Copernicus Leslie Qwark, most commonly known as Captain Qwark or simply Qwark, is a support character in the Ratchet & Clank series. He is one of the most frequently recurring characters, first as an antagonist in Ratchet & Clank and Going Commando, though later as a support character following Up Your Arsenal, with playable roles in Secret Agent Clank and All 4 One. Captain Qwark is an intergalactic celebrity from Kerwan in the Solana Galaxy, who is portrayed, marketed and revered by the populace as a superhero who is brave, noble, strong, and has defeated many intergalactic villains. In reality, Qwark exhibits traits of cowardice, delusion, selfishness and arrogance, with several moments of stupidity.
Captain Qwark was marketed as a superhero in the Solana Galaxy, who had allegedly fought and defeated countless villains, including Dr. Nefarious, his archnemesis. Ratchet originally idolized Captain Qwark and Clank sought his help to defeat Chairman Drek. However, after they met him, Qwark betrayed them and revealed he was being paid by Drek, causing the two to defeat him before defeating Drek themselves. He later took over MegaCorp by masquerading as its CEO, Abercrombie Fizzwidget, and spreading the Protopet menace so that he could pose as the hero to redeem himself and save the Bogon Galaxy, though he was once again stopped by Ratchet and Clank. When Dr. Nefarious returned to the Solana Galaxy, Captain Qwark, after being returned from exile, led the Q-Force in the fight against Nefarious, and upon being convinced by Ratchet and Clank, became a much more moral, if still highly arrogant and unintelligent, hero who would support the duo on their many adventures. Aside from continuing to sell his own brand of merchandise, Qwark became elected as the President of the Polaris Galaxy.
Captain Qwark is a deluded superhero who often provides comic relief. While he has become more moral following Up Your Arsenal, and he has proven far more willing to aid Ratchet and Clank on their adventures, his arrogance, stupidity and cowardice not only undermine his image as a hero, but have caused them grief. At times, Qwark has been known to surrender to the villain in order to save his own skin, while at others he has unintentionally provoked an enemy. Nonetheless, Qwark has been willing to accompany and support the two, and has often requested their help in defending the universe from threats. Much of his past prior to Ratchet & Clank is ambiguous, as it's implied he either highly exaggerated or made up most stories about his alleged heroic adventures.
Later, Qwark attended the Kerwan Learning Annex school where he learned to draw schematics. He attended high school and remained in the ninth grade at 26 years old, and would often bully Nefarious in his biology class, who still considered him a friend in spite of poor treatment. Following this, Qwark attended a three-week superhero correspondence course, and became known as "Captain Qwark". Qwark allegedly faced many villains throughout his career, told through vid-comics among other media, though it is implied that many of these stories are exaggerated or false. Al described one story in which he had an evil twin brother Quasar Qwark, who he defeated in battle. Qwark claimed that he had embarked on many adventures for which he accepted hundreds of awards, and "only two" had involved a confrontation with a Z'Grute. He had written a book documenting his adventures entitled Muscles, Memories, and Masks: My Life as a Legend, which was handed out for free at the Intergalactic Museum of History.
In one story, he defeated the ghost pirate robot Captain Blackstar, for which he received 1,000,000,000,000 bolts, donated to the Qwark for Tots Scholarship Fund. After this, he encountered Dr. Nefarious on Rilgar, fighting off his army of Amoeboids, and confronted him later at his base after unsuccessfully trying to sneak in, where he threw Nefarious into machinery that would transform him into his robotic form. Qwark later fought the robotic Nefarious on Kerwan, thwarting an attempt to attack the city of Metropolis, though Nefarious' butler Lawrence incapacitated and imprisoned him; he managed to escape, and fled to his hideout on the Thrann Asteroid, returning when assuming Nefarious' inactivity meant he was gone for food.
Ratchet & Clank
Qwark was hired by Chairman Drek as the spokesperson for his new planet. Drek tasked Qwark with stopping the defect warbot Clank and his accomplice Ratchet, who posed as threats to Drek's plans. As Qwark predicted they were seeking his help, he spoke to them in his trailer on planet Rilgar in Blackwater City, and offered to train them. When they reached his headquarters on Umbris, after surviving his training course, he revealed his true intentions to them and dropped them in a pit to face the blargian snagglebeast, leaving them there to die. Ratchet was left furious by the encounter, and he no longer sought Drek's defeat but revenge against Qwark.
Ratchet and Clank later caught up to Qwark in the Gemlik Base in the orbit above planet Oltanis, where he shot Qwark's ship down using a Jet Fighter, and claimed victory. Qwark then went into hiding on Oltanis, posing as Steve McQwark, and sold Ratchet the PDA, a product that he claimed was a Gadgetron Corporation product, which was used to remotely purchase ammo from Gadgetron vendors for a higher price. As Steve McQwark, he would continue to sell bogus merchandise claiming to be Gadgetron products, including the infamous Personal Hygenator, used to fund his comeback.
