List of Ratchet & Clank characters
This is a list of characters from the Ratchet & Clank video game series. Ratchet & Clank is a series of platform video games developed by Insomniac Games and High Impact Games. The series features a large cast of characters voiced by veteran voice actors.
The series centers on the exploits of Ratchet (a bobcat-like creature known as a Lombax that is very handy with tools) and Clank (a diminutive sentient robot that befriends Ratchet) as they save the galaxy from several evil forces.
- 1 Protagonists
- 2 Major Characters
- 3 Antagonists
- 3.1 Chairman Drek
- 3.2 Thugs-4-Less
- 3.3 Protopets
- 3.4 Doctor Nefarious
- 3.5 Lawrence
- 3.6 Courtney Gears
- 3.7 Klunk
- 3.8 Gleeman Vox
- 3.9 Emperor Otto Destruct
- 3.10 Luna
- 3.11 Emperor Percival Tachyon
- 3.12 Captain Slag
- 3.13 Rusty Pete
- 3.14 Captain Darkwater
- 3.15 Flint Vorselon
- 3.16 Cassiopeia
- 3.17 Commander Argos
- 3.18 Artemis Zogg
- 3.19 The Loki Master
- 3.20 Ephemeris
- 3.21 Stuart Zurgo
- 3.22 Vendra and Neftin Prog
- 4 Other characters
- 4.1 Darla Gratch
- 4.2 Abercrombie Fizzwidget
- 4.3 Female Infobot
- 4.4 The Galactic President/President Phyronix
- 4.5 Slim Cognito
- 4.6 The Galactic Rangers
- 4.7 Merc and Green
- 4.8 Dallas & Juanita
- 4.9 Ace Hardlight
- 4.10 Captain Starshield
- 4.11 Vornem, Eugene and Lucy
- 4.12 Sigmund
- 4.13 Chief Alpheus
- 4.14 Vorn Garblak
- 4.15 Mr Klink
- 4.16 Dr. Frumpis Croid
- 4.17 Nevo Binklemeyer
- 5 Minor characters
- 6 Species
- 7 References
Ratchet is the main protagonist of the Ratchet & Clank series of video games. Ratchet is a Lombax who is first shown in the first game, seen in the opening cutscene working as a mechanic, living by himself on the planet Veldin. Longing for adventure, Ratchet's life changes when he meets the diminutive robot fugitive named Clank. From there on, he and the small robot begin to have many adventures.
- Voiced by Mikey Kelley (English, original Ratchet & Clank) and James Arnold Taylor (English, all other appearances), and by Makoto Tsumura in the Japanese versions of the games.
Clank is the secondary protagonist/deuterogamist of the series, a small robot who is initially created in a Blargian war-robot factory. After escaping, he is found by Ratchet and becomes his partner in stopping the Blarg and many other threats to the galaxy.
- Voiced by David Kaye (English).
Captain Copernicus Leslie Qwark is the Solana Galaxy's self-proclaimed superhero, though he is in reality a cowardly blowhard whose egotistical actions frequently cause more trouble for Ratchet and Clank than they prevent.
- Voiced by Jim Ward (English).
The Plumber is a staple the Ratchet & Clank series. He almost always appears with his rear end sticking out of whatever he is working on, and surprisingly is always a reliable ally whenever he appears. In Ratchet & Clank and Going Commando, the Plumber is an NPC that appears in certain missions and gives Ratchet and Clank random object that come in handy. In Up Your Arsenal, he returns to ask Ratchet to search for Sewer Crystals, which he will trade bolts for.
The Plumber does not appear in Ratchet: Deadlocked; although the credits state that he had been called away to deal with a "sump pump emergency in the Rygylian Nebula". He appears (but does not speak) in part of a dream-state world within Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, and also appears in Secret Agent Clank to fix the showers at the prison in which Ratchet is incarcerated, returning them to their typical freezing cold temperature.
The Plumber returns in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, now wearing glasses and a more detailed outfit. He provides Ratchet with a spare part for the Dimensionator that proves valuable in the game's climax. He then appears once again in Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time in Clank's memory banks. When Clank shows up, The Plumber states that he "must've taken a wrong turn somewhere" and mistook it for Qwark's mind because of the "emptiness". He then tells Clank "I wouldn't risk any more than six minutes", a piece of advice that ultimately allows Clank to save Ratchet from death by reversing time.
He also shows up in All 4 One in the cutscene after the Polar Sea level, he fixes the transport which Ratchet and Clank along with Qwark and Nefarious, would use to head to Uzo City. Ratchet asks for some "cryptic advice" that can used to stop Nevo, although the Plumber does not have any. He later appears in Full Frontal Assault, Stuart Zurgo hologuises as him to damage the Starship Phoenix II. The real Plumber later contacts Ratchet, Clank and Qwark for assistance since he is stuck on a planet. After Ratchet repairs the Plumber's ride, he is confused as he had seen him on the starship. It is after the Plumber leaves that Ratchet and the other two realize that they had been fooled by Stuart.
The Plumber appears again in "Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus", where he is the apparent creator of the game's version of the RYNO super weapon, the RYNO VII. He split up the blueprints for it in order to prevent misuse. The player can collect the pieces of the blueprint and have the Plumber build it for them.
A recurring character who first appears in the original Ratchet & Clank, Big Al is the stereotypical computer geek with interests in electronics and all things Captain Qwark. Ratchet frequently gets baffled over Al's "techno-speak" and usually rellies on Clank to translate. He owns "Big Al's Robo Shack" and supplies Clank with a Heli-Pack. His siblings Bob and Edwina also own similar Robo Shacks that provide further upgrades for Clank.
In Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Big Al is chosen to join Captain Qwark's "Q-Force" for his mastery of electronics, though his involvement in the plot is minimal. Al plays a more significant role during the events of Ratchet: Deadlocked, in which he is captured and made to serve as part of Ratchet's DreadZone support crew. At one point, Al is shot by Ace Hardlight as a warning to Ratchet not to overstep his bounds, but he later returns (with cybernetic parts to cover his wounds) to aid Ratchet in escaping DreadZone. He has not appeared in the series since, though he is occasionally mentioned during Tools of Destruction and can be heard during a radio advertisement for his Robo Shack in A Crack in Time. Al has a minor role in the comic series, he works on returning Veldin back to its normal orbit after the comics' main antagonist, Artemis Zogg, removes it for his own galaxy.
Voiced by Chris Hatfield (English) and Yasuhiro Takato (Japanese).
Angela Cross (a.k.a. The Mysterious Thief)
Angela Cross is a female Lombax who appears in Going Commando. She shares Ratchet's affinity for gadgets and devices, though is frequently clumsy and scatterbrained. Despite her shortcomings, Angela was employed by Megacorp and worked in its genetics division on a secret project to create an artificial "Protopet", until she quit when her boss, Mr. Fizzwidget pushed the release date of the creation before she could correct its flaws (namely, its large appetite and savage nature). Angela then disguised herself and stole the prototype creature to get rid of it for good. When Megacorp recruits Ratchet to get it back from her, she hires the mercenary/crime organization Thugs-4-Less to protect her, and tries to get Ratchet out of the way by using his partner Clank as bait. Unfortunately, both tactics fail, and when Thugs-4-Less is bought out of their contract by a third party, Angela (after her identity was revealed) allies herself with Ratchet and Clank to stop Megacorp from releasing the still-highly dangerous Protopet all over the galaxy.
Despite being confirmed as a Lombax in A Crack in Time, Angela has not appeared in any games since Going Commando. During a Polaris News broadcast in A Crack in Time, Angela was confirmed as being a Lombax, that she had fled Bogon in Max Apogee's ship during the earlier phases of Tachyon's invasion, and had been missing along with Apogee for over three years, suggesting both she and Apogee used the Dimensionator to escape Tachyon. The report also confirms her species as a female Lombax, claiming that female Lombaxes do not have tails. In a Full Moon Show Podcast, it was stated that Angela may be brought back if Insomniac makes another Ratchet & Clank game.
Talwyn Apogee is a Markazian and the daughter of Max Apogee, a famous explorer known for his research into the Lombax culture. When Max vanished, Talwyn continued her father's work in finding the "Lombax Secret", a device said to have been used to eliminate the evil Cragmites from the galaxy. Her main base of operations is a space station in the Nundac asteroid ring, where she is accompanied by her guardian warbots Cronk and Zephyr.
In Tools of Destruction, Ratchet is led to Talwyn after intercepting a message from Emperor Tachyon calling for her death. After explaining his situation, Talwyn agrees to help Ratchet in finding the Lombax Secret and overthrowing Tachyon. In Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty, Talwyn journeys alongside Ratchet in his search for Clank. She does not physically appear in Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, but is seen in Clank's subconscious and is occasionally mentioned on the radio as having requested songs for Ratchet to listen to while flying through space. She also appears in the comic book mini-series,as well as Full Frontal Assault as a skin and a full appearance in Into the Nexus. According to the producers, Talwyn has become Ratchet's girlfriend.
- Voiced by Tara Strong (English, Tools of Destruction and Quest for Booty), Ali Hillis (English, Into the Nexus), and Nami Kurokawa (Japanese).
Cronk and Zephyr
Cronk and Zephyr are a pair of war-robots who frequently accompany Talwyn in her adventures. Heavily-rusted and senile from many years of combat, the pair are often heard bickering to each other and rambling about their past experiences but nonetheless serve as reliable allies in Ratchet and Talwyn's search for the Lombax Secret. The pair first appear in Tools of Destruction and make a voice-only cameo in A Crack in Time as they bicker during the credits. In All 4 One, Cronk and Zephyr serve as Ratchet's support team by selling him and his allies weapons. The both of them are destroyed by Vendra Prog in Into the Nexus, though their ghosts make one final appearance in the post-credit ending.
Notably prominent in Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, General Alister Azimuth is a Lombax and serves as a mentor to Ratchet. He has white and red fur (unlike Ratchet and Angela who have yellow and brown/orange fur, likely because of his age) and uses a double-headed Praetorian Omniwrench as his weapon of choice. In his youth, Azimuth was close friends with Ratchet's father, Kaden. General Azimuth was indirectly responsible for Emperor Tachyon's rise to power and the deaths of Ratchet's parents, as he gave Tachyon full access to Lombax technology in the hopes that he would be able to help them. For his crimes, he was forbidden to join the Lombaxes as they left to another dimension, and has lived in exile ever since.
When Ratchet first finds Azimuth, the general initially mistakes him for a Hologuised assassin (sent by either Lord Vorselon or Nefarious) but soon recognizes Ratchet as being Kaden's son and requests forgiveness about the misunderstanding. General Azimuth explains to Ratchet about how he knew Kaden and about Clank's presumed connection with the Zoni. He then teaches Ratchet on using hoverboots which would come in handy in stopping Dr. Nefarious from taking control of the Great Clock, Azimuth eventually tells Ratchet about his own plans to use the Great Clock himself, so that he and Ratchet can prevent Tachyon's rise to power and stop the Lombaxes having to leave for their new dimension. Ratchet initially goes along with the plan, but changes his mind after saving Clank who informs him and Azimuth that the Great Clock could destroy all of existence if misused. Unable to accept Ratchet's change of decision, General Azimuth leaves him.
