“Personally, I don't care. But I think he might want his gems back.”
—Neo Cortex, Crash Twinsanity
Spyro the Dragon is a dragon character from the Dragon Realms and is the main protagonist of his own series, Spyro the Dragon. He has also appeared in a few Crash Bandicoot games.
Told in an interview with Sparx by the DNN (Dragon News Network), some details of Spyro's past are known. One example is of that Sparx used to crawl around Spyro's egg when he was a larva. There was peace in the Dragon Realms at this time.
However, unknown to the dragons, three thieves were running off with two eggs. One was a dragon egg while the other was a dragonfly egg. Suddenly, the dragons discovered that the thieves who ran off have dropped the eggs. The red/purple dragon egg became hot, as if something was on fire inside. Spyro then hatched from the red/purple egg and Sparx hatched from the yellow egg.
Relationship to the Crash games
The Spyro the Dragon series is considered the sister series to Crash Bandicoot and this relationship goes back many years. When the games first started being created, their developers (Naughty Dog and Insomniac) worked in close proximity to each other and employees often went to parties together and became close friends. This had an impact on their games. A demo for the first game in the Spyro series can be played in Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped by inputting a special code (similarly, a demo for Warped is accessible in the first Spyro game via the same method): up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, square. A demo for the second game in the Spyro series can be accessed in Crash Team Racing using the same method. Also, in Crash Bash, a demo of Spyro: Year of the Dragon is playable by holding L1 and R1 and pressing square then Start at the Universal Interactive Studios screen.
Both series also have similar histories. They began in the late 90's and were considered Playstation's two unofficial mascots until they were abandoned by their original developers after three major games (although Naughty Dog also made a spin-off kart racer.) These companies then began making successful duo based PS2 games (Jak & Daxter and Ratchet & Clank) and eventually focusing on more realistic and adult games for the PS3 (Uncharted and Resistance). After switching developers, Crash and Spyro both became 3rd party characters and appeared on multiple consoles. Their first few games with new developers did reasonably well although the quality gradually dropped over the years. Their original three games are considered by most to be their best.
Also, while technically not a Crash Bandicoot game, Spyro acts as one of the NPCs in the Skylanders: Imaginators adventure pack level based on the Crash Bandicoot franchise: the Thumpin' Wumpa Islands.
“I’m positive, I saw this guy way up the mountain, dancing around in some kind of giant, crazy… robo-suit… badly. He’s so off-beat it’s creating all these bad vibes across the island.”
—Spyro, Skylanders: Imaginators