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    Dr. Neo Cortex
    "I'm an evil scientist, what did you expect? This isn't a game."
    Gender: Male
    Type: Entertaining Mad Scientist
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Brendan O'Brien (1996)
    Clancy Brown (1997-2003)
    Lex Lang (2004-present)
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Crash Bandicoot

    '"Darn you, Crash Bandicoot!"
    -Dr. Neo Cortex in Crash Bandicoot.

    Dr. Neo Cortex is the main antagonist of the Crash Bandicoot series. He is a mad scientist and terrorist who seeks to achieve world domination as an act of vengeance for the ridicule he has suffered in the past, eventually creating Crash Bandicoot.

    Why He's an Evil Scientist (In a Good Way)

    1. Despite being a villain, he's one of those villains that are often seen as likable in an entertaining way which can prove that some games are not complete without a villain. In fact, Cortex fits the bill and is on par with Dr. Eggman with being lovable villains.
    2. Ironically enough for a bad guy, he does care for Nina Cortex who happens to be his daught-errrr-niece.
    3. He elivers some really memorable and hilarious lines like "DARN YOU, CRASH BANDICOOT!".
    4. Cortex can be cunning and smart on his own level like in Cortex Strikes Back, where he manipulated Crash into collecting crystals.
    5. Most Crash Bandicoot games often portray him as a villain, but there are some exceptions as noted after Crash beats him in Crash Twinsanity thus he becomes an ally by force. The same goes for Skylanders: Imaginators.
    6. Both Clancy Brown and Lex Lang delivers an excellent performance as the mad doctor.
    7. Like many stereotypical villainous mad scientists, Cortex holds a grudge against other scientists for ridiculing his outlandish (yet workable) ideas, and was originally driven towards world domination by the desire to prove his colleagues wrong. For an antagonist, at least he's still determined to take down Crash despite being defeated by the bandicoot many times.
    8. One of his many backstories is unintentionally sympathetic: a "freak" explosion wiped out his entire family, leading Cortex to defend himself. He was even bullied before like in Madame Amberly's Academy of Evil.
    9. Despite being a villain, he has his limits and isn't above working with his enemies to stop a greater threat. In Crash Team Racing, for example, he is aware of Nitrous Oxide's plan of enslaving the entire world if he manages to win a race and is willing to join Crash and his friends to stop him.


    1. He's shown to become nervous (sometimes downright spineless) when put in the face of extreme and immediate danger (i.e. confronting Uka Uka, running out of ammo while fighting enemies, etc.).
    2. His inability to plan ahead or learn from his mistakes.
    3. He alter facts about his life, claiming himself to be the most popular student in his school, even though in reality he was an object of hatred among many students.



    1. His name is a pun on the neocortex, a part of the brain.
    2. In Crash Tag Team Racing, it is implied that Cortex had served in the Vietnam War, though it's unknown what year he joined the war or how old he was at the time.
    3. According to Clancy Brown during an interview, the reason why he stopped doing the voice of Dr. Cortex was that Universal paid actors minimum wage, and that he was never told about the Crash games (Wrath of Cortex and Crash Nitro Kart) during the time. In another interview, Lex Lang added that parents felt Brown's portrayal of the character was too mean for younger audiences, and wrote letters to Universal about the problem.
    4. Cortex is stated to have grown up in the USA, though Cortex's nationality is debated among fans as to what his heritage is.
      • In one version of the Crash Bandicoot production bible he is stated to have grown up in a "g*psy" wagon. "G*psy" is a slur towards Romani people, implying that Cortex has Romani heritage.
      • Cortex is sometimes thought to have Hispanic heritage - evidence for this is "Cortex" being very similar to the common Spanish surname "Cortez". Cortex's niece is named "Nina", which is also a Latin name.


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