He later appears to rescue Ratchet and Clank after they defeat Dr. Nefarious and takes them to the Great Clock. Despite Azimuth's insistence, Ratchet still refuses to risk using the Great Clock, causing the elder Lombax to attack Ratchet by blasting him with his wrench out of anger, the blast is enough to kill Ratchet. General Azimuth tries to enter the Orvus Chamber but Clank gets there first and is able to reverse time so that he can save Ratchet with the use of the Plumber's advice(six minutes, which is safe for the Clock). Alister is now blinded by his own desire and upon entering the chamber, moves the switch in the room to turn back time. Ratchet fights him and as he tries to talk sense into the general, the Great Clock is on the verge of completely breaking down. Alister Azimuth realizes his mistake and stops the time shift he created, though at the cost of his own life. Ratchet takes General Azimuth's possessions, a pocketwatch and his own Praetorian wrench, as reminders of his mentor.
General Azimuth; although now dead, continues to make non-physical reappearances in later games. He made a cameo in the first issue of the six-part comic series in a panel where Ratchet is looking at the pocketwatch with the picture of him and Kaden. It is resumed that Azimuth's passing discouraged Ratchet about going on more adventures as he tells Clank that lives had been taken including General Azimuth's. Ratchet would later use his Praetorian Wrench in the following issues to stop Artemis Zogg in his plans.
A Red Team skin based on Azimuth, appeared in Full Frontal Assault.
Into The Nexus features a Statue of General Azimuth.
- Voiced by Joey D'Auria (English).
Kaden is the father of Ratchet and the keeper of the Dimensionator. When the Lombaxes were driven to use the device to escape to another dimension following Percival Tachyon's overrunning of Fastoon, Kaden refused to follow them in order to protect the device. Kaden managed to survive Tachyon's ravaging of Fastoon and was able to hide his infant son (Ratchet) from the Cragmite by sending him to Veldin, but Kaden was eventually found and executed by Tachyon.
Appearing in Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, Orvus is the unique Zoni who created the Great Clock as its original Caretaker and is also Clank's "father", as he is responsible for Clank's possession of a soul. After he is captured by Dr. Nefarious, Orvus teleports to somewhere unknown, and Clank is brought to the Great Clock by the Zoni to become its new Caretaker in his absence. As Clank is trained by the Clock's Junior Caretaker Sigmund (another robot that Orvus possibly granted a soul to) in his new duties, Orvus communicates with him through a series of simulated programs stored in his memory banks.
At the end of the game, Clank chooses to continue his adventures with Ratchet and leaves Sigmund in charge of the Great Clock as the Caretaker, and Orvus's final message proclaims that his greatest desire is for Clank to be happy with whatever life he chooses.
- Voiced by Charles Martinet (English).
Sasha Phyronix is the captain of the Starship Phoenix and the daughter of the Galactic President. During the events of Up Your Arsenal, she is in charge of coordinating the Galactic Rangers to combat the growing threat of Dr. Nefarious. Ratchet is shown to have feelings for her, she also has an interest in Ratchet. In Deadlocked she briefly appears in the opening to inform Ratchet, Clank and Big Al about the death of Captain Starshield during his service to Dreadzone as a contestant. Sasha is also about to warn the three about being captured by the Vox Empire when she is cut off. She appeared a third time in the six issue comic series (set between A Crack in Time and All 4 One), again she assists Ratchet and Clank in stopping Artemis Zogg in his plans to create his own artificial galaxy.
Skid McMarx (also spelled Skidd McMarxx) is a professional hoverboarder. In Ratchet & Clank, he and his agent are attacked by missiles from the Blarg and end up crashing their ship on Planet Aridia while on route to a big hover-board race, they end up being separated after the crash. Ratchet and Clank eventually find him he tells the duo that he is unable to return to his ship because of the Sand Sharks in the area. After Ratchet disposes of the creatures, Skid rewards him with a hover-board and tells Ratchet and Clank about seeing them at the hover-board race on Rilgar.
In Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Skidd is recruited into Captain Qwark's Q-Force for his "nerves of steel". Calling himself "Shadowdude", Skidd helps Ratchet and Clank on their assigned mission on Aquatos, despite frequently chickening out and letting Ratchet do all the fighting. He later gets kidnapped by Courtney Gears and is taken to Obani Draco, where he is used as a test dummy for the Biobliterator and turned into a robot. Despite this, Skidd is back to normal by the end of the game (how he was changed back is not revealed, though Big Al mentions that it is possible). Following Up Your Arsenal Skidd is mentioned as having been picked up by Courtney Gears' old record label.
Helga is Captain Qwark's portly, brutish fitness trainer with a heavy German accent. In Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet runs through a fitness course to meet up with Helga in order to claim the reward, a Swingshot, though she also demands that Ratchet must pay for the gadget after stating that his run was "the most pathetic display I has ever seen on that Obstacle course!". Helga is chosen to join the Q-Force for her "sensual powers of seduction" in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal. Despite her tough appearance, she showed genuine sadness when Qwark "died", stating "Und... we vould frollock in ze fitness course... under ze wee hours of za morning!" Her full name is revealed in a promotional poster for Tools of Destruction as Helga von Streissenburgen.
Douglass C. Perry of IGN commented positively in the "quirkier" voices in the supporting cast of Ratchet & Clank and cited Helga (describing her as "the weird athletic woman at the end of the stunt course") as an example.
Captain Qwark's cycloptic monkey sidekick. Being a monkey, he loves bananas. He's also seen running around the Starship Phoenix's bridge. Skrunch joins Clank during some of Clank's missions in Up Your Arsenal to activate out-of-range buttons or distract powerful enemies and is a gunner for Ratchet on Tyrranosis. Skrunch also makes an appearance in Size Matters in which he appears on an odd spaceship two times. He speaks to Clank twice in the game, first on planet Metalis and again at the end of the game on Quadrona.
- Voiced by Jim Ward (English) and Shiro Saito (Japanese).
Chairman Drek, eventually retitled to Ultimate Supreme Executive Chairman Drek, is the leader of the Blarg and the main villain in Ratchet & Clank. With his own homeworld of Orxon overpolluted and overpopulated to the point of being uninhabitable, Drek announces to the Solana Galaxy that he intends to carve out giant chunks of land from other planets and assemble them into a new Blarg planet. To help protect his interests, he hires Captain Qwark to be his spokesman and personal hitman for when Ratchet and Clank start interfering with his operations.
At the end of the game, Drek attacks Ratchet's homeworld of Veldin with the intent to destroy it and put his piecemeal planet in its former orbit. Confronting the Lombax in a giant robot, Drek then admits to him that the new planet is all part of a larger money-making scheme: once it is complete, Drek intends to pollute it until the Blarg pay him to build another planet, just like he did with Orxon. Drek is killed when he loses control over the robot and crashes into his piecemeal planet, which is then destroyed with a single shot of his own planet-buster cannon. Drek later appears as an downloadable skin in Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault and a statue in the hall of villainy in the Imperial Museum in Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus.
In his review of Ratchet & Clank, Jeff Gerstmann of GameSpot compared Chairman Drek, an "evil corporate suit who ... is the leader of a dead, polluted world", to the antagonistic President Skroob in the film Spaceballs. Gavin Frankle of Allgame stated that Chairman Drek's scenes (along with Captain Qwark's) proved to be more entertaining than those of the main characters. Nich Maragos of 1UP.com noted that the final boss fight against Chairman Drek was "overly punishing".
Drek will appear as the primary antagonist of the upcoming Ratchet & Clank film.
A mercenary company that serves as the secondary group of antagonists in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando and Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus. Thugs-4-Less is willing to do anything for a price, no matter how morally-questionable it may be. In Going Commando, Thugs-4-Less is initially hired by the Protopet thief to stop Ratchet from retrieving it and are later hired by Megacorp to stop him from foiling the company's plan to market the Protopet. In Into the Nexus, Thugs-4-Less is employed by Neftin Prog to provide the added manpower in rescuing his sister Vendra.
In Going Commando, one particular Thug appears frequently as the leader of the company. He first appears on planet Endako to fight Ratchet during his rescue mission involving Clank and is encountered several times before finally being defeated on the Thugs' homeworld of Snivelak. In Secret Agent Clank, the Thug Leader meets Ratchet while he's in prison and has his men pick a fight with the Lombax as payback for the previous defeats.
The Protopets are the main threat in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando. Devised as the "perfect pet", they appear as small, fuzzy blue creatures with large eyes, but they are very vicious, have large appetites, and reproduce rapidly. Megacorp had created the original Protopet and Angela was close to correcting its flaws until CEO Abercrombie Fizzwidget pushed up the release date, putting the Bogon Galaxy at risk from the still dangerous product. Angela Cross attempted to prevent this by stealing the Protopet, but Ratchet unknowingly hand-delivered it back to Megacorp where it was quickly mass-produced and shipped out. Soon, entire planets were overwhelmed by the furry swarm of Protopets.
Unknown to everybody, "Fizzwidget" was actually Captain Qwark in disguise, who had orchestrated the entire Protopet crisis so that he could appear and "save" the Bogon Galaxy with a device he had stolen from Angela: the Helix-O-Morph. His plan backfires when the Helix-O-Morph instead causes the original Protopet to grow a lot larger and eat Qwark whole. After the Mutant Protopet is defeated by Ratchet and Clank, Angela fixes the device (as it turned out, the batteries were in backwards) and turns the Protopet back to its normal size and rendering it completely safe.
Nich Maragos of 1UP.com noted that the final boss fight against the Protopet was "a pushover".
Doctor Nefarious is a stereotypical robotic mad scientist who has a hatred for all organic life forms (or "squishies", as he calls them). He is the main villain in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. In addition, he has several cameo appearances in Deadlocked, Size Matters,Quest for Booty, Secret Agent Clank and "Into the Nexus" as well as a playable appearance in All 4 One, becoming the most recurring enemy of the series.
He will also appear in the upcoming Ratchet & Clank film.
Lawrence is Doctor Nefarious' robotic butler, noticeably similar to the character Jeeves. His duties usually consist of "dirty laundry and whatnot" and other menial tasks, though he enjoys playing the bass guitar as a personal hobby (and playing a song in particular called "Bass Odyssey"). He has a clear dislike for his boss, often pummeling him with subtle insults or purposely doing a bad job, though he seems to be scornful of essentially most around him. Despite this, Nefarious, who either cannot fend for himself or does not catch on to Lawrence's true nature, still keeps him by his side.
