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Polar is a polar bear cub from the Crash Bandicoot series. Being Crash Bandicoot's pet, he helped Crash get through various dangerous icy passageways. Debuting in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, he has appeared in 3 kart racing titles and has made assorted cameos in other mainstream Crash Bandicoot titles.

History

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

In Cortex Strikes Back, Polar makes his first appearance in the snow-themed warp room. If the player jumps on Polar for the first time since entering the warp room, the player will eventually get an extra 10 lives. Polar also appears as Crash's transportation in the levels Bear It (level 8), Bear Down (level 13), and secret level, Totally Bear (level 26). He also appears in the last quarter of Un-Bearable (level 15), where Crash must ride him to get away from a much bigger polar bear. After the adventure, Crash took Polar in as a pet off-screen.

Crash Bandicoot: Warped

Polar in Crash Bandicoot: Warped.

In Warped, Polar only appears in the opening cutscene where he gets woken up from sleep hearing Uka Uka's evil laugh. He then appears in the lounge of the Bandicoot House listening to Aku Aku's story about his history with Uka Uka. Polar for some reason is seen running out when Aku Aku, Crash and Coco are heading to the Time Twister, but he gets left behind and he looks slightly frustrated at this. His final appearance is in the true ending where he is seen in the lounge next to Crash again with everyone, including new fellow pets Pura and Baby T.

Crash Team Racing

Polar is a playable character in CTR. His home track is Polar Pass. Along with Pura and Ripper Roo, his best stat is handling, and as such, he is classified as a character for beginners. He is one of the eight starter characters, and can be chosen as the player's character in the Adventure mode where Aku Aku is his tutor. Polar's personal garage is a small ice cave, where he keeps his kart, a couple crates, and a few books. In the opening cut-scene he can be seen in his kart, reading a book called "How to Drive" upside down. In the epilogue, it is revealed that he becomes a taste tester for an unnamed leading ice cream company. Being a bear, he only approves fish-related ice cream flavors. 

Stats

Speed: 1/6
Accel: 3/4
Turn: 4/4
Difficulty: Beginner

Crash Bash

In Crash Bash, polar bears that appear identical to Polar are ridden in the Polar Push mini-games. There are several of these bears, however, it is unconfirmed if any of these bears are actually Polar. It is believed that he is the polar bear that appeared in one of the promotional artworks of Crash Bash where he is being ridden on by Coco.

Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure

In The Huge Adventure, Crash rides Polar in the middle sections of Frostbite Cavern, Snow Crash and Snow Job, while being chased by a yeti.

Crash Nitro Kart

In CNK, Polar was brainwashed by N. Trance, along with Dingodile and Pura, into racing for Team Trance. These events were never shown in cut-scenes, and are revealed in the Crash Nitro Kart Instruction Booklet and the Official Crash Nitro Kart Website (which is no longer active). However, in the Team Bandicoot ending, he is shown relaxing on the beach with Crash, Coco and Crunch, revealing that he eventually escaped his brainwashing, as he does not have the hat on anymore and looks happy to be with the bandicoots. Similar to Crash Team Racing, Polar excels in handling. He can be unlocked by winning the Blue Gem Cup, and has good turning like Coco, N. Gin, Zam and Pura.

Stats

Console GBA
Speed: 2/7
Accel: 4/7
Turn: 7/7
Difficulty: Beginner
Speed: 5/10
Accel: 10/10
Turn: 8/10
Difficulty: Intermediate

Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage

Polar makes an appearance in Ripto's Rampage, with Crash riding on him in several of the levels. Polar also helps Crash escape from Nina during her boss fight. There is also a Polar Trading Card.

Crash Twinsanity

In Twinsanity, he is seen at Cortex's gathering of villains at the beginning of the game, holding a baseball bat with an angry look on his face.

Crash Boom Bang!

In Crash Boom Bang!, Polar makes a cameo as part of the Silhouette Quiz minigame. He is shown as an anthropomorphic and wearing jean shorts, similar to Pura's new look.

