|“||BANDICOOTS! I can squash Bandicoots!||„|
|~ Tiny Tiger|
Tiny Tiger (mistakenly called "Taz Tiger" in the pause screen of the North American version of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back) is a villain from the Crash Bandicoot series.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
Tiny Tiger made his debut as the 3rd boss of floor 3. He tried to either squash Crash Bandicoot, or make him fall into the pit below using floating platforms. But Crash outsmarted Tiny and defeated the brute.
Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
Tiny appeared again as the first boss of the game. He fights Crash in a Roman colosseum while dressed as an gladiator. Tiny again tried to squash the marsupial and attacked him with a trident. However, the trident kept getting stuck in the ground and gave Crash an opening to attack Tiny. Despite unleashing the lions afterwards, Crash still managed to defeat Tiny once again.
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex
Tiny reappeared alongside other villains to serve as an obstacle within certain levels.
Tiny is briefly seen among other villains at the beginning of the game's first boss fight.
Crash of the Titans
Tiny appeared redesigned in this game, with an entirely new personality. He is first seen with Neo Cortex and complimented the villain's stationary. Tiny is later confronted by Crash and Aku Aku at a volcanic area on Wumpa Island. Although Tiny doesn't want to fight Crash, he does anyway and is defeated. Tiny then reveals to the heroes that Nina Cortex had taken over her uncle's operations and told them where to go next.
- Tiny, along with the Komodo Brothers, was originally planned to be in the first Crash Bandicoot game, still with his beta name "Tazmanian Tiger", but he was removed in favor of Koala Kong. So, Tiny was introduced as N. Brio's henchman in the second game, however Naughty Dog put him in the third game in Cortex's service instead of Kong, without never explaining how and why Tiny would have abandoned Brio. Tiny can still be seen in the 1996 early cutscenes that were meant for the first game, along with Kong and the other mutants.
- Tiny sounds like champion boxer Mike Tyson in Crash of the Titans. It has been argued that with his complete redesign and different personality, the only thing about Tiny this tiger had was the name.
- However, Tiny's body structure is still mostly similar to other versions of the character.
- Aside from his appearance in the Crash of the Titans games, Tiny has only had stripes twice in the series. The first time was in Crash Twinsanity (although since the stripes are on his back and Tiny is always facing towards the screen, they go unseen) and the second was in Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy (which are faintly seen on his back during the second game's boss fight).