Lawrence first appeared in Up Your Arsenal, and is the one who tells Nefarious about Qwark forming the Q Force (which includes Ratchet and Clank in the team as well), Nefarious is angered that his old enemy is fighting against him again and demands to have the Q Force destroyed. Eventually, Ratchet and Clank confront the doctor on Mylon to stop him in his master plan and his Biobliterator, Nefarious yells for Lawrence and he appears. Nefarious orders him to annihilate Ratchet and Clank, but is told that he is talking to Lawrence's voice mail recording, leaving the doctor to battle the heroes himself. After Ratchet beats the doctor in a difficult fight, Nefarious calls Lawrence again who physically appears again, clad in a rock star costume with a guitar. Lawrence is too occupied in his solo (calling it "Bass Odyssey"), but reluctantly activates the Biobliterator's transformation. The Biobliterator turns into a giant robot, with Nefarious and Lawrence teleporting inside. The machine is defeated by Ratchet (with assistance from Qwark), and is set to self-destruct. Nefarious requests Lawrence to warp them out of danger, Lawrence asks to specify a location. Nefarious tells him to just get them away but just as the Biobliterator explodes, Lawrence teleports the doctor and himself hastily. After the credits, the two are shown stuck on an asteroid, out of range which Lawrence believes that something will take five to ten thousand years to come along.
Eventually after a few years, the asteroid wanders into Polaris and lands on Zanifar. After spending time with the planet's Fongoids, Nefarious discovers the Great Clock and he and Lawrence begin their plans to take control of it.
In A Crack in Time, Lawrence continues to serve Nefarious. Although not as disobedient as before, Lawrence still manages to anger Nefarious at times. After the Great Clock's Junior Caretaker Sigmund helps Clank to get away from the villains, they both corner him and Lawrence is ordered to render Clank unconscious with the "Orb of Gratudic Immobilization". Nefarious decides to let Clank be guided by Sigmund around the clock and have Lawrence follow them to the Orvus Chamber, a room that Nefarious has been trying to enter. Lawrence quietly enters the chamber and unplugs the recorded message that Clank and Sigmund are watching, he knocks Clank out and sends him to the Valkyries, robot pilots that Nefarious hired to help him. Lawrence stays at the clock to scan the Orvus chamber. Later on, Lawrence comes to pick up Nefarious so they can invade the Great Clock, Ratchet and Clank arrive in time before they take off. Lawrence assists Nefarious in the battle against Ratchet, but leaves in an escape pod when the ship Ratchet is battling Nefarious on, starts to collide into Nefarious's space station.
Two years later in All 4 One, Nefarious appears before Ratchet, Clank and Qwark and has Lawrence reanimate a Light-Eating Z'grute from cryosleep in the intent to have it kill the three. The plan backfires when it drains the electricity on Lawrence's hovercraft, resulting in Lawrence and Nefarious falling to the floor. After the doctor demands Lawrence to help him out, Lawrence "tends his resignation". He does not return until the end of the game where he helps Cronk and Zephyr in landing their ship on Magnus to retrieve Ratchet and his allies. Lawrence asks Nefarious for his employ again and the two take the ship, flying off into space.
A clear parody of Britney Spears, Courtney Gears is a female pop star robot who occasionally gives out prizes on the show, Annihilation Nation. Her music and videos are popular in the Solana Galaxy. As Ratchet tells Clank about Courtney being famous for her physical appearance rather than her singing voice ("She's not the hottest pop star in the galaxy because of her singing."). Courtney is initially interested in Clank and the star power she can gain from playing a role on his Secret Agent Clank Holo Vid series. At Holostar Studios, she knocks Clank out and takes him to Doctor Nefarious, whom she is working for and apparently in love with (possibly because of his idea of robot freedom). When Skid gets himself kidnapped, Ratchet travels to Obani Draco and defeats Courtney in direct combat.
Courtney later recovered and is mentioned in Deadlocked as having made a "miraculous recovery after her attack by two psychotic fans" (Ratchet and Clank). As part of her new contract with Vox, Courtney appears in the trailer for Reactor: Rise of the Sociopathic Bloodlust, where she plays the role of girlfriend to the DreadZone Exterminator Reactor. In the trailer, Courtney dumps Reactor because of his pathetic High School math teacher persona, but runs right back to him as soon as he becomes a "homicidal popstar". What happened to Courtney after the destruction of the DreadZone Station is unknown, though a robot with a similar appearance (and same voice) later appears in Secret Agent Clank.
Jeff Gerstmann of GameSpot praised Courtney Gears' music video sequence as "a spot-on parody of recent pop music", citing the video's "synchronized dance moves", "epic pop production" and "incredible devotion to extreme overuse of an autotuner".
- She is voiced by Melissa Disney (In Up Your Arsenal) and Nika Futterman (In Ratchet Deadlocked) (English) and Chigusa Ikeda (Japanese)
Klunk is a doppelgänger of Clank that Doctor Nefarious uses to learn what Ratchet and the Q-Force are planning. Klunk's eyes are naturally red, but turn green when in disguise as Clank. Unlike the well-mannered Clank, Klunk is evil and nearly swears at one point.
In Up Your Arsenal, Klunk is secretly replaces the captured Clank and meets up with Ratchet when Clank is imprisoned by Nefarious. Klunk continues to aid Ratchet, but his true identity is not revealed until the real Clank is found in Metropolis, after which he transforms into his Giant Klunk form and attacks. After being defeated, Klunk falls on the hovertrain and explodes.
Klunk is later revealed to be the main villain in Secret Agent Clank. Since his first encounter with the heroic duo, Klunk found work making high-tech toilet seats, but promptly quit upon hearing about Otto Destruct's defeat. As part of his revenge plan, Klunk frames Ratchet by using a mind control helmet to make him steal "The Eye of Infinity", causing the Lombax to be arrested while the evil robot uses the Eye to power a planet-destroying superlaser. After his defeat at the hands of Clank (and, to a lesser extent, Captain Qwark), Klunk is turned into Ratchet's new vacuum cleaner as payback for all the trouble he caused, though it is hinted that Klunk may yet return. A Klunk skin can also be purchased in Secret Agent Clank for two Titanium Bolts.
There was some debate whether or not he appeared in Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters. During the dream world two identical doors appear where Clank emerges from the door on the left lamenting about a bad decision he made previously. In the other doorway another robot with glowing red eyes, said to probably be Klunk, appears, tempting Ratchet to follow him into that doorway. However during that cinematic, Ratchet chooses the door with the true Clank and the other robot is never seen again.
He is referenced in A Crack in Time, in which a segment of Galactic Trivia states that Dr. Nefarious was originally going to name the Tombli Outpost on Zanifar "Klunk Memorial Outpost and Day Spa" but was prevented from doing so due to Klunk's estate lawyers.
- Voiced by David Kaye (English).
Gleeman Vox is the main villain in Ratchet: Deadlocked. A media mogul with no sense of morality, Vox has his forces kidnap Ratchet, Clank and Al for his reality show DreadZone, where heroes must participate in life-threatening challenges or else risk certain death (since all "contestants" are fitted with Deadlock Collars that will detonate at Vox's command). Throughout the game, Vox slanders Ratchet's name and reputation with fraudelent holovision broadcasts and outrageous claims while also trying to market the failing reputation of his top Exterminator Ace Hardlight.
After Ratchet defeats Ace in battle, Vox attempts to talk Ratchet into becoming the new face of DreadZone with an endorsement deal. When Ratchet refuses to agree, Vox sends the Lombax to the "mathematically-proven to be unbeatable" Gauntlet of Doom. Ratchet later infiltrates the DreadZone Station to rescue the other captured heroes along with the fans and staff of Dreadzone as well as Ratchet and Al after Vox announces his plans to blow it up (calling it "the biggest ratings-booster I've ever had"), Ratchet destroys the containers and everyone is freed, Vox confronts Ratchet to kill him but is defeated and left behind to die within the exploding station when Ratchet takes the last escape shuttle out of DreadZone.
Emperor Otto Destruct
Emperor Otto Destruct is the main villain in Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters. He is a Technomite, which are said to be the very creatures that made technology possible. However, while he claims that he dislikes how his kind are ignored, his true intentions are purely based on a hunger for power. He is basically the leader of technomites
Originally, Otto had created defective technology which killed Qwark's parents, and also sent a fake e-mail to Qwark so he thought that Otto was his real father. Otto's ultimate creation was a device which could transfer another creature's brain cells into him. Before Captain Qwark could use it as revenge (despite not knowing or caring about its function or effects), his pet monkey Skrunch interfered, resulting in Otto having a monkey mind, to which Clank humorously states that Skrunch "just added another family member". He somehow has a similar way to Count Dooku from Star Wars because they both build robots, which Dooku builds battle droids while Otto builds technomite robots.
- Voiced by Jim Ward (English), Naoki Tatsuta (Japanese).
Luna is the secondary antagonist of Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters. Initially introduced as a young, innocent girl doing a report on heroes who gets kidnapped later on by robots, Luna is in truth a robot herself, built by the Technomites as bait for Ratchet and Clank and to capture footage of their actions. Normally speaking with a childish lisp as part of her disguise, she is capable of speaking in a normal adult female voice and then in a Technomite voice. She is later killed by Ratchet and Clank on Dayni Moon while using a farming vehicle to attempt to destroy them.
Emperor Percival Tachyon
Emperor Percival Tachyon is the main villain in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. He is the last-known member of the Cragmites, a dangerous race of aliens that once devastated the Polaris Galaxy until the Lombaxes banished them to another dimension. For this, Tachyon desires to wipe out every Lombax in the universe, which directly makes Ratchet into his main target.
After Ratchet initially escapes Tachyon's forces on Kerwan by taking the Cragmite's spaceship, he and Clank find themselves in the Polaris Galaxy, most of which Tachyon rules over. As Ratchet learns of the Lombaxes, he discovers the existence of the Dimensionator, which can be used to travel between dimensions, and which Tachyon seeks to obtain so he can release the Cragmites from their prison. During their final battle on planet Fastoon, the Dimensionator malfunctions and pulls Tachyon and Ratchet into a dimensional rift, where their battle continues until the ground they fight on crumbles and causes the Cragmite to plummet into a black hole, ending his evil reign for good.
Ironically, Tachyon owes his conquest of the Polaris Galaxy to the Lombaxes, as they had found him when he was an unhatched egg on the Krelii Comet and raised him as one of their own out of pity. When Tachyon learned of his true origins and the fate of the Cragmites, A Crack in Time further elaborates on Tachyon's rise to power: prior to his attack, he attempted to convince a council of Lombaxes to grant him full access to their technology. A single Lombax, Alister Azimuth, worked with Tachyon under the belief that it was the right thing to do, a choice that he would forever regret once the Cragmite revealed his true intentions. he used the Lombax technology to create an army to destroy the Lombaxes out of vengeance. While most of the survivors escaped to another dimension, a single Lombax named Kaden remained behind and was able to send his son, Ratchet in the Solana Galaxy before eventually being caught and executed by Tachyon.
