Crash's main catchphrase
Crash Bandicoot is the titular character and main protagonist of the series of the same name. He is an Eastern Barred Bandicoot living on N. Sanity Island, who was captured and evolved by Dr. Neo Cortex. Throughout the series, Cortex is Crash's usual arch-enemy and is always defeated by Crash in order to keep peace around the island. Crash is often accompanied by his ally, Aku Aku, the series' deuteragonist. In the earlier games, he tended to say "Whoa!" whenever he got killed. In most games, he speaks gibberish with a very basic knowledge of the language spoken in the game.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Production
- 1.2 1996-2000
- 1.3 2001-2004
- 1.4 2005-2010
- 1.5 2016-present
- 2 Appearances
- 3 Characteristics
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Quotes
- 6 Gallery
- 7 Trivia
- 8 References
Crash was originally designed by Charles Zembillas and Jason Rubin, and his original name was Willy the Wombat (alternatively spelt Willie). After rejected pushes from Universal Interactive Studios to name the character something more "family-friendly", such as "Wez", "Wuzzles" or "Wizzie the Wombat", Naughty Dog decided to name him "Crash" after his tendency to break crates, along with shuffling the species of a few characters to accomodate for Crash's recently-decided name.
Crash began life as a simple, normal bandicoot, living freely as a wild animal in the jungles of N. Sanity island. He was captured by Doctor Neo Cortex, in order to be made the general of Cortex's Cortex Commandos, as part of his evil plan to conquer the world. He was mutated by Cortex and his right-hand-man, Doctor Nitrus Brio, with the Evolvo-Ray, which gave him human sapience and made him anthropomorphic. Despite Brio's warnings of the machine's unreliability, Cortex then sent Crash through the Cortex Vortex, a machine designed to make Crash into a genius and brainwash him into becoming 100% loyal to Cortex's every order. The machine failed just as Brio predicted and malfunctioned, rejecting Crash. This allowed Crash to escape and run loose within the lab. Cortex gave chase after Crash trying to recapture him, only for Crash to run out a window, falling into the sea below. Angrily brushing off his failure, Cortex began repairs for the Cortex Vortex and moved on to the next candidate for brainwashing: Tawna Bandicoot, Crash's girlfriend.
Sometime later, Crash awoke dazed and lost on the shore of N. Sanity island. Determined to save Tawna and stop Cortex's plans of world domination, he set off on a quest to traverse the Wumpa Islands and reach Cortex Castle. Crash soon encounters a witch doctor mask, Aku Aku, who watches over him and protects him from various perils, and would soon grow a close, fatherly bond with Crash.
On Crash's adventure he confronts bosses who are determined to keep Crash from getting through. First was the obese tribe chief Papu Papu. Papu Papu was not affiliated with Cortex; he fought Crash because Crash woke him from a nap in his hut, angering him. Second was the insane kangaroo, Ripper Roo, Cortex's first failed experiment that he had abandoned in some ruins at the top of a waterfall. Next, the muscle-bound Koala Kong in a mine shaft. Cortex's bodyguard Pinstripe Potoroo came next, opening fire in his office in the Cortex Power refinery with his tommy gun. After Crash defeated him, Pinstripe accidentally fired into Cortex Power's generator, shutting down power production for Cortex's lair. Doctor Nitrus Brio is the penultimate boss, fought in his chemistry room. He attempted to fight Crash off with his chemical solutions at first, but has to resort to downing the brew himself, warping his body into the Brio Monster. After Crash defeats Brio, a bunsen burner from Brio's chemistry table is knocked over, setting the castle alight. Crash flees through the lab and makes it to The Great Hall, reaching the end of his quest.
Finally, at the end of the journey, Crash faces up against Cortex himself, on the top of Cortex's airship. Cortex, full of rage, curses Crash for ruining his plans, defeating his henchmen and destroying his lair. The two battle on the top of the airship; Cortex fires blasts of plasma at Crash with his ray gun from his hoverboard, only for Crash to deflect the bolts right back at Cortex by spinning them away. Soon Cortex's hoverboard is hit by one plasma blast too many, causing it to explode and send Cortex plummeting toward the ground far below. Crash happily reunites with Tawna on top of the airship and two share a hug. Cortex is presumed dead, but evil geniuses are harder to squash than cockroaches...
A year later, Crash is relaxing in the woods with his little sister Coco Bandicoot, who wakes him from his nap and asks him to find a new laptop battery for her. However, he is soon abducted, to his surprise, by Doctor Cortex to a Warp Room, who claims to have changed his ways, as he states that he feels a written invitation would have been turned down. Cortex asks Crash to gather the twenty-five Crystals to stop a deadly 'Planetary Alignment.' Meanwhile, Nitrus Brio, angry at Cortex for replacing him with Doctor N. Gin, asks Crash to gather the forty-two Gems instead to destroy Cortex's space station and warns Crash that he will use strong forces to stop him from gathering crystals. As Crash couldn't collect everything on his own, he got his pet polar bear Polar to help him with a few of the collectibles. Coco also hacks into Cortex's communications and is suspicious of Cortex's true plans. Every 5 crystals Crash collects grants him access to the platform to take him to the room above. However, Crash must defeat a boss to enter. Collecting five gives him a rematch with Ripper Roo, ten has him face off against the Komodo Brothers, fifteen allows him to outsmart Tiny Tiger (all three working for N. Brio) and twenty enables him to confront N. Gin. (Who Cortex initially wants Crash to give his current amount of crystals to.) When Crash collects all twenty-five crystals, Cortex reveals his true intention, which is to use the planetary alignment for world domination with his new and improved Cortex Vortex. Crash gives chase to Cortex by jet pack in space. Cortex has to out-fly Crash by placing obstacles to slow him down, and passing a blue barrier to activate his force field, so it'll be impossible for Crash to stop him. However, Crash, being faster, dodges all obstacles in his way and spins Cortex three times, destroying his jetpack and sending him flying into deep space. Crash returns home where he's relaxing on the beach with Coco who informs him that Cortex is still a threat as his Space Station, the Cortex Vortex, is still operational, meaning he was not done yet. Crash finally gathers all 42 gems, which Brio uses to build a powerful laser to destroy the Cortex Vortex, and Crash activates the laser. Along with Brio and Coco, he watches the station explode to pieces. In this game, Crash along with jump and spin can also perform a belly flop, crawl, slide and high jump and spin jump.
