Ratnicians are mutated rats that formerly were under the employment of Doctor Neo Cortex. They are the main enemies in Crash of the Titans in the first world of the game. Besides trying to kill Crash, they also talk about how tasty he is and on some occasions, try to kill and eat him. After the events of Crash of the Titans, they have been abandoned by Cortex and have gone feral and vegetarian and they now work for N. Gin.
Crash of the Titans
Ratnicians are first seen in Episode 1: A New Hop, where they are talking in a cave near Crash's home. They are then seen in a group, after apparently being transported from the Doominator, in rocket-like vehicles.
Later on, a group of Ratnicians attempt to move Aku Aku, who is trapped in a cage. Three of them are killed by a Spike who uses Spike's Surprise on them. Later, they attack Crash in large groups. Through the following three levels, they attack Crash in small and large groups.
Like all minions in Crash of the Titans, Ratnicians can be seen with accessories, which are add-ons to their appearance. Like the other minions, accessories do not affect the Ratnicians' health or attacks in any way. The accessories are: eyeglasses, sunglasses, headbands with mirrors, pith helmets, and strange hats with lights. After Crash defeats a Ratnician, its accessory (if it has one) falls off, eventually disappearing.
Crash: Mind Over Mutant
After the events of the previous game, they have been abandoned by Cortex and have become feral and mentally unstable. They are first seen in a pack of three again near Crash's home. They now work for N. Gin, who is also on Wumpa Island, who orders a massive pack of them to attack Crash. Later on, another large pack attacks Crash on N. Gin's orders at his observatory. According to some cutscenes, a few are still working for Cortex, as shown in the NV commercial, where they sit in the stands being threatened by Stenches to clap and read cards to guess the price of the NV. However, one Ratnician claims his card is blank and is shot by a Stench. Also, in the cutscene where N. Brio is introduced, there are Ratnicians along with Znus. Cortex also tosses a water balloon at one of the Ratnicians. The Ratnicians can be seen as enemies in the Wasteland, the Frozen Coast, and several battle arenas.
Crash of the Titans
In Crash of the Titans, Ratnicians wear a lab coat, black pants, red gloves, and sneakers. They have a light brown head and have white eyes, mysteriously with no pupils, with black circling the eyes. They also have three hairs sticking out, have a small black nose, and speak very nerd like.
Ratnicians also appear in the mobile version of Crash of the Titans with a similar design to the main version, but with short pants and no shoes. Their role is basically the same as in the main version of the game, but in the mobile game they can be jacked just like any other enemy.
Crash: Mind Over Mutant
Ratnicians are now a different shade of light brown and have a much different head and have a white bandana around their foreheads. They now have four hairs sticking up and have smaller eyes with pupils, whiskers, bigger ears, and a crazy look. They also have an unbuttoned lab coat and sandals.
Slap: They slap from left to right once or twice.
Test Tube Chuck: They throw their test tube and it explodes, also killing themselves. Ratnicians are the only enemy in Crash of the Titans to have a kamikaze attack.
Coconut Chuck: They shake their coconut, jump up in the air, throw it, and it explodes.
The Ratnicians are geniuses and throw out scientific terms at a few points. All the time they are bent on serving their current masters, but they mostly are bent on killing Crash, eating him, and satisfying their hunger. They also dislike Wumpa Fruits and coconuts. When they are left on Wumpa Island, they have gone mental after spending a year on it, shown when a pack of them near N. Gin's observatory are laughing crazily and bonking each other on the head and whacking each other with coconuts. Most of the time, they do not take fighting Crash seriously.
- "Oh the biting fun begins now-ow-ow-row-row!"
- "Hello there. Helloes."
- "Cortex for the win!"
- "Hench-Rodents attack!"
- "I have that kind of blindness in which you are unable to see."
- "Great Caesar salad's ghost! It's a haunted salad..."
- "We are a peaceful planet of warmongers!"
- "Monkey butts!"
- "Quick! Sample it!"
- "So cold..."
- "There he is!"
- "Mayday! Arbor Day, Labor Day, Secretary's Day! Hey!"
In other languages
|Spanish||Ratécnico||portmanteau of 'rato' (lit. rat) and 'técnico' (lit. technician)|
|French||Ratnicien||portmanteau of 'rat' (lit. rat) and 'technicien' (masculine form of technician)|
|Dutch||Ratteur||derived from 'rat' (lit. rat)|
|German||Rattniker||portmanteau of 'Ratte' (lit. rat) and 'Techniker' (lit. technician)|
|Italian||Topo di laboratorio||lit. lab mouse|
|Finnish||Rotnikko||portmanteau of 'rotta' (lit. rat) and 'teknikko' (lit. technician)|
|Danish||Rotniker (CotT), Ratniker (MOM)||portmanteau of 'rotte' (lit. rat) and 'tekniker' (lit. technician)|
|Norwegian||Rotniker (CotT), Rottekniker (MOM)||portmanteau of 'rotte' (lit. rat) and 'tekniker' (lit. technician)|
|Swedish||Råttniker||portmanteau of 'råtta' (lit. rat) and 'tekniker' (lit. technician)|
- They are the weakest minions in Crash of the Titans.
- The Ratnicians reference two well known game characters in both Crash of the Titans and Crash Mind Over Mutant. Mario is mentioned when they say "Seriously, you'd think he was an Italian plumber or something." and Sonic the Hedgehog is mentioned when they say "You'd think he was a moving fast blue hedgehog or something."
- In Crash of the Titans, one of the accessories worn by some Ratnicians resembles the mind-reading device Doc Brown's past self wore in Back to the Future.
- The Ratnicians sometimes refer to Cortex as their master, a typical saying amongst evil minions.
- The icon for Minion Master of the Ratnician is a test tube partially filled with a green liquid. It is seen next to the enemy count when a Ratnician is killed in CotT.
- The Ratnicians are all voiced by Tom Kenny.