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Prepare the female bandicoot!

Doctor Neo Cortex, Crash Bandicoot


This time, no one will catch me.

Tawna Bandicoot (Her very first words), Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Tawna Bandicoot [1] (commonly shortened to just Tawna) is a character from the Crash Bandicoot series. She appeared prominently in four Crash games: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Boom Bang!, the N. Sane Trilogy remaster of the first game, and Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled. She has cameo appearances in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex and Crash Twinsanity.

History

Crash Bandicoot

In the first Crash Bandicoot game, after being captured, she became another creation of Dr. Neo Cortex and Dr. Nitrus Brio. Crash escapes, falling out a window and waking up on N. Sanity Island. Driven by anger that the doctors still have his girlfriend, he decides to thwart Cortex's plans and rescue her. Tawna is used as bait throughout the game, with Tawna Tokens appearing throughout the various levels. Upon collecting three tokens, Crash is teleported to a bonus level with Tawna waiting at the end, before she is swept away from him again. Once Crash has collected enough gems, he can make his way through The Great Hall and be reunited with her on the balcony that awaits. The two then fly away on a large bird into the sunset. After Crash defeats Cortex, he is also reunited with Tawna upon the blimp.

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

TawnaPinstripeManual

Tawna with Pinstripe in the Japanese manual for the second game.

In the Japanese manual for Crash Bandicoot 2, it is stated that Crash and Tawna broke up leading to her dating Pinstripe. This is meant to line up with the manga which was released at the same time.

Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped and Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex

There is a picture of Tawna in the Bandicoot House  on the fireplace.

Crash Twinsanity

Tawna only makes a cameo appearance as a picture that appears on the sign of Moulin Cortex. In a deleted scene, Dingodile was going to have dinner with Tawna in his cabin as opposed to just reading a book.

Crash Boom Bang!

She is an unlockable playable character in the game, making her first proper appearance in a Crash game since Crash Bandicoot and her first appearance as a playable character.

Crash Bandicoot: Mind over Mutant

There is a poster of Tawna inside Crash's house on Wumpa Island.

Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy

Tawna reappears in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. She is shown as more competent, beating down a lab assistant before being captured in Cortex's castle. She also manages to briefly escape Cortex before being captured again at the end of the Tawna bonus levels.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled

Tawna makes an appearance in Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled as a reward in the games first Grand Prix which launched on July 3rd 2019. She appears alongside  IsabellaMegumiAmi and Liz to form the Nitro Squad. CTR: Nitro Fueled is the first game to feature Tawna with a voice, revealing her to be a tough, no-nonsense woman determined to win no matter the cost, or the enemy. Completing the Grand Prix also grants her her an alternate motorsport-themed costume, which seems to grant her energized power.

Stats

  • Speed: 4/7
  • Acceleration: 7/7
  • Turning: 3/7
  • Difficulty: Intermediate

Manga

Tawna is mentioned several times and makes cameos in Dansu! De Jump! Na Daibouken. When Crash wakes up to see where Tawna is, he finds a note saying that she's gone off with Pinstripe, finding Crash to be too immature for her. She is seen when Crash is daydreaming about being irresistible and saving the world. When Crash is crying about Tawna, he mistakes Coco (who visits) for Tawna. Her design is different in the manga, looking more like an anime female than her Bandicoot design.

Appearance

Tawna is significantly taller than Crash, her blonde hair and breast size being based off of celebrity Pamela Anderson. She has orange fur, cream skin and a small, blonde tail. Her clothing consists of a red, sleeveless shirt, blue shorts, red socks and sneakers identical to Crash's. In Crash Boom Bang, her shirt was changed to a pink top.

In the N. Sane Trilogy and CTR: Nitro-Fueled, Tawna's shirt is now magenta and features a white outline of Crash's mug, her skirt has been changed to denim shorts and her socks are white. Her design is also altered a bit, having a smaller chest and hip size, and a more proportionate body shape.

Gallery

See: Tawna/Gallery

Trivia

  • She is often referred to by players as "Tawna Bandicoot", but this full name has never been officially used, prior to the character selection menu in Nitro-Fueled, where she is labeled as "Tawna Bandicoot" while in her default attire.[1]
  • According to Naughty Dog, Tawna's design was based off celebrity Pamela Anderson, for her blonde hair and breast size.
  • Tawna is shorter in Crash Boom Bang!.
  • After Crash Bandicoot, Naughty Dog removed her from the series as Universal Interactive wanted her to be redesigned as they felt she wasn't appropriate for a child friendly game. Sony also wished for her removal, according to character designer Charles Zembillas, which led to the introduction of Coco Bandicoot for future titles. She was eventually redesigned for the N. Sane Trilogy, which was developed by Vicarious Visions. This same design reappears in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
  • The Japanese ending of Crash Bash has Crash mistake a hologram created by Coco to be Tawna. [2]
  • She was the first female character to appear in the series.
  • Tawna was originally named Karmen.
  • Tawna's skirt was originally green before they changed it to a dark blue. Her muzzle also had no skin tan, her entire face being orange furred. In game artwork of her can be seen in levels such as The Great Hall in her original color scheme. She was also originally wearing high heels in her concept art.
  • Tawna is mentioned in unused dialogue for Cortex in Crash Tag Team Racing.
  • She never had any dialog at all since her first appearance (though has gameplay grunts in Crash Boom Bang and can be heard gasping in the opening cutscene of the N. Sane Trilogy). She makes her speaking debut in Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled .
  • Like the rest of the Nitro Squad in Nitro-Fueled, Tawna has an associated Paint Job seen in marketing screenshots. This Paint Job is however not on the selection screen, even though the AI drivers may use it randomly.[3]
  • In Skylanders Academy, she was mentioned in the episode called The Skylands Are Falling! when Crash says that he's going to find her and save the world from Dr. Cortex, although Crash refers to her as his friend as opposed to girlfriend.

References

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