|Crash VS Spyro|
|Air date||April 11th, 2018|
|Written by|| Sean Hinz (analysis)|
Ben Singer (fight)
|Animated by|| Torrian Crawford|
|Episode link|| Rooster Teeth|
Jotaro VS Kenshiro
Sora VS Pit
|“||The ultimate rivalry of two classic PlayStation mascots comes to a head!||„|
Crash VS Spyro is the 91st episode of DEATH BATTLE!, featuring Crash Bandicoot from the series of the same name and Spyro the Dragon from the Spyro series in a battle between former PlayStation mascots. Spyro was voiced by Edward Bosco.
(*Cues: Wiz & Boomstick - Brandon Yates*)
Wiz: The early 1990's played host to one of the biggest battlegrounds the world had ever seen; the console wars.
Boomstick: Nintendo and Sega's mascots were locked in a merciless duel over the gaming throne.
Wiz: But when the smoke cleared, a surprise third challenger was rising to the top.
Boomstick: The Sony PlayStation. And it didn't have just one mascot, it had two.
Wiz: Crash Bandicoot, the mutated marsupial from down under.
Boomstick: And Spyro the Dragon, the powerful purple hero of the dragon realm. He's Wiz and I'm Boomstick.
Wiz: And it's our job to analyze their weapons, armor, and skills to find out who would win... a Death Battle.
Wiz: Listen, I admire another brilliant doctor of science as much as the next guy, especially those with grand plans to take over the world, but I'm not sure Doctor Neo Cortex makes the cut.
Boomstick: Why not? He's an evil genius who made a mutant Aussie army of animals to take over the world.
Wiz: Sure, but when it came time to assign a general for this "army", Cortex chose, of all things, a bandicoot.
Boomstick: A bandi-what? You're making that up.
Wiz: It's a real animal, look!
(He shows a picture of a real bandicoot)
Boomstick: Aw, hey, it's kinda cute, how's that little thing gonna take over the world?
Wiz: With the Evolvo-Ray, Cortex did successfully mutate it into a powerful beast. However, when he tried to brainwash the creature, he utterly failed to create his fearsome general, instead, he got Crash Bandicoot.
Boomstick: So, Cortex threw him out like trash, and Crash became his worst nemesis ever, which is super embarrassing, cause this bandi-Crash is a few snacks short of a barbie, but his physical abilities make up for it. He's got parkour skills like nobody's business.
Wiz: Which is appropriate, as bandicoots are excellent jumpers, similar to their marsupial cousin, the kangaroo.
Boomstick: He's got superhuman strength, and can take a big hit and just keep on going, like an Energizer bunny of pain!
Wiz: Crash can double jump in mid-air, slide incredible distances, and use Crash Dash to boost his speed.
Boomstick: He's also tapped into Mojo, a magical substance that's basically life energy, to enhance his battle techniques. He's got his Norris roundhouse and triple dragon, but his favorite move is the Cyclone Spin.
Popup: While Mojo is said to be the "essence of life itself", it may also contain nuts.
Wiz: He can even give this move a boost for the Death Tornado technique, though this can leave him dizzy and prone to counterattacks. Still, these brutal moves proved incredibly useful for rescuing his fellow mutant bandicoot girlfriend, Tawna.
Boomstick: Oh, why does she look like that? She's like, really hot, but also not at the same time, I'm really confused.
Wiz: Uh-huh, while Crash's natural abilities were enough to save her, his future battles with Cortex would require more sophisticated tools.
Boomstick: The same kind of fruit shooter that's on his power loader suit from "Alien", er, uh, I mean, this completely generic looking mech.
Popup: In the Japanese release of Crash Bandicoot, Wumpa Fruit was actually referred to as apples.
Wiz: But why fruit? I can't imagine it's a particularly effective projectile.
Boomstick: I don't know, Wiz, remember that time I shot you with my potato gun? Ah, you were stuck in a coma for like, a month.
Wiz: Wait, what? You told me I lost that month because my time travel wristwatch finally worked.
Boomstick: Oh, uh, heh, well, where's Crash getting all this cool tech? He can't be building it himself, he's pretty dumb.
Wiz: They're all thanks to his kid sister, Coco, who's ten times the inventor Cortex is, but Crash isn't really dumb, he just lacks communication skills, he actually shows many symptoms of autism. Some people with autism, known as savants, are extraordinarily gifted in particular skill sets, and I think that describes Crash perfectly. While he may not know how to hold a conversation, he is a superb athlete and puzzle solver.
