Zem, Crash Nitro Kart

Zem is an alien from an unknown world, and is one of Nitros Oxide's henchmen, along with Zam. He races for Team Oxide, which in turn is affiliated with Emperor Velo XXVII. Alongside Crunch for Team Bandicoot and Tiny for Team Cortex, Zem appears to be the muscle equivalent for his team.


Crash Nitro Kart

Zem was seen in Crash Nitro Kart racing for Emperor Velo XXVII on the yellow team alongside Nitros Oxide and Zam. He is unlocked by completing the Green Gem Cup.


Speed: 7/7
Acceleration: 2/7
Turning: 4/7
Difficulty: Advanced


Zem is a grotesque, troll-like alien known for his vulgarity and disgusting nature, specifically shown in his penchant for constantly burping and making revolting noises. He is also largely gluttonous, and many of his quotes usually have something to do with eating. He also seems to have a passion for rock music, as he forms horns with his hands and lets go of his tongue while winning. This is more evident in his Punk skin where he plays air guitar.


  • "Aw, come on, I won't bite!"
  • "Aw, like takin' candy from a baby!"
  • "Palakaloo!"
  • "I'm so close, (Burps) you can taste it!"
  • "(Burps) Ah, tasty!"
  • "(Burps) Ooh so sweet!"
  • "(Burps)"
  • "Feel the burp!"
  • "I feel sick!"
  • "Now we're cooking with fire!"
  • "I'm workin' up an appetite!"
  • "Ooh, wise guy, huh?!"
  • "Serving you up, extra crispy!"
  • "Sneaky sneaky sneaky!"
  • "Something to snack on!"
  • "Takes more than that to cook me!"
  • "Try to fry me, will ya?"



See: Zem/Gallery


  • Zem did not appear in the GBA version of Crash Nitro Kart although his icon appeared in some screenshots, including on the back of the box.
  • While apparently from Gasmoxia, Zem appears to be a different race then Oxide, resembling Velo in appearance. It is possible that Gasmoxia is home to more than one sapient species, or that Zem or his race originally came from Velo's world.
    • The promotional comic for Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled establishes that Zem is already Oxide's henchman since Crash Team Racing, implying that Gasmoxians can come in different shapes or sizes.

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