Crash, in search of adventure, went to visit a villa that was said to be full of treasures, but protected by supernatural beings. The owner of the
mansion, Mr. Crumb, was an evil rich and stingy man without any friends. On his deathbed, to protect his treasure, he summoned an army of monsters and turned himself into a ghost. Crash, followed by Aku Aku, ventured into the haunted place. He ventured to the crypt, where he defeated the first of Mr. Crumb's henchmen, Grumbler the Mummy. He later visited a dark forest, defeating Thorn Thing, a living tree. Then Crash fought Digger, a living skeleton, in the catacombs. Finally, Crash entered Mr. Crumb's mansion, and after several obstacles he could finally meet him. Once confronted and defeated the evil ghost Mr. Crumb, Crash found his legendary and immense treasure.
The remains of the Cortex Vortex hurtles into Earth's atmosphere and destroys the prison holding a great evil. Meanwhile, Crash, Aku Aku, Polar and Coco are relaxing until Aku Aku hears evil laughter booming, revealing that to be Uka Uka, his evil twin brother. Seeing that he's free, Aku Aku takes Crash and Coco to use Doctor Nefarious Tropy's Time Twister (While Polar looks after the house.), to gather the powerful Crystals (before Cortex does so) which are scattered across time. 4 of the 5 chambers are locked so the duo head for the remaining one chamber. Coco used her pet tiger Pura to get a few collectibles. Crash and Coco gather 5 crystals and Crash outsmarts Tiny Tiger yet again and earns the super belly flop power-up, 10 crystals sent Crash to beat Dingodile and earn the Double Jump power-up, 15 crystals allowed Crash to knockout Tropy and earn the Death Tornado Spin power-up and 20 crystals got Coco (with Pura's help halfway) to shoot down N. Gin and earn the Fruit Bazooka power-up for Crash. After collecting all 25 crystals Crash and Aku Aku do battle against Cortex and Uka Uka. Crash and Aku Aku come out on top and Crash earns the Crash Dash power-up. However, they're not done yet as Cortex and Uka Uka still have the 42 gems scattered. Crash and Aku Aku then have a rematch with Cortex and Uka Uka, now with all 42 gems, and defeat them for good as the Time-Twister Machine, unable to hold itself together, implodes on itself trapping the evil duo plus Dr N. Tropy as prisoners of time. While Crash, Coco and their respective pets relax around the fire, Aku Aku congratulates them for having saved the world once more. In this game Crash receives power-ups to enhance his abilities after defeating a boss and can revisit any level once the crystal is collected to enter time trial mode to earn Relics.
Crash appears as a playable character in Crash Team Racing, in which he drives a blue go kart. He is an All-Rounder racer with equal Turning, Acceleration and Top Speed. Besides Crash himself, Fake Crash, Dr. Neo Cortex, Komodo Joe and Nitros Oxide are also All-Rounder racers (supposedly because of their engine sound). Crash has the most normal garage out of the eight Adventure mode racers, where he keeps his kart, some spare tires, and a gas pump. He also uses it as a space to practice his yo-yo tricks.
The beginning starts with people racing at Coco Park with Oxide's cameras watching them where he then announces from his spaceship that he has arrived to challenge the best of earth. If he or she is to lose the world will be turned into a concrete parking lot and the characters will become his slaves. The cutscene goes on to show everyone preparing for the races in which Crash Bandicoot is sleeping on the grass. This is the first game that he isn't really the main protagonist but Crash is still there. This is because any character can play adventure mode. So the player power-slides and boosts your way through races to win trophies to battle the bosses of each world which they give you keys to race Oxide. After defeating Oxide, a cutscene comes where he states he wants a rematch once the player collects his time relics. After the player beats him again the credits roll, after a final cutscene of course. The epilogue states that Crash sold his life story, titled "The Color Orange", to a major film studio, set to be released by the Christmas season. It goes on to say that he can be found on an island doing what he does best, dancing and napping.
Sometime later, Crash is sleeping under a tree and suddenly is abducted and taken to the Hyperspace Temple where Aku Aku and Uka Uka hold their "discussions." There, Uka Uka tells him and Cortex that the masks have decided to engage in a competition to resolve all the trouble between them. Given that Aku Aku and Uka Uka can't fight against each other because the Ancients would not have allowed it, both masks bring their players to the temple and begin the games. Crash, along with his friends and foes, compete in games to gain Trophies, Crystals and Gems, necessary to bring the victory to Aku Aku or Uka Uka. In Crash's taunt he mocks his opponents by flapping his arms like a chicken and making clucking noises. He shares his stats and abilities with his sister Coco.
Cortex is in his new Space Station with N. Gin, N. Tropy, Dingodile and Tiny where Uka Uka is yelling at them for failure to eliminate Crash. It turns out Cortex has almost completed a superweapon to eliminate Crash but needed an ideal power source. Once Uka Uka mentioned the Elemental Masks, everyone agreed that this was how to put an end to the orange marsupial permanently, Crash was about to face the wrath of Cortex.
Meanwhile, Crash, Coco, Aku Aku and Pura are having a day on the beach. Aku Aku is taking in some sun, Pura is building a sand castle, and Coco is riding a jet ski, with Crash attached to the back surfing. Suddenly, the earth is stunned by great disasters, such as a volcano eruption, landslides, storms and tidal waves. Crash and company are caught in one of these, and Aku Aku deduces that his evil brother, Uka Uka, is behind these attacks. He goes to the Space Temple where the brothers have a discussion. There, Uka Uka shows Aku Aku that he has awoken the Elementals, 4 powerful masks, each one controlling one of the four elements. Aku Aku is attacked by the Elementals and is forced to escape. Back in Bandicoot home, Aku Aku tells Crash and Coco about this terrible menace. He then asks Coco about her VR (Virtual Reality) Hub System, a machine that allows the user to travel to different parts of the world. Aku Aku's plan is to use the device in order to seek the Power Crystals. If five crystals are together, an elemental mask could be put back in a state of hibernation. With the machine finished Crash and Coco use it to gather the crystals.
