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Crunch Bandicoot
Crunch Bandicoot
Crunch Bandicoot as he appears in Crash: Mind over Mutant.
Full Name Crunch Bandicoot
First Appearance Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (2001)
Species Bandicoot/Cyborg
Affiliation(s) Doctor Neo Cortex (Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex & Crash: Mind Over Mutant, while brainwashed), Uka Uka & the Elementals (2001), Aku Aku, Crash Bandicoot, Coco Bandicoot, Polar, and Pura (most appearances), Fake Crash (Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced & Crash Nitro Kart), Doctor Nefarious Tropy and N. Trance (Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced, while hypnotized), Spyro, Sparx, Hunter, Professor, Moneybags (Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage), Ebenezer Von Clutch & Pasadena O'Possum (Crash Tag Team Racing), Tawna (2006), Carbon Crash (2007-2008), Doctor Nitrus Brio (Crash: Mind Over Mutant), Yaya Panda (Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2)
Latest Appearance Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2 (2010)
Portrayed by Kevin Michael Richardson (English, 2001, 2003-2004 (Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage)
Chris Williams (English, 2005-present)
Martial Le Minoux (French, 2003-present)
Yūji Kishi (Japanese, 2001-2003)
Masafumi Kimura (Japanese, 2005)
Shinya Fukumatsu (Japanese, 2006)
Hans Hoekman (Dutch, 2003)

“This is the creature who keeps sabotaging your master plan? Ha! You gotta be kidding. I'll exterminate this field rat in no time!”
Crunch Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex

Crunch Bandicoot is a genetically altered bandicoot who was originally created by Doctor Neo Cortex to destroy Crash Bandicoot, and was one of the main antagonists in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, alongside Uka Uka, Cortex himself, and the Elementals, his main power source. After his final defeat to Crash in the space station, Crunch had a change of heart as he was under the control of Cortex, now he tries to be a positive role model to children. He has then become good friends with Crash, Coco and Aku Aku protecting them from harm, living with them as a new member to the Bandicoot family, in which he acts as an older sibling to both Crash and Coco.

History

Traveller's Tales era

Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex

Crunch was created by Doctor Neo Cortex in private as a super weapon that would be capable of frightening power. Doctor N. Gin and Doctor Nefarious Tropy (who only had a slight understanding of the project) were the only other individuals who knew about the weapon. During a bad guy convention held by Uka Uka, Tropy and N. Gin reveal the weapon in desperation for one good plan to defeat Crash Bandicoot, who Uka Uka wants eliminated. Doctor Cortex formally announces the super weapon, but reveals that it is still missing a power source. Hearing the word "element", Uka Uka brings up the Elementals, a group of destructive masks that could create enough energy to bring the secret weapon to life. It is also presumed, due to him following Cortex's orders, that the super weapon, which is a live creature, had been successfully brainwashed by the Cortex Vortex. The weapon, who is revealed to be Crunch Bandicoot, attempts to defeat Crash with the aid of the Elemental masks, but when Crunch is defeated in Cortex's space station, he snaps out of Doctor Cortex's control. Although his first instinct is to introduce his fist to Cortex's face, Aku Aku informs Crunch of the space station's imminent destruction, and the group decides to flee back to Earth. Back on Earth, Crunch shows his gratitude toward Crash and the gang, and becomes part of the Bandicoot family. In the the sixth Warp Room, Crunch races crash in mine kart in the level known as Ghost Town.

Crash Twinsanity

Withoutcake

Crunch Bandicoot's model in Crash Twinsanity, but without the cake.

Crunch has a cameo in Crash's "birthday party", which is a gathering of past Crash villains. While Crunch is in the gathering, he (being an ally of Crash) actually believes that it is really Crash's birthday, donning a green paper birthday crown and holding a cake topped with a candle whilst looking surprised over the villains around him. Strangely, Crunch is a lot shorter in this game than in the others, being significantly shorter than Tiny and Pinstripe.

Radical Entertainment era

Crash of the Titans

In Crash of the Titans, Crunch is ambushed by Doctor Neo Cortex during the beginning of the first episode, leaving him frozen from the neck down. He stays this way until the end of the game, in which the Doominator's collapse is able to set Crunch free. Coco says that he smells like bacon then Crash, Coco and Crunch have a big hug and eat pancakes. Crunch does not appear in the DS version of the game. In the Game Boy Advance version, Crunch is taken prisoner by Tiny Tiger by order of Neo Cortex. He is freed upon Tiny's defeat. He also appears in the ending of the GBA version.

Crash: Mind over Mutant

Crunch appears in Crash: Mind over Mutant where he is first seen reading a magazine next to Coco and later becomes addicted to the NV device alongside Coco to the point where he is unable to help Crash and Aku Aku when they are attacked by N. Gin's Ratnician army. He is later mutated by the negative Mojo transmitted by the NV and runs off, leaving a mutated Coco to fend off Crash. He is later found at the Junkyard, where Doctor Nitrus Brio commands him to attack Crash. He is soon freed from the NV's control, but continues to be beaten up by an unaware Crash for a short time. He then decides to go back home and get some sleep. He is then seen on top of the remains of the Doominator. If talked to he will give Crash a mini-game.