Between Ratchet & Clank and Going Commando
Due to his sale of illegal merchandise, Qwark was ordered by the Galactic Court to pay 6,000,000,000 bolts to those suffering from Personal Hygenator Syndrome that caused users severe irritation and itches. Qwark kept his funds and fled to planet Pokitaru, but was placed in jail for attempting to flee the courts, before he escaped trial by flushing himself down the toilet, after which his whereabouts were unknown. He fled to the Bogon Galaxy kidnapped Abercrombie Fizzwidget, the CEO of MegaCorp, and locked him in the supply closet. He then pushed up the release date of MegaCorp's Protopet, then known as the "Experiment", before Angela Cross could tame its flaws, setting up his big comeback.
Disguised as Fizzwidget, Qwark attempted to oversee mass production of the Protopet, though employee Angela Cross, disguised as the "Unknown Thief", stole the Protopet and took it to her Flying Lab on planet Aranos. In response, Qwark enlisted Ratchet and Clank and transported them to the Bogon Galaxy, providing Ratchet with commando training and hiring him to chase after the thief.
Ratchet and Clank eventually acquired the Protopet from Angela and returned it to Qwark on planet Tabora, where he crushed their ship with his own and left them stranded on the planet, but made it appear accidental. After this, Qwark became less responsive to Ratchet and Clank, when they tried in vain to warn him about the dangers of the Protopet, unaware that they were intentional. Qwark invited them to meet him at his Deep Space Disposal Facility with the password "Qwarktastic", though the password simply caused the facility's defenses to attack Ratchet; Qwark again made it appear as if this were due to his incompetence implying that the password only works on certain days. Following this, Ratchet and Clank, along with Angela Cross whom they had teamed up with, gave up on contacting Fizzwidget, and thus, Qwark remained out of sight.
When they chased down the Protopet at the MegaCorp Headquarters on planet Yeedil, the female infobot warned Ratchet and Clank that Qwark was still at large, and Qwark revealed his disguise to them; he had created the Protopet menace in order to save the galaxy from them and redeem himself as a hero. When trying to use Angela's Helix-O-Morph to fix the original Protopet, he accidentally enlarged it, forcing Ratchet and Clank to defeat the Protopet, while Angela freed the real Fizzwidget and then fixed the Helix-O-Morph and transmitted its signal across the galaxy to cure other Protopets and effectively end the threat.
After this, Qwark was made to work at MegaCorp testing gadgets with other Test-Bots, and was last seen testing the Crotchitizer. However, he later returned to Solana in exile on planet Florana among the monkey tribes, becoming the Florana Tree Beast.
Up Your Arsenal
When Dr. Nefarious attacked the Solana Galaxy, President Phyronix requested Ratchet and Clank track down the Florana Tree Beast advertised in Nature's Mysteries, which was Qwark, as Qwark was the only man to have faced Nefarious and lived. When they found Qwark, he had lost his memory and believed he was a monkey, leading the two to escort him back to the Starship Phoenix where he was briefly housed with his monkey friend Skrunch. After Ratchet completed a Qwark vid-comic in front of him, Qwark regained his memory and founded the Q-Force, a team consisting of himself, Sasha Phyronix of the Starship Phoenix, his former fitness instructor Helga, racer Skidd McMarx, Big Al from the Roboshack he had formerly endorsed in his career, Skrunch, Ratchet and Clank.
Qwark coordinated several Q-Force missions, including the mission to infiltrate Nefarious' base on planet Aquatos and to defeat the Tyhrranoids on Tyhrranosis. Ratchet and Clank were often on the front lines of these missions, though he claimed to credit for the defeat of the Momma Thyrranoid in an interview with Darla Gratch. When Ratchet learned that Nefarious was hiding out in his star cruiser, the Leviathan in the Zeldrin Starport, Qwark led the mission to confront Nefarious on the ship. The ship self destructed and crashed on the planet, with Qwark going down alongside it, and was presumed dead.
Later, Ratchet and Clank reached the crash site on planet Zeldrin, they found a data disk containing the plans for the Biobliterator, Dr. Nefarious' superweapon, where Qwark's escape pod had landed. After playing through Qwark vid-comic Issue 5: The Shaming of the Q, they learned that Qwark had a hideout on the Thran Asteroid, and found him there, learning he was in exile. Qwark declined to help them defeat Nefarious, and was presumed inactive afterwards, though he later flew in on his shuttle to help Ratchet and Clank destroy the second Biobliterator on planet Mylon, saving them at the last minute. Finally, Qwark was seen watching the Secret Agent Clank movie premier along with Skrunch.
Qwark did not feature in Deadlocked, though he made a cameo appearance at the end delivering a message to Ratchet and Clank, in which he claimed to still be living in blissful ignorance along with Skrunch.
