver of Yellow Jacket, a taxicab. He sought out his missing children in 1, and discovers it's Needles Kane. It's also implied he is the driver of Final Boss Dark Tooth in Twisted Metal 2 where he drives an ice cream truck the size a large house, as Dark Tooth claims to be Sweet Tooth's father. In Black, he's a zombie remote-controlled by his younger son (not Needles), seeking out a better life. In the reboot, Charlie is now presented as Marcus/Needles' son. The clown spared him knowing that he'd make a good replacement should anything happen to him. He's now the new Sweet Tooth.
  • Ax-Crazy: Twisted Metal "Lost Video" ending, after drinking the vial.
  • Came Back Wrong: In Black.
  • Child Prodigy: His young son, who created a remote control to control his zombie father!
  • Continuity Nod: One to his live-action "Lost" ending in the 2012 game: the vial of red liquid he was given in the ending appears as part of Calypso's collection.
  • Creepy Child: The young son.
  • Hook Hand: He has one in the first game, for some reason.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: All of Yellow Jacket's stats in Twisted Metal are 3/5.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In 2. Dark Tooth is as durable as you would expect a giant version of Sweet Tooth to be. He is also FAR too fast for a giant ice cream truck, turns on the dime, and is armed with Sweet Tooth's special weapon in place of a machine gun as well having and endless of ricochet bombs. Even Minion will die quickly against his firepower.
  • Improbable Age: His son's age was never revealed but he appears to be between 6 and 8. Very young for a necromancer and a Twisted Metal combatent (Small Brawl notwithstanding).
  • I Will Find You: His main goal in Twisted Metal, to find his estranged son.
  • Molotov Cocktail: His Special in Twisted Metal.
  • Nerf: The vehicle Dark Tooth is considerably weaker and competitive friendly in Head-On than its original ''TM2'x incarnation; a given since it is now playable, not the Final Boss anymore, and driven by his "sons" instead.
  • No Name Given: His young son, apart from his other two sons.
  • Papa Wolf: As Dark Tooth, he gets angered after claiming you killed Sweet Tooth. Alternatively, he was really close to his younger son in Black.
  • One-Winged Angel: Dark Tooth's 2nd form in Twisted Metal 2.
    • Clipped-Wing Angel: Most players regard it as easier because it doesn't have any new attacks and has a lot less health than his truck.
  • Ramming Always Works: His Black Special, which releases spikes all over his car, is better used through ramming than firing it as missiles.
    • When played as using hacks in 2, because he's not designed to be playable, he can't use normal weapons and is stuck ramming opponents, which is still a reliable way of killing them.
  • Zombie Puppets: Black.
  • SNK Boss: In 2. He is fast, takes a ton of damage before dying, and has the missiles Sweet Tooth using as a special as a machine gun weapons, so he can kill the player in seconds. While he dwarfs all the other cars in the game, the arena you fight him in doesn't provide many areas where his size is much of a weakness.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: The son turned his father's corpse into a remote-controlled puppet and entered it in a contest where the objective is to kill the other contestants.
  • Villainous Lineage: In TM:Lost, both Charlie and his younger son decide to kill Needles and then themselves, to stop their line of psychopath murderers.
    • In the reboot, Charlie becomes Needles' successor. Apparently he was spared as he was the perfect replacement.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: So far, there has been no mention or reference to the young son in later sequels.


Driver of Shadow, a purple hearse. A mysterious graveyard keeper that carries missions of revenge for the souls of the deceased. Appears in Twisted Metal 2 and Head-On, where he's awakened from his eternal slumber and desires to go back to it.
  • Back from the Dead: In Head-On, simply because his resting place was disturbed.
  • Casting a Shadow: His special is a remote-controlled bomb shadow.
  • Creepy Crows: Has one always perched on his shoulder.
  • Downer Ending: Mortimer holds the distinct honor of never suffering one of these in all three of the games he's been in. 2 and Small Brawl have him screw over Calypso instead of the other way around, while Head-On has Calypso grant his wish without any strings attached. Shadow might be lucky, because Raven from Black got off pretty well, too.
  • Grave Robbing: In Head-On, two guys robbing his own grave awoke him.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: Every time his car's Special is launched.
  • Revenge: He carries out revenge for those who died.
  • Vanity License Plate: KREMATYU (Cremate You), since he's a mortician.

Amanda & Miranda Watts

Drivers of Twister, an Indy racing car. Amanda is in Twisted Metal 2, a racer obsessed with speed who wishes to drive at the speed of light. Her twin sister Miranda came in Head-On looking for her disappeared sister.
  • Backup Twin: From a gameplay perspective, Miranda is this to Amanda.
  • Blow You Away: Twister's Special makes her car spin around, creating a tornado that throws other cars away. With a dose of Everything's Better with Spinning.
    • In Small Brawl, it simply generates a tornado above her car.
  • Came Back Wrong: In Head-On, Miranda Watts uses her wish to bring back her twin sister and gets a zombie, as Amanda had died millions of years ago, as her car traveled back in time after passing light speed.
  • Faster-Than-Light Travel: Amanda's wish, as she's obssessed with breaking limits.
  • Fragile Speedster: Twister is even faster than Spectre, but his armor is really weak. Fortunately for her, the car's frame is low enough that sometimes attacks misses it.
  • I Will Find You: Miranda's goal is to discover what happened to her sister after the 2nd game.
  • Not Drawn to Scale: Miranda's height is listed as 5'2" on her character bio, but appears to be a bit taller than that.
  • Tornado Move: Twister's signature ability is spinning around to create a twister.
  • Trapped in the Past: Amanda's fate. She wished to travel at the speed of light, but neglected the fact her car needed fuel to function, and once the tank's empty she finds herself trapped in prehistory.
  • Vanity License Plate: Twister has LHYTSPD, which is Amanda's wish in 2.


