Copernicus Leslie Qwark, most commonly known as Captain Qwark or simply Qwark, is a major supporting 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, All 4 One, and Full Frontal Assault. Captain Qwark is an intergalactic celebrity from Kerwan in the Solana Galaxy, who is portrayed, marketed, and very liked by the populace as a superhero who is brave, noble, strong, and has defeated many intergalactic villains. In reality, Qwark is a superhero, but sometimes he works with the enemy of the state if it serves him.
Captain Qwark has allegedly fought and defeated countless villains, including his nemesis Dr. Nefarious. Ratchet originally admired 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, leading to the two of them defeating him before defeating Drek. 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, he 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.
Qwark is a 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 the duo 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.
Qwark never knew his parents, as they were killed at a young age by faulty technomite technology. He was put up for adoption and raised by the cyclophic monkeys on Florana at a young age. However at a later date Qwark mentioned his mother as being alive.
Qwark claimed to have, at some point, attended the Kerwan Learning Annex school, where he learned to draw schematics. He went to the same high school as Dr. Nefarious, and despite poor treatment, Nefarious still considered him a friend.
According to the Qwark vid-comic series, he was still in high school in the ninth grade at 26 years old, and attended the same ninth-grade biology class as an organic Dr. Nefarious, whom he would bully severely by doing things such as call him "that freak with the headgear", pour chemicals on his head, clean the chalkboard with his pants (while he was still wearing them) and give him atomic wedgies.
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. Considering Qwark's nature, it is unknown how much of these stories were actually true. Al described one story in which he had an evil twin brother, Quasar Qwark, who he defeated in battle. He also claimed to have battled a squid-beast on Oceana VIII, defeated a mechanical monster as well as the Jack of All Trades, saved a city on Venantonio from numerous threats, inflated a hot-air balloon with his lungs, rescued Space Nuns from the space kudzu, and protected a dam on Hydrano from cactus beasts. Qwark embarked on many adventures for which he accepted hundreds of awards, and two had experienced a confrontation with a Light-Eating Z'Grute. He also had a challenge named after him in Annihilation Nation: the "Qwarktastic Battle", which was described as having only ever been beaten by one man. Qwark 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.
The 2016 re-imagining gave a different account of Qwark's time as a hero; he was head of the Galactic Rangers, commissioned by Galactic President Phyronix. The team consisted of himself, Cora Veralux, Brax Lectrus, and Elaris. At some point prior to Elaris' role as technical support, the role had been occupied by an organic Dr. Nefarious, who after mistreatment by Qwark, left the team and became a criminal. Nefarious had, at one point, attempted to atomize Kerwan's Aleero City, before Qwark stopped him, at which point he was imprisoned and believed to have died in a subsequent prison escape. Qwark had also twice halted Neftin Prog's attempt to turn the entire population of Aridia colorblind.
As told in the Qwark vid-comic series, Qwark defeated the robotic pirate ghosts led by Captain Blackstar, for which he received a sizable sum of bolts, donated to the Qwark for Tots Scholarship Fund. After this, he traveled to Blackwater City, where (depending on the source) he either coordinated the city's defenses from the women's restroom at Galaxy Burger, or singlehandedly defeated Nefarious' army of amoeboids, before following Nefarious back to a base on planet Magmos. There, Qwark unsuccessfully tried to sneak into the base, but he was able to confront and defeat Nefarious, whom he recognized as his former classmate. He attempted to give Nefarious a wedgie for old time's sake, but he accidentally knocked him down into the machinery that would transform Nefarious into a robot.
Later, while Qwark was training on his fitness course in Metropolis for his fitness trainer Helga von Streissenburgen, the robotic Nefarious attacked the city with an army of insectoids, though Qwark was once again victorious in defeating him. However, Nefarious' butler Lawrence incapacitated and imprisoned him. Qwark was able to flee, and he hid in his hideout on the Thran Asteroid Belt, fearing that Nefarious would return for revenge. Due to Nefarious' inactivity, Qwark assumed he was gone for good and returned to his career as a high-profile superhero.
