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I've ruined the lives of so many, I can't be expected to remember them all!

Doctor Neo Cortex, Crash Twinsanity

Dr. Neo Periwinkle Cortex, most known as Doctor Neo CortexNeo Cortex, N. Cortex, Doctor Cortex or simply Cortex, is a professional evil scientist born in Peoria, Illinois and the main antagonist of the Crash Bandicoot series. He is known as the creator of his nemesis: Crash Bandicoot. Cortex is usually the final boss of the games, the exceptions being Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced, Crash Team Racing (where he is a playable character), Tag Team Racing (where he is also a playable character), Crash Twinsanity (where he is the first boss and a playable character in some levels), and Crash of the Titans (where he is also the first boss).


Prior to Crash Bandicoot

Cortex spent his youth as the youngest son in a family of circus clowns (later said in the strategy guide for The Wrath of Cortex). Unlike his family, which loved the spotlight and making people laugh, Cortex spent most of his time reading science books. He was always teased, and at the age of three, had an "N" tattooed on his head for "nerd" by a particularly evil group of circus performers. But soon, the torment stopped, after a "freak" explosion wiped out his entire family, leaving Cortex to fend for himself - though a sibling may have possibly survived, as Cortex's niece, Nina, is well known to him; however, Cortex may have married (or at least been in a relationship) and been Nina's father himself, as in Twinsanity, he says "My daught... err... NIECE!" - this was when Cortex decided that he would not rest until he ruled the world.

At the age of four, Cortex enrolled into Madame Amberly's Academy of Evil, a school for evil children. It was here that Cortex met up with his life-long associates, Nitrus Brio and N. Gin. But soon, the torture of bullying caught up with Cortex again, and he and Nitrus Brio decided to sneak out and go to high school, where they thought they would be revered for being the youngest people to ever graduate.

At the age of eight, both Cortex and Brio enrolled in high school. But even here they were mocked by the cruel teenagers, a tradition that became the story of his life. It was also at this age in which Cortex made his very first prototype of the Evolvo-Ray on his own, although credit is given to both N. Brio and Cortex. He then made his pet parrots Victor and Moritz be his first test subjects. The experiment went wrong, sending the two twins into the 10th Dimension where they learned skills from the dimension and later returned for revenge on Cortex in Twinsanity.

They suffered through high school together until another "freak" explosion blew up the entire building, as well as most of the surrounding town. By some amazing coincidence, they were far away from the detonation, two miles underground in an abandoned plutonium mine.

They decided to split and went on a world-smashing rampage. The terrible twosome, calling themselves the Cortex Commandos, left in their wake a trail of charred earth so monumental that they became international criminals. Seeking sanctuary from the various forces against them, they found three deserted islands off of the coast of Australia and set up shop. Soon, realizing that his puny body couldn't crush a fly, Cortex figured the only way to take over the world was to create an army that would do his bidding for him. In memory of his and Brio's "glory days", Cortex named them the Cortex Commandos. In a moment of diabolical genius, Brio came up with the ideas for the Evolvo-Ray, an energy force capable of mutating common animals into intelligent super-beasts; and the Cortex Vortex, a device that trains the mutated animals to obey their master. Cortex, however, did not see one small problem with the machine.

Crash Bandicoot

MORON! This bandicoot will be my General. And he will lead my Cortex Commandos to world domination. This time I shall reign TRIUMPHANT! We are closer than ever before. Quickly! Into the vortex!

Doctor Neo Cortex, Crash Bandicoot
Cortex and Brio

Doctor Neo Cortex (right) and Doctor Nitrus Brio (left) put Crash under the Evolvo-Ray.

Failure again

"Failure again. Capture him!"

Together, the doctors began experimenting with the animals and plants from the surrounding islands. Some of them were not so successful, like Ripper Roo, an insane creation that went wrong. But none of them compare to possibly Cortex's greatest mistake ever - Crash Bandicoot. One quiet evening at Cortex Castle, Cortex had just captured two eastern barred bandicoots; one male and one female. Cortex planned to have the male be the general of his army. The male is the first to get zapped by the Evolvo-Ray. It is then raised into the Cortex Vortex, though Brio insists that the Vortex is not ready. It turns out he was right as the male, Crash, is rejected by the machine. Cortex is furious, as he gives chase trying to capture the freed bandicoot. Crash escapes by jumping out the window, but leaves his bandicoot girlfriend (Tawna) in the clutches of Cortex's henchmen. She is used as a lure by Cortex in order to get Crash back. After a time, Crash arrives at the castle, where Cortex confronts him on his hoverboard atop his airship. However, he is defeated when Crash destroys the hoverboard by lobbing Cortex's projectiles back at him, and apparently falls to his death. In the non-canon ending, it is stated that after Crash foiled his plans, Cortex simply "disappeared". The game, however, hints at his return, stating But evil geniuses are harder... to squash than cockroaches.

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

You fool! Do you think I'm unaware of the situation? If we don't have any friends left on the surface, then we need to find… an enemy…

Doctor Neo Cortex, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

Cortex discovers the crystal.

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"We need to find.. an enemy..."