    From Twisted Metal 

Mr. Ash

Driver of Darkside, a black truck. A mysterious figure from Hell, bent on recovering what rightfully belongs to his. He returns as a Mid-Boss in Twisted Metal 3.
  • Continuity Nod: In the intro of Twisted Metal 2, a beaten-up Darkside appears on the side of the road. He's also seen in the background of the options menu.
  • Energy Weapon: His Special in 1 is a white beam that deals little damage. Fortunately, he has better ways to injure others.
  • Mighty Glacier: An extremely powerful truck that is snail-slow and handles terribly.
  • Ramming Always Works: More like the only option for him.
  • Retcon: Twisted Metal has Mr. Ash claiming as his prize Black, a powerful demon Calypso stole for himself and whose powers he uses to grant the wishes, while Minion is just said to be the previous tournament's winner. Come Twisted Metal 2, Minion claims Calypso has stolen his powers 11 years ago.
  • Sinister Silhouettes: He's represented as that, even though his Lost ending had him as a normal, if sinister man.
  • Videogame Flamethrowers Suck: In 3 if you are frozen by his special, then it's averted. Otherwise, he can't do much with it.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: In Twisted Metal 3. He's not as bad as the later two bosses but his special being able to set you on fire while freezing you means he can do a lot of damage.

Agent Stone

Driver of Crimson Fury, a red sports car. He's seeking an object that could "liberate the world".
  • Energy Weapon: His Special.
  • Expy: Of James Bond. Played more obviously in Small Brawl.
  • The Faceless: His "Lost Video" ending was filmed in P.O.V. Cam (in a similar manner to James Bond nemesis Ernst Blofeld). Though he's fully seen entirely in the player-select screen.
  • Fragile Speedster: Holding the spot with Spectre in the first game. The car's really fast, but goes down in seconds if caught.
  • La Résistance: He's hired by an underground freedom organization.
    • The finished game ending suggests they're from England.
  • McGuffin: The item he looks for.
  • The Rival: Commander Mason.

Dave & Mike

Driver of Hammerhead, a monster truck. Two college drop outs who are participating only for the thrill of battle.
  • Bowdlerise: Comparing their wish in the early "Lost Video" to the finished game ending. In the first they ask for girls (after thinking for a moment since they hadn't actually thought about a wish), prompting Calypso's harem to get into Hammerhead; the latter has them ask for... a new set of tires, because they are expensive.
  • The Big Guy: Granted Hammerhead is a monster truck, but it is HUGE compared to the other characters. Future installments tone down the size.
  • Those Two Guys: Completely unremarkable except for being a pair of delinquents.

Angela Fortin

Driver of Pit Viper, a dune buggy. A mysterious woman with a double life who wants a million dollars.

Captain Spears

Original driver of Roadkill. A former military man filled with grief as he feels that his own cowardice led his squadron into an enemy trap back in the "Jungle Wars of South America". He wants to be able to set the past right.
  • A Father to His Men: Cared deeply for his men, and is haunted by their loss.
  • Blade on a Stick: His special is a makeshift spear thrown at high speed.
  • The Captain: Of a commando unit, apparently.
  • My Greatest Failure: He lead his platoon into a trap and lost 25 of his men during the war. He's desperate for an opportunity to fix his mistake.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: He wishes to be sent back in time to the war where he can set things right. He is so caught up in realizing that his wish was granted that doesn't realize he is in the middle of a battle, and is promptly killed by a South American soldier.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: He tries, but gets himself killed and most likely the rest of his platoon. Zero gain there buddy.

Scott Campbell

Driver of Spectre, a white sports car. A man recently killed who wants to live again.
  • Back from the Dead: What he wants.
  • Big "NO!": After Calypso cruelly takes his life away after having just regained it.
  • Family Man: Has a wife and child that he left behind; he seeks life once more so he can be with them.
  • Downer Ending: His "Lost Video" ending, where Calypso brings him back to life, and then shoots him.
    "I givith, and I taketh away. Try again next year, driver!"
  • Homing Projectile: What'd become the trademark special of the car, the "Ghost Missile" will track the target wherever it goes, even going through walls to get to it. To balance this, the missiles themselves are very weak.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: The restless spirit of a man randomly killed by a serial killer. He doesn't seem to have much problem interacting with the world, though.
  • Tuckerization: He's named after the game's producer.

Commander Mason

Original driver of Warthog. Seeks the same item as Agent Stone under government orders.
  • Armies Are Evil: He and the military are certainly portrayed as "evil" in their search of the item. Even in his "Lost Video" ending he sends a platoon as a back up measure should Calypso fail to fulfill his wish.
  • Brown Note: The Black Box of a plane shot down by aliens. For the U.S. government, the world's not yet ready for it.
  • Dirty Coward: In his "Lost Video" ending. After acting all high and mighty in front of Calypso, he runs away in fear after seeing what he did to the squad team he sent to get him.
  • Government Conspiracy: Avoiding said item to fall into the hands of Agent Stone and his freedom organization is Mason's main directive. He's also content knowing people will sleep peacefully, completely in the dark about things they're not yet able to understand.
  • The Rival: Agent Stone.