Qwark became an intergalactic celebrity and made many public appearances, including endorsing Big Al's Roboshack for commercials and presenting prizes for the Blackwater City Hovercon Intergalactic Hoverboard Competition. The story of his battle against Nefarious was told through vid-comics, though the story released to the public was unfinished due to missing pages in the script, ending with Qwark defeating Nefarious in Metropolis in Deja Q All Over Again. This meant only four of the five issues were published, though another, The Shaming of the Q, detailing Qwark's subsequent capture by Nefarious and escape, was kept by Qwark himself and never released.
Ratchet & Clank
Qwark was hired by Chairman Drek as the highly paid spokesperson for his new planet. Drek tasked Qwark with stopping Ratchet and Clank, who posed as threats to his plans. Ratchet and Clank, unaware of this, sought Qwark's help in stopping Drek, which Qwark was aware of. Qwark traveled to Blackwater City to present the prize for the hoverboard race. Knowing this, Ratchet and Clank located him on the planet. Qwark owned a trailer located around the corner from where the races took place. Outside was his bouncer, who prevented Ratchet and Clank from entering after Qwark had dealt with enough reporters. The two bribed the bouncer to gain themselves entry.
When they entered the trailer, Qwark suddenly recognized who they were and offered to train them as heroes at his headquarters on Umbris. After surviving Qwark's training gauntlet, 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.
Qwark returned to Drek to report on his progress, where Drek expressed disappointment at Qwark and demanded that he follow his orders from then on. He then sent Qwark to use a starfighter to defeat Ratchet and Clank on the Gemlik Base in the orbit above planet Oltanis. Ratchet shot Qwark's ship down using a jet fighter and claimed victory, causing Qwark to crash land on Oltanis. Here, he went into hiding, posing as Steve McQwark, a fake Gadgetron salesman. He sold the PDA, which he claimed was a Gadgetron Corporation product, which Ratchet purchased from him. As Steve McQwark, he would continue to sell bogus merchandise claiming to be Gadgetron products, including the infamous Personal Hygenator, which he used to fund his comeback.
While in prison, Captain Qwark, sharing a cell with Zed, also met a new arriving inmate, Shiv Helix, a dangerous criminal who turned out to be one of his fans. Helix informed Qwark that he had pre-ordered the Ratchet & Clank holo-game, which is based on the Ratchet & Clank holo-film based on Qwark's life. Qwark then lamented that he would never be able to tell his side of the story, but Helix wanted him to share it with him. Qwark then gave in and began telling Helix his own version of the film's events.
When Chairman Drek began destroying planets, such as Tenemule, with the Deplanetizer in order to construct his New Quartu, President Phyronix commissioned Qwark to recruit a new Galactic Ranger. Qwark searched the galaxy for recruits, hosting tryouts on Veldin, where among the tryouts was a young lombax named Ratchet. Qwark, however, rejected Ratchet due to his reckless past and inexperience, thereby failing to find a recruit on the planet before returning to Kerwan. Shortly afterwards, Chairman Drek's warbots invaded Kerwan, which Qwark and the Rangers attempted to fend off, only for their Class G Dreadship to be destroyed by an unknown starship piloted by Ratchet and Clank, ending the attack. After being put on the spot by journalist Dallas Wanamaker's question, Qwark then recruited Ratchet and Clank to the Rangers.
Qwark conducted Ratchet's training and granted him the protosuit used by the Rangers, while Clank worked with Elaris. He then gave Ratchet a new starship and sent him off to several missions, beginning with the Blarg Tactical Research Station. However, unbeknownst to Ratchet, Qwark began to grow jealous of Ratchet's increasing popularity, which overshadowed his own. After Ratchet gathered schematics for an XK-81 Jetpack, Qwark, Ratchet, and the other Rangers conducted an assault on Quartu's Skorg City, Drek's home of operations. He gave the team a straightforward plan, drawn up himself with crayons: to HALO drop into the city, fire at enemies, and take Drek into custody to be home "in time for waffles". Despite protests from Clank and Elaris that the plan would fail, the other Rangers voted in favor of Qwark's more simplistic, less thought-out plan.
In an event from the film that Qwark omitted from his tale to Shiv, after being cornered by Zurkons from within the factory on Quartu, Qwark was approached by Drek, who persuaded him to join forces with him and betray the Rangers, preying on his jealousy of Ratchet.
