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Spyro the Dragon is a dragon character from the Dragon Realms and is the main protagonist of his own series, Spyro the Dragon. He has also appeared in a few Crash Bandicoot games. He also has a Dark counterpart in Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!.

History with the Crash Bandicoot series

The Spyro the Dragon series is considered the sister series to Crash Bandicoot and this relationship goes back many years. When the games first started being created, their developers (Naughty Dog and Insomniac) worked in close proximity to each other and employees often went to parties together and became close friends. This had an impact on each other's games.

Crash Bandicoot: Warped/Crash Team Racing/Crash Bash

A demo for the first game in the Spyro series can be played in Crash Bandicoot: Warped by inputting a special code (similarly, a demo for Warped is accessible in the first Spyro game via the same method): up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, square(this code is noticeably similar to the Konami Code). A demo for the second game in the Spyro series can be accessed in Crash Team Racing using the same method. Also, in Crash Bash, a demo of Spyro: Year of the Dragon is playable by holding L1 and R1 and pressing square then Start at the Universal Interactive Studios screen.

Crash Nitro Kart

Spyro appears as an unlockable character in the Game Boy Advance version of Crash Nitro Kart. He is unlocked after beating Velo for the first time. In contrast to his traditional depiction as a hero, Spyro in this game races for Team Trance, and uses Uka Uka as his mask.

Stats (GBA)

Speed: 10/10
Accel: 10/10
Turn: 8/10
Difficulty: Advanced

Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage/Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy

Spyro appears in Ripto's Rampage which is part of a pair of games that crossover the Crash and Spyro series (the other being Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy). Crash and Spyro start a fight when they first meet each other, due to Ripto's minions having been altered to resemble Spyro and Crash in their respective worlds. However, they realized they had been tricked by their archenemies after this fight, and teamed up to put an end to Cortex and Ripto's plan.

Crash Twinsanity

Spyro makes a small cameo in a Twinsanity cutscene, where he is seen defending his gems from N. Tropy, N. Brio and N. Gin, previously stolen by the Evil Twins. His model and fire effects are from Spyro: A Hero's Tail, which released a couple months after Twinsanity. A trailer for Hero's Tail is also the 100% completion reward in the NTSC-U versions of the game.

Skylanders: Imaginators

Spyro acts as one of the NPCs in the Skylanders: Imaginators adventure pack level based on the Crash Bandicoot franchise, Thumpin' Wumpa Islands or he can be played as in the level.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Spyro appears as a playable character in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled as part of the Spyro N. Friends Grand Prix, using his Reignited Trilogy design, and avaliable as a reward for completing the Bronze Tier. He is later purchasable in the Pit Stop for 1500 Wumpa Coins as of the Winter Festival Grand Prix update.


Speed: 7/7
Accel: 3/7
Turn: 2/7
Difficulty: Advanced
Driving Style: Speed

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

Spyro has some cameo appearances within It's About Time. The first is as an inflatable pool toy at the beginning of the level Rude Awakening, which floats away into the sea if spun. The second cameo is in the level Off Beat, where he appears as a balloon float in the parade.

In Tawna's 100% ending illustration, a stack of games can be seen sitting beside her. Among this stack is a copy of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy.

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!

Spyro shows up in Season 3: Battle of the Dragons alongside his evil doppelganger, Dark Spyro, who is the main villain and temporary boss for Crash or Coco to defeat. Dark Spyro has teamed up with Gnasty Gnorc and used a portal left behind by the female Nefarious Tropy in the previous season to enter Crash's dimension, attempting to take over. Spyro discovered their plan and followed them through the portal, only for the portal to break behind him. Spyro teams up with Crash and Coco, asking for their help to defeat the villains and gather parts and ingredients so he can repair the portal and go home. A Spyro themed skin for Crash was also added, as well as Dark Spyro skins for both Crash and Coco.

During Dark Spyro's boss fight, he attacks by calling bolts of purple lightning to strike the ground, by breathing purple fire down a lane, or by flapping his wings to blow TNT crates towards the player. 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.

At the season's end, Spyro successfully repairs the portal and sends Dark Spyro back to the Dragon Realms. He thanks Crash and Coco for their help, but warns them that Gnasty Gnorc escaped and is still on the loose before entering the portal himself to go home.



Spyro is a cocky, heroic young dragon. He can be arrogant at times, but cares deeply about his friends, charging (sometimes literally) into the face of danger to fight those who threaten him, his friends or his home. He's very headstrong and fiery, being impatient and irresponsible at times. He can also be mischievous and a little bratty.

Physical Appearance

Spyro is a small, purple child dragon. He has a yellow mohawk and horns on his head, yellow wings with orange webbing, a yellow spike on the tip of his tail, a yellow plated belly. He has purple eyes with heavy eyebrow ridges and grey claws.


Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!

  • Promo

"Our favourite smart mouthed dragon makes his way into Crash Bandicoot: On the Run! season 3! Battle Spyro's antagonists Gnasty Gnorc & Dark Spyro, while rebuilding the Dragon Portal!"

See also


I'm positive, I saw this guy way up the mountain, dancing around in some kind of giant, crazy… robo-suit… badly. He's so off-beat it's creating all these bad vibes across the island.

Spyro, Skylanders: Imaginators

Maybe you can beat me if you stop "dragon" your feet!

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled



See: Spyro the Dragon/Gallery

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Arabic سبايرو التنين
sbayru altiniyn
(same as English)
Traditional Chinese 史派羅
Shǐ pài luó
Simplified Chinese 斯派罗
Sī pài luō
Japanese スパイロ・ザ・ドラゴン
Supairo za doragon
(same as English)
Korean 스파이로
Russian Дракон Спайро
Drakon Spayro
(same as English)
Thai สไปโร
S̄ pị ro
  • Dark Spyro
Language Name Meaning
Arabic سبايرو المظلم
sbayru almuzlim
(same as English)
Traditional Chinese 黑史派羅
Hēi shǐ pài luó
Black Spyro
Simplified Chinese 黑暗斯派罗
Hēi'àn sī pài luō
(same as English)
French Spyro Noir Black Spyro
German Schatten-Spyro Shadow Spyro
Italian Spyro Oscuro (same as English)
Japanese ダークスパイロ
Dāku supairo
(same as English)
Korean 다크 스파이로
dakeu seupailo
(same as English)
Portuguese Spyro do Mal Evil Spyro
Russian Темный Спайро
Temnyy Spayro
(same as English)
Spanish Spyro Siniestro Sinister Spyro
Thai ดาร์ก สไปโร
Dār̒ k s̄ pị ro
(same as English)
Turkish Karanlik Spyro (same as English)
Vietnamese Spyro Hắc Ám (same as English)


  • Both Crash and Spyro were designed by Charles Zembillas.
  • Spyro was voiced by Jess Harnell in Spyro: A Hero's Tail. Crash was voiced by the same voice actor starting with Crash Tag Team Racing, which came out a year later. His current voice actor, Tom Kenny, is best known for voicing SpongeBob SquarePants; Kenny also voices Dr. Nitrus Brio in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.
  • Crash himself has made various cameos in Spyro games, including The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning & The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night, as well as being referenced in Spyro: Year of the Dragon. A trailer for Twinsanity is also included as an unlockable in A Hero's Tail.