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|“||Ratchet! I realized that you aren't wearing your regulation Q force green arced tights! I suggest that you get your butt back in uniform before I write you up for a dress code violation!||„|
|~ Captain Qwark|
Captain Qwark is the main tritagonist in the Ratchet & Clank series. He is an egotistical and cowardly alien who aims to be seen as a hero in the eyes of the public, but in reality he hides behind Ratchet & Clank.
He was formerly an antagonist in Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, and the Ratchet & Clank (2016) movie and video game until he reforms.
He was voiced by Jim Ward, who also voiced Diamondhead in the Ben 10 series.
Up Your Arsenal
After Qwark regains his memory, he founds the Q-Force, an organisation intended to stop Dr. Nerfarious. Qwark coordinated several Q-Force missions, including the mission to infiltrate Nefarious' base on planet Aquatos, and to defeat the Tyhrranoids on Tyhrranosis.
Ratchet and Clank were often on the front lines of these missions, though he claimed to credit for the defeat of the Momma Tyhrranoid in an interview with Darla Gratch. When Ratchet learned that Nefarious was hiding out in his star cruiser, the Leviathan in the Zeldrin Starport, Qwark led the mission to confront Nefarious on the ship. The ship self-destructed and crashed on the planet, with Qwark going down alongside it, and was presumed dead.
Later, Ratchet and Clank reached the crash site on planet Zeldrin, they found a data disk containing the plans for the Biobliterator, Dr. Nefarious' superweapon, where Qwark's escape pod had landed. After playing through Qwark vid-comic Issue 5: The Shaming of the Q, they learned that Qwark had a hideout on the Thran Asteroid, and found him there, learning he was in exile. Qwark declined to help them defeat Nefarious, and was presumed inactive afterwards, though he later flew in on his shuttle to help Ratchet and Clank destroy the second Biobliterator on planet Mylon, saving them at the last minute. Finally, Qwark was seen watching the Secret Agent Clank movie premiere along with Skrunch.
Ratchet & Clank: Deadlocked
Qwark made a cameo appearance at the end delivering a message to Ratchet and Clank, in which he claimed to still be living in blissful ignorance along with Skrunch.
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
Qwark was noticed by Clank on Pokitaru, and after Clank questioned if he should instead be with his family, Qwark explained he never knew them, and was adopted and raised by monkeys on Florana. When Luna, a girl interviewing Ratchet, was kidnapped by robots, Qwark followed Ratchet and Clank after grabbing onto their ship and following them to Ryllus. He gave them advice on their next destination in return for being allowed to use the ship's computer to research his family tree.
The three later left to planet Kalidon, and Qwark claimed he had found his parents on a website named "Faux-Family.com". Qwark then ran off to a Technomite factory to search for his father.
When Ratchet and Clank caught up with Otto Destruct, the leader of the Technomites, it was revealed that Otto Destruct had fooled Qwark into believing he was his father. After Otto's defeat, Skrunch arrived with a newspaper that showed that Qwark's parents were once great heroes who had been killed by defective Technomite technology. Qwark tried to use Otto's Intelligence Machine to swap intelligence, though after Otto shrunk Qwark with a Shrink Ray, Skrunch operated it instead, swapping Otto's intelligence with Skrunch's.
Because Otto had chewed on the shrink ray, damaging the device, Qwark was unable to be returned to his normal size, at least for a while. The miniaturised Qwark was later seen in Clank's apartment on Endako, explaining his "heroic deeds" on planet Oceana VIII to three miniature Ratchet clones.
Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction
On planet Kerwan, Qwark signals a distress call to Ratchet and Clank, who learn that Qwark is surrounded by a drophyd army under the command of Emperor Tachyon. Outnumbered and overwhelmed, he willingly surrenders himself to be captured to avoid getting killed. As Ratchet and Clank arrive at his Planetary Defense Center, they are too late to help him. Qwark is forced to serve Emperor Tachyon, and sucks up to him enough to be promoted as the commentator of the Imperial Fight Festival on Planet Mukow. He establishes contact with Ratchet and Clank by transmitting a message to their new ship Aphelion, disguising his message as an advertisement for the arena.
Although believed to be a trap, Ratchet heads to see what Qwark has gotten himself into. Due to Tachyon watching over the arena, vowing to kill Ratchet, Qwark gives Ratchet a disguise so that he wouldn't be recognized, giving him the alias "Mustachio Furioso." Upon winning his fights, Ratchet is puzzled as to why Qwark is working for Tachyon, who explains that he was simply doing it to survive, although highly exaggerated. He rewards Ratchet with the heli-pod gadget, as well as a video tape that details Tachyon's motives. The video details Tachyon's desire to dominate the Polaris Galaxy, as well as to find the Lombax Secret, even if it means ravaging every planet in order to obtain it. The video also shows that he plans to target the Apogee Space Station, prompting Ratchet and Clank to get there first.
