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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.

History

Creation

Tiny was presumably created by Dr. Nitrus Brio after mutating an Thylacine (also known as a Tasmanian Tiger). However, he usually serves as an henchmen for Dr. Neo Cortex.

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.

Crash Twinsanity

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. 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.

Gallery

Trivia

  • 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.