|Doctor N. Gin|
Dr. N. Gin as he appears in the Crash of the Titans.
|First Appearance||Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (1997)|
|Affiliation(s)|| Doctor Neo Cortex (most appearances), none (2008-present),
Doctor Nefarious Tropy (2004)
|Latest Appearance||Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2 (2010)|
|Portrayed by|| Brendan O'Brien (English, 1997-1999)|
Corey Burton (English, 2001)
Quinton Flynn (English, 2003-2004)
Nolan North (English, 2005-present)
Vincent De Bouard (French, 1997-1998)
Bernard Bouillon (French, 2003-2004)
Christophe Lemoine (French, 2005-present)
Kazuhiro Nakata (Japanese, 1997-2004)
Mitsuru Ogata (Japanese, 2005)
“So! You want to go a few rounds! When this is over, we'll see who's obsolete!”
—Doctor N. Gin, Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
Doctor N. Gin (spelt 'N-Gin' in Crash Tag Team Racing and Crash of the Titans) is an insane cyborg lackey who stands in for giving assistance to Doctor Neo Cortex when he starts, replacing Doctor Nitrus Brio after the events of Crash Bandicoot as his right-hand man. As of Crash: Mind over Mutant, he has been replaced (without his knowledge) by the very person he succeeded.
Pre-series historyEditN. Gin's Peter Lorre-esque accent and taste for polka music suggest that he is of European ancestry, though no other evidence of this exists in the games. According to him, N. Gin has or had a superficial brother named George (a reference to entertainer Liberace) and has ruined at least one prom. As a child, N. Gin was a classmate of Doctor Neo Cortex and Doctor Nitrus Brio in Madame Amberly's Academy of Evil. After working at a stapler factory for a time, N. Gin went on to become a world-renowned physicist in the defense industry. However, due to a budget cut, one of his missile projects ended up faulty and, as a result, went awry, lodging itself into N. Gin's head. With his intellect, N. Gin was able to stabilize the weapon and reconstruct it as a life support system at the cost of his sanity. Because the missile is still live, it activates whenever N. Gin is stressed or angry, leaving him with a large headache (a trait inspired by creator Jason Rubin's own chronic migraine headaches). This was probably at the time of Crash Bandicoot, as he does not appear untill Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. Shortly after the missile incident, which brought him back to life, N. Gin was taken in by Doctor Neo Cortex to replace the double-crossed Nitrus Brio.
PlayStation era Edit
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back EditCrash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, N. Gin studies a large Crystal found by Doctor Neo Cortex after his defeat to Crash Bandicoot and discovers that 25 smaller "Slave Crystals" are needed alongside this "Master Crystal" in order to power Cortex's new "Cortex Vortex" device. When Crash is ordered by Doctor Neo Cortex to give the Crystals he has gathered to N. Gin, N. Gin attempts to take the Crystals by force, by using Heavily Armed Mech leading Crash to believe that N. Gin was one of Doctor Nitrus Brio's minions. As a result, Crash sent N. Gin's mech into the vacuum of space using Wumpa Fruit. N. Gin also tries to stop Coco's holograms getting through, but is unsuccessful. N. Gin then joins Cortex's next plot.
"Dr. Cortex will be very displeased with your resistance! Prepare to suffer his wrath!"
Crash Bandicoot 3: WarpedEditCoco Bandicoot on the Moon, only to fail once again, falling out of his mech; he screams 'Aaargh! Not again!' During his second form, Pura comes into view in Coco Bandicoot's craft, seemingly adding another gun to it.He also probably built most of the mechanic enemies in the game like the New Wikia page.
Crash Team Racing Edit
N. Gin is a playable character in Crash Team Racing, driving a violet high-acceleration kart. His home track is N. Gin Labs. After Oxide was defeated, N. Gin opened a custom auto parts store in Toledo, Ohio, which closed after his "Clear-the-Road" missile system recalled when it caused havoc on many freeways.
Crash Bash Edit
Traveller's Tales eraEdit
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of CortexEdit
"Maybe he's just too good for us!"
In Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, N. Gin is an attendee of Uka Uka's bad guy convention and is, ultimately, the one who reveals the secret of Crunch Bandicoot: Cortex's new superweapon. For the rest of the game, N. Gin serves as an obstacle in several of the levels. His name is incorrectly spelt N-gen in the instruction manual.
