|“||Impressive, but look at you. You're no match for the power of a Spyro fueled by Darkness!! Always win because I'm pure evil baby!!||„|
|~ Dark Spyro as he fights against Spyro|
Dark Spyro is a major antagonist in season 3 of Skylanders Academy. He is a dark version of Spyro corrupted by Strykore, who absorbed Spyro's light energy and consumed him with darkness.
Dark Spyro is voiced by Jason Ritter, while his good counterpart is voiced by Justin Long.
Dark Spyro is a despicable creature, liar, ruthless, maniacal, devious and without remorse who thinks only of one thing: To be evil. Like Spyro, Dark Spyro makes some pretty mediocre jokes with the same arrogance but he does not have his kindness or heroism.
When he returned to the Skylanders, Dark Spyro puts on a false friendly facade to avoid suspicion. He is shown to be irritated if he does not know where he is or if he is pestered by Team Spyro or other characters, not even tolerating their chatter.
However, Dark Spyro was not completely heartless. After spending time with the Team Spyro, he ended up really considering them as his friends and family just as before his corruption. This was especially shown when he chose to rescue Eruptor rather than open the Wumpan box and was remorseful for nearly bribing Stealth Elf, whom he later saved from the corrupted Kaossandra and even receiving a hug of her who both surprised and moved, which shows that even if he lost his light, there was still some good in him.
It finally disillusioned him from evil, refusing to even do it when he could and preferred to have fun and enjoy life. When Stealth Elf discovered the truth about him, Dark Spyro argued that he had really changed, even refusing to obey Strykore without fear. Unfortunately, Strykore was still able to restore all the evil of the dragon, however, the goodness of Dark Spyro was able to briefly retake the control, preventing him from harming Stealth Elf before definitively succumbed to darkness.
At the end of Touch of Evil, after Spyro was given to Kaos by Malefor, Kaos brings him before Strykore, who absorbs Spyro's light energy. Spyro then awakens with the evilness within him and declares the Skylanders are his enemies
Dark Spyro looks at himself in the mirror and cheers that being evil is awesome just before being interrupted by Kaos who does not like the black dragon making his home in the castle. Spyro is then summoned by Strykore who informs him that for the destruction of the Core of Light they first have to find the Iron Fist of Arkus whose location is known only by the Skylanders King Pen. Spyro and Kaos manage with difficulty to capture King Pen and bring him back to their master who learns from the mouth of the Skylander penguin that only Eon knows the location of the island of Argus. Strykore then decides to send Spyro as a spy to the Skylanders Academy to find out where the island is, before the Skylanders arrive to free King Pen but Spyro manages to hide from them. Later at the academy, Spyro appears suddenly in front of his "friends" and asks them if he misses them.
The Truth is in Here
Spyro makes Skylanders believe that his fight against Malefor changed his appearance and his voice because of the stress. Apart from Stealth Elf who remains a little suspicious, all the others end up believing in his false story. Once they are all out of his room, Spyro accidentally discovers that he can control the technology with his new powers but while he benefits, Strykore interrupts it by astral projection to find out where he is with the localitation of the island. Coverage is cut short when Eruptor arrives to catch news of Spyro. Knowing that he can now control the technology, Spyro bewitches a video of Eon's favorite music group so that once he's watching it he can not help telling the truth, to find out where the island. Unfortunately, his plan does not work out as he would have liked because all the academy is infected and start fighting because of their pleasant truth, while Eon is too preoccupied by their behavior to watch the video trapped. Understanding that Eon does not look at her as long as everyone is fighting, Spyro tries to calm them down, only for him to criticize. Under the influence of anger, Spyro releases a violent electric discharge that frees others from his spell but damages Eon's phone.
When his team goes for the Cloud Prison, Spyro enjoys being alone to search the academy. He goes to the Hall of Relics but is interrupted by Eon and Kaossandra who was already there and was arguing for a story of road, They ask Spyro to mediate for them, to his great boredom. Later, Spyro hypnotizes Eon to have the plan, only he admits he does not really know where the island is but he knows where the map is to go. Unfortunately the hypnosis dissipates before Spyro enters the cavot under the room of the relics.
