- Species: Mythological Dragon
- Gender: Male
- Alignment: Good
Spyro is a mischievous but heroic young dragon who leads a life of adventure. He lives in a magical realm where mythological and fantastic creatures like dragons and fairies are common sightings. This little reptile may not look too intimidating, but he is quick and agile, and if his horns aren't enough to take down his foes, his flame breath will do the trick. His best friend is Sparx, a helpful dragonfly who protects him, just like Aku Aku protects Crash Bandicoot.
Crash and Spyro first met after their arch-nemeses Cortex and Ripto joined forces to get rid of them both, disguising their minions as bandicoots and dragons and sending them to wreak havoc in each hero's world, in an attempt to mislead them into defeating each other. The plan was a failure and Crash joined forces with Spyro to take down these would-be conquerors, with the help of all of their friends.
Spyro has been rebooted twice, both as a character and a franchise. Once for The Legend of Spyro and again for Skylanders. Including the original franchise, all 3 of them are vastly different from each other, and as such, Spyro himself changes drastically with every new iteration. He is currently one of many playable characters in Skylanders, and though his appearance owes little to his original incarnation, his personality is closer to it than during The Legend of Spyro, which featured a more seasoned and mature version of himself.
Thanks to his guest appearance in Skylanders Imaginators, Crash has met the current version of Spyro too.
Spyro the Dragon is the eponymous protagonist of his own franchise. It was created by Insomniac Games, who had always kept a good relationship with Naughty Dog, the creators of the Crash Bandicoot series. Crash and Spyro were both designed by Charles Zembillas.
The first three Spyro games were developed by Insomniac Games, and they all had hidden demos of Crash games coming out concurrently (and vice-versa), accessible through cheat codes. After Insomniac Games and Naughty Dog left Spyro and Crash respectively, both franchises continued to support each other, as they were both owned by the same publisher. This eventually led to a few cameos in each other's game, along with a full crossover in Crash Bandicoot Purple and Spyro Orange.