Spin-offs

Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced

In Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced, Crunch is abducted by N. Trance and is brainwashed alongside Coco and Fake Crash. Crash battles a brainwashed Crunch on a flying carpet over the skies of Saudi Arabia, with Crash firing shots of energy at Crunch whenever the latter is stunned by exploding Nitro crates. Upon snapping out of N. Trance's control, Crunch becomes a playable character in some of the Atlasphere levels.

Crash Nitro Kart

Crunch is a playable character in Crash Nitro Kart, as he is abducted along with Crash and Coco. He is trying to lose weight and discussing some tips with Aku Aku. When Velo refuses to let the bandicoots go back to earth, Crunch tells him they'll keep racing. After Crash lets the real Velo keep his empire, Crunch makes him keep his end of the deal and sends them back to earth. In the end, he is shown relaxing with the other Bandicoots. He drives a blue low-turning kart with average acceleration and great speed like Tiny, Zem and Dingodile. He is a member of Team Bandicoot with Crash , Coco and Fake Crash.

Stats:

Speed: 6/7
Acceleration: 4/7
Turning: 2/7
Difficulty: Advanced

Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage

Crunch has a minor appearance in Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage, aiding Crash in the weightlifting minigames.

Crash Tag Team Racing

Crunch appears as a playable character in Crash Tag Team Racing, in which he searches for Ebenezer Von Clutch's lost Power Gems alongside the other racers. In this game, he has more of a Mr. T attitude (though he wasn't voiced by him). His clashed weapon is the Hot Rivet Gun which acts like a mini-gun. He also has a beloved pink stuffed bear called Pinky Bear which he can't sleep at night with out it.

Crash Boom Bang!

Crunch appears as a playable character in Crash Boom Bang.

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2

Crunch appears in this game as a playable racer. He is unlocked when 28 Mission points are acquired.

Appearances

Characteristics

Personality

In Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, Crunch is first portrayed as being the over-confident type, constantly believing that he can eliminate Crash with ease. This behavior causes him to become defiant later in the game, insisting that he doesn't even need the Elementals (his main power source) to defeat Crash, and becoming generally annoyed with Cortex. It is not until he is defeated that Crunch snaps out of Cortex's control and lives with the Bandicoots (though he is brainwashed again in Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced by N. Trance).

Because of his time with the Bandicoots, Crunch's personality has gradually changed after his liberation from Cortex's control. In Crash Nitro Kart, Crunch is shown to be an avid weightlifter, living under the philosophy of "eat less and exercise more". He is also interested in nutrition and, at one point in Crash Tag Team Racing, plans to sell the Crash gang out through future endorsements in hopes of becoming a famous and respected figure. Despite his rather masculine demeanor, Crunch occasionally shows a soft side; in Crash Tag Team Racing, it is revealed that Crunch sleeps with a pink teddy bear aptly named 'Pinky Bear', and is unable to sleep without it. Crunch also appears broken up when Von Clutch's Power Gem is supposedly lost (causing Von Clutch to lose his soul). Crunch does not take kindly to rude behavior or bad manners, an example of this occurring in Crash of the Titans, in which he can be heard saying "Hey! Stop that!" upon hearing Crash emit a loud belch. Crunch also adds pointless statements in his sentences, such as "Brush your teeth."

Outward appearance

In contrast to Crash and Coco's meager size and build, Crunch is generally depicted as a large, muscular, burgundy-colored bandicoot with a metallic arm, camouflage pants and large boots. While Crunch's metallic arm usually takes the form of an arm, it can also be turned into a laser cannon-like device, as shown in the boss fight against him in Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced. In the games prior to Crash of the Titans, Crunch's metallic arm only covered his right forearm and hand. In Crash of the Titans, the cybernetics not only cover his entire arm, but take on a new, futuristic appearance. In addition, two scars can be seen above Crunch's chest. In Crash Tag Team Racing, Crunch is depicted with a metallic ear, a feature that was not carried over to Crash of the Titans. His head also resembles a wolf's head. As of Mind Over Mutant, Crunch bears no resemblance to his previous forms. In Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath Of Cortex Crunch also wears spiked shoes, a trait not carried over to other games. He was also significantly larger in his first appearance, arguably standing as Cortex's largest mutant, while in all later titles he is only a few feet taller than Crash and Coco.

Relationships

Crash Bandicoot

Crunch was created with one objective: eliminate Crash so Cortex could rule the world. After being freed from Cortex's mind control, Crunch became a member of the Bandicoot family. He tends to call Crash "Li'l Brother" despite Crash technically being older than him. In Crash of the Titans, they both constantly remind Aku Aku that he doesn't have a body to fight with, much to his annoyance.

Aku Aku

After being freed, Aku Aku decided to take in Crunch as another of his children. In Crash Nitro Kart, they seem to discuss different opinions about suitable diets.

