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Death was the state of no longer being alive in the case of any sentient being. Normally, the term was associated with organic life forms, although it has been used to describe the destruction of sentient robotic beings as well. Several deaths have occurred throughout the Ratchet & Clank franchise. In some cases, characters thought to have been dead have come back in some manner, but most deaths are realistically consistent unless there is a logical way for the character to survive.
- Kaden - along with Ratchet's mother, was killed by Emperor Tachyon when he attempted to annihilate all of the Lombaxes in Ratchet's dimension. It is also likely that a number of others were killed during Tachyon's attack on Fastoon.
- Ultimate Supreme Executive Chairman Drek - was killed when his Ultra Supreme Executive Chairman Drek-Mech crashed into the surface of his synthetic Blargian planet, which was then blown to pieces by Ratchet and Clank's firing of his own Deplanetizer.
- Captain Blackstar, his crew and the Robotic Space Eel - were all apparently eliminated by Captain Qwark when he destroyed the Robotic Pirate Ghost Ship.
- Captain Starshield - was killed by Ace Hardlight when he shot him with his Quantum-Demoleculizer live on DreadZone.
- ShellShock, Reactor and the Eviscerator - were killed by Ratchet in their respective fights in DreadZone. Ace Hardlight initially seemed to be dead when Dallas Wanamaker and Juanita Alvaro reported his defeat on Vox News as if there was a funeral and grieving fans; Gleeman Vox also spoke on the matter, offering fans a limited edition Ace Hardlight memorial action figure on sale for 299 bolts. He was later mentioned to have survived and be a prisoner in Zordoom Prison.
- Gleeman Vox - was killed in the self-destruct of the DreadZone Station, ironically activated by himself, as Ratchet freed the rest of the DreadZone contestants and escaped. His cyborg left arm was later seen floating among the station's debris.
- Puffy Pants Wallis, Iron Crotch Caruso and Greasepalms McGee - were all destroyed in space combat against Ratchet in the Aphelion.
- Each of the Rogues fought by Ratchet, such as Shamus McSoggeybridges and Sprocket, were blown to pieces and killed in battle.
- Libra and Carina - were both killed when their Valkyrie cruisers were destroyed in space combat against Ratchet's Aphelion.
- Cassiopeia - leader of the Valkyries, later attempted to take vengeance for their deaths in the Valkyrie Citadel on Vapedia. She too was killed when her aircraft was destroyed, sending her falling into the abyss of Vapedia to her death.
- Zahn Gribnak - was killed by the Agorians when they won the Battle of Gimlick Valley. As a result, the Fongoid settlement on Morklon was destroyed when the floodgate was broken, and all but one Fongoid was killed in the ensuing flood. Ten years after the battle; however, Ratchet and Clank traveled back in time and prevented Zahn's death by defeating the Agorians and Commander Argos.
- In exchange for Zahn's life, Commander Argos died when his class-3 Agorian space cruiser was shot down by Ratchet. It sank into the river below the floodgate, drowning Argos due to his inability to swim.
- Lord Vorselon - after being defeated in his final battle against Ratchet and Clank on his warship, was killed after Ratchet stepped on his disembodied head, being crushed and splattered. This set all of the ship's reactors to overload, following "Sore loser Protocol 71406." Ratchet and Clank managed to escape on the Aphelion before the explosion, and all remaining Nefarious troopers were annihilated along with Vorselon's ship.
- Alister Azimuth - after the battle in the Orvus Chamber, sacrificed himself to prevent the time rift he had initiated with the clock from destroying the universe, turning back the system and dying in the ensuing explosion.
- The Loki Master - was killed by Nefarious. After the Loki Master took control of a Grivelnox, the quatuor managed to block the Grivelnox limbs, so Croid and Nevo could use their extractor to force the Loki Master to get out the Grivelnox. Then the spirit, after being weakened by the quatuor and the attack of Ratchet, Clank, Qwark, and Nefarious, tried to take control of Qwark's body, but Nefarious gave him the final hit, which killed him.
