- Species: Human (Homo Sapiens Sapiens)
- Gender: Male
- Alignment: Neutral
Large and in charge, Papu Papu leads a simple tribe native to N. Sanity Island. He spends most of his time sleeping and eating (in his native language, "papu papu" means "pass the dish again, mate"), and he's quick to greet any unwanted visitors with a large club. His enormous belly jiggles like no other, which has earned him the respect and awe of his fellow tribesmen.
Papu Papu and his warriors live in a small village behind a tall wooden gate, where they raise wild boars in pens. Despite his general lack of culture, he is capable of speaking simple English alongside his tribe's dialect.
- One of Papu Papu's prototype designs by Charles Zembillas depicted him as a tall, muscular warrior. However, Naughty Dog wanted a fat character because they thought it would be fun to animate someone with jiggly motions.
- The ornament on Papu Papu's hair is usually blue and purple, but in promotional artwork for the original Crash Bandicoot and during gameplay in Crash Bash, it's yellow instead.
The original design.
Crash Team Racing
Papu Papu's original design is unchanged, but it's conveyed through a much more detailed 3D model.
Papu Papu's belly is even larger and rounder than before. His ornaments and loincloth are more detailed, and he has three red stripes on his belly, as well as some red marks on his arms. His toe nails have become white.