Coco Bandicoot

Initially, they started off well and worked together to help Crash whenever he needed their help. However, by Mind Over Mutant, Coco became annoyed with Crunch trying to boss her and Crash around.

Abilities

  • Enhanced Strength-Crunch is assumed to have super strength because of his muscles. He is also seen lifting 150 pound weights in the opening scene of Crash Nitro Kart and ripping a piece of metal out of the ground to use as a shield in Crash Tag Team Racing. 
  • Rocket Limb-Crunch can also convert his arm into a laser cannon. When he is jacked by Crash in Crash: Mind Over Mutant, he is able to shoot rockets as his attack using his mechanical arm and has a powerful punch.
  • Elemental Powers- Upon being powered by the Elementals, Crunch was granted with each of their abilities until each of them were imprisoned once again. With each element came different abilities:
    • Rok-Ko: Forming an atlasphere out of rocks.
    • Wa-Wa: Water Mimicry, Energy Blasts.
    • Py-Ro: Magma Mimicry, Geo-Thermo Abilities.
    • Lo-Lo: Storm Manipulation, Air Mimicry.

Portrayals

Crunch is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson in the English versions of Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex and Crash Nitro Kart. As of Crash Tag Team Racing, he is voiced by Chris Williams in the style of Mr T. In the French version of the series, he is voiced by Martial Le Minoux, who voices numerous other characters in the series. In the Japanese version of the series, he is voiced by Yūji Kishi in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex and Crash Nitro Kart, by Masafumi Kimura (who also voiced Tiny Tiger in Crash Nitro Kart) in Crash Tag Team Racing and by Shinya Fukumatsu in Crash Boom Bang!.

Quotes

“You don't understand! So... awesome! Monkeys!”
Crunch, Mind Over Mutant

“I obey! Eat... enough... FIBER!”
Crunch, Mind Over Mutant

“Stop that's mine! Hey I feel great.Take the monkey of the head thanks, little buddy.”
Crunch, Mind Over Mutant

“Finally, I get to wrap my figures around your puny, orange neck.”
Crunch, The Wrath of Cortex

“Yeah. I think I'm leaking brain juice. Gotta lay down for a while. Sleepy!”
Crunch, Mind Over Mutant

“My legs! I'm gonna be a quadrilateral eagle!”
Crunch, Crash of the Titans

“Hi, everybody! What the fudge happened out here? Give me a hug!”
Crunch, Crash of the Titans

“Time to earn your wings, kid! ”
Crunch, The Wrath of Cortex

“I'm gonna take you down limb from limb!”
Crunch, The Wrath of Cortex

“Crunch sad.”
Crunch, Crash Tag Team Racing

“That's republified!”
Crunch, Crash Tag Team Racing

“Dang, sucka. You're crazy!”
Crunch, Crash Tag Team Racing

“WOOOOOOOOOOO-HOO!”
Crunch, Crash Tag Team Racing

“That diet's a joke!”
Crunch, Crash Nitro Kart

“But you can't keep it off. Just eat less and exercise more.”
Crunch, Crash Nitro Kart

“See you at the finish line! Ha ha ha!”
Crunch, Crash Nitro Kart

Gallery

See: Crunch Bandicoot/Gallery

Trivia

  • Ever since Crash Tag Team Racing, Crunch does various catchphrases and impressions of the real-life actor Mr. T. In fact, in CTTR, Crash can even purchase an outfit for him known as Mr. C.
    • Also in the latest Crash installments, he takes on a "parental" role, even though (technically) both Crash and Coco are older than Crunch. He also says parental phrases like "Fold your laundry" and "Eat enough fiber". However, Mr. T does this too, so it is not surprising.
    • It's possible he does this because he knows Crash and Coco don't really have any parental figures other than Aku-Aku.
  • Crunch is sometimes mistaken for Crash and Coco's actual brother. Crunch referred to Crash as his little brother in Crash Tag Team Racing, but this may have been a friendly nickname. Also, after Crunch is saved in Crash: Mind Over Mutant, the un-evolved Sludges refer to Crunch as Crash's brother as well. However, it's possible for Crunch to be Crash and Coco's actual brother had Cortex used Crash's DNA as a genetic connection.
  • For unexplained reasons, Crunch's eye color constantly changed throughout the series. He had green eyes in The Wrath of Cortex and his cameo in Crash Twinsanity, blue in Crash Nitro Kart, and red from Crash Tag Team Racing onward.
  • In Crash Nitro Kart and all the later games excluding Crash Twinsanity, Crunch's ears have gotten shorter than they were in The Wrath of Cortex. However whenever Crunch is seen in his kart in Crash Nitro Kart, they are longer like they were in The Wrath of Cortex.
  • Crunch only had a robotic right hand until Crash of the Titans. From here on, he had an entire right arm that was robotic.
  • When Crunch was brainwashed in N. Tranced, his appearance strikingly resembles Captain America's.

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