Character Spotlight #5: Spyro the Dragon

Spyro the Dragon is one of the most iconic characters in gaming. If you grew up in the 2000s, chances are you know this dragon, even if you didn’t own a Playstation. This is the first non-comic spotlight to be done thus far, and with talk of a Spyro remastered game coming for PS4, then this is a great time to do this spotlight.


Brief History:


Spyro first appeared in the 1998 game, Spyro the Dragon which received positive reviews.


He’s headstrong, reckless, courageous and a natural hero. He’s known to be pretty arrogant at times, but can back it up with his abundance of powerups, and claims to fame.


In the original Spyro games, a villain by the name of Gnasty Gnorc starts freezing dragons in crystal, after another dragon, Lindar, insulted him by saying he’s not a threat to dragons. Spyro was preserved, due to being so small, and set out to free the dragons across the Dragon Realms. He is successful, and winds up freeing the dragons, and defeating Gnasty Gnorc. In Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage, he tries to go on vacation, but is ultimately dragged into a conflict involving a dictator by the name of Ripto in the realm of Avalar. This goes to show that heroes don’t get vacations. After that, in Spyro: Year of the Dragon, an anthropomorphic rabbit steals dragon eggs, but after realizing that her boss is a villain (as opposed to the nice, upstanding member of the evil magic users club), she decided to defect to Spyro’s side and help him out. Spyro has had a ton of further adventures, such as a return of Ripto (more than once), a team up with Crash Bandicoot and a series reboot.


Currently, Spyro is running with the Skylanders crew, and is part of that universe.


Why is he getting a spotlight:


Spyro is one of the most iconic members of our childhood. That childhood nostalgia combined with some really good games makes Spyro really amazing. All childhood figures from the shadows of our past deserve their time in the present light. Spyro’s world is the type of world that definitely deserves an update, and with video game graphics at their best, maybe we can finally get the new updated Spyro games we’ve all wanted.


As per usual, I will supply you with a list of media to get your Spyro fix:



  • Spyro the Dragon (1998 game that kickstarted the whole thing)
  • Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage (quite possibly the best game in the franchise, and the world)
  • Spyro: Year of the Dragon
  • The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning
  • The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night
  • The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
  • Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy
  • Skylanders Academy (2016 Television series)
  • Skylanders: Imagination
  • Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure