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
- 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 introduced as a lonely mechanic living 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 games and in the movie), and by Makoto Tsumura in the Japanese versions of the games.
Clank is the secondary protagonist 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 always appears with his rear end sticking out of whatever he is working on, but is always a reliable ally whenever he appears. In Ratchet & Clank and Going Commando, the Plumber is an NPC that appears in certain missions. In Up Your Arsenal, he returns to ask Ratchet to search for Sewer Crystals, which he will trade bolts for.
The Plumber doesn't appear in Ratchet: Deadlocked; 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.
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 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 infiltrating DreadZone and shutting it down for good. 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.
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's genetics division, until she quit over the lack of testing on a new project to create an artificial "Protopet". Not allowed to correct its flaws (namely, its large appetite and savage nature), Angela disguised herself and stole the prototype creature. When Megacorp recruited Ratchet to get it back from her, she hired the mercenary/crime organization Thugs-4-Less to protect her, and tried to get Ratchet out of the way by using his partner Clank as bait. Unfortunately, both tactics failed, and when Thugs-4-Less was bought out of their contract by a third party, Angela was forced to ally with Ratchet and Clank in order to stop Megacorp from releasing the still-highly dangerous Protopet all over the galaxy.
Despite her Lombax-like appearance, nothing is mentioned of her in regards to the fate of the Lombaxes in Tools of Destruction. In A Crack in Time, Angela is mentioned in an in-game news program that she had fled the galaxy in Max Apogee's ship during the earlier phases of Percival Tachyon's invasion and has been missing for the past three years. 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.
Alister Azimuth is a Lombax who appears in A Crack in Time, becoming the true villain of the game late into it. He has silver, gray and red fur (unlike Ratchet and Angela who have yellow and brown fur) and uses a double-headed Omniwrench as a weapon. Azimuth was indirectly responsible for Emperor Tachyon's rise to power and the death 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 failure, he was forbidden to join the Lombaxes as they left to another dimension, and has lived in exile ever since. In his youth, Azimuth was close friends with Ratchet's father, Kaden.
When Ratchet first encounters Azimuth, he initially mistakes him for a Hologuised assassin but stops upon recognizing Ratchet as being Kaden's son. After apologizing, Azimuth explains to Ratchet that he has been working to stop Dr. Nefarious from taking control of the Great Clock. However, Azimuth also plans to use the Great Clock himself so that he can prevent Tachyon's rise to power and the banishment of the Lombaxes. Ratchet initially goes along with the plan, but changes his mind when Clank informs him that the Great Clock could destroy all of existence if misused. Unable to accept Ratchet's change of heart, Azimuth leaves him behind.
He later appears to rescue Ratchet and Clank after their defeat of 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 strike Ratchet dead out of anger. Clank is able to reverse time so that he can save Ratchet, but Azimuth becomes blinded by his own desire and sends the Great Clock back in time. It isn't until the universe is on the verge of completely breaking down that Azimuth realizes his mistake and stops the Great Clock, though at the cost of his own life.
- Voiced by Joey D'Auria (English).
Kaden is mentioned as 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 escape Tachyon's ravaging of Fastoon and was able to hide his infant son (Ratchet) from danger, but 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 is forced to leave the galaxy, 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 granted a soul to) in his new duties, Orvus communicates with him through a series of pre-recorded messages 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. Though Ratchet is shown to be smitten with her upon meeting her, Sasha remains professional in her job. In Deadlocked she briefly appears in the opening to ask Ratchet to investigate a recent string of hero kidnappings.
Skidd McMarxx (also spelled Skid McMarx) is a professional hoverboarder. In Ratchet & Clank, he and his manager accidentally crash their ship while on route to a big hover-board race and require rescue. Skidd rewards Ratchet with a hover-board for helping out and invites him to join the race in his place.
In Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Skidd is recruited into Captain Qwark's Q-Force for his "nerves of steel". Calling himself "Shadowdude", Skidd boasts about his new job eagerly, despite frequently chickening out and letting Ratchet do his assigned work. 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, she makes Ratchet run a fitness course in exchange for a Swingshot, though she also demands that Ratchet pay for the item after stating that his run was "the most pathetic display she has ever seen". Helga was 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.
- Voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson.
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 keep Ratchet from rescuing Clank and is met 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 were trying to correct its flaws until CEO Abercrombie Fizzwidget pushed up the release date, putting the Bogon Galaxy at risk from the untested 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 100 times larger and eat Qwark. 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, but now much nicer and docile.
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 (his favorite song being 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.
In A Crack in Time, Lawrence assists Nefarious in the final battle against Ratchet, but leaves in an escape pod when the ship they're fighting on crashes into Nefarious's space station. Later in All 4 One, Lawrence "tends his resignation" when Nefarious's Light-Eating Z'grute runs out of control, but later returns to his old job in the ending.