Cortex reveals himself to Crash and introduces him to his newest creation, a super bandicoot named Crunch, and taunts him saying he's no match for him. After gathering 5 crystals, Crash and Aku Aku bury Crunch and the elemental mask of earth Rok-ko, earning the Tip Toe power up. After gathering 10 crystals he and Aku Aku wash out Crunch and the elemental mask of water, Wa-Wa, earning the Double Jump power-up. With 15 crystals gathered, Crash and Aku Aku toast Crunch and the elemental mask of fire, Py-Ro, and earn the Death Tornado power-up. Having gathered 20 crystals, Crash and Aku Aku fly circles around Crunch and the elemental mask of air, Lo-Lo, and earn the Fruit Bazooka power-up. Finally, Crash gathers all 25 crystals, but these are used to open a way to the Cortex's Space Station, where Crash and Aku Aku confront Crunch ultimately, after being attacked with the power of all the elemental masks plus Cortex and Uka Uka. Crash earns the Crash Dash power up for him and Coco and with Aku Aku leaves Crunch unconscious and Cortex complaining to Uka Uka who's telling him there are still the gems which they can use to resurrect the Elementals.
While re-visiting a location and exploring a previously inaccessible path, Coco finds the Super Belly Flop power up for Crash and her to use to find the rest of the gems. With all 46 gems at hand, Crash ultimately knocks Crunch unconscious, who wakes up finally free from Cortex's control. Cortex complains again having under-estimated Crash while he and Aku Aku are watching in disgrace as Uka Uka gets angry and attempts to shoot Cortex but shoots at the engine instead resulting in a self-destruction sequence due to Cortex ducking out of range. Coco arrives just in time to pick up Crash, Aku Aku and Crunch before the station explodes. Back at the Bandicoot home, Crunch is grateful to the Bandicoot family and is especially grateful to Crash for freeing him from Cortex, so he decides to join the family from then on. As for Cortex he declares revenge on Crash while being chased by a very angry Uka Uka stranded on an iceberg. In this game he shares the Crash Dash and Super Belly Flop power-ups with Coco only Coco stomps instead of belly-flopping like Crash. Also they use vehicles to navigate tricky terrain.
Crash and Coco are in their house, and suddenly, they see the face of Cortex covering the sky. They learn from Aku Aku, that Cortex created a giant device known as the Planetary Minimizer, a machine that allows to (like the name implies) shrink any planet to the size of an orange. Coco has a machine capable of revert the effects of the Planetary Minimizer, but to make it work, she needs a large number of Power Crystals, which are spread across the world. Crash must recover the crystals with the help of Aku Aku.
However, Cortex sends his evil allies in order to interfere with the bandicoot's plans. Upon gathering five crystals, Crash confronts and defeats Dingodile in a duel under the sea. After that, he faces Tiny Tiger in singular combat, also beating him. Later, Crash defeats Doctor N. Gin, who is aboard a mortal robot.
Finally, Crash reaches the Cortex's base, defeating him and destroying the Planetary Minimizer in the process. However, the machine fires a bolt of electricity to Cortex and his allies, merging them and forming a hideous monster known as the Mega-Mix. This monstrosity chases Crash throughout the base, and finally it explodes, but Crash is able to escape in a space motorbike.
Sometime after the events of Wrath of Cortex, Cras is sleeping outside his house, while Coco is using her laptop and Crunch is lifting weights, when suddenly Coco and Crunch get sucked into a wormhole. Aku Aku wakes up Crash and sends him off to investigate what's happening by finding a crystal. Crash is then sucked into a wormhole made by N. Tropy, who struggles as Aku Aku is pulling him from the other end. This resulted in Crash and Aku Aku stranded on the other end of hyperspace and N. Tropy with Fake Crash who proceeds to have N. Trance hypnotize him as well as Coco and Crunch. Crash must navigate the hyperspace collecting Crystals along the way. If he's lucky he may find some gem shards as well.
Having a total of 6 crystals allowed Crash to face a brainwashed Crunch in an Arabian scenario riding a magic carpet and return him to normal. With 11 crystals he uses his copter-pack to knocks some sense back into Coco, who was operating a machine inside a volcano. Collecting 16 crystals, Crash confronts and outsmarts Fake Crash in a game of copy-cat at the Egyptian Temple proving to him that a copy will never top off the original. With Fake Crash free from the hypnosis he decides to help Crash which he easily accepts. N. Tropy seeing this, angrily scolds N. Trance for failing to hypnotize the real Crash, but N. Trance reassures him that they'll never find their secret base.
Finally, Crash collects all 21 crystals so he and Aku Aku can confront N. Tropy at his secret base. Infuriated, N. Trance duels with Crash. Only when Crash destroys his arms and legs he pulls a fast one by flying away, so Fake Crash decides to help by getting Crash to strap on his copter-pack and lure N. Trance close enough so he can release boiling lava on him.
Humiliated at N. Trance's demise, N. Tropy teleports away. But once Crash has collected all the gem shards, he went after him. Crash and N. Tropy battle warping through space. With N. Tropy defeated, Fake Crash takes a photo of Crash, Aku Aku, Coco, Crunch and the captured N. Tropy.
Crash is a playable character in Crash Nitro Kart, in which he drives for the Bandicoot Team, in a well-rounded kart, with Coco, Crunch and Fake Crash. In the story, he is abducted (along with other characters) by Emperor Velo XXVII and forced to compete in the Galaxy Circuit. When Velo relinquishes his power to Crash, the latter seriously considers the possibility of ruling over Velo's empire, but decides to turn Velo down and leaves him with his empire. If Crash wins a race he will do his classic dance on the podium.
Crash and Aku Aku fight many green and purple dragon-like monsters who are roaming the N. Sanity Island. Eventually, they find a small but brave dragon called Spyro, whose appearance is like the monsters. Spyro and Crash fight each other, but eventually they realize they've been tricked. In fact, Spyro traveled to N. Sanity following the path of strange orange monsters, like Crash. Crash and Spyro deduce that their most feared foes, Cortex and Ripto have teamed up, and so, to defeat them, Spyro and Crash must form a group. Coco and the Professor (Spyro's ally) need Power Crystals to open a portal to the enemy's base. Crash begins to gather crystals and faces Tiny Tiger, in a duel over tanks in the South Pole, and the bandicoot defeats him. Later, Crash and Spyro join forces in order to beat Nina Cortex, who has kidnapped Coco and the Professor.