In the intro, it is shown that Cortex survived the fall from his hoverboard and landed in a cavern beneath Cortex Castle. After lighting a match, Cortex finds a well hidden Crystal, causing him to laugh menacingly. The match he lighted then burns out, with him saying D'oh! One year later, Cortex got a new partner, a cyborg named Doctor N. Gin, and has just finished building a new Cortex Vortex in space. The crystal that Cortex found in the cavern turned out to be a Master Crystal, but N. Gin informs him that they will need 25 slave crystals to harness the power of the "solar flux" which Cortex needs to enslave the human race. None of his former henchmen on Earth help him now, so he locates Crash and warps him to a Warp Room where Cortex (as a hologram) tricks Crash into getting the crystals for him with a promise that he is using it for good purposes to stop the planets aligning. He sometimes drops hints of his real plan as Coco Bandicoot starts hacking into the hologram and tries to tell Crash what's really going on. By the time Coco finally tells Crash, he has already given the crystals to Cortex. Crash then fights Cortex in space with jet packs, attempting to stop him from reaching the Cortex Vortex. The evil scientist loses once again and blasts off into outer space yelling "You haven't seen the last of me, Crash Bandicoot!". However, the Cortex Vortex is still in space, so after Crash collects all the gems, Dr. Nitrus Brio (Cortex's former right-hand man from the first game) helps blow it up with a laser cannon. However, a part of it falls towards Earth and destroys a temple, freeing an evil mask.

Dansu! De Jump! Na Daibouken

Cortex appears in Dansu! De Jump! Na Daibouken where he plans on turning everyone into his mindless slaves with his newly built Cortex Vortex. But he'll need Power Stones to power it up and so he lies to Crash that he's a good guy and asks him to gather the Power Stones to save the world and become irresistible. He even decides to help Crash find them when he grows tired of waiting, which leads to some comical situations for Crash and Cortex.

Crash Bandicoot: Warped

Crash, Crash, Crash...why must you always muck in my mud? Oh, look! I have a mask helping me, too! We will find out which one is more powerful soon enough!

Doctor Neo Cortex when the player enters the first time vortex.
Cortex begging

The iconic scene showing Cortex begging for Uka Uka's forgiveness.

It turns out that the evil mask, Uka Uka, has been working with Cortex and is the younger twin brother of Aku Aku, who imprisoned him in the temple to protect the world from his wrath. Uka Uka is upset that Cortex lost the previous crystals and gems, meaning there is no power source. But, now that Cortex's bumbling actions have set Uka Uka free, he can continue to enslave the world, and with a time travel genius named Doctor Nefarious Tropy by his side, he'll make sure Cortex succeeds. Together, they build the Time Twister Machine in order to retrieve the crystals and gems from their original places in time. However, Crash and Coco start retrieving them. Throughout the game, Cortex and Uka Uka talk to Crash and Coco via a warp vortex. Cortex is also seen watching the two battle with Tiny. By the end, he becomes mad and has his boss fight with Crash under the Time Twister while Uka Uka battles Aku Aku. Cortex loses and falls down a hole onto a platform below, where he lets out his frustration: "Defeated again! This is not fair! Maybe I should retire to a nice big beach, with a nice big drink and a woman with nice big... bags of ice for my head." Uka Uka, however, still has high hopes, as Crash and Coco don't have all the gems. Eventually, though, they do get all the gems and fight Cortex and Uka Uka together. When the two villains lose again, the Time Twister Machine malfunctions, causing a warp sphere to engulf them, Tropy, and itself. Luckily, Crash, Coco, Aku Aku and the other animals escape. Meanwhile, in another time period where the humans have been reduced to infants, Cortex and Tropy are seen fighting over Uka Uka in a tug-of-war.

Crash Team Racing

Doctor Neo Cortex 4

Cortex in his kart.

In Crash Team Racing, Cortex takes part in the race to beat the crabby alien, Nitros Oxide, who threatens to turn the world into a parking lot if he wins and make its inhabitants his slaves. He doesn't share the more heroic characters' motives for taking on Oxide, but he still desires to stop the invader so that nobody else will be able to conquer the Earth before he does. Cortex is seen in the intro laughing evilly, while powering his kart with a device resembling the Evolvo-Ray. Cortex's garage resembles a dark and dingy laboratory, where he keeps his kart plugged into a large gas tank, with a giant ray gun aimed down at it. He can be seen typing something on a small handheld device while in this room. His kart's stats are the same as Crash, Komodo Joe and Fake Crash, having even acceleration, speed, and turn; his home track is the Cortex Castle. In the epilogue, Cortex discovers a new element in the periodic table which lawsuits failed to change the name, so he chose element 117, Cortexrulestheworldium.


Speed: 2/6
Accel: 2/4
Turn: 3/4
Difficulty: Intermediate

Crash Bash


Promotional art of Cortex in Crash Bash.

Cortex is later (in the middle of a new scheme) forced to participate on the bad side in a battle of good and evil by Uka Uka and Aku Aku. Cortex is also joined with old henchmen, N. Brio and Koala Kong, and newcomer Rilla Roo. In the minigames, both the doctors have great stats but also have their weaknesses. In the Crate Crush minigames, whilst Cortex has a terrific throw with the boxes his ray gun is very poor. In the Polar Push minigames, Cortex has a jetpack which pays off nicely but he can only use it once at a time and it takes a while for his boost meter to fill up again. He has the fastest weapon in the Tank Wars minigames which is a laser but is quite weak.

