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Hey, I'm the real hero here. You can call me..... 'Orange Lightning!' Zazaziing!”— Daxter
Daxter is Jak's sidekick and the secondary protagonist from the Jak and Daxter series. He has been Jak's best friend since before The Precursor Legacy. He's also the main protagonist in his self-titled spin-off game Daxter. Daxter is a former human, who turned into an Ottsel after falling into a dark eco silo.
Pre-The Precursor Legacy
It is unknown if Daxter has a family. What is known is that Jak and Daxter are lifelong friends and that he grew up in Sandover Village. Daxter once stated he cleaned up Samos' hut a lot.
The Precursor Legacy
In the beginning of Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak and Daxter disobeyed Samos's wishes and sailed to Misty Island. There, Daxter is knocked off his feet in an encounter with a Lurker and falls into a pool of dark eco, and emerges in the form of an Ottsel. Jak and Daxter are then informed by Samos that the only person who could change Daxter back is Gol Acheron, the dark eco Sage. They embark on a quest to the north to seek the Sage's help, but learn that Gol and his partner Maia have been corrupted by dark eco and plan to warp the earth to their liking.
Upon learning that Gol, the man whose help he needed, is now their enemy, Daxter is disheartened, accepting that he may remain in his current form. When battling Gol and Maia, the good Sages combine their energies to create light eco. Daxter is faced with a decision - knowing that the light eco will return him to his original form, he may either take it for himself or allow Jak to harness it's power to destroy Gol and Maia. Daxter decides that he'll stay an Ottsel in favor of saving the world, but says to "do it quickly before I change my mind".
In Jak II, almost immediately after the events recounted in Daxter, the Ottsel finds Jak and helps him break out of the Haven City Fortress Prison. They meet up with a group of Rebellion fighters known as The Underground, where Daxter meets a girl named Tess, who takes a strong liking to him despite him being an Ottsel. At the end of the game, Daxter turns the Hip Hog Heaven Saloon into the Naughty Ottsel. It displays pictures of Daxter. In Jak II, he is playable while running from a huge spider in Mar's Tomb, and later, he can play a game similar to Whack-A-Mole. He is also playable during the Class 2 race in place of Jak, who didn't race because of a fight with Keira.
During Jak 3, Jak and Daxter discover that Ottsels are the fabled Precursors in the series' mythology. When the Precursors offer to grant him a wish at the end of the game, he decides to stay as an Ottsel, wishing only for a snazzy pair of pants. The Precursors then creatively interpret a comment by Tess, "I wish I had a pair just like 'em!", turning her into an Ottsel as well.
Daxter also has the ability to shoot all twelve different variations of the Morph Gun while Jak is on a Zoomer. If you look closely while Jak is riding the JET-Board, Daxter is riding the board as well and does the moves with Jak, inferring that Daxter can also maneuver the Jet-Board. Daxter also enters the computer at the Power Center to find the codes necessary to enter the KG war factory.
In the beginning of Daxter, while inside a bar, Daxter is bragging to the patrons about his "adventures," leaving very little impression on his audience, except for an old man named Osmo, head of the Kridder Ridder Extermination Company, who sees Daxter's potential and offers him a job as an exterminator. Daxter is uncertain, but Osmo manages to persuade him into the job. He then completes various bug-exterminating jobs throughout limited parts of the city while also trying to find Jak and free him from imprisonment, all the while continuously thwarting the plans of the evil Kaeden and the Metal Bugs.
Jak X: Combat Racing
By the time of Jak X: Combat Racing, Daxter is one of the victims that was poisoned. He plays a significantly lesser part in this game. He is eventually cured by the end of the game. He is, however, available as an unlockable character in the secrets section after playing the game for 5 hours.
The Lost Frontier
In Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier, Daxter went to the brink with Jak to help escort Keira in her quest to become a sage. At one point early on, Daxter is doused with dark eco, causing him to turn into an eight-foot tall monster with enhanced melee attacks. Some fans believe this doesn't make sense, because Daxter has already been doused by dark eco and the Dark Makers are supposedly precursors only touched by dark eco . In Jak 3, when Daxter is inspecting a dark eco object (Later known as the Dark Jak Invisibility), after Jak says "Don't touch it Daxter. Who knows what more dark eco would do to you." Daxter replies "Look at me, Jak. I'm short, I'm hairy and I itch in strange places. I couldn't do worse." However it could be just the same case as Jak, in that he is unaffected by small amounts of dark eco but in contact with large quantities (as in his cases of transformation he was dumped with dark eco), he is turned into a dark creature. His powers include throwing dark eco bolts, a ground smash and a frenzy attack where he spins like a tornado.