Qwark was noticed by Clank on Pokitaru, and after Clank questioned if he should instead be with his family, Qwark explained he never knew them, and was adopted and raised by monkeys on Florana. When Luna, a girl interviewing Ratchet, was kidnapped by robots, Qwark followed Ratchet and Clank after grabbing onto their ship and following them to Ryllus. He gave them advice on their next destination in return for being allowed to use the ship's computer to research his family tree. The three later left to planet Kalido, and Qwark claimed he had found his parents on a website named "Faux-Family.com". Qwark then ran off to a Technomite factory to search for his father.
When Ratchet and Clank caught up with Otto Destruct, the leader of the Technomites, it was revealed that Otto Destruct had fooled Qwark into believing he was his father, and Qwark closely followed his father, though Skrunch arrived with a newspaper that showed that Qwark's parents were once great heroes who had been killed by defective Technomite technology. Qwark tried to use Otto's Intelligence Machine to swap intelligence, though after Otto shrunk Qwark with a Shrink Ray, Skrunch operated it instead, swapping Otto's intelligence with Skrunch's. The miniaturised Qwark was later seen in Clank's apartment on Endako, explaining his "heroic deeds" on planet Oceana 8 to three miniature Ratchet clones.
Secret Agent Clank
Klunk anonymously paid Qwark a large sum of money to write his autobiography, leading Qwark to travel with the biographer B.A.R.N.E.Y.. Qwark then provided false stories about his heroism for the biography while following Clank with a tracking device, which would allow Klunk to keep tabs on Clank.
Qwark told B.A.R.N.E.Y. several stories, including fighting a giant robot, matching wits with the Jack of All Trades, singing in an opera house about his adventures, rescuing space nuns, and fighting wild western Cactus Beasts. Later, after Clank fought Klunk in his underwater base, Qwark arrived on scene, and accidentally activated a teleporter from which he pulled the Eye of Infinity from Klunk's satellite laser, destroying it. As B.A.R.N.E.Y. was programmed to kill Qwark if anything happened to Klunk, B.A.R.N.E.Y. transformed into an Ultra-Mech to kill Qwark, though Clank saved him.
Tools of Destruction
Qwark worked within the Planetary Defense Center on Kerwan, and following an attack from drophyd commandos led by Emperor Tachyon, requested the urgent help from Ratchet and Clank. While Ratchet and Clank tried to reach the Planetary Defense Center to defend the city, Qwark had in fact surrendered to Tachyon and went with him to the Polaris Galaxy.
While Ratchet and Clank explored Fastoon, the received a holo-vite from Qwark using an alias, encouraging them to visit the Imperial Fight Festival on Mukow, in which Qwark was now serving as the announcer. Qwark allowed Ratchet to enter using a disguise, and referred to him in the arena as "Mustachio Furioso". He would continue to serve as the announcer for the Fight Festival and allow them to anonymously compete for more prizes, and contacted them on planet Sargasso to ask them to compete for the Holo-Pirate Disguise as the next prize. He also gave them an infobot that he had found in Tachyon's underwear drawer, which featured an episode of the Polaris Compendium of Historical Importantness explaining the IRIS supercomputer.
Later on, Qwark helped Ratchet and Clank from his "Townhouse of Solitude" and provided information to help break into the Zordoom Prison to free Talwyn Apogee. After freeing her, Qwark sent them coordinates for Kerchu City on planet Jasindu that he had stolen from Tachyon's computer, where the Dimensionator was located. After Ratchet and Clank defeated Captain Slag on the Ublik Passage and siezed the Dimensionator, Qwark took the Dimensionator before the two could decide what was best to do with it, and promised to prove his worth as a superhero by hurling it into a black hole. He failed, crashed on planet Reepor, and was captured by Tachyon, who took the Dimensionator and brought the cragmites back.
Qwark had been taken to Meridian City on planet Igliak, where he had hidden and was released by Ratchet and Clank. Qwark was then freed, and returned to the Apogee Space Station where he learnt to speak pirate with Rusty Pete. After Clank was taken by the Zoni, Qwark was as surprised as the others.
Following the events of the game, Qwark recorded a movie titled My Blaster Runs Hot, and also starred in a film and TV show named Unicop, both advertised on Space Radio. Though he did not appear in Quest for Booty, near the beach on Hoolefar Island, a golden Qwark statue can be found half-buried along with copies of his book, Body By Qwark.
A Crack in Time
- Qwark: “Space, it's huge. So huge in fact that if you lost your car keys in it, they would be almost impossible to find… Luckily for Ratchet, Captain Copernicus L. Qwark was on the case. His mission, rescue the Lombax's one and only friend. Yep, without Clank, Ratchet was alone in the universe. Alone… Alone… Alone!”
- Ratchet: “You realize this ship has an ejector seat, right?.”
- ―Ratchet and Qwark in the Aphelion. [ACiT]
Qwark joined Ratchet in his search for Clank, joining him in the Aphelion. The ship crash-landed on planet Quantos, where they met several fongoid citizens to learn more about the Zoni, though Qwark and the fongoids were kidnapped by Lord Vorselon. Ratchet freed Qwark and the fongoids from Vorselon's Warship, and Qwark went to find help. However, in his search, he found the agorian race, who kidnapped him once again, and Ratchet freed Qwark at the Agorian Battleplex after defeating the War Grok, named "Snowball".