    From Twisted Metal 2 

Mike & Stu
New drivers of Hammerhead. Much like before, two high school dropouts with much free time.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In their ending, after Calypso "grants" their wish, they test it out by jumping off a skyscraper... slowly realizing the folly of their actions as they plummet to their deaths. Bystanders crowd around them and murmur as their corpses lie there. Though judging from the very confused-looking Calypso left standing there with plane tickets for the two, it seems the pair were a bit too Literal-Minded.
  • Flight: Their desire, but only so they can see down women's shirts.
  • One Steve Limit: Possibly averted, though its hard to say whether the Mike from the first game and this one are the same guy.
  • Those Two Guys: Exactly like the previous drivers of Hammerhead.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In their ending, they wish to fly. Calypso says "Wish granted." The pair runs off the nearest cliff... and promptly falls to their deaths, as a dumbfounded Calypso stands there with a pair of plane tickets in his hand and hopes that they're refundable.

Ken Masters
"Please Calypso, you gotta make me famous. Make it so the entire world knows my face!"
No, not that one. New driver of Spectre. An actor who wants to be famous.
  • Body Horror: His wish is for Calypso to make it so the world knows his face. Calypso does this by stretching his face around the entire planet.
  • Continuity Nod: In Small Brawl, the kid controlling Spectre gets, as his wish, the keys of his father's vehicle. The keys were stored in a watch with Ken's picture on it, and the vehicle itself is revealed to be the Spectre from 2.
  • Cool Loser: He's an actor and has the good looks, but he's so lonely and desperate for attention that he joins the contest.
  • Homing Projectile: The Ghost Missile from the first game returns, with the same ability to perfectly hit a target as it goes through walls.
  • Opaque Lenses: In his bio pic.

    From Twisted Metal: Black 

No-Face (Frank McCutcheon)
"Must've been years I've been left alone in that darkness. But when you look like I do, it's probably for the best."
Driver of Crazy-8, a rally bug. A small-time boxer who was beaten to the point of needing surgery in one match, and could only afford a back alley doctor that he was told was a fan of the fights. However, the doctor, unbeknownst to Frank, lost a considerable sum of money betting on him and sewed his eyes and mouth shut (and eyes and tongue removed). He's out seeking good ole' Revenge. In TM:Lost, he's trying to restore his face (by removing the parts off others he deems evil) so he doesn't scare his baby daughter.
  • Anti-Hero: He's one of the more sympathetic contestants in Black. He was a small-time boxer who got his life destroyed and his face horrifically mutilated by a Back-Alley Doctor who was bitter over losing money on No-Face's fight. It's pretty understandable why No-Face wants payback on the guy.
    • This is more emphasized in Lost, as his backstory reveals he's been targeting and killing those he considers evil to get their eyes and tongues so he can fix his face and look at his baby daughter without her crying in horror.
  • Bond One-Liner: Gives quite a darkly hilarious one right after punching Dr. Hatch in the face with a boxing glove covered in sharp objects:
    You know, that was the first time I ever knocked someone out with one punch.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Has a distinctively New York accent, and was a boxer before going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Charged Attack: Crazy 8 has the ability to boost its electric shocks by charging up beforehand.
  • Crazy Homeless People: It's implied he ended up as one of these after Dr. Hatch destroyed his face.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His last official boxing match. He himself described it as one-sided.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: What Frank was the victim of at the hands of Dr. Hatch, who viciously mutilated him out of anger over losing $20,000 over his last fight. Keep in mind, there's no way Frank could have known this.
  • Disability Superpower: The explanation for how he drives; he somehow senses his surroundings and those around him.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: His ending. He asks his wish of Revenge against Dr. Hatch, and the next scene shows the doctor bound and gagged, while No-Face puts on a boxing glove with dozens of scalpels and knives taped to it. As No-Face rears up for a haymaker to the doctor's face, the screen cuts to black just before his fist makes contact.
  • Eye Scream: Not only his eyes, but his tongue too.
  • Graceful Loser: While his last opponent messed his face up, he surprisingly doesn't hold any ill will towards him, likely due to all his anger being focused on Dr. Hatch.
  • In-Series Nickname: He's adopted "No Face" as this.
  • Mad Doctor: Dr. Hatch, a Back-Alley Doctor who was pissed at losing $20,000 on No Face's last fight, and mutilated his face out of spite.
  • Mouth Stitched Shut: His eyelids and mouth were stitched shut by Dr. Hatch.
  • Nightmare Face: The result of the amputation.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Becomes this in TM:Lost, attacking bad men to gather the parts he needs to restore his face.
  • Red Boxing Gloves: In his ending, he gets a custom one with dozens of surgical implements taped on it to kill Dr. Hatch.
  • Tongue Trauma: Had his tongue surgically removed by Dr. Hatch as part of his mutilation.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Recovering from his horrific surgery, he falls into a blind (literally in his case) rage and inadvertently kills six innocent people while looking for Dr. Hatch, landing him in Blackfield Asylum afterwards.
  • Shock and Awe: His Special, which works similar to the other game's Outlaw.

Agent Stone

Driver of Outlaw, now a SWAT truck. A police sniper who let anger get the best of him and got a mother and her daughter killed alongside his target. He's seeking a second chance to fix his mistake. In TM:Lost, he's trapped in a loop after he won the tournament, and is forced to relive that day every night.
  • Cold Sniper: He should be, but rage got the best of him in the past.
  • Driven to Suicide: He attempts this right after he realizes his mistake, but...
  • Empathy Doll Shot: The bloodied teddy bear.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Personally knows the pilot of Warhawk, and is distraught to think he has to kill him in order to reach his goal.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: According to TM:Lost, after winning the tournament, he's trapped in reliving that fateful day every night, with him saving the family but not killing the thug in time before he puts a bullet into his head.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: His Black ending. Unfortunately, it wasn't in Stone's favor. He gets shot in the head by the terrorist he hadn't killed, when said terrorist had a pistol, was heavily wounded, and Stone was far enough away from the building to require a sniper rifle.
  • Last Breath Bullet: In his ending, the dying thug is able to put a bullet in Stone's head through the scope of his sniper.
  • More Dakka: His Special Attack, a machine gun frenzy on a single, locked-on enemy.
  • My Greatest Failure: Shooting that family forever haunted him, landing him in Blackfield.
  • Pink Mist: "All units! Target is not down! Target is still hot!". *Boom, Headshot!*
  • Scary Black Man: Averted, despite the setting. Well, unless you're one of the competitors.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Averting the accidental killing he commited.
  • Unstoppable Rage: What clouds his judgement and leads to tragedy.