In Crash Bandicoot Carnival the Japanese version of the game, Cortex's epilogue mentions his attempt to rule the world using a giant mech modeled after the Lab Assistants. He nearly succeeds in completing the robot, until Tiny unwittingly ruins his plans by removing one of its screws.

Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath Of Cortex

Get ready to face my wrath, Crash Bandicoot! Hehehehahahahahahahahahahaha!

Doctor Neo Cortex, Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex
Sometime after Warped, Cortex had built a new space station. Uka Uka holds a meeting to discuss evil with Dr. Cortex, Dr. N. Gin, Dr. N. Tropy, Tiny, and Dingodile, and claims that their attempts at evil are pathetic, although they say that Crash is to blame for their failures. N. Tropy lets on that Cortex is working on something in his lab, which Cortex denies. N. Gin then foolishly tells Cortex that N. Tropy was probably referring to a super secret weapon he was making day and night since the last time Crash defeated him.

Cortex discussing his plans.

Cortex then admits he was and is almost finished making a super weapon of unbelievable strength. The power source is the final solution, at which point Uka Uka thinks of The Elementals. Cortex agrees that once he has the power of the Elementals, then he'll have a weapon that's stronger than Crash and will wipe him off the face of Earth. With an evil laugh, he declares "Get ready to face my wrath, Crash Bandicoot!". The only way to get rid of The Elementals is to gather 25 Crystals, which is what Crash and his friends set out to do. Like the previous games, he talks to Crash, but this time via hologram. He also introduces his newest creation and super weapon: Crunch Bandicoot. However, even with the aid of The Elementals, Crunch keeps losing, and eventually Cortex's space station is destroyed (again) and Crunch becomes a member of the Bandicoot family. Portraits of Cortex are seen on stained glass windows in Wizards and Lizards.

Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure

In a space station orbiting the Earth, Uka Uka is upset with Doctor Neo Cortex for failing him once again, but Cortex promises a plan that will bring Earth's inhabitants down to size. Cortex then introduces his Planetary Minimizer, which he immediately uses to shrink the Earth down to the size of a grapefruit. The situation is brought to Aku Aku's attention when Cortex taunts the now-microscopic people of Earth. Crash eventually manages to return Earth to its normal size, foiling Cortex's plans once again.

The fight with Cortex in Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure

Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced

Cortex is playable in the multi-player mode in an Atlasphere. His hair at the sides of his head is also visible at the game over screen.

Crash Nitro Kart

Cortex is a playable character in Crash Nitro Kart, in which he drives for the Team Cortex , in a well-rounded kart, with N. Gin, Tiny, and N. Tropy. In the story, he is abducted (along with other characters) by Emperor Velo XXVII and forced to compete in the Galaxy Circuit. In the end, the trio is stranded on Terra, but eventually return home.

Console GBA
Speed: 4/7
Accel: 5/7
Turn: 3/7
Difficulty: Intermediate
Speed: 5/10
Accel: 10/10
Turn: 8/10
Difficulty: Advanced

Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage

Doctor Neo Cortex and Ripto from the Spyro the Dragon series joined forces to rid themselves of their respective nemeses Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon, by genetically modifying Ripto's "Riptoc" minions and disguising them as Crash and Spyro, leading the two protagonists to believe they are against each other. The two heroes eventually discover this and work together to defeat the two evil-doers. Spyro eventually ends up tagging Cortex with a transmitter which leads both Crash and Spyro to Cortex and Ripto's headquarters in outer space, where they are defeated.

Crash Twinsanity

Surprised to see me, Crash? Like the fleas on your fur, I keep coming back! 3 years I spent alone in the frozen Antarctic waste! And I missed you, and so I organized a little gathering, like a birthday party, except... the exact opposite! And look, all of your friends are here; you are so very popular. Let's start handing out the presents!

said by Cortex before his boss battle.
Poor Cortex

Neo Cortex gets attacked by bees.

Taking place three years after the events of Wrath of Cortex, Dr. Cortex and Uka Uka wash onto N. Sanity Island frozen in an ice cube. It melts and Cortex rounds up several of Crash's old enemies to ambush him. He also appears as the first boss, right before Mecha-Bandicoot. After stunning Coco and disguising himself as her, he lures Crash to an arena for the "birthday party" and does battle with Crash. Defeated once again by Crash, the two get into a brawl in a mine in which the two reluctantly agree to work together to escape. After escaping the mine, they encounter the Evil Twins, who claim they will destroy the Wumpa Islands. After Cortex doubts it, they take out his brain, causing him to flee in terror.

