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Clank was a small robot, programmed with artificial intelligence, and Ratchet's long-time companion and friend. He was created at the robot plant on the planet Quartu. While Clank's serial number was B5429671, the name "Clank" emerged when Ratchet made his handmade ship rock while flying to planet Novalis, causing the small robot to hit the side of the ship and making a clank sound. This became his nickname throughout his adventures with Ratchet. The Zoni referred to Clank as the "Chosen One".

Originally, Clank had been part of a production line of sentry-bots at the Robot Plant on planet Quartu, sentry-bots that were meant for Drek's assistance. However, due to what was believed to be a mishap, but may actually have been the manufacturing robot gaining a conscience, Clank appeared on the conveyor belt as a small, harmless robot, instead of a large, dangerous sentry-bot. Clank watched an Infobot video of Drek's plans to create a new planet using other planetary components, and was then forced to rush off Quartu as sentry-bots had begun chasing him, classifying him as an production error. Clank seized control of a spaceship and took off in space, but was shot down and crashed on the Kyzil Plateau of planet Veldin, where Ratchet found him for the first time and took him back to his handmade ship.

Clank was a standard model 7.66 robot and ran on XP-88 sisterboards. He was fitted with the Heli-Pack, Thruster-Pack, and Hydro-Pack upgrades. He seemed to have some sort of device for shrinking various gadgets in his torso. He got an ability to transform into a Giant Clank ultramech using an Ultra-Mech launch pad. He was also upgraded with a weapon called the Clank Zapper which allowed him to damage enemies from his place on Ratchet's back. Shady Salesman Billy sold Ratchet the Levitator, a device which enabled Clank to fly using boost pads. The Zoni gave Clank the Robo-Wings, an ability to slow down time and the Geo-Laser.

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