Outcast Bandicoot is a Crash Bandicoot fanfic made by artist and web designer Tara Mckee. It concerns the character Crunch Bandicoot during his stay on Dr. Neo Cortex's space station up to and during Wrath of Cortex.
Tara originally wrote the story as simple text (but with drawings she made herself), but later decided to adapt the story into a film. The film was placed on youtube, but left uncompleted. The entire film — as far as she got — can be watched here. (WARNING: The film should be considered PG-13 at least.) The original text which the film was based on, as well as several other stories in the universe, can be read here (WARNING: NSFW!!)
Outcast Bandicoot contains examples of:
- Action Girl: Tani Tiger. She handles herself pretty well in a fight.
- Adult Fear: Being kidnapped from your home by your worst enemy, and spending the next five years of your life as their (more or less) helpless minion.
- On the flipside: escaping from your kidnappers...only to realize your best friend is still in their clutches, and spend the next several years alone.
- Art Shift: Not within the completed parts of the work, but in the bonus scenes, you can see what Tara's art looked like before she began the work proper.
- Badass in Distress: Crunch, obviously. By all means he's a capable fighter, but Cortex and his lab assistants prove to be too much for the poor bandicoot.
- Canon Foreigner: Several. Tani and Kris Roo are the most obvious examples.
- Darker and Edgier: The fanfic is much, much more darker than the series it based on.
- Bloodier and Gorier: It is also more graphic in term of violence. One example is Crunch's nightmare, in which Tani is brutally murdered in front of him.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Crunch survives five years on Cortex's space station — which we can assume is nightmarish at the best of times. Crash and Coco help him escape and make his way back to X.Treme Island.
- Mood Whiplash: Enter a spooky castle that's so dark you can't see anything, and has some of the series' creepiest music playing...then get jumped by two crazy potoroos...THEN get attacked by the sadistic scientist who owns the place, and get kidnapped from your home.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The minions are ready to make their escape! But lab assistants show up to cut them off! Crunch bravely stalls the escape to help Kris fight the lab assistants...only for Cortex to arrive and cut off the escape. And this is after Kris said he was willing to stay behind!
- Platonic Life-Partners: Crunch and Tani. Averted later on, when they become a couple....
- She Is All Grown Up: Tani, when Crunch returns from his exile. Justified, as five years have passed since they last met.
- Take Me Instead: Koala Kong, who would rather go with Cortex than watch Crunch and Tani suffer.
- Time Skip: Crunch is first abducted roughly before the start of Cortex Strikes Back. Then there is a time skip of some eighteen months.
- Also, the time skip after the time Tara could no longer complete the movie; she was only able to add a few scenes from early production after that.
- Viewers Are Geniuses: You'd have to know the Crash Bandicoot series pretty well (particularly Wrath of Cortex) in order to make sense of what's going on, or why you should care.
- Shown Their Work: And Tara was precisely the individual to fulfill both criteria. From her work, one can infer that she's especially well-acquainted with Crash.
- You Keep Using That Word: The title is OUTCAST Bandicoot. An outcast is someone who is kicked out of their home/society for some reason. Crunch wasn't kicked out of his home; he was kidnapped.
- Arguably Outcast Bandicoot sounds better than Kidnapped Bandicoot.