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Break out the butter, I'm gonna make toast!

Dingodile, Crash Bandicoot: Warped

Dingodile is a genetically enhanced hybrid of a dingo and a crocodile, having a crocodile's body and tail, and characteristics of a dingo with an Australian accent. He makes his first appearance in Crash Bandicoot: Warped, after which he makes regular appearances in the series, with his latest appearance being the Nitro-Fueled remake of Crash Team Racing. Out of all of Cortex's animal minions, Dingodile has made the second most appearances in the series, only Tiny Tiger has appeared more.

Dingodile is often equipped with a flamethrower, which is fueled by a large gas tank worn on his back. The flamethrower is occasionally traded for a water gun in some games, like the DS version of Crash of the Titans. He is also known to attack with his tail. It is generally assumed that Dingodile was created by Doctor Neo Cortex, but Dingodile has been known to work independently, or even against Cortex from time to time.

History

Crash Bandicoot: Warped

G'day, mates! Dingodile's the name, and Uka Uka and Cortex gave me orders to bring the crystals to them during the ice ages. So, gimme the goods and shove off, or I'll roast yas!

Dingodile, Crash Bandicoot Warped

Dingodile introduces himself when Crash activates the second world portal. He claims he has been sent by Uka Uka and Cortex to collect crystals, and tells Crash not to interfere. When Crash recovers the crystals anyway, the two fight in the Ice Age. Dingodile is busy tormenting a penguin, but is interrupted when Crash arrives. He then creates an ice barrier around himself. Despite using a flamethrower, he is tricked into breaking his own barrier and is attacked by Crash three times. He tries showering Crash with flame shots from above but Crash still manages to make his flamethrower backpack explode on him. After the third hit, Dingodile is beaten, and the penguin returns and jumps on Dingodile's back. Before passing out, Dingodile admits that Crash won fair and square, but warns that he will soon be up against much worse.

Crash Team Racing

Dingodile racing Oxide.

In CTR, he appears as a playable standard character on Uka Uka's team against Nitros Oxide. In the intro, he works on his kart with a screwdriver, only to have it blow up in his face. Dingodile's garage appears to also be a boiler room, where he stores spare gas tanks for his flamethrower and pumps his kart full of flames and hot gas. His home track is Dingo Canyon. Like Tiny Tiger and the hidden racers Papu Papu and Nefarious Tropy, he is one of the fastest racers; the only side-effect is that he has poor turning and average acceleration. His kart is olive-colored. In the epilogue, he starts a breeding program for the creation of new, hybrid animals to be kept as pets.

Stats

Speed: 6/6
Accel: 1/4
Turn: 1/4
Difficulty: Advanced

Crash Bash

Dingodile crash bash.jpg

Dingodile appears once again as a playable character in Crash Bash. In the intro, he moved to the good side along with Tiny Tiger because of the lack of players on Aku Aku's side. It is interesting to note that his boss battle music from Warped is used for a mini-game (most notably in "Dot Dash") and the battle against Oxide, but is slightly remixed. This game is the only game (until Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time) where Dingodile does not use his flamethrower. Oddly, in his artwork for the game, he is seen holding a crate over his head. In the actual game, he only holds crates up to around his neck. Like Rilla Roo, he is good at the pogo mini games and the tank mini games. In the crate crush mini game he has a weak throw but a powerful spin.

Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex

In The Wrath of Cortex, Dingodile is only given a brief role and is seen in the intro during Uka Uka's conference in the space station. He has no lines of dialogue and his only use was as an obstacle, racing against Crash in "Smokey and the Bandicoot" and shooting his flamethrower at Crash during several Atlasphere levels. Dingodile also acted as an enemy pilot in Tornado Alley and Crashteroids, trying to prevent Crash and Coco from destroying Cortex's generators and space stations.

Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure

Dingodile appears as a boss where he is battled underwater. He wears a glass air helmet and a pair of blue swim trousers, and uses his flamethrower as a torpedo launcher. At Cortex's space station when the Planetary Minimizer malfunctions, he becomes a part of the Mega-Mix briefly.

Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced

Dingodile makes an appearance as a playable character in the game's multiplayer mode.

Crash Nitro Kart

You call that racing? THIS is RACING!

Dingodile

Dingodile, as he appears in Crash Nitro Kart.

In Crash Nitro Kart, Dingodile's character takes a much more odd and satirical turn. He is first seen as his usual self in the intro, assisting N. Gin in his lab. He is squashed against the wall when Tiny bursts in the room. The next time he shows up, he is seen on a podium with the evil master of hypnotism, N. Trance. Dingodile has been brainwashed by N. Trance to race for him in the circuit, along with Polar and Pura, making him a member of Team Trance.