Finally, Crash and Spyro gather all the crystals and the bandicoot faces Ripto in aerial combat, and the foe is defeated. Crash is supposed to place a tracer on Ripto but he forgets. Luckily Spyro had been fighting Cortex and had placed a tracer on him. Crash and Spyro follow Cortex and Ripto to their base and fight them in space. Ripto and Cortex flee but Crash destroys their ship sending them flying off into space. From that moment on, Crash and Spyro remain as a couple of true friends.
It's been three years since Crash got Cortex stranded on an iceberg. Now he's relaxing in the beach while Coco is playing with a butterfly until Cortex shows up, paralysing her with his gun, he then disguises himself as Coco and leads Crash to the bay. Once there, Cortex takes off the disguise and battles with Crash while the friends are watching. Crash wins so Cortex sends his last creation, Mecha-Bandicoot, to battle Crash. He wins again but unfortunately the robot explodes, Cortex loses control of his hover board and bumps into Crash, falling into the pit. Frustrated, Cortex and Crash fight and roll deeper into the mines where they find a power crystal. Now they're forced to work together to get out while fighting over the power crystal they found. Once out, their alliance extends because of the threat of the Evil Twins who have traveled from the 10th dimension to take over the islands. Later during the day Cortex gets kidnapped by Papu Papu and his tribe, forcing Crash to rescue him and finding 2 more crystals along the way. Together with Aku Aku they journey to Cortex's Iceberg Lab finding, yet another crystal and also finding Uka Uka along the way, who joins them to defeat the Twins. At the heart of the lab, Cortex unveils his latest invention, the Psychetron. He explains to Crash that they'll use this machine to confront and defeat the evil twins in their dimension, plus steal their riches, but they're short on power crystals as they need 6 crystals to power it but only have 4. So they journey round the mountain and successfully find 2 crystals. Unfortunately Coco shows up thinking Cortex kidnapped Crash and gives him the boot resulting with the crystals flying into the Psychetron and the machine zapping and paralyzing Coco for a long time but temporarily. So Crash and Cortex take the airship to pickup Nina Cortex (Neo's niece) at the Academy of Evil. On the way back they manage to obtain 2 crystals, enough to power up the Psychetron, and head for the 10th Dimension. Once there the three realize that this dimension is quite different to theirs, such as the sky, sea and snow being purple instead of blue and the sand being brown instead of yellow and everything being the complete opposite to what they're used to. Cortex is seen hugging Crash (or so he thinks) because of his warm, soft fur. Crash and Nina are seen backing away as his look-a-like growls at Cortex who then realizes he's hugging the 10th dimensional Crash known as Evil Crash. He then proceeds to kidnap Nina and head for the mountain top. With Crash and Cortex not far behind. Crash and Cortex then catch up to Evil Crash who chases Cortex after he demands he let Nina go and take him instead. Eventually Crash, Cortex and Nina give Evil Crash the slip and reach the Evil Twins Lair, Ant Agony. They banter and fight them in their improved bird cage, Crash runs off and Cortex is in shock making Nina attack first by disabling the robot's power supply. She gets tired so Cortex goes next to destroy their cannons. The twins pull out a buzz saw and lightsaber, leaving Cortex even more shocked. At this point, Crash returns and is in control of Mecha Bandicoot which ends the fight, causing the Twins to flee, only to end up being food for Evil Crash while Crash, Cortex and Nina return to the 1st dimension where Cortex tries to get rid of Crash with the Psychetron, only for it to malfunction and send him into Crash's brain. Crash doesn't think of it too much and picks his ear.
In Crash Tag Team Racing, Crash is recruited (along with other characters) by Ebenezer Von Clutch to gather the stolen Power Gems of his amusement park and win the park's ownership. His clashed weapon is the Wumpa Gun. He also finds Von Clutch's lost Black Power Gem by the end of the game. Crash acts somewhat of an immature bully especially to chickens. In the game, he is killed in mini films that one can find located around the game called Die-O-Ramas, which consists of Crash getting killed in multiple different ways. Such as being eaten, blown up, and many more.
Crash is a playable character in Crash Boom Bang, in which he is brought along by Coco when she is invited to the World Cannonball Race. At the end of the story, he interrupts the Viscount's wish to the Super Big Power Crystal and wishes for a vast amount of Wumpa Fruit.
In Crash of the Titans, Crash aids Coco in the development of a butter-recycling device. This is interrupted when Doctor Neo Cortex arrives and kidnaps Aku Aku and Coco. Crash throws Coco's machine at Cortex's airship, severing the chain holding Aku Aku's cage, which causes the cage to fall into the nearby forest. Unfortunately, Coco was still in captivity. After Crash rescues Aku Aku, they discover that Cortex and Uka Uka are stealing Mojo from a nearby temple and decide to stop them. Crash is unable to rescue his sister, but manages to defeat Cortex and begins his search for Coco, interrogating Tiny Tiger, N. Gin and Uka Uka on her whereabouts. Crash finally confronts and defeats Nina Cortex inside of the Doominator robot, frees Coco who then hugs him and, with the help of her part, which Crash kept in his pants all the time, averts the destruction of Wumpa Island. Feeling happy for themselves, Crash and his family decide to celebrate their victory with pancakes. This causes him to blurt out "PANCAKES!" in joy, making Coco and Crunch look at him oddly, as he almost never speaks.
Having been defeated by the bandicoots once again, Cortex drops Nina off at an Evil Public School, and returns to Uka Uka to plan for his next trick. He meets and teams up with Doctor Nitrus Brio once more and introduces their new project to Uka Uka: The NV.
Meanwhile, one year after the events of Crash of the Titans, Coco is messing with the now destroyed Doominator, which happens to be laying over half the island. She tries to get the screen on its eye working and asks Crash to go and get her some parts. When he finally gets the parts, she turns the eye into a giant TV and Crunch sees a commercial for the NV on it. A mailman brings them some, and Coco and Crunch use it for browsing the Internet, but Crash is shocked by electricity every time he touches it. Aku Aku tries to figure out why, but the two are confronted by N. Gin, who was spying on them, and follow him to his observatory. After knocking out his Ratnicians, Aku Aku and Crash see Coco and Crunch under what appears to be mind control through N. Gin's telescope.