PlayStation Move Heroes
Daxter, and Jak, are invited to the galactic hero games, along with Ratchet, Clank, Sly Cooper and Bentley. At first things seem just like a simple competition, but the heroes soon realise something is wrong. They find that the duo who brought them there are up to no good, and try to defeat the menace.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
Daxter appears along with Jak as a one playable character.
Daxter is a cowardly character who always hides behind Jak's back and always tries to refuse facing some danger. Before Jak goes on to fight with Klaww, Daxter says "I'll stay here and protect Keira! Jak, I think you're ready to take on that monster without me. " or before Jak goes to the Metal Head Tower he says "I'll stay here and... protect Sig!". Daxter often tries to persuade women using lousy pickup lines, much to Jak's dismay. The women he typically flirts with are usually Keira, Ashelin, and Tess.
While a coward most the time, in Daxter his heroic nature was revealed, showing that if he has no one to protect him, he can protect himself and that his friendship with Jak is undying, as he has proven on numerous occasions that he is loyal to Jak no matter what and, no matter the danger he is forced to or complains constantly about, he refuses to abandon him regardless the situation and even stated that his adventures with Jak have been the best. On rare occasions, Daxter proves his true heroic nature even in the presence of Jak, which left Jak actually surprised by his burst of bravery. Most notably in Jak 3 after Count Veger taunted Jak about Damas being his father causing Daxter to yell at Jak to go after him stating no one makes fun of his best friend, and lives to brag about it. He also does it again while going down into the catacombs, as he shouts "Lets get him!".
Daxter's role in the series is typically used for comedic relief, as almost no one takes him seriously due to his constant joking around in serious situations and his disrespectful manner towards others which tends to get on others nerves (which are usually Krew and Torn). Daxter also enjoys making fun of people a lot, as he's surprisingly not afraid to make fun of others in front of them, even the normally cold and ill-tempered Torn, and make jokes about them that get on there nerves, which usually make Jak slightly laugh from his antics.
Daxter, for the most part, is almost never serious and constantly goofs around. But he's always supportive of Jak, especially when he really needs it. Daxter says many memorable lines, perhaps his most famous being, "Stay fuzzy, save the world. Choices." from the end of Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. Daxter has many nicknames for certain characters, particularly Samos (Old green stuff, etc.) and Krew (five chins, etc.). He also finds himself at odds with other characters, especially Samos in the first game, but also with Krew (Flubber boy) and Pecker (bent beak). Daxter will find himself insulted plainly by Samos (one prime example of that is when Jak and Daxter show up from Misty Island in the intro, Samos says that even if he could turn Daxter back into a human, he wouldn't do so, saying that Daxter's having been turned into an Ottsel is actually an improvement) and won't respond back to him. Samos obviously begins to do this after tiring of putting up with Daxter for so long. Samos insults Daxter to such a high level in that when Jak and Daxter meet The Shadow (the younger Samos) in Jak II (who does not recognize the heroes), he says to Daxter, "I never forget a face, especially one that ugly". The only response on Daxter's part is to quietly say to himself, "So it begins." However, when it counts, Samos reminds both Jak and Daxter how they are true heroes.
Before becoming an Ottsel, Daxter was an ordinary looking character with short orange hair and a reddish and white tunic and sandals for foot ware. He also seemed to have slightly bucked teeth and was a few inches shorter than Jak.
After the dark eco changed him, Daxter became an orange Ottsel, a cross between an Otter and a Weasel. His appearance is not too dissimilar from Crash Bandicoot, a game created by Naughty Dog which are also Jak and Daxter's developers. He wears a pair of goggles, just like Jak's, he also wears a pair of hand guards. These are the only clothes he kept through his transformation. By his own admission, he states he's only two feet tall.
A running gag is that for almost the entire time Daxter has been an Ottsel, he's complained about not having pants. In Jak II, in response to Jak asking "Where would you be without me, eh, Dax?", Daxter replies, "Well, Jak, I probably wouldn't be two feet tall, fuzzy, and running around in a sewer without a pair of pants. God, I miss pants." During Jak 3, Daxter also says to Jak, "If you moved that fast a long time ago, I'd still be wearing pants." He then goes on to say, "You know what I really miss? Soft underpants. You know how it lifts and cradles? Ahh." And after Jak throws him a look of confusion, "You wouldn't understand." At the end of Jak 3, he decides he wants pants more than to be turned back normal. He is granted a pair of three-quarter length denim shorts with a small hole for his tail by the Precursor Leader. When Tess remarks that she wishes she "had a pair of pants just like those," the Precursor leader tells her "Be careful what you wish for." He then turns her into an Ottsel. Daxter and Tess were about to kiss but Jak interrupts since he was about to take off in the Precursor starship.