Boomstick: Well, I'm sure it helps that he's surrounded by friends who encourage his better traits.
(Crash lets off a belch)
Coco: Hey, that was a good one!
Boomstick: Like Aku Aku, his magical mask foster dad who's basically a god. Lucky bastard.
Wiz: Aku Aku's magical mojo prowess is quite impressive, he's very protective of Crash and will often step in when Crash is in trouble, but not always.
Boomstick: Wiz, why can he teleport across dimensions on his own, but can't teleport Crash very far at all?
Aku Aku: This is as far as I can take us, we'll have to fight our way to the robot's interior and save your sister!
Wiz: Well, perhaps his fatherly intuition is kicking in, encouraging Crash to learn from his own mistakes and become his own man, er, bandicoot.
Boomstick: Yeah, maybe he's just being a dick.
Popup: He can jack Titans because they are made of Mojo. He cannot jack other creatures.
Wiz: Well, thanks to Aku Aku and his own amazing abilities, Crash has performed some incredible feats while stopping Cortex's plans time and time again.
Boomstick: He's strong enough to lift his adopted brother Crunch over his head. Since Crunch is at least twice as big as Crash, that would mean Crash's strength is similar to the world's best powerlifter.
Wiz: His Cyclone Attack can generate enough force to lift this large boulder and throw it so hard, it shatters on impact. Comparing its size to Crash, that boulder must weigh nearly eight tons.
Boomstick: He's also fast enough to outrun polar bears, which can move up to 25 miles per hour, but Crash really shines when it comes to durability, just look at how well he holds up after taking 112 falling wooden crates to the face.
Wiz: Huh, where do they all come from?
Boomstick: I bet it's Aku Aku's fault, and he's right back up, like it didn't even happen, what a champ!
Wiz: Crash has endured an explosion of twenty-three crates of TNT all at once, which, given their size, could potentially level a city block, and with the help of Aku Aku, he even survived a crash landing from outer space.
Boomstick: What the heck is up with his hair?
Wiz: This vessel was likely falling at seventeen-thousand, five hundred miles per hour, similar to the space shuttle's typical reentry, which means the force of its collision would be equivalent to more than two million tons of TNT.
Boomstick: Wait, but why didn't Aku Aku just teleport them to safety?
Aku Aku: I can't believe we're okay!
Boomstick: Oh, are you kidding me, Aku? You know what you did, er, didn't do! But what's the saying? "Any crash you can walk away from", right? Plus, given how easy it is for Crash's enemies to lure him into traps, his absurd durability is crucial.
Wiz: Well, Crash isn't perfect, but with his amazing abilities, and a little bit of Mojo, he's saved the whole world many times over.
Boomstick: And after years of this, he even finally learned how to speak.
Coco: Now let's go home, and eat pancakes!
(He looks at the screen for a few seconds and smiles, fade to black)
Boomstick: Wait, that's it?!
Spyro the Dragon
Wiz: Prophecy tells of a special purple dragon born every ten generations, destined to be a hero of his age, this was the legend of Spyro. But, when the ancient dark master Malefor learned of this, he swore to destroy Spyro before he even hatched.
Boomstick: By the way, there are at least three different timelines for Spyro, but we're mainly sticking with the "Legend of Spyro" version, because he can do pretty much anything the other ones can, and more. Plus, I think they're all the same Spyro reincarnated anyway since that's what the prophecy says, and look, that's totally Skylands being made at the end of Dawn of the Dragon.
Wiz: Ahem, wild fan theories aside, Spyro was saved from Malefor's wrath by Ignitus, a Guardian dragon. He decided to pull a Moses and send Spyro's egg floating down a river to who knows where. Okay, why do so many stories start with people just throwing babies into rivers? That's never a good idea!
Boomstick: Wrong, Wiz! It worked out fine for Spyro, he was found and adopted by a family of Dragonflies, and even without fellow dragons around, Spyro grew up to be a pretty good fighter. He's strong, tough, and makes good use of his horns, tail, and claws.
(Cue: Storm Force Destruction)
Wiz: But not his wings, not yet. Without a dragon's parentage, Spyro remained mostly grounded during his childhood.
Popup: Although Spyro could not fly during his early years, he could glide for short periods of time.
Boomstick: But he got pretty good at using his head, like, the fun way, not-not the brainy stuff, you do not wanna be on the other end of his charge attack.
