Not so fast! I'm Pasadena O'Possum! I'm racing for ol' Von Clutch, and I'm gonna whoop you, that's for sure!
Pasadena in Crash Tag Team Racing
Pasadena O'Possum is an expert, champion winning racer and a good friend of Ebenezer Von Clutch. She is a mutated possum, but it's unknown how she came to be. She makes her appearances in Crash Tag Team Racing, Crash Racing, and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled as a playable character.
Pasadena is first seen with Ebenezer Von Clutch and Willie Wumpa Cheeks discussing where to find more racers. A little while later, she introduces herself to the bandicoots and Team Cortex, stating she's racing for Von Clutch and promises to beat Cortex. Over the course of the game, she has Crash find a crystal, a starter and coins in order to buy her cars and get them running. She also uses this time to openly flirt with him. Despite her feelings for him, she briefly believed, along with everyone else that Crash stole the park gems only for Willie to admit it. After Crash stopped Willie from escaping, Pasadena along with Coco and Crunch confronted Willie, only to witness his destruction to Cortex and celebrated after Crash and Crunch sent Team Cortex flying. Pasadena was devastated when Von Clutch died but instantly cheered up when Crash shot his black power gem into Von Clutch's open chest and brought him back to life. After Crash accidentally knocked out Von Clutch and left, Pasadena is left shocked along with Coco and Crunch.
Driving Style: Speed
Pasadena is a southern/western girl, right down to her habits and speech. She proves fiercely loyal to her employer Von Clutch, vowing to win the gems and theme park for him and setting a rivalry towards the other competitors who risk taking it for themselves, particularly Cortex and his minions. She proves good on her word on the race track, where she is a passionate and aggressive racer.
Despite her competitive streak however, her attitude quickly softens upon speaking to Crash for the first time. It's shown she has a crush on him, openly stating he's 'cute' and flirts with him. Whenever she asks for favors, he does them willingly but when she states she wants to kiss him or makes a similar suggestion, Crash would either look like he'll vomit or get frightened right in front of her meaning he's a little uncomfortable with Pasadena's feelings towards him. However, Crash himself has shown interest in her as he acted like a dog as a sign of him considering her attractive.
Pasadena is resourceful and an expert racer, yet she is shown to be somewhat uneducated however. She has a rather rowdy and goofy demeanor, though proves slightly more lucid than Crash, who dumbfounds even her at times.
Pasadena has a somewhat feminine frame with light tan skin and very pale muzzle. Her snout is somewhat pointed, resembling a mouse or rat and her nose is pink. Her eyes are green in color; she appears to wear pinkish eyeshadow and faint pink lipstick. Her hair is dirty blond in color and worn in tightly pulled back pigtails that stick out of her pink helmet, which has a dark pair of goggles on them. She has a long tail, which she can use as a prehensile.
Pasadena wears a sky blue jacket with dark blue markings and noticeable shoulder pads. Around her neck, she wears a pink scarf/cloth, while her pants match her top. She also has dark gloves and boots, with lighter blue at the toes.
In Nitro-Fueled, Pasadena is now almost as tall as all the members of the Nitro Squad. She has visible fangs (befitting her species), larger eyes, longer and lighter hair, more detailing on her clothes, a longer scarf, and the back of her helmet now has a large blue star while her jacket sleeves have bright yellow stars in place of her circles.
One of Pasadena's most distinctive characteristics is her long prehensile tail, which she can use to hold items, or act as a small propeller, enabling her to briefly hover.
It is also said she is an expert champion when it comes to racing, most likely meaning she also has excellent driving skills and talents.
- Pasadena seems to be based on Penelope Pitstop, an animated Hanna-Barbera character most famous for her roles in The Perils of Penelope Pitstop and Wacky Races.
- Pasadena likes running down drones, referring to them as hogs after she runs them over, and at the start of the race, may say "This will be a hog-killing good time!"
- She is not very intelligent, as, in one of her speaking lines, she says "2 + 2 = Uh... Cornbread?".
- Pasadena breaks the 4th wall by saying that the game sucks.
- When she does, however, the line in particular is an exact carry-over of one of Homer Simpson's quotes from the game The Simpsons: Hit and Run, also developed by Radical Entertainment.
- Pasadena's clashed weapon is the Spinning Tornado Lightning. Coincidentally, Coco's weapon also controls lightning.
- Despite flirting with Crash and being seen next to Crunch throughout the game, Pasadena seems to be fond of Coco the most. They share the same type of weapon, they agreed on the Wumpa Whip Trails, Pasadena found it nice when Coco returned the deed of the park, and they smiled at each other after Crash destroys Cortex's airship.
- There is also a strong possibility that Coco knows about Pasadena's crush on her brother.
- Pasadena, like Crash, doesn't understand Willie's riddles despite working with him. This is proven when they both shrug after Willie proves he stole the gems.
- Her name comes from the city in Texas, and also a city in California.
- Pasadena is the second character shown to be romantically interested in Crash. The first character was Tawna.