The brainwashing seems to have greatly warped him both physically and mentally. Physically, he dons a helmet with a small antennae on the top, assumed to be N. Trance's way of brainwashing him. His eyes also turn green, and oddly enough, one eye looks up and one eye looks down, possibly due to the hypnosis. Mentally, he seems much more happy, and borderline, if not completely insane. His intelligence also seems to be quite diminished and he doesn't appear as villainous as usual. All of his taunts are said in a psychotic manner, completely different from the old Dingodile, and he almost always seems to have a huge smile on his face. He is unlocked by winning the Red Gem Cup. On the podium after winning a race, he jumps around and thrusts his hips.

Out of all of N. Trance's victims, Dingodile underwent the most severe changes after falling under his mind control. N. Trance is shown to be quite fond of Dingodile, as he is paired with him on a promotional desktop released for the game, and is shown standing next to him on the podium during the intro. It is presumed that eventually he, Polar, and Pura escaped his brainwashing for future games.

Stats

Console GBA
Speed: 7/7
Accel: 4/7
Turn: 2/7
Difficulty: Advanced
Speed: 10/10
Accel: 8/10
Turn: 5/10
Difficulty: Advanced

Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage

Dingodile makes an appearance as a playable character in the game's multiplayer mode. He also makes a cameo in the game as a card. Oddly enough, he is in his brainwashed state from Crash Nitro Kart, complete with his "wonky" eyes and helmet.

Crash Twinsanity

In Crash Twinsanity, Dingodile is first seen at Crash's "birthday party" along with Koala Kong, Pinstripe Potoroo, Polar, Crunch Bandicoot, Ripper Roo, N. Oxide and Tiny Tiger. After both Cortex and Crash fall into the cavern, Dingodile asks Ripper Roo out to lunch.

Dingodile appears again at the end of the level Slip Slide Icecapades. He is seen in a wooden shack reading a book until a gigantic snowball containing Cortex and Crash falls onto it and destroys it. Dingodile survives and overhears Crash and Cortex's talk of the Evil Twins' Treasure. He then secretly follows them to the Academy of Evil.

Crash runs into him in the boiler room where Dingodile asks about the treasure. Finding no answers, he sends Cortex flying and battles Crash as the sixth boss. He is last seen unconscious in the boiler room.

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D

Dingodile is a playable racer in this game. He drives the Overcompensator from Crash Tag Team Racing.

Crash of the Titans (GBA)

In the GBA version of Crash of the Titans, Dingodile is the first boss in the game (not counting Cortex, who is fought before Dingodile). He was sent by Uka Uka to eliminate Crash and Aku Aku. In combat, he can use his flamethrower to shoot a long range stream of fire to do high damage on Crash, he can also punch and kick Crash if he is near him, Crash must throw beehives and garbage cans at Dingodile to defeat him, Crash can also jack Dingodile, while jacked, he can use his flamethrower to instantly defeat Doom Monkeys. If unjacked, he'll directly fight Crash again, Crash can get a crystal to make the fight easier. When defeated, Crash has access to go to Tiki Island. He can be found in the boss battle with Cortex.

Crash of the Titans (Nintendo DS)

Dingodile returns in the DS version of Crash of the Titans as a boss. In this game, instead of his classic flamethrower, he has a water gun to attack Crash with. In his boss fight, he calls Whalephants to attack Crash also, but like always he ends up losing the fight.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Dingodile repeats his role as the second boss in the remake of the third game. His defeat quote from the original game was initially omitted in the remake, but eventually added back in due to popular demand.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Dingodile retains the same stats and role in the remake, this time using a welder in the intro and not a screwdriver.

His new epilogue has him become a firefighter, trading his flamethrower for a water hose. He has often been praised for his effectiveness and was also on the cover of the yearly fireman calendar.