The Rangers were unable to apprehend Nefarious but instead captured Drek's robot assistant Zed, who revealed that Drek would use the Deplanetizer to destroy Novalis next. During the Rangers' subsequent attack on the Deplanetizer, Qwark told the others he would "try to reason" with Drek, before shutting off communications and flying on ahead, while the other Rangers were attacked. He arrived to be catered to by several blarg, relaxing within the station. Later, after Ratchet had been captured by Drek, infiltrating the station alone in search of Qwark, Ratchet spotted him, to his disappointment and Qwark's embarrassment. When Drek destroyed Novalis, despite its population evacuated, Qwark began to feel remorse for his decision. Qwark confronted Drek about his deception and learned that Dr. Nefarious was still alive and working with Drek, before being ushered away, having made no progress.
When Ratchet and Clank infiltrated the Deplanetizer to stop it from destroying Umbris, Qwark fought the two in an attempt to stop them, out of anger towards Ratchet for ruining his life and career. Qwark even used Dr. Nefarious' powerful Tornado Launcher to trap him, but Ratchet warned him that Umbris exploded, all life in the galaxy would parish, including them, making Qwark realize the error of his ways and apologize to him, before Dr. Nefarious arrived to kill the three of them. Qwark helped them stop Nefarious, who subsequently fell from his space station and crash-landed on Umbris. Qwark, along with Ratchet and Clank, fled to the Deplanetizer's teleporter on Drek's scooter, before he was then thrown off the scooter and onto the glass surrounding Drek's bridge, apparently unable to make it back up. Qwark advised the two to save themselves and leave without him, but with Ratchet's assistance, Clank improvised by pulling the teleporter out from the floor, allowing Qwark to make an escape with them. After celebrating with Ratchet and Clank, Qwark was imprisoned for his crimes of betraying the Rangers and helping Drek.
In the film, Qwark then went on an apology tour around the galaxy and published a book titled "Look, I Said I Was Sorry, Alright?", telling journalist Juanita Alvaro to prepare to be blown away by his "epic humility". This was omitted from his tale to Shiv.
Qwark finished his tale while doing community service with Shiv, when Ratchet and Clank arrived and greeted the captain. Shiv promptly stole Ratchet's ship, and so Ratchet, Clank and Qwark gave chase.
Between Ratchet & Clank and Going Commando
Disguised as "Steve McQwark", Qwark sold one million Personal Hygenators to finance his comeback, one of which was purchased by Ratchet. Qwark kept his personal merchandise in his hideout on the Thran Asteroid Belt. However, due to his illegal sales, Qwark was ordered by the Galactic Court to pay 6,000,000,000 bolts to those suffering from Personal Hygenator Syndrome, which caused users severe irritation and itches in sensitive body areas. Qwark kept his funds and fled to planet Pokitaru but was arrested for attempting to flee the courts and placed in prison.
Qwark later escaped trial by flushing himself down the toilet to freedom, after which his whereabouts were unknown as the authorities he has been missing for six weeks. He fled to the Bogon Galaxy where he kidnapped Abercrombie Fizzwidget, the CEO of Megacorp, and locked him in the supply closet. Impersonating Fizzwidget, he then pushed up the release date of Megacorp's latest product, the 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 reaching out to Fizzwidget, and thus Qwark remained out of sight.
When they chased down the Protopet at the Megacorp Headquarters on planet Yeedil, Clank's admirer warned Ratchet and Clank that Qwark was still at large. Qwark shot her, and 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 while framing Ratchet, Clank, and Angela for unleashing the Protopets. When trying to use Angela's Helix-o-morph to fix the original Protopet, he accidentally mutated it due to having the battery put in backwards. This forced Ratchet and Clank to defeat the Protopet. Angela, meanwhile, 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 dummies, and was last seen testing the Crotchitizer. However, he later returned to Solana in exile on planet Florana among the monkey tribes. There, he befriended the monkey Skrunch, though he also accidentally mated with Skrunch's sister during mating season.
Up Your Arsenal
When Dr. Nefarious attacked the Solana Galaxy once more, President Phyronix received a top-secret report on Qwark's whereabouts, as Qwark was the only man to have ever faced Nefarious and beat him. He then requested Ratchet and Clank track down Qwark, citing a report in Nature's Mysteries about the "Florana Tree Beast". In "Find the Mysterious Man", Ratchet and Clank then encountered the Florana Tree Beast, which was in fact Qwark, who had suffered amnesia and wore a native mask. Qwark demanded they walk the Path of Death and was surprised when they survived. They then fought him, and after taking his mask, Qwark believed Ratchet to be his new leader. Ratchet and Clank escorted him back to the Starship Phoenix, along with Skrunch, where Sasha Phyronix prepared a custom living area for Qwark.