Daxter had very few abilities. He was playable in Jak II and Jak 3 in a few sections when only Daxter could reach certain areas. He had abilities similar to Jak. He could also hang, similar to Crash Bandicoot's hanging sections, which allowed him to travel across dangerous areas. He has few fighting abilities compared to Jak's more trained and skilled fighting skills and Daxter is also somewhat slow for his size. However, Daxter is very useful in reaching small spaces only he can reach and very good at exterminations, as seen in Daxter when he was able to take out several insects while on his own. He's also proven to be a very skilled driver despite his size, having placed first in the second race in Jak II.
It was not until The Lost Frontier, when Dark Daxter became available, that he had any special abilities. Dark Daxter was dissimilar to Dark Jak and replaced playable Daxter sections. Dark Daxter was a huge monster that could pick up and throw enemies, in addition to eco Bolts. He could also use a powerful Frenzy attack, which was an immensely fast spinning attack which used up dark eco quickly, but could break through several things such as doors, and quickly defeat enemies.
In Daxter, Daxter gained more equipment to use for Osmo's Extermination company. Osmo gave him the following:
- Electric Bug Swatter- Could defeat metal bugs and perform combo attacks
- Spray Gun- Could stun Metal Bugs with gas
- Flamethrower Attachment- Similar to the Spray Gun, but used up ammunition faster, and with flames rather than gas
- Ultrasonic Attachment- Similar to Spray Gun, it was a sort of bomb launcher, launching Ultrasonic "bombs" at enemies
When Daxter and Jak first meet Tess in Jak II, she's with Torn at the Underground in the Slums. She doesn't say anything to either of them and the next time we see her is several missions later when she's undercover as a barmaid at the Hip Hog Heaven Saloon. She has been sent there by Torn to spy on Krew. Daxter flirts with her and she seems to give the air that she enjoys his antics but cannot take him seriously because he's an Ottsel. However, throughout the game she continuously shows a liking to him due to his confident nature and how she believes most of his stories. In Jak 3, however, Tess' personality seems to have changed considerably from reserved to perky and lovey-dovey, and she now takes a much greater interest in Daxter, showing this by hugging and squeezing him. She also almost completely ignores Jak, leading him to exhibit subtle signs of jealousy at the attention that Daxter is getting from her, such as when he exasperatedly suggests that Daxter and Tess should "get a room" and "Oh please! Will you two take it outside". Tess's role has evolved from Daxter's crush in Jak II to his fully fledged girlfriend in Jak 3. Tess has told Jak to protect Daxter or else she would hunt him down and "hurt him real bad" multiple times in the series, such as after he receives the gyro burster in Jak 3.
After Tess turned into an Ottsel, Daxter's relationship with her increased even more, as Daxter was delighted she became his size and the two interact much more, with Tess herself seemingly pleased with her new appearance. The two continue to stay together and even tried to have a kiss as Boyfriend and girlfriend only for Jak to interrupt them (likely to get back at Daxter for interrupting his attempts to kiss Keira). It should be noted that Daxter started to take his relationship with her seriously since then, as he finally dropped his flirtatious nature with other women and only did it towards Tess, showing that he truly takes her serious now.
- When Jak transforms into either Dark or Light form, Daxter's pose will change.
- In Dark form, Daxter is scowling and crouching down with his teeth bared.
- In Light form, Daxter is standing straight up with a placid smile and his hands folded in prayer, although only when standing still.
- When driving, it is actually Daxter who is operating the Morph Gun while Jak steers.
- In Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (another game by Naughty Dog), in the beginning of the game, Nathan Drake and Elena's swimsuit's says "Ottsel" on his chest and there is a picture of Daxter's face on his arm.
- Daxter is featured as a DLC character in the PlayStation 3 exclusive game PAIN.
- A running gag in TPL is that every time Jak obtains a power cell, Daxter would start to do his "victory dance".
- Daxter's appearance is a little different in the "Daxter" PSP version. His nose is a little bigger (dark blue nose instead of normal small orange). But during the title screen and the clip scenes, he look normal like the other games (Notice the nose during the gameplay).
- In Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando when Ratchet gains a gadget piece Clank does the same dance as Daxter when a power cell is collected, but differently from Daxter, his interrupted by Ratchet.
- In the game Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, you can collect a treasure called "Lutrela Nivadensis" which is Daxter wearing a leopard skin loincloth. It's description is, "The Lutrela Nivadensis is a rare hybrid species of the Carnivora family. It is known for its orange fur and loud mouth."
- In Uncharted 3 Multiplayer, Daxter makes a cameo appearance at a certain time.
- In PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Daxter has some physical involvement in Jak's move-set.