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Coco Bandicoot is a video game character and a secondary protagonist of the Crash Bandicoot series of video games. In the series, Coco is described as the highly intelligent and spirited younger sister of Crash Bandicoot, the main protagonist of the series. She often aids her older brother by building gadgets ideal for the situation or even tagging along with Crash in his journeys, using self-taught martial arts to defend herself.

Coco was created by Andy Gavin and Jason Rubin, and was originally designed by Charles Zembillas. In response to games in which only "a male character or a sexpot" was available as a playable character, Coco was intended to give female gamers a character they could identify with. Coco is voiced by Vicki Winters in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back,[1] by Hynden Walch in Crash Team Racing[2] and by Debi Derryberry from Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex onwards.[3][4][5][6][7] In the Japanese version of the series, she is voiced by Haruna Ikezawa in the PlayStation games,[8] by Ema Kogure in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Twinsanity, by Satomi Arai in Crash Tag Team Racing and by Risa Tsubaki in Crash Boom Bang!. Coco's inclusion as a playable character in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex was met with a generally lukewarm response among critics, while her voice has received mixed reviews.

Conception and creationEdit

On creating Coco Bandicoot, Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin stated that he understood the frustration females felt when "facing the restricted choice of playing either a male character or a sexpot" and had Coco created mainly to give female gamers a character they could identify with. Rubin felt that Coco helped the Crash series reach female gamers and become one of the most highly-played titles by female gamers during Naughty Dog's time with the series.[9]

CharacteristicsEdit

Just as her brother Crash was, Coco was genetically engineered through the use of Doctor Neo Cortex's and Doctor Nitrus Brio's Evolvo-Ray.[10] Coco's most notable trait is her high intelligence;[10][11][12][13][14][15][16] her intelligence quotient is said to be as much as 164.[17] Like her brother, Coco has a fearless nature and is willing to take any chance,[16] unafraid of making mistakes.[10] She is a fan of martial arts films[10] and masculine sports such as wrestling[18] and NASCAR.[19] She is also shown to be a skilled scooter rider, using this talent to outrace a Japanese tsunami on one occasion.[10]

Plot overviewEdit

Before the events of the series, Coco was an ordinary bandicoot until she was taken from the jungle and genetically enhanced by Doctor Neo Cortex.[10] Coco is first seen in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back living on N. Sanity Island with Crash. One day, when the battery for her laptop runs out, she sends Crash off to find a replacement battery for her.[20] When Coco discovers that Crash is gathering Crystals for Cortex, she becomes suspicious of Cortex and decides to hack into Cortex's computer and see what he's really up to. What she finds are detailed schematics for an improved Cortex Vortex and a suspicious-looking space station.[21] She learns of Cortex's real plan just as Crash has gathered all the Crystals, and reveals Cortex's intentions to Crash before he can give the Crystals to Cortex.[22] After Cortex's plan is foiled, Coco is called upon by Aku Aku in Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped to use Doctor Nefarious Tropy's Time-Twisting Machine and gather the powerful Crystals in their original places before Cortex does so. Coco helps by gathering the Crystals in 17th century China, the 18th century Pacific Ocean, and World War I Europe. She is also responsible for the defeat of Cortex's right-hand man Doctor N. Gin on the Moon, with her new pet tiger Pura assisting her.

When the Elementals wreak havoc on the Earth in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, Coco activates a new Portal Chamber for Crash to use. She helps Crash gather the Power Crystals needed to stop the Elementals by collecting them in a tsunami-ravaged China and an avalanche zone. She also stops an armada of Cortex's space stations from striking Earth. Near the end, she helps Crash and Crunch escape from Cortex's malfunctioning space station. In Crash Twinsanity, Coco is ambushed by Doctor Neo Cortex, who disguises himself as her in order to lure Crash into a trap. Many moments later, Coco believes that Cortex kidnapped Crash, and travels to the Iceberg Lab to confront him. With a swift kick, she attacks Cortex and sends the Power Crystals he was holding flying into the Psychetron. The resulting chain reaction leaves Coco paralyzed until the end of the game. In an earlier version of the game, Coco was to have a much larger role, helping Crash and Cortex gain access to the Airship by hacking into the security system of Cortex's old castle in stages that parodied the Matrix series.[23]

In Crash of the Titans, Coco is on the verge of creating a device that will be able to recycle butter when she is captured along with Aku Aku by Doctor Neo Cortex. When Nina replaces Cortex, Coco is brainwashed and is forced to finish the Doominator. She ends up completing the Doominator, but is rescued by Crash and is able to stop it at the end of the game. In the Nintendo DS version of the game, she appears as a vendor selling upgrades for Crash's abilities. Coco is a playable character in the cooperation mode of the Wii and Xbox 360 versions of Crash: Mind over Mutant. Because her animations would take up too much memory in the PlayStation 2 version of the game,[24] she is replaced by a white-furred version of her brother named "Carbon Crash".[25] At the beginning of the game, Coco converts the Doominator's eye into an entertainment system.[26] After seeing an infomercial advertising the "NV", a do-anything personal digital assistant, she receives an NV along with Crunch and quickly becomes addicted. Soon enough, the NV transforms her into a ferocious beast who tries to kill Crash using a giant basketball-launching machine. After being defeated and informed (to her disappointment) that the NV had a negative influence on her,[27] she uses the Doominator's eye to access Cortex's blog and learn what Cortex is planning.[28] She is accessible as the second player's character from that point on.

Relationship with Bandicoot Rivera Edit

Coco bandicoot 3 by erfadads

Rivera is basically the tester of the group and would often Test inventions before Crash, which could sometimes lead to huge Injuries such as being crushed flat, or being blown into nothing but sneakers and Eye Balls. It is worth the risk and he believes that it is best to be safe than sorry. He is always following Crash In the Missions and is almost never seen with Coco, until Crash Bandicoot the Wrath of Cortex, where he is seen with her for the first time in the Level Tsunami.

Coco is mostly seen through out the Tsunami Level acting very over protective with Rivera all the time and freaking out even when he is hit by the smallest of Enemies, such as a small grunt with only a little wrench as a weapon. When Rivera is around Crash things are way different as both of them rarely say anything, but follow each other. Throughout the Crash Bandicoot Games Rivera is rarely a playable character, but can be unlocked in Tag Team Racing If provided with enough Points Using Coco Bandicoot. Coco basically has a huge crush On Rivera as seen In Level Tsunami In Crash Bandicoot the Wrath Of Cortex revealing it by her over protectiveness over Rivera, From the rest of the Crash Bandicoot Series her crush was never noticeable until now.

Dark Power Edit

Dark Powered Coco...

Coco in Her Dark Form.


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