|“||All I need now is a new galaxy, with a new fanbase, so I can rescue them... FROM A NEW DISASTER!||„|
|~ Captain Qwark's reveal in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando.|
Captain Qwark (real name: Copernicus Leslie Qwark) is a character in the Ratchet & Clank videogame series. To the public, he appears to be the greatest superhero in the universe, but in reality is a fraud that will do whatever it takes to maintain his fame and reputation or for money. Originally, he is an antagonist in the first two games, but in the third onwards he became a protagonist, despite still being a coward and imbecile. Qwark is the tritagonist of the Ratchet & Clank feature film and PlayStation 4 game, but briefly an antagonist until he reforms.
Ratchet & Clank (2002)
Qwark is the secondary antagonist in the original Ratchet & Clank. Ratchet and Clank travelled the Solana Galaxy trying to find the hero, believing that he will help them save the galaxy from Chairman Drek's evil plans. They find him in his trailer in Blackwater City, and he tells them to meet him at his gauntlet on Umbris. They pass the course, but are betrayed by Qwark, who reveals he is the highly-paid spokesman of Drek's new planet. Qwark attempts to kill them with his Blargian Snagglebeast, but then failed to do so. Drek reprimands Qwark over his failure to kill the duo, but gives him a second chance.
Drek eventually told Qwark to go to the Gemlik Base and confront them personally using a Blarg starfighter, and Qwark battled Ratchet through space but was defeated and shot down on the planet Oltanis, which resulted in Drek firing him. Ratchet then meets Qwark again on the heavily bombed planet, and Qwark sells him the P.D.A. under the name Steve McQwark.
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
Qwark returns as the main antagonist in the sequel Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando. After his defeat at the hands of Ratchet and Clank, Qwark tried to gain fame by selling a device called the Personal Hygenator; however, the device caused harm to its users, and Qwark was forced to pay $6,000,000,000 to the users. Qwark tried to escape to planet Pokitaru, but was arrested and placed in jail. He escaped again by flushing himself down a toilet and wasn't seen for 6 weeks. Qwark wasn't seen until the end of the game where it is revealed that he had used his alter-ego (Steve McQwark) to help finance his big comeback by selling the Personal Hygenator. He then managed to gain control over Megacorp by pretending to be CEO Mr. Abercrombie Fizzwidget and locking the real Fizzwidget in a broom closet.
Qwark then hired Ratchet and Clank to recover the "Experiment" that was stolen by Angela Cross, and after it was returned to him he then went live on holovision where he tried to fix the the Experiment, now called the Protopet. However, the Helix-O-Morph he took from Angela backfired, and the Protopet turned into a giant monster and ate Qwark. The duo managed to defeat the beast, and Qwark was spat out. In the final cutscene, he is seen working at Megacorp as a test subject for the Crotchitizer. Following this, the next few games state that Qwark has a strange addiction to the Crotchitizer.
Ratchet & Clank: 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 the masked man on Florana, he made Ratchet and Clank walk the Path of Death, his identity was revealed and fought the duo. After he is defeated, it became apparent 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 is a selfish and manipulative 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, interdependent, perspicuous and outspoken fraud, being totally unethical and perfectly 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 treacherous and exploitative. 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, tedious, repetitive, unpleasant and easy to manipulate, as shown in his interactions with Drek and Otto, and even with 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 vainglorious and conceited 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 Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Qwark's personality seemed to change for the better. While still irresponsible, egotistical, perfidious and moronic, he was no longer malicious and any negative outcomes from his actions tended to be from ineptitude or sheer accident. Despite 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 an extremely 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 and suppositious "Tool of Justice" award, wherein he was almost murdered by a Light-Eating Z'Grute.