Crash later finds him and Cortex tells about his love of the Wumpa Islands, and envies the Tribesman, and after mentioning the bumblebee being humble, he is swarmed by bees, causing him to run blindly on a bridge full of traps, which Crash must protect him from. After being chased by bumblebees, a bee-hive falls on his head, later attracting a bear. Crash helps him escape all of these, but after escaping the bees, he ends up getting captured by Papu Papu, who hoists him high on a totem pole with intentions to cook him. Crash rescues him, but causes the totem pole he was on to fall down the nearby waterfall. He is later seen at Farmer Ernest's Farm, where he zaps Mr. Ernest with his ray gun and takes the crystal that was promised if they got rid of the worms infesting his land. Soon, they confront the Evil Twins once again, who reveal they came from the tenth dimension and proceed to bring to life a totem statue, Tikimon.

The Evil Twins leave after their defeat, and soon Cortex gets an idea. Insisting they go to his brand new base; the Iceberg Lab where he attempts to open the main entrance with a remote, which doesn't work. Then Cortex insists they take a different route. He is later seen talking with his penguin minions who are demanding the crystal Cortex found. Then he tries to bribe them with fish to let him keep his crystal. But, the bribing doesn't work and they growl at him until Cortex shoots one of the penguins. Then he and Crash continue their journey until they accidentally free Uka Uka, who was frozen in a cave. Uka Uka then tries killing both of them because of their history with each other, by making himself a body of ice. The duo defeat Uka Uka.

Crash kicks Cortex off

Poor Cortex kicked off the edge by Crash to ride as a sled.

After revealing the Twins' plan, Uka Uka allies with him, saying it was his job. Crash and Cortex eventually reach his Iceberg Lab where they confront the Evil Twins. They bring out Aku Aku and Uka Uka who end up paralyzed by the Twins. Armies of Ants are then sent to kill them. Eventually, they destroy all of the ants and the Evil Twins then flee. After they leave, Aku Aku and Uka Uka question Cortex about the Evil Twins and how they said that he ruined their lives. Crash and Cortex team up to defeat the Twins. Then, Cortex shows Crash the Psychetron, a device capable of teleporting to different dimensions. Cortex then says that they need six crystals, but they have four. Cortex has the idea of going to N. Gin's battleship to get the remaining required crystals, so he leads Crash to a lookout in the mountain that the Lab is built on. Cortex leans over the railing as he desparately tries to think of a way to reach the ship before it sets sail, only for Crash to kick Cortex over the edge in order to use him as a sled and reach their destination in good time.

They eventually reach the Battleship where Cortex lies in the snow, humiliated, where Dingodile hears their intention of getting the Evil Twins' treasure. After Crash is launched back to the Iceberg Lab, Cortex is standing there, where he goes to the Psychetron room and gets attacked by Coco, who thinks Cortex has kidnapped Crash. After kicking him in the groin, she sends him into the Psyhcetron controls, screwing it up, and paralysing Coco. Then the two go to Cortex's Airship and to the Academy of Evil to find Nina Cortex, the only one capable of fixing the Psychetron. While flying, they are ambushed by the Evil Twins and an army of ants. Cortex eventually defeats them and they reach the Academy of Evil where Cortex accidentally finds a hidden staircase to the boiler room under the central fountain. Crash later finds him in the boiler, where he gets stuck in a pipe. Crash and Cortex eventually find Dingodile in a large boiler room, where he threatens Cortex to give him his cut of the treasure that he thinks that they found in his Australian accent. Cortex then replies to him that he doesn't know what he said, then Dingodile shoots the platform he is on and it flies up.

My airship! Without it, we're stranded! Tie it to something secure, I said! Hurry, Nina, or you'll miss the bus!

Cortex to Nina

He is later seen in the classrooms where he nearly gets hit by toxic spray coming out of the walls and quickly slides under it. He then orders Crash to attach the airship to a secure area while he goes to look for his niece, Nina. After going through many hallways and classrooms, he finds his niece, who willingly scares him with a fake dummy of herself. Then, when he tries to shake hands with her, they clamp onto his hand. He then sends Nina out and he goes to the fountain area only to find that Crash had misunderstood his orders and detached the airship, then Nina later catches it. He later meets up with her in a room where they are ambushed by ants and Nina leaves. After defeating the ants, Cortex wanders into a large acid room, where he meets up with the founder of the Academy of Evil, Madame Amberly. She mocks Cortex and the two eventually get into a fight. Cortex later snaps all the ropes supporting Madame Amberly and she falls into the acid pit.

This is where we wrong the rights! And sweep the past under the rug.

Cortex being dramatic
Child cortex

Cortex when he was 8 years old.

He later finds Crash and the three head to the airship, where Cortex remembers the origin of the Evil Twins, on how he was eight years old building an Evolvo-Ray prototype, which he used on his pets, Victor and Moritz, and how the machine messed up and the two parrots disappeared. Then, they land at the Iceberg Lab where they warp to the Tenth Dimension. When they arrive there, Evil Crash, Crash's counterpart, appears and kidnaps Nina. They go to a balcony pursuing Evil Crash, where Cortex thinks on how they are going to save Nina, when Crash once again pushes Cortex off the balcony and uses him as a make-shift sled. After pursuing Evil Crash to his house, Cortex attempts to save Nina but ends up getting chased by Evil Crash. Crash eventually saves him and they reach the Evil Twins' base, where Cortex and Nina go in, with Crash following them. They meet up in the Evil Twins' treasure room where they meet N. Trophy, N. Brio, and N. Gin there, when Cortex states that the treasure is stolen property. Spyro the Dragon then comes out and burns N. Tropy, N. Gin, and N. Brio.