Tachyon is mentioned in Quest for Booty and All 4 One, along with a few mentions and a cameo appearance in the comic series. Tachyon appears as a downloadable skin in Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault and a statue in the hall of villainy in the Imperial Museum in Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus.
Captain Romulus Slag is the secondary villain in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction who leads the Space Pirates of the Polaris Galaxy. He tends to enter scenes singing "pirate tunes" with Rusty Pete, his loyal first mate. His pirates, including himself, pursues Ratchet and Clank while they are traveling to other planets which leads to dogfights. He is also after the "Lombax Secret" and is an enemy of Emperor Tachyon. Slag would eventually battle Ratchet face-to-face only to be defeated and completely reduced to a head, Slag then dies in Pete's hands.
Captain Slag again appears as the main villain in Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty. Even though his body is destroyed, Rusty Pete carries around his revived head on a stick. They initially help Ratchet on one of his early missions, but after finding Darkwater's body, Rusty Pete betrays Ratchet and completely revives Slag by putting his head into Darkwater's body, unleashing the curse and bringing Darkwater and his crew all back to life, though Slag and Darkwater had to share one body together due to the curse. Slag and Darkwater are later defeated by Ratchet & Talwyn, and though Slag-on-a-Stick was saved by Rusty Pete, Darkwater was seemingly destroyed. They are last seen stranded in the middle of the sea, where an angry Slag is ordering Pete to row towards a nearby island.
In A Crack in Time, Slag (still only a head) and Rusty Pete host their own radio station, "Pirate Radio", to raise money with which to have a new body built for Slag. Over the course of the game, Slag can be heard bickering with Pete, plugging an advertisement for "Rusty Pete's School of Piracy", and at one point sobbing over his ruined reputation. Slag is also advertised on the radio for his role as the main villain in Captain Qwark's new movie "My Blaster Runs Hot".
In Into the Nexus, Slag is mentioned as having retired from piracy and living as a semi-professional beat-boxer in Stratus City.
Rusty Pete is the first mate of Captain Slag. He refers to Slag as his best friend even though he is put through a lot of verbal abuse. Rusty Pete is a heavy alcoholic from his grog drinking and is constantly hiccuping because of this. In Quest for Booty Rusty Pete helps Ratchet and Talwyn to find Darkwater's body in Morrow Caverns only to betray them by connecting Slag's head to Darkwater's body. He is last seen on a crate with Captain Slag's head, being yelled at to row to shore.
In A Crack in Time, Pete hosts the Pirate Radio station with Captain Slag, and is mentioned as co-starring with Qwark in the movie "My Blaster Runs Hot". In the playable mini-game based on the movie, Pete can be played as the player two character.
- Voiced by Wally Wingert (English).
Captain Angstrom Darkwater is the secondary villain in Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty. A vicious pirate known on the planet Merdegraw for his merciless and cost-cutting methods (such as telling his men not to waste bullets so as to limit spending for ammunition), Darkwater discovered the Zoni and befriended them as part of his plan to loot their home dimension. To this end, he constructed an Obsidian Eye, an interdimensional communication device powered by a Fulcrum Star that the Zoni gave him. Darkwater was later slain by his first mate Romulus Slag, but not before he used an ancient Terachnoid incantation (and a coupon for "One Free Curse" at a local magic emporeum) to bind his soul to his treasure and protect it from all who would steal it.
Ratchet began searching for Darkwater's treasure after discovering that the Obsidian Eye would allow him to find the location of the missing Clank. Rusty Pete and the bodiless Captain Slag initially appears to help Ratchet find the treasure's location, but this ends up being a ruse which allows Pete to plug Slag's head into Darkwater's headless body. This trigger the "Curse of Darkwater", bringing Slag, Darkwater, and all of his deceased crewmates back from the dead.
Though Darkwater is forced to share his body with Slag and despises his former murderer's presence, they both agree on invading and looting the Zoni dimension. Ratchet eventually defeats the pirate pair, banishing Darkwater's soul and reducing Slag back to a helpless head.
Lord Flint Vorselon is a Terraklon assassin and the secondary antagonist of A Crack In Time, his disembodied head is contained in a jar connected to a robot body he had stolen from GrummelNet HQ in Meridian City (although no one knows how a decapitated head was able to accomplish this). In the past, Vorselon was sentenced to life in Zordoom Prison for kidnapping Kerchu Ambassador Boogoh, but he escaped and joined forces with Dr. Nefarious under the promise that he would get his original body back once Nefarious gained control of the Great Clock.
In Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, Ratchet fights Vorselon at several points throughout the game, the first time to rescue Captain Qwark and several Fongoids from his ship, and later to free Azimuth after he is captured. After the defeat of Nefarious and Azimuth's death, Vorselon demands that Ratchet come to his ship for one final battle. Once defeated, Vorselon's robot body explodes, allowing Ratchet to finish off his bouncing head with ease. Upon detecting his death, Vorselon's ship activates its "Sore Loser Protocol" and self-destructs.
Cassiopeia appears in Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. She, along with her partners Carina and Libra, are Valkyries, a mercenary band of female space pilots who work for Dr. Nefarious so he can use the Great Clock to bring back the rest of their colony, which was destroyed by the Erebus supernova decades ago. Cassiopeia also has a romantic crush on Nefarious, which he reciprocates.
After Libra and Carina are destroyed by Ratchet in deep-space, Cassiopeia eventually lures him and General Azimuth to the Valkyrie citadel on the planet Vapedia by sending out a distress beacon from her prisoner Clank. Ratchet battles his way through the Valkyrie training courses and many Valkyrie units before he finds Cassiopeia and defeats her, sending the Valkyrie leader falling to her presumed death.
Commander Argos is an Agorian leader, mostly known for his defeat of Fongoid Chief Zahn and destruction of Gimlick Valley on planet Morklon. When Ratchet and Clank learn about this event from a lone Fongoid on the planet, they use a time shift to travel back in time ten years ago and help the Fongoids defeat the Agorians. Angered, Argos attempts to blow up the village's dam, but is defeated by Ratchet and Clank. Argos's humiliating defeat is reenacted ten years later.
Artemis Zogg is a Markazian and the former Polaris Minister of Defense, and the main villain of the comic book mini-series. Zogg was originally a kind, caring man that wanted the best for the galaxy. To this end, he conceived and designed the Helios Project, capable of teleporting entire planets to new places in space in order to protect them from danger. After Dr. Nefarious' defeat, Zogg ran for Galactic President and asked Captain Qwark to endorse his campaign. Instead, Qwark segues the endorsement into his own campaign for the Presidency and wins, leaving Zogg utterly humiliated. As his first Presidential order, Qwark orders the Helios Project to be shut down, but Zogg refuses to allow this and vanishes with the technology.
Some time later, Zogg (now presumed to have gone completely insane) returns and uses Helios to teleport various planets from the Solana, Bogon, and Polaris galaxies into an empty portion of space. His intention is to create his own "Artemis Galaxy", which he plans to rule for himself. When Veldin is among the stolen planets, Ratchet and Clank set out to stop Zogg with help from Talwyn, Sasha, Qwark, the Galactic Rangers and Cronk and Zephyr. He is eventually is defeated when Ratchet hits the Suriox Shard with General Azimuth's Praetorian Omniwrench, sending Zogg to another dimension in which he is stuck sharing an asteroid with Percival Tachyon.
The Loki Master
The Loki Master is the leader of the Loki, a race of malevolent spirits, and the main villain in Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One. Long ago, their home planet was destroyed by the Cragmites, but they survived by hiding in the remaining pieces as they fell onto the planet Magnus. Unable to live long without a body to inhabit, the Loki were forced to possess the small and harmless creatures in order to survive. One of the planet's inhabitants, Dr. Croid, had his pet Mr. Dinkles possessed by the Loki Master, though Croid remained unaware of the evil spirit living within Mr. Dinkles' body.
Still possessing Mr. Dinkles, the Loki Master tried to steal Dr. Croid's plans for the Protomorphic Energy Extractor to extract the "energy" from Mr. Dinkles, but was discovered by the doctor's partner, Dr. Nevo Binklemeyer. Rather than kill him, the Loki Master forced Nevo at gunpoint to aid him in finding the most dangerous species in the galaxy for his kind to possess with the Energy Extractor. When Ratchet, Clank, Qwark, and Dr. Nefarious arrive to stop Nevo (believing him to be the villain), the Loki Master uses the technology to free himself from Mr. Dinkles and possess a giant Grivelnox to destroy them. After being removed from its host, the Loki Master attempts to possess Qwark, but is punched aside by Dr. Nefarious and left to die with no host.
Ephemeris, also called the Creature Collector, is an interstellar machine built by Dr. Croid to find Mr. Dinkles after he goes missing. However, under orders of the Loki Master that possesses Mr. Dinkles, it is reprogrammed by Croid's assistant, Dr. Nevo Binklemeyer, to collect the most dangerous species in the galaxy for the Loki to possess. The story starts when Ephemeris kidnaps Nefarious, Qwark, Ratchet, and Clank, and takes them to the planet Magnus. After the demise of the Loki Master, Ratchet thinks of using the gigantic droid to fly back to Luminopolis after Nefarious and Lawrence steal the ship used by Cronk and Zephyr. Clank warns Ratchet that they cannot use Ephemeris, but Ratchet reassures his friend that he has flown weaponized droids into the city twice a week and that the penalty includes a fine of five bolts and an online class that is required to be taken online, believing Qwark can pardon them. What happened to Ephemeris after All 4 One is unknown.
Stuart Zurgo was once Qwark's biggest fan and was only known as the Qwark Fan-Boy in his first two appearances of Going Commando and Up Your Arsenal. Over the years, Stuart's faith in Qwark began to become more shaken, but he still cared about his idol. After moving to the Solana galaxy with his parents, Stuart eventually decided to frame Qwark for messing up his childhood and hired an army of Grungarians to aid in his plans. Stuart Zurgo is eventually confronted and defeated by Ratchet, Clank and Qwark who all proceed to bring Stuart to Galactic Authorities. in Into the Nexus he appears a statue in a museum and it is mentioned that he has been sentenced to a fate worse than Zordoom Prison for his crimes: 50 years of living with his mother, Lucille Zurgo.
- Voiced by Benjamin Diskin (Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando) (English), Richard Horvitz (In Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault)(English).
Vendra and Neftin Prog
Vendra Prog and Neftin Prog are the secondary antagonists of Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus. Vendra is considered the brains of the pair and primarily uses telekinesis to attack, while her brother Neftin is the muscle who favors brute force. Both are members of a race called Nethers, who exist in an alternate dimension called the Netherverse, and their primary goal is to allow the Nethers to enter into the Polaris Galaxy.