A Traitor Among Us
When Eon seems to think that there is a mole working for Strykore in the academy, Spyro is quite anxious to be discovered but he manages to sow doubt among the Skylanders by leaving various objects of espionage in the rooms of others. He manages to infiltrate the cavot but discovers that it is only a hidden barbershop. Enervated, Spyro utters a cry of anger as he leaves, but while landing on the grimoir of the room of the relics, he discovers that the map is made inside a mysterious box coming from the Wumpan island. After that, Spyro is relieved when Eon reveal that the mole was actually a mole that had infiltrated the barbershop.
In Like Flynn
The Skylanders (except Spyro who still simulates the tired of his fight against Malefor) embark aboard a ship headed by Captain Flynn, a boastful and stupid mabu to sue Kaos who is now a pirate. In his room, Spyro is contacted by Strykore and tells him about the mysterious Wumpan box. Stryoke then asks the evil dragon to join the Skylanders' mission to obtain information from Flynn on the Wumpa Islands. Finding nothing useful in the captain's cabin, Spyro directly asks Flynn who stupidly admits that Wumpan Island are in another dimension and that the road to get there is in his logbook. Unfortunately, the notebook falls under the foot of Eruptor well overboard during the storm. Finding the notebook in the jungle after mending, Spyro tries to recover but it is interrupted by Fisticuffs who then attacks the Skylanders. During the fight, the notebook is reduced to boil when it falls into the saw arm of Fisticuffs and the Skylanders are trapped in a holographic cage by the wooden robot villain. they are then released when Flynn succeeds in using the cage stop button which allows the Skylanders to lock Fisticuffs inside. After saving Pop Fizz who had fallen during the storm and then almost sacrificed by primitive Indigo, Spyro and his friends return to the academy and Stealth Elf points out his strange behavior but the dragon manages to dissuade him but knowing that she will still be in her paws, Spyro skillfully agreed with others that Stealth Elf should leave with Flynn in search of Kaos to get rid of her for a long time.
Weekend at Eon's
Spyro and Jet-Vac enters Eon's body after he was accidentally knocked out for the day of the inspection. Later, Golden Queen wreaks havoc in the city and quickly takes over Pop and Eruptor, Jet-Vac decides to use the dissolving spell that can get rid of any substance. Spyro thinks of using it on the cube until he learns that there will only be one attempt. While Eruptor is about to be changed into a golden statue, Spyro hesitates between opening the box or saving his friend, finally choosing to save Eruptor and defeat Golden Queen.
In his house, Spyro is looking to see if a bandanna or a nail collar goes to his new evil character until Strykore appears and scolds Spyro for still not having found the map while also noticing if he has really become evil. For To test his loyalty, the evil lord orders Spyro to put Stealth Elf on the dark side to make an ally to their despicable cause with a spell that will slowly devour his light. While Stealth Elf prepares for a mission with Kaossandra, Spyro discretely casts the spell on the bracelet of the young ninja but unfortunately without him knowing, Kaossandra puts the bracelet. After that, Spyro depresses his room to the point of talking to himself about what he did Stealth Elf he now considers his best friend, also looking at a picture of her and him. With remorse, Spyro goes to find his friend and saves Kaossandra now diabolical by holding a powerful claw in the bracelet, releasing Kaossandra from his grip. Stealth Elf asks him what he is doing here and Spyro claims to have just gone out to get some fresh air. Spyro then receives a hug from Stealth Elf who thanks him and tells him that she can always count on him.
Three Sides to Every Story
Spyro is one of three suspects with Stealth Elf and Eruptor on the disappearance of Eon but in the end, Eon was just gone to the lake. Stealth Elf apologizes for suspecting Spyro who does not blame him. He then destroys a record containing a recording of himself and Strykore that would have compromised him, although he leaves a sad facial expression.
Days of Future Crash
After not being able to open the Wumpan cube yet, Spyro starts to get angry but he gets excited when he goes to see Eruptor who laments that he can not finish his presentation on Wamba Island and that he would like Crash Bandicoot be there because he is a native. Spyro thinking that Crash knows how to open the box suggested to the lava monster to go back in time using a Jet-Vac device so that they go directly to Crash. As soon as they arrive, they accidentally return to the present with the mutated bandicoot, creating a timeline in which Glumshanks took power. Seeking another time remote control because theirs no longer has juice, the two skylanders and Crash leave to the castle of Kaossandra, now serving as a haven for Glumshanks and hard their peril, Crash tells Spyro that he knows nothing about the cube mysterious Wamba, with the exasperation of Spyro. Inside the castle, the trio meets the alternative Kaos who serves Glumshanks but also wants to overthrow him. They get the remote but Eruptor refuses to leave leaving the alternate Skylanders petrified at the mercy of Glumshanks but they are empty captured by the troll until Kaos help them and beat him and his henchmen. The now free Skylanders thanks Spyro and Eruptor for saving them, especially the Stealth Elf alternative who thanks them for being always there for her. During the trip, Spyro learned from the other Kaos that to open the cube, he have to "True of heart" .
