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Angela Cross, also known as the unknown thief is a major support character in Going Commando who is mentioned in later titles. She is a lombax[2] who formerly worked for MegaCorp in the Bogon Galaxy before abandoning the company to become a rogue thief, and later befriended and worked with Ratchet and Clank in order to stop the Protopet menace that would bring harm across the galaxy. She later befriended Max Apogee and fled the Cerullean Sector in his starship.

History

Pre-Going Commando

Angela was an employee for MegaCorp who worked in the genetics division. Her role there was to fix the Protopet's flaws, though before she could succeed, the chief executive office of MegaCorp, Abercrombie Fizzwidget (who at the time was Qwark in disguised) pushed the release date of the Protopet forward, to which Angela protested that it could not be distributed to no avail. She therefore left the team, and hid her identity with a mask, a voice-distorting device and a hooded cape, to become an unknown thief, and stole the Protopet to take it back to her Flying Lab on planet Aranos, though she did not destroy it.

Going Commando

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Angela Cross, disguised as the unknown thief

When Ratchet was hired as a commando by MegaCorp to infiltrate Angela's lab and retrieve the Protopet, she took it away from him before he acquired it and went on the run to find a way to destroy it. She hired the Thugs 4 Less for protection and to defeat Ratchet.

At first, Angela passed by Oozla to purchase a map, and robbed it instead from the store with the Thugs. She afterwards visited Clank's apartment in Megapolis on Endako and kidnapped him, taking him hostage, and requiring Ratchet to free him and unite with him on his commando assignment.

Angela passed by Notak to acquire more chemicals, before then returning to her Frozen Base on planet Siberius. Ratchet and Clank tracked her to Siberius, after tracing back a transmission she sent to Notak requiring a double delivery of five containers of sulfuric acid, four containers of liquid hydrogen and six crates of nitroglycerin, and defeated her there, retrieving the Protopet and delivering it to Fizzwidget on planet Tabora.

Angela tracked them to Tabora, attempting to rob it from them after they had already handed it to Fizzwidget. She tried to intimidate them, but ended up falling on her front and losing the mask, then warning them they had put the galaxy in "imminent danger" and urged them to visit the MegaCorp Testing Facility on Dobbo to correct this. From this point on, she kept in contact with the two and they worked together to stop the Protopet.

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Angela sending a transmission while aboard the Thugs-4-Less fleet

Angela lost her contract bid with Thugs 4 Less to MegaCorp, who took over her Flying Lab. When she infiltrated the fleet to learn more about MegaCorp's plans, they found and kidnapped her, taking her to their headquarters on Snivelak. Ratchet and Clank traced them there, defeated their leader and freed her.

Following this, Angela invited Ratchet and Clank to visit her old home of Grelbin, where they were able to work on a plan to infiltrate MegaCorp Headquarters on planet Yeedil to defeat the Protopet at its. After they reached the Protopet duplication facility, before they could stop it, they were warned that Captain Qwark was merely using the Protopet to fix his tarnished reputation. Qwark then revealed himself and dropped the Fizzwidget disguise, and attempted to film the events live across the galaxy in which he would frame Angela, Ratchet and Clank for the Protopet. He stole the Helix-O-Morph, a device Angela had invented but not finished, and used it on the Protopet, but accidentally amplified its power instead.

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Angela discovers a cure for the Protopets

Angela found the real Fizzwidget locked away while Ratchet and Clank defeated the powered Protopet, and Clank spotted the error with the Helix-O-Morph (the battery was inserted backwards), allowing Angela to then amplify its signal through MegaCorp's TV transponders, curing all Protopets across the galaxy to make them harmless.

In the conclusion, Angela was seen hanging out with Ratchet and Clank in their apartment on Megapolis, where she had that Qwark was now working at MegaCorp.

Post-Going Commando

During the ending of Up Your Arsenal, Angela went to the premiere of the latest Secret Agent Clank holo-film in her unknown thief disguise.