Ratchet later completed the Qwark vid-comic Booty is in the Eye of the Beholder, detailing Qwark's battle against the robotic pirate ghost Captain Blackstar. After watching it, Qwark regained his memory. President Phyronix appointed Qwark the leader of the war against Nefarious, and assembled the Q-Force. This team consisted of himself, Sasha, his former fitness instructor Helga, racer Skidd McMarx, Big Al from the Roboshack he had formerly endorsed earlier in his career, Skrunch, Ratchet, and Clank.
Qwark coordinated several missions for the Q-Force. The first mission required Ratchet and Clank to infiltrate the underwater hideout on Aquatos where they would find Nefarious' Office, while the second required them to lead an attack on Tyhrranosis to destroy the Momma Tyhrranoid after disabling the defenses around Korgon Base. Both these missions sent Ratchet and Clank on the front lines. Qwark made excuses for not being involved himself but was actually completely uninvolved, and during the Tyhrranosis battle he was simply at the lunch buffet with Helga, before jumping in the spotlight at the last minute after Ratchet defeated the Momma Tyhrranoid to score an interview with Darla Gratch in which he claimed credit.
Later, when Ratchet learned that Nefarious was located in his star cruiser, the Leviathan, Qwark met up with Ratchet at the Zeldrin Starport, where the cruiser was refueling. He met up with Qwark and Skrunch at the starport, along with Klunk, Nefarious' clone of Clank that had been spying on them. However, Nefarious had been luring them to the cruiser just to self-destruct it and kill them both. As Nefarious teleported out, Qwark remained claiming he had "spotted something important". This was the master plan, a data disk containing plans for the Biobliterator, which he left behind on Zeldrin after landing his escape pod.
Qwark disguised himself as a woman and used the Supernova Taxi service to return to his hideout on the Thran Asteroid Belt, fearing for his life following the near-death experience, and remained in exile, opting to remain out of the war. As his escape pod had not been detected leaving the Leviathan, Qwark was presumed dead.
After playing the vid-comic The Shaming of the Q, Ratchet and Clank learned of Qwark's hideout on the Thran Asteroid Belt. In "Find Captain Qwark", the two fought through the defenses of Qwark bots and lawn ninjas on Qwark's base, and found him locked behind a forcefield. After Clank and Skrunch unlocked the forcefield, they met Qwark, who explained he was in hiding. Ratchet berated Qwark for his cowardice, while Clank appealed to his emotion, convincing him to return to the war. Qwark later flew to Mylon in his shuttle, and during "Defeat the Biobliterator", he saved Ratchet and Clank from the transformed second Biobliterator at the last minute, helping them destroy it and defeat Nefarious. Finally, Qwark attended the premiere of the Secret Agent Clank movie premiere along with Skrunch.
Qwark did not appear physically in Deadlocked, but delivered a message to Ratchet and Clank over comlink following the destruction of DreadZone Station. In it, Qwark called the rumors of heroes being kidnapped for DreadZone "baloney" based on the fact that he had never been kidnapped, mocking the idea of making a show about heroes that did not star Captain Qwark. He also informed them they had missed the last three copies of the Qwark Cadets Fan Club, but that he had kept behind snacks and newsletter copies. Qwark was described as, around the time, maintaining a life of "heroism and civic duty", except on Wednesdays.
Qwark followed Ratchet and Clank to Pokitaru, where they were vacationing, in the hopes of joining in on their next adventure. After Clank questioned if he should instead be with his family, Qwark broke into tears and explained he had been raised by monkeys on Florana. Luna, a technomite robot interviewing Ratchet, listened in on the conversation, but then was subsequently abducted in a staged kidnapping, causing Ratchet and Clank to chase her using to Ryllus using a technomite artifact. Qwark claimed to know about the technomites, and secretly accompanied them to Ryllus.