Stats

Speed: 7/7
Accel: 3/7
Turn: 2/7
Difficulty: Advanced
Driving Style: Speed

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

After the events of Warped, Dingodile retired from villainy to open a diner instead (a disclaimer in a commercial for the diner however states that the dishes he serves - such as roadkill pie, slug and centipede gumbo and braised bat tacos with guanamole- don't meet food's legal definition and can cause a wide variety of side effects including but not limited to profuse vomiting). One day, his beloved diner gets blown up by bats presumably working for his rival Papa Batfield, and after getting his revenge by wiping out the bats, he is pulled into an interdimensional vortex and goes on an adventure through the multiverse hoping that his next rift will be the rift home. On his travels, he meets an alternate dimension version of Tawna also travelling through dimensions and encounters Crash, Coco and Cortex at Oxide's station. Once the doctors N. Tropy are defeated, he whips both of them with his tail into an open dimensional rift. He accompanies the rest of the group to Neon City, culinary capital of the universe where he gets inspired to franchise his diner after seeing a successful version of it in the timeline. He is last seen launching Coco into the air and is not seen again until the ending, in which he re-opens his diner with new dishes inspired by his interdimensional travels. In the 100% ending, he follows through with his franchise plan although his chain locations close down overnight due to multiple health code violations with only the original location remaining open.

In this game, Dingodile attacks with his tail and a vacuum cannon rather than his traditional flamethrower. The vacuum cannon can be used to destroy stacks of wooden crates, move barrels of TNT, and hover in the air for a time.

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!

Dingodile appears in On the Run! as a boss for Crash or Coco to defeat.

Characteristics

Personality

Dingodile is one of the most intelligent of Cortex's henchmen. In general, he is a pyromaniac who is quite vicious and seldom seen without his flamethrower. Despite his dangerous and cunning personality however, like many enemies of Crash, he is sometimes buffoonish and reckless. His own trigger-happy and destructive nature often is the key to his downfall.

He also tends to have a darkly playful and rather humorous side, as he often tends to make jokes about food. Before battling Crash in Warped, for example, he cackles "Break out the butter... I'm gonna make toast!" Another example occurs in Twinsanity: "Rumor is you two chumps have got your mitts in some treasure, and I want a piece of that pie."

When Dingodile first appeared, he had a raspy Australian accent. However, in Crash Bash, he had an uncharacteristically deep and somewhat goofy laugh whenever he won a minigame. He regained his first accent in Crash Nitro Kart.

Dingodile is generally portrayed as sleazy and underhanded. He enjoys preying on the weak; in fact, he nearly fried a penguin with his flamethrower before battling Crash. He is also sometimes treacherous, and is not above betraying even Cortex for his own gains, which is evident in Crash Twinsanity when he attacks him, along with Crash, in his boss battle. Despite his slimy nature however, he has a hidden cultured side. He enjoys croquet, fine literature and cooking (when not gleefully roasting something with his flamethrower, that is).

In Crash Nitro Kart, Dingodile is seen showing traits of cowardice. Examples of this are present when he covers his eyes during a particularly high jump, and when he says lines such as "I can't look!" It is believed that this trait stems from being under the powerful hypnosis of N. Trance, and is not present when he is not under his mind control.

In Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, he seems to have discarded his more villainous side, desiring to only live in retirement and run his diner. Even when he encountered Tawna, Crash, Coco, and Neo Cortex, he decided to help them and the Quantam Masks to take down both Doctors N. Tropy in exchange for returning him home. This is notable evidence that he indeed has had a change of heart. He also seems to have a rather vulgar sense of humor, as when he and the other playable characters saw the Doctors N. Tropy flirting with each other, while the others felt both digusted and confused, Dingodile was amused.

In Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!, Dingodile came back to his villainous life. Working for Dr. Neo Cortex and try to stop Crash and Coco from their ruin the mad scientist's plan of the multiverse domination.

Physical Appearance

Dingodile has the appearance of both a dingo and a crocodile combined: his body shape is that of a crocodile, but it is covered in brown fur like a dingo. He has large darker brown patches visible on his back in Crash Team Racing. This seems to have been removed in future appearances, though view of them may just be blocked by his flamethrower's gas tank. While he is mostly covered in fur, his hands, feet, belly and muzzle are covered in skin like a crocodile's belly, which is beige. He is often shown with sharp, crooked teeth. His tail is usually scaly and green, except for the Nintendo DS version of Crash of the Titans. His eyes are usually brown, except for Crash Nitro Kart, where they were green (probably due to N. Trance's brainwashing), and the N. Sane Trilogy and Nitro-Fueled where they are dark blue. In Twinsanity and It's About Time, he has yellow scleras. In the latter game, his green scales extend along his back to his neck.

He is usually seen carrying a flamethrower with a big tank on his back. He is approximately 2 meters (6 feet) tall and weighs about 95 kilograms. He gains size and weight in his appearances in Twinsanity and on-wards, to the point of looking pig-like in Crash of the Titans. His pants can be beige, green or blue, and he never wears shoes or a shirt (though in It's About Time, he wears a black leather vest). In Crash Nitro Kart, he wears one of N. Trance's hypnotism helmets. In On the Run!, he wears once again his flamethower and blue jean pants.