Qwark disguised himself as a nurse named "Shannon" to sneak into Dr. Nefarious' headquarters at the Nefarious Space Station. Qwark gave Ratchet, now reunited with Clank, the headquarters to the space station, and the three infiltrated the base with Ratcher using a disguise to mimic Nefarious to sneak into the chamber. He attempted to use Nefarious' cannon to destroy Nefarious' ships, but the three were caught and ejected into deep space through an asteroid. Qwark managed to escape, and along with Snowball, battled Nefarious' troops. When Ratchet and Clank returned later to defeat Nefarious and destroy the Nefarious Space Station, Qwark remained stranded by the explosion on a small piece of rock with Snowball.
Post-A Crack in Time
Following A Crack in Time, Qwark had managed to survive the War Grok and settled in to live in the Polaris Galaxy. He took credit for Nefarious' defeat,
Later, Qwark was contacted by Artemis Zogg, the Polaris Galaxy's defense minister and a politician running for Galactic President who sought Qwark's endorsement. Zogg invited Qwark to view the Helios Program, who was initially keen to endorse Zogg, but was later convinced by Cyrus, his producer for the film Unicop, to run for president himself. When he was supposed to introduce Zogg and endorse him on the campaign trail, Qwark instead announced his own candidacy, and was elected president. He sent a cease and desist for the Helios Program to the Panel of Interstellar Know-It-Alls, believing the technology to be dangerous, and cited Tachyon's incident years earlier.
Qwark arrived on Veldin, where Ratchet and Clank were staying, to request their help, as planets from several galaxies were mysteriously vanishing. Ratchet and Clank inquired more, with Clank making note of a "Helios Program", but Qwark denying having any knowledge of it. Ratchet ultimately declined to help as he was finished being a hero. Qwark flew away, unable to convince Ratchet to help.
Qwark then worked with both Talwyn Apogee and her warbots from Polaris and Sasha Phyronix and the Galactic Rangers from Solana, and they set up base in Talwyn's Apogee Space Station. When Ratchet and Clank agreed to help, Qwark confessed he had lied to them about having no knowledge of the Helios Program, arguing that lying was part of the job description as president, and explained to them that the Helios Program was built based a Surinox Shard, the same comet shard that the lombaxes used for the Dimensionators during the Great War, and explained his history with Zogg as he was convinced by Cyrus to run for president himself rather than endorse Zogg. Qwark then promised to work with Sasha, Talwyn, Ratchet and Clank to stop Zogg from abducting more planets.
Ratchet, Clank and Qwark later eventually managed to defeat Artemis Zogg, as Qwark correctly recalled that charging the Surinox Shard with negative energy would cause it to create a wormhole; this wormhole then entrapped Zogg in the same dimension that Tachyon had been trapped in. Qwark returned to his role as president afterwards.
All 4 One
- “ There is no danger, everything is under control. ”
- ―Qwark on the Nefarious situation [A4O]
Qwark was interviewed by Kip Darling regarding the search for Dr. Nefarious, whose status had been updated from "dead" to "alive and at large". Qwark assured the public there was no danger as he looked outside his office and asked anyone he saw about Nefarious, to which he received no answer. Later, Qwark received a call that he were due to receive an "Intergalactic Tool of Justice Award" for defeating a Light-Eating Z'Grute. Despite having never done this, Qwark visited the city of Luminopolis on planet Igliak with Ratchet and Clank following him to receive the award from an anonymous character. However, Dr. Nefarious and Lawrence instead appeared, reanimating the Z'Grute, though losing control over it. Lawrence left, announcing his resignation, forcing Nefarious was forced to team up with Qwark, Ratchet, Clank and Qwark to defeat it, though they were then teleported away by a machine known as the Ephemeris to a testing laboratory on planet Magnus.
Qwark's warbots Cronk and Zephyr attempted to retrieve the four, but were stuck in an asteroid field and could not reach them. This forced them to look for a way to escape the world themselves and stop the Ephemeris. A small girl named Susie took the four to the tharpods, a race native to the planet, who explained the Ephemeris in detail to them. Eventually, they worked to destroy the machine and defeat the Loki Master, who had planned to use it to destroy the universe. At times, Nefarious attempted to take Qwark's life, before being stopped by the other two, and Qwark would warm up to Nefarious and save him in times of need.
The four defeated the Loki Master, and Cronk and Zephyr were finally able to arrive with the help of Lawrence. Qwark, Ratchet and Clank believed that Nefarious had changed his ways, though Nefarious instead fled the world with Lawrence and was then still at large as a supervillain.
Full Frontal Assault
Qwark was defeated at the next election and returned to heroic work, and began to reform the Q-Force in in Polaris, operating the Starship Phoenix II with Ratchet and Clank. Qwark was later contacted by an anonymous character that the Planetary Defense Centers on three planets had been deactivated, and that all of them would be deactivated if a single Polaris Defense trooper was found; only Ratchet, Clank and Qwark were permitted to fight him.
After they defeated the anonymous villain's grungarian forces on planet Markazia, the villain revealed himself to be Qwark fanboy, Stuart Zurgo, a former fan who was captain of the Qwark Cadets Fanclub, whom Qwark had let down. Qwark and the Q-Force defeated his forces on planets Ebaro and Proteus VII, though Zurgo had infiltrated their ship and taken over Ebaro's weather system, plunging the sector into chaos. Qwark and the Q-Force destroyed the generator before invading Zurgo's Lair of Doom to defeat him and bring him into Polaris' authorities. The game ended with Qwark talking with Ratchet about trying to deal with pirates, and receiving a response of needing to clear Qwark's name first.
Into the Nexus
- “ Did someone say something about a savior? ”
- ―Captain Qwark [ItN]
When Ratchet and Clank arrived on planet Yerek in the Zarkov Sector, Qwark was sent by Talwyn Apogee to assist, towing the Aphelion. Qwark insisted on coming and searched for the duo within Meero Ruins, spotting them near a cliff, and used a tractor beam on his ship to grab the two and fly off. Qwark's ship later landed in the Meero City Center, where the three could speak. Ratchet informed Qwark that Vendra Prog building a new Dimensionator, and ask Qwark if the real (broken) Dimensionator was safe; Qwark assured them it was displayed at the Intergalactic Museum of History on Igliak, and would be impossible to steal. Clank suggested that Ratchet and Qwark should destroy the Prog Dimensionator to prevent them from bringing more nethers into the universe.
Qwark helped Neftin Prog and Pollyx fix the Dimensionator after the nethers had invaded planet Igliak, to bring back Vendra Prog as part of a deal in which the two would give themselves into authorities if they rescued Vendra from the Netherverse. During the fight with Mr. Eye, Qwark gave Ratchet "helpful" advice.
Qwark is a large human-like person who constantly wears his green Q-Force Uniform, even going so far as to wear it under his president suit dueing his time as president. The uniform consists of green tights with a blue stripe down the middle and a blue and black atom with a lightning bolt that vaguely resembles the letter Q. He also wears a yellow belt on his waist and has an antenna on his head. During a cutscene in A Crack in Time, Qwark mentions a tribal tattoo he received while he was on Planet Florana.
Qwark is a selfish coward, who would do whatever it takes to keep his status of a "superhero." For example, he takes credit for things he has not done, as seen in his interactions with B.A.R.N.E.Y..
Early in his career Qwark was an undeniable fraud, being totally unethical and willing to kill and betray others for the sake of his endorsements and publicity. He was perfectly willing to endorse Drek's new planet despite the obvious devastation the harvesting process was crating, and the fact that some planets were even doomed to fall out of orbit and into their respective suns, potentially killing billions.
After his defeat at the hands of Ratchet and Clank, Qwark's personality did not improve. He attempted to sell fraudulent Gagetron products that were not only defective but also dangerous. In an effort to restore his media image stole the identity of Abercrombie Fizzwidget and published the dangerous Protopet just so that he could then destroy it and "save the galaxy."
Because of his low intelligence and greed Qwark was very dull and easy to manipulate, as shown in his interactions with Drek, Otto, and even Ratchet. The simple act of promising him an increase in favor is often enough to convince Qwark to brave great dangers in pursuit of glory, although he usually takes the easy way to it, often relying on others to accomplish the mission while he takes the credit. These same traits also tend to win Qwark enemies due to his egotistical blundering, best shown in his relationship with Dr. Nefarious, whom he had bullied as a child and inadvertently drove him down the path to villainy.
Following his spell of amnesia and recovery in Up Your Arsenal, Qwark's personality seemed to change for the better. While still egotistical, selfish and moronic, he was no longer malicious and any negative outcomes from his actions tended to be from ineptitude or sheer accident. In spite of this he did prove to be useful on occasion. He aided Ratchet and Clank by spying on Emperor Tachyon as his "confidant" and attempting to aid citizens affected by alien invasions, although it was largely in an effort to avoid danger and gain publicity.
However, on several rare occasions, Captain Qwark would act like a true hero without any ulterior motive or gain in the process. When Ratchet and Clank were about to be killed by Nefarious inside his Biobliterator for example, Qwark arrived out of nowhere in his starship to save the duo from being killed. He also refused to kill Snowball the War Grok despite the beast's previous attempts at devouring him and Ratchet, going so far to put his life on the line at the hands of the Agorians, merely asking that they name a building, such as school after him. He even saved Dr. Nefarious from falling to his death, even though Nefarious was his nemesis (and had in fact, had attempted to kill Qwark during that same moment). He had also saved Ratchet and Clank from the Nethers on Yerek.