Crunch runs off still under the spell, leaving Crash to force a mutated Coco into submission. Saving her from the NV, Coco goes on to Doctor Cortex's blog and (somewhat reluctantly) sends Crash to find Nina, who will hopefully confess her uncle's plan. Finding Nina at Evil Public School and saving her science project, she tells Crash where N. Brio and Crunch are located, where he takes off Crunch's helmet, and N. Brio goes away. After that, Crash and Aku Aku go to Mount Grimly, where he frees Uka Uka and is sent to go find his bones. After retrieving the bones from the most powerful Titans, Crash returns the voodoo bones to Uka Uka at Mount Grimly. Wanting revenge on Cortex, Uka Uka trusts Crash and Aku Aku to use the teleportation systems to defeat Cortex at his new space station. Despite Cortex's cheating in his attempt to physically defeat Crash, the bandicoot repeats history once more as Cortex is defeated and the space station plummets down near Crash's home.
Crash appears in Skylanders: Imaginators as a Life-elemental Sensei. This marks his debut in the Skylanders franchise and his return in a game after a six-year hiatus. Crash maintains his unique and quirky personality and innate Wumpa-ness, as both a fully playable Skylander Sensei character and brand new toy. He is available in the PS3 and PS4 Crash Edition Starter Packs of the game as well the Thumpin' Wumpa Islands expansion pack, but is playable on all consoles. Crash also has his own story, which is set in 2016, twenty years after the events of the first game. Once every twenty years, the Wumpa Islands archipelago are involved in the Synchronization Celebration, during the which rebound to the beat due to some sonic waves they emit. Cortex has an evil plan, but his machine goes haywire because of Fake Crash and causes troubles.
A wormhole has opened in Skylands and the great Aku Aku appears! He has come to announce the once-in-two-decades Synchronization Celebration--a time when all of the worlds align perfectly. All the inhabitants of Wumpa Island are having a party and they want to invite the Skylanders. But with Kaos on a quest to take over Skylands using his army of Doomlanders, the Skylanders must focus on stopping his evil plans. Never one to shy away from danger, the legendary marsupial Crash Bandicoot leaps through the wormhole to join the Skylanders in the ultimate battle against Kaos! - Skylander Bio
Crash appears near the end of episode ten of Skylanders Academy's first season. Episode eleven, titled Crash Landing, is centered around the Skylanders helping Crash find a way back home. In this continuity, Crash speaks fluent English with an Australian accent and has a habit of announcing what he's doing by saying "Extreme" before doing it.
He reappears in season three, this time joined by Coco.
Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
Crash reappears in the N. Sane Trilogy, reprising his roles from the original 3 games. Unlike in the originals, his sister Coco is a playable reskin of him in all 3 remakes, and she also does her own version of the iconic Crash Dance.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Crash is a playable character in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, a remake of the 1999 game Crash Team Racing. His epilogue remains the same, except that now it'd says that The Colour Orange will be released for "the holidays" rather than "the Christmas season".
This game also marks the debut (outside of the DS version of Crash of the Titans) of Baby Crash, an infant version of Crash, who is available alongside Baby Coco and Baby T during the Back N. Time Grand Prix. Unlike the more grown-up Crash, Baby Crash is a Turning-specialized character in the Beginner class. Baby Crash is bought in the game's Pit Stop as a Character Bundle for 3375 Wumpa Coins, which further includes a Baby Crash sticker, a Pastel paint job, and a "Bedtime" decal for the "Nostalginator."
Coincidentally, Baby Crash shares his name with a costume of Crash in Crash Tag Team Racing, in which Crash wears a diaper instead of his usual pants.
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Driving Style: Balanced
Driving Style: Turning
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time
After the events of Warped, Crash along with Coco and Aku Aku lived peacefully on N. Sanity island, with their enemies seemingly gone for good. After years of failure, Cortex and N. Tropy successfully travel back forward in time to a short time after the events of Warped. Aku Aku senses this disturbance and, fearing the Earth's safety, urges Crash to go to N. Sanity Peak to investigate. Within the mountain Crash encounters a sleeping Lani-Loli. Crash picks up up off of his pedestal, which causes the ground beneath them to collapse, dropping them directly into the path of an ancient beast. After a brief chase, Crash and Lani-Loli jump off of a cliff, landing right next to Aku Aku and Coco, who are investigating a quantum rift. After Lani-Loli explains the other quantum masks must be assembled to seal the rifts, Crash and the others set off through the rift.
First of all Crash and the others end up in the wasteland, where they encounter N. Gin, who is holding Akano prisoner to use him as a power source for his mech. The group proceeds through the wasteland, and Crash (or Coco) defeats N. Gin, setting Akano free and sending him tumbling through another quantum rift. Lani-Loli quickly dashes after him, with the bandicoots following behind him.
Afterwards, the group ends up Salty Wharf, where both Crash and Coco are kidnapped by pirates. Tawna quickly shows up and sets them free. The bandicoot siblings quickly recognise her, and come to realise that she isn't from their universe. They have a brief interaction with the siblings explaining their current quest. Tawna encourages them but quickly takes her leave, insisting that she works alone, yet promising to help them out on the side.
At the end of Salty Wharf, Crash finds Akano resting on a table. He attempts to pick him up, only to drop him on his toes. Akano briefly threatens the bandicoots before Lani-Loli explains their mission, prompting Akano to lead the group through another quantum rift, leading to Tranquility Falls.
At Tranquility Falls the group quickly encounters N. Brio, who offers a reward in return for going through his "tests". The bandicoots soon reach Brio and defeat him. After being defeated, Brio transforms into a pterodactyl and tries to attack again, only to suddenly lay an egg, then fly away in embarrassment. Crash picks up the egg before being dragged away by Coco.
After journeying through Mosquito Marsh, Crash and Coco encounter Kupuna-Wa, the quantum mask of time. Kupuna-Wa gives Crash a quick grandmotherly kiss before informing them that she can see big things happening in the future. The group then proceeds through the next quantum rift, ending up in the 11th dimension.
In the 11th dimension Cortex talks to Crash via a hologram, threatening him with his evil plan, and demanding to meet him at the top of the mountain. After Cortex lures Crash down the mountain in a chase, Crash ends up facing Cortex on his airship. Crash soon defeats him, sending Cortex onto the ground in front of the bandicoots. Cortex begins to have a bit of an existential crisis, shuffling towards Crash on his knees and desperately asking if this constant fighting was all there ever be, to which Crash responds with an awkward shrug. After N. Tropy appears via a hologram to break off his alliance with Cortex and explain his plan to wipe clean all of time and space, Cortex suggests that the bandicoots team up with him to save the multiverse. Crash joyfully accepts, running over to Cortex, hugging him tightly and nuzzling him.
After venturing through the Eggipus Dimension, Crash and the others encounter Ika-Ika, the quantum mask of gravity. With all four quantum masks together again, the gang sets off to stop N. Tropy's plan. The next quantum rift lands them in Nitros Oxide's ship, right on top of Dingodile and Tawna. The gang overhear N. Tropy and N. Tropy (F)'s plan as they explain it to Oxide, and make their way through the ship post-haste. Coco finds Nitros Oxide's Hovercraft, but before the bandicoot siblings can use it to get to the rift generator, Tawna ties them up and jumps in herself, insisting that it's too dangerous for them and that she should do it alone.
Crash and Coco are untied by Dingodile and Cortex, and they proceed through Oxide's ship and find another hovercraft. They try to use it to fly to the rift generator, but end up crash-landing on Bermugula. With the help of some shnurgle cubs, Crash navigates the planet and finds a large rift that takes them straight to the generator.
Crash, Coco, Cortex and Dingodile arrive at the rift generator just in time before Tawna is killed by N. Tropy (F). N. Tropy (F) decides to kill Crash and Coco instead, and tosses Tawna at their feet before teleporting her, Dingodile and Cortex away. Crash and Coco end up passed out on a floating rock before being awoken by Akano and led through a rift back to the generator. Crash and Coco soon defeat the Tropies, and Crash celebrates by doing an obnoxious dance. The quantum masks then send Crash and the rest of the gang to the Sn@xx dimension to wind down. After everyone gets something to eat, Cortex betrays everyone, kidnapping Kupuna-Wa and fleeing in his airship. Crash and Coco quickly give chase, jumping along cargo falling out of the back of the blimp before meeting Cortex up on top. Cortex expresses his plan to use Kupuna-Wa to travel back in time to stop Crash from ever being created before generating a massive rift to travel back to Cortex Castle in 1996.
After travelling through the castle, Crash and Coco confront Cortex, who's holding his past self, as well as all four quantum masks, captive. Cortex tries to kill the bandicoots with use of the quantum masks and a large machine, which fails as always, ending with Cortex collapsed on the ground. Past Cortex wakes up and goes into the other room to proceed with his experiment, which is Crash's run through the Cortex Vortex. Crash and Coco watch this on a screen, only for Crash to accidentally knock over a power source, causing past Crash to be rejected by the Cortex Vortex. The quantum masks banish present Cortex to the end of the universe, and the masks and bandicoots finally return home to play video games to celebrate their victory.
In the secret ending, Crash Bandicoot is shown to be the one narrating.
Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!
- Crash Bandicoot
- Crash Bandicoot (manga)
- Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
- Dansu! De Jump! Na Daibouken
- Crash Bandicoot 99X
- Crash Bandicoot: Warped
- Crash Bandicoot: Kattobi! Spin World
- Crash Team Racing
- Crash Bash
- Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex
- Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure
- Crash Bandicoot Blast
- Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced
- Crash Nitro Kart
- Crash Nitro Mini Golf
- Crash Bandicoot & Spyro Adventure World
- Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage
- Crash Twinsanity 3D
- Crash Nitro Kart (mobile)
- Crash Twinsanity
- Crash Twinsanity (mobile)
- Crash Bandicoot (mobile)
- Crash Tag Team Racing
- Crash Racing
- Crash Boom Bang!
- Crash Bandicoot Party Games
- Crash of the Titans
- Crash Nitro Kart 2
- Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D
- Crash: Mind Over Mutant
- Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2
- Skylanders: Imaginators
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
- Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Digital Comic
- Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time
- Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!
Naughty Dog once referenced the development of Crash as a character both "goofy yet heroic," and being able to portray it well. Originally, however, he took the role of a silent protagonist and thus expressed little of his personality or opinions (a trait developer Jason Rubin later claimed to regret), though in later games he has played a larger role.
Crash's personality is hard to pinpoint, sometimes varying from game to game. Throughout the series, he has always been shown to be willing to help and is very attentive to others. But overall, he has a rather wacky, cartoonish personality; in simple terms, he is a tornado. His demented behavior was in fact extended to actual sadism/masochism in Crash Tag Team Racing, in which he took pleasure in torturing innocent animals, park drones, and even himself. Despite this, however, Crash is usually kind-hearted and laid back. He is not known for his anger; even towards his greatest enemies, he rarely maintains a great deal of contempt. Threatening his little sister seems to be among one of very few ways of setting off his aggression. Beware his appetite, however, as he is very protective of his Wumpa Fruit, his favorite food.
Crash is a very emotional character who is quick to laugh and to cry. While he has a danger-loving, fearless nature and loves a good fight, he prefers relaxing in the sun and rarely seeks out trouble deliberately. To the ire of Crunch and the amusement of Coco, in the Radical games, Crash is prone to impolite personal habits such as belching or scratching his posterior. Crash is also easily distracted, as seen in the credits of Twinsanity when he has to catch Cortex. He is also fairly oblivious to his surroundings but this could be because of his muteness. As shown in Crash Tag Team Racing, Crash seems to be somewhat impulsive; as demonstrated in Die-o-Ramas, Crash spins a tree, making it fall and crush him, stands on railings with gears behind him, and spins dangerous equipment.
Crash's intelligence level was something of a question since he is mute and Aku Aku even made a comment that brain damage was "not much of a danger to Crash.", and he was often defined as stupid or dull-witted. However, this may have been a tease, especially since he is shown to be smart enough to prevent Cortex's attempts at ditching him in Twinsanity and has been able to outsmart various bosses far more powerful than himself in the past, like Tiny or N. Tropy, or drive several vehicles, like jeeps, motorcycles, cars and planes. Things he does that seem dumb could best be attributed to his obviously impulsive nature. His muteness never seems to cause him trouble, since Aku Aku and Coco can understand him anyway. His sense of right and wrong is also intact, as he helps out those in need and, although Cortex has numerously tried to destroy him, Crash did not object to teaming up with him.
Crash generally appears as an orange anthropomorphic bandicoot with a black nose, thick eyebrows, green eyes and reddish-brown hair on his head, styled into a typical Mohawk. He has a yellow-orange colored stomach and a peach muzzle (In Twinsanity onward until the N. Sane Trilogy, his stomach and muzzle were the same, whitish peach color). Up until Twinsanity before the N. Sane Trilogy, he had spots on his back that was of the color of his stomach. Crash's main attire consists of a pair of blue denim jeans (which gained metal plates on the knees in Twinsanity). He appears to have changed to board shorts in the N. Sane Trilogy as they now have strings, and lack any definite denim textures. He also wears pink boxers with red hearts on them (Or white boxers with red hearts depending on the game), and a pair of high-top shoes with white soles and laces. He has been known to don other attires when needed, such as scuba diving gear, a biker's jacket, and numerous others.
Crash can also be seen with fingerless gloves almost always except for Crash of the Titans, Nitro Kart 3D, Mind Over Mutant and Mutant Island. In "Crash of the Titans" (except for GBA and Mobile), he had no gloves to reveal black tribal tattoos on his hands, which were replaced with cinnamon watermarked tattoos in "Mind Over Mutant." The tattoos do not appear in "Nitro Kart 3D" and "Mutant Island" which resembles him without tattoos and gloves make him go bare hands. His head is significantly smaller in Crash Tag Team Racing.
Crash's fingerless gloves differ slightly across the promotional/cover art. In the art for Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot: Warped, Crash Team Racing and Crash Bash, the gloves are cut at the knuckles, making all of his fingers emerge from one large hole instead of individual holes for his fingers. In most of the later games, the gloves have individual finger holes, and are cut off after the first joint. Cortex Strikes Back and The Wrath of Cortex varies between these two different glove types for its art. The number of fingers Crash has in the promotional art also varies, although he is mostly depicted with three fingers and a thumb in-game, with exceptions such as Twinsanity, for example, where he has four fingers.
Throughout the series, Crash may collect power ups that enhance his abilities. These include:
- Super Charged Body Slam
- Double Jump
- Death Tornado
- Bazooka (Super Power)
- Crash Dash (Super Power)
- Tip Toe
- Super Slide
- Rocket Jump
- Triple Spin
In the Radical Entertainment games, Crash has an extremely limited vocabulary, preferring to speak in unintelligible gibberish; and can say words like Nina, Pancakes, and Wumpa (in the GBA version, this was extended to "Pancakes? I thought you'd never ask!"). In the Naughty Dog games, the few English words he is capable of speaking include "Whoa!", "Uh-oh" and "Boo-yah." It is implied in Crash Twinsanity that he carries fleas. He also loves Wumpa fruit as it is the main collectible in most games, and other products derived from it.
Since the very beginning of the series, Aku Aku has been by Crash's side as his protector, voice of reason and wisdom and father figure. Aku Aku is usually the only ally who joins Crash on pretty much every adventure he goes on (with one exception). Aku Aku is capable of understanding Crash and talking for him.
Cortex is Crash's creator and archenemy, who constantly tries to destroy him, claiming his creation was a mistake with his existence being a constant reminder. As a result of Cortex constantly trying to take over the world or cause massive chaos, Crash usually has to (and always does) defeat him. However, due to his gullible nature and quickness to forgive others, Crash can easily be tricked by the doctor from time to time.
Crash and Coco share a typical brother/sister relationship, strengthened by their opposite personalities. In
the earlier games, she ordered him around and used him as a delivery boy, like when she wanted him to get her a new battery for her laptop because the old one had run out in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. However, this ended as Coco's personality changed and she tries to make Crash's life more sophisticated. They always help each other whenever Coco joined in on the adventure.
As proven in Crash of the Titans, Crash is very protective of Coco. Despite his usual apathy towards Cortex and Uka Uka's threats, he is left angered and horrified when they kidnap her and Uka Uka threatens her by saying that Nina will not need her anymore.
From Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy onwards, Crash and Coco has a stronger sibling relationship than ever before. Coco has more of a goofball and cheerful personality that parallels with Crash. When Crash does something silly, she will often laugh and has her own take on his signature dance. In Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, she even encourages Crash to dance with her. In Crash Bandicoot 4 It's About Time, Crash and Coco are more of an action duo and Coco remains at Crash's side through the whole adventure. Throughout the story, they often come into an agreement on things and are shown to enjoy doing things with each other. One of the scenes where this is evident is when Coco encourages Crash to play video games with her. Coco appears to have a far more enthusiastic, pumped-up, and can-do attitude when her and Crash are about to start a new adventure or take on an enemy together. Crash expresses a stronger concern for Coco and is more supportive of her. When Tawna refuses to join up with them, Crash places his hand on Coco's shoulder to help her feel better. Coco also displays a stronger concern for Crash, as she will often get worried about him and stagger back when he gets hurt.
Crash and Tawna grew very close while imprisoned in Cortex Castle, and entered a romantic relationship together prior to the events of the first game. They clearly cared deeply for one another, with Crash running through the many dangers of the Wumpa Islands in order to save her from Cortex. She was noticeably absent after the first game, which went unexplained in-universe, though Crash and Tawna still seem to be on good terms as Crash keeps a picture of her above the fireplace, as seen in Warped.
Due to being under Cortex's control when they first met, Crunch was hostile against Crash and was obsessed with crushing him. However, Crash freed Crunch and the two became metaphorical brothers and close friends over the years. The two usually tend to help each other when needed, though they will be forced to fight each other whenever Crunch is made evil again. Crunch acts like an older brother to Crash and Coco despite him being the youngest of the three siblings and Crash being the oldest. As seen in Crash of the Titans, they both tend to tease Aku Aku about the fact he has no body or feet. However, Crunch is often annoyed by Crash's bad habits like burping and his antics, unlike Coco, who is more tolerant of them.
