Darla Gratch is a character in Ratchet & Clank, Going Commando, Up Your Arsenal, Size Matters and Secret Agent Clank. She is a robot reporter for Channel 64 News, formerly Channel 2 News, who has appeared in both the Solana and Bogon Galaxy. She notably appears oblivious to the carnage that takes place around her, and barely shows any emotion aside from frustration in response to Qwark's melodramatic answer to a question.
Ratchet & Clank
Darla first reports for Channel 2 News, covering the hoverboard race in Blackwater City on planet Rilgar. However, she also reported on the amoeboids attacking the planet, and just before her report finished, an amoeboid was ready to swallow her whole. Later, she returned to cover a story live from the ruins of Gorda City on planet Oltanis, detailing the blarg's devastation of the city. Both of these reports appeared in infobots which Ratchet and Clank gathered.
In the epilogue, it stated that she fell in love with the large amoeboid who ate her and began a relationship with him.
Darla also appeared in a magazine known as Reader Digested.
Darla reports in the Bogon Galaxy for Channel 64 News, giving a report updating the galaxy on the "Protopetmania" sweeping across Allgon City on planet Damosel. While she commented on the Protopets gaining in popularity, she appeared oblivious to the Protopets chasing after and eating civillians behind her. She was on the verge of being devoured by a group of Protopets before signing off.
Up Your Arsenal
Darla first appeared to cover the tyhrranoid invasion of planet Veldin, with tyhrranoids aiming blasters at her before she signed off. This news report prompted Ratchet and Clank to return to the Solana Galaxy to repel the invasion.
Later, Darla appeared on Tyhrranosis during the Q-Force invasion of the planet. When Ratchet and Clank defeated the Momma Tyhrranoid, Captain Qwark arrived on scene to claim credit, prompting Darla to interview him. Qwark simply bragged about his own traits, taking Ratchet's credit, and knocked Darla flat while showing off.
Finally, Darla appeared at the premiere of the Secret Agent Clank film.
Darla appeared in Ratchet's Dreamtime, as a picture in the background along with other characters from Ratchet's past adventures.
Secret Agent Clank
Darla Gratch is a humanoid robot with metallic skin and glowing blue eyes. She appears to have thick black metal hair, and wears a pink dress with a green shirt underneath, and purple shoes.
Darla appears almost emotionless when reporting. When delivering her reports, she is completely oblivious to the scene behind her, and most scenes often end with her almost being destroyed.
Behind the scenes
While Darla Gratch reported for Channel 2 News in the final release of the original Ratchet & Clank, she reported for Channel 64 News in the demo release prior to the game. In the final game, she reports for Channel 2 News, though her lips are synced to read out Channel 64 News. Later games simply have her report for Channel 64 News, as was originally intended during development of the first game.
Darla's character was merged with Juanita Alvaro for the 2016 reboot game and reboot movie. Though her character design is near identical to Juanita's (apart from having more human eyes with blue pupils), and she refers to herself as Juanita Alvaro in the movie, the Holocard in the game refers to her as Darla Gratch. This is likely a fault with Qwark's memory.