Qwark's ego probably betrayed him the worst when he became Galactic President, making him a dangerous enemy in the form of Artemis Zogg and attracting the attention of Dr. Nefarious, who attempted to lure him into a trap with the fictitious "Tool of Justice" award, wherein he was almost killed by a Light-Eating Z'Grute.
- Steve McQwark
- Abercrombie Fizzwidget
- Florana Tree Beast
- Nurse Shannon
- Strong Jaw
- Stefan Qwarkanopolus
- Finnegan O'Qwarksalot
- Walter Qwarkowski
- Herschel Qwarkenstein
- John Quincy Qwark
- Lucius Von Qwark
- Shirley Bigguns
- Porky Qwarky
- Captain Qwark
- Galactic President Qwark
- President Captain Qwark
- Former President Qwark
- Nt nt wak wak (Translated from the Nabla Native's tongue as "He With Mighty Pecks Who Hath Delivered Us From Serenity")
- Subject 23A - Qwark's designation while working for MegaCorp.
Steve McQwark was one of Qwark's more infamous aliases. Steve McQwark was apparently a Gadgetron seller who once sold a PDA to Ratchet on Planet Oltanis after his first defeat by Ratchet, Ratchet knew he was Qwark but Qwark insisted he was "Steve." He then donned a pink mustache to better his disguise and went on to sell 1,000,000 faulty Personal Hygenators, he claimed that they were Gadgetron products but this was a lie. Qwark abandoned his disguise as Steve when he had earned enough bolts to finance his return as Captain Qwark, by causing a threat to appear in the Bogon Galaxy and thus earn a new fanbase.
This name is presumably a reference to American actor Steve McQueen.
Perhaps Qwark's most famous disguise was as "the lovely Nurse Shannon." Qwark utilized this disguise to "infiltrate" the Nefarious Space Station, Qwark believed that Nefarious fell for it, but in reality Nefarious's eye dropped out in shock at Qwark's sheer stupidity. Qwark's Nurse Shannon disguise would go on to appear as a skin in All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault.
During the events of Going Commando, Captain Qwark participated in an experiment at the Testing Facility owned by MegaCorp, in which a device known as the Crotchitizer was used on him. Why this device was made or what it does is unknown, but Qwark may have an addiction to it considering that there is evidence of him using it throughout the series. E.g., Ratchet and Clank found a still-warm pocket Crotchitizer in Qwark's escape pod Zeldrin in Up your Arsenal and in All 4 One Qwark claimed to have modified his Crotchitizer with a vibrate setting called "the happy platypus."
Skills, abilities, and weapons
- “ Ah! Pain; my Achilles Heel! ”
- ―Qwark [A4O]
Although Qwark was cowardly and feared fighting, he was a fairly powerful character. Qwark had a high degree of superhuman strength, as he was able to throw Ratchet on the floor with one hand and smash through a wall with a single kick. In his video explaining his HQ in Ratchet & Clank he was shown lifting ten tons with a single arm, and also hold back a large boulder while on a cliff. By the time of Ratchet & Clank Qwark avoided ground combat; however, by the time of All 4 One his combat skills had improved greatly. He favored the "crouching kitten style of fighting" in combat, and his "fighting style" combined with his physical strength allowed him to take down large robots, monsters, and vehicles with just his punches. Qwark managed to face off against the likes of great fighters like Ratchet and Nefarious and survive the battles, with him being noted as the only person by the time of Up Your Arsenal to have faced Nefarious in combat and lived.
Qwark was also apparently capable of flying, or at least used to be. He was shown flying away from a Snagglebeast in his video explaining his HQ, and flies into his starfighter just as he is about to fight Ratchet. However, he is shown to be unable to fly anymore in later games.
Besides his on-ground abilities, he has skills piloting ships, with him being a surprisingly competent pilot. He was given a large and powerful starfighter by Drek, although it was shot down by Ratchet. His favored ship is green (or sometimes orange) with a Q logo on it, much like his blaster. He also owned a blarg helicopter which had an automated machine gun turret on the bottom of it, as shown in the first game.
Qwark claimed to be a master of disguise, although he was often noted to be terrible at it, using disguises and personas that made it clear that he was Captain Qwark, including his "Steve McQwark" and "Nurse Shannon" personas. Qwark's failure at disguising himself was in part due to never removing his signature Q-Force uniform, even while disguised. He did; however, one manage to pull off a disguise efficiently, when he masqueraded as the MegaCorp CEO Abercrombie Fizzwidget, he was able to pull this off near effortlessly, tricking everyone on the Bogon Galaxy into thinking he mas Mr. Fizzwidget, his only faults were that he would say incoherent words in an attempt to copy Fizzwidget's speaking pattern, and also said "Qwarktastic" on occasion.