True, now, PLAYTIME IS OVER!!! Victor! Moritz! Back in your cage! You naughty boys!

Cortex to the Evil Twins
Cortex and Victor

Cortex and Victor.

They meet up with the Twins in their massive throne room, where they have a discussion. Cortex then orders them to go into their cage, which they obey. Then angrily, they transform their cage into a large robot, the Deathbot, then the three fight the robot. Nina takes out the shields, making it vulnerable, leaving Cortex to destroy the weapons. Mecha-Bandicoot then hops in front of him, revealing Crash piloting it. After Crash destroys the Deathbot, they flee in terror, soon to be eaten by Evil Crash. After this, they all return to their dimension, where Cortex betrays Crash, activating the Psychetron, but it malfunctions and sends Cortex into Crash's brain, where he confronts thousands of Crashes doing the Crash Dance; at this instance, he screams.

He later escapes from Crash's brain and the two are sent to the psychiatrist, where they practice trust exercises, where Cortex will fall backwards and Crash will catch him. But Crash is distracted by a Wumpa Fruit that rolls up to his foot and Cortex falls backwards and sits up and replies "I hate bandicoots" and then falls backwards again. Cortex also uses a teleporter in this game.

Crash Boom Bang!


Cortex in Crash Boom Bang!

Cortex appears as an unlockable playable character in Crash Boom Bang!.

Crash of the Titans

Is- Is this thing on? Yeah? Haha! I'm back, babies! Surrender to Cortex!

Cortex on his airship
In Crash of the Titans, Cortex uses Mojo to mutate the island's residents into Titans using a method taught to him by Uka Uka called Mojo Mutation. He arrives at Crash's House and kidnaps Coco and

Cortex's airship in Crash of the titans.

Aku Aku, who Crash saves in the first level from a group of Ratnicians. He proceeds to The Temple of Zoom to drain it of all its mojo. He then challenges Crash atop the temple with his Yuktopus. After the Yuktopus failed to kill Crash after the first boss fight, Uka Uka replaces him with his niece, Nina Cortex, who continues his plan of creating a giant robot called The Doominator and use it to destroy all of Wumpa Island. Almost all the minions agree that Nina is a better leader than Cortex, except N. Gin. At the end of the game, Nina is defeated in her Arachnina and Cortex "forgives" Nina for what she did. In this game and in Mind over Mutant he is much taller and has a different lab coat. He is also less intelligent and a sore loser.

Crash: Mind Over Mutant

In Crash: Mind over Mutant, Cortex sent Nina to Evil Public School for betraying him, then reconciles with his old colleague Dr. Nitrus Brio to invent the NV, a personal digital assistant that controls whoever uses it by transmitting bad Mojo, unwillingly supplied by Uka Uka through the use of a milking


Cortex as a mutant.

machine. He later engages in a fight with Crash inside his new Space Head space station, empowering himself with the use of a mutagen formula stolen from N. Brio. Upon losing the fight, Cortex throws a tantrum, causing the Space Head to plummet towards Earth. Returning to normal, he escapes the Space Head in a smaller shuttle with an unnamed Znu. In his boss fight, he can burp or fart which stuns enemies, punch the ground, and perform a spin that will instantly defeat any enemy on contact.

Crash Landed

In the cancelled Crash Landed, Cortex would have sent his minions out to capture wild animals so he could fuse them to make Hybrids in his lab.

Skylanders: Imaginators

Dr. Cortex appears in Skylanders: Imaginators as a playable character. He is a Tech Sensei of the Sorcerer Battle Class.

Dr cortex figure

Cortex is also responsible for setting into motion the events of the Adventure Pack level Thumpin' Wumpa Islands. After 20 years of planning, Cortex intends to use the rhythmic nature of Wumpa Island to power his Cortex Matrix Chamber and build an unstoppable army. However, despite his belief that none of his henchmen will be around to spoil his plan, Fake Crash hi-jacks the robot and starts dancing poorly, causing terrible vibes to happen across the island that threaten to shatter it. Cortex, now working for the Skylanders, must make amends and stop Fake Crash.

Skylanders Academy

Cortex was only mentioned by Crash that he was going to stop him from taking over the world and creating an army of evil Mutants.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Cortex appears in the N. Sane Trilogy, reprising his roles in the remade versions of the first three games.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Baby cortex

Baby Cortex, as he appears in the N. Sane version of Warped and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.

Cortex reprises his role as a playable character in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.

Cortex's infant version, Baby Cortex, also was added as a playable character in the first Post-Grand Prix update, and is available for purchase from the Pit Stop for 1500 Wumpa Coins.


Dr. Neo Cortex Baby Cortex
Speed: 5/7
Accel: 5/7
Turn: 5/7
Difficulty: Intermediate
Driving Style: Balanced
Speed: 5/7
Accel: 5/7
Turn: 5/7
Difficulty: Intermediate
Driving Style: Balanced



I'm an evil scientist, what did you expect? This isn't a game.

Cortex, Crash Twinsanity
Doctor Neo Cortex

Cortex laughing evilly.

