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Don Pinstripelli Potorotti (commonly shortened to just Pinstripe Potoroo) is a potoroo subjected to the Evolvo-Ray to be Neo Cortex's bodyguard. He is well known for wielding a Tommy gun and laughing maniacally. He made his first appearance in the first Crash Bandicoot game.

History

Crash Bandicoot

In Crash Bandicoot, Pinstripe is the head of "Cortex Power", Doctor Neo Cortex's power plant. He is the fourth boss of Crash Bandicoot.

He is very loyal to Cortex and is not only the CEO of "Cortex Power", but also Cortex's bodyguard. Pinstripe is very defensive and is always armed with his fully loaded sub machine gun, which he fires around his office when he confronts Crash. When Crash defeats him, Pinstripe accidentally shoots the power generator behind the glass wall and the majority of Cortex Castle's power is destroyed.

After the events of the game, Pinstripe moved to Chicago and operates a citywide sanitation company.

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex no Gyakushuu!

Pinstripe dating Tawna.

Although Pinstripe does not appear in-game, it is stated in the Japanese manual that Tawna left her previous love, Crash, to date Pinstripe instead. This lines up with the tie-in manga, which was released during this time. Outside of Japan, this is only officially mentioned in Crash Boom Bang.

Crash Team Racing

Pinstripe in Crash Team Racing

He returns as the fourth boss to race in Adventure Mode. While racing against him, he fights back with an infinite supply of bowling bombs, which are thrown backwards. He is also a playable character if the player uses a cheat code or completes the Yellow Gem Cup in Adventure Mode to unlock him. He drives a black kart with high acceleration, like N. Gin and Coco.

His home track is Hot Air Skyway in Citadel City. After the events of the game, Pinstripe became a successful used car salesman in New Jersey, claiming that customers "decide on a car quickly once [his] Tommy gun comes out".

Stats

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

Crash Twinsanity

Pinstripe made a brief cameo appearance in this game at Crash's "birthday party" organized by Dr. Cortex. He nods his head at the camera while wielding his gun. He also appears in a scrapped storyboard.

Crash Boom Bang!

Pinstripe returns in Crash Boom Bang! as a playable character.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Pinstripe returns in the N. Sane Trilogy, reprising the role he had in the first game.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Pinstripe retains his spot as Citadel City's boss and still races at Hot Air Skyway, throwing bowling bombs during the race. Like other bosses, he is unlocked as a playable character upon being beaten in the Adventure Mode. After Oxide's defeat, he still becomes a used car salesman, but his questionable methods of earning sales eventually leads to his license getting revoked, forcing him to return to his old job as a CEO and bodyguard.

Stats

Speed: 4/7
Accel: 7/7
Turn: 3/7
Difficulty: Intermediate
Driving Style: Acceleration

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

Pinstripe has a cameo appearance in It's About Time, appearing on a wanted poster in Off Beat.

Nitro Pinstripe boss fight

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!

Prior to Pinstripe's physical appearance, a Pinstripe-themed skin for Coco was added to the game in Season 2, Running Outta Time!.

He later appeared as the main antagonist of Season 5: 25th Anniversary! and a seasonal boss for Crash or Coco to defeat. He attacks by sporadically firing his tommy gun at the ground, quickly alternating between lanes, pressing a button to make barriers made out of toxic waste barrels appear, and by throwing cherry bombs at the ground, creating fiery craters. Like all bosses, he is defeated by chasing him and throwing Boom Berries at him to reduce his health bar to zero, then using the Portal Weapons crafted beforehand to send him back to his own dimension.

Characteristics

Personality

Pinstripe is a parody of mafia gangsters seen in films such as Scarface, and talks with a strong Brooklyn accent. His gangster accent can be heard in many of his in-game quotes, such as "Say goodnight!", "Watch your back!" or "Have some of this!". Pinstripe's main weapon is a Thompson SMG, which he is almost never without. Trigger-happy and reckless, Pinstripe opens fire on Crash in his office in Crash Bandicoot, accidentally shooting out the power plant generator in the process. Even so, he is one of Cortex's more intelligent creations.