At the beginning of the game, Vendra is imprisoned for questioning in regards to Neftin's whereabouts, but Neftin breaks Vendra out of prison with the help of Thugs-4-Less. Using a Dimensionator of their own creation, they are then able to allow small numbers of Nethers out of the Netherverse so that they can weaken the dimensional fields enough to let all of them out, including their leader. However, the Nether leader betrays them and throws Vendra into the Netherverse while the Nether hoards attack the galaxy.
Unwilling to leave his sister behind, Neftin begs Ratchet and Clank to save her and agrees to let themselves be arrested in exchange for their help in stopping the Nethers. After retrieving the original Dimensionator from its display at the Museum of Intergalactic History, Clank enters into the Netherverse and rescues Vendra while Ratchet fights and defeats the Nether leader. At the end of the game, Neftin uses the Dimensionator to banish the Nethers back to their dimension, then keeps his word to Ratchet and turns himself and Vendra over to the authorities despite Vendra's protests.
Darla Gratch is a female robot works as a news reporter for Channel 2 News (first game only) and later Channel 64 News (in Going Commando and Up Your Arsenal), she is often seen reporting on planets in rather inconvenient times and does not seem to be aware of the chaos in her surroundings, this leads to her becoming an easy target to any creatures that would sneak up behind her and attack. Darla first appeared in Ratchet & Clank, and was first shown in the news broadcast for the Intergalactic Hoverboard championship race in Blackwater City on planet Rilgar. At that time, Ameboids were infesting the city and as Darla finishes her report, a large Ameboid comes up behind her and presumably swallows her whole. However Darla returns (now looking partially damaged) later in the game reporting the attack on Gorda City by the Blarg, and does not appear to notice the Scrap Merchant screaming in the background. In Going Commando, Darla only appears in the news broadcast in Allgon City about "Protopet Mania" which shows many citizens getting attacked by their uncontrollable Protopets. In Up Your Arsenal, Darla made a couple of appearances, first shown on the news about the Tyhrranoids invasion on Veldin and is about to be shot by the Tyhrranoids behind her when she signs off. After that, Darla appears in the Tyhrranoids' base to interview Qwark on his "victory" over the Momma Tyhrranoid's defeat (although Ratchet had been the one who actually killed the monster). Qwark, egotistical as ever, comments on his skills and well as unknowingly knocking Darla over as he talks. Darla then shows up again, questioning the Galactic President about how the Biobliterator would effect his chances on being re-elected and makes one last appearance, reporting at the Secret Agent Clank Premiere.
Abercrombie Fizzwidget is the CEO of Megacorp, the biggest "you-name-it-we-make-it" corporation in the Bogon Galaxy. He is portrayed as a good manager but very absent-minded, and frequently uses malapropisms or made-up words such as "imbeciliac", "cratefule or "soretainly".
In Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, Mr. Fizzwidget hires Ratchet as one of Megacorp's Commandos and tasks him with recovering a stolen Experiment (later called the Protopet). Upon Ratchet's (along with Clank) rescue of it, Fizzwidget meets him and Clank on a desert planet but lands his ship on theirs, although he offers to give them a ride in his ship. As they take off, Fizzwidget "accidently" presses a button that sends Ratchet and Clank up out of the ship and they both fall into a volcanic cavern. With the Experiment back in his hands, Mr. Fizzwidget begins to mass-produce the dangerous creature. At the end of the game, it is revealed that "Fizzwidget" is really Captain Qwark in disguise (the malapropisms and made-up words being a mistake on Qwark's part) and is behind all the events of the game. The real Fizzwidget is shown at last following the Mutant Protopet's defeat and thanks Ratchet and Clank for saving the galaxy. Mr. Fizzwidget made a minor non-speaking role in the third game, being shown watching the premiere of Secret Agent Clank.
Tom Bramwell of Eurogamer said that Fizzwidget "may not be the Captain Qwark successor fans will be after, but will still raise a smile in all but the angriest of gamers when he presents some of his fascinatingly incoherent but salvageable tirades."
- A robot who fell in love with Clank sometime before Going Commando. She was first shown in the first Behind the Hero episode which featured Ratchet and Clank, although the two did not seem notice her. She was shown again, trying to visit Clank in his apartment with a bouquet of flowers but fled the scene when the Unknown Thief (Later revealed to be Angela) arrives to abduct Clank. She later helps Ratchet and Clank to escape the containment area of the Thugs-4-Less prison ship (originally Angela's lab before the Thugs took control of it), Ratchet figures out that the Infobot likes Clank. Finally when Ratchet and Clank along with Angela (after her identify was revealed) break into the Megacorp Headquarters to stop the Protopet for good, the Infobot appears and shows them a video of Qwark discussing his plan for Bogon. However, the robot is shown smashed to pieces by Mr. Fizzwidget who reveals himself to be Qwark in a disguise. After the Protopet is defeated by Ratchet, he sees Clank grieving over the loss of the Infobot. Ratchet promises to fix her, making Clank smile with hope. It is not known what became of the Female Infobot after Going Commando.
The Galactic President/President Phyronix
The president of the Solana Galaxy and Sasha's father. He is shown to be somewhat naïve (such as believing that Clank really is "Secret Agent Clank" a Holo-Vid character that Clank plays on the show of the same name), but despite this flaw, he truly does cares and attempts to keep the galaxy safe in what little way he can. Once the President became aware of Dr. Nefarious's Biobliterator, he pretends to be half-robot to keep his people safe. In the comic series, he is kidnapped by his former friend Artemis Zogg and forced to work in his mines on Planet Zaurik. At one point, Zogg boasts of his noble intentions to the President, who responds by calling him a villain worse than Tachyon and Nefarious.
Jeremy Dunham of IGN and Johnny Liu of Game Revolution compared the Galactic President to Bill Clinton (apparent with his voice), with Dunham considering the President to be one of the more endearing characters of the game.
- Voiced by Lindsay Schnebly (English).
Slim is a black market arms dealer that made his debut in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando. In all of his appearances, he is always hiding behind a booth (presumably due to his reputation as a black market salesman), leaving only his eyes visible. In Going Commando, he operates in the Bogon Galaxy where he trades weapon mods (Acid Mods, Shock Mods, & Lock-On Mods) for Platinum Bolts, and ship mods for Raritanium at his space station (the Ship Shack). In Up Your Arsenal, Slim appears on planet Aquatos to hide from the police after "mistakenly" selling a Suck Cannon upgrade to a minor ("I swear, the kid LOOKED eighteen"), and will sell Megacorp-brand weapons to Ratchet. He is also present in several booths on different planets in Size Matters selling weapon mods.
Slim Cognito makes another appearance in Secret Agent Clank, where he appears in Prison Planet (having been sent there for all those times of selling black market merchandise to Ratchet) and gives Ratchet a code so that Clank can enter a high-stakes room in Les Paradis des Trechuirs Casino. In return, Slim asks Ratchet to protect him from the other inmates, who "wanted to see him expire for selling them shoddy merchandise". He is also mentioned in Tools of Destruction as an inmate of Zordoom Prison.
- Voiced by: James Horan.
The Galactic Rangers
The Galactic Rangers are robots who fight alongside Ratchet (who they consider their sergeant) in the battlefield missions throughout Up Your Arsenal. They are often cowardly, preferring to let Ratchet take care of the enemies himself. In some missions, they can be heard joking about previous missions over the radio contact. Likewise, they also reward Ratchet with new gadgets for helping them out in their missions. During the final battle with Dr. Nefarious, a number of Galactic Rangers with stronger weapons appear and help take out several enemies, clearing Ratchet's path to the doctor.
The Galactic Rangers also appear in the comic series assisting Sasha Phyronix. They were now much braver than previously shown and were of more assistance than in Up Your Arsenal.
The Galactic Rangers appear in the Ratchet & Clank film, including Captain Qwark, their leader, Cora, a Ranger, and Elaris, a support team member.
Merc and Green
A pair of DreadZone combat robots that accompany Ratchet during his missions in Deadlocked. Merc is much more gung-ho and combat oriented, and looks for any excuse to blow something up. Green is frequently cowardly and prone to panic, but nonetheless is always dependable in a fight.
On the cover for the Japanese version of the game, both Merc and Green have legs. This is because midway through development Insomniac decided to remove their legs for unknown reasons. They can be seen with legs in some early gameplay videos.
Dallas & Juanita
Dallas and Juanita are the announcers for DreadZone and reporters for Vox News. Dallas speaks in a sports announcer-like voice while Juanita speaks with a Hispanic lilt. Throughout the game they commentate Ratchet's participation at DreadZone, while making him out as a villain on Vox News, telling fabricated stories about Ratchet and Dallas nicknaming him "The Butcher of Bogon", normally using highly unflattering (and at times fraudulent) pictures and descriptions. Although Dallas will often complement Ratchet's performance, Juanita, the more sadistic and maniacal of the duo, insults him frequently and often hopes that Ratchet dies inevitably. Dallas constantly flirts with Juanita, (one time checking her out from behind while they were not on the air) to which she replies with insults and disgust. The two eventually show respect towards Ratchet after Vox attempts to blow up the entire Dreadzone station and trapping everyone on board, Dallas and Juanita are soon freed and escape the station which soon explodes. In the epilog, the two are confirmed to have gotten married although this was actually part of a new show that they were in. Unknown to Juanita, Dallas secretly replaced the actor playing the priest for a real one, the show involved Juanita using different methods to kill Dallas.
Nick Valentino of GameZone said that the commentary provided by the "hammy male commentator and his blood-thirsty co-anchor woman" is "over-the-top hilarious". Carrie Gouskos of GameSpot added that their commentary about Ratchet, the competition and each other "persistently adds flavor to the gameplay".
A former hero who appears in Ratchet: Deadlocked, Ace Hardlight brought himself to Gleeman Vox for money and fame, although he wound up being not as popular as he thought he would be.
Ace originally started his life as an orphan and was adopted as by a group of superheroes. When that group destroyed his home planet, he left the group and later ended up with Vox as a competitor on DreadZone. After disintegrating Captain Starshield on Catacrom 4, he became DreadZone's Champion and leader of the Exterminator team, consisting of himself, Shellshock, Reactor and the Eviscerator.
Despite Vox's attempts to franchise Ace, the test groups clearly dislike him, with one of the kids in the group even referring to Ace as a "tool". About the only ones in DreadZone who like Ace are Juanita, Vox, Dallas, and Ace himself. After being defeated by Ratchet in competition, Ace is briefly moved by the Lombax's heroism and tells Ratchet not to let Vox ruin him like he did to Ace. Later Ace is announced "dead" and he is listed as "deceased" in the leaderboards for the remainder of Deadlocked after his defeat by Ratchet, with Gleeman Vox attempting to sale Ace Hardlight memorial action figures to Dreadzone fans.