Cortex embodies many of the classic traits of psychopathy, being short-tempered, reckless, having no apparent conscience (as cited by Doctor Nefarious Tropy in Crash Twinsanity), and frequently manipulating others to get what he wants.

Like many stereotypical villainous mad scientists, Cortex holds a grudge against other scientists for ridiculing his outlandish (yet workable) ideas, and was originally driven towards world domination by the desire to prove his colleagues wrong.[1] This no longer seems to be the case, as it is revealed in Crash Bandicoot: Warped that Cortex is working under the orders of Uka Uka (Aku Aku's evil twin), one of the only two individuals that Cortex fears (the other being Madame Amberly). Although Cortex talks big and acts confident in most of his appearances, he can be shown to become nervous (sometimes downright spineless) when put in the face of extreme and immediate danger (i.e. confronting Uka Uka, running out of ammo while fighting enemies, etc.).

Another notable personality trait is his stubbornness and inability to plan ahead or learn from his mistakes; he often relies on his minion Tiny Tiger to eliminate Crash by himself, despite the fact that Tiny is too incompetent to do so alone. This impulsive behavior is first witnessed in the opening cinematic of Crash Bandicoot, in which Cortex refuses to heed the warnings of his then-henchman Doctor Nitrus Brio and tries to make Crash the general of his army, despite numerous past failures.[2] Cortex can become quite irritated or agitated when things don't go his way, especially in Crash Tag Team Racing; while most other characters express mild annoyance when Crash fails to perform an errand for them, Cortex scolds and lashes out at him the minute he comes back empty-handed, calling him a "blithering imbecile", "cantankerous twerp" and saying "You're the worst mutation I've ever created!". Mutually supportive relationships with other characters is also evident in the crossover game Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage, in which Doctor Cortex temporarily teams up with Spyro the Dragon villain Ripto to destroy both Crash and Spyro, only to start bickering with Ripto at one point.

Crash Twinsanity Airship

Cortex's main transport - his airship, from Twinsanity.

Cortex is not above lying and deceiving others to fulfill his evil desires, most of which include gathering Crystals to power up his doomsday weapons. He frequently uses the gullible Crash Bandicoot to complete these deeds, most evident in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Tag Team Racing, claiming in both games to use the weapons for "mass helping people" as he puts it. His egotistical tendencies also cause him to alter facts about his life, claiming himself to be the most popular student in his school, even though in reality he was an object of hatred among many students, one going as far as to toss a dagger in his direction.[3] Cortex's vain side becomes most obvious in Crash Tag Team Racing, in which he often calls himself such things as beautiful and pretty. He also owns an airship which he uses from time to time, a possible reference to his inflated ego.

For most of the time, Cortex doesn't care for the lives and feelings of others, caring only for himself and what he wants. While this seems to be the case in most games, the one moment in which Cortex actually shows concern for someone else is in Crash Twinsanity, in which at one point his niece, Nina Cortex, is kidnapped by an evil version of Crash. It is at this point clear that Nina is the only living thing that Cortex cares about as well as being one of his only redeeming qualities, with the latter going as far as thoughtlessly putting himself in danger of being mauled by the ferocious Evil Crash during the level "Bandicoot Pursuit". Besides this instance, Cortex is largely unempathetic, seeing others only as tools for his quest in world domination (although presumably he likes N. Gin, Tiny and Dingodile really, as he puts up with them despite their past failings). It is unknown whether Cortex feels any regret for replacing Nina's hands with metallic death-traps, though this is unlikely, given Cortex's psychopathic tendencies.

Physical Appearance

Cortex and N. Gin

Cortex as he appears in Crash Tag Team Racing

Cortex appears as a short, typically yellow-skinned, large-headed human with a giant N symbol (which according to the official Crash Bandicoot website and Wrath of Cortex official strategy guide, stands for "Nerd", or more appropriately- "Neo") located on his forehead since the age of 3. In the Naughty Dog-developed games as well as Crash Bash and Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, this N appears to be painted or branded on; since Crash Nitro Kart, the N is shown to be metal-plated. He is most often seen wearing a lab coat, with some sort of black clothing underneath, and donning rubber (leather in later installments) gloves and boots. Cortex is balding, with hair only on the sides of his head and a thick strand on top. Whatever hair he does have is black (blue in some games) and frazzled. He is also shown to have a short beard and bushy eyebrows with the same color along with this. His eyelids are prominently red in most of his appearances, while they are black in Crash Nitro Kart, Crash Twinsanity and the Radical Entertainment-developed games. The top of his head is typically depicted as being either unusually flattened or nearly-flattened towards the top. Cortex is a person of short stature in most of his games, seldom being taller than Crash in any of them (with the exceptions of Crash of the Titans, Crash Mind Over Mutant and to a lesser extent Crash Bash and Crash Twinsanity). As a child at the Academy of Evil, Cortex's appearance was largely the same, the biggest difference being a full head of hair, trimmed eyebrows and lacking a beard. The N on his forehead is also depicted as lowercase rather than uppercase.