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D

Polar appears as a playable racer in CBNK3D. He drives the Der Pickle kart from Crash Tag Team Racing. He was unlocked by updating the game via the App Store; as the game is no longer listed, let alone updated, he is now unobtainable for new players.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Polar appears in the remake of the second game for the N. Sane Trilogy where he reprises his role from the original versions of the second and third games.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Polar retains his same role and stats in the remake. In his epilogue, he still becomes a head flavor scientist for a leading ice cream company, but his most notable flavor to date, aside from the previous three flavors, is the Tuna Spumoni.

Stats

Speed: 3/7
Accel: 4/7
Turn: 7/7
Difficulty: Beginner
Driving Style: Turning

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

Polar is seen in the level Bears Repeating and its alternate timeline level Building Bridges, in his normal role of acting as a mount for Crash (or Coco).

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!

While Polar himself doesn't physically appear in On the Run!, a Polar-themed skin for Crash will be added in a future season.

Characteristics

Personality

Being a regular, non-mutated polar bear cub, Polar usually isn't portrayed as being sapient, and usually has a similar level of intelligence as a domestic dog. He is usually portrayed as cute and innocent, though he can be more aggressive at times, shown during his cameo in Twinsanity, his frustration at being left behind in Warped, and with his Rustland skin in Nitro-Fueled.

Physical Appearance

Polar is a small off-white polar bear cub with large, sparkling black eyes. He has a black nose and black paw pads. While on his kart in CTR, his paw pads are pink instead. In CNK, his eyes are changed to a grey-green colour, his nose is made grey, he has greyish markings around his face and he wears one of N. Trance's helmets. In Twinsanity he returns to his original design, aside from the insides of his ears being pink. In the N. Sane Trilogy and Nitro-Fueled, the insides of his ears are light grey and he now has blue eyes. The grey markings have also returned to his face.

In Boom Bang! his design is noticeably different, in that he is now anthropomorphic. He wears blue shorts, and the insides of his ears are pink once again. He's also a much brighter shade of white than usual.

Profiles

Crash Team Racing

  • Manual

“Polar’s kart handles better than other karts just like Pura’s. He can really navigate around tricky corridors and cruise through big hair-pin turns.”

Appearances

Relationships

Crash Bandicoot

Crash initially used Polar as transportation during his second adventure twice. The third time around, Polar willingly helped him escape a larger polar bear and Crash was grateful for it. He then took Polar in as a pet and he's been loyal to his master ever since.

In Crash Nitro Kart, despite being brainwashed into racing for N. Trance, Polar does not show any signs of malice towards any of the Bandicoots, suggesting that he became a neutral character, rather than an evil one for this game.

Coco Bandicoot, Aku Aku, Pura, Crunch Bandicoot, Baby T

Even though Polar has not had any proper cut-scenes with any of the other heroes (Aku Aku, Coco, Pura, Crunch and Baby T), it is definite that he has a good relationship with them all. In the N. Sane Trilogy remake of Warped, Polar cowers in Coco's arms for comfort when Uka Uka is released. In all racing games he uses Aku Aku as his guardian mask (except for in CNK, when he was hypnotised into racing on Team Trance and therefore uses the Velo Mask).

N. Trance

In CNK, N. Trance kidnapped and hypnotised Polar into racing for him along with Dingodile and Pura, due to a racing team being required for the galactic circuit. Polar is seen happily standing beside N. Trance on the podium on Velo's coliseum during the game's intro, though due to the fact he was brainwashed at the time his true opinion of N. Trance is unknown. N. Trance seems to like or at least respect Polar, seeing as he selected him for his team.

Gallery

See: Polar/Gallery

Trivia

  • Polar barks like a dog, just like Pura meows like a cat (although the latter's sounds are more sensible, as tiger cubs can only meow at their age and polar bears do not actually bark).
  • In Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, he sits outside a warp portal and isn't shown going in it after Crash, but he still arrives in the level before Crash does.
  • In Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, the only way Polar can be harmed is by falling down a pit in Un-Bearable. All other deaths are solely at Crash's expense, with Polar being a bystander.
  • In the beta version of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, Polar used to say "nyeh" instead of him barking like a dog. This was most likely a placeholder, as the creators may not have had a voice actor for him yet.
  • Polar is one of the two pets under Crash's care: the other being Baby T.
  • Polar is one of the four animals used as transport: the others being the Hog, Pura and Baby T.
  • In Crash Nitro Kart, Polar has the same idle animation as Pura.

See also