Billy Ray Stillwell
"If I win this game, I get my revenge. Heck, maybe I'll even get lucky and get my old face back too..."
Driver of Junkyard Dog, a tow truck. Billy was a simple farmer who worked a second job as a nighttime tow truck driver, helping out stranded motorists. He was married to his high school sweetheart Annie and lived a pleasant life. However, one day, while checking out his crops, a crop-dusting plane flew over and sprayed both the crops and Billy, who passed out. Billy survived, but was disfigured by the chemicals. When he made his way back to his home to get help from Annie, he found out Annie was cheating on him with a pilot, and both had attempted to kill Billy and collect the life insurance. Enraged, he beat her to death with a garden hoe though the pilot escaped. He now wants to find the pilot and make him pay too. In TM:Lost, he's just taken a liking to killing, but even if he wants to he's yet to kill another human 10 years after.
  • Black Widow: Annie has her pilot lover attempt to kill Billy by spraying some chemicals over him as he's checking his crop, so they can later cash on the life insurance.
    • The Corrupter: Billy eventually believed that Annie was innocent (or at least didn't deserve the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown he inflicted on her), and that it was the pilot who had swayed her into the plan.
  • Evil Feels Good: In his ending he finds he likes killing after getting revenge on the pilot, and decides to become a serial killer in TM:Lost.
  • The Grotesque: Due to the crop-duster chemicals sprayed on him.
  • Hillbilly Horrors: Is a physically deformed farmer with Ax-Crazy tendencies, but he turns out to be a rare sympathetic version of the trope. However, he decides to fully embrace violence at the end of his story.
  • Love Hurts: And it kills.
  • The Noseless: After the chemicals warped his appearance, he only has nostrils instead of a nose.
  • Tragic Villain: He was just a normal farmer who genuinely loved his wife, who was cheating on him with a pilot. The two tried to kill Billy so they could collect the life insurance and be together. However, Billy survived, albeit badly disfigured, and discovered their plan when he tried to go to her for help. No wonder he snapped.

John Doe
"I don't think I like the man I'm turning out to be."

Driver of Roadkill. An amnesiac man looking for his identity. TM:Lost reveals there's a police unit of identical John Does that seeks Calypso's downfall.

  • Amnesiac Dissonance: He finds out in the end that he's an undercover FBI agent, and saved dozens of lives in a bombing incident. He is, in fact, a hero... and he's standing in front of one of the world's most wanted criminals, who shoots him dead.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Wakes up in the asylum with no memory of his identity or past.
  • Bald of Evil: He believes he can't be a good guy with how he looks. Switches to a Bald of Awesome when his past is revealed.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The reason of his amnesia.
  • Clone Army: According to TM:Lost, there's a whole division of the police made up of clones for John Doe, each set to kill Calypso.
  • Cult: He was part of one. Well, not really...
  • Dark Is Evil and Dark Is Not Evil: Both tropes are played on for him. He invokes the first believing he's not a good guy because of his appearance, and turns out that's Justified. He assumed that appearance to infiltrate a terrorist group, making him a example of both.
  • Depopulation Bomb: The cult set up a bomb within the city's Disease Control Center, claiming its destruction would spread diseases all over the world.
  • Expy: His appearance has a striking resemblance to Derek Vineyard from American History X. note 
  • Fatal Family Photo: It is shown to the player just after he's shot...
  • Heel Realization: Subverted. When he's starting to regain his memories he isn't liking the man he's turning to be, remembering how the Cult he was part of wanted to bomb the Disease Control Center and spread destruction across the world For the Evulz. When he regains his memories he realizes that he actually stopped their attack.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He doesn't remember anything before a certain point before he was sent to the asylum.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: His special, a rack of 12 missiles that can be charged up for more damage.
  • The Mole: Is revealed to have been one in the Cult he was running with.
  • No Name Given: Is given the pseudonym "John Doe", since he can't remember his own name and none of the asylum doctors know who he is either. Even he learns of his identity, his real name isn't revealed to the audience.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    "That's right, I am a hero. A hero undercover agent standing in front of #2 on America's Ten most wanted list. In other words, a dead man."
  • Quest for Identity: His storyline and reason for competing in Twisted Metal, after Calypso reveals he knows his past. He begins to remember on his own after the fight with Minion.
  • Shout-Out: His character looks like Derek Vinyard, while the gang/Cult he ran with seems to ape Project Mayhem.
  • Tattooed Crook: The tattoos were the only hints to John's past before Calypso showed up... and they didn't paint a pretty picture.
  • White Gangbangers: What John's gang was before they jumped to full-on Doomsday Cult.