It is said in A Crack in Time that when Tachyon began hunting for surviving Lombaxes he first went after Angela in Bogon in the year 5357; however, Max Apogee found out about Angela and traveled to the Bogon galaxy to save her from Tachyon. She was last seen fleeing the Cerullean Sector in the Polaris galaxy in Max Apogee's starship. The starship was later recovered by galactic authorities, who discovered Jasindu was its point of origin, and it had been sent from there via autopilot. Max Apogee left the Dimensionator in Kerchu City on Jasindu under the Kerchu's protection. The two were either given refuge by the Kerchu, or escaped using the Dimensionator.[2]

Angela was mentioned in Ratchet & Clank: Issue 5: Multiple Organisms.

Characteristics

Appearance

Angela is a tall, feminine lombax with yellow hair and blue eyes. She wears a blue and grey jumpsuit with light blue and red highlights, as well as a grey belt and grey and red boots.

As the unknown thief, she also wears a dark blue mask with light blue eyes, with a red armor covering her chest and a red cape.

Personality

Angela Cross initially appears to be a morally ambiguous character, working with the Thugs 4 Less and intimidating innocent people to achieve her goals, and willing to mostly work alone. When she teams up with Ratchet and Clank, she eventually warms up to them, and shows she has good intentions. While she is described as very smart and resourceful, she is also notoriously clumsy both when disguised as the thief and when not, prone to tripping over and causing damage.

Abilities

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The unknown thief, on a hoverboard

Angela Cross is a skilled fighter, and utilizes a hoverboard to fly through the air in combat. Her primary weapon is a high powered blaster with which she has an accurate aim. She is also capable of throwing machine gun turrets.

Behind the scenes

When Angela's mask fell off on Tabora, there was no trace of the rest of her thief apparel with the exception of her boots, belt and jumpsuit. This is likely an error, but it may also be possible that her costume was a holo-guise.

Prior to A Crack in Time, there was huge debate amongst fans whether or not Angela was in fact a lombax, given her lack of tail, and the fact that Tools of Destruction referred to Ratchet as "the last lombax in the universe". This debate was referenced in the radio news when Kip Darling questions the fact that she is a lombax based on her lack of a tail. To further clarify this, senior writer TJ Fixman‏‎ reiterated at the Ratchet & Clank tenth anniversary panel at PAX 2012 that Angela Cross is a lombax.[5]

A paint job for the Constructo Bomb is named "Angela's Special", a reference to Cross.

The Ratchet & Clank Collection manual describes Angela visiting Ratchet and Clank, with the group reminiscing over watching Going Commando together. This could be interpreted to imply that Angela stayed on Jasindu and did not leave with the dimensionator.

Unused dialogue in Up Your Arsenal makes reference to Angela Cross, with an unnamed character from Bogon expressing surprise that Ratchet has fallen in love with Sasha, claiming he "needs another lombax like Angie".[6]

Unused dialogue of Alister Azimuth from A Crack in Time makes reference to a lombax who was "delightful, pretty, and very clumsy" named "Lorna Cross", who he and Kaden knew, likely a reference to Angela Cross given similar traits and sharing a last name.[7]

Angela Cross had a holocard in the Ratchet & Clank 2016 reimagining. She also made an appearance in the non-canon Ratchet & Clank Manga: Volume 1.

References

  1. Ratchet & Clank 2010 Wall Calendar
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time: Radio news revealed that Angela was a lombax, and that female lombaxes lack tails.
  3. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando - Credits Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  4. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando (Video Game 2003) IMDb. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  5. [http://ign.com/videos/2012/09/05/remembering-ratchet-and-clank-the-10th-anniversary-celebration-panel-pax-2012 Ratchet & Clank - The 10th Anniversary Celebration Panel (PAX 2012)] IGN. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  6. Up Your Arsenal discovered unused dialogue
  7. A Crack in Time discovered unused dialogue

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