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The Crash Dance is a famous dance that was originally performed by Crash Bandicoot and would go on to be performed by other characters in the Crash Bandicoot franchise.



The Crash dance.

It first appeared in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back when Crash successfully collects a gem and returns it to the Warp Room or after defeating most bosses. This was reprised in Crash Bandicoot: Warped. An extended version also appeared in the Japanese adverts for the game and in the title screen of the Japanese version of Warped. At the end of Crash TwinsanityDr. Cortex ends up in Crash's brain after a scheme backfired. He was surrounded by miniature versions of Crash, who all started to perform the dance.

A variant of the Crash dance can be seen in Crash Bandicoot: Dansu! De Jump! Na Daibouken. The variant shown is when Crash puts out his fists and brings then back in. Crash does the small section of the dance when Crash and Aku Aku get their first "Power Stone".

Crash also performs it when he wins a race in Crash Team RacingCrash Nitro Kart and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled on the victory podium. In Nitro-Fueled, Crash sometimes performs a simplified version of the dance in the seat of his kart upon winning a race.

The dance also appeared in the Japanese version of Crash Tag Team Racing, and all versions of Crash of the Titans and Crash: Mind Over Mutant where Crash would sometimes perform the dance as an idle animation.

A unique version of the dance exists in the files of Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, where it oddly only covers the Japanese Warped extension of the dance and not the signature portion.[1] Likewise, Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time featured Crash doing the dance in gameplay within promotional material, but this doesn't actually occur in the game itself, only existing within the files. Though short variations of the dance are performed by Crash after N. Tropy and N. Tropy (female) are defeated and in the ending after Cortex is banished to the end of the universe.

Fake Crash has his own variation of the dance, as first seen in Crash Bandicoot: Warped. He would reprise his version of the dance in the victory podium in Crash Team Racing and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, along with all his appearances in the N. Sane Trilogy.

Coco has a variation of the dance as well, first shown in CR Crash Bandicoot[2], Crash of the Titans and Crash: Mind Over Mutant. While playing as her in the N. Sane Trilogy, she will perform her variation of the dance when Crash performs his.

Spyro also has his own variation of the dance in the Spyro Party USA mini game found in Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage.




Crash Bandicoot 3 PlayStation Japanese Opening

The full Crash Dance in the Japanese version of Warped



  • The dance was introduced in a Japanese commercial to the first Crash Bandicoot game, before debuting it in game in Cortex Strikes Back. It was created by Megumi Hosoya, the Sony marketing manager that served as the inspiration for the character of Megumi in Crash Team Racing and Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
  • In the N. Sane Trilogy, Crash's pelvic thrusts were replaced with the former viral trend Running Man.
  • The Japanese bonus video in Cortex Strikes Back heavily features Crash and occasional live action guest dancers doing the Crash dance.
  • One of Crash Bandicoot: Warped's animated Japanese bonus videos also centers around Crash doing the dance onstage for a large audience.
  • An instructional dance VHS tape called Crash Dancing!! was released in Japan to show how to perform the Crash Dance.
  • The ending turnaround of the dance bears a striking resemblance to a move Michael Jackson performed in the Thriller music video.[3] It is unknown whether this was intentional or just a coincidence.

Michael Jackson dance resemblance.