Bloody Mary
"No one as pretty as me deserves to be alone."
"Finally! A man who loves me? And all I have to do is win this contest? For true love, I can do anything!"
Driver of Spectre. A woman with a past of rejections, who experiences a psychotic break at her friend's wedding, killing the bride and donning her bloodied dress. Enters to ask for the perfect man. In TM:Lost, she has lost her hold of reality and just wants to find someone who'd kill her.
  • Ax-Crazy: She is a little (incredibly) unstable.
    • Up to Eleven in Lost, where her backstory states she's lost all grip on reality and is just driving and killing because it's so natural for her.
  • Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: She takes such the dress of the friend she killed in the day of the friend's wedding.
  • Daddy's Girl: Her father's view on women's beauty ( not to mention killing Mary's mother) seems to be partly responsible for Mary's own screwed-up mentality).
  • Death Seeker: TM:Lost.
  • Homing Projectile: The car's signature perfect-aim Ghost Missile returns once again.
  • Love Makes You Evil and Crazy
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Regarding her bad luck at finding love. She's not ugly by any stretch yet she has a lot of... problems that would make many men find her repulsive. However, her ending has Calypso give her a man who was completely lobotomized to unconditionally love her and she was still refused. This could really imply that she may be cursed.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Mary freaked out each time she heard about someone she knew getting married, but she kept out of trouble (to some degree) until serving as a bridesmaid at her friend Kristen's wedding. It was Kristen throwing the bouquet in Mary's direction that finally drove her over the edge, Mary seeing the gesture as underscoring her own failure to find a husband, and she murdered Kristen and stole her wedding dress.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Her reward for winning the tournament is to be given a man who will love her without question... because he was lobotomized. Even that doesn't work - the only words he ever says to her are "I will never love you." She promptly snaps, kills him, and drives away.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Calypso (or whoever is fulfilling his role) usually twists people's wishes into something horrible. Sometimes he grants their wishes straight if it's something evil. Sometimes he just refuses to grant a wish and runs away. Sometimes the winner refuses to make a wish at all. But Mary is one of the few times, possibly the only time, where Calypso outright fails to grant a wish.
  • Yandere: Probably one of the most extreme examples. Unlike other yanderes, Mary doesn't have a specific lover. All she wants is a man to love her, be it a rich guy, a family man or even a hobo off the streets. True to being a yandere, rejecting her love would only piss her off.

"They killed Kelly. But they won't get away with it. When I win, I'll find them both...and I'll kill them."

Driver of Shadow. A gothic girl who's put in the Asylum after witnessing her friend's death by drowning. Wants to get even at the two guys who caused it. In TM:Lost, she has turned into a night vigilante, killing the evildoers of the city.


Driver of Warthog, now a stationwagon attached to tank threads. A Serial Killer who feels remorse every time he kills. He participates seeking to have the part of his brain that makes him feel sorrow removed. In TM:Lost, he attempted to overthrow Sweet Tooth as the biggest Serial Killer, but only gets his arms and legs chopped off.

Driver of Manslaughter, a dump truck. A mysterious monster that's out to get Calypso. TM:Lost states he comes from another world ordered by another "more colorful" Calypso to kill his darker self.
  • Ambiguously Human: While Black appears to be human at first glance, it definitely doesn't act like one, is seemingly unkillable and claims to have been created for the express purpose of winning the contest. It wears a mask that reveals only its eyes, possibly to hide any inhuman features. If this Black really is the same one from the original Twisted Metal, then it is a demon.
  • Another Dimension: He comes from one according to TM:Lost.
  • The Brute: It can barely say intelligible sentences.
  • Continuity Nod: Shares his name with the demon Calypso used in the first game to grant wishes. Whether he's the same one or not is debatable.
  • The Dreaded: Implied. Rather than facing in person when Black came around, Calypso ran away and set up a bomb.
  • Dumb Muscle: It can barely say intelligible sentences.
  • Hulk Speak: It can barely say intelligible sentences.
  • Immortality: Apparently incapable of dying. Calypso takes this seriously enough to avoid even trying.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: We don't know what he is, but he appears immortal. Calyspo sets a bomb to kill him and doesn't leave a scratch.
  • The Juggernaut: His bio states he apparently can't die, and Calypso even decided to run rather than face him.
  • Mighty Glacier: Manslaughter is extremely sluggish with poor controls, but has great protection with a powerful special.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Able to withstand explosions without even a scratch.
  • No-Sell: Calypso setting a bomb to kill him failed to scratch him.


"You're in violation of Midtown City Code 4432! Step out of your vehicle and surrender peacefully! ...Time's up!"
The Final Boss of Black, a hi-tech helicopter who's flown by a police officer in an attempt to stop the contest.
  • Boss Arena Idiocy: Had he NOT brought those mini-Minions along with him, the last contestant would literally have no way to put a scratch on him.
  • Disney Villain Death: After defeating him, the cutscene has him being blasted out of his helicopter screaming, and cuts to black just before he presumably impacts on the ground.
  • Hero Antagonist: He's probably the closest thing Black has to an unambiguously heroic driver, and he only wants to put an end to the contest that's already claimed dozens of innocent lives... and he has to die for every single character's ending. John Doe, Dollface, and (especially) Agent Stone are not thrilled about having to do the deed.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He pilots a giant helicopter that is the largest vehicle in the game. As you can expect given that it's a helicopter, it's extremely fast despite its size. Not to mention it has an endless supply of missiles.
  • No Name Given: The cop driving it.
  • No-Sell: Due to the Warhawk's airborne nature, it can't by hit by Darkside's ramming special.
  • Puzzle Boss: His shield can only be deactivated by blowing up Minion mock-ups, which the player has to defeat first, as he flies over them.
  • Shout-Out: Warhawk was a 1995 PlayStation game created by SingleTrac.
  • Stop, or I Will Shoot!: His pre-fight intro video.
    "You are in violation of Midtown City Code 4432. Step out of your vehicle and surrender peacefully." (Beat) "TIME'S UP!" (fires missiles)
  • Super Cop: That helicopter of his probably isn't is a Midtown P.D. normal-issue vehicle. He was also the officer who caught Needles Kane, aka Sweet Tooth.