Ace is mentioned in Tools of Destruction as a prisoner of Zordoom Prison. In A Crack in Time, he is mentioned as having since been released and rehabilitated.
Former number one ranked contestant of the underground combat show DreadZone; killed by Ace Hardlight. His only appearances is when he destroys three robots and when he is killed. He is also an unlockable character skin in Ratchet: Deadlocked.
- Voiced by Phil Morris.
Vornem, Eugene and Lucy
Three kid that are shown with each other throughout various scenes in Ratchet Deadlocked, they are often used in Dreadzone commercials. Vornem is a fan of Reactor, Eugene is a fan of Secret Agent Clank and Lucy is a fan of Courtney Gears and Battle Hawk, the three of them eventually become fans of Ratchet. They escape the Dreadzone's explosion and are show watching the aftermath of it in an escape vessel ship. They quickly start fighting over having a turn to watch and then start picking on Dallas when he tries to have a turn.
Sigmund is the Junior caretaker (eventually Senior caretaker) of the Great Clock and appears as a supporting character in Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. He once lived and worked on Planet Viceron as a cleaner bot although this all changed when the Zoni Orvus traveled to the planet and selected Sigmund as the Junior caretaker for the Great Clock. During Clank's captivity by Dr. Nefarious, Sigmund kept interfering with the Doctor's attempt to hack into Clank's brain in order to locate something called the Orvus Chamber. After Nefarious scares away some Zoni with a drone known as the Hypersonic Brainwave Scrambler, Clank awakens during the resulting blackout and starts making an escape from Nefarious. Sigmund (in holographic form) assists Clank as he tries to get to a more safer place, while the Hypersonic Brainwave Scrambler continues to cause mayhem throughout the interior of the Clock. Some time after Nefarious catches up to Clank, Sigmund meets up with Clank in person and they start exploring the Great Clock so Clank can fix the damage the Clock has endured. Whenever he is questioned about Orvus' absence, Sigmund explains that Orvus told him to keep it a secret, later at one point, Clank watches Sigmund playing a recorded message from Orvus mentioning that he is going to Planet Zanifar but has not returned to the Great Clock ever since. Knowing that Dr. Nefarious was involved with this, Clank asks Sigmund to synthesize a time portal on Zanifar in the hopes that Ratchet can save Orvus. Clank and Sigmund eventually enter the Orvus Chamber with Sigmund proceeding to play a message Orvus intended for Clank, the message is cut off halfway and the two caretakers see Lawrence behind, having followed them the whole time on Nefarious' orders. Sigmund is about to have the chamber protected until Lawrence tosses an orb to knock out Clank again. When a snapped Alister Azimuth reaches the Orvus chamber near the end of the game's story, Sigmund attempts to get the elderly Lombax away from the lever but gets electrocuted by Azimuth's double ended wrench. Sigmund survives the attack following the battle, and after hearing Clank's decision to stay with Ratchet, is overjoyed with the promotion as Senior Caretaker. Sigmund thanks Clank who bids farewell to him before heading out to go after Ratchet.
Voiced by Nolan North
Chief Alpheus is the leader of a village of Fongoids that is located within Zolar Forest. He first appears looking for Enessa and upon finding her, questions why she is out in the forest. When she tells him that Zyfoids have returned to their planet, Alpheus replies that they must return to the village for their safety. He helps Ratchet and Qwark fight off the Zyfoids to clear the path back to the village. Once there, Alpheus tells Ratchet about a Zoni Vessel that can contain Zoni. It is hidden in the temple of Zahn and has Ratchet go in to find it. As the lombax exits the temple with Qwark and Alpheus, they find that Lord Vorselon has arrived, looking for General Azimuth. Alpheus calls as many Fongoids as he can into the temple for their safety and helps Ratchet to protect the rest of the defending villagers while guiding Ratchet to his ship.
Voiced by Daran Norris
Vorn Garblak is a Markazian debuting in the comic series. He works for Artemis Zogg as his assistant and Chief Warmonger, until issue 5 where he betrays Zogg upon freeing Talwyn after she had been captured by Artemis and his forces. Vorn and Talwyn try to flee from Artemis by using an escape pod but Artemis himself, enters it as well. The pod arrives in the Apogee Space Station and after Artemis Zogg attempts to escape with the Suriox Shard, Vorn assists the heroes in stopping the insane Markazian. Although not shown, Vorn can be heard in Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One where it is revealed that he took the job as Minister Of Defense.
Voiced by Dave Boat
Mr. Klink is an antagonist in the Ratchet & Clank comic series. He first appears in the second issue, sentencing Ratchet and an Agorian out the airlock for violating the rule of "Expected Prisoner Behavior". Unfortunately for the Warden, Ratchet is saved by Clank and the war bots Cronk and Zephyr. Upon reporting to Artemis Zogg about this, Zogg punishes Klink by sucking him out the airlock and into space where he dies not long after.
Dr. Frumpis Croid
Dr. Frumpis Croid is a Tharpod scientist and colleague of Nevo Binklemeyer. More than a hundred years prior to the events of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One , Dr. Croid and Nevo planned to construct the Protomorphic Energy Extractor after mistaking the Loki Master to be a strange manifestation inside Croid's creature companion, Mr. Dinkles. However, Dr. Croid awakened the next day and found his lab in severe damage, that the plans for the Protomorphic Energy Extractor had been stolen and that Mr. Dinkles had gone missing, Croid assumed that Nevo had betrayed him and took the plans for his own use. Twenty-two years later, Dr. Croid reprogramed an old drone named Ephemeris to search for Mr. Dinkles, believing that without Mr. Dinkles in his grasp, Nevo's plan would fail. Unfortunately for Dr. Croid, the matrix causing Ephemeris to remain restricted to Magnus ended up deleted because of Nevo. Being unable to wait any longer, Dr Croid headed to Uzo city to explain to the Tharpods living there about everything and to convince them to stop Nevo, although none of them were prepared for the unexpected attack by Commander Spog and Nevo's collector minions. Their invasion left the city in ruins, with Dr Croid unable to shake the feeling that this was because of his work. Dr. Croid then moved his lab to the Phonica moon to avoid Nevo from infiltrating it but over the years, Croid began to lose his sanity. Ratchet, Clank, Qwark and Nefarious find Croid who takes a fascination towards Ratchet, as Croid had started to think he was a Lombax Whisperer, and did not take Ratchet seriously. However, Croid returns near the game's ending saving Nevo from being finished off by Mr. Dinkles, under the control of the Loki master, and after the Spirit freed itself from Mr. Dinkles' body and took control of a Rykan V Grithnoux, Dr Croid works with Nevo in assisting the main characters to stopping the Loki Master for good. The master is defeated at last, and the two Tharpod scientists share a happy reunion.
Nevo Binklemeyer is the falsely assumed antagonist of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One , and a friend to Dr. Frumpis Croid. Over a hundred years before Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One took place, The pair planned to create a device called the Protomorphic Energy Extractor with Mr. Dinkles as their supposed first test subject, Unaware to both Croid and Nevo at first, Mr. Dinkles was actually under the control of the leader of the Torunoux Spirits know as the Loki Master. Mr. Dinkles stole the plans to the Energy Extractor and forced Nevo to work for him in building the collector minions and modify Ephemeris at gun point, both their absence fooled Croid into thinking Nevo had turned against him and stole Mr. Dinkles. Ratchet and the other main characters find Nevo, and they learn about him being used as a pawn for Mr. Dinkles, Nevo ends up angering the small creature who attempts to dispose of the scientist. Nevo is saved by Dr. Croid and the Loki Master extracts itself from Mr. Dinkles' body, using an Grithnoux as its new host to battle the main characters. After Nefarious destroys the Loki, Croid and Nevo embrace in a friendly manner, reunited at last
Ratchet & Clank
- Skid's Agent
- Ratchet and Clank meet him on the desert planet of Aridia, trying to call for help on his phone but is not successful. The agent was on his way with Skid to Rilgar when they were ambushed by Drek's forces, their solarship had crash landed and was separated from Skid during this. He tells Ratchet that if he wins the prize in the hoverboard race in Blackwater City, he will make Ratchet into a celebrity. After this is accomplished, Skid's Agent gives Ratchet a Sonic Summoner. He shows up in a cameo in the third game.
- Race Girl
- A unnamed female who welcomes Ratchet and Clank into the Hoverboard championship race, she tells the two that the winner of the competition will win a Platinum Zoominator which is what Ratchet would need to give to Skid's Agent. At the mention of the Agent, the race girl asks about Skid, with Ratchet explaining that he was not able to show up and Ratchet came to cover for him. After Ratchet wins the race, the race girl gives him the Platinum Zoominator.
- Big Al's older brother who owns his own RoboShack on the tropical planet of Pokitaru. Ratchet and Clank visit him to get information on how to unlock the garage containing a Jet Fighter and Bob tells them that they will need a Thruster-Pack to unlock it. Like Al, Bob has a stereotype appearance of a comic-book geek. Bob also returns in a non-speaking cameo in the ending of Up Your Arsenal.
- Possibly another sibling to Big Al, she installs the Hydro pack for Ratchet and Clank. Ratchet seems to have a liking to her when he and Clank arrive at her RoboShack, although she is more interested in Clank. Edwina is also in Up Your Arsenal but only in a non-speaking cameo, she watches the premiere of Secret Agent Clank.
- Grindboots Engineer
- A guy who created the Grindboots, he works with a number of other identical personal on the Blarg Technical Research Station (or BTS for short). He gets saved from toad-like creatures thanks to Ratchet and assumes someone working in the Genetics division left the cages open, he offers to sell his Grindboots to Ratchet and Clank so he can look for another job but Ratchet complains at him about this. Not wanting to upset Ratchet, the Grindboots Engineer also offer the Employee discount as well. Upon selling his product and thanking Ratchet, the Engineer leaves. In Up Your Arsenal, a look alike of the Grindboots Engineer appeared in a cinematic of Annihilation Nation as a contestant. However, it is not confirmed if he is the same Engineer from the first game.
- A blue skinned human-like alien who is a leader of a battalion of soldiers who all went AWOL and left him to fight the attack of the Blarg's bomber ships on his own. He orders Ratchet and Clank to destroy the ships before they turn the planet into rubble. Eventually he goes off to find his deserting battalion. The Commando returned in the third game where he attends the Secret Agent Clank premiere.
- A teenager who joined the Commando's army to get money so that he could attend college but did not think he would end up fighting in a war. he asks Ratchet and Clank to buy a infobot off him in exchange for bus fare. After thanking the two, the deserter dives into the water to return home.