Crash Bandicoot

Dr. Cortex initially had high hopes for Crash, planning to make him general of his mutant army, the Cortex Commandos. Eager to proceed with his scheme, he rushed him into the highly unstable Cortex Vortex, thus sealing his future with Crash. Naturally, Cortex hates Crash, seeing him as his biggest mistake. Nevertheless, Cortex isn't above teaming up with the marsupial if a greater evil threatens him and/or the world, or even trying to appeal to Crash's kind nature and earn his pity.

Doctor Nitrus Brio

As Dr. Cortex's first lackey, N. Brio warned him that the Cortex Vortex was unstable, but was ignored. After failing to stop Crash from foiling Cortex's plans, N. Brio was replaced by Doctor N. Gin in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. Feeling double-crossed, N. Brio vowed revenge against Cortex, and got it by destroying Cortex's space station (with the help of Crash and the Gems he'd collected). However, the two reconciled in Crash: Mind Over Mutant, working together once again to use NVs to conquer Earth.

Uka Uka

In Crash Bandicoot: Warped, it was revealed that Cortex had been recieving instructions from the malevolent spirit, Uka Uka. Once freed from his temple prison, Uka Uka took control of Cortex's operations. Neo ultimately took this standing back in Mind Over Mutant and broke their partnership altogether. However, by Skylanders: Imaginators, the two seem to have reconciled, working together to save Skylands from Kaos and his Doomlanders. Uka Uka frequently loses his temper with Dr. Cortex, admonishing him for his incompetence.

Doctor N. Gin

Following his first defeat, Cortex replaced his previous lackey with the cyborg engineer, N. Gin, who has remained Cortex's right hand man in nearly every game since. Despite being dismissive towards him at best and abusive at worst, N. Gin remains loyal and doting towards the doctor. Though N. Gin once considered abandoning Cortex and joining Nina due to all his mistreatment, he decided against it after realizing he enjoyed most of it. He then tipped Crash off to their whereabouts, so that he could free his master.

Nina Cortex

Cortex's beloved "daught-errrr-niece", the doctor took Nina under his wing, teaching her evil principles and making a few "adjustments" to her, blessing her with her metal hands. This came back to haunt him in Crash Of The Titans, when Uka Uka considered her a more competent replacement for taking over Wumpa Island. Cortex was left quite proud of this act of devious treachery, not that this stopped him from disciplining her harshly.


  • After Crash defeats him in Twinsanity, he becomes an ally by force. However, he is still an evil character, and his alignment with Crash is only temporary. This happens again in Skylanders: Imaginators.


Moron! This bandicoot will be my general and he will lead my Cortex Commandos to world domination. This time I shall reign triumphant! We are closer than ever before! Quickly, into the Vortex!

Cortex, Crash Bandicoot

Failure again. Capture him!

Cortex, Crash Bandicoot

Prepare the female bandicoot...

Cortex, Crash Bandicoot

Darn you, Crash Bandicoot!

Cortex, Crash Bandicoot

You fool! Do you think I'm unaware of the situation? If we don't have any friends left on the surface, then we need to find... an enemy.

Cortex, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

Well, well, well... if it isn't Crash Bandicoot. Welcome! I apologise for the crude means used to bring you here, but I rather expect a written invitation would have been turned down. I need your help! Surrounding you are a series of five doors, through each door lies a well-hidden crystal. The crystals look like this. Bring me the crystals, Crash! That is all I can say for now. We will speak again!

Cortex, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

Crash, Crash, Crash, why must you always muck in my mud? Oh, look. I have a mask helping me, too! We will find out which one is more powerful soon enough!

Cortex, Crash Bandicoot: Warped

Who, what?! Where was I? Oh. Tiny was a good fellow. He hated everyone and everything, but a good heart nonetheless. Please be more reasonable with my minions next time.

Cortex, Crash Bandicoot: Warped

Oh, my head...!

Cortex, Crash Team Racing

The trophy's mine!

Cortex, Crash Team Racing

How do I get into these situations?

Cortex, Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex

Get ready to face my wrath, Crash Bandicoot!

Cortex, Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex

Crash Bandicoot, my old nemesis. How the heck are you? Still gathering Crystals? Old habits die hard, don't they? Meanwhile, my days have been spent on something much more intriguing. Meet Crunch, my newest creation!

Cortex, Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex

Can't you EVER let me win?! What do you want from me, you cretin?!

Cortex, Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex

Make way for Earth's finest!

Cortex, Crash Nitro Kart

The Doctor is in!

Cortex, Crash Nitro Kart

Trouble? I won't make trouble. At least not until I've conquered my planet first...!

Cortex, Crash Nitro Kart

It's true, blondes do have more fun...!

Cortex, Crash Twinsanity

Surprised to see me, Crash? Like the fleas in your fur, I keep coming back! Three years I spent alone in the frozen Antarctic wastes! ...And I missed you...! And so I've organised a little gathering, like a birthday party except... the exact opposite. And look, all of your friends are here! You are so very popular... Let's start handing out the presents!

Cortex, Crash Twinsanity

This is from Tiny, this is from Dingodile... Ripper Roo, you shouldn't have! Pinstripe, how thoughtful. Oh dear, two of the same! Don't worry, I kept the receipt.