Severed Sam (Sam Boomer)

Driver of 12-Pac, a racing car. Exclusive for Twisted Metal: Lost, he's a racer who was decapitated in a big car crash. He now looks for the crazed fan who took his head in the incident.

    From Twisted Metal: Head-On 

Agent Shepherd

New driver of Crimson Fury. An FBI agent out to get Calypso.


New driver of Hammerhead. A hunter that wants to hunt the best prey: humans.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: If he wins the tournament, Calypso grants his wish... only for the "prey" to turn out to be Calypso himself, who distracts Catfish with a decoy and then guns him down, taking Catfish's head and prized rifle as trophies.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: His entire characterization is built around this.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: He thinks humans are the only worthy game left for him to hunt, having defeated every other worthwhile quarry on the planet.

Chuckie Floop
Voiced By: Dave Wittenberg

New driver of Spectre. A guy who gets Specter as a prize from a radio station. He's not sure what he wants yet.

  • Casanova Wannabe: Implied by his Imagine Spot during his ending where he is surrounded by beautiful women in bikinis. It's likely that’s what he was planning on spending all that cash on.
  • Greed: He ends up wishing for a lot of money.
  • Homing Projectile: Ghost Missile.
  • Unfazed Everyman: He's just a normal guy who happens to win a ticket into the contest.

Voiced By: Kim Mai Guest

New driver of Thumper. Wants to outshine her brothers and friends with the best customized car.

Colonel Hall

Voiced By: Brett Pels

New driver of Warthog. A military man that wishes to get the ultimate weapon, a weapon that'll allow him to stop the evildoers of the world.

Gene Ruttish

Driver of ATV. One of Cousin Eddy's colleagues that enters separately. He wants to become the "most desireable man on the planet".
  • Chick Magnet: His wish comes true in his ending. It's much more effective than he expected... or wanted.
  • Coming and Going: Very fucked up version, he gets all women wanting to ravish him, but instead of sex alas he gets killed by suffocating by the mass of ladies.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Well, not quite Cousin Eddy's dragon per se, but he does go behind his back and enters the contest to get his own wish.
  • Fragile Speedster: Possibly even more than Mr. Grimm. While as fast as Grimm, his armor is pretty much non-existant, and he goes down even faster than the motorcycle guy.
  • Mook: The Cousin Eddy mid-boss includes a fight against 4 ATVs.
  • The Unintelligible: The guy has to be inspired by Boomhauer. The game even provides complimentary subtitles for him.

Cousin Eddy

Driver of Cousin Eddy, a beatup RV. A retarded hillbilly that likes two things: shiny stuff and breaking things. The contest's just his playground. Mid-Boss of the game.
  • The Brute: He forced everyone in his town to set up his RV by brute strength.
  • Dumb Muscle: His ending reveals that Calypso didn't invite him to tournament, he just entered because he thought it looked fun, and when Calypso refuses to give him anything for winning, Eddy Neck Lifts him and threatens to pummel if he doesn't.
  • Expy: He's just a poor man's Minion. Including the same Special Attack and Puzzle Boss battle.
  • Fat Bastard: A big, fat brute who gets off on breaking things.
  • Manchild: His brain stopped developing at age 3.
  • Mooks: Before fighting him, one has to deal with 4 of his hillbilly friends riding ATVs.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: In his ending, when he finds out the demolition derby was a contest, he excitedly asks what he wins. When Calypso tells him he gets no prize because he wasn't an official contestant, Eddy lifts him up into the air and asks again: "What. I. Win?"
  • Simpleminded Wisdom: Granted he may not realize it himself, his wish was so simply worded and unopen to interpretation (He pointed at his RV and said "Make it better.", there's not really many ways that could be interpreted.), He get's his wish without Calypso screwing him over at all, He get's EXACTLY what he wished for, even with Lamentations from Calypso. Could probably count as an Achievement In Ignorance.
  • Too Dumb to Fool: Calypso can't cheat his wish as it's too vague for him to twist.

    From Twisted Metal 3 

Amber Rose

Driver of Flower Power, a beetle car. An environmentalist that seeks to "cover the world in flowers".
  • Fanservice: There's a special code to turn her mugshot profile into an ''ass-shot''.
  • Granola Girl: She's an environmental activist. Apparently she's so committed that she even collects the scrap metal from previous tournaments.
  • Green Aesop: Subverted, obviously. Her wish to fill the world with flowers ends up with monstrous carnivorous plants swamping the entire planet and eating her alive.
  • Homing Projectile: A rose-shaped missile that homes in the enemy.
  • Police Are Useless: She claims so in her profile.

Buster Cobb

Driver of Auger, a construction vehicle with a drill on its front. He's pissed off at the tournament bringing down his buildings, but he wish others to see "his inner child".
  • Expy: The driver of Slamm in Small Brawl looks much closer to a younger Buster than Mr. Slamm's original driver, Simon Whittlebone.
  • Dual Boss: Together with Super Slamm in Twisted Metal 4.
  • Fountain of Youth: His wish to "connect with his inner child" results in Calypso turning him into a baby.
  • Mighty Glacier: Auger is crazy slow, but very tough and very strong.
  • Motive Decay: His bio states he's entering the tournament because he's angry at it for destroying his buildings. Out of nowhere his ending has him want others to see "his inner child."
  • This Is a Drill: His Special.