Crash Twinsanity Edit
In 'Crash Twinsanity', during the very first boss battle, N-Gin is seen operating the Mecha Bandicoot but is not actually seen in it. Once being defeated by the player, he stomps on the center piece and falls through unconscionus along with the Mecha Bandicoot. He is not seen until the level Hi-Sea Hi-Jinks where is commanding his battleship. When seeing him in the ship working, his appearance shows yellow skin and buldges of skin rippin through his vest. After battling N-Gin the second time, he is seen dropping right onto dozens of TNT crates .His final appearance shows him alongside Dr.Nefarious Tropy and Dr.Nitrus Brio inside the Evil Twins' treasure vault, but is soon ran out by Spyro The Dragon.
Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure EditIn Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure, N. Gin battles Crash in the skies with a weapon platform similar to the one he piloted in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back . He is later merged with Cortex, Tiny and Dingodile, and becomes Mega-Mix. After chasing Crash down a space station hall, Mega-Mix is left inside the space station, which explodes with the villains in it.
Crash Nitro Kart Edit
N. Gin is a playable character in Crash Nitro Kart, driving for Cortex's team in a kart with high turning prowess. In one cutscene, N. Gin considers creating cybernetic sharks as new henchmen after racing Nash. In the end, this trio is stranded on Terra, but eventually return home.
Crash Tag Team Racing Edit
N. Gin is a playable character in Crash Tag Team Racing. He has more of a zombified appearance. In the game's story, N. Gin convinces Cortex to join in the search for Von Clutch's missing Power Gems, but then he can use Von Clutch's theme park as a new base of operations (although Cortex later claims the idea as his own). His clashed weapon is a rocket launcher.
His cars are the:
Tier 1 car: Extreme Surplus
Category: Armor (Armour if you're American)
How to unlock: bring the plutonium to him in the Midway.
Tier 2 car: Junkulon Prime
How to unlock: Buy him the ballerina outfit from Happily Ever Faster.
Tier 3 car: Doom Buggy
How to unlock: Bring him the slippers from Tyrannasaurus Wrecks.
Crash of the Titans Edit
"Attention, filthy Doom Monkeys! I've lost my toast recipe. Repeat; my family recipe for toast has been lost. The butter supply will arrive shortly, but I'll have nothing to put it on! Somebody help me! I wrote the recipe on a little post-it note, but can't find it. Also, Crash Bandicoot has been sighted, ya-da ya-da ya-da. Peace out, homies."
Dr N. Gin, speaking over his PA system.
In Crash of the Titans, N. Gin opposes Cortex's replacement by praising Cortex's stationery. N. Gin is next seen in his weapons factory, which appears on the outside as a version of the Statue of Liberty modelled after N. Gin. This factory constantly bombards the surrounding area with all kinds of explosives in an attempt to hinder Crash. Inside the factory, N. Gin communicates to his workers through the factory intercom, making announcements, singing inspirational songs or alerting the workers of Crash's presence. In the factory's crown, N. Gin spends his days performing on his enormous pipe organ. When confronted by Crash and Aku Aku, N. Gin indirectly reveals to them that he has mixed feelings over Cortex's replacement to Nina (due to the acting up of his split personalities); one side likes Cortex and the abuse he brings to him and wishes for his return, while another side approves of Nina's new way of doing things, believing that she is a more efficient leader than Cortex. Eventually, the two sides reach a compromise and tell Crash of Uka Uka's whereabouts in the hope that he will also free Cortex, planning to shower them with doom later on.
Crash: Mind over Mutant Edit
In Crash: Mind over Mutant, N. Gin leads an attack on Crash Bandicoot when Coco and Crunch become addicted to Cortex's and N. Brio's personal digital assistant, fleeing to a small observatory on Wumpa Island afterwards. When Crash and Aku Aku catch up to him, N. Gin reveals that ever since Cortex escaped the Doominator, he has been secretly watching the Bandicoot family and collecting information on them, hoping to be rewarded with the ownership of Wumpa Island if Cortex is triumphant in his current plot. For some reason, he also expresses a desire to eat Coco, calling her "delicious". After Crash fends off N. Gin's army of Ratnicians, N.Gin is sternly told by Aku Aku to leave the island, to which he reluctantly complies. His voice can also be heard in the credits. In the DS version, you can see him as a piece of concept art.