Wiz: But one fateful day, everything changed. During a game of hide and seek with his quote-unquote "brother", Sparx, they got into a bit of monkey business, and in desperation, Spyro unexpectedly breathed fire, this was Spyro's first hint that he was, (gasps) adopted!
Boomstick: Hold up! You mean he thought he was an actual dragonfly the whole time? I can think of a few other hints, like, uh, I don't know, any time he saw his reflection!
Wiz: This "revelation" prompted Spyro to go on a journey in search of his true home among other dragons, oh, and Sparx tagged along to help find treasure and protect his dragon brother from harm.
Boomstick: Not like he needed it, he's the chosen one, bitch! He's got a bunch of awesome dragon powers!
Boomstick: Ignitus taught Spyro how to control fire and focus it into huge blasts. Volteer showed him how to use electric breath to stun enemies and toss them through the air. Cyril taught him to freeze foes solid and fire ice shards, and Terrador showed him how to use earth breath to split rocks and....roll up into a ball.
Wiz: Spyro also honed his physical and chi combat with the martial art of Dragon Kata. Oh, and he finally learned how to fly!
Boomstick: 'Bout time!
Wiz: Speaking of which, Spyro learned how briefly slow down time to improve his reactions.
Boomstick: Oh, damn! But all of this led to Spyro learning the ultimate element: the Convexity breath!
Wiz: It's Aether.
Boomstick: No, stupid! everyone calls it convexity!
Popup: Convexity is the name of the dimension that bridges the Dragon Realm with the Dark Realms.
Wiz: Okay, purple dragons like Spyro can use a mysterious energy, that is essentially the spiritual life force of the universe. While it's never officially named in canon, lead concept artist Jared Polin has gone on record to clarify its name and properties, and he calls it Aether. Aeth that, Boomstick!
Boomstick: Don't convex me, Wiz! True fans know I'm right.
Wiz: Aether is an extremely powerful element which binds the fates of the living and the dead. With Aether, Spyro pulls from the four elements to create energy which, according to Polin, has power comparable to that of an atom smasher.
Boomstick: Isn't that the thing that shoots an atom around at light speed for all sorts of sciencey stuff?
Wiz: Yes. They're particle accelerators with a moving photon beam containing 362 megajoules of energy.
Boomstick: Yeah, I said that.
Wiz: This beam can slice through a human skull in a nanosecond, just like what happened to Russian scientist Anatoli Bugorski when he stuck his head in one of them.
Boomstick: Why the hell would he do that?! God, being Russian must be hard.
Wiz: Bugorski took a beam less than a molecule thick through the skull, which obliterated all matter in its path in an instant. While he survived, half of his face around the microscopic hole in his head swelled, peeled apart and was permanently paralyzed. While he experienced the blinding light he described as "brighter than a thousand suns."
Sparx: Hey, Spyro. What was that about?
Spyro: I don't really know. I just felt like I had to hit it, and when I did, the power of a thousand suns surged through my body!
Popup: Spirit Gems and the crystals that house them are made up of the Aether and are described as "a gift that empowers [dragons] with the spirits of the past."
Boomstick: Just imagine if that beam was the size of Spyro's super breath! No, wait, you don't need to! We've seen what it's like when he killed the Ape King!
Wiz: Of course, Spyro's Aether powers have other uses, as well, such as curing his fellow dragon Cynder of Malefor's corruption.
Boomstick: Is he shooting ghosts at her?! What kind of magic were they smoking when they came up with that?!
Wiz: But Aether is dependent on a balance between light and dark. Should a purple dragon fall prey to their own anger and hatred, they risk being consumed by Dark Aether, or Nether. Transforming into a blackened, rage-filled form.
Boomstick: Spyro's a really nice guy, but as Dark Spyro, he lets loose! He's stronger, faster and way more violent!
Wiz: Unfortunately, when Spyro is consumed by Dark Aether, he cannot return to his old self on his own, but with friends like Sparks and Cynder at his side, he's always found his way back.
Boomstick: (singing) Through the power of love... (does air guitar) Right, Spyro?
Spyro: You gotta believe!
Wiz: With all these powers at his claw tips, Spyro is a force to be reckoned with. He's pretty quick, outracing biplanes that can fly over 159 miles per hour.
Boomstick: He's pushed a gold statue about twice his size, and he's pretty tough, claiming his scales are impenetrable.
Spyro: So I'm electricity proof too? I knew my scales were impenetrable, but now this?