Ratchet allowed him to use the ship's computer to research his family tree, in exchange for Qwark giving them advice (though all he could offer was to "try that big building"), where he received a message from a website named "Faux-Family.com". This was false evidence that the technomite leader, Otto Destruct, had planted to make Qwark believe Destruct was his father. Qwark first told Ratchet and Clank about the site after arriving on Kalidon, and later unsuccessfully tried to tell them his father was the leader of the technomites while they were on Challax, though both times they seemed uninterested in his story.
When Ratchet and Clank caught up with Otto Destruct on Quodrona, Qwark appeared to help Destruct by grabbing the Shrink Ray from Ratchet. Destruct promptly betrayed Qwark by shrinking him and then using it himself, although he remained oblivious to the betrayal. After Ratchet and Clank defeated Otto Destruct, Skrunch arrived with a newspaper revealing Qwark's true parents, enraging Qwark. Qwark first tried to use Destruct's own intelligence machine against him to swap Destruct's brainpower with his own, before Destruct shrunk Qwark again and Skrunch interrupted him, causing Destruct's intelligence to be swapped with that of Skrunch. Otto with his reduced intellect, chewed on the shrink ray, causing it damage. As such, Qwark was unable to be returned to his original size, at least for a while. Later, the still miniaturized Qwark followed Ratchet and Clank to Clank's apartment on Endako, telling stories of his heroic deeds on Oceana VIII 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 (using a Suc-Vac 3000 weapon against him), 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 a giant 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 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, they 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 seized 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 learned 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 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 Ratchet 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.
After 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
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 was 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 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
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 up to the authorities if they rescued Vendra from the Netherverse. During the fight with Mr. Eye, Qwark gave Ratchet "helpful" advice.
Qwark appears at the beginning of the game alongside Skidd McMarx and Rusty Pete, introducing Ratchet and Clank to the Festival of Heroes in Megalopolis. He would offer commentaries on the heroes journey but the festival would be interrupted by the appearance of the Goons-4-Less and Dr. Nefarious, leading to the repaired Dimensionator causing a cataclysm that sends Ratchet and Clank to a different dimension. Though Qwark would not take part in the adventure Ratchet and Clank would have in the alternate dimension, they would meet his counterpart, Quantum, a former Resistance member alongside Rivet who later became a Pirate Captain on Ardolis.
Qwark would lend support to the heroes in the efforts to finally defeat Dr. Nefarious' counterpart, Emperor Nefarious, when he invades their home dimension. Qwark would meet his counterpart and give him lessons in making "heroic speeches" as they battled the emperor. After Emperor Nefarious' defeat the repairing the damage done to the dimensions, Qwark and Quantum continue to interact with each other, with Qwark teaching him heroic poses.
Qwark is a 6'5"humanoid, with exaggerated body proportions; his upper body is large and muscular, while his lower body is small and compact. He has blond hair, blue eyes (green prior to Tools of Destruction), a tribal tattoo received on Florana. His exact species is unknown.
His most common attire is his iconic Q-Force Uniform that consists of green tights that cover most of his body, with gray tights for his arms, green gloves for his hands, a yellow belt on his waist, a red antenna on top and a Qwark logo in the center (a blue and black atom with a lightning bolt that vaguely resembles the letter "Q"). Qwark has been known to wear other outfits, such as a suit and tie while serving as the President of the Polaris Galaxy and facing time in court, though he almost always keeps his tights on underneath, as they often still cover the top half of his face.
Qwark is a narcissist who portrays himself as having all the heroic qualities, such as strength, bravery, nobility, and intelligence, but is portrayed in reality as cowardly, selfish, gullible, bumbling, and foolish. He is normally driven by the pursuit of fame and money, though after Up Your Arsenal, he can be persuaded to do the right thing, and deep down has the galaxy's best interests at heart. Qwark serves largely as a comic relief character, due to his cowardice and stupidity. In Rift Apart, Ratchet notes to Qwark's counterpart, Quantum, that despite all of his flaws and screw ups, Qwark is always there when he is needed and never stops trying.
A notable character trait of Qwark is his storytelling. Qwark will often tell stories of his own heroic adventures, with dramatic narration, though these are implied to be exaggerated or false, with him often making up foes entirely, and he often takes credit for good deeds performed by others, and enjoys the publicity of performing good deeds on camera. Qwark has told stories of his adventures in vid-comics, opera performances, and holo-films.