Cortex, Crash Twinsanity

AH! Keep back, you weak-minded fool! Avert your gaze, or you'll go CRYSTAL CRAZY!

Cortex, Crash Twinsanity

The check bounced? Are you sure? Well... these past few years have been kind of been slow. Wrath of Cortex didn't go as well as we'd hoped and-

Cortex, Crash Twinsanity

I've ruined the lives of so many, I can't be expected to remember them all...!

Cortex, Crash Twinsanity

My daught-errrr... niece!

Cortex, Crash Twinsanity

You can't replace me! My name's on the stationery!

Cortex, Crash of the Titans

It's not fair! It's not fair! I want to win! It's my turn! I've been trying for flipping years!

Cortex, Mind Over Mutant

At last! 20 years of meticulous planning, preparations and machinations have all built to this single moment! The fathomless rhythmic energies of Wumpa Island itself shall power my Cortex Matrix Chamber, and create an unstoppable of army of loyal minions! And this time, none of my stupid henchmen will be around to ruin it for me! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Cortex, Skylanders: Imaginators

Activision presents... a smashing blast from the past! Developed by Vicarious Visions! It's Crash Bandicoot!

Cortex, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Crash Bandicoot, you banished me to the past. But all it did was give me more time to plan your doom.

Cortex, Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time


See: Doctor Neo Cortex/Gallery


  • His name is a pun on the neocortex, a part of the brain.
  • Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced is the only game not to feature Cortex as part of the main story, being limited to the game's multiplayer mode.
  • Cortex appeared in all main series Crash games as a final boss except Crash Twinsanity and Crash of the Titans.
  • Cortex's middle name has been revealed to be Periwinkle by Ebenezer Von Clutch in Crash Tag Team Racing.
  • In the Crash Bandicoot level Generator Room, the 'N' on his forehead is missing whenever he appears on the TV screens.
  • A version of the Crash Bandicoot Production Bible states that the N on Cortex's forehead was tattooed there by a group of drunk clowns when he was 3 years old. The N was meant to stand for "Nerd". Later, Cortex would adopt the N as his emblem, claiming it stood for his first name, Neo.
  • In Crash Tag Team Racing, it is implied that Cortex had served in the Vietnam War, in the Da Nang Air Base. This gives a clue of what Cortex's age was during the series, though it's unknown what year he joined the war. If he did serve at Da Nang back at the beginning of the war he chronologically would be 37 years old during the years of the Naughty Dog trilogy.
  • According to Clancy Brown during an interview, he stated the reason why he stopped doing the voice of Dr. Cortex was that Universal gave minimum wages to the actors and that he was never told about the Crash games (Wrath of Cortex and Crash Nitro Kart) during the time. Another reason for Lex Lang replacing Clancy Brown was that in an interview Lex Lang stated that parents didn't like Clancy's impersonation of the character and thought it was too mean for younger audiences and wrote letters to Universal about the problem.
  • Curiously, when he is turned into a baby in Warped, he has his adult hairstyle and beard, but when he is seen as an 8-year old in Twinsanity, he has no beard and a different hairstyle. This is likely due to oddities from the Time Twister, rather than it being what he truly looked like as a baby.
  • Cortex and N. Brio should technically both take credit for the Evolvo-Ray, since Cortex built the original (faulty and instead ended up functioning as a one-way inter-dimensional teleport for Victor and Moritz) Evolvo-Ray prototype. N. Brio improved it greatly and made the device actually able to enact its intended purpose, but Cortex took credit for it all anyway.
  • Cortex and Crash are the only two characters that are playable in all of the racing games.
  • In Twinsanity, Cortex will frequently teleport in order to travel far distances or to return to Crash after he's thrown him. This ability cannot be used during stages where he is a playable character.
  • Cortex is stated to have grown up in the USA, though Cortex's nationality is debated among fans as to what his heritage is.
    • Some evidence can be pointed out that he is British given his elegance and cunning in the sequels made by Naughty Dog, along with his ending catchphrase "Tata for now" and him sporting a cup of tea in Crash of the Titans (stereotypical traits of British people). 
    • In one version of the Crash Bandicoot production bible he is stated to have grown up in a "G*psy" wagon. "G*psy" is a slur towards Romani people, implying that Cortex has Romani heritage.
    • Cortex is sometimes thought to have Hispanic heritage - evidence for this is "Cortex" being very similar to the common Spanish surname "Cortez". Cortex's niece is named "Nina", which is also a Latin name.
  • In CTTR, one of Cortex's quotes is "Burn baby, burn! ...Disco Inferno!" when destroying another racer's car. This is a reference to the song known as "Disco Inferno" made by The Trammps.
  • Being the main villain, Cortex is naturally one of the only characters to have their name featured in a Crash game's title. His name is featured in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex. The only other characters with this distinction are Crash, N. Trance and Ripto.


  1. Crash Bandicoot NTSC-U instruction manual, page 19
  2. Doctor Nitrus Brio: But Doctor Cortex! We have not determined the cause of past failures!
    Doctor Neo Cortex: Moron! This bandicoot will be my general! And he will lead my Cortex Commandos to world domination! This time I shall reign triumphant! (Crash Bandicoot)

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