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The Tribesmen are a group of people who live on N. Sanity Island. They all look identical, having large hair and a green skirt. They are lead by Papu Papu.


Crash Bandicoot

Their first appearance was in Crash Bandicoot, where they did nothing more than be obstacles and enemies to get in Crash's way, by either ramming him with their shields or blocking him from proceeding forward. They can be seen in the levels The Great Gate, Hog Wild, Native Fortress and Whole Hog.

Crash Twinsanity

They were later seen in Crash Twinsanity, found in the levels Jungle Bungle and Totem Hokum. They proceeded to kidnap Cortex under the orders of Papu Papu. However, Crash eventually saved him from their clutches.

They largely appear as regular enemies, wandering around while wielding spears and attacking Crash if he gets too close. There is a variant that carries spiked shields and must be slid into to defeat, seen only in Jungle Bungle. Another variant can be seen in the stealth segments of Totem Hokum, looking out for intruders with binoculars. Tribesmen can also be seen riding around in rowboats in the river parts of the aforementioned stealth segment - these guys are completely harmless and will not hurt Crash.

Skylanders: Imaginators

Tribesmen also appear in the Thumpin' Wumpa Islands level of Skylanders Imaginators as NPCs, speaking fluent English in a way slightly reminiscent of a stereotypical Californian surfer. Unlike in other games, they are friendly, helpful characters rather than enemies.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

In the N. Sane Trilogy remake of the first game, the tribesmen repeat the same role which they had in the original with no significant changes.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

They also appear in Nitro Fueled, featured in a cutscene before Papu Papu's challenge. They can also be seen on the side of the course watching the proceedings in Skull Rock and in Tiger Temple.



Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
French Indigène Native
German Eingeborene Native
Italian Membri della Tribù Tribe Members
Japanese 原住民
Native people
Spanish Miembro de la Tribu Member of the Tribe