Qwark has demonstrated a high degree of superhuman strength, showing himself in videos to have lifted ten tons with a single arm, and hold back a large boulder on a cliff. Qwark took days of kung-fu classes, resulting in him creating his own "Crouching Kitten style" martial art. He has been shown to be capable of fighting and surviving against large robots, defeating two drophyd troopers, surviving being eaten by monsters such as a Blargian Snagglebeast and Swamp Monster II, and vehicles with his body strength alone. The strength is confirmed by his actions at the beginning of A Crack in Time and by his huge muscles. He is also able to fly, as it is shown in a video and in reality. Qwark also did not need any sort of breathing apparatus while out in space, as he could hold his breath for an incredibly long time and even talk while doing so. Qwark is also capable of shrinking himself, as he will in All 4 One when Clank is being used in single player - in order to act as Clank's backpack.
Qwark makes use of a wide variety of equipment in combat. He primarily makes use of his own blaster, a pistol that he wields which fires lasers, and has piloted various different ships. In the re-imagined Ratchet & Clank movie, he typically wields two Combusters, and used a Tornado Launcher against Ratchet; in the re-imagined game, he also used Agents of Doom and Groovitrons during his boss fight. In All 4 One, he made use of a greater array of equipment, had his own RYNO VI Protosuit and a special weapon, the Quantum Deflector, his melee weapon in the game being his fists, here referred to as the "Fists of Justice". Qwark also possessed skill with throwing spinning boomerang-like blades, utilizing them during his battle with Ratchet on Florana, as well as his comet-strike in All 4 One.
Qwark also devises plans of actions, these plans are fairly simplistic, making little tactical sense, and are also drawn using crayons.
Throughout the series, Qwark has donned many disguises to escape publicity. In Ratchet & Clank, Qwark used his most basic disguise of wearing a mustache and selling merchandise under the alias "Steve McQwark" (a possible reference to the American actor Steve McQueen), selling PDAs, Personal Hygenators and other bogus merchandise that he claimed were official Gadgetron products. Later, in Going Commando, he disguised himself as the CEO of Megacorp, Abercrombie Fizzwidget, and took over to manage the company; while several employees close to Fizzwidget noticed a change in personality when Qwark donned the disguise, they dismissed it as simply a byproduct of Fizzwidget's age. Qwark has also often disguised himself as female, affecting his voice to sound higher, with his most notable female disguise being "Nurse Shannon" used in A Crack in Time.
Qwark has gone under the aliases "Steve McQwark", "Nurse Shannon", "Strong Jaw", "Stefan Qwarkanopolus", "Finnegan O'Qwarksalot", "Walter Qwarkowski", "Herschel Qwarkenstein", "John Quincy Qwark", "Lucius Von Qwark", "Shirley Bigguns", and "Porky Qwarky".
As an enemy
Qwark has been fought as an enemy on many occasions. In the original Ratchet & Clank, he was fought piloting a starfighter given to him by Drek in the Gemlik Base. In the re-imagined Ratchet & Clank, the two fight Qwark in the Deplanetizer, where Qwark wielded his own Combuster, Agents of Doom, and Groovitron, against Ratchet. He appeared as a boss as the Florana Tree Beast in Up Your Arsenal on Florana. In Size Matters and A Crack in Time, he appeared as an enemy in the subconsciousness of Ratchet and Clank respectively, as a Psycho Qwark in the dreamtime sequence in the former and a Mini Qwark in Clank's subconscious in the latter.
In Deadlocked, an unlockable cheat called "Kill Qwark!" turns DZ Strikers into Qwark-looking robots.
Behind the scenes
Captain Qwark was designed near the start of production by Dave Guertin. Guertin presented several options for the emblem on his chest or his eye color, and originally presented the character with a red suit. This was to avoid comparisons with Blasto, a relatively popular franchise on the original PlayStation. Qwark shares a similar name with the Star Trek character Quark (who was voiced by Armin Shimerman, the voice actor of Dr. Nefarious in the Ratchet & Clank series). Quarks are elementary particles that make up protons and neutrons in atoms, hence the Q logo resembles a molecule.