Crash Boom Bang! Edit
N. Gin has a cameo appearance in the "Silhouette Quiz" minigame in Crash Boom Bang!.
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2 EditN. Gin is a playable racer and has gone back to his classic look but is less detailed. He is unlocked when 37 mission points are Acquired.
During his first appearances, N. Gin is portrayed in a similar light to that of Cortex's previous henchman Nitrus Brio: he is less impulsive than Cortex or Uka Uka and prefers to think over the situation rather than rushing to a solution, which usually leads to a loud rebuttal by his superiors whenever he questions their way of doing things, as shown in the opening cinematics of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, the latter in which N. Gin actually contemplates the fact that Crash Bandicoot might simply be too powerful for him and the others to defeat.
In Crash Tag Team Racing , N. Gin is depicted as a bipolar, sado-masochistic and extremely effeminate madman, prone to fits of yelling, sobbing, giggling as shown when he is ordered to destroy Crash and his friends and acting with feminine mannerisms and making doomsday weapons out of odd items such as fuzzy slippers. He is shown to have low self-esteem and crossdressing tendencies, at one point asking Crash to buy him a ballerina outfit but then he can feel more attractive.
N. Gin briefly shows a misogynistic side when he informs Crash of his sister's whereabouts in Crash of the Titans, expressing disgust at the thought of girls and eventually is disgusted of Coco. This contradicts with a statement he makes over his factory's intercom, in which he expresses a desire for women. On a miscellaneous note, N. Gin enjoys muffins and cupcakes, but hates preppies, citing their music and wavy hair as reasons against them. While N. Gin is a masochist, he only enjoys pain if it is bound to logic, demonstrated by his reaction to Cortex spitting scalding hot tea all over his face despite having dumped his entire tea cup prior to that. He also has a large affiliation with the word "doom".
Physical Appearance Edit
N. Gin is a stocky, red-haired (black in Crash Tag Team Racing and dark blue as of Crash of the Titans) cyborg with only half a face. He wears attire identical to that of Cortex, with the addition of numerous large bolts located all over his lab coat. Perhaps the most prominent distinguishing feature of N.Gin is the large missile protruding from the right side of his head. This being the result of a near fatal accident, he single-handedly reconstructed it as a life-support system, turning nearly half his head into metal. The missile is still live and was only thought to be activated only when N. Gin was stressed or angry, but as revealed in Crash Tag Team Racing, he can activate the missile at will, usually to stabilise a vehicle. While the eye located on the non-mechanical side of his head is somewhat small, the eye on the other side of his face is large, circular, and with a small black pupil occupying it (although in Crash Nitro Kart, this eye is replaced by a black electronic eye with a red pupil). In terms of height, N. Gin is somewhat shorter than Cortex, but appears to be as tall as him in Crash Tag Team Racing. In the same game, N. Gin's skin takes on a greyish tone, as opposed to the peach/pink of earlier games (Cortex once described N. Gin as "having bad complexion"). An alternate costume in the game depicts N. Gin in a ballerina outfit, bought by Crash to increase his effeminacy and self-esteem. In Crash of the Titans, N. Gin's skin and hair colour take on a bluish scheme, and the pupil on the robotic half of his face is larger. Besides these differences, N. Gin looks similar to what he did in past games. According to the Nintendo DS version of Crash of the Titans, N. Gin is 1.25 meters tall (4 feet, 1 inch) and weighs 63 kilograms (139 pounds).
As a child in the Academy of Evil, N. Gin is shown to have a paper airplane stuck in his head, foreshadowing the missile lodged in his head later in his life. This is revealed in an unlockable piece of concept art in Crash Twinsanity.
N. Gin's voice in most of his appearances is styled after classic movie actor Peter Lorre, who was often regarded as the quintessential simpering, creepy henchman archetype. In the Naughty Dog games, Doctor N. Gin is voiced by Brendan O'Brien in the English versions and by Vincent De Bouard in the French versions. In the English version of Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, N. Gin is voiced by Corey Burton, who also voices Doctor Nefarious Tropy in the same game. In Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Twinsanity, he is voiced by Quinton Flynn in the English versions and by Bernard Bouillon in the French versions. In the games starting with Crash Tag Team Racing, he is voiced by Nolan North in the English versions and by Christophe Lemoine in the French versions. In the Japanese version of the series, he is voiced by Kazuhiro Nakata in his speaking appearances up to Crash Twinsanity and by Mitsuru Ogata (who also voiced Doctor Nitrus Brio and Rilla Roo in the series) in Crash Tag Team Racing.