Club Kid

Driver of Club Kid, a micro car. Some dude who wants to party all night.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: While most cars in Twisted Metal 3 are certainly cheaters in the Insane Difficulty setting, not all have a Special Attack as irritating as him. His Special consists of a whirling void that attracts all nearby cars to its center, spinning them around for damage before exploding. Considering that he spams 4-5 as he drives by, and how all other CPU cars keep on firing at random even while trapped, you can stay trapped on this all the way from full health to death.
  • Evil Brit: He's the only non-american contestant, hailing from London.
  • "Have a Nice Day" Smile: He and his car have this painted all over.
  • No Name Given: Unless we're supposed to believe his name is actually Club Kid.

Damien Coles

Driver of Firestarter, a hot rod. A pyromaniac.
  • Evil Redhead: A pyromaniac and serial arsonist with flaming red hair to match.
  • Playing with Fire: The only reason Thumper got cheated out of his original Special.
  • Spontaneous Human Combustion: According to the manual, he mastered this art. Don't ask how/why.
  • Video Game Flamethrowers Suck: Unlike Thumper, Firestarter's Special isn't that much useful. Though using more than one with rear attacks while the enemy is frozen is a very effective tactic.

Lance Wylder

Ex-New driver of Spectre. Wants to be famous.

Granny Dread

Ex-New driver of Hammerhead. Wants to stop the contest from disturbing her neighborhood's peace.
  • Batter Up!: She has one in her bio pic.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In classic Twisted Metal style, if she wins, Calypso straps her to a chair with eye-opening gizmos à la A Clockwork Orange and forces her to watch daytime television endlessly. Even worse, she's given nothing but SMPTE color bars, and can't change the channel. It's so tedious that she ends up begging Calypso to make it stop.
  • Motive Decay: She started out wanting to just end the tournament, but when she wins, she declares instead that she just wants to do "nothing but watch daytime TV".
  • Never Mess with Granny: She drives a monster truck, has a pet pit bull, and entered the tournament to kill everyone who wrecked her home town.
  • Ramming Always Works: Her Special was turned into this: using it propels Hammerhead forward with great force.


Final Boss of the game, driving a hunting jeep. Only addressed as an acquaintance of Calypso.
  • Bald of Evil: No hair and, unlike some of the other demons, no horns.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: There is barely any description given as to who this guy is or where he came from.
  • Ditto Fighter: Sort of. His special is a mesh of Roadkill, Mr. Grimm, Warthog and Flower Power's Specials. The manual, however, claims he has the power of all other contestants.
  • Homing Projectile: His special. It's next to impossible to dodge on top of dealing a ton of damage.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Despite what you'd expect from a jeep that offers no protection to the driver he's far more durable than any of the playable vehicles. On top of that he'll spam a very powerful Homing Projectile.
  • SNK Boss: His Special is deadly powerful, painfully homes in and has such pushback force that it makes your car slide all over the place. He's also prone to spam it like there's no tomorrow, and combined with his aggressive AI, there's little chance of survival on a face-to-face confrontation. Fortunately there's also that lovely lower floor opening into open sky.

    From Twisted Metal 4 


A British secret agent who wants to restore his face after being half-deformed. Drives a sleek sports car.

Pizza Boy (Conner Nazang)

A pizza delivery boy/street racer who wants the most powerful car that he can use to beat all street racers. Drives a Rice Burner.
  • Deadly Disc: His special fires a pair of buzzsaws that home into the target.
  • Nitro Boost: His wish is to have a highly tuned car so powerful he could easily win races. Said car was equipped with a Nitro Boost so powerful that it caused his car to fly off out to space and into a blackhole.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: He's an expy of Eminem, all the way down to trying to rap. He's not quite as good at it.
  • Shout-Out: A blond, white Hip-Hop guy. Sounds familiar?
  • Totally Radical: Constantly spewing out painfully awkward 90s hip-hop slang.


A four-armed alien cop tasked to apprehend Sweet Tooth. Drives a Xeon hoverbike.
  • Badass Biker: A very skilled, very courageous cop on a sweet hovercycle.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Quatro was obviously outgunned and outnumbered by Sweet Tooth's gang, an Inter-galactic police department hovercar suddenly appears outside telling the gang that they're surrounded and ordering them to surrender. The Clowns promptly drop their guns and put their hands above their heads.
  • Bond One-Liner: Right after the clowns surrender,
    Quatro: "Your move, Sweet Tooth."
  • Bounty Hunter: Described to be one by Sweet Tooth's assistant.
  • Expy: Of Outlaw.
  • Genre Refugee: The only alien character in the series.note 
  • Guns Akimbo: Pulls of a double guns akimbo when he confronts Sweet Tooth and his gang.
  • Multiarmed And Dangerous: He has four arms, holding a gun in each.
  • Numerical Theme Naming: Quatro means "four" in Portuguese.
  • Shout-Out: To RoboCop, after he pulls out his guns, he says to Sweet Tooth "One way or another, you're coming with me," referencing the line "Dead or Alive, you're coming with me."
  • Super Cop: An alien one sent to arrest Sweet Tooth, Calypso, Grimm and Rob Zombie.
  • The Unintelligible: He speaks in some sci-fi alien effect, which requires subtitles in his ending to be understood.

The Joneses (Ralph, Meg, Mitch and Tammy)

A family of Twisted Metal fanatics who want to take Sweet Tooth on a holiday with them. Drives a station wagon.


A leprechaun who has grown tired of everyone bullying him due to his small size and wants to get back on them by being bigger. Drives a life-size toy car.
  • Joke Character: He is among the weakest (or possibly THE weakest) in the game, having little armor and a special weapon which is just Speed missiles with laughing sound effects. He does make up for this with his agility.
  • Kaiju: He became a giant and terrorized the city. Unfortunately, before he could wreak havoc, he became a giant statue.
  • The Napoleon: Sweet Tooth's spokesman really loves riling him up about his size in his ending.