Qwark gets in touch with Ratchet and Clank once more while they are on Sargasso, calling them back to the Imperial Fight Festival for another clue on Tachyon. Here, he awards them with a holo-pirate disguise. He also gives them an infobot that explains the IRIS supercomputer, its capabilities and its vast amount of information stored, located on the Kreeli Comet. Qwark begs for a way out of his situation, remarking that he is not a superhero, but simply a hero.
Later, as Ratchet and Clank head to rescue Talwyn from Zordoom Prison, Ratchet requests to get holographic schematics of the prison from Qwark. He instead explains a plan to get in, directing the operation from his "Townhouse of Solitude." After rescuing Talwyn, Qwark finds out that the location of the Dimensionator is located on planet Jasindu, which he uploads the coordinates to Aphelion. When the Dimensionator falls into the hands of Romulus Slag, Qwark follows Ratchet to the Ublik Passage. As Slag is defeated, and Ratchet is about to take the Dimensionator back, Qwark appears and steals the device, claiming that he will be doing the heroic act of hurling it into a black hole.
It is revealed that Qwark had been deceived into retrieving the Dimensionator for Tachyon to get his hands on, as he is next seen on Reepor under the grasp of Tachyon's mech suit. Using the device, he brings back the cragmites into their dimension, and proceeds to attack Meridian City on planet Igliak, taking Qwark with him. He is freed by Ratchet and Clank, who find him hiding, and returns to the Apogee Space Station.
Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Qwark is a selfish and manipulative coward who would do whatever it takes to keep his status of a "superhero". For example, he takes credit for things he has not done, as seen in his interactions with B.A.R.N.E.Y..
Early in his career, Qwark was an undeniable, interdependent, perspicuous and outspoken fraud, being totally unethical and perfectly willing to kill and betray others for the sake of his endorsements and publicity. He was perfectly willing to endorse Drek's new planet despite the obvious devastation the harvesting process was crating, and the fact that some planets were even doomed to fall out of orbit and into their respective suns, potentially killing billions.
After his defeat at the hands of Ratchet and Clank, Qwark's personality did not improve. He attempted to sell fraudulent Gadgetron products that were not only defective, but also treacherous and exploitative. In an effort to restore his media image Qwark stole the identity of Abercrombie Fizzwidget and published the dangerous Protopet just so that he could then destroy it and "save the galaxy".
Because of his low intelligence and greed, Qwark was very dull, tedious, repetitive, unpleasant and easy to manipulate, as shown in his interactions with Drek and Otto, and even with Ratchet. The simple act of promising him an increase in favor is often enough to convince Qwark to brave great dangers in pursuit of glory, although he usually takes the easy way to it, often relying on others to accomplish the mission while he takes the credit. These same traits also tend to win Qwark enemies due to his vainglorious and conceited blundering, best shown in his relationship with Dr. Nefarious, whom he had bullied as a child and inadvertently drove him down the path to villainy.
Following his spell of amnesia and recovery in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Qwark's personality seemed to change for the better. While still irresponsible, egotistical, perfidious and moronic, he was no longer malicious and any negative outcomes from his actions tended to be from ineptitude or sheer accident. Despite this, he did prove to be useful on occasion. He aided Ratchet and Clank by spying on Emperor Tachyon as his "confidant" and attempting to aid citizens affected by alien invasions, although it was largely in an effort to avoid danger and gain publicity.
However, on several rare occasions, Captain Qwark would act like a true hero without any ulterior motive or gain in the process. When Ratchet and Clank were about to be killed by Nefarious inside his Biobliterator for example, Qwark arrived out of nowhere in his starship to save the duo from being killed. He also refused to kill Snowball the War Grok despite the beast's previous attempts at devouring him and Ratchet, going so far to put his life on the line at the hands of the Agorians, merely asking that they name a building, such as school after him. He even saved Nefarious from falling to his death, even though Nefarious was his nemesis (and had in fact, had attempted to kill Qwark during that same moment). He had also saved Ratchet and Clank from the Nethers on Yerek.
Qwark's ego probably betrayed him the worst when he became Galactic President, making him an extremely dangerous enemy in the form of Artemis Zogg and attracting the attention of Dr. Nefarious, who attempted to lure him into a trap with the fictitious and suppositious "Tool of Justice" award, wherein he was almost murdered by a Light-Eating Z'Grute.
- Captain Qwark on the Villains Wiki
Ratchet and Clank (2016)