- Cronk and Zephyr - were killed by Vendra Prog when she detonated the Pyrocidic Blaster mines that were planted throughout the Nebulox Seven Prison Ship, destroying it, while they were tied up and suspended in the air, leaving them trapped on it. Ratchet and Clank, while being trapped also in a Psychic bubble by Vendra, were only able to escape from being sucked into space by a vacuum, while they were forced to watch helplessly as Cronk and Zephyr got left behind to get caught in the ensuing explosion.
- Victor Von Ion - killed when Clank activated the sprinklers onboard The Phoenix, resulting in his death via short circuiting due to his body's weakness of water.
- Drek - after being turned into a sheep by Dr. Nefarious, was then placed into a shuttle and sent by the mad scientist on a crash course with New Quartu.
- Luna - the robotic puppet made and controlled by the Technomites, was defeated after Ratchet and Clank blew up her ship on Dayni Moon, sending her plummeting to the ground, shutting down her CPU and killing her.
- B.A.R.N.E.Y - was destroyed by Clank when the latter shot a single Tie-A-Rang at him, causing him to explode as he attempted to assassinate Captain Qwark.
- The Alien Queen - was killed along with its many children in battle aboard the BTS station.
- Qwark's Blargian Snagglebeast - was killed when it sank into lava a third time during its battle in Qwark's headquarters.
- The mysterious Swamp Monster I and fully revealed Swamp Monster II, both the same species, were killed in battle at the MegaCorp Outlet on Oozla, having eaten a number of MegaCorp employees beforehand.
- The Momma Tyhrranoid - as well as the smaller Two-Eyed Tyhrranoids piloting the cannon on its back, were killed in battle inside it's nest on Tyhrranosis.
Mungo - was killed in battle during the rescue of Luna, which later turned out to be a set-up.
- Max Apogee - it is belived that he may have been killed by space pirates after they raided the Apogee Space Station and he had pursued them. Although he may have alternatively used the Dimensionator to escape to another dimension.
- Darla Gratch, a prominent news reporter in the galaxies of Solana and Bogon, was shown at the end of almost all of her reports to be seemingly killed; as she signed off, the threat she was reporting on (i.e. Ameboids, Protopets, Tyhrranoids, etc.) would appear behind her, about to attack. Despite this, she would always reappear reporting news again, suggesting she either somehow survived or was rebuilt afterwards or that there was multiple Darla Gratches.
- The Thug Leader - fought Ratchet and Clank several times, may have been killed in his final confrontation with them. The game ambiguously canon game Secret Agent Clank has it that he survived.
- Dr. Putridson and his partner - The two Protopet scientists appeared to have been eaten by the Protopet in Going Commando, but appear watching the "Secret Agent Clank holo-film" in Up Your Arsenal.
- Fred, the former weapons accountant for the Blarg at BTS, was completely obliterated on Annihilation Nation by a red laser immediately upon entering the Death Course. He had; however, apparently died several times before, but was shown to have survived these events, causing his final status to be unknown.
- During Dr. Nefarious's initial attack in the Great Clock, it is possible a number of Zoni were killed in the chaos by the Nefarious troopers and Hypersonic Brainwave Scrambler; however, it is more likely that they had evacuated and teleported away, as it seemed that all 117,000 had been returned to the clock in the end of the doctor and General Azimuth's chaos, in addition to the 40 rescued by Ratchet.
- Klunk - apparently died over two years prior to the events of Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. Dr. Nefarious, discovering his death, was originally going to name the Tombli Outpost on Zanifar the "Klunk Memorial Work Camp and Day Spa." However, Klunk's lawyers prevented this from happening. The ambiguously canon game Secret Agent Clank game has it that Klunk did not die in either his battle with Ratchet or Clank, and that he survived in vacuum form even though everyone else believed he had died.