Trash Man

A garbage man who wants to turn the whole world into a habitat his pets could live in. Drives a garbage truck.
  • The Brute: A great big, barely articulate bruiser.
  • Dumb Muscle: Doesn't really have anything intelligent to say.
  • Fat Bastard: He is pretty big.
  • Mighty Glacier: He himself is a giant wall of muscle, but this is especially true of his truck, one of the biggest, heaviest, beefest in the game. Its top speed is about average, but its handling is extremely sluggish.

Meter Maid (Zanita Corbett)

A sexy parking attendant who wants Sweet Tooth to pay his parking summons. Drives a 3-wheeled meter car.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Sweet Tooth plays along and agrees to Zanita's conditions, thinking he's going to have sex with her only to realize at the last minute that she's actually making him take driving classes as an alternative to paying his hefty parking tickets.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She manages to make the Monster Clown Sweet Tooth, the crazy guy staging the tournament, do a little bit of community service by taking up driving lessons. And she didn't even get screwed over whatsoever unlike other cops (except Quatro).
  • Expy: Of Outlaw. Unlike Quatro, she's less bounty hunter, and more of a conventional real world cop, albeit a meter maid. She drives an official police vehicle, and even has a multi-targetting lighting move like previous Outlaws.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She certainly is compared to Jamie.
  • Shock and Awe: Her special weapon, the Electro Ray (adapted from Outlaw's Tazer), which has an additional ability to suck the health of opponents into her own.
  • Stripperiffic: Though she is a real meter maid, you would be forgiven for mistaking her for a stripper dressed as a meter maid due to her skimpy attire.
  • Take a Third Option: Her ending has her giving parking summons to Sweet Tooth worth millions. She does however promise him that she'll clear the summons if he did a little "service". Rather than paying the fines and thinking he's getting lucky, Sweet Tooth unwittingly does what actually turns out to be actual community service in the form of driving lessons.

Goggle Eyes

A pest exterminator who wants to kill all bugs. Drives a pest exterminator van.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Presumably they're protective goggles, but he never wears them over his eyes, so it's a moot point.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: His states are all 3/5, although his special weapon is 4/5.
  • Orifice Evacuation: Happens in his ending, when all bugs in the world come out of his body as he wished to "contain them all" to catch.
  • Video Game Flamethrowers Suck: Mighty averted, although its not really a flamethrower. The Greentox has fairly long range, does a quite a lot of damage and it sets opponents on fire.

General Warthog

An old-fashioned army general who dislikes the army's usage of computers and electronics for modern warfare. He wants to command a powerful old-schooled army unmatched by any modernized military. Drives a WW1 tank.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's a general who entered Twisted Metal tournament, showing he's no slouch in combat himself.
  • Hypocrite: Dislikes computers and electronics in modern warfare, uses a Kill Sat as his special.
  • Kill Sat: His special weapon, the Ion Blast has him planting a marker in which could be detonated like a remote bomb. This causes an ion cannon satellite to shoot at where the marker was planted. A direct hit (difficult to pull off) sets the unlucky bastard on fire. The weapon itself might be a Shout-Out to Command & Conquer.
  • The Neidermeyer: Constantly shouting like he's giving orders, constantly referring to himself in the third person, massive chip on his shoulder, and dreams of subjugating the world with a massive army. Yep.
  • Schizo Tech: He drives a WW1 tank filled with an arsenal of modern weapons and has a futuristic Kill Sat as his special weapon.
  • Tank Goodness: It may be ridiculously outdated by now but that is a Mark IV tank he's driving there. He probably chose this tank to fit in with his 'old-schooled military' persona.

Drag Queen (Dennis Flanders)

A Drag Queen who wants to become a pop star. Drives a tricked out Camaro hot rod.

Rob Zombie

A.K.A Mr. Zombie. An undead musician who wants the world to hear his awesome music. But you've probably already heard a good number of his songs since 3...
  • As Himself: Well, himself as an actual zombie, but yes.
  • Expy: Stats-wise, he's very similar to Orbital. His special weapon is also the same, except that instead of freezing you on explosion, it scorches you.
  • Nice Hat: His trademark top hat.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: It's not entirely clear what his deal is, but he's clearly very different from Mortimer, who is a restless spirit.
  • Playing with Fire: His Special's shockwave sets enemies on fire.
  • Shout-Out: He drives the Munster Koach from The Munsters. Oddly though its called the Dragula (the other awesome lookin' hot rod in the show) ingame. The Munster Koach was used in Rob Zombie's music video for the aptly titled Dragula. Coincidentally, Hot Rod Herman's remix of that song is used for the Construction Yard arena.
  • The Voiceless: He has his floating head henchman speak on his behalf.

Crusher, Moon Buggy and RC Car

Three new cars that appear as stage bosses in tournament mode. Neither of them are given an actual driver or any backstory, they are just there. Crusher is a tank-threaded scrap crusher, Moon Buggy is a 6-wheeled moon trekker and RC Car is a life-size...RC Car.
  • Fragile Speedster: RC Car. Pretty good speed, very little armor.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: RC Car uses an enhanced version of the Laser Special available to custom cars, only this one has much longer range and hits really hard.
  • Energy Weapon: The RC Car's Special is this.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Moon Buggy is quite fast for a car his size.
  • Mighty Glacier: Crusher is as slow as a large tank tread-driven scrap crusher would be, but takes a fair amount of punishment before going down.
  • Shock and Awe: Moon Buggy's Quasar Special launches three whirling balls of energy that last a long time, have persistent tracking, and not only zap nearby targets with devastating lightning damage, but also jostle them around helplessly in the air.