“I am Emperor Velo XXVII, ruler of this galaxy! My subjects hunger for entertainment, and word of your racing prowess has reached my glorious empire. And I hope you put on a good show, especially since winning the circuit will win your freedom. And if, for some reason, you refuse to race, your Earth will be... destroyed. But... I don't think it will come to that. Do you accept my challenge?”
—Emperor Velo XXVII, Crash Nitro Kart
Emperor Velo XXVII (the 27th), usually referred to as just "Velo", is the extraterrestrial emperor of an unnamed empire and a fanatic racer and egotist combined who serves as the main antagonist of Crash Nitro Kart. He speaks about himself as "the most accomplished racer in the entire galaxy." However, this is deflected through his defeat against Crash Bandicoot and Doctor Neo Cortex, whom he kidnapped in order to prove his strength and provide entertainment.
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Velo is an apparently powerful emperor, with thousands of subjects (all of them resembling small goblins) at his beck and call, and a Coliseum at the top of his planet (which resembles his head, reflecting his large ego). His subjects are in constant need of entertainment, and when legends of the driving skills of Crash and his friends reach his ears, he immediately abducts Crash and the others and forces them to race in his Galaxy Circuit, with the threat of the destruction of Earth if they do not race. When Velo's subjects are defeated one by one, Velo reveals himself to be the Galactic Champion and races the Terrestrials personally.
If the player has not acquired the time relics to each of the courses, upon his defeat, Velo starts to get enraged but then collects himself to admit his defeat, and, true to his word, allow the racers to go free. But, also true to his word, he declares the Earth to be planned for destruction since they refuse to race anymore. Then he allows them a rematch, but only if the player gets all the time relics. If the player has acquired the time relics, Velo throws a fit, then he suddenly explodes literally. The Velo the Terrestrials raced was just a robotic suit, much to the shock of Velo's subjects. The real Velo, as it turns out, is actually a small goblin, much like his subjects. The rest depends on the team the player chose.
In Crash's ending, Velo holds up his scepter in triumph in an attempt to win over his subjects, but they are too shocked and let down to say anything. Powerless, Velo relinquishes his empire and whatever influence he had on his subjects. Crash seriously considers this (even thinking about having the planet reshaped into his head), but he decides to reject the idea and gives the scepter back to Velo. In Cortex's ending, Velo isn't so willing to give up his power. When he sees Cortex with his scepter, he tackles him in an attempt to get it back but is easily stopped by Tiny, forcing Velo to give them the scepter.
Emperor Velo is confident and dominating to the point of being a jerk and showing contempt for his lessors. However, he seems to be able to control his temper. When the real Velo is revealed, he is shown to be pouty, impetuous and childish with a healthy temper, much like Neo Cortex.
Velo is a very tall and obese character (though his full body isn't seen until after Geary's defeat). He is a vibrantly-colored individual, with light-green skin, purplish-pink clothing, blue lip, purple V-shaped goatee, and gold jewelry. However, his true form is a tiny version of his subjects - goblin-like.
Both of Velo's forms are voiced by Steven Blum (who also voiced Crash in the same game) in the English version of Crash Nitro Kart. In the Japanese version of the game, Emperor Velo is voiced by Haruo Satō, while the real Velo is voiced by Kōki Miyata.
- Velo is actually French word for "bike", however, his name is likely a pun on the word "Velocity". Moreover, his name is pronounced "Veelo" in contrast to the correct sound "Velo" in French. He also speaks in a French accent.
- Once the player has a 100% completion for Adventure Mode under both Team Bandicoot and Team Cortex, then the player will be able to play under Velo's "real form".
- Velo's ghosts can be raced on all the tracks in Time Trial mode once the player has defeated N. Tropy.
- In the console version of the game, Real Velo is playable; whereas his robotic form is playable in the Gameboy Advance version of the game.
- When the player races Velo's ghosts they will be ghosts of his true form.
- Real Velo's racing stats are completely maxed out. He shares this trait with Nitrous Oxide, from CTR (Crash Team Racing) and Krunk, Nash, Norm, Big Norm and Geary from the Gameboy Advance version of CNK.
- When the player is racing with the green team (Pura, Polar, Dingodile or N. Trance) or with the yellow team (Zam, Zem, Oxide or the "Real Velo"), a Velo Mask will reset them on the track and the same item will protect them when they get an mask powerup.
- Velo and above all his subjects seem to resemble aliens from the movie Space Jam.
- His eyebrows, hair and beard are orange in the cinematographics, but in the game are purple.
- Velo was originally going to look like a human anime male. This was changed during development.