- For a time, N. Gin held the record for the most hit points in a boss battle for the boss fight against him in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (5 hitpoints), Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (5 and 7, equaling 12). This record would be broken by the Deathbot in Crash Twinsanity (6, 4, and 4, equaling 14).
- Although after Twinsanity, N.Gin's name was spelt 'N-Gin', the mission in Crash: Mind Over Mutant is named "Find N.Gin". this could mean Radical changed it back by then.
- In the Nintendo DS version of Crash of the Titans, when N. Gin is defeated by Crash Bandicoot, the missile in his head explodes, sending him flying around in the style of a deflating balloon.
- The name N. Gin is a pun on the word "Engine".
- The human half of N. Gin's head bears a striking resemblance to Dexter from the Cartoon Network show Dexter's Laboratory. Even his personality is a lot like Dexter's.
- For some reason, in Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure, N. Gin had Tiny's theme, Tiny had Dingodile's theme, and Dingodile had N. Gin's theme. The reason for this mix-up is not explained.
- N. Gin is one of two characters who appeared at Crash's "birthday" who later appeared as a boss (the other being Dingodile).
- In Crash of the Titans, N. Gin makes a reference to the cartoon show Invader ZIM, stating over the intercom that Crash and Aku Aku are after his '...radioactive......rubber pants!'. Also, his affiliation with the word "doom" might also be an unintended reference to Invader ZIM, since "doom" is used numerous times in both dialogue and episode titles.
- N. Gin is seen impersonating a Tusken Raider from Star Wars in Crash: Mind Over Mutant when he first appeared with a gang of Ratnicians.
- In Crash of the Titans, after N. Gin is defeated, he is seen arguing with himself with the camera angles changing every time his other half speaks, which is a parody of the Lord of the Rings movies. In those movies, the creature Gollum argues with his alter-ego, which is exactly what N. Gin does in that cut scene. N. Gin even repeats one of the lines of that movie character, "Master is our friend". (referring to Doctor Neo Cortex). Then the camera angle changes. "You don't have any friends", responds his other half.
- Doctor N. Gin's backstory is very likely a reference to Phineas P. Gage, who was involved in an accident that launched a metal tamping bar into his brain, damaging the prefrontal cortex and resulting in a much more sinister personality.
- The metal plate that covers N. Gin's face shows some inconsistency on the area it covers. In Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, if the player looks closely the metal plating covers the right side of his face, but leaves a bit of his cheek exposed. In Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, in his Time Twister holograms his cheek is now completely covered. This switches between the two occasionally in the other Crash Bandicoot games.
- His name is misspelled as "N. Jin" in the website of Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped and in Mind Over Mutant for the DS.
- N. Gin seems to hate Tiny this is showed in Crash Nitro Kart when N. Gin thinks Tiny broke something and calling him 'idiot'.
- It is never revealed what the "N" actually stands for.
- According to the Twinsanity concept art, when N. Gin was young, he had a paper plane instead of a missile in his head.
- N. Gin doesn't seem to acknowledge Nitrus Brio at all. Especially in the short lived fan made series on Youtube.com:" Cortex N Chums", where he would not even look at N. Brio, let alone mention him. this may be because he was N. Cortex's original assistant, wich would make N. Gin jealous of him.
- In the rather humorous quote: "You stupid, hominid! He always kicked you in the tucus...and other GENTLE SPOTS!", hints that N. Cortex kicks N. Gin many numerous times in the crotch ( much to N. Gin's pleasure).
- N.Gin may have trouble with reading (though the fact he can spell letters). Shown in a intercom announcement: "En *dash* Gee Eye En. What does that spell? IIIII dont know...Eehehe..."
- Dr. N. Gin in Crash Nitro Kart looks lumpy and distorted in certain cutscenes. The reason is not specified. Also, many people may have preferred his voice and appearance to stay the same throughout the Crash Bandicoot Series.
- Just like much enemies, N.Gins role was shorter in Twinsanity.