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Penta Penguin is a character in the Crash Bandicoot series. He's based on the penguins in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back who walk aimlessly and then take a moment to spin. Similar penguins also appear in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex and Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure.

Penta first appears in Dansu! De Jump! Na Daibouken as a minor character. He was later included in Crash Team Racing as an unlockable character via a secret button combination in the main menu. Aside from the N. Sane Trilogy, this is the only game where the name Penta appears.

The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy remake of Warped implies that Penta is the penguin that appears in the boss fight against Dingodile.[1]

Manga

Penta's fir
Mangapenta

Penta as he appears in Crash Bandicoot Dansu! de Jump! na Daibouken

st appearance is in Dansu! De Jump! Na Daibouken. He tends to be very greedy since most of the time he's a merchant selling items for high prices. He has a girlfriend named Gurin and is head over heels for her and will do anything to win her affections. He is later seen in another chapter selling jet packs when Crash and Cortex decided to go into space to find the Power Stones much faster.

Crash Team Racing

Penta is only unlockable via cheat code. If players hold down R1 and L1 and press down, right, triangle, down, left, triangle, and up, at the main menu, he will become a playable character. Intended to be a "joke" secret character, he is the only racer with maxed out stats. In the NTSC-U version of the game however, Penta has the same stats as Polar and Pura, being good at turning but not having much speed. He has a different appearance to other penguins: he's a black penguin, with a scarf, his eyes are closer together, and his beak is smaller, though his podium model reuses the standard penguin model instead.

CTR Penta Penguin

Penta and his kart as they appear in Crash Team Racing

Racing Stats

PAL & NTSC-J

Speed: 7/7
Acceleration: 7/7
Turning: 7/7
Difficulty: Expert

NTSC-U

Speed: 3/7
Acceleration: 4/7
Turning: 7/7
Difficulty: Beginner

Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy

Penta appears in Warped as the penguin running away from Dingodile before the fight and coming back afterwards only to jump on him.

Appearances

Gallery

See: Penta Penguin/Gallery

Trivia

  • Penta means "Five" in the Greek language.
  • Penta is one of the only three characters players cannot be raced against as a computer controlled character in 8-player races (along with Fake Crash and N. Tropy).
  • In the NTSC version of CTR, Penta is left largely unfinished. Examples of this include him being protected by Aku Aku, but having Uka Uka show up in the item box. Also, as well as penguin noises, the sounds he usually makes, Penta also makes various statements which are actually placeholder lines. For example, sometimes when boosting, Penta will say "Penguin Yay One" or "Penguin Yay Two."
    • This is fixed in other versions.
  • Penta Penguin is one of five racers not to reappear in Crash Nitro Kart, the other four being Papu Papu, Pinstripe, Komodo Joe and Ripper Roo. Also, Penta is the only one of the non-returning racers who wasn't a boss (however, all of them are secret characters).
  • Penta is the only secret character to have Aku Aku as a mask during a power up.
  • Penta's victory theme is the same as Ripper Roo and Papu Papu.
  • Out of all of the characters that appear in CTR (other than the masks and Fake Crash), Penta is the only one who does not have a text entry in the closing credits.
  • The beta version for CTR claims that Penta became a weather forecaster, and kept predicting another Ice Age.
  • Penta makes an appearance in the CTR intro, when Polar appears (behind him), though he's hard to spot as he's very small.

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