Wiz: A bold claim, but let's look at the facts. Spyro once took a punch from this massive magma golem, which then lost its arm and replaced it with a cathedral tower. This cathedral is very similar in size to St. Stephen's Basilica, a Roman Catholic Church in Budapest, Hungary. By taking the height, length, and depth of the basilica, and adjusting for empty space, we can estimate the arm's mass to weigh over four-hundred thousand tons. Assuming a low-end punching speed of fifty miles per hour, that of the average humans, the golem must have hit with at least 1.9 million tons of force.
Boomstick: And after getting all these powers, saving the dragons, and defeating the dark master himself, Spyro tapped into Aether one last time, to literally pull the exploding planet back together! What?! How the hell?! How?!
Wiz: I'd say a mix of the power of love, magic of friendship and a smidgen of prophetic destiny.
Boomstick: Wiz, I want a pet dragon more than anything.
Spyro: It's a sad sight, Sparx. Another noble warrior falls victim to the plague of love. Just look away.
(*Cues: Off-Brandicoot - Brandon Yates*)
Crash was seen running towards a few crates as he smashes all of them before bouncing and hitting his head on the last two crates before cheering in the air before crashing down face first on the ground as Spyro flies in as he wonders what Crash was doing.
Spyro: Weird.. Uh, what are you doing?
Just then, Sparx comes out and flies to Crash. Crash seems surprised, but then thinks that Sparx is an enemy. Not even a second later, Crash claps his hands on Sparx, killing him. Crash laughs, while Spyro looks on in horror.
Spyro: SPARX! No!!!
(Cues: Crash And Burn - Brandon Yates)
Enraged, Spyro then flies to Crash, the latter preparing a fighting stance. The PlayStation mascots then collide head-on, prepared for battle.
Spyro makes the first attack by trying to slash at Crash who has managed to dodge both slashes and a tail whip before performing the Cyclone Spin as he sends the Purple Dragon flying back.
Crash does his victory dance while Spyro flies up in the air.
Spyro: You asked for it!
Spyro then unleashes his Fire Breath on the bandicoot as he shrieks and braces himself before Aku Aku appears to shield Crash from the Fire Breath before disappearing. Crash then runs up a mountain and jumps as he prepares to punch Spyro out of the air but the Purple Dragon makes a fiery explosion that sends the Orange Bandicoot crashing towards the ground as he lands on his back before getting back up just as Spyro fires multiple fireballs at Crash while he is running away from them. As Crash was running, he then notices his Mech Suit and runs towards it.
Crash Bandicoot jumps into the Mech Suit and starts to operate it, Crash points Mech's arm cannon towards Spyro and shoots out a Wumpa Fruit at Spyro, the Dragon dodges the fruit and it ends up splashing on a Rock.
Spyro: Wait a sec, was that a fruit?
Crash Bandicoot shoots more Wumpa Fruits at Spyro, who keeps dodging them all as he fires both his Fireballs and Electricity Breath. Each shot of Wumpa Fruits pushes Crash to the edge of the cliff, Spyro used his Ice Breath to freeze the Mech Suit, then Spyro covers himself in a Armored Boulder and charges towards the frozen Bandicoot and knocking him off the edge.
Spyro: Woohoo! Strrrrike!
Suddenly, Crash flies up with the Copter Pack on his back.
Spyro: Where do you keep finding these things?
Crash then processes to fly towards Spyro as he got behind him as he lands a few hits on the dragon before kicking Spyro in the face and sending him back but then Spyro taps into the Dark Aether and transforms into Dark Spyro.
Dark Spyro: I'm done with this!
Both of them then process to charge into each other as Dark Spyro was faster as he destroys the Copter Pack, sending the Bandicoot falling towards the ocean as he smirks before relaxing as he fell but Dark Spyro got below Crash as he fires the Dark Aether Breath from below the Bandicoot but then Aku Aku reappears to try and protect Crash by firing a beam to stop Dark Spyro's attack but it was in vain as the beam disintegrated both Aku Aku and Crash. With the deed done, Dark Spyro flies back to the cliff and looks behind him.
Dark Spyro: Nobody, messes with me pal!
Dark Spyro then flies off.
(Cues: Crash And Burn again)
Boomstick: I don't think Aku Aku's gonna pull Crash from the grave after that.
Wiz: Spyro had plenty of obvious advantages. His speedy flight let him control the pace of the battle, and his elemental arsenal gave him a much wider variety of attacks than Crash had ever seen in a one-on-one fight. Even with his extraordinary puzzle-solving skills, Crash was simply overwhelmed, but surprisingly, this wasn't nearly as one-sided as it looked on paper.