Off to the Races
Upon arriving home, Spyro greets each of his friends friendly as he has grown to be a Skylander fellow in spite of being evil. Strykore, losing almost all his patience, appears again and warned Spyro that if he does not manage soon to open the box or he will regret it bitterly. After that, the Skylanders (accompanied by Flynn) go to an airship race in order to capture Kaos who only participates to earn enough money to avoid the mutiny of his crew. In the cabin, Spyro still vainly tries to open the box until the ship falls into the void because of a magic shock wave. As he falls, Spyro settles a disagreement between Stealth Elf and Eruptor while restoring motivation to his friends (but it's hard to know if he was sincere or if he was still trying to open the box) which allows them to recover. Another breakdown occurs and Spyro is flying to get the screwdriver in the shed, but before he leaves, Strykore reappears and is outraged to see Spyro helped the Skylanders. When Strykore asks Spyro if he wants to rule the Skylands and destroy the Skylanders, the young dragon remembers all the good memories he had with his friends like Dark Spyro and finally admit that he no longer wants them dead and that the Skylands are big enough for everyone, which Strykore calls a failure. Spyro tries to sound his master but Stealth Elf discovers their alliance. Spyro tries to explain himself, only for Stealth Elf to scold him for becoming evil and to have been Strykore's spy. Spyro tries to change her mind, confessing that he's changed, but this only proves Strykore was right about him. Despite being heartbroken by his best friend's revelation, Stealth Elf sets off to tell the others. Strykore orders Spyro to prevent her from doing so, but he refuses, Strykore to forcibly enhance Spyro's evil nature. Before Stealth Elf can warn everyone, Spyro grabs and lifts Stealth Elf out of earshot and the two quickly battle to break free. Spyro take the top by imprisoning Stealth Elf in an electric sphere but while she loses consciousness, he resumes his mind and can not bring himself to an end. After checking her if she's OK, Spyro looks at the box ended up having enough of Strykore and is about to throw it overboard when it opens after Spyro's sincere act of sparing the Stealth Elf life. He finally gets the plan for the island of Argus but he departs when he sees Kaos falling towards him. Kaos takes the plan and runs away, Spyro tries to catch him but Stealth Elf attacks him by suppresses and knocks him down with a neck strike that sends Spyro crashing on the floor. Defeated and barely conscious, Spyro can not do anything when Stealth Elf reveals to rest of the team that he is the Strykore's spy, to their great shock.
Tied to his bed and having succumbed again to his evil personality, Dark Spyro struggles furiously while the other Skylanders still directed the new. Eruptor tries to bring him back to his senses by giving him his homemade soup, Dark Spyro drinks it rough and shouts that his friend Spyro no longer exists before spitting the soup on Eruptor. Later, Pop Fizz makes a fire-viper poison potion to heal Spyro from darkness, and when Dark Spyro drinks it by force, it starts to light up and becomes Spyro again. Only the potion has also revived Dark Spyro, which is now a separate entity. The two Spyros start to fight and Spyro first take the lead over his evil twin but Dark Spyro ends up gaining the upper hand thanks to his strengthened evil powers and claims that because he is pure evil he will always win while hitting Spyro against rocks. Spyro, encouraged by all his friends, stands up to Dark Spyro claiming that it is because he is evil that he will lose. Exasperated by the optimistic spirit of Spyro, Dark Spyro decides to deal with the finishing blow, he unleashes a huge burst of purple flames with Spyro counteracting this by unleashing his own huge burst of flames. When both of their flames clash, a massive discharge erupts and the two dragons are engulfed in the explosion. When the smoke dissipates, Spyro turns out to be unscathed while Dark Spyro is apparently annihilated.
- He was never really named Dark Spyro in the series.
- Dark Spyro's voice actor change in this form was made with the intent to sell a Spyro with a similar appearance and personality, but with an uncanny feeling that it's not quite the same person.