Pinstripe's victory pose in CTR

In Crash Team Racing and its remaster, Pinstripe is motivated by money, rather than genuine heroism, to race against Nitros Oxide and save the world. Though somewhat sore about losing to the player, he admits to being beaten "fair and square".

Physical Appearance

Pinstripe is a tall, lean figure, possessing dark brown fur and large ears which are pink inside. He has dark brown, almost black hair, which is slicked back. He has dark markings around his eyes and a lighter brown muzzle. He has a black nose and black eyes with yellow scleras. He wears a pinkish-red suit with a bright green dress shirt and black tie, as well as black shoes with white socks. He is almost always seen holding his Tommy gun, even when he is on the victory podium in the racing titles.

However, in Crash Twinsanity, he instead dons a dull purple pinstriped suit with a dull lavender dress shirt and a dark indigo tie, as well as golden buttons. He also has gold rings on some of his fingers, and a gold pin on his tie. His nose was made noticeably bigger, his scleras darkened from yellow to gold, and his muzzle and the inside of his ears were made deep beige.

In Boom Bang, his suit was made a solid red, with a dull mint dress shirt and a black tie. His shoes are now brown and his muzzle is light beige.

His original suit in the N. Sane Trilogy now has pale pink pinstriping. His muzzle coloring was removed, making him an even shade of brown all over. His lips are now noticeably reddened and the dark markings under his eyes were made more prominent.

Profiles

Crash Bandicoot

  • Manual

“Dr. Cortex was looking for a more efficient form of enforcer and created Pinstripe Potoroo, a cross between a local furry omnivore and several cheesy Gangster movies. Pinstripe is loyal to “The Don of Doctors” and makes no bones about protecting his employer with his wits, his skills and a fully loaded Tommy gun.”

Crash Boom Bang!

  • In-Game

"Pinstripe is a cool-looking guy, but also extremely dangerous."

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!

  • Promo

Pinstripe 25th crash anniversary artwork for Crash on the run

"Just in time for the 25th anniversary, the fourth boss of the original Crash Bandicoot game makes his way into COTR. Don Pinstripe Potoroo might be considered one of Cortex's smarter creations, but tends to create problems with his reckless shooting!"

  • Internal

"Don Pinstripelli Potorotti is a Tommy gun-wielding potoroo who, like Ripper Roo and others, got zapped by Neo Cortex's Evolvo-Ray."

Appearances

Gallery

See: Pinstripe Potoroo/Gallery

Trivia

  • Coincidentally, Pinstripe is the fourth boss in both Crash Bandicoot and Crash Team Racing.
  • His first name is a reference to 'pinstripe suits' which are, for the most part, the standard gangster but more fittingly Mafia attire.
  • In some early NTSC copies of Crash Team Racing Pinstripe's icon looked different and had a smaller head. He shares this trait with Papu Papu.
  • If the player is using the 'language glitch' in Crash Team Racing, his head swaps with Komodo Joe's, while his body swaps with Papu Papu's.
  • While playing the Purple Gem Cup in Crash Team Racing, he is seen in last place all the time and is the slowest character there. It's even possible to overlap Pinstripe and even possible for the AI to overlap him as well due to bad start positions.
  • According to his biography in the Production Bible, Pinstripe was originally going to be a striped bandicoot instead of a potoroo.
  • In original game, his laugh comes from the sound called Cartoon, Laughter - Male: Sinister Laugh, Human Comedy Laughs from album Comedy Vocals: Sound Effects.
  • According to a Twitter post by Robbie Daymond, he voiced Pinstripe Potoroo in Nitro-Fueled. However, the game's end credits list Jess Harnell as Pinstripe's voice actor. This was corrected in a later patch for the game.
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