A clear parody of Britney Spears, Courtney Gears is a female pop star robot who occasionally gives out prizes on the Solana Galaxy's favorite show, Annihilation Nation. Her music and videos are popular in the Solana Galaxy. As Ratchet tells Clank, Courtney is 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 series. At Holostar Studios, she knocks Clank out and kidnaps him for Doctor Nefarious, whom she is working for and apparently in love with (possibly because of his idea of robot freedom). When Skidd gets himself kidnapped, Ratchet travels to Obani Draco and defeats Courtney in direct combat.
Gleeman Vox later had Courtney repaired and rehabilitated in exchange for owning all rights to her name, music, career, and Secret Agent Clank memorabilia. She 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".
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 a very mean-spirited little robot who is prone to childish tantrums and swearing.
In Up Your Arsenal, Klunk is secretly sent in to replace the captured Clank by reuniting with Ratchet when the two are separated. 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 the hovertrain and vanishes from sight.
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 greedy 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 competition, Vox attempts to talk Ratchet into becoming the new face of DreadZone with an endorsement deal. When Ratchet refuses to sell out, Vox instead sends the Lombax to the "mathematically-proven to be unbeatable" Gauntlet of Doom. Ratchet later infiltrates the DreadZone Station to rescue the captured heroes when Vox announces his plans to blow it up (calling it "the biggest ratings-booster I've ever had"), but Vox is defeated and left behind to die with 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 is obsessed with destroying every Lombax in the universe, which directly makes Ratchet into his main target.
After Ratchet initially escapes Tachyon's forces, he and Clank find themselves in the Polaris Galaxy, which Tachyon rules over as Emperor. 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 forever.
Ironically, Tachyon owes his conquest of the Polaris Galaxy to the Lombaxes, as they had found him when he was an unhatched egg and raised him as one of their own out of pity. When Tachyon learned of his true origins and the fate of the Cragmites, however, he used Lombax technology to create an army with which to destroy the Lombaxes out of vengeance. What few survived escaped to another dimension, but a single Lombax remained behind and was able to hide his son (Ratchet) in the Solana Galaxy before eventually being caught and executed by Tachyon. A Crack in Time further elaborates on Tachyon's rise to power: prior to his attack, he had convinced a council of Lombaxes to grant him full access to their technology. A single Lombax, Alister Azimuth, vouched for 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.
Tachyon is mentioned in Quest for Booty and All 4 One, along with a few mentions and a cameo appearance in the comic mini-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 battle Ratchet face-to-face only to be defeated and completely deactivated by him.
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 the disembodied head of a former Terraklon assassin, contained in a jar connected to a robot body he had stolen from GrummelNet HQ in Meridian City (though 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 found employment with Dr. Nefarious as a high-ranking commander 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 spacefighters who work for Dr. Nefarious so he can use the Great Clock to bring back the rest of her 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 killed by Ratchet in deep-space, Cassiopeia lures him 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 a Valkyrie army 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 Tachyon and Dr. Nefarious's 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 and vanishes with the technology.
Some time later, Zogg (now 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 as Emperor. When Ratchet's own planet of Veldin is among the stolen planets, he and Clank set out to stop Zogg with help from Talwyn, Sasha, and Qwark. He is eventually is defeated when Ratchet causes the Helios systems to malfunction, teleporting Zogg to an empty 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. Dinkels possessed by the Loki Master, though Croid remained unaware of the evil spirit living under his nose.
Still possessing Mr. Dinkles, the Loki Master later escaped from Dr. Croid, but was discovered by the doctor's assistant, 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. When Ratchet, Clank, Qwark, and Dr. Nefarious arrive to stop Nevo (believing him to be the villain), the Loki Master possesses a giant Grivelnox and tries to destroy them. After being removed from its host, the Loki Master attempts to possess Qwark, but is swatted 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. Dinkels 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.
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. Sometime after these games he learned that Qwark was a failure and had been involved in numerous scandals, Zurgo decided to kill him and during Full Frontal Assault (in which he is the main antagonist), he attempts to do so with an army of creatures called Grungarians, but is defeated. He is mentioned in Into the Nexus as having been sentenced to a fate worse than Zordoom Prison for his crimes: 50 years of living with his mother.
- Voiced by Benjamin Diskin (English; while wearing a helmet), Richard Horvitz (English; while NOT wearing a helmet).
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.
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, Fizzwidget hires Ratchet as one of Megacorp's Commandos and tasks him with recovering a stolen Protopet. Upon recovering it, Fizzwidget dumps Ratchet and Clank on a desert planet and begins to mass-produce the dangerous creature for sale. At the end of the game, it's 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 found rescued after the Mutant Protopet's defeat, who thanks Ratchet and Clank for saving him and the galaxy and punishes Qwark by hiring him as product-tester for the new "Megacorp Crotchetizer".
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."