Qwark also claimed to be a master "strategerist" (strategist). He would often form plans he considered efficient and elaborate via drawing out the plan using crayons on paper, these plans were often exaggerated, crazy, and occasionally featured unrelated and random additions. However, despite this Qwark's plans had a high success rate, though this was entirely due to the fact that they were undertaken by the highly skilled intergalactic heroes Ratchet and Clank, as Qwark would almost always make the two of them the only people to partake in the plan, the only actual usage of Qwark's plan being that Qwark knew the layout of the area the operation would take place in.
Qwark had numerous weapons, he was seen often with his personalized blaster painted orange (or green) with his Q logo on it, he also a Taunter as shown in the first game, and a Lancer as shown in the second game. As the Florana tree beast he possessed a boomerang and a chieftain mask that allowed him to command the Nabla Natives. In Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One and Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault, he obtained a large arsenal of weapons, including his own RYNO VI Protosuit. His special weapon in All 4 One was his Quantum Deflector.
Arguably one of Qwark's greatest traits was his uncanny ability to survive. Qwark has survived being eaten alive on at least three separate occasions, being attacked by highly dangerous creatures like the Grivelnox, and combat built robots like the Collector Minions, he also somewhow managed to survive his battle with Nefarious in the past, and also his ship being sent spiralling from the Moonbase to Oltanis's Gorda City after he was defeated by Ratchet, and crashing into the planet's surface. In Ratchet & Clank Qwark is shown to be able to survive in space, and does not need an oxygen mask to breathe, (later claiming that this is due to being able to hold his breathe for long periods of time), and is even able to talk normally while in space. In A Crack In Time Qwark and his pet War Grok Snowball survived the explosion of the Nefarious Space Station unharmed (though he was not in the station he was on a nearby asteroid, so only some of the blast would still have hit him), and afterwards survived being attacked and also eaten by the War Grok long enough to be saved by Galactic forces. In All 4 One, Qwark was capable of surviving several bolts of lightning - as shown during the Fearsome Foursome's attempt to destroy the W.A.S.P.
Qwark also somehow has the ability to shrink down to a small size, and then regrow back to his normal size. When he is small he is able to attach himself to Clank's back like a backpack.
Qwark was also able to speak the language of the Cyclophic monkies.
Qwark possessed the ability to shrink himself down into a Mini Qwark, in this state he was small enough to fit in the palm of someone's hand and was able to attach himself to the likes of Clank as a backpack (similar to Clank with Ratchet).
As an enemy
- “ Captain Qwark: not the brightest star in the universe. ”
- ―Survival Guide Character Description [ToD]
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
Qwark appears again in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale on the Metropolis stage. He will walk around flexing his muscles and admiring the golden statue of himself. When the Hydra comes up and destroys many buildings, it will throw Qwark away. Qwark later returns and battles the Hydra, Qwark manages to defeat the Hydra.
Qwark is also mentioned by Ratchet and Clank at the end of their story in Arcade mode, stating Qwark would have loved the little tournament that the duo found themselves in, but mentioned it probably was for the best he was not there, since he was most likely still mad at Ratchet for packing him a pair of Stunderwear before the events of the game.
An action figure of Qwark was released January 22, 2010 along with Skrunch.
Behind the scenes
Quarks are elementary particles that make up protons and neutrons in atoms, hence the Q logo resembles a molecule.
Ratchet & Clank (movie)
Qwark's species is unknown, although many people have suggested species, and there is ongoing speculation about what planet or race he originated from. In the first Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) game, he was thought to be Blarg, due to the fact his nose was barely visible, he has an "antenna" and had a similar figure to the Blarg Commanders and other enemies and he has 3 fingers. This remained unlikely, because his eyes did not glow, and in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, his image was updated to prove he had a nose. He also had hands with three fingers on each of them, which humans do not have. In Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, while Qwark is in his living area, looking closely at his face shows that he has a large blond beard, meaning he has blond hair like his parents. On some screens however, his hair appears to be near white in color.
- At the end of the first Qwark vid-comic it was revealed that he is allergic to prunes, though this could have been a lie that he made up to trash the complimentary gift basket that he was awarded with.
- At the Zeldrin Starport, Captain Qwark and Skrunch had an argument over an incident back on Florana. During the first part of the exchange, Qwark stated "I thought we left that monkey business back in the jungle?" After Skrunch got even more furious, Qwark yelled in exasperation that "It was the mating season! How could I have known she was your sister?" Implying that he tried to copulate with a monkey.
- In Ratchet: Deadlocked, there was an unlockable cheat called 'Kill Qwark!', which turned DZ Strikers into Qwark-looking robots.
- Although Captain Qwark is a major character in the Ratchet & Clank series, in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, Ratchet: Deadlocked, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters and Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction he appears only in cutscenes.
- When Qwark dropped Ratchet and Clank into the snagglebeast's chamber he said: I love it when a plan comes together, a reference to Hannibal's famous catchphrase off The A-Team.
- Qwark owned his own channel that featured shows starring him. He also appears on Blarg TV in Galaxy's Funniest Superhero Bloopers falling down a flight of stairs in Metropolis, as well as regularly appearing on the radio.
