|“||I haven’t made such easy money since the Sorceress bought that mayonnaise for sunscreen.||„|
Moneybags is a recurring anti-hero in the Spyro the Dragon series. in Spyro 2 and 3, he appears in certain levels to charge Spyro to pay a certain amount of gems so he can get pass him. He was last seen in Spyro: A Hero's Tail.
In Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, he is voiced by Milton James. In Spyro: Year of the Dragon and Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly, he is voiced by Neil Ross. In Spyro: A Hero's Tail, he is voiced by Jess Harnell. And in Spyro Reignited Trilogy, he is voiced by JB Blanc.
Moneybags is an upper-class, money-grubbing and somewhat deceitful conman who is infamous for charging Spyro exorbitant fees, paid in Gems, in order for Spyro to advance in certain areas (whether it would be by learning a new skill, unlocking doors, making passages, or releasing an ally). The costly prices are eventually paid by Spyro, much to the delight of Moneybags (in one instance, he refused to admit a password to a door until Spyro coughed up; when he did, Moneybags revealed the password to be "Gullible").
In Spyro: A Hero's Tail, he gained a change in personality, becoming more jolly and friendly, but retains his delightful need for gems.
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Not much is known about Moneybags' past, but he mentioned going to University and became a champion in Bantamweight boxing. In later years, however, he seemed to have lost his spark.
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!
Moneybags first encountered Spyro in the realm Glimmer, where he charged gems in order for Spyro to cross a bridge. He appeared many more times during Spyro's journey in Avalar. In each instance, he imposed a hefty price (or in his own words, "a small fee...") for a certain service, such as opening a portal or teaching Spyro a new ability. Moneybags was apparently already quite wealthy at this point, as is indicated by his fine apparel and the bag of gems he always carries with him. After Ripto's defeat, Moneybags was forced to give back all the gems he had taken from Spyro. In the epilogue of the original game, Moneybags had swindled the Bonebuilders in Skelos Badlands one too many times and they had their pet Lava Lizard chomp on him.
Spyro: Year of the Dragon
Moneybags continued to annoy Spyro by charging him for services in the Forgotten Realms the following year. He was also keeping Sheila, Sgt. Byrd, Bentley, and Agent 9 imprisoned for the Sorceress and made Spyro pay fees for their release. In response, each of the captured characters gave the ursine some well-deserved punishment. Moneybags also displayed numerous skills during this time, such as a mastery of haiku and magic, all of which he used to make more money.
However, he pushed Spyro one step too far by plotting to sell a dragon egg, which resulted in the purple dragon chasing him around Midnight Mountain and forcing Moneybags to give up the treasure and the egg he had taken. After that, Moneybags said that he would retire to Spooky Swamp to become a haiku poet, but he disappeared through the portal to Crystal Islands (after that, he is no longer seen anywhere in the game, not even in Crystal Islands or Spooky Swamp).
However, in the epilogue, it is revealed that Moneybags somehow got to Dino Mines and became an easy target for the Bailey Gang.
Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly
Moneybags was later seen in Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly in the Dragonfly Dojo, making Spyro pay to cross a bridge. He was dressed in a blue robe with pink flowers and stood nonchalantly by one of the frozen dragon masters. He mentioned in this game that the shine of gems "helps him to write his poetry," showing that he may still be a haiku poet. However, unlike in previous games, Moneybags disappears after this encounter, and never repays Spyro. In unused dialogue for the game, he was to repay Spyro and leave his occupation of taking gems and turn to gold.
Spyro 2: Season of Flame
In Spyro 2: Season of Flame, Moneybags had given up on his haiku poetry career. He still had a flair for gaining gems.
Spyro: A Hero's Tail and Spyro: Shadow Legacy
In Spyro: A Hero's Tail, Moneybags seemed to have developed a completely different voice which resembles an Egyptian accent, opposed to his former well-spoken British accent. He also wears a fez. At this point, he had gained a good deal of business by starting several shops across the Dragon Realms. In A Hero's Tail, when you come close to a Remote Shop Pad, he talks to you saying things like "Go ahead, Spyro! If you have money to spend, I am here to relieve you of the burden!"
In Spyro: Shadow Legacy, it appeared he has a wife and four sons who are not as obsessed with gems as he is. His sons are Maxwell, Marvin, Merton, and Marshall. He is not seen much in Shadow Legacy, but his sons are around to sell items to Spyro.
Moneybags made a few appearances in Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs with his own level called Moneybags' Mansion and his nephew Minibags, both of whom wear the same sort of glasses and move about as the characters in that game do from side to side. Minibags seems to always be in two places at once, as he appears in the Main Hall and the Entrance outside the mansion. The music for this level is the same as that for Moneybags's Vaults in this game. All of Moneybags' Vaults have to be opened by pressing two red switches in a period of time. Moneybags still had his intention of taking Spyro's gems.
- In "A Hero's Tail" he talks in an Arabic accent, which matches his appearance from that game.