Qwark was voiced by Jim Ward in every appearance, (since the 2002 original game,) until the 2021 animated short film, Ratchet & Clank: Life of Pie. His scene in which he provided the commercial for Al's Roboshack in Metropolis was the scene which Insomniac used to determine the humor of the game. Citing health issues, he was unable to reprise his role in Rift Apart. Instead, Scott Whyte provided the voice of Qwark in the game.
When developing the 2016 re-imagining game of the original Ratchet & Clank, Qwark's narration was selected after a short discussion internally to unify the stories between the game and the re-imagined movie, as his over-exaggeration and falsehoods in his storytelling allowed them creative freedom while still unifying the stories together.
The boss fight in Up Your Arsenal was programmed by Tony Garcia.  Originally, Captain Qwark was going to taunt Ratchet throughout the battle fight with voice lines, referring to himself as "Steve". Qwark would refer to Ratchet as a "dung beaver", and remark that Ratchet was "strangely familiar" and would "make good dinner" for his monkey. This dialogue is seen in early builds of the game. Some developers for Up Your Arsenal wanted Qwark's AI to be advanced for the boss fight against the Biobliterator at the end, but this was not achievable due to the limited amount of time left.
TJ Fixman had desired to write for a Captain Qwark 2D side-scroller prequel, similar to the vid-comics in Up Your Arsenal, but was never able to before he left Insomniac.
Qwark has appeared in the manga, Ratchet & Clank: Bang Bang Bang! Critical Danger of the Galaxy Legend.
In the short film, Ratchet & Clank: Life of Pie, Ratchet and Clank encounter Qwark when brining the Portalizer to the weapons museum in Galactic City, resulting in him using it to enter a portal to the Pizza-Verse, in hopes of becoming their spokesperson, with his poor behavior leading to an invasion by the native toppings.
Non-Ratchet & Clank cameos
Qwark appears in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale in the Metropolis stage. In it, he will begin walking around flexing in the background and admiring a gold statue of himself, before a Hydra tosses him away. He later returns and battles the Hydra, and manages to defeat it. Qwark is also mentioned at the end of Ratchet and Clank's arcade mode story, when the duo mention he would have enjoyed the tournament, but was likely still angry at Ratchet for packing him a pair of Stunderwear prior to the game's events.
Captain Qwark received a positive reaction overall. IGN praised his character as "pretty hysterical", commending the voice acting and listing him as an example of the great cast in Up Your Arsenal. GameSpot referred to him as the "center of attention when on screen", and claimed that his "consistent string of jokes maintains a goofy, lighthearted vibe throughout your quest"; they later referred to him as a "narcissistic buffoon", and said that his narration of the 2016 Ratchet & Clank game is "central to [its] charm", while his remarks on Ratchet's equipment is as "entertaining as it is helpful". Likewise, Hardcore Gamer expressed disappointment at his reduced screen time in Into the Nexus, listing him as an example of a character who "mean[s] a lot to fans of the franchise". GamesRadar listed Qwark as number 5 of their top 7 "Best Frenemies", while IGN listed Qwark as their 54th in their list of the "100 Videogame Villains".
Qwark became such a vital part of the series that fans became upset when he was left out of games.
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- Size Matters script § "Abduction"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Qwark"
- Tools of Destruction
- All 4 One
- Up Your Arsenal script § "9th Grade Biology Class"
- Size Matters
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- Going Commando script § "If you are watching this, you're fired..."
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- Up Your Arsenal script § "Rendezvous with Qwark (gameplay)"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Eliminate the Enemy Forces (gameplay)"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Nature's Mysteries"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Defeat Captain Qwark (gameplay)"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Take Qwark to His Cage (gameplay)"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Captain Qwark Returns"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Plan of Attack"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Destroy the Momma Tyhrranoid (gameplay)"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Beat Courtney Gears (gameplay)"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Find Nefarious (gameplay)"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Explore the Crash Site (gameplay)"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Supernova Taxi"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Find Captain Qwark (gameplay)"
- Up Your Arsenal script § "Phoenix 6"
- Deadlocked script § "Death of a Salesman"
- Deadlocked, Extras § "Qwark"
- Size Matters script § "Technomites"
- Size Matters script § "Vetega"
- Size Matters script § "Arrival"
- Size Matters script § "Luna's Coordinates"
- Size Matters script § "She's A Robot"
- Size Matters script § "Ending"
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