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Madame Amberley talking to Cortex, Crash Twinsanity

Madame Amberley is a boss who appears in Crash Twinsanity. She is the large-and-in-charge headmistress of the Academy of Evil, who teaches the students their evil ways, speaks with a thick German accent, and has powers of electricity.


Prior to Crash Twinsanity

Madame Amberley is the head mistress of the Academy of Evil. Cortex, Brio, and N. Gin had attended the school long before being known for who they are today.

It is shown that she was emotionally abusive to Cortex as a child in the dialogue before her battle. She insults him and is dismissive of his ambitions, and Cortex is clearly scared of her. Towards the end of her theme, which plays during this boss fight, there are sounds that sound like children whining, further pushing this and also implying she could have abused other children in the school as well as Cortex.

Crash Twinsanity

Cortex's niece, Nina Cortex, also attended the school. As Cortex and Crash go to bring Nina along with them to fix the Psychetron, Cortex unexpectedly reunites with Madame Amberley, in which after a short dialogue, gets into a fight. During the battle, she berates and insults Cortex whenever he fails to hit her. After the fight, one last rope snaps off and Madame Amberley falls down into the mist with a high pitched screaming sound, presumably to her death.

Crash: Mind Over Mutant

Amberley and her Academy are briefly mentioned by Nina in Mind Over Mutant in the cutscene "Forbidden Love".

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Madame Amberley has a cameo on the track Nina's Nightmare. She can be seen in portraits on the walls inside the mansion.

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!

Amberley is set to appear as a boss in On the Run! for a future season.



Madame Amberley is a domineering, evil woman, who controls her academy with an iron fist. She doesn't seem to genuinely care about any of her students, being cruel and abusive to them, rather than being the supportive, caring person a teacher should be. She seems to be quite egotistical, with rugs embroidered with her face seen around the school, and concept art showing giant statues of herself around the Academy.

Physical Appearance

Madame Amberley is very large in both weight and height, towering over Cortex and being unable to walk, needing ropes to suspend her in the air. She has dark brown hair pulled back into a tight bun, black eyes, long thin eyebrows in high arches, and pale skin. She wears makeup, with light blue eyeshadow and red lipstick. She wears a monocle on her left eye and has a large red A on her forehead, similarly to Cortex's N or Nina's n. She wears a short sleeved black dress and black elbow-length gloves. Her legs seem to be cybernetic. She wears a pearl necklace with a purple jewel pendant at the front, and pearl earrings. She has an odd piece of machinery attached to her back, which is seemingly some kind of life support system, as she screams in pain and takes damage when it is shot.


Neo Cortex

During his time at the academy, Amberley was downright abusive towards Cortex, doing nothing about his implied bullying and even joining in on it, bestowing the nickname "Crybaby Cortex" onto him. During her boss fight Cortex is clearly terrified of her, in fact she is one of only two individuals he fears with the other being Uka Uka. Cortex takes revenge on her as an adult during their battle in Twinsanity, which seemingly results in her death, a fact that Cortex shows no remorse about.

Nina Cortex

Nina was one of Amberley's students at the Academy of Evil. They didn't seem to have any conflict, with Nina not holding any contempt in her voice when mentioning her in Mind Over Mutant.


Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!

  • Internal

"This headmistress of the Academy of Evil is a force to be reckoned with."



See: Madame Amberley/Gallery

Names In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Traditional Chinese 安波麗夫人
Ānbō lì fūrén
Mrs. Amberley
Simplified Chinese 安柏莉夫人
Ān bǎi lì fūrén
Mrs. Amberley
Japanese マダム・アンバリー
Madamu Anbarī
(same as English)
Korean 앰벌리 부인
aembeolli bu-in
Mrs. Amberley
Russian Мадам Эмберли
Madam Emberli
(same as English)
Thai มาดาม แอมเบอร์ลีย์
Mādām xæ m bexr̒ līy̒
(same as English)
Turkish Madam Amberley (same as English)


  • Madame Amberley, along with Cortex and Nina, share the trait of having a letter tattooed on their forehead.
  • Madame Amberley can be seen in her arena before her boss fight begins. While on the moving platform, if the player angles the camera downward, they will see her in a static T-pose.