- Drek's Lieutenant
- A Blarg henchman that possibly serves as Drek's second in command. Portrayed always smoking a cigar. Ratchet and Clank find him on Eudora in a attempt to elaborate on Drek's whereabouts, but he flees before they can do anything to him. Appears in the third game where he is shown watching the premiere of Secret Agent Clank for a unexplained reason.
- Jowaii Resort Owner
- A owner of Pokitaru's Jowaii Resort. Ratchet and Clank meet him on Pokitaru to get the O2 Mask, a headgear that Ratchet would need if he were to explore underwater, in space and on Planet Orxon since the atmosphere is deadly to him. The owner tells them that because of the Blarg dumping toxic waste into the sea, the wildlife became mutated and ate some of the tourists (although some managed leave the resort) leaving the owner no choice but to close the place down, but he still has one last O2 Mask in his percussion. He asks them to get rid of the ships and he will hand the Mask to them. Once this request is done, he gives Ratchet the O2 Mask. The owner was also seen in Up Your Arsenal, watching the Secret Agent Premiere.
- A guy on the icy planet of Hoven who has a situation with his drill as the rock he was trying to drill into kept damaging it, Clank sees that the rock he is holding is Raritanium. After Ratchet sorts up the drill's problem, the miner heads over the Raritanium to Ratchet in thanks.
- Qwark's Bouncer
- The bodyguard of Qwark. He has a dislike towards his employer's fans as they always keep bugging Qwark for autographs and other things. To get him to let them see Qwark, Ratchet and Clank pay the Bouncer in bolts.
- Robot scrap Merchant
- First seen screaming hysterically in Darla's news report in Gorda City. the merchant greets Ratchet at his shop, but has a problem with hearing the lombax as the attack on the planet, possibly left him with permanent problems with his hearing.
- Ultra Mech Scientist
- The inventor of the Ultra Mech Unlimited robots, he had built the robots unaware of their purposes and decides to dismantle the pad that was used to increase the size of the Mechs. Ratchet and Clank meet him on planet Quartu, and he has Clank use the pad to enlarge so he can destroy the robots in the area. Once the robots are taken care of, the scientist has Clank re-step on the pad to change back to his normal size.
- Gadgetron CEO
- The head of the Gadgetron corporation. Ratchet and Clank head to the company's headquarters on Planet Kelebo III to look for a hologuise that Ratchet can use to sneak past robot guards on planet Quarnto, they met the CEO who offers to have Ratchet in his new commercial if he can beat the test bots in a Hoverboard race. Ratchet agrees and wins the race, however he is surprised about being filmed immediately and is very unprepared, however Clank does a better job at this. The CEO makes an awkward comment about his act, believing he got the wrong guy. After Ratchet asks if he now gets a discount on gadgets, the CEO explains that he needs to be a part of Gadgetron for two years before getting a discount, but he allows Ratchet to have the gadget he come for, the Hologuise.
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
- Tractor Beam Scientist
- A scientist who constructed a Tractor Beam gadget that allows whoever uses it to move columns and bombs provided that they have a special symbol. Ratchet meets the scientist on Planet Oozla and buys the beam off him.
- A little boy who was used for the Protopet Commercial. He was clearly terrified of the Protopet that he was supposed to play with as it was too violent towards him. After all the Protpets in the Bogon galaxy were rendered harmless, Billy got one of his own and they are both shown at the premiere of Secret Agent Clank in the third game.
- Desert Rider One
- A large wolf-like hoverbike rider who appears on Planet Barlow. Upon Ratchet and Clank meeting him, the rider tells Ratchet to leave or he would harm Clank. After Ratchet threatens him with violence, the desert rider breaks down in tears upon hearing Ratchet's words and attempts to ignore him when he supposedly tries to apologize. Clank reassures him that they have just simply come to compete in the Hoverbike race, making the rider feel better. He lets Ratchet borrow his hoverbike as soon as it gets repaired. Once Ratchet wins the race, the desert rider awards Ratchet with a hoverbike helmet.
- Desert Rider Two
- Another rider with a muscular physique. Ratchet and Clank meet him on Planet Joba. After Ratchet wins the Hoverbike race, the rider expresses his disappointment in losing because he really wanted the prize: a pair of Chargeboots.
- A bizarre hippie who fixes up Ratchet's ship with crystals. He shows up later on Angela's home planet where he offers to move a big boulder for Ratchet and Clank in exchange for Moonstones.
- Protopet Scientists
- The Protopet's handlers that both were shown in a recording. They were examining its reflexes when it grew much bigger and apparently ate one of the handlers before going for the other one. However the two were shown near the end of Up Your Arsenal, implying that they survived the Protopet's attack somehow.
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
- Clank's Director
- Directs the episodes of the Secret Agent Clank Holo-Vid show. He appears to dislike Ratchet, who is cast as the chuffer on the show because he always messes up during the filming. After a screw up by Ratchet, the director; having put up with Ratchet's clumsiness too many times, fires him.
- Supernova Taxi driver
- A taxi driver who gets a call from Qwark disguised as a lady, asking to be picked up from Planet Zeldrin after escaping from the explosion of Dr. Nefarious' starcruiser. Falling for Qwark's rather poor disguise, the taxi driver tries to ask Qwark on a date, disgusting him.
- A robot who works on the operation level in the Dreadzone space station. She begins a relationship with Clank and helps him with figuring out how to remove the Dreadlock collars.
- Hydro Girl
- A girl that was captured by the Vox Empire and made to compete in Dreadzone. Other than Ratchet, Clank, Big Al and the combat bots Merc and Green, she was one of the other competitors who got away from the destruction of the Dreadzone station.
- Kid Nova
- Another known survivor that escaped the Dreadzone station's explosion.
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
- A Fongoid mother who Ratchet and Qwark meet after they crash land on Quantos. She asks them to save her children after they ran into danger by the Zyfoids. Ratchet is able to recue all three of the children and bring them to their mother. With her children safe and sound, Enessa and her children are then escorted by Ratchet and Qwark as they return to their village.
- Enessa's children
- Three Fongoid children that got separated from their mother by the Zyfoids' attack. Two of them, are found stuck on ledges with Zyfoids below, leaving Ratchet to dispose of the creatures away so they can come down. The third one, presumed to be a girl, is stuck in an area struck by a time anomaly, requiring Ratchet to open the bridge for the Fongoid child to get across and reunite with Enessa. As soon as the three children are back with their mother, they follow her back home as Ratchet and Qwark, with assistance by Chief Alpheus, take out more Zyfoids.
- The Guardian
- A giant robotic head used by Vullards to keep their operation on Torren IV quiet. Ratchet tells it that he is looking for Volgram Pass and is told that any outsiders must find it for themselves.
- A Teracnoid and acquaintance of General Azimuth, he works as a data minor for Pollyx Industries. Jarvis first met Azimuth when he saved the Teracnoid from becoming food for the Agorians. Jarvis helps Azimuth and Ratchet to break into the company's building, by having Azimuth hack the defense grid, and allowing Ratchet to activate the switches in Neurox Plaza.
- Mac McKeroy
- Another Teranoid that works with dozens of other teracnoids in the Agorians Battleplex, Ratchet meets Mac on his mission to assist Qwark in winning the tournament held in the Battleplex. After winning, Ratchet is given a security card by Mac, believing that Ratchet might find a use for it. Compared to other members of his kind, Mac talks and acts in a different manner, being more of a stand-up comedian and is more friendly towards Ratchet. Mac also advertises his Moonlight Lounge show on the radio in space.
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
- Tharpod Chief
- A elderly Tharpod and leader of Susie's village. He tells Ratchet, Clank and their allies, Qwark and Nefarious about Ephemeris, the Creature Collector and that it has been capturing monsters and bringing them to Magnus for over a century. Even though he does not know who is controlling the machine, he says that Commander Sporg, its emissary had been protecting the machine for a long time. Ratchet mistakes the chief to be Susie's father until he is told that Susie's parents were killed during an invasion on Totem Fi, this left Susie, along with a lot of Tharpod children, an orphan.
- Susie's friends
- Two unnamed Tharpod children, their only appearance in the game is the scene where Susie plans out a attack on Ephemeris. It is not known if they are orphans.
- A proud race of reptilian creatures with an often-changing (and frequently made-up on the spot) Code of Honor, first appearing in A Crack in Time. They have never evolved and love to engage in warrior lifestyle, so far as to create the Agorian Battleplex to fight in contests and invade several peaceful planets. They have both antagonized and allied Ratchet and Clank during their adventures in the Polaris Galaxy.
- Green slimy creatures that inhabit sewers in at least four planets. They appear attacking Blackwater City in Ratchet & Clank, in the sewers of planet Pokitaru (likely created from the toxic waste that the Blargs were dumping into the ocean), in a secret area on planet Novalis, and in the sewers of Aquatos. In Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal it is revealed in the second episode of the Qwark vid-comics that Dr. Nefarious is actually the one who created the Amoeboids and planned to use them to destroy Blackwater City because its inhabitants called him insane (this has not been confirmed to be canon however). They later return in Secret Agent Clank, thriving in the acid-filled canals of Venantonio. That game also introduced red variants that can explode (Clank says "Someone must have altered their chemical compositions") It was also mentioned that there was a self-deodorizing variant being created; whether this was successful is unknown.
- These are the main enemies in Ratchet & Clank. Their home planet was once Orxon, but the constant pollution forced them off (though they have apparently tried to clean the planet since the first game). They come in many different shapes and sizes, ranging from foot soldiers to monstrous Snagglebeasts. The Blargs are technologically apt, but have really only focused on advanced warfare-technology. They have also built a large space station for research purposes. They are an orange-pink in colour. Their leader is the tyrannical Ultimate Supreme Executive Chairman Drek (who is defeated by Ratchet at the end of Ratchet & Clank). They also built the first R.Y.N.O (Rip Ya a New One), the most powerful series of weapons in the Ratchet & Clank series.
- So far only two have appeared in the series - Sasha (who appears in the games Up Your Arsenal and at the beginning of Ratchet: Deadlocked) and her father, the Galactic President (who appears in Up Your Arsenal and mentioned in the game Secret Agent Clank). They are humanoids with brown fur and a look slightly similar to that of a fox. Apparently the males are twice as big than the females and Sasha is the same size as Ratchet. There was originally confusion that Sasha was a Lombax like Ratchet, but Insomniac has since cleared it up.
- A brutal race of reptilian/insectoid creatures that lost the Great War to the Lombaxes, of which Emperor Percival Tachyon is the last. The Cragmites terrorized the Polaris Galaxy, but the Lombaxes fought back and banished the Cragmites into another dimension - effectively ridding the universe of them. Tachyon managed to summon the Cragmites once more with the Dimensionator before having his army stopped by Ratchet. The Cragmites are a deep-purple color, much like the terrain of their barren homeworld. Whilst Tachyon is relatively small, true Cragmites are considerably larger - standing much higher than either Ratchet or Captain Qwark. Cragmites seem to possess teleportation abilities and incredible strength.