- Orvus may have been killed by the blast of the Hypersonic Brainwave Scrambler in the Tombli Outpost. This was implied when Nefarious mockingly said that Clank's father might still be alive had Ratchet and Clank finished the doctor off earlier during their final battle. His fate was still unclear, even to Nefarious and Pollyx, who had no idea what happened to him, as he could have teleported himself away before being killed.
- Mr. Klink was put into a scenario where he may or may not have died by Artemis Zogg after unsuccessfully being able to stop Ratchet, Clank, Glahm, Cronk, Zephyr, and prisoners from escaping the Vartax Detention Facility by being ejected out the airlock into the depths of space.
Characters who have died and been revived
- Captain Darkwater - was killed when his first mate, Romulus Slag, double-crossed him. All crew members loyal to Darkwater were also killed; however, Darkwater had placed a curse on himself and his crew, forever binding his soul to his body so that they would all come back as undead pirates if ever he was disturbed. This later happened, bringing back Darkwater alongside Slag in one body. Darkwater was later killed again by Ratchet and Talwyn Apogee, destroying his body, breaking the curse and permanently putting the undead pirates to rest.
- Captain Slag - was killed and in combat by Ratchet, who infiltrated the pirate's fleet of ships in the Ublik Passage after he stole the Dimensionator. Slag's body was blown to pieces, his head landing in the hands of Rusty Pete. The disembodied head of Slag told Pete of a glimpse of the afterlife before shutting down; however, Pete later managed to revive his captain by rerouting his memory banks to his vocal processor, allowing him to regain his speech and mind. After a failed attempt to utilize Darkwater's body as Slag's own, during which the two were forced to share a body, Slag was left in this restrained but living form.
- Ratchet - was killed by a treacherous, enraged General Azimuth in the Great Clock; however, Clank managed to safely get inside the Orvus Chamber and reversed time by six minutes, preventing his friend's death.
Ratchet or Clank could endure premature deaths during gameplay from a variety of causes. This would happen by loss of Nanotech, drowning in water, falling off a cliff or building, being eaten by a Pool Shark, or getting vaporized. These deaths were always non-canon, as they did not occur in the storyline, but as a simple gameplay mechanic.
Behind the scenes
Dan Johnson, a former Insomniac Games employee, sadly passed away on December 2006 during the production of Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters. The game gave a memorial to him as well as Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction being dedicated to his memory.
- In at least one case, Ratchet got knocked out due to the aforementioned rather than killed; in Ratchet & Clank on Batalia, The Plumber had said he was the one who dragged Ratchet out a defenese turret when he had sustained too much damage from Blarg warships. Most lethal damage; however, only made sense to end in death (i.e. falling in lava or being eaten).
- In Ratchet: Deadlocked, every once in a while when Ratchet died, Merc would say "Now, pay attention this time." This implied that Ratchet could have been somehow revived, since Merc actually knew that Ratchet had died; however, one of the skill points on Stygia was "Complete any challenge without dying."
- Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time witnessed the most amount of in-game, on-screen deaths to notable characters.
- The only deaths to major characters known to be directly caused by Ratchet and Clank were Drek, Luna, Slag (temporarily), Sprocket, Darkwater and Vorselon; this does not include minor bosses or enemies throughout the various missions.
- Ratchet & Clank (first appearance)
- Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
- Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
- Ratchet: Deadlocked
- Ratchet & Clank: Going Mobile
- Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
- Secret Agent Clank
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty
- Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
- Ratchet & Clank: Issue 1: Ears of War
- Ratchet & Clank: Issue 2: Friends with Benefits
- Ratchet & Clank: Issue 3: Lost and Spaced
- Ratchet & Clank: Issue 4: Thanks for the Armories
- Ratchet & Clank: Issue 5: Multiple Organisms
- Ratchet & Clank: Issue 6: Bros Before Foes
- Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One