Ratchet is one of the two main protagonists of the long-running video game series Ratchet & Clank. He is a Lombax native from the planet Fastoon who was later sent to Veldin at a young age. Ratchet is 5 feet tall (152 cm), and, as of Ratchet: Deadlocked, weighed 97.5 lbs. (44.3 kg.) (Dallas Wanamaker claimed most of his weight was attributed to fluff and fat). Ratchet was the son of Kaden, Guardian of the Dimensionator, who was killed by Emperor Tachyon shortly after Ratchet's birth.
One day, his life was changed forever once he met a small robot named XJ-0461, but he nicknamed him Clank, who would go on to become his lifelong companion, voice of reason, and best friend. Together, back to back (both literally and metaphorically), they had many adventures, defeated numerous super villains and criminals, discover their true origins and became known as two of the universe's greatest heroes, meeting allies like Captain Qwark, and making archenemies like Dr. Nefarious throughout their various adventures.
He is voiced by James Arnold Taylor in every game except the first, in which he is voiced by Micheal Kelley.
|“||Neftin: Can you imagine? Seeing your kind right there- close enough to touch, but impossible to reach.
Ratchet: Yes. Yes, I can. But wanting something too badly can change you into something you're not.
|~ Ratchet sympathising with the Progs' situation|
Ratchet is a street-wise, wrench-swinging guy who always liked to get into an adventure without really thinking about the risks or odds. He made many sarcastic comments or jokes and sometimes took things personally, but over the series of the games, Ratchet has matured and become more serious. He enjoyed swinging down Zip-lines and using his Swingshot. Ratchet, like many Lombaxes, is also known to have invented some items, some were more successful than others. These items included Stunderwear (which was a huge seller on Umbris), for example.
Despite his intelligence, Ratchet usually doesn't strategize and charges into battle before thinking things through. Nevertheless, he is also fearless, able to take on any enemy with almost no signs of fear.
In the first game, Ratchet was very arrogant and selfish to the point that Clank had to talk him into helping other planets. However, throughout the course of the game, he became more dedicated and serious to stopping Drek's plans. After that, he became a less selfish person. He became very selfless and at the end of Deadlocked, he was willing to give up his life for all the captured heroes that he eventually saved.
In A Crack in Time, Ratchet is seen as more of an intelligent, humble and serious character. This personality has also been seen in All 4 One, as he has shown a compassionate side as well.
Ratchet is willing to help anybody in need of saving. Also, he has become less willing to let vengeance become his only focus like in the first game, where all he cared about was getting even with Qwark until he fully realized and understood the dire situation, but in Into the Nexus, when Cronk and Zephyr were killed at the hands of the Prog twins, while it was his desire to make them answer for the old warbots' deaths, he was also willing to try to reason with them when they were planning to release Mr. Eye and the Nethers.
Ratchet sympathized with their situation, due to it not being so different from his own. Also, while it was his intention to find the Lombaxes since Tools of Destruction, by the end of Into the Nexus he mostly likely decided to let go of that desire, having stated that there was more for him in his birth dimension, most notably being with Talwyn than with his kind.
While fairly short, Ratchet is a capable fighter, utilizing weapons and gadgets that allow him to traverse many environments, and defeat very large groups of enemies by himself. Ratchet can also evade enemy fire, often jumping, or back/side flipping out of the way. Ratchet is also handy with some tools, usually seen fixing a multitude of machines, most of all with his wrench, which he can use to turn bolts to extend bridges, open doors, and other functions. Ratchet can also use his wrench as a close quarters weapon. In addition to his natural talents, Ratchet has received a training as a commando by Megacorp, ranging from martial arts and outdoor survival, to origami.
Ratchet has a huge amount of weapons, gadgets, and items at his disposable, he was skilled at using each and every one of them.
Ratchet was also capable of piloting many vehicles expertly, even on his first try.
Ratchet is even capable of fighting enemies with supernatural powers, as shown when facing Angstrom Darkwater, Mr. Eye, the Loki Master, and many more.
In Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet was capable of taking damage from feral alien creatures, the Blargian military, and even Chairman Drek and was still able to keep fighting. This is a demonstration of Ratchet's durability.
Ratchet also survived a hypernova, which has the power to 100 supernova.
Also, it appears that he and Clank have great luck that allows them to survive normally fatal situations. This is shown in all games. Some examples of this amazing ability is when Ratchet was in prison and had to fight enemies from the previous games, or when he survived a silo of deadly nerve toxin, or when he escaped the detonation of the Nebulox.
Names and aliases
Ratchet during his many exploits and encounters was referred to by a variety of names and titles including Captain Ratchet, Ratchet of Veldin, The Dread Pirate Ratchet the Butcher of Bogon, Sarge, Space Rat and This Guy. With the Lombaxes in another dimension and sent to Veldin by his father, Ratchet did not know his real name.
- Dead Meat
- Butcher of Bogon
- This Guy
- Captain Ratchet
- The Dread Pirate Ratchet
- Ratchet of Veldin
- Ratchet was an anti-hero in the first game as he was selfish, greedy, and cruel who abused Clank and was too focused on stopping Captain Qwark rather than helping other planets. He even went as far as to leave a commando to die in a war until Clank talked him into helping and almost became a protagonist villain until he discovered that his selfishness lead to an entire city being destroyed and became a true hero.