The Galactic President
The president of the Solana Galaxy and Sasha's father. He is shown to be somewhat naïve (such as believing that Clank really is his TV character "Secret Agent Clank"), and is protective towards Sasha whenever boys around her age got to meet her, but despite these flaws, 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 pretended he is half-robot to keep his people safe. In the comic mini-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. 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 evil doctor.
The Galactic Rangers also appear in the comic mini-series assisting Sasha Phyronix. They were now much braver than previously shown and were of more assistance than in Up Your Arsenal.
Murph and Green
A pair of DreadZone combat robots that accompany Ratchet during his missions in Deadlocked. Murph 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 Murph 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 announce Ratchet's stint at DreadZone, while making him out as a villain on Vox News, 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.
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 sold himself to Gleeman Vox for money and fame, although he wound up being not as popular as they previously 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 Champion and leader of the Exterminator Crew, 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.
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, despite Gleeman Vox mourning his loss and being listed as "deceased" in the leaderboards for the remainder of Deadlocked after his defeat by Ratchet.
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.
- A robot who fell in love with Clank sometime before Going Commando. She was first shown in the 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 from creating more disaster, 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 beaten 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.
- First appears looking for Enessa after she had disappeared from sight. He helps Ratchet and Qwark fight off the Zyfoids to clear the path back to the Fongoid village. In the village Alpheus tells Ratchet about a Zoni Vessel that can contain Zoni to keep them safe. 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 into the temple for their safety and helps Ratchet to protect the rest of the defending villagers. After Vorselon leaves in his warship, the chief guides Ratchet to his ship.
Ratchet & Clank
- Skid's Agent
- First seen in the first game, Ratchet and Clank meet him on the desert planet of Aridia, where his 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. Once this is accomplished, Skid's Agent gives Ratchet a Sonic Summoner. The Agent shows up in a few cameos in the third game
- Race Girl
- A unnamed female who welcomed Ratchet into the Hoverboard championship race. Once Ratchet won it, the race girl gave him the grand prize which happens to be a Platinum Zoominator, a object that Ratchet would need to give to Skid's Agent. At the mention of Skid's Agent, the race girl asks about Skid, with Ratchet explaining that he was not able to show up and Ratchet was here to cover for him.
- Big Al's older brother who owns his a 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, Bob tells him 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 provides the Hydro pack for Ratchet and Clank. Ratchet seemed to have a liking to her, although she was more interested in Clank (possibly because he is a robot). Edwina was also in Up Your Arsenal but only in a non-speaking cameo.
- A blue skinned human-like alien who is a leader of a battalion of solders who all went AWOL and left the Commando to fight the attack of the Blarg's bomber ships on his own, he orders Ratchet and Clank to destroy the ships or the planet would be destroyed. Eventually he goes off to find his deserting battalion. The Commando returned in the third game where he attends the Secret Agent Clank premiere.
- 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 to get away) leaving the owner no choice but to close his resort down, but informs the two that 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 drill 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 the Bouncer to let them see Qwark, Ratchet and Clank had to pay to do this.
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 although he was not harmed. After all the Protpets in the 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
- A large wolf-like hoverbike rider who appears on Planet Barlow. When Ratchet and Clank meet 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 tried to ignore the lombax when he supposedly tries to apologize. Clank reassures the rider that they are just simply here to compete in the Hoverbike race, making the rider feel better. He then says that Ratchet can borrow his hoverbike once it gets repaired. Once the race is over, the desert rider hands a hoverbike helmet to Ratchet.
- Desert Rider Two
- Another rider with a muscular physique. Ratchet and Clank meet him on Planet Joba. When Ratchet wins the 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 says to Ratchet and Clank that they will need to collect moonstones for the mystic to move a big boulder.
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) as he always messes up during the filming process. 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.
- A kid who is shown with two other kids called Vornem and Lucy throughout the game. Is a fan of Secret Agent Clank.
- Another boy who is a fan of Reactor, and later becomes a fan of Ratchet
- a girl who likes Courtney Gears and Battle Hawk. Later becomes a fan of Ratchet.
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
- A Fongoid mother who encounters Ratchet and Qwark after they crash land on Quantos. She begs them to save her children after they ran into danger by Zyfoids. Once Ratchet recuses all three of the children, they follow their mother in returning to their village.
- The Guardian
- A giant robotic head that Ratchet comes across on Torren IV. After Ratchet tells it that he is looking for Volgram Pass the Guardian says that any outsiders must find it for themselves. As Ratchet gets across, it turns out that the Guardian was being controlled by a Vullard in order to kept the Vullard's operation quiet.
Ratchet & Clank All 4 One
Tharpod Chief A elderly Tharpod who is the leader of a village that Susie lives in. He tells the main characters about the Creature Collector, that it has been capturing monsters and bringing them to Magnus for over a century. Even though he did not know who was controlling the machine, he says that Commander Sporg has been its emissary for a long time. Ratchet mistakes the chief to be Susie's father until he is told that Susie's parents where killed during an invasion on Totem Fi, because of this Susie is an orphan.
- 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.