Popup: Crash could not jack Spyro, because it only effects creatures made of Mojo.
Boomstick: With the strength to throw an eight-ton boulder, Crash was actually stronger than Spyro, and both of them had survived impacts worth around two millions tons of force. How convenient. It's almost like they planned this all along!
Wiz: To be fair, we did have to lowball Spyro's durability against the golem's punch. However, both of them had shown durability which far exceeded much of their attack capability.
Boomstick: So even with his gadgets, Crash really didn't have a good way to hurt Spyro very much, but the funny thing is, Spyro didn't have many attacks that could firmly hurt Crash, either. They were both just too tough.
Wiz: Well, until Spyro used the Aether Breath, which could literally break matter apart at an atomic level. Not even Aku Aku could save Crash from a beam that intense.
Popup: Even Aku Aku has been defeated/overpowered by forces far weaker than Spyro's Aether.
Boomstick: I guess Crash just couldn't spin this one.
Wiz: The winner is Spyro the Dragon.
The tracks used in this fight are "Off-Brandicoot" and "Crash and Burn". The first track starts the fight with the music you hear in Crash Bandicoot games, but when the fight starts, it then switches to the second track, "Crash and Burn".
The title of "Off-Brandicoot" is an obvious reference to Crash's species, while the title of "Crash and Burn" references Crash's name and Spyro's ability to breathe fire.
The cover image of "Off-Brandicoot" just shows Crash's eyes, eyebrows and nose, while the cover image of "Crash and Burn" shows the same thing, only on fire and with the nose and eyebrows completely white instead of black.
- The connections between Crash and Spyro is that they are both iconic video game characters and former PlayStation mascots from the 90s. They also have a rivalry comparable to the ones between Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog and/or Ratchet & Clank and Jak & Daxter.
- Crash and Spyro have fought each other previously in the crossover games, Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage and Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy. The battle was a stalemate as the two heroes decided to team up instead.
- Spyro made a cameo in the Crash game Crash Twinsanity and he appeared as a playable character in Crash Nitro Kart (GBA) and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.
- Crash and Spyro also had demo codes for each others games (Crash Bandicoot: Warped, Crash Team Racing and Crash Bash had demos for the first 3 Spyro games, and vice versa)
- This is the first DEATH BATTLE! episode to be written by Sean Hinz.
- This is the first DEATH BATTLE! episode to have a storyboarded fight. The storyboards can be viewed here.
- This is the fifth episode in which only one side received a voice actor, after Mario VS Sonic (2011), Eggman VS Wily, Hulk VS Doomsday and Lucario VS Renamon.
- This is the 16th company themed episode, after Goomba VS Koopa, Haggar VS Zangief, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Royale, Starscream VS Rainbow Dash, Master Chief VS Doomguy, Zelda VS Peach, Pokémon Battle Royale, Ragna VS Sol Badguy, Beast VS Goliath, Darth Vader VS Doctor Doom, Bowser VS Ganon, Ratchet & Clank VS Jak & Daxter, Meta VS Carolina, Naruto VS Ichigo and Jotaro VS Kenshiro, and with the next eight being Leon Kennedy VS Frank West, Roshi VS Jiraiya, Mega Man Battle Royale, Wario VS King Dedede, Sasuke VS Hiei, All Might VS Might Guy, Black Canary VS Sindel and The Seven Battle Royale.
- This episode could be considered the second 'Console Wars' themed fight, after Mario VS Sonic (2011), and with the next one being Mario VS Sonic (2018).
- This is the twelfth animals themed episode, after Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Royale, Zitz VS Leonardo, Yoshi VS Riptor, Fox McCloud VS Bucky O'Hare, Pokémon Battle Royale, Godzilla VS Gamera, Donkey Kong VS Knuckles, Pokémon VS Digimon, Mewtwo VS Shadow, Lucario VS Renamon and Smokey Bear VS McGruff the Crime Dog.
- Coincidentally, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy was announced/leaked a week before the battle had been released.
- During the fight while Crash uses his Copter Pack, he mimics Ken Master's critical art from Street Fighter V: Guren Enjinkyaku
- This is the second time in which a character from a franchise created by Insomniac battled a character from a franchise created by Naughty Dog, after Ratchet & Clank VS Jak & Daxter.
- This episode was planned in the early days of DEATH BATTLE! and was originally prepared to air in the proposed Season 2 (which ended up being an extended Season 1).
- This is the first episode to have 2 original tracks rather than just 1.