- A race of goldfish-like aliens originating from Planet Zaurik. Emperor Tachyon employs them as the main soldiers in his army by bribing them with raritaneum and granting them armor based on Lombax engineering and built from materials scavenged from Space Pirates. Without their armor, their bodies are left to flop around harmlessly on the ground.
- Small mammal-like creatures who were once trusted with the power of time travel by the Zoni. But when a huge space rift is created due to their constant time-travel the Zoni take away all technology and the Fongoids develop into a nature-based culture. The males are characterized by frequent vocal tics, the cause of which is unknown to experts. It is a Fongoid planet, Zanifar, where Dr. Nefarious's asteroid crash lands. He quickly brainwashes the Fongoids there to build the outpost on Planet Zanifar. Their first appearance is in Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
- Grummels are race of aliens found in the Polaris galaxy. They are the operators of Grummelnet, the leading weapons and armour manufacturer in the Polaris Galaxy (analogous to Gadgetron of Solana and Megacorp in Bogon). Grummels are green-skinned and often fat, with a single antenna on their heads. According to the IRIS supercomputer in Tools of Destruction, an attempt to restore the dying Grummel population through cloning left many of the clones lacking in intelligence. Despite this, they are shown to be very proficient at manufacturing weaponry.
- The Kerchu are small, furry creatures that are very skilled in building weapons. Their home planet is Planet Jasindu. According to the Smuggler, the Kerchu are the most dangerous race in Polaris (behind the Cragmites) and there is no being that is not allergic to Kerchu fur.
- A race of malevolent spirits that survive by possessing the bodies of other creatures. They were defeated long ago by a Cragmite hero and had since lived on planet Magnus by possessing the small and harmless creatures that inhabit it, though they desire large and powerful beasts with which to terrorize the galaxy. They are eventually revealed to be the main antagonists of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.
- A race of bipedal felinoid creatures that are known for their natural affinity with gadgets and machines, though female Lombaxes do not have tails and 9in Angela's case)are presumed be noticeably taller. Their home planet is Fastoon in the Polaris Galaxy. The Lombaxes are hailed in the Polaris Galaxy as the saviors of the universe for defeating the Cragmites. However, when Tachyon's Drophyd army attacked Fastoon, the Lombaxes teleported out of the universe to escape them. Ratchet, his father Kaden, Angela Cross, and Alister Azimuth are the only known Lombaxes to have stayed behind. As of the conclusion of A Crack in Time, Kaden and Azimuth are dead and Angela has gone missing, leaving Ratchet as the last-known survivor of his kind.
- Talwyn Apogee, Max Apogee, Vorn Garblak and Artemis Zogg are Markazians. They resemble humans, only with pointy ears and a tail. Talwyn's species is first mentioned in Quest for Booty: when Ratchet promises to her that they will make it out of the Morrow Caverns together, Rusty Pete mocks Ratchet by singing "Lombax and Markazian sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-s-i-n."
- Appearing in Into The Nexus, the Nethers are a race of extradimensional entities who exist in the Netherverse and seek to escape. They come in multiple forms, ranging from humanoids like Vendra and Neftin Prog to giant savage beasts like their leader (nicknamed "Mister Eye" by Vendra).
- The Blargian Snagglebeast is a colossal being with the appearance of an ogre. Even though the Snagglebeast was seen in a commercial as an arch-enemy of Captain Qwark, the game reveals that it was actually his trained pet, which he sics on Ratchet and Clank. It has many barbaric characteristics, and is presumably used by Qwark to devour his unwary enemies. The Snagglebeast's brawn was no match for Ratchet's brain, and the creature met its demise by falling into a pool of lava.
- Space Pirates
- A faction of spacefaring robots that terrorize the Polaris Galaxy and serve under Captain Slag and Rusty Pete. According to the IRIS, they were engineered by Emperor Tachyon in order to gather materials for the Drophyds' nanotech armor, but abandoned them when they completed their task. Captain Slag's Space Pirates relentlessly attack any ship that enters their territory, though there seems to be a mutual co-operation between Slag's crew and several other space pirate fleets that Ratchet encounters in Tools of Destruction.
- Tiny intelligent creatures who are responsible for the existence of technology. Because they are nearly microscopic, very few people have seen them and they are considered nothing more than a myth. Led by Emperor Otto Destruct, the Technomites attempted to create an army of Ratchet clones using his DNA. They were also responsible for creating Luna, hacking into Clank, and tricking Qwark into thinking he's Otto's son. According to Clank, Captain Qwark's real parents were killed by defective Technomite technology. Whether this was intentional or not remains undisclosed.
- Crustacean-like creatures that are described as the most intelligent beings in the known universe, which is owed to their multiple brains of varying number housed in enormous craniums that far exceed the size of their bodies. They think very highly of themselves for their superior intelligence, but are frequently humiliated by other, more physically-adept species like Agorians.
- A gullible race of alien warriors who were tricked by Dr. Nefarious to work for him in Up Your Arsenal to destroy all organic life. The Tyhrranoids, seemingly devoid of a sense of irony, do not realize that they themselves are biological, and carry out his orders. The Tyhrranoids' home planet is planet Tyhrranosis where the "Momma Tyhrranoid" lives. The Momma Tyhrranoid was defeated and killed by Ratchet, but Qwark took all the credit for it. The entire Tyhrranoid population was transformed into robots when Dr. Nefarious used his Biobliterator, though the majority (with a few exceptions) are seen as organic again in Deadlocked and Secret Agent Clank. The more powerful a Tyhrranoid, the bigger it is and the more eyes it has.
- An all-female race of warriors that are hired by Dr. Nefarious to kill Ratchet and Azimuth. They reside on Vapedia after the Erebus supernova destroyed their old home planet, and all the males of their species were exiled because they failed to ask for directions to Vapedia. Ever since the Space Pirates' defeat at the hands of Ratchet, the Valkyries have become the newest threat to travellers in the Polaris Galaxy.
- The Vullards are reptile-like creatures that live in wastelands on planets Torren IV and Lumos. Their exploit is to gather scrap metal and lots of it (apparently as a black market operation, as one Vullard says "we like to keep our operation from the prying eyes of galactic authorities"). Ratchet first meets members of the race on Torren IV where Azimuth's home is located. Ratchet and the general later helps the Vullards on saving their settlement by defeating a fleet of attacking Agorians. Vullards can also be found in the space sectors where Ratchet can do optional side missions for them.
- A mysterious race of ethereal aliens that are capable of travel through time and space and can choose to let others see and/or hear them. They are neither biological nor mechanical, but are instead beings of pure energy that manifest on the physical plane of existence by inhabiting metal bodies. They occasionally appear, usually only visible to Clank when he is alone or asleep, to aid Ratchet and Clank on their quest. In the ending cutscene of Tools of Destruction, they make themselves visible to everyone and kidnap Clank leaving the game on a cliffhanger. In Quest for Booty, they regard Dr. Nefarious as a doctor and believe he will be able to repair Clank. In A Crack in Time, Zoni are scattered across the Polaris System due to Nefarious setting the Hypersonic Brainwave Scrambler after them. Ratchet can rescue Zoni during his journey to upgrade his ship, Aphelion.
- All Zoni (sans Orvus) are voiced by Richard Steven Horvitz (English) and by Keijin Okuda (Japanese).
- Insomniac Games' Galactic News Update #5
- Douglass C. Perry (2002-11-04). "IGN: Ratchet & Clank Review". IGN. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
The voice acting is solid, if not familiar, too. While Ratchet strives for that perfect dude-like teenager vibe, the voice actor generally hits the mark. Clank is also quite engaging, and in some cases, charming, especially when he finishes a level or gains a weapon. Many of the supporting characters offer the same kind of commercial quality voices found in Jak and Daxter, and some of the times they're quite funny. Other times they just sound commercial. The quirkier ones are best (such as the weird athletic woman at the end of the stunt course), but few stand above the standard and obvious stereotypes.
- Jeff Gerstmann (2002-11-02). "Ratchet & Clank Review for PlayStation 2". GameSpot. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
Clank relays a tale of a world in peril, hops onto Ratchet's back, and the duo set off to save the world from Drek, an evil corporate suit who, like President Skroob in the Mel Brooks classic Spaceballs, is the leader of a dead, polluted world.
- Frankle, Gavin. "Ratchet & Clank". Allgame. Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved June 25, 2009.
- Nich Maragos (2004-11-02). "Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal Review from 1UP.com". 1UP.com. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
The fact that it's also the best-balanced of the three helps -- the endgame is neither overly punishing, like the Chairman Drek fight, or a pushover, like the Proto-Pet from Going Commando.
- Jeff Gerstmann (2004-11-03). "Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal Review for PlayStation 2". GameSpot. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
One sequence is the latest music video from a female robot called Courtney Gears, and everything, from the synchronized dance moves to the song's epic pop production and incredible devotion to extreme overuse of an autotuner, is a spot-on parody of recent pop music.
- Matt, "Review of Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Game Informer 176 (December 2008): 147.
- Tom Bramwell (2003-11-12). "Ratchet & Clank 2: Locked & Loaded Review // PS2 /// Eurogamer - Games Reviews, News and More". Eurogamer. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
Cue exaggerated characters, including a new female ally, and some consistently amusing voice acting from the central characters and particularly Fizwidget, who may not quite be the Captain Quark successor fans will be after, but will still raise a smile in all but the angriest of gamers when he presents some of his fascinatingly incoherent but salvageable tirades.
- Johnny Liu (2004-11-13). "Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal review for the PS2". Game Revolution. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
The voice work is spot on, particularly in the Galactic President's Clinton-esque twang and Dr. Nefarious' psychotic babbling, which strikes the right balance between threatening and comical.
- Jeremy Dunham (2004-10-28). "IGN: Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal Review". IGN. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
Captain Quark in particular is pretty hysterical, with the Bill Clinton-esque Galactic President one of the more endearing characters. Clank's dry sidekick humor is in great contrast to Jak's own sidekick Daxter (for those of you that play both games), while Ratchet's "Why me?" delivery is spot on.
- Nick Valentino (2005-10-28). "Ratchet: Deadlocked Review - PlayStation 2". GameZone. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
The tournament matches have some commentary by a hammy male commentator and his blood-thirsty co-anchor woman that is just over-the-top hilarious.
- Carrie Gouskos (2005-10-26). "Ratchet: Deadlocked Review for PlayStation 2". GameSpot. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
Most of the levels are narrated by the two quirky Dreadzone announcers, Dallas, a sleazy egomaniac, and Juanita, a sadistic seductress. Their commentary about Ratchet, the competition, and each other persistently adds flavor to the gameplay.
- An official comic of this character can be found here.