As the Bandicoots' pets are very close to them, it can easily be said vice-versa. After finding Polar and Baby T in their respective habitats, Crash took them in after he defeated Cortex. Although Crash is rarely seen with Pura, they can be assumed to be good friends.
In Crash Nitro Kart, Polar and Pura, despite being brainwashed into racing for Team Trance, don't show hostility towards Crash or his friends.
While Coco reveals that the original Tawna had a falling out with her and Crash, alternate Tawna develops a strong bond with them and is even hinted to have had a close relationship with them in her own universe, as she reveals that she generally knew Crash and Coco's routine when it came to collecting things. Upon first meeting her, Crash appears surprised and confused as he begins to poke at her before she punches him. While both Crash and this version of Tawna never appears to display romantic feelings for each other, they do express genuine concern for one another. Tawna is willing to do anything in her power to protect Crash and Coco. Like his sister, Crash also expresses sadness when Tawna leaves them behind and refuses to join them. Even though this is technically the first time they've met, they still have a familiarity with each other that has made this version of Tawna develop more of a reunited "old friend" relationship with Crash.
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- In the end of Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, it is revealed that Crash was actually created by a time paradox, since when he goes back to 1996, he accidentally presses the eject button and destroys the Cortex Vortex's power source, causing it to malfunction and reject his past self, thus ensuring his own creation.
- Crash was originally named Willy the Wombat. During production of the first game, the marketing director of Universal Interactive Studios insisted that Crash be named "Wez the Wombat," "Wuzzles the Wombat," or "Wizzy the Wombat." Crash was given his final name due to his tendency to crash onto crates. Ultimately, the name Crash was chosen after an ultimatum between Naughty Dog and Universal, who were in favor of the original name. Internally, throughout all of Naughty Dog's games, Crash is still named "willy."
- At the time of its initial release, the character was considered the "unofficial mascot" of Sony, rivaling Nintendo's Mario and Sega's Sonic.
- In one of the flashback tapes in Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, Cortex says that the Crash's real name is "Crashworth Cortex the First" and next to it nicknamed him as "Crash" for short.
- In another tape, it's stated Crash likes wumpa and dislikes other foods. However, he has been known to enjoy Pancakes.
- In another tape, say he give him his old shorts.
- Crash's "wacky" mental state has often been attributed to his exposure to the at-the-time imperfect Cortex Vortex. This has never been concretely stated within the series however, nor has Crash's personality prior to the Cortex Vortex ever been seen.
- Crash is famously a mute protagonist, though he does very rarely speak in some media.
- In Japanese versions of many games, Crash is able to speak, though he still doesn't speak very often and only does so in short and simple phrases.
- In Crash of the Titans, Crash asks "Nina?" when Tiny tells him and Aku Aku about how she took over Cortex's plans. This is the first time he is ever heard mentioning another character's name. Also in Crash of the Titans, Crash says "Pancakes!" at the end of the main console versions. However, in the GBA version, this is extended to "Pancakes? I thought you'd never ask!" for unknown reasons. The latter is possibly the only full sentence Crash has ever said so far in the games outside of gags. In this game, Crash also is heard saying "Well, duh,", "Look at that!" and "A foot?"
- Crash can speak full, fluent sentences in Dansu! De Jump! Na Daibouken, the manga series based on Cortex Strikes Back. This happens again in his appearances in the Skylanders Academy episodes "The Skylands Are Falling!", "Crash Landing", "Days of Future Crash", and "Raiders of the Lost Arkus, Part 2".
- Crash makes a guest appearance in the television series Skylanders Academy. He speaks in an exaggerated Australian accent, but has a completely different personality, with his wackiness being toned back and Crash himself being more level-headed.
- He also speaks in a commercial for Cortex Strikes Back, which also shows Crash speaking in an Australian accent.
- According to The Crash Bandicoot Files, released by Dark Horse Comics, Crash would've constantly impersonated other famous pop-cultural icons, similar to his portrayal in the commercial.
- Crash also speaks full sentences in the 100% completion ending cutscene in Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time. Here, he speaks with a deep voice, doing away with the Australian accent, and instead speaking like a movie trailer narrator. This is most likely a gag, however.
- Being the main character of the series, Crash is the only character to appear in every single Crash game.
- In Cortex Strikes Back and Warped, when Crash is burned, he briefly reverts to his Crash Bandicoot model. The reason for this is unclear.
- Crash was originally supposed to have spots on his back, but they were removed in favor of a large yellow patch. Crash's original hair was a box-ish mohawk, but it was then changed to look spikier.
- In real life, eastern barred bandicoots have stripes on their back, hence their name.
- Crash's design is different in Japan, having had his teeth made smaller and his eyes bigger (with Pac-Man eyes) to appeal better to the Japanese market. This design is included as a secret costume in Crash Tag Team Racing, as well as being featured in Crash Boom Bang, a Japanese developed title.
- In the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2011, Crash was voted as the eleventh best video game character.
- In one of Crash's early designs, he was going to have a tail which was cut due to the limitations of the PlayStation. In real life, bandicoots have long hairless tails.
- One of Crash's concept designs had him wear a black mask, making him resemble Zorro.
- Crash has been confirmed to be one of the most popular western video game protagonists in Japan.
- During 2007, Crash had been crowned as a symbolic mascot for the School and Youth Programs, as a part of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
- Although not being an official character in the game, according to statics, Crash, along with Cortex had been the most requested IP's in the All-Stars Battle Royale franchise by Sony.
- Crash was purposely designed with no neck to make his design simpler and take fewer polygons to render. He is the only Bandicoot in the series (not counting his "Fake" or "Evil" duplicates) to be designed in such a way, with other bandicoot characters such as Coco, Crunch and Tawna having far more human-shaped anatomy.
- Being the main character, Crash is naturally one of the only characters to have their name featured in a game's title. In fact, his name is featured in the title of every game in the series. The only other characters with this distinction are Cortex, N. Trance and Ripto.
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