Relationships

Doctor Neo Cortex

Cortex is Dingodile's boss, with Dingodile working as Cortex's henchman ever since his introduction in Warped. Though they haven't been seen interacting directly, Dingodile seems quite content working for Cortex, mentioning him in his time twister message in Warped without any sign of contempt. He isn't above betraying Cortex for his own benefit, however, as shown when he attacks Cortex and Crash in Boiler Room Doom in Twinsanity.

Doctor N. Gin

Dingodile is seen assisting N. Gin with an experiment at the beginning of Crash Nitro Kart, showing they're on good terms.

N. Trance

In CNK, N. Trance hypnotised Dingodile into racing for him on Team Trance, warping his personality in that game in the process. Given that he was brainwashed and wasn't acting of his own free will throughout the game, his true opinions of N. Trance are unknown. N. Trance seems fond of him in any case, given that he chose Dingodile out of everyone to hypnotise for his team, and chose Dingodile to stand beside him on the podium in the intro.

Crash Bandicoot

Being under the employ of Cortex, Dingodile has been tasked with fighting against Crash multiple times. He seems to relish in this, being excited to "make toast" when Crash arrived for his boss fight in Warped. Though he was briefly forced to work with Crash in Crash Bash, he doesn't seem to hold any positive feelings for Crash, seeing him only as an enemy. As of It's About Time, he has retired his villainous ways and joins Crash and Coco on their adventure to stop N.Tropy. After this, he no longer considers Crash an enemy.

Uka Uka

Dingodile holds respect for Uka Uka, happily gathering the crystals in Warped under Uka Uka and Cortex's orders.

Ripper Roo

In Twinsanity, Ripper Roo and Dingodile are friends, or at least on very good terms. After the Mecha-Bandicoot boss fight, Dingodile asks Ripper Roo out to lunch, and Ripper enthusiastically accepts the offer.

Tawna Bandicoot

Dingodile may have been intended to have romantic feelings for Tawna, as seen when he goes on a date with her in a deleted scene in Twinsanity.

Appearances

Gallery

See: Dingodile/Gallery


Trivia

  • Doctor Neo Cortex is implied to have killed Dingodile some point after Twinsanity. This is stated by an unused Cortex line from Tag Team Racing: "I made shoes out of Dingodile!" However, this is clearly false, because Dingodile has made a few appearances in subsequent releases. 
    • It's possible this was a joke, as some shoes are made of crocodile skin.
  • Dingodile is the only character to have worked under each ancient mask. He works under Uka Uka in most games he appears in, Aku Aku in Crash Bash after being switched to even out the teams, and Velo's Mask in Crash Nitro Kart after being brainwashed by N. Trance into racing for Team Trance.
  • In Crash Twinsanity, Dingodile is left-handed. However, in other games, he is right-handed. This could be an oversight, or it's possible that he is ambidextrous.
  • In Crash Nitro Kart, Dingodile is officially the second largest playable character, the largest being Tiny. However, due to a developer oversight, he is often undersized in this game, making him appear smaller than usual.
  • Dingodile is a hybrid of a dingo and crocodile, but in his battle with Crash in Twinsanity, he makes strange pig-like noises.
  • Dingodile's distinct accent and choice of clothing calls to mind the archetype of the bogan/ocker, the Australian equivalent of the hillbilly/redneck.
  • Dingodile is the only boss character from Warped, not to be under Team Cortex in Crash Nitro Kart.
  • In the N. Sane Trilogy, in the levels Tomb Time, Sphynxinator, Tomb Wader, and Bug Lite, one of the paintings on the walls highly resembles Dingodile.
  • Dingodile's bestiary entry from Crash of the Titans for the Nintendo DS states the following:
    • He likes Shakespeare and dislikes winter.
    • His height is 2m (~ 6'7") and his weight is 95kg (~ 209lbs).
  • Despite his name making it clear that he is a dingo + crocodile hybrid, he is erroneously referred to as a dingo + alligator hybrid in the credits monologue from It's About Time. During one of the Flashback Tapes, Cortex will lament of having to pick whether to mutate dingoes or crocodiles after bandicoots.
  • During the early Crash Bandicoot Mobile period of On the Run!'s development, Dingodile had a rather different look with a rounder, more bulbous snout. For the final product, his design was changed to one that more closely resembled his N. Sane Trilogy look.
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