- Qwark did not know how to swim and revealed it in Zolar Forest. Strangely, in one of the scenes in Secret Agent Clank he dived into Hydrano's water and started to swim, his suit must of been occupied at the time.
- Qwark was Number 97 of Solana's 100 most eligible bachelors.
- Qwark tested the Crotchitizer in Going Commando. The fact that he has a portable version on him in Up Your Arsenal indicated he might be addicted to it.
- During Quest for Booty Qwark was filming his holo-film, My Blaster Runs Hot and during A Crack in Time he was advertising My Blaster Runs Hot on Holo-Vision and on Space Radio.
- Also advertised on Space Radio was the film Unicop also starring Captain Qwark.
- Qwark seemed to have the ability to breathe in space which was shown through some of the games. An example of this was when he confronted Ratchet and Clank on Drek's Gemlik Moonbase orbitting Oltanis. While Ratchet had to wear an O2 Mask, Qwark was completely comfortable without any sort of breathing apparatus. Also in Size matters, Qwark hung on to Ratchet's ship while in space. This trend continues as shown in the ending of A Crack in Time when he was floating through space on a chunk of rock. He claims he can hold his breath for a long time in the Qwark Vid comics, when he follows Dr Nefarious to his lair on Magmos by clinging onto the side of his shuttle.
- A Qwark themed drive through could be seen in Ratchet & Clank: Issue 1: Ears of War.
- Captain Qwark once challenged a seven-year-old to a spelling bee and lost.
- His laser pistol seemed highly effective against Agorians, as most times he could score one-shot kills on Agorian enemies, despite generally not being an effective combatant.
- Qwark has the power to shrink in All 4 One. This is presumed to be an after effect from Size Matters.
- If you walked through the wall near Qwark's trailer in Blackwater City, you could see a model of Qwark standing on floor.
- According to Nefarious in Qwark's vid comics, Qwark was still in the ninth-grade at age 26. 
- During the cutscene named The last Holo-Diary in Ratchet and Clank: All for One, Qwark falls down due to lack of energy after defating the Wigwump. When he falls down, two gold Qwark logos like the one on his chest are visible on the bottom of his shoes.
- On the nosey news magazine in Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) Qwark's name is incorrectly spelled "Quark."
- President Qwark used taxpayer money to ad a Weather Grid to the Planetary Defense Centers across the Polaris Galaxy,to make the weather nice whenever he visited them. Ironically, Zurgo used the Weather Grid againest Qwark in a plot to frame Captain Qwark as an insteller terrorist.
- Early in development, demonstrated by the concept art on the right, Qwark originally wore a red suit, and Dave Guertin was choosing between a lightning bolt emblem, a happy face emblem on his chest, or his "Q" symbol, which succeeded in his decision. He was also choosing between blue and red luminescent eyes. However, this was all dropped, and he was given his trademark green suit, Q emblem, and normal eyes. This was because at the time, Blasto was a popular franchise on the original PlayStation, and Insomniac wanted to avoid having too many comparison between Qwark and Blasto's title character.
- In the PDA Cutscene from the Ratchet & Clank Collection, due to a graphic error at the end of the cutscene, Qwark's pupils inexplicably disappear.
- Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) (first appearance)
- Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
- Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
- Ratchet: Deadlocked
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty (statue only)
- Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
- Ratchet & Clank comic series
- Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
- Ratchet & Clank Collection (instruction manual additional story)
- Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault
- Ratchet & Clank: Before the Nexus
- Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
- Ratchet & Clank (2016 game) (re-imagined Qwark)
- Ratchet & Clank (2016 movie) (re-imagined Qwark)
- Ratchet & Clank Manga: Volume 1
- Ratchet & Clank Manga: Volume 2
- 8-bit Mini-Mayhem
- Copernicus Qwark's Awesomely Epic 3D Adventure Through Time & Space
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0911616/
- ↑ Size Matters
- ↑ Tools of Destruction
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Qwark vid-comic Issue 3: Shadow of the Robot
- ↑ Deadlocked
- ↑ All 4 One
- ↑ Into the Nexus
- ↑ Qwark vid-comic Issue 1: Booty is in the Eye of the Beholder
- ↑ Qwark vid-comic Issue 2: Arriba Amoeba
- ↑ Qwark vid-comic Issue 4: Deja Q All Over Again
- ↑ Qwark vid-comic Issue 5: The Shaming of the Q
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank (2002 game)
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Going Commando: Documented on Behind the Hero
- ↑ Going Commando
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank: Issue 3: Lost and Spaced
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9quReLtRcro
- ↑ All 4 One - Signature Series guide
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCl8kbN2bCk
- ↑ He said this to Lord Vorselon.
- ↑ http://uk.gamespot.com/ps3/action/ratchet-clank-all-4-one/video/6334432 18:42
- ↑ Ratchet & Clank: Issue 6: Bros Before Foes
- ↑ "Traditional Ratchet and Clank Is Back With Into the Nexus" by Colin Moriarty