Heh, yeah, it's my battle horse!Isabella, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Isabella is a female bandicoot responsible for handing out prizes to Crash and Coco in Crash Team Racing. She returns as a playable character in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, speaking with an Italian accent. Isabella is named after Isabelle Tomatis, the product manager for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe at the time of CTR's release. The other trophy girls are also named after people involved in the Naughty Dog games. In Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, she is a member of the Nitro Squad and has an apparent love for speed.
In Crash Team Racing, Isabella is one of the four Trophy Girls alongside Ami, Megumi and Liz. They are in charge of handing out trophies to the winners at the end of races. Isabella gives trophies to Crash and Coco. The epilogue of the game states that she landed a bit part in the season finale of "Bay Waters".
In the Japanese version of Crash Bash, Isabella is referenced in both Crash and Coco's endings. In Coco's ending, Coco makes a hologram of herself as an adult so she can debut as an internet idol. This hologram is almost identical to Isabella in appearance. In Crash's ending, he mistakes said hologram for Tawna and happily leaps out to her.
Because of her playability, Isabella and the rest of the Trophy Girls no longer hand out trophies at the end of races.
Driving Style: Balanced
Although little of her personality is explored, Isabella appears to be the most mellow of the Nitro Squad members. In spite of this, however, Isabella also appears to be the one who takes losing the worst, as she will physically throw a tantrum upon missing out on the top step of the victory podium.
It's suggested that she may have a much deeper apprectiation for the craft and machinery in the karts and is very protective of her own, especially during races.
Isabella has blond hair and tail and blue eyes. Her attire consists of a blue and white jumpsuit and black sneakers with white soles and laces. The letters "CTR" are printed sideways in blue on her right thigh. She is often seen carrying a blue umbrella with a white circle in the center.
In Nitro-Fueled, Isabella is redesigned to bear less resemblance to Tawna; her figure is more svelte, her hair is shorter and is now more styled on the right, she has a beauty mark on her left cheek, she now wears light blue eyeshadow and part of her tail is now orange like her fur. As for her outfit, her jumpsuit is now a lighter blue and her sneakers are now navy blue.
In Nitro-Fueled, Isabella joins a racing team formed by Tawna known as the "Nitro Squad" along with fellow former trophy girls Ami, Liz and Megumi. They were all introduced as playable together in the Nitro Tour Grand Prix, and are often seen racing together in promotional images, implying friendship and camaraderie amongst the group.
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- In the Japanese version of Crash Team Racing, she has brown eyes to avoid confusion, as she bears a resemblance to Tawna. Despite this, she still has blue eyes on her Japanese artwork.
- In Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, she speaks with an Italian accent, likely as a reference to the origin of her name.
- In the Italian version of the game, she has a Spanish accent instead. This makes her the only